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well, communities all over texas for people kill in the ft. hood shootings, authorities are trying to find the motive for the rampage. >> enough of this sort of political correctness. >> muslim leaders go far beyond condemning the crime. what they have to say will surprise you. >> it's been hard, struggling, trying to find a little thing. a lot of people don't have too many people. they figure it's a young game, you know? i've been working since i was 16 years old. >> he's been working for more than 30 years, but now, he can't find a job anywhere. he's made a tough decision about
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how to handle the stress of unemployment. hi there, welcome to hln on this saturday, i'm natascha curry. thanks for spending part of your weekend for us. candlelight vigils took place all over texas for the 12 soldiers and onesie vil civiliad in the shootings. the psychiatrist shooter is one of two dozen people still in the hospital. one of the cops crediting for ending the massacre is in stable condition. her partner describes what it was like as both officers fired shots. >> i saw him, i ordered him to drop the weapon. he waved the weapon, tried a couple of rounds. took cover. he went around one side of the building and then i decided to go after him, the bystander said, he came around, he came around. i came on the other side of the
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building. that's when i seen him again. i ordered him to drop his weapons. he fired a couple of more rounds at me. i went up and secured his weapon. >> we're learning about the people who were killed at ft. hood. jason hunt told cnn that her brother spent the 21st birthday in iraq and he joined the military to be part of something greater than himself. >> he goes to the army, goes to iraq. you're hardened for the worst. but you never expect him to die at his base. >> i want to say that, you know, because it didn't happen overseas or didn't happen in a combat situation doesn't make him any less a hero because my brother was the kind of person to jump in front of a bullet for somebody. and i feel like, you know, i don't know the details. i know my brother, i know he was brave in this situation. >> last night the bodies of the
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13 people kill in ft. hood were flown to the military mortuary. the flag-covered coffins of the 12 soldiers and army civilian employee were transported to a ramp ceremony. the deputy commander for ft. hood called the ceremony truly moving. some of the harshest criticism is coming from other muslims. some not only condemned the crime, they also say they're okay with having more extensive background checks with muslims in the military. >> i don't take offense. the challenge -- i need to fix this problem. >> my goodness, better to find that out at this stage rather than discover it when a person becomes a major and kills 13 brave soldiers. >> muslim leaders say their faith is being hijacked by fanatics and there's something that must be done to prevent radical sects from spreading. we're hln, we're going to
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cover the rest of the day's top stories as well. president obama goes to capitol hill to close the deal on health care reform with fellow democrats. a last-minute appeal to get them to support the bill that could be put up for a vote tonight. democrats are strlin struggling enough votes even though they have a strong house majority. they increased that majority yesterday. bill owen won a special election in upstate new york. many democrats oppose it because it allows federal money to support abortions. >> no federal funds used to pay for abortions. and so that means no federal funds used to pay for abortions in the public option, that means no public funds for abortions received on subsidies on the exchange. >> your vote is no. >> right. >> last night they struck a deal. they agreed to add tougher restrictions to the bill. democrat officials are optimistic they've lined up
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enough votes. are pubs are expected to oppose the bill. a computer error nearly wiped out the bank accounts of 60,000 retired new york teachers. yesterday morning, $189 million was withdrawn from retirement funds by mills take. many retired teachers are worried about special payments and getting through the money without any money. a spokesman for the bank of new york mellon said most of the money should be returned by today and the rest should be in accounts by monday. take a look at this ferocious fire in massachusetts. it tore through an abandoned paper mill last night. look at the flames. exploded chemicals shot debris up in the air making it tough for fire crews. at one point, the roof caved in. the maintenance man said homeless people camped inside the building. no word what caused the fire. there were no reports of any injuries. the nation's unemployment rate shot up to more than 10% last month. that means nearly $16 million americans are out of work.
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it's the worst unemployment picture since 1983. casey wymans looked at two families who are struggling. >> be in here. >> love you, daddy. >> bye, dad. >> see you later. >> reporter: rob durazzo is off to work in a neighborhood grocery store in huntington beach, california. he'll return home at 10:30 p.m., long after his four children are asleep. up at 5:30 a.m. to make lunches before the kids head to school. before he heads to his day job as a high school substitute teacher. >> i don't know what makes me keep going. i'm sure it's the kids. they -- there they are. >> all right. >> so it's time to start the morning. >> reporter: rob's wife, jennifer, teaches fulltime, even with three jobs between them, the durazzos are struggling to make things meet. that's because 2004, rob left teaching for a high-paying job
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in a real estate firm. >> in january of '06, i made my teacher's salary in the month of january. >> reporter: but he lost the job when the real estate bubble burst. >> about a year ago, they called you on a wednesday and said, your cell phones are being turned off, the insurance is off on monday, we're closing the doors. it wasn't triage, it was total amputation. >> reporter: he makes 2/3 the salary of a permanent teacher. >> trying to get back up. i'm about a teacher's yearly salary behind in debt right now. >> reporter: even so he looks on the bright side. >> my mom said there's people who can't find jobs at all and you've been blessed with two. >> reporter: 54-year-old tony briones knows that. he spent 30 years as a warehouse worker and construction. >> i got hurt.
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i was on a ten-foot ladder, drilling holes for the gas line. the ladder went one way, i went the other way. messed my shoulder up. >> reporter: a $15,000 disability settlement didn't last long. briones said he filled out hundreds of job applications without success. so he's competing for dozens of immigrants for scarce work at a los angeles day labor center. >> hope and pray that i get some kind of work. something going on so i can make some extra money. >> reporter: briones is married with two adult children, one at home severely disabled. he lives in his van because he doesn't feel right going home. >> your kids and grand kids ask you for money and you don't got it. if your wife gots it, that's not -- she's trying to do what she can. excuse me. it's not -- it's not right.
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i was -- i was supporting my family. i can't, you know? that sucks. excuse me. sorry about that. i was hoping -- hoping and praying. so they can do it. >> reporter: two men, lives changed by the loss of a job not giving up hope that better times lie ahead. caseywiians, cnn, los angeles. it's the weekend. you want to enjoy the weather. tropical storm ida may make that tough for some of you. reynolds wolf has the latest on that. hey, reynolds. >> it's been a quiet year for us tropicalwise until the last few days, a hurricane downgraded to a tropical storm. ida, a powerful storm, one of the strongest in the planet.
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the land, nicaragua, honduras. weakened and gaping a little bit of strength. winds at 45. deep convection right here in the center. thing is, though, the storm is expected to strengthen. still staying as a tropical storm. the latest path we have has the storm moving to the north and right between cancun, the yucatan peninsula and cuba and moving to the gulf of mexico as we get to both monday and in to tuesday. if you happen to live on the gulf coast, i would be advised. keep a sharp eye on this. there's not a single forecast that brings us on shore. it is expected to react with the sheer and stationary front and it causes the system to die out all together. that's the hope. what you can definitely expect, it will be a great day. plenty of sunshine in the northeast, high temperatures in the 50s. not bad this time of year. same back in memphis, 74. 76 in las vegas, 63 in san francisco, 69 in atlanta. that's the wrap on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln.
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it was a dirty job, but a 33-year-old mystery has been solved. >> she said i think i have something that belongs to you. and you know, immediately it flashed through my mind that's what it was. i couldn't believe it. >> what long lost treasure a little boy found while digging in his back yard.
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usually it's our own individual excuses that keep us from exercising. sometimes there are bigger concerns that get in the way. that's when the community effort can really make a difference. dr. sanjay gupta has an example of today's "fit nation" report. >> reporter: drugs, prostitution, gang violence.
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all in the plagued lauderbach park in chew la vista, california a year ago. nearby in la mesa, california, the students were walking to school along the dangerous roads with no sidewalks. what do these two situations have in common? both of them were preventing residents from being physically active, a critical problem in two border towns with above average obesity and diabetes rates. >> the community and environment do affect the risk for diabetes. it's a life style thing. if you're genetically predisposed, you can do a lot to prevent it if you're exercising. >> reporter: how do you fix it? with an unusual partnership with high school students, they organized a little bit of money from local government and a lot of hard work. >> the conditions of the park a year and a half ago were not the same conditions you're looking at right now. >> the reality is that if you have to walk on a dirt road in summer in california, you're not going to want to. at least with the sidewalks, you know, it's a more comforting
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environment. >> reporter: two different towns, two different solutions. but both projects are showing results. what started as school projects for aaron and gerard may now become careers. >> my goal is to go to college. i want to be a civil engineer. >> i want to continue doing things like this in the future. >> reporter: in the meantime, both students hope their work can serve as a model for other communities and can prove to kids their age they can make a difference. >> a long process, two years now. but seeing the changes start to take place is great. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. a 3-year-old boy has solved the mystery with a little digging in his back yard. he found a woman's wedding rings that she lost 33 years ago. >> i was sitting right there, watching the kids play in the dirt like they usually do. ryan walks up to me and says, mommy, i found your ring.
