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all right. good morning, tuesday. for those of you halfway through your workweek, look at it that way. i'm robin meade. it is being called the biggest crib recall ever. what a safety group says millions of cribs could trap or suffocate babies. plus, the controversial new mammogram guidelines could now put a big monkey wrench in the health care reform debate. the uproar that could affect your coverage. first, though, be regardless of the economy, you know why you should expect to see a lot of company while shopping on friday. black friday shopping is expected to soar. more on what economists think is behind that expected jump. first, a big story here. if your baby sleeps in a store
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craft drop side crib, babies are getting trapped and some have died. more than 2.1 million cribs are being recalled. four babies have suffocated when they got trapped in the side of the crib. one mom talked about what happened to her baby. >> my brother and i did cpr on him until the ambulance got there. >> and i couldn't tell from that sound, did her baby die? to the producers? okay, her baby, unfortunately, passed away. obviously this is a very scary thought for parents. melissa long is in for jennifer with what you need to know about this huge recall. melissa? >> good morning. unfortunately, several babies did die because of this problem, this glitch, robin.
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it is huge, 2.1 million of them have been voluntarily recalled. it's because some plastic hardware on the drop side can just break. sometimes the drop side isn't properly installed. when that happens, there's a space that's created between the drop side and the mattress. as you can see, infants, toddle toddlers, they can become trapped leading to suffocation. four have died this way, 11 others have been trapped. >> don't risk your most precious treasure, your child. and get rid of the drop side crib. >> the recommendation, stop using this, stop right now. the stork craft drop side crib until you can get a free repair kit. you can get all the information you need on how to do so on your website at cnn.com/robin. click on the icon that says important websites. again, robin, as you've been stressing, stop using it immediately. >> your heart goes out to the mom we had on that story. we want to guard against any of our viewers going through the same thing. thank you. new this morning, a potential bombshell for health care reform.
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cnn has learned that the so-called independent panel that recommended last week women should wait until the age of 50 to get routine mammograms could influence your medical coverage. a section of the senate bill, health care bill, actually mentions the task force. it says mammograms between the ages 40 and 50 are not a priority, this task force, but it doesn't recommend that insurers deny coverage or offer it for that group. despite what the white house officials have said, you potentially would not be covered for mammograms until the age of 50. >> the disconnect is they're saying it doesn't set policy that's technically correct. but secretary sebelius does not say it's not covered. either she didn't know the bill or she is sort of covering it up. i think that this is serious and it is not a republican or a democrat thing. it is about some details in this bill and there are probably many others that could have, and in
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this one it will have, a negative impact on people's health. >> we can see what people think of waiting until the age of 50. a new "usa today" poll finds 76% say that they disagree with the recommendations. but women may think they're more susceptible to cancer than they really are. we'll have more on that. the man who was apparently shoved into a glass window during an arrest will be in court today. video shows a transit officer and michael gibson smashing into a train platform window. both were hurt. gibson is charged with resisting arrest and battery but his lawyer is suing for police brutality and civil rights violations. >> the person was not given any opportunity at all to surrender, wasn't given the opportunity to comply. he was immediately grabbed. now i think that's improper and that's wrong and that's how you create potentially dangerous
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situations. >> police are asking for additional videos that may have been taken of the arrests. witnesses say gibson seemed drunk and was threatening people. his family is said he is bi-polar. the officer is now on leave. what a story here. new this morning over a seven-year period there has been a 90% jump in the spread of a dangerous super bug. mrsa is resistant to common antibiotics. reuters is is saying new research found more people are now getting the bug outside hospitals. so how can experts stop it from spreading? researchers suggest new tests so that patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly. president obama will announce within days whether he will send more troops to afghanistan. the white house says that he had a final meeting with his national security team last night. one option reportedly calls for 34,000 more troops a. new poll this morning shows that 45% of americans support the war.
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a cnn opinion research corporation poll says 52% oppose it. a celebrity chef gets hit in the face by a flying ham. you can't make this stuff up. the poor thing, this happened to paula dean during a holiday food drive. first she tossed a ham and when she wasn't looking somebody tossed one back her way and that has got to hurt. >> i just got hit with a hog so what can i expect? ran head-on into a hog. >> you're one of those people who can laugh about anything. >> you have to laugh. >> the hams were donated for a thanksgiving dinner for the hungry and homeless in atlanta. i hope she's doing all right. >> she is a hero in my household, paula deen. no doubt about it. my mother-in-law is her. >> her sons are friends of the show, too. she's doing all right this morning.
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what does she say? a little butter makes everything better. if you're doing any traveling today, it's a big travel day for the holiday for thanksgiving. one off the coast of the eastern seaboard, another one wrapping up around kansas city and in between high pressure with a lot of fog so the eastern half of the nation is going to be tough going anywhere really especially when you get into philadelphia for the morning and new york city, too. that's long island. showers out of point pleasant moving into the city later today. you see the winds out of the northeast again so travel delays in new york. you're going to get them there. boston, too, with the rain showers coming up through. chicago, the fog is out there. look at the heavy rain wrapping up just west of kansas city. radar picture down i-70. wet road. come to the north, more wet stuff. into des moines and western parts of iowa and the showers get all the way up as far north as minneapolis. a little bit further north than that, too. that's something we're watching and the dense fog is out there
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less than a mile high visibility at o'hare. more on that, robin, in a half hour. we've told you about people who have had to move out of their homes because of dangerous dry wall, stinky dry wall, too. we're learning just how unsafe this material can be. and a man accused of leading police on be a chase jumped off a bridge and went for a swim.
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okay. time to salute our troops. sarah lockheed wants to salute her hubby. he's in the u.s. air force. robert has had to sacrifice a lot of time with their newborn daughter but she wants him to know she loves him dearly and she's so proud of him. look at the baby. if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, we want to help you. americans could have dangerous dry wall in their homes. i hope you're not one of them. three new government studies
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confirmed there is a strong link between a certain kind of chinese dry wall and metal corrosion. correspondent richard lui joins us now. how do you know if you have the stuff in your house? i've heard that it smells horrible. >> it does, robin. good morning to you. again, this is not all kinds of chinese dry wall but this particular brand was imported between 2005 and 2007. the main thing to look out for are corroded wires and pipes. you can see in the picture we're about to show you how the copper has turned black because of it. homeowners have also report add rotten egg smell, sickness and failed appliances. the coach of the new orleans saints even says most of his house was built with it. >> we had five computer failures, we're on our fourth hard drive right now. we had 13 air conditioning service calls, three different coil failures. we're on our third microwave oven panel. we had to install a second set of fire lines, a second alarm system.
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>> robin, so far there have been more than 2,000 complaints in 32 states, d.c. and puerto rico. >> isn't that frightening? you think about what that's doing to microwaves and his wiring, what's it doing to you? some of these people have had to leave their homes apparently. the dry wall will need to be replaced. so who pays for that? >> robin, there's a massive class action lawsuit against the manufacturer and the deadline to join that is next wednesday but florida senator ben nelson says the chinese government should eventually be held responsible. here so far they are cooperating with the investigation. in the meantime, nelson says they're working on a way to get people tax help. >> they're going to put copper and a silver screening test homeowners can put in their homes and if it turns black they're pretty sure the irs will make that available for a casualty deduction on their income tax return. >> what more else you can do
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here the government is saying you should contact your insurance company but, robin, some of the cases they have refused to reimburse homeowners. we've posted a link, by the way, with a lot more information in the important website section at cnn.com/robin. >> it doesn't seem fair the h e homeowner would be left holding the wag. >> it's tough. >> richard, thank you. >> sure. you could really see a mad house at the mall friday. retailers are expecting black friday shopping to soar this year. this is brand-new this morning. mess lang in for jennifer westhoven. i'm a little surprised because of the economy the way it is. >> but people are searching for deals. so if you're planning to set your alarm clock on friday, trying to snag some of those deals, you are going to be surrounded by endless lines of bargain shoppers not just on friday but actually saturday and sunday as well. retailers, in fact, are predicting they could see a double digit increase this year over last year. there was a survey done by the national retail federation that said 57 million people are saying they're going to be
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hitting the stores friday through sunday and that is up 16% from a year ago. they are heading to the department stores and big wox stores. cyber monday is to online retailers what black friday is to the brick and mortar stores. you may notice retailers trying to push their holiday promotions far beyond the monday after thanksgiving. the deals are good in a bad economy. you have jcpenney saying the discounts for clothes and electronics running through tuesday online and walmart.com is planning cyber week, one analyst says in addition to the sales, make the most of your shopping experience. look for other incentives like free shipping. don't miss out on that. robin? >> very good. melissa, thank you. people are starting to head to the airport. what you can do to protect yourself from possibly getting swine flu on a flight. fright flight. and speaking of
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thanksgiving, this turkey really packs a punch because it is full of liquor.
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i know, you're like, okay, i'm just getting ready to fly home or fly somewhere for thanksgiving. i'm going to ask you this. can you get swine flu on the plane on the way home for thanksgiving? well, a former cdc chief says that the chances are low unless you're close to someone who is coughing or sneezing all over you. the plane's ventilation system removes airborne germs. good to know. people near the infected passenger can get sick. you should use facemasks, tissues and hand sanitizers and avoid touching door knobs and hand rails. good luck trying to find facemasks, though. you have to see this video. a man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase jumped off a bridge and went for a swim.
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this was near ft. lauderdale yesterday. police were able to talk him out of the water. officers questioned a woman who was in the truck with him. witnesses say the couple had been arguing before the chase started. who says that you can't go home again? a homecoming on many levels last night in houston. larry smith with more on that. good morning. good morning. you know, both vince young and the tennessee titans grew up in houston. they are both enjoying a resurgence after an 0-6 start. it began with vince young, the former high school star who led the university of texas to the national championship four years ago became the starti ining quarterback. the game-winning field goal, the final minutes last night. look at vince young, completing the pass, doing his thing, running around. they're a brand-new team. they got the win over the texans. from the white house to the bcs, former george w. bush press secretary ari fleischer has been
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hired to dress up the tattered image of college football's national championship system. fleischer says he's honored to have his pr firm work with the bcs. his job, highlight what's right about the bcs and reinforce his role in matching up the two best teams in college football. good luck. a man in western pennsylvania is in jail on an animal cruelty charge, accused of killing his girlfriend's pit bull before the steelers game on sunday. by the way, they were playing in kansas city not at home. police say woodson was upset he wouldn't behave before the game, and is accused of kicking the dog down the street when he was supposed to be taking it for a walk. the outcry over henry's hand ball you probably surely heard about if you were watching us last week, it was all over the global news and put his team in the world cup, he considered retireme
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retirement. the french federation never stepped up to support him. he says he has put it past him. disappointing to not get that kind of support. >> larry, thanks. you can eat your thanksgiving turkey and get a buzz from it at the same time, at least this one. that's what one new york restaurant is offering. it is selling a wild turkey. >> because of all the flavors we use in the vodka, orange, peach, it infuses together and actually is a sweet taste. so it doesn't actually taste like vodka itself. >> okay. it tastes like chicken. a vodka turkey dinner is 29 bucks and includes a cab ride home. very smart. you can take a whole cooked turkey dinner home for $69. they also add booze to the gravy. >> i foresee problems at the dinner table, don't you, robin?
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let me tell you something, grandma, that blue wig isn't fooling anybody. >> you don't know me. >> you don't know me. what's up, robin? big travel day today through tomorrow, thursday morning, too. here's what it looks like on safer flight explorer. some light rain pockets around central p.a. heavy rain around the jersey shore moving through philadelphia into new york city, some light rain around boston, too. we're going to get some delays because of the rain, wind and fog. chicago metro's looking at between one and three-mile visibility between midway and o'hare right now. boston, new york, looking at showers. d.c., memphis, poor visibility. we'll see the poor visibility around houston, st. louis, minneapolis, charlotte, atlanta, detroit, cincinnati. the eastern half of the nation could get walloped today, unfortunately. more on that in a bit. >> i know a lot of people are heading out today because they get a two-day jump on thanksgiving. good for them. two men are in trouble with the law after posting a rap
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video on youtube. find out what they said police say went too far. y8
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stork craft is voluntarily recalling drop side cribs, linked to the deaths of four babies. the consumer products safety commission is urging parents to stop using these cribs until they get the free repair kit. for more information go right now on our website, cnn.com/robin. expect to see even larger crowds at the stores this friday. retail groups project a 16% jump in black friday shoppers, up to 134 million people have said they will shop on friday, saturd saturday, or sunday after thanksgiving. today south carolina legislators will start debating a measure to get mark sanford out of office.
