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about him. >> tlc has something called "jon and kate, plus peter orssac. >> there ain't no right way to do the wrong thing. >> reporter: does quoting a country sing eer like toby keit make him a cowboy or a dirty playboy? jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> although toby keith's voice is substantially lower. >> hope you have a great weekend. thanks for being us with. see you back here on monday. >> the news continues on cnn
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with heidi collins. thanks, guys. terror suspects in court today. the young nigerian that tried to bring down the jet liner will learn the charges against him. and also, full body scanners coming to airports. what does it mean for you? you have been asking us about the health risks, and so sanjay gupta will talk about that first. homeless in the bitter cold. we have been talking about the temperatures for days now. struggles for people on the streets and for those that help him. good morning, everybody. i am heidi collins. it's friday, january 8th. you are in the "cnn newsroom." new jobless numbers just in now. the labor department reports 85,000 people lost their jobs in december. and the unemployment rate was unchanged staying at 10%. we are going to get more on what the numbers mean when christine romans joins us from new york. coming your way in a few
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minutes. also this morning, terrorism in america. there will be a court hearing today for the man accused of trying to blow up northwest flight 253 on christmas day. umar farouk abdulmutallab faced six charges including attempted murder and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction. meanwhile, president obama addressing the security laps that preceded the thwarted bombing. he talked about watch lists and expanded communication between agencies. the hearing is due to begin in five hours from now in a federal courtroom in detroit. and cnn's debra frederick is there this morning. >> reporter: the question is in fact whether or not the father has travelled to be here in his
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son. he was initially the one that told that his son was missing and he feared he had become radicalized. we are waiting to see if he will be in court today. a line has been forming for people that want to go in and hear the proceedings today. some of the barricades have been set up. abdulmutallab is going to be transported here. there will be a detention hearing. and prosecutors will argue there is no way this person should be let out and he should be kept in the united states to face trial. this graduate student has become the face of al qaeda in the iranian peninsula. the smiling face of 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab is framed by the islamists flag of al qaeda in the iranian peninsula. the group claims responsibility for the failed christmas day attack, which targeted a u.s. jet liner, and ultimately
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underscored serious flaws in u.s. airline security. >> the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way. >> reporter: he smuggled the bomb in his underwear attempting to detonate it on the final approach to detroit. >> one thing al qaeda is very good at, they are very good in recruiting individuals acceptable to the radical ideology. >> reporter: when and when he became radicalized is still under investigation. but here is what authorities know so far. he applied for a u.s. visa in london after graduating there. he wanted to study in cairo or saudi arabia, his parents sent him to dubai.
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in august, something changed. according to a family source, abdulmutallab texted his parents saying he was going to pursue islam. he was in ghana, where he paid $2,800 in cash for a round trip flight from nigeria to detroit. he had only a shoulder bag. he told federal agents, yemen is where he got the device and instructions on where to use it pch >> i think al qaeda has done a phenomenal job with their psychological operations. for their recruiting they need to show successes. i think the fact that the disruption they caused to the
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system for them is a win, because it shows that david can throw rocks at goliath, here. >> reporter: he is represented by the chief federal defender, and he has a lot of experience representing terror suspects. >> deb feyerick for us. thank you. the bottom line of the six-page report, the plot should never have come so close to succeeding. >> u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover the plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to collect and understand the intelligence that we already had.
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>> here are some key points of how security will be beefed up to better protect the flying public. the government will deploy 300 body scanners at u.s. airports this year. right now there are only 40 and they are scattered around the country. and also in the works, bomb-sniffing jobs, and technology to detect explosives. and more officers will be trained as federal air marshals. now to the brutal cold gripping much of the country. it has been at least 20 years since one system has affected so many people. the ice creating a travel nightmare at airports and on the roads. this morning, 27 vehicles slid into each other south of atlanta. at least three people were hurt in that crash. ten states from north dakota to georgia cancelled school.
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the wind is certainly picking up, which is obviously making it feel colder. jacqui jeras in the weather center, and rob marciano where it's cold. and st. louis, they are racing to get people in the warming shelters we have told you about. and jacqui, you can look to the bottom of the screen and look for the city you live in, and it will give you the temperatures for the day. >> yeah, we will watch the temperatures warm up early next week. if we get through the weekend the worse will be over. the arctic front making its way off the coast and making it's way into central florida and will make it through the keys tonight. and the front that came through brought some light snow across parts of the northeast as well as parts of the south, and it
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wasn't a lot, but it's enough to cause a lot of traffic issues. we have a picture to show you live out of the baltimore area. a few lingering snow showers paossibl possible. maryland, the department of transportation says there are 1,200 pieces of equipment sanding and salting the streets because things are slick. they are also expecting to see delays on the trains across the area for today. so watch for the snow to come to an end in the northeast, but we will continue to see lake-effect snow showers pushing areas like pittsburgh and to the cleveland area. and look at the temperatures still well below the freezing mark. bridges and over passes in particular will continue to be problems with black ice. we are real concerned about that, especially tonight. and our meteorologist, rob marciano, has been braving the cold conditions in memphis,
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tennessee, where they are not so used to conditions like this, rob. >> reporter: definitely not. even if you live in minneapolis, this is tough stuff. much, much colder than this time yesterday. the windchill minus 5. so it feels like below zero here across parts of the southwestern tennessee. so far, since last night, no fatalities. i can tell you if anybody was out in this cold for an extended period of time last night, that's good news. and this batch of cold air, heidi, certainly worse than the last one earlier this week where there were fatalities across parts of the western tennessee. we will have a more detailed report in 30 minutes. see you then. they don't want to come in, so he goes out to them. a minister makes his mark for caring for the homeless people in the bitter, bitter cold.
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new unemployment numbers showing more americans lost their jobs last month. look behind the numbers and what they mean to you.
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let's get back to the unemployment numbers for just a
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moment. employers cut more jobs than many people expected last month, but the unemployment rate does remain the same. the unemployment rate, 10%, though, christine? >> yeah, you are right. that's a number uncomfortable for many people, for both you and i people on main street and for people who are in power, who are looking at a 10% unemployment rate saying that is just not sustainable. 85,000 jobs lost. 10% unemployment rate still. 4.2 million jobs were lost in the economy. when you look at the recession overall, 7.2 million jobs were lost. those are dismal numbers. job losses really slow down in 2009. look at the chart. the beginning of the year was horrific, all the way through the summer. and employers were slashing fewer jobs. a little surprise if you will in the numbers. november the economy created 4,000 jobs. that was a bit of surprise. so we did finally reverse almost
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two years of job losses in november. 4,000 jobs is not a lot in the context of an economy with so many workers, and 6 million people, frankly, are discouraged or dropped out of the workforce, and even millions more are working part time because they cannot get a full time. you can see the unemployment rate continue to rise this year in the beginning part of the year as the flood of people out of the labor market tiptoe back in, because they want to try their luck again here in the beginning of the year. we did create jobs in temporary and professional services. we know some companies like to test the waters and hire temporary workers first, but we have not seen that translate into full time jobs, and we are still waiting for that to happen. >> yeah, people that came up with the idea to run companies that offer temporary agencies, those are the smart guys now.
