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Romney In Israel; Colorado Survivor Forgives Shooter; Church Bans Black Couple's Wedding; Two Sides in Syria Exchange Prisoners; Lochte Beats Phelps in First Race; Aurora Suspect to Be Charged Monday
Aired July 29, 2012 - 06:00 ET
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RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: From CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, this is EARLY START WEEKEND.
Trying to make a comeback after an embarrassing first run. No, I'm not talking about an Olympic athlete, but Mitt Romney's international tour.
Plus, a stunning victory and a surprising defeat. A tale of two American swimmers in last night's must-see 400-meter race.
And, later, the Spanish Olympic team is already making headlines, but not for their athletic talent. Wait until you see why they're making waves and turning heads.
It is Sunday, July 29th. Good morning, everyone. So glad you're with us. I'm Randi Kaye.
We start this morning in Syria, where we may be in the beginning stages of a massacre. That is the warning from opposition leaders who are urging allies to act.
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ABDULBASET SIEDA, HEAD OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL (through translator): Our friends and allies will bear responsibility for the terrifying massacres that will happen in Aleppo if they don't move soon. This regime is planning for a big massacre in Aleppo.
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KAYE: He's talking about the situation in Aleppo, as you heard. That is Syria's biggest city. Army tanks battered the city Saturday as forces loyal to President Assad look to crush the rebels.
Coming up in just about 25 minutes, we'll have much more on this battle from the ground.
To Israel now and Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential candidate is there to meet with Israeli leaders. He'll also deliver a major address on foreign policy later this morning. Romney arrived in Israel last night after spending a few days in London for the Olympics. CNN national political correspondent, Jim Acosta, has been traveling with Mr. Romney. He joins me now on the phone from Jerusalem.
Jim, good morning.
Tell us first the reaction to Romney's arrival there.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Well, I have to tell you, Randi, Mitt Romney is making it very clear on this trip to Israel that he intends to issue an unmistakable warning to Iran of what will happen if that nation does not cease in its development of nuclear weapons. Something that much of the world thinks that that country is up to. In remarks released by the campaign from a speech that he's going to be delivering later on today here in Israel, Randi, Mitt Romney will say, quote, "my message to the people of Israel and the leaders of Iran is one in the same, I will not look away and neither will my country."
The Romney campaign, Randi, it's also interesting, gave a briefing to reporters earlier this morning. And it is sort of making some news back in the U.S. and around the world. Something that Romney's foreign policy adviser, Dan Senor, told reporters about what would happen if Israel decided to go ahead and strike Iran unilaterally. If Iran does not cease the development of nuclear weapons. Dan Senor said, quote, to reporters, "if Israel has to take action on its own in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision."
Randi, we all tried to ask Governor Romney about that comment as he left his meeting with President Shimon Perez just a few moments ago. He did not respond to those questions. But earlier today, Randi, he had a very cordial meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister here. They exchanged a lot of pleasantries there. And at one point Netanyahu said in his remarks that he supported Mitt Romney's comment on Iran wholeheartedly. It was one of the things that stood out from the meeting, Randi.
KAYE: And obviously, Jim, we want to get every ounce of what we can out of this visit to Israel. But, meanwhile, I understand the governor is keeping the press out of many of his events in Jerusalem. Is that some sort of backlash for something?
ACOSTA: Well, it's interesting. It's just really one event that we're looking at, at this point, Randi, and that is a fundraiser that Mitt Romney is scheduled to hold on Monday morning here in Israel. And what makes this fundraiser sort of interesting is that it's expected that the casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, will be in attendance. He's donated, as you know, millions of dollars to Mitt Romney's super PAC.
And the traveling press that is accompanying Romney on this trip from Great Britain to Israel was informed last night s we got into Jerusalem that the fund raiser will be closed to the press. We were not given a reason. Only that we will not be allowed to watch any of the fundraiser as it goes on. And really that's sort of not in keeping with an arrangement that the press worked out with the Romney campaign a couple of months ago. We just (INAUDIBLE) traveling fool (ph).
KAYE: But given how it went in London for him -- ACOSTA: Yes.
KAYE: Given that, is it something having to do with how things went in London for him?
ACOSTA: Well, that's sort of the speculation, Randi. I mean I can't really say anything more about that. The campaign did not obviously say that. I will say, you know, about that trip to London, the Romney campaign has said very little about what happened in Great Britain in terms of that controversy that Romney sort of ignited when he made those comments about London's readiness to host the Olympic games. On the plane, leaving Britain to Israel last night, Romney's advisers were briefing reporter. They were asked about it. They basically had no comment, Randi.
KAYE: All right, Jim Acosta for us traveling with Governor Romney. Thank you.
Back here in the U.S., the Romney campaign hit a bit of a rough patch. That's after Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in New Mexico Saturday. He ended up missing a Romney campaign event in Iowa, but he still delivered a speech by cell phone. Rubio has been a key surrogate for Romney and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice.
The first full day of competition in London is in the history books. And for Michael Phelps, well, not such a great day. Ryan Lochte captured the United State's first gold medal of the 2012 Olympic games on Saturday. He soundly defeated Phelps in the highly anticipated men's 400-meter individual medley. Brazil won the silver, Japan took the bronze, while Phelps did not medal, coming in fourth place. Here's how some of the fans reacted to Lochte's big win.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ryan's the best swim (INAUDIBLE). He trains hard. And he's awesome. So, very happy for Ryan Lochte.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We thought Phelps was going to be close, and he just fell apart. But, you know --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We -- yes. Definitely thought Phelps would have placed, but it was amazing to see Lochte just blow away like that. That was a great way to start it out.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was someone else's night to shine. And Lochte did it.
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KAYE: For his part, being a good sport, Michael Phelps took to Twitter and sent a tweet to his rival saying, "congrats to Ryan Lochte. Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs." Nicely done.
So let's check out the medal count. As of right now, China leading with six overall with four gold medals. Italy and the U.S. each have five medals. Italy has two golds and silvers. The U.S. has one gold from the swimmer, Ryan Lochte, as we said, and two silvers and two bronze medals.
