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Jet Crash: Missing Now Accounted For; Manhunt in Oklahoma; New Details in Trayvon Martin Case; Unemployment Falls to 8.2 Percent; GOP Primary Moves to Election Battle; Return of the Home Flippers; Google Develops Smartphone Glasses; DEA Investigating Pharmacies; Painter Thomas Kinkade Dies at 54; Jet Crash: Missing Now Accounted For; Armored Truck Teeters Over California Freeway
Aired April 07, 2012 - 11:00 ET
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RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: From the CNN Center, this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING. It is Saturday, April 7th. Good morning, everyone. I'm Randi Kaye.
Three people dead, two injured in what Tulsa police call not your standard homicide but could it be hate.
The "Painter of Light", Thomas Kinkade died, a look at his enduring legacy on canvas.
And filmmaker Tyler Perry shines a light on a baffling mystery, the case of two Florida men who vanished without a trace more than eight years ago.
We begin with that traumatic crash of a Navy fighter jet into some apartment buildings in Virginia and some good news -- three people who were missing have now been accounted for.
Sandra Endo is at the scene for us in Virginia Beach. Sandra I understand that you have some new video of rescues going -- rescue crews going door to door as this fire raged.
SANDRA ENDO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Randi. It's a very active scene here. Obviously the investigation is ongoing. We have new dramatic video from moments after the crash showing the search and rescue efforts. Take a look and listen in as well.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, one more.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Anyone in here? Get out?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any pets? Any pets?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pets? (END VIDEO CLIP)
ENDO: That is part of FireRescueTV.com. That retired firefighter is showing the scene right after the crash. You can see the smoke and flames billowing out of the apartment complex. Five buildings were hit in this crash.
We're talking about 40 units and it's remarkable when you see this new dramatic video that there have been no fatalities so far. Only seven injuries and out of those seven injuries, six have already been treated and released from the hospital.
You can also see, Randi in this video portions of the jet, of the wreckage, still at the crash scene, just billowing and smoke. Obviously this photographer got up close and personal to this crash site. And it's just remarkable the images you see from this video, and clearly that was the scene here for most of yesterday and throughout the evening hours as well as search and rescue teams went through every unit to make sure that everyone was out.
And the good news, of course, we learned today that everyone has been accounted for. There are no fatalities and right now Randi the investigation is ongoing.
KAYE: Yes. I mean it's amazing when you look at that video, Sandra. You can see just the urgency. I mean, that fire was right near some of those -- some of those apartments that they were going into. Have they given the all clear yet in terms of the fire crews?
ENDO: It's very interesting because they are hesitant to say it's all clear. So they have not said its all clear as of right now. What the investigators want to do is search every square foot of the crash site including under the wreckage of the jet. And that is the portion they are focusing on right now.
As I mentioned they have gone through every unit and they have made sure that that portion, all five buildings have been cleared. But so far they have not gotten to the wreckage of the jet yet and that is what they're working on.
KAYE: And what about the pilots? Do we know any more about them and how they're doing?
ENDO: Well, two of the pilots in that jet ejected moments before the crash. We know they were taken to an area hospital. One is still in the hospital right now and hospital officials say that pilot is in good condition. The other was treated and released along with the others that were injured.
So pretty good news so far in terms of the devastation you saw in that video, that serious accidents didn't occur and no fatalities to report.
KAYE: Sandra Endo for us. Sandra thank you and great job getting that new video. Three people are dead and two have been injured in an incident Oklahoma police say maybe a hate crime. The victims were shot at four different locations over seven hours in a predominantly African- American community in north Tulsa Friday morning.
A police spokesman said it is, quote, "Not your standard homicide". Local authorities have now formed a joint task force with the FBI. All of the victims are black.
Earlier this morning I spoke with a Tulsa City Councilman and asked if a certain age range was being targeted?
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JACK HENDERSON, TULSA, OKLAHOMA CITY COUNCIL (via telephone): No. The ages range from, I think, in the 50s to younger people which -- I think, 17, 18. I don't know of anyone that was injured that's younger than that but I do know that allegedly these -- these people are walking -- I mean, driving up to people that they see walking and they're asking for directions and when the people give them directions and tell them they don't know, then as they're walking away, this person opened fire.
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KAYE: Authorities say the suspect is a white male, believed to be traveling in a white pickup truck.
We have new details this morning in the Trayvon Martin case. Now a witness is talking about hearing lots of yelling and crying the night the Florida teen was killed. According to the witness, the cries came from Martin, not George Zimmerman, the man who claims he shot the teen in self-defense. We've altered the witness's voice to protect their identity.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were two, as I say, yells for help. And the first one was a very clear loud yell for help. That it really was the second one that really always will stay with me. It was kind of almost like a yelp. It was like a devastating desperate type of yell for help and you know even to a sense it could even possibly have been a cry.
