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good morning. right in the middle of the week. i hope you're doing well. we're doing better now that you've tuned in. thank you so much. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on. >> feel the pain and the hurt that's in my heart today. >> a grieving mother buries her soldier son just as president obama announces more u.s. troops will be sent into harm's way. as far as the florida police are concerned, it is case closed on the tiger woods accident, what they found in their investigation. and you might want to check your stock portfolio if you have one and your 401(k). wall street bounces back from its weekend dip. you haven't seen numbers like this in more than a year.
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all right then. first, though, eight years of fighting in afghanistan is turning into at least ten. president obama announced last night he's sending another 30,000 troops. now the hope is that those men and women will be the extra push needed to wipe al qaeda and the taliban from afghanistan. but now there is also a timetable because the president says he wants u.s. troops to come home. >> these additional american and international troops will allow us to handle the transfer of our forces out of afghanistan in july of 2011. just as we have done in iraq, we will execute this transition responsible, taking into account conditions on the ground. the head of the u.s. forces in afghanistan says that the president has given him a clear mission and 30,000 troops are enough to make it happen. military families hope that the president's announcement is a
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sign the where is heading in the right direction. >> hopefully this will bring the country back to the realization that we're fighting two wars not just one, that afghanistan has been a war the whole time. >> it's difficult to tell what the enemy is going to do, how things will change dynamically over time so it's not fair for us to say based upon the fact there are 30,000 more troops going to afghanistan that the war will come to an end. >> you're going to hear more details about the president's military strategy in afghanistan. plus, some critics are blasting the president's plan. that story, by the way, is less than ten minutes away. we have new e-mails that appear to show the couple accused of crashing a white house state dinner knew they were not invited. the associated press got copies of the salahis' email. they insist they were invited by an e-mail from a pentagon aide says the dinner is committeely
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closed. after the dinner tareq salahi went to the goat and said, our name was indeed on the list. the secret service says that's not true and they were let in by mistake. several men accused of helping a suspected cop killer are now in jail. three were charged yesterday in tacoma, washington. a fourth man accused of being the getaway driver are being held and more arrests are possible. they're accused of helping maurice clemmons run after the shooting deaths of four officers at a coffee shop. an officer in seattle shot and killed clemmons yesterday. well, florida police are saying case closed in the tiger woods' car accident case. rafer, everybody is still talking about it case closed or not. as far as tiger, all he has to do is pay and all he did do, rather, a $164 fine and his dealings with authorities over this car crash are over. police say woods was builty of a moving violation when he crashed his suv into a tree. cops also say there were no
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claims of a domestic dispute from anyone. now questions about what led up to tiger's accident were raised after tabloid allegations surfaced of him having an alleged affair with a nightclub hostess, rachel uchitel. she says the story was made up by a friend who sold it to ""the national enquirer"." that's why the story will not go away. a cancer killing virus called rambo, no less, may hold promise in the fight against brain cancer. researchers say the virus not only kills brain tumor cells but blocks the growth of new tumors. six mice treated with the virus lived about 28 days longer than those that weren't and there were even tumor-free at the end of the experiment. a goodwill store in west virginia got a little something extra from one be donor, a pound of marijuana. employees say that an anonymous donor dropped off an antique water jug.
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when they opened it, there were four bags of pot inside. police say that is worth about $1,500. they think the marijuana is over a year old and was probably, oops, dounated by accident. it's not like you expect the salvation army to say, okay, let's sell that, too. i'm sure it was donated by accident. five minutes after the hour. >> maybe it was medicinal. >> it could be. bob, that is one heck of a rainy map there. >> you're right about that. it's a real dynamic storm, too, has two parts. one is a surface low and that's generating severe weather for the panhandle of florida. the upper part is a low-level low. a cold pocket of air in western and central texas. more on be that in a second. rain and a tornado watch. the tornado watch through 10:00 this morning central time. you see waves of thundershowers coming through. all the orange boxes, this red watch box itself is the entire region under the troerd watch.
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tornado warnings, i don't see them but i do see the severe thunderstorm warnings. winds inside those thunderstorms 60 miles per hour. that's what we're watching, why they're severe. look at the rain back on into georgia, stretching up the i-85 corridor into charlotte, then the big rain into kentucky. gets into the lower part of the ohio valley. look at the rain stretching into basically outside of roanoke and virginia, the back side that have is going to be snow for you, central texas. let me show you what it looked like in carlsbad, new mexico. they got the snow first yesterday. what a cold start to december. 6 inches of snow fell here. kids were out of school. 3,500 customers were without power. look at that, december 1st. carlsbad, new mexico. good morning to you guys. more in just a bit, robin. thank you. a big shake-up in the auto world and this one could impact you. the ceo of general motors is stepping down and he's been there less than a year. and then check out this extremely rare film of marilyn monroe. where it came from and why we're just now seeing it.
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going to be a lot of bomber supporters here tonight, some weren't from the beginning, but all of us have one thing in common tonight. we're upset. we don't like what's going on in afghanistan. >> more than 200 anti-war protesters rallied outside west point military academy during the president's speech last night. six were arrested for disorderly conduct. pr protesters were -- protests were also held in other cities and more expected today. the protesters are speaking out against president obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. correspondent richard lui is digging deeper into that new military strat tegy just announced. three parts to it. one of the major parts, the
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additional 30,000 troops. it would raise the total of u.s. military presence to about 100,000. here's president obama on a possible time line to get out. >> we will pursue a military strategy to break the taliban's momentum and increase afghanistan's capacity over the next 18 months. >> well, the goal is to start withdrawing u.s. troops from afghanistan by july 2011. the president bluntly telling the afghan people, quote, we have no interest in occupying your country, end quote. he's focusing on rooting out al qaeda and ending the taliban presence there. >> people are already slamming the president's plan just hours after the message. like what? >> he's getting criticism from republicans and members from his own party, too. senator john mccain slamming the plan. he says the way that you win a war is to break the enemy's will not to announce dates that you are leaving. barbara boxer saying, i do not support adding more troops
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because there are now 200,000 u.s., nato, and afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 taliban and less than 100 al qaeda. and of course the speaker of the house, the same party as the president, saying that. another part of the war plan focusing on entirely different country. we'll have that story for you in about 20 minutes. >> richard, thank you. there's so much to discuss on this. we want to see what you, the viewer, thinks. post your comments on our facebook page. you'll find a link at cnn.com/robin. just push be the "f" icon for fa facebook. after just eight months on the job, general motors' new ceo is out. our money expert jennifer westhoven, you know, that is a move that stunned the auto industry. why this change? >> this is a big deal, robin. henderson getting pushed out by the board. billions of dollars of your money at stake. in some ways it's the future of detroit. it's thousands of jobs. of course it's your money on the line. but reports say the board was unhappy with fritz henderson. he was still losing market
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share. the plan to sell saturn and saab and get money and get rid of those brands, they collapsed. and because henderson was seen as part of the old guard. he was a veteran, the old management, the culture, that basically a lot of people say is what ran gm into the ground. well, now the chairman, ed whitaker, he will temporarily be the ceo until they get somebody new. whitaker, he'll even say, i don't know anything about cars. he's from at&t but he was appointed by the government to turn gm around. if you have retirement savings, maybe a pension, things are looking better in terms of your savings. stocks recovered after that fainting spell they had around dubai and its debt problems. the dow up 126 taking it to almost 10,500. 10,471. gold hit a record, too. >> i like the way you said the stocks' fainting spell. >> had a little swoon. >> appreciate you.
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it is time for our salute to the troops. today we spotlight private brandon rodriguez, currently serving in afghanistan. his wife says that she and their two kids miss him so much and they're always with him in his heart. good morning, robin. i would like to salute my husband, private rodriguez. baby, we want you to know that we love you more than anything and are praying every day that you're safe. we are always there with you in your heart and want you to know you are our hero. we want to wish you an early 25th birthday and can't wait until you're home with us again. we love you, daddy. >> what a beautiful family you have. if you have somebody be in the service go to cnn.com/robin. one judge is holding parents accountable if their kids skip class. now they could face hundreds of dollars of fines or even jail time.
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five british sailors being
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held by iran are free. new this morning britain says the sailors have been taken to international waters and turned to a representative of their sailing company. iran's navy arrested them last month after their racing yacht entered iranian waters. now iran's official news agency says the sailors entered those waters by accident. take a look. come here, come here, come here. at a previously unseen home movie of marilyn monroe. the copyright is going up for sale on ebay and is one of the most popular stories right now. a collector bought it off of a woman who says she used to hang out with monroe. she's had the film since the '50s and had only shown it to fbi agents investigating monroe's death, so just kind of looks like she's sitting there relaxing. she kind of looks the same, doesn't she? i mean, if you saw me at home relaxing, who is that? parents at one wisconsin high school could be fined nearly $400 if their kid skips school. now a judge there issues
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hundreds of truancy tickets to students each year. attendance is still a major problem. this year he's also ticketing parents if he thinks that they are part of the problem. >> parents or a guardian are encouragers or contribute to the truancy of an individual, i.e., not helping them along. >> issues arrest warrants for parents who don't show up to truancy court. a young cancer patient already knows what he wants to be when he grows up, and yesterday he got to kind of try that. how an 8-year-old boy got to be an army ranger, okay, just for a day, but that's new for you in about 20 minutes. you remember the story about a hockey player who accidentally kind of struck his own goalie? well, that person is not going to be punished for it after all regardless of what you, our viewers, were safer.
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rafer, good morning. good morning to you. and this was a very hotly debated topic on our facebook page. most of you, our viewers, on our facebook page said this guy needed to be punished or suspended. well, not going to happen. the florida panthers say they will not suspend keith ballard for this reckless swing that split the ear of his goalie, vokoun. just brutal stuff if you didn't see it from yesterday. the league says they're not going to suspend him either. vokoun was taken out on the stretcher to the hospital. he is okay. here is the thing. reportedly the two guys joked about it on the plane ride home. i don't know. if it was another player, the guy definitely would have been suspended. in other news the los angeles angels are putting their money where their hearts are. the team voted to give a full share of their playoff earnings to fallen pitcher nick adenhart's estate. he was killed in a car crash by an alleged drunk driver back in april. the team did a nice thing honoring him throughout the season. they kept his jersey in the dugout. they had his number out there on
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the outfield wall. the share amounts to $138,000 and they did not have to do it, so a nice gesture by these guys. and a nice gesture by new york yankee manager joe girardi to help mark sanchez slide. it keeps them safe. as you can see sanchez not so good at it. so girardi who guided the yankees to a world series title, offered to help. sanchez actually hurt himself. >> is he going to do it? >> he did it on tuesday how to properly slide. >> i guess the cleats in the grass kind of don't help. >> i guess. i don't know. more sports all new in the next half hour. >> that's awesome. . >> all right, thank you. a mother is looking for answers after her son was left on the school bus for an entire day. the woman says her son arrived at home at the scheduled time but said that he had fallen asleep on the bus and woke up at the driver's house.
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>> no food, no restroom, no anything, just on the bus. pretty much scared. >> i was crying and i was cold and i was hungry. >> well, the school says that the bus driver was fired. here is what you're saying on our facebook page about the president's decision to send more troops to afghanistan. send more troops, get the job done quicker and get everyone home. alexis writes, i have a united states army soldier in iraq at this time. our president needs to bring our soldiers back home safe to us. we have lost so many of them, and for what? tell us what you think right now. you can go to our facebook page. if you don't automatically know how to get there, maybe you're a facebook member. if not, go to cnn.com/robin. hit the "f" icon and it will take you right there. but you have to do the sound effects. hi, bob. >> good morning. double click. what's up, robin? coming up this morning, heavy rain across the carolinas, down through georgia, florida, severe
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thunderstorms raking across the region. here is what it looks like outside in the atlanta area. heavy rain coming down. move up to the east. low clouds are still in place. more rain heading in this direction so the busiest airport, you will see delays of over an hour. safer flight explorer and exactly where the airport is and where the rain is located, too. you can see here georgia, atl, rain into the carolinas, another one back into alabama rotates it here later today. calm for about an hour or more delay as the rain rides up the east coast, d.c., atlanta, charlotte. watch for an hour or more. san francisco, morning fog and that will be dead. watch for an hour delay first part of the day. wind developing. 30-minute to one-hour delays there and more rain delays into new york later this afternoon. orlando, tampa, late this evening. showers and thunderstorms, cincinnati and detroit, rain and thunderstorms, 30 minutes to an hour. denver currently light snow with about a 2 1/2-mile visibility. watch for half hour to hour long delay there, too. big-time delays, robin.
