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rise and shine sleepy heads. happy hump day for you. i'm in for robin meade. i'm glad to see you. let's get started. hundreds of thousands of h1n1 vaccines are being recalled. your child may have gotten one. why health officials say you do not need to worry. don't want to panic anybody. >> i've been humiliated and embarrassed. >> it was espns erin andrews. is he helping or hiding? new details in the husband's
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role for the missing mom. the top story, today. health officials recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of the h1n1 vaccine. it's not a safety issue. they are just not as strong as they should be. children who got the shots do not need to be revaccinated. they were distributed across the country. go to cnn.com/robin. a husband and wife crashed the white house party. this time, there were no security mistakes. it happened in november. they are just now talking about it. they showed up for a tour. secret service did background checks and took them to breakfast with the obama's an biden's. they say it was a treat. an illinois man pleaded
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guilty to stalking erin andrews. i can imagine what she feels. >> yeah. can you imagine how hard it must have been for her to face this guy. she called him a sexual predator and hopes he never sees the light of day. she said it was difficult facing her stalker in a courtroom but did it to raise awareness about women in her situation. michael david barrett pleaded guilty after andrews urged the judge to give him a harsh sentence. barrett agreed to a 27 month prison sentence. andrews described how it felt being at the hearing. >> i lost it for the first couple minutes. i couldn't keep it together. i have been humiliated and embarra embarrassed. my career has been hurt as well.
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>> thank you so much. you know, rescue workers are beginning to lose hope the two missing hikers on mt. hood are still alive. they suspended the search because of avalanches again. there's a 1% chance they could have survived this long. president obama says congress is close to passing sweeping health care reform. the bill meets his criteria to lower cost without raising the deficit. to get 60 votes, liberal democrats may have to live without a public option or medicaid buy-in. >> it won't include everything that everybody wants. no bill can do that. what i told my former colleagues today is that we simply cannot
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allow differences over individual elements to prevent us from meeting our responsibilities to solve a long-stand i long-standing and urgent problem. >> the president has not convinced everyone. getting rid of the medicaid buy-in was not good and they are calling them to start over. a 9-year-old was able to pull his friend from an icy pond. they were chasing ducks when they fell into a man-made pond. he lost his boots, but saw his friend was in trouble. >> he was screaming my name, trying to pull me under so he could stand on me. >> what did you do? >> i grabbed on to the edge of the pond and pulled myself out. >> both of the boys are okay. same-sex couples could soon
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tie the knot in the nation's capital. they voted 11-2 to pass same-sex marriage. congress has 30 days to intervene. they voted no because most of their constituents don't support it. five states legalized same-sex marriage now. a school district is denying a claim his son was suspended for drawing a picture of jesus on the cross. the picture the father showed the media is not the same as discovered by the teacher. the father hasn't commented on the school's claims. his son had to under go a psychological evaluation. all right. beginning to look a lot like christmas, isn't it? in a lot of places. hello bob. >> good to see you this morning. the cold air is screaming in the
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northeast. ift's like a slam in the face compared to yesterday. here is the cold, cold front. windy conditions, cold conditions behind that. high pressure dominating around illino illinois. zoom into the area. the wind over lake ontario, lake erie getting lake-effect snow now. lake michigan has lake superior, too. looking for three to six inches of snow this morning through the afternoon. here is what it looks like here. you can see the radar picture picking up a band in oswego county. just a light snow, dusting out there down i-81. as for the temperatures, a big difference from yesterday morning. 22 degrees in buffalo, 32 in new york, 32 in boston. it's not going to feel that warm. we have 42 miles an hour gusts in boston. heavy rain from yesterday caused
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floodings. let me show you this in southern alabama. closed parts of schools and parts of roadways. look at this. this is from southern alabama where they picked up six to ten inches of rain in less than 24 hours. wow. >> more rain is on the way. i'll show you where in a half hour. >> good to see you, too, bobby. thanks. airline pilots need specialized training before they can carry a gun in the cockpit. check out a facility that teaches them how to be the last line of defense in the air. wait until you hear about problems in a lot of school cafeterias.
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about this yet, but one of the most recognizable religious leaders passed away. we are talking about oral roberts. he died of complications of pneumonia at 91. he built a global ministry that reached 500 million people and founded oral roberts university in tulsa. here is the question a lot of people are asking. is the husband of a missing woman cooperating? it depends on who you ask. he's answering questions every day. police are upset because he b k backed out of an interview. the lawyer says it was his decision because he was new to the case. >> do you have any idea where she could be. >> no.
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she -- she'll leave during the day and -- but she's never left overnight. >> does she have any enemies that you can think of that would -- >> i don't -- i can't think of anyone. >> he says he took the two sons camping december 7. susan didn't show up for work that day and hasn't been seen since. the father says they struggled from time to time, but they seemed happy. >> they had issues but were working through the issues. some of the problems were related to financial situations in the their life. josh recently got steady employment and basically, it seemed like it was a normal family, actually. susan powell's best friend says she talks to josh and he mostly looks upset and cries.
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there's a new secret facility to train airline pilots to carry guns. this is a secret place. pie lets go there to get recertified to fly armed. they are the last line of defense against terrorist hijackers. >> do i think the threat is still out there? absolutely, i do. >> we can demonstrate on a regular basis they are not going to succeed and they have to go somewhere else. >> for the pilots, they pay for the training out of their own pockets, by the way. would you be willing to donate an organ to a total stranger? they agreed to what could be the largest kidney swap ever. all new in about 20 minutes. your child could get very sick because of unsafe conditions at a school
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cafeteria. usa today is reporting thousands of schools aren't getting their kitchens inspected as required by law. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. it's a story that i don't know if i want to hear it. >> people are getting into their oatmeal and things like that. >> that's true. >> it might be the story that you think about at school, you might say, did you guys skip your inspections. cafeteria workers not wearing gloves. more than 8,000 schools failed the inspections, they skipped them all together. they are required by laws for schools in the program. more than 50 people got sick. in north carolina, 24 kids sick with salmonella from their sweet tea. that's what inspectors traced it
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to. they think the big urns the tea was sitting in weren't clean. it's tough. losing a job is causing a lot of problems for american families. a cbs poll found more than half of people who lost their job had to borrow money from their friends and family. half cut back on seeing their doctor. 40% said it meant problems for their kids. they have seen behavior changes. i think, a way you realize money has a big impact, the way we are dealing with it has such a big impact on your life. maybe you are out of work, you have friends or family, how are you feeling it? how are they feeling it? go to our website and we'll talk about it. we are starting a new year and maybe get rejuvenated there and maybe things will turn around. >> if you have been moody or
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upset, you realize it's not personal, right? a lot of people are going through it. don't beat yourself up too much. >> nobody beats us up more than we beat ourselves up. thank you so much. a child is taken from his school bus and the alleged kidnapper aparnltly tricked a judge and police into helping him.
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i have to tell you, this is disturbing. one in five college women will be raped or experience an attempted rape before they graduate. this is a new study fund ed by the department of justice. less than 5% of victims will report the crimes. a nine month investigation by the center of integrity said colleges fail victims with disciplinary procedures. isn't that something? this is heart wrenching video to show you.
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let me forewarn you, it's disturbing. a man is accused of tricking a texas judge in believing he had custody of his 10-year-old son with a court order, he took the boy off the school bus last october. this is the surveillance video, watch this. >> oh, my gosh. can you imagine? a kidnapping warrant has been issued for john felipe. he and that 10-year-old boy, john paul, are still missing.
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>> hopefully, the bus driver was fired, too. >> oh, my gosh. more than i can deal with. >> now sports. >> high school football player who was once homeless, is giving home. come on, make us smile. >> this is a story a lot like the movie in theaters now, "blindside." he's a senior from tennessee from 6th grade to graduation, he was forced often to wear the same clothes for a month. sometimes he had no place to sleep and curled up in a stadium press box. he has a state championship and vol volunteers in day care centers. >> i keep coming and keep fighting and do what i have to do to make sure i do good. >> he's a semifinalist for the rudy award given to those whose courage inspires others.
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>> tiger woods changed his phone number and won't talk to some of his friends says barkley. he says he's worried about tiger and says when you have these fires in your life, you need to talk with someone else who is famous and has been through it. you can catch the whole discussion on tiger and the other big celebrity news on "with all due respect" here. >> this could be the biggest move of all, "us magazine" says kate hudson and a-rod split. here's the deal. when a-rod was dating kate, he had the best postseason of his career leading the yankees to a world series title. there's something to be said for the muse. >> this is not a jessica
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simpson. >> exact opposite. >> what are we going to do. >> thank you so much. bobby, what does this mean for you? >> being a yankees fan, i hope it means nothing. at least she didn't take himg to mexico. that's what the romo thing was about. she didn't do that. lelt me show you what's happening. if you are traveling, it's a two-bagger day. it's a bumpy ride. jfk, laguardia, planes going out. notice the snow across pennsylvania. that's the lake-effect stuff. you know the wind is strong. watch for a bumpy ride. new york city metro is there. 40 miles an hour gusts around boston. 30 and 35 around new york and philly, too. san francisco showers. more on that in a bit.
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>> probably saw this play out on a famous episode. we have answers to the eternal question, though, is double dipping safe? is it or not? >> leave it alone. >> back in a moment. -d-d-d-d-d-d
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well, the cdc is recalling 800,000 h1n1 flu vaccines for children. the doses are not as strong as they are supposed to be. health officials say it's not a concern and kids do not have to be revaccinated. you may end up with higher taxes to shrink the federal deficit. president obama is considering a debt commission to weigh such recommendatio recommendations. critics say tax reform and spending cuts are congressional decisions. south carolina lawmakers are expected to have a formal rebuke of governor mark sanford.
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this is after a panel voted to impeach him. the full committee could decide to oust the governor. it's not expected. aloon says it's test tired an upgraded missile capable of reaching europe. it can reach targets 1200 miles away, that includes i israel and u.s. military bases in the gulf. here are headlines we are following this morning. thanks for keeping us company here. $61 million of your tax money may have gone to medicare scams across three states. they announced the indictment of 32 people. one involved hiring recruiters willing to fake symptoms. the biggest bust was a doctor in miami. blind diabetics using 40 million bucks of health care. >> when someone sends fraudulent
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bills to medicare, they are stealing american taxpayer dollars that are intended for those most in need. >> the thing is, this isn't rare. the medicare task force charges suspects with more than a billion dollars in fraud in the last two years. take a look at this video of the coast guard rescuing an 80-year-old man. he was out at sea for ten days in a sailboat when he called for help. they sent a helicopter and plane and were able to locate him 150 miles south of port arthur. thankfully, he's back in good care. 13 people have a new lease on life after the largest ever kidney swap. a lot of patients had someone willing to donate, but they weren't a match. they created a 26 person chain to make sure everyone got a kidney.
