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to buy. >> rent. it's too high. >> it will keep rising this year. make no mistake. this is a great time to buy. too many of you are still waiting or shut out. maybe you can't cobble together a down payment. you need 20% in most cases. your credit isn't spotless, you need 720, or you're out of a job. the truth is, not everyone is participating in this housing recovery. rich people, well, they've done very well. 1/3 of home sales are all cash. imagine -- imagine not needing a mortgage for the biggest purchase most of us will ever make. one thing you can credit congress with, luxury home sales soared at the end of the year. super rich rush to beat this year's higher tax rates. 51% jump in sales of homes valued at a million dollars or more in november. so rich people are enjoying a housing recovery. the rest of you, it may be you're waiting for a jobs recovery. and congress' drama threatens to undo any recovery. let's hope this doesn't undo this. is the housing market working
for you? find us on facebook and twitter, cnnbottomline. i'm christine romans. "cnn saturday morning" continues right now. it could be the most stunning confession in cycling history. the real reason lance armstrong is sitting down with oprah. what will the white house decide when it comes to gun control? all morning long we'll put the proposals and pushback in focus. they're the men behind "chicago," "hairspray," and now hollywood's biggest night. our exclusive interview with the producers of the oscars. good morning, everyone, i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. on the west. glad you're with us. we begin with lance armstrong and the expected big admission.
the "usa today" reports that armstrong will sit down with oprah on monday and spill the beans. he's expected to admit that he used performance enhancing drugs. joining me now is dave shields, author of "the tour." a back about competitive cycling and be the tour de france. dave, good morning. so i guess the question is, what does he have to gain by adm admitting this now if he goes ahead with it? >> i think that probably he's -- he's a bit worried about other cases that are going on. there's some -- some rumors that johannes berniel, his old coach, will say some things. i have also heard that according to some sources that he's kind of realized that his own children are going to eventually learn the truth. and it's going to be real embarrassing if he hasn't said it by that point. i think he's just behind the eight ball. >> what are the chances -- because a lot of people look and wonder why. what are the chances that any admission or explanation even could put him back in the good graces of his sponsors or even his critics?
>> i can't imagine that his sponsors are going to come back. i would imagine that you're probably right that there will be certain critics that will say, oh, good, he's -- you know, he's come clean, he said this, let's forgive him now. that probably is the right thing to do. at one level. at another level, it's right it hold people accountable. i mean, he's made a lot of decisions that have really, really hurt a lot of people. so you know, he should feel some remorse for this. i hope he does. >> any chance of legal action do you think following the admission? >> you know, interestingly, he's waited just until the statute of limitations has passed on one of the most important cases where he really would have perjured himself a lot. there are other things that there's a good chance that he could face consequences for. i would think that there would be certain people that are going to want to try to get a -- to get a little money back. but -- >> you were talking about his 2005 testimony, though, right? in terms of the perjury that has
passed? >> yeah. he literally took out a contract with an insurance company that he'd be paid a $7 million bonus if he won more than three tour de frances. and then when he did that, they said, well, we've got evidence that you doped to do it. and he completely destroyed several people's careers trying to defend himself, claiming that he hadn't done anything. now he's going to say, oh, yeah. >> right. so the statute of limitations has passed. >> correct. >> when we talked last week, when we first started hearing that he may admit to doping, at the time you told me that you'd find it hard to believe anything he says. do you still feel the same way? >> you know, to give you an example, i do feel the same way. a teammate of lance land's that
lance armstrong's once said, "my greatest days as an athlete were working with lance. he got more out of me than i ever got out of myself. and i don't care if i ever see that son of a [ bleep ] again." that's powerful. >> strong words. what about his charity? any hope for livestrong to recover? >> it livestrong foundation is a wonderful foundation. there's great people associated with it. i'm sure it will go on. i'm sure it will be negatively affected no doubt about it. but i think that they'll ultimately land on their feet. i hope they do. >> dave shields, appreciate your time and expertise in this area, as well. thank you very much. >> any time. check out daveshields.com if you want to see more. >> will do. new information from the government shows that the flu is now widespread in all but three states. and state totals show that
dozens have died from complications this season including 20 children. the front line for the fight is really in doctors' offices and hospitals all across the nation, treating and diagnosing thousands of patients. than jones is at an urgent care in falls church, virginia. athena, i'm sure they've been busy there. what are they telling you? >> reporter: they have been busy. good morning. this is a multiservice facility. they provide dental care as well as medical services. and they've seen an increase in the number of people coming in. let's head inside. this is a facility that treats both dental care, as i said, and flu and other illnesses. they say that more than half of the people coming in in the last few weeks have been coming in with symptom already. they want to see if they have the flu and get treated. the others are coming for vaccinations. they said that just in january alone, the first 12 days of january, they've seen an increase in demand for vaccination, an increase in the number of calls they're getting, especially for young people
seeking vaccination shots. randi? >> is there enough to go around? there's been reports that a lot of the places are running out of it. >> reporter: nationwide doctors say there are enough vaccines to go around. there are still millions available. there are spot shortages that we're hearing about. people who may have call around, check different facilities to see if they have vaccinations available. i can tell you that this facility got a shipment back in december, and they still have several dozen vaccination shots left. we understand that it takes longer to get the shipments coming in now since there is increased demand all around the country. >> why does there seem to be so much concern about the flu and about it spreading this year? >> reporter: the interesting thing is that this year the flu began earlier. last year, the season was milder, described as milder. this year not only did it begin earlier, but the strain, this strain of influenza a, doctors say, is harsher. it can lead to more
complications, can lead to people getting sick longer. so there's increased concern because the flu kills people every year, 36,000 people. already there have been at least 20 pediatric deaths this year. and the concern is that with such an early start and such a hard strain, a harsh strain, people need to be vigilant. randi? >> athena jones, talking to you from there. makes me want to tell you to wash your hands. thank you very much. appreciate the reporting there. the 66,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan may be headed home sooner than expected. president obama now saying our path is clear there. hamid karzai met with mr. obama in washington yesterday. both men agreed to a complete transition of combat operations by the end of 2014. the president spoke after that meeting. >> our path is clear, and we are moving forward. every day, more afghans are stepping up and taking more responsibility for their security. as they do, our troops will come home.
next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> president obama is considering keeping some troops, possibly between 3,000 to 9,000, in place across 2014 for counterterrorism and training. but only if they get immunities from prosecution. karzai signaled he may be willing to give in to that demand. also in washington, vice president joe biden wrapped up his meetings on gun violence saying there's no silver bulleted to solve the problem. friday he met with producers of some of the most popular and violent video games, "call of duty" and "medal of honor." biden said he wasn't looking to point fingers, he's just looking for solutions. >> we have a problem beyond "the massacres," the columbines, the auroras, to connecticut. there's 10,000 people a year gunned down in our cities. different motive, different reason, different explanations. it's a real problem. it's serious. >> there may be some room for
compromise. iowa republican senator chuck grassley says he may be open to limiting high-capacity magazines. he says that move wouldn't challenge the second amendment right to bear arms. a man who many are calling a hero says he doesn't want to be called anything except teacher. it all started on thursday when a 16-year-old student walked into his school in central california with a shotgun and pockets full of ammunition. he shot one student at pointblank range. that's when 40-year-old teacher ryan heber stepped in. he stood face to face with the gunman and gently persuaded him to put the gun down. meanwhile, another teacher, kim field, also helped distract the shooter while other students escaped the classroom. >> this teacher and this counselor stood there face to face, not knowing whether he's going to turn that shotgun on them and -- because they've seen the news media throughout our country in the last several months, and they probably expected the worst and hoped for the best. but they gave their students a
chance to escape and conversed, and it worked. >> the teen was taken into police custody. police say he'll be charged with attempted murder. the wounded student was taken to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition. the politics of the gun debate. the newtown tragedy may be a game changer with promises of action from the white house. maria cardona and amy holmes are here. we'll find out what they think about the process and whether or not it will work. need a tow or k your keys in the car, geico's emergency roadside assistance is there 24/7. oh dear, i got a flat tire. hmmm. uh... yeah, can you find a take where it's a bit more dramatic on that last line, yeah? yeah i got it right here. someone help me!!! i have a flat tire!!! well it's good... good for me. what do you think? geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. [ male announcer ] the distances aren't getting shorter.