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a panel will focus on sanford's five-day absence in june. sanford later admitted he ran off to argentina to be with his mistress. he's accused of using taxpayer money to do so. astronauts are getting a few hours off. yesterday's space walk was the third and the final one. they will undock tomorrow but the crew will spend thanksgiving in orbit before landing in florida on friday. that is a quick check of just a few of the many, many stories we're following this morning. are you packing already for your thanksgiving trip? you're an early bird. i'm robin meade. morning. rhode island's roman catholic bishop is speaking out about representative patrick kennedy's claim that he was banned from taking communion. kennedy told "the providence journal" bishop thomas tobin made the order because kennedy supports abortion rights. tobin says that he never ordered the ban. he says he just asked kennedy not to get communion in a letter that he wrote to the congressman in 2007. >> i work very hard to protect
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the confidentiality of correspondence so i was stunned to find out he was going to reveal the contents of that letter. >> well, kennedy has not commented yet on tobin's latest claim. they have been in heated exchanges for weeks over health care reform and abortion laws. new this morning americans are split almost dead even on whether to send troops to afghanistan. president obama is considering deploying 34,000 americans and in a new cnn/research opinion poll, 50% favor it. 49% oppose it. if he sent fewer troops, the favor would fall to 42%. president obama is expected to announce his decision within days. thousands of people in 32 states have reported problems with imported chinese dry wall in their homes. new studies show that it is likely responsible for a whole host of problems like appliances
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failing, pipes and wiring corroding. correspondent richard lui, this is not fun stuff here. so they also think that the dry wall has made them sick. >> worried about health there, robin. they've reported similar symptoms like itchy skin, difficulty breathing, headaches and bloody noses as well. one florida man is living in a tent on the roof of his building to avoid the side effects here. >> when i come back here, my tongue feels like it's coated. i get a real scratchy sensation in the back of my throat and my chest just feels like there's a weight on it. >> so it's important to note, though, that there's no proof drywall is making people sick, but a company that took air samples from homes with the drywall says it's possible the level could have contributed to the health problems. >> just a scary thought. so if you have the stuff in your house, what are you supposed to do? first of all, you have to figure out whether it is in your house. >> exactly. not all kinds of chinese dry wall are affected here so we
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posted a link. we can figure out if you have the affected brand. go and check that out. if you do, toxicologists say you should leave your home and if you're having health problems see a doctor right away. the consumer products safety commission also says you should notify state officials and contact your insurance company and a building inspector as well, robin. >> richard, thank you so much. man, what a pain for these people who have this in their homes. a man accused of killing his daughter because he thought she'd become too westernized is is pleading not guilty. the iraqi immigrant entered the plea in court in arizona yesterday. he's been charged with assault. prosecutors are expected to bring tougher charges later. he's accused of running over his own daughter and her boyfriend's mom. many young adults are living with mom and dad. 13% of parents with grown children say that at least one of their kids moved back home
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within the past year. they're called the boom rang kids. 10% say that the bad economy is why they're living with their parents again. a turkey named courage is probably the luckiest bird in america. the north carolina turkey has been chosen to be granted a pardon by the president. the turkey and its owners will be flown to the white house for the annual ceremony and then often to disneyland for a vacation where courage will be the grand marshal of a parade. because that won't be stressful because that's normal for a turkey. 35 minutes past the hour. ok okay. let's find out how your day is tuesday. i know a lot of you are leaving for your trips on wednesday and you have a lot to get done today. hi, bob. it's a big travel day, too, talking about tuesday before thanksgiving. it's huge. here is what it looks like. some major cities where the weather will be a hampering factor for you especially at the airport. we had the rain right now, pockets of it, eastern parts of p.a., and into new york state. more showers out there, too.
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more around philadelphia and in towards the jersey side. you get into new york city with your metro radar, you're dry from manhattan now but down to the south a pocket of rain around point pleasant beach moves up to the north. showers coming in later today. that's new york, philadelphia and d.c. let me take you live to atlanta. major airport. the busiest one in the country, foggy conditions to start out the morning. visibility down at around six miles. three miles when you look at uptown where you're going to see basically foggy conditions all morning and low clouds for the rest of the day so count on some delays right at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson. up to the west a big swirling mass of rain and it moves all the way in through iowa but the heaviest rain is just west of kc, moving down i-70, very slowly. it will affect your city within the next couple of hours. up to the north and to des moines, a radar sweep going on by. picks up a little bit when you get to the state line with minnesota but minneapolis right now just some pockets of rain that all fills in so we'll get delays there, delays in chicago
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because of fog, all that's coming up. i'll have the full details in just about ten minutes. >> okay. thanks. former vice president dick cheney took some shots at the obama administration for moving the 9/11 trial to a civilian court. hear why he thinks the whole thing is a big mistake.
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new music is out in the stores and one of the big releases is rihanna's called "rated r." ♪ that i'm terrified ♪ but i'm not in pain >> that is her top ten hit "russian roulette." rihanna seems to be exploring
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some of what's gone on in her personal life and giving the album good reviews. rolling stone calls it one of the best pop albums of the year. good for her. former vice president dick cheney is blasting the obama administration for moving the 9/11 trial to new york. cheney says it's a big mistake to try them just blocks away from where the world trade center stood. during a radio interview he said that the trial should be held by a military tribunal because it was an act of war. >> can't for the life of me figure out what holder's intent here in terms of having khalid shaikh mohammed. they'll use it as a platform to argue their case. they don't have a defense to speak of. it'll be a place for them to stand up and spread the terrible
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ideology that they adhere to. >> meanwhile, happening today in new york, the man who will be in charge of security for the 9/11 trial will get a promotion. michael blake, a 23-year vet of the nypd will be pumped up to deputy chief. computers, phones, cameras -- we are scouring the papers and the websites to keep you on top of friday's door buster deals and melissa long is in for jen with more on those. >> good morning. you're right. we are scanning the circulars so you don't have to do the hard work. we're finding dozens of great deals in the black friday ads. let's focus on walmart for a moment and the door busters. a blu-ray player $78. maybe you want one of those. digital cameras popular this year, at best buy you can get a digital camera for $50 on black friday. that is a savings it have $30 over the regular retail price. for more great deals, go to cnn.com/robin.
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when you're on our website click on important websites icon. news about a big jump in home sales released yesterday morning and this was about last months' sales, the dow rose 132 points. the nasdaq, s&p 500, also closed higher monday afternoon. the national association of realtors reported a 10% jump in home resales. today stocks could be affected by the updated numbers on the nation's gdp of gross domestic product. and banks are turning now to debit cards as a way to generate more fees from you. next year americans will be spending the estimate more than $1.6 trillion with their debit cards, two-thirds more than back in 2006. this is all according to a trade publication. and banks are noticing habits. if you're part of the program, earn points every time you use your debit card but, of course, it comes at a price, right? as much as $55 a year n. one
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case you had to spend more than $33,000 to earn just $100 off an airfa airfare. >> my goodness. that's a lot of money passing through your debit card. your chances of landing job for extra holiday cash look really good. what it means for the entire market. plus, kids are expected to take the stand in a hearing about accusations of racism against a philadelphia swim club. a follow-up on that story.
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a man is charged with murder after allegedly stabbing somebody on the subway in new york. now it may have happened because of an argument over a seat. police say the suspect stabbed the victim in front of passengers over the weekend. now the suspect's brother tells the nos"the new york daily news a family man that was recently hurt at work. >> i think we should look less at the actions of the victim here and think about this perpetrator. from my understanding he had had a fall two weeks before from two
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stories and had a head injury and he apparently was medicated so although there are reports from his family saying he hasn't had mental health problems in the past, now we're dealing with a possible head injury, we're dealing with medication and we all know how that can alter personality. police say that the argument between the two men started when the suspect asked the victim to move his bag from his seat so he could sit down. the suspect has pled not guilty. peta is trying to get more people to go vegan. the group has women in sexy outfits giving away tofurkey, a tofu-based alternative to turkey. turkeys are abused in farms and that 40 million of them are killed every thanksgiving. okay. i'm always amused at the outfits. is that like a sexy pilgrim? >> clearly a french maid? maybe it is a pilgrim. >> i think it's a sexy pilgrim,
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the likes of which i've never seen before. oh, you're right -- i don't know what that is. hi, bob. >> not sure. good morning to you, robin. no delays at the airports which obviously it's still early. we're going to get them. i've been looking at the observations around chicago, midway and o'hare between one and three-mile visibility. watch for a delay there. here is what we're calling for today. chicago first with with the fog out there. an hour or more is a possibility. some showers and light winds, too. 30-minute to 60-minute delays. low clouds, some fog and rain moving in. atlanta, fog right now. watch for 30- to 60-minute delays. we've got a new animation to show you. check out what happens when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside a secret agent's briefcase.
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more than a million clicks on this one. we found it on youtube. pretty good. people are so talented, aren't they? a woman is now getting credit for a record 73 years after it was taken away from her. >> her name is gretle bergman. it was june of 1936. the record wasn't allowed and she was banned from competing on the german olympic team because she's jewish. now living as margaret lambert in new york, she moved there in 1937 and changed her name, she has learned germany has restored her record. the track and field association calls it an act of justice, but she adds it doesn't make up for the past. lambert's story is told in the u.s. holocaust museum. the 95-year-old says she still can't bring herself to watch the olympics. do basketball referees really favor the home team? the study says yes.
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they studied more than 300 games in the 2004-2005 season and found that the refs called fouls in favor of the home team and tried to keep the number of fouls called even. >> are we talking nba is this. >> college. vince young, the former university of texas national championship winning quarterback, is now 4-0 as a starting qb leading tennessee in the win over the titans. the titans were 0-6 before young took over at quarterback. what a resurgence for them. a british soccer team is refunding ticket money to fans because of their poor play. i know some nfl teams that would love to hear this. after a 9-1 blow-out on the road, the wigans were so embarrassed they agreed to pay back to those who paid the roundtrip. imagine players here doing that? we lost 59-0, tennessee titans,
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we'll pay you back. >> the browns and lions are like, no, no, no. >> you bought it. >> all right. are you celebrating so, did yout with "grey's anatomy" star catherine heigl? she's turning 31. and clark howard says temp agencies are starting to hire again and that could be a sign of recovery in the job market. >> all the headlines shout we have more misery in front of us with unemployment. the nation's unemployment rate at the highest level its been in more than a generation officially at a little over 10%. you look at the number that i tend to focus on, known at u6, including all the neem are discouraged, given up, working at jobs they really don't want to be in. that unemployment rate, 17.5%. there's actually a ray of hope on the horizon.
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generally when employment starts to turn around it starts with temporary help firms. all through this recession reported fewer and fewer jobs until now. through the month of october, guess what? there are now more jobs available at temporary help firms. companies tiptoe back into hiring people and as conditions improve, they go from hiring temps to permanent workers. i think there's a chance we're going to get better. i'm clark howard. for more on your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. some of the many reasons you should watch him on the weekends, saturday and sunday on hln. remember the suspect who ate what was probably a robbery note while gets arresteded. yeah. nap guy. he's one in a long line of folks who allegedly eat evidence. ---
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well, good morning, sunshine. come here, come here, come here. sit down. take a few minutes with us here. get you informed and ready for tuesday. i'm robin meade, good morning, sunshine. a safety group says millions of kids could trap or suffocate babies. right back to that in a matter of seconds. plus, a controversial new mammogram guidelines could put a monkey wrench in the health care reform debate. it could end up affecting your coverage. one restaurant soffering a little something extra with their thanksgiving turkey. a buzz won't be the only thing you'll get from the $29 dinner, vodka. and from the economy, you should expect to see a lot these
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why shopping friday. expected to soar. we'll get to that. what an important story here. it your baby sleeps in a stork craft drop side crib, stop using it immediately. baby, getting trapped, some died. the consumer product safety commission announced a voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million cribs. it says four babies suffocated when they got trapped in the side of the crib. one mother described the horror of losing her son like this. >> my brother and i did cpr on him until the ambulance got there. >> how awful. look at that little baby. melissa long is in for jen whey you need to know about this huge recall. what's wrong with these cribs? >> the plastic around the drop side can break. that's what's wrong with these cribs. you mentioned that this recall is large. a voluntary recall of 2.1 million of them. expects parents not only in the u.s., also in canada. the i mentioned the plastic.