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>> you look at the end of your life and somebody opened the door to say no, it's not the end, yet. >> the transplants took six days to complete. >> the tv producer accused of blackmailing david letterman was worried the comedian would have him killed. he planned to keep copies of his information as protection in case the comedian tried to retaliation. he's accused of demanding $2 million in exchange for his silence. his attorney says he did nothing wrong. yale university has a list of the top quotations. it's "cope your government hands off my medicare." fourth is "you lie" and kanye west's quotes, "i'm going to let you finish."
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beyonce had one of the best lines. i don't think he's going to live that one down. >> what ability about "i was on the appalachian trail." >> i didn't see it. let's protest. >> let's show you what's going on now. lots of cold air in the upper midwest, into the great lakes and northwest now. it's in the waters of lake erie and ontario. you can see what it looks like. the whitest snow, not cloud cover. more snow for northern michigan and the u.p. we had lake-effect advisories there in the areas shaded in blue. you are going to get three to six inches of snow. it's something we are watching. how about the northeast. 32 in boston. it's not going to get warmer than this. the daytime high is around the low to mid-30s in new york. currently, it's six degrees when you get toward chicago.
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that's the temperature. it's not going to get much warmer than that. heavy rain near correspopus chr. another area of low pressure along the gulf coast. it's going to throw more rain at you across texas, louisiana, alabama, georgia and the carolinas for the weekend. it's something else we are watching. cold temperatures are back. these are the current readings, zero in fargo. this is what it looks like yesterday in lower louisiana. flooding south of baton rouge. they had to deal with the aftermath of almost a week's worth of rain. the wettest month of all time in new orleans is now december, 2009. we are only half way through. 22 inches of rain in the last 15 days. >> i apologize to you, the appalachian trail comment is number nine. >> i knew it. it had to be there. it's my favorite one. >> go figure.
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bob, thank you. cracking me up. the tiger woods scandal putting a spotlight on why married men cheat. listen to what donny deutsche said and see if joy buys his argument. >> why? >> very often to stay in a marriage. seriously. every guy -- >> donny deutsche is saying this. >> really. here's why. you love your wife. you love your family. whatever happens, maybe the passion is gone and you say to yourself, the rationalization, instead of blowing up my family, i'm going to, on the side, quietly, i'm not saying it's right. that's why they cheat. >> i'm not going to shoot the mess eveninger. >> joy and doctor drew pinsky will talk about it. check out "the joy behar show"
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on hln. people are close to losing un unemployment benefits. what's being done to help you out? >> police want to know if workers in a day care were giving kids something to take a nap. what started this case?
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good morning. people look at some of the headlines across the country in the morning papers. from usa today, thieves load up on electronic loot. computers and cell phones skyrocketed. hang on tight. an 80% increase in asian americans signing up to serve in
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the military in los angeles. why? the reason for jobs, college tuition and citizenship. from "the new york times," a lot of you die-hard rock 'n' roll fans are tuning into the stuff. lots of men who won't admit to it listen to celine dionne. more classical fans are listening to something else. i love that one. oh. driving down the street, busted. a book checked out of a public library in 1910 has been returned. 1910. a man returned the book about the u.s. government borrowed by his late mother, a polish immigrant. >> it was calculated that if i had to pay the fine, it would come out to $384.04. >> listen to this. speaking of figures, nearly
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100-year-old book has facts like the speaker of the house makes $8,000 a year plus mileage fees. >> that's a little less than i was making when i got into this business 14 years ago. i made $12,000 a year. a million people are scheduled to lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the month. the house will vote on a plan. money expert, jennifer westhoven has been looking into it. >> it's not going to become reality no matter how they vote. it has to go through the senate. they are counting on the safety net. that's millions of families. the house is going to vote today to number one extend unemployment benefits which millions of people are counting on that. it would extend cobra, which is the program that helps people
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keep their health insurance if you lose your job, fund more food stamps. it would give about $48 billion for projects like highways, mass transit, bridges to create jobs and the bill would also send money to states to keep firefighters, teachers and cops on the job. that's something we are watching, too. back to you. >> all right. thank you. a businesswoman in washington, d.c. turned her passion for footwear into passion. we take a walk in the small business success. >> reporter: cathy has soul. as a former cpa, it made sense to follow her obsession, shoes. >> it startsed in my dining room. five years latder, we're a multimillion dollar business. she founded simply souls with a catalog, then a website.
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>> how do you start a catalog? all these questions that i really had to rely on the generosity of strangers to help me figure out how to create this dream. >> reporter: in 2008, they opened their first retail store in washington, d.c. where customers get a one-on-one service. >> every customer receives a handwritten thank you note. normally, i write them myself. the response has been unexpected. most successful businesses know it's not about first sale, it's about repeat business. >> i don't know about you, but i'm loving some of those shoes. we'd like to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin. if we like what we see, who knows, you could be featured on
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"morning express." we know tiger woods isn't take talking to the media about his situation, but he's not talking to other celebs, either.
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okay. listen to this. an ohio day care center is accused of giving children mel toe anyone to help them nap. they have fixed the problem and are cooperating with police. it's for people who have a hard time sleeping. it's not a major danger to children, but parents are encouraged to talk to a doctor here. all of our friends sitting in the airports, have a look out the window. bob has a look at the map. >> so far, so good.
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it's early, it's 6:45 this morning. the delays are going to pop up because of the blowing wind. new york city metro is tops on the list. about a one-hour delay or more because of the winds. philadelphia, the same thing. watch for an hour delay. boston up to 40 miles per hour winds. that's going to slow you down, too. bay area, rainshowers this morning. clouds this afternoon. watch for short delays. we'll get to the weather pict e picture. minus 37 in spots. we'll have that in a minute. >> ouch. it hurts hearing it. >> it's not even winter, yet. >> officially, that's right. thank you. >> you got it. >> "time" magazine is going to announce their person of the year. there are seven people on the short list, steve jobs, ben bernanke, nancy pelosi,
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president barack obama, the chinese worker. we're going to let you know who won as soon as it's announced, by the way. a man pleaded guilty to stalking espn reporter, erin andrews. what was interesting, she's getting all this attention, she's one of 12 they think he did this to. >> we haven't been able to confirm, but if it's true, i mean, what he did to andrews was enough. andrews courageously faced this guy who violated her. an insurance executive pleaded guilty to stalking. agreed to a plea deal of 27 months in prison. he video tapes her in the nude in her hotel room. andrews was at the hearing. she pleaded with the judge for a harsher penalty. at the top of the hour, you'll hear from andrews herself.
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tiger woods changed his cell phone number and won't talk to some of his famous friends says charles barkley. he talked about it to robin meade on a show called "with all due respect." he says when you have had these quote fires in your lives, you need to talk to someone else who is famous and has been through it. he's had a few of his own and bounced back. "it airs here on hln sunday at 10:00 eastern. two missouri women baubl players and a male cheer leader were suspended for fighting with one another. they were arrested on suspicion of third degree assault. the two girls were coming to the aid of a girlfriend who the male cheer leader attacked at an afterparty. he came out with a broken nos. >> wow. a very nice gesture in the
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spirit of the holiday. five police officers were tragically killed in a shoot youth earlier this year tragica shoot-out in april and ward gave a fund-raiser. it's wild because he was voted dirtyest player in the world. off the field, nicest guy in the world. on the field, a different story. if you don't use your old gadgets anymore, use them for cash. hln's clark howard tells you how. >> do you have some electronics just gathering dust in closets in your home? if you're like most people you might have old cell phones, old electronic gizmos, that really are no longer useful in your life. you can't throw them in the landfill. you could, but you're causing a problem if you do so.
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what if you could turn those old things into some cash? that's the promise of a website that you can go to called gazel.com. you go there and they tell you based on what you have, what kind of electronics, if they want it and how much money it's worth to them. some of the stuff you have is not going to be of any value to them, other things will be. but the neat thing is many times you'll have stuff they will take off your hands without charging awe recycling fee. plus there are retailers cooperating with this. costco wholesale, walmart, the mot restent edition, sears. i'm clark howard, for more ways for you to control your spending and maybe make some dough, check me out at cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you how to save me, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. check him out on saturday and sunday. are you packing to do visit
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your family for the holidays? well, some people might get stranded here. there's a possible airline strike that could ground the travel plans for some of you. ♪
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police report because it may give away the location and attract more thieves. british airways officials will meet what union to try to avoid a huge strike by cabin crew members. threat of a walk out has passengers scared their holiday travel plans would be ruined.
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>> our christmas was going to be new york. we have tickets for shows, all the places we want to go see and yesterday the news broke about the strike. we don't know what's going to happen. >> my sister won't have her mother and father on her wedding day. most of her wedding party are going on british airways. they are there in capetown, we're in england. it's going to be a disaster. >> how would you feel if you couldn't go? >> very sad and very worried that i'll never have a chance to be a bridesmaid of again. >> strike is the last resort. if they got to strike, something has broken down. it's terrible they can't come to an agreement. it's terrible we as customers have to suffer. >> the bridesmaidsing be
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devastated. they will miss out twice. one on a wedding, two on christmas. >> we chose ba because of the prestige. now to be threatening this, it be affect a million customers. shouldn't be happening. it's disgusting. there must be a ways through it. >> british airways is offering to let passengers re-book flights at no charge if they are affected by the strike. if december 16th is your birthday, have a great one. you share with benjamin bratt. last week law and order fans got to see him on the show for the first time in a decade. >> not entirely happy with this proposed prison sentence. .
