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it's friday, everybody! [ sighs ] right? i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. here's what's going on in the news. okay, well, what in the world? wall street is coming off one of its worst days ever. investigators are looking at whether it could have been caused by a typo. one possibility -- we'll talk about that. lawrence taylor is arrested on a rape charge. we have the allegations and taylor's response. so we'll jump back now to wall street. it's coming off one of its worst days ever and investigators are
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looking at whether it could have been caused by a typo. one possibility is that a trader may have put in a sell order for $16 billion instead of $16 million. that simple. whatever the reason, though, computerized selling kicked in, and the dow lost almost 1,000 points. it later recovered two-thirds of that loss. the big plunge caused sheer panic for some investors. before the markets gradually bounced back. money expert jennifer westhoven is here now to show you how it happened moment by moment. isn't it a scary, thought, jen. >> yes. >> just like possibly a human error, do, do, do, entered the wrong thing. >> that somebody could have typed the wrong zeros, a billion instead of a million that that may have happened so that could have been a very big deal. the dow already off $200 -- 200 points. here we go. i think it's going to come up.
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woof! this is the thing you don't want to see, total mayhem on the trading floor. there are pictures and sound of the people on the floor itself, that's the new york stock exchange but desks across the country, because what happens, robin, is, people have millions and millions of programs that are already just set up ready to go in case something like this happens, they want to protect our money so it sells. it doesn't know why or how. it doesn't know there's a mistake. it's trying to protect your money. so in minutes the dow off 9%, more than $1 trillion was lost on paper. >> what? >> in u.s. stocks. if you didn't sell, you didn't pay attention to this, right, nothing happened and things will probably right themselves but some people did, all because of the typo. the federal government looking into it, and of course, if it really was just a typo, then you expect things to kind of straighten out, and we are seeing the futures trading higher this morning. >> people who have a 401(k), if they were at work yesterday and
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they did not look into this, they did not see this happening and go oh, let me call someone, sell, sell, sell! >> right. >> is everything the same as it was before for you? >> mostly. >> no, right? >> mostly, yes. any stocks that you might own or something like that are fine but the thing is, what about your mutual fund manager? your mutual fund manager might have seen that and gone, sell! i can't let my people go bankrupt. i have teachers, cops and firefighters to look out for. glitch or not i can't let them go down the tubes. they might have sold to protect so you might end up with some losses. the nasdaq is voiding a lot of these trades. >> that would be nice because that stinks. >> yeah. >> and coming up, i want to talk about are there any stop gaps, in other words, that's really scary that someone could be sleepy and type something in and boom, my money's gone. parts of mashville's downtown are reopening after the horrible floods.
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you don't believe the mess left behind in some areas. the owner of this house was trapped inside surrounded by water when she saw smoke. luckily she and her dog were arrested by a man on a jet ski seconds before the house exploded into flames. ♪ so here you are now, nowhere to turn ♪ ♪ it's just the same old yesterday ♪ >> this is what i love about nashville. keith urban is one in a long list of country stars who helped the nashville tv station raise almost $2 million for the flood relief last night. president obama called brad paisley and asked him to spread the word fema is there and ready to help. nashville will recover, paisley told cnn's anderson cooper. >> you go through the neighborhoods and it's who are rick to see what we're seeing but amazing to see the volunteers that have come out. i've never seen anything like it. >> we've been driving around out here. i cannot believe the way that
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people just, they're showing up out of nowhere just to volunteer when they hear an area has been hit. that is what this town is all about. this is great people here. i've lived here since '93 and these are some of the most giving folks you could ever meet. >> to find out how you, too, can make a difference and help the people in tennessee g to our website, cnn.com/robin, hit "impact your world." some of the gran and go type lettuce mixes are being recalled. freshway row main lettuces has been connected to an e. coli night break. 19 people have gotten sick. the lettuce ended up in restaurants, store salad bars and delis. . see the list of states on our website at cnn.com/robin under "important websites." right now a four-story containment dome is closer to being fitted over the blown out well in the gulf of mexico. oil company bp says once it is in place it could trap as much as 85% of the oil gushing out
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and funnel it upward to a tanker. about 210,000 gallons of crude a day has been spilling into the gulf since that rig exploded last month. in less than ten minutes, correspondent richard lui will show you how that dome is supposed to work and what happens next if it does not work. here is a big story, football great lawrence taylor is in trouble with the law again. he was arrested in new york yesterday, charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. now jo carter has the details on how this supposedly all happened. good morning. >> good morning, robin. when you talk about football great lawrence taylor is arguably one of the greatest football players ever but has also had a lot of run-ins with the law. yesterday he was arrested at a holiday nin suburban new york. police say taylor had sex with an underaged prostitute, a 16-year-old girl, who had runaway from home in march. authorities say rasheed davis, a 36-year-old new york city man,
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brought the underaged girl to taylor's hotel room against her will. they say davis then beat the girl, and then handed her over to taylor, who sexually assaulted her. later the girl sent text messages to her uncle, who then went to police. taylor is charged with third-degree rape but he is a free man after posting $75,000 bail. taylor's attorney says his client did not have sex or rape anyone, and that he denies all charges. robin? >> it sounds like there are more details to be sorted out in this case. >> there are tons of layers to be sorted out as the days come forward and obviously police will have more information. >> sounds like a horrible story. thank you very much. times square bombing investigators are looking for a courier who may have funneled cash to the suspect. a federal law enforcement source tells our sister network cnn that faisal shahzad brought more than $80,000 into the united states over several years. it might have paid for the suv and explosives.
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now, officials want to know if that cash came from militants like the pakistani taliban. i want to know what your weekend is going to be like. i'm sure you do, as well. let answer start where yesterday close by they had, oh, gosh, i don't know, snow? >> yes. >> allegedly? >> yes. >> so let's talk to meteorologist bob van dillen. >> good morning, robin. you're talking about north dakota right now. they have six to ten inches of snow on the ground in central parts of that state. that's your upper level low and cold air. the cold air is headed eastward and running right into the warm and humid stuff. we have a line of strong showers and thunderstorms moving through missouri, iowa, headed in through chicago now, too. here answer the radar picture. iowa the entire state just about covered up. a big slug of rain headed toward chicago now. that's going to erupt into severe weather this afternoon. i'll show where you in a second. rain pulling out of northern missouri, stretching into northern illinois. look at the lightning flashing here, heavy at times especially first part of this morning.
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you can see chicago just aglow with thunderstorms all around. you'll get delays. at midway and o'hare because of that and it edges down towards indianapolis area. the radar picture most of it north of union or kokomo. a moderate risk of thunderstorms in ohio and indiana. we'll get to that in about a half hour. >> look at that map. >> it will be a tough afternoon no, doubt about it >> thank you very much. some senators want to slash the fee you pay at the atm. hear the latest wrinkle in that debate about banks and money, your money. how hungry are you? how about a burger that weighs 590 pounds? ew. it's a little bit of nature... a little bit better. and nature approves. granola nut clusters from nature valley. and we're saving on packaging by using less cardboard. when we save, you save. that means thousands of rollbacks.
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our "salute to the troops" goes out to command master chief tony palanko, fifth deployment, five times. his wife says this one is especially hard because he's missing their daughter's college graduation and son's high school graduation.
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>> good morning, robin. my name is amy polanco, a big salute to my wonderful husband, who is currently on his fifth deployment serving in afghanistan. i hate that he is going to be away from me for the next year but i know he is the very best person for his awesome responsibilities and i am just so, so proud of him. i would also like to thank all of our selfless servicemen and women and their families for all of their sacrifices. >> sorry to hear he won't be home for graduation for both of the kids. thank you so much for the service. if you have somebody in the service go to cnn.com/robin. remember the man who had lived on the streets for five years, making national headlines when he stood on top of a billboard. just days after being on the news, he has a new home and a new relationship with a long lost relative. that story is new for you in about 20 minutes. right now, bp is lowering a
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huge metal dome 5,000 feet into the gulf of mexico trying to cap a leaking oil well. it is the first time that they used this equipment so deep in the water. correspondent richard lui joins us now more on how this is supposed to work anyway. >> good morning to you, robin. this is going to be very interesting. they're using technology they haven't used before. the dome itself is basically like an upside down funnel, a gargantuan one. it's custom made, weighs 100 tons t will hit the bottom of the sea floor, try to cap off that leak at a mile underneath the sea surface. sits on top of the leak there, robin. if this works bp plans to deploy a second smaller dome to deal with a second leak, all of this remote control, too deep for any diver to be there. >> what fascinates me if it's a dome as you're moving through the water i would think that it makes it water because water is underneath it.
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>> it creates that bit of water as well as if there's any air underneath but there won't be, because it will be pushed out. the difficulty is because of the pressure. they have tried this in history in the past, they've broken apart because of the concerns of pressure. you're talking about 2,000, 3,000 pounds per square inch, it could be very, very difficult to get this thing to the bottom. >> the deeper you get, the more pressure that you have. >> absolutely. >> what about the stuff on the surface? >> they're worried about that, too. we're using booms, obviously there's some concern about how well those boom also work. you can get an aerial view what have they're seeing on the ground, oil from before. the booms themselves, this is the concern. they're trying, of course, to continue to do those controlled burns on the surface. that's video from what happened yesterday. they're also deploying booms all over the gulf coast, we're talking about that earlier in the week, supposed to keep the oil from reaching land, that's the hope, but one boat captain here we've got for you, robin, is worried about high winds that
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can actually send it over the top of the booms, we're talking about the oil here. >> what i see from these booms anything above a 15-knot wind, it's over. i mean, it's not going to serve its purpose. >> the other problem is how deep the oil is in the water. this is the view from an underwater camera here, the booms are only a few feet deep so a lot of the oil could slip underneath them as well. >> that's what we're seeing there, right? >> that's right. >> richard, thank you. don't you hate it when you're standing alone at the atm and asking for your money, nobody's there helping you, and yet they say you're going to have to pay $2 or more to get your money out. ticks you off, doesn't it? lawmakers want to reel in those big fees. jennifer westhoven? it's about time. >> you know, you may hate like the bailout but it does mean there's a window maybe where people are more open to regulation so anyway, tell me
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what you think about this. i love this story because there's nothing i hate more than ending up maybe at an airport or something, and getting charged six bucks to take money out. you know it can happen, three bucks on each end. >> who is there helping you? >> exactly. they don't have to pay rent in the same way. it's a lot smaller for an atm than a bank. there's no teller, come on, it's a lot cheaper. how much does it cost the bank? one new york senator says it costs the bank 36 cents. you could be paying $2, $3, $4, $5, taken costs them 36 cents. senator shchumer would like to cap it at 50 cents. no comment from the banks but one atm threatens if that happens there would be fewer atms. in some ways i could see the atm maker getting a fee but my bank, what, they got an electronic
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transaction. how much can that cost you? >> i'm so over it, exactly, thank you. if would you like to give your opinion on that on facebook, go ahead, honey. it's okay if you don't agree with us. it's all right, it's about your views. cnn.com/robin. tiger woods is said to tee off in a couple of hours again. how is he doing after a terrible tournament last week?
