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that two masters degrees and military experience would help her get a job. two years later she's still looking. and a special welcome to the service men and women watching on the armed forces network. thanks for joining us. we're glad you're with us. and we begin with a major storm battering the northeast. right now around two million people are without power. four states have declared emergencies. new york, new jersey, connecticut, and massachusetts. want to take a live look now at new york city, columbus circle. a very dark columbus circle. new york, by the way, did not get the worst of it. here's what it looks like in massachusetts. officials predicted that downed trees were going to be a major problem. and take a look at that -- they were right. the storm is being blamed for three deaths so far, one of them in massachusetts. a man in pennsylvania was killed when a snow-covered tree fell into his house. and a third person died while driving in connecticut. people in connecticut, by the way, who have lost power are being told it may be a while before it comes back. the governor says they've been waiting for road conditions to
improve before sending out repair crews. we've already seen heavy accumulation of snow all the way from virginia and maryland up through connecticut and massachusetts. pennsylvania got socked, as well. our chad myers is in york, pennsylvania, with a look at that. good morning. how bad is it where you are? >> reporter: what happened overnight was that all of the stuff that was just slush yesterday has now frozen up. literally, what i was moving around yesterday night as slush is now one frozen solid ice chunk. as you try to get out today, you'll be moving around in this, in glare ice on every parking lot, on every sidewalk. it is going to be dangerous. something else that's going to be dangerous is the fact that two million people are without power, and they're going to try to do something to stay warm. they're going to turn on stoves and ovens and things, especially gas stoves. s and than recommended because there's carbon monoxide coming into your house.
don't run generators in your garage, carbon monoxide can get into your home. gases that you can't see or smell kill you. more people typically die after the storm than during the storm. the people her are were dealing with it the best they could and made the best of it last night. >> all the weight from the snow on the trees and the ice is -- split maples and bradford pears and different trees around the house. our whole development, about 170 homes in a subdivision, completely black right now. we're out trying to get something warm and get something to eat and take something back to my wife. >> this is actually better than a month or two ago with the floods. i think that was actually worse than this. this is just unexpected. it's been since, what, '72 since we had snow in this area. it's unexpected but almost a treat, too. hopefully this is it, we're done for the rest of the season. >> lost power a couple hours ago. a lot of trees coming down.
a lot of branches breaking. power lines disrupted for sure. >> reporter: i'm pretty sure you're not out of the woods for snow for the rest of the season, by the way. this is what the ice looks like on the roadways. pieces like this will be coming off cars in front of you. as the salt takes effect and makes this all into a bunch of spray on your windshield, you're going to need the washer nude in your car, underneath the hood. the blue or green washer fluid needs to be filled. i already used about 3/4 of a quart today trying to get the ice off my windshield. then the spray in front of you will make a mess as traffic goes by. if you're going to travel, maybe stay home and watch some football. >> if you're a football fan or cnn. chad, you know, it looks slushy behind you. doesn't look as bad as -- as frankly i thought it was going to get there. is it as bad as you thought it was going to get?
and going forward, what's the biggest problem? >> reporter: this place had it the worst the soonest which means it didn't get to cool down quite as much. the snow -- let's go over here. probably, i don't know, eight inches on the ground yesterday. a lot of it melted because the ground was so warm. to put my hand in it now, it's probably down to three inches tops. it's frozen and will be hard to move. to move it this morning you'll have to use a lot more effort to move it off the sidewalk or driveway. the shovel's not just going to go through it like butter like it would have yesterday. up north, a little farther north, toward reading and easton, into western sections of new jersey and then into danbury, connecticut, and massachusetts, they were dealing with a higher snow amount because the storm got going more by the time it was there. this of the first place it started to, i would say, break down weather travel yesterday. the travel was just -- ugly by 5:00 or 6:00. this morning i don't see anything moving except us. >> all right. we'll check back later.