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sometimes the drop side isn't properly installed either. when this glitch happens it create as space between the drop side and the mattress. see it in the picture. infants and toddlers can become trapped and lead to suffocation. four died. 11 others have been trapped. >> don't risk your most precious treasure, your child, and get rid of the drop side crib. >> so get rid of it. stop using the stork craft drop side cribs until you can get a free repair kit and get all this information you need to get that freer repair kit on our website this morning. cnn.com/robin. >> an important website section, folks. go there immediately if you have that. new this morning, a potential bombshell for cnn health care reform. the panel that recommended women should wait until the age of 50 to get routine mammograms could end up influencing your medical coverage. section of the health care bill actually mentions this task force saying mammograms between
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the ages of 40 and 50 are not a priority. it doesn't recommend that insurers deny coverage or offer it for that matter for that group. so you potentially would not be covered for mammograms, though, until the age of 50. >> the disconnect is they're saying it doesn't set policy that's technically correct. but secretary sebelius said it doesn't determine what is covered. she flat wrong. either didn't know the bill or is sort of covering it up. this is serious and it is not a republican or democrat thing. it is about some details in this bill and there are probably many others that could have and in this one it will have the negative impact on people's health. >> you can see what women think of waiting until the age of 50 to get routine mammograms. a new "usa today" poll finds 76% say they disagree with that new recommendation. the man who was apparent
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shoved through glass window durin an arrest will be on court. you see him smashing into a window. both of them. the lawyer threatening to sue for police brutality and civil rights violations. >> the person was not given any opportunity at all to surrender. wasn't given an opportunity to comply. he was immediately grabbed. now, i just think that's improper and that's wrong and that's how you create potentially dangerous situations. >> police are asking for additional videos that may have been taken of the arrest. witnesses say that gibson seemed drunk and was threatening people. his family says he is bipolar. the officer is now on leave. new this morning. this is a scary thought. that over a seven-year period there's been a 90% drop in the spread of a dangerous super bug. mrsa, resistant to common antibiotic, reuters says more
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people are getting the bug outside the hospital. how can experts stop mrsa from spreading? researchers suggest new tests so patients can be diagnosed and treated quickly. and get in the face way ham. we can't make it up. the poor thing. it happened to paula dean during a holiday food drive. she first tossed a ham. when she wasn't looking, somebody tossed one back her way. >> just got hit way hog. so what can i expect? ran head on to a hog. >> you're one of those people that were laugh about anything. >> yes, yes. you have to. you have to be able to laugh. >> that had to have hurt. the hams were donated for a thanksgiving dinner for the hungry and homeless in atlanta. isn't she the sweet toast have such a nice reaction. can you match jn that's hard. >> that's a frozen ham almost? >> she's all right. >> i'm glad, too.
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>> you love her. >> one of my favorites. i've been hit in the face with many thing, but never a ham. that looked like was painful. poor gal. >> box it's five after the hour. tell me about our thanksgiving week travel. i know a lot of people are starting out early today. >> they are. nuisance-type deals. not powerful weather systems at all but enough to generate the clouds, fog and decent downpours, again not severe. one off the coast of the carolinas. weak one off the coast of maine. not a big deal. the front is getting more clouds coming in off the coast and a cold front off towards the west, an area of low pressure by kansas city. in between there, high pressure, cool, calm conditions. the fog is set up across the great lakes. for the rain showers, you can see right across western parts of pa, through western sections of pa and philadelphia, too. getting in towards the manhattan radar, actually in houghton, long island. pockets of rain through the
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jersey shore moving north. enough to slow you down at the airports on a busy travel day. more on that in a second. rain stretching in towards iowa coming out of the kansas city metro area. k.c., most of the rain west of you moving steadily over towards east and i-70. watch for showers. a couple flashes of lightning south of des moines. not severe. heavy pockets of rain thrown in the mix. minneapolis, more showers. an area of low pressure. it's a broad circulation. watch for the rain to circulate around this thing. and on the east side of that, it's a calm condition. the fog is set up. we have poor visibilities in the area we have now shaded in that charcoal color. dense fog advisories, visibilities less than a mile and a quarter in spots. should get down to less than a quarter mile mile, too. talk about that when we talk about airport delays. >> thank you. people have had to move out of their homes because of dangerous dry wahl and now we're learning how unsafe that
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material actually have. a man accused of leading police on a chase jumped off a bridge and went for a swim. so what are you going to do now?
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good morning. we always salute the troops. let's do that right now. all right? sarah was to salute her husband in the u.s. air force. sarah says he's had to sacrifice a lot of time with their newborn baby but she wants him to know she loves him dearly and is so proud of him. you just love that baby. so sweet. if you have somebody in the service and want to salute them, we'd love to help you. cnn.com/robin. many young adults are not just back home for the hom days. they are living with mom and
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dad. ed pew research center finds that 13% of parents with grown children say that at least one of their kids moved back home in the past year. they're called boomerang kids. 10% say that the poor economy is why they're living with their mom and dads again. thousands of americans could have dangerous drywall in their homes, and i hope you're not one of them. three new government studies confirm there is a strong link between a certain type of chinese drywall and metal corrosion around the house. correspondent richard lui. how do you know if it's in your house or not? >> tough to tell because you have paint on top of that. robin, this is not including all kind of chinese drywall, but this particular brand was imported to the united states between 2005 and 2007. if you can see the back side of it, it will say made in china as well. the main things to look out for are, as you are saying, corroded wires and pipes. homeowners also report add rotten egg smell, sickness as well as failed appliances.
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now, the coach of the new orleans saints even says most of his house was built with this. >> we had five computer failures. we're on our fourth hard drive right now. we had 13 air conditioning service calls, three different coil foil failures, we're on our third microwave oven panel. had to install a second set of phone lines, a second alarm system. >> so far there have been more than 2,000 complaints in 32 states across the country. d.c. and puerto rico as well. next half hour we'll tell you what to do if you have the defective brand in your home. so you can see a madhouse at the mall friday. some might like that. retailers are expecting black friday shopping to soar this year. melissa long in for jennifer westhoven on this day. beam love the deals and love to shop. >> searching for the deals. you're right. planning to set your alarm clock early friday trying to snag some of those super deals? you'll be surrounded.
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a lot of people. behave yourselves out there. not just friday. also saturday and sunday. retailers say they could see double digit increase in black friday shoppers this year. in a surveyor conducted for the national federation, 57 million will hit the stores friday through sunday, up 16% from a year ago. looks like the big crowds are heading for the department stores and big box stores. cyber monday is to online retailers what black friday is to the traditional brick and mortar stores. you may start to notice retailers pushing holiday promotions far beyond the monday after thanksgiving. the deals are good news for new a bad economy. amazon.com sales planning to go through november 30th. jcpenney.com saying discounts on clothes and electronics running through tuesday and walmart.com is planning cyber week extending sales through the 4th of december. one analyst says in addition to it sales look for other incentives. keep an eye out for items like free shipping. people, of course, starting to head to the airport for
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thanksgiving. what can you do to protect yourself from possibly getting swine flu on your flight? a lot of families enjoyed fine wine with their thanksgiving meal, but what about tons of vodka?
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eight more somali americans are facing federal terrorist charges. the indictments unsealed in a minneapolis federal court. they're accused of supporting a group considered a terrorist organization by the united states. so far 14 people are charged with recruiting somali americans from minnesota to train and fight in their war torn nate ish country. none of the eight charged yesterday is in the united states. can you get swine flu on the plane home for thanksgiving? well, a former cdc chief says the chances are low, unless you're close to someone who's coughing and sneezing all over you. the plane's ventilation system removes airborne germs.
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that's good to hear, but people near the affected passenger can get sick. use face masks, tissues and hand sanitizers and avoid touching windows and handrails. if you're not sick, are you the one using the mask? it should be the sick person using the mask. am i right? you use it! 170 soldier, back home from iraq just in time for thanksgiving. family and friendsen in ocala, florida, gave the 351st company a hero's welcome. troops were very grateful for it. >> it means the world. it really does. so many -- so many other troops that went before us didn't have this and it means a lot to each and every one of these younger kids and pass this on to future generations. >> definitely have something to be thankful for this thanksgiving. >> they were patrolling a dangerous area in mosul. the unit made it back with no casualties. thank goodness.
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you've got to the see this video. a man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase just jumped off the bridge. now what do you do? we went for a swim, all right, near ft. lauderdale yesterday. police were eventually able to talk him out of the water. couldn't stay there forever. officers also question add woman also with him in the truck. witnesses say the couple had been arguing before the chase started. who said you can't go home? a homecoming on many levels last night hust chb and larry will get you up to speed. good morning. >> good morning. vince young and the tennessee titans grew up in houston. the titans were once the houston oilers, both enjoy as resurgence after an 0-6 start this season. what a great story. the turnaround began when young, the former houston high school sfar who led the university of texas to a national championship four years ago became the starting quarterback replacing kerry collins. they haven't lost since. four wins in a row, last night helped by rob and his game winning field goal in the final minute of play.
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20-17 the final. improve to 4-6. and from the white house to bcs? ari fleischer hired to dress up the tattered image of college football the national system. hon forward have his p.r. firm work with the bcs. his job, highlight what's right about the bcs and reinforce it's role to match up the two best in college football. >> people hate that system. >> yeah's i wish him luck. and the soccer star, outcry over his hand ball caused him so much brief he considered retiring. most disappointed his own people, the french football federation never stepped up to support him saying he has put it past him and is looking forward to the two big matches this week. >> if you're a soccer player like him and your hand accidentally hits it and nobody calls it, whose fault is it? >> that's what he's saying.
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he felt embarrassed but the refs never called it. exactly right. >> a handsome guy when he takes his helmet off. trut me. carrie prejean, her new love is him. the two are a couple. they've apparently been an item since the summer. it's been a wild year for prejean. she won the miss california crown, dated olympian mike many fell p, lost a crown, wrote a book and admitted to making a racy video. we only can imagine what 2010 holds for ms. prejean. >> hold the mail. you can eat your thanksgiving tshgy and get a buzz from it at the same time. what? a new york restaurant is selling a wild turkey soaked with fruit flavored vodka. >> it doesn't actually -- because of all the flavors we use in the vodka, an apple, orange, peach, all the juice together and actual lay a sweet taste to it.
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it doesn't actually taste like vodka itself. >> a vodka turkey dinner is $30 and includes a cab ride home. honey, that's a lot of vodka, then. you can take a home cooked bird home for $69, and they also add booze to the gravy. so now not only does the chemical tryptophan make you tired but the booze, too. >> yeah. 12 hours of sleep you eat that tucker, watch the lions and add the trip phan, forget about it. >> arguing with your grandma. >> grandma, a got a -- what's up, robin? what's going on now, travel, no delays yet. it's the day right before the went before thanksgiving. busiest travel day up in the air. looking at the planes coming out of new york so far. so far so good. short delay at jfk. tats gone. house isser are out there. they come back. and fog in chicago in the morn. showers in the afternoon. philadelphia, d.c., memphis, more showers and then the poor v
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expect to see even larger crowds at stores this friday. retail groups project a 16% jump in black friday shoppers. up to 134 million people intend to shop friday, saturday or sunday after thanksgiving. stork craft is voluntarily recalling more than 2 million drop side cribs. they've been linked to the deaths of four babies. the consumer product safety commission is urging parents to stop using the cribs until they get a free repair kit. for more information right now, you can check out our website. cnn.com/robin. today south carolina legislators will start debating a measure to get governor mark sanford out of office. a panel will focus on his five-day ab sense in june. sanford later admitted he ran
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off to argentina to be with his mistress. he's accused of using taxpayer money to do so. those are some of the headlines. good morning, sunshine. how are you? 30 minutes past the hour. i'm robin meade. new this morning, we're learning that a u.s. service member was kim fld an insurgent attack in afghanistan. the military is not giving many details but says that he died in the south of the country yesterday. so far, 16 u.s. troops died this month. october was the deadliest month since the war in afghanistan began with 58 troops killed. thousands of people in 32 states have reported they've had problems with imported chinese drywall in their homes. a new study shows it is likely responsible for a whole host of problems. like your appliances failing. your pipes and wires corroding. you know, correspondent richard lui, many homeowners think this also makes them sick. i don't mean until their sick and tired. i mean ill.
