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well, good morning, sleeping eyes on a friday. a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. i'm robin meade. there are new reports that michael jabs was taking as many as 40 prescription pills a day as one point. now police are saying they haven't ruled tout possibility that his death was a crime. aig apparently did not get the memo when it comes to bonuses. they're asking if they can hand out millions more to their execs. i'm not joking. demand is off the radar for a new airline that lets fido fly in style.
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good stories today. michael jackson's death might turn into a criminal case. l.a. police say that cannot rule out the possibility of criminal charges. they subpoenaed doctors who treated jackson over the years and are looking into his history of drug use. they need more before they know if they're dealing with a homicide or an accidental overdose. well, the inquiry into the death of mr. jackson is continued. we will still await corroboration from the coroner's death that's going to be very dee peb dent on the toxicology reports that are due to come back, and based on those we'll have an idea what it is we're dealing with. >> meanwhile there are new claims that morning that jackson may have taken more than ten xanax pills a day, but that's just part of what we're learning from a police report in 2004.
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and correspondent richard lui has more on how he got his hands on the drugs in about ten minutes. >> swine flu may come back with a vengeance in the fall. that's the word from the secretary of health and human services. kathleen sebelius says a vaccine may be ready by september. she says the schools should plan for a worst case scenario that the virus returns in a more serious form. >> this is a serious virus capable of causing serious disease and even death. it's time to avoid complacency and deal with whatever the fall brings. >> the government is giving $350 million in preparedness grants to help the parks and hospitals and there's a website. you can find the link on our website, cnn.com/robin. in two hours we're expecting to see president obama and the
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g-8 make a $15 million promise to africa. now, the u.s. will donate about $3 billion to an initiative to teach farmers how to grow more food and do it safely. the president then visits ghana and is coming home. three simple letters that will get you angry. aig. even ben bernanke gets furious thinking about the role that company had in our financial crisis. so money expert jennifer westhoven has some news that aig is roughling feathers again. what now? >> they're planning to give more money to their top executives. four months ago when the story broke i could hear you screaming at the television. this is the same company that needed a $180 billion bailout after they basically attached a reckless hedge funded on a
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stable lz security. by the way they don't need it. they're asking for that blessing because they want some political cover. >> give me a break. >> i don't know that they're going to get it. last time they thought they were getting death threats and they were so upset about it. well, and you want to give bonuses out again. >> jennifer, thank you. >> pay it back. pay it back. >> thank you. a pennsylvania swim club is under discrimination for allegedly discriminating. the 65 k through 7th grards are part of a day camp. last month they heard racist comments and then they were asked to leave. >> why these black kids here.
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then they said, oh, i'm afraid they might do something to my children. they might try to steal stuff from my children or con something. i was amazed they would say something like this. we're just like you, just like your kids. >> you know, marcus, i see tears coming down your face. why does this make you cry. >> because it's kind of like sad that people are still thinking like this. i thought this was over. >> he makes such a good point. >> the club says it has a diverse multi-membership a. it was said they change the complex and atmosphere at the pool. incredible. starting today some california banks will be saying no to the state's ious. california started handing them out for things like tax refunds and building projects.
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well, lawmakers wanted time to balance the budget. but banks like wells fargo and bank of america say it's long enough. a trip to the toll boogtd almost put an ohio man into the doghouse for life. >> i started to put the change in my hand and put it into the basket and as i threw it the ring flew off. want you to look at the way his wife is looking at him. he's talking about his wedding ring. he reported it missing at the booth. a few hours later the workers called to say they found his ring. he lost it one time before when it fell off in the snow. >> i lost mine twice. once i was playing with snowballs with my son in the street, found it on the street. >> same thing, another snow incident. >> the other time was at a
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hilton head on the beach. my wife does one of these with ! the blanket. i didn't know. when we were driving back i found it. >> seriously i'm glad you found it. i see some women take their jewelry off to wash their hand. never, ever take your jewelry off to watch your hand. not at the restaurant. come on. it can be dirty. >> it's not work it. >> it's not worth this. it's not worth this. this is what it looks like across the region. high pressure coming right across texas. that's sinking air. it's going to heat up for you markedly today. ahead of that, look at the cold front generating some showers and some thunderstorms. thunderstorms were going nuts about an hour ago. zoom on in. this is a severe thunderstorm warning. look at all the lightning popping up here. i did a little tally on that. 11 lightning strikes in the last hour. that's realtime lightning popping up there. that's about three lightning strikes every second for the last hour. that's just incredible. look at the thunderstorms
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getting in on parts of iowa. that's going to stretch in toward wisconsin. also chicago you're in line for stronger storms this afternoon. that's going to go awe all the way down to st. louis later in the day. thunderstorms near denver and eastern colorado later this afternoon. there's the heat. 100 to 105. there's the humidity, 110 to 114 around the coast. more rain for you. even though it's light, it's still out there for central florida. we'll get more on that coming up in a half hour. >> thank you very much. one of detroit's big three is ready to emerge from bankruptcy. but gm is not out of the woods yet.
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more now on our top story. new claims about how serious the drug problem is that jackson may have had. it's said that at one point jackson took more than 10 sedative pills a night.
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that sounds like an incredible amount. how would you get your hands on this stuff. >> jackson apparently asked employees to get sedatives under their names. that's according to a 2004 police document just released to cnn. it's said he also traveled to other states to get it. one guard was concerned about jackson taking ten or more pills a night but was told by his colleague that he was actually doing better because he was down from 30 to 40 pill as night. >> that's an incredible amount. this adds to the growing mountain of claims, tying jackson to prescription drugs in recent years. >> speaking which about claims, just this week his dermt a toll gist arnold klein that he had a drug habit but kicked it. jack wishnaw claims that he was
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so drugged up and so weak and thin he used a wheelchair to get around. his comeback shows were canceled because of his condition. >> used a wheelchair. >> those are the claims. >> those are the claimser good point. thank you. we heard one former employee claim that jackson took as many as 40 xanax pill as night that we were talking about, so a lot of people are wondering. physically how is that possible sth that's what richard is going to talk about in about 20 minutes. now let's move on to what we were moving on to. ashley wants to salute her fiancfee an fiancee. let us help you salute them. go to cnn.com/robin. the new gm is ready to stand
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on its own as soon as this morning. that's only 40 days after bankruptcy court. wow. does that mean that gm is healthy or is it a legal thing? >> well, it's kind of like getting off life support. you know, if you think about it like that, you're still not in great kb if you're coming off life support but you're doing a lot of better. gm is going to be out of massive debts and contracts that would have sunk it with all the mass in loans. there's a new board of directors. it's going to be up to them. a lot of pressure from ed whittaker, formerly from at&t. not a lot f o car experience. but he's charged with coming up with cars that people want to buy, want to drive, and start to have an image of efficiency and quality instead of what they've had before. gm is going to have a news conference in a little bit less than three hours. we're expecting to hear more about their strategy for the future. but, wow. out of bankruptcy court in just 40 days.
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that's just something. some say that's an accomplishment for the white house. you may be able to start saving on your prescription saskatoon. a new bill has passed the senate that may be good news if a bad economy for people struggling to buy their medicine. the plan, if it's passed, would mean you could order your prescription from lower cost canadian pharmacies. you can order them over the internet and have them shipped to you. that is a big los for the pharmaceutical industry. so far they've been able to block these kinds of sales, but, again, it has to pass through house senate talks before it's law. the president has to sign it. don't start ordering just yet. thanks, jen. friends and families gathered in nashville to remember former quarterback steve mcnair.
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it shows governor mark sanford o carved out time to spend time with his mistress back in 2008. south carolina commerce department recently released the eames. they also show he pushed for a busy work schedule soon. remember he admitted to having an affair after disappearing on a secret trip. in another development about
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60 people rallied to call for his resignation or removal. earlier this week the state republican committee voted to censure sanford but did not ask that he step down. in a new cnn opinion research poll 6 07 say a major part battle is likely. they may target her on race, gun rights, and abortion. some call her a mainstream judge. only 40% support her confirmati confirmation. the hearings start on monday. a 9-year-old helped save her friend from a suspected child molester. >> i feel very good about that too, that she's okay and that she wasn't stolen or anything. >> well, new for you in the next 30 minutes, how she outwitted the suspect. quite the story. you know, the threat of the next big one may be growing
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underneath california's major faults or one of them. scientists have said they've seen a spike in tremors at the san andres falls. that could lead to a quake. researchers studying the fault say it's impossible to know for sure. alaska's governor sarah palin's announcement last week saying she's leaving office has left people. >> people are very upset. she announced she's not going to complete the term, run for re-election and is stepping down and it's rocked people. it's affected people emotionally. you know what i mean? here. take a look at this. >> my team, my quarterback. >> that's exactly right. you know what sth still to
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come this morning, we hear from levi johnson. remember her former son-in-law to be. >> grandbaby daddy. >> there you go. about what she thinks -- why she decided to quit her job. we learned former nfl star steve mcnair taped a public service announcement on youth suicide prevention just three months before he was killed. larry smith has more. >> just when we think we've heard everything, you know. that 60-second spot will not air this fall. his funeral will be tomorrow morning in hat isburg, mississippi, after he was killed by his girlfriend sahel kazemi. tennessee governor was in attendance, three national tv stations showed it live. some said they'll remember mcnair for the positive impact he made and not for the circumstances of his deck.
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mcnair was a married father of four who had been dating kazemi. okay. have you ever played hide and seek from your boss? former dallas line backer told a tv station that's what his teammate did last year. hiding so his buddy ellis would get more playing time. he jokes now that he was trying not to get dee hydrated. yeah. kyle busch is still steaming bad at tony stewart and things he should have got about credit for last week's win after he nudged him into the wall. stewart is commenting that he called him to clear the air and both seem fine with what happened. this morning his name is sean ireland. he's turned it around and now is an iron man competitor biking cross-country from la to
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washington, d.c. truly a true champion. love that. >> that's amading. >> isn't that great? the crash that killed adventurer steve foster two years ago may have been brought on by strong winds. he ran into strong down-air currents of air. they found some of his personal belongings in the sierra mountains more than a year after he disappeared. senate negotiators are searching for new ways to pay for a health care overhaul. north dakota senator kent conrad says most people oppose paying for health care taxes. he says the proposal is unpopular because most people don't know how much their job-provided health benefits are even worth. a senator's former mistress got a really, really big
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paycheck, but who it's from may surprise you.