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come on, join us for the morning party. happy hump day. i'm christine in for robin meade. let's get you informed. hundreds of thousands of h1n1 vaccines have been recalled and your child may have gotten one. why they say you don't really need to worry. plus -- >> i've been humiliated, embarrassed and my career has been hurt as well. >> that was aaron andrews talking about how it felt to have naked videos posted online, how she confronted her stalker
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in court. the search for two hikers unfolds while one survival expert isn't giving up yet. iran says it test fired a missile capable of reaching europe. according to iran's statement on television, the missile can reach targets more than 1200 miles away. that would include israel and u.s. military bases in the gulf. iran has intensified its missile program while the u.s. and its allies are accusing it of trying to build a nuclear weapon, iran denies that. is the husband of a missing utah woman cooperating with the investigation? that depends how you ask. josh powell's lawyer says powell's answering police questions every day to help the search for his wife susan. police are upset because he backed out of an interview monday. powell's lawyer says that was his decision because he was new to the case. this was powell last week. >> do you have any idea where
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she could be? >> no. she was -- she would leave during the day, but she's never left overnight. >> does she have any enemies you can think of? >> i can't think of anyone. >> he says he took the two sons camping december 7th. susan didn't show up for work that day and hasn't been seen sin. her father said the family struggled from time to time but they seemed happy. >> they had issues but were working through the issues. some of the problems were related to financial situations in their life. but josh had recently got steady employment and basically it seemed like it was a normal family actually. >> susan powell's best friend says she talks to josh every day and says he's mostly upset and
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crying. health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of the h1n1 vaccine for children. here is the deal of the cdc says it's not a safety issue but 800,000 doses just aren't as strong at it should be. it also says children who got the shots do not need to be revaccinated. the doses were distributed across the country. for more information go to cnn.com/robin and check important websites there. an illinois man pleaded guilty to stalking erin andrews and taping nude videos of her. rafer, i had to imagine it had to be hard to replace him in court. >> she repeatedly called this guy a sexual predator and says she hopes he never sees the light of day. she said it was very difficult to face her stalker in a california courtroom but wanted to raise awareness for women in her situation. he pleaded good lucky to
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stalking. both say he's done this to other women. he agreed to a 27 month prison sentence and andrews described how it was being there. >> i lost it for the first couple of minutes. i couldn't really get it together. i've been humiliated, embarrassed, and my career has been hurt as well. barrett's sentencing will be on the 22nd. andrews says she'll be at that. >> thank you, rafer. the former chair of the committee says the senate should throw out its version of health care reform. says it's useless without the medicare buy in. >> this is the collapse of health care reform in the united states senate. honestly, the best thing is to kill the senate bill and go back to the house, the reconciliation
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process where you only need 51 votes. >> the white house responded and said times have changed since dean ran for president. >> there's two differences between what the president is doing in 2w0 and what howard dean proposed in 2004. the biggest difference is -- well, the first difference is we have an increase in the number of uninsured. the second biggest difference is we've added the bill is paid for. >> president obama says not everyone will get what they want in the current bill but it does meet his criteria to lower cost and raise coverage without raising the deficit. rescue workers are beginning to lose hope that the two hikers on mount hood are still alive. they have suspended their search because of severe avalanche danger. one survival expert estimates less than one percent chance the two could have survived in the conditions. she says their young age and climbing experience may give them a chance. same-sex couples could soon tie the knot in the nation's
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capital. yesterday the d.c. city council voted 11-2 to legalize same-sex marriage. the mayor said he will sign the bill. congress has 30 days to intervene. the bill's opponents said they voted no because most of the constituents don't support it. five states have legalized same-sex marriage. one of the most successful acts in musical history is going into the rock and roll hall of fame. i admit it, i love ab, a. they have been nominated with genesis, jimmy cliff, the hollies and the stooges. abba and the stages were nominated before but they made it in. it will be held in march in new york city. i actually have abba in my car, "mamma mia!." go ahead and laugh at me. >> i am a little bit. i'm laughing at the pants hiked up. >> they haven't been together in
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a long time. i wonder if they will for the induction. >> good for them. congratulations. let me show you what's going on now. if you're waking up across the great lakes, you know it's cold. it was cold yesterday. it's east, new york toward boston, much colder today, about 20 degrees colder. nothing like they had yesterday when the heart of the arctic air was sitting over montana. look at record low temperatures. this is the actual reading minus 37. that was in simpson, montana, chinook,, montana, minus 33, dickinson, north dakota, minus 26. bryce canyon, utah, minus 11. when you're talking minus fahrenheit that's ridiculous. minus 4 in bismarck, minus 2 opinion pierre. windchill in the minus teens about now but wind over the great lakes, cold wind, lake-effect snow off ontario,
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erie, lake superior. we have some advisories for michigan, more around syracuse. looking for three to six inches of snow. no warnings but snow there by oswego county. temperatures 20 in pittsburgh, 20 in cleveland, seven degrees in chicago a cold one in new york, boston 30 degrees right now. winds up there to about 40 miles per hour around boston. certainly air travel delays. i'll have those in a couple minutes because of the wind. heavy wind around corpus christi, out of brownsville. that's a new area of low pressure. that's going to throw a lot of rain over the gulf coast over the next couple of days. more rain is out there on top of what you've already seen. let me show you some video yesterday of heavy rains covering the streets. this was in south alabama. reports of as much as 10 inches of rain fell in a day. see what it did, closed schools and roads, too. right now it's the rainiest december, rainiest month ever in new orleans.
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we'll talk about that in a little bit. >> bobby, thank you so much. >> you got it. >> the wait is finally over. we're finally learning hole be "time" magazine's person of the year. plus your kids may be eating in nasty conditions and you don't know it. wait until you hear pout problems in school cafeterias.
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♪ all right. we've got heart wrenching video to show you now. please let me forewarn you it's disturbing to watch but important to see. a man is accused of tricking a texas judge into believing he had testimony of his son. with a court order and help of san antonio constables he took the boy off the school bus last october. look at the surveillance video.
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>> i just can't get over it. it's so hard to watch. a kidnapping warrant issued for jean-philippe la com. he and that ten-year-old boy jean paul are missing. please keep your eye out for that little boy. a husband and wife crashed a white house party. this time secret service says there were no security mistakes. it happened in november but the couple is just talking about it now. they showed up a day early for the white house tour. instead of sending them away.
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the sects did background check and an aide took them to a breakfast. the white house calls it a nice gesture, the dardins say it was a treat. >> so that's like they just let them in. they didn't crash. >> but they checked them. did a background check this time at least. >> let's talk about this sick case in school cafeterias. a gross story. >> yeah. >> by all means. >> so school cafeteria, your kids eat there, christie. >> mine packs a lunch. >> good idea. this is something, if you're a parent, maybe you want to call the school and say did you guys get your inspection? did you pass? we're talking about unsanitary equipment here, equipment not cleaned, workers not wearing gloves, sometimes even coming in sick and not wearing gloves. we're talking about more than 8,000 schools. i'm not even saying they failed their inspections because they
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skipped their inspection, they didn't get it. that is required by law if they are in the federal lunch program. in north dakota more than 50 kids are sick when the cafeteria workers wasn't wearing gloves and sick. 24 kids in north carolina drank the sweet tea. you wouldn't think they would get sick but there was a salmonella outbreak and inspectors think it's because the tea urns were not cleaned. we talk about the recession almost every day here. but the kind of impact it may be having on you, your family, people you know. a new "new york times" cbs poll found more than half the people who lost their job had to borrow money from friends or family. that can weigh on your sense of pride. a lot of people cut back on seeing the doctor. nearly half say they feel anxious, depressed. forty percent said their job problem has caused problems for their kids, behavioral impact. a big impact. talk about this on
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facebook@cnn.com/robin. we'll try to get it up in the next hour how it's impacting people. if you're flying in or out of my hometown, you know the sense of humor, check the seat back. you need the barf bag. >> remember going to public schools, remember the launch lady. more tator tots? now they are catching on it's not sanitary. you need a hair net with that? no problem. new york city, traveling there, you'll see delays coming in. saber flight explorer, planes getting in there no problem. here is what it looks like with the tower cam. the wind is not that bad yet. give it some time. 30 to 35 miles per hour gusts going to be bumping you around. same is true for new england. boston you're going to get delays, too. here is what it looks like. new york city, boston, philly,
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seattle, san francisco, 30 minutes two one hour delays. the big hit, northeast with the wind. more on that in a bit. a man who spent 30 years in prison is now free. why authorities are now saying they had the wrong guy. a father says his son was suspended for drawing the picture of jesus. here is the school side of the story.
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well, a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for rape and murder is free after dna showed he was innocent. new technology showed donald gates dna was not a match to the dna found at the 1981 crime scene. >> i'm happy that i'm a free man, and i'm going home. >> he knew that he was going to go, because he kept telling them he was innocent. had nothing to do wit. he new eventually something was going to come down. he got a blessing and knew he
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didn't do it. >> almost 30 years. a judge is expecting to exonerate gates. he could be entitled to $50,000 for every year he was in prison. more than 12,000 people came to watch a flight that was delayed for over two years. boeing's new 787 dreamliner. there it is making its first test flight near seattle yesterday. it lasted about three hours, the flight. the plane faces another ten months of tests before you'll be able to fully on one. boeing promises, cleaner air, bigger windows, more luggage space and fuel efficiencies. >> i hope the people got free drinks for waiting two years. a high school football player who was once homeless is giving hope and inspiring others. that's an understatement. >> christie, it's a lot like the story ""the blind side." he said with his father gone and mother doing drugs he was forced to wear the same clothes for a
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month. sometimes he had no place to sleep and would curl up in the press box. a relative took him in. he's now a championship and volunteers at daycare centers. >> i won't never quit. i'll keep coming and keep fighting, do what i have to do to make sure i do good. >> he is doing good. a semifinalist for the rudy award given to those whose courage inspires others. tiger woods changed his cell phone number and won't talk to famous friends, according to charles barkley. he talked to robin meade, a especially 'n' with all due respect." he said when you have times like this in your life, you should talk to people who are famous and have been through it. in that one-hour special, in all due respect, airs here. tiger, upper deck is
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standing beside him. he has been the exclusive spokesman,ed trading company. at&t and tag heuer are evaluating their relationship with woods. us magazine and a few tabloids are saying a-rod and kate hudson are over. hudson took her mother to the new york premier of "nine." here is the deal when a-rod was dating kate he had the best season of the year. yankee fans very sat about this for sure. >> thank you so much, rafer. a school district is denying a father's claim that his son was suspended for drawing a stick figure of jesus on the cross. here is the thing, massachusetts school officials say the picture the father showed the media, this one, not the same drawing discovered by a teacher. the father hasn't commented on the school's claims but has said his son had to undergo a psychological evaluation. someone has been setting dozens of fires near tampa,
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florida. we have incredible video of the arsonist in action. here is a way to save on birthday parties. one mom has delivered all three of her kids, and they are not triplets on the same date.
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the cdc is recalling 800,000 h1n1 vaccines for children. it says the doses aren't as strong as they used to be. health officials say it is not a safety concern and kids do not have to be revaccinated. south carolina lawmakers are expected to discuss a formal rebuke of mark sanford. a week after a legislative panel voted on the senator's. they could oust the senator about it's not expected. >> christi paul in for robin
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meade. those are stories we're checking into. also in, federal chairman ben bernanke is "time" person of the year. bernanke took steps that avoided another great depression and has huge influence over how the economy operates. president obama, apple ceo steve jobs and general stanley mcchrystal are among contenders there. 61 million of your tax money may have gone to medicare scams spanning three states. the justice department announced the indictments of 32 people yesterday. one scheme involved hiring recruiters to find people willing to fake symptoms. the biggest bust was a doctor in miami accused of listing patients as blind diabetics building 40 million for home health care. >> when someone sends fraudulent bills to medicare, they are stealing american taxpayer dollars that are intended for f
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those most in need. >> this isn't rare, either of the medicare task force has charged suspects with more than a billion dollars in fraud in just the last two years. take a look at the video of the coast guard arresting a man in mexico. he'd be out at sea for ten days. the coast guard sent a helicopter and plane. they were able to locate him 115 miles south of port arthur. we don't have word but know he's in good hands now. thirteen people have a new lease on life after the largest ever kidney swap in the u.s. a lot of the patients who needed a transplant had someone willing to donate but they weren't a match. doctors at two d.c. hospitals created a 26 person chain to make sure everyone got a kidney. you look at the end of your life and somebody opened the door to say, no, it's not the end yet. >> the transplants took six days to complete, by the way.
