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and a very good thursday morning to you. i'm richard lui in for robin meade. she'll be back tomorrow. some hurricane katrina victims have won a huge victory in court and it could cost billions of your tax dollars. new evidence has surfaced that key people were troubled by the ft. hood suspect before the attack happened. plus -- >> it's a little bumpy, but gets us around. >> your iphone can help you get directions around town, but what if it could drive your car for you? the stage may be set for the federal government to face billions of dollars on hurricane
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katrina claims. yesterday a federal judge ruled that the army corps of engineers' negligence led to the devastating flooding in 2005. he said the corps did not properly maintain the shipping channel linking new orleans to the gulf of mexico. people in new orleans recognize the importance of this ruling. >> it's a major, major win, a vind indication for st. bernard parrish and our residents, and people for the last 40 years have really fought to make this known, that the mrgo was continuing to be a threat and was going to event waually resu in the devastation of st. bernard parish. so a huge success but a disappointment that it took this to reach it. >> six people affected by hurricane katrina were awarded
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damages ranging from 100,000 to $117,000. the ruling will also help thousands of people with their homes. katrina killed 1800 people and displaced 300,000 people from their homes. it looks like the accused shooter's residency may have been troubled at walter reed medical center. they obtained a copy of a memo reportedly written by hasan's supervisor, and in that memo it said the faculty had professional concerns about his work ethic. we could not reach anyone for that comment. they're looking for ways to punish iran for backing out of a
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nuclear deal. he said there will likely be new sanctions over the next several weeks. yesterday iran defied a deal designed to ease international fears that iran plans to build nuclear weapons, which it has denied so far. about a million people across the united states will see their benefits expire in january. unless congress moves quickly on this. jennifer westhoven is here to talk about it. >> it was supposed to mean 20 more weeks of benefits, but it's all part of a bigger law that expires on december 31st. it looks like lawmakers missed that, so unless congress moves fast, technically everything runs out on january 1st, and of course, we know the timing would be awful. a non-profit group says that is about a million people who would be without a job, without any
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assistance, basically left in the worst job market in about 25 years. 10% unemployment. one expert told cnn recently, you've got about as much chance of landing a job right now as a kid does getting into harvard. that's depressing. lawmakers are working on it. >> thanks a lot. stay with us this morning. we'll bring you live coverage of a space walk at the international space station. nasa says astronauts are going to install a spare antenna and new cables. it would be the first of three space walks we'll be watching for you, and the first one for dr. nassau. we're looking to see plenty of fireworks for the health care reform bill that the senate unveiled overnight. they said it would mean higher premiums and more taxes, but harry reid says for the first time, almost all americans are going to be covered. >> 98% of the american people,
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those who have medicare will be included in that number, will have health insurance. and we'll make sure that 30 million more americans who don't have health insurance today will soon have it. i want to repeat, we not only protect medicare, we're making it stronger. >> democrats say their plan will cost about $850 billion over the course of ten years. they would pay for it with fees on insurance, drug and medical companies along with higher taxes on the wealthy. there would be cuts to medicare and medicaid and other fees and taxes as well, and this is estimated to cost about $350 billion less than the house version that was passed about two weeks ago. it also calls for medicare and medicaid cuts and new fees and taxes, too. the if i knfbi is checking whether two chicago men may have played a role in terror tax in india. the agency says one of the men
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was in contact with a pakistani group that india blames for last year's attacks in mumbai. they arrested those men last month and they were plotting to kill a danish newspaper editor depicting cartoons. the wild turkey is now off the road. wildlife officials finally caught her yesterday. >> i was a little concerned. i thought we were going to start seeing headlines that said turnpike, two, tami, zero. >> we understand she'll start sharing a home with a male
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turkey named gobbles. >> gobble bleeping gobble, all right? let me show you what's going on across the east coast and midwest. portions around illinois, the rain is wrapping up around us. it's going to be heavy at times this morning. right around central illinois and driving through the carol e carolinas and virginia. mainly west of washington and baltimore, but you'll get some showers moving in toward d.c. let me take you live to d.c. trying to get in or out, you have the clouds coming in, a little bit of wind out of the southeast right now. the rain showers will be there shortly. it's going to be kind of a dreary day for you. you can see there, there's i-90 going through rochester and
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syracuse. you get across western parts of new york state, that's where the heaviest rain is going to be found. more heavy rain, lots of wind and snow, too. that's an upper level low. it's back across the west with energy riding along it. lots of rain along the coastline and winds today gusting over 76 miles an hour along the puget coast. here's seattle, higher elevations around 2500 feet. that's where you'll get the snow, but that snow elevation will get up to 6,000 feet today. we told you about a government panel's new mammogram guidelines, but now the health and human services says there is something even more important than these new recommendations. plus, a woman held hostage at a t.j.maxx says she prayed
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and prayed while hiding from some gun men. what she did to make sure they did not find her during that ordeal.
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. flat skroon tvs use far more energy than the old sets and california says it's too much. its energy commission voted unanimously to set energy standards for tvs. it is the first state in the nation to do so. now, look, you will not have to give up your tv, but it does mean that in the future, tv makers are going to have to sell televisions that guzzle less. some of the models now would not even be allowed to be sold in california for two years. this move really upsets the tv manufacturers. they say it will lead to higher prices. the state says it will lead to billions of dollars a year in energy costs in california.
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if you love pumpkin for the holidays, some stores are already running out of canned pumpkin. apparently there was so much rain this year that there wasn't as big of a pumpkin crop this year. the most popular brand you will see is nestle, but they will probably run out after thanksgiving. so if you want a pumpkin pie for christmas, you may want to stock up. >> tom, our director, is saying, are you holding a microphone there? >> it's one of those things that right before we started, i straightened out my shirt and it went right down. >> i'm like, what is jen doing over there? thank you, jen, appreciate it. keep talking to the doctor. that's the big message from kathleen sebelius about new mammogram guidelines we've been telling you about. this week a federal advisory board said women in their 40s should avoid routine exams. the american cancer society disagrees with that.
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sebelius says programs like medicaid will keep paying for the exams. she stressed the guidelines are recommendations, not government policy. >> we want women to have a doctor, take the information, but then have that conversation about your own health history, what the risks are of having a mammogram versus the benefits and make a determination based on an informed decision. >> the new guidelines have caused a lot of controversy, and the advisory board, which recommended them, says those recommendations have been misunderstood. one member again stressed they are talking about routine exams for women in their 40s. yesterday's second pirate attack on the alabama could have easily been avoided. that's from two former crew members who say their shipping line ignored their warnings to rename the ship, repaint it or give it a different route after pirates hijacked it last spring. they are now suing maersk.
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their officials say their new defense plan does work. a woman says she hid in a dark fitting room for three hours with no idea of what was going on outside. police in florida are still looking for two men who went in the store tuesday night with guns, taking six people hostage. one hostage came face to face with one of the suspects. >> before i knew it, the gunman was in our face, and he asked me to get on the floor and put my hands behind my back and proceeded to tie my hands together. >> police now think the suspects were already gone by the time units arrived on that scene. none of the hostages was seriously hurt. they did not get a good description, though, since the gunmen were wearing masks, hoods and gloves. nothing says football tailgaiting like beers and
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bratses and now the nfl wants to cut back on your parties.
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. karzai is officially starlting his second term. this morning he was sworn in at an inauguration ceremony and he promised to fight drug trafficking. president obama is deciding whether to send up to 40,000 more troops to afghanistan at the moment. navy investigators have written a scorching criticism of the crew of the u.s. submarine that crashed into another submarine in the gulf. the submarine tolerated sleeping, slouching and a radio room rigged with music speakers. they smashed into the new orleans on october 20, but damage exceeded 1 milli$1 milli. donations have been coming in for turkeys, but the amount
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has dropped this year. but big mama says she still has the faith. >> we still need quite a few turkeys. >> i need turkeys, jerry, right now. and i will be up for the next two days, no sleep. come any time. >> i love that woman. she just wants to make it happen. help her if you can. big mama right there. go to cnn.com/robin. scroll down to our important web sites section if you can help her with those 20,000 turkeys. >> god bless her. the soccer player who was caught on tape. she says she does not recognize herself on that tape. she doesn't normally wear red, i don't know, what's the deal? >> she is an all-conference academic player, and never had one yellow card until that time. she says she will regret this the rest of her life but it has been blown out of proportion because she's a woman.
