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for the first lady for standing there, being there, where the king was, where the entire royal family without a single female was and for standing not wearing a head cover and doing it with dignity and with respect. she did dress conservatively. >> thank you for joining me this morning. i appreciate it. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. and we begin with breaking news. a 24-hour deadline is up as a frantic scramble to free two isis hostages plays out. right now we do not know the fate of japanese journalist and jordanian fighter pilot. isis is threatening to kill them both unless their demands are met for the release of an iraqi woman long held inside a jordanian prison. now there are signs this morning that the militant group may get its way. jordanian officials say they are
willing to release this terrorist in exchange for the safe return of their fighter pilot. as far as we know we have not confirmed an exchange has been made. let me talk about this woman. this terrorist. she's a would-be suicide bomber on death row for a 2005 attack. 57 people were killed in a series of bombings at jordanian hotels in 2005. she says her suicide vest malfunctioned or she would have murdered even more people. now, we have made the decision not to show the isis video released yesterday. we feel it's propaganda. and frankly i have no interest in spreading that kind of terror. i want to talk about this because it is important. let's begin with cnn's terrorism analyst peter bergen. hi peter. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning. so jordanian officials say they are willing to consider a prisoner exchange. that can't be a good thing. >> well we've exchanged prisoners in the past.
the jordanian pilot is more like a prisoner of war than anything else. we the united states made the same calculation about bowe bergdahl who was being held by the taliban who we considered to be a terrorist group and we exchanged him for five taliban leaders who were in guantanamo. you know it's a lot easier to release somebody that jordanian government regards as a prisoner of war than it would be for the exchange for japanese journalist. >> i want to head to will ripley for just a second peter. he's been watching developing events in japan. what's the latest from your vantage point? >> reporter: the latest carol, is that what we are seeing on the airwaves here is what we've been seeing all over the world. so many various reports coming in of different events that really until we get an official line of communication from the governments involved here meaning we get an official statement in tokyo and official
statement from jordan it's going to be very difficult to cob know what's happening. if there's a prisoner exchange happening, as we speak the deadline has passed. it passed more than an hour ago. the apparent isis execution deadline that any exchange is going to happen in secrecy and we will not know. we perhaps may never know all of the details. what we really won't know is what has happened unless there's word that either the two hostages are safe one is safe or we get some other type of propaganda message from isis. so it's for hours now we've been hearing a lot of different reports, a lot of speculation and yet still silence from the government officially here in tokyo and silence from jordan aside from saying if their pilot comes home alive, they are willing and ready to hand over this terrorist. we're continuing to work every angle to see what we can find
out. >> i want to go to barbara starr at the pentagon. i hear what peter bergen is saying about bowe bergdahl and i get it. what would be the reaction of the u.s. military if this exchange does indeed go down? >> i think it's perhaps a broader reaction by the obama administration. there is compassion and understanding certainly for the people the government the family in japan, and also the family of the jordanian pilot in jordan. this is a humanitarian situation to a large extent to try and get these people back safely home. the u.s. as we have talked about doing the same thing itself exchanging taliban prisoners to get bowe bergdahl back several months ago. he was held by the taliban for a very long time. underlying all of that is the issue of isis propaganda. it was just yesterday head of u.s. special forces said that isis is continuing to recruit
fighters and ersers at what he called a staggering rate. they are effective at using social media and these prop grand -- propaganda videos to show themselves as having inevitable victory. if they get this woman back from jordan i think it is a safe bet you'll see plenty of isis propaganda video and social media out there claiming victory about all of this. the coalition, the u.s. has a different view. they've been talking lately about the progress they're making against isis. isis continuing to recruit. u.s. says the air strikes are beginning to work. they're beginning to chip away at isis progress so you have a lot of different things going on here. isis continuing to rely on that social media strategy. the u.s. the west continuing to rely on air strikes and fundamentally the u.s. wants to
be sure it keeps jordan in that coalition. >> speaking of jordan i want to go to jordan right now and talk to our cnn correspondent. have you heard anything new in addition about this prisoner? >> reporter: what we're hearing from the jordanian foreign minister carol, through tweets from his official account over the last hour this is after a period of silence from the jordanian government about the situation. he's denying any reports that sagida al rishawi was released. this was an hour ago he tweeted that. she says her release was conditional with the release of the american pilot. another tweet in the last few minutes, the foreign minister is saying that theian jordanian asked
for confirmation the pilot is safe and well and officials are watching the situation closely minute by minute but as mentioned earlier, they did come out with this offer in response to isis' demand saying they're willing to release sagida al rishawi the convicted would-be suicide bomber in exchange for the jordanian pilot. no mention of the japanese journalist. they want an exchange with the japanese journalist but raised the stakes saying they would kill both the jordanian pilot and the japanese hostage. >> so to you, peter, because jordan is in a tough spot. i want to read you a quote from this pilot's father. he said all people must know from the head of the regime jordan to everybody else that the safety means stability of jordan and the death means chaos in jordan.