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woods' really hasn't been that strong, his fan support apparently continues to grow, on the course anyway. >> on the course, robin, fans are forgiving and forgetting, they're moving forward very quickly past this scandal. the reception he received during first round of play thursday incredibly positive. the crowds that followed him along the course, they were huge and they cheered his every move and while they had a lot to cheer about, tiger played pretty well. the big question coming into the week, how he would respond to missing the cut last week. he's not in the lead but he is in good position considering he's only played two tournaments this year. >> i haven't played rounds in several months so it takes time to get into the rhythm of competing and takes tournaments and i haven't had a lot of tournaments under my belt. >> tiger tees off about 8:00 eastern this morning. robin, do you believe in curses? >> no. >> i don't either but i'm starting to after this story. it's been said athletes that make the cover of "sports
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illustrated" are jinxed. three out of the four yankees an last week's sports illustrated cover are all hurt, all three of them and while derek jeter is the only one that hasn't been hurt so bubble wrap, the company that makes bubble wrap actually sent jeter a specially made roll to protect himself this weekend when the team goes to boston. they want to protect that $22 million investment >> that's funny. moving on to bob, bob that, means jeter will sit there in the bdugout going pop, pop. >> the boston fans are like it doesn't hurt his range, does it? i'm a yankee fan. chicago, this will slow you down. an hour or more for chicago. cleveland half hour to hour-long delays because of the severe weather. same with detroit and cincinnati. orlando in florida, seabreeze, thunderstorms will pop up. more in a little bit. >> i think they were giving me the time cues and not you. [ sneezes ]
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hundreds of points in five minutes, but then it quickly rebounded. what caused the roller coaster, though, is still being investigated. after all of that, the dow had its worst day in more than a year, closing down more than 3%. crews are closer to getting a four-story containment dome fitted over the blown out well in the gulf of mexico. oil company bp says that once it is in place, it could trap as much as 85% of the oil and funnel it upward to a tanker. this is a relief, the u-haul moving truck left on a bridge in new york city wednesday night was not terrorism-related. officials now say that the truck was likely stolen.
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they believe the driver hopped out and ran when he that he was approaching a checkpoint. those are some of our day's top stories. good morning. it's sleepy, it's been a long week but it's friday. i'm robin meade. welcome. six members of a california family hid on their roof as a gunman rampaged through their house. a father, a son and a daughter were killed. their mom was shot two times. she is in the hospital. patrolling deputies heard gunfire and confronted a man with an assault rifle outside the house. they shot and wounded him. they say he is the daughter's former boyfriend. more details on the oil spill in the gulf and how it could affect people all over the country. correspondent richard lui, what should you do if you have maybe a vacation planned or maybe you're think being the condo that you have a time share with this summer? >> one allegderman in mississip says he wants to stress it's all usual in their beaches.
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>> the water is fine, people out boating in the beaches. the oil is way out. >> he says that hotels, casinos and charter boat captains are reporting a steady increase in cancellations, though. "usa today" reports hotels in the new orleans area are actually busier than they were last year at this time. let me give you a number, 67% full compared to 53% the year before so we'll have to wait and see what the long-term impact is. we were there earlier in the week. the hotel is full up, they had no extra rooms. >> the seafood dealer there is on the gulf coast, people apparently are trying to stock up, so it's like everyone suddenly has been appetite for fish. >> they want their fish. they love their fish. they're stocking up on that, robin. one man actually bought 75 pounds of shrimp at one time. he says it will last him one year, just in case the shrimping season is ruined by the spill but one dealer says that bulk buying is driving up some prices. >> everybody started buying all
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the shrimp because they were scared if this hit there would be no shrimp left so everybody added 50 cents to $15 1 a pound so it's causing up to go up on prices. >> his bigger worry is that this selling streak will dry up in the next few weeks and no one will be buying after that. >> you can imagine people are thinking it's okay to eat this. will it be later on? >> the restaurants are fuller because of that, too. >> richard, thank you. kentucky is now facing potentially historic blood iflo. the coast guard says the western part of that state will see its worst flooding in 200 years. the water could crest this weekend. much of the area is rural and people's farms have been flooded. rescuers are searching for two missing kayakers who disappeared in the fast-moving water. a nashville woman and her 4-year-old daughter were glad to know a swim coach when the water surrounded their house on saturday. after hearing the pair were trapped, the coach drove to their neighborhood and dove into the water. he swam to their house, got them
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out, and with the little girl flinging to a floating ottoman. neighbors and rescuers spotted the ottoman and pulled everybody to safety. two people are missing in tennessee in the wake of the floods. nashville police are looking for 29-year-old danny tomlinson and 18-year-old daniel brown. tomlinson was last seen when his car ran into the high waters >> he was wonderful. he loved god. he was a wonderful son and wonderful brother. >> please, god, guide us, guide us. you know, if he is in the water, which i don't want to think that, just guide us there. >> to where he is. >> guide us to him for closure. >> a long list of country stars is trying to help nashville's recovery. bo bice, vince gill, keith urban, and many others helped out a nashville tv telethon last
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night. they raised almost $2 million for flood relief. ♪ it's a long, long way >> it's so nice for people to sne step in. bo bice watches the show. a lot of people are also affected by the floods. my heart goes out to anybody who is still looking for a loved one. >> it's unimaginable. it really is, and the good news here is, robin, they're still dry and have been dry basically since sunday. heavy rain is coming in basically to the north, heavy at times. iowa in a nao northern indiana and indiana too, moving into michigan as well. you have a low pressure region just off to the west, moves over to the east. below it things are going to remain dry. we have the warnings for flooding west of nashville, nashville no longer in a flood warning but those warnings go all the way up to kentucky so that's something we're looking at. kansas city, dry, thundershowers roll to the east, now the line is headed into illinois and heavy at times from 80 stretching back to chicago.
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look at chicago's radar, this is right out of that region. you can see down to the south heavy downpours over you, right by the line of wisconsin, too. the heaviest rain and thunderstorm action just over chicago and down to the south and then that bleeds back over to the left and you can see what it looks like, more showers and more thunderstorms, one hailmaker, that is north of indianapolis, as it arcs up to the left, to the right, kind of just spreading on out. that's what it looks like. severe thunderstorms, great possibility. moderate chance right around ohio and indiana. east of there, a little bit cooler for you. take you live to new york, looks like cooler day, mid-60s, calling for a high of about 66 degrees today. low 70s to mid-70s tomorrow. tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms headed in tomorrow afternoon but you're dry today. nyc, that weather looks fine. more in a half hour, robin. >> thank you. you know what? we have something for you to win here, a new sweepstakes that will start on monday. here's your heads up. it's "up to speed with robin meade 2." here's the deal, all you got to do is listen for a
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if you're 45 or older, you're having a lot less sex. >> whoa! >> that's the finding of a new survey by aarp. the organization of sex and relations of experts say people are worrying too much about money so they're making whoopee less. 10 years ago 41% thought that sex outside marriage was wrong. that's dropped to 22%. so we got two ideas going there. let me decipher for you. 45 years and older, you're having less sex than people your same age did about ten years ago. then the other part was our attitudes about sex have changed, too. a homeless man in texas who stood on a billboard to spread awareness of the homeless community has a new home now and found his daughter. thanks to thousands of dollars in donations, the man and his wife have a home now and his daughter surprised him after not seeing him for ten years.
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>> that's my main thing, let her meet my wife person to person, because she's never really been around my wife, and it was almost like when she come out of the womb, you know, almost a fainting experience. >> i'm so glad there was a reunion there. his daughter saw him on tv, in north carolina, and she went and found him. that just brings a tear to your eye. the man's next goal is to find a job. some help is on the way for people who were hit hard by the flooding in tennessee, and the oil spill in the gulf of mexico. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you, so two different groups of people here. >> yeah, but the federal government is stepping in on both fronts, stories we've all seen for awhile to try and help people and their businesses that have been hit by these disasters, so small companies in louisiana and mississippi that have been hit by the oil spill, they may be able to qualify for
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some special low-interest loans, think about all the fishermen, the crabbers, the restaurants that make their living from the water, that's the small business administration. fema is stepping in for people who have lost their homes in the flooding in tennessee, they may qualify for help up to $240,000 as they get new homes and we are working on trying to get some links up on our website, so that if something like this happened to you, you may be able to apply for help. cnn.com/robin. if you smoke, look, we know it takes a toll on your health. it's also going to take a bigger toll on your wallet. altria, phillip morris, they renamed themselves altria are raising the prices of marlboro and other cigarettes by eight cents a pack and remember that's the wholesale price is $3.70 a pack, way before all the taxes and everything that goes into paying for cigarettes so it will cost a little bit more to light up. robin? >> thank you. more than 27 million people live without electricity in rural kenya.
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♪ dozens of students walked out of class over five teens who were sent home for wearing the american flag tee shirts on cinco de mayo. did you follow me? ♪ there he goes, there he goes ♪ there he goes, there he goes >> it got to be a scene, got tense outside the northern california high school. many protesters thought their classmates were disrespectful for wearing red, white and blue instead of honors mexican heritage. one boy who got sent home says there's a double standard. >> if they made them like all the hispanic-americans take off their red, white and green also i wouldn't find a problem with it. >> people can wear a mexican flag in america we should be able to wear an american flag wherever we want to go. >> i don't think it should cause fights. i think everybody has the right
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to be who they are and we are in the america. >> the vice principal told them they could have worn the clothes any other day. the school district disagrees with how it was handled and it is investigating. you might have a reaction to the story. feel free, cnn.com/robin, hit the facebook page. who in the world is going to eat a 600-pound burger? a barbecue chef in toronto showed off his monster creation yesterday. if it stands, it would devour the "guinness book of world records" at 185 pounds. if you made quarter-pound burgers from it, you'd have more than 2,300 burgers. >> a lot of tums. >> the burger was auctioned off for charity. i hope into smaller bite-sized peaces. football icon lawrence taylor is in big-time trouble with the law. he was arrested in new york yesterday, charges with raping a 16-year-old girl. joe cart we are more on that. so he is an nfl great and how
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does he find himself in this mess? >> you know, for years he's found himself in a lot of trouble, robin. we a real big drug problem, also in trouble with tax evasion, different things with the law and lawrence taylor, a football icon, arrested at a holiday in suburban new york, finds himself in trouble with the law again. police say he had sex with an underaged prostitute, a 16-year-old girl who had run away from home in march. authorities say rasheed davis, a 36-year-old new york city man, brought the girl to taylor's hotel room against her will. they say davis beat the young girl and then handed her over to taylor, who then sexually assaulted her. later the girl sent text messages to her uncle who then went to the police. taylor's attorney says his client did not have sex with or rape anybody, and that he denies all the charges. >> my client was in town to work. he was going to play some golf with some friends and he was
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going to work, and then this nightmare unfolded before him. lawrence taylor did not rape anybody. am i clear? >> taylor is back in court on june 10th. danny ainge, general manager for the boston celtics fined $25,000 for tossing a towel during your game. this happened during a free-throw, sort of a distracting thing. >> oh. >> like me putting a piece of paper in front of your face while you're trying to look at the teleprompter. $25,000 they fined him and the two teams will play again tonight so we'll see if he tries this stunt again. >> are we sure what his intention was? >> why else would you throw a towel up in the air during a free-throw? >> xast ex-aspiration. a slow-pitch recreational softball team called the dutch
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goose, eric byrnes, total ringer. he joined the team with some buddies. his days in the big leagues are probably over but he's still going to get paid $11 million for his old contract. >> what? $11 million in and now can he play softball. that's awesome. wow, thank you. >> you bet. mother's day is sunday, don't forget. so some hollywood celebs and many of your fellow viewers are paying tributes to their moms. here is paris hilton.