The lead investigator said to me kindly, he just said, well, if it makes you feel any better, the person that was yelling for help is alive. I really thought it was the boy crying for help, but here's the lead investigator, you know, telling me, that no, it was Mr. Zimmerman.
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KAYE: Zimmerman's legal team is taking issue with this witness. A grand jury is expected to convene next week to review the case.
Your tax dollar is at work this morning and you're not going to be very happy. There's new video now of skits played at a government agency gathering that has lawmakers asking new question about government spending. "The Huffington Post" posted video of the skits on its Web site and they show members of the government's General Services Administration, GSA is the agency that came under fire for a nearly $1 million convention in Las Vegas paid for by you, the taxpayer.
There is news on jobs. Here are the numbers -- 120,000 jobs added in March and the unemployment rate drops to 8.2 percent. But as our money expert Christine Romans says it's a disappointment for those who expected more new jobs. President Obama is optimistic.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We welcome today's news that our businesses have created another 120,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate ticked down. Our economy has now created more than four million private sector jobs over the past two years and more than 600,000 in the past three months alone, but it's clear to every American that there will still be ups and downs along the way and that we've got more work to do.
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KAYE: The President's critics are using the report as ammunition. The governor of Oklahoma wants the White House to move faster on domestic energy production.
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GOV. MARY FALLIN (R), OKLAHOMA: Millions of Americans remain out of work, but President Obama continues to propose job killing tax hikes and obstruct the basic energy infrastructure projects that would lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs not to mention more revenue in state budgets. It doesn't have to be this way.
The energy resources in the United States are enormous. In fact, shale deposits in the United States contain enough natural gas alone to power this country for another 100 years. Let's be clear, the energy crisis we are facing today isn't a lack of energy resources. It's a lack of leadership.
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KAYE: For the record, the hospitality industry led the way with 39,000 jobs created followed closely by manufacturing.
Well, talk about a really nice payday, one of three winners of that huge mega millions jackpot came forward Friday in Kansas. That winner isn't giving up their name. They took the cash option of their $218 million share. Lottery officials held a news conference to give what details they could.
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DENNIS WILSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KANSAS LOTTERY: Kansas law allows the person to remain anonymous. That person has chosen that option. Here's what I can tell you. The person is a Kansas resident, the ticket was purchased at KC's convenient store in Ottawa, Kansas. They made the claim at 11:45 a.m. today in Topeka. The person had good legal counsel, good financial advisor, and the person looks forward to retirement.
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KAYE: Last week's mega millions game had a $656 million jackpot. Officials are still waiting for winners in Maryland and Illinois to collect their cash.
Well, if you listen closely you can hear a change of tone in the Republican primary campaign. We'll find out why Mitt Romney is starting to sound a general election battle cry.
KAYE: The Republican presidential primary campaign has turned a corner. It is now looking more like a general election battle. CNN political editor, Paul Steinhauser is in Washington with more.
PAUL STEINHAUSER, CNN POLITICAL EDITOR: Hey good morning Randi, we've gone from this --
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MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Yes Rick Santorum is a nice guy. But he's an economic light weight.
RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Mitt can't run on his record.
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STEINHAUSER: -- to this.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mitt Romney stood with big oil for the tax breaks.
ROMNEY: This is not the time for President Obama's hide and seek campaign.
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STEINHAUSER: Thanks to Mitt Romney's sweep of Tuesday's primaries, he's looking more and more like the inevitable Republican presidential nominee. And the storyline's changed from a Romney/Santorum primary fight to a Romney/Obama general election battle.
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OBAMA: Thank you so much.
(END VIDEO CLIP) STEINHAUSER: President Obama is not wasting any time in trying to define his likely GOP challenger. He slammed the Republican congressional budget and tied Romney to it.
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OBAMA: He said that he's very supportive of this new budget and he even called it marvelous which is a word you don't often hear when it comes to describing a budget.
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STEINHAUSER: Romney fired back.
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ROMNEY: The President came here yesterday and railed against arguments no one is making and criticized policies no one is proposing.
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STEINHAUSER: While the general election showdown kicks off, Santorum is not ready to call it quits in his bid for the nomination.
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SANTORUM: Now we have now reached the point where it's halftime. Half the delegates in this process have been -- have been selected and who's ready to charge out the locker room in Pennsylvania for a strong second half.
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STEINHAUSER: Any chance of mounting a comeback begins by winning his home state April 24th primary.
