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Democrats Soon to Have the Numbers in the House of Representatives; Jerry Corsi Will Testify; Trump Urges Bipartisan Decisions in the Final Hours of Republican Control; Issues of Climate Change are Examined; Speculation of Trump Investigation and His Ties to Saudi Arabia is Expected; House Explosion Due to Expected Natural Gas Leak; Paradise California Paper Reminds Residents Not All is Lost; Paradise Newspaper Hopes to Be History Book for Fires; American Missionary John Chau's Last Letter Showed He Feared for His Life; Black Friday Looks Tame as Shoppers Head Online; Camp Fire Evacuees Look to Replace What was Lost on Black Friday; Phil Mickelson Beat Tiger Woods to Win $9 Million; Former Athlete Who Suffered Injury Now Turns Pain into Purpose; Devastated Mexico Beach Finds Reasons to Be Thankful; A Ferry Carrying 53 People Crashes in San Francisco. Aired 6-7a ET
Aired November 24, 2018 - 06:00 ET
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It is frightening, and it screams serious action has to be taken now.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Former Vice President and Environmentalist Al Gore said the president may try to hide the truth, but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN HOST: Another controversial figure possibly ready to flip and help Robert Mueller investigate the Trump campaign.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This idea that Jerry Corsi could implicate me, there's simply no evidence.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Roger Stone's personal motto is admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He could end up providing a critical missing link between Russian hackers and WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN HOST: Well good morning, so glad to have you with us here on a Saturday morning. I'm Christi Paul, and ...
SAVIDGE: I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell, great to be with you. Great to be with all of you.
PAUL: So President Trump is spending the long holiday weekend at his estate in south Florida, grappling with the reality that democrats are soon going to have control of the House of Representatives. The president continues to push his legislative agenda, calling on Congress to strike a bipartisan deal on border security.
SAVIDGE: Democrats have set their own agenda. On their to-do list, investigating Saudi Arabia and looking into the president's financial ties to the kingdom. Meanwhile, a new government report details the devastating effect of unchecked climate change, warning of premature deaths and extreme economic consequences if global warming is not addressed.
PAUL: We want to begin with that dire warning about the effects of climate change in America. CNN's Renee Marsh outlines stark realities laid out in this government report.
RENEE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well if you weren't paying attention to the climate change issue, this report could change that. It is frightening, and it screams serious action has to be taken now. It is the work of federal agencies and the scientific community and the report makes it clear that we are already experiencing the dangerous effects of climate change.
It states that wildfire season is long now but will only get longer, burning six times more forest area per year by the year 2050. More people will be exposed to ticks to carry Lyme disease that transmit viruses such as Zika, West Nile and Dengue. Allergy season will be a lot worse. Higher temperatures will also kill more people. It specifically looks at the Midwest. The Midwest is predicted to have the largest increase in extreme temperature and according to the report, it will see an additional 2,000 premature deaths per year by the year 2090.
Oh, and the cost, that's going to be a big one, as well. The cost of climate change, according to the report, could reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually and by mid century; it says it is very likely that the arctic will be nearly free of sea ice in late summer.
We should point out this was a congressionally-mandated report. It was released by the Trump Administration the day after the Thanksgiving holiday when people were distracted and families are shopping. And the release time really sparking controversy and speculation that it is being buried on a day when few people will be paying attention.
The report also came one day after the president tweeted, and I'm quoting, "brutal and extended cold blast could shatter all records. Whatever happened to global warming?" that tweet illustrates Trump's continuous skepticism when it comes to climate change and it directly contradicts the findings in this government report. The tweet also illustrates the president's lack of understanding on the issue. As we know, climate change is best exemplified by the consistent rise in temperatures year after year, not extreme weather over a one-day period. Renee Marsh, CNN, Washington. PAUL: Renee, thank you. The president just this week openly mocked
the idea of climate change as Americans faced the coldest Thanksgiving in nearly a century.
SAVIDGE: The scientists behind the study didn't just look at climate shifts over one day or one year. CNN's Allison Chinchar joins us. They looked at the long-term trends?
ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, and they broke it down by region. That was the point of this report was to explain the impacts to the United States. And furthermore, breaking it down by region so people could really understand how it is going to impact me and where I live.
So take, for example, out to the west. They really took a look at the impacts from wildfires. You know, California, for example, typically used to have a wildfire season. That really doesn't exist anymore. They can now get fires pretty much any month out of the year. For areas of the southern United States, you're going to start to notice more extreme weather events, things like hurricanes, tornadoes, or flooding events will be on the increase and become more frequent.
One thing to note is that every single region is expected to experience extreme temperature swings. Yes, that includes, you know, big heat waves, but it also will include cold snaps even like the one that we had on Thanksgiving Day for areas of the northeast. That is going to become the new norm. That's what this report is saying for these particular regions.
You have to understand it's not just for the United States. When we talk about the increase of heat, it really is on a global scale. Again, take a look at this -- this shows that increase of global temperatures really at an exponential rate when you talk about since the industrial revolution and on. But again, when this report breaks down the regions, it also tries to provide solutions to the problems, not just talking about the problem. Take, for example, the area of the southern U.S. where flooding is going to be the big issue.
The Acadiana Planning Commission was created to address the increased flood risks. Or, say, out west where wildfires are the main concern. Federal forests have developed adaptation strategies to help with those risks. In the Midwest where we talked about probably one of the most at-risk areas of the United States for agriculture, Iowa state's use of prairie strips on the farms is meant to help reduce crop loss and this is important, guys, because two specific statistics in this report talk about agriculture losses in the future. For example, Midwestern farms are expected to produce less than 75 percent of the corn that they produce now. That same region could lose more than 25 percent Martin and Christi, of their soybean yields in the future.
CHRISTI PAUL: Oh my goodness.
SAVIDGE: Thank you Allison very much. We're going to be talking about this throughout the hours this morning. On the flip side of this, in Paris, measures taken to encourage more environmentally- friendly policies have not always been embraced. These are pictures that we're showing right now where there are protests over rising fuel costs in Paris. People there are opposed to taxes on diesel and on gas that President Emmanuel Macron enacted alongside incentives to buy green or electric vehicles. Thursday the French interior said that two people had died in the unrest.
PAUL: Implementing any measure to combat climate change is going to be difficult. Want to get analysis on the release of this report that we are seeing here. CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny with us now as well as Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator and Political Anchor for "Spectrum News."
Thank you gentlemen both for being with us. Jeff, I'd like to start with you. How do people sitting at home this morning reconcile what they're hearing from this report and the direct opposition that they're hearing from our president?
JEFF ZELENY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well Christie good morning. That is one of the biggest issues, I think, of this report. You did not see the president, President Trump, talk about this report. You did not see anyone from the White House release this from the press room or the White House which would certainly elevate this. The president actually was golfing yesterday while this report was being released by his administration. So I think it is at odds with what he talked about. It's at odds with what his specific policies have been. Take a listen to what the president has said about climate change and why that could complicate all of this.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.
I don't think it's a hoax. I think there's probably a difference. But I don't know that it's manmade. I will say this -- I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars, I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs, I don't want to be put at a disadvantage.
I have a strong opinion. I want a great climate.
ZELENY: So again, this was a congressionally-mandated report that the Trump Administration was required to release. But they did have control of the timing of when it was released and the reality this being released on the Friday after Thanksgiving right before a long holiday weekend certainly was not designed to shine a spotlight on it. We heard the president talk about so many things in south Florida as he spends his Thanksgiving weekend, but climate change is not on that list. Christi and Martin.
PAUL: No doubt about it. So Errol, to you, politically what is the consequence for the president? ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Look, politically, the president
has made clear where he's coming from on this, right. He releases it in the middle of a news hole and goes to play golf. He's literally playing games when we should be maybe talking about some serious long- term planning. So to that extent, I guess he's focused on 2020 and his re-election.
He's been doing campaign rallies just about every other week for several months.
