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good monday. the time right now is 6:00 a.m. eastern. so if you're, like, hey, what are they doing on an hour early? you forgot to change your clock. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on. investigators are raising questions about what really caused a runaway prius to speed out of control. why they're questioning the driver's panic claims in a 911 call. john edwards' former mistress is speaking out for the first time since their affair, but it's the photos that come with the interview that will have you talking.
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plus, corey haim's death is being linked to a drug ring. what investigators are saying about that connection. but first, our top story. some details about a runaway prius may not be adding up. investigators with toyota and the federal government tested that car. and according to a new draft congressional memo, they could make the gas pedal stick like a california driver says it did. in fact, they say sikes' story about speeding out of control doesn't seem possible. but another says it's still hard to draw conclusions. >> maybe what was happening was not that his engine was overpowering the brakes but his brakes were incapable at that point of overpowering anything. it is possible that he's a liar. it is also possible that he simply misunderstood what was happening with this car. >> last monday sikes dialed 911 saying that he could not stop his prius which was hitting speeds of more than 90 miles an hour. sikes' attorney says that toyota has never been able to replicate the incident of sudden acceleration. we expect more from sikes'
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attorney in a statement later on today. thousands of people in the northeast still do not have power this morning after a deadly weekend storm pounded the region. much of massachusetts is under a flood watch. after getting several inches of rain, at least several people were killed, many by falling trees. scenes like this were caught across the northeast as hurricane-force winds knocked down trees and power lines. >> i never saw the wind blow that hard in this neighborhood. i've been here ten years. that's the harde i've ever seen the wind blow. >> here's a familiar sight. this reporter in new jersey loses his hat and tries to keep balance during a live report. well, the poor thing, what's he holding on to? those winds are no joke, are they? they reached 72 miles an hour in the atlantic city area. floods are another problem in another region of the united states, too. more on that in a few minutes here. was he trying to hold on to that and that gave way, too? all right, john edwards' former mistress has broken her silence,
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rielle hunter did an interview with "gq" and "the washington post" got a hope. some of the highlights, hunter says she's still in love with johnny. that's what she calls him, and believes he loves her. she slept togeer the first time they saw each other and she says she was afraid of john's wife elizabeth's wrath. now, we're working to get pictures and we'll show you those as soon as we have them. more juicy nuggets from the interview in the next half hour. the state department wants you to delay any nonessential trips to some parts of mexico. the mayor of juarez says that two americans killed there this weekend may have been targeted. the u.s. consulate employee and her husband were shot in their suv. their 1-year-old daughter survived. mexican security forces suspect a drug gang, but they will not discuss a motive. newly released documents show elin woods was not allowed
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to ride with him in the ambulance the night he crashed his suv. why not? >> paramedics believe tiger's crash was the result of a domestic dispute. and as a result, they would not allowlin to ride along. that according to these records that were released by the florida highway patrol. in them also police say they found no evidence of a domestic dispute. actually, police said that after the fact. so they were confused by this initial account by the paramedics. now, the records also show is that elin turned over two bottles of prescription painkillers to officers, saying tiger had taken them earlier. and also, investigators apparently had trouble trying to get blood test resultsto see whether tiger had been drinking. the hospital wanted a warrant, but the state's attorney's office says there was not enough probable cause for one. all of that appears to be in the rearview mirror, though. a report now says tiger and elin have moved back in together. and we think we'll know this week exactly when he's coming back to golf. we'll have that later in the show. robin? >> all right. thank you so much. actor peter graves, the star
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of the tv show "mission impossible" has died at the age of 83 he was on the show from 1967 to 1973, but one of his most memorable and quoted performances was playing a pilot in "airplane." >> flight 209er, you are cleared for takeoff. >> roger. >> huh? >> l.a. departure frequency. >> roger. >> huh? >> request vector. over. what? >> cleared for vector 324. >> we have clearance, clarence. >> roger, roger. >> according to his publicist, graves was still looking for acting work after 60 years in the business. you probably know some quotes from that movie. >> yeah, i think i was 8 when it came out, but it was fantastic. >> absolutely. >> what's up, robin? >> everydy together, raise your hand if you are so stinking tired because of the time change. am i the only one? >> try being off ten days and then coming back. i tell yo, it's the same old
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situation for the weekend. it's that storm that's off the northeast coast. here's your low-pressure center the jet stream is way down to the south, hasn't edgeany farther to the east, but the rain still cycling in off the atlantic, new jersey, delaware, stretches up towards new york state. more heavy rain around new england. the wind will be a factor today, especially around boston all the way back down through nantucket into cape cod. heavy rain over boston now. that rain's going to be off and on for the entire morning and afternoon. scattered showers in new york city. low clouds, gusty conditions, watch for air travel delays. flood watches warnings in the light shaded green. boston to the jersey shore. and wind advisories posted in yellow. more on that in about a half hour. >> you got it. thank you. spring break deals aren't just for the students. you're going to find out how you can travel cheap as well.
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eight minutes past the hour. time for our "salute to the troops." today's salute is from a mom to her son who is serving her fourth deployment. >> hi, robin. this is jane. i'm sending a salute out to my son, james jordan, who's in the united states army. james, i just want to let you know, i am so proud of you today is the day that you were born. i couldn't be more proud of you. your brothers and sisters are anxiously waiting for you to come home. i have a great big surprise for you when you get here. i just want to let you know that i love you so much. and i'm proud of you. >> aww, isn't that awesome? she said i have a surprise for you when you get home. janie, thank you. if you have somebody in the service, salute them at cnn.com/robin. after a year of debating a controversial vote on a health care overall this week, house democratic leaders are trying to
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get support for the bill the senate pass in december. but one key democrat says the votes just are not there right now. now, republicans are strongly opposed and evenome dems say the senate bill doesn't do enough. how does it get away to london or sydney, australia, sound? awesome, right? as long as it's warmer there. there are some great student rates available, but you don't even have to be a student to get them. our money expert, jennifer westhoven, is here. you just make me smile, you know that? >> i'm not doing so great with the time change either. >> i know it. seriously. i mean, i knew this would happen just because we're all so out of whack timewise. as i was introing her, she was running to her seat. here you go. >> eah, so how would you like to go to london, $475 round trip? >> do they have a time change? >> seriously. $800 round trip to australia. that's what one student travel
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agency is offering. and get this. you don't necessarily have to be a student. that's the big deal. this is according to this week's "new york times." apparently, you know, they advertise themselves as student discounts, but they kind of say, you know, if you read our rules, we don't have any age restrictions. you can spring break in cancun. you can get round-trip travel for a hip hotel for half the price of other deals. we've got a link to the story so you can look up, hey, where are these travel agencies? how can i try out one of those deals? it's all at cnn.com/robin. and you were talking about this in the senate today, possibly financial reform coming. basically what the senate has been working on is a bill that by rewriting the law for policing wall street and big banks, the point is to make sure that we never have something like that $700 billion bailout again, robin, like aig. so they would do tngs like make sure the banks don't exactly bet the whole farm.
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they don't bet all your money. they bet a little less of it. backo you. >> all right. you got it. 11 minutes past the hour. well, now that time has sprung forward and it'sso painful today, you might have a hard time waking up. you can get a little insurance policy of sorts in the form of my wake-up call. dial 1-888-robin-hln to set it up. that means i'm going to call you monday through friday to jar you out of bed for free. the best tutors for your kids might be right there in their classrooms. one man made a business set up using high school students to ach each other. stephanie elam has more in this "small business success." >> reporter: eric kimmel says his admiration for fellow high hooltudents inspired him to start his own tutoring company five years ago. >> in education, what's the most powerful resource? it's students that we have. and the students that excel at the curriculum don't get the credit they deserve. >> reporter: he calls it peer-to-peer tutoring. says students, not adults,
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make the best tutors. >> i believe students want to learn from someone a little bit closer to the age who's recently been through that experience and knows the content. >> rorter: from the start, he hired top students and trained them carefully this allowed peer-to-peer to grow even as erik tended college. >> the research will tell you that if you don't train, you don't t any of the effectiveness. >> reporter: erik graduated with business degree from nyu, and w he is devoted to peer-to-peer tutoring full time. >> you have to pour your heart and soul into it. you have to be the brand. and your personality reflects the company culture that you're going to create, whether you realize it or not. >> so if you're a small business owner, we'd like to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin and upload a video i-report. you could be featured here on "morning express." you know, police are not releasing many details about the sexual assault accusations against a star pro quarterback. so his lawyers are starting to
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do some of their own digging. plus, this golden retriever got aholdf auge diamond. so the question was, how will you get it back?
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♪ the best memories ♪ i just want to let it go for tonight ♪ get this. women who take birth control live longer than women who don't. now, that's according to a new study. british researchers followed more than 46,000 women for about 40 years starting in 1968. experts found that the pill cut women's risk of dying from certain diseases by about 12%. doctors are not sure, though, exactly why, but the synthetic hormones in the pill may play a role. an avalanche that killed two people in canada may have been started by some daredevil snowmobilers racing up a slope. canadian police say that the snow started to give way as the snowmobilers were having a contest to seeho could leave the highest mark on the slope. about 200 people watching were also caught in the snow. police say that more people were not killed because of the many snowmobilers had avalanche recovery equipment and started to dig people out before rescuers got there.
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we don't know if the snowmobi r snowmobilers who allegedly started the avalanche will be charged. look at that video. so the legal team representing a star nfl quarterback accused of sexual assault, ben roethlisberger. well, it's working hard to clear his name. here's rafer with more on that. are we learng something new? >> yeah, lawyers for ben roethlisberger have apparently hired a team of private investigators to look into te sexual assault allegation made against him by a 20-year-old college student. now, a lawyer representing the club where the alleged attack took place did confirm that he was contacted by one of roethlisberger's lawyers' p.i.s. now, his attorney says he's trying to know all the facts so he can perform his duties. my calls to that attorne have yet to be returned. roethlisberger still also has not been charged. also, new photos have emerged of roethlisberger posing with the cop that wrote out the incident report. now, the chief of police says these photos were taken hours before the allegations were
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made. and he says he's not concerned by them. the officer, sergeant jerry blash, had seen roethlisberger earlier in the evening, and beyond filing the report, blash has not been involved in the investigation, says the chief. a head coach in the nfl is trying to combat obesity. rex ryan of the new york jets confirmed that he has had lap band surgery over the weekend. >> no kidding! >> he's frequently poked fun at himself anhis midsection, including after this video of him changing into a jersey at a hockey game, had us giggling a little bit. now, i hope it didn't force him to go and do something drastic, but it worked for john daly. there will be no cheese rolling this year. >> you're kidding. >> a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. >> giving us many hours of fun. >> accusement as these people hurt themselves. apparently people hurting themselves is one of the reasons why damage to locals' property.
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and last year 15,000 people showed up, and they just couldn't accommodate. they usually get a couple thousand and their insurance only covered up to about 5,00 it's just gotten too big. they say they hope to bring it back next year. >> people are crazy. >> they're insane. >> and you don't win anything. >> you don't win anything at all. >> there's no prize. i don't even think it's a real cheese wheel. you don't even win that. >> just pain. you do get the cheese. you get the cheese. >> thank you. you might want to check to make sure that your flight isn't going to be part of a trickle-down effect from some weekend storms. here's bob with more. >> same old storm up there through the northeast. flight explorer, you've got the rain coming in through boston. it echoes down in towards philadelphia, too. right now that's boston, 35-mile-per-hour gusts. you have that plus 1 1/4-mile visibility. all in all watching for an hour or more delay around new york city metros including newark, an hour or more, logan, hour or
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more, more deys due to rain and wind, philadelphia and d.c. 30 minute to one-hour delays. atlanta, low clouds now. we're also calling for fog in houston. mainly in the morning. more on that in a half hour. >> welcome back, bobby. >> thanks. another woman reportedly linked to a radical islamic terror plot is now out of prison. what this colorado woman was accused of doing. and then call it the war of worlds for modern times. hear about a fake news report that sent a lot of people into a panic.
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>> the temperatures may be frigid, but the atmosphere here is red hot. welcome to comcast on the red carpet. i'm at the 14th annual maryland state police polar bear plunge, maryland's premier winter event. >> this is my kind of weather. >> perfect day for a plunge. >> you got to get in. >> this is a huge event. it's amazing. we started back in '96 and it was probably like hundreds of people, and now it's just thousands. it's turned into a major standout event for the state of
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maryland. >> this is the it first time we've had a snow like this and it really does tell who this is all about. it's raising money for a special group of people and they're coming no matter what the weather is. >> how do you do this? >> why? because i love the energy. >> the show must go on. the polar bear plunge, great benefit for special olympics, one of the great charities in maryland, and a ton of people out here. everybody is warm and in the spirit of giving, so it will be a great day. >> for one of the rookie soup sr plunger, this was an item on his life to do list. >> i've never done it. you've heard of the movie the bucket list. this was on my bucket list of things to do. i've accomplished it and can check it off my list. it was a great, great opportunity. >> this is the most amazing group of people i've ever worked with. for those of you who have not been here before, you'll leave here with life long friends.