is that true? >> well this is obviously a puj huge political issue in jordan and the fact is that jordanians are going to feel a lot more comfortable about an exchange of one of their own nationals than the japanese journalist. it's really a tough situation here carol. the demands of the hostage takers are not what the jordanian government is willing to do it appears at this moment. >> we just got another guest that's going to join us right now. dan o'shay former fbi negotiator. he's in tampa. are you with me? >> yes, i am. >> if this prisoner exchange goes down how might that work? >> i'm not a negotiator for the fbi. i want to make that clear. >> i'm sorry. >> that's okay. this is a high stakes game and this is just a play out of what we saw back in 2004 and 2006 at the height of the al qaeda
kidnapping. during the kidnapping crisis this woman was one of in ransom demands was for the same woman, the woman involved in the bombing at the hotel in 2005 in jordan. so there's a very strategic value for her. it shows a direct connection probably some type of a relationship building between isis and al qaeda and the fact they are going after someone who is at the time an al qaeda suicide bomber. this is going on behind the scenes. hostage negotiation is how terrorist groups like isis and al qaeda negotiate with not only the west but with also nation states in the arab world as well. >> also, dan, if this exchange does happen do you consider this a win for this terrorist group? >> of course. how else can you look at it.
they are getting their demands. the hard challenge we have is that every kidnapping case -- said they were going to put 200 million up to counter isis and help defeat the threat what do they do? they capture two japanese and that was the original ransom demand. they exploit everything on social media and this would be a huge strategic victory if they get this woman back because she's very much considered a heroine at a time when isis and al qaeda are targeting women. they really want to get women involved and this would be a huge strategic victory for them to get this woman back in a prisoner exchange if this is what happens. >> that's interesting. i'll pose this question to peter bergen. this woman has been in prison for ten years. isis didn't exist ten years ago. why are they so interested in
her? >> one thing if you think back isis in the past also asked for an american of pakistani descent who was wounded and in american custody right now. when they have women who have taken on in their mind heroic operations they want them back. the same set of folks who are running isis now are the same set of folks in many ways who were running al qaeda in iraq at the time. and one other quick point here carol, israelis will routinely swap hundreds of prisoners for one israeli soldier. when it comes to a prisoner of war exchange the united states and many other countries are more than happy to exchange valuable prisoners to get their military servicemen back. >> okay. i'll have to leave it there.
we're going to keep our eye on the situation. barbara starr, peter bergen thank you. thanks to all of you for being with me this morning. i appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," people digging out after a record snowfall for parts of new england. nearly three feet of snow fell in the boston suburb of worcester and now even more snow is on the way. we'll take threw next. when salesman alan ames books his room at laquinta.com, he gets a ready for you alert the second his room is ready. so he knows exactly when he can check in and power up before his big meeting. and when alan gets all powered up, ya know what happens? i think the numbers speak for themselves. i'm sold! he's a selling machine! put it there. and there, and there, and there. la quinta inns and suites is ready for you, so you'll be ready for business. the ready for you alert, only at laquinta.com! la quinta!
