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some serious bragging rights. the little girl was born in a d.c. hospital just before new year's eve 2013. her twin brother dylan was born a few minutes later, but a whole year later. he, of course, was born after midnight in 2014. that's going to be a problem for them going forward. that's it for me this afternoon. news room continues right now with the fabulous brooke baldwin. >> thank you, my fabulous friend. hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin. happy new year. thank you for being with my on this thursday. get ready, bundle up, stay off the roads, stay in your homes if you can, because that's really the plea in a lot of cities today as the first major winter storm of the year is upon us, and forecasters say this nor'easter is no joke. look at the pictures, in the northeast, boston is under a snow emergency. and just in, logan airport will
stop all flights later tonight. to new york, we go. salt trucks are out and about because blizzard like conditions are also expected to disrupt travel there and bring dangerous windchills and in the midwest, a foot of snow has already fallen, and temperatures are steadily dropping there as well. the first nor'easter of 2014 is hours away, and it's coming in with a bang. cnn is on top of all the storm with live team coverage here. you have margaret conley in boston where the mayor says his team is ready. sunlinis in washington, d.c. airport, monitoring hundreds of flight cancellations there. ted rowlands, very cold, already in the thick of things in chicago. and margaret, let's begin with you in south boston. i say, i tip my hat to you. you have been out in it all day long. and let's get right to the news. the fact we're hearing from logan, tonight, is it 8:30 p.m. eastern, when they're kacancellg flights? >> that's right, brooke.
the worst has yet to come. logan airport, they're running, but at 8:30 tonight, they're going to stop flights all the way through until friday around noon. that's because of the strong winds. that's the big concern here. there's strong winds and then the snow is really light, so it's creating blizzard-like conditions, and it's tough for visibility. how much snow are we expecting? well, right now, we have our measuring stick. we have, oh, up to 2 inches. it's going to go up to a foot. we still have that much more to come. freezing temperatures, minus 3 degrees. that's what we're expecting. be cautious when you're on the roads and when you're on the planes. the planes might be delayed, as they were saying. we talked to the department of transportation. there's already been accidents on the road. they're concerned about black ice. and we also talked to the -- we heard from the mayor of boston, and here's more of what he had to say. >> take precautions and take
public transportation. and take care of one another. our team is ready. we've been through this again and we'll get through the storm and public works is ready to do their work. as long as the public cooperates with them. >> one other thing, public schools in boston have called friday off. it's a snow day for all of those kids. brooke. >> wicked cold, as my boss and friends say. let's talk flights because the number of flight cancellations will probably rise as the storm is moving in. s sunlin indd, good for you, inside regan international airport. talk to me about traffic at regan international so far. >> right now, there aren't many major cancellations right here at regan international, but we have seen people come and check the board behind me. what they'll see is the red that we all dread seeing up on the screen, saying your flight is
delayed. they're starting to see delays at regan international, but that's nothing compared to what the whole nation is going through now, because there are major flight cancellations. let's look at the numbers. flightaware reports 1600 flight cancellations across the nation. most at chicago's o'hare airport. 3400 delays. we have also seen many of the airlines start to preem-emptive cancel their flights in anticipation of the storm. american airlines already has 600 flight delays. us airways, slightly over 100. we spoke to rob, he's in charge of dca and dulles airport outside of d.c., and he's talked about how they're getting ready for the major storm. >> it is a heavy travel time and the airlines are aware of that. they're also aware this is a major storm headed to those cities. so they have likely made proactive reductions to the schedules, to those places. and are letting customers liberally rebook their flights to those locations without
penalty of change fees and things like that. and he says it's not about the amount of snow that's worrying to airlines and airports. it's about those big wind gusts that really give them trouble. here at dca, they have brought in extra staff. they'll remain on through the night. 28 people remain on to make sure they're taking care of the runways and the planes as the weather here gets worse. this is going to be a hard 24 hours for travelers and for the airlines. >> we'll be watching all those major airports and airlines and the status. thank you very much for us in washington. weather, the big story of the day. want to take you north to new york city. the city's new mayor, bill de blasio, facing his first big test, salt trucks on standby, waiting for 6, maybe 8 inches of sn snow there. alexandra field is live for us in manhattan. you know, i have been watching you all day. i have yet to see snow flakes falling. has it begun? i hear long island is really supposed to get it. >> right, we had a little bit of
a dusting overnight, early this morning. it has stopped now, a long pause before the real storm finally hits us. we're forecasting those 6 to 8 inches here in new york city, but it won't start until later this evening. that said, we're talking about a city with 8 million people. 8 inches of snow can wreak a lot of havoc. the planning is certainly under way, well in advance of the flakes beginning to fall. it started around 7:00 this morning at the department of sanitation. we're starting to see the salt pile dwindling as almost 400 salt trucks have been going on the roads. this is a big test for new york city's new mayor, bill de blasio. he has good backup here, the commissioner for the department of sanitation, the officer of emergency management, and the fire department, those commissioners have all stayed in place. you have a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge in place to help city weather the storm that again is going to really hit us later today. it's going to be even worse on
long island. out there, they're preparing for blizzard-like conditions. people who can stay inside probably want to do that. >> do so. alexandra field for us in new york, thank you. now to the real cold, to chicago, where tonight lows are supposed to drop below zero. that's where we have ted rowlands, just west of there in naperville. ted, my friend, how cold is naperville cold right now? >> it's not as bad as it's going to be. the temperature is dropping, though. it's an ominous sign. within the last hour, it's dropped about 6 degrees and it's going to get really bad in the next few hours. it gets probably below zero. much of the midwest will be below zero in the next few hours. it's still snowing here. it has been snowing for 2 1/2 days, and snow removal, you talk about preparations in the east. folks here in chicago have been knee-deep in this battle for the last two and a half days. they're trying to get it off the roads. it's an ongoing thing. we're starting to see the snow
taper off so the folks clearing the roads will get a rest, but the real brutal, brutal part of it is coming for us. the wind, chicago, oh, below zero. horrifying to think about the next 24 hours. >> just stay warm and get back in that satellite truck as soon as you can. thank you very much. so let's bring it back to the cnn weather center where we're tracking the storm's movement, alexandra steele is watching the latest advisories and warnings. where is this storm right now? >> let's get to it. here's where it is. this is the radar picture, the white delineating the snow. boston had some flurries, but new york, the snow gets to you about 4:00 this afternoon. washington, d.c., a rain-snow mix now. within an hour, it will change over to snow. it's not just a snow storm. this is going to have incredible winds and incredible cold temperatures, kind of like chicago normally does, but this nor'easter will affect specifically northern new
england. hour by hour, a bull's eye timeframe of when this will be the worst, 8:00 tonight to 8:00 tomorrow morning. 18 below in albany, new york, 12 below in providence. saturday morning, still, so the winds are a huge factor and also the temperatures. how much snow will be see? 18 to 12 in boston, 8 to 12 in hartford, new york, at 6 to 8, albany, new york, 8 to 12. here's the timeline on it. from this morning until tonight, by thursday night, you can see where the snow is. all the big cities, also in new jersey, in pennsylvania, in new york, and in long island. by tomorrow morning as well, it's still there, but you see the backside to the snow. overnight tonight until tomorrow morning, then it all moves out by noon, but then these incredibly cold winds come in, and that's the timeframe, too, we're going to have such incredibly cold temperatures. boston early saturday morning,
air temperature 3 below. will feel like 15 below. new york city air temperature at about 8 degree. will feel like 8 below. here's the accumulations farther south. 4 to 7 in philadelphia. 2 to 4 in washington, d.c. so washington, too, will see some snow. again, changing over within the next hour. but the biggest bite here, the wind gusts. why we have blizzard warnings here. not only for the snow, but when you see the consistency of the snow, the water content is really low, so it's very light and fluffy. factor in these 50-mile-per-hour gusts and visibility becomes the key. less than a quarter mile. the cape and long island, that's where the worst of it will be. blizzard warnings end tomorrow around 1:00. >> first nor'easter of the year didn't waste any time. we'll talk later this hour. keep us posted on what's happening weather wise. the big story. coming up, a banker wanted by the feds writes a suicide note and is legally declared dead. turned out this guy is a alive.