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oh, ryan, thank you. oh, thanks. i didn't think anything of it. maybe costume jewelry. he goes, you want the other one? i'm like, yeah, sure. >> the home's original owner lost the rings while gardening. with a little detective work, the retired teacher was tracked down and she plans to get the rings for her wedding anniversary. as for the digger here, he got a $50 reward. i'm larry smith. lebron james, come hang with us! the cleveland cavalier's star and free agent didn't attend the victory parade of his favorite baseball team friday afternoon. plenty of yankees' players went to him. a who's who of big apple fans in the garden to see lebron. they've got a lebron jersey for the knicks. photo shop is a wonderful thing, isn't it? up and over larry hughes. puts on a show. yeah. better luck next time. cavs got the win.
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nice assist here by lebron, maybe in new york next year. we'll see. the latest ticker tape parade, a new york tradition in more than 100 years honored the yankees in their championship. more than 100 fans turned out in brisk weather to celebrate. the giants' cy young-winning pitcher facing a misdemeanor charge could have a deal in place. tim lincicome will pay a $250 fine for possession of a marijuana pipe with officials dismissing the charge of possessing 3.3 grams of pot. the deal is consistent with others that have been first-time offenders. jose canseco, he made the top of list of ex-athletes who won't go away. now the slugger is back in the ring -- boxing. the 6'4", 250 pound canseco. the exhibition on the first night of the celebrity boxing confederati confederation. canseco isn't done yet. when he asked who he would like to fight, he called out alex
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rodriguez calling a-rod a lying idiot in the whole steroids issue. don't count on seeing that fight any time soon. that's sports.
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we have video from c-span that appears to show major nadal hasan at a lecture this year. cnn has not confirmed it is him at the center of your screen here who's highlighted. this is from a lecture at george washington university on january 6, israel's ambassador to the u.s. and other officials were talking about the gaza incursion. again, that appears to be hasan. but we have not confirmed that it is him. keep it here for the latest on the ft. hood shooting investigation and the day's other top stories. a florida jury has convicted a man who said he was too fat to kill. jurors rejected the claims that he was too fat to run up a flight of stairs to shoot his former seasonal.
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he weighed 285 pounds. the 40-year-old victim was in a custody battle with his daughter. he plans to overturn the conviction. a police spokesman said officers went to check a car similar to the one seen right after the killing. when they approached a man, he pulled a gun, so detectives shot him. a seattle hospital said he was critically injured and had surgery last night. yesterday, thousands of people here attended a memorial for the late uofficer timothy brent ton. he was shot in his car after a traffic stop. the ft. hood shootings have some on edge. >> fellow soldiers are looking at the muslim kocomrades and ar skeptical. >> hear how american muslim soldiers fear a backlash because of the shooting suspect's religious background.
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while communities all over txtx hold vigils for people killed in the ft. hood shootings, authorities are trying to find a motive for the rampage. >> enough of this sort of political correctness. >> muslim leaders react too the killings of ft. hood and some go far beyond condemning the crime. what they say might surprise you. >> it's been hard. struggling. just trying to find any little thing. a lot of people don't have too many old people. they figure it's a young game, you know? and i've been working since i was 16 years old. >> he's been working for more than 30 years, but now, he can't find a job anywhere. he's made a tough decision about
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how to handle the stress of unemployment. hi there, welcome to hln on this saturday. i'm natascha curry. thanks for spending your weekend with us. candlelight vigils took place all over texas for the 12 soldiers and onesie cerulean kill in the ft. hood shootings. a suspected gunman, major nidal hasan, a licensed army psychiatrist, is among the two dozen people still in the hospital. he's said to be in critical but stable condition. one of the cops credited for ending the massacre is set to be in stable condition. her partner described what it was like as both officers fired shots. >> when i saw him, he was standing there. i ordered him to drop the gun and identified himself. he waved his weapon, took a couple of rounds. we both took cover. he went around one side of the building. then i started to go after him, the bistander said, no, he came around. he came around. i came around the other side of
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the building. that's when he fired a couple more rounds at me. i engaged him. he fell and i went up and secured his weapon. >> we're starting to learn more about the people who were killed at ft. hood. the sister of specialist jason hunt told our sister network, cnn, that her brother spent his 21st birthday in iraq and he joined the military to be a part of something greater than himself. >> layla, you can expect someone go to the army, goes to iraq. you're hardened for the worst. but you certainly never expect him to die at his base. >> i just want to say because it didn't happen overseas or it didn't happen in a combat situation doesn't make him any less a hero. because my brother was the kind of person to jump in front of a bull lit for somebo bullet for somebody. i feel like i don't know the details but i know my brother and he was brave in this situation. >> last night, the bod i dies oe
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13 people kill in ft. hood were flown to the dover mortuary. the flag-covered coffins of the soldiers and employee were tran ported to a ramp ceremony. the deputy commander for ft. hood called the ceremony truly moving. some of the harshest criticism is coming from other muslims. some not only condemn the crime, they say they're okay with having more extensive background checks of muslims in the military. >> i don't take offense. i say challenge -- i need to fix this problem. >> my goodness, better to find that out at this stage rather than discover it when the person becomes a major and kills, you know, 13 brave soldiers. >> those muslim leaders in arizona say their faith is hijacked by fanatics and they say something must be done to prevent radical sex from spreading. we'll bring you any new developments on the ft. hood shootings as soon as they happen. because we are hln, we're going
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to cover the rest of the day's top stories as well. president obama goes to capitol hill today to try to close the deal on health care reform with fellow democrats. he's making a last-minute appeal to get them to support the bill that could be put up for a vote tonight. democrats are struggling to get enough votes even though they have a stock house majority. they increase that majority yesterday when they swore in representative bill owe only. now, he just won a special election in upstate new york. many conservative democrats opposed the health care bill because it allows federal money to support abortions. >> no federal funds used to pay for abortions. that means no federal funds used to pay for abortions in the public option. no public funds used to pay for abortions for people receiving subsidies on the exchange. >> or your vote is no. >> right. >> last night, democratic leaders struck a deal with those democrats. they agreed to add tougher restrictions to the bill. democrat officials are optimistic they've lined up enough votes.
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republicans are expected to oppose the bill. police shot and wounded a person of interest in the killing of a seattle cop on hall weenl. -- halloween. a police spokesman said officers went to check a car that looks similar to the one seen after the killing. when they approached a man, he pulled a gunl. so detectives shot him. a seattle hospital said he was critically injured and had surgery last night. yesterday, thousands of people here atendtended a memorial for late officer timothy brenton. a computer error nearly wiped out the bank accounts of 60,000 retired new york city teachers. yesterday morning, $189 million was withdrawn from retirement funds by mistake. many retired teachers are worried about scheduled payments and getting through the weekend without any money. a spokesman for the bank of new york mellon said most of the must be will be returned by today and the rest should be in accounts by monday. take a look at this ferocious fire in massachusetts.
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it tore through an abandoned paper mill last night. look at the flames. chemicals shot debris in the air making it tough for fire crews. at one point, the roof kafed in. the building's maintenance man said homeless people sometimes camp inside this old building. no word of what caused the fire. no reports of any injuries. the nation's unemployment rate shot up to more than 10% last month. that means nearly 16 million americans are out of work. that's the worst unemployment picture since 1983. casey wyan looked at two families in california who are struggling in tough times. >> reporter: i'll be home -- >> love you, daddy. >> bye, dad. >> see you later. >> reporter: rob durazzo is off to work at a grocery store in hunting ton beach, california. he'll return home at 10:30 p.m., long after the four children are
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asleep. then up at 5:30 a.m. to make lunches before the kids head to school. before he heads to his day job as a high school substitute teacher. >> i don't know what makes me keep going. i'm sure it's the kids. they -- there they are. >> reporter: all right. >> time to start the morning. >> reporter: rob's wife, jennifer, teaches fulltime. even with three jobs between them, the durazzos are struggling to make ends meet. in 2004, rob left teaching for a high-paying job at a real estate firm. >> in january '06, i made my teacher's salary in the month of salary. >> reporter: but he lost the job when the real estate bubble burst. >> just about a year ago, they called us on a wednesday and said, your cell phones are being turned off, your insurance is over on monday. we're closing the doors. so it wasn't triage, it was total amputation. they cut off everything. >> reporter: now as a long-term substitute, he only makes 2/3 the salary of a permanent teacher. >> just trying to get back up. i'm about a year -- a teacher's
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yearly salary behind in debt right now. >> reporter: even so, he looks on the bright side. >> my mom said it to me, she said, you know, there's people who can't find jobs at all. and you've been blessed with two. >> reporter: 54-year-old tony briones knows that all too well. he spent 30 years as a warehouse worker and in construction. >> i got hurt in construction. i was in a ten-foot ladder. drilling hoses for the gas line. and the ladder went one way, i went the other way. messed my shoulder up. >> reporter: a disability settlement didn't last long. briones said he's filled out hundreds of job applications without success. he's competing with dozens of immigrants for scarce work at a los angeles day labor center. >> hoping and praying i can get something going on so i can make some extra money.