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more in a bit. >> it is one heck of a rainy day. >> a huge swath. president obama has now laid out his new plans for the war in afghanistan. what are you thinking about it? we're hearing from you and our i-reporters. and one movie theater cracking down. )$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$)$$
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we will pursue a military strategy that will break the tal been's momentum and increase afghan's capacity. >> president obama laid out his case for sending another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. and starting today he gets help selling that plan to congress. secretary of state hillary clinton, defense secretary robert gates, and the joint chiefs chairman admiral michael mullin will be answering questions on capitol hill. the government's case against an accused mobster got nowhere for the fourth time a. judge in new york declared a mistrial in the case against john gotti jr. he faced racketeering and murder charges but the jurors could not
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reach a unanimous verdict. previous trials also ended in hung juries. the senate debate over $400 billion the democrats want to cut from medicare. republicans proposed removing all those cuts that would essentially kill the plan. republicans say the cuts threaten seniors' health care. dems say they eliminate waste and fraud. the military wants to do a mental evaluation of the ft. hood shooting suspect. his attorney says that they want to determine whether major nidal hasan knew his alleged actions were wrong and whether he's competent it to stand trial. the attorney says that's premature because hasan is still in intensive care. those are just a few of our headlines this morning. hey, how is the oatmeal? yeah, i can see you. i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. military families across the country were watching closely last night when president obama announced that he's sending more troops to afghanistan. now it means 30,000 more people leaving their homes. 30,000 more families waiting for
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a loved one to come back safe. >> i really feel it's the manpower. i don't want another mom to have to worry about their son or daughter, too. i have mixed feelings about it. >> correspondent richard lui is digging deemer right now into the details of the president's strategy. good morning. good morning to you, robin. yeah, one of the three parts the president mentioned last night is the afghan war plan. that does not focus on afghanistan at all. the president says helping pakistan is crucial. take a list en. >> in the past there have been those in pakistan who have argued the struggle against extremism is not their fight. and the pakistan is better off doing little or seeking accommodation with those who use vie lebs. public opinion has turned. the pakistani army has waged an
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offensive offensive. >> what the president did not mention, however, is the groups being targeted by the pakistanis are those that threaten pakistan's government specifically not those groups focused on attacking u.s. and afghan forces on the other side of the border which the president was focusing on last night. pakistan's army has not yet directly confronted al qaeda, for instance. now the group's leader, bin laden, is believed to be hiding in pakistan. >> what are people saying about the president's focus, then, on pakistan? >> pakistan may be the most difficult part of the president's plan. here's what one analyst says in criticism of what the president said. >> it's a policy that is in sol substantial part based on the goodwill of the pakistani military and a pakistani government that is in severe crisis. if i were to point to one weak spot in the overall strategy, that's it. not that it's clear president obama could do anything about it but fundamentally it's very difficult to solve this without speaking to pakistan. >> showing how the two countries are very much intertwined with
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the middle east strategy. more information in the next hour. >> all right. thank you so much, richard. happening today, illinois is dull pg a strong poison into a chicago canal to kill asian carp before they infest the great lakes. the carp are virtually out of control. they're eating all the food and driving out the other fish. they weigh up to 100 pounds and can jump on water skiers and jump on the boat. they might have to do it again if this isn't enough. the guy who threw a shoe at former president bush had someone throw a shoe at him. what a scene. the iraqi journalist was in paris at a press conference yesterday when that happened. the journalist them got up, you saw it, throw a shoe back and charge the man. he later accused the thrower of stealing his technique.
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how dare you? stealing his technique. oh, my gosh. 34 minutes past the hour. see, you are normal, you are smart. let's talk right now. there is sol serious rain going on and i don't mean just one region of the united states. hi, bob. it's a huge swath of rain coming right out of the gulf of mexico. tornado watch until 10:00 this morning central time. you look at the twist going on, some sheer. some of these thunderstorms could start to rotate. that's a surface low. behind it you have the upper level low with the cold air wrapped around behind to the west. look at the snow all falling across western and central areas of texas so lubbock, light snow now. back into the panhandle of florida. that red watch box is a tornado watch. notice the orange boxes. those are severe thunderstorm warnings. that's all moving to the northeast with 60-mile-per-hour winds back in behind it. that's why they're considered severe now. i don't see any severe thunderstorms or getting back into the tornado warnings near
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tallahassee. west of tallahassee where all the rain is falling. up to the north i-85. you see the corridor just blanketed with heavy downpours from spartanburg back into greenville, up into charlotte, and now to raleigh, too. the heavy rain is out there for the morning. one to two inches of rain is what we'll find. the entire rain shield, the yellows and the reds, real heavy rain coming in through kentucky and entering virginia and west virginia. that's all going to slide to the rest of the ohio valley. ultimately to the northeast later today. we have flood watches because of the two to three inches of rain projected for the region. >> how do you feel about shaking other people's hands? >> i used to not mind until the swine flu. >> same here. i did not think twice about it. every time i put that stuff on your hands that makes you germ-free, it's right then someone goes, hey. >> you have to do it again. >> did you know if you met howie
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mandel, he probably wouldn't shake your hand. here is what he told joy behar about his germ phobia. >> how do you do "deal or no deal." you have to touch people all the time. >> touching is not a problem. the guy wanted me to be comfortable. they spent 20 minutes adjusting my chair so i'd look comfortable and now you're reaching for me. if you touch me, probably nothing would happen. but the thought that something might happen -- >> like what? >> well, i'll get triggered. >> into what? >> into thinking -- please. >> i won't touch you. >> it's not the touch, it's the cough. the touch of the h1n1? you're reaching and coughing. hundreds of people are out there. >> the cough could be like a nervous reaction to the ocd. >> well, i'm having a nervous reaction to your nervous reaction. >> what a freak, jennifer said. i love that. catch more of joy's interview with howie mandel tonight at
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9:00 p.m. eastern here on hln. a young cancer patient always dreamed of being a soldier. plus, tiger woods' car crash still a hot topic but now police are saying, nothing left to say.
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i have no idea what that music is but it's catchy. a young cancer victim just had his dream of being a soldier come true. he's just a little guy, 8-year-old kenny stewart hung out at a georgia army base yesterday. he fired blanks from a machine gun and took a ride in a
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chopper. a veterans group sent him there because his mom said he always wanted to be a soldier. >> he used to watch the old world war ii shows that were on tv rather than watch spongebob. this is his dream come true. >> so what are you going to be one day? >> i'm a u.s. army specialist. >> he has the position and everything. kenny is undergoing chemotherapy for two brain tumors. so more government money could be come your way if you are willing to make your home more energy efficient. m money expert jennifer westhoven is here. okay, like what? like solar panel or just like windows? >> it's like windows and insulation but the idea is it's not just about saving money, it's about jobs. this is an idea on the table at the white house jobs summit and it could be insulation or new doors but it's about creating work this time. the white house is talking to some of the big chains like home
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depot and lowe's about the best way to try and offer you even more money to have work done on your home. and it would be to save money but also that could be a lot of work for a lot of people out there. all right. you go to the movie theater, you know, they charge you like an arm and a leg for the food. we just found out a large popcorn is three-quarter pounders and 12 pats of butter, you have to pay for fat. so one theater, though, i don't know if you knew this, but they would quietly let you bring in your own food at amc theaters but no more. their hometown paper, "the kansas city star" says amc is laying down the law, becoming like everybody else in the business now because their concession sales plunged. it makes sense. it's a recession and people are thinking, i'm not standing in that line. i'm going to bring my own food in. that is a major source of money
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for theaters. >> i had no idea any theater let you bring food in. >> they never put up a big sign. i remember one time -- i saw somebody going in with something and i think, like my husband, had his drink stuck in the back of his pants and, no, we let you bring food in here. >> okay -- >> now they know. >> jennifer knew this because she brought a big indian dinner in there. >> i wanted to see "new moon" and i was bringing the whole dinner. i still shoved it in my purse and they had a big sign up that said no more. >> her phone still smells like it. >> i was so careful not to make sure -- be you just have to clean up everything on your way out. >> this big spread out on foil. sometimes it is the little things that can help you propel your small business to the next level. that's what a new jersey wine store owner and his son did so stephanie elam uncorks their story in this small business success.
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>> reporter: after growing up in the communist soviet union, sasha wanted to find out what capitalism was all about. >> in russia i could see myself accomplish what i want to accomplish. >> reporter: he moved to the u.s. and in 1983 bought a small liquor store now known as wine library. the business took a different direction when his son gary started working in the family business. in 1997 gary convinced his father to put their store on the internet. then in 2006, he started a video blog called wine library tv. >> whatever you have to do to move on instead of looking back. i'm worried about tomorrow and two years from now and ten years from now. >> reporter: when business got tough, so did they. >> we're buying dramatically smarter than ever. it's helping us create a better business model for when things get better. >> reporter: but even when times are good, there is always sacrifice. >> working for yourself is magical on paper, right? everybody loves that. the reason not everybody does it
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is because they want to bowl on thursday and they want to see their children's baseball games. listen, this is a consequence. there's a price. >> if you are a small business owner, we'd like to see your success story g. to cnn.com/robin to upload a video report of your business, share your information and if we like what we see, you could be f featured here on "morning express." president obama's speech on afghanistan has many of you talking. we're sharing your comments about the troop increase and the exit strategy. hurry and go to our website.
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praising president obama's new strategy in afghanistan. nato even pledged a substantial increase in its forces to help with the mission there. what are you thinking, though? some of our i reporters weighed in already sending 30,000 additional troops to afghanistan. they weighed in about that. >> this is the first time that i will applaud the president for one of his decisions. thank you, president obama, for agreeing to send more troops. it is needed. we need to take out al qaeda. we need to finish the job and with these 30,000 more troops, we will do just that. >> i just don't see how you can start a war or go into a war with more troops and have a firm date of when you think you can leave. it just never works out. >> here's what you are saying on our facebook page. rob says i would like to see the troops come home. i have a niece in afghanistan. this war needs to be over, but
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we cannot just leave the job half done. patrick writes, i thought before he became president that he was going to bring troops home this year and finish by next year. hmmm, what happened to that? i know there are a lot of opinions, we would love to have yours. go to our facebook page and type away. there's a link which is cnn.com/robin. i do not envy anybody who has a flight today because there is rain in so many places. >> it's in major airport hubs. atlanta first, rain in and out the next couple of hours. really picks up in three hours from now. so far there's nothing there. it's still early. an hour-plus is a good bet. charlotte, some rain and wind. about an hour plus there. and then d.c. metro, the wind first, the rain follows later this morning into the afternoon. watch for about an hour or more for baltimore, too, and then denver, some snow out there right now. look for half hour to hour long delay. those aren't the only delays, stretch into new york by this
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evening. more on that in half an hour. well, i don't know how to stop people from talking about tiger woods' car accident, on the tongues of a aspect of this is behind him. here's rafer with that story. >> it appears that the legal aspect and the police, over, as far as tiger woods is concerned. the world's most famous athlete was cited for caseless driving and fined $164, which he did pay. the fhp also says his celebrity status in though way influenced them not to pursue the investigation any further with no question. they also say there were no claims of domestic violence. as for his tournament, which he dropped out of, they are issuing full refunds to anyone who asked for one, but they say not that many people have asked, which i find surprising. after 44 years of coaching, it's a sad day. 80-year-old florida state coach
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bobby bowden appears to have been pushed out. one of the greatest legends in college football history. they gave him the option to come back to a lesser role next year. >> was he doing poorly? >> the team wasn't doing as well as it had in years past, to be fair, so instead he decided to retire. it's sad, because he made it known he didn't want to stop coaching. another florida football player is under fire. one of the most players in the country, carlos dunlap, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of dui. cops say his car was stopped at a green light around 3:30 in the morning where they found him slumped over the wheel asleep in the car and failed a sobriety test, allegedly. he was suspended for saturday's game against alabama. that is the sec championship. that is one of the biggest games of the year, number one. number two, the winner will probably play for the national championship. >> obviously you're not supposed to be drinking and driving, if that's the case, but i thought you were not supposed to be drinking during the season?