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new englanders return to the world and the region tries to return to normal hours after massachusetts lifted its travel ban, this is morning rush hour in boston. new englanders are returning to work this morning after parts of the state saw record breaking snowfall. some areas saw as much as 36 inches. here's a rundown of some snowfall totals. new york was largely spared parts of suburban long island were buried under 2.5 feet. for the most part the worst of the storm hammered the massachusetts coastline. some beach communities the sea water is right now rushing through the streets. the storm pushed waves over and sometimes through the seeawall. south of boston in marshfield two homes have been condemned and crews expect to survey more damage later on.
let's get out to cnn's brian todd. good morning, brian. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this town just coming to grips with what happened yesterday. just starting to recover this morning from that flood damage that you talked about. we'll come up here along this seaside street in marshfield. cherry pickers just lowered their buckets there trying to restore power up there along this street the entire area was without power for much of the day yesterday. we got here just as those tidal surges were hitting that seawall. a very violent push from the ocean into the seawall. the seawall breached in at least two places in lengths of 50 feet in each place and causing significant flooding damage. self-homes had to be evacuated. we're told that a front end loader had to be used to get to one injured man who had 70 stitches in his face from flying glass. that was the only injury of any real significance that we heard
about. so that's very fortunate. no serious injuries to report from the damage but the storm surge was very violent. it was very dangerous. we were told that a lot of people had to be evacuated. they had to use humvees and all sorts of special equipment to get to these people and a lot of stuff washed in from the ocean. there were lobster traps that were flying around the streets and got deposited in the streets and a lot of debris is being cleared out and pushed back into the ocean. they had backhoes there this morning clearing huge rocks and sand and putting it back into the ocean where it belongs. this town just kind of scrambling to recover from this storm that came up very suddenly on them. >> all right. brian todd reporting live for us this morning. thanks so much. lets head to boston and cnn meteorologist jennifer gray. we know the travel ban has been lifted but things certainly aren't back to normal right? >> reporter: the highways and interstates, those are all clear
looking really good. we're right here. one of the major thoroughfares in boston. atlantic avenue. traffic is very very light. there goes another plow. they are still working today to get these roads up and running. motorists are having a fairly easy time getting around. this road is normally just packed with cars. you can see barely anyone. so the city is getting back up and running. very nicely. do expect major delays. flights have been delayed. we've seen 100 cancellations in boston. that's the most of any airport in the u.s. they are trying to get that back on target as well. and then just clearing out the streets. look at these big snow mounds right behind me in the park. you can see a lot of snow there. once all of the streets get cleared, you'll see these continue to pile up. they are taking all of this snow to different snow farms. three of them. so they are trying to haul a lot of this snow out of the city and
we had 24.6 inches of snow. that makes it the number one january storm. it ranks number six on all-time stars. we're three inches shy of making it to number one. i can tell you this is plenty of snow for someone who deal with. nine hours of blizzard conditions in boston. that's the final word and for somebody that was standing out here for all nine of those hours, it was a mess. today is feeling much much better getting sunshine but we are in store for very cold temperatures through the weekend. carol? >> all right. jennifer gray reporting live. thanks so much. i'll be right back. so you're looking for a loan? how's your credit? i know i have an 810 fico score, thanks to the tools and help on experian.com. and your big idea is hot dogs shaped like hamburgers? nope. hamburgers shaped like hot dogs. that's not really in our wheelhouse... you don't put it in a wheelhouse. you put it in your mouth. get your credit swagger on. become a member of experian credit tracker and find out your fico score powered by experian. fico scores are used in 90%
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breaking news out of israel this morning. two israeli soldiers have been killed and seven wounded in a hezbollah attack on a military convoy. the incident taking place along the country's border with lebanon, a disputed region. elise labott is on the border and joins me now with more. >> reporter: it started this morning with this hezbollah anti-take gunfire into israel. israel has been responding with punishing air strikes and ground artillery into the lebanese border. this is the second day of fighting. if you remember yesterday israel was taking in rocket fire. this has been a front that's relatively quiet but hezbollah
