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good morning. you should have seen my hair 30 seconds ago. whew! looked like yours. just kidding. severe weather leaves tens of thousands of people without power in new jersey. it's not the only place dealing with severe weather. we are digging swoo a new report about the night tiger woods crashed his suv. if we have what could be a hint of a turn around in the u.s. autoindustry. ford might be putting a lot of people back to work. that would be good to hear, wouldn't it? >> this just in, a new ban an
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texting when driving. the transportation department says all commercial big-rig and bus drivers could face up to thousands of dollars. a texting bus driver plowed right into an suv. 19 states, plus d.c. passed similar laws for all drivers. 23 others are debeating it. charles shumer introduced a bill to ban all drivers from texting. drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get into an accident. break iing news, at least 1 people killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted a police crime lab in baghdad. as many as 82 are injured. the majority of those killed were probably police officers. it comes a day after several hotels were hit with suicide attacks. you know what?
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umbrellas were no match for the wind and rain that ripped through new jersey yesterday. more than two inches of rain fell in parts. wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour. look at the poor umbrellas. yeah, they aren't going to stand-up. blizzard conditions in iowa left cars in the ditches and caused stretches of highways to close. shelters opened up after one multicar crash. >> the roads are slick. the wind is hitting you broadside and blowing the trailer into the other lane. i just pulled off. i'm not going -- i don't want to wreck the truck. >> i'm sick and tired of the snow. very tired of it. seems like that's all i'm doing anymore is moving snow. >> i bet. in a minute, bok van dillen is going to tell us who is in store for the rough weather today and where the wind and rain is
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headed. >> it's been two weeks since the earthquake in haiti. 4800 americans are still missing. that's larger than the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks. hope of finding this is fading. the rescue phase is over. it's shifted to rebuilding. >> this is a 5-year-old boy saved last week after eight days in the rubble. we have new video of the rescue. this was video shot by his uncle. he found him. he now has pneumonia. doctors are confident he's going to be fine. another survivor, a 13-year-old was pulled out with a bad leg wound. she's walking, but has a limp. she says it hurts. emotional pain may be worse. she spoke to anderson cooper
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through an interpreter. >> translator: i can't sleep. >> why can't you sleep? >> translator: i go to my bed and i can't sleep. >> what do you think about? >> translator: i lost my aunt and family completely. >> the plan to rebuild haiti is in place after world leaders met in montreal. secretary of state, hillary clinton says the haitian government has to take the lead. the united states will host a conference in the u.n. more than $1 billion of aid has been raised. president barack obama is going to ask congress to okay a three-year freeze in federal spending starting in 2011. it doesn't apply to the budget of the military or homeland security. if they wanted to increase funds
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for programs like education, they have to take the money from somewhere else. >> we are talking a savings of $250 billion against a deficit that's $1.5 trillion. it's a drop in the bucket, but an important step. the white house sees it as important steps to assure both congress more importantly, the american people upset at the amount of money they see being spent that he does, indeed, see the budget and deficit as a problem. >> it could find enemies on both sides of the aisle. republicans say it doesn't go far enough. democrats say domestic programs were already underfunded during the bush administration. the inside story from the night tiger woods rammed his suv into a tree and a sex scandal broke.
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rafer has the details. >> okay. he got the information from elin nordegren. just before thanksgiving, woods told his wife the "national inquirer" was printing a story saying he had an affair. his sources say she talked to elin over the phone to say it's not true. then they talked about the story in the ""national enquirer"." >> elin confronted him. does he admit the truth? no. he goes to sleep and leaves his cell phone. he underestimates his wife, elin, doesn't think she's going to do anything. she opens up the cell phone, finds the text messages. he writes to yuk tell and says you are the one i love.
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she says i miss you, when am i going to see you, again. she says, i'm surprised you are awake. that tells her they communicated that night. then elin does the great thing and calls her up directly. she says i knew you were the one. rachel has an expletive and hangs up the phone. then all hell breaks loose. >> that's when tiger crashed the suv, a neighbor thought he was sleeping on the ground. cnn has not firmed any of the reporting. her attorney, gloria allred says her client has no information. >> wow. if that's true -- all right. tip of the iceberg, that's all i'm going to say. >> there you go. >> tip of the iceberg, allegedly. thank you. that was a thanksgiving at
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tiger's household. >> all i did was sit and fall asleep after eating turkey. he's got all kind of stuff going on. >> i take the boring choice. yeah, yeah. hi, bob. we talked about power outages in new jersey. there was a lot of rain and wind. there's a secondary cold front stirring up the wind. we had blizzard warnings. no long er the blizzard warning, but we are looking at the snow coming down. winds gusting at 30 miles an hour. same with indianapolis. it stretches to cleveland. it's a windy day, blustery day through the northeast. look at the advisories of the snow. we are not calling for a lot. not a huge snow maker. the wind is going to be a factor. here is the radar. lots of snow overhead. it's a morning event. wind for the afternoon. more on that in a little bit. >> thank you. it looks active.
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a drama involving nancy kerrigan. her father is dead, her brother behind bars and the police are trying to get behind it. good luck, if you want to stay at a resort. why the fancy hotels are changing their name.
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what a story. olympic skater, nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. she won a silver medal in 1994 after surviving a whack in the knee. her father died sunday and her brother is accused of assaulting their day that same day. richard lui has more on the accusations against her brother. what happened? >> good morning. daniel kerrigan died after a violent struggle with her protter. the older kerrigan collapsed or
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fell on the kitchen floor. mark kerrigan told police he grabbed his father around the neck. mark kerrigan was intoxicated in the basement of the family home. he was apathetic saying yeah, whatever when police asked if he understood his rights. >> sounds so horrifying. mark kerrigan pleaded not guilty to the charges. he broke down and sobbed in the courtroom yesterday. >> he denies responsible for this. he is quite distraught about his father's death. he was grieving. >> you know, he's had a troubled past, though, and a criminal history. let's talk about that. >> we have details for you. the "boston herald" saying his life sparked out of control long before he turned on his father. he served two years in jail for
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assault and drug charges in 2005 for a domestic assault of his wife. his parents paid to cover his living expenses while he was in jail. his attorney says he's unemployed army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, seeing psychiatrist. >> what a super sad situation. >> either way you look at it. >> thank you. >> yep. you know, we always salute our troops. today, it's first lieutenant mark bressler. he's on his first tour in afghanistan. his older brother served there after 9/11. this is for both of them. >> good morning. this is mark bresslor. we would like to salute our son. he and his brother are our
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military heroes. we are pray iing for you and thinking about you. stay army strong. >> do you have somebody in the service you want to salute? go to cnn.com/robin. miss jennifer had the nerve to take off today. anyway, i have your money news. ford is going to announce they are adding 1200 jobs at the plant in chicago. that's good news in a bad economy. the workers will build explorers, that used to be made in louisville. that plant is being converted to build smaller cars. concert promotor live nation and ticketmaster got the green light to merge. you could end up paying more for the concert tickets because they will handle the tickets, promotions to recording the artists and managing them. the deal will revive the music
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industry by making it more efficient. what's in a name. i tell you what, fancy hotels are taking a wway the word reso from their title. the wall street journal says monarch beach resort never recovered from bad publicity and went into foreclosure after aig plan add $400,000 bash there. a tiny sign is starting a big debate. why you may see a group of american not sis along a stretch of highway. a high school teacher turned the tables on somebody trying to prank him.
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♪ investigators are looking for a 7-year-old girl whose mother was found dead in oklahoma. asia johnson was reported missing sunday night. she and her mother were visiting her e stranged husband. she's believed to be with lester, who has connections in texas. her father made an emotional plea for her safe return. >> i need my little girl back. she's missing. i love her dearly. she needs her medication.
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please, lester, if you are listening or anyone out there who knows where she is, please return her. >> police won't specify what her medical condition is. the rv where her body was found belongs to lester hobbs. one of the relatives looked in the rv sunday after they didn't see asia or her mom. cbs is asking not to run an ad that may contain an antiabortion message. here is rafer with this side and that side. >> both sides and what you are saying about it. it's sponsored by a christian, nonfor profit group. cbs nor the group are saying wh what's in the ad. it's expected to recount the decision not to have an abortion when she was pregnant. they are asking cbs to scrap it saying it's too divisive and
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doesn't belong in the super bowl. they turned down an ad by pita saying they don't run advocate si ads. this is something he strongly believes in. >> convicted of it once. that's the reason i'm here. my mom was a courageous woman and, you know, a lot of circumstances. that's the reason i'm here. i'm thankful for that. any way i can help, i would do it. >> his response is the reason some believe that's what's going to be in the ad. here is the question. should controversial ads like this run during the super bowl? tina wrote, the super bowl is entertainment and shouldn't be tainted with controversial subjects. i want to sit back and enjoy the game. joseph wrote, it's time the conservative side gets the spotlight in this liberal world. keep the comments coming at
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cnn.com/robin. >> we enjoy differences of opinions, so go ahead. both washington wizards players had guns in the locker room. he told authorities he needed a pistol because he thought arenas would shoot him after they argued after a card game. he got probation. a student tried blindfolding a teacher. he made the shot. you have seen these where the guy misses and they pretend he hit it. >> he thought the joke was on him. he says i'll throw it. he hears the kids screaming. he didn't believe them when they were cheering. no. he made the shot. >> they didn't have the super bowl or the ncaa tickets they promised he would get. the final four. >> exactly.
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he got a restaurant certificate, instead. >> he's still their hero. thank you. the kids felt made and they were like we don't have final four tickets. >> he's get a denny's certificate. we have massive dlats. areas like new york city, delays. not as long as yesterday, but still there. here is pennsylvania. look at the light snow in pittsburgh and cleveland, cincinnati and louisville. we had deicing in cincinnati. hour long delays in new york. yesterday was two hours plus. not that long today. san francisco rain and low clouds. hour or more delays there. boston, l.a.x., just rain. more in a bit. >> thank you. another top south carolina politician had serious explaning to do. he compared poor people to animals. okay.
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effective immediately, a federal ban an texting for bus drivers and truck drivers. in this video, a bus driver is texting and hits an suv. you could now be fined if you text. at least 18 people were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a crime lab in baghdad. officials think most of the people who died were police officers. this comes a day after three car bomb attacks struck hotels. >> john travolta is coming to h haiti to help. he brought four tons of food and medical supplies and a team of doctors. he brought in scientology
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ministers. >> this is crazy. i just got hit. >> how awful. it's exclusive new video moments after the earthquake in haiti, exactly two weeks ago. in a country of 9 million people, as many as 1 million are living in temporary shelters. at least 112,000 people are killed. 4800 americans are still missing. those are some of the headlines we are following this morning. we're checking on you at 31 minutes past the hour. casey anthony is now a convicted felon. she was found guilty on several counts of check fraud. she said she was sorry and took full responsibility for her actions. will it affect her murder trial? >> to the common person, six or seven felonies is a lot and says a lot about the person. >> we don't believe the jurors
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for this case are going to find her guilty because she wrote bad checks. >> she's in jail awaiting trial in her daughter's death. the pilot of a plane that crashed with 90 people on board performed a fast and strange turn after take off. a transportation official in lebanon says it pilot on the ethiopiaen airlines fligts did not follow orders from air traffic controllers in beirut. they are helping in the search for possible survivors. crews are collecting debris including luggage, shoes and seats. witnesses saw a ball of flames before the crash. as of now, no survivors have been found. california is going to let some prisoners out early with less supervision. it started yesterday to shrink the prison population and ultimately save money.