chad, thank you. we're going to get a big picture look at the storm and what's next for travelers. meteorologist alexandra steele has a first look at the forecast. who got hit the hard incentive. >> he -- chad made a great point because chad got hit the hardest early on. that was central massachusetts, remember? the numbers in the end, 12, 13 inches. but who really won this end game were the berkshires. we'll talk about why and how dynamic the storm came. wind gusts were a big factor. the winner, barnstable on the cape, 76 mile-per-hour wind gusts. tuckerton shores, 54. it was a few things, of course, heavy, wet snow coupled with incredibly strong winds, especially along the coast. snowfall totals, there we are, of course, windsor, massachusetts. again, the berkshires, so western massachusetts. along that western corridor. savoy, 24 inches, peru. and north of new york city in what's called the hudson valley,
duchess county, the winners -- mill brook, beautiful horse town, almost 19 inches. pines plains, 16 inches. numbers were exorbitant. here's the area the low pressure that kale developed off the dell -- that really developed off the delmarva coast yesterday. now it's going to move north and east. we'll see colder air with this behind it. the snow lingers in boston, maybe a wet inch or two this morning, but that will be done. highs today there, staying in the 40s. we're not going to see freezing, we will see melting. pretty much a fait accompli after today. temperatures stay chilly and the winds. windchills will feel much colder than this. winds today 30, 40 miles per hour. it's going to feel like 20s and thirty, not 40s out there. >> did you check on the sflafl. >> yes, i did. you travel a lot to new york. no travel troubles. looked at the faa web site, we're good to go. it is early, so we haven't seen what will develop from yesterday where new york had six to
seven-hour delays and complete slagsz. we're up to -- cancelations. we're up to speed. i'll keep you posted. >> i've never been so scared to go to the airport. thank you very much. other news, and more details on a deadly suicide attack in afghanistan. at least 17 people were killed in that attack in central kabul. "the new york times" is reporting that 12 americans were killed. among them, four u.s. troops, the rest were contractors. one canadian soldier also died and four afghans, as well. ryan procter, the u.s. ambassador to afghanistan issued a statement saying, "it's a shock. it make you mad. makes me angry. we are not going to let these guys win." the taliban has taken responsibility for the attack. a warning from embattled syrian president al assad who says the west should stay out of the country's business. he says any intervention could turn into "another afghanistan or tens of afghanistans." in the interview with a british newspaper, the syrian president
admitted mistakes during the several months of clashes between his government and protesters. a dead heat in the first presidential caucus state. a poll shows that iowa voters are leaning toward herman cain and mitt romney, almost a dead heat. the iowa caucuses are set for january 3. ron paul did okay in the registered poll but excelled in a straw poll of likely iowa voters. he got 82% of the national federation of republican assembly's presidential straw poll. herman cain was second at 15%. paul and rick santorum were the only candidates to show up at the event yesterday. rick perry isn't going to be skipping any debates after all. the texas governor says he's ready to take part in the next four debates in november. cnn is hosting two debates in washington, d.c., and arizona. earlier, perry had indicated he
might skip some of the debates in order to spend more time with voters. america's veterans are having a rough time finding work, and the problem is even more profound for female veterans. you're going to meet someone soon who knows firsthand what that's all about. you're watching cnn sunday morning. we're back after this. ...was it something big? ...or something small? ...something old? ...or something new? ...or maybe, just maybe... it's something you haven't seen yet. the 2nd generation of intel core processors. stunning visuals, intelligent performance. this is visibly smart. exclusive to the military. and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. from free checking to credit cards to loans,
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for a third consecutive night. there were several arrests at the legislative plaza. the occupy protesters seemingly have the support of a national magistrate. he's been dismissing the arrest warrants and releasing the protesters. in oakland, california, a much larger occupy crowd turned out last night than in some of the previous demonstrations. that's the scene last night. some are suggesting it's the support of iraq war veteran scott olsen. olsen, you'll recall, suffered a cracked skull earlier this week in a faceoff against the city's riot police. and in new york city where it all began as the occupy wall street movement, demonstrators are battling more against the elements these days than they are against the police. at least for now. on friday, citing safety concerns, the city's fire department confiscated numerous gas generators used for heating. protesters, of course, are questioning the timing of all of that. one of cnn's ireporter took these pictures here as the nor'easter blew into town dropping thick, wet now is on
the occupy encampment. it's unlikely that scott olsen is the only veteran of the occupy movement. one of the biggest concerns among protesters is unemployment. the jobless rate among post-9/11 vets is higher than the average in. and for female vets, even higher. cnn introduces you to one such veteran who despite her experience and education is still looking for work. >> reporter: kenya smith is a proud veteran. she spent 14 years in the navy and worked as a logistics and supply officer in iraq. >> i loved the navy. you split me open, i'm blue and gold. >> reporter: smith left the military in 2009 and is still struggling to find work. >> i didn't really know how to do a resume. i never had to do one. >> reporter: a divorced mother of two with two master's degrees, smith lost her home to foreclosure in september and now lives in transitional housing. the unemployment rate for recent veterans is higher than the average in. as many face unique challenges getting hired. sometimes after multiple
deployments. >> civilians have been going to school or going for interviews, these folks have been getting shot at in iraq and afghanistan. sometimes they're not trained in how to convert raise mays from military lingo into civilian space. they need interview training. >> reporter: with a jobless rate of 14.7% in september, female veterans have fared worse than their male counterparts. some face challenges from childcare to dealing with the v.a. system that is unaccustomed to female veterans. >> a lot of people in the country don't understand our appreciate that women are in combat. i think that some folks don't understand that that's a part of our modern reality in the military. they, too, need the same sort of skills and training that their male counterparts do. >> reporter: the obama administration is trying to address the high jobless rate among vets. the president's jobs bill would give companies that hire veterans tax credits of up to $9,600. >> just think about how many veterans have led their comrades on life and death missions by the time they were 25.
