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the man accused of trying to bomb a jet line certificate focus of an investigation stretching from the middle east to the midwest. what we're learning about umar farouk abdulmutallab. also this, after a five-year international custody battle, a new jersey father and his son spent the christmas holiday in the u.s. together. find out how david and sean goldman celebrated. we hope you had a great holiday weekend. this is hln "news & views." let's get you right to our top story now. the man accused of trying to blow up a northwest airlines flight on christmas day is out of an ann arbor michigan
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hospital. umar farouk abdulmutallab was treated for burns. s he is being held at an undisclosed location. in an effort to tie him to evidence on the plane, dna tests were scheduled for today. he was charged with attempting to set off an explosive device on the plane. now his family has issued what it says will be its only statement about this case. it says -- the investigation into abdulmutallab stretch as cross
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four conned nen four continents. the flight landed in detroit from the netherlands. he boarded that first leg of that flight in nigeria. but he also had a history in london. he lived and studies in the uk. police have been searching his last known address there. federal officials say his explosive device was acquired in yemen along with instruction as to when it should be used. a source told our sister network cnn the amount of explosive was enough to blow a hole in the side of the aircraft and bring it down. homeland security secretary janet napolitano concedes there was a breakdown in aviation security on christmas day. and the department says it is responding by significantly increasing the number of air marshals on flights. last month abdulmutallab was listed on a broad terror watch list of 550,000 team deemed to be potential threats. he was on that list. now napolitano says comments she made yesterday about airline and airport security working were
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taken out of context. here's what she said yesterday followed by her clarification today. take a listen. >> one thing i'd like to point out is that the system worked. everybody played an important role here. the passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air were notified to take special measures. what i said is moving forward, meaning, once the incident happened, we were able to immediately notify the 128 flights in the air as well as airports on the ground domestically, internationally. our law enforcement partners, our other allies instituted immediate safety procedures to make sure that this could not happen on other flights. >> a dutch passenger who was aboard northwest flight 253 christmas day says he didn't think twice.
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he just jum noopd actiped into tried to save the plane. he was sitting several seats away. he heard popping noises and saw smoke. that's when he made his move. >> i took some object that was melting and smoking out of him. and i tried to put out the fire. and then when i did that, i was also restraining the suspect. the fire was actually getting a little worse because what i did, it didn't put out the fire. i grabbed the suspect out of the seat because if he was wearing any more explosives, it would be very dangerous. he was almost on fire.
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and when i grabbed him from the seat, the chemical came. and they came with fire extinguishers. and they got clear of all the flames. and just to be sure, i grabbed him away from the attendant and took him to first class. there we strapped him and contained him with handcuffs and we made sure he had no more weapons or bombs on him. >> many are calling him a hero today. airlines are stepping up security because of the attempted bombing which means more restrictions on you the next time you fly. we'll let you know what is changing in just a few moments. we also have new details on another security scare in detroit on a northwest plane with the same flight number. officials now say yesterday's incident is not a case of terrorism. they say a man spent a long time in the plane's restroom because he was sick. >> we were on the airplane for a while.
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>> we were kept on the airplane for a while and the border guards would not let the plane, let passengers off the plane. when we got to customs control we entered the country normally and waited for an hour for luggage. that's all we know. >> the sick passenger was released from custody and got on another flight. another story we're following, charlie sheen is accused of using a weapon in a case of domestic violence. tmz.com reports it was a knife. sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen, colorado. he was staying in a house with his wife when police responded to a 911 call. sheen has not been charged but must return to court on february 8th. florida gators coach urban mier had a change of heart, you could say. one of the most successful coaches in college football made a shocking announcement saturday saying he was stepping down. then less than a day later, the 45-year-old said he will not step down. instead, he will take an indefinite leave of absence. meyer cited health reasons for wanting to retire saying he might need a procedure to alleviate chest pains that
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started a month ago. but after watching his team practice yesterday, he changed his mind. take a listen. >> we've had a heck of a run, a run that we're very proud of. and when you sat back and watched those young guys go at it today and that coaching staff and the program we built, to not try would be not the right thing to do. >> meyer will coach the gators for the sugar bowl on january 1st and expects to be back with the team next fall. we have to tell you about a feud between neighbors that escalated with deadly results on christmas night. now four men are behind bars for their alleged roles in a fatal mob beating.
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new measures on the kbround and in the air welcome put in place. while the changes are not yet uniform, passengers may encounter more patdowns, closer inspection of bags and items brought onboard. the airlines are also allowed to
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impose new restrictions during the final hour of a flight from requiring passengers to put away the blankets to prohibiting them from getting out of their seats. >> the last hour we came in, we had to make sure we were seated. no pillows or blankets and just, i think, precaution for them. >> the only thing that was different was that coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individualally, the security guys. and then a body search each one of us. >> i think this is going to be a huge story. >> those new developments on airport security lead us to our question of the day. are folks being patient out there? are they saying whatever it takes? >> some people are handling it well. some people are torqued already
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and they're fearing flying, not just for security reasons but for the inconvenience factor. we're getting a lot of calls and e-mails. let's wade through a few. this is what kathy writes from grand rapids, michigan. >> some callers on the line, xeej starts us off in south dakota. what do you think? >> caller: i think about the same thing as you just talked about. we've had over 14 million flights easily since 2001 and 9/11. and all the security measures in the world have been enacted. a big force, a lot of people hired. and we haven't had a domestic incident on a domestic flight. we've had two incidents on flights coming into our country. it seems a lot more time should be spent on coordinating
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information, like, for instance, the father reporting that his son might have, might be a terrorist or getting into that mode. >> that has to worry you, right? >> pardon? it worries you, yeah. >> i mean what -- there was a clear missignal, right? >> a missed signal. the same thing that happened with the colonel down in texas. to me, people -- there was stuff in the system which should stop it. not screening, not more air marshals. >> all right, keith. i appreciate it. bill up is from milwaukee. bill, how you doing? >> caller: good, how you are? >> all right, what do you think? >> caller: i think it is ridiculous, too. after the shoe bombing episode that we had, people were required to remove their shoes. now after this late incident, this guy had explosives in his underwear, are we going to have to remove our underwear? i mean how far do you go? >> what about full body scans? do you think that's practical? >> why not? let's do it. i mean everybody -- most of the people have bodies, i would say
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and not too many of them are not much different. so i would stand in line. i swrontwouldn't have a problem. >> a lot of facebook comments. can you become a fan and post your comment. lisa writes -- >> susan, you have comments, too. >> yes, tom wrote this --
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>> all right. we want to hear from you as well. you have time. happy with the stricter guidelines? are you worried about it? is it going to keep you from flying? are the precautions worth the inconvenience? whatever, we want to hear from you. you can text at hln tv. standard text rates apply. >> we love to hear from you. we want to tell you have ivana trump. she was taken off a plane after she got angry at children. the ex-wife of billionaire donald trump was flying from palm beach, florida, to new york. authorities say she yelled at the kids and then became even more aggravated when flight attendants tried to calm her down. no charges were filed. all right. it's christmas. you're out of milk. you run to the supermarket hoping it's open. the sign says it is closed. but doort is unlocked. would you help yourself to a few gifts? find out what happened at two california stores.
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the streets of tehran look like this, a war zone today. hundreds of people are in custody. the government is threatening to throw more people in jail after one of thebloodiest outbursts we've seen in months. thousands of frustrated iranians took to the streets there. it was the most significant challenge to the regime since the disputed elections in june. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by
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security forces. iranian media reports at least eight people are dead. but with tight restrictions on international media, it is difficult to verify the casualty figures right now. among those killed, the nephew of opposition candidate seen on the right hand side. his body was removed from the hospital without their permission to prevent people from gathering for his funeral. on christmas night a two by four was used to kill a man in mob style beating. the south carolina man was apparently fighting throughout the day with his neighbor before a group of four men allegedly beat the 42-year-old victim to death. the family lives a few doors down from one another in a rural area south of charlotte. the four suspects all between the ages of 22 and 33 officially face a charge of first degree lynching n south carolina, lynching refers to any fatal attack by more than two people not necessarily one motivated by race. federal investigators have joined the probe of a string of suspicious fires that left two
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people dead in massachusetts. at least five buildings and four cars burned early sunday morning. all of the fires were within a half mile of each other in downtown north hampton. boy did they spread fast. the da says the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the homes that burned. two people lived upstairs did make it out safely. we're talking heavy snow now caused major problems for drivers across indiana overnight. state police say the roads were slick and it was hard to see. and some drivers, they say, were just going too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down and i slowed down. so i didn't hit that guy. and i started wabbling a little bit. once i started wabbling, i wasn't able to straighten it out. and i ran into the other fellow. and i went off on this road. i guess he went off on the other side. >> there is a chance of more snow around indianapolis today. but there some good news. it will be sunny tomorrow. so you go to the grocery store only to find out that it's closed. but the front door is unlocked.
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you know, when you try to tug at it. customers discovered that at two california safeway stores over the christmas holiday, the doors opened. what is more surprising is that no one stole anything. >> a customer from inside the store said wait was locked. there was a report of customers leaving money on the counter, purchasing merchandise. >> a safeway spokeswoman says there was a lock malfunction at both stores. in the christmas spirit. well, it seems americans spent more for holiday gift this is year, speaking of, overall spending was a little higher. that is good news in a bad economy. mastercard spending poll says sales rose more than 3%. consumer electronics and shoes were popular this year. there was less spending, though, on luxury items. fewer people bought gift cards. that is another challenge for stores. they count on you coming in in january and spending the card and then some. if you live in the big apple, you may have a tough time buying one of apple's hottest
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products, the i-phone. several published reports indicate at&t stopped selling the iphone through the website to customers with new york city zip codes. this follows widespread complaints about at&t's wireless data networks in large cities like new york and san francisco. at&t and apple retail stores in new york city continue to sell i phones to city residence, though. before you head out to the doctor, it may pay to shop and compare medical charges. clark howard tells you about a website that can actually help you save on costly procedures. >> one of my big beefs with medicine is how hard it is for you to figure out what somebody is going to charge you for medical care before you actually receive it. so what's a person to do? well, if you are someone that does not have health insurance or you have big out of pocket with health insurance, maybe you're in a high deductible plan or let's say you have a deductible you have to meet every year and it really matters
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what you're going to be charged for stuff, there's a website called pricedoc.com. pricedoc.com. you can go there and you can actually shop for your medical care where you put doctors and providers into competition with each other to provide your medical care. now medicine kicking and screaming is going to be broad in the next five years into the era of actually having to post prices. should have happened a long time ago. but if you need to know what something is going to cost now this is a way for you to do it. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com slash clarkhoward. >> and to get more great consumer advice from clark, tune in every saturday and sunday. he will help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. after a five-year separation, david and sean goldman will finally be together, ring in the new year together. find out how the reunited father and son are adjusting to their
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new life. five years.
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>> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering these last five years. and it's equally -- there's no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years with my son. that's a big scar. but now we're together. and we'll heal. we'll enjoy and live and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father and son. >> so where was the first father-son outing? walt disney world, of course in, orlando, florida.
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someone smashed jon goslyn's furniture and stole other items as well. he also says a note was pinned to his dress we are a butcher knife. they won't say what it said. goslyn, you know him, from jon & kate plus eight. he found the destruction when he returned home after spending time with his kids in pennsylvania. there is yet another huge opening in las vegas despite the troubled economy. two new hotel towers opened in sin city today. planet holly weiss's ph towers and the hrh tower. many of these new projects, though, were planned back when the real estate market was still on fire. the las vegas sun says the new hard rock rooms can go as low as $119 a night. older vegas spots are in trouble. the famed original home of the world series poker just closed its hotel because of the economy, of course. the times square crystal ball will ring in 2010 with a little extra bling. nearly 300 of the waterford chris tall triangles will be replaced with new ones that have an interlocking ribbon pattern.
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they represent this year's theme, let there be courage. the times square ball drop goes all the way back to 1907. sad news here about 125 whales died after becoming stranded on beaches in new zealand. hundreds of people worked over the weekend to rescue them. they were able to get 43 of the whales back out to sea. >> we've been here probably three and a half, four hours. and we've just been listening to instructions and, yeah, trying to keep them as wet as possible. >> but about 105 stranded whales died saturday in a different area. large numbers of whales die each summer on their way from antarctic watters to the areas where they breed. is there a precedent to the alleged christmas tear your plot? how last week's apparent attempt to blow up a northwest flight may be linked to a brazen al qaeda attack earlier this year. all the details after the break.
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investigators have a lot of questions about the nigerian man accused of trying to bomb a jet as it landed in detroit. travelers have a lot of questions as well today about the safety of airlines. a lot of people are afraid today. cheryl jackson joins us today from detroit. hi. where is the suspect right now? what is the latest? >> reporter: well, right now we know he is with u.s. marshals. we don't know where he is. we do know that a hearing scheduled today to get his dna has been canceled. there's no word why it was canceled. there is extra security here today as a result of all this -- that's happened on christmas day. police are -- there are dogs
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here. people are actually getting pat down more often. suitcases checked more often. you know, police are asking people to be prepared to come here three hours ahead in order to actually get on the plane and get through security. and police say they're focused on what happened and what could have happened on christmas day. umar farouk abdulmutallab is in prison today. they are cooperating with thors and are thankful to theal mighty god that there were no lives lost in this incident. his father told nigerian and u.s. officials months ago that his son had become radicalized, causing officials to put him on a watch list m are wondering why in spite of the warning the suspect was still able to fly. >> it's amazing to me that an individual like this who is sending out so many signals could end up getting on a plane going to the u.s. >> reporter: on the defensive, homeland security secretary janet napolitano says the suspect was on the general watch list.
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she says president obama has ordered a full review. >> how did this individual get on the plane? what didn't work in this screening procedure to pick him up? >> reporter: though she insists that travellers are safe, many are on heightened alert. travelers have noticed ramped security. >> the last hour we come in, we had to make sure we were seated. >> coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individually. >> reporter: the hearing scheduled for later today to obtain a sample of the suspect's dna is canceled. they want the dna to link him to the evidence on the plane. now we are told that there are behavior experts in the airport actually examining passengers and looking for any signs of danger and trying to further secure the airports. susan? >> yes. new security measures are in place, cheryl. how are the lines? earlier we had a live picture from los angeles. even there the lines really went outside of the airport.
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how is it looking there in detroit? >> reporter: the lines are long but the passengers say they would rather tolerate the long lines, the extra security measures rather than end up with someone next to them on the plane, you know, with a bomb in their lap. >> being outside there is a lot different than in los angeles. with the wind chill, it's 8 degrees there. try to stay warm. >> thank you. similarities between at tempted northwest airlines attack and another attack earlier this year in saudi arabia have won terrorism expert considering the idea the saudi case may have been a test run for what we saw christmas day. additionally, cnn security analyst says the same individual bomb maker hplay have been behid each of these plots. >> the procedures are similar to what happened in saudi arain when an al qaeda member tried to kill the prince, the leader of the counter-terrorism forces in
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the saudi kingdom. they concealed plastic explosives, sefkly petn in his clothing. that got through metal detectors. blew it up, killed himself. did not manage to assassinate the saudi prince who was the target. this looks very much like a dry run for what we already saw in detroit. i would not be surprised if the same al qaeda cell in yemen did both of these attacks and perhaps even the same bomb makers as making a pten bomb is not something can you pick up on the internet. it's something that a skilled bomb make woehr make. >> and al qaeda's arabian peninsula, wayne did claim responsibility for that attack on the saudi prince. as we just heard from cheryl out of detroit, airlines are stepping up security because of the attempted bombing which means more restrictions the next time you fly. we will let you know exact wla is changing in just a few moments. and the passenger who led the charge to subdue the suspect on flight 253 gives his firsthand account of the attempted
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bombing. you don't want to miss that just ahead. actor charlie sleen heen is accused of using a weapon over the hol day. sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen, colorado. he was parentally staying at a house with his wife when police responded to a 911 call. charlie sheen has not been charged but must return to court on february 8th. you may have heard about this. florida gators coach urban meyer has had a change of heart. one of the most successful coaches in college football made a shocking announcement on saturday saying he was going to step down. then less than a day later, the 45-year-old said, nope, he's not doing it. instead, he'll take an indefinite live of absence. meyer cited health reasons for wanting to retire saying he might need a procedure to alleviate chest pains that started a month ago. but after watching his team practice yesterday, he changed his mind. >> we've had a heck of a run, a run that we're very proud of. and when you sat back and watched those young guys go at
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it to day and that coaching staff and the program we built, to into the try would be not the right thing to do. >> a lot of fans are happy that he did change his mind. meyer will coach the gators for the sugar bowl on january 1st and expects to be back with the team next fall. it is a surge in violence we have not seen in months in iran. the tense and bloody scene in the streets as we try to sort out how many people have been hurd or killed in the latest round of anti-government protests there.
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international flyers are facing a bunch of new rules. they impact measures both on the ground and in the air. while the changes aren't yet uniform across airlines,
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passengers may encounter more patdowns and closer inspection of bags and items brought onboard. this afternoon the tsa also announced it will leave it up to individual flight crew wlz to enforce certain restrictions for the final hour on a flight. now these rules frafrpg not allowing passengers to leave their seats to turning off the video map that shows the plane's location. >> the last hour we came in, they had to make sure we were seated. no pillows or blankets and just, i think, precaution for them. >> the only thing that was different was that coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individualally, the security guys. and then a body search each one of us. >> we want to hear from you on this. are you happy with the stricter guidelines to travel or are the precautions worth the inconvenience? or do you think they're just a waste of time? let us know what you think.
