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and before we wrap up, a quick reminder about the next obamacare deadline. in order to have your health insurance kick in on january 1st, you need to sign up on the exchanges by this monday, december 23rd. that's all the time we've got for "sg md" today. time to get you back into the "cnn newsroom" with rosa flores. you're in the "cnn newsroom," i'm rosa flores, thank you so much for spending part of your saturday with us. we start with this -- it's a wild weekend of weather. record temps on the east coast while ice and snow put parts of the midwest into a deep freeze. it could all add up to a holiday travel mess as tens of millions of people hit the roads. first, the flooding. warnings up in parts of indiana due to the heavy rains, in indianapolis people stocked up on sandbags to protect
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themselves from waters rising too fast. crews even worked to clear drains to help make sure that those streets stay passable. but there's also a winter storm brewing in the midwest, with freezing rain, ice, and snow already falling in parts of oklahoma and kansas. now, one of the places that could get hardest hit when this storm moves through is kansas city. they could get, hear this, between 3 and 6 inches before the snow stops. our nick valencia joins us live outside of kansas city international airport. and, nick, could this really get any more messier? >> reporter: good evening, rosa. yeah, it is expected to get messier, believe it or not. temperatures here hovering in the 20s all day. but it really felt more like it's been in the teens and that's the story for much of the country's midsection, they're dealing with rain, sleet, and snow. from cars skidding on frozen roads and some flipping over, to flight delays at the nation's
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airports, and expected power outages. it's beginning to look a lot like a holiday travel nightmare. >> it could indeed be the perfect storm with an increase in the travelers and the increase in the distance travelers are going. >> reporter: here's a wild forecast, ice storm warnings in oklahoma and severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes across the south. heavy snow and flooding in the nation's midsection. who's going to be impacted? more than 94 million americans traveling this week. already dangerous driving conditions this morning in kansas and iowa. >> just tried to stop. i mean, the safest, but i couldn't. my car just went out like this. >> reporter: if you're flying watch out for possible flight cancellations in the midwest and up to two-hour delays in kansas city, chicago, and dallas. with more delays expected up the east coast on sunday. travel experts say it's best to check ahead before leaving home. >> we really recommend that travelers be smart. they plan ahead. they take advantage of
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smartphone technology by keeping up to date on travel conditions and road conditions. >> reporter: and wile the weather can be a pain for millions around the nation, for some football fans in green bay, wisconsin, it's provided a $10 an hour job to sweep lambeau field for sunday's game. >> you get a chance to get out and meet people and get good exercise and enjoy the cold. >> reporter: that possibility of canceled flights here in kansas city, missouri, has become a reality. delta canceling a handful of flights that affect cities like minneapolis, memphis, and cincinnati. and as you mentioned, rosa, this could not come at a worst time with tens of millions of americans expected to travel this holiday week. rose sa rosa? no snow and ice in the south or the northeast. temperatures were in the 60s and even the 70s in some places today. it reached 61 degrees in new york city. but in the south, the warm weather could spark some severe
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storms. meteorologist jennifer grey is in the severe weather center. and, jennifer, what a roller coaster. >> yeah, we've had a little bit of everything today. we've had the ice. we've had the snow. we've had flooding. and we've seen had severe weather. currently we have two tornado watch boxes. the one on the bottom expires at 6:00 central time. the one on top expires at 8:00. we've had a couple of tornado warnings within the past hour or two, and we've also seen a severe thunderstorm warning. just as you're seeing on the each side of memphis. we've also had flooding anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain and the rain is still falling. these showers, a lot of them, the rain is falling on places that have already been seeing rain the past couple of hours, it's what we call training storms and so we are picking up just incredible amounts of rain, so that's why we're seeing a lot of flash flooding. also we are still seeing severe thunderstorm warnings in portions of louisiana, northern louisiana, right around the monroe area, ruston and on into southern arkansas. here's the moderate and slight risk area.
