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[ applause ] ♪ target confirms the debit card pin data was stolen in its recent massive security breach. the retailers says your info remains safe and secure. "duck dynasty" will resume with the entire robertson family. it's a reversal for a&e that suspended phil robertson about the remarks about gays and blacks. and erupts over the sky, was
it a chunk of ice, rock or maybe a space chunk? we'll explore that. good morning, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick. >> i'm victor blackwell. maybe it was santa and the reindeer. >> possibly, the jet fuel being burned off the back of the sled. >> good morning. thanks for joining us on "new day saturday." we're starting this morning with four americans detained in libya and then suddenly released. >> well, the four military personnel were working security at the u.s. embassy in tripoli when they were detained by the libyan government. >> joining us is sundarlin. we're missing the story, when and why. do we know why? >> absolutely, we're missing the "w"s, deborah and victor. it's not know why they were taken into custody.
they're in touch with officials trying to identify what prompted this. here is what we do know at this point, four military personnel were detained for some hours on friday in tripoli. held by the ministry of the interior with the libyan government. hours later, overnight, the u.s. defense department confirmed to cnn that they were released. a u.s. official confirms that the four were, quote, augmenting security at the embassy in libya. in november, the u.s. announced its stepping up military support for libya's security forces in the country as we have been following it's been overwhelming by violence since the overdrew of gadhafi two years ago, victor and deb. >> thank you. >> we'll check back in just a moment. and new concerns this morning for target shoppers. the retail giant backtracking from an earlier statement that
debit card hidden data was not stolen. zain asher has more. >> hi, deborah and victor, target is in damage control. one day after stating there was no evidence that pin data was compromised in the massive security breach, the retailer has now reversed course. now saying, in fact, hackers did steal pin date dpap but added that the data was securely encrypted but unlikely that they'd be able to unscramble it. one computer expert likens it to someone stealing your safe but not knowing the combination code. while they do not hold them liable for charges, target said customers should proceed cautiously. if you stopped at target from middle of november to end of december, check your statement for even the smallest charges you don't recognize. call target to cancel your old card and order a new one. the retailer did offer a 10% customer last weekend, but
that's not much after customers had their information swiped. thank you. >> that was quick by my own watch which i don't wear, i'm being facetious here. a week an a half. the a&e had officially ended the employment of phil robertson. but as you know remember, phil robertson was suspended but he apologized and clarified his remarks saying he loves all people. well, here's how some people are reacting to that news. >> we think he had the right to say it. and we believe in the same moral and christian beliefs that phil believes in. we're behind him 100%. >> well, the comments were pretty harsh. there's a way of saying things, if you don't agree with something, there's ways to word it where you're not trying, you know, dehumanize someone. >> the rest of the family
profiled on "duck dynasty" hinted they may leave the show and end it if the show's patriarch wasn't reinstated. a&e, they decided it would blink and announce they had have released several service announcement providing unity and tolerance. score one for the embattled national security agency. the nsa getting a legal win in selecting americans' telephone and met da data. >> the giant says the nsa's it's not only legal, but it's a fight against terrorism. we get the latest from reporter evan perez. >> reporter: deb, victor, this is a big victory for the nsa. a federal judge says it's completely legal for the nsa to collect data on every phone call made in america. just recently, another judge here in washington ruled the
opposite, saying it was likely unconstitutional. also an intelligence panel appointed by president obama questioned whether the phone program was even useful in preventing terrorism. the justice department is working to appeal the d.c. court ruling. and the american civil liberties union, which brought the new york case, says it will appeal that ruling. well, the bottom line is that these two judges of equal rank have come to opposite conclusions. and they'll probably take a couple of years for the appeals court to work through these two decisions. for now, the nsa gets to continue its data collection. and in the end, it may be up to the supreme court to take a look at the privacy issues and what the nsa is doing is legal. deb, victor? >> evan perez for us this morning. evan, thanks. and a harsh new reality for out of work americans today. >> 1.3 million of them, the long-term unemployed, we're talking about folks who haven't had a job in more than 26 weeks.
they will lose their jobless benefits today. tom foreman joins us now with a look at who will get hit the hardest. good morning, tom. >> who will be most affected by this program? the long-term unemployed. this is people who have already used up all of their regular unemployment benefits for 26 weeks and now are getting these additional emergency benefits that congress has approved and reapproved several times over the past few years. it's those additional benefits that are being cut off. how much is it, about $300 per week to each of the recipients. and they're about 1.3 million people who will be immediately affected by this cutoff. they're spread around the country, but some areas are being hit more than others. in the northeast, you might look at new york, new jersey, pennsylvania, down here, florida, georgia, illinois, texas, california out here. those are the places hit the hardest because they have the most people who have been unemployed for the longest period of time. and all of this brings up a lot of uncertainties.
for those who support the idea of cutting these emergency benefits, they believe it will not only save the government, $25 billion, $26 billion in the coming year. but also unemployed people may accept previously rejected jobs. their theory is that this pushes people out there to look a little bit harder for work. those who are against this cut, say nonsense, long-term unemployed people are less likely to find work. that's why they're having such a hard time. you're just punishing them. you're not encouraging them at all. the biggest uncertainty, what is the impact of all of this on complete. we don't really know if you take all of that spending out, but we'll have to see. >> tom foreman for us in washington. thanks. still to come on "new day," the plan was simple, send one ship to rescue another ship stuck in the ice of an antarctica. but the weather isn't cooperating with that plan, and now they're going to need a
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♪ the saturday it's saturday ♪ good morning, connecticut. a live look at the campus of university of connecticut. you can see a little snow on the ground, still a lot of people without power in the northeast this morning. we'll have the details for you coming up. and this morning, we also have new details on last year's tragic and horrific shooting rampage at sandy hook elementary and the troubled young man who killed 27 people and himself. >> according to a heavily redacted report from the connecticut state police, 20-year-old adam lanza hated his mother and resented his work. lanza believed his mother loved the students more than she loved him. 20 first graders were among the victims. his mother was found shot to
death in their home. there's new information about a man who is the target of a nationwide manhunt after police officers say he killed a police officer in mississippi. the fbi says the man tried to rob a bank on monday before robbing that bank in tupelo. were you ever police officer was killed in the shoot-out after the tupelo robbery. another officer was critically injured. dial this number 1-800-call-fbi. help is on the way, kind, sort of. an aicebreaker sent to rescue a trapped ship now needs help of its own. it, too, got stuck. both ships are hoping that a third ship icebreaker can do the trick. the frigid south pole weather, well, guess what, it's not helping. 74 researchers, crew and
tourists on the expedition vessel are in good spirits. so far, the ship has enough supplies for the delay. >> let me echo what people are saying, what is the point of a rescue mission that gets stuck, too? >> or more to the point, how do the icebreakers actually get stuck in the first place. >> reporter: you think that because this is a glacial environment, sea ice would move at a glacial pace. not the case. rafts of ice moved quickly, rushed over the sea by wind. they can expand and grow thicker, rise and fall with the waves beneath them. and blizzard conditions come into antarctica even in summer don't help. you might remember this scene from minnesota when wind blew ice ashore from middleax lake. think of it the same principle in a massive frigid sea. you can see how a research
vessel on art to the antarctic got trapped. even animals used to these condition like the trapped whales dramatized in last year's movie "big miracle" are vulnerable. >> did you see that! >> reporter: so what does it take to get through the ice and rescue whales, cruise ships or anything else that gets stranded? weight. sea ice as thick as ten feet can be broken. and icebreakers are designed to wedge up on top of the ice so the heavy ship can crush down on it. the bows are designed to move the cracked ice to the side, nowing a path to other areas. carl azuz, cnn. a fireball lights up the
skies over iowa. plus, big trouble in the "d." cowboys lose their star qb right before their most important game of the season. we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a better tomorrow. from the families of aig, happy holidays. ♪ maybe i'm wrong ♪ ♪ and nobody ever says goodbye
so did you like the theory about the fireball being santa's sled there? >> i think it is. rudolph's nose, so, so bright. >> exactly. we're going to be alexandra in the weather center who is going to explain to us exactly what that is that we're seeing flash across the sky. >> all right, deb, there it is. you see it on top of your screen, so what was it thursday night, across six midwestern states. a glowing object south to north. about 600 people reported they
saw people. there was no meteor shower that night. so most likely it was junk from space. also an asteroid belt between two planets. so it could have been ice, or something along those lines, like a meteorite. so those are most likely what it was. >> i hope wasn't anything important that burned away. >> certainly, a big flash of red. 600 people reported it in 13 states. most likely meteorite tracked back to the asteroid belt back in jupiter and mars. let's talk about weather with the skies, looks like a fireball in and of itself. it's going to be a wet weekend from atlanta to raleigh to
washington. and moves towards sunday. guys, the timing of it was so close, but gets so far. cold air comes in after the moisture. so it could have been a big snow event for the northeast. looks like snow for northern new england. the football season is over for dallas quarterback tony romo. >> and jarod greenberg has more on the "bleacher report." what's up. >> the big question is is the cowboys season over, minus their star quarterback, dallas, will have to win their most important game of the season as they take on the philadelphia eagles. tony romo underwent back surgery keeping him sidelined for the rest of season. in march, you might be surprised that romo signed a six-year contract with a reported $800 million but he won't be available, to dallas, without him, they must beat the eagles to advance to the playoffs. kyle orton will get his first start in two years.
history made in college football last night. two female officials oversaw the fight hunger bowl. it is the first time two women have worked in the same major college bowl game. the honor went to sarah thomas and maya chaka. it featured ten penalties. lebron james has us talking once again. and it is trending right now on bleacherreport.com. heat and kings, mario chalmers, the nonchalant look toss. and lebron goes windmill style. lebron james getting it done. he passed two hall of famers larry bird and gary payton to be the nba's all-time 64. that is the good news. the bad news, lebron james strained his groin and the heat lost snapping their six-game losing streak. so we'll have to keep track on lebron to see how his injury is progressing. >> is that passing legal?
