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>> jiggy is more of a social drinker whereas cleo drank for medicinal purposes. sometimes the only thing that helps is a little hair of the dog. thanks for watching. that does it for us. "early start" begins now. america on ice. from the midwest to mid-atlantic, subzero cold causes misery and takes more li lives. the right to fight. for the first time the pentagon will allow women in combat on the front lines. >> that's huge news. a defiant north korea threatening more nuclear tests and calling the u.s. its sworn enemy. that breaking overnight. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. thursday, january 24th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here. up first if you are still wrapped up in your blankets you may want to stay right where you
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are. >> do not move. >> that bitter cold blast is gripping much of the country and it's not expected to go away anytime soon. people were mummified on the street with the temperature plunging to single digits. even for late january this is ridiculous for these parts. the u.s. is feeling like 33 below in some areas. today the south could see subfreezing temperatures and wind chills and ice where people are not used to driving in winter weather. and where places are not used to preparing for those crazy temperatures either. authorities say three people have already died from exposure to this deep, deep cold. jennifer delgado with the latest on the deep freeze. first we have susan candiotti, live in columbus circle outside our building. susan, i consider myself a hearty midwestern gal. but even this is crazy. how low are the temperatures going to get? >> i think you said something about looking like a mumpy. that's how i feel i look right now. >> you look good. >> thank you very much.
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we have this handy, dandy digital thermometer. it's reading 22 degrees. i'm not sure i believe that. the top of the bulling thermometer says 14. it feels much colder than that, i can tell you that. but for most people around the country experiencing these freezing temperatures, it's been a struggle. >> talk about a double whammy. new yorkers who made minimum home repairs after superstorm sandy may not have enough heat. >> we are just freezing here. >> reporter: one raezing warming centers are springing up in cold weather cities. giving the most vulnerable young and old some relief. >> i haven't had heat -- hot water and heat for three days. yesterday was a little bit of heat came on. only heat we got was in the bathroom. in syracuse, a heavy downfall, lowering visibility, giving snow blowers a workout, making it tough for postal carriers to get from house to house. >> hopefully the driveway will
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already be plowed when i get back. >> reporter: in iowa city, iowa, just one degree above zero. a dog shelter begging for help after a heating broke down. extra blankets needed to keep the cement floor warm for man's best friend. >> it's a stressful environment. >> reporter: outside pittsburgh when a water main broke in the middle of the night, single digit temperatures gushing watt near a sheet of ice. subzero temps aren't all bad if you like ice boating. skimming across the ice at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour in what looks like a menny kayak with a sail. for those who have to work outside -- >> as long as i bundle up, double bundle, i'm good. i have a lot of clothes on. >> reporter: maybe the best way to get by is thinking hot. >> key largo is a great place this time of year. >> reporter: ah, yes, key largo, been there many a time. let's look at the lowest
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temperatures overnight across the united states. check these out, mt. washington, new hampshire, 34 below, crane lake, minnesota, 27 below, sayre knack lake, new york, minus 23 and presque isle, maine, haven't been there yet, 23 below zero. out. we are balmy here by comparison. >> it's quite nice here and we should be counting our blessings. the folks we worry are the homeless. what are cities doing to help those who have absolutely nowhere to go? >> the routine is to go around and try to give blankets to the homeless. but more importantly, to try to get them to go to shelters. >> which is tough. >> one thing we always want to remind others as well, check on the elderly, senior citizens living in your neighborhood. knock on their door, make sure they're okay. we have to look out for each other. >> no doubt. susan candiotti, thank you. with the homeless folks, it's
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tough. they often times don't want to go to the shelters. >> that's right. susan delgado is tracking deep freeze. >> i can beat susan's number. she was showing you the 35. look at this wind chill value clocked wednesday morning at minus 85. >> no way! >> that was in mt. washington, new hampshire. we almost chuckled at that. we couldn't believe it felt so cold there. this is nothing to laugh at. this is serious weather out there. the current temperature minus 35 degrees at international falls, minnesota. of course this is known as the ice box. it certainly does feel like it. 10 in buffalo, 15 in new york. if you add in the wind, right now, of course, it still feels like it's below freezing across many areas in the double digits. minus 17 in minneapolis and 6 in new york. for today we are also tracking some snow that's coming down through washington, d.c. as well as the central virginia area. that means we'll be looking at messy travel along interstate
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95. keep in mind temperatures well below freezing. there will be icy spots along the highways as well some of the secondary areas. we're also looking at lake-effect snow coming down through gary, indiana up to areas, including that michigan border. we want to leave you with someone warm and sunty and bright. zoraida will appreciate this. this is coming out of miami. they're probably sleeping in their swimsuits right now. the temperature is 61 degrees. today sunshine and 57. it's sunny and 75. >> do not send me pictures if you're in balmy, warm weather, i don't want to hear it because folks are struggling. >> absolutely. stay warm. >> i guess we can think of warm climates. >> if that will help you. >> i don't know if it helps. women officially on the front lines of war, happening today, an historic move by the pentagon. leon panetta and joint chiefs
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chairman announcing the u.s. military is lifting its ban on women serving in combat. many former service members support the move. they say some women in support missions have already been drawn into battle in places like iraq and afghanistan that don't have physical front liens. some serve as military police, some have ground on patrol with ground troops, others fly he helicopt helicopters. barbara starr is following these important big developments. a lot of people think this decision was long overdue. the question is why now, why so suddenly? >> well, it had been in the works. you know, defense service leon panetta had been heading in this direction. you have to note it's something he wanted to get done before he leaves office in a few weeks. there have been lawsuits about this a lot of people thought this might be coming down the road. there's been a critical turn, a letter from the chairman of the joint chiefs of star, general
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martin dempsey. i want to read part of it. i think the join the chiefs.a marker down. he said to panetta, quote, the time has come to rescind the direct combat exclusion rule for women and to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service. the join the chiefs unanimously join me in proposing that we move forward with full intent to integrate women into occupational fields to the maximum extent possible. what the real change here is likely to be is opening the door for women serving in what's called close combat, the most dangerous work on the batt battlefie battlefield, potentially even joining special forces. it will be very controversial, i think, once it starts to happen. i think there will be a lot of deep look at this, whether women will serve in these very close combat, essentially hand-to-hand combat roles, john. >> exactly right about that, barbara. any sense of how we will be
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implemented and how soon it will be implemented on the front lines? >> i think that really is the key question. the plan is this will shall fully implemented by 2016. going back to what we're talking about, these special forces, the most critical dangerous roles on the battlefield, it will still be the case that there's an out here. the military could ask for an exemption saying we don't think we can accommodate women on the battlefield. in these particular units. that's a bit of an out and still the question will be, the physical fitness standards, will women in these front line jobs have to meet the exact same standards as the men? >> so much to talk about with this story. an important milestone. barbara starr at the pentagon. great to see you. nine minutes past the hour. a big story developing overnight. north korea says it plans to carry out new nuclear testing and further long-range rocket launches as part of a new phase of confrontation with the united states. north korea's national defense commission called the u.s.,
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quote, the sworn enemy of the korean people. this happened tuesday after a security resolution passed condemning the rocket launch and expanding existing sanctions against them. >> hillary clinton answering tough questions on the issue in benghazi. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> during her 5 1/2 hours of testimony, there was also intense criticism of her and the obama administration like this from a republican senator and potential 2016 presidential hopeful, rand paul.