that's the kind of responsibility every business in america should want to take advantage of. >> reporter: but the jobs bill and other legislation that would help vets have stalled in congress. the administration has also launched a plan to allow former medics to get nursing home credited for their service. last week the president urged health centers to hire 8,000 veterans over the next three years and grants to help train vets to be physicians' assistance. smith believes her experience will eventually pay off. >> i did h.r., i ran departmentindepartment ing -- departments, i ran projects. >> reporter: something must happen soon. she and her two children must move out of transitional housing on november 11 -- veterans day. cnn, gaithersburg, maryland. it's a big royal deal in the u.k., reversing 300 years of tradition. it could begin with the duke and duchess of cambridge, the very popular william and kate. we'll explain the new rule
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when it comes to taking the throne. a major reversal. three centuries in the making. what's going on and why now? richard fitzwilliams is a royal commentator and royal watcher. he joins me from london. good morning. as a woman, this is heartening news to me. tell us, we've still got one more hurdle, right? it's close, not quite official yet. give us a status report. where are we and what's going to happen? >> well, there's no doubt that over decades this has been discussed. it's ridiculous that in this century women should still be at a disadvantage. but this dates back to traditions over the centuries, and with the duke and duchess of cambridge saying they do intend to start a family, this made it urgent because previously the prince of wales, prince william,
prince harry, the line of succession was clear. but what we were faced with was that if there had been a royal baby girl and then a boy, the boy would have had precedence. the male having precedence over the female is ridiculous, i'm sure you'll agree, in an age of gender equality. so what had to happen was that 15 other commonwealth countries had to be consulted by the british government. and when these countries have ratified the new law of royal succession, then the male and female children will be equal. this puts britain boldly into line with sweden, with norway, with the netherlands and with belgium and also with contemporary thought. >> let's be honest here, of course, you know, they had been talking about and have been talking about having a family. so as you said, even though it's been talked about for decades, it suddenly became an urgent matter. but it's also become an urgent
matter because the public adores william and kate. i mean, let's be honest. isn't that part of it, as well? >> oh, yes. there's no question about that. and people i think would be very upset if there was, as i say, a girl and then subsequently a boy and there's -- a clear matter that there would be discrimination. as for example, there's also the intention to make sure that a member of the royal family -- this, too just announced -- would be able to marry a catholic. this dates back for legislation centuries ago which was very anti-catholic. and the situation is that an heir that the british throne could marry a jew, a sikh, hindu, but not a catholic. so long as there's a link to the
supreme church of england and remains a protestant this, too, will change. i've emphasized that both changes will seem to listeners and viewers to be long overdue. that's absolutely right. it's not the palace that's been dragging its feet. it's the politicians. this has been discussed for decades. it's a matter of putting it into effect. >> richard fitzwilliams, thank you for breaking it down for us. i love talking with you. thank you very much. tens of thousands in perth, australia, showed up to get a glimpse of queen elizabeth at the big aussie barbecue on saturday. the event marked the end of a brief but busy visit down under with a number of people thinking this might be the queen's last visit there as head of state. despite occupy protests in perth and melbourne, crowds of young and old greeted her with plenty of enthusiasm. it's a blacklist that anyone would be honored to be on. find out what it is when we come back. and chantix worked for me.
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25 minutes after the hour. welcome back. typically no one want to be blacklisted, but that isn't the case with the black list. a new exhibit in washington featuring portraits and interviews from 50 african-americans who have left a lasting mark on the world. take a look. >> i'm chris rock. >> susan rice. >> tyler perry. >> it's been achievement. it's about people who have done something extraordinary. >> the governor of massachusetts. >> reproductive endocrinologist -- >> composer, rapper, actor. >> unemployed. >> the black list was a way to take my portraits and bring them to life. >> i tell my students i expect for them to change the world.
>> to have them like talking portraits. >> not just be the best surgeon but actually change the world. >> that's what i wanted to do. it's not about what they're wearing, not about anything, it's about the face. it's about the person. >> the black list is something that's considered negative. shining the light on positive african-american, i couldn't be more proud to be a part this group. >> this list is not just about the people photographed but the symbolic meaning of their lives. >> maybe with my background of what i've done in fashion and what i've done socially, i think that it was interesting to kind of throw me in the mix. >> you need to have someone like susan lori parks and majora carter, who's an environmentalist and activist to give a range of accomplishment. >> i'm probably one of the least well-known people in this list. it does show that there are people that you may never hear of. but still play an incredible role and have such an impact on
how our lives as americans are lived. >> there are 50 portraits. there should be 100, should there be 10,000, of course. and there are a million stories. >> including whoopi goldberg's. you can see the exhibit in washington through april 22. i'm going to see it myself. coming up, an entire airline is grounded. the ceo ordering all planes parked. so why? and how is this affecting travelers? we'll tell you. or creates another laptop bag or hires another employee, it's not just good for business. it's good for the entire community. at bank of america, we know the impact that local businesses have on communities. that's why we extended $7.8 billion to small businesses across the country so far this year. because the more we help them, the more we help make opportunity possible.