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>> as a first time plunger, it's not what you expect. i never expected to cry, but i did yesterday and today because the super plungers were so much. to hear the stories are heart-felt. >> i was a first time super plunger in freezing cold water. >> what's the water temperature? >> cold. >> my first time, i could never do it. this this year, i was like, alright, i'm here, i'm going to do it. we're in little costumes. it's cold out there. nothing compares to how cold it is out here. >> it's rewarding because of the smiles you put on the athletes faces and the camaraderie you get to be with the parents, then the family atmosphere that keeps drawing everybody back. >> are you ready? are you ready? >> it gets better every time. >> this is serious business. >> every year i challenge all of the delegates and the house delegates to come out and plunge
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f they are not going to plunge, they should give us money for the special olympics. >> it's a wonderful cause, special people, and an important segment of our society, and we have to step up and be there for them. >> for law enforcement, it's a special, unique connection with the spec olympics. police officers love to be out there among the crowd, and they love to be around everyone, the young and the old. >> the 2010 marked the inaugural year, a special plunge on friday for maryland's elementary and high school students. >> we had about 2,000 students out here yesterday. the energy was amazing. these kids embraced the concept. for them to do something bigger than themselves and be active, it's awesome. >> it's for the special olympians. we live for, go for, die for, is to give them an opportunity to participate if the games. >> our athletes are children and
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adults. we have athletes in their 70's. they can choose from 28 different sports all year long. we're not a one-time a year attraction event. everyday of the year an athlete is benefits from the funds raise. >> with over $3 million raised from the efforts this year, some may wonder where the money goes? >> it goes straight to the athletes like myself and show that athletes with disabilities can do anything that they put their minds to. >> think about it t you can sit there as a child and see kids playing tennis, basketball, football, running track. now as a kid because somebody looked at you as having some type of disability, you don't have a disability. this allows you to go out there and do everything that everybody else can do. you're just like everybody else. >> the bay may be chilly, but you see the steam off of me. that's the warm from our hearts. >> this is what you call
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freezing for a reason. to learn how you can contribute to special olympics maryland, check out smoddot organize. go to on demand and click get local for what's going on in your community. for comcast red carpet,
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inspectors for toyota and the federal government could not make a runaway prius run away. they couldot recreate the problems the driver reported in a 911 call last monday. a congressional aide says no one's accusing the driver of lying, there are just new questions now. folks in the northeast still leaving the leftovers of a deadly storm. over the weekend 500,000 customers lost power from hurricane-force winds and rains. in a few minutes, you're going to hear whether it's still going
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to put a cramp in your travel plans today no matter where it is that you're going to be traveling to or from. not all of it. oh, no, stop. no, no, don't. don't do that. >> no, no. don't do that. "alice in wonderland" is on top of box office for the second week in a row. "green zone" came in second with $14.5 million. the romantic comedy "she's out of my league" debuted in the number three spot with more than $9 million. and that is a check of some of our headlines this morning. good morning. it is 6:31 a.m. eastern. did you adhere to the time change if your state does that? just want to check. i'm robin meade. here's what else is going on. a colorado woman accused of being part of a radical islamic murder plot is now out of prison. irish police released her yesterday without charges. "the wall street journal" says she was arrested to kill a swedish cartoonist for his
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depiction of the prophet muhammed. her mother can't believe it. >> she made these decisions. she's 31 years old. she decided to do this. it wasn't anything that i did. but, you know, it's kind of hard to accept that i'm the mother of a terrorist now. >> now that colorado woman is being linked to the case of the woman known as jihad jane. colleen la rose from pennsylvania has been indicted in the united states. seven people are believed to be involved in the murder plot. actor corey haim's death has been linked to a massive drug ring. california attorney's general says it involves illegal prescriptions. the coroner has not said what killed haim yet, but the attorney general says tha haim's name was found during the investigation, and it involved recent prescriptions for oxycontin. now, he did not say whether any of those meds found in haim's apartment were illegally obtained. we may not know the cause of haim's death for another six weeks y. his funeral is scheduled to take
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place tomorrow in his hometown of toronto. john edwards' former mistress, rielle hunt, is taking shots at the man who wrote a tell-all book about their affair. "the washington post" writes about an upcoming "gq" interview where she says it was andrew young's idea to pretend her baby was his and not edwards'. she says the money funneled to her by campaign donors was a gift and not hush money. lawyers for edwards did not respond to e-mails from "the post" to comment. the thing that a lot of people are talking about is the pictures from t article of rielle hunter. we're working to get legal clearances for those now and we'll show you those as soon as we have that. your perfume could get you in big trouble in detroit. the city is asking workers not to wear perfume, cologne or anything with a strong scent like even an air freshener. now, "the detroit news" reports it's a reaction to a worker winning a $100,000 lawsuit. she said that a coworker's perfume made it hard to breathe
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and do her job. so bob, you better stop taking a bath in this stuff. >> i guess so. i guess i'll have to stop wearing my pine tree necklace. whoa! >> it's turning into a dance club. i always knew it was. >> oh, yeah. >> bring on the "hln" dancers. jennifer? >> where are the bvd dancers. anybody. >> we're so immature, i love it. hi there. >> good morning, robin. if you are trying to travel to new england, same story as friday, saturday and sunday. it's out there. look at the rain around troy, new york, right outside of albany stretching down past new york city into philadelphia and light showers as far south as the lower part of virginia peninsula. boston, heavy rain is out there. it's there for the better part of the day. awful there. more on that in a second. boston, heavy rain arod the region. that logan report, 35-mile-per-hour gusts crently with a visibility of less than two miles and heavy rain.
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that's the way it's going to be for at least the next couple hours. that's what we're watching for. flood warnings, all the areas shade i had in green. wind's coming off the atlantic. showers off and on. winds will be a factor. we have wind advisoradvisories. shaded in yellow, massachusetts, 50-mile-per-hour winds and like this for most of the day. circulation generating a little light rain. especially around northern georgia into tennessee. smokies actually have a winter weather advisory for one to two inches of snow. that's going to be until about noon or so today. that's what you're looking at. what about the worst weather in the country? haven't done it in a while because it hasn't been that bad. the worst weather in the country goes to boston, massachusetts. rain today. 40 degrees. so it's going to be a nice cold rain for you. winds, 50 miles per hour. wicked hard going right now, 35-mile-per-hour gusts. >> everybody will number a great mood. time change. >> the business end of the boom for boston for the last four to five days. today, no better. if you agree with me, great. if you don't, tell me where your awful weather is.
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go to our facebook page. >> thank you. here are some of the stories we're watching in what we call the "morning express planner." actor charlie sheen is due back in court today. now, he's charged with assaulting his wife on christmas day in colorado. also, the man convicted of videotaping espn reporter erin andrews will be sentenced today in l.a. michael barrett's plea deal calls for him to serve 27 months in prison. tonight in new york, the rock 'n' roll hall of file induction ceremony. did you know this year's inductees are abba s genesis, the stooges and jimmy cliff. now you know. some new rules may get you a bigger refun on your taxes. hey there. we're going to tell you about your home and how that could make you eligible. and then a man's passion for the green bay packers may have saved his life. now the team is giving him a special honor.
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hi, robin, this is katrina willingham from georgia. i want to send a big happy monday out to you and the best teacher in kindergarten at lincoln elementary school, sharon. happy monday. >> happy monday. >> aww, i love that, katrina. so not only was she giving the team here a shout-out, but some of her fellow viewers. if you want to leave one as well, you can. this is the deal. it comes after my free wake-up call. you want to get that, you just dial 1-888-robin-hln. it will set it up monday thrgh friday so you're awake on time. millions of people are starting to get their electricity back in chile. an overheated transformer caused a blackout to about 90% of the country yesterday. obviously, the country's still dealing with a devastating
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earthquake last month. officials say that power could be unstable for months because of the weakened electrical system following the quake. dozens ofick sea lion pups are washing ashore on laguna beach, california. now, experts say the el nino has made the ocean water so warm that it's driving away the fish and the seals are starving. rescue centers are overwhelmed. >> normally our success rate is around about 80%. with pups. this year we're down to 40 you can see their ribs. their backbones sticking out all over the place. and it's called skeletal point be. that's the sign. they're very lethargic. they don't want to move around because they don't have any energy and stuff like that. >> so sad. the pups may take five to six months to recover before they can be released back into the ocean. aren't they adorable? >> yeah. >> you might be eligible for a bunch of new tax deductions this year.
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if you don't claim the obviously, they're going to be missing out on hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. so our money expert, jennifer westhoven, would never want that to happen. good morning. >> thousands. you'd have to do a lot to get thousands. tax ductions. you know, yeah. today is march 15th. so it's ju one month to go before tax day. april 15th. so i don't mean to crack the whip or anything, but we've got tax tips for you. did you do anything to keep your home warm this winter or when it was summer you did stuff to try to keep it cool? did you put any insulation in? put up new doors? new water heater? new furnace? if you did anything that makes your home save energy, many of those changes are tax deductible. and up to $1500, you get 30% of the cost back. so you can get lot of money back there. have you got questions about your taxes? mae th're more specific than that. send them on in. because this week we're going to do tax tips. but next week we're going to try and answer your tax questions. you can either send me an e-mail
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or you can write it on our facebook page. cnn.com/robin. check it out. ford is calling this the ultimate police vehicle. >> let me see. >> the intercepter. >> the intercepter. a good name. >> i like those lights on the front, too. it's based on the taurus. looks like robokol. they say it accelerates faster, saves 25% on gas, and it withstand a 75-mile-an-hour rear end. >> collision? >> yeah. >> wow! >> thank you. >> you'll se them on the road next year. but ford has cornered the police car market now because they used to have the old chevy caprice classics. but when they stopped, that was kind of like the old classic, boxy car. >> wait. i want a car that can withstand a 75-mile-an-hour -- is that what you said? 75-mile-an-hour collision? >> i'm not saying everybody in the car would be fine, but the car can withstand it. >> amazing.
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jennifer, thank you. ♪ i want some hot stuff baby this evening ♪ if march 15th is your birthday, happy birthday. did you know you share it with fabio? the model is 49 years old. he's appeared on the cover of more than 400 romance novels. he has cornered that market, baby. the state has a new idea for protecting kids from cigarettes. but native american tribes don't like it, or at least one doesn't. they say i could cost them millions. one of the world's best golfers is not being bashful about giving his opinion on a tiger woods comeback.
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♪ why you s obsessed with me police in california got dozens of calls over the weekend after releasing photos of women that they found in a former dating game contestant's storage unit, those photos. they say two women in the photos are alive and well, but others may be dead or missing. "dating game" contestant rodney
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alcala is a convicted serial killer. police want to know if he had any other victims. we could see a crucial vote on a health care overhaul this week. now, house democratic leaders are trying to get support for the bill. the senate passed in december. but one key democrat said that the votes just are not there right now. republicans are strongly opposed. and even some dems say that the senate bill does not do enough. a native american tribe is fighting a possible ban on selling cigarettes through the mail. a judge in new york is temporarily stopping state officials from collecting taxes on cigs sold on reservations. tribal leaders say a senate agreement could protect them, but they stand to lose a lot if the president signs the bill. >> what it really does here for us at seneca nation, we will lose 1,000 jobs. and the state will lose millions of dollars. >> lawmakers say that the bill will prevent children from easily using borrowed or stolen credit cards to purchase the
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cigarettes onlin it is a quarter to the hour. had two songs going there. all right. it's monday morning and it feels like. so it does in travel as well. good morning, bob. >> good morning. we still have residual problems from this weekend's storms. boston, winds are gusting about 35 miles per hour. new york city metros, the rain is still off and on. low clouds. an hour or more delay around new york. boston, same thing. logan, poor visibility, heavy rain. wind. philadelphia, you're watching for short delays. 30 minutes to an hour. d.c. metros including baltimore, too, watching for short delays due to the rarn and the wind. where is it on the radar? i'll have that for you in just about 20 minutes. the defense department is investigating whether one of its employees ran a private intelligence operation. "the new york times" say that the man hired private contractors to essentially spy on suspected insurgents in pakistan and afghanistan.