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the slight risk in the lighter orange. that includes places like houston, new orleans, all the way up to portions of kentucky, even in the north, the ohio valley. and then we have the moderate risk for places like memphis, nashville, that's also including jackson, mississippi, so this is going to go through the rest of the evening. we could see rainfall amounts as high as 4 to 6 inches. some areas isolated even higher. we've also had that ice accumulation. we've seen power outages. we've seen trees down in portions of oklahoma. and even kansas. and so we could see up to an inch of ice accumulation in some of these areas. and then even as you head into the great lakes, see a quarter of an inch to half an inch of ice and then even in upstate new york and even northern new hampshire and vermont, even in maine, we could see possible quarter of an inch, half an inch, even one inch of ice accumulation. also the snow that we've been dealing with. 4 to 7 inches possible even 5 to 7 right around the great lakes. so, this is a storm we're going
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to track. it's going to be through portions of alabama, even into atlanta as we go through tomorrow morning, rosa, so this has been a mess over the past 12 hours or so and it will continue to be a mess for the next 12 or so. >> we have to pack our patience. >> yes. >> jennifer, thank you so much. >> all right. and turning now to a rescue operation in south sudan, the u.s. military is scrambling to remove some three dozen americans who work for the united nations and are trapped in that developing country. an earlier rescue operation ended with four wounded u.s. service members. the mission was the top priority for the president as he flew to hawaii for a holiday vacation. cnn correspondent athena jones is with the president in honolulu, and, athena, how is the president staying on top of all of these developments? >> reporter: good afternoon, rosa. well, the president's national security team has been keeping him up to date on the situation there in south sudan. immediately upon landing here in
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honolulu overnight while still aboard air force one, the president was given an update on the status of these four american service members who were wounded while attempting to evacuate those american citizens. of course, this is all happening amid rising ethnic and political violence there in south sudan, just a couple of days ago those american citizens were working for the u.n. there. just a couple of days ago a u.n. mission in part of that country came under attack. so this is rather urgent. i should tell you the president was also updated, again, this morning after his national security team led by national security adviser susan rice had a meeting on this topic. they called him, updated him via secure conference call. the president is urging the u.s. military to continue working with the united nations to evacuate these citizens and he's directed his team to keep -- to keep him up to date as we move forward. rosa? >> and, athena, you know, that you've seen all of our weather coverage, the continental u.s. is seeing a mess when it comes to the weather. how warm is it where you are? i know it looks beautiful behind you.
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>> reporter: well, yes, i can step out of the way here. you can see the beach, possibly, the blue water, diamond head, a volcanic crater behind us. people are out here enjoying the sun. it's about 75 to 80 degrees. but i can tell you under these tv lights it feels a bit hotter than that. bottom line, though, there's definitely no snow going on here in honolulu. >> all right, athena jones, thank you so much, live from honolulu for us. now, we switch gears. four men have been arrested in connection with a fatal carjacking at a mall in new jersey. local authorities worked alongside the fbi and u.s. marshals to track down those men. they are accused of shooting and killing a young attorney, six days ago. while his wife watched in horror. cnn's alexandra field has the latest from new jersey. alexandra? >> reporter: rosa, police say the suspects were after an expensive car when a new jersey attorney was gunned down and killed outside an upscale new jersey shopping mall. less than a week later,
