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CNN NEWSROOM

Florida Amber Alert; Military Hospital Fix; Fighting Back Against Crooked Mechanics

Aired February 23, 2007 - 10:59   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: And good morning, everyone. You're with CNN. You're informed.
I'm Tony Harris.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Fredricka Whitfield, in for Heidi Collins.

HARRIS: Developments keep coming in to the NEWSROOM on Friday, the 23rd of February.

Here's what's on the rundown.

WHITFIELD: Anna Nicole Smith's legal odyssey. Today, the fight over the late model's baby. A court hearing just ended and we are there, live.

HARRIS: "Fight Back Friday." Our consumer focus throughout the day here on CNN. From cell phone contracts to car repair ripoffs, the customer strikes back.

WHITFIELD: And star wars. Time for movie stages to take a stab at that annual question, who's going home with Oscar?

Academy Award preview in the NEWSROOM.

HARRIS: And at the top of this hour, CNN has confirmed that former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack will announce today that he is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Vilsack, I believe it's fair to say, was always considered a long shot to win the nomination, and he was never able to gain much traction in his campaign, trailing senators Clinton and Obama, as well as former Senators Edwards, in his own state in recent polls.

Tom Vilsack will officially announce his decision to leave the race at noon Eastern Time in a news conference in Des Moines.

Candy Crowley, one of our outstanding political correspondents, a member of the best political team on television, was there when Tom Vilsack announced his intentions to run for the Democratic nomination. We will talk to Candy Crowley a little bit later this hour in the NEWSROOM.

WHITFIELD: And Tony, right now, let's go straight to the newsroom and check in with Betty Nguyen, who has a new development coming out of Tampa, Florida. BETTY NGUYEN, CNN ANCHOR: In fact, it's an Amber Alert that we want to tell you about, Fred. We're getting information today from the Manatee County Sheriff's Department that children waiting for the bus to go to Lincoln Middle School -- you're seeing a live aerial of the area -- say a man drove up to the group, grabbed a teenage boy, put him in a truck and then drove off.

Let me tell you about that teenage boy.

His name is Clay Moore. Here's a picture of him right there, 13 years old, 5 feet tall, 100 pounds. As you can see, he's a Caucasian male with brown hair.

Now, some of the children say the man may have even had a gun when he pulled Clay Moore into the vehicle and drove off.

The man who took the boy is described as driving an older red extended cab pickup truck. Again, these children were at a bus stop, just waiting just like they would any day to go to Lincoln Middle School when this abduction occurred. And an Amber Alert has been sent out.

Again, let me show you the picture. His name is Clay Moore. He's 1 3 years old, he's 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, Caucasian male with brown hair.

The search is under way right now to see if they can find him. And as soon as we get more information, Fred, we'll bring it straight to you.

WHITFIELD: Betty, do we have any idea how many other kids were at this bus stop when Clay was abducted, allegedly?

NGUYEN: Well, it just says a group of kids waiting there. Very little information is coming out.

You know, at a bus stop it could be anywhere between a handful to about a dozen kids, depending on how big of an area that is serving a particular neighborhood. But just waiting to go to school, just like any other day.

And they say a man pulled up and grabbed Clay Moore. You see him right there, put him in a pickup truck and drove off.

Now, some of the kids say that man even had a gun. Investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened. But nonetheless, he is missing and a search is under way right now.

WHITFIELD: And a search for this older red extended cab pickup truck as well.

NGUYEN: Absolutely.

WHITFIELD: Betty Nguyen, thanks so much, from the NEWSROOM.

HARRIS: Wounded warriors coming home to deplorable conditions at the Army's top medical facility. Just a short time ago, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said the military is taking action.

CNN Senior Pentagon Correspondent Jamie McIntyre is live with more.

And Jamie, the secretary was not happy.

JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SR. PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: He was very blunt, Tony. You know, it's open to debate whether the conditions were deplorable or squalid or simply substandard. That's one thing that a new review panel is going to look at. But clearly, Bob Gates was not happy.

