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al qaeda is still showing its influence in iraq. we have new claims of responsibility for this attack you see here. an earth-shaking bombing that killed 160 and injured hundreds. then police say a 15-year-old girl was gang raped as about a dozen watched at a school dance. she was flown in critical condition in a homt. we've been watching this live picture out of florida. we're waiting for the largest rocket to take to the skies. what this means is about 30 stories high. what it means to get a man to the moon yet again. we're watching that. all that this hour on "morning express." first off for you brand-new details about those two northwest pilots who say they
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were using their personal laptops when they overshot the minneapolis airport by 150 miles last week. a federal official now says the faa is expected to suspend or revoke the pilots' licenses as early as today. we got that in just about ten minutes ago here at "hln." experts disagree on whether they put the passengers' lives in danger. the pilots said they lost track of time. they told the ntsb they were focus odd a new computer program that arranges cruise schedules. they did not monitor the airplane during their talk. >> i don't really know we can say that passenger safety was threatened because our system has a lot of safeguards in it. there's something that is there to keep them from running into another airplane. there's a collision avoidance system aboard all aircraft, there's air traffic controllers separating aircraft. the airplane was flying under control of the auto pilot on course. the passengers' lives wouldn't have been threatened in in circumstance. >> because we have backup system
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in place does not excuse their negligence. when you miss an airport by 150 miles and fail to contact act, in my personal opinion you're endangering the lives of passengers. >> delta airlines us spended the pilots. it says the offense violating airline policy. delta sent passengers a $500 travel voucher for the inconvenience in that flight. the health care reform roller coaster is taking another turn. harry reid will club a public option in the senate bill. state kansas city opt out, though. it's not clear if conservative democrats will support this bill. olympia snow who has backed the overhaul plans says his decision was disappointing. >> it's regrettable, because i certainly have worked in good faith all of these months on a bipartisan basis, and as you know have been standing alone at this point as a republican to do so because i believe in good public policy. >> i believe that a public
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option can achieve the goal of bringing meaningful reform to our broken system. it will protect consumers keep insurers honest and ensure competition. that's why we intend to include it in the bill that we submitted -- that will be submitted to the senate. >> now even if the senate can get the votes for a public option, it may never be an option for you. in about 15 minutes we'll explain why people with employer-based coverage still would not have a choice. now police say at least a dozen people watched a girl get raped for two and a half hours and did absolutely nothing. they say it happened on saturday outside a homecoming dance in richmond, california. two people have been arrested and a third was being questioned. officers believe at least four males attacked the girl. she's in the hospital in stable condition right now. we just got a new video of iraq's deadliest bombing in more than two years. look at that. this horrific blast happening. two bombs killed at least 160 people and caused heavy damage
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in baghdad on sunday. 540 were wounded. security has been tightened at security checkpoints and roads into the capital. officials say 70 people have been arrested. that new video really showing the br and afters very clearly for us. a police officer is accused of pulling a gun on a chain saw wielding haunted house character. they say the actor chased the off duty cop and others into the parking lot to get an extra scream out of that. that's when the officer pointed the gun at the actor. the police report says the officer may have been drinking. >> we were about three to four feet apart. he held him arm out like this with a gun in his hand and the whole time his child was pulling on his arm. >> callers said he seemed to be very intoxicated. in fact, the people inside the house of screams noted that. when he was being processed, two of the officers noted that his speech was slurred, there was a moderate odor of alcohol from his breath. he didn't seem to be taking this
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as seriously as he should have been taking it. >> the officer is charged with assault and reckless endanger endangerment endangerment. he'll find out if he's be suspended this morning without pay. there's been no response so far from hem or his attorney. now, we're still waiting for nasa so launch the new aries rocket. you see that thin white tube in the middle, not to be confused with the communication towers next to it. it gives you a sense how big this thing is. it keeps getting postponed. it was supposed to be up in the air an hour ago. it's delayed. the top section is all fake parts that will crash into the ocean after the test. nasa hopes to use the rocket for future missions to the moon and mars as well. that's why we go to bob van dillen right now. weather delay right now bob. before we had a weather dlar and they were waiting for the approval from the chief weather officer. any wind? what do you see in that area? >> it's been a concern too.