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you can e-mail us at cnn.com/hln or text us, hln tv. standard text rates do apply. a dutch passenger who was aboard northwest flight 253 christmas day says he didn't think twice, just jum noopd action and tried to save the plane. he was sitting several seats away from the bombing suspect. he said he heard popping noises and saw smoke. that is when he made his move. >> when i saw the suspect on fire, i freaked, of course. without any hesitation, i jumped over the seats and i jumped to the suspect. i thought he was trying to blow up the plane. i was trying to search his body for any explosives. any more explosives, it would be very dangerous. he was almost on fire. and when i grabbed him from the seat, the chemical came. and they came with fire
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extinguishers. and they got clear of all the flames. and just to be sure, i grabbed him away from the attendant and took him to first class. there we strapped him and contained him with handcuffs and we made sure he had no more weapons or bombs on him. >> many are calling him a hero today. we have new details on another security scare on the same route and flight number. yesterday's incident is not a case of terrorism. they say a man spent a long time in the plane's restroom because he was sick. >> we were kept on the airplane for a while.
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and the border guards would not let the plane -- let the passengers off the plain. then when we got to customs control, we entered the country normally and then waited for an hour for luggage. that's all we know. >> the sick passenger was released from custody and got on another flight. people eating in a soup kitchen got a big surprise when pope benedict xvi showed up. it was the first appearance after being tackled by a woman at a christmas eve mass. it raised security concerns at the vatican. scary moments there. police say ivana trump was taken off a plane after she got angry about kids running and screaming in the aisles. the ex-wife of donald trump was flying from palm beach, florida, to new york. authorities say she yelled at the kids and then became even more aggravated when flight attendants tried to calm her down. no charges were filed.
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if you live in new york and want to buy an iphone, you may be out of luck. find out j new yorkers can't buy iphone onzline.
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the streets of tehran look like a war zone today. hundreds of people are in custody and the iranian government is threatening to throw more people in jail after one of the bloodiest outbursts of violence we've seen in months. anti-government chants were heard all over tehran yesterday as thousands of frustrated iranians took to the streets. it was the most significant challenge to the regime since the disputed elections back in june. witnesses say people were shot, beaten and rounded up by security forces. iranian media reports at least eight people are dead. but with tight restrictions on international media, it is difficult to verify the casualty figures right now. among those killed, the nephew of mousavi seen on the right side. the family says his body was removed from the hospital without their permission to prevent people from gathering for his funeral.
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three american hikers detained in iran have a new attorney to try to get them released. their families say they hired a prominent iranian attorney. the families are still hoping to have them freed on humanitarian grounds. but they also want to be prepared to fight espionage charges against the hikers. their families say the hikers mistakenly crossed iran's unmarked bored we are iraq in july. you could call it a hollywood ending for an all too real international custody battle. for the first time in five years, david goldman spent christmas with his 9-year-old son sean. the two were reunited christmas eve at the u.s. consolate in rio. sean was living in brazil since 2004 after his mother took him there and refused to return. she remarried in brazil and claimed custody of sean. she died last year. this morning on nbc's today show, goldman expressed the anger and joy he felt over the past five years. >> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering these last five years and as
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equally, there are no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years of my son's life. that's a big scar. but now we're together. and we'll heal. and we'll enjoy and live and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father and son. >> so where were the first father-son outings? where did they go? walt disney world, of course in, orlando. on christmas night, a two by four was used to kill a man in a mob style beating. the south carolina man was fighting throughout the day with his neighbor before a group of four men allegedly beat the 42-year-old victim to death. the families live a few doors down from one another in a rural area south of charlotte. the four suspects all between the ages of 22 and 33 officially face a list of first degree lynching charges. in south carolina, lynching refers to any fatal attack by
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more than two people, not necessarily one motivated by race. federal investigators have joined the probe of a string of suspicious fires that left two people dead in massachusetts. here's the video. at least five buildings and four cars burned early sunday morning. and they moved fast. all the fires were within a half mile of each other in downtown north hampton. the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the homes that burned. two people who lived upstairs did make it out safely. to the weather now. heavy snow caused major problems for drivers across indiana overnight. state police say the roads were slick and hard to see. some drivers were just going too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down. i slowed down so i didn't hit that guy. and i started wabbling a little bit. and once it started wabbling, i wasn't able to straighten it out. and i ran into the other fellow. i went off on this road and i guess he went off on the other side. >> some bad news, the forecast
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is for more rough conditions. look for new snow on top of icy roads and more poor visibility. stay off the roads if you can. check this out. 80 years of history came crashing down this morning near crown point, new york. demolition crews took down the landmark bridge. there it went. it was a key link between new york and vermont. spe inspectors found cracks. planning is under way to replace it. here's a scenario, you go to the grocery store to find out that it's closed but the front door sun locked. customers discovered at two safe bs way stores. what's more surprising is that no one took anything. >> a customer from inside the store said there were a lot of customers in the store. we went over there. there was fully a report of customers leaving money on the counter. purchasing merchandise. >> a safeway spokeswoman says there was a lock malfunction on doors at both stores. mobile phones are sending and receiving more data over the airwav airwaves. the spectrum of wireless
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frequencies is not unlimited. so now wireless phone companies fear they are running out of room, if can you believe it. they want the government to give them bigger slices of airwaves even if other uses have to give theirs. wireless companies share airways with tv and radio broadcasts. wifi networks and other communications services as well. and if you live in the big apple, you may have a tough time buying one of apple's hottest products we talking about the i phone. several published reports indicate that at&t has stopped selling the iphone through its website to customers with new york city zip codes. this follows widespread complaints about at&t's wireless data networks in large cities like new york and san francisco. at&t and apple retail stores in new york city continue to sell iphones to city residents though. tough leave your house. it looks like more americans spent more for holiday gifts this year. overall spending was a little bit higher. that, of course, good news in bad economy. master card spending poll says sales rose more than 3%. consumer electronic and shoes
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were popular this year. there was less spending, though, on luxury items and fewer people bought gift cards. that is another challenge for stores that count on you coming in in january and spending the card and then some more money. do you want to know how to get the most for your money? who doesn't, right? hln money expert clark howard is here to help you out on this logon to cnn.com/clark and submit your i-report to him. you can be selected to be profiled on our network and get great advice from america's money coach. don't miss out. college football history was made this weekend. sarah thomas became the first woman to officiate a bowl game. it was the little caesar's pizza bowl between marshall and ohio, which marshall won by the watch the married mother of two young boys became the first woman to officiate a major college game two years ago and is on the n nfl list of officiating prospects, good for her. it is the end of the year, time for a little reflection on the past. when folks at jib jab.com put their spin on the year's top stories. we will let you know.
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"jon and kate plus 8." he found the destruction after he returned home after spending time with his kids in pennsylvania. we are getting ready to say good-bye to 2009 and as usual, the folks at jibjab.com are back with a fun look at the big news stories that had people talking this year. here it is. ♪ there was change at the highest court ♪ ♪ it was sotomayor ♪ surprise noble award, nobody was really quite sure ♪ ♪ howl at the moon, it will be over real soon ♪ ♪ we hope you rest in peace ♪ billy mays, senator kennedy ♪ play him off, keyboard cat
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♪ sure, there's stuff we missed ♪ ♪ like levi johnston's johnson ♪ that's it for our list ♪ he's gonna let us finish, yes it's an end ♪ ♪ but we'll do it again in the year 2010 ♪ >> pretty creative. always love that on that note, we take you to las vegas there is another huge opening, despite the company. two new twin towers opened today, planet hollywood and the hrh nightclub called vanity. many were planned when the real estate market was on fire. the las vegas sun says there are pretty good deals out there the new hard rock cafe -- not cafe, rooms can go for $119 a night. bin yin's, the famous home of the world series of poker just closed its hotel because of the economy. times square crystal ball will ring in 2010 with a little extra bring this year. nearly 300 of its waterford
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crystal triangles will be replaced with new ones that van interlocking ribbon pattern. they represent this year's theme, "let there be courage." the times square ball drop goes all the way back to 1907. looking forward to that some iraqi which had dress to doing what generations of women before them were told not to. they are looking for new husbands. iraqi tradition discourageous women from doing that, but one organization is breaking that mold and helping widows find the right match. >> for the sake of my challenge, i challenge tradition, although i was strongly criticized by society, she says. yes, my husband died. his message in life is finished but i have another message to continue and that is my children. i need to support them and help raise them. >> there are an estimated 2 million which had know iraq. so far this group has matched 28 women with new husbands. investigators around the world are looking into the events that led to the attempted bombing of a jet as it approached detroit. did all the security imposed on air travel simply not work?
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we will ask an expert.
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the 23-year-old suspected of trying to blow up a northwest airlines flight on christmas day is out of the hospital. the investigation begins on four continents while his family said they raised the red flag with authorities weeks ago. the alleged terror plot may mean more inconvenience for you, for all of us, the next time we fly. your views on whether more security measures are worth all the hassle. also, a new jersey dad's epic five-year-long international custody battle is finally over. so, how did david and sean goldman celebrate? hln news and views, i'm chuck roberts. welcome the 2 th of december. great to have you with us. the nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a northwest
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airlines transatlantic flight on christmas day is out of the hospital this is umar farouk abdul mutt tall will be a's just-released mug shot. he was treated for burns, now held at an undisclosed location. another shot from a rally much earlier. prosecutors cancelled a hearing set for today to try to get dna samples from him in an effort to tie him to the evidence on the plane. 239-year-old is charged with attempting to set off an explosive device on a flight from amsterdam to detroit just before landing in michigan. be a due mat tall will be a's family issued what this it said would be the only statement about the case. the young man's father said he was concerned when he lost contact with his son when he was studying abroad. he says while we were awaiting the outcome of the investigation we awoke to the shocking news of the investigation into detroit. the investigation into abdulmutallab stretches into four continents.
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the flight he is accused of trying to bring down landed in detroit. he boarded the first leg in his homeland, nigeria, but abdulmutallab lived and studied in the uk and police were searching his last known address there federal officials say his explosive device was acquired in yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used a source told our sister network cnn the amount of the explosive was enough to blow a hole in the side of the aircraft. we are expecting a statement from president obama shortly about the alleged terror plot some time this afternoon. the dutch passenger who was aboard the northwest flight 253 christmas day says he didn't think twice, he just jumped into action and tried to save the plane, in his words. he was sitting several seats away from the bombing suspect. he said he heard popping noises and saw smoke. that is when jasper schuringa made his move. >> i saw the suspect, he was getting a fire. i freaked, of course, and without any agitation, i just
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jumped over all the seats and i just jumped to the suspect, i thinking, oh, he is trying to blow up the plane. and so, you know, i was trying to search his body for any explosives and then i took some kind of object that was already melting and smoking out of him and i tried to -- i tried to put out the fire and then when i did that, i was also restraining the suspect. the fire was actually getting a little worse, because what i did it didn't extinguish the fire. i grabbed the suspect out of the seat, if he was wearing any more explosives it would be very dangerous, because he was almost on fire. and when i grabbed him from the seats, the cabin crew came and came with fire extinguishers and they got him clear of flames and just to be sure, i grabbed him with another attendant and we took him to first class and there we stripped him and contained him with handcuffs and
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we made sure he had no more weapons no more bombs on him. >> you can certainly bet the airline industry will be under tighter security in the future, though we are not sure exactly how much tighter. law enforcement analyst mike brooks is here. mike, by the way, was head of security for delta for many years. >> i was general manager. general manager of security. what will we look for at airline secure the stations? >> hearing the new restrictions for international flights, chuck, up to the discretion of the flight crews. within the last hour of the flight, whether or not they will allow anyone to have blankets, to have pillows, laptops in their lap t is up to the captain who has the final say on anything that goes on in that aircraft. now, if they feel that they don't want anything in their lapse, they can say, the final hour, you can't get up, use the lavatory, nothing in your lap. and they will also disable, just turn off the inflight entertainment, which shows the maps of where you are so someone could look at that map and say, okay, i'm over -- or i'm over
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water or something. so they may do away with this but they are leaving that -- tsa leaving that up to the discretion of the flight crews, for now. >> was abdul mutt tall will be a on any watch list? >> we are hearing he was on a british list. my question, we talk about all the security measuresing, chuck, going back, first of all, did he have a visa, answered a him the u.s. embassy in london in 2008. now if this was the fact that his father did go -- did he go to the u.s. embassy? he says he went to some officials, nigerian officials. was that information passed on to the state department officials? we don't know that for sure. this is something that needs to be looked into. because if that is the case, it should have been pass aid long and his name when he went to board that flight, at least at skiple airport. er he transferred from laying goes, my year gentleman on that klm flight, his name should have been on a -- at least a select list. and if not, on the no fly list.
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those are the two kinds of lists they have. whenever you go and check in you can be on a selecty list say says we will give this person more scrutiny, maybe a secondary pat down, people going through their carry on, or a no-fly list, which means that this person is a threat to the aviation industry. >> can not be allowed on board. >> any circumstance and be interviewed by the fbi if it here domestically and possibliby state department or officials overseas. >> i would think amsterdam has state-of-the-art security. how do we mich that? do we have scanners that pick up peta? >> here in the united states a number of different machines, the full-body scanners which i think if you are going to use something, use that. i mean, you can see everything that is secreted on someone's body and someone's clothes, but of course the civil libertarians we don't want to impose on your privacy and some people aren't going to want that for whatever reasons. then you have some of these puffer machines. i have been through them. you step inside and you feel a
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puff of air which disresults any possible explosive residue on your body on your skin and it will detect that i'm hearing from experts there have been issues with that because it is very difficult to maintain and clean because of a lot of contaminants can get in and give a lot of false positives. then you have the other -- you have the etronnic trace detector, come in and some time take you, see you with the little tongs and swab your carry-on luggage and put it into a machine. >> look for nitro or -- >> peta would show up, rdx, tnt. >> are we moving in that direction? >> you know, yes, i think we are. we have some staff at "prime news" today that flew from detroit this morning said it was the best security experience, didn't slow down, everybody went through. time will tell. >> mike, thanks for your expertise. do you feel safe when you fly? thinking about airline security going forward, just ahead.
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80 years of history came crashing down this morning, what a shot in the mist. crown point, new york where testimony lish crews took down the landmark lake champlain bridge, a key route between new york and vermont. inspectors found deep cracks in the concrete piers. planning is under way now to replace t the impact measures on both the ground and in the air, while the changes aren't yet uniform across airlines, passengers will probably encounter patdowns, closer inspection of bags. all items brought on board. today, the tsa announced it is going to leave up to the discretion of the flight crew whether tone force restrictions in the last hour of a flight. those rules range from allowing passengers to leave their seats to turning off their video map, the inflight entertainment system that shows the plane's location. the last we come in, we had to make sure we were seated.
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nothing on our lap, pillows or blankets, strange i thought but a precaution for them. >> the only thing that was different was coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individually. the security guys. and then they searched us, like a body search, each one of us. >> so this too shall pass? what do you think of the developments in airport secureity? susan hendricks is here to highlight what some of you have been saying about the guidelines, such as we know them. >> hi, chuck, certainly a hot topic today. we have been taking your calls, e-mails and facebook comments on the new safety measures. we are going to scroll some of the facebook comment across the screen as we talk to some callers. we start with thomas in vermont.thomas, you are up first. what do you think about these? an inconvenience for you or worth it? >> caller: thanks for the call. as a former flight attendant at boston's logan airport, i am puzzled why it seems every time there is an incident, the security is heightened?
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why don't we have standard practices across-the-board, specifically for this type of situation so when it comes, no nobody is frantic it is already in place? >> for example, the shoe bomber, after that, every-to remove their shoes. >> exactly, after september 11th, as far as i'm concerned, we should have been every day at the highest level, not when we have got an incident that take place. not wait until something happens. tom marks appreciate your call. bobby in hawaii, you are up next. do you think this is worth it, for our safety? do you think we should have to go through the extra security precautions? >> caller: well, the risk of sounding redundant as your first caller, i wonder why was security relaxed after 9/11? most travelers would rather be inconvenienced with stricter guidelines and be safe rather than the alternative. try purchasing a ticket to iran or north korea, it won't happen. our boarders need more protection. >> you say we are too lax? renee in missouri what is your view?
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>> caller: i feel that each time -- okay, terrorists are smart. they are going to pay attention to where the weak parts are, the lax security mesh slurs. they are going to improve their standards. yeah after the shoe bombing, it was high alert and everyone took precaution and then terrorists were smart, you know? this is what they are trying to do. they pay attention to where the weak parts are, you know, when we become more lax in our security and then they take any step it is a continuing change, you know? it is not like a rule. they don't play by the rules. >> so you are saying this is not random. they pay attention to when we become more relaxed? >> caller: absolutely. absolutely. and each time, we have to play by their rules you know what i'm saying? who knew about this shoe thing? and then we pay attention to that and everyone was all up in arms and paying attention, then we got a little bit more lax. and then they do it again and that poor guy, he was probably disillusioned, you know what i'm saying? they take advantage of the weak and he knew where to go.