He wasn't happy to have learned about this in the newspaper. He wasn't happy to find out that the treatment for some soldiers in the outpatient facilities was not up to snuff. And you could see that in the tone and tenor of his remarks this morning.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ROBERT GATES, DEFENSE SECRETARY: Let me start by saying that, like many Americans, I was dismayed to learn this past week that some of our injured troops were not getting the best possible treatment at all stages of their recovery. In particular, the outpatient care. This is unacceptable and it will not continue.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MCINTYRE: Now, Gates says that there's a bedrock principle in the U.S. military of accountability. That is, they give commanders the resources they need to accomplish their mission, and then they are held accountable.

And he said he's going to wait until the facts are in, but he said once he has the facts about whoever allowed these substandard conditions to take place in this facility, and perhaps in others, will be held accountable, he said. But at this point he said no one has offered their resignation -- Tony.

HARRIS: Our senior Pentagon correspondent, Jamie McIntyre, for us.

Jamie, thank you.

WHITFIELD: Well, let's look further in the weather picture, because pretty severe weather in some parts of the country.

(WEATHER REPORT)

WHITFIELD: So car repair ripoffs, I think we've all had a taste of that here and there. Well, if you don't know much about tinkering under the hood, you can be an easy target. But you can fight back.

Consumer reporter Greg Hunter looks at that.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

GREG HUNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): There are three top car scams you should always say no to.

Number one: Engine oil flushing.

MIKE ALLEN, SR. EDITOR, "AUTOMOTIVE POPULAR MECHANICS": The mechanic comes out and says, "Look at this dipstick, look how filthy your oil is. Your engine is all full of sludge. Just changing your oil isn't going to do it. What you need to do is to let me hook your car up to this machine which will run this special solvent through and it will pull all of the sludge out of your engine and your engine will last forever."

HUNTER: Say no to an engine flush. "Popular Mechanics'" Mike Allen says changing oil regularly is all you need to do.

Two: Fuel injector cleaning.

(on camera): When the mechanic asks you, "Would you like to have your injectors cleaned as regular maintenance?" do you need that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, no. If your car is running fine, the check engine light is not on, it's not missing or getting poor fuel economy, you don't need to do that.

HUNTER (voice over): That fuel injector cleaning you probably don't need can cost around $150.

Three: Fuel-saving devices and additives.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Mike Allen have tested these products for years and say they don't work. Say no to any device or additive that promises better gas mileage.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Like any business, there are unscrupulous people who will try to take money away from you that they really don't deserve.

HUNTER (on camera): So the term that you're talking about is called what?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Service merchandising.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS: CNN again has confirmed -- we shared this news with you at the top of the hour -- that former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack will announce today that he is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

CNN's Candy Crowley was there in Iowa in November when the former governor made his announcement. We will talk to Candy Crowley about this latest decision in just a couple of minutes here in the NEWSROOM.

WHITFIELD: Well, how about this guy, primed for a run or not ready for prime time? Checking opinions about Barack Obama's presidential campaign in the NEWSROOM. HARRIS: Anna Nicole Smith -- one ruling is on the books, now more legal drama this morning. A tabloid celebrity's messy departure in the NEWSROOM.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WHITFIELD: A story we continue to follow, this young man, 13- year-old Clay Moore, allegedly snatched from a bus stop out of Parrish, Florida, earlier today. And now police are not only looking for this young man, but also looking for what witnesses say was an older red extended cab pickup truck.

You're looking at live pictures right now from Bay News 9, our affiliate there out of the Tampa area. Pictures of the cordoned off area near where the bus stop location was where Clay Moore was allegedly abducted while other kids were apparently at that bus stop. And now the search continues for this young man, 13 years old, as well as the older red extended cab pickup truck which allegedly came by and took the young man into the vehicle.

Meantime, the other story we're following for you on the political front, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack has decided to bow out of the presidential run for '08. This just three months after announcing his candidacy.

Our Candy Crowley is following this story, has been following this story all along. She'll be joining us in minutes to help extrapolate exactly what went wrong, why is he bowing out now.

HARRIS: Punch your radio button while driving in Washington, Dallas, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and you're likely to land on one of Cathy Hughes' radio stations.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS (voice over): She's one of the most powerful women in radio. Her passion sparked long ago by signals far away.

A young Cathy Hughes would drift off to sleep with an old school transistor playing The Platters, or stand in front of the bathroom mirror with her toothbrush a microphone. She'd realize the dream of hosting her own show and so much more.

