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about to board a plane today heading for her hometown, seattle. what her friends say she plans to do first when she lands. welcome. i'm christine romans. cr cr chrrihris christie skill refusio say whether he'll run for president. that's all ahead on this "american morning." and good morning to you. it is tuesday, october 4th. aerial is off today. welcome to "american morning." good to see you. >> nice to see you. >> it's cold out. >> it is october. all of a sudden it's october 4th. yesterday we were saying, good morning, it's july 5th. we're right here, into fall. after four years in an italian prison amanda knox is coming home today. you're looking at new video from the airport shot just a short time ago. knox family members seen in the terminal. amanda knox is not seen with them. she was reportedly escorted by
police through a private entrance. her murder conviction overturned yesterday. knox sobbing uncontrollably when this verdict was read. so emotional, she had to be helped from the courtroom. her friends say the first thing she wants to do when she returns home to seattle is lie down on a green field. let's get the latest from becky anderson live in perugia, italy this morning. do we have a timetable for knox' departure, becky? >> reporter: yes. we believe she's gone. it's now mid-day local town, and we believe she left rome, about two hours from here, at 11:00. the family went to london on a regular flight. a possibility knox left on a private jet. they're going to london, we believe. there's a flight about 3:00 local time london out of heathrow to seattle, and so she'll be there with, what, eight, nine hours after she leaves london. this is the front page of the local paper here.
"innocent. they didn't do it. the court of appeals absolves amanda knox and raffaele sollecito." and outside the courthouse, shame. not happy with the decision. the presiding judge told me this last night. >> we are fully satisfied amanda's release, she was to go back home. she's been waiting for this. she always confirmed that she was a friend of aamanda -- of meredith. so this has been -- she's likes italy, likes perugia. she will be back. she came here for this reason. she just wants to go home now. >> reporter: that's it. she just wants to ge home. we believe she's on her way. the kercher family held a press conference briefly this morning
saying the search goes on. we're back to square one. they are emotional and confused. when asked whether they would reach out to the knox's or if the knox's reached out to them, they would welcome them with open arms, meredith kercher's brother said, no. this is the wrong time. things continue. there may be a prosecution appeal. we don't know that. the italian court with the next 114 days. until they work out what happens next, they are just completely confused. what is going on, what has gone on in the last two years. back to you. >> more on that family press conference right now. thanks, becky. if amanda knox and her former boyfriend had nothing to do with the murder of meredith ker cher the victim the family ro like to know who did kill her. meredith's brother lyle saying, they were trying to comprehend
how a jury was so sure two years ago could be thrown out. >> we are left wondering who is the other person or people and really for us it feels very much like back to square one and the search goes on, really, to find out what truly happened. >> the kerchers say despite this disappointment with the jury's decision, they're grateful for all the support received around the world, including here in the united states. now to the start of week two in michael jackson's death trial. the emergency room physician who e declared jackson dead was on the witness stand yesterday telling the court dr. conrad murray, jackson's personal physician, failed to tell her the entertainer had the drug propofol in this system. but even if she had that information, it was too late to save the king of pop. later today, two of dr. murray's girlfriends are expected to take the stand including a houston cocktail waitress on the phone with him when he realized jackson had stopped breathing. cnn learned chris christie son the verge of announcing
whether he plans to run for president. the new jersey governor refused to discussion his possible candidaty during a swearing-in ceremony for a judge yesterday, but sources tell cnn he has discussed a bid with the white house with his wife and his family, and he is going to look for a decision with the next 48 hours. here's cnn's jim acosta. >> reporter: it was as if chris christie was auditioning for commander in chief jersey style, reviewing the troops in the state national guard over the weekend and getting a 19-gun salute. but with much of the political world expecting the governor to decide this week on a bid for 2012, some of this republican colleagues were all but advising christie to stand down. >> it's late. it's 90 days perhaps from the iowa caucuses beginning. ultimately, it's up to him. i think we've got a strong field already, but chris will be an immediate impact on the race, if he decides to join them. >> i think that there is a bit of a caution that always -- the
swimming pool looks a lot better until you jump right in. water may not be quite as warm as you think. >> reporter: it just got colder in iowa and new hampshire. state officials may bump up their return to the end of the year. >> he couldn't run a south carolina or new hampshire run. he'd have to da ththat on tv an the news and not on the ground. >> reporter: rising contender herman cain says the governor is too liberal. and the former godfather vice president -- >> once they know his position on those things you delineated they're going to not be able to support him. >> reporter: christie may have to answer questions about his health after touching off a debate on his weight, eugene robinson telling the governor to eat a salad and take a walk.
and also, girth doesn't equal character. christie has knot released health records adding he's not required to do so. >> are you reconsidering organization are you standing firm? >> i have to tell you the truth. you folks are an incredible disappointment as an audience. >> reporter: still, christie has struck a cord among many republicans, showing the rest of the field how to have the voters eating out of your hand. >> i think it's a token of the regard that people have for chris christie. he's a great governor bp if he were to get into the race, he'd have an immediate following. >> reporter: chris christie followers are very tight lipped. one telling sign what one group of uncommitted gop contributors is saying in iowa. this is the group of donors trying to woo the governor to run for president. cnn learned those contributors have been told to wait until wednesday before committing to another campaign. jim acosta, cnn, washington. >> the game continues, with the
latest polls at an all-time low, president obama admits he's the ynlder dog in the 2012 rate for the white house, but in an interview with abc news, the president said being a long shot is a role that he embraces. >> a poll out of abc, just coming out saying majority of american, 55%, think you'll be a one-term president. are you the underdog now? >> absolutely. because, given the economy, there's no doubt that, you know, whatever happens on your watch, you've got -- >> you embraced that pretty quickly. >> i don't mind. i'm used to being an underdog, and i think that at the end of the day, though, what people are going to say is, who's got a vision for the future that can actually help ordinary families recapture that american dream. >> and that was from abc news. when the president was asked which two words he would use to replace his 2000 campaign theme of hope and change, he said
values and vision. president obama tells abc news he does not regret the loan to a solar energy company that later collapsed. he is defending the loan as new e-mails revealed the administration was worried about solyndra even before the president visited it in may of last year. in one e-mail a white house official writes, i increasingly worry this visit could prove embarrassing to the administration in the not too distant future. and president obama says he'll keep pressure erg congress to pass his jobs program. eric cantor is rejecting the president's call for a vote on the jobs bill this month calls his all or nothing approach unreasonable. if you watched monday night football last night you may have noticed something was missing. >> are you ready for some football! >> espn skipped the famous, "are you ready for some football" opening, part of the broadcast
over 20 years. earlier in the day, hank williams got himself in trouble for comparing him to hitler on fox news. williams released a statement saying he was misunderstood. espn said its not sure yet whether the song will be back next week. the epa testing for possible toxic vapors after this eruption outside dallas yesterday. massive plumes of black smoke just pouring from this plant. you could see it from 50 miles away. it happened as workers inside were mixing chemicals. the plant says all employees are safe. the epa told cnn that initial ground level air tests don't show any elevated toxic chemical levels. drivers in san diego, california, are being told to look out for a gunman considered to be "very dangerous." according to police, a man has been shooting at people along interstate 805. at least one person hit. fortunately, his injuries are
not life threatening. >> even opened fire on an ambulance. >> unbelieve al. we remember from the washington area, snipers. a sari thing. random shooting at drivers. and spreading to boston, about 60 people marched to raise awareness about the millions struggling in today's economy. other demonstrations taking place in los angeles, chicago, and, of course, new york, where protesters have been camped out for more than three weeks now, and i have seen my fair share of protests down on the new york stock exchange, on wall street down there, but this is the longest. they take the cake for the longest. >> absolutely. also the longest one not to have honed in on a message. a unified message. >> there we go. >> i'd be very eager to see what the whole group would like to see done? seems like very general a four-day work week, these guys in jail and things to be fair. >> and banks got bail out, why do people have to take student loans through bankruptcy even? >> dozens of causes involved.
a little unfocused. in less than seven hour, a glimpse of the new iphone a device that changed the face ever the cell phone industry. while apple is good at keeping secrets, a lot of speculation, the new phone will be thinner, faster, contain a larger screen and better cameras. also apple ceo's tim cook's first big event since steve jobs stepped aside in august. all eyes on this company. apple, by the way, as are right now is the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. >> wow. no recession in an apple store. >> there is not. ahead on "american morning," he thought he was just letting the dog back in, and then there was this. a bear in his house. a couple recovering this morning and talking after a brawl with a black bear that left blood all over the living room rug. >> oh. and after the infamous wardrobe malfunction. guess who reportedly lined up to play halftime at the super bowl? hey, surfers, meet the
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house and then went after them. it happened in rural pennsylvania. first the man tried to peel the bear off his dog. then the woman tried to get the bear off the husband. they came home from the hospital in the afternoon. the man's arm and head banged up, covered in teeth and claw marks. >> i saw him being attacked right here in our living room floor, and i -- i tried to distract the bear. i don't know that i jumped on him or did whatever, but whatever i did was enough to make the bear turn and jump on me. >> the bear did her going out, drug her outside. i went outside to see the bear on top of her. i literally dove on to the bear to get the bear off of her, of course, and that's when the bear starting tearing the back of my head up. >> man. >> the bear took off, by the time police got there, but they did set traps in the area in case it comes back. >> see, the only wildlife -- >> for some reason the dog doesn't want to ge out. >> the rats, pigeons and an odd
squirrel, and that's why i live in the city. who wrote that? must be carol costello. the new york yankees had a chance to even it up after the tigers and their ace pitcher took game three 5-4. struck out 11 yankees over eight innings. a home run in the seventh inning put the tigers on top for good. the texas rangers took a 2-1 lead in their series last night beating back the tampa bay rays 4-3. now, game five between the yankees and the tigers is on thursday night. i intend to be at game five. >> really? >> on thursday night. >> going to go right to work? you're going to roll right into work on friday? >> whoever team's loses comes to work friday morning. carol and i will work that out. christine will be here no matter what. brace yourselves for a possible wardrobe malfunction part two.