>> of course, why not? >> the more creative you are, the better television it makes. >> that's what highlights are all about. >> excellent. let's talk about something that people don't want to talk about, but we have to. >> i don't want to talk about it. >> so let's talk about it. it's tough to put down the sugary stuff, the cookies, pies and sweets in your home this time of year. listen, if you're having a tough time putting down the sweets this seasons are of course, you're not alone. a new cnn/ioc poll said americans are not holding back. >> 58% say they're going to eat what they want. only 35% plan to watch what they are consuming. >> when it comes to cutting back on the carbs after the holiday, the majority of americans don't plan to diet. only 23% say they plan to go on an eating plan. now, i have sent everything away. after christmas dinner, i packed
up all of it. i kept the turkey and cranberry sauce. i can explain that away. everything else went away. >> for you, deb, what do you do? >> i try not to eat more than i usually eat. then i pick. i graze. i take a couple small bites of everything is perfect. i just don't get that hungry. but the problem is the deluge of food. it's everywhere, on desks, on counters. you can't help but -- you know, i feel like i'm picking up as i go. >> it's available. >> right. what about you guys? >> i've come up with the best plan. all you do is move 900 miles away from your family so you're not surrounded by that family all the time. >> exactly. how does your family feel about that? >> well, they like that i'm being healthier now. you know what i think about this is, there's so many fad diets and quick trending cleanses that people do. they feel, and i'm guilty of
this, sometimes, too. you can splurge a bit now, if two weeks if you need to drop two, three, four pounds you can do it. >> you wrap yourself in cellophane and you're done. >> exactly. it's hard. it's definitely hard to watch what you eat through the holidays. we're going to talk more about this throughout the morning. still to come, still waiting for your christmas gift to arrive via fedex or u.p.s.? >> ahead, how the country deals with outcries about slow deliveries. ♪ mr. postman look and see oh yeah ♪ begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪
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made racist comments in a magazine article. some say he should be fired but others no, he should be allowed to speak his mind. just over a week, the suspension is over. number 3, if you haven't had your flu shot yet, you might cringe if you hear this, the season plans to be a dangerous one. federal officials say over the past week, widespread activity has leaked from a few states to now ten. the most common strain is h 1 n in which is blamed in the death of four children. h1n1 was known as the pandemic swine flu that swept across the globe and killed nearly 300 people in the u.s. and number 4, bad news for people who have been out of work for a long time. 1.3 million americans expected to lose their long-term jobless benefits. this is the emergency federal program that picks up when state benefits run out. supporters say it will motivate some folks into accepting job
offers. the critics say no, there simply aren't enough jobs. they argue that benefits will drag down the economy. 5, target now says that hackers stole pin data. the retail giant said data was securely encrypted and it's unlikely that hackers will be able to unscramble the security code information. the security breach are took place between black friday and december 15th. shoppers are encouraged to contact their bank and change that pin code. >> what could be worse than getting coal for christmas, well, getting nothing. that's exactly what happened to thousands when they woke up christmas day after shipping giants u.p.s. and fedex failed to deliver. who is to blame for this? what are the carriers doing to promise that it never happens again? cnn's nick valencia has the details. >> deb and victor, u.p.s. tells us the issues were so diverse
and wide ranging even some of its employees didn't receive its christmas gifts on time either. the world's largest package delivery company feeling the fallout from their christmas blunder. >> reporter: better late than never? >> they said it hasn't been processed yet. >> reporter: not quite, especially when it comes to christmas gifts. >> i can't tell you how many countless hours we have spent on the phone dealing with this issue. >> reporter: fedex and u.p.s. are delivering normally after delays in christmas shipments. neither company has released any numbers, but it's estimated thousands were affected. both companies have apologized but a u.p.s. spokesperson couldn't guarantee all delayed packages would be delivered by thursday. >> they could only do what they do, given the conditions. >> reporter: u.p.s. says it hired 55,000 seasonal employees to keep up with their projected demand of 132 million packages. fedex says it hired 20,000 people. and they, too, admit, they had, quote, minimal service
disruptions despite the increased volume. u.p.s. blamed, quote, a perfect storm. bad weather, and an increase on online sales. fedex noted a shorter shopping holiday season. >> weather is always going to be a factor so that's not a good excuse. >> reporter: experts say the shipping companies can't look to the past as predictors anymore. the internet is changing things. >> this is really about underestimating the power of online now. stores as well as online retailers were driving soap traffic and so much opportunity to buy gifts and use it as a vehicle to ship it. >> reporter: online sales broke records with sites like amazon leading the way reporting sales of 36 million items on cyber monday. promising on-time shipments. u.p.s. says they will absolutely be looking at changes in policy during the holiday season but couldn't say what kind of changes they might be. neither u.p.s. nor fedex made deliveries on christmas day, but after this, it's something they
might reconsider. and now this issue has turned political, a senator from the state of connecticut calling on all shipping companies to reimburse customers for their shipping costs. u.p.s. says it will reimburse some customers' shipping costs. no telling how much that will cost the company, they've already had their reputation damaged by their broken promises. deb, victor? >> thank you, nick. you got to wonder who shopped last minute. >> right, if you're shopping on the 22nd, and you want it in des moines on christmas eve -- >> you get what you get and don't get upset. >> that's correct. so the santa claus rally, it certainly delivered on wall street this week. the dow hit its 50th record high of the year before pulling back a bit on friday. >> but despite the incredible numbers a new cnn orc pole finds that the majority of americans say the economy is in poor
shape. >> deb and victor, even after the market was open half a day on christmas eve and closed christmas day. ended 1% each with several record he's along the way. americans aren't that optimistic about the economy. a new cnn orc poll shows 68% show economic conditions are poor and the majority think they won't get much better a year from now. and when asked if the economy has made americans put off major purchase, 66% said yes and that's higher than the recession in 2008. target is giving more insight into the massive breach. le they are saying that pin data was in fact stolen but because of encryption, hackers will be unlikely to decode them. some deltale flyers got a
late christmas present when a compute glitch caused super cheap sales. boston to honolulu at $68. flights from new york to los angeles between $25 and $40. and an oklahoma to st. louis trip for just under 13 bucks. the issue was quickly resolved. a delta spokesman wouldn't say how many tickets were sold at incorrect prices. that's a look at wall street. victor and deborah. >> i know, for just a few bucks, someone tweet, please, when these things are active. >> or just call us personally. >> yeah, let us know. christmas might be over but people around the world are getting ready to ring in the new year. >> this is going to be fun. up next, we'll show you some of the world's most unique celebrations. stay with us. ♪ celebration this is the quicksilver cash back card from capital one. it's not the "limit the cash i earn every month" card. it's not the "i only earn decent rewards
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♪ 20 minutes till the top of the hour. now, you're watching "new day saturday." let's get a look at some of the news making headlines around the world. let's go to deb. >> thanks, victor. well, the u.s. has lost one of its biggest allies to a devastating attack. let's dough to beirut for more on the assassination that stunned the capital. >> reporter: deborah, security's extremely tight in and around lebanon's capital, one day after a car bomb ripped through downtown beirut. kills the ambassador to the u.s.
the u.s. state department has condemned his death as have other officials. speculation is that violence is growing because he was a staunch opponent of the syria gentleman regime. no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, many believe it's serious civil war spilling over into the neighborhood. a memorial service is being held today. members of the so-called arctic 30 are coming home after this week's prison amnesty. more on the release and why some find it curious. >> reporter: deborah, here in the uk, five prisoners were released to be reunited with their families after spending five months in russian prisons. they were detained under protests about an oil rig. the release follows the release of several others including the
punk group pussy riot. and the move is being widely called a clean swrup effort ahead of the winter olympics in sochi. back to you, deborah. >> rosy tompkins, thank you. meantime, japan hopes to put to rest a longtime sore spot between the two allies. >> reporter: deborah, the governor of japan's okinawa island has approved a measure to relocate a controversial american base. the deal ended 17 years of deadlock. the u.s. seized okinawa in the asia pacific region especially over the growing military power. but for years, many japanese have been calling for the base to be closed after attacks on women and children.
they agree a new base will be bit on the side of a former trash dump in a remote corner of okinawa. >> karl penthaul, thank you. and from all around the world, people are gearing up for different types of celebrations, let's bring in cnn editorial producer nadia belichick. thank you. >> let's start in scotland. >> let's start in scotland. >> here you have grown men dress up as vikings. to celebrate their viking ancestry. and they like tortures and create this river of fire. lasts four days so you can imagine a lot of scotch and whiskey is consumed. >> certainly, if you're going to dress like a viking, keep it for four days. and to brazil.
what do people wear? they wear white. if you want to know why they wear white, purity. it's purity, and a peaceful new year. and then they also go to the beaches and throw flowers to the see and pay tribute to the goddess. >> let's go to south america. >> ecuador is interesting because here they burn effigies. they create scarecrows and put masks on the effigies and sometimes well-known personalities and they put on old clothes. and the idea is, you burn the old to bring in the new. it's a bit macabre. >> and it also getting rid of the demons? it's getting rid of the demon, the bad things that weigh you down. then you go, you wear white. and, you know, you celebrate peace. there's a little bit of darkness and a little bit of light. >> i like that. and the idea of cleansing, right? wouldn't it be nice to burn everything and start again.
>> yes, start fresh. >> and then spain, spain has a well-known tradition. on the strike of midnight, you begin eating grapes. one grape for each second. that helps the 12 months of the year. >> we have grapes here -- >> victor is timing us. >> these are green grapes and these are small. >> do they have pits? >> they don't have pits, but they should be peeled. and the idea is that you make a wish. >> okay. >> every time you pop the grape into your mouth. so victor's going to time us. i've had practice on this, deb, i've been doing new year's for cnn for a couple years, i might have an advantage over you. tell us when to go. >> ready? >> the idea is all 12 in 12 seconds. if anyone chokes, thank goodness you all -- >> do you have to finish the grape before the next one?