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>> exactly. there's a whole lot of no-nos he allegedly committed. >> thanks. folks looking for a job, there may be some help waiting for that you may not know about it. clark howard is on the other side of the break to help you track that down. ñ
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good morning to you, bright and early. i'm so impressed, you're up at 7:00 a.m. eastern. i'm robin meade, morning, sunshine. as commander in chief, i have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 u.s. troops to afghanistan. >> president obama makes his move and sets a timetable for bringing those troops home. as far as police are concerned, the tiger woods accident case is closed, but that has not shut down the rumor mill. and today may be the day to look at your 401(k) again. you have not seen wall street looking this rosy in quite a while. first, though, president obama is upping the ante on the
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afghan war, at the same time, though, looking to get troops out. last night he announced he'll be sending another 30,000 troops. the hope is those men and women, the extra push needed to wipe out the taliban and al qaeda from afghanistan. but the president also set a timetable. he says he wants to start bringing troops home in july of 2011. >> larr >> our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in afghanistan and now we must come together to end this war successfully. for what's at stake is not simply a test of nato's credibility. what's at stake is the security of our allies and the common security of the world. the head of u.s. forces in afghanistan says that the president has given them a clear mission and that the 30,000 troops are enough to make it happen. military families hope that the president's announcement is a sign that the war is headed in the right direction. >> i felt like he was trying to show, we're bringing more troops
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in, we're refocusing on afghanistan, we're refocusing on the war efforts there, where they should be, where he felt like they should be to begin with. so i felt like that was definitely a positive tonight i got from him. >> my brother just went, and i feel like this new plan in place, what he does is going to be very helpful to what he's trying to do. >> you know what, you're going to hear more details about the military strategy in afghanistan. plus, some critics are blasting the president's plan. that story is less than ten minutes away. but, you know, what, throughout the morning, we'll hear more from your fellow viewers and we hope more from you, looking for a reaction on our facebook page. stay with hln for "news & views." we have new photos today of the couple accused of crashing a white house state dinner. the salahis have been insisting
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that they were invited, but an e-mail from the pentagon aide says the dinner is completely closed. after the dinner, tareq salahi wrote back, "we went to the gate and our name was indeed on the list." the secret service agent that's not true and they were let in by mistake. several men accused of helping a suspected cop killer are now in jail. three were charged yesterday in tacoma, washington. a four man accused of being a getaway driver is being held. and police say that more arrests are possible. they're accused of helping maurice clemmons run after the shooting deaths of four officers at a coffee shop. an officer in seattle shot and killed clemmons yesterday. florida police are saying, case closed, in the tiger woods car accident case. but, you know, what, rafer, everybody's still talking about. >> and it appears they might be talking about it for a little while longer. tiger, as far as this accident, paid a $164 fine and his dealings with authorities over this crash are over.
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cops say he was guilty of a moving violation when he crashed his suv and police say there were no claims of a domestic dispute from anyone. how is that relevant? questions about what led to up to tiger's accident were raised after tabloid allegations surfaced of him having an affair with this woman, nightclub hostess, rachel uchitel. she has since come forward and told the "new york post" the story was made up by a friend who sold it to the "national enquirer". >> thank you so much. i know we'll talk about this a little bit later, but police are saying they're done with it. the military wants to do a mental evaluation of the ft. hood shooting suspect. his attorney says they want to determine whether major nidal hasan knew that his alleged actions were wrong and whether he's competent to stand trial. but the attorney says that is premature because hasan is still in intensive care. he's facing murder charges for allegedly gunning down 13 people
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last month. a cancer-causing virus called rambo not only kills brain tumor cells, but blocks the growth of any new tumors. six mice treated with that virus lived 28 days longer than those who weren't and three were tumor free at the end of the experiment. a christmas tradition is going to light up the skies in new york today. the christmas tree lighting at rockefeller center starts at 7:00 eastern. the 70-foot spruce will go up right next to the famous rockefeller center ice rink. it will feature more than 30,000 lights. i always want to know, who has the job of taking those down? aren't they pretty the way they sparkle? why can't i get my christmas tree to look like that? >> who's got to check the one bulb's that's out so the whole strand is out? >> hi, bob. down across the panhandle of florida, a tornado warning for panama city. take shelter if you live in
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panama city or anywhere north of that. here's that purple box. that whole cell, the one that's rotating is moving to the northeast at 30 miles per hour. if you live anywhere around panama city and getting into i-10 about a half hour from now, take shelter, because that one has twisting. no tornado sighted, just doppler indicated. but something we'll watch. rain towards greenville, towards charlotte too. heavy at times. ground stoppage at charlotte right now because of the poor visibility. rain stretching towards virginia, towards kentucky, west virginia. obviously, the rest of the ohio valley going to get a taste of this action. 1 to 2 inches rain. moving to the northeast, take you live to new york city. not quite there yet, but the winds will begin to pick on up. show you a live shot of central park. the rink right there. people skating early this morning. check that out. better get it in now, because the heavy rain will start this afternoon, stretch through tonight and into tomorrow. be real windy too.
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so want down south again? look at the flash flood watches. all the areas shaded in the dark green. you saw that tornado warning for panama city. get away from there, severe thunderstorms are also a possibility later this afternoon for central georgia and this evening for south carolina through north carolina and tonight for you around eastern parts of virginia. look at what it looks like with the wind too. wind warnings are out there, robin. without the thunderstorms, winds will be gusting in the georgia mountains and the smokies to 45 miles per hour, maybe even more. more on that in just a bit. and some video coming in yesterday. the upper level slow spawned a lot of snow in new mexico. this is the carlsbad area. 3,500 folks without power because of that heavy, wet stuff. >> it's fun the first day. >> it is. a big shake up in the auto world could impact you. the ceo of general motors is stepping down. get this, he's been there for less than a year. and check out an extremely rare film clip of marilyn
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monroe. where this came from.
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time right now to salute our troops. today we spotlight private brandon rodriguez. he's currently serving in afghanistan and his wife says that she and their two kids miss him a lot and that they're always with him in his heart. >> good morning, robin. i would like to salute my husband, private brandon rodriguez. baby, we want you to know that we love you more than anything and are praying every day that you are safe. we are always there with you in your heart and want you to know that you are our hero. we want you to wish you an early 25th birthday and can't wait until you're home with us again. we love you, daddy. >> isn't that the greatest? great pictures there of that family. if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin.
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all right. well, thousands of military families will be affected by president obama's new afghan war plan. last night he announced plans to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. and correspondent richard lui's digging deeper into the new military strategy. good morning. >> good morning to you, robin. lots of parts to this. and one of the three major parts to the plan is 30,000 more troops, raising u.s. military presence in afghanistan to about 100,000. but president obama also talked about an exit strategy too. >> we will pursue a military strategy that will break the taliban's momentum and increase afghanistan's capacity over the next 18 months. >> now, the plan has u.s. troops starting to leave in july, 2011, telling the afghan people, quote, we have no interest in occupying your country, end quote. the new troops will focus on the south, where the taliban extremely strong. people are already slamming president obama's plan, including members of his own
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party. democratic senator barbara boxer saying, "i do not support adding more troops because there are now 200,000 american, nato, and afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 taliban and less than 100 al qaeda." then there's the gop response. party chief michael steele saying, "i am glad the president will finally provide general mcchrystal with the troops he needs, but sending mixed signals by outline the exit before these troops even get on the ground undermines their ability to succeed." now, another key part of the president's afghan war plan focuses on an entirely different country. we'll have that story for you in about 20 minutes. it's unusual that you get a democrat against the democrat and a republican having some support. >> well, that democrat has a lot of support from the liberal anti-war faction. so that could be, perhaps, in response to that. so let's talk about this, jen. after just eight months on the ground, general motors' new ceo, gone. >> booted.
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>> so we're on memory three now, sort of. >> ousted. yeah, this is stunning a lot of the auto industry and detroit. fritz henderson, the ceo of gm, pushed out. and they're being very careful to say he was pushed out by the board and not by the government. because, remember, the government owns most of gm. and that's why this is your money. this is billions of dollars of your money at stake. the future of detroit, in some ways. thousands of jobs on the line. but reports say that the board, unhappy with his performance,s that gm was still losing shares. that its plans to sell saturn and saab had collapsed. and because many people on the board saw henderson as part of the old guard, the old management team, the old culture that got gm where it is now, in a lot of trouble. well, the new chairman of gm, the one put in by the government, ed whitacre, he's from at&t, he doesn't really have manufacturing experience. he freely says, i don't know anything about cars. but he will temporarily be the
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ceo until they find somebody else and he is hinting they want somebody from the outside to lead gm into the future. if you've got retirement, a 401(k), savings, pension plan, things are looking a little bit better this morning. that's some good news in a bad economy. stocks came back after that little swoon about dubai and the debt crisis there. the dow rallied 126 points last night, so it's closing out at what i would call a recovery high. the highest it's been since that plunge in the whole mess last year, almost 10,500 and gold hit a record too. all right. some kids who skip class, they could get mom and dad in trouble too. one judge is holding the parents accountable. why it could cost you if junior cuts class.