madonna will reportedly report at this year's super bowl halftime show. the first female solo act since janet jackson back in 2004. hence the reference to the wardrobe malfunction. tosses out the fine for her slip four years later. the material girl now 53 years old, probably a little safer pick these days than she was maybe in the '90s or '80s. right? >> surfing is about to become an official high school sport in hawaii. took seven years to be approved and largely because of money, insurance and safety issues. >> still don't know where you put -- rob marciano. still cannot figure out where the weather goes. it goes on the board. >> that's good. >> most serious surfers wear actually a shirt. you got team jerseys. >> there you go. >> we can show more bikini video if that's what you're looking for christine. no good day for a bikini wearing
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toasty. 75 in chicago and a couple more beauty shots. speaking of surfing and waves. the red tide out there in southern california continues to bring this beautiful glowing blue surf at night as that fight pf pfytoplanken in the water. chemically shaken up. that activates and excites what's going on chemically. glows blue at night. >> that's very, very cool. rob, nice to see you, my friend. >> likewise. >> see you later. coming up, amanda knox is headed home. we understand she's actually left rome now. we take you there live, what could be a big homecoming to her. chris christie's go-to gal and whether he jumps into the
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welcome back. "minding your business" this morning. if the markets overseas are any indication we could be in for another rough day on stock markets. europe and asia down. same fears that pushed the s&p to its lowest level in over a year. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will most likely defend the central banks short-term stimulus to boost the economy when testifies before congress this morning and offer up his outlook for the economy. today is the day apple pulls back the curtain on its latest iphone. among the rumored bells and wiszings, a bigger screen, faster processor, better camera and fancy voice control system. the only sure thing in today's event is that the new ceo tim cook will have the honor of
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and good morning. it is half past the hour. time for this morning's top stories. amanda knox flying home from italy to seattle, washington, right now. she spent four years in an italian prison before a jury overturned her murder conviction yesterday. one of her supporters says the first thing she wants to do when she gets home is lie down in a green field. cris citi hri chris christi verge of deciding whether he'll run for president in 2012. he refused to answer questions at a swearing-in ceremony for a new jersey judge. and a solar company, beforewent under, the administration was concerned a half a billion dollar loan to solyndra could be a critical decision for the white house. one discussed scrapping the president's visit writing, "the trip could haunt him in the next 18 months if solyndra hits the wall and files for bankruptcy," which is exactly what happened.
>> that's embarrassing. the city of seattle is preparing for a long awaited homecoming one day after her conviction was overturned, amanda knox is coming home. drew griffin joins us live. do you have the same information, that she's left italy now? >> reporter: that's what we understand and that would put her on a flight plan. she's got to connect, i believe in london, if we have it correctly, that will get her here sometime late this afternoon, ali, and we will, we're told by the family, see amanda knox. we probably won't hear from her. they're setting up a welcoming home news conference at sea-tac airport and we'll hear from an attorney from a family spokesman and her parents, but maybe or maybe not amanda knox. the family is trying to really leave that up to her. there was a bit of a gathering yesterday. friends of amanda knox gathering in a hotel room watching the verdict come down, and once that verdict was returned, they were just overjoyed at what had happened in italy.
>> four years in the coming, it's been a tortuous, a tortuous robbing of two innocent people's lives, but also meredith lost her life. you know. it's just a tragedy, all the way around. >> i just want to get her home. i want amanda home with her family. >> reporter: you mentioned amanda knox wanted to lay down in some green grass. i would imagine even though it was dark, she probably did that last night in italy. we can tell you this, ali, se lives barbecue and her family is planning a barbecue water when they gets finally home today. >> drew, what's the sense in seattle amongst supporter, the friends of amanda knox, how did this case fall apart for the prosecution? it was as meredith kercher's family said, two years ago it was a solid case? >> reporter: if you looked at the evidence it was not a solid case at all. i went there, looked at the
evidence, the dna reports, looked at the so-called confession and how that came about. look, this was a bloody rape/murder scene that took place in a very tiny bedroom, and in that bedroom was the dna all over the place ever the one person who was convicted and is serving a prison sentence for the murder. there was no forensic evidence in the murder scene linking amanda knox or raffaele sollecito to the crime scene. what the original trial came up with, minuscule pieces of genetic material, one found on a knife not found at the crime scene. the other found on a rock glass. neither one ever those pieces of evidence was any good. that's when this case fell apart. the very tiny bit of forensic evidence that this prosecution clung to was thrown out, and that, indeed, broke the hole on this whole case and that's what the appeal was based on. >> drew, we'll stay with you as
the story develops. amanda knox will be showing up soon with the next several hours in seattle. drew griffin with us. and this morning in detroit in the trial of the so-called underwear bomber. charged with trying to blow up a northwest flight on christmas day in 2009 with a device hidden in his underwear. he's insisting on defending himself at trial. abdulmutallab linked to the american born cleric anwar al awlaki just killed last week in a drone attack in yemen. and a not guilty plea from the 26-year-old intending to fly a model plane into the capital with explosives. he was arrested in boston and charged with attempting to provide support for al qaeda for attacks on u.s. troops overseas. on the first day of the new term, the supreme court turned away an appeal from an ohio judge who wanted to post a copy of the ten commandments in his
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were back to "american morning." good morning, everybody. the chris christie watch continues. word is the new jersey governor will announce in the next 48 hours whether he will make a run at the republican nomination. christie talked it over with his family, and the most important voice in making the decision may belong to his wife, mary pat. our next guest has written about the role of spouses on the campaign trail including a best-selling book on laura bush. senior writer for t"the washington post" joins us this morning. >> good morning. >> how important is this decision governor christie is going to make and what kind of political running mate would she
make if this were to become a candidate for the nomination? >> i think she's probably the key decider. they have four children. they have -- you know, she's got a career. she's a bond trader at cantor fitzgerald, she's been working part-time while she's the first lady of new jersey. i think she's a full partner of her husband, a professional parser in. they've been married 25 years, but i'm sure she has a good sense, as any smart woman who does her research, that it is a grueling process, and then it is a very tough gig. once you are actually there. >> yes. reportedly mary pat christie spoke with barbara bush and went over the pros and cons with her husband to help him decide. here's a strong woman with, you know, a working mother essentially, a part-time working mother with her own career. does she -- is she an asset for him if he decides to run?
>> yes, i'm sure she'll be an asset it him. she seems to be outspoken and engaged, and if you are going to run for president of the united states, whether you are a man or a woman, you'd better have a partner who is fully committed and will support you every step of the way. because the job is tough enough without having that support. so i think she becomes an asset and i think she also can appear to -- i think the american people really like to see that there is a spouse backing up that principle. >> you know, it's interesting, because the secret weapon in this particular presidency right now is often said to be michelle obama, the current first lady. that the president's approval numbers had not been good. in our latest polling showing about 45% of the approval rating. she's going to have to work hard for her husband. it is gruels. it can be difficult, i'm sure, to watch somebody you love, especially with things not going
their way with polling. cou do you think her role will have to change? we're looking for the running mate, quote/unquote, for the republican side? >> i think her role has to change somewhat from what it did in the 2008 election when she hadn't done this before. look, there's a learning curve for everything and she is going to be a much more effective campaigner this time around. she's more confident, because she's had the last 2 1/2 years to carry out her own platform, to speak ot on his behalf. she's an extrovert. she likes crowds. she seems to enjoy people. seems much more comfortable than in the past, ann romney is that same kind of candidate as she stumps for her husband for the republican nomination. so i think that she's an asset. look, women usually maintain bet are approval ratings because they are not exactly in the line of fire and that's helpful. they can also really hurt the main person running, but -- >> and that's the key.
