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join us every sunday 4:00 eastern time. stay tuned for the latest news right here in the "newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com we begin with the latest on the rare and deadly snowstorm that hammered the northeast this weekend. it is winding down now but not before knocking out power to more than 4 million people. four states have declared emergencies. new york, new jersey, connecticut and massachusetts. all kinds of travel across the east coast is impacted. this amtrak train from rochester, new york, was stranded near palmer, massachusetts, for 13 hours. many flights were also grounded or diverted. airlines are still trying to clear out the backlog. the storm is blamed for at least five deaths. a pennsylvania man was killed when a snow-covered tree fell into his house. two people were killed on icy roads near philly. two others died in connecticut and massachusetts. cnn is covering every angle
of this storm. our chad myers is in york, pennsylvania. susan candiotti in new york. jacqui jeras is in the severe weather center. let's begin with chad in york. i see the crews are out trying to clear some of those trees. >> reporter: the funny part is, we saw this same crew less than one block away at 10:00 this morning and they are still here. they have made progress over one city block and now they're still putting these trees back up, doing trimming around the other trees that came close to the power lines. we watched these guys earlier today. we're on the same street we were on earlier. we came back and said, you guys are still here? they said, yeah, we're not leaving for a long time. this is going to take a long time to clean up. this could take a long time to get all this back up, isn't it? >> absolutely. >> reporter: how many days do you think? >> i'd say probably wednesday. we got a lot of crews coming in from other areas, other states. >> reporter: i see the
windshield is just a mess. it's completely smashed. what did that feel like? >> you just look at it, and it's the sound of the tree falling on the car scares you. and it didn't break, so i didn't get glass in my face. it shattered and the mirror is hanging down there. i couldn't see the back windshield through the mirror because the mirror is hanging down. >> reporter: does it make you think about driving under trees the next time or driving at all? >> yes, i despabated whether to turn right and go home before i made that part of my trip yesterday and i didn't and it was the wrong mistake. >> reporter: mr. rosenblad's house is over my camera man's shoulder. still without power. they're very cold in theous. he's safe. the tree fell right on his car as he was driving down the street. he saw the shattered windshield. he was lucky not to have splinters in his face. this is getting better. what a difference 24 hours make. it's a lot warmer. trees are getting picked up. it looks a lot better. people are out and about.
there's still a long cleanup in york and lancaster, pennsylvania. now here's susan candiotti in new york. >> hi, chad. of course, there were a lot of delays in the northeast at several airports. the biggest mess was in hartford, connecticut. there reportedly about two dozen planes were stranded because of the bad weather or diverted there. and passengers in many cases were stuck on the tarmac for eight to nine hours without any food, without any water. and they certainly did have their cell phones and they were calling people to complain about what was happening including bathrooms that didn't work. >> they're filled. they're totally filled. nobody can go in them anymore. you have to hold it. >> bathrooms are locked. people are quite upset. >> now, jetblue is one of the airlines involved in this and said, yes, we were partially at fault and wish we could have deplaned passengers sooner but they said the airport was also to blame. there were other problems
involving amtrak, for example. you mentioned that earlier, fred. a train that had originated in chicago gotstranded, got blocked by mudslide, rock slide, as well as falling trees in massachusetts. passengers were stranded aboard that train for about 14 hours. fortunately for them, they had power, they had lights, they had food. everything. but they had to wait for several hours for buses to pick them up and carry them on to boston. their final destination. overall, not a good weekend for travel, fred. >> no. very miserable. susan candiotti, nathanks so mu and chad before you, susan. let's check with in jacqui jeras in the weather center. what kind of accumulation are we talking about? >> it was a biggie for a lot of people. record breaking snowfall. some of the records were just a couple inches and a few of those records were a couple of feet. as we take a look at this map here on google earth, it really shows you who got the snow and who didn't and where the heaviest snow accumulation