So this is somebody who is focused on the very, very short term and his own interests rather than the long term and the national interests. So this kicks it down to the governors, the mayors, the regional commissions, the counties, and of course every voter, every viewer now watching this. We're going to figure out what we're going to do. I think Americans are pretty much used to this. When it comes to your retirement planning Christi, when it comes to saving for college, when it comes to -- I live in a 100-year-old house that I hope to leave to my son at some point, you know, we're used to thinking about the long term, it's just we're doing it without guidance from Washington.
PAUL: So Jeff, I want to switch gears a little bit because we're also when we talk about planning, we're in the last days of GOP control of the House and it is going to be different for President Trump once January rolls around. Adam Schiff, of course, vowing to investigate the president and the Saudi-Trump financial ties if there are any to be had there. What do you think the president is in for come January when we have that switch up?
ZELENY: Well Christi that is such a good point. I mean the president is about a month a few days away from a new order in Washington and the president got a taste of that just yesterday when he again was on the golf course here in Florida. When Adam Schiff, who is the incoming Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that he and his committee plan to investigate the -- if there is any link between the U.S. Government and the Trumps and the Saudi kingdom in terms finances, other matters. They want to drill down into why the president continues to embrace Saudi Arabia as opposed to call them out over and what the CIA has concluded was a direct role in the death of "Washington Post" columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
So what the president is going to see is a different Washington, a check on the White House for the first time. Behind the scenes we are told they are preparing in terms of lawyers. The White House counsel's office for these investigations but the president is unclear if he has a since exactly of how things will change. And of course the democrats can also overreach here. There are some democrats talking of impeachment, but that's been tamped down by democratic leadership but there will without question be hearings - there will be oversight hearings, there will be investigations. So that will be something that is much, much different than anything the Trump Administration has dealt with during their first two years in office. PAUL: Yes, no doubt about it. Errol, as Jeff just said, talking about
this investigation into a Saudi-Trump relationship, the democrats have wanted to see President Trump's tax returns since the campaign in 2016. Is this their way of trying to get there?
LOUIS: Well, I think they can't do what was just described without getting that kind of information. If it's not the tax returns themselves, it would certainly be within their power and -- and relevant to the inquiry to get into contracts, business dealings, arrangements, shell corporations, flows of cash. The easiest way to do it in many cases is to get the tax return but keep in mind, this is a president who has a very opaque financial life.
You know, the individual tax return might not tell you as much as trying to understand the enormous range of the hundreds of limited liability corporations and other corporate structures that are part of the Trump organization.
PAUL: All righty, Jeff Zeleny and Errol Louis, always appreciate your perspectives. Thank you very much, gentlemen.
ZELENY: Thank you.
SAVIDGE: Still ahead, the last letter an American missionary left behind before he was killed on a remote island off India. We'll tell you what it said.
PAUL: Also, two of golf's all-time greats taking their rivalry to a new level. Right Vince?
VINCE CELLINI, CNN SPORTS: Certainly did. It was billed as "The Match." Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with $9 million on the line. It took 22 holes to decide it. All the thrilling action is just ahead.
SAVIDGE: New developments in the Russia investigation. Roger Stone's associate Jerome Corsi said that he is in plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller's team. Corsi could face a number of charges ranging from perjury to okay obstruction of justice in regards -- perjury to obstruction of justice in regards to his relationship with Julian Assange and Roger Stone. Last week Corsi said that he expects to be indicted for giving false information to the special counsel or one of the other grand jury. During a radio interview, Roger Stone was on the defense and said that there is no way he could be incriminated as a result of this deal.
ROGER STONE, POLITICAL CONSULTANT: This idea that Jerry Corsi could implicate me, there's simply no evidence whatsoever that would show that I knew about the source or the content of any allegedly stolen emails or any allegedly hacked emails that were published by WikiLeaks. Just not so.
(END VIDEO) SAVIDGE: Back with me to discuss this is CNN Political Commentator
Errol Louis. Errol good to see you.
LOUIS: Good morning, Martin.
SAVIDGE: So it appears that we have another indictment that is looming here. So what does this mean for the investigation, and does Roger Stone really, should he be as confident as he seems to sound?
