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well, good morning. don't you love it when you start your day with computer problems? it's what i've got going on here. good morning. i'm robin meade. a republican candidate pulled off a huge upset in massachusetts. why it may change things for the entire country, especially when it comes to your health care. aid is in haiti, but still not getting to so many people. it's scary when doctors are doing surgeries. remember playing hook ki in school? no, you don't. you and i have never done that. judges have had it up to here.
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what they are doing to kids who skip. first, more on the massachusetts elections in a moment. i want to tell you about something happening now. there's a massive search for a man accused of shooting and killing eight people in virginia. people are searching the woods for christopher spite. they found seven people dead at the home and an eighth died on the way to the hospital. >> we have determined this individual is armed with a high-powered rifle. he's considered very armed and dangerous. anyone with information contact the virginia state police or the sheriff's office. >> police say the suspect shot a police helicopter, forcing it to land. a huge political upset in massachusetts. it's a game-changer for the entire country. republican scott brown defeated martha coakley for ted kennedy's
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old seat. one member said it's a sign voters are not happy with democrats. brown said it's a sign of things to come. >> if anyone doubt that is in the next election season that's about to begin, look at what happened in massachusetts. because, what happened here, what happened here in massachusetts can happen all over america. >> there will be plenty of wednesday morning quarterbacking about what went right and what went wrong. everyone, including me, i am brutally honest. we will be honest about the assessment of the race. >> this is a big blow for democrats. brown supporters knew it. at the victory they chanted 41 meaning republicans will now have 41 senate seats, the magic number to block any bill.
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health care reform could be in trouble. brown said he would vote against it. some doctors in haiti are using vodka for serlization. they are hoping things change. the u.s. military is moving more than 100 flights a day through haiti. a naval ship is expected today. a lot of supplies cannot get through the border because of back ups. thankfully rescuers are still finding people alive. an elderly woman spent a week trapped under the debris of a cathedral. anderson cooper was there. >> our brothers from can keown helped us. our brothers from south africa. we were able to take this woman who prayed and prayed. i believe her faith is so big, that was the thing that saved
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her. >> her first words were thank god, then she started to sing. she had a broken femur and dehydrated. she was flown to a u.s. ship for help. hundreds of thousands of cribs are being recalled after the death of a child. jennifer westhoven joins us now. if you have one, stop using it. >> hundreds of thousands were sold at k-mart, sears walmart. the safety commission says the drop side can detach and catch a child. it's been blamed for at least one baby's death. you can get a free repair kit. if you have one, if you want to get the kit, check the model numbers, cnn.com/robin, it's under looking out for you. >> thank you very much. very important information.
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people in southern california are bracing for a third round of storms. streets are under water. 500 families got ordered to evacuate because of a mud slide threat. no confirmed twisters. falling trees killed at least two people. a power line trapped a woman and their two young sons in their suv. >> it's like a movie. they are coming down 36 dropping. >> when you are involved in an incident with power lines, stay in your vehicle. well, let's start there. it's a busy morning or noisy night. bonnie is in for bob. >> california faces another blast of terrible weather. we are talking a storm system coming off the pacific, not once, not twice, but at least three times this week. all the heavy rain to the south of the burn area in california. we could see two to three inches
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of rain. that's not the only place we are watching extreme weather as we work through the forecast. we are looking at snow through areas of northern maine. this will accumulate to eight inches when it's said and done. lake lake-effect in buffalo and syracuse. it's comfortable in philadelphia and boston. brace yourself. more wintery weather is coming your way tomorrow. down to the areas to the west, we are tracking extreme weather. ice, taking shape for today. these are freezing rain advisories that will stretch to chicago. for today, we are tracking freezing rain now into nebraska. rain for st. louis and heavy downpours in memphis, tennessee. if you are driving, watch out, the rain will get heavier further to the east. we have a travel alert, meaning
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dense fog, very thick visibility. less than a quarter mile in tallahassee and gainesville, florida. into the keys, be careful. use your low beams we have a lot of accidents due to the fog. it holds for southern texas down to brownsville. finally, in the midwest, despite the rain and everything else going on, it's foggy and poor visibility in kansas city. i'll have more on this and a look at the california storms later on. robin. >> busy morn iing for you. the bad on "american idol" isn't always about singing. this one had the judges confused. check it out. ♪ don't send me no doctor or fill me up with all those pills. >> that's am my's edition of dr.
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feel good. randy asked her about it. >> what's the book thing. >> just a little -- >> whoa. >> i was busy singing. >> simon put it, they are not going to hollywood. oh. wow. we got a little taste of "idol" on the campaign trail, too. the daughter of massachusetts senator-elect, as of last night. she made it to the top 24 of the fifth season of "american idol" before getting voted off. you might look at the tapes from the election saying she looks familiar to me. that's right. >> did i see shania twain as one of the judges? i did. she's looking good. john denver may not be what
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you think when rocking out. plus, government backed mortgages may be harder to get. why they may cost you more money.
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our salute to the troops comes from one of our own at hln. shannon davis wants to send a special message to a frepd. >> i'm salute iing paris reed. i know serving his third deployment in iraq is difficult. we are truly proud of what you do. you have my support, 100%. remember to use that sense of humor to see you through. you are a wonderful person, father and friend.
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thank you and come home soon. >> good message. if you have somebody in the service, we would be honored to help you salute them, cnn.com/robin. government security heads may be grilled about the suicide bombing on northwest flight on christmas day. we are asking about how bomb making materials could have been smuggled on to the plane and about watch lists and airport screening. homeland screening head, janet napolitano is set to testify. when somebody breaks into your house, aren't they looking for something to steal? the dude in a woman's house was more interested in the beer and fried chicken. ♪ country roads take me home. the police gave a man a s h citation for rocking out to john denver. someone called the cops on him saying he cranked up the music too loud. he told the cops he was just
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rocking out. ♪ take me home >> the theory of rocking out, i'm not really a fan of john denver, but i guess, you know. >> something tells me that e's t the guy giving his opinion. life ain't nothing but a funny funny riddle, thank god i'm a country boy. this citation could cost more than 200 bucks. this rule could make it harder to get a government backed mortgage. jennifer westhoven is here. i know you had something to say about the john denver thing. >> i must confessed, i have rocked out to john denver. >> you know all the songs, don't you? i do, too. good morning. >> good morning. this is all in the wake of what happened with the housing market. basically, you know, all these banks pulled back. they wanted to get out of the
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housing market. then, this agency, the federal housing agency stepped up. they started helping more people with mortgages. they wanted to help the housing market overall. the result is 14% of the mortgages went bad. they have had a lot of mortgages go under. they are in trouble. like banks raised the terms, this agency is making stricter terms, too. you may have to pay more in mortgage premiums. if you don't have a big down payment, you need a good credit score these days. you didn't need it in the past for the fha backed mortgages. new rules if you are buying a home, you have to pony up a little bit more money. did you know, if you care about your internet privacy, instead of googling something, you may want to binge it. microsoft says the bing search information is going to flush your information after six
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months to better protect your privacy. some search engines can keep it up to 18 months. google keeps it up to nine months. the eu put out recommendations. they sure end up knowing a lot about you, which they use for advertisers. >> bing should use it as marketing, don't you think? >> a lot of people are thinking it's too much. if you care about your privacy, come here. >> thank you. a republican win in massachusetts could be a big blow to president obama's health care plans. we are going to hear from a political analyst about what the president needs to do now. a judge has had it with kids cutting class. what he's doing to kids who skip school.
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it is a cruel irony for democrats. voters many massachusetts voted scott brown to the senate seat that belonged to ted kennedy. the health care reform he worked on for so many years could be in trouble. on the one-year anniversary of the president's inauguration, he needs to reassess his priorities. >> it's time to think about
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hitting a reset button for his presidency for how far left they are gone in governing and how much they are relying on it. health care is now in par el. immigration reform, cap and trade, regulatory reform, all the big initiatives are in bigger trouble tonight than they have been. this could be the obituary for a major overhaul of the health care system the president wanted. >> he said brown's win is an important reminder of the power of independent voters when they get angry with washington. it's getting harder to play hook ki in texas. judges have been ordering kids with dozens of averages to carry gps tracking devices. the students have to enter a code five times a day to make sure they are where they should be. it also involves counseling. >> is this intended to embarrass them? >> yes, it is. the law says they need to be in
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school. if they don't want to get up, well, we're going to get them there. >> now, the judge says it will send over a constable to get the kids out of bed. oh. is this is good idea? you tell me. or is it the government doing the parents job or fine with you. go to facebook by going to cnn.com/robin. there's a facebook icon. if you are an e-mailer, hit the contact button. or yell at the tv, but i won't get their response. >> can they keep it on like an an kell bracelet? >> i'm not sure if it's attached like on probation. otherwise, it's like here, kid, take this and go to school. >> exactly. someone who speaks with experience. >> a little too much thought into truancy. a college basketball coach
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will lead the team barefoot in an effort to help haiti. >> on a serious note, i love what this man is doing. the earthquake in haiti affected south dakota state basketball coach. he's the true champion this week for what he's doing. he adopted a 6-year-old daughter from a haitian orphanage. this weekend, he will coach barefoot to collect food and money for their feet. it's been hard explaning the disaster to his daughter whose birth daughter is still missing. text shoes to 89444. you'll buy a pair of shoes for kids in need. also, haitian soccer was decimated by the earthquake. they were meeting in the three-story building at the time of the quake. it killed 30 officials, coaches and referees. 20 others are missing, according
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to the caribbean football union. none of the players were believed to be in the building at the time. sacramento kings star is sued over a murder his cousin committed. he was driving an suv when his 16-year-old cousin shot a man. the victim's family says he should be held accountable. his attorney has not commenting. figure skating fans, there's a show for you. it's on the sun dance channel. he tries to get back on top at the age of 25. check it out. >> is this the show open? >> it is. >> i feel like i'm watching "blades of glory." >> it is. it follows it. that's my take on sports. >> all right. while you were doing sports, you know what, we have a breaking story here.
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the people of haiti aren't dealing with enough, there's been a 6.0 earthquake. they are calling it an aftershock. when you are talking 6.0, is it an aftershock? more upcoming.
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good morning, breaking news this morning. a 6.1 magnitude aftershot hit haiti this morning. it's slightly weaker than last week's quake, it was 7.0. still, 6.1. the epicenter of this aftershock was just about 30 miles away from port-au-prince, which bore the brunt of so much of last week's earthquake. there's a massive search this morning for a shooting suspect. police believe a 39-year-old shot and killed eight people yesterday. they say all public schools in the county are closed today
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because of the ongoing search. the couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner is called to testify today. they will look at how they passed the secret service check point. they said they plan to invoke their fifth amendment rights not to speak. mandatory evacuations going out for 600 homes in california. another storm hits there today. people could be out of their homes for five days. some areas have been seeing five inches of rain this week and could get eight inches more on top of that, today. those are some of the headlines. it's a very busy morning. you are busy as well. morning sunshine. i'm robin meade. let's go back to another story that developed overnight. the boston globe headline reads big win for browns. it's a big win for republicans. scott brown won the special election for ted kennedy's old
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senate seat. democrats will no longer have the filibuster proof vote. it's not about failing to get out the message, it's about the message itself. >> i have large numbers of citizens in the united states of america who believe this is going in the wrong direction. there's a limit to which you can say, okay, they don't get it. if we pass a bill, they will get it. i think we should internalize they are not doing things entirely correctly. >> president obama called brown to congratulate him. the president has been in the white house exactly a year. a new cnn poll shows 51% of americans approve of the job he's doing. dozens of kids rescue frd the quake damaged orphanage in haiti could have a new family soon. 53 arrived in pennsylvania yesterday. another child should get there today. so far, adoption cases for on for 47 of them. one of the children is a
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17-month-old. the couple adopting him got to see him in a hospital in pittsburgh last night. >> i don't think i was able to say anything. >> i don't think i said anything. i kissed him and hugged him and checked him out and made sure, for myself that he was okay. >> yeah. >> here is the startling number. the u.n. says there were 380,000 orphans in haiti before the quake. take a look at this. this is what happens when a six foot water main breaks. a lot of people lost their water entirely in oklahoma city. most may have their water back now. a nearby community college had to cancel night clatszs. >> one of the breaking stories, we just learned about an aftershock in haiti, near port-au-prince, a 6.1 aftershock, darn near the 7.0 magnitude of last week's quake.