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>> renee? >> caller: yeah. >> we have some callers that are fired up t does cause fear. chuck, you have comments you want to share on your facebook page. people writing in? >> i do martin writes this, a waste of time, smells too fishy for my taste. i have flown a lot since 9/11 and i can't get my tooth paste on board. i wonder how someone with his name got through with explosives unless somebody on the inside was involved. how about that? >> keep those facebook comments coming. also the calls and e-mails, we want want to hear from you. are you happy with the new stricter guidelines to travel? are the precautions worth the convenience or just a waste of time? like the caller said, should we ever have been more relaxed? tell us what you think, 877 -hl. >> we will see you soon. new details on a security scare in detroit, in detroit, same route, same flight number, different day. now, however, officials say the
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incident yesterday was not a case of terrorism that a man spent an inordinate amount of time in the restroom because he was sick. >> we were kept on the airplane for a while and the border guards would not let the plane -- let passengers off the plane. and when we got to the -- the customs control, we entered the country normally and then waited for about an hour for luggage that's all we know. the sick passenger was released from custody and got on another flight. after a five-year separation, david and sean goldman will bring rink in the new year together. find out how the reunited father and son are celebrating their reunion.
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scenes from the streets of tehran t looks like after one of the bloodiest outbursts of violence in months. hundreds of people are in custody. the iranian government has threatened to throw even more people in jail. anti-government chants were heard all over the capital yesterday as thousands of frustrated iranians took to the streets. the most significant challenge to the regime since the disputed elections in june. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces. iranian media report at least eight people dead but with tight restrictions on international media it is impossible to verify any casualty numbers. among those killed, a nephew of opposition candidate mir hossein
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mousa mousavi. his body was removed with their opposition to prevent them from gathering for his funeral. first name five years, david goldman spent christmas with his 9-year-old boy, sean. the two were reunited christmas eve at the u.s. consulate in rio de janeiro. sean has been living in brazil since 2004 after his mother took him there and refused to return. she remarried in brazil, but died last year. this morning on nbc's today show, goldman expressed the anger and joy he has felt over the past five years. >> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering these last five years and it's equally, there's no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years, of my son's life. that's big scar. but now we're together and we'll
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heal and we'll enjoy and live and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father and son. >> so, where was their first father/son outing in the u.s.? walt disney world in orlando. actor charlie sheen is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence. tmz reports it was a knife. sheen spent part of christmas day in a jail in aspen, colorado. he was stating a house with his wife after police responded to a 911 call. sheen has not been charged. he has to return to court february 8th. somebody trashed reality tv star jon gosslin's apartment in new york. someone smashed the furniture, stole items and a note was spinhood his dress we are a butcher knife. they won't say what the note said. gosslin was on the show "jon and kate plus eight." his attorney says he found the destruction after returning home after spending time with his kids in pennsylvania. heavy snow caused major problem for drivers across indiana overnight. it was slick and hard to see. some drivers were just going a
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little too fast. the car in front of me slowed down and i slowed down, so i didn't hit that guy. i started wobbling a limb bit. once i started wobble, i wasn't able to straighten it out and ran into the other fellow and i went off on this road and i guess went off on the other side. >> there is a chance of more snow in and around indianapolis today. should be sunny tomorrow. federal investigators have joined the probe of a string of suspicious fires that left two people dead in massachusetts. at least five buildings and four cars burned early sunday. all the fires were within a half-mile of each other in downtown north hampton. the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the houses that burned. two people who live upstairs made it out safely. it seems americans spent more for holiday gifts this year. overall, spending was a little higher. that is good news in a bad economy. master card spending pulse says sale rose more than 3%. consumer electronic and shoes especially popular. less spending on lug sure very rbi items this year and fewer
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people bought gift cards, another challenge for stores because they count own coming in in january and discharging some of that stored fund. there is yet another huge opening in vegas, despite the troubled economy. two new hotel towers opened in sin city today. planet hollywood's ph towers and the hard rock's hrh tower with a nightclub called vanity. many of the new projects were planned well before the real estate market was collapsing. the vegas sun says the new hard rock rooms can go for as low as $119 a night. older vegas spots are in trouble. bin yin's, the famed original home of the world series of poker has closed its hotel. police say ivana trump was taken off a flight after she got angry about children unrunning and screaming up the aisles. the ex-wife of billionaire donald trump was flying from palm beach, florida, to new york. authorities say she yelled at the kids and then became even more aggravated when flight attendants tried to calm her down. no charges were filed. all right. it's christmas. you're out of milk. you run to the supermarket hoping it's open. the sign says it is closed.
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but the door is unlocked. would you help yourself to a few gifts? find out what happened at two california stores.
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does not have health insurance or you have big out-of-pocket with health insurance, maybe you are in a high-deductible plan. let's say you have a deductible you have to meet every year and it really matters what you're going to be charged for stuff, there is a website called pricedoc.com. you can go there and you can actually shop for your medical care, where you put doctors and providers into competition with each other to provide your medical care. now, medicine, kicking and screaming is going to be brought in the next five years into the era of actually having to post prices. it should have happened a long time ago. but if you need to know what something's going to cost now, this is a way for you to do it.
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i'm clark howard. for more way for you to protect your wallet go, to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> great consumer advice weekends. clark is here saturdays and sundays at noon and 4 eastern. help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. florida gators' coach urban meyer has had a change of heart. one of the most successful coaches in college football made the shocking announcement over the weekend that he was stepping down. and then less than a day later, the 45-year-old said, no he will not step down, he will take a leave of absence. meyer cited health reasons for wanting to retire. he said he might need a procedure to alleviate chest pains that started a month ago, but after watching his team practice yesterday, he changed his mind. . we had a heck of russian, a run we are very proud of and when we sat back and watched the gouge guys go at it today, the coving staff and the program we have built, to not try would be not the right thing to do. >> you shall mine letter coach the gators in sugar bowl january
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1st. he expects to be back with them next fall. college football history was made over the weekend. sarah thomas became the first woman to officiate a bowl game, the little caesar's bowl between marshall and who who marshall won. the married mother of two young boys became the first to officiate a major college game two years ago and on the nfl's list of officiating prospects. the times square crystal ball will ring in 2010 will with a little extra bling. nearly 300 of its waterford crystal triangles will be replaced with new ones that have an interlocking ribbon pattern, representing this year's theme "let there be courage." the times square ball drop goes all the way become to 1907. airlines are stepping up security because of the attempted bombing on a transatlantic flight on christmas day to detroit, which means more restrictions the next time you fly. we will let you know what is changing and a lot changed in the last two hours in that regard. we will be right back.
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people flying home from holiday trips are finding a very different atmosphere at screening outlets at u.s. airports. the christmas day attempted bombing of a detroit-bound jet has triggered tight he can ser nationwide. sandra endo joins us live from washington. what are you seeing, sandra? >> reporter: absolutely, chuck. international travellers are feeling the effects of these stricter guidelines, in flight as well as at airports. so the transportation security administration is constantly reviewing their security measures. as we know right now, they have
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beefed up security in light of the christmas day incident. we know that there are more patdowns at airports and there will be more frequent checks of carry-on luggage. but new today, the tsa announced that it will be up to the discretion of in-flight crew members to implement the one-hour rule. under that rule, pass.jer once required to remain in their seats for the last hour of their flight. they would not be allowed to use any blankets or any personalite he it testimonies on their lapse. they must stowaway all carry-on items for the last hour of the flight as well, wouldn't be able to get to-to-those items. also if they need to go to the restroom, they must be escorted by a crew member. and we also know that in that one-hour rule, which is at the discretion of the flight crew it could affect the in-flight entertainment system as well. >> some analysts have to shut down the entertainment system on board, because some has the gps track system, where the passengers can be on board and track where they are at that right moment. some airlines have connected those two systems, entertainment
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system and gps system together so they have to shut down the entertainment system. >> and a lot of the travelers we spoke to arriving here in dulles from international locations say that they have already felt all these restrictions be put in place on their flights but they say as much as it is an inconvenience for them, they say they would rather be safe up there in the skies. >> absolutely. it is a work in progress, all these security changes. looks awfully quiet behind you it is not a crush today? it is pretty quiet? >> it is. we are actually in the domestic area of the arrives -- excuse me, departures. down stairs is arrivals area, where we have talked to passengers. people going to their flights are well aware of the new restriction they can say they are ready for them, they came here extra early, which is really good advice for anyone traveling. make sure you leave your safe all right more time getting to the airports and dealing with all the security measures here. >> sandra endo just outside washington at dulles,
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international, thanks. homeland security secretary janet napolitano concedes there was a breakdown in aviation security christmas day. the department says it is responding by significantly increasing the number of air marshals on board flights. the christmas day terror suspect, umar farouk abdulmutallab was listed on a broad terror watch list, a very large database, 550,000 names on it. a list of people deemed to be potential threats. napolitano said comment she made yesterday about airline security and airport security work were taken out of context. here is what she said yesterday, followed by her clarification today. >> one thing i would like to point out is that the system worked. everybody played an important role here. the passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures. what i said is moving forward,
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meaning once the incident happened, we were able to immediately notify the 128 flight notice air as well as airports on the ground domestically,ity nationalism our law enforcement partners, our other allies, institute immediate safety procedures to make sure that this could not happen on other flights. >> abdulmutallab is at a hospital in michigan. here is hi his just released mug shot. he was treated for burns. this is a shot from earlier, a rally earlier, many, many weeks earlier, presumably. prosecutors cancelled a hearing set for today to try to obtain dna samples from him in an effort to tie him to evidence on the plane. the nigerian is charged with attempting to set off that explosive device on the flight from amsterdam to detroit just before it landed. the investigation into him and this incident stretches across four continents. as we mentioned, the flight is
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accused of trying to land brought him to detroit from the netherlands. he boarded the first leg of his flight in his homeland, nigeria, but abdulmutallab had a history in london yes lived and studied and police have been searching his last known address there federal officials say his explosive device was acquired in yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used a source told our sister network cnn the amount of the explosive was enough to blow a hole in the side of the aircraft. we are expecting the president to hold an announcement some time today j. is that threat to take down the northwest flight linked to a saudi prince this year? peter bergen from our sister network cnn, says it is possible. he said the same individual bombmaker may have been involved in each of the plots. >> the modus operandi of this guy and in the detroit is very similar to an attack that happened in saudi arabia august 28th when an al qaeda member tried to kill prince mohammed bin ayyef, leader in the saudi
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kingdom, similar to ways in concealed plastic explosives, specifically petn in his clothing that got through metal detectors, blew it up, killed himself. did not manage to assassinate the saudi prince, who was the target. but this looks very much like a dry run for what we already saw for -- in detroit. and i would not be surprised if the same al qaeda cell in yemen did both of these attacks and perhaps even the same bombmaker, as making petn bomb which is military-grade explosive it is not something you can pick up on the internet it is something a skilled bombmaker would make. >> al qaeda's arabian peninsula claimed responsibility for the august attack on the saudi prince. a former school mate of umar farouk abdulmutallab says he was stunned to heart news. on cbs' the early show, he talked about how abdulmutallab was not only intelligent and religious but well liked by classmates and the teachers.
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. he was a very great guy. avenues devoted religious person. he was not someone that you could, you know have any bad quarrels. he was just someone who was just a lively person, sociable, you know, good with the teachers, good with homework and all that stuff. could you tell that he was just a devout religious person because he never used to indulge in things which, you know how we -- high school kids trying to, you know, cause pranks and stuff. he was the person who was like, the police, you know, like the mediator of all the things that we are trying to do in our dorms. >> he said he last saw abdulmutallab in 2007 and thinks the once-peaceful terror suspect was essentially brainwashed by radicals. his family has issued what it says will be its only statement. let's read part of it. say it says the young man's father became concerned when he lost contact with his son, who was studying abroad. the father reported the matter to the nigerian security agencies a few months ago and foreign agencies a month ago. while we were waiting for the
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outcome of their investigation that we arose to the shocking news of the attempted bombing in detroit. the news of that day. the passenger who led the charge to subdue the suspect on flight 253 gives his firsthand account. you will hear that, just ahead. mobile phones are send and receiving more data over the air waves but the spectrum of wireless frequencies is not unlimited. now, some wireless phone companies fear they are running out of room. they want the government to give them bigger slices of air waves. more spectrum, even if other use verse to give up rights to theirs. wireless companies share air waves with tv and radio broadcasts, wifi networks and other communication service. if you live in the big apple, you may have to off time buying one of apple's hottest products, the iphone t is a related issue. several published reports says at&t stopped selling the iphone to customers with any new york city zip code after widespread complaints about at&t's wireless data networks in bigger industriesing problems.
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at&t and apple retail stores in new york continue to sell iphones to city residents. a soup kitchen in italy got an unexpected guest this weekend. how pope benedict xvi helped spread the christmas cheer to the hungry.
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a hollywood ending for an all too real international custody battle. for the first time in five years, david goldman spent christmas with his 9-year-old boy, sean. they spent christmas eve at the consulate in rio de janeiro. sean has been living in brazil since his mother took him there in 2004 and failed to return. she died last year. this morning on nbc's today show, goldman shared some initial thoughts on their reunion.
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>> i mean it is very real. there he is. there's my boy who has grown a foot. and, i mean, he's big boy, but it is very real because he is here and i can hold him now and i can hug him and i can tell him and look him in the eye, how much i love him. it is the rebirth of our family. >> so, where was the first father/son outing? walt disney world in orlando. people eating at a soup kitchen got a surprise when pope benedict xvi showed up. he isth is in rome. he ate there and gave christmas presents to 30 kids, his first appearance since he was tackled by a woman at christmas eve ma mass. right there he was not hurt, though it obviously raised security concerns at the vatican. federal investigators have joined a probe of a string of suspicious fires that left two people dead in central massachusetts. at least five buildings and four cars burned early sunday. all the fires were within a half mile of each other in downtown
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north hampton. the d.a. says the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the houses that burned. two people who lived upstairs made it out safely. heavy snow caused major problems for drivers across end yap nah overnight. state police say the roads were slick and it was hard to see. and some drivers were going a little too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down and i slowed down so i didn't hit that guy and i started wobbling a little bit and once i started wobbling, i wasn't able to straighten it out and ran into the other fellow and i went off on this road and i guess he went off on the other side. >> one thing led to another. chance of more snow around indy today but it should be sunny tomorrow. mississippi is the most religious state, according to a pugh research center survey. 82% of people polled said their religion is important in their lives. southern states energy fact, rounded out the top five, alabama, number two then arkansas, louisiana and tennessee. vermont and new hampshire are at the bottom. pioneering civil rights
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attorney percy sutton has died. he was 89. sutton was born in san antonio to a former slave and moved to new york after serving in world war ii. as a lawyer, sutton represented malcolm charge. and handle the cases of hundreds of people arrested during civil rights marches. he also put up the money needed to save the apollo theater in harlem in 1981. it is a surge in violence we have not seen in months in iran. tense and bloody scenes in the streets as we try to sort out how many people have been killed or hurt in the latest round of anti-government protests in tehran.
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new flight rules stemming from the attempted terror attack christmas day on the northwest airlines jet. impact measures both on the ground and in the air, while the changes are not yet uniform across all airlines, passengers will probably encounter more patdowns and closer ins of bags brought on board. today, the tsa say it had will leave up to individual flight crews and airlines whether tone force certain rules during the last hour of a flight. those rules range from not allowing passengers to leave their seats to turning off the video map, the moveable map, that shows the plane's location.
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make sure we had nothing on our lap, no gloves or blankets a bit strange i thought, but just precaution for them. >> the only thing that was different was that coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individually. the security guys. and then they searched us and like a body search, each one of us. >> we want to hear from you on all this what do you think? are you happy with the stricter guidelines? is it worth it? precautions worth the inconvenience? or is it too little, too late? tell us but what think, 1-877-tell hln. text hlntv. standard text rates apply. dive into the discussion. a scary pitch weaver might have happened had the explosives worked or had the detonator worked on board that flight. a preliminary analysis identified the substance as petn, vet explosive used by shoe bomber richard reid. passengers heard popping sounds. but watch this demonstration.
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a source told our sister network cnn the suspect had enough petn to blow a hole in the plane. that dutch passenger aboard northwest 253 christmas day says he didn't think twice, he jumped into action to try to save the plane. jasper schuringa was sitting several seats away from the suspect. he heard the popping noise, sought smoke, and that's when he made his move. >> when i saw that suspect, he was getting on fire and, you know, i freaked, of course, and i -- without any hesitation, i just jumped over all the seats and jumped to the suspect. because i was thinking, oh, he is trying to blow up the plane. so, you know, i was trying to search his body for any explosives and then i took some kind of object that was already melting and smoking out of him and i tried to -- i tried to put out a fire and then when i did that i was also restraining the
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suspect. the fire was actually getting a little worse, because of what i did -- didn't extinguish the fire, coming out of the seat, if he was wearing any more explosives it would be very dangerous. so, when i grabbed him from the seats, the crew came and they came with fire extinguishers and they got clear of all the flames and just to be sure, i grabbed him with another attendant and we took him to first class, there we stripped him and contained him with handcuffs, making sure he had no more weapons, no more bombs on him. schuringa is hoping to get some of his vacation plan. he is going to meat. >> video posted online from tehran yesterday, protesters boldly corner a handful of riot police who were sent to round them up. the crowd pushes the police against the wall.