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prosecutors have announced four men are charged with his death. it was this silver range rover investigators say that turned dustin freeland into a target and ultimately cost him his life. less than a week after the deadly attack at a mall in short hills, new jersey, a major break in the case overnight. four men are charged with carjacking and the murder of the 30-year-old attorney from hoboken, new jersey. authorities picked up 29-year-old thompson, 31-year-old kareef ford and 31-year-old kevin roberts in new jersey and 32-year-old basim henry was arrested in pennsylvania. >> citizens in the city where we stand today know most viscerally what a crime like this does to individuals and families and what it does to communities. >> reporter: on wednesday, freeland's family said their final good-byes. he and his wife had been shopping for the holidays when he was gunned down in the parking lot moments after he had opened the car door for her. >> you shouldn't have to worry that wherever you go, whether it's in downtown newark or the
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shore hills mall or anywhere else, that someone will put a gun to your head and take your car. >> reporter: investigators say freeland was walking around the back of the car when he was confronted and the deadly shot was fired. freeland's wife got out of the car before prosecutors say two of their suspects took off in it. if convicted of all charges, the suspects could face a maximum of life in prison. they are each being held on $2 million bail. alexandra field, cnn, newark, new jersey. >> alexandra field, thank you so much. and we move on to this -- two nasa astronauts spend more than five hours on an emergency space walk today. they were trying to fix a critical cooling system pump on the international space station. without the system they've had to turn off some of the station's important electronics. nasa says the astronauts got more accomplished than expected, and the problem may be fixed during the next space walk scheduled for monday. and still ahead, a 5-year-old massachusetts boy is
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feared dead. he disappeared months ago, so why did the search for him only begin last week? that's next. and just ahead -- a man turns in what appears to be tapes showing child abuse. but, he also says that he is a burglar himself. that he robbed the house where the tapes were found. so, what do the police do now? all that and more, coming up next. life with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
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a 5-year-old massachusetts boy is feared dead after disappearing three months ago, and it turns out the search to find him didn't even begin until last week. police say 5-year-old jeremiah oliver has been missing since september 14th. they became aware after the boy's sister told a school counselor her mother's boyfriend was abusing her. as a result, the three children were to be removed from that
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home. but when police asked where jeremiah was, their mother was unable to prove his whereabouts. now, she and her boyfriend are in custody facing child endangerment charges. now, joining me to discuss this is criminal defense attorney holy hughes and clinical psychologist dr. jeff gardere, thank you for joining me. holl holly, i want to start with you. this child was supposed to be receiving monthly visits from a state-provided social worker. it turns out those visits were not happening. do you foresee more charges, more arrests coming in this case? >> i do, rosa. and we know for a fact that that particular social worker and their direct supervisor have already been fired, so social services themselves has seen the writing on the wall. they know something went horribly wrong, and they are attempting to sort of cover their hierarchy by getting rid of these two workers who were immediately involved in the case.
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i do see there's going to be an investigation in to not just this particular case, but all the cases that that worker was supposed to be handling, rosa. this is one little boy that sadly we've heard about. how many others weren't receiving visits? >> yes. definitely so. and, dr. gardere, attorneys for the pair have ordered mental health evaluations we've learned for them. does that play a role in this case do you think? >> well, i think they're going to try to make it play a role, because as they were questioning this mother, it appears that she wasn't cooperating in any way. she was beaten. she was bruised. they thought she might have been on drugs. so, they may think that there is a domestic violence aspect to this, and perhaps she may have been coerced by -- allegedly by her boyfriend with not cooperating in this case. so, yeah, definitely you have to look at whether she may have some mental health issues. i don't know what the excuse would be for the boyfriend. it seems like with what we know about him, he seems to be a really bad character also.