to be someone who's a draw for the person who's run, but also not to have anything that could be seen as a negative, for maybe people who were undecided and decided there was something about that running mate they didn't like. you mentioned ann romney. maintains her own busy campaign schedule. going full force out had. you wrote a piece in the "the washington post" about her. how does she gain support in the party? >> she plays the same role michelle obama can play for her husband. both of those men are sometimes seen as utterly competent but distant. not always able to understand the problems of people who are out there struggling, and both of them serve to verify that tore their husbands. they can speak about the man they say and what they know is in his heart. he's supposed to talk about the issue, but they can talk about the man behind those issues and i think they both do that. she does very very well for mitt
romney. she's very approachable and reachable and can be a little more outspoken and make jokes that he can't exactly. >> let me ask you quick about anita perry who pushed her husband to run. sometimes these political ads must have a conflict at their core about getting into all of this. >> i'm sure they all have a conflict at their core. face it, you'd have to have a complete lack of self-awareness to not have some conflict to either run for president or run for president and supportive as a spouse. i'm sure she's got a conflict and particularly for these people for whom it's the first time around, and i'm sure this is a part of mary pat christie's figuring. you have no idea the level of scrutiny that is coming your way until you live through it. >> and that's all to come for weren't of these candidates, if not a couple of them as we get closer. and the author of the book "the perfect life." nice to see you. good morning. >> thank you. defense secretary leon
panetta is in the middle east trying to get israelis and palestinians talking peace again. before leaving, panetta sat down for an exclusive interview with cnn erin burnett on the premiere of her new show "out front" saying they can absorb deep budget cuts, but significant cuts to damage our national defense. >> if the congress is irresponsible enough to suddenly turn on trying to sequester idea because they failed to meet their responsibilities, that would clearly damage our national defense, because that formula says we're going to do it across the board in some sort of blind fashion that basically hits everything and makes us wack across the board. it's going to result in rifts. it's going to result in not only force reductions, it's going to result in hollowing out the force and that, frankly, we cannot tolerate. we still face too many threats out there to weaken our defense. >> premiere week continues
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welcome back to "american morning." after 15 moss, rumors will finally give way to reality when apple unveils its latest iphone today. the new iphone is expected to be faster, contain a much bigger touch screen and better camara. th camera we want to look at steve jobs, the man behind the i-craze changed us forever. >> reporter: in november 2001, steve jobs and apple release add game changer. the ipod. >> when the ipod music player first came out, in the early 2000s, it was $400. it seemed outrageously expensive. it was a tremendous risk to come up with a little gadget that was so expensive and yet it became a tremendous hit as well. >> reporter: jobs didn't stop there. he wanted a one-stop digital music store. >> what steve needed to do to launch itunes was convince the
record companies and the music publicers, not an easy lot, to license their music to his online store so that he could then sell it. >> one of the great ironies of steve jobs being the person who got us to actually pay for music again is that steve jobs had been a pirate himself when he was a teenager. j jobs and waz packed the phone systems so they could get long distance phone calls for free. >> one of the few people that broke through what ended up being a lot of fear on record executives. determined to get the beatles to agree to put their music on this catalog, and they had some, you know, their management had a crazy idea, let steve jobs give us 10% of apple and then we'll do it of course, we're going to make this company successful. i remember calling steve and sort of reporting in what a failed meeting it was, and he just said, you know, just great
music, but you know, they're just wrong. like, don't worry about it. they're just wrong, and i thought, you know, probably only steve jobs would have the confidence to just be so certain that he knew better than the beatles. >> wow. >> yeah. only steve jobs would have that certainty, to say, the beatles are wrong, and they'll eventually come around, which is exactly what they did. >> he was right. >> and nearly a year ago the beatles finally did make it to itunes and have proven to be one of apples biggest artists sold more than 9 million songs at 1.5 million albums. >> we'll hear more about iphone 5 and that other gadget that made them so famous and so rich. after another key al qaeda hit, looks like david letterman is going to have to find something else to read in his spare time. take a look. >> boy, we're getting it done overseas. the u.s. now special forces bombed and killed the editor of al qaeda magazine.
did you hear about this? so if you're delivery this month is a little late -- it's because -- they killed him. hey, where's my -- al qaeda magazine, very popular, or as it's known over there, a.q. oh, and the guy's very good. the guy they knocked off. before he worked at al qaeda magazine he worked at "car, bomb and driver." he was very good. >> all right. ahead next hour, we're on amanda knox watch. the american student reportedly left rome, heading home this morning after her murder conviction was tossed. it is 54 minutes after the hour. at adt, we get financing from ge capital.
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off the hook and heading home after being cleared of murder after a four-year battle. and making a decision on whether chris christie will run for president. what could this mean for the rest of the field? no buyers' remorse. defending a taxpayer loan to a solar company that went belly up. and will you actually be able to have a conversation with your phone? apple expected to unveil the iphone 5 today. we'll separate the fact from the fiction this morning, we think. that's ahead on this "american morning." good morning it is tuesday, october 4th. carol is off today. welcome to "american morning." interesting. we'll be able to have conversation with your phone. talking about the apple iphone
5. >> right. >> first, isn't that what your phone is for? to have a conversation. you're not talking about being on the phone, you're talking about talking to your phone. >> oh, yeah. who knows what kind of magic will be inside that phone. >> we'll know soon. amanda knox on her way home to seattle now. you're looking at video from rome da vinci airport. knox family seen in the terminal. amanda knox is not visible, believed she was escorted by police through a private entrance. the american exchange student was sobbing uncontrollably when the verdict was read yesterday. she had to be helped from the courtroom. friends say the first thing she wants to do when she gets home to seattle, lie down on a green field. good morning, becky anderson. >> reporter: good morning. what a difference a day makes. this time yesterday they had no idea whether they would get off. today, amanda knox, as you've reported, has left rome, left about two hours ago. she's on her way to london, we
believe. there's a flight to seattle mid-afternoon london time, and she will hop on that flight with her family and she will be home. it's been quite the most tumultuous last 24 hours. one of the newspapers today here, "innocent. they didn't do it. the court of appeals absolves amanned doo knox and raffaele sollecito." her former boyfriend, of course. what it goes on to say was that outside the court were cries of shame. [ speaking in foreign language ]. alluding to lots and lots and lots of students here at the university who were furious with the italian justice system last night when the decision was passed down by the judge. perugia, meantime, just wants to get on with life. we talked to a lot of people here yesterday who said we want this to be over and dones with thp this has been four years in the making. whatev whatever happened, on a tech in
a technicality, just didn't do it, they just want to get on with their lives. >> the victim's family would like to know who killed her. the kerchers held a news conference. meredith's brother telling supporters, how a jury so certain two years ago could suddenly be tossed out. >> released yesterday, if they were not the guilty parties we are left wondering who is the other person or people, and really for us it feels very much like back to square one, and the search goes on, really, to find out what's really happened. >> there is, of course a man in prison for 16 years for her rape and murder, but investigators have always said they thought others were involved. the kerchers say despite their disappointment with the jury's decision, they are grateful for the support from around the world and the u.s.
and not soon enough for tom wright, the founder of friends of amanda knox and joins us now from seattle this morning. an early, early morning for you, tom. thank you for coming it to be on tv with us. you look like a happy man right now. >> yes, sir, we are. we're thrilled, and relieved, and just overjoyed for the family. >> explain to those who have not followed this case as closely as you and the friends of amanda knox and the seattle community have over the last couple of years, what, what sort of compelled you and others to form this organization, and to fight for amanda knox after her conviction? >> yes. well, at the very beginning of this process, amanda, who has many friends, and the parents of those friends, decided to come together to support the family in any way we could. we put together a website called the friends of amanda dot org to put the facts out, show support, give emotional support to the family. we had fund-raisers, just to try
to help them through this crisis any way that we could. >> let me ask you, when you heard the verdict yesterday, where were you? were a group of you together, and how did you feel? >> we were indeed. we were in a hotel suite in downtown seattle. where many of us came together to first watch amanda's statement, which was really beautifully written and she did a great job of delivering it, and she was very eloquent as she addressed the court. and then we had about a 10 hour, 11-hour wait for the verdict and were all together when the verdict came down, and to be together, to feel that four years come to fruition like this, it was just indescribable feeling, just a thrill. we're so happy for her. >> the jury, tom, held up the defamation conviction accusing amanda knox of defamation. is she going to challenge that ruling or just happy to be back, you know, on her way back to the united states and this episode is behind you? >> you know, we really can't speak for amanda. she's in transit right now and
when she gets home there will be a period of transition. she'll get some rest, and i think in the days and weeks ahead she'll be making some good proactive decisions on her own behalf. >> we understand that she's on her way to london now. after that she should make her way back to seattle. do you have any sense of when she's going to get to seattle and was going to happen when she arrives? >> no. we really don't, but we've been joking that we're going to have a flash mob celebration. that is, at the very last minute they'll tell us where to go and we'll be there with bells on and were loons and have a great celebration. >> tell me about your connection to amanda knox? you have a personal connection? >> yes. my daughter went to school with amanda and many of the members of friends of amanda over the last four years, we know amanda. we know her as a young woman of character and achievement. she was well thought of before she left, and she'll be welcomed back into the community when she gets here. she's a scholar, an athlete and has tremendous character. >> she wrote a note in your daughter's yearbook that said, i