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police stand still, trapped by the crowd, and one of them yells, i'm sorry. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces in the protest. iranian media report at les eig. amateur video shows people with their heads covered in blood. tight restrictions on all international media. casualty figure, impossible to verify. among those killed the nephew of opposition candidate mir hossein mousavi, his body seen on the right. three american hikers detained in iran got a new attorney to try to get them released. their families said yesterday they hire add prominent iranian lawyer. their families are hoping to have them freed on humanitarian grounds opinion the family say the hikers mistakenly crossed the unmarked border with iraq in july. it seems americans spent more this holiday for gifts and other things. overall spending a little up.
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good news in a bad economy. mastercard spending said sales rose more than 2%. consumer electronics and shoes popular this year. less spending on luxury items and apparently fewer people bought gift cards. that's a challenge for stores. they're counting on you coming in in january and spending that card. and then some. do you want to know how to get the most for your money? hln money expert clark howard is here to help. logon to cnn.com/clarkhoward and select your report. you could be profile and the network and get value advice from america's money coach. this weekend was the biggest weekend at the movies ever. the box office took in more than $278 million and for the second week in a row, "avatar" holds the top spot. second, robert downey jr.'s "sherlock holmes" and "the squeak quell." it beat when "the dark knight" was released. and the times conveyor ball
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has a little more bling. replaced with new triangles with an interlocking ribbon pattern that represents this year's theme "let there be courage." this dropped from 1907. yeah, tr
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to keep them as wet as possible. >> in a different area saturday more than 100 stranded whales died. large numbers of whales die every year en route from the antarctic to breed. college football history made this weekend. sarah thomas became the first to fish shat a bowl game, the little caesar's pizza, marshall won. the first to efficient a major college game two years ago and is now on the nfl list of officiating prospects. a massachusetts couple got three christmas presents they'll never forget. a set of triplets. they were delivered christmas eve. the new parents were trying in vitro fertilization for years before they got pregnant. >> it didn't happen on the first or second try. this was, like, maybe try eight. yeah.
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and it was our very last try that we were, our last attempt we going to do ivf before the we moved on to maybe adoption. >> you have the hopes of being a parent, and when that fails, you know, you have your downs but you've got to keep yourself going. so, and we did. >> the mother was on bed rest since early november. the triplets are expected to go home in a few weeks. saying good-bye to 2009. the folks at gibb gab doin pom, fun stories that had everybody talking this year. take a look. ♪ there was change at the highest court ♪ and a surprise award for what obama was not really quite sure ♪ and we'll stay out of the moon and it will be over real soon ♪ we won't declare the end ♪ burpied a king of pop we really
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loved you ♪ grandma come on down ♪ for the stuff we missed like levi johnston's that's on our list ♪ and at the end we'll do it again ♪ in the year 2010 ♪ >> well, we all need a little cabaret. right. another huge opening in vegas. two new hotel towers opened in sin city today. ph towers and hrh tower with a nightclub called vanity. many planned back when the real estate market was still ablaze. they can go as lon as $119 a night. older spots in deeg trouble. the home of the world series of poker shut its oelgts. airline is security is very different because of that apparent terror plot christmas day. new security measures you should expect as you head out to the
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airport. susan hendricks, just ahead.
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[ chanting ] iranians standing ip against the government risking their lives to press for change. we'll take you to the front lines of the battle for iran's future. 57bd airline passengers, wa they're up against on the ground and in the air. if you had the host smart fone on the market and lived in new york, there is no apt for that. pry is it hard to find an iphone in the big apple? we'll let you know. it's the last monday of 2009. glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. the top story, new information about the man accused of trying to blow up a northwest airlines flight from the netherlands to detroit on
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christmas day. we have learned that at least part of that explosive device carried by umar farouk abdulmutallab seen here was sewn into his underwear. they're look at that device to determine how sophisticated it was. this is his mug shot release add few hours ago today. the 23-year-old nigerian is out of ann arbor michigan, he was in the hospital there. he was being treated for burns and now is held at an undisclosed location. in an effort to tie him to evidence on the plane, they're getting dna samples. meanwhile, his family issue wlad will be its only statement about the case. it says that the young man's father became concerned when he lost contact with his son who was studying adrod broad. the father reported the matter to the nigerian security agencies two months ago. to some foreign security agencies about a month and a half ago and said it was while
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we were waiting for the outcome of their investigation, quoting here, that we arose to the shocking news of the attempted bombing in detroit. the investigation into abdulmutallab has gone across four continents. flight he's accused of bringing down landed in detroit from the netherlands. he boarded the first leg of that flight in his homeland nigeria, but about dudulmutallab had a hn london. live and study in the u.k. police have been searching his last known address there and his explosive device was acquired in yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used pap source told our sister network cnn the amount of explosive was enough to blow a hole in the side of that aircraft. president obama will be making his first public remarks on that incident just about a half hour from now from hawaii. he ordered a review of security procedures there, and homeland security secretary janet napolitano concedes there was, in fact, a breakdown in aviation
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security on christmas day and the department says it is responding by significantly increasing the number of air marshals on flights. last month abdulmutallab was listed on a broad terror watch list of 500,000 people deemed to be potential threats. he was on that list. in a paul taun esays comments she made yesterday about airline security were taken out of context. here is what she said yesterday and it's followed by her clarification today. take a look. >> one thing i'd like to point out is that the system worked. everybody played an important role here. the passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. with literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures. >> what i said is moving forward, meaning, once the snant incident happened we were able to immediately notify the 128
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flights in the air as well as airports on the ground, domestically, internationally, our law enforcement partners, other allies instituted immediate safety procedures to make sure that this could not happen on other flights. >> airlines are stepping up security because of that attempted bombing which means more restrictions the next time you fly. maybe you're flying today. we'll let you fwlee to expect in a few minutes. this just in, we're learning about another in-flight security scare. the fbi is now questioning a passenger who flew into new york's laguardia airport last night after allegedly boarding the flight with an explosive. according to wcbs a crew member onboard the piedmont allianz flight reportedly found a large four-inch long firecracker like device wedged between two seats while he was cleaning the plane after landing opinion passenger from that seat has been don't phied and 67-year-old thomas cuelet of florida, track down and taken into custody. federal officials say they don't
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believe terrorism was involved, but that he already had two outstanding warrants in florida for unlawful flight. more details on that other security scare in detroit. we're talking about this one. hard to keep track of here. officials now say yesterday's incident on a northwest flight is not a case of terrorism. a man spent a long time in the plane's rest room because he was sick. >> we were kept on the airplane a while and the guards would not let the plane, let passengers off the plane. and when we got to the customs control, we entered the country normally and then waited for about an hour for luggage. that's all we know. >> the sick passenger was released from custody and we're hearing that he got on another flight. take a look at this. this is the aftermath of one of the bloodiest anti-government protest wes have seen in iran in months. [ commotion ]
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>> protesters boldly corner a handful of riot police sent to round them up. the crowd, as you see, pushes police against the wall. police stand still trapped by the crowds as one yells, i'm sorry. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces and in yesterday's protests. iranian media report at least eight people are dead. amateur video shows people with their hands covered in blood. real chaos there with tight restrictions on international media, though it is difficult to verify the casualty figures right now. among those killed a nephew's opposition candidate mir hossein mousavi seen on the right. his body removed from the hospital without permission to prevent people from gathering for his funeral. cheering for an outlaw is nothing new. jesse james, bonnie and clyde to make a few. now wanted suspects are gaining fame on social media sites like facebook, some have their own
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fan pages. here's the problem. these guys are charged with serious crimes.
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airline passengers aren't the only ones nervous about the attempted terror attack on a detroit flight on christmas dpap the one we've been telling you about. so were wall street investors. airline stock prices dropped during the first day of trading since the attempted bombing. delta, parent company of northwest, the airline involved in the attack, hardest hit. its stock dropped 4% after the opening bell. american, united, continental, usair, jetblue stocks fell, really a triple down effect. with anxiety over airlines and economic worries high, keeping travel plans an a minimum you may be surprised to learn the travel industry stage add comeback in 2009. cnnmoney.com's poppy par lowe has more on this. a comeback in '09 actually? >> reporter: sure, all relative, coming off a tough year in '08
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as well. when you look at the stocks it might surprise you. travel was actually one of best performing sectors this years a whole. largely this is because of a lot of deals and deep discounting. look at the stocks for websites like expedia and priceline.com, they have soared, as have stocks for a lot of rental car companies actually. and consumers we're hearing are getting a little more confident, willing to plan trips in advance with these big discounts and take advantage of them. the consensus from a lot of the industry insiders i've talked to seems to be the travel industry is seeing leisure travel pick up but business travel is really remaining weak. that's expected into 2010. one of travel experts i talked to said advance reservations now for 2010 are really coming in fairly decently. there's a lot of pent-up demand of americans that want to take the vacations and they're actually spending now, planning them in advance. we're also seeing business travel is really down, because of two factors. first of all, corporate spending is way down, and also you have what's called by some experts
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the aig effect, meaning businesses don't want to spend on these lavish events at hotels, incentive trips in the wake of what happened with aig and all of the bad press that followed that, susan. >> the travel industry, you know, is certainly dprushl a jobs perspective critical. what's the outlook for 2010 in terms of jobs? >> reporter: sure. a critic 8 part of our economy. the u.s. travel association says that the industry as a whole sports about 8 million jobs in this country and when you look at 2008 and 2009, about 400,000 travel industry jobs they say were lost during that period. but there's an upside to this. they're predicting a % 2% increase in leisure travel meaning 90,000 new american jobs on the way. but with business travel expected to remain pretty weak, most analysts agree 2010 is not going to be that much bet tlaern 2009, because you're going see a lot of the fallout from the lack of business travelers. i would end on this, though, two
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deals to keep an eye out for. major hotel deals a glut of rooms on the market. look at chicago, las vegas, orlando. you see it, cruise lines cheap in 2009. expect that in 2010 as well. >> a bit of good news to end on. .thanks. >> reporter: a little bit. if you've landed in the big apping, you may have a hard time buying one of apple's products. at&t stopped selling the i phone through its website to customers with new york city zip codes. this follows wide it spread complaints about at&t's wireless data networks in large cities like new york and san francisco. at&t and apple retail stores in new york city, though, continue to sell i phones to city residents. you have to leave your house. social networking sites now used as cheering sections for convicted and suspected criminals. 18-year-old colton harris moore has 25,000 fans on facebook. he is featured in dozens of youtube videos and someone post add ballad about this exploits. police have been hunting for him
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for 20 months. harris morris is suspected of committing 100 burglar kniss washington, idaho and canada. police say he's taken bikes, speedboats and three small planes. t-shirts with his photo and the words fly, colton fly, are big seller on the internet, if you can believe it. police are not amused saying he recently broke into a deputy's car and stole an assault rifle and now is considered armed and dangerous. also an escaped criminal in britain called the facebook fugitive. look at him. the facebook page of a facebook convict who uses this status updates to taunt police chasing him since september. the 28-year-old burglar has nearly 4,000 fans. in a post today he says mode of his supporter, in britain and the u.s. and small group who have started a page called craig lazy lynch is a loser. . all you hate herbs i hope you slowly choke in your sleep. police are hoping facebook will
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eventually be the fuvtive the down faal and someone will recognize hill. they're asking the site to help track down lynch. talking about new airline scares that are setting off security changes today, but what is it going to take to make nervous fliers feel safe again in the skies? and will the measures protect us from future attacks? we'll heavy your views next with chuck roberts.
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this just in to hln, al qaeda in the arrayian peninsula is claiming responsibility for the attempted christmas day attack from amsterdam to detroit in retaliation for alleged u.s. strikes on yemeni soil. we are working to get you more information on this. again, al qaeda is claiming responsibility. i absolutely agree. >> -- it's going to about huge story. the new flight rules stemming from that attempted terror attack christmas day on the northwest airlines jet, met procedures on the ground and in the air. they're not uniform across airlines passenger s encounterig more patdowns. the tsa will leave it up to individual flight crews whether to enforce certain restrictions during the final hour of a flight. from not allowing passengers to leave their seats to turning off that in-flight video map that shows the flight's location.
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>> the last we he they came in, we had to make sure we seated, nothing on our laps, no pillows or blankets. a bit strange i thought, bought precaution. >> the only thing different was coming into the plane in mexico city they search all of our bags individually. the security guys, and then they searched us, like a body search, each one of us. >> the new developments at airport security lead us into the question offy day. chuckle here. >> start with e-mails. a couple here here's one from jonathan in houston who writes the heightened security process and story has been blown out of proportion. everyone seems to have forgotten where this flight came from. the sober reality is that the u.s. cannot control nor regulate the policies and procedures of overseas airports. this is all a show, because i believe the reality of it is that there's nothing we can do to prevent what happened. also taking comments on my facebook page, chuck roberts hln gets you there. we're going to scroll a few of them as we take some callers.
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starting with laura in indiana just north of ebbensville. right? >> caller: yes. >> what do you think? >> caller: i have a couple of ideas here. the security measures that are in place are obviously not working. so new security measures i don't think will accomplish the goal but i do have an idea. with the internet and all of the databases is there not a way we can possible do a investigation when they make a reservation? that way if this person is a person of interest or is on a no-fly list they're not even aloud into the airport. >> right. that was the problem after 9/11. agencies were not talking to each other. we've got the technology. good call, laura. thanks. david's up next boston. what are your thoughts? >> caller: how you doing? >> good. >> caller: i wanted to respond to the response that tighter security measures. why after 9/11, the shoe bomb, why they haven't? it's hard if not impossible to
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maintain a heightened security posture, because there's a human toll. i was in the military after 9/11 the next day we working 12-hour shifts six day as week. when you do stuff like that you're going to get numb in the mind. all right? doing monotonous work. people are on autopilot. we have a flexible policy. so if we see something out of the normal you know, something that makes us react, because you can't maintain that hint posture. >> representative tachx lead to a loss of diligence. thanks. good call. lindsay get the last word in illinois. hey. go ahead. >> caller: i have an idea also. hi. my idea is, everybody's a suspect. in this day and time, technology is so advanced i don't care what it is. a paper, pencil, a baby, a pamper, orange an apple. you know, technology is so advanced now, i'm 47 years old and i remember -- i don't even know algebra. i know general math. my point, i don't care who you
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are what color you are, what's your name, what's your age, i don't care who you is. >> anybody's capable. >> caller: anybody's a sut specks. >> susan, a couple comments? >> matthew wrote, depending what i drink i may need to use the facilities and don't think i should have to ask for a hall pass. after all i did pay to are on that flight. that's what i thought. >> the one-hour rule to stay seated is up to the airline. their sole discretion. the flight crew gets to decide. >> could be tough. >> could be. you bet. let's hear from you. richter guidelines what do you expect going forward? are the precautions worth the inconvenience or mostly a waste of time? call us and e-mail us. you can text hln-tv as well. standard text rates apply. don't forget, chuckroberts hln. facebook. actor charlie sheen acuesed of using a wepen in an alleged case of domestic violence.
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tmz reports it was knife. sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen, colorado, apparently staying in a house with his wife when police responded to a 911 call. sheen has not been charged but must return to court february 8th. someone trashed reality tv star jon gosselin's new york apartment. remember him? his attorney says someone smashed his furniture and stole other things. he also says a note was pinned to his drers dresser with a butcher knife. it won't say what it said. he was on the show and found destruction when he returned home after spending time with his kids in pennsylvania. 2010 just around the corner and the times square crystal ball will bring in the year with extra bling. near think 300 of its waterford crystal triangles replaced with new ones with an interlocking ribbon pattern. representing the theme "let there be courage." the ball goes back to 1907, believe it or not. a feud between neighbors escalated with deadly results
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christmas night. four men behind bars for their alleged role fls a fatal mob beating. found on the first flof
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one of the homes that burned. two people that live upstairs made it out safely. heavy snow caused major problems for drivers across indiana overnight. state police said the roads were slick and it was lard to see, and some drivers were just going too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down, and i slowed down. so i didn't hit that guy, and i started wobbling a little bit and once i started wobbling i wasn't able to straighten it out, and ran into the other fellow, and i went off on this road and i guess he went off on the other side. >> there is a chance of more snow around indianapolis today. a bit of good news. we hear it will be sunny tomorrow there. it looks like americans spent more for holiday gifts this year. overall spending was a little higher. that's good news in a bad
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economy. mastercard spending poll says sales rose more than 3%. consumer electronics and shoes were popular this year. less spending on luxury items. fewer people bought gift cards. another challenge for stores. they counted on you coming in in january and spending the card and also spending some more. there is yet another huge opening in las vegas, d.c. spite the troubled economy. two new hotel towers opened in sin city today. planet hollywood's ph tower an hard rock's hrh tower. many were planned when the real estate market was still going well. the "las vegas sun" says the rooms can go for as low as $119 a night. deals. older spots are in big trouble. binnions the original series of world poker just closed its hotel baufr the economy. check out 80 years of history going out with a bang.