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you got a friday attitude, do you? well, so do i and i'm here to welcome you and say morning, sunshine. you may be tired but let me get you all informed about what's going on. i'm robin meade. you know, your 401(k) took a wild ride in a sharp sell-off on wall street, and it might have been caused by a simple typo! nfl hall of famer lawrence taylor is arrested on a rape accusation. we have the allegations and taylor's response. plus -- >> that felt so good! i shot a gun! >> some moms and wives get a firsthand look at what it's like to be a marine. why this experience has helped
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one woman cope with a major loss. our top story today, wall street is coming off one of the worst days ever. well now investigators are looking at whether it could have all been caused by a typo! are you kidding me? one possibility is that a trader may have put in a sell order for $16 billion, with a "b" instead of $16 million. whatever the reason, the computerized selling then kicked in and the dow lost almost 1,000 points. it later recovered two-thirds of that loss, but my word. the big plunge caused sheer panic for some investors before the markets gradually bounced back. money expert jennifer westhoven is here to show you how in the world this happened. what's scary is, if that really was the cause. >> right. >> there's nothing to stop that, to thwart that from happening? >> well, i mean that's certainly what they're going to be looking into. you know that washington is already talking about this, robin. i wonder, in the past, i have frequently seen sometimes when it happens, there's an order
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that's messed up, they halt trading in the one stock. that didn't happen. maybe this person didn't even realize that they made a mistake but if this is what happened, a possible human mistake, sending shock waves across markets, across the world, especially because it was in a stock in the elite dow 30, and the dow is so big, it's such a marker for so many other trades that things really spilled out of control. the dow was already off but only by about 200 points. when this happened, you can see it went into freefall there, i mean mayhem on the trading floors, by the way. this chart doesn't show you any of the chaos that was happening, in just minutes the dow was off almost 1,000 points, one of its biggest drops in history, more than $1 trillion lost on paper in u.s. stocks. if it was just on paper, that would be fine, but what happens is, people who look out for money want to protect you in case something happens and what if they don't look for one second so they have all of these programmed trades set up as
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protection. well this set many of them off, and that's what he made things even a lot worse so they're going to be looking at this in washington. >> so you're saying those of us sitting here maybe if we have a 401(k) or mutual fund or something like that, we had no idea what was going on yesterday, we're at work, outside with the kids, we may have less money because of a stupid typo? >> well, here's the thing, possibly. i mean the good news is the market is likely recovering, in early trading the futures are still up but it is possible, but i'll tell you, robin, there will be a lot of looking into whether they "x" out many of the wild trades. >> like a wash. thank you very much. appreciate it, jennifer. nashville kids are going back to school today, and parts of downtown are reopening after horrible floods but you won't believe the mess they still have to deal with. the owner of this house says she was trapped inside, surrounded by water when she saw smoke. she and her dog were rescued by a guy on a jet ski seconds before the house exploded.
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♪ ♪ you won't be like this for long ♪ ♪ one day soon that little girl is gonna be all grown up and gone ♪ >> dare russ record there, a long list of country stars to trying to help nashville. darius rucker, vince gill and many others helped at a nashville station's telethon last night. they raised almost $2 million for flood relief. >> to have clean sheets and a home cooked meal, that's the least that -- i'm going to start crying. that's the least we can do. my home is my psychological fortress and my haven, and my heart's resting place, but it's going to take a long, long time. >> now to find out how you can make a difference and help the people in tennessee, go to our website, cnn.com/robin. go to the "impact your world" link. some of the grab and go lettuce mixes are being
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recalled, fresh way row main lettuce sold in 23 states has been connected to an e. coli outbreak. 19 people have gotten sick. the lettuce ended up in restaurants, in store salad bars and delis as well. you can see the list on states on our website cnn.com/robin under the "important website "section. a dome is closer to being fit out over the blown-out well in the gulf of mexico. once it is in place it could trap as much as 85% of the oil gushing out and funnel it upward to a tanker. about 210 gallons of crude, make that 210,000 gallons of crude a day has been spilling since that rig exploded last month. in five minutes we'll ask correspondent richard lui how is that going to work, you're going to put this over the leak? that doesn't stop it. football great lawrence taylor is in trouble with the law again. he was arrested in new york
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yesterday and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. joe carter, some serious charges. >> good morning, robin. lawrence taylor is in the pro football hall of fame, arguably one of the greatest linebackers ever in football, played for the giants for years. this is a man time after time after time has been in trouble with the law, trouble again yesterday arrested at the holiday inn in suburban, new york. police say taylor had sex with an underaged prostitute, a 16-year-old girl who had run away from home in march. authorities say rasheed davis, a 36-year-old new york man, brought the girl to taylor's hotel room against her will. they say davis had beaten the young girl and handed her over to taylor, who sexually assaulted her. later the girl sent a text message to her uncle who then went to the police. this morning, taylor is charged with third-degree rape but is he a free man after posting $75,000 bail. taylor's attorney says his client did not have sex or rape anyone, and that he denies all the charges against lawrence
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taylor. >> it makes you wonder what is the story here. obviously we have to wait as the investigators try to get to the bottom of this, but yeah, not good. thank you so much. appreciate it. we have new developments in the times square bomb plot investigation. officials say that faisal shahzad brought more than $80,000 into the united states over several years. u.s. and pakistani investigators say the suspect has ties to the pakistani taliban, and he got terrorist training in pakistan. also investigators question his father. he's a retired pakistani air force officer. he was not detained or arrested. what in the world would anybody do with a 600-poundburger? stare at it. a barbecue chef in toronto showed off his monster creation yesterday. if it stands it would decure the "guinness book of world records" of 185 pounds. if you made quarter pound burgers from all of this you would have 2,300 burgers.
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the burger was auctioned off for charity. >> wow, you have to move on that thing fast. 2,300 quarter pounders. nice. >> that's just gross. >> not a fan, i know, you don't like the big food, i know. >> i like the big food, just don't like the big burger i guess. every time you look at the story, that's good eatin'! >> i'm droolg noing now. i have to get cleaned up. charlotte, north carolina, a good chance of severe weather north of here and all of the ingredients are coming together, the warm and humid ate cross the east part of the country, the cold and dry air working in out of canada and the northern plains. that's wcnc, sunny and hot. 91 to 92 in charlotte. no storms for you today. maybe this weekend you get clipped by the cold front but that's about it. where we do have the storms breaking out around the firing line, you have that low around missouri, that's starting to mix out that cold air with the warm stuff, when they collide you get
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the showers and thunderstorms. some of that's very heavy now especially when you get to areas just north of nashville into kentucky, too. we have the flood warnings which is not good. we still have those waters running very high. good news over the last couple of days it's been extremely dry. today showers and thunderstorms possible, late this evening, and that will affect your western kentucky, western tennessee but right now, most of it's up to your north. look at chicago, o'hare has a delay of about one hour 45 minutes because of the heavy downpour action overhead that, will be a steady stream coming out from the west, arcing down south into areas just north of indianapolis w a severe thunderstorm warning north of there. moderate chance of severe thunderstorms today, gusty winds and large hail. good aerial coverage of ohio, indiana. behind it is all snow and heavy from north dakota into wisconsin, and northern part of michigan, the u.p. later this afternoon and tonight, two to five inches of snow possible in those blue shaded areas. we'll talk about that in a half hour. yeah, may, what are we may 7th
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today our military is aabsolute goes out to command master chief tony polanco, on his fifth deployment, fifth. and his wife says this one's especially hard because he's missing their daughter's college graduation and their son's high school graduation. >> good morning, robin. my name is amie polanco and i would like to send a big salute to my wonderful husband, command master chief tony polanco who is currently on his fifth deployment serving in afghanistan. i hate he's going to be away from me for the next year but he's the very best person for his awesome responsibilities and i am just so, so proud of him. i'd also like to thank all of our selfless servicemen and women and their families for all of their sacrifices. >> definitely you think about the sacrifices they make. they miss so much of their family time for the job they do. if you have somebody in the service go to cnn.com/robin. a 4,000 pound rhino broke out of its barn at a florida
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zoo. new in 40 minutes, we're going to tell you how the rhino got loose and you have to see the pictures of how they wrangled it back in. bp is lowering a huge metal dome 5,000 feet into the gulf of mexico trying to cap a leaking oil well. correspondent richard lui joins us now. do they have any idea about how hard it's going to be to do? >> very difficult here, robin. certainly not easy. they're going to lower this thing off of a barge, guide this dome using remote control gps trying to reach a point 5,000 below the surface. they'll then attach a hose to the top of the upside down funnel and pump the oil to a service barge. domes have been used for some 30 years. new technologies enabled faster construction and higher durability than the older ones that basically broke apart under
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the extreme undersea conditions. you see it right there. as for the oil on the surface, bp is doing controlled burns. you can see the smoke coming from this one here. booms also continued to be deployed to block oil from reaching land but some of the choppy waters that we've been reporting on could make these floating walls ineffective. >> what i see from these booms, anything above a 15-knot wind, it's over. i mean, it's not going to serve its purpose. >> some of the booms only go inches under the water, which is good for defense against floating oil, which we can see in some of the pictures, deeper, four or five feet booms are better for dealing with what you may be seeing in the underwater video from the oil, underwaterborne oil or some other particulate matter under the water in the pictures. you can see some of the surface booms there. now you go to the atm to take out some money, and then they hit you with the big fee, $2,
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maybe more than that, jennifer westhoven? >> have you ever taken money at an airport? >> yes, i have. >> it's like $6 or $7. >> $3, $5, if you go abroad it can cost you more. >> makes my head explode so i love the story. i want to come in and say all right, i'm a little biased so you make up your own mind but you know how your bank charges you to get your own money if it's at a different cash machine. i mean the machine charges you, the other bank charges you, your bank charges you. come on! does it really cost them that much? they're not paying a teller. they're not paying as much rent as for a whole bank. a new york senator says guess how much it costs those banks? about 36 cents. yet you can pay a whole lot more than that. senator chuck schumer of new york wants to cap atm fees at 50 cents. he says hey, banks, you'd still be making 28% profit. no comment from the banks but one atm maker threatens that if that happens there will be fewer atms out there. we'll see.
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this just in, "consumer reports" says now that they've fixed it, it is taking back its previous advice to stay away from a $60,000 lexus suv. you may remember that story. toyota stopped selling the luxury lexus gx460 for a little while after "consumer reports" in a very rare warning said they might tip over on turns. but since then, toyota updated the software on the stability control system and "consumer reports" said it past their road retests. this week we've been talking about spring cleaning. this is one of the best times to buy appliances. lots of refrigerators go on clearance right now, because the new models are going to be coming into stores soon. so they want to get the old ones out of there. that means you may be able to save hundreds of dollars at the store, and you may be able to top that off, too, with a tax rebate. now it really does depend where you live, but you can go on our website, cnn.com/robin, we've got a link. you may be able to get $75 to
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$150 off more if you get an energy-saving appliance. tiger woods is said to tee off in a few hours, so how is he doing after last week's horrible tournament performance? and -- >> that felt so good. i shot a gun. >> some moms and wives get a firsthand look at what it is really like to be a marine. ♪ [ male announcer ] the offer letter. if you're going to college, or back to college, that's your bullseye. it is for devry university students. in fact, each year thousands of our graduates find themselves right where they want to be -- employed in their field of study. and all those offer letters up there?