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>> and holly, let's talk caseload when it comes to child protective services. i know i've covered these stories in multiple states, and it almost seems like this is a problem across the country. >> it absolutely is a problem. i can guarantee you when they start to look into it, this caseworker probably had anywhere between two to three times the amount of cases that they are supposed to be able to cover. it's kind of the same thing we see with any public agency, you know, you look at a public defender's office, rosa, you look at these social service agencies. they are funded by taxpayer dollars. all of those things are being cut, all of those programs, and, therefore, the workers who are trying to juggle a caseload are handling three, four, five times sometimes the amount that they can morally, responsibly handle and look after. >> and i know that in this case they talked about perhaps the social worker losing their job. should other people be losing
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their jobs over this? because it almost seems like no one knew where this child was, the parts parents obviously di not, and state services obviously were not checking in with these kids. >> there is a -- >> there's an old saying that the fish stinks from the head down, and i can tell you as a person who has worked in foster care for a very long time, that the higher-ups basically are praying every day that something like this doesn't happen, because they know that there are so many holes in the system. i think governor patrick himself has said there's going to be a bigger investigation into this situation. and they need to find out how many more cases, as holly as aptly said, how many more cases are out there like that. and i guarantee you that there are other abuses going on that are just not being taken care of, due to the sheer volume of what's going on. the union, by the way, is saying that this young -- this caseworker and the supervisor are being scapegoated because they know that this is rampant
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across the system. >> such a sad story. jeff and holly, hold on. don't go anywhere. we need you to stick around for this one. hear this -- police receive tapes which they believe contains evidence of child sex abuse. but the person who turned in the tapes had robbed the house where the tapes came from. sounds complicated. can they prosecute those crimes? what happens to that burglar? we'll discuss all of that coming up after this short break.
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if you have any doubt that there's an unwritten code of honor among criminals, consider this -- police say a burglar in spain who has stolen old super 8 camera and tapes from a home discovered graphic video content of a man sexually abusing boys. police say he then put the tapes in a brown envelope, hid them under a parked car, and then called police from a public phone directing them as to where to find that material. back here with me criminal defense attorney holly hughes and clinical psychologist dr. jeff gardere, holly, let me start with you. the suspected child mowester has been arrested. the chief, on the other hand, has not. can a criminal with a conscious use that collateral in a plea
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deal? >> absolutely if he's ever caught. rosa, i love this story, who says there is no honor among thieves? i mean, clearly, there's a hierarchy here, right? and, you know, this is funny. i defend people who are accused of crimes and they'll say to me, do you know what, i might do cocaine but i don't rob anybody to get it. that's what this burglar is saying, i might steal stuff from this guy's house, but you all should know he's a pedophile. this is fantastic. he turned in the evidence wrch the police have arrested the alleged pedophile and they've got the evidence on tape and they'll charge him with what he's done wrong. you better believe he'll use this card, i did the right thing. i did a bad thing. but then i made up for it, so cut me a break on sentencing. >> and, jeff, help us get into the mind of this criminal. why would a criminal risk exposing his crime to do a good deed? >> well, because when it comes to the hierarchy of criminals,
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we know that pedophiles are way down at the bottom. that's why they have to get extra protection when they go to jail so that they're not killed. and i would think that this criminal who was involved in this robbery, this burglar, this is a person who may have a bit of a conscience, number one, because he sees it as a victimless crime in that no one is being hurt when he robs a home. and the second thing is he may have a bit of a conscience, this is a guy that sees he exposed a very dangerous individual who could change the lives of so many other people in such a horrific and negative way, and had to do the right thing. and i agree with holly. not only is he going to play this card to try to get less time if he's ever caught, but i think that it may even change his heart, his mind as to what he's been doing in life. hopefully this will be a positive reinforcement to live a healthier and a straighter life. >> and i want to move on to this
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other story that caught our attention. a florida man faces public humiliation this week after agreeing to sit on a street corner holding a sign saying, hear this, i beat women, honk if i am a scumbag. now, this is according to wfts, and he agreed to do this after a woman said he could do this instead of facing assault charges. jeff, help us make sense of this. why would this woman do this? so, instead of filing charges, they told the man, hold this sign and just get ridiculed. >> well, she wanted revenge. and i totally understand it, and revenge is a dish that is best served cold. so, he's going to be out there, and it's going to be cold for him. however, a lot of people are complaining about this and criticizing this woman. though we shouldn't victimize the victim here, and they're saying, look, domestic violence is something that is really, really bad. one in three women are going to be beaten at some point in their lives by someone that they know or even killed, god forbid, so