So what's your favorite event this Olympics and who is the athlete or athletes that you're rooting for and keeping your eye on? We want to hear from you. Let me know. You can tweet me @RandiKayeCNN and we'll read some of your responses later on in the show.
Call it the strength of the human spirit. One survivor has already forgiven the Colorado theater shooter. He tells us why and what he'd say if he could be face to face with that gunman.
KAYE: Welcome back.
The suspect in that deadly shooting rampage inside a crowded Colorado movie theater goes back to court tomorrow. Twenty-four-year- old James Holmes is expected to be formally charged in last week's massacre that left 12 dead and dozens injured. It's since been revealed that he had been seeing a psychiatrist. But how it will affect his defense still remains to be determined.
One of the victims who's still in the hospital has suffered a miscarriage. It is the second child Ashley Moser has lost as a result of this. Her six-year-old daughter Veronica, pictured here, was the youngest victim to die last week. The family issued a statement saying the extreme trauma the mom sustained caused the miscarriage. She faces a tough road ahead as well, not just emotionally but physically, undergoing another surgery just yesterday. She had been shot in the neck and the abdomen. If you'd like to help, you can make a donation into the account for Ashley and Veronica Moser at any Wells Fargo bank.
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JORDAN GHAWI, SHOOTING VICTIM'S BROTHER: I just want to leave you with two things. And one is, if this coward could have done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love. And the other thing is, if you're putting your dreams on hold, you stop that right now. You chase those dreams. You don't know how long you have here.
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KAYE: That was the brother of another shooting victim saying good-bye to her yesterday. Mourners attended the funeral for 24-year- old Jessica Ghawi at a San Antonio church. Ghawi was an aspiring broadcaster whose life was cut short. Three other shooting victims were remembered in services this weekend. Matt McQuinn, Alex Teves, and Navy Petty Officer John T. Larimer.
Despite the shooting that's left many wondering why, we are remind about the strength of the human spirit, reflected so poignantly in forgiveness that has emerged out of Aurora. Today, one of the survivors of that theater shooting, Pierce O'Farrill, will return to his regular Sunday morning routine -- church. I had a chance to visit with him before I left Colorado and he told me he plan to pray for the shooter.
KAYE (voice-over): For the first time since the shooting, Pierce O'Farrill didn't wake up Thursday morning in a hospital bed.
PIERCE O'FARRILL, SHOOTING SURVIVOR: There's a different smell in the air it seems when you're out of the hospital.
KAYE (on camera): Pierce never thought he would live to tell his story about what happened inside theater nine. He was sitting in the third row, just one seat from the aisle, right near the exit door where the shooter entered.
O'FARRILL: When I saw him, literally everything almost seemed like it stopped. Like everything was in slow motion. I couldn't even hear the movie any more. I couldn't hear anything. Like literally I could feel like I could hear his footsteps walking into the theater. I mean it was just -- I was just locked in on him.
KAYE (voice-over): Pierce immediately noticed the suspected shooter's body armor and gas mask.
O'FARRILL: It was just a presence, you know. I mean, literally, it was like I could feel like just a -- a cloud of evil just walking into the theater.
KAYE: He was so close, Pierce saw the gunman throw the teargas, then open fire. Pierce was hit three times, twice in his left foot by both the shotgun and assault rifle, and then again with the Glock pistol in his upper arm. The bullet shattered his bone.
O'FARRILL: My whole left side of my body was just radiating pain. So I didn't know if it was in the arm, I didn't know if it was in the back, but really -- I mean that bullet just hit me and just -- it mean it just rocked me.
KAYE: Pierce dove to the ground and covered his head. He could taste blood in his mouth and noticed it starting to pool around his head on the floor. When the shooting stopped for a moment, he tried to make it to the exit with his friend who had been shot in the leg. Pierce collapsed. His friend, thinking he was dead, escaped. Pierce's head was just inches from the gunman's boot.
O'FARRILL: And I could just feel his presence in the theater. I mean I could feel him walking around me. I'm fairly -- I'm almost --
KAYE (on camera): Like a shadow?
O'FARRILL: Yes, a shadow. An I could just feel it over me.
KAYE: Pierce, who is deeply spiritual, thought the gunman was going to kill him. So he started praying and made peace with dying. Then, he started thinking about his brother and father and realized he didn't want them to blame God for his death. At that very moment, he says, the gunman simply walked away.
O'FARRILL: I could feel the evil just running out of that theater. And then all of a sudden he just calmly walked to his car and --
KAYE: You think God was in the theater with you that night?
O'FARRILL: Absolutely. Absolutely.
KAYE: You think he saved you?
O'FARRILL: Yes. There's no doubt in my mind that God saved me.
KAYE: Why? Why you?
O'FARRILL: I have prayed so hard for the last year for the Lord to just give me a chance to show the world who he is. To show the world how wonderful he is.
KAYE: And you think this was his way?
O'FARRILL: I do. I believe that he saved me out of that theater so I can just show the world that there is light.
KAYE (voice-over): To those who say this wouldn't have happened if God was in the theater, Pierce says he believes God's hand created two miracles -- the shooter's rifle jammed, and the bombs at his apartment never went off, preventing the loss of even more people.
Pierce has already found it in his heart to forgive the man who nearly killed him and hopes one day to meet him and pray with him.
KAYE (on camera): What would you say to him?
O'FARRILL: I would say, I forgive you. And I would ask him if I could pray for him. And -- because the truth is, every person on this world deserves forgiveness. And every one of us need to pay for the sins that we've committed. But I also pray that he gets life in prison. And I just pray in those 40, 50 years that somehow, some way, God can find his way into his heart and forgive.
KAYE: And if you would like to help victims of the Colorado theater shooting, just go to cnn.com/impact for more information there.
Now to Mississippi, where members of a church threatened their pastor, saying he can't perform a wedding all because of the couple's race. You'll hear from the pastor and the couple.
KAYE: Checking stories across country. First to Wichita, Kansas, where people can now legally walk down city streets with a loaded gun in plain sight. A city ordinance just changed to conform to state law that open carry is OK. There are some restrictions, though. The gun has to have the safety on it and it has to be in a holster. Gun experts say it's more practical to have a concealed weapons permit.
