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good morning. where did your weekend go? i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. here's what's going on. well, brace yourself for more travel headaches if you're going somewhere this morning. the south and the midwest are in for another wallop and more travel hassles. parents of a college student missing since haiti's earthquake face their worst fears. her body is found and now they face the next wrenching step. look at this. a monster wave goes rogue, and some surfing fans pay a painful price.
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incredible piece of tape. first, we're getting video of a deadly commuter train crash that happened in belgium. the national news agency there reports that 20 people were killed when two trains collided during the morning rush. the injured are being treated at a sports arena nearby. family members have already started gathering to find out what happened. we don't know yet what might have caused that crash. we'll keep on that this morning. our top story, though, is the endless winter that seems to hit the south and midwest again today. and yep, that means plenty of new travel for the travelers. hundreds of flights have been canceled into and out of atlanta, a live shot there. and in d.c., a snow emergency goes into effect this morning. after getting three feet of snow in two big storms last week, they are expecting more today. check out augusta, georgia. this is from friday's snowstorm. i-reporter ron brown says that they have gotten snow like this not in years. he took these great pictures. and oh, no, bad road conditions
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are blamed for this huge pileup i'm going to show you here on i-70 near kansas city yesterday. look at that pileup. >> it happened too fast. i mean, it was just there. and i headed for the guardrail. and it didn't move. and then i just kept getting nailed from behind. >> well, 15 people were hospitalized. look at how many cars. nobody suffered any life-threatening injuries, thank goodness. the highway reopened last night. how about this? every state in the country except hawaii has some snow on the ground right now. bonnie schneider is in for bob and she has more on what is ailing the south, the midwest and the mid-atlantic. hi, bonnie. >> it seems like a broken record. february, snow. and another day of it. winter storm warnings are in effect for places like louisville, kentucky, measurable snow there right now. all of this will advance to the east. there is good news with this system. we're not looking at a major blizzard once again for the
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mid-atlantic. accumulations will be much lighter for washington and baltimore because rain will mix in with this system. so i'm really only expecting an inch or two for the d.c. area. however, you see this area highlighted here in red? and that includes a good portion of kentucky and parts of tennessee? that's where we could see up to five inches of snow, plus very strong, blustery winds coming down from the north. and that is sweeping in some very unpleasant conditions. robin, today the windchills even here in atlanta will drop down into the 20s. it's going to be brutally cold out there. i'll have more coming up. >> thank you very much. a massachusetts couple got heartbreaking news on valentine's day. their daughter's body was found in haiti. 19-year-old britney gengel went to haiti on a service trip with lynn university. her parents told affiliate wcvb that their goal is to bring their daughter's remains home. >> our worst feel was that she was going to be in haiti forever, and we didn't want that. and so as horrific as it is, that we finally received the
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phone call, we're glad that we did. we're just going to be glad to have her back home. >> well, britney gengel was on a service trip called journey of hope. eight people from the school were evacuated safely. lynn university says three other students and faculty members were killed when their hotel collapsed in haiti's capital. what is with the dueling vice presidents? veep joe biden and his predecessor, dick cheney, had a war of words on the sunday talk shows. they were asked about biden's remark that another large-scale terror attack on the united states by al qaeda is unlikely. cheney said that he's dead wrong although he agrees that it is a high priority for the terrorist group. >> there's a very high threat that al qaeda is trying very hard to acquire a weapon of mass destruction. and if they're successful in acquiring it, that they will use it. i think he's right. i think, in fact, the situation with respect to al qaeda to say that, you know, that was a big attack we had on 9/11, but it's not likely again, i just think
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that's dead wrong. >> i always underestimate the way dick cheney approaches things. the reason it's unlikely is because we have been relentless, absolutely relentless, in isolating al qaeda, central al qaeda, osama bin laden, al qaeda coming out of the afghan, pakistan region. >> but they also disagreed on how the obama administration is treating accused 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed. in the next half hour, you'll hear fiery comments about why biden thinks cheney is trying to rewrite history. here are new details this morning about a luger who died in a practice run at the olympics. apparently he told his dad just a few days before that he was afraid of that track. here's rafer with the latest. >> robin, it gives you chills to hear this, but yes, the father of nodar kumaritashvili told "the wall street journal" his son called him just days prior and said he was scared of one of
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the turns, specifically the turn that claimed his life right here. now, there were other complaints about the track's speed which was the fastest in the world. well, officials are saying that the 21-year-old from the republic of georgia died because of his human error but then put up a safety wall right here in front of these steel beams at the turn. they shortened the track and slowed it down. they also didn't postpone any events. a few people had a bit of a problem with that. meanwhile, the president of his country blamed the track's designer saying that no mistake should result in a fatality. robin? >> such a horrifying story. and to think about the next person who went down the luge, what do you call it, just the luge track -- >> right. >> -- right after that, the first person to have to do that. thank you for the update on it. ♪ is that not scary? it's gunfire that you're hearing during a church service.
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about 100 people scrambled for cover. police in richmond, california, say that three hooded gunmen opened fire on the worshippers. two teenagers were shot. and it's not clear if the 14 and 19-year-olds were the targets. >> this is in the middle of church service, 12:30 in the afternoon, very brazen attack. >> you can't be safe at church, where can you be safe at? >> this is a church. you know, to me, it's like they committed a cardinal sin. >> wow! police say that the two victims are expected to recover. richmond, by the way, is just north of berkeley, california. you know, we mentioned atlanta a lot when it comes to some of the winter storms only because it is one of the largest airports in the world. so if you're traveling this morning, problems there, usually mean problems no matter where you're flying from because so many flights connect there. let's find out why we're having some more endless winter problems. bonnie schneider's in for bob. >> it does seem endless.
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every week, every day, more snow and wind and rain. and atlanta has temperatures in the 40s. so we're getting a little more of a rain event. but to the north we could definitely see more measurable snow. winter storm warning now in effect for much of kentucky, lower sections of indiana and illinois. and right here into south carolina into north carolina and mountains of virginia, we're likely to see more measurable snow. notice atlanta just to the north is under a winter weather advisory. well, this is a really large-scale storm. but it's important to note that it's a fast mover. so it doesn't have time to drop the heavy snow. most of the snow is back off further to the west, particularly that wraparound effect that we're seeing in kansas city, now getting a second batch of snow after snow yesterday. temperatures in snellville, georgia, about 40. but bowling green, kentucky, 22. so we are seeing more substantial snow bands there as well as into louisville working its way into covington. and this means you in ohio, southern ohio, cincinnati and columbus, you will definitely see some snow. we're looking at temperatures that are very cold, robin, but the windchill factor makes it feel so much colder.
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it feels like it's only 19 in new york. and we're not expecting that much of a warm-up today. even in the south, it will feel brutally cold. >> thank you very much. >> sure. >> i think. there are reports that toyota may extend warranties after its massive recall. and this is new. what engineers found when they inspected toyota accelerators. new information about the professor accused of killing three colleagues at a faculty meeting. she was apparently a suspect in another case years ago.
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you know, today's salute is
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for machinist luke arweicker of the u.s. avenue. luke is on his first deployment someplace in the atlantic ocean is how his mom puts it. >> good morning, robin. this is sue collins. i wanted to wish my son, machinist luke weiker a happy valentine's day and let him know that we appreciate what he's doing for our country, and i hope that wherever he's at, that he'll be safe and that he'll get to come home soon when he's done. your family and friends love you and miss you very much. >> i hear you, sue. if you have somebody in the service, too, go to cnn.com/robin where you can salute them. 12 civilians were killed when rockets fired by coalition forces missed their intended target. it happened in southern afghanistan where 15,000 coalition fighters are attacking the taliban. u.s. general stanley mcchrystal apologized to president hamid karzai for the incident. nato announced the offensive ahead of time so people could get out of harm's way. an afghan spokesman says that 27
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taliban fighters have been killed. a big weekend for some has musicians. they not only got a visit from oscar-winning actor jamie foxx but new for you in about 45 minutes, find out what foxx brought with him. i love it. jen is off. it's presidents' day, so the markets are closed but let's talk money anyway. toyota is trying to put to rest speculation that the acceleration problem goes beyond sticky gas pedals on the floorm floormats. it says that an independent engineering firm found no evidence with a problem with the throttle controls. now, reuters says toyota may expand its warranties from five years to ten and offer cash incentives to get people buying again. you know, the last time you stayed at a hotel, what movie rental did you see? >> shh, this is my favorite part coming up right now. ♪ ♪ i can feel it
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>> i love that scene so much, i hate to interrupt it. but "the hangover" topped the list of the top hotel movie rentals of 2009. come on, fellows, get into it now. ♪ i've been waiting for this moment ♪ >> this is according to lodge net. rounding out the top five, "taken," "paul blart: mall cop," "angels & demons" and "the proposal." and now you know. times are tough for the u.s. auto industry, but a company in the detroit area with a passion for two-wheeled vehicles is stepping on the gas pedal. stephanie elam goes for a ride-along with this "small business success." >> reporter: dave and james kay have always been motorheads. but the road to owning their custom motorcycle business had some bumps. dave was working on the options exchange in chicago, and james was at a custom cycle shop in california. >> i wasn't very happy. and my brother wasn't happy in his job. so he called me. he came up with the name of
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detroit brothers. and i thought it was such a great name and such a great concept. >> reporter: so the siblings moved back home in 2002 and started making custom parts in their parents' garage. their business moved into the fast lane after they got a call from the discovery channel asking them to appear on "biker build-off." >> at that point we decided we couldn't have them film out of our parents' garage, so we need to do get a shop. >> reporter: today detroit brothers makes parts, services bikes and designs and builds custom motorcycles. currently the guys are hosting a new tv show called "motor city motors." >> it's just an amazing opportunity for us to get another level of exposure for our business. >> if you're a small business owner, we'd like to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin. upload an i-report about your business, and you could be featured here on "morning express." uh-oh, sleet and snow are hitting places that just don't expect it. that's making for a rough morning for air travelers all
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over the united states. plus, new orleans saints' super bowl hero drew brees is being treated like a king these days in the big easy, and they officially crowned him for mardi gras.
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you're fine. >> oh, my god! >> what in the world? one of your fellow viewers got creative in the snow this weekend. he built his own bobsled truck off his pomp in virginia. he said he got the idea when he started clearing snow from the deck. he's been down it about 30 times. that looks pretty good.
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bonnie schneider is here. she's in for bob right now to tell you about who is going to have the delays. my husband was supposed to come home friday. and because of flight delays, he didn't get home till sunday at 4:00 a.m. poor guy. >> yeah, and i'm glad he got home because today there will be more delays in atlanta, even. even though we're not seeing rain, we're seeing flights canceled from airtran and delta in anticipation of the inclement weather in atlanta. this is a look at flight explorer. still activity off to the east, but definitely problems as we go through the day. another winter storm will cause delays in atlanta as i mentioned but also in dallas, texas. windy weather could slow you down at least an hour. we're also looking at delays in louisville. it's snowing there right now. kentucky's going to get hammered. several inches anticipated. cincinnati, an hour delay there. that holds true for columbus as well. robin, your home state of ohio facing a lot of snow today. >> at least they have salt
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trucks is all i can say. in the south they don't. can you believe the daytona 500 was delayed for hours because of a pothole? what do you do when racers are going, what, hundreds of miles an hour and suddenly there gops a pothole in the middle of the track. good morning, rafer. >> morning, robin. you put up one of those little cone things and you get the guy and wave him and do with the slopes. no. >> not going to work. >> they're talking about the super bowl of nascar on hold for over two hours. when they noticed a pothole in the track, now, they patched the hole once. and the cars went back out. but as they sped over it, it started to crumble. so they patched it again, like really patched it this time. in the end, though, if you kept watching, you saw an amazing finish. jamie mcmurray who only led for two laps the entire race held off dale earnhardt jr. to win his first ever daytona 500. a big moment for him and afterwards broke down in tears and ran and fell to his knees.
