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a super bowl special. the play predictions and weather. 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. have a great weekend. hello everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. here are the top stories we're following in the krn "newsroom." new jersey governor chris christie facing new allegations involving the political scandal that rocked his administration pap former port authority official claims he has evidence that shows christie had knowledge of the lane closures at the george washington bridge while it was happening back in september. david wildstein oversaw the lane closures and resigned after allegations surfaced that he and a christie aide ordered them closed, as political payback against the mayor of ft. lee,
new jersey. making the accusation, wildstein's lawyer in a letter to the port authority of new york and new jersey. governor christie's office released a statement saying in part, "mr. wildstein's lawyers confirm what's the governor said all along. he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before they happened." here's what governor christie said at that marathon news conference back in december. >> [ inaudible ]. >> never. no. it wasn't. and, in fact, one of the things i thought was interesting, when you listen to mr. foye's testimony, earlier this week, he said he didn't know about it until friday. now, he's the executive director of the port authority, and no one brought it -- if the traffic was so awful, no one brought it to his attention until the fifth day in. so if it didn't get to the executive director of the port authority, you can be guaranteed
it didn't get to me. a, fact chaactually it didn't g to me and the first i heard about it, reported in the press, in the aftermath of 9 lethe lea of mr. foye's e-mail. i think that's the first i heard of it. certainly after the whole thing was over, before i heard about it. >> an editorial in the "newark star ledger" weighing in on the allegations saying, if this charge proves true, then the governor must resign or be impeached, because that would leave him so drained of credibility, that he could not possibly govern effectively. he would owe it to the people of new jersey to stop the bleeding and quit. and if he should refuse, then the legislature should open impeachment hearings. end quote. keeping a close watch on that story as new developments may arise. all right. now to that deadly volcano eruption in indonesia. we want to warn you some of the
images in this next video might be difficult to watch. this volcano erupted in north sumatra killing at least 14 people. a spokesman says the victims were hit by hot ash. all found a village close to the volcano the crater. this volcano erupted hundreds of times in the past. in january it forced 22,000 people to clear the area. back in this country, in florida, police say evidence in more than 2,000 drug cases across the state may have been tampered with. the investigation centers around a chemist who worked in a police crime lab. >> so far we've identified several dozen evidence submissions where prescription drugs were substituted with over-the-counter medications. as you know, this has the potential of impacting hundreds of drug cases across our state.
>> the chemist has been suspended from his job. the investigation covers cases in 35 of florida's 67 counties. all right. now to those ex boy scout leaders who face serious jailtime for pushing over an ancient flock utah's goblin valley state park. >> wiggle it, just a little bit. >> whew! [ laughter ] >> well it was funny then. at least to them. but now they are facing felony charges. our nick valencia has more. >> reporter: the so-called goblin topplers have been charged with third-degree felonies, charges stemming from an october 2013 incident posted kwlin showing the two men toppinging over a more than 2 million-year-old rock formation. each man has come to his own defense saying they were doing for safety reasons and didn't want a passerby injured by the precariously positioned rocks. both men lost their positions as
scout lewders within the boy scouts because of the alleged incident. if convicted each faces five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. in 24 hour, tens of thousands flocking to metlife stadium in new jersey. it's almost super bowl time, and while fans get excited, security officials are focused on one thing -- safety. they're making sure all the bases are covered. alexander field take as look how they're managing security from the skies. >> reporter: protecting metlife stadium and patrolling the spectacular airspace around it. >> we practice this all the time. >> reporter: it's expected 180 million fanless have their eyes on the field while u.s. customs and border agencies take over the skies above it. we took a ride on one of three black hawk helicopters that will form part super bowl xlviii's defensive line. a ten-mile perimeter, a xrict
no-fly zone. in anyone breaches that perimeter for any reason, they should expect to see a black hawk up close. >> sort of a scary experience if you're up there flying and you unintentionally breach the perimeter? >> exactly. you know, unless you've been trained in the military, you're -- it's highly unlikely you've flown in formation with yore aircraft and been within 500 feet of an aircraft while flying. >> reporter: in this case, a black hawk first to intercept flying alongside the offending aircraft and escorting it to the ground where federal agents would be waiting. >> they're going to first be shocked to have a large air craft like this come up very close to them and secondly come to the realization something's wrong. >> reporter: on our own tour, a surprise, although a welcome one. a fleet of military helicopters appearing in the distance and then heading for metlife stadium where military aircraft will