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everybody seems to be feeling the pain of unemployment pretty equal across the board? >> no, there are a lot of differences as we look within the numbers. adult men have an unemployment rate that is frankly higher than the general public. if we can look at the numbers you see adult men in november they had a 10.5 unemployment rate, and blacks have an unemployment rate that rose slightly. it had been at 15% and it rose to 16%. and hispanics had unemployment rates that rose. and record unemployment for teens. 27% unemployment for teens. some of the groups have been feeling the recession far longer and deeper than others. >> we will continue to talk about the numbers throughout the morning. christine, thank you. what happens when the homeless people won't come inside during beautiful cold spells like this.
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in st. louis, one minister goes out to check on them himself. >> reporter: darkness falls in st. louis, and with it, the temperature. >> blowing snow as well. the windchill index 5 below down at the arch. >> reporter: despite the bitter cold, there are some that refuse to come in. they are the ones that the reverend larry rice wants to find. you try to bring them in or just try to look after them in place where they are? >> we let them know we have a place available they could come. but as maeger as their belongings may be and as primitive as their place may be, that's still their home. this is a home that's not abandoned at all. inside we find a community of young people in their teens and 20s. >> i have a new coat for you. can you use a sleeping bag.
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>> reporter: for susan, it's heaven compared to the street. how many people are in the house? >> 15 or 20. i never count. >> reporter: at the next stop, we learn she was right about the heaven part, because this is where she was living, in a tent in a tunnel. as the temperature heads towards zero, we find others still here. what do you do to stay warm? >> my lantern. >> reporter: why don't you go to a shelter? >> we prefer to stay out here, we don't want to be around a bunch of people that we don't know. we are a small group of people. >> reporter: a small group of people living in the stone age beneath a modern american sitting, surviving a night so
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cold it could kill. >> marty savage joining us live. what a piece. given the economic situation that we have been talking about so long in this country, are they finding different faces on the street? >> reporter: they are indeed, heidi. reverend rice will celebrate 38 years where he has been reaching and preaching to homeless in st. louis. never has he seen so many women, he says, and he is seeing more families left homeless out there. and then there is a new sort of thing that he is running across. it's people that have a home, but due to the economic crisis cannot afford the heat or can't afford electricity. so he now added them to the list as he makes the rounds with his team, checking on them and making sure they are all right and making sure they are surviving. tonight, by the way, we will be colder than last night here in st. louis, heidi. >> it's tough out there. nice to see you, marty. thank you. security in our airports.
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progovernment protesters were there for his arrival. he is one of the men that ran against mahmoud ahmadinejad in last year's election. two men arrested with the suspected plot in new york last september. the men were questioned last year as part of the investigation of zazi.
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we have been hearing a lot about the full body scanners being ordered for the airports,
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and privacy is one issue but many are asking about the possible health dangers. dr. sanjay gupta joining us now. could the radiation from the machines lead to health problems in the future? >> i have been thinking about this a lot because people like you and i travel so much. the short answer is there doesn't seem to be. there is something that relies on millimeter wave technology. this is what the machine will look like. when you see a machine like this, what is happening specifically, it's giving off radio waves and creating an image based on the radio waves. think of it as an ultrasound instead of an x-ray. that seems safe. and the other people are talking about a lot, it relies on back scatter technology. you have seen the types of
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images it generates. what happens here, and we talked to a few physicists about this, it does have radiation, and it bounces off the skin and it gives an image from the bounce back. that's where it gets the name scatter technology. and then you have to go through it 125,000 times in a single year to reach the safe level. >> that's a lot of travel. >> this is an x-ray, people are used to seeing, and that does penetrate the skin. it seems safe in the machine, based on the initial conversations. >> yeah, a few weeks ago we were talking about ct scans and how the radiation can change depending on the machine that you use, but is this part of the you will ultrasound technology?
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>> well, a lot of times tech ni technicians would calibrate the machines, and so some of the numbers that i just cited to you should apply in every airport because they cannot change them. we will see how some of this plays out, but that seems to be playing out here. >> so low a dose, okay for pregnant women and children? >> yeah, and when it comes to pregnant women or small children, they were divided. they said they did not think that there was going to be a problem, no danger from the machines, but if they were concerned about it, can you go for the pat down instead, instead of going through the machine, and pregnant women and children, if they wanted to do that, they could opt for that instead. >> thank you, sanjay gupta.
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>> have a good weekend. >> you, too. an arctic cold front blasts the region making cold temperatures even colder, and creating treacherous driving conditions.
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just an hour ago the latest jobs numbers were released. as christine romans told us the 10% rate did hold even though
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85,000 positions were cut last month. we have more on reaction at least by way of investors. good morning to you, susan. >> for the final trading session of the week, the big report of the week, let's face it, stocks have been treading water since monday's rally, as investors expected rates high. we are expecting a lower open. not a big sellout, because there were a few glimmers of hope in the big report. from all of last year, 4.2 million jobs were lost, and even though the unemployment rate held at 10% in december, it's because most people have given up and stopped looking for work. the good news is we find a small bit of job growth. and 22 straight months of job
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losses ended. the report shows the labor market has a long way to go. and the latest company to cut jobs is ups. the shipping job plans to cut 18 management and administrative positions. we know u.s. sales fell 21% last year to about 10.5 million. yet another sign of china's rapid rise of the global economic power. we are not seeing the rise in the three major averages. but like i said, investors have not been too spooked by this. another thing that is a glimmer of hope, hourly wages are a little bit higher. that's certainly a bright note.
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we like that. oil prices pulling back. we like that, too. prices are still high at about $82 a barrel, heidi. more later. >> all right, susan. we'll check in later on. thank you. the road conditions, the bridges are iced over, sliding across the bridges. some places are really, really slushy. some parts of the road are really icy. >> a georgia resident describing treacherous conditions as ice and snow blanket the area yesterday. and it's part of the arctic system that has two-thirds of the nation shivering with below zero temperatures. and some classes are cancelled today. drivers in georgia are being warned to stay off the roads until at least noon. and the frigid conditions snarling air traffic with 400 flights cancelled yesterday at chicago o'hare's airport
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yesterday. how long will it last? jacqui has the answer. >> we are bottoming out across the nation's midsection, and by the end of the weekend, you will start to feel better, and early next week you will be closer to where you should be for this time of year. in the meantime, the arctic front made its way all the way down into florida. most of the showers have made their way offshore here. so it's cold, the snow not real heavy, but it's making for a lot of problems on the roadways. bridges and over passes in particular. we saw the big mess going on in the atlanta area. you see the cold air moving over the warm lake water. big problems in places like cleveland, and then over in gary, indiana, as the lake-effect snow machines coming down in these areas. and that will happen over the weekend as well. and then they are having problems with flights arriving
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into atlanta to get here. these are mostly delta delays from what i understand. about an hour and a half. san francisco, also looking at delays. let's look at a live picture from atlanta. a white atlanta, not something you see every day. heidi, you might say, 6/10 of an inch of snow? we don't have the snow plows and the salt and sand equipment. that's common all across the deep south this morning. a lot of people out of school, and it's really rough if you are not on the interstate. none of the side streets have been treated. >> i don't care who you are, when you have the black ice, it doesn't matter what kind of car or who is driving it. >> yeah. coping with all the ice and snow is tricky, as we heard people say, in the south people are not used to it.