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just by putting this guy out there, he doesn't get time. but he may be out there again doing this to somebody else, and they preferred that he go through trial and be put in jail. and i understand that also. >> holly, taking law into your own hands. good idea, bad idea? what are your thoughts? >> bad idea all the way around. in this particular instance, and dr. jeff is right, domestic violence is horrible, and you don't just do it, once, okay? you're going to repeat a pattern. the problem here, rosa, is that this man had just met her that night. they were hooked up through friends. they were driving together in a car. and when he started making unwanted advances at her and she rebuffed him, he just literally beat her. so, this is a very dangerous man. and you know what, i'm all for humiliating him, if he's beaten a woman, make that part of a sentence of the court, and that has been done before. there's a wonderful judge in texas, judge poe, who literally will make people as part of a
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sentence hang a sign on their neck and stand on the courthouse steps. >> holly lieu hughes and dr. j gardere, always a pleasure to have you on this show. president obama has arrived in hawaii for holiday vacation time, but not before getting grilled over the troubled healthcare.gov website. we go to hawaii for the latest coming up next. fancy robes... seems every hotel has something to love... so join the loyalty program that lets you earn free nights in any of them. plus, for a limited time, members can win a free night every day. only at hotels.com and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you?
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president obama said friday that business poll numbers always go up and then down. but they're mostly down since the spring, just 41% of americans in a new cnn/orc poll approve of the way mr. obama is handling his job. that ties his all-time low, 56% disapprove of his job performance. professor julian zelzier is a historian at princeton university. and this president has problems with all age groups. half of all young people disapprove with the president. all the way up to 63% disapproval among older americans. so, you wrote on cnn.com this week that this is hardly the way the president wanted to start his second term. do you think that president obama was fully prepared for
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what 2013 had in store for him? >> i don't think he was fully prepared. he had experienced the kind of intense opposition that he's faced since 2010. but clearly with the health care roll-out he created problems of his own, and even admitted in his recent press conference that he dropped the ball. so in a hostile environment, i think he made things worse. >> i enjoyed your article. let's turn to the winners and losers of 2013. first let's start with the losers. your top three are civil liberties, the tea party republicans and technology in government. so, let's start with civil liberties, why? >> civil liberties with the revelation of all the nsa surveillance have taken a blow. even though there's now momentum for reform, i think it's become clear just how vastly diminished civil liberties have back in this country in both president bush and president obama's administration. >> and what about tea party
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republicans? >> the tea party republicans were very successful at tieing up the obama administration, but the republicans have paid a cost. their approval rating is even worse than president obama. and the year ended with speaker john boehner, the speaker of the house, castigating the republican tea party activists for bringing the party down and for failing to govern. so, they are right now vulnerable to a republican party that could turn against them. >> when it comes to technology in government, my guess is that it's obamacare. >> absolutely. i think the capacity of the government to handle big, technological problems took a blow. there is a paradox that they're doing a great job with surveillance but not such a good job with health care, but i do think it undermined the confidence of a lot of americans, whether correctly or not, in its ability to handle these kind of technological challenges. >> and now about political winners. your top three, gay rights,
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diplomacy, and john kerry. so, let's start with gay rights. >> gay rights has been something of a revolution in this country. and it's been happening very quickly. the legitmation and constitutionality of gay marriage has been something that is the story of this year. i think we've gone through a watersai watershed. and i think this will be a moment when we looked back at how our social relations changed quite dramatically. >> when it comes to your last two, diplomacy and john kerry probably go hand in hand? >> absolutely. john kerry at state has been pushing aggressively for a new kind of approach to the middle east, which even president obama i think is more ambivalent about. but right now, at least temporarily, the big diplomatic initiatives with iran and with syria, in terms of handling nuclear weapons points to a different approach in this region. that could fall apart. but as the year ends, i think that is a winner.
