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a very good morning, i'm richard lui, in for robin meade. are you up early wrapping presents? merry christmas eve, everyone. we're going to help you get ready for the holiday, plus, we're keeping an eye on your health care. the senate will begin its historic final vote. maybe you want a white christmas, but this is a little much. how the storms could affect your holiday. senators are arriving for their christmas eve vote in almost a century.
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they are almost guaranteed to pass the health care vote. they only need 51 votes out of 100. it would cover 30 million people and reduce the deficit, if it passes. >> it's been a long, rough road for all of us. now, we have cleared every 60 vote hurdle along the way. we stand a few short steps from the most significant finished line we have in decades. >> what we have seen is a colossal manipulation of the accounting scores of cbo and cms, two different scores. if a private company had done this, the president of a private company and proposed such a bogus scoring system, they would be going to jail. >> the next step is merging with the house version.
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the real work won't begin until the senate comes back from recess january 19th. president obama is happy with the progress they have made so far. >> i am never completely satisfied, but i am very satisfied. look, when i made the speech in the joint session of congress, i set out criteria for what, in my mind, would qualify for reform based on the conversations i had from people across the country and people going through a tough time in the health care system. i said we wanted to make sure people who didn't have health insurance could get health insurance. this bill covers 30 million people who don't have it. >> the senate vote starts in about one hour. we'll bring it here on hln. a new jersey dad reunited with the son he fought to bring home from brazil.
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sean goldman was delivered to his father just before 6:00 a.m. eastern. his wife took the boy to brazil in 2004, never returned and died during childbirth. the weather outside is frightful, a major winter snowstorm is start iing to hit e midwest hard. forecasters are using terms like historic and record breaking. driving through the plains is dangerous. six deaths are blamed on slippery roads, so far. >> there's only one lane open the whole way. made it difficult. the left lane didn't look like it was plowed. >> it was ice and everything. we saw people spinning off the road. we saw a trooper spin out and everything. >> imagine what it's doing to
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air travel. over 200 flights out of chicago have been cancelled. we'll bring in bonnie. you have the latest air travel update. i'm guessing, if we have to look at one play, it's the mid-west. >> absolutely. chicago, minneapolis. so far, we have 1200 planes in the air. it is very early. those of you catching the first flight, good move. east coast, lots of activity there. we are expecting it to get worse in more places. more today than yesterday. it's a tough christmas eve to travel. at least an hour delay. we had two-hour delays yesterday in chicago due to snow. now, there's severe weather in texas. watch out for that from houston to little rock. atlanta, rain is in the forecast and wind. that will cause delayed. st. louis will face rain. more of that in the forecast today.
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we are looking for, unfortunately, tough travel across much of the region there. >> let's take a live look at new york city. it's beautiful out there. i don't think you will have travel troubles today. you may saturday because the storm system is moving to the east. now, it's a gorgeous christmas eve morning. >> i was think iing that. i was driving to work today, in atlanta, we have our own ice rink. it's a beautiful shot of what's going to be good ice skating over the coming months, right? >> for sure. i like to get out there and skalt skate. >> just want to get an okay, from you. you have to hear what happened when a couple people turned the tarmac into a zoo. a disabled man in a wheelchair held three people hostage for more than eight hours. shots were fired inside, but no
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one was injured. he made no demands except for pizza. >> people have been acting more crazier since people are losing jobs, you know. they gist going wild, i guess. after almost nine hours, the man released the hostages. then wheeled himself down the ramp and surrendered. we don't know what the motive was. people were lining up for the new air jordan shoes. the cops had to come in before the doors were open. >> there was a big crowd out in front, probably maybe around 2,000 people. the crowd started getting rowdy and tearing things up. the mall has a policy where they don't put up with that. >> the store cancelled the midnight sale in the end. all 1,000 pairs of space jams
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went on sale and they were gone. the accused ft. hood shooter was okay under islamic law. hasan e-mailed him. he praised the attack but said the role was limited to hasan's thought process. he faces 13 counts of premeditated murder. levi johnston's mom is out of prison. she will serve for possession and intent to deliver drugs under house arrest. it was non-violent. she was arrested last december just after sarah palin's daughter gave birth to levi johnston's son. in washington with the national transportation safety
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board. investigators are trying to figure out what caused this american airlines flight that you see here to overshoot the runway and crash short of the ocean to break into several parts. some experts speculate the pilot was descending too fast in rainy weather. all 154 people on board did survive the crash. the new world trade center had its first restaurant. it's not going to look sexy. they hoisted up nine containers yesterday. it will be used as a subway sandwich shop. it will keep the construction workers fed. it's just five stories high now. the subway is on the top floor and will keep moving up as it gets taller. it will eventually be 105 stories tall. >> the highest point you can
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ever buy a subway sandwich. it's going to be a scary place to work if you are afraid of heights. we have a tornado that touched in east texas last night. that overturned a fedex truck, evidently, is that right? we're watching what happened with that. bonnie, what else do you got? >> we are tracking huge storm advisories. you'll find, blizzard warning in effect for northern minnesota, that includes the city of duluth. we are looking at storms as far south as texas. wind advisories for parts of georgia. it's going to be windy and wet. we have rain in the forecast. the storm has grown in size and strength. i want to show what's happening in texas and louisiana. we have a new tornado watch that's pushed further to the east and the parrishes of louisiana. much of louisiana under a tornado watch now and southern mississippi. a tornado touched down in east
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texas, overturning a fedex truck. fedex workers say they ran for cover after seeing a 20 to 30 foot wide funnel cloud. there are no reports of injuries. wow! it's shifted further east than awhile ago. the threat for storms continues in the south. to the north, it's all snow except for one exception, chicago, a mix, it's treacherous to travel in. kansas city, you'll see changing cities as well. tomorrow, christmas day, heavy snow with strong wind. we will see blowing snow across much of the northern plains, richard. it's going to make travel difficult for christmas. it's where we will have a white christmas, in the dakotas.
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>> the mid mf section of the country is getting hit. what about the northeast? or is it going straight north? >> for those looking to exchange gifts on friday. the weekend, expect rain and ice towards parts of pennsylvania. >> thanks a lot. she will watch travel and weather for you throughout your christmas eve day. thank you so much, bonnie. it's the day before christmas and people in bethleham are celebrating. later choirs will sing carols and a midnight mass will be held. the city christians consider it popular with worshippers an tourists. president obama wanted to close guantanamo bay. it doesn't look like it's going to happen. if you are not done with holiday shopping, we are hear to help you. find out what stores are open
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for you.
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hi, i'm from georgia. i want to send a salute to all the soldiers in the u.p.s. army. have a merry christmas. love you all. for those of you deployed, i hope you come back soon. say bye. >> merry christmas to all of you. bernie madoff has been transferred to the medical wing. he's been there since friday. prisoner officials said the 71-year-old was terminally ill with cancer. madoff pleading guilty to running a ponzi scheme, as you remember. president obama's promise to close guantanamo bay may have to
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wait until 2011. the government is waiting to buy the illinois center where they want to put detainees. it cannot happen until march and may need construction. congress needs to change a law prohibiting retention of people not awaiting trial. twas the day before christmas and you may be feeling frazzled, like my voice. you haven't bought a gift for uncle harold, never fear. gener jennifer westhoven is here. >> richard was out reading christmas stories to children. >> all across the country. >> thank you for that. a lot of people, maybe you are watching now and you have to go to work, too. but you are still not quite done and you are thinking how am i going to do this and schedule my day to get everything done.
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plenty of stores are open until 7:00 p.m. toys "r" us, i think are open until 8:00. it may help you, especially if you had the weekend storm. some stores are open until 9:00 or 10:00, kmart, 10:00 p.m. if you really are waiting until the last minute, 7-11, walgre s walgreens, cvs may be open 24 hours, so they may be open tonight and christmas day as well. all right. staying with the christmas theme. a huge gift under the tree for mortgage executives. i don't know if you are going to like this story. even though you think they were on the naughty list, but later, federal regulators are expected to announce top executives at fannie mae and freddie mac are going to make between $4 million
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to $6 million in cash. remember, they are mortgage giants. and you, with your tax dollars, shored them up after they took on too much risk in the housing market and threatened the entire economy. if they went down, the entire market was going to implod. no comment from the regulators. hmmm, richard. >> i did recognize that, by the way. i do remember. they were huge and they received money. >> not everybody does, they are in the background for most people. >> thank you. michael vick may still be haunted by the dog fight conviction, but he's getting an award for courage.
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our family would like to wish you happy holidays to all the troops. >> happy holidays. >> happy holidays. convicted dog fighter, michael vick is being honored by an award from his philadelphia teammates. what a story he has had in the past, joe carter. >> yes, this is an award by his teammates, not the league, his
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teammates. it's meant to recognize courage, commitment to sportsmanship. they believe his journey back to the nfl demonstrates that. this is a far cry from a guy that started bankrupt after being in prison. not everybody agrees with the eagles. michael vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship. joe nameth. other complaints have been filed against two dogs. one of the dogs was ordered muzzled and leashed full-time. his attorney has not commented. not exactly a trip to paradise for one nevada football player. with his teem in honolulu to play in the hawaii bowl, he's headed home for being arrested for shoplifting. he stole more than $1100 worth
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of stuff from a duty free store. while the alabama crimson tide prepare to play, fans are fighting to see the game because of a dispute between a cable carrier. several residents may be blacked out from watching them. as you can imagine, it's going to cause an uproar. we know how important football is in the south. we told you about a story last week about how a case was pushed back because lawyers in the trial have tickets to the game. if they can't see it, people are going to be very angry. >> if you are from the west or east coast, you don't understand what it's like in the south or midwest. it's football country. >> football rules, baby. >> have a good day. we'll talk to you in about 20 to 30 minutes. little kids can get scared when they sit on santa's lap. you can't blame them. we have a website devoted to
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sketchy santas. ♪ christmas time is here again ♪ christmas time is here again ♪ christmas time is here again 
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well, the senate is expected to pass its version of sweeping health care reform today. voting starts in about 30 minutes on the $871 billion bill. we'll bring it to you live, here on hln as it happens this christmas eve. people in the mid-west are being warned about a possible record breaking storm. look at this. look at this. slick roads in the plains are blamed for six deaths, so far. bonnie is in for bob, coming up. aviation experts suspect the pilot that overshot the run way was descending too fast in rainy
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weather. the flight data recorder is in washington. this jet crashed in jamaica yesterday, stopping short of the ocean. 91 people were hurt in this. s marching bands hit the streets of bethleham. i'm richard lui, in for robin meade. today, on a thursday, starts at the top of the hour, in 30 minutes. this is harry reid, arriving a few minutes ago. they are working hard this christmas holiday. others are still arriving. republicans, what they are trying to do is make a last ditch effort to delay it
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yesterday. arguing that some items in the senate bill are unconstitutional. the vote will happen, today, after much debate. the next step is a compromise with the house. top democratic aids say it will mean getting rid of what's been a controversial public option. so, president obama says he would still sign a bill that did not include that controversial option, the public option. >> if you compare where we are now on health care to where i started at the beginning of the year, or what i said during my campaign, i'm getting 95% of what i want. now, i might not be getting 95% of what some other folks want, but -- and oftentimes, what happens is people who are frustrated because they haven't gotten what they want say he's compromising. no, i've been very consistent to what i think is achievable and will be good for american families.