>> not necessarily. >> ready, go. >> oh, my god. >> how many times have you done this? >> riveting. >> i'm stuck. >> oh, my gosh. >> 14 seconds. >> in japanese, happy new year, or just have a wonderful time and cheers. >> all of that and 12 grapes in your mouth at the same time. nadia bilchik, thank you. >> okay. >> how did you do? >> not bad. they're almost all done. >> almost, 14 1/2 seconds. so be sure to watch cnn on new year's eve. anderson cooper and kathy griffin will be live from times square beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern. you know that's a lot of fun every year. also, i'm going to take this -- >> i'm good. >> going green. of course, it's the responsible
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a live look at lady liberty there. still a little dark there this morning. the sun not up totally. but looks like it's going to be a pretty warm day there. warming up a bit. i can't say warm, a high of 49 degrees is not really warm. but this time in new york, thanks for watching. sometimes, friends, patience pays. watch this. a robber walks into a florida drugstore and demands money from the clerk. but instead of just giving the man the money, the clerk says, hey, i need to ask my manager if that's okay. >> all right. so the robber agrees and he waits, because really, maybe it's 50/50, the clerk gets the manager. the manager comes over. waits till the clerk is finished with another customer and then hands over hundreds of dollars in cash. the robber got away and hopes someone recognizes him from the video. alternatively someone who have called 911. >> i was watching, at the end, i thought they were going to
outsmart this guy. he went and asked the manager. the manager says, yeah, here's a few hundred bucks. he waits and walks out. >> hard to believe but it is the season. >> yeah, it is the season to give. in colorado, marijuana goes legit. colorado maim the first in the nation to issue retail licenses to sell pot. >> that's right, about 350 businesses are cashing in on the opportunity and taxpayers are going to benefit from the windfall as well. cnn's anna cabrera is there. >> hey there. >> victor, the state hoping this is going to generate tens of millions of dollars of new tax revenue. businesses are seeing green as well as certain pot shops, the ones already selling medical marijuana open their doors to a whole new clientele. >> reporter: the green rush here in colorado is about to get even bigger. this week, state licenses went
out to local businesses, giving them the green light to start selling recreational marijuana. >> and money does grow on trees and it's calls the cannabis plant. >> reporter: january 1st, pot sales would be legal and heavily regulated by state and local authorities. anyone over the age of 21 will soon be able to buy marijuana. 136 medical marijuana dispensaries now have state licenses to sell it. and 178 businesses can now grow it for recreational use. >> and i kind of say we're sort of like the united states amsterdam. >> reporter: morgan runs america consult that vasion. they make marijuana drops and candies. she expects business to double in the next year. >> i really hope people are cautious with it. >> reporter: retail outlets have major hurdles to get state
approvals. fingerprint base background checks, financial checks and fees up to $15,000. toni fox says she has more than $1 million invested in her medical marijuana 3d cannabis center. her store is one of a handful expected to be ready for business on that first day. >> a year ago, i said i wish i hadn't done it. but now i'm looking forward to the future. >> reporter: a future she and the state hoping to pay off that massive investment. it was medical marijuana that paved the way for this new retail search. much of this is being rolled outen existing infrastructure for supporting marijuana in particular how the state tends to regulate the product. there are even stricter rules when it comes to recreational government. the federal government still considers this criminal. victor, deborah. >> anna, thanks so much. you could see it's behind bars
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thanks for starting your morning with us. the next hour of your "new day," it's starting right now. american military personnel detained in libya. they have been released. we don't know why they were taken into custody. the white house informs president obama. we're going to have a live report coming out of washington. "duck dynasty" star phil robertson is back after a reversal from a&e, he was suspended after remarks about gays and african-americans. a & e said they would use this to broadcast public service announcements. and we're going around the world for unusual ways to cure that new year's eve hangover. would you like pickle juice with that vodka? or how about a sheep's eyeball with the pickle juice? your "new day" starts right now.
and good morning, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick. >> i'm victor blackwell. it is a pleasure to have you with us this morning. it's now 7:00 on the east coast. this is "new day saturday." and we're starting this shower with news that four americans, detained in libya have been released. >> four military personnel were working security at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. joining us now for more on the tense situation is our sumlin. is there any reason why they were taken or questioned? >> we don't know why they were taken into custody just yet. there's a lot that the u.s. government itself is trying to figure out right now. here's what we know at this point. four military personnel were detained for some hours in tripoli, held by the libyan government. hours later, overnight, the u.s. defense department confirmed to cnn that they were released.
a u.n. official selling cnn that the four were august meanting security at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. a defense official tells us they are in touch with the libyan officials. >> back to you. >> sumlin, thank you so much in washington there for us. new this morning, anger and frustration boil over in egypt. there you can see and hear all the shooting there. protesters are filling the streets for a second straight day. they're rallying in support of the muslim brotherhood which the government denounced as a terrorist group a few days ago. the violence has been especially ugly on the campus of azar university in cairo. some 60 students have been arrested. and there are reports that one young protester died. there are plenty of signs that the economy is coming back to life. some would say roaring back. but the unemployment rate is at
a five-year low. car sales a seven seven-year high. the dow jones up 25% just this year. >> and it looks good, but despite all of this, many middle class americans really say they're still feeling the pinch. athena jones takes a look at disappointing polls and findings. >> good morning. the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2008 and the stock market made big gains this year but americans are still feeling glum about the economy. 68% say economic conditions are poor, more than half, 56% say conditions will still be poor a year from now. his pessimism is affecting consumer spending which is a big driver of the economy. thorn a third, 36% say they cut back on food and medicine because of the economy. 58% say they cut back on clothes. and 56% say they postponed major purchases like furniture or appliances. a big part of president obama's
message has been focused on how wage and income and equality is putting the american dream out of reach for u.s. americans struggling. in a speech early december the president said battling inequality and the lack of upward mobility is the defining challenge of our prime. and at a press conference, right before leaving for christmas vacation, he talked about the need to create better jobs to help the middle class. let's listen. >> i think 2014 needs to be a year action. we've got the skills to create more jobs, help americans learn the skills and education to do those jobs and make sure the jobs offer wages for families for financial security. we've got to built on the progress we've painstakingly over the past five years, with respect to the economy and offer the middle class an opportunity to join the middle class a
better opportunity. >> it's unclear if they will work with congress to develop the policies they believes will help. phil robertson is back on the job. the "duck dynasty" star is no longer suspended. yeah, he was actually suspended. he was was suspended for making remarks about gays and blacks. joining us host of reliability sources brian stetler. i saw more of robertson in the last few weeks than the last six months, not only that, a&e actually ran a marathon with the suspension lasting ten days. did they just give into pressure. this is a massive marketing opportunity for them. >> you know, if you say to a&e, will you orchestrate this as a p.r. stunt, they'll laugh and say we're not that smart. i do think they probably trimmed into this publicity opportunity.
but that is what it's been. it's got people talking about "duck dynasty," about a&e and religious freedom and about tolerance. and about whether certain comments, in this case, about gays and blacks are acceptable or not. a&e but out a statement, saying after discussions with the robertson family as well as other numerous advocacy groups a &est has decided to resume filming "duck dynasty" later this spring." on the other hand, they were giving in not just to the pressure campaigns that were going on to have him brought back to the show, they're all sort of business common sense. "duck dynasty" couldn't go and they couldn't afford to lose the show and the robertsons couldn't afford to lose the show. they had to go forward. >> the only way forward is for
them to make public service announcements. you and i have spoken before, they've already got episodes that are shot, edited, in the can. so you can't suspend somebody and then roll out a new season. it just doesn't make any sense. first of all do you think robertson will be involved in apologizing, given that his beliefs or are his beliefs. this is a very scripted and scrubbed show for that matter? >> i don't think the robertson family gave any ground at all. that was noted yesterday when a&e acknowledged that the family said basically some of phil robertson's comments were course language. that was the closest they came from any backtracking from his original comments. yeah, i think a&e was in an impossible situation. they felt like they had to do something because of the offensive nature of some of the comments but by suspended him, they outraged ohm other people
and put them in a very difficult position. that's why so many conservative groups, conservative politicians, religious groups today are saying that a&e totally reversed itself. a&e backed down. that's not a wrong way to perceive this. but a&e had to find a way to keep the show going. as you pointed out, it already taped a bunch of shows with phil robertson it which they'll start airing the next several weeks. now with this announcement, we know that he will be a part of the snow going forward. >> you also got to wonder when this is precedent setting. you know, if somebody says something that's offensive on air, will networks simply back down based on public opinion or outrage? >> it does show how suddenly networks feel the need to respond. with saw this with paula deen on
the food network and alec baldwin and the brashear on the network. if they go too far we can see the backlash that's caused this with. >> a&e released this statement saying "duck dynasty" is not a show about one man's views it resonates to a large audience because it's a show about family. where was that statement nine days ago? >> i think the statement nine days ago where they said he was suspended indefinitely for nine days was the result of -- i don't know if the right word is "panic." but as a result of some desire to do something. to show some disapproval. they definitely sent a message of disapproval by suspending him. personally, i thought they would do it after the new year. i didn't think they would do it so soon. it turns out they were in talks with the robertson family over christmas eve.
they took a one-week break over christmas, of course, came back and sorted this out on thursday and friday. now, we're a few weeks from that new season premiering, so it's going to create another round of excitement for the new season which i think a&e is probably aware of. let's put it that way. >> they wanted people to believe this was a reality show and it was real. and when one of the stars actually says something he really believes, uh-oh, what do we do now. >> it certainly wasn't out of character. he's self-described, squirrel-hunting, red neck, duck-shooting -- blah, blah, blah -- >> exactly. >> right now, the show's a family comedy. it's lighthearted. 2 doesn't deal with themes of relisten. maybe it will in the future. >> brian, thanks so much. target is doing damage control this morning. the company says shoppers' pin numbers were in fact stolen in that massive holiday security
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13 minutes after the hour now. a chinese ship is not going anywhere. i can tell what you it's trying to do. the crew was trying to rescue another vessel in the antarctic. the china's snow dragon is six nautical miles from a russian expedition vessel but the conditions won't let it move forward. a french icebreaker is now moving towards the two vessels and could carve a path out of that ice. sometimes, it's feet thick. so far, the ship seems to have enough supplies to wait out this unfortunate delay. if you shopped at target this holiday season, beware. target is backtracking after telling shoppers that debit card pin numbers were not stolen during that massive security breach. cnn's alexandra field joins us now from new york.
