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good morning to you. it's early. 6:00. i'm robin meade. so glad to have you. it's early, but we are only hours away from tiger woods statement. some people are refusing to show up. we'll have coverage of what he plans to say and what's atd stake for his future. the man that crashed a plane into an i b rs building. you'll hear the explanation and
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the flightening pictures. a school gave out laptops, but now, they are accused of spying on the kids at home. tiger woods is finally talking. in five hours from now, he's going to speak publicly for the first time in months since the car crash turned into a huge scandal. the head of the pga says woods is talk iing because he has a wk off from therapy. he will not answer questions. it's a big point there. just a small number of reporters are invited into the room. a few of them are boycotting, saying won't be a part of it. >> the golf writers will be boycotting the session. they do not like the premise or the fact they will not be able to ask questions. >> probably feel like they are being used as props. the scene in florida.
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sources tell tmz, there's a jet ski patrol on the lake behind the house. rafer is a mile from where tiger is going to speak. we'll get to him with more on what he's seeing this morning. we give you the news, you give us your views. what do you want tiger to say? what do you think of the scandal. do we have a right to be concerned about his personal business? go to cnn.com/robin. tell us what you think. at 11:00 a.m. eastern, we have the most comprehensive coverage of the tiger woods' statement. we'll team up as the golf superstar talks. because we are morning express,
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let me make sure you are up to date on other things today. this is a big story. a man who crashed his plane into an irs building in texas, held a grudge against the agency. it's stunning video. it shows chaos, reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks. two bodies were found. 13 people injured. authorities say the pilot set his oun house on fire first, before attacking the building. he played in a country band and here is a former band mate. >> he was laid back, a warm guy. at the end of the rehearsal, we hugged. >> he left a suicide note. he wrote --
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>> so haunting. we'll continue to cover more angles of that story as they come in this morning. now, let's get back to the big story of the day, that's tiger woods and raufer weigel. where are you? >> reporter: sorry, robin, they were talking in my ear as you were talking to me. we are hear a half mile away from where tiger woods is about to release his statement. we might as well be in another state. the biggest story moves forward by reading a statement. the latest sighting of tiger woods gives insight of what he might talk about.
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this photo, this staged photo of him hitting golf balls, we don't have confirmation of it staged, but clearly, it is. we thought he was going to announce his return to golf. now, he's going to be reading a statement in pga tour headquarters. no reporters are allowed inside. we are not allowed near the location. we are not allowed to get word of him pulling up to the location. no questions are going to be asked. a half mile away, we are corralled. behind me is where we are going to watch the statement in a ballroom on a bunch of televisions. it's the most absurd thing. i would have better chance of cov covering barack obama at a press conference. this is the arrogance of tiger
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woods' agent. >> this won't die down until he takes questions. do we know if elin is going to be there? >> the speculation says she will be there. why wouldn't she be. tmz reported yesterday, this is the biggest idea. they were spotted leaving the house together. it appears elin would be there, which would be smart if he's out to repair his image. she's the one he needs to apologize to. >> thank you very much. we will continue to bring you more coverage. the most coverage of tiger woods' statement. some of the americans charged with kidnapping in haiti were reunited with their families. three women arrived at the boise, idaho airport. they were happy to be home. they are still worried about the two women in the group that are
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still behind bars. >> our god is a mighty god. he stood with us every second we were there. he brought us home and i want you to continue to play for chris and laura. he's going to bring them home, too. >> laura silsby and ka ris sa will appear in court. the judge wanted to see the place in the dominican republic where they were going to take the children. the professor accused of killing three people may be insane. amy bishop's lawyer says she cant remember the shootings. her failure to get tenure is probably what set her off. a memorial service for the three killed will take place tonight. imagine driving home from a long day of work and a zebra runs past your car. a zebra. it really happened to drivers in
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atlanta. a zebra took off and trotted through downtown. are you kidding me? then it hit i-75. police corralled it on the off ramp. he had cuts on his hoof, but otherwise, he's okay. the poor thing. >> wow. that's sad, huh? >> why wasn't he better taken care of so he couldn't escape. >> they house them under the parking deck here at cnn. >> yeah. >> last year, i was walking through and a lion roars. i thought -- the coffee went like that. no idea what i was sip iping. i thought i was hallucinating. it's dark. i pulled in overnight. a lion roars. >> the poor zebra. >> just a couple cuts, he's okay. low pressure region offshore
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for maine. winds whipping around. 40-mile-per-hour winds. western mass, vermont, new hampshire. lake-effect, lake enhanced around the lake. otherwise, cold air spinning arnold. northern vermont, that's what it looks like here. pull away from here, another rainmaker in kansas and oklahoma. it's all snow and sleet in northern kansas. look at the snow in nebraska. one to three inches is what you get. you have a winter weather advisory. it's all rain south of omaha. north, it's leafy. that's indication of snow. it's snowing in the northern part of nebraska. southern part looks like rain. same with kansas city, it's all rain with sleet mixing in. look at southern parts of texas. brownsville, corpus krchristi. most of the action should be to the east of you today.
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not a lot of rain for houston. corpus christi, a half inch. out west, another storm ready to make into california. you can see it there. it's all snow across the highest elevations of the mountains. winter storm watches and wa warnings are out there. one to two feet. what a great year to ski. more coming up in a half hour. >> thank you. >> you got it. fans of john mellencamp want him to run for senate. now, it may be more than idle talk. we have waited for three months to hear from tiger woods. we're going to bring the coverage of this mornings event.
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in our salute to the traps, something we do every day. it's for petty officer first class bradley hay knee. his wife and two kids cannot wait for him to come home.
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>> good morning. i would like to give a shout out to my husband, bradley in the u.s. navy. brad, you are so proud of everything you do, serving our country and the sacrifices you make for us, your family and your country. we miss you so much and cant wait for you to come home. cute pictures. if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/rob win. people want john mellencamp to run for office. the idea is gaining traction online. the largest one has more than 2500 members. a mellencamp spokesperson said the singer has no statement to offer. the big man at toyota, mr. toyoda himself is shifting gears. he'll go to washington and face
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a round of questions abdomen toyota's massive recalls. jennifer westhoven is here. it would be brave and uncomfortable. both of those, for sure. he said he was not going to appear. when the house sent him an invitation, i wonder if he said he will come. he said i look forward to speaking directly with the congress and the american people. it's going to be one hot seat. they have subpoenaed documents held by a lawyer who used to work for toyota. he used to do their litigation for them. he claims he has proof that toyota did hide information about safety defects. it's a serious allegation. toyota tried to keep the documents private. with the house subpoenaing them, it's going to override. it's one to watch. if all goes as scheduled, in
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about a half hour, a plane in miami is scheduled to be getting ready to take off. maybe passengers are boarding now. the first commercial flight from miami into port-au-prince. for the last month, it's been used for relief flights, only. this is like the first small set, in some ways, back to normalcy since the earthquake struck. >> thank you. a u.s. figure skater stunned the world. wait until you see the incredible gold medal performance. plus, tiger woods will break his silence today, this morning and hln is going to bring every angle of the story leading up to the public statement today.
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hey, it's tiger. i need you to do me a huge favor. can you please take your name off your phone? my wife went through my phone and may be calling you. >> now that you know so much more about that phone call, every time i hear it, i'm like oh, my gosh. that was the voice mail tiger left on the phone of jamie grubbs, one of the alleged mistresses. what do you want tiger to say today when he makes the public statement. what do you think about the sta statement or do we have no right to be concerned about his personal biz. i mean we as americans orphans. go to cnn.com and hit the facebook icon. if you want to be a little more private about it, hit the e-mail
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button. i'll read them on the air all morning. get this, a school district is accused of using laptop web cams to spy on kids at home. it caught images of kids undressing. families found out about it when an assistance principal talked about inappropriate behavior at home. parents are outraged. >> how do i trust this school district when they have done something like this. it's a violation of our privacy. this is no different than sticking a camera in a fitting room. >> the district said it deactivated a feature that was meant to find lost or stolen laptops. come on, who lost there? yeah, the u.s. found more gold in vancouver. the latest in men's figure stating. joe carter has more. good morning. >> good morning. this is u.s. men's figure
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skating has been dominated by the russians for years and years. last night, it was evan lysacek. he skated a clean program that oozed the motion and showcase precision. he edged up the favorite russian to become the first american man in 22 years to win gold in figure skating. 22 years. long time. >> he's the guy that's the rival of johnny weir, too? >> yeah, we'll talk about his finish, too. he called it his personal best on the best night of his life. johnny weir finished sixth in the same competition. winning silver and bronze were snowboarding sweet cheek, one of the riders to pull off two clean runs in the final. she won silver. the 2002 gold medalist, kelly
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clark fell, but pulled off two tricks to capture the bronze. olympic games in the books. the united states, overall medal leader and overall gold medal leader. the four medals won yesterday, bring the usa to 18, which is seven better than second place, germany. the olympics are winning in the tv ratings, beating out "american idol" as well. >> i've seen that. the nbc stations after the whole jay leno thing are like thank you. >> thank you. >> you bet. good morning to you. get away friday. how good is it? >> it should be decent. my son and i were out yelling usa, usa, watching the hockey game. the women are rocking. >> if you are traveling, it's going to be a bumpy ride. look at the the snow.
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wind, also. here is what we have. half hour to hour long delays. it's going for you around boston with areas around new york city. another bumpy ride, same as yesterday. philadelphia, delays because of the wind. kansas city, the rain especially this morning, then fog out to the west. more "morning express" in a couple minutes.
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we are counting down to one of the biggest moments in tiger woods' life. in four and a half hours, he's going to talk publicly for the first time since his alleged affairs will be revealed. will his wife, elin, be there? he's going to make a statement in florida. don't miss hln's live coverage at 11:00 eastern. a man who crashed his plane into an irs building held a grudge against them.
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joseph stack set his own house on fire before targeting the irs building. iran may be working to develop a nuclear warhead. they sated their concerns yesterday in a report. iran said its nuclear program is designed for energy and medical purposes. the space shuttle "endeavour" is getting ready to head home. the crews at the space station said their good-bye's this morning. the crew spent more than a week adding a new room and observation deck to the station. it's a quick check of the headlines. we have a lot more going on. how about you? good morning sunshine, i'm robin meade. tiger woods had four and a half hours until the world is hanging on his every word. he's going public since his car crash led to revelations about his affairs.
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tiger plans to speak at the headquarters in florida. woods will take no questions. rafer weigel is a half mile from where it's going to happen. he joins us from florida. what is the atmosphere like? i see cars moving behind you. >> the circus is in town, robin. there's so many people here for this statement. media from all over. we are outside the hotel. the media is scattered around the hotel. this is the tip of the iceberg. everybody is getting ready to talk about the statement. here is the irony. we are not allowed anywhere near where he's giving the statement. that building is where we're going to be corralled, watching this in a ballroom on televisions. we are about a half mile away from where he's giving the statement. we are not allowed to go near that location. we are not allowed to see him pull up. it's a gated community.
