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Woman with AIDS Gets New Purpose; Serial Infector Accused of Infecting Others with Hepatitis C; Saving the Life of Dominican Republic Girl Means Breaking Anti-Abortion Law; How Much Are You Worth to Facebook?
Aired July 25, 2012 - 11:00 ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, ANCHOR, "CNN NEWSROOM": And hello, everyone. I'm Kyra Phillips. It's 11:00 on the East Coast, 8:00 on the West.
A California city erupts when police shoot an unarmed gang member. We're on the story in Anaheim.
Syria's largest city, do-or-die for government forces and anti- government fighters alike.
And life is sacred in the Dominican Republic which means a very sick teenager may be allowed to die.
But first, this just in to CNN. A Greek athlete has been booted from the Olympic games for a racist tweet. Let's get straight to our Zain Verjee, joining us on the phone out of London. Zain, you just told me this happened. We got you up top. What did it say? Who are we talking about?
ZAIN VERJEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Hi, Kyra. This is the first Olympic casualty. Her name is Voula Papachristo. She is a champion triple jumper from Greece.
Now, she is allegedly believed to have said on Twitter, this comment about African immigrants. She said, "With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquito will eat homemade food."
The reaction to that was very quick and very angry. Her tweet was deleted. She apologized shortly after that on her Facebook page, saying she was really sorry for her tasteless comment and that I respect all people and all races. She went on to say she really believes in the values and meaning of the Olympics.
Now, this athlete is only 23-years old. This was to be her first ever Olympic games. She is not even here yet, Kyra. She was in Athens and on her way to London in the next couple days, but she was booted out almost instantly from the team after she posted that tweet.
I'm standing outside the Olympic stadium and they're practicing "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the opening ceremonies, but this casualty is what's grabbing the headlines right now. Kyra?
PHILLIPS: Yeah, what a way to get booted out of the Olympics. So how is Greece responding? Anything? VERJEE: Yeah, you know, I spoke just a short while ago to the Olympic spokesperson who said, look, she is young. She made a joke. She made a mistake. But it was really serious and he said it was unforgivable and contrary to everything the Olympics stand for.
The Greek political parties weighed in and said, well, what kind of a role model is this for young children and athletes and this cannot be tolerated. She has to be removed from the team.
I think that this also points very early and very quickly to a wider question of social media and how athletes should be using it. Some countries have given their teams really strict guidelines, Kyra, and saying you can't say this and you can't say that or just don't say anything. You'll get yourself in trouble.
And some are just very lavishly tweeting because there is a way to connect with fans. So, it's about striking that balance and not getting into deep trouble like she did.
PHILLIPS: All right, Zain Verjee, keep us posted. Thanks so much.
Now, to a deadly police shooting of an unarmed man that has unleashed this, all this chaos on the streets of Anaheim, California. Hundreds of protesters swarmed downtown. The backlash against cops is escalating now.
The protests began over the shooting death of 25-year-old Manuel Diaz who police say was a known gang member, but according to local reports, Diaz was unarmed and the outrage was immediate.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don't use our voices and we don't let these people hear our voice, nothing will be changed.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not trying to justify what happened. I'm just trying to find justice.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's the people who are supposed to be protecting us. The cops are the ones doing this.
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PHILLIPS: Let's get straight to our Casey Wian who has the latest from Los Angeles. So, Casey, are police saying, you know, why Diaz was shot and how exactly this went down?
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They are releasing some details, Kyra, and here is the account that we have that is a combination of reports from the Anaheim police department, officially, and also the Anaheim police association, which is the police officers union who, not surprisingly, is saying that they are standing behind this officer right now.
On Saturday, police officers saw a known gang member, according to the police officers' association, leaning into a parked car in an area known for gang activity and drug sales.
They went to confront or to contact, they say, this apparent known gang member, 25-year-old Manuel Diaz, and they saw that he had something in his front waist band of his pants.
They say that they went to contact him and that he fled. A pursuit then ensued, a very short pursuit, according to the police officers association. Diaz then reached toward his waist band to pull that object, which they have not said what they believe it was, out of his waist band.
An officer thought it was a gun or might be a gun and opened fire. That is the official account from the police officers association. Very unusual while an investigation is still under way in its very early days for a police union to come out and give a detailed statement like this.