so what is target saying about this now? all right, victor. target is saying the pin numbers that have been stolen have already been transferred into an indecipherable code. the store maintains that the pin numbers are encrypted. and you're safe. if you're a shopper there probably is no reason that you wouldn't want to take extra steps to protect yourself. just the day after stlag was no evidence that personal identification numbers or pins were accessed in its massive security breach, a turnaround from target. the retail giant saying debit card pin numbers were stolen along with names and numbers with accessing. still target insists the pin number is safe and secure saying quote, the pin information was fully encrypted at the key pad. remained encrypted within our system and remained encrypted when removed from the systems. the company insists it would be unlikely that hackers would be
able to unscramble the data but some experts remain concerned. >> the inscription is data inscription standard and triple dez which allows it to be protected. unfortunately, the problem with pin numbers there are only four characters which means there's only about 10,000 combinations you that need to do to get it. hackers can do what's calls brute forcing it to grab those numbers itself. >> reporter: the security breach an estimate of 40 million customers who shopped at targets black friday through december 15th. if you're concerned about your account, experts say be vigilant. >> they should be talking to their bank, transactions or anomalous transactions and contact the bank immediately. >> change your pin number, call the bank, get a new card. that's the easiest way to do it. they say they have fraud monitoring they're putting in place there. as peace of mind, just change it so you don't have to deal with
it. >> all right. target says that a encryption key is needed for those encryption numbers. the card wasn't stolen because it's held bien independent processor. >> you know, it's so interesting, alexandra, it really seems that target was also a victim, let's be clear about this. they were hacked into, they've had their information stolen as well. they've got security measures in place. i'm sure they're re-evaluating their security measures. it's interesting that they can say the numbers were stolen but they're encrypted. then you hear the expert saying, yeah, but there's only 10,000 combinations so they might be able to figure that out. shoppers, are they concerned or are they getting new cards which seems the logical thing to do? >> reporter: right, something like this always raises big
concerns. we have seen the numbers grow. the pins were taken, up to 40 million shoppers if you're using your debit card, this gives you pause. the easiest thing to do get a new p.i.n. number, you're monitoring your banking statements and keeping in touch with your bank and keeping in touch with fraud because we know it happens too often. >> the debit card saying use your credit cards so that way it doesn't get access to your account. alexandra field is there in a very chilly brooklyn. we appreciate it, thank you. another victim falls prey to the knockout game. >> next, why prosecutors are going after his accused attacker on federal hate crime charges. [ sneezes, coughs ]
coming up on 22 after the hour now, and if you have not had your flu shot, think about it, because the season promising to be a dangerous one. >> well, federal health officials say that over the past week, widespread activity has leaped from four states to ten states. the most common strain is h1n1 which is blamed in the deaths of at least four children over the last four months. as you remember, h1n1 is known as swine flu during the 2009 pandemic. that pandemic sweeping across the globe killing near 300 people in the u.s. a 27-year-old could spend ten years in prison for playing the knockout game.
prosecutors say conrad barrett's vicious attack was overly motivated. >> and man planned the attack and said "knockout" as the man went to the ground. margaret conley has more. >> reporter: deb and victor in a case involving a brutal attack in one of these so-called knockout games, a federal judge in houston has denied bail to the alleged attacker. 27-year-old conrat barrett has been charged with a hate crime for knocking out a 79-year-old african-american man. a houston judge said that the crime was vicious. and barrett, quote, stalked his victim. there is strong evidence that he committed his offense. it is a hate crime. barrett attacked because of the man's race and color and he made a video attack where he allegedly said, quote, the man is to see if i hit a black person would this be nationally televised. in a separate one, barrett uses the "n" word saying americans
haven't experienced the blessing of evolution. the man suffered a jaw fracture and was in the hospital for several days. barrett's attorney blames he was bipolar but off the meds before the attack. later he went to this bar and showed the video to people, one of them an off-duty police officer. a strange of cases over the last year has guarded more national attention with video that has gone viral, from states from washington, to new york. the purpose of the game is to knock people out cold with a single punch. the barrett case is to re-exam hate crimes. >> state law enhances hate crimes. in other words, your sentence is enhanced if it is proved that you committed a hate crime, however that is defined in a particular state. but under federal law, hate
crimes are a separate crime. which again raises some questions about the constitutionality, about the equal protection clause. >> barrett's attorney says he's sorry. he will not await trial and if convicted face a $250,000 fine and up to ten years in prison. >> i spoke to attorneys from both sides. the defense attorney is going to argue that his client has a mental disorder, is bipolar and was not on medication the day of the attack. i spoke to the victim's attorney. he said while the victim is recovering, it's going to take a long time for the victim to recovery emotionally. >> margaret conley for us. thank you. still to come on "new day," a bleak reality for people who just can't get work. jobless benefits are being cut. those suffering the most are being hit the hardest. plus, a sonic boom and a streak of light over iowa. what was this massive fireball? we've got an answer. ♪ as you shoot across the sky you're a fire work ♪
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first, four americans held by the libyan government were released overnight. the four military personnel were attached to a security detail with the u.s. embassy in tripoli. it's not known why the four were initially taken into custody. number 2, at least 26 people were killed in a horrific train fire in. 60 passengers were on board when flames engulfed the passenger train. according to the bbc, many of the dead so much faux indicasuf smoke. 300 teenagers overran king's plaza thursday. they were banging on windows. scuffling with security, chasing away after christmas shop ers stores had to close their doors for safety that which usually a busy shopping day. the melee lasted two hours with no arrests and no injuries.
number four, the "duck dynasty" suspension so far. a&e announced that phil robertson is back on "duck dynasty" after making insensitive remarks about race and homosexuality. here's the statement after discussion with the robertson family as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, a&e has decided to resume filming "duck dynasty" later in the spring with the entire robertson family. look at your screen, 600 people witnessed this. it's a sonic boom over iowa. experts aren't sure exactly what it was. most people believe the fireball in the sky was maybe some space junk or something, crashing through the earth's atmosphere. well, a harsh new reality for out of work americans today. 1.3 million of the long-term unemployed, we're talking about folks who have not had a job more than 26 weeks, now, they're going to lose their jobless benefits. tom foreman joins us with a look at who is going to be hit
hardest. >> who will be most affected by this program? the long-term unemployed. this is people who have already used up all their regular unemployment benefits for 26 weeks and now are getting these additional emergency benefits that congress has approved and reapproved several times over the past three years. it's those additional benefits that are being cut off. how much is it, about $300 per week to each of the recipients. and there are about 1.3 million people immediately affected by this cut off. they're spread around the country and some areas hit more than others in new york, pennsylvania, down here, florida, georgia, illinois, texas, california, those are the places hit the hardest because they have the most people who have been unmrouped for the longest period of time. and all of this brings up a lot of uncertainties. for these who support the ideas of cutting the emergency benefits they believe it will not only save the government $25
billion, $26 billion in the next years but also unemployed people may accept previously rejected jobs. their theory is this pushes people to work harder for work. those against the cut say nonsense, long-term unemployed people are less likely to find work. that's why they're having such a hard time. you're not punishing them. you're not going to encourage them at all. the biggest uncertainty, what is the impact on the economy? we don't really know that right now. if you take that spending out but we'll have to see. >> tom foreman for us, thanks. 27 minutes to the top of the hour now. and there's new information on the man who is the target of a nationwide manhunt. police say he killed a fellow officer in mississippi. the fbi said the man had tried to rob a bank in atlanta hours before robbing a bank in tupe polo. one police officer was killed in the shoot-out in the tupelo
robbery. call 1-800-call-fbi. and marijuana dealers in colorado can't wait for new year's day. january 1st they actually can start legally selling pot. many picked up their state licenses to sell this week. last year voters approved legalized recreational pot for those over 21. washington is the only state to legalize recreational 345ir juan so far. more than 40,000 people are still without power in the wake of extreme weather across the u.s. and southern canada. michigan has it the worst. more than 46,000 still in the dark there. and in canada, more than 43,000 still don't have power. overall, this is a big improvement from about 15 hours ago, i guess, when more than 127,000 were in the dark. the problem is those without power are in the coldest part of the country right now.
cnn meteorologist alexandra steele joins us now. so how cold is it for those people trying to find some way to stay warm without power? >> well, the electric company there says for the most part, we should have the power up by tomorrow or beginning of next week. you can imagine. look at marquette. this is areas of michigan. four degrees, that will be the high temperature. 20 degrees below average. detroit will only be in the 20s by monday. it's cold now, but even getting colder, as this kind of cold arctic air mass drops out. really freezes these guys out. some incredibly cold air on the docket and we're going to see it drop another 20 degrees. we've got an area of low pressure in the south that is going to be a rainy day. atlanta from louisiana, mississippi, georgia. places in georgia have had one of their wettest years thus far on record. today, maybe 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches unsaturated ground.