corridor was from new hampshire, vermont, stretching all the way down into parts of pennsylvania. western mass, western connecticut. that's where the worst of it certainly has been. as we take a look at the visible satellite, i love showing this. this is eye candy for meteorologists. take a look at this. do you see this across parts of pennsylvania? up into new york and up on into the northeast? that's snow. visible satellite is like taking a picture. everything that's white pops up as white. it's starting to fade out as the sun starts to go down as well. here's the numbers. number by number. city by city. jaffrey is the big winner. 31.4 inches. 38.8 in plainfield, massachusetts. west milford, new jersey, more than 19 inches there. 5 inches for you in newark. central park, 2.9. that was an all-time record for
new york city. philadelphia, .3 inches of snowfall. >> we know in jaffrey people are going nowhere. maybe. what's the commute look like for tomorrow for many of these cities hard hit? >> chad mentioned the temperatures have been warming up quite a bit. that's going to help. overnight tonight, a few of these areas are going to get down below freezing. a few of you are going to stay above the freezing mark. couple things to keep in mind is bridges and overpasses always ice up first. your roads might be wet, might seem fine. you hit something that's elevated and you're going to slide like that. remember that tomorrow morning. give yourself extra time because there's still a lot of trees down and a lot of obstacles you might be facing. a lot of melting taking place tomorrow, too. so keep that in mind is that we're going to start to see a little bit of ponding potentially especially at those intersections. the big picture for tomorrow, though, shows you that high pressure dominating much of the northeast. that's the good news. we have two storms which are going to come together by tuesday and make another huge coastal system.
the good news out of this one, though, fredricka, is it looks like the big majority of that storm will by offshore. we'll have to watch it closely, but right now i think it's going to be a swing and a miss. >> all right. that's good. we think so. all right. thanks so much, jacqui. occupy wall street protesters braved the elements. even in wet, cold conditions without their generators or propane tanks. some protesters aren't letting up. one led a chant yesterday of "in the snow, in the street, occupy wall street." at least ten people have been treated for hypothermia. clashes between police and occupy protesters have intensified heading west now. 20 protesters were arrested in these clashes in denver yesterday. police used pepper spray to control protesters after they ignored orders to remove their camping gear from a park. dozens of protesters were arrested this morning in portland. the mayor said they were warned multiple times that a park they gathered at would close at
midnight. as police entered the park, one protesters are tweeted, this is what a police state looks like. also arrested, 38 people who set up a food table outside city hall in austin, texas. the city issued a new rule two days ago saying, food tables had to be put away overnight. but occupy protesters were skeptical of the rules saying it wasn't passed by a city council vote. a massive explosion at a grain plant in northeastern kansas completely gutted a grain elevator. three people died in that blast. three are missing. and two are in the hospital with burn injuries. to give you an idea just how violent the explosion was, officials say it was felt three miles away. world series champions, the st. louis cardinals are basking in hometown glory. right now, you're looking at live pictures from downtown st. louis. it's victory day parade, or victory parade day, that is. for cardinals players and the
fans. the procession from union station to busch stadium is being led by the hometown on budweiser clydesdales as you see there. the cardinals took their 11th world series title friday night, going seven games against the texas rangers and winning at home. a big celebration at the ballpark will follow this parade. lots of excitement there. all right. there will be two big political i vents in iowa this week. one candidate for president won't be there. and a major decision concerning a decades-old racial discrimination suit involving america's black farmers. we'll talk to one farmer who's been leading the fight against the federal government. fix it or find a new job, all right? i got it, i'm sorry. these people, huh? you know i've found that anger is the enemy of instruction.