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the more people we have here, the more security we have, the more secure our troops can be and safe. >> we're taking hits, all the
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time. i think, the more soldiers, the better the war would be. >> i think it's undecided. i think the thoughts on whether it's going to make a big impact will probably come when the troops start rolling in. >> you have heard politicians and military officials react to president obama's speech about afghanistan. you know what, we're also getting some strong opinions from your fellow viewers and i-reports about the plan to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. >> you're willing to send another 30,000 troops over there, and according to the news, it's going to be a three-year project, why don't we just send 50 over there and get this done with already? >> i continue to believe we should remove the regular army from afghanistan and fight an intelligence-based war. al qaeda is not a regular army with tanks and missiles. we should invest and use special
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ops based on intelligence information throughout the world. i will almost guarantee that our next attack will not have originated out of afghanistan. >> so what are you thinking this morning? post your comments on our facebook page. you can find a link at cnn.com/robinin and look for the "f" icon. already, here's what you're saying on facebook about ft.'s decision to send more troops to afghanistan. javier says, "we can't just remove the troops and hope things get better. as a veteran, i think it's a good plan." chris, "by announcing a withdrawal date, don't you think the taliban will just wait us out?" jason, "how about save the money and fix the economy?" new this morning, five british sailors being held by iran are now free. britain says the sailors have been taken to international waters and turned over to a representative of their sailing company. iran's navy arrested them last
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month after their racing yacht entered iranian waters. they entered those waters by accident. come here and look at this. take a look at a previously unseen home movie of marilyn monroe. the copyright is going up for sale on ebay and it is one of cnn.com's most popular stories right now. a collector bought it off a woman who said, hey, she juduseo hang out with marilyn monroe. she's had it since the '50s and only had shown it to fbi agents investigating marilyn monroe's death. a hockey player who accidentally hit his own goalie with his stick will not be punished. >> i was actually surprised how many of our viewers said that this guy needed to be punished, but not going to happen. the florida panthers say they're not going to discipline keith bowdre for this reckless swing who split the ear of his own
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goalie, vokoun. the league won't suspend him either. vokoun was take on a stretcher to the hospital, but he is now okay. and reportedly, the two men, quote, joked about it on the plane ride home. he's fine now, i guess. >> i guess, what else are you going to do? you know? >> in other news, the los angeles angels are putting their money where their hearts are. they voted to give a full share of their fallen pitcher nick adenhart's estate. the team honored him throughout the season, they wore his number on their own jerseys. had his likeness out on the outfield wall. the share amounts to $138,000. and joe girardi was called in to help jets' quarterback mark sanchez learn how to slide. he offered to help sanchez after he hurt himself sliding -- or i shouldn't say sliding, he doesn't really slide, if you look at it, in the jet's win
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over carolina. now if he could just teach him to stop throwing interceptions. oh, hey! >> good one. you're fast this morning. thanks. isn't that funny, though, a baseball guy helping the football guy slide. >> never heard of such a thing. >> i would think that the cleats in the ground, the grass, probably hard to slide on. >> you've got to slide right on that stuff. >> you've got to lift the leg up. it's all about going on the thigh. let me show you what's going on right now. washington, d.c., here come the clouds, the rain will shortly follow. let me show you the tower cam. clouds are already in place. show you saber flight explorer. exactly where the rain's located, headed in that direction. right out of the carolinas. now towards virginia, ground stop at charlotte right now to 7:45 this morning because of the rain. more on that in just a bit. those were the longest delays right there, rob. it is a diamond worth more than your best friends. a jaw-dropping gem that sold for
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more than 10 million bucks. wait until you hear what somebody probably didn't mean to leave inside a goodwill donation. oopsy!
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i make this decision because i am convinced that our security is at stake in afghanistan and pakistan. >> last night, president obama laid out his case for sending another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. starting today, he gets help selling his plan to congress. secretary of state hillary clinton, defense secretary robert gates, and the joint chiefs chairman admiral michael mullen will also be answering questions on capitol hill. the senate debate over health care is boiling down to a fight over $400 billion that the dems want cut from health care or they want to cut from -- medicare, make that. yesterday, republicans proposed removing all of those cuts. that would essentially kill the plan.
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republicans say that the cuts threaten seniors' health care. democrats say they eliminate waste and fraud. those are just a few of the top stories, and honey, we've got plenty more. but i wanted to check in with you. are you on time at 30 minutes past the hour? i'm robin meade. morning. military families across the country were watching closely last night when president obama announced that he is sending more troops to afghanistan. now, this means 30,000 more people leaving their homes. 30,000 more families waiting for a loved one to come back home. >> and i don't expect it to be on the forefront of everybody's mind, but it just at times really feels like people forget that those are sons and daughters and sisters and brothers and children out there that -- dads and moms that are out there risking their lives. well, brand-new this morning, the taliban is responding to president obama's new plan. a taliban spokesperson says the troop increase is a brad idea ad
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more u.s. soldiers will die because of it. you're digging deeper into the details of the strategy. >> you make a good point. that's the focus of the president's plan, to battle the taliban. the final three parts of the president's afghan war plan does not focus, though, on afghanistan at all, robin. instead, it's on its neighbor. >> in the past, there have been those in pakistan who have argued that the struggle against extremism is not their fight and that pakistan is better off doing little or seeking accommodation with those who use violence. public opinion has turned. the pakistani army has waged an offensive in swat and south waziristan and there is no doubt that the united states and pakistan share a common enemy. >> now, he alludes to the taliban and al qaeda which moves frequently between the two countries. this as pakistan has been attacking strongholds as well. >> pakistan's efforts may not be helping the united states. why is is that? >> robin, that's because it
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targets forces that threaten itself, not forces that are attacking the united states and afghan forces. for instance, pakistan's army has not yet even directly confronted al qaeda, whose leader, osama bin laden, is believed to be hiding in pakistan. cnn's fareed zakaria, host of "gps," further explains the challenge of pakistan for us. >> it's a policy that is in some substantial part based on the goodwill of the pakistani military and a pakistani government that is in severe crisis. if i were to point to one weak spot in the overall strategy, that's it. not that it's clear that president obama could do anything about it, but fundamentally, it's very difficult to solve this without dealing with pakistan. >> and robin, as we've been reporting, there are concerns about pakistan's nuclear arsenal, for instance, being secure because of that country's internal struggles. >> all right. richard, thank you so much. to our folks at home, we want to
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know what you're thinking about the president's announcement. go to our facebook page and type away. the cleveland man who owns the house where the bodies of 11 women were found has now been indicted on murder charges. a grand jury in ohio returned the indictment against anthony sowell yesterday. all the victims were either homeless or living alone. sowell's attorney has not commented on the indictment. high school students formed a big, gigantic human red ribbon in atlanta. yesterday was world aids day and the leaders of the school wanted to challenge students and private schools around the world to improve their aids education programs. the rain is just a big pain today. 34 minutes past the hour and here's what's bob's telling you. >> powerhouse storm, right across the gulf coast, snow on the backside. this weather brought to you by tylenol, feel better. let me show you what's going on right now. remember we had a tornado warning for the panama city area in florida? that has expired.
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good news there. heavy rain out of this, gusty winds too. over to the west a little bit farther, more showers coming in off the gulf of mexico. some of these will be severe as they roll up in towards the north. the entire region under a tornado watch, meaning conditions are favorable for tornadoes. that lasts until 10:00 central this morning. going to be a rough morning for you, panhandle of florida, lower parts of georgia, lower alabama too. here's your surface low, around new orleans now. tupper level low that really has cold air wrapped up within it is right around dallas. look at the snow line, getting very close to ft. worth. that will be there for the morning and turn to all rain later this afternoon. speaking of rain, look at the heavy stuff getting through kentucky, now towards virginia, headed to the northeast. down below that, you'll be warm today. live to orlando. that cold front will approach you later this afternoon. winds will begin to pick up out of the southwest to 30 miles per hour by late this afternoon, but so far, things are dry and you'll warm up to about 84 to 85 today. so be a little summerlike for you, at least for the first part of the day. camera shaking a little bit,
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winds beginning to pick up just a touch. look at the flash flood watches. all the areas shaded in dark green. the warnings for most of the panhandle. that's because of the heavy rain you've seen so far. pull the picture out a little bit farther, severe threat goes all the way to the carolina coast. looking at high wind warnings for the carolinas, into the smokies and virginia, winds gusting 45 miles per hour or even more than that at times. looking at the rain over the next 48 hours, stretching into georgia and into the carolinas, ultimately, to the northeast. more on that snow in texas, robin, coming up in just a bit. dynamic storm system. >> precipitation of all kinds, it looks like. >> there you go. >> thanks. i think. a young cancer patient always dreamed of being a soldier. you'll see how the 8-year-old got his chance. and remember the guy who threw a shoe at president bush? already, we're going to show you why this time, the shoe was on the other foot.
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the american woman accused of killing her roommate in italy is being called a victim herself. well, that is what amanda knox's attorney said during yesterday's closing arguments. they also said that there isn't enough evidence to convict her and that false pictures from the murder scene had biased the jury. another round of closing arguments is scheduled to continue today. a woman accused of abandoning herre ed tred toddle church is wanted by police. she said she wanted to give her child up under the protection of daniel's law. that law is only for newborns,
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but the pastor says she was determined to leave the little boy. >> we started to get little things out of her, but couldn't get much out of her. she held the child out like this and my wife took the child out of her arms. >> police also say that the woman made off with the pastor's credit card. >> what?! >> i know. help me and let me take your credit card. a young cancer victim just had his dream of becoming a soldier come true. 8-year-old kenny stewart hung out at a georgia army base yesterday and fired blanks -- those are blanks -- from a machine gun and took a ride in a helicopter. the veteran's group sent him there because his mom says it's what kenny has always wanted. >> he used to watch the old world war ii shows that were on tv rather than watch spongebob. this is his dream come true. >> what are you going to be one day? >> i'm a u.s. army specialist. >> already knows the position
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that he wants. kenny is undergoing chemo for two brain tumors. all right, propose new auto safety standards. the government is proposing these bigger, stronger side air bags in the next few years. so, that sounds good for the rest of the us, money expert jennifer westhoven. >> yeah, they do cost a little more, but they could save a lot of lives. this is just a proposal right now, but the idea is they want to keep people inside the cabin in a rollover crash. a lot of times people get thrown out the car through the side window. about 10,000 people die every year in rollovers and the government wants to cut that number. they say this move could save about 400 lives a year and it would cost about 50 bucks a vehicle. they're supposed to be phased in starting 2014. movie theaters. they charge you an arm and an leg for popcorn and soda. plus, right, a couple weeks ago, we found out a thing of popcorn
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was like three quarter pounders with a stick of butter. but amc used to, they let you bring your own food in. >> i had no idea. >> they didn't put up big signs, saying bring your own food. but now they do have big signs up saying, do not bring your own food. and "the kansas city star" says it's because their concession sales plunged. i think they were generous when they could afford to, but now a lot of people are saying, i'm not standing in line for that stuff and sneaking in more and more food or skipping the stands and that was really hard on the movie theaters. that was one of my first jobs, robin? >> working in a movie theater? >> yeah. and a lot of their money doesn't come from the tickets, a lot of their money comes from the concessions. >> my favorite story is that jennifer knew you could take food in here. >> i know the story personally, because i always sneak my food in, and i was so happy about the
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amc. then i went in last week and had all my indian food in my bag -- >> she stuck indian food in her back! >> the whole time, i'm holding it level, and my husband's like, it doesn't fit, put it in your pants! >> i just love it! >> and then i'm always sitting there crunching on sm ining and annoyed. >> as the people sitting around you. >> what's that smell? >> jennifer, thank you. i just adore her. president obama's speech about afghanistan has a lot of you talking this morning, for good reason. we're sharing i-reports and your facebook comments about the troop increase and the exit tragedy. plus, one town is taking cover from a huge swarm of birds! find out what has them all flocking to the same place.
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a lot of obama supporters here tonight. some weren't from the beginning, but all of us have one thing in common tonight. we're upset. we don't like what's going on in afghanistan. >> more than 200 anti-war protesters rallied outside west point military academy during the president's speech last
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night. six were arrested for disorderly conduct. protests were also held in other cities yesterday and more are expected around the country today. what do you think about the president's strategy in afghanistan? well, i-reporters are coming down on both sides of that debate. >> this is the first time that i will applaud the president for one of his decisions. thank you, president obama, for agreeing to send more troops. it is needed. we need to take out al qaeda, we need to finish the job. and with these 30,000 more troops, we will do just that. >> the only thing -- mark my word -- that we're going to gain by sending 30,000 more of our young people is 30,000 more lives disrupted. this war will only stop by men talking in suits over a table.
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>> well, here's what you are saying this morning on our facebook page. chuck says, i'm all for the buildup. it is what the senior military advisers say they need to do the job. they are the experts in this and we need to listen to them, not ignore them. bryce says, "everyone wants the war to end. it's that simple. we need to win it once and for all. in order to do so, we need to send more troops! i support the decision." what about you? go to our facebook page, no matter what your opinion is. we will certainly be welcoming it. there is a link on our website at cnn.com/robin to get you to our facebook page. yammering on, people are yammering on about tiger woods and his car accident. but at least one aspect of it is behind him. >> yeah, robin, and some people are yammering about this. some people have an opinion about it. think maybe he got the celebrity treatment. but either way, the world's most famous athlete, this was his punishment. cited for careless driving and fined $164, which tiger paid.