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hi there. >> good morning, robin. in the masters he got a good reception. in charlotte last week it was sort of mixed because his play wasn't that great and now he's playing just outside of jacksonville and again the reception is very good. >> so the fans are fickle in other words. we like him when he plays well. >> isn't that how it goes? >> that's not fair. >> isn't that how it goes? if you were to turn on the tv yesterday and watch the tournament, you'd say wow, golf fans are moving past the tiger woods scandal quickly because the reception he received during his first round of play yesterday was incredibly positive. the crowd that followed him along the course, they were huge and pretty much cheered his every move and while they had a lot to cheer about, tiger played pretty well and the big question coming into the week, how would he respond to missing the cut last week? he's not in the lead but he's in good position, considering he's only played two tournaments this year. >> it takes time to get in the rhythm of competing and takes
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tournaments and i haven't had a whole lot of tournaments under my belt. >> tiger tees off at 8:18 eastern time, round two. robin, do you believe in curses? >> nope. >> i don't either but i'm starting to after this story. it's been said athletes that make the cover of "sports illustrated" are jinxed. right? four yankees made the cover last week. three out of the four yankees on last week's issue cover are all hurt, all three of them and while derek jeter is the only one that hasn't been hurt so bubble wrap, the company that makes bubble wrap actually sent jeter a specially made roll to protect himself this weekend when the team goes to boston. >> who knew, that's funny. i wonder if it's made in new york city. let me tell you what's coming up. the woman who won the ghae millions went to work the next day. what? when we save, you save. that means thousands of rollbacks. it's rollback time.
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panic on wall street. yesterday lost 1,000 points in five points and quickly rebounded. what caused the roller coaster ride. after that the dow had its worst day in more than a year closing more than 3% down. crews are getting closer to getting a four story containment dome fitted over a blownout well in the gulf of mexico. oil company bp says once it is in place it could trap as much as 85% of the oil. a u-haul truck abandoned on
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a bridge was likely stolen and believe a driver hopped out when he realized he was approaching a checkpoint. ♪ good friday morning . it's a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go g down. one more day, you can do it. kentucky is now facing potentially historic flooding. the western part of the state will see its worst flooding in 200 years. the water could crest this weekend, much of the area is rural, and people's farms have been flooded, meanwhile, rescuers are searching for two missing kayakers who disappeared in the fast-moving water. a nashville woman and her 4-year-old daughter were glad to know a swimming coach when water surrounded their house on saturday. after hearing the pair were trapped the coach drove to their neighborhood and dove right into the water. he swam to their house and got them out with a little girl clinging to a floating ottoman. neighbors and rescuers got canoes ready, spotted the
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ottoman and pulled them to safety. more details on the oil spill in the gulf and how itcoaffect people all over the country. correspondent richard lui joins us now. what do you haveif you have a vacation planned in the summer? >> one alderman in mississippi stresses it is business as usual an their beaches. >> the waters are fine. people are out boating. people are on the beaches. the oil is way out. >> he also says hotels, casinos and charter boat captains are reporting a steady increase in cancellations but "usa today" reports hotels in the new orleans area are actually busier than they were last year at this time, 67% full right now compared to 53% last year. that's good news. so we'll just have to wait, i guess, and see what the long-term impact is at the moment, as we look at some of the folks that are down there right now.
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>> i bet the people who are already booked are like i'm going before the oil comes. >> that's what they're saying. >> the seafood dealers on the gulf coast have been busier because people were like i want to eat the see seafood now. >> seafood is an important part of the country, one man actually bought 75 pounds of shrimp at one time. he says that will just last him a year. just in case the shrimping season is ruined by the spill, he wanted to stock up. one dealer says that bulk buying is driving up the prices, too. >> everybody started buying all the shrimp because they were scared if this hit there would be no shrimp left so everybody added 50 cents to $1 a pound so it's causing us to go up on the price. >> they're worried the selling streak will dry up in the next few weeks and no one will be buying after that. >> i wonder, because the selling streak is now while the oil hasn't come ashore and a lot of
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people might be afraid of it, once it does, obviously. we now have surveillance video that appears to show the times square bomb suspect, faisal shah dad, buying fireworks in pennsylvania. you're looking at the video from the shop in pennsylvania. the fbi told him "that's our man" and says the fbi also told him that the fireworks matched those found in the suspect's suv and in his home in connecticut. if you are 45 years of age or older, you're having less sex than people your age did about ten years ago. that's the tfinding of a new survey by aarp. the organization sex and relation experts says, did you know they had one, that people are just worrying too much about their money, and air not having -- you're not just having less sex. researchers say thaw are enjoying it less, too, when you do have it. ♪ let's talk about sex, baby what do you do for a living? i'm the aarp's sex expert. >> i interview 40 years old who
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see much whoopee they do. it looks like i'm killing myself at 44. it's going to be like logan's run in my family, once you hit 45 your life is over, baby. good morning, everybody. that's good news for me. you never want to picture your parents actually doing it, right so apparently they're not. this weather is brought to you by zeer tech. the big setup for today, you have a nice hot to warm atmosphere east of this frontal boundary. the warm front with the warm air surging up to the north, below it, it will be hot and going to be on the dry side. let me take you live to atlanta, flying down here for a getaway friday things are great. not looking at a lot of wind today, sunshine, temperature about 90 degrees, that's atlanta, immediately to the west, get over towards new orleans a little more humidity in the air, the winds off of the gulf today. new orleans high about the same, call for a high of about 88 degrees. how about the worst weather for today? well, here's what it looks like, talking about columbus, ohio, showers, thunderstorms, some of those are going to be severe.
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winds tomorrow getting up to 50 miles per hour. today, 40-mile-per-hour winds. get back to the radar, most of chicagoland getting just pounded with heavy downpours, all moving into the lower parts of michigan, coming out of iowa as well. flood warnings are out of nashville for now but off to the west we have the flood warnings stretching through western tennessee into kentucky too. scattered showers overnight tonight, most of that heavy stuff today, though, is north of you right around chicagoland and stretching into lower michigan and then arcing back around that warm front into northern parts of indiana, and ohio, and that's the exact area that's going to get slammed later on this afternoon with a chance for some severe weather. i think the mode for the severe weather today, not a huge tornado outbreak day. looks like gusty winds and large hail is a possibility. moderate chance ohio, indiana, and a slight chance going all the way back down to northern parts of use lieu, and texas. more on that, robin, in about a half hour. >> okay, thank you very much. >> yep. you want to talk about trouble, a rhino on the loose, how do you convince a rhino to turn around and get back in its
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♪ i like them, o.a.r. a group of military wives and moms got a firsthand look at what life in the marines is like. >> that felt so good. i shot a gun. >> they took part in jane wayne day shooting at camp pendleton. 30 marine unit also sponsor a jane wayne day this year. there is help on the way for the people hit hard by the flooding in tennessee over the last weekend and the people hit by the oil spill in the gulf of mexico. jennifer westhoven, looking out for you here. two different groups of people obviously. >> yeah, thanks, robin. good to know there's some response coming in for both of these disasters where the federal government is stepping in to help people and businesses for small companies in
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louisiana, and mississippi, that have been hit by the oil spill there's going to be special low-interest loans set up. think about the fishermen, the crabbers, restaurants, they all make their living from the waters, from what's in the sea. that's being set up by the small business administration, for people in tennessee, who have lost their homes, fema is stepping in, they may qualify for help up to $240,000, and we're getting links up to these on our website, so that you can apply if any of this happened to you. cnn.co cnn.com/robin. later this morning a report on how the job market is doing, if it is improving. we all know that jobs are very hard to come by these days. well, guess how more young men are making money? they are reportedly turning to sperm donation. aol's daily finance reports they can get up to $1,000 a month. >> wow! >> that's a lot of money. >> how many times do you have to attend? >> i think it's $100 a pop.
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one of the banks points out that it's not easy, though. they say it is literally harder to get into their program than it is to get into harvard. >> really, because they want you to have perfect medical history and all of this stuff. >> genetic tests, family history and many of the men say it's not just the money that motivates them. they also want to help other people have their dream of having a family. thanks, guys. back to you. >> whatever. >> oh! >> if that's the case they wouldn't take the money. i'm just saying. >> oh, no, i'm not saying it's their only motivation but i just mean if you think if you have high test scores, think you're a great person. you know. help some people out. >> isn't that funny, people only want the high test scores. yeah, i just want the one who scored high. thank you, jen. just for you, our new sweepstakes starts on monday, "up to speed with robin meade." we'll give you the nascar word
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of the day, actually your favorite nascar drivers will. you listen for it, send it in, easy as that. grand prize is a three-day, two-night trip to sonoma, california, to watch a nascar race there with me, unless you don't want me with you, i understand. go to cnn.com/robin for the details. make sure you watch every morning. a homeless man who stood on a billboard has a new house but he also has a new family member. he got national attention and thanks to thousands of dollars in donations, the man and his wife have a new home but their home wasn't the only surprise that he got that day. @@@@@@@@@@@
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we're talking about a homeless man who got a new house after living on top of a billboard. when he got his house, he was also reunited with his long lost daughter. they had not seen each other in ten years.
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>> let her meet my wife person to person, and because she's never really been around my wife. it was almost like when she'd come out of the womb, you know, almost a fainting experience. >> his daughter lives in north carolina and heard on tv about what her dad was doing in texas. football icon lawrence taylor is in trouble with the law again. he was arrested in new york yesterday and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. joe carter is here with more on that. yeah, really serious charges, and it appears the impact on him is almost immediate. >> you know a lot of people are already assuming guilt, but of course we have to tow the line of we have to wait for all of the facts to come forward. right now we know that lawrence taylor was arrested at a holiday inn in suburban, new york. police say he had sex with an underaged prostitute, a 16-year-old girl, who had run away from home in march. authorities say rasheed davis, a 36-year-old new york man,
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brought the girl to taylor's hotel room against her will. they say davis had beaten the young girl, and handed her over to taylor, who sexually assaulted her. the girl sent text messages to her uncle who then went to the police. taylor's attorney says his client did not have sex or rape anyone and that he denies all the charges. >> my client was in town to work. he was going to play some golf with some friends and he was going to work and then this nightmare unfolded before him. lawrence taylor did not rape anybody. am i clear? >> very vocal and very straightforward. i didn't see any dancing around there. >> no dancing around, very, very convinced that his client is going to be freed of all charges and taylor will be back in court june 10th so we'll see then. >> when i mentioned that the impact was almost immediate on taylo taylor, nutrisystem has severed its relationship with lawrence taylor this morning.