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>> all right. professor, joining us from new york, thank you so much. >> thank you. and still ahead in the "cnn newsroom," today is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. and millions of people are being limited on how much they can spend. i'll explain. coming up next. plus, attention walmart shoppers, forget the last-minute christmas bargains, beyonce is in the house. details on the superstar's surprise visit. find out what she gave her fans coming up in the "cnn newsroom." /úññ [ male announcer ] what if a small company became big business overnight? ♪ like, really big... then expanded? ♪ or their new product tanked? ♪ or not?
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at this hour target is apologizing for a massive security breach by offering a storewide sale all weekend. the retailer is giving all shoppers a 10% discount through sunday. meanwhile, the international manhunt continues for the hackers who stole credit and debit card information for 40 million customers. a california legal team is pursuing a class action suit on behalf of the victimized customers and those customers are coming forward with stories of hundreds of dollars swiped right out of their bank accounts. >> i had gone to target the saturday before the money started coming out of my account. those checks bounced. and i had overdraft charges from those checks. >> $2319.51 that they tried to get out of my account. i can't say it's target. i can't prove it.
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but if you check my check register, i've been to target quite a bit this month. in another new development, jpmorgan chase is putting new debit card limits on customers who may be at risk in the target breach. the bank sent a letter to 2 million customers who used their chase debit cards during the breach. they'll now be limited to withdrawing, hear this, $100 in cash and $300 in purchases per day. chase has not said how long the new limits will last. attention walmart shoppers, it's not a phrase you'd normally attribute to beyonce, but the superstar pulled off a super surprise at a walmart in massachusetts last night. she grabbed a cart and started shopping. so, she picked up a copy of her new album and a few toys before beyonce left that store, she got to the loudspeaker -- not to sing -- to wish everyone a merry christmas and she played santa to every person in that store.
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she gave a $50 walmart gift card to all 750 customers. "duck dynasty's" 12 million viewers on a & e will have to watch the show without its superstar. phil robertson is suspended indefinitely after making some racially insensitive and homophobic remarks. gary tuchman shows us what happens when celebrities say things they probably shouldn't. >> i'm not into datety things. >> reporter: phil robertson certainly isn't the first celebrity whose mouth has gotten him or her in trouble. >> get away from my wife and the baby with the camera! [ bleep ] you want that in. >> reporter: alec baldwin had recently launched a program on msnbc when he had a run-in with paparazzi in new york city. >> get away with my kid with that camera. you know what's going to happen, don't you? come on! [ bleep ] [ bleep ]
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>> reporter: after those comments, baldwin was suspended from his show. and then it was canceled in what was described as a mutual parting. >> my goodness. >> reporter: celebrity chef paula deen was accused of using the n-word at times and was sued by a former employee alleging racial and sexual discrimination. the food network said it would not renew her contract and one by one she lost many of her sponsorships, she went on the "today" show to apologize but was also defensive. >> i tell you what, if there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you're out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me, please. i want to meet you. i want to meet you. i is what i is, and i'm not changing. >> reporter: the lawsuit against deen was ultimately dismissed.