perform ceremonial super bowl dooties on sunday. an exception to the no-fly rule and a stunning one. >> we're just going to -- >> reporter: alexandra field, cnn, new york. and this programming note. join cnn's rachel nichols and nfl stars at the center of the action. super bowl boulevard is the place it's happening, all starting today at 4:00 eastern time. 1:00 pacific right here on cnn. california's historic drought is getting even worse. officials announced friday that the state water project will halt deliveries for the rest of 2014. that means 25 million residents and 750 acres of farmland will now have to rely more on reservoirs and other resources. many reservoirs are far below normal levels, and some areas could run dry within months. we are less than week away from the opening of the winter olympic games. so what happens if there's no
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we've been talking a lot about the winter games in sochi. one thing we've taken for granted, that the weather would cooperate. right now it's just 41 degrees in sochi, russia, and it's supposed to be in the 40s tomorrow as well. so what happens if it's just too warm? ivan watson says, don't worry. one man is guaranteeing snow, no matter what the temperature. >> reporter: just over a week away from the opening of the winter olympics and up here at the ski jump ven use. workers are putting final touches on the entire operation here. take a look. there's not that much snow on the slopes. in fact, it's been raining lately, and the frost line is above the altitude of the ski jump itself. so we've come to speak with a
snow specialist from finland, mikko martakinnan consulting wit russian winter olympics. what are you going to do if it's still this warm when the olympics begin? >> yeah. so first of all, don't worry about the snow. snow will be guaranteed. >> reporter: guaranteed? >> yeah. >> reporter: why? >> because the concept is based on three steps. first of all, backbone. ordering snowmaking system. >> reporter: snow machines? >> stock snow machines below zero temperatures we will start them. next night, again. and then as of first backup, we have snow storages on the mountain. we transport snow. >> reporter: and this is snow from last winter? >> yes. >> reporter: that you've been storing in case the weather is warm? >> yeah. and then third we have an above zero snowmaking system also over there. so you can make snow. even now it's working up to close 20. >> reporter: you can guarantee
snow, even if it's bathing suit weather here? >> definitely. >> reporter: and good news in the future from mother nature. right? >> yeah. so it start to cool down now, after the rain, and on saturday, it start cool very fast. so in nighttime here, minus 3, minus 5, it is for us good snowmaking, and daytime, clear skies. perfect. >> reporter: there you go. we get a guarantee of snow from the sochi olympics official snow whisperer, if you have it that way, and also, we can sense now the excitement building, the athletes are starting to arrive. the security measures certainly are getting more tight, and a little bit over a week from now, we can anticipate that this place will be thronged with enthusiastic crowds and quite a bit of olympic spirit. ivan watson, cnn, in thehe
caucasus mountain in sochi, russia. security, an issue for athletes and those going to sochi. our jake tapper talked to president obama about the garams a games and what he would tell people who aren't going. >> a lot of members of congress, not the fringe ones. the once who are serious lawmakers, have said to cnn that they would not let their family members go to sochi. that they are not confident that it will be safe. up see all the intelligence. i know you're not going. i know michelle and saudi arabia ha ha -- sasha and malia are not going. what would you tell them? >> i tell them i believe that sochi is safe, and there are always some risks in these large international gatherings. i'm always going to feel even better if it's inside the united states, because then we have full control over what happens,
but the russian authorities understand the stakes here. they understand that there are potential threats that are out there, and we are coordinating with them. we've looked at their plans. i think we have a good sense of the security that they're putting in place to protect, not only the athletes themselves but also visitors there. so what i would say is, that if you want to go to the olympics, you should go to the olympics, and we're not discouraging in any way americans from participating in what is just always an amazing, wonderful event. >> the usa department issued a warning to those traveling to sochi to be alert and aware of the dangers but stopped short of advising people not to go entirely. the dow wracked up its worst january since 2009. in a minute, advice on how to protect your investment.
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oh, just a little friendly advice. you may not want to check your retirement account today. the dow had its worst january in five years, and that was right after the financial collapse. the dow dropped another 150 points yesterday, ouch, and nearly 1,000 points in january altogether. so we're going to bring out the crystal ball now with our financial expert wes moss, a certified financial planner. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> many said there was going to be a correction. is this it? >> we are in the midst of one right now.