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occupy wall street movement. take a look at these pictures from a cnn ireporter. that's the park where the movement began. thick, wet snow everywhere. friday the city's fire department confiscated numerous propane tanks and generators citing safety concerns. protesters question the timing. want to talk more about the rare october nor'easter, who got hit the hardest and what's next in terms of cleanup and travel. meteorologist alexandra steele is here with more on that. if you want to light a fire, stay inside, don't go anywhere, the berkshires is the place to be, right? >> that's right because you're not going to have any power. the berkshires were really the hardest hit. good morning, everyone. maybe you're waking up without power in the northeast and new england, really unprecedented, incredible event on so many fronts, historic and record-breaking. take a look. let's show you the snowfall totals. windsor, massachusetts, savoy, massachusetts, of course western
massachusetts in the berkshires getting hit the hardest. that's what the low "meteorologically" bombed out. the pressure got so low. then we talk good and had thunder snow. what's thunder snow? i'll tell you in a sec. peru, pine plains, millbrook, elevation there, that's where the catskill mountains are, 17, 18 inches. thunder snow is a thunderstorm with thunder and lightning and snow is coming down. here's the scenario -- usually when you look up and see towering thunderstorm clouds but you see snow they're flat clouds. what can happen is a bump can develop in those flat clouds, about above 5,000 feet. it's called a turret or bump. those bumps have vigorous upward movement similar to a thunderstorm and creates invection. at one point we had three and
four inches an hour in the northeast, especially areas like connecticut and massachusetts. that's where this bombed out. right now and through the day, the area of low pressure, nor'easter, pushes neither and east. boston may be seeing a few snow showers. for the most part cooler air behind it and very strong winds today. who temperatures will be in the 40s. above freezing, we will see melting. with those winds it's going to feel a lot cooler. it will feel like 20s and 30s. very strong winds today, gusting in the 20s and 30s and 40 mile-per-hour gusts coupled with the 40-degree temperatures, it will feel a lot colder, but it will be a dry day with lots of sunshine. we'll talk about what's happen for the next few days and the country as well on this sunday. >> all right. what a difference a day makes. thank you very much. all planes in the qantas airline fleet are grounded today, the result of an ongoing dispute between management and worker over pay and possible plans to outsource some jobs.
the australian airline's chief executive decided to ground planes and will lock out all workers involved beginning monday. the drastic move has stranded tens of thousands of passengers. now anyone who has tickets on the qantas plane are being told not to bother going to the airport until further notice. qantas says they'll offer refunds or rebook flights when the planes get back in the air. around 600 flights have been canceled so far. what a mess. cracked windshield forced an airtran plane to make an emergency landing in billings, montana. this a look. you see it highlighted. the flight was headed from milwaukee to seattle. the airline sent another plane to pick up the 124 stranded passengers. scary moments there. no word yet on any injuries. the republican presidential candidates have an eye on iowa. the first in the nation caucus state will be very busy this week with campaigns rolling through. we'll check out the week ahead in politics next.
36 minutes after the hour. to politics now and a dead heat in the first presidential caucus state. a new poll from "the des moines register" shows that iowa voters are leaning toward herman cain and mitt romney. it looks like a dead heat. cain holds a slight 1% lead, well within the margin of error. the iowa caucuses set for january 3. ron paul did okay in the poll but excelled in a straw poll of likely iowa voters. that may be because he showed up yesterday. he got 82% in the national
federation of republican assembly's presidential straw poll. herman cain was second at 15%. paul and rick santorum were the only candidates to show up at the iowa event on saturday. rick perry isn't going to be skipping any debates after all. the texas governor says he's ready to take part in the next four debates in november. cnn is hosting two of those debates in washington, d.c., and arizona. earlier, perry had indicated he might skip some of the debates in order to spend more time with voters. iowa is the center of the political universe this week. the first in the nation caucus state will play host to most of the candidates. cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser takes a look at the week ahead in politics. >> reporter: hey, good morning. you know, most of the republican presidential candidates will spend much of this week in iowa, the first state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar. on tap, a forum moderated by iowa's republican governor on tuesday, and a gop party dinner on friday night. the next day, two of the
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or grandchild of one man, zeona. "i am the eldest son," he says. "my mother is the 26th wife," she says. zeona has 39 wives, 86 children, and 35 grandchildren, making his family very likely the biggest in the world. all 160 family members live here. a four-story mansion with 22 bedrooms in a tiny village in the northeastern indian state. the state itself has only one million residents. one of the lowest population counts in the country. but that may change if 69-year-old zeona has his way. "i believe god chose us to be like this. those who are born into this family, they don't want to leave, and they follow this tradition. so we just keep growing and growing," he says. this is the nerve center of the household, the outdoor slaughtering and barbecue area. the family indulges in meat three times a week. and for every non-vegetarian
meal, 30 chickens are plucked and one joint pig is roasted. add in carbohydrates, 25 kilos of rice, and 40 kilos of potatoes are required for every meal. dinnertime is an efficient exercise. without much fuss, some women of the house cook while others set the table. still others clean. and ziona remains the all-powerful patriarch. he first got married when he was 17. "i loved him so i married him," she says. "he treats us all with so much love," she says. his oldest wife is 70, and the youngest is 31. ziona's father founded this christian sect in the village promoting polygamy as god's will. "i never wanted to get married, but that's the path god has chosen for me," he says, "it's not my wish to keep marrying again and again." with a following of 400 families, ziona is the caretaker