diminish the probability that our children are at risk in their schools. >> well, it has been a whirlwind week for vice president joe biden. he has been at the center of the gun debate meeting with people on both sides of the conversation. two sides that are both fired up. what's expected to come out of those meetings is a blueprint for the administration's gun policy. we're focusing on that this morning. joining me as they do every week, cnn contributor maria cardona and amy holm, anchor of "real news" on "the blaze." good morning to both of you. happy saturday. maria, what do you think the now policy is going to look like? >> well, i think what we've heard mostly that will be included in this in some way, shape, or form will be renewal of the ban on the assault weapons which as you know has now gone away. and i think there's been a lot of focus on trying to get that renewed. and i think importantly included in that should be a ban on the high-caliber magazine clips
because that's exactly what the shooter used in newtown. and we've seen that that is what really leads to these really deadly massacres. i think that something having to do with comprehensive access to mental health. i think what's critical and what the administration has said is that there should be as easy access to mental health facilities and help and programs as there is easy access to guns. >> right. >> i think also universal background checks. and what's interesting is that we know that the gallup poll showed 92% of americans agree with those universal background checks. and 72% of nra members agree with those uniform background checks. >> let me ask amy, amy, if that is all on the table which sounds like it is, how hard is it going to be for this administration to sell any gun control plan to the american people? >> i think what's remarkable is the amount of common ground. i disagree with the assault weapons ban. there's been talk that the white
house might step away because there's quite a lot of controversy over what exactly is an assault weapon. however, the high-capacity magazine that maria mentioned, there does seem to be common ground around that. and also mental health. now that's a little bit tricky in terms of in you spot someone, know someone who is threatening themselves or harm on the internet, for example. we just had a case of a young man in california who was making facebook threats that he wanted to go and, you know, commit an atrocity at a school, at a kindergarten. yet, authorities couldn't do anything are. there laws that are in place or laws that we should consider in trying to prevent these atrocities before they happen? and hopefully we'll be able to come up with solutions when it comes to that. i have to say that i'm heartened by the areas where gun control advocates and second amendment advocates are trying to find common ground. initially it seemed that the white house was going to be going way far to the left on this issue. i think even some democrats, particularly heidi highcamp from north dakota, for example, who are second amendment rights
advocates, were able to push back. >> yeah. what's the likelihood do you think, maria, of getting any gun control legislation through congress? forget selling it to the american people. >> right. well, speaking of going way left, let's talk about going way right. and so i think that that's a very good question to see where the house republicans are going to be on this. even though you do see that 72% of nra members agree with universal background check and the majority of americans agree with the ban on assault weapons, i don't think you see very many republicans coming forward. you see a lot of democrats who in the past have been, you know, and are nra members focusing on that there needs to be changes, including senator mark warner and joe manchin. so i think the focus needs to be on what are republicans willing to do. the white house is not going to go way left on this. they know that there needs to be some middle ground consensus. and i think that what is going to push that mid ground c-- mid
grou le ground consensus is the american people. i think this happened after the 20 people were massacred in newtown. >> i think a lot of people are saying the same thing. on a different topic, i want your impressions on the president's new cabinet nominees coming out. amy, i'll go to you first. your overall opinion and highlights? >> my overall impression is that the president, he is stacking up a railroad car full of very highly controversial nominees. we have jack lew for u.s. treasury who we already have -- we see very stiff opposition to. and the president surely knew that going in. there have been reports that mr. lew was quite controversial when it came to the debt ceiling negotiation, that the other side did not find him to be sort of someone negotiating in good faith. he went on sunday shows, said the budget needed 60 votes to pass, for example, which is clearly -- it's either intentionally misleading, or he doesn't understand the legislative process. then of course you have chuck
hagel. there is controversy on both the left and the right, rather right and the left over that nomination. so this president, it seems like he's pushing the envelope with these nominees. and your producers also pointed out no women. >> been called the band of brothers, a couple of articles have described it that way. maria, what's your take? >> well, i'm not worried about the "controversial nature" of these appointees. i think they will get through. and the white house feels pretty confident that they will get through. but i absolutely agree that the next set of nominees and appointees need to look a lot more like this panel, randi. and -- and i am sure, i am actually sure that it will because clearly i don't know if it was just, you know, the timing of the rollout. let's remember that susan rice was considered for secretary of state. so i don't think we'd be having this conversation if she hadn't run into trouble.
certainly, diversity has always been a priority for this president. and his past cabinet nominees and positions have certainly reflected the diversity of this country. so i know that moving forward he's getting a lot of pressure from women's groups and latino groups and african-american groups, as he should. i'm sure moving forward his nominees will look more like what the country reflects. >> i like the look of the panel, too. >> yes, i love the look of this panel. exactly. >> it did occur to me that maybe president obama needs to consult mitt romney's binders. >> there we go. all right. thank you very much. nice to see you. >> thank you. >> thank you. successful once but a much different story the second time around. see what happens when two burglars try to haul off an atm. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved
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welcome back. police in miami are on the lookout for a couple of crooks. they pulled off a pretty brazen heist this week when they hauled off an atm tied to their car. wow. but thing didn't go as planned at their next stop. when they tried to drive off with another atm, the machine in that case juflt didnst doesn't budge. the guy goes in and body slams the machine. then he walks away rubbing his shoulder, as you saw there. here's a warning for you. [ barking ] >> whatever you do, don't mess with pety. he is an 8-month-old jack russell terrier. he scared off two gunmen at his owner's home in florida. the crooks threw his owner to the floor and petey came to her
rescue. >> he was jumping up and down, n that guy's face. i don't know if he was trying to bite his face or whatever. >> when petey started to bite one of the crook's ankles, yep, they took off. go, petey. in business news, american airlines has filed an extension requesting more time to file its restructuring plan. american is asking for 20 additional days. the company is working on terms with creditors as part of the bankruptcy proceedings. the airlinis in talks to merge with usairways. that move would create one of the largest carriers in the country. passengers on a plane in australia were shocked when they looked out the window mid flight and saw a snake trapped on the wing. it was a nine-foot-long python. this happened during a quantis flight. the snake was clinging on for dear life. i bet it was. the rough wind and freezing cold temperatures were just too much. the python was dead when the plane landed.