A family in Allentown, Pennsylvania, say they could hear water rushing underneath their home for days. Then their basement collapsed. It was a huge sinkhole. Eight homes had to be evacuated.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: they were trying to get in, banging on the door. And that's when I realized that something was going on.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They want to get everybody out in case it does fall in.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And then we realized that people couldn't open their doors. They couldn't close them. And that there was cracks everywhere.
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KAYE: A city official says the homes can be saved, but first they're trying to fix that hole.
Now to Oregon, where veterinarians worked for three days to get all the glue off this little kitten named Ace. Glue! He somehow got stuck in industrial-strength epoxy glue while wondering a parking garage. Look at the little guy. Firefighter cut the kitten out of the glue and turned it over to the veterinarians.
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JOSHUA BRADEN, WILLAMETTE VALLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL: It got scared and started to struggle and every time it struggled, it basically buried itself more into the epoxy. Its front feet were basically adhesed up like this. So there was no moving, no walking or anything like that.
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KAYE: Vets were able to shave off his hair to get most of the glue off. And here's my favorite part of the story. Ace is being adopted by a manager of none other than the Ace Hardware Store in town.
To Mississippi now and a church controversy. One couple was told they couldn't get married at the church that they attend pause of their race. We get the story from David Kenney (ph) of affiliate WLBT.
DAVID KENNEY, WLBT REPORTER (voice-over): They had set the date, printed up and mailed out all the invitations. But the day before wedding bells were to ring for Charles and Te'Andrea, they say they got some bad news from the pastor.
CHARLES WILSON, WEDDING BANNED AT CHURCH: The congregation had decided that no black couple could be married at their church. And then if they -- if he went on to have -- to marry us, then they would vote him out, and he would be put out the church.
KENNEY: The Wilsons were trying to get married at the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs. A church they attend regularly, but are not members of.
TE'ANDREA WILSON, WEDDING BANNED AT CHURCH: We couldn't have the wedding at the church. He had people in the sanctuary that was pitching a fit about us being a black couple. I mean, I didn't like at it all because I wasn't brought up to be racist. I -- I was brought up in the church all my life to love and care for everybody.
KENNEY: Church pastor, Dr. Stan Weatherford, says he was taken by surprise by what he calls a small minority against the black marriage at the church.
DR. STAN WEATHERFORD, PASTOR, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CRYSTAL SPRINGS: This was -- had not -- had never been done here before. So it was setting a new precedence. And there were those who reacted to that because of that.
KENNEY: Weatherford went on and performed the wedding at a nearby church --
WEATHERFORD: I didn't want to have a controversy within the church. And I certainly didn't want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te'Andrea. I wanted it make sure that their wedding day was a special day.
KENNEY: After months of planning, the newlyweds say they had no choice but to go through with the wedding at the new location, but they still can't understand why a church would ban their wedding because of a race.
WILSON: I blame First Baptist Church of Crystal Spring. I blame those members who knew and call themselves being Christians and didn't stand up.
KENNEY: Church officials say they welcome any race into their congregation. They now plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward should this situation recur.
WEATHERFORD: I was prepared to just go ahead and do the wedding here, just like it was planned and just like we had agreed to. I was just looking for an opportunity, an option, to be able to address a need within our congregation and at the same time minister to them.
KAYE: That was David Kenney of affiliate WLBT. The First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs has been there since 1883. They're now holding internal meetings to decide what to do the next time an African-American couple asks to get married there. That is if another couple ever asks to get married there.
Intrigue and drama in the Syrian countryside.
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IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We're now waiting for vehicles to approach, which we believe will be carrying four Sunni Muslim prisoners. The first part of this prisoner exchange.
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KAYE: Our Ivan Watson with a firsthand look at the battle inside the battle for Syria. We'll have an update.
KAYE: That is the scene from the streets of Aleppo. Syria's biggest city. Those are rebel fighters firing back at the Syrian military. The military is using tank and helicopter to batter those rebel forces. Opposition leaders warn that the city could soon be the scene of a massacre by the military. One hundred and sixty people died across Syria on Saturday.
There's more to the conflict in Syria than just the military versus the rebels. There is also the sectarian divide. One that played out right before the eyes of our Ivan Watson.
IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On a windswept road, rebel fighters wait. Somewhere out of sight, a deal is being struck. When the call comes, the gunman moves. We are about to witness a prisoner exchange.
WATSON (on camera): We're now waiting for vehicles to approach, which we believe will be carrying four Sunni Muslim prisoner. The first part of this prisoner exchange.
WATSON (voice-over): "See over there? They're coming from the olive trees," says this rebel whose code named "Anadon the sniper."
A short meeting and the crossroads and this sniper leads the van away. The van is full of Sunni Muslim prisoners. The man delivering them is a Shiite Muslim sheikh. The rebels, who are made up largely of members of Syria's Sunni Muslim majority, often accuse minority Shiite Muslims of collaborate with the government. Some fear this could lead to sectarian violence.
"All our lives we've lived peacefully as neighbors," says this sniper. "This sectarianism is the work of the regime."
The convoy reaches its destination and the Sunni prisoners pour out. It turn out, there are 11 captives in all. Now free, they get a warm welcome, as does the Shiite leader. Locals invite him to stay for dinner. But he's clearly in a rush to leave. But not before getting a lecture from a Sunni rebel.
"Our daughters have married into your families and yours have married into ours," he says, "but if you kidnap one of us, we'll kidnap 1,000 of you. You slap us once, we'll slap you 100 times. So why do you let the army shoot at us from your village?"
The question goes unanswered. The Shia leave with 11 prisoners. One of them looks like he's been beaten. The Shia tell us they were truck drivers delivering fuel who were captured by armed men. At this delicate moment, that's the only explanation either side offers for what really happened here.
WATSON (on camera): There was a lot of hugs and kisses. The prisoner exchange appears to have been completed. The Shia driver and sheikh are about to take their people pack home to their community.