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excellent chef nigella lawson breaking her silence after details her personal life played out in court. lawson's assistants recently acquitted of using company credit cards for personal expenses, but the trial put a spotlight on lawson's life aft home, including her troubled marriage and drug use. >> you went through a lot and the focus turned sharply on you at times. this was a criminal lawsuit against them, but at times did you feel like you were on trial? >> i did, but it's one of the nicety of the english legal system, that you're not allowed any counsel if you're a witness. but you know, maybe it will change. maybe that's good. >> what were the moments like on
the witness stand for you? >> i can't really remember exactly because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability that actually you don't have the normal awareness of yourself. maybe that's a good thing, to have not any of your private life, but distortions of your private life put on displace is mortifying, but you know, there are people going through an awful lot worse. and to dwell on it, dwell on any of it would be self-pity. i don't like to do that. >> lawson goes on to say she's disappointed with the verdict and ate a lot of chocolate during the ordeal. >> so far, marijuana milestone is without chaos in colorado. day two here, people are calmly lining up. buying their marijuana. leaving with a smile. security fears, though, linked to the u.s. debut of legal recreational marijuana sales so far unfounded. it's commerce meets cannabis. let me bring in casey wian who
has been all day at this grow facility here. our senior legal analyst jeffrey toob toobin, to whom i have several questions. casey, day two of legalization, how is it going? >> really well. all this marijuana you see in front of me is destined for evergreen apoth carry. this will be ready for the shelves there in about 60 days. this is the store we spent all of new year's day at. and it was really a very, very busy place. they took numbers from 800 customers. they were only able to service 400 of those customers, not because they ran out of marijuana but because they ran out of time. according to the city of denver, they had to shut down at 7:00 last night. so what does that mean? 400 people who didn't get pot yesterday are outside that store today. plus, all the others who were going to come today anyways. here's what one of the customers and the store's owner had to say. >> i think it's just for the
novelty of it, we don't have to, you know, buy it from the black market or something. just to be able to go to the store and buy it, even though it's a little more expensive, it's still worth it to do it legally. >> well, everyone is excited. what an incredible time for not only for cannabis in colorado but just exciting. we've got the system down a little more. and we changed how the line works inside a little bit, so i think we'll be able to accommodate more if we have that many people who show up today. >> and those people who are showing up, more than willing to pay a very steep price for legal recreational marijuana. it's going for $50 an eighth of an ounce, and that's plus tax. 25% state and city taxes. brooke, i have to show you one more thing if you've got a moment. >> i've got a moment. >> we're here at this grow operation, and look what i found. can you imagine this? a giant bag of kit-cat, milky way, snickers, every kind of
chocolate. >> already broken into and halfway gone. >> no, this was this way before i got here. i want to specify that. i just thought -- >> i'm not implicating you. but you know, whoever is growing the stuff. did you ever think when you were in journalism school, you would be surrounded by marijuana in a live shot, casey? thank you, by the way. jeff toobin, to you -- >> can i ask a question, brooke? >> yes, go for it. >> is every fig newton in the state of colorado now gone? anyway, i just -- i'm sorry, go ahead. >> toobin, legal comp klication with this new law. let me throw a hypothetical at you. let's say one is to drive in denver, say you smoke pot three weeks ago, you get pulled over for speeding, you get drug tested. something is found in your system. can you get in trouble with the law? >> you can. this is obviously a big issue. this is going to have to play itself out in the courts, but one of the arguments against
legalizing marijuana has already been, what about the pot equivalent of drunk driving? and there are prohibitions against driving while high. the problem is, as you point out in your question, is marijuana stays in the system a lot longer than alcohol does, and frankly, i think the courts in colorado and in washington state when it becomes legal there shortly, are going to just have to sort out what it means to be driving under the influence when it comes to pot. clearly, you can be arrested, but there also has to be some rule of fairness. i think the courts are just going to have to try to and the state legislature are going to try to figure it out. >> it won't just be colorado. let's say you smoke it legally in colorado. you have a flight home to new york, to georgia, to california, and the same question. you're pulled over, you're tested. this is something -- is this something every single state is going to have to deal with? >> absolutely. and frankly, these states, i suspect, at least based on what
i have seen, are not going to be terribly sympathetic to the argument, well, it was legal in colorado. if you're tested in new york or new hampshire or florida, you are going to have to abide by law there. >> even though you smoked it legally in denver a couple weeks ago. >> exactly. and you know, people will have to consider that risk when they smoke pot. even legally in colorado. >> okay, that's a note to all those people. jeffrey toobin, thank you, and thanks to the photo journalists getting these pictures of marijuana in denver. let's move on. coming up next, rob ford -- i'm just not going to make up a segue there. rob ford, toronto's crack smoking mayor back in the news today. what he did this morning that could keep his name in the headlines for years to come. >> a small-town georgia banker faked his own death, went into hiding after cheating his customers out of millions of dollars. now he's in jail.