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and he reportedly passed that info to military and intelligence officials. however, that would have violated a policy that bans using contractors as spies. no comment from the pentagon. you know what? reports suggest that tiger woods is planning to return to golf for the masters, and some other golfers are sayg they are upset by that. now, rafer, good morning. >> yes. it would be all about tiger, tiger, tiger. all the other golfers would feel like marcia brady in a way. the number two golfer speaking out about number one. steve stricker at the championship this weekend said he hopes tiger comes back before the masters because it would be about his comeback and take away fr the tournament. at least go to another tournament first. let's get the hip of the return out of the way. the thing is he and woods are actually friends. so he wasn't mean about it. but he says that it also wouldn't be wise from a golf standpoint. but if anybody could come back and win major having not played, it is tiger.
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pga tour commissioner says he expects to hear very soon about his exact return. meanwhile, new reports about tiger and elin moving back in togeth. the website tmz is reporting woods spent the past eight nights at his florida home with elin and their twokids. tmz is also reporting woods has taken a lot of practice swings before the weather forced him off the coue. "hln" has not confirmed those reports. and let the madness begin. the field of 65 teams were announced for the ncaa tournament. look how they're so excited. these are cinderellas just being told they're in the tournament. get this. they already knew they were in the tournament. they're not told anything new. they're just so excited. there are four number one seeds. kansas, duke, syracuse and kentucky. all but syracuse will be in the final four, in my opinion. handing out those glass slippers. one of the biggest soccer stars will not be playing in the world cup. sorry, ladies, but david beckham tore his achilles tendon in the italian league soccer game. looked very painful.
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he will need surgery. he was going to become the first player ever to appear in four world cups for england. and i'm sorry, we don't have any pictures of him without his shirt off. i know the ladies in the booth like to see those photos. a wisconsin man says the green bay packers may have saved his life. jim becker and his wife sold blood to buy tickets. his dad died young from his blood retaining too much iron. the only way to do that is to remove -- give blood to remove the iron. >> so what you are saying his love for the packers saved his life. >> saved his life. he was put in their fan hall of fame. >> that's awesome. our golf highlight of the week. this one had everybody talking theatca championship. allenby on the par 3 13th. you know what always gets us our attention? a hole in one. right there. ernie els won the tournament but
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allenby gets our play of the week. >> you can tell i get real excited about golf. >> when tiger is back you will be. >> all right. the biggest threat to your financial security may be right in your mailbox. a warning for people about identity theft. !d!d!d!d!d!d!d!dd
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good morning. i just want to make sure you did not miss a time change yesterday. it is 7:00 eastern. morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on. investigators are raising new questions about what really caused a runaway prius to speed out of control. why they are questioning the driver's claims in a 911 call. also, we still don't know how actor corey haim died but his death opened the door for them to a huge drug ring. john edwards' former
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mistress is speaking up for the first time since their affair. first a top story. details about a runaway prius may not be adding up. investigators with toyota and the federal government tested the car and, aording to a new draft congressional memo, they could not make the gas pedal stick like a california driver says that it did. in fact, they say that jim sikes' story about spinning out of control doesn't seem possible. one expert says it is still hard to draw conclusions. >> maybe what was happening was not that his engine was overpowering the brakes but his brakes were incapable of that point of overpowering anything poopts possible he's a liar and also possible he misunderstood what was happening. >> last monday he dialed 91 1 saying he could not stop his prius which was hitting speeds of more than 90 miles an hour. toyota has never been able to replicate a case of sudden acceleration. we expect more from sikes'
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attorney later today. crews are struggling to get the power back on for cruise in the northeast. hurricane-force winds knocked down trees and power lines over the weekend during a deadly storm. heavy rain also caused flooding across the region and it's still flooding in massachusetts. more flooding is expected there. as a result, at least seven people died in the storm. >> i never saw the wind blow that hard in this neighborhood. i've been here ten years. that's the hardest i've ever seen the wind blow. >> here's a familiar sight. you got your reporter outside. this is in engine until. he loses his hat, his balance trying to keep up during a live report. the winds are no joke. he's holding on to a piece of metal that flew off the roof of a high rise. floods are a problem in another region in the united states as well. more on that in a few minutes. i know he's trying to make that his visual aid but i don't know if that was hurting or helping him trying to stay upright. john edwards' former mistress has broken her silence.
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hunter says she is still in love with johnny and believes that he loves her. they slept together the first time they saw each other and she says edwards was afraid of his wife elizabeth's wrath. lawyers for edwards did not respond to e-mails from the post to comment. a thing a lot of people are talking about are the pictures from this article. now we're working to get those pictures cleared legally and we'll show you those as soon as we can. we have more juicy nuggets from the interview in the next half hour. my, my mirks. the state department wants you to delay any nonessential trips to some parts of mexico. the mayor of ciudad juarez sa two americans killed there this weekend may have been targeted. the u.s. consulate employee and her husband were shot in their suv. their 1-year-old survived. mexican security forces suspect a drug gang but they will not discuss a motive. newly released documents show tiger woods' wife elin was not allowed to go in the
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ambulance with him the night he crashed his suv. what gives on that? >> paramedics thought tiger's crash was on the heels of a domestic dispute and, as a result, they would not allow elin to ride along. that according to the records released by the florida highway patrol. police have to point out say they found no evidence of a domestic dispute and tiger did deny any domestic dispute in the public apology he gave. elin turned over two bottles of prescription painkillers to officers saying tiger had taken them earlier and investigators also had a little trouble trying to get the blood results to see whether he had been drinking from the hospital. the hospital wanted a warrant. but the state's attorney's office said there wasn't enough probable cause for one. all of that appears to be in the rear-view mirror. a report says tiger and elin have moved back in together. so his personal and professional comeback appear to be moving forward. we'll have that later in the show. >> you see the kids there and certainly think about the kids through all of this. actor peter graves, star of "mission impossible" has died at the age of 83.
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he played on the tv action show from 1967 to 1973. but you know, one of his most memorable and quoted perform witness was as the pilot in "airplane." >> flight 20-niner you are cleared for takeoff. >> roger. >> l.a. departure. >> roger. >> huh? >> request over. >> fght 2-0-niner cleared. >> we have clearance. >> roger, roger. what's our victor, victor? >> according to his publicist he was still looking for work after 60 years in the biz. five minutes after the hour. weatherwise today, monday morning, you are still sleepy from a time change, most of us anyway who have to rise nearly the morning. so it's almost like the weather knows it and it's going to make it even harder for you to get out of bed. >> shouldn't the show be starting like right now? >> in a normal -- >> just making sure that -- >> i do that for the first time,
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week. in reality it's really only 6:05 and then you stop like torturing yourself after a week. >> then you are an hour late for every meeting. good morning. the big area of low pressure from this weekend. the wind is still there but not as strong as it used to be. the low still off the jersey shore. gradually today loosens up, drifts out to sea. the wind, rain, cloud, still throughout. heavy rain coming in through central parts of new jersey into delaware. maryland getting light showers. heavier rain around portland, maine, down through boston. but the rain still coming in strong across northern jersey. a little wind, too. let me show you an ireport from this weekend. this is northern jersey, wyckoff. you have saturated soils. you get a lot of tree action down. so that's what it looked like up there. we'll have that picture in a little bit. let me show you what's happening around new york. the window is a factor. mainly around boston. 23-mile-per-hour gusts. it's actually -- that's sustained wind. 23 miles per hour. gusting right now to 35 miles
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per hour up in logan. providence, sustained wind 21 miles per hour. all out of the northeast. a nor'easter. still the rain coming in, too. flash flood watches, warnings up in the areas shaded in light green. wind advisories, too. areas shaded in yellow gusting 50 miles per hour today. that's going to be all on -- off and on for most of the afternoon. down to the south, light showers out there from alabama to northern georgia. light clouds there as well. a look at that. rain awful up in boston. that's the worst weather in the country. >> so spring break. >> yeah, just got off it. it was my kindergartner's spring break. $1 milk specials all night. >> my, how your life has changed. the deals aren't jus for the students right now. find out how you can traveon the cheap.
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let's salute our troops. today's salute is from a mom to her son who iserve his fourth
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deployment. go right ahead. >> hi, robin. this is janey. sending a salute out to my son james jordan in the united states army. james, i just want to let you know i am so proud of you today as today the day that you were born. i couldn't be more proud of you. your brothers and sisters are anxiously waiting for you to come home. i have a great big surprise for you when you get here. i just want to l you know that i love you so much and i'm proud of you. >> mom says she has a surprise. janie, good absolute. if you have somebody in the service, you cando the same. cnn.com/robin. after a year of debating, we could see a crucial vote about a health care overhaul this week. they are trying to get sport for the bill that the senate passed in december but one key democrat says the votes just are not there right now. now republicans are strongly opposed and even some dems say the senate bill doesn't do enough. how does a getaway to london
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or sydney, australia, sound? as long as they are dry, warm and more spring-like than most of the united states right now. great student rates available. you don't even have to be a student. that sounds wonderful. hi, jen. >> hi. thank you, robin. you think about these deals. new york to london, $476. l.a. to australia, 800 bucks, all round trip. you may be thinking, i'm not a student. but you don't necessarily have to be. according to this weekend's "new york times," that is one of the dirty little secrets of student travel. the agencies say people that are 50 and 60 regularly book with them. some of the agencies don't have age restrictions. look under flights for everyone. you can go for a week in cancun. flight and hotel about $1,000. that is half the price of some of the other package deals you'll see on other travel websites. we've got a link to the story, if you want to check it out. cnn.com/robin. it's under looking out for you. you probably know you're supposed to be keeping an eye on
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the mail for the census. it helps your town get their fair share of funding for schools? i got a letter from the census in the mail and i thought, great. the census. but it wasn't the census. it was a letter saying you're going to get the census. they sent us a letter saying you're going to get a letter? there are estimates that these cost tens of millions of dollars. the census claims those letters save money because they mean a lot more people will actually mail in the census which they say is cheaper than having somebody come knock on your door. all right. but it seemed a little silly. spring coming up. maybe you are thinking about the beach. snef best deals are on the slopes. hln money expert clark howard says how to stretch your travel dollar. >> i love to ski. and i want to know something. there are some great deals on skiing, especially on the airfare. you know why? because there's a market share war going on right now,
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especially in denver. you have southwest, frontier and airtran slugging it out for your business, offering unbelievable deals on airfare. you want to go to salt lake to ski? well, there you are going to have frontier and southwest fighting it out for your dollar. once you get to either colorado or utah, you are going to save a lot of money on your accommodations. here's what i suggest for that. go to a website called vrbo.com and you'll find where you can rent condos, villas, apartments at very, very low prices, particularly if you are staying for a one-week ski trip. for lift tickets in denver and in salt lake, go to the supermarkets. that's where you'll find some extra special deals, typically, on lift tickets that are geared towards locals but you don't have to be a local to get the bargain. one other place? warehouse clubs. if you want to stretch your travel dollar further, check me out at cnn.com/clark howard.
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hopefully with tips like these, maybe you'll be able to afford a family vacation. clark will teach you how to save more issue spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern on saturday and sunday right here on hln. so police had a guy pulled over for a dui. they never expected the big and dangerous surprise that they got.
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how awful. a police officer in kansas city got tossed several feet after a car slammed into another one during a traffic stop. police stopped the first car for suspected drunk driving. the cop that got tossed just walked away with a few bris. they think the man that smashed into the parked cars was also driving drunk. an avalanche that killed two people in canada may have been started by daredevil snowmobilers racing up a slope. canadian police say the snow started to give way as they were having a contest to see who could leave the highest mark on the slope. about 200 people watching were caught in that snow and the scene became chaotic. >> the people got very emotional. like that was -- guys were
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looking for a son, his friend. people were looking everywhere. there was a giant panic the first ten minutes. >> police say that more people were not killed because many of the snowmobilers had avalanche recovery equipment and started digging people out before the rescuers could even get there. we don't know if the snowmobilers who originally started the avalanche will be charged. women who take birth control live longer than women who don't take birth control. british researchers followed more than 46,000 women for about 40 years. starting in 1968. and the experts found that the pill cut women's risk of dying from certain diseases by about 12%. doctors are not as sure exactly why that is but the synthetic hormones in the pill may play a role. a lawyer for nfl star quarterback ben roethlisberger has hired a p.i., a private investigato investigator, to look into the sexual assault claim. rafer has the report.