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the white house made it official yesterday. it wants to transfer up to 100 guantanamo bay detainees to a prison in the small town of thompson, illinois. the reaction from locals isn't what you might expect. rather than worrying about suspected terrorists a lot say they are happy because it means jobs, possibly up to 3,000 of them. there are some, though, that are still worried. >> the impact is going to come more from the new people coming into the area, new residents, visitors, tourism. restaurants will be full. >> changing the address of gitmo will not eliminate the hate that these terrorists have for our country. >> gitmo is surrounded by waters and sharks and thomson, illinois, is surrounded by melon fields, so i beans and corn. democratic party leaders in illinois disagree. they say the plan is an economic boone. yale university out with its annual list of this year's top
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quotations. at the very top from a town hall meeting on health care, quote, keep your government hands off my medicare. fourth on the list is congressman's joe wilson's "you lie." don't forget kanye west's awkward moment at the mtv video award. i'm going to let you, but beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. one of my favorites is number two. we're going to be in the hudson. i know. i'm surprised it wasn't number one actually. >> how about, "i was on the appalachian trail." >> it's there, number nine, but not him. a spokesman. >> if you changed your name it would be first. this weather brought to you by tylenol. feel better. what's not making you feel better, cold air. across the great lakes through the northeast. that's your arctic cold front. it's really the first strong cold front of the year so far pushing a lot of air through the
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great lakes so far now. the great lakes snow. not just around new york and pennsylvania, it's also still falling across northern michigan and up. advisories for the morning. areas in blue. includes sur accuse and new york state. oswego county. the wind will be strong the neck couple of hours. all coming off lake ontario. one band of snow, oswego, north sections of syracuse, liverpool getting snow, too, goes to courtland and binghamton with flurries. you get to the east farther it's a windy day. take you live to boston. here is what it looks like. temperature 31, feels like 17. can you see the camera moving around. last hour 36 mile-per-hour wind gusts, up to 40 at the most. 40-mile-per-hour winds at boston. be prepared for delays at logan. beautiful sunshine. windy and cold. down south, corpus christi,
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heavy rain developing once again. another air of low pressure. a broad circulation right now. this will begin to tighten up over the next couple of days and throw more rain at you, especially lower parts of the gulf coast through mississippi, louisiana, alabama, georgia and carolinas. places that got hammered a couple days ago. let me take you live to vegas. 42, current temperature up to 60. that's the strip right there. just got done running the half marathon a week and a half ago, christi. my time 1:47. >> you were running to get to the casinos. >> did it for a good charity, good cause. it was fun. i'll never run it again. i'm too heavy. i'm done. >> you lie. thank you. a million people close to losing their unemployment benefits. we're going to tell you what's being done today to help you out. plus police want to know if workers at a daycare were intentionally giving kids something to help them take a
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nap. what started this disturbing case.
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all righty. let's get awe -- you a look at headlines in the morning papers. thieves like your gadgets so hang tight. despite the drop in property, computers and electronics thieves have skyrocketed. asian americans signing up for
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the military. the reason for the spike? they need college tuition, citizenship. a lot of diehard rock and roll tunes secretly tuning into soft stuff. lots of men won't admit it, you listen to celine dion. more classical fans tuning into something else apparently. owners rushed to save 13 horses trapped inside a blazing barn in pennsylvania. look at this. they were able to get all but one of those horses out. apparently she refused to leave. so a firefighter had to go in after her. >> she was standing there. the door was open for her to come out but she didn't want to move on her own. basically i went in and threw a neck rope on her, got her out to safety. >> all survived. investigators are still trying to figure out why the fire started. a million people are scheduled to lose their unemployment benefits at the end of this month.
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so lawmakers are scrambling to help. the house will vote today on a $167 billion plan. our money expert jennifer westhoven has been researching this. what have you found out today about this? >> the main focus is about the safety net for people struggling but also measures to create and keep jobs. we'll see. so the bill would extend unemployment benefits. it will run out for a million americans in january. it would also extend cobra, try to help people keep health insurance even if they lost their job. more money for food stamps. house democratic sources say they want $50 billion for projects like roads, bridges, mass transit. those would create jobs. also in terms of jobs, the bill would send money to states to try and keep firefighters, teachers and cops on the job. but again, this is just the house bill. so we may not see any senate action until after they get back from their holiday break. it may take a little while but a step closer there. all right.
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ceo salaries are going to get a little more light shined in there. today the federal government is going to announce new rules so companies who have stock are going to have to be more clear with their stockholders, their owners, about how much they are really paying out in the executive suite. that really includes stock options. basically before it was pretty easy the way the rules were written to not say how much you were really giving out. christi, back to you. >> all righty. jen, thank you. fresh off golden globes, mo'nique stopped by hln's joy behar show. the outspoken star didn't have advice for tiger woods but his fans, too. >> do you have any advice. >> tiger woods, baby, i wish you and your wife the best. the advice i have for the people is mind your damn business and let that man and woman worked out their situation. >> uh-huh. all right. well, we wouldn't have talk shows if we minded our business. >> joy, mind your business.
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>> if i minded my business, i'd never have a job. joy and dr. drew penske will talk more about tiger woods and sex addiction. check out joy behar at 9:00 p.m. eastern on hln. we know tiger woods isn't talking to the media about the scandal, apparently he isn't talking to his celebrity friends either. hear the message charles barkley has for his bud y.
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the former ambassador to iraq says the flairup of violence in the country is due to al qaeda. eight people were killed in bombings that targeted the iraqi government. former ambassador told christine amanpour, the attack shows focus
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must be kept on iraq. >> al qaeda has suffered enormous setbacks throughout iraq but they have never lost their ability to carry out specific targeted attacks. and that's what we're seeing now. they have much less control over territory, much less capability than they did two or three years ago but they remain a committed, dedicated and dangerous enemy and neither we nor the iraquis can lose focus on that. president barack obama has said u.s. combat forces will be out of iraq by august of next year. a body believed to be that of missing college baseball player was found by a creek in california. he was last seen saturday afternoon when he took a walk with his girlfriend's golden labrador. authorities believe he fell into the creek bed during a rainstorm while the creek was flowing at full force. a nine-year-old was able to pull a friend from a pond.
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they were chasing ducks when he fell through the ice. he lost his boots but saw his friend was in trouble. >> he was screaming my name trying to pull me under so he could stand on me. >> what did you do. >> i grabbed onto the crack on the edge of the pond and pulled myself out. >> he grabbed a poll and pulled his friend out. i'm happy to tell you both of those boys are okay. espn reporter erin andrews faced the man who secretly videotaped her in the nude. rafer weigel, i have to believe this had to be really tough for her. >> can you imagine? get this, a federal prosecutor says this guy has done this to other women as well. still hasn't come out yet. that will beston issuing. michael david baron, insurance executive from illinois pleaded guilty to interstate stalking. agreed to a plea deal for 27 months behind bar bars for secretly videotaping andrews in
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the hotel room. andrews asked the judge for a harsher sentence. the judge will decide february 22nd. at the top of the hour you will hear from andrews herself what it was like. tiger woods changed his cell phone number and will not talk to some of his famous friends. that according to nba analyst charles barkley. barkley talked about it with our own robin meade for an upcoming manuel special called "with all due respect." barkley says he is worried about tiger. says when you have these fires in your life, you have to talk with someone else who is famous and has been through it. can you watch the discussion on tiger and other celebrities on that special sunday eastern. two missouri baseball players and a male cheerleader have been suspended for allegedly fighting. they were arrested on suspicion of third degree assault. the mom says they were trying to save a girld attacked at a party. he came out of the altercation with a broken nose.
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lastly pittsburgh receiver hines ward made a nice holiday gesture. he do fated gps to zone five police cars, tragically two officers were killed in april. ward host add fund-raiser to raise money for the families. ironically, christi, he was voted the dirtyest player in nfl by other players. they voted him the dirtyest player in the league. off the field, clearly one of the nicest. he does a lot of charity work. >> they are eating their words now. >> kind of a wild dichotomy. >> i guess so. yes. >> i had to look that word up. no, kidding. >> we know you didn't. listen to this one, rafer. you're a new dad. an ohio daycare center accused of giving children meltonin to help them nap. >> haven't tried that one. >> let's not. the church that runs the daycare center said it fixed the problem, is cooperating with investigators. the supplement is believed to be helpful for people having a hard
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time sleeping. it isn't a major danger, still you wouldn't want them to give it to the kids. parents are urged to david letterman was worried the comedian would try to have him killed. robert halderman planned to keep copies on letterman's-life as protection in case the comedian tried to retaliate. halderman is accused of demanding $2 million in exchange for his silence. his lawyer says halderman did nothing wrong. a toothpick once owned by dickens is being auctioned today. it is estimated to be worth between $3,000 and $5,000. dickens wrote "oliver twist" and "a christmas carol." he died in 1870. >> who held on to that thing? >> we were also talking today about double dipping. who's going to want the toothpick? >> i think it's pretty cool.
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it's history. >> what's going on, christi? >> i hope flights are not history for some people sitting in the airports. >> so far it's early. i have not seen the delay pop up from the faa, but it will be the wind again for you, the northeast especially hit hard. new york city metros, newark, jfk, laguardia. you will see 30 to 35 miles per hour. watch for hour-long delays. philadelphia 30-hour minute del. san francisco, low clouds coming in and low clouds especially. watch for an hour delay right off the bat and that will start in about two hours. more on that in a bit, christi. >> thank you, bobby. airline pilots need specialized training before they're allowed to carry a gun in the cockpit. check out a secret facility that teaches them how to be the last line of defense in the air.