Now, of course, there is another side to this story. The dead man's mother is planning, according to her attorney, to sue the Anaheim police department. She says that her son was simply talking to friends when he was confronted by police and they shot him in the back and then, as he fell down, shot him again in the head.
Obviously, this is under investigation, but the community very upset about what happened, this fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Kyra.
PHILLIPS: Now, early this morning, what is the scene like there? The protests taking place right now, Casey?
WIAN: The calm has been restored. There were protests, of course, last night, that video you showed earlier. There was a city council meeting. The chambers were full.
Police decided to try to restrict others from going in. Several hundred people were not allowed into that meeting. Things got tense, got out of hand and that happened for several hours last night.
Several people were arrested. Others were injured. Police say they do have the situation under control this morning, but they are preparing for more potential protests tonight.
Of course, Anaheim is a very big tourist destination for a lot of folks. It's the home of Disneyland and other attractions. Police say that it remains a safe community and they are committed to keep residents and tourists in the community safe as these protests could continue, Kyra.
PHILLIPS: All right. Casey Wian, we'll follow it. Thanks so much.
And a lawyer representing Diaz's family says that Diaz had not committed a crime when he was shot. The attorney says that the family plans to file a multimillion dollar lawsuit over Diaz's death.
Let's head to Colorado now where a memorial service is taking place today for a father who had taken his teenagers to the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises: in Aurora.
Gordon Cowden is one of 12 people that were killed, dozens were shot in a rampage that was blamed on a once promising neuroscience student who is due back in court next Monday, minus the news cameras by the way.
CNN's Jim Spellman, joining me now from Aurora. So, Jim, you've been watching that community struggle with everything that's happened since Friday. You've noticed a pretty dramatic reaction where guns are concerned, as well.
JIM SPELLMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, a 40 percent increase in background checks that are required to buy a firearm here. In fact, 1,200 background checks performed just in the Friday of the attack and then the Saturday after it. There could be even more guns bought because you can buy more than one gun with a single background check.
We've seen this happen before, Kyra. People just feel like they want to have more protection. They want to get a firearm.
We also know firearms safety classes here that many of the gun stores offer have been booked solid now and it'll take you weeks before you can get into one of those classes.
So many things have been going on here in this community as they've reacted, that's just another slice of how this community here is trying to reassess things after this attack.
PHILLIPS: Tell us about this one woman who was shot in the head. She is being called the "miracle survivor." It's pretty incredible when you hear all the details of her story.
SPELLMAN: Yeah, Petra Anderson, 22-years old. She was in the movie when she was shot with a shotgun. Three of the pellets went into her arm. A fourth pellet from the shotgun actually went into her nose and, because of an abnormality in her brain, there is a channel that's filled with fluid all the way through her brain ,so this pellet was able to go into her nose and all the way through this channel to the back of her skull and not hit her brain at all.
Sometimes people call this a birth deflect. I think now she is pretty glad that she has it. Really remarkable to think what the odds must be that a single pellet from many in this one shotgun shell would hit and find that one route straight through this thing, sparing her any serious injury that she certainly would have had if she didn't have this channel there, Kyra.
PHILLIPS: It's just remarkable. James Holmes, meanwhile, the suspect, back in court on Monday?
SPELLMAN: Back in court on Monday. We won't be able to se him like we did last Monday. The defense made a request of the judge to bar cameras in the courtroom and the judge honored that, just noting in the motion that it was a possibility that it could make it more difficult for him to get a fair trial. We're also going to get a lot less information because during that same hearing the judge granted a gag order, so now, from now on, the police, any of those agencies involved are not able to speak publicly on the record about this case.
Again, out of making sure that they can get a fair trial here, not only for the defendant, but also all that the -- that there is not any contradictory information that comes out, anything that's not authorized to come out that is better saved for court.
So, we're going to get a lot less info. However, reporters will be allowed in the courtroom. I'll be there Monday to check it out. We just won't be able to get to see him. And it was so jarring to actually see him in person on Monday that I think that, clearly, the defense took that into account when they asked for that motion.
PHILLIPS: Jim, thanks so much.