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>> if the compromise bill becomes law, it would be the largest expansion of health care in more than four decades. you're going to want to watch this happen. stay tuned as the senate vote happens in 30 minutes. a pair of honors are to blame for an hour delay. no one caught the little guys. one passenger saw them scurry out of the cargo hold. they all kept a good sense of humor. >> other than sitting on the tarmac for an hour and a half, it uneventful. >> mike wants to know if you are getting an automatic upgrade to first class. >> auto biography. airport workers caught them and put them back in their cages. auto biography, i don't
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think i can top that. >> i don't either. they are small enough to get on any flight. >> and cause trouble, too. >> any trouble with travel delays not caused by otters. >> yeah, caused by weather. snow, sleet, thunderstorms and wind. let's go to the maps. it's a busy travel day, christmas eve and we are anticipating travel delays in chicago, minneapolis, houston, dallas. we are looking at snow and thunderstorms in areas of houston and dallas. let's show you a live picture in atlanta, georgia. we'll see overcast conditions and windy weather. it will bring flight delays in the atlanta area. thunderstorms in st. louis and heavy rain in little rock, richard. it's going to cause flight delays. >> have to watch atlanta. a lot of people connecting
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there. we'll be back in five minutes with weather. two people died and a third wounded when a man walked into a construction office and opened fire. they managed to tackle and disarm the gunman before deputies got there. the suspect, a former employee faces murder charges. balloon boy's parents are headed to jail. richard heene, choking back tears and apologizing for getting the community involved in this hoax. he was sentenced to 90 days. his wife got 20 days. they will serve at different times so one can stay home with the kids. they will pay for search and rescue charges as well. a quick walk across the studio. tell us about the weather. we are worried about the big storm hovering in the u.s.
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it was causing a lot of snow action there. >> absolutely. we are watching that and the threat of tornadoes across parts of the south. you can see how warm it if is in the southeast. temperatures in new orleans 66. this region is under the gun for a tornado watch later on today, throughout the morning as well. look at the contrast with the colder air from the north and milder to the south. that combined with the strong disturbance is going to kick up the winds. let's show you pictures of a tornado that touched down in east texas last night. we are looking at photos court see of encore multimedia. look at that funnel cloud. wow. it's terrible looking and men e menacing as well. you can see, a fedex worker said they ran for cover due to a 20 to 30 foot wide funnel cloud. incredible pictures there.
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luckily, nobody was injured. it's hard to believe when you see the cloud. what's happening at the end of the point is it's actually sucking up air at the bottom. so, that's what we are looking at there, across the board. let's talk about the weather now and watching the threat for wintery weather as well as the threat for tornadoes to the south. the advisories are posted, but the watch continues to areas of the east, houston, texas, mississippi. we are watching a tornado watch that possibly means more damaging winds. you can see the thunderstorms between houston and lake charles about to get hammered in southwest louisiana. arkansas, we have flood watches. on top of that, heavy snow with snow advisories to the north. it's going to be tough for travel. we'll have more on that and the rest of your christmas eve forecast. >> drizzling to the south is what you are telling us.
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>> most of the country is affected by one system. a company ran out of money and left hundreds of drivers stranded across the country. getting home is, perhaps, their least concern. >> hi, this is our family. we would like to wish all the troops a happy holidays and merry christmas and for all of you to come home safe. happy holidays.
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all right. you still haven't gotten out of bed, so we got out of bed and looked at the papers for you on this christmas eve. from t"the new york times," the
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warmest parts of the country, states like florida, nevada and arizona, which were hit hard by the real estate meltdown are experiencing major declines in population. parts of south carolina are rewarding safe drivers with chicken. chicken. if you get pulled over for speeding, but you have your seatbelt buckled, you get a coupon for a chick filet sandwich. it's to encourage people to buckle up and eat. okay, truckers probably won't be home for christmas because they are stranded on the road. their trucking company ran out of money and suddenly went out of business. it's left more than 1,000 truckers out of work. many are worried about their paychecks. >> we don't know what's going on. what about my bounced check that i already paid utilities, rent,
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and this next check coming up. we have no clue. >> now, some truckers got stuck on the road after the companies cancelled their gas cards as well. all right. apparently, a cheap, glittery christmas decoration is making its comeback. >> tinsel. >> it's apparently a love it or hate it thing. like fruitcake or eggnog. got a feeling? >> i like it because, guys get accused they like shiny things. oh, shiny over there. >> it is shiny. it is shiny. the wall street journal says you are going to see a lot of it because it's inexpensive. a whole box is two bucks. a maker says sales are up 40% over last year. the plasticy strands are all
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over the house and get in the vacuum. they are sparkly and pretty. be careful because cats can't help eating it. it's plastic and can block their intestines. it's not good for their little bellies. >> you know about the vote on the health care bill. one of the battlegrounds is precipitation drug coverage for millions of retired americans. this is a measure big companies and unions are even agreeing on. they have gotten together, they don't like this. politics makes for strange bedfello bedfellows. it would force companys to pay taxes on a medicare prescription drug benefit. many companies are threatening, we may drop the benefit. they joined with boeing, metlife
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and xerox to lobby against it. the senate is looking to raise money. they say it would raise $5 billion to pay for the health care changes. back to you. >> how is your christmas eve? how's it going so far? >> so far, good. let's hope it goes well at the airport. >> you're going to make it. a man walks in with a knife to his chest. a man was stabbed during a robbery. instead of waiting for an ambulance in the cold, he walked a mile with the nice in his chest, to a diner, then ordered. how calm the man is when he calls 911. >> kind of freaked us out.
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then the customers realized it and they turned their head in disgust. >> it's like he was ordering a cheese burger when calling 911. we are putting our hands in there saying this is unbelievable. the police say the man is recovering. you want him handling high-stress jobs, he's so calm. amazing. the tabloids all about tiger woods is all over. a fire leaves people homeless for the holidays.
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hello, i'm bu 2, mandy maddox in afghanistan with mm tv 22. i would like to wish my friends and family a merry christmas and happy new years. i'd like to say hello to my colleagues and kids at the high school. >> thank you for all you do on this holiday, as well. a soldier who earned eight medal
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heart, died. he was 70. he's the most decorated u.s. soldier. he served 36 years in the army. he was wounded 14 times in vietnam where he once rescued a missing soldier in enemy territory. at least 14 families are spending the holidays without a home after a massive apartment fire. it hopped from rooftop to rooftop. two women went to the hospital with facial burns. they are in fair condition now. it could take several days to figure out the cause. the woman considered the best player in woman's college basketball has her eye on furthering her academics with her career. >> nice to hear that. athletics, or academics, not athletics. she plays for the university of connecticut. she's a lock to be the top pick
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in the wnba draft. if she doesn't choose oxford over baug, she's looking for a road collarship. if picked, she's the highest acclaimed player for that. wednesday, she led uconn to the 49th straight win. michael vick is being honored with an award for courage by philadelphia teammates. he got the ed block award for the journey back to the nfl. he started the season bankrupt after being in prison for 18 months. not everybody agrees with the quote. pita says he should not be picked for this. tiger lost advertising gigs and will no longer have a monthly instructional column in the digest. it's suspending the articles, at least until he returns to the
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pga tour. georgia tech needs your help. the cost to get that 1930 ford to the orange bowl is going to cost 1500 bucks. it the athletic association or the alumni association and is maintained solely by the student body. you know how much the student body makes. richard, it's not too late to return those overpriced, unnecessary christmas gifts and send that money to the rambling wreck. >> that's a lot of money. after months of historic lows, could the housing market finally have hit bottom? hln money expert clark howard sees some promising signs that recovery may be on the way here. >> wouldn't you like some good news? i have some for you on the housing front. the number of houses for sale right now around the country is declining, and that is especially good news because too
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many homes on the market means too many months to sell through that inventory. it means that the prices of homes continue to decline. so as the inventory of haeomes start to shrink, it means prices can begin to firm up. after a couple years of housing prices going down, down, down, they've started to pretty much level out. so for you as a seller, it means that the days of putting your house on the market and only attracting offers that are a joke may well be over. are you still going to be in a position to get a great price for your house? no. the market is still soft. but it is healthy. for buyers, the deals are still there, just not as many. i'm clark howard. for more advice for your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> thank you, clark. clark will teach you how to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern
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saturday and sunday right here on hln. a little girl told santa the biggest thing on her christmas wish list, but she had no idea who was about to deliver her soldier dad on demand.
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good morning. i'm richard lui in for robin meade this christmas morning. hopefully you're having a good morning as you wake up. we're keeping our eye on a very key issue. that's health care right now. the senate is hoping for a sweeping vote on their health care reform bill. a u.s. dad and his son finally back together in brazil after a seemingly endless custody struggle. plus, maybe you want a white christmas, but this is a little much. how the growing storm could affect your travel trying to get around. any minute now, the senate will start voting on a massive overhaul of the health care
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system. that's harry reid making some opening statements you saw a moment ago. they say the senate bill would insure an extra 30 million people and reduce the deficit. it is guaranteed to pass because democrats only need a simple majority today, that's 51 votes. >> now we've cleared every 60-vote hurdle. we're on the way. we stand a few short steps from the most significant finish line we've had in congress for many decades. >> you know, we don't have to do this before christmas. the majority leader can stop right now. the president says he's not going to sign this until we get to the state of the union, which may be the last week in january. let's come back next week after new year's and take up this bill and have some amendments and correct this problem, if nothing else, so our seniors don't end up getting stuck and our kids
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don't end up with all this debt. >> so the next step will be merging the senate bill after it passes this morning with the house version. you get those two together. that work won't really start until the senate comes back from recess january 19th when it officially starts, although some leaders may be talking about some major details before then. president obama says he's happy with the progress that they've made so far. >> i am never completely satisfied, but i am very satisfied. look, when i made that speech in the joint session of congress, i set out some criteria for what, in my mind, would qualify as reform. based on the conversations i had with families across the country and letters i was receiving who really had a tough time in the h health care system. i said we wanted to make sure people who didn't have health insurance could get health insurance, and this bill covers
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30 million people who don't have it. >> looking back on these live pictures in the senate, harry reid trying to get that vote going. he arrived at the senate probably about 20 minutes ago. of course, we hope to be seeing, within this hour, a vote to see historic senate bill pass. the house bill was passed earlier. so stick with us for that. the weather outside is a frig fright. a major winter storm is starting to hit the midwest hard. they're using terms like historic and record breaking. we're getting reports of power outages in iowa. driving through the plains very dangerous right now. at least six deaths are blamed on slippery roads. >> there was only about one lane that was open the whole way. it made it pretty difficult. the left lane looked like it hadn't been plowed. >> once we got to des moines, it was awful. we saw people spin off the road. we saw a trooper spin out and everything. >> imagine what this is doing to
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air travel. more than 200 flights in and out of chicago have already been canceled. that's right, and bonnie schneider joining us right now. that's tough because it's chicago, a major hub. bonnie will get to that a little later. first we have that storm in the midwest. >> it's going to trigger some very strong thunderstorms. we've seen tornado damage in texas and tornado watches persist in this region. so blizzard conditions officially. we do have a blizzard warning for northern minnesota. that includes the city of do u duluth. we're also tracking the dakotas, kansas, even places like em ril, texas seeing snow in the forecast. the immediate threat right now is is a tornado watch. this goes until 2:00 p.m. it was just extended and expanded further to the east. so now we the central parishes of louisiana just to the west of new orleans, but then a little further north we start going into mississippi.