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rob marciano is braving the bitter cold in memphis, tennessee, this morning. rob, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, heidi. you know, it's hard to believe that i am standing this far south in memphis, tennessee. i can tell you the cold feels like any winter storm we have covered in minnesota or michigan. right now it's 8 degrees. with the wind it feels like minus 5. the trollies are working, but for the most part the streets are quieter than they would be during a normal time of year, or a time when it was not so cold. it snowed yesterday along beil street. not unheard of, but a rare event. the home of bb king and of elvis presley, which, by the way, he would have turned 75 today. it's his birthday. and on a more serious note, they had fatalities here in tennessee with the last batch of cold air. we are happy to report to you, last night being the coldest
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night yet, no fatalities reports. that to me is amazing. they took the precautions and opened the warming shelters. yesterday we had a story on a woman that had her lights and power and heat turned back on because she could not pay her bill and had them shut off for almost a year. and now she is resting in a warm shelter for a change of pace. let's check out some of the video coming out of oklahoma. yukon, oklahoma, winds gusting over 54 miles per hour, snapping power lines and blowing up transformers. and at one point a few thousand people had been without electricity. places in the dakotas had windchills yesterday 50 degrees below zero. all of the air is driving further down to the south. further over to the east, we saw snow across nashville, and down
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i-75 and through atlanta, we are reporting on snow there as well. that's where our david mattingly has been reporting on the rare event happening in atlanta. and that would be snow. it doesn't take much to get that city to come to a screeching halt as far as winter weather goes? >> reporter: rob, it was not so much the snow here but it was the ice that came along with it. you can see traffic moving well right now. crews were working all night to make sure the interstate stayed open. it was the elevated roads and on-ramps that were causing problems with icing. look at this video that came to us overnight. a 27-car pileup on an on-ramp to i-85 south of atlanta. fortunately, there were only three injuries, and all of them minor, reported in this incident. at least 27 cars sliding around on the ice, banging into one another. it took a long time for this to
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get cleaned up. in a separate accident, we received word of fatalities related to the weather. one car, one fatality. that's all we have heard reported from overnight when all of the ice was causing so much of a problem. the word's busiest airport in jackson, atlanta international airport, a lot of flights were cancelled yesterday. today a lot of the travelers going out. that airport getting back to normal. but here, rob, the continued story is the cold. we are not going to get above freezing at all today, so everything that is on the ground is going to stay here and continue to cause problems through the weekend until early next week, when we start to get a substantial warming trend here in atlanta. rob? >> reporter: thank you very much, david mattingly live in atlanta. and when the south gets a cold
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snap, one it doesn't last for this long, and two, at least during the day temperatures going above freezing. temperatures will not get out of the teens here in memphis. that's a 30-degree dip below what is average for this time of year. and any sort of coatings on the roadways will not melt until at least tomorrow and maybe not until the end of the weekend. a cold snap, one of two this year. even the trollies are creeking by because it's so cold in memphis. >> sounds like wheels spinning in the background. boy, oh, boy, everybody has to tough this one out. don't have a choice, do we. weather obviously the big topic today. it's also the big topic for our blog this morning. we are asking what the weather is stopping you from doing today, or if it is stopping you from doing anything today? go to we will read some of the
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responses later in the show. checking on some of the top stories. one of the deadliest incidents in history, and now police mistakes may have contributed in the death toll. police say a convicted felon killed two patrol officers and then two swat members who chased him into a nearby building. and the felon was then shot by police. a state senate rejected a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state. the bill was seven votes short of moving on into the assembly. civil union law is sufficient for same-sex couples. mccain and lieberman are part of a delegation in islamabad today. eight suspected militants are
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dead after an explosion city in karachi. the blast may have been caused by a suicide bomber's invest stored in a house. facing criminal charges. the would-be christmas day bomber heads to federal court today, but should his case be a military matter? eeeeeeee
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we are learning more about the suspected double agent that attacked a cia base in afghanistan. seven cia officers died in the attack. humam khalil abu mulal al balawi is the man. his mother said he was a loaner. the man accused of trying to bring down a u.s. airliner on christmas day is due in federal court in michigan today. the 23-year-old nigerian faces six federal charges. joining us is the acting director of the national
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humanitarian law clinic right here in atlanta. thank you for coming in with the weather conditions out there. we appreciate it. there has been a lot of talk about where this suspect should be tried. your thoughts and what will be different because he will be under the u.s. court system? >> the first thing to keep in mind is that he may be a terrorists, and he is still a criminal. he got on the airplane and tried to blow it up and that's a crime under u.s. law. we have multiple laws that criminalize terrorism. it's a straightforward matter in that sense. since he committed a crime or is alleged to have committed a crime, we will bring our experienced and professional prosecutors and judges into the mix in order to try him. >> why have war tribunals at
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all? >> like i said, he is just a criminal. the military commissions are a different ball game altogether. they are used for people that we have picked up overseas in afghanist afghanistan, pakistan, and other places, and we don't have the same type of information about them. we all remember the footage that we saw of the airplane on christmas day when it was pulled off to the tarmac and surrounded by police cars, and they interviewed every single person to the airplane, and they were trying to figure out what happened. they combed that thing clean. they have -- they have reams of evidence to deal with this. the types of people that we pick up overseas, those are in battlefield conditions, and we cannot do that same type of situation. some of them are picked up as a intelligent sweep, and we may know they were involved in somebody else and it's a different type of situation altogether.
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>> what about his suspected ties to al qaeda? does that not change things? >> no, i don't think it changes things as all. yes, he does seem to have ties to al qaeda, and what we learned so far that seems to be clear. al qaeda is a terrorists organization. this guy is a terrorists. that just means he is a criminal. it doesn't make him a warrior of any kind or a soldier, and it doesn't grant him some particular change in status that says that he is fighting a war. >> it does afford him certain protections that he would not have, obviously. that's the situation here. miranda rights, as well. >> it's also to keep in mind in the military commission system he will have a lawyer and the same right to be presumed innocent, and the same access to
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cross examin witnesses and all the same types of protections. he will be interrogated in the same standards in the court system. it's not a great change. i think it's really important to remember that these terrorists, al qaeda and other affiliated folks, they like to think of themselves at war with us. if we look at it that way, we are granting them a stature, we are legitimizing them by saying they are warriors and they don't deserve that legitimacy or status, and they are just criminals. our courts are tried and true. we have been trying federal terrorists for years. we have all the resources that we need to do this. we have professional prosecutors and judges, and they are going to do a great job. >> we obviously will be following it closely. thank you for your time. >> thank you, very much.
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local law enforcement catching dangerous criminals in dangerous traffic stops with the help of homeland security.