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the low level clouds were a concern earlier in morning and it was upper level winds. that won't change much over the nex several hours. a ship landed in the landing zone area. that wasn't supposed to be there. that was an hour ago. we'll see if it gets off. let me show you what's happening. we have heavy rain west of the region. that is a warm front lifting into the panhandle of florida. now we see supercells develop around that warm front and that is why we have a tornado watch for this entire area. look at these two right here. that is a supercell that's going to rotate in. there's one right behind it. you can see it right there. these will have twisting motion. a brief tornado is a possibility. so far no warnings just a severe thunderstorm warning when you get towards the beach and as for frequent lightning and heavy downpours. look at the rain into atlanta. if you're trying to travel in and out of the major city here big problems. we'll see delays because of the heavy, steady rain. rain to philadelphia and
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new york city. you have an hour and a half delay, close to that in philadelphia. that's because of rain. the rain gets into nyc. we have it there for the morning. yankee/philly game tomorrow night, more rain coming up from the south. not ideal baseball weather tomorrow. lots of snow and wind in the west, and i'll detail that in a half hour from now, richard. >> it's like who isn't getting it. >> the middle of the country looks okay but that's for now. denver is getting about a foot of snow, close to that, by tonight and tomorrow. >> bob will be back with travel delays. imagine this. a girl gets breast cancer before she can get a driver's license. while it is rare researchers say it's part of a disturbing trend. we have the details on that. also ahead, a woman wearing a veil is refused service in a farmer farmer's market. discrimination or reasonable policy for a business owner?
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well the woman who could not remember her name when she turned up into new york city apparently left everything behind when she left home, and police say at that casey peterson emptied her bank account but left behind her wallet, i.d., cell phone and her bike. authorities have no idea how she got from washington state to the east coast. here's her high school principal. listen. >> she was a very bright girl, very intelligent smart. we enjoyed having her here. she was a model student. she didn't act out. she was a good girl. i hope that she gets her health. i hope that she gets safe and kind of gets her life straightened out and the best for her. >> her father says she's disappeared before. five months ago she was found lying near a creek on the family farm and could not remember her name. once she was found unconscious on her bedroom floor. more details for you on a major turnaround in health care reform efforts. harry reid put the public option back in with the caveat here
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that states could opt out. even if his version of the bill became law, it would not change coverage for most of you. here's the details. people with employer-based coverage are actually blocked from switching to the public option as it is defined now. oregon democrat ron widen says many pushing for this public option don't realize it. >> when i was having my meetings, people would stand up at rallies and say public option or bust. then i would say folks i really appreciate your activism. are you aware the way the public option bills are written more than 90% wouldn't even get to chose them. people were practically falling out of the breechersleachers. >> >>. a burglary suspect in california left police a clue on how to track him down. his cell phone. investigators found it outside a
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house that was burglarized soshgs they called people on the phone's contact list and asked them to tell the owner to call back so they could return the phone. when he did, they set up a meeting and arrested him. another one of those not so smart burglars or criminals, shall we say. we have plenty of stories like that. jen west hoerch is here, our money expert. she'll tell us about another chance to cash in on the home buyer tax credit. that can offer so many opportunities to get the housing market back in gear but people into houses. >> it is a question, though, in terms of is it really working? it's working, but is it propping up the housing market? does that mean the housing market could fall? it's also expensive, but a lot of people, you know, like it and can take advantage of it. a key test vote could come as early as today to keep that $8,000 tax credit alive. democrats have eyed legislation that would keep it alive next year but also gradually phase it
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out, meaning $8000 at first and then down to 6,000 and then 4,000. you get the drift. that would be less expensive those lawmakers say than a competing plan. that would extend the full credit. it will make it available for more home biersuyers as well. as of right now the clock runs out on november 30th so we'll be watching. they may attach it to the extension of jobless benefits. we'll keep our eye on that, too. a lot of people waiting to see if they'll get a few weeks more of benefits. time for our tech check. a couple of new smart phones to tell you about, and they're coming out in time for the holidays. this is the new blackberry storm 2. it goes on sale tomorrow if you sub subscribe to verizon. so many times that's the case. only one network. the reviews say it did correct the problems of the blackberry storm 1, so that one apparently
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did not wow the millions of blackberry users. it has a revamped touch screen. it looked iphonish. so many do these days. it costs $180. do not forget to mail in the $100 mail-in rebate. the other one, sprint nextel. it's a lighter, cheaper verse of the pri. it goes on sale november 16th. we think this is aimed for teenagers because it's a light phone on features. touch screen 8 gigs and camera and all that. it has a facebook application built in as well, which tells you how fast things change in that world. that's about 100 bucks. >> those whipper snappers move along so quickly. >> what they build into a phone is a desired feature. >> twitter. thank you very much, jen. appreciate that. now go buy new gadgets. a new years ago a man was held hostage at gunpoint and now he's sued by the convict who did it. you won't believe why.