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>> healthwise. they've been reporting similar simple testimonies, uche skin, difficulty breathing, headaches and bloody noses. one florida man is living in a tent on the roof of his building to avoid the side effects here. >> when i come back here, my tongue feels like it's coated. i get a real scratchy sensation in the back of my throat and my chest just feels like there's a weight on it. >> so, robin, it's important to note there's no proof the drywall is making people sick, but a company that took air samples from the homes with the drywall says it's possible the levels of hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde could have krinlted to the health problems. >> the smell alone, it's like rotten eggs. >> right. >> if you had this stuff in your house, what are you supposed to do? >> i want to be clear about one thing. not all kinds of chinese drywall are affected. we've posted a link. if you have the affected brand that link has pictures and indicators. if you do have it, toxicologists say you should leave your home. it you're having health problems, see a doctor right
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away. the consumer products safety commission also says notify state officials and contact your insurance company as well, and a building inspector. that link, cnn.com/robin has all the details. >> thank you. rhode island's roman catholic bishop is speaking out about a claim kennedy was banned from taking communion. bishop thomas tobin made the order because kennedy supports abortion rights. tobin says in a letter he wrote in 2007 he only asked kennedy not receive communion because of his tans on abortion. >> it's a source of great confusion for lots of catholics. how can you claim to be a catholic but also support abortion. as i've said on other occasions, that's false advertising. you can't support abortion and be a dedicated involved catholic. >> kennedy hasn't commented on his latest claim. they've been in heated exchanges for weeks out in over health care reform and abortion laws. a dad accused of killing his
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own daughter because he thought she'd become too westernized is pleating not guilty. the iraqi immigrant entered the plea in court in arizona yesterday. he's charged with assault, but prosecutors are expected to bring tougher charges later. he's accused of running over his daughter and her boyfriend's mom last month. his daughter died two weeks later. a turkey named courage is probably the luckiest bird in america. the north carolina turkey has been chosen to get pardoned by president obama. the turkey and its owners will be flown to the white house for the annual ceremony. then it's off to disneyland for a vacation where the turkey will be a grand marshal in the parade. because that's normal. that won't stress the turkey out. >> ship him in a box over the country and put him in a pa rate add disney. >> some people are taking off today already for thanksgiving g. for them too.
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unfortunately, travel delays, we'll see a couple. i'll show you why. his this weather brout tu by u.p.s. what's happening across the country? zero in on a couple of areas. one, the coastal storm in the carolinas. unsettled weather thrown back at you across the coastline through interior pennsylvania and new york state too. the other, a high pressure region. thinking, great, fantastic. however, skies clear, cool, light winds. the fog set up across the great lakes. get back to the west, more showers. even thunderstorms this morning across northern portions of basically missouri into low are iowa. i'll show thaw in a second. the light pockets of rain across western pa, in towards new york. new york city metro, not picking up rain around the city. in towards jersey and the philadelphia metro area. back out to the west and notice the circulation on the rain right here. lots of rain to potentially be available for western iowa, in towards northern missouri now. there's kansas city. dry for the time being. immediately down i doctor 70, getting rain across central kansas. look at chicago. getting the dense fog, too.
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about a mile visibility we get in towards chicago itself. outside, less than a quarter mile visibility. why we have the dents fog advisory shaping up for that area. northern indiana, parts of western ohio because of the nice, high pressure over you. temperatures reached the dew point. and the cold front around austin, texas, in towards san antonio. a line of showers developing ahead of that and thunderstorms off coast. notice houston. you guys are dry. down to the southwest, nice blossoming into thunderstorms right there. that might give you a delay at the airport starting up with the next couple hours. something we're certainly watch. full details in about a half hour. >> thank you. if you usually pass on the black friday mayhem, yeah, i want to stay home pup might want to rethink this year because apparently there are great door buster deals almost too darn good to pass up. by the way, i think a lot of thm you can get online. former vice president dick cheney took shots at the obama administration for moving the 9/11 trial to a civilian court.
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hear why he thinks the whole thing is a big mistake.
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every week we tell you about new music that is out. shakira, shakira is back and most of the tracks on this are in english. this is called "she wolves." ♪ what you get exactly what you give ♪ never know until you try ♪ you're so much better than this ♪ >> i just like her. don't you? shakira's new single "give it up to me" featuring lil wayne. she wanted to explore electropop on this album. in general, critics think it's pretty good. former vice president klainie is blasting the obama administration for moving the 9/11 trial to new york.
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cheney says it's a big mistake to trial khalid shaikh mohammed and four others blocks away from where the world trade center stood. should be held by a military tribunal because it was an act of war. >> well, cheney says that the 9/11 attacks were an act of war, not a law enforcement problem. for cnn host lou dobbs may be thinking about running for president in 2012. during an interview yesterday he said he's in discussions about
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it. he also told former senator fred thompson he was definitely weighing a white house bid. dobbs participated ways with our sister network cnn earlier this month. computers, toys, cameras. we are scouring the papers and the websites to keep you on top of all the friday doorbuster deals. melissa long is in for jennifer with some of the deals. some aren't doorbusters. some will last all day too? >> and some into next week as well. good morning. >> good morning. >> we are searching the circular so you don't have to do the leg work. finding great deal, dozens of them. highlight a couple for you. best buy selling a laptop for $197. real tail price almost trip that. one of the door busters will supplies will be very limited. five per store. you'll also find a lot of good deals on toys this year. at toys "r" us, bit thomas and friends wooden railway set for
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$20. one-third off the normal price and selling toys less than $10. more more great deals go to cnn.com/robin and click on the link that says important websites. stocked surged to their highest level in 14 moss with large home sales jump in october. the nasdaq and s&p 500 closed higher yesterday. it was a national association of realtors that reported a 10% jump in home resales or sales of existing, pre-existing homes. today stocks could be affected by the updated numbers on the nation's gdp, gross domestic product. the market's opening in less than two hours. and banks are turning to debit cards now as a way to generate more fees from you. next year americans will be spending more than $1.6 trillion with their debit cards. two-thirds more than back in 2006. all according to a trade publication. banks are taking notice of your habits and setting up awards program. if you're part of a program, earning points every time you use your debit cards. of course, comes with a price.
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how much? >> wa, wa, wa. >> there's always a price. as much as $55 a year is the price. in one case, you actually spend more than $33,000 on your debit card to earn just $100 off an airfare. >> all through your debit card. >> uh-huh. >> that's a lot of money. >> it is a lot of money transfers through your debit card indeed. >> thank you for being here, melissa. >> pleasure. you make it fun. great team, actually. >> you know we all have to get up early, including viewers. might as well have fun. >> and you do it well. remember that pilot that made that amazing landing on the hudson? the captain sullen bergsor says hez romance in the bedroom took off. oh, sully!
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firefighters hurt try og to put out that fire. we're told it's still burns in dallas. an exhausting fire. the crews constantly rotated. a live picture now. not sure -- well, okay. not snur that's a live picture. no, it's not. the complex was under correction, so the apartments were unoccupied, thankfully. the firefighters are expected to be okay. so the pilot who safely landed the us airways plane in the hudson river says his heroics brought mojo back to his marriage. during an interview for nbc's "people of the year" captain chesley sullenberger and hess wife says the disaster gave their bedroom a boost. like, you're my hero. also talked about "hln's" prime news, to hln prime news about the life-changing flight. >> it was a shocking moment. you know, for 42 years my
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flights had been more or less routine, but in a few seconds it was apparent to me and my first officer that day this was going to be something completely different. the most challenging, the most dire emergency of my life. >> all 155 people onboard safely escaped. >> talking sexy, sully. all right. a woman is now getting credit for a high jump record 73 years after it was taken away from her. larry smith is in for rafer. >> good morning. gretel bergman her name, matched the german record of 5'3" in june of 1936. the record wasn't allowed and banned from competing because she's jewish. now she is known at margaret lambert, changed her name. moved to new york in 1937 where she still lives and has learned germany restored her record. the country track and field association calls it an act of justice but adds it doesn't make up for the past. her story is told in the u.s.
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holocaust memorial museum. the 95-year-olds says she still can't bring herself to watch the olympics all these decades later. hmm. to college basketball. do the referees really favor the home team? the answer is yes. studied more than 300 games in the 2004, 2005 season and found the refs called fouls in favor of the home team and tried to keep the number of fouls called even. this in college basketball. hmm. yeah. vince young came, saw and conquered his home town of houston. the former university of texas national. ship winning quarterback is 4-0 leading to the feat of the win over the texans. the titans 0-6 before young took over and put them on their current win streak. get this. a british soccer team is refunding ticket money to fans because of their poor play. i know some nfl fans that would love to hear this happen.
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after a blowout on the road, they agreed to pay back a five figure sum to those who made the 350 round trip from london. it's expected less than 1,000 wiggin fan was in attendance, still, that's pretty big. >> a few nfl fans are saying, let's not make that a practice. >> can we do that here? >> can't imagine. can you imagine being stuck inside your body, you know what's going on around you but you can't move and can't express it to anyone. one man lived like that apparently for 23 years, but nobody knew it. his story, new for you in about 20 minutes. if you're looking for a job, maybe a temporary job could fit the bill right now. hln money expert clark howard says temp agencies are starting to hire again, and that could be a sign of recovery in the entire job market. >> all the headlines shout we have more misery in front of us with unemployment. the nation's unemployment rate at the highest level its been in more than a generation
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officially at a little over 10%. you look at the number that i tend to focus on. what's known as u6, incheweding all the people that are discouraged, given up, working at jobs they really don't want to be in. that unemployment rate, 17.5%. there's actually a ray of hope on the horizon. generally when employment starts to turn around it starts with temporary help firms. temporary help firms all through this recession have reported fewer and fewer jobs until now. the most recent stats available are for the month of october. and guess what? there are now more jobs available at temporary help firms. as companies tiptoe back into hiring people and as conditions improve, they go from hiring temps to permanent workers. i think there's a chance we're going to get better. i'm clark howard. for more on your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off.
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so catch him at noon eastern on saturdays and sundays right here on hln. speaking of saving money, i'm looking through e-mails and apparently there's a computer for $197 on friday? >> comodore 64, right? >> problem is, like five in the store. >> got you. an actual bona fide computer. >> a little laptop, apparently. >> okay. yeah. salute. hope you get it. what's up? >> bob, how are travelers? >> watching a fog all the way around the region. detroit right now, kind of socked in. three-mile visibility delay. just a couple minutes ago that is detroit. the three mile out there, delays shortly. no kidding. look that. that is detroit. kind of ugly. what about the rest of the reach jn chicago, you have fog also. watch for an hour or more delay there. boston showers, 30 to 60 minute delays. new york city, showers again. 30 minutes to 60. atlanta right now ground stop until:15.
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30 to 60 minute delays. more in a minute. remember the suspect, i know you do, bob, who ate what may have been a robbery note while getting arrested. he's one in a long line of folks that eat the evidence.
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all righty. good morning. there you are. it is 8:00. a lot of you probably are getting ready for your thanksgiving trip already. lucky you. get out in the traffic early. i'm robin meade. good morning, sunshine. here's what's going on -- if you are using a stork craft crib, stop using it. millions of cribs could hurt your baby. plus, doctors thought that a man was in a coma for 23 year, but now they say that it turns out he may have been conscious all that time. and remember when south carolina governor mark sanford disappeared for a week for -- what is it? disappeared for a week in the summer. sure do you. now lawmakers are working on a way to kick him out of office.
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first, though, regardless of the economy, you should expect to see a lot of people while you're out shopping this friday pap new report says black friday shopping is expected to soar. more in a moment. first, though, what an important story. if your baby sleeps isn't a stork craft drop side crib, stop using it immediately. baby, getting trapped and have died. a voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million cribs. it says that four babies have suffocated when they got trapped in the side of the crib. one mother described the horror of losing her son like this. >> my brother and i did cpr on him until the ambulance got there. >> that is, i just don't know how she can deal. melissa long is in for jen with what you need to know about this huge recall. obviously we don't want this happening to any of our viewers. >> no. it is huge. 2.1 voluntarily recalled.