of the south reliance sect. they raise their own livestock and grow their own crops while children go to a nearby school. everyone seems to get along. do you fight amongst your siblings? >> never. >> reporter: no fighting? >> no fighting. >> reporter: india is set to overtake china as the world's most populist nation by 2030. but crowding and crumbling infrastructure in india's booming cities doesn't seem to phase ziona and his family. does it ever feel crowded? "since we're used to living in a big family, when we go outside, we feel very lonely," he says. the family is listed in the "guinness book of world records," because ziona doesn't want to be named. but the family may not be isolated that much longer. reporting from india. >> that is an unbelievable story. nadia, we're not going to talk about the world's largest family. we are going to talk about --
with all the talk in great britain with them changing the rules with respect to succession and now it won't matter if william or kate has a boy or girl, each will have an equal opportunity when it comes to ascending the throne. but in india, they have a tradition that's not so positive, not so great in terms of naming girls, right? >> you said, you asked earlier, why would certain people -- i do want to emphasize it's certain because hindus in general actually revere their girls because the goddess and many other goddesses are highly revered and are female goddesses. but there are many girls that are named unwanted which is nakusha or nakushe. there was a ceremony where the girls literally called unwanted underwent a ceremony where they for the first time were given the name of their choice. can you imagine that? being called unwanted because they were exactly that. you asked me, why were they
unwanted. they were unwanted because the parents or the grandparents in most cases wanted to have boy grandchildren. here you see the women and the ceremony -- >> some are adult. >> exactly. the ceremony that took place was mainly girls, between 13 and 15 years old. and these girls for the first time, you're seeing them, and there are their name certificates. >> how awful that they have to live -- >> they have to live with the name unwanted. nakusha or nakushi. one girl tells the story that her grandfather named her unwanted. and she is calling herself ashmita which means strong one. >> good for her. >> many of the girls have chosen the name ashwari after the beautiful bali actress. i wanted to show pictures of her. who wouldn't want to be called her. >> call me that. >> exactly.
and we'll get to what alena means in a moment. reality is the gender gap in india, particularly in the satara region, has grown. in india there are 9,000 or so girls to every 1,000 boys. >> wow. >> in this particular region, there are around 8,000 girls -- 800 girls to every 1,000 boys. so the gender gap in this particular region is even greater. hence the importance of having this ceremony in the satara region. but reality is when you think about your name and what it actually means for you, i looked up the name alena. >> you know, i don't know what it means. i can't believe i don't. >> all the meanings for alena in all the aramaic, it's noble, kind, and bearer of light. >> wow, that's good. at least it's positive. >> exactly. all are beautiful. all beautiful. and my name, nadia, comes from russian which means hope. if you think about -- >> fantastic. >> but if you think of what a name gives -- for the first time in india, these girls, these 285
girls, go from being unwanted to having a name. but i do, again, want to emphasize not all hindus don't revere their girls. >> right. but the fact that it's happening at all -- i hope they change that. i hope it doesn't happen ever again. anyway -- >> and hopefully -- >> thank you for bringing that to light. >> and the reality is hospitals in india no longer allow you to have a scan and have a sex-selective abortion. you can't do that. so the idea is when you have the scan, doctor are not allowed to tell you whether you're having a girl or boy. but the sonars are so sophisticated now that you can usually tell. so sex-selective abortions are still taking place. certainly a step in the right direction. let's hope that young ashmita has a very wonderful life. so noble one, thank you. >> thank you. >> enjoy the rest of your day. >> woman of hope. nadia, thank you very much. coming up, for a lot of folks, october is pumpkin season. and few people know how to carve one better than two guys in a basement in brooklyn.
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lot of patience. while you're working, we're using very sharp tools. and one slip could be the end of the season for us. >> mark maniac, master pumpkin carver. >> i'm chris maniac, pumpkin smith extraordinaire. >> we're the maniac carvers. >> started carving for fun. we were working at bars and restaurant. and carving for friends and pretty soon it got pretty popular. and we were carving full time for two months out of the year. >> it's going to be a birdhouse carved into a pumpkin. >> last night we were carving until 7:00 a.m. which is kind of unusual for this time of year -- is usual for this time of year. the carving itself can take between one hour and six hours. >> it depends on the complexity of the designs and how much caffeine we've had. >> sometimes we only do a couple pumpkins in a night. sometimes we do 20, 30, 40 pumpkins in a night. >> part of the fun for me is really seeing what can be done
in pumpkin because it is this new medium. we're constantly finding new things and pushing the envelope. >> creating a work of art in a pumpkin, it's just a very rewarding experience. you're creating something that is ephemeral and temporary and is all about the now. >> we like to think of it almost like ice sculpture. from the moment you start cutting into it, the clock is ticking on how long that pumpkin is going to last. >> looks good. >> our pumpkins start at $150 and go upwards of $350 if it's a portrait or intricate design, a larger pumpkin. it's a lot of time that goes into each one. and each pumpkin is a work of art that leaves the studio. >> how cool. you know, the president and the first lady welcome children to the white house for halloween. take a look -- eager little trick-or-treaters ignored the cold weather and marched right in to pick up some candy. yes, there were sweets, and they included signature boxes of
white house m & ms. how cool is that? and they were there. remember the first lady is pushing that healthy eating campaign. let's move. the president had joked with jay leno that in order to avoid any halloween mischief she may want to hand out more than just raisins. boy, does it look cool in there. we understand the president and first lady a bit better based on what's inside the white house trick-or-treat bags. according to gawker.com, you can. the candy you give says something about the kind of person you are. so if you give out sweettarts or anything that isn't chocolate, you're said to be into halloween and you want folks to think you're whacky or crazy. how about candy corn? way too into halloween. not smart according to gawker.com. why? it gets sticky and clumps at the bottom of the trick-or-treat bag. tootsie rolls, simple, classic, cool, stylish. if you give out full-sized candy bars, not just the mini ones, apparently you're an annoying showoff who needs everyone's
