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i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. you're in the "cnn newsroom." we're going to begin with this. heavy snowfall, power outages, near freezing temperatures. they sound like headlines from the dead of winter. but those are the headlines right now. across the mid-atlantic states and into the northeast, the winter-like blast is causing all kinds of problems. major airline delays in new york city, in newark, also in philadelphia. look at these pictures. snow piling up on trees that still have plenty of leaves, knocking out power to thousands of people. and, of course, cnn reporters are out in front. our chad myers is in york, pennsylvania, where some of the heaviest snow is coming down. susan candiotti in new york city where weather threatens the occupy wall street protesters and our meteorologist, jacqui jeras, is standing buy in the severe weather center. first let's get to cnn's chad myers. chad, it looks like winter has
already arrived in western pennsylvania and it did it early. >> reporter: it really surprised a lot of people. and it even surprised me because on wednesday, this really wasn't forecast to be a one-foot snow event. then it surprised me today when i went to the rental counter at the airport and said, i need a four-wheel drive. and he said, why? now we're in this position where snow's coming down. a couple of trees on some lines. i don't think they're power lines, more like cable lines or telephone wires. now that it's starting to get dark, things are starting to get colder. this coldness will begin to freeze all this muck on the roadway. there's stuff on the side of the roadways. this stuff here, it's just hard -- it's got salt and grime and stuff in it. that's going to freeze and this road will become one big ice chunk. we're seeing accidents all
across the roads and highways in york county and even up into harrisburg. the power line people say, as soon as we put one up, another falls on it. with 8 inches of snow here, things are beginning to sag more and more and more. and in the darkness, people will be without powerened a in some spots, without power, that means without heat. >> chad, you're doing a great job. just yesterday, we were here in the studio and i turned to you and i said, chad, maybe as much as 18 inches in some places and you said possibly it's going to be a lot of it? and you certainly found it. show us around where you are a little bit more. >> reporter: sure. turn around this way. this is u.s. 30. along parts of u.s. 30, completely shut down with wires on the ground. we're in eastern york. if you go to the east on 30 or the lancaster, i drove down the turnpike, as i stopped there and gave the man my fare, i said,
man, this is ugly. he said, at least you're on the road. and i'm like, what does that mean? he said half the people on the scanner are in the ditch, so be careful. it was a 35-mile-per-hour drive on the turnpike and on i-83 about four hours ago. it hasn't stopped snowing sense. i know the roadways are not good now. >> we're looking at the live radar where you are in york, pennsylvania. it doesn't look good as well. thank you, chad myers, very much. stick around. this is a developing story. some people have to spend the night out in the snow and the day as well but they did it voluntarily. they wanted to be there. the cold, wet weather testing the resolve of occupy wall street protesters in new york. that's where we find our susan candiotti standing by. susan, what are they telling you about this? are they letting it stop them? >> reporter: oh, no way. no way. these people are here for the long term. that's what they're telling us. don, it's ugly. there is no other way to describe it.
we've got slush on the street here and these tents are barely holding on, trying to tack them down as best as they can. there's a guy down there with a broom trying to sweep away the slush on the street. you can see just above ate little bit, there's plywood there and other -- i don't know if they're going to try to built additional protection if they can. but, remember, it was only yesterday when the fire department on the orders by the mayor said, we're going to pull out all of the generators that you have in here, all the propane tanks for heat because they've reached, in their words, an unsafe level. despite that and despite these ugly conditions, these protesters say they are here to stay. i walked through the park today. you can see all the tents. we're used to seeing a lot more people walking around. i talked with one of the people who's been spending a long time here, more than almost three weeks. and he says he's not leaving. what was it like all night? >> it was freezing cold all