LOUIS: I think Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone have a great deal to worry about. Both men have basically suggested that they expect to be indicted. There's a reason for that which is in both cases they've tried to maintain a kind of too cute by half arm's length distance that they claim from the president and the campaign in 2016 that no serious observer would really believe. They acted as if they were, oh, I'm not really part of the campaign, but I do talk with the candidate from time to time.
OK, fine. You talk with the candidate from time to time and you seem to have this kind of amazing knowledge about a lot of the things that came up that clearly
suggests that you were a go between or you were either in cahoots with, in league with, or aware of a lot of really shady things that were going on that are the subject of this probe. And if they compounded the problem by lying to Mueller, by lying to investigators, that's independently a federal crime. So I think they're both in a world of trouble. There's a certain delicious irony to it, of course Martin because both men, Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi benefited and for years gleefully spread this birther lie..
LOUIS: ... that was part of how Donald Trump came into politics. So, you know, you tell these lies all the time, when are you are now facing the possibility of prosecution to say, oh, now I'm telling the truth, well, you know, tell it to the grand jury and we'll see what's what.
SAVIDGE: I know we ask this a lot, but it's worth asking again -- does this give us an indication that this probe is going to be ending any time soon?
LOUIS: I think, you know, the tea leaves are very hard to read because the prosecutor's office has been really inscrutable; they've really been airtight. You don't get a whole lot of leaks. In this case, you know, it's Jerome Corsi himself who is saying I expect certain things to happen. The Mueller team never says anything.
I think we are going to get to the truth. And the probe we should keep in mind Martin is not going to be the end of the process. It's really going to be kind of a marker but once the information is provided, either to the Justice Department and/or to Congress, will there be another round of things that happen. If we think back to Watergate, it was a special prosecutor working in tandem with, really not close coordination but an independent probe by Congress as well as the special prosecutor enabled the public to arrive at the truth. That's what I would expect in this case, as well.
SAVIDGE: All right. We'll wait for that to happen. Errol Louis, thanks very much for joining us.
LOUIS: Thank you, Martin.
PAUL: Well the former director of the CIA and National Security Agency Michael Hayden suffered a stroke this week. A family said he was at home when it happened and he, quote, is receiving expert medical care for which they are grateful. CIA Director Gina Passhaspel offered well wishes on behalf of the agency for a speedy recovery. Hayden served during both the George W. Bush and Obama Administrations. He retired as CIA director back in 2009.
SAVIDGE: Coming up, an American missionary's last letter shows how he feared for his life before he went to a remote island to try to convert the tribespeople there.
PAUL: Also a home explosion. Wait until you see this picture, just rocks a small neighborhood in Minnesota.
PAUL: So glad to have you with us. Twenty-seven minutes past the hour on this Saturday. I'm Christi Paul.
SAVIDGE: I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell. A man is in the hospital with critical injuries this morning after a powerful explosion ripped his home to pieces. It happened Friday morning in St. Paul, Minnesota. The explosion which you see there also damaged multiple homes and buildings in the area. Neighbors say they were shaken by the blast.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was just watching TV, playing video games. And it was a loud explosion. It like shook the house like somebody came and like kicked the house.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next thing you know the whole house started shaking. Her brother was sleeping and it actually woke him up out of bed.
SAVIDGE: Authorities believe a natural gas leak may be to blame for the explosion.
PAUL: Well the fire that's raged around Paradise, California, for more than two weeks now is 95 percent contained this morning, this is according to state officials. And today searchers are going to be looking for the 475 people still unaccounted for in that area. We know 84 people have died in the Camp fire; that's the deadliest in California history.
SAVIDGE: And thousands of fire evacuees still can't go home as officials say that areas of Paradise are still not safe. That isn't stopping the Paradise "Post" newspaper from doing everything it can to document the town's historic destruction. CNN's Ryan Young has that for us.
DAVID LITTLE, EDITOR CHICO "ENTERPRISE-RECORD": This is the press room...