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rise and shine. let's get kicking here together, folks. i'm christi paul in today for robin meade. it is so good to see you and have you onboard with us. we want to dive right into the news because there's a massive recall for the vaccine of the h1n1 virus. 800,000 doses. officials say it has nothing to do with the safety of the vaccination, however. also ahead, reports that iran has tested a new upgraded missile. how far this long-range missile may be able to go. plus there's a landmark ruling on the privacy of your cell phone. what police officers in one state have to do before they start looking at a phone for evidence. those stories are coming up. thank you so much again for
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being with us. i want to share with you first, though, this heart wrenching video. please let me forewarn you, it is disturbing to watch because it's important to see because this little boy is still missing. here's the thing. a man's accused into believing a judge that he had custody of his 10-year-old son. so with the court order and the help of san antonio constables he took the boy off the school bus last october. look at this surveillance video. >> please help me! he's not my dad! i don't want to live with him! >> why is he not your dad? you're okay. you're okay. we're not going to let him do anything to you. >> oh, my gosh. i can barely take it. this video was released by the child's mother so it doesn't
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happen to anyone else's child, but a kidnapping warrant has been issued by the dad. it's 41-year-old jean filip. they're still missing. so thank you for taking a good look at his face. other breaks news just in the last hour. "time" magazine named the person of the year. it's ben bernanke, they call him the most powerful nerd on the planet. super nerd, jen! >> not the usual description of times person of the year. he heads the federal reserve. "time" called him, yeah, a nerd! i mean, that is a very straight description of them to give you. when world markets nearly cracked last year bernanke in many ways, reinvented the fed and he tried completely new tools to keep things functioning. you might think that somebody who wins this award and looks on the magazine is a cult of
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personality or an amazing speaker or charismatic. he's a very mild mannered, straight, academic guy. they noted that he and his wife like to do crosswords which is better than what alan greenspan used to like to do. he would sit in the tub and read economic statistics from, like, 1917. >> didn't need that image this morning. >> that is the height of nerdy. i mean -- >> oh, that's funny. i love it. >> by the way, he's a native of georgia. i don't know if you knew that. >> he is. >> they say doing crossword puzzles keeps your brain, healthy, alert and going. it worked for him. >> thank you, jen. health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of the h1n1 vaccine for children. the cdc says this isn't a safety issue, but about 800,000 doses are not as strong as they should be. it also says children who got the shots do not need to be revaccinated. the doses were distributed across the country. for more information go to
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cnn.com/robin and check important websites there. rescue workers are beginning to lose hope that the two missing hike eros mount hood are still alive. they suspended their search because offy is voer avalanche danger yet again. one survival expert says there's less than 1% chance that anthony vieri and katie nolan could have survived the conditions, but their young age and climbing experience may give them a chance. we would hope. >> president obama says congress is on the precipice of passing sweeping health care reform. after meeting with democrats he said the bill meets his criteria to lower cost and expand coverage without raising the deficit. to get 60 votes liberal democrats have to have -- have to live with a bill, possibly, that does not include a public option or a medicare buy in. >> it will include everything that everybody wants. no bill can do that, but what i told my former colleagues today
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is that we simply cannot allow differences over individual elements of this plan to prevent us from meeting our responsibility to solve a long standing and urgent problem. >> the president hasn't convinced everyone, obvious low, particularly former democratic national committee chair howard dean. he said the senate should scrap its bilal together if it doesn't include the medicare buy-in. >> this is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the united states senate and honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the senate bill and go back to the house ask start the reconciliation process where you only need 51 votes. the white house says no reform would get passed if they followed dean's advice. >> new this morning. iran has test fired an upgraded missile capable of reaching parts of europe. according to china's state-run television, the missile can reach targets 1200 miles away.
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iran has intensified its missile program while the u.s. and its allies are accusingin it of building a nuclear weapon. iran denies that. an illinois man pled guilty of stalking erin andrews and secretly taping her. i know there are acquisitions out there, too, that she's not the only woman. >> that's what they're saying, christi. the reason andrews mustered the strength to face her accused stalker is she wants to raise awareness about other women in her situation. she called this man a sexual predator and hopes he never sees the light of day. this is michael barrett who pled guilty to interstate stalking. he has done this to other women and he pled to a deal of 27 months in prison. andrews described what it was like. >> i tlauft for the first couple of minutes.
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i couldn't keep it together. i've been humiliated and i've been embarrassed and my career has been hurt as well. >> andrews says she will attend that as well. christi? >> thank you so much, rafer. is the husband of a missing utah woman cooperating with the investigation? well, that depends on whom you ask. josh powell's lawyer says powell's answering police questions every day to help the search for his wife susan, but police are upset because he backed out of an interview on monday. powell's lawyer says that was his decision because he was new to the case, but this was powell last week. >> do you have any idea where she could be? >> no. she -- she'd leave during the d day, but she's never left overnight. >> does she have any enemies that you can think of that wo d would -- >> i don't.
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i can't think of anyone. >> he says he took his sons camping on december 7th and susan didn't show up for work that day and has not been seen since. >> her best friend says she talks to josh every day and says he mostly looks upset and cries. all righty. let's move on to the weather because it is going to be blustery for some of you today. is that the big, you know, problem? >> that's a good headline to say. you talk about a real cold atmos fore. we've had it in the upper midwest and the northern plains and the rockies over the last couple of days and now it's making headway to the east and that's the leading edge of the cold air. that's the cold front. behind it the the lake-effect snow is cranking up. get a load of some of these record temperatures. i have to show them to you because i don't think i've seen temperatures this cold in quite some time. minus 37 that was simpson, montana yesterday, that was the air temperature without the wind. chinook, montana, minus 33. dickinson, north dakota, minus
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26 and bryce canyon, utah, minus 11 and that's the windchill and winter is in five days, december 25th. global cooling looks like it's actually taking place. minus 5 in bismarck, 2 in fargo, 1 in minneapolis and 5 in sioux falls and the arctic air is sliding over the great lakes. lake-effect snow in northern michigan, back over new york state and coming up erie and ontar ontario. it's the ontario band we're watching for northern parts of syracuse back toward oswego. you can see the decent snow around oswego and northern towns around liverpool will get 3 to 6 inches of snow. 31 in new york, 29 in boston. we'll take you live to new york city, a much cooler day today than yesterday. breezy conditions, too. there's a look at central park. your high today 34 to 35. that's about all you will find with the wind at 35 miles per hour it will feel like the 20s to teens for most of the afternoon. so there is your cold air mass
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setting up shop. one of the coldest ones we've seen and it's not even winter yet. >> a new storm beginning to develop around corpus christi will throw it to new orleans starting overnight tonight and new orleans right now, the rainiest month ever is december 2009. we're only half way through, only 22 inches of rain so far and more to come and we'll talk more about that in 20 minutes. it's headed up to the north. >> thank you. you do everything you can to keep your kids from getting sick, but their school cafeteria might not. you'll want to hear a new report on where your kids eat lunch. plus, a father says his son was kicked out of class over his drawing of jesus, but the school is painting a very different picture here.
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a body believed to be that of missing college baseball player james wernke was found in fullerton, cool cal. wernke was last seen saturday afternoon when he took a walk with his girlfriend's golden labrador. authorities believe that wernke fell into the creek bed during a rainstorm when the creek was at full force. the dog as well is still missing. a school district is denying a father's claim that his son was suspended for drawing a stick figure of jesus on the cross in massachusetts. school officials say the picture the father showed the media this one. not the same drawing shown to the teacher. his son had to undergo a psychological evaluation. here's the surprising news from general motors. the troubled auto giant says it may try to repay uncle sam ahead of schedule. our money expert, of course, jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. good thing? obviously that they can pay it
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off early? i'm just going to say it's a thing. i don't know if i'll make it good or bad. should they be paying it back early? but maybe it's a sign that gm is doing better than we thought. gm had set up a payment schedule on $6.5 billion worth of debt. so you have a mortgage for $6.5 million and the ceo says they may do the whole payoff by june of that section, but you should know, gm still owes on top of that, another $45 billion to taxpayers, both us, u.s. citizens and canadian taxpayers know it is a lot of money. gm since 2004 has lost $ 8 billion. it's still losing money, but the new ceo there trying to turn things around. >> i know the idea may not be very glamorous although i get really excited about it. we were at the roundtable and someone said insulation is not sexy. i disagree. frank, don't you think?
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insulation is sexy stuff. here's what's sex beit. saving money. >> that's a hard sell, isn't it? >> insulation is sexy. i don't know about that. >> we were joking he's bringing sexy back to home improvement. well, you know, that was the president yesterday at a virginia home depot talking about his proposed idea, it's been nicknamed, he never called it this, cash for caulkers to give you tax breaks for your home. it not only helps the energy problem and saves money, it could create jobs and cut back on pollution, but i just thought it was funny. we've talked about that program before, but i hadn't seen the president sell it like that. >> maybe it's whoever's installing it. maybe that's where the sexiness comes in. i don't know, but yeah. insulation itself? not so much. i'm not sold. thank you, jen. the feds say they just
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busted a medicare scam worth tense of millions of dollars. wait until you hear what these doctors and patients are accused of doing to get their hands on your tax money.
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take a look at this unbelievable video. it's outside tampa. a surveillance camera catches someone dousing a car with gasoline. there's the person. and seconds later an explosion
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rocks this neighborhood and the car's burning. the incident happened early sunday morning in seminole, florida. police are investigating, a rash of arsons over the last few months including two dozen in st. petersburg. a high school football player who was once homeless is giving hope and inspiring others. rafer weigel, i'm waiting for the movie to come out about this kid. >> exactly. it's very similar to "the blind side" which a lot of people are seeing right now. jonathan blef ins, a senior from tennessee, from sixth grade to his sophomore year with his father gone and his mother working on a drug problem he was often forced to wear the same clothes for a month and had nowhere to sleep so he would curl up in the press box of the football stadium. he's now got a state championship and volunteers at day care centers. >> i will never quit. i'll keep coming and keep fighting and do what i have to do to make sure i do good.
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>> impressive young man. he's a semifinalist for the rudy award given to those whose courage inspires others. >> tiger woods changed his cell phone number and is not talking to had of his famous friend. he tried to talk to woods, but he couldn't. he said when you have these, quote, fires in your life you have to talk to someone who's famous and has been through it. you can catch the discussion on tiger and the other celebrity news in the year in the one-hour special. "with all due respect" airs this sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern. meanwhile, upper deck is saying it is standing by tiger despite his admitted infidelities. woods has been the exclusive spokesman and autograph signer since 2001. swiss watchmaker tag heuer and at&t are evaluating their relationship with woods. lastly, a big possible much
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in the baseball off season, "us" magazine and several tabloids say a-rod and kate hudson are no more. hudson took her mom, actress goldie hawn to the new york premiere of "nine." a-rod had the postseason of his entire career leading the yankees to a world series title. i'm telling you, christi, the power of the muse. they're saying, no! get them back together. >> the jessica simpson effect. >> poor jessica. >> i shouldn't say that, that was wrong of me. i apologize. >> she's okay. >> she's okay. she's doing well. >> thank you very much, rafe. a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison is free. why authorities are now saying, you know what? they had the wrong guy all along. #ñ#ñ#ñ#ññññññññññ
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just last hour we learned fed chairman ben bern anky is "time" magazine's person of the year and called him the most powerful nerd on the planet and the mild-mannered economic overlord. the article says you can thank bernanke for keeping the weak economy from being much worse. today south carolina lawmakers are expected to discuss a former rebuke of governor mark sanford. this comes a week after a legislative panel voted against impeaching him to see a mistress in argentina. one of the most recognizable and controversial religious leaders of the last century has passed away. evangelist oral roberts died yesterday of complications from
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pneumonia. the preacher rose from poverty to become a pioneer in televafrjellism. he was 1 years old. those are some of the headlines. happy hump day, i'm christi paul in for robin meade. we're always grateful to have your company. president obama has written a personal letter to north korean leader kim jong-il. the letter was delivered last week by special envoy stephen bosworth. no details on what the letter said but it is part of the effort to get north korea back to the negotiating table on nuclear disarmament. >> a new secret facility is helping train airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit. it's actually a giant warehouse somewhere in dallas. can't tell you where, obviously, but pilots can go there to get re-certified to fly armed. they say they're the last line of defense against terrorist hijackers. >> do i think the threat is still out there. absolutely i do. >> if we can demonstrate on a regular basis that they're not going to succeed then they'll have to go somewhere else.