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>> reporter: briones is married with two adult children, one at home severely disabled. he's living in his van because he doesn't feel right going home. >> thought for your kids, your grand kids ask you for money, you don't got it, you know? if your wife gots it, it's not -- you know, i mean, she's trying to do what she can. but, excuse me, it's not right, you know? i was helping to support my family. i can't. that sucks. excuse me. sorry about that. just hoping -- hoping and praying. all i can do. >> reporter: two men, lives changed by the loss of a job not giving up hope that better times lie ahead. casey wyans, cnn, los angeles.
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it was a dirty job, but a 33-year-old mystery has been solved. >> she said, i think i have something that belongs to you. and you know, immediately, it flashed through my mind that's what it was. i couldn't believe it. >> hear what long-lost treasure a little boy found while digging in his back yard.
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>> a 3-year-old boy has solve add mystery with a little digging in his back yard. hoe found he found a woman's wedding rings she lost 33 years ago. >> i was sitting right there watching the kids play in the dirt like they do. and ryan says, i found your ring. i said, oh, thanks. i didn't think anything of it. i thought it was maybe costume jewelry. he goes, you want the other one? i'm like, yeah, sure. >> the home's original owner lost the rings while gardening. with a little detective work,
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the retired teacher was tracked down. she plans to get the rings repaired in time for the 50th wetting anniversary. as for the little digger, he got a $50 reward. one idea from science fiction may actually be closer to becoming a reality. investors successfully testing a version of a space elevator yesterday in california. the idea here is to find a way to send people in to space without the cost and risk of launching rockets. instead, spacecraft would climb up a cable that would stretch all the way to space. this robot climbed nearly 3,000 feet in three minutes and 38 seconds. seattle researchers won $900,000 in prize money from nasa. it's unclear whether space elevators can ever work. a stolen volkswagen van has been found and it took just 35 years. customs agents found it in a shipping container in the los angeles port last month. here it is. the company shipping the blue van did not know that it was
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stolen, but it was taken from an auto shop in spokane, washington back in 1974. a customs official says it was probably worth a few hundred bucks back then. now it's worth about $27,000. . i'm larry smith. nine years since the yankees won the last world title. hear them lamenting, you think they were the cubs. 101 years and counting since their last championship. nobody does a victory parade like new york, though. 1 million strong turning out to celebrate the latest title. critics will spend to the $2 billion the yankees spent last offseason on a new stadium and three pricey free agents but bought their first title in nine years. the yankee stars, the celebrities, all coming out showing lebron james he should move to town next summer. james may be the most famous
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yankee s fan not in new york. that's a taste of what they could get. great assist here. the cavs handled the knicks pretty handily. nike yet to step up in support of marcus jordan. the son of hoops nike legend michael jordan put his foot down, literally, and wore his daddy's schools. his school, central florida, is an adidas school and that prompted the shoe company to pull the contract with the school that provides shoes and apparel at no cost. want to get suspended from your team, go out and do this, elizabeth lambert in new mexico has been benched iffer this. come on. in a lobos byu conference semifinal game. lambert, tell you what, she should meet up with jose canseco and box or something. she apologized saying her actions were just uncalled for -- gee, do you think? that's sports.
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. a guy claimed he was too fat to kill his former son-in-law. that was his defense in court for more than a month. now the jury weighs in.
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we have video from c-span that appears to show ft. hood shooting suspect, major nidal hasan. keep in mind, cnn has not confirmed it's hasan here in the screen that's highlighted. this lecture is at george washington university january 6. officials were talking about the gaza incursion. that appears to be hasan. but we have not confirmed that it is, in fact, him. keep it here on hln for the latest on the ft. hood shooting investigation and the day's other top stories. the number of u.s. banks that failed this year just climbed to 120. five more banks went under yesterday. they've all been taken over by other banks so customers can keep using their checks and debit cards. but those fiveba banks were bas in california, michigan, minnesota, georgia, and
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missouri. the highest number of bank failures in one year since 1992. a federal fund to cover failed banks is running low. a florida jury has convicted a man who said he was too fat to kill. jurors rejected his lawyer's claims that he was too fat to run up a flight of stairs to shoot his former son-in-law. he weighed 285 pounds at the time. hell his lawyer plans to appeal the convicti conviction. you wonder what happens to all of the plastic forks, cups, bottles, and bags and so on when we're all through with them. unfortunately, they don't just disappear. environmental researcher doug woodring talked about where it's ending up and he talked to us about the problems it's causing for the ecosolutions report. >> the pervasiveness of this small material, plastic does not
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biodegrade, most of it does not. it photo degrades. that means that uc influence on the plastic when it comes the larger pieces that can be many things that are house hold items which somehow find their way to the ocean in to this middle where the currents are basically swirling in the middle of the pacific. all of this debris gets broken down by the sun and it gets to smaller and smaller pieces. when you look out over the water, it looks beautiful. but when you look down, you see all of these particles that someo as if an airplane had come and spread plastic debris across the entire surface. it's not that sick, but it's pervasive everywhere we went. >> was that one of the things you found, you were holding a plastic container? is that one of the things you found? >> that's right. this was some of the material that is a millimeter, two
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millimeters in size. this was found in all of the samples with marine life and sometimes without. this is a problem that unfortunately has snuck under our radar in the last 40 or 50 years when plastic has really expanded in terms of the use on the planet. and you might think that when it comes off of a beach it goes in to never-never land. but actually it is floating out there somewhere. and this is what we're trying to raise awareness about. >> and for more of the problems caused by waste plastics and other important environmental news, check out our web site, cnn.com/ecosolutions. the ft. hood shootings have some soldiers on edge right now. >> fellow soldiers, airmen, marines are looking at their muslim comrades and are a little bit worried. they're a little bit more skeptical. it's human nature. >> hear how american muslim soldiers fear a backlash because of the shooting suspect's religious background.
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while communities all over texas hold vigils for the people kill in the ft. hood shootings, authorities are trying to find a motive for the rampage. >> enough of this political correctness. muslim leaders react to the killings at ft. hood and go far beyond condemning the crime. what they have to say might surprise you. >> been hard, struggling. finding anily little thing. a lot of people don't have too many old people. they figure it's a young game, you know? i've been working since i was 16 years old. >> working more than 30 years. he can't find a job anywhere.
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a tough decision about how to handle the stress of unemployment. hi there, welcome to hln on this saturday. i'm natascha curry, thanks for spending part of your weekend with us. candlelight vigils took place all over texas for the 12 soldiers and onesie cerulean kill in the ft. hood shootings. major nidal hasan, a licensed psychiatrist is among the two dozen people still in the hospital. he's said to be in critical but stable condition. one of the cops credited with ending the massacre is in stable condition. her partner described what it was like as both officers fired shots. >> when i seen him, he was standing there. i ordered him to drop the weapon and i identified myself. he waited, fired a couple of rounds. he both took cover. he went around one side of building. that's when i decided to go after him, the bystander said, no, he came around. i came around the other side of
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the building. that is when i saw him again. fired a couple more rounds at me. he fell -- i went up and secured his weapon. >> starting to learn more about the people killed at ft. hood. the sister of specialist jason hunt told cnn that her brother spent his 21st birthday in iraq. he joined the military to be part of something greater than himself. >> you can expect someone, goes to the army, goes to iraq. you're hardened for the worst. but you never expect him to die at his base. >> i just want to say that, you know, because it didn't happen overseas or didn't happen in a combat situation doesn't make him any less a hero because my brother was the kind of person to jump in front of a bullet for somebody. i don't know the details, but i know my brother and i know he was very brave in this situation. >> last night the bodies of the
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13 people killed in ft. hood were flown to the mortuary at dover air force base. the flag-covered coffins of the soldiers and army civilian employee were transported through a ramp ceremony. the deputy commander at ft. hood called the ceremony truly moving. some of the harshest criticism of the ft. hood gunmen is coming from other muslims. some not only condemn the crime, they say they're okay with having more extensive background check of muslims in the military. >> i don't take often. i say, you know what, the challenge -- i need to fix this problem. >> my goodness, better to find that out at this stage rather than to discover it, you know, when the person becomes a major and kills, you know, 13 brave soldiers. >> those muslim leaders in arizona say their faith is being hijacked by fanatics and they say something must be done to prevent radical sects from spreading. bring you any new developments on the ft. hood shootings as soon as they happen. because we are hln, we're going
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to cover the rest of the day's top stories as well. president obama goes to capitol hill to close the deal on health care reform with fellow democrats. he's making a last-minute appeal to get them to support the bill that could be put up for a vote tonight. democrats are struggling to get enough votes, even though they have a strong house majority. they even increase that majority yesterday when they swore in representative bill ohhen. now, he just won a special election in upstate new york. many conservative democrats oppose the health care bill because it allows federal money to support abortions. >> no federal funds used to pay for abortions. no public funds used to pay for aborgs in the public option or on the subsidies on the exchange. >> or your vote is no? >> right. >> they struck a deal with those conservative democrats. they agreed to add tougher restrictions to the bill. democratic officials are optimistic they've lined up
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enough votes. republicans are expected to oppose the bill. a computer error nearly wiped out the bank accounts of 60,000 retired new york city teachers. yesterday morning, $189 million was withdraub from retirement funds by mistake. many retired teachers are now worried about scheduled payments and getting through uh the weekend without any money. but the spokesman for the bank of new york mellon says most of the money will be returned by today and the rest should be in accounts by monday. take a look at this ferocious fire in massachusetts. it tore through an abandoned paper mill last night. look at the flames. chemicals shot debris in the air making it tough for fire crews. at one point, the roof caved in. the building's mantd nance man said homeless people sometimes camp inside the old building. no word of what caused the fire. no reports of any injuries. the nation's unemployment rate shot up to more than 10% last month.