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we don't know how he's entering. no questions will be asked. the golf writers association has boycott boycotted this statement because there are no questions that are allowed to be asked and they wanted to limit the number of reporters in there. just another example, shall i say, or tiger woods' people trying to control media access. they are pushing back at response. it's a big deal. i think it's the story from now on. the battle between the media and woods' people. >> i think it says a lot that he's making the statement at pga headquarters. what it means for his golf schedule and what that could look like. >> reporter: yeah, the fact he's making at at pga headquarters, it's announcing his return to golf. the first tournament he will
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play, tavistock cup. that tournament is like the movie "meet balls." it's like two country clubs playing agins each other. incredibly restricted access. after that, the arnold palmer invitational. i don't think we'll get media credentials for the tournament. that will lead to the masters at augusta. >> thank you very much. it gives us a good picture of what may be happening and the timing. thank you so much. here is what you have been saying when we ask you, what do you think about this? does he have to say something? >> jacqueline writes --
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>> linda says -- >> i love your opinions. they are very varied. what do you think? e-mail us now. go to cnn.com/robin and hit the face book icon. i like that so you can see each other's comments. or hit contact us and e-mail us. at 11:00 a.m. eastern, we have the most comprehensive statement from tiger woods. michael, jane velez-mitchell are going to team up as he breaks his silence. ♪ oh, you may remember this terrifying home video of a shooting at a church. now, police in richmond say three men opened fire during services. yesterday, they charged a 15-year-old boy with conspiracy.
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investigators won't say what role he played. the victims says this arrest doesn't make her feel better. >> this is a young kid. a very young kid. the age of one of my kids, you know quha i mean? young. it's heart breaking. heart breaking. is what it is. >> police say that her two sons were the likely targets, but they won't talk about a motive. they are still searching for more suspected. no one is going to be driving around on a road for a couple weeks on this road. a hillside collapsed and slid into a road yesterday. no one was hurt, thankfully. police are telling people in 200 homes in los angeles to evacuate. >> that was a huge hunk. did you see that? it was huge. >> yeah, it was. >> it's going to be a problem
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this weekend, you are right. >> i'm enjoying watching rafer. he's really into this story. obviously, he's a sports guy. all of america is in this. >> he's angry. it's good tv. i like watching it. i do. i get a kick out of it. northeast, same thing as yesterday. wind out of the northwest. 40 miles per hour gust around central massachusetts. look at the snow squeaking out. squeezing down. not a lot out there. you have enough to coat the roads this morning so be careful. you have a glaze of snow out there. get to the west. look at the rain in oklahoma toward kansas. it's making me think there's sleet piling up to the west of kansas city. it's all snow across the state line into nebraska. one to three inches of snow. winter weather advisories for nebraska. not quite into omaha. grand island probably gets half
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inch as well. south, it's rain mixing with sleet around kansas city. rainshowers stretching in toward missouri, turning into light snow overnight tonight by chicago. down south, the heavy rain toward texas. it's going to stay in the gulf of mexico. light showers in through houston. heavier in the corpus christi region. it's going to be there all day. half inch to inch of rain. here is the new storm for california. we talked about the potential of rain. it pulls in later for l.a., san francisco and lasts off and on for the weekend. you have video, also. they have proactive from flooding. they are dropping ash on the river. the plat river 30 miles west of omaha, dropping the ash to break up the ice. it should, hopefully prevent ice jam flooding. it's what they are doing for the spring. hopefully, it mitigates the
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flooding potential. it's the plath platt river. >> thank you. get ready to hear tiger woods apologize. there's criticism about how this is going to happen. hln will bring you the most comprehensive coverage of what's returned to the public stage.
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♪ our top story, we are awaiting tiger woods' first public comment since the scandal broke. it's no ordinary athlete you are talking about here. woods is the first athlete to make a billions, billion with a
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b. it began crumbling in november. it started small. a single car crash, then it snowballed as the rumors, the women started coming out one after another. woods attempt to start rebuilding that image appears to be totally scripted. some say, he's going too far, trying to keep control of the event. >> he might as well of done it on youtube. if he's limiting it to his friends and people and have a prepared statement, it's not a conference, but a press. there's no talking. go on youtube and do it, if you are doing it this way. >> good comment. michael vick did a better job handling his situation when he addressed the media. we're going to have it here on hln at 11:00 a.m. tiger woods is breaking his silence. it's a live, one-hour special. you are welcome to join us.
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financially, tiger had a lot at stake. his image is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. keyword might be was. jennifer westhoven. many sponsors stuck with him, too. >> they did. this is a huge money story in many ways. so many corp. ragts were in love with this image, wanted to be a part of that. he lost at&t. that's one thing. losing a huge sponsor like nike, that would be something else. that could be destructive to his comeback. whether or not other sponsors stay like nike, gillette and electronic arts, it may hinge on what he says today. so, just like you heard that analyst say before, many analysts say and public relations people who have been through this crisis management, right. they say crisis manage iing for brand like tiger is the same as toyota and johnson and johnson
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in many ways. what they have to do is, a lot of people watch this and say it's between tiger and his wife. what you want to remember for a lot of other people, by putting his image out there as this family man, he was lying to millions of people. to the public. so analysts say, you have to clean up with them as well. so, we are watching that one very closely. basically, they say, this is the moment. this news conference where he can clean up that lie. if he's totally forthcoming, if he's straight about what happened and the harm it caused. once you do that, then you can move on. if it feels too scripted, right, can you imagine if somebody in your life lied to you then said, i'm so sorry i did that. no questions. >> i think a lot of people have concerns about whether it's going to work to do what you explained because of the format, because there's going to be a few people in the room. he's not taking questions.
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some people say man up here. ask questions about it. >> that's kind of what the public relations people say, too. all right, later today, president obama is going to give $1.5 billion to states that have been hit the hardest by the housing crisis. many states in big trouble. the five hardest hit are in yellow here. california, arizona, avenue avenue, florida and michigan. they can use the money to help unemployed homeowners. people trying to hang on to their mortgages. under water borrowers. they are having trouble refinancing and helping people with second mortgages as well. >> thank you. in california, nearly 60% of those released from prison end up back behind bars with only three years or within three years. our hero of the week is susan burton. she broke the cycle and is helping other female offenders do the same.
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>> i'm writing in regards to my parole plan. i'm 21 years old. i'm scared to relapse again. i want to be a success. >> we all leave prison saying i'm going to get my life on track. you end up getting off a bus downtown los angeles, skid row. people know who you are when you come off that bus and you are targeted. many times, you don't make it out of the skid row area before you are caught up into the cycle, again. i'm susan burton. after my son died, i used drugs. i spiralled into a pit of darkness. i went to prison six times. finally, i found rehab. i thought, i can help women come home from prison. i picked them up, bring them
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back to the house. >> she's like a mother to all of us. she offer you a warm bed, food. like a real family. >> i want to see you shine. >> okay. she made me want to change my life. >> you came a long way. i want the women to realize they have something to contribute. this is giving life. that's what it's all about. >> since 1998, susan has helped more than 400 women get their lives on track. if you want to learn more about burton or nominate your own hero, go to cnn.com/robin, heroes. the americans held in haiti say their thoughts are still on the quake ravaged country. tiger breaks his silence. what do you want to hear from the golf star? let me snow. ♪ since you been gone
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>> man, already upset about the statement today. obvio obviously, it follows that crash there. it comes after the first big tournament of the year and they say he is taking it away from the event. tiger woods is saying it is the only time he can do it because he has this week off from therapy and he expects woods to talk about his infidelity and future plans. coverage right here.
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you know, it was a tough day for america's golden women. she crashed during her skiing run and that ruined the chance of another gold medal. >> you know that bruised right shin that we talked so much she said it was killing her going into the race but it wasn't to blame for her fall. vonn just made a common mistake in skiing. she was the fastest skier during the downhill but she simply lost her balance. her ski hit the inside of the gate and her right ski came off and, well, her race was over. vonn will have another shot at gold saturday when she competes in the super g. teammate julia mancuso skied a solid run on the same run that vonn crashed. now, if you're keeping count, that's two silver so far for mancuso and try for another medal wednesday. so, the united states, overall, is in the lead in the medal
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count over germany, 18-11 and also in the lead in the overall metal count, 6-4 over germany. usa is doing well. >> i wonder how canada is doing. i think in the past it eluded them to do very strongly. find that out for me, can you? we have more news, especially about tiger woods' statement.
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all right. there goes the alarm clock and away we go with friday, i'm robin meade, thank you, sunshine. thank you for making us a part of your routine. tiger woods will apologize for the sax scandal that put his career on hiatus. there is a specific reason he is doing this right now. all morning comprehensive coverage of what tiger plans to say and what's at stake for his future. an angry man turned his plane into a weapon. the bizarre message he left behind for the irs. plus, you have to see this
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video. a zebra on a highway chase. poor thing. all right, first, though, our top story. tiger woods finally breaks his silence today. in about four hours he will speak publicly for the first time in almost three months since a small car crash led to a huge scandal. the head of the pga tour says that woods is talking now because he has a week off from therapy, interesting. woods will make a statement with mostly his friends and colleagues in the room with him, but he will not answer questions. one legal expert says that that could be a decision motivated by money. >> the more i think about this, the more maybe this has to do with maybe his contracts. he has sponsors out there and he has moral clauses in some of those contracts and maybe part of the issue here is if i take questions could that affect my future and affect some of the deals i have. some sponsors have stuck with him.
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maybe from his perspective it's easier to say this is what i'm doing now and this is what is going to happen in the future. >> our own rafer weigel is about half a mile where tiger is going to speak in about four hours and right now he joins us live and, rafer, what should we expect to hear from tiger today? >> we expect to hear a contrite tiger and expect his return to golf but beyond that we don't know because, as you said, robin, we're not allowed to ask any questions, we're not even allowed into the room and already there's been some pushback from journalists as a result of that. the fact that there will be no q and a. tiger may have changed his stripes on a personal level, his agent has not in his effort to control the media. his first public appearance since that car crash on november 27th. that is until yesterday when a photo, a staged photo of him hitting golf balls, obviously, a hint into what he's going to be talking about tomorrow, his return to golf.