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however, the florida highway patrol says his celebrity status in no way influenced them not to go any further with this and they say there were no claims of any domestic violence by anyone. and regards to recent tabloid allegations, they're yammering about that and will be and we'll have more on that ina little later on. as for his tournament he dropped out of, they'll be issuing full refunds to anyone who asks for them. but so far, not that many people have asked. and bobby bowden appears to be being pushed out. one of the greatest legends in college football history was given the option to come back to a lesser role next year. instead, he decided to retire. >> why did they want him out? >> the team had not been doing well. some are crying ageism, saying the guy was too old to do the job. either way, a sad day. the second winningest coach in college football. i'm sad to see him go. florida football player carlos dunlap, one of the best
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players in the country, was arrested on suspicion of dui. get this, cops say he was stopped at a green light around 3:30 in the morning and slumped over the wheel asleep and failed a sobriety test. >> can you believe that? he was found asleep at the wheel? >> allegedly. he was suspended for saturday's game against alabama. that's a big deal, the s.e.c. championship and surprising he got a one-game suspension. and lastly, the bird's nest, the site of the 2008 beijing olympics is getting a makeover. the 80,000-seat stadium has been basically empty. they're turning into it an indoor snow park with ramps, artificial snow machines where you can go skiing and snowboarding. apparently, it doesn't snow much in china. who knew? they're charging about 20 bucks admission. >> does it after a dome so -- >> oh, yeah. all temperature controlled. >> huh. it's getting a makeover. it's like, what, two years old? at that!
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thank you so much, appreciate it. this next video might make you cringe. does this look like alfred hitchcocks "the birds." they're dining in style on of leftover grapes in the vineyards. >> they may be communicating where the food is and then passing that on to their friends after they fill themselves up first, of course. >> that expert says about the only thing that would scare them away would be a predator like a hawk. a guy who threw a shoe at former president bush had somebody throw a shoe at him. the iraqi journalist was in paris at a press conference yesterday when that happened. the journalist then got up and there came the shoe back. and he charged the man. he later accused the thrower of stealing my technique. that's my technique! find your own.
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i know. there is a new spectacle on the vegas strip. new for you in about 30 minutes, after years of construction, the urban community that calls itself the capital of the new world is about to open. that's not boisterous or anything. the capital of the new world. >> actually, i'll be running there sunday for the half-marathon. >> is it already? >> it's sunday. believe me i'm not running after this. i'm done. let's show you what's going on. traveling out there, a couple of delays. one in charlotte because of low clouds. more delays in that region. atlanta, rain, an hour plus is what you'll get out there, charlotte, one delay. watch for more to pop up with the rain and wind. then it will line up towards d.c., then denver with snow. live to minneapolis, light snow in the forecast, 36 degrees the high temperature. currently 31. sun just beginning to pop up. more details, rob, in about a half hour. good morning, minneapolis.
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if you're looking for a job, help may be waiting for you that you don't know about. our money expert clark howard will help you track it down. hat
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in iraqd s still alive. >> you make sure there's a system in place to protect the letter so that soldiers and their families don't have something like this happen. if it happens, you you go, i'm sorry. we will make sure it does not happen again. we will have a policy. >> the government has not responded to the lawsuit. the postal service denied an earlier claim. baltimore mayor cheel la
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dixon says she'll fight to keep her job even though she was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge yesterday. she allegedly used gift cards intended for poor children to go ton a shopping spree for herself. her attorneys are appealing the ruling. for now, dixon remains in office. a guy broke into a newsman in sacramento and now he's the news. you see the guy trying to take the camera, but he could not get it out. the news crew was following a story at the time. local police say this is a good reminder to keep your car doors locked and your valuables out of sight. what did he do, hit the "record" button? millions of families are facing unemployment for the first time and many may not know what kind of help is available. so hln money expert clark howard has your answer. >> are you unemployed? maybe you've never faced it before. maybe a member of your family is
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unemployed who's never experienced it before. well, there are certain things that you have to look at and consider if you have never been through this cycle. now, i was talking with a woman the other day who has been unemployed for a while and she was asking me questions about which bills she should pay, which she shouldn't. i said, what unemployment check are you getting? and she looked at me like, unemployment check? i said, you haven't filed for unemployment? she said, no. i didn't think i should. i was, like, yes. it's insurance. you should go apply. a lot of people who have never been unemployed feel like somehow it's not right to take unemployment compensation. it's fine. go get the money. then if your situation gets really dire and you've never had to consider this, you might be eligible for food stamps. look at what's available to keep food on your table. i'm clark howard. for more ways to deal with this recession, go to my website
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cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon saturdays and sundays. the government's case against an accused mobster got nowhere for the fourth time. a judge in new york declared a mistrial yesterday in the case against john gotti jr. he faced racketeering and murder charges but the jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict. previous trials also ended in hung juries. prosecutors say that they're evaluating what to do next. we're getting first reactions from president obama's new war plan for afghanistan. he said last night he sending another 30,000 troops there. you're going to hear from some of the people directly affected by this more than anybody else.
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good morning! on wednesday. is it only wednesday? i know. morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on today. i do not make this decision lightly. i make this decision because i am convinced that our security is at stake in afghanistan and pakistan. >> president obama lays out his new plan for war. what the head of u.s. forces in afghanistan thinks about adding 30,000 troops. police are closing the case of the tiger woods car crash, but that has not shut down the rumor mill. let's get back to this big story here. eight years of fighting in afghanistan is turning into at least ten. president obama announced last night he's sending another 30,000 troops. the hope is that those men and women will be the extra push
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that's needed to wipe al qaeda and the taliban from afghanis n afghanistan. there's also now a timetable because the president says he wants u.s. troops to come home. >> i see firsthand the terrible wages of war. if i did not think that the security of the united states and the safety of the american people were at stake in afghanistan, i would gladly order every single 1 of our troops home tomorrow. so, no, i do not make this decision lightly. >> well with being t, the head you forces in afghanistan says that the president has given them a clear mission and the 30,000 troops are enough to make it happen. military family hopes that the president's announcement is a sign that the war is headed in the right direction. >> hopefully this will bring the country back to the realization that we're fighting two wars not just one with. that afghanistan has been a war the whole time. >> it's difficult to tell what the enemy is going to do, how
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things will change die ma' nam over time. it's not fair for us to say based on the fact there's 30,000 more troops in afghanistan that the war will come to an end. >> you'll hear more details on the president's strategy. plus, critics are blasting the president's plan. that story is less than ten minutes away. throughout the morning we're inviting you to get on our facebook page. we'll be playing your responses as well. stay with hln, the news and views. several men accused of helping a suspected cop killer are in jail now. three were charged yesterday in tacoma, washington. a fourthman is being held. police say more arrests are possible. they're accused of helping maurice clemmons run after the death of four officers. we have new e-mails this morning that appear to show the couple accused of crashing a white house state dinner knew they were not invited.
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the press got copy of tareq and michaele's e-mails. an e-mail from a pentagon aide says, the dinner is completely closed. well, after the dinner, at that reece sa law hi wrote back and said, we went to the gaelt and their name was on the list. the salahis say they have e-mails that back up their side of the story. florida police are saying case closed in the tiger woods car accident case. but rafer everybody is still talking about it close or not. >> that's right. as far as tiger, he just paid a $164 fine. authorities say they're satisfied. no criminal charges. they say he was guilty of a moving violation when he crashed his suv. cops also seemed to address some tabloid allegations about what led p up to the crash. they say no claims of a domestic dispute from anyone, among the things people are talking about. the tabloid rumors include
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allegationses that tiger was having an affair with this woman. she has now come forward and told the "new york post" that that story is completely false and made up by "a friend" who sold it to the "national enquirer." robin? >> leak you said, friend. five britisher sailors being held by iran are now free. the sailors have been taken to international waters and turned over to a representative of their sailing company. iran's navy arrested them last month after their racing yacht entered iranian waters. iran's official news agency says the sailors entered those waters by accident. things are different, though, for three americans detained in iran since july. iran accused the heekers of espionage and asays they will be put on trial. they crossed into iran while hiking on the border of iraq. the family says it happened by mistake. look at a previously unseen
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mo home movie of marilyn monroe. the copywrite is going up you on eb ebay. a collector bought it off of a woman who says she used to hang out with marilyn. she has had the film since '50s. she only showed it to investigators investigating her death. >> she looks just as calm as she always did. >> the golden area. literally, kind of yellow. >> true. you know what? we certainly have so much rain today. chances are it will be in your backyard, too. in some places we're talking severe. >> good morning, rob. i've zeroed into panama city, brand new tornado warning just popped up within 30 seconds. you can see it right there. right when you get into western florida, crestview, too, brand new tornado warning. over to the west a little farther, the entire region under a tornado watch. here is the warned area.
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this thunderstorm cell just came off the gulf of mexico, headed to the northeast at about 30 miles per hour. will cross over i-10. that's brand new for you, breaking news, tornado warning now for parts of the panama city area to the west. here's where it looks, heavy rain, georgia, alabama, the carolinas, too. on the back side of that, it's all snow getting in towards western and northern texas. more in a second. look at the rain coming out of the north carolina metro, charlotte, virginia, stretching into kentucky. all heavy rain, all moving in towards ohio, get into west virginia, maryland, p.a., the northeast overnight tonight. back to the west, oklahoma city it's all rain. looking at some light snow beginning to develop right around ft. worth. last hour they reported a temperature of 36 degrees at dfw, right between the two city. you can see the snow beginning to crash through. light snow in the morning, followed up by rain in the afternoon. we had plenty of snow out there yesterday around new mexico.
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let me show you video from carlsbad, new mexico. december 1st, six inches of snow to start off the month. kids got out of school in carlsbad, also had 3,500 folks out of power. you can see what it looks leak. they are drying out with light snow being reported again in denver. a lot to talk about, rob. we'll get to it in about a half hour. >> it's always fun the first day. >> we're talking december 1st. march 1 hst? not so much. billions of your taxpayer dollars are at stake and a man in charge is out of a job. why the boss of a carmaker that you bailed out got axed. and then a call that none of us would want to make. a man had to choose between saving his son or saving his wife.
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it's time to salute our troops.
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today we spotlight private brandon rodriguez serving in afghanistan. his wife and two kids say they miss him lot and they're always with him in his heart. good morning, robin. i would like to salute my husband, private brian rodriguez. baby, we want you to know we love you more than anything and we pray every day you're safe. we're always there with you in your heart and want you to know that you are our hero. we want to wish you an early 25th birthday and can't wait until you're home with us again. we love you, daddy. >> if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin. some are blasting president obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan and the taliban is criticizing the plan. a taliban spokesperson now says that the troop increase is a bad idea and that more u.s. soldiers will die because of it. i don't know if anyone expected the taliban to say it's a great idea. richard lui is digging deeper into the military strategy. >> good morning. not a great idea for them because that's what athe president wants to do, target
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the taliban. 30,000 more troops will raise the military presence in afghanistan to about 100,000. but president obama also talked about the exit strategy, too. >> we will pursue a military strategy that will break the taliban's momentum and increase afghanistan's capacity over the next 18 months. >> the plan has u.s. troops starting to leave in july 2011, telling the afghan people, "we have no interest in occupying your country. the new troops will focus on the south where the taliban is very strong," back to the point you were with making earlier. >> lawmakers are already slamming the president's plan. >> yeah. critics include the president's own party. barbara boxer saying, i do not support adding more troops because there are now 200,000 american nato and afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 taliban and less than 100 al qaeda.
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gop party chief michael steele saying, i am will glad the president will finally provide general mcchrystal with the troops he needs but sending mixed signals by outlining the exit before these troops even get on the ground undermines their ability to succeed. so from both parties, robin. >> richard, thank you. by the way, folks, your opinion matters so much to us about the president's announcement about afghanistan, go to our facebook page and we'll read it on the air. after just months on the job, gm's new ceo is out of there. jennifer westhoven is joining us. that's a move that stunned the auto industry. >> yeah. the corporate guillotine in detroit. ritz henderson pushed out by the board. look, this affects you because you own gm. you didn't remember? billions of dollars of your money here, the government owns most of gm. reports say the board unhappy with saying not enough change. gm was losing market share.