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16 million americans are out of work. it's the worst unemployment picture since 1983. casey wyan looked at two families in california who are struggling in tough times. >> love you! >> bye, dad. >> see you later. >> rob durazzo is off to work in a neighborhood grocery store in huntington beach, california. he'll return home at 10:30 p.m., long after his four children are asleep. up at 5:30 a.m. to make lunches before the kids head to school and before he heads to his day job as a high school substitute teacher. >> i don't know what makes me keep going. i'm sure it's the kids. they -- there they are. so it's time to start the morning. >> rob's wife, jennifer, teaches fulltime. even with three jobs between them, the durazzos are
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struggling to make ends meet. in 2004, he left being a teacher to work at a real estate firm. >> i made my teacher's salary in the month of january. >> reporter: he lost the job when the real estate bubble burst. >> about a year ago, they called us on a wednesday, your cell phones are being turned off, your insurance is over on monday. we're closing the doors. it wasn't triage, it was total amputation. they cut off everything. >>. >> reporter: now as a long-term substitute, he make 2s/3 of the salary of a permanent teacher. >> i'm a teacher's yearly salary behind in debt right now. >> reporter: even so, he looks on the bright side. >> my mom said it to me -- she said, you know, there's people who can't find jobs at all. and you've been blessed with two. >> reporter: 54-year-old tony briones knows that all too well. he spent 30 years as a warehouse worker and in construction.
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>> got hurt in construction. i was drilling holes for a gas line. the ladder went one way, i went the other way, messed up my shoulder. >> $15,000 disability settlement didn't last long. briones said he's filled out hundreds of job applications without success. so he's competing with dozens of immigrants for scarce work at a los angeles day labor center. here and hoping and praying to get something going on so i can make some extra money. >> briones is married with two adult children, one at home severely disabled. yet he's living in his van because he says he doesn't feel right going home. >> for your kids and grand kids asking for money, you don't got it, you know? if your wife gots it, that's not -- you know? she's trying to do what she can. excuse me -- it's not -- it's not right.
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you know? i want to support my family and i can't. you know? that sucks. excuse me. sorry about that. hoping -- hoping and praying. all i can do. >> two men, lives changed by the loss of a job not giving up hope that better times lie ahead. casey wyans, cnn, los angeles. it was a dirty job, but a 33-year-old mystery has been solved. >> she says i think i have something that belongs to you. and immediately it flashed through my mind that's what it was. i couldn't believe it. >> hear what long lost treasure a little boy found while digging in his back yard.
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a 3-year-old boy has solved a mystery with a little digging in his back yard. he found a woman's wedding rings that she lost 33 years ago. >> i was just sitting right there watching the kids play in the dirt like they usually do, and ryan walks up to me and says, mommy, i found your ring. oh, ryan, thank you. he gave it to me. i said, oh, thanks. i didn't think anything of it. i thought it was costume jewelry. he goes, you want the other one? i'm like, yeah, sure! >> and the home's original owner lost the rings while gardening. and a little detective work, the retired teacher was tracked down. she plans to get the rings
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repaired in time for her 50th wedding anniversary. as for the little digger here, he got a $50 reward. one idea from science fiction may actually be closer to becoming reality. investors successfully testing a version of a space elevator yesterday in california. the idea here is to find a way to send people in to space without the cost and risk of launching rockets. instead, spacecraft would climb up a cable that could stretch all the way to space. this robot climbed nearly 3,000 feet in three minutes, 38 seconds. seattle researchers won $900,000 in prize money from nasa. but unclear whether space elevators can ever work. a stolen volkswagen van is finally been found. and it took just 35 years. customs agents found it in a shipping container in the los angeles port last month. here it is. the company shipping the blue van did not know, though, that it was stolen.
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it was taken from an auto shop in spokane, washington back in 1974. a customs official says it was worth a few hundred bucks back then. now it's worth about $27,000. all year, cnn has been profiling people, making a difference in their communities. now that list of cnn heroes has been narrowed to ten who will be honored at a special tribute thanksgiving night. actress dana delaney tells us about one of them in the special outreach program. >> hello, i'm dana delaney. last year, i was honored to participate in the cnn heroes campaign. as an ambassador for stand up to cancer, i joined the entertainment community in lighting a fire behind accelerated ground-breaking research. i understand clearly just how much the world needs heroes. now i'm thrilled to help cnn introduce one of this year's top ten honorees. in 2004, i was diagnosed
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with breast cancer. it made me think about all of the women who didn't have health insurance. i wanted to make a difference in their lives. i'm andrea ivory. i'm fighting breast cancer in south florida, one house hold at a time. the florida breast health initiative is an outreach organization. >> we're going to make a difference, we're going to save some lives. >> we have a take it to the streets approach. >> can i ask you a few questions? >> we target women that are 35 years or older. and make appointments on the spot for a free mammogram. >> let's go. >> we provide a service that is so needed. i know i'm saving lives. >> is the lady of the house at home? we're giving free mammograms on the 25th. that's easy. okay, that's all. thank you so much. take care. >> i was saved from breast cancer to serve other women. every time i knock on the door, it's another opportunity to save a life. >> and you can go to cnn.com/heroes right now and
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vote for the top ten cnn hero that inspires you most. and you can see them all honored on a special tribute on thanksgiving night on cnn.
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we have video now from c-span that appears to show ft. hood shooting suspect major nidal hasan at a lecture earlier this year. keep in mine, cnn has not confirmed it's him at the center of your screen here who's highlighted. but this video is from a lecture at george washington university on january 6. israel's ambassador to the u.s. and other officials were talkinging about the gaza incursion. that appears to be hasan. but we have not confirmed that it is, in fact, him. keep it here on hln for the latest on the ft. hood shooting investigation and the day's other top stories. the number of u.s. banks
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that failed this year climbed to 120. five more went under yesterday. they've all been taken over by other banks so customers can keep using their checks and debit cards. those five banks were based in california, michigan, minnesota, georgia, and missouri. this is the highest number of u.s. bank failures in one year since 19 2. a federal fund to cover failed banks is running low. a florida jury has convicted a man who said he was too fat to kill. jurors rejected the lawyers' claims that he was too fat to run up a flight of stairs to shoot his former son-in-law. edward ates weighed 285 pounds. he was in a custody battle with ates daughter. ates' lawyer plans to appeal the murder conviction. everybody wants to save more and spend less. clark howard has ways to help you save more spend less and avoid getting ripped off. the clark howard show, noon
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eastern here on hln. so, what do matt dillon and jay leno have in common? they probably have been on the show together. but they were born in the same town. a slightly less famous resident, though, takes us on a tour for "my city, my secret." hi, i'm debbie nigro. and this is my city. new rochelle, new york. this is the queen city of the south. i'm going to show you the sights around new rochelle, which, by the way, is about 30 minutes from new york city. glen island is a place i've been walking out for about 20 years. i haven't lost a pound. but i'll be back tomorrow anyway. why? it's 104 acres of sheer gorgeous nature. i'm a girl who likes to eat, so one of my favorite restaurants post oak 22. sometimes restaurant tours nail
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it. the am i haplace is incredible. this is leland castle. and the castle gallery is where we're going next. semian leland built a building and used this gigantic castle for the summer residents. it's filled with exhibits open to the public. i've shown you my city's secrets, show me yours, go to ireporter.com/mycitymysecret. the ft. hood shootings have some soldiers on edge right now. fellow soldiers, muslims, and marines are looking at muslim comrades and are worried. it's human nature. >> how muslim soldiers fear a backlash because of the shooting suspect's religious background. @
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communities all over texas hold vigils for the people kill in the ft. hood shootings, authorities are trying to find a motive for the rampage. >> enough of this sort of political correctness. >> muslim leaders react at the killings at foote hood. some go beyond condemning the crime. it may surprise you. >> hard, struggling. trying to find any little thing. a lot of people don't have too many people. they figure it's a young game, you know? and i've been working since i was 16 years old. >> he's been working for more than 30 years. but now, he can't find a job anywhere. he's made a tough decision about
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how to handle the stress of unemployment. high there, welcome to hln on this saturday. i'm natascha curry. thanks for spending part of your weekend for us. candlelight vigils took place all over texas for the 12 soldiers and onesie cerulean ki -- one civilian and four soldiers kill in the shootings. nidal hasan, the alleged shooter, is still in the hospital. he's in critical but stable condition. one of the cops credited for ending the massacre is said to be in stable condition. her partner described what it was like as both officers fired shots. >> when i saw him, he was standing there. i ordered him to identify myself. he fired a couple of rounds. we both took cover. and then he went around one side of the building. and then i started to go after him, the bystander said, no, he came around, he came around. and i came around the other side of the building and then that's
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when i seen him again and ord ordered him to drop his weapon. fired a couple more rounds to me. he felt -- i went up and secured his weapon. >> we're starting to learn more about the people who were killed at ft. hood. the sister of specialist jason hunt told cnn that her brother spent her 21st birthday in iraq. he joined the military to be part of something greater than himself. >> leila, you can expect someone to go to the army, goes to iraq, okay, you're hardened for the worst. but you certainly never expect him to die at his base. >> i just want to say that, you know, because it didn't happen overseas or it didn't happen in the combat situation doesn't make him any less a hero. because my brother was the kind of person to jump in front of a bullet for somebody. and i really feel like, you know, i don't know the details, but i know my brother and i know he was -- he was very brave in this situation. >> last night the bodies of the
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13 people killed in ft. hood were flown to the dover mortuary at dover air force base. the army civilian employees were transported to ramp ceremony. the deputy commander for ft. hood called the ceremony truly moving. some of the harshest criticism of the alleged ft. hood gunman is coming from other muslims. some not only condemned the crime, they say they're okay of having extensive background checks of more muslims in the military. >> i don't take offense. i say, you know what? challenge, i need to fix this problem. >> my goodness, better to find that out at this stage rather than discover it when the person becomes a major and kills 13 brave -- brave soldiers. >> those muslim leaders in arizona say their faith is being hijacked by fanatics. they say something must be done to prevent radical sex from spreading. we'll bring you more developments on the ft. hood shootings as soon as happen.