And Aurora got a surprise yesterday, as well, from "The Dark Knight" himself. Actor Christian Bale with no advance notice and little fanfare met with the survivors and visited a memorial for the victims.
PHILLIPS: Major developments unfolding in Syria this hour. Rebel leaders say that they've ordered their fighters to attack a large government force of troops and tanks advancing on Aleppo, Syria's largest city.
It's also a city that has major commercial hub and key to President Bashar al-Assad's control of Northern Syria.
In another setback for Assad, two more Syrian diplomats have defected. The rebels appear to be getting their hands on much better weapons, too, such as rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
CNN's Ivan Watson actually crossed into Northern Syria and spoke with the rebels who vowed to fight to the death to overthrow Assad.
IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A father stained with the blood of his son. This is the blood of a martyr, he yells, of a hero, a lion. His blood is pure.
Grief and pride from a man who just learned his son died in battle. Abdul Rashid (ph) was only 22-years old, a defector from the Syrian military. He died Tuesday morning, fighting for the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Rashid is the fourth man from this small hilltop village to be killed battling the government.
A fellow fighter named Korsheed (ph) brought Rashid home to be buried. He says Rashid was shot in the Syrian city of Aleppo. A helicopter killed your friend today.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
WATSON: On a roof top. On top of a building.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
WATSON: What began 17 months ago as a peaceful protest movement has morphed into a full-fledged armed insurgency, composed of defector soldiers, as well as students, shopkeepers, real estate agents, and even members of President Bashar al-Assad's ruling Baath party.
And you were in the Baath party before?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
WATSON: For a long time?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: About 10 years.
WATSON: The commander of a rebel group that calls itself the Syrian Falcons tells me he is fighting to free Syria from more than 40 years of dictatorship under the Assad family. And new recruits keep coming every day.
You want to fight?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
WATSON: Against the government?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
WATSON: That's why you came back to Syria.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Yes, of course. Because he's killed everyone. He's killed my cousin. He's destroyed my village. He's destroyed my home.
WATSON: Twenty-three-year-old Sucrota Amin (ph) came home from a job in Dubai to start his own brigade of rebels. He brought a bag full of radios, cameras, and sniper scopes he bought with his own money.
And all of this is for war? You're going to fight with this?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I know, but I go to war for my family, for my country.
WATSON: Brave talk from a young man who has yet to set foot on the battlefield.
This rebel veteran, Korsheed, chokes back tears while talking about his friend killed in Aleppo just a few hours ago.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We must fight Bashar al-Assad.
WATSON: After burying his friend, it's back to the battle.
You will go back to fight?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tonight.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tonight.
WATSON: To Aleppo?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To Aleppo.
WATSON: Ivan Watson, CNN, reporting from Northern Syria.
PHILLIPS: And it looks like North Korea's new young leader got hitched. North Korean state TV says the woman seen with leader Kim Jong-Un recently is his wife.
Ri Sol-Ju appeared with him at various official engagements leading to a lot of speculation about her identity. Not much is known about North Korea's new leader who took over after his father, Kim Jong-Il, died.
And just a quick note for you. If you're heading out the door, you can continue watching CNN from your mobile phone or, if you're heading to work, you can also watch CNN live from your desktop. Just go to CNN.com/TV.
PHILLIPS: Well, politics may stop at the water's edge, but presidential candidates don't. Mitt Romney is in London today, starting a six-day, three-nation tour designed, in the words of one aide, to lock arms with our allies.
In Britain, Israel, and Poland, he'll try to make allies of American ex-pat voters and to bring home lots of their money, as well.
President Obama is on the move, too, from the Pacific Northwest to "The Big Easy," CNN's Mark Preston watching the comings and goings from Washington. Why don't we start with Mr. Obama, Mark, and talk about what he's doing there in New Orleans.
MARK PRESTON, CNN POLITICAL DIRECTOR: Sure, Kyra. Well, he is down in New Orleans for a couple reasons. He's down there raising money on a three-day campaign swing, but he's also going to appear at the National Urban League to address the conference that is meeting there today.
Now, you remember the controversy a couple weeks back when President Obama decided not to go to the NAACP conference? Mitt Romney did attend and gave a speech, but instead of President Obama attending the NAACP conference, they had Joe Biden go instead.