know you'll always have my back. looks like your family the come through for her family. the knox family. about a million dollars in debt because of this trial and all that back and forth, to and from italy and having to stay in hotels. you've been working on raising some money to try and help lighten their load. where are are at with that? >> well, what's going to happen is, you know, going forward, we're going to have to lay some groundwork to continue our support and to try to ease this transition, to respect amanda's privacy, and her ability to make decisions on her own, and the family was really very brave. they elected right at the beginning to always have a family member in perugia for her. so any visiting hour, there would be someone there who could go in and be there and help her get through all this. the family has just been extraordinary coming together, doing everything they could to help her during this really trying time. >> tom, obviously, the main effort on behalf of your
organization and the knox family was to try and get this conviction overturned and get her back to america. has much thought been give ton what happens next? do you know, for amanda? >> i do not. and we're eager to give her the time and the space for her to make those decisions. obviously, it will be a period of transition, and we're just glad to have her home soon. >> tom, good to speak to you. thank you very much for getting up real early in seattle to join us. i imagine sleepless for you guys for a little while. tom wright, the fonder of friends of amanda knox. the waiting game may soon be over. cnn learned chris christie is on verge of announcing whether or not he will run for president. the new jersey governor refused to discuss his possible candidacy during a swearing in ceremony for a judge yesterday. sources tell cnn he discussed a bid for the white house with his wife and family and we should look for a decision with the next 48 hours. last night on cnn's "out front" erin burnett was told all the
buzz over christie speaks volumes about the gop field. >> it's possible there could have been pacts created to raise money for crhris christie, we'r in a quiet period, may not know for a few days. do you think he could raise the money purely technically if he got in this week? >> i think if folks are really seriously committed to raising money for a super pac, he certainly could have millions of dollars in his super pac from the moment that he decides to go, but it's interesting to me that there still is so much clamoring out will for somebody else to get into this race who isn't mitt romney. i think that's what chris christie says more than anything else about the boomlet of energy and attention around it. >> and we continue this tonight on "out front." erin burnett goes one-on-one with the treasury sex, tim geithner right here on cnn, 7:00 eastern. don't miss it. and not regretting the loan to the solar energy company that's bankrupt now. plenty of folks with the
administration were concerned about the firm's shaky finances. dan lothian is live at the white house. good morning, dan. there's an e-mail that came out which specifically said exactly what happened. this may be politically good, but this company could go bankrupt? >> reporter: right. and you know, i think what's interesting, as you're seeing these e-mails coming out as part of a congressional investigation, there were concerns not only with the administration but also outside the administration even as solyndra was about ready to get more than half a billion in a federal loan guarantee. in the latest e-mail that was made public, you have steve westley, who is an obama fund-raiser and also an investor who wrote to obama's senior adviser valerie jarrett saying in part, "a number of us are concerned that the president is visiting solyndra. i just want to help protect the president from anything that could result in negative or
unfair press. the president should be careful about unrealistic forecasts that could haunt him in the next months if solyndra should hit the wall, files for bankruptcy, et cetera." the president went ahead and did visit the company touting green jobs and about a year later the company did grow belly up. in an interview with abc news, the president defended the decision to provide the company with more than a half billion dollars in taxpayer money. >> you know, hindsight is always 20/20. it went through the regular review process and people felt it was a good bet. the fact of the matter is, if we don't get behind clean energy, behind advanced battery manufacturing. if we're not the ones creating the cars of the future, then we're not going to be able to make stuff here in the united states of america. >> reporter: the president pointing out in this sector it was always understood not all of these kinds of companies will
succeed, and, again, stressing the fact that in order to compete with countries like china, other countries that heavily subsidize these ventures, that this was the right decision to make, but nonetheless, there is a lot of concern and a lot of questions still about what was behind this. why this loan guarantee went forward, even though there were all of these red flags. ali? >> what is on the schedule, dan, for the president today? >> reporter: well, this is still hanging over the president's head. he hits the road, as you know, he's been doing over the past several weeks, pushing his jobs act. pushing congress to act on it. he heads to a suburb outside of dallas where he'll be visiting a school and talking about how money from this jobs act will not only put teachers back to work, employ teachers, but also help in terms of infrastructure jobs in rebuilding or modernizing some of the country's schools. >> all right. dan, thanks very much. dan lothian at the white house. all right.
ahead on "american morning," what happened to, are you ready for some football? the famed song yanked from monday night's game last night after hank williams jr. got in trouble for comments about the president. and he thought he was just letting the dog back in and there was a bear in his house pap couple recovering and talk about a brawl with a black bear that left blood all over the living room rug. it's quite a story. 11 minutes after the hour. confidence. available in color. depend for women is now peach. looks and fits like underwear. same great protection. depend. good morning. great day. it's pro-cool technology releases armies of snowmen masseuse who cuddle up with your soreness and give out polar bear hugs.
were back to "american morning." two americans and an australian awarded this year's nobel prize for physics. american bruce beutler, jules hoffmann and ralph steinman. the nobel committee had to scramble to amend its rules after awarding this year's prize in medicine to canadian biologist who sdied earlier. this happened yesterday. ralph steinman one of three scientists honored for theirs work on the immune system. the committee was unaware of his
death from pancreatic cancer, the award intended for living recipients. but they decided the $1.5 million share will go to his estate. >> his loved ones can enjoy his successes. here's a crazy story. a black bear chased a couple's dog into their house and then went after them. the couple is recovering this morning. it happened in rural pennsylvania. first the man tried to peel the bear off the dog. then the woman tried to peel the bear off her husband. they came home from the hospital in the afternoon. the man's arm and head, bandaged up and covered in teeth and claws. >> hmm. >> i saw him being attack right here on our living room floor, and i -- i tried to distract the bear. i don't know that i jumped on him or did whatever, whatever i did was enough to make the bear turn and jump on me. >> the bear hit her going out, drug her outside. i went outside to see the bear on top of her.
i literally dove on to the bear to get the bear off of her, of course, and that's when the bear started tearing the back of my head up. >> process that. the bear chased the dog into the house. >> grabbed the bear off the dog. then the bear attacks the wife -- crazy. >> the bear took off by the time police got there but they did set traps in the area in case that bear comes back. the emergency room physician who declared michael jackson dead will be back on the witness stand today at the trial of dr. conrad murray. dr. richelle cooper telling the court yesterday jackson's personal physician failed to tell her that the singer had the drug propofol in his system, but she said even if she had the information it was too late to save him. today two of dr. murray's girlfriends are set to take the stand including a cocktail waitress who was on the phone with him when he realized michael jackson stopped breathing. in a few hours jury selection begins in detroit in the trial of abdulmutallab, the
so-called underwear bomber charged with trying to blow up a northwestern flight on christmas day 2009 with a device hidden in his underwear. he face as possible life sentence and insisted on defending himself at trial. a possible 2012 preview today. the west virginia's governor's race too close to call at voters head to the polls. the acting governor facing off against a republican businessman. a special election to fill the rest of joe manchin's term because he's now in the senate. millions pored into the state, trying to tie tomlin to president obama's policies. facing elimination today -- >> why do you say facing eliminati elimination? this is their chance to even it up. >> the detroit tigers he struck out over eight yankees, putting the tigers on top for good. texas rangers took a 2-1 lead in their series beating the tampa
bay rays. you have tickets for thursday? >> can't be eliminated today. that would be bad. that may be why carol's not here. celebrating the tiger's win last night. >> maybe the bet between rob marciano and carol. good morning, rob. >> good morning, guys, yes. still feeling the guilt for falling asleep during the seventh inning stretch. right after the yankees tied it up. just too late at that point. i'm not sure i'll be here tomorrow morning. win or lose. the unsettled weather continues across much of the northeast today but may very well be the last day of this happening pup see the circulation. a familiar scene for the past really ten days with two separate systems doing this. this one is bringing heavy rain across eastern new england, north of boston. flash flood warnings posted for essex and middlesex contis as this rain continues to come offed harbor, weakens over the next 20, 30 minutes and shouldn't be that much longer. certainly street flooding and ponding on the roadways.
rain trying to get into los angeles in through san diego. seen some in vegas. rain, thunder, lightning right now on the strip. what it looked like yesterday across parts of the valley locations in vegas. yeah. doesn't take much rainfall to get street flooding there, and they're seeing that again today. so be careful out there if you're wandering aroundhand henderson and the las vegas area. could be issues ar far at airports are concerned. pink on the map. haven't had that since last spring. winter storm warnings posted for the sierra nevadas. above 7,000 feel, gusting winds. a couple systems. winterlike pattern starting early as the rain season gets going. in the pacific northwest, doesn't get going in san francisco and san diego quite this yet, but we'll take it. the wasatch of utah seeing a winter storm watch probably upgraud ed to a warning. made a foot or more above the
8000 foot mark there. windy conditions and warm temperatures. record-breaks temperatures in places like minnesota, with temperatures into the 80s yesterday. this windy conditions and the dry weather and warmth, of course, cause a potential for seeing some fires out here. red flag warning posted. there you go with that system. meanwhile, same system bringing in gorgeous weather across much of the southeast. low levels of humidity. cool, crisp fall nights and morning followed by warm sunny afternoons. 78 in atlanta. 63, get that departing low later today in new york city. 75 degrees in chicago. should be no weather problems for game four tonight in detroit. guys, back to you. >> talking about -- >> he says game four. doesn't say the elimination. >> right, it's not the elimination game. five-game series are dangerous. almost wish they would do seven games. >> right. rob, thanks. thanks for sticking by my side. tighter security and faster moving lines at the airport. love it.