RYAN YOUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: At the "Enterprise Record" in Chico, California, this is not the typical rush to meet the newspaper's deadline.
You are trying to make sure the paper's out there why?
LITTLE: It's like the one small contribution we can make to make things normal for the community. It's -- the paper still lives. It's kind of a symbolic, important message to send to the community that not everything's lost.
RYAN: David Little and Rick Silva are not only covering the area's biggest story, but they are trying to record the historic destruction for a community that's no longer there. For safety reasons, most of the residents of Paradise haven't had a chance to see what's left of their homes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's nothing else. I don't think they know how little is left until they get up there. Seems like a complete removal of the town of what it once was.
RYAN: Rain has helped firefighters get more control of the devastating camp fire now some 95 percent contained.
[06:30:03] The historic fire has destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, and now the "Paradise Post" may be one of the few things that binds this community.
DAVID LITTLE, EDITOR, CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD: The printed newspaper has such a staying power. And so we all know that years from now, people will look back at these print editions as sort of a history book for what happened during the fire.
RICK SILVA, MANAGING EDITOR, PARADISE POST: It's the voice of the community has been since 1947. We have to continue that.
LITTLE: We don't even know where to start, you know, 15,000 homes almost have burned, 90 percent of the city is burned, and how do you start? Where do you start? Just, you know, and I guess the answer is one, you help one person at a time.
YOUNG: Some residents are already planning on rebuilding, promising not to leave their homes behind.
SILVA: It's mainly a retirement community, I'm not so sure it's going to be that same kind of community. We'll see. But Paradise has always been a community that can-do, has always found a way to get itself back on its feet and will again, it may be a different group of people getting back on its feet.
YOUNG: Ryan Young, Cnn, Paradise, California.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CO-HOST, NEW DAY SATURDAY: We now have details of a letter, an American missionary wrote before he was killed on a remote island restricted or a restricted remote island just off India. John Chau gave the letter to fishermen before he left their boat for the last time. And it shows that he knew of the dangers on the island.
CHRISTI PAUL, CO-HOST, NEW DAY SATURDAY: Chau wrote, "you guys might think I'm crazy in all this, but I think it's worth it to declare Jesus to these people. Please, do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed." Though, it's believed Chau was killed by the tribe during his mission trip to that island. And Cnn Polo Sandoval has the details for us.
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is one of the oldest and most isolated tribes in the world. And authorities say they're responsible for last week's killing of American missionary John Allen Chau. This archived footage from Survival International provides some of the few existing images of the tribe known as the Sentinalese, they live in complete isolation on the tiny island of North Sentinel.
According to Indian officials, Chau illegally paid fishermen to take him to the isolated island and hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Authorities believe he first canoed to shore on November 16th, deliberately disregarding an established perimeter around the island.
According to journal entries left with the fishermen and shared with the "Washington Post", the 26-year-old wrote, "I hollered, my name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you." He was then reportedly shot at by a member of the tribe with an arrow piercing his Bible.
The next day, Chau made a second attempt, but never returned. The fishermen he hired later reported seeing the young man's body buried on the beach by tribe members. Chau's last entry in his journal reads, "you guys might think I'm crazy in all this, but I think it's worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people. God, I don't want to die."
In 2006, the same tribe killed two poachers who had been illegally fishing near their island. Survival International; a group advocating for tribal people believed the natives decision to remain isolated should be respected.
SOPHIE GRIG, SENIOR RESEARCHER, SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL : They've made it very clear they don't want contact. Somebody comes, they have no idea what he's coming for and why. You know, I think it's far more self-defense than it is murder.
SANDOVAL: On social media, Chau's family wrote their son, "loved God, life, helping those in need, and had nothing but love for the Sentinalese people. We forgive those reportedly responsible for his death", they wrote. All they can do is wait to find out when or if their son's body will be recovered. Polo Sandoval, Cnn, New York.
SAVIDGE: In other news, many Black Friday shoppers got the deals they were searching for this holiday season. But could President Trump's trade war change that next year? More on that coming up.