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she was suspended after yanking a woman by her ponytail. lambert says it's expected for men to play rough but the not so nice play in women's soccer may be misunderstood by casual fans. she says she has even received death threats since this incident. south africa's runner will keep her gold medal and her prize money. her gender raised questions and prompted track and field officials to order the gender test. they say the tests are not finished and they would not comment. the nfl's limits to curb getting drunk by nfl fans is not sitting well. a season ticket holder says he may give up his tickets in the future because he wasteighs this
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a way to just get fans to buy more beer inside the stadium. we're asking what you think about this. chuck says on our facebook page -- tanya b. says -- we want to know what you think. go to cnn.com/robin. we'll read those comments throughout the morning. it's the world's biggest one on one break dance contest. look at this, look at the crowd they have. i've seen fewer pro games some places. fifth year they've had this competition. lalu took home the crown. taught by richard lui. >> that's right, you just come on down here, i'll show you some of my key signature moves. >> you're going to tear your jacket if you don't take it off.
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a police officer has been suspended after he tasered a 10-year-old girl, but you might be surprised why. plus we're hearing from the girl's mom who police say gave the officer permission to taser the girl. that's new for you in about 20 minutes. all right, let's head on over to bob van dillen right now. some folks planning ahead. >> some major problems popping up, and it's not due to weather. let me take you to atlanta because we have an outage. the ent where the pilots file their flight plans is out. if you're one of the planes sitting on the tarmac listening to me right now, i don't have word on when everything is going to be back to normal, but if you look at cyber flight right now, there is not a lot of air traffic out there. usually the entire eastern seaboard is just covered with planes. not so right now.
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weatherwise, seattle under the gun, same with the northeast with rain and clouds. more "morning express" in just a couple minutes.
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a judge has ruled that the army corps of engineers' negligence led to the devastating flooding during hurricane katrina. he issued his ruling in a lawsuit brought by six people who survived the storm. he said the corps did not properly maintain the shipping channel linking new orleans to the gulf of mexico. and the search for more human remains has been called off at a cleveland home where the bodies of 11 women were found. no more remains have been found. people on the scene have been digging by hand to try to find more evidence in that. in less than two hours, we'll be going live to a space walk for you outside the international space station. astronauts are going to install
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a spare antenna and new cables there. it will be the first of three space walks we'll be following for you and the first for dr. robert sacher, jr. welcome back. i'm richard lui in for robin meade today. he apparently had a bumpy start to his medical career. they got a copy of his record. they said hasan made poor judgment in discussing religious topics with patients. >> put his islamic obsession aside, put aside hasan's apparently extremist islamic views, what this memo is saying, it's right there in the army's official credential file, it says this psychiatrist could be reckless for his patients, he could be a danger to them. yet he kept being promoted, and as we all know, he was sent to ft. hood to treat some of the most vulnerable soldiers in the
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army. >> cnn couldn't corroborate the authenticity of the memo or reach the supervisor who signed that. they said hasan's passed evaluations did not raise red flags about a potential for violence. two people were killed when their tour bus ran off a road in minnesota and fell into a ditch. all of them suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical. some passengers got trapped inside that bus and rescuers had to smash the windshield to get to them. the cause right now is under investigation. you know, it doesn't look good for california's money problems. a non-partisan budget analyst predicts the state will face a $20 billion deficit for at least the next five years. even so here, governor arnold schwarzenegger says he has no plans to raise the taxes for the state. the analyst suggests for california lawmakers to make even more long-term cuts to try
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to balance that budget. there was an uproar on a plan to try five suspects of 9/11 in civilian court rather than at a military commission. a woman confronted eric holder after he defended it yesterday. >> you are very conversant with the law. i am not. but i think i speak for many 9/11 families when i say we are heartsick and leery of this. i'm afraid the ththeatrics are going to take over and we regret that. >> think about how long this has been pending. we've taken, i think, the first step towards resolving these matters. we are going to go through a process that wiand they will undoubtedly try to do things in court as they did in the
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military commissions. >> during that hearing where the attorney general was grilled at some point, some family members of 9/11 victims broke into applause as republican senator grilled holder for upsetting a judge and jury. he said he will not give them more advantage than a military commission. he also prochmised to seek the death penalty in these cases. chinese officials have gone as far as quarantining an entire plane load of passengers if one person has symptoms of h1n1. but they say extraordinary steps have failed to get a handle on this outbreak. 63,000 people have become ill with this outbreak and 53 people have died. this comes after review of how it handled the largest wildfire in l.a. county history. it says helicopters could have been used in the first critical hours of the fire but a forest
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service spokesman says flying at night is not usually done due to safety concerns. kids' letters to santa will probably go unanswered at the north pole. volunteers in north pole, alaska have been answering kids' letters for more than 50 years, but now the u.s. postal service is dropping the program because of privacy concerns. it says there are tighter restrictions on who can answer those letters. a postal service spokeswoman says dealing with the requirements is just not feasible in alaska. it's too bad, bob. it's a tradition to write to santa and sometimes you get an answer. >> now you can e-mail him. a couple concerns we have, number one, with some flights. i'll tell you about that in a couple seconds but number two is going to be the weather for sure. look at the rain coming in the upper part of the great lakes through ontario, western p.a. it's an upper-level low.
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same one as the last four days in the same spots. if you got rain in the midwest, you're probably going to get it again today because it hacht moved that far. most of the rain is across the western part of virginia through western maryland. also buffalo, heavy rain right there, and that cycles back just shy of toronto. getting some rain around that city, too. back to the west a little farther, here's the major storm maker for the northwest. it's basically a train of low pressure centers moving in. we have all the clouds coming from the pacific. a lot of rain out there potentially available. maybe another eight inches of rain before it's done. but the wind will pick up, too. all the blue is rain, the white is snow. then when you zero in towards this radar, portland, all that rain is painted in yellow. in seattle, across the valleys. higher elevations it's going to be snow, and that's going to be roughly 2500 feet elevation right now, rising to 4,000 feet
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elevation later today. also this heads up. we're now getting this in from atlanta. let me take you live to atlanta airport right now because basically the system that pilots use to file their flight plans has been taken down. it's lost power. now they're switching over to salt lake city. the problem is all the planes that have been backed up are going to be sitting there. this happened back in august of 2008. if history is any kind of guide, when that happened, hundreds of flights were delayed, some were canceled, so i think we'll see some big delays on the east coast because of that computer glitch in atlanta. that's going to carry on through the morning into the early afternoon. you can see not much air traffic there, either. generally this is entirely covered with airplanes, but right now just a handful getting out. you're going to see delays. it could be major from atlanta all the way down to florida in to new england and filtering to the rest of the country. it's a major computer glitch. hopefully they get that taken care of.
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>> just looking at the picture behind you, we never see that. you can count them. >> there's almost a dozen planes on that map. that's not good. >> it's going to be tough for our friends in the airport today. bob is on top of that for us. he'll give you that update. thank you, sir. >> you got it. you think you know the news? prove it. take the cnn challenge. challenge your friends. test yourself. you can pick your favorite anchor like our very own robin meade and she'll talk to you. or you can pick michelle carey as well on the right side. she'll talk to you, too. go to cnnchallenge.com. a mom gave an officer permission to taser her 10-year-old daughter and now she's telling why she called police in the first place. rock, paper, scissors. which one would you use to win the world championship?
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good morning, dallas. wfaa right now, 6:30 in the morning. what a beautiful sunrise it is at this moment, and you're going to have a great day when it comes to weather. they changed the filter on that and it looks a little different right now. they're still changing it. south carolina governor mark sanford will face charges that he violated state laws. a state ethics commission says he'll have a hearing early next year. they look at his use of private airplanes. there is no word on whether there will be charges and whether they will be civil or criminal. they're minor technical matters. that came up after he admitted he was in argentina last june visiting his mistress. here's a way to put all your
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frequent flyer miles to work for you. they will let you trade your miles for breast implants, hair replacement or a face lift. you have to have the work done in a hospital in helsinki for breast implants. you have to have 3.18 million points, just to let you know. >> that's crazy! >> it hasn't flown over the united states yet. the roads will be more crowded for thanksgiving this year, because i guess, jen, folks are doing things dirchltly this time around. >> here's what to expect if your traveling. aaa says nearly 39 million americans are going to be on the move. it's a little more than last year, but it's nothing compared to recent years if you think back in your memory. that is because last year travel died. it went down 25%, and it's
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coming up this year but only 1%, so pretty much, we are sticking to these new habits. and that's why you might think, hey, that's a travel story, why is jen doing it? it's a money story. people are putting their budget first and saying i don't need any unnecessary travel at this time. most of the people who are traveling, they're going to be on the road in their cars while flying is expected to be down nearly 7%. but driving, up about 2%, and you know one of the reasons it helps out, you can still watch your budget and drive, is because gas about 50 cents a gallon cheaper right now than it was last year at this time. you see some people, trains, planes and automobiles. you can take the train, too. >> with the flight computer down, it's a good thing they're not flying. today. for anybody who is job hunting right now, we are going to have the most up to the minute report of how that job market is doing. that should be coming in in about 45 minutes. that's when they release their weekly jobless claims. last week the number dropped to
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the lowest level so far this year. that's good news. it's progress, but boy, it has been painfully slow. the report could also set the tone for when the opening bell rings on wall street. richard? >> thanks a lot, jen. officials have made their call an embarrassing controversy. what they say about a runner whose gender was questioned after a medal-winning run.