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california officials say michael jackson could be buried at neverland ranch as long as the county okays it. jackson's brother jermaine says he wants him buried there where he lived for more than two decades. his father joe has ruled it out. the pope will be working around the president's schedule when they have their first meeting together around 10:00 a.m. eastern. the vatican agreed to an unusual afternoon meeting in rome. the two are likely to talk about the g-8's $15 billion aid program for africa. gm has reached the end of bankruptcy, and later on this morning the company will talk about its plans to get you to buy cars again. gm will be a government-run
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automaker without all the debt that would have caused a total collapse without the federal health. roland burris has announced he will not run for a full term next year. burris was appointed by former illinois governor rod blagojevich. blagojevich was arrested for allegedly trying to sell that seat. those are some of the headlines we're following for you this morning. it's friday. i'm robin meade. welcome. you know, the investigation into michael jackson's death might turn into a criminal case. l.a. police say they cannot rule out criminal charges. meanwhile his father joe is speaking out for the first time. he tells abc's "nightline," he does not think his son's death with as accident. >> i just couldn't believe it. you know. i do believe it was foul play. i do believe that, yes. well, we also have new
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claims from some of michael jackson's former employees about his alleged drug use. they told police back in 2004 that jackson took more than 10 xanax pills a night and at one point used as many as 0 or 40 pills. correspondent richard lui, that sounds like an incredible amount. i don't know how it's humanly possible. >> let's talk about it. that's considered an extremely high dosage as you can possibly imagine here and getting to that point is quite rare, but it is possible to build a tolerance over time. and he said that xanax is very hard to quit as well. >> it's very highly addictive. that's determined by a couple of things. one thing is withdrawal is just awful. they can have tremors, seizures, shakes, sweats. it's a really, really awful process. that's really what dictates the addiction. >> it's an anti-anxiety med but it's commonly used to treat
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sleep disorders because it causes drowsiness. you might remember he had complained of severe boughts of imsome knee ya and begged for a powerful sedative called deprivan. >> this is back in 2004. the guards are leping paint a better picture of jackson's alleged ties to prescription drugs. we're also hearing about jackson's behavior. what do they say about that. >> well, robin, after his doctors' visit, they would say jackson would be out of it and se daded and according to a police department, the guard who gave them most of the information ended up quitting his job after he said jackson fell on his face in a hotel room and got hurt. now, that guard said he told jackson he was not comfortable getting prescriptions for him anymore, and so he left. >> richard, thank you. more on this story throughout the morning here. you know, three grave diggers and an office manager
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are charged with a horrifying scheme. police say they dug up graves and resold the plots. police have upped the number of graves to 300 now. they say the remains were dumped in the back of the cemetery and some were stacked on tom of each other. fivion people died in canton, michigan. a car crossed the train with seven people onboard. nobody was hurt on the train. obviously it shook them up. >> we had a horrific jolt and we saw smoke and we could smell fumes. we knew we had hit something. ke didn't know what. >> well, one of the people killed was only 14 years old. police want to know if the crossing gates worked propertierly. the ex-fiance of the
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governor is resigning. she's facing more than half a million dollars in legal fees. johnston's pursuing his own book and movie deal. he's working on fiction while honing on action skills. >> have you seen this kid interview before? it is horrendous. >> terrible. whether it's in a tv situation or -- >> he made me look like you. i'm just telling you. >> he was bad. >> he's an opportunist and horrendous at it. this is a mean line that developed right around the city. you zoom on in north of here. look at this now. all rolling over toward the east. lots of lightning the first part
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of the day. damaging winds too. then you go up the line a little bit farther. closer on in toward iowa. you see it here. going to stretch in toward northern illinois, northern wisconsin. everything terroristing over toward the east. it's on the nose of warmer weather. you can see chicago kind of in the line later this morning. same for milwaukee back toward green bay. i don't think it will be severe once it reaches you but the heavy rain will be out there. that rain goes on by. holds together and then later this afternoon a new round will spark right around that cold front. so you're not out of the woods as the stuff leaves this morning. south of there it's all heat. 100 to 105 to dallas. it's going to feel like 114 for you today. heated advisories. notice also it goes up to oklahoma city today. your temperatures there about 100 or so. down across florida, showers. some of it's on the light side.
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out west, not much of a problem unless you're traveling toward oregon. we did have severe weather toward the plains yesterday. south dakota southwest of sioux city. gusts. dropped a lot of hail. we'll see that repeated throughout the day. more in half an hour. a 9-year-old girl helped save her friend from a suspected child molester.
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you know, most people are expected a huge fight over supreme court justice nominee
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sonya sotomayor. 60% say a major partisan battle is likely. they may target race, gun rights, and abortion. some call her a main strooechl judge. only 47% support her nomination -- support her confirmation, i should say. hearings start on monday. five big mosques are closed. they were shut down in uighur. curfews are in effect. friday is a main day of worship for muslims. a 9-year-old outwitted a suspected child molester. she says a stranger grabbed her front on tuesday. police say the man pulled the 6-year-old girl into an alley and tried to fondle her. the 9-year-old girl said she
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needed her jump rope. >> i lied on purpose. i said i was going to put the jump ropes away so he wouldn't know. >> well, she ran for help instead. police caught the suspect. the girl said she's glad her friend wasn't hurt. you know that home prices are falling and our money expert jennifer westhoven has more. >> mortgage rates are coming down again because of the fare, but it could be great if you want to refinance. two weeks in a row now rates have fallen and freddie mac says the national average is now down to 5.2% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. it's the lowest in six weeks. think if you thought you missed
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your chance, keep your eyes peeled. yeah, look. they're still lower than they were in the spring but it's still not by much. these are still historic lows. are you ready? christmas in july? i am not o talking about a christmas in july sale. i'm talking about actual christmas decorations in july. here's -- look at this. >> oh, my gosh. >> yep. sears has already started. they've got an online christmas sale for the next two weeks. it's not just online. they've been putting ur merchandise in their stores. people haven't gone on vacation. >> i don't know e who would buy holiday decor in july. >> they're saying it's a recession. people might want a chance to use the lay away plan if things are expensive that they want. >> i buy that.
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>> 167 days till christmas. >> i'll buy the lay away plan but i don't want to see it. you're thinking margarita or something. >> it is tough enough to climb mt. kill mon jar yeo. blind hikers.
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others two. senate negotiators are searching for new ways to pay for health care overall. recent polls show most people oppose paying for health care changes with new taxes on employer-provided health benefits. now, he says the proposal is unpopular because most people don't know how much their job provided health benefits are worth even. the crash that killed adventurer steve foss set may have been caused by strong winds. his plane ran into strong down drafts.
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a hiker found some of his personal belongings more than a year after his disappearance. in 2005 fossett became the first to fly around the world without refueling. quarters of the hour, a lot of you probably getting ready for a getaway day friday. we'll find out if the getting is good. >> i hope you're going on vacation where it's cool. you've going to see cloudiness and fog. look at the rain coming in out of the west. here's o'hare, ord, midway's ndw. those are the planes trying to get in and out. an hour or so. chicago. that's probably going to be the focal point for severe weather later on. more thunderstorms for the afternoon. also around orlando and tampa, kansas city and st. louis, 30 minutes to an hour, charlotte, san francisco, morning fog delays. more weather in just a couple minutes. >> thafrp you.
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there was a rare tragedy today at the running of the bulls in spain and larry smith is here to tell us what happened. i think i can probably guess whaped but how rare is it? >> it's very rare. only 14 have died since 1924 but it's extremely dangerous. we kind of joke at the video but it's dangerous. this morning a man in hi 20s died of cardiac arrest after he was gored by a bull after taking part in the running of the bulls. what happens is the man fell just before the entrance to the stadium as the bull gored him in the neck. the video is the man in the striped shirt in the center of krur screen, the dark and white stripes. you can see it there. you kept see it actually happen but that's the amateur video. his identity is not yet known. a man dying in spain in the running of the bulls. this is a great story.
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hikers climb mt. kilimanjaro. eight of them are blind. they make the record of most making it to the top. they also broke the record of the youngest person to ever climb it. they did it with the help of guides along the way. they raised $100,000 along the way for blind children. love that. michael phelps has set a new world record. he seems to be getting back into it after the infamous marijuana bong photos. the 14-time olympic gold medalist shattered the market in 100-meter butterflies. >> that's the michael we know. >> mexico versus panama in soccer. the red card. they get mad. that'll happen. watch this. he takes matters into his own feet with the kick in the papts
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from the sidelines. >> he's a coach? >> he's a come. comes off the field, kicks the guy. as you might imagine, he was ejected. >> that's not allowed. >> you can't make this stuff up. >> and where he kicked him. >> exactly. a new study finds that child obesity rates have tripled since 1980. this week's cnn hero is on the front lines of this crisis? georgia. meet pamela green jackson. this is cnn news. >> my life is not that great. it's not easy to carry around this weight. i want to get healthy and fit. >> where did we go wrong in this country where p.e. is no longer a priority or children's health is no longer a priority.
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i decided to be the one to do it. my name is pamela green jackson and my a physical fitness and children's education program. my brother, bernard, died at age 43 at the weight of 427 pounds. he didn't have to die. i promised myself that i would do whatever i could to make sure that another child didn't suffer like he did. so what we've done is converted vacant classrooms and turned them into health clubs. this is a free program. we have personal trainers. we have dieticians that work with them. we allow each individual child to set their own goals. >> miss pamela is my hero, because she always help me to do things that i never thought i can do. we instill these habits in them
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early, then they will grow up and become healthier adults. that's really bwhat this is all about, saving the lives of children. >> you can find out more about pamela's work and nominate a cnn hero of your own. go to cnn.com/robyn. click on heroes. july is the last month to get your nominations in. >> you have seen him on talk shows, fashion runways and m&m's lap but what happened when bruno came face to face with a terrorist. >> your king osama looks like a dirty wizard or a homeless santa.
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>> good morning. it's friday. i feel better now that you have tuned in. here is what's going on. new reports that michael jackson was taking as many as 40 prescription pills a day at one point. now, police say they have not ruled out the possibility that his death was a crime. aig did not get the memo when it comes to public outrage over the bonuses. they are asking the government if they can hand out millions more. bonuses to their executives. who said that we are in a recession? demand is off the radar for a new airline that let's fido fly in style. first, the investigation
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into michael jackson's death might turn into a criminal case. l.a. police say they cannot rule out the possibility of criminal charges. they have subpoenaed doctors who treated jackson over the years and are looking into it's history of prescription drug use. they need more info before they know if they are dealing with a homicide or an accidental overdose. >> well, the inquiry into the death of mr. jackson is continuing. we will still await core roar brags from the coroner's office dependent on the toxicology report due to come back. based on those, we will have an idea of what it is we are dealing with. >> meanwhile, there are new claims that jackson may have been take mortgage than ten xanax pills a day. that's part of what we are learning from a police report from 2004. correspondent, richard lui, has
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more on how jackson got his hands on all those drugs. swine flu may come back with a vengeance in the fall. kathleen sa beelus announced that it should be ready by late october. they should plan that the vifr russ returns in a more dangerous form. >> this is a serious virus capable of causing serious disease and death. we have to avoid complacency and we must be prepared to deal with whatever the fall brings. >> the government is giving $350 million in preparedness grants. they created a website, flu.gov. you can link to that through our website. in an hour, we are expecting president obama and the g-8 to make a $15 billion promise to
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africa. it is the last order of benefits that the u.s. will donate $3 billion to farmers on how to do it more safely. aig, the fed chief says that he gets upset thinking about the role our company had in our crisis. why are they are rufflei ng feathers again. >> four months ago, you could hear people screaming at the tv over the last round of bonuses. this is the same company that needed $180 billion of your money, your taxpayer money so that it could survive and not take down the whole world
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economy. "the washington post" reports that aig doesn't have to ask for permission but it is asking for the white house's blessing to try and give it some political cover. aig told cnn what do you think? no comment. robyn, back to you. >> i don't think that will set well with people. talking about bonuses again. a pennsylvania swim club is under investigation for allegedly discriminating against a group of african-american and latino children. the 65 k through seventh graders are part of a day camp. the director says that last month the children heard some club members make racist comments and then asked to leave. one of the kids talked about susan candiotti of our sister network, cnn. >> it was like, oh, wow, these black kids here. then, they was saying, i'm afraid they might do something to my children. at the might try to steal some of my stuff and harm my
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children. i am amazed that they would think something like this. we are just like your kids. >> reporter: you know, marcus, i see tears coming down your face. why does this make you cry? >> because it is kind of like sad that like people are still thinking like this. i felt like these days were over. >> it's heartbreaking to see what that little boy went through. the club says it has a diverse, multi ethnic membership and deplores discrimination. it's president claims that several club members complained because the children changed the complexion and atmosphere at the pool. starting today, some california banks will be saying, no to the state's ious. banks like wells fargo and bank of america says it has been long
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enough. the state says it will pay interest and redeem by october 2nd. a trip through the toll booth almost put an ohio man in the dog booth for life. >> i put my hand in my hand and started to throw it to the toll booth. as i threw it, the ring flew off. >> he is talking about his wedding ring. he reported it missing and two hours later, a work certificate said they found it. the ring has been resized now. funny but bob claims the same thing happened to him in the snow. >> the snow makes your fingers con dense. they make them smaller. so it gets a little loose. just like me, eat and you will get fat around your ring and it won't move. >> bob likes to eat pizzas on thursday night so he comes in with sodium. >> that's what you do in the suburbs on thursday night. showers and thunderstorms heavy at times when you come in towards iowa. here is your cold front.