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tomorrow a convicted killer is taking the man he once held hostage to court. tremaine durham is serving 30 years for killing his friend over a refund for an ice cream truck. kram bers used to build the trucks and durham wanted an $18,000 refund. that led to the killing and durham holding chambers hosstage
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over that. durham still wants his money back. >> i lost my abilities to function. that's what makes me i think, most angry on my side of this is that one of these days he's going to sit there and get that triumphant feeling he won somehow over me. >> so far durham has one ruling if his favor. he got international attention when he pleaded guilty in 2006 in exchange for some kfc and ice cream. that story had a couple twists to it. >> it continues to have more apparently. >> this is a great story again of human perseverance and coming through despite difficult situations motivated by the loss of his father. an nfl star leading his team to victory on monday night football. >> it's a bittersweet story, richard, because you're right. it's very, very sad but it's interesting to see how this
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young man has responded. jackson of the eagles lost his dad to cancer back in may, and this season he's playing specifically for his dad. now he's in his second year with the team, and he's playing incredibly well all year. last night he led the eagles to a win over washington with two big touchdowns, one on the dpround and ground and one through the air. he credits his dad for giving him the encouragement to believe. his dad was his number one fan and coach. friends, family and teammates of jasper howard build final farewells at his funeral on monday. the entire uconn football team was there in attendance. the head coach said he was on track for greatness. police still have made no arrests in the killing. the last time you saw this man, he was in a congressional steroid hearing. now home run slugger mark mcgwire is back with the st. louis cardinals as a hitting coach. he famously refused to answer any steroid questions but the team says they're not going to
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shield him from the media now. most in the media feel he deserves a second chance, including me. he didn't break the law. so i think he deserves. we're a forgiving country. >> big mac is back. a former nba star may have skwaunded away $110 million. they say antoine walker lost everything he made 110 million. he's looking at three felony counts for passing bad checks to vegas casinos and court documents show he owes more than 4 million bucks. former teammates said he had a good time in the league but learned the hard way about responsibility. all new sports in the next half hour. take 50% away from taxes and give 10% to an agent you still have $50 million. 50 million! >> this is not uncommon especially in the sports biz. >> it's more common that a lot of players go broke. >> a lot of cash at one time. new stuff again in 15. remember joe the plumber? he's talking about the tea party express and what he believes the
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movement represents. here's what he told joy bay har last night. >> it isn't against obama and how they overstepped boundaries. >> bush spent us into oblivion. it's not because we're in this position. freddie may frannie mac and all those guys it has to do with the r and d. they're not truly representing the american people. >> catch the show at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on "hln" every night. if you're a parent of a young girl this is something you do not want to hear. breast cancer seems to be getting more common for younger women, and experts do not why yet. they say it could be a result of better early testing or it could be something hormonal or environmental. they suggest another risk could be obesity could be here. the fbi says agents busted some child prostitution rings all over the united states. some staggering numbers on how many people were arrested and
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how many kids were saved.