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from cnn center, this is cnn sunday morning. it's sunday, october 30, halloween eve. good morning, everyone. i'm alina cho. t.j. holmes is off. three people are dead and two million without power after what some are calling snow-tober. that fall near easter. we'll tell you who got hit the hardest and what's next. the cold weather is impacting those taking part in the occupy wall street protests. we'll hear what they're saying as they face the storm. in a couple of minutes i'll speak to this year's winner of what's known as the nobel prize
for children. she's going to tell us how she got involved in philanthropy at the age of 13. battering the northeast right now, around two million people are without power. four states have declared emergencies, new york, new jersey, connecticut, and massachusetts. here's what it looks like in massachusetts right now. officials predicted that downed trees were going to be a major problem. guess what, they were right. the storm is being blamed for three deaths so far. one in massachusetts. a man in pennsylvania was killed when a snow-covered tree fell into his house. the third person died while driving in connecticut. people in connecticut who have lost power are being told it may be a while before it comes back. the governor says they've been waiting for road conditions to improve before sending out prepare crews. we've seen heavy accumulation of snow all the way from virginia and maryland up through connecticut and massachusetts. pennsylvania got socked, as well. our chad myers is back in york, pennsylvania, good morning. so it looks a little bit better than it was an hour ago, is it?
>> reporter: it's still cold and things certainly aren't melting. now i know how they do the moonwalk on the tv shows, the "dancing with the stars." if you ice it down, you can't move it all. it's really hard to break this ice on the ground. that's exactly what you're going to see if you want to look at that car back there, that's been encased. hard to walk here. encased in ice all night. if you're going to have -- try to get out, it may take you a good half-hour just to clear your car off. that's how rough it's been all night. we still have a bunch of people here without power. and a lot of people were spending the night at our hotel because they didn't want their kids sleeping in a cold house. that's probably the biggest rub -- not so much that it's dark, that it's cold. the furnaces won't run because the power is not there to use the blower, even if the gas is running, the blower won't push the heat back into your house. not only two million people without power, two million households without heat. they are either going to families, going to neighbors, or like in the case here, all going to the hotels. they were filling up last night
with a line to get in the hotel at 11:00 at night when we were checking in at 11:00 in the morning, we were about the only people in the whole place. so kind of a change in strategy here. people trying to stay warm. the deal is today, maybe wait for the sun to come out. it will warm up. we will probably get to 40 degrees today. trying to get out right now, you're going to be into this black ice. it's everywhere. you may not see it. you drive through it. put your brakes on. there's no chance for you to stop. wait a couple hours, the black ice melts, and you'll be a lot safer. >> so i see that there are a few cars out there this morning. obviously a function of it being just a little bit later in the morning than an hour ago, chad. so how are people handling the weather? have you talkeded to some of the people out there? >> reporter: you know, this is costing money. and there are a couple families, they were in our hotel. i looked at them yesterday and said, what is this costing you? he said, dude, i paid $149 for the hotel and now $3 for a
bottle of water. i don't have that extra cash but i can't leave my three kids in a cold house that's going to get to 40 degrees tonight. this is money that i wanted to save for christmas and here i am spending it on a hotel that i really didn't need. the issue is last night when we were going to bed, calling and getting on the scanners about when these power lines are going to come up, the power crews were saying, we don't even have an eta. don't tell people anything. we have no idea. there are so many lanes down. we're not talking about hundred, we're talking about thousands of power lines down. incidents that every line would have to go back up on the pole to get power back to one or two customers. if you're the one or two without power, you are not a priority. they are going to put the power up to lines and get lines up that might get 100 people back to power. not the one or two. if you're one or two, you're way down the priority system at this point. >> well, and chad -- let's -- >> see this car -- crunching, yeah. >> let's remind our viewers, i mean, because this snoercwstorm
happened in october, so early on, leaves were on the trees. and that's part of why so many are without power now, right? >> reporter: that's exactly right. this is very heavy snow. i can go down and pick up a piece of what's -- break this off. this is what it looked like even before it froze up yesterday. it's heavy. when it hits the ground, it doesn't really want to break. it's still a big chunk. this has a lot of water content in it. water's heavy. this water was topping right on top of all the leaves on all the branches of the trees. even pine trees were coming down, as well. not just the maples and oaks. and especially the bradford pears. i'm not sure there's going to be a bradford pear in this town after this because they split down the middle and all broke. it's the weight of the snow and water in the snow bringing down the branches because the leaves were there. now that the leaves are gone in many spots, you know, november to december, they're always gone, this is not a problem. the water and the snow falls off. yesterday the snow didn't fall off. it got heavier and heavier. branches came down and so did
the power lines. >> all right, chad myers. i know you're working with my good friend, adam reece, my good friend. tell him hello and stay warm and your photographer, too. thank you very much. >> you should send me some designer -- >> what's that? what did you say? >> reporter: he said you should send me some french designer to make me nice and warm clothes. you know all the french designers -- >> i know why he's saying that. he was my producer in paris. for my fashion special. i don't appreciate that. >> reporter: that's right. >> all right. chad myers, thanks. adam reece, thank you. we want to talk now about that nor'easter. you know, who got hit the hardest, what's next in terms of cleanup and travel. alexandra steele has more on that. and we talked about the berkshires just getting socked. you know, this power outage situation is a real, real problem. two million people without power. and as you heard chad say, no telling when they're going to get their power back on there.