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SAVIDGE: Black Friday sales were expected to hit $23 billion this year, and that is up nearly 10 percent from last year. Now, the long lines were a little shorter this year with more shoppers tapping their phones instead of tackling people for deals.
PAUL: Understandable --
SAVIDGE: Yes --
PAUL: I think you could think Cnn's Alison Kosik reports the president's trade war though could soon make those deep discounts we're seeing a little less enticing.
ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Black Friday, a holiday unto itself.
Shopping scenes like this seem as baked into Thanksgiving tradition as turkey. Cherish this footage, it may soon be replaced with more screen scenes. More than 50 percent of Black Friday shopping traffic this year is expected to be from smartphones where typical retail holiday hours don't exist.
In fact, $3.7 billion worth of online purchases already happened on Thanksgiving Day. More than double that, $7.7 billion is expected to be spent on Cyber Monday. But fear not, door buster deals got their name for a reason, and in-store promotions are drawing shoppers, too.
MATTHEW SHAY, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION: You see the bricks and mortar retailers are doing a buy online, pick up in store, or buy in store and deliver at home. So they're using digital strategies to serve customers they want to be served.
KOSIK: So what should you stock up on? If you want to save money now, analysts say anything made in China.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: So we're in a little dispute with China. We put $250 billion worth of tariffs on China.
A 25 percent.
[06:40:00] KOSIK: Since China's retaliatory tariffs went into effect in September, some 5,700 items from the nation have been subject to a 10 percent price increase, including handbags, perfumes, wallets and coats. Experts expect American consumers won't feel the consequences until next year.
But tariffs may increase in the meantime. President Trump is set to discuss trade with China's president next week at the G-20 Summit.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If we see more tariffs in January, that's where the rubber hits the road. Because then I think you are going to start to see prices going up.
KOSIK: Bottom line, pick up your phone or make your way to the mall, now it may be the best Black Friday for a while.
SHAY: The economy is very strong, customers have a great deal of confidence about the season. The weather patterns are good, I don't know what's the positive of a perfect storm. This is it.
KOSIK (on camera): One thing is for sure, it's been a really busy Black Friday. And a lot of people are going to get a lot of really cool gifts. Alison Kosik, Cnn, Paramus, New Jersey.
PAUL: All right, Alison, thank you. And you know, here's something maybe people didn't think about. For some shoppers in California, these Black Friday deals, they can be godsend for some of them because they're helping them replace what they lost in those fires. And apparently, there are stores that are trying to sweeten a deal a little bit for them.
SAVIDGE: Good for them. Lamar Abrams of our affiliate "Kobr" found quite a few evacuees from the devastating Camp Fire in those crowds.
LAMAR ABRAMS, KOBR: As shoppers descended upon the Roseville Galleria, we spotted Lily Higby looking for discount in her pajamas. But it wasn't because she was waiting in a Black Friday line all night --
LILY HIGBY, CAMP FIRE VICTIM: I'm from the Camp Fire in Paradise. So I'm just trying to like get some deals.
ABRAMS: And she wasn't the only evacuee here.
CAMILLE ROACH, STORE MANAGER: We have seen a lot of our customers affected by the Camp Fire.
ABRAMS: Camille Roach is a manager at Macy's where they're giving away so-called disaster assistance vouchers. ROACH: Which ranges from 10 percent to 30 percent back for those that
were affected by the fire.
REBECCA COLLINS, SHOPPER: Sure, yes, we'll do that for sure definitely.
ABRAMS: Rebecca Collins decided to spend the day shopping for a family that lost everything in Paradise. They're staying with her through the holidays so she thought she'd help them restock their closets.
COLLINS: They just came with the clothes on their back, and that's it.
ABRAMS: Black Friday may not be for everyone on Thanksgiving, but with deals so good, it's a chance for some to give back and an attempt for others to get life back to normal. Did you see anything good?
HIGBY: Yes, I saw a lot of stuff at Apple.