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we learned about 30 minutes ago two northwest pilots could now have their licenses suspended or revoked for overshooting the minneapolis airport by 150 miles last week. the pilots told the ntsb they were using their personal laptops and talking about a new computer program for crew schedules. delta suspended the pilots. it's a turn point. senate majority leader harry reid announced he's including a public option in the senate bill. those states would be able to opt out. that's back into the fray again. it could be a week before the congressional budget office figures how much this public option would cost. nasa has been teesing us with the promise of a test
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launch for its new aries 1-x rocket. it will happen in about 20 minutes or so. it's way in the background. it's about 327 feet tall. this thing is huge. at 10:54 eastern is when we see it reach to the sky. eventually nasa hopes to use that technology to launch missions to the moon and mars as well. there she is. we're waiting for that launch. those are some of the stories this tuesday. first off right now, a story about 52 children that have been rescued from alleged prostitution rings. the fbi says nearly 700 people were arrested over the past three days in a nationwide effort. it started in 2003 to end sex trafficking of children in the united states. >> the money involved in prostituting children is much higher than just regular prostitution, so they get them -- the desire by the johns
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if you will, is for younger and younger girls. so, i mean we see them as young as 11 years old. >> well the fbi says almost 900 children have been saved from sex trafficking since this initiative started and there's more than 500 convictions. negotiations are under way after complaints of racism at a chicago nightclub. student leaders at washington university in st. louis say they've been talking with lawyers for the club. complaints were filed with state and federal officials after six african-american students were turned away from the bar supposedly because their pants were too baggy. >> no one should have to encounter that particularly students just going to have a good time. >> the students believe the decision had nothing to do with baggy pants, especially, they say, after a white student wore the same jeans and was admitted to the nightclub. the faa is investigating the close call at los angeles international airport.
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a witness told the "los angeles times" two planes came within 15 feet of each other on sunday. an faa spokesman says it was 100 feet. a commuter jet just landed and did not stop where it was supposed to. it came close to a runway where another plane was taking off. now to a story we're talking about at least one south carolina lawmaker that could bring up impeaching the governor during a special session about employment benefits today. lawmakers adjourned in june just before governor mark sanford secretly went to argentina to be with his mistress. one south carolina republican says impeachment would have been explored sooner if lawmakers had been in session when sanford returned. leevi johnston in the news again. he may be very close to baring it all. media reports say his manager is pretty sure johnston's photo shoot with "playgirl" will include full frontal nudity. he hired a trainer so he would look a little more buff. he's the father of former alaska
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governor sarah palin's grandchild. the palin family perhaps hoping that this might happen quickly. >> that's what he's known for, though. come on, guy. >> he's still hitting the headlines for us. what we're watching is a lot of weather in the south, and you have a warning to tell us about in florida. >> start with florida once again, because that's where the most active and severe weather is located. bay and walton county under a tornado warning because of this one thunderstorm cell that's come ashore now from the gulf of mexico. it's south of i-10 and near santa rosa beach. take cover if you're right there now. the entire area, red box watch there. that's this morning as this warm front and all the supercells continue to rotate ashore. it will be extremely active for at least the next four to five hours. something we'll watch closely. in atlanta the heavy rain is coming in through here also and it stretches into the carolinas. heavy rain around philly and new york city. this rain is heavy at times for
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the morning specifically around philadelphia and lifting through new jersey and new york city. you get the heavy rain around nyc off the jersey shore too. a developing store. right now an area of olympic in southern nevada. that tightens up and throwing a lot of snow at you starting in the next couple of hours. the rain is changing over to snow for areas around salt lake city. the warning is posted out there for the better half of colorado. 8 to 14 inches of snow, even a possibility in denver metro itself as the winds begin to come up slow and condense out into snow. the warnings are in red and the white-shaded areas and blue-shaded areas under advisories. the snow is out there. the other big story is the wind. high wind warnings areas shaded in red gusting to 60 70 miles per hour near vegas and even the bay area. that's something we're concerned with today through tonight into early parts of tomorrow. >> plenty to watch. you know that aries rocket we've been trying to get off the
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ground. their chief weather officer is something we're tapping into. let's go to you. see anything change in the last half hour? pretty much the same thing? >> the problem earlier was low clouds. number two was upper level winds were not conducive. the upper level winds won't change but the low clouds are in and out. if they find a hole hopefully they'll shoot it up. i want to see them light that puppy up. remember the 13-year-old boy with cancer whose parents refused traditional medical treatments? you'll hear how he's doing after chemotherapy and what a judge says he'll do if the boy continues his treatment. fan is short for fanatic. not even a broken him kept this woman from her team, and now her dedication is being rewarded.