WATSON (voice-over): Diplomacy wins the day. For now, these Syrians have succeeded in avoiding the specter of a Syrian religious war.
KAYE: And Ivan Watson joins me now on the phone from northern Syria.
Ivan, those Shiite prisoners that we saw you talking about there, did you ever find out the real story behind their capture?
WATSON (via telephone): It sounded like they had been drivers who'd been moving truckloads of fuel. Now what the Sunnis told us, the rebels, was that communities that are sympathetic to the regime get discount or subsidized fuel, which, of course, communities that are supporting the rebels do not get. So the rebels captured the vehicles to size the fuel and then they kept the drivers so that they could negotiate for the release of some of their own captured rebels. That seemed to be the crux of the story.
KAYE: And we've talked a lot about Aleppo today and this weekend overall. It's certainly been the site of some pretty fierce fighting over the past week. Don't tell us where you are, just for security purposes, but what are you seeing from where you are?
WATSON: Well, we just drove across the gates of Aleppo from the northern side of it and rebels are organizing floating checkpoints to the highway directly to the north of Aleppo. Now, every rebel you talk to has friend, has comrades in arms who are inside Aleppo. And every rebel I've spoken to in the last 24 hours knows of some members of their rebel brigade who have been killed in the last 24 to 36 hours. One man telling me, for instance, that he sent in three fighters with a carload of guns to distribute to the fighters inside Aleppo. And after their first stop, they were hit by a tank in their car and then -- with machine gun fire -- and all three men were killed. So, the situation is very dire there. As we've been driving around the outskirts of the city, I've seen truck after truck loaded with civilians' belongings, mattresses, refrigerators, children and women all clearly fleeing what they know will -- is already a war zone. But it is likely to get much, much worse in the days ahead.
KAYE: And what about the rebels' resilience, Ivan? I mean, they seem overpowered, they are outnumbered, they are out-weaponed. Are they hopeful that they can win this?
WATSON: I think they realize that they have no other choice. This has been a rebellion that's been underway for 17 months. And part of what has driven the countryside, entirely communities, villages, and towns to rise up against the government is the constant refrain we hear that this government just kills us. If we'll say no to them, they will just come and kill us and arrest us and torture us.
Everybody I talk to has a relative, cousin who has been detained, who has been tortured. Know somebody who's been killed at an anti- government demonstration. They have no other choice right now but to fight. It's an existential battle for these people. They're getting very little help from the outside world. I was shown an ammo dump hidden in a school that the rebels have. Full of weapons that have been smuggled across the border from Turkey.
There were a lot of mortars, there were a lot of rocket-propelled grenades, there were a lot of machine gun rounds. But as one expert told me, that would only be good for about a half-hour's battle. And this is what these people are relying on to try to hold on to entire neighborhoods of this city as one level put it. We're getting enough from the outside world to keep this rebellion alive but not enough to win.
KAYE: Ivan Watson reporting from inside Syria. Please take care of yourself there, Ivan. Thank you so much.
And now to London where the first gold medal for the U.S. team goes to swimmer Ryan Lochte. So, why are some headlines focusing on Michael Phelps?
KAYE: Welcome back. And thank for starting your morning with us. Thirty six minutes past the hour. I'm Randi Kaye.
This morning, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter made her Olympics debut. You see Zara Phillips competing in dressage. And she doesn't just have royal blood, both her parents were also on Olympic equestrian teams.
Now, to the U.S. teams, swimmer Ryan Lochte is the first American to win a gold medal, he win against his rival Michael Phelps in the 400 individual medley and beat soundly him. Phelps didn't even get on the podium. Remember, he's won 14 gold medals in previous Olympics.
Alex Thomas is covering all the action from Olympic park. Good morning, Alex. So, tell me, is this a sign that Lochte is the new golden boy of swimming?
ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: I think Ryan Lochte would have rise smart himself if that were suggested to him, because he would think he's always been a golden boy. Just not as big a golden boy as Michael Phelps. He is a veteran now, this is his third Olympic games. He's 27-years-old. He's won golds on three previous occasions, one in Athens, two again in Beijing four years ago. But of course he's been overshadowed by Phelps. And who wouldn't be?
Phelps is a swimming superstar. The eight golds he won in Beijing, unprecedented. Makes us think back to Mark Spitz in the 1970s, they both posed with all those golds hanging around their neck. But Lochte certainly had the beating of Phelps and he was -- yesterday and he was back in the pool again early on today finishing second in the heats of the 200 meters freestyle behind China Sun Yang -- the champion from yesterday. So, I think we'll going to see more from Lochte today. But Phelps has another six chances to get gold medals and their rivalry will resume next week.
KAYE: Well, let's talk about the women U.S.'s team. Up and coming star Missy Franklin won her first bronze medal yesterday. She's back in the pool today, right?
THOMAS: Yes, that's tight. So, her attempt to win seven goals which would be unprecedented for a female swimmer, folded at the first attempt. But it was a relay. She, you know, I could say was let down by her teammates, finishing behind Holland and Australia. My Aussie wife loved that I can tell you. But Missy Franklin, big hopes for her. Because you don't get this kind of all-around talent in women's swimming as much historically.
She's got six other events. Terrifically talented swimmer. Although not the youngest. Dana Vollmer is going for a gold later in the final of the women's 100 meters butter fly. And Dana debut at the age 16 in Athens. Missed out Beijing four years ago. So, she's desperate to get back on the top of that podium.
KAYE: And the U.S. basketball team is going up against France this morning. That's going to be a pretty big game.
THOMAS: Yes. Huge. Full of NBA stars, that one. I like to always call them the dream team. I know that applies to the 1992 team from Barcelona, Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, and all those. But for some pretty big names in Bolt team (ph). For the U.S. side, of course, you got the new NBA champion LeBron James, you got Lakers star Kobe Bryant, you've got Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks. Lots of big names missing out like Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, all injured. Derrick Rose, the MVP from last year, of course.
But outside of the U.S., France or the other team with the most NBS stars including San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker. But it's also important for the U.S. to win and win big at this early stage. To fulfill those boasts of both Bryant and James who said they could beat the dream team of 1992.