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the plans to sell off saturn and assault and battte saab collapsed. and the old management and culture that many say drove gm they say he's part of. the chairman ed whitaker will temporary act as ceo. he doesn't know anything about cars. he says that. hey, his background is from at&t. bu he was brought in to turn thing around by the government. if you've got some savings or stocks, good news yesterday at least tells you about confidence. that's good news in a bad economy. stocks, a new recovery high. they came back from their little dubai fainting spell. there's the dow up 126 points, almost 10,500. a record for gold as well. here is something that could help your home, could mean extra money for you, and could mean jobs in the economy. one of the ideas on the table at the white house jobs summit is to give you more tax rebates, more, to make your home more
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energy efficient. this is not just about energy. it's about jobs. the "wall street journal" reports that the white house talking to stores like lowe's and home depot about what they think will be the best ways to get people to spend, maybe it's raising that $1500 tax credit, maybe it's some kind of cash rebate you get right away instead of waiting for taxes. we shall see. >> i wish it would be something that could go for, like, solar power, making solar power cheaper tfcheap er. it's kind of expensive. >> it might. it costs so much to redo your house that they're kind of saying, maybe 1500 isn't enough. getting new windows can be like $20,000. >> right. thank you for elling us about it. researchers have found a promising new tool to fight cancer. they're calling it rambo. if did you catch the president's speech last night? we have brand new reaction to the afghanistan strategy on our facebook page, from you.
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i think it's a good thing to send more troops. it's kind of a double-edged sword being that more of us are going over there, but at the same time it's good because the more of us that are over there, the safer each one of us are. >> i think he made a good decision on the troops. he cut down from the initial request, sent the right amount of troops to handle the mission at task. >> here is what you are saying on our facebook page about the
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president's decision to send more troops to afghanistan. chris writes us, being a marine, i understand that in order to keep the bad guys out of this country, we need to fight them on their soil so they don't come back here. greg says, duty call for our nation now. if obama is sending troops, then we must really need them. teresa says, ideally the troops would be home now and our country would not be at war. sadly, that is not the case. tell us what you're thinking. go to our facebook page. you can find the link on our website, cnn.com/robin. a man had to give up trying to rescue his teenaged son or to save his wife from drowning. vanessa horton and her son were chasing vandals in their car over the weekend. she drove into a river and her husband ran to help. >> i couldn't reach the car so my main priority was to get vanessa back to the shore because she was winot coping. when i got her back, i looked
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around and i could see the taillights way down and i just accepted the fact that he had gone. so i just started praying and lifted vanessa halfway up the bank. when help arrived and the policeman jumped in, he said he couldn't get to the door, i knew he was gone. apparently they had been in the water for two or three minutes before i got there. >> firefighters and police say they tried everything to reach the boy. divers recovered his body the next day. that poor woman. a hockey player who accidentally hit his own goalie with his stick is not going to be punished for it. even though a lot of you felt like he sudden. here's rafer with more of that story. >> hi. switching gears here, that was a huge outcry on our facebook page when they saw what this guy did. guess what a? nothing is going to happen to the florida panthers defenseman keith ballard. he will will not be disciplined
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for this reckless swing. here it is. he's trying to swing at his neck and recklessly hits his own goalie. it splits his ear. the league is also not going to suspend him. the goalie was taken out on a stretcher. he's now okay. reportedly, the two with men joked about it on the plane ride home. i guess hockey players are tough. the los angeles angels are putting their money where their hearts are. the team voted to give a full share of their playoff earnings to fallen pitcher nick adenhart's xaet. he was killed in a car crash by an alleged drunk driver. they honored him all season. the share amounts to $138,000. nice gesture by those guys. a nice gesture by new york yankees manager joe girardi who offered to help jets quarterback mark sanchez learn how to slide. >> i think that is so funny. >> i've never heard of anything like this in my life.
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girardi led the yankees to a world title offered to help because sanchez hurt himself because he didn't slide in the jets win over the carolina panthers. slide, sanchez, slide! >> going to get professional help to slide. >> professional slide help. i hope it works. >> it's got to be hard to slide when you're in cleats and on ground. >> you have to get your legs way up high. that's how you do it. >> i love it. a cancer killing virus called rambo may hold real promise in the fight against brain cancer. researchers at the ohio state university say that the virus not only kills brain tumor cells but blocks the growth of new tumors. six mice treated with that virus lived about 28 days longer than those that were not. so coming up, some kids who skipped class may get mom and dad in trouble, too.
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last night president obama laid out his case for sending another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. starting today he gets help selling his plan to congress. secretary of state hillary clinton, defense secretary robert gates, and the joint chiefs chairman admirable mike will mullen will will all be answering questions on capitol hill. the senate debate over health care is a fight over $400 billion that the democrats want to cut from medicare. yesterday republicans proposed removing all those cuts. that would essentially kill the plan. republicans say the cuts threaten health care for seniors. democraciy dems say it is about fraud. the ft. hood suspect's
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lawyer want to know if he's competent to stand trial. the attorney says that's premature because hasan is still in intensive care. we're busy today. you are, too. come on in, sit down, enjoy your coffee. i'm robin meade. military families across the country were watching closely last night when with president obama announced that he's sendeding more troops to afghanistan. now, this means 30,000 more people leaving their homes and 30,000 more families waiting for a loved one to come back safe. >> i really feel it's needed. eric does complain a lot about the manpower they have. but then i think, i don't want another mom to have to worry about their son or daughter all the time, too. i really have mixed feelings about it. new this morning, the taliban is now responding to president obama's new war plan. a spokesperson for the taliban says the troop increase is a bad idea and more u.s. soldiers will die because of it. i don't know if anybody expected the taliban to say, oh, a great idea.
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correspondent richard lui is digging deeper into the details of the strategy. >> good morning. it's been called the afghan strategy, but the final of the three parts of the president's afghan war plan does not even focus on afghanistan at all. instead, it's on its neighbor. >> in the past, there have been those in pakistan who have argued that the struggle against extremism is not their fight and the pakistan is better off doing little or seeking a combination with those who seek violence. public opinion has turned. the pakistani army has raised an offensive in swath and is no doubt that the united states and pakistan share a common enemy. >> taliban fighters have long been operating in the mountainous region along afghanistan's border with pakistan. that is what the president is alluding to. it is not clear whether any additional troops he's mentioning will be sent to the pakistan border area. about 4,000 u.s. special forces are already there in eastern afghanistan, robin, hunting al qaeda leaders.
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>> richard, pakistan's efforts may not actually be helping the united states. i mean, why is that? >> yeah. the president was talking about those efforts. that's because it targets forces here that threaten itself, not forces attacking u.s. and afghan forces. for instance, pakistan's army has not yet directly confronted al qaeda whose leader osama bin laden is believed to be hiding in pakistan. fareed zakaria hosts a show that talks about foreign affairs. >> it is a policy that in some substantial part baseded on the good will of the pakistani military and a pakistani government that is in severe crisis. if i were to point to one weak spot in the overall strategy, that's it, not that it's clear that president obama could do anything about it, but fundamentally it's very difficult to solve this without dealing with pakistan. >> robin, consistent with that, as we've been reporting, there are concerns about pakistan's nuclear arsenal because of its internal struggles that are
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happening within the government. >> you can see that. richard, thank you. the cleveland man who owns the house where the bodies of 11 women were found has been indicted now on murder charges. a grand jury in ohio returned the indictment against anthony sowell yesterday. authorities say that all of the victims were either homeless or living alone. sowell's attorney has not commented on the indictment. remember the guy who threw a shoe at former president bush? you've got to see this video as he got a taste of his own medicine.
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heavy at times, little know bursts going on right now just outside of ft. worth. here's ft. worth itself, dallas beginning to crash on in with the colder air. morning snow. by this afternoon, just light scattered showers with breezy conditions, too. out to the west, live to san francisco. trying to get in or out of the bay area, the fog will be in later this morning. right now it looks pretty good. so far so good, but the fog will be there. anticipate delays at the airport at sfo. again, more about that coming up, rob, in about ten minutes. >> where is that picture? >> san francisco. looking nice so far. >> hello to our viewers there. there's some bad news if you
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like to sneak your milk duds and sour patch kids into the theater. a major chain isn't letting you do that anymore. i never knew they did let you. a huge hotel is set to open in las vegas. it could bring thousands of badly needed jobs.
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more than 200 anti-war with protesters rallied outside west point military academy as the president outlined his plan to send another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. they carried signs that said the audacity of torture and get out now. >> there will be a lot of obama supporters here tonight. some weren't from the beginning. but all aof us have one thing in
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common tonight. we're upset. we don't like what's going on in afghanistan. >> six people were arrested for disorderly conduct. the protests were also held in other cities and more are expected around the country today. hey, let's look at the morning papers. you don't have to go outside and get it because we've got it. "usa today" reports there are new questions about whether a massive beef recall over the summer should have included meat used in school lunches. sal salmonella was traced to that beef. some was shipped anyway. experts say that was taking a huge risk. in "the washington post," the d.c. council voted 11-2 to legalize same-sex marriage in the district. the measure could become law after a vote in two weeks. the "new york times" reports denmark is giving people a $40,000 tax credit and free parking if they buy an electric car. it is part of their plan to combat global warming. the "post" reports people are
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still except cal. the lights on the christmas tree at rockefeller center will be turned on at 7:00 eastern. the 76-foot spruce will go up right next to the rockefeller ice rink. if will feature more than 30,000 lights. >> what that means in new york -- >> is what? >> you cannot travel in midtown from now until new year's. in a cab. you have to take the subway because it is jammed. >> you have to walk. >> it's really fun, though. bigger, stronger side air bags could save your life. at least that's what the government is saying. jen is here to talk about this proposal to save lives in rollovers. good morning. >> thanks, robin. the idea, sometimes rollovers get thrown out of the windows. they want to make the bags bigger so they cover up you the window a little more, make it a little safer. the government says that could save about 400 lives a year and it would cost about 50 bucks per vehicle. they would start in cars in 2014. now, you're trying to save
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money, movie tickets are pretty expensive. then you go to the movie theater and they want to charge you what is it, $30 now for popcorn and soda? i'm exaggerating. >> but not by much. >> it's really expensive. it's really fatty, right? we just found out thpopcorn is like three quarter pounders in butter. let me tell you, when i worked in a movie theater, they did not pop that popcorn there. it was in big bags in the back and they brought it out to warm it up. >> are you kidding me? >> no. that stuff is not fresh, no. there was one theater that quietly used to let you bring in your own food. amc. there was always people bringing in sandwiches, whatever they wanted. but not anymore. amc's hometown paper, the kansas city star, says they changed the rules after concession sales plunged. it's a recession and people are going, i'm not going to stand in line for that. it's expensive. i'll just bring something in. that is a major source of money
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for movie theaters. for tickets they have to kick a lot of that toward hollywood. >> who knew you were allowed to eat at amc before? jennifer knew. >> robin is sending out e-mails at 3:00 a.m. i'm going, yes, i'm aware. because i love to sneak food into movie theaters. >> she sneaks drinks in there. >> i used to work there. i don't want to eat that food. i take my -- i go to a restaurant, get my takeout. yeah, i had to hide it all in my purse. >> do you know how aggravating you were to the other viewers? you'd, be, like, krifrpg elcrin foil. >> you just go to the matinee with kids screaming anyway. from working in the theater, my word of advice is, please throw out your own trash. nobody throws it out. i don't know what it's all about. >> kind of weird. >> it grosses up the movie theater. >> i still have to talk about food here. cooking out with your buddies before a game, could be
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fun, but some of the foods could be dangerous. we're looking "beyond the sur dp fas." >> you may not know that grilling some meats can be potentially dangerous. meats like hot dogs and sausages, those that are cured and contain nigh trites and nitrates, when introduced to high temperatures, they can be potentially cancer causing. >> high-fat meats have a lot of kbrees. that grease hits the grill and it causes a flare-up and the smoke gets into the meat. then that causes the compounds that are cancer causing compounds. >> you don't want to char them so that you get a burned portion. don't eat the bourned portion. that's the potentially harmful part of the meat. >> mary naidinades can help. grilling vegetables is great. you can char-grill the vegetables. you won't have any health risk. well, president obama's speech on afghanistan has many
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of you talking this morning, giving us your opinions. we're sharing i-reports and your facebook comments right now about the troop increase and the exit strategy.