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a 7-year-old florida girl whose body was found in a landfill will be laid to respects. hundreds paid respects last night. her funeral was about to start in 20 minminutes. we're watching people arrive. here's a look at live pictures. her funeral by the way again we're watching for that. we'll be bringing those pictures when we can of that situation. by the way, after the service people released thousands of purple balloons into the air. this is what you saw from -- what we were watching from a little earlier. purple, if you didn't know that was summer's favorite color. >> we don't know her personally, but our heart knows her as a parent. >> we feel like one of ours. >> we thought it would be a nice thing to pay respect to the
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family. >> said that we're sorry for your loss. i didn't know the family, but i have kids, too. >> police have about 1500 leads in summer's death but they have not named a suspect. she disappeared last monday walking home from school. her body was found in a georgia landfill two days later, and police will not say how she was killed. remember the 13-year-old boy with cancer who fled with his mom to avoid chemotherapy? an attorney for his parents say a judge says he will close the case as long as the boy completes 12 radiation treatments and no new issues come up. daniel houser has childhood hodgkin's limp foam ma. his father says there's no sign of cancer after chemotherapy. more signs of life for the housing market. home prices rose again in august. money expert jen westhoven joins us right now. what are you looking at there, jen? >> this is the latest snapshot of the housing market and there are a lot of people right now who want to move or are trying
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to move to get a new job and they're stuck because they can't sell their home. home prices home for the fourth month in a row according to the s&p shiller index. they're just ticking up and compared to last year that's true down by 11% but they're going in the right direction. that's a good sign. the recession may be over? yeah. that's what i had. there's a report due thurt thurs. the gdp is expected to show that the economy grew in the summer months. i really did say grew. that's good news in a bad economy. i'm hedging all this because we have viewers writing in saying you have to be kidding me. these are some theoretical numbers. i know it's not necessarily ha you see, but the the gross domestic product will likely confirm that the recession ended, and that we're moving into dproetgrowth in june or july. this is one of the biggest gauges of economy we've got. it measures everything we make like cars and every service performed like haircuts. it may be improving.
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we know the job market is still near 10% unemployment. that's the number one way so many feel and participate in the economy. hopefully if gdp is getting better, the job market will follow suit eventually. if the drink bottled water listen to this. new york will start to charge 5 cent refundable deposit for each bottle. it starts this saturday on halloween. if you bought a big case at the gas station 24-pack, it will cost an extra $1.20. it is meant to encourage recycles and take pressure off the local landfills. this is happening in several big states, california, connecticut. it may be something you see coming to a store near you. >> all around the world and many states as you mentioned there and maybe it will help. thank you, jen. it's time for your voice to be heard here on "hln" news and views. today the afternoon team is tackling the issue of english only.
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chub robert chuck roberts is here to talk about that. >> spanish speakers is pushing back against hearing is spoken is galvanizing a lot of viewers. we'll get views on this. there's two issues. a hotel owner in new mexico in all places is telling some of his hispanic workers to change their names. >> wow. >> and you know dallas is overturned fines when 39 people were ticketed for not speaking english, 250 bucks a pop in some cases like this woman's mother. take a listen. >> i basically told my mom she got a ticket for not speaking english. she was worried that now every time she drives and she gets pulled over will she get another ticket for not speaking english. >> they get their money back, but what's up with the melting pot? should businesses or governments make you speak english only? what's the circumstance here? what about the melt i pot philosophy. is the u.s. still not proud of that? i don't know. call us toll-free, he mail
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address there it is. you can comment on my facebook page chuck roberts hln gets you there. we'll look for you then. then. >> these discussions aren't quiet, are any? >> they are not. they violate die bait. a 5-year-old boy has a sick classmate whose hospital bills are piling up so he and his red wagon are taking to the streets to raise money to help a family in need.