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also, we are about a half mile away from where he's going to be releasing that statement. we might as well be in another state. we're on one part of the screen why the statement is in another part of the screen. we're not allowed near there or to see him as he pulls up. but probably the biggest window into what we can expect today is from his agent mark steinberg who i talked to who said released this statement "he's focusing on what's ahead and how to make amends and the many steps he's been taking to do that. one of his first steps was admitting he had a problem and getting into therapy and his second step is making." this would confirm those reports. >> people want to know the question, what kind of therapy. i don't think that has ever been completely, how can i say? confirmed, as well. a lot of people want to know, what about his wife? is elin going to be with him
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today? >> if he is going to repair his image, we thought she would have to be. they were seen leaving their house together yesterday afternoon. so, that would, that would lead one to think that she will be there when he makes this appearance to repair his image. if not with the media, at least with the sponsors. >> all right, thank you very much, appreciate it. i know one of the questions is, too, will they get there by helicopter, by car, from the house, are they staying somewhere close. things we don't have an answer to just yet. we have rafer there and, as always, folks, we want to hear from you. what do you want tiger to say or what do you think of the whole scandal? do we have any right to be so concerned about his personal life? go to cnn.com/robin and hit the facebook link or e-mail link and i would love to read your facebook or e-mail posting all morning. then at 11:00 a.m. eastern we have the most comprehensive
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coverage. you have mike galonos, jane velez-mitchell and rafer weigel. a man who crashed his plane into an irs building in texas had a grudge against the agency but the frightening video. it shows chaos reminiscent of 9/11. two bodies were found and 13 people were injured. he set his own house on fire before targeting the irs building. he used to play in a country band and here is a band mate. >> he was a very laid back, friendly, warm guy. you know, at the end of rehearsal we'd always hug each oth other good-bye. just a real friendly guy. >> the red cross says that stack's wife plans to contact the media and he left a suicide note online. "i am finally ready to stop this
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insanity. well, mr. big brother, irs man, let's try something different, take my pound of flesh and sleep well." disturbing. just hours ago, some of the americans charged with kidnapping in haiti were reunite would their families. ♪ our god is an awesome god ♪ >> 200 cheered and some sang hymns when the three arrived at the boise airports. they were happy to be home after weeks in a haitian jail but they are still worried about the two women in their group who are still behind bars. >> our god is a mighty god and he stood with us every second we were there and he brought us home and i want you to continue to pray for chris and laura because he's going to bring them home, too. >> well, laura and carissa will be in a hashz court today. yesterday's hearing was postponed because the court-appointed translator was
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sick. the judge also said he wanted to see the place in the dominican republic where the group was supposedly taking the children. get this story, a school district is accused of using laptop web cams to spy on students at home. a new lawsuit claims that school-issued computers caught images of kids undressing and other activities. the family supposedly found out about it when an assistant principal spoke to a student about inappropriate behavior at home. while parents have had it. >> how do i trust this school district when they've done something like this? it's a complete violation of our privacy. this is no different than sticking a camera in a locker room at a fitness center or at a changing room in a department store. >> can you imagine? well, the district says it has deactivated the feature that was meant to track lost or stolen laptops. so, who messed up on that one? >> yeah. >> no wonder they're outraged. >> i buy that.
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as a parent, we would have a little discussion with the principal, me and him, in his office, closed door. it might last five minutes. >> forget the lawsuit. >> it might last five minutes but it would be settled. real quick weather to wet your beak. wind across the northeast and stretching down to boston and that low pressure region, same one that has been there for the last couple days and finally loosening up over the weekend and moving out and the wind will be there one more time today and cold air wrapping down around it. light snow across the adirondacks and light snow around maine and massachusetts, too. no advisories or warnings for that snow, but a little bit of a dusting. little trickier on the roads this morning. then you get out to the west, look at kansas. low pressure region and that is riding up into the chicago area later tonight. this should fall apart tonight and pockets of rain across northeastern parts of kansas and all snow in nebraska. one to three inches around north
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platte. rain around the gulf of mexico. steady at times and down through brownsville and just brushing into houston. you get a couple showers this morning and most of the steady rain showers are down to your south and that is, in fact, where it will stay for the most of the day. next storm comes into california overnight tonight and start getting that rain shower action around san francisco and l.a. by the late afternoon hours your time and then stretches inland and turns to all snow for the highest elevations around nevada, utah, colorado, too. north of las vegas, 6 to 12 inches of snow is what we're going to get and one to two feet across the highest elevations and parts of colorado, too. one to two feet of snow as everything moves over to the east. olympic forecast, looking good. temperatures in the 50s for the next three days. more on that. that's vancouver's forecast. >> thank you very much. the professor accused of killing three colleagues cannot even remember what happened.
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what her lawyer is saying in her defense. tiger woods is on the verge of breaking his three-month silence and we'll bring you the most comprehnsive coverage of the statement. >> really looking forward to having him back, but i don't know. kind of nice this week not having him around. little less chaos. >> i like the way he plays the game and, honestly, i don't really care what he does off the course. i like him as a golfer. >> i think it's intentional. the sponsor dropped him and now he's trying to get some more attention. that's my opinion.
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good morning! we always salute our troops, so here we go. petty officer first class bradley hany of the u.s. navy. he just left on a six-month deployment and his wife and two kids cannot wait for him to be back. >> good morning, robin.
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my name is bernadette haney. i would like to give a shoutout to my husband. we are so proud of you serving your country and the sacrifices you make for your country and your family. we miss you so much and can't wait for you to come home. >> do you have somebody in the service you'd like to salute? go to cnn.com/robin. some stories we're watching today in the "morning express planner." the statement you're waiting to hear from tiger woods, live, special coverage right here on hln. he's expected to talk about his future both in the golf game and with his family. at 1:00 p.m. eastern president obama will host a town hall meeting in a high school in henderson, nevada. at 8:00 p.m. eastern the university of alabama in huntsville will hold a public memorial for three professors killed in a shooting rampage last week.
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the big minute toyota, mr. toyota himself is shifting gears and he says he will go to washington and is face to be what is a tough round of questionses about toyota's massive recalls. awkward. hi, money expert jennifer westhoven. >> hi, robin. two brands under crisis here. t toyota was not originally going to come but when the house oversight committee sent him an invitation he accepted. i look forward to speaking directly with congress and the american people, he said. but it could be very uncomfortable in there. the committee has subpoenaed documents that were held by an american lawyer who used to work for toyota. he used to represent toyota, but he left and he claims that he has proof toyota hid information about safety defects. toyota has said those documents are private and they have been in court trying to keep them private, but we'll see.
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but what can also make this uncomfortable, too, he's from a different culture and in that culture, really, big chiefs like this are not used to pointed questions the way he's going to get. so, it could be very uncomfortable. if you're traveling this morning -- >> who would you rather be, tiger or mr. toyota over there today i'm talking about. it's a toss-up. good morning to you. big travel day on a friday, but so far things are going off pretty well. only a little bit of wind across the northeast and here's what it looks like in massachusetts. there's mass, there's connecticut and new york state and the adirondacks up to the north and wind is going to be a fact factor, especially around boston. 30-minute delays will bounce you around and same with new york gusting up to 30, 35. half hour delays on top of the volume delays you normally get on a friday afternoon. philadelphia 30 minutes and then when you get to kc fog and wind
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a little bit. what tiger has to say in just a few hours has a bigger impact on his career. plus, a zebra got loose on an atlanta freeway and it didn't come from the zoo.
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i don't have any comment, i am not going to have any comment. i have to live my life. >> i was in love with tiger and because of what he said to me and the length of time that we spent together and how long we were together i believe that he loved me, too. wow. here's what you have been saying about the tiger woods' scandal and the upcoming statement at 11:00 a.m. eastern today. steve writes, i'm sure that he has some stage fright, but there has to be a first time facing the public post-scandal. just rip the bandage off, tiger. make your preparations and get on with your life. diane e-mailed saying, tiger is
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a human being. the media coverage is being amplified with live coverage and is absolutely neurotic. paula writes, tiger woods continues to be the most selfish, obknocktious person. he has to pick now to make his statement during the olympics? what do you think? go to cnn.com/robin. if you want to hit the facebook icon, which i particularly like because you can see each other's comments or e-mail us button. imagine driving home from a long day of work in the city and here comes a zebra running past your car. a zebra. it happened in atlanta yesterday. a zebra escaped from the circus and hit the road. it trotted right through downtown for a while and then hit i-75! well, police corralled him on an exit ramp and he has some cuts on his hooves other than that he's okay. he apparently escaped from the circus.
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the u.s. found more gold in vancouver. the latest in men's figure skating. wow, that's a big win, joe carter. >> you know why, because the men when it comes to american men in figure skating they haven't won a gold medal in a long time. a little over two decades. now lysacek the first american man in 22 years to win gold in figure skating. it's crazy. brian boytano was the last to win for the americans. he called his personal best on the most important night of his life. weir, lysacek's rival finish ed next. to win the silver in the women's halfpipe. the 2002 gold medalist kelly clark fell and pulled off two
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huge tricks in her second run to get bronze. now, that brings the overall medal count for the united states up to 18, which is seven better than germany and, robin, i did some homework, canada is in fourth place overall and seven medals and three golds. >> they're doing pretty well. good for them, they're the host country. space shuttle "endeavour" is getting weddy to head home and this morning it was sealed. >> this is a closing ceremony. a very sad time at our tenth day back to the station and i've never had such a hard time as i have tonight. >> it is scheduled to land late sunday night. "endeavour's" crew spent more than a week working on the station. it gives the crew spectacular views of earth.
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there are more, four more shuttle tripses scheduled to the space station to deliver supplies, spare parts and science experiments.
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you know, we're counting down to one of the biggest moments in tiger woods' life. woods will talk publicly today for the first time since his alleged affairs were revealed. will his wife, elin, be there? don't miss hln's live coverage at 11:30 a.m. eastern. iran may be working to secretly develop a warhead for a missile. the watchdog agency addressed its concerns in a draft report. iran said its nuclear program is designed solely for energy and
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for medical purposes. a man who crashed his plane into the irs building in texas apparently held a grudge against the agency. now, the scene, it was scary, reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks. two bodies were found and 13 people were injured. and authorities say the pilot joseph stack set his own house on fire before targeting the irs building. you know, we have really incredible tape of that story from ireporters who were on the road and i'll work to bring that to you. welcome, i'm robin meade. the big story today is about tiger woods. three and a half hours away until the world hang on his every word and he will speak out for the first time since the sex scandal tore his family amart. woods will take no questions. it is not slowing down the media circus nearby. our own rafer weigel is in place about half a mile from where tiger will speak. a lot of people who are up waing you now from ponte vedra, half a
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mile? it is a strange set up that they have. >> it is a strange set up and the restricted media access has caused a backlash. the golf association are boycotting this statement because no questions will be asked and we are not allowed in. media from all over has descended from -- we are basically spread out all around the marriott here and you can see a bunch of satellite trucks from different parts of the country. but here's the irony, we're all here, we're not allowed anywhere near tiger woods. we'll watch this statement from the ball room set up with a bunch of plasma tvs, they're flat screens, a good high definition view from a tv screen. here is how far we are away from this location. we are, this map here, we are in the upper right-hand corner where the location is in the lower left-hand corner. we are not allowed to see him
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pull up. we don't know how he is going to get there. we're not allowed to get any look of the room ahead of time on the inside. here's the other thing, a lot of people question the timing of it, robin. pga commissioner says once tiger makes this statement he's going back into sex rehab, confirming that he was, in fact, in sex rehab and he says that he was allowed a break from his rehab to be with his family. that's why he's making the statement before he goes back and then, presumably, his return to golf. >> that's a new bit of information from you there. good job, rafer. we did not have it confirmed that he was in some kind of rehab or therapy and then this morning we did hear that that was the case, but we didn't know what kind of therapy and now you're saying that is confirmed by somebody that it was a sex therapy. >> by the commissioner of the pga tour himself that tiger
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woods was not only in sex lehab but going back to sex rehab. >> speaking of the pga tour headquarters there, the timing of this and what any type of return to golf right look like. >> well, the speculation, it's not speculation, what we're hearing is that the first tournament he will return to will be march 22nd, something called the tavistock cup which makes a lot of sense. this is a tournament hard to get to because it's between two country clubs and the pros between these two country clubs play each other. it is going to be very difficult to get in to cover that tour. after that the arnold palmer invitational makes a lot of sense, he won that six times. again, a lot of restricted media access for that turnment and that will be a warm up right into the masters, the first of four majors. tiger woods is not going to miss playing in any majors this year when he's four away from jack nickla nicklaus' record. four wins away. >> he is going to bring us that statement at 11:00 a.m. eastern.