took up syrian army positions launching rockets into israel. israel responded overnight but with air strikes into syria warning hezbollah it will not accept a new front. netanyahu warning hezbollah and iran saying iran is responsible for all this and it will not tolerate this type of behavior. it's also saying if you want to open up a new front with israel remember what happened last summer in gaza with hamas. it did not end up well with "operation protective edge." prime minister benning netanyahu saying iran cannot have a nuclear weapon and be able to continue nuclear terror umbrella. >> elise labott reporting live for us. thanks so much. their voices have been silent for seven decades but the memory of what happened to more than 1 million souls that perished at
auschwitz lives on. they marked 70 years since its liberation. wolf blitzer has a personal connection to auschwitz. he joins me now. >> carol, thanks very much. and i was there. i visited auschwitz. it's a personal issue for me. my paternal grandparents were killed at auschwitz so it is haunting simply walking around and while i was there, i reflected on what i was seeing. watch this. it haunts us to this very day. you hear that word auschwitz, and you think of death. you smell the death when you're walking around. i read a lot about the holocaust. i had seen the movies. i've seen a lot of the pictures. certainly i knew what happened but until you actually see the location you see where it occurred and you get a sense of the enormity of this crime, it's hard to believe that people can
be as cruel as they clearly have been. 1.2 million people. within two or three years were slaughtered. and then i saw the gas chamber and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. you know carol, one thing you do have to notice when you go to auschwitz and museum there is of 1.2 million people murdered in those two years leading up to liberation 1.2 million were jews. the others were those that opposed the nazi regime. they kept amazing records all of those years and it's pretty awful just to think about what happened exactly 70 years ago
yesterday when that camp was liberated. what we've done in this documentary that will air later tonight, we've interviewed auschwitz survivors most of whom were young kids when they were brought there in '43 or '44 and tell stories of what life was like before world war ii during world war ii and since the war and i got to tell you, these stories have been so powerful and so amazing. they are all really really extraordinary people that tell their stories. these voices of auschwitz. i think our viewers will be moved. >> i know you shared a little bit about what happened to your family at auschwitz. could you share more details? would you mind? >> no of course. on my dad's side the blitzer family they were actually from the town of auschwitz. they grew up there. my dad's parents were taken to auschwitz, and i learned -- i knew they were killed during the holocaust. i didn't know exactly where until this past summer when i
was doing research for that roots project, that family history project several of us were doing for cnn. i discovered while visiting the holocaust memorial museum that my grandparents on my dad's side were killed at auschwitz. my dad had never been sent to auschwitz. he was sent to a dozen other slave labor camps. he didn't go to auschwitz. he survived the war. my mom survived the war and eventually they wound up in buffalo, new york where i grew up. if you saw the roots piece that i did, you know that personal story, that history that i had. that's why when i went to help prepare for this documentary, it was so moving just to walk around with some of these auschwitz survivors and hear their stories. not only hear their stories at a museum out of poland but at the actual place where it occurred in auschwitz and the death camp
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worcester, massachusetts, got 34.5 inches of snow. that would be an all-time record. boston set a record for january with 22 inches at logan. providence rhode island set a daily record with 16 inches falling yesterday. and the united nations says intense storms like these will be more common. we're getting distracted by things that perhaps don't matter as much. >> climate change is real. we're all obsessed with deflategate. let's keep in mind there's something about which you should give a [ bleep ] like tom brady the world is getting hotter and hotter and you know why? we humans are pumping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels and when tom brady and bill belichick start talking for 2 1/2 hours at press conferences spewing out carbon dioxide making climate change that much worse. >> so yes, climate change also means more intense storms.