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so if you're in this region, be prepared. a tornado can touch down at any time. these storms actually do contain frequent lightning strikes, and look at houston. heavy rain just hit this area overnight. now driving through lake charles, you are getting hammered with downpours of rain. to the north, it's a wintry mix with snow, ice, freezing rain and sleet. chicago particularly will see that wintry mix. minneapolis, you'll see more of a snow event as temsz will stay in the upper 20s all day long. but a storm threat will continue to work its way to the east. even here in at lant a, we're going to see clouds and rain christmas eve, heavy snow. then tomorrow it all comes further to the east. let's show you a live picture of washington, d.c. enjoying an early christmas eve morning at the white house. notice the snow cover from the nor'easter. we're definitely going to see slick spots with black ice, so watch out with that. just to let you know, if you're
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spending the weekend in washington, by the time you get to saturday and sunday, we have rain in the forecast. and snow in the mountains of virginia and north carolina. it's a big storm that will affect so many people over the next central days. >> the white house looks great with all that snow around it, doesn't it. >> it's pretty. we'll be back with travel delays. we also have this, some new video showing the end of a very long and difficult international custody battle. in the middle of this, nine-year-old sean goldman now reunited with his father in the u.s. at the consulate in rio day degentlem de janeiro. the mother died -- actually, she died in childbirth after she remarried. the boy has been living with her
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family. yesterday they said they would not appeal the final custody ruling of brazil's chief justice. so after five years, again, it looks like this is over finally for the father, david goldman, taking home his son. a disabled man in a wheelchair held three people hostage inside a virginia post office for more than eight hours. police say shots were fired inside but no one was injured. the suspect made no demands except for a pizza. the standoff had some people talking. >> it's crazier now since people been losing jobs, so they -- they're just going wild, i guess. >> after almost nine hours, the man released the hostages unharmed and wheeled himself down a ramp. he then surrendered. we don't know what his motive was at the time. the flight data recorder from a jet that crashed in jamaica is in washington with a national transportation safety board the day after the crash happened. they're trying to find out what caused this american airlines flight to overshoot the runway,
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crash near the shore of the ocean, break into several parts. one passenger saying after the plane stopped skidding, she feared what would happen next. >> my thoughts were for me now to try and get out of the plane because everything is telling me it's going to burst into flames because it's pitch black. and because i smelled, like, the oils and everything and i was really very scared. >> an aviation expert speculates the pie localilot was just desc too fast in what was rainy weather. all 150 people on board survived that. imagine having to spend christmas eve in a shelter to escape the path of spewing lava. that's the reality for people in the phillipines. troops are threatening to use force to remove people still refusing to leave the five-mile zone around this spewing volcano. many of them are farmers who want to stay with their
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livestock. the new world trade center has its first restaurant. a crane hoisting up that. it will be used as a subway sandwich shop in the sky, shall we say. it will be there while the freedom tower is built. that will make it easy to keep the construction workers fed. the tower is just five stories high right now and the subway is on the top floor and will keep moving up as the tower gets taller. guess how tall it's going to end up being, 105 stories. the folks working at that subway station better be fine with heights, shall we say. it's the day before christmas and people in bethlehem are already celebrating. local marching bands have already hit the streets, and later choirs will sing carols. it's about 2:00 p.m. there in manger square. this is pictures from earlier, though. they consider the birthplace of jesus pretty popular with
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worshippers and tourists this time of year. bonnie schneider has promised your travel update. 7:00 a.m. in the east. folks in chicago, though, having some delays, perhaps, here, huh, bonn bonnie? >> yesterday we had delays in chicago that were two hours long. it's a little early in the morning in chicago. we certainly have plenty of activity there. most of it in the eastern half of the count. the west coast, though, it looks like planes are arriving to los angeles. no problems there. the wind has died down for sure. let's take a look at the delays on this busy christmas eve morning. minneapolis and oklahoma city, look out for snow. at least an hour delays there. also houston, dallas, little rock facing thunderstorms. i include new orleans in that list, too. atlanta, st. louis, you're also facing light delays, at least 45 minutes, and you are now -- we're looking at a live picture of atlanta. outside right now it is overcast and it's a pretty morning with all the lights of the city
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coming up. but i think the weather is going to change. we've got rain in the forecast here for christmas eve and christmas day. richard? >> it doesn't look like a live shot. it almost looks like a perfect picture. but it is live, huh? >> it is. stick with us throughout the morning if you're going to be traveling or expecting somebody to be coming your way. if you're still not done with holiday shopping, we're here to help you. find out which stores are still open for you on this christmas eve. plus, the balloon boys' parents have been sentenced for their hoax. hear what richard heene told the judge.
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hi. i'm staff sergeant oscar nieves in ft. mcpherson, georgia.
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merry christmas, love you all, and for those who are deployed, come home soon. say bye. >> bye. >> we appreciate what you said there. bernie madoff has been in a prison medical facility. they won't say why he's there. they shot down a report that the 71-year-old was terminally ill with cancer. madoff's lawyer is not commenting. madoff pleaded guilty to running a billion-dollar ponzi scheme. president obama's decision to close guantanamo bay detention center may have to wait until 2011. the army is waiting to buy that center that they want to put the detainees. they also need to change the law prohibiting detention of people not awaiting trial. twas the day before christmas, and you may be
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feeling frazzled. you haven't bought a gift for uncle harold. jennifer woesthoven is here. >> that was very cute. >> the first time i read it, i was trying to get my voice that was kind of crackly. this time it was a good job for jen. >> i think a lot of viewers are waking up and thinking, maybe you have to go to work or there's a couple people on your list, maybe you're not done yet. there are stores still open, od nav navy, toys are us. some are even going to be open until 10:00 to try and make up for that snow. k mart will be open until 10:00 tonight. these are all east coast times,
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but it could change wherever you are. if you're waiting until the very last minute, call ahead, but there are some 24-hour places that will be open like 7-eleven, walgreen's, places like that will be open tomorrow. places are different than years ago, they've got some great gifts. how about this gift? a huge gift under the tree for mortgage executives even though they might have been on the naughty list? later today, a federal regulator is going to announce that top executives at freddy mac, fannie mae will get top dollar. they shored up these giant mortgage companies after taking
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such a risk in the mortgage business. the packages reportedly got the green light, though, from treasury and federal regulators. they sort of remind me sometimes of the grinch with the santa hat. >> they do. the senate has just passed its version of the health care reform bill. now, the vote, 60-39. this has just happened moments ago. the congressional budget office says the bill would ensure 30 million people would be insured. 60-39, the senate health care reform bill has passed. we now have two bills, one from the house, one from the senate. the next huge step that needs to happen, and i don't understate this by saying huge, they have to get together a conference, leaders from the house, leaders from the senate, coming together, and trying to forge a compromise. of course, the biggest issue
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here is the public option, funding abortion issues as well. those two come together. again, 60-39. it has passed in the senate. these senators you see here will now go on vacation. doctors have removed 14 more needles from a two-year-old boy's stomach, but he isn't out of the woods yet. it's a really bizarre story we've been following for you. and michael vick may still be haunted by his fighting dog conviction, but he is getting an award for courage.
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convicted dog fighter michael vick is being honored with an award by his philadelphia teammates. joe carter with more on that. >> it's the teammates ordering this award. his teammates believe he deserves the ed block courage award, and it's an award meant to recognize commitment to sportsmanship, community service and courage. his fellow players believes he deserves this award because of his journey back to the nfl. he was bankrupt after being in federal prison for 18 months. not everybody agrees with the decision. some people say michael vick should not be someone anybody points to as a model of sportsmanship. a ups driver is suing joe namath. he says he was attacked by his
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dogs. the dog was muscmuzzled and on s was -- andre davis is heading home after being arrested for shoplifting. davis has been kicked off the team after allegedly stealing more than $1100 worth of stuff from a store. big trouble brewing in alabama. bau because of a dispute between a cable carrier and a local tv station, several residents may be blocked out from watching their crimson tide playing texas on january 7. a trial pushed back because lawyers in the case want to attend the game. >> that cannot happen. that is not allowed. >> monumentalmonumental. >> that is not allowed there. little kids can get scared when they go to sit on santa's
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lap sometimes, and you can't blame them. a web site has been launched called scarysantas.
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oh, my friends in the midwest, you are being warned about a possible record-breaking snowstorm. it's already hitting hard, but you know that. slick roads on the plains are blamed for six deaths, and that's not the only part of the country bracing for bad weather on this christmas eve. we've got the forecast for you coming up. a new jersey father was finally reunited with his son in brazil this morning, ending a five-year international custody battle with the late mother's relatives. you can see the boy in yellow there in the center, nine-year-old sean goldman, as he arrived at the u.s. consulate in rio de janeiro, the boy's
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mother saying they will stop their appeals. two people died and a third man wounded when a man walked into a construction office and opened fire. the foreman tackled the gunman. welcome back. i'm richard lui in for robin meade today. breaking news, the senate has just passed its version of sweeping health care reform that happened about 15 minutes ago. you can already see that the senate chambers emptied, before packed. it was a 60-39 vote amid party lines. before it started, they made their case one last time. >> we certainly don't have the time to wait until america becomes the last place on earth
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that you can die from lack of health insurance. we already bear that blemish. that's why we're bringing stability to millions who don't have health insurance and bringing security to millions who do. >> i guarantee you people who voted for this bill are going to get an earful when they finally get home for the first time since thanksgiving. they know there is widespread opposition to this mons trtrosi. and i want to assure you, mr. president, this fight isn't over. in fact, this fight is long from over. my cleegolleagues and i will woo stop this bill from becoming law. that's the clear will of the american people, and we're going to continue to fight on their behalf. >> all right, so you can tell the next step is a huge one, and it's the compromise with the house version of their health care reform bill. top democratic aides say this will likely mean here getting
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rid of the public option, but president obama says he would sign a bill without it. >> if you compare where we are now on health care to where i started at the beginning of the year, or what i said during my campaign, i'm getting 95% of what i want. now, i might not be getting 95% of what some other folks want, and oftentimes what happens is people who are frustrated because they haven't gotten what they want then suddenly say, well, he's compromising. no, i've been very consistent throughout this process in terms of what i think is achievable and what would be good for american families. >> so if the compromised bill between the house and the senate ends up becoming law in the end, it would be the largest expansion of health care in more than four decades. we're going to be doing this all this morning here on christmas eve, watching the travel and possible delays.