flood watch for much of georgia. area of low pressure moves by this afternoon, into atlanta, georgia, still dry there now. then by tomorrow morning, you can see in the mid-atlantic and washington and then sunday into monday, look where we're going to see it. but, notice, the coldest air still to the west. the coldest air comes in, but you guys are really going to get a snowstorm for boston and it's kind of missing each other. >> it's tough to complain about a rainy weekend when it could be ice and snow. >> and the cold air so close it's a day late. >> the skiers did not like that weather report. 2013 was a big year in music from twerking on stage to fight with the paparazzi -- yeah. >> no shortage of drama in the music world. up next, we'll talk about one of the most outrageous -- you know this is one -- outrageous
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ke video music awards. miley cyrus stole, some say hijacked the show in 2013. if you think she's done, huh-uh, think again, they're eating it up. ♪ ♪ baby baby are you listening >> again, another song i like that i just don't get the video, this is the latest video, adauer. it has already received more than 16 million hits on youtube. let's bring in somebody who maybe gets the video. jimmy alexandra, co-host of the mornings with cindy and jimmy on atlanta star 94 fm. you know the "wrecking ball" video. there's an actual wrecking ball in the video, i get that. but this one, i don't get. did she outdo herself? is this one -- what does she do next? >> you know, victor, i think what is missing from this video,
she's not licking -- a sledgehammer would be too much. how about needle-nose pliers. but the one thing about miley cyrus is four months later we're still talking about her. in sync got back together. the band got back together. and nobody was talking about it the next day. this girl i was fortunate to interview her not too long ago. you know when you interview somebody, and they're not really with you? she was right there during the interview, she's smart, she's funny. she's been able to turn herself from a product that you would buy like the disney products or the nickelodeon products they're not really artists. they're performers but not artists. she separated herself from that disney world this year. and she's twerkilicious which is quite nice. >> okeydokey there. you mention this, and this san
important point. clearly miley cyrus is reinventing herself. she's no longer the hannah montana character that evident fied her with. how legitimate is her music considered within the music world compared to this sort of in your face shock branding that she's doing? is one obscuring the other? >> well, you may be right about that. but she can sing. you hear "wrecking ball" or "the climb," this girl can sing. she's a performer. had sometimes, singing ain't enough. you got to be able to perform. you got to get media attention, and this young lady can do that and she can sing. if you can go on stage and sing and not lip-synch and have all that flash and trash and distract you from the fact that she can't sing, this young lady can go on a stage and sit on a stool and sing and blow the roof off the joint. she's that talented. >> let's talk about justin
bieber, although miley cyrus had a great 2013, justin bieber not so much. he's arguing with paparazzi. we saw that video. he threatened to fight somebody. there was also the brothel in south america. and the photos taken and all that. on tuesday, he posted this on twitter. i want to get this to you. my beloved belebers, his followers, i'm officially retiring. one, what is that all about? and, two, how does he turn it around for 2014? >> well, this is a sad situation. the first thing about justin bieber he has done an incredible amount for charity, for the make-a-wish foundation and that should be commended. on the other hand, remember, he took a leak in a mop bucket in front of a restaurant. it's time for you to head out the door. the sad thing about justin bieber he has a lot of people around him and he's the boss but
he's a 19-year-old kid. and nobody is saying no to justin. he needs somebody who is like an adult going, you can't do that. you got to be an adult. with this fame and this fortune, there is a responsibility. and the sad thing is, you see justin going down this road and it could turn out very, very bad. >> he needs a reality check. he needs a reality check. he needs to be out of the spotlight, get his head on straight. maybe get over the breakup with selena gomez. very quickly, netflix, an amazing year. the company went from mail order to streaming web content. in the political drama, house of cards, orange is the new black. pretty astonishing. what can we expect from netflix? >> i think it's changed the way television will be delivered. if you think about the golden globes so many people were nominated and shows were nominated that were never on broadcast television. that's a first. not on broadcast television. on netflix. i know if you're like me, you start watching i know victor is
with "scandal" i discovered on netflix, and you say i need the orange is the new black and scandal, and you go crazy. and "house of cards" is like that. five years maybe, that's how television is brought to you. anytime you get something like "orange is new black" and see every episode and every episode of "rockford files," that's great. >> jimmy, i was hoping to see the red blazer. >> i got the red shoes. >> very nice. you're doing the freshman congressman thing with the black suit and red tie. >> i'm running. >> jimmy alexander, thank you so much. >> happy new year. >> you, too. president obama is wrapping up a rough year. >> well take a closer look at what went wrong and what the president needs to do to get his
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so everyone goes home happy. while in hawaii on vacation, the president made a couple of calls to senators on the mainland. he was talks to them about extending emergency unemployment benefits to the 1.3 people losing it today. >> it is an effort to get back on track after a rough 2013. brianna keilar breaks it down for us.
good morning, brianna. >> reporter: it was in with a bang and out with a whimper. his year started like this. >> so help me god. >> reporter: but it is ending like this. >> has this been the worst year of your presidency? >> reporter: president obama is closing out 2013 on a sour note. his approval rating above 50% this time last year, now at an all-time low. the drop began in the spring when the irs admitted to targeting conservative groups and spying by the nsa began to emerge. at issue, whether americans trusted him. it was not better in the fall when he pushed for a response of syria's use of chemical weapons. >> the united states should take military action. >> reporter: then changed course
when the war-weary congress rebuffed him and the syrian civil war rages on. in october, a two-week government shutdown cemented many american views that washington can't get anything done. all that would be bad enough, but the year's biggest pitfall was still to come. >> we fumbled the rollout. >> reporter: the botched rollout of healthcare.gov led to admission of failure and new dip in the polls. it wasn't just the web site, but the vow now debunked. >> if you like your health care plan, you will keep your health care plan. >> reporter: obama was forced to an po apologize and it was founded the biggest lie of the year. >> i am not a perfect man and i will not be a perfect president. >> reporter: you think this is as bad as it gets. if he doesn't turn it around ahead of the mid-term elections,
he will slide further. >> the question is does it get worse for him? he loses control of congress. >> reporter: president obama is looking at the bright side. >> i have to wake up in the morning and make sure i do better the next day and that we keep moving forward and when i look at the landscape for next year, what i say to myself is, we're poised to do really good things. >> reporter: president obama has laid out some specific priorities for 2014. the economy, immigration, climate change, but legislative action on those issues seems unlikely as the president faces a divided congress in an election year. victor and deb. >> brianna keilar in washington. thank you. you heard it before. drink water, sip eggs. you may want to come up with a game plan if you are partying on new year's eve. some unique hangover cures from
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♪ fever who has not been there, right? an animal somehow running around the hotel room -- no? the famous scene from the movie "the hangover" is how many of us, you know, feel after partying especially on new year's eve, the bloody mary, which is the worst drink created, personally, this is to cure your headache. try these unique headache remedies from around the world. let's bring in nadia bilchik. >> you ask people for hangover cures. in britain, the bacon sandwich. the greasy bacon and bread which creates amino acids.
in germany, pickles. pickled cucumber and even in mongolia, pickled eyeballs in tomato juice. pickles are high in sodium. it is an eleh electriclyte. some pols believe you have that with a shot of honey if you are going to lose electrolytes. >> it takes the burn away or something. i don't drink dark liquor. i hear it works. >> still liquor is better for the liver. in turkey, they suggest tripe soup. it is the lining of the sheep or lamb which is very fatty. that and the soup with lots of sodium. this is disturbs in vietnam. >> this one is disturbing?
>> that is ground rhino horn. popular in vietnam. they actually call it the rhino detox. rhino is endangered. rhino horn is more expensive than cocaine. >> part of it also is when you listen to the remedies, it turns you off drinking. there is a cure known as hair of the dog. what is that? >> the idea was if you were bit by a rabid dog, you take the hair of the dog that bit you and put it on the wound. having alcohol after alcohol, it would give you short-term relief. have you heard of prairie? it has the oyster and egg and egg has special anti-oxidant. cook or raw. >> i think i will have one less
vodka tonic. >> what is the best hangover cure ever? >> water. >> abstinence. >> we will have a beverage. i'll skip the sheep's eyeball. nadia, thank you. be sure to watch new year's eve live. anderson cooper and kathy griffin. it starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern. thank you for starting your day with us. >> that's right. "new day saturday" starts right now. good morning. i'm deborah feyerick. >> i'm victor blackwell. pleasure to be with you this morning. it's 8:00 here at cnn he headquart headquarters. we are starting with a rescue on hold right now. 74 people on the russian ship in antarctica thought they were going to get off the stranded ship. >> that's right. now they have to wait longer.
we got this message from the deck of the stranded russian ship. >> it's the 28th of december, 2013. the weather is closed in. we have snow falling. it is not too windy. fortunately, the weather forecast has the conditions continuing for the next few days. it is our fourth day trapped on the ship. we thought it was important to let families to know everyone is okay. >> our randy kaye has more on the trapped russian vessel and why it is not going anywhere for another day or two. >> reporter: we just made it to antarctica. the team of researchers and crew sent out the ship. their expedition getting off to a great start. >> it's half past midnight. we are past some fantastic looking boats. >> reporter: led by professor chris turney from new south
wales, they were looking forward to spending christmas looks at climate change in antarctica and looking at the explorer douglas mosslyn between 1911 and 1914. the team dug their way into the cabin from a century ago. >> take the right and it remains living and cooking area. >> reporter: on christmas eve, just about 100 miles from where they started out, their adventure came to a halt. quite literally. their ship stuck in a heap of ice. some as high as 13 feet. they haven't budged in days. it is a predicament that raised the curiosity of the locals here. the professor tweeted about the penguins who have come to check out what is going on. >> the team's spirit is fantastic. we carefully chose the people we had together. we thought we would get on well. we were not expecting such a
severe test of the community spirit. everyone kept really good mor morale. >> reporter: if the ice wasn't enough of a test, there was a blizzard. >> it is december 28th, 2013. the low pressure system sitting over our expedition vessel. the vessel hasn't moved for the last two days. we are surrounded by sea ice. >> reporter: the winds were gusting up to 45 miles per hour. >> the ship was tilting because of the pressure of ice. we had to adjust the balistar. >> reporter: help is on the way. >> that's the ice breaker coming to rescue us. >> brilliant. >> reporter: turney's team spotted the snow dragon from china. it got close, but not close
enough. just six nautical miles away from the trapped vessel. two other ice breaks are on the way. one french and one australian. it may be another day at least before anyone reaches professor turney and the others. >> how long it takes to extricate us? i don't know. it is like lansing a wound. you have to relieve the pressure before you get out. >> reporter: get out and get on the way again to retracing footsteps of history. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> they have a bit of a sense of humor with the videos on the deck. >> you have to prepare for any possibility like being trapped with people on a boat. the four americans detained in libya are now free. a few hours later after they
were detained. the four were working security at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. they were detained by the libyan government. the state department is trying to determine what happened and why they were taken into custody. the u.s. and libyan governments have been at odds over security for u.s. personnel in libya. and in egypt, anger and frustration boiling over. protesters fill the streets for a second straight day. they are rallying in support of the muslim brotherhood. current government announced it as a terrorist group. the violence is high in cairo. there are reports that one young protester may have died. out of work americans are bracing for a harsh new reality this morning. jobless benefits for the long term unemployment, people who have not had a job in more than
26 weeks, are being cut. >> those cuts are leaving many wondering how to pay for food and where they live. we have cnn's sunlen serfaty with more. >> reporter: this is what the last six months have been like for paul housey. >> i answered thousands of ads. >> reporter: he has been out of work in education al publishing and now another blow. he is one of 1.3 million americans losing unemployment benefits. on average, they have been getting $300 each week. his check wasn't nearly enough to cover the $1100 rent on his new york apartment. now it will stop coming. >> i won't be able to buy food. i won't be able to pay my bills. >> reporter: extending the benefits beyond the 26 weeks started in the bush administration. since 2008, they have been renewed 11 times. but not this time.