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because we're hln, we're going to cover the top stories as well. president obama goes to capitol hill to close the deal with health care reform with fellow democrats. he's making a last-minute appeal to get him to support the bill that could be down to a vote tonight. democrats are struggling to get enough votes even if they have a strong house majority. they increased that majority yesterday when they swore in representative bill owen. he won a special election in upstate new york. many democrats oppose the bill because it allows federal money to support abortions. >> no federal funds used to pay for abortions. that means no federal funds used to pay for abortions in the public option, no public funds used to pay for abortions for people receiving subsidies on the exchange. >> or your vote is no. >> right. last night, democratic leaders struck a deal with those conservative democrats. they agreed to add tougher restrictions to the bill. democratic officials are now optimist eck they've lined up enough votes. all of the republicans are expected to oppose the bill.
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a computer error nearly wiped out the bank accounts of 60,000 retired new york city teachers. yesterday morning, $189 million was withdrawn from retirement funds by mistake. many retired teachers are worried about scheduled payments and getting through the weekend without any money. new york mellon says most of the money will be returned by today and the rest should be in accounts by monday. take a look at this ferocious fire in massachusetts. it tore through an abandoned paper mill. look at the flames, shot debris in the air. and at one point, the roof caved in. the maintenance man said there were homeless people sometimes in this building. no word on what caused the fire. no reports of injuries. the nation's unemployment rate shot up to 10% last month.
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it's the worst unemployment pictures since 1983. two families in california are struggling in tough times. >> i'll be here. >> love you, daddy. >> bye, dad. >> see you later. >> reporter: rob durazzo is off to work in a neighborhood grocery store in hunting ton beach, california. he'll return home at 10:30 p.m., long after his four children are asleep. then up at 5:30 a.m. to make lunches before the kids head to school and before he heads to his day job as a high school substitute teacher. >> i don't want what makes me keep going. i'm sure it's the kids. they -- there they are. so it's time to start the morning. >> rob's wife, jennifer, teaches full time. even with three jobs between them, the durazzos are struggling to make ends meet.
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rob left teaching for a high-paying job at a real estate firm. >> in january of '06, i made a teacher's salary in the month of january. >> reporter: but he lost the job when the real estate bubble burst. >> a year ago, they called him on a wednesday and said your cell phones are turned off, your insurance is over on monday. we're closing the doors. so it wasn't triage, it was total amputation. they cut off everything. >> reporter: now as a long-term substitute, he makes 2/3 the salary of a permanent teacher. >> trying to get back up. i'm about a -- i'm a teacher's yearly salary behind. in debt right now. >> reporter: even so, he looks on the bright side. >> my mom said it to me. she said, you know, there's people who can't find jobs at all. and you've been blessed with two. >> reporter: 54-year-old tony briones knows that all too well. he spent 30 years as a warehouse worker and in construction. >> i got hurt in construction. it was a ten-foot ladder.
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i was drilling holes for the gas line. and the ladder went one way, i went the other way. and messed up my shoulder. >> a $15,000 disability settlement didn't last long. briones says he filled out hundreds of job applications without success. so now he's competing with dozens of immigrants for scarce work at a los angeles day labor center. >> every morning and night hoping and praying that i can get some kind of work, something going on so i can make some extra money. >> briones is married with two adult children, one at home severely disabled. yet, he's living in his van because he says he doesn't feel right going home. >> for your kids, for your grand kids asking for money, you don't got it, you know? if your wife gots it, that's not -- you know, i mean -- she's trying to do what she can. but -- excuse me. it's not -- it's not right. you know? i was wonderman.
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and working to support my family. i can't. you know? that sucks. excuse me. hoping, hoping and praying. all i can do. >> two men, lives changed by loss of a job not giving up hope by promise of a job ahead. a dirty job, but a 33-year-old mystery has been solved. >> she said, i think i have something that belongs to you. and you know immediately it flashed through my mind that's what it was. i couldn't believe it. >> hear what long-lost treasure a little boy found while digging in his back yard.
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a 3-year-old boy has solved a mystery in a little digging in his back yard. he found a woman's wedding rings she lost 33 years ago. >> i was just sitting right there watching the kids play in the dirt like they usually do, and ryan walks up to me and says, mommy, i found your ring. oh, ryan, thank you. he gives it to me. i'm like, oh, thanks, i didn't think anything of it. thought it was costume jewelry. he goes, you want the other one? i'm like, yeah, sure. >> wow, and the home's original owner lost the rings while gardening. with a little detective work, the retired teacher was tracked down. she plans to get the rings repaired in time for her 50th wedding anniversary. as for the little digger here, he got a $50 reward. one idea from science fiction may actually be closer to becoming a reality.
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investors successfully tested a version of a space elevator yesterday in california. the idea here is to find a way to send people in to space without the costs and risks of launching rockets. instead, spacecraft would climb up a cable that would stretch tall way to space. this robot climbed 3,000 feet in 3:38. seattle researchers won $900,000 from nasa. unclear whether space elevators could ever work. a stolen volkswagen van was found and it took just 35 years. customs agents found it in a shipping container in the los angeles port last month. here it is. the company shipping the blue van did not know that it was stolen. it was taken from an auto shop in spokane, washington back in 1974. a customs official says it was worth a few hundred bucks back then. now worth $27,000. i'm larry smith.
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nine years since the yankees won a world series title. to hear the lamenting of some of the fans, you think they're the cubs. don't whine. nobody does a victory parade like new york, though. 1 million strong turning out on friday to celebrate the yankee's 27th and latest world series title. critics will point to the $2 billion, almost $2 billion the yankees spent last offseason on a new stadium and three pricey free agents. congrats to the guys in pinstripes. >> the party continued last night as the yankee stars and the celebrities, look at that, all coming out to show lebron james what awaits should he move to town. a free agent. he might be the most famous yankees fan not in new york. this is a taste of what they could get if he makes that jump from the cavaliers. great assist here. the cavs beating the knicks handily in msg. nike is yet to step up in support of marcus jordan, the son of hoops legend michael
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jordan put his foot down and wore his shoes at a game last week. his school, central florida, is an adidas school and that prompted the shoe company to pull the contract with the school that provides shoes and apparel at no cost. want to get suspended from your team, go out and do this, elizabeth lambert in new mexico has been benched for this. come on. in a semifinal game, lambert -- i tell you what, that's -- she should meet up with jose canseco and box or something. lambert apologized saying her actions were just uncalled for. gee, you think? that's sports. a guy claimed he was just too fat to kill his former son-in-law. that's his defense in court for more than a month. now the jury finally weighs in.
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we have video from c-span that appears to show ft. hood shooting suspect nidal hasan at a lecture last year. this video is a lecture from
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george washington university on january 6. israel's ambassador to the u.s. and other officials were talking about the gaza incursion. again, that appears to be hasan. we have not confirmed it is him. keep it here on the latest on the ft. hood shooting investigation and the other top stories. the number of u.s. banks that failed this year just climbed to 120. five more banks went under yesterday. they've all been taken over by other banks, so customers can keep using their checks and debit cards. but those five banks were based in california, michigan, minnesota, georgia, and missouri. this is the highest number of u.s. bank failures in one year since 1992. a federal fund to cover failed banks is running low. a florida jury has convicted a man who said he's too fat to kill. he claims he was too fat to run
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up a flight of stairs to kill his son-in-law. he weighed 285 pounds. the former victim was in a custody battle with ates' daughter. ates' lawyer plans to appeal the conviction. the shooting spree suspect is charged with first degree murder. jason rodriguez surrendered and apologized. witnesses say he shot and killed one person and wounded five others at an engineering firm. the company says he worked there until he was fired for poor performance two years ago. police say he blamed the firm for having trouble receiving unemployment benefits. many of you have tough options to weigh as you go through your company's health care plans. several companies are scaling back. how do you choose to be covered next year? it could mean you have to pay higher co-pays and out of pocket expen expenses. lisa sylvester explains. >> reporter: for many u.s.