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>> had i been president at the time and found you did not read the cables from benghazi, did not read the cables, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> president obama picked senator john kerry to lead the state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. you'll recall rice caught a lot of flack over the benghazi attack. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. we are still talking about this probably for the last time, though. an inaugural official told cnn that pop star beyonce did not sing the national anthem live on inauguration day. the official asked to not be identified and it was beyonce herself who made the decision the night before. >> now you think it's done? >> i don't think we'll hear from her at least not for a while on this subject. yesterday there was at least a mystery, did she or did she.
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we have lots to catch you up on this morning with notre dame football player manti te'o and his fake girlfriend, that story, a lot happened overnight. he's finally spoken out on camera to abc's katie couric about the controversy surrounding his internet love affair that turned out to be a hoax. he's even admitted to lying a little about the relationship. the full interview on abc airs later today. this is some of it. >> my story, i felt was a guy who in times of hardship and in times of trial really held on to his faith and family. i felt that was my story. >> even if that hardship was, perhaps, exaggerated?
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>> no. it was -- what i went through was real. you know, the feelings, the pain, the sorrow, that was all real. >> our george howell has been all over this story. he's live from the cnn center with more now, george. so he speaks. >> john he says it was really the question now, was he really duped? he claims he had nothing to do with this internet hoax. we'll hear more about manti te'o's interview with katie couric later today and get more insight into these bizarre connections. he believed that his online girlfriend who he never met died of cancer in september. two days before he attended the heisman trophy ceremony he got a call saying she was alive and faced with the media on the heisman day he kept talking about her as if she was alive. here's what he told katie. >> you stuck to the script and you knew something was amiss, manti.
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>> correct. >> why? >> well, if anybody puts themselves in my situation. katie, put yourself in my situation. this girl who i committed to died on september 12th. now i get a phone call on september 6th saying she's alive and i'm going to be put on national tv two days later and they asked me the same question. what would you do? >> manti te'o's father, brian te'o stuck up for the football playing saying he's adamant his son is not a liar. listen. >> people can speculate about what they think he is. i've known him 21 years of his life. and he's not a liar. he's a kid. >> and then of course there's the real live girl whose pictures were used to create that fake online image of lennay kekua.
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her real name is diane o'meara. she tells cnn's anderson cooper people need to be careful online. take a listen. >> even still when i see the photos and when i see how they've been exposed, all over the media, it's hard. but i mean, the fact is, this doesn't just happen to me. >> sure. >> granted this is a very unique situation that involves mass media but this happens every day. >> it happens to people. >> was te'o the victim of catfishing. you create a fake image and string them along. is that the case? we'll learn more as we hear more from the katie couric interview later today. >> a lot of people waiting to see the full interview, how he looks, what he says. >> that's a tough story. breaks your heart to see his dad break down like that, too. 18 minutes past the hour.
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here are your local reads. local news making national headlines. we start with "the new york times." who says soft drink companies have an ally in their soda war with new york mayor michael bloomberg. "the new york times" says attorneys for coca-cola wrote an naacp court filing that supports blocking bloomberg's super sized soft drink ban. the city's health department says since obesity rates are higher in the african-american community would benefit from keeping the supervise ban which goes into effect in march. >> here we go. fallout from the lance armstrong, big sitdown interview with oprah, kicking into high gear. the los angeles times reporting on a class-action lawsuit against armstrong and his book publishers. the plaintiffs, what they say is they thought they were reading about a guy who beat cancer and raced to the top of the cycling world without doping. but now they feel like the entire read was a rip-off and the fact was in fact fiction.
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they want their money back. the lawsuit says more than 100 plaintiffs could join in. >> i'm no lawyer but it's interesting at least. >> it's absolutely interesting. i don't think this is the first lawsuit we were expecting to read about. >> all right. for an expanded look at our top stories, head to cnn.com/earlystart. follow us on twitter and facebook. just search for "early start" cnn. apple made history with its first quarter profit. why aren't investors impressed by all of this? christine will take a closer look, coming up. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair
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good morning to you, new york city. it's nice and cold for you this morning. we are minding your business. grab a cup of coffee, wrap yourselves with the blanket, stay with us. stocks are set to open at a fresh five-year high today. the dow and s&p inched up modestly yesterday. it came on back of positive earnings from ibm and google.
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>> today the earnings are all aboutal. we have huge numbers, including the second biggest quarterly profit in u.s. history. but apple shares are tumbling. >> that's crazy. >> am shares are down 8% right now in the premarket. think of that, losing 8% of their value. so many of you consumers are so eager for apple products, you know this company. and many of you are investors because you've liked what you've seen coming out of apple over the past few years. investors are saying maybe the shine is off that ale. let me tell you what the earnings looked like. they were unbelievable. $13 billion in quarterly profit. apple earned $13 billion in three short months. they're throwing money in the back. they have $137 billion sitting in the bank. it's the second biggest profit in american history. the only other company ever to make this much money in such a short period of time is exxonmobil when gas prices were at record high price.
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iphone sales 48 million, a record high. 48 million iphone sales in just three months. ipad sales, a record high, 23 million. why is the stock down this morning? because investors look forward. they don't look back. they're looking at apple's margins. its profit margins being maybe pinched a little bit by popularity of some of its older versions and cheaper versions of its product. they're saying frankly they don't think apple can continue to have miracles one after another in consumer land. look at the three-year stock. it's down 25% from its peak. down 8% this morning but it still has tripled over the past few years. still if you have been buying apple shares on the way up, you've made an awful lot of money and investors are saying maybe we'll take a little bit off the table. >> it's what are you doing for me next? >> absolutely. that's the way the stock market works. it's not what you use the to do.
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how low can they go? subzero temperatures cause health warnings from the midwest to the northeast.
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tough talk from north korea, a threat of more missile tests with america in mind. >>. in the line of fire, just released video from a wild police chase and gun battle with bank robbers. this is real video, folks. >> that looks like a movie. >> i know. right? >> crazy. welcome back to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. thursday, the 24th. you better bundle up. it is going to be another bitterly cold day across so much of the country. take a look at providence, rhode island. this guy wasn't trying to steal a car. he was trying to chip his way into his car. many people are waking up to subzero wind chills right now and potential record lows. this is what it feels like right now. that is cold. this morning parts of the south could be slippery and dangerous with overnight freezing rain and sleet coating the roads. jennifer delgado is tracking this deep freeze. good morning. >> good morning.