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we call it rapid fire. roll it. it is official, crack smoking mayor rob ford wants to keep his job for another four years. ford believes toronto voters can overlook his admissions of drinking and smoking too much while mayor. he filed paperwork seeking r re-electi re-election. and together to the toronto star, he said he's the best mayor toronto has ever seen and he wants to be judged on his fiscal record. election is in october. a car bombing in lebanon has killed at least four people. a source tells cnn the bomb went off near a building used by the terrorist group hezbollah. state-run media also says the explosion in southern beirut wounded 65 people. tensions have gone up since hezbollah began to support the syrian government in that country's civil war. this is the second car bombing in beirut in less than a week. to wall street we go, opening again, kicking off 20
phr 14, first day of trading. we don't have it, down 145. you can imagine the numbers. there you go, down 145 right now. you know it had been up, rallying the last two weeks, we're told by traders, you know, beginning of the year, not too abnormal to see some of the numbers pull back like this. and now to the fbi manhunt for a dead man. it has just ended, and the man is arrive, as you can see here from what's called his perp walk, after a court hearing today. our affiliate, wjxt reports aubrey price has spent the last 18 months doing migrant work after allegedly bilking millions of dollars from more than a hundred people. in 2012, he up and disappeared leaving a 22-page suicide note. it was so convincing the
sarasota haroi herald tribune dd last year a judge declared him dead and regulators collected more than a million dollars from his insurance policy. what led to the major nab? a minor traffic stop. they pulled him over because the tint on his car windows was too dark. more now from cnn's ana cabrera. >> hiding in plain sight. aubrey lee price, a man wanted from the fbi for wire fraud, vanished more than a year ago in an apparent suicide. nearly a year after he was presumed dead, he was apprehended by police in a traffic stop on new year's eve. >> i cannot believe he had the nerve to hide out so close to home, number one. >> price's alleged to have embezzled $21 million from more than 100 investors between 2010 and 2012. prosecutors say instead of investing money held at montgomery bank and trust where he worked, he created a dummy company in new york to funnelal
the funds through fraudulent wire transfers and phony investments. before going on the run, price wrote a 22-page confession letter to his family saying he planned to kill himself off the coast of florida by jumping off a ferry boat. the letter was the beginning of an elaborate plan to stage his own suicide. these photos show price dressed in shorts and a t-shirt arriving at the key west airport, carrying a suitcase. that's the day of this disappearance. >> he has a bag he's toting behind him. may be packed with investor money for all i know. >> surveilants vid pro from that day shows him at the ferry terminal where he led investigators and his family to believe he took his own life. without evidence of a body, the fbi continued to look for him. that search ended on tuesday thanks to a glynn county, georgia, sheriff, who stopped the vehicle for having darkly tinted windows. the bold fugitive will now be brought to justice. he faces up to 30 years in
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that's right for you. inevitable, with extreme weather comes traffic conditions, roads, and nor'easters do not mix. take for instance this scene in missouri where icy roads caused a tractor trailer to jackknife, shutting down one side of an entire interstate. this thing happens as a lot of travelers are trying to get home from the new year's celebrations. joining me on the phone is aaa travel expert heather hunter. assuming you look at the traffic on this interstate, a lot of people on the roads today, right? >> yes, aaa was forecasting that
94.5 million americans were traveling for the christmas and new year holiday. so many of them are making their way home to their destinations now. and through the rest of the weekend. so the roads are particularly crowded at this time of year. >> okay, heather, so driving in snow and ice, some people don't have a choice, but to do this, what is your advice for those people? >> most importantly, check the weather at your destination and along your route. if you can alter your plans to avoid the worst of the storm, please do so. if you can't, most importantly, be sure to slow down. also increase your travel distance between you and the car in front of you. normally, you allow about three to four seconds in between the time you would approach the car in front of you. but you want to increase that to about ten seconds to allow extra time to stop. >> okay. those are things you can think about. what about the notion of winterizing your car? what does that entail? >> yes, make sure your car is ready for winter travel.
you want to check your tires, make sure the pressure is fully inflated in the tire, and make sure the tire tread district is adequate. make sure your wind shield wiper fluid has an aten freeze in it so it will clear the windshield and not freeze up. >> good advice from aaa. this nor'easter is snarling holiday travel as aaa was telling us and advises, check the weather of the place you're headed, and that's what we're going to do right now. alexandra steele joining me. we know the snow is coming in. some places, it's already there, so is the wind, so is the cold. >> you heard heather talk about the distance between the car in front of you. but we have blizzard conditions for the cape and long island. what we're going to see is such low visibilities that you're going to have to allocate a lot more than that. that's one big aspect of it, not
only have they been incredibly cold and low in the upper midwest, they have been getting very cold in the northeast. and also, this is not just a snow maker. this is wind and also this is an incredible amount of snow and cold temperatures. so the three together creating an awfully difficult environment. hour by hour windchills, here's the snow accumulation. what we're seeing, 8 to 14 for boston and new york. here come s that snow. friday, the snow will be over, but on the backside, the incredibly gusty winds, thus the blizzard warnings and such an incredible amount of snow and difficult travel on the cape and the islands. >> we'll have much more at the top of the hour. let me show tell you, you can only imagine how remarkable colorado teenager claire davis was after you see how exceptional her parents are. claire was murdered last month by a school shooter who then killed himself after he shot claire.
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welcome back. i'm brooke bald wherein. the "new york times" today has a debate over edward snowden. is the man who divulged the state's secrets an enemy or a hero or somewhere in between. they write this, quote, considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, mr. snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear, and flight. he has done this country a great sufrx. in retrospect, he was clearly justified in believing that the only way to blow the whistle on this kind of intelligence gathering was to expose it to the public. and let the resulting furor do the work his superiors would not. that's from the "times." britain's guardian is calling the times in the call to drop
the case against snowden or cut him a deal so he can come home to the u.s. snowden, as you know, now living in russia under temporary asylum. joining me now, "crossfire" cohest, former obama adviser, van jones. happy new year. >> happy new year to you as well. >> let's begin with the editorial from the "times" this morning. is it a fruitless effort. can we assume the president would never give clemency to this guy? >> that's not where we are, but this is very important. this is 20% aimed at the white house. i think 80% was aimed at the american people. i think the "new york times" did a great service -- i think a lot of people don't understand, this guy was not protected by ordinary whistleblower protections because he was an independent contractor. he's not a normal kind of a traitor. he didn't sell this stuff. if you were trying to hurt maybe, he could have sold it for billions of dollars to china, russia, al qaeda.
>> van, he broke the law. >> absolutely. but that's why this is such an interesting case. usually, you break a law because you want money for yourself. you're trying to hurt the country. this guy got no money. he hurt himself and helped the country. that's why the "new york times" is saying treat this guy differently. he did not sell the information. he gave it away for free. i think it's important for us to look at it from that point of view. >> what about a different point of view when it comes to someone like james clapper. the times mentioned james clapper. he's accused of lying to congress during a hearing. take a listen. let's take you back. >> what i wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question, does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans? >> no, sir. >> it does not? >> not wittingly. there are cases where they could
inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly. >> so should clapper -- should he face any kind of punishment for that? >> obviously, he should. i think part of the problem is you're just a regular person watching this, you see people like a snowden stepping forward, he's got his life on the run. inu.s. government was willing to force down the plane of a head of state to try to get him. then you have clapper, whose job it is to keep congress and the american people honestly informed, lying, and nothing happens to them. people don't understand as they watch the stuff, what kind of country are we when these injustices happen at the top and nothing happened and independent contractors wind up with a life on the lam. i think they're trying to shape the debate going forward about privacy. >> let me take you back to clapper. you say, yes, he should face a puntsment. what kind of punishment would fit what he did? >> there needs to be a real inquiry.
i'm surprised congress hasn't been more aggressive. listen, i'm a democrat. i love this president, i love this administration, but you can't have any government official whose job it is to inform congress, which is the people's body, sit there and lie and have nothing happen. that's a much bigger threat from my point of view, long term, than what any of these independent contractors did. >> under any possible scenario, do you think there's any olive branch the president would extend to snowden? anything? >> not at this stage. if the public begins to come around, the auditors had said he had a point, a judge said this is possibly unlawful. the media is starting to come around. you could imagine a scenario later obwhere the president changes his calculation, but right now, he's going to stay where he is and the american people are going to move in this direction. >> we'll see you on "crossfire." coming up, a special sorie i want to share with you. i have been looking forward to speaking to this anchor at cnn.