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were back. "minding your business" this morning, u.s. stock futures down after another sell-off overseas. europe's debt crisis is deepening and the same fears pushed the s&p 500 to its lowest level in more than a year yesterday, despite the ongoing crisis in europe. the majority of economists tell cnn money the euro as a currency will survive and predict the euro won't lose members even though nearly all of them believe greece will default on its debt.
federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will most likely defend the short term stimulus to boocht the economy. also offer up his outlook for the economy. a government watchdog reporting fannie mae reportedly knew about improper foreclosure practices as far back at 2003. according to the report, it wasn't until 2010 that fannie mae began to investigate those dubious practices of some law firms. fannie mae has not returned cnn's calls for comment this morning. today apple pulls back the curtain on its latest iphone and among the rumors bells and whistling, a faster screen, faster processor, better camera and fancy control system. the new ceo tim cook will have the honor of introducing this new gadget. the minimum wage rates in set states are set to increase in the next year. colorado, montana, ohio, washington and oregon. all announced increases already.
your top stories this morning, amanda knox on her way home to seattle today one day after a jury in italy threw out her murder conviction. she reportedly board add plane earlier in rome and will pick up a connecting flight in london. the first thing amanda wants to do when she gets home is lie down in a green field. and yanking the hank williams jr. open after he compared president obama to hitler yesterday afternoon. >> they're the enemy. >> who's the enemy? >> obama! and biden.
are you kidding? the three stooges. >> who's the third one? >> that was good. i liked that. espn skipped over the intro without mentioning the controversy. williams saying his comments were misunderstood. his apology, whatever it was, he issued, a little convoluted. as a guessing man, another forthcoming a little clear that actually says, "i'm sorry." and president obama wants to sign his jobs plan by halloween. eric cantor is rejecting the call for a vote calling his all or nothing approach for the legislation unreasonable. it's beginning to look late like achristie." whether to get into the presidential race may hinge on his constant, his wife, mary pat christie. she looks like an ideal running mate. >> she seems to be outspoken and seems to be engaged and if you
are going to run for president of the united states, whether you are a man or a woman, you'd bet verify a partner who is fully committed and will support you every step of the way, because the job is tough enough without having that support. so i think she becomes an asset and i think she also can appear to -- i think the american people really like to see that there is a spouse backing up that principle. >> sources say to expect a decision from christie with 48 hour. the deadline is actually for some of the early primaries and caucuses are coming up in the middle of october. >> dinner table conversation, deciding whether to put your family through that scrutiny? it's a big deal. happy iphone day. today apple expected to unveil its newest version of the iphone. no one really knows exactly what the new iphone will look like, but, of course, the tech blogs are blowing up with rumors and anticipation. we broke down fact from fiction.
>> reporter: the last time we saw a new iphone was june 2010. >> we're introducing iphone 4. the fourth generation iphone. >> reporter: an instant hit. apple sod more than 1.7 million iphone 4s in the first three days. analysts predict sales of its new version to shatter that sells 1.7 million in just one day. rumored to be called the iphone 5, the only official hint from apple, then vit to today's announcement with the words, "let's talk iphone." while apple remains tight-lipped about details they did have an all too familiar slipup in june. >> an apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iphone in a bar, which is just pretty much what happened last year. >> reporter: since then the buzz around the newest iphone exploded. what do we know or think we know? expect it to go on sale later this month. the new iphone is rumored to cost around $ 200 with a
two-year service contract. only verizon and at&t have it now. reports sprint nextel reached and agreement with apple and will buy $0 billion worth of iphones, $20 billion worth over the next five years. ant reporting the phone will be skinnier, shorter, and wider. also a teardrop back, meaning fatter at the top than the bottom, according to the blog thisismynext, and apple unveiling not one but two iphones. the second being a cheaper phone with less storage. but we do know whatever apple announces, diehard apple fans will line up in droves to open their wallets. >> the other mystery surrounding today's announcement is around apple's leadership. will co-owner steve jobs make an appearance? he stepped out handing over the company to new ceo tim cook.
no one expects him to have the charisma at jobs but a lot of respect. we'll be watching close. >> he is the new ceo right after steve jobs. that's enough of a weight on his shoulders. i would think if steve job was to show up, it detracts from the idea tim cookal got to be ab co to run this company. he's an ideas guy, a strong leader. sort of takes away from it if steve jobs does show up. >> we don't know the health of steve jobs, if he can, will, whatever. i was in philly with you, actually, this weekend, went to a apple store, place was packed. there is no recession in an apple store, and tim cook now the ceo. >> any hour that they are open. >> yeah. drivers in san diego, california, told to look out for a gunman considered to be "very danger dangerous." a man has been shooting at people according to police along interstate 805.
one person hit, injuries not threatening. this picture released. a hispanic adult male, black hair, brown eyes, 5'8", 190 pounds. >> for some reason is not wearing a shirt. >> shirtless. the epa testing for toxic vapors after an eruption as a chemical plant yesterday forcing the evacuation of schools in neighborhoods all around. you can see this from 50 miles away. it happened as workers inside were mixing chemicals. the plant says all employees are say. the epa said initial ground level air tests don't yet show any contaminated or elevated levels of chemicals. testing u.s. airports next year installing machines that match a traveler's boarding pass with a patport or driver's license making sure both are authentic. the devices could improve security and speed up lines at
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good morning. new york city, mostly cloudy now. a chilly early october. 51. showers later and 63. welcome fall. and welcome back. to hear bill bennett tell it, america has a man problem. what exactly does he mean? how much time do you? seriously. bennett has writ an book called "the book of man: readings on the path to manhood." bill bennett joins us. what is the problem with men right now? >> high achieving women. it's true. >> moving up ladder. >> we said, what, 30, 40 years ago, you go, girl, and they did. you did, and you went. >> she doesn't want to get married right away. wants to make her own money first. >> turns out when she doesn't get married right away, in her 20s, late 20s, it's worse for
the guys than for her. >> why? >> because the decline of the marriage rate seems to have hurt the men more. in marriage, men work harder, are more responsible. they behave better. women seem to behave pretty well inside and outside a marriage. men need marriage perhaps more than women, despite what traditional conventional wisdom said. what we're seeing now is the first generation history coming into adulthood, where women have more education, more achievement and more ambition than men, and they're leaving men in the dust, but it's not something that -- some men in the dust -- it's not something that a lot of women, even feminist are celebrating because they would like to see better men, stronger men, more responsible. >> could be a relative trajectory. men ruled for so long. right? almost the bigger they are the harder they fall. women started to move up, but men caught behind. have less to improve. >> well, yeah. you're comparing 40,000 years to 40 years. >> all right. >> look at -- what was done in 40 years. the question, is this a
long-term trend? and without the kind of lessons and without the kind of internalization of the things that men need to learn, will men continue along this path? it just looks as if men need more work. weren't of the things that structu structures mens lives is marriage. another thing is faith. religion. and another one is commitment to work. if you -- there's eight of data in the book, but maybe the most important data is to talk to young women in their 20s about men. >> what do they say? >> exbox. i understand an hour. why four hours a day? talk about baby men. men fails to make a commitment. there are great men around in american society, but not in oversupply and the women i think are the first people to testify to that. >> i'm raising three of those little men. reading with interest. caught me with the introduction. increasingly what it means to be a man is confusing, the mow cheese machismo, boys abandoned
by fathers. gay culturety places in flamboyant style and challenge to traditional masculinity. >> men are confused. there used to be a fairly unified notion what it means to be a man a good man, a civilized man. and now there are many different cultures. >> you mean that in a noble way? >> of course. the kind of man a woman would like to raise. as my wife says, i'm raising the kind of sons i would want to marry. which is probably what you're going to want limb him to do. >> clearly, jut trying to get them out of diaper, and i'll raise them further. >> if you don't have the men in there with that civilizing influence, reaching towards an ideal, you'll have the nasty macho stuff. >> included famous poems, things written you think are good examples. anyone running for the
republican nomination who would be in this book some day? >> many of them is. how about herman cain? it's a great story. a great story of his rise to success. overcoming cancer. turning around companies. >> what about -- >> barack obama is an american success story. i don't agree with a lot of what obama said but the night he was elected he said, only in america. it's a great story. chris christie. that's what you're after? chris christie? i don't know. i don't think anybody knows. if he does run, a tough road. >> might come down to the woman in his life, mary pat. a tough thing for a family to decide to jump into all of that scrutiny when he has said, no way. >> anyone who looks at the first three, four debates and wants to get in this, has want to really want to do it. people are getting beat up and beating up each other. he's a tough guy. we'll see a. long way to go. really a year to dough. bill bennett, "book of man" is
just awarded this year's nobel prize for physics. they won for their work on distant super novas. jury selection begins this morning in the trial of a nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a passenger plane in hidden in his underwear. he intends to represent himself. prosecutors say he tried to detonate a bomb on christmas day 2009 in a detroit-bound plane. and taking the stand at the trial of dr. conrad murray. testifying michael jackson's personal physician failed to tell her the singer had the drug propofol in his system, but even if she had had that information, she said it was too late to save the king of pop. amanda knox expected back on u.s. soil today. the freed u.s. student had her murder conviction overturned in an italian court yesterday. she reportedly board add plane in rome earlier this morning and will connect to seattle through london. espn yanking the famous
monday night football open sung by hank williams jr. after the singer compared president obama to hitler yesterday. williams saying his comments were misunderstood. chris christie expected to announce whether he'll run for president sometime with the next 48 hour. he's discussed a white house bid with his family and is on the verge of announcing his intentions. hawaii's favorite pastime going varsity. surfing, about to become an official sport in the state. that's the news. "american morning" is back after the break. there's only one bottle left ! i've got to tell susie ! the vending machine on elm is almost empty. i'm on it, boss. new pony ? sorry ! we are open for business.