so the dow jones is down about 5.5%. the s&p 500, really the measure to look at, only down about 3.5. as scary as it's been, it's not that bad, at least just yet. >> room to dip further you're saying? >> lots of room. at this point, lots of room. >> how do we look at this and perhaps detect we might be on the verge of a climb before we take another dip or the other way around? >> part of why you hear a lot of wall street expecting a correction, one, we had a great year last year. 30-plus percent on the s&p 500. that's rare. >> people were so happy, it was a giant recovery of losses? >> there has been. markets of up almost 150% since the very bottom in march of 2009. whats is, investors can get lulled to sleep a little bit. we've had great years back-to-back-to-back but typically have corrections of 5% at least every ten weeks. we're 30 weeks without one. we have 10% corrections every 32 weeks. we are -- 2 1/2 years since
that. we've got -- we really have had a nice run in the market without a huge amount of bumps, and to have one today where we're down 5% over the next week or two, maybe 10%, wouldn't be out of the question. >> so what do you best advise now? after hearing this segment, i'm sure people will look and say, i've gauss ot to check and see i am? how do they change investments? make a move? shifting or wait? >> investors tend to get very, very nervous, because markets take a long time and drop quickly. soon as it drops quickly, you get nervous. investors need to do now, if under the age of 60, say, you want the drops. you're still saving. in 30s, 40s, 50s, still putting money into 401(k) typically most weeks for investors. we want markets to pull back. it's not a time to panic. it's time to accelerate. every time there's a drop, it's good news for those who haven't
retired. >> over 60? >> you need a balance to begin with. most investors in retirement, 60-plus, are not going to be completely exposed to the stock market anyway. >> wes moss. should we be optimistic? sounds like you are? >> very optimistic. the economy recovered. not come back to where we were before the great recession, but the economy is in good shape, getting better we'll going to continue to see that thank you so much. >> good to be here. >> and happy super bowl weekend. have fun tomorrow. >> you as well. >> thank you. next, let's step back in time. 35 years. a look inside the u.s. embassy of iran where our hostages were held. what is iran doing with that building right now?
[ sound of gunfire ] >> oh, my. gunfire erupts in protests in bangkok. gunman opened fire on police and pro government demonstrators about a half hour. witnesses say at least eight shooters emerged from the ranks of anti-government protests trying to stop the elections. on to iran now. the former u.s. embassy where americans were taken hostage decades ago is being used in what some believe to be an outrageous way. cnn jim shuuto got an exclusive look inside. >> reporter: for years this is as close as reporters could come to the former embassy in tehran. now, a rare glimpsed in.
was this where the marine guards were? >> for 444 days this was a prison for some 50 american hostages. in 1979, the takeover dramatized in the os war winning film. taking us to the secure part of the embassy. the film "argo." he says it's the same. now an anti-u.s. propaganda museum run by the iranian government. while many have grown disillusioned with the islamic revolution, here the anger against america still survives. do you still believe it was justified to hold the americans as hostages? >> translator: yes, he said. definitely. >> reporter: every room and every piece of xwimt in exhibit. >> this is walk back in time. >> reporter: a sound-proof meeting room complete with dusty mannequins and encrypted telex machine marked to the usa. and shredder stack used as
students took over. a panicked moment captured in argo. >> burn it all. >> reporter: where the embassy including the cia would do its most sensitive, and back home a teletype machine, ancient fax machine. this looks like coding equipment. all of it now the prized possessions of the iranian revolutionary guard. equally prized is more modern propaganda. a tacky mural tells a familiar middle eastern con speerspiracy claiming the u.s. is behind 9/11. why would we do that to our own people? >> translator: to make them feel in danger so they could attack other countries. >> reporter: any optimism about the new diplomacy between iran and the u.s. could you ever imagine american diplomats returning to the embassy and opening the embassy again?
>> translator: you cannot trust america, he said. america is the great satan. >> reporter: jim shuuto, cnn, tehran. the united states also has custody of the former iranian embassy in washington. this is it. it's closed and locked and has been locked up since diplomatic relations ended between the two countries. all right. hello again, everyone. security sweeps in the sky all part of a huge operation to protect super bowl 2014. the unprecedented effort, straight ahead. the new jersey bridge scandal winds with governor chris christie facing allegations from a former ally. the new accusations and the governor's response. plus -- the tsa is now weighing in on explosive revelations from a former agent about what really happens to passengers at security checkpoints. that story this hour.
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com just a day away from the biggest football game of the year. while fans and players get pumped for the game, thousands are focused on keeping it safe. from super bowl boulevard in times square,ing a alexandra, a complex security flan goes way beyond officials on the ground. explain what's happening. >> reporter: yeah. absolutely, fredricka. air land and sea they keep telling me as far at security. we got see the role of the customs and protection agencies will play once the game starts tomorrow and actually a few hours before that. their job, to patrol the skies above metlife stadium. they have a fleet of aircraft ready to go including black hawk helicopters, which will circle a