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>> hmm. we've seen that happen with a lot of athletes, as soon as they get in trouble, former athletes their sponsors go away quickly. another story i have is danny ainge, president of basketball operations for the boston celtics has been fined 25 grand for tossing a towel during a game. watch the video, see the spot shadow he tosses it during the free-throw which he's trying to distract the player from the other team and that's a no-no. he is a higher up for the boston celtics. you'd expect better of him. the two teams will play again tonight and we'll see if he tries anything. mascots gate way with that stuff. i don't know why he couldn't. >> maybe he really just throw it up in exasperation. frustration. thank you. >> you bet. okay, how about a personal money coach? well, let's move forward here. uh-huh. take a listen to jim and cindy's story to see what advice clark howard has for them. >> hi, i'm jim and this is my
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wife, cindy. our question is, how do we get command of our mortgage? >> jim purchased this house for $155,000 on an interest-only loan. >> the original plan was to have the no-interest loan and as the prices were going to go up, refinance, and either sell it or get a good 30-year mortgage. now that's all changed. >> the house is worth much less, approximately $43,000. we still owe $155,000. jim is unemployed. we called the mortgage company, basically they couldn't offer any help. to go to another company and try to refinance, they won't talk to you either because you don't have a paycheck. he doesn't, and it's in his name. >> what we want is a reduced payment or a modification possibly of our loan, something different that we can afford to be here. clark, what should we do now? >> jim and cindy, this is a real toughie, becausereality, you
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can't handle this home payment right now being unemployed. second, you're upside down by a massive amount in this loan, interest-only loans, they're a bad deal anyway, as you now understand. what should you do? the lenders all have their hands full and even if your lender turns you down on any kind of modification before, approach them again. see if you can get help from them. try the makinghomeaffordable.gov website. what you need to do is buy time. lenders are overwhelm would how many houses they have to deal with, the reality is you are way down the list before they are going to do anything like put you out on the street. what you want to do is use the time you have in front of you to see if you can find another job. that may help you right the financial ship. also the lender that was unwilling before may now be
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good morning. i was just telling the crew, don't forget it's mother's day on sunday. but today it's friday. i'm robin meade. the stock market went into a freefall yesterday. at one point the dow was down nearly 1,000 and may it may have been because of a simple typo. are you kidding me? also ahead, neighborhood streets in nashville are lined with flood-soaked furniture. some country music stars have stepped up to help with the relief effort. a suspect led cops on a chase through the streets and through front yards. you'll hear what happened to the person in the passenger seat. first, though, new this
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morning. a four-story containment dome is closer to fitting over a blown out well in the gulf of mexico. bp says once it is in place it could trap 85% of that oil that is gushing out and then funnel the oil up to a tanker. about 210,000 gallons of crude oil a day, did i say 210,000 gallons of crude oil a day has been spilling since the rig exploded last month. correspondent richard lui will show you how the dome is supposed to work and what happens if it does not. wall street is coming off one of its worst days ever. now, investigators are looking at whether it could have been caused by a typo. one possibility is that a trader may have put in a sell order for $16 billion, with a "b," instead of $16 million. well, whatever the reason, computer rise selling kicked in and kicked in hard and the dow lost almost 1,000 points and did
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later recover two-thirds of that loss. you're kidding me. nuthing to stop something as simple as human error from making that happen. jennifer westhoven? >> that's the trouble when you involve humans, robin. they have human error. >> it's also the trouble when you involve an automated system because when something like that happe happens, there are automatic sells that go into place, correct? >> in a way, that's why people set up the automatic sells to take the human error out of the picture. they want to protect you in case something happens and make sure some of your money has been safe and in this case it may have been human error that started the whole thing off. because it was in a stock that was in the elite dow, only 30 stocks in that, it was a huge cascade effect. the dow was only at and we don't even know that's what happened. we don't know it was human error. we don't know where this trade
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happened. but we do know that within minutes the dow was off almost 1,000 points. it didn't make any sense to people, that's why so many people are saying this had to be a mistake. more than $1 trillion lost on paper in u.s. stocks. now, basically, because it triggered all these program trades, even though maybe you didn't make any trades and you think y don't watch the stock market like that, please, i have a life going on here. i'm probably not affected. but it may be a mutual fund was affected or some place where you keep money was affected. most of the major exchanges say they are going to try to back out, exit out all those trades. >> it is going to try to make it a wash. >> the federal government is looking into it. >> oh, the feds are looking into it, okay. thank you very much, more on that. nashville kids are going back to school today after horrible floods, but the recovery is going to take so long for some people. the owner of this house, for
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example, says that she was trapped inside, surrounded by water when she saw smoke. she and her dog were rescued by a guy on a jet ski seconds before the house exploded. some areas of downtown nashville have reopened but you won't believe the mess that is left behind by the floods in some places. city crews are getting ready to haul away people's soaked and smelly stuff. >> is that your life going away? >> yes, sure it. >> what do you think? >> it's hard to watch it. this is everything we own ♪ all our broken dreams out of these ashes ♪ >> i love me some steven curtis chapman. a long list of country and christian stars are trying to help nashville's recovery. they helped a nashville tv
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station telethon last night. they raised almost $2 million for flood relief. the pictures are still unbelievable. you know what, days later, we're still getting in these pictures that we have not seen before. to find out how you can make a difference to people in tennessee, go to our website, cnn.com/robin and hit the impact your world link. times square bombing investigators are looking for a currier who may have funneled cash to the suspect. now, a federal law enforcement source tells our sister network cnn that faisal shahzad brought more than 80,000 bucks into the united states over several years. now, it might have paid for the suv and the mroexplosives. officials want to know if that cash came from militants like the pakistan militant. lawrence taylor was arrested in new york yesterday charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. joe carter is here now with a new detail, as well.
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this is already impacting him when it comes to his visibility nationally. >> yeah, exactly, robin. he was a national tv spokesperson for nutri system and the company this morning decided to drop taylor. based on the severity of the allegations, they made the decision to sever their relationship with lawrence taylor effective immediately. he was arrested at a holiday inn in suburban new york thursday morning. now, police say taylor had sex with an underage prostitute, a 16-year-old girl who had run away from home in march. rashied davis, a 36-year-old new york man brought the girl to tayl taylor's hotel room davis had beat on the young girl and handed her over to taylor who sexually assaulted her. later the girl sent text messages to her uncle who then went to the police. taylor is charged with third degree rape but is a free man after posting $75,000 bail. taylor's attorney said his
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client did not have sex or rape anyone and that he denies all the charges. >> it is such, it's a bad story all the way around. the accusations against him. you know, you think about a 16-year-old under the control, allegedly of a pimp. it is just sad all the way around as we get more details, whether it is true or not. some of the grab and go lettuce mixes are being recalled. it has been connected to an e. coli outbreak. now, 19 people have gotten sick. the lettuce ended up in restaurants, store salad bars in oronge on the map. now, for more information on the recall, go to cnn.com/robben and the important websites section. all right. seven minutes past the hour. let's find out how things are going in terms of capping the oil leak that's in the gulf of mexico. bob's going to show you a map that is depicting what, bob? >> where the oil is located for
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today and then i'll show you the forecast for what it looks like for the afternoon because winds are really not that bad, which is good news. here's how the oil shapes up for today. here's new orleans and you can see some of the oil ending right by the chandler sound and getting back across the delta and mississippi and stretching back off to the west. what about the weather as they drop that down into place today, doesn't look too bad. the winds are not quite as bad as they have been. still looking for a south wind at 10, 15 knots. so far this is all miles per hour. i have sewnly seen 13 miles per hour out of the south. not that bad of a weather day. that is cooperating. now, what's not cooperating is the heavy rain across iowa. warm front lifting up out of the south and below it, dry for most of the day and the flood warnings still posted for parts of kentucky and tennessee and line of showers and thunderstorms but it won't be as heavy as you had over the weekend. the heavy rain over the weekend
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around chicago and stretching into saginaw and detroit by later this afternoon. severe thunderstorms, though, a possibility, especially in spots that we put in yellow. that's a moderate risk area for the day and appears mostly gusty winds and large hail and right now we're watching the back side of that to have snow pile up to a good two to four inches and maybe as much as five when you gets to parts like the u.p. of michigan and wisconsin. let me take you live to lax. traveling out west. good day for the west coast. l.a. 75 degrees the high temperature and 65 up in san francisco and no travel problems here. all in the midwest with the travel problems at the airport. good look at lax. there you go, good morning to you guys in l.a. >> thank you. you could pay a whole lot less when you try to get your own money out of the atm. how dare they try to charge you 6 bucks or something like that.
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today's salute to the troops goes to command master chief tony polanco. he is on his fifth deployment now. his wife says that this one is especially hard because he's missing their daughter's college graduation and their son's high school graduation. >> good morning, robin. my name is amy polanco and i would like to send a big salute to my wonderful husband. he is currently on his fifth deployment serving in afghanistan. i hate that he is going to be away from me for the next year, but i know he is the very best person for his awesome responsibilities and i'm just so, so proud of him. i would also like to thank all of our selfless servicemen and women for their families for all their sacrifices. >> if you have somebody in the service, say thank you to them. go to cnn.com/robin. so, you go to the atm, you take out your own money, there's nobody there to help you, it's a
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machine. and they hit you for taking out your own money for $2 or something like this or worse. well, the lawmakers don't like it, they're proposing there is a cap on it. jennifer westhoven, i'm bias about this story, too. how dare you charge me for my money. >> and way more than cost. but now we finally get a sense of what cost really is. i mean, come on, your bank charges you to get your own money out. they're not paying rent or a teller. i know there is a cost, but, really, really, is it $5 or $6. one new york senator says it only costs the bank about 36 cents. he wants to cap the atm fees at 50 cents. banks would still make a 28% profit. one threatens there will beatms consumer reports says now
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that the lexus gx460 is fixed it is lifting its don't buy warning. toyota stopped selling these $60,000 suvs after consumer reports issued the rare warning saying they could tip over on fast turns. since then, though, consumer reports says it anonymously took in its vehicle, it had a lexus that it was testing to get the software fix and once they had it fixed when they retested it on the track, it did pass. they're lifting the don't buy warning. robin, back to you. >> okay, all right. some people say that 50 is the new 40, right? 30 is the new 20. but i talked to debbie, a comedian and the founder of stillababe.com. don't let a number dictate your hotness in this live better now. >> i like your point that you think there's no expiration date on sexy. do you mean when we're 80 and decrepe udand saying i just want burnt toast we're still sexy?
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right now bp is lowering a huge metal dome 5,000 feet into the gulf of mexico trying to cap a leaking oil well. now, it is the first time that they've used this equipment so deep in the ocean. correspondent richard lui is joining us now. let's talk about the pressures the farther down there you get. >> the pressures get very high, robin. this is not going to be an easy process, what we want to get across. basically lowered off a barge you see here and guide this 100 ton dome trying to hit a point that is 5,000 feet below the sea surface, if it lands on the leak
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it will attach a hose at the top of this dome and try to pump the oil to a surface barge that is on top. this technology has been around for some 30 years but new technologies have enabled construction of this dome to be faster and hopefully greater durability. certainly the pressure at this depth is enough to crush a submarine, robin. >> what? >> we're talking about very difficult situations here. >> so what are they doing, then, to get rid of the millions of gallons of oil that is already in the water? >> bp is still doing some control burns that we were talking about last week. this is video from one that happened yesterday and booms also continue to be deployed to block oil from reaching land or some of the marshlands there. but choppy waters could make these floating walls ineffective. >> what i see from these booms, anything above 15 knot wind, it's over. it's not going to serve its purpose.