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presidential candidates and their aides came out for all the sunday morning talk shows today. the chatter aross the board, the race to the white house. here are the highlights. >> the president has imposed on himself a ban on taking contributions from federal lobbyists. he's imposed on himself a ban on taking money from political action committees. but more importantly, as president, he has ended the revolving door between industry and the government. so he doesn't hire lobbyists to come in. so we can quibble about issues like this, but when you look at what the substance of what he's done, he's gone so much farther than anybody has gone before. is it perfect, it's not perfect, candy. we're not in a perfect political system. >> the gop candidates tonight. >> what you need in that office is conviction, you need to have
a true compass and you've got to be willing to make tough calls. and you get the sense with mitt romney that, you know, if he thought it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he'd say it. >> a lot of conservative voters as they say, okay, maybe he's not the greatest debater, but we need somebody next fall, when there are going to be these three big debates, 100 million people who are watching each time who's going to get up on the stage with barack obama and make the case against him. >> well, i'm not worried a bit that i'll be able to stand the stage with barack obama and draw a very bright line, a real contrast between an individual who's lost 2.5 million jobs for this country, someone who's signaling to our opponents when when we're going to pull out of a particular war zone, an individual who's taken an experiment with the american economy and turned it into an absolute frankenstein experience. >> the new "des moines register" poll has you now at fourth
languishing, when we've just been saying that just two months ago you were tied at the top. is is going to take a miracle now to resurrect your campaign? >> we're doing exactly what we need to do. again, i just want to remind you that i won the iowa straw poll in less time than any other candidate and the first woman to ever win the iowa straw poll. i'm doing exactly what i need to do in iowa. these are snapshots in time. we're looking forward to january 3rd. >> you've raised a bit of a stir because you have refused to flatly rule out a third party bid. >> i have no intention of doing it. nobody's particularly asked me to do it and they know what i'm doing and i have no plans whatsoever to do it. ♪ i am america >> young people of america, all people, do not smoke. it is hazardous and it's dangerous to your health. don't smoke. i've never smoked and i have
encouraged people not to spoke. >> it's not a cool thing to do? >> it is not a cool thing to do. >> hmm. all right. many of the republican presidential candidates are head to iowa with two big events there this week. mitt romney's opting out. we've got your america's choice 2012 politics update with cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser. paul, bottom line, iowa matters. winning voters there is one of the first steps of nominating republican candidates. so is romney going full force in iowa? or is he going to shy away? >> it seems like he's somewhere in between, fred. i mean, he's only been to that state a couple of -- maybe a handful of times this year. as you mentioned, there are two big events there this week. the republican governor terry branstad has a forum tuesday and a big republican dinner friday. mitt romney will not be at either event. neither will jon huntsman. take a look at the late st poll in the state. the first state to vote in the
polls. romney and herman cain basically dead even at the top there. go to the next one. "des moines register" poll came out last night. same deal. cain and romney all tied up, all knotted up or everybody else in lower teens or single digits. does mitt romney go full force in iowa now that he's high in the polls? he won full force in iowa four years ago. it did not work out for him. he may want to shy away this time. time will tell, fred. >> rick perry says yes to four more republican debates after his campaign suggested he might nix all of them. what's with the afterthought? >> it seems like he's changed his mind. we heard on the sunday talk shows this morning and from this campaign yesterday that rick perry says now he will go to the four scheduled debates in november. let's take a look at the calendar real quick there. there are four of them. the first on the 9th of november.
in michigan. cnbc debate on the economy. cbs debate in south carolina on the 12th. cnn american heritage enterprise institute debate on the 22nd now in d.c. finally, a cnn debate in arizona on the 30th. a pretty crowded calendar when it comes to debates next month. rick perry, hey, listen, fred, he's been admitting all along debates are not my strong suit. it probably hurt him in the polls. it's tough to avoid them. a lot of people watch the debates. you want to get to the states and reach out to the voters. a lot of people across the country and the states gets to know the candidates through the debates. >> paul steinhauser, thanks so much. historic flooding over the entire country is not just destructive. the death toll is rising as well. debail baibai baibail tails in bangkok next. and they can cause the odor.