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SANTORUM: We have to win here and we -- we plan on winning here. And then we're going to get into May and May looks very, very good. There's a --
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STEINHAUSER: But even if he lasts until May, when more conservative states hold primaries will it really matter? At this point it's not about winning contests. It's about clinching the nominations. And Romney has a nearly insurmountable lead.
You know four years ago in a much closer race Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in five out of the last eight Democratic primaries but in the end Obama took the nomination -- Randi.
KAYE: Thank you, Paul. And a program note for you. Join Fredricka Whitfield every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 Eastern for a special hour dedicated to the presidential contenders in the 2012 election.
There's another presidential candidate that we need to tell you about. It's Barbie, the 53-year-old iconic plastic doll launched her White House bid this week. Her platform is inspiring girls to be informed and involved in their communities. It's a little long of course for a bumper sticker. But hey, it's a good slogan nonetheless.
She's getting in the race, so you may have noticed, it's pretty late. Not hitting store shelves until August.
Looking to snap up investment property and flip it for a profit? Not a bad idea these days but the strategy is not foolproof. What you should know if you want to flip a home.
KAYE: House flipping is making a comeback; that's where investors purchase a home, usually renovate it and then they put it back on the market. Flippers can make huge profits. And a short time ago our financial guru, Clyde Anderson and Atlanta realtor Winter Baserva told me there is a potential benefit for neighbors.
CLYDE ANDERSON, FINANCIAL EXPERT: Some properties have become eye sores in some of the communities because they have been just sitting there.
And so, now, if you got an investor that wants to go in and rehab that property and give it a new facade and a new curb appeal, it definitely helps the property value for the neighbors.
KAYE: So, it could help get some foreclosures and things off the market?
ANDERSON: It definitely can.
KAYE: All right. Let's look at some of the mistakes flippers make, because, I know, you know, anybody who's watching these things, oh, well, hey, this sounds great. I'm going to go out and do this. But there are some mistakes, Winter, that you said they tend to make.
Let's start with the first one; first thing that flippers should do is get an appraisal.
WINTER BASERVA, ATLANTA REALTOR: Right. And the bottom line is, is the number one mistake that they make is not understanding how today's lending laws will affect the resale. They may find that buyer that wants to pay full price for their property. But if they don't understand how an appraiser comes up with their valuation, then they're really not going to be able to get their returns and they could be looking at major, major losses.
KAYE: So, if the appraisal is low, that's not going to be so good for them, in other words.
BASERVA: Yes, and FHA has a 90-day flip rule where they prevent investors from flipping within 90 days, or they become subject to two appraisals, or denial of the loan altogether.
So, you know, bottom line is you get a low appraisal on an FHA loan, it's going to stick with the property for four months.
KAYE: Another thing they should do is budget for the unknown?
BASERVA: Yes, budgeting for the unknown, you know, when an investor goes in and may be inexperienced, they'll start looking at problem A but they'll find B, C and D. And if they haven't budgeted for the unknown, it might be very difficult for them to recoup these losses.
KAYE: And keep expenses to market value.
BASERVA: Yes, you don't want to renovate like this as your own personal property. And I see it happen all the time. They go with the top of the line, you know, appliances, and the top of the line granite. They need to renovate to current market standards or they're just not going to recoup their investment.
KAYE: All right. That is good advice.
So, to buy a home, Clyde, obviously, you have to pay for it.
KAYE: Is it getting easier for people to get loans?
ANDERSON: Well, no, loans are still pretty tight to get. But, if you have good credit, it can be easy.
KAYE: It's all about that?
ANDERSON: It's all about good credit right now, if you got a good credit. And also, if you're an investor, and a lot of these flipping we're talking about, investors buying these properties, they generally have to put more money down than they did five years ago. So, you just have to be prepared for that.
And also, you have to go in knowing that you have to have a little bit of cash secure to go ahead and do those repairs and do the upgrades.
KAYE: So, it seems like the flippers sort of went underground when the market was sort of dropping out. But now they're back. And do you think overall, Winter, that this will be a good thing for the housing market then in the end?
BASERVA: I do. I do. And investors do tend to come out in markets like this, cash really does come out in markets like this. It helps not only take the short sales and foreclosures that are currently on the market off, but it helps increase neighborhood values, as well as a lot of these properties that are in this condition are un-fundable according to lender standards. So these investors are able to turn these homes around and make them fundable, which I think in turn helps the mortgage industry as well.
KAYE: I mean obviously, it's going to take more than just flipping homes.
ANDERSON: That's right.
KAYE: But you also think it's a good thing for the housing market?
ANDERSON: Definitely. I definitely think it's a good thing. I mean, any kind of boost or surge that we can get to the housing market right now is great.
KAYE: You're so positive.
KAYE: You're such a cheerleader.