let's put aside deflategate and talk about climate change and how it's affecting our lives. i'm joined by a climate expert. hi joe. >> hi. thanks for having me. >> thanks for being here. explain to our viewers how climate change will bring more intense storms in the future. >> one of the basic facts is as the climate gets hotter the atmosphere gets warmer and it can hold more water vapor. the ocean gets hotter and more water vapor end up in the air and net result is that when a storm does sweep in over hundreds of miles, it can suck in vastly larger amounts of water, which then get dumped. of course if it's warm enough for rain we get rain. but we still have winters. and in the winter particularly the mid winter like now, we will see monster snow storms. >> the united nations put out a report warning of more intense winter storms likes the one we just experienced and stronger
hurricanes. what will that look like? >> well it's going to look like a combination of things. so you're going to see more huge storms like superstorm sandy was the largest hurricane ever seen in the north atlantic so that's one thing. the storms will be larger. they'll get more northern as was in the case of sandy and of course because of sea level rise the storm surge from the storms will be more destructive and sea level rise on the east coast is up a foot. so you'll generally see more intense precipitation particularly falling over 24 or 48 hours and you'll see worse storm surges and they will probably take place over larger areas. >> all right. thank you for your insight. we appreciate it. massive storms like the one we saw this week don't just disrupt lives, they disrupt entire
economies. new york city was virtually shut down. travel bans were in place for states like connecticut and rhode island massachusetts, and new york. and everybody inside and not going out to work or out to dinner or to the movies. one group says that cost the northeast economy $500 million. we have to pay attention to these more intense storms that will come our way because of climate change. christine romans is here with more on the economics of this storm. >> winter happens. mother nature happens no question. when it is intense like this and you have cities shut down it costs a lot of money and most of that money is not recouped. $500 million is the estimate so far. you had a major american city shutdown for almost a day. lost sales. clean up. as you branch out to what is digging out in new england, those numbers are most likely going to rise. lost tax revenues for state and local governments. in new york city alone, a million dollars an inch. a million dollars an inch to
clean up the snow. 10 inches a big deal here. it could have been much much worse. now, let's talk a little bit about canceled flights. more than 8,500 canceled flights monday and tuesday. that was 400,000 travelers. those are people who had to stop their work not get where they were going. $230 million is the economic loss u.s. travel association says from that. that doesn't count airlines. that's just us travelers who were left in the lurch. $230 million there in economic loss. >> that's insane. probably more to come this winter. i think that's safe to say. >> it's only january. >> christine romans thanks so much. breaking news to share with our viewers right now. this breaking news is out of south carolina where convictions for a group of men known as the friendship nine have been tossed out. the men staged a sit-in at this south carolina lunch counter during the civil rights
movement. an action that provided a blueprint for other activists. they were charged with a crime for sitting down to lunch. victor joins us now. tell us more. >> reporter: carol, the judge really summed up the feeling and sentiment inside the room. the purpose of this vacating of the charges, we cannot rewrite history but we can right history. that was the purpose of today's hearing to vacate the charges. i'll take you back to 1961. the height of the civil rights movement. the sit-in protest had begun in north carolina and the protesters black protesters most of them went to white-only counters and would be arrested. they would pay the bail and go home. what made the sit-ins in transformative they adapted the jail and no bail philosophy. they were sentenced to 30 days
on a chain gang instead of paying the bail. by the end of that summer in 1961 the jails across the south were filling up with protesters. you fast forward 50 years to 2011 there was a reunion of the friendship nine named for the friendship college where they were students back in the '60s. and there was a children's author who said i'll write a book about this but something more needs to happen. and that's where she met with the solicitor in rockhill and they began the plan to vacate charges. most of the men were here in court today. it was a very emotional time. 250 seats but there were more than 200 people in the overflow spaces here at the law center carol. >> that's just really -- it took 53 years for this to happen. that's just not right. >> reporter: well it didn't
take exactly 53 years for the idea to start. initially the solicitor said people came to him saying charges should be pardoned. he said a pardon is for people who need to be forgiven. these men did not need to be forgiven. they needed justice. they went with the option of vacating the charges in so far saying they should never have been charged in the first place. >> absolutely. victor blackwell, many thanks to you. i appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," it's a super week for football. seahawks and patriots not getting ready for deflategate 2 but super bowl xlix. rachel nichols live in glendale, arizona. >> reporter: plenty going on here in phoenix including tom brady getting asked questions at a press conference by a puppet. we'll have that and deflategate too coming up. at northrop grumman, we know in the cyber world, threats are always evolving. at first we were protecting networks. then, we were protecting the transfer of data. and today it's evolved