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you're right. we are really deep with the deep freeze out there. in the last 24 hours, want to give you an idea of how cold it's been in some parts. new hampshire, mt. washington, the wind chill clocked in at minus 85 degrees. that's what it felt like yesterday morning and it's still rather cold out there. we are seeing a slight improvement of the numbers across parts of the midwest. you can see for some areas like chicago, current temperature 7 degrees, international falls, i'm feeling for you there, a reading of minus 35 and 15 degrees in new york. now, when you add in the wind, of course, it feels cooler out there. portland as well as into boston it still feels like 15 or minus 13 below. as we go through today and tomorrow, notice the temperatures will still be well below average. normally for areas like washington, d.c. you should be seeing a high of 44. today a high of 31. in d.c., there's light snow coming down. here's the radar. you are going to be looking at a
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messy commute out there. be aware of slick roads and the same for areas southeast of chicago. south bend we'll be looking at snow as well. in this area right here, we're talking mainly about an inch of snowfall. most of the advisories end about 9:00 in the morning. we see a chance for snow flurries to pop up in the norfolk area. that lake-effect snow in full effect off lake michigan. john, we send it back over to you and zoraida. the wind chill advisories will still be in place through a good part of today. >> the biggest jacket you own. >> don't forget the pets, don't leave your pets outside. that's just wrong. i know it's hard to get them out there to go poti. >> if you have to go, you have to go. but just make it quick. 32 hours after the hour. secretary of state hillary clinton's testimony on the siege in benghazi was filled with drama. her voice cracking as she talked
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about the deaths of ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans. then as she tried to defend what the obama administration knew about the attack and when they knew it. foreign affairs correspondent jill doherty has been following all of the developments for us. jill, how was her testimony received? >> well, it was pretty hot, i think you could say. zoraida, she's going to be back up on capitol hill again today in just about 4 1/2 hours. this time at the senate confirmation hearing for the man we expect is going to succeed her as secretary of state, that is senator john kerry. but that testimony on benghazi is still making waves. g. morning. >> reporter: if she was tired by more than 5 1/2 hours of testifying on the deadly attack on benghazi, the recently ailing secretary of state hillary clinton denied she was holding anything back from congress. >> that's not who i am. that's not what i do. >> reporter: there was no doubt
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how personally clinton took the death of the four americans in benghazi. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> reporter: but republicans leveled angry charges at the state department and the obama administration did not see the danger signs. >> i categorically reject your answer. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post. >> we have no doubt they were terrorists, militants, they attacked us. >> clinton was at times define the and not afraid to push back. >> no, no, no. >> it still -- >> again, we were misled -- >> no. >> there were supposedly
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protests and an assault sprung out of that. >> but can i -- >> the american people could have known that within days aen they didn't know that. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans, was it because of a protest or guys out for a walk who decided they would kill americans? what difference at this point does it make? >> madam secretary, you let the consulate become a death trap. and that's national security malpractice. >> i think i've made that very clear, congressman. >> reporter: for the first time she xplandz why it was u.n. ambassador susan rice and not she who delivered the misleading talking points. >> i have to confess here in public, going on the sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do. >> reporter: in a day of heavy questioning, a rare light moment. >> madam secretary, let me first thank you for your service and i wish you the best in your future endeavors, mostly.
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>> reporter: a laugh on that. future endeavors, of course you can read 2016. the presidential campaign and hillary clinton is one of the people, of course, that could be a candidate from the democrats. >> right. >> and what made for really some fireworks at that benghazi hearing was the fact that some of the people questioned her could be gop candidates in 2016 as well, zoraida. >> jill, if we just look at that, it appears to be all very fiery but there was also a lovefest going on. >> yes, there was. she combined so many things. the people who have respected her, worked with her as a senator, the people who think she did a very good job as secretary of state and you also have the dynamics of her as a politician. you know, the scolding person, the angry person, the happy person. she's really -- it was an interesting thing to watch, especially since it's one of the last things she'll do officially
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as secretary of state. >> i would rarely that's must-watch television but i have to tell you, i was riveted. hanging on every word. jill dor it i, thank you so much. we appreciate that. 36 minutes past the hour. this story developing overnight out of asia. quite troubling here. north korea says it plans to carry out new nuclear testing and further long-range rocket launches as part of a new phase of con front taking with the united states. north korea's national defense commission called the u.s., quote, the sworn enemy of the korean people. this happened just after a u.n. xouns resolution passed on tuesday. condemning that country's recent rocket launch and expanded existing sanctions against them. >> so for a lot of people just hearing charlie brown's voice might take you back to your childhood. >> this time i'm going to kick that football clear to the moon! >> so the real-life person behind that voice is now in jail. 56-year-old peter robbins faces
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a dozen felony charges, accused of stalking his exgirlfriend and threatening to kill her plastic surgeon as well as a san diego police sergeant. he's pleaded not guilty. when he was a child he voiced charlie brown in some of the greatest movies, including a great pumpkin and a charlie brown christmas. >> 38 minutes past the hour. we have heart-stopping video. the moment a houston area police officer came under fire during a bank robbery that turned into a police chase. this is -- look at this. this is dash cam footage of an officer getting pelted, pelted with 15 rounds of ak-47 fire. he was hit in the head. he was hit in the arm. he did survive. that chase happened two years ago. the footage only now coming to light because the alleged getaway driver is on trial.
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the robbery suspect was killed by deputies when the 20-minute chase came to an end on a dead end street. the suspected getaway driver r surrendered. now to wales and a pro soccer match. is this a cheap shot on the ball boy or a misunderstanding? you make the call. a replay showed chelsea's eden hazard kicking the teenager after the ball had gone out of play. the referee gave him a red card. he said he was later trying to kick the ball and not the boy and apologized. police say they will not bring charges but he could be banned from several more matches. that did not look one bit good. >> all right. you might make fun of manti te'o but he's not the only one. coming up, inside the world of catfishing where things online are not always what meets the eye.