PAUL: I hope that they're all feeling a little bit better after this Thanksgiving, getting -- finding some normalcy somehow. So on Black Friday, we should point out that there was plenty of green in Las Vegas. We're talking about those pair of golf icons, of course, going head-to-head, and it was for big money, Vince.
VINCE CELLINI, CNN SPORTS REPORTER: Big money.
PAUL: Yes --
CELLINI: Christi, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, a heavyweight pay- per-view bout, one that needed extra holes to decide a $9 million payout.
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SAVIDGE: Have to use my best golf voice. It was a showdown for the ages.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing for 9 million bucks.
PAUL: He is the man with the golden voice. I always say. And listen, this match-up, did it live up to the hype, Vince? Did it live up to the hype?
CELLINI: It had its moments.
SAVIDGE: Yes, you want to call the whole thing?
CELLINI: No. It had its moments. It was very entertaining. Two legends of the game, 19 major championships between them, neck-and- neck, the entire way in Vegas, in the end, Phil Mickelson getting the best of his long-time rival.
A winner-take-all, pay-per -view match play event, and they had side bets like Phil needing birdie on the opening hole to win $200,000, but it doesn't happen, meaning, the money goes to Tiger's handpick charity. He loved it.
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TIGER WOODS, GOLFER: That hurts the pocket.
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CELLINI: Yes, it broke Tiger's heart. Well, this was a tight-back and forth affair from there, key moment late in the round, at 17, Tiger from off the green and vintage Woods as he holes this, the match is all square going to the last. After Woods graciously conceded Mickelson's putt at the last and that extra drama, extra hole.
And with night falling, it was eventually Mickelson on top, dropping a four-foot birdie on the 22nd hole to capture the win and the $9 million prize.
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PHIL MICKELSON, GOLFER: To be able to have just a little bit of smack talk, you know, for the coming years means a lot to me because I really don't have much on him. You know, he always drops the big picture and it's the trump card, but to have a day like today and I just -- I never thought we'd go to this extra hole. My heart just can't take much more of it.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CELLINI: It really meant a lot to Phil, and he not only takes home a truck load of cash, but also an Italian belt buckle for the trophy. But maybe that didn't go as planned.
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MICKELSON: Is it big enough for my waist? No, you thought you were going to win.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You didn't have to do that to yourself --
MICKELSON: Maybe the entire size, is that it, Jeff? Typical right there. Not cool guys.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is this the perfect way for this day to end?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
PAUL: Tiger scored -- Tiger said no, it's not --
CELLINI: Yes --
PAUL: The perfect way because I didn't win. CELLINI: Well, but he get the last laugh. Anyway, I guess, Tiger --
PAUL: But he really was --
CELLINI: Tiger has --
PAUL: Expected, right? Tiger was expected to win this.
CELLINI: Well, Phil really trained for this. I mean, he went out --
PAUL: Yes --
CELLINI: And practiced really hard for this thing. And you know, what? Match play, one match, anything could happen.
PAUL: Absolutely --
CELLINI: And they did --
PAUL: I just thought yesterday, they were talking about the odds and people were betting --
CELLINI: Yes --
PAUL: On Tiger.
CELLINI: Right, but you know, Tiger -- I think that belt would have fit him, I think he --
[06:50:00] SAVIDGE: Yes --
CELLINI: Thirty-inch waist.
SAVIDGE: That's what I think. Somebody predicted the outcome and didn't go that way.
CELLINI: It didn't quite go that way.
PAUL: Maybe Mickelson will give it to him for Christmas as a parting --
PAUL: Very well, very well --
CELLINI: No, he won't --
PAUL: Vince, thank you --
CELLINI: Good one, good thought though, thank you.
PAUL: So Amanda Boxtel was an athlete, a dancer, an avid skier, and that changed. She turned her pain into purpose. I want you to meet this year's top-ten Cnn hero -- one of them.
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AMANDA BOXTEL, ATHLETE: Twenty six years ago, I went out skiing, and I remember I somersaulted, I landed on my back. And I knew in that instant that I was paralyzed. But I was determined to show that I wasn't going to give up so easily.
I was inspired to create a program that could gift mobility to anyone that has a neurological impairment.