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the pilots pay for the training out of their own pocket, by the way. we will not learn until next year if director roman polanski will be extradited to the united states. authorities are studying the u.s. request to bring him back to face charges. he pled guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. he is under house arrest right now. a landmark ruling in ohio where the supreme court has ruled out some cell phone searches by police. the court says an officer's only allowed to look at what's on a suspect's phone if the officer has a search warrant. police charged a man with drug dealing after looking at his call history without a warrant. his lawyers call that an illegal search and seizure. we're getting reaction now to a vote that could pave the way for same-sex marriage in the nation's capital. yesterday the d.c. city council voted 11 to 2 to legalize same-sex marriage and the mayor has said he will sign that bill.
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supporters were thrilled to hear the news, but not everyone is happy, obviously, that lawmakers, not voters, made this decision. >> oh, absolutely. we've been together for 32 years. we had a union, our church blessed our wedding in '82. >> the mayor and other members of the counsel, our delegates of the congress have advocated against the will of the people. marion berry echoed that. it has 30 days to intervene before it becomes law. did you hear us calling your name at any time? >> you did? >> you did? >> why didn't you come out? >> um, you guys said that we did this for the show. >> oh, busted! that quote from the so-called balloon boy made yale university's annual list of the year's top quotations.
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that was number seven. at the top of the list from a town hall meeting on healthcare, quote, keep your government hands off my medicare. fourth on the list was congressman's joe wilson's you lie and don't forget kanye west's awkward moment from the mtv video music awards, i'm going to let you finish, but beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! oh, that poor kid, bobby, i feel for him every time. don't you? >> i forgot about that one. i did it for the show. i feel bad. feel bad. >> what do you do for the show, bobby? >> hike the appalachian trail. that was number nine. that's awesome. wow! something that i wouldn't -- how would you come up with that as an excuse. >> let me show you what's happening. the leading edge off the eastern seaboard. the temperatures are still extremely cold when you get to the upper midwest. i want to start out right there and show you some of the current temperature readings because it
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is still below the average and you're talking about single digits when you get to the great lakes. chicago 7, mill walk e 6, green bay right now 1 degree. these are the actual temperature readings and it's minus 2 in duluth, minnesota. 10 in omaha and 1 in pierre, temperature temperatures were minus 37 in parts of montana. so a little bit better. what about the rain? we're watching now the beginning stages of a low pressure center getting itself organized between brownsville and corpus christi. it's a broad circulation now, but over the next 10 to 24 hours they will move up toward new orleans area throwing rain at you from houston to san antonio to back toward brownsville. most of the rain should be right around the coastline. so san antonio, scattered showers are a possibility, but the heaviest rains now is south of corpus christi and that moves into the gulf coast over the next two days. as for the pacific northwest, here's the low pressure reaching beginning to fall apart just a
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bit. we have the rain and light snow going on. all of the blue-shaded areas and northern, california, back in toward oregon and washington state. the white shaded areas is the snow in the higher elevations. we still do have the winter storm warnings, the areas shaded in red and they're getting whittled down. avalanche warnings and we have those because of the heavy, dense snow on top of the lighter snow. that's for the cascade mountains in toward mount hood, so avalanche warnings are out there for more areas. we'll have more on that in just a bit, christi. >> thank you. ashley dupre is offering new insight into what life was like as a call girl. last night she talked to hln's joy behar. >> you know, i have to ask you this question, as a call girl, whatever -- is that okay to call you that? >> absolutely. >> i always think of women who was in that situation, the guy comes and he's paying you money, so you have to do it. what if he's, like, really gross? like he has hair coming out of
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his nose, his ears and he smells funny. >> no, you can leave. -- if i put myself in a situation i don't have to stay there. i can leave. oh, no, absolutely. >> are you polite when you leave or they say you're very gross. >> of course, no. i'm not mean. i'm sorry, this isn't -- >> so you just walk out. >> if they ask you to do something you don't feel comfortable doing, no, you have total control. >> tonight, joy and dr. drew pinski will be talking about tiger woods and sex a dikdz. check out "the joy behar show" at 9:00 m.m. eastern on hln. all right. you seinfeld fans, we know we're not to double dip, but is it that bad? plus amazing video, the coast guard flies in to save a man who had been out at sea for more than a week.
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take a look at this video of the coast guard rescuing an 80-year-old man in the gulf of mexico. he'd been at sea for ten days in a sail boat when he called for help. the coast guard sent a helicopter and a plane and they were finally able to locate him about 115 miles south of port arthur. no word on that man's condition, but at least we know he's in good hands now. here's a look at some of today's headlines across the country in the morning papers in case you missed them. from "usa today," thieves like your electronics people. thieves have skyrocketed so hold on tight. this morning's "l.a. times" reports an 80% increase in asian-americans signing up to join the military in los angeles. the reason for the spike is the need for jobs, college duition and citizenship.
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from "the new york times" a lot of you die hard rock 'n' roll fans you're seek wrotely tuning in to the soft stuff. they show lots of men who won't tell listen to celine didine de classical fans are tuning in to something else. >> i love that story. thinking men driving all over the highway listening to celine deion. >> a million people. i know it just makes you laugh. >> blaring it at the red lights. >> a million people are scheduled to lose their unemployment benefits at the end of month so lawmakers are scrambling to try to help. the house is anything to vote on a $167 million plan. >> this is part of the continuing debate. we want to help people k we afford it. that's going on, but this bill is all about the safety net that is really helping millions of people get through this recession. the bill would extend unemployment benefits. they'll run out for 1 million americans in january.
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it would extend cobra which is helping people keep their health insurance even if they lost a job. it would fund more food stamps. some sources say it would allocate $48 billion for projects like roads, bridges, mass transit which would also create jobs and also in terms of jobs, the bill would send money to states that are in trouble to help them keep firefighters, teachers and cops on the job. so that's something we're watching and christi, we've been talking to people asking them on the facebook to see how they're doing on the economy. we had technical difficulty, but thank you to everyone who wrote in and we're reading them all. >> thank you, jen, so much. this is a debate you might have heard on an episode of seinfeld. since it's the season for holiday parties, we're going beyond the surface and dipping in to the legendary party question. is it safe to double dip? you will often hear at parties people who are worried about double dipping because it will transfer bacteria from the
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chip. it turns out that bacteria will be transferred and we know this because people have done studies to actually show it's true. the number of dips can result in tense of thousands of bacteria being transperred to a bowl. different types of dips with whole different amounts of bacteria, a salsa or a looser dip will hold more bacteria because thicker dips will seal in some of the bacteria on the chip. it's probably not a huge danger in general, but we'd like to see if you wouldn't think about kissing the other people in the room on the mouth you don't want to double dip. police want to know if workers at a day care were intentionally giving kids something to help them take a nap. what started this disturbing case. also, why garth brooks wants the half million dollars that he donated to a hospital back. ♪ ♪
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listen to this, your child could get really sick because of unsafe conditions at a school cafeteria. "usa today" is reporting thousands of schools aren't getting their kitchens inspect as required by law. more than 8,000 schools skipped inspections last year required by law of the schools in the federal lunch program. the law is almost unenforceable. some schools say they ask, but can't always get an inspector to show up. a man that spent almost 30 years in prison for rape and murder is free after dna tests showed he was innocent. donald gates' dna was not a match to dna found at the 1981 crime scene. >> i'm happy that i'm a free man and i'm going home. >> he knew that he was going to go because he kept telling them that he's innocent and he knew
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he had nothing to do with it and he knew eventually something would come down and he got a blessing and he knew that he didn't do it. >> a judge is expected to exonerate gates and then he could be entitled up to $50,000 for every year he was in prison. an ohio day care center is accused of giving children melatonin to help them nap. the church that runs the health care center say they've fixed the problem and are cooperating with investigators. melatonin is for people that have a hard time sleeping. it's not considered a major danger to children, but parents are being encouraged to talk to a doctor. a man dressed as santa claus is in trouble for allegedly having a little too much eggnog. find out how this stumbling st. nick ended up on the police naughty list. that's new for you in about 15 minutes. espn reporter erin andrews faced the man who admitted to secretly videotaping her in the nude and rafer weigel, i think one of the things that stands out in this and why it is so
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developing is the accusation that she's not the only victim. >> that was startling. it's bad enough what happened to this woman, but when we heard this, christi, a federal prosecutor says that this guy has done the same thing to other women as he has done to erin andrews. michael david barrett, an insurance executive from illinois, did plead guilty to interstate stalking, reportedly agreed to a plea deal of 27 months in prison, as you may recall, secretly videotaped andrews in the nude. andrews asked the judge for a harsher sentence. the judge will decide on february 22 rnd and just what the sentence will be. at the top of the hour you'll hear from andrews describe how difficult that day in court was for her. tiger woods changed his cell phone number and won't talk to some of his favorite friends so says nba analyst charles barkeley is not in his five anymore. t-mobile. he talked about it with robin meade for an upcoming special called wto with all due respect." he said when you have these,
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quote, fires in your life, you need to talk to someone famous who has been through it. you can catch the discussion on tiger and other news. it airs this sunday at 10:00 eastern. be sure to check it out. two missouri women's basketball players and a male cheerleader have all been suspended for allegedly fighting with each prth. amanda hahnemann and jesse johnson was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault. hahnemann's mom said the two were trying to save a girlfriend that the male cheerleader was supposedly attacking at a party. he came out of the altercation with a broken nose. that's not showing your spirit, allegedly. hines ward made a very nice gesture. i like a lot of what he does off the field. he donated gps systems. traj beingly three officers were killed in april and he hosted a fund raise tore raise money for their families. ironically voted the dirtiest player in the nfl by the other
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players. >> redeeming himself! >> but does some great off-the field charity work. he does a lot of lot of this. on the field a different story. >> well, you know, just ambitious, but he's getting it for being the good guy he is. congrats to him. >> thank you. garth brooks is suing his hometown hospital for half a million bucks and he donated that much money to the hospital and it was supposed to go towards a building for his late mother and brooks is suing for breach of contract. the hospital claims it is all just a big misunderstanding. so, if you don't use your old gadgets any more, use them to get cash. clark howard tells you how. >> do you have some electronics just gathering dusts and clockts in your home. you're like most people you have old cell phones and old
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electronic gizmos that are no longer useful in your life and you can't throw them in the landfill, you could, but you're causing a problem if you would. what if you could turn those old things into some cash. that's a promise of a website you could go to called gazell.com. if they want it and how much money it is worth to them. some of the stuff you have is not of any value to them but other things will be. the neat thing is that many times they'll have stuff they'll take off your hands without charging you a recycling fee and retailers now cooperating with this costco wholesale, walmart and the most recent addition sears. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to control your spending and maybe make some dough, check me out at cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you how to save more, spend less and avoid
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getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern right here on hln. here's a way to save on birthday parties. one mom delivered all three of her kids, not triplets, on the same date.