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here is what you and your fellow viewers are saying. janet writes, i want him to apologize to his wife and his family and all the women that he was with and i want him to find the peace in his soul and work towards being a better man. janet, you're a very giving person it sounds like. jennifer says, does tiger owe the public an apology? of course not. but it is a smart business move to apologize to the public since they are the ones who purchase those products he gets paid so much to sponsor. you have an opinion? come on, i know you do. choose the facebook option or e-mail option. either way, i would love to read your stuff on the air. we have the most comprehensive coverage of the tiger woods' statement here on hln. the first comments from tiger in a one-hour hln special. mike galanos, jane luvez mitchell and rafer weigel will team up. police have arrested a 15-year-old in connection with the shooting at a church in
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northern california. you may remember the terrifying home video. well, two teen brothers were injured in sunday's shooting and police say there were three gunman, but they don't say if the 15-year-old was one of them. he's charged with conspiracy. the victim's mother says the arrest does not make her feel very much better. >> this is a young kid, a very young kid, you know. you know the age of one of my kids. you know what i mean? young. so, you know, it's just hea heartbreaking. heartbreaking is what it is. >> police say that her two sons were the likely targets but they won't talk about a motive. they're still searching for more suspects. are you looking for the least amount of hassle when you fly? well, of course, who will say, oh, i want more hassle? travelers picked the top five large airports in customer
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satisfaction for new survey. detroit met you pallten, denver international, minneapolis/st. paul and phoenix sky harbor. questioned about things like your check-in, baggage claim and food service and now you know. >> you know, it's funny. whenever i fly home to newark, i never have a problem ever. for real. y'all laugh, like, newark, you'll have an attitude problem. >> i don't think it was about the niceness of the people. >> what is it? >> like about waiting in lines and whether you can get through -- whether there is enough people working at the check-in. and the level of food you have right there. >> how many sabarros can you back in an airport. nothing against them. this weather brought by sudafed. a lot of wind across the northwest. here's your low and high building on oin and the high pressure region is combining with the low and a difference of
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pressures that really gets the wink cranking and we have it out of the northwest today. look at the clouds, lower shade of gray and the bright white that is all snow and across the adirondacks and clouds chasing into new york. nice little sunrise for you and, in fact, a little warmer for you today. new york tower cam looking pretty good. high of 44. finally busting back into the mid-40s after a long stretch there in the 30s. little warmer today and little breeze. probably feels like the lows for you today. snow up to the north and right around the adirondacks and new hampshire, maine, getting some snow. same with the boston metro area and could see a little dusting this morning. then we pull over to the midwest and the plains. look at this area of low pressure. that is a storm system and fade apart later today. rain is out right around kansas city and same with a little sleet. all snow around nebraska. one to three inches and that pulls towards omaha with light snow there and heavy rain across southern parts of texas.
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heavy at times especially corpus christi and brownsville. houston gets a couple showers, really, that's about it. area of low pressure and storm and next weaken one moves in for the rockies and nevada. more on that coming up in just a little bit. rob? >> thank you. get ready to hear tiger woods apologize, you would think, when he talks today. but for some of his former sponso sponsors, is it too little too late. what is at stake for him financially as hln brings you the most comprehensive coverage.
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you know what, the scene at an irs building at austin, texas, yesterday brought back vivid memories of the 9/11 attack. horrible video. look at this one. one security expert says this plane crash, what happened was this plane crashed into this building might be considered an act of terrorism. a man who crashed his plane into the building had some kind of a grudge against the irs. two bodies have been found and they have not been identified. 13 other people were injured. >> i do think people are going to say, it is terrorism. he had an ideology and he had a political dogma and point to make. he used violence to further that political agenda and was willing to kill himself and innocents to do it. certainly if you're inside a building and see a plane coming at you, you are terrified. it's not part of a larger group, but it has all the feeling and all the indication of terrorism.
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>> get this. follow me here on a timeline. the pilot joseph stack first set his own house on fire and then got a plane and flew it into the irs building. the red cross says that his wife plans to contact the media and answer questions today. you know what, financially, tiger woods has a whole lot of at stake when he makes a statement today. his image was worth hundreds of millions of dollars and the key word maybe is was. jennifer westhoven is here. morning. >> morning. how much of it could hinge on every word he says today. now, tiger still has nike and gillette and arts supporting him. that support may hinge on what he says. this is big business. losing accenture and at&t could
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destroy a comeback. what analysts say about this. i know there are a lot of different opinions but the pr expert says by creating that false familyman image, tiger was not just lying to his wife, he was efebtively lying to the public to millions of people and a lot of people are upset about that. they say to manage the tiger brand, look, it's the same at managing any brand. johnson & johnson or toyota in crisis management mode. so, this news conference today. this is the moment, they say, where he's got the opportunity the clean things up. but how to do that, if he's totally forthcoming. so, listen for him. does he sound honest, does he sound sorry? also what they say you want to watch for, does he show that he gets the impact on people. a lot of you are writing in and saying it doesn't have an impact on me. but for a lot of people it does. they want him to say that he
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understands that. there's something there to be cleaned up is what pr experts say. once that's clean, then you move on. robben? >> this is really interesting angles from you. does he know the impact of how it impacted other people? fascinating. >> a lot of people say, look, the impact is just his wife. but, no, look, i believed in who you were and that is not who you were. >> very good angles there from a business standpoint. we're asking you, what do you think tiger should say this morning and we'll read your views on the big announcement this morning. and then a mystery in san diego. authorities look for a couple and their two children who disappeared a few weeks ago.
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>> hey, it's tiger. i need you to do me a huge favor. can you please take your name off my phone. my wife went through my phone and may be calling you. please take your name off that. tiger woods breaks his silence later today and, obviously, that is one of the
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voicemails allegedly from him to an alleged mistress. but here's what you have been saying about his first public statement. debbie writes, i wish he would say, this is none of your business. this is between me and my wife. howard says, how many times do you have to be slapped in the face before you react to this man's arrogance. he treated the media, fans and friends like dogs. i think he should give an apology for letting his personal life interfere with his professional life. i don't agree with all the flack he is catching. people need to get a life and stop casting stones. what do you think? why don't you go to cnn.com/robin and choose the facebook option or e-mail option. let her rip. what do you want to hear? is it any of our business? whatever you want. now, the olympics are going on and it was a tough day for america's golden woman, lindsey
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vonn. joe, you go from winning gold to wiping out. >> tough series of a few days for lindsey vonn. we talked about the bruised right shin she had going into the olympic games and she said that shin was killing her going into this race yesterday but the shin wasn't to blame for the crash. vonn made a mistake while skiing. she just simply lost her balance. she skied over a guilty and the pole smacked her leg and ski came off. vonn will have another shot at gold on saturday. julia mancuso skied a solid run on the same crash that vonn crashed. she won the silver in the women's super combined. two silver medles for mancuso so far and she'll try for another medal on wednesday. now evan lysacek skated the
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program of his life. he beat out the favorite russian evgeni plushenko to become the first american to win gold in 22 years. he called it the best performance night of his life. >> look at that. that's usually an event that the russians just own. >> dominated for more than 22 years by the russians and now america holds the gold. >> thank you so much, joe. appreciate it. you know, how would you like your very own money coach in take a listen to tiffany's story and see what advice money coach clark howard has for her, maybe it will help you. >> hi, my name is tiffany, and i need a money coach. i am 31, and live in boston. i got a sizeable, some of the thing i was hoping for is getting an ira and buying proper ney 2011. one of my biggest concerns is not having my money work for me.
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not only will i be more likely to spend it, but i would not be earning the interest in different type of savings accounts or investing account. i've been looking for smart ways to invest my money. can you help me? >> tiffany, i am so proud of you. you know why? because the typical american if they suddenly get a big, fat paycheck, spend the paycheck. you, on the other hand, are trying to set yourself up for a secure financial future. my favorite thing for you to do with this excess pile of cash is put it in a special kind of investment known as a tax managed portfolio. this is something you do for a longer period of time, usually about five years. a typical tax managed portfolio requires 10 grand open. my favorite company to do it with, vanguard. they're the big daddy in this and the lowest-cost provider. >> clark will be your money coach if you want. he will teach you to save
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less -- save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. that's my plan. save less! catch clark on saturdays and sundays here on hln.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning. how's the breakfast today, right? i'm robin meade, you probably don't have time for breakfast, rushing around. tiger woods is on the golf course for the first time in months yesterday, three hours from right now he's going to make his first public statement in just as long. we have comprehensive coverage of what's at stake today. >> it shot right across that light and right across the highway, went right into the building directly, exploded into a fireball.
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>> what a scary sight. do you see this video? people couldn't believe what they were seeing. this was in texas yesterday. what may have led a man to turn his airplane into a weapon. plus a school district gave out laptops to the kids and now it's accused of using those laptops to spy on the students at home? ew! first, though, our top story. tiger woods is finally talking in about three hours. he will speak publicly for the first time in almost, what? three months since a small car crash turned into a huge scandal. these are the most recent pictures that we're getting in of the golf star. tmz says they were staged. the head of the pga says woods is talking now because he has a week off from therapy. he'll make a statement with friends and colleagues in the room with him and he will want answer questions, interesting. last night on hln's "prime news" they talked about whether today's statement will be enough. >> i think if he just makes a statement that will last something like five minutes
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which is what everyone is speculating it doesn't really put a lot of answer out there and doesn't get enough apologies out there and people are going to have questions and that's a lot of what got him into trouble in the first place. people said this would not have been as big had he addressed the rumors initially. there will be more questions than answers. >> the media is camped outside his home. >> tmz reports security is everywhere and there's even a sket ski patrol in the lake behind tiger woods' house. our affiliate says they have not seen a lot of the activity around the house so far. so the question is is he even there or is he closer to where he'll make the statement. >> our own rafer weigel is half an hour to where he will speak which isn't each close to the house, 150 miles. rafer joins us, good morning to you. i don't know, what are people there saying? i know there's a lot of speculation. it's not like we know what he's going to say.