and now some other stories making news across the nation. take a look at this. an explosion at a duplex in north texas yesterday injured three people including two firefighters. they were responding to a report of a gas leak in the town of lewisville. the fire chief told our affiliate, wfaa, they had no warning that the blast was coming. and in atlanta, a police officer was shot in the face yesterday evening. 35-year-old officer reggie robinson now in stable condition in the hospital. he was responding to a report of a drug deal when he encountered a suspicious man. the man gave chase and fired at robinson. police managed to detain the suspect and a weapon. more on the deadly flu outbreak that is sweeping the nation. the cdc reports 47 states are experiencing widespread activity. the only states not showing levels that high are california, hawaii, and mississippi. one of the reasons that the flu
is so dangerous is because it spreads so quickly and so easily. a simple sneeze can spread germs that can live for hours on a surface. to find out just how easily the flu can spread, i took a ride on a new york city subway. with the flu so widespread, riding the subway makes new yorkers think twice. so many commuters wondering can i get it. we asked dr. lynn horowitz to ride the rails with us and help us understand the power of a single cough or sneeze. all it takes is one good achoo to send well over 40,000 droplets barreling in your direction. at about 100,000 miles an hour. they can quickly make dozens of commuters within a few feet very sick. if a person used his hand to cover his sneeze, look out. if someone sneezed and then grabbed this pole to hang on to, they're going to leave germs behind. say i hold on to the pole, i'm
going to pick up those germs without knowing it. then, say, maybe i come here to sit down and i touch my hand to the seat. i'm going to leave germs behind for the next unsuspecting commuter. and it spreads from there. and the doctor, a specialist in respiratory illnesses, says germs are so hearty they can survive overnight. >> the viral particles can stay alive for up to 24 hours. somebody tomorrow morning get on the subway, touches it, touches their face, introduces it into their body, and they've got it. >> that could mean hundreds, maybe thousands of people end up sick. >> i carry my -- my hand sanitizer in my purse. >> some riders touch their face, rub their eyes, eat before ever washing their hands. >> when you touch your face, you're essentially smearing the germ on it your face. and any opening, your nose, mouth, eyes, is the place where the germ can get into your body and incubate and multiply and cause infection. >> just because that sneeze occurred on the subway doesn't mean the germs stay there.
say the person who sneezed stops at the metro card machine to buy a subway card before leaving the station. he's going to leave those germs right on that machine for the next person. and it's not just subway riders. anyone commuting by car or foot may use a germ-covered hand to open an office door or office refrigerator. maybe they're even sharing your computer. yuck. in a world where germs are the enemy, it's time to suit up for battle and keep your soap handy. no kidding. money laundering, it has a whole new meaning. why your detergent is now worth a lot of money on the black market. [ male announcer ] this is sheldon, whose long dy setting up the news
in the past, armstrong has strongly denied using any performance enhancing drugs. overwhelming evidence from anti-drug agencies has cost him millions in endorsements. he's also been stripped of his seven tour de france titles. number two, venezuela's vice president is in cuba to visit his boss, hugo chavez. chavez missed his inauguration thursday though the supreme court said he could be sworn in to his third term at a later time. 58-year-old chavez hasn't been heard from since he went to havana a month ago for cancer surgery. government officials said he suffered a severe lung infection after that operation. no firm evidence chavez is conscious. number three, the deadly flu outbreak. the cdc is reporting that two more children died bringing the total deaths this season up to 20. officials also say that the number of reported u.s. cases has decreased, especially in the south. it's too soon to tell if the season has actually peaked. number four, bp has settled with as many as 100,000
plaintiffs who claim they were sickened or hurt by the 2010 gulf oil disaster. a federal judge in new orleans inked the deal yesterday. it covers cleanup workers and residents who live near the spill zone. a company spokesman said that bp is "pleased with the settlement." and number five, one of hollywood's most iconic movie theaters getting a new name. grumman's chinese theater will be called tcl chinese theater. not the same ring. that's tanks to a ten-year deal with a chinese electronics firm. money is expected to go toward much needed renovations. the cultural landmark first opened in the summer of 1927. all right. take a look at this. a bottle of tide, right? and believe it or not, it is at the center of a booming crime ring involving drugs like crack. and it reaches as far off as the shores of vietnam. the popular procter and gamble cleaner, street name liquid gold, is being stolen and traded
for drugs in cities across the u.s. several thousand dollars worth of the detergent has been taken right off store shelves in recent months and -- and at between $8 and $20 a bottle, a single cartful can be worth thousands. sergeant aubrey thompson from the prince george's county police has been tried to stop these bizarre thefts, we'll call them, head on. good morning, sergeant. tell me, what is this about? why tide? >> it's a product that everyone uses. if you would go on" family feud" and ask the contestants what's the number-one detergent, i venture to say it would be tide. the chief of police and county executive put me in charge of this unit. they wanted me to reduce thefts by 10%. and i met with the retailers, established a rapport with them. the number-one item that was being stolen countywide, statewide was tide detergent. they couldn't keep it on the shelves.
>> so in terms of why it's being still toen -- when i first heard the story i assumed it was like sudafed or some drugs being used to makes other drugs like meth or something. but tide has nothing to do with making drugs, right? this is simply a question of stealing it and then bartering with it? >> yes, ma'am. we thought the same thing. i had unlimited resources. i stayed up late at night trying to find out what was the link, why so much tide of being stolen. and basically it's just a popular product, and everybody washes clothes. and it's low risk of being caught and high reward. >> so how big of a problem are we talking about here? how many people have you arrested? is there a big tide ring going on? >> yes, ma'am. since 2011, we've probably arrested 30 people in related tide -- tide-related thefts. >> wow. from what i understand, you actually told "new york "magazine that one store in maryland alone was losing, what,
$10,000 to $15,000 a month. this is a big deal. >> yes, ma'am. it's a very big deal. the thieves would come in there twice a day, four times a week, and making on average $16,000 a month tax free. the very first guy that we arrested for this type of theft had $96,000 in the bank. >> my goodness. what are they trading tide for? well r th-- are they trading it drugs? >> it majority of people stealing tide are old, hardened criminals who did hard time in jail and got out. they're trying to find a new hustle, if you will, to make money but have a low risk of being caught or going to jail for it. and it's -- the tide is worth more than money. sometimes they would trade it for -- they would go purchase drugs, and the drug dealers would say "bring me tide." we've been search warrants in collaboration with narcotics division where we recovered kilos of drugs and guns, and in
the corner it was 50 bottles of tide. >> is it just the liquid? are they taking the powder, too? >> no. they're taking what's popular. people don't use powder anymore. they're keeping up with the times. liquid tide is liquid gold. >> that's amazing. and we said it's reaching far-off shores. as far away as vietnam is, that true? >> yes, ma'am. we raided one nail salon in capitol heights, and the workers was shipping the tide overseas, over to vietnam to stores that they had in vietnam. >> wow. that is -- really something. and i guess it turns out it's profitable. you would think they would take something that isn't as heavy, right, something smaller to trade with. >> yeah. well, it's -- first of all, before anyone caught on to it, who puts security devices on tide? so they would go into the store and use the grocery carts, put
it in and take it to the car and deliver it straight to the operations. >> wow. amazing tide ring. sergeant, thank you very much. best of luck with putting an end to this. >> yes, ma'am. we will. >> thank you. here's a look at what's coming up next -- they're the men behind "chicago," "hairspray," and now hollywood's biggest night. our exclusive interview with the producers of the oscars. but i still have this cough. , [ male announcer ] truth is theraflu doesn't treat your cough. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus severe cold and flu fights your worst flu symptoms, plus that cough. [ sighs ] thanks!... [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you?
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want to show you some top cnn trends of the web this morning. first up, do not pass go, do not collect $200. your favorite monopoly piece could be forced to go to jail forever if you don't vote for it. hasbro, the maker of the board game, is replacing one of the tokens with one that is more representative of today's monopoly players and wants fans to vote on facebook for the piece that they want to save. voting ends february 5. next up, reports of a lion on the loose in norfolk, virginia. turned out to be just slightly exaggerated. startled people, though, called 911 to report that a lion was roaming the streets. listen to this. >> 911, where is your emergency?