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bonnie is joining us with an interesting picture of the aftershocks. >> the reason this is highlighted in red is because it occurred in the past 24 hours. it occurred less than an hour ago. the other yellow dots indicate aftershocks of lesser magnitude. still, days after the quake in port-au-prince, not too far away, 35 miles to the south and west, we have another major aftershock, 6.0. it's a strong quake. i checked, this quake was a shallow one of only six miles deep. that's not a good thing. when you have shallow quakes, there's not enough absorbings in the land. we'll have more on that as well. a lot happening down in haiti,
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of course, with a brand-new aftershock of 6.0 magnitude. we are watching extreme weather in california. you have to check out the waves in the golden gate bridge area. this is from an i-report. incredible. i was checking the wind gusts around the area. reports at one point yesterday, of a 90-mile-per-hour wind gust. incredible rough surf in san francisco. more rain is head iing from sacramento down. we had a small thunderstorm with three sightings of tornadoes. the vehicles were thrown up and about. no confirmations of whether it was a tornado. it was strong and damaging winds. more rain expected. the risk for mud slides in the burn areas and elsewhere around
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the country, we are tracking heavy snow in maine. watch for fog in florida this morning. >> nice job, thank you so much. a 16-year-old student with a unique style was among the judge's favorites last night. check out this sergs of summertime. ♪ summertime and the living is easy. >> the judges gave her kudos for her impressive range and sent her on to hollywood. $9 billion of your tax money may soon be paid back. now, the latest about the possible sale of aig. an elderly woman came home to find a strange dude making fried chicken in her kitchen. what she told him.
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♪ escape ♪ and create a place that's my own world. a suspected burglar made himself way too much at home when he broke into a woman's house. he got himself a shower, gave himself a haircut. he was pulling an al bundy in the tv room. >> when i first walked in the house, i could smell that something was being cooked. i couldn't put it together. he moved. i said don't you move. if you do, you're going to get my umbrella over the head. he stays there, until the officers arrested him.
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love her. you'll have an umbrella print in your forehead. a company that got a big taxpayer bailout may pay a chunk of that money back. bring it on. jennifer westhoven with more on that. good morning. >> good morning. it's not that much, but it's a good sign that some of it is coming back. it's not a total loss there. all of us may get a little back out of the $180 billion that was lent out to the insurance company, aig. it's practically a dirty word. it's close to selling a huge subsidiary to another insurance company, metlife for $14 billion. if that happens, some of the money could eventually come back to taxpayers. we'll watch that one. what's good is not just that
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they will give money back, but the markets are doing so much better that you could have a deal of this size in the insurance industry. it's a sign of confidence. if the markets get better, the hope is the job market follows that. it's a big fight over your waistline. weight watchers is pointing fingers at jenny craig after they pointed fingers. basically, there was a jenny craig ad comparing the two plans saying jenny craig is better -- >> or our people lost more. >> the claims, weight watchers is saying the claims are not correct. they are going to the judge saying they should stop the ad campaign. jenny craig is confident with the ad. you would think if they put out a bad claim, consumers watch and say that's not right. often, it's another company industry saying it. they have the resources and lawyers to go to court.
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>> absolutely. i'm surprised that wasn't the trend before. thank you. a coffee house in georgia found a way to promote its business while hooking up with a professional cycling team. we have it in this week's small business success. >> jittery joe's coffee is fueling the people of georgia and has since 1994. they attribute some of the success to the brand itself. >> it's fun and nonpretentious, but quality. the whole idea is to be sort of southern and sheik. you feel like you could stay awhile. >> reporter: a ewe neck element is an unlikely marketing method, a professional cycling team. >> the franchising was tied to the sponsorship of our cycling teams. one of our cyclists beat lance arm strong. there was a lot of nationwide
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coverage of jittery joes. >> reporter: they grew from one store to 12. they now have a wholesale business and online store. >> he's a master at his craft. the product shines through because of who roasts the coffee. >> if you don't have good staff, you don't have a good business. >> if you are a small business owner, we would love to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin. you could be featured here on "morning express." it's the end of a story that outraged a lot of you. a georgia man slaps a stranger's kid at walmart. you will see a powerful scene in haiti. a young woman who survived a week under the rubble.
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breaking news. a 6.1 magnitude aftershock hit haiti this morning. about 45 minutes ago. this is a live look here. i mean, it breaks your heart to look at these people, living in the streets, living in the city parks and know fear struck their heart, again, with another aftershock. that strong, a 6.1. slightly weaker than last week's shock, 7.0. it was about 30 miles from port-au-prince, which bore so much of the damage and misery. one injury was reported from this mornings quake. live shot there. well, a 25-year-old woman gave crowds in haiti a glimmer of hope last night. people cheered as rescuers brought her out of the rubble. she survived a week. she was singing and praying, even after all she had been through. if you want to help the quake
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victims, go to cnn.com/robin and click on the impact link, or cnn.com/impact. seeing that live shot, i don't know if we can get it back up. it's one thing when you see tape, it's another thing when it's happening now, realtime. little children walking around. when was the last time they had anything to eat or drink? my heart goes out to them. judges in texas are treating truants like they are on parole. they are ordering kids to carry gps devices. they have to enter a code five times a day to make sure they are where they need to be. it also involves counseling. the judge will send a constable to get the kids out of bed, if the parents don't do it themselves. what do you think? should the kids be required to do that.
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>> but, i know you might have a different opinion. go ahead and e-mail us by going to c nrnn.com/robin. there's a contact us box there. you can go to our facebook page. there's an icon on our web page, if you don't know how to get there. >> great idea for parents. when my son is 16, i'm putting a gps device on him all the time. i know where you are. >> in case he's like his daddy. >> yes, that's the real reason. serena williams is not going to change the way she plays, even though she's on probation. rafer has more on that. is this for the outburst? >> the out burst and tirade. if she has one more outburst, she could be banned from the sport. she's back on the court at the
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australia open. she looks fantastic. the first time on the court since then. it landed her a record fine. so, she was a little demonstrati demonstrative. no outburts. i don't think it means she's going to have free reign and start throwing profanities all over the place on the court. but, she says the fine was a good learning experience for her. she put a positive spin on it and she's using it as motivation to raise money for the victims in haiti. good. andy roddick. after this ball was called out and overturned, he wanted a replay. he was denied. they caught him cursing on camera. >> uh-oh. >> right. he got booed by the crowd. he still won the match, easily. he apologized and said he was wrong, to his credit.
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the new orleans saints could be getting jinxed by their governor. >> what? >>jinks because all year he has been watching them at home, he didn't want to jinx them. he said after thinking about it, he realized he could not miss this historic opportunity. if they lose, he will be run out of the state. >> you got to wear that shirt. >> i don't blame the governor for going. speaking of history, the world cup a few months away. soccer fans here is an article to add to your apparently, the anti-stab investigate. the cup organizer are denouncing this company which offers the protecter investigate for $69. you can design it with your favorite logo. >> that's sad. >> one of the most popular, the united states. >> all right. then. thank you. air travelers watching us in
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the terminal, we're thinking about you. bonnie schneider is working for you? >> good morning. so far, no delays and on flight explorer, we have about 1200 planes in the sky. we are anticipating weather related delays due to many weather systems across the country. in new orleans, thunderstorms could slow you down up to an hour, but in los angeles, san diego, san francisco, you know the game, it's the same week all week. more rain and wind. flights could be cancelled. also watch out for freezing rain leading to ice in omaha, nebraska. delays could be 45 minutes. be careful across the central plains, we are looking at ice spreading to chicago tonight. that's going to cause travel approximate for thursday. too many of you know how hard it is to find a job. we're going to go beyond the surface on dealing with how to cope with being unemployed.
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good morning. time for you to rise and shine. it's the middle of the week. i hope we give you the energy to go here. we have to start with breaking news out of haiti. haiti just had its strongest aftershock since last week's earthquake. haiti's capital took the brunt of the rattling one more time. plus. ♪ let's live it up ♪ go out and smash it >> it must have been the music they were playing as the republican candidate just pulled off a huge upset in massachusetts. that may change things for the whole country, especially health care refor. plus hundreds of thousands of baby cribs sold all over the
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country just got recalled. why the government thinks they are not safe and what you should do if you do have one of these cribs. you know, i hate to keep that information from you here. i will get that right away for you about the baby crib recall. first i need to tell you about breaking news out of haiti, 6.1 aftershock shook buildings. it hit about an hour ago. it was centered about 35 miles from port-au-prince where people are already dealing with last week's devastating earthquake. as you know, that was a 7.0. here you have an aftershock that is a 6.1. let's show you the map again. and bonnie is going to explain how often it looks like we're seeing the aftershocks. is that recently? >> the red dot you see is the most recent quake. that's the 6.1 that occurred about 35 miles from port-au-prince. all of the yellow dots you see are afteris shocks that occurred within the past 24 to 48 hours.
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week add more yellow dots if we went back to the original 7.0 eight days ago. couple things to note. this aftershock is the strongest one so far, and it is close -- not too far from the original quake. there's no tsunami warning issued yet. another thing i want to point out is that it's not uncommon to see strong aftershocks when you have such a major quake, even a week later. one-third of aftershocks do occur within a week later. most occur within the next 24 hours. this was such a strong one, that's why we're seeing so many aftershocks. >> that's the breaking news this morning. i cannot imagine how much fear that put into people's hearts. rescuers are still finding people alive in the collapsed buildings in haiti. an elderly woman spent a week trapped under the debris of a
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cathedral. anderson cooper was there when they pulled her out. >> our brothers from cancun helped us. our brothers from south africa. thanks to the team work, we were able to to take this woman who prayed and prayed. i believe her faith is so big, that was the thing that saved her. her first words were thank god and she started to sing. we're told she had a broken femur and was dehydrated. a huge political upset in massachusetts and it is a game changer for the entire country potentially. republican scott brown defeated democrat martha coakley in yesterday's special election for ted kennedy's old seat. at his rally last night, they chanted 41, meaning republicans will now have 41 senate seats, the magic number to block any bill including health care reform. brown says his win is a sign of things to come. >> the message, if anyone doubts that in this next election
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season that's about to begin, well let them take a look at what happened in massachusetts. because what happened here, what happened here in massachusetts can happen all over america. >> there will be plenty of wednesday morning quarterbacking about what happened and what went right, what went wrong, and i know that everyone, including me, i'm brutally honest on my own performances, we will be honest about the assessment of this race. >> now a member of coakley's camp says brown's wins are not happy with democrats. what it means to president obama and his priorities. the massive search for a shooting suspect will get more aggressive as the sun comes up. it's about 20 minutes from now in appomattox, virginia. police are searching the woods near there for christopher spite. they believe he shot and killed eight people.