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shock jock don imus got into hot water after saying this about african-american basketball players at rutgers university. >> rough girls from rutgers, man, they got tattoos and -- >> hardcore hos. >> nappy-headed hos. >> reporter: imus apologized later but it wasn't enough to keep his radio program or an msnbc deal, although he is back on radio and tv today. >> like i was swimming through a flabby-armed spanking machine. >> reporter: the man who we know as kramer on "seinfeld" michael richard also was called a racist after he said the n-word over seven times in two minutes at an l.a. comedy club. later he was contrite on the "letterman show" >> i think it's important for the african-american community that this kind of crap doesn't come about. and i'm sorry it happened. >> reporter: richards maintained a low profile for quite some time following the incident. few celebrities have been
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exposed quite like actor mel gibson. not only with anti-semitic and racist outbursts but incredibly profane and threatening messages left on his ex-girlfriend's voice mail. >> [ bleep ] disloyal and [ bleep ] weak. you're [ bleep ] [ bleep ] such a [ bleep ]. >> reporter: experts say it comes down to how it's handled. >> the way for a celebrity to recover from a mishap or words they didn't mean to say or words that fell on the public in the wrong way is to be honest, transparent and truthful about the context in which the words were shared. >> reporter: but not all celebrities heed that advice. >> some are saying that you're bipolar. >> wow, what does that mean? >> i guess that you're on two ends of the spectrum. >> wow. and then what? medicine? make me like them? not going to happen. i'm biwinning! >> reporter: winning or not, "duck dynasty's" phil robertson
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is now the latest member in the celebrity club, gary tuchman, cnn, atlanta. and you're not going to want to miss this next story. it's one of the best parts of the holiday season. yes, i'm talking about awkward family christmas photos, and we've got the man who's collected some of the worst. that's coming up next. life with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis is a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps end our night before it even starts? what if i eat the wrong thing? what if? what if i suddenly have to go? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisadvocates.com
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a north carolina family set the bar pretty high this week with their video christmas card which went viral. take a look. ♪ dipping in the front yard night and day and the neighbors walk by and this is what they say ♪ >> christmas jollies? >> they are christmas jammies. ♪ check it out we bought a priious and it matches these perfectly ♪ >> wearing christmas jammies. >> not surprising this video has been watched more than 12 million times, but before you try to top it, we should mention the husband is a news anchor. he's leaving his job to join his wife's video production company.
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her company actually produces those videos. now, if that's a family putting its best foot forward, this next segment perhaps shows photos that must be the worst. they live forever on the website awkwardfamilyphotos.com. the site has now published a book "awkward family holiday photos, celebrating the highs and lows of family time." and mike bender is the site's co-founder. he joins me from los angeles. and, mike, how fun is this? what is it about the holidays that makes for great awkward photos? >> you know, i think it's just -- it's a time of the year we are with our families, we take lots of photos, we wear matching outfits and it just is -- we like to think of it as the most awkward time of the year. they say the most wonderful time of the year, but it's definitely awkward. >> especially with a lot of family members that perhaps you don't see all the time. now, is there one in particular that stands out as especially
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bad? >> yeah. i think, you know, on the cover of the book, actually, we have a photo of a santa claus, it was a mall santa, and he has, like, a very severe black eye. and the children are sitting on his lap. and it just -- it just is amazing to me that he showed up to work that day. and that he took presumably a lot more photos with children. but it's just -- to me that's, like, classic awkward christmas photo. >> and perhaps a santa with multiple jobs. now, i've got to ask you -- >> we hope so. >> -- some of these photos just older photos or are these newer photos as well, because right now in the social media age it almost seems like everybody is sharing everything. >> yeah. i mean, it really -- honestly, it runs the gamut. we get black and white photos from the '40s and '50s. i think that people are taking more photos now because everybody has cameras in their phones. so, we actually get more submissions i think from today than from the past, when people are, you know, have to scan in
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their photos. but, you know, awkwardness from our perspective it's never going to go away. >> now, i've got to ask you about the selfie since you, you know, work with awkward photos, do uf gyou get any selfies as w? >> well, you know, the selfie thing is definitely awkward. it just depends. it depends on what kind of selfie it is. we probably have posted some. but i think, you know, like, when there's an awareness that you're trying to be awkward, we tend not to post those photos. it's the ones where people are a little bit more oblivious to it that really are the genuine, have genuine awkwardness. >> ooh, i love it. since you're talking about genuine awkwardness, what are the ingredients of an especially awkward photo? >> well, i brought up matching outfits. that's a classic. i would say posing, any sort of pose, you know, lined up by height when mom and dad had us