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secure communities, a new homeland security program takes
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a closer look at illegal immigrants in an effort to get dangerous criminals off u.s. streets. cnn's rafael romo has more. >> reporter: he has been in the united states illegally for at least three years, even though he's been convicted of 12 charges, including battery on a law enforcement officer and cocaine possession, the 32-year-old was never deported because he lied about his status. he was only identified, thanks to a new homeland security program. this machine here is going to connect you immediately with the fbi and the department of homeland security right away. >> yes, it is. >> reporter: in beggeorgia they oversee the program which checks the fingerprints against federal databases. >> what we're introducing to the process is the digital exchange of the fingerprints so that we can run the databases not only at the fbi but at the department
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of homeland security for immigration purposes in a matter of minutes and get them back to the law enforcement officials. >> reporter: but immigrant rights activists say the program targets migrants unfairly. >> it's open season for latinos in georgia. >> reporter: jerry goz says the program takes away local law enforcement's flexibility to decide whose fingerprints are run, essentially reporting everyone to i.c.e., even people with minor offenses. homeland security secretary janet napolitano has repeatedly said one of her department's priorities is the removal of illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes. >> they're deporting people for minor traffic violations. that's outside the scope of what napolitano wants accomplished. >> reporter: the department of homeland security insists its focus is on capturing the most dangerous criminals here illegally. >> secure communities is all about public safety. and it's all about trying to identify for removal from this country, serious criminal offenders in local communities.
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>> reporter: this man who habitually drove without a license and used 15 aliases was charged thanks to the program and will be deported to his native country after serving his sentence. >> so to those who have fears about racial profiling, what would be your response? >> don't break the law. if you're not in custody, you're not going to be checked. >> reporter: so far the program is available in 108 counties throughout the nation. officials at the department of homeland security say their hope is that it will be available throughout the country by 2013, but congress would have to approve significant resources for the security communities program to continue. rafael romo, cnn, atlanta. busy newsroom day once again here in the cnn newsroom. we are of course following all of the big stories this morning. our correspondents are hard at work for you, as you can see. rob marciano standing out there in those freezing temperatures in memphis, tennessee. good morning once again, rob.
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>> reporter: good morning, heidi. the coldest morning of the year yet. 8 degrees with a minus 5 windchill. the cold snap continues across the deep south. tomorrow they may very well be close to 0. a live report coming up in the next hour. i'm jacqui jeras. the bottom does drop out today for the plains, tomorrow across the southeast. what are these icy conditions doing to your travel? we'll have your forecast and the details on a little bit of a warm-up coming up at the top of the hour. >> reporter: and i'm christine romans in new york. the unemployment rate still an uncomfortable 10%, but this economy did create, it did create jobs late last year, 4,000 jobs created in november. but then in december, employers slashed another 85,000. what happens in 2010? what happens this year? will things get better for you and your job? i'll have that at the top of the hour, heidi. >> all right, guys, thanks so much. in fact also ahead this morning, labor secretary hilda solis will
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join to us talk more about those unemployment numbers.
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lots of hugs and kisses for a 5-year-old indiana girl
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credited with saving her dad's life. her dad thought he was having a heart attack and called 911 but savannah took over and talked to the dispatcher when dad had trouble breathing. the dispatcher was impressed with how calm she was. >> every time i've listened to it, it's amazing, because she's just a little person. >> keep him awake, okay. >> okay. he needs oxygen. >> he really needs oxygen? >> yeah. real bad. he looks like he's real shaky. i am real shaky too. >> they should be getting there any minute. >> okay. like how many minutes? >> probably only a couple. >> okay. you have to stay awake. okay, dad. it's okay. >> it doesn't get any better than that, does it? savannah's dad is okay and was back at work just a couple of days later. also, pro basketball hall of famer dave bing gets inaugurated today for his first four-year term as detroit's mayor. he won the general election in november just a few months after
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winning a special vote to replace jailed former mayor kwame kilpatrick. an oakland area rapid transit officer has his first court hearing in los angeles today. he's charged with killing an unarmed man on a station platform a little over a year ago. a judge cited excessive media coverage and racial tensions as the reason for moving the trial from oakland to l.a. a sluggish economy and the pain of unemployment. the government released new unemployment numbers this morning and they show employers cut more jobs than expected last month. the labor department reports 85,000 people lost their job in december, but the unemployment rate was unchanged, staying at 10%. so what's the story behind the unemployment rate? cnn's christine romans looking at the numbers for us from new york this morning. christine, tell us what you have, break it down for us just
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a bit, if you would. >> reporter: well, it's still uncomfortable. 10% unemployment is just something that is not sustainable in a healthy economy. that's just the bottom line there. but the pace of job loss over the past year has slowed pretty dramatically, and frankly, heidi, even by the month of november last year we saw some job creation. so that almost two-year streak of job losses ended in november when employers added 4,000 jobs, but then by december, the end of the year closing out a pretty rotten year for a lot of companies, you saw 85,000 more jobs lost. so ending a year -- ending a period since the recession began with about more than seven million jobs lost, 7.2 million jobs lost since the recession goon. you can see, though, look at how the job losses have slowed. last february, march, april, it was a faineful period. companies were taking a look at the environment around them and
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they were cratering customer traffic and just slashing jobs. you can see that by november 4,000 jobs created and then again in december 85,000 jobs lost. the big question now is what happens next. we have seen some temporary workers be hired. this is traditionally a sign that employers are tiptoeing back in. they're not sure they want to commit to full-time workers yet but they know orders are getting better so they want to start hiring people. that's important. we've seen jobs created in health and education. that was a big story last year. net positive job creation for health care jobs is expected to continue. but here's a little thing that many economists are worried about for 2010, heidi, and that is that you have millions of people who have stepped out of the labor market. they haven't even been looking for a job for six months. they gave up. when things start to get a little bit better or when time runs out for them, they're going to start entering the jobs market again. that means even when jobs start being created you could see the
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unemployment rate going higher. even as things start to pick up here and there. one last point i want to tell you, the ceo of a big employment services company told me there's starting to be bidding wars, wars over the top talent in all different kinds of industries. so for the cream of the crop in some places, you are starting to see some activity and that's also a good sign. >> those that have salary caps or do not have salary caps might be part of that story perhaps? >> not just the financial services, not just financial services, but clearly the unemployment rate for people with a graduate degree, undergraduate degree or graduate degree or higher, professional highly skilled people, you're starting to see a little movement in that area. actually according to this one ceo, a bidding war for some of that talent. >> good for them definitely. christine romans, thanks so much. i want to get another perspective on those jobless numbers so joining me is labor secretary hilda solis. if you were to write a headline from what these numbers are this month, what would it be? >> consistent moderation.