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low-risk offenders won't be sent back to prison for certain violations. they can work at firefighters or completing education or rehab. governor arnold schwarzenegger says this will not compromise public safety. some officials are worried. >> i don't think there's anything that could be done that wouldn't create a compromise to public safety. >> i'm outraged. i don't want to see anymore victims of crime. what is going to happen today is only going to escalate crime. >> well, the rules reduce the number of cases each parole offichand ls. that plan could reduce crime. if you want to lose weight and lower your blood pressure, a low carb diet may be the best. low car sh diet compared to a
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low fat diet along with the drug alli. people lost 10% of weight on their diet. olympic skater, nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. she won a silver medal in 1994, after surviving a whack in her knee. her father died sunday and her brother is accused of assaulting their dad the same day. the d.a. says mark kerrigan admitted to grabbing his father's neck. richard lui has more. >> kerrigan's mother, who is legally blind says her husband died of a heart attack. there was nothing suspicious about the death. daniel kerrigan's death was not rel related to the argument with his son. now, this video shows nancy kerrigan leaving her family's
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house sunday in the years since her silver medal win, she married her manager and they have three children together. >> i think many people have fond memories of daniel kerrigan. >> look in the dictionary and want the definition of what a man and father was, that was danny kerrigan. >> well, what else do we know about nancy kerrigan's father? >> daniel kerrigan was a welder. they nurtured the love of skating in nancy, a self-described tomboy with two hockey playing brothers. her dad drove a zamboni in change for practice time for their daughter. they took out a second mortgage for her skating career. >> thanks for that. weather problems or weather
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activity in the midwest and northeast. many of you are just getting up. over we go to bob van dillen. >> good morning, robin. we had blizzard warnings in iowa. they have been halted. it's good news. light snow is still coming down, but the wind is going to be a factor for you. winds are gusting near northern florida at 25 miles an hour. 30 miles an hour in boston. chicago, light snow. most of it falling in central michigan and areas below. we went to the areas in blue-green. goes down to illinois and indiana. parts of kentucky, too. getting to the west virginia mountains. one to three inches of snow today. that's it. wind is a factor and obviously colder as the wind whips up. look at the snow around louisville. all the blue is all snow. it's heavy at times, southwest to the city. it's all moving to the east. another one to three inches for northern kentucky.
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the pittsburgh radar, the border of ohio, there's the light snow over the border. flurries for the morning. no advisories for the pittsburgh area. rain this afternoon in baltimore. it's going to be blustery. the big storm ripped through the entire eastern half of the nation. time for the i-report of the day from kentucky. wayne shot these pictures of flooding from storms. he was surprise d by how heavy the storm was and how quickly the water came up. that's flash flooding defined. look at that picture. >> and the people going through it. >> it's not smart. more on this in a half hour. >> millions of recalled cars and no fix. toyota is explaning why it's still making cars under recall.
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you know what? let's check the morning papers. we have the work done for you. from "the new york times" a pentagon war game showed how hard it is to respond to a cyber attack. they had a hard time finding out what kind of attack it was and who was responsible. a state senator wants to limit new fast food joints in prince county, maryland. they counted 11 on one two-block stretch. it's too much for a county with health problems. a local teen is invited to d.c. tomorrow for the address. she created a way to test for contaminants in water. a canadian official got a pie in the face in the middle of a news conference.
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an american woman is the one who did it. pita targeted the minister because she defends seal hunting. she was quickly arrested and charged with assault. the minister returned to the podium after wiping her face. ♪ for me it happens all the time. i want to sing over the chore us. lady antebellum's new album is out today. ♪ lost control and i need you now. all three members helped to write and produce the new album. some critics say there's a soft sound with just enough steel guitar to keep it country. she's up for a grammy sunday.
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toyota is still making cars that have a recall. the company says it doesn't have a remedy, but the new cars are risk-free. that's what usa today reports, anyway. last week, they recalled more than 2 million cars and trucks. you can find out about the recall now at cnn.com/robin. how would you like to stretch out and sleep on a long flight? check out the sky couch. you and your meat by three economy seats, they fold out to create a bed. they give you a thin mattress and pillow. it's available in the fall. four people were injured when an explosion leveled a home in cleveland. authorities suspect a gas leak. two nearby buildings caught fire and windows in at least 11 other houses were shattered. all i heard was like a rumbling. i thought it was an earthquake.
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everything started moving, then the ceiling comes down on my head. that's all i heard and i started screaming. >> neighbors tell authorities the house was vacant. none of the people hurt -- none of the people hurt were inside the house when the explosion happened. president obama says he's going to keep push iing for big changes, even if it means he doesn't get reelected. hear what his priority is for 2010. a 7-year-old set out to raise money for haiti. but the idea turned out to be a huge success.
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♪ president obama delivers his first state of the union address tomorrow. he says the top domestic priority is creating jobs this year. in an interview on abc, the president said last year's stimulus plan put the country on the right track. >> we have stopped economic contraction. the economy is growing, again. we did create or save several
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million jobs. that's not my opinion. it's the opinion of economists. we have lost 7 million jobs, so, i understand why the american people, their attitude is not it could have been worse, it's how do we get it better? it's what we will talk about on wednesday. a new poll showed 60% of americans, united states americans is what i said. stabilize the economy or help improve it. suddenly, it sounded like, what was it, miss south carolina usa teen. u.s. americans. >> you just need stimulus. >> all right. it was supposed to be a pep talk for students about taking tests, but turned into a session about the birds and bees. how a motivational speech turned graphic. new for you in about 30 minutes. now, kids nothing to be ashamed of.
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can you imagine? >> you see, kids, performing well on a test is a lot like -- come on. how do you get from there to there. that, i've got to hear. i do it all the time, but not on the air. good morning, let me show you what's happening. we had de-icing at minneapolis because of the light snow, the wind is out there, too. the wind is really a factor for you. new york city metro, yesterday, two hour delays. today, an hour. san francisco, rain and fog, especially this morning. the half hour to hour long delays around l.a.x. boston, rain and wind specifically in the morning. more on that in a half hour. >> i was reminded of eugene lee vi in "american pie." >> that's about all you can say. >> do you ever had v a moment at work where you think these people are crazy, with a capital
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"c"? >> most say they don't fit in with a coe worker like the one that ate a piece of cheese off the box at a meeting or the boss that drinks out of a sippy cup. >> they stopped by here, did they? >> it's cool. >> i'm just saying. >> here is something that's going to warm your heart. a 7-year-old boy rode his bike to help victims in haiti. >> it goes to show you, anybody can help out. young charlie simpson was so upset over the images, he asked his mom, what could he do. he said son, ride your bike. he rode his bike in london, raised over $160,000. his story ran all over the british media, here he is. >> i saw the pictures on tv. i thought it was sad, so i
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wanted to, you know -- >> wanted to do something, didn't you? >> what a great kid. he originally set out to raise $800. he did better than expected. >> it's impressive. >> a journalist from the "daily beast" knows what happened the night tiger crashed his suv. woods told his wife the ""national enquirer" was going to do a story on an affair. they argued that day. he took an ambien. elin sent texts then confronted tiger. he explained how he was able to get the story. >> what i have been doing, for the past two months, you keep calling the same two people, the same sources you know. you hope one of the dozen you
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are calling, the tiger camp or elin camp will finally open up the door in this case, because things are coming to a head on the issue of whether she's going to get a divorce, i think she's ready to have a few of her friends. she's not saying this, but they want to present the fact that they think she's not only the victim, but that she was smart enough to take things into her own hands and find out what happened. i was lucky to be there getting from one person and going to another person and getting it confirmed. >> cnn has not confirmed posner's reporting. we're going to have more about what he has to say. cbs is being asked to pull an ad featuring tim tebow because they fear it might have an anti-abortion message. the ad sponsored by the christian group focus on the family focuses on his mother's decision not to have an abortion. cbs turned down an ad by peta. the reason they gave is they
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don't run advocacy ads. should controversial ads like this be allowed to return during the super bowl. dennis wrote nobodien wants to hear an anti-abortion ad but we can be pelted by ads for drinking. vanessa wrote, an anti-abortion ad should not be aired during the super bowl commercials. we well come your opinions, cnn.com/robin. that's a look at sports? >> thank you. take a breath. here are some of the stories we are busy watching. we're going to hear discussions on capitol hill vonding the christmas day bomb plot. in connecticut the man accused of killing yale grad student anny lay is expected to plead not guilty. she was found in a school lab sfchlt. the la city council will
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vote on an ordinance expect today limit the number of medical marijuana facilities that have sprouted up. do you have unclaimed money lying around? we are going to show you how to find it.
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good morning. you're looking good in your jammies. i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. snow, wind and driving obviously do not mix. the blizzard condition caused all kinds of crashes and problems in iowa. it's not the only place dealing with severe weather. plus it is unacceptable. this is unacceptable. >> this is a doctor who has seen firsthand what it is like for the youngest survivors of the quake in haiti. now she has a growing concern for the country's children. we're digging into a new report about the night tiger woods crashed his car. it is more than we have ever heard about what might have happened before the crash. first, just as soon as
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you're getting ready to go to the morning rush, listen, a new ban on texting while driving is effective immediately. about an hour ago, the transportation department announced that all commercial big rig and bus drivers who text on the road can now face fines upwards of thousands of dollars in some cases. it's to prevent accidents like this one in san antonio. a texting bus driver plowed right into an suv. 19 states plus d.c. have already passed similar laws for all drivers. 23 others are debating it. new york senator introduced a national bill to ban all drivers from texting. one safety group says drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get in an accident. this morning in baghdad at least 18 people were killed in aa suicide car bombing. as many as 80 others are injured. officials say the majority of those killed were probably police officers. this comes a day after several hotels were hit with suicide attacks.
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umbrellas were absolutely no match for the wind and rain that ripped through new jersey yesterday. look at these poor folks. more than 2 inches of rain fell in some parts. the wind gusts topped at 50 miles an hour. at one point more than 50,000 customers lost power. blizzard conditions in iowa left cars in the ditches. it caused some stretches of highways to close. shelters had to open up after one multi car crash. >> the road is slick. i mean, the wind is hitting the broadside and blowing the trailer into the other lane. i pulled off. i don't want to wreck the truck. >> i'm getting sick and tired of this snow. very tired of it. it seems like that's all i'm doing anymore is moving snow. >> daddy, is that you? my parents who live in ohio, i swear my dad says that all the time. come january, you're done with it. in a few minutes, bob van dillen is going to tell you who's next in line for the snow.
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it has now been two weeks since the earthquake in haiti, 4800 americans are still missing there. when you think about that, that is larger than the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks. the missing include four lynn university students. the estimates are a million haitians are homeless now. the country's president is asking for 200,000 more tents and the obama administration is considering allowing more people in haiti to legally immigrate to the united states. an update this morning on one young earthquake survivor. this is monthly. he's a 5-year-old boy who was saved last week after eight days in the rubble. now we have new video of his rescue. >> you know, this was the video shot by his uncle of the moment. he's the one who found him. monthly has pneumonia, but doctors are confident that he will be fine. another remarkable survivor is
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13-year-old bea. she has a bad leg wound. she is walking but she has a limp. the emotional pain may be worse. she lost her family in the quake and is having trouble sleeping now. a reporter for the website the daily beat says he has the inside story about the night tiger woods rammed his suv into a tree and word of a sex scandal broke. here is rafer with more on these claims? >> good morning. is my mike on? journalist gerald posner says he got the account from two sources who say they talked to tiger's wife. posner says just before thanksgiving woods told his wife the "national enquirer" was printing a story that he had an affair with rachel uchitel, the first woman whose name came out with all the allegations. woods actually had uchitel talk to elin on the phone to assure her it wasn't true.