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that will be the focal front for severe weather later this afternoon. so far, we are watching a low level jetstream pushing warm air and humidity up from the south. big area thunderstorms right around kansas city driving in towards i-70. one severe thunderstorm warning. just to the east of kansas city. a lot of lightning coming out of this one. when i first got here at 4:00 in the morning, we saw lightning strikes at about 11,000 per hour. that's about three strikes every second. that's all moving over toward the east. the lightning is still out there, not as rough as it was a couple hours ago. thunderstorms around central parts of iowa. decent rain stretching in towards you headed towards chicago. watch for delays at the airport because of that. slight chance for severe thunderstorms right in the area i put in red. rocky mountains, watch for thunderstorms to develop around denver and parts of eastern colorado. the heat is back. 100 to 105, add the relative humidity. it will feel like 110 to 114 for
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areas around the coast. corpus christi and houston, extremely hot. wichita falls 109. abilene, 106. austin, 104. mcallen, 104. we have rain across florida. it is out there. we will get more in half an hour. >> thank you, mr. suburb man. one of detroit's big three is getting ready to emerge from bankruptcy. but gm isn't out of the woods yet. ñ
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more on our top story today. there are new claims about just how serious a drug problem michael jackson may have had. some of his former employees say that at one point, jackson took more than ten sedative pills a night, ten. richard lui, do we know how he may have got his hands on that many prescriptions?
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>> jackson apparently asked some employees to get the prescription sedative xanax under their names. that is according to a 2004 police document just released. it says that jackson also traveled to doctor's offices in other states to get the drug himself. this document contains interviews with two of his former security guards as well. one guard saying he was concerned about jackson taking ten or more pills a night but was told by his colleague that jackson was doing better because he was down from 30 to 40 pills a night. >> i don't know how you would surprise 30 or 40 pills a night, whatever they are. this adds to a growing amount of claims that ties to prescription drug use in recent years. >> just this week, jackson's dermatologist, dr. arnold clienteling cnn he had a drug addition at one point but he had kicked it. we are hearing from a person who worked with him in las vegas in 2006.
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he claims that jackson would appear drugged up, incoherent and was often so weak and thin that he would use a wheelchair to get around. his biggest comeback. those shows were canceled because of his condition. >> richard, thank you. coming up, richard will talk more about what this 2004 report says. appreciate it. we always pause and sol lute our troops. ashley wants to salute her fiancee, sergeant taylor. he just reenlisted for six years after having served six years. she says she is proud of him and loves him very much. do you have somebody in the service? it is always our had been or to help you salute them? go to cnn.com/robyn. so the new gm is poised to stand on its own as soon as this morning, after only 40 days in bankruptcy court. money expert, jennifer westhoven is here. does it mean that gm is healthy,
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that bad? >> not necessarily, because they are coming out into a really tough market. the new gm, a lot stronger than it was before. it is leaving behind massive debts, contracts that could have sunk the company. it's survival hinges on the new board which was put into the new government. it has a new chief, formerly the head of at&t. it is going to have to produce vehicles that americans want to buy and it has to turn around its image of efficiency and quality. gm, we are going to hear more from that company in the detroit news conference coming up in less than two hours. a new bill passed the senate that may help you save money on your medicine. that could be good news in a bad economy when so many people are struggling. under this bill, if it passes, you would be able to order medicine on line from canadian pharmacies. they charge a lot less for some of the same drugs. this is a big loss to the pharmaceutical industry. it had, so far, worked to block these kind of sales.
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again, not legal yet. still has to get through the house senate and be signed by the president. this is an internet sensation and what a new way to get customer service. a musician was getting on his flight. people were boarding. somebody on the plane yelled, hey, the baggage handlers are throwing guitars out there. when he opened his guitar up later on, the guitar was broken. after months of being on the phone with united, they said they would not do anything to help him. so he said, i'm writing a song about it. ♪ ♪ you broke my favorite guitar, united ♪ >> more than a million people have looked at this little song that he has put up on youtube in the past few days. united, how can you fight it? they say, the song struck a cord and they are working with him to make it right. >> he is strumming the broken one. did you see the broken neck on
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that thing. >> great little clip. that's awesome. >> i hope you have better luck today if you are traveling. maybe you will want to bring the bags on the plane with you. if you are traveling out, so far, so goochltd rain is headed to chicago's metro. talking about o'hare and midway. this is what it looks like. the yellow stuff around parts of wisconsin and illinois, heavy rain. that's going to move on in. that will certainly slow you down for the first part of the day. here is what we have. chicago, both of you looking at one-hour delays starting up shortly. more delays with thunderstorms and light rain around orlando, cam pa, kansas city and st. louis. morning fog. more in the next half hour. friends and family gathered in nashville to remember former nfl quarterback, steve mcnair. now, we are hearing one of his final messages that has been put on the shelf because of his death.
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south carolina mark sanford carved out time to spend time with his mistress in 2008 during a tax-funded trip. he push ford a busy business schedule. last month he admitted to having an affair after disappearing on a secret trip.
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in another development on that story, about 60 people rallied outside south carolina state house to call for his resignation or removal. earlier this week, the state republican executive committee voted to sen sure him but not demand he will step down. most are expecting a huge fight over supreme court sotomayor. democrats may defend her calling her a mainstream judge. only 47% support her confirmation. hearings start on monday. bernie madoff will not appeal his 150-year sentence for fraud. the 71-year-old's lawyer wouldn't say why he made that decision. last week, madoff was sentenced after admitting that he got billions of dollars from thousands of investors in a global ponzi scheme. a court-appointed trustee says
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that more than 15,000 claims have been filed against madoff by july 2nd. alaska governor, sarah palin's announcement last week that she is leaving office is still sending shock waves around the country. david letterman point out. even the sports world is feeling their effects. >> people are upset. she announced she is not going to complete the term and run for election. it has really rocked people that you wouldn't expect. it has affected people emotionally. you don't think that it has been -- take a look at this. >> my team, my quarterback. >> exactly right. >> david letterman just loves that story. we have learned that former nfl star, steve mcnair, had taped a public service announcement about youth suicide prevention three months before he was killed. now, what happens to that psa? >> they are not going to air it
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now. the 60-second piece is going to run this fall. it is shelved, done. the funeral for the 36-year-old former nfl most valuable player will be tomorrow morning in mississippi after he was killed by his girlfriend, sahel kazemi. former teammates and coaches join family and government officials at a church memorial last night. tennessee governor was in attendance. three tv stations remember it live. some remember him for the positive impact he made on the community. mcnair was a married father of four who had been dating kazemi. have you ever played hide-and-seek from your boss? former dallas cowboy's linebacker, derrick ellis told us that's what demarcus ware did, hiding from coaches so his buddy would get more playing time. he was joking that he was trying not to get dehydrated. >> kyle busch is still steaming
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mad at tony stewart and thinks he shouldn't have gotten credit for last week's win after he nudged bush into the wall on the final lap. he has already called busch to clear the air. both seem fine with what happened. >> friday, we spotlight our champion. his name is chad ireland. he was diagnosed with kidney disease as a child and attempted suicide. he is now an ironman competitor biking across country from l.a. to washington to educate people about kidney disease while undergoing five-hour dialysis treatments every other day. >> he really packs it all in there timewise. a senator's former mistress got a really, really big paycheck. who that paycheck is from, though, may surprise you. i will just call it a check. i don't know about paycheck, but check.
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[ music ] >> welcome to comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson, and my guest this hour is christine bergmark who is the executive director of the southern maryland agricultural development commission. welcome, christine, it's good to have you here. >> thank you for having me. >> that's a big mouthful, and i know that you're working on an extremely exciting program, bi-local challenge. >> it is an initial that we launched two years ago, and essentially what it is is the last full week of july we ask everyone across the state of maryland and beyond to take a pledge, and the pledge is eat something or drink from a farm every day during that week.
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>> oh. so where do we get the information about where to find the farms or how do we sign up for this pledge? >> well, there's a website. it's www.by-local-challenge.com that website will give you all sorts of information why to buy local and where to buy local and it connects you to other statewide initiatives that are going on at the same time. if you go to the website, we've added a count. people used to say, where do i sign up? normally you have to go buy, eat something from a local farm. this year we decided to add a counter to the website. when you are' counted, you can receive a certificate with your name on it that you can put up in your office or your home or wherever. >> which is very, very important. it's reduces your carbon foot print because you're driving
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hopefully a shorter distance, you have access to local products that are available, and also it helps the farmers. >> well, and in fact, our theme this year is healthy plate, healthy planet. all kinds of benefits to buying local, benefits for you, healthy, nutrition, it's fresh, and preserving our farms survive, we keep clean water, we keep clean air, we reduce the carbon footprints from things traveling 1500 miles, and it tastes good. >> exactly. now for those people who may not cook, how can they be a part of this? >> yeah, sometimes people say, well, i hate to cook. that's okay. you can go to a store or to a restaurant that features local farm products, and there are more and more restaurants every year, some of them are on our website, and you can click throughout to find out who they are,. >> what kind of items can we
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acquire localfully. >> during the last week of july, there is so much product available. there's sweet corn, blackberries, all kinds of tomatoes and melons are in season, and of course, there's always wine, cheese, eggs, meatss. >> so we do have a wide variety of things we can get. say that i go and i go to a local farmer's market and purchase something, what is a vegetable that i'm not quite familiar with, how did i find a recipe. >> excellent question. there are recipes on our website. people can post their own recipes of their own events and own blogs by why they buy local. some of the things i wanted to mention is the economic benefits. we talked about the planet, we talked about the fact that it tastes good, and it's fun, but
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there's also the benefit of supporting our farms, and if every household in the state mucofmaryland were to buy just 2 worth of products for 8 weeks, basically the summer season that, would put $200 million straight back into the pockets of our farmers. that would do a lot to keep our farmers thriving. >> which is so important. i know we have less than 30 seconds, but you have some partners that you wouldn't typically think of who have now joined in. >> yes. hospitals are joining in this year. fact, they're looking to do a competition to see how many people they can get involved. >> have you exciting. christine, thank you very much for coming in today. >> thank you. >> my guest today has been christine bergmark with the southern agricultural commission. if you're interested in what comcast is doing in your area, go to on demand and click get local. for comcast local edition, i'm
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donna richardson. [ music ]
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california officials say that michael jackson could be buried at neverland ranch as long as the county okays it. jackson's brother, jermaine, says he wants him buried at the ranch where he lived for nearly two decades. santa barbara officials say the county has not approached them for permission. the pope will be working around the president's schedule when they have their first meeting at 10:00 a.m. the vatican agreed to an unusual meeting in rome. they are likely to talk about the program for africa. gm will talk about the plan
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to get you to buy cuts they will be a government-run automaker without all the debt that would have caused a total collapse. roland burris is expected to announce he will not run for a full term next year. he was appointed by former illinois governor, rod blagojevich. blago was arrested for trying to sell that seat. those are some of our headlines on, it is friday, hope that is a spoon full of sugar to make the medicine go down. 31 minutes past the hour. i'm robyn mete immediate. > . michael jackson's father, joe, is speaking out for the first time since his son's memorial. he told abc's night line that he feels certain that his son's death was not suicide. >> i just couldn't believe what was happening to michael because i just couldn't believe it, you know. i do believe there was foul play.