>> hello, i'd like to report a lion sighting. >> i just saw an animal that looked like a small lion. it had the mane and everything. >> i just saw a baby lion on colley avenue and 60th. >> there was a lion that ran across the street. a baby lion. >> okay -- >> it was about the size of a labrador retriever. >> very observant there, that was the last caller. that was really on to something. that caller was on to something. the reason the lion was about the size of a labrador retriever is because the lion was actually a labradoodle, a across between a labrador and poodle. his name isharles the monarch. his owner gets him groomed to look like the mascot for nearby old dominion university. we're told he's much better than w kids than the king of the jungle. let me pull up the photo so you can see. in the -- in their defense, in these callers' defense, take a look. he does look like a lion. the way that he's groomed.
he's got the big, strong legs. he looks husky barking up the tree there. he wasn't roaring, just barking. let me clarify. how's this for full contact reporting -- >> go ahead, i'm not going to get in trouble. it worked in practice. >> oh, man. let's see that one more time in slow-mo. yes, that was lee valsvik, who i knew from my days at minneapolis. she was doing a live shot before the game with the packers last saturday. photographer was too excited for the game. totally ran her down, he was supposed to just catch the ball, but nobody got hurt. good to see you, don't want to see you falling down like that. and finally, the invisible man gets a big mac attack. it may be the best drive-thru prank ever, and it has exploded on youtube. an aspiring magician named rahut hussein created a driver seat
costume. makes him appear as if nobody's driving the car. he put it on, and then he went through a bunch of fast food drive-thrus and recorded the stunned and really freaked out employees. imagine that. well, you may have heard the nominations are in for the 85th academy awards. it's time to put the best of the best together into one amazing awards ceremony. and that job belongs to two men. a producer team that's spent years planning the ceremony. our nadia bilchik spoke to them about their plans. >> this is your first time producing the oscars. but you've been preparing for this for years. tell me about that. >> well, you know, it's -- we produced a movie a couple of years ago called "the bucket list," which turned into a nice little hit. and we for the past decade or so have wanted to be doing this
show, and when we got the job, we said, this has always been on our bucket list. >> and you've had a vision for how you would produce the oscars for so long. so so far is it turning out the way you hoped? >> yeah, i would say that what's interesting about it is that neil and i have played this fantasy game for the last five, six, seven, eight years, saying, what if, what if they called and said, would you like to produce the oscars. and then you sort of say, what we would do. and we started coming up with ideas and pitching ideas to each other about what we'd do if we have the opportunity. and then of course after a while you sort of give up on that because you think, ah, they're never going to call. >> who called -- >> we got a call from hawk koch, president of the motion picture academy. he asked fuus if we would like produce the oscars.
it's the call you wait for for your entire life if that's something you want to do. so it took barely a second for us to respond that it's -- it's a great honor. and yes, you know. we -- we really, really were kind of preparing for this for many, many years. >> on your bucket list. where are you drawing your inspiration? i mean, does a lot depend on who the nominees are? >> for us, it doesn't actually because i know that other producers have waited for the nominations and then created their show around the pictures and the actors who are nominated. we haven't done that. this year, what we did was we created the show based on the show that we wanted to see. so we started off by creating an entire entity of entertainment, and then the nominations fit to our segments of entertainment. >> it's going to be a very different awards ceremony. >> well, you know, especially
with our choice of seth macfarlane to host. and we think seth brings something very, very special to the table. seth is not as well-known as previous oscar hosts, but he has such a vast well of talent that we will make great use of. not only is he hysterically funny, a terrific writer, does impressions, great voices, but he's an incredible song and dance man, too. he had an album out last year and was nominated for a grammy for it. he's a great musical artist. and he also has a respect for the legacy of what the oscars are, for acting, and he's -- he's just a tremendous all-around guy. >> let's hear from seth when he was actually calling out the nominations. >> i'm seth moacfarlane, host o the oscars. if you don't know who i. aprete-- who i am, pretend i'm
donnie osmond. these are people best at sitting in a chair watching others make a movie. congratulations, you ladies no longer have to act attracted to harvey weinstein. the writers basically copied stuff from microsoft word. they pasted it into final draft. >> have you started working with seth yet? >> we've been working with him since the -- since september. we worked with him several times a week, about every day actually. >> how much collaboration, did the three of you get together and what on what his jokes are going to be, his comments? how much input from of the two of you, how much from him, how much from other writers? >> well, seth is in charge of his sections of the show. his hosting sections. and he has his team of writers writing his material for that. we have input into that, of course. but neil and i are creating the entire show around seth. so we have created entertainment pods of different sections of
the show that are unique for this particular oscar show, that are different from other oscar shows. >> we know there's going to be a tribute to the james bond franchise. can you give us the scoop? >> that's correct. >> what else can we expect to see? >> i think, you know, i think if you look at the dna of what we've produced previously, you can see that there's a great deal of music that is kind -- has kind of come forth in our work. so you could probably expect there to be a lot more entertainment. >> well, neil and craig, i hope you get to fulfill your entire bucket list. producers of this year's academy awards ceremony, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you, thanks for inviting us. >> it was very nice. >> watch the show. all right. you heard about some of the best of hollywood. how about some of the worst. up next, we're going to tell you all about the razzy nominations and why this film, "twilight," is leading the pack. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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movie in the "twilight" series was one of the most popular pictures of 2012. didn't get a single academy award nomination. however, it is dominating the razzies, which every year honor hollywood's worst films and actors. here's a clip. >> i have to report a crime. the cullens have done something terrible. >> they think she's an immortal child. >> she was born, not bitten. she grows every single day. >> oh, my. >> creating an immortal child has long been outlawed and is met with the severest form of punishment. death. >> besides "breaking dawn," the other nominees are "battleship," "uji loves in the big balloon adventure, "that's my boy," and "a thousand words." john wilson, creator, joins me. good morning. for those not familiar with the razzies, how did the razzies come about? >> in the fall of 1980, i paid 99 cents to see a double feature
of truly dismal disco musicals, olivia newton john in "xanadu" and the village people in "can't stop the music." i remember driving home from the theater and coming up off the top of my head with a list of at least a dozen movies that if there were an award for the worst achievement would deserve to be included. >> and thus they were born. and you actually have what you get -- certainly not a statue to be proud of. let me see it. >> well -- it's handmade. this is a super 8 film reel spray painted gold. gets all tacky looking. this is shelf paper from 99 cents only, and it has a sprig of a leaf on top. it's intentionally tacky. we wish we could say the same for the movies we nominate. they achieved it without even trying. >> i understand that a former oscar winner and a man are nominated for worst actress. why are those performances award worth?
>> yes. i assume you're talking about barbra streisand in "the guilt trip." which is a very odd career choice. she had not had a starring role in more than a decade. this is a movie in which she and seth rogen are stuck in a compact car driving across america and driving each other nuts for an hour and a half. does not sound like something most people would want to experience. the actor who's in worst actress is in his eighth appearance as madea, tyler perry, in what we are calling "madea's witless protection." he's kind of driven that character into the ground. >> and what about "that's my boy"? this is a film that i saw recently, i admit it. and you have put the entire cast on the razzy left. it stars adam sandler, van issa ice in there, susan sarandon's in it. >> yes. that surprised me. this is his followup. last year he won every -- his movie won every razzy award, "jack and jill."