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nordegren and tiger argued about the story. posner told joy behar what happened after that. >> elin confronted them and they had an argument. what does tiger do? does he admit the truth and come forward? no. he takes an ambien and goes to sleep and leaves his cell phone. he underestimates his wife that he doesn't think she's going to do anything. she turns into detective. she opens up the cell phone and finds the text message where he writes you're the one i really loved. she decides to text uchitel and pretend she's tiger. she says i miss you. uchitel sends back text that says i'm surprised you're awake which tells elin the two communicated that night because uchitel knew tiger had gone to sleep. elin does the great thing, she calls uchitel up directly, and says i knew you were the one. rachel has an ex splittive and hangs up the phone. from that point on, all held
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breaks loose. >> by all hell breaking loose, he crashes his suv. by the way, cnn has not confirmed any of posner's reporting. we have contacted representatives for tiger woods, elin nordegren and of rachel uchitel, they have no comment. >> okay. thank you. that's the first time we heard that much information. freeze. it usually apparently is going to go for the checks that the government writes. senior administration official say in tomorrow's state of the union address, they are going to ask the president to freeze a spending. it would not apply to budgets for the military or homeland security but if congress wanted to increase funding for programs like education, they would have to take that money from somewhere else. >> we're talking about a savings
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of about 2250 billi$250 billion. it's an important step in the white house sees it as an important step to assure both congress, more importantly the american people who are upset at the amount of money they see being spent that he does indeed see the deficit and the debt as problems. a spending freeze can find enemies on both sides of the aisle. some republicans say it doesn't go far enough. liberal democrats say domestic programs were already underfunded during the bush administration. a picasso paymenting will be repaired. a woman lost her balance and fell on what's called the "actor." that piece will be displayed as plan in an exhibit from april 27th to august 1st.
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however, we do have a reenactment of what happened. >> it's the lady with the glasses with the stick, she puts her head through it like a cartoon. that's what i can think of. it's amazing. >> we showed video of the storm plowing through jersey. more blizzard like conditions around iowa. here's the way it looks now. you have the cold front in the northeast, it's offshore, the rain is out there in areas like boston and new england. rest the northern new england, behind it it's all snow and blustery. the white is snow around michigan, into areas like indiana, stretching into areas like louisville and west virginia. the snow is going to be out there. winter weather advisory areas shaded in blue in chicago and indianapolis and louisville down in towards the lower sections of west virginia. 1 to 3 inches of snow is what we're going to get.
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heavy snow around louisville. the sweep is going through kentucky and all the action is moving eastward through the rest of the state. western pennsylvania, more light snow around the alleghenys. if the wind is going to be a factor, especially if you're traveling by air, new york, boston and maybe cleveland. here's the radar picture from boston. it's all rain but the wind is going to be out there. we talked about the blizzard conditions yesterday. let me show you the photos we got from yesterday afternoon. this is the blizzard. this is what it looks like. this is just south of mason city, iowa. this is about a mile south of there on highway 65. multi car pileup. unbelievable shot. you can see the ground blizzard still going on. that's poor visibility, lots of wind and blowing snow. i have not seen how many cars were piled up in this wreck or even if there were injuries. it's still just as windy. visibility coming up in just a
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bit. casey anthony is now a kwekted felon. she bleeded guilty to charges of check fraud. good luck if you want to stay at a resort on your next vacation. why some fancy hotels are taking that out of their title.
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our salute to the troops, something we do everyday. it's for first lieutenant mark bressler. your dad wants you to know how proud he is of you. mark is on his first tour in afghanistan. his older brother served after 9/11 there. this one is for both of them. >> good morning. this is martin bressler and we would like to salute our son, first lieutenant mark bressler. he and his older brother marty are our military heroes. mark, jamie your fiancee and all the family are praying for you and thinking about you all the time. in the meantime, stay army
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strong. do you have somebody in the service you want to salute, go to cnn.com/robin. an animal research tech is expected to plead not guilty to the murder of a yale grad student today. raymond clark is scheduled to be in court in three hours. he was arrested in september. he's accused of killing 24-year-old annie le. her body was found on her wedding day. the u.s. government got a failing grade for implementing some of the recommendations of the nerve commission. a new report card says the government failed to improve its response time to a biological attack and in creating a new generation of security experts, but the government got straight as in other areas including its no bioforensic strategy. remember the big california storms, new for you, the storms may be gone but the people are still dealing with the effects.
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what washed up on the beaches anyway? miss jennifer got to sleep in, so i'm going to handle your news today. the major arms have rolled back fare hikes of up to 16 bucks just a week after those increases went into effect. the reason is they're still struggling to fill the seats. delta was the first to drop the father's with competition being so fierce, the others quickly followed. ford is going to announce today that it is adding 1200 jobs at its plant in chicago. it is adding 1200 jobs. good news in a bad economy. according to published reports, the workers will build explorers which used to be made in louisville. that plant is being converted to build smaller cars. some fancy hotels are yanking the word resort from their title. it's because of backlash of corporate fat cats going on fancy retreats. st. regis pipe resort never
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recovered from bad publicity and went into foreclosure. that's after aig planned a $400,000 bash there. it did not set well with the voters or the taxpayers. >> here's bob for our travelers. >> i wish i was a fat cat. i would dress up like mr. monopoly. let me show you what's going on. saber flight explorer shows the snow coming in across the great lakes down through the midwest. this is jersey. look at all the planes coming out of newark, laguardia, jfk. the blue is all snow, so we have snow concerns and the wind concerns too. new york city metro, so far nothing, but watch for an hour delay. yesterday was over two hours. it's not going to be that bad today. san francisco about an hour delay with poor visibility and vog. more delays around boston and l.a.x., rain in boston and rain
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in los angeles. calling for cincinnati, chicago and cleveland are going to see light snow. we'll have full details in a little bit. there's some disturbing family drama involving former skater nancy kerrigan. her father is dead and her brother is behind bars. some pranksters did not expect a blind folded teacher to make this shot but he turned the tables on him.
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♪ olympic skater nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. she won a silver medal in 1994 after surviving a whack to her knee from her rival. kerrigan's father died sunday and her brother is accused of assaulting him the same day. correspondent richard lui has more on the accusations. you have to feel for this family. >> very tough situation for them. the da is saying that mark kerrigan told police he grabbed his father around the neck. authorities say they argued over using the family phone, and the father fell or collapsed on the kitchen floor. police found the 70-year-old father unconscious. he was pronounced dead at a hospital. the da adds police found mark kerrigan intoxicated and extremely combative to the point they needed to use pepper spray. the herald also says he was
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apathetic saying yeah, whatever, when police asked if he understood his rights. so the family is speaking out. kerrigan's mother who is legally blind told the boston herald, "my god, he had a heart attack. that's what it was." also saying there was nothing suspicious about the death. kerrigan family members add to this saying daniel kerrigan's death was not related to the arguesment with his son. his attorney says he's an unemployed army veteran who takes medication for post-traumatic stress disorder and sees a psychiatrist. mark kerrigan pleaded not guilty to all the charges. cbs is being asked to not run an ad during the super bowl which some are worried might contain an anti-abortion message. rafer has more on that? >> the ad sponsored by a christian not-for-profit group called focus on the family feature you yours tim tebow and his mother pam. they are not saying what is in
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the ad but it's expected to recount pam's decision not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with tim. a coalition is asking cbs to scrap it saying it is too divisive. cbs did turn down an ad by peta saying they don't run advocacy ads. tim bow says his anti-abortion stance is something he strongly believes nchlt. >> i've always been convicted of it. that's the reason i'm here is because my mom was a very courageous woman and wouldn't say no on a lot of circumstances, so that's the reason i'm here and i'm very thankful for that. any way i could help, i would do it. so here's the question, should controversial ads like this be allowed to run during the super bowl. you guys are writing, eric wrote we do live in a free country. the venue shouldn't matter when it comes to free speech especially when you're paying so much for the ad. kim wrote, absolutely not.
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the super bowl is a fun filled event for the whole family and should not contain controversy. cnn.com/robin. another punishment in the gun standoff between two nba players, javaris crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. only arenas pulled out a gun, crittenton was worried arenas was going to shoot him or blow up his car. he was given a year's probation. a kansas high school tried to pumping a teacher by blind folding him. get the shot and you get final four tickets. the problem is he makes the shot. he ruined the joke. he made the shot, and they didn't have any tickets to give him so they gave him a restaurant certificate instead. another top south carolina politician has some serious explaining to do. the lieutenant governor basically compared poor people
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to animals, plus a canadian government official was giving a speech when someone shoved a pie in her face.
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at least 18 people were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a crime lab in baghdad. at least 80 others are injured. officials think most of the people who died were police officers. this comes a day after more suicide bombers. a new federal ban on texting. in this video, the bus driver is texting and hits an suv. drivers who text on the road could now be fined. those are our headlines. good morning. i'm robin meade jumping back into the stories. casey anthony is now a convicted felon. the mom charged in her daughter's murder was found guilty of check fraud.