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i do believe that, yes. >> we also have new claims from some of michael jackson's former employees about his alleged drug use. now, they told police back in 2004 that jackson took more than ten xanax pills a night. at one point, used as many as 30 or 40 pills. 30 or 40 pills. correspondent, richard lui, that sounds like a humongous amount. i don't now how that is possible. >> that is an extremely high dosage. getting to that point is quite well. it is possible to build a tolerance over times according to cnn chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. he says xanax is very hard to quit as well. >> it is very addictive. the withdrawal is awful. people can have tremors, seizures, the shakes, sweats. it is a really, really awful process. that's what usually dictates addiction.
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>> xanax is an anti-anxiety medication commonly used to treat sleep problems. we might remember a nurse who had work with jackson said last month he had claimed of severe bouts of insomnia. we found that 40 million people in the u.s. suffer from chronic sleep disorders. not all that unique within itself. >> sure. a lot of people can't sleep for sure, an extreme amount too. the guards end viewed by those police in the 2004 report are helping to paint a better picture of his alleged ties to prescription drugs. what do they say? >> robyn, this is what we are hearing. after his doctor's visits, one employee has said jackson would be, quote, out of it and sedated. one guard said he ended up quitting his job after jackson fell on his face and got hurt. that guard saying he told jackson he was not comfortable getting prescriptions for him anymore. so he left. there is also the other side too. robyn, jackson's concert
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promoter telling cnn that he looked healthy and vibrant at his last rehearsal. >> we all saw pictures. three grave digers and an office manager are charged in a horrifying scheme at a chicago area cemetery. police say they dug up graves at historic burr oak cemetery and resold the plots. police have upped the number of graves to 300 now. they say the remains were dumped in the back of the cemetery. some were stacked on top of each other. five young people died when their car collided with the train. police in canton, michigan, say the car crossed in front of an amtrak train with more than 170 on board. the trash didn't hurt anyone on the train. it did shake them up, though. >> we had a horrific jolt, horrific jolt. we saw smoke and we could smell fumes. we knew we had hit something. we just didn't know what. >> one of the people killed was
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only 14. police want to know if the crossing gates were working properly. the ex fiancee of alaska governor sarah palin's daughter says she is resigning because of money. levi johnson says, anyway, that palin talked about how nice it would be to take book and tv offers. she is facing more than half a million dollars in legal fees. johnston is pursuing his own book and movie deal. johnston is working on fiction honing his acting skills. >> i thought he said he wasn't allowed in the palin house and now he is overhearing what sarah palin had to say. >> you have a point. before, we were talking about, if you have ever seen levi johnston on tv -- >> the personality of a wooden, cigar store indian. you know.
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he is opportunist. we should call him out right now. this is brought to you by fiber one cereal. here is what it looks like again. big area of low pressure along the northern plain states. cold front jacking down behind that. south of that frontal boundary, high prish yur dominating over the upper levels sinking air. it compresses and heats up. noer day filled with temperatures above 100 degrees for areas like dallas, through houston, san antonio, oklahoma city. thunderstorms are developing on the nose of some warmer air trying to lift up out of the south. you see some big thunderstorm lines moving away from kansas city down i-70 providing a lot of lightning for you. a definite wakeup call. everything drifting over to the east at 40 miles per hour. it is going to affect areas around st. louis. thunderstorms coming out of iowa stretching on in towards northern parts of illinois and wisconsin. chicago, you are in line for rain this morning. that will give you an airport delay at midway and o'hare.
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severe weather develops from ruffle the same area later this afternoon. here is your temperature readings for the day. 100 to 105 when you get to texas and oklahoma city. add humidity around houston, it will feel like 114. if you are traveling up to the northeast, how about new york city, let me show you the camera right there. they broke a record low of 55 degrees. manhattan, a cool 61. it is not hot everywhere. in fact, seattle even broke a low yesterday at 53. there is the citi corp building basking in sunshine. only 78, the high in nyc. gorgeous. >> levi johnston said he overheard that stuff back when he was with them in december. my, how things have changed. a 9-year-old girl helped save her friend from a suspected child molester. you are going to hear how a
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little girl outwitted a grown man.
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♪ good wakeup music today. 40 minutes past the hour. most people are expecting a huge fight over supreme court justice nominee sonya sotomayor. 60% say a major partisan battle is likely. republicans may target her record on race, gun rights and abortion. democrats may defend her calling
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her a mainstream judge. only 47% support her confirmation. hearings start on monday. a 9-year-old girl outwitted a suspected child molestster. a stranger grabbed her friend on tuesday. police in bakersville, california say the man pulled the 6-year-old girl into the alley and tried to fondle her. the 9-year-old girl says she needs to get her jump rope. listen to her explain it. >> i lied on purpose. i said that i was going to go and put the jump ropes away so he wouldn't know. >> well, he ran for help -- she ran for help instead and police caught the suspect. the girl said she was glad her friend wasn't hurt. so we know home prices are falling. money expert, jennifer westhoven is with us now.
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buying a home is getting cheaper, not just because of the prices but because of the rates as well. they are coming down a little bit. a lot of people think that the housing market is going to pick up when people who can't afford it, who can qualify tend to get off their did you have and jump back in. a good rate would do that. exactly. they wanted to give something that is a jumping off point. we have two weeks in a row now where rates have come down. we are at our lowest levels in six weeks. freddie mac says the national average is now down to 5.2%. we are always talking about six year mortgages these days. they are still higher than they were back in the spring. they have come down. we are at veneer historic lows here. are you ready for christmas music? it's july. are you kidding me. i wish i was kidding. sears is hoping that you are ready for christmas. they have already got a
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christmas sale online complete with the cute music and everything. >> on line is one thing. >> at their stores, they are putting up the holiday emergency. if you go into a sears, you are going to see the stuff out there. they say, look, christmas is a time when people like to spend big. because it's a holiday, a recession, you might want to use their layaway plan. you can start laying away and saving now. >> in the stores, isn't it kind of decor stuff? that's what i got the impression it was. >> i think it's a shocker you are going to go in and see the stockings. in your flip-flops and your shorts and chewing your gum. >> it is almost like that jimmy buffett song, doesn't he have a song like christmas in hawaii or something? >> all right. thanks. i guess somebody must be willing to buy it. it is tough enough to climb mount killimanjaro. eight mind hike kerrs made it to the top, breaking not just one
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good morning. quarter to the hour.
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senate negotiators are searching for new ways to pay for health recall. most people oppose paying for health care changes with new taxes on employer-provided health benefits. the proposal is unpopular because most people don't know how much their job-provided health benefits are worth. five big mosques in china are closed. the mosques were shut down in uighur where those violent protests have been going on. the government has basically shut down the region. armed troops are on the streets and curfews are in effect. friday is the main day of worship for muslims. where are you going today? getaway day friday in july. i bet you are taking a little tiny vacation. is the getting good, boss? >> so far, pretty good. we have one minor delay. it is just because of the low clouds, reporting a few clouds
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at 1,100 feet. we shift our attention to chicago. notice the heavy shield of rain moving in from your west. o here is what we are calling for, an hour or more around chicago and more thunderstorms for this afternoon. off and on today, anticipate delays around chicago. the rest of the cities ought to be a little shorter. orlando, tampa, kansas city, st. louis, charlotte, san francisco, morning fog. full details in 20 minutes. there was a rare tragedy today with the bulls of spain. larry is here to tell us what happened. >> it is extremely dangerous, robyn. we joke about the video and how crazy it looks. this morning, a man in his 20th died of cardiac arrest avenue was gored by a bull. what happened just as the man fell just before the ep trance to the stadium, they go from the corral to the stadium for the bull fights, a bull gored the man in the neck. he is the first death in the
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annual spectacle in years. the guy in the striped shirt, he is the victim right there, the dark-colored with the white colored stripes being gored in the neck. officials say the man was on vacation with his parents and his girlfriend. >> this is a great story. a group of 25 hike kers climbed mount killimanjaro. eight of them are blind. the world record for the most blind people to make it to the top and the youngest ever to climb the mountain. 13-year-old max ashton. they raised $100,000 for the foundation of blind children. michael phelps has set a world record. he seems to be getting back into it after the infamous bong photos. he shattered the 100 meter butterfly record. mexico and panama in soccer. things getting testy. that will happen.
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then, this happened. watch the left side of your screen as the man is running towards you. the player, that is a foot from the coach of mexico's mexico jose agire with a kick in the pants from a player from panama. >> i don't blame him from saying, what are you doing? >> as you can imagine, he was ejected from the game. the coach was, not the player. >> you want to help your players but not like that. a new study finds that childhood obesity rates in the u.s. have tripled since the 1980s. this week's cnn hero is on the front lines of that crisis in georgia. battling to keep children from early graves. meet pamela green jackson.
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life is not that great. it is not easy to carry around this weight. i wanted to get healthy and fit. >> where did we go wrong as as country where p.e. in schools is no longer a priority or children's health is no longer a priority? something had to be done and i just decided to be the one to do it. >> my name is pamela green jackson and my organization is a physical fitness and nutrition education program for elementary and middle school youth in my community. my brother, bernard, died at age 43 at a weight of 427 pounds. he didn't have to die, so i promised myself that i would do whatever i could to make sure that another child didn't suffer like he did. >> got about another ten seconds. >> so we've converted vacant classrooms and turned them into health clubs. this is a free program. we have personal trainers, dietitians that work with them. we allow each individual child to set their own goals.
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>> she is my here owe, because she helps me do things i never thought i could do. >> we instill these habits early, they will grow up and become healthy adults. that's what this is about, saving the lives of children. >> you can find out more about pamela's work and nominate a cnn hero of your own. go to cnn.com/robin and click on "heroes." the crash that killed adventurer steve fossett almost two years ago already may have been caused by some strong winds. the ntsb now says that fossett's plane ran into strong downdrafts a hiker found some of fossett's personal belongings in the sierra nevada mountains more than a year after his disappearance. in 2005, fossett became the
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time for you to rise and shine. i know the pillow feels so good right now, but you're going to be late. morning, sunshine, the investigation into how michael jackson died may get a few doctors in trouble and we're getting word of new drug allegations against the singer. then -- >> just sad that like people are still thinking like this. when i felt like this is over. >> this story is so heartbreaking. he is one of a group of children whose dip in the pool was cut short. now a swim club is under investigation for discrimination. and sure that wedding ring is nice and snug on an ohio man's finger now, but you won't believe where it's been tossed.