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they found seven people dead at a home there yesterday and eight died on the way to the hospital. >> we have determined that this individual is armed with a high powered rifle. he's considered very armed and dangerous and we're encouraging anyone with information to please contact either the virginia state police or appomattox division headquarters or the appomattox sheriff's office. the suspect also shot a police helicopter forcing it to land. if you are the parent of a little one, hundreds of thousands of cribs made by dorel asia are being recalled that's after the death of a child. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. if you have one, stop using it immediately. >> in this case, we're talking about one brand, but have been recalls of other drop side cribs before. there are concerns about them. 635,000 of them were sold at stores like kmart, sears, walmart all over the past five years. maybe you used one safely but
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put it away. the consumer products safety commission says that drop side can detach, a baby can get trapped. these cribs have been blamed for one baby's death and at least 10 injuries. you can get a repair kit. it's all at our website cnn.com/robin. it's so important for the little ones. >> the brand dorel asia. i'm not sure i'm familiar with that. that's the name that appears on these? >> i'm not sure if it appears on them. >> you need to check closely. people in southern california are bracing for a third and even more powerful round of storms. streets are under water. about 600 families could get mandatory evacuation orders today because of mud slide and flooding threats. there was a tornado warning but no confirmed twisters. falling trees killed at least two people. a toppled power line trapped a woman and her two sons in her
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suv. >> it was a movie. >> anytime you're involved in an incident with power lines if you're driving, you need to stay in your vehicle. >> now, let's talk a little bit about the weather. it's already a noisy morning for these folks, however you want to look at it on the west coast. bonnie is in for bob? >> things are going to get a lot worse for california. this is the most vigorous blast of stormy weather that california will see all week. it's starting late this morning. look at all the heavy rain sweeping into california from north to south. some of it the worst off, in the burn areas of southern california, places that are very prone to mud slides and we even have i-reports coming in pretty much all over the state from our i-reporter, deborah, of mud and water flowing through la kra sentta. not too far from orange county. that's where we saw severe
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weather yesterday. mud and water continue to flow. if you live in an area that's near a mountain range prone to flooding, this is going to be the time to really take precautions and be ready for the worst, because heavy rain is expected there. on the other coast, this morning things are looking pretty good for much of new york city. we've got 30 degrees. up into northern maine, watch out for more snow. it's still snowing north of portland. freezing rain and ice through the central plains and the midwest. this means chicago, while the weather is okay right now, later tonight, that freezing rain will come in, so thursday morning, you'll have an icy commute to work. also watch out for icy weather across iowa. we're looking at freezing rain for des moines and down south in memphis, tennessee. all of that is heading to the east into nashville. >> thank you.
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big changes are coming for a popular loan program. it's going to get harder for some people to get government backed morts. then a judge is coming down hard on kids who like to play hooky.
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let's salute our troops. today's salute is in-house at hln. shanna davis wants to send a message to her friend. >> hi, robin. my name is shanta davis and i'm saluting my friend staff sergeant paris reed. i know serving your third deployment in iraq is difficult, but find comfort in knowing we're truly proud of what you do. you have my support 100% and remember to use that sense of
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humor to see you through. you are a wonderful person, father and friend. thank you. remain prayerful and come home soon. >> nice message. if you have somebody in the service, why don't you go to cnn.com/robin. it's getting a lot harder to play hooky in texas. truancy judges have been ordering kids to carry gps tracking devices. the students enter a code into that device five times a day to make sure they are where they're supposed to be. the program also involves counseling. >> is this intend today embarrass them? yes, it is, because the law says they need to be in school. and it if they don't want to get up, we're going to get them there. >> the judge says that he'll seen send over a constable to get kids out of bed. you tell me. what do you think? should kids be made to carry gps devices. ann says if the parents aren't going to do their job, someone
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has to step in and guide our children. they are our future. tony says, bad idea. it is up to the parents to make sure that their kids go to school, not the government or the courts. >> i know you have an opinion. so you can go to cnn.com/robin. if you're a facebooker. there's an icon to take you to our facebook page. isn't it funny, we say e-mail is old fashioned. the bad on "american idol" isn't always about the singing. this one had even the judges kind of confused. watch. ♪ don't send me no doctor or fill me with all those pills ♪ >> aim's rendition of dr. feel good. not a bad singer. she wasn't about to say goodbye
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without showing her her move to the judges. here is randy. >> what is the boob thing? >> whoa. >> i was busy singing. >> you want to be careful. >> you do it to the beat like this. >> wow. >> she's boob boxing. >> they are not going to hollywood. >> r-e-s-p-e-c-h. >> this is the daughter of massachusetts senator elect as of last night, scott brown. she made it to the top 24 of the fifth season of "american idol," if you're looking at tape from the election, and say she looks familiar, that's why.
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today new rules will be announced to make it harder for you to get a government backed mortgage. jennifer is here? >> this is kind of all part of the huge changes that we're seeing in the wake of the collapse in the housing market. the federal housing agency, they got to stay afloat, so it means you, if you buy a home, you may have to pay more in premiums. if you don't have a big down payment, you need a pretty good credit score. when the housing market collapsed, banks pulled back. they didn't want to be lending to people that might not be able to pay for it. this agency stepped up and took on more mortgages to keep the housing market afloat. a lot of those mortgages have gone sour and they can't really take that kind of risk anymore. you've got to watch your credit score. banks got stricter now programs are getting striktder. if you care about your internet privacy, maybe instead
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of googling it, you should try binging it. all right. bonnie. if you're traveling this morning, what's going on? >> so far so good. we don't have any delays so far, but it's early. we have a lot of nasty weather across the country. take a look at flight explorer. we're focused on the northeast. we are going to have troubles in northern maine. in chicago, we have 1500 planes in the united states across the country. let's take a look at the delays. if you are heading to new orleans, watch out for thunderstorms they can slow you down for about an hour. west coast, travel troubles. weather troubles, two hours, maybe more, because we are looking at rain and wind in l.a., san diego and san francisco. the wind was fierce yesterday in san francisco. finally, it's not over unless we talk about ice.
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in omaha, nebraska, we're looking for ice. the delays could be lengthy. albuquerque, phoenix, you're going to see snow today, not in phoenix, but in the mountains. clouds in atlanta, 45 minutes, and memphis, 45 minutes. we're going to talk more about areas in the west dealing with weather, plus this, lawmakers want the suspended white house crashers to explain how they got there. you'll hear how the suspecting are going to dodge the questions. plus john denver may not be who comes to mind when you want to rock out, but one guy got into trouble with the cops when the colorado crooner got himself in trouble.
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♪ colorado rocky mountain high >> are you rocking out? >> no, but police gave a noise citation for rocking out to john denver. someone called the cops saying he cranked up his music too loud. he told the officers he was rocking out. the citation could cost him more than 200 bucks. >> the muppets rocked out to john denver. nothing happened to them. >> please. i want to hear this.
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a college basketball coach will lead his team barefoot in an effort to help people in haiti. here's rafer with another story about the sports world coming to the aid of haiti? >> an original idea on this man's part. i applaud what he's doing. the earthquake in haiti has permanently affected scott nagy. he adopted a 6-year-old daughter from a haitian orphanage. this weekend e8 coach barefoot to help collect shoes and money for the charity samaritan's feet. it's been hard to explain this to his daughter. he's encouraging tan fans to text the word shoes to 85944. also, haitian soccer was basically decimated by the earthquake. nearly everyone from the haitian soccer federation was meeting in
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a building at the time of the quake which collapsed killing 30 officials, coaches and referees. the caribbean football league says 20 others are missing. it is believed none of the national players were in the bidding. rookie tyreke evans is being sued over a murder his cousin committed. his 16-year-old cousin killed a man in a drive by shooting. jamar he havens bleed guilty to murder. the victim's family say tyreke evans should be held accountable. figure skating fans get ready for a new reality show, be good johnny weir. it follows the life of an american figure skater. >> i feel like i'm watching "blieds of gloerry." that's a look at sports. >> if the show is good as the show open. when a late my tv feud ends
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what is it is entertainment going to do. plus members of congress want answers about an attempted terror attack on christmas day.
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there is breaking news from haiti this morning. a 6.1 aftershock rocked buildings and it sent frightened people into the streets again this morning, as if they weren't already there. the aeshlg was centered about 35 miles from port-au-prince where people were already dealing with the horrible effects of last week's quake. the blue state of massachusetts has elected its first republican senator in 38 years. this is new this morning. scott brown upset martha coakley in last night's special election. he will elfill the seat that was ted kennedy's. more on what it means for the entire country coming up. mandatory evacuation orders
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are going out this morning for about 600 homes in southern california. another storm hit there is today. people are being told they could be out of their homes for five days. some areas have seen 5 inches of rain this week. it could get 8 inches more today. those are awe few of the headlines. it is very busy this morning. i know you're busy all the time as you get ready for work. i'm robin meade. the aftershock in haiti this morning, the 6.1 after shock adds to the problems already in haiti. the searchers in port-au-prince say there are no more signs of life where a market collapsed. teams ended their search there. the united nations is sending 2,000 soldiers to haiti. it is also sending 1500 police officers and more than 50 children from haiti are now in pennsylvania with their new adoptive parents. the kids were rescued from an orphanage. the boston globe headlines reads big win for brown.
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it's a huge win for republicans. scott brown won yesterday's special election for ted kennedy's old senate seat. it means democrats will no longer have a filibuster proof majority in the senate. one democrat says this isn't about failing to get out the party's message. it is about the message itself. >> have large numbers of citizens in the united states of america who believe this is going in the wrong direction. there's a limit to what you can keep saying that okay, they just don't get it. if we just pass a bill, they'll get it. i don't know. i mean, i think that we should maybe internalize that we're not doing things entirely correctly. >> now, president obama called brown to congratulate him. the president has now been in office in the white house exactly one year. a new cnn poll shows that 51% of americans approve of the job he's doing. just after he was inaugurated, his approval rating was 76%. take a look at what happens here when a six foot water main
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breaks. a lot of people lost their water entirely or had low water pressure at best in oklahoma city. most of them now have their water back maybe. a nearby community college had to cancel classes. the couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner has been called to testify on capitol hill. a house committee is going to look at tarek and makele salahi passed the check point. they plan to invoke their fifth amendment right. let's go back to our story about the strong aftershock in haiti. bonnie has a map to show you the frequency of the aftershocks? >> this was the strongest one so far since the original 7.0 eight days ago. if you're wondering why we're getting so many aftershocks, it's not that uncommon. this was a major quake that occurred in port-au-prince. the one you see here highlighted by the red dot, that occurred in
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the past couple of hours. this one is classified as a strong quake. there is a difference in intensity. the yellow dots you see here, these are all the other aftershocks that have occurred win the past 24 to 48 hours. still very seismically active in this region. it's just the last thing people want to deal with, to feel the earth tremer once again. another big story we are tracking in the extreme weather center here. we are watching out for a lot of rain. more of it, rain and wind sweeping across california. this is the next bout of a powerful storm that is multi facetted, bringing wind, rain and possibly corn addic activity. we had people sighting possible tornados this santa barbara. we have snow into northern maine. temperatures in new york are comfortable, just below freezing. watch out for freezing rain and ice for chicago tonight.
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for today, omaha, nebraska, des moines, you will be seeing the icy mix working through the forecast. you can see it working its way up into southern sections of south dakota at this hour. it's too warm for ice down in tennessee, but heavy rain just coming into nashville at this hour. if you're heading out for your ride to work, take it slow, because we have a lot of wet weather. finally dense fog, this has been problematic so far this season, a lot of accidentses due to dense fog. this morning we're watching florida. from north to south, we have a dense fog alert, not just florida but southern texas and kansas city, where you have had a little bit of stormy activity as well. tough commute in kansas city with the rain and fog. freezing rain to the north. >> thank you very much. a 16-year-old student with a unique style was among the judge's favorites on "american
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idol" last night. ♪ summertime and the living is easy ♪ >> so the judges gave her kudos with her impressive range and sent her to hollywood. >> $9 billion of your tax main may soon be paid back. and then an elderly woman came home to find a strange guy making fried chicken in her kitchen. what she told him to keep him from running away from the scene.