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>> not just like any p.i. his lawyer has hired the best private investigator that money can buy. this p.i. is making the rounds. a lawyer for the club where the alleges assault took place confirmed the p.i. has contacted him trying to find out what happened. roethlisberger's attorney says he's just trying to knowing know all the facts so he can perform his duties. my call to that attorney have not been returned. and roethlisberger still has not been charged. meanwhile, could big ben be getting the star treatment? photos surfaced of him posing with the cop who filled out the report. now we got to say the police chief insists these photos were taken hours before the allegations were made and that beyond filling out the report, this officer has not been involved in the investigation. again, no charges have been filed. and a big time head coach in the nfl is trying to fight his waistline. rex ryan of the new york jets confirmed he had lap band surgery this weekend. there he is. the 47-year-old has often poked
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fun of his weight. most recently after this when he was changing into a hockey jersey. there it was. i hope this didn't force him to just go and get lap band surgery, but it has worked for others like john daley. >> wish him a lot of luck. >> he's a good guy from what i hear. there won't be any cheese rolling this year. what? as thousands of cereal eater goes -- this tradition dates back hundreds of years. why? because people hurt themselves. also a lot more people there. 15,000 showed up compared to a few thousand in years passed. >> i'm always amazed at the way people -- >> people break bones. i mean,em get really hurt and they do this. and when you win, all you get is the roll of cheese. and a lot of pain. >> it's so stupidly funny. that's why i giggle at it. people are like flying off the hill. >> they hope to bring it back next year. >> i just saw that guy fall on purpose. >> i hope he's okay. >> a green bay packer fan says
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his love for his team literally saved his life. >> it's a good story. that's a very good story. rafer, thank you very much. good morning. okay. your travels today, if you have to fly, or business travelers, you may be part of a trickle-down effect from delays over the weekend. >> we have catching up to do from saturday and sunday. now an hour-long delay just because of the current weather. that's in philadelphia. so, yeah, trying to get into philly, it's an extra hour right now because of poor visibility. all the rain is out there for philly, new york. heavier around boston. so far no delays in boston. winds gusting to 35 miles per hour. watch it for an hour or more. same in new york city. logan looking at about an hour or more. shorter delay. about an hour around philly. 30-plus. d.c., same thing. more on that in a half hour. something round and shiny fell right in front of a golden retriever and he lapped it up. it was a diamond. dddddddd
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inspectors for toyota and the federal government could not make a runaway prius run away. they could not re-create the gas pedal and the braking problems that one driver reported during a frantic 911 call. that's according to a congressional memo. a congressional aide says no one is accusing the driver of lying. there are just new questions. if you are in the northeast, people there are still feeling the leftovers of a deadly storm from the weekend. hurricane-force winds and rains have left more than 400,000 homes in the dark. now in a few, you're going to
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hear when the region is going to catch a break. not all of it. oh, no. stop. no, no, don't do that. "alice in wonderland" is on top of the weeke box office for the second weekend in a row. it earned 2 million bucks. matt damon's iraq war film "green zone" was second with 14.5 mill. the romantic comedy "she's out of my league" debuted in the number three spot with more than $9 million. those are some of the headlines we got for you this morning. let me do the time check for you. i want to make sure if you were to change your clock there was a time change and your not behind. it's 7:31 eastern. a colorado woman accused of being part of a radical islamic murder plot is now out of prison. irish police received jamie poland ramirez. she was arrested for an alleged plot to kill a swedish cartoonist for his depiction of the prophet muhammad.
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her mother can't believe it. >> she made these decisions. these 31 years old. she decided to sdo do this. it wasn't anything that i did. but, you know, kind of hard to accept that i'm a mother of a terrorist now. >> now that colorado woman is being linked to the case of this woman known as jihad jane. colleen la rose from pennsylvania has been indicted in the united states. in all, seven people are believed to be involved in the murder plot. actor corey haim's death has been linked to a mafs drug ring. california's attorney general says it involves illegal prescriptions. he collapsed in his apartment in l.a. the coroner has not said what killed him, but the attorney general says that haim's name was connected to recent legal prescriptions for oxycontin. he did not say if any of the meds found in his apartment were illegally obstained. we may not know the cause his death for another six weeks. his funeral is scheduled tomorrow in his hometown of
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toronto. a father and son acting on a hunch discovered the body of a missing hiker. they were arching washington's columbia river gorge for the 24-year-old woman. catherine heether has been missing for more than a week. the father/son team spotted a hiking jacket at the base of an 800-foot clip. >> really happy that we found her, but a little bit shook up. >> authorities say that they'll do an autopsy this week. talk about a pricey dog treat. a pooch in maryland ate a $20,000 diamond. the owner had taken a 3-plus carat rock to the jewelry store. as he pulled it out, the gem dropped to the floor. here comes e owner's dog who scarved it up. so what do you do? you can do nothing but wait for three days. >> it was not that pleasant. i followed him. i had to pick up the stuff. i went through the things. i can understand what it was like in the old gold rush because i felt like i just hit
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pay dirt. >> even though sully is no longer carrying around the diamond, the owner says that he is still priceless to them. sully is just like, i'm so tired. maybe i'm so tired. >> that's a great joke. good for him. nothing like following your dog for three days with a net and act like you are panning for gold in 1840s california. done that a couple of times. >> it's $20,000 rock. >> the clown nose that he ate off my kid's toy. that i was going to let go. but a diamond ring, no. good morning. this weather brought to you by sudafed. want to show you some of the rainfall totals we're just getting in from this weekend's rain. it has been incredible. elizabeth, new jersey. as my neighbors used to call it, e-lid-a-bet. it goes down from there. rain heavy at times. is it done? not yet. the storm still off the coast. see the showers cycling in off the atlantic through new york state. you can see areas around
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delaware, too. here is albany, right by the troy area. let me take you live there. the rain has been on the light side but it's going to be carrying on through the afternoon. low clouds out there. temperature 40 degrees. a little windy. feeling like 33 with your windchill. albany, new york, kind of rough weather for you. over to the east a little farther. boston. rain coming in. 21-mile-per-hour sustained winds. that will get even worse with the winds gusting to 50 miles per hour. wind advisories, mostly eastern parts of massachusetts. that's where you have the heaviest wind. over to the west. light snow toward albuquerque. a little harder when it gets to the higher elevations. decent rain into amarillo, coming out of lubbock. also the winter storm warnings in areas shaded in red. 6 to 12 inches for central parts of new mexico through this evening. that's something we're watching. with that in mind, what's the worst weather in the country today? easy. no brainer. boston, massachusetts. the high today only 40. winds gusting to 50 miles per
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hour. rain off and on. looking for another inch of rain today. yeah, you had it over the weekend. it's there again today. that's the worst weather in the country. boston, massachusetts. sorry about that. more on that in just about a half our. >> great, the time change, now a monday. >> the weatherman is killing me with his forecast. some new rules may get you a bigger refund on your taxes. we'll tell you how your home can make you eligible.
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mistress rielle hunter is taking shots theatman who wrote a tell-all book about their affair. hunter says it was andrew young's idea to pretend the baby husband his and not edwards. young is edwards' former aide. she also thought the money that was funneled to her by campaign donors was a gift and not hush money. now lawyers for edwards did not respond to e-mails from "the washington post" to comment. but the team theme that people are talking abouis not necessarily the interview. it's this, the picture. until now, these have not been seen. this is showing hunter in a man's shirt and pearls, bare legged. something just doesn't seem right. we're going soshow you another picture from this interview in the next half hour. >> not so motherly. >> she's like got the child's toys, but -- i don't know. yeah, exactly. i don't know. something's not right there. millions of people are
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starting to get their electricity back in chile. an overheated transformer caused a blackout to about 90% of the country yesterday. the country is still deal with last month's devastating earthquake. officials say that power could be unstable for months because of the weekend electrical system following the quake. your perfume could get you in trouble in detroit. the city is asking employees not to use perfume or choline or use anything with strong skents like air fresheners. a worker won a $100,000 lawsuit. a co-workers perfume made it hard to breathe and do her job. there's always one person with too much on. >> it was stinky. a bill that is in the works in the senate could rewrite the law for policing wall street and big banks. the measure aims to make sure $700 billion bailouts never happen again. blah, blah, blah.
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what it means is we don't want to see more bailouts, do we? >> exactly. what you just said. we -- no more $700 billion bailouts. the senate banking chairman chris dodd is set to unveil the latest version of this bill. and it is supposed to address the too big to fail issue, right? that a bank or an insurance company, aig, can get so big that it could bet the farm and then not only go down itself but take the whole economy with it and then we have to bail it out. so under this, banks would not be able to take such wild risks. they'd have to hold on to more of your money. that's what they mean when you hear about capital requirements. you can bet part of the farm but not the whole thing. the federal reserve will get more pow twoer scrutinize those big banks to make sure they don't get too big that they are risking the whole economy, not just themselves. today is march 15th. and that means you've got just a month before it's the tax deadline. april 15th. so we're going to do tax tips all this week.
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and we're also asking for your questions. now this winter did you do anything in your home to help keep things warm. maybe you put insulation up, had somebody come in and do calking like that. a new water heater. if you did stuff that can save on your energy bills, they may be tax deductible. it's 30% of the cost. so that's something that you can deduct. get some of that money back basically. say you spent $1500 on insulation. $500 for you. now do you have questions about your taxes? send them on in. if i know them, i'll answer them. if i don't know them, i'll look them up. send in an e-mail. write it on our facebook page. cnn.com/robin. >> thank you. senate majority leader harry reid's wife is out of the hospital after she was hurt in a car accident on thursday. a tractor trailer rear-ended landra reid's minivan. she is not at risk for paralysis. her daughter was in the car, too. she had minor injuries and was
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released on thursday night. hey, how are my wake-up calls working for you especially now that you've had a time change and you are like, i just want to sleep in. you can also leave a shout-out like colin tyler did. >> hi, robin. this is colin tyler down in south florida. i'm cooking up some gumbo for you. originally from new orleans. and we watch you every morning, and we love you. and give a holer to bob, too. he's great. anyway -- [ speaking french ] >> i hear you, colin. how about that for breakfast. so let me call you and wake you up in the morning. it's all free. i'll be happy to be the wakeup call. dial 1-888-robin-hln. that's how you can leave a shout-out. if you are shy, that's okay. i just want to make sure you are up on time. the defense department is investigating an off the books spy operation. for one man, bleeding green
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and yellow for green bay packers may have saved his life.
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the u.s. and russia are keeping the ball rolling on their new nuclear arms agreement. a national security council spokesperson says that president obama had an encouraging phone conversation about it with russian leader dimitry medvedev. the spokesperson also says that they both want the agreement soon. it will replace the expired s.t.a.r.t. nuclear treaty and limit nuclear warheads on each side to below 1,700. police in california got dozens of calls over the weekend after they released photos of woman they found in a former "dating game" contestant's storage unit. two women in the photos are alive and well but others may be dead or missing. dating game contestant rodney alcala is a convicted serial killer now. police want to know if he had any other victims. the pilot of a homemade plane made an emergency landing
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on a street in california. he says the engine quit on him on saturday. nobody was hurt. there was no damage to the traffic lights or trees during the landing. so, what do you do? i guess a tow truck comes and pulls away your plane. i don't know. i trust my own work, but i'm not going to trust to fly in my own work. >> three words that shouldn't go together. homemade plane. >> i am so with you. let me show you the traveling problems we have across the northeast. boston tower cam just came up. man is it ugly. lots of wind. wind gusting to 37 miles an hour. this is a look at one of the traffic cams up there from wcvb. so far, nothing, the biggest delays so far, new york city metro. laguardia in queens calling for a three-hour delay right now because of the wind. philadelphia, down the line a little farther. hour delay because of the rain. also, watching for more delays around boston say possibility. philadelphia, obviously. d.c. metros, also be prepared
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for shorter delays. 30-minute to one-hour delays because of the wind and the rain. >> thank you so much. the defense department is investigating whether one of its employees ran a private intelligence operation. "the new york times" says a man hired private contractors to essentially spy on suspected insurgents in pakistan and afghanistan. n that he reportedly passed the info to military and intelligence officials. however, that would have violated a policy that bans using contractors as spies. no comment from the pentagon. a little baby in rochester, minnesota, is going to have a story to tell when he grows up. new for you in about 30 minutes. hear the amazing story about how he came into the world. reports suggest that tiger woods is planning on coming back to golf for the masters. and some other golfers must not be very happy about it, based on what they are saying. >> robin, they are absolutely right about this because then the masters becomes all about tiger's return.
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steve stricker, he's now considered the second best golfer in the world behind tiger. he hopes tiger plays another pga toush tournament first. get it out of the way. let's get the circus out. then go play a major. why would you play a major first? stricker says if anybody can come in cold after all that time off and win a major it is tiger. pga tour commissioner tim fincham says we'll know pretty soon when exactly he'll come back. my thinking is they already know. they're just not telling us. tiger's marital problems will be spoofd on the season premiere of "south park." and they're using actual audio from his apology. there's cartman. how did cartman get in there? we couldn't get in there. oh, it's a cartoon. the field of 65 teams were announced sunday forry in ncaa tournament. woford playing in their first ever. ohio. these guys already knew they were in. they were just finding who they were going to play.