some international headlines now. a suicide bomber who blew himself up yesterday in somalia's capital city of mogadishu was an american according to the terror linked group that's active in east africa. if true, it's the third time someone from minnesota's somali american community carried out a suicide attack overseas. the death toll is clearer today after the suicide attack in kabul, afghanistan. military officials in that country now say five nato troops, four americans and a canadian died when a bomber targeted an armored vehicle yesterday. in all, 13 nato personnel were killed. the taliban claiming responsibility. much of the city of bangkok, home to 12 million people, is under water today. weeks of nonstop monsoon rain flooded the countryside and now
the capital with nearly 400 deaths blamed on the high water. this flood is thailand's worse and deadliest in decades. it is bad in bangkok, but worse in the suburbs. frantic efforts to keep water from flowing into the city caused much of the surrounding area to flood even deeper. officials are warning thai people to prepare for long stretches without electricity or tap water. that's causing relief agencies to worry a large-scale humanitarian emergency is looming over thailand. cnn's sara sidner is in bangkok. people are evacuating by the millions in anything that will float. >> reporter: we're in the western part of bangkok and what you are looking at is a road, but the road is covered with water. it looks more like a lake. what we're seeing is people getting boats, anything that floats basically, and taking their belongings out of their residences. this is a residential neighborhood. there are shops along this neighborhood as well. and people are seeing this water
rise and rise and rise. there have been people who had to be rescued. you're seeing people getting into boats. that's the only way to make it across this stretch of the freeway. let me let you take a look at the freeway here. this is the freeway. these are the people that live in this neighborhood. they're high and dry on this overpass. just over the overpass is the grand palace where we saw water rising. every time the tide rises, the water rises very close to the palace, but it only gets about inches near the palace. the government had warned people that western bangkok was also going to see floodwaters get quite high and told people to evacuate. some people did. others are evacuating right now because the water has gotten chest deep here. sara sidner, cnn, bangkok. after decades of discrimination, tens of thousands of african-american farmers will finally see some financial relief. they will begin getting their share of a billion-dollar settlement. the conversation with the farmer who helped lead the charge is
a war veteran with two master's degrees loses her home. she can't even get a job. she's not the only one. hear what's going on in just a few minutes. first, it's a ruling some 68,000 african-american farmers have been waiting for for a very long time. a federal judge ruled the justice department can start paying more than $1 billion to farmers for decades of racial discrimination. last year, john boyd, founder of national black farmers association, drove his tractor to the white house and u.s. capitol to help draw attention to the case. earlier today, i asked him about the significance of this ruling. >> it's very, very important for
the people to understand that this has been going on, fredricka, for nearly 30 years, since 1981. the settlements between 1981 to december 31st, 1996. we're looking at tens of thousands of black farmers. this is a very, very glorious time for us. we want to thank the president of the united states for one, proving the settlement, the congressional black caucus and so many people that worked on this to make it happen. >> so it's not over. you're saying a lot of the farmers have to file a claims package. there is a deadline. so onus is still on them to, you know, put their applications in to make sure they get these checks. what kind of a difference is it going to make for a number of these farms to receive this check? is it the difference between staying alive or is it a matter of compensation over money that was lost in years past? >> well, for one, the $50,000, will not go out and purchase a farm or anything like that,
fredricka. these resources will go to the poorest counties in the country. many in the mississippi delta, louisiana bayou and south carolina, north carolina. so many black farmers are sitting here waiting on these checks. these are very poor people. these $50,000 can make a huge difference in their lives, difference in them being able to pay their light bill, their phone bill and just maintain. so these black farmers were discriminated against. many have already lost their farms, but for those that are able to hold on, they can use these resources for farm operating loans. so this is very, very critical that they'll get the payments out to the farmers as soon as we can. >> john boyd, congratulations to you. i know you and so many others have been working so hard to get this kind of ruling coming from the federal courts. >> thank you for staying on the story. >> thanks so much. hopefully the payment will indeed make a big difference to many families. thanks so much, john. and weather wise, the
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canadian, died when a bomber targeted an armored vehicle yesterday. in all, 13 nato personnel were killed. the taliban is claiming responsibility. australia's qantas airways says it could begin flying again tomorrow afternoon. all of its flights were grounded worldwide yesterday due to a labor dispute involving three unions. hundreds of flights were canceled. stranding almost 70,000 passengers. earlier today, a labor board ordered the airline to end its dispute. back to our top story now, the cleanup from maine to maryland after an unprecedented october snowstorm left more than 4 million people without power. the storm is blamed for at least five deaths. three in pennsylvania. two others in connecticut and massachusetts. utility crews are scrambling to restore electricity. connecticut residents are bracing for what could be a long haul, could be a week before the power there is back on. chad myers is checking in with utility crews where he is in