this time he's playing a wife who fathered a child with his math teacher when he was 14. after basically banding the kid, comes back begging for many to pay taxes. it's foul-mouthed. the basic concepts isn't particularly humorous, i don' think. and it surprisingly to me watching it, i would have thought adam sandler had written it. it's on a level with most of his movies. he didn't. that's at least one nomination he didn't get is worst screenplay. >> yeah. and his voice was really something. i didn't get that at all. strange. >> yeah. and from one scene to another it kept changing. >> yeah. yeah. do you have -- is there one movie that you think was just the worst of the year? >> it would be that one. of the five we nominated, i found it the most offensive, the most indefensible. "twilight" i actually find very entertaining, but as a comedy. and i know that the fans of that franchise take it very seriously. but i personally do not know anyone who had to choose between
a werewolf and a vampire for a date to prom night. >> so when an actor and actress gets a razzy, how do they feel about it? do you hear from them? do you get nasty letters from them, or do they embrace it? >> it depends who you're talking about. several oscar winner have shown up to accept razzies in the past few years. halle berry was hilarious and very foul mouthed. sandra bullock showed one a wagon load of dvds of her movie and accused us of not having seen it. my favorite response, when john travol travolta's "battlefield earth," one of the worst films ever made, when it swept the awards, somebody at a junket asked him. he said, "oh, i didn't hear about it. i have people i pay to keep me from finding out things like that." i thought, wow, that's like the ultimate perk of being rich i guess. your newspaper doesn't have any bad news in it. >> exactly. it's sanitized for your reading. or looks like swiss cheese. i don't know. >> john wilson, creator of the
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from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday morning." it is saturday, january 12. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. cyclist lance armstrong reportedly will make some shocking admissions during an interview with oprah next week. the miss america contest is tonight. one of the contestants is making news for an entire different reason. and ladies taking ambien, listen up. the fda has some new rules for us who take that sleep medication. we begin with that lance armstrong bombshell.
"usa today" reports that armstrong will admit to doping on monday in an interview with, who else, oprah winfrey. armstrong has denied doping allegation in the past. some believe he would have a lot to gain from admitting it now. >> according to sources, he's kind of realized that his own children are going to eventually learn the truth, and it's going to be embarrassing if he hasn't said it at that point. i think he's behind the eight ball. critics will say, good, you know, he's come clean, he's said this. let's forgaive him now. that probably is the right thing at one level. >> our nick valencia has been following the story. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> what could be the legal consequences if he does indeed tell oprah that he has been doping? because he's been denying it for so long. >> he's repeatedly denied it. that's angering his legion of fans and others watching the story. for those who think this is the last chapter in the saga that is lance armstrong, they're sorely
mistaken. this could have potentially some big legal ramifications. the department of justice has not decided whether they will launch a pending lawsuit from his former teammate, floyd landis. whether or not the doj latches on to this lawsuit could bring forward criminal charges. it's more complicated than that. listen to the "usa today" reporter who initially broke the story. >> civilly it's a lot trickier. like you mentioned, there are a lot of sponsors that invested a lot of money in him. there are people that have sued him already because they think they've been defrauded by him because of his lies about performance enhancing drugs. so that is a risk he's taking. >> we've heard from his former teammates over and over. those that have already pleaded guilty to doping. they say he's not any different from them. he took this throughout his cycling career, some allege. >> i talked to dave shields, the
author of "the tour," who spent time following the tour de france. we saw a bite with him. he says he'll never believe him. never support him again. what do you think the general public opinion is? i mean, will people come back to camp lance? >> there's tweets we've been getting this morning. some people are still very angry at him. they say, why didn't you do this a few years back when you had the chance. if you remember in 2005, he swore under testimony under oath that he had nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs. there are others that say we're going to support him no matter what. he's a cancer survivor. he's an icon, he's a hero is on to see so many. he started the cancer charity livestrong, worth $100 million. he stepped down. it's a double sided coin. some say it doesn't matter, others say he should have admitted it a long time ago. >> judging from the twitter feed, people have strong opinions. >> he's a popular guy. this is a seven-time tour de france winner. somebody that brought a sport to its height of popularity in the united states. no longer. now he's this sort of tarnished,
fallen from grace icon. >> no question. all right. thank you. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. it will be another two months before the accused shooter in the colorado theater massacre hears the 166 charges against him. yesterday a judge delayed james holmes' arraignment to give the defense more time to prepare. but as jim spellman reports, the delay is hard to handle for family members of victims. >> reporter: over three days, prosecutors in the aurora theater shooting case laid out what they allege is a cold-blooded, deliberate attack by defendant james holmes. family members in court heard from police officers and coroners that holmes not only planned the attack that ultimately killed 12 and wounded 58 but he took disturbing photos of himself while making the preparations. steve hernandez, father of victim rebecca wingo, blurted out, "rot in hell, holmes," as the defendant was leaving the courtroom. other family members in the courtroom said they understand his reaction. >> i didn't think he was going to say something like that, just like -- i didn't know exactly
what the outburst was, i thought a scream or crying. what i found out it was, "rot in hell, james holmes," i was surprised. >> reporter: is it hard to hold your tongue during these procedures? >> me personally no. i do not want to get in trouble. he could have gotten in a lot of trouble for what he did today. he had his daughter die. >> reporter: the judge ruled that holmes can stand trial in the case. he will officially be arraigned and expected to enter a plea in march. jim spellman, cnn, centennial, colorado. alan rose is competing to become -- allen rose is competing to become miss america. win or lose, she's decided to undergoing g a preventive double mass tech tom at the pageant at the urge of her fathers. her mother, grandmother, and aunt died of the disease. although she is young and healthy, she may be predisposed to get the disease that killed her family members. >> you've gone through testing fla
and decided on a double mastectomy before cancer hits. >> yes. i want to be proactive. it's not something i'm willing to see if it happens to me, to have a family history that's so -- something so prevalent in my family. and to know that this took my mom when i was 16 years old, and i don't want to put my daughter through that someday. i don't want to put my husband through that. i had to watch my dad battle losing the woman he spent the last 25 years of his life with. it's not worth it to me. >> the medical community is divided over such radical preemptive surgery at an early age. some good news on the flu. despite warnings that we're facing an epidemic, the situation may be starting to improve. the cdc has released new numbers showing the high number is declining in parts of the country. it's still a pretty dangerous situation with widespread activity now reported in 47 states. the cdc's latest count shows 20 children have died across the country. so the question is, should you get the flu shot to prevent yourself from getting the virus? doctors say 62% of those who take the shot are less likely to
get it. our athena jones is live at a flu clinic in falls church, virginia. athena, good morning. so over the last few days, we keep hearing everyone needs to get a flu shot. but the question is, is there enough of the vaccine to go around? >> good morning. well, doctors say there is enough vaccine to go around. i think you've got numbers you can put up on the screen. there are millions of doses still available. we are here as you mentioned at a flu clinic in falls church, not far outside of washington. this is actually a multiservice clinic. they provide dental care as well as medical care. they tell us that most of the people coming in here are already showing some symptoms and want to be diagnosed for the flu. they've also seen a boost in the number of people seeking vaccinations just in the last 12 days. they say they industrial some on stock. doctors say that there are some spot shortages around. so people may have to check around, call around to make sure that they know the place that they're going to go to get the shot, it still has the shot. >> and health officials have
been urging people to get vaccinated as we know. many americans avoid the flu shot because a lot of them are convinced it's going to give them the flu. in talking with people there and other experts, is there any truth to that? >> no, there's no truth to that. you're not going to get the flu from the flu shot. they say you shouldn't probably get it if you are sick and if you already have the flu, some say it might help. but that's going to really depend on a case-by-case basis. the idea here is that people should go out and get the flu shot. there's still time. if you're very, very young or very old, over 65, people who have underlying medical conditions like asthma, other respiratory illnesses, people who have weakened immune systems, those are the folks that should be getting the flu shot. and they should get it soon. >> yeah. so if you are sick, you said you probably shouldn't get the flu shot. what is the best way to treat it? what are they telling you? >> reporter: well, it's interesting. i spoke with a doctor here. he said if you can come in and you're just showing symptoms win
win 48 hours, you may be treated with an anti-viral like tamiflu or rulenza to help reduce symptoms. for the most part people should begin to feel better with rest and a lot of fluids. over five or seven days. the doctors here said that they haven't had to send anyone on to the emergency room here. but if you start feeling sudden dizziness, if you have difficulty breathing, if the symptoms go away and then come back, that's -- that could be a sign of a serious turn. this is a strain of the flu this year that doctors say is harsher, could lead to more complications and leave people sicker longer. if you have some of those symptoms, those are the times to get more serious care atta an emergency room. >> thank you. stay healthy. >> reporter: thanks. president obama is vowing to make changes that will reduce gun violence. and joe biden has been tasked to come up with recommendations. we'll hear from a pastor who met with the vice president this week. (dog) larry,larry,larrryyy.