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>> the other problem here, robin, how deep the oil is in the water. this is under water video we got in overnight and what appears to be residue from the spill and most of the booms only go inches under water. so, that stuff could easily slip underneath, robin. >> thank you so much. even if the boom gets down there, not the boom, but the cap gets down there, there's still a lot of pressures and unknowns it seems like. not everyone is happy about the plans to build a new mosque in new york city. the main problem is where it's going to be. and then some students walked out of school protesting against their classmates who wore red, white and blue. ooh.
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the ash cloud from iceland could still cause more problems. the irish aviation authority said the cloud is about 1,000 miles wide and growing by the hour. a few of our headlines we're talking about today. but first, how are you, doll? i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. let's get you more details about the oil spill in the gulf and how it could affect people all over the country. correspondent richard lui is joining us. what should you do if you have a vacation planned or maybe this summer. >> the weather is getting good down there, robin. one alderman wanted to stress here, it's business as usual on their beaches. >> the watters are fine, people are out boating and people are on the beaches. the oil is way out. >> well, he says hotels, casinos and charter boat captains are reporting a steady increase in cancellations, but then "usa today" is reporting that hotels in the new orleans area are busier than they were last year
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at this time. 67% full right now compared to 53% last year. so, robin, we have to wait and see how this long-term impact will affect the area. >> what if you love sea food and you're thinking that's how i'm impacted by this. i like to buy sea food and i bet a lot of it comes from there. >> one man loves it so much, robin, he bought 75 pounds of shrimp at one time. he says that will just last him one year, just in case the shrimping season is ruined by the spill. but one dealer says that bulk buying is driving some of the prices up. >> everybody started buying all the shrimp because they were scared of othis hit there would be no shrimp left. everybody added 50 cents to $1 a pound. >> now, the flip side, he said his bigger worry at the moment is this selling streak will dry up in the next few weeks and no one will be buying anything after that, robin. >> i wonder if that will be the case because people will be too
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concerned about the oil being in the water that long. breaking news today, the government is saying the april unemployment rate rose, unfortunately, 290,000 jobs were created, the most in four years. so, you got a little of what sounds like bad news and a little what sounds like good news. the jobless rate has held steady since january, so, it ticked upward. but we do have some job creation. jennifer westhoven is crunching those numbers. i'd like for her to kind of make sense of it all and give us some context of in the big picture, what does it mean for your personal economy. british prime minister gordon brown wants to keep his job. earlier this morning he arrived at his office, no party won a majority of the seats in yesterday's election there. now, the leader of the majority party is chosen as the prime minister. now, brown says he wants to form a coalition with other parties. a group of military wives and moms got a first-hand look at what it's like to be a marine.
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>> that felt so good. i shot a gun. >> yes, you did. they took part in the annual jane wayne day. it was especially important for one mom who lost her son in combat last year. >> brings me a little bit closer to what he experienced. i kind of feel like i'm sharing something with him now. >> well, about 30 marine units are sponsoring a jane w, yne day this year. a nashville woman and her 4-year-old daughter were glad to know a swim coach when water surrounded their house on saturday. after hearing the pair were trapped the coach drove to their neighborhood and jumped in the water. he put the little girl on a floating ottoman as she was clinging there. meanwhile, neighbors and rescuers had been getting canoes ready, so they spotted the ottoman and pulled everybody to safety. two people are missing in tennessee in the wake of the floods. one of them is 29-year-old danny
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tomlinson. he was last seen when his car ran into high waters. >> he was wonderful. he loved god. he was a wonderful son and wonderful brother. >> please, god, guide us. if he is in the water, which i don't want to think that. guide us to him. for closure. >> i cannot imagine. the other missing man is 18-year-old daniel alexander brown. he disappeared while tubing on a creek on sunday. stories like this are still coming in. it's hard to believe, you know, almost a week after that big storm hit. do they still have some drying out time, bob? >> they do. good weather for the last couple days, robin. but the flood warnings are still in place, mainly west of the nashville area. you get immediately to the west and look at all these counties that are just aglow with flood
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warnings and that's a good chunk of kentucky, too, all the way down through tennessee. dry for the next 12 to 18 hours, but later tonight, i'm thinking might get showers and thunderstorms breaking away and not a solid sheet of rain and the rain in place stretching through chicago and lower parts of michigan and zero in towards that chicago radar and brief little dry spot right now and rain off to the west and that cycles in later this morning calling for half inch of rain underneath those persistent downpours. get over to the east farther and most of the rain north of ft. wayne and indiana. later this afternoon if we see daytime heating at all, we don't need it. powerful cold front driving down right through the great lakes with area of low pressure to the north. moderate chance of severe thunderstorms today, ohio, indiana, and then a slight risk going all the way down into texas. gusty winds. that will be the main deal out of that. look at the rain switching over to snow for north dakota and it's coming down very quickly right now. six to ten inches of snow total.
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later this evening that snow filters into northern wisconsin and u.p. of michigan. let me take you live to washington, d.c., looks like the east coast is dry today, but that cold front moves in later today. d.c. your high 72 to 75 and lots of sunshine and the winds really not that bad, but, who has the worst weather in the country today? going into a friday afternoon, the worst weather, it's got to be somewhere around the ohio valley, right? calling for columbus, ohio, to have the worst weather in the country this afternoon. severe thunderstorms, good chance of that. winds gusting to 45 miles per hour today. 55-mile-per-hour wind gusts tomorrow afternoon. severe weather not until this afternoon. columbus, ohio, worst weather in the country. nfl hall of famer lawrence taylor is facing a rape charge and is already hurting him financially. we'll dig deeper into the legal case against him. then a man used to make his bed on the streets and now he has a new house, thanks to help
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to feed wild birds. call 1-800-birdola for more information. profootball legend and hall of famer lawrence taylor has been arrested on rape charges. "in session" host ryan smith is joining us. thank you, appreciate you being here. what a mess this apparently he is in. whether the allegations are true or not. because he had some legal problems before. >> he had many legal problems. lawrence taylor had in the past three drug arrests and arrest for tax evasion and he has a lot in his past. in this case, a third degree rape charge which in new york is statutory rape. the allegation is that a person
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over 21 lawrence taylor had sex with someone under 17. all you have to prove is that they had sex and the person was under 17. if you do that then he's guilty and he faces up to five years in jail. >> as far as i can tell, there are problems for both sides in this case, in terms of credibility and believability for both sides, basically. i mean f she were under the control of a pimp and they regularly get customers, i mean, does it look like they're targeting him? >> that's the allegation on taylor's side and from his people, that he's been targeted here. but the thing is, you still have to look at the statutory rape claim, that's a problem for him. that's a very big problem. now, on the other side, lawrence taylor had arrests and lots of criminal run-ins and that could be a problem if he's ultimately found guilty, there is a chance he can get probation but might look at his past record and say you have these past criminal
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sxakts we can consider that in whether we find you guilty and charge that maximum time. >> i was surprised at how forcefulforc forcefully his lawyer came out swinging yesterday. but there was no dancing around. >> no. you know what, that's a bit of a surprise because in these cases a lot of times a lawyer will say, we will reserve comment for now but deny all these charges and come out with something a little bit less strong. but his lawyer came out swinging saying my client did not have sex and did not have any interaction with this woman and that is taking a stand. if you jump out and say that immediately and ultimately proven wrong, that could harm his credibility and his lawyer's credibility. lawrence taylor said i had nothing to do with this woman and i was not involved in any way. >> it is a mess. >> it is a mess on both sides, especially from the young girl's perspentive to be put in this situation. >> here is a person under age
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not only under age and away from home, allegedly, but under the control of a pimp. >> she was a run away. apparently the allegation is that this man somehow attached himself to her and somehow beat her and then brought her to lawrence taylor's room which is really just, just troubling on all sides of this. >> it really is. thank you so much, ryan smith from "in session." just in this morning, the economy added 290,000 jobs last month. but the jobless rate rose to 9.9%. now, i need some context on this. i'm not sure whether to be excited that we added nearly 300,000 jobs or depressed that it ticked upward in terms of the job less. >> a little excitement, robin, is okay. these are definitely just what you said, two conflicting signals. you can't walk away and say, we're healed, but we did have some real signs of improvement. that job creation, 2 90,000
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jobs, that is nuthing to sneeze at. that's real progress. much better than what we were doing. the first time we had two months of back-to-back job gains since the recession started but at the same time we're seeing some job creation, but it's not happening fast enough. still millions of americans who want to work, who are able to work, who can work but they just can't find any place to do it and that's what we see in the unemployment rate getting worse. so, improvement. things are still very fragile and that's why people are still concerned about what is happening in greece. thousands of miles away, but all our banking systems are together. another thing to keep together, these are two very separate surveys, very separate methodologies and that's why they don't move in lock step. that gives us a better picture of what is going on as opposed to a more simplistic one. that's how jobs are doing. a little better.
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what we're talking about this week, too, spring cleaning and your money. this is one of the best times of the year to buy appliances. refr refrigerators go on clearance sale right now. you can save hundreds of dollars because refrigerators are so expensive. the stores basically just want the old one out. hey, they're still brand-new refrigerators. you can save a lot of money and top it off with a tax rebate to boot. do your homework, we have a link on our website, cnn.com/robin so you can see where you live and if there's a state rebate program going on. robben? >> thank you, good advice. i want to tell you about something that starts on monday. a brand-new sweepstakes. up to speed with robin meade and we're going to give you the nascar word of the day. actually one of your favorite nascar drivers is going to say a word and you go and send it right in and every day there are going to be prizes, but the grand prize, honey, a three day,
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dozens of students walked out of class over five teens sent home for wearing american flag shirts on cinco de mayo. it got pretty tense outside that north california high school. many of the protesters thought that those classmates were disrespectful by wearing red, white and blue instead of honoring mexican heritage. one boy who did get sent home said that is a double standard. >> if they made them, like all
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the hispanic americans take off their red, white and green, i wouldn't have a problem with it. >> if people can wear a mexican flag in america, we should wear an american flag wherever we want to ge. >> everybody has a right to dee who they are and we have a right to be in america. >> the teens say the vice principal told them they could have worn the clothes any other day. it is investigating. but you know what, a lot of you have a strong opinion about this, you're welcome to voice it because we give the news, but you give your views. go to cnn.com/robin and hit the facebook option. we just spoke with ryan smith from "in session" about lawrence taylor after he was accused of raping a girl in new york. joe carter can here with new details on another angle. >> he is a national spokesperson for nutrasystem and the company
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said they're going to drop him. based on the severity of the allegations, they decided to end their relationship with lawrence taylor effective immediately. as wu told you, police said taylor had sex with an underage prostitute, a 16-year-old girl who ran away from home in march. rashied davis, the girl's pimp brought her against her will. davises had beaten the young girl and then handed her over to taylor who sexually assaulted her. later the young girl sent text messages to her uncle who went to police. taylor strongly denies all the charges. >> my client was in town to work and play golf and then this nightmare unfolded in front of him. lawrence taylor did not rape anybody. am i clear? >> lawrence taylor will be back in court on june 10th. president of basketball operations for the celtics. he was fined 25 grand for an odd
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thing he did during a playoff game. he threw a towel up during a free throw. that is not allowed. they fined him $25,000. >> that's a lot for a towel. >> i wonder if a fan did it or mascot did it, they would kick them out or fine them. who knows. they'll play again tonight. there's danny ainge right there. byrnes was let go by the seattle mariners last weekend and he joined a new team. a reriational softball league. he decided to play because some buddies of his were on the team, as well. he is still going to get paid $11 million from his own major league team. [ wheezing ]
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good friday morning to you. it is 9:00 eastern, but west coasters, i know, you're up very early. you're very impressive. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on. what in the world was up or down with the stock market. it went through a freefall yesterday. at one point it was down nearly 1,000 points. get this, it may have all been caused by a typo. also ahead, neighborhood streets in nashville are lined with flood-soaked furniture right now. some country music stars have stepped up to help with the relief effort. our top story, though, could one of wall street's worst days ever been caused by a typo?