KAYE: Well, let's talk about this really, really bizarre moment at the opening ceremonies. A lot of folks might have missed this. So, tell me what happened with India's parade of athletes.
THOMAS: Well, it does take an hour and a half or an hour and three quarters for all those hundreds of teams to come through and parade around the stadium. It's a really important moment for all the athletes involved. But one woman next -- in front of the Indian team wasn't supposed to be there. She was wearing a red hooded top, I think we've got some still images we can show you. And turquoise pants or trousers as we call them here in London. And she just snuck in there really. She's being a bit cheeky.
The Indians are furious saying it took the spotlight away from their athletes and officials. But really, I think India needs to look at its performance on the track, Randi. This is a country of 1.2 billion people. And the most medals it's ever won at one games is three. And that was four years ago. So maybe it will be a bit of focus on there -- if athletes started winning things.
THOMAS: Can't blame the person that is trying to have a go for sneaking in there.
KAYE: That's pretty strange, though. I mean, really bizarre. Boy, does she stand out with the red top and turquoise pants. Alex Thomas --
THOMAS: Yes, no blazer there.
KAYE: No. No. Nice to chat with you.
Well, believe it or not, the U.S. swim team found some spare time for fun in between all those practice laps last week. They filmed their own parody of the hit song, "Call Me Maybe." And yes, even stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte make an appearance. Take a look.
That's some pretty good stuff. The women's team spearheaded the production. But it may not be considered too patriotic. Singer Carly Rae Jackson is actually Canadian.
Ralph Lauren, Armani, Stella McCartney, some big name designer stepped up to make some of this year's Olympic uniforms. But I'll show why one tennis star is tweeting, he'd never worn anything so ugly in his life. Trust me, you'll going to want to see these.
KAYE: Welcome back. Despite a heated debate, when team USA made their debut in London, they were wearing uniforms made in China. But team Spain has a whole different complaint. They say that their uniforms are just plain ugly. So, we'll let you be the judge. Take a look at this picture posted by field hockey player Alex Fabregas, he says, quote, "Olympic outfit, there aren't enough adjectives." I got to agree with them there. A Spanish rower Saul Craviotto has also posted a picture on twitter with the message, "I better not comment. I leave that to you." Believe it or not, the European debt crisis may actually be the blame for those ugly uniforms.
So, let's talk about this with Nadia Bilchik who's here this morning. So, is this for real? I mean, they're really complaining about this?
NADIA BILCHIK, CNN EDITORIAL PRODUCER: Absolutely. Designer brand Bosco which is a Russian-based brand said, we will sponsor your uniforms. Think of how wonderful that is. But the new Bosco sports will sponsor for free. So, the Spanish committee is going, why not? We have free uniforms. So, we'll accept graciously which they did, although the athletes weren't so gracious about them.
KAYE: No. Look at them. I mean, I've heard a few comments even just around our Newsroom about them. But how much would the uniforms have cost if they did get?
BILCHIK: Well, the president of the Spanish Olympic committee says it would have been around $1.8 million. So he goes, $1.8 million for free uniforms versus getting them for free. So, why not? But I love what one former athlete says. He says, "I am so happy I didn't have to wear the mustard and ketchup uniform. They're so garish. I looked like a '70s race car driver in them." So --
KAYE: Yes, with just all the patches and --
BILCHIK: It's like that bright green and that bright yellow and the bright red together.
KAYE: Yes, very funny. So, the economy obviously has really affected Greece, as well. In fact, the team at the London games is the smallest, right? They've sent fewer athletes than they have in what, like two decades?
BILCHIK: That's quite right. The smallest in 20 years. There only 105 athletes competing this year. And what was remarkable is that at first, they were offered around $30 million. Then they got eight, and then got nothing. So very little money to prepare. And how this impacted them is things like no heated pools. So, show were they supposed to practice or they couldn't go to any of the international competitions because literally there was no money.
KAYE: So, it wasn't just the athletes' budgets that were cut?
BILCHIK: No, not just the athletes' budgets, also trainers and coaches by up to 30 percent. And even the famous Olympic torch ceremony that they have in ancient Olympia. That was going to be cut and luckily private sponsors stepped in there. So, it went ahead and the torch is ablaze in ancient Olympia during the Olympics.
KAYE: You know, it's incredible we talk so much about the debt crisis and how it's going to affect those of us here in the U.S. We didn't think about it really, we didn't think about the Olympics and these teams that are also struggling and how it's going to affect them. Incredible.
BILCHIK: And it will be so interesting to see, you know, how this impacts their performance. I mean, they're very, you know, strong spirited, and they seem very positive about it, but it has to.
BILCHIK: And if you look at someone like Phelps, think about the amount of practice and the conditions he practices in. And look at this people. So, certainly it will going to be interesting to see what transpires.
KAYE: It would be tough to wade into a cold pool for practice swim. Nadia, thank you. I appreciate that.
Well, NASA may soon know if there's ever been life on Mars. We'll tell you how.
KAYE: Welcome back. Here's a look at some of the stories that we think you should be keeping an eye on in the week ahead. We certainly will be. On Monday, that is an important day because in Colorado, police plan to actually charge the suspected Colorado shooter, James Holmes.
And on Tuesday, the trial of Drew Peterson is scheduled to begin. He's the former police sergeant accused of killing his third wife in 2004. He's also suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife who disappeared in 2007.
Now, also, on Tuesday, you see it right there, the Federal Reserve will hold a two-day meeting. The topic that's expected to dominate the agenda is whether or not they'll introduce another round of stimulus.
On Wednesday, all eyes on Chick-fil-A. It's Chick-fil-A appreciation day or the eat-in as it's being called. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum asking pro-family supporters to eat a Chick-fil-A if you support their views on traditional marriage.
And on Sunday, way over here, the end of the week, the Mars rover curiosity will land on the surface of the red planet where it will spend the next two years exploring the planet. But now, we have a really big day today. It's not on our week ahead calendar, but we want to wish well our fantastic intern Ryan Jones. Yes, he's heading back to Iowa, he's here in the studio with us bringing me my daily papers. Thank you, Ryan. He is been just wonderful. He's really been a great team player here.