But he'll be there today at the Urban League and we should note the African-American vote back in 2008 went 95 percent for President Obama and is certainly going to play an important role in this upcoming election, particularly in three states, Kyra, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina.
PHILLIPS: All right, so, now, we've got Mitt Romney who is going on his foreign tour of sorts and he'll be going to Israel, Britain, also Poland. Let's talk about the strategy with these three countries.
PRESTON: Sure. Well, now, he's in London, as we speak, right now. He arrived a few hours ago. He's there for the opening of the Olympic games, which isn't too surprising given the fact that he really is considered the savior of the Salt Lake City Olympics.
So, he'll attend the opening ceremonies over in London for the Olympics, but he'll also be meeting with some world leaders. He'll be meeting with leaders from Great Britain. He'll also meeting with the head of Ireland before going on to Israel where he'll be meeting with the leaders of that country, as well.
But expect in Israel for him to give a speech. And while he is in Israel, expect him to really reaffirm his commitment to Israel in this really trying times that that country is facing, of course, in that region of the world.
After that, he'll move over to Poland where he again will be meeting with the leaders of that country, a very strategic ally, certainly, given our relationship right now with Russia, and expect him to give remarks, as well, when he is in Poland, Kyra.
PHILLIPS: All right. We'll be following it. That's for sure. Mark, thanks so much.
It turns out that the Romney's have more than a passing interest in the London Olympics. Ann Romney is part owner of a horse that is competing in dressage.
Well, back to the Colorado shootings now, as families and friends of victims of the movie theater massacre come to terms with their loss. Many of the people who survived that terrifying ordeal are just glad they made it. And every story of survival is a miracle in itself.
Randi Kaye has their stories.
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In a community draped in sadness, there are tiny miracles being born every day, like baby Hugo, born to Katie and Caleb Medley just after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Katie and Caleb are high school sweethearts. They knew Katie was expected to deliver the baby this week, so as a treat, decided to take in the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Katie and the baby inside her weren't hurt when the gunfire exploded, but Caleb was shot in the face. He lost his right eye, has some brain damage and is in critical condition.
His friend broke down, speaking with CBS.
MICHAEL WEST, CALEB MEDLEY'S FRIEND: We talked about him because we know he can hear us. We tell him that he needs to get better because he needs to be a dad.
KAYE: Doctors here at the hospital have Caleb in a medically- induced coma. His brother says Caleb seems to understand what happened. What's unclear is whether or not he is aware he has a new baby boy.
The miracle of friendship may have saved the life of Allie Young who was inside theater 9 with her best friend, Stephanie Davies.
ALLIE YOUNG, COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIM: There's smoke. There's explosions. There's blood. There's death. There's guns being fired.
I just remember opening my eyes. I'm on the ground, blood everywhere.
KAYE: Allie was struck in the neck. Refusing to let her friend die, Stephanie did something, something so selfless. She stayed with her friend and applied pressure on the hole in her neck.
Even President Obama shared their story after visiting them at the hospital here in aurora.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Allie told Stephanie she needed to run. Stephanie refused to go, instead, actually with her other hand called 911 on her cell phone.
KAYE: And after the shooting finally stopped, Stephanie carried her friend across two parking lots to an ambulance.
YOUNG: She saved my life which I, you know, that's always going to be a little emotional for me.
KAYE: It is no small miracle that Petra Anderson is alive. The 22-year-old was hit four times when the suspected shooter opened fire in the movie theater. Three shotgun bullets hit her arm. Another sailed through her nose, up the back of her cranium, hitting her skull.
Her pastor, Brad Strait, wrote on his blog, quote, "Her injuries were severe and her condition was critical. The doctors, prior to surgery, were concerned because so much of the brain had been traversed by the bullet."
Doctors haven't shared exactly what happened, but the young woman was probably saved by something she didn't even know she had, a small channel of fluid running through her skull that can only be picked up with a CAT-scan. That channel of fluid likely maneuvered the bullet in the least harmful direction.