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most of them won't last long. minnesota will. they are excited. you are filling out your bracket, kansas, kentucky, duke and syracuse, the four number one duke and syracuse. >> this is when they were being matched up? >> exactly. >> cool. >> for the ladies who were anxious to watch the world cup and get a glimpse of that, david beckham without his shirt, i got bad news. one of the biggest soccer stars of the world not going to be in the world cup. he tore his achilles tendon in an italian league soccer game. he's going to need surgery. he was going to be the first englishman to play in four different world cops. they've been playing soccer there since 72 a.d. i'm kidding. a wisconsin man says his love for the packers literally saved his life. his father died young from having too much iron in his blood. the only way to treat it is to remove the iron by giving blood. >> he was already doing that. >> he was already doing that. >> love it.
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lastly, a nascar up dade. brad says he's not changing his racing style even though it got him clipped by carl edwards intentionally. those two do not like each other. a lot of people felt brad had it coming. carl ed cawards was put on probation. nascar said mix it up, and they are. >> how could you not like carl edwards? >> that's what i'm saying. a tv station ran a fake news story about a foreign invasion. problem was, many people thought that it was the real deal. plus, investigators say that there's something fishy about the claims of a runaway prius. the car they tested, they tested it and said, wait a second.
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good morning, sunshine! let me check the time for you. just make sure if you needed to change your clocks over the weekend, you did. it's 8:00 eastern. i'm robin meade. investigators are raising questions about what really caused a runaway prius to sweed o -- speed out of control. we're learning tiger woods' wife wanted to ride in the ambulance with him the night of his crash, but the paramedics were nervous about that. a new study of birth control pills shows there's an
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unexpected benefit. all about the hormones. first technicians have run every test that they could think of on a runaway prius. but they've come up empty. last monday a california driver said that he slammed on the brakes when his gas pedal got stuck. but his speeding prius would not stop. investigators say every time they pushed on the gas and the brakes at the same time, the engine shut off and that the car slowed down. one expert says it's still hard to draw conclions, though. >> maybe what was happening was not that his engine was overpowering the brakes but his brakes were incapable at that point of overpowering anything. it is possible he's a liar. it's also possible he simply misunderstood what was happening to his car. >> the driver's attorney says toyota has never been able to replicate an incident of sudden acceleration. we expect to hear more from that attorney in a statement later today. john edwards' former mistress has broken her silence. rielle hunter did an interview
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with "gq." she says she's still in love with johnny and believes he loves her. they slept together the first time they saw each other and edwards was afraid of his wife, elizabeth's, wrath. this is the first time they've been seen. here is one of rielle hunter holding her daughter. in the other pictures rielle isn't wearing those pants. yeah. we'll give you a look and more nuggets from the interview in the next half hour. hundred of thousands of homes in the northeast still do not have power this morning after a deadly weekend storm just pounded the region. it is still raining in massachusetts. more flood is expected there as a result. at least seven people were killed. many from falling trees. several schools in connecticut are closed this morning. almost 60,000 customers still do not have power. >> and i looked up, and the tree had pretty much already gone. but it began to just rip the
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cables off, boom, boom, each house. you can see it tore off all that stuff over on that house. then it just snapped that telephone pole like a toothpick. here's a familiar sight. you've got a reporter in new jersey losing his hat trying to keep his balance during a live shot. people at the assignment desk are line, yeah. the winds are no joke. he's holding a piece of metal that flew off the roof of a high-rise. floods are going to be a problem in another region of the united states as well. more on that in a few minutes. the state department wants you to delay a nonessential trips to some parts of mexico. the mayor of ciudad jaurez says two americans killed there this weekend may have been targeted. the u.s. consulate employee and her husband were shot in their suv. thei1-year-old survived. mexican security forces suspect a drug gang, but they will not discuss a motive. newly released documents show that tiger woods' wife, elin, was not allowed to ride in the ambulance with him the night that he crashed his suv.
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so obviously your first question, rafer, is, well, why not? good morning. >> good morning. there was so much speculation after that crash with the windows being smashed out and why did that happen. well, paramedics thought tiger's crash was the result or on the heels of a domestic dispute and because of that would not allow elin to ride along. that is according to records released by the florida highway patrol. police still say they found no evidence of any domestic dispute and tiger did deny it when he made that public apology. also, elin turned over two bottles of prescription painkillers to officers saying tier had ta tiger had taken them earlier. the state's attorney's office says there was not enough probable cause for a warrant. meanwhile, "south park" will be weighing in on tiger's marital problems. we'll have that later in the show. >> and they're usually just -- how can i say? relentless. they just put it out there, what they're going to say. that should be interesting. thank you.
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four minutes after the hour. the rain, the unspringlike temperatures seems relentless. so let's talk about your monday weather as you're trying to get used to the time change. hate that, don't you? hi, bob. >> it's the worst weekend, right, ever? when you lose an hour of sleep. the weather's not making it any better. here's the story. your low pressure region is off the new jersey shore. problem is the jet stream, what usually pushes these storms out, is way down to the south. it's just been sitting here and cycling rain off and on for the last couple of days. right off the atlaic, through new england, through the mid-atlantic. the wind today not as bad as it was over the weekend. we had plenty of reports of damage from the winds. let me show you an i-report picture we got from northn jersey. this is wyctoff. the wind was howling over the weekend. near hurricane strength. top that off with real saturated soils and ts is what happened. they said it felt like a subway going through when winds were peaking out that high. nobody hurt.
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that's good. down to the south a little farther, we have rain coming. you can see it rightarou around areas like boston. winds sustained 25 miles per hour, gusting to 37. wind is a factor. with winds gusting to near 50 today wind advisories all the way up to basically just south of maine. you have that action right there around new hampshire, all the way back down in towards cape cod area, seeing winds gusting to 50 miles per hour. that goes through about 8:00 this evening. over to the west another weak impulse. enough to generate snow. it's heavy at times outside albuquerq albuquerque. couple storms around lubbock. look at winter storm warnings. areas shaded in red. does not include albuquerquealb. 'll talk about that and a look at that fargo area of flooding, same with minnesota, that's in just about a half hour. >> thank you. acr peter graves, the star of the tv show "mission impossible" has died at the age of 83. he was on that tv action show
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from 1967 to 1973. but one of his most memorable and quoted performances was as the pilot in "airplane." >> you are cleared for takeof >> roger. >> huh? >> l.a. departure frequently 123.9er. >> huh? >> roger. >> flight 209er cleared for -- >> we have clearance,clarence. >> roger, roger. what's our vekter, victor? >> according to his publicist graves was still looking for acting work after 60 years in the biz. some tral agencies are offering some amazing deals for spring break. you don't even have to be a student to get in on that.
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in our salute to the troops, today's salute ifrom a mom to her son serving his fourth deployment. >> hi, robin.
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this is janie sding a salute out to my son, james jordan in the united states army. james, i want to let you know i'm so proud of you today as the day that you were born. i couldn't be more proud of you. your brothers and sisters are anxiously waiting for you to come home. i have a great big sur prize for you when you get here. >> if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin. women who take birth control live longer than women who do not. that's according to a new study, anyway. british researchers followed more than 46,000 women for about 40 years starting in 1968. experts found that the pill cut women's risk of dying from certain diseases by about 12%. but problem is doctors aren't sure exactly why. but the synthetic hormones in the pill may play a role. google might be putting its principles above its prfit.
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the internet search compays it's likely to pull out of china keeping with its motto of don't be evil. our money expert jennifer westhoven is here. >> whoa. just in time. >> thank you. >> don't be evil is something google has said is its motto. google says it's 99.9% certain it's getting out of china instead of bowing to the chinese government by publishing only government censored information for the chinese people. this is after talks stalled with beijing. "the wall street journal" reports google could easily close down its website there without closing its actual offices. it's going to be a more delicate situation because it's- the paper says google is worried that its chinese workers might face some retaliation from the government. all right. let's get you some travel trends. new york to london. 500 bucks? l.a. to australia. 800 bucks? those are the kind of deals you can find at student travel agencies. so you might tnk, yeah, but i'm not a student. but you don't necessarily have to be.
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this weekend's "new york times" says the dirty little secret of the travel industry, student travel, is that you can book with them if you're 50, 60, whatever. some of the agencies don't have age restrictions. and some of them have things like flights for everyone. you can go for a week in cancun, mae not with this crazy crowd. e spring breakers you see down there. but flight, hotel, about$1,000. that is half the price you might see on other travel websites. we've got a link to this story so you can see everything. cnn.com/robin. scroll down to where it says looking out for you. now, that's some of the, you know, things that make it easier to travel. but how about the stuff that you hate? you know how airlines are charging for every little thing. what fee burns your cookie the most? people say it is paying to pick your seat. that's aording to an informal poll byir fare watchdog. pick out a window seat, pay 5 buck. no fee is hated more than that
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one. i agree. if it's coach, it's coach. why are you going to make me choose -- pay even more just to choose something a little more palatable. >> yeah. plus if you're getting meals or luggage you're getting something in return. in this case you're getting a seat. they already have the seat there. anyway. >> you're asking our audience? >> yeah. what fee do you guys hate the most? you can send it to us by e-mail or on our facebook page. cnn.com/robin. look for the big blue f. >> what travel fee do they hate the most. police had a guy pulled over for a dui and they never expected the big and dangerous surprise that they then got. you'll see it on the dash cam. and a lawyer for nfl star quarterback ben roethlisberger is pulling out all the stops trying to clear his client's name.
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president obama heads to ohio today to make another push for a health care overhaul after a year of debating. we could see a crucial vote on that bill this week. now, house democratic leaders are trying to get support for the bill the senate passed in december. but e key dem says the votes
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just are not there right now. yeah. that will get your attention. did you see that? a police officer in kansas city got tossed several feet after a car slammed into another during a traffic stop. now, police stopped e first car for suspected drunk driving. the cop that got tossed walked away with a few bruises. police think the guy who smashed into the parked cars was also driving drunk. all right. a lawyer for ben roethlisberger has hired a private investigator now to look into a sexual assault claim against him. so they're going their own route, trying to get their own evidence against the young person accusing him? >> yeah. or just to clear his name in general. the perception -- i've spoke to regular folks -- excuse me -- about this is that whether he's guilty or not, roethlisberger has so many resources it would be hard to prove. well, this kind of speaks to that a little bit. reports are his lawyer hired the best private investigator that
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money can buy. and that pi is making the rounds to try to clear his name. now, a lawyer for the club where the alleged assault took place told -- confirmed that the pi did contact him. meanwhile, roethlisberger's attorney says he's just trying to know all the facts so he can perform his duties. my calls to that attorney have not been returned. roethlisberger still has not been charged. the torney doesn't think he will be. meanwhile, could he be getting star treatment? photos surfaced with him posing with the cop who filled out the report. the chief of police insists these photos were taken hours before the allegations were made and that beyond filling out the report, this officer has not been involved in their investigation. again, no charges have been filed. > in other news, a big-time head coach in the nfl is trying to fight his waistline. rex ryan of the new york jets confirmed he had lap band surgery this weekend. the 47-year-old often is poked fun of his weight.
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i feel bad because i was one of the people making fun of his belly. then he goes and gets surgery. i don't think we had anything to do with it. it did come after he wined and dined former charger ladainian tomlinson and they got him to sign in new york. he had a nice big meal before that. no cheese rolling this year. >> no cheese rolling? >> can you believe it? a tradition that dates back to hundreds and hundreds of years ago is going to be put on hold. hmm. could it be because people get really hurt? yes. that has something to do with the fact. every year people get really hurt. >> look how much air some of these people get as they're ailing off of the mountain side. >> and it's become immensely popular. 15,000 people showed up. and their insurance just couldn't cover everybody. it's like woodstock. people's homing are getting damaged. they're hoping to bring it back next year. >> here's the thing. you win nothing for that. you win the cheese roll. speaking of cheese, a packer fan says his love for his team literally saved his life.