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it's 48 degrees in atlanta right now. sort of like that yesterday morning, but then it will get to normal atlanta weather. go up to 79 degrees. yesterday was just a cold day. >> colder in atlanta than here. >> it is not going to get to 79, yeah, colder now. look at that beautiful sun. this morning's romans' numeral. a number in the news. it's 57. it's 57 every minute. >> that's nothing to do with gold. >> it's innumber of iphones sold. every minute 57 iphones are sold. iphone has been on sale a little over four years and that translates to about 82,000
iphones every day. 82,000 a day. i can't think of anything else that would sell that fast. >> other than consumables. food may sell. device -- >> it just gives you a way to quantify for you the phenomenon that is apple. >> introduced in 2007. i think whenever the new one goes on sale, all of a sudden, you get this big surge, again. a blackout in a can. now the maker of four loko changing its levels that one can contain as much alcohol as much as four or five cans of beer. last year the company also took caffeine out of its mix after claims that four loko was linked to the deaths of several teenagers. caffeine and four or five cans of beer in one can. wow. >> blackout in a can. >> liquid cocaine or something. >> yeah. music to your ears. psychology and aging says
playing instruments could help keep your hearing young because it protects the brain's ability to detect and process sound. a 70-year-old musician's hearing was that as good as a 50-year-old who did not play. >> that's interesting. some would rather run out of oxygen first. chocolate could become a luxury item if west africa's temperatures change. they get almost half of its cocoa from farmers in ghana and ivory coast. even a temperature shift of 4 1/2 degrees by the year 2050 could wipe out the crop. >> crisis. >> wow. eating healthy makes sense on so many levels and now it could be a simple way for expectant moms to battle birth defects. mothers with quality diets have fewer problems. elizabeth cohen is here to explain. i guess, elizabeth, this makes sense. if you are healthy and have a well-balanced nutrition, that
must be a boon for prenatal health. >> everything you eat, christine, your baby eats. that's especially important for all the first few months when all the vital structures are being developed. the study looked at 10,000 women in the united states and what they found women with a healthier diet were less likely to have babies with things like spinal bifida or cleft pallet. we sort of broke it down for what a it means for a pregnant woman to eat healthy. they were eating healthy grains, the whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables and lots of foods with folate, iron and calcium. fortified breakfast cereals and foods high in iron and dairy. they were eating fewer sweets and fewer fatty foods. i want to say this as a mom because i know when you're pregnant you go crazy and try to
do everything perfectly, even if you eat just like i said, even if you eat a perfect diet, you can still have a baby with these birth defects and do not blame yourself. this is all about risks. women who eat a healthy diet were less likely to have babies with these birth defects. they were one-fifth less likely to have a baby with spinal bi bifida. >> at times i had cravings for food that suggest i am. >> every time i'm pregnant, you eat just like me. >> could i have, let's just take this off of me for a second. could one use the supplements that are recommended for pregnant women? do they help or do that in concert with eating a healthy diet? >> all about the concert. for someone who has never been pregnant. it is all about doing all of these things. it's crucial for a woman to have a prenatal supplement that has the folate in the beginning
stages of pregnancy. you want to take that supplement and eat healthy, it's not as good as together. >> every time i went to the vending machine for a snickers, ali was right behind me. >> i was being supportive. shadow pregnancy all three times. >> tell us what pregnant woman should be eating. snickers are not on the list. >> snickers are not on the list. >> book shelves are filled with these, i am going to give you the elizabeth cohen empowered patient. just one tv screen of basically what you need to know, which is everyone, including pregnant women should eat vegetables, fruit, whole grains and lean protein and dairy. not the steaks with all the fat on it. skim milk and eat less fats and sweets. you don't need to spend all that money buying the diet books.
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good morn, i'm christine romans. after four years in an italian prison amanda knox is heading home to seattle. early wurners over solyndra. the administration had serious concerns about investing in the clean energy company. hear the president's response on this "american morning." all right, good morning, everybody. it's tuesday, october 4th. carol costello is off today. >> a lot of news today, but,
first, freedom for amanda knox. more heart ache and despair for the family of roommate meredith kercher. knox is heading home to seattle today, less than 24 hours after a jury overturned her murder conviction. >> a decision that left the kercher family in a state of shock. matthew chance joining us live from italy this morning. matthew, they're still very, very upset. they say their daughter, their sister has been lost in all of this. >> of course, they're right. that's a terrible tragedy and, you know, a lot of sympathy around the world has gone to the kercher family about that. but this case was about whether amanda knox and raffaele sollecito were guilty and the jury decided they were not. acquitted them of all those murder charges. amanda who had been sentenced to 26 years and it's four year and
going home. clearly a big disappointment for the kercher family. they still believe there is a connection between amanda knox and the killing of meredith kercher. they gave a press conference earlier today. take a listen to their sentiments. >> we said all along we don't want the wrong people put away for a crime they didn't commit. having said that it may be the case of waiting another year now to get the truth. and woo can't decide that. we have to leave it up to the police and the forensics and the courts. so, we just have to wait, again, really now. >> i don't think anybody is going to get off scott free. you know, their lives have been disrupted. our lives have been disrupted. what happened to my daughter, meredith, is every parents' nightmare of something so
terrible happening. when basically she was in the safest place. her bedroom. >> well, the big question now, of course, for the kerchers. if it wasn't amanda knox and raffaele sollecito who were not involved, then who was? the investigation worked on the basis that there was more than one killer. if it wasn't amanda and raffaele the big question reoep oened for the kercher family, there are people out there who have been associated with the killing of their daughter. >> police and prosecutors say about that because they were convinced these are the two. now that they have been released, do they start looking for other people, will they reopen the case? have they said what they're going to do about that? >> certainly from the prosecutor's point of view, they're going to appeal this decision by the appeal court here. they've got one more opportunity to do that. they can take it to the supreme
court of italy, they intend to do that. only when the judges on the supreme court make their ruling will a final end be made to this terrible case when it comes to amanda knox and raffaele sollecito. they fully accept these findings. >> matthew, thank you very much for that. amanda knox headed from rome to london and from london she is expected to go to seattle. we don't know the flight details, but it appears by the end of the day, she will be in seattle. >> one man in prison for this attack and this murder. 16-year sentence he is serving. according to a friend of the family, the first thing amanda knox wants to do when she gets home to seattle, lay down in a green field. she could get that chance as soon as tonight. she is on her way home right now. earlier on "american morning" we spoke to thomas wright, the founder of the group called friends of amanda.
he spent years trying to win knox's freedom and he had no idea when she's touching down in seattle, he is determined to make a splash when she arrives. >> we're joking that we're going to have a flash mob celebration. that is, at the very last minute, they'll tell us where to go and we'll be there with bells on and balloons and have a great celebration. >> the city of seattle preparing for a long-awaited homecoming, one day after the murder conviction was overturned by an italian court, amanda knox is on her way home. drew griffin standing by in seattle for that homecoming. any closer to knowing when that is going to be, drew? >> looks like some time between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. pacific time. the family, what we're gathering from representatives here a news conference or welcoming ceremony at the airport. we will hear from the attorney and we will hear from a spokesperson and we also hear from amanda knox's parents. whether or not amanda herself reads a statement, ali, that
will be entirely up to amanda. a decision that they are going to leave to her as she flies back here to seattle. but it looks like late this afternoon. it was just yesterday, you know, a lot of her friends and supporters had gathered in this kind of a hotel room suite to watch the verdict. when that verdict was announced, boy, they just erupted in jubeulation and spoke about how happy they are. finally after all this time amanda knox is coming back home to seattle. >> four years in the cominging, it's been a torturous. torturous robbing of two innocent people's lives but also meredith lost her life, you know. it's just tragedy all the way around. >> i just want to get her home. i want amanda home with her family. >> she is a proliffic letter writer and wrote to a lot of people here in seattle. but also, ali, every saturday
morning amanda knox would get a ten-minute phone call to seattle. her friends, we're told, will gather around a single phone with all her family and they'd share those ten minutes a week together and try to keep this connection going. obviously, all those people involved in the phone calls, the letter writing, the support are going to want to see her back here later today. >> drew, so we're focusing on the homecoming but at the same time the kercher family is very upset. they're shocked. they say they still feel there could be someone else out there. there is a man in prison for this. >> yeah. >> investigators all along said they thought there were other people involved. but you know this case inside and out. does there need to be a new investigation for who may have helped the man who has been convicted of this? >> no, i feel terribly sorry for the kercher family, but they're looking for people who are not out there based on the evidence. the only "evidence" that this was more than one person involved in the attack came from the dreamed up version from the
prosecutor who felt there was no way that this woman could be held down and cut with a knife at the same time that there was some kind of a molestation or a rape going on. it was all kind of a made-up theory. the forensic evidence, the dna evidence, the genetic material all points to just two people who were in that room. meredith kercher, the victim, and rudy guede, the man serving time in prison. there was nothing else. interesting to see what the kerchers have to say, but i think they have to look at how this case was developed from the start. they were fed a bill of goods by the prosecution in italy and under the assumption that amanda knox was part of this. really, she wassant. the evidence is just not there. >> because of that theory, those shadows, even among the people around the courthouse still persist. the questions and the doubts. drew griffin, you know this
better than anybody. good to see you, thank you. >> we'll stay with drew throughout the day as amanda knox prepares to arrive in seattle, as he said, later this afternoon between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. pacific time. new documents leaked to cnn appear to show that attorney general eric holder was aware of the controversial, so-called fast and furious gun running operation. as far back as july of last year. now, that directly contradicts holder's testimony to congress. under the fast and furious operation, atf agents allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to cross the border and fall into the hands of mexican drug cartels. a high-level justice official tells cnn that holder never misled lawmakers when appearing before the senate back in march. this was supposed to be a sting operation and supposed to go to these cartels and they were supposed to do something about it and, ultimately, the weapons just got into bad hands. >> they were tracking these guns and in the end, you're right -- >> ended up arming the cartels. >> two of these guns were found nearby.