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welcome back. 12 minutes past the hour. vice president joe biden is expected to present recommendation was his gun violence task force on tuesday. yesterday he met with producers of some of the most popular and violent video games, "call of duty" and "medal of honor." biden said he wasn't looking to point fingers, he's just looking for some solutions. >> we have a problem beyond "the massacres," the columbines to the auroras to connecticut. there's 10,000 people a year gunned down in our cities. different motives, different reasons, different explanations. but you know, it's a real problem. it's -- it's serious. >> there may be room for
compromise. iowa republican senator chuck grassley says he may be open to limiting high-capacity magazines. he says that move would not challenge the second amendment right to bear arms. voices from both sides of the iowa -- participated in the meetings. everyone from the nra to the national faith leaders like the reverend mike mcbride. i spoke with him earlier and asked what was discussed in the meeting and why christians are so split over the issue of gun control. >> it was an amazing opportunity for a number of us, faith leaders across this country from various different faith, traditions, and the nominations to lift up our voices in concert and talk about the moral imperatives that are before us to address all the many forms of gun violence that continue to shatter and impact so many lives in our country. >> did the vice president ask for ideas, and also i'm curious if he sent you back with a message to bring to your
congregation. >> well, certainly you know, there were a number of ideas that were talked about, and i personally carried into the conversation a story of one of my young teenagers that i have had to bury and how in his funeral there were over 500 teenagers in the church during his funeral. and i asked how many of them have been to more than one funeral. more than two funerals, more than five funerals. i got all the way up to ten funerals. and over half of the young people wept with their hands in the air. and it was a -- an important moment because i believe in all of our bishops and clergy across the country, we believe that this tragic incident is an opportunity to unite all americans around common sense solutions to address gun violence. and we were able to lift up a lot of the same stratigees of universal background checks,
assault weapons bans, mental health interventions. but also comprehensive and proven targeted strategies to address violence in cities all across this country. >> let me ask you why there does appear to be a divide among christians when it comes to gun control. i mean, a public religion institute survey which of taken before the newtown shooting showed that white evangelical protestants were less likely to favor tighter gun laws than catholics. white mainline protestants are religiously unaffiliated americans. why do you think that is? >> thank you for that question. i mean, i think that's a wonderful question. we should not be surprised that many of our people of faith in this country who are all americans, are very much passionate about the second amendment and gun rights. at the same time, we should not -- we should also not be surprised that there are just as many people of faith if not more who are all in favor of common sense gun laws and promoting a
culture of peace and healing in our communities. and i believe that it is our time and our moment to look within ourselves and the principles of our faith to unite our country around a common moral imperative to address the gun violence that is in our country. even to those statistics that you've just lifted up, interestingly enough, the national association of evangelicals have put out their most recent report that over 70% of their evangelical leaders all support common sense gun laws. so it is an opportunity for us as leaders to go back to our congregations, to our communities, all across this country with all our wonderful diversity, and share that we have a moment to unite our country around common sense gun laws that saves lives. >> and this may be a moment. but certainly the nra is gearing up for a fight. joe biden has said that maybe the president might take executive action here. executive order. are you confident that something will change, that something will
get done? >> i'm not only confident, i'm filled with hope. i'm filled with optimism. many of the nra members agree with these common sense gun laws. it is a very small number of nra lobbyist, gun industry advocates who are really not representing the wheel of their own -- the will of their own membership. >> that was the reverend mike mcbride this morning. no nbc employee will face charges after a high-capacity ammunition magazine was displayed on "meet the press." david gregory held up the empty magazine while talking with nra ceo wayne lapierre about gun control. the display is against the law in washington. police officials say there was a miscommunication between nbc and law enforcement. so do you need help falling asleep? change are coming for some of the most popular sleeping pills. we'll tell you why. nto school bk and they're already bored. hmm, we need a new game.
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the fda is recommending new guidelines for women who take the sleeping drug ambien. this comes after years of complaints of people still feeling drowsy the morning after taking the medication. and in some cases, getting into car accidents. earlier i spoke with dr. jeffrey oiler about the new recommendations and what they mean for patients. >> it's a recommendation. what we're trying to do is make certain that women who metabolize the medication a little slower than men don't take the medicine and get up in the morning and go get in a car. it's not uncommon for sedative hypnotics to do this. but the recommendations are coming out now. many of the people practicing clinically have already known this for years. >> so if we do metabolize it
slower than men, what are some of the side effects then for a woman when has maybe taken too much for her body weight? >> you know, am sbeen -- ambien is a band-aid drug. it's good at inducing sleep but not good at keeping you asleep. the general recommendation is that you take it for a two to six-week period. you want to monitor the behavior. what's causing the insomnia as the first line of therapy. you use it to assist people in getting rest until you get to the cause of insomnia. >> from what i understand, part of the drug is that people who take it may not know that they're drowsy. have you encountered this problem and others related to ambien? >> ambien is a common drug. a great medication to induce sleep. the problem is, it's rapid onset. people will fall asleep at the dinner table. what we recommend is they actually get dressed, get into
bed, take the medicine. it's about a 15-minute onset. it only lasts two to through hours. there's a c.r. formulation that people take that has a longer ability to keep them asleep. but it -- the other problems with ambien is you can get sleepwalking, retro-grade amnesia, headaches with it. it has like all medications some very common side effects, but it's also very effective at getting them to sleep. >> you say it only lasts two or three hours but stays in the system. >> that's exactly right. >> got it. does this announcement surprise you? i mean, isn't it somewhat long overdue? we've been using ambien, people have been using ambien for years. >> right. it doesn't surprise me. i don't think it surprises many people that practice clinically. all of these drugs, sedative hypnotic, in some way, shape, or form have a hangover effect. and it's not uncommon when we're prescribing medications like this to tell people they have to function the next day, move the
dosing up. >> so in addition to ambien because some people try other medications to sleep, what else should we -- should we be concerned about, what other drugs? >> well, there's -- ambien's in a class called non-benzodazepines. other that's people have heard of, ativan, valium, these drugs can help sleep, but they're not encouraged long term because of the addictive potential. and that's one of the advantages that people liked it ambien. it has a lower risk of addiction, but it's still not zero. that's the concern. that's why you don't want people on it more than two to six weeks. and even so, you really don't want them taking it more than three to four times a week as needed. >> the fda says new labeling on the insomnia drugs will recommend that doctors lower the dosage for men even, as well. unemployment in the eurozone hit a record high this week of almost 12%. now u.s. firm which trade heavily with foreign markets are worried. among them one of the world's most prestige ace guitar-makers.