RYAN JONES, "EARLY START INTERN": Well, thank you. I've enjoyed it.
KAYE: We sent you out in the field. He has done all kinds of things, he's been working on segments. So, we wish you well as you head back to Iowa. JONES: Well, thank you. I've loved it.
KAYE: We know we'll all be working for you one day. I'm pretty sure of it, so.
KAYE: Ryan Jones everybody, there you go.
All right. Here's a preview of "SANJAY GUPTA MD," coming up in about a half an hour.
SANJAY GUPTA, CNN ANCHOR: Randi, there's still a lot of questions about the suspected Colorado shooter. So, we're asking today, how would you know if a colleague or even a family member might be a danger? And what to do then?
Also another story that really hit home with me, a girl who was bullied so badly at school that she resorted to plastic surgery as the only way to stop the bullies. See for yourself. "SGMD," 7:30 Eastern.
KAYE: So you're in London for the Olympics, and all the hotel rooms are sold out. What is one to do? Well, as Rosie Tomkins shows us, if you find this one very special taxicab, you won't need a place to stay.
ROSIE TOMKINS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hello. Do they? Reading light? Cuddly toy? Everything you need for a good night's sleep. Granted, the setting is unusual. But with Olympic London full of tourists, those in search of accommodation may be feeling a little more open-minded.
DAVID WEEKES, LONDON CAB DRIVER: Our hotel rooms are fully booked. So, they're charging enormous amounts of money just to spend a night. And I thought my taxi is nice -- put the two together.
TOMKINS: Enter relax-a-taxi, parked outside the home of London taxi driver David Weekes, it's a clean bed for the night for $75.
(on camera) This is a very low-cost business to get off the ground. The only startup cost, duvet, mattress, few pillows, little creatures to comfort. He already owned the taxi. The parking space is completely free. So all the takings are profit.
(voice-over) Profit that David hopes will help combat a predictive fall in revenue during the games. Taxi drivers aren't allowed to use special Olympic lanes, causing concern that in efforts to avoid slow journeys and higher fares, customers will avoid taxis altogether.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Stop earning money because traffic would be horrendous.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (INAUDIBLE). You cannot be doing the joke, that's normally seven pound, it's going to be 20 pound.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: People usually get London taxis because the gridlock is going to be on the roads.
TOMKINS: The thought of that gridlock got David thinking creatively. And his hotel for one was born.
(on camera) Actually pretty comfortable.
(voice-over) What's unusual is the location, which is non- negotiable. And if you need the bathroom, you knock on David's door.
(on camera) Tell me what you think of this as an alternative to a traditional hotel room.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Are you serious?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: No.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: No.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Yes, I would. If I was just visiting and I didn't have a hotel.
TOMKINS: Do you have access to a bathroom?
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Yes, you do.
TOMKINS: OK. There are shades and alarm and -- very cool.
(voice-over) Two people have already spent the night. And four more have booked.
WEEKES: Listen, it's quiet, and they were just happy with it. I was a bit worried, but no, they said it's fine.
TOMKINS: It's not for the faint hearted or those in search of luxury. But certainly a quirky experience for an intrepid few. And when you're being driven to your bed in your bed, the location becomes significantly less important. Rosie Tompkins, CNN, London.
KAYE: I guess I'd reserve a room there if it came to that. Right?
All right. Well, thanks for starting your morning with us. We've got so much more ahead on "CNN SUNDAY MORNING" which starts right now.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) KAYE (voice-over): From CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, this is CNN SUNDAY MORNING.
A stunning victory and a surprising defeat. A tale two of American swimmers in last night's must-see 400-meter race.
Plus -- trying to make a comeback after an embarrassing first run. No, I'm not talking about an Olympic athlete, but Mitt Romney's international tour.
And later -- the suspect in the Aurora shooting formally charged tomorrow. And with new details on his mental state, a mysterious package sent to his psychiatrist, the big question may be: when should doctor/patient privilege be broken?
KAYE: Good morning, everyone. I'm Randi Kaye. It is 7:00 on the East Coast, 4:00 a.m. on the West. Thanks for starting your morning with us.
We start in Syria where we may be in the beginning stage of a massacre. This is new video of the battle in the streets of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city. Army tank battered the city Saturday as forces loyal to President Assad looked to crush the rebels. Opposition leaders warn that a massacre may be coming and has a message for allies.
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ABDULBASET SIEDA, HEAD OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL (through translator): Our friends and will allies will bear responsibility for the terrifying massacres that will happen in Aleppo if they don't move soon. This regime is planning for a big massacre in Aleppo.
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KAYE: At least 160 people were killed across Syria yesterday.
In Israel, Mitt Romney spoke a short time ago about the Syrian situation, saying the U.S. needs to partner with Israel to find a path to peace. Romney has been making the rounds with Israeli officials this morning. But later today, he is expected to deliver a major address on foreign policy. Now in it, we should hear him single out the threat from Iran.
CNN's Sara Sidner is joining me now from Jerusalem.
Sara, good morning to you. What is that message for Iran that we are expecting to hear?
SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Basically, we're expecting to hear Mitt Romney, who has been quite hawkish on Iran, although mirroring a lot of the Obama administration's ideas on how to deal with Iran, saying that basically he would back Israel if Israel decided it need to attack Iran, to try to keep it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It is suspected of trying to obtain a nuclear weapon, and Israel has been saying that, look, these sanctions that have put on Iran, some of the diplomatic maneuvering just isn't working. And they have to look at all options.
You could se a very close and friendly relationship when Mitt Romney arrived here, when he first greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister spoke to him using his first name saying, Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more, when it comes to his stance on Iran. So, you see a night -- tight friendship. They have known each other since they worked together in the 1970s in at a consulting firm. So, definitely, both of them describing each other as old friends.
So there's definitely -- so far, his trip has gone quite well. He's also met with President Shimon Peres. They talked a lot about what's happening in the region. Of course, Iran came up again. And Mr. Peres was basically saying to him that he think he's a great representative of the United States.