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anthony said she was sorry and took full responsibility for her actions. now the question is will that affect her murder trial? >> the common person, six or seven felonies is a lot. >> we don't believe the jurors we're going to pick is going to have any effect on this. she denies the murder charge. olympic skater nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. you remember nancy kerrigan, tonia harding scandal. it was back in 1994 that she won a silver medal at the olympics after surviving a whack to the knee from her rival's acoko aaccomplice. richard lui has more on nancy
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kerrigan's brother and what he has bon doing all the years and the troubled past. >> the boston herald is reporting that mark kerrigan's life may have spiralled out of control long before he turned on his father. the paper says he served two years in jail for assault and drug charges stemming from a 2005 domestic charge with his wife. his parents sued him to try to recoup more than $100,000. that case was dismissed. his attorney says he's an unemployed army veteran who takes medications for post-traumatic stress disorder. >> people who knew nancy kerrigan's father, they say they have fond memories of him? >> if you looked in the dictionary and wanted the definition of what a man and father was, that was danny kerrigan. >> what else do we know about flancy kerrigan's father? >> consistent with what was said there, daniel kerrigan carried
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his sobbing daughter nancy to the locker room after the 1994 attack on her knee. you might remember that incident. he and his wife brenda nor toured the love of skating in nancy, a self described tom boy with two hockey playing big brothers. the father was a welder who drove a zamboni ice cleaning machine in exchange for practice time for his daughter. he and his wife took out a second mortgage on their home, robin, to help pay for nancy's skating lessons. >> really support her in the world of figure skating. thank you, richard. the u.n. is worried about child trafficking becoming an even bigger problem in haiti. thousands of children became orphans or got separated from their families after the earthquake. the u.n. says it's getting reports of children being taken and one doctor says she saw a suspicious man on hospital grounds. >> obviously, when an emergency
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hits, it's an opportunity for those who try to exploit children. now they are particularly vulnerable. they don't have parents, many of them and there's nobody to look after them. >> that is unacceptable. this is unacceptable. and it's not about us. it's not about the physicians alone or the doctors and nurses. it's about these children. that is unacceptable. >> now the u.n. is concerned that the kids may be illegally adopted, used as domestic servants or even sexually abused. it appears the pilot of a plane that crashed with 90 people on board performed a very fast and strange turn after takeoff. a lebanese transportation official says that the pilot on the ethiopian airlines flight did not follow air traffic controllers' orders. you can see crews are collecting debris, including luggage, shoes and seats. the plane crashed into the
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mediterranean sea. this video shows the plane right after takeoff in beirut. witnesses say they saw fire fall from the sky. as of now, no survivors have been found, but the united states navy is now helping in the search. investigators are looking for a 7-year-old girl whose mother was found dead in oklahoma. asia johnson was reported missing sunday night. asia and her mother were visiting lester hobbs. he's her mother's es traininged husband. asia is supposed to be with lester. her are father made an emotional plea for his daughter's 156 zblurn i need my little girl back. she's missing. i love her dearly and she needs her medication. please, lester, if you're listening, anyone who knows where shes, please return her. >> police won't specify what
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asia's medical condition is. investigators say that the rv where tonia hobbs' body was found belongs to lester hobbs. one of his relatives looked in the rv after they did not see asia or her mom. new this morning, a virginia man has been arrested in new jersey for allegedly having several high powered weapons and a map of a u.s. military base. a store clerk suspicious of 43-year-old lloyd wood son called authorities. he ran and he was carrying an assault rifle when they caught him. in the hotel room, they found another assault rife 8 and other weapons. a canadian official got a pie in the face. an american woman is the one who did it. the animal rights group peta says it targeted canada's fishery minister because she defends seal hunting. she was arrested and charged with assault, the pie thrower was. the minister returned to the
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podium after wiping her face off. 36 minutes past the hour. i know you're sick and tired of the winter weather. we have a long way to go. here's bob to tell you who has the snow today? >> not as powerful as the last couple of days, this weather brought to you by tylenol flu. what's happening right now, same thing as yesterday, only not quite as strong. wind wrapping up through the great lakes, little bit of snow. all the white is snow and it stretches down through indiana and kentucky. extreme northern parts of tennessee and over the virginia and west virginia mountains. here is detroit. light snow being reported. let me take you live to detroit. the high temperature only 32, but it's not going to feel like that because the winds are going to be up. tower cam showing gray skies. high temperature 32, but not feeling like that. wind chills probably in the low 20s. south of there, winter weather
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individualsry around iowa, into chicago into louisville and cincinnati, chicago not looking at an advisory, but immediately to the south, couple advisories out there. 1 to 3 inches of snow. louisville radar picture, most of it is coming down pretty hard east of the city. more light snow across western pennsylvania. that's the pittsburgh radar. you hop to the warmer side of the storm, it's all rain around boston in towards new hampshire, maine, nan tukt, cape cod area, getting late rainfall. by later this afternoon, things begin to clear out. look at all the flash flood warnings from the weekend's event. that's from the gulf coast to the midwest and northeast, all the areas shaded in light green, flash flood warnings from the weekend. speaking of all that, let me show you the i-report of the day. comes to us from barbourville, kentucky. this is from the flooding from the storms.
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he was surprised at how ha heavy the storm was and how fast the rain and water came up. that is the definition of flash flooding. nothing there, five minutes later, it flooded the road. more in about a half hour. >> they're still driving through it? >> four-wheel drive doesn't matter when it's that deep. millions of recalled cars, there's still no fix and toyota is still making and selling those cars. why? then also ahead one state facing a budget crunch is letting thousands of prisoners out early.
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♪ california is going to let some prisoners out earlier. the plan started yesterday to shrink the state's prison population and ultimately save money. low risk offenders won't be sent back to prison for certain parole violations. inmates can shorten their sentences by working as firefighters or completing education programs. governor schwarzenegger says this won't compromise safety. but others say it could lead to higher crime. >> i'm outraged because i don't want to see anymore victims of crime. what is going to happen today is only going to escalate crime. >> the rules also reduce the number of cases that each parole officer handles allowing them to focus on high risk cases. the head of california's corrections department says the plan could actually reduce
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crime. toyota says it is still making cars that are actually part of a recall right now because the gas pedals stick. the company says it still does not have a remedy, but says the new cars are risk free. that's what "usa today" reports. last week the company recalled more than 2 million cars and trucks. you can find out information on that recall at cnn.com/robin and click on the important website section. it is a mega music combo. concert promoter live nation and ticket master got the green light from the government to merge. some say you could end up paying more for concert tickets because the new company will handle everything from tickets and promotion to recording and managing the artist. company execs say the deal is going to revive the music industry by making everything more efficient. how would you like to stretch out and sleep on your long flight. check out what air new zealand calls the sky couch. you and your mate buy three
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settings but they fold out and create a bed. they give you a thin mattress and pillows. the sky couch becomes available in the fall. middle school girls thought they were about to hear a motivational speech about testing. instead they got an examine rated version about sex and you know, this did not set well with the parents. plus a 7-year-old set out on his bike to raise money for haiti. what an impressive tally he got.
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you know, a 7-year-old boy rode his bike to help the victims in haiti. get this. he raised more than $100,000. charlie simpson was so upset about what he saw, the images on tv, he said mom, what could i do. >> what an impressive thing he did. his mom said charlie why not ride your bike. so our true champion set up an internet site, got on his bike and raised $160,000, around that am. here he is. listen. >> i saw the pictures on tv and
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i thought it was really sad, so i just wanted to -- >> you wanted to do something, didn't you? >> yeah. >> boy did he have. charlie originally set out to raise about $800. he did a lot better. a journalist for the daily beat says he knows what happened the night tiger woods crashed his suv. gerald posner says two sources told him they talked to elin nordegren just before thanksgiving. woods told her the "national enquirer" was printing a story he had an affair with rachel uchitel and woods actually had uchitel talk to elin over the phone to tell her it wasn't true. nordegren and tiger argued thanksgiving day. he took an ambien that night. elin sent texts to uchitel and confronted tiger. posner told joy behar how he got his story. >> what i've been doing is for the past two months, you keep calling the same sources you
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know. you you hope eventually one of the dozen you're calling, in either tiger camp or the uchitel camp or elin camp will open up the door and talk to you nchlt this case, because things are coming to a head on the issue of whether she's going to get a divorce, i think she's ready to have a few of her friends, she's not saying this, but they want to present the fact that she's not only the victim, but that she was smart enough to take things in her own hands and find out what happened, so i was lucky to be there and get it confirmed. >> cnn has not been able to confirm posner's story yet. cbs is being asked not to run an ad featuring florida quarterback tim tebow because it might have an anti-abortion message. women's groups are calling the ad divisive. it's sponsored by focus on the family. we don't know what's in the ad but it is expected to recount
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tebow''s mom's account. in 2004, cbs actually turned down an ad by peta saying they don't run advocacy ads. should controversial ads like this be allowed to run during the super bowl. >> dan wrote one thing i can never understand about people who complain about commercials and other forms of advertisement is that they only complain when it is something they doesn't want to hear or see. steve wrote so the question is how many ads will there be for viagra or other related 5ds. those types of ads are okay and one featuring a good role model is not. >> go to cnn.com/robin. >> we welcome all opinions. >> yes, we did. i guess it's my turn. >> thank you. i'm already dead. that's what drew peterson's fourth wife supposedly told a neighbor just before she died. no, no. fourth wife. that would be third wife.
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that story is new for you in the next half hour. there are billions ofright. there are billions of dollars of unclaimed money out there. some of it might be yours. here's hln expert clark howard to tell you how to claim your dough. >> did you know that there are billions upon billions of u.s. safe little bonds out there that have stopped earning interest and you've even forgotten that you have them? according to market watch, there's approximately $17 billion in savings bonds that people bought long, long ago, far, far away through payroll deductions at work or received one at time of birth or special occasion in life. they're sitting in a drawer or sitting in a safe deposit box. whatever, after a period of time depending on the savings bond 20 to 30 years they stopped earning interest. you're making a loan to the federal government. here's my assignment for you. i need for you go check, hey,
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yeah, long ago did i get one of these things and see when it was issued. you can go online easily at savings bonds.gov and see if you are earning interest anymore, if you're not, cash them in and put the money in your porket. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to fatten that wallet go to cnn.com/howard. >> clark's the guy to teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch them on the weekends at noon and 4:00 p.m. eastern at hln. the actor you knew as trapper john m.d. adam cartwright of "bonanza" has died. he died in his home in california at the age of 81. robert left "bonanza" after his contract ran out in 1965. he was of the last surviving member of that cast. president obama will keep pushing for big changes even if it means he doesn't get reelected. hear what the top priority for
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2010 is. two cars smash right through a glass in a store crowded with people.
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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 offer your clients?
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>> 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. we have live music, we have a
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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, do you need any volunteers to
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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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so there's your alarm at 8:00 eastern. if you hit the snooze button you'll be mad at yourself and krooul be later than normal. get your breakfast ready. i'm robin meade. these are just some of the faces of the 4800 americans still missing in haiti and after two weeks when the tragedy hit of the quake, hopes of finding them are fading. on. we're checking into a report about the night that tiger woods crashed his suv. it is more than we've ever heard about what might have happened before the crash. also ahead a new airline fare hike has been nixed. how much money will it save you? but first, to avoid accidents like the one that you are going to see right there. wow! a new ban on texting while
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driving is effective immediately. all commercial big rig and bus drivers who text on the road can now face fine, upwards of thousands of dollars in some cases. the transportation department announced this morning and in this case the texting bus driver plowed right into an suv. 19 states plus d.c. have passed similar laws for all drivers. 23 others are debating it. new york senator charles schumer introduced a national bill to ban all drivers from texting. one federal safety group says drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get into an accident. this morning in baghdad, at least 18 people were killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted a police crime lab. as many as 80 others are injured. officials say the majority of those killed were probably police officers. this comes a day after several hotels were hit with suicide attacks. it has now been two weeks since the earthquake in hate and i 4800 americans are still missing there. when you think about that number it is larger than the number of
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people who died in 9/11. well, hope of finding these americans in haiti is now fading and the u.s. says that the rescue phase is over and that the focus has shifted to relief and recovery. we do have an update this morning on a young survivor. this is manly, a 5-year-old boy who was found after eight days in the rubble. we now have new video of his rescue. [ speaking foreign language ] >> this was video shot by his uncle. he is the one who found him. manly, we've learned now has developed pneumonia, but doctors say they're confident that he's going to be fine. the beginning of a plan to rebuild haiti is in place now. world leaders met yesterday in montreal. secretary of state hillary clinton says the haitian government will have to take the lead. the u.s. plans to host an international donor's conference in march at the u.n. so far more than $1 billion with
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a b has been pledged. an animal research tech is expected to plead not guilty. raymond clark is to be in court in three hours. he's accused of killing 24-year-old annie le. her body was found on what was supposed to be her wedding day, five days after she disappeared. a reporter for the website "daily beast" says he's got the inside story about the night tiger woods crashed his suv and when the sex scandal broke. here's rafer at more on the salacious details. >> good morning and salacious they are, indeed. gerald posner got the account from two sources who says they talked to tiger's wife elin nordegren. woods told elin the national enquirer was running a story claiming he had an affair with nightclub hostess rachel uchitel, to inform her it wasn't
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true. they tahringed thanksgiving night about the story in the enquirer and posner told hln's joy behar about what happened after this. >> elin confronted him and had an argument and what does he do? no, he takes an ambien and goes on sleep and leaves his cell phone. he so underestimates his wife elin that he doesn't think she'll do anything. she turns into detective and she opens up the cell phone and looks at his text messages and she founds a text that says you're the one i really love and she writes uchitel and pretends she's tiger. and writes when am i going to see you again. uchitel knew that tiger had gone to sleep and then elin does the great thing and calls uchitel up directly and confronts rachel and says i know you were the one and rachel hangs up the phone
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and from that point on all hell breaks loose. >> by that he's referring to tiger crashing his suv. a neighbor told police tiger was asleep on the lawn. cnn has not confirmed any of posner's reporting. we've contacted representatives for wood, nordegren and uchitel and have not been given a comment back. >> wow! wow! thank you. freeze! that apparently goes to the checks that the government writes. in tomorrow's state of the union address, president obama will ask congress to okay a three-year freeze on federal spending that would start in 2011. it would not apply to budgets for the military or for homeland security. if congress wanted to increase funding for programs like education they'd have to find that money somewhere else. the idea likely will not sit very well with liberals in his own party. in an interview with abc he can't make decisions based on popularity. >> the one thing i'm clear about is that i'd rather be a really
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good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president, and i believe that. you know, there's a tendency in washington to think that our job description of elected officials is to get reelected. that's not our job description. >> a cnn average of national polls shows half of the country approves of the job that president obama is doing. okay. so the morning rush is going to be a little rainy,/, sleety in the midwest and the northeast. >> it's pretty interesting what's happening here. remember yesterday had the heavy rain pull through the northeast. here's the cold front and still light showers left up behind that and then you see all of the clouds underneath the radar picture and that extends from the great lakes back in toward
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washington with heavier snow showers coming in now across the ohio valley. not quite snow makingst way into the beltway. we'll show you time lapse over the last couple of hours. here's what it looks like. we had the clouds in and out and the sunshine comes up. temperatures into the 40s, but the snow is just relegated out to your west. clouds in and out for washington. let me show you the snow. it's over to your north and west, from pen peb to ohio and stretches in toward west virginia and zeroing on the radar pictures and it is falling down on the other side in blue/green. louisville and still light snow overhead and the biggest snow showers are mounting out to your east so northern kentucky. watch for one to three inches of snowfall mainly in the morning and things will begin to dry out for you later tonight. then we shift our attention to the west coast because a brand new storm is in san francisco. l is the low and you can see the
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cold front tracking down behind that. the cloud cover already in place for areas as far south as san diego. you can see the rape, most of it south of the bay area. more showers around oregon and washington, give it some time. that rain will come yn shore around long beach and get into areas like l.a. and you'll see the rain pile up there for an inch or so. a couple of winter storm warnings and about a foot of snow for you today and a couple of strikes offshore as well. how about the blizzard from the midwest yesterday. how about iowa. look at these pictures and the car pile-up and the car pile-up. this is a mile south of mason city, iowa. on highway 65. i haven't seen reports out of injuries and those are blizzard-like conditions. just poor visibility blowing snow and cars just smacking into each other. >> when you get out, you think i should have never been out here. >> you see cars underneath other cars, scary stuff. more in a half hour. >> our military salute today is something we do every day.