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>> we don't know what he's going to say, robin. there was always kind of a strained relationship between the media and tiger woods' camp as they tried to restrict access. given the fact that they're not only taking questions and are only allowing a handful of reporters into today's statement, a huge development. the golf riders association has boycotted this event saying they should be allowed to ask questions and that it should be open to everybody in the media. also, we are learning the pga tour official, tim finchum in an interview yesterday used the word rehab when referring to what tiger woods was up to and in a letter obtained by the associated press, finchum said he is taking a break from therapy to deliver this statement before he goes back to therapy. that he had some time off to spend with his family, but it will be very interesting to see, robin. will he sound contrite and will he apologize to elin and the fans? who will he apologize to first
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and will elin be there? >> will elin be there and is she going to do the politician's wife thing where you will stand there with the guy who wronged you? >> exactly, robin. the infamous image of kobe bryant and his wife vanessa in 2003. if this is about making amends and repairing the image she has to be there because she's the one he wronged the most. we have not confirmed that that the two of them were seen leaving the house together yesterday which would suggest that we will see elin at this statement in about three hours. >> thank you so much. >> who said they saw them leaving the house together? >> tmz. >> tmz.com. gotcha. as always, we do want to hear from you. what do you want tiger to say? what do you think of the whole scandal? do we have any right to be concerned about his personal biz? colleen says his statement will be a joke and it will be drafted
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by a pr person and he will stand there like the dolt that he is and read it. >> deborah writes, i think it is trafrj that when a man cheats on his wife he's called a cheater unless he's famous and then it's his sex addiction. two very strong opinioned women there. i like that. go to cnn.com/robin and hit our facebook icon if i want to share a facebook comment and other people will see a comment and it will stir more comments from them, and if you want to e-mail straight us to, you can do that as well. no matter what it is, we appreciate it. by the way,y we have the most comprehensive coverage of his statement on hln. you will hear the first public comments about the scandal live on a one-hour hln special. "tiger woods breaking his silence" at 11:00 a.m. eastern. we're morning express, you expect us to give you a pretty comprehensive look at the news happening today so let's hit
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that. new this hour we're hearing from another bandmate, country bandmate of the man that authorities say crashed his plane into an irs building in texas. is that not one of the scariest pictures you've ever seen? the video is stunning and from i reporter stephen ward and it shows chaos reminiscent of 9/11. two bodies were found and have not been identified yet. authorities say the pilot of a plane, joseph stack apparently had a grudge against the irs. here's the deal, follow me on the timeline. he set his own house on fire, authorities say before then getting in a plane and targeting the agency building. >> the last time i spoke with joe was around early december and he was the same joe stack that he had been the three years that he played in my band. you know, he didn't seem distraught or anything like that. just, you know, regular, easy going joe. >> the red cross says that stack's wife plans to contact
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the media and answer questions today. stack left an apparent suicide note online and he wrote i'm finally ready to stop this insanity. well, mr. big brother irs man, let's try something different, take my pound of flesh and sleep well. that's frightening. some of the americans charged with kidnapping in haiti were reunited with their families. nearly 200 people cheered and sang hymns when three women arrived at the boise, idaho, airport. they said they were happy to be home after weeks in a haitian jail and they are still worried about the two women in their group still behind bars. >> our god is a mighty god and he stood with us every second we were there, and he brought us home, and i want you to continue to pray for chris and laura because he's going to bring them home, too. >> laura sillsby and cars a coulter will be in a haitian court today. a court-appointed translator was sick and the judge also said
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that he wanted to see the place in the dominican republic where the group was supposedly taking the children. >> the space shuttle endevour is getting ready to head home. the crew on the shuttle and the space station said their good-byes this morning and it will undock tonight. the crew spent more than a week adding a new room and observation deck to the station. the shuttle's scheduled to land in florida on sunday night. just for the heck of it, what's the weather going to be like in pontevidra, florida? >> it will be sun ney florida and georgia, too, and breaking the arctic air mass that's been in place over the next couple of days. that's moving to the east and watch the rain coming behind that. east of the mississippi river things are breaking up a little bit so the temperatures are warming. let me take yah live to atlanta and the last couple of days we've seen temperatures well
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below the average. today back up to near average. 58 degree, the high. into the low 60s by the week sxepd no rain showers for the deep southeast and not for the first half of the weekend and it looks pretty decent. let me zero in toward kansas city because it's a travel nightmare if you're trying to get in the streets. then it mixes with snows and that is sleet by topeka. you can see the bright bands right there indication of sleet coming through. behind it all snow. central parts of nebraska, 1 to 3 inches of snow around north platt. that's what you're dealing with in the morning and then it's heavy rain off the coast of texas ask brushing areas around brownsville to corpus christi and light areas possible around houston. we have snow coming in for the weekend and winter storm watch in parts of nevada and utah. as the rain comes in across southern california that breezes through the soufrn part of the state.
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l.a., you will get the rain coming in this afternoon through the evening hours and off and on for the entire weekend. once it gets to the colder atmosphere inland, it's all snow. skiers loving this stuff. the dark shade of purple, southwest, colorado. that's one to two feet, rob. >> thank you. >> we have breaking news right now. apparently, there has been a shooting on the northern illinois university campus this morning. obviously in illinois. we understand that one student was injured and that the suspect's in custody. so nobody's running around here on campus with the gun now is what we understand, that the suspect's in custody. the police at university think that it was an isolated incident and an all clear has been issued. that campus is open now, classes are going to resume as normal today. there is going to be a press conference later on. northern illinois university is about an hour west of chicago. a plane that is about to land in haiti is a sign that the quake-ravaged country is starting to get back to somewhat normal, and what you have to say
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about tiger woods. we are getting a ton of your facebook comments and your e-mails and as we get ready to hear from tiger and see if his wife is going to be standing by him today as he makes his statement at 11:00 a.m. eastern.
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>> let's salute our troops. our salute is for petty officer 1st class bradley hainy in the u.s. navy. he just left on a six-month deployment and his wife and two kids cannot wait for him to get back. >> good morning, robin. my name is bernadette hainy, and i would like to give a shout out to my husband bradley hainy in the u.s. navy. brad, we're so proud of everything you do serving our country and sacrifices you make for us, as your family and for your country. we miss you so much and can't wait for you to in home. >> so sweet. if you have someone in the service go to cnn.com/robin and we'll be sure to get that done for you. hey, it's tiger.
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i need you to do me a huge favor. can you please take your name off your phone, my wife went through my phone and may be calling you. so if you can, please take your name off that and -- >> wow! that was the voice mail that tiger woods reportedly left on the phone of jamie grubbs, one of his alleged mistresses. many people are wondering will he address the many women that he's accused of having affairs with? we'll find out when we bring you tiger's live statement for the first time. for the first time you will hear him speak since it first started in our special coverage "tiger woods breaking his silence" starts at 11:00 a.m. eastern right here on hln. you know the big man at toyota, mr. toyoda himself is shifting gears and now he says he will go to washington to face what's got to be some tough rounds of questions about toyota's massive recalls. awkward!
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our money expert jennifer westhoven is here. good morning. ? initially he said no, no, no. i'm going to send people from toyota u.s., they know all about this. i'll be working on the quality control, but the house oversight committee sent him an invitation and he said yes. i wonder if that was the kind of invitation you can say no to. he said i look forward to specking directly with congress and the american people and just like robin said, this could be very uncomfortable not just because we don't know if we have all of the information yet about what's happening with toyota cars, but also because there's a big cultural difference here. he's really in japan. they're not used to being talked to the way that you've seen it in congressional hearings, right? it can get pretty punch ney there. >> we gave you the news and you sent us your views and cheryl says i'm a toyota owner for years, loved my dhars and will continue buying them. congress and politics stay out of it, they have better things
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to worry about and i'm sure she meant to spell politics differently. you've heard a lot of this, instead of a key you touch this push button to turn the car on and off. some drivers were tapping it trying to turn their car off. they hadn't read the manual to know that in this kind of emergency situation you've got to hold it down for three seconds. that's not so easy if you think that your life is on the line. >> in this car we have air bags and children. we have high rollover risk, but we don't have how to turn a car off if it's accelerating out of control, for example. >> i think you will see that. that is coming. >> and that was cnn's deb feyerick speaking to a car expert saying maybe that is coming, that we all know how to use a push button and it works fast. >> all right. thank you. >> finding the time to workout is hard, but fitness expert
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jorge cruise, says there's no excuse and we talked about what he says is the way to lose your belly fat in eight minutes? come on! in the "fit better now." >> this will give you the ability to tone, so when the fat comes off you have nice, sculpted muscles and nothing is weak and flabby. >> show me first the eight-minute ab sculptor. >> we'll do a routine of three exercises twice, and it should take less than eight minutes and the first one, you put your feet like this and you cross them and one on the opposite end and you will crunch up, you're reaching for your toes. >> how many times? >> the goal is ten. once you're done with ten, switch legs and do tep more. >> and this one is the reverse crunch, this works the lower abs and you want it lift up your butt two or three inches off the
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ground. my favorite is the next one, the russian twist. >> you will put your feet up a few inches off the ground, but what you want to do is you want to go to the side and you don't want to go like this -- you go slow and it's the movement like this that gets the side obliques in. >> that's going to be hard. do this for about a minute, so about ten and ten. once you're done take a breath and do it one more time and you should be done in eight minutes.
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the medal count in vancouver. the latest gold came in men's figure skating. you made a point that that's usually dominated by the rigzs. >> for the better part of 22 years the russians have dominated mens figure skating, but now it belongs to usa. that's right. evan lysacek broke that streak last night and dazzled the crowd with a clean performance called the greatest performance of his life. evgeni plushenko, the first man to win gold in figure skating. it's an incredible performance for him and the popular johnny weir, lysacek's rival. he finished sickth in the same event. winning silver ask bronze were two former olympic gold champions. teter pulled off a bronze in the women's halfpipe. kelly clark fell during her first run and pulled off two huge tricks to win bronze. robin, good day overall for the united states olympic teams.
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we're in the lead by seven in the overall medal count. >> thank you very much, joe, for the update. tiger woods is going to make a public statement in just a couple of hours. few people were invited to actually be a part of it. some reporters are actually boycotting it. you will get to hear it live right here on hln.
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>> we're counting down to one of the biggest moments in tiger woods' life. woods will talk publicly today for the first time since his minor car crash turned into a major sex scandal. a big question, will his wife elin be there? he's going to make a statement at pga tour headquarters in florida. you will hear that live as part of an hln special at 11:00 a.m. eastern. a man when crashed his plane into an irs building in texas apparently had a grudge against the agency. what a frightening picture here. it was reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks, at least the scene was.
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two bodies were found and 13 people were injured. the pilot, joseph stack set his house on fire and then jumped in a plane and flew it into the irs building. iran may be working to secretly develop a nuclear warhead for a missile. the u.n. nuclear watchdog agency stated its concerns yesterday in a draft report. iran has said that its nuclear program is designed solely for energy and medical purposes. the space shuttle endevour is getting ready to head home. endevour will undock tonight. the crew spent more than a week adding a new room and observation deck to the station. those are a few of the day's top stories. how are you, doll? are you tired? it's friday? one more day and you make it to your weekend, hopefully. i'm robin meade. good morning, sunshine. we are two and a half hours away from tiger woods' big announcement. he is going to be speaking publicly for the first time since the allegations started coming out about him allegedly having affairs with several
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women. the media is camped out at the pga tour headquarters in florida. that's where woods is going to be speaking, but he's not going to take any questions. one legal expert says that that could be a decision motivated by money. >> the more i think about this the more maybe this has to do maybe with his contracts. he's got sponsors out there and he's got morals clauses in some of those contracts and maybe part of the issue is if i take questions and get into my past could that affect my future? could that affect some of the deals that i have? some sponsors have stuck with him, but a lot of people could still drop him if he says something that's not good, so maybe from his perspective, this is what i'm doing now and this is what's going to happen in the future and let bygones be bygones. >> our own rafer weigel will join us from where tiger will speak. i know it's erle there and we're still a few hours away, but i can only imagine what the atmosphere must be like. can you show us around in terms
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of describing what you've seen this morning? >> reporter: yeah, robin. we have, the media, the become the story outside of the story here. to use the word circus that would be accurate. why don't we pan over to my left and we can just show you. the media has pretty much been spread out all around the marriott. it's from all over the country. you can see a guy over there videotaping us. people have been coming up and filming us and as we go to the right, you can see all of the satellite trucks from all over. nevertheless, we will get nowhere near tiger woods when he does read this statement. he will be inside of this ballroom with a bunch of tvs watching it from about a half mile away. we're not allowed in the room. we're not allowed to see him when he pulls up and it just speaks to the controlling nature of his people in terms of putting this thing together so much so that the golf writers association is boycotting it. let me give you a map and it's such a paradox. we're pretty close.