night, terrible. >> reporter: how did you manage to stay warm? >> just had to huddle together and try to keep our body heat together and stay warm that way. >> reporter: the obvious question is, how can you bear this? >> i don't know. it's just for the cause, i suppose. >> reporter: and amidst all of this, they also have issues with, of course, the effects of the cold weather. some people are getting sick. the medical unit volunteers here, one of the many working group, said that they treated a handful of people overnight as well as today. and you know, don, they say it's 34 degrees now. kind of feels like with the wind 23 degrees. and it's going to obviously get much colder tonight. >> they can always go inside if they'd like to. thank you very much, susan candiotti, in new york city. we appreciate it. let's get to our meteorologist in-house, jacqui jeras in the cnn severe weather center. we saw the snow still falling where chad is, very wet in new
york city. where is it heading now? >> well, it's moving northeast. it's going to continue to affect these areas tonight. the storm is intensifying. so the winds are going to be picking up. and our snowfall rates are going to be increasings, especially in the interior here. you get up into the higher elevations, that's where the worst of the snowfall totals have been and will continue to be. the coastal areas still just getting rain right now. but winds could be gusting as much as 50 or 60 miles per hour. as for the snowfall with those kind of winds, there is still a lot of leaves on the trees. so all of that snow collects on that surface, that adds to the weight to bend down those big tree branches and also brings down power lines. that's why we have tens of thousands of people without power in pennsylvania, new york, in maryland, in connecticut. it's going to be getting worse. we have a live picture to show you out of new haven, connecticut, where the storm continues to come down. a few of you folks could see upwards of 5 to 10 inches. isolated amounts a little bit
heavier than that. the i-95 corridor is the key with this storm and how things are lining up. if you're west of there, your snowfall is going tor heavier. if you're east of that, it's going to be lesser, if not all rainfall. the big cities only get in on a couple of inches. if we get some of this what we call thunder snow, as the storm ramps up tonight, we could see lightning and hear thunder as a result of it. and that could bring down 2 inches in a short period of time and skew the numbers a little bit. so keep that in mind. poughkeepsie extending over towards springfield, massachusetts, you folks are going to see some of the heaviest snowfall. all this moisture coming in from the atlantic, whipping around, interacting with that cold air. the storm is really out of here by 7:00 tomorrow morning. you'll still be seeing snow in boston. but by 10:00, it's going to be done and pulls out of new england. by this time tomorrow, everybody's done with it. 8.5 inches in springtown, pennsylvania. central park, 1.3 inches so far.
snow still coming down. that's a record for you. just to put it in perspective on how rare this thing is, don, new york city, your average for snowfall, december 18th. we've only had snow three other times before in the month of october. the last time we had it was 1952. take a look at boston, only snowed four times in october before. and philadelphia, you've had 2 inches. you could get as much as 4. last note on this storm is that it's just causing major problems at the airports. teterboro is closed. we're not sure when it's going to open. groundstop in newark. nobody can leave from other places to get into newark. and jfk, five hours, 2 1/2 in philadelphia. we had five hours earlier in laguardia. that's gone away but i can imagine we'll be seeing delays and cancellations on top of that. >> i was looking over your shoulder there. richard roth is stuck on the tarmac at newark. >> right now it's a groundstop at newark.
i'm not sure what that means for him trying to get out of there. but there were major delays. he said he was on the plane for three hours. i know he's still there. no fun. >> groundstop means not moving. >> not moving. >> going to be there for a while. thank you very much. a lot of people are watching us in the airports. stay tuned. we'll keep you updated here on cnn. other news to tell you about. a developing story out of afghanistan. a suicide bomber takes aim at a military convoy. there are believed to be american casualties there. the latest from kabul in two minutes. and in ten minutes, this little boy wants to be a girl scout and the girl scout organization is weighing in. so are his parents and a human behavior expert will do it as well right here on cnn, too. yeah. how many tires does ford buy every year? over 3 million. you say you can beat any advertised price on tires? correct. anywhere? yes. like this price? yes. riously? yes what about this one? i'll beat it. this one? s we will. right, i only have one more question for you...this one? (laughing) yeah. get $100 rebate when you buy four tires.