ANDERSON: We have to take what we can get, you know? Incremental steps.
KAYE: All right. Sounds good. Well, keep an eye out there for all the flippers out there. Thank you both. Appreciate it.
BASERVA: Thank you.
ANDERSON: My pleasure.
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KAYE: Absolutely, positively cool. I'm talking about some glasses. It's a case of high-tech meets high fashion. We'll tell you who designed them and why you'll need a phone number instead of a prescription to get them.
KAYE: You know how annoying it is when you can't find your phone, especially when it gets buried in the bottom of that giant purse? It happens to me all the time. Well, what if you can actually wear your phone like eyeglasses?
Take a look at this. Google calls it "Project Glass". The glasses let you message, get directions and make phone calls along with a whole bunch of other features. And Google put this on YouTube to get some feedback.
I talked with digital lifestyle expert, Mario Armstrong about this device and here's how he explained this really cool technology.
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MARIO ARMSTRONG, HLN DIGITAL LIFESTYLE EXPERT: I actually, personally experienced what this would kind of be like almost 10 years ago, Randi. There was a company called Xybernaut and they were producing wearable computers and so I actually was wearing - I think we have an image of me wearing a computer that hangs over my eye and I was actually navigating around in grocery stores and everyday life. It was connected to a computer pack that was on my waist, nothing like what we have today.
KAYE: I can only imagine what you looked like.
ARMSTRONG: That was part of the reason of doing it to get other peoples' reactions as well as to see, can I actually maintain a sense of my awareness and not walk into things around me.
KAYE: And how did it go?
ARMSTRONG: I found that it took a second to get used to it but yes, you can absolutely do it. But people were definitely like what is wrong with this dude?
KAYE: I am sure.
ARMSTRONG: What is going on with him?
KAYE: So how close is the "Project Glass" that Google has? I mean how close is it to becoming reality? When can we get this?
ARMSTRONG: Yes, if you look at their history of these projects which comes out of their lab called Google X Labs -- this very highly secretive lab of theirs. They had other projects some of which are out like the driverless car -- well, at least out to the fact that we can see that it really worked. But then they have other things that they're working on like space elevators.
This particular project, though, feels more realistic that I could see this happening within the next 12 to 24 months. We don't know. We don't have an official word from Google as to when these glasses would be out. We do know they want them out in the wild over the next few months to kind of get feedback and get some tests back from their engineers and others.
So I do believe -- because, look, they're in the search engine business and they're in the ad sales business. There is no reason why if you're wearing these glasses and you look at a car dealership, you can get a competing ad from a nearby car dealership in your lenses. Why not?
KAYE: So is anybody else working on anything like this or just them?
ARMSTRONG: You know, this is really a great question you ask because I think there is a lot of promise in augmented reality in medical field but also tourism. We have a photo of an entrepreneur named Jayfus Doswell (ph) who is from a company called Juxtopia (ph). Now his goggles are a little bit bigger, but the technology is the same. And really it is being utilized right now for people in health care so that a surgeon can be able to operate on a particular individual and get other data while they're doing it.
But there are other apps that consumers now use. There is a subway app in New York. So if you're in New York, you take your phone's camera, scan the area that you're in and it will show you on the physical image, it will show you digital data of where the nearest subway is to you.
ARMSTRONG: They have even one called Spot Crime too that can actually do this for a crime mapping. So how cool is this Randi? You're in a neighborhood or you're moving to a neighborhood and you're thinking about buying a house. You take your phone's camera. You use the Spot Crime app and you will see the actual homes but then you'll see images of different crime alerts within that image and then you can click on the crime alert to see what type of crime activity actually happened in that neighborhood.
KAYE: Looks like you see the bad guys in that app.
ARMSTRONG: That's right.
KAYE: All right Mario, very cool stuff. This is really fun. I look forward to it. Thank you.
ARMSTRONG: It is. The future is not too far away. You will be wearing a pair of these soon.
ARMSTRONG: You'll be wearing a pair soon.
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KAYE: Maybe not. I don't think so.
All right. You wouldn't expect to see federal drug agents at your local pharmacy, right? But that's exactly where they're focusing their attention. So what is the DEA looking for and what problem are they trying to stop? We'll tell you coming up.
KAYE: This week, the DEA issued warrants for seven pharmacies in Florida. They're trying to figure out how so much Oxycodone is making its way to the black market. But Walgreens, turns out, isn't the only chain being investigated. Mary Snow explains.
MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Citing a major jump in sales of pain killers, the Drug Enforcement Agency moved in on Walgreens for moving records and other documents from six pharmacies in Florida and a distribution center looking for suspicious sales of Oxycodone.