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workers, it's open enrollment time, when workers choose their company-sponsored health care plans for next year. what they're finding, many corporations have scaled back. workers will have to pay higher out-of-pocket a company that advises corporations on benefit plans four out of ten employers are raising workers' deductibles and co-payments next year. >> health care costs are still rising faster than pay, rising faster than profits, rising faster than almost any other input. and so those costs have to be shared. and one way to do that is to increase the out of pocket costs for people who use health care services. >> congress is debating a health care bill, but will it push down those rising costs that workers have to shell out? democrats think so. >> this is why this legislation is important. affordability for our middle class. it lowers cost for every patient, reigns in premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, limits out of pocket cost.
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>> reporter: but many americans are not persuaded that president obama's health care plan will put the brakes on rising premiums. according to a september cnn opinion research poll, 47% of americans believe the president's health care plan will increase medical costs. only 16% say it will decrease costs. the libertarian think tank says if insurance companies have to provide coverage to those with pre-existing conditions or those who are currently denied insurance, that will inevitably push up costs. >> they're attracting more sick people into the new exchanges. they are giving healthy people every incentive not to purchase health insurance at all, and when you only have sicker people in the pool, the healthy people are leaving, that means premiums will go up for everyone who remains. >> especially if healthier individuals opt to simply pay fines rather than pay higher amounts for health insurance. lisa sylvester, cnn, washington. the ft. hood shootings have
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some soldiers on edge right now. >> fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are looking at their muslim comrades and are a little bit worried, a little bit more skeptical. and it's human nature. >> hear how american muslim soldiers fear a backlash because of the shooting suspect's religious background. y8
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well, communities all over texas hold vigils for the people killed in the ft. hood shootings, authorities are trying to find a motive for the rampage. >> enough of this sort of political correctness. >> muslim leaders react to the killings at ft. hood. what they say might surprise you. if health care reform was the finish line. well, today could touch off the final sprint. why president obama has to convince democrats, not republicans, to go along. hi there, and welcome to hln on this saturday. i'm natasha curry, thanks for spending part of your weekend with us. candle light vigils took place in texas for the 12
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soldiers and one civilian killed in the ft. hood shootings. the suspected gunman, a licensed army psychiatrist is among the two dozen people still in the hospital. he is said to be in critical, but stable condition. one of the cops credited with ending the massacre is also said to be in stable condition. her partner described what it was like as both officers fired shots. >> when i seen he was just standing there, and when i ordered him to drop his weapon, identified myself, and he raised his weapon and shot a couple of rounds. and we both took cover. and then he went around one side of the building. and as i started to go after him, the bystander said no, he came around, he came around. and i came around the other side of the building. and that's when i saw him again and ordered him to drop his weapon. and he raised and fired a couple more rounds at me. i engaged him and he fell. and i went up and secured his weapon. >> we're now starting to learn more about the people who were
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killed at ft. hood. the specialist jason hunt told cnn that her brother spent his 21st birthday in iraq and joined the military to be part of something greater than himself. >> you can expect someone who goes into the army and iraq, you're hardened for the worst. but you never expect him to die at his base. >> i just want to say that, you know, because it didn't happen overseas or it didn't happen in a combat situation doesn't make him any less a hero. my brother was the kind of person to jump in front of a bullet for somebody. and i really feel like, you know, i don't know the details, but i know my brother. and i know he was very brave in this situation. >> last night, the bodies of the 13 people killed at ft. hood were flown to the military mortuary. they were transported to a ramp ceremony. the deputy commander for ft. hood called the ceremony truly
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moving. some of the harshest criticism of the alleged ft. hood gunman is coming from other muslims. some not only condemn the crime, they also say that they're okay with having more extensive background checks of muslims in the military. >> i don't take offense. i say the challenge, i need to fix this problem. my goodness, it's better to find that out at this stage rather than to discover it, you know, when the person becomes a major and kills 13 brave soldiers. >> those muslim leaders in arizona say that their faith is being hijacked by fanatics and said something must be done. and we'll bring you any new developments on the ft. hood shootings as soon as they happen. but because we are hln, we're going to cover the rest of the day's top stories, as well. president obama goes to capitol hill today to try to close the deal on health care reform with fellow democrats. he's making a last-minute appeal to get them to support the bill that could be put up for a vote tonight.
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democrats are struggling to get enough votes, even though they have a strong house majority. they even increased that majority yesterday when they swore in representative bill owen. now, he just won a special election in upstate new york. many conservative democrats opposed the health care bill because it allows federal money to support abortions. >> no federal funds used to pay for abortions. and so that means no federal funds used to pay for abortions in the public option. no public funds used to pay for abortions for people receiving subsidies on the exchange. >> or your vote is no? >> right. >> last night, democratic leaders struck a deal with those conservative democrats. they agreed to add tougher restrictions to the bill. democratic officials are now optimistic they've lined up enough votes. all republicans are expected to oppose the bill. police shot and wounded a person of interest in the killing of a seattle cop on halloween. a police spokesman said that officers went to check a car that looks similar to the one that was seen right after the
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killing and when they approached a man, he pulled a gun so detectives shot him. a seattle hospital said he was critically injured and had surgery last night. yesterday, thousands of people here attended a memorial for the late officer timothy brenton. he was shot in his car after a traffic stop. a computer error nearly wiped out the bank accounts of 60,000 retired new york city teachers. yesterday morning, $189 million was withdrawn from retirement funds by mistake. many retired teachers are now worried about scheduled payments and getting through the weekend without any money. but a spokesman for the bank of new york mellon says most of the money will be returned by today and the rest should be in accounts by monday. take a look at this ferocious fire in massachusetts. it tore through an abandoned paper mill last night. look at the flames here. exploding chemicals, shot debris into the air making things really tough for fire crews. and at one point, the roof caved in. the building's maintenance man
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said that homeless people sometimes camp inside this old building. no word what caused the fire. there were no reports of any injuries. all right. it's the weekend. you'll want to enjoy the weather, right? tropical storm ida might make that a little tough for some of you. let's check in with reynolds wolf for the latest on that. hey, reynolds. >> it's been really a quiet year for us tropical wise, especially in the atlantic basin, the caribbean, until the last couple of days. we had a hurricane, now it's been downgraded to a tropical storm. we're talking about ida, which is a powerful storm. one of the strongest in the planet. it had some interaction with the land in nicaragua and honduras. now it's gaining a little bit of strength. right now the winds are at 45 gusting to 60 miles an hour. thing is, though, this storm is expected to strengthen. still staying as a tropical storm, but the latest path we have from the national hurricane center has the storm moving to the north and right between cancun, cuba, and moving into the gulf of mexico as we get into both monday and into
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tuesday. now, if you happen to live along the gulf coast, i would certainly be advised to keep a sharp eye on this. however, there isn't a single forecast that brings this onshore. it is expected to react with a stationary front and may cause the system to die altogether without making landfall. at least that is the hope. you can definitely not just hope but expect today is a great day. plenty of sunshine for the northeast with high temperatures in the 50s. not bad this time of year. same deal back in memphis with 74 degrees, 87 in phoenix, and 69 in atlanta. that is a wrap on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. it was a dirty job, but a 33-year-old mystery has been solved. >> she said i think i have something that belongs to you. and, you know, immediately it flashed through my mind that's what it was. i couldn't believe it. >> hear the long lost treasure a little boy found while digging in his backyard.
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with taking down the ft. hood gunman is becoming a hero on twitter. early yesterday, sergeant kim munley only had a few followers on the site. as more reports came out about her playing a key role in ending the ft. hood massacre, her twitter followers raced to 1,500. munley is said to be in stable condition. many people are leaving tweets thanking her and wishing her a speedy recovery. and keep it here on hln for our continued coverage for the ft. hood shooting investigation. a 3-year-old boy has solved a mystery with a little digging in his backyard. he found a woman's wedding rings that she lost 33 years ago. >> i was just sitting right there watching the kids play in the dirt like they usually do. and ryan walks up to me and says, mommy, i found your ring. oh, ryan, thank you. and he gave it to me. i didn't think anything of it. thought it was maybe costume jewelry and he goes, you want the other one? and i'm like, yeah.
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sure. >> the home's original owner lost the rings while gardening. with a little detective work, the retired teacher was tracked down. she plans to get the rings repaired in time for her 50th wedding anniversary. as for the little digger, he got a $50 reward. good work. one idea from science fiction may actually be closer to becoming a reality. investors successfully tested a version of a space elevator yesterday in california. the idea here is to find a way to send people into space without the cost and risk of launching rockets. instead, spacecraft would climb up a cable that would stretch all the way to space. this robot climbed nearly 3,000 feet in 3:38. seattle researchers won prize money from nasa, but it's unclear whether space elevators can ever work. i'm larry smith. hey, lebron james, come hang with us. the cleveland cavaliers star and
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future nba free agent didn't attend the victory parade of his favorite baseball team friday afternoon. plenty of yankees players went to him. it was a who's who at the garden, and fans are hoping that will woo him to make a move next summer. already got a lebron jersey ready for the knicks. up and over, larry hughes, puts on a show. better luck next time. cavs got the win. maybe, maybe in new york next year. we'll see. speaking of that parade, the latest ticker tape parade, a new york tradition for over 100 years honored the yankees in their latest world series championship. beating the phillies four games to two. the cy young player could have a deal in place. the vancouver washington newspaper, the columbian is reporting that tim lincecum will pay a fine.