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the salute is for 1st lieutenant mark bressler. mark, your dad wants you to know just how proud he is of you. by the way, mark is on his first tour in afghanistan. his older brother served there right after 9/11, so this is actually for both of them. >> good morning, robin. this is mark bressler, and we would like to salute our son 1st lieutenant mark bressler. he and his older brother marty are our military heroes. mark, jamie your fiancee are praying for you and thinking about you all of the time. in the meantime, stay army strong, hoo-ah! a disturbing family drama involving nancy kerrigan, her father has died and her brother is behind bars and police are trying to figure on the what happened and get to the bottom of it. also a plan, a ford plan is hiring -- hiring!
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more than 1,000 workers. that's good news in a bad economy.
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olympic skater nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. she won a silver medal in 1994 after surviving a whack to the knee from her rival's accomplices. her brother is accused of assaulting their dad the same day. correspondent richard lui is on the story. you have more on the accusations against the brother. according to the dea mark kerrigan told police he grabbed his father around the neck. authorities also saying they argued over using the family phone and the father fell or collapsed on the kitchen floor. police found the 70-year-old father unconscious. he was pronounced later dead at
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the hospital. the d.a. adds police found mark kerrigan intoxicated and extremely combative to the point they needed to use pepper spray. the herald also said he was apathetic saying yeah, whatever when police, robin, asked if he understood his rights. >> sounds like quite the scene. mark kerrigan pleaded not guilty to the charges, but he did break down and sobbed in the courtroom. >> he denied responsibility for this. he is quite distraught about his father's death. he is grieving. >> how is the kerrigan family reacting to the tragedy and the accusations against the brother. >> it's been difficult for the mother, you can probably imagine here. kerrigan's mother who is loolly blind told "the boston herald," my god, he had a heart attack. that's what it was, end quote. eluding to her husband and there was nothing suspicious about the death. kerrigan family members said
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daniel kerrigan's death was want related to the argument with his son. he's an unemployed army veteran who takes medications for post traumatic stress disorder and sees a psychiatrist. mark kerrigan has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. what a painful time for the family. thank you. miss jennifer is off today. let me do your money news for you here. several of the major airlines have canceled a planned airfare hike. here's why. they are still struggling to fill the seats. so the plan was to raise the fares by up to 16 bucks last week. dealta was the first one to roll it back and the others quickly followed. ford will announce today that it is adding 1200 jobs at its plant in chicago. wow, that's good news in a bad economy. according to published reports, the workers will build explorers which used to be made in louisville. that plant is being converted to build smaller cars. what's in a name? some fancy pants hotels are yanking the word resort out of
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their title because there's still backlash of corporate fat cats going on fancy retreats. "the wall street bjornal" says the st. regis monarch beach resort went into foreclosure after aig planned a $400,000 bash there. now they want resort out of their title. some surprising testimony about drew peterson, why testimony about his fourth wife's disappearance is taking center stage at his trial on his third wife's death. you won't believe what was said. and football star tim tebow is already making it to the super bowl even though he's in college and that is causing a lot of controversy.
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a casy anthony is now a convicted felon. the mom charged in her daughter's murder is found guilty of check fraud. she was sorry and took full responsibility for her actions. now the question is will that affect her murder trial? >> to the common person, six or
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seven felonies is a lot and says a lot about that person. >> we don't believe the jurors that we are going pick on this case are going to find her guilty because she wrote some bad checks. >> she had time served but she's in jail awaiting the trial for her daughter caylee's death. some are worried might contain an anti-abortion message. here's rafer with more on who is allegedly starring in that. >> that's right, robin. exactly. and why sports is doing a story other than being in a super bowl ad. the ad is sponsored by a christian not for profit group called focus on the family and it features florida quarterback tim tebow and his mom. cbs is not saying what is in the ad, but it is expected to recount tebow's mother decision not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with him.
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they're saying you have to scrap it, it's too divisive and does not belong in the super bowl. cbs did turn down an ad by peta saying they don't run advocacy ads. tebows says his antiabortion stance is what he believes in. >> that's the reason i'm here because my mom was a courageous woman and, you know, a lot of circumstances and so that's the reason i'm here and i'm very thankful for that. so any way that i can help, i would do it. >> so here's the question, whether you agree with the ad or not, should controversial ads like this be allowed to run during the super bowl? we're taking your thoughts on this. ashley e-mailed us saying, are you kidding me? what is the problem? networks have no problem showing commercials that show half-naked women drinking beer, victoria's secret models throwing their bodies across my tv screen or advertisements for condoms and
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now we are questioning an ad that promotes life and responsibility and we wonder why our youth's morals are degenerating. we welcome all views. >> strong opinion. we welcome your opinion, whatever it is. >> absolutely. another punishment in the gun standoff between two nba players. jaffaris pled dwlty for pulling a gun on clinton arenas after they argued over a card game. only arenas was the one who pulled out a gun. he was worried arenas was going to shoot him or blow up his car. he was given a year probation and community service. you make the shot we'll give you free final four tickets and if you missed it, we'll pretend you made it. he ruined the joke. are you following me? they expected him to miss it and pretend he made it and they didn't have any final four tickets to give him, so they gave him a restaurant gift certificate. that's just so funny.
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he said he thought they were punking him and didn't know he made it until he took the blindfold off. it's just such a complicated story on so many levels. who knew? we have no ticket sgloos a call about a man acting strangely in a store led to his arrest for having several weapons. what the cops say they found in his hotel room plus aye why a map he allegedly had raised their concern. !e!e!e!e!e!e!e!e!e
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at least 18 people were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a crime lab in bag tad. at least 80 others were injured. officials think most of the people who died were police officers and it comes one day after three car bomb attacks struck baghdad hotels yesterday. >> this is crazy. this is exclusive new video of the horrifying moments right after the earthquake in haiti in a country of 9 million people, as many as 1 million are living in temporary shelters right now. the haitian government is estimating that 150,000 people have died. 4800 americans are still missing. the actor that you knew as
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trapper john m.d. and adam cartwright from "bonanza has passed away. pernell roberts died of cancer sunday in california at the age of 81. he left "bonanza" after his contract ran out in 1965 and he was the last surviving member of the cast. good morning, as the alarm goes off, i want to say good morning, sunshine, i'm robin meade. let's jump right back into it. news in the fast lane is what we like to say. it appears the pilot of a plane that crashed with 90 people onboard performed a very fast and strange turn after takeoff. a lebanese transportation official also says the pilot on the ethiopian airlines flight didn't follow air traffic controller's orders. you can see crews are collecting debris including luggage, shoes and seats. the plane crashed yesterday into the mediterranean sea. this video shows the plane right after takeoff in beirut. it's at the top of the screen and witnesses say they saw fire fall from the sky.
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as of now, no survivors have been found. the u.s. navy is helping in the search. olympic skater nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. she won a silver medal in 1994 after surviving a whack to the knee from her rival's accomplices. kerrigan's father died sunday and her brother is accused of assaulting their dad the same day. he has pled not guilty and richard lui has more on kerrigan's brother and his troubled past. >> it's been difficult for him, robin. the boston herald reports his life may have spiralled out of control long before he turned on his father. the paper also saying he served two years in jail for assault and drug charges stemming from a 2005 domestic disturbance incident with his wife. his parents sued him to recoup more than $100,000 they paid to cover his living expenses while he was in jail. that case was later dismissed. his attorney says he's an unemployed army veteran who
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takes medications for post-traumatic stress disorder at the moment. >> what do we know about nancy kerrigan's father? what has he been doing in recent years since we saw him at the olympics. >> he carried his sobbing daughter nance tote locker room after the 1994 attack on her knee that you're talking about. he and wife brenda nurtured the love of skating in nancy. a self-described tom boy with two hockey playing big brothers. the father was a welder who drove a zamboni ice cleaning machine at the local rink in exchange for some practice time. he and his wife also took out a second mortgage on their home to help pay for young nancy's skating lessons. a loving family. >> seems like a lot of support. thank you. a picasso painting with a six-inch tear in it will be repaired in time for an upcoming exhibition. a woman at metropolitan museum
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of art and fell on the painting. the piece will be displayed at france in an exhibit of picasso's works from april 27th to august 1st. i believe we have re-enactment of what happened. >> do we have a re-enactment? we do. it's the glass with the handle and the pearl necklace and -- >> oh, this is just lovely. and right through the thing, you know? some nice well-to-do lady. this weather brought to you by tylenol flu. another storm heading off in the pacific. in toward oregon and washington state through the rocky mountains, too. some of it is beginning to bleed in to san francisco and headed to los angeles. again, a lot of rain over the last couple of days and let me show you what we have right now. this is what we're calling for
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rain wise. it just piled up to over a foot in some areas. the yellow-shaded areas in from san jose, watch for two to three inches of rain in the next 48 hours and that includes the l.a. basin so watch for that. most of it is shy of that region getting into areas like portland where it's light snow in the higherel vagus and light rain showers here, too and not a big deal. you get into the sierra nevada and watch it for winter storm warnings and another foot of snow in northern sections of southern california. out to the west of l.a. and that's where it will pile up and you might see concerns and if the shot comes in today. once the energy comes ashore and it will get to the plain states. a winter storm watch is in effect for basically all day thursday from oklahoma, the entire state, parts of arkansas into lower missouri, stretching into northern texas and the pan handle and sections of new mexico, watch for a major winter storm to develop thursday morning.