can we have the helmet? where is the helmet? >> that is zain vergery. i hope you recognize zain because she has been with cnn for nearly 15 years. been to all the hot spots, and today i learned that zain verjee, while she has been out there working with bullets flying around, she has also battled a serious, serious physical ailment. zain is good enough to join me from london. hello, my friend. nice to see you. >> hi, brooke. thank you so much for having me. >> wow, let's just begin with your battle, and zain, at its worst, how bad was your skin condition? >> it was really traumatic. i basically struggled to walk. i was unable to do so without putting heavy vaseline on my legs that were almost twice the size because the surisus plaques
would bleed. i would douse myself with perfume to disguise the smell and wrap myself up with saran wrap and russell my way through the day, and my scalp would flake. it would itch me all the time. and i was extremely uncomfortable and wearing clothes was just such a nightmare. i was so resentful and bitter and angry, especially when i saw somebody on a dress on teefrb, and i was like, oh, god, i would have to wear long sleeves. >> and now we see you're in short sleeves. we'll get to the happy moment in a minute. >> it's very exciting. >> you write in your piece, it started at 8 years of age. at one point you were in a pool in your 20s at the dead sea, wanting to be out, and somebody who will want me, who will touch
me? you have been in a sense, in hiding. >> people with psoriasis suffer through this every day. you're thinking of the best strategy to hide. a lot of us are embarrassed, ashamed of the situation. when you leave a space, the flakes are everywhere. it's really stressful. you come up with fantastic strategies to hide, and you're always looking at someone's eye movement, where are they looking. you sit in a dark corner of the room, or you can get dressed in the dark really well. you learn to adapt, but you retreat into the shadows of yourself. and in the physical world. >> yet, here you are, this beautiful tv news anchor. it's a visual medium, and i want to read one of your quotes that really stuck me. you mention the vaseline and wrapping yourself. you write, somehow my imagination takes me far. i'm in my early 20s and it's the
beginning of my career. i'm anchoring the primetime shows in kenya. it's a big opportunity and i hear the faint rustle of shrink wrap. i wrapped myself up after soaking my scales, and the putrid smell is contained. i smile and welcome millions of kenyans into the studio. what were you thinking when you wrote that? >> how i have a relationship more with my face for my whole life, and i felt more like a floating head. and when i'm in a situation like that, that's how i'm relating to people on television. and that's the only medium that matters. not the chaos that's etched throughout my body from my neck downwards. so that's what i was thinking. since then, i have evolved.
>> let's talk about the evolution. here you are, short sleeves. breakthrough. talk about the angel you referred to in your piece. >> i was at the worst moment. i was about 23 years old. i was hysterical, crying with my mom, and someone came to my mom and said, send her to george. my mom forced me to go there because i was so fed up with doing anything. it was a clinic in south africa. a small town by the lake that basically believed in mind, body, and spirit healing. i thought this was too squishy for me, i was not into any of this. but really, it was diet, convincing myself, talking to myself, not eating foods. we were banned from eggs, seafood, sugar, alcohol, smoking, red meat, fish, rice, bread, butter, tomatoes, mushroom, garlic, pretty much anything that tastes good, but it was -- >> you can't eat. >> yeah, but a deep relaxation,
meditation, constant exercise, water, foods that are immune boosting because psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder than genetic. what you're doing is removing the toxicity from your body and doing it with the power of your mind as well. and you know, i would never have believed in this stuff until six months later, i was 100% clear after being a total disaster. what i just wanted to say is that by writing this, i really want to empower young people that look at themselves and think that they have a condition that they're not good enough, that they have to be perfect because you know, we all look so perfect on tv. >> we're so not. >> yeah. we're really not. and the narrative can be completely different. so you can't assume what it is. and that you can do anything when you set your mind to it. >> yeah. >> and self-acceptance, i think, is essential. >> good message for so many of us here in the beginning of this
new year. zain verjee, incredible piece. i salute you. you're a brave woman for sharing such a story. zain, thank you. you can read her piece on cnn.com, cnn living, and we'll be right back. orge. the day building a play set 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. ♪ so when coverage really counts, count on nationwide insurance. because what's precious to you is precious to us. ♪ love, love is strange just another way we put members first. because we don't have shareholders. join the nation. ♪ baby... ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ in controlling yournow overactive bladder symptoms.
best to make good with an author he offended. he said that was his reason for not crediting the author for inspiring his film, howardcanter.com. what is labeouf doing to make it up to this author? >> it's a very interesting story. it's an interesting way to give an apology, brooke, when you take a look at this. what he has done is take it to the skies. what happened, this is a short film that he made that debuted in 2012. at that point, not a lot of brouhaha about it. then when the film came out and released online at the end of last year, that's when people noticed it looked a lot like a book written by daniel cloves. he took to the skies. he posted a picture on his twitter account, shia labeouf said, and he said, i am sorry, daniel. and he did this over hollywood. one problem, however, as you point out, he also points out that cloud also means to make
less clear or transparent. he put this over hollywood. mr. cloves lives in the san francisco bay area. that did not get seen by him, but he's also had a lot of interesting tweets as well. >> what did this author have to sigh about all this? >> the whole thing hat gotten so much bigger because there have been several tweets that have come out from labeouf where he's taken other people's apologies and adopting them as his own. one from kanye west, one from the bp of -- the ceo of bp talking about the oil spill, just taking their quotes. since then, we have heard according to buzz feed, mr. cloves has said he was shocked and didn't know this was something he was doing, but he just doesn't know what was going through his mind. he's mulling legal action, we understand. >> thank you. and now to this, a breaking bad fan gets busted, and "time" magazine makes an interesting choice for its new cover. here's cnn pop.