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. why do people hate one another? a research at a university is trying to answer that question. his ultimate goal is to create a new academic field of hate studies. the university even offered its first class on hatred last spring. it was taught from five professors on different disciplines. some celebrities are speaking out about the new recommendation that women get mammograms after age 50. last night on hln's the joy behar show. >> how did you detect it? >> i found it myself. >> you found it by a self-breast
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exam? >> yes. that's why i'm up in arms. why wouldn't they advocate we do self-breast exams. it's only common sense. if you find something not right, you go check it out, which is what i did. >> did you follow it up with a mammogram? >> yes, i did. the mammogram was actually negative, which is unusual. i don't say that to scare people, but i instinctively felt there was something wrong, and so did my doctor. he did a biopsy, which was negative. then he did a surgical biopsy and found the cancer, so i was very fortunate. >> tonight's guests will be comedian and late night show host george lopez. we're following this breaking story this morning. it has been developing over the last 30 minutes. it concerns your travel plans for today. a computer went down, and bob van dillen was telling us over
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the last hour what was happening. bob, what do you know right now? >> the computer that was usuallily used by pie lots to file their flight plans for the entire east coast and most of the midwest apparently isn't working that well, so now the air traffic controllers are typing those in manually, so obviously there is a slow-down because of that. not so sure how long that's going to last. what about atlanta? let me show you what it looks like. here's the airport. not a lot of air traffic getting up, but this same thing happened back in august of 2008, and when that happened, there were hundreds of flights that were delayed. hopefully it does not last that long. here's the call for weather today. that's a computer glitch we're going to call it right now. otherwise it's wind and rain for the metro seattle area. philadelphia, same thing, washington, d.c. a better chance of rain this morning and coming back in this afternoon. we'll have full details on that and i'll keep looking into this whole thing with the faa in just a little bit. >> again, bob, that's atlanta,
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and so many planes come and go through that airport. >> and that's exactly where the problem is located, so we'll look into it, richard. >> think you're pretty good at rock, paper, scissors? are you good enough, though, to be a world champion? michigan's tim conrad, he's god enough. he clinched the championship after five hours of shaking his fists like that. his final play? want to know what it was? it was paper. 512 people competed in that. it's funny, larry smith is here. larry and my producer talked about that story. do you want it? it's normally fun stories is what i mean to say. let's talk about this. the south african runner whose gender was in question. we have a new update on this story. >> just in this morning, richard.
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her name -- she will keep her gold medal. caster semenya is her name. what a fire this has been the past few months. she will keep that tests will remain confidential. this is all according to south african sports ministry. this is a day after the test hadn't been completed and the day after the organization was expected to announce its findings. today it won't comment. the teenager was 18, tested amidst questions about her muscular build an rapid improvement. the gold medal won 15 months ago was stripped for testing positive for doping. officials keep athletes' samples and run those against new doping tests as they are developed. the star from bahrain says he will appeal the ruling. the nfl's ruling on tailgating wants to cut down on drunk behavior. some think it's a ploy to get fans to spend more money on beer inside the stadium.
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brandy s. posted, that is just nonsense. people who are unruly will be just that. i neen mean, do they want people partying at home? bridget says, i think it's a great idea! there is such a thing as beer pressure. and everyone knows the longer you're in a rowdy crowd the more you are going to drink. thanks for your responses. go to cnn.com/robin, click on the facebook logo and leave us your comments. now, hit record for this one. perhaps the worst hockey celebration ever. you're on skates. how bad can it be? a score and then goes through the glass. why not body-slam the glass? oops. much to his surprise and everybody else's -- >> celebration with a bang. >> there you go. >> thanks, larry. a lawsuit could be a major victory for hurricane katrina victims. but some say the money may not help the healing. then, do you think you have the best ideas to help cut
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government spending? one state wants to hear your ideas.
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a very good morning to you. i'm richard lui in for robin meade. the she'll be back tomorrow. we have new evidenced surfaced that key people were troubled by the accused ft. hood suspect before the attack. plus, if you're getting by on unemployment benefits, you better brace yourself. you are among a million people who could lose this help and time is running out to stop that. and then -- >> i was a little concerned i was afraid we'd start to see headlines, tammy, two, turnpike ze zero. >> tammy the turkey dodged more than cars and she may get a new boyfriend. just in -- we want to warn you a computer
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glitch at the nation's busiest airport causing some major headaches for travelers. bob van dillen has been following the story over the past hour. what is the latest on this right now? >> we've been following this for just a bit. we're seeing the delays back up around the airports. i don't have a specific time for you, but this is atlanta right now. this is hartsfield-jackson airport. the computer glitch is the system the pilots use to file their flight plans in there, basically their estimated time of takeoff, their altitude and also their path and also when they're going to touch down. that is down. now we're looking at air traffic controllers having to type that in manually. obviously backing things up. the last time this happened was august 2008. the repercussion were about a couple hundred airplanes were delayed. hopefully not that bad, but the faa is saying they don't have a real specific time of how long it will be delayed. this is new york city right now. you can see laguardia, trying to zoom in. you'll see delays backed up
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around the east coast, midwest for at least the next couple of hours as they try to straighten this thing out. more on that and as i get more information i'll throw it to you. right now, expect major delays for the east coast specifically this morning. >> usually, bob, at this time you're telling us about thousands of planes being in the air. >> yes. 8:00, usually about 3,000 flights up there. ly probably more. the volume builds between now and thanksgiving. couldn't have been a worse time. hartsfield-jackson again. >> bob is watching that for us, the computer system. he'll be back with an update in a bit. defense secretary robert gates is expected to announce a major review of military procedures that could help avoid another incident like the ft. hood shooting spree. this could be wide ranging and could look at personnel policies in the military and availability of mental health services for troops. meanwhile, the suspected ft. hood shooter apparently had a bumpy start to his medical
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career. national public radio got a copy of a mem yoe reportedly written by his supervisor. reporter told campbell brown with our sister network cnn there were concerns about hasan's professionalism and work ethic. >> the same supervisor who wrote this memo tried to get rid of nadal hasan in spring of 2007 and he was told by higher-ups, it's too much trouble. there's all this due process, which you and i, campbell, would be happy about if we were being kicked out, but they said hasan can hire lawyers, there could be hearings, it would drag on and on. they eventually dropped it and pushed him to the next position. >> cnn could not authenticate the memo or reach the supervisor. the government could face billions of of dollars of lawsuits after a judge ruled that the army corps of engineer's negligence led to the devastating flooding in 2005. yesterday a federal judge said that the corps did not properly maintain the shipping channel
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linking new orleans to the gulf of mexico. some say this victory is about more than just being compensated financially. >> this is not just a matter of throwing money at thousands of residents. it's a matter of restoring the protection that was lost due to the mrgo. >> the mrgo that he mentioned in that is the mississippi river gulf outlet. the judge issued his ruling in a lawsuit brought by six people effected by hurricane katrina. they were then awarded damages ranging from $100,000 to $317,000. one attorney saying the ruling will also help 100,000 homes and pizs in st. st. bernard parish and the lower ninth ward to get compensation. katrina killed more than 1,800 people and flooded nearly 300,000 people out of their homes. new this morning, two u.s. troops have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in afghanistan. nato officials say it happened in the southern province of
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zabul. we'll bring you more details as we get them. now, this hour, we get another important measure of how the economy is doing. jen westhoven is here with more on that. what are you looking for here? thanks, richard. in about 25 minutes we'll get the most up-to-the-minute report on the job market. if you're job hunting, you'll want to listen. these numbers are coming just as we find out that about a million americans are in danger of losing their unemployment benefits in january unless congress makes a fast move. you remember the new law passed two weeks ago. it was supposed to mean 14 to 20 more weeks of benefits for everyone in trouble. but, big mistake here, it seems to be part of a bigger law that expires on december 31st, meaning it doesn't count because the original bill ends on new career's eve. the timing would be awful. a nonprofit group says about a million people basically on their own, no job, no assistance in the worst job market in about
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25 years, richard. the latest numbers are for every one job open there's an average of six people trying to get that job. richard? >> okay. jen, thank you. we're expecting a bitter fight to begin today over the health care reform bill that senate democrats just unveiled. republicans promise to oppose it, saying it will mean higher premiums and more taxes. but senate majority leader harry reid says for the first time almost all americans are going to be covered. >> 98% of the american people, those that have medicare included in that number, will have health insurance. and we'll make sure that 30 million more americans who don't have health insurance today will soon have it. i want to repeat, we not only protect medicare, we're making it stronger. just ahead, we'll look at what's in this bill and how it compares with the one that the house passed about two weeks ago.