york, pennsylvania. what are they telling residents there? >> reporter: they're telling people now that it shouldn't be a week, probably the very, very latest would be wednesday. would be the last one. that's good. there's a triage going on. if they know that they can put one power line up and get 100 other people back online, that would be the first one to do. compared to putting one line up and getting one person back on. so there is that hierarchy of what are we going to do first? they're tifinally pulling out o here. that's the wyndham hills up that way. this was hard hit, with the people talking about cracking of loud splintering of trees all night last night. what a difference 24 hour makes. literally, i put 24 miles on a rent a car driving around looking for damage. the only damage is truly in the older sections on town where the trees are older, maybe there are some bugs in the trees, they're certainly larger. more leaves for sure. those leaves that were just hanging on the trees and that
weight of the snow brought them down. of course, there are power lines under those leaves. the other thing is, in the newer sections of town, the lines are underground and they all have power. >> oh. okay. i'm looking at some of those images with a lot of tree limbs coming down, that means a lot of cars might be parked on the street get damaged as well. >> reporter: there was no question about it. we saw -- it was a car right here. mr. rosenblad's car. he was driving when the limb came down on him in the car as he was driving, shattered the windshield, put the window in the back completely out. he pulled over but he was quite shaken when we were talking to him about how it was just literally the entire windshield was shattered right in front of him. luckily no glass came into the car. >> nonetheless, he was very lucky, wasn't he? chad myers, thanks so much, from york, pennsylvania. a war veteran with two master's degrees can't find a job. temporary housing is kicking her out on veterans day. we have her story next.
but first, inflation has not been a problem for the country as a whole, but some cities saw inflation rise sharply last year. an analysis by 27wallstreet.com compiled a list of the cities with the highest local inflation rates. rochest rochester, minnesota, had the tenth highest inflation rate followed by tallahassee, florida, bloomington-normal, illinois, lincoln, nebraska, columbia, missouri. we'll name the five cities with highest inflation in just a moment. exclusive to the military. and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. from free checking to credit cards to loans, our commitment to the military, veterans, and their families
all right. before the break we named five of the ten cities with the highest inflation rates last year. which cities make the top five? three of the top five are in the midwest. number five, champagne-irvana, illinois. springfield, illinois. the quad city along the illinois/iowa border. number two, fairbanks, alaska.
coming in at number one, cumberland, maryland. 247wall street.com says cumberland has the lowest median income in the country but experienced major growth in the last few years. a war veteran spends 14 years with the navy, has two master's degrees, but still can't find a job. now she has lost her home. so many vets have similar experiences. cnn's athena jones joining us right now. how are vets overall fairing in this sputtering economy? >> not very well, fred. unemployment among post-9/11 veterans is higher than the national average. and that rate could get worse as thousands of troops return from iraq by the end of this year. now, the jobless rate is even higher for female veterans. we spoke with one woman about her experience. kenya smith is a proud veteran. she spent 14 years in the navy and worked as a logistics and supply officer in iraq. >> i loved the navy. if we split me open, i'm blue
and gold. >> reporter: smith left the military in 2009 and is still struggling to find work. >> i didn't really know how to do a resume. i never had to one. >> reporter: a divorced mother of two with two master's degrees, smith lost her home to foreclosure in september and now lives in transitional housing. the unemployment rate for recent veterans is higher than the national average. as many face unique challenges getting hired. sometimes after multiple deployments. >> why civilians have been going to school or going for interviews, these folks have been getting shot at in iraq or afghanistan. sometimes they're not trained on how to convert resumes from military lingo into the civilian space and they need interview training. >> reporter: with a jobless rate of 14.7% in september, female veterans faired worse than male counterparts. some face challenges from childcare to dealing with the va system that's unaccost tumed to female veterans. >> a lot of people in the country don't understand or appreciate women are in combat. some folks just don't understand that's a part of our modern
reality in the military. they, too, need the same sort of skills and training that their male counterparts do. >> reporter: the obama administration is trying to address the high jobless rate among vets. the president's jobs bill would give companies that hire veterans tax credits of up to $9,600. >> just think about how many veterans have led their comrades on life and death missions by the time they were 25. that's the kind of responsibility every business in america should want to take advantage of. >> reporter: but the jobs bill and other legislation that would help vets have stalled in congress. the administration has also launched a plan to allow former medics to get nursing school credit for their service. and last week, the president announced an effort to urge health centers to hire 8,000 veterans over the next 3 years. and grants to help train vets to be physicians assistants. smith believes her experience will eventually pay off. >> i did hr, i ran departments, i ran programs, i ran projects.