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nice, moving picture. that is touching. the nba all-star game made history, played in front of a record crowd 108,000 people. that's what i said. 108,000 people packed dallas cowboys stadium. it's a football stadium. and it was actually a really good game. usually this game is not very good. the east beat the west by only two points. lebron james put on a show, but dwyane wade was the star. he was the mvp. >> he was last year, too, wasn't he? like the star? >> he's always the star. but yeah, dwyane wade was the mvp. james is always a star. history was made at the vancouver games. the u.s. did. johnny spillane became the first american ever to medal in the nordic combined which is ski jumping followed by a brutal race over a cross-country track. there it is. spillane took silver, finishing just 0.4 of a second behind jason lamy chappuis.
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it is the closest finish ever in nordic history. and super bowl winning-quarterback drew brees was in another parade served as the king of bacchus for the mardi gras parade. ten americans jailed in haiti could be on temporary release today, but they may be stuck in haiti for a while, actually. plus, wait till you hear about revealing letters from the late princess diana.
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you are getting a new round of severe weather warnings in the south and the midwest. here are live pictures right now. bonnie schneider is in for bob, and she's saying some areas could get up to five inches of snow. and it's all bad news if you're doing any kind of air travel. hundreds of flights already are canceled today. and the storm is creating dangerous road conditions for drivers in some areas of the united states. and we'll give you more details on that. we're still waiting to hear what might have caused one of the deadliest train accidents in europe in years. it happened during the morning
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rush in belgium. the national news agency says that 20 people were killed. it is not clear how many were injured. former president bill clinton may return to work today. that's according to his doctor. clinton had a heart procedure thursday for a clogged artery. the former president says that he plans to keep working as the u.n. special envoy for haiti. secretary of state, hillary clinton, says that her husband is in great shape. enough people loved the new movie "valentine's day" apparently to make it the top draw at the box office over the weekend. it made more than 52 million bucks and is a record for a presidents' day weekend. percy jackson and the olympians "the lightning thief" was second at $31 million. and "wolfman" third with $30 million. good morning as you drink down the coffee this morning. i'm robin meade. it's 31 minutes past the hour. more news. the ten americans jailed in haiti on child kidnapping charges could be released today. haiti's deputy attorney general says it has decided whether to
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recommend bail for the americans and that it will give its decision to a judge today. the judge's decision will be final. the americans are accused of trying to take dozens of children out of haiti without proper documentation. meanwhile, a dominican man who is acting as a legal adviser to the ten americans faces shocking charges. according to an international arrest warrant issued saturday, he is accused of running a sex trafficking ring that lured women and girls from the caribbean and central america into prostitution with offers of modeling jobs. he denies the charges. the professor accused of killing three colleagues at the university of alabama was a suspect in an attempted mail bombing back in 1993. amy bishop anderson was arrested on friday. >> do you have anything to say? do you know about what happened? >> it didn't happen. there's no way. >> what about the people who died? >> well, "the boston globe" says
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police are visiting the mail bombing case where anderson purportedly had a dispute with a harvard colleague. she was also arrested and cleared in the shooting death of her brother in 1986. a psychologist tells "hln" why the alabama shooting is an unusual case. >> women tend not to be aggressive. they tend to be passive-aggressive. when we're angry, we'll steal someone's paperwork that they need behind their backs. they don't have it, we'll talk to our friends and bad-mouth them. we don't typically go on and become aggressive. >> well, witnesses say that anderson opened fire at a faculty meeting friday after learning that she had not made tenure. three people were killed. three were wounded. if convicted, she could face the death penalty. actor/director kevin smith says that he was kicked off a southwest flight because he didn't fit in the seat, and he's angry about it. smith has been giving details all about it on twitter. he normally buys two tickets for extra space. but there was only one seat left
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on the flight. so he says that southwest has messed with, quote, the wrong sedentary processed foods eater. now, southwest says it has a rule that each person must fit safely and comfortably in the seat or else that person must buy an extra seat. but on his twitter page, southwest did apologize, and it gave smith a flight voucher. vice president joe biden says dick cheney is trying to rewrite history. the former veep has criticized the plan to try terror suspects in civilian courts especially the man accused in the failed christmas day airline bombing. but joe biden says that the bush administration did the exact same thing with hundreds of accused terrorists. >> the thing i learned from watching that process unfold, though, was that the administration really wasn't equipped to deal with the aftermath of an attempted attack against the united states in the sense that they didn't know what to do with the guy. >> he's entitled to his own opinions. he's not entitled to rewrite history. he's not entitled to his own
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facts. the christmas day bomber was treated the exact way that he suggested that the shoe bomber was treated. absolutely the same way. >> well, cheney said that the military commission system wasn't in place yet when the shoe bomber was tried. "the new york times" reports today that the obama administration has not ruled out the possibility of a military trial for suspected 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed. take a look at these cool pictures from the maverick surf contest. only elite surfers are invited to the competition. it's off pillar point in california. the waves can reach more than 40 feet high. but those waves are almost too much, too, for some of the surfing fans. watch. several rogue waves knocked down the people watching the competition. 13 people were injured. some even had broken bones. >> and i felt my ankle snap. you've got to definitely respect the ocean. i just think it's just one of
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those things. >> well, i-reporter scott anderson took this picture of the monster wave and captured people being swept away. he says as many as 50 people were knocked over. he got soaked up to his knees trying to snap the picture. now, police say that two of the injured people had to be taken to the hospital. but scary. here we go again. the winter that seems to be endless is dumping another amount of snow on areas that probably don't even have five snow trucks. here's bonnie schneider. she's in for bob. good morning. >> good morning, robin. you're right. we're looking at areas like tennessee and kentucky that don't typically see a lot of snow. it's not a huge snowmaker but there are winter storm warnings in places like louisville, kentucky, and cincinnati, ohio. we have a live picture to show you of ohio this morning. and it is snowy out there this morning. it's also blustery and windy. and the wind will blow around the snow. you can actually see the snow on the rooftops from a previous
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storm. we're looking at this winter storm warning persisting through today. just bundle up if you're headed to cincinnati. if you're traveling there or if you're already there, good morning and i hope you can stay warm today. it's going to be brutally cold. we're looking at a lot of rain coming through mixing with snow at times in tennessee. some of the heavier snow bands continue to persist over kentucky. notice the temperature there of 24 degrees in bowling green. snellville just north of atlanta still in the 40s. the cold air comes in behind it so don't rule out snow showers in atlanta as well. here's where we're seeing heavy snow. covington into indianapolis and also evansville in lower indiana. current temperatures across the northeast and midwest are cold. it's going to feel even colder. there's a brutal arctic blast coming in behind the system. so the windchill factor for chicago is only five degrees. in cincinnati we showed you pictures. feels like it's 20 there. and even down south, the windchill factor will number the teens and 20s. >> okay. so not a very easy monday for sure. thank you very much. appreciate it. buy a fridge, get money
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back. how you can get your share of the $300 million in the cash for appliances program. also ahead, she's been everything from a ballerina to a soldier, and now barbie has two new careers.
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20 minutes to the hour. a family thought they had lost their life savings, but thanks to the honesty of a fast food worker, they have it back now. the worker found the wallet with 1200 bucks inside. the family was buying furniture and had taken all of their life savings with them. somehow they dropped the wallet in the restaurant's parking lot. >> and in my head i kept
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thinking, this is like a month, over a month of pay. you hear so much bad in the world, and then here there's something so wonderful that people do care and they are willing to help each other and people still do look out for each other and there are honest people. >> well, the employee found the wallet in the parking lot when she reported to work. she says she immediately gave it to the energy. remember cash for clunkers? now there is cash for appliances. and you can get some big rebates if you buy energy efficient appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. the rebates range from $50 to $250 depending on the appliance and the state that you live in. we have complete details right now on our website. cnn.com/robin. under the "important website" section. you know what? it is getting cheaper to fill your gas tank. aaa says that a gallon of regular now goes for $2.62. that is down 3 cents from a week ago. down 13 cents from last month. barbie has had 124 careers over the years.
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now she has two more chosen by you, the public. there is computer engineer barbie designed with the help of a society of women engineers. and there is news anchor barbie. that's the one that got the most votes from the girls. there she is. she's got a reporter, her notebook. i mean she's got her microphone. i'm liking the news anchor barbie. imagine proposing to your girlfriend on live tv and getting turned down! the poor guy's girlfriend even walked out on him. and new york is going to the dogs, but only certain prized pooches are invited to the top dog show.
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♪ feel feel former vice president dick cheney is really sounding off about the future of don't ask, don't tell. remember the policy bars those who are openly gay or lesbian from searching in the military. cheney's daughter is openly gay, and he says that society has moved on, and it is time to reconsider the policy.
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>> 20 years ago the military were strong advocates of don't ask, don't tell. when i was secretary of defense. i think things have changed significantly since then. i see that don mullen -- or mike mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has indicated his belief that we ought to support a change in the policy. so i think my guess is the policy will be changed. >> well, president obama has vowed to repeal the don't ask, don't tell policy. i'm thinking that some people who never got home from the weekend because of air problems are now going to fall victim to more air travel problems. here's bonnie in for bob to explain that. >> good morning, robin. you're right, we're looking at cancellations already in atlanta from airtran and delta this morning due to inclement weather. and this is a widespread system. it's not bringing heavy snow, but we're looking at delays with wind into dallas, texas. louisville and cincinnati facing snow right now. a few inches expected. look for delays and possibly
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cancellations. one to two hours. also, st. louis. you saw snow yesterday. but today you'll see a little more snow and some wind. that could slow you down up to an hour. so this widespread snowstorm is moving to the east. i'll have more at the top of the hour on the forecast, robin. >> thank you. you know what? at least one guy had a successful blind date on valentine's day. it was an octopus at the seattle aquarium. workers there introduced captain to his new mate yesterday. and it didn't take long for them to mate with the whole crowd watching. >> it's the most magical thing we could think of doing on valentine's day. >> there were sparks when they first met. when you guys first met, were there sparks? >> it took some time, yeah. >> now, the blind date was kicked off -- was the kickoff for octopus week at the aquarium. you know, if you're paying -- if you're paying to file your taxes this year, "hln" money expert clark howard says for a lot of us, there is an easy way to file for free.
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>> okay. there was so much fuss made just recently about how the irs won't even answer your phone call a lot of the time. and then even if they do answer the phone call, they might not be able to give you the right info. and they're not responsible for giving you the wrong info anyway. so after all that bashing of the irs, let me tell you something positive. the irs has a program called free file. it's where most taxpayers can go to a special link on the irs's website. and you have access to software that you can prepare your income taxes for free and file electronically for free. now, i said most taxpayers. because under the irs program, there are income limits to who can qualify for the free filing. but there are enough competitors out there that if you try one provider's software and you don't like it, go try somebody else's because there's no risk to you other than the little bit of extra time trying one program and then going and using another one.
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and it's free. i'm clark howard. for more money-saving tips, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. so catch him at noon eastern on saturdays and sundays right here on "hln." disney claims to be the happiest place on earth, but a new poll shows that it may be a town in the rockies that's the happiest place on earth. coming up in the next 30 minutes, a list of the happiest places in the united states. american skiing star lindsey vonn says that she's finally ready to hit the slopes and go for the gold. here's rafer with your update on the olympics. good morning. >> good morning. a lot of people pulling for lindsey vonn. as i said, she's been called the michael phelps of the winter games. well, vonn hit the slopes to test out her injured shin sunday. we talked a lot about it. she says it still hurts, but she feels the best she has since that february 2nd accident. now, the weather is also really helped her out.