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bonnie schneider is going to be following that for you. in for bob mandel this morning. how does it look? >> it's early, but we are anticipating lots of delays. i'll talk about chicago, a place where we had two-hour delays yesterday, so watch out for more of that. minneapolis, oklahoma city, at least an hour delay due to snow. also houston, dallas, little rock, one hour delay or more due to severe weather which includes thunderstorms. atlanta, st. louis, at least one-hour delays because of rain. it will be heavy at times because of low clouds, too. i'll be back in a few minutes with your weather forecast. >> looking forward to that. thanks, bonnie. a shooter killing u.s. soldiers was okay according to islamic law. he told al jazeera says he e
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mailed him a year before he did that. the counts include premeditated murder. balloon boy's parents, richard heene choking back tears and apologizing to the community for getting involved in this hoax. he was sentenced to 90 days, his wife mayumi got 20 days. they will serve at different times so one can stay home with the kids. they also got probation and community service and they'll have to pay for search and rescue flights as well. no one caught the little guys on tape, but at least one passenger saw them scurry out of the cargo hold and out on the tarmac at houston airport. still, they all kept a good sense of humor about this. >> i think sitting on the tarmac for an hour and half is otterly ridiculous. >> mike wants to know if you're getting an ottermatic upgrade to
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first class. >> those are bad, but it is christmas eve. airport people caught the on the te -- otters and put them back in their cages. he considered pulling the plug on his front lawn display to save some money on the electricity bill, but he's not doing it because he uses the lights to raise money for the make a wish foundation. >> i've actually met a lot of people that make a wish touched, and it's just been -- it's been a christmas gift to me. >> in fact, he says this year's display is bigger than last year's. bonnie schneider joins us right now. let's take a look at the weather on this christmas eve. it's the midwest. it's the midsection of the united states we have to watch out for, but it's also bleeding in the south, huh? >> right, richard, and imt you to know this weather is brought
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to you by tylenol. let's take take look at the forecast and you'll find we're watching winter weather advisories across the country and a tornado watch that expired at 2:00. that's been ekxtended until 2:0. initially it was only until 7:00. it looks like we could see some very strong winds with these thunderstorms rolling through now. here's a look at some pictures of a tornado that touched down yesterday in east texas. these photos are courtesy of encore multi media. homes and businesses were damaged by these storms. look at that cloud in the distance. you can see it coming to a point in the end where it really sucks up the air beneath it. no injuries were reported. we're looking at a heavy down pour across i-10 from houston to louisiana, so this is a really tough go from lafayette
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into louisiana right now. we are watching for blinding rain. then into the north, it's a wintry mix for chicago. that's where we have temperatures in the mid-30s. minneapolis, it's all snow. this storm is on the move and it will advance to the east. watch out, richard, because it's going to bring a mess of nasty weather coming up. >> thanks a lot, bonnie. a troubled trucking business apparently ran out of money and left hundreds of its drivers stranded across the country, but getting back home is perhaps their least concern here.
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all right, you still haven't gotten out of bed, so what we did is we got out of bed. we looked at the papers for you on this christmas eve. from the new york times, first off. the recession is really slowing population growth down in the warmest parts of the country. florida that were experiencing the biggest melt down are experiencing slow growth in population. in usa today, if you're pulled over and you're wearing your seat belt, you get chicken. chicken. a lot of places are offering giveaways from fast food to cash to get people to buckle up. some truckers won't make it home for christmas because they're stranded on the road.
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the company reportedly ran out of business and left them stranded. >> we don't know what's going on, but what about my bounced check that i've already paid utilities, rent and this next check coming up? we have no clue. >> now, some truckers got stuck on the road after the company canceled their gas cards as well. apparently a cheap, glittery christmas decoration is making a huge comeback. our money expert jennifer westhoven has more on a big year for tinsel. tinsel? >> yeah. apparently, too, it's one of those love it or hate it things, richard. like fruitcake or eggnog. >> guys just like shiny things. >> it is shiny, and the wall street journal says you're going to see a lot of it because it is also inexpensive. a whole box is only about $2.
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there is one major tinsel maker, bright star in philadelphia, and it says tinsel and garland sales are up 40% over last year. i don't know, those plasticy strands, they're all over the house, they get in the vacuum, and richard, that's why you have to watch your cat. tinsel is nearly irresistable cats, and it can block up their littles bell leiebellies. one of the battle grounds on the health care bill is prescriptions for many americans. this is a measure that big companies and unions are even agreeing on. they've gotten together in that they don't like this provision. that's unusual, right, politics makes for strange bedfellows. it would force companies to may
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taxes on a medicare prescription drug benefit. many companies are kind of threatening, well, then, we may drop the benefit. the afl/cio has joined them to drop that provision. they're saying they would raise more than $5 billion over the next ten years to help pay for the proposed health care changes. back to you. >> how is your christmas eve? how is it going to far, jen? >> so far, so good. hopefully it will be okay at the airport. a man walked into a restaurant with a five-inch knife in his chest and decided to order some coffee. police say a man was stabbed during a robbery, and instead of waiting for an ambulance in the cold, he walked a mile with that knife in his chest to a diner and then he ordered. you got to hear this, how calm the man was when he called 911.
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>> kind of freaked us all out in here. the customers realized it and they're all turning their heads in disgust. >> it's like he was ordering a cheese burger or something when he's calling 911. jen, i know, this is crazy. police are saying the man is recovering and is expected to be fine. you want this guy actually handling pretty high-stress jobs, he's so calm. amazing. the tabloids all over the tiger woods scandal right now, but a magazine about golf does not want his input anymore. plus, a huge fire leaves some people homeless for the holidays.
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hello, i'm vu 2, mandy maddox, stationed at kandihar. i would like to tell my friends and family merry christmas and happy holidays. >> mandy, thank you for all you do on this holiday as well. a soldier who earned eight purple hearts and a medal of
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honor has died. retired colonel robert howard was 70. the funeral home's obituary called him the most decorated u.s. soldier. howard served 36 years in the army. he was wounded 14 times in vietnam where he once rescued a soldier in enemy territory. at least 14 families are spending the holidays without a home after a massive apartment fire. look at the flames shooting out of the complex in las vegas. it hopped from rooftop to rooftop. two women went to the hospital with facial burns after being rescued from their apartment. they're in fair condition now, and it could take several days to figure out the cause. the woman considered the best player in women's college basketball has her eye on furthering her academics over her athletic career. >> nice to hear that, right? academics, not athletics? that's a first. maya moore, she plays for the university of connecticut ask she is a lock to be the top pick
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of the wnba draft in 2011. that, of course, is if she doesn't choose ox ford over basketball. the junior is thinking of applying for a rhodes scholarship, and if she's picked, she would be the first woman athlete to be picked for that honor. michael vick is being honored with an award for courage by his teammates. if you remember, vick started the season bankrupt after being in federal prison for 18 months. now, not everybody agrees with the eagles. they said, quote, michael vick should not be a person that anybody points to as a model of sportsmanship. tiger's item bells continue. he lost advertising gigs in the last few weeks and now will no longer have a publishing column in golf digest. they are suspending articles that appear under tiger woods' name, at least until he appears
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back in the pga tour. the cost to get that 1934 model a down to miami for the orange bowel? it's going to receives no money the athletic association and is maintained from the student body and we know how much the student body makes. richard, it's not too late to turn the unnecessary christmas gifts and send the money to the rambling wreck. >> 1500? >> they need somebody's help out there. they can't get it from the alumni or athletic association. after months of historic lows could the housing market have hit bottom? hln expert clark howard sees promising signs that recovery may be on the way here. >> wouldn't you like some good news? i have some for you on the housing front. the number of houses for sale right now around the country is declining and that is especially good news because too many homes
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on the market means too many months to sell through that inventory means that the prices of homes continue to decline. so as the inventory of homes for sale starts to shrink, it means prices can start to firm up and there's good news on that front as well. after a couple of years of housing prices going down, down, down, they've started to pretty much level out. so for you as a seller, it means that the days of putting your house on the market and only attracting offers that are a joke may well be over. are you going to be in a position to get a great price for your house? no, the market is still soft. for buyers, the deals are still there, just want as many. i'm clark howard. for more advice on your wallet go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you how to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern saturday and sunday on hln.
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a little girl told santa the biggest thing on her christmas trip, but she had no idea he was about to deliver her soldier dad on demand.
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a family reunion five years in the making. a u.s. boy and his dad seem beingly back together after a custody struggle. the senate has just passed a landmark health care reform bill. the vote was 60-39. as you can tell strictly along party lines here. just minutes ago, democratic leaders talked about this historic bill. take a listen. >> this is a victory because we've affirmed that the ability to live a healthy life is a right and not a privilege for the select few. this morning's vote brings us closer to making ted kennedy's dream a reality and the dream of americans also are part of that dream of ted kennedy's and that's also become a reality. >> democrats headed home. republicans also heading home right after the vote, but they did release a statement saying, quote, the democrats have put a
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$2.5 trillion lump of coal in the stocking of every american knowing that their risky health care experiment still increases premiums, still cuts medicare and still enacts hundreds of billions of new taxes to pay for it. scrooge would be proud. >> president obama saying the senate bill has 95% of what he wants in health care reform. the next step will be merging that with the house version and it's a big step. that work will not start until the senate comes back from recess january the 19th and although some of the leaders on both sides as well as from the house and the senate may be talking about some of the issues before then. >> of course, we'll bring you continuing coverage and react on the senate vote here on hln. we expect president obama for instance, to be speaking in about 45 minutes. a new jersey dad is reunited with the son he fought for for years home from brazil. that son in yellow. 9-year-old sean goldman in that
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yellow shirt as his brazilian stepfather brought him to the u.s. consulate in rio this morning. david goldman's late ex-wife took the boy to brazil in 2004, never returned and later died in child birth after remarrying in brazil. the boy's been living with her family since yesterday. they said they would stop their appeals. if you're dreaming of a white christmas, you just might get it, but it's looking like a bit of a nightmare, too. these pictures telling the story here. a brutal snowstorm is starting to hit the midwest hard. some forecasters are using terms like historic and record breaking. we're getting reports, for instance, of power outage nets in iowa. at least six deaths are blamed on slippery roads so far. >> the last hour, so there's only about one lane that was open the whole way. so it made it pretty difficult, the left lane didn't look like it had been plowed. >> once we headed north of des
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moines we saw ice. >> we saw a trooper spin out and everything. >> that's on the ground. . imagine what this is doing up in the air. more than 200 flights in and out of chicago have been canceled because of this tough weather. >> perfect time to talk to our friend bonnie schneider who is in for bob van dillen. you were telling us earlier, no delays right now, but look out this morning. >> now we have a little bit of a delay popping up in houston, texas. just an advisory there due to thunderstorms and we're likely to have ground stops. as we take a look at flight explorer. see the line here? that's thunderstorms working its way from houston into louisiana and we're anticipating delays in many other cities. chicago is one city that will face delays as is minneapolis, oklahoma city, houston and dallas. so we're looking for lengthy delays there and possibly all due to thunderstorms. in chicago, minneapolis, it's snow and you'll see a wintry mix
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as well. atlanta, st. louis, watch out for rain. it's not raining in atlanta yet, but it will tonight and st. louis, you have rain right now as did little rock. in most of the country, richard, in one of the travel delays of the year. >> you have travel delay cornucopia. the weather they'll be looking out for over this holiday week as well. >> some passengers thought it was a joke when they heard why their flight was delayed. you've got to hear what happened when a couple of otters turned the tarmac into a bit of a zoo. it's new for you in 30 minutes. >> to a disabled man in a wheelchair hostage for more than eight hours. police say shots were fired inside, but no one was injured. the suspect made no demands except for a pizza. the standoff had people talking about it. >> people have been acting crazier now since people have been losing jobs, you know? so they're just going wild, i
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guess. >> the man eventually released the hostages unharmed and then wheeled himself down a ramp and surrendered. we don't know what his motive was. we told you yesterday people were lining up for the release of the new air jordan shoes. this happened at one california mall. the cop his to come before the doors were even opened. >> there was a big crowd out in front, probably maybe around 2,000 people and the crowd started getting rowedy and tearing things up and starting to push, shove and fight and the mall has a policy where they just don't put up with that. >> for shoes! the store canceled the midnight sale on the shoes, but all 1,000 pairs of space jams went on sale during normal mall hours and you can bet they were gone pretty fast. the accused fort hood shooter look at whether it was okay to kill soldiers under islamic law.