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first, though, the investigation into michael jackson's death might turn into a criminal case. l.a. police say that they cannot rule out the possibility of criminal charges. they've subpoenaed doctors who have treated jackson over the years and are looking into his history of prescription drug use. they also need the toxicology report from jackson's autopsy. >> are we dealing with homicide, are we dealing with an accidental overdose? what are we dealing with. we'll wait to see what the coroner comes back with. and once he comes back with his determination, we'll be able to speak to, in a much clearer and very open way what our course of action will be. >> well, meanwhile, there are new claims this morning that jackson may have taken more than ten xanax pills a day. but that's just part of what we're learning from a police report from 2004. correspondent richard lui has more now on how jackson allegedly got his hands on the drugs in about ten minutes. any minute now, we are expecting president obama and
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the g-8 to announce a $15 billion promise to africa. now, it's their last order of business at this week's summit. the u.s. will donate about $3 billion to an initiative to teach poor farmers how to grow more food and do it safely. then the president heads straight for a rare afternoon meeting with the pope. three grave diggers and an office manager are charged in a horrifying scheme at a chicago area cemetery. police say that they dug up 300 graves at historic burr oaks cemetery and resold the plots. the remains were dumped into the back of the cemetery. on "prime news" last night, the sheriff explained why they're having such trouble identifying the remains. >> in this state, there's virtually no regulation. and we've been telling people, and it's not an exaggeration, our bashers and the people that do nails here are truly more regulated than people who operate cemeteries. there are no other records. that's what's causing us a great deal of problems, because a lot of records were destroyed, a lot
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of records go back to the '20s, a lot of records are missing. so for us to piece back together a crime scene with people who were trying to hide documents, erase things, wipe things out, it's difficult because there is no regulation here. >> that's mind boggling. get the latest on any developments on this story on "prime news" with mike galanos starting at 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. three simple letters have the power to get you anger, aig. and even the fed chief says he gets furious when he thinks about the role that that company had in our big financial mess. money expert jennifer westhoven's with us because aig is daring to ruffle feathers again. what say you, jen? >> thanks, robin. apparently the insurance company quietly trying to get white house approval so it can give millions more in bonuses to top executives. >> what! >> it was only four months ago that the entire company was in a furor over its last round of
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bonuses. this the same company that borrowed something like $180 billion in a bailout. "the washington post" is reporting that aig doesn't even actually have to ask the white house's permission, but it wants to get the blessing from the new pay czar at the white house to give it some political cover and avoid that kind of furor again. aig, when contacted by cnn, would not comment on this story. >> i have never heard talk of bonuses so often at one company. it's amazing to me. >> and their argument is, they agreed to these before the bailout, but the whole point is, at some point you have to rip that stuff up when you're talking about taxpayer money. >> yeah, with especially when you're talking about taxpayer money and the longevity of companies around you. wow. a pennsylvania swim club that allegedly discriminated against a group of african-american and latino children is under investigation now. the 65 k through seventh graders are part of a day camp.
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they say last month the children heard some club members make racist comments and one of the kids got very emotional while talking about it with susan candiotti of our sister network, cnn. >> he was like, all of these black kids, i'm afraid they might do something to my children. i don't know if they'll try to steal some of my stuff or try to harm my children. i was like amazed they were saying something like this, because we're just like him. like, we're just like your kids. >> you know, marcus, i see tears coming down your face. why does this make you cry? >> because it's just kind of, like, sad that, like, people are still thinking like this. when i felt like this is over. >> the club says that it has a diverse, multiethnic membership and deplores discrimination. now, its president claims that several club members complained because the children changed the complexion and atmosphere at the pool.
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swine flu may come back with a vengeance in the fall. that is the word from the secretary of health and human services. kathleen sebelius announced that a vaccine to fight the h1n1 virus should be ready by mid-october. she says that schools, on thes, and local government should plan for the worst-case scenario that the virus returns in a more dangerous form. >> this is a serious virus capable of causing serious disease and even death. it's time to be vigilant. we have to avoid complacency. the government is giving $350 million in preparedness grants to hospitals. it also created a website, flu.gov with more info. you can find that link on our website, cnn.com/robin. now that we've thoroughly picked you off with all of our stories that we have to talk
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about today, let us give you some information about, i don't know, maybe some god weather for the weekend. first, what do we have to get through on a friday? >> we have to get away with the hot air. we have it right now through texas, even as far north as kansas right now. he's your cold front up towards the north. below it, a high pressure bubble. high pressure with sinking air, compressing air. we will see record highs again. let me show you some of the high temperatures for the amp. basically, you'll see the heat right around southern parts of texas. we're talking about 102 to 103 in dallas. 97 in houston, even out toward the west a little bit farther, phoenix, 110. las vegas today, 104. the corners look pretty good. only 74 around boston, 78 in new york. 80 in seattle. if you want to get away from the heat, it's the east and the west coast. let me show you some severe weather across the middle. minneapolis, you're dry. a couple showers and thunderstorms later today, but the bulk of the action still around kansas city and
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stretching towards central missouri. look at that one thunderstorm line, basically now lining up south of i-70, drifting on in towards st. louis later this morning. more rain, more heavy downpours coming out of iowa, stretching towards wisconsin and in western parts of illinois. you can see chicago right in the line for that rain. it won't be severe when it hits you this morning. later today, though, with that cold front parked off towards your west, could get a couple of strong thunderstorms to severe and around areas like kansas city, chicago, all of wisconsin, watch out later this afternoon. down to the south, here's your temperatures. 101 to 105 when you get to texas. dallas, heat advisory, same with oklahoma city. it will be like this for the next couple of days. across florida, decent rain coming in across tampa. the last couple of morning, lines of thundershowers getting out there towards tampa. see that develop this afternoon, but so far things are relatively quiet for florida. more on that coming up in a bit. >> rainy but quiet. all right.
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you know, one of detroit's big three is emerging from bankruptcy. this is new information today, but gm is not out of the woods yet. ?ñ//v
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our daily salute to the troops here. ashley wants to salute her fiancee, sergeant steven taylor. taylor's on a second tour in iraq and has just reenlisted for six years after having already served six years. her fiancee says she's very proud of him and loves him very much. it's our way of helping you honor the troops. if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin. more now on our top story today. there are new claims about how serious a drug problem michael jackson may have had. some of his former employees say that at one point he took more
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than ten sedative pills a night. correspondent richard lui, do we know how jackson may have gotten his hands on that much medicine? because if you had a 30-day supply, it would be done in three days. >> exactly. what we know in the moment, jackson apparently asked some employees to get the prescription sedative xanax under their names. that's according to a 2004 police document just released to cnn. it also says that jackson travelled to doctor's office's in other states to get the drug himself. this document contains interviews with two of jackson's former security guards. one guard saying he was concerned about jackson taking ten or more pills a night, as you were talking about, but was told by his colleague that jackson was actually doing better, robin, because he was down from 30 to 40 pills a night. >> i mean, that just sounds like an incredible -- not even humanly possible amount. >> unfathomable. >> tell me a little bit more, it's painting a picture here, because it adds to growing mountains of claims that ties
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jackson to prescription drug use in recent years. >> you make a good point. those are claims. just this week, jackson's dermatologist, dr. arnold klein telling cnn that jackson had a drug addiction at one point but had kicked. we're also hearing from a person who worked with jackson in vegas in '06. he says jackson would appear drugged up and incoherent and was often so weak and thin he would use a wheelchair to get around. >> this guy that we see dance so much. >> right, exactly. >> richard, thank you. this just in today at 13 minutes past the hour, the new gm is standing on its own this morning. that's after only 40 days in bankruptcy court. money expert jennifer westhoven, does it mean that gm is truly healthy? >> not necessarily, but they are a lot healthier. in a much better position to deal with the very tough car market out there. gm gets to leave behind massive debts, contracts that would have sunk it, assets that weren't performing, a golf course --
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what were they doing with that -- but now its survival hinges on the new board. that new board put in place by the government and its new chief, formerly the head of at&t, but this is a company that's got to turn around its whole image, it's got to become a company that is known for efficiency and for quality and ask, it's got to produce cars that people want to drive and want to buy. they've got a press conference, news conference coming in about 45 minutes from detroit. we'll hear new details. we are expecting to hear them talk about more layoffs. new bill passed the senate and it might just help you save on your prescription if it becomes law. that could be some good news in a bad economy for anybody who's struggling to make ends meet, having a hard time affording their medicine. you could order medicine online from canadian pharmacies. now, you'll still have to show them proof of your prescription, and et cetera, but they charge a lot less. this is a big loss for the pharmaceutical industry, which so far had successfully blocked any kind of sales like this.
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you remember people taking buses to mexico and canada to try to get their prescriptions for cheaper. but again, still not legal yet. got to get through house senate talks and be signed by the president. robin? >> all right, thanks. the guy who dated alaska governor sarah palin's daughter says he knows why palin resigns and now the palin camp is firing back.
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the exfiancee of alaska governor sarah palin's daughter says she's resigning because of money. levi johnston says that she knows about how nice it would be to take book and tv offers, but she's facing more than $500,000 in legal fees. johnston is pursuing his own book and movie deals and a palin rep scoffed johnston's working on fiction while honing his acting skills. nevada senator john ensign's ex-mistress got nearly $100,000, but not from his campaign, from his wealthy parents. ensign's parent says that they wrote the check after ensign
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told them about the affair. cindy hampton worked senator. her husband, doug, claimed she got a big severance check after she lost her job -- or left her job. >> he paid severance to your wife out of his own pocket? >> to my knowledge, that's correct. >> how much? >> that i don't know. >> you know. she's your wife. was it more than $25,000? >> absolutely. >> a lot more? >> yes. >> well, ensign calls hampton's statements about the payments consistently inaccurate. ensign's attorney claims none of the gifts to the hamptons came from campaign funds and he says that ensign has complied with all senate ethics rules. a strong earthquake killed person and left more than 400,000 homeless. it hit in southwestern china yesterday. state-run media say that it was a magnitude 6.0, more than 300 people are injured. a trip through the tollbooth almost put an ohio man in the doghouse, for life. >> i put the change in my had and started to throw it into the
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basket and as i threw it, the ring flew into the basket at the tollbooth. >> he's talking about his wedding ring. i like the way his wife is standing there beside him. he reported it missing at the next tollbooth. just a few hours later, a worker called to say they found it. he lost it before when it fell into the snow. the ring has now been resides. former nfl star steve mcnair's final service announcement psa will never be aired. >> yeah, it was on youth suicide prevention, shot three months before he was a victim of a murder/suicide himself at the hands of his 20-year-old girlfriend, sahel kazemi. former teammates and coaches join family and even officials last night. some say they'll remember mcnair for his positive impact and not the circumstances of his death. steve mcnair, the former most
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valuable player for the tennessee titans was a married father of father. his funeral will be tomorrow in hattiesburg, mississippi. let me know, have you ever played hide and seek from your boss? greg ellis says that's what demarcus ware did. he would hide from coaches during games so his buddy would get more playing time. ware was a pro bowler last year who jokes he was just trying not to get dehydrated. kyle busch is still steaming mad at tony stewart and thinks he should have gotten credit for last weekend's race after he nudged busch into the wall. this morning's true champion is shad ireland.