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it's what investigators are looking into anyway. one possibility is that a trader may have put a sell order for $16 billion with a "b" instead of 16 million. i guess that would be more zeros. but whatever the reason computerized selling kicked in and the dow lost almost 1,000 points and later recovered two-thirds of that loss. the big plunge, though, caused sheer panic for investors before the markets gradually bounced back. money expert jennifer west hoven is here now to show us how it happened moment by moment. isn't it hard to believe, i mean, one thing could send it that low? >> yeah. this was absolute chaos. even now wall street is pretty baffled trying to figure out exactly what happened. now, because this was a stock in the elite dow 30, it really caused all kinds of problems. the market already down on these fears about the greek economy, their spiraling violence on the streets there, that may be thousands of miles away and the
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banking system is interconnected. the fear is that is spreading to other european countries. we were already in a situation where the dow was off 200 points and you had a lot of frayed nerves and then suddenly this spike, this freefall and that caused mayhem on the trading floors. panic. you do not want panic on the trading floors. the dow was off almost 1,000 points. more than $1 trillion lost on paper in u.s. stocks. but here's the thing, all because of a typo, right. because of all these programmed trades that are meant to safeguard your money may have made things worst. people may have lost money. some of the major exchanges are willing to back out many of those trades, robin, so that people don't lose their shirts because, basically, it was all a matter of completely wrong prices. i saw a story that said sam adams, at one time that company's stock was worth a penny. >> oh, my gosh! so they're trying to back utout
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of these. what about the people who got in at a penny. >> they won't be able to get that trade. >> i understand it, yeah. nashville kids are going back to school today and parts of downtown are reopening after the horrible floods. you won't believe the mess left behind in some areas. the owner of this house said she was trapped inside, surrounded by water when she saw smoke. she and her dog were rescued by a guy on jet skis seconds before the house exploded into flames. ♪ i don't seem to understand but i know ♪ >> very nice, allison krause. vince gill, keith urban, naomi judd and many others helped at a telethon last night. they raised almost $2 million for flood relief. to find out how you can make a difference for people in
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tennessee, go to our website, cnn.com/robin and hit the impact your world link. you know some of those grab and go lettuce mixes, they are being recalled. freshway romaine lettuce has been connected to an e. coli outbreak. 19 people have gotten sick. the lettuce ended up in restaurants, store salad bars and delis, as well, in the states in orange here. if i could talk, for more information on the recall, go to cnn.com/robin and that's under the important website section. new this morning a four-story containment dome is closer to being fitted over that blown out well in the gulf of mexico. oil company bp says that once it is in place, it could trap as much 85% of the oil gushing out and funnel it upward to a tanker. about 210,000 gallons of crude a day has been spilling since the rig exploded last month. in less than 15 minutes here, correspondent richard lui will
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show you how that dome is supposed to work, but what happens if it does not? football great lawrence taylor is in trouble with the law, again. he was arrested in new york yesterday and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. now, joe carter is here with a new detail. i should point out that when i spoke with the legal expert that this is the third degree rape, which in new york basically means a statutory rape. so, joe, this has already cost him, though, a national tv sponsorship. >> he was a national tv sponsor for nutrisystem and they said they're dropping him. based on the severity of the allegations, they made the decision to sever their relationship with mr. taylor effective immediately. now, he was arrested at a holiday inn in suburban new york thursday. police say taylor had sex with an underage prostitute, a 16-year-old girl who ran away from home. the girl's pimp, a 36-year-old new york man brought her to
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taylor's hotel room against her will. now, later the girl decided to send text messages to her uncle, who then alerted police. now, taylor this morning is charged with third degree rape, statutory rape, but he is a free man this morning after he posted $75,000 in bail. his attorney says his client did not have sex with anybody or rape anybody and that he denies all the charges, robin. >> i mean, just a mess all the way around. wow. thank you. times square bombing investigators are looking for a currier who may have funneled cash to the suspect. a federal law enforcement source told our sister network cnn that faisal shahzad brought more than $80,000 into the united states over several years. now, it might have paid for the suv and explosives. officials want to know if the cash came from militants like the pakistani taliban. what is today's date? i have to ask because -- wait,
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let me check. i have to ask because some areas are talking about freezing weather and on may 7th. give me a break! >> i love you how you get outraged by it. you're from ohio, like you've never seen snow in may before. it is a pain in the neck. the blue is rain and white all snow. the cold air driving down out of canada is just spilling through the northern part of the plains and you can see what we have. we have the snow out there. winter-type weather since it is spring and northern parts of north dakota and you can see about six to ten inches of snow there and later this evening it filters into northern parts of wisconsin and the u.p. of michigan and two to five inches of snow is a possibility there. big, drastic temperature change there. temperatures in the 60s and 70s and that's that oronge and yellow color and look how quickly it changes. 34 in bismarck and 30 in
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billings, montana. essentially change all the rain to snow. calling for two to five, that's that dark shaded blue. could get a little more snow there and maybe two to five at the most. the other big story below that, lots of strong thunderstorm action. most rolling down south to chicago into the city itself but staying away from the flooded areas themselves. let me show you video not weather related, but pretty cool. video from london, england. a unique way to present the election and the results last night. projected them on the big side of big pen. >> what did they do? >> the election results on the side of big ben. >> first time they have ever done that because of the three parties. >> nobody won a majority, so, basically, they have to do a coalition thing. >> look, it's big ben parliament. >> this has what to do with weather? >> just thought it was cool. >> just teasing. you could be paying a whole
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today our military salute goes to command master chief tony polanco who is on his fifth deployment. his wife says this one is really hard for him because he's missing their daughter's college graduation and their son's high school graduation. >> good morning, robin. my name is amie polanco and i would like to send a big salute to my husband tony polanco who is currently on his fifth deployment in afghanistan. i hate that he will be away from me for the next year but i know he is the very best person for his awesome responsibility and i am so, so proud of him. i would like to thank all our
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selfless servicemen and women and their families for all their sacrifices. >> thank you so much. maybe you have somebody you love in the service, as well. go to cnn.com/robin. you go the atm to take out some of your own money. there's nobody standing there helping you. it's a machine. and, yet, you are charged $2 for your own money. well, now some lawmakers say, let's not get crazy. how about a cap on those. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> you know i love this story, robin. there are two sides, but i'm not on the bank's side. >> the person with some money. >> i mean, to get your own money. i know that it's got to be cheaper, i know it costs something, right, upkeep, rent, maintenance, but it's still cheaper than going to the bank. one new york senator says, guess how much it costs your bank? 36 cents on average and you know they charge more than that. senator chuck schumer of new york wants to cap atm fees at 50
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cents. hey, banks will still make a 28% profit there. that's a good profit margin. no kaucomment from banks. if that happens, there will be fewer atms. i'm shaking. all right, i'm teasing. new this morning, consumer reports says now that the lexuses gx460 is fixed, it is lifting that don't buy warning. now, you may remember that toyota stopped selling them. this is a $60,000 suv we're talking about after consumer reports issued this very rare warning saying it might tip over on turns. well, since all the hubbub about it, toyota took a second look at the lexus and they started updating the software in the electronic stability software basically. consumer reports said they anonymously took their vehicle in and got it fixed and when they retested it on the track, it did just fine. that's pitching great tom
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glavine watching his son's little league practice. now, you might be surprised at what he has to say. >> you know, i wouldn't let a kid at 11 years old throw a breaking ball. i never threw a breaking ball until i got to high school. >> why does he say that because the breaking ball, also known as the curveball, puts too much stress on preteen elbows. >> over time we're seeing an epidemic of baseball injuries and shoulder and elbow injuries. >> that often means surgery and pitching careers over before they've even started. >> i think at this young age teach them how to throw a fastball for strikes and a change-up and just teach them how to pitch and don't worry about the curveball, there's plenty of time for that. >> problem is young players are also getting injured because they're throwing too many pitches each outing or playing too many innings per game. hard when professional baseball is such a draw. >> i want to be a professional baseball player. >> it's my dream. >> but many young players and coaches don't always get this
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message. play less to play longer. >> those who are getting significant injuries at 19 or 20 years old, you can usually trace it back to overuse as 12 and 13 years old. >> a lot of kids are playing one sport and playing it year round. >> growing up glavine took a break from baseball to play hockey and gave his arm a rest and he thinks that may have contributed to his long baseball career. he hopes the little leaguers catch on. >> don't throw curveballs. >> yeah, that's not good. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, atlanta. it's monday, some people will stick with their old way of getting vitamins and minerals. others will try incredible total raisin bran. with 100% of the daily value of 11 essential vitamins and minerals,
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right now bp is lowering a huge metal dome 5,000 feet into the gulf of mexico trying to cap a leaking oil well. it is the first time they used this equipment so deep in the ocean. correspondent richard lui is joining us now. let's talk about the pressures the further down there you get. >> the pressures get very high, robin. this is not going to be an easy process, is what we want to get across. lowered off a barge that we see here and guide this 100-ton dome via remote control trying to hit a point that is 5,000 feet below the sea surface. now, if it lands on the leak, as you see here, it will attach a hose at the top of this dome and then will try to pump the oil to a surface barge on top. this technology has been around
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for some 30 years, but new technologies have enabled construction of this dome to be faster and hopefully greater durability. certainly the pressure at this depth is enough to crush a submarine, robin. so, we're talking about a very difficult situation here. >> oh, my word. so, what are they doing then to get rid of the millions of gallons of oil that is already in the water. >> that's on the surface, yeah. well, bp is still doing some controlled burns we were talking about last week. this is video from one that we saw yesterday and booms also continue to be deployed to block oil from reaching land or some of the marshlands there. but choppy waters could make these floating walls ineffective. >> what i see from these booms, anything above a 15 knot wind, it's over. it's not going to serve its purpose. >> now, the other problem here, robin, how deep the oil is in the water. this is underwater video we got in overnight and what appears to be residue from the spill and most of the booms only go inches
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under water. so, that stuff could easily slip underneath, robin. >> richard, thank you. 20 minutes after the hour. if you're watching us right now from the terminal, let's find out how the flights are going to go. hi, bob. >> pretty good with the exception of the great lakes chicago, o'hare specifically 45-minute delay. live look at chicago right now. so far, so good. look at the wet roads. heavy downpours moved through the city and midway and o'hare just a couple hours ago and now the rain is headed back. saber flight explorer and that's ground level. here's lake michigan and here comes the rain, one more time. midway and o'hare off to the west and see delays continue for the americaning. here's what we have, chicago 1:45 minutes at o'hare and cleveland later today, big-time thunderstorms. same with detroit, cincinnati, you're going to get the storms and the wind and orlando sea breeze, thunderstorms for orlando today and minneapolis
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good morning. the new york stock exchange is open for business and you can bet that investors are, well, they're probably nervous after yesterday's tumble. so, we're going to see what happens today. we'll go live to the new york stock exchange in a few for a live report. crews are closer to getting a four-story containment dome fitted over a blown out well in the gulf of mexico. oil company bp says that once it's in place it could trap as much as 85% of the oil and funnel it up to a tanker. we should know if it works in a few days. well, this is a relief, the u-haul moving truck that was left on a bridge, a new york bridge on wednesday night was