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nahh nadal hasan e-mailed him before the rampage. he praised the attack but said his role was limited to hasan's thought process. he faces 13 counts of premeditated murder. levi johnston's mom is out of an alaska prison. she will serve most of her sentence for possession and intent to deliver oxycontin under house arrest. her attorneys say authorities were lenient because of her health problems and the non-violent nature of her crime. she was arrested after sarah palin's daughter bristol gave birth to levi johnston's son. the flight data recorder from the plane that crashed in jamaica yesterday is with the national transportation safety board today. investigators will try to figure out what caused this american airlines flight to overshoot the runway, crash just short of the ocean breaking into three parts here. one passenger says after the plane stopped skidding she feared what would happen next.
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>> my thoughts were for me to try to get off the plane because everything's telling me it's going to burst in flames. it was pitch black and because i smelled, like the oils and everything, and i was really very scared. >> some aviation expert speculate the pilot was descending just too fast in rainy weather. all 154 people onboard survived that. imagine having to spend christmas eve in a jelte tore escape the path of spewing lava. that's the reality for thousands of people in the central philippines. troops there are threatening to use force for people still refusing to leave the five-mile zone around the volcano. they're not leaving because many are farmers who want to stay with their livestock. that is their living and they need them. the new world trade center has its very first restaurant and there it is in a container. a crane hoisting up nine shipping containers yesterday
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that will be use as a subway sandwich shop while the freedom tower is being built. listen to where this is going to be. it will be up where the construction workers are so they can keep fed and hunger satiated. the tower is just five stories and that subway container, if you will, will be put on the top floor and it will keep moving up as the tower gets taller. guess how tall it will be in the end? 105 stories. bonnie schneider i think the mayonnaise might evaporate at 105sters up. >> that is pretty high up. >> you have to be careful. >> also high up is a lot of weather that you're watching for us and it's affecting a lot of folks. >> we have cold air aloft and warm air at the surface down in texas and that means you have an unstable air mass where you can get severe weather. look at what's going on now. this is i think the most advisories that we've seen so far all week long when you look at it from north to south. even wind advisories as far to the east as georgia right now,
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but i want to show you what's happening. there is an immediate threat of danger down to the areas of louisiana and mississippi. a tornado watch until 1:00 central time because we do have the risk of severe weather. yesterday the same system brought a tornado in east texas last night and it overturned a fedex truck. take a look at some video that we can show you. some of the damage in this region. you can see that the fedex truck was overturned and it did cause quite a bit of damage into that region. several homes and businesses were also damaged and fedex workers said they ran for cover after seeing a 20 to 30-fight wide funnel cloud. it's hard to believe this, but no reports of injuries. the same squall line is working its way around i-10. so we're seeing frequent lightning strikes. plenty of heavy rain also through arkansas and mississippi. then to the north it's all snow when you start heading to northern minnesota. we're not only looking at heavy
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snow into minneapolis, but head northward toward duluth there's a blizzard warning because the winds can gust as strong as 50 miles per hour and stay that way for hours at a time. in chicago as the temperature teeters on the freezing mark we're going to call for a wintry mix and that means conditions will change over from rain to freezing rain back to sleet and snow and the storm system is on the move not just for today thursday and christmas day. toward friday, many of you will be returning gifts you didn't like and if you're doing that on the east coast you will have inclement weather. rain will hug the coastline through much of floor did as well and a wintry mix will e merge through parts of the mountains of the carolinas all of the way up through northern pennsylvania. so the storm system affect it is everyone over the next few days. >> returning gifts? they'll be buying more stuff. >> that's true. that's true. it's the day before christmas and people in bethlehem are celebrating.
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earlier this morning local marching bands hit the streets. later choirs will sing carols in manger square and a midnight mass will be held near the church of the nativity. the christians consider the birthplace ofs. >> sus pretty popular with worshippers and tourists this time of year. no doubt. president obama wanted to close the guantanamo bay prison by next month, but it doesn't look like that will happen. in fact, it can be a while longer. if you're still not done with holiday shopping. we're here to help you. find out which stores are open for you.
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i'm staff sergeant oscar nieves. i want to send a salute to soldiers in the u.s. army. merry christmas, i love you all and for those that are deployed, come back home soon. say bye. >> bye! >> all right. great. a lot of news for you. bernie madoff has been transferred to the medical wing of the prison. officials won't say what's wrong
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with him. they're only saying he's been there since last friday. back in august prison officials shot down a report that the 71-year-old was terminally ill with cancer. madoff's lawyer is not commenting on this. he is guilty of running a multi-billion ponzi scheme. over $50 billion large. president obama's commitment to close the guantanamo bay detention center next month may need to wait until 2011. the government is waiting to buy the illinois prison where it wants to move detainees. dick durbin's spokesman is saying it can't happen until march and it may need months of construction as well. congress needs to change a law prohibiting detention of people who are not awaiting trouble. >> balloon boy's parent parents are now headed to jail. richard heene apologizing as well yesterday for getting the community involved in this hoax. he was sentenced to 90 days while his wife mayumi got 20 days. they'll serve at different times so one can stay home with the kids. they also got probation,
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community service and will pay for search and rescue costs. 'twas the day before christmas and you may be feeling frazzled. you haven't bought a gift for your uncle harold. last-minute shoppers don't fear, jennifer westhoven is here, she has a rundown of stores with an open light. >> that was a lovely christmas eve poem. >> just for you on this christmas eve. >> maybe you're watching and maybe you have to go to work today, but you're still not quite done or maybe you've got the day off and you're going, let me get everything red for tomorrow, there are plenty of stores still open. borders, old navy and target open until 7:00 tonight. toys "r" us, and on the east coast some of them will be open later, 9:00, and that's because of the huge snowstorm that hit the northeast over the weekend, that stopped a lot of people from getting everything done and maybe they didn't get the kids finished up. kmart will be open tonight until 10:00 and if you're someone who
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literally waits until the last minute there are a few places like 7-eleven or walgreens and cv is that will be open 24 hours, but you should check if you're going out to bad weather just to make sure that you're open. i just saw a survey that said 40% of people left off last-minute shopping and they still weren't done by december 21st. >> you'll be getting doughnuts and hot dogs for your relatives? some people could be getting those. >> here's something different about under the tree, but you may not like the story. talking about a huge gift for mortgage executives? you might have thought don't those guys get coal? they weren't on the nice list. >> they should get the potato chips and the slim jims. >> well, that's not what they're getting. guess what they're getting? between $4 million and $6 million in cash. that's what federal regulators say according to sources that top executives at fannie mae and freddie mac will make for the year. the companies that you short up
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with your tax dollars after they took on so much risk that they nearly collapsed and took the housing market with them. back to you. >> we all know them. we all know fannie mae. thanks, jen. michael vick may still be, well, haunted by his dogfight con vikdz, but he's getting an award for courage.
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>> convicted dogfighter michael vick has been arc warded with an award by his teammates mp it is called the n. block courage award and he is recognized for courage, for sportsmanship and community service. they believe vick's journey back to the nfl demonstrates that courage. this is a far cry from the guy who started the season bankrupt after being in federal prison for 18 months, but not everyone agrees with the eagles. peta saying, devote, michael vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship, end quote. we move over to a former ups driver suing former hall of famer joe namath. he says he was attacked by namath's dogs while making a delivery to his florida home in 2007. other complaints have been filed
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against two of the dogs and one was ordered last month to be muzzled and leashed full time. namath's attorney has not commented on this so far. not exactly a trip to paradise for one nevada football player with his team in honolulu to play in the hawaii bowl, andre davis is heading home after being arrested for shoplifting. davis has been kicked off the team after allegedly stealing more than $1,100 worth of stuff from a store. my friend, you're in honolulu. college football is a big deal in the south which is why there's big trouble brewing in alabama. tell you y because of a dispute here between a cable carrier and a local tv station. southern alabama residents may be blacked out from watching their crimson tide play texas for the national title on january 7th. that is unbelievable for folks in the south. that's sports. little kids can get scared when thai go to sit on santa's
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lap and sometimes you can't blame them. a new website is devoted to what it calls sketchy santas.