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because what we have seen is if you compare the job loss from last year at this time, we've actually been able to see that contraction. in the last four months we've seen that happen but that's not good enough. the president and i remain very committed every single day to see we add jobs back. today he'll talk about more incentives to provide tax credits for small businesses so they can get into new energy retro, retrofitting weatherization programs to help jump start our economy. small businesses are the engine of growth and that's why the small business administration has put forward $16 billion to help provide that incentive for small businesses. here in the department of labor, we're going to be ready to provide assistance for people who want to get into these new green jobs, so we're issuing those partnerships right now, funding for partnerships with business and with labor and with management so that we can have a prepared workforce ready to go. >> are you talking about more training for people who have no prior training in the industries
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that you're talking about that may be growing and how much? >> we're talking about both, because we also see where people want to have a career ladder in perhaps the energy efficiency arena. so they may start out as someone who's an electrician, but end up later on being the owner of a small business that actually helps to install solar panels. so we're trying to provide those incentives working with community colleges, local government, private partnerships with businesses and really getting a handle at the local level so it comes from the bottom up in terms of what the needs are for that region. >> how much time do you have? >> i have time. >> when you talk about consistent moderation, i mean i'm listening to the people at home who would say the clock is ticking and it's ticking fast. 4.2 million jobs lost just last year and this unemployment rate at 10%. we're expecting it to go a little bit higher as we just heard with our own correspondent, christine romans. what do you say directly to
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them? >> i would tell people to contact the department of labor, because this is the time now to get engaged in helping to retrain themselves and find out where the jobs are going to be. and your previous speaker talked about health care, education, and renewable energy. all of these areas are going to be for the foreseeable future areas of growth, so i would encourage people to contact our offices at 1-866-4 usadol. >> and that is where they will be able to call and get the training they need to get into those industries specifically. >> yes, absolutely. >> labor secretary, hilda solis, thank you. president obama will make remarks about the economy later today. he'll be announcing new funding as we just heard, clean technology manufacturing jobs. that is set for this afternoon around 2:40 eastern. you can catch it live right here on cnn. now to what's going on
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likely right outside your door. the winds and bone-chilling cold is so brutal in places like oklahoma city, power transformers have blown, like you just saw there. thank goodness the electricity was quickly restored there. but then there's the snow and the ice and that makes for some treacherous driving, especially in the south where people really aren't used to it. there's even more to the north. at least ten states cancelled school today. it's been at least 20 years in fact since one system has affected so many people. and of course we do have the very latest on all of this for you. jacqui jeras is tracking the system from our winter weather headquarters. rob marciano braving those cold temperatures down in memphis. jacq jacqui, i want to start with you. yesterday we talked about this arctic system where the temperatures are able to come down from the north and affect us all. >> yeah, and they're -- you know, that door is open, so to speak, from the north. so we're looking at those freezing temperatures dipping across this huge chunk of the country.
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you can see the windchill index, 15 below in minneapolis as well as kansas city. it feels like 0 in dallas right now. how about memphis where rob is, 3 degrees below 0. same story in cincinnati. we'll start to watch our weather pattern moderate a little bit, so we're bottoming out here in the nation's midsection today. we're going to see temperatures gradually warm. sunday you're really going to feel the difference. you could see some 20-degree temperatures. i know 20 sounds cold to some people in the south but that's going to feel a lot better here in the midwest. then the southeast, we're going to see our temperatures start to moderate. 40s even i think potentially in atlanta as we head into next week, so that is certainly some good news. in the meantime windchill advisorieses and warnings are in effect because it's going to feel like single digits at times in places like new orleans, shreveport, on up into the st. louis area, and 20s below zero into kansas city. let's go ahead and show you -- actually i want to show you some pictures real quick about some icicles.
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check this out. this is really cool stuff. high point, north carolina, what happened here, icicle spans a five-story building. apparently the heating and air conditioning system sprang a leak. >> that does not look safe either. >> talk about solid ice right there. also some incredible pictures from omaha, nebraska. these are some cool buses -- >> i'm sorry, but that is every kid's dream right there to see that shot. >> you'd think it would take weeks to get those doors open, right? these buses were parked behind a bowling alley that had caught on fire so some of the spray from the firemen's hose kind of sealed up those buses. so maybe no school for parts of nebraska. no school for a lot of people today. you know, our arctic system is really making its way off the coast now, so for the most part we're done with the precip except for northern and central parts of florida. that's going to swing through the florida keys later on tonight but it is a nuisance still because temperatures remain below freezing so there are a lot of roadways which are
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still covered in some of the snow and ice. use a lot of caution. you know, it's not just the south, it's still the northeast too. we've got some ground delays at atlanta hartsfield-jackson about an hour and a half. these are delta airline flights only, so call your carriers and 45 minutes in san francisco. so, heidi, make your plans indoors this weekend. next week you can go out running again. >> yeah, yeah, because that's what i would do. okay, jacqui, thank you so much. appreciate it. some of you, of course, may be used to the snow and the ice that we're seeing in many parts of the country, but the extreme cold is something else. our rob marciano is all bundled up in memphis this morning. rob, i think we just heard jacqui say it's 3 there, is that right? >> reporter: 3 below is what the windchill is. yeah, that's cold for memphis. happy birthday, elvis. he'd have been 75 years old today. i wish it was 75 degrees. blue suede shoes would not keep
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you warm in this sort of biting cold. the second of two rounds of arctic cold air that have driven down into the south for a cold snap in length that they haven't seen in over ten years, in some places over 20 years. we're at peabody place, the main street here. people are sort of out and about, but certainly when you live in the south, any time you get an excuse to have a rare snow day, it's snowing a little bit, you take it. but the good news is, is that reports from authorities is that they didn't have any fatalities last night. if you were out trying to survive this weather last night, you'd be hard pressed to survive the morning. there were fatalities early in the week from the first round so it looks like the precautions they took were certainly met and people learned quickly when the first round of arctic air came in. a little snow right now. just a blue blocks from here, b.b. king's on beal street yesterday, some snow falling there. not completely unheard of but a
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rare event to see that sort of thing. they did treat the roadways, so there haven't been a tremendous amount of traffic accidents. but there have been some school and government closures. one of the precautions that they took in order to keep people warm yesterday, we showed you a story of jacqueline mosley who got her lights and power turned on after not being able to pay it. they did that to roughly 500 customers yesterday so that was one good thing. another bright spot on her note, when her word got out via us, we had an anonymous person say they wanted to pay her electric bill and help her get her back on her feet. so a little bit of good news there in what is a bitterly, bitterly cold place this morning. >> yeah, maybe just a bit warmer hearing that story. we know it's cold, the lips are freezing and totally understand. 3 below is that temperature you're dealing with there. we'll check back later on. weather the big topic on my
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terror aboard flight 253. today a court hearing is scheduled for the man accused of trying to blow up that northwest airlines plane on christmas day. those charges could carry a life sentence. deb is outside the courthouse in detroit. talk a little more if you would about the extra security you're seeing there at the courthouse this morning. >> reporter: well, absolutely. clearly u.s. marshals and law enforcement taking this very seriously. they have blocked off the entire street to monitor who is coming in and coming out. there is also barricades and there will be a very heavy presence around abdulmutallab as he is transported from a detention facility about 45 minutes away here to the courthouse. that's going to happen in the next couple of hours. >> any sign of family? we've been hearing about family member that say may come in from overseas.