In the 1970s, she turned around Howard University's radio station, increasing listeners and revenues, and creating the quiet storm, deep-throated deejays spinning love songs widely copied since. New decade, new challenge.

In 1980, Hughes purchased Washington's WOL, so leveraging herself, she lost her home. The single mom wound up living at the station with her young son, a son who would later share her empire.

Hughes had a vision: changing WOL's format to talk radio for African-American audiences. Critics considered it crazy at the time, but after a few years, the station turned a profit. Hughes' success led her to purchase other radio stations. She brought them together under her Radio One network. Radio One is now the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company, with 70 stations in 22 urban markets.

Three years ago, Hughes expanded into a new medium with TV One. The network offers a variety of lifestyle and entertainment programming.

With her media outlets, Hughes has fulfilled another dream: providing employment opportunities for African-Americans.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS: Earlier, I had a chat with Cathy Hughes. Our conversation ranged from politics to homelessness.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CATHY HUGHES, PIONEER IN BLACK TALK RADIO: Most people don't realize that nearly 40 percent of all homeless people go to work every day. They think that the person they see on the corner asking for some money, for some food, is the "typical homeless person." They don't realize...

HARRIS: So it's this concept of the working poor.

HUGHES: Exactly.

HARRIS: Yes.

HUGHES: The concept of the working poor. And so often, not just the assistance that -- in terms of financial resources, sometimes what they need more than anything else is someone to believe in them, someone to give them hope for the future. And so I really look forward to the day where I can just full time get up every morning and just work on the issue of homelessness in the United States.

HARRIS: Well, paint for me, if you would -- we won't call it the Marshall Plan. We will call it the "Hughes Plan." What is -- what is -- give me an outline of your Hughes plan to combat this issue of homelessness in America.

HUGHES: It's just -- it's very simple, the redeployment of the American resources. I mean, we're spending billions, trillions it will end up being, dollars, trying to help another country get themselves together when we're not together.

HARRIS: Talking about the president's agenda or, in your view, it seems a lack of agenda...

HUGHES: Yes.

HARRIS: ... and I know that you took part in the State of the Black Union symposium recently.

HUGHES: Yes.

HARRIS: I'm curious as to what you think, talking about presidential politics now, of the candidacy of one Barack Obama.

HUGHES: He feels like a Hollywood movie. The movie "Wag the Dog." Norman Lear is one of his big supporters, I understand. And I think that we're watching Hollywood the same way -- I think it's a Hollywood ploy.

I called it a dazzling deception. And black folks have historically gone for dazzling deception.

African-Americans, if it looks good to us, we're like, OK, well, let's give it a try. I'm not going for this dazzling deception, because I think this election is too critical to the future of America. Not just African-Americans, but all Americans. I want someone in there who knows what they're doing, who's qualified for the position, and who has done more than taken photos, waved at the crowd, and kissed babies.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS: And just minutes from now, we will hear the other side of the Barack Obama debate.

WHITFIELD: The CDC confirms what was suspected. It was salmonella in the peanut butter.

Hundreds of people sickened across the country. Jars of Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter made at a Georgia plant recalled last week, well, now the question, how did the salmonella get there? No confirmed deaths linked to the outbreak, but a Pennsylvania family filed a lawsuit claiming a relative died after eating tainted peanut butter.

And we continue to follow this political news -- former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, who threw his hat into the presidential ring just last November, is now taking his hat out.

Candy Crowley has been following the story. And she'll be joining us to let us know exactly why he made this decision.

That's coming up.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

TOM VILSACK (D), FMR. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm going to win it. And that's -- that's why I'm in this race. I'm focused on winning this race, and we're going to start by winning Iowa.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WHITFIELD: That was just on Monday from "THE SITUATION ROOM."

Four days later now, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack says, I'm out. Not going to pursue the nomination for the Democratic ticket.

What happened?

Our Candy Crowley is in Washington.

Just four days and a complete about-face. Is money at the root of the problem, Candy?

CANDY CROWLEY, CNN SR. POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Money's always at the root of the problem, particularly when you're talking about politics. We keep hearing figures like $100 million, $200 million, $500 million...

WHITFIELD: Right.

CROWLEY: ... that it will take to run in this race. Tom Vilsack doesn't have the name recognition of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. To the people with the name recognition go the spoils. They are able to raise a lot of money in a fairly short time. A very tough row for people like Tom Vilsack, who is struggling to make both a name for himself and to raise that money.