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this just in this morning. a man wanted in the shooting deaths of eight people in virginia has turned himself in.
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this word is coming from the virginia state police a few minutes ago. about 39-year-old suspect christopher spite. >> at this point, we're just saying he turned himself in without incident to law enforcement there on the perimeter. again, we just got this information. we brought it out so we could let the residents of appomattox county know that the gunman is in custody. we'll move forward in the next stage of this investigation. there was a massive search overnight in the woods of rural virginia. police believe spite shot and killed eight people yesterday. most were found around one home. i think they even had some of the schools cancelled there because of the man hunt. this is welcome word that they apparently -- that person has turned himself in. a suspected burglar made himself way too much at home when he reportedly broke into one woman's house. police say he took a shower. gave himself a haircut, even made fried chicken.
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when the woman got home on sunday, she found him sitting there in the tv room. >> when i first walked in the house, i could smell that something was being cooked, but i couldn't put the ham and chicken together. he moved. i said don't you move, because if you do, you're going to get my umbrella right across your head. >> it apparently worked because he stayed there until the officers arrested him. i picture him pulling an al bundy, sitting there watching tv. one of the companies that got a big taxpayer bailout may be getting ready to pay a chunk of that money back. jennifer westhoven with more on that? >> a lot of concern that maybe all the money given to aig was going to go right down the toilet, but all of us may get a little bit back. out of the $180 billion lenlt to aig, aig reportedly close to
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selling a big subsidiary to met life for about $14 billion. if that goes through, aig says it will use some of the money to pay back taxpayers. now, aside from the pay back which is good, there's another really big picture sign about this. a year ago, our markets were in such a state of chaos that aig really couldn't have done this kind of a deal in the insurance industry, so it is a sign how much markets have stabilized. the dow closing up 10,725. we're moving on up out of the hole, shall we say. it's a battle over your waist line. weight watchers and jenny craig are duking it out. weight watchers is saying jenny craig has put outfalls advertising. >> i'm skinnier, no you are. >> there is a jenny craig ad that compares the two weight loss programs and it says, in the jenny craig ad that jenny craig is better. well weight watchers says that
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is not true. it's saying that jenny craig's claims are factually incorrect and wants a judge to stop the ad campaign. jenny craig says it's confident in its claim. >> i did see that ad. >> it's a battle over waist lines. it's really about money. >> it is the end of a story that outraged a lot of you. a georgia man learns his fate for slapping a stranger's kid at the walmart. you're going to see a powerful scene in haiti. a young woman who survived a week under the rubble.
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there is breaking news from haiti this morning. a 6.1 aftershock hit this morning and it was centered about 35 miles from port-au-prince. these dots on the map show you recent aftershocks. the red one is the one from this morning. it sent some survivors from last week's devastating quake running through the streets. this is extremely dangerous because the buildings there, if they haven't all the way collapsed, they are already unstable or the piles of rubble can shift again. these are live pictures. there is something when you see
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a piece of tape of what the people are suffering in haiti. it's different when you look at a picture live when you see the tent cities that have cropped up. it makes you wonder when is the last time they have gotten food. we're going to keep you posted on what's going on there. live look. well, a 25-year-old woman gave the crowds in haiti a glimmer of hope last night. people cheered as the rescuers pulled her out alive out of the rubble. she survived a week trapped under a collapsed supermarket. she was singing and praying even after all she had been through. if you feel moved and want to help, head to cnn.com/robin. click on the impact link or go straight to cnn.com/impact. you're going to find a list of local and international groups providing aid. two north carolina sheriff's deposition itties shot and
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killed a 13-year-old who they say was heavily armed. they spotted the boy early yesterday morning and asked what was in his backpack. they saw two guns and 250 rounds of ammo. the boy pulled out another gun and opened fire. >> after the fact, when you have the opportunity to sit down and think about things and you know that it's a child, because a 13-year-old is a child, and it's like one of them said, they said why? why did he do it? >> one of the deputies was shot in the leg. he's recovering at home. >> hello world. that was the message bill gates sent out in his first tweet. gates says he plans to use twitter to share cool things about his charities. some people claimed to be gates but twitter verified this is him. one tennis star lost their cool at the australian open. it was not serena williams.
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it was andy roddick. >> you know what? i love andy roddick. i'm a big fan of his wife. but he's got to chill out. he has developed a reputation for having meltdowns and losing his cool. this came after he won the match. he was easily beating the brazilian when the ball was called out. he stopped. replay showed it was in. he didn't get the replay. he probably should have gotten the replay. after winning, he shakes the teammate's hands, and has more words with the umpire. later he was caught on camera cursing. >> andy's -- >> that was after he signed the autd graphs. it was long over. he did apologize. meanwhile vena williams was more subdued but did say she's not changing, inspite of her fine.
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she could be banned if she does it again, but she says i've just got to be me. she was less efusive. she says the $92,000 fine was a bit much but was a good learning experience. she's hurt but it didn't affect her play. the best story the in the nfl, the new orleans saints could be jinxed by their governor. he says i don't want to watch them in person, because i've been watching them all year at home. he says i can't miss this historic opportunity. if the saints lose, elbe impeached now. that wouldn't be fair. >> you might ruin it. >> then just a few moments away is the world cup, soccer fans are getting excited. they're going to wear their favorite outfits. here's another piece of apparentapparel they can wear.
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you can design it with your favorite team logo. >> has there been violence in the past? >> soccer matches? >> the world cup hasn't started until june. there's violence in soccer matches all the time? >> the anti-stab investigate. truancy judges have been ordering kids to carry gps devices in texas. is that the way to go? some of you are sounding off on our facebook page and e-mails today. for example, i think it's a wonderful idea. as a former skipper myself, if i had someone holding me accountable, i probably would have gone to school more. i don't have a name on that one. jason reply, doesn't the government have enough to do without policing little kiddies? let alone wasting money on this. you can go to our facebook page, if you don't know how to get there cnn.com/robin.
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you can hit the contact button. it is a cruel irony for democrats. voters in massachusetts elected republican scott brown in the senate seat elected republican brown for the senate seat that used to belong to ted kennedy. health care reform could be in big trouble. cnn senior political analyst david gergen said the one year anniversary of president obama's inauguration. he needs to reassess its priorities. >> i think it's going to be time to think about hitting a reset button for his presidency for how far last they've gone and how much they're relying on government and whether they can move into a more bipartisan place. health care is now in peril and immigration reform, cap and trade and regulatory reform and all of these big, major initiatives are in trouble tonight than they have been. this could be the obituary for a major overhaul of the health care system of the kind the president wanted. >> gergen says that brown's win
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is an important reminder of the power of independent voters when they get angry in washington. >> what are haiti's leaders doing? we'll find them and see what they've been doing in about ten minutes. first travelers, let's get to you right now. bonnie's in for bob. so how are air flights going today? >> so far so good, it's still early, but i am anticipating delays across the country. new orleans, thunderstorms could slow you down at the airport there. that holds true for memphis to the north. in california, as you know, storms have been hammering the state one after the other. look for lengthy delays in los angeles, san diego,&all due to rain and wind. you'll see ice today and that's headed to chicago tonight so keep that in mind. we'll be watching out for nasty conditions there. so, robin, a lot of bad weather across the country and i'll have
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more on them at the top of the hour. >> thank you. you're at the cash register and you're checking out and the clerk says how would you like a big discount? it may be too good to be true.
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[ music ] >> welcome to comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson, and my guest this hour is leslie prewitt, director of external operations, opportunity builders. good to see you. >> thank you for having me. >> can you tell the viewers about opportunity builders incorporated and what exactly the organization does? >> absolutely. we have been around for 47. we were started in 1962. we provokessa provide training d rehabilitation. >> what are the services you
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offer your clients? >> there are 170 that stay in our warehouse that do packaging then we have 180 individuals that go out and work for local employer. >> you have the employers who are helping out and also having the contracts to give those, like you said, in the warehouse employment possibilities. >> absolutely. we're always looking to new contracts to fulfill, inside of our warehouse and then outside we're always looking for new employers to hire our adults. >> now all of this, i know it takes funding, and you've got a fund-raiser coming up. >> right. >> so tell us about your mardi gras. >> well, hence the beads so you know why i'm wearing beads. we are very proud of our 12th annual mardi gras.
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we have live music, we have a casino, an auction, great food, beer, wine, and ice cream and it's a great night and a lot of fun. >> it does sound like a lot of fun. how much are the tickets to be able to enjoy all this fun? >> the tickets are $50 each. >> very, very reasonable, and it sounds like you're getting a huge value with the opportunity of the casinos and the great food and the auctions and the dancing. >> uh-huh. >> so with this, because i know it takes a lot of dollars in order to run the program, how do you plan to use the proceeds? >> the proceeds will help with our operating expenses, especially with the downturn in the economy and budget cuts, we will be using it to assist the organization. >> leslie, i do have a question.
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how do your clients become a part of opportunity builders? >> they are funded for the developmental disability administration. if someone is interested, if a family is interested in having family members participate in an opportunity with opportunity builders, they would call and then we would direct them to our director of employment that would start them through the process of the program. >> once they're in the program, do you also provide training before the clients either work in the warehouse or go out to work with your partner businesses? >> absolutely. in the warehouse, we do have an instructor to assist individuals with each contract, and as far as the individuals who go out into the community and work, we do training for those individuals. they have a one on one coach so we'll make sure the individual knows how to do the job before we have them working on their own. >> in going back to mardi gras,
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do you need any volunteers to help out, because that's a big undertaking you have so many different activities going on? >> absolutely. we can always use volunteers, but we can always use the ticket sales, and that's really a big emphasis for us, ticket sales and sponsorships. >> exactly. so there are sponsorship opportunities available? >> absolutely. >> how can they reach you if they want to buy tickets or become a sponsor? they can call our office. >> perfect. well, leslie, thanks so much for joining me. >> thank you for having me. >> our guest this hour is less by prior to director of external operations at opportunity builders. for comcast local edition, i'm donna richardson. [ music ]
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some time with us here. we get through the news pretty fast. we call it news in the fast lane. i'm robin meade, here's what's going on today. break news this morning. haiti has hadst strongest aftershock since a massive quake eight days ago upon. once again, haiti's capital took the brunt of the rattling. we'll talk about the strength there. plus -- >> what happened here in massachusetts can happen all over america. >> a republican will replace the late ted kennedy in the senate. it is an upset that could have far reaching political effects way beyond massachusetts. more on those stories in a moment here, but let's start with another breaking story here. a massive search for a shooting suspect is over. just last hour virginia state
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police said that christopher speight had turned himself in. >> at this point we're just saying that he turned himself in without incident to law enforcement there on the perimeter. again, we just got this information. we brought it out so we could let the residents of appomattox county know that the gunman is in custody and of course, we'll move forward to the next stage of this ongoing investigation. >> police believe speight shot and killed eight people. they found seven people dead at a home there yesterday and an eighth died on the way to the hospital. another breaking story today and it comes from haiti where a 6.1 aftershock hit this morning and it was centered only about 35 miles from port-au-prince. it sent some of the survivors of last week's devastating earthquake running into the streets and screaming. this brand new video was taken after this morning's aftershock. it is an extremely dangerous situation because the buildings there, even if they're still
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standing would be unstable and then you have all of the collapsed buildings and people searching through those buildings and then you have another quake. how frightening is that? the usgs is saying that this is the strongest afterquake -- aftershock at 6.1 since last tuesday's major quake. meteorologist bonnie schneider is here to explain more about the aftershocks. you have a really interesting map and the red dot indicates today's. >> that's right. just in the past couple of hours, very strong aftershock. this is not the map. let's put up google earth behind me and i'll show you where the aftershock occurred. we've seen the aftershocks not only in the recent past couple of hours. there it is, but the yellow dots you see in and around port-au-prince especially to the west indicate aftershocks that have occurred within the past 24 to 48 hours of lesser intensity. we've seen a lot of aftershocks hit the region, this is the most powerful one and this one is
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classified on the magnitude scale as a strong aftershock or quake whereas the major one that occurred, a 7.0, that's much stronger. so it's all relative speaking although 6.1 does seem strong indeed, we are likely to see more aftershocks especially when you look at the intensity of these quakes as we go through the next few weeks. most typically, we see aftershocks, robin. 60% of them occur within 24 hours of the original quake, but don't rule out more. >> this seems really interesting that it would come eight days later so strong as to be 6.1. rescuers have called off their search of a port-au-prince market where five people were pulled out over the weekend alive. a shorter is money was held at the site to honor teams from the united states and turkey. they say that their cameras and listening devices have found no more signs of life, but those with missing relatives refuse to give up hope. >> that's what's killing us.