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>> reporter: well, that's what's so interesting. the father has really taken a prominent role in all of us, in the sense that he's the one who went to the u.s. embassy and alerted u.s. officials saying that he was fearful that his son had become radicalized. he is a very, very prominent banker, comes from a very good family. this 23-year-old graduate student will be in court today. he's really had every privilege that his father could afford him so it's unclear what role that is going to play in the hearing today. >> yeah, and what possibly the security concerns would be at this point for him as well. deb, let's talk a little about the maximum penalty here and what the lawyers' strategy might actually be. >> reporter: well, this -- during the arraignment, what is usually likely to happen is the charges will be read against him. usually his defense lawyer will enter a plea of not guilty. we're not sure whether he'll speak. he did speak when he appeared at a hearing when he was in the hospital a couple of weeks back. he's facing very, very serious charges, using a bomb as a
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weapon of mass destruction, trying to destroy that u.s. jetliner and trying to murder all 290 people on board that plane. those are the charges. obviously any one of those charges carry a life sentence, a maximum life sentence, heidi. >> so it's not clear, at least at this point in the investigation, how deep his ties are to al qaeda, but he's now become sort of their poster child, right? >> reporter: well, that's exactly right. you see this smiling face, but there's a picture of him and behind him is a flag of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. now, they are the group that has taken responsibility. they say that it was in direct retaliation for a strike against al qaeda militants in yemen on december 17th. now, what's interesting, it's the day before abdulmutallab set out on this journey to get here to the united states. so it's clear that his operation was well under way long before this, quote up quote, operation. the u.s. has refused comment on
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being involved in that strike except to say that in fact u.s. intelligence and yemeni sources do share intelligence. so there are a lot of dynamics that play in all of this, heidi. >> there sure are. deb will be following this story all day long for us in detroit today. thank you, deb. meanwhile president obama confronting the security lapses that preceded that attempted bombing. he announced a dozen security changes including expanded terror watch lists and better communication between intelligence agencies. >> the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already have. i am less interested in passing out blame than i am from learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. for ultimately the buck stops with me. >> here's some of the key points
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of how security will be beefed up. the government will deploy another 300 full body scanners at u.s. airports this year. right now there are only about 40 scattered around the country. also in the works, more bomb-sniffing dogs, more metal detectors and more technology to detect explosives. the security enhancements will also be felt on board airliners. hundreds of law enforcement officers will be trained as federal air marshals. he invented hundreds of medical devices. now he wraps his brain around the mind-boggling subject of health care. hear what he's saying about the debate and possible solutions. [ female announcer ] the only thing better than seafood
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checking the top stories now, a man suspected of going on a shooting rampage at a missouri industrial plant was reportedly a disgruntled worker caughtup in a pension lawsuit against the company. we told you about this yesterday here on the show. it happened at the abb group plant in st. louis. police say the gunman killed three people, wounded five others before apparently turning the gun on himself. he's been identified as 51-year-old timothy hendron. his lawsuit against abb went to trial this week. a deadly explosion at a steel plant in portage, indiana.
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officials say the blast may have happened when some water hit molten steel last night. one worker died at the scene. four other employees were hospitalized with steam burns. a tragic accident on the snow-covered ohio interstate. police say a tractor-trailer jack knifed near springfield yesterday swerving into oncoming traffic and colliding with a bus carrying disabled passengers. four people on the bus were killed. seven others were injured, including the truck driver. he's been called the thomas edison of our time. dean camen, the investigator of 400 medical devices. our own dr. sanjay gupta traveled to his idea factory and got a look at his latest innovative inventions and heard his ideas on health care. >> reporter: that's right. dean camen does have his own idea factory, it's the neatest thing. can you imagine having your own idea factory and just putting these ideas out there and turn them into real-life solutions.
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the reason i wanted to talk to him is because his voice on health carrie different than anything else i've heard. he said it's not that we're spending too much money on health care, he thinks in many ways we're not spending enough. here's why. >> sir. how are you? >> reporter: how you doing? >> terrific. come on in. >> reporter: i'm so excited to be here. dean cakamen is an inventor. i went to visit him at his home in new hampshire. >> actually, just to give you a sense of how things are going to go today, i thought i'd light the situation up. so are we ready? irks this is how you start an interview. you've probably seen his most famous invention, the segway. it was built on medical breakthroughs. he started building the first insulin pump when he was still in high school. he and his company have developed more than 400 patents. here's a home dialysis machine. and this wheelchair, the ibot, you can dance, you can spin, you
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can stand six feet tall. >> you fight with somebody in one of these, you're going to be the one that goes down. >> reporter: what do you think of what's going on with health care right now, the whole health care debate? >> well, sadly, i think it's a debate that has so polarized two sides that there's not a lot of common sense being said by anybody. >> reporter: there does seem to be this inherent skepticism or cynicism even about big companies and big government to some extent as well. if you had a moment with president obama and he was collecting all these opinions on health care now, just had a couple of moments, what would you say to him? because he wants to spend less and get more. that's what he's saying. >> i would say, mr. president, i think that there's no investment, no stimulus package, nothing you could do that would have a better return collectively to the country, to our companies and to our
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citizens than to put more resources into finding really good sustainable solutions to our medical problems. what better place to focus more and more of our collective genius and innovative capability than on health care. why is the debate a fight to spend less time, less money, less resources in the thing that we all claim is the most important thing we want. it's crazy. >> reporter: it's a very different look at health care. if you listened closely to what he was saying, he's saying we need to put more money into innovation to try and curb some of the health care costs later on down the road. think about that for a second. he gives the example of the insulin pump, something he helped create, and he said while insulin pumps are not cures for diabetes, it could curb health care costs, which are in the trillions, by a third. by that one single innovation alone. i spent the entire day talking to him and looking at his inventions and looking at his vision for the future. a long interview you can see this weekend on the show.
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but i can tell you, he's one of the most fascinating guys i've ever met. back to you. >> all right, cool. and as he just mentioned, you can hear more this weekend on the premiere episode, sanjay gupta md. watch his interview at 7:30 a.m. eastern saturday and sunday. a deep freeze from the midwest to the deep south. cnn meteorologist jacqui jeras is tracking all of the ice and snow across two-thirds of the nation. we're really getting in some unbelievable pictures there. there's those school buses again, jacqui. >> i know. amazing pictures. i'll have some more fun ones coming up. believe it or not, heidi, one part of the country still has yet to see the arctic air. it's coming in tonight. we'll tell you who that's going to be impacting and when this warm-up is finally going to come and just how warm will it be.