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a little over an hour ago the senate approved a sweeping health care reform bill. 60 senators voted yes, 39 said no. it will still have to be merged, though, with the house version. the democrats say they've come too far now to fail. republicans, on the other hand, promising this morning to keep the bill from becoming law. people in the midwest are being warned about a possible record breaking snowstorm. it's already hitting hard. just look at these pictures here from what you can see. slick roads on the planes are blamed for six deaths and that's not in the only part of the country bracing for bad weather today. that forecast coming up for you. plus aviation experts speculate the pilot of the jet that
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overshot the runway was descending too fast in rainy weather. the flight data recorder from the american airlines flight is in washington with the ntsb. the jet crashed in jamaica yesterday, stopping just short of the ocean as you saw in the picture. 91 people onboard were hurt. those are some of the headlines we're following for you. i'm richard lui in for robin meade. top story, the historic health care reform board, democrats voting yes and republicans unanimously voting no. the wife of ted kennedy watched it owl from the gallery. he was a big supporter of health care reform. several senators even invoked his memory. >> they never been a vote cast in my tenure here that's done as much to relief the burdens of providing more security for middle class working families in america than this one. this is probably the most important vote that every sitting member of the senate will cast in their tenure here and i'm just proud to have been
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a part of it and i thank my colleagues for staying with this and i wish ted kennedy were here to enjoy this. merry christmas to everybody. >> republicans did not make any public comment after the vote, but the party chairman released a statement saying, kwoeft, most democrats voted for it after months of closed-door meetings and political compromise. this christmas ask president obama have given america the one gift that keeps on taking. end quote. we expect president obama to be speaking in 15 minute. in fact, we'll be watching that. bonnie schneider looking out for your travel update. it is a day before christmas for those who celebrate it and they've knot to worry if they're trying to get somewhere. >> absolutely, we have delays right now, richard in houston, texas due to thunderstorms and this is just the beginning of a
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busy travel delay anticipated from one weather system hitting a good portion of the u.s. here's what we can expect today. look for chicago, minneapolis and oklahoma city at least an hour delay due to snow. houston seeing delays right now, but dallas, you will see a changeover from rain to snow as the cold air moves in. little rock, watch for hour-delays due to heavy downpours and thunderstorms as well. in atlanta, low clouds will move in this arch. that should slow you down and also st. louis, we're watching out for rain and could be 45 minutes or more and christmas eve wet in the southeast. this weather system is on the move and i'll show you where it will affect the weather for today and for tomorrow christmas day. >> and a partridge in a pear tree. >> got it all, right? >> she'll be back with weather. a pair of otters are to blame for an hour delay on the continental flight. no one caught it on tape, unfortunately and one passenger saw them scurry about out of the cargo hold and on to the tarmac
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at houston's airport. still all of the passenger his a good sense of humor about this whole thing. >> other than sitting on the tarmac for an hour and a half, being otterly ridiculous, it was uneventful. >> mike wants to know if you're getting an otter-mattic upgrade to first class. >> airport workers caught the otters and put them back in their cages so the flight ought to take off on time. all right. didn't work that time. thank you. all right. two people died and it's christmas eve. we can do these things. two people died and a third wounded when a man walked into a construction office and opened fire yesterday. authorities in louisiana say the company managed to tackle and disarm the gunman before deputies got there. the suspect, a form employee faces murder charges. the survivor is in stable condition. >> all right. bonnie schneider is here as
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promised. weather, we have the travel delays, but when you get there or you're sitting in the airport there's a reason why there are delays and there's a big system you've been telling us about. >> a lot of people had to work today and today is the day to travel, if you're flying there are trouble spots out there. we have a tornado watch pushed over to the east and it's covering louisiana and lower sections of arkansas. new orleans is almost in the watch box, so even though the weather is not bad, that squall line will advance eastward and bing you rain later tonight for christmas eve. kwu can see houston is getting rain and just behind dallas, the rain suddenly changes to snow because the air is so cold so the forecast will call for a big change in the weather it already has turned to a winter wonderland in el paso, texas. the area got hit with a wintery blast of snow and freezing rain. el paso isn't a typical place you would see significant snow.
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talk about an early start for a white christmas. >> that's gorgeous. that's really pretty. i hope everyone was where they needed to be. i hope they're not sticking to grassy areas. another place where we're used to snow is minneapolis. >> north of minneapolis we're watching out for blizzard conditions. winds can get as strong as 50 miles per hour. in chicago, we'll see highs today, tonight and tomorrow, the heavy snow builds into the plain states with strong wind. so nebraska, kansas, all snow and severe thunderstorms will work their way through the southeast, working their way closer to the mid-atlantic states. wet weather into virginia and maryland for friday. as we advance for the weekend we will see the wintry mix move northeast ward as well. right now for those getting off this morning and heading out and maybe you're driving from your christmas eve destination from memphis to little rock, take it slow. this water keeps on coming. we have flash flood warnings for
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the city of little rock because of the heavy rain and look how mild the temperatures here are in advance of the front. big changes are coming and it will turn colder because this is what's coming in. not quite as cold, and the air will moderate it and it won't get down to the negative numbers in the southeast, but temperatures are turning much cold colder. we've got significant air pushing down the numbers. for those diving across the midwest, here's when you need to know. kansas city to minneapolis, we will see rain changing over to snow and that is for fargo as well and chicago saw snow mixing up with rain earlier this week. we're anticipating more of a wintry mix for today. already there have been numerous flight cancellations for chicago and for those driving on i-94, i-90 or i-80. you will ebb counter a wintry mix. if you're driving northward the sleet and freezing rain will change over to snow and it's the conditions that make travel so trick when you're driving in
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order to adjust to that, richard. >> key word, wintry. wintry. a troubled trucking business apparently ran out of money and left helpeds of its drivers stranded, but getting back home is perhaps their least concern.
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all right. it's cold and wintry outside. you don't want to get up and go get the paper so we went out and got the papers for you on this christmas eve. this is what we're reading. in "the new york times" the recession is slowing population growth down in the warmest parts of the country. a new census report shows that states like florida, nevada and arizona which were hit hard by the real estate meltdown are experiencing major declines in population, interesting. >> let's go to usa today for
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you. parts of south carolina are rewarding safe drivers with chicken. if you get pulled over for speeding, but you've got your seat bement buckled you get a coupon for a free chick-fil-a sandwich. at least 11 other states are offering giveaways ranging from fast food to cash to encourage you to buckle up. and stay, of course, satiated when it comes to hunger. some truckers will probable not be home for christmas because they're stranded on the road. their tulsa trucking company report lead ran out of money and suddenly went out of business. that's left more than 1,000 truckers out of work. many are worried about their paychecks now. >> we don't know what's going on, but what about my bounced check that i've already paid utilities, rent and this next check coming up, we had no clue. >> some truckers got stuck on the road after the company canceled their gas cards. apparently a cheap, glittery
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christmas decoration is making a huge comeback. our money expert jen westhoven has more on a big year for tinsel. jen, there's always folks who just like flashy things, ooh, it's got bright lights and i'll walk toward it, you know what i mean? apparently, this is one of those things that's like fruit cake or eggnog where you love it or you hate it, but either way you'll see a lot more of it. that's according to a wall street journal story about tinsel saying it's making a comeback. a whole box is only about two bucks. the only u.s. tinsel maker is bright star in philadelphia and they're up 40% from last year. they're silvery and plasticy strands all over the house and they get in the vacuum, but they're so sparkly that not only do a lot of people like it, cats love it. they find it nearly irresistible. so if you've got cats, vets say be very careful because sometimes they can't help it, they want to chew on it and it can block up their intestines
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and hurt their little bellies. so something to watch out for. one of the battlegrounds in the big senate health care bill is press corruption drug coverage for millions of retired americans and "the wall street journal" reports that that bill includes a measure bringing together big companies and unions. you don't often see them together. that's an example that politics will make strange bedfellows. the measure would force dumps to pay taxes on a medicare prescription drug benefit and many companies are threatening, if you'll tax us on that then we may drop it. the aflcio joining companies including boeing, metlife and xerox lobbied against that provision. one of the concerns was how to pay for this bill and the senate reasoning, those who voted for it said they would raise $5 billion over the next ten years to help pay for the cost of the new healthcare bill. >> you like tinsel? thumbs up or thumbs down. >> i'm looking out for the safety of my kitties. thumbs down.
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>> great answer! she's got cats. a man walked into a restaurant with a five-inch knife in his chest and ordered coffee? police near detroit say the man was stabbed during a robbery and instead of waiting for an ambulance in the cold he decided to walk a mile to a diner and ordered with that knife in his chest. you have to hear how calm he is when he called 911. take a listen to this. >> 911? >> yes, ma'am, could -- is it possible to send an ambulance here? >> what's going on? >> there's a knife stuck in my chest. >> what kind of knife is it? >> i don't know. it looks like a steak knife. >> kind of freaked us all out in here and the customers realized it and they were turning their heads in disgust. i don't know, looks like a steak knife. it's got a brown handle. the man is recovering and is expected to be fine. jen -- >> he was so calm! >> amazingly, we're smiling here. good thing he's okay, but the guy was, just being like nothing
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fazing him at all and got the knife right there. the tabloids are all over the tiger woods scandal, but a magazine about golf does not want his input, plus a huge fire leaves some people homeless for the holidays.
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hello. i'm mandy maddox stationed in kandahar, afghanistan, with nmtv 22. i would like to wish my friends and family in corpus christi, texas, a merry christmas and happy new year's. i would also say hello to all my colleagues and kiddos at wbray high school. go raggo. >> thank you all for what you do on this holiday as well. hey, a soldier who earned eight purple hearts and a medal of honor has died. retired colonel robert howard
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was 70. the funeral home's obituary called him the most decorated u.s. soldier. howard served 36 years in the army and he was wounded 14 times in vietnam where he once rescued a missing soldier in enemy territory. 14 families are spending the holidays without a home after a massive apartment fire. take a look at the flames here shooting out of the complex in las vegas. hot from rooftop to rooftop. two women went to the hospital with facial burns after being rescued from their apartment. they're in fair condition and it could take several days to figure out the cause. the woman considered the best player in women's college basketball has her eye on furthering her academics over her athletic career. >> joe carter here with more on that. >> nice to hear that, right? athletics or academic and not athletics. >> mia moore plays for the university of connecticut and she is a lock to be the top pick in the 2011 wnba draft. that's, of course, if she
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doesn't choose oxford over basketball. the junior is considering applying for a rhodes scholarship and if she's picked, she would be the most highly acclaimed women's player ever chosen for that honor. on wednesday she led top-ranked uconn to its 49th straight win. >> convicted dogfighter michael vick is being honored with an award for courage by his philadelphia teammates. eagle players gave vick the ed block award for his journey back to the nfl. if you remember, vick started the season bankrupt after being in federal prison for 18 months. now not everybody agrees with the eagles. peta is saying, quote, michael vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship. tiger's tumbles continue. he lost advertising gigs over the last few weeks and he will no longer have a monthly instructional column in "golf digest." it is suspending article appear in tiger's name at least until he returns to the pga tour. the rambling wreck of georgia
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tech needs your help. the cost to get the 1934 model a to the orange bowl will cost $1500. the car receives no money from the athletic association money athletic association and maintained solely by the student bo body. richard, it's not too late to return those overpriced christmas gifts and send that money to the rambling wreck. can't get it from the alumni or athletic association. after months of historic lows, could the housing market finally have hit bottom? hln money expert clark howard sees some promising signs that recovery may be on the way here. >> wouldn't you like some good news? i have some for you on the housing front. the number of houses for sale right now around the country is declining and that is especially good news because too many homes on the market means too many
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months to sell through that inventory and means that prices of homes continue to decline. so, as the inventory of homes start to shrink, it means prices can start to firm up. there's good news on that front, as well. after a couple year of housing prices going down, down, down they pretty much started to level out. for you, as a seller, it means that the days of putting your house on the market only attracting offers that are a joke may well be over. are you still going to be in a position to get a great price for your house? no, the market is still soft, but it is healthy. for buyers the deals are still there, just not as many. i'm clark howard. for more advice for your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> thank you, clark. clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. a little girl told santa the
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biggest thing on her christmas wish list but she had no idea he was about to deliver her soldier dad on demand.