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welcome back. 42 minutes past hour. manti te'o has finally spoken out on camera to abc's katie couric about the controversy surrounding his internet love affair that, of course, turned out to be a big hoax. he has admitted to exaggerating a bit about the relationship. katie asked him why. >> my story, i felt was a guy who in times of hardship and in times of trial really held on to his faith and family. i felt that that was my story. >> even if that hardship was, perhaps, exaggerated? >> no. it was what i went through was real. you know, the feelings, the pain, the sorrow. that was all real. >> so many more questions. katie couric's full interview airs later today on abc. john? >> didn't it the seem a bit far fetched to you falling with
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someone online whom you've never met. apparently it happens all the time. deb feyerick has more on what's called catfishing. >> reporter: as crazy as it sounds, what apparently happened to notre dame football player manti te'o happens every day. >> doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, i mean, people who are really smart. >> reporter: private investigator dawn richey says she's spoken to hundreds of men and women who get conned after falling deeply in love online. >> what is it they're hoping for? >> everybody just wants to feel needed and loved and find that romance. the scammer just knows how to pull them into it. >> it's called catfishing with be a term popularized by the 2010 film "catfish" about a man who has an online love affair with the ideal woman who turns out not to exist. it's a scam built on trust, one
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e-mail, one text, one phone call at a time over months. or manti te'o's case, perhaps years. >> he fell in love with a fictional character. >> reporter: richey believes te'o is mike many of her clients, a target of a cruel hoax. >> the bottom line is, there's money. they'll always ask for money. >> reporter: te'o told espn he never gave money to his so-called girlfriend though admits she wanted to send him money and asked for a checking account number. he says he refused to give it. >> it's hard for people to accept the fact that this person doesn't exist. nothing's going to match up, phone numbers aren't going to match up, addresses aren't going to match up. >> reporter: in most cases once the money dries up, the scammer disappears and manti te'o's case, his girlfriend faked her death. >> my clients are truly embarrassed of what has happened to them in their life. they don't want to talk to their friends, their family. they've depleted their bank account. they feel completely humiliated. >> reporter: humiliated and left
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facing questions, how could it happen in the first place? deborah feyerick, cnn, new york. it is still shocking though, right? >> i think there are questions that will never be answered here to people's satisfaction but it will be interesting to see how he tries to answer some of them later today. >> no doubt. i'm curious. definitely. coming up, this is amazing, folks, a little baby who beat the odds. you want to stick around for this. this is really an incredible story, a miracle what she's had to overcome will absolutely amaze you. ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. olaf gets great rewards for his small business! pizza! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! helium delivery. put it on my spark card! [ pop! ]
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48 minutes after the hour. christine romans here with the headlines. >> extreme cold gripping much of the country with overnight wind chills at ski resorts in new hampshire negative 84. that's not a typo. that's right there. at least stlee people have died now due to exposure to the cold. be careful out there, folks. the late junior seau's family is suing the nfl. florida governor rick scott says he wants all full-time teachers to get a $2,500 pay raise next year. during his announcement yesterday, he said the money would come from florida's first
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budget sure mrs. in six years. he backed a 3% pay cut last year for teachers in the form of a pension contribution. scott is up for re-election next year. and singer adell announced wednesday she will perform her oscar nominated "skyfall" at the academy awards next month. this is the first time she'll perform it live anywhere. we love adel. she's had a baby. >> is she going to sing it herself or be beyonce style? >> depends. >> if her voice is strong and nothing happens, she'll sing it herself. if she's weak she will probably lip sync, don't you think. >> just like the rest of us. 50 minutes past the hour. i love this story. a texas baby is finally going home. she was born in october with
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about a third of her heart beating. listen to this, outside of her body. surgeons put it back inside where it belongs and now she is well enough to leave the hospital. about eight babies out of a million are born with this kind of condition, the one that audri in. a has but most only live a few days. they took the skin and pulled it over the heart. this is a miracle baby. they found she had this condition when the mom went to have an ultrasound. luckily she's going home. >> this he have to reconstruct her sternum which is why you saw that interesting brace with the heart beating in a hole there. >> incredible. i love modern times. we have a lot going on in this show. drunk driving is now legal in one county. so people don't have to drink alone and feel bummed out about it. you'll never guess where this is.
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welcome back, everyone. 55 minutes after the hour here. john berman along with zoraida sambolin. taking a look at the top cnn trends on the web this morning. >> so it goes against the stats and conventional wisdom accumulated over the past 75 years. a small county in ireland has voted to allow some drunk driving. you heard me right. the irish county of kerry voted to legalize drunk driving in order to make it easier for people who live in remote, rural areas to go out and get a drink
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and socialize. one counselor claims it would help prevent depression and suicide in isolated areas where roads are empty, public transit are not an option and strict dwi laws have trapped people inside their homes. >> i've driveen in kerry county. the windy, small roads there. that is nuts. >> i wanted to know how many drinks. they say between one and three should be okay. >> i think no. i think no. that's crazy to me. so the artist who painted the first official portrait of katherine the duchess of cambridge is defending his work. critics dissed many big time. it made her look like a ghost or really old. paul elmsley says people should see the painting with their own eyes. it just doesn't photograph well, he said. interesting thing is, the london evening standard said post cards of his work are the fastest
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selling of any painting. >> she's hugely popular. i thought, that looks awkward. >> how do you screw that up? is the picture of her. that's the easiest thing in the world to pain the and make look pretty. >> you've got to see it in person before you judge. here's something to warm you up on this really frigid morning. it's a sneak peek at the new mercedes super bowl ad. >> oh, my goodness. >> look, look, look. it's featuring "sports illustrated" cover girl kate upton. what's she doing? let's see. i hear she's washing a car. sex sells. that's nothing new. some critics are saying it's too sexy for super bowl. one person on the mercedes-benz facebook page saying hot girl, great car. and somehow i think this is the worst ad mercedes has ever made. what do you think, berman? is it the worst ad ever. >> sorry, you talking to me? >> all the guys in here are mesmerized, staring at the tv,
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which is what they want, right? to check out other top cnn trends head to cnn.com/trends. late-night laughs, stephen colbert looking for a play on words that sticks for a growing scandal. >> an ongoing scandal threatening to engulf barack obama's second term. >> big questions for beyonce. >> was beyonce really singing live? or just acting the national anthem? >> late today, we confirmed that beyonce lip synced that incredible rendition of the national anthem. >> there's so much going on regarding beyoncegate. >> the latest on the beyonce lipgate. >> yes, lipgate, beyoncegate, the crisis? lipia, was there a lip-syncher
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on the grassy nolls? >> we were all mesmerized by her singing. none more so than joe biden ♪ bursting in air >> that man either loves his country very much or chuck schumer just ripped one. >> all right. "early start" continues right now. >> wow. america on ice. from the midwest to the mid-atlantic, subzero cold causes misery and it also takes more lives. new this morning, a defiant north korea threatening more nuclear tests and calling the u.s. its sworn enemy. winning the right to fight for the first time, the pen gone will allow women in combat on the front lines. good morning. thanks for being with us this
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morning, welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. it is thursday, january 24th, 6:00 a.m. in the east. and don't move. trust me. stay under the covers now becau freezing. the bitter cold blast gripping much of the country is not expected to go away any time soon. in new york people look like mummies on the street with the temperatures plunging into the single digits. even for late january, this is pretty serious. resorts in new hampshire feeling like it's 84 below zero. authorities say three people have already died from exposure to the deep cold. jennifer delgado is standing by with the latest on the deep freeze but first we'll go to susan canned yacht owe wkand yc cold right outside her building. susan, my apologies, sorry about this. but this is pretty freezing. >> reporter: i tell you what, you can see your breath for sure and the key thing to remember, layers. i tell you, it is so cold outside, let's look at how cold
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it is right here right now. we've got our handy dandy little thermometer. it is reading 19 degrees. last hour it said about 23, so is it going down? yes, i think so. but this isn't half as cold as it is in some places of the country. as i tried to get my lips to work. all right, let's take a look at the graphic, okay? we can show you mt. washington, new hampshire, 34 degrees below zero. crane lake, minnesota, 27 below. s saranac lake, new york, minus 23 and presque isle, maine, 23 below as well. the key thing to remember as people go about their jobs today, remember to bundle up. talk about a double whammy, new yorkers who made minimum home repairs after superstorm sandy may not have enough heat. >> and we are just freezing here. >> one reason warming centers are springing up in cold weather