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snow, cold and ice from the midwest to the deep south. the storm is part of the arctic system that has two-thirds of the nation shivering in below freezing temperatures. schools across the metro atlanta area cancelled classes today. drivers in georgia are being wander to stay off the roads until at least noon. frigid conditions also installering u.s. air traffic with some 400 flights cancelled at chicago o'hare airport yesterday. jacqui jeras is tracking this arctic blast for us and our david maddingly also shivering here in atlanta where it's all of 15 degrees. not counting the windchill. so hang in there, david. we'll get to you in just a moment. first over to jacqui jeras. we're obvious relooking for a warm-up, jacqui. how much longer do we have to deal with this? >> well, the good news is that the warm-up is on the way but
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not until late in the weekend, early next week for most people and a few of you haven't seen the arctic air begin to move in. you can see here across the southeast, one of the aprreas o the country that's being hit so hard because you're not used to seeing these temperatures. you're going to watch this move through south florida, through the florida keys tonight. in fact miami, 60s will be balmy compared to where you're going to be tomorrow. you'll be lucky to get into the mid-50s by tomorrow afternoon. so that is some very frigid arctic air coming in. there you can see 1 below zero in memphis as well as little rock. it feels like 2 degrees in the dallas area right now. now, as we take a look at what's going on in the upper midwest, yeah, a lot worse than that. this is really dangerous cold. 30 degrees below zero in bismarck, 23 below in winnipeg and it takes minutes for your skin to freeze in conditions like this. as we head into the latter part
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of the weekend, we're going to go from windchill indices in the minus 30s to temperatures pushing in the 20s, so that is going to be a really dramatic swing for you folks and it's going to be feeling a lot better and we'll watch that move into the southeast by your monday. so things, you know, are on the up and up. there you can see the temperatures tomorrow even getting above freezing for some people along the gulf coast. now some folks, they're trying to get creative and have a little fun in this weather. check out this video from overland park, kansas. the snow has stopped here but the winds remain strong and that had one person taking advantage of it. yeah, that's like kite boarding. have you ever seen this in the oceans, heidi? apparently they're doing this in the snow. look at that, he's getting dragged along. >> he's not doing it very well. >> i would not recommend that for the novice person. it doesn't look terribly safe. >> all right, thank you. the snow, the sleet, bitter cold temperatures creating extremely dangerous driving conditions in the south. we've been talking about it a lot.
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in atlanta icy roads caused a bunch of wrecks, including a 27-car pileup. david, what's it like out there right now? the sun is coming out. >> reporter: that's right, heidi. in the expressways, atlanta's notorious expressways moving quite well right now. state road crews concentrated very heavily on keeping them open and the traffic moving pretty well on those. the problem right now is on all the side streets, the overpasses, the bridges and that's where we saw this tremendous pile-up early this morning. 27 cars, at least 27 cars slipping, sliding, skidding, colliding on the ice on an on-ramp onto i-85. this was south of atlanta. fortunately three injuries, not serious, reported in that 27-car pile-up. there was, however, one traffic fatality reported in a separate accident, a single car skidding off a road south of atlanta. the driver of that car dying in that traffic accident.
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so one fatality attributed to the cold conditions, the icy conditions here in georgia. what we're looking at right now is things trying to get back to normal at the world's busiest airport, atlanta hartsfield-jackson airport. a lot of passengers had an unexpected stay in atlanta last night. a lot of flights were cancelled proactively last night in anticipation of problems. today all those passengers now finding flights, getting back to normal. no delays being reported at that airport. but as we've been hearing all morning long, the thing that makes this cold storm so distinct is that this cold is going to be here for a while. we're not going to see temperatures above freezing today, so everything that you see on the ground right now, this light dusting of snow and all the ice that's piled up on the side streets, that's going to linger here until a substantial warm-up, possibly later this weekend or an monday.
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so those treacherous conditions in some places are going to linger and everyone will deep an eye on those, hoping people stay indoors and don't venture out on the roads if they don't have to as long as these conditions persist. >> yeah, boy, isn't that the truth. all right, david mattingly, thanks so much. appreciate that. that long stretch of cold putting the hurt on homeless shelters struggling to help people out. in today's snapshot across america we look at how shelters in three southern cities are coping with all of this. martha kagel is with unity of greater new orleans. vince smith is with the gateway center in atlanta and cliff treadway works for the nashville rescue mission. thanks to all three of you for being with us this morning and also thanks for what you do. a very, very important job. martha, i want to start with you, if i could. how big of an increase in clientele have you seen as of late? >> well, since hurricane katrina, we have seen almost a doubling of homelessness in new orleans. and the problem is particularly
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challenging because we have thousands of people living in new orleans, 61,000 abandoned buildings as a result of hurricane katrina. the job of getting to them this week is just overwhelming. we have crews of outreach workers who are entering abandoned buildings in the middle of the night trying to pull people out. it's very, very difficult, very labor intensive work. we don't have enough shelter for them. >> yeah, boy, understood. and we're also hearing reports this morning because of the cold temperatures there, the city basically shut down, state buildings, everything. >> that and budget cuts. >> mm-hmm. so what's next? i know that you have sort of a whole s.w.a.t. team out there that tries to help these people out so that no one freezes to death. that's exactly what you guys say. how are they actually going out and trying to find the people
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who are not coming to the homeless shelters? >> well, we comb the streets and find people in every gully, every alley, every piece of woods, every doorstep, but the really difficult and challenging work beyond that is going into abandoned buildings. and so we have outreach workers who enter those buildings during the night. they climb through windows, they find any opening they can to go in and about one out of every five abandoned buildings that we enter have people in them. it's just alarming. >> wow. all right, martha, thanks for that. vince, you are here in atlanta, the gateway center. tell us a little about what you're seeing. >> we've had a 20% increase in the response because of the cold weather. we also in atlanta have had outreach teams out with a number of partners, agencies that are out in the daytime as well as in the evenings bringing folks in. the gateway center operates some
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transportation operations that allow us to bring folks to the gateway center. we're putting down mats. we've had wonderful community support with blankets and gloves and hats and linens. >> but do you have enough space? >> actually we're sort of like at grandmother's house with all of your cousins. we're just putting down mats next to each other and we have -- we've had plenty of floor space for those who have needed to come in from the cold. >> are you also finding that there are people out there who are resistant to coming in and getting shelter even in these cold temperatures? >> tragically, yes. there are individuals who think they can sort of tough it out. our outreach workers are skilled and trained and make every effort to encourage folks to come with them and come to the gateway center or other shelters in our community. >> boy, cliff, what about you. what are you seeing in nashville? >> we're seeing capacity. we've got nearly a thousand beds
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and at this point we've got people in our overflow areas and people, you know, sleeping in chairs in our day room. tragically, more women and children. that trend just continues to grow. even beyond just this cold, the cold weather. but it's tragically bad right now. >> martha short of alluded to it, but i imagine, again, we're talking with all of you because you are in these southern cities that just really aren't used to these type of cold temperatures, especially for this long. so, cliff, how are you finding the funding for this? is there room in the state budget for exactly what you do? >> well, actually, we've been around for 55 years and we've never taken a dime from the government and don't intend to take any money from the government any time soon. so we rely on individuals and organizations to support us. being in nashville, i mean there's more churches per square mile in nashville than any other city in the world so we're fortunate to be in a charitable community that when we explain the need, nashville rallies
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behind the work. >> hey, i want to go around the circle real quickly and ask you guys specifically for people who may be watching today what exactly they can do. i mean is it just money, donations, or can they go out and help you physically in some way. martha, first to you. >> well, cash donations are are what we really need because we need to pay for additional emergency shelter. but in addition to that, we need blankets, because there are a lot of mentally ill people who just will not come in and for them if we just can't get them in and we can't get them committed to the hospital, then we have to give them blankets and coats. so we're accepting donations like that. >> okay, very good from new orleans. and then in atlanta, vince? >> the same. donations are helpful as well as blankets and coats, linens, gloves, hats, those kinds of things. and food. we've had wonderful response from people in the community
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bringing meals to the gateway center that we can share with folks. >> terrific. and cliff? >> we've got a list of items on our website at but ours are the same as theirs. underwear and socks, that's something that most people don't attach to the homeless cause. and we go through a lot of underwear and socks during this time frame. >> all right. well, again, thanks to all of you for being here this morning and also for what you do. martha keggel with the unity of greater new orleans vince smith with the gateway center and cliff treadway with the nashville rescue mission. thank you, guys. jobless figures still in the double digits, so how is wall street weathering this latest economic storm? we're checking on the markets. introduces-- drum roll please-- new breathe right extra. the only strip with an extra spring-like band, it's 50% stronger for congested noses that need extra help in opening nasal passages...