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we're about a mile away, in the upper right hand corner whereas his location will be in the lower left. >> we did learn, about ten minutes ago, or five minutes ago, that his family will be among the folks in that room, but who in that family, we don't know. they will be in the front row so maybe that will dictate what he says and probably means he wouldn't go specifics on the sex scandal and that remains to be seen. >> i can't believe that was just an amazing piece of tape there. it was a live picture as you turned the cameras around to show us everyone else's cameras. do we have any idea, okay, if he does return to golf which you assume why he's making a statement what the schedule would look like. i mean, how soon are you talking? >> well, probably by the end of the month. we've also learned this morning that pga tour commissioner tim finchum says tiger is taking a break from his therapy, and then he will go back to therapy. after that, it is presumed --
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not presumed but our sources are telling us that the first tournament that makes sense would be the tavistock cup march 22nd. media access is very differ cult which it appears they're going to try to do moving forward as terms of limiting the media access. after that, there would be the arnold palmer invitational, which also, very exclusive. he and arnold palmer are very tight and they can protect him from the tmzs or radar onlines and then after that the masters. that will be the big question is what kind of media restrictions will be at that tournament? will they try to keep us at arm's length and keep him from answering questions? it will be interesting to see what happens. >> i don't know if you're getting this information too, where you are because i know you're half a mile from where it's going to start, but we also heard some sources saying that the first few rows will be reserved for family members. i haven't heard what family members yet, you assume, maybe elin, but i don't know, mother-in-law? mother? interesting, huh? >> elin's twin sister, his two
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children, tiger's mother, yeah, and if his children are sitting there in the front row, how much detail will he go into about all of these allegations? >> ooh, that would be not good. thank you so much, appreciate it, rafer. here's what you're saying about what will be happening today. isaac writes, once tiger took endorsement money he was held to a higher standard so he does owe the public an apology. i don't care about him or golf, but if he's going to take millions of dollars using his good guy image he can't use the privacy excuse when he screws up. >> i want him to say i have nothing to say, thank you. it is none of our business and it's sad that we the public expect him to hold a press conference. i got you, johnny. i know you have an opinion. go to cnn.com/robin. hit facebook or contact us. e-mail or facebook, either way and i'll be happy to get your comment on the air. we have the most comprehensive coverage of tiger woods on hln. you will hear his comments about
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the scandal live on a one-hour special on hln. tiger woods breaking his silence right after "morning express." other news today. police have arrested a 15-year-old in connection with a shooting in a northern california church. you may remember the terrifying home video. ♪ ♪ how frightening. two teen brothers were injured in sunday's shooting. police say that there were three gunmen, but they won't say if the 15-year-old was one of them. he's charged with conspiracy. the victim's mother says that the arrest doesn't make her feel much better. >> this is a young kid, a very young kid, you know? the age of one of my kids, you what i mean? young. so, you know, it's just heartbreaking. heartbreaking is what it is. >> police say that her two sons were the likely targets, but they won't talk about a motive. they're still searching for more
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suspects. are you looking for the least amount of hassle when you fly? it's not likely you want more hassle. travelers picked the top five large airport in customer satisfaction for a new survey and they are detroit's metropolitan, denver international, minneapolis/st. paul, orlando international and phoenix sky harbor. 1200 passengers were questioned about things like your check in, baggage claim, security check and the food service. a memorial service will be held tonight at the university of alabama in huntsville for three faculty members killed in last week's shootings. the lawyer for amy bishop, the professor accused in the case says that his client may be insane. he says that bishop hassy is sleer mental problems and can't even remember the shootings. he also says that her failure to get tenure was probably what set her off. no one is going to be driving on this road and that we'll show you here for a couple of weeks yet. a hillside collapsed and slid on
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to the road in san dimas, california. nobody hurt. people are telling people in 200 homes to evacuate. rain this weekend could trigger mud slides in areas that were burned there in the summer wildfires. now, correct me if i'm wrong, but a few days ago, i believe bob said no rain for the weekend, the first time since july. >> it depends on where you look, but absolutely, it will be atlanta. it will warm up nice in the southeast and something we haven't seen in quite some time. this weather brought to you by red lobster. we just talked about the rain that's headed in. so far nothing popping up on the radar. you can see the storm and i labelled it out across the pacific. clouds are already in place around southern california, stretching into nevada, arizona and utah. light snow already across the mountains and that picks up, but the olympic fever. let me show you the forecast because this was a huge story. remember a couple of weeks ago they had to truck in snow from
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whistler and places like that? at least temperatures will be decent. low 50s in vancouver, up across the mountains 10 to 15 degrees cooler. and the best news, no rain. that california storm slides down to the south. i think my son and i yelled for 11 golds yesterday, usa, usa, the hockey team is just rocking, mens and women's. winter storm warnings for utah and colorado. watches for you in nevada, too, look at the snow already there and that picks up late tonight. more on that, robin, in a half hour. >> thank you. a lot of people are eager to hear what tiger woods is going to say from a fan perspective, but the companies that put big bucks behind the golfer, they have their ears peeled as well. what he needs to say to keep sponsors or get them back.
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65 years ago today 30,000 u.s. marines started landing on iwo jima. they started a successful month-long battle to take control of the island from japanese forces. it was a key spot for fighters conducting bombing missions. the u.s. had more than 26,000 casualties, 27 medals of honor were arc warded to marines and sailors. that was more than any other during the war. you know, financially, tiger woods has a lot at stake when he makes his big state today. his image was worth hundreds of millions of dollars. key word might be was and our money expert jennifer westhoven. you have one of the most
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interesting angles to me this morning and that is what he has to say to win back some of the sponsors and what they will look for. >> in a way it's not just the sponsors, it's the public, too. they all go hand in hand, but there is so much on the line for tiger today. he's still got sponsors, nike, gillette, electronic arts, but that could all hinge their continued support on what he says. this is some big business. losing accenture and at&t, you heard about that and that's one thing and losing nike, that could potentially destroy a comeback here. so what p.r. people and analysts say here is there's a lot of opinion about this, and some people say no, he just lied to his wife, that by creating that false family man image tiger was lying to millions of people, not just his wife. so it's that relationship. tiger with the public here and managing the tiger brand, the same as managing any brand, johnson & johnson or toyota and so now we're talking about
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crisis management mode for a brand. so this news conference today, this is going to be the moment where he has the opportunity to clean up, to save his brand and they say if he's totally forthcoming, that will help, and that's what to watch for, but also does he really show that he understands the impact that his lies have had on everybody else, not just his family? so he's got to express that he understands that a lot of people feel hurt. they feel misled because they believed in him and they believed in him and that brand and that's touched out not to be the truth. rob snin. >> interesting. okay, thank you very much. and we do have the most comprehensive coverage of the tiger woods statement here on hln. you will hear his first public comments about the scandal live in a one-hour special on hln "tiger woods breaking his silence" right after "morning express," 11:00 a.m. eastern. traffic was -- well, it must have been wild in atlanta, as in wild animal.
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police had to chase a zebra down the highway. i mean, the interstate!
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i have a neighbor, he hit the tree and we came out here just to see what was going on. i see him and he's laying down. >> it was an auto accident? ? there was an auto accident, yes. >> is he unconscious? >> do you know if he's breathing? >> no, i can't tell right now. >> what color is his car, too? >> it's a black escalade. >> what happened? >> wow! we have not heard a single word from tiger woods himself since the crash that happened more than 80 days ago, but in less than three hours tiger woods will go public. he's going to speak for the first time since the world learned about his alleged affairs. here's what you are saying this morning. heather writes, if i were his wife i would not stand by him. if he did it 13 times he will probably do it again.
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carrie says yes, as a public figure and role model, he does have a certain responsibility to keep his nose clean, but the media coverage of his affair has been ridiculous. andrea says he's not the first person to cheat or go to rehab and those that do don't have to explain it to the whole world. what do you think? e-mail us or do our facebook by going to cnn.com/robin. there is -- there are kecks to both of those right there. >> we are bringing you the most comprehensive coverage of the tiger woods story, breaking his silence. you will hear his live statement as part of the hln special at 11:00 a.m. eastern. now, what tiger i'm sure would like to be doing right now is sports, playing the game. so let's talk about that. it was a tough day for america's golden woman, lindsey vonn. she crashed during her skiing run and that spoiled her chance at another gold medal. one day you're on top and then the next day she crashed right
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in front of everybody. >> that's the sport unfortunately for her, and she has another opportunity to win a med ale. lindsey vonn she said going into the race it was absolutely killing her. vonn made a common mistake the downhill portion but she simply lost her balance. her ski hit the gate and pole smacked against her leg and the ski came off and the race was over after that. she will have another shot for perhaps a gold medal on saturday when she competes in the super g. now, julia mancuso skied a solid run on the same run that vonn crashed. she nailed the portion and she won the silver in the women's super combined. two medals so far for mancuso and she'll try for another medal on wednesday. well evan lysacek wowed the crowd and skated the performance of his life to become the first
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american man in 22 years to win gold in figure skating. afterwards lysacek said his performance a personal best on what he called the most important night of his livl. weir finished sixth in the same event. the u.s. leads the overall medal count over germany, 18-11. and host country canada in fourth place with three gold medals. >> so tickled about the men's gold, that's great. >> yeah. >> thank you very much. >> you bet. bob, i'm surprised you have a voice left because you were cheering for the hockey team. >> usa, usa! women's looking fantastic. we'll see the delays pop up across the northeast, gusty winds. once again around boston, watching for that. yeah, watching for half hour to hour-long delays and boston logan 40 miles per hour. san francisco currently brand-new delay 45 minutes and
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that's because of the low clouds. and los angeles rain in the afternoon lasts all weekend. look at this. tower cam, too. pretty decent, central park, rob. >> for our cumadian viewers, we have many. their hockey team is looking good, too. >> men's teams play each other. we're only two hours away from tiger woods' big step back into the spotlight.
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good morning and top of the morning to you, i'm robin meade. welcome to friday. here's what's coming up this hour on "morning express." first, we're counting down to tiger woods' long-awaited statement about the sex scandal that sent him into hiding and now one of his alleged mistresses is planning a conference of her own. investigators are out this morning searching what is left of the irs building in austin after an angry man turned his plane into a weapon. what they're looking for. okay, you guessed it.