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enormous amount of explosive required to penetrate the armor of these huge rhino buses used to ferry nato personnel between hostile areas. this actually one of a number of instances during the day. another blast, a suicide bomber, age 25, we understand, from afghan officials, detonating a device hidden under her burqa outside the headquarters of the afghan intelligence service in the province of kunar. and another incident this morning in the south near kandahar in which a man who was wearing an afghan army uniform turned his weapon onto isaf personnel killing them, an afghan commander in the area telling us both the isaf dead were australian, something isaf won't confirm at this moment. but the terrible toll of this attack in the center of kabul here, making many concerned we could be seeing escalating violence in the weeks ahead, vital weeks for the political process here, important conferences abroad and here as
nato and the afghan government try and fray the narrative for piece with the withdrawal of american troops for the afghan of much of afghan territory to afghan security forces and hopefully to find some kind of way of putting the insurgency further on their back foot. >> as deadly as this month has been for our troops, it still trails far behind august. 71 american troops were killed that month. it was the deadliest for u.s. forces in afghanistan since the campaign began. 30 casualties came when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a chinook helicopter, 17 were navy s.e.a.l.s. the syria today, an opposition group says at least ten people were killed following anti-government protests on
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remember darryl hammond? when you see his face, you'll recognize him. he was once part of "saturday night live" and you know him for his spot-on impressions of bill clinton. here he is. >> your next leader will show up where he's supposed to show up, say what she's supposed to say and conduct himself with decorum at all times, thus restoring dignity to the oval office. you're going to miss me, aren't you? admit it. admit it. >> he does the best bill clinton impersonation. so watching his talent has made you laugh. the secret that came out this week, though, hearing about his childhood will make you cry. >> when i was a child, i was a victim of systematic and lengthy brutality, stabbing, beating,
being electrocuted. >> joining me now is a psychologist. doctor, listen to a little bit more of the darrell hammond interview on cnn.com and then we'll talk. >> with me, i was on as many as seven medications at one time. these doctors really didn't know what to do with me. there was a cutting-backstage. i was once taken to a psych ward. the week that i did the gore debates, i believe i was taken away in a straight jacket. and there's no way people would know about that. >> so cutting, multiple medications and doing it all while he is performing before millions of people. he talked about being abused as a child. that, you believe, in your summation, led to this sort of behavior as an adult? >> it's very possible. there are millions of maerns walking around with sexual
abuse, physical abuse. it's not the bite that hurts but the venom that stays in you as to how you think about yourself as a victim of child abuse, i'm not loved, i'm not worthy. you start on a journey of self-destruction that can last a lifetime. >> i've listened to a number of interviews this week. and it's really sad and depressing to think about his childhood, what he says his mother did to him and all these things in his book. we're going to hear much more about his interview here on 10:00. we're going to talk to other people about this. but what i want to say about him is, is it something in a person's dna -- what is in a person's dna or their makeup that allows some people to move beyond and other people to have these sorts of behaviors? >> well, it's how you think about what happens, it's the reaction to it. whether you feel that you're to blame or the fault, that's the
key. if you believe this happens to me but it wasn't my fault, you're able to move forward. as he talked about it, he's able to forgive his mom for what happened and forgive his dad and therefore he can have forgiveness so it doesn't follow up. but most people are not able to move forward. they stay stuck, 20 years later after what happened to them. >> the debris is still there. even though you've forgiven people, it's still inside of you. much more on that tonight. let's move on to another disorder here. this is called drunkorexia. really? >> thin at all costs. when you think about it, it's a combination of an eating disorder with staying thin at all costs. if i'm going to the party, i don't want to drink anymore because it's going to make me look fat and bloated, so if i
don't eat for two days -- >> that's what alcohol does anyway. >> but they don't want to be fat. it's a body image disorder. if they think, i want to drink and have fat, but i want to be thin. so i'm not going to eat. >> this story i want to talk about a lot here. i think it has garnered lots of attention and lots of talk here. a boy in colorado wants to be a girl scout and was initially turned away. the mother of bobby montoya says her son likes dolls and girls' clothes and wanted to join the girl scouts after seeing his sister in it. here's more from bobby's mother. >> i said, what's the big deal? she says, it doesn't matter how he looks. he's got boy parts, he can't be a girl scout. >> it was like somebody told me i can't like girl stuff.
>> so is it damaging for the boy that he was turned away? is it damaging that his mother allows him to do this? >> absolutely. >> damaging that his mom allows him -- >> first of all, he should not have been allowed interest into the girl scouts. it's for girls. it's damaging for his mom to allow him to express it at this young of an age. he's not going to be accepted by boys or by girls. so there are a number of kids now that grow up and they want to do things that girls do or boys want to do things that girls do. but the problem is, they're not old enough to really say that's who they are and identify that way. >> you know what's interesting, i just had this conversation in arkansas -- i did a peeking engagement there. and we talked about this exact thing. i think the little boy wanted to be a princess or something for halloween. and most of the women in the room said, allow him. and most of the men said,
they're too young, until he gets older, maybe when he can express himself in high school or college, at a certain age, a parent has to be a parent. why do dads think differently? even gay men in the class said, don't let him do it. >> you know how associasociety g to respond. he's already talking about being teased, being bullied, not being accepted. wait until he's older until he's sure, this is what i want to be. at this age, he really is setting himself up for a lot of rejection. that's the part -- >> that was the consensus from most of the guys. thank you, doctor. the girl scouts told our affiliate that a child who lives life as a girl is welcome to join and is now working to educate the associate who rejected bobby. at this point, it is still not clear if the girl scouts are letting bobby join.