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stick around for that. just about an hour away from live coverage of the space walk at the international space station. i believe we have live pictures from inside "atlantis." full of spare parts, nasa says astronauts will install a spare antenna and new cables, it will be the first of three space walks and the first for dr. robert schaecher jr., also the first orthopedic surgeon in space. we'll have some amazing pictures for you live from space as they get out into the space walk. now over to bob van dillen. we're watching weather, of course watching what's happening with that computer glitch. bob, let's talk about weather right now as we get to that. >> east coast has weather problems, too, if you're travel trying to travel in or out. the major low, notice the rain heavy at times now western p.a. in towards new york state. it's training up out of the carolinas through virginia, into that area. maryland, heavy rain. pittsburgh, trying to get in or out of this city, the high temperature today in pittsburgh about 57 degrees, low clouds out there.
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you can see how it looks here. dmroomy, little cool, temperatures in the mooitd mid-50s, rain off and on for the day. away from pittsburgh, go to the northwest, a new storm system, a heavy onement let me show you. you have a fetch like that, that much wind over that expanse of water, the rain is going to be heavy at times. we have it there in blue, the white is snow, snow levels about 2500 feet right now. that will raise to 4000 later this afternoon. rain around portland stretching into scent. travel delays possible due to weather, too. more on that, richard, in about a half hour. >> thanks, bob. we told you about a government panel's new mammogram guidelines recently, but now the health and human services say there's something even more important than those new recommendations. and then -- you might have to forget that old pumpkin pie tradition. what's going on with the great pumpkin shortage of 2009?
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keep talking to your doctor. that's the big message from health and human services secretary kath will lean sebelius about new mammogram guidelines we've been telling you about. this week a federal advisory board said that women in their 40s should avoid routine examses. the american cancer society disagrees with that. sebelius says programs like medicaid will keep paying for the exams. she stressed the guidelines are recommendations, not government policy. >> we want women to have a doctor take the information but then have that conversation about your own health history, what the risks are of having a mammogram versus the benefits, and make a determination based on an informed decision. >> the new guidelines have caused a lot of controversy in the advisory board that recommended these says those recommendations have been misunderstood. one member again stressed they're talking about routine examses for women in their 40s.
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now we go to a letter written by tsh can you tell -- president abraham lincoln. it is up for sale for $60 thoushg. he wrote it to an 8-year-old school boy whose friends did not believe he had met the president. when his classmates mocked him, his teacher wrote mr. lincoln to settle that matter. so in the letter, president lincoln backed up the boy's story. >> it is kind of hard to read his writing. >> i'm saying his penmanship is kind of like mine, not so legible. but, still, 60 grand, eh? not bad. even puts the date, march 19, 1861? >> yes. let's talk about this, some state, one state, is making some televisions illegal. are you beating up on my home state here? >> none is beating up on your home state except for the tv manufacturers. they would like to. they do not like this move, which was made by california. basically, it comes down to flat-screen tvs, some of them use a lot more energy than some of the old sets thaxt could be
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burning up your electric bill and you don't know it. a california energy commission voted unanimously, they say it is too much. they are setting energy standards for tvs. that's the first state in the nation to do so. now, it doesn't mean anybody would have to give up a tv that you already have. they're basically saying to the tv builders, look, you're not going to be able to sell them unless they do a better job of saving energy. some of the models in stores right now, they wouldn't be allowed to be sold in two years in california. the tv makers, let me tell you, they are hot and bothered, richard. they are very angry. they're saying it's going to cut down on innovation, lead to higher tv prices. the state says it will save a billion dollars a year in energy costs in california. and i saw them in some cases they said it will save billions. that may mean over time. >> a lot of money. thanksgiving, the classic, turkey, pumpkin pie, right? some stores say they're already running out of canned pumpkin.
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rain damaged the pumpkin crop, libby's, nestle owns it, they say you won't see much left over if thanksgiving is over. if you like pumpkin pie for christmas or like to make pumpkin cheesecakes or pumpkin anything because i just love pumpkin, i could can talk about it forever, the producers are going to kill me, you better stack up. there may not be any around by christmas. >> jen, the pumpkin horder, you know where to go if you want pumpkin stuff, her house. your iphone, can surf the web, balance your checkbook and it may soon drive your car. how an experimental app lets you steer without even touching the screen. look.
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afghan president hamid karzai is officially starting his second term as of today. this morning he was sworn in at an inauguration ceremony. he promised to fight drug trafficking. the interior minister says the government is also cracking down on corruption. >> what we are trying to do now is to send a very, very strong message to every corrupt official that the age of impunity is gone. everybody now is to be held accountable for the authority invested in them. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was at today's ceremony, front and center. president obama is deciding whether to send as you know up to 40,000 more troops to afghanistan. the soccer bully who was caught on tape beating up opponents is now speaking publicly for the first time.
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larry smith is here with more. >> elizabeth lambert is an all-conference academic player. she says she doesn't even recognize herself in that video and she'll regret her behavior for rest of her life. this is the video you've seen many times by now. the star was suspended after yanking an opponent by a ponytail and punching another in a 1-0 loss to brig yam young. she says it's been blown out of proportion because she's a women. it's expected for men to play rough, not women. she says she's received threats even. south africa's semenya will keep her gold medal and money she won at the world championships. her gender test will be kept shl. the 18-year-old who won in berlin earlier this year, her muscular build and others prompted officials to order the gender test. the governing body says the tests aren't finished and is not commenting. the nfl's limits on pregame
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tailgating to curb drunk and unruly fans isn't sitting well with some even though the nfl commissioner roger goodell it's better. a league audit shows only 2 of 32 teams are complying with the new rule. we're asking what you think of this this morning. chris b. posted, i think this is crazy. tailgating is as much a part of the experience as watching the game itself. jeffrey l. says, with this tough economy right now, they want people to spend their money at the stadium. the prices for food and drinks at sporting events are outrageous. we want to know what you think. go to cnn.com/robin and click on the facebook logo. we'll read the comments through the morning. >> all he know is that steak and gumbo made me hungry. >> haven't even had breakfast yet. let's get to bob van dillen who's been watching this developing story. there's an issue of a computer glitch that may affect your
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travel. >> some short delays out of that right now. we're talking about atlanta because we do have the glitch originating from here. it affects everybody on the east coast. it's a one that system that pilots use to file their flight plans. air traffic controllers are filing them manually, slowing things down. this is atlanta, things are beginning to move. rick sanchez is taking a flight, saying things are moving now, albeit slowly. we have a reporter at hobby in houston. things there are fine. no delays due to that. we'll get delays due to weather chblt hour or more in seattle, rain and wind, new york city and philadelphia, rain and wind as well, d.c. metro, detroit and baltimore, too, 30-minute to one-hour delay because of showers. cleveland, showers, chicago showers, charlotte, morning fog. no delays yet, but the computer glitch seems to be affecting a lot of folks in many airports. as soon as i get more details,
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obviously i'll bring them right to you. >> great. those live pictures showing us there's still support vehicles moving on the ground. >> things are moving. it it's not a dead stop. >> good. how would you like to be able to drive your car using your iphone as a remote control? engineers in austin did just that. they used a rigged car, an experimental app that uses the iphone's internal sensors. to steer, all you do, you just turn the phone. touchscreen sliders control the gas and brake. >> we're driving with the iphone, we like to drive it on the roof of the car. that seems to be the most fun or the hood or something like that, you know. really get the wind blowing in your hair, that type of thing. that's a lot of fun. >> oh, you crazy engineers, you. the engineers say they've driven the car up to 30 miles an hour. an acrobatic decided to risk a gymnastics move, measured 20
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feet, took down markers and took a long run. this is what happened. take a look. and he made it. all right. when we come back, tammy the turkey. xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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we're watching the clock. in about 45 minutes we'll be going live to space to a space walk outside the international space station. astronauts are going to install a swear antenna and new cables. it will be the first of three space walks and the first for dr. robert sasher jr. who is also a -- will be the first orthopedic surgeon in space. the cia wants to recruit more arab-americans. there is a new ad set to debut on tv and websites in the next few months. the c i a is trying to reach out to kmupts it sees at critical to reducing the threat of terrorism in the united states. two people were killed when their tour bus ran off an interstate in minnesota. and overturned in a ditch. the bus was returning from a
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casino in iowa carrying 23 people. all of them suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical. the cause of that is under investigation. those are some of the stories we're watching for you on this thursday. i'm richard lui in more robin meade today. fireworks on capitol hill on the plan to try five 9/11 suspects including khalid shaikh mohammed in a civilian court rather than a military commission. some of the victims' families signed a letter opposing that idea, but holder stood his ground during yesterday's hearing. >> one with of the factors has to be the fact that he has at least at some time asked to plead guilty. you had to have taken that into account. >> that was then. i don't know what khalid shaikh mohammed wants to do now, and i'm not going to base a determination on where these cases ought to be brought on what a terrorist, what a murderer, wants to do. he will not select the prosecution venue. i will select it, and i have. >> that same republican senator
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got applause from some family members of 9/11 victims for his tough questioning of holder. holder says that a civilian trial will not give the suspects any more of an advantage than a military commission. he also promised to seek the death penalty in these cases. okay. more charges cannot be filed in the kidnapping and death of a 5-year-old girl until north carolina police decide where the crimes actually happened. in the meantime, shaniya davis' mother antoinette davis faces human trafficking charges and another suspect is accused of kidnapping. a criminal defense attorney tells "prime news" more charges may come soon. >> if one person is involved with another person in the perpetration of a crime and even if it's not foreseeing somebody dies, they're both responsible or the concept of felony murder. that is, if she's just selling her, which is heinous enough, but during the course of that she dies, even if it's unexpected to the mother, she is going to face charges of felony murder.