In a stroke of luck, her pastor blogs, "the shotgun buckshot enters her brain from the exact point of the channel. Like a marble through a small tube, it channels the bullet from her nose through her brain. It turned slightly several times. In the process the bullet misses all the vital areas of the brain."
According to her pastor, if the bullet had entered just a millimeter in any direction, here brain likely would have been destroyed.
Petra has already started to speak and walk again and is expected to make a full recovery.
Randi Kaye, CNN, Aurora, Colorado.
PHILLIPS: Patricia Knowles knows all too well what it's like to live with AIDS. She's been battling it for nearly half her life and lost both her husband and her daughter to the disease. But it's what she has gained rather than what she's lost that gives her life a new purpose.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares her story in this week's "Human Factor."
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the AIDS quilt panel Patricia Knowles helped make in honor of her husband, Lenny, and 3-year-old daughter, Tiffany.
For the 55-year-old mother of two, it was bitter sweet. Her husband was an I.V. drug user who had been clean for years. He died of AIDS in 1987. Six months later, their daughter, Tiffany, succumbed to the disease.
Knowles knew she had AIDS shortly after her husband was diagnosed. She was just 29 years old.
PATRICIA KNOWLES, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE: I was very sick when I was diagnosed. I was 80 pounds. I had no T-cells. I was told I had less than two years.
GUPTA: She was devastated.
KNOWLES: The first thing I thought about were my children. I bought my plot. I bought everything -- put everything in place for death.
GUPTA: Knowles thought she was the only woman with HIV. She found very little support for women seeking help. When her doctor assured her she wasn't alone. She put up a flyer in her office hoping to connect with others who were infected.
KNOWLES: I just started a support group in my home. And in the support group, you know we came together. We cried. We prepared for death.
GUPTA: But Knowles didn't die. Because the first AIDS drug, AZT, became available. And once on the drug, she started getting better.
That connection grew to what is now the Women's Collective. It's an AIDS service organization that serves more than 300 HIV-positive women in the Washington metropolitan area. Pat is the founder and executive director.
KNOWLES: I feel good about what I've created to help women who -- with things that I didn't have in place when I needed it.
GUPTA: And now 25 years later this new AIDS panel honors her husband and her child. Pat says making it was cathartic.
KNOWLES: It's great to have them added to the history of this epidemic.
GUPTA: Her other two children are now 29 and 32. They are both HIV negative. And pat recently passed one more milestone she didn't think she'd make. She became a grandmother.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.
PHILLIPS: Well, a man police call a serial infector is locked up this morning accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C. And the states where he worked, New Hampshire, Michigan, Maryland, New York, Arizona, Georgia and Kansas, are now investigating and having thousands of patients tested. Federal prosecutors say the 32-year-old male infected at least 30 people when he worked as a medical tech at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.
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JOHN KACAVAS, U.S. ATTORNEY: He knew he had hepatitis C as of at least June of 2010. He continued to divert drugs and permit tainted syringes to be used on patients under his care.
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PHILLIPS: Senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, is here to talk to us more about this suspect.
OK. So prior to working in New Hampshire, he was -- apparently, he worked at John Hopkins in Baltimore also. Is that right?
ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes.
PHILLIPS: I was having a hard time keeping track of all the various states. Where do you even begin?
COHEN: You really nailed the problem here. Between January, 2007, and just recently, this guy was working in eight states. We know of seven of them. You read them earlier. In many of these states we're talking multiple hospitals. This is a guy who traveled from state to state working in different places. This investigation gets very, very complicated.
PHILLIPS: All right. You uncovered this lawsuit against the agency actually placed the -- found the suspect, right?
COHEN: Right. There is an agency that placed him in hospitals.
COHEN: That is a common thing in medical care is that an agency will place nurses or technicians or whatever. So some of the people who say they've been infected by him have sued. I want to read you some of the lawsuits.
COHEN: Actually, pretty horrifying details in there. According to the lawsuit -- you know, we haven't confirmed this. It says, "A hospital employee observed Mr. Kwiatkowski enter an operating room, lift his shirt, put a syringe in his pants, and exit the room." They then searched him. What they found was "three empty syringes bearing fentanyl," -- a very powerful narcotic -- "bearing fentanyl labels were found on his person. An empty morphine sulphate syringe and needle were later found in his locker." They then asked him to take "a drug test and he did and it said the drug test found fentanyl and opiates in Mr. Kwiatkowski's system."