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the french president and british prime minister are praising president obama's new strategy in afghanistan. nato pledged a substantial increase in forces to help with the milssion there. what are you thinking? some i-reporters are weighing in. >> you're willing to send another 30,000 troops over there, and according to the news it's going to be a three-year project, why don't we just send 50 over there and get this done
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with already? >> i just don't see how you can start a war or go into a war with more troops and have a firm date of when you think you can leave. it just never works out. >> here's what you are saying this morning on facebook. meg says it's about time that we go after the people who attacked us. i'm glad the focus is back on afghanist afghanistan. jose says it's much better to fight this war over there than anywhere close to our soil. kimberly says, the president is doing exactly what he said he would not do, keep our troop here and bring others back. this is senseless. we are losing our troops for nothing. tell us what you're thinking. you can get to our facebook page if you don't know how to automatically by going to cnn.com/robin. there's an "f." forget about the recession. the first hotel of a new mega-complex in vegas is opening its doors. this is the huge story in vegas. it's called the dara. it has 4,000 rooms. it is part of an $8.5 billion
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community called citycenter featuring show venues, residential properties and a shopping mall. citycenter is offering 12,000 jobs. nice. happening today -- illinois is dumping strong poison into a chicago canal to kill asian carp before they can infest the great lakes. look at these things. they're virtually out of control. they're eating the food in the rivers and driving out other fish. they weigh up to 100 pounds and as you can see from this video, they'll jump into boats. officials say they may have to do it again if it's not strong enough. >> just wait until st. patrick's day when they dye it green. i would think that would do it. people are still talking about tiger woods' car accident. but at least his legal troubles appear to be over. hi, rafer. >> hi, robin. the police, some people questioning, did he get the celebrity treatment? they're saying absolutely not. they say they went completely by
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the book. he was sited for careless driving and $164. less than a round of golf in some places. there was no evidence to pursue criminal charges and no claims of domestic violence by anyone. now, this all comes around recent allegations around tiger. those are not going away. meanwhile, his tournament which he dropped out of because of injuries, they say they're going to issue full refunds, though so far, not many have asked for one. and a college football legend is calling it quits. 80-year-old bobby bowden is retiring. but it looks like he was pushed out. they offered to bring him back next year in a lesser role and he retired. the team was not great this year, but he didn't want to stop coaching.
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and there could be big legal trouble for carlos dunlap. police say he was stopped at a green light around 3:30 in the morning slumped over the wheel, asleep. he was suspended for the biggest game of the year, so bad timing. and the bird's next decided the 2008 beijing olympic ss getting a makeover. they're going to turn it into a snow park. >> what's that again? >> with ramps and artificial snow machines. it is open air, so how is that going to work? i have no idea. >> i guess it will be seasonal. >> that's right. >> thank you. if you're looking for a job, some help may be waiting for you that you don't know about. clark howard will help you track it down.
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welcome on wednesday. let's jump into the stories now. >> pain and hurt that's in my heart today. >> a grieving mother buries her son as president obama announces more troops to be sent into harm's way. as far as police are concerned, it's case closed on the tiger woods incident. and we haven't seen numbers like this in a year. eight years of fighting in afghanistan is turning into at least ten. last night, the president announced he's sending another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. the hope is they'll help win the war and train the afghan forces to keep up with the fighting.
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the president also set a timetable. he want to start bringing troops home in july of 2011. >> we will work with our partners, the united nations and afghan people to pursue a more effective civilian strategy so the government can take advantage of improved security. this effort must be based on performance. >> the head of u.s. forces in afghanistan says the president has given him a clear mission and the 30,000 troop rs enough to make it half. military families hope that the president's announcement is a sign that the war is headed in the right direction. >> i felt like he was trying to show we're bringing more troops in, refocussing on afghanistan, the war efforts there where they should be, where he felt they believe be to begin with. i felt that was definitely a positive tonight. >> my brother just went and i
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feel like with this new plan in place, what he does is going to be very helpful to what he's trying to do. >> you're going to hear more about the president's military strategy in afghanistan, plus, some critics are blasting the president's plan. that story less than ten minutes away. your opinion pmatters to us, so this morning, you're going to hear from you. stay with hln with news and your views. several men accused of helping a suspected cop killer are in jail. three were charged yesterday in tacoma, washington. more arrested are possible. they're accused of helping maurice clemmons get away after being suspected of shooting four officers in seattle. we have new e-mails that show that the couple that crashed the white house state dinner knew they were not
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invited. the associated press got copies of the couple's e-mails. the salahis have been insisting they were invited, but an e-mail says the dinner is closed. after the dinner, tareq wrote back saying that -- the secret service says that's not true. they say they have e-mails that pack up their side of the story. florida police are saying case closed in the tiger woods case. >> a lot of questions, but as far as the police are concerned, they have no more questions. they are not going to pursue any criminal charges, saying that tiger was just guilty of a moving violation. tiger was fined $164, which he did pay and had four points put on his license, so his rates may
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go up. that's a look at sports for now. >> i guess i never thought of that point. by the way, nancy grace will have the latest on all of this tonight at 8:00 and 10:00 eastern. thousands of sex offenders have been booted off facebook and myspace thanks to a new law. half of the united states now require sex offenders to register their home and e-mail addresses, so that makes it easier for social networks sites to find and delete those accounts. the justice department the working on an e-mail reng industry. remember the guy who true a shoe at president bush last year? yesterday, he got a taste of his own medicine. the iraqi journalist was in paris at a press conference when that happened. up the journalist got, he threw
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a shoe back, then later accused the man of stealing my technique. i'm the shoe thrower. breaking news. some tornado warnings to tell you about and bob has those boxes as we call them. >> this is a pretty dangerous situation. we have a cold front off towards the west. we have warm air and humidity. this is georgia. early and miller counties, georgia. that's for the next ten minutes. this is moving to the northeast at about 55 miles per hour. it's beginning to whip up as it moves into lower parts of georgia. it originates with the cold front back west. this is out of mobile, alabama. the heaviest action is across the panhandle of florida, into georgia now, too. your area of low pressure is around new orleans. backside of that, it's wrapped up around texas. look at the rain shield though, making steady progress towards
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virginia. back towards maryland, pennsylvania, delaware. you're going get rain at the airports because of this. further to the west, that is turning that rain to snow pretty quickly from ft. worth to dallas. you can see that rain/snow line. the blue is rain. the pink is where it's rain and snow. the white is pure snow. live to dallas. big d just switched to snow about ten minutes ago. that is going to make for a messy commute. it's going to have a tough time sticking on the roads, but you will see delays at the airports. more snow video out of new mexico. karls bad, new mexico. december 1st, six inches of snow. 3400 folks without power. but that is your cold air. the cold temperatures.
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>> thank you. a big shake-up in the auto world could impact you. the ceo of general motors is stepping down. he's been there for less than a year. check out the rare film clip of marilyn monroe. where it came from and why it's out now.
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today we spotlight brandon rodriguez. he's in afghanistan and his wife says she and their two kids miss him so much and they are always with him in his heart. >> i'd like to salute my husband. baby, we want you to know we love you more than anything and are praying every day that you are safe. we are always with your in your heart and want you to know you are our hero. we want to wish you an early 25th birthday. we love you, daddy. >> isn't that a great family
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photo? if you have somebody you want to salute, let me help you. there is a big storm system right now. half is rain, half is now and dallas is on the edge and it looks like they've just turned to snow this morning. good morning to our viewers there. i think you're going to fast for snow. but that's me. doesn't it look like they're driving fast in snow? >> wet roads, be careful. just say no to a smoking ban. why one restaurant owner is saying, go ahead and light up. fine. a cancer killing virus called rambo may hold real promise in the fight against brain cancer. researcher it blocked the growth of new tumors. six mice treated lived about 28 days longer than those that weren't and two were tumor-free. after eight months on the
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job, general motors' new ceo is out of there. that stunned everybody in the industry. >> a lot of upset from the board. it was very clear this morning, that a lot of people from gm trying to make it clear it was the board that pushed out fritz henderson, and not the government. but this is billions of dollars of your money. but reports say it was the board that was unhappy. that gm was still loosing market share. you heard headlines about how gm was going to sell saturn and saab and a lot of people felt he was seen as the old guard. people thought that's not the kind of change that's going to make things happen there. well, chairman ed whitacre, a new guy, he will temporarily act as ceo.
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now, he doesn't have a background in cars. he's from at&t. we shall see. if you've got retirement savings, maybe a 401(k) or pension plan, hey, closing bell last night was good for you. with that, i mean not just a one-day rally. it means stocks are back to what i'm calling their recovery highs. 10,500 is not the high. it's about 14,000, but this is the best we've done since we were back in the hole. so the dow getting over fears about dubai and rallies last night. this morning, looks like we could be down, but that's not too bad. if you're traveling this morning, if you're in atlanta, you're probably hanging around the airport. >> could be worse and i think it will be, too. the heavy rain is coming in out of the south and the rain is going to slow you down to over an hour. show you where the rain is located. you can see the planes coming in
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and going out. so far, it's only 20-minute delay, but a ground stop in charlotte until 9:45 because of the low clouds. here's what we have for the rest of the day. tough day to travel. an hour or more is a possibility. atlanta and charlotte, san francisco, morning fog. boston, houston, chicago, rain and wind overnight. rain and snow in areas by dallas now. new york city metros, p.m. rain. orlando, tampa, rain and showers this afternoon. cincinnati, detroit, rain and storms. more come ng. denver, snow also. look at new york city. that rain is headed up towards central park. get the ice skating in now because it's going to rain on you late today through tomorrow. wait until you hear what somebody probably didn't mean to leave inside the good will donation and why there's a good reason they're probably not going back for it.
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thousands of military families will be affected by president obama's new war plan. he announced plans to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan and correspondent richard lui is digging deeper. >> one of the three major parts to the plan is 30,000 more troops, raising u.s. military presence to about 100,000. but president obama also talked about an exit strategy. >> we will pursue a military strategy that will break the
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taliban's momentum and increase afghanistan's capacity over the next 18 months. >> now, the plan has u.s. troops starting to leave in july, 2011, telling the afghan people, we have no interest in occupying your country. now, people are already slamming president obama's plan including members of his own party. barbara boxer saying -- and then there's a gop response, michael steele saying -- >> all right. thank you. but here's what you at home are saying today on facebook. hector says -- debby says --
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shauna says -- go to our facebook page. if you don't know how to get there, there's a link at cnn.com/robin. come look at this. a previously unseen home movie of marilyn monroe. the copy wright is going up for sale on ebay and it is one of cnn.com's most popular stories right now. a collector bought it from a woman that says she used to hang out with the woman. she's had the film since the '50s and has only seen it to fbi agents inves gaiting monroe's death. a hockey player who accidentally hit his own goalie will not be punished for it.