they have occupied a new york park for weeks now. but what is the occupy movement headed? what's the end game? that's next. and there's this -- >> with all due respect, i'm going to give this speech today, thank you very much. >> what did herman cain say today that led to those boos? we'll tell you. but first -- job counselors say following your passion may not be the best career advice in a down economy. but in this week's "smart is the new rich" christine romans introduces us to a man who did just that. he left a job with the nba to coach kids. >> reporter: it's not the nba but it's a job and it turns out, david brown loves it. >> i have a great passion for working with kids. i have a great passion for the sport of basketball. >> reporter: brown, a former division i college basketball player, runs basketball stars of new york. he launched the business this spring after leaving a job with the nba.
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they have withstood political criticism and weeks of living outdoors. but can the occupy wall street crowd endoor snow and winter-like temperatures. that's the scene you're looking at live this hour in new york's zuccotti park where protesters are gearing up for what is going to be a gold, wet evening. joining me now to talk about where the movement is headed is dorian warren. he's a professor of political science at columbia university. professor, thank you for joining us. could the bad weather end up doing what police and city officials couldn't -- force the
occupy protesters to go home? >> i don't think so. i think as we've seen from the footage earlier today, i think they're pretty committed to staying out there through the snow, through the cold weather, with or without generators. i think they're out there to stay, not only in zuccotti park but in other cities across the country. >> they just took their generators away. we've seen several cities crack down on these protesters. oakland, california, being among the most dramatic. any signs the movement is weakening or fading. do you think it's still growing? >> i think it's growing because people are becoming more upset with the response of the police to the protesters. so i think the oakland incident has galvanized people. >> and we talk about the weather and what impact that will have on the movement as the weather starts to get bad across the country, meaning colder and probably a lot of snow, a lot of inclement weather.
there's the radar. our chad myers is out there in york, pennsylvania. susan candiotti in new york. york got tons of snow. no, only 1.5 inches. but when you're outside, it makes you cold. they can always go home, but they are choosing to do this. so we should be concerned about it because if it gets really bad, their lives could be at risk. a lot of people compared this movement to the protests of the 1960s. do you think that's an accurate comparison? >> i don't. i actually think the more accurate comparison is of the 1890 and the 1930s populace movements. those movements have three key features the ok piece wall street movement has. the focus is the "we are the 99%" corresponds to that historic function of populism of saying, we are the common people against the elite.
the second element of populism has to do with the demands the people make. in this case, the protesters are pointing attention to wall street and saying, economic inequality has grown too much and the political system is broken. so the third element then is to restore democracy, to restore some balance in the political system so that the rules aren't rigged against those common people that are working hard every day and just trying to get by. >> here's my question. and people say, oh, well, it doesn't have a really concise message, what's the message, what do they really want? i think what you just said, in the end, that's what they want. but even the tea party, for a recent comparison, had to take their movement into the political system in order to evoke some change, right? in order to make some change, you have to do it through legislation and through government. >> yes. >> so how much of an impact can they have just by sitting in parks all over the country? at some point, don't you have to to have legislation, make
changes in laws, those sorts of things, so that the behavior that they believe is happening doesn't happen anymore? >> absolutely. but let's remember actually -- a good example is the civil rights movement. after 1955 in 1960, student sit-ins on lunch counters. 1961, freedom rides. the big gains didn't come until the 1964 civil rights act and the 1964 voting rights act. that was a decade after one of the key moments that started the movement for the civil rights movement. we're only five weeks into occupy wall street. i think we need to wait a little bit longer to see how this movement will evolve and grow, not only in this country but it seems like around the world. >> i think that you're right. but to think that it's going to take a decade in this day and time with how quickly information gets by, i don't think it should take that long.