KAYE: Let's talk it one of these campaign events that was canceled or one of the events I should say canceled today in Israel for Mitt Romney. Do we know exactly why?
SIDNER: Yes. One of the things that happened just before he got here, his plans and the date he planned to come here was actually the beginning of a very important Jewish holiday known as Tish'a B'Av. This is the holiday where Jews mourn and commemorate the loss of not one but their temple twice, their first and second temples here in Jerusalem, a very important day, and a day where people would be fasting.
The issue was that they were going to have this dinner on a day when people were supposed to be fasting. People were not happy with that. There was a reaction to that. And so, that got canceled. We're hearing that that could likely be turned into a breakfast fundraiser on Monday. But that the press is not invited.
Of course, the press quite upset with not being able to hear what he may be saying to these high-money donors.
KAYE: Sara Sidner, appreciate the update. Thank you.
In other news, the bodies of two American climbers have been discovered in Peru after a day-long search in Peruvian mountains. Crews found the remains of Gil Weiss and Ben Horne. Friends say they had been missing for five to 10 days after embarking on a trip to scale a 20,000-foot-tall mountain, about 275 miles northeast of Lima.
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in Ecuador this morning. She's there to plead for asylum on his behalf. Assange has been living at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since applying for political asylum in June. He's hoping to avoid extradition to Sweden over claims of rape and sexual molestation.
Patient/client privilege, just where do you draw a line? The question is being raised after news the Colorado shooting suspect was seeing a psychiatrist. We'll jump right into that discussion.
KAYE: The suspect in the Colorado theater shooting had been seeing a psychiatrist before last week's rampage. We know this because lawyers for James Holmes have asked authorities for a package he sent to this woman, Dr. Lynn Fenton. She's a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado and director of student mental health services.
Now, CBS News reports the package included a description of how Holmes was planning to kill people. And defense attorneys argue it should be protected under doctor/patient privilege.
Psychologist Erik Fisher joins in studio this morning us to talk about this.
We're hoping to learn more obviously about what was in this notebook, in this package. And we certainly don't want to speculate about how much this psychiatrist, this Dr. Fenton, might have known about James Holmes.
But I'm curious what you say about the limits of confidentiality. I mean, when do you have to disclose? When does patient/doctor privilege no longer apply?
ERIK FISHER, PSYCHOLOGIST: There were laws passed in the '70s that states when a patient states a clear and present danger to a specific person we have the obligation to warn that person, warn family, people who might be related to them, and also authorities. So the issue of this and what comes up is how are we compromising our relationship with that client that they might withhold information from us because they know what we have to do, but we also -- some therapists also sometimes don't know what to do in those situations because they don't want to compromise the therapist relationship. They feel they might be able to help before something happens.
But it's not our call to make. There's legal issues and ethical issues we have to follow --
KAYE: Right. Isn't there -- I mean, it must be hard to tell if you're talking with someone, not saying you've been in this situation, but to sort of differentiate between a warning sign and actual comment that they're going to -- a direct threat that they're going to kill someone.
FISHER: Right. Depending on the length of that relationship, that can affect how much we may know to report or not. If it's a new client or patient and we don't have much history or experience with them to know when they're serious or not, we might be more likely to move ahead and make a statement. However, if we're also building a relationship, in the beginning we weigh that.
So, there's a lot to weigh. Their impulse control, do they have access to the means that they wish to cause harm to the person, do they drink or use drugs, that's going to increase impulsivity. What's their history of violence? All these are things to take into account as well as our clinical judgment. The clinical judgment alone often isn't the best judgment of violence. We also have to use some actuarial measures.
KAYE: And how much are you legally required to reveal?
FISHER: We can -- because of -- HIPAA laws, which are the laws that protect information, patient information, are important to consider here, as well as the legal issues because we have to look at how much we can report, which is really only specific to that event. We can't report the person's life history or things. We want to stay specific to what the exact event is, who the people are that may be harmed. And that's about it, unless as something evolves, they may request more information.
KAYE: What's the, I mean, you talked a little it the process. But do you think that most therapists understand what's at stake here in a case like this?
FISHER: They do. I think -- I think it's something that I've faced at times that I weighed back and forth. And it feels very scary, you know. Us -- as therapists, sometimes we're put up on that -- up on that pedestal.
But we're also human. And we also have our issues of really evaluating our own skill set and what our clients' possibilities are, patients' potentials are.
Consultation is key here and making sure we talk to colleagues and get people's opinion, who are outside of the information, outside of the situation. It's very important.
KAYE: So do you think that this would make somebody, you know, take a step back and say maybe I'm not going to share so much with my therapist if in the end they can share it in court, share it with police?
FISHER: Absolutely. And that is one of the key situations. There was some research that looked at -- does a duty to warn increase a chance or risk of violence or homicides in a community. And the result was, yes, because sometime there's the client who doesn't want to report things that they know might get them in trouble but there's also the therapist who may not want to know. So, you might not push to gain that information. And those two factors are really key and really helping to prevent violence.
So, in some ways therapists feel like they have their hands tied because they may compromise the long-term stability of that therapist/client relationship on the way to really helping them resolve the issues that may lead to violence.
KAYE: Yes. It's going to be something to hear what comes out of this, in that notebook and what might have been said.
FISHER: Absolutely. I feel for the psychiatrist. It's a very difficult situation. KAYE: I was going to say she's in a tough position.
Dr. E, thank you so much.
FISHER: Thanks for having me.
KAYE: Nice to see you.
Now to London where the first gold medal for the U.S. team goes to swimmer Ryan Lochte. So, why are some headlines focusing on that other guy, Michael Phelps?
KAYE: Eighteen minutes past the hour. Good Sunday morning to you.
The first full day of competition in London is in the history books, and for Michael Phelps, not a great day. Ryan Lochte captured the United States' first gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday. He soundly defeated Michael Phelps in the highly anticipated men's 400-meter individual medley. Brazil won silver, Japan took bronze. While Phelps did not medal, coming in in fourth place.