>> right. it is incredibly widespread. the calling card this storm definitely. we talk good this yesterday -- before these power outages occurred, one -- the incredible storm totals, isolated some, 26 inches. also the widespread power outages. that may rival any in the history we've ever seen. two million without power. and of course because the full foliage, the weight of these heavy, wet snow, a meteorologist friend in the field said it was like waffles falling down. that's kind of how big and fat and heavy the snow was. so snowfall totals, certainly the calling card. record-breaking on so many fronts. the greatest snowfall totals for a day, for a month. we'll talk about that. 26 inches. this is windsor, massachusetts, western massachusetts in the berkshires. of course the elevation from the mountains, as well. peru, massachusetts, melbrook, new york, and north of new york in the beautiful hudson valley. elevation, as well, duchess county. 17.9, 16 inches, remarkable on
so many fronts. the big cities, hartford, if you saw pictures from hartford, the images of these fat flakes. looked as though someone was dumping snow on the anchors and meteorologists out there. and we had a lot of thunder snow. we'll talk about why we saw that. shattering old records. central park from the 1800s has kept records. they have never, ever, ever had one inch of snow in october let alone 2.9. philadelphia, .3 inch. thunder snow. that's why we've seen such incredible totals. what is it? it's a snowstorm with thunder and lightning coupled with it. you can hear it. and what happens is usually when you look up and when the snow's coming down, the clouds are kind of flat. unlike the tall thunderstorm clouds in the summer that you see. so these flat snows develop little -- flat clouds develop little bumps or what we call turrets. the bumps rise above that snow cloud by about 5,000 feet or so. they have vigorous upward motion, create a ton of convection, and dump the snow down. prolific snowfall numbers you
usually see. we'll talk more about that and is it over? for the most part it is, we'll timeline it and talk about the country coming up. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much. the snow and rain dampened the occupy wall street encampment in lower manhattan. but not the protesters' spirit. want to take a live look at scrzuccotti park in we can. looking live at new york city, lower manhattan and zuccotti park. pretty quiet there. people in their tents. it appears it did not, as i said, dampen their spirit. here's susan candiotti. no rain, no snow, ain't no way we're going to go. >> reporter: despite the conditions, the chant is "in the snow, in the street, occupy wall street." they're marching in this sleet. it's rough out here. [ chanting ] >> reporter: you spent the night sneer. >> yeah, i've been here 20 days. >> reporter: what was it like
all night? >> it was freezing cold all night. terrible. >> reporter: how did you manage to stay warm? >> had to kind of 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: how long do you think you can stand these conditions? >> until something gets resolved in washington. >> reporter: who knows when that's going to be? >> that's true. >> reporter: it could be a long, hard winter. >> that's correct. >> reporter: walking through the park here, it is filled with tent. over here, you've got the place that's always had everyone serving food. they've got -- >> we're trying to get bananas -- >> reporter: fresh fruit. the shipment of bananas to hand out. is this your tent? >> yeah. >> reporter: can you show us? >> everything's folded up, but you're more than welcome to come in. >> reporter: let's take a quick look. you're prepared to stick this out through the winter? >> yep. >> reporter: why? >> it's worth it. i'm so passionate.
it's worth it. it's worth it. i'm ready to see change. >> occupy protesters in denver got much more than they bargained for had they tried to take their demonstration inside the state capitol. take a look. [ crowd noise ] >> police used pepper spray and rubb eber bullets. more than 20 demonstrators were arrested last night. in oakland, california, much larger occupy crowd turned out last night than some of the previous demonstrations. some are suggesting it's in support of iraq war veteran school olsen. you'll recall that olsen suffered a cracked skull earlier this week in a faceoff against city police. to politics now and a dead heat in the first presidential caucus state. a new poll from "the des moines register" shows that iowa voters are leaning toward herman cain and mitt romney for the republican nomination. basically a dead heat. cain does hold a slight 1% lead. that's well within the margin of error. the iowa caucuses are set for january 3.