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lined up by height. piled on top of each other. we've seen that. those are very, very awkward sort of family portrait traditions, and then there's just sometimes the family dynamic, the dynamic that's going >> do we see any of your photos in this book? >> yes. both me and my co-author, doug, our photos are in the book. the wbsz started with my own family holiday photo four years ago. it started with our photos and we are no less awkward than anybody else. >> do you think this is ever going to change? >> i hope not, first of all. selfishily. we are in a time and age where everything is being shared. i think there's negative things
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about that. at the same time, our site is about celebrating the awkwardness and people coming together to celebrate uncomfortable moments. it's about smiling. sharing can be a wonderful thing to know. hey, there are other people out there suffering at christmas because they have to pose. >> all right, mike bender in los angeles. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. still ahead here in the cnn news room, rescuers dive into a burning flame to save a pilot trapped inside. we'll show you how it plays out, next. first, have you ever dreamed of being the next lebron james? we are told about a shooting aid for basketball players in this edition of technovations. >> reporter: a shooting sleeve
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provides instant feedback to build muscle memory and consistency between shots. >> technology could help people learn and perfect skills. >> reporter: two former cell phone employees partners to use smartphone sensors to track the movement of your arm. >> there are sensors on the forearm and bicep. >> they sense position and motion in space. from that, we can then model how the arm is moving. >> a buzzing noise indicates poor form. a victory tone signals a good shot. a mobile app provides feedback in how to improve your shooting skills. >> the number one thing is get your arm higher on the shot. >> reporter: coaches and high school players in california are testing the device. >> i would say my shot improved, keeping my elbow in. >> reporter: it could be
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available to the public late next year for a few hundred dollars. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? an apron is hard work. an apron is pride in what you do. an apron is not quitting until you've made something a little better. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? for us, everything.
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back to the big screen in "the wolf of wall street." some of the partying seems too crazy to be true. we found out they are not that far off from what actually happened. >> the year i turned 26, i made $49 million. it pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week. four months ago, i said we would reach new levels of productivity. the numbers you were doing four and five months ago -- i'll make one more guarantee. six months from now. >> this is the greatest company
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in the world. >> when i made my first $600,000 in one trade, i went out and bought a white ferrari tesla. not a yellow one, not a black one, a white one. you know why? because it was the car don johnson drove in "miami vice." >> there are a lot of guys phone calling. in a lot of months you can make a lot of money. >> is this legal? absolutely not. >> oh, yeah, i was greedy. $1,000 suits, gold watches, drinking at lunch, cocaine at the end of the day. it was like adult disney land for dysfunctional people. i had 1,000 best friends. everyone was my best friend. everyone wanted something from me. i was really generous with my
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money. sure, it didn't have meaning to me. it was like monopoly money. >> my god. >> this is part of everybody here, not me, not kenny, not a couple partners. you guys are part of it. you built it. without it, it doesn't run. if we all stick together, next year at this time, double the size. we are the most powerful firm. we'll be a power on wall street. that's our goal. >> "wolf on wall street" releases everywhere on christmas day. the u.s. women's hockey team
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won't back down from a fight. the brawl against team canada broke out seconds before the end of the game. ten fighting majors and penalties were hand out. team usa won, 4-1. the olympics begin in february. lindsey vaughn's olympic dreams had a setback today. she skied off the course during a run in france and said her knee gave out. it wasn't hurt worse. she plans to continue her olympic bid. tiger woods was at the race. vaughn had surgery in february to construct two ligaments. she is the reigning olympic downhill champion. in tampa, florida, you are watching a police officer pulling an unconscious pilot out
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of the wreckage of a smoldering plane. it unfolded in front of an infrared camera. they saw it catch on fire and slam into a field. they used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and pull the pilot out. he's expected to recover. no word on what caused the crash. here in the cnn news room, i'm rosa flores. thank you for sticking with me, we have a lot to cover and we start with this. dangerous storms could be a grinch for people trying to start their holiday travel. a wintry mix is falling right now in tulsa. crews there are working to clear trees and power lines knocked down by ice. this storm, not a small one and could definitely affect the plans of mor

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