but i think you're right, can wait a little bit. but we'll see. professor, appreciate you joining us. >> thanks for having me, don. it is time now to talk presidential politics. a lot of republican hopefuls are on the road this weekend. herman cain is making a swing through alabama. he talked about foreign policy and the economy and got into a little back and forth with some ron paul supporters in tuscaloosa. here it is. >> we won't have any foggy foreign policy positions. it will be clear. our economy is on life support. and the reason that this economy is on life support -- >> [ inaudible comment ] >> with all due respect, i'm going to give this speech today, thank you very much. >> while ron paul supporters stirred up things in alabama,
ron paul himself was in iowa to address a federation of republican assemblies. paul won both the iowa voters, only count at the convention in des moines as well as a tally of non-iowans who participated in the vote. there's also a lot of contention at the trial of michael jackson's doctor this week. conrad murray's attorneys have begun presenting the defense's side as they try to keep him out of prison. we're talking legal matters in less than three minutes. , boyyy! [ beatboxing ] ♪ i help pay the doctor ♪ ain't that enough for you? ♪ there are things major medical doesn't do. aflac! pays cash so we don't have to fret. [ together ] ♪ something families should get ♪ ♪ like a safety net ♪ even helps pay deductibles, so cover your back, get... ♪ a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aflac! [ male announcer ] help protect your family at aflac.com. [ beatboxing ]
dramatic testimony at conrad murray's involuntary manslaughter trial this week as the defense began laying out its case. taking the stand, several medical experts and five character witnesses. she told the court that michael jackson's former doctor was not motivated by money. >> do you think dr. murray's greedy? >> do i think? >> yes, ma'am. >> no. >> do you have an opinion about whether he is? >> if this man had been greedy, excuse me, judge, if this man
had been greedy, he never would have come to an area of community of acreage home, 75% of them poor, on welfare and social security. >> she's definitely one of the most animated of witnesses that we've seen in this trial. holly hughes is here, a criminal defense attorney. holly, were ms. moseley and other character witnesses, was their testimony a big boost for the defense? >> it mostly humanized dr. murray. he's been sitting there very stoic. but a lot of people take that to mean he's disinterested. >> he smiled for the first time in the trial. >> that's right. it makes him possibly like to believe this jury. so far, we haven't seen anything in this trial that makes us want
to root for dr. murray. >> i don't know. maybe this next thing that i'm going to play, maybe that helped. i'm talking about dr. paul white, an anesthesiologist and one of the most respected experts on propofol, came through big for the defense, most people are saying that, saying that jackson must have injected the lethal dose of propofol himself. here he is. >> i cannot understand how it's possible that he got a three-hour infusion when the evidence didn't show the infusion set up. >> so you think it was a self-injection of propofol near the hour of between 11:30 and 12:00 that did it? >> in my opinion, yes. >> so, holly, this guy is believed to be the expert in the country on propofol and he said -- he's basically agreeing with the defense but he's a defense witness. >> absolutely. he's being paid to agree with the defense. but here's the problem, even if you took everything he said as true, it doesn't help the defense convince this jury that conrad murray is not guilty and here's why.
even if dr. murray let michael jackson be on a three-hour drip and walked out of the room and did not monitor him, he is still incredibly careless and this is a standard of care allegation. even if you believe that michael jackson injected it himself, dr. conrad murray not being there to monitor and not being there to revive him with resuscitative equipment when he did stop breathing -- >> you know what it sounds like, because the cross-examination is on monday -- you're a former prosecutor, sounds like that's what they're going to say when they do the cross on monday. >> absolutely, they have to go there. >> cross on monday and it's believed, i think the closing arguments are going to come tuesday. at first, we thought it was going to end. but it's gone a little bit longer. let's move on here and talk about another case. this one is out of mississippi. on november 8th, voters will vote on an amendment that
declares a fertilized human egg to be a legal person. it's a so-called personhood amendment. people worry that this takes away women's rights for their own body. >> it absolutely invades women's reproductive rights. even if mississippi passes it, it will not withstand constitutional muster. it's going to the supreme court. do you remember the little case of roe versus wade? it said that women have the right to do what they want with their own bodies. >> women who have abortions, would that make them -- would it be prosecutable? >> it wouldn't be a murder charge, per se, because you have to look at what's charged in a murder charge. a murder charge says that you kill a human being. the state can't all of a sudden
say, we think an egg is a human being. you can't legislate that kind of think. it wouldn't be prosecutable under a criminal statute. but it would be a regulatory or administrative violation. >> holly, thank you very much. i want to say this as we go. the opposition to this amendment -- coming from all corners, critic who is say it is a dangerous violation of women's reproductive rights. again, our thanks to holly hughes. we appreciate that. after a quick break right here on cnn, two months after this tragedy at the indiana state fair, a country music band makes up on a good promise to perform. and you don't see this every day. a high-speed chase where a car being chased is a police car and being driven by a cop. ♪
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the country group was set to perform for ferocious winds caused the stage to fall, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. fans say the free concert last night was healing. >> i feel like we're almost completing something we started in august. and it's kind of coming full circle and i'm glad we get to finally carry it out tonight. >> the band performed in front of a capacity crowd, around 18,000. and money donated benefited the indiana state fair remembrance fund. so who wins in a race between a police officer and a state trooper? well, it isn't exactly a race. but on october 11th, this speeding miami police officer refused to pull over for a florida trooper leading her on a chase in excess of, get this, 120 miles per hour. the officer's excuse when he was finally pulled over at gunpoint, he was late for a second job. nice. scored this win for the florida highway patrol officer.