Here's how some of the fans reacted to Lochte's big win.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ryan's the best swimmer I have. He trains hard, and he's awesome. So, very happy for Ryan Lochte.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We thought Phelps was going to be close. He fell apart.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. I felt Phelps would have placed, but -- it was amazing to see Lochte just blow away like that. That was a great way to start it out.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was someone else's night to shine, and Lochte did it.
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KAYE: For his part, being a good sport, Phelps took to Twitter and sent a tweet out about his rival, saying, "Congrats to Ryan Lochte, way to keep that title in the country where it belongs."
Millions are watching the Olympics around the word. And we wanted to get your input. What is your favorite event this Olympics, and who is the athlete or athletes you're rooting for?
I've been asking your thoughts all morning. And we got a bunch of really great responses. Here's one -- Gerald Saunders tweeted, "Water polo, men's and women's, played in high school, and was looking forward to it in the 1980 games." And down lane, (INAUDIBLE) said this. "Badminton, if I didn't root for it, who would?" Pretty funny.
And Marty Berry, a fan of Michael Phelps, tweeted his favorite saying, "Swimming and right now Michael Phelps? Whoever thought he'd be underappreciated?"
You still can be part of the conversation. Just tweet me, @RandiKayeCNN. Tweet me right now, we'll read some of your responses throughout the morning.
Now, you may think that an Olympian's biggest concern is winning. But a swimmer on the U.S. women's team was actually worried about her health and what seemed like a mysterious illness that kept getting in her way of winning.
Here's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, with the story.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Dana Vollmer will be racing for gold in the 100-metro butterfly and two relays. It's a sweet comeback after a bitter disappointment four years ago when she failed to qualify at the Olympic trials.
DANA VOLLMER, OLYMPIC SWIMMER: It just seemed like in my career I always had something.
GUPTA: At one point, there was a heart condition, an ACL injury, shoulder injuries and back pain. There were also mysterious stomachaches.
VOLLMER: I had always had either knee or shoulder problems. So I didn't want to say, oh, I have a tummy ache today.
GUPTA: Those debilitating stomachaches went on for years.
VOLLMER: I had been to the emergency room three times at meets for stomachaches.
GUPTA: More frustrating, doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong.
VOLLMER: There were multiple competitions with my family that I would be outside with them almost in tears because my stomach hurt, like drinking hot water to try and get it to calm down. My family just kind of figured it was from nerves or a lactic acid build-up.
GUPTA: But it turns out Vollmer was allergic to eggs and gluten. A protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. To get better, she cut it all out of her diet.
VOLLMER: It's amazing how much better I feel now. The stomachaches are gone. GUPTA: As many as one in 10 people are gluten sensitive. Vollmer is an extreme case. Even tiny amounts cause headache, gas, bloating, fatigue, and weakness.
Avoiding gluten is a challenge, but at least it's one opponent she knows how to beat.
VOLLMER: I'm in such a great place now heading into this Olympics and finally feeling healthy. I definitely want to put up a great race in that 100 butterfly. And obviously a gold medal is definitely on my mind.
GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.
KAYE: Mitt Romney is in Israel, but he's talking more about another country. We'll fill you in his message this morning.
KAYE: Let's take one more look at our headlines this morning.
Syrian opposition says a massacre may be coming in the country's biggest city of Aleppo. The military is using tanks and helicopters to attack rebels right now. Syria's foreign minister arrived in Iran a short time ago for talks with Iranian leaders.
Mitt Romney has a message for Iran during meetings with Israeli officials in Jerusalem today. He has spoken about Iran's nuclear aspirations, saying it can't be tolerated. Iran will be a big part of Romney's foreign policy address, coming up later on today.
In Peru, the bodies of two American climbers have been discovered after a day-long search in proven mountains. Crews found the remains of Gill Weiss and Ben Horne. Friends say they had been missing for five or 10 days after embarking on a trip to scale a 20,000-foot mountain, about 275 miles northeast of Lima.
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in Ecuador this morning. She's there to plead for asylum on his behalf. Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since applying for political asylum in June. He's hoping to avoid extradition to Sweden over claims of rape and sexual molestation.
And Hyundai is recalling thousands of vehicles because of problem with their air bags. First, the front passenger air bags in 200,000 Santa Fe SUVs may not deploy properly in a crash. And side air bags in 22,000 Sonata sedans may inflate for no reason at all. Hyundai dealerships are expected to notify owners this week about some free repairs.
And now let's look at stories across country.
First to Wichita, Kansas, where people can n now legally walk down city streets with a loaded gun in plain sight. A city ordinance changed to conform to state law that open carry is OK.
There are some restrictions, though. The gun has to have a safety on it and has to be in a holster. Gun experts say it's more practical to have a concealed weapons permit.
In Allentown, Pennsylvania, a sinkhole blamed for a became collapsing at one home. Firefighters say neighbors reported hearing water rushing underneath the home for days before the cave-in. Eight homes in all had to be evacuated.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They were trying to get in, banging on the door. That's when I realized that something was going on.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They want to get everybody out in case it does fall in.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And then we realized that people couldn't open their doors. They couldn't close them. There was cracks everywhere.
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KAYE: A city official says the homes can be saved, but first they're trying to fix the hole.
Now to Oregon where veterinarians worked for three days to get all of the glue off a little kitten named Ace. There is Ace. He somehow got stuck in industrial-strength epoxy glue while wandering around a parking garage. Firefighters cut the kitten out of the glue and turned it over to the veterinarians.
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JOSHUA BRADEN, WILLAMETTE VALLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL: Got scared and started to struggle. Every time it struggled it basically buried itself more into the epoxy. Its front feet were basically adhesed up like this so there was no moving, no walking or anything like that.
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KAYE: He must have so nervous. Vets were able to shave off its hair to get most of the glue off. And Ace, it turns out, is being adopted by a manager of none other than the Ace Hardware store in town.
More top stories at the top of the hour. We'll also have a live report from Jerusalem CNN SUNDAY MORNING continues.
But, first, "SANJAY GUPTA, M.D." begins now.