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good morning to you, i'm rich elui in for robin meade. breaking news for you first. this christmas eve the senate just voting to overhaul your health care system. looking ahead to what has to happen for the president reforms. and then a 9-year-old boy had to say good-bye to one family this morning and hello to the father who has been battling for years to get him back. plus, you should check your flight if you're getting ready to travel. that massive winter storm is causing problems in a lot of different places. we're looking at weather as you try to get on home.
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new reaction from president obama on the senate vote on health care, varversion of a reform bill passed this morning. the president said the most important reform in more than four decades. >> today's vote, we are now incredibly close to making health insurance reform a reality in this country. our challenge then is to finish the job. we can't do another generation of americans to soaring costs and eroding coverage and exploding deficits. instead, we need to do what we were sent here to do, improve the lives of the people we serve. for the sake of our citizens, our economy and our future, let's make 2010 the year we finally reform health care in the united states of america. >> president obama making that statement within the last 15 minutes. the next step now is to compromise with the house version and there could be contentious arguments over things like the public option and language on abortion funding specifically but democratic
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leaders say they will not turn back now. >> this morning this vote in the united states senate lit a candle of hope for 15 million americans who went to bed last night without the protection of health insurance. for millions who awake this morning wondering if they will ever win that battle for the coverage that they need for the surgical procedure and the medication, it is also hope for this nation that we're tackling an issue that every business knows is central to our progress as a nation. >> what's next? democrats going home and republicans also going home after that vote. the republicans did release a statement saying this "the democrats have put a $2.5 trillion lump of coal in the stocking of every american know that their risky health care experiment still increases premiums and still cuts medicare and still enacts hundreds of
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billions of new taxes to pay for it. scrooge would be proud. now, next half hour for you, we'll share what some of you are saying about the bill on our facebook page. a new jersey dad is reunited with the son he fought for years to bring home from brazil. look at the video we just brought in. sean goldman as his brazilian stepfather brought him to the consulate. his ex-wife took the boy in 2004 and later died in child birth after remarrying. the boy has been living with her family since. yesterday they said they would stop their appeals. the weather outside is frightful. a major winter snow storm is starting to hit the midwest hard. some forecasters using record breaking and driving through the
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plains very dangerous right now. six deaths are blamed on slippery roads. >> only about one lane open the whole way. so, made it praty difficult and the left lane didn't look like it had been plowed. >> it was just ice and everything. we saw people spinning off the road and we saw troopers spin out and everything. >> it's tough. imagine what this is doing, though, in the air to air travel. more than 200 flights in and out of chicago have already been canceled because of what they see on the ground as well as in the air. bonnie schneider, good thing you're here to watch all that. >> snow on the ground and freezing rain falling from sky not a good combination for travelers. luckily, on flight explorer we have over 3,000 planes in the air right now and no delays. that is short lived. i am anticipating them to start building in the midwest. let's look at where you can expect delays as you head off to your destination for christmas eve. chicago, minneapolis, oklahoma
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city a wintry mix, houston, dallas, little rock, rain and thunderstorms, as wrel. in atlanta, delays there due to low clouds and rain. it's not raining here yet, but it will be. st. louis facing rain and kansas city a wintry mix and be careful out there, especially in louisiana where we have a tornado watch for louisiana and much of the center of that state and central arkansas. that goes until 1:00 central time. >> boy, variable cornucopia of delays. a disabled man in a wheelchair held three people hostage inside a post office. shots were fired inside but no one was injured. the suspect made no demands except for a pizza. the standoff had some people talking. take a listen. >> people have been acting a little crazy now since people have been losing jobs so they, they just going wild, i guess. >> the man eventually released
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the hostages unharmed and wheeled himself down a ramp and surrendered. we don't know what his motive was. the flight recorder from a jet that crashed in jamaica yesterday is in washington with a national transportation safety board today. investigators trying to figure out what caused the american airlines jet to overshoot the runway and crash just short of the ocean. after the plane stopped skidding, she would feel what happened next. >> to try and get off the plane because everything is telling me it is going to burst in flames. it is pitch black because i smell like the oils and everything, i was really very scared. >> some aviation experts predict that the pilot was descend too fast in rainy weather. all 154 people onboard survived. imagine having to spend christmas eve in a shelter to
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stay out of the path of spewing lava. in the philippines they're looking at that. troops are threatening to use force to move people. you see, many of them want to stay with their livestock, which in many cases, are the biggest assets they have. the world trade center has a first restaurant. a crane shipping up subway sandwich shop in the sky. it will keep the construction workers fed and other hunger. now, the tower is just five stories right now, the subway on the top floor will be on the top floor and be moving up as the tower gets tall. but get this, you're going to eventually be at 105 stories high. so, if you work at subway there, you better not be scared of heights. it's the day before christmas and people in
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bethlehem are already celebrating local marching bands and choirs will sing carols in manger square and a midnight mass held near the church of the nativity. continue the birthplace of jesus. pretty popular with worshippers and tourists this time of year. bonnie, bonnie, bonnie. all right, let's look at your weather right now and some of them will be caused by weather. i am losing my voice. i'm going with the weather. >> i got you that hot tea with the honey. is it helping? >> it is. >> rest your voice. >> all right. >> we are watching severe weather popping up across the country from blizzard warnings in northern minnesota and down in louisiana and all the same weather system. we're watching for heavy snow and windy weather, as well, popping up over atlanta and the immediate threat right now for severe weather is down south in
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louisiana, the central parrishes all the way up to mississippi and the watch goes until 1:00 this afternoon central time and across south central louisiana and now we did have storm damage yesterday in the tulsa area due to a tornado that touched down that turned over a truck in that area. nobody was hurt in that situation, but if you look further off to the west, check this out, dallas rain right now but not too far away is the snow. a live picture of the dallas ft. worth area. overcast skies and a little bit wet with some rain, but, already, boy, things going to change fast when that cold air comes in, it will change over so quickly and treacherous travel conditions down in texas. to the north we go in minneapolis, minnesota, temperature holding steady in the 20s and for chicago lots of wintry weather.
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ice accumulation and more today. this storm is on the move, not just for christmas eve, but for christmas day, for tomorrow. the low advances to the north, severe storms also move towards the gulf coast of alabama and panhandle of florida and then as we get towards the weekend, we'll watch out for more heavy snow in the plain states and pennsylvania and the mountains of virginia and pretty much wherever you go this weekend, you'll be touched on by this storm, even down in florida looking at wet weather for this weekend. >> actually, if you're in the midwest, you're in trouble. what if you're in the northeast? >> northeast will get there. this is going friday into saturday. by saturday, sunday you'll see wet weather and freezing rain in new england. >> new york might be more tepid, so to say. >> for now. if you're still not done with holiday shopping, find out which stores are open for you this day. plus, a little boy's parents have been sentenced for their hoax. hear what richard henne told the judge.
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hi, i'm staff sergeant from georgia and i want to send a salute to all the soldiers in the u.s. army and merry christmas. say bye. >> bye. >> all right, sergeant davis, thank you for that message. bernie madoff has been transferred to the medical wing. they are only saying he has been there since last friday. now, back in august, prison officials shot down a report that the 71-year-old was terminally ill with cancer. madoff's lawyer is not commenting. madoff lawyer guilty of running an over $50 billion ponzi scheme. president obama's commitment to close guantanamo bay detainee center next month may need to wait until 2011. the government is winning the buy that illinois prison where
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it wants to move those detainees. senator dick durbin spokesperson says that cannot happen until march and it may need months of construction. congress also needs to change a law attention of people who are not awaiting trial. twas the day before christmas and you may be feeling frazzled. last minute shoppers do not fear, our money expert jennifer westhoven is here. she has a rundown of stores that are open late, and there's no rhyme for that one. >> a lot of people, though, you might not think. a recent survey said 40% of people left a lot of shopping to the last minute. if you're one of them, maybe you're waking up for work this morning and you have to do it after work or you have a lot of errands today to get everything ready for tomorrow. are you still not finished? borders, old navy, target until 7:00, toys "r" us officially
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8:00, but if you're on the east coast, you may find the one near you is open until 9:00 or 10:00 because they know so many of you guys were stuck by the weekend snow that cut a lot of people off from their shopping. kmart open to 10:00. last minute, literally, go to the 24/7 places. walgreen's. those are christmas gifts for people you love, what about people you think that should have gotten some coal? i'm talking about mortgage executives. maybe you don't think they should have gotten coal, but can you believe what they're getting for christmas? later today federal regulators will announce top executives at fannie mae and freddie mac will make more b between $4 million and $6 million this year cash. these are the two mortgage giants that you may remember that you shored up with your money, taxpayer money and nearly collapsed and took the whole economy with them when they took
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on too much risk. richard, back to you. >> normal folks get bonuses, right. this is the normal time of year that they get them. thanks, jen, appreciate it. a former reality tv star is about breathing new life into an old accessory. stephanie elam checks out this small business success. >> reporter: jackson hasn't worked on wall street since his appearance on "the apprentice" a few years aknow. these days you might find him at macy's. one of the companies that carry his luxury brand of neck ties. him and his business partner launched krimson in 2006. >> that market is that young, aspiring professional moving up the corporate ladder. >> reporter: to attract the buyers and the women who love them, they have a distinct look and size. >> they are 60 inches long they
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are 3 1/2 inches wide, versus 3 inches wide. >> reporter: krimson gained momentum and now kwame says there's more to come. >> krimson for us is going to be a luxury brand moving from pocket wear to cuff links to fragrance to really build out the well-dressed professional man. >> if you're a small business o owner, we'd like to see your success story. upload an ireport of your business and share your tips. if we like what we see, you could be featured on "morning express." michael vick still haunted by his dog fighting conviction but he's getting an award for his courage.
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convicted dog fighter michael vick is being honored with an award by his philadelphia teammate. joe carter, in for rafer weigel with moren that story. how's it going? >> his teammates are awarding this award, not the league, not the foundation, his teammates believe that he deserves the award and commitment to sportmanship and community service, as well, of course, of courage. now, the philadelphia players believe he deserves this award because of his courage back to the nfl. this journey back is a far cry from the guy who started the season bankrupt after being in federal prison for 18 months. not everyone agrees with the eagles' decision. michael vick should not be the person that anyone points to as a person of sportsmanship. a driver is suing joe namath. he says he was attacked by namath's dogs while making a delivery to his home in 2007. other complaints have been filed
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against the dogs. the dog has been muzzled and one leashed full time. now, namath's attorneys have not commented. not exactly a trip to paradise for one nevada football player. with his team in honolulu to play in the hawaii bowl, andre davis is heading home after being arrested for shoplifting. he is kicked off the team after stealing more than $1,100 worth of stuff from a store. college football is a big deal in the south, which is why there is big trouble brewing in alabama between a dispute between a cable carrier and local tv station. southern residents may be blacked out from watching their crimson tide play against texas. we know how big football is in the south. a trial push back because lawyers in the case want to attend the game. >> that cannot happen. that is not allowed. >> monumental. >> that is not allowed there. thanks, joe. >> you bet. little kids can get scared when they go to sit on santa's lap sometimes, and you can't blame them. a new website is devoted to what
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it calls sketchy santas.