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>> there 2 it goes. the scene near crown point new york this morning. took down the bridge a key link between new york and vermont. inspectors recently found deep cracks in its concrete piers. planning is underway to replace it. this weekend was the biggest at the movies ever. the box office took in more than 2 $278 million and for the second week in a row, "afternoon ta avatar" holds the top spot. this weekend the record beat the one from 2008 when "dark knight" was released. back to our top story now. al qaeda just made an important statement on that botched terror attempt in detroit. is there a precedent to the alleged christmas terror plot? how last week's apparent attempt to blow up a northwest flight may be linked to a brazen al qaeda attack on a saudi prince earlier this year. we'll sort it all out for you.
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2:30 eastern time. we start with breaking news. the responsibility for the attack on christmas day. al qaeda says it was behind the foiled attack on the flight from amsterdam to detroit. in a state on its web page the group says it was in retaliation or u.s. strikes on yemeni soil. umar farouk abodulmutallab was involved. it hails the fact the material passed through security. the investigation into abdulmutallab stretches across four count nents.
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he boarded the first part of the flight in his homeland of nigeria but he a history in london we're learning. he lived and studied in the u.k. and police have been searching his last known address there. the explosive device was acquired in yemen with instructions when to be used. the amount of explosive was enough to blow a hole in the side the aircraft. the attempted bombing of that plane on christmas day is changing the rules for passengers across the u.s. today. as you saw we checked in earlier, in detroit, sandra endo joins frus dulles in washington. how's it looking there? are traveler, facing new hassles? >> reporter: oh, yeah. absolutely, susan. passengers are already feeling the affects of thez new restrictions opinion the tougher airport and in-flight security regulations. the transportation security administration implemented these new rules for passengers in light of the christmas incident. that means that they'll be more patdowns at security checks, at
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airports, also carry-on items checked and rechecked at airports as well. now, new today, the tsa announced that it will be up to the flight crew to implement the one-hour rule and that means on international flights during the last hour of the flight, passengers may be required to remain in their seats for that last hour. they wouldn't be allowed to use any personal belongings or get to carry-on luggage. it all has to be stowed away and can't have anything on think laps including blankets and if they have to use the bathroom, escorted by a flight crew member. this could affect the in-flight entertainment system. that would be disabled which shows the flight course and the path of the plen. but a lot of the travelers we spoke to coming into sduless today from international flights across the globe say these restrictions have been put in place on their flights. >> the only thing new was, when we were landing in the u.s., they said for an hour we
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couldn't get up and have anything on our laps. >> twlas difficult for you especially traveling with a small child? >> it was a little difficult, because right at the end, you wanted to move, and i couldn't get up. so he was crying. but you know. >> before we boarded they did a very thorough check of all of the bags and padded down the passengers and so forth. also on the flight from, from seoul -- on korean airlines, very much aware of problems here in the united states, and having breached security notice tikzs to ts toifications to take precautions. >> reporter: overall, tear taking these measures in stride, understandably saying their safety comes first. susan? >> i know a lot of people traveling today and they said they were giving themselves extra time. did you see a lot of lines there? more people being held up? >> reporter: absolutely. a lot of people we spoke with say they came here extra early, and keep in mind especially for
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international flights, they recommend that you come two hours in advance. so a lot of people adding extra time on top of that, coming here early, making sure that they get through the security points, and as you just heard from those travelers there, they have been cracking down, checking these bags over and over again. pat downs as well. it could take some more time if you're traveling and especially check with your airlines if you're flying out to make sure that your flight's on schedule and come here in advance to get through those lines. >> yeah. you can never be too early. sandra endo, thanks. more on the top stories as well. president obama making his first public remarks on the incident later today from hawaii. he's ordered a review of security procedures. homeland security secretary janet napolitano concedes there was a breakdown in aviation security christmas day. the department says it is responding by significantly increasing the number of air marshals on flights now. the christmas day terror suspect, umar farouk
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abdulmutallab was listed on a broad terror watch list. a list of people deemed to be toe terrible threats. comments she made yesterday about airline and airport security working were taken out of context. here's what she said yesterday and it's followed by her clarification today. take a listen. >> one thing i'd like to point out is that the system worked. everybody played an important role here. the passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. with literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air have been notified to take some special measures. >> what i said is, moving forward, meaning, once the incident happened we able to notify the 128 flights in the air as well as airports on the ground domestically, internationally. our law enforcement partners, our other allies int studed immediate safety procedures to make sure that this could not happen on other flights.
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>> sharing new information about this man abdulmutallab. we've learned part of the xploes everybody device he's expect suspected of carrying was sewn into this underwear. the fbi lab in looking at the device to determine how sophisticated it is. this is abdulmutallab's mug shot just released this afternoon. he was treated for burns and is now held at an undisclosed location. prosecutors cancelled a hearing set for today to try to get dna samples from him to tie him to evidence on the plane. the 23-year-old jie nearian is charged with attempting to says off an explosive device from the flight from the netherlands shortly before it landed in detroit. we are now beginning to get a picture of what he was like before he boarded that northwest airlines jet. you will hear how a schoolmate remembers him just ahead on hln "news and views." also, this is the aftermath of one of the bloodiest anti-government protests we have seen in iran in months.
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in this video posted on yin will tehran yesterday, protesters boldly corner a handful of riot police who were sent to round them up. you see the chaos. the crowd pushes the police against the wall. police stand still, trapped by the crowd as one of them yell, i'm sorry. witnesses say people were shot and beaten, rounded up by security forces in yesterday's protests. iranian media reports at least eight people are dead. amateur video shows people with their heads covered in blood. and also tight restrictions on international media because of that it is very difficult for us to verify the casualty figures. among those kills, opposition candidate mir hossein mousavi's nephew. his body removed from the hospital without per physician to prevent people from gathering for his funeral. at&t is selling iphones to new yorkers online. new information we want to update you on this story now. find out if it's known why the
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company suspended those sales in the first place.
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a father and son in the middle of at international custody battle taking first steps towards rebuilding their family. for the first time in five years david goldman spent christmas with his 9 yrmd son sean. they were reunited in rio de janeiro. shean been living in brazil since 2004 after his mother took him there and refused to return. she remarried in brazil and claimed custody of sean. she died last year and this morning on nbc's "today" show, goldman expressed the anger and joy he has felt over the past five years. >> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering
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these last five years and equally, there's no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years, of my son's life. that's a big scar. but now we're together. and we'll heal and we'll enjoy and live and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father add son. >> so where was their first father/soun outing in the u.s.? walt disney world, of course. it looks like social networking sites are now used as cheering sections for convicted and suspected criminals. it is. check out this guy. 1-year-old colton pa 25,000 fans on facebook. featured in dozens of youtube videos and someone post add ballad about this exploits. he's convicted of committing
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burglars and has taken bikes, car, speedboats, three small plane. t-shirts with his photo and the words "fly, colton, fly" are big sellers on the internet. police aren't amused saying he recently brought into a deputy's car and stole an assault rifle. she now considering armed and dangerous. another criminal is being called the facebook fugitive. the facebook page of a facebook convict who uses this status updates to taunt police chasing him since september. the 28-year-old burglar has nearly 4,000 fans. in a post teed he says most of his supporters are in britain and the u.s., and a small group who have started a page called craig lazy lynch is a loser. his response -- all you haters, i hope you slowly choke in your sleep. police are hoping facebook will eventually be the fugitive's downfall, and someone will recognize him. they're asking the site to help track down lynch.
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and wireless phone companies fear they're running out of room. they want the government to give them bigger slices airwaves even if other use verse to give up theirs. wireless companies share airwaves with tv and the radio broadcasts. wi-fi networks and other communication services. if you hadn't thought than. meanwhile, an update. at&t is again selling the iphone through its website to customers with new york city zip codes. this follows several published reports the company suspended sales online to new yorkers over the weekend. at&t spokesperson says only that the phone company periodically modifies its distribution channels. at&t and apple retail stores in new york city continue to sell the iphones to city residents, like they have been. a fast-food chain is trying to give new meaning to the term a steamy text message. wendy's will text coupons to its customers. the burger chain is letting people sign up for coupons submitting cell phone numbers. then when the texts are sent to the customer they can stand up, flash their phones at the
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wendy's cashier and save some cash. pretty good. back to our top story. learning more about the story of the man trying to bring down a u.s. jet and his possible linkses to al qaeda. now experts talk about this as a possible copycat crime. also, charlie sheen was arrested christmas day for domestic violence. new detail about the alleged incident.
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the apatient terror attack on that northwest airlines jet on christmas day linked to terror attack against the saudi prince earlier this year? a terrorist expert for our sister network cnn says it is possible. he says the same individual bombmaker may have been involved in both plots. >> the modus operandi of this guy in detroit, florida is similar to an attack that happened in saudi arabia on august 28th when an al qaeda member tried to kit the prince, leader of the krournt terrorist forces in the saudi kingdom. similar in the following ways. concealed plastic explosives, specifically petn in clothing, got through metal detectors blew
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it up, killed himself. did not plg to assassinate the saudi prince who was the target. this looks like a dry run for what we already saw in detroit, and i would not be surprised if the same al qaeda cell in yemen did both of these attacks and perhaps even the same bombmakers as making military grade explosive. not something you can pick up on the internet. something a skilled bombmaker would make. >> al qaeda's air arabian peninsula group is claiming responsibility for the attack. in a statement it said he tried it out a new kind of explosive, tried it out on the northwest jet and praised the fact it got bast security. the attempted attack was in retaliation for alleged u.s. attacks on yemeni soil. a more crystallized version, meanwhile, of who the northwest suspect is, is beginning to form. we now know umar farouk abdulmutallab came from a life of privilege which may enabled him to move about more easily than other would-be terrorist ps
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he had recently broken off ties with his family. we know that. defying their wish toys leaving his college studying arabic and law in yemen. he's been described as deeply religious and the father raised concerns he son had become radicalized. we're learning more about what type of person is. a former schoolmate is speaking out. that's who we're leerning 2 from. "the early show," he was stunned to hear the news. how he was not only intelligent and religious but also well liked by classmates and teachers. >> he was a very good, great guy pap devoted religious person. you know, he was not someone that you could, you know, have any -- he was someone who was a lively person, sociable. good with teachers. good with homework and all that stuff. you could tell he was a devout religious person. he never used to indulge in things which you know how we
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are, high school kids, trying to you know, cause pranks and all that sfuch he was always a person that was like, like the police. the mediator of all the things we trying to do in our dorms. >> he says he last saw him in 2007, and he thinks it the once peaceful tear ef suspect was brainwashed by radicals. the new flight rules today stemming from the attempted terror attack impact measures both on the ground and in the air. maybe you're feeling it. the changes aren't yet uniform across airlines. passengers may encounter more patdowns and closer inspection of bags and items brought onboard. today the tsa also announced it will leave it up to individual flight crewing whether to enforce certainly restrictions in the final hours of a flight. these rules range from not allowing passengers to leave their seats to turnering off that video map that shows the plane's location. >> the last hour we came in, we will to make sure we were seated, and had nothing on our lap. no pillows or blankets.
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a bit strange, i thought, but i think precautions. >> the only thing that was different was that coming into the plane in mexico city, they searched all of our bags individually. the security guy, and then then search us like a body search each one of us. >> we want to hear from you on this. are you happy with the new stricter guidelines to travel? are the precautions worth the inconvenience or do you think they're a waste of time? tell us what you think. you can e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. you can text us as well. heavy snow is causing major problems for drivers across indiana sgrofer night. state police said the roads were slick and it was hard to see and some drivers were just going too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down and i slowed down so i didn't hit that guy and i started wobbling a little bit and once i started wobbling i wasn't able to straighten it out and ran into the other fellow
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and i went off on this road and i guess he went off on the other side. >> and there's a chance of more snow around indianapolis today, but we are hearing it may be sunny tomorrow. actor charlie sheen is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence. tmz.com reports it was a knife. sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen. police responded to a 911 call. sheen has not been charged but must return to court on february 8th. and someone trashed reality tv star jon gosselin's new york apartment. his lawyer says someone smashed his furniture and stole other items as well. he also says a note was pinned to his dresser with a butcher knife. they won't say what it said though. gosselin was on the show "jon & kate plus 8." he found the destruction after he returned home from spending time with his kids in pennsylvania. tell us about your 2009. you have 30 seconds, go.
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our awesome ireporters edited down 365 days to a half minute sung by rap.
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>> went to japan, hung out with this robot, at a barbecue, at a beach where we did some wake boarding and climbed a mountain, went to a real castle, wore a tiger hat, hey north korea. >> i decided to take a photograph of myself almost every day in 2009. enjoy and watch me gre and i'll smile more in 2010. >> chicago ate deep dish pizza. went up the california coast. i wine tasted in napa and went to bass lake and aid a delicious sandwich. turned 25 and threw an awesome pizza party for my friends. >> the inauguration of the first african-american president. went on my first cruise.
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got interviewed by chuck roberts, met chuck roberts. interviewed and met emeril lagasse. got featured on the cnn app. >> oh, yeah, my yaer was great. washington i was there in front of this house. my hands were in the air. yeah, i captured video from hip-hop tax. i met the champ, mr. douglas. his chicken is fresh. i met sister natty and cnn soledad o'brien. >> bought a new car, yeah, bought a new car. lost my phone in september, lost my phone in october. got a new phone for christmas. got a new apartment, hated it. got a house, love it, and in 2010 i'm happy, grateful, and going to new orleans.
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>> listen to my rhyme from '09. another prime time, good friends are mine. some are in the hamptons, winter in the mountains. dallas for the game, saw the player with fame. granny celebrated 62. officiated on espnu. built a house with the mouse. friends now have a spouse. championship crew, clark can do, found a wife. was a great year again, happy holiday, 2010. >> pretty creative, isn't it? i met chuck roberts. i'm adding that to mine as well. being an i oreporter is so easy. head to i ost report.com a. airline security is different because of that apparent terrorist plot on christmas day. the new security measures you should expect if you're headed to the airport with chuck roberts.
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the man suspected of trying to blow up a northwest airlines flight across the atlantic christmas day is out of a hospital. now the investigation begins in ernest on four continents. his family says they raised a red flag with authorities weeks ago. the alleged terror plot may be more inconvenience for you the next time you fly. your views on whether more security measures are worth all the hassle. a new jersey dad's epic five-year long international custody battle is finally over. how did david and sean goldman celebrate? welcome on a busy monday. we're waiting to hear from the president on that terror event christmas day. we expect to hear from him shortly. he is on vacation in hawaii.
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there's the podium and the minute he walks up, we'll break in and let you hear him. the group al qaeda has claimed responsibility for the attempt to blow up that christmas day flight from amsterdam to detroit and there's new information about the attempted hijack or attempt to blow up northwest flight 253. a law enforcement source says suspect umar farouk abdulmutallab had at least part of the explosive device sewn in his underwear. they are looking to perhaps identify a manufacturer. abdulmutallab was treated for burns. he's being held at an undisclosed location. prosecutored canc ee eed -- the nigerian is charged with attempting to set off an explosive device on that long ten-hour flight from amsterdam just before it landed in detroit. and now here is the president commenting on that very event.
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i want to update the american people on the attempted terrorist attack and the steps were taking to ensure the safety and security of the country. the investigation is ongoing and i spoke again this morning with attorney general eric holder, the secretary of homeland security janet napolitano, and my counterterrorism and homeland security adviser john brennan. i asked them to keep -- continue monitoring the situation, to keep the american people and members of congress informed. here is what we know so far. on christmas day northwest airlines flight 253 was en route from amsterdam, netherlands, to detroit. as the plane made its final approach to detroit metropolitan airport, a passenger allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device on his body setting off a fire. thanks to the quick and heroic actions of passengers and crew, the suspect was immediately subdued. the fire was put out, and the
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plane landed safely. the suspect is now in custody and has been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft. a full investigation has been launched into this attempted act of terrorism and we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable. this was a serious reminder of the dangers that we face and the nature of those who threaten our homeland. had the suspect succeeded in bringing down that plane, it could have killed nearly 300 passengers and crew, innocent civilians preparing to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. the american people should be assured we are doing everything in our power to keep you and your families safe and secure during this busy holiday season. since i was first notified of this incident, i have ordered the following actions to be taken to protect the american people and to secure air travel. first, i directed that we take
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immediate steps to ensure the safety of the traveling public. we made sure that all flights still in the air were secure ndk could land safely. we enhanced security procedures for all flights. we added federal air martials to flights entering and leaving the united states and we're working closely in this country, federal, state, and local law enforcement, with our international partners. second, i have ordered two important reviews because it's absolutely critical that we learn from this incident and take the necessary measures to prevent future acts of terrorism. the first review involves our watch list system which our government has had in place for many years to identify known and suspected terrorists so that we can prevent their entry into the united states. apparently the suspect in the christmas incident was in this system but not on a watch list such as the so-called no-fly list. so i have ordered a thorough
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review, not only of how information related to the subject was handled, but of the overall watch list system and how it can be strengthened. the second review will examine all screening policies, technologies, and procedures related to air travel. we need to determine just how the suspect was able to bring dangerous explosives aboard an aircraft and what additional -- >> so a couple reviews under way announced by the president. they're going to determine why the watch list and the no-fly list were different and why abdulmutallab was -- even though he was flagged on a database that contains more than 500,000 names, he was allowed to fly that day and what other circumstances led him to get through security with that petn chemical sewn to the inside of his body. as the president talks about enhanced security, we have been taking your views about that all day. susan hendricks is joining us with more of that. >> hi, chuck. yes, it's been an issue now. folks at airports are facing some new issues about being patted down maybe and different
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procedures to go through. really a hassle some people are saying. we got some callers on the line. we go to anglo in dallas. you're up first. you heard from the president who said, look, there's some changes that are going on here. we're going to learn from this experience. what do you think about it? what's your view? >> caller: it definitely points out how little we're using information to really be able to narrow our focus on how we want to do our security. personally, i travel quite often for business as well as for pleasure, mostly domestic. i have been on international trips occasionallogicy as well. we're spending too much time focussing in the wrong areas. we should be doing a certain amount of profiling rather than picking everyone at random. every time i go through security and i see little old ladies being searched with the same amount of scrutiny as somebody -- >> right and when you hear the suspect may have been on a list it's even more frustrating.