I think it's important to note this was in 2008. So if this is true, that is very disturbing that they knew this in 2008 and yet he went on to work in other hospitals for years.
PHILLIPS: Do we know anything about this guy besides the fact that he's obviously crazy? And appears from all of this to be a drug addict.
PHILLIPS: And how is he able to keep hopping from hospital to hospital? Don't you track something like that and think, OK, something is wrong here?
COHEN: That's what is disturbing.
PHILLIPS: Why does he keep moving from job to job?
COHEN: Right. If it's true that this hospital in 2008 knew that he was testing positive --
COHEN: -- that he was taking these syringes you would think they would do something to make sure he didn't continue working in hospitals, but he did. He continued for another four years to keep working in hospitals. And, you know, I know people are concerned about this kind of thing that when someone is found to have -- a hospital worker is found to be a drug user sometimes they just kind of want to get him out of there and don't do all the steps they should do to make sure he doesn't work anywhere.
PHILLIPS: And hepatitis C is a serious liver disease.
COHEN: It can be treated, not cured. If it goes undetected then it can really do serious damage to the liver, cause cirrhosis, really serious liver problems.
PHILLIPS: All right. We'll definitely follow this.
Appreciate it so much, Elizabeth.
Also according to the CDC, about 3.2 million people in the U.S. Are living with chronic hepatitis C infections but most people don't know they're infected because they don't look or feel sick.
PHILLIPS: I want to take you now to the Dominican Republic where the life of a sick 16-year-old girl hangs in the balance because saving her will mean breaking the law.
Here's Rafael Romo with the story.
RAFAEL ROMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): At this hospital in Santo Domingo, a teenage girl awaits a life-or-death decision. The 16-year-old girl is dying of acute leukemia and needs chemotherapy. But she is nine weeks' pregnant and doctors fear the treatment would terminate the pregnancy, a violation of Dominican anti-abortion laws.
ROSA HERNANDEZ, PATIENT'S MOTHER (through translation): My daughter's life is first. I know abortion is a sin and that it goes against the law because I'm a teacher but my daughter's health is first.
ROMO: Under Dominican law, life begins at conception and abortion is strictly prohibited. A bioethics council that rules on the application of the law is leaning toward allowing the treatment because the girl's life is in danger.
MIGUEL MONTALVO, BIOETHICS COUNCIL DIRECTOR (through translation): At the end of the day, the patient may decide for himself or herself. In this case, the family may decide what is more convenient for the patient.
ROMO: Women's rights groups are outraged. They say the girl should have received chemotherapy the moment doctors decided it was necessary to save her life.
LILLIAM FONDEUR, WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST (through translation): How can it be possible that so much time is being wasted that the treatment hasn't begun yet because they're still meeting trying to decide if she has a right to receive treatment to save her life? That's unacceptable.
ROMO (on camera): Some Dominican opposition lawmakers say there should be a new debate over the ban of abortion in the country. The republic outlawed all abortions in 2010. Article 37 of the constitution approved that year doesn't leave any room for interpretation or exceptions.
VICTOR TERRERO, DOMINICAN OPPOSITION REPRESENTATIVE (through translation): The constitution is going to have to be modified sooner rather than later because articles like that are an aberration. We cannot allow, under any circumstances, that pregnancies that present complications for women be permitted to continue as normal.
ROMO (voice-over): The Dominican minister of health said he favors chemotherapy over protecting the pregnancy but doctors are reluctant to act for fear of prosecution.
PELEGRIN CASTILLO, NATIONAL PROGRESSIVE PARTY (through translation): We back the decision by the health ministry which ordered the procedure. There is a possibility that the child may be affected but that doesn't justify an abortion.
ROMO: While the debate rages on, back at the hospital, the clock keeps ticking.
Rafael Romo, CNN, Atlanta.
PHILLIPS: IPhone sales are down leading to a disappointing quarter for Apple. It's not that folks don't like the phone anymore. Apple says they're holding out for a new improved version, rumored to be coming out soon. The tech giant says it sold 26 million iPhones instead of the expected 29 million, and it also sold a record 17 million iPads. While quarterly sales for the company rose to $35 billion. That was a couple billion short of expectations, believe it or not. Even though net income rose to $8.8 billion, analysts were expecting even more.