>> reporter: something has to work out very soon. she and her two children must move out of their transitional housing november 11th, veterans day. >> now, the iraq and afghanistan veterans of americas one of the advocacy groups for vets, says the high unemployment rate is national embarrassment and a wave when you consider the time and money the country investsed in the service members. the group set a goal of trying to get a bill up for a vote in the senate by veterans day which as you know is just a few days away. it's not at all clear whether congress will take action on these proposals. >> terribly sad for too many families. thanks so much. athena jones. we're hours away from a historic day. we're counting down until tomorrow when the global population is expected to hit a new high. plus, trick-or-treat. first family style. find out what goodies the obamas passed out for halloween.
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populati populationaction.org. the rise in the global population means at least 7 billion people are all sharing the world's resources. as you can imagine, that puts a lot of pressure and strain on the planet. here's cnn's jim clancy. >> reporter: october 31, 2011, the date the u.n. says the 7 billi billionth person will be born on earth. that's a crowded planet. >> it took only 12 years to go from 6 billion to 7 billion. and it's expected to take maybe another 14 years to go to 8 billion. so the trajectory is still rising quickly. >> reporter: all those people mean more demands for food, more stresses on the land and more loss of water. but that's not the biggest problem. >> the big problem is that in the poorest countries, families are still having six, seven or eight children. that's what's putting this tremendous growth of population, continuing, because in the high
income countries, fertility rates have come down to two children on average or even less. >> reporter: this map shows you birthrates across the world. multiple births above five are centered in africa. most lower birthrates are in developed countries. dr. sack says rapid population growth in poor countries often creates conflict and political stress at borders. and on top of that, cultural values and available health care in developing countries creates a barrier to proper birth control. jim clancy, cnn, atlanta. >> dr. sax who you saw in the piece has an in-depth article on the 7 billion mark and what it could mean for the planet. check it out at cnn.com/opinion. a controversial play about the last night of dr. martin luther king jr.'s life is in its third week on broadway. stick around to hear about what's going on with the star of
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a milestone for actress samuel l. jackson. the guinness book of world records says jackson's movies have made more money than any other actor's films. since 1991 he's made over 100 films which have earned over $7.5 billion. no wonder why then that jackson's current broadway play "the mountaintop" where he plays dr. martin luther king jr. has made more money than almost any other nonmusical play this year. it's made $800,000 just last week. but king family members aren't so thrilled about the play focusing on a fictional story line of dr. king's last night
alive. recently i spoke with bernice king and martin luther king iii. >> my point of view is -- >> the movement. >> -- that we've not seen the play. we certainly have seen the script. >> what did you think about the script? >> it's a fictitious production which means that it, you know, the actual writer created a lot of things and nobody actually knows what happened that night. so i don't know if it's -- i think it's difficult to really create -- recreate what happens. >> is that bothersome? >> also i think there's a body of work, of great work of who dad was and i believe there's another production as well that actually talks about -- in other words, why would you need to make up something that you think may have happened when there's so much that already exists that did happen? and people do not know about?
so, you know, i think, you know, i applaud the effort. >> what happens in a case like that? can you say, you know what, this really isn't the image that we want anyone to capitalize off. do you feel like as the protecters of your dad's image, of his name, that you're able to do that? image, of his name, that you are able to do that or because he's also, i guess, considered a public image it's difficult to find that or strike that balance? >> it is.image it's difficult t that or strike that balance? >> it is. i think bernice probably having a law background probably has a different perspective. it's certainly -- number one, we can't know that we want to control everything. >> is that exhausting, a heavy burden? >> to protect and preserve and advance, oh, certainly, it is. because he's touch sod many people.