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former receiver tweets, he'll get the rest. and of all the big-time events coming up in 2014, the olympics, elections, "time" magazine is apparently really excited about this guy's new late night show. no pressure, seth meyers. that's today's cnn pop. and here we go, continuing on, i'm brooke baldwin. canceled flights, hazardous road conditions, add to it dangerously low windchills and more than a foot of snow in spots, and you have a wallop of a winter storm. the first nor'easter of 2014 is around the corner, and forecasters say it's promising to keep folks from the midwest to the east coast very, very busy. and that includes us. we have teamed spread out across the eastern half of the country monitoring the storm. here you have margaret in boston, where snow emergency and flights at logan airport will
stop about five and a half hours from now. sunlin is keeping an eye on flights at washington's regan international airport. alexandra field is in new york where dozens of salt trucks for ready for the stleereets, and t rowlands is just west of chicago where the windchill is about to become a serious factor, and meteorologist alexandra steele updating about the latest warnings and advisories. let's begin in boston with margaret. you have been out in this all day long, it's coming down, and not too far away from the zero flights at logan. >> yeah, that's right. and brooke, it's going to get a lot worse today. we got our measuring stick. here's an update. it's coming in about 2 1/2 inches or so. it's supposed to get up to a foot of snow, all the way up to here by tomorrow morning. and now, as you were saying, logan airport, they're going to close at 8:30 p.m., they're going to stop flights until noon
tomorrow on friday. that's because of the strong winds. that's the big concern all day and throughout the night. we have snow so light, you can't even make snowballs, but it's blowing and causing problems with visibility. visibility issues in the air and on the ground. brooke. >> margaret, thank you very much for us in boston. now to washington we go. sunlin at washington's regan international with an update on the flights in and out of there. what's the update on air traffic? >> brooke, if you're traveling today, you probably want to cross your fingers because there have been major delays. we're at regan international airport just outside washington, d.c. if you can see behind me, there are a lot of cancellations. this is one screen, four cancelled flights, one delay, that red we dread seeing when we're trying to make our flight. across the nation, the picture is a lot worse. let's look at the numbers. according to flightaware, 1700
flight cancellations. 3400 delays. most of those delays at chicago o'hare airport. and we're hearing frame individual airlines who are also pre-emptively kanlsalling flights in anticipation of the bad weather. american airlines, 600 flights canceled. us airways, over 100 flights canceled, and we heard from united, 550 flights canceled. we spoke with rob, he heads this airport and dulles airport outside of washington, d.c., and he said it doesn't matter where the weather is where you're traveling. this has a broad effect on the travel across the country. >> even though folks may not be flying to places like boston and new york, because those airports are such important components in the aviation network, that can have a domino effect on flights not even going to those locations. >> now, here at regan international, they have 40 people on their snow team overnight. they will be working. they're going to do maintenance on flights at dulles airport,
nearby, 150 people on their snow team. they're getting ready. they know this is going to be a hard 24 hours. >> check before you head out. thank you very much. at washington's regan international airport. in new york city, alexandra field where salt trucks are rel ready to roll. >> hey, brooke. they're rolling out right behind me. we have seen a number of the new york city garbage trucks heading out. 1600 in total will hit the streets. we're preparing for 6 to 8 inches of snow. a lot of snow in a city with 8 million people. >> can we see them? >> sure, you heard one blast right past me as it left the lot. they're coming and going. this is the warehouse here where the salt is kept at the department of sanitation facility. they're coming in, filling up with salt, and we're seeing the garbage trucks with the plows attached to them rolling out. yourl see them along the streets
of new york city tonight. even worse weather is going to happen east of us on long island. the county executive is telling people to prepare for treacherous conditions. he's asking people to stay home and stay off the roads to allow the plows there to do their work. we're preparing for a big storm here. wind is an issue. windchill is going to be the big issue. that's why we're talking about the bone-chilling temperatures. we're along the hudson river, and i have to tell you, i have seen a few joggers out here. i know it's january 2nd, so people are committed to the new year's resolutions, but i'm not committed to anything like that. so i tip me halt to these people. >> i do as well. get the working out in before the snow really starts to fall. thank you so much for us in new york city. and you know, she was talking about the wind and the cold. let's go to the chicago area for that. to ted rowlands. he's standing by just west of the city in naperville. when we say cold, ted, how cold
are we talking by tonight? >> it's getting cold now, brooke. the snow is tapering off. it's dropped about 10 degrees in the last hour and a half, and we're starting to really feel it. tonight, it's expected to get here in naperival to 8 or 9 below zero, that's without the windchill. we're talking about dangerously cold temperatures. the homeless are in danger. there are shelters being opened up across the midwest because of the dangers out there. we're talking about real significant low temperatures which are expected to last up to 24 hours. the east is also going to get it. right now, we're starting to feel it. it's not fun. >> not fun. i do not envy you, but we thank you for standing out there and telling us about how cold it is. thank you. where is the storm right now? meteorologist alexandra steele standing by with the latest track. where is it now? >> the snow just about to get into new york city, by about 4:00 today. washington, d.c., we have seen a rain-snow mix, changing all over the snow within the hour or so.
you can see there's plenty of snow out there, but the story is really the bulk of the snow and the bull's eye time wise between 8:00 tonight and 8:00 tomorrow morning. 11:00 tonight, all the snow from new jersey points north and east, long island and the cape, they have blizzard warnings posted, not only because of the snow but because of the bone chilling cold and the strong winds and the low visibility, because the snow, the consistency of this snow is very light. and there's not a lot of water content, so it really will blow around. friday morning, you see, this is already done. by about 9:00, the snow has moved out. behind that, though, that's when the cold air that is in place come s in. and the winds begin to pick up. friday, tomorrow morning, windchills 15 below is what it will feel like in boston. 14 below by 8:00 on friday night. you get the picture. temperatures will drop precipitously low, and these incredibly strong winds come in blowing the fresh snow around.
accumulation totals, the bottom line. 8 to 14 in boston. yarmouth on the cape, providence town, 8 to 12 inches. springfield, mass, 6 to 8. 8 to 12 in hartford. driving 95, not easyats all in connecticut. that's problart of the problem well. saturday morning, straight air temperature in boston will be 3 below. hasn't been that cold in three years. factor in the winds and couple that with the blowing snow, and thus that's the biggest problem. >> i remember talking to mayor menino during the last blizzard, and he said, brooke, we got this. i feel like boston knows snow. thank you very much, but i'm thinking of all you in the airports hoping to hop on a plane soon. i feel for you. let's turn to the man dedicated to tracking airlines and what they do. the ceo of flight view, which follows all of the flights at the airlines and the airports. mike benjamin on the phone with
me right now. we're talking ability boston. we know logan airport there, just closing at 8:30 tonight. what about the airlines? how do they decide when to cancel a flight? >> well, it's a good question, brooke. the thing that has really changed over the past few years for airlines is just like the passengers, they don't want to be stuck at an airport, either. so they look at cancelling in advance if they can make sure to keep their planes out of the closed airports and running as well. at this point, we're already seeing a lot of cancellations for tomorrow. >> so if your flight has been canceled, mike, what should you do? >> well, first of all, it's all about information. the more you can learn about what flights are canceled, your flight and other flights, and then really the best plan is to see if you can find an alternate route. if you're connecting through
chicago, that's a bad idea. is there a way to get to where you're going, connecting through, you know, dallas or salt lake or one of the other big hubs in the middle of the country, for example. >> great advice. places to avoid. mike benjamin, thank you very, very much, from flightview. >> you have hearduct wine tours in napa. monument tours in d.c. what about marijuana tours in denver? the legalization of recreational pot has opened up this whole new market and tour companies in denver say sales are sky high. coming up, we'll talk next to the man who started what they're saying is the country's first legal marijuana tourism company. plus, police investigate a murder scene. this one inside a church. the victim, a well loved priest, and moments ago, police held a news conference and announced they have a suspect. we'll tell you what police know about him coming up next. you're watching cnn.