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well, our friends in the midwest are being warned right now about a possible record-breaking snow storm. it's already hitting hard this morning and then we got slick roads that are blamed for 12 deaths and that's not the only part of the country bracing for bad weather. the forecast coming up. secretary of state hillary clinton saying she is thrilled that a new jersey father finally gets to come home from brazil with his son. this video is from earlier today when 9-year-old sean goldman's brazilian relatives brought him to his dad. he lived with them since his mom died taking him back to brazil in 2004. two people died and the
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third wounded when a man walk under to a construction office and opened fire yesterday. authorities in louisiana say the company foreman tackled and disarmed the gunman before deputies got there. the suspect, a former employee faces murder charges now. the survivor is in stable condition. those are some of the headlines we're following for you on this morning and we hope you're having a great thursday. i'm richard lui in for robin meade. about 45 minutes ago president obama praised this morning's passage of the senate health care bill. this historic vote was 30-69 strictly along party lines. the country is now close to the end of a nearly century-long struggle to reform the health care system. >> as i said before, these are not small reforms, these are big reforms. if passed, this will be the most important piece of social legislation since the social security act passed in the 1930s. and the most important reform of our health care system since
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medicare passed in the 196 os. what makes it so important is not just its cost savings or its deficit reductions. it's the impact reform will have on americans who no longer have to go without a check up or prescriptions that they need because they can't afford them. on families who no longver to worry at a single illness will send them into financial ruin. >> what the senate has to do is get together with the house and merge their bills together. democratic leaders will start work behind the scenes almost immediately, but the real compromise will become the senate comes back from recess on january 19th. democrats saying they're looking forward to that. >> be very happy to see people getting health care and they cannot get and very happy to see health care costs much more under control. this is why we came here and this is why we hired out for these jobs to pass something very historic and important like this. >> they have been working hard this holiday season. republicans, by the way, did not
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make any public comment after the vote. most democrats aren't proud of this legislation and only voted for it after months of closed door meetings, backroom dealmaking and political compromise. this christmas, the democrats and president obama have given america the one gift that keeps on taking. we're also getting your reaction to this story on facebook. mark, thank you for posting your remark. you say having worked in the mental health care field for over 25 years, i've seen the downward spiral in health care. i hope this bill passing begins those desperately needed changes. congratulations to our persistent president. there's jamie who says this is not health care reform because we're still having to deal with these monopolizing insurance. jamie also blasted congress saying all politicians should be recalled. we thank you, both, for your comments. we want to hear your views on
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the senate vote. go to cnn.com/robin and you can click on the small little facebook icon and then post your remarks. bonnie schneider you are here with a travel update and you're a very key person today because -- >> happy. >> always a key person. i'm not saying other days you're not. what you have to say about travel delays in for bob van dillen because they're still trying to get home to grandma's house. >> everybody is making the last-minute shopping trips and, of course, travel to your destination. here is what you can expect in terms of delays. we're monitoring delays in houston, texas, however, in chicago and minneapolis and oklahoma city we could see at least an hour delay due to snow. houston, dallas and little rock, one-hour delay due to severe weather and thunderstorms and in atlanta, st. louis, 45-minute delays because of rain. not raining in atlanta just yet, but we're anticipating that rain to move in tonight. wet christmas eve for the southeast and a white one for the plains.
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richard? >> those forecasts we were talking haven't gotten better or worse in the last half hour. hopefully will get better. >> we'll have more in just a minute. the accused ft. hood shooter looked into whether killing u.s. soldiers was okay under law. hassan e-mailed him about one year before last month's shooting rampage. the cleric said he praised the attack but also said his role was limited to husan's thought process. hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder. the balloon boy parents are headed to jail. richard henne holding back tears for getting the community involved in this hoax. he was sentanenced to 90 days. his wife got 20 days. they will pay for search and rescue costs that were incurred during that process. you know, a pennsylvania man lost his job this month, but that did not stop him from
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keeping the holiday spirit and keeping a promise, as well. he considered pulling the plug on his front lawn display to save money on the electricity bill. but he's not going to do that because he uses the lights to raise money for the make a wish foundation. >> i've actually met a lot of people that make a wish touched and it's been a christmas gift to me. >> well, in fact, he's saying this year's display is bigger than last year's. what a great spirit, bonnie schneider. still trying to help folks when it's been tough for him and the job market. great to hear stories like that. let's get to weather and how is it looking? >> it looks stormy down south and louisiana getting hammered with thunderstorms right now. we're watching not only heavy downpours of rains working their way from lafayette to baton rouge and into new orleans later on. mississippi, arkansas, you're getting hit with rain and memphis more rain for you and
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flash flooding is a possibility and look what's coming into dallas at this very moment. rain changing over to snow. how do you dress for that when you're heading out. not going to be quite as cold as the 20s for dallas but in minneapolis it will be. current temperature of 27 this morning. expect more of that and we're also watching for wintry weather mixing it up in wisconsin and northern illinois and in indiana. ft. wayne getting a wintry mix. severe storms making their way across the country will slide off to the east and not only bring bad weather to louisiana, but alabama, georgia, florida, you're all going to see rain later on. heavy snow with blizzard conditions in parts of the plains, including northern minnesota and north dakota, south dakota and we'll see blustery winds and eventually by the weekend the wintry mix starts to come into pennsylvania and ohio. little rock can't catch a break. it's been raining since yesterday and now we have more rain coming in. so, it's going to be a wet go of it for those of you traveling on
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i-40. richard? >> bonnie, thank you so much. a troubled trucking business apparently ran out of money and left hundreds of its drivers strand eed across the country. but getting back home for these folks is perhaps their least concern.
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all right. it's cold and wintry outside and you don't want to get up and go get that paper. we got the papers for you on this christmas eve. on "the new york times" slowing population growth down in the warmest parts of the country. a new census report shows that states like florida, nevada and arizona which were hit hard by the real estate meltdown are experiencing major declines in population. interesting. all right, let's go to "usa
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today." some parts of south carolina are awarding safe drivers with chicken. if you get pulled over for speeding but you've got your seat belt buckled, you get a coupon for a free chic-fil-a sandwich. the government highway safety association says at least 11 other states are offering give aways to encourage you to buckle up. some truckers probably will not be home for christmas because they're stranded on the road. their tulsa trucking company reportedly ran out of money and went out of business. many are worried about their paychecks now. >> we don't know what's going on, but what about my bounced check that i already payed utilities, rent and this next check coming up? we have no clue. >> some truckers got stuck on the road after the company canceled their gas cards. apparently a cheap glittery
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christmas decoration is making a huge comeback. money expert genwesthoven has more on a big year for tinsel. always folks that just like flashy things. it has bright lights, i'll walk towards it. >> this is one of those things that is like fruit cake or eggnog where you love it or you hate it, but either way, you'll see a lot more of it. a wall street journal story all about tinsel making a comeback because it's so inexpensive. the whole box is 2 bucks. the only u.s. tinsel maker is bright star in philadelphia and tinsel and garland sales are up 40% from last year and silvery but there are plastery strands all over the house and get sh vacuum and so sparkly that not only do a lot of people like it, but cats love it. if you have cats, they say be very careful because sometimes they just can't help it and they want to chew on it and it could block up their intestines and
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hurt their little bellies. something to watch out for. one of the battlegrounds in the big senate health care bill is prescription drug coverage for millions of retired americans. that big bill includes a measure that is bringing together big companies and unions. you don't often see them together. that's an example of politics that will make strange. now, the measure, though, would force companies to pay taxes on a medicare prescription drug benefit and many companies are threatening, if you're going to tax us on that, then we may drop it. joining companies metlife and being and they lobbied against that provision but one of the concerns was how to pay for this bill and the senate reasoning and those who voted for it said they would raise $5 billion over the next ten years to help pay for the cost of the new health care bill. >> so you like tinsel? thumbs up or thumbs down? >> because i'm looking out for the safety of my kitties, thumbs
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down. >> great answer. she has two cats. a man walk under to a restaurant with a five inch knife in his chest and ordered coffee? police near detroit said the man was stabbed during a robbery and instead of waiting for an ambulance in the cold, he decided to walk a mile to a diner and ordered, with that knife in his chest. you have to hear how calm he was when he called 911. take a listen to this. >> kind of freaked us all out in here and then the customers realized it and they were all turning their heads in disgust. >> i don't know, looks like a steak knife. guy is amazing there. the man is recovering good and is expected to be fine. >> he was so calm. >> amazingly and smiling, good thing he's okay, but the guy was just like nothing phasing him,
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at all. got the knife right there. the tabloids are all over the tiger woods scandal right now, but a magazine about golf does not want his input right now. plus, a huge fire leaves some people homeless for the holidays.
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>> hello i'm mandy maddux stationed at kandahar, afghanistan, and i would like to wish my friends and family in corpus christi, texas, a merry christmas and happy new year. i'd also like to say hello to all my colleagues and kiddos. >> mandy, thank you for what you do on this holiday, as well. hey, a soldier that earned eight purple hearts and a medal of honor has died.
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retired colonel howard was 70. the funeral home's obituary called him the most decorated u.s. soldier. howard served 36 years in the army and wounded 14 times in vietnam where he once rescued a missing soldier in enemy territory. 14 families are spending the holidays without a home after a massive apartment fire. take a look at the flames here shooting out of the apartment complex. hopped from rooftop to rooftop. two women went to the hospital with facial burns after being rescued from their apartment. they're in fair condition now and it could take several days to figure out the cause. the woman considered the best player in women's college basketball has her eye on furthering her academics over her athletic career. joe carter here with more on that. >> nice to hear about that. academics not athletics. that's a first. mia plays for the university of connecticut and she is a lock to be the top pick in the 2011 wnba
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draft and that is, of course, if she doesn't choose oxford over basketball. the junior is considering applying for a road scholarship and if she was picked she would be the most highly claimed woman picked for that honor. well, convicted dog fighter michael vick is being honored with an award for courage by his philadelphia teammates. he was given the award for his journey back to the nfl. vick started the season bankrupt after being in federal prissen for 18 months. peta saying michael vick should not be the person anybody points to as a model of sportsmanship. tiger's tumables continue. he lost advertising gigs and no longer will have a monthly instructional column in "golf digest." it is suspending articles at least until he returns to the pga tour. the rambling wreck of
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georgia tech needs your help. the cost to get that 1934 model down to florida will cost $1,400. they
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cnn.com/clark howard. >> thank you, clark. he'll teach you how to save more, spend less, avoid getting ripped off. catch him right here on hln. a little girl told santa the
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biggest thing on her christmas wish list, but she had no idea he was about to deliver her soldier dad on demand.
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