congress failed to pass an extension in the budget deal. teeing up a nasty fight for the new year. >> it will be classic messy washington politics over an issue with the two parties with no united view. this is the issue where the right wants to fight on. >> reporter: some republicans say it is time to end the program all together. they argue it's too expensive. a year's extension costs $25 billion. people have gotten dependent and they say the economy is strong enough now without them. >> when you extend benefits to 73 weeks or 99 weeks, it encourages some people to stay unemployed too long and that makes it increasingly hard for them to get back into the work force. >> reporter: democrats say benefit checks get spent right away. spending that is necessary to boost of the economic recovery. >> this is what these people need to get by. it is what the economy needs in order to keep its momentum.
removing this bare minimum safety net beyond just being cruel not productive in terms of getting them back in the labor force or getting them a job. >> reporter: but the political blame game doesn't help paul hallsey's new reality. >> i have gotten physically sick. i haven't been able to sleep. >> reporter: from his vacation in hawaii, president obama has started rallying senators. he is calling them personally to get their support for the three-month extension of the benefits. in january, the congress will take up the resolution again. the resolution, could be weeks away. victor. >> sunlen serfaty in washington, thank you. the north and northeast will be coming back online after the weather knocked out power to tens of thousands of people. michigan is the worse off with 46,000 people without power.
parts of canada have been powerless since the beginning of the week. most of those who lost electricity in maine and vermont are getting it back on slowly. >> and here's a problem. those without power are in the coldest part of the country right now. >> meteorologist alexandra steele joins us. tough situation. how cold is it for those folks? >> it is cold and getting colder. looking at the pictures, the snow pack, certainly making it colder still. look at marquette to detroit through the next couple of days. temperatures drop 20 degrees. marquette on monday, high of only 4. the expectation is not to have everyone up and running until the beginning of next week. dangerous scenarios there. another weekend storm. we have got another one. it is driving here in the southeast. getting moisture from the gulf of mexico. by the time we head toward tonight, atlanta, flood watch for you. 1 to2 inches of rain.
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check out this surveillance video. thieves back a van through a glass wall and into an atlanta dmv. what were they after? two atms that were not bolted to the floor. three suspects loaded the atms into the second stolen vehicle in about three minutes. >> they want a new driver's license at the dmv, they will not get that. in the modern era, not all thefts are that obvious. target is confirms holiday
shoppers worst nightmare, debit card pins were stolen that started on black friday. >> it left millions worried about the safety of their money. what can you do if you think your information was stolen at target or anywhere else. specialist daniel stermer is from miami and he is here with us. daniel, some people have already found fraudulent charges on their cards. i found one for $5,000 on one of my cards. what should we do? >> the first thing you should do is, one, be vigilant of checking your credit card. if you see activity that you know is not yours, contact your credit card company and ask the card be canceled. once you know there is something going on, you should take every precaution to stop that from happening which would get the credit card company on the phone and stop that credit card from being used. the question becomes, if they
use small activity, will you notice it, particularly during the holiday season. some folks when they get credit card numbers use small purchases in the beginning so it blends in with a normal type of use from the card holder. the question is you had a $5,000 purchase. that may not be a normal purchase. you would recognize it or today, your credit card company may recognize it and notify you about it. today, knowing this is happening, people need to be vigilant whether it is target card or whatever credit card they have and checking billing statements on a daily basis. >> clearly, one thing i have been amazed about is that nobody is reissued any of the cards. it is up to the individual card holders to do that. what if you do think that your card has been compromised in some way, but charges have not shown up? is the best thing to cancel the card and ask for a new one and change the pin? >> that's the best way.
once to figure out and if you have a thought and let it continue to happen, those numbers are going to start to build. target has said they are going to protect everybody if their information was used and charges were made. if you know something happen, you should get your processor on the phone and cancel the card or as you suggested, change the pin on it. target yesterday announced that the pins were also compromised, but said that they believe that the pins couldn't be unlocked. they were encrypted. in today's computer-savvy world, there are programs that can attempt to unlock them. at some point, some may be compromised. in an effort to get ahead of the curve, if you were at target between those dates, you should consider calling your company and changing your pin or cancelling your card. >> quickly, daniel, i want to ask you about the u.p.s./fed ex
issue. some people got delivery confirmation, but not the delivery. what steps can they take? >> the steps you can take is get fed ex and u.p.s. on the phone. if you sign for your transact n transaction, they have your image. they should provide that to you. as we know, the weather this year before the holidays was bad. the online shopping craze impacted it as well. you should also attempt to get the merchant on the phone where you bought the product from and say you have a discrepancy from u.p.s. it may ruin somebody's holiday in getting the gift on time, but if you paid for something, you want to receive it. get u.p.s. or fed ex or the merchant you bought it from and say there is a discrepancy. >> daniel stermer, thank you. >> thank you very much. all beards are accounted for. the "duck dynasty" issue and
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we think he had the right to say it. we believe in the same morals and christian believes that phil believes in. we are behind him 100%. >> the comments were harsh. there is a way of saying things. if you don't agree with something, there is a way to word it to where you are not trying to dehumanize someone. >> that is the reaction of the announcement of a&e and the suspension ending of phil robertson. here is the governor bobby jindal's reaction. quote, i'm glad that a&e came to their senses and the tolerance of religious views is more important than political
correctness. joining us now is senior media correspondent brian stelter. first of all, there is a lot of money coming into louisiana because of this show, brian. so much more important than religious freedom than politically correct. it is a little bit hypocritical. >> reporter: a&e benefits from the show. the robertsons benefit from the show. a&e benefits from the show. underlying the drama is the money. we had 15,000 comments on the show. i want to read the most liked comment. big surprise. you don't kill a cash cow. they made the grand gesture. now they can make the cash. it says it all about a&e's decision to bring phil robertson back. it probably also reveals what this means to louisiana. this is an important show and
franchise for the state. that is why we saw the governor get involved right away and speak out. he rushed to put out a statement yesterday. >> i equate this to the chick-fil-a controversy a year ago when the owner exposed he was making financial donations to organizations that opposed gay marriage and people who never really ate at chick-fil-a went and bought sandwiches. this could be good for the show and network. people who never watched "duck dynasty" will watch. >> reporter: that is what these stories do. they harden people's opinions. they don't change minds, but deepen people's feelings. we could be in for another round of anger and outrage now that a&e is bringing phil robertson back. glaad, the gay rights group, spoke out and said what he said
was wrong. the statement last night was aggressive. it said phil robertson should look african-american and gay people in the eyes and hear about the praising of jim crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. a&e has chosen profits over african-american and gay people, especially its employees and viewers. we have people like bobby jindal coming out praising a&e for the decision, but groups like glaad are lambasting a&e. >> although a suspension that lasted nine days when you were not actually taping, does that count as a suspension? >> reporter: you will be removed from your job for a few days. a good break from work. they were not taping at the time over the christmas holidays. it goes to show how important
and proves how important phil robertson is to the show. we know he will be part of the family comedy for seasons to come. >> the governor calls it tolerance of religious views. brian stelter. >> thank you so much. it is a cruel, disturbing and deadly new trend. whether people randomly sucker punch pedestrians all with the goal of knocking them unconscious. the government is speak out on the knockout game and there is a very serious charge attached. [ sneezes, coughs ]
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i'm deborah feyerick. >> i'm victor blackwell. five things you need to know for your "new day." bad news for people who have been out of work for a long time. 1.3 million americans this month are expected to lose long-term jobless benefits. this is the emergency federal program that picks up when state benefits run out. the supporters say the move will motivate some folks into accepting job offers. critics say there are not enough jobs. four americans held by the libyan government were released overnight. the four military personnel were there with a security detail in tripoli. it is not known why the four were initially detained. at least 26 people have been killed in a horrific train fire this morning in east india. according to a railway spokesperson, some 60 passengers were on board when flames
engulfed the passenger train. the cause is still under investigation this morning. the bbc reports that many of the dead suffocated on thick black smoke that you can see here filled the train. and number four, score one for the embattled national security agency. nsa finally getting a win on the surveillance program involving collecting americans phone and internet data. the federal judge says the collection of your communications is not only legal, but a critical weapon in fighting terrorism. critics say it violates privacy rights. a california girl's family is hoping for a miracle. on friday, the mother said she wants her daughter moved to a facility although doctors declared her brain dead. the teenager suffered complications after tonsil surgery earlier this month. the judge ruled that life support should be removed.