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are poised to benefit from this with pot tours. a company called my 420 tours will pick you up at the airport, connect you with a pot-friendly hotel, arrange hash making demonstrations and take you on tours of marijuana grow facilities. who would have thought. plus, snagging vip tickets for cannabis themes parties and events. due to overwhelming demand and a long waiting list, right now, you have to sign up at the my420tour s website just to get an invitation to view the tour. that's how popular this is. matt brown, founder of my 420 tours, america's first legal marijuana tourism company, we have been trying to get you on tv for a couple days. you have been that busy. welcome, congratulations. >> thank you, it's been absolutely crazy here. all week long, lots of changes, but yesterday went off
fantastically and there's a lot of excitement in the air. >> excitement in the air. very nice. let me ask you to be specific. let's say i come out to colorado. give me an idea as to what, you call it the colorado cannabis sampler tour. what would that entail? >> yeah, so it's a complete end-to-end experience in what we have here in colorado in our cannabis industry. so we certainly pick people up at the airport and all transportation while they're in town is provided. we want to make sure people aren't using marijuana and then driving. we do have cannabis friendly hotels and we have a series of activities over three to four days depending on the itinerary. you see a little bit of everything, you tour a grow, you get to go up and person next to the plants. see the regulation system we have in place. we work with a number of partners. we had a great partner this week with open vape, a th thc e-cigarette company. we can show the extractions used and all licensed in the state of
colorado. a cannabis cooking class. depending on the week, a lot of concerts and entertainment here. we try to give people the complete end-to-end experience that lets them experience what it feels like to come and just be here in colorado. >> let me point out to viewer, if you're looking this way, these are live pictures. these are pictures of live plants and marijuana plants. this is at a grow facility in denver. we'll take you there in a minute, but pointing out it is perfectly legal to be smoking recreationally the stuff. i was in napa, so the only way i can relate to this is like wine. i'm wondering, you know, in napa, you go to maybe a winery, you do a tasting, maybe buy a bottle. can you taste on these tours? different kinds of pot? >> yes, that's exactly the starting point that we begin with when trying to figure out what a legal pot tour looks like. you know, i have been out to napa valley myself. i love plants. i'm a big gardiner, person, and
for me, being able to walk through the vineyard and talk to the farmers there, understand how they make the grapes and watch it go from the farm to the bottom, that was an incredible experience. even as someone who doesn't particularly drink a lot of wine, it was fascinating. for us who have been in colorado and been a part of the industry particularly for four or five years as we professionalized it and brought it into the open, it's one part being proud of what we have done and wanting to show the world our handiwork, and at the same time, peeling back the curtain and giving people the experience that says this is not about a seedy drug market. this is not something that is dangerous. but because colorado has addressed marijuana like adults, anyone can come and kick the tires, learn about it, walk around, what it feels like to be in a place where the joint in your pocket is not going to get you arrested. >> you have been working on this for a couple years. of everything you have seen, what's the biggest surprise? >> i think, you know, for me, the biggest surprise was how much people who come on our tours really want to come here and come out of the closet and
be open about the fact that they use marijuana, whether it's recreationally or medically, wherever it is they live, and they're looking to come here and be around other adults where they don't have to feel stigmatized where they're constantly pa ll lly parsing th and they can talk, and watching somebody's face the first time they're aunt adults talking openly about marijuana, it's powerful to be there and watch somebody have that moment. that's been surprising. hopefully we'll be able to do that thousands more times. >> it's a new day in colorado at least. best of luck to you. sounds like you don't need it, though. >> let me show you this, this is a marijuana line in denver. a woman cheering and raising her arms in victory as she stands in line in the snow. we are hearing throngs of people brave freezing temperatures just to stand to get some recreational pot for the second day in a row.
miguel marquez is covering this along with some marijuana there. hello, my friend, in denver. can you tell me, wow, so many questions. how are marijuana store owners feeling here on day two? >> well, it's -- look, it is off the hook. you can't even say -- that's not even big enough. this stuff is hotter than hot. hot cakes times 1200. we're in a small, a medium sized grow facility here for evergreen apothecary. they have about 2,000 plants here. this place wants to grow by 12 times in the next couple years. 24,000 plants they want. they served 400 customers yesterday. they have them lined up out the door today. we're at medicine man denver, which is the single largest grow and dispensary in the state. they did 650 customers on seven different registers. they had to add two. so nine registers. they had to turn people away at the end of the day.
here's what the owner said he was hearing from folks in line. >> we have had people from all over the country coming today. and you know, saying thing s lie i have never been more excited to pay taxes in my life. the stigma is lifting further. you know, it really feels as if it's much more accepted now. you know, people were afraid to get a red card or the license that they were -- the prescription they needed to buy before because of making lists or whatever. and now they don't need it. it's really an act of freedom that this is now legal. >> now, look, i met folks from portland, maine, from maryland, from oregon, from all across the country coming here. i didn't think it would happen, to be honest. it did. in some cases, they had 100 people in line. half of them from out of state. unbelievable. >> dude, i almost don't believe you, but i see you're surrounded by marijuana and i know you have
done so many of these different stories. i keep saying it's a new day. this is my next question. this is not to imply that people walking around high would commit a crime, but i'm curious if you checked with local police departments, are they concerned about all this? >> the police are concerned. the marijuana community is concerned. this pamphlet is put out not by the state government, but the marijuana community itself. the biggest concern is police duiydui, diving under the influence of drugs is now a concern here. thc in the system, five nan ograms or more will get you busted here. we talked to folks, a single puff, me, i don't smoke marijuana. a single puff would put you over that 5 nanogram limit. it desapates quickly in the blood, but that a concern. the biggest concern, kids and the access to marijuana andhe marijuana community itself stepping up because study after study shows the developing brain up to the age of 25, even, if
you use it habitually, it can affect the health of the kid, the brain of the kid, and with everything stretched here from public health services to mental health services, there's a concern in the public health department, area, this could be a possible public health disaster here. >> i'm glad you bring that up, to tell the full story here. miguel marquez for us in denver. don't miss the full report tonight on out front, 7:00 eastern, right here on cnn. more from colorado. coming up, he bilked hundreds of people out of millions of dollars. a judge declared him legal dead after a suicide note surfaced, but all of that changed when a police officer noticed a car driving down the street with windows that were a little too tinted. we'll explain that. plus, a priest killed, his body found inside a church. police held a news conference and named a suspect. we have those details next here on cnn.
man has just ended. the man is alive, as you can see here from his so-called perp clock after this court hearing today. our tv affiliate reports aubrey price has spent the last 18 months doing migrant work. the former banker allegedly bilked millionoffs dollars from hundreds of people. back in 2012, he up and disappeared leaving a 22-page suicide note. but the thing is, the fbi, they never stopped looking for him. and one investor who lost her money is incredibly grateful for his capture. >> this was a great, great way to start out the new year for us. i started putting money into a retirement account when i was 22. and that was completely wiped out. him being caught gives you faith that, you know, if you just hold the faith and keep the faith, that good overcomes evil. >> price's suicide letter was so convincing, a florida judge dear
declared him dead. what led to his capture? a minor traffic stop. deputies pulled price over because the tinting on his car windows was apparently too dark and they got him. >> police in northern california have named a supects in connection with the killing of a priest whose body was found yesterday inside of a church rectory. we know the news conference happened last hour. who is this suspect. >> police have made a lot of progress in 24 hours. the suspect is 43-year-old gary lee bullock. he's from humboldt county, the county where eureka, the city where this murder took place. they had this plan in custody until a few hours before the murder. let me backtrack a little bit. we're talking about the prooesh killed, his name is eric freed. he had been at the parish only two years, but he had become loved by many parishioners. he was found dead yesterday morning after he didn't show up for the 9:00 a.m. mass. one parishioner went next door
to check on him in the rectory and they found his body. police revealed there was a violent scene. there was a life and death struggle that took place. they say they have evidence that connects the suspect to the scene. the suspect had been in custody for intoxication. he was arrested on the flunest, new year's eve. he was released 30 minutes after midnight on new year's day. he was seen by the police. they said go to the shelter. he did not. spotted again by a security guard at the church where the priest was. the security guard chased him off, but it was seven hours later when they nound priest's body. they're trying to locate the priest's car. they aren't sure if the suspect has it. but they would like to find it. if anybody has seen the car, don't approach it. just notify the police. >> okay, martin, thank you very much. >> sure. coming up, target snapchat, now skype. companies and web sietsz hacked. this is just in the last week. is this a growing trend? what can we do to protect
ourselves? we'll talk to an experturb. also, take a look outside. these are the conditions in boston, massachusetts. live pictures. keep in mind, the airport there, logan airport, cancelling all flights starting tonight, 8:30 p.m., until noon tomorrow, and that's not the only area affected. we'll take you live outside coming up next.