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repeated that a total of 29 times, one time for each question he was asked. really everyone is actually talking about deflategate and some of the game's biggest personalities will not let it drop. let's bring in cnn sports anchor rachel nichols. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i have covered a lot of super bowls, this is one of the most unusual run-ups to the big game that i can remember. we have a player from one team taking shots at an owner. we have that owner taking shots at the league office. why not add crazy in there too. we had media day yesterday. take a look at what was going on here in phoenix. super bowl media day is known for colorful characters. crazy costumes and even some dancing. and this year did not disappoint. >> how do you explain media day? as a frenzy. it's great. you take the experience and you enjoy it.
it's something special. >> reporter: along with the light tone lingered harder issues that framed this year's run-up to the big game. on tuesday "sports illustrated" released a first opinion hearn piece by seahawks corner richard sherman in which he wrote, "i look at the nfl today and i'm as disappointed as ever in its management." this comes on the heel of patriots owner robert kraft challenging the nfl over deflategate deflategate. a recent article quoted a league executive calling kraft "the assistant commissioner." this time kraft was defiant. >> if the wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, i would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team and in particular coach belichick and tom brady for what they have had to endure this past week.
>> reporter: patriots players say seeing the owner challenge the league has had a galvanizing effect on the team. >> it means a lot. he's a great owner. great to see him on our side and just shows how much support he has for us players and obviously when you have doubters you always want to prove your doubters wrong. we want to show everyone what's up. >> we've always done a great job overcoming obstacles and being mentally tough. we just got to do it for one more game. >> reporter: behind the scenes a lot of patriots players i spoke to said while they ignore the allegations in public but in private they talk about them as a way to use them for motivation. if everyone thinks we had to cheat our way to get here we'll show them we belong in the super bowl on sunday. that could be bad news for the seahawks although robert kraft when asked about things yesterday says he thinks most of the players think these allegations are "hogwash."
all kinds of adjectives floating around here. >> can you tell us about the new allegations coming out as to who may be responsible for deflating the footballs? >> reporter: there's multiple reports out about what's on the videotape shown in the bottom of the stadium there at gillette. there are cameras everywhere. those were installed into a lot of the stadiums after september 11th. according to the report from fox news the ball boy who was responsible for taking the footballs from the officials locker room to the field which is what he's supposed to do made a stop "in another room." there's another report from nbc saying that that other room was a bathroom and that he was in that bathroom for approximately 90 seconds. i can't tell you, carol, what he was doing in that bathroom. there's obviously speculation about whether he was using the bathroom or whether he was using that closed room where of course there are no cameras.
it's one of the rooms where there are no cameras to tamper with the footballs. >> okay. >> reporter: now we get to speculate about what the ball boy was doing in the bathroom. good morning, america. >> stay with me rachel. i want to bring in chad brown, a linebacker for both the new england patriots and seattle seahawks. good morning, chad. >> good morning, carol. >> what do you make of this theory of the ball boy in the bathroom? >> go ahead. i was going to say 90 seconds is not a lot of time to put a needle in the ball and take out a certain amount of air. it's so fascinating because of the patriots history and because of spygate they are assumed to be guilty instead of letting due process play out and let facts reveal themselves. >> is robert kraft right? should we apologize to the new england patriots? >> if proven to be innocent i
think we should. tom brady automatically assumed to be guilty. bill belichick automatically assumed to be guilty. the entire patriots organization assumed to be guilty in the court of public opinion. it's unfortunate. even kurt warner came out and said he has concerns that when the patriots beat his rams in the super bowl that somehow they may have cheated and that starts to taint the patriots victory in his mind. even former players are buying into this automatically guiltiness on the part of the new england patriots. >> reporter: carol, people who said tom brady is guilty before there's evidence i think a lot of those people would owe the patriots an apology. it's interesting to hear robert kraft call for the nfl to apologize if there is no evidence found here. the nfl is supposed to investigate these things. it's a little bit interesting to hear him take such a strong stand against the league. remember he's one of the owners who pays the salaries of the people in that league office.