here's more on this week's "american journey." >> reporter: paul reed smith guitars are prized around the globe, played by professionals like carlos santana on his hit "smooth." ♪ >> reporter: and amateurists, too. >> about 50% of all the guitars made in this building go overseas. so it's about half our business. >> reporter: no wonder at the paul reed smith plant in maryland where craftsmen turn out 1,000 instruments a month the founder is watching the european market closely. >> if the exchange rate goes one way, we sell a lot more stuff. if it goes the other way, we sell less because it became more expensive in their country or became less expensive. >> reporter: you've seen that happen? >> god, yes, every day. >> reporter: this guitar which would sell for around $3,000 in the u.s. is being shipped to europe today. if the euro is strong and the economy is stable when it
arrives, all is well. but if the euro gets devalued or the banks or the stocks are in trouble, this american-made product can find itself facing some real hurdles. the shop that wants to order it may be unable to get a loan for its inventory. therefore, the instrument never gets shipped. or the customer who wants to buy this guitar may find his money is worth so little he can't afford it. and if this drought in the marine stream continues pushing more businesses and more governments toward default on their debt, then there's a risk of the whole market drying up. so everyone knows each time a shipment arrives in europe like this one, unpredictable market forces here could undermine the value of those guitars and force layoffs back home. >> the last few years just thinking about the economy in general. it's kind of a generalized fear. >> reporter: for now they
control what they can. >> if we do a better job when somebody's looking to buy a guitar, they'll look more to our stuff than the other stuff over time. >> reporter: and they just hope that economic waves from europe don't come crashing against american shores. tom foreman, cnn, stevensville, maryland. remember prohibition? well, instead of liquor, one of today's biggest black markets traffics in cigarettes. we'll show you why smuggled cigarettes are so popular. ♪ [ male announcer ] can a car be built around a state of mind? ♪ announcing the all-new 2013 malibu from chevrolet. ♪ with a remarkable new interior featuring the available chevrolet mylink infotainment system. this is where sophisticated styling begins.
welcome back, everyone. after more than 11 years of combat operations, the end of the war in afghanistan could be in sight. president obama met with afghan president hamid karzai yesterday at the white house to discuss withdrawing all 66,000 troop from afghanistan by the end of 2014. now it's not a done deal. but both men sound optimistic. >> our path is clear, and we are moving forward. every day, more afghans are
stepping up and taking responsibility for their own security. and as they do, our troops will come home. the and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> the american forces will be no longer presidential afghan -- patrolling afghan villages, it will be to the afghan forces to provide for the afghan people. >> u.s. officials foresee keeping up to 9,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan beyond trourt for counterterrorism and training. two teachers are being hailed as heroes for their roles in stopping a gunman in a high school. it all started on thursday when a 16-year-old student walked into his school in central california with a shotgun and pockets full of ammunition. he shot one student at pointblank range. that's when 40-year-old teacher ryan heber stepped in. he stepped face to face with the gunman and persuaded him to put the gun down. another teacher, ken fields, helped students escape the classroom.
>> this teacher and this counselor stood there face to face, not knowing whether he would turn the shotgun on them and -- because they've seen the news media throughout our country in the last several months, and they probably expected the worst and hoped for the best. but they gave their students a chance to escape and conversed. and it worked. >> the teen was taken into police custody. officials say he'll be charged with attempted murder. the student who was shot was taken to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition. it is new york's newest black market. i'm not talking about organs or drugs. i am talking about cigarettes. a new study shows that more than 60% of the cigarettes sold there are sold illegally. susan candiotti went to find out why. >> reporter: in new york city, cigarettes are the most expensive in the country. up to $12 a pack. >> so insane. >> reporter: some try to get around it. >> it's like $12 a pack. i have somebody that i know that lives in virginia.
goes there once in a while, and brings me back a carton. i pay like somewhat like $6 a pack i would say. like half of what new york is. >> reporter: smuggling large quantities of cigarettes across state lines can be lucrative business. the reason smokes are cheaper in some states -- tax. in virginia it's just 30 cents a pack. in new york city, state and local taxes are closer to a whopping $6 a pack. the average state tax is about $1.50. research by the pro-business center and analyzed by the tax foundation shows more than six in ten cigarettes sold in new york state are illegal. >> we've crossed the line where we have de facto prohibition on cigarettes because the prices are blown so out of proportion. and prohibition, as history tells us, is associated with substantial lucrative block market activity. >> there we go. they're loading. >> reporter: this video shows a convicted smuggler buying cheap
cigarettes in virginia to resell on the black market. >> they could come down and spend maybe $20,000 on a load of cigarettes. lose it to us and make it up in the next trip. it's very provipitable. >> reporter: profitable for bad guys, but the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives says $10 billion a year in tax revenue is going up in smoke. the new york health department says higher taxes are the most effective way to decrease tobacco use. particularly among children. smokers say quitting isn't so easy. >> it bothers me, but i'm still smoking because it's a habit that's hard to kick. >> reporter: this smoker still plan to get cheaper cigarettes from virginia. >> it's too high in new york. that's what i think. that's why i do what i do. >> reporter: the atf says the demand for cheaper cigarettes is so high and the rescue for smugglers so low, the black market is booming. an unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes. susan can't yac-- susan candiot
new york. >> the analysis of the cigarettes is independent, but the research center that carries it out every year won't say whether any tobacco money funded the study. two shooting incidents, two armed witnesses. i'll tell you how these cases turned out very differently. you can decide what it means for the gun debate. but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems.
good guys with guns. that's the nra's solution to gun violence in america. they rolled that out in response to the shooting in newtown, connecticut. but is that really a solution? we're focusing on the gun debate today. and we can see both sides. here is the tale of two shootings. if you wonder whether or not good people armed with guns really do help prevent more gun violence, look no further than the shooting inside this san antonio theater in december. around 9:30 p.m. december 17, 19-year-old jesus manuel garcia allegedly opened fire at the china garden restaurant. investigators say he was targeting his ex-girlfriend who worked there. police say when the employees
fled, the shooter chased after them in the parking lot, firing at them. in the chaos, he also shot at a san antonio patrol car. after the officer shined a light on him. >> he was having a difficult time dealing with the breakup, and that's when -- that's what may have set him off to come over and commit this act. >> garcia then followed the restaurant employees into the mayan palace movie theater next door. the gunman kept shooting. as panicked movie-goers poured out the exit doors. >> could have died, you know. i'm glad i'm okay and i have another day with my son. >> reporter: one of the fleeing patrons was wounded. but so many might have died had it not been for a quick-thinking off-duty sheriff's sergeant who also was armed. sergeant lisa costiano out of uniform happened to be working security at the theater and ran
toward the sound of the shooting. when she spotted the suspect coming out of the bathroom with his gun drawn, she shot him four times. >> that was really nerve-racking and -- it was -- i'm not going to lie, it was frightening. but you know, the training kicks in. >> reporter: garcia, the suspect, is charged with attempted capital murder and has not yet entered a plea. he survived, but more importantly, so did everyone else in that movie theater thanks to one of the good guys with a gun. but as we all know, not every shooting incident ends like the one this san antonio. those in favor of tighter gun controls might argue that good guy with a gun scenarios can make a bad situation even worse. take whoopd in arizona. january -- take what happened in arizona. january 8, 2011. a lone gunman opened fire on congresswoman gabby giffords at a community event.
while jared lee loughner was spraying giffords and the crowd with bullets, an innocent bystander named joe zumudio was at a nearby drug store buying cigarettes. when he heard the gunfire, the man who was legally armed with a pistol, ran to the scene. by the time he arrived, his safety was off and he was poised to fire. trouble is, he almost shot the wrong man. zumudio on fox news. >> as i approached, one of the gentlemen had gotten a gun away. that's what i saw first was him holding the gun. you know, i had my hand on my pistol. >> reporter: nazumudio said he was luck he didn't shoot. >> i saw another individual holding the firearm. i assumed he was the shooter. i grabbed his wrif-- his wrist forced him to drop the gun. everybody said, no, no, it's this guy. i would have shot him. i almost shot the man holding
the gun. >> reporter: the man almost shot was the hero who it tackled the real shooter and revelled his gun away from him. -- wrestled his gun away from him. two very different shootings, two armed bystanders to the rescue, and the debate continues. part of the debate going forward is over specific weapons. the white house is expected to push for an assault weapons ban, but neither of the guns used in these two shootings would even fall under that ban. they were both handguns. in san antonio, the suspect's glock .23 could hold as many as 17 bullet. jared lee loughner's glock .19 could hold 33 shots. that's another part of the debate. should high-capacity magazines be banned. vice president biden expects to make gun policy recommendations by tuesday. they call him punch baby. i'm going to introduce you to a 13-year-old fighter who is already world champion. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come.