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you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. 100 million people right now are in the path of a nor'easter, and boston is going to take a direct hit. logan airport is stopping flights in five hours from now, and the city is already under a snow emergency. cnn fred pleitgen is live for us. as the snow is falling, when we say snow emergency, how much snow is expected there? >> a lot of snow expected here. up to 16 inches in some places. as you can see, up until now, there's already been some snow that's accumulated. we think it's about 2 inches so far, but that's nothing compared to what's going on in the evening hours when the snow is going to increase considerably and the wind is going to increase considerably as well. i have been on the roads here in the state of massachusetts
earlier today, and right now, the roads are actually okay for the amount of snow that's coming down. a lot of them were pretreated with salt. also, there's about 2,000 snow plows on the road right now in the state of massachusetts. that's going to become more difficult when the snow comes, when the winds comes. the snow drifts are going to make it extremely difficult for crews to keep the roads difficult. the state of massachusetts has sent all government workers home. it's urging private businesses to do the same thing because they believe the situation will become very difficult for the people in this region and anywhere in the northeast, brooke. >> thank you very much in boston. a quick reminder, when we talk about logan, they're closing 8:30 tonight through noon time tomorrow. now this. is anyone safe from hackers these days? you look at the headlines, think the answer is no. consider the past couple weeks. yesterday, the syrian electronic army hacking into skype.
then snapchat had to fend off an attack. not before hackers posted user names and phone numbers for 4.6 million members. last month, remember the huge security breach at target with all kinds of financial information stolen from millions of shoppers? can the hackers be stopped or will they always be one step ahead of authorities? peter singer is here to help us understand this. he's the co-author of cybersecurity and cyberwar, what everyone needs to know, and he joins me from washington. peter, welcome to you. and you know, given the recent hacking, even if you're one of the americans who thinks, no problem. i haven't fallen victim. i haven't been hacked, is this something every american needs to really start worrying about? >> as long as they're on the internet, yes, most definitely. look, we need to worry about it, but we also need to understand that it's something to be managed. it's a lot like the story you were having about the big snow storm in boston. it's something to be concerned
bubt, but it's also if you prepare, if you manage your way around it, it doesn't mean that we all have to run around with like chickens with our heads cut off. at the end of the day, the challenge of this space is that there's probably no issue that has become more important than cybersecurity u and though is least understood, whether you're talking about the politicians or the business executives or just you and my role as citizens and consumers. >> you wrote the book on how future wars could be fought, not even necessarily on the battlefie battlefields, but within technology. where does america rank in terms of protecting its citizens and pr protecting us? >> we probably are the -- not probably, we are the greatest cyberpower out there in terms of our offensive capability, and we should be because we spend the most on it. we have the largest organization, the most sophist katded. i think that's one of the things that has come out of the nsa disclosures from edward snowden, but we're also in a little bit of a position of having the sharpest rocks but standing in a
glass house. we so depend on the nrlt net for everything that we need from our communication to our commerce to our infrastructure, but we also don't have the proper balance of resources right now. the proper balance of attention to the threats that are out there. when i say, i'm not just talking about the government. it's been since 2002 that we passed major cybersecurity legislation, that's five years before anybody had heard of the iphone. it's also the case when you're talking about power companies and down to how you and i interact with the internet. >> the dark ags pre-iphone. and now that we all are on the internet, what's the one thing americans can do to protect themselves? >> it's funny. i asked that of a u.s. military officer, and his answer was short but direct. he said, quote, stop being so damn stupid on computers. what it comes down to is there
is a series of basic norms, rules of ways to protect yourself online, that most of us are not following. i say us, it's things like companies that we saw with some of these recent cyberattacks. organizations, the nsa not following its own best practices. to you and i, even look at things like passwords. what's the most password out there? >> 1, 2, 34. >> that's number two. it's password. that's the world we're in. it also comes to following basic cyberhygiene, basic rules out there. as long as we're using the internet, cybersecurity and cyberwar issues are going to be with us. if we're going to get the good, we have to saecht there's bad. we have to manage our way around it. >> don't be stupid on the computer, so simple but a great takeaway for all of us. pet peter, thank you very much. coming up, we'll take you inside the dramatic rescue of dozen of passengers stranded on
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you know those towns, the small towns that get their first, you know, major restaurant, burger chain, coffee shop, and it's a really huge deal, a big milestone. then this joint arrives and you're shouting hallelujah because your town is finally on the map. >> now at red lobster, every day we have 15 dinners under $10, like a half pound of snow crab with a large portion of scampi. >> red lobster. there was a time when the waiting line snaked out the door. not so much these days. red lobster is losing money and its parent company is talking about selling. l.c. granderson sees something of significant social import. l.z., nice to have you on. >> happy new year, brooke. >> same to you. a great column. let me quote you off the top. you write, if your family went to red lobster for dinner, that
meant you were really doing something. you got dressed up in your church clothes. it meant twice, sometimes three times a year, a poor family like mine could orer a steak in a middle class restaurant and pretend we were rich. l.z., in your family, you talk about growing up in detroit. what was the difference between a two-red lobster year and a three-red lobster year? someone hit the jackpot, right? >> it is a jackpot. you know, i hesitated at first to write this column because i thought it was so, you know, small. it was just me and a couple of people, and then as i was doing research on what was happening to reb lobster, at the same time, talking about things like income inequality and whether or not we should raise the minimum wage, i noticed a really interesting correlation in terms of 1968 being the peak of minimum wage and also the same year in which red loabester was founding. i thought about the fact this
wasn't just a personal story for me but actually more a reflection of people like me. people who, you know, struggled to put the pennies together. for a lot of people, going to a fast food or a casual dining place three times a year doesn't seem like a big deal, but in my neighborhood, and so many people who ruched out to be on twitter, that oza huge deal. huge deal. >> so red lobster's revenue down about 5%. we're going to get back to the social implications and the crux of your piece in a minute, but i went to red lobster growing up a couple times. you like the cheesy biscuits? >> you know, as i got older, you know, and made a little more money in my life, i stopped going to red lobster. what i never stopped loving were the cheddar biscuits. they were fantastic, and i'll be real with you. i will still swing by and grab the biscuits because they were a big -- i think they have crack chips in them or something. >> you know, the deal with red lobster, perfectly acceptable
seafood, good family atmosphere. above all, it's affordable. what you're saying, the business is down because things are now economically middle class families being priced out. priced out of red lobster, right? >> well, absolutely. i don't want to make it all about red lobster because across the board, the restaurant industry has seen a drop in terms of people going out. >> but it's a symbol. gr from 2010 to 2013. it definitely is a symbol. i don't think it's one we should just chuckle at. when you look at the conversation about wemth inequality and income inequality in the country, when you think about the fact eefrb the last 30-plus years, the bottom 20%'s income has gone down by 3%, 3% may not sound like a large number, but when you're talking about a family of five going out to dinner, 3% is a huge number. it seems as if we're mechanical liezing the customer base we need in order to thrive in types of these businesses and restaurants like a jcpenney and
sears. >> i'm glad you wrote the piece. thank you, thank you. thank you. you can read l.z.'s full column. go to cnn.com/opinion. 52 passengers from that ship stranded in the antarctic are headed home as i speak. a helicopter ferried them to an australian icebreaker today. first they found time to thank everyone who followed their misadventure for the past couple days. take a look. >> the helicopter to take us home. thanks, everyone. >> chinese helicopter hemmed rescue them from the ship where they had been stranded the past ten days. but they left behind 22 russian crew members. they still hope to free the ship eventually. the chief mate of the ship that brought on the rescued passengers said they're thrilled with their new accommodations.