for him to say they should apologize for investigating is a shot. >> shouldn't robert kraft want the nfl to investigate such things chad? >> i certainly think he should. i think he's trying to play both sides of it. trying to get the public on his side and poke at roger goodell a little bit and win some of that public perception back. to rachel a's point, he should demand a thorough investigation whether it's his team or any other team through the nfl. >> who are you going to be rooting for? >> neither one of the teams last time i checked with my accountant give me a paycheck anymore. i'm just expecting a fantastic game and hopefully we can move past this deflategate stuff and talk about what's going to be a great football game on sunday and not the off the field stuff. >> rachel that's not going to happen. we'll talk about deflategate all of the way through the game. >> reporter: i think that we will definitely continue this as the topic of conversation. you will see a lot of camera
shots of those footballs on sunday although just so everybody knows, the procedure for footballs is different for the super bowl. this is not new for this year. this has been going on for a long time. there are 100 footballs that are gathered for the game. they are with the league all week. they are not with a particular team and they're supplied and kept in the custody of the league. at least we know that the footballs being played this sunday in the super bowl are legit. if they're not, it's the nfl's fault. >> rachel nichols, chad brown, thank you so much for being with me. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. e us to worlds full of heroes and titans. for respawn, building the best interactive entertainment begins with the cloud. this is "titanfall," the first multi-player game built and run on microsoft azure. empowering gamers around the world to interact in ways they never thought possible. this cloud turns data into excitement. this is the microsoft cloud.
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from yesterday's record snow and others are taking digs. jeanne moos is tracking the blizzard jokes trending. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ >> reporter: it was the lack of sound that was amazing with new york city streets shut down. one guy laid down in times square. nbc's matt lauer was able to get down in the middle of fifth avenue. reporters beware not of snow drifts but of idiots in a car drifting. >> reporter: only time will tell. reporting live from nassau county -- >> reporter: or a snowplow crashing your live shot doing doughnuts. storms don't deter dumb criminals. new york city police arrested a suspect who broke rule number one. don't break into cars during snowstorms leaving your tracks. there was no trace left behind of this garden nome. a reporter for salem news posted
this 12-hour time lapse video. in new york and new jersey the blizzard that fizzled was mocked. a trace of snow on the lawn we will rebuild god help us all. a few meteorologists even apologized. one saying this forecast is deflated as much as new england patriots footballs. there was nothing deflated about these tourists. where are you guys from? >> hawaii. we never seen snow. >> reporter: no wonder they were impressed with our blizzard. even a few inches can be treacherous as brian stelter discovered entering the subway. >> most recently hurricane sandy. that was of course -- >> be careful, brian. >> reporter: he managed to right himself. >> your shot is upside down. >> reporter: maybe we should let dogs give the forecast.
check out this mountain dog forecasting icy conditions even before the storm hit. jeanne moos cnn, new york. >> thanks so much for joining me today. i'm carol costello. another hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. breaking news negotiating freedom for isis hostages but at what price? new controversy, new questions about the dangers of cutting deals with terrorists. and the sun may be back out today but record breaking piles of snow remain. we'll go live to the dig out in massachusetts and look at what's to come. on the brink of a decision about sergeant bowe bergdahl captured and later freed in a hostage exchange with the taliban after leaving his post in afghanistan. will the military accuse