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a very good feel good story in the next half hour. >> all right, rafer. thank you. it's 20 minutes past the hour of 8:00 eastern. i just want to make sure you didn't forget to change your clock if you were pposed to. what was it like for you, the realization when you go, oh, today's that day. >> you mean this morning when we started an hour before i thought we would? >> yeah. >> it was pretty bad. it was pretty bad. good morning, robin. bad day if you're trying to get in or out of new york city metros. here's what it looks like. rain coming in. also the winds. laguardia, currently trying to get into laguardia over a three-hour delay. philadelphia ability out an hou delay. winds to near 40 miles per hour at boston. new york city metros you already have at laguardia a three-hour delay. again, logan, winds gusting to near 40. that'll be a problem for you. no doubt about it. shorter delays, we have them down around philadelphia. about an hour right now. d.c. watching for half hour to an hour. then you're looking at some morning fog when you get to areas like atlanta with the low
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clouds. same with houston. speaking of atlanta, i want to show you this picture. yesterday the two-year anniversary of the tornado that ripped through downtown. you can see in our lazy lackadaisical style we're just getting around to changing the windows now. i'm joking. they had to replace every window in that hotel. there's about 6,000. they released 1,800. they can now te 100 mile per hour plus winds. they are upgrade zbd. >> the building is curved. it's not like you can go to the home depot and get a new window that'll fit. let me remind you, spring has sprung forward. get an insurance policy in the form of my wake-up call. dial 1-888-robin-hln just one time to set it up. it means monday through friday it's going to be me on the line getting you out of bed for free.
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inspectors for toyota and the federal government could not make a runaway prius run away. they could not recreate the gas pedal and braking problems a driver reported during a frantic 911 call last monday. that's according to a congressional memo. a congressional aide says nobody's accusing the driver of lying, there are just new questions. >> it's you. >> no, it's not! >> freaky little movie "alice in wonderland" tops the weekend box office for the second week in a row. it earned 62 million bucks.
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matt damon's iraq war film "green zone" was second with $14.5 million. the romantic comedy "she's out of my league" debuted in the number three spot with more than $9 million. scenes like this were common across the northeast as hurricane force winds knocked down trees and powerlines over the weekend. they reached 72 miles an hour in atlantic city. more than 400,000 homes still do not have power. at least seven people were killed, many from falling trees. those are our headlines. wanted to say good morning and time check. because we had a time change over the weekend. it's 8:31 eastern. i'm robin meade. a colorado woman accused of being part of a radical islamic murder plot is now out of prison. irish police released jamie ramirez saturday without charges. "the wall street journal" says she was arrested for an alleged plot to kill a swedish cartoonist for his depiction of the profit mohammed. her mom can't believe it.
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>> i've tried to find something. they drugged her, they did something to, you know, brainwash her into doing this stuff. because i as her mother can't believe she by choice has made these decisions. i can't comprehend her being willing to kill somebody else. >> now that colorado woman is being linked to the case of the woman known as jihad jane. colleen larose fromennsylvania has been indicted in the united states. in all, seven people are believed to be involved in the murder plot. actor corey haims' death has been linked to a massive drug ring. california's attorney general says it involves illegal prescriptions. he collapsed at his l.a. apartment, haim did. the coroner has not said what killed him. the attorney general says that haims' name was connected to recent illegal prescriptions for oxycontin. he did not say whether any of the meds found at haims' apartment were illegally
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obtained. we may not know the cause of haims' death for another six week. his funeral is scheduled for tomorrow in toronto. the white house wants big changes to the no child left behind law. here are some of the highlights. it supports expanding charter schools, it gives schools more flexibility in how they spend federal dollars, it allows them to change the way they pay teachers and principals. >> the bottom 5% of schools, those schools where 50%, 60%, 70% of kids are dropping out, we have to challenge the status o quo. those decisions are always made at local level. we can't continue standing o the sidelines when we have high schools that are basically dropout factories. >> former president bush set up the no child left behind policy but critics say there wasn't enough money for it and schools need more flexibility to meet the goals. a missionary who spent more than a month behind bars in haiti is back home in idaho. it was an emotional homecoming at the airport on saturday. charisa coulter was one of ten
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missionaries accused of trying to take children out of haiti after the quake. all have been released except for the mission's leader. >> you know, it's alln god's hands. i don't know. we're just going to sit back and we're going to let him do his job. and when he will, she'll be back. she'll be here with us. >> the mission leader, laura silsby, says she expects also to be freed soon and says it's a matter of getting through the legal process. the team insists they wanted to help children who were displaced by the quake. do not adjust your tv. it is that time of year again. they have dyed the chicago river green this weekend in celebration of st. paddy's day on wednesday. it's been a chicago tradition for almost 50 years. now, st. patrick's day is also a big deal in savannah, georgia. their tradition is to dye all of the fountains in the downtown area, the water from them. i've never been to savannah for theirs. i hear it's a big gathering. >> i have. it's beautiful. it's great. weather usually pretty good.
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you know, this year, can't tell. el nino year, it's been kind of rough. rough for everybody, too. let me show you the rain continues to cycle in off the atlantic through portland, down through boston, down through syracuse, back to washington, d.c. all the rain is out there and going to pile up again today. not as much as the last couple days. rain still going to be out there. here's a look how much rain we're talking about. most of this is going to fall this afternoon through this evening. then by tomorrow morning most of the rain should get out. watch it pile up. right around boston, massachusetts, about an inch and a half of rain over the next couple of days. also concerned with the wind. the wind we're talking about, winds gusting to 50 miles per hour. high wind advisories. you see the areas shaded in yellow, mostly eastern parts of massachusetts, nantucket, martha's vineyard. back up to the west, the area of low pressure near albuquerque. all snow for central new xico. rain and thunder around western parts of texas and the panhandle. winter storm warnings areas
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shaded in red. albuquerque, all snow. see it there. stretch it back over towards the east a little farther and it's rain and thunderstorm action around the lubbock and amarillo area. flooding major concern today. little light rain also around fargo and the red river. see the temperatures warm up over the next couple days. into the 40s by wednesday and thursday. more snow melting. we're going to see those flood warnings continue at least through this week. look at the big thunderstorms around amarillo, again, you're getting that right across texas. what about regions off to the east? flying out towards d.c., low clouds still in place. here's what it looks like trying to get in and out of the beltway. not as bad as it has been. you can see the flag still whipping around a bit. winds about 20 miles per hour. most of the rain north of you today. we'll talk about that again in just about a half hour. >> all right. thank you. here's some of the stories we're busy watching in the morning express planner. actor charlie sheen is due back in court today. he is charged with assaulting his wife on christmas day in
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colorado. also, the man convicted of videotaping espn reporter erin andrews in her hotel room is going to be sentenced. it calls for him to serve 20 months in prison. tonight in new york the rock and roll hall of fame induction ceremony. this year's induck tees are abba, genesis, the hollies and the stooges and jimmy cliff. ♪ coming up, we have a little talk about rumors that abba might be reforming. we heard stunning confessions from john edwards' former mistress. but it's brand-new pictures of rielle hunter that has you talking today. you'll see them. taxes are due in a month. we've got tips on how to get credit for some thgs you may have done arou the house.
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look at this. john edwards' former mistress, rielle hunter, is taking shots at the man who wrote a tell-all book about their affair. in a new "gq" interview hunter says it was andrew young's idea to pretend her baby was his and not edwards'. young is edwards' former aide. she also says she thought the money that was funneled to her by campaign donors was a gift and not hush money. "the washington post" first reported the details. lawyers for edwards did not respond to e-mails. it's this picture people are talking about! come here and look at this. it shows hunter in a man's shirt and pearls, bare legged, surrounded by stuffed animals.
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something just does not strike me right about that. >> i don't like to see kermit in that situation. >> all right. talk about a pricey dog treat. a pooch in maryland ate a $20,000 diamond. the owner had taken the three-plus carat rock to the jewelry store. as he pulled it out, the gem dropped on the floor and sully, the store owner's dog, scarfed it up. you have to wait a couple days. you have to wait. >> it was not that pleasant. i followed him. i had to pick up the stuff. i'd go through the things. i can understand what it was like in the old gold rush. because i felt like i just hit pay dirt. >> but look at little sully's face. he's such a baby. even though sully is no longer carrying around the diamond, his owners say he's still priceless to them. he's like, i'm tired. >> he felt like he was in the gold rush. then you got to go through dirt, not poop. all right. a bill's in the works in the
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senate to make sure that $700 billion bank bailout never happens again. we don't want to see it again. our money expert jennifer westhoven, good morning. >> good morning. because the conditions right now, exactly the same. you might think, but we all hated that, right? we were all pretty much as a consensus, nobody liked the bailout. what do we do to make sure it doesn't happen? senate banking chairman chris dodd isue to unveil the latest version of the bill addressing that too big to fail issue. that the bank can get so big and can bet so much, they're not just betting the bank anymore. they could be betting the entire economy along with them. so in the future with this bill, banks would have to hold on to more of your money. it's called higher capital requirements. the fed would also get more power to scrutinize big banks and make sure they're not taking such big risks that we may have to come in and clean up. all right. today is march 15th. that means it's just a month to go before april 15th. tax day. so we've got tax tips all this
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week. every day we're going to have a new one. so, first, did you do anything this winter or this summer to keep your house warmer or cooler? to insulate it better? here you see them putting in caulk and sealing up some of the ducts there. if you do something, maybe you buy a new water heater that makes your home save energy, that is tax deductible. about 30% of the bill you can get back, up to $1,500. that's kind of general. if you have questions about your taxes, what you can deduct, what you qualify for, send them on in. we'll answer them next week. send us an e-mail or write to us on our facebook page, cnn.com/robin. and take a look at this. you don't want to see this in your rear-view mirror. ford is calling it the ultimate cop car. the interceptor. it's got front and all-wheel drive versions. there we go. it accelerates faster than e old crown victoria. it gets 25% better mileage. and it's just as strong, ford says. a lot of cops love the old vic.
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they say this one can also withstand rear end collisions up to 75 mile an hour. >> that's huge. >> yeah. you may see it next year. robin, apparently cop cars are becoming hot. chevy is bringing back a cop car only version of the caprice classic. >> does it mean it will only be for cop fleets or can regular people buy it? >> it will only be for police. >> all right. if you everat next to somebody with strong perfume, oh, you can relate. one woman got $100,000 out of this. now, a man's passion for the green bay packers, another story here, may have saved his life. now the team is giving him a speciahonor. two different stories.
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hi rb robin. this is katrina willingham from georgia. i want to send a big happy monday out to you and the best teacher of kindergarten at lincoln county elementary school is sharon danner.