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anglo, thank you so much for that call from dallas. joe in maine, what do you think about this? are you bothered this even occurred, that the heightened security is now taking place and bothering some holiday travellers? what do you think? >> caller: i'm completely bothered. this incident should never have happened because there should have been screening. there should have been red flags, there should have been bells and whistles and red lights going off everywhere when this young man -- when they found out this young man came from nigeria, which is a terrorist supporting country basically, and, number two, to have homeland secretary napolitano get in front of the camera and say the system worked is being an idiot and i am being very conservative in calling her that. >> but she did say it was taken out of context. >> caller: irregardless of taken
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out of context. the system is broken down. there are not enough checks. >> joe, a lot of people believe your frustrations are warranted as we're listening to the president talking about this live. we go to willard now in florida. what's your view, willard? >> caller: i'm upset again that now the security has been ratcheted up and more just normal american flying public is being treated as criminals and terrorists. when this person got on with his bomb in nigeria and slipped through their security. you know, the way they treat our people in the airports is a shame. >> and what do you think about the president who is just wrapping up who said, look, we're going to try to learn from this. do you think it's too little too late? >> caller: yeah, it is, and i don't think it's going to be enough. >> all right. willard, thank you. we go to chuck now. your facebook page filling up with people. >> it's overfull. jackie wrote this, i would much
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rather be inconvenienced and stay safe she writes than sail through airports and be at risk for being killed or harmed. lisa writes, with he have to accept that as long as this world is in turmoil, people who believe in violence will use it as a way to get their message heard. we're all susceptible of being taken away. all we can do is try to improve the odds of it happening and surviving it if it does.
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well, you can bet the airline industry will be under tighter security going forward though we're not sure how tight and intrusive. mike brooks is well versed in this very subject working as he did for delta air lines and a law enforcement analyst for us. mike, first of all, abdulmutallab was not on the no-fly list. what's the criteria for being on that list? >> i apparently he was as the
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president said, he was, quote, in the system, but was not on any list. the aviation industry, chuck, has two lists. a no-fly list which means whoever is on this list is a threat to aviation security and if they show up on any kind of list, show up at an airport, they are going to go out and try to interview this person, find out why this person is flying. now, they also have a selectee list. this could be a sound alike name of someone who might be on the list. someone that they deem needs a little extra scrutiny. sometimes we see those people that it automatically comes through on their boarding pass when it prints out that they are a selectee and they will take them for additional screening. you will see them go through the etd where you see looks like a pair of tongs and they'll swab the zippers and the handle of their carry-on. that's explosive trace detection machine. if there's any residue, it will
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defect that. >> most go through that additional screening. >> through the selectee process. >> he was not on a watch list. are agencies talking to each other well enough? are databases linked up as they should be? >> we were hearing that his father went to the american embassy and expressed concern about his son who was apparently studying abroad in dubai and just kind of fell off the radar. but in the family's statement today, it's not clear that he spoke to an american official. he may have spoke to someone with a nigerian intelligence or some other group. was that information passed on to u.s. intelligence, to the visa officer that could revoke a visa or gives out visas? that remains to be seen. i think accountability has to be on the front end now. go back and let's see exactly what the process was. who did he talk to? when did this -- when did he speak to this person and was this person an american official in the u.s. embassy in lagos. >> what would you do if you were in charge of homeland security
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right now for screening. >> it's tough. there's some technology out there. there's -- everybody talks about what about these puffer machines. what about the machines that can see through our clothes. yes, that's very true. there are a limited number of these machines and civil libertarians don't want people looking at them under their clothes. they're afraid people will make fun of them and the puffer machines, there's not that many out there and they're hard to maintain, but when used properly and when they work and they work extremely well -- >> they would have caught this? >> it may have most he had explosive on him, high explosive, petn, it probably would have detected that. >> thank you for coming in. a dutch passenger aboard the northwest flighted a hero christmas day said he didn't even think, just jumped into action. he said he heard popping noises and saw smoke. that's when he made his move. >> when i saw that suspect he was getting on fire and i
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freaked, of course, and without any agitation i just jumped over all the seats and i just jumped to the suspect and because i was thinking, like, he's trying to blow up the plane, and so i was trying to serve his body for any explosives, and then i took some kind of object that was all right melting and smoking out of him and i tried to put out the fire, and then when i did that, i was also restraining the suspect. >> fire extinguishers put out the flames. another security scare also detroit, the same route and flight number turned out to be an upset stomach though. officials say yesterday's incident was not a case of terrorism, but the man had spent a long time, maybe an hour, in the lavatory because he was sick. the sick passenger has been released from custody and has already boarded another flight. laguardia, the site of
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another in-flight security scare. wcbs reports a crew member on board the piedmont airlines flight found a large four-inch long firecracker-like device wedged between two seats while he was cleaning the plane after it landed. the passenger from that seat has been identified as 67-year-old thomas colette of florida. he was tracked down and taken into custody. federal agents say they do not believe terrorism was involved but that he already had two outstanding warrants in florida. nine people, including six kids, were killed in an early more than apartment fire in mississippi. this was the scene when the sun came up this morning as investigators removed the bodies in starkville near the mississippi state university campus. the victims were a 25-year-old woman, two 19-year-old women, and six children. a neighbor reported the fire early this morning. according to a source five of the victims lived at the apartment. the other four were visiting. investigators are trying to
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figure out how it started. it's a surge of anti-government violence that hasn't been seen in months in iran. the tense and bloody seen in the streets as we try to sort out how many people have been killed for hurt.
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just a few moments ago the president, president obama, made a statement about the attempted terror strike christmas day on that flight bound for detroit. he said the foiled attack serves as a reminder the dangers facing the nation and stressed that
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government is doing everything in its power to keep americans safe, especially during the busy holiday travel season. the suspect, the 23-year-old nigerian, remains in u.s. custody at an undisclosed location. the president also hailed the courage and conviction of the iranian people after anti-government protests turned violent in iran overthe weekend. this is video posted online from the iranian capital yesterday. you can see protesters cornering a handful of riot police who had been sent to round them up. the crowd, in fact, pushes the police against the wall. police stand still. they're trapped by the crowd and finally one of them yells i'm sorry. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces in the protests. the iranian media report at least eight people dead. amateur video shows people with their heads covered in blood. of course, with tight restrictions on international media, it's almost impossible to verify any casualty figures. along those killed is the nephew
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of opposition candidate mir hussein mousavi. the family says his body was removed from the hospital without his permission to prevent teem frpeople from gath for his funeral. state police in indiana say the roads were slick and it was hard to say. >> the car in front of me slowed down, and i slowed down so i didn't hit that guy and i started wobbling a little bit and once i started wobbling i wasn't able to straighten it out, and ran into the other fellow and i went off on this road and i guess he went off on the other side. >> there's a chance of more snow around indianapolis today. it should be sunny tomorrow. actor charlie sheen is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence. tmz.com reports it was a knife. charlie sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen, colorado, where he was staying with his wife. police responded to a 911 call. sheen has not been charged. he has to return to court february 8th.
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police say ivana trump was taken off a flight after she got angry about some kids running up and down the aisles and screaming. she was flying from palm beach to new york. authorities say she cursed at the children and became even more aggravated when the flight attendants tried to calm her down. no charges were filed. states that already have programs to expand health care coverage are pushing back against capitol hill. "the new york times" says 20 states, including arizona, california, and new york, argue the senate's health care bill is unfair. they say it would force them to pay for states that haven't done anything to expand coverage. it seems americans spent more for holiday gifts that year. spending was a little higher, that's good news. mastercard spending poll says sales rose more than 3%. consumer electronics and shoes were popular this year. there was less spending on luxury items. fewer people bought gift cards. another challenge for stores because they count on you coming in in january and spreading some of that christmas cash around. f a five-year separation, david
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and sean goldman will ring in the new year together. find out how they reunited father and son are adjusting to their new life. rio de janeiro.
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sean's mother took him to brazil and refused to return. she remained in brazil, remarried, claimed custody of sean, and died last year. today on the nbc "today" show goldman expressed the anger and joy he's felt the past five years. >> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering these last five years, and it's equally there's no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years, of my son's life. that's a big scar. but now we're together, and we'll heal and we'll enjoy and live and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father
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and son. >> so where was their first father/son outing in the u.s.? walt disney world in orlando. somebody trashed reality tv star jon gosselin's new york apartment. his lawyer says someone smashed his furniture and stole items. he said there was a note pinned to the dresser with a butcher knife. they wouldn't say what it was said. gosselin was on the show "jon & kate plus 8." he found the destruction after spending time with his kids in pennsylvania. there's another huge opening in las vegas. two new hotel towers open in sin city today. planet hollywood's ph towers and the hard rock's hrh tower with a nightclub called vanity. many of these projects were planned when the real estate market were on fire. the hard rock rooms can go for as little as $119 a night. binnons has closed its hotel. the times square crystal ball will will bring in 2010
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with a little extra bling. the new crystals have an interlocking pattern. the ball drop dates to 1907. about 125 whales died after becoming stranded on new zealand beaches. hundreds of people worked over the weekend to rescue them. they were able to get 43 back out to sea. >> we have been here probably 3 1/2, 4 hours, and we've just been listening to instructions and, yeah, trying to keep them as wet as possible. >> about 105 stranded whales died saturday in different areas. large numbers die en route to the antarctic where they breed. is there a precedent to the alleged christmas terror plot. how last week's plot may be linked to a brazen al qaeda attack on a saudi prince earlier this year.
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the group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula claims responsibility for the christmas day attempt to blow up a flight from the netherlands to detroit and they blame it on u.s. led strikes in yemen. there's new information about the attempted attack. a law enforcement source says the suspect umar farouk abdulmutallab had at least part of that explosive device sewn into his underwear. the fbi lab in quantico is looking at the device. he's being held at an undisclosed location. prosecutors were set for a hearing to try to get dna samples from him.
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that's been postponed. the 23-year-old nigerian is charged with attempting to set off the device. at the top of the hour the president made a statement saying the foiled attack serves as a reminder of the dangers facing the nation. he also stressed that the government is doing everything in its power to keep americans safe, especially during the busy holiday season. >> this incident, like several that have preceded it, demonstrates that an alert and courageous citizenry are far more resilient than an isolated extremist. as a nation, we will do everything in our power to protect our country. as americans we will never give into fear or division. we will be guided by our hopes, our unity, and our deeply held values. that's who we are, as americans. that's what our brave men and women in uniform are standing up for as they spend the holidays in harm's way. the investigation into
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abdulmutallab stretches across four continents. he boarded the first leg of the flight in nigeria, but he also has a history in london. he was a student there. he lived and study had had in the uk. police have been searching his last known address. they say federal officials say his explosive device was acquired in yemen along with instructions on when it should be used. a source told our sister network cnn the amount was enough to blow a hole in the side of the aircraft. last month abdulmutallab was listed on a broad terror watch list, a database containing 550,000 names, all deemed potential threats. homeland security secretary janet napolitano says the comments she satisfied yesterday about airline and airport security working were taken out of context. here is what she said yesterday followed by her clarification today. >> one thing i'd like to point out is that the system worked. everybody played an important role here. the passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action
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within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring. all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures. what i said is moving forward, meaning once the incident happened, we were able to immediately notify the 128 flights in the air as well as airports on the ground dose mick ti -- our law enforcement partners and allies instituted immediate safety procedures to make sure this could not happen on other flights. a northwest plane with the same flight number and the same route. the incident yesterday is not deemed a terrorist case. they say a man spent a long time in the lavatory because he was sick. >> we were kept on the airplane for a while and the border guards would not let the passengers off the plane. then when we got to the customs
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control, we entered the country normally and then waited for about an hour for luggage. that's all we know. >> the sick passenger has been released from custody and has already boarded another flight. the president is hailing the courage and conviction of the iranian people after one of the bloodiest anti-government protests in iran in months. iranian media report at least eight people dead. this is online video. watch closely. this is tehran yesterday. protesters corner riot police. they had been sent to round them up. they push those police officers against a wall and while trapped by the crowd, one of them apparently yells i'm sorry in farsi obviously. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces in these protests. amateur video show people with their heads covered in blood with tight restrictions though on all international media. it's virtually impossible to verify witness accounts or casualty numbers. but among those killed was the
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nephew of mir hussein mousavi seen on the right. the family says his body was removed from the hospital without their permission to prevent people from gathering for his funeral. these are pictures from pacifica, california, just south of the san francisco bay area on the pacific coast. an apartment building is sitting on the edge of a cliff. just above the pacific ocean, and that cliff is in imminent danger of collapsing. emergency repairs on the cliff began december 17th. crews continued to place rocks at the base of the cliff in a bid to keep this structure from crashing into the pacific. residents have been evacuated from the 12-unit apartment building. on christmas night a two by four was allegedly used to kill a man in a mob-style beating. the south carolina neighbors were going at it all day before a group of four men beat their 42-year-old neighbor to death. the families live a few doors down from one another south of charlotte. the four suspects, all 22 to 33
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years in age officially face a charge of first-degree lynching. in south carolina lynching refers to any fatal attack by more than two people, not necessarily one motivated by race. federal investigators have joined the probe of a string of suspicious fires in massachusetts that left two people dead. at least five buildings and four cars burned early sunday. all the fires were within a half mile of each other. the da said the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the houses that burned. nine people including six children were killed in an early morning apartment fire in mississippi, and here is what's left of the apartment complex. as the sun came up this morning, investigators removed the bodies from the apartment building in starkville. the victims were a 25-year-old woman, two 19-year-old women, and six children, six children ranging from age from 4 months to 6. a neighbor reported the fire early yesterday. according to a source, five of the victims lived at the
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apartment. the other four were visiting. heavy snow caused major problems for drivers overnight in indiana. state police said the roads were slick and it was awfully hard to see. some drivers were just going too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down, and i slowed down so i didn't hit that guy. and i started wobbling a little bit and i wasn't able to straighten it out and ran into the other fellow, and i went off on this road, and i guess he went off on the other side. >> and they called the wreckers presumably. there's a chance of more snow around indianapolis today. at&t is again selling iphones to new yorkers squon line. find out if it's known why the company had suspended sales in the first place.
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social networking sites are now cheering sections for convicted and suspected criminals. 18-year-old continuon harris moore has 25,000 facebook fans featured in dozens of youtube videos. harris moore is a suspect in 100 burglaries in washington state, idaho, and canada. he apparently according to police has taken bikes, cars, speed boats, three small planes. there are t-shirts with his photo, the words fly, colton, fly are huge sellers on the internet. police aren't amused. they say he recently broke into a deputy's car and stole an assault rifle. an escaped criminal in britain is being called the facebook fugitive. this is the image of craig "lazy" lynch. he uses his status updates to taunt police. the 28-year-old burglar has nearly 4,000 fans. in a post today he said most of
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his supporters are in britain and the u.s. there's a small group who have started a page called craig lazy lynch is a loser. police are hoping facebook will find this guy and lead to his downfall. they're asking everybody's help to track down lynch. mobile phones are sending and receiving more data over the airwaves but the spectrum of wireless frequents are not limited. some companies want the government to give them bigger slices of air waves. wireless companies shareware safes with tv and radio broadcasters, wi-fi networks, and other telecommunications service. at&t has resumed selling the iphone to new york city customers. this after several published reports the company had suspended sales online to new yorkers over the weekend.
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a spokesperson would only say that the phone company periodically modifies its contribution channels. at&t and apple retail stores in manhattan continue selling iphones in city residents. a fast food chain is trying to give new meaning to steamy texts. customers can submit their cell phone numbers and when the text are sent, the customers can flash their phones at the nearest cashier and save some money. we're learning more about the man accused of trying to bring down a u.s. jetliner on christmas day and his potential links to al qaeda. now, experts are talking about this as a possible copy cat crime.
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is the apparent attempted terror attack on the northwest airlines jet christmas day ri linked to a terror attack against a saudi prince this year? peter bergen says it's possible. he says the same individual bombmaker may have been involved in beth plots. >> the mow does modus operandi this guy is very similar.