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cities, giving the most vulnerable, young and old, some relief. >> i haven't had hot water and heat for three days. yesterday a little bit of heat came on. the only heat that we got was in the bathroom. >> reporter: in syracuse, a heavy downfall lowering visibility, giving snow blowers a workout, making it tough for postal carriers to get from house to house. >> hopefully the driveway will already be plowed when i get back. >> in iowa city, iowa, just one degree above zero. a dog shelter begging for help after a heater broke down. extra blankets needed to keep cement floors warm for man's best friend. >> it's a stressful environment. we're trying to keep them as comfortable as we can. >> reporter: outside pittsburgh when a water main broke in the middle of the night, single-digit temperatures turned gushing water into a sheet of ice. subzero temps aren't all bad if you like ice boating. skimming across the ice at
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speeds up to 60 miles an hour in what looks like a mini kayak with a sail. for those who have to work outside -- >> as long as i bundle up like double bundle, i'm good. i have a lot of clothes on. >> reporter: maybe the best way to get by is thinking hot. >> key largo is a great place this time of year. >> reporter: yes, key laurgo. and here it is reading 14 degrees. by the way, the high today in key largo is forecast at about 77 degrees. >> susan, i feel for you because the cold freezes up your face and makes it hard to talk, it really does. >> it does. and it makes tears stream down my face as well. >> you look great. thank you for being out there. bundle up and stay warm. this is serious, as we said. jennifer delgado is in the cnn weather center tracking some of these unbelievable numbers for us. hey, jennifer. >> hi, john, you're right. susan, i feel for her because you're right, it is very cold. we've been talking over the last
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24 hours. we keep showing these numbers to you because they're so impressive. look at this windchill value of minus 85. that was in mt. washington, new hampshire, in the last 24 hours. now right now the temperature, the coldest spot of course international falls, the ice box, minus 33. 4 in boston, 15 in new york. susan, you're warming up just a little bit there, 14 degrees in columbus. when you add in the wind, of course we're still going to see windchill values well below zero. now, for today we do have that windchill advisory in place for parts of the upper midwest, for minnesota as well as even parts of nebraska. minus 25 to 35, that's going to last through this morning. and then as we go across parts of new england, the same thing. bitterly cold there. it's going to feel like minus 40 to minus 50. here's your forecast. temperatures are going to be running 10 degrees below average. syracuse should be at 31, today a high of 12. for washington, d.c., 31. you're dealing with a little light snow there as well. as we look across the midwest, temperatures still running 10 to
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20 degrees below average. for minneapolis, 24 and they typically should see a high of 11. a lot of people have been asking what is causing this. what we're in is a very amplified jetstream. it's pulling all this cold air into eastern parts of the u.s. as well as the northern part. we're in a negative phase. when that happens it allows all that cold air to spill down towards the south. speaking of the south, in miami let's show you a live shot. it is warm. the temperature right now 61 degrees. we're expecting a high of 71. but there you have it, a little as long as behind that cold air that's just all pouring in. back over to you guys. >> i can't believe that picture, a high of 5 in fargo, north dakota. >> that's balmy. >> that's cruel. jennifer delgado, thanks very much. >> i wonder if water pipes are bursting all over the place. five minutes past the hour. women officially on the front lines of war. it's happening today. it's a historic move by the
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pentagon. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman army general dempsey announcing the military is lifting its ban on women siervig in combat. some say women have already been drawn into battle in places like iraq and afghanistan that don't have physical front lines. some serve as military police. some have gone on patrols with ground troops in order to talk to afghan women and to the children. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is following all these latest developments. barbara, are we seeing any major opposition to this? >> reporter: well, good morning. so far it looks like there is bipartisan support in congress for making these moves, but that's not to say that people are not voicing their concerns about this new historic era. the real issue here, women going into front line combat, into those small units, infantry,
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special forces, some of the most dangerous situations any of us can imagine. i want you to listen to what our own cnn contributor, david frumm, said about this summarizing a lot of people's concerns. >> reporter: the thing i worry about is the risk of harm to female personnel. the people we are likely to meet on the next battlefield are people who use rape and sexual abuse as actual tools of politics. in iranian prisons, rape is a frequent practice. >> reporter: now look, many women will tell you that they have served for generations in war zones and these days there are no physical front lines, as you said. in fact hundreds of women have been injured and more than 100 killed in both iraq and afghanistan. >> we have been talking about this for a very long time. why was this decision made now? >> reporter: well, you know, there have been some lawsuits about this. certainly secretary leon
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panetta, who's leaving office in just a few weeks, looking to make this, i think it's fair to say, part of his legacy. but there had been a very critical letter from the joint chiefs of staff, important enough that i want to read part of it. the chairman, general martin dempsey, saying the following. quote, the time has come to resingd the direct combat exclusion rule for women and to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service. the joint chiefs of staff unanimously join me in proposing that we move forward with the full intent to integrate women into occupational fields to the maximum extent possible. once you get the joint chiefs saying they're willing to go with it, then that was really one of the hurdles to clear moving ahead. >> and then women can actually be up for these great promotions, which is also good news. barbara starr, live at the pentagon for us. thank you. so much more on the pentagon's historic announcement about women and combat in our next half hour. we'll talk about it with adam
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schiff of california who is the ranking member of the house intelligence committee. eight minutes after the hour and we have this story developing overnight out of asia. north korea's national defense commission is calling the u.s., quote, the sworn enemy of the korean people. that country also says it's planning to carry out new nuclear testing and further long-range rocket launches as part of a new phase of confrontation with the united states. this is happening just after the u.n. security council passed a resolution condemning north korea's rocket launch from last year. secretary of state hillary clinton answering tough questions about the deadly terror attack on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. at one pointing her voice cracked as she described consoling the family members of the four americans who were killed. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to
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raise their children. >> during her five and a half hours of testimony there was also intense criticism against her and the obama administration like this from republican senator and potential 2016 presidential hopeful rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> just hours from now secretary clinton will introduce her possible successor at a nomination hearing. president obama picked senator john kerry to lead state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, at least for a little while longer. 6:10 here on the east coast. yep, aparnparently we're still talking about this. an inaugural official told cnn wednesday that pop star beyonce did not, she did not sing the
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national anthem live on inauguration day. the official asked not to be identified, however, and said it was beyonce herself that made the decision the night before the ceremony. done, case closed. >> i'd still like to hear from her. i wonder why she's been so quiet on it. >> so do i. if your voice is not that strong and you make that decision, why not just say it. >> agreed. on the subject of truth, the truth about manti te'o, the notre dame star speaking out and coming clean about the fake girlfriend hoax. with the spark d from capital one,
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at fedex office. welcome back. 14 minutes past the hour. good morning to you. we're finally hearing from notre dame football player manti te'o himself on the controversy surrounding his fake girlfriend. he spoke to abc's katie couric about his internet love affair that of course turned out to be a hoax. he's even admitted to lying, a little bit, about the relationship. the full interview on abc airs a little later today, but here's a little bit of it. >> my story i felt was a guy who in times of hardship and in times of trial really, you know, held strong to his faith, held
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strong to his family. and i felt that that was my story. >> even if that hardship was perhaps exaggerated? >> no, it was -- what i went through was real. the feelings, the pain, the sorrow, that was all real. >> our george howell has been all over this story and is live from the cnn center with much more. i guess he finally speaks with the cameras rolling. what did he have to say? >> reporter: you heard it right there, he said what he felt was real. so was he clearly duped here? we'll hear more of manti te'o's interview with katie couric today and get more insight into these bizarre connections. te'o apparently believed that his online girlfriend who he'd never met died of cancer in september. but just two days before attending the heisman trophy ceremony in december, he got a call saying that she was alive. and when faced with the media, he kept talking about her as if she was alive.