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she was supposed to race on sunday for the first time but bad weather pushed it to wednesday, giving her more time to recover. she was the favorite to win gold in two events before the accident. and then she put some cheese on it and the swelling went down. more details on the crash that killed a luger from the republic of georgia. "the wall street journal" reports that nodar kumaritashvili called his father and said he was afraid of the track's speed days before his life was taken. specifically the turn that claimed his life. and he was not the only one who complained about the speed. now, sunday's races went on as scheduled. a lot of people said they shouldn't have done that. they're saying he was at fault for the crash, but then they went up and put up a safety wall and shortened and slowed down the track. you didn't think to put the safety wall up in front of the steel beams beforehand? i'm just saying. there was another scary crash. fortunately it didn't end in tragedy but it ended in heartache for patrick deneen. he was trying to jump he never perfected and the poor guy fell down. he said he need to do make a
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bold move. >> he never perfected the jump and then tried it at the olympics? >> yeah. never perfected it and said he was going to give it a try. he lives on a horse and hay farm in washington. he built a ramp in his driveway. but you know what? he's young, only 23, going to be back. u.s. speed skater and dancing with the stars champion ohno became the most decorated man in u.s. history. two south koreans got tangled and crashed just before the finish line. this guy deserves a lot of credit. he could be on "entourage" in my opinion, but, instead, compete in the games. he could have been a hollywood star. you have to feel bad for this guy. last night on valentine's day he proposes. melissa, will you be my blue shirt bride, love, nick.
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she walks out. you have to feel terrible for him. poor guy. i'm sorry, that's not right. at least fake it. >> you xwknow what, too, what w people's reactions. maybe they could facebook us. were we talking about drew brees, there it is. he was the king of bacchus. the roman god of wine. threw out 10,000 little foam footballs in the crowd along with the usual beads. now, it is time for the golf highlight of the week. pebble beach national proam. second shot on the par 4 and it rolls back for the eagle! he lost the tournament by one stroke to dustin johnson. >> so much going on in sports.
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wow, thank you. duct tape and musical instruments should not go together, but that's what some young musicians were using, but now they have some help from a well-known person.
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good morning, sunshine. come here and sit yourself down, get your coffee going and we'll get your brain going. i'm robin meade, but you have to brace yourself for more travel headaches. the winter storms will not quit. the south and the midwest are in for another wallop and more travel hassles. >> even though our hearts are breaking, we are so grateful. parents of a college student missing since haiti's earthquake face their worst fears, her body is found and now they face the
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next wrenching step. barbie is making a career change and you helped pick her new job. what do you think about it? the endless winter hits the south and midwest again and, yes, it means plenty of new travel for travelers. hundreds of flights canceled into and out of atlanta. hundreds of flights connect here. one of the biggest airports in d.c., although i see a little plane taking off. in d.c. a snow emergency goes into effect this morning. after getting three feet of snow and two big storms next week they are getting more today. check out augusta, georgia, augusta, georgia and this is friday's snow storm. ireporter ron brown says they have not gotten snow like that in years. he took these great pictures and then bad road conditions are blamed for a huge pileup on i-70 near kansas city yesterday. look at how many cars.
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>> it happened too fast. i mean, it was just there and i headed for the guard rail and it didn't move. and then i just kept getting nailed from behind. >> well, 15 people were hospitalized. nobody suffered any life-threatening injuries, thank goodness. would you look at that. how about this, every state in the country except hawaii now has snow on the ground right now. that bauboggles your mind. bonnietia snider is in for bob van dillen. >> another big storm working its way through, but the good news with this storm, we're not looking for heavy snow for washington, rain will mix in the forecast there, but we will see more measurable snow in southern cities like louisville, kentucky. also cincinnati, ohio, facing snow at this more and more will accumulate throughout the day. this means a winter storm warning. we're not only looking at
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measurable snow, we're looking at a brutal wind that will come down from the north and just so uncomfortable for today. the windchill factor will drop into the teens and up in chicago and minneapolis single digits to below zero. a brutal blast of winter cold. >> please, take care of your skin and your kids and your pets as everybody heads out today. at least 20 people were killed on a commuter train crash in belgium. the national news agency there reports at least two trains collided during the morning rush. family members are showing up to find out what happened to their loved ones. we don't know yet what might have caused that crash. a massachusetts couple got heartbreaking news on valentine's day that their daughter's body was found in haiti. she went to haiti on a school
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trip and their goal now is to bring their daughter's remains home. >> our worst fear is she would be in haiti forever and as horrific as the phone call was, we are glad we did. >> britney gengel was on a school trip. two other students and three faculty members were killed when their hotel collapsed in haiti's capital. dick cheney, his predecessor, is trying to rewrite history. criticized a plan to try terror suspects in civilian courts, especially the guy accused in the fatal christmas day airline bombing. the bush administration did the same thing with hundreds of accused terrorists. they each had hard words for each other on the sunday talk shows. >> the thing i learned from watching the process unfold is that the administration wasn't
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equipped to deal with the aftermath of oan attempted attack against the united states in the sense that they didn't know what to do with the guy. >> he's entitled to his own opinions and not entitled to rewrite history and not entitled to his own facts. the christmas day bomber was treated the same way that he suggested the shoe bomber was treated, the same way. >> not treating the fight against terrorists as war. you'll hear vice president biden's feisty response to that in the next half hour. new details this morning about the luger who died in a practice run at the olympics. he apparently told his dad that he was afraid of that track. here's rafer with more on that. the same track where he died. >> the father of nodar kumaritashvili said he's not afraid of the track, but specifically one of the turns, the turn where he lost control
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and hit a steel pole and died. officials say the 21 yooerd from the republic of georgia died of his human error but then put up a safety wall and they shortened the track and even slowed it down. all the luge events went on as planned. they blasted olympic organizers and luge officials saying no mistake should result in a fatality. whose fault is this, if anybody's and that is on our facebook page right now. you can weigh in and we'll try to read your comments on the air later. >> hasn't there been a trend towards faster track for the luge? >> this was the fastest we've ever seen, these guys were getting 96 miles per hour. >> i would say that's a trend that is going to end, thank you very much. it happened in southern afghanistan where 15,000
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coalition fighters are attacking the taliban. u.s. general stanley mcchrystal appaologized to afghanistan's president and nato announced the offensive ahead of time so people can get out of harm's way. 27 taliban fighters have been killed. would you get hitched hundreds of feet above the ground? 14 couples got married at the empire state building on valenti valentine's day. one lucky couple wed at the 86th floor observatory and the other cerem ceremonies happened at the 61st floor. valentine day ceremonies have been a tradition for more than 15 years. it'so romantic. seven minutes past the hour, i'll tell you what is not romantic, sitting at the airports for days because the flights have been canceled upon canceled and here is a new round today. >> more cancellations are likely in atlanta and you may see other cities post cancellations, as
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well, because this is a widespread winter storm that is already bringing snow, particularly into kentucky and ohio. that's where we're getting the heaviest amounts of snow and the te temperature in kentucky, bowling green, 24 degrees and the snow will stick there and then in atlanta the temperature was falling. earlier this morning about 3:00 it was 30. it is interesting will the cold air catch up with the moisture because if it does we'll see more measurable snow in atlanta. the brighter white is where we have the heavier snow falling down through frankfurt and into lexington. that is where we could see several inches of snow. also temperatures this morning are cold. it's 27 degrees in new york and in philadelphia. now, the storm system is moving to the east, so, you will see snow in new york city and philly and washington, d.c., but at times it will mix with rain and advisories will go into effect for the northeast later on tonight into tomorrow. so those of you traveling tomorrow in the northeast, you
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may face some more weather-related delays. i have to point out the blast of arctic air that is coming down. look at this, it is really making a difference. six degrees in pittsburgh this morning. low pressure over the heartland in the ohio valley pulling down the colder air. how far south? well, the windchill factor in dallas, texas, will feel like it's in the teens today. remember last thursday 12.2 inches, the most snow ever. good morning, dallas. i'd say bundle up if you're headed out. beautiful shot of the lights. a cold one in texas. houston will get up to more mild numbers, but as you can see when you head to dallas, 39. what a contrast there. i say head south of houston, be in the 60s. temperatures will fall in houston, as well. chicago high only 27 degrees. very mild across the southwest, temperatures there 77 for both los angeles and phoenix. robin? >> very good, thank you. even though it is very bad
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weather. all right, right now people in hong kong are ringing in the chinese new year and these are live pictures from the victoria harbor. i think they just took a break because i kind of see little bit remaining smoke from fireworks. the year of the tiger officially start yesterday. come here and look at this. the celebrations will continue throughout the week. it's a big deal and this is victoria harbor and they're having fireworks. aren't they pretty? stunning video as three hooded gunmen broke into a church service and started shooting. ♪ >> i cannot believe that video. you'll hear from the people inside at the time. and there are reports that toyota may extend warranties after its massive recall. this is new, what the engineers found when they inspected toyota accelerators.
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happy new year, chinese new year. it is the year of the tiger. these are fireworks live for you from hong kong. who can get enough of these. let's salute our troops. today is for machinist mate luke r. weiker. >> i want to wish my son a happy valentine's day and we wanted to let him know that we appreciate what he's doing for our country and i hope that wherever he's at that he'll be safe and that he'll get to come home soon when he's done. your family and friends love you and misyou very much. >> i hear you, sue. if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin. chaos and panic erupted in a church yesterday.
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that is gunfire that you're hearing at church. about 100 people scrambled for cover. police in richmond, california, say 300 gunmen opened fire on worshippers and two teenagers were shot and it's not clear if the 14 and 19-year-old were the intended targets. >> middle of church service in the middle of the afternoon, very brazen attack. >> if you can't be safe at church, where can you be safe at? >> to me, it's like they committed a cardinal sin. >> the two victims are expected to recover. richmond is just north of berkeley, california. ms. jennifer is off today, i think the markets are closed. let's talk money anyway. toyota is trying to put to rest at its sudden acceleration goes beyond the sticky floor pedals and floor mats. an independent firm found no problem with the electronic throttle controls. reuters says toyota may expand
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its warranties from five years to ten and offer cash incentives to get you buying again. google is apologizing to its g-mail users over new social networking tools. some users did not like that google gave you a ready-made circle of friends based on your e-mail and chat contacts. users said maybe i don't want everyone to know who i chat with. google says it will now suggest the people you could chat with. last time you stayed at a hotel, what movie rental did you see? ♪ i can feel it coming in the air tonight ♪ >> "the hangover" top hotel movie rentals of 2009. i love that scene. rounding up the top five, would you guess "taken" "paul blart,
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mall cop," "angels & demons," and "the proposal." >> think about nofunny movies a laugh because the travel times will not make us laugh. >> a lot of people snowed in would like to rent a movie. if you're headed out, we do have good news, a lot of flights taking off. a lot of delta and airtran canceled for the morning hours. let's talk about delays now and we're looking at delays in dallas and atlanta. atlanta one hour or more and snow and clouds could slow you down. dallas has windy weather an hour for delays there, maybe more. louisville, kentucky, we have snow at this hour, looking for delays there. cincinnati some snow in the forecast, so we'll watch out for that and in columbus, also snow an hour possible for delays. not the best weather. i'll have a check of your
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forecast coming up. but one utah lawmaker has a controversial idea for cutting the budget, get rid of the 12th grade. plus, the waves were supposed to be huge for the surfing competition but one crashed right into fans on shore.
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i'm rafer weigel with sports. can you believe the daytona 500, the super bowl of nascar was on hold for two hour because of a pot hole. they first noticed it in the track and patched it up and sent the cars back out. as they sped over it the hole crumpled. they really patched it this time. it was a fantastic finish, jamie macmurray who only head for two laps of the entire race, the last two, held off dale
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earnhardt jr. to win his first ever daytona 500. nice moving scene this was, as he fell down to his knees afterwards. the nba all-star game made history. 108,000 people, that's how many people packed into dallas cowboy stadiums, normally for football. you be what, it was really a good game. the east beat the west by two points. lebron james, as usual, put on a show. but dwyane wade was the mvp. so, there you go. i love the alley-oops. the u.s. made history in the vancouver games. johnny spillane, you probably never heard of it. he took silver just 0.04 behind france. the reason you never heard of it, europeans have dominated this sport forever.