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he was diagnosed with kidney disease as a child and attempted suicide before age 11. but he has turned things around and is now an iron man competitor. he's currently biking cross-country to educate people about kidney disease, all while undergoing dialysis every other day, five hours per treatment. >> every other day he has to do that and he's biking across the country. incredible. >> amazing. the crash that killed adventurer steve fossett, almost two years ago already, may have been caused by strong winds. the ntsb now says that fossett's plane ran into downdrafts. a hiker found some of his personal belongings in the sierra nevada mountains more than a year after his disappearance. in 2005, fossett became the first to fly a plane around the world without refueling. actor david arkette is known for his quirky personality, but he's planning to spend two days in a box over madison square garden.
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this is happening right now. president obama and some other world leaders are wrapping up g-8 summit in italy this hour and are announcing a $180 million aid plan to africa. this is a live picture. during the three-day summit, they also discussed climate change and global economy. the president heads to the vatican next and from there it's to ghana for a day-long visit before finally returning to washington. that's a update. officials say michael jackson could be buried at neverland ranch as long as the county there okays it. jackson's brother, jermaine, says he wants jackson to be buried at the ranch where he lived for nearly two decades, but his father ruled it out. santa barbara officials say the
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family has not approached them for permission. the insurance company that took $180 billion in bailout money still wants to give out bonuses. bonuses? "the washington post" reports that aig is asking for the government's blessing to hand out $2.4 million to 40 executives, but they don't need white house permission, because the bonuses were promised in 2008. aig declined to comment on the story. roland burris is expected to announce today he will not run for a full term next year. burris was pointed by former illinois governor rod blagojevich to fill president obama's senate seat. blago was arrested for reportedly trying to sell that senate seat. what have you got going on today? it's friday, i probably don't need to remind you of that. i'm robin meade, morning, sunshine. breaking news. cnn has now confirmed that gm has emerged from bankruptcy. it only lasted six weeks, and that's believed to be the fastest ever of a company of
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that size. gm's ceo is expected to talk about the new gm in half an hour. the investigation into michael jackson's death might turn into a criminal case. l.a. police say they could not rule out the possibility of criminal charges. meanwhile, michael jackson's father, joe, is speaking out for the first time since his son's memorial service and tells nightline that he does not think his son's death was an accident. >> i just couldn't believe what was happening to michael, because i just couldn't believe it. and i do believe that. >> we have new claims from former michael jackson employees about his alleged drug abuse. they told police back in 2004 that jackson took more than ten xanax pills a night and at one point used as many as 30 or 40 pills. correspondent richard lui, i don't know how that's humanly
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possible. >> that's considered an extremely high dosage. and getting to that point, quite aware robin, it's possible to build a tolerance over time according to dr. sanjay gupta and says xanax is hard to quit. >> it's highly addictive. if you stop taking it, the withdraw is just awful. people can have tremors, they can even have seizures, they get the sweats and have shakes. that's an awful process and that's usually what dictates addiction. >> xanax is an anti-anxiety medication, but it's also commonly used to treat sleep problems, because it does cause drowsiness. we might remember here, a nurse who had worked with jackson, saying last month, he had complained of severe bouts with insomnia. robin, we found that some 40 million people in the u.s. suffer from chronic sleep disorder, so not uncommon. >> certainly wasn't alone in having sleep problems. those guards interviewed by
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police in '04 are helping to paint a better picture of jackson's alleged ties to prescription drugs. >> after his doctor's visits, one employee would say jackson would be quote out of it and quote sedated and one of jackson's guards said he ended up quitting his job after jackson fell on his face in a hotel room and got hurt. that guard said he told jackson he was not comfortable getting prescriptions for him anymore and then left. of course, there's the other side to this jackson concert promoter, telling cnn that jackson looked healthy and vibrant at his last rehearsal. >> we got to see some of those pictures and now it looks like jackson was very much enjoying his performance practice. you know, most people are expecting a huge fight over supreme court justice nominee nominee sonia sotomayor. in a new cnn opinion research corporation poll, 60% say that a major partisan battle is likely. republicans may target her record on race, gun rights and abortion. dems may defend her, calling her a mainstream judge.
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only 47% support her confirmation. hearings are going to start on monday. starting today, some california banks are going to be saying n-o to the state's ious. california started handing those out for things like tax refunds and building projects. lawmakers want to buy time to balance the budgets, but banks like wells fargo and bank of america say you've had long enough. the state says that it will pay the interest on the notes and redeem them by october 2nd. a new airline promises no middle seats and no security lines, but it's not for us. it's for our pets. pet airways will soon start flyinging out of five cities. they promise your pet will never ride in a cargo old, always ride in a cabin, and even get a preboarding walk. >> cater to quite a few people who want their pets treated are
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respect and treated nicely. >> the airline says it's booked solid for the next two months. earlier i was joking, do they have, like, i don't know, litter boxes in the bathroom? >> no smoking in there. don't smoke. >> that poodle! here's bob to tell you what your weather's going to shape up for the weekend. >> good point. it's been so hot for the entire week around places like texas. now that's heat building in towards oklahoma, into kansas later tomorrow too. but usually this time of morning, we see a couple of squall lines developing and die down right about now. that's what's happening now too. we have that low-level jet stream that's very active in the overnight hours, but once the sun comes up and the high pressure that basically generates that begins to fall apart during the day, we start to see these thunderstorms develop and fall apart. once these come up, these begin to die down, which is not what happens in the afternoon. you get baking in the ground and powerful thunderstorms in the afternoon. look at these thunderstorms, in the process of falling apart.
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it's going to come in another wave this afternoon once that cold front gets going. look at that rain shield, lower parts of wisconsin, northern parts of illinois, head into chicago. delays at the airport for your getaway friday, unfortunately. here's your cold front, this afternoon, that's where we're calling for the severe weather here. on the backside of this, winds out of the southeast today. goes up the mountains of the rockies and turns into thunderstorms. we'll get some severe weather near denver today. most likely, eastern colorado, eastern wyoming too. you'll have to watch that. high temperatures today, 100 to 105, dallas, san antonio, over to austin, extremely warm temps today. towards the east a little bit farther, more thundershowers possible today. tampa, orlando, down towards miami, not severe right now. in fact, it's just light rain going on across central florida, but west palm, you'll get showers coming in. a couple of downpours headed towards you right now. thunderstorms will be a good bet later today. some of those could be on the strong side. gusty winds, the main threat. up to new york city, let me show you what it looks like.
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you want to get away from the heat, go up here. islip, yesterday morning, 55. only up to 78 today. you can see citi corp. building basking in sunshine. that's the tall one. and the big cities getting a break at the airport. speaking of airports, one guy's travel nightmare has gotten more than 1 million hits on youtube because he turned the thing into a song and he is getting some results.
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south carolina governor mark sanford carved out time to spend an evening with his mistress during a taxpayer-funded trip to argentina in june of 2008. south carolina's commerce department recently released the e-mails. they also show that he had pushed for a busy business schedule too. but remember, last month, he admitted to having an affair after disappearing on a secret trip. and in another development, about 60 people rally outside south carolina statehouse last night to call for sanford's resignation or removal. now, earlier this week, the state republican executive committee voted to censure sanford, but did not demand that he step down. bernie madoff will not appeal his 150-year sentence for fraud. the 70-year-old's lawyers would not say why madoff made that decision. last week he was sentenced after admitting he got billions from dollars from thousands of investors in a global ponzi scheme. a court-appointed trustee says that more than 15,000 claims have been filed against madoff
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by july 2nd. so what kind of help do you need if you're sitting there on the edge thinking, i want to get into the housing market? well, maybe the mortgage rates will help you. here's jennifer westhoven with that. good morning? >> good morning, thanks, robin. maybe a lot of people sitting on the fence thinking, it's not the right time yet. they have gotten a little bit lower. lowest in six weeks now. so we've got two weeks in a row where rates have fallen. we're talking about fixed rage mortgages, down to 5.2%. they're not as juicy as they were in spring. but these are still pretty good and better than they were last year. this is a power to the people story. talk about a creative way to get customer service. musician dave carroll couldn't wait to get off his flight, got
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his band, and someone started yelling that the baggage handler are throwing guitars out there. so he opens his case out there, his guitar is broken. he calls united, nib months on the phone, they said, we can't help you, so he said, i'm writing a song about it. here it is on youtube. ♪ united, you broke my favorite guitar ♪ >> and he's using the broken guitar and it's really funny. and in just a few days, more than 1 million people have watched this clip. it's a fair catchy little tune. i think united realized they're going to have to do something about it. they say that the song, it struck a chord and they are trying to make it right. but here's the thing that's a crock. why does it take public attention for someone to help this individual? you know what i mean? what if you weren't someone who could write a song and get a lot of attention? why would it take someone to say that, we'll make it right. >> united says, he didn't file a
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claim within 24 hours. but power to the people. this is a whole new way now that you could do something. you could make a fuss about it and maybe they'll change their mind. or at least you feel like you get the last word. a real catchy song. >> he went to great extents for the video. a rare tragedy at the running of the bulls. it is something that hadn't happened there in 14 years.
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it's new movie friday. today the big release is "bruno," sacha baron cohen stars as a flamboyant australian fashion designer out to conquer hollywood. >> a hot photographer for the hottest baby photo shoot ever. >> is your baby comfortable with bees, wasps, and hornets? >> george is comfortable with everything? he's fine. >> is he comfortable with dead or dying animals? >> yes. >> well, critics agree that bruno is very funny. "the new york times" calls it lazy and pandering, but also
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cohen's slapstick brilliant and gives him for staying in character, even in the most outrageous situations. i like how you watch that dad and he's like, if i say no, will they not choose my kid? he's like, yes, he's comfortable. really australians are not sure to what make for the fictional man. posters are all over vienna and a lot of people went to see it at a special screening there yesterday. >> i, as an austrian, did not feel offended. austria only appeared very few times. it was very funny. >> translator: the film was not really located in austria. the hitler jokes were a little bit bad. i did not really like the film. >> it was really a wonderful inspiration. it was so funny. >> austrians say that they're not worried that bruno's character will hurt tourism. they say, look at what the
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"crocodile dundee" did for australia. senate negotiators are searching for new ways to pay for a health care overhaul. north dakota senator kent conrad says that recent poll opposed paying for health care changes with new taxes on employer-provided health benefits. he says the proposal is unpopular because most people don't know how much their job provided health benefits are even worth. the threat of the next big one may be growing under one of california's major faults. scientists say that they've seen a spike in tremors at the san andreas fault and that stress could be building up faster than they expected. that can lead to a quake, but researchers studying the fault say it's impossible to know for sure. there was a rare technology today at the running of the bulls in pamplona, spain. here's larry to tell you what happened. >> this is really terrible, as you can imagine. this is extremely dangerous. we kind of joke about the video, but a man died this morning in spain. he was in his 20s, died of
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cardiac arrest after he was gored by a bull. it happened as the man fell just before the entrance to the stadium. the bulls are transporting themselves from the corrals to the stadium for the evening bull fight. the man is the first goring death in the annual spectacle in 14 years. here is some amateur video. the man in the striped search is what you want to look at. he's the victim. in the center of your screen there, just below right center, pamplona officials say he was on vacation with his parents and his girlfriend when this tragedy occurred. moving on, this is a great story. a group of 25 hikers climbed mt. kilimanjaro, eight of them are blind. the feat breaks the world record for having the most blind people make it to the top of mt. kilimanjaro. also broke the record for the youngest person ever to climb the mountain, 13-year-old max ashton. michael phelps has shattered another new world record. he seems to be getting back into form after that three-month
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suspension earlier this year for the infamous bong photos. the 14-time olympic gold medallist setting a new mark in the 100-meter the 100-mert butterfly. things guest testy on the pitch. that happens, okay. but watch this. left side of your screen, the player is running toward you. what's that shadow? that's a foot from the sidelines from the coach of mexico! >> right in the stomach. >> the coach takes matters into his own hands. imagine the player running along. that's why he was mad, pushing the coach, like how dare you. >> thank you. people are upset. she's not going to complete the term, she's stepping down now, and it's really rocked people like you wouldn't expect. it's affected people emotionally. take a look at this. you don't really think it's
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been -- >> david letterman making a joke about sarah palin's resignation as governor of alaska. she's leaving office. now the ex-fiance of palin's daughter says she's leaving because of money. she said how nice it would be to take book and tv offers. she is facing more than half a million dollars in legal fees. johnston is pursuing his own book and movie deal while honing his acting skills. how an inspiring coast-to-coast flight is keeping a legacy alive.