a texas man is facing a serious charge. >> conrad barrett, white, carried out a knockout assault against an elderly african-american man. the victim was hit with such force, he fell to the ground. >> these knockout assaults have been happening more and more in different states. one trouble area is brooklyn where teens have been picking victims at random. our legal analyst paul cowan is with us. paul, this is going on for a long time. we see gangs of young men hitting people and taking them down. now there is a shift. now it is labelled a hate crime. are they going to maybe get him on that? can they prove that in all those cases? >> you have to look at it on a case-by-case basis.
this texas case is a strong case for the prosecution. i say that because the defendant in the case, actually taped himself saying that if he were to punch a black man, he would wind up on national television. it turns out he is quite right. he will probably be watching himself from prison on television as the case is discussed. the case is so strong. he then bragged about it after he committed the crime and he videotaped the crime. you have racial hatred expressed openly and tape recorded and the crime committed. that is a slam dunk hate crime. other kinds of incidents we have seen in new york city and other parts of the country. it is harder. many of these cases have, by the way, involved african-american youths attacking white people. that doesn't necessarily prove a hate crime unless you can prove the motive was racial hatred as
opposed to pure thuggery. a lot of the cases have been brought under local laws which are strict and some under local hate laws. it is a real variety of things. this case in texas is a federal case. it is the first federal knockout case as far as i can tell brought in america. >> we are calling it knockout cases, but paul, it is assault and battery and it has to stop. >> yeah. that man lost several teeth and two jaw fractures. he is still recovering. i want to move on. we are short on time, paul. to talk about the decision from the judge, the national security agency spying program. the federal judge says the white house endorsed program that spies on the phone records is constitutional in the war on terror. where does this end up? where do we get the answer finally? will it go to the supreme court? i guess it has to now.
>> not necessarily. it will first go to the first circuit court of appeals. it only goes to the supreme court if the circuit court of appeals has a different decision. a judge in washington says it is illegal. now the new york federal judge saying it is perfectly legal. if both cases go up on appeal and the appellate courts agree it is legal or illegal, maybe the supreme court won't have to decide. i think, victor, you are right. ultimately this is such a big social issue that supreme court probably will end up weighing in. this is a big important decision and a surprise because this judge in new york was totally the opposite of the washington, d.c. judge. >> which exactly shows how people in the country are divided. what is interesting, i read an article recently where a man created the code, there is so much data that america is dysfunctional to analyze it all.
paul callan, we wish you a happy new year. have a great 2014. we will see you a lot. >> happy new year to you as well. thank you. the colorado new cash crop. marijuana. law abidiing smokers, get ready to buy. and christine romans has a preview of "your money" coming up at 9:30. >> hi. janet yellen. why 2014 could be the year of the woman. plus, are women better investors than men? we will take a look at that coming up at 9:30 a.m. eastern on an all new "your money." ♪
the holiday season is winding down. that means the flu season is now gearing up. and this season promises to be a dangerous one. officials say over the past week, widespread activity has leaped from four states to ten. the states among the hardest hit, new york, texas, alabama and massachusetts. the most common strain is h1n1 which is blamed in the deaths of four children over the last few months. it was known as the swine flu. it kept across the globe in 2009 and killed almost 300 people in the u.s. and now to colorado where it will be legal to buy pot for recreational use in the new year. that is as long as you are 21
years old. not all stores are ready for business yet. ana cabrera has the latest. >> reporter: this week, licenses went out to businesses giving them the right to sell marijuana. recreational pot sells will be legal and regulated by state and local authorities. >> we get profit. >> reporter: anyone over the age of 21 will be able to buy marijuana. 136 medical marijuana dispensa y dispensaries have licenses to sell it. and some can grow it for wre recreational use. >> i say we are the amsterdam of the united states. >> reporter: she sells drops and candy. she hopes to double her sales in
the next year. but cultivation won't be ready on january 1st. retail outlets had hurdles. background checks and financial checks and fees up to $15,000. toni fox has more than $1 million invested in the medical marijuana center. her store is one of only a handful expected to be ready for business on that first day. >> a year ago, i would have said i wish i hadn't done it. now i'm very excited that i have done it. i'm looking forward to the future. >> reporter: a future she and the state hope will pay off that massive investment. ana cabrera, cnn, denver. still to come, from beyonce to the biebs and walter white. we will look back at the top ten stories of the year. can you guess number one?
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pop star miley cyrus throws another shovel full of dirt on her alter ego hannah montana. look at the video. the parts we can show on television, at least. >> hours after leaking online, the video has the cyber universe all an twitter. nischelle turner counts down the top ten entertainment stories of 2013. >> reporter: bieber's bad boy. bieber has not left the spot
line since hitting in 2009. the teen heartthrob making news for the wrong reasons. the daily beast declares it bieber's year of affluenza. to neighborhood disturbances and monkeys, bieber declared to stay out of trouble. kimya is born. kim kardashian and kanye west. sure, west had a number one album and hit tour, but nothing made as much news as his love life. the pair welcomed the birth of their first child. daughter north west in june. in the year of the selfie, kim took to video to reveal his post-baby body. then he went to san francisco to surprise kardashian with a marriage proposal. >> we have been following this breaking news. actor paul walker has died.
>> fans hearts broke after the unexpected passing of paul walker over thanksgiving weekend. the 41-year-old was killed in a car crash outside los angeles. fans and friends came out to show support for the box office power house who also found success in "eight below." beyonce's return to the stage. she caused a wage after hitting the inauguration and lip sync g syncing. beyonce toured the world with the mrs. carter tour and then the release of the career which is the fastest in itunes history. she is ending the year at the top of her game. the walking dead rose to record ratings saying we are inflicted
with zombie theater. "breaking bad" nearly blew up social media in the process. and "duck dynasty" reveals that reality tv is guiding the conversation. the anti-gay comments of phil robertson is all abuzz. from oscar gold to box office magic, jennifer lawrence received the best actress for "silver linings play book" and fell on stage. it wasn't long before lawrence was on top of the box office with the release of "the hunger games" sequel. she ranked behind angelina jolie of the highest paid actresses. now lawrence is already receiving award buzz for the scene-stealing performance in "american hustle." angelina's brave choice. she shocked everyone with the
op-ed with the double mastectomy. she went through the procedure after learning she carries a gene mutation that increases her risk of developing cancer. the announcement inspired other women to consider the procedure as an option. paula deen's down fall. a year ago, she was on top of the world. that came crashing down after a release of a deposition in a lawsuit against a former employee. deen admitted to using the "n" word in the past. deen went on to apologize, but it is yet to be seen if she can reclaim her throne. >> hbo is confirming james gandolfini has died. >> he died of a heart attack on vacation in italy at the age of
51. the film opened after his death to critical acclaim. miley cyrus got everybody talking with her on stage antics. cyrus made news with her controversial properformance wi the mta vmas. cyrus followed the performance with the news of her break up with liam hemsworth and the tour of "bangerz" brought her to the top spot. it is miley's world and we're just living in it. okay. a big year. that also means a big year on twitter. the most tweeted news in 2013. number one, can you guess it? the boston marathon that drew 27 million tweets. the bombing and the recovery of
boston strong. so many created that hash tag. game seven of the nba finals with the heat and spurs. 26.7. a close second. in third place, the outage at the super bowl. i tweeted a couple of times about that myself. that combined with beyonce's performance drew 24 million tweets. 18 million tweets after mtv awards thanks to miley cyrus. number five, the announcement of the new pontiff. pope francis brought 130,000 tweets per minute. >> he had help. i'm kidding. the biggest news story of 2013? voting is underway at cnn.com. we want you to choose from the top 20. on december 30th, that is coming up fast, at 9:00 a.m. eastern, we will reveal the top ten stories of 2013 as voted on by
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christmas feasts are not over, well, for the goats. a farm in colorado is asking people for their leftover trees. why? the couple that runs the farm says the trees are a great form of ruffage for the goats because they have four stomachs. they devour the trees in less than an hour. okay. goats have four stomachs. the things you learn on the show. time for the good stuff. stay with us. this one gets better. >> a soldier returning from afghanistan has ordered gifts for months in anticipation of the day. >> the corporal arrived after a 17-month tour of duty and found thieves broke in and stole all of it.
>> they took our forks and knives and pried into it. i did most of my christmas shopping online. i don't have time when i come home. they ripped into the packages and helped themselves to everybody. >> what happens next is something to think about. the responding officer is a gulf war vet. he told his officers and word spread. they started raising money. by the time it was all said and done, all the gifts were replaced. >> i adopted a child and we got a bag of toys for her. >> christmas was saved for a soldier who certainly deserves that. that is the good stuff. a las vegas cab driver faced with big temptation decides he will do the right thing. a passenger left behind a brown
bag, the driver, gerardo gamboa, found a bag in the backseat and he went back to the hotel where he dropped the last passenger off. he found $300,000 in cash. the passenger was a professional poker player. gamboa handed over the money and as a thank you, gamboa was paid $10,000. >> good stuff. we have more ahead on "new day saturday" and that starts for you right now. >> good morning. i'm deborah feyerick. >> i'm victor blackwell. pleasure to be with you. 9:00 on the east coast. 6:00 out west. it's new day saturday. target is back tracking after telling shoppers debit card pins
were not stolen in the security breach. this morning, the retail giant is doing damage control. we have alexandra field with more from new york. what is target saying now? >> reporter: target is now saying the pin numbers were taken, but encrypted, so they cannot be used. at the same time, security experts are saying there are programs out there to unlock the numbers. you may want to take extra steps right now. just a day after saying there was no evidence that personal identification numbers were stolen, but debit card numbers were stolen along with pin numbers. the pin code information is safe and security, in a statement, quote, the information was fully
encrypted at the key pad and when it was removed from our systems. the company says it is unlikely the hackers are unable to unscramble the data. >> the encryption is a data encryption standard. it allows it to be protected, but unfortunately, there are four characters. there are only about 10,000 different combinations you can do to get it. all together, it will not hold up. hackers brute force it to grab the pins. >> reporter: the security breach affecting 40 million customers who shopped at target between black friday and december 15th. if you are concerned about your account, experts say be vigilant. >> talk to your bank and look for unusual transactions as fraudulent. contact authorities and bank officials. >> i know it is a pain, but change your pin and get a new
card. that is the easiest way to do it. they say you have fraud monitoring in from. as a peace of mind, change it so you don't have to deal with it. >> reporter: and along with making that change of the card, security experts say you need to look at your statements. one thing to look for is small charges. hackers will make the small charges before getting you on the bigger purchases which can really throw you off. deb and victor. >> pay attention to the statement. alexandra field in new york, thank you. amazon and u.p.s. an trying to make it up to customers saying they ruined christmas by failing to deliver packages on time. amazon is giving $20 gift cards and refund on shipping. u.p.s. is also offering refunds
on shipping. the north and northeast is slowly coming back online after a bad weather system knocked out power to tens of thousands. right now, michigan is the worst off with more than 46,000 without power. parts of canada have been powerless since the beginning of the week. 43,000 are still in the dark there. most of those who lost power in maine and vermont are getting electricity back on slowly. an update on a russian research ship stuck in the antarctic. they have been stuck for four days. 74 people on board and they say that they are doing good. >> a chinese ice breaker "the snow dragon" stalled in the effort to reach the russian ship. it cannot move forward. you have two ships just sitting there. a french ice breaker has been turned away and now it is up to an australian ice breaker.