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authorities say the deal is consistent with others who have been first-time offenders. jose canseco may top the list of exathletes who won't go away. now the slugger is back in the ring. boxing, the 6'4" 250 pound canseco, he isn't done yet. when asked who else he'd like to fight, he immediately called out alex rodriguez, calling a-rod a lying idiot in the whole steroids issue. don't count on that fight any time soon. that's sports. a popular car manufacturer is recalling almost 4 million of its best-selling vehicles. hln money expert clark howard has the details that could keep you safe on the road. >> by now i hope everybody in america who has a toyota or a lexus made between 2004 and 2010 has checked to see if your is
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one of the ones affected by one of the oddest recalls of all time. 4 million vehicles, approximately, were recalled because the driver floor mat could cause you to be in an accident and possibly even cause a fatal wreck. it's weird, isn't it? and the remedy, so simple, you pull out the floor mat on the driver's side and you let your carpet get dirty in the car. but most recalls aren't so simple as that. the shocker, though, is that most of the time, even when there's a recall involving serious safety stuff, people don't respond, don't take their cars or trucks to the dealer. i want you to take care of it, especially if it's steering, braking, something like that. there's a website you can learn what's going on with your car, autosafety.org. check it out. i'm clark howard. check me out at cnn.com/clarkhoward. and for more ways to save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off, don't miss
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the clark howard show today at noon eastern right here on hln. a guy claimed that he was just too fat to kill his former son-in-law. and that was his defense in court for more than a month. now the jury finally weighs in.
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we have video now from c-span that shows nidal hasan at a lecture earlier this year. keep in mind, cnn has not confirmed it is him at the center of your screen here who is highlighted. but this video is from a lecture at george washington university on january the 6th. israel's baambassadors to the u. and others were talking about the incursion. that appears to be hasan, but we have not confirmed it is, in fact, him. keep it here on hln for the latest on the ft. hood shooting investigation and today's other top stories. the number of u.s. banks that failed this year just climbed to 120. five more banks went under
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yesterday. they've all been taken over by other banks, so customers can keep using their checks and debit cards. those five banks were based in california, michigan, minnesota, georgia, and missouri. this is the highest number of u.s. bank failures in one year since 1992. a federal fund to cover failed banks is running low. a florida jury has convicted a man who said that he was too fat to kill. jurors rejected his lawyer's claims that he was too fat to run up a flight of stairs to shoot his former son-in-law. edward ates weighed 285 pounds at the time. the 40-year-old victim was in a custody battle with ates' daughter. ates' lawyer plans to appeal the murder conviction. the suspect in a shooting spree at an orlando office tower has been charged with first-degree murder. jason rodriguez was arrested a few hours after the incident yesterday. police say that he surrendered and apologized. witnesses say he shot and killed one person and wounded five others at an engineering firm.
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the company says he worked there until he was fired for poor performance two years ago. police say he blamed the firm for having trouble receiving unemployment benefits. many of you have some really tough options to weigh as you go through your company's health care plans. several companies are scaling back. so how do you choose to be covered next year? it really could mean that you'll have to pay higher co-pays in out of pocket expenses. lisa zsylvester explains. >> reporter: for many u.s. workers, it's open enrollment time when workers choose their company-sponsored plans for next year. what they're finding, many corporations have scaled back. workers will have to pay higher out of pocket costs. according to a september survey by watson wyatt, a company that advises corporations on benefit plans, 4 out of 10 employers are raising workers' deductibles and copayments next year. >> health care costs are still rising faster than pay, rising
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faster than profits, rising faster than almost any other input. and so those costs had to be shared and one way to do that is to increase the out of pocket costs for people who use health care services. >> reporter: congress is debating a health care bill, but will it push down those rising costs that workers have to shell out? democrats think so. >> this is why this legislation is important. affordability for our middle class. it lowers costs for every patient, reigns in premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, limits out of pocket costs. >> reporter: but many americans are not persuaded that president obama's health care plan will put the brakes on rising premiums. according to a september cnn opinion research poll, 47% of americans believe the president's health care plan will increase medical costs. only 16% say it will decrease costs. the cato institute, a libertarian think tank says if insurance companies have to provide coverage to those with
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pre-existing conditions or those who are currently denied insurance, that will inevitably push up costs. >> they're attracting more sick people into the new exchanges. they are giving healthy people every incentive not to purchase health insurance at all. and when you only have sicker people in the pool, the healthy people are leaving, that means premiums are going to go up for everyone who remains. >> reporter: especially if healthier individuals opt to simply pay fines rather than pay higher amounts for health insurance. lisa sylvester, cnn, washington. the ft. hood shootings have some soldiers on edge right now. >> fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are looking at their muslim comrades and are a little bit worried. a little bit more skeptical. and it's human nature. >> reporter: hear how american muslim soldiers fear a backlash because of the shooting suspect's religious background.
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well, communities all over texas hold vigils for the people killed in the ft. hood shootings, authorities are trying to find a motive for the rampage. >> enough of this sort of political correctness. >> muslim leaders react to the killings at ft. hood. and some go far beyond condemning the crime. if health care reform was the finish line, well, today could touch off the final sprints. why president obama has to convince democrats, not republicans, to go along. hi there, and welcome to hln on this saturday. i'm natasha curry, thanks for spending part of your weekend with us. candle light vigils toob took place yesterday for the 12
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soldiers and one civilian killed in the ft. hood shootings. the suspected gunman, major nidal hasan, a licensed army psychiatrist is among the two dozen people still in the hospital. he is said to be in critical, but stable condition. one of the cops credited with ending the massacre is also said to be in stable condition. her partner described what it was like as both officers fired shots. >> when i seen him, he was standing there. when i ordered him to drop his weapon, identified myself. he raised his weapon and shot a couple of rounds and we both took cover. and then he went around one side of the building. and as i started to go after him, the bystander said no, he came around, he came around. and i came around the other side of the building. and that's when i saw him again and ordered him to drop his weapons and he raised and fired a cup more rounds at me. and i engaged him and he fell. and i went up and secured his weapon. >> we're now starting to learn more about the people who were
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killed at ft. hood. the sister of specialist jason hunt told our sister network cnn that her brother spent his 21st birthday in iraq and joined the military to be part of something greater than himself. >> leila, you can expect somebody who goes into the army, into iraq, you're hardened for the worst, but you never expect him to die at his base. >> i just want to say that, you know, because it didn't happen overseas or it didn't happen in a combat situation doesn't make him any less a hero. because my brother was the kind of person to jump in front of a bullet for somebody. and i really feel like, you know, i don't know the details but i know my brother. and i know he was very brave in this situation. >> last night, the bodies of the 13 people killed at ft. hood were flown to the military mortuary at dover air force base. the flag-covered coffins of the 12 soldiers and an army civilian employee were transported through a ramp ceremony. the deputy commander for ft. hood called the ceremony truly
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moving. some of the harshest criticism of the alleged ft. hood gunman is coming from other muslims. some not only condemn the crime, they also say that they're okay with having more extensive background checks of muslims in the military. >> i don't take offense. i say, you know what, i need to fix this problem. it's better to find that out at this stage rather than discover it, you know, when the person becomes a major and kills 13 brave soldiers. >> those muslim leaders in arizona say that their faith is being hijacked by fanatics. and they say something must be done to prevent radical sects from spreading. and we'll bring you any new developments on the ft. hood shootings as soon as they happen. but because we are hln, we're going to cover the rest of today's top stories, as well. president obama goes to capitol hill today to try to close the deal on health care reform with fellow democrats. he's making a last-minute appeal to get them to support the bill that could be put up for a vote
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tonight. democrats are struggling to get enough votes even though they have a strong house majority. they even increased that majority yesterday when they swore in bill owen. he just won a special election in upstate new york. many conservative democrats opposed the health care bill because it allows federal money to support abortions. >> no federal funds used to pay for abortions. and so that means no federal funds used to pay for abortions in the public option. no public funds used to pay for abortions for people receiving subsidies on the exchange. >> or your vote is no? >> right. >> reporter: last night, democratic leaders struck a deal with those conservative democrats. they agreed to add tougher restrictions to the bill. democratic officials are now optimistic they've lined up enough votes. all republicans are expected to oppose the bill. police shot and wounded a person of interest in the killing of a seattle cop on halloween. a police spokesman said that officers went to check a car that looked similar to the one that was seen right after the
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killing and when they approached a man, he pulled a gun so detectives shot him. a seattle hospital says that he was critically injured and had surgery last night. yesterday, thousands of people here attended a memorial for the late officer timothy brenton. he was shot in his car after a traffic stop. a computer error nearly wiped out the bank accounts of 60,000 retired new york city teachers. yesterday morning, $189 million was withdrawn from retirement funds by mistake. many retired teachers are worried about scheduled payments and getting through the weekend without any money. but a spokesman for the bank of new york mellon says most of the money will be returned by today. and the rest should be in accounts by monday. take a look at this ferocious fire in massachusetts. it tore through an abandoned paper mill last night. look at the flames here. exploding chemicals, shot debris into the air making things really tough for fire crews. and at one point the roof caved in. the building's maintenance man
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said homeless people sometimes camped in this building. no word of what caused the fire. no reports of any injuries. all right. it's the weekend. you want to enjoy the weather, right? but tropical storm ida might make that a little tough for some of you. let's check in with reynolds wolf for the latest on that. >> it's been a quiet year for us tropical wise. especially in the atlantic basin, in the caribbean, until the last couple of days. we've had a hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical storm. we're talking about ida, which was a pretty powerful storm. one of the strongest on the planet. had some interaction with the land in nicaragua and honduras. now it's moving in the far western corner of the caribbean sea and gaining strength. winds at 45 gusting to 60 miles per hour. see some deep convection right here in the center. thing is, though, this storm is expected to strengthen. still staying as a tropical storm, but the latest path has the storm moving to the north and right between cancun, the yucatan peninsula, and cuba and moving into the gulf of mexico as we get into both monday into
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tuesday. now, if you happen to live along the gulf coast, i would certainly be advised to keep a sharp eye on this. there isn't a single forecast that brings this onshore. it is expected to react with sheer and stationary front and that may cause it to die out without making landfall. at least that is the hope. what you can definitely, not just hope, but expect today will be a great day. plenty of sunshine for the northeast with high temperatures in the 50s. not bad this time of year. same deal back in memphis with 74 degrees, 87 in phoenix, 63 in san francisco, and 69 in atlanta. that is a wrap on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. it was a dirty job, but a 33-year-old mystery has been solved. >> she said i think i have something that belongs to you. and, you know, immediately it flashed through my mind that's what it was. i couldn't believe it. >> hear what long lost treasure a little boy found while digging in his balk yard.