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he was actually born in montana but races for france. chappuis, are we not good enough for you? >> there is a lot of that going on where you have dual citizenship and you live in one country and live there but you're playing for this country. super bowl champion drew brees was in another parade. look at that outfit. that is quite an outfit afterwards his wife said, leave that outfit on. he threw 10,000 foam footballs into the crowd. that's a look at sports and i'm sure i'm in trouble now. >> oh, my gosh. thank you. all right, take a look at these pictures from the maverick surf contest where elite surfers are invited to the competition. the waves can reach 40 feet, but several rogue waves knocked down
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some of the fans and 13 people were injured. what would you do? some had broken bones. >> and i felt my ankle snap. you got to definitely respect the ocean, i think it's just one of those things. >> ireporter scott anderson took this picture of a monster wave and captured people being swept away. as many as 50 people were knocked over and he got soaked up to his knees. #ñ#ñ#ñ#ñññññ
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you are getting a new round of severe weather warnings in the south and the midwest. now, bonnie says some areas could get up to five inches of snow. it is, obviously, bad news if you're an air traveler. hundreds of flights have been canceled today in anticipation of this. the storm creating dangerous road conditions for a lot of drivers. new information is coming in about a deadly train crash in belgium. a spokesperson tells cnn that ten people, not 20 were killed in this morning's collision.
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the railway operator and train operator say they're not sure what caused the accident. enough people love the new movie "valentine's day" to make it the top draw at the box office over the weekend. it made more than $52 million bucks which is a record for presidents' day weekend. at third "the wolfman" with 30 mill. good morning, i'm robin meade and it's great to see you today with us. we'll get to the weather forecast and what it will be like in your own backyard in a second. first, the professor accused of killing three colleagues was a suspect in an attempted mail bombing in 1993. she was arrested friday. >> ma'am, do you have anything to say about what happened? >> it didn't happen. >> the "boston globe" say please are revisiting the mail bombing case where she had a dispute with a harvard colleague.
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she was arrested and cleared in the shooting death of her brother in 1986. a psychologist from hln told us why, i'm sorry, a psychologist told hln why the alabama shooting is an unusual case. >> women tend not to be aggressive, they tend to be passive aggressive. when we're angry we'll steal someone's paperwork behind their back so they don't have it and we'll talk to our friends and bad mouth them and don't typically talk and be aggressive. >> she opened fire after learning she had not made tenure. three people were killed and three wounded. if convicted, she could face the death penalty. the ten americans in haiti on child kidnapping charges could be released today. haiti's attorney general decided whether to recommend bail for the americans and will give his decision to the judge today. the judge's decision will be final. the americans are accused of
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trying to take dozens of children out of haiti without proper documentation. meanwhile, a dominican man acting as adviser faces shocking charges himself. according to an official arrest warrant he is accused of running a sex trafficking ring that lured girls from the caribbean into prostitution with offers of modeling jobs. he denieses the charges. what in the world is with the dueling vice presidents? meet joe biden and his predecessor dick cheney had a war of words on the sunday talk shows. a large-scale terror attack against the united states is unlikely. the obama administration is not taking the threat as seriously as it should. >> i think we have to treat it as a war. this is a strategic threat to the united states. i think that's why we were successful for seven and a half years and avoiding a further
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major attack against the united states. and i do get very nervous and very upset when that's the dominant approach. >> i don't think the former vice president dick cheney listens. the president of the united states said the state of the union, we're at war with al qaeda. and, by the way, we're pursuing that war like it's never been seen before. >> the vice president, the current one said 12 of the top 20 al qaeda leaders have been captured or killed since president obama took office. actor selector kevin smith says he was kicked off of a southwest flight because he didn't fit in the seat and now he's really upset about it. smith was giving details on twitter. he normally buys two tickets for extra space but own lee one seat left on that sfloith. southwest has "mess would the wrong sedentary processed food eater." the airline says it was following policy. southwest has a rule that each person must fit safely and
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comfortably in a seat or else the person must buy an extra seat. people in boulder, colorado, are the happiest and healthiest in the country. holland-grand haven, michigan, and honolulu take the next two spots. the study looks at the well being of people in the city and the west ranks the best and the south was the worst. large cities often score better than smaller ones do. 35 minutes past the hour. you know what, bonnie, i'm beginning to wonder how much of our rough weather that has been predicted will materialize and i say that because i'm seeing that in some parts of georgia they're kind of backing down saying, okay, it doesn't look like accumulations of freezing snow is going to materialize here. >> maybe not for north georgia but snow right now in georgia and kentucky and this weather update is brought to you by pseudofed. for atlanta the winter weather
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advisories starting to fade out. we did have rain and the cold air did not catch up in time to produce accumulating snow but winter storm warnings are in place for ohio, kentucky and it is going to be a rough go of it because some of these places will get six inches, maybe even more and also to the north, i'll raise the snowfall totals as we go through the day today. i think we're likely to see higher amounts in interior areas and advisories into the northeast will go into effect tonight. now, here's what's happening, the storm sweeping across the south and into the north and into the heartland indiana, illinois, kentucky that's where we're seeing the strongest snow bands and 24 degrees right now in bowling green, kentucky. it will get colder throughout the day. i want to show you what is going on in our extreme weather map and we'll look at the storm. this one will pull down arctic air far south, as far south as
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texas will be facing into the teens today. mostly rain, though, for the coastline. i think, again, because of the location of the low, heavier snow for northern new england and let me tell you something the folks for the skiing resorts in vermont, new hampshire, they are excited. they would like to get some of the snow achieved in the mid-atlantic. 22 into philadelphia, but the windchill factor with that brutal arctic blast is making it feel colder and in cleveland at this hour t feels like it's nine degrees and washington feels like it's 23. remember for the d.c. area, we are looking at a rain/snow mix so it's not heavy in terms of accumulation and temperatures are warmer here. chicago is facing a high of 27 today and in dallas i mentioned 39 degrees just to the south in hoousten is even warmer than that and eventually we'll start to get milder across the southeast and by the end of the week, robin. i know we're ready to get warmer. i say that relatively speaking. the average high in atlanta is
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in the low 50s, but i think it will feel great. >> everything in comparison. thank you. >> sure. if you missed out on the cash for clunkers program, get ready for a rebate for appliances. how do you qualify? we'll answer that. letters written by princess diana are auctioned off and they reveal personal details.
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down it goes. a 30-story condo heavily damaged in the 2004 hurricanes was imploded in west palm beach,
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florida, yesterday. they call it the 1515 tower and third tallest building to be imploded in the united states. a city condemned it more than five years ago and everyone who lived there was forced out. good morning. if you're just joining us, let's check the newspapers and you don't even have to go get the paper. "usa today" reports anti-u.s. forces in afghanistan are increasing their use of roadside bombs. coalition troops found more than 700 bombs in january compared to 300 fewer in the same time the month. the paper says more areopic now than at any time since the 1970s and "the l.a. times" reports that dangerous or incompetent caregivers is incomplete. the list is 22 years in the making, but "the times" says it's still missing serious disciplinary action against thousands of health care providers.
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i know you remember the cash for clunkers program, now, there is a cash for appliances program. you can get some big rebates if you buy energy efficient appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. the rebates range from 50 to $200. we have complete details on our website right now cnn.com/robin in the important website section. it is getting cheaper to fill your gas tank. a gallon of regular $2.62 down 13 cents from last month and now you know. barbie has had 124 careers over the years. now she has two new ones chosen by the public. there is computer engineer barbie designed by women of engineers and news anchor barbie got the most votes from little girls. the notes were written to
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her personal beautician and showfer. in the letters the princesses reveals she cannot resist opening presents early and has trouble coping with media attention. >> there are letters of hers on the market, but rarely do letters with such personal content appear and are available for the public to purchase. >> i've always been interested in diana. i thought she was a very, very nice person and i have never seen so many items for sale at one time. >> the letters sold for more than $25,000. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space. nasa is extending the mission so that the astronauts can do more work on the international space station. now, early yesterday two "endeavour" astronauts completed a six-hour space walk. they installed new components on the station. the "endeavour" is now scheduled to return on february 21st. instead of senior skip day, what about senior skip year? a state senator in utah
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reportedly wants to make the 12th grade optional to save money. he first proposed eliminating it altogether but now he says that senior year should be optional for students who finish their required credits early. critics say students already have an early graduation option and about 200 do it every year. imagine proposing to your girlfriend on live tv and she turns you down. the poor guy's girlfriend even walked out on him. new york is going to the dogs, but only certain price pooches are invited to the top dog show.
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>> you're fine. you're totally fine. >> i don't like it! >> he says you're fine, you're fine and he laughalize the way. >> one of your fellow viewers got creative in the snow this weekend. he built his own bob sled track. he got the idea when he started clearing the snow from his deck. it didn't hurt that thihad the olympics on. you're fine. don't you love that part? you're fine, you're fine. haiti's main airport may soon reoepen for commercial flights. american airlines will start
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landing there friday. last month's massive earthquake destroyed the airport's control tower and seriously damaged the terminal. the u.s. military official says crews repaired airport lighting and key parts of the terminal and the faa brought a portable control tower to haiti. harvard professor henry lewises gates will have a permanent place in the new national museum. the handcuffs he is wearing in that picture gates donated them to the new smithsonian museum. you know, i'm wondering if all the cancellations that have happened in the airport in atlanta already, i say that because there are a lot of connecting flights here, right. i wonder if they'll back off some of those since the bad
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weather is not materializing. >> a lot of those cancellations were last night. you know, atlanta is still facing some rain and some clouds, so we'll be looking for, unfortunately, some more delays. all right, many airtran and delta flights canceled in at lan lanta. louisville, kentucky, one to two-hour delays snowing right now in kentucky and also cincinnati snow up to two hours and columbus, snow, one to two hours. in st. louis where it snowed, that could slow you down with wind, as well, an hour. we're tracking this airport delays, it is a fast-moving storm. it is headed to the northeast. more at the top of the hour. >> thank you. american skiing star lindsey vonn is ready to hit the slopes and go for the gold. rafer, she had a little bit of help with the weather there. >> the weather there. that will reverse the "sports illustrated" curse. the good news for vonn, she hit
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the slopes and test out her injured shin on sunday. she feels the best she has since the february 2nd accident. now, as robin said, it pushed her first event was supposed to be yesterday but the weather has pushed that until wednesday now. so, that gives her a lot more time to recover. she was the favorite to win gold in two events and medal in a third before this training accident. more details on the crash that killed the luger from the republic of georgia. "the wall street journal" reports that nodar kumaritshvili called his father and said he was concerned bout the track's speed and especially the turn. they slowed it down and the race went on as scheduled on sunday. his remains are being flown home on wednesday. there was another scary crash, fortunately t did not end in tragedy, but it did in
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heartache. this is american patrick deneen trying a jump he never perfected and the poor guy just eats it. >> why would you try it in the olympics if you could not do it in he fell down. he lives on a horse and hay form and built a ramp in his driveway. but she young. she only 23. he will be back. u.s. speed skater, "dancing with the stars" champion, apolo ohno became the most decorated man in u.s. winter games history when he won his sixth medal and took silver, south koreans second and third, fell and got tangled. ate great stuff for him. video comes from youtube. you have to feel bad for this guy. last night's ranger game, look at the proposal. melissa, will you be my blue shirt bride? love, nick. look what she does. >> shakes her head no and walks out. >> i want to know did she say no
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to the proposal or do not do this in front of thousands of people? >> do you have any proposals that went bed? any other stories? please go to our facebook page. we know you always have good stories. the super bowl of nascar was delayed for more than two hours because of a pothole. they patched the hole and the cars went back out but it started to crumble. so they had to stop it again. they -- this time they really patched it and in end, there was a fantastic finish. what a race this was. jamie mcmurray who never won at daytona 500 held off dale earn hard jr. who won a few. a nice dramatic piece of video. he fell to his knees in tears afterwards. wait for it. there it is. that's a look at sports. >> thank you. if you need motivation, get your taxes done early. clark howard might have it for you.