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>> get the latest on any developments on this story on "prime news" with mike galanos at 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on had ln. moving over to president obama who is now calling on allies in asia to help the u.s. get afghanistan under control. he talked about it during a visit with troops in seoul, south korea. the president said leaders are already stepping up to the plate. >> we also discussed the importance of promoting security and stability in afghanistan and pakistan. and i welcome president lee's decision to establish a provincial reconstruction team in afghanistan. this important contribution will help support the strengthening of afghan capacity, which is essential to achieving our goals in afghanistan. >> the president is still deciding whether to send up to 40,000 more u.s. troops to afghanistan. hundreds of families can now visit their loved one withes' graves for the first time in months at a cemetery that was shut down because of a scandal. the burr oaks cemetery in chicago reopens today.
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you may remember this story, the cemetery where workers are accused of digging up graves to resell the plots. visitors for now need a ticket to get in and it shows where their loved one wi ed ones are senate democrats have rolled out their new health care reform plan. they say it will cost about $850 billion over ten years. they would pay for it with fees on insurance, drug and medical companies along with higher taxes on the rich. there would be some consults to medicare and medicaid and other fees and taxes as well. it's estimated to cost about $350 billion less than the house version that was passed a couple of weeks ago. it calls for medicare and medicaid cuts and new fees and taxes. the arkansas officer who tasered a 10-year-old girl has been suspended for a week for not wearing a camera to record the ins dint. that's according to local media. you may remember the police report said the girl's mom told the officer he could taser the
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girl after the girl kicked him in the groin. the mother's defending her decision to call police for help. >> i want to make this clear. i'm not calling him over here to hand hle my roproblems. i'm having him protect my daughter from hurting herself or someone else. >> the father says he will fight for custody in this. over to bob van dillen right now. bob, how is the weather looking? >> the west system is the powerful one coming in. it's really going to be two shots of energy over the next 48 hours. look at the clouds extending from the pacific northwest all the way out to the pacific ocean. when you see a line of clouds like that, you know there's a lot of moisture involved with it. so we have winter storm warnings as the cold air is currently in place. let me show you they're located. basically, right along the northern cascade mountains, also the olympic mountains. i think the snow level right now is about 2500 feet, but later on
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today as the warm air begins to move on through, watch for those to rise to about 4000 feet. you're looking at about three feet of snow over the next three days in the areas shaded in red, mainly the northern part of the cascades. let me show you the radar picture. most of the rain you can see is around the coast. once it hits the mountains it goes p up there, cools down, you're looking at that to be be heavy snow, all east of seattle and portland. portland radar picture, picking up lots of heavy rain for the morning, right around i-5 stretching in towards the lower part of the puget sound, bellingham is getting rain heavy at times. across the mountains is where it's becoming snow. full details in a bit. live in atlanta, we still have that glitch going on at the airport, a ground stoppage here until 9:00 this morning. remember you have a glitch so all flight plans are being typed in manually by the air traffic controllers. slowing things down so be prepared for delays around the east coast and the midwest. quick look at flight stror explorer, planes back up and
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going, everything moving but slowly. we'll talk about that in a bit. >> that picture starkly different. >> we're starting to get data back in. >> thanks a lot, bob. they're moving, backing up planes. >> great news. >> good news. thanks bob. think you're pretty good at rock, paper scissors? i call it hick, hack, hawk as well. but are you good enough to be a world champion at rock, paper, scissors? michigan's tim conrad evidently is. he clinched the championship after five hours of that and nine matches as well. his final play, it was paper covering rock. conrad takes home $7,000, 512 people competed in that. good for him. the latest jobless claims numbers just came in. in just a moment, jen westhoven will tell you what they are and what it means for you.
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the new weekly unemployment report has just come out. money expert jen westhoven is watching for those numbers. she's got it for us now. >> no change, richard. exactly the same number of people lining up for unemployment benefits for the first time as last week, 505,000 people. that's people who are lining up for the first time so it tells us that the job market isn't getting any worse, not getting any better this week. but we do know that in general this is a number that has been slowly coming down. it's now consistent with its lowest level of the year, but, boy, that is slow healing to still be over that half a million people every week losing their jobs and filing for unemployment for the first time. tough numbers there. let's take you to the holiday travel forecast. you may be thinking, jen, you're
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the money girl. how come you're doing travel? i'll tell you why. it makes sense. aaa says nearly 39 million people will be on the move for thanksgiving. it is a little bit more than last year, but it's much lower than in recent years. that is because last year travel dived, went down 25%, because of money. people are thinking, i'm going to put my budget first. they're staying home, being fiscally responsible first. the people who are traveling, mostly driving. aaa says flying is probably going to be down by about 7%. richard, back to you. >> that jobless number, about half a million, you you have given me context on this before. i guess when we're looking at this, we're looking at 200 thoush200,000, 300,000, is that normal? >> normal would have been just under 200,000. it's just a measure that we haven't had that much job growth, 200,000, 300,000 seems -- >> good t
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>> good context. thanks a lot. quick, who is this year's sexiest man alive? >> i don't know. >> guess! >> richard lui. okay, maybe johnny depp. >> according to "people" magazine, the 46-year-old actor nudged out hugh jackman to grab the crown. people say depp appeals to multiple generations of women. he joins the double winners. >> that new james bond is pretty good, too. anyway. >> he's a winner. helicopters should be allowed to fight fires at night, especially in forests near cities. that's what the la county fire department wants. that comes after a review of how it habd elled the largest fire in l.a. county history. it says helicopters could have been used in the first critical hours of the fire, but a forest service spokesman said the flying at night is not usually done due to sief safety concern when a father lost his child to a tragic car accident, he vowed to fight for tougher dui
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laws. it's paid off with some of the toughest pe esest penalties on . in an embarrassing controversy. what they say about a runner whose gender was questioned after a medal winning run.