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here's what he told katie. >> you stuck to the script and you knew that something was amiss, manti. >> correct. >> why? >> well, anybody put yourself in my position. katie, put yourself in my position. this girl who i committed myself to died on september 12th. now i get a phone call on december 6th saying that she's alive and i'm going to be put on national tv two days later and to ask me the same question, you know, what would you do? >> te'o again says he had nothing to do with that internet hoax. his father even stuck up for him saying that his son is not a liar. listen. >> people can speculate about what they think he is. i've known him 21 years of his life. and he's not a liar.
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he's a kid. >> reporter: it was an emotional interview. and then, of course, there's the real-life woman whose pictures were used to create a fake online image of lennay kekua. her real name diane o'meara. she tells anderson cooper people need to be very careful online. >> even still when i see the photos and when i see how they have been exposed all over the media, it's hard. but i mean the fact is, this doesn't just happen to me. >> sure. >> granted, this is a very unique situation that involves mass media, but this happens every day. >> reporter: so was te'o a victim of this internet phenomenon called catfishing, basically creating a fake online image and drawing people in? we will hear more about that later today as we hear from te'o himself during his interview with katie cuouricouric.
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>> you've got to wonder whether it will answer questions for people or raise more. george howell, live in atlanta, thank you. it is 17 minutes past the hour. it is time for your early reads, your local news that is making national headlines. and we begin with this from the "press telegraph" in long beach, california. it reports police for the fontana unified school district bought 14 militarmilitary-style to protect students and faculty in case of a shooting on campus. school board members say $14,000 was spent on what they consider to be a huge departure in policy. the school's district police chief says the weapons are stored in locked compartments strategically placed throughout the district. this from "the new york times" this morning, a sharp decline in the number of american workers belonging to unions. a report says union membership is at its lowest level in nearly a century. several reasons were cited,
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including new anti-union lawsuits in wisconsin, indiana and other states as well as the growth of sectors like retail and stwraunrestaurants where un don't have much of a presence. for a look at our top stories, head to our blog, cnn.com/earlystart. follow us on twitter and facebook. we respond. we're on it all the time. it is 19 minutes past the hour. so you're prepping for an overseas trip. hotel info, check. adapters, check. passport, oh, no, it expired. >> but you might not be stuck. christine romans tells us how to save yourself in this morning's road warriors. >> you're suddenly getting ready and you don't have the passport, it's not valid anymore? that has actually happened to me before. >> seriously? >> you don't renew them very frequently. first the important thing you need to know is when you'll need your passport. basically you need it for all overseas travel. you won't need it if you're going to puerto rico, the u.s. virgin islands or guam.
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how much time should you allow to get the passport renewed? come on, you've got to do it as soon as possible if you're nearing the expiration dates. some countries require passports be valid for six months after you arrive. so don't think you can get someplace and then it's going to expire when you're there. the processing time is generally four to six weeks. leave yourself six weeks. if you need it renewed quickly, send in the application plus the expedited service fees. you can write expedite on the envelope and put the departure date on your application. if you need it immediately, schedule an appointment at your local passport office. >> so what did you do when it happened to you? >> i realized soon enough. i expedited it and got it back in two and a half weeks. >> i thought you meant it was right before you were walking out the door, oh, my goodness. >> no, no, no. my expires on my birthday and my driver's license is about to expire too. january 31st for all of you who
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want to sending me a present. >> happy early birthday. thanks, christine. there's another game going on super sunday, the one where advertisers vie for everyone with their super bowl commercials. some teasers are already out online. we showed you one earlier, we have more coming up. >> that was some teaser. >> goodness! like a lot of things, trying to find a better job can be frustrating.
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we're minding your business this morning. it's getting to be that time of year again when two teams, not the patriots, face off in the biggest game on television. >> no, san francisco 49ers. and the biggest advertising event, the super bowl, is still more than a week away, but some of the ads are out. and christine has a preview. >> well, record -- you know, every 30-second spot is a record -- we say that every year but what's different the last couple of years is the social media aspect of advertising. the advertisers are trying to get you to be chatting and talking and sharing and tweeting about their ads before their whole ads have even been revealed so they're using social media to really amp up what is already a big event for them for
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selling their products. today a new ad online on its youtube, the vw youtube channel is called get in, get happy. it's so interesting, it features all of these moments online of people upset, like this woman is all upset about cats. there's some people freaking out and it goes through all of these people having these bad moments and then jimmy cliff, the reggae superstar in the end is pulling them all in a mountain top and they all get in and get happy. so there's all these hash tags. we also have one from toyota that's brand new using a celebrity to sort of talk about toyota. i think she's from -- the big bang theory or something, right? anyway, this is the toyota one. and there's also a new one from taco bell. there's a hash tag at the end called live mas so their goal is to have something viral that you're going to be talking about their ad before it even gets out there. remember a couple years ago everyone is interested in volkswagen because a couple years ago it had that darth vader ad that was viral. last year they had barking dogs.