president obama telling abc news he does not regret the $500 million loan to the now bankrupt company solyndra. plenty of folks within the administration were concerned about the firm's shaky finances. our dan lothian is live at the white house. dan, that is the most unfortunate photo op for a struggling president, isn't it? >> this is not something an administration and certainly a president who is running again in 2012 wants to be dealing with right now. the president wants to very much be focused on job creation, on pushing his jobs act, but, instead, a lot of questions being asked about what this administration new and what action they took leading up to that loan guaranteed to solyndra. the questions being raised not only inside the administration, but outside the administration, according to these e-mails that are part of this congressional investigation. new details in the latest e-mail coming from an e-mail exchange between an obama fund-raiser and
a california investor writing to senior adviser valerie jared in may of last year that says, "a number of us are concerned that the president is visiting solyndra. i want to preblth the president that could result in anything from negative or unfair press. . the president should be careful about unrealistic, optimistic forecasts that could haunt him." about a year later the company went belly up. even so in an interview as you pointed out with abc news, the president defended the decision to back solyndra. >> you know, hindsight is always 20/20. it went through the regular review process and people felt like this was a good bet. but, the fact of the matter is if we don't get behind clean energy, if we don't get behind battery manufacturing and if we're not the ones creating the
cars of the future, then we're not going to be able to make stuff here in the united states of america. >> the president said it was always clear that not every one of these green nnchlg adventures would succeed and some would fail and solyndra was an example of that. nonetheless, he said it was necessary to go ahead with a deal like this because in order to compete with places like china or other countries that heavily subsidize companies in this sector, the united states really has to make this investment, christine. >> a few others, i believe. and the point here that supporters of this deal say is that, quite frankly, you can't just turn a blind eye to this whole area. it's a competition -- >> that's a discussion that is sort of separate and apart, dan. it's unclear that the white house has made this distinction. we're going to go into risk ventures to compete with china and question whether that's the
government's role or private sector's role. they had distinct warning that that could happen to this company and the white house hasn't been clear on both of those positions separately. >> right. that's one of the criticisms that you're hearing out there. but what they're trying to put forward is that there was nothing overly political about this decision. that this was vetted the same way that many others that did succeed were vetted. and that this is just part of the process. when you looked at starting or investing in a company outside of something like this, there's always the possibility that it could fail and this was one of those cases. >> it's true that the bush administration declined to go forward with this loan, right? >> that's right. i mean, there were concerns even then. you look back as you're seeing the traffic on this, that there were concerns dating back quite a while about this company, whether or not it would have any sort of long-term sustainability. but as the president pointed out, you know, 20/20 hindsight. when you look back at something,
maybe you would have done it differently at the time based on the information they had and even though there were flags that were raised about this, red flags that were raised. they still felt this was something they should move forward on. >> some say it was sloppy stimulus and just lowing money without doing due diligence and u others say a strategic industry that they were trying to get money to. any case, solyndra is bankrupt. dan lothian, thanks. if you watched monday night football last night, you may have noticed something was missing. espn skipped that famous, "are you ready for some football" opening. something that has been part of the broadcast for 20 years. hank williams was on fox news and made an analogy about president obama that, quite frankly, didn't go over very well. take a look. >> you remember the golf game they had, ladies and gentlemen, remember the golf game. that was one of the biggest political mistakes ever.
>> why? >> that turned a lot of people off. >> boehner played golf with president obama? >> oh, yeah. yeah. biden and kasich, yeah. >> what did you not like about it? it seems to be a pivotal moment for you. >> come on, come on, like hitler playing golf with netanyahu. >> little unclear. not as unclear as the other comment he made when he called them the three stooges and the anchor said, who and he said, obama and biden. >> there's three stooges. >> that's right. hank williams jr. released a statement "some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. my analogy was extreme, but it was to make a point. i was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me.
how ludicrous it was. they're polar opposites and it made no sense. they don't see eye to eye and never will. i have always respected the office of the president." a little math quiz about the three stooges. >> he's an entertainer. >> that's true. still ahead, a super bowl super secret. the sports and music world is abuzz this morning over speculation of pop superstars set to perform half-time for next year's big game. we'll tell you who it is. what is the world's most valuable sports team worth a whopping $433 million. for the first time, it's not manchester united. this one makes my heart beat really fast. duff mckagan has a new job these days. investment guru. it's our dream combo. mckagan founded a wealth management firm and he has already nabbed quite a few investors. how he kicked his hard party in
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you see, we have great writers here. we don't do this all ourselves. i'm having trouble with one of them today. whoever it is writing the baseball stuff, i'm having trouble with. they wrote the texas rangers now one win away from putting away inta the tampa bay rays which means the tampa bay rays can still win and today is the make it or break it night. the rangers won game three of their division series last night by a score of 4-3. i wouldn't call that a wipeout. catcher mike napoli threw out a
runner and stole a base of his own. >> they're telling me you get to write all of it tomorrow. every last word. >> i appreciate your fantastic writers and producers and crew, i'm just saying, you guys are showing your baseball stripes. yankees facing elimination tonight in mo-town, is that correct? >> they have a game against the detroit tigers in mo-town and the tigers are leading the series. >> after the detroit tigers and justin verlander took home three last night, 5-4. verlander struck out 11 yankees. >> that gives you the impression that the tigers are doing very well. >> young home run in the seventh inning put the tigers on top right now. none is worth more than the super bowl, according to "forbes." the most valuable sporting event worth $425 million, although, the olympics are gaining ground. the new york yankees are the world's most valuable team brand
worth an estimated $340 million. tiger woods still the most valuable athlete brand, despite his sex scandal, divorce and almost two-year losing streak. >> that's still part of the brand. brace your selves for another possible wardrobe malfunction. madonna will perform at this year's super bowl half-time. the first solo act since janet jackson in 2004. tossed out the fine for her slip. four years le s later. the material girl safer pick than she was. >> i don't think she had a wardrobe malfunction. >> it was always on purpose. >> she used to wear some racy stuff. anyway, for bret michaels next gig he's teaming up with petsmart. he is designing a line of pet products that include beds, bowls, collars, leashes and clothing. no word if bandannas and tiny
cowboy hats will also be available. that would be cute. a little bret michaels doggy. >> i bet you're a big dog guy, aren't you? >> i am, if i were to have a dog. >> you're our weather big dog. >> i like that. very nice. good morning, again, guys. decent weather across the northeast. about to get here, but it will take a little bit more time. we're still dealing with this stubborn low that continues to sit and spin. essex county north of boston getting hammered with heavy rain all morning long and a decent amount of street flooding right there and just beginning to lighten up as far as the rainfall goes and rotating into southern parts of new hampshire, including manchester. so, this is the one that replaced the last one last week and then the reason you had almost ten days of this very unsettled showery type of weather. look at l.a. might have the first measurable rainfall since last spring coming in here. it's trying. vegas had some flooding, as
well. rainfall across parts of areas that really don't see it, typically, until we get into november. pretty decent storm system. a couple of them that are driving into the west coast. we saw snows across the sierra nevada and now this next storm give us a warning. five to ten inches of snow and wind gusting, too, up to 50 miles per hour in the wasatch of utah. a warning with 12 inches of snow potentially there above 8,000 feet. windy and warm across midsections of the country. for you, ali, newfoundland eastern canada. what is left over from ophelia. made landfall there a couple days ago bringing a decent amount of rainfall and some roadways washed out there and some folks saying because they weren't rebuilt properly after hurricane egor hit there last year. so, newfoundland getting the
brunt of the tropical action, really, the past couple years' we had had a couple storms here in the u.s., but our friends in canada, not to be left out and certainly feeling it. >> it's truly some of the most beautiful country in the world. i mean, first of all, you look at the southeastern part of newfoundland, in the middle of the north atlantic. while it's north america, halfway to london kind of thing. they're all hearty fishermen out there. they're used to rough weather and a lot of them grow up on the seas. they don't, they can handle it a little better than most of us can. >> they're a little tougher skin. speaking of england, ophelia now on the way to the uk. they'll feel it next. >> if you're new foundlifoundla you're on your way there. a check of early financial markets next, including airline stocks. american airline stocks lost one-third of their value yesterday. what a day. why are they plummeting? we'll tell you on the other side. 24 minutes after the hour.
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welcome back. here are your top stories. amanda knox on her way home to seattle today. one day after a jury in italy threw out her murder conviction. she reportedly boarded a plane in rome this morning and pick up a connecting flight in london. the first thing knox wants to do when she gets home to seattle, she wants to lie down in a green field. this story gets me every time. espn yanking the famous monday night open after the singer compared president obama to hitler on fox news yesterday. that wasn't all he did, he also drew another analogy. his math was a little confusing on this one. listen. >> they're the enemy. >> who's the enemy? >> obama. and biden. you know, are you kidding, the
three stooges. >> there are only two. >> espn skipped over the intro without mentioning the controversy. they're not sure if the song will be back next week. williams are saying his comments were misunderstood. >> he says he always respects the office of the presidency. house majority leader eric cantor is rejecting the president's call for a vote calling his all or nothing approach to the legislation unreasonable. the political world is waiting, but chris christie's window to join the republican race is closing fast. sources say to expect a decision from christie within 48 hours. he was talking to his potential donors and talking to his supporters, but, most importantly, he's talking to his wife and that may be the decisionmaker. happy iphone day. today apple is expected to unveil its newest version of the iphone and no one knows what the new phone is going to look like.