In warrant, the DEA states that in just the first two months of 2012, there are 50 Walgreens pharmacies listed in the agency's top 100 purchasers of Oxycodone. That's half of them in Florida. That's compared to zero Walgreens pharmacies being on that list in 2009. A spokesman for the drug store chain said in a statement: "We are working with and cooperating with the DEA on this matter." It comes two months after the DEA in Florida moved in on two CVS stores and a Cardinal Health distributor. Cardinal Health is challenging the action; CVS said it was disappointed, but cooperating.
MARK TROUVILLE, SPECIAL AGENT, DEA: I think you can look from DEA and from our state and local partners, a continued and vigorous effort in this regard. As pill mills are no longer dispensing, a lot of our focus is on pharmacies now.
SNOW: The DEA says it looks for red flags, things like unusually large orders in an effort to prevent prescription pain killers from being sold illegally. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores says it has zero tolerance for prescription drugs being diverted to the black market.
But it's also working with law enforcement on another problem: the rise in prescription drug abuse has led to pharmacies around the country being robbed. In New York's Buffet county, four people were killed in a pharmacy robbery last June.
LT. ROBERT DONOHUE, COMMANDING OFFICER, COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Unfortunately it's a very serious problem in the fact that price on the black market of prescription drugs, namely pain killers, is so high, and that they can actually buy heroin at 25 percent less than prescription drugs. And we are seeing that. We are seeing people that are very desperate and that are willing to rob pharmacies.
SNOW: Pharmacies are beefing up security in their stores with extra surveillance, some are even arming themselves for protection. Mary Snow, CNN, New York.
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KAYE: Checking top stories, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is flying back to Cuba tonight to continue his cancer treatment, just two days after returning home. The 57-year old says he'll meet with his cabinet before he leaves again today, neither Chavez, nor his government giving details about the cancer that he's battling.
Safety concerns will indefinitely delay the re-opening of a nuclear plant in California. Anti-nuke protestors came out to the San Onofre plant calling for it to be closed for good. The plant shut down in January after a small radioactive leak. There was a problem with pipes in on of the generators. The pipes are fixed, but the plant will stay closed until they figure out why those pipes leaked.
KAYE: The man behind these idealic paintings, Thomas Kinkade has died. His family says he died of natural causes at his California home on Friday. Kinkade, who called himself the painter of life completed more than 1,000 paintings.
In an interview, he told Larry King about his very first print.
THOMAS KINKADE, PAINTER (on camera): When I was a young boy, my mother told me, your talents are God's gifts to you, and what you do with those talents are your gift to God. So from the very first print I ever published, I began raising money for charities.
KAYE: And in other news, the civilian attorney for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing seventeen Afghan villagers, wants to replace the military lawyer assigned to his client. John Henry Browne says he wants the change because of disagreements over how the case should be handled and that he had more experience than the military council. The army assigns lawyers to accused soldiers, and it would have to approve any change.
KAYE (voice over): Some good news out of Virginia Beach. Investigators have found three people who were unaccounted for after a navy fighter jet smashed into an apartment complex. It was a dramatic scene yesterday. Flames, smoke and people running for their lives. Take a look at these first hand accounts:
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And we were standing out in front of the building. When I heard the plane, I looked up, and what I saw was a plane very low coming down at an angle with flames under the right wing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- because it was coming from the direction of the actual base. It came over the top of my truck, emptying out jet fuel with its nose up, and it just plowed into an apartment building.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And then all of a sudden, the whole house started shaking, and then the power went out. It was dead black in my house. I was like, what is going on? So I looked around the corner into my bedroom, and I saw my window was just, it was surrounded in orange, just blazing by, and I heard this crackling noise. And I was like, oh, my gosh, then I heard pow, pow, pow, pow.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The whole thing was in flames. The whole backyard. And then things started to explode. And I don't know, I mean, things just kept exploding and that black smoke kept going.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You could see the plane laying on the ground and part of the building was missing and on fire.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were people running away from the crash that may have been coming out of the surrounding or nearby buildings because when the initial impact happened, the -- there was debris and pieces of the plan that were flying everywhere. And it was hitting other buildings.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard a couple big bangs. And they weren't normal. So I got off the couch and looked at the back door -- sliding door -- and when I looked out, I saw a pilot laying there bleeding from the nose and his parachute hanging from the building. I knew exactly what happened. The jet had crashed. I just didn't know where until I saw the smoke. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The pilot said, I'm sorry for destroying your house. And I just bent down, and I touched him and I was like, it's OK. Really, are you OK? And he was like, I think I am.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We did not see the second pilot or I didn't know exactly where the plane had crashed, but I knew we had gas lines in the building, so we had to get -- get him away from where we were because I kept hearing second degree -- secondary explosions going on. I don't know if they were fuel, gas lines in the apartment or what. But I knew we had to leave.