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now they have this jimmy cliff get happy thing. so it's all about building the momentum to try to sell us stuff we don't need. >> it's not just the game anymore, it's like the 12 days of super bowl commercials. >> that's true. the thing is, they have got to make them unique and they want to make them viral so they're throwing stuff out there to see what we're going to like and what we're going to start. >> i'm not a big football fan but i always come over to the tv when the commercials are on so i get sucked into that world all the time. >> what is the one thing we need to know about our money. >> stocks are probably going to have a five-year high again. stocks are moving higher now all year. most of the month -- you can thank earnings reports from mcdonald's, ibm, google, goldman sachs and others. think of it as their corporate record cards, how well they're doing. whether they get an a, b or c. they may not be hiring but they're figuring out how to squeeze more money out of their businesses an that's good for the stock market. so stocks still looking good. >> thanks so much, christine romans. so this is a little hard to
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it is going to be a bitterly cold day across much of the country. take a look at providence. this guy wasn't trying to steal a car, he was trying to chip his way into his car. how about this, it was too cold to ski. mountains closed due to potentially deadly cold. so let's just go to jennifer delgado, she's actually tracking the deep freeze for us. how cold, how low are those temperatures actually going today? >> you know, they're going to feel like in some locations down to minus 40. right now we have an actual reading of minus 33 in international falls. now, of course that's one of the colder spots out there, but as we go through the morning, it's still going to be bitterly cold out there. notice we'll see a lot of single digits as well as a lot of the lower teens for areas like columbus and chicago. you're really going to struggle to make it above 10 degrees. now, as i show you what the chill feels like, it feels like minus 11, chicago, and the winds still having an effect in green bay. feels like minus 12 there, minus 15 in portland and minus 14 in boston. now, as we go through the day,
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you certainly want to make sure you're bundling up out there, you're protecting your face, your hands and of course your head needs to be warm. in fact we have some video coming in out of d.c. of residents doing just that this morning. they're trying to stay warm. as we go through the next couple days, temperatures are going to be running about 10 degrees below average for this time of the year. here's a look at some of the highs for today. 31 in washington, 48 in atlanta and then for kansas city, you can see 27 degrees. now, we are still also tracking some snow out there, lake-effect snow. look at that, that fetch coming in right off lake michigan. we're going to see some of these locations about 3 to 4 inches of snow, the same for erie. down towards parts of virginia, d.c., you had some snow showers out there earlier. we still could squeeze out about another half inch. you could see some rain spreading into eastern parts of north carolina. we'll continue to follow all this weather out there but it looks like a lot of the indices we're looking at shows we could be dealing with this arctic pattern and these outbreaks for the next couple weeks to come. >> jennifer, are these records?
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>> you know, we have been seeing some record lows and some record -- i should say low temperatures, but really it's the windchills that we've never seen. we saw minus 85 in new hampshire and that was in mt. washington. >> that's incredible. i don't know how you possibly go out. >> you just sit in the bed, electric blanket. >> jennifer delgado live for us in atlanta, thank you. the other wbig news, the so-called brass ceiling in the military about to be a thing of the past. today leon panetta is expected to lift the military's ban on women in combat. this move will open up hundreds of thousands of jobs for women who want to serve on the front lines. so i want to talk about this with congressman adam schiff, a democrat from california, a ranking member of the house intelligence committee. good morning. thanks for coming in this morning. >> good morning, john. i'm ranking on the subcommittee. i don't want to get in trouble with my boss. >> a demotion right there but we're still happy to have you this morning. let me ask you right off the bat, what do you make of
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secretary panetta's decision? >> i think it's a wonderful decision. i think it's overdue and it's wonderful for several reasons. first, it's going to be an extraordinary opportunity for women and also it's going to be extraordinary for the institution itself. whenever we've integrated an institution, not only benefits the women who have additional job opportunities, but it benefits the institution with better leadership and better coordination. so very positive step. also i think very positive that this step is being taken by the military. the military itself is bringing about this change, it's not being forced to do this. i think that's extraordinarily positive. and, john, it reflects the reality on the ground. we've had over 20,000 women serving in iraq and afghanistan. we've had hundreds of women injured or killed in combat. so this is not really something new. it will be new in the sense that there will be more positions, but it really reflects the change and reality in the nature of warfare. >> one of the most notable things so far has been the lack of political protests on this.
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everyone on capitol hill seems to approve or at least remain quiet about the decision so far, but there is some dissent out there in the world. there is an op-ed in the "wall street journal" who writes it would be distracting and potentially traumatizing to be forced to be naked in front of the opposite sex, particularly when your body has been ravaged by lack of hygiene. combat effectiveness is based in large part on unit cohesion. the relationships among members of a unit can be irreparably harmed by forcing them to violate societal norms. this is the type of criticism we have heard over the years. is there a valid concern there? >> you know, i don't think so. it certainly will take some time to adjust to the new policy, but frankly that process has already begun and has been going on for many years now. these concerns that you just expressed from the person who wrote this, these are going to seem in very short order completely antiquated. i think it won't be borne out by
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the reality as this policy is implemented. so i think it's going to be well received in the military. i think it's, as i mentioned, great that the military itself is leading this change and i think the attitude that we just heard is going to be very much a minority view. >> so, of course, the other big news on capitol hill, secretary of state hillary clinton appeared up there in two separate hearings for a total of five hours yesterday answering so many questions about the attack on benghazi. probably the most heated moment came during an exchange between secretary clinton and senator ron johnson of wisconsin when he was pressing her about the confusion about whether it was a video or another form of terrorist action. let's listen to what she said here. >> the fact is, we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some americans. what difference at this pointing does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> congressman, does it make a
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difference? >> no, i think the secretary is absolutely right. the excessive and partisan focus on, well, did we get it wrong initially about there being protests, yeah, it took the intelligence community a while to get it right. why are we going after the secretary of state over this, why did we go over the u.n. ambassador for a mistake that the intelligence community itself made. and the pivotal point here, as the secretary pointed out, measures lost their lives here. it used to be the partisanship ended at the water's edge but not anymore. not even when there are fatalities. >> don't the facts always make a difference and doesn't knowing them always help in evaluating the situation so it can be prevented in the future? >> absolutely. and the secretary said we do need to know what happened so we can protect our people in the future but this excessive focus that people have had that initially the intelligence agencies got it wrong, that seems to me to take -- distract us from the more important
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mission as the secretary alluded of how do we protect our people going forward, how do we bring to justice those who were responsible for this and a. in any other nonpresidential year, those would have been the only issues we had our eye on and i think this has been a horrendous distraction. i don't know if it was this senator or another one when she got emotional about meeting those family members. when my gop colleagues wonder why there's a gender gap it's because of of statements like that that are not only offensive not only to women but all americans. >> congressman, great to see you this morning, thanks for coming in. appreciate it. >> thank you, john. here's a quick look on the top cnn trenlds on the web this morning. the guy who voiced charlie brown in some of the most beloved "peanuts" movies is facing a dozen charges in san diego. he is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her plastic surgeon as well as a police sergeant.
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robbins has pleaded not guilty. he voiced charlie brown when he was a child back in the 1960s. >> lots of people talking about this too. a chelsea soccer player in the u.k. apparently kicking a ball boy. the referee gave eden hazard the red card, which means you're out of the game, you're out of the next game too, it is a bad thing. hazard later said he was trying to kick the ball, not the boy. he apologized. police say they won't press charges but hazard could be banned from several more matches. the ball boy looks like he's in a lot of pain there. >> no kidding. 18-year-old american sloan stevens got knocked out of the australian open. stephens had to sit and wait again during a medical time-out. azarenka asked for it. stephens had to wait for serena williams to shake off an injury during their match the day before.