we are the world. that won't get there until the area is a little more, i guess, able to be navigated. that will happen maybe sunday night at the earliest. >> especially with the south pole and antarctic. things tend to freeze. a harsh reality for a lot of people who have been unemployed for a very long time. as of this morning, 1.3 million out of work americans will no longer be receiving unemployment benefits. >> now the president is taking time out from the winter break and calling on congress to act immediately. >> we have sunlen serfaty following the story for us. sunlen, what did the president have to say? >> reporter: victor, the president is asking for a three-month extension of the benefits. in a statement, the white house said, quote, the president and democratic congressional leadership have made clear the importance of extending the benefits immediately upon congress return. congress will get back to work in january. this sets up a nasty fight for
the new year. some republicans say it is time to end the program all together. they argue it is too expensive. a year's extension costs $25 billion. people have gotten too dependent. the economy is strong enough now without them. here is a preview of the tough love argument we will hear from the republicans. >> it's long been known they will expire. people should have been making the tough decisions they needed to make to find a job. the problem when the welfare state gets too expansive, people tend to depend too much on government. the message for the future, i think, individuals need to save more to put away money for possible recessions in the future. >> reporter: political arguments aside, though, this is a very real problem for many people. we spoke with one man in new york who has been out of work for six months. i asked him what would you say to congress. here's what he said.
>> i would say that this is an emergency and people need the benefits just to eat and pay their bills. it is not enough to do that, really. at least it is something. you know, if they don't have that, then we really have no income whatsoever. i don't know how we are supposed to eat or pay or bills let alone find another job. >> reporter: now on average, these benefits amount to $300 each week. that is very real money to someone who doesn't have a job. now deb and victor, the checks will stop coming. >> all right. sunlen serfaty, thank you so much. we appreciate that. >> suggesting people save more implies they were living check to check. >> it suggests they burned through their savings trying to find another job. a lot of people are dispirited.
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top ten. >> number ten. beam me up. it is seldom you get the crack question of the year and crack answer of the year in the same place. it happened to the now notorious star of the crack addict. rob ford. >> have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years? >> yes, i have. >> ford was a trend setter in 2013. leader of the pack of mayors gone wild with honorable mention to number nine. san diego's mr. smooth himself. bob filner, who resigned as mayor facing a tidal wave of sexual harassment charges. jackson alleges that filner asked her wouldn't it be great if you took off your panties and worked without them on? he was sentenced to home
confinement and three years probation for assaulting women. number eight, kwame kilpatrick. he helped push the motor city in the largest bankruptcy in american history. kilpatrick got the term of 28 years in federal prison. speaking of elections, number seven on the list is not a mayor, but could have been. anthony weiner. a hit performer for the sexting controversy. weiner made a bid for the top job of new york, but more pictures sent to a 22-year-old woman under the alias carlos danger, weiner lost the primary with less than 5% of the vote. weiner gave the universal we're number one hand signal as a parting shot.
while we're on the subject of popularity. number six on the list of the agency everybody loves to hate. the internal revenue service. in keeping with the season which is described as the most naughty list in history. somebody at the irs got the bright idea of singling out conservative groups. the practice attracted outrage from coast-to-coast and an investigation by the other federal agency that brings up fear and anxiety everywhere. the justice department. and speaking of spilling the goods, there are non government players that must be mentioned for outstanding performances in 2013. number five on the list is the former man of steel, lance armstrong. here is a guy who was master of the cycling world and big lie. winning the tour de france seven times. claiming he wasn't doping to enhance athletic performance. after being banned from the sport, he gave a tell-all, sort
of with oprah. he gave what may be remembered as the biggest understatement in the world. number four on the list, with another kind of credibility problem, that phony sign language interpreter who crashed the nelson mandela service. he got within arm's length of obama. he was once accused of rape and murder, but found not guilty. number three is paula deen. what would possess a host of a popular cooking show to get embroiled in a lawsuit where somebody would ask her under oath if she ever asked the "n" word. can you say settle the case already. number two on our list is the not so secretive nsa. who would have thought that one government outfit that was supposed to be stealth city
could manage to embarrass everybody in the u.s. by letting a rogue former contractor, edward snowden, download a bus load of secrets from the computer system. splash it off to the media and rush off to russia. the items are spilled for maximum effect. and finally on the list, tied for first place for broken government of the year, congress for the inexplicable government shutdown crisis of 2013 that featured a reading of the dr. seuss classic in the 21-hour talk-a-thon. >> i do not like them, sam, i am. >> and the disastrous rollout of the health care web site. which is worse? the feudal attempts to dismantle
the law of the land upheld by the supreme court with the aim at gueetting rid of the achievement or that his achievement would allow anyone to keep the status quo only to find out that, well, it just wasn't true. >> if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. >> joe johns, cnn, washington. >> tomorrow night, 6:30 eastern, watch cnn's top ten of 2013. it is a look back that captured our attention and yours this year. we are counting them down with don lemon. >> and online and on tv, we are going to reveal the top ten stories of 2013 as you voted. that doesn't sound right, actually, the stories you voted on. we will have your results monday morning at 9:00 eastern.
"duck dynasty" is back in full strength. phil robertson's indefinite suspension lasted nine days. and he's back. what is he saying now? plus, britney spears is bringing her musical empire to las vegas. everything you ever needed to know about the business of being britney. ♪ [ chicken caws ] [ male announcer ] when your favorite food starts a fight, fight back fast with tums. heartburn relief that neutralizes acid on contact and goes to work in seconds. ♪ tum, tum tum tum tums!
profiled on "duck dynasty" hinted they may leave the show if the patriarch is not reinstat reinstated. she is one of the biggest names in show business. britney spears. now the child star turned pop star is kicking off her las vegas residency at planet hollywo hollywood. >> christine romans has more on the big business of being britney spears. >> britney spears is back to work. with a brand new album, britney jean. she is headed to vegas. not to get married this time, but to make money. a two-year planet hollywood residency. earning a reported $15 million a year or $300,000 a show. more money for a woman who topped "forbes" list of highest earning female musicians last year bringing in $58 million. she has come a long way from
mousketeer. her hit single was one of the best selling ever. ♪ hit me baby one more time ♪ >> and the best selling album nf history. 30 million copies worldwide. her second album sold 25 million copies. and britney was all grown up. two more albums. and a big screen debut. that film, "cross roads" brought in more than $60 million worldwide. with success came personal struggles and professional pause. her dad taking control of her finances, he still controls the money today. but fans wanted more. spears gave it to them with the comeback album blackout. the follow-up, circus with her
first number one single since her "baby one more time" days. the circus tour earned more than $130 million worldwide. in 2011, femme fatale reached number one. as a judge on the x factor last season, she earned $15 million for those opinions. and with fame, came endorsements. a perfume empire with elizabeth arden. deal was hasbro and toyota and pepsi. all at just 32, she is worth more than $200 million. the business of being britney spears is -- ♪ crazy >> christine romans, cnn, new york. >> well. $60 million for "cross roads?" >> impressive.
still to come, massive fire ball streaks across the sky in iowa. what is it? i still think it is santa and the reindeer. maybe not. we will have more after this quick break. i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicorette mini delivers fast craving relief in just 3 minutes. double your chances of quitting with nicorette mini. in just 3 minutes. (voseeker of the sublime.ro. you can separate runway ridiculousness... from fashion that flies off the shelves. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the
check out this security camera footage. hundreds of people saw this. the sonic boom they heard and the streak of light across the sky. this is in iowa. experts are not exactly sure what this thing is, but most believe it's a fire ball in the sky. a meteor crashing through the earth's atmosphere. hmmm. now time for our "must see moment." a baby learning to beat box went
viral on youtube this week. watch. ♪ >> that was good. >> the video was posted the day after christmas. it has already more than 3 million views. an adorable start to their girls musical career. >> one little at the end. thanks for watching today. we will see you back here at the top of the hour on "cnn newsroom." >> coming up next on "your money," women taking over the top spots at the federal reserve and gm. why do women get paid less? >> we have christine romans with
"your money" which starts right now. we will see you at the top of the hour. good-bye 2013. hello, 2014. we are looking at an improving economy and it just may be the year of the woman. i'm christine romans. this is "your money." you have seen the signs, in case of emergency, break glass. women are shattering the glass ceiling. it is all in the eye of the beholder. let's look at this through rose colored glasses. women reaching new heights. mary barra. the first woman to head the american automaker. janet yellen. in congress, senator patty murray proved