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best of the best of people who help children around the world. tell me about your program and what do you do? >> well, i started an organization called spread the words that works to increase early literacy in africa by -- through book drives and starting library in africa. more recently actually i have started a digital projector initiative that loads pages of material on to a projector to send to classrooms all over africa. >> that's amazing. you know, i think what people will find so remarkable, among many other things, is the fact that you're just 16 years old. really this started when you were about to turn 13. you were at the dinner table with your family. and you thought to yourself, hey, at age 13, maybe i'll start to think about how i'm going to help others, right? what came next? >> well, yeah. i started off as a young girl who just loved to read. i loved to read more than anything else. and i still do. and it just led to another -- my
parent and i decided that it was time for me to help the world. and i knew exactly what i was going do. i -- when i learned that kids in africa didn't have books to read and that as a result they were iliteral, i was stunned. -- iliterate, i was stunned, and i knew i could help. when i was 12, i set up a book drive in front of the children's library in my town. and i just set it up for ten days, and by the end of that time period, i got 3,500 books, enough to start three libraries in africa. >> that's amazing. >> it's amazing. >> let me ask, you were just 12, 13 years old. what was it inside of you that gave you the courage to do this? i mean, this was something -- you could have been doing anything. you didn't have to do this. >> well, i -- i just was so inspired by the people in my community, and i was just -- it just broke my heart to see that these kids who i knew could just
have an equal chance as i did, they didn't have the materials to do it with. and i could send -- i had so many books around me. i knew i could send them this. and it -- i was shy, but yeah -- >> tell me about the reaction. we're looking at video. and we've seen the photos of you actually there in africa. how many times have you been? >> i've only been one. but when i went, they were so overjoyed. and they were so happy that i sent the books. and they were just telling pea what they read and their favorite stories. and now what they wanted to be when they grew up. because they were inspired by the books that i sent. and i saw the books and the only books that they had were the books i had sent. they had no books other than that. and it -- it was awe-striking. >> i have to say, i spoke to the people at world of children last night. i know you think you're getting a $25,000 reward. guess what -- due to the
generosity of donors and the board, i'm here to tell you you're going to get $30,000. so how do you feel about that and what are you going to do with the money? >> oh, my -- well -- well, i know -- >> isn't that great? >> yeah. i was intentionally -- i was intending to spend it on my digital projector initiative which i -- as i said before, was -- i'm going to load material on to it and send it to classrooms all over africa. now i can afford many more. right now i just have money for one. and with this money, i can use around 50 actually. it's wonderful. >> wow. tati grossman, it has been my honor to speak to you. i can't wait to see you on wednesday. and of course, hello it my friends harry and kaye liebovitz, founders of world of children. thank you. >> thank you. >> see you soon. coming up, a football player overcomes the odds by staying on
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23 minutes after the hour. we want to talk about that rare october nor'easter. where is the storm right now? meteorologist alexondsera steele has more on the cnn severe weather center. is this a distant memory? >> it's a distant memory for the most part. it is still bringing snow flurries this morning to bangor, maine, lewiston, maine, portland. it will zip out rapidly. but the remnant effect today will be some gusty winds. temperatures, too, about 40 degrees. melting will occur when the sun comes out. it's going to -- the windchill
will feel cooler than that. you see by tonight it's well off the coast. highs today, 43 in albany. 42 in boston. for the most part, above freezing for sure. again, with those strong cold northwesterly winds, it will feel a lot colder than that. a big picture. hey, we turn our attention elsewhere, that is good news. the storm is winding down. the southeast high pressure in control, ample sunshine. but windy and cool there, as well. about ten degrees cooler than last week. some rain showers coming to the pacific northwest. sunny and warm right there in the southwest. again, here's where the snow will hold on for a little bit longer. then we're going to see it wind down within the next couple of hours. >> all right. thank you very much. >> sure. checking stories across the country -- from south florida, here's something you don't see every day. a state trooper in a high-speed pursuit of a police officer. this happened three weeks ago on the florida turnpike after a 12-mile chase. state trooper d.j. watts arrested miami police officer fausto lopez at gunpoint.
what happened? the miami cop was allegedly driving up to 120 miles per hour so he could get to his off-duty job. he's charged with second-degree reckless driving. daredevil motorcyclist robby knievel, mission accomplished after making a jump over ten cars in california. he's the son of evil kneel. he said he was -- evil knievel, but said he is okay. and high emotion yet in new jersey. the rutgers university football team welcomed back eric lagrand. he was paralyzed last september after making a tackle. this was his first time back with the team leading them on the field against west virginia. they lost to the visiting mountaineers 41-31 in the final. an early snowstorm has knocked out power for parts of the northeast. two million people in all. we'll have that, plus a look at
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top stories now. a rare october nor'easter for much of the northeastern u.s. three people have died in the storm. as many as two million are without power. utility crews say it could be a while before it comes back. across the country, police are continuing to clash with protests of the occupy movement. the latest flashpoint was outside of the colorado state capitol in denver. riot police used pepper spray on protester. 20 were arrested. 90 minutes ago, a russian supply spaceship headed to the international space station. it was the first soyuz launch since a similar launch failed in august. thank you very much for joining us on cnn sunday morning. much more at the top of the hour. first, sanjay gupta m.d. begins right now.