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it's now a felony to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs with a child in the car in new york. the state toughened its d ee ee. a father's daughter was killed in an alleged drunk driver accident. he cried after the law was signed. >> the night of october 11th i lost my only child as a single parent. she was my heart, my soul, and my best friend. and the day after i made a decision that i don't want to see no other parent or grandparent lose their child the way i lost my child to someone
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who was very reckless. >> you may recall this case. a mother was driving her daughter and some friends, including lee and ra, to a slumber party. that car flipped over and police say the mother was drunk at the time. under the new law now, a drunk driver who causes the death of a child could get up to 25 years in prison. here's a way to put all your frequent flyer miles to work for you. evidently you can trade them in for plastic surgery. the finish airline will let you trade miles for breast implants, hair replacement surgery and if you want a fieslift, you can do that, too. you have to have the work done in helsinki. for the breast implants specifically you need the equivalent of 120 round-trip business class flights between new york and helsinki. i guess that's 60 round trips per side? i don't know.
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larry smith he's just sitting here and laughing the whole time. it's a tough story. i thought it was funny, too. >> my filter is going through. don't say that, don't say that. >> that's right. let's talk about that south african runner whose gender has been questioned. will keep the gold medal, right? >> semenya is her name. what a firestorm. we've been all over the story from the beginning. semenya will remain the 800 meter women's champion and the results of her gender test will remain confidential according to south africa's sports ministry. this comes just a day after track and field's governing body said the test was not completed and the day before the organization was expected to announce its findings. it will not comment on this today. the south african teenager was tested amidst questions about her build and rapid improvement. she will get to keep her prize money she won in berlin as well. ramsey is not so lucky. the gold he won 15 months ago has been stripped for testing positive for doping.
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why a year later? officials keep athletes' samples and run those against new doping tests as they are developed. the star from bahrain says he will appeal this ruling. the nfl's limits on pregame tailgating is aimed at cutting down bad behavior by drunk fans. some think it's a ploy to get fans to spend more money on beer once inside the staid stadium. more expensive beer than you can find at the store. we're asking what you think this morning. some of our responses are these. jim c. saying, how much do you really need to eat and drink before the game? couldn't you eat an entire thanksgiving dinner twice at 3 1/2 hours? nfl is just taking away all the fun. first don't tell brait after touchdowns. why? go to cnn.com/robin and leave us a comment. check out this video from the swedish hockey league. worst celebration ever. anderson scoring the pretty goal, very nicely done.
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how do you celebrate that? you do this. oops. >> what is happening there? bob van dillen is here. can this happen? aren't these guards meant to withstand that? >> i put a guy through that, but that wasn't celebration. >> once in a while -- he did it without the help of charles barkley. >> at least it didn't shatter. that's the worst. >> i love charles. bob van dillen has the latest on travel. we've been keeping an eye on this because of the computer glitch. >> speaking of a smack-down, delays and cancellations according to airtran. one airline has been reporting problems. here's l.a.x. the weather is not a concern here, but the dmriglitch in atl affects all the flight plans across the country, maybe. anticipate short delays at l.a.x. weather delays, north of l.a., talking about seattle, you're going to get wind, rain. watch for an hour or more delay. new york city metros, shorter
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delays but same thing, low clouds and rain headed in. philadelphia, you're in there as well around the delaware valley, d.c. metros, including baltimore, low clouds, rain a possibility possibility of half hour, hour delay. full details coming up in about a half hour. stretching your dollars is more important than ever. one way to do that is knowing where to shop. charge howard has the scoop on that. >> what i'm about to tell you is no surprise in this rough economy, dollar stores are booming. as everybody else is closing their stores, dollar stores are opening up all over the town, all over the country. the question is if you go to a dollar store your actually saving money? according to "consumer reports", overwhelmingly yes, although there are some product coordination that they were not so excited about. in most things they checked, you're saving a ton. in fact, in comparing dollar
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stores to the corner drugstore, you know the drug tore chains have been growing and growing around the country, they have similar size stores, they both offer convenience, prices on a lot of goods on the dollar store is a tiny fraction for what you would pay as a drug stror. you would save a ton. i'm clark howard. for more, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. catch the clark howard show noon eastern every saturday and sunday right here on hln. sarah palin is a busy woman. getting a new book tour started and weighing in on the hottest controversies right now. where to try the 9/11 mastermind.
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a very good morning to you. it's a thursday. i'm richard lui in for robin. here's some of the stories making headlines. a potential bombshell about the fort hood shooting suspect, why key people have been worried about major hasan before he even got to the army post. plus if you're getting by on unemployment benefits, brace yourself. you're among a million people across this country who could lose this help and time is running out to stop that. plus -- >> it's a little bumpy but it gets me around. >> sure does along with your iphone. it can help you with directs but what if it could drive your car
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for you? can't wait to see that story. first a story we want to keep you updated on. a executer glitch at the country's busiest airport causing major headaches for travellers. bob van dillen, what's the latest? >> let me bring you up to speed. the system that actually pilots use to put in their flight plans went down this morning and they had to do it manually. that slowed the whole process down. so it looks like things are beginning to get back to normal now. here's atlanta. look at the data. now just about a half hour ago we didn't have any of those planes up there. since we're getting the data back, it means the glitch is being fixed. that's good news. the backlog with all the plains that were affected early this morning will translate into delays for the rest of the country for just about the entire day. we don't know how long they are. faa not telling us exactly how
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long. something to keep in mind. check with your carrier before you leave important the airport today. >> a big note, an hour and a half ago, you were showing us the same picture. >> the data just wasn't there. we'll look at the weather. that will impact your flight too in a couple of minutes. defense secretary robert gates is expected to announce a major review of military procedures that could help avoid another incident like the fort hood shooting spree. it looks like the accused shooter's residency may have been trouble at walter reed hospital. there was a memo that said the faculty had concerns about his professionalism and work ethic. we couldn't reach that supervisor for a comment. now the federal government could face billions of dollars in lawsuits regarding hurricane katrina. after a judge ruled that the army corps of engineers
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negligence led to the devastating flooding in 2005. a judge said the corps did not properly maintain this shipping channel. the victory means more than just being compensated financially. >> it's not a matter of throwing at thousands of residents, it's a matter of restoring the protection that was lost. >> the mrgo he's lewding to is the mississippi river gulf outlet. the judge issued his ruling in a lawsuit brought by six people affected by katrina. they were awarded $100,000 to $117,000. this ruling will also help 100,000 people and businesses in saint bernard parrish and lower ninth ward to get some help. new this morning, president
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obama says u.s. allies are discussing ways to punish iran for rejecting a nuclear deal. he made that comment in south korea on the last day of his asian tour. he said there will likely be new sanctions over the next several weeks. why? yesterday iran defied a deal to sign ease international fears that to build nuclear weapons which it has been denied. another important measure on how the economy is doing. jennifer westhoven is here. we're seeing more proof how bad the job market is. >> thank you, richard. just about half an hour ago we found out that more than half a million americans filed for unemployment for the first time, so we're still at the lowest levels for the year. minutes ago more layoffs, aol said it will cut about a third of its workforce, about 2300 jobs. these new numbers come as we find out a million americans may lose their benefits in january unless congress does something because of the big mistake, you
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remember that new law passed two weeks ago, supposed to mean 14 to 20 weeks of unemployment benefits. but it's part of a bigger law that expires december 31st. a nonprofit group says a mill lob people would ends up on their own, no job, no assistance. richard one expert told cnn that getting a job right now, your charnss of getting a job are the same as getting into harvard. >> we're expecting a bitter fight to begin today over the health care reform bill that senate democrats just unveiled yesterday. republicans promised to oppose it saying it means higher premiums and more taxes. harry reid said for the first time all folks across the united states will be covered. >> we all acknowledge this legislation is a tremendous step forward. why? because it savings lives.
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savings money. and protects medicare, makes medicare stronger. >> senate democrats say their plan will cost about $850 billion often years and pay for it with fees on insurance, drug and medical companies along with higher taxes on the rich. there would be cuts to medicare and medicaid and other fees and taxes. this is estimated to cost about $350 billion less than the house version that passed two weeks ago. that one calls for medicare and medicaid cuts and new fees and taxes too. how does this sound for a snack at the movies? three quarter pounders topped with 12 pats of butter? that's about what you are eating when you get a medium size popcorn and soda at the theater. a new study said popcorn at one theater was 1,200 calories. the reason for the high calorie couldn't theaters cooking with
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coconut oil. you will fly away if you eat a bucket of those. >> you're telling me since my popcorn is floating in butter like ice cubes in my soda it's bad? >> no wonders i have a flat tire every time i finish a movie. >> you have been watching a couple of big stories for us. i know you're watching weather. >> that's another big one. two storms we're watching. one is around the midwest. the clouds drape all the way down into the carolina coast line. here's your frontal boundary. it's a slow moving frontal boundary. where the cold front has moved into the warm front and merged. basically that's what that frontal boundary is. you're looking at the clouds and rain wrapped up in that. under the cloud itself rain heaviest across western pennsylvania and new york state but we're getting scattered showers developing that are a little heavier, thunderstorms today in northern parts of
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virginia, central virginia, central vermont too. we're watching for that. maryland looking for that. rain off towards the west buffalo now moving down i-90 into rochester. going to get some showers coming in today. across the pacific northwest, here's your massive clouds coming on through. lots of rain, snow and heavy wind. talk about that coming up in about a half hour. >> busy thursday. >> a lot going on. >> you got up this morning thinking -- >> thursday cruise into friday. >> warm up to tomorrow. some alleged march jane growers we -- marijuana grows were stoned when they set up shop. forget about the pumpkin pie. what's going on with the great pumpkin shortage of 2009?