celebrated the rescue with not one, we're told two dinners and chief mate robert joins me now by phone. and robert, so i'm getting this correctly. you are somewhere in an ocean on the ship with these rescued folks, yes? >> that's correct. they're in heavy packed ice, trying to get into open water right now. >> so where were you earlier today when this helicopter finally swooped in and rescued these people? >> it took six helicopter flights, a round trip of about 35 miles. and i was working on the bridge and working on deck at the time. >> and so it was this australian ice icebreaker that helped save them today. have you been talking to these 52 different passengers onboard this ship? what are they saying to you? >> yeah, a lot of very grateful people.
i haven't been actively seeking them out and talking to them. we've had our couple of long days, and so we're sort of all trying to catch up on our sleep and, you know, stay inside out. in these aggressive climates, it's what we have to do. >> how long will it take you all to get them home? >> well, that depends on where we go first. we've also got to get out of the ice pack, first. we have been ramming for about eight hours now, and we've gone about two miles. there's another ten miles or so of pack to get through. >> oh, wow. >> then we go to a station or that's yet to be decided depending on how long it takes to get out of here. it will be at least a week. >> at least a week until these people finally get to go home. i'm sure they're happy to be
rescued. several others left behind. thank you very much. safe travels to you and the rest of the passengers. coming up next, a bizarre case. a man arrested for stealing brains? you heard me right. jars of brains. out of a museum. you will never guess how he was caught. we'll talk live with a spokesperson from the museum coming up. [ male announcer ] legalzoom has helped start over 1 million businesses. if you have a business idea, we have a personalized legal solution that's right for you. with easy step-by-step guidance, we're here to help you turn your dream into a reality. start your business today with legalzoom. we're here to help you turn your dream into a reality. if yand you're talking toevere rheuyour rheumatologistike me, about trying or adding a biologic. this is humira, adalimumab. this is humira working to help relieve my pain. this is humira helping me through the twists and turns. this is humira helping to protect my joints from further damage. doctors have been prescribing humira for over ten years. humira works by targeting and helping to block
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man allegedly stole jars of brain tissue and then sold them on ebay. how much does a brain go for these days? about a hundred bucks plus shipping costs. the indianapolis star reports the brain samples originally came from mental patients. the 21-year-old suspect allegedly swiped dozens of jars filled with brain tissue from the indiana medical history museum. he reportedly got caught because the buyer, the guy who bought the brains online, turned him in. the museum has recovered many of the jars of stolen brain tissue but some specimens are still out there. let me brings in mary ellen hennessey, executive director of indiana's museum. first let's begin with the brain itself. tell me why your museum has these jars of brain. why is this special? >> the brains are special because they were part of a research project that started
about 1896. the museum is on the grounds in one of the buildings that was built as part of the central indiana hospital for the insane. the superintendent of the hospital wanted to use the new sciences of the day to see if they could discover a physical basis for mental illness, and they did the research by autopsy. the patients had been admitted to the hospital, they then diagnosed with some sort of mental disease, mental illness, as it was understood in that day. and all their clinical notes were kept and upon the death, the doctors did a thorough research autopsy to see if they can discover anything that might correlate to the mental illness. >> let me jump in. i'm hearing you on the significance and historic aspect of the brain tissue, but here's this 21-year-old suspect, i don't know if he would have fully been aware of that.
do you know why, do we know why he did this? allegedly? >> only speculation. only speculation. i have no idea. >> how did he pull this off? we're talking like 60 jars of brain, correct? >> that's correct. >> how did he do it? >> we have a remote storage area in one of the other buildings of the hospital and apparently he just broke in, found things he liked and stole them. >> i hope you get all of this back and then to think there's someone out there who bought it but then turned the guy in. that's a whole other story. thank you very much for calling in. coming up next, a hospital takes extra steps to connect a family overseas with a dying victim. what workers did to try to ease this woman's pain. [ children yelling ] [ telephone rings ]
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staff did their best to ease her pain and her family's and lynn berry joins me now. i read the story this morning and i was like we have to do something on this, because the idea this family, they couldn't cam back to the u.s., they're from iran, yet somehow this hospital worked out a way for them to see her and almost participate as she passed away. >> as you say, excruciating but in some ways heartwarming. the family got to say good-bye. you may wonder how they even got ahold of the family. it took 24 hours and ironically, it was just like her death, technology that linked them. she got there and was so beaten, there was no brain or no blood flow to her brain, so they googled her name and there was an online resume posted and this was an incredible woman. she spoke three languages, volunteered with various charities, was studying engineering. in 24 hours they tracked down her family in iran and were able to set up a yahoo! messenger connection so they were able to say good-bye from her hospital bed. and the hospital staff said they had never done anything like
this before. it was just as heartwarming for them to be part of something like that. >> they were able to communicate to the nurses to touch her forehead, kiss her cheek for us. >> no one knows how to say good-bye to a family member but you know you want to say i love you, you know you want to say i will always miss you and always be with you, and they also were able to instruct as you say, the nurses, please kiss her forehead for us, stroke her forehead, tell her that we love her and there was a steady stream of family members that came in and out of this home in iran, able to say good-bye to her. how many times are we sitting here talking about terrible stories -- >> i was about to say, we were just doing a hacking segment. but this is the example -- >> exactly, of how it can be something that connects people. it actually ends even better. the family had been praying for a miracle hoping she would be able to stay alive. that sadly was not the case but her organs were donating to seven different people and that prayer was answered. she will now live through those people. just all around, this is a story that you're torn in both ways
but it's nevertheless beautiful. >> so generous of that family to do that. thank you. before we go here, it is official. crack smoking mayor rob ford of toronto wants to keep his day job another four years. he believes toronto voters can overlook his admissions of smoking and drinking too much while mayor. he filed official paperwork today seeking re-election. according to the "toronto star" ford said today he is the best mayor the city of toronto has ever seen and wants to be judged on his fiscal record. the election will be held in october. a woman gets a gift right from the first family. the obama family. only problem, it was meant for someone else. elaine church received a package this week and inside, a note, to mama k and papa wellington from barack, michelle and the girls. church found the woman it was meant for, the obama girls'
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