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he's going to tell you how you can file online and not going to cost you a thing. one man loves a park so much that's where he wants to celebrate a century of life.
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how did your weekend go? very fast, huh? robin meade. look on the bright side. think how good spring will feel when it finally gets here because right now, the south and midwest are in for another wallop. in what seems to be an endless winter. we are now hearing from witnesses to a deadly train crash but it is still too early to tell what caused at least two trains to collide this morning. that's a new story. you know that surfing can be a dangerous sport? you will see how it turned dangerous for the spectators.
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our top story this morning, new snow or you had enough of it already. midwest getting it the worst today. then it is headed for the mid atlantic and the northeast again. now, in the south, it is causing new trouble for travelers. hundreds of flights have been canceled into and out of atlanta. here is washington, d.c., obviously, the white house. a little bit after good news. in the past hour, in georgia at least, they called off emergency operations because they were expecting freezing temperatures and they don't think it is going to materialize. okay. fine with us. check out augusta, georgia. friday's snowstorm. i-reporter ron brown, one of your fellow viewers, says they haven't gotten snow there in years. bad road conditions are blamed for a humongous pileup on i-70 near kansas city yesterday. look at how many cars you have. 15 people were hospitalized. no one suffered life-threatening injuries, thankfully. highway reopened last night. how about this? every state in the country except hawaii has snow on the
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ground somewhere today. bonnie schneider is in bob and will tell you about the weather that we are concerned about now. good morning. >> good morning, robin. it is snowing in louisville and it is snowing in cincinnati. and it is snowing in paducah, kentucky. we are looking at snow across the heartland. the advisories for atlanta have now lifted but look at this, north georgia, mountains, as you head to north carolina, still facing a threat of winter weather. we are also looking at this threat working its way to the east later tonight. advisories for the northeast will go into effect this evening. but right now the snow is really hitting parts of indianapolis pretty hard. we could see five inches of snow before this is said and done. even though it is a fast-moving storm, it is important to note that there's antarctic blast coming in directly behind it. so we will see the winds pull down much colder air and that will take the windchill factor down into the single digits in many locations. actually minneapolis, lit feel like it is below zero today. that holds true for omaha and in the south, towards nashville and memphis, lit feel like it is in
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the low 20s. really, really cold air across the eastern half of the country. dramatically cold. normal high temperature in atlanta, for example, about 53 degrees. today we will be lucky if we feel it is above 25. i will have more on this winter storm coming up. >> thank you very much. it is widespread. the ten americans jailed in haiti on kidnapping charges could be released today. haiti's deputy attorney general says he's decided whether to recommend bails for the americans and will give his decision to a judge today. the judge's decision will be final. americans are accused of trying to take dozens of children out of haiti without proper documentation. a dominican man who is acting as a legal adviser to the ten americans passes shocking charges. according to an international arrest warrant issued saturday, he is accused of running a sex trafficking ring that lured women and girls from the caribbean and central america into prostitution with offers of modeling jobs and he denies the
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charges. we are getting firsthand accounts now from a deadly commuter train crash that happened this morning in belgium. two trains hit head on during the morning rush. one woman tells cnn that the impact woke up her husband and told her that some of the passengers were thrown against the walls. the belgian government says at least ten people were killed and not 20 as originally reported. another 11, though, are hurt. new details this morning about the luger who died in a practice run at the olympics. apparently, get this, he told his dad to days before that he was afraid of that track. here's rafer with the latest that. that's sad to hear. >> it just gives you chills. this was a horrible tragedy but the father of nodar kumaritashvili tells "the wall street journal" that his son called him just days and said he was not only scared of the track but specifically the turn that claimed his life. turn was called thunderbird. get this. there were other complaints about the track's speed. it was the fastest in the world.
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officials are saying the 21-year-old from the republic jaffe gentleman died because of his human error and inexperience. but then after he died, they put up a safety wall at the steel beams. they shortened the track. they slowed it down. the president of georgia blasted olympic organizers and luge officials saying that no mistake should result in a fatality. we are showing you a memorial as they went on with the events planned. the question is whose fault is it if anybody? that's being debated on our facebook page now. >> these tracks, i think, have been increasingly fast as well. they started out fast but in success of competitions have gotten faster. 96 miles an hour. >> they were reporting speeds of up to 96 miles an hour. when kumaritashvili died, they say his speed was around 88, 90 miles per hour when he went over the wall. what's with the dueling vice presidents? joe biden and his predecessor dick cheney had a war of words on the sunday talk shows. they were asked about joe biden's remark another
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large-scale terror attack against the united states by al qaeda is unlikely. >> i think, in fact, that the situation with respect to al qaeda to say that that was a big attack we had on 9/11 but it is not likely again. i think that's dead wrong. i think that the biggest strategic threat to the united states faces today is the possibility of another 9/11 with a nuclear weapon or biological agent of some kind and i think al qaeda is out there even as we meet trying to figure out how to do that. >> i don't think that the former vice president, dick cheney, listens. the president of the united states said the state of the union we are at war with al qaeda. they are, in fact, not able to do anything remotely like they were in the past. they are on the run. i don't know where dick cheney has been. look, it is one thing, again, to criticize. it is another thing to sort of rewrite history. >> cheney does have common ground with biden. he said he support it is
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administration's strategy in afghanistan. and agrees it is time to reconsider the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. >> you are fine. >> okay, my god! >> one of your fellow viewers got creative in the snow this weekend and bit his own bobsled track off his back porch in virginia. you are fine, you are fine. giggles all the way down here. look at that. he says he got the idea when he started clearing snow from his deck. probably doesn't hurt the olympics are on, too. he has been down this thing 30 times. he had to think about the turn and everything. how to bank it. seven minutes past the hour. you could be getting more snow on top of whatever it is you made over the weekend. if you live in an their got snow. here we go again. bonny schnider in for bob. >> you are right.
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here we goen. more snow. fast mover this time. we are looking at a major blizzard. great news for the mid atlantic. there are folks that want the snow up into the northeast and ski resorts and vermont, new hampshire, massachusetts. they are like, hey, we want the snow. they are going to get witness this storm. right now the snow is hitting hard into indiana and particularly into kentucky where the snow has been very steady. lot of that is sliding on into ohio at this hour. check this out. ashland, kentucky, columbus, ohio, snow starting where you are for the morning commute. and if you are heading to work today i know it is a holiday for many people. you will as if heavier snow in the latter part of the day. here is the storm. our extreme weather showing you that this is a fast-moving clipper system, meaning it will clip the area, dumping light to moderate snow. possible we get six to eight inches in some areas, particularly in the interior sections of the northeast and that includes as far south aspen pen. overall the cold arctic air coming in behind the system will be felt as far south as alabama and into areas, even here in georgia, let's show you a live picture of atlanta this morning.
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we were ready for the snow. only didn't get any. a lot of rain. temperatures have been in the 40s but falling. i have to tell new atlanta, it is going to feel like it is in the 20s all day today. so bundle up. overall, wow, is it going to be cold out there? mott just cold down south. cold in the midwest and northeast. check this out. temperatures are only at 16 in chicago, 26 in detroit. that brutally blast of wintry weather is pulling down colder air so the windchill forecast tore in indianapolis right now is 12 degrees. it is really cold and snowing. not everybody is cold. in the southwest we are looking at mild temperatures, l.a., phoenix, 77. no problem. right? but florida's little cooler for this time of year. high in tampa, 55 which sounds great to most folks dealing with the bitter cold. and i can tell thank you pattern is changing. tomorrow the storm will still continue to bring the snow across the great lakes but eventually milder air will work its way across the country and that should get us back to normal, robin. back to normal.
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i think it will feel like a heat wave. >> did you say milder temperatures? >> yes. >> yea. thank you. stunning video as three hooded gunmen broke into a church service and started shooting. ♪ >> did you see a few of the young people kind of ducking there? you are going hear from people inside the church at the time.
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okay. our salute to the troops today from luke r. like effort of the u.s. navy. as his mother puts it someplace in the atlantic. >> good morning, robin. this is sue collins. i wanted to wish my son, machinist mate luke, a happy valentine's day and we wanted to let him know we appreciate what he's doing for our country and i hope that wherever he's at he will be face and that he will
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get to come home soon when he's done. your family and friends love and you miss you very much. >> nice message, sue. if you have somebody in the service, too, go to cnn.com/robin. chaos and panic erupted in a church yesterday when this happened. ♪ that is gunfire you are hearing during the church service. 100 people scrambled for cover. police in richmond, halve, three hooded gunmen opened fire and two teenagers were shot. it is not clear if the 14 and 19-year-olds were the targets. >> in the middle of church service. 12:30 in the afternoon. very brazen attack. >> if up can't be safe at church where can you be safe at? >> this is a church. to me like they committed a cardinal zblin police say that the two victims are expected to recover. richmond, by the way, is just north of berkeley, california.
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miss jennifer is off. let's talk money together here. toyota is trying to put to rest speculation that its sudden acceleration problems go beyond sticky gas pedals and floor mats. it says an independent engineering firm found no evidence of a problem with the electronic throttle controls. toyota may expand the warranties from five years to ten and offer people cash incentives to buy again. good news and bad news if you have spring breakers in your house. good news is according to "the wall street journal" hotel rates are down. about 14% from last year. bad news is the airfares are up. 12%. cheapest spring break destinations are palm beach, ft. lauderdale, orlando, and miami. san juan, puerto rico, too. the last time that you stayed at a hotel, what movie rental did you see? was it this one? ♪ i can feel it coming
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♪ in the edge of night >> i like it, he starts zbrooving with him. "the hangover" tops the list for top movie rental by hotel customers in 2009. it is according to lodgenet. rounding out the top five, "taken." "paul blart." few day misand it is already a historic olympic games. the u.s. is bringing home its first medal ever. a certain sport. more on that. parents of an american college student just heard her body was found in the rubble of the quake in haiti. and now they have to find a way to move on.
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17 minutes past the hour. hope you are on time on a monday. the professor accused of killing three cole eegleagues at the university of alabama was a suspect in a mail bombing in 1993. "the boston globe" says that police are revisiting that case where amy bishop anderson reportedly had a dispute with a harvard colleague. she was also arrested and cleared in the shooting death of her brother in 1986. bishop spoke as police arrested her friday. >> anything to say? do you know about what happened? >> it didn't happen. >> what about the people that died? >> they are still live. >> witnesses say that anderson
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opened fire at a faculty meeting friday after learning she had not made tenure. three people were killed. three people were wounded. students spoke about her as a teacher. >> she didn't seem like, you know, she would do anything like this. she wasn't -- i don't want to say crazy but it wasn't anything like that. she didn't seem that way. she was a teacher, you know. went to class and asked questions. not at all. she made jokes and everything. she was a normal, normal professor. >> she was known for her difficulty and there's month way around taking her like, you know, everybody is like -- now i have to take bishop. >> if convicted, bishop could face the death penalty. hey, did you hear that the daytona 500 was delayed for hours because of a pothole on the track? what are you going to do when have you cars going at, i don't know, 200 miles an hour? >> just about. probably resembled rush hour in a lot of big cities. sit here and wait for them to fix it.
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good morning. the super bowl of nascar on hold for over two hours when they noticed this. this pothole in the track. they say that bad weather is what caused the pothole. they patched it once. cars went back out but as they sped over it, the patch started to crumble so they really patched it up this time. and in the end, over six hours after it started, it was a fantastic finish. jamie mcmurray, led two laps the entire race, but they were the two that counted. held off dale earnhardt jr. to win his first ever daytona 500. and afterwards he broke down in tears and fell to his knees. right there. the nba all-star game made history. my jaw dropped when i heard this. they played in front after record crowd of 108,000 people. >> wow. >> played at dallas cowboys stadium. the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game ever. average for a football game is 70 thousand. they criticized the nba for not being popular. when i heard this, maybe it is popular after all.