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PAUL: Amanda's nonprofit Bridging Bionics has provided free or low- cost therapy sessions to more than 60 people. Go to cnnheroes.com, vote for her or any of your favorite top-ten heroes now at cnnheroes.com. And thank you for doing so.
SAVIDGE: Well, a hurricane obliterated the town, but people there still have found reasons to be thankful. We visit Mexico Beach, Florida, right after the break.
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SAVIDGE: Yes, take a look at these pictures now coming in to us from California.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, my God!
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SAVIDGE: A ferry carrying 53 people crashed into a dock in San Francisco, it yesterday. Officials say two people on board suffered minor injuries.
PAUL: And both the ferry and the dock were damaged, and you could hear it there, authorities are investigating the cause of that crash. It's been more than a month since Hurricane Michael nearly wiped Mexico Beach, Florida off the map.
There are so many people, they couldn't have Thanksgiving at home because they didn't have a home there anymore.
SAVIDGE: But I found that despite all of the hardship, people in Mexico Beach have found reason to be thankful this holiday season. Thanks in part to a couple of men who took it upon themselves to make every day like Thanksgiving.
MICHAEL SCOGGINS, CO-OWNER, KILLER SEAFOOD: There was a building here, I promise. It was called Killer Seafood. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's been more than a month since the hurricane
obliterated Mexico Beach.
SCOGGINS: Here you would be inside the building --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But as Michael Scoggins shows me what it used to be, his restaurant, it's obvious the pain is still fresh.
SCOGGINS: An open kitchen where everybody could see what was going on.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Killer Seafood, a town favorite for years is gone. Hal Summers was general manager. He lost his job and his home. Both then could have wallowed in self-pity and left town, instead they decided to help the only way they could -- they cooked.
In a Church parking lot amidst the roar of generators and the smoke of a grill, they began feeding first responders and residents three times a day.
HAL SUMMERS, GENERAL MANAGER, KILLER SEAFOOD: Chicken tomatoes, corn, of course --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Seven days a week for free. They call it Camp Happy Tummies. Fueled by donations it provides one of the greatest comforts in dark times, a hot meal.
SUMMERS: This is my planning menu. And this is the way I -
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is your menu right here, it was --
SUMMERS: Yes --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here's another one on parchment papers --
SUMMERS: That is parchment paper.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But over the weeks, this town has come to mean much more than a meal.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a safe place to cry, safe place to let your feelings out.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everybody has a feeling that they're all together and we're all in this together.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At these tables, they have prayed, mourned the dead, even held a wedding reception. Hal and Michael baked the wedding cake. This is a place where folks temporarily escape what lies just outside.
Crews are making progress cleaning up. And power, sewage and water are all making a comeback. But there is still one staggering figure. At least 75 percent of the homes in Mexico Beach have been destroyed. Camp Happy Tummies is closing, most of the first responders are gone, and food in Mexico Beach is easier to find. Is there a reason to be thankful in Mexico Beach?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, yes, definitely --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Absolutely.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Even with all of the destruction and all that's been lost?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Even.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're still here.
SUMMERS: So we have a lot to be thankful for. We have our lives and we can rebuild, it's just going to take time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A month after the hurricane, people here have stopped looking for reasons to be sad. Instead, they're finding reasons to rejoice. Look at that --
SCOGGINS: There you go, yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To be grateful.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a beautiful place, and it will come back.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And it's still Paradise.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And instead of looking back, they're looking forward. In Mexico Beach, they've come to learn that every day is Thanksgiving Day.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you all so much.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're really welcome.
SAVIDGE: And an amazing -- it is amazing, the goodwill that people have shown there in that community despite losing just about everything they have. They now have this attitude of hey, we're all in this together, we will rebuild, it's going to take some time, but they believe their community is just as great as it ever was.
PAUL: And it's really meaningful to other people to see that, not just that healing, but that rebuilding together. I mean, that matters, so that's going to be interesting to see what they're --
SAVIDGE: Will --
PAUL: Capable of doing and we're wishing the best for them certainly.