As for why he would say on Monday, " I'm in it to win," and why today, in a news conference, in less than a half an hour, we expect him to say, "I'm out," you're always in until you're out.

WHITFIELD: Right.

CROWLEY: You can't lay your cards out there. I suspect that this -- this did not happen, this epiphany did not happen over the last four days.

This has to be something that all along, when you see the size of the crowds, when you understand how tough this is going to be, raising money, that this comes to you gradually. Now, again, he'll give us his reasons in half an hour, but I suspect that's where we're going.

WHITFIELD: But still perplexing, even in November, when he threw his hat into the ring, it was already widely known that running now for a presidential race is about $120 million that will set you back in order to do that. So entering the race, did he always think that he'd have a pretty good chance of being able to get that kind of money to continue the run? Or were his reasons to run something other than trying to seek the nomination?

CROWLEY: No, he was definitely trying to seek the nomination. I remember a conversation that I had with former congressman Dick Gephardt, who himself ran for president twice. And I said, you know, "What's it like when you're on the verge of making that decision? What do you take into consideration?" And he said, "It's always a leap of faith."

You have to believe that you're going to be able to do this before you hop in, but you don't know for sure. But you have to tell yourself and take that leap of faith that you're going to be able to convince people that you're the right guy. I mean, Tom Vilsack is a well-credentialed guy. He was head of the National Governors Association, a two-term governor in Iowa, where he ran two pretty successful terms. So it wasn't that he wasn't qualified. It's just in this national scene, it is very hard to break through with these two front-runners, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

WHITFIELD: So in 30 minutes or so he'll be making the official announcement of now being out?

CROWLEY: Yes.

WHITFIELD: All right. Candy Crowley, from Washington, thanks so much.

CROWLEY: Sure.

HARRIS: Well, primed for the run, or not ready for prime time? Checking opinions about Barack Obama's presidential campaign in the NEWSROOM.

WHITFIELD: And Hollywood's favorite first name this weekend. Why, of course, it's Oscar. The scouting report for this year's Academy Awards straight ahead in the NEWSROOM.

HARRIS: And who's this guy? What's he looking at? To be honest, not a thing. Have you noticed the obvious here, that the caps...

WHITFIELD: Take the caps off. "I don't see anything. What's going on?"

HARRIS: We'll explain in the NEWSROOM.

WHITFIELD: Embarrassing.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WHITFIELD: Let's check in again with Betty Nguyen in the newsroom with an update on that Amber Alert.

NGUYEN: Well, the search is still on for 13-year-old Clay Moore. We do have a little bit more information.

Here's a live look at an area where he was abducted from this morning. It is in Manatee County, and it happened at a bus stop.

He was waiting with about 10 other kids. They were waiting for the Lincoln Middle School bus to arrive, when a man drove up to the group, grabbed the teenager and put him in the truck, and drove off. And we do understand that it's been confirmed through officials that that man had a gun. Let's listen to what they're saying on the ground there in Manatee County.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not easy talking to a mother or a father that is in a situation like Clay's mom and dad is right now. That's the toughest part on us, toughest thing on law enforcement. So we hope to be able to bring them good news before this day is over. I ask your help. I ask you to be diligent about this as I know you will be and get these pictures out for us, this photograph, so that people all over the state of Florida, and even outside the state, will be able to see that this kid is missing. We want him home. And hopefully your broadcasting of that will help bring him home.

So I thank you very much.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

NGUYEN: And that is the Manatee County sheriff. Let's give you a look at Clay Moore. He is 5 feet tall, weighs about 100 pounds. He is 13 years old. Got a little more information as to what he was wearing. If you're in the area and you happen to spot him. He's wearing a green polo shirt, a black jacket, khaki pants and a red backpack.

We also know some more information about the man believed to have suspected of kidnapping him today. He's a Hispanic male in his 30s, about 5'8" tall. He had dark hair, a dark mustache, was wearing dark sunglasses. Again, he was driving an older model red or maroon extended-cab pickup truck. And as those witnesses, those children told police today, and police have confirmed, that he is believed to be carrying a gun, so he is armed and dangerous.