We know that Facebook is pretty darned popular. More than 900 million users now. And because of all of us, Facebook is worth a lot of money. So how much are we worth to Facebook?
Laurie Siegel explains.
LAURIE SEGALL, TECH REPORTER, CNNMONEY (voice-over): If you're one of Facebook's 900 million users, and chances are you might be, you're worth $1.21 to the company. That is how much Facebook made per user last quarter.
Let's look at how the company is actually making money.
SEGALL: See that digital cow on the Farmville game? Facebook makes $1.20 every time you buy one. And that bullet-proof vest on Mafia Wars and your survival knife, Facebook gets a slice of those sales, too, $1.20 for your virtual protection. All of them are sold by Zynga but Facebook gets a 30 percent cut of each sale. They're part of Facebook's payments business, which accounts for 18 percent of the company's revenue. The nickels and dimes add up. Facebook collected $186 million last quarter.
But the main way Facebook makes money is from the ads you see on the site.
JASON GOLDBERG, FAB.COM CEO: We spend several million dollars every month on Facebook ads.
SEGALL: Design web site fab.com says it had nearly 200,000 users before they even launched and two-thirds came from Facebook.
GOLDBERG: On any given day 25 percent of the ads are coming from Facebook.
SEGALL: But some art is sold on the success of paid Facebook ads.
NATE ELLIOTT, ANALYST, FORRESTER RESEARCH: The marketers we talked to tell us they're just not happy with the performance they're getting from Facebook.
SEGALL: Businesses like the company pages, where they can advertise their brand for free. But the social network made its $872 million in ad revenue last quarter from paid ads like this.
ELLIOTT: When you click on those ads that's how Facebook makes money. Facebook quite frankly doesn't care, from a revenue perspective, what happens after you get to that branded page.
SEGALL: G.M. has a branded Facebook page with 397,000 likes.
ELLIOTT: Unfortunately, it's just about the only thing many marketers look at. How many likes do we have? We think it is an overly simplistic metric and one that doesn't really tell you whether you're having success.
SEGALL: But those likes may not translate to profits. Two months ago gm pulled all their paid advertising on Facebook. And that is not the only concern.
(on camera): What really scares Facebook? Your Smartphone. The company launched mobile ads about four months ago and they're still not making a lot of money off them.
ELLIOTT: We're starting to see a lot of real money flow into mobile advertising but still a lot of potential to be unlocked there.
(END VIDEOTAPE) PHILLIPS: Joining me now from New York.
Laurie, why is mobile such a problem for Facebook at this point?
SEGALL: Kyra, it's a huge problem. This is what they said when they were going public. They cited mobile as a problem. If you take a look over half the Facebook users are accessing Facebook through mobile devices. So what that means is they'll have to figure out a way to make money off those users. If you're scrolling through your Facebook app chances are you won't see many ads on your phone and you probably won't click on them if you do. That is going to be a huge problem and it's not just something Facebook is facing but something a lot of different companies are looking at as more people are going online on their Smartphones and on their tablets.
PHILLIPS: Laurie, thanks so much.
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PHILLIPS: Well, the first official game of the London Olympics kicked off a few moments ago, but it is the noon hour I am paying close attention to, because that is when the U.S. women's soccer team looks to defend their back-to-back Olympic titles. And here is how they told me they are planning to do just that.
PHILLIPS (voice-over): For the players of the women's top-ranked soccer team in the world, they want nothing less than gold.
ABBY WOMBACH, OLYMPIC SOCCER PLAYER: Everybody wants to cheer for a champion.
PHILLIPS: Abby Wombach is the leading scorer in American soccer history.
WOMBACH: Americans appreciate winners. And we want to go out and do whatever we can to bring back gold.
PHILLIPS: The U.S. women's team captured gold in 2004 and 2008 and the current squad of 18 women includes many veterans, but also some fast-rising stars. One of the brightest is 23-year-old forward, Alex Morgan. Her speed and skill have led to some stunning goals.