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the problem, plastic hardware on the drop side can break and then sometimes the drop side isn't installed properly. when that happens it creates space between the drop side and the mattress. infants and toddlers can become trapped leading to suffocation. four have died this way. 11 others have been trapped. >> don't risk your most precious treasure. your child. and get rid of the drop side crib. >> as the legislators said, stop using the stork craft drop side cribs until you can get a free prepare kit. get all information you need from our website, cnn.com/robin. click on the icon that says important websites. >> thank you very much. new this morning, a potential bombshell for health care reform. cnn learned that the panel that recommended last week that women should wait until the age of 50 to get routine mammograms could end up influsing your medical coverage. a section of the senate health care bill actually mentions that task force. remember the panel said that
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mammograms between the ages of 40 and 50 are not a priority ji it doesn't recommend that insurers deny the coverage nor offer it for that group. so you potentially would not be covered for mammograms until the age of 50. >> the disexpect they're saying it doesn't set policy that's technically correct, but secretary sebelius said it does not influence it does not determine what is covered, and that's where she is flat wrong and either she didn't know the bill or is sort of covering it up. i think that this is serious, and. is not a republican or a democrat thing. it is about some details in this bill and there are probably many others that could have and in this one it will have, a negative impact on people's health. >> you can see what women think of waiting until the age of 50 for mammogram. a new "usa today" poll finds that 76% say they disagree with these recommendation. on our facebook page, beth says what about those who don't want
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to wait? breast cancer runs in my family. i don't want to wait until i'm 50 if i have a high risk. sandy says, can you still get the test regardless if insurance pays or not. everyone is ultimately responsible for their own health. tell us what you think. go to cnn.com/robin. an f icon for the facebook page and it takes you late to. president obama will announce with days whether he will send more troops to afghanistan. the white house said he had a final meeting with his national security team last night. one option reportedly calls for 34,000 new troops. a new poll shows 45% of americans support the war. the cnn opinion research corporation poll finds that 52% oppose it. one man was literally trapped in his body for 20 23 years. doctors thought he was in a vegetative state. after a car crash left him paralyzed. when recently retested with new technology, doctors realized that he may have been conscious all that time.
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the belgian man now communicates with his finger in a touch screen. he wrote, i was angry at first but i learned to live with it. >> we just did a whole documentary about this called cheating death, and we visited lots of nursing homes and extended care facilities. where studies like this have been done. they found up to one-third of those parents in those setting, misdiagnosed. permanent vegetative case, but go on to rove meaning it wasn't that ever. >> doctors look at patient's behavior instead of using standardized tests. today's nightmare for you. can you imagine? oh. five minutes after the hour. weatherwise, i don't know. what's typical for thanksgiving in your hometown, weatherwise? a little snow, a little rain? >> gray sky, rain. 40 degrees. >> yeah. makes you want to stay inside
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and say, scratch my belly. it's over on your side. >> that's right. push it over here. i'll get to you. let me show you the rain, robin. on the light side. kind avenuesens. when you get across northern pa, northern parts of new york state. delaware, maryland stretching in towards jersey. you see what it look like. basically light, scattered showers. we'll have those all morning long. zero in towards new york city. most of the rain across jrzy moved into the atlantic. nor showers on the lay. live to central park. traveling to the big apple for thanksgiving, looking at gray skies. there it is. temperatures uner 40s. high today about 55 maybe 54. pan over to the left. 77th street. inflating the macy thanksgiving day balloons. that's tomorrow night. showers out there on thanksgiving day. obviously. it's like that all the time. back off towards the west. the way it goes. chicago, you're dry. the fog out there now, but look at the heavy rain across central and northern parts of iowa. zoom in towards it's des moines radar. heaviest rain south of here.
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even lightning flashes popping up near i-35 moving in towards des moines. a heavy downpour morning then later today scattered showers. dense fog is out there. dense fog advisories meaning in the charcoal colored areas you're going to see visibilities less than a quarter mile down due to the fog. once the sun comes up starts working on the ground a little, the fog dissipates a little. the clouds remain and rain come back into chicago later. the cold front dipping down into san antonio. showers developing and thunderstorms just south of houston. you can see what it looks like there. all going to be around that region for the next couple hour. you might see a delay at the airport in houston because of that. zoom out farther. most out to the west, building down to your south. full details coming up, rob in half hour. good tuesday to you. >> yeah. tuesday and think of it this way. for most people who are off thursday and friday, you're already half way through your workweek. >> how great is that? >> good for you. we've told you about people that had to move out of their homes because of dangerous
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drywall. we're now learning how unsafe the stuff could be. a man accused of leading police on a chase jumped off a bridge and went for a swim. now what you going to do, mister?
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it's time right now for our salute to be troops. sarah lockheed wants to salute her husband airman first class robert in the u.s. air force and sarah says he's had to sacrifice a lot of time with their newborn daughter. look how cute. she wants limb to know she loves him dearly is and is so proud of him. 23 you have somebody in the service we'd love to help you salute them. go to cnn.com/robin. thousands of american os could have dangerous drywall in your homes. hope you're not one of them. there is a strong leak between a certain kind of chinese drywall and metal corrosion. correspondent richard lui joins us now. how would you know if this stuff is in your house? >> exactly. because there's paint on top of it.
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open the back side to look if it says "made in china." a pointance it's not all kinds of chinese drywall. this particular brand imported between 2005 and 2007. the main things to look out for, corroded wires and pipes as you intimated. homeowners also report add rotten egg smell, sickness and failed appliances. the coach of the new orleans saints eve be says most of his house was built with it. >> we had five computer failures. we're on our fourth hard drive right now. we had 13 air conditioning service calls, three different coil foil failures, we're on our third microwave oven panel. had to install a second set of phone lines, a second alarm system. >> roshen, so far there have been more than 2,000 complaints in 32 states, across the country, washington, d.c. and puerto rico. >> people have had to leave their home. unbelievable what they're going through, and the drywall needs to be replaced.
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who will pay noor? >> robin, there's a massive class action lawsuit against the manufacturer. the deadline to join that is next wednesday. florida senator ben nelson is saying the chinese government should eventually be held responsible here. so far they are cooperating with this investigation. meantime, nelson says they're working on a way 0 get people tax help. >> they're going to put a copper in a silver screening test that homeowners can put in their home, and if it turns black, they're pretty sure the irs will make them available for a casualty deduction on their income tax return. >> so the u.s. government says you should also contact your insurance company, but in some cases, they have refused to reimburse homeowners. >> that is just maddening, that the homeowner would be left holding the bag basically. >> right. >> richard, thank you. >> sure. you could really see a lot of company at the mall on friday, or wherever it is you'll
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be shopping. retailers are expecting black friday shopping to soar this year. melissa long is in for jennifer westhov westhoven. i'm surprised about this because of the way the economy is. i certainly understand people want deals. >> people may have been holding back hoping to snag the great deals on super friday. planning to set your alarm clock very early friday, you'll have, as robin said, a lot of company. expected to be a mad house in many of the malls around america. not just friday but all weekend. retailers could see a double digit increase in black friday shoppers this year. a survey conducted and it indicates 57 million people said they'd hit the stores friday through sunday. up 16% from a year ago. it looks like the big crowds are heading for the department stores and the big box stores. cyber monday is to online retailers what black friday is to the traditional brick and mortar stores, but look beyond the monday after thanksgiving for online holiday promotions. these deals are certainly good news for you in a bad economy.
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look at amazon.cop. sales through november 30th. jcpenney.com, kiss dounts for clothes and electronics through tuesday and walmart.com is planning cyber week extending sales through the 4th of december. one analyst said in addition to looking for the great deals look for other incentives. you're really in the driver's seat often, and the look for free shipping. a great other way to save money. >> and you don't have to fight the crowd. most are not the door buster deals. the regular sales that last all weekend? >> some are just launched cyber monday, just in case people want to go online and some, actually, launching thanksgiving day itself. if you wan to shop while cooking the turkey, another option. >> is it toys "r" us opening at midnight? >> many stores are actually going to be open. >> gosh. all right. a rip between a rhode island bishop and patrick kennedy lasts another day. what the bish sop saying about kennedy's claim he was banned from taking communion. j saying
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kennedy's claim he was banned from taking communion. bi saying kennedy's claim he was banned from taking communion. s saying kennedy's claim he was banned from taking communion.
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time check. hope you're on time, 17 past the hour. the suspect in the ft. hood shooting rampage pleads not guilty and may use an insanity defense. the word from major hasan's lawyer. you have to worry about mental status when someone's accused of something like this. hasan is charged with 13 kountsz of murder. it's not clear if prosecutors will ask for the death penalty. the man apparently shoved into a glass window during an arrest will be in court today. video posted on youtube shows a transit officer and michael gibson smashing into a train
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platform window. both were hurt. gibson is charged with resisting arrest and battery, but his lawyer is threatening to sue police for brutality and civil rights violations. >> the person was not given any opportunity at all to surrender. wasn't given an opportunity to comply. he was immediately grabbed. now, i just think that's improper, and that's wrong, and that's how you create potentially dangerous situations. >> police are asking for additional videos that may have been taken of the arrest. witnesses say that gibson seemed drunk and was threatening people. his family says that he's bipolar. the officer is now on leave. thanksgiving is a great time for culinary students to practice. instructors and students in west palm beach, florida, are busy getting turkeys ready for the free meals for 1,000 people. the city's mayor is getting in on the preps, too. >> we know it's hard times but we want everybody to stop the next few days and say thank you for what they feel blessed about, and share. that's what tomorrow night's
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about. >> it's just wonderful for everybody, and to really get it, the students have to go down tomorrow, set it all up and then see these people come. this is maybe the only hot meal they're going to have for the whole week. this is their thanksgiving. >> this kitchen is part of a larger organization that will feed about 60,000 people across florida. this afternoon, south carolina legislators will start debating a mesher to get the governor, mark sanford, out of office. a panel will focus on sanford's five-day ab sense in june. sanford later admit head ran off to argentina to be with his mistress. he's accused of using taxpayer money to do so. sanford's second and final term ends in january of 2011. a special homecoming in houston for a star that has been -- reborn? larry smith fills you in, in for rafer. >> vicinities young thought the houston texans would select him as the number one overall pick in 2007. instead, the guy who last night
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hurt the texans baeft chance at a playoff berth in their young history. regaining the starting quarterback job with the titans continues. 4-0 under the houston native after an 0-6 start with kerry collins as quarterback. the game-winning field goal in the final minute lifted tennessee to the win 20-17. from the white house to the bcs? former george w. bush press secretary ari fleischer hired to dress up the tattered image of college football's national championship system. fleischer says he's honored to have his p.r. firm work with the bcs. a firm that works with many sports organizations. his job is to highlight what is right about the bcs and reenforce its role as the best way to match up the two best teams in college football. >> yeah, right. >> got a big job ahead. hope they're paying you well. >> you'll hate it. french soccer star at the outcry over the handball that landed his team in the world cup
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causing so much greech, he's considered retirement. you saw the handball right in. you can't put your hands out. says it was an involuntary reflex and admitted it later arpd has put it behind him and is ready for the two big matches for france this week. ron artest long been the bad boy of the nba. you know that. right? now playing with the lakers in the big city of los angeles, delivered the biggest shock on "the jimmy kimmel show". >> from your los angeles lakers, please welcome ron artest. >> yeah. ron artest in his -- underwear. and he said he got there late and, just going to get dressed but why did he remain undressed the entire interview? dennis rodman somewhere is going -- >> good pecks. >> going, that's my boy. my boy. that's what i would do. >> okay. >> why?
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did dennis rodman do that before? >> he would have liked to, i'm sure. >> remember the pilot who made an amazing landing on the hudson river? well, captain sullenberger says after it touched down, his romance in the bedroom took off.