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very similar in the following ways. one, concealed plastic explosives specifically petn in his clothing. that got through metal detectors. blew it up, killed himself. did not manage to assassinate the saudi prince who was the target. this looks very much like a dry run for what we already saw in detroit, and i would not be surprised if the same al qaeda cell in yemen did both of these attacks and perhaps even the same bombmaker is making petn bomb which is military grade explosives. it's not something you can pick up on the internet. >> al qaeda's arabian peninsula wing already claimed responsibility for the christmas day incident. it said it tried out a new explosive on the northwest jet and praised the fact it cleared security. they said it was in retaliation for alleged u.s. attacks on
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yemeni soil. we're learning more about the person from a former school mate of his. he spoke today on the cbs show "the early show" and said he was stunned to hear the news. he said how abdulmutallab was not only religious, but well-liked by classmates and teachers. >> he was a very great guy. he was a devoted religious person. he was not someone you could, you know, have any bad quarrels with. he was just somebody who was a lively person, sociable, good with the teachers, good with homework and all that stuff. you could tell he was just a devoted religious person because, you know, he never used to indulge in things which -- you know how immature high school students trying to cause pranks and stuff. he was always the person that was like like the police like the mediator of all the things that we were trying to do in our dorms. >> he said he last saw abdulmutallab in 2007 and he thinks the once peaceful terror suspect was essentially brainwashed by radicals.
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international flights are facing a bunch of new rules both on the ground and in the air after the alleged terror strike. while the changes aren't yet uniform across all airlines, passengers might encounter more patdowns and closer inspection of onboard baggage after the tsa said it was going to leave up to the individual flight crews and airlines whether to enforce certain restrictions on that last hour of a flight. the rules range from not allowing passengers to leave their seats to turning off the inflight entertainment, including the moveable map that shows the plane's precise location. >> the last hour we came in, we had to make sure we were seated, had nothing on our lap, no pillows or blankets. a bit strange i thought but precautions for them. >> the only thing that was different was coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individually. the security guys. and then they searched us like a body search each one of us. >> so have you flown since the
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incident? what do you think? are you happy with the stricter guidelines? do you expect the worst when you get out there at the airport? are these precautions worth the inconvenience or are they just knee-jerk reaction and not well-advised? call us toll free, 877-tell-hln. the e-mail address is right before you. so is the text message. actor charlie sheen is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence. tmz.com reports it was a knife. sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen. he was staying at a house with his wife when police responded to a 911 call. sheen hasn't been charged, but he has to be back in court february 8th. airline passengers aren't the only ones nervous about the attempted terror attack. so are wall street investors as well. airline stock prices dropped during the first day of trading since the attempted bombing. the parent company of northwest, delta, the airline involved in the attempted attack, has been
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hard hit. it's stock dropped 4%. american, united, continental, us airways, jetblue also fell in value today on the big board. with anxiety over airlines and economic worries keeping travel plans right now at a minimum, you might be surprised to learn that overall the industry staged a comeback in 2009. cnnmoney.com's poppy harlow is in new york with more. poppy, we're talking about the stock value of travel industry stock. >> sure. >> okay. >> that's exactly right. this is all relative compared to a pretty dismal 2008, but as we saw the runup in the broader market, we saw travel really as you look at the stocks as one of the best performing sectors this year largely because of a lot of deals and deep discounts. when you look at stocks for expedia or priceline.com, they were soared this year. also so have stocks for rental car companies surprisingly. consumers, what we're hearing from a lot of experts, is they're getting a little more confident about the economy. willing to plan some trips in advance with the big discounts. the consensus seems to be if we're going to see a pickup in
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2010, it's going to be the leisure travel industry, not business travel. that will remain weak. one travel expert told me this morning, listen, advance reservations, we're seeing them pick up for 2010.2010, pent-up americans who want to take their vacation what is going on right now the deals out there, pretty extraordinariby bus travel, on the other hand that is down. for two reasons, first of all, corporate spending is down and likely continue to be next year and also, there is what one expert called the aig effect and that is essentially businesses not wanting to spend on those big, lavish incentive trips because we know what happened to aig after that whole fiasco. there those things playing in here. leisure travel probably pick up next year but not business travel whatsoever, chuck. >> a a lot of business are teleconferences rather than sending people from point a to point b. travel industry is critical from a jobs perspective. what is the outlook there? >> yeah it is very important it is a lot of jobs. the u.s. travel association says the industry as a whole supports
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about 8 million jobs in this country. you look back at 2008, 2009 combined, 400,000 travel industry jobs were lost then, but here is the good news, the travel association is calling for a 2% increase in leisure travel. next year, they say that should mean about 90,000 new american jobs, but again, that business travel is going to remain weak. that is going to weigh on the travel industry as a whole. we will keep an eye out for it. i'm hearing cheaper hotel rooms in big cities with a lot of inventory on their hands and cruises, cheaper next year. >> sounds enticing, thanks, poppy. airline stocks, we have mentioned have taken quite a hit. what about the rest of wall street? sales from a year ago is tempering the airlines' losses. big board shows the airline up 6 points, 10,526 before the close of trading jooching usings i infectants could cause bacteria to grow. new research in the journal microbiology says microbes in
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hospitals were able to resist diluted disinfeck tants and became resistant to antibiotics. the superbug could have implications for how infections spread. it is christmas, you are out of milk, you run to the supermarket. the door sun locked. would you help yourself to a few gifts? listening to
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instructions and, yeah, trying to keep them as wet as possible. >> in a different area saturday, more than 100 stranded whales died. large numbers of whales die every year on their way from antarctic waters to breathe. a massachusetts couple got three christmas presents they will never forget, a set of trip let's. the two girls and a boy delivered christmas eve. the new parent also been trying to in-vitro fertilization for years before they got pregnant. >> it didn't happen on the first or second try. this was, like, maybe try eight. and it was our very last try that we were -- our last attempt that we were going to do at ivf before we moved on to maybe adoption. >> you have the hopes of being a
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parents and when that fails, you are down but to keep going, and we did. >> the triplets are expected home in a few weeks. ready to say good-bye at 2009. the to good folks at jibjab.com are back with the fun new stories of '09 that had everybody talking. ♪ there was change at the highest court ♪ ♪ it was sotomayor ♪ surprise noble award, nobody was really quite sure ♪ ♪ howl at the moon, it will be over real soon ♪ ♪ we hope you rest in peace ♪ billy mays, senator kennedy ♪ play him off, keyboard cat ♪ sure, there's stuff we missed ♪ ♪ like levi johnston's johnson ♪ that's it for our list ♪ he's gonna let us finish, yes it's an end ♪
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♪ but we'll do it again in the year 2010 ♪ >> all you need is the rockettes, right? college football made hist think weekend. the little caesar's bowl between marshall and who who marshall won. the married mother of two young boys became the first to officiate a major college game two years ago and on the nfl's list of officiating prospects. the times square crystal ball will ring in 2010 with a little extra bling. nearly 300 of its waterford crystal triangles will be replaced with new ones that have an interlocking ribbon pattern, representing this year's theme, "let there be courage." the times square ball drop goes all the way back to 1907. airlines are stepping up security because of the attempted bombing on a transatlantic flight on christmas day to detroit, which means more restrictions the next time you fly. we will let you know what is changing. we will be right back.
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the man suspected of trying to blow up a northwest air lines flight on christmas day is out of the hospital now the investigation begins on four continents, but his family says they raised a red flag with authorities weeks ago. the alleged terror plot may mean more inconvenience for you, the next time you fly, neighbor is today. your views on whether more security measures are worth all of the hassle. a new jersey dad's epic five-year-long international custody battle is finally over. so how did david and sean goldman celebrate into. good monday to you, watching you are watching hln news and views i'm susan hendricks. the group al qaeda in the
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arabian peninsula is claiming responsibility for the attempt to blow up the christmas daily if the from the netherlands to detroit and there is new information about the attempted attack aboard the northwest airlines flight 253, a law enforcement source says umar farouk abdulmutallab had part of the explosive device sewn into his underwear. the fbi lab in virginia is looking at the device to see how sophisticated it was. abdulmutallab is being treated for burns and is being held at an undisclosed location. prosecutors cancelled a hearing set for today to try to obtain dna samples from him in an effort to tie him to evidence on the plane. the nigerian is charged with attempting to set off that explosive device on the flight from amsterdam to detroit just before it landed. president obama is warning those plotting to harm the u.s. and reassuring americans in the wake of that attempted terrorist attack. he says that the federal government is doing everying it can to ensure the safety of the traveling public. the president has ordered reviews of procedures for screening airline passengers and
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also for flagging potential terrorists before they enter the country. he says the attempted bombing on christmas day makes the u.s. more resolute in its confrontation with extremists. take a listen. >> those who will slaughter innocent men, women and children will do more than just simply strengthen our defenses we will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from afghanistan or pakistan, yemen or somalia, or anywhere. . >> the government will not rest until it has found everiness responsible fight tempted northwest attack and held them accountable. a more crystallized version of hot northwest suspect is starting to form now we now know umar farouk abdulmutallab came from a life of privilege which
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allowed him to move about more easily than other terrorists and broke off ties with his family, defying their wishes by leaving his university in dubai to study arabic in yemen. he has been described as deeply religious and his father raised recent concerns that his son about become radicalized. a former school mate of umar farouk abdulmutallab has spoken out, stunned to hear the news. he said he was intelligent and religious but also well liked by classmates and teachers. >> he was a very great guy. he was devoted religious person. he was not someone that you could, you know have any bad quarrels. he was just someone who was just a lively person, sociable, you know, good with the teachers, good with homework and all that stuff. you could tell that he was just a devout religious person because he never used to indulge in things which, you know how
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we -- high school kids trying to, you know, cause pranks and stuff. he was the person who was like the police, you know, like the mediator of all the things that we are trying to do in our dorms. >> he said he last saw abdulmutallab in 2007 and thinks the once-peaceful terror suspect was essentially brainwashed by radicals. federal investigators joined the probe, a follow-up on a story out of massachusetts, a string of suspicious fires that left two people dead. at least five buildings and four cars burned sunday morning. all of the fires were within a half mile of each other in downtown north hampton. the d.a. says the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the houses that burned. two people who lived upstairs made it out safely. terrible story here as well, nine people, including six children, were killed in an early morning apartment fire in mississippi. this was the scene when the sun came up this morning as investigators removed the bodies from the apartment complex in starkville, near the mississippi state university campus. the victims were a 25-year-old woman, two 19-year-old women and
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six children, ranging in age from 4 months to 6. a neighbor reportedly reported that fire this morning. according to a source at the coroner's office, five of the victims lived at that apartment. the other four were just visiting. investigators trying to figure out how that fire started. pioneering civil rights attorney percy sutton has died. he was 89. sutton was born in san antonio to a former slave and moved to new york after serving in world war ii. as a lawyer, sutton represented malcolm x. and handle the cases of hundreds of people arrested during civil rights marches. he also put up the money needed to save the apollo theater in harlem in 1981. new airline scares are setting off a new round of security changes but what it is going to take to make nervous fliers safe again in the skies in what kind of measures will keep us safe from future attacks? we will hear your views, next.
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you are looking at 80 years of history came crashing down this morning, what a shot in the mist. crown point, new york, where demolition crews took down the landmark lake champlain bridge, a key route between new york and vermont. inspectors found deep cracks in the concrete piers. planning is under way now to replace it. that cliff is on the verge of collapsing into the pacific ocean. emergency repairs on the cliff began back in december, december 17th. crews continue to place rocks at the base of the cliff, all in an effort to keep it from crashing into the ocean. residents have been evacuated from the 12-unit apartment building. we will keep an eye on that. new international flight rules stemming from the attempted christmas terror attack impact measures on the ground and in the air. while the changes respect yet uniform across airlines, passengers flying aboard may encounter more patdowns and closer inspection of bags and
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items brought on board. today, the tsa announced it would leave it up to the individual flight crews whether tone force restrictions for the final hour of a flight. the rules range from passengers not leaving their seats to turning off the inflight video map that shows the plane's location. it's your time to speak, we want to get your views about the extra security and what you thought. here are some of your e-mails. bob says this, why have a do not fly list if it isn't going to be used by our own american flag carriers except to keep grandmothers and children from boarding? tsa is a joke, being used to placate travelers. jerry says people, stop complaining, no matter what it takes or how much time, i will submit to airline regulations, i want to feel as safe as possible in the air. these terrorists will keep on trying some until something changes. christine writes in with this i think a terrorist is going to be hard-pressed to be successful at any attempt on a plane. americans are pissed off, she
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says and we will tackle you and hold you for police. i would be worried if i were a terrorist. some strong word there is. now go to the phone lines, jeff on the line from maryland. jeff, thanks so much for calling n i believe you say that profiling shouldn't be a bad thing, is that your opinion? >> caller: no it shouldn't. i mean, the police use profiling all the time. i mean, when they are looking for a tall, skinny white guy, they are not out looking for short, fat black guys. so i mean, we should be profiling the people who have been known to commit these acts. sure, i've got, you know, randomly search different people but i mean we need to profile for -- just like el-al does we need to profile for people who, you know, appear to be nervous, who appear to be wearing improper clothing certain times of the year, heavy coats. i'm a 6'6" tall white guy, professionally dressed, generally wear a suit, corporate looking but yet i'm always singled out. >> maybe it is your height.
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>> and searched for, you know, of course i never have anything. >> right. does that bother you though that they single you out or you just look at it as part of the traveling experience these days? >> it bothers me because i'm singled out every single time. i have yet to fly where i wasn't singled out. if i was -- if i was brought -- if i flied 50 times and i'm searched maybe five or ten, okay. but if i fly 50 times, i'm singled out all 50 times and i look nothing like anybody, you know, any of the terrorists that have committed these acts so far. >> jeff, thanks so much for calling in. we love hearing your views. we are also taking your comments on my facebook page at susan hendricks hln. shorty wrote in, she says, what upset smells i was let lead to believe that secure hit been stepped up after 9/11 so we were able to let down our guard and feel safe, yet here we are again talking about stepping down our security. daniel posted this, flying sld a pain and the new guidelines will make it even harder and less fun. flying to me has always been an adventure, live to fly, but it has become so much of a hassle, but makes me think it wasn't
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worth t shea shares daniel's frustration saying i suppose everyone should gravitate toward having their own pilot, maybe their own plane. sounds good to me. we want to hear you from this one. thanks for writing in. are you happy with the new stricter guidelines to travel? are the precautions worth the inconvenience or just a waste of time? what do you think? e-mail us at cnn.com/hln, texas us at hlntv go to our facebook pages. standard text rates aply when you text. we are learning about another inflight security scare. the fbi says it is questioning a passenger now who flew into new york's laguardia airport last night after allegedly board, the flight with some sort of explosive. according to wcbs, a crew member on board the immediate moment airlines flight reportedly found a large four-inch-long firecracker-like device in between two seats while he was cleaning the plane after landing. the passenger from that seat has been identified. here is a shot of him, 67-year-old thomas alet of florida. he was tracked down and taken
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into custody. federal officials say they don't believe that terrorism was involved but that he already had two outstanding warrants in florida for unlawful flight. after a five-year separation, david and sean goldman will ring in the new year together. find out how the reunited father and son are celebrating their reunion. also, we got some laughs for you this year's highlights from the folks at jibjab.com. you don't want to miss it.
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approximately barack obama is hailing you the courage and conviction of iranian people after one of the bloodiest anti-government protests we have seen in iran in months. iranian media report at least eight people are dead. a scene in quay antibiotic, protesters boldly corner a handful of riot police who are sent to round them up. the crowd pushes the police against the wall. you see happening. police stand still, trapped by the crowd, and one of them yells, i'm sorry. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces in the protest. amateur video show people with their heads covered in blood. with tight restrictions on international media it is difficult to verify the casualty figures or witness accounts there. thong those killed, the nephew of opposition candidate mir hossein moussavi, seen on the right. the family says his body was removed from the hospital without their permission to prevent people from gathering for his funeral. an update now on this story,
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looks like a hollywood ending for the all too real international custody battle. first name five years, david goldman spent christmas with his 9-year-old boy, sean. the two were reunited christmas eve at the u.s. consulate in rio de janeiro. sean has been living in brazil since 2004 after his mother took him there and refused to return. she remarried in brazil, and claimed custody of sean, but died last year. this morning on nbc's "today" show, goldman expressed the anger and joy he has felt over the past five years. >> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering these last five years and it's equally, there's no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years, of my son's life. that's a big scar. but now we're together and we'll
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heal and we'll enjoy and live and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father and son. >> so, where was their first father/son outing in the u.s.? walt disney world in orlando, florida. a soup kitchen in italy got an unexpected guest this weekend. people eating at a soup kitchen got a surprise when pope benedict xvi showed up. he ate there and gave christmas presents to 30 kids, his first appearance since he was tackled by a woman at christmas eve mass. right there he was not hurt, though it obviously raised security concerns at the vatican. mississippi is the most religious state, according to a pugh research center survey. 82% of people polled said their religion is important in their lives. southern states rounded out the top five, alabama, number two then arkansas, louisiana and tennessee. vermont and new hampshire are at the bottom of that list.