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the u.s. made history at the winter games. johnny spillane became the first american ever to medal in this event. the nordic combined. this is where you ski jump followed by a brutally cross-country race. he took silver finishing .4 second behind chappuis. they train 300 days out of the year. drew brees, another success story, in another parade. this was his best outfit yet. the king of baucus for mardi gras. throw out the beads. >> a big honor. >> it is a big honor. about honor. threw foam footballs. that's the place to be right now. new orleans. >> regardless of the weather. thank you. haiti's main airport may reopen for commercial flights. the u.s. military official tells reuters american airlines will
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start landing there friday. last month's massive earthquake destroyed the airport's control tower. and it seriously damaged the terminal. the u.s. military officials says that crews repaired airport lighting and key parts of the terminal and the faa brought in a portable control tower to haiti. you probably heard of senior skip day. what if students could skip the entire year?
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you are getting a new round of severe weather warnings in the south and in the midwest. what about the mid atlantic? bonnie is in for bob today. she says some areas could get up to six inches of snow. a snow emergency goes into effect in d.c. in the next hour. after getting three feet of snow in two of the big storms last week, they are expecting more today. former president bill clinton returns to work today. he may anyway. it is according to his doctor. clinton had a heart procedure thursday for a clogged artery. the former president says that he plans to keep working as the
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u.n. special envoy for haiti. hillary clinton says her husband is in great shape. the shuttle "endeavour" will spend an extra day in space. "endeavour" is scheduled to return february 21. yesterday two astronauts completed a space walk and installed new component oents the station. those were the headlines. check in with you, a snowy weekend for a lot of people. how was your weekend? i'm robin meade. a massachusetts couple got heartbreaking news on valentine's day that their daughter's body was found in haiti. 19-year-old brittney gangle went to haiti on a service trip with her school. her parents tell wcvb their goal is to bring their daughter's remains back home. >> we didn't want her to be in haiti forever. as horrific as it is we received a phone call, we are glad we
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did. we are just going to be glad to have her back home. >> brittney gangel was on a service trip called journey of hope. eight people from the skirl were evacuated safely from haiti. lynn university says that three other students and two faculty members were killed when their hotel collapsed in haiti's capital. three people, including a child, were killed in a helicopter crash near phoenix. and aviation officials are trying to figure out what caused the chopper to go down yesterday. witness witness said he saw the chopper spiralling and a plume of smoke. authorities say it burst into flames when it hit the ground. 12 civilians were killed. it happened in southern afghanistan where 15,000 coalition fighters are attacking the taliban. u.s. general mcchrystal apologized to afghanistan's president. nato announced the offensive ahead of time so that people could get out of harm's way. an afghan spokesperson said 27 taliban fighters had been
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killed. kevin smith says he was kicked off of a southwest flight because he didn't fit into the seat and he's angry about it. smith has been given details all about it on twitter. he normally buys two tickets for extra space. there was only one seat left on the particular flight. he says that southwest has messed with, quote, the wrong sedentary processed foods eater. southwest has apologized, though. and it gave smith a voucher, flight voucher. the airline says, though, the crew is responsible for the safety and comfort of all customers and they followed policy when they decided that smith neededing a second seat. take a look at the pictures from the maverick surf contest. elite surfers are invited to the competition off of pillar point, california. the mean waves can reach 40 feet and several rogue waves knocked down some of the fans. look at this. 13 people were injured. some even have broken bones. >> and i felt my ankle snap.
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you got to definitely respect the ocean. it is one of those things. >> i-reporter scott anderson took this picture of a monster wave and captured people being swept away. he says as many as 50 people were knocked over. he himself got soaked up to the knees trying to snap the picture. police say that two of the injured people had to be taken to the hospital. the weather situation, i'm going say, is changing right now. as we speak, bonnie schneider's in for bob to map out who is getting wintry weather after all. good morning. >> early this morning, 3:00 a.m., we thought maybe atlanta would get a little bit of snow. but it looks like the cold air didn't catch up with the moisture in time. that doesn't mean we are not going to see measurable and shovelable the snow if that's a word for parts of kentucky and into ohio. we are seeing possibly six inches. we can see higher amounts as well. the wind will be strong. when we have the strong wind it can tend to blow about the snow. here's where it is snowing at this hour. all through the heartland into
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indiana and illinois and specifically into kentucky and down in georgia and into alabama, the temperatures have been too warm for real accumulating snow. at least this go-behind and back out to kentucky, certainly cold enough with temperatures in the 20s there. here's our extreme weather tracker. we can show you pressure zips across fast-moving system and eventually will bring measurable snow to the northeast. new york city, you are going to see snow. it will mix with rain. we have a live picture this morning to show you of new york city. and the temperatures are cold. what a beautiful shot of the statue of liberty. looks like the sun is shining, gorgeous weather. and it is all going to change. we are looking for some snow there and mixing with rain at times tonight and tomorrow. since it is president's day many people have the day off and weather is nice to walk around the city today. i would advise strongly to bundle up. check this out. it is cold out there. the current temperature in new york city is 28 degrees. now, the brutally windchill makes it feel much colder. our windchill factor takes us down to 19 there but even colder in cleveland. feeling like it is only 4
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degrees. that's not so difficult to believe in february. right? when you start heading further to the south and into places like dallas the windchill factor will be in the 20s and in atlanta, georgia, lit feel likes in the 20s as well. it is kind -- cooler as you can see through florida. we have a high temperature today of 66 in tampa. that's below normal even though it does not seem that cold. eventually some milder air will work its way into the forecast but for tomorrow, this is shgood news for people that love to ski in new england. everyone has been saying up there, hey, where's our snow? we want heavy snow to go skiing in vermont, new hampshire, and up into maine. you are going to get it tomorrow. this storm system has taken a track a little further inland. which means that the heavier bands of snow will stay more in interior new england rather than pound the bigger sites along i-95. so washington, baltimore, you are catching a break with this storm. it will bring snow but mix with rain and too mild to get more heavy snow out of this system. another widespread view of the advisories just to mention back
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out to the west and why yap, it is also going tofeel brutdally cold. in omaha it will feel like it is can below zero. >> our yet out. one man loves legolano so much he went there to celebrate his 100th birthday. one of the park's master builders made a miniature model of ed baker to honor him. baker's developmentally disabled and loves his yearly visits. >> every year we come for ed's birthday. and he loves it here. and we make suggestions to -- for variety, go on a cruise, go to hawaii. that would be nice but i need to go to legolano. he loves this police. >> baker turns 100 wednesday and he credits a daily mug of root beer and fun hobbies for his long life. if you missed out on cash for clunkers, get ready for rebates for appliances. what do you have to do to
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qualify? more on that. letters written by princess diana are auctioned off. they reveal personal details.
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good morning. let's look at the papers together. we all do the work for you. "usa today" reports anti-u.s. forces in afghanistan are increasing their use of roadside bombs. coalition troops found more than 700 bombs in january compared to fewer than 300 in the same month last year. "the new york times" reports medical schools are seeing a comeback. the paper says that more opening right now than at any time since the 70s. "l.a. times" reports that a federal database of dangerous or incompetent caregivers is
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incomplete. the list is the 22 years in the making but the times says it is still missing serious discipline action against thousands of health care workers. let prers princess diana hit the auction block over the weekend. the notes were written to her personal beautician and chauffeur. in the letters the princess reveals she couldn't resist opening presents early and had trouble coping with the attention of the media. >> princess diana was a prolific letter writer. such personal content appear and are available for the public to purchase. >> i have always been interested in diana and thought she was a very, very nice person. i have never seen so many eye ems for sale at one time. >> the letters sold for more than $25,000. okay. i know you remember cash for clunkers. now there's going to be cash for appliances. you can get some big named
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rebates or some big rebates if you buy energy efficient appliances like refrigerators or washing machines. the rebates range from 50 bucks to $250. it depends on the appliance in the state you live in. we have details about the program at our website. cnn.com/robin. under the important website section. it is getting cheaper to fill up your gas tank. aaa says a gallon of regular now goes for $2.62, down three cents from a week ago. it is down 13 cents from last month. did you know that barbie has had 124 careers over the years? now she has two more chosen by public. engineer barbie. and there is news anchor barbie. that one, by the way, got the most votes from girls. important rule. if you are going to propose to your girlfriend in front of thousands of people, you might want to be pretty sure that she's going to say yes. plus, oscar winner jamie foxx is
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stepping up to help high school musicians. the students call it a dream come true.
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enough people love the new movie "valentine's day" to make it the top draw at the box office this weekend. it made more than $52 million. a record for president's day weekend. second with $31 million. john mccain will face a challenge from his own party to hang on to his arizona senate seat. former republican congressman j.d.hayworth is announcing his
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candidacy. hayworth is telling voters mccain has gotten too liberal for arizona. imagine racing in yesterday's daytona 500 with a car from the '70s. it is a challenge some musician face. yesterday they got help from jamie foxx and the organization future stage. four houston schools will each get $25,000 worth of new instruments. >> an expression you can't explain. i started out in classical piano, if you can believe that. i started out in classical. i had a scholarship in classical pea an oh united states international university is where i started out. >> some of the instruments that the students used now are decades old and some are even held together with duct tape. people in boulder, colorado are the happiest and the healthiest in the country. says who? it is from a new study reported in "usa today." holland-grand haven, michigan.
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honolulu. study looks at the well-being of people in the cities across the country and it says the west generally ranks the best and the south, the worst. and also, large cities often do better than do the smaller ones. lindsey vonn says she's ready to hit the slopes and try to go for gold. here's rafer with more on how the weather apparently helped her. >> why. i mean, americans are doing better than expected. maybe we have even more good news because lindsey vonn, they have been calling her the michael phelps of the winter games. she hit the slopes to test out an injured shin sunday. she said yeah, i still hurt a little bit. but it feels the best that she has since that february 2nd accident after she puts cheese on it. that was from a past sports cast. you need to watch us every day. she's getting help from bad weather as robin said. her first event was supposed to be on sunday. that weather pushed it to this wednesday now. that gives her a lot more time to recover. she was the favorite to win gold in two events and medal in a
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third before that training accident. we have more details on the crash that killed a luger from the republic of georgia. "the wall street journal" reports nodar kumaritashvili called his father and actually told his dad that he was afraid of the track's speed specifically the curve where he died. now, officials afterwards put up a safety wall in front of those steel beams and slowed the track down. they ruled the crash was the 21-year-old's fault. i say you couldn't put up the safety wall in front of the steel beams before someone died? at least pads? it is a tragedy. another scary crash. fortunately it did not end in tragedy but it did end in heartache. american patrick deneen was trying a jump he never perfected when the poor guy just bit it. he was trying this jump because he said he immediated to make a bold move to get on the podium and, unfortunately, did not work. you know what? he's young and he will be back. he lives on a horse and hay form and built a ramp in his driveway. only 23. we will see him again in four
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years. u.s. speed skater and "dancing with the stars" champion apolo ohno became the most decorated man in u.s. winter games history. he was about to finish fourth in the short track. when you just saw what happened two south koreans in front of him fell down. now he ties bonnie blair for the most medals ever by an american winter olympian. our video of the week comes to us from youtube. >> come here and watch this. >> you have to see this. you feel bad for this guy. it is a proposal on the jumbotron. will you be my blue shirt bride? love nick. look what she does. gets up and walks out. poor nick. >> i wonder if she was just mad it was in front of people or had no intentions to marry him. >> we were not able to track down nick for a comment. she's clearly upset about one or both. do you have any store bees proposals that have gone bad? this is pretty bad. can you top it? go to our facebook page, cnn.com/robin and we will try to get them on the air.