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stork craft is saying don't use these cribs. go to our website for more information. and three hikers won't be released soon. it's up to a judge to decide their faith but hoping the punishment won't be severe. they say they crossed the border, unmarked, by mistake. getting a few hours off. yesterday's space walk was the
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third and final one for this visit to the international space station. "atlantis" will undock tomorrow, but the crew will spend thanksgiving in orbit before landing friday in florida. those of the headlines and, good morning, sleepy tuesday for you. 30 minutes past the hour. rise and shine now. i'm robin meade. this morning a commission in london has started investigating britain's buildup to the iraq war. it could take months to question all witnesses including former prime minister tony blair. he will be asked whether he secretly backed president bush's war plan a year before parliament okayed joining the invasion. now, the panel says its main focus is on making sure the same mistakes don't happen again. early next year, a pennsylvania commission will hear testimony in a complaint that a swim club was racist. you may remember that back in june the club cancelled swim privileges for a group of mostly african-american and latino children. the kids claim they were discriminated against. some of them are expected to take the stand. thousands of people in 32
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states have reported problems with imported chinese drywall in their homes. new studies show it is likely responsible for a whole host of problems, like appliances failing, pipes and wires corroding. correspondent richard lui joins us now. many of these homeowners think it made them sick, too. >> yeah, that's right, robin. good morning. they've been reporting here similar symptoms, itchy skin, difficulty breathing, headaches and bloody noses as well. one florida man, for instance is living in a tent on the roof of his building 20 avoid these side effects. >> when i come back here, my tongue feels like it's coated. i get a real scratchy sensation in the back of my throat and my chest just feels like there's a weight on it. >> so, robin, it's important to note there's no proof the drywall is making people sick, but a company that took air samples from homes with the drywall says it's possible the levels of hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde could have contributed to the health problems. >> the poor man can't even live in his own house?
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>> at this moment, that's right. >> so if you do have this stuff in your house and you find out what are you supposed to do with it? >> robin, we want to be clear about one thing. not all kinds of chinese drywall are affected in this case. we posted a link, cnn.com/robin to figure out if you have the defective brand. detail there's. if you do, toxicologists say leave your home and if you're having health problems see a doctor right away. the consumer product safety commission also says notify state officials and contact your insurance company and a building inspector as well, robin. >> richard, poor homeowners stuck with this stuff. thank you. rhode island's roman catholic bishop is speaking out about representative patrick kennedy the claim he was banned from taking communion. kennedy told the "providence journal" the bishop tobin made the order because kennedy supports abortion rights. toeb's says he never ordered the ban but asked kennedy not to receive communion in a letter he wrote the congressman in 2007. >> i worked very hard to protect
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the confidentiality of our correspondence. i was stunned to find out he was going to reveal the consent of that letter. >> kennedy has not commented yet on tobin's latest claim. he and tobin actually have been in heated exchanges for weeks about health care reform and abortion laws. a celebrity chef gets hit in the face by a flying ham. poor thing. it happened to paula dean during a holiday food drive. first she tossed a ham and wasn't looking when somebody tossed one back her way. >> i just got hit way hog's what can i expect? ran head on to a hog. >> you're one of those people that can laugh about anything? >> yes, yes. >> you have to. you have to be able to laugh. >> i know that had to hurt, though. the hams were donated for a thanksgiving dinner for the hungry and homeless in atlanta. thank goodness she's okay. that is a tough case of the swine flu.
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>> poor thing. >> you get it? swine "flew"? >> aaargh, aaargh. >> i love paula dean. show you what's going on across the board. travel, heads up, fog in towards georgia and the carolinas. more low level cloudiness around the great lakes stretching into the northeast with rain showers. basically west of kansas, it looks okay, except for the pacific northwest. talk you live to atlanta. show you this, because it's a huge, huge travel day today, and the busiest airport in the country is in atlanta. good news here. start seeing the tops of the building again, but the cloudiness is out there. you'll find that true down by the airport as well. atlanta right now, cloudy skies, watch for delays because of that. poor visibility when you get down here. so the rest of the nation, the way it goes. rain showers in towards central pa and new york. more showers towards jersey but breaking up. new york city metro, a big travel hub. looks like thing are dry now. winds pick up a little later this afternoon. low clouds back in all the time. showers off and on, too.
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the west, look at rain around iowa. heavy at times, too, in towards kansas city. zero in towards radar out in des moines. thunderstorm complex between 80 and 35 moving in towards des moines shortly producing a lot of rain and heavier down pours right in the areas where you see the red. getting in towards des moines shortly. watch for that. back across the east, look at the dense fog advisory, chicago towards northern illinois parts of iowa stretching in towards northern indiana and sections of ohio, too. visibility down below a quarter mile because of the fog. why you have the advisory out. down south, cold front through central texas. rain offshore bubbling back in close to the houston metro. light showers around houston telephone. heaviest down pours still down in the south. those could bubble in there later today. something also we're watching. the west coast so far okay. light rain around seattle. i'll get to that coming up in about a half hour. robin? bob, are you a shopper on black friday? >> absolutely not. my black friday is christmas
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eve. how about you? >> used to be out there at 4:00 in the morning. oh, yeah, i had like a team. when my nieces and nephews are younger. now i'm a little lazier. if you pass, the deals this time around might make you change your mind. a quick rundown of the great doorbuster deals.
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good morning. a look at morning papers for you now. 9 "washington post" reports joblessness for 16 to 24-year-old black men has reached great depression proportions. 34.5%. more than three times the rate for the general population. the "new york times" says there is a nature push for change in the criminal justice system. critics say there are so many laws on the books that it clogs
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up the system. one critic says that some federal laws are point lds, like giving a false weather report -- didn't know that was against the law -- bob -- or importing lobsters. teasing. and the "l.a. times" says that a new telescope is being built at the yoofrt of arizona is so big it can find planets outside or solar system and see evidence of the origins of the universe. that's a look at the papers. did it sound like there was an echo? like i was karaoking. many are living with mom and dad now, not just home for the holidays. the pew research center found 13% of parents with kids say at least one of the kids moved back loam in the past year. they're called boomerang kids. 10% of them say the poor economy is why they're living with their parents again. computers, toys, cameras. we are scouring the papers and the websites to keep you on top of friday's big deals, and melissa long is in for jennifer
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with some of those. some are doorbusters. >> exactly. some are actually sales that take affect of morning of thanksgiving. as you're working on the turkey and all the trimmings you can be shopping as well, multitasks. >> online. >> yes. >> some stores opening on thanksgiving. we'll talk about those tomorrow. so many bargain shopping. retailers want the cash registers to scream, cha-ching, friday. finding discounts on black friday pap couple deal wes found. highlight it. office depot, a garmin 1300 gps for $150. $100 off the retail price. best buy selling an hp laptop for $197. retail is almost trip that. one of those doorbusters where supplies are very limited. as few as five per store. get there early and wait in line. more great deals. cnn.com 14rk/robin and click on the i con that says important websites. figures to share this morning, just in, the economy
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not so robust in the third quarter as previously thought. the commerce department revised reading says the economy group at a 2.8% pace instead of the original 3.5% estimate. what does gdp do, measure goods and services. banks are turning to debit cards as a way to generate more fees from you. next year americans, it's estimated, will spend more than $1.6 trillion with deb ed cards. two-thirds more than back in 2006. all according to a trade publication. banks are picking up setting rewards programs. if you're part of a program, you can earn points every time you use your debit card. similar to credit cards, right? but it comes at a price. as much as $55 a year and, in fact, one case, you had to actually spend more than $33,000 to earn just $100 off airfare. something else interesting, robin. this year more than any other
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year, people are using debit cards rather than credit cards. never seen this kind of shift before. >> we're getting more used to using money we actually have? >> exactly. rather than overspending or spending beyond where we should be. >> polimelissa, thank you. what they say police said went too far on a rap video. and if you go for seconds at one restaurant, call a cab. 100 proof turkey is on the menu.
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45 minutes past the hour. i know this is the last thing you want to hear about before you head out for thanksgiving travel. a survey finds that 51% of people pommed said they would fly sick with the flu rather than pay to rebook their flight. how rude is that? about 2,300 people answered trip adviser online survey honestly apparently and some doctors are urging airlines to be lenient with sick passenger whose do want to change their travel plans but don't want to have to pay for it. two men were arrested after
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threatening police in a rap video they put on youtube. ♪ you see watch for me cops go see ♪ watch for me ♪ >> one of the men named two police officers and allegedly threatened them with harm. he was arrested along with the video's producer. now, they're lawyer says that his clients are basically a couple of misguided, not very bright young men. you don't say? but their video, he says, was not criminal. adam lambert is defending his controversial performance at the music awards. a lot of people are upset. the folks on "hln's" "prime news" wondered if it's justified. >> over the line or not? >> claiming discrimination. who discriminated against him? look, he got up on a national stage and in front of all those abc viewers, did whatever he wanted to do clearly. no one was holding him back. he had full flat form to do whatever he wished. that's what he close to do. the discrimination thing doesn't hold water.
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the other aspect to remember, the name of the song he was singing was "for your entertainment." what he close to do entertain everyone in a shocking way that a lot of people think is raunchy. but, of course, one person's raunch is another person's fine art, and therein lies the debate. important, too, what kind of is lost in all this is that it wasn't a very good performance. >> no, it wasn't. >> it was shocking but he really -- >> i'm with you. the guy can sing. i thought it seems to me, anyway, more concerned about shock value than singing value. >> get the latest on any developments on that story on "prime news" starts at 5:00 p.m. here on hln. a turkey named courage is probably the luckiest bird in america. ed north carolina turk hey been chosen to be pardoned by president obama. now, the turkey and its owners will be flown to the white house for the annual ceremony and then off to disneyland for a vacation where courage is going to be the grand marshal of the parade.
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that won't stress him out or anything. >> ride the float? >> he's pretty. a woman now getting credit for a high jump record. 73 years after it was taken away from her. larry smith is in for rafer. good morning. >> good morning. gretel bergman her name. now margaret lambert, she changed it when she moved here in 1987. she finally gets credit for achievement of decades ago. june 1936 when she matched the german high jump record. the record wasn't allowed and she was banned from competing on the german olympic team because she's jewish. the country's track and field association now calls restoring the record and act of justice but admits it doesn't make up for the past. lambert's story is told in the u.s. holocaust memorial museum. to college basketball. do referees favor the home team? the answer is yes aid cording to a study by professors and published in the journal of sports sciences. they studied more than 300 games in the 2004, 2005 season and found the refs did call fouls in
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favger of the home team as well as trying to keep the number of fouls in a game even. vince young came, saw and koenkd in his hometown of houston last night. the former university of texas national winning quarterback is 4-0 this season as a titans starting qb. a win over texas. they're 4-0. a british soccer team is refunding ticket money to fans because of poor play. wouldn't you love to see your team do this? after a 9-1 blowout on the road, imagine this happening in this society, agreed pay back a five figure sum to those who made the round trip from london. it's expected less than 1,000 fan was in attendance. still, what a nice surprise to get the check in the mail. i don't think includes gas money. >> i don't see the nfl giving it. >> no. never going to happen. if you're looking for a job,
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maybe a temporary job to foot the bill now. "hln's" money expert clark howard says the temp agencies are agencies are starting to hire again. that could be a sign of recovery in the entire job market. >> all the headlines shout, we have more misery in front of us with unemployment. the nation's unemployment rate at the highest level it's been in more than a generation, officially at a little over 10%. you look at the number i tend to focus on, including all the people discouraged, given up, working in jobs they really don't want to be in, that unemployment rate 17.5%. there's actually a ray of hope on the horizon. generally when employment starts to turn around, it starts with temporary help firms. temporary help firms all through this recession have reported fewer and fewer jobs each month until now. the most recent stats available for the month of october, there are now more jobs available at temporary help firms.
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that's where companies tiptoe back into hiring people and as conditions improve, they go from hiring temps to permanent worke workers. i think there's a chance we're going to get better. i'm clark howard. for more on your wallet go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less, avoid getting ripped off. watch him on the weekend at noon eastern saturdays an sundays. president and mrs. obama are getting ready for their first state dinner tonight. they're going to begin the day welcoming the prime minister of india this morning. around 9:15 the two leaders will hold meetings and a news conference. we find out what toys are safe and which ones you might want to avoid this vchristmas when a consumer group releases its annual report. former vice president dick cheney calls moving the 9/11 trial to a civilian court in new york a big mistake. hear what else he had to say
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about what he calls a show trial. you can expect a lot of company if you're planning to hit the mall on black friday. the amount of people who are setting their alarms early, well, that might surprise you.