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it looks like more americans spent more for holiday gifts this year. overall spending was a little bit higher. that, of course, good news in bad economy. master card spending poll says sales rose more than 3%. consumer electronic and shoes were popular this year. there was less spending, though, on luxury items and fewer people bought gift cards. that is another challenge for stores that count on you coming in in january and spending the card and then some more money. mobile phones are sending and receiving more data over the air waves, but the spectrum of wireless frequencies is not unlimited. now, some wireless phone companies fear they are running out of room. they want the government to give them bigger slices of air waves, even if other users have to give up rights to theirs. wireless companies share air waves with tv and radio broadcasts, wifi networks and other communication service. looks like stocks kicked off the year with a sluggish start. the last week of 5.
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>> stocks struggled but made it six winning sessions in a row. trading volume is light and the same expected during the rest of this holiday-shortened week, many invest verse already checked out for the year. let's check in on the numbers. dow industrials added 27 points, closing at 10,547. the nasdaq taxed on a quarter of 1% and the s & p up a fraction. airline stocks were grounded today following this weekend's alleged terror scare. shares of delta fell almost 4%. delta owns and operates northwest, the airline targeted by a man who allegedly attempted to ignite an explosive device. investors are worried the incident could impact business travel. business travelers tend to spend more money and travel more frequently than leisure travelers. and oil prices bubbled up again today. crude prices are up 13% in two weeks. investors are reacing to the unrest in iran and the extreme winter weather across the country. we will see how those higher oil prices translate to the gas
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pump. susan? >> a couple weeks into winter. thanks. appreciate t. >> sure. want to get viewers updated now on actor charlie sheen. he is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence n 911 calls placed by his wife, she claims he was come agent her with a knife. sheen spent part of christmas day in jail in aspen, colorado. he has not been charged but he must return to court on february 8th. and do you remember this guy, jon gosslin? someone trashed his new york apartment. his attorney says someone smashed his furniture and stole other items a note was pinned to his dress we are a butcher knife. they won't say what was in that note. gosslin was on the show "jon and kate plus 8." he found the destruction when he returned home after spending time about his kids in pennsylvania. ivana trump is in trouble. the ex-wife of billionaire donald trump was flying from palm beach, florida, to new york. she yelled at the kids and became more aggravated when
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flight attendants tried calm her down. no charges were filed. it is true, we are getting ready to say good-bye to 2009. as usual, the folks at jibjab.com are back with a fun look at the big news stories that have people talking about this year. take a look. ♪ ♪ >> an eventful '09, pretty creative, right? did you hear how the two-time national coach of the there gators shocked fans by suddenly resigning? we told but it on saturday. turns out it was just an urban legend. what caused urban meyer's second change of heart in 24 hours?
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care, where you put doctors and providers into competition with each other to provide your medical care. now, medicine, kicking and screaming, is going to be brought in the next five years into the era of actually having to post prices. it should have happened a long time ago. but if you need to know what something's going to cost now, this is a way for you to do it. i'm clark howard. for more way for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark has great advice and a lot of it. clark is here saturdays and sundays at noon and 4 eastern. help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. there is yet another huge opening in las vegas, despite the troubled economy.
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two new twin towers opened today, planet hollywood and the hard rock's hrh tower with a nightclub called vanity. many of the new projects were planned well before the real estate market was collapsing. the vegas sun says the new hard rock rooms can go for as low as $119 a night. older vegas spots are in trouble. binion's, the famed original home of the world series of poker, has closed its hotel. a couple days left in '09. the times square crystal ball will ring in 2010 with a little extra bling. nearly 300 of its waterford crystal triangles will be replaced with new ones that have an interlocking ribbon pattern, representing this year's theme, "let there be courage." the times square ball drop goes all the way back to 1907. did you hear about this florida gators coach urban meyer has had a change of heat, you could say. one of the most successful coaches in college football made a shocking announcement saturday, saying he was stepping down. then less than a day later, the
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45-year-old said he will not step down. he is staying. he will take an indefinite leave of absence, though. meyer cited health reasons for wanting to retire, saying he may need a procedure to alleviate chest pains that started a month ago, but after watching his team practice yesterday, he changed his mind. >> we had a heck of run, a run we are very proud of and when we sat back and watched the guys go at it today, the coaching staff and the program we have built, to not try would be not the right thing to do. >> he will coach the gators in the sugar bowl on january 1st. he expects to be back with them next fall. college football history was made over the weekend. sarah thomas became the first woman to officiate a bowl game, the little caesar's bowl between marshall and ohio. marshall won, by the way. the married mother of two young boys became the first to
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officiate a major college game two years ago and on the nfl's list of officiating prospects. the new security measures you should expect after the airline terror plot on christmas day.
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you are watching hln, 4:30 eastern time. and president obama today is warning those plotting to harm the u.s. and reassuring americans in the wake of the attempted terrorist attack on that northwest airlines jet. he is saying that the federal government is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of the traveling public. the president has ordered reviews of procedures for screening airline passengers and for flagging potential terrorists before they enter the country. he says the attempted christmas day bombing makes the u.s. more resolute in its confrontation with extremists. take a listen. >> those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the united states will do more than simply
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strengthen our defenses. we will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from afghanistan or pakistan, yemen or somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the u.s. homeland. >> president obama went on to say the government will not rest until it has found everyone responsible for the attempted attack and hold them accountable. meanwhile, the group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is claiming responsibility for the attempt to blow up the flight. and there is new information about exactly what happened. a law enforcement source says suspect umar farouk abdulmutallab had at least part of the explosive device sewn in his underwear. the fbi lab in quantico, virginia, is looking at the device to see how sophisticated it was.
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abdul mutt t be abdulmutallab is being held at an undisclosed location. prosecutors cancelled a hearing set for today to try to obtain dna samples from him in an effort to tie him to evidence on the plane. the nigerian is charged with attempting to set off that explosive device on the flight from amsterdam to detroit just before it landed. a more crystallized version of who is the suspect is beginning to form. we know abdulmutallab came from a live of privilege which enabled him to move around more easily than would-be terrorists. he defied his family's wishes by leaving his in dubai to study arabic in yemen. his father raised recent concern that his son about become radicalized. new international flight rules stemming from the attempted christmas terror attack impact measures on the ground and in the air. while the changes aren't yet uniform across airlines, passengers flying abroad may encounter more patdowns and closer inspection of bags and
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items brought on board. today, the tsa also announced it would leave it up to the individual flight crews whether to enforce certain restrictions for the final hour on a flight. those rules range from not allowing passengers to leave their seats to turning off the video map that shows the plane's location. >> make sure we had nothing on our lap, no gloves or blankets a bit strange i thought, but just precaution for them. >> the only thing that was different was that coming into the plane in mexico city, they search all of our bags individually, the security guys. and then they searched us and -- like a body search, each one of us. we wanted your views on this today about extra security. start with bob. he e-mailed us saying this, why have a do not fly list if it isn't going to be used by our own american flag carriers
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except to keep grandmothers and children from boarding? said it sa a is joke being used to placate travelers. and jersey says, people stop complaining no matter what it takes or how much time, i will submit to airline regulations. i want to feel as safe as possible in the air. these terrorists will keep on trying some until something changes. here are a couple of comments from my facebook page. richard wrote this -- maybe a lot of people have his point of view are driving now. well in his speech an hour
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and a half ago, president obama hailed the courage and conviction of the iranian people after anti-government protests turned violent in tehran over the weekend. video posted online from tehran yesterday, protesters boldly corner a handful of riot police who were sent to round them up. the crowd pushes the police against the wall. police stand still, trapped by the crowd, and one of them yells, i'm sorry. witnesses say people were shot and beaten and rounded up by security forces in the protest. iranian media reporting at least eight people are dead. amateur video shows people with their heads covered in blood. with restrictions on international media it is difficult to identify the casualties now. among those killed, a nephew of opposition candidate mir hossein mousavi. his body was removed without
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their permission to prevent them from gathering for his funeral. first name five years, david goldman spent christmas with his 9-year-old boy, sean. the two were reunited christmas eve at the u.s. consulate in rio de janeiro. sean has been living in brazil since 2004 after his mother took him there and refused to return. she remarried in brazil, and claimed custody of sean, but died last year. this morning on nbc's "today" show, goldman expressed the anger and joy he has felt over the past five years. >> there are no words to describe the pain and suffering these last five years and it's equally, there's no words to describe how joyous and wonderful it is to be with my son again. i missed five years, precious years, of my son's life. that's a big scar. but now we're together and we'll heal and we'll enjoy and live
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and love and share and cry and laugh and learn as father and son. >> so, where was their first father/son outing in the u.s.? walt disney world in orlando, florida. cheering for an outlaw is nothing new. you may remember jesse james, bonnie and clyde. now some wanted suspects are gaining fame on social media sites like facebook. some even have their own fan pages. but here's the problem. these guys are charged with some serious crimes. we will tell you about it.
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on christmas night, a two by four was allegedly used to kill a man in a mob-style beating. the south carolina man apparently was fighting throughout the day with his neighbor before a group of four men allegedly beat the
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42-year-old victim to death. the families live a few doors down from one another in a rural area south of charlotte. the four suspects, all between 22 and 33 years old, officially face a charge of first degree lynching. now, in south carolina, lynching refers to any fatal attack by more than two people, not necessarily one motivated by race. nine people, including six young children were killed in a predawn apartment fire in mississippi. this was the scene right here went sun came up this morning. investigators removed the bodies from the apartment complex in starkville, near the mississippi state university campus. the victims were a 25-year-old woman, two 19-year-old women and six children, ranging in able from 4 month to 6 years old a neighbor reported the fire early this morning and according to a source at the coroner's office, five of the victims lived at that apartment. the other four were visiting. investigators are trying to find out how the fire started. federal investigators, meanwhile have joined the probe of a string of suspicious fires
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that left two people dead in massachusetts. at least five buildings and four cars burned early sunday morning. all the fires were within a half-mile of each other in downtown north hampton. the two victims were found on the first floor of one of the houses that burned. two people who live upstairs made it out safely. talking about the weather now. heavy snow caused major problems for drivers across indiana overnight. state police say the roads were slick and it was hard to see. and some drivers were going a little too fast. >> the car in front of me slowed down and i slowed down so i didn't hit that guy. and i started wobbling a little bit. and once i started wobbling, i wasn't able to straighten it out and ran into the other fellow. and i went off on this road and i guess he went off on the other side. >> there is a chance of more snow around indianapolis today, but it will be sunny tomorrow. don't quote me on that, though. social networking sites are
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now being used as cheering sections for convict and suspected criminals. told you about this before the break. police have been hunting for him for 20 months now. harris moore is suspected of committing about 100 burglaries in washington, idaho and canada. police say he has taken bikes, cars, speed boats and three small planes. t-shirts with his photo and words "fly, cotton, fly" are big sellers on the internet. and police, not too amused, as you can expect. they say harris moore recently broke into a deputy's car and stole an assault rifle. so now, he is considered armed and dangerous. and another criminal in britain is being called the facebook fugitive. take a look at this. it is the facebook page of escaped convict craig "lazie" lynch. he escaped from a prison north of london in september but that hasn't kept the 28-year-old from updating his facebook page.
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in a post today, he said most of his supporters are in britain and u.s. and also a small group who started a page called craig "lazie" lynch is a lose other. he said, "all you hater, i hope you slowly choke in your sleep." police hope facebook will be this fugitive's down fall, asking the site to help track him down. neighbor will work. actor charlie sheen is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence. in 911 calls placed by his wife, she claims sheen was coming at her with a knife. he spent part of the holiday in jail on christmas day. sheen has not been charged but must return to court february 8th. tyra banks is walking away from her popular talk show the former supermodel says she has bigger things brewing, including a bigger presence onlite line at a production company that will make movies n a statement released this afternoon, banks told fans this, i'm a bit nervous and excited for nynex huge steps which will allow me
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to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are. she also saluted the queen of talk, oprah, for being an inspiration to her and paid tribute to the staff of the tyra banks show, calling them a talented bunch of people. petn, the chemical explosives the christmas day terror suspect reportedly tried to because aboard that northwest jet, but what does it look like? what is it? what do does an explosion with it sound like? we will tell you all about it after the break.
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"prime news" is minutes away, mike brooks is here is what is on top of the hour. mike, starting in phoenix, unbelievable ending? >> unbelievably busy christmas week, full. out of phoenix, arizona a 5-year-old girl was snatched from the parking lot of an apartment building, but an amber alert was put out and a hero cop saw this little girl, chased the car, locked up this predator, if you will, and she is now safe and sound. you know, a story just like we were talking about susan, you never hear something like. this but then we go to north -- arkansas, north little rock,
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where a salvation army pastor was shot and killed outside of a community center, looks like for the money from the red kettles that they were collecting for the homeless. and he worked with kids in the neighborhood, shot in front of his three kids. just an unbelievable story and the suspect is still at large. then, of course, we can't go without talking about northwest flight 253. now, a subject is in custody for this, attempting to blow a bomb up on board this northwest flight, but first of all, why was he on the flight to begin with? why wasn't his visa revoked? we heard from the president today. he said he was in the system what does that mean? how come he wasn't on the list? we want to hear what you have to say. give us the call, 1-877-tell-hln. could security be better? that is the big question and talking to experts about that. >> you see little old ladies being checked and little kids. >> right, exactly. but right now, everybody is tense. could to be better? i think it could be. >> a all right to talk b a lot of callers, thanks, mike.
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since the christmas day terror scare on that northwest jet bound for detroit, as mike was talking about, a lot has been said about the chemical petn. what does it look like and how powerful is it? an explosives expert actually showed us. that is probably much lining the pop we kept hearing about from passengers on the northwest flight. the explosion you just saw was just 6 grams worth, so pretty small. some say umar farouk abdulmutallab had 80 grams of it. you can imagine the damage that would do f that is true, it would have been a blast, maybe brought down the plane, a president obama was explaining. petn comes in three forms a white powdery substance, a flat brown bar, like a chocolate bar or tubular shape. we are now learning about another inflight security scare. the fbi says it has questioned a passenger who flew into new york's laguardia airport last
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night after allegedly boarding the flight with a pyrotechnic device. he asked a crew member on board the piedmont airlines flight from baltimore reportedly found a large four-inch-long firecracker-like device wedged in between two seats while he was cleaning the plane after landing. the passenger, here is his mug shot from that seat, he has been identified, 67-year-old thomas elet of florida. issued a summons to appear in federal court. no date set yet. officials done believe terror imwas involved here but had two warrants in florida for unlawful flight. airline passengers aren't the only ones nervous about the recent security problems some are wall street investors. airlines' stock prices have dropped during the first day of trading since the attempted bombing. delta, the par represent company of northwest, the airline involved in that attack, attempt aid tack, has been hardest hit its stock dropped 4% after the opening bell. american, united, continental, you air, jet blue stocks also fell. not too surprising. mobile phones are second and
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receiving more data the air waves but the spectrum of wireless frequencies not unlimited so there is a problem there companies fear they are running out of room. they want the government to give them bigger slices of air waves room. they want the government to give them more airwaves. they share with tv, radio and wi-fi services. at&t is selling the iphone to customers with new york city zip keds. the company had suspended sales online to new yorkers over the weekend. the phone company periodically modifies distribution channels. at&t and apple stores continue to sell to new york city residents. a fast food chain is trying to give a new meaning to a steamy text message.
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wendy's is going to text customers. then they can flash their phones and save some cash. a good deal. it seems like americans spent more for holiday gifts. overall spending was a little higher from last. mastercard spending poll says sales rose 3%, consumer electronics and shoes were popular. fewer people bought gift cards. that is a challenge for stores because they count on you coming in january and spending the karnd spending more money. 80 years of history going out with a bang. it went down fast. demolition crews took down a landmark bridge. a key link between new york and vermont. inspectors found deep cracks in the concrete piers. planning is underway to replace
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it. this weekend the two-time national champion coach of the florida gators shocked fans by resigning. it was an urban legend. he changed his mind. what caused the second change of heart in 24 hours? we'll let you know. n
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actually shop for your medical care. where you put doctors and providers in competition with each other to provide more medical care. medicine kicking and screaming is going to be brought in the next five years into the era of having to post prices. should have happened a long time ago. if you need to know what something is going to cost now this is a way for you to do it. i'm clark howard. for more ways to protect your wallet go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark has great advice. for more of it tune in saturday and sunday at noon and 4:00 eastern. he will help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. two new hotel tours in las
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vegas opened today. many of these new projects were planned when the real estate market was going strong. the las vegas sun says the new hard rock rooms can go for as low as $119 a night. good deals. older vegas spots are in trouble. binions, the shoem of the world series of poker just closed because of the economy. the times square crystal bar will ring in 2010 with a little extra bling. 300 waterford crystal triangles will be replaced with new ones. did you hear about this, florida gators' coach urban meyer had a change of heart. one of the most successful coaches in college football made a shocking announcement on saturday saying he was stepping down. less than a day later the
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45-year-old said he will not step down, he is staying. he will take an indefinite leave of absence. health reasons, he may need a procedure to alleviate a heart problem. >> we had a heck of a run. when you sat back and watch those young guys go at it with the coaching staff and the program we've built to not try is not the right thing to do. >> meyer will coach the gators for the sugar bowl on january 1st and expects to be back with the team next fall. college football history was made this weekend. sarah thomas became the first twom officiate a bowl game. the little ceaser's pizza bowl. the married mother of two became the first woman to officiate a game. airline security is
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different because of that apparent terrorist plot christmas day. the new security measures you should expect.
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