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happy monday! >> happy monday! >> katrina, i bet you made that teacher's day. you made my day, too. if you want a wake-up call you can leave a shout-out as well. dial 1-888-robin-hln. the wake-up call is monday through friday, it's me on the phone and it's free. your perfume could get you in big trouble in detroit. the city is asking workers not to wear perfume, cologne or even to use anything with a strong scent like air fresheners. the detroit news reports it's in reaction to a work erwining a $100,000 lawsuit. she said that a coworker's perfume made it hard to breathe and to do her job. the white house is not giving up on moving some guantanamo bay inmates to the united states. it's been trying to transfer them to an idle prison in northwest illinois. but some lwmakers say they're going to block that. still, the white house said yesterday that the plan is on track. >> it's going to take a little time, but we're -- i'm absolutely convinced we're going to get that done. >> they want $500 million from
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this congress to rehabilitate this prison in northwest illinois. i want to see who the members are who are going to vote for this. i wouldn't vote for this if you put a gun to my head. >> boehner also said the inmates should be tried in military tribunals at gitmo. the white house planned to try some of them in u.s. civilian courts including suspected 9/11 master mind khalid shaikh mohammed. that idea faced strong opposition and axelrod said yesterday the administration is considering a range of options for mohammed's trial. reporters suggest that tiger is planning oncoming back to golf for the master's. but some of the other golfers would not be very happy with that. here's rafer with more. >> the thing with the master's is it's so exclusive, the tabloids aren't going to get there. that's maybe why he wants to play that one first. but then one of the biggest tournaments of the year becomes all about tiger's return. steve stricker, who's now the number two golfer in the world behind tiger, says, look, just
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play another tournament first. can we get the circus out of the way before going to augusta? also, it's not really that smart to play a major first after so much time off. but if anybody can do it, stricker says tiger could. also the pga tour commissioner dropped a big hint that he knows when he's coming back. he just said, we'll know pretty soon. so obviously my thinking is he knows. he's just not telling us, the pga tour commissioner. meanwhile, tiger's marriage problems are going to be the focus of the season premier of "south park" on wednesday. >> that's going to be rough. >> this is the promo which uses actually audio from woods' apology. it shows cartman there by his side for support. let the madness begin! the passion for the field of 65 announced by the ncaa tournament on sunday. some of the cinderellas hearing their names. most of these guys already knew they were in. except for minnesota. they just found out that they were in. most of them were just finding
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out who they were playing. and a lot of them won't last very long even though -- but they're so excited. by the way, for you filling out your bracket at home, the four number one seeds, kansas, kentucky, duke and syracuse. fo. that's my pick. lady, i'm sorry you're not going to see this at this year's world cup. david beckham will not be playing in the world's largest sporting event. sadly on a serious note he tore his achilles tendon. he'll need surgery. the director from his italian team says his career isot at risk but a lot of people wonder how will you come back from that. he broke down afterwards. he was going to be the fist englishman to play in four different world cups. >> and he's older in the world of soccer. >> exactly, 34. a wisconsin man said his love for the packers literally saved his life. in order for jim becker to afford his tickets he sold his blood. his doc told him, by the way, your father died young from a disorder of having too much iron in your blood and the only way
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to do it is to give blood. >> which he was already doing. >> and he was already doing it. that's a look at sports. watch out for a trickle-down effect of delays from the weekend. let's find out if your flight is affected. >> the weather really hasn't loosened up so we have delays because of the current weather too. if you were trying to catch a flight that was cancelled over the weekend, today not much better. i think new york city metro will be first on the list. la guardia right now you have a three-hour delay. boston right now you have a half-hour delay. philadelphia, you have an hour delay because of the rain and wind. d.c. metro, counting on you to get a 30-minute to one-hour delay too. i'll show you where the rain is headed in just a couple of minutes. the biggest threat to your financial security might be in your mailbox. a warning about identity theft. e
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morning. top of the day to you. i'mobin meade. let's do a time check because we had a time change on sunday and i just want to make sure you're on time. it is 9:00 eastern. here's what's going on this hour. one driver's claim that his toyota prius sped out of control dealt another blow to the car maker last week. but now investigators say they may never know exactly what happened with his car. john edwards' ex-mistress reveals a whole new side of herself and her relationship with the former senator. we've got her interview and
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pictures that are raising a few eyebrows. first, though, our top story. some details about a runaway prius may not add up. investigators with toyota and the federal government tested that car and according to a new draft congressional memo, they could not make the gas pedal stick like a california driver says it did. in fact they say jim sikes' story about speeding out of control doesn't seem possible. but one expert says that it's still hard to draw conclusions. >> maybe what was happening was not that his engine was overpowering the brakes but his brakes were incapable of overpowering anything. it is possible that he's a liar. it is also possible that he simply misunderstood what was happening with his car. >> last monday sikes dialed 911 saying he could not stop his prius which was hitting speeds more than 90 miles an hour. his attorney says toyota has never been able to replicate an incident of sudden acceleration. we expect more from sikes' attorney in a statement later on today. crews are scrambling to get
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the power back on for more than 400,000 homes in the northeast. hurricane-force winds, can you imagine, knocked down trees and power lines during the weekend during a deadly storm. heavy rain also caused flooding across that region. it is still raining in massachusetts. more flooding is expected there. at least eight people were killed, many because of falling trees. this is a story that everyone is going to be talking about this morning. john edwards' former mistress has broken her silence. rielle hunter did an interview with gq. hunter says she's still in love with johnny and believes that he loves her. they slept together the first time they saw each other and, she says, edwards was afraid of wife elizabeth's wrath. now, "the washington post" first reported the details and lawyers from edwards did not respond to comment. here's what's getting people's attention are the pictures from the article. this is the first time they have been seen. here's one of rielle hunter holding her daughter. in the other pictures hunter is
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not wearing those pants. yeah, you'll see that and more nuggets from the interview in the next half hour. the state department wants you to delay any non-essential trips to some parts of mexico. the mayor of ciudad juarez says two americans killed there this weekend may have been targeted. the u.s. consulate employee and her husband were shot in their suv. their 1-year-old daughter survived. mexican security forces suspect a drug gang but they will not discuss a motive. newly released documents show that tiger woods' wife, elin, was not allowed to be in the ambulance with him the night that he crashed his suv. here's rafer with more on that. >> yeah, robin, there's still a lot of speculation as to what happened that night. paramedics thought that tiger's crash came on the heels of a domestic dispute and would not allow elin to ride with him to the hospital, that according to records released by the florida highway patrol. now, cops still say they found no evidence of a domeic dispute and tiger denied it as well in his public apology, but also in the report elin turned
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over two bottles of prescription pain killers to officers and said that tiger had taken them earlier. now, they did have trouble trying to get blood test results to see if tiger had been drinking. the hospital wouldn't give it to them. they wanted a warrant. the state's attorney's office says there was not enough probable cause for one. meanwhile, guess who's weighing in. south park weighing in on tiger's marital problems. we'll have that later in the show. >> all right, thank you. actor peter graves, the star of the tv show "mission: impossible" has died at the age of 83. he was on that tv action show from 1967 to 1973. still, one of his most memorable and quoted performances was as a pilot in "airplane." >> you are clred for takeoff. >> roger. >> huh? >> l.a. departure frequency 123.9er. >> roger. >> what? >> flight 209er. >> we have clearance, clarence. >> roger, roger.
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what's our vector, victor? >> according to his publicist, graves was still looking for acting work after 60 years in the business. classic scene, isn't it. four minutes past the hour. mondays, rainy days and mondays. i hope they don't get you down, especially after a time change. bah humbug! it's mainly rain. it's right around portland down into boston and providence getting heavy rain moving over towards the west. you see as it cycles around that low, goes back down towards d.c., the heaviest rain is around the delmarva peninsula and moving back to the east but delays are out there mainly because of the wind and low clouds. winds at boston gusting to 50 miles per hour. high wind advisories, that's what you're dealing with right there. that's east coast. another storm we are watching is new mexico. look at albuquerque, light snow
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out there. all rain in western texas. winter storm warnings on the new mexico side and parts of colorado. albuquerque all snow. mainly highest elevations, 6 to 12 inches and those winter storm warnings last until 8:00 to 8:00 tonight. then to the east a little farther, look at the heavy downpours right south of amarillo getting into lubbock. that's moving to the east. 1 to 2 inches of pure rain, not snow, but it's heading eastbound and will get towards dallas and houston tomorrow too. look at fargo, light rain showers not that big of a deal but the melting snow is a concern. we have all kinds of flood warnings mainly for the red river all the way down to south dakota. all the green-shaded areas are flash flood watches and warnings. so what about the worst weather in the country today? easy, no-brainer, been following it all morning. boston, massachusetts, the high today only 40 degrees. there's a live look. it looks ugly.
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you have two-mile visibility, winds gusting to 50 miles per hour and heavy rain. that's the worst weather in the country. if you agree with me, yeah. if you don't agree with me, tell me why your weather is worse. go to the facebook page and chime in. more on that in a half hour. that's boston. i've seen it better. more in just about a half hour. >> all right, thank you. there might be some unexpected benefits to taking birth control pills. what scientists are finding out about some of the side effects. plus, the death of actor corey haim may have uncovered a massive illegal drug ring in california.
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it's time right now to salute our troops. today's salute is from a mom to her son serving his fourt deployment. >> hi, bobby. this is jany sending a salute
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out to my son, james jordan in the united states army. james, i just want to let you know i am so proud of you today as the day you were born. i couldn't be more proud of you. your brothers and sisters are anxiously waiting for you come home. i have a great big surprise for you when you get here. i just want to let you know that i love you so much and i'm proud of you. >> very sweet salute. if you have somebody in the service you can salute them too. cnn.com/robin. actor corey haim's death has been linked to a massive drug rick. california's attorney general says it involved illegal prescriptions. haim collapsed in his apartment in l.a. the coroner has not said what killed him. the attorney general says that haim's name was connected to recent illegal prescriptions for oxycontin. he did not say whether any of the meds at haim's apartment were illegally obtained. we will not know the cause of death for another six weeks. his funeral is tomorrow in his hometown of toronto.
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you know, i don't know if you noticed but you probably got some mail from the census last week but it wasn't the actual census form, it just was a form saying it's coming. all right. here is jennifer westhoven. good morning. >> i was so excited. my husband handed it to me and i was like the census. it says you're fogoing to get t census. i know i'm going to get the s z census. what toundo you think, is that waste? there are estimates this first letter cost tens of millions of dollars. guess who paid for that? you did, i did, we all did. the census claims that those letters, though, they say it saves money. the census says it's because it means a lot more people are aware and then they will mail back their census, which they say is much cheaper than having census workers coming around to
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knock on your door. you should have your forms by wednesday. when you fill it out, that means that you are town, your county, your state, they have the right numb of people so they can apply for their fair share of federal funding so that can go to schools and hospitals, all kinds of stuff. with spring coming up, you may be thinking about the beach, but some of the best deals, says clark, are on the slopes if you are willing to freeze. listen to hln money expert clark howard who says how to stretch your travel dollar. >> i love to ski. and i want you to know something, there are some great deals on skiing, especially on the airfare. you know why? because there's a market share war going on right now, especially in denver. you have southwest, frontier and air tran slugging it out for your business offering unbelievable deals on airfare. you want to go to salt lake to ski? well, there you're going to have frontier and southwest fighting it out for your dollar. once you get to either colorado or utah, you're going to save a
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lot of money on your accommodations. here's what i suggest for that. go to a website called vrbo.com and you'll find where you can rent condos, villas, apartments at very, very low prices, particularly if you're staying for a one-week ski trip. and for lift tickets in denver and in salt lake, go to the supermarkets. that's where you'll find some extra special deals typically on lift tickets that are geared towards locals but you don't have to be a local to get the bargain. one other place, warehouse clubs. if you want to stretch your travel dollar further, check me out at cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> oh, clark's got a lot of secrets to help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. you can catch him at noon eastern on saturday and sunday right here on hln.
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women who take birth control live longer than women who do not. that's according to a new study.
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now, british researchers followed more than 46,000 women for about 40 years starting in 1968. th found that the pill cut women's risk of dying from certain diseases by about 12%. doctors are not sure exactly why that is, but the synthetic hormones in the pill may play a role. don't expect abba to reunite when they're inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame tonight. come on, everybody. >> i'm so sad about that. >> there are several reports that they are not planning on that. but you never know. other inductees tonight in new york are going to be jimmy cliff, genesis, the hollies and the soges. >> why, do they have something better to do? come on, abba. "mamma mia" is a big hit. a lawyer for nfl star quarterback ben roethlisberger has hired a p. impti., a privat investigator, to look into claims about ben roethlisberger and an alleged sexual assault. >> working to try to clear his
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name. they're putting every resource that they can. reports are that roethlisberger's lawyer not only hired just any p.i. but the best money that buy and the p.i. is making the rounds. a lawyer for the club where the alleged sexual assault took place, this is that club, says the p.i. contacted him and wants to talk to him. roethlisberger's attorney says he's just trying to know all the facts so he can perform his duties. my calls to that attorney have so far not been returned and roethlisberger has not been charged. meanwhile, could he be getting the star treatment? a lot of people concerned about that. well, this didn't help those concerns when photos surfaced of him posing with the cop who filled out the report. well, the chief of police said hold on a second. these photos were taken hours before the allegations were made so it's not like he was accused and then took the photo. beyond that filling out the report, this officer has not been involved in their investigation. some crazy video, a scary crash in the first race of the year for indy car racing.
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marco andretti fortunately was not hurt. we'll show it to you in a second. right there, look at that. a car is on top of him, on top of his helmet. there it is right there. unbelievable. >> how was he not even hurt? >> isn't that amazing? totally not hurt. he basically walked away on his own. this was in brazil. the cars had to dodge debris but there was all this dust, they said they couldn't see because they put grooves in the track because they complained it was slippery. sadly there, will be no cheese rolling this year. >> no cheese rolling! >> it's one of our favorites. this dates back hundreds of years but they're going to put it on hold because surprise, surprise, people get really hurt for this and also the real reason is too many people showed up and their insurance doesn't cover 15,000 people were there this last time. they're used to only a couple of thousand. apparently a lot of people want to roll down a hill. >> look at this, they get so much hair when they project off of the hill.
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>> they said they're going to bring it back next year, they hope to. a green bay packer fan says his love for the team literally saved his life. a feel good story in the next halfhour. >> thank you very much. now that spring has sprung forward, you might have a hard time waking up. i think everybody here did. well, get a little insurance policy of sorts in the form of my wake-up call personally to you. dial 1-888-robin-hln to set it up. it's monday through friday. i'll jar you out of bed. it will be me on the phone and it's free. lk about a pricey dog treat. a pooch in maryland ate a $20,000 diamond. the owner had taken the three-plus carat rock to the jewelry store. as he pulled it out, the gem dropped on the floor and here comes the owner's dog and he lapped it up. what are you going to do? you have to wait a couple of days. >> it was not that pleasant. i followed him, i'd pick up his stuff, i went through the things. i can understand what it was like in the old gold rush because i felt like i just hit
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pay dirt. >> even though sully is no longer carrying around the diamond, his owners still say he's still priceless to them. he's just tired. oh, baby, i'm so tired. if you've ever sat next to somebody with strong perfume -- >> no! i stopped. >> maybe you can relate. but one woman got $100,000 out of this. plus rush hour traffic kept a couple from delivering their baby in the hospital, so they had to make do with the family car.