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>> she may have been thinking, you know about a nice romantic dinner and here they are at a hockey game. that may have been her reaction. >> maybe she got dinner beforehand. i don't know. she got good seats. just fake it and then tellseats. fake it and then tell him no later. if you're paying to file your taxes this year hln money expert says there is an easy way for a lot of us to file for free. >> so much fuss made just recently about how the irs won't answer your phone call a lot of the time and even if they answer the phone call they might not be able to give you the right info and they're not responsible for giving you the wrong info anyway. let me tell you something positive. the irs has a program called free file. where most taxpayers can go to a special link on the irs' website and you have access to software that you can prepare your income taxes for free and file electronically for free.
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now, i said most taxpayers. because under the irs program there are income limits who can file for the free filing, but enough competitors out there that if you try one provider's software and you don't like it, go try somebody else's because no risk other than the little extra time trying one program and going and using another one and it's free. i'm clark howard. for more money saving tips go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. he's on the weekends on hln. a big-name republican is sounding off about the don't ask, don't tell policy. former dick cheney's daughter is openly gay and what he said to appeal that policy.
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good morning, i'm robin meade and i'm glad that you're part of the early morning club, even if you're not glad to be up so early. here's what's going on this hour on "morning express with robin meade." new information about a deadly commuter train crash that happened in belgium. this hour you're hearing from a witness and you'll hear what he saw there. by now you probably heard about a horrible luge accident that claimed a life on friday.
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we'll take you lirve to vancouver and how that impacted all of the games. first, though, our top story this morning. new snow where you already had enough. the midwest is getting it the worse and headed for the mid-atlantic and northeast, again. in the south some flights were canceled into and out of atlanta. the good news in that region they have called off emergency operations in georgia because it is warmer than expected. check out augusta, georgia, though from friday's snow storm. ron brown, one of your fellow viewers said they have not gotten snow there in years and he took these pictures. bad road conditions are blamed for a huge pileup on i-70 near kansas city yesterday. do you see this? >> the visibility was really poor. by the time i saw these cars in front of me, i had half a second to react. it was terrible, i couldn't see anything. i was about to get off the highway, but too late for that. >> 15 people were hospitalized and nobody suffered any life-threatening injuries and that's good.
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the highway reopened last night. how about this, every state in the country except hawaii has some snow right now. i said this friday and same thing today. bonnie schneider is in today for bob van dillen with the latest on a new winter system. give me a break, right? >> even florida has snow on the ground from last week's system and now the advisories are posted and extending eastward into new york and new england started to get some advisories because this fast-moving storm is on the move. continue to bring snow to the heartland. places like louisville, snow on the ground and lexington, across kentucky. cincinnati, lower sections of ohio and pennsylvania and accumulating snow and the good news for the northeast, places that want snow like the mountains of vermont, new hampshire you could get it with this system and up to a foot of snow in the higher elevations. by contrast, better conditions for d.c. we do have winter weather advisories posted, but the
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measurable snowfall will be a lot less than the pummeling storms we saw earlier in the week, robin. rain will mix in at times giving the snow to where we want it and less to where we don't. more coming up in a few minutes. >> another system we're watching today. at least ten people were killed in a head-on train crash that happened in belgium and it's not clear what caused it. one witness here is describing the impact. >> i was on the train that was coming at the side and, basically, i saw well a carnage, there was just two cars and one had gone over the top of the other one. we had gone over the side and, basically, we hit one of the carriages and all the cables from above they came on to our train. then we were told to stay there while the emergency crews came. >> well, the belgium government
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says at least 11 other people were hurt in the crash and they're being treated at a nearby sports center. officials say it was snowing at the time of the crash, but not an unusual amount. the ten americans jailed in haiti on child kidnapping charges could be released today. now, haiti's attorney general says he decided whether to recommend bail for the americans and will give his decision to a judge today. the judge's decision will be final. the americans are accused of trying to take dozens of kids out of haiti without the proper documentation. you know what, a dominican man who was acting as a legal adv e adviser to the ten americans faces shocking charges. according to an international arrest warrant issued saturday, he is accused of running a sex trafficking ring that lured women and girls from the caribbean and central america into prostitution with offers of modeling jobs. he denies the charges. what is with the dueling vice presidents? veep joe biden and his predecessor dick cheney had a war of words on the sunday talk
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shows. they were asked about biden's remark that a large-scale terror attack against the united states by al qaeda is unlikely. >> i think, in fact, the situation with respect to al qaeda to say that that was a big attack we had on 9/11 but not likely again is dead wrong. i think the biggest strategic threat the united states faces today is the possibility of another 9/11 with a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind and i think alcade saw out there even as we meet trying to figure out how to do that. >> i don't think the former vice president dick cheney listens. the president of the united states said the state of the union we're at war with al qaeda. they are, in fact, not able to do anything remotely like they were in the past. they are on the run. i don't know where dick cheney has been. look, it's one thing, again, to criticize, it's another thing to sort of rewrite history. >> now, cheney does have some common ground with biden.
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he says he completely supports the administration's strategy in afghanistan. there are new details this morning about the luger who died in a practice run at the olympics. apparently he told his dad a few days before that he was afraid of that track. rafer with more on that. >> and, robin, given the severity of this tragedy, as you can imagine, a lot of fingerpointing going on right now. the father of nodar kumaritashvili said his son called him just prior to the accident and scared of one of the turns specifically the turn that claimed his life. now, there were other complaints other than his about the track's speed. this was the fastest track in the world, but officials are saying that the 21-year-old from the republic of georgia died because of his human error. but after the tragedy, they put up a safety wall at the turn, shortened the track and slowed it down. the president of georgia blasted olympic organizers and luge officials saying no mistake should result in a fatality. we're showing you video of a
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memorial there. so whose fault is it? that is being debated on our facebook page. pretty heated debate. >> what a tough situation. i can't imagine being the next person to have to go down on that track. they've done that, correct? they already had a run. >> they resumed the races on sunday. >> thanks. okay, bonnie is in for bob this morning, once again, the endless winter delivers another storm system. in fact for some areas that are not used to winter storms. good morning. >> good morning, robin. snow in kentucky, for example, but first this weather is brought to you by sudafed. let's go ahead and talk about what's going on. a snowy day across much of the country. look at this, the snow is steady in indianapolis, louisville, kentucky and cincinnati, ohio. to the south, a tiny bit, a little pocket of wintry weather is occurring down, i'd say towards southern alabama on into
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southern georgia. interestingly enough the cold air didn't catch the moisture in time to give us snow in atlanta. we did see a steady rain, that's for sure. temperatures across georgia are cooling down and then across kentucky where the snow is steady is in the 20s. as we take a look at our extreme weather, snow heavier through the interior of new england. this means into upstate new york and the catskill mountains you'll see a foot of snow and new hampshire, maine, western mass, snow, that's what you want. we have seen not enough this winter. but look at this, because of the track of low pressure further inland places like washington and baltimore, mixed rain and snow which will be light which is beneficial after all the snow we've seen. new york city, the temperature 32 degrees and live picture of what it looks like outside manhattan. there's a picture of downtown and you can see we're looking at nice conditions there, just remember it's brutally cold.
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feels like 21 degrees. if you have that long walk to the subway, make sure you bail up in the layers. same for chicago, as well. the windchill factor in chicago is 11 degrees. even colder there. the brutal windchill will be felt as far south as texas today, robin, at times it will feel like it's in the 20s. >> that's all. okay, thank you. some big changes coming to your cell phone apps and what could happen now that two dozen mobile companies fornled an alliance. stunning video as three hooded gunmen broke into a church service and apparently started shooting. hear from people who were inside when that happened.
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today's salute is from machinist luke r. weiker of the u.s. navy. luke is on his first deployment, according to his mom, some place in the atlantic. >> i want to wish my son machinist luke r. weiker a happy valentine's day and we appreciate what he's doing for our country and i hope that wherever he's at that he'll be safe and that he'll get to come home soon when he's done. your family and friends love you and miss you very much. >> you bet you. sue, thank you very much. if you have somebody in the service, you can do the same. go to cnn.com/robin and salute them. the government is making it so that you know the organic milk that you drink is really organic. imposed new standards that says the milk must come from a cow that gets fresh grass. the old rules just required that organic milk come from a cow
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whose feed was grown without feed or pesticides, a little bit more strict. incredible. it is gunfire you hear during a church service. three hooded gunmen opened fire on worshippers and two teenagers were shot and it's not clear if the 14 and 19 year olds were the targets. >> and this is in the middle of church service, 12:30 in the afternoon and very brazen attack. >> if you can't be safe at church, where can you be safe at? >> this is a church, to me, it's like they committed a cardinal sin. >> the two victims are expoekted to recover. richmond, by the way, just north of berkeley, california. jen is off, so, i'm going to have your money news right now. toyota is trying to put to rest any speculation that there are some acceleration problems and goes beyond sticky gas pedals
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and floor mats. an independent engineering firm found no evidence of a problem with the electronic throttle control. reuters says that toyota may expand its warranties from five years to ten and offer cash incentives to get people to buy their cars again. there might soon be more apps for whatever cell phone you have. they are joining forces to create an open platform so apps can be used on any mobile device. they want to match the success of apple's app store which has more than 100,000 apps. the last time you stayed at a hotel, what movie rental did you see? ♪ ♪ i can feel it coming in the air tonight ♪ >> was it this one? "the hangover" tops the list of the top hotel movie rentals of 2009. wait, here comes the best part.
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it's according to lodge net. "taken" "paul blart mall cop," "angels & demons." bonnie schneider has your travel update. it is a rough one for where? >> ohio and kentucky, robin. that's where we're looking at delays. it is snowing there right now. some flights canceled in atlanta because of the expected snow. let's show you the rest of the delays as you look at flight explorer. activity across the west coast and delays in san francisco due to low clouds, though we see plenty of clouds on the map. already there have been cancellations and other delays across the country now. we can show you what else is happening. delays in dallas, windy weather there pulling down colder temperatures and louisville, kentucky, snow. cincinnati you're looking at snow, too.
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and not too far in columbus, snow, snow, snow. more snow in st. louis just like yesterday and kansas city, too. we'll have more on the weather forecast coming up. the waves were supposed to be huge for a surfing competition in california, but you have to see what happened when one crash under to fans watching on shore.
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i'm rafer weigel with sports. can you believe the daytona a 00 was delayed because of a pa pothole. that's right the super bowl of nascar was on old for over two hours when they noticed a pothole in the track. they patched the hole once and
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they let the cars go back out it happened, because of bad weather. but as they sped over it it started to crumble. so this time they really patched it. if you kept watching more than six hours after the race started you saw an amazing finish. jamie macmurray held off dale earnhardt jr. to win his first daytona 500. you can see how much it meant to him after the win he fell to his knees and broke down. u.s. made history at the olympic games. johnny spillane became the first to medal. he took silver finishing just 0.04 behind jason chappluis. look at how they just collapsed afterwards.
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super bowl winning quarterback drew brees. there you go, there's the medal count. drew brees was in another parade but this time dressed the best ever, the king of bacchus. threw the beads out there and 10,000 little foam footballs into the crowd. >> that's an honor. >> it is an honor and very scenic and that's a look at sports. >> look at those costume sxwlz and the trophy. the maverick surf contest. a lead surfer who is invited to this competition off of pillar point, california. the waves are huge, they could be 40 feet. keep watching, several waves knocked into some of the fans. 13 people were injured. what would you do? some had broken bones. >> i felt my ankle snap. you have to definitely respect the ocean. it is just one of those things. >> well, ireporter scott
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anderson took this picture of a monster wave ask captured people being swept away. as many as 50 people were knocked over and he got soaked up to his knees trying to snap the picture. two of the injured people had to be taken to the hospital. here's a blast from 1979. ♪ ♪ oh, my little pretty one my pretty one ♪ >> the song "my sharona" was a huge hit for the band the knack and there is news today that the lead singer doug fieger died yesterday morning in california after a long battle with cancer. he was only 57. 12 civilians were killed when rockets missed the intended
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target. nato announced the offensive ahead of time to get out of harm's way. 27 taliban fighters have been killed. actor/director kevin smith is really upset. he was kicked off a flight going back to hollywood and he has a warning for the airline that did it.