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good morning. so glad you're with us today. there you are. morning, sunshine. it is 9:00 eastern. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on today. if you're using a stork craft crib, stop using it. why a safety group says millions of cribs could hurt your babies. it's a certain kind, too. controversial new mammogram guidelines could now put a big monkey wrench in the health care reform debate. a new uproar that could end up affecting your coverage. just in time for thanksgiving, of course. a turkey that really packs a lot of punch. full of liquor. hope it doesn't make you sicker. regardless of the economy, you will see a lot of company while you're shopping on black friday.
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brand-new this morning, projections are out. it shows the number of shoppers is expected to soar. discussion upcoming. first, if your baby sleeps in a stork craft drop side crib, stop using it immediately. babies are getting trapped and some have died. the consumer products safety commission announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million cribs. it says four babies have suffocated when they got trapped in the side of the crib. here's one mother describing the horror of losing her son like this. >> my brother and i did cpr on him until the ambulance got there. >> i just can't imagine what she's been through. melissa long is in for general with what you need to know. >> it is huge. 2.1 million being recalled. the problem on these stork craft cribs is that there's some plastic hardware on the drop side that can break and then sometimes the drop side just isn't properly installed.
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when this happens, this creates a space between the drop side and the pmattress. infants and toddlers can become trapped, leading to suffocation. four have died this way. 11 others have become trapped. >> don't risk your most precious treasure. your child. get rid of the drop side crib. >> as the legislator said, stop using the stork craft drop side cribs until you can get a free repair kit. get all the information you need on this voluntary recall at cnn.com/robin. click on the link that says "important websites." new this morning, a potential bomb shell for health care reform. cnn has learned the panel that recommended last week that women should wait until the age of 50 to get routine mammograms could end up influencing your medical coverage. a section of the senate health care bill actually mentions that task force. remember, the panel said mammograms between the ages of 40 and 50 are not a priority. it doesn't recommend that insurers deny coverage nor offer
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it for that group. so you potentially wouldn't be covered for mammograms until the age of 50. >> the disconnect is they're saying it doesn't set policy. that's technically correct. but secretary sebelius said it does not influence, does not determine what is covered, and that's where she is flat wrong. and either she didn't know the bill or she is sort of covering it up. i think that this is serious and it is not a republican or a democrat thing. it is about some details in this bill. and there are probably many others that could have and in this one it will have a negative impact on people's health. >> you can see what women think of waiting for mammograms until the age of 50. a new "usa today" poll finds that 76% say they disagree with the recommendation of waiting for routine mammograms until they're 50. on our facebook page, their recommendation will change as soon as someone on that panel loses their mother, sister or
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daughter to breast cancer. tom says once the health care bill passes, there will be more things like this. government will tell you what to have and when to have it. of course, these are opinions of our viewers. and there are many different opinions there. tell us a you think. go to cnn.com/robin. click on the icon, the f icon which takes you right to facebook. president obama will announce within days whether he will send more troops to afghanistan. the white house says they had a final meeting with his national security team last night. one option reportedly calls for 34,000 more troops. and a new poll this morning shows 45% of americans support the war. the cnn opinion research corporation poll says that 52%, however, oppose it. rhode island's roman catholic bishop says he never demanded representative patrick kennedy be banned from taking communion because he supports abortion rights. he just asked him not to take it. kennedy said bishop thomas tobin made the order in a 2007 letter.
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tobin says it was only a request because of kennedy's stance on abortion. >> i think it's a source of great confusion for lots of catholics. how can you claim to be a catholic but also support abortion? as i've said on other occasions, that's really false advertisement. you can't support abortion and be a dedicated, involved catholic. >> kennedy hasn't commented yet on tobin's latest claim. he and tobin have been in heated exchanges for weeks over health care reform and abortion laws. new this morning. what a story. over a seven-year period there has been a 9% jump in the spread of a dangerous super bug. m mrsa is a bacterial bug resistant to common antibiotics. researchers find more people are getting the bug outside the hospital. how can experts stop it from spreading? researchers suggest new tests. the courts will decide what happens to three u.s. hikers
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detained in iran. at least that's at the iranian president is saying. mahmoud ahmadinejad said the hikers made a big mistake, but he hopes that they will not be severely punished. iran has charged them with espionage. the u.s. insists that the hikers just made a mistake when they crossed the border into iran. a celebrity chef got hit in the face by a flying ham. the poor thing. it happened to paula deen during a holiday food drive where she tossed the ham. when she wasn't looking, somebody else tossed one back her way. >> i just got hit with a hog. what can i expect? ran head on to a hog. >> you're one of those people that can laugh about anything. >> yes, yes. you have to. you have to be able to laugh. >> well, apparently she's okay. i'm glad for that. the hams were donated for a thanksgiving dinner for the
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hungry and homeless in atlanta. her sons are friends of the show. that had to hurt. >> she's my hero for food. that's like watching derek jeter get hit in the face with a baseball. >> don't you touch my paula. no, no, no. >> whoa. watch where you're throwing that thing. right across the middle of the country, the northern plains to the upper midwest an upper level low pressure area. basically cold air in the mid levels of the atmosphere circulating around. cold air on top of warm air, inherently that's unstable. squeezing out the clouds, squeezing out the rain. thunderstorms thrown in there to boot. down to the south in towards demides moines, lightning flashes. heavy rain drifting towards the north. that basically gets in towards lower parts of minnesota, where you're having light rain around minneapolis right now. fog is out there, too. chicago towards extreme
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northwestern indiana. gary a dense fog advisory. fog being felt across the mid-atlantic as well. pictures out of baltimore from just a couple minutes ago. fog is there. 2.5 visibility. temperature 50 degree. you're not going to get any higher than that today. a cool, murky day for the mid-atlantic all the way through the northeast. rain and thunderstorms for texas and more rain for the pacific northwest. i'll give full details on that west coast in about a half hour. we've told you about people who had to move out of their homes because of bad dry wall? we're just learning now how unsafe some of that material can be. and a man accused of leading police on a chase jumped off of a bridge and went for a swim. so where are you going to go now, mister?
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it's time for our salute to the troops. sarah lockheed wants to salute
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her husband. she says robert has had to sacrifice a lot of times with her newborn daughter. she wants him to know she loves him dearly and she is so proud of him. if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin. it's always our honor to help you. forget the video games and the elmo dolls. new in about 20 minutes, which toy is hard to find this year. and it has parents really scouring the stores this holiday season. you know it's different every year. you've got to see this video. a man accused of leading police on a high speed chase jumped off a bridge and went for a swim. now what do you do? this was near fort lat. lauderd yesterday. police were able to talk him out of the water. officers also questioned a woman in the truck with him. witnesses say the couple had been arguing before the chase started. you know what, you could really see a mad house out shops on friday. the retailers are expecting black friday shopping to soar this year. brand-new information this
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morning. melissa long is in for jen. she has it. >> a lot of people expected to be shopping on friday. setting their alarm clocks super early. you can go shopping as early as 12: 01 at some store. we wanted to highlight some of the deals. let's talk more about the crowds. research is showing retailers could see a double digit increase in blaj friday shoppers this year. survey conducted finds 57 million people said they are going to be hitting the stores friday through sunday. that's up 16% from one year ago. it looks like the big crowds are heading for the department stores and the big box stores. if you prefer shopping from the comforts of your home or office, not encouraging you to do that, i know a lot of people do shop from work, watch for online promotions that extend beyond the holiday weekend. good deals in a bad economy. amazon.com sales go through november 30th. jc penney says discounts will
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run through tuesday. walmart.com says it's planning cyber week extending sales through the 4th of december. one analyst says in addition to the sales look for other incentives like free shipping. monday after thanksgiving weekend is called cyber monday. it is to online retailers what black friday is to brick and mortar stores. home prices rose slightly in september. it was the fourth straight increase. the standard and poors case-shiller index rising just a fraction. despite the good news home prices remain 9% lower than they were one year ago. shuffling off to grandma's house for thanksgiving? do you have people traveling in? are you cooking? >> yeah. both. got the parents coming in. we're building up with the volume right now. it's pretty much getting higher and higher. it's going to build to a crescendo by tomorrow. that's when the real travel day is. right now new york city metros,
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philadelphia down through d.c., so far soo good. across pennsylvania scattered light pockets of rain around. a nuisance rain. low clouds there, too. so far there's nothing right now. chicago metros watch for the fog and the light rain in the afternoon. one hour more more delays. boston, new york, philly, d.c. memphis, low clouds and light showers. 30 minutes to an hour. early morning fog in atlanta, detroit, charlotte, cincinnati. full details in a little bit. remember the pilot who made that amazing landing on the hudson river? captain chesley sullenberger says after the plane touched down safely, his romance in the bedroom took off. wait until you hear about his new marriage mojo.
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thousands of americans could have dangerous dry wall in their homes. three new government studies confirm there is a strong link between a certain kind of chinese dry wall and metal corrosion. correspondent richard lui joins us now. how would you even know if this stuff is in your house? >> exactly. there's paint on top of it. you'd have to go on the backside. it says made in china. it's not all kinds of chinese dry wall. this particular brand was imported into the united states between 2005 and 2007. the main thing to look out for are corroded wiresown oeowners rotten egg smell, sickness and failed aappliances. the coach of the new orleans saints says his house was built with it. >> we had 13 air-conditioning service calls. three different oil failure. we're on our third microwave oven panel. we had to install a second set of phone lines, a second alarm
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system. >> so, robin, so far there have been more than 2,000 cop plaimp across 32 states, washington, d.c. and puerto rico. >> many of these people have had to leave their homes. unbelievable what they're going through. the dry wall is going to need to be replaced. what's going to pay for that? >> there's a massive class action lawsuit against the manufacturer right now. the deadline to join that is next wednesday. florida senator ben nelson saying the chinese government should be held responsible. so far they're cooperating. in the meantime nelson says they're working on a way to get people some tax help. >> they're going to put a copper in a silver screening test homeowners can put in their home. and if it turns black, they're pretty sure the irs will make them available for casualty deduction on their income tax return. so the u.s. government says
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you should also contact your insurance company. in some cases they have refused to reimburse homeowners. >> that's maddening that the homeowner would be left holding the bag, basically. thank you. a special homecoming in houston for a star that has been reborn. larry smith in for rafer. >> good morning, robin. vince young thought the houston texans would take him at the number one overall pick in the nfl draft in 2007. instead he hurt the texan's best chance at a playoff birth in their brief history. these teams don't like each other, the titans and the texans. young's resurgence continues. they are now 4-0 since he took over as the starting quarterback in place of kerryli0-6 this sea. the game winning field goal in the final minutes was the difference in this one. 20-17. there it is. titans improve to 4-6. from the white house to the bcs? former george w. bush press secretary arry flisher has been
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hired to dress up the tattered image of college football's national championship system. he says he's honored to have his pr firm now work with the bcs. his job is to highlight what's right with the bcs and reinforce its role as the best way to match up the two best teams in college football. >> good luck. >> we wish him luck, don't we, robin? that's a big job. hope he's getting paid a lot of money. a soccer star says he considered retiring thanks to the grief suffered over the out cry from his handball, the faux pas that landed his team in the world cup last week. he was most disappointed that the french football federation never stepped up to support him. he's putting that behind him. artest now playing with the lakers in the big stage in los angeles. he last night delivered his biggest shock of all. on the jimmy kimmel show. look out. >> from your los angeles laker,
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please welcome ron artest! >> oops. artest tried to say he showed up late and thought he would just get dressed. funny he never put his clothes on once he sat down. >> just sitting there in his drawers? >> just a man in his drawers. it's a will smith song. "the man in drawers." >> a lot of people are still upset about adam lambert's performance at the american music awards. abc got 1,500 complaintcomplain. the singer says the kiss was spur of the moment. the kiss was not included in show rehearsals. many young adults aren't just back home for the holidays. they are living with mom and dad. the pew research center finds that 13% of parents with grown children say that at least one of their kids moved back home in the past year. they're calling them the boom rang kids. 10% say the poor economy is why
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they're living with their parents. doctors thought a man was in a coma for 23 years. but now they say it turns out he may have been conscious the whole time. knew what was going on around him. just couldn't do anything about it.