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hit that snooze button, i it is hump day. i'm christi paul in today for robin meade. let's get to our job here. we want to make sure you know what's happening as you head out the door. your child may have gotten an h1n1 vaccine that is being recalled now. more than 800,000 doses are affected here. we'll tell you what officials are saying. plus -- >> i've been humiliated, i've been embarrassed and my career has been hurt, as well. >> that is espn reporter erin andrews how it felt to have naked videos of her posted online and now she confronted her admitted stalker in court. fed chairman ben bernanke
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beat out the likes of president obama and steve jobs for a very coveted title. those stories coming up, but, first, please, let's get to this video you have to see. it's heart wrenching and it's very disturbing but it's important you take a good look at this little boy because a man is accused of tricking a texas judge into believing he had custody of his 10-year-old son. with a court order and help of san antonio, he took the boy, forced him off the school bus last october. please, look at this surveillance video.
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>> you can just barely watch it. the video was released by the child's mother. so this doesn't happen to anyone else's child. jon paul and him and that boy are still missing. thank you for taking a good look at that little boy's face and hopefully bring him home. health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of the h1n1 vaccine for children. the cdc says it's not a safety issue, but rather 800,000 doses just aren't as strong as they should be and children who got the shots do not need to be revaccinated. the doses were distributed across the country. for more information, go to cnn.com/robin and check important websites. we have it there for you. rescue workers are beginning to lose hope that the two missing hikers on mt. hood are still alive. they suspended their search. one survival expert said there
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is less than a 1% chance they could have survived this long in these conditions but their young age and climbing experience may give them a chance there. president obama says congress is on the precipice of passing sweeping health care reform. after meeting with democrats yesterday the bill meets the criteria to lower costs and expand coverage without raising the deficit but to get 60 votes liberal democrats may have to live with a bill that does not include a public option or a medicare buy-in. >> the final bill won't include everything that everybody wants. no bill can do that. but what i told my former colleagues today is that we simply cannot allow differences over individual elements of this plan to prevent us from meeting our responsibility to solve a long-standing and urgent problem. >> now, the president hasn't convinced everyone, particularly former democratic chair howard
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dean who says the senate should scrap its bill altogether if it doesn't include the medical buy-in. >> this is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the united states senate and kill the senate bill and go back to the house and start the reconciliation process where you only need 51 votes. >> the white house says no reform would get passed if they followed dean's advice. an illinois man pleaded guilty to stalking erin andrews and secretly taping nude videos of her. rafer weigel has more on this and what's most alarming here the accusation that she may not be the only victim. >> it's alarming enough what happened to ms. andrews but there could be more women. the reason she mustered the strength to face this guy is because she wants to raise awareness of other women that might be in her situation. she called the man, "a sexual predator and hopes he never sees the light of day."
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michael david barrett who pleaded guilty to interstate stalking. barrett has done this to other women. still waiting for that information to come out. reportedly barrett agreed to a plea deal of 27 months in prison and andrews described how it felt being at that hearing. >> i lost it for the first couple minutes, i couldn't really keep it together. i have been humiliated and i've been embarrassed and my career, i feel, has been hurt, as well. >> barrett's sentencing will be february 22nd and andrew says she will attend that hearing, as well. christi? >> thank you. josh powell's lawyer says powell's answering police questions every day to help the search for his wife, susan, but police are upset because he backed out of an interview on monday. powell says that was his decision because he was new to the case. but this is what powell said last week.
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>> do you have any idea where she could be? >> no. she'll leave during the day and she's never left overnight. >> does she have any enemies that you can think of? >> i can't think of anyone. >> he says he took their two sons camping december 7th. susan didn't show up for work that day and hasn't been seen since. do you believe another husband and wife crashed a white house party, this time secret service says there were no security mistakes, though. it happened in november, but the couple is just talking about it now. they showed up a day early for a white house tour so instead of sending them away they did background checks and an aid took them to an invitation only
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breakfast with the obamas and bidens. and a man dressed as santa claus was arrested after allegedly stumpling out of a car and hugging several kids playing in a yard. according to police in wisconsin, the wobbly santa asked where his reindeer were and they were cited for having an open container and the person driving him around was charged with drunk driving. and may i just say it again because i say it every day, bobby -- >> you're normal? >> what is wrong with people? >> that is frightening. hey, kids, did you see -- you know who my favorite reindeer is, it's blitzen. >> kids are probably scared to death of santa now. >> it's alarming, as rafer would say. an area of low pressure the same one that had the rain and snow across the packed northwest and really last couple days, beginning to thin out and the rain is still there from
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northern california in towards oregon and all the blue is rain and heavy times still this morning and later on this afternoon, most of that will clear on out and winter advisory for the cascades, basically all in washington state. more warnings in towards montana and idaho and see the snow coming towards idaho falls and salt lake city, light snow for you guys and maybe a dusting to an inch and across the higher elevations right there, wasatch looking for three to six inches of snow, basically above 5,000 feet. next 48 hours, not as much snow as we had for the last couple days, good news there. that purple-shaded area still in the cascades of washington. a foot to almost a foot and a half of snow and ongoing for the rest of the morning into the early part of the afternoon get away from that and that arctic air and across the northeast and been there for the last couple days and pushing out towards the east and clouds out there, too. little bit light lake-effect snow and not that bad. rain developing off the texas coast and more on that in a
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little bit. take you live to washington, d.c., though. show you what it looks like, different atmosphere, different day. colder today. windy conditions, as well. that's what it looks like at the capital and the white house, see the flags are moving pretty quickly now. winds moving in d.c. now and might get a short delay at the airport because of the wind and you'll definitely get it in philadelphia and new york and boston. we'll get to that coming up in a couple minutes. >> all right, bobby, thank you. >> you got it. airline pilots need specialized training before they can carry a gun in the cockpit. a secret facility to teach them to be the last line of defense in the air. a father says his son was kicked out of class over his drawing of jesus. the school is painting a very different picture, though, now.
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well, same-sex couples could soon tie the knot in the nation's capital. 11-2 to legalize same-sex marriage. the mayor says he'll sign the bill. congress has 30 days now to intervene before it becomes law. the bill's opponents said they voted no because most of their constituents don't support it. five states have legalized same-sex marriage now. fast food and free wi-fi. yeah, new for you in the next half hour. which popular restaurant wants you to come in and logon. new this morning, "time" magazine has named its person of the year. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke. the magazine calls him the most powerful nerd on the planet. >> supouuper nerds! since "lord of the rings" new respect for nerds. it's not the usual description
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you would hear about "time's" person of the year. an independent government agency that helps look out for the economy. when markets nearly cracked last year. in many ways, bernanke reinvented the federal reserve and tried new tools to keep things functioning. "time" says you might think their winner might be somebody who is an amazing speaker or very charismatic but very mild mannered and very straight and very much a college professor and he and his wife, they were saying, loved to do crosswords. all right. little more sunlight when it comes to ceo's salaries. they'll announce new rules. not trying to control government salaries but trying to make sure governments are straight with their owners. the stock holders and how much they're paying out. that includes stock options. before the rules were murky around stock options and very easy to be nibulous about it.
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i hope you are not flying out of new york city because bob says it's going to be choppy. hold on to your breakfast. >> you can see the plane go like that, it's going to be like that a little bit for you. all the way into new england and new york city, not much better, about 30 to 35 miles per hour and certainly rocking up there and you'll get delays out of it, too. planes getting out of new york city metro area and i don't see any delays here but out towards the west, san francisco has a 65-minute delay and low clouds and some showers around the bay area, that's reason for that. boston, philadelphia, one hour or more and houston and seattle and san francisco you already have your 65-minute delays. just a hair over an hour. a dog that fell into an icy pond bit the rescuers trying to rescue him. what happened to finally get the dog safely on land.
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well, a new secret facility is helping to train airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit. they say they're the last line of defense against terrorist hijackers. >> do i think the threat is still throughout? absolutely, i do. >> if we can demonstrate on a regular basis that they're not going to succeed, then they'll have to go somewhere else. >> the pilots actually pay for the training out of their own pockets. take a look at this dramatic rescue from an icy pond. that is roman, the golden retriever, he fell when that
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piece of ice broke off the edge of the water. firefighters were able to get the harness around him but he was scared and kept snapping at the rescuer. he had some cuts, but he's doing okay. poor little guy. >> scared because he was probably so cold. >> wondering what they're doing trying to go after him. a high school football player who was once homeless is giving hope and inspiring others. rafer weigel, this guy is one in a million, it seems. >> they're already doing the movie "the blind side" and that's a lot like that. call me, i'll be your agent. no, jonathan is the young man we're talking about from tennessee and he says from sixth grade to his sophomore year with his father gone and his mother battling a drug problem he was forced to wear the same clothes for an entire month from sixth grade to his senior year. he would curl up in the stadium press box. a relative asked a friend to
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take him in and he has a state championship and he volunteers at day care centers. >> i will never quit. i will keep coming and keep fighting and do what i have to do to make sure i do good. >> by the way, he is a semi-finalist for the rooney award. tiger woods apparently changed his cell phone number and will not talk to some of his famous friends that according to charles barkley who taukd about it with our own robin meade. barkley says he's worried about tiger and says, hey, when you have these "fires in your life" you need to talk with someone else who is famous and has been through it. you can catch the whole discussion on tiger and other big celebrity news of the year in that one-hour special this sunday at 10:00 eastern. be sure to check it out. meanwhile, upper deck says it's standing by tiger. woods has been the exclusive spokesman for the trading company since 2001 and swiss
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watchmaker and at&t are evaluating their relationship with woods. a possible big move in the baseball off season, "us" magazine are reporting that a-rod and kate hudson split. now, why should you care if you're a yankee fan, you should care because a-rod had the best post-season win of his career while he was dating miss hudson. he was just very good in the post-season. >> we'll see what happens next year. maybe they're still together. >> jessica simpson is going -- >> no, say it isn't so. poor jessica simpson. all right, thank you, rafer. well, $61 million of your tax money may have gone to
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medicare spans spanning three states. the justice department announced the indictments of 32 people yesterday involved hired recruiters to find people willing to fake symptoms. the biggest fuss was a doctor in miami accused of listing patients as blind diabetics billing 40 million bucks for home health care. >> when smendz fraudulent bills to medicare, they're stealing american taxpayer dollars that are intended for those most in need. >> this isn't rare, either. the medicare task force has charged suspects with more than $1 billion in fraud in just the last two years. the newest, biggest thing in las vegas officially opens today and it dwarfs everything else on the strip. it's called citycenter. a city within the city with a resort, casinos, shopping malls and 9,000 construction workers built it. it started before the recession and there are concerns it won't
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be profitable but could start hotel room price war, which could be good for you. someone has been setting dozens of fires near tampa, florida, and we have video that may help catch the arsonist. ?e
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that's not your alarm clock, that's the opening bell as the new york stock exchange is open for business. stocks expected to jump as investors wait for word from the federal reserve. a look in a minute at how trading is going. meanwhile, the cdc is recalling some 8,000 h1n1 vaccines for children. the doses are not as strong as they're supposed to be. health officials say this is not a safety concern and that kids do not have to be revaccinated. iran says it has test fired an upgraded missile capable of reaching parts of europe. according to iran state-run television it could reach targets more than 1,200 miles away and that could include israel and u.s. military bases
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in the gulf. one of the most controversial evangelists oral roberts died from pneumonia. he became a pioneer in televangalism. he was 91 years old. some of our top stories right now. thank you for being with us. i'm christi paul in for robin meade. president obama says congress is on the precipice of passing sweeping health care reform, but it won't include an option to import cheaper prescription drugs. the senate narrowly rejected a measure to make it legal to buy prescription from canada and other countries with lower prices. president obama supported the idea when he was a senator and now he says it will create safety risks. a man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for rape and murder is free after dna tests showed he was innocent. he was not a match to dna found at the 1981 crime scene. >> i'm happy that i'm a free man
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and i'm going home. >> he knew that he was going to go because he kept telling them that he was innocent and he didn't have anything to do with it and he knew eventually something would come down and he got a blessing and he knew he didn't do it. >> a judge is expected to exonerate gates and then he could be entitled for up to $50,000 for every year that he was in prison. president obama, we learned, has written a personal letter to kim jong-il. a senior u.s. official confirms the letter was returned last week and no details on what the letter said but described to get north korea back to the table on nuclear disarmorment. 13 people have a new lease on life after the largest ever kidney swap in the u.s. many of these patients who needed a transplant had someone who was willing to donate, but they weren't a match. doctors at two d.c. hospitals created a 26-person chain to make sure everyone got a kidney.