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the top story is that tiger woods is finally going to talk, we're talking about two hours from now. he'll speak publicly in almost three months since a small car crash turned noo a huge scandal. tmz say these pictures were stajed. the head of the pga is talking now because he has a week off from therapy and will make a statement but not answer questions. on hln prime news they talked about whether this is a good strategy. >> it almost sounds like he's going to be making some kind of preprepared statement. if you wanted to show some emotion and take some questions, even in a controlled environment, he would have done what a lot of oother celebrities would do. he would have gone on oprah, gone on larry king and gone on to a situation where he felt comfortable where he could have actually addressed a lot of the issues. >> our own rafer weigel is about half a mile from where tiger is going to be speaking now. he joins us from ponte verde
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beach, florida. anybody talking about what we should hear from tiger today? >> we have no idea what to expect from tiger because we have been, basically, shutout. this is the first time he made a public appearance since that november 27th car accident until this photo "surfaced" of him playing golf. tmz says it was staged. there is no question this was staged. this would give us a little bit of insight of what maybe he might be talking about. presumably the return to golf. this controlled environment where they were only going to allow a couple reporters, basically, as window dressing not allowing us to ask any questions has accrued such a backlash that they're now boycotting this event. they were going to get three writers in this room, listen, if you're not going to let everybody in there and we can't ask questions, we are not going. that is a very big deal. now, the other big deal is that pga commissioner tim finchm the other day he said on camera that tiger had been in "rehab."
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all these unconfirmed reports about him being in rehab and the first time we heard that is from the pga tour commissioner and then in a letter to the associated press he said that tiger woods was taking a break from therapy to come and release this statement and then he's going back to therapy after this. >> you know what, do we know, okay, let's talk about who is supposed to be there, invited, besides the golf writers, like you said. is elin going to stand up there with him? who else? >> we are learning that members of tiger woods' family will be sitting in the front row. there's presumably going to be a lot of empty seats because we're looking at three wire reporters in there and who in that family? extended family? elin's mom and twin sister? will we see kobe bryant and vanessa back in 2003. well, tmz is reporting that elin and tiger were seen leaving
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their house together yesterday. now, we have not confirmed those reports, but that would suggest that we should see elin in that room and, let's be honest, that's who tiger needs to make amends to before the sponsors and some of the fans will come back. >> no reports of any tiger sightings this morning. you would think he's not staying at that building, he's going to have to get there. >> he lives nearby here but we don't know if he's coming by helicopter. we're not even allowed to go and get a look at him pulling up to the venue. i'm sorry, the access here is tighter than a presidential news conference and for golf fans and people who are not golf fans, this really speaks to, dare i say, the controlling nature of tiger woods' agent. tiger may have changed his stripes on a personal level, it's clear in terms of how much they're trying to control the access on this his agent has not. >> rafer, thank you very much. it is getting closer. you will hear the first public comments from tiger on this
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scandal live on a one-hour hln special. tiger woods breaks his silence. keep it on hln for the most compreh comprehensive coverage. right now let me get you the other news. moving on here. new this morning, we're hearing from another band mate of the man authorities say crashed his plane into an irs building in texas. did you see this video? it is from ireporter steven ward and it shows the chaos reminiscent of 9/11, in fact. authorities say that pilot joseph stack had a grudge against the irs and set his own house on fire before getting on a plane and flying it into the irs building. >> the last time i spoke with joe was right early december and he was the same joe stack that he had been the three years that he played in my band. you know, he didn't seem distraught or anything like that. just, you know, just regular,
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easy going joe. >> well, the red cross says that stack's wife plans to contact the media and answer questions today. stack left an apparent suicide note online writing "i'm finally ready to stop this insanity. well, mr. big ruther irs man, let's try something different. take my pound of flesh and sleep well." two american missionaries are scheduled to appear in court today. laura silsby led a group trying to take children across the dominican republic. her and charissa coulter are the only ones still in jail. their hearing was postponed yesterday because the court-appointed translator was sick but silsby spoke with reporters on her way out. >> laura, how did that meeting go? >> it went very well. all truth to be revealed. and believing that god will reveal truth through the haitian justice system. >> do you miss your colleagues who have left? >> i'm glad they were able to go
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earlier than me. that is good. i'm trusting god. >> are you happy with the haitian judicial process as it's currently happening? >> they're doing the best they can. >> well, some of the eight missionaries who were allowed to go home reunited with their families overnight. ♪ our god is an awesome god ♪ >> 200 peeople cheered and some sang hymns as they arrived at the huntsville airport. it is seven minutes past the hour, i just want to see what bob is focusing on this morning and it looks like a wintry mix, just in time for your weekend. good morning, bob. >> little sloshing around right now, robin. right around kansas city and missouri, too. you're getting light rain but you zero into this area and low-pressure system and weak one that will fade apart.
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high pressure that is situated over the great lakes and before that happens, decent rain and some sleet. look at topeka. see that red shade? that is sleet. when it falls into the even colder air mass without the air at any of the levels that is northern sections of this little system. nebraska one to three inches of snow and now starting to widdle away with winter weather advisories. down to the south, heavy rain just off shore from texas and get away from there, low pressure system right off of california and clouds are already in place and the heavy rain is soon to follow and the timing looks like mid to late afternoon for the bay area down to l.a. and with the rain and then it stretches into the rockies and heavy snow. let me show you what we have the radar. energy coming in this afternoon and watch the rain pull in across southern parts of california. about an inch to two inches of rain it's possible around l.a. and not possible in new york. let me take you live actually to d.c. this is the way it looks when you get to the white house.
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melting some of that snow. high today 44. the snow still on the lawn. 44 should melt a little bit of that off. more on that in about a half hour, robin. >> pretty shot, though. >> it looks nice. we are bringing you comprehensive coverage of tiger woods' big public statement. hear the 911 call that sparked a domino effect in his life and his career. some parents are livid with a school district for spying on their kids at home. how they supposedly found out about laptop web cams.
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>> i have a neighbor, he hit the tree and we came out here just to see what was going on. i see him, he's laying down. >> yikes. tiger woods is going to talk publicly today for the first time since that minor car crash turn under to a major scandal. the big question is will his wife, elin, be there with him today. >> most people will be surprised if she's at this press conference.
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most media strategists would say that's a terrible idea, that it would just be humiliating for her and not something she needs to be present for. >> well tmz reports that elin was seen with tiger yesterday but they drove separately to a home she's renting. hln has not been able to confirm that. so, what you say about it all? michael writes the only thing i'm interested in is if tiger will come back and play golf. melissa says should i have a say in what he does personally? no. can i have an opinion and act on them when spending my entertainment dollars? yes. for his wife to forgive him, hell no. there is a saying, you wanna play, you gotta pay. e-mail us by going to cnn.com/robin. hit the facebook icon or hit the contact us for e-mail. either way, you'll find it right there. all right. time for our military salute.
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our salute today is for petty officer first class bradley hany of the u.s. navy. he just left on a six-month deployment and his wife and two kids cannot wait for him to come home. >> good morning, robin. my name is bernadette haney and i want to give a shoutout to my husband bradley haney in the u.s. army. we're so proud of everything you do serving our country and the sacrifices you make for us, your family, and your country. we miss you so much and can't wait for you to come home. >> do you have somebody in the service that you want to salute? we'd like to help you, go to cnn.com/robin. the big man at toyota, mr. toyota himself is shifting gears. he says now that he will go to washington and i'm sure face a very tough round of questions about their recalls. our money expert jennifer westhoven is here. this kind of goes, this is going to be a different culture. >> he definitely is. i mean, it's just not the same
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at all. their questions are asked in a more respectful way. you've seen some of these congressional hearings, they're not like that. initially said he's not going to come. he wanted to send toyota executives, instead. when the house oversight committee sent him an invitation, he accepted. i wonder if that's an invitation you can't refuse. i look forward speaking to congress and the american people. in the meantime, a lot of questions about the stop/start button. you push a button to turn the car off but you would need to read the manual to know that it has to be held down for three seconds. which is not so easy when you're in an emergency situation. in this car we have airbags and children and we have high rollover risk but we don't have how to turn the car off if it's accelerating out of control, for example. >> i think you're going to see that. that is coming. >> and that was deb feyerick from our sister network cnn
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speaking to a car expert who says that change is coming. i do want to mention somebody wrote in to say, hey, be careful about telling people to turn the engine off. it's true, remember the steps to take are first hit the brakes and second go to neutral and only the last option is turning the engine off. ♪ it's a wednesday afternoon at gospel water branch baptist church near augusta, georgia, but some parishioners aren't here for the gospel. they're here to lose weight. >> i didn't drink any sodas. >> i ate more salad. even i ate raw vegetables. >> i really made a big effort to walk. >> it's called the fit body and soul program. initially part of the study by the medical college of georgia and now an indispensable program for church goers and community members alike. >> we do not want our health,
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our weight to hinder us from doing what you have will for us to do in this world. >> we're trying to educate folks on the point of, you know, the high incidence of diabetes, cardiac disease and cancer amongst african-americans. >> diet, exercise, food journling and community support. all of it resting on the back bone of faith. >> and everything that we do, we always pray. you know, we're here to support each other with prayer and scripture. >> the results? they've been promising. >> i lost 30 pounds. my wife lost about 25 pounds during the whole thing. blood pressure went down and cholesterol went down and we were very pleased. >> my goal was like seven to eight pounds and i reach eed te pounds and i kept it off for a year and a half. >> pastor professor ramsey said there is no secret to their success. >> food can be a powerful temptation and you need at inner
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strength to overcome that temptation. every congregation could do it and they should. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting.
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are you looking for the least amount of hassle when you fly? of course you are. travelers picked the top five large airports in customer satisfaction for a new survey and they are detroit's metropolitan airport, denver
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international, minneapolis/st. paul, orlando international and phoenix sky harbor. 1,200 people were questioned about check-in, security, bag claim and food service. the u.s. is having a good week in the medal count in vancouver. they're pulling away from the rest. the latest gold came in the men's figure skating and joe carter knows this is an event that is usually kind of owned by the russians. >> owned by the russians. this is why i love the olympics. stories like this. when you see the americans overcome such a drought in the gold medal count for that sport. you know, it's been a long time since an american man has won gold in figure skating. last night, evan lysacek broke that streak. he dazzled the crowd with a performance of his life. he edged out the favorite russian evgeni plushenko and the first american man in 22 years to win gold in figure skating.
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afterwards he called his performance a personal best on the most important night of his entire life. johnny weir, lysacek's rival finished sixth in the same event. snowboarding sweet cheek hannah teter pulled out two clean runs to win silver and the 2002 gold medalist kelly clark fell during her first run but pulled off two tricks to win bronze. day seven of the 2010 olympic games in the books. the united states, the overall medal leader and the overall gold medal winners, as well. the total to 18 which is seven best than second place germany. oh, by the way, they're doing better than "american idol" in the tv ratingess, just to let you know. >> yeah they are. it's on the nbc and after the whole jay leno debacle, they're
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like, thank you. tiger woods will make a public statement in about 90 minutes and few people were invited to actually be a part of it in the room. some reporters are actually boycotting his statement. you'll get to hear it live right here on hln. #ñ#ñ#ñ#ñññññññññññññ
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all right. the new york stock exchange just opened for business and those are some of the super bowl champs, the saints, ringing the opening bell. stocks may take a dip today, though. that's because the feds decided to raise the emergency funding rate, so we'll see what impact that has. a live report coming up. first, though, we're counting down to one of the biggest moments of tiger woods' life. he will talk publicly today for the first time since his minor car crash turned into a major sex scandal. one big question will be, will his wife be there? we'll make a statement, he's
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going to make a statement at pga headquarters in florida and you'll hear that live as part of an hln special at 11:00 a.m. eastern. a man who crashed his plane into an irs building in texas apparently held a grudge against the agency. and the scene was so scary and reminiscent of 9/11. two bodies were found and 13 people were injured. and authorities say the pilot, joseph stack, set his own house on fire before jumping into a plane and targ eting the irs building. police at northern illinois university have given the all-clear. authorities say the shooting was an isolated incident. now, two years ago another shooting there left five students dead and 12 injured. those are some of our day's to stories. i'm robin meade, morning, sunshine. if you look at the clock, we have 90 minutes until tiger woods makes a big statement.