tech blogs are blowing up with rumors and anticipation and, so, we took a look and broke down fact from fiction. >> on the front -- >> reporter: the last time we saw a new iphone was june 2010. >> we're introducing iphone 4. the fourth generation iphone. >> reporter: it was an instant hit. apple sold more than 1.7 million iphone 4s in its first three days. analysts now predict sales of its new version to shatter that, selling 1.7 million in just one day. rumored to be called the iphone 5, the only official hint we've had from apple is the invite to today's announcement with the words, let's talk iphone. while apple remains tight lipped about details, they did have an all-too familiar slip up in june. >> an apple employee, once again, appears to have lost an unreleased iphone in a bar, which is just pretty much what happened last year. >> reporter: since then the buzz around the newest iphone has
been explod exploded. expected to go on sale it's rumored to cost around 200 bucks with a two-year service contract. only verizon and at&t have the iphone now, but the "wall street journal" reports that sprint nextel will buy phones. the phone will be skinnier, shorter and wider and teardrop back. it's fatter at the top than at the bottom. also talk of upgraded camera and new voice recognition software and apple unveiling not one, but two iphones. the second being a cheaper phone with less storage. but we do know whatever apple announces die-hard apple fans will line-up in droves to open their wallets. >> they will open those wallets. the other mystery surrounding today's announcement is apple's leadership.
will steve jobs make an appearance? he stepped down as ceo in august after a medical leave of absence. handing the academy over to apple's new ceo, tim cook. >> the guy on the right is tim cook. >> cook's first product announcement. while no one expects him to have thecharisma, they'll watch it closely. >> even if jobs was well enough to attend it, it might not be great for the company. the world needs to see that this tim cook guy can run the company. financial journalists who i written about him think he can. >> all this guessing about what's in it and what's not in it. every time there is a version people say it should have this or wish it had that. >> that's where the guesses come from. >> what could they improve upon. we'll find out soon. >> we don't know, you'll have to watch. former heavy metal bassist duff mckagan is here and he wants to help you invest your money.
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while you were waiting for guns and roses reunion duff mckagan has built some portfolio. financial planner for musician, athletes and others and sharing his tips with us in a new book, a very good read called "it's so easy and other lies." duff mckagan joins us now. my senior song in high school was "welcome to the jungle" and my mother was mortified. this real transformation from the '80s when you were a young man living it up, really, in fact, i am surprised you know some of the dates in this book considering the contents of this book. >> we're fascinating that you can remember some of those dates. >> i tell you what, writing the book, i've been writing a weekly column for seattle for over three years and i write for espn, you get in that practice of writing and i have two deadlines a week and you start writing and the thing is when you write a sentence, a
statement and then you have to follow that sentence up, things start coming back, especially when you're going into your own life. i didn't know if i'd remember certain things and, really, i never spent much time trying to remember. >> got it. >> in life you just go forward. >> right. >> so, it was a very interesting process writing this book and going back and some of the feelings that came up. i'll use the word catharsis. it was cuthardic and it was refreshing and gave me a new energy and -- >> there's familiar things in here, the drugs, the partying, the barely getting to some of the concerts. we heard this from other rockers and it was a very wild time for guns a s n roses and your story different. your mother was there in a wheelchair looking at you and you thought, i should be taking care of her and that was sort of
the beginning of this whole change for you. >> people talk about bottoms and, et cetera, and that was my real bottom. it wasn't getting pank cretitis. i am the last of eight kids. she was coming in to take care of me. i had tubes running in and out of me and she has parkinson's and in a wheelchair and i thought right there, the order of things is wrong and i screwed up. that was my turn around. >> you changed your order of things. >> went to school, went to business school. >> you found yourself in a basement one day going through boxes of financial statements and you thought, i don't understand any of this? >> i have to be sober. my doctor says, if you drink, you die. >> that's pretty specific. >> your pancreas is exposed. you drink, you die. one thing i did was i had this
file cabinet, two of them, full of our financial statements for the past six years. okay, well, i'll try to get our financial house in order. i thought to myself. >> anything to keep you from drinking. >> that was one of the things and i got in there and i just couldn't understand and there were maybe misleading, you know. i came to find out once i started going to school -- >> so, you figured it out for yourself. you figured it out and became interested in numbers and finance. >> i found i loved it. i got into the business cool i wanted to get in to and i jumped through a burve nch of hoops. >> what did you learn about the business? what did you learn about the rock 'n' roll business that you either started to apply or realize you hadn't done correctly? >> i was just really try to rest
control of my own personal financi finance and get into investing and make the money i made last. i didn't want to be 60 and broke. we generated a lot of income, for sure. in the late '80s and '90s and i found out, oh, we have a legacy. we have a catalog of records that are going to continue to sell. things i just didn't understand. t-shirts. okay, well, we can market these things different way -- >> just learn so much doing that. >> yeah, licensing and all kinds of things but, really, investing my own wealth into the markets. >> so, you're almost graduated now, right? you're still taking these courses. but you're advising other people on how to handle their money. >> my last year at seattle u a new band started. it's 2003. i had a chance to go back out and generate, you know, i had two babies at this point --
>> two little girls. >> my little girls. who aren't so little any more. but your life is just very interesting and i think school and velvet revolver and my kids and everything really played into me starting rock now. >> meridian rock is your company. >> right. it's being a service to my fellow musicians at this point. >> do you think that g and r will get back together? do you foresee a day where you guys can play again? >> you guys will ask me about this right here on cnn, right now. >> you have to start thinking about it. >> you could have an induction. >> yes, that can of worms that was sitting there and only really came up when i would do an interview. like, you know you guys are -- >> you know why, we love it, we love you guys. it's like that magic.
>> it was an amazing band. it really was. i owe a lot to all of my fellow band members from that time and we learned a lot as young men and songwriters and all of that together. whatever, i can't tell what is going to happen in the future. i'm a grown up. and i have, certainly, have good feelings towards all those guys. >> you've done a lot of things since then, though. subsequent chapters for you since guns n roses. >> there have been many. yeah, life is good. >> is that a yes or no? >> did you see how i skirt around that? >> very effectively. >> are you running for the 2012 republican nomination? that's the kind of answer that is. >> somebody's got to. >> either guns n roses reunion or -- >> i want to ask you about your daughters. so lucky and blessed and in this book are lots of mistakes that you have owned up to and a lot
of, you know, misjudgment and struggles with drugs and alcohol, how do you talk to your kids about that chaptero that they don't repeat those mistakes? >> yes, so, what i found out, it wasn't everybody else's fault. maybe i had something to do with my own life. i think my kids, i say, you know, if you tell the truth from the beginning, then you won't have to make up a story later on. it is a lot easier. for me, telling them about my life, my life, like i said, my kids, paradigm everything is a click away. dad, how come in this old video you're falling down and you talk really funny and how come grownups are over and you don't drink wine. so, you know, these stories come naturally. well, if i drink wine, if i have a glass, i might have to have another and then another and then i'll have to go to the
store and get more and i'll drink all of that and upside down with my pants on my head and you wouldn't want that. she says, yeah, that sounds kind of dumb. it started with those kind of innocent stories to now more serious, grace is 14. i've had a talk. we've had talks and you might have this thing if you start drinking or doing anything like that, you might want to -- >> honesty is beautiful. that you can have that kind of relationship with your kids is great. >> yes, you've got to be and i've got to be and i don't know if i'm doing parenting right. this is a whole other story, right? >> you're trying it the right way. >> once a month i think, i failed. i really failed. >> great book. it's so easy. >> great to see you and we look forward to your announcement of a reunion or your candidacy for president of the united states. duff mckagan. >> guys, thanks for having me on. what a great way to start my book. >> we love it.
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51 minutes after the hour. here are your morning headlines. markets open in 45 minutes. right now u.s. stock futures are down. declines follow in europe and asia where europe debt crisis deepening. jury selection begins in the alleged underwear bomber. accused of trying to bring down a crowded jetliner on christmas day of 2009. he plans to represent himself at trial. amanda knox expected back on u.s. soil today. the freed u.s. student had her murder conviction overturned. she boarded a plane from rome to london and then pick up a connecting flight to her home in seattle. espn yanking the famous night monday night football open. the singer compared president
obama to hitler yesterday. williams said his comments were misunderstood. chris christie on the verge of a big one. will he jump into the republican presidential race? a source close to the new jersey governor said look for a final decision within 48 hours. that's the news you need to start your day, "american morning" is back right after the break.
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month. >> very neat. she beat the odds to become a star in the world of hip-hop music but the physical challenges didn't end there. dr. sanjay gupta has her story in this morning's human factor. ♪ don't go chasing waterfalls ♪ >> reporter: long before she became famous lead singer of tlc, watkins knew she wanted to become a performer. >> i always had the same dream. myself in baggy pants bending down to the right shaking someone's hands and a whole bunch of people were screaming for me. >> reporter: t-boz has a chronic illness. she suffers from sickle cell anemia. it leaves people exhausted and in constant pain. >> doctors didn't give me a very happy ending. you won't live past 30, you know, you'll be disabled your whole life. you'll never have kids and i was looking around the room, like, i don't know who he's talking to
because that's not my story. >> that's a lot for anybody to go through. but you were dealing with this as a young child. >> yes. >> reporter: at the same time, you were having these grand dreams? >> yes. >> reporter: it sounds like you turned it around in some way. >> i think it had a lot to do with my mother, too. she never made me feel different. >> reporter: just five years ago after having achieved so much success, her life was turned upside down. >> i started having headaches, but they were so frequent, something was wrong. my doctor called, but his voice sounded funny and i said, you're going to say something like i have a brain tumor or something, right? he got quiet. >> reporter: now, while the tumor was noncancerous, her doctor said surgery was not an option because of her sickle cell disease. he suggested radiation, but that could put her career at risk. she found a surgeon who took the tumor out. >> reporter: you think of
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