The search under way right now for 13-year-old Clay Moore. As soon as we get some more information, we'll bring it straight to you, Fred.

WHITFIELD:: All right, Betty Nguyen, thanks so much.

Meantime, the legal battle seemingly never ends in the Anna Nicole Smith saga. The latest hearing just wrapped up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a courtroom just minutes ago.

Larry Birkhead, who you see right there, on the right-hand side of the screen, claims to have fathered Smith's 5-month-old daughter, wants a DNA sample from Smith's daughter for paternity question. Well, Judge Lawrence Corda (ph) questions whether Florida or California has proper jurisdiction.

Birkhead initially went to a California court in an attempt to get the DNA. Judge Corda says he'll talk with his California counterpart before making any decisions.

HARRIS: Is a first-term senator ready to make the long jump from Capitol Hill to the White House? many Americans are asking that question about Barack Obama.

Democratic political consultant Morris Reid joins us with his thoughts on this.

Morris, great to see you.

MORRIS REID, DEMOCRATIC POL. CONSULTANT: Thanks for having me.

HARRIS: Let me ask that question again. Is Barack Obama ready? Is America ready for Barack Obama?

REID: Well, I don't know if Barack went to bed and woke up and said, I want to be president. I think there's a movement going on here, and this guy happens to be the captain of the ship. And when you're the captain of the ship, you've got to keep things moving.

HARRIS: What's the movement? Describe it for me? What do you see happening?

REID: I think people are waking up and saying, listen, the old motto isn't working anymore. We've had white male after white male, and we've had problems, and maybe that motto isn't working anymore. And here's a guy that's competent, qualified, in a great position and connecting with voters. And that's really the issue, he is connecting with voters in a way that people haven't seen a traditional African- American candidate connect.

HARRIS: Now you mentioned white male after white male -- do you think America is viewing Barack Obama as a change agent through this lens of race?

REID: I think they're seeing him as a change agent, first and foremost, which really speaks to the macro-movement that's going on here. A lot of times when the macro-movement happens, it has an impact on the individual. And when you listen to some of the people who have been against Barack, it is those folks that maybe that are in that generation, that post civil rights generation, where the sun may be setting on them. He is of that post-civil rights generation, and he's really appealing to that post-civil rights general, and he's also appealing to that under 30 set that really has no connection...

HARRIS: Stop, stop, stop right there. Because one of the people speaking out and asking some tough questions and offering a pretty tough assessment of Barack Obama is Cathy Hughes, the woman who was the founder of Radio One, the founder of TV One, an influential voice in the black community.

REID: A tremendous woman.

HARRIS: OK. Let's listen to what she had to say in a conversation we had a couple of days ago, and then let's get your reaction to it.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

CATHY HUGHES, FOUNDER, RADIO ONE: I called it a dazzling deception, and black folks have historically gone for dazzling deception. African-Americans, if it looks good to us, we're like, OK, let's give it a try. I'm not going for this dazzling deception, because I think this election is too critical to the future of America, not just African-Americans, but all Americans. I want someone in there who knows who they're doing, who's qualified for the position and who has done more than taken photos, waved at the crowd and kissed babies.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HARRIS: All right. There is -- Morris, there was a lot there. OK. But first let me open it up to your general thoughts and reactions to Cathy.

REID: Well, I think this is about qualification. She's really saying, does this man have the qualifications to be president? It is no different when people start a radio company, like she did many years ago, when people said, did she have the qualifications to start a radio company, and has grown it to be the most successful African- American media company in the country.

I really think that this is a guy who will put the time in. It is something magical about running for president.

Bill Clinton, let's look at Bill Clinton, when he first set out running, was he qualified to run? Many people may say no. But it's something magical about the process. And I will also submit that when you're the president of the United States, it's like being the chairman of the company; you don't run that company alone. And George Bush had a lot of qualified people around him with a lot of experience who led us in the wrong direction.

HARRIS: Morris, Morris, Morris.

REID: Let's look at this from a business situation. This guy will be a leader. He will be a leader no different than Dick Parson leading Time Warner. He will bring the people around him who will be qualified to help him run the ship. I think that Barack, just like Hillary Clinton, is qualified to run for this office.