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>> sloan stephens knocking off serena. a small county in ireland has allowed some drunk driving. they voted to legalize drunk driving to make it easier for people who live in very rural remote areas to go out and get a drink and socialize. one counselor claims it will help prevent depression and suicide in isolated areas where roads are empty and where strict dwi laws have trapped some people in their homes. there is nowhere in the world that i have founding it scarier to drive than in ireland. >> so you think that's a bad idea? >> the roads are this big and are very windy. i think it's a bad idea. so sabre rattling in the far east echoing all the way to washington. overnight north korea pushing the envelope with more talk of missiles and nuclear testing. we go live to south korea. that's coming up. plus in the line of fire, just released video from a wild police chase and a gun battle
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so would you just look at who's here. soledad o'brien joining us.
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>> good morning, lots happening this morning. still questions lingering for the secretary of state hillary clinton. you'll remember the wisconsin senator, ron johnson, really went at it with her yesterday. he says he's still not satisfied with what she testified about yesterday on that consulate attack in benghazi. he's going to join us this morning live to talk about that. then we'll get back into the manti te'o story. he's still sticking with it. we'll dig into what the former notre dame player said in his interview with katie curic and also look at his draft implications. lz granderson will join us. inside the world of scientology. we'll dsit down with a journalit who uncovered things never known before, including details about its obsession with hollywood. then an interview we couldn't refuse. the stars of "mob wives." they are going to talk about -- >> actually i saw a little bit of that the other day and i was shocked.
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>> larger than life does not come close to describing these two ladies. they're going to join us to talk about the new season, the third season of their show, "mob wives." >> colorful. very, very colorful. thank you, soledad. 44 minutes past the hour. we have more on the story that's developing overnight out of asia. some really tough talk from north korea. that country says it plans to carry out new nuclear testing and further long-range rocket launches in a new phase of confrontation with the united states. north korea's national defense commission called the u.s., quote, the sworn enemy of the korean people. this happening just after the u.n. security council passed a resolution condemning north korea's rocket launch from last year and strengthening sanctions against them. so let's bring in andrew salmon, he is live from our bureau in seoul and has a lot more for us this morning. andrew, what is north korea trying to prove here? >> reporter: i think that is
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amplification of their statements yesterday which were a statement of defiance against the u.n. security council's latest censure and sanction of north korea's behavior. >> and that statement says we are the sworn enemy of the korean people. why are they aiming all the animosity directly at the united states? >> reporter: well, i mean animosity towards the united states is nothing new for north korea. this is 2013, which is the 60th anniversary of the end of the korean war. and in the north korean world view, it wasn't the north koreans who attacked south korea, it was the south koreans aided and abetted by the americans who attacked north korea. of course that war was never finished, at least on paper, with a peace treaty. it was only ended with an armistice. so the north koreans have always held this animosity towards the united states. this itself is nothing new. >> all right. so do you think that they have the technology to actually make this happen, to actually go through with these threats? >> reporter: my understanding is
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that they're not quite there yet. there's two critical hurdles they have got to pass over and they have passed those but they're not 100% there yet. firstly, they want to have a nuclear weapon that fits on top of a missile. they have carried out nuclear tests and they actually do have nuclear devices. their next challenge is to compress this material into a warhead the size of a warhead and that's why they need to do more nuclear tests. the second thing they need to do is they have got a missile that actually goes up into the atmosphere and they now need to have a re-entry vehicle that brings it back down. so again they passed the first big hurdle but now they need to keep testing to finalize this weapon system. >> andrew, what do you think happens next? >> reporter: i think we're going to hear a lot of statements from the u.s. condemning this. i think there's a very good chance they will carry out another nuclear test. when, i wouldn't like to guess. it could be in half an hour, it
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could be weeks or months from now. and the question then is, is how the international community reacts to that. frankly, the reaction of the international community is something which north korea has always managed to defy before. so a pretty grim outlook. >> andrew salmon live in seoul, thank you very much. 48 minutes after the hour right now. let's bring you up to speed on all the brand new news this morning. extreme cold gripping much of the country again this morning with overnight windchills and ski resorts in new hampshire, get this, negative 85. at least three people have died due to exposure from this cold. in about three hours from now, senator john kerry will be in a nomination hearing for secretary of state. president obama picked him to succeed hillary clinton after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. we have some heart-stopping video to show you this morning. the moment a houston area police officer came under fire during a bank robbery turned police chase. this is dash cam footage of an officer getting pelted with 15
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rounds of ak-47 fire. he was hit in the head and arm but he survived. this chase actually happened two years ago but the footage is brand new, only coming to light now because the alleged getaway driver is on trial. the robbery suspect was killed by deputies when the 20-minute chase came to an end on a dead-end street. the driver surrounded. >> adele will be performing her hit at the academy awards next month and she said she's thrilled about it. she said in a statement it is an honor to be nominated and finally wonderful to be singing in fronting of people who have captured my imagination over and over again. we haven't really heard much from her since she had her baby so it's nice to hear something. >> whatever we do hear from adele is usually quite good. coming up, a little baby who beat the odds. what she had to do to overcome this will just amaze you. >> that'ser little beating heart right there.
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such a great story. a texas baby had a really rough start. she was born in october with about a third of her heart beating. guess where it was beating? outside of her body. >> it is amazing. this is a rare condition and babies who have it, they rarely live more than a few days. but audrina is one tough little girl. kristi meyer from ktrk has the story. >> reporter: after three months in the hospital, little audrina and her mother were ready to go home. >> she's doing really good. she'll be going home on a little bit of oxygen, but very little. she's going home on a feeding tube, but hopefully with o.t. help we'll be able to get her feeding through a bottle.
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>> reporter: and she's come a long way since she was born october 15th with a third of her heart beating outside her body. in a six-hour surgery, texas children's doctors reconstructed her chest cavity to make space for her heart. but she doesn't have a bony breast plate to protect her heart so they made her one. one out of pink plastic. >> she doesn't have a sternum, she doesn't have anything over her heard besides the skin and little muscle that they put over, so this is very important for her to wear, especially for a car seat. the straps go right on her heart. if she didn't have anything hard, it would just damage her heart. >> reporter: in the future, audrina will have another surgery and texas children's doctors will make a sternum for her out of some of her ribs. but ashley loves her baby just the way she is. >> in a mother's eyes, sometimes you don't see, you don't see her any other way. >> reporter: she packed her toys and clothes getting ready to leave, but she's not leaving houston. the baby needs to be near the
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hospital for a while. >> this is not pushing in any way. >> reporter: dr. charles frazier is the heart surgeon. he did a last minute checkup and she walked out with audrina's other doctors and nurses, all of whom were critical in giving this baby a chance. she was happy to leave. ashley is a little daunted by the medical equipment she's going to have to handle, but very grateful too. >> is she a little doll or what? that was kristi meyers from our affiliate ktrk in hospital. about eight babies out of a million are born with that kind of condition, but most only live about three days. that is one lucky little girl. >> one tough little girl. >> and isn't she adorable? >> she's great. >> i think that mom has twins at home too, so she has her hands really full. >> yeah, she does. today's best advice from one of the creative minds behind the j. crew empire. that's coming up. later on "starting point" manti te'o talks for the first time on camera about the fake
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