ALEX MORGAN, OLYMPIC SOCCER PLAYER: I have watched the Olympics since I was a little girl, so it is amazing that I'm actually able to represent my country.
PHILLIPS: Another force on the team, Hope Solo, who fought her way back from a serious shoulder injury. And she has regained her standing as one of the world's best goalies. The team's coach, Swedish-born, Pia Sundhage, says that the group does not require much motivation.
PIA SUNDHAGE, COACH, U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Because of the experience and they have been so successful, it is contagious, so if you have good players out there, and the young players coming in, they make sure that the quality is high every time.
PHILLIPS: The team shot to international stardom with an epic victory in the 1999 World Cup. And the last holdover from that legendary team is 37-year-old Christie Rampone, the current U.S. captain. Now married and a mother, and she wants to pass on the tradition.
CHRISTIE RAMPONE, CAPTAIN, U.S. SOCCER TEAM: Coming home with another gold medal would be amazing, but another goal is to play great soccer and building on what we started.
PHILLIPS: This tight-knit group has been through big wins and tough defeats and most recently in last year's World Cup losing to Japan on penalty kicks, but such is the nature of the penalties, the players say, which can be a harrowing test of nerves.
SHANNON BOXX, OLYMPIC SOCCER PLAYER: I mean, you look at the goal and it looks huge, and you are like, how does everybody miss, but it is the pressure. We had 30,000 or 40,000 people watching it, and you feel the pressure of the teammates, and you want to do well for them, and it comes down one kick.
PHILLIPS: No matter who the U.S. women face in London, these players promise their competitive fire.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is never a time when I am worried about another team. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have been together this year, and training together, and we are all really excited to get the games started.
PHILLIPS: And good luck, gals. We will be watching.
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PHILLIPS: Well, we have frightening new video in from SeaWorld showing that killer whale attacking that trainer, you may remember, in San Diego, six years ago. The whale grabs the trainer by the leg and drags him -- or drags her, rather, under the water. That whale occasionally brings her back to the surface. Well, the trainer eventually got away with a broken foot, but the video was just released after being used in federal court. SeaWorld was accused of putting trainers at risk. The judge ruled against the company. SeaWorld denies that the whales are deadly. It actually told "ABC News" the video shows the trainer's skillful emergency response plan. I meant to say "him," I apologize.
Well, he's an 11-year-old kid who apparently a bad case of wanderlust. At a shopping center in England, this boy slipped away from his mom and headed for the Manchester International Airport which was about two miles away. Get this. He then managed to slip through airport security without a ticket, boarding pass or a passport, and actually board a flight to Rome. Well, the lad wasn't discovered until the plane landed. He was sent back on the next flight and then reunited with his family. Somehow the airport insists that this was not a security breach.
Well, we are remembering two icons of the 1970s today. We knew them as George Jefferson and Dr. Joe Gannon. We are talking about actors Sherman Hemsley and Chad Everett. Hemsley's character got his start as Archie Bunker's neighbor and nemesis on "All in the Family," but it was his own it sitcom that mirrored his real life and success that really launched him. The young actor, who was delivering mail by day and taking acting lessons by night moved on up to this own show, "The Jeffersons," for 11 fabulous seasons, with Weezie by his side.
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UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Well, I guess that leaves you and me.
SHERMAN HEMSLEY, ACTOR: Yes, it's been a bad night all around, ain't it?
UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: Well, don't just stand there, Shorty, get down.
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PHILLIPS: Sherman Hemsley was 74.
And Actor Chad Everett also died yesterday after battling lung cancer for more than a year. Everett appeared on films and guest starred on a number of tv shows including "Love Boat" and "Murder She Wrote," But he will be always remembered as Dr. Joe Gannon on the hit series "Medical Center."
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CHAD EVERETT, ACTOR: I'd like to keep you around long enough to see what is causing it.
I want a CBC, mono test, new wave, blood cultures, chest x-rays and a liver test (ph).
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right, Joe.
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PHILLIPS: Everett was married for 45 to actress Shelby Grant. He was 75. Thanks for watching everyone. You can continue the conversation on with me on Twitter @KyraCNN or on Facebook. NEWSROOM INTERNATIONAL starts right now.