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one of the cops credited with taking down the ft. hood gunman is becoming a hero on twitter. early yesterday, sergeant kim munley only had a few followers on the site. but as more reports came out about her playing a key role in ending the ft. hood massacre, her twitter followers raced to 1,500, munley was wounded during the shootout and said to be in stable condition. many people are leaving tweets thanking her and wishing her a speedy recovery. and keep it here on hln for or our continuing coverage on the ft. hood shooting investigation. a 3-year-old boy has solved a mystery with a little digging in his backyard. he found a woman's wedding rings
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she lost 33 years old. >> i was just sitting right there, watching the kids play in the dirt like they usually do and ryan walks up to me and says, mommy, i found your ring. oh, ryan, thank you. he gave it to me, i didn't think anything of it, thought it was maybe costume jewelry. and he goes, you want the other one? yeah, sure. >> the home's original owner lost the rings while gardening. with a little detective work, the retired teacher was tracked down. she plans to get the rings repaired in time for her 50th wedding anniversary. as for the little digger, he got a $50 reward. good work. a stolen volkswagen van has finally been found. and it took just 35 years. customs agents found it in a shipping container in the los angeles port last month. here it is. the company shipping the blue van did not know that it was stolen, but it was taken from an auto shop in spokane, washington, back in 1974. a customs official said it was
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probably worth a few hundred bucks back then, now it's worth about $27,000. the recent mayor's race in iowa ended in a tie. but that's just the first twist in this small town election. as amanda lewis and kcci reports, now the mayor's wondering why they even bothered having an election at all. >> reporter: in st. charles, iowa, 224 people did their civic duty on tuesday night. in this small church on main street, they voted. two days later, they still have no idea who will be mayor. >> we don't get that often. this is pretty exciting for us. >> reporter: after what appeared to be a hard-fought campaign with duelling yard signs and duelling supporters. >> i voted for joanne, i think she's done great things for the community. >> just because they're pretty much associated with the cub scouts and stuff around her. >> reporter: joanne brown and
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dennis smith are neck and neck. 112 for brown and 111 for smith, that was until this afternoon. >> we do solemnly swear. >> reporter: one group of election officials take one carefully kept absentee ballot out of the county lock box and open it. >> the vote is for dennis smith. >> reporter: now, it's a tie. so the mystery will remain and the st. charles' mayors race will be decided the old fashioned name. >> they put a name in the at and drew out a name. that's what they did. >> reporter: and our thanks for that report. and two more votes could've helped settle the election, but they were labeled spoiled and tossed out. that means the voter made some type of mistake on the ballot. i'm larry smith. nine years since the yankees last won a world series title. but you would think they were the cubs. 101 years in counting since their last championship. come on, don't whine. nobody does a victory parade
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like new york, though. 1 million strong showing up to celebrate the 27th world title. critics will point to the $2 billion the yankees spent last off season on a new stadium and three pricey free agents. congrats to the guys. hey, the party continued last night at madison square garden as the yankees stars and other celebrities coming out to show lebron james. next summer he's a free agent. and james may be the most famous yankees fan not in new york. here's a taste of what the knicks could get if he makes that jump from the cavaliers. great assists here. nike is yet to step up in support of marcus jordan, the freshman and son of michael jordan. he put his foot down and wore his daddy's shoes in a game this week. but his school central florida is an adidas school, but that prompted them to pull their contract with the school that
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provides shoes and apparel at no cost. want to get suspended from your team? go out and do this. elizabeth lambert in new mexico has been benched for this. during the loss in a conference tournament semifinal game. lambert, i'll tell you what, she should meet up with jose canseco and box or something. she later apologized saying her actions were uncalled for. gee, you think? that's sports.
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we have video now from c-span that appears to show ft. hood shooting suspect major nidal hasan at a lecture earlier this year. keep in mind cnn has not confirmed it is him at the center of your screen here who is highlighted. but this video is from a lecture at george washington university on january 6th. israel's ambassador to the u.s. and other officials were talking about the gaza incursion. that appears to be hasan. but we have not confirmed that it is, in fact, him. keep it here on hln for the very latest on the ft. hood shooting investigation and today's other top stories. the number of u.s. banks that failed this year, just climbed to 120.
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five more banks went under yesterday. they've all been taken over by other banks. so customers can keep using their checks and debit cards. those five banks were based in california, michigan, minnesota, georgia, and missouri. this is the highest number of u.s. bank failures in one year since 1992. a federal fund to cover failed banks is running low. a florida jury has convicted a man who said that he was too fat to kill. jurors rejected his lawyers' claims that he was too fat to run up a flight of stairs to shoot his former son-in-law. he weighed 285 pounds at the time. the 40-year-old victim was in a custody battle with ates' daughter. ates' lawyer plans to appeal the murder conviction. the suspect in a shooting spree at an orlando office tower has been charged with first-degree murder. jason rodriguez was arrested just a few hours after the incident yesterday. police say that he surrendered and apologized. witnesses say he shot and killed
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one person and wounded five others at an engineering firm. the company says he worked there until he was fired for poor performance two years ago. police say he blamed the firm for having trouble receiving unemployment benefits. a lot of businesses hope that going green will put them back on the road to success. but one company found that just being organic by itself is not enough. mary snow looks at how they made their turn around. it's become a place for hollywood hair stylists turn for beauty products, but simply organic's rise to fame was far less glamorous. the start was disastrous. they founded the company in 2001. >> would you put it on your salad? why would you put it on your skin or your hair? >> it strives to use plant-based ingredients whenever possible. but the effects of 9/11 combined
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with a bankrupt supplier supposed an insurmountable challenge. >> i got so bad i had to sell my house, my car. it got to that point where every dollar we could make went back in. >> quite quite frankly, 2004, i we are not going to recover unless something dramatic happens. step back and take a look where we are. that's when the boys stepped june their sons, jeremiah, geno, cory decided to take over the business. >> they have taken a beaten-down horse and turned it back up into a racehorse. >> it was definitely nerve-racking at the very begin, not knowing where our source of money was going to come from. >> reporter: the boys partnered with a smaller, local manufacturing company who gave them discounts on raw materials. they focused on the internet to help drive sales and they went beyond hairstyling products and introduced accessories like lip balm and candles. >> we went from salon to salon telling our story and building
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our business that way. >> reporter: the result of all of this hard work is a growing fan base. >> so excited because it was a product line that i actually believed in but then also gave me results. >> reporter: it also pumped up the bottom line. when the boys took over, sales were less than $100,000. this year, the company's on track to make close to $4 million. the future of simply organic looks just as promising. >> i really see this as being something that i'll be passing down to my kids someday and truly building an amazing family business. >> reporter: mary snow, cnn, new york. the ft. hood shooting has some soldiers on edge right now. >> fellow soldiers, airmen, marines are looking at their muslim comrades and are a little bit worried, a little bit more skeptical, it's human nature. >> how muslim soldiers fear a backlash because of the shooting suspect's background.
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