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getting a new round of severe weather warnings in the south and in the midwest and d.c. a snow emergency went into effect this hour after getting three feet of snow in two big storms last week that area is expecting more today. right now the belgium prime minister is on his way to the scene of a deadly commuter train crash that happened this morning. at least ten people were killed when two trains head on and it appeared that one of them didn't
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heed a stoplight but a railroad spokesperson would not discuss a cause. former president bill clinton may return to work today. he had a procedure on thursday for a clogged artery. he plans to keep working as the special envoy for haiti. secretary of state hillary clinton says her husband is in great shape. how are you doing this morning? it's 30 minutes past the hour. i hope you're on time. a massachusetts couple got heartbreaking news on valentine's day that their daughter's bougdy was found in haiti. she went to a trip with her school. her parents said that their goal now is to bring their daughter's remains home. >> our worst fears is that she would be in haiti forever. as horrific as it is that we received the phone call, we're glad that we did. we're just going to be glad to
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have her back home. their daughter's funeral is set for saturday. eight people from the school were evacuated safely from haiti. lynn university says two other students and three service members were killed when the hotel collapsed. dick cheney is trying to rewrite history and they criticized the plan to try suspects in terror courts, especially the guy accused in a failed christmas day airline bombing. biden says the bush administration did the same thing with hundreds of accused terrorists. >> the thing i learned from watching that unfold is that the administration was not equipped to deal with the aftermath in the sense that they didn't know what to do with the guy. >> he's entitled to his own opinions. he's not entitled to rewrite history. he's not entitled to his own facts. the christmas day bomber was treated the exact same way that
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he suggested the shoe bomber was treated, absolutely the same way. >> the military commission wasn't in place when the shoe bomber was tried. the obama administration has not ruled out a military trial for the suspected 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed. amy bishop anderson was arrested on friday, look. >> ma'am, do you have anything to say about what happened? >> didn't happen. >> the boston globe says that police are revisiting the mail bombing case where anderson reportedly had a dispute with a harvard colleague. she was also arrested and cleared in the shooting death of her brother in 1986. >> a psychologist told hln why the alabama shooting case is unusual. >> women tend not to be aggressive, they tend to be
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passive aggressive. when we're angry we'll steal someone's paperwork that they need behind their backs and they don't have it. we'll talk to our friends and bad mouth them. we don't typically go on and be aggressive. >> anderson opened fire at a faculty meeting friday after hearing she did not make tenure. if convicted she could face the death penalty. a prayer service was held at the university yesterday, i'm sorry, i thought it was a different story. the school is also providing grief counselors for the students, understandably so. >> give me a little more encouragement to just keep moving and not think about it. i don't know if we're past the tears, we'll never be past the tears. >> the university also plans to hold a memorial service on friday for the three faculty members who were killed. actor/director kevin smith says he was kicked off a southwest flight because he
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didn't fit properly into his seat and he's angry about that. smith was given details all about it on twitter. normally would buy two tickets for the extra space, but says only one seat left on this flight and southwest has messed with "the wrong sedentary processed foods eater." southwest apologized and gave him a flight voucher. the crew is responsibility for the safety and comfort of all customers and they followed suit when they decided that smith needed a second seat. bonnie schneider is in for bob and thinking about raising the totals that some of you may see for snow today, where? >> you're right, i just did, robin. i just updated this graphic to show heavier amounts of snow. right here into the mountains of west virginia and also not too far away in parts of ohio. we could see with this system six to ten inches. just under a foot. one continues all day today for a good portion of kentucky into ohio, west virginia and even
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pennsylvania. areas you see highlighted in blue, those are advisories areas where i'm expecting two inches or less of snow mixing in with rain, not to say there won't be sleet. here's something brand-new. winter weather advisories posted into new england and even boston has an advisory that begins much later tonight into tuesday. but in the immediate future, watch out for some snow starting tonight into the d.c. area and very light and maybe one to three inches in parts of virginia mixing in with rain. as you go north, so different from the previous storms. we'll actually see heavier amounts. three to five in the philadelphia area and three to six in new york. so we'll see it into fairfield county. here's. big picture rain sweeping up from the south and back side producing some snow and wintry conditions. temperatures are so cold in indianapolis that snow is sticking 22 degrees there and, really, the snow bands are the heaviest through covington and ashland and then straight
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through blue field and west virginia and down in danville, virginia, that's just north of north carolina. the temperature is 34 degrees. we will see mixing at times and be careful if you're driving in the piedmont of north carolina, you'll see changing conditions there. this low will work its way to the north and east and taking a totally different track than the previous storms. more snow for interior sections of new england and that includes the catskill mountains of new york all the way up to the mountains of vermont, new hampshire and even into maine. those of you who love to ski, you'll be getting your snow, heavy at times possibly up to a foot and also seeing a blast of arctic air behind this system as if it hasn't been cold enough in the deep south, it will stay cold. the northeast also facing some chilly conditions. we have temperatures that are in the 30s and into the 20s and the windchill factor dropping well down into the teens, even cincinnati the windchill factor is at 29 and indianapolis it feels like it is nine degrees and it feels like it is only 8 degrees in montreal and canada.
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it's really cold out there and i want to show you what it looked like in atlanta over the weekend. snow in centennial park, we thought we'd get more this morning, but we didn't. it's on the ground there and made for very pretty pictures. a snowman not too far outside of the cnn center. very creative. some good, good pictures there. a cold one in atlanta, robin. >> snow packed very well. turns out sometimes pope benedict xvi apparently just wants to rock. the vatican just released its list of the top ten pop music albums of all-time in its official newspaper. i kid you not, number one, beatles "revolver" and then david crosby, pink floyd and fleetwood mac and the newspaper admits, okay, the list is just kind of semi-serious. all right. one utah lawmaker has a
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controversial idea for cutting the budget. get rid of the 12th grade and you have to hear the incredible story of the man who taught himself to play the guitar with just one arm.
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remember cash for clunkers program? now there is cash for appliances. you can get some big rebates if you buy energy efficient appliances like refrigerators or washing machines. the rebates range from $200 to $250 depending on the appliance and the state where you live. we do have complete details about the refund right now. get this, google is apologizing to its g-mail users
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over its social networking tools called google buzz. google gave you a ready-made circle of friends based on your e-mail and chat contacts. now, users said, huh, maybe i don't want everyone to know who i chat with. google says it will now merely suggest people you. barbie has two more careers. computer engineer barbie and there is news anchor barbie. that one got the most votes from little girls. there you go. the americans jailed in haiti might get out on bail today but their case continues to get a little bit more bizarre. susan hendricks in for richard today working on that story in the new hour. >> good morning, robin. the man who is the legal adviser to those americans is facing charges himself. now, what we don't know is could this possibly delay their release from jail? we'll have that story.
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talk about a bad day at work. a 911 operator takes a call from a frantic woman whose baby is choking and then realizes the call is from his own wife. if you can imagine. it will feel pretty good when spring finally arrives but today we're tracking even more winter weather. robin? >> thank you. john mccain will face a challenge from his own party to hang on to his arizona senate seat. now former republican congressman j.d. hayworth is announcing his candidacy today. analysts called 73-year-old mccain a tough fighter. hayworth is telling voters that mccain has gotten too liberal for arizona. a man with one arm was not stopped he learned to play the guitar at age of 4 by watching his dad and then at the age of 6 created his first prosthetic guitar pick. >> here's the oldest pick i have
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and right now i'm using a brass pick and what it is, it's a piece of nylon webbing that is attached to a metal ring and it fits on my arm like this and what i do is after i get it on it just, i use the pick like that. so, i strum and pick individual notes with this and then i fret with my left hand. >> he graduated from the atlanta music institute and released his first album in 2006. he plays shows all over the southeast. instead of senior skip day, what about senior skip year? are you kidding me? a state senator in utah reportedly wants to make the 12th grade optional to save money. he first proposed eliminating it there altogether but now says senior year could be optional. critics say students already have an early graduation option and only about 200 a year do that. people are still talking about the tragedy at the olympics when a luger died during a training run. apparently, though, he told his
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dad he was worried about the track just days before. a live report from the games.
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i'm really wondering if the track for the luge will have to slow down, be made slower after we had the death of the republic of georgia luger before the games even started. rafer has the latest on that. >> yeah, robin, it happened on friday and still what people are talking about. as you said, this 21-year-old luge, from the republic of georgia dies on a training run, well, given what he shared with his father before he died that also is a shocking development. now, mark mckay is live in vancouver and he has been following the game and more on the controversy that this has caused. hey, mark, good morning. >> good morning, rafer. we heard from the father of nodar kumaritashvili in a compelling interview with "the wall street journal" saying he spoke to his son before the run and he told his father he was scared of the track and scared of one turn in particular.
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of course, he lost his life on friday in turn 16. what was even more tragic is that his son had dreamed of becoming an olympian since childhood. >> robin touched on it, this has caused a little bit of a controversy. they're saying it was his fault, but they made some changes to the track and that's at the center of it. could you talk more about that. >> the international ski federation came out and said it was operator error and not the track, they deemed it safe. but they did make changes. they erected a wall in the area where the skier lost his life and they moved the starting areas and it did reduce the speeds in training and throughout the event. not a lot of the luge competitors were happy with that, rafer. not happy that the luge federation blamed his athlete. >> i know they went on with the luge competition on sunday. can you describe the mood? has it affected the overall mood in vancouver and whistler?
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>> it certainly did affect the mood all weekend long. jacque rogue made the track up there for the training on sunday and a sense of joy but these olympics had a pole casted on them. >> i can't imagine being the next person going down that chute after that person died. >> thank you, appreciate it. the nba all-star game made history. this number will shock you. 108,000 people crammed into dallas cowboy stadium. if 108,000, i mean, that's the largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game. in fact, average attendance for a football game is about 70,000. people said the popularity of the nba is down but when i hear that number, a lot of people really still seem to like it. that's a look at sports. >> okay, thank you. you can watch snow cover a roof and then a street and
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ireporter james gottschalk sent a video falling. parts of the south got up to si snow was a no-show in atlanta this morning right now. it is warmer than expected here and that's keeping the winter weather at bay, at least in this area now. but you know what, let's check in with bonnie schneider, she is in because we do have a winter system impacting travel today. >> lots of cancellations already because of the impact of this wintry weather. this is a fast-moving system so snowfall totals won't be as heavy as previous systems over the past few weeks, but travel is affected. let's go ahead and take a look at the delays. atlanta rains and clouds. many air tran and delta flights were cancelled this morning expecting the snow but we did get very strong rain coming in. dallas, texas, wind, lots of it. it will slow you down by an hour. louisville, kentucky, snow right now. that holds true for cincinnati
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as well. columbus, ohio, all these cities are facing delays one to two hours. in st. louis, missouri, wind and snow just like yesterday coming through today. we're going to have more on the weather at the top of the hour. revealing letters from the late princess diana hit the auction block in london over the weekend. they were written to her personal beautician and chauffeur. in the letters the princess revealed she couldn't resist opening presents early and had trouble coping with the media attention. >> princess diana was a prolific letter writer and there are letters of hers on the market, but rarely do letters with such personal content appear and are available for the public to purchase. >> i've always been interested in diana. i thought she was a very, very nice person. i've never seen so many items for sale at one time. >> a letter sold for more than $25,000. would you get hitched hundreds of feet above the ground? 14 couples got married at the empire state building on
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valentine's day. one affiliate reports one lucky couple went on the 86th floor observatory and the others were held on the 64th floor. valentine's day weddings have been a tradition at the empire state building for more than 15 years is all. duct tape and instruments do not go together, musical instruments. it is what some young musicians w using make them work.
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