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keep talking to your doctor that's the big message from health and human services
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kathleen sebelius. this week, a federal advisory board said women in their 40s should avoid routine exams. the american cancer society they don't agree. sebelius said programs like medicaid will keep paying for the exams. the guidelines are recommendation not government policy. >> we want women to have a doctor, take the information, but then have that conversation about your own health history, what the risks are of having a mammogram versus the benefits and make a determination based on an informed decision. >> these new guidelines have caused a lot of controversy and the advisory board which recommended them says those recommendations have been misunderstood. one member again stressed they are talking about routine exams for women in their 40s. some of your favorite actors may be among hollywood's most overpaid. "forbes" magazine is naming names and in about 30 minutes you'll find out which stars made that overpaid list.
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you're watching television right now. and one state is making some televisions illegal. money expert jennifer westhoven, this sounds hard to believe. this includes some of the tvs we're watching. >> some could become illegal. don't give yours up. flat screens. use far for energy than the old sets. california says it's too much. it's energy commission voted to set energy standards for new tvs. first state in the country to do so. so, again, not your tv. if you already bought it it's fine. the point is tv makers have to make televisions of the future that use less energy. some models in stores right now wouldn't be allowed to be sold in california in two years. tv makers are hopping mad. they say they western consulted, western in on it, it will cut down on innovation. higher tv prices. the state says it will save a
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billion dollars a year in energy costs. they maintain a lot of people may have seen their electric bill go up because of those big tvs. holidays are here. that means cranberry, turkey, pumpkin pie. pumpkin pie may be running out. some stores are already running out of canned pumpkin and say it's because of too much rain. nestle says there may not be any canned pumpkin pie left over after thanksgiving. if you want some for christmas, buy a couple of cans. you don't need to be a mover and a shaker in hollywood to be a movie mogul, not if you're a master of one. >> reporter: they started making
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short films in 2003 while going to college in california. the buzz they created inspired them to form won fu productions. dozens of asian-american fans watch their work on the web. >> not only are they asian-americans but they are producing really good stories and showing asian-americans can become something more than just a side character. >> reporter: the films and music videos provide an emotional connection with their core audience. films then buy their clothing and other merchandise. >> we've been able to develop a following that supports us as individuals and as a group. then to us succeed. they know merchandise is one way of doing this. >> reporter: they have the web to thank for this. ♪ what happened after last summer ♪ >> it's leveling the playing field so every day people like us can get huge fan bases and
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huge following based on the talent and personalities. >> reporter: maybe you think your business is cooler than wong fu. if so. take a video, upload it to us to cnn.com/robin. you could be next on morning express.
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the so-called soccer bully who was caught on tape beating
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up opponents. larry smith has more. what reminds us so much of this this video right here, whammo, bammo and she pulse her hair. >> she said women's sports it's not so nice. that's the way it goes. she said when she sees the video she doesn't recognize herself. she will regret her behavior for the rest of her life. she was suspended after yanking an opponent by her pony tail and punching another one. lambert says it's been blown out of proportion because she's a woman. it's expected for men to play rough not women. she's received threats in response to this incident. new this morning, south africa's caster semenya will keep the gold medal and prize money she won at world championships in berlin. her gender test will be kept confidential. the 18-year-old's muscular build and rapid ascension through the
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ranks raised questions and pr t prompted track and field officials to order the tests. the nfl's limits on tailgating to curb unruly arrogance. commissioner roger goodell said he's received a positive response. not all in favor. some believe it's a way to get people to spend more on food and drink once inside the stadium. we're asking this morning what you think about this? chuck on our facebook page said -- tanya says -- we want to know what you think. go to cnn.com/robin and click on the facebook logo. good stuff so far.
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>> every time i see those steaks, filet mignon, whatever. police officers follow their noses to a sizable marijuana crop. they were outside their station a week ago in california just north of l.a. they found that. they smelled the strong odor of marijuana. after an investigation they found sophisticated farm and in turn made three arrests. next door, bob van dillen. probably a better place to do that if you're a marijuana grower. i wouldn't know. you may be correct. >> alleged cannibus farmer. what have you got? >> this travel update brought to you by orbitz. what an update. let me show you. they are waiting to reboot the
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system. i guess it's a little more involved than just control alt delete. no word how long it will take. we had to cancel flights. multiple delays the many cities because of that glitch. what about the weather? we're contendsing with that too. this is washington, d.c. that's the capital. low level steam. low level clouds through. that's true around laguardia. your ceilings are about 1,000 feet. a little above that. ground delay program going on at laguardia, 81 minute delay. hartsfield jackson international airport, things moving slowly. seattle don't forget about that wind and raen, new york city, philly, d.c. detroit showers and more showers across the midwest, cleveland, chicago, charlotte down south some fog. more in just a bit. that was a packed update four. >> i hope it gets better. thanks a lot. next a jay walking turkey is one
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and when you hear that means one thing. the new york stock exchange just opened for business and expecting a lower open this morning. . some concern about whether the recovery is happening still or not happening. we'll have a live report in just a few moments. china cord blood corporation. we're hearing a computer problem, aircraft all over the country sitting on the country, has been fixed. though the faa is not confirming that, if the flight was hitting for atlanta it was sitting. widespread cancellations and delays were caused by a system that sends airlines flight plans to the faa. the system should be coming back online right now but all the
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snarls will take time to clear up. bob van dillen is following that. a judge has ruled the army corps of engineers led to the devastating flooding during hurricane katrina. he said the corps did not properly maintain the shipping channel linking new orleans to the gulf of mexico. the cia wants to recruit more arab americans. a new ad is set to debut on tv. the cia is trying to reach out to communities that it sees as critical to reduce terrorism in the united states. go to grand rapids, michigan. sarah palin made it her first stop. the author of "going rogue" greeted hundreds of people yesterday many of whom camped out overnight just to meet her. pa lynn's book tour will last three weeks and expected to make many of the same spots she did during the 2008 campaign. some of the top stories we're following for you. this just in.
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students show how they feel about a 32% tuition hike. live pictures right now coming out of los angeles where protests at the university of california, l.a.'s bay of campeche bus, more said to be happening at u.c. campuses across the state. the board approved this increase yesterday saying it's the only way to avoid severe budget cuts. they pledge for assistance for low and middle income students. a suspected fort hood shooter apparently had a bumpy start to his medical career. national public radio got a copy of a memo reportedly written by major nidal malik hasan owes supervisor. it said hasan demonstrated a pattern of poor judgment and counselled for inappropriately discussing religious topics with patients. >> put his islamic obsession aside, put aside hasan's apparently extremist islamic views. what this memo is saying, right
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there in the army's official credentials file, saying this psychiatrist could be reckless for his patients. he could be a danger to them. yet he kept getting promoted. he was sent to fort hood to treat some of the most vulnerable soldiers in the army. >> cnn could not corroborate the you memo. afghan president karzai is starting his second term. he promised to fight corruption and drug trafficking. secretary of state hillary clinton had a front row seat and president obama is deciding whether to sends up to 40,000 more troops to that country. two people killed when their tour bus ran off an interstate in minnesota and overturned in a ditch. the bus was returning from casino in iowa carrying 23
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people. some passengers got trapped inside that bus and rescuers had to smash the windshield to get them out. the cause is understand investigation. fireworks on capitol hill over the plan to try five 9/11 suspects including khalid shaikh mohammed. in a civilian court rather than in a military commission. some of the victims families signed a letter to the president and attorney general eric holder opposing that idea but holder stood his ground during yesterday's hearing. take a listen. >> one of the factors has to be the fact that he has at least at some time asked to plead guilty. you had to have taken that into account. >> that was then. i don't know what khalid shaikh mohammed wants to do now and i'm not going to base a determination on where these cases ought to be brought on what a terrorist, on what a murderer wants to do. he will not select the prosecution venue. i will.