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KAYE: Welcome back. Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma are bracing for strong and possibly dangerous storms today. Reynolds Wolf is following it all for us. Hey, there.
REYNOLDS WOLF, CNN METEOROLOGIST: That's right. They've got the possibility of some rough weather. Just the opposite along the Eastern seaboard and along the West coast. Here in the Atlantic, conditions are picture perfect. It's going to be a beautiful day today, but again, the big concern is going to be in the center of the U.S.
What we're going to be seeing along the Eastern seaboard, as I mentioned, pretty dry conditions. Anyone that might be tuning in later on today for the Masters, it's got great conditions, not just for today, but also into Sunday. Monday, a chance of scattered showers and possible storms pop up.
The biggest storms we're seeing at this hour right now in parts of the upper Midwest and back in the Central plains right between Wichita and Oklahoma City, and that may be the beginning of a potential severe weather outbreak, especially in parts of Texas and even into Oklahoma.
Keep in mind, this does -- this really includes parts of Dallas, too, where they might see a chance of damaging winds, some large hail, and perhaps even an isolated tornado. But on the other hand for the system, what we're seeing is something altogether different. On one side, very moist, very unstable, iron mass, but on the other side, very dry and cool conditions, wind coming in out of the North, some gusts fairly strong at 40 to 40 miles per hour.
Breezy conditions also along parts of the Northeast. The reason for that is very simple: high pressure building over the great lakes works in conjunction with that area of low pressure, much farther to the North, but it creates a bit of a pressure gradient. With that pressure gradient, you've got stronger winds, some approaching 40 miles per hour -- those gusts of wind into the afternoon hours.
Again, we're going to see the rain mainly into the center of the U.S.; out to the West, picture perfect; out to the east, looks like it's going to just remain nice for much of the weekend, but it will be the West coast where we're going to see some changes later on tomorrow. Already, you see a few scattered showers off radar right off the coast there, and you can anticipate that those will bring some rains at the coast line, but then, possibly towards the end of the weekend as we wrap things up, in the high Sierra, you might get a touch of snowfall.
Also a touch of cool temperatures, 60s along the coast, 63 in Salt Lake City, wrapping it up with 69 degrees in Kansas City, 80 degrees in Dallas, 73 in Atlanta and 59 in New York. Randi, that's your forecast, you're up to speed.
KAYE: Thank you very much. And of course, a lot of people traveling. It's a big holiday weekend. Christians are celebrating Easter this weekend, and Jews around the world are marking Passover, the eight-day holiday commemorates the story Exodus, when the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
Earlier, Nadia Bilchik joined me to explain the symbolism.
NADIA BILCHIK, CNN HOST: When the Jews were in Egypt, the Israelite slaves were in Egypt, and Moses had asked God to let my people go, and Moses had asked Pharaoh to let my people go, and he hadn't. He then visited the plagues, and there were 10 plagues, and the last plague was that he smite the first-born child of all the Egyptians, but he passed over those of the Israelite children.
KAYE (on camera): Passed Over. So that's why it's called Passover. And obviously what we have every Passover -- Passover Seder as we call it -- is the Seder plate. But everything, you know, it's not just little items. Each one has its own significance here, right? So can you walk us through a few of them here?
BILCHICK: Well they start with the horseradish here, which is a bitter herb. And that really symbolizes the bitterness of slavery and the bitterness of the experience of being enslaved.
KAYE(on camera) : And the egg?
BILCHICK: And the egg is the symbol of life and continuity also. If you think about it, an egg actually hardens as you boil it, so as the Israelites suffered the adversity so, as a people they were strengthened.
KAYE (on camera) : Very nice. And what about the greens here?
BILCHICK: And the green is the parsley, and that symbolizes Spring and the awakening and new life and a beginning, and you dip it in the salt water.
KAYE (on camera) : Oh, OK. And then, it's all coming back to me now.
BILCHICK: The salt water being the tears.
KAYE (on camera) : Right. Right. And then this is a mix of apples and honey -- BILCHICK: Apples and nuts and honey -- I made mine quite delicious, and this is to symbolize the mortar that made the bricks for the many, many store houses that the Israelite slaves had to build under the hard iron rule of Pharaoh.
KAYE (on camera): And the shank bone?
BILCHICK: And the shank bone is the sacrificial lamb. The night before the Israelite boy -- put it this way, the night before the boys were passed over, they sacrificed a lamb, and the blood from the lamb went on the doors of the boys who were passed over.
KAYE (on camera): Got it. Now very quickly here, we have the matzo, so we only eat unleavened bread, right?