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snow, sleet, freezing rain and more on that tomorrow. >> look at the big picture across the east coast. the northeast, breezy, windy cold, rain exiting away from new england. let me take you live to boston. we had heavy downpours earlier this morning and the clouds are still in there. watch for the winds today to gust to about 30 miles per hour. delays are a possibility at logan and the temperature is not that bad, about 46, the high. more on that in just a bit upon. >> thank you. another top south carolina politician has serious explaining to do. the lieutenant governor compared poor people to animals. plus, why toyota is still making cars and trucks with gas pedals that are part of a massive recall.
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>> hey, why don't we check some of the papers and we do the work for you. from "the new york times" a recent pentagon war game shows how hard it is to respond to a massive cyber attack. expert his a hard time figuring out what kind of attack it was or who was responsible. in "the washington post" a community activist and state senator want to limit fast food joints in maryland. they counted 11 in a two-block radius and said that's too many. a local teen was invited to d.c. for tomorrow's state of the union address. lee boynton created a cheap way for poor countries to check for contaminants in their waters. that's a check of the papers. murder suspect drew peterson's neighbor cried while she testified that his fourth wife said, devote, i'm already
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dead and she says that that was days before stacy peterson disappeared. remember, drew peterson is accused of killing his third wife kathleen savio which he denies, but a hearing is focused a lot on stacy peterson's disappearance. drew peterson denies any involvement in that case, too. south carolina's lieutenant governor is not apologizinging for comparing welfare to feeding stray animals after a storm of criticism, the candidate for governor now says he regrets his words during a town hall meeting last week. here's what he said. >> my grandmother was not an educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. you know why? because they breed! you're facilitating the problem, if you give an animal or a person ample food supply they will reproduce especially one that don't think too much further than that and so wah you
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gotta do is curtail that type of behavior. they don't know any better. they indicate that people who get welfare should be expected to better themselves. toyota says it is still making cars that are actually part of a recall still because the gas pedals could stick. the company says it still doesn't have a remedy, but says the new cars are free. that's what "usa today" reports. last week the company recalled 2 million cars ask trucks. you can find the info right now at cnn.com/robin. there's an important website section that you can go to, right there. concert promoter live nation and ticketmaster got the green light for the government to merge. you could end up paying more for the concert ticket it is because this new company will handle everything from tickets and promotion to recording and managing the artists. company execs say the deal will revive the music industry by making everything more efficient. how would you like to just
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stretch out and sleep on a long flight. check out what air new zealant calls the sky couch. you and your mate buy three economy seats, but they fold out to create a bed. the sky couch will become available in the fall. a 7-year-old set, but he has no idea how successful his project would be.
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the numbers coming out of haiti are stunning and they don't even begin to give a real full sense of the suffering. 1 million people are homeless, almost 200,000 injured and an estimated 150,000 are dead. our sister network cnn a doctor warned about a second wave of deaths. >> there are so many thousands throughout in the community, in the tent cities who haven't made it yet to the hospitals, who are now dying of gangrene and are getting tetanus two weeks out and we're seeing the consequences of the lack of care and the lack of coordinated
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community out there in the dia spora. >> now aid is coming in and the situation has gone from pure qaa taft officer toe simple chaos. investigators are looking for a 7-year-old girl whose mother was found dead in oklahoma. asia johnson was reported missing sunday night. asia and her mother were visiting lester hobbs. he is her mother tania hobbs' estranged husband. asia is believed to be with lefter who has connections in texas where authorities have expanded their search. her father made a plea for his daughter's safe return. >> i need my little girl back. she's missing. i love her dearly, and she needs her medication. please, lester, if you're listening, or if anyone knows where she is, please return her. police won't specify what asia's medical condition is. investigators say that the rv where tonya hobbs' body was
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found belongs to lester hobbs. one of his relatives looked in the rv on sunday after they did not see asia or her mom. a canadian official got a pie in the face in the middle of a news conference and an american woman did it. it was targeted, because she defends field hunting and she was quickly arrested and the woman wasn't charged with assault and the minister returned to the podium after wifing her face. a 7-year-old boy rode his bike to help the victims in hate and i he rayed more than $100,000. i was smiling at the thought of what a little boy was able to accomplish as we as adults get jaded and go oh, how much money will we be able to contribute. >> right. and we think it's a big deal when we called the telethon. >> which is great. >> i don't want to belittle that. charlie simpson was so upset over the images he saw in it
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haiti and he asked his mom, mom what can i do? she said why not ride your bike? so he did. our true champion rode his bike in london and raised over $160,000 and here he is, listen. >> i saw the pictures on tv, and i thought it was really sad, so i just wanted to, you know -- >> you wanted to do something, didn't you? >> yeah. >> very impressive. he set out to raise $800 and he did a lot better than he thought he would do. >> a journalist for "the daily beast" says he knows what happened the night tiger woods crashed his suv. gerald posner says two sources told him that they talked to his wife elin nordegren and woods told elin the national enquirer was printing a story claiming he had an affair with nightclub hostess rachel uchitel and he had uchitel talk to elin over
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the phone to tell her it wasn't true. nordegren and tiger argued thanksgiving day and he later took an ambien and elin sent texts from tiger's phone to uchitel and confronted tiger. posner told joy behar how he got his story. >> what i've been doing which is for the past two months you keep calling the same people, the same sources that you know and you hope that eventually one of the dozen that you're calling in either tiger camp or in the uchitel camp or in the elin camp will finally open up the door a little bit and talk to you, and in this case, because things are coming to a head on the issue of whether she's going to get a divorce. i think she's ready to have a few of her friends, shooerz not saying her or the friend, but they want to present the fact that she's not only the victim her, but that she was e grieved and smart enough to take things into her own hands and do something about what happened. &. >> there will be so much speculation about this story because a lot of the parties aren't talking. we, by the way, at cnn, have not
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confirmed posner's reports and we've not gotten a comment from woods or from nordegren. cbs is being asked not to run an ad featuring former highsman quarterback winner and former quarterback tim tebow because they worry it might have an anti-abortion message. women's groups call the ad divisive and it is from a group focus on the family and it reflects tebow's mom's decision not to have an abortion. here's the question. whether you agree with the ad or not, we just want to know, should controversial ads at all be allowed to run during the super bowl? michael wrote on our facebook page, controversial ads, messages and halftime shows have no place ask time in any football game, that isn't and shouldn't be the proper place and time for such a thing. william posted, funny how they will allow obscene artists' gestures and won't allow real issues to be seen. what are they afraid of?
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the truth? whether you agree or disagree, we welcome all thoughts and opinions, go to we got a facebook icon and also an e-mail link. contact us as well. >> something tells me the facebook page is very busy this morning. there are billions of dollars of unclaimed money out there and it could be yours. hln money expert clark howard tells you how to claim your dough. >> did you know that there are billions upon billions of u.s. savings bonds out there that have stopped earning interest and you've even forgotten that you have them? according to market watch there's approximately $17 billion in savings bonds people bought long, long ago, far, far away through payroll deductions at work, received one at time of birth or special occasion in life. they're sitting in drawer, safe deposit box, whatever. after a period of time, depending on the savings bond, 20 to 30 years, they stop
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earning interest. you're making a loan to the federal government. i need for you to go check and see when it was issued. you can go online very easily at savingsbonds.gov and see if you are earning interest anymore. if you're not, cash them in. put the money in your pocket. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to fatten that wallet, go to cnn.com/clark howard. >> so clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. who wouldn't want that? catch him on hln on the weekends. a brand-new texting while you're driving ban takes effect today. you're going to find out who would face some major fines now if they text and drive. a motivational speech turned into a sex talk at a school.
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well, good morning. come over here, would you? we're going to do news in the fast lane. i know that's how you like it, because who has a lot of time? i'm robin meade. morning sunshine. here's what's going on today. what used to be a swanky golf course in port-au-prince is now the largest homeless camp in the haitian capital. so new this hour, a look inside the camp and what people are begging for that has nothing to do with food or water. all morning we've been telling you about the moments before tiger woods' car crash. new this morning, find out why his life reportedly would not let police even talk to tiger woods. first, to avoid accidents like the one you're seeing here, a new ban on texting while driving is now in effect. now, all commercial big rig and
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bus drivers who text on the road can now face fines upward of thousands of dollars in some cases. the transportation department announced it this morning. and in this case, a texting bus driver plowed right into an suv. 19 states plus d.c. already have passed similar laws for all drivers. 23 others are debating it. new york senator charles schumer introduced a national bill to ban all drivers from texting. one federal safety group says that drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get into an accident. so if y it has been two weeks since the earthquake in haiti. 4,300 americans are missing there. that's larger than the number of people who died in the 9/11 attack. hope of finding them is fading. the focus has shifted to relief and recovery. a golf course for the rich and powerful is now a camp for those who are displaced. it's even becoming something of a city with a marketplace
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cropping up where food and toiletries are sold. during the day there are about 50,000 people there. at night the number doubles. in a country of 9 million people, about 1 million are homeless. >> translator: the only thing i have is what i've got on right now. i've got a couple of kids over there. i don't even know how i'm going to feed them. the situation in the camp is not good. >> boy, you know, we know that food and aid is coming in. but haiti also really needs tents. we're starting to hear stories about people fighting over tents in the camps. haiti's president is asking for 200,000 tents. he's even decided to live in one on the presidential palace lawn. the palace itself collapsed in the quake. the pictures just are so rough to see still, the children who are waiting for help, basically. helpless. we have new details on the events that led to tiger woods'
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sex scandal, including what allegedly happened the night that tiger crashed his suv. rafer's here with more on that. good morning. >> good morning, robin. we've been following this story all morning from journalist gerald posner. he writes for the daily beast. he got accounts from two sources who say they talked to tiger's wife, elin nordegren. posner said before thanksgiving woods told his wife the "national enquirer" was planning on running a story claiming he had an affair with a nightclub he is tesz named rachel uchitel. he had elin talk to her over to phone to assure her it wasn't true. they argued thank sgiving night. he told joy behar exactly what happened after that. >> elin confronted him. they had an argument. what does tiger do? admit the truth, come forward, say it's really me? no. takes an ambien and goes to sleep and leaves his cell phone. he so underestimates his wife,
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elin, he doesn't think she's going to do anything. she turns into detective and she opens up the cell phone. she looks through his text messages and she finds one that really hits her in which he writes to uchitel and says, you're the one i really loved. and then she decides to text uchitel and pretend she's tiger. she says, i miss you, when am i going to see you again. uchitel sends back a text that says essentially i'm surprised you're awake. which tells elin that the two had communicated that night because uchitel knew that tiger had gone to sleep. then elin does the great thing. she calls uchitel up directly, she confronts rachel, she says i knew you were the one. rachel has an expletive and hangs up the phone. from that point on, joy, all hell breaks loose. >> what he means by that, of course, is the crash, talking about the ambien might explain why a neighbor says woods was sleeping on the ground after he crashed. posner also says sources told him tiger didn't return home after leaving the hospital, which might explain why elin did
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not acede the many publicized requests for police to talk with tiger for days after that. we do have to point out, cnn has not confirmed any of posner's reporting. we have contacted representatives and so far have not given a comment. >> wow. the allegations in that. in about half an hour the man accused of killing a yale grad student is expected to plead not guilty. you may remember that annie le's body was found in september on the same day she was supposed to get married. prosecutors say that raymond clark iii strangled her and hid her body behind a lab wall. it could be weeks before southern california beaches are clear of tons of debris from last week's storms. now, the area shoreline is a mess. bulldozers are getting rid of the tree limbs, shopping carts, toys, whatever kind of trash you've got there. >> there's a lot of cans out there, just a lot of aluminum cans out there. a lot of glass bottles,
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actually, i saw too on the rocks when i was walking out there. it's just really bad. >> several beaches have closed because of high bacteria counts from polluted storm runoff. we have to start on the east coast and the midwest right now. because they've got winter, honey. >> they've got it coming down in the form of snow and some wind, too. here's the way it goes. remember all the storms you had yesterday just rolling up the northeastern coast? right now that cold front is off of maine, a little light rain still left up around portland, maine, that's about it. behind that much colder and another cold front stirring up the snow. let me zoom into the area. most of the snow falling in kentucky and west virginia, ohio, western p.a. and western new york, too. lake effect snow west of syracuse could pile up to a foot or more. south of chicago areas shaded in blue and green, including iowa and sections of kentucky, indiana, ohio, back into west virginia, parts of pennsylvania down into the carolina mounta s
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mountains, winter weather adviso advisory. areas around oklahoma a big storm coming around by thursday morning. the snow near louisville, most of it's away from the city stretches over to the east. most getting away from the big city. out to the west, couple areas of low pressure. one offshore from san francisco. clouds are already in. rain is out there, too. most of the heavy rain is south of an francisco. that rides down the coast to l.a. the area could see an inch of rain today. what about the blizzard yesterday around iowa? the blizzard warnings just expired 4:00 a.m. their time. let me show you some pictures we got. this is what a blizzard looks like. look at the poor visibility at the surface because of the wind blowing the snow around, bringing the visibility to less than a quarter mile. cars just piling up. this is about a mile south of mason city, iowa, on highway 65. just miserable. didn't see reports of injuries. the cars just underneath each other. more on that in about a half hour. >> that's scary.