HARRIS: You know that there is more in that soundbite. There is the suggestion from Cathy Hughes, and I wondered, too, to what extent there is a conversation happening in the black community -- OK, we're not a monolith -- but where black people gather, is there a conversation that reflects a piece of what Cathy is saying there? This is a Hollywood invention. This is smoke and mirrors, and I'm not buying it, because I don't -- when are we going to see the suit filled out?

REID: Well, listen, let me tell you, this really speaks to the diversity of the African-American community. A lot of people in the black community don't want to recognize the diversity of the African- American experience, and the community. And this is not a Hollywood invention.

Again, Barack Obama did not go to bed and wake up and say, I want to be president. I want to lead this movement. This has really taken off.

And if really you want to talk about packaging, this is about packaging. This is a guy who spoke at the Democratic Convention, who spoke in a very different way than African-Americans usually speak. So yes, it's a different package. It's not Jesse Jackson. It's not Al Sharpton. This is the 21st century leadership, and this is something that black Americans need to embrace, because America appears to be ready to embrace him.

HARRIS: Morris Reid, in the NEWSROOM, great to have you here, Morris. Thanks.

REID: Thanks.

HARRIS: Appreciate that.

WHITFIELD: Let's check in with Betty Nguyen who's in the NEWSROOM with an update on this Amber Alert in Florida -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Yes, we're still following that Amber Alert. The search is still on for 13-year-old Clay Moore. But we're getting more information from the witnesses at the scene, who are children, about 10 children at a bus stop when they saw Clay Moore being abducted at gunpoint, they say.

We want to listen to what a parent of one of the children at that bus stop had to say just a few minutes ago.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My son, Jonathan had come out to go to the bus, and was within about five minutes was running back in the house saying that everyone was screaming there was someone with a gun and they'd taken Clay. And so I came out, and I was the first parent out with all the kids. And they were pretty shook up, a couple of the kids were on the phone already calling the police, giving as much information as they could.

I mean, immediately, as soon as it happened, they were taken care of, calling the police. And I walked down to see if I could find his mom, but she had already left for the day.

QUESTION: Did any of the kids have any indication as to what was really going on?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know more about it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think at least two of them were. And the other ones were just ALL running and everything because they didn't know who the person was and they saw him have a gun.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They said the truck pulled up, there was a gentleman in the truck, and they saw a gun so they started running and dispersing. And I guess Clay didn't move as fast, or was kind of standing around, and the guy got out and yelled at him to get in the truck, and he was pointing the gun at him, so he ended up getting in the truck, but was very upset, and didn't, obviously, know, and kept saying something like, why me? What's going on? What did I do?

(END VIDEO CLIP) NGUYEN: It is just a nightmare scenario for any parent to have this happen to their child. But we are learning more information. The good news is the children acted very quickly. They called 911. They went home, told their parents, and the search is under way.

I want to give you information about 13-year-old Clay Moore. I want to put his picture up so if anyone has any information or recognizes his face, they will call authorities there in Florida. He is a 5 feet tall. He weighs about 100 pounds. He's just 13 years old. And he was wearing a green polo shirt at the time, a black jacket, khaki pants and a red backpack.

Now the man witnesses say took him is a Hispanic male in his 30s, about 5'8" tall. He has dark hair, a dark mustache. He was wearing dark sunglasses. And as you heard from that parent, he was carrying a gun. So he is indeed considered armed and dangerous.

Now we hope to learn more information. There's going to be a news conference, Fred, at the top of the hour, at noon, I should say. And we will take that live here on CNN. We hope to hear from Sheriff Charlie Wells with the Manatee County Sheriff's Department to get some more information on where the search is headed, and hopefully maybe they will have developments, and may have found Clay Moore by that time. But again, at noon we will have a press conference, and we'll bring that to you live.

WHITFIELD: All right, Betty, thanks so much. We're going to continue to follow these developments. The search for Clay Moore intensifying now, and with new information coming from the sheriff's department, as well as those eyewitness accounts that you just heard. We're going to continue to keep close tabs on that situation.

We'll be right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WHITFIELD: And now a hands-down winner for disgusting, ew, yuck, video of the day -- about a dozen rats caught on tape after hours at a KFC-Taco Bell restaurant.

HARRIS: No, no, no.