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not terarism related. officials say the truck was likely stolen. they believe the driver hopped out and ran when he realized he was approaching a check point. ireland has reopened a half dozen airports shut down overnight by volcanic ash clouds, but officials warn that the cloud from iceland could still cause more problems. the irish aviation authority says that the ash cloud is about 1,000 miles wide and growing by the hour. good morning. it's friday, in case you forgot. hope that makes you feel better. i'm robin meade, always glad to have you with us. kentucky is now facing historic flooding and the coast guard says that the western part of the state will see its worst flooding in 200 years. the water could crest this weekend. much of the area is rural and people's farms have been flooded. meanwhile, rescuers are searching for two missing kayakers who disappeared in the fast-moving water. two people are missing in tennessee in the wake of those floods and one of them is
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19-year-old danny tomlinson. he was last seen when his car ran into high waters. >> he was wonderful. he loved god. he was a wonderful son and wonderful brother. >> please, god, guide us, guide us, you know, if he is in the water, which i don't want to think that, guide us to him. you know, for closure. >> how awful. the other missing man is 18-year-old daniel alexander brown. he disappeared while tubing on a creek on sunday. ♪ so, here you are now no where to turn ♪ keith urban is one in a long list of country stars who helped a national tv station to raise $2 million for flood relief last night. president obama called brad paisley last night and asked him to spread the word that fema is
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there and ready to help. paisley told anderson cooper that nashville will recover. >> you go through these neighborhoods and it's horrific to see what we're seeing but it's amazing to see the volunteers that have come out, i mean, i've never seen anything like it. >> we have been driving around here and i cannot believe the way people, they're showing up out of no where just to volunteer when they hear that an area has been hit. that's what this town is all about. this is just great people here. i have lived here since '93 and these are some of the most giving folks you will ever meet. >> to find out how you can make a difference and help people in tennessee, go to our website. go to cnn.com/robin and hit the impact your world link. wow, this is in athens greece yesterday. people were upset about the lawmakers passing some unpopular budget cuts. now, the government is doing things like cutting salaries and
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imposing new taxes to secure billions in loans. three people were killed when a bank was fire bombed earlier this week. a homeless man in texas who stood on a billboard to spread awareness about the homeless community has a new home and he's reunited with his daughter. he got national attention for getting on the billboard and thanks to thousands of dollars in donations, the man and his wife have a home. well, then his daughter surprised him after not seeing him for ten years. >> meet person to person because she's never really been around my woif. it was almost like when she came out of the womb. >> the man's next goal, he says, is to find a job. sounds like he's getting a good start on his life, another start. 34 minutes past the hour. let's talk right now about the weather and a flood threat. i do not like to hear this and i
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know you don't either, especially after we had a very bad weekend for floods for some of oour viewers last weekend. bob, where now? >> same spot. this is from the rain leftover. that's how hard it was from saturday and sunday of last week. all that action still out there and these are all flood warnings western parts of kentucky and tennessee and extends into parts of indiana, too. most of that rain up to the north and that's where it will stay for the better part of the morning. break-away thundershowers late tonight and through tomorrow morning and right now the heaviest rain coming through northern illinois and getting into chicago. chicago are dar. it's not severe. just heavy rain and moving into northern parts of michigan and more rain around central and southern michigan and indiana you're drying out temporarily but with daytime heating and that cold front in place, a good risk of severe thunderstorms and we'll get them in that moderate area and main threat today, to me, appears like gusty winds and large hail. maybe an isolated tornado, but that's what it looks like.
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down south of here, let me show you what it looks like in the gulf of mexico. this is the way the oil leak looks this afternoon. gets into the chandler area right about there. as for the wind, it's really not that bad today. 10 to 15 knot winds. two-foot seas and choppy, that's what they're dealing with right now. wind out of the south and gusting up to the north. what about lax, looks really nice. 75 degrees today in los angeles and 65 in san francisco and dry and not a lot of wind. more on that, robin, in a half hour. >> thank you so much. okay, the latest monthly job's report has wall street hoping for a comeback here. a day after a roller coaster session. roller coaster is right. poppy har low is at the new york stock exchafg. good morning. >> good morning, robin. it's a new day and a new market. opening numbers, we're down 34 points and futures were up and this is not good news following the record drop we saw in the
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middle of the trading day for the dow, down almost 1,000 points and came back and closed down 347 points. still the worst close we've seen in a year. look, the job's number we got this morning was particularly strong, 290,000 jobs added in the u.s. economy in the last month. traders aren't looking at that, robin, they're looking at the violent protests in greece and looking at the european debt crisis and realizing that that affects the global economy and that's why you have stocks off. what's also important to note, robin, this is a friday. the fact that this is a friday is critical because you go into the weekend as an investor not knowing what will happen around the world over the weekend and you're very hesitant to buy stocks and hold them over the weekend. that's why we're watching the numbers closely. dow was off 60 points and now off 31 points getting a little momentum and it looks like it will be a volatile trading day on wall street and a lot of questions about what happened. was there a glitch? did technology get in front of humans in trading?
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we have the trading commission and all the regulators looking into that one and keep a close eye on the numbers. we'll take that with the market down 20 points right now, robin. >> thank you very much, appreciate it. you know, we've told you about students who got kicked out of class for wearing u.s. flag shirts and other clothing items on cinco de mayo. see why that was just the beginning of the controversy. ironman is suiting up for a sequel. can he stand up to mr. moviefone? [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time...
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sex than people your age did ten years ago. that is the finding of a new survey by aarp. now, it surveyed more than 1,600 people. the organization's sex and relationship expert, did you know they had one? people are just worried about their money too much. the survey found that you're not just having less sex, you're enjoying it less, as well, when you have it, at all. since when is 45 part of the aarp? just me? just in time for mother's day a new study is out with the list of the best and worst countries to live in if you're a mom i wonder where the u.s. falls. mr. richard lui, in the next hour. >> the researchers looked at how long women are living, what kind of medical care they get while they are pregnant and wait until you see where the united states came in on that list. wall street just opened a couple moments ago, as you were just saying and we are watching
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what happens after yesterday's roller coaster ride. we'll follow those numbers. robin? >> all right, thank you. you know, it just got easier to fight back when the facts about your finances aren't correct. hln money expert clark howard tells you how. >> i can't even begin to think about how many calls i get weekly from people who are being harassed by bill collectors over bills that are not theirs. i talked about this as the spaghetti method. bill collectors not quite sure who owes them money and they have a name and they look for people the same or similar and it's like throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing if it sticks. the collectors have been trying to intimidate people every which way and getting innocent parties through intimidation to pay bills. a new supreme court ruling, 7-2, vote is really going to throw a new light on bill collectors
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that play fast from the truth. a bill collector who harasses you about a bill that's not yours. the bill clebter better know that it's your debt. in fact, you should demand proof when you're contacted by a bill collector. solid proof. i'm clark howard, for more ways for you to protect yourself, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern on saturday and sundays right here on hln. so you're watching us from the terminal. get away day friday. i hope the getting is good, bob. >> i wish it was a little better for you around chicago. right now o'hare about 1:45 delay because of the rain coming back into the picture. chicago one hour or more and more thunderstorms behind that. calling for that for the entire day. cleveland 30-minute to one-hour delays and same with detroit. i think you'll see gusty winds out of that, as well.
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cincinnati 30-minute to one-hour delays. just a windy, stormy day for the midwest and the lakes. it will slow you down. more on that in a half hour, robin. nfl great lawrence taylor is facing a rape charge and it is already hurting him financially. we're going to dig deeper into the legal case against taylor. [ woman ] can't anything help these itchy allergy eyes?
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dozens of students walked out of class over five teens who were sent home for wearing american flag shirts on cinco de mayo. >> let him go! >> it got pretty tense outside the northern california high school. many of the protesters thought their classmates had been disrepectful by wearing the red, white and blue. one boy got home and said, there
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is a double standard here. >> if they made them, like all the hispanic americans take off their red, white and green also, i wouldn't have a problem with it. >> if people can wear a mexican flag in america, we should be able to wear an american flag wherever we want to go, right? >> i think everybody has the right to be who they are and we are in america. >> the teens say the vice principal told them they could have worn the clothes on any other day and the school district disagrees with how this was all handled and it's investigating. you are sounding off on facebook. theresa writes, only in america can americans be punished for being proud to be an american. from jennifer who is a teacher, it is my job to encourage cultural understanding among teens and i've got to say, this decision was an epic fail. this principal had an opportunity to teach these students and only escalated the problem. have a thought, go to cnn.com/robin and hit the contact us button. you keep writing and we'll keep
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reading. footballi conlawrence taylor is in trouble with the law, again. he was arrested in new york yesterday, charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. joe carter is here now with the detail. wow. >> yeah, robin. this is costing him some money already. he was a national spokesperson for nutrisystem. he is no longer a spokesperson for that company. this morning they say that based on the allegations, the severity of these allegations, they have decided to end their relationship with lawrence taylor, effective immediately. now, police say taylor had sex with an underage prostitute, a 16-year-old girl who had run away from her home in march. authorities say rashied davis, the young girl's pimp brought her to taylor's hotel room in suburban new york against her will. davis had beaten the young girl and handed her over to taylor who sexually assaulted her. later the girl sent text mess e messages to her uncle who then went to the police. earlier robin talked to ryan
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smith from "in session." >> his lawyer came out swinging saying my client did not have sex and did not have any interaction with this woman and that is really taking a stand because in that case if you jump out there and say that immediately and ultimately it's proven wrong, that could harm his credibility, his lawyer's credibility. apparently lawrence taylor told him, i had nothing to do with this woman and i was not involved in any way. >> taylor will be back in court on june 10th. danny ainge is the president of basketball operations for the boston celtics and he was charged $25,000 for tossing a towel in the air. he was doing it to try to distract him. you can't do that. $25,000 is being charged for that towel throw there. pretty expensive stunt. the two teams play again tonight and we'll see if danny ainge gets involved. but eric byrnes used to play outfield for the seattle mariners. he was let go last week and now
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he has joined a new team. a slow pitch recreational softball team. >> you mean the park league, basically. >> yeah, the park league. he joined the softball team with his buddies. it looks like his major league baseball days are probably over, but, get this, he's still going to get paid $11 million for con. so if he saves his money wisely, he can play softball and not have a job for a really long time. >> i think they're going to win the trophy. >> he's the ringer. he's going to win, probably. >> thank you. appreciate it. checking the papers for you, so you don't have to go outside and get them. in "the washington post," survivors of the gulf oil rig that exploded talk about what happened. a coast guard rescuer say his could feel the heat from the fire more than a mile away. "the l.a. times" says two arizona police officers file suit against the new immigration law, illegal immigration law. one says he'll lose years of trust in undocumented communities because of the new
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