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>> that same republican senator got some applause for his tough questioning of holder. holder said a civilian trial will not give the suspects any more of an advantage than a military commission. he promised to seek the death penalty in those cases. we are checking live pictures coming from space and the space shuttle which the hooked up to the international space station. we can hear them talking right now with mission control this as we watch the first spacewalk of three that will happen on this mission. astronauts from "atlantis" floating outside. they will hook up a spare antenna and cables. they brought a lot of spare parts with them. might have a few other chores while they are out there as well. first of three. one of the fellows that will get to do this is dr. robert satcher jr. first orthopedic surgeon in space. a man and a woman out there right now. we're watching as they are doing this spacewalk.
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actually it's two men. it is mike foreman and robert satcher. we'll be watching that for you. actress olivia newton john talks about the good old days of "grease." >> after "grease" the movie you became a huge star. a big, big star. >> yes. it pushed me -- >> you're one of the few that looked like a teenager. >> it was really weird because i was 29, i think. >> you looked like a kid. some of them looked like they were post-menopausal. >> but, you know, it's weird how you look at yourself. i was so worried about it because of my age. i asked to do a screen test with john. >> pulled it off. you were adorable in that. >> catch the joy behar show. tonight's guest is comedian
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george lopez. all right. bob van dillen joins us now for weather and, hey, man, pretty tough outside in the northwest. a double whammy and we're talking about the second part of the double whammy. >> we had one a couple of days ago. the storm dropped a lot of rain and wind. second one is moving in. look at the shape of the clouds. see the white strata going down the pacific. that's the warm side of the storm system. look at the puffy white cumulus behind it. very cold air over the warmer ocean water. warm air, cold air. that will continue dense into snow across the mountain tops. let me show you the winter storm warnings. looking at about three feet of snow above 4,000 feet starting now and last through tonight into tomorrow and another wave of energy comes in over the weekend. more showers on the beach. more snow for the mountains.
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winds will be rough. let me show you the radar picture. portland, oregon your radar is picking up pretty well. lots of rain. all the white is snow. again, rise to about 4,000 feet elevation later. definite rain spot around the west part of oregon into washington state. rain is out there. wind is a major factor. winds gusting to over 60 miles per hour. that's a good bet along the coast line. all these areas shade in red under a high wind warning. flash flood watching and warning. warnings in bright shaded green. eight inches of snow and rain is a possibility. more in a bit. >> flying in it will be rough. >> few details on delays in about ten minutes. >> wall street this morning, investors are getting a snapshot of the labor market. we go the new york stock exchange. a little bit of a dip this morning. >> reporter: we are seeing a little bit of a dip. what we've heard from the labor market, it's still tough out
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there but not as bad as we've seen. that's for sure. nonetheless we're seeing a market selloff. jobless claims, meanwhile, new jobless claims unchanged last week. first time claims came in above 500,000. a high number but a 10 month low. continuing claims, meanwhile also at a high number but falling. 5.6 million. it speaks to how tough it is to get a job. speaking of, aetna laying off more than 600 workers immediately, another 600 next year. the health insurer say it's preparing for the impact of health care reform and regulatory changes. amp ol is cutting more than 2,000 workers or about a third of its staff. time warner the parent of hln and aol said it would spin off aol next month. let's tell you about a job posting. your good with animals, richard? >> yeah. >> reporter: we know you're not looking for a job.
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consider this. the national park service may have just the thing if you're up for a move to alaska. the "anchorage daily news" say they are looking for a new kennels manager at denali national park and preserve. job duties include running the 31 dog kennel and mushing into the wilderness. the salary rye, a pay range of 33,000 to 66,000 with 25% cost of living adjustment. a little bit cheaper to live out there. you don't need all those swell clothes. >> you can say mush, mush, mush all day. >> reporter: there's some paper work involved and a lot of poop scooping. >> you won't be applying for that face. you don't need a job either. not even a part time job. >> reporter: love the dogs. >> great video, great story. thanks so much. have a good thursday.
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you work hard for your money. well, we got the scoop on some hollywood stars who might not be pulling their weight. find out which stars are the most overpaid. plus a gender controversy threatened to strip a runner of her dignity. will she be stripped of her gold medal as well? we got that answer.
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helicopters should be allowed to fight fires at night especially at forests near cities. that's what the l.a. fire department wants. this comes after a review. i want says helicopters could have been used in the first critical hours of the fire but a forest service spokesman said flying at night is not usually
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done due to safety concerns. think you're pretty good at rock, paper and scissors. are you good enough to be the world champ. tim conrad is. he clinched the championship after five hours of that and nine matches. his final play, paper covering rock. he takes home $7,000. 512 people were trying to get that check. president obama is calling on allies to help get afghanistan under control. he talked about it with troops in south korea. he said south korean leaders are already stepping up to the plate. >> we also discussed the importance of promoting security and stability in afghanistan and pakistan. this important contribution will help support the strengthening afghan capacity which is essential to achieving our goals in afghanistan. >> the president is still deciding whether to sends up to
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40,000 more troops to afghanistan. will farrell is hollywood's most overpaid star. far ral's ""land of the lost"" was one of the biggest disaster. it cost $100 million to make but only pulled in 65 million. two universal studio heads were fired because of that. other stars. evan mcgregor, eddie murphy and ice cube. not going to help your paycheck. the fbi is checking into whether two chicago men may have played a role in terror attacks in india. one of the men was in contact with a pakistan group that india blames here for last year's attacks in mumbai. police arrested the men last month. they are accused of plotting to kill as well a danish newspaper editor for publishing cartoons depicting the prophet muhammed. your iphone can surf the web. balance your checkbook. and soon it might even drive
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your car. you probably have not done that. how an experimental app lets you steer without even touching the screen.
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new this morning. the south african runner whose gender has been questioned will keep her gold medal. >> caster semenya sudden rise to world champion started a firestorm this summer. she'll retain the women's 800 meter title and the results of her gender test will remain confidential according to africa sports ministry. this comes a day after they said the tests had not been completed. a day before the organization was expected to announce its findings. it won't comment today. the south african teenager was questioned about her muscular build and rapid ascension. rashid ramzi tested positive for doping. officials keep athletes records. he said he'll appeal this ruling. the nfl's limit on pre-game tailgating is aimed on cutting down on bad behavior by drunk
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fans. some think it's a employ to get fans to spend more money on beer and other items once inside the stadium. we're asking you what you think. some of the responses you're posting on our facebook page, brandy says -- bridgett says -- go to cnn.com/robin and click on the facebook logo. leaf us a comment. we'll read them here throughout the morning. look at this. you got to see this. you watching? come on in. you got time. hurry. this is hendrick anderson, scores a goal and oh, body slams the glass. and the glass says oops, fooled you, i'm not connected. >> that was a secret escape door. >> i scored one goal.
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i'm done. i'm out of here. we think he's okay. >> bob only does that on tuesday. >> hate that i missed that. bob van dillen is here but we're at the morning express vip tour. say hey, guys. can't hear you. louder. >> how come they're not miked up? >> if they're loud enough we can hear them. good morning to you. thank you for being here for the morning express vip tour. we'll look forward to having more folks come down. what's the latest with the travel delay issue? we have concerns about two hours ago, bob. >> this is bad. atlanta right now, what you're looking at. this is the glitch in the system that the pilots use to type flight plans into the computer system. it goes into faa. that wept down in atlanta. the backup one in salt lake city also went down. that really cut airport efficiency in half because air traffic controllers had to actually manually type these in. they couldn't keep up with all the flights. so we have the ripple effect now as things are beginning to come
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online. some of the cities that are affected so far, philadelphia, laguardia, atlanta, reagan national, dulles. we have weather delays, too. 2 1/2 hour delay almost in philadelphia. close to that. right now laguardia has an 80-minute delay also. plus another look at that glitch coming up, richard, in just about ten minutes. >> keeping you busy, my friend. >> yes, indeed. how would you like to be able to drive your car using your iphone as a remote control? engineers in austin, texas, did just that using a rigged car. sitting on top and saying yee haw, as you can hear. to steer all you have to do is kind of turn your phone left or right. touch screen sliders also control the gas and brake. the engineers say they've driven the car up to 30 miles per hour. don't try that at home. we're learning about even more red flags over major nidal
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hasan. the man accused of the mass shootings at ft. hood may have had a crorocky start to his car. we're watching the space walk. they'll be busy on this first of three. we'll take you to space here on hln throughout the day.
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