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>> good morning. a lot of our viewers wanted to see this guy punished. a lot of people in the hockey community, but not going to happen. the florida panthers say they will not discipline because it was an accident. this guy was taken out on a stretcher, but he is okay. reportedly, the two guys joked about it on the plane ride home. the los angeles angels are putting their money where their hearts are. the team is giving a full share of their earnings to nick adenhart's estate. he was killed in april. the team honored him the entire season. they even kept his jersey in the clubhouse. the share amounts to $138,000.
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and new york yankees manager stepped in to help this guy. when a quarterback slides, they can't get hit. he offered to help sanchez because he wasn't sliding like he should have been and he got hurt and the jets win over the panthe panthers. slide. then that doesn't happen. now, if he can teach him not to throw interceptions, too. >> sliding class. thank you. new this morning, five british sailors are being held by iran are now free. britain says they have been taken to international waters and turned over to a representative of their sailing company. iran's navy arrested them last month after their racing yacht enters their waters. forget about the recession. the first hotel of a new mega
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complex is opening its doors in vegas. it's part of an $8.5 billion community featuring residential properties and a mall. they're offering 12,000 jobs. here are a couple of stories we're watching today. at 10:00 a.m. eastern in washington, a house subcommittee is going to hold hearings to talk about the new breast cancer screening recommendations announced a few weeks back and tonight at 7:00 eastern in new york city, they light up the christmas tree. president obama took months to come up with a new strategy in afghanistan. was it worth the wait? we are sharing your i-reports and facebook comments, so hurry to the facebook page right now. some kids who skipped class
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may get mom and dad in trouble, too. a judge is holding the parents accountable.
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the new york stock exchange is open just opened for business and they're celebrating the third annual israel day there today. stock futures were mixed this morning. usually give us a clue on what to expect. we will pursue a military strategy that will break the taliban's momentum and increase afghanistan's capacity over the next 18 months. >> last night, president obama laid out his case for sending another 30,000 troops to afghanistan. well, starting today, he gets help selling his plan to congress. secretary of state hillary clinton, robertgates and michael mullen will be answering questions on capitol hill. the senate health care
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debate is boiling down to a fight that the democrats want cut for health care. yesterday, the republicans proposed removing the cuts that would essentially kill the plan. republicans say it threatens health care for seniors. happening today, illinois's dumping a strong poison into a chicago canal to kill asian carp before they invest the great lakes. they are virtually out of control. they're eating food, in the river, or the waterway, and driving out other fish. they weigh up to 100 pounds and can jump on water skiers and into boats. those are some of our top stories and welcome back. morning, sunshine. here's what's going on. military families across the country were watching closely last night when president obama announced he's sending more troops to afghanistan. this means 30,000 more people leaving their homes and 30,000
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mor families waiting for a loved one to come back safely. >> and i don't expect it to be on the forefront of everybody's minds, but sometimes, it feels that people forget those are sons and daughters and sisters and brothers and children out there, dads and moms out there risking their lives. >> in afghanistan, troops watched the president's speech and they're the ones that know best about the danger there is. >> we need more troops because we need more security outside the wire. i go outside the wire all the time and there are so many places that have not been reconned yet or covered. we go to these certain areas and it's worrisome, so the more people we have here, the more security we have, the more secure our troops can be, and safe. >> we're taking hits, you know, all the time. i think the more soldiers, the better the war will be. >> i think it's undecided.
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i think the thoughts on whether it's going to make a big impact will probably come when the troops start rolling in. >> now, a key part of the plan does not focus on afghanistan at all. it's about pakistan. president obama says that helping pakistan with its antiterrorism efforts is crucial. it is not clear whether any of the additional 30,000 troops will be sent to the pakistan border. atlanta's race for mayor is too close to call. ka seen reed is claiming victory, but only leading by 620 votes. mary norwood has asked for a recount by next tuesday. or she has to ask for a recount by next tuesday. she's trying to become the city's first white mayor in more than three decades. a new smoking ban is
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underway in virginia, but one restaurant owner says he's keeping the ashtrays out. >> i'm not trying to break the law, but i'm trying to accommodate the people who support me. >> i don't feel i should ask 100 people to go sit on the pate owe. >> the new law bans smoking in any place where food and drinks are served. one of the grooms at a mass wedding ceremony was attacked right before the i dos. a tv station in peru says that is the aunt and sister of the bride to be. the women claim the groom was already married. after the fight, the other 17 couples finished their i dos. >> swing, swing is correct. my goodness. you've got an update on
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breaking news and it comes to weather. >> been chasing tornado warnings this morning. around the panhandle of florida. it's coming out of port st. joe. that's a tornado warning, all moving to the northeast between 35 and 55 miles per hour. back to the west, cold front still around western parts of the florida panhandle in towards mobile, alabama. you can see the rain coming in. that's for geneva and sampson. that's a new one as well. pull the picture out farther. another shot of heavy rain out of alabama in towards georgia. 48-hour map right here. where you see the yellows and reds, that's a good indication
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of how much rain you'll see. it's about 2, atlanta looking for 2 to 3. back up towards charlotte. there's the rain coming in. you get to the west, your upper level low. zoom in towards dallas, the rain has switched over to snow. the rain is blue, the white is snow. snowing in dallas and ft. worth. we'll get delays at the airports because of this. temperatures near the low 30s, but it is getting on the grass right now. low clouds hanging in there tough, at least the first part of the morning. >> this is gray with snow at 8:30 in the morning. >> there you go. >> thank you. on wall street, the dow closed at a 14-month high. today, the trading depends on new reports about the labor market. let's check in with susan lisovicz in new york.
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>> good morning. the bulls are laboring to keep the positive moe going. not too much damage. the dow has turned positive right now. this is the first drop of three straight days of labor processing reports. adp says 169,000 jobs were lost last month. a separate report says the pace of layoffs is slowing, so tomorrow, we'll get the weekly jobs report. friday, we get the big one. hopefully that trend will continue. meanwhile, there's a big job cut at general motors. fritz henderson is out. the government says it played no part in the decision. you may recall that uncle sam ousted the previous ceo and that the u.s. treasury owns half of gm. ed whitacre will serve in the meantime. there could be some job openings
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in the south thanks to daimler. production of the c-class will start in 2014. the sedan version is the best-selling in the west. >> pretty. >> pretty. sure is, with a pretty big check that comes along with it to pay for it, but that's besides the point. we like to do things big in the u.s. big cars, big homes. reuters reports that australia has overtaken the u.s. with the biggest homes. they've grown 10% during the past decade to 2,310 square feet, while the u.s., home of the mcmansion, has actually been shrinking, so it's just under that. >> well, is their economy as bad as ours? we're shrinking because we can't afford it. >> that's right.
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also, they're piling more people into their homes and so they need more space for the barbies and other things. the fosters. >> appreciate it. fosters. beer. all right. a young cancer patient always dreamed of being a soldier. see how the 8-year-old got to be in a soldier's job. plus, tiger woods' car crash is still a hot topic, but police is saying they are now done.
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iran's president is raising
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the stakes on the country's nuclear program. he said yesterday that iran will enrich its uranium to 20% level. that's still below what's needed for nuclear weapons. just a few days ago, the u.n. told iran to stop all nuclear enrichment. >> we can do without them, but they cannot do without us. i see this as that spirit of arrogance and you know, they live in the past and the world has changed. they laugh at you if you think that way. >> iran has insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. right now, members of the obama administration are taking the president's plan for afghanistan to the hill and richard lui is following that story. >> right now, we are watching a live hearing happening on the hill. you see the chief of the joint chiefs of staff, as well as
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secretary clinton. the big questions are, what is this new afghan plan. what are the benefits as well as the risks. we'll be drawing down on that. also, more drama for the alleged white house party crashers. why a charity event they run the getting some scrutiny. and then shoppers are doing a double take on this one right here in this window. the super sexy window display that's stopping people in their tracks. >> wait, am i noticing most of these are men? >> we'll tell you what they're saying about that. a man had to give up trying rescue his teenage son to save his wife from drowning. vanessa horton and her son were chasing vandals over the weekend and she drove into a river and her husband ran to help. >> i couldn't reach the car, so my main priority was to get vanessa back to the shore because she was not coping and
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when i got her back, i looked around and i could see the taillights way down and i just accepted the fight that he had gone, so i just -- i just starting praying and lifted vanessa halfway up the bank. a policeman jumped in and he said he couldn't get to the door. i knew he had gone. apparently had been in the water for about two or three minutes before i got there. >> just terrible. firefighters and police say they tried everything to reach the boy. hundreds of children helped raise aids awareness. high school students helped form a huge red ribbon in atlanta. they wanted to challenge public and private schools around the world to improve aids education programs. president obama's speech has many of you talking, so we're going to share your i-reports
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and facebook comments on the increase and exit strategy.
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about an hour ago, nato's
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chief said it will send more troops to afghanistan. this comes after the announcement that president obama's going to send about 30,000 to afghanistan from the united states. he pledged at least 5,000 additional forces from european and other u.s. allieallies. the news comes on the heels of president obama's speech about afghan war strategy. we're sharing what you are thinking about that plan. >> you're willing to send another 30,000 troops over there and according to news, it's going to be a three-year project. why don't we just send 50 over there and get this done with already? >> i continue to believe we should remove the regular army from afghanistan and fight an intelligence-based war. al-qaeda is not a regular army with tanks and missiles. we should invest and use special ops based on intelligence information throughout the world. i will almost guarantee that our
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next attack will not have originated out of afghanistan. >> what about you? what are you saying? douglas said -- natalie says -- robert writes -- tell us what you're thinking, we're hearing from many of you and your opinion is always welcome. if you don't know how to go to our facebook page, go to cnn.com/robin and there's an icon for "f." tiger woods has been fired for his crash and conan o'brien says the amount of money involved was a surprise. >> the highway patrol says it will give tiger woods a careless
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driving citation that will cost him $164. tiger was shocked and said, i didn't know they made money that small. >> obviously, people are still talking about his car accident, but at least the legal problems appear to be over. >> and the florida highway patrol made it pretty clear, they don't want to talk about this anymore. i'm sure tiger woods would like to not talk about this anymore, but he was cited for careless driving and fined. there is in evidence to pursue criminal charges and the case is closed. as for the tournament he dropped out of, officials say they'll be issuing full refunds, but not many people have asked for one. and a college football legend is calling it quits.
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80-year-old bobby bowden is retiring after the team's bowl game, but it appearout. now, they offered to bring him back next year in a, quote, lesser role. instead he decided to retire. but to be fair, yeah, the team wasn't as great, but it's still sad because he didn't want to stop coaching. sad to see him go. there could be big legal trouble for one of the best college football players in the country, sticking in the same state. carlos dunlap was arrested on situation of dui. cops say he was stopped at a green light around 3:00 in the morning, slumped over the wheel asleep at a green light. and he was suspended for one of the biggest games of the year, the conference championship against alabama. so bad timing. all around. and the bird's nest, not to be confirmed with the bird dainlg cage, decided the 2008 beijing olympics is getting a makeover. the stadium hasn't been seeing a lot of of foot traffic, so they plan to turn it into a snow park
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part of the year with ramps and artificial snow machines and -- >> that's cool. >> they'll charge admission. i -- you know, it does get cold there, but they don't get a lot of snow. so we'll see how it works. that's a look at sports. >> thanks. i guess maybe it's cold enough to make it. travelers today, i'm so sorry. i don't think it's a very good day for you to be flying, right, bob? >> it's bad so far. i want to take to you the bay area, san francisco. show you the cloud cover right there. this is the bridge, you can see there, the bay bridge. the low clouds are in and they go south of here, so we have a delay right now. 55-minute delay in san francisco because of fog. and that's going to go through at least noon your time. so what about the rest of the region? atlanta right now, we have a ground stop until 10:30, then at least half hour delays. charlotte, rain and wind, watching for hour delays there. d.c. metro, hour plus because of the rain. denver, snow, half hour delays. if you're looking for a job, some help may be waiting for you that you don't even know about.
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