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he'll speak publicly for the first time since allegations that he had affairs with several women. now, the media has camped out near the pga tour headquarters in florida. i have to stress near. but woods will not take any questions from them. the pga tour commissioner says that woods will go back to therapy today after he speaks. our own rafer weigel is about half a mile from where tiger is going to speak and joins us from ponte verde beach, florida. that's a big point the commissioner said, oh, he's going back to rehab. everybody's ears kind of perked up. >> which speaks to the timing of it, robin. big criticism that he is doing it during the tournament the accenture match play tournament, the commissioner says, no, it was because of a break in his therapy. a sense of the scene here. hundreds of media that descended down here even though we can't get near tiger as we pan here to the right, we see all these cameras now. this is just the tip of the iceberg. these cameras go all the way
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around this hotel. you see to the right, all these trucks, satellite trucks, live trucks and the joke of it is, robin, is that we will not get in there to actually stick a microphone in his face and ask any questions. this is where we're going to be in this ball room watching this on television. we're a half mile away and we might as well be in another state. as a result of this, the golf writers association of america has boycotted this. they are saying if we can't ask questions and we can't come in there and if everybody can't come in there, then we're not going to show up at all. let me show you some video, also. with every media circus comes the cast of freaks. we have a couple people coming out here from a radio station and couple women. tiger, can i be number 16. batman showed up. you know it's a big event now that batman is here. we're also learning, robin. i'm here talking that michael jordan will be in that room as one of tiger's friend but we're hearing that his family members are also going to be sitting in the front row.
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jordan not confirmed buts a we're walking around and talking to people, that's what we're hearing. >> the front rows were claimed for them. >> yeah, the family we know will be there, michael jordan we don't necessarily know. but the big question, will elin be there? i heard people say, yes, she will be there. and others people saying, no, she won't. be interesting to see what happens. >> let's go through some of his close friends that we know about. the public figures. michael jordan, the rumors are that he'll be there. i know charles barkley is a close friend of his or considers that. >> you know charles barkley. you can't just call him and ask him -- >> i guess i could. >> the other name i'm hearing is his college roommate at stanford and a pga player. i'm hearing he might be there in the room, as well. who is going to be in that room as much as what he will say. >> someone joked to me
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yesterday, charles is very outspoken and he is likely to get up and take the microphone if he was there. might not be the best choice to have him there. we don't know who will be there. rafer, thank you very much. something we'll have to wait and see. sanja, one of our viewers says tiger is paid an astronomical amount of money to carry out a public image. he has let us down and it's not acceptable. anyone who thinks it has no normals. dawn he owes us nothing in the form of an apology or even to acknowledge his indiscretions. he owes his god and his wife an apology. hit the contact us or facebook icon and you can contact us that way. we do have the most comp comprehensive coverage of the tiger woods conference. you will see it here live on a
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one-hour special right after "morning express." a memorial will be held in huntsville for the three professors killed in last week's shootings. he says that bishop has severe mental problems and can't remember the shootings. he also says that her failure to get tenure was probably what set her off. the first commercial flight from the united states to haiti is due to land in port-au-prince any minute right now. the american airlines plane left miami a couple hours ago and here's a look at the port-au-prince airport earlier this week. commercial air service to haiti was suspended after the earthquake last month. americans say it plans three flights a day from florida to haiti. turning to wall street right now. the stocks have risen every day this week but last night's move by the fed may put an end to that winning streak. hey, allan chernoff, good morning. >> good morning, robin. you know, it's all about
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psychology and i guess the market is a little concerned here. hey, rates are going up but the truth is the fed action is not a surprise and the timing may be a little bit. came after the market closed yesterday. investors did have time to digest the news. the chairman of the fed ben bernanke basically telegraphed all this. he said that he was going to essentially be pushing up rates, tightening policy last week when he spoke before congress. analysts say the increase in the increase rate indicates that the fed is winding down a series of extraordinary programs it put in place to ease the economic crisis. so, in other words, the crisis is over. the rate increase is not going to directly affect borrowing costs for consumers and most businesses, but, as you see, it's putting the stock market under a little bit of pressure. right now we've got the dow off a little more than 27 points. also under pressure, shares of dell, the computer giant, reported disappointing fourth quarter earnings. sales rose during the holiday season, but those sales were
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cropped up by steep discounts that did cut into the company's bottom line. finally, well, the saints came marching in to the nyse this morning. three members of the super bowl champion new orlean saints rang that opening bell, looks like four members. hopefully they will be able to tackthal bears and intercept any bad news. >> it just never ends. when you win the super bowl, you're just all over the place, aren't you? >> you earned it, you know. they earned it. >> appreciate it. you know, bob, back to the tiger woods thing. this is going to be happening at ponte verde beach, florida. weather today? >> the tiger forecast for you today, 61 degrees. i just looked up what they're looking at. warmer than it has been across central, southern, northern florida. looks better than it has been this week. this weather brought to you by sudafed. warming trend off to the east and cold air across the upper
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midwest and the rockies, too. all headed over towards the east and the clouds already in place and light snow out ahead of that and weak energy rolling through the rockies right now and light snow that picks up later on this weekend. let me show you the next 48 hours. snowfall totals and, once again, i'm looking at a lot of snow for southwestern colorado. check it out, that dark shade of purple, south of grand junction. one to two feet of snow. central utah, more snow. idaho, again, getting decent snow into northern parts of new mexico and possibly around arizona, also. here's what we have, warnings out there and areas shaded in red. utah you can see one to two feet and highest elevations, still, winter storm watch parts of nevada, not including las vegas but north of there. 6 to 12 inches of snow. valley rain coming in and it's all yellow behind me right now, which clearly not a good thing. here's the way it goes around salt lake city. light snow and watch for the next 48 hours worth of rain,
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slams across los angeles and mudslide might be a potential between a half inch and two inches of rain and southern california, that's a good bet. live to new york and trying to get in or out of the city, another windy day. wind kind of rocking and rolling. there's the old gal in the harbor looking nice. temperature 44, some of that snow will melt, finally. more on this, robin, in a half hour. >> thank you. tiger woods made sure cameras caught him swinging a golf club yesterday. but what he has to say in less than 90 minutes may have a bigger impact on his career, right? then a zebra, a zebra got loose on an atlanta highway and this did not come from the zoo. where did it come from?
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so, the tiger woods announcement today is already stirring up a lot of controversy. his agent has made it clear that this is not a press conference. no questions are going to be allowed. just a small number of reporters are invited in the actual room and as we found out last night a few of them are boycotting. >> i will tell you this, we were just given this news that the golf writers association that had three seats in the room tomorrow with tiger to listen to this along with the wire service, along with three people from each wire service and the golf writers have pulled out and they will be boycotting the session and they do not like the premise and they do not like the fact that they will not be able to ask any questions. >> who will be there and what is tiger woods going to say? well, we've got the most comprehensive coverage of the
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statement right here on hln and leading up to the special tiger woods breaking his silence. hear tiger woods live in just 90 minutes from right now. more people who have lost their hands in horrible accidents will be able to get transplants. emory university hospital in atlanta is starting a new program to give new hands to people. the first man who got the rare procedure after losing his hands said that the transplant put joy back into his life. >> hold the hands of both my children when they were growing up and hug people like this, it was all those things that i never even considered before that suddenly were available to me that made it a wonderful, wonderful gift. >> emory doctors hope to start the transplants this summer. what are you thinking afor the weekend? get away day friday. people say, oh, my gosh, big tiger woods statement and stuff but the bottom line is that you may be more concerned after that with what you're having for lunch in your flight. >> once it gets going.
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>> or the excitement leading up to it. >> good morning to you, robin. so far one delay. 45-minute delay and typical this time of year. fog rolls into the bay area in san francisco and that's good news. winds will be out across the northeast, again. rocking and rolling in boston. winds in logan up to 40 miles per hour. half hour to hour-long delays. same with newark across the river and watching for some winds out there and san francisco currently 45 and los angeles your rain comes in this afternoon and could be heavy at times over the weekend. count on delays, not only this afternoon but through the weekend headed through lax. more on that, robin. >> thank you very much. imagine driving home from a long day at work and it's a zebra running past your car. a zebra? happened to drivers in atlanta yesterday. a zebra escaped from the circus and hit the road. the poor thing. he trotted through downtown for a while and then got on i-75. well, police finally corralled him on an exit ramp. he has cuts on his hooves, but otherwise he'll be okay.
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poor thing. a u.s. figure skater stunned the world. wait until you see an incredible gold medal performance. plus, tiger woods will break his silence in a little more than an hour. we have your views on his statement today.
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golf phenomenon tiger woods in a 2:00 a.m. smash up. >> there were reports that there was a domestic dispute before tiger woods left his house in the suv. there were some reports that actually what happened was that she struck the suv with the golf club. >> shocking new details in the tiger woods mystery, we don't know what happened yet but i can tell you this, it was anything but a happy thanksgiving at the woods' household. so, the reports at the beginning of this scandal there. some of the tiger woods' peers are upset about his statement upcoming today. it comes during the first big tournament of the year. he says that they're taking attention away from their event, but the pga tour commissioner says it's the only time tiger could do it while he was off from therapy.
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he expects wood to talk about his infidelity and future plans. why are we in such a rush for him to speak out? shouldn't we give him time to work things out for himself? why do we think we should have details? tony says i can't wait to see what another so-called public figure has to say about his inability to honor his commitment to his wife. he'll give the cookie cutter comments that they all give. sex addiction therapy? really? e-mail us by going to cnn.com/robin. there is an facebook icon and that way when you post other people can see your comments, too. e-mail, the old-fashioned way by hitting the contact us button. it was a tough day for america's golden woman lindsey vonn. crashed during her run and
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spoiled her chance at another gold medal. >> i hope she rallies. she has one more chance to get out there and win another gold medal. we learned more about the bruised right shin and she said going into the race yesterday that the shin was it wasn't to blame for the crash. vonn just made a common mistake in skiing. she was the fastest in the downhill, when it came to the slalom portion, she just made a mistake. her ski came off and the race was over. vonn will have another shot at gold in saturday's super g. julia mancuso skied a solid run on the same course vonn crashed. mancuso nailed the slalom portion. she won a silver in the women's super combined. that's two medals so far for mancuso. evan lysacek wowed the crowd and skated the performance of his life to become the first american man in 22 years to win
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gold in figure skating. afterwards, he called a personal best on the most important night of his life. jo johnny weir finished six nl in that same event. usa up 18-11 overall. >> can't wait to see that performance on the dvr. appreciate it. it is the new movie friday. the big release is martin scorsese's "shutter island" starring leo dicaprio investigatings disappearance of a patient from a mental institution. kind of freaky. critics are split down the middle though. some say it's slow and full of loose ends. others say it's a perfect creepy thriller and leonardo decapri yo
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