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we can't do anything. it is discouraging. it is discouraging, but we have to keep the hope high. >> about 100 people are believed to be dead in the rubble of that market. a huge political upset in massachusetts and it is a game changer for the entire country. republican scott brown defeated democrat martha coakley in yesterday's special election for ted kennedy's old senate seat. in his victory they chanted 41, meaning republicans will now have 41 senate seats, the magic number to block any bill including the health care reform bill. >> this bill is not being debated openly and fairly, it will raise taxes, it will raise taxes, it will hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt. >> we'll always remember our
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terrific senator ted kennedy and his words. the work begins anew, the hope rises again and the dream lives on. >> a member of coakley's camp means that brown's win means the voters are not happy with democrats. coming up what it means to president obama and his priority sgloos this just in. two major recalls this morning of things that are dangerous to your children, your baby, to be more specific. hundreds of thousands of dorell asia cribs and more than 1 million baby strollers. jennifer westhoven f you have either you're supposed to stop using it immediately, yes? >> we were talking about cribs and then came the stroller news. first the 635,000 cribs sold at stores like kmart, sears, walmart. safety officials say the drop side can detach and trap a child. there's been a lot of growing concern about drop-side cribs and more than 2 million were recalled in the fall and it is not just drop sides we're talking about.
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it may be hard to know if your crib is affected. they're made to look like pretty wooden furniture. there will not be a big dorell asia logo necessarily right there so you have to look it up. the second is more than 1 million graco strollers. basically baby's fingers can get pinched or cut in a canopy hinge. we have details and information to get free repair kits. it is at cnn.com/robin and under looking out for you. >> correct me if i'm wrong, i think the stroller thing that they've had cases of amputation. so we're not talking a little pinch and ouch. >> yeah. >> all right. thank you very much. people in southern california are bracing for a third and even more powerful round of storms. streets are under water. about 600 families could get mandatory evacuation orders today because of mudslide and sliding threats and flooding killed at least two people and there was a tornado warning and
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no confirmed twisters. >> ryan beardsly sent us amazing footage from victorville, california. it's a golf course here and that was a cart path that we're going to show you. not a water hazard. look how quickly the water is moving. weirdsly says people have been getting out of their cars to check out the rushing river of floodwater. now you can see why we do have such water problems when you look at the radar on the maps here and bonnie schneider is in for bob. good morning. >> good morning, the california rain situation is actually going to get worse before it gets better. you saw all of the water flowing down slope from the mountains. now more is coming. this is round two, round three, round four, we're si seeing a lot of rain hitting california and rain accumulations were particularly heavy in the burn areas of southern california. that is the last place where we want to get heavy rain because we run the risk of mud slides once again in this region and heavy mountain snow in the west and it's not just in california.
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we're looking at rain in phoenix and las vegas where it will turn wintry later on. we should snow in upstate new york, it is 35 31 degrees, just below freezing. live tower cam picture will show you what it's like this morning. good morning, looking beautiful in central park. the weather has been fantastic over the next few days. get ready for changes. snow is in the forecast for thursday. we're seeing snow around northern maine and extreme six of northern new england. well, it's not snow, it's ice, that's the concern across the central plains and across areas of the west. we're watching out for freezing rain developing in chicago tonight in advance of the system. omaha getting hit with freezing rain and once you start heading north of st. louis you will see that rain change over to ice. it's heavy at times through tennessee and into northern mississippi. if you're driving, be careful. the dense fog advisories is lifted for north florida, southern georgia, it's foggy out there. be careful on the roads.
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>> thank you. an "american idol" contestant was so bad that simon made him swear that it wasn't a joke. and then a basketball coach who adopted a daughter from haiti is going to remarkable lengths to help the earthquake victims.
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>> today's salute to our troop, which we do every day, actually comes from inhouse, someone here at hln. shana davis wants to say hello to a friend of hers. >> hi, robin. i'm saluting my friend staff sergeant terence reid of the u.s. army fort stewart. he is serving a third deployment in iraq is difficult, but find comfort in doing that we're truly proud of what you do. you have my support 100% and
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remember to use a sense vr sense of humor to see you through. you're a wonderful person, father and friend. thank you, remain prayerful and come home soon. >> if you are like, well, gosh my military loved one would love a salute. it's easy, it's free and go to cnn.com/robin. it is getting harder to play hook ney texas. truancy judges have been ordering kids with absences to carry gps devices. thai have to enter a code five times a day to check where they are. the statewide attendance program also involves coinseling. >> is this intended to embarrass them? yes, it is, because the law says they need to be in school, and if they don't want to get up, well, we're going to get them there. the judge says that he'll even send over a constable to kick the kids out of bed, or to get the kids out of bed, because the parents won't. a lot of you are sounding off about this. how do you feel about this?
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good? bad? ricardo writes i would not want any device of any sort to be on my child. it's the parents' responsibility. gretchen says i know my kids are since i home school. karen writes it's unfortunate that the government has to take over the job of parents, but if it will help reduce kids missing out on their education, i say go for it. do you have a different opinion? that's fine. go to our web page, cnn.com/robin and hit the contact us button or hit the facebook icon to go to our facebook page. today new rules will be announced that will make it harder for you to get a government-backed mortgage. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. what's the deal here? >> basically this is part of the aftermath of the financial collapse. it is not going to be free money anymore. they're tightening up the rules and it will be more expensive. this agency tried to go out and do a better job out there, but they've got to stay solvent. here's what i mean. you might have to pay more in mortgage insurance premiums is
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the bottom lane and if you can't come out with a huge down payment on your own you'll need a pretty good credit score to get this new fha backing in the future. when the housing market collapsed a lot of banks pulled back and we're losing money like crazy and can't take this kind of risk. this agency tried to step up then, into that void and still give people mortgages so the housing market would stay operating. a lot of those loans have fallen apart. so they've got to tighten up, too, just like the banks did upon. the bottom line is you'll have to watch that credit score. okay. you go to buy a car and get a car loan, now you have to pass a coolness test? i know. this is really just, if you are extremely rich, but if you want the $350,000 lexus lfa they've got to choose you. lexus say they want it to be seen on the right roads, in front of the right restaurants and yes, they will judge you based on where you live, your
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other cars and where you dive. >> that's after you already have the $350,000 money? >> yeah, if you have that kind of money you're not getting the car loan. you're paying for it in cash. i would like to stir up trouble. if you have a suggestion for what lfa really stands for put it on our facebook. keep it clean. >> lfa, the car where they choose you to be cool. i love it. keep it clean! mix "american idol" contestant got some sarcastic laughs from the judges and his singing is one thing, but note the song choice and his facial expressions. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> it sounds just like tiny tim, doesn't it? that was brian krauss's version of tiny tim's "tiptoe through the tulips." simon had him swearinging on his mother's life that his performance was not a joke. oh, my gosh! conan o brie sen giving us a hint on when his last day might be and even that is getting a laugh. and then the failed christmas day airline bombing. look for high-ranking government officials to get grilled this morning.
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in just over an hour, government security heads may be grilled about the attempted suicide bombing of a northwest flight on christmas day. we're expecting the senate homeland security committee to ask about how bomb-making materials could have been smuggled on to the plane and about watch lists in airport screening. homeland security secretary janet napolitano is due to testify. a college basketball coach will lead his team barefoot and it is to help people in haiti. here's rafer with more on that. how will that help people in
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haiti? >> to get them shoes. he says he likes to stomp so he said it will probably hurt him a little bit, but what a great thing this guy is doing. south dakota basketball coach scott nagge has been personally affected by the earthquake in hate and i what he's doing he's our true champion. his adopted 6-year-old daughter came from a haitian orphanage. he will coach barefoot in an effort to collect shoes and money. it is called samaritans' feet. it's been particularly hard explaining the disaster to his daughter whose birth mother is still missing, by the way. if you want to help text shoes to 85944. five bucks will be charged to your cell phone bill and you'll buy shoes for a child in need. nearly everyone from the haitian soccer federation was in a meeting in a three-story building at the time of the quake. it collapsed, killing 30 officials, coaches and referees. the caribbean football union says 20 others are missing and it is believed that none of the national team players were in
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the building at the time. sacramento kings rookie, tie reek evans is being sued for a murder his cousin committed. he was driving an suv when his then 16-year-old cousin killed a man in a drive by. jamar evans is in jail. they say he should be held accountable and his attorney rs have not commented. a new reality fair, be good johnny wear. one of the more flamboyant figure skaters has his own reality show which follows his life, trying to get back on top and as robin has said, it is blades of glory, the tv show. >> yeah! >> i don't know if he's john heater or will ferrell. >> if it's as good as the show open which is the tape we're seeing. all right, bring it on. >> he's an entertaining guy. >> all right. thank you. take a look at this. this is what happens when a six
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foot water main breaks. yikes! a lot of people either lost their water entirely or had low water pressure at best in oklahoma city. most have had their water back on now. hello world, that was the message bill gates sent out his first tweet. he joined twitter yesterday and he plans to use twitter to share cool things about his charities. several people have claimed to be gates on the website already and twitters has verified it wa him. rescuers rescued a horse that fell into a sinkhole. the horse is big, 800 pounds and he's deaf and blind. poor thing. rescuers sedated him, but it took them more than five hours to pull him out. the horse named chief is doing fine. an elderly woman in haiti was pulled from the rubble of last week's quake just yesterday and she was singing to the rescuers. plus --
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what's your take on the economy? do you think we're out of the woods? do you think we're headed on on. >> no. we're far from out of the woods. >> do you agree? hear what people are saying about the economy. how are we doing? views from the street.