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so the new york stock exchange is open. some cbs sports announcers are helping out to celebrate march madness. the stocks are set for a lower open today. investors are expected to be a little cautious after recent wall street gains pushed the market to 18-month highs. inspectors for toyota and the federal government could not make a runaway prius run away. now, they couldn't recreate the gas pedal and the braking problems that a driver reported during a frantic 911 call last monday. that's according to a congressional memo. a congressional aide says no one
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is accusing the driver of lying, there are just new questions. investigators are checking how actor corey haim's name appeared on an illegal prescription. california's attorney general says that it was found during an investigation into a drug ring. now, one investigator says that they don't know whether haim filled the prescription or someone used his name. the coroner has not said yet what killed him. folks in the northeast are still feeling the leftovers of a deadly storm from the weekend. hurricane-force winds and rains have left more than 400,000 homes in the dark. in a few minutes you'll hear when that region will catch a break. those were a few of our top stories. i hope you're in the right hour because we had a time change over the weekend. it is 9:31 a.m. eastern and i'm robin meade. a colorado woman accused of being part of an islamicurder plot is now out of prison. irish police released jamie paulin-ramirez saturday without charges. "the wall street journal" said she was arrested for an alleged
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plot to kill a swedish cartoonist for his depiction of the prophet mohammed. her mother can't believe it. >> she made these decisions, she's 31 years old, she decided to do this. it wasn't anything that i did. but, you know, it's kind of hard to accept that i'm a mother of a terrorist now. >> well, now the colorado woman is being linked to the case of this woman known as jihad jane. colleen larose from pennsylvania has been indicted in the united states. in all, seven people are believed to be involved in the murder plot. john edwards' former mistress, rielle hunter, is taking shots at the man who wrote a tell-all book about their affair in a new gq interview. hunter said it was andrew young's idea to pretend the baby was his child and not edwards. young is edwards' former aide. she also said that she thought the money that was funneled to her by campaign donors was a gift and not hush money. "the washington post" first reported the details.
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lawyers for edwards didn't respond to comment. what people are talking about are these pictures. here's one showing rielle hunter in a man shirt and perlz, bare-legged surrounded by stuffed animals. we'll show you ear one in the next half hour. the white house is proposing a major overhaul of education today. it wants big changes to the no child left behind law. here are the highlights. it supports expanding charter schools. it gives schools more flexibility in how they spend federal dollars. it allows them to change the way they pay teachers and principals. >> those bottom 5% of schools, those schools were 50, 60, 70% of students are dropping out, we have to challenge the status quo and those decisions will always be made at the local level. what we're saying is we can't continue to stand on the sidelines when we have so many high schools that are basically dropout factories. >> the former president bush set up the no child left behind policy that critics say there
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wasn't enough money for and schools needed more flexibility to meet the goals. the craziest city in the united states is cincinnati. the website the daily beast ranked the top 25 based on things like the drinking habits there, stress and just plain wackiness. cincy is followed by san francisco and providence, rhode island. the daily beast also found quirks like the person in san francisco who spent 12 grand on a robber band ball. that will qualify you in the crazy zone. >> are you telling me atlantic city is not in on that? you've got to be kidding me. >> they also apparently looked at stuff like how many psychiatrists there are per capita. >> oh, they mean actually crazy, like certifiable. okay. i didn't know that's what they meant. >> good morning, bob. >> good morning, robin. let me show you some video. this is coming out from right around new jersey. this is saturday night. the wind has just been unprecedented across new jersey, new york. the video is on saturday night. check out my reporter right here
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trying to keep his hat on. he's holding a piece of metal that blew off a roof, just unbelievable. winds gusting to near hurricane strength. let me show you what we had around that region. the strongest wind gust we could find is robin's reef. have you ever heard of that? >> have not. >> me neither. jfk hit 75 miles per hour. that's officially hurricane strength. that's the way it was over the weekend. fire isld 67, breezy point, new york, 67-mile-per-hour gusts. today is not as bad but rain will be a factor as well. la guardia, in toward boston delays. heaviest rain is right here and you can see it around the eastern part of new england cycling back down through new york state, pennsylvania into west virginia and virginia, maryland as well. how much rain over the next couple days? not as bad as what we've seen. we've se over 7 inches of rain around new jersey, 3 inches around central park. rain over the next 48 hours begins to slow down just a bit. here's a look at that graphic coming up. we'll see an inch to maybe an inch and a hf, that's about
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it. check out new york city, this is what it looks like. winds gusting to about 35 miles per hour at the most today. the gustiest winds will be north of there. what about those rain totals? most of the rain, again, across central parts of jersey coming on down through new york state. that green bull's-eye by boston, that is an inch to inch and a half over the next two days, most of that falling this morning through the evening hours. what about the wind? also a factor, gusting to about 50 miles per hour. the wind advisories are posted, eastern parts of massachusetts. all the areas that are shaded in yellow. that's not the only storm we're watching. another one out across new mexico. look at this, heavy downpours around western texas and the panhandle. winter storm warnings, all the areas shaded in red. highest elevations, 6 to 12 inches of snow. albuquerque radar picking it up right now. mainly around i-40 so be careful if you're traveling around albuquerque this morning. heavy downpours going right by 27 moving to the east, should get towards dallas overnight by
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tonight but most of the day ought to be dry. just power packed weather again, robin. no letdown even though it's the ides of march. more in a half hour. >> thank you. so the nasdaq and the s&p 500 are starting the day at their highest levels in 18 months. it's sounding good, but let's see if we can have some momentum here. hi, stephanie. >> reporter: yeah, the answer to that one quickly, no. we're not going to have it. stocks are heading lower but just mildly lower at this point. there's not much going on today. investors probably waiting for the federal reserve's meeting tomorrow. we do have word on a major merger today, however. merger monday is back. phillips-van heusen is buying tommy hilfiger for $3 billion creating one of the largest clothing companies. phillips-van heusen already owns calvin klein and izod. and facebook is expanding into asia. since its creation six years ago the number of facebook users has skyrocketed to more than 400 million and most of them are outside of the united states. and finally, today is the
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anniversary of the first dot-com domain name. it was 25 years ago symbolics.com and on the internet. it took two years for the first 100 sites to appear online but since then it's grown to more than 80 million dot-com names. check out cnn money today. they have a redesigned market section. it's launched today so it's worth checking out. >> thank you for the heads up, appreciate it. for one man bleeding green and yellow for the green bay packers may have been a life saver. he says his love for the team actually helped him.
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hi, robin. this is colin tyler down in south florida. i'm cooking up some gumbo for you, originally from new orleans, and we watch you every morning and we love you. give a haoller to bob too. he's great. >> got some gumbo for breakfast. what a great shoutout, thank you. you can leave a shoutout as well. it comes after my wake-up call. dial 1-888-robin-hln. it's free and it's me waking you up on the other end of the line. a long-standing beef between two tennis legends was the main attraction at a charity event over the weekend. susan hendricks, what gives? good morning. >> good morning, robin. it was pretty funny. the rivalry between andring aacy and pete sampras may have reached a new level. we'll tell you about their
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heated exchange during a fund-raiser for haiti. that is all new in the next hour. plus we have more on those two americans killed in mexico this weekend. we will hear from the mayor of ciudad juarez who was threatened last week. most of us are annoyed by those airline fees but a recent poll reveals which one are the most hated. a georgia man with a devastating brain injury has made what appears to be a full recovery because he took a female hormone. now, beginning this weekend the national institutes of health will study whether pro gesterin actually protects your main. people were twice as likely to survive and suffered less disability. an avalanche that killed two people in canada may have been started by some daredevilers. canadian police say the snow started to give way as some snowmobilers were having a contest to see who could leave the highest mark on a slope. about 200 people were watching.
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they were caught up and the scene became chaotic. >> the people got very emotional. like guys were looking for his son, his friend. people were looking everywhere. so there was a giant panic the first ten minutes. >> police say that more people were not killed because many of the snowmobilers had avalanche recovery equipment and started digging people out before the rescuers got there. we don't know if the snowmobilers who allegedly started the avalanche are going to be charged. i think you're going to see a bit of a trickle down effect from delays for the weekend if you're flying today. >> good morning, robin. brutal start so far. right now la guardia, you're looking at a three-hour delay if you're trying to get in there. boston is about a half hour, philadelphia is about an hour. here's what we have the rest of the day. keep in mind there's still a nor'easter with the wind off of the ocean, a lot of rain, poor visibility. new york metro over an hour. what about boston? an hour or more delay later today. philadelphia, you already have about an hour delay. also d.c. metro, light rain and
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poor visibility. watch for about a half hour delay. more on that in about a half hour. gianni versace's mansion is now an upscale hotel. they completely refurbished the landmark restoring its mosaics. it features a five-star restaurant. a suite will set you back $5,000 a night. the price, though, includes your own private butler. a tv station ran a fake news story about a foreign invasion, but many people thought it was the real thing and then things got out of hand.
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police in california got dozens of calls over the weekend after they released some photos of women whose pictures they found in a former "dating game" contestant's storage unit. rodney alcala is a convicted serial killer now. police say two women in the photos were found alive.
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but others may be dead or missing. now, police want to know if alcala had any other victims. millions of people are starting to get their power back in chile. an overheated transformer caused a blackout to something like 90% of the country yesterday. it is still dealing with last month's devastating earthquake. officials say that power could be unstable for months because of the weakened electrical system after the quake. reports suggest that tiger woods is planning a comeback for the masters and some other golfers would not be happy with that and they're voicing their opinions. hi, rafer. >> keep in mind the person voicing this is tiger's friend. and i completely agree with him. don't play the masters as your first tournament, tiger. number one, then one of golf's most prestigious tournaments becomes all about your return. we're talking about steve stricker. he is the number two golfer in the world. tiger is number one. he says, look, play another tournament first, get it out of the way, get the circus out of the way, and also from a golf
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standpoint it's not smart to play a major first after so much time off. don't listen to your people. who are trying to shield you from the media. can you tell i have an opinion. the pga tour commissioner dropped a big hint that he may have an idea when twieiger is coming back. meanwhile tiger's marital problems will be the spoof or the center of the season premiere of "south park" on wednesday. the promo uses actual audio from woods' public apology with cartman by his side for support. >> i think that will be crazy. >> it should be very funny. and let the madness begin! the field of 65 announced for the ncaa tournament. now, these are some kirnd rcind hearing their names called. most already knew they were in the tournament, they're just finding out who they are playing, except for minnesota. they found out they were in. look at this excitement, cornell, another small school,
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no shot of winning it but they're so excited to be there. by the way, the four number ones, kansas, kentucky, duke and syracuse, if you're filling out your bracket at home, syracuse will be the only one not in the final four. i'm sorry you won't be seeing this at this year's world cup. david beckham will not be playing in the world's largest sporting event. sadly he tore his achilles 10don and will need surgery. he broke down afterwards because there are concerns his career could be over, which would be devastating. he was hoping to become the first englishman to play in four different world cups. lastly, a wisconsin man says his love for the packers literally saved his life. 79-year-old jim becker in order to afford his season tickets sold his blood because money was tight. after he sold about 150 pints, his doctor told him his father had died young from a disorder of having too much iron in his blood. it's hereditary and the only way to treat it or prevent it is to give your bloo
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>> and he was and he did. >> and there he is. that's a look at sports. >> i like that story. thank you. if you're not into tea parties, how about a coffee how party? the new coffee party movement kicked off on saturday at coffee houses all over the country. members are not in line with either party and are tired of being labeled and separated. >> the political discourse has been manipulated and dominated by narrow self-interests. >> and people who have been a part of the tea party, when they sit down and actually talk through issues, they will find they have a lot of common ground. at the end of the day, we are all americans. >> well, health care reform was a big topic at saturday's meetings. a woman in labor was just blocks away from the hospital, but she got stuck in traffic and had her baby right there in the front seat of the family car. a volunteer emt stopped and helped out. he said she delivered a lot of
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baby animals on the farm, but she never delivered a human baby. >> obviously, we never would have predicted something like this to happen, but the fact that it had such a happy ending is something really fun that we feel like we can share with him for years to come. >> mom and baby are doing fine, thank goodness. it's you. >> "alice in wonderland" is on top at the box office earning $62 million. investigators say there's something fishy of a runaway prius. they tested the car and said, wait a second.
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