BILCHICK: Because of the rush -- the terrible rush that people were in, so the bread wouldn't rise. But also interesting, the matzo is very fragile. If you do that, look, it's splintered. And that's symbolic of life, which is fragile and also splintered.
KAYE : (on camera) And we know we always drink wine and we recline to relax.
BILCHICK: That's right. Lots of wine and lots of reclining because in slavery, it was very hard and very arduous, so we do the opposite during the Passover Seder.
KAYE (on camera): All right, I'm going to have some of this because I'm a little hungry this morning, OK?
KAYE (on camera): I will, I will. Thank you very much.
BILCHICK: Thank you.
KAYE: A sleepy town on Florida's gulf coast. Two men go missing. I have the story of why the Sherriff's Department has been investigating on of their own and why the investigation has gone nowhere.
KAYE: In Naples, Florida, a quiet community on the gulf coast, two men have disappeared, their only connection, a run-in with a former Sheriff's deputy. This is the story of that case and why the investigation has gone nowhere.
KAYE (voice over): Marcia Williams hasn't seen her son in more than eight years.
KAYE (on camera): Do you have any hope your son is still alive? MARCIA WILLIAMS, MOTHER OF TERRANCE WILLIAMS: I don't believe that Terrance is alive. At this point, I have to find out what happened to him.
KAYE (voice over): What happened to Terrance Williams is anybody's guess. He was last seen outside this Naples, Florida cemetery, on January 11th, 2004, with this man, sheriff's Deputy Steve Calkins.
KAYE (on camera): Investigators say Caulkins' story about meeting Terrance Williams here at the cemetery just doesn't add up. At one point, Calkins said he pulled Terrance Williams' car over because it was having problems. But when he called his friend in dispatch, he reported the car had been abandoned. He never let on he'd had any contact with any driver, Terrance Williams.
STEVEN CALKINS, SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: I got a 'Homie' Cadillac on the side of the road here signal 11, signal 52 nobody around. Maybe he's out there in the cemetery. He'll come back and his car will be gone.
KAYE (voice over): But if the driver was not around, how, then, was Deputy Calkins able to run a background check using Terrance's name and birthdate?
DISPATCHER: Last name?
CALKINS: Williams, common spelling.
DISPATCHER: Date of birth?
CALKINS: 4-1-75. Black male.
KAYE (VOICE OVER): Yet, just four days later, Calkins claims to remember nothing of the car or the driver. Listen to what he says when a sheriff's dispatcher calls him at home.
DISPATCHER: You towed a car from Vanderbilt and 111th Monday, a Cadillac. Do you remember it?
DISPATCHER: Do you remember? She said it was near the cemetery.
DISPATCHER: The people at the cemetery are telling her you put somebody in the back of your vehicle and arrested them, and I don't show you arresting anybody.
CALKINS: I never arrested nobody.
WILLIAMS: Isn't that amazing? He's a seasoned veteran, and he couldn't remember four days later?
KAYE (on camera): So you don't buy that?
WILLIAMS: No it's not true. It's not true at all.
KAYE (VOICE OVER): Eight days after Terrance vanished, Deputy Calkins was ordered to write a report. And it's in this report that a different story emerges. Deputy Calkins says he drove the 27-year-old father of four to this nearby Circle K, where he says he thought Terrance worked.
And it's that version of events that concerned investigators because just months earlier, they'd heard the same story from Deputy Calkins about another missing man. Twenty-three-year-old UNIDENTIFIED MALE vanished October 14th, 2003, after Deputy Calkins responded to the scene of a minor accident involving UNIDENTIFIED MALE.
He issued UNIDENTIFIED MALE a citation and put him in the back of his sheriff's car. UNIDENTIFIED MALE's brother, who was also at the scene asked we hide his face out of fear for his own safety.
KAYE (on camera): Did Deputy Calkins tell you where he was taking your brother?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): The officer never told us anything. Later, we went to the jail, and my brother wasn't there.
KAYE (voice over): When Calkins was questioned about UNIDENTIFIED MALE, an undocumented worker, he told investigators he dropped Santos off at a Circle K. Sheriff's investigator, Kevin O'Neill.
KEVIN O'NEILL, SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATOR: We have no independent cooperation of anybody telling us that they saw Williams or UNIDENTIFIED MALE in one of these Circle K's. That's strictly Calkins' testimony, and I think we can add up where we could put his testimony at this point.
KAYE (voice over): O'Neill says neither of the missing men was ever seen on Circle K security cameras, and there's more.
KAYE (on camera): About a month after Terrance Williams disappeared, Steve Calkins gave a sworn statement during an interrogation. He told investigators he had called this Circle K, where he says he dropped Terrance Williams off. He told investigators he made that call from his work-issued Nextel phone.