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morning. the new york stock exchange is now open for business. we found out about an hour ago the economy did not grow quite as fast in the third quarter as we thought. we're going to see how investors react this morning. stork craft is voluntarily recalling more than 2 million drop side cribs. they've been linked to the deaths of four babies. the consumer products safety commission is urging parents to stop using these cribs until they get a free repair kit. for more information right now check out our website. cnn ppt come/robin. expect to see even larger crowds at the stores this friday than usual. retail groups project a double digit jump in black friday shoppers. susan lisovicz is going to have
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more on those numbers in a few seconds here. astronauts on the shuttle "atlantis" are getting a break today. yesterday's spacewalk was the third and final one for their visit to the international space station. they'll undock tomorrow, but the crew will spend thanksgiving in orbit before landing if florida on friday. quickly, i want to check in with you. morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. right back into the stores. the suspect in the ft. hood shooting rampage will plead not guilty and may use an insanity defense. that's the word from major nidal hasan's lawyer. he says you have to wonder about mental status when someone is accused of something like this. hasan has charged with 13 counts of murder. it's not clear yet if prosecutors will ask for the death penalty. one man was apparently literally dr lly trapped in his for 23 years. doctors thought he was in a vegetative state after a car crash left him paralyzed. when he was recently retested with new technology doctors realize he may have been conscious all those years.
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the belgium man now communicates with his finger and a touch screen. he wrote, i was angry at first, but i learned how to live with it. >> we just developed a whole documentary about this called "cheating death." we visited lots of nursing homes and lots of extended care facilities. that's where studies like this have really been done. what they find is up to one-third of patients in those settings are misdiagnosed. they carry the diagnosis of persistent or permanent vegetative state but they go on to recover. meaning it wasn't persistent or permanent ever. >> something else. one researcher says many misdiagnoses happen because doctors look at a patient's behavior instead of using standardized tests. south carolina legislators are debating a measure this afternoon to get governor mark sanford out of office. a panel will focus on his five-day absence back in june. sanford later admitted he ran off to argentina to be with his mistress. he's accused of using taxpayer money to do so.
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sanford's second and final term ends in january of 2011. can you get the swine flu on the plane home for thanksgiving? former cdc chief says the chances are low. unless you're close to somebody who's just coughing and sneezing all over you. the plane's ventilation system removing airborne germs. good to know. but people near the infected passenger can get sick. so you should use face masks, tissues, and hand sanitizers and avoid touches doorknobs and handrails. if you're the person traveling sick, you're the one who should use face masks and not touch stuff. am i right? anybody? nobody else. all right. 170 soldiers are back home from iraq just in time for thanksgiving. family and friends in ocala florida gave the military company a hero's welcome. the troops were very grateful. >> it means the world. it really does. so many other troops that went before us didn't have this. it means a lot.
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to each and every one of these younger kids. we pass this on to future generations. >> definitely have something to be thankful for this thanksgiving. >> the soldiers have been patrolling a very dangerous region of mo sul in northern iraq. the unit made it back with no casualties. a robotic hamster may be at the top of your kids' wish list for christmas. zhu zhu pets have been flying off the store shelves. that's it right there. i know. the toys sell for about 10 buck. can you believe they're showing up on ebay for hundreds of dollars? give me a break. they wiggle their noses like new hamsters and have names like mr. skig ls. that's the selling point, bob says. >> mr. squiggles. it's only 10 bucks. can't beat that, right? >> if you can find them, apparently. it's one of those christmases when people are standing in line. >> it's the rush. >> my kid wants it more. >> i got you. i want to start off with the
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south texas coastline. things are bubbling up nicely ahead of a cold front. look at the thunderstorms developing over the last three hours. just north of corpus christi, south of houston. houston you have a delay because of low clouds. look at the rain and thunderstorms pulling into the gulf. all ahead of the cold front. towards houston itself, here's the rain bubbling up and moving overhead. heavy stuff by far is going to be south of you and moving to the gulf, maybe affecting you across lower louisiana by later on tonight. look at the big swirling cloud mass south of alaska into the pacific northwest. your next weather maker for thursday. thanksgiving storm. a lot of wind and rain. don't think it's going to be a paralyzing event for you like last weekend. you are going to get some wind. rain showers around seattle. then you jump over and high pressure sitting over the ohio valley. cool and winds are calm. light winds, you're going to see the fog. the fog has been out there basically from chicago rounding the horn in towards the great
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lake. light rain possibility as far north as boston. trying to travel into new england, this is the way it looks. ugly. a 2.5 mile visibility officially at logan. you can see the way it goes. 47 temperature now. don't anticipate that temperature to climb at all today. the high right around the upper 40s all day with the east wind and rain showers off and on. ugly. typical thanksgiving for you. it's going to be tough to get going, especially around this region if you're trying to get there by air. we'll talk about that in just about a half hour. >> thanks. somebody must have taken off to travel early. because it's quiet on wall street today after the market made a lot of noise yesterday. what gives, susan lisovicz? good morning. >> i'll make a lot of noise, robin. i don't even need the microphone. good morning. we have economic data. that's, well, maybe investors can't quite figure out what to do in the first six minutes of trading. the new gdp estimate which is
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the broadest measure of economic activity in the u.s. says there was growth at an annual pace of 2.8% in the last quarter. that's less than the original estimate of 3.5%. further confirmation of the first quarter of growth in more than a year despite continued weakness in the labor market and weak consumer confidence. a separate report shows home prices rose 0.3% in september and more than 3% between july and september. prices in 19 of the 20 largest u.s. cities grew. the lone exception? las vegas where prices fell, robin, for the 37th straight month. in other words -- >> that's like three years! >> it is tough to sell a home there. the national retail federation says 57 million of us crazy people will go shopping on black friday. the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. that's up 16% from last year. the big question is, will we be buying anything?
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finally, heavy equipment maker caterpillar marks a special anniversary today. 100 years ago the company sold its first vehicle outside the u.s. fittingly, to mexico. a sugar plantation, to be specific. exports much less common place in 1909 than they are today. today cat sells more than three-quarters of its business outside the u.s. that contraption, by the way, it's retired. but it's no longer working the fields. it's actually -- >> i thought you meant the one on the video. you're talking about the one from 1909. >> we couldn't get a picture of it, unfortunately. it's back in the u.s. but it's retired. no longer working the fields. >> i should hope so. all right, susan. thank you. one restaurant is offering a little something extra with your thanksgiving turkey. vodka! and a buzz will be the only thing that you get for 29 bucks from this dinner. kids are expected to take the stand in a hearing about accusations of racism against a swim club.
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tonight president obama's hosting what could be washington's hottest social event since his inauguration. the first state dinner since he became president. he's going to host india's prime minister. they're usually huge and formal events. an award winning chef took care of the menu for 320 guests. singer jennifer hudson is scheduled to perform. more somali americans are facing federal terror charges. indictments were unsealed yesterday in a federal court in minneapolis. they're accused of supporting a group considered a terrorist organization by the united states. so far 14 people are charged with recruiting somali-americans from minnesota to train and
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fight in their war torn native country. none of the eight charged yesterday is in the united states. new this morning, good news about the battle against hiv and aids. that's one of the stories richard has going on in the next hour. hi. >> hey, robin. a new report shows hiv infections are down. we'll tell you by how much. plus, what officials say they can do to improve the numbers even more. stick around for that. more than 300 years after he died there's a new discovery related to the astron ner gal lay owe. why they've been missing and where they found them. jon & kate plus 8 say good-bye. hear what kate thinks about shutting down the show. >> and they get jon to appear in it, too. if you're looking for a job, maybe a temporary job could fit the bill. hln money expert clark howard says temp agencies are starting to hire again. that could be a sign of recovery in the job market. >> all the headlines shout, we
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have more misery in front of us with unemployment. the nation's unemployment rate at the highest level it's been in more than a generation. officially at a little over 10%. when you look at the number that i tend to focus on, it includes all the people who are discouraged, given up within working in jobs they really don't want to be in, that unemployment rate 17.5%. but there's actually a ray of hope on the horizon. generally when employment starts to turn around, it starts with temporary help firms. temporary help firms all through this recession have reported fewer and fewer jobs each month, until now. the most recent stats available for the month of october say there are now more jobs available at temporary help firms. that's where companies tiptoe back into hiring people. as conditions improve, they go from hiring temps to permanent workers. i think there's a chance we're going to get better. i'm clark howard. for more on your wallet go to
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cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> all right. clark will teach you to save more, spend less, avoid getting ripped off. so tune in. watch him on the weekends on h lrk n. people are so smart. we've got this new wild animation for you. check out what happens when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside a secret agent's briefcase. >> more than 1 million clicks on this one. and we found it on youtube. how great is that? rock and roll, pigeon. remember the suspect who ate what police think may have been a robbery note while he was getting arrested? yeah, that guy. he's just one in a long line of people who apparently eat evidence.
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this morning a commission in london has started investigating
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britain's build-up to the iraq war. it could take months to question all of the witnesses. including former prime minister tony blair. now, he'll be asked whether he secretly backed president bush's war plan a year before parliament okayed joining the invasion. the panel's main focus is making sure the same mistakes don't happen again. seven firefighters were hurt trying to put out this fire. this is an apartment complex in dallas. we're told it is still burning today. fire officials say it's been an exhausting fire where the crews are constantly being rotated. the complex was under construction. at least people were not inside. the firefighters are expected to be okay. you could eat your thanksgiving turkey and get a buzz from the same thing. well, one new york restaurant is selling a wild turkey soaked with fruit flavored vodka. >> just actually because of all the flavors we use in the vodka,
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apple, orange, peach, it fused together and actually has a sweet taste in it. it doesn't actually taste like vodka itself. >> a vodka turkey dinner is 30 bucks and includes a cab ride home. take a whole cooked bird home for 69 buck. they also add booze to the gravy. a woman is now getting credit for the high jump record 73 years after it was taken away from her. larry smith, good morning. >> good morning. margaret lambert is her name now. she moved to new york in 1937. 95 years old. still lives in the big apple. finally gets credit for her athletic achieve lt. here's the deal. june of 1936, she matched the german high jump record of 5'3". the record wasn't allowed. she was banned from competing on the jerlen olympic team because she's jewish. the country's association called restoring the situation an act of justice but admits it doesn't
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make up for the past. her story is in the u.s. holocaust memorial museum. she says she still can't watch the olympics. do college referees favor the home team? the answer is yes. they studied more than 300 games in the 2004-2005 season and found the refs called fouls in favor of the home team and tried to keep the number of fouls called even. seen that happen over the years. yes. vince young came saw and conquered in his hometown of houston last night. the former university of texas national championship winning quarterback is now 4-0 as the titans' starting quarterback after they started the season 0-6 before he took over as qb. they won 20-17. the british soccer team is refunding ticket money to fans because of their poor play. you will never see this here in the u.s. they got blown out on the road 9-1. the wiggins players were so imbarsed afterwards they agreed to pay back a five figure sum to
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those who made the round trip from london. about 350 miles round trip. it's expected less than 1,000 fans were in attendance. was les were in attendance. you have to admire that. we suck. we don't deserve this money, you can have it back. >> thank you. bobby! >> well put. >> who would be candidates for that this year. >> who's doing the opposite would be the new york jets. you see what they're charging for tickets next year? >> you're such a jets fan. >> well, i like them, but i'm just telling you, it's ridiculous. they're doing the opposite. they're asking for more. let me show you what's going on. we have a couple of delays popping up. low level clouds houston, the george bush airport. low clouds, 30 minute delays. those are current and will probably climb up. we have chicago, fog and showers the rest of the day this often and watch out for midway and o'hare. the fog is in and logan,
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probably see delays a half hour or so. new york city metro, low clouds, light showers off and on. towards atlanta, low clouds most of the day. rain steers to the north but still watching for shore delays. >> you still like me? >> i love you. what are you talking about? >> a documentary on an overnight singing sensation susan boil is coming out next month and they will air "i dreamed a dream." it will feature her performances from britain's got talent. the show that put her on the map a year ago. amazon.com said boils debut album became the most pre-ordered cd in its history. a lawn mower is not a car. that's what the georgia supreme court said after overturning one man's conviction. he was sentenced to ten years after getting an auto theft conviction for stealing a lawn mower. justices argued, hey, he should only be charged with theft and
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the sentence overturned. >> the war in afghanistan is now eight years old and the tom u.s. commander there wants 40,000 more troops. president obama may be soon ready to make a decision.
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