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even spar with him in the ring. i took him on -- sort of. >> my dad said when i was a baby, i used to punch a lot. and well, after i tried team sports, i really didn't like -- depending on one person. if he messed up, the whole team would have messed up. in boxing, if you mess up, it's your fault. but i like it -- if you win, you know that you're the person that won. >> you look so brave, though. i mean, you really take these people on, even the adults. what do you think about when you're in that ring and when you're fighting? >> when i'm in the ring, i usually feel -- i feel two things. i feel mentally and physically able to compete. but also if you compete and you're like not able to like physically prepare, i still try to fight. >> and your dad teaches you the moves. his father taught him the boxing moves. and your dad is very much on your mind in the ring, as well,
right? >> yeah. >> is there a lot of pressure? >> it -- it is because when he comes, i have to like win it. but at the same time, i want to win myself. but i also want to make him proud of what i'm doing for most of my life which is boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu. >> and you've accomplished so much as we mentioned. you've won so many championships. do you see yourself staying with fighting? i mean, or do you want to try another sport, or is this it for you? >> honestly, i think -- i actually want to continue boxing and stuff because i -- i kind of like it. i like it better than other sports. >> what do your friends think of what you do? >> oh, they think it's amazing how i box because a lot of people like football and all -- team sports. but individual sports, people just think it's amazing how you're the only person that's like trying to win. >> yeah. so when there's a fight in school, are the one who settles
it? do you even have time for school when w all that you're doing? >> i don't -- i don't like to fight in school. it's not the right thing to do. but when i -- if i see a situation, i don't fight. honestly. i try to avoid it until i go -- i try to go into the ring. that's the only time i'm fighting. >> how do you balance school work with everything that you're doing? i mean, there's probably a lot of kids who say, hey, i want to do something like that. who has the time? i have to study. >> well, it's -- since i go to high school now, i do my homework sometimes in school. sometimes in my lunch period. and i if ho-- i go home, i eat,o homework. after i'm done with that, i go to training. >> an amazing young man. reshat trains five days a week. he travels to two gyms every night. one in brooklyn for boxing, one on staten island for kickboxing. a very busy schedule for him.
ever hear of a traffic jam in the middle of the ocean? it can happen when the catch of the day is the amazing flying squid. first, when traveling to other cities and countries, the best way to get a real taste of the place is through the local food. cnn ireport teamed one "travel and leisure" magazine to create a global list of 100 places to eat like a local. here more from beijing, china. >> reporter: hi, i'm anna coren in boing. let's go on a tour. come with me. >> what are you getting? >> we got corn cakes here and brown sugar rolls here. >> something else, yes -- >> reporter: what are we going to order? >> we'll be ordering noodles and
-- >> okay. sounds good. looks good. this is the owner for 30 years, quite chordnaextraordinary. she's sitting down with us. what is so special about this food? >> translator: my restaurant is famous. our food is made to have the old beijing flavor. >> translator: the forbidden city had a dish called stewed pork. ordinary citizens changed the recipe over time and started using intestines and organs. >> reporter: now this is the dish if you want to come here. it's called gulu. it is heart, intestines, and liver. it has an interesting smell to it. but i'm assured by the chef that it is very nutritious, very good for you.
now this place is known for pig's liver, chicken heart, cow intestines. i'm more get more adventurous. i'm going to go for the moose. tasty. so if you want to be a tourist, go to the places in the guidebook, but if you want to be a local, eat like a local, then come to you gi. >> here's your chance to help us create a food lover's map of the world. go to ireport.com/100places. send us a photo of your favorite restaurant and dish, why it's so yummy. 100 places to eat like a local will be revealed in march. some ireporters will be on the list. stay tuned to see if you are one of them.
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squid is exciting news, cnn's miguel marquez discovered that fishing for the giant squid's smaller cuss sins is exciting in its own right. >> reporter: it's a southern california squid frenzy. >> there we go. >> reporter: every night fishing boats packed to the "gills "set off to hunt for two- to three-foot-long, sometimes bigger squid. the sea here off dana point thick with krill, squid food, the e lulsive creatures, good sport fishing, they make a fine squid steak. they are bizarre, shooting ink and water as they fight to stay in the sea. >> yeah! >> reporter: when out of the water they change colors, sometimes like a traffic light. >> this is what the squid hunters have come after, humboldt squid. look at that. there's the eye there. their teeth are right under here. if i stuck my hand under here, it would try to grab me. they change colors. amazingly. somebody grab hold of this one and you can see a perfect
handprint on that squid right there. the humboldt or flying squid makes its home from alaska to south america. it is very rare to have so many squid off the coast for so long, offering such great fishing, or squidding. todd mansoor, captain, knows these waters well. tonight he's the only guy who knows precisely where the squid are. boats from miles around hover, hoping for a squid bonanza. a traffic jam in the middle of nowhere. >> i tried to move the boat forward and i couldn't. too many boats in front of me. just awesome! >> reporter: 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the squid. a giant squid, a distant cousin of the humboldt, was seen for the first time in its natural habitat 2,000 feet down off the coast of japan. squid isn't just for breading and deep frying anymore. in popular culture, the squid agenda is alive and well and bent on world domination. did you see "galaxoa" in
"monsters versus aliens? >> you will all die. >> yeah! >> reporter: all hail. viva la squid. miguel marquez, cnn, dana point, california. "cnn newsroom" starts at the top of the hour. i was sitting here saying i would never pick one up. martin savidge is in for fredricka. you would have touched it. >> that whole giant squid, that video is amazing. let's talk act what we've got coming up. we're tracking the flu, of course. dr. sanjay gupta and others will help with that. there is some positive news. we'll talk act golden globes. tomorrow night, we'll preview that. who got snubbed by the oscars. a lot of people angry ben affleck is not there. >> for "argo." >> such a highly talked about film. we'll talk about that as well. the backdoor maneuvering by the gop and others when it comes to the president's new cabinet.
many say that cabinet is not looking like america at this particular time. we'll go into that. then the list of other stuff is long but good. snake, beauty queen, duchess of cambridge, casey anthony and in the 4:00 hour an exclusive interview with naomi judd. >> quite a mix. snakes and casey anthony. >> like snakes on the plane. >> all right, martin. thank you. well, the flu can turn from mild to deadly very quickly. and we have the story of one mom who saved her son's life by acting so quickly.
sometimes people delay going to a doctor thinking they have a cold that will just go away. but you need to act quickly to prevent complications and even death. cnn senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen spoke to a mom who saved her son's life by fast action. >> reporter: darius carr is so sick with the flu, he's in the hospital. he could have died if not for the quick thinking of his mother. robbie perry was keeping a close eye on her son at home. he didn't seem all that sick. then suddenly wednesday night -- >> he couldn't hardly breathe. he was, you know, gasping for, you know, breath, and that was real scary because i thought he was going to pass out at any minute. >> reporter: robbie immediately brought her 7-year-old son to the emergency room. it's just a short drive away, but by the time they got there darius was incoherent. how did you feel in your heart when your own son didn't know who you were? >> you don't want to think the worst but as