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breaking news this morn from haiti. a 6.1 aftershock shook approximateliedings and sent people spot streets this morning. it was centered 35 miles from port-au-prince where people already were still dealing with last week's devastating earthquake which was a 7.0. brand new this morning a man wanted in the shooting deaths of eight people in virginia overnight has turned himself in. that word comes from virginia state police less than an hour ago. the man hunt for christopher speight started yesterday afternoon. police say he turned himself in at the scene of the shootings. listen, parents. two major recalls to share with you today. more than 600,000 drop side krebs are made by d okay, rel
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as asia safety sea officials say the side can detach and trap your child. there are more than a million graco strollers that can pinch little fingers. we'll have details on our website right now at cnn.com/robin. those are a few of our headlines. we've been busy in the news. i know it's busy in your household, too, right? good morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade, come on in here. the boston globe" headlines reads big win for brown. scott brown won yesterday's special election for ted kennedy's old seat. it means democrats will no longer have a filibuster-proof majority in the senate. on the sister network, two independent voters from it massachusetts explained why they're concerned with democratic leadership on capitol hill. >> health care was certainly part of it. i didn't want to see a health care plan run through and a
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rubber-stamp by coakley. i do want the legislature, the house and the senate to look at health care and see how it affects people. >> i think that the democrats need to rethink how they're going to run campaigns and people who is been in their senate seats for a while i think need to think about how they're going do things in 2010. president obama called brown to congratulate him. the president has been in the white house exactly one year and the new cnn poll shows 51% of the americans approve of the job that he's doing. just after he was inaugurated, president obama's approval rating was 76%. doctors in haiti are using vodka for sterilization and hacksaws for operations. it has been so difficult to get supplies in and that was before this morning's big aftershock. now the u.s. military is moving more than 100 flights a day through haiti. a naval ship is expected today. a lot of the supplies, though, cannot get through the dominican republic border because there were backups there.
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dozens of kids rescued from a quake-damaged orphanage could have families soon. 53 arrived in pennsylvania yesterday and another child should get there today. so far adoption cases are under way for 47 of them, mostly in the united states. a couple adopting one of the children got to see him in a hospital in pittsburgh last night. >> i just kissed him and hugged him and checked him out and made sure for myself that he was okay. >> we don't know what's going to happen. we learned nothing about when the adoption will process and it doesn't matter. we will hear about that later. he is safe and he was asleep. >> here is a startling number. the u.n. says there were 380,000 orphans in haiti before the quake. negotiations over conan o'brien's departure from nbc may have hit a wall. he's apparently demanding that the network compensate about 190 people who work for him on "the tonight show" and who will lose their jobs. nbc calls the move a pr ploy and
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says it's already agreed to pay millions of dollars to them collectively. conan gave us a very strong hint that his last day is friday. >> hello, there, i am conan o brien and i'm three days away from the biggest drinking binge in history. >> nbc has not said when the former's longtime host jay leno is going to return to the late-night slot. toppled trees killed two people in california and even stronger storms could hit today and tomorrow. near fresno, a mom and her two young son his to be rescued from their suv. a fallen power line had trapped them inside. >> it was like a movie, seriously, they were coming down 36 just dropping. any time you're involved in any incident with power lines if you're driving you need to just stay in your vehicle. i can give you a look right now what it is that is causing
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all of the rain and there's still more to come and here's bonnie schneider in for bob. >> good morning, robin. one, two, three, pacific storms coming on shore and battering california with extreme wind, and heavy down pours of rain and even the threat for tornadic activity. you don't see that too often in southern california, but some spotters in the vicinity of orange county and santa barbara county said they saw tornadoes still being investigated by the national weather service. heavy rain is anticipated all of the way as far south as san diego once again today. watch out in the burn areas. we run the risk for mud slides because of all that runoff from the heavy downpours. new york city right now is the 30 degrees looking good. washington, d.c., a little bit of rain has been popping up to the south. let's show you a live picture of washington. good morning, you will see changes in your forecast from today to tomorrow, the wind. you can see the flag at the white house is blowing strong. the wind is intense and watch out for wintry weather in the forecast for thursday.
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rain hitting parts of the plains. winter weather advisories will go into effect tonight into effect into chicago and right now we're already seeing freezing rain hitting places like omaha, if you are just waking up there, be careful driving. you will see a lot of ice on the roads. heavy downpours of rain and to the south, if you drive further south and head toward memphis, watch out for that and the fog has been problematic. the advisories lifted to the south down into miami-dade area and to the north, tallahassee, gainesville and georgia, you're looking at an overcast and foggy start. we've also been tracking fog through areas of southern texas, south of houston in that vicinity due to thick fog and of course, fog in kansas city as well as the wind and rain there, but the big story and the focus to the west. not only heavy rain in california, but for those people heading to las vegas and heading for great weather, we had rain changing to snow in the forecast. it's a wintry mess out west. >> for las vegas? >> las vegas and heavy rain in
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phoenix, too. >> all right. thank you. will the third time be the charm for an "american idol" hopeful, angela martin went to hollywood on season 7 and didn't get past the top 50, but listen to last night's performance. ♪ let it go ♪ can't let this thing called love get away from you. going to do what you want to do, can't let nobody take it away from you, from me, from we ♪ . >> she got four yeses from the judges and another shot in hollywood. best of luck. too many of you know how hard the to find a job right thou. we're going beyond the surface to look at thou cope with being unemployed day to day.
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good morning. it's 21 minutes to the hour. one of the companies that got a big taxpayer bailout may be getting ready to pay a big chunk of that money back. our money expert jennifer westhoven is here. well, bring it o right? >> yeah. all of us may get a little bit of money back at least through the federal government out of the $180 billion that we all collectively lent out and this is all to insurance company aig which has practically become a dirty word in this country, right? aig. the close to selling a big subsidiary to metlife for $14 billion. if it goes through aig says it will use some of the money -- pardon me, to pay back taxpayers. what's also good about this, not just that we're getting money back and pay, and just consider the big picture. a year ago this kind of a deal could not have ever been done by aig. so it really is a sign that
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markets have stabilized and that's brought a certain level of confidence back so that they can do these kinds of deals. they can sell off a big subsidiary and get that kind of money. there's the dow last night, 10,725. so it is slowly getting up and out of the hole. it is battle over your waistline and what you're willing to spend to shrink your waste line. weight watchers and jenny craig, oh, they are pointing fingers at each other. basically there's a jenny craig ad that says here's the two weight loss plans. >> our people are skinnier. that's basically what they're saying. surprise! we're doing better and weight watchers says that is not true. they're taking it to court. they say that's factually incorrect and they want the judge to stop the campaign. jenny craig says it is confident in its claims and we'll see how it plays out in court. i've seen the ads. interesting. two surgeons who are twin brothers are being called heroes for their work after the earthquake in haiti, while many
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hospitals were short on doctors they kept their practice open, but they say seeing so many injured people is so difficult. >> we have a lot of patients within here. they finish operating, but i cannot go to the suite because i don't have a home. >> the hospital where the doctors are working is atst full capacity. medical workers on the "uss vinson veto veto have also been working around the clock. and the youngest patient is this, a babe whoa spent the first few hours on the ship. the baby's mother went into labor after the house collapsed. the baby was a little light, but should be okay. >> the david letterman extortion case will go to trial. yesterday, a judge turned down a request to dismiss the charges against robert halderman. they tried to extort $2 million from letterman to keep his affairs secret. halderman's lawyers say he offered letterman a chance to buy a screen play based on the
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affairs. the judge said a jury should decide who is right. losing your job hurts more than just your wallet, right? we're going beyond the surface to find out what is the best way to cope when you're out of work. job loss can be a devastating experience, not only because of the financial loss, but also because a loss to self-esteem. feeling depressed and anxious, having difficulty sleeping. these are some other common problems people experience. one thing i would advise people is do not stay at home. when you lose your job that is not the time to be isolating. it is absolutely not the time to be a couch potato. i would say sleep, exercise, social support and fun are four keys to getting better. in any kind of depression and any job loss and anything, these four tips will help you stay active, stay on your feet, keep your mood high and keep you going. you can always change your attitude even though you can't always change your
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circumstances. today we're expecting to see the couple accused of crashing a white house party. they've got a special invite, all right, to come back to washington. probably not one they're excited about, and then a man didn't just break into a woman's house. he got comfortable, really comfortable.
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okay. if the couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner in november has been called to testify on capitol hill today. a house committee will look at how tarik and michaele salahi passed a secret service checkpoint. they plan to invoke their fifth amendment right and not speak. haiti's government is beginning to get back on its feet. the cabinet is working out of an old police building and the
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prime minister says its main goal is to find shelter, food and water forst people, but it's hard, he says because several of them are dealing with personal tragedy as well. >> yes. all of the members of the cabinet, but they lose people. the minister of finance lost his child. >> right after the quake, cabinet members used messengers on motorcycles to try and find each other. truancy judges have been ordering kids in texas with dozens of school absences to wear gps tracking devices on them. is that the way to go? some of you have been sounding off on our facebook page and e-mail. janet says good planning. it will prepare them for wearing the real ankle bracelet when they become adult criminals. forcing kids to be in school just to keep the seat warm is no guarantee they will learn anyway. ryan says i think it's got to help. it sure would have helped me. >> and me.
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>> yeah? you liked to play a little hookie. and i didn't end up wearing an ankle bracelet. they can end up on television. >> if you have an opinion, go to cnn.com/robin and go that way. tennis star andy roddick lost his cool at the australian open and cursed out an umpire. rafer weigel has more on that. what's happening to our tennis players? is. >> i know, right? it seems like it happens at every major tournament. speaking of behaving badly and it was caught on live tv so andy roddick can be in a lot of trouble or get fined, anyway. he was beating tomas bellucci and he stopped. a replay showed it was in and he wanted to replay the point, but the judge or the umpire wouldn't let him do it, so he wins the match and afterwards has more words for the umpire. andy, you won, relax, move on. later the curse word made it on the airways.
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>> andy's -- don't you think i -- >> which we had to bleep out. he later did apologize and said he was wrong. meanwhile, another american known for outbursts, serena williams did not have a meltdown. back on the court since her profanity-laced open. in spite of being benched if she does it again, she says i'm not changing who i am. the defending champ was more subdued and she breezed through the first round each with a hurt thigh. the best story in the nfl, the new orleans saints could be getting jinxed by their governor. >> what? >> bobby jindal first said i am not going watch the saints play the vikings in person because all year they've been watching them at home and didn't want jinx them, and you know how crazy we get with the jinxes. and afterward he said he would go and couldn't miss the historic opportunity. i don't blame him for going at
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all. it's a great story. this one not so much. the world cup a few months away. there's an article that you can add to your traveling to south africa. the anti-stab vest. south african officials are furious about this because the company selling it says it's because a lot of crime in south africa. they're offering it for $69 and you can design the vest with your favt team logo. >> wear it to the game. >> wear it on the streets. to be fair to south africa. they had major sporting events and did not have major problems. >> isn't that sad that people -- >> would try to capitalize on it? >> no, feel so insecure and worried about their safety they would buy it. >> absolutely. let's check in with bonnie schneider with our travel this morning. >> it will get worse because of many factors. one is fog. we're watching out for fog in cities like jacksonville, florida, and houston, texas.
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overcast and foggy and our tower cam shows the low clouds hanging and give yourself extra time in your commute and watch out for airport delays. airport delays in new orleans due to thunderstorms. we're watching out for delays there. we may see delays into memphis, as well. the west coast, a big storm slamming into the coastline and already we have severe weather. i'll tell you about that in a few minutes and we're seeing that across much of california at this hour and delays an hour or more and even cancellations. in omaha we're watching for ice. ice in des moines, iowa, as well and tonight, robin, in chicago. that will be the travel story for tomorrow. >> all right, thank you. police gave a guy a citation for rocking out to john denver! someone called the cops saying he cranked up the music too loud. anyway, on the john denver
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music, it was too loud when he opened the door he told the cops he was rocking out! the citation could cost him 200 bucks. a university is reaching out to haiti victims not with money or medical aid, but a full scholarship.