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checking our top stories now, terror suspect umar farouk abdulmutallab is being arraigned in a michigan federal courtroom today. the 23-year-old nigerian faces six charges, including attempting to blow up a detroit-bound airliner on christmas day and attempting to murder 289 people. president obama will make remarks about the economy later today and he's making those comments just after a new government report shows job losses were worse than expected last month. white house officials say he will announce new funding for clean technology manufacturing jobs. that's set for this afternoon, 2:40 eastern. you can catch it live right here on cnn. let's take a moment to get more on those job numbers now. the damage, 85,000 positions were cut last month. unemployment remains in double digits at 10%. susan lisovicz on the floor of the new york stock exchange to talk more about this.
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as we look through the report, susan, wall street seems to be sort of taking this in sprietria little flat. >> reporter: that's right. the nasdaq is positive right now. why is that? even with this disappointment there are signs of hope, no question about it. look, this is a reality check. recovery, like the stock market, does not move in a straight line as much as we would like. what are the signs of hope? well, we talk about the revision in november. november actually added 4,000 jobs. that's the first time we've seen that in 22 months, so, yes, we'll take it. 47,000 temporary workers were added in december. why do we look at that? because cautious employers often start adding temporary workers before they make the full commitment to permanent staff. finally, hourly wages, they inched higher by a few cents an hour, also a good sign. that's why the dow is down about
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40 points, nasdaq is up by 5, heidi. >> when is the job market going to get back to where we were before the recession started, as if you have that crystal ball right in front of you, as you always today, along with the cow bell in the other hand? >> reporter: we're optimists, heidi. it's going to take a while. 7.2 million jobs lost since this recession officially began december of '07. some of those jobs aren't coming back, like manufacturing, so there have got to be new jobs. remember, this is an economy that needs to be creating 100,000 jobs a month just to keep pace with population growth. think of all those college grads, for instance, trying to get work, coming into the workforce. that's why so many of them are going for extra degrees or different types of skills. but the fact is we've come a long way, heidi. a year ago we were talking about nearly 750,000 jobs lost in a
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month so we've made a lot of progress, heidi. i'm happy to tell you that i won an important bet today because a friend of mine who is a high-end manager told me a year ago, he said the u.s. unemployment rate will be at 12% by the end of the year. i said no way. i won the bet and you're in on it. he's getting us a table at rayo's in east harlem. he's a big fan of yours. >> i thought you meant this was an ongoing bet by the end of 2010, but this was last year. >> reporter: no, no, no, we're collecting, we're collecting next month. >> i'll go, but i want the whole thing to turn around because it's way too high even at 10, obviously. >> reporter: but it's getting better. we're going to look -- that's really kind of what the market is focused on. disappointment but still signs of progress. big progress over the past year, no question. >> well, we'll be watching closely and cautiously. susan lisovicz, thank you. heating costs on the rise. so is the need to help those who cannot afford to beat the cold.
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we've been talking about the weather all morning long, obviously. it brings us to today's blog question. we asked you what the weather is stopping you from doing today, if anything. so dolores told us this. the weather is keeping me from leaving my nice, warm house. gabriel says it's stopping me from saving money, the heater is on all day. and jevan says it is stopping me from going to school. a lot of kids saying that this morning. jennifer, we are on vacation in florida. it is so cold that we haven't
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within able to get into the swimming pool all week. from chris, the subzero weather is stopping me from going ice fishing this morning. however, once the temps reach positive territory, i'm going back out there. i mean it is wisconsin. all right, remember, we always love hearing from you. go ahead and log on to and share your comments with us. that cold snap particularly hard on farmers, as you would imagine, in the south. crops like citrus and corn being frozen and ruined. that could mean you will have to pay more at the store. >> it's really costly. it hits the pocket really quick. we feel its effects, you know, instantly. >> so this actually hurts their bottom line and sometimes makes us not want to be farmers. >> just in mississippi and louisiana alone, losses are expected to top 800 million dollars. cold weather taking a toll
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on crops throughout the south, as we've said, but in florida it's not just the oranges that are freezing in the trees. watch. oh, no. i didn't know he actually fell out of the little twig. that was an iguana. basically when it gets below 40 degrees, the non-native reptiles go into instant hibernation. see, he was just sleeping really hard. if they're 20 feet up in the air, ouch. so when the temperatures drop, so do the iguanas. don't worry, they're not dead, as we've said, they are just sleeping. as freezing temperatures blanket much of the country, more americans are getting help paying their heating bills, but the need for assistance as you'd imagine keeps growing. stephanie elam has our energy fix now from new york. hi there, stephanie. >> reporter: hi, heidi. it's going to be follow that iguana story but i'll do my best
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here. that was a little disturbing. i was making lots of faces. >> okay. >> reporter: you're right, despite the lower energy prices, the economic downturn and high unemployment are forcing more americans to seek help paying their heating bills. it's a real serious problem. nearly eight million american households got help in fiscal 2009. that's a record number for the second year in a row and a 33% jump from 2008. now applications are flooding in for the current fiscal year, which started in october. the national energy assistance director's association predicts a 20% jump in the number of families seeking help. more than $5 billion has been set aside for heating assistance this year but the association is worried that that is not going to be enough, so it's planning to ask congress for another $2.5 billion if applications keep pouring in. otherwise, it warns assistance may be cut, which would really hurt a lot of families. >> definitely. so how can people who need help paying their bills get it, at least while it's still available? >> reporter: right.
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well, the low income heating energy assistance program is federally funded but it's run by the state, so to get help you can call this toll-free number. we've got it on the screen but it's 1-866-674-6327 or send an e-mail to they'll refer you to your state agency. keep in mind that eligibility is really based on income. the majority of families receiving this assistance make less than $25,000 a year, but many states have raised the ceiling so families making more can qualify. remember, this is not the only help out there, so if you think you're not going to be able to pay your bill, call your utility company. many of those companies are actually willing to work out a payment plan. of course if you want to learn more about this or more energy fixes, check out and follow us on twitter. heidi, back to you. >> all right, very good. stephanie, thank you. if you are sleepy this morning, i bet i know why. you watch the whole game, didn't you? how could you not? after what happened just a few
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