WHITFIELD: I hope you're not eating lunch right now, people. The restaurant recently had been cited for health code violations. Duh! Including evidence of rodents and live cockroaches. A KFC-Taco Bell spokesman says the restaurant was trying to address the problems by doing construction, which it says may have temporarily worsened the rat problem. It kind of stirred things up. Well, the spokesman says the restaurant will remain closed until all health code issues are resolved.

HARRIS: Let's get this straight. That was a duh from you. That was an ew from you. All we need is a...

WHITFIELD: It elicited all kinds of responses out of me.

HARRIS: Yes, all we need is Fred-isms in the NEWSROOM.

WHITFIELD: It's easy.

HARRIS: 2007, the year of the pig. And boy is that true for some pigs in Upstate New York. A barn collapsed on the piglets, but their bad luck changed when firefighters arrived to save the squealing swine. Aaron Baskerville from affiliate WKVK has the hog wild rescue.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, a number of creeks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I heard this crack noise.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Groans.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I looked and then the tresses.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Finally came to a rest.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The nails started popping out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Then the whole center just fell right down.

AARON BASKERVILLE, WKVK REPORTER (voice-over): Firefighters were dragging pigs away from the mound of debris.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My pigs are in there. They're like my babies.

BASKERVILLE: A barn collapsed on Irish Road in Colden, under the weight of the heavy snow.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hope Max and one baby, because it was Jim's favorite pig. If anything, I've got to save those two pigs. You know I see them all, but it's really hard for me.

BASKERVILLE: Emotional because she just lost her husband a few weeks ago. Rescue crews were sawing through the rubble.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's still live ones up in front?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Evidently, yes.

BASKERVILLE: They were trying to reach the 20 pigs trapped down below. Some of the animals were emerging with cuts on their noses. Others were kicking and squealing as they were pulled to safety.

CHIEF JODI FEIDT, COLDEN FIRE DEPT.: We're just trying to weed and sort things out and get as many of the heavy pieces off as we can.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here comes another one.

BASKERVILLE (on camera): Just to give you an example of what firefighters had to deal with, they were back here, underneath all of this debris on their hands and their knees, and they were basically coaxing and wrestling the pigs out.

One after one, firefighters wrestled the pigs into the nearby trailer, emergency crews and neighbors working together.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bless them. They're doing a good job getting my pigs out.

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HARRIS: My goodness. The crews were able to save 17 of the pigs. Unfortunately, three died when the barn collapsed.

WHITFIELD: Politicians having trouble seeing the real world. Well, no wonder. Take a look at this. I mean, really take a look, Mr. on the right. That's Israeli's defense minister on the right. His host on the left showing him military maneuvers in the distance. Well, how come I can't see things? Well, remove the lens cap maybe. Photographer says the defense minister did look through the binocular three times, and somehow he didn't notice that the caps were still on.

HARRIS: Oh, man.

WHITFIELD: Well, eventually, hopefully, maybe he got a clue?

HARRIS: Someone, help the man.

WHITFIELD: The lens caps are on the entire time.

HARRIS: There you go.

BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Brooke Anderson at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, where the Oscars will be handed out Sunday night. After the break, why this recognition for one nominee signifies a second chance in Hollywood. That's when the CNN NEWSROOM returns.

Stay with us.

ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Time now for your cold and flu report. We are in the height of flu season. So there's a lot of red painting on the map, and that means, according to the key, widespread activity. South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and then Texas, right up through the Plains, right up through the Upper Midwest, the area where they're probably going to see blizzard conditions today. We have widespread activity there as well.

Hope you're feeling well today. From the CNN Weather Center, I'm Rob Marciano.

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HARRIS: OK< so they're gearing up, looking great, getting ready for the Oscars this weekend.

WHITFIELD: Yes.

HARRIS: And of all the Oscar hopefuls, there may be one of particular interest, a nominee who has survived the often career- killing tag of former child actor.

WHITFIELD: Barely survived.

HARRIS: That's for sure.

Here's CNN's Brooke Anderson.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ANDERSON (on camera): Does this bring back memories?

JACKIE EARL HALEY: Oh, this brings back a lot of memories.

ANDERSON: Oscar nominee Jackie Earl Haley back on the diamond where he shot "The Bad News Bears." That was him, rounding the bases at age 14.

Back then, he was in demand.

(on camera): You were a big star.