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. houd houd -- i'm robin meade, and welcome. morning, sunshine. here's what's making news. >> the inquiry into the death of mr. jackson is continuing. we will still await corroborate ration from the coroner's office as to the cause of death. >> the lapd is not sure what killed michael jackson yet, but they're not ruling out homicide. gm is out of bankruptcy in record time, but it's not out of the woods. president obama may soon have a namesake in south africa. an animal sanction wankt ware -- sanctuary says it has a good reason to name him obama. they are looking into prescription drug use. they need more information before they know if they're dealing with a homicide or accidental overdose. >> the inquiry into the death of mr. jackson is continuing. we will still await corroboration from the coroner's office as to the cause of death. that is very dependent on the toxicology reports due to come back, and based on those, we'll have an idea what it is that we're dealing with. >> meanwhile, there are new claims this morning that jackson may have taken more than 10 xanax pills a day. that's just part of what we're learning from a police report from '04. correspondent richard lui has more on how jackson allegedly got his hands on those drugs, allegedly, in about ten minutes. here we go again. aig is quietly trying to get the white house to give millions more to top executives. we coulmor nehiinsint obama wants more time with world leaders to talk about his vision for a new free world. he just wrapped up a summit ending speech at the g8. the group announced a $15
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million aid program for farmers in africa, and then president obama issued an invitation. >> i also invited leaders from the broader group of nations here to attend a global nuclear summit that i will host in washington in march of next year where we will discuss steps, we can combat smuggling and confer, and deter smugglers. >> the summit replacement may not ask voters for the job. sources say democratic senator ro rowland burris is expected to not ask to run next year. rod blagojevich was arrested for allegedly trying to sell that seat. a swim club is under investigation for allegedly discriminating against a group of african-american and latino children. the 65 k through 7th graders are part of a day camp.
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the camp leader said they heard some of the members make racial comments and then were asked to leave. a group went in front of the club yesterday. >> from what we heard, it was members that kind of started it, that the board decided to let these children in, and then the members, the parents, saw this and said, no, we don't want our kids swimming in the same pool as these other kids. and again, they're kids. >> well, the club says it has a diverse, multi-ethnic membership and deplores discrimination. swine flu may come back with a vengeance in the fall. that is word from the secretary of health and human services. kathleen sebelius announced that a vaccine to fight h1n1 should be ready by mid-october.
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she said schools, hospitals and local governments should prepare for the worst-case scenario that the virus comes back in the worst form. >> this is a virus causing serious disease and even death. it's time to be vigilant. we have to avoid come place ency and we have to be able to deal with whatever comes. it created a web site flu.gov, so you can link to that right on our web site. easy. cnn.com/robin. five minutes after the hour. what you got planned for the weekend? a weekend in july. maybe it's just yardwork, but let's see if the weather is going to cooperate. meteorologist bob van dillen. >> she's right. high pressure is sitting across the deep south and it means more heat for your weekend. it's going to start in texas and roll into albuquerque.
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phoenix today is hot, too, and the high temperatures will stay for another couple days. you actually bump up the temperature when you get to dallas metro. 102 to 104. that's going to be smoking hot for you. 92 degrees in the houston region, 103 in vegas, 92 degrees in salt lake city. yesterday morning, though, seattle, you broke a record temperature. you got down to 53 yesterday morning. if you want to break away from the heat, get to the corners, northwest and northeast. here's a cold front swinging on down to the plains states. more thunderstorms around iowa, and that's going to get into northern illinois. it's already there heading to chicago. this one line that went on by had a lot of wind with it and a lot of lightning and it continues to chug south of i-70 for later this morning in st. louis. iowa, no big deal, but chicago ready to get some rain in there
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that will last for the morning. rob, more details on that in about half an hour. gm is announcing that it's emerging from bankruptcy. it's a live news conference going on right now and we have jennifer westhoven listening to that. so she's going to tell what you it means in terms of how they're going to get you to buy new cars. we'll tell you what it means for you, the person who would be in the market for a car. that's what she's listening to in a moment, and we'll get back to that right away. more than 400,000 people have been forced from their homes by an earthquake. the 5-point magnitude quake hit them last night. more than 18,000 homes were destroyed. relief agencies are providing tents, medicine and food. some e-mails suggest that governor mark sanford was spending more time with his
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mistress. stay tuned because jennifer is digesting what gm is saying.
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more now on our top story today. there are new claims about how serious a drug problem michael jackson may have had. some of his former employees say that at one point he took more than ten sedative pills a night. correspondent richard lui, do we know how jackson may have got his hands on that much medicine? if you had a 30-day supply, it would be done in three days. >> what we know here is jackson apparently asked some employees, robin, to get the prescription xanax under their names. that's according to a document
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just released to cnn. they also said jackson traveled to doctors in other states to get the drug himself. this document contains interviews with two of jackson's employees. he was taking ten pills a night, but he was told that jackson was actually doing better, robin, because he was down from 40 to 30 pills a night. >> that just sounds like an incredible amount. it's painting a picture here because it adds growing mountains of claims that ties jackson to prescription drug use in recent years. >> just this week, jackson's dermatologist, arnold klein, telling them jackson had a drug addiction at one time but had kicked it. jack wishna claims that jackson would appear drugged up and
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incoherent and was so thin he would use a wheelchair to get around. his shows were canceled because of his condition at that time, robin. >> a wheelchair? he used to dance so much. >> exactly. in our salute to the troops right now, ashley wants to salute her husband, steven taylor. he's just reenlisted for six years after already serving six years. his fiancee says she's so proud of him and loves him very much. maybe you have someone you want to salute. go to cnn.com/robin. we're watching this, kind of sifting through the information so you don't have to. this just in, the new gm is standing on its own this morning. that's after only 40 days in bankruptcy court. money expert jennifer westhoven is watching the press conference, and the chief is talking about the future of gm right now. >> yep, this is the new government-owned gm.
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it's now out of chapter 11 bankruptcy, so it's coming out smaller, leaner, tougher, without massive debts that were sinking the company before. so the big question now is, can it survive in this new brutal car market? the ceo, richard henderson was speaking earlier -- that's not him, that's a different executive wur seeing now, but here's what he said about how gm is going to survive. >> it's an exciting day for general motors. it's a new company, our company, one that will allow every single employee, including me, to return to the business of designing and building cars and trucks and serving our customers. there is nothing we want to do more than that. >> we've been watching the executive speak. you're seeing live pictures from detroit as we keep following that. in the few minutes when i was listening to it, robin, i thought the most exciting thing he talked about was he said we're going to try something new with our customer focus, selling cars on line. it sounded a lot like ebay where
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they would have a buy it now price. so many people, when they go to buy a car, you almost have to go through a training camp to make sure you don't get taken. >> oh, i hate the process. >> what if you could just go on line, say, yeah, i'll pay that. go down to your dealership and pick it up. no hassle. very interesting idea. >> that's fascinating. a new bill passed the senate, and it might just help you save on your prescriptions. that could be some good news in a bad economy for everybody struggling to pay for their medicine. the bill would let you order your medicine from canadian pharmacies where they're cheaper. drugs are cheaper there. you could have them shipped to you. you would still have to go through the paperwork, but for many years they have battled to keep this illegal. we have so many stories about people taking the bus to canada and mexico to get their drugs. still not legal at this point. has to get past the house, the senate and signed by the president. if you are traveling this morning, where are the hot
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spots, bob? >> so far, just atlanta. low clouds right downtown. looking at some low clouds and a visibility issue, but only 15 to 30 minutes delay. no big yet. let me show you ort, that's o'hare, midway, right there. some light rain for the morning. here's what it looks like. one hour or more delays will start up there and in the afternoon, too. more delays coming up around florida. looking at orlando, tampa, 30-minute to one-hour delays. could be later for san francisco. robin, more details in just about half an hour. one guy threw a little more than just change in a toll booth. his wedding ring went in there, too, and you got to hear how he managed to save face with his wife.
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sdorp. 17 minutes past the hour. governor mark sanford carved out time in the evening to spend time with his mistress during a trip to argentina in june of '08. they recently released the e-mails. it also shows he pushed for a
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busy schedule as well. last month he admitted having an affair after disappearing on a secret trip. on another development, about 60 people rallied outside a california state house last night to call for his removal. a state committee voted to sensor sanford but didn't vote that estep down. >> i started to throw my money into the toll booth, and as i threw it, the ring flew into the basket at the toll booth. >> he's talking about his wedding ring. he reported it missing at the next booth, and after a few hours, a worker called to say they had found his ring. he lost it once before after it fell off in the snow. yes, the ring has been resized. former nfl star steve mcnair's psa will never be
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viewed by the rest of us. larry has more on that. i think it's very much a sad coincidence what that psa was about. >> it is. youth suicide prevention shot three months before. he was a victim of a murder suicide, and officials said it would be inappropriate to show it now. friends, family and coaches joined together last night for a service that was shown on three television stations. mcnair, the former tennessee titans quarterback and one-time most valuable player was a married father of four that had been dating 20-year-old sahel kazemi who shot him four times before shooting herself. anyone who is heading out to get to work, raise your hand. dave ellis tells a dallas radio station that that's what greg
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ellis would do last year, then they would put his buddy in to get more playing time. he said he was just trying, wink, wink, to not get dehydrated. he is still mad at tony stewart and thinks he shouldn't get credit for his win after he nudged bush into the wall on the final lap. but stewart is commenting. he said, hey, i already called busch after the race to clear the air, and i'm moving on. get over it. >> wasn't that kyle busch a previous week had gotten in another wreck, right? >> yes. check out the flames that completely gutted the building in a warehouse fire. police say there was hundreds of pot plants inside and what appeared to be a full-blown marijuana operation. they think all the electricity needed for the indoor pot farm may have been what started the
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fire. taking your family to a baseball game can really take a bite out of your wallet, but this weekend, hln money expert clark howard tells how he saves at the ballpark. >> i see if i can find free parking. i'm on the hunt now. look at that. look at those meters. and the stadium is just across that bridge. here's my spot. this is the best space i can ever find right near the stadium. this one, when it's open, and you have to kind of know how to get to this one, is the shortest walk to the stadium. you can kind of see the stadium through the trees here. it's about three-quarters of a mile. good exercise and no money comes out of my wallet. >> i just noticed that his wife was not agreeing to this
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three-quarter-mile walk. see how it all turns out, see how much money you can save this weekend on hln. a former senator just got a big check, but who it's from may surprise you.