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that's when you get out there and go why did i go out today? tragedy has hit home for former figure skater nancy kerrigan. her father has died and her brother is behind bars. police are trying to sort out what happened. some luxury hotels hope that a rose by any other name would be just as successful. why they're dropping the word "resort" from their titles.
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olympic skater nancy kerrigan is facing a new tragedy. she won a silver medal in 1994 after surviving a whack to the knee from her rival's accomplices. kerrigan's father died sunday and her brother is accused of assaulting her dad the same day. correspondent richard lui is on this story. you have a little bit more on the accusations against the brother here. >> that's right, robin. that's where we'll start. according to the d.a. mark kerrigan told police he grabbed his father around the neck. authorities also say they argued over using the family phone and the father fell or collapsed on
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the kitchen floor. police found the 70-year-old father unconscious. he was pronounced later dead at the hospital. now, the d.a. adds police found mark kerrigan intoxicated and extremely combative to the point they needed to use pepper spray. the herald also says he was apathetic, saying, yeah, whatever, when police, robin, asked if he understood his rights. >> sounds like quite the scene. you know, mark kerrigan pleaded not guilty to all the charges. but he did break down and sob in the courtroom. >> he denies responsibility for this. he is quite distraught about his father's death. he is grieving. >> now, richard, how is the kerrigan family reacting to the tragedy and the accusations against the brother? >> robin, it's been difficult for the mother, as you can probably imagine here. kerrigan's mother, though, who is legally blind told the boston herald, quite, my god, he had a heart attack. that's what it was, end quote, alluding to her husband. also, she says, there was
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nothing suspicious about the death. kerrigan family members also say that daniel kerrigan's death was not related to the argument with his son. his attorney says he's an unemployed army veteran who takes medications for post-traumatic stress disorder and sees a psychiatrist. mark kerrigan has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. >> a painful time for the family. richard, thank you. how you doing, everybody? meteorologist bob van dillen want to give you the air travel delays right now. things are shaping up to be pretty decent compared to yesterday, still delays. especially around new york. the rain is gone. the clouds are gone, too. that's the upper west side. wind will be up later today gusting to about 30 miles per hour. you can see the hudson out there. no white caps yet. give it a chance and you'll see some of that action. what about the days events? an hour or so delay around the new york city metro because of the wind. also calling for about an hour delay around san francisco, that's low clouds, fogginess and rain. i haven't seen one yet but
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that's a possibility. down the line farther boston in towards l.a.x., rain and wind. cleveland looking at some snow. same with areas like cincinnati, chicago and st. louis. more on that in a bit. freeze! that apparently goes for the checks that the government writes. senior administration officials say that in tomorrow's state of the union, president obama will ask congress to okay a three-year freeze on federal spending that would start in the year 2011. it wouldn't apply to budgets for the military or for homeland security. but if congress wanted to increase funding for programs like education, they'd have to take the money from some where else. >> we're talking about a savings of about $250 billion against a deficit that's about $1.5 trillion. so a drop in the bucket, but it's an important step, and the white house sees it as an important step towards starting to assure both congress, more importantly the american people who are upset at the amount of money they see being spent, that he does, indeed, see the deficit
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and the debt as a problem. >> a spending freeze could find some entities on both sides of the aisle. some republicans say it doesn't go far enough, but liberal democrats say that domestic programs were already underfunded during the bush administration years. all right. so here's our military salute today. it is for first lieutenant mark rest ler. mark, your dad wants you to know just how proud he is of you. mark is on his first tour in afghanistan. in fact, his older brother served there right after 9/11. so this is actually for both of them. >> good morning, robin. this is mark bressler. we would like to salute our son, mark. he and his older brother marty are our military heroes. mark, jamie, your fiancee and all the family are praying for you and thinking about you all the time. in the meantime, stay army strong. >> if you have somebody in the service we'd be so honored to
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help you salute them. go to cnn.com/robin. the lovely ms. jennifer westhoven is off today. i'm going to handle your money news. ford is going to announce today that it is adding 1,200 jobs at its plant in chicago. got to call that good news in a bad economy. according to published reports, the workers are going to build explorers which used to be made in louisville, kentucky. that plant is being converted to build smaller cars. what's in a name? i'll tell you. some fancy pants hotels are yanging the word "resort" out of their title because of the backlash of corporate fat cats going on fancy retreats. california's st. regis monarch beach resort never recovered from the bad publicity and went into foreclosure after aig had a bash there. small business owners are not happy about a plan that would force them to create i.r.a. accounts for employees. president obama announced the plan yesterday to help the
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middle class. a trade group tells bloomberg news that automatic i.r.a. accounts would be a burden for the small business owners who are already struggling. the cost of the plan isn't known yet. it's designed to help low-income workers who may end up with no savings when they retire. casey anthony is now a convicted felon. she pleaded guilty to charges of check fraud. now we look at the possible impact on her upcoming trial in her daughter's murder.
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casey anthony is now a convicted felon. she was found guilty of check fraud. anthony said she was sorry and took full responsibility for her actions. mow the question is, whether that affect her murder trial? >> to the common person, six or seven felonys a lot and says a lot about a person. >> we don't believe the jurors we're going to pick on this case are going to find her guilty because she wrote some bad checks. >> anthony was sentenced to time served in the fraud case. she is still in jail waiting for trial in her daughter caylee's death.
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she denies the murder charge. here's one of those what do you think about this story? cbs is being asked to not run an ad during the super bowl which some are worried might contain an anti-abortion message. here is rafer with a little bit more on this. >> and what folks are saying, because there are a lot of hot button issues surrounding this story, robin. the ad features one of the greatest college football players of all time, florida's tim tebow. it's sponsored by a christian not for profit group with which tebow is very tight. cbs nor the group are not say specifically what's in the ad. it is expected to recount his mother's decision not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with the former heisman trophy winner. a coalition of women's groups are asking cbs to scrap the ad. they're saying it's too devicive, does not belong in the super bowl. in 2004 cbs turned down an ad by peta. the reasoning, they don't run advocacy ads. tebow says his anti-abortion
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stance may not be popular but he stands by it. >> i've always been very convicted of it. one, that's the reason i'm here, because my mom is a very courageous woman and wouldn't say no in a lot of circumstances. that's the reason i'm here. i'm very thankful for that. any way that i could help, i would do it. >> so whether you agree with the ad's content or not, we're just asking, should an ad, controversial ad of any kind be allowed to run during the super bowl? >> trish e-mailed yes to cbs running tebow's ad about his mother not having an abortion. finally something good to balance out all the trashy commercials that normally air during the super bowl. sarah posted, i don't think mixing alcohol, a bunch of worked up football fans and a highly emotional debatable subject such as abortion, religion or politics is smart. let's keep it fun. do you agree? disagree? weigh in. we'll try to get your kmencomme on the air.
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another punishment in the gun standoff between two nba pleaders. this story just gets worse. first authorities said only arenas was the one pulling out a gun. kriten den tells authorities he was worried arenas was going to shoot him or blow up his car. lastly, a kansas high school blindfolded a teacher, said try the half court shot. if they missed it they were going to try to pretend he hit it as a joke. problem is, he hit the shot. he thought they were punking him. no. you actually hit the shot. they were supposed to give him final four tickets, but they didn't have them. then they had to because he made the shot. he got a restaurant gift certificate. >> we're students on a student salary. which is nothing. another top south carolina politic has some serious explaining to do. lieutenant governor basically compared poor people to animals. plus, one state facing a budget crunch is letting thousands of prisoners out early?
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good morning. the new york stock exchange is open for business. the head of new york's search and rescue team is ringing the opening bell. they are being honored for their work in haiti. 80 members of the team just got back from a one-week mission there. a new federal ban on texting for commercial bus and truck drivers is now in effect. it's to avoid accidents like this one where a bus driver was texting and hit an suv. the transportation department says that drivers who text out on the road could now be fined. haiti's president is asking the world for tents. he says he needs 200,000 of them for people left homeless by the earthquake. the biggest tent camp is in port-au-prince. it is a former golf course that
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is now home to about 100,000 people. umbrellas were absolutely no match for the wind and the rain that ripped through new jersey yesterday. more than 2 inches of rain fell in some parts. don't you just hate it when that happens? and the wind gusts topped out at 50 miles an hour. at one point more than 50,000 customers lost power. that's just a few of the headlines that we are looking through for you today. looking at you right now, bed head and all. that's all right. i'm robin meade. welcome. the numbers coming out of haiti, they are still stunning. no matter how many pictures you see. they do not even really begin to give the full sense of the suffering. 1 million homeless, almost 200,000 people are injured. and an estimated 150,000 are dead. on our sister network cnn, a doctor warned about a second wave of deaths. >> there are so many thousands out there in the communities, in the tent cities who haven't made it yet to the hospitals who are now dying of gangrene, getting tetanus two weeks out. we're seeing the consequences of
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really the lack of care and the lack of coordination in the community out there. >> now the aid is coming in, he says, but the situation has gone from pure catastrophe to simple chaos. >> this is crazy, yo. i just got hit. >> it had to have been like walking through a nightmare. this is exclusive new video of the moments right after the quake exactly two weeks ago. in a country of 9 million people, as many as 1 million are now living in temporary shelters. the haitian government has estimated that 150,000 have died. 4,800 americans are still missing. california is going to let some prisoners out early. the plan started yesterday to shrink the state's prison population. low-risk offenders won't be sent back to prison for certain parole violations. inmates can shorten their sentences by working as firefighters or completing education or rehab.