(voice-over): At 17, he starred in another classic film, "Breaking Away."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: And don't forget to punch the clock, shorty!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ANDERSON: In 1983's "Losing It," he was billed second, only to Tom Cruise.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HALEY: We're going to be as filthy as we want! and as gross as we want!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ANDERSON: But while Cruise's career took off, Haley struggled to make the transition from child star to grownup actor.

HALEY: I've got a quirky individualistic look. And at that time, it was working against me.

ANDERSON: Those A-roles he was offered as a kid started disappearing.

HALEY: B-roles started to come, and I need to take them to pay the rent, and those led To C-roles and D-roles, and it just kind of drifted away.

ANDERSON: Eventually he left the business altogether.

HALEY: I was doing things like driving limousines, and delivering pizzas and working as a security officer.

ANDERSON: He moved to Texas and started a video production company.

But the love of acting never left him.

HALEY: Every time I went to a movie theater, you know, I'd look up at the big screen and watch a movie. I was still like, dang, I'd like to be up there and practicing the craft.

ANDERSON: Two years ago, the chance came. A director who remembered his earlier work offered Haley a role in "All the King's Men." That led to his part in "Little Children."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HALEY: Are you sick or something?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ANDERSON: His harrowing performance as a sex offender earned him several critics' awards. Suddenly, after so many years of exile from the profession an Oscar nomination was within sight.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jackie Earl Haley in "Little Children."

ANDERSON: It was his wife who told him the news.

HALEY: She comes running in. I look up at her and she's got tears in her eyes, she's shaking and she's going, you got it, you got it, and I looked at her and I just -- I couldn't help it, I was just overwhelmed with emotion. I like, I burst into tears.

ANDERSON: Since then, he's been basking in the glow of Oscar attention.

HALEY: I'm beside myself. I mean, I'm really freaking out.

ANDERSON: And at age 45, he's thrilled he's finally made it in the business as an adult.

HALEY: To actually be doing it again, it's like a gift. .

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ANDERSON: And here I am at the Kodak Theater, where it's all going to go down on Sunday night. And you know, Jackie Earl Haley also told me that he suffered from self-esteem problems, confidence problems, but this Oscar nomination really, he told me, it really gives him a sense of validation and a sense of acceptance, and Fredricka and Tony, he also said that the scripts have been pouring in and that he's been reading them, taking his time and just deciding what he wants to do next.

HARRIS: That's great.

WHITFIELD: I'm happy about that. I remember him from "Bad News Bears." Nobody forgets that.

All right, Brooke Anderson, we'll be watching all weekend. Thanks so much.

HARRIS: You're back in the NEWSROOM an hour from now. 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, Kyra Phillips here.

Good Friday to you, Kyra Kyra.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers "Bad News Bears."

WHITFIELD: I do. I loved it!

PHILLIPS: Yes, it makes me think of my softball team as a kid.

WHITFIELD: But it is a great comeback story.

PHILLIPS: All right, we'll talk about what we're talking about, bad service, hidden fees, shoddy merchandise. We all can understand that. When something yanks your chain, how do you yank back?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

PHILLIPS: Yes, a little primal scream therapy may help in the short term, but we're going to be talking with a woman who says, she can show you how to get real results. Her secret weapons, ingenuity, paper and ink. We'll tell you about it.

And, although Anna Nicole Smith's mother is appealing the ruling that would send her daughter's remains to the Bahamas, today's focus is on the issue at issue -- in other words, who's Dannielynn's daddy. We're keeping an eye on that emergency DNA hearing down in Florida. Fight Back Friday and the rest of the day's top stories in the CNN NEWSROOM at 1:00 Eastern.

HARRIS: Beautiful.

WHITFIELD: That's what you call a full plate.

HARRIS: That's it.

WHITFIELD: There you go.

HARRIS: Serving it up.

PHILLIPS: There you go, all kinds of drama.

WHITFIELD: All right, thanks a lot, Kyra.

All right, CNN NEWSROOM continues one hour from now. HARRIS: "YOUR WORLD TODAY" begins in just a couple of minutes.

But just a reminder, we are following a story near Tampa this morning, where police are searching for a 13-year-old boy, apparently kidnapped from a bus stop in front of other teens. A news conference is scheduled for noon Eastern Time, just about four minutes from now. When it begins, we will bring it to you here in the NEWSROOM.

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