sometimes there is a clear line between good guy and bad guy. check out this high-speed police chase in texas. it lasts about 20 minutes. we're talking speeds of more than 125 miles per hour. the suspect is accused of robbing a gas station with a rifle then speeding off. cops caught up with the man and they arrested him. an overweight teenager determined to transform her body accomplishes that goal beyond her wildest imaginations. her inspirational story, two minutes away.
halloween just two days away. that means kids around the country are getting ready to eat a whole lot of candy. adults as well. a real problem for kids who struggle with their weight. in this week's human factor, sanjay gupta introduces us to someone who overcame childhood obesity and turned herself into a beauty queen. >> i actually used to sit where you're sitting. i'm the same person that i was in high school. although my exterior may have looked a little different. >> for brie boyce, becoming a beauty queen was beyond her wildest dreams. >> i was just so unhappy with the way i looked. but yet i still continued to eat
unhealthy and lack of physical activity. >> and at 17 years old, she weighed 234 pounds. >> i would come home from school, sit on the couch for hours, watch tv and snack all day long. >> it was nagging pain in her knees that led her to go see her doctor. and what he said led her to change her life. >> he said you know this weight has to come off. at that moment i knew that, you know, he's right. and it's up to me and only me to change it. >> she didn't try a quick fix to losing weight. >> i completely threw out all of the junk food. i joined the gym. i educated myself. i went to a nutritionist. i did all the right steps. >> three years later, boyce had trangs formed her body from pudgey duckling to beauty queen. she was crowned miss south carolina, even winning an early round of the bathing suit competition. >> are you really excited? that's good. >> every beauty queen has a platform. hers, as you might guess, is eating healthy and fighting
obesity. it's a mission she happily promotes whether it's doing zumba with kids at health fares or speaking at her hometown city council meeting. >> i want to bring the crown back to florence. >> or talking to students at her former high school. >> i challenge you all to make a change today and to make a change to be a happy, healthy and confident individual in whatever it is in life you want to set out to accomplish. >> and she practice what's she preaches, still making her health her top priority. >> i block out where am i going to eat? how am i going to eat that day? >> she still wants to achieve more. she has her sights set on winning the miss america tight until january. and she's not afraid of this next challenge. >> anything in life that you want to do, it takes hard work and determination and perseverance. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. >> thank you very much. big banks reconsider their policies on a controversial fee. why that's good news for many of you who use debt cards and the coast guard captures a huge
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and snarling traffic across the region. there won't be much accumulation overnight in new york and boston. but people in higher elevations and to the west of the i-95 corridor could see up to a foot of snow. airports in new york, philadelphia, newark, delays right now. richard roth has been stuck on a plane for quite a while due to that weather. richard, there is still a ground stoppa stoppage. where are you? where are you going? and you haven't moved yet, right? >> reporter: nearly seven hours ago i boarded a plane in syracuse, new york. we've been on the ground now for about 3 1/2 hours trapped. i spoke with fred reeka three hours ago. we're still on the same plane. 100 passengers on this flight. the pilots are working the phones. it's really sad to have to watch this. that's all they can do. and signature air, a private air company either refusing or not able to provide a ramp to take the passengers off, there have
to be dozens of other planes stuck like this. we're in the dark now and the pilot just came on. there's no hope at the moment in sight despite earlier promises that they would do whatever they k they're trying to find buses, ramps, still nothing happening. >> richard roth, good luck. so sorry. keep us updated. all right. talk about sailing high seas. check out this video of the u.s. ghost card unloading seven tons, seven tons, that's 15,000 pounds, of cocaine that was seized off of a submersible aircraft in central america. that's worth roughly $180 million to put it in the -- to put that bust in perspective. this is one-third of all land based drug seizures in the u.s. for an entire year. good news for some of you. j.p. morgan chase and wells fargo decided not to charge a fee for debit cards.