But when investigators said they'd pulled his phone records and told him there was no record of a call to this Circle K from his cell phone, he brushed it off, saying simply, quote, "I don't know what to tell you."
You've been doing this for a long time. You know when something doesn't smell right. Do you think that Deputy Calkins had anything to do with the disappearance and possible death of these two men?
O'NEILL: He's absolutely in the middle of the investigation. Everything I turn to brings me right back to Steve Calkins.
KAYE (voice over): Months after UNIDENTIFIED MALE and Williams went missing, Deputy Calkins, a 16-year veteran, was fired for lying in connection with the investigation of Terrance Williams. Calkins hasn't been charged because no criminal evidence was ever found linking Calkins to the disappearances. In the case of Terrance Williams, investigators say the deputy's car was searched and described as immaculate. Calkins' home was never searched because according to investigators, they didn't have the evidence needed for a search warrant.
We wanted to ask Steve Calkins some questions, but couldn't get past this woman.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello?
KAYE (on camera): Hi. Sorry to bother you. I'm Randi Kaye from CNN. I'm looking for Steve Calkins.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. You can get the camera out of our property please.
KAYE (on camera): He's not on your property.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bye!
KAYE (on camera): Is he, is he here or is he...?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bye!
KAYE (voice over): In 2006, Calkins did tell a local paper he didn't do anything wrong, blaming the coincidences of the missing men on very bad luck. He suggested maybe they ran away.
WILLIAMS: If Terrance was alive, Terrance would have had somebody to contact his mother. I know for sure that's one thing that he would do in a heartbeat. Call my mama.
KAYE: And Terrance Williams' mother also told me that there's no way that her son would have run away because he was just getting his life in order, he had a new job and four children at home.
Newsroom continues at the top of the hour with Fredricka Whitfield. Hello.
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: How are you?
KAYE: You said we look --
WHITFIELD: We look like Easter baskets, but why not? You know, this is the weekend that we can do that.
KAYE: It is the weekend.
WHITFIELD: How are you?
WHITFIELD: Well, we've got a lot straight ahead. Our legal guys -- well one of our legal guys -- will be here. Holly Hughes is going to be joining our Avery Friedman, and we're going to talk about several cases. One including that of the Ray Charles estate. We're talking about seven out of his twelve kids are now challenging an estate arrangement.
All the children before his death had made arrangements that they'd all get $500,000. Well, now many years afterwards, some of those children are saying they want a piece of the pie, a bigger piece of the pie, so a legal challenge is now one that Avery and our Holly Hughes are going to be talking about later on.
And then on the dispute over female membership at Augusta.
KAYE: Oh, yes.
WHITFIELD: We've heard about that discussion. Well, no one has said that they want to take it to court, but if they were to do so, what would be the argument being made for this private institution, which has a men only membership? We're going to be talking about that.
And also, activist Martha Burke -- over the years she has tried to challenge Augusta for a very long time. We were just looking at the CEO of IBM and whether she will indeed get membership. That's what's at issue.
KAYE: Right, because they're sponsors.
KAYE: And they're supposed to give membership.
WHITFIELD: They're a sponsor. Martha Burke is going to be joining us to talk about the statement that IBM is making by not making more of this, by being a continued sponsor, even though this policy exists. And she says this really should be a great opportunity for IBM and other corporate sponsors to make some challenges.
And then, you know, lots of eggs, and I mentioned we look like an Easter egg basket with our colors here today. I want you to take a look at some images and you tell me whether these are died eggs or whether...
KAYE: Can we see? Can we see?
WHITFIELD: -- died eggs, or whether these are natural.
KAYE: It's kind of hard to see, but I'm going to go with natural.
WHITFIELD: OK, well, we'll go with natural. We have some other images that we'll show later, too, where you've got light green eggs, blue eggs, and you know, kind of a chocolate brown. Yes, indeed, these are natural eggs. In fact these eggs that you're looking at here are organically grown right in someone's back yard.
That I know it doesn't look like it, but that is a rather exotic chicken. This is part of a -- kind of a menagerie right in the back yard of someone's home here in Atlanta. Well, this really is a hot, big thing right now -- having your own chicken coop in your own backyard --
KAYE: And your own colored eggs?
WHITFIELD: Why are people doing it? It really is kind of a growing trend. There are no real numbers as to how many people have them, but take a look at those beautiful eggs right there, people do. And we're going to take you to a chicken coop.
KAYE: All right.
WHITFIELD: Because this chick right here is rather adventurous, and I figured we would kind of nest on the topic for a while.
KAYE: Oh, of course.
WHITFIELD: All right. So we've got a lot straight ahead, beginning at noon.