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the governor says this will save money and won't compromise public safety. but some officials are worried that it could lead to higher crime. >> i don't think there's anything that could be done that wouldn't create a compromise to public safety. >> i'm outraged because i don't want to see any more victims of crime. and what is going to happen today is only going to escalate crime. >> the rules also reduce the number of cases that each parole officer handles, allowing them to focus on the higher risk cases. the head of california's corrections department says the plan could actually reduce crime. this morning in baghdad at least 18 people were killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted police crime labs. while as many as 80 others are injured. officials say the majority of those killed were probably police officers. it comes one day after several hotels were hit in suicide attacks. imagine this. your middle school aged daughter attends a motivational speech at
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school, but what she gets is a lesson, a graphic lesson about the birds and the bees. the speech was made by a member of the school board. uh-oh. >> the talk that was done at that meeting was apalling and it shoufsh stopped in in way whatsoever. it wasn't. >> she should be fired and lose her job or leave it up to the parents. and that might not be a good idea either. >> well, the middle school in texas has apologized, and it's even offered counseling for the girls. according to the houston chronicle, a school official says that much of the discussion about sex was actually started by the students. a connecticut woman mauled by a chimp got rejected for a face and hand transplant. you're going to remember a 200-pound chimp ripped off her hands, face and eyelids last year. charla nash's attorney says the cleveland clinic concluded that her injuries are too complex to do both a hand and face transplants. but the clinic did not rule out collaborating with another hospital.
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nash's family is also looking into alternative clinics. you ever have one of those moments at work when you look around and think every single one of these people, they're crazy, except for me? a new career builder survey says nearly 40% of people think they don't really fit in with their koe workers. most say it's because of the coworkers' bizarre behavior. like a coworker who ate the cheese off the pizza box in a meeting. then a boss who drinks out of a sippy cup. these are actual incidences. who would you choose as that person, bob, on our team? >> there's not a question. richard. >> richard. i knew it! >> he's just so mysterious. >> he's independent. >> he is, yeah, he is. what's up, robin? let me show you what's happening now. the west coast, we'll start with you guys right now because you have another storm rolling in off the pacific. oregon in towards washington state.
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clouds wrapped up but not a whole heck of a lot of prec precipitati precipitation, rain or snow. san francisco and l.a., central california, the coastline now beginning to see the rain come in basically between sfo down in towards los angeles. here's the rain shield right now. let me take you live to san francisco. yeah. you're going to see the low clouds, fog out there. haven't seen any delays yet. the sun is still down. once it does come up, you have a chance of some showers today. the best chance is going to be south of there as you head down in towards monterey and san jose. in l.a. you guys are dry right now as well. that's l.a.x. watching for rain to approach your city by late this morning your time. another inch of rain is a possibility. right around san francisco. inland a little farther and i want to show you the snow. salt lake city, northern utah. right about there. more details on that coming up again in just a little bit. i want to show you guys some live pictures at home of a car chase happening in las vegas. do you see kind of the boxy van,
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car out in front? that is the car that police are trying to get this morning. it seems to be kind of swerving back and forth. like maybe they're not sure exactly which lane they want to be in or where it is that they're heading. it seems to be moving at a pretty fast clip. here they go, merging on to a highway. this is just outside of las vegas, i'm told, on interstate 15 here. and now they get into some heavier traffic. if you look at the time, what is it there? 6:30, 7:00? the morning rush would just be beginning. and you can get into some pretty heavy traffic now. this person is in the slow lanes trying to switch gears, trying to get around traffic safely. we're going to keep an eye on it, and we'll keep it in the corner of the screen when we can here. in the meantime, let me get you some other news that's happening today. a rebound rally on wall street fizzled out yesterday and the stocks appeared to be headed for another step back today. susan lisovicz has her eye on the big board at the new york stock exchange. you are exciting enough and
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newsworthy enough what you're covering here, but we're also going to keep up the chase over here. okay? >> that's right. we're trying to chase a rally, robin. we're not seeing it just yet. we're not seeing any of that positive, at least in the first seven minutes of trading. we do have a lot of news. corporate earnings, federal reserve beginning its two-day policy meeting on interest rates. of course, there's the question, will ben bernanke who has tried to save the economy be able to save his job? he needs to have his job, his term, reconfirmed, because it expires sunday. that's a question. meanwhile, not so many questions about apple. it posted its best quarter ever. its profits jiumped by 50%. verizon still the number one mobile phone network in the country. added more than 2 million subscribers in one quarter helped by the launch of its
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iphone rival, mote role la droid. it posted a loss because of a $3 billion charge related to layoffs in its lab line business. a special honor here at the opening bell. new york task force 1. they rang the opening bell this morning in recognition of their search and rescue efforts in haiti. the task force said 80 rescue workers and 20 tons of equipment to the disaster area last week. they arrived within hours of the earthquake. robin, they saved six people. they rescued six people alive. they received a hero's welcome on the trading floor. >> what an experience. i know the people of haiti, i'm sure, were very grateful that they were there and helped them find those people and rescue them. wow. >> we're grateful to have them here in new york. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. at the bottom of your screen, folks, what you're watching here is a police chase, car chase going on in las vegas. it was on i-15. i've seen them switch a number of lanes, looks like a number of highways here. the white car, kind of boxy
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looking white car, i can't really tell if it's an suv, they just got on to u.s. 95 north outside of las vegas. the problem is -- there it goes by a school bus. you hate to see that. let's make sure it gets by it safely. at 20 minutes to the hour, it's 20 minutes to the hour of 7:00, the traffic is only going to get heavier. we don't know why this person appears to be running from police. you don't even see a police car in the screen, do you? it doesn't really look like they're right on the guy's tail. we know that it's chased because you have the helicopters as well following here. we've not been told why it is that they're after this person in the white boxy suv-type van here. that's what we're watching here. we'll continue to keep it on the screen here. but we do have to take a break. wait? are they slowing down? are they stopping? no. they're stopping for traffic, what it looks like. we'll keep an eye on it and bring you right to it as soon as we return from this commercial.
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all right. west coasters who are waking up this morning, northwest of vegas we have this police chase that appears to be going on. and this car, this white kind of boxy car that you're seeing there has been traveling at such a fast rate of speed that i don't even see the police in the shot here. now we come to a stoplight off of a parkway. what will the person do? well, they're right in there along traffic and they turn along with it. they seem to be going at the same rate of speed that the other traffic is. now they pull into the slower lanes and actually pick up speed. so we don't know why this person is running. we haven't even got that information yet. and police appear to be keeping a pretty good distance. i don't even see them in the shot here.
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but this is a big concern. because it is -- what is it? 6:43 there. i don't know how much longer this thing can go on before you get into some real traffic concerns. and you have kids getting ready to go out to school and catch the bus. and you surely hope that this person doesn't get into a heavily pedestrian area. looks like we're in a residential area instead of a highway area. that is the risk here. there's obviously a number of helicopters and news organizations following it. we're going to squeeze it back and put it in the corner of our screen and get you other stories of the day. a school suspended a teenager for what he posted on facebook. richard lui is working on that, this news story and others for you. good morning. >> good morning. that's right. not only that, 33 other students were given detention. what the student did on facebook to get in so much trouble there. and then avatar, that megahit is on the verge of becoming the highest grossing film ever. why is there some growing
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backlash against the movie for military, religious and political groups? many teenagers apparently not telling the truth. what 60% of guys say they lie about, robin, coming up in 15. >> that sounds like a good one. thank you. i just learned on this chase that's going on in las vegas on the side of your screen there the reason you don't see police officers in the screen at all, because you're like, what do you mean? what kind of chase? just looks like somebody's speeding. they're trying to keep a safe distance to not provoke this person and they are monitoring that person by helicopter. although they refuse to stop at this point, what they wanted them to stop for, we're not being told just yet. so we'll monitor this, squeeze it back and put it in the corner of the screen and be right back.
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okay. we're back right now with what was a police chase in the las vegas area. now it appears that the driver of a white car that was trying to get away from police appears to maybe have driven into this parking lot of the sun coast ka sena. that's the big casino. there you see the parking lot. and then we also were told that
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two metro officers, their cars also went into the parking lot because they think that that is where the driver of a car that they were trying to get to stop actually drove into. so we will have to get on with the news here. but if we see something happening and developing there, we'll get you back. hi, rafer. yeah, robin. let's try to follow it with this story. the latest on the tiger woods scandal, supposed edlysupposed. a journalist from the daily beast says he knows the dirt on the scandal. he says two sources told him they talked to tiger's wife elin nordegren and just before thanksgiving woods told elin the "national enquirer" was prints a story claiming he had an affair with nightclub hostess rachel uchitel. woods actually had elin talk to uchitel over the phone and tell her it wasn't true. at that point nordegren and tiger argued about it on thanksgiving day. he later took an ambien. then elin sent texts from tiger's phone to uchitel and then confronted her husband.
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posner told joy behar how he got all this info. >> what i've been doing, which is for the past two months you keep calling the same people, the same sources that you know. you hope that eventually one of the dozen that you're calling in either tiger camp or in the uchitel camp or in the elin camp will finally open up the door a little bit and talk to you. and in this case, because things are coming to a head on the issue of whether she's going to get a divorce, i think she's ready to have a few of her friends, she's not saying this nor are the friends, but they want to present the fact that they think she's not only the victim here, that she was aggrieved, but that she was smart enough to take things into her own hands and find out what happened. i was lucky to be there, get it from one person and go to another person to get it confirmed. >> this story is not going away. either way cnn has not confirmed posner's reports and we have not gotten a comment from woods, uchitel or nordegren. there's controversy surrounding a super bowl ad.
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cbs is asked to not run the ad because critics say it may to f tebow's mother not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with tebow. in 2004 cbs turned down an ad by peta saying they do not run ads from advocacy groups. we're asking you guys all morning long whether you agree with the stance or not. should controversial ads like this be allowed to run during the super bowl. bo e-mailed i don't understand why someone would insert a religious politics view in a sporting event. it surk um vents why people attend such events. andy posted let the ad run. they pay the money pour it and this is still america. isn't that freedom of speech? that's a look at sports for now. cnn.com/robin is where you want to go. >> we appreciate your opinion. i keep going back and forth. i thought we lost the signal of the car chase. it is back now. this is in las vegas.
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what we have now maybe an end to the car chase. you see canine units by metro police going into a parking garage for i think it's called sun coast casino. a car that they were chasing appeared to drive into this parking garage and it hasn't come out. so now, you've got a number of police cars inside there, they are going in or approaching it. i saw a canine unit. let me show you tape from earlier when the white car drove in there. it's kind of the boxy van looking suv thing that you just saw that drove into the garage. they don't know if it came out or which floor it's on. a car chase looks maybe to a strange ending but we do not know how or what it is they're looking for in terms of we know it's the person that they're looking for in the car, but why were they chasing him in the first place is what i'm trying to say. we haven't been told. this is the sun coast casino
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outside of las vegas. we'll keep an eye on this. we will have more news. 
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