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she pulled a fast one! ( laughs ) new windex outdoor all-in-one. a streak-free shine in half the time. s.c. johnson, a family company. . 30 minutes after the hour. morning. the new york stock exchange is open now. the stocks are expected to open lower today, and there are a couple economic reports that could have an impact, too, on the trading, so we'll keep an eye on the numbers and let you know what's happening in a live report. california officials say that michael jackson could be buried at neverland ranch as long as the county okays it. jackson's brother jermaine says he wants michael buried at the ranch where he lived for nearly two decades. their father ruled it out. santa barbara county officials say the family have not approached them for permission. president obama is at the closing speech in italy.
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they say they will not wait for iraq to drop their nuclear ambitions, and pretty soon he has his meeting with the pope. this is a live picture. it looks to me like reporters are getting to ask questions of them because he's been speaking. the company's bankruptcy ended today, and it only lasted six weeks. that's believed to be the fastest ever for a company of gm's size. those are the top stories. welcome back. we'll get more details out of that press conference, too, with jennifer westhoven throughout the morning. the investigation into michael jackson's death might turn into a criminal case. l.a. police said they cannot rule out the possibility of criminal charges. meanwhile, michael jackson's father, joe, is speaking out for the first time since his son's memorial service. he told abc's nightline that he does not think his son's death was an accident. >> i just couldn't believe what was happening to michael, because i just couldn't believe
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it. and i do believe there was foul play, i do believe that, yes. >> well, we also have new claims from some of michael jackson's former employees about his alleged drug use. they told police back in 2004 that jackson took more than ten xanax pills a night, and at one point used as many as 30 or 40 pills. that is considered an extremely high dosage of anything, much less xanax, but it is possible to build up a tolerance, according to our chief correspondent medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta, and he says xanax is very hard to quit. >> it's very highly addictive and that's determined by a couple things. one is if you stop taking it, the withdrawal is just awful. people can have tremors, they can have seizures, they get the shakes, they have sweats. it's a really awful process, and that usually is what dictates addiction. >> xanax is an anti-anxietity medication, but it's also commonly used to treat sleep disorders because it can cause
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drowsiness. most people are expecting a huge fight against supreme court justice sonia sotomayor. in a new cnn research corporation poll, 60% say a race battle is likely. governments may defend her, calling her a mainstream judge. only 47% support her confirmation. hearings start on monday. four grave dig gerz are charged in a horrifying scheme at a chicago cemetary. police say they dug up graves at historic burr oaks cemetary and did you go up the plots. they say the remains were dumped in the back of the cemetary and some were stacked on top of each other. five young people died when their car collided with a train. police in canton, michigan say the car crashed with a train with more than 75 people on
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board. it did shake them up, that's safe to say. >> we had a horrific jolt, and we saw smoke and we could smell fumes. we knew we hit something, we just didn't know what. >> one of the people killed was only 14, and police want to know if the crossing gates worked properly. bernie madoff will not appeal his sentence for fraud. his attorneys will not say why he made that decision, but last week madoff was sentenced after losing billions of dollars for thousands of investors in a ponzi scheme. more than 15,000 claims have been filed against madoff by july 2nd. the ex-fiance of sarah palin's daughter says she's resigning because of money. she wants to take book and tv offers. she is facing half a million dollars in legal fees.
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johnston is facing his own movie deal. he is working on a fiction while honing his acting skills. bobby, good morning. >> what's up, rob? >> thinking about the weather today, and maybe a place not to be working outside. >> texas. if you live and have to work outside and you have to do a lot of traveling outside, it's going to be a tough one for you once again today. i feel for you. dallas right now, it's going to be about 100 to 105. houston, the same deal. but you add the humidity coming off the gulf of mexico, it's going to feel like 110 to 114. all the yellow shaded areas are heat advisories. that peach shade right there, that's a high heat watch for you for tomorrow. the weekend, that high pressure is going to build up to the north. the high temperatures will follow, so it's going to be extremely warm over the next couple days. 109, a record for you yesterday. even around abilene, texas, 106.
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that was the sixth day in a row of high temperatures. as for the rain, a little late action when you get to west palm beach. it's on the light side now, but we will see this pick up in intensity this afternoon. at atlanta, we have delays at the airport. low clouds, you can see them right there. about 1200 feet off the ground, but enough to give you poor visibility. high today 87, ought to be dry. what about the west coast, what about the severe weather threat? we'll get to that in the next half hour. >> how about a career, bob, as a witch? a tourist attraction called wic wickimoor cave are hiring a witch. you would have to be able to cackle. years ago, the wicki witch was
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turned to stone. >> wookie as in chewbacca type of deal? >> i know. you're stuck on that and i'm stuck on $80,000 for the witch. after two straight days of miniscule gains, stephanie is watching it for us. is it the gm story? what's the deal? >> it's not the gm story, it's also economics and earnings. the good news from the auto factory, though, gm has emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a snappy six-week trip. new reports that aig may be preparing to pay out millions of dollars in bonuses to dozens of
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top executives. shares tumbling more than 10% right now. it has staged an impressive comeback, quad rupe ling in value since the beginning of this year. oil prices are sliding again, down to $60 a barrel. take a listen to this one. after trying for more than a year to get united airlines to pay for a guitar damaged by baggage handlers, canadian musician dave carol took his case to the internet. his united breaks guitar has gotten over a million hits on youtube. the airlines took notice after that, and they've asked to use the video internally as a training videindividua tool. >> it kind of rubbed me the
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wrong way that you had to get public attention to get a reaction. >> he was saying he's no longer mad about it, but he's glad everything has been resolved now. >> hopefully he gets his new guitar. >> what happens in vegas stays in vegas, but what you learn in one school there, it can last a lifetime. it's for anyone who wants to learn how to do tattoos. anyone can sign up!
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alaska governor sarah palin's announcement last week that she's leaving office is still sending shock waves around the country. david letterman points out that even the sports world is feeling the effects of her decision. >> people are very upset.
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she announces she's not going to complete the term, she's not going to run for reelection, she's stepping down now, and it's rocked people you wouldn't expect. it's affecting people emotionally. you don't think it's been -- >> she's been -- my quarterback. >> that's exactly right. >> all right. on another note here, senate negotiators are searching for new ways to help pay for a health care overhaul. north carolina senator kent conrad says new polls show most people oppose paying for health care changes with new taxes on employer-paid benefits. they say it's unpopular because most people don't even know how much their job provides health care at work. 2 million people had to leave everything behind when it
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became a war zone. when the taliban made it too dangerous to stay there, the pakistanis have cleared the area, and the insurgents are making sure they don't return. they expect to have a frank discussion when they meet for the first time today. that's just one of the new stories ahead in the next hour of morning express. who does that? that's richard lui. >> they don't see eye to eye on issues like abortion and research, but they do share common ground. we take you live to rome on that. imagine cutting back your calories forever. there is new evidence that can add years to your life if you do do that. and when it comes to body weight, they're stipulating the scales more than ever before. are our traditional foods like
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bbq to blame? >> yeah, it's amazing what that can do. a federal study found o one-third of service members used tobacco. it also means higher medical costs. the va spent $6 billion last year to treat tobacco-related illnesses. they would phase in the ban probably as long as 20 years. you can take classes to be a tattoo artist. this is at a school in vegas. it's only said to be the second ink school in the world. he lost his job and he said, hey, why don't i teach it. >> i wanted to teach the youth everything i know. i've often thought of giving a seminar, and then one evening i was standing over there, and i said, this is a classroom.
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>> well, there is a three-week course for beginners. students practice on citrus first, pigskin next, then fake skin before trying the real deal. a florida mom just gave birth to her third set of twins, and her oldest son has had enough. >> no, no. too much children in the house. >> too many children in the house. hear how the rest of the family is sizing up their rapid growth. p
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listen. a nine-year-old girl outwitted a suspended child molester. she said a stranger grabbed her friend on tuesday. the man pulled the six-year-old girl into an alley and tried to fo fondle her. the nine-year-old girl said she needed to get her jump on. >> i said that i was going to go
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and put this jump rope away so he wouldn't know. >> but she ran for help instead. police caught the suspect. the girl said she's glad her friend wasn't hurt. a florida mom just had twins. this is her third set of twins! the newest family members are grace and brother dillon who arrived four days ago. they join four rambunctious older brothers, ages seven and two. so you know this time mom was praying to finally have a girl. >> i was happy because i was like, there's no way i'm going to have six boys. >> well, one of the older sons, though, says there's just too many kids in the house now. too much children is how he put it. there was a rare tragedy today at the running of the bulls in pamplona, spain, and larry is here to tell you what happened. >> this is really tragic. it's extremely dangerous of
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these guys running through the streets with the bulls chasing behind them. a man was gored in the chest as he was chased by a bull. the bulls are running from the corrals to the stadium for that night's bull fights. this man is the first goring death in the annual spectacle in 14 years. here's some amateur video. watch the right center of your screen. the man in the spripd shirt, blue and white stripes, right there, he is the one who gets gored. pamplona officials say he was on vacation with his parents and girlfriend when the tragedy took place. here's a great story this morning. a group of 25 hikers climbed mt. kilimanjar kilimanjaro. eight of them are blind. they set the record for the most blind people to make it to the top. they were part of a 25-member group that also raised $100,000 for the foundation for blind children. nicely done. michael phelps has shattered
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another world record. he seems to be getting back into form after that three-months suspension earlier this year after the infamous bong photos. he olympic gold medallist set a mark in the 100-meter butterfly. watch this, watch closely. mexico versus panama in soccer. things getting a bit testy on the pitch, that happens sometimes. but it's not that. it's this. watch the left side of your screen. this shadow is a foot from the coach of mexico who goes after -- >> right in the pants! >> that's right. the midsection of the player from panama, who takes offense, naturally, he would. he says, get off the playing field, shoving, and as you imagine, the coach was ejected. >> but not the player? >> the player was not. >> but the coach should have been. would you get out of here. >> thanks. bob, did you notice, those were the pointy dress shoes? >> absolutely. those were the witch shoes. that's why you where a cup.
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never know where it's going to come from in soccer. players, coach, fans. saber flight explorer first. show you the rain that's coming in across the chicago metro. it's breaking up right now, but heavier stuff off towards the west. this will refire up later this afternoon and we could see some delays that could rival an hour or more for your getaway friday. 16 to 30-minute delay currently at atlanta. chicago, thunderstorms this afternoon, one hour or more. and more florida stuff, same with san francisco fog. more in a little bit. check this out. your eyes are not deceiving you. those guys are living with their art. these two brothers in rio spent 12 hours a day on the side of that build. that means they eat, they sleep, they work there. they do go to a nearby art gallery to use the bathroom, if you have to know. they've been doing this since may and will be on display until august 20th. i don't know how it is that they are able to sleep up there without rolling off. you've seen them on talk
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shows, fashion runways, eminem's lap, but what happened when bruno came face-to-face with an alleged terrorist? >> lose the beard, because your king osama looks like a kind of dirty wizard. óóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóó
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