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>> you looked at the end of your life and somebody opened the door to say, no, it's not the end yet. >> the transplants took six days to complete. well, we are going to get new details today about that northwest flight that went more than 100 miles past its destination. the ntsb will release 400 pages of interviews with pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers. you may remember the pilots flew past their stop in minneapolis and out of contact for over an hour. today's report is not expected to draw any conclusions. what a star-studded cast last night on our sister network cnn larry king welcomed the cast of the movie "nine" and he talked with penelope cruz just hours after she was nominated. >> you like doing love scenes, penelope? >> what? >> you like doing love scenes? >> no. >> no?
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>> it's always a very strange thing. i, i -- we had the best director and i was in the best possible company but it's always something strange, right? >> we had to laugh. >> you have to bring humor to those situations. >> "nine" got five golden globe nominations overall. all righty. well, depending on where you are, it's not so much snow or rain as much as wind that might be the big problem for you today. is that good assessment, bobby? >> wind coming in and really ahead of that arctic air mass sitting over the arctic plains and now barreling over towards the east and dropping your temperatures down pretty quickly, too. new york towards boston and d.c., philadelphia and 15 to 20 degrees cooler than yesterday and the cold air is still
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hanging out across the upper midwest and parts of the great lakes. current temperature readings right now and here's the way it goes. seven degrees when you get in towards chicago and seven towards milwaukee and 2 currently in green bay and 1 in fargo and minus 3 in bismarck, but warmer for you in billings, montana. 44 degrees the current temperature and 43 in denver. warmer air trying to get back in. what about yesterday? look at some of these records around montana. simpson montana, not wind chill, actual temperature, minus 37 degrees fahrenheit. valentine looking at minus 27. even bryce canyon in utah, below the freezing mark at minus 11. still getting over the great lakes and getting lake-effect snow for central and parts of michigan, too. heavy rain over lower parts of texas and just on the outskirts of town and all moving up towards the north and east and get the rain developing, once
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again, today. more rain for you, houston, new orleans, back in towards mobile, alabama, too. corpus christi radar picture, things on the heavy side when it comes to rain between you and brownsville and that will develop into a low pressure region to move into areas like new orleans. if you're traveling in or out, finally drying out and catching sunshine. people walking around here with rickets. we haven't seen the sun since really thursday. we're getting some today, but short lived. more rain today and lasting through friday. something to watch. pacific northwest want to give you a heads up on the winter storm plaguing the region. heavy rain and snow still out there this morning and showing signs of weakening just a bit and light rain still across the coast and oregon, too. seattle light rain showers off and on and snow in the higher elevations and that is moving in towards the northern part of the rockies. more on that coming up in just a little bit. >> skiers are happy. >> plenty of snow throughout. just the other day utah got 50 to 51 inches of snow.
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yeah, pretty nice so far for the end of fall. >> hey, bobby, thank you. big day for the federal reserve. the central bank wraps up its final policy meeting of the year and picks up a pretty high honor and susan lisovicz at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning. we have a positive open as investors react to a positive report. new home construction grew by 9% last month rsh according to the latest report. the government says all areas of the country are showing strength and building permts, a good indication and also grew by a better than expected 6%. the fed is expected to hold its key interest rate of 0 to 25% to where it has been at a year. when the fed might start raising rates and some analysts saying it won't be until 2011. the spotlight will be on what the fed has to say and also the
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man himself who helms the fed. "time" magazine calls its person of the year for 2009 the most powerful nerd on the planet. ben bernanke, chairman of the federal reserve. his creative leadership helped ensure 2009 was a period of weak recovery rather than catastrophic depression. "time" magazine is a corporate cousin of hln and that did not enable us to get a leak on whom the man of the year, person of the year was going to be. >> if you're going to be the nerd, you might as well be the most powerful one on the planet. >> i think so. >> susan, good tasee you today. >> likewise. amazing video that we want to show you here. the coast guard flies in to save a man who has been out at sea for more than a week.
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this is a disturbing statistic, one in five college women will be raped or experience an attempted rape before they graduate. that's in a new study funded by the department of justice that found less than 5% of victims will report these crimes. a nine-month investigation for the center of public integrity find they file victims with off the record negotiations. owners rushed to save 13 horses trapped inside this blazing barn. this was in pennsylvania. they were able to get all the horses out of the barn except for one. so a firefighter had to go in after her. >> she was standing there and the door was open for her to come out, but she didn't want to move on her own and basically i
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went in and threw a neck rope on her and got her to safety. >> all the horses did survive, thankfully. investigators are still trying to figure out why the fire started in the first place. hey, if you don't use your old gadgets any more, use them to get cash. hln money expert clark howard tells you how to do that. >> do you have some electronics just gathering dusts in closets in your home. you might have old cell phones and old electronic gizmos that are no longer useful in your life and you can't throw them in a landfill and what if you can turn those old things into some cash? well, that's the promise of a website that you can go to called gazelle.com. when you go there, they'll tell you based on what you have, what kind of electronics if they want it and how much money it's worth to them. some of the stuff you have is not going to be of any value to
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them and other things will be. but the neat thing is many times you'll have stuff that they'll take off your hands without charging you a recycling fee and, plus, there are retail nourz cooperating with this, costco wholesale, walmart and the most recent addition, sears. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to control your spending and maybe make some dough, check me out at cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark's going to teach you how to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. you can catch him at noon eastern on saturday and sunday right here on hln. would you like a free wi-fi with that big mac? you will get wireless internet access on the house at most of its 14,000 u.s. locations. this is thanks to a new deal with at&t. the fast food giant has offered wi-fi for years but charged a fee. take a look at this video of the coast guard rescuing an
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80-year-old man. this is in the gulf of mexico. he'd been out at sea for ten days in a sail boat when he called for help. the coast guard sent a helicopter and a plane and they were finally able to locate hem about 115 miles south of port arthur. we do not have word on that man's condition, at least we know he's in good hands now. we know tiger woods isn't talking to the media about his sex scandal, but, apparently, he's not talking to his celebrity fans either. hear the message charles barkley has for his buddy.
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the obama administration is promising that no guantanamo detainees will stay in the country. detainees will not get immigration rights if they're acquitted or complete a prison sentence and if they can't go home the u.s. will ask another country to accept them. the republicans say the administration can't make those promises because u.s. courts could intervene. listen to this, a book checked out of a public library back in 1910 has been returned finally.
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a man returned the book about the u.s. government that was borrowed by his late mother, a polish immigrant that was given that book before her citizen's test. >> it was calculated that if i had to pay the fine, it would come out to $384.04, if i paid a penny a day at the time. >> the nearly 100-year-old book has government facts such as the speaker of the house makes $8,000 a year plus mileage. >> i didn't know that they would refund mileage on a horse. were they driving automobiles in 1910? i mean, everybody? >> let's get serious here for a second, the man who secretly videotaped espn reporter erin andrews is going to prison, but she faced him yesterday, which had to be really difficult. >> she said it was very, very difficult but she wanted to bring awareness about her situation that other women might be experiencing and a federal
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prosecutor says that this guy has done this to other women other than andrews. michael david barrett insurance executive from illinois did plead guilty to interstate stalking reportedly agreed to a plea deal of 27 months behind bars for secretly taping andrews in the news. andrews asked the judge for a harsher sentence and the judge will decide on his sentence on february 22nd. she said facing her stalker was difficult. we'll hear from her at the top of the hour. tiger woods changed his cell phone number and will not talk to some of his famous friends, that according to nba analyst charles barkley. talked about it with our own robin meade for an hln special. he said he's worried about tiger and when you have these "fires in your life" you have to talk to someone who is famous and has been through it and you can catch the entire discussion on tiger and other celebrity news
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right here on hln this sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern. in other news, two missouri women basketball players and a male cheerleader have been suspended because they were fighting with each other. amanda hanneman both arrested on third degree assault. her mom says they were trying to save a girlfriend who the male cheerleader attacked at a party. can't we all just get along? pittsburgh steelers hines ward did make a nice gesture. he donated gps systems to zone five officers. three officers were killed in april and he hosted a fund-raiser to raise money for that family. he was voted the nfl's dirtiest player by the other players, but, off the field, one of the nicer guys you'll meet. that's the paradox of the dichotomy. >> he's getting redeemed from that today. thank you so much, rafer.
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bob van dillen is looking out for you in the airports, if you're looking out the window thinking, will i ever get off the ground? bobby? >> the only thing that will slow you down across the major hubs. new york city, boston, philadelphia, the wind. let me show you live new york city metro picture and the wind is starting to pick up a touch and gusting to 30 to 35 miles per hour today. feel like the low 20s to the teens for the entire time for that wind chill. boston, new york city metros and first an hour delay and then philadelphia an hour delay with winds about 30 miles per hour and boston 40 mi-mile-per-hour winds and san francisco a current delay. more on that in just a bit, christi. >> all right, bobby, thank you. you hear that music and you know it's time to take a look at today's headlines across the country in the morning papers. start from "usa today" thieves like your gadgets, people.
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thefs of video games, computers and cell phones have skyrocketed. hang on tight to that stuff. this morning's "l.a. times" report an increase on asian americans signing up, the reason for the spike, the need for jobs, college tuition and citizenship. from "the new york times" a lot of you die hard rock 'n' roll fans are secretly tuning into the soft stuff, admit it. new radio listening show lots of men who will not fess up listen to celine dionand more classical fans are tuning in to something else. well, we will not learn until next year if director roman polansky will be extradited to the united states. still studying the u.s. request to bring him back to face charges. he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. he was released from a swiss jail and put under house arrest
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earlier this month. are you packing this morning to get to your family for the holidays. some people may be stranded here. a possible airline strike could ground travel plans, at least for some of you. stay close.
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