>> my conversation with mlk's children, martin luther king and bernice king. the playwright talks about the play, too. soledad o'brien's full report is part of cnn presents. you can catch it tonight at 8 eastern here on cnn. if you are watching your 401 k or your kids college fund we have good news. markets are up and the u.s. economy is growing. here's what is happening in the financial week ahead. we begin with alison kosik. >> wall street rallied this past week. stocks surged on news that europe reached a d deal to contain its debt. the s&p is up 13% in october, the strongest monthly showing in 37 years and the dow is not far behind having the best month in 24 years. also helping a government report showing the economy is picking up steam. gdp grew at 2.5% pace in the third quarter. it's not enough to bring down
unemployment but is enough to put to rest fear of another recess. poppy harlow has a look at what is coming up in business news. poppy? >> it is going to be a busy week on wall street. we will hear from federal reserve chairman ben ber be nan i can on wednesday afternoon. he will issue the fed policy statement and hold a press conference. the central bankers assess of the economy will be especially important now that europe has reached a debt deal. meantime, the october jobs report comes out on friday morning. unemployment gains have been weak and as a result unemployment still remains above 9%. the market, of course, will watch it all and we'll track it for you on cnn money. back to you. >> thank you so much. appreciate that. how cool would it be to trick or treat at the white house? we will show you the goodies the president and first lady passed out next.
more live pictures right now. the world series champions the st. louis cardinals are basking in hometown glory right now. people are so thrilled to see them. live pictures from downtown st. louis. it's the victory parade day for the players and fans. >> the rain held off. a chance of storms today. it is just cloudy 61 degrees. not bad. >> that was nice and considerate of the weather gods to make things happen like that. you know, they had the clydesdales that were part of the parade, as well. of course all of the players. >> so beautiful. >> aren't they gorgeous? and of course you had the fans
coming out thousands strong. >> a lot of people. amazing. >> yes. the team members the cards have passed to the cards of now and the future. >> congratulations to them. >> right. >> okay. halloween very exciting this weekend. and you know, people are -- if you are one of the high school kids or public school kids in d.c. who get a chance to trick or treat at the white house, how cool is that? >> what a treat. >> but then they get there and there are more treats. take a look. >> candy. >> how are you? >> first couple there greeting the trick or treaters in full regalia and koss tomb. little baskets and stuff. i remember seeing the first lay any costume last year. >> yeah. >> i remember whisker and ears
and all of that. >> storm troopers. >> the i white house in full regalia there as well. look at all 0 of the beautiful pumpkins decorated. the children got white house m&ms and dried fruit. the first lady all helping the living. >> i have pretzels already. >> so what's the halloween weather going to be like for most places? >> let's look at the magic. >> don't ruin the kids costumes by having to wear coats and all of that. >> unfortunately in worcester, massachusetts we found out they are postponing trick or treating. >> that is understandable. >> they are so concerned with all of the snow they had there. a lot of tree limbs down. some power lines down, even though the power is cut off in those areas they just said let's be safe and not do it. here's the forecast for the trick-or-treaters. overall not bad. umbrellas will be needed probably across south florida.
looking for showers here. it will be a little overcast and spooky across the great lakes and the northeast. >> you do not want to carry an umbrella. >> you don't but maybe you can be mary poppins. >> temperature-wise not terri e terrible. no big arctic chill. just coolish across the u.s. no major storms. that's the good news. >> oh, very good. thank you so much. ended on a high note. happy halloween. have fun trick or treating and the kids, too. that will do it for me. thank you for hanging i out with us in the newsroom. don lemon is here next. we are going trick or treating now. we are going to start halloween early.