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good morning. wednesday. this week going slowly or what? i'm robin meade, we're glad to have you. it is 9:00 eastern and let's jump into the stories today. we have a lot going on, first of all, new in the last 90 minutes a massive search for an accused killser over now. police say the man suspected of shooting eight people to death has turned himself in. plus, a devastating blow for victims still struggling from last week's earthquake in haiti, this morning, another very strong aftershock. and then a legal victory for a teen who ran away from home after converting to christianity. she will not be returning to her muslim parents. breaking news from haiti
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this morning. a 6.1 aftershock hit this morning. can you imagine? it was centered about 35 miles from port -au-prince and sent some survivors running into the streets and screaming in fear. this new video was taken moments after the after shock today. extremely dangerous situation because buildings there, if they haven't already fallen are very unstable. some doctors in haiti are using vodka for sterilization and hack saws for operations but they're hoping more supplieses will arrive soon. the u.s. military is moving more than 100 flights a day through haiti. a lot of supplies still cannot get through the dominican republic border because there's backups there. a massive search for a shooting suspect is over. virginia state police say christopher speight turned himself in at the scene of the shootings just a couple hours ago. >> at this point we're just
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saying he turned himself in without incident to law enforcement on the perimeter. again, we just got this information and we brought it out so we can let the residents of appomattox county know. >> police believe that speight shot and killed eight people. they found seven people found dead in a home in central virginia and an eighth died on the way to the hospital. a huge political upset in massachusetts and it is a game changer for the country. republican scott brown deteated martha coakley in yesterday's special election. now, at its victory rally last night they chanted 41, meaning republicans will now have 41 senate seats. the magic number to block any bill including the health care reform bill. >> and this bill is not being debated openly and barely, it will raise taxes and it will raise taxes and hurt medicare
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and destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt. >> we will always remember our terrific senator ted kennedy and his words, the work begins anew. the hope rises again and the dream lives on. >> a member of coakley's camp says this race proves that members aren't happy with democrats. it's a sign of what are to come in november mid-term elections. new this morning, two major recalls of things that are dangerous to babies, apparently. more than a million strollers and hundreds of thousands of cribs. jennifer westhoven, if you have either of these two brands you're about to give us, we're supposed to stop using them immediately. >> these are some of the most expensive products you can buy for babies it's hard when you spend all this money and then it's unsafe. the recall of more than a million graco strollers. basically baber fingertips can
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get pinched cut or cut off in a canopy hinge and also news of a recall today that is happening in terms of cribs. 635,000 cribs made by dorell asia. there has been a lot of worry about these dropside cribs. more than 2 million recalled in the fall and some or not, it's not easy to just easily spot which cribs are affected. not a bill dorel asia right on the top of these. they're made like nice wooden furniture there, but these are all very common products that were sold in kmart, sears, target, walmart. you can find out all the details so you can make sure what you have is safe and get the information about a free repair kit on our website. under looking out for you. one thing to be real careful of is maybe your baby has kind of grown up and 6 or 7 years old and maybe in a couple years i'll just think i'll give this product to my sister or somebody who is having a baby, be very
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careful to check in that case, too, if you have something in your basement or garage. >> good point, thank you. people in southern california are bracing for a third and even more powerful round of storms. streets are under water already. 600 families could get mandatory evacuation orders today because of mudslides and flood threats. a tornado warning but no confirmed twisters and falling trees killed at least two people. a toppled power line trapped a woman and her two young sons in their suv. >> just like a movie, just dropping. >> any time you're involved in any kind of incident with power lines, if you're driving, you need to stay in your vehicle. well, let me show you the map and show you why we're having such problems on the west coast, still. here's bonnie schneider in for bob. >> we are starting the severe
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thunderstorm warning in effect that is just about to expire. we're already getting reports of very strong winds, as well as frequent lightning strikes in this region of california and, actually, the pink you saw in the corner of your screen, that's a winter weather advisory in the mountains. heavy rain is expected, three inches, maybe even more and right in the burn vicinity in california. that's where we run the risk of mudslides. stretches umfrom eureka, redding and down to los angeles and san diego. there's san jose getting hit hard right now with heavy rain and as we head down to the south you'll see we have less rain in the los angeles area, but plenty of stormy weather to the north. speaking of storms in tennessee right now, in nashville, we're looking at the rain coming in and even northward towards ohio you'll see heavy rain and that one storm is exiting northern new england and watch out for lake-effect snow in parts of
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pennsylvania and another big story we're watching is ice and we're looking out for that for today and for tomorrow. a big weather story tomorrow into indiana and illinois. we're already seeing some reports on robin's facebook page that we're getting reports of ice in illinois at this hour. ice at omaha, nebraska, and deps fog almost over for florida as we go through the morning hours. the sun will burn things off. >> who are the best viewers? you are, you are. if you want to talk to us about what is going on as far as the weather and you feel like you're seeing the change over of ice, you can go to cnn.com/robin and right there. hit the facebook page. the bad on "american idol" isn't always just about the singing. this one really had the judges confused. ♪ don't send me no doctor
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>> well that's amy lang and she wasn't about to say good-bye without showing off a signature move of hers to the judges. here's randy asking about it. >> whoa. >> wait, it gets better. >> you want to be careful with that. >> did you see that shania twain, by the way. >> as simon put it, they're not going to hollywood. a judge is coming down hard on kids with dozens of school absences. we're taking you, we're taking your thoughts on a solution to basically track the kid's every move.
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it's time right now to salute the troops. today's salute is actually from in house. her name is shanta davis and she wants to send a message to a
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friend. >> hi, robin, my name is shanta davis and i'm saluting my friend sergeant terrence reeves. i know serving your third deployment in iraq is difficult, but find comfort in knowing that we're truly proud of what you do. remember to use that sense of humor to see you through. you're a wonderful person, father and friend. thank you, remain prayerful and come home soon. >> maybe you want to salute like shanta did. in less than 30 minutes, government security heads may be grilled about the attempted suicide bombing of a northwest flight on christmas day. we're expecting the senate homeland security committee to ask about how bomb making materials skrd been smuggled on to the plane. and the watchlist and homeland screening. janet napolitano is due to testify. a guy on death row might get a new trial thanks to the jurors
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on the case. what the jurors did what one supreme court judge called strange and tasteless. it is getting a lot harder to play hooky in texas. truancy judges have been ordered kids with dozens of absences to carry gps track diagnose vices. students enter a code into the device five times a day to make sure they are where they belong. the statewide attendance program also involves counseling. >> is this intended to embarrasses them? yes, it is. because the law says they need to be in school. and that they don't want to get up, well, we're going to get them there. >> well, the judge says that he's even going to send over a constable to get the kids out of bed if the parents are not going to. so, what do you think? think it's deserved? do you think it's good? do you think it's an invasion of privacy? >> here's what you're saying, will schools start feeding, clothing and doing everything else for us? please, let us be the parents. government can't and should not
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do everything. tonya says i know from experience that there are some kids that will refuse to go to school no matter what the parent do or say. keep sending us your comments, though, on our facebook page. you can go there by going to cnn.com/robin and hit the f for facebook page and e-mail us. there's a contact us button, as well. bonnie schneider has your travel update. good morning. >> good morning, robin. 3,000 planes in the air across the country and we're watching all of them to let you know if there are any delays and we're expecting delays due to inclment weather in cities like new orleans. a close look of the united states there. lots of activity coast to coast and probably cancellations expected later today due to weather. the delays we're locking at due to thunderstorms later today and we'll watch that across the gulf coast and the west coast hammered with more storms, rain, wind and even severe thunderstorms right now in santa barbara and san francisco also looking at rain and winds. we're tracking the chance for
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ice in omaha, nebraska. that will slow you down, as well. albuquerque snow and atlanta clouds and memphis thunderstorms and early fog in houston. watch out on little rock also for rain and in dallas, clouds and thunderstorms. all right, let's go ahead and go to our money expert jennifer westhoven. she's looking out for you. >> hey, thank you, bonnie. the story here is that it will be a lot harder for you to get a mortgage if it's backed by the government. this is all part of the fallout of the housing collapse. the federal housing association, hey, they have to stay afloat and it means the bottom line, you may have to pay more in mortgage insurance premiums or if you don't have a big down payment saved up, a good credit score. now, when the housing market collapsed, hey, you know what happened, banks said we have to stop lending. we're lending out mortgages are falling apart and this agency really stepped up because they wanted to keep the housing market running and they took on a lot more mortgages than they
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usually do. the trouble is, many of those mortgages failed. so it means that you have to pay even closer attention to your credit score in the future, just like banks got stricter, government programs are getting stricter, too. all right, maybe, you know, in your fantasies you go to buy a car and you say you get the car loan and now they want you to pass a coolness test. yeah. it really is just for the super rich, but if you want it, a $350,000 lexus lfa, you don't choose them, they choose you. lexus says they want their car to be seen on the right roads and in front of the right restaurants. they say, yeah -- >> excuse me. >> they say we will judge you. we don't want it sitting in a garage somewhere. we will judge you on where you live, your other cars and where you are driving. i was stirring up a little trouble saying, okay, what do you think lfa stands for?
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>> that's the name of the car. >> hey, everybody keep it clean, lavishly fascist automobile. and then letha said, hey it could stand for letha's famous automobile. >> it is ingenious now that you can't have the car, provided you have 350,000, you'll want it even more because they're keeping it from you. >> they say they'll only make 20 a month. you have to be not only rich but elite to be chosen. a republican won the senate seat held by ted kennedy for 47 years. >> what happened here in massachusetts can happen all over america. >> what a member of the kennedy family has to say about this big loss.
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a muslim run away who converted to christianity will not have to return to her parents. a court agreement reached yesterday allows rifqa bary to
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live in a foster home until she's 18. her father said he would larm or kill her for becoming a christian. an investigation found no evidence of a credible threat. a college basketball team coach is going to lead his team bare foot in an effort to help people in haiti. how is this going to help people in haiti? >> hopefully it will help get them shoes and this mag natmous effort or gesture this guy is doing. we are talking about scott naggi. the man personally affected by the quake in haiti. he adopted his 6-year-old daughter from a haitian orphanage. there's the picture of him right there. this weekend, yes, he will coach barefoot to help collect shoes and money for the victims through the charity samaritan's feet. it has been particularly hard to explain the disaster to his daughter whose birth mother is still missing. he is encouraging fans to text the word shoes to and $5 will be
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added to your bill and buy a pair of shoes of a child in need in haiti. nearly everybody from the haitian soccer federation was in a meeting at the time of the quake and it collapsed killing 30 officials, coaches and referees. the caribbean football union says 20 others are missing. and sacramento kings star is being sued over a murder his cousin committed. he was driving an suv in 2007 when his then 16-year-old cousin killed a man in a drive-by shooting. now jamar evans pleaded guilty to murder and he is in jail. the victim's family says tyreke evans should be held accountable somewhat. his attorneys have not commented. let's leave you on an upb t upbeupbeat note. johnny weir. he has a new show, he is known
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for his flamboyant style but at 25 years old he's actually sort of over the hill for the sport. this is chronicling his comeback in a blades of story esk -- >> it's a reality show. >> you find out if he makes the olympic team in march after the olympics is over. that's the one thing about it, okay. >> it looks just like blades of glory. >> thank you, appreciate it. emergency officials rescued a horse that got itself stuck in a sipghole. he fell in the hole that opened up in maryland on monday. the horse is big, it's 800 pounds and deaf and blind. the rescuers sedated him but still took them more than five hours to get him out. the horse named chief is doing fine. some of the biggest names in music are coming together for one goal. you're going to see who is topping the list of the performers for the haiti relief telethon going on on friday. some music just sounds
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better loud, but would you ever rock out to john denver? somebody got in trouble with the law for doing that. 
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fw morning. the new york stock exchange is now open. find out whether the stocks will rise today. we'll bring you a live report in a matter of minutes here. first, though, breaking news from haiti. a 6.1 aftershock shook buildings and sent peepinal to the streets this morning and it was centered 35 miles from port-au-prince where people are already dealing with last week's devastating 7.0 earthquake. brand-new this morning a man wanted in the shooting deaths of eight people in virginia has turned himself in. that word comes from virginia state police less than an hour ago. the manhunt for christopher speight started yesterday afternoon. he turned himself in that scene
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of the shootings. listen, parents, two major recalls to tell you about. more than 200,000 dropside cribs made by doral asia and they're being recalled because the side can detach and then trap your child and there is also a recall of more than a million graco strollers that can apparently pinch little fipgers. all the details on our website at cnn.com/robin. those are some of the stories we're working on. i know you're busy today, too. how's the coffee? i'm robin meade, welcome. dozens of kids rescued from a quake orphanage in haiti could have new families very soon. 53 arrived in pennsylvania yesterday and another child should get there today. so far adoption cases are under way for 47 of them, mostly in the united states. a couple adopting one of the children got to see him at a hospital in pittsburgh last night. >> i just kissed him and hugged him and checked him out and made sure for myself that he is okay.
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>> we don't know what is going to happen. we learned nothing about when the adoption will process and it doesn't matter. we will worry about that later. he is safe and he was asleep. >> well, here's the startling number. the u.n. says that there were about 380,000 orphans in haiti before the quake. the solidly blue state of massachusetts has elected its first republican senator in 38 years. scott brown upset martha coakley in yesterday's special election, so he's going to be the one to fill the seat that used to be ted kennedy's for 47 years. well more on what it means for the entire country, not just massachusetts, coming up. president obama's pick to head up the tsa is bowing out. his candidacy became a political lightning rod. senate republicans say that suthers didn't fully answer questions by being centered by the fbi for accessing a personal
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database for personal reasons. some fear the tsa will become uni unionized. president obama understands souther's decision. >> i am thinking about what i am going to do with all my free time. here are my plans for next week. introduce myself to my children. connect all my freckles with sharpy. play beatles rock band until i reach "level yokoo" legally change my name to no-show jones and return la bamba to the kindly old carpenter who made him. have my tonight show forever tattoo changed to oh, show over? make a big move to fox. he is apparently demanding that the network compensate about 190 people who work for him on "the tonight show" and who will lose
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their jobs. nbc calls the move a pr ploy and says it has already agreed to pay millions of dollars to them, correctively. o'brien's last night is expected to be friday. toppled trees killed at least two people in california and even stronger storms could hit today and tomorrow near fresno. a mom and her two young son husband to be rescued from their suv. a fallen power line had trapped them inside. >> it was like a movie, seriously. just coming down 36 just dropping. >> any time you're involved in any kind of incident with power lines, if you're driving, you need to just stay in your vehicle. >> ireporter ryan sent us some amazing footage from victorville, california. this is of a golf course. that water is supposed to be a cart path. he said people had been getting out of their cars to check out the rushing river. well, let's show you right now we're getting some wet rain,
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wet rain and some rain activity in that very area. let's talk right now to bonnie schneider who is in for bob. >> you bechia it's wet. >> it is wet and stormy, even at this early hour of the morning. severe thunderstorm warning is now expired and did include santa barbara, wow, already getting severe weather early this hour and more of it is to come. our eye on extreme weather because we're watching for heavy downpours from north to south and the special threat that we're watching for is mudslides. mudslides may occur in the burn areas of southern california and very heavy rain is accepted with this next big bout of stormy weather that's been hitting california one after the other and already plenty of heavy rain coming in on our radar picture for san jose just south of san francisco. yesterday wind gusts in the bay area of over 90 miles per hour and that is incredible. that is stronger than hurricane-force winds. as we head off to the east closer to areas near atlanta.
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looking for the chance for rain and you can see that into parts of tennessee and eastern tennessee later this morning and we're getting it in nashville right now and we saw very heavy rain into memphis and then also to the northeast, we're watching out for more snow for northern maine and we'll be looking out for lake-effect snow areas into upstate new york. another place rain may change to snow, believe it or not, las vegas. all part of the big picture of the storm out west. already very overcast in the strip this morning. low clouds and not a pretty day there. may want to stay inside and go injoy all that goes on indoors in las vegas. not a nice day there. also phoenix, arizona, looking at rain, too. if you're heading to the central of the country, it's a whole new ball game. freezing rain for chicago. right now sioux falls, south dakota, seeing freezing rain and a lot of comments on robin's facebook page with ice already accumulating in parts of illinois.
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plenty of rain mixing into bloomington and mixing with ice and also watch out for iowa getting icy conditions. the fog advisory almost over just north of gainesville we're still seeing fog in florida and also across southern georgia and watching for the fog to lift in parts of texas, not quite there yet. robin? >> all right, thank you. have you noticed this morning as you're looking at the numbers on the side that we're down already by 100 points in just a few minutes of trading here? susan lisovicz, what has the traders kind of upset this morning? is it a political situation, an economic situation, what? >> just a whole lot of information. we're starting to get in the crunch of earning season, robin. that could be volatile, we are seeing triple-digit moves and specifically what is happening today, an unexpected drop in new home construction which fell 4% in december and that is overshadowing a double-digit jump in building permts which is a good sign for future building. earnings from some of the
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nation's biggest banks are also coming into play. bank of america lost more than 5 billion bucks last quarter. b of a took a hit because of the government repayment and big losses in its mortgage and credit card businesses and we do have signs of improvement in wells fargo and both reported quarterly profits and wells fargo says it's growing more confident that the worst is now over. amen to that. finally, warren buffett is about to make shares of his berkshire hathaway affordable. he will be in a meeting today to vote on a 50-1 split of berkshire's class b shares will will bring the price from $3,300 a share to about 67 bucks. hey, we can do that. the class a shares will remain the nation's most expensive stock at over $100,000 a share. so class a, untouchable for most of us.
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class b, affordable, if this goes through. and, you know, robin, one of the things, if you can get one share, that's all you need, you can go to the annual shareholder meeting. which is called the woodstock for capitalests. i have been there and it is a hoot. i'm telling you, it's worth that alone. >> 63 bucks -- >> yeah, for warren buffett to speak on anything and everything, it's a real party. >> thank you so much, susan. >> you're welcome. an elderly woman in haiti was pulled from the rubble of last week's quake just yesterday and she was singing to the rescuers.
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under way right now, you can see live pictures, senators are asking questions about the attempted suicide bombing of a northwest flight on christmas day. now, government security heads, including the homeland security head janet napolitano could get grilled at these hearings. we're expecting the senate homeland security committee to ask how in the world bombmaking materials could have gotten smuggled on to the plane and watchlist and airport screening. rescuers are still finding people alive in collapsed buildings in haiti. an elderly woman spent a week under the debris of a cathedral. anderson cooper of our sister network, cnn, was there when they pulled her out. >> our brother from cancun helped us, our brothers from south africa. we were able to take this woman who prayed and prayed and i believe her faith is so big that was the thing that saved her.
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>> well, her first words were thank god and then she later started to sing. we're told that she had a broken femur and was dehydrated but flown to a u.s. ship for help. if you want to help some of the quake victims, you can head to cnn.com/robin and click on the impact link or go to cnn.com/impact. you'll find a list of a local and international groups providing aid. a muslim run away who converted to christianity will not have to return to her parents. a court agreement reached yesterday allows bary to live in foster home until she's 18. she ran away from home last summer and she claimed her father would harm or kill her for becoming a christian. he denied that and an investigation found no evidence of a credible threat. the couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner has been called to testify on capitol hill this morning. susan hendricks in for richard lui, they're watching for that. >> that's right, robin.
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the hearing is just one of the stories i'm looking out for and the question is whether we'll hear from salahi. they plan to invoke their fifth amendment right not to speak. we're looking at that for you. a massive search for an accused killer is over now. the man suspected of shooting eight people to death turned himself in. we're waiting on an update from authorities next hour. also, remember that 4-year-old who got in trouble in school for having long hair. he's back with a new do and the principal has given a thumbs up to the new style. >> they put braids in his hair at first and the mom said it hurt his scalp, i don't know. two sheriff deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old who was heavily armed. the deputies spotted the boy early yesterday morning and asked what was in his backpack. they saw two guns and 250 rounds of ammo and then they said the boy pulled out another gun and it opened fire. >> after the fact when you have an opportunity to sit down and think about things and you know
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it's a child because a 13-year-old is a child and it's like one of them said, why. why did he do it? >> well, one of the deputies was shot in the leg and he's recovering at home. l.a. may lose most of its medical marijuana dispensaries. the city has tentatively approved a new rule that would efebively shut them down. more than a thousand dope shops popped up around the city in recent years because of a legal loophole. the new ordinance would limit the number and keep them away from schools and parks and other public places. one contestant knocked the judges socks off on "american idol" last night. here you go. ♪ summertime and the living is easy ♪ ♪ fish are jumping and the cotton is high ♪ >> so, she is only 16 and
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charity was among the contestants who moved on after last night's audition in chicago. judges were impressed with her version of "summertime." a georgia man learns his fate for slapping a stranger's kid at walmart.
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get this judges in texas are treating kids like they're on parole almost. they're ordering kids to wear a gps tracking device or at least carry it. student enter in the device five times a day to make sure they are where they belong. the statewide attendance program also involves some counseling. >> is this intended to embarrass them? yes, it is. because the law says they need to be in school. and if they don't want to get up, well, we're going to get them there. >> well, the judge says that he'll even send over a constable to get the kid out of bed if the
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parents will not. been lighting up our facebook page and our e-mails. eric wrote, bad idea. not worth it. plus, i think it's invading privacy. laura says good for texas, we don't need another generation of idiots. i'm sure she said it that way. idiots. e-mail us by going to the contact us box at cnn.com/robin. or we have a facebook page and it's pretty active this morning. you're welcome to go there, too. charlie daniels is at home recovering after a mild stroke. his agent says that daniels was snowballing on friday when this happen happened. now, he was released from the hospital sunday and still plans to go on tour next month. you know, he is the "devil went down to georgia" guy. >> that's how i know him. >> tennis star andy roddick lost his cool and it was caught on camera. >> again, roger federer at the u.s. open, serena at the u.s.
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open, are we starting all over again? what about the children? truthfully, andy roddick needs to tone it down a little bit. he has a history of losing his . a replay showed it was in and he wanted a replay but he didn't get it. he was right. he deserved the replay, but after he wins the match, he had more heated words for the umpire. he could not let it go and later the curse word made it on the air waves. yes, he could be fined for that. he did later apologize. serena williams, no meltdown. she was back on the courts since her profanity laced tirade in november. in spite of her fine and the threat of being banned, she says i'm not changing to try to please you. she says i got to be me. but to her credit, she was a little more subdued. she breezed through the first
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round. the new orleans saints could be getting jinxed by their governor. bobby jindal said i'm not going to watch the saints play in person because i have been watching them at home. he didn't want to jinx them. then he thought about it and says i cannot miss this historic opportunity. if the saints lose, governor will be impeached. i kid. he should be able to watch. this is not a great thing, the world cup a few months away. soccer fans have a piece of apparel being marketed to them. the anti-stab vest. club organizers are furious over this. offers the vest for 69 bucks. you can design it with your favorite team logo. my favorite says i love hugs. >> does it really? >> it says free hugs. >> on your stab vest. >> you're at the cash register, you're checking out and the clerk says how would you like a
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big discount and you say no. they ask again and you say no. they ask a third time. that's just me. it may be too good to be true. 
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