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this just in. october is the deadliest month for u.s. troops in the afghanistan war. 58 were killed this month. just this morning the u.s. military said eight u.s. troops were killed in roadside bomb attacks in southern afghanistan. we don't know how many are wounded. check this out. an overturned meat truck made a mess at a massachusetts toll booth leaving sides of beef all along the highway there. it happened outside of boston and police say it was a chain reaction crash. the meat truck was last in line and hit a truck carrying plastic
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cups. a man convicted of making threats against president obama will not go to prison. he was sentenced yesterday and will spend two months in a halfway house. he was convicted of posting online threats during the presidential campaign. now, in court he apologized and said he was drunk and his threats shouldn't be taken seriously. a little girl had a kidney transplant and had to fight off infections and now cancer, but emily is getting unexpected help. she attended kindergarten for a day and a half where she made quite an impression on one classmate named peter. now he's selling produce and baked goods out of his little red wagon to help emily. >> because i love her. >> what do you love about her? >> that she's nice and i really like her. >> he's got the little smile on. we call him the sweetie pety around the house. it was touching to see this
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little guy on his own decide to help a friend. >> i think that little boy is going to grow up to be somebody special. >> how about that? so far peter has raised more than 340 bucks. >> somebody has a crush there. >> yeah, a crush and kind of brings tears to your eye to kind of stick it out there at a young age. >> very moving. talk about somebody who is putting out, a fan, a fan natick that broke her hip. >> would not go to the hospital. shet she puts fan in fanatic. she can't remember the last iowa football game he she missed. she came close. she slipped and broke her hip during a commercial, but she asked her husband to carry her to her chair for the rest of the game before the hospital. the coach sent her a get well card. >> carol gets well soon, go hawks! kirk ferentz. it's just -- how neat!
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who would ever expect anything. i didn't expect anything. no. >> now, get this. carol has never been to the team stadium to see a game. she's been invited to the sky box next month. in other news cleveland city prosecutors charged braylon edwards with misdemeanor assault for punching a friend of lebron james. he attacked the much smaller man, who james says only weighs about 130 pounds outside a nightclub. he could get six months in jail. james called his actions childish. edwards' attorney says he will plead not guilty. larry johnson first this guy rips his coach on twitter after losing to san diego. that's not smart. then attacked a twitter follower using gay slurs says the kansas city star and also not smart. but then cussed out reporters using another gay slur when asking about the tweet saying get your bleeping bleep out of here. he dent see bleeping bleep. >> does he know how to use twitter and how it works?
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>> obviously. vikings held coach told vikings head coach brad childress said he dressed up like a flight attendant. he wanted to remind his players to block out the pressure and it's just a game. the guy wore a wig, blue nylons and lipstick. and this just in the chicago cubs have been sold to a family of fans. the tribune company has sold the team and the field to the ricketts family for $845 million. this is great news for cubs fans, richard because it's always better to have a family own a team who's a fan, because they want their team to win. nothing against the tribune company, but a corporation's owned them and we haven't had a championship in 197 years. >> and they'll look at some things, past the numbers, is what you're saying. >> that's what we hope for, anyway. >> you're glad for that. hula hoops, did you used to do that? >> i was terrible.
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>> as a kid -- >> don't share that on the air. >> they're making a comeback. last week michelle obama showed off her hula hooping skills and "usa today" reporting singer beyonce and liv tyler and marissa tomei say they also do it. >> no offense to the first lady but why don't we have video of those three doing that? iceland is saying good-bye to the big mac. the three mcdonald franchises which close next week. import prices have been driven higher, so high that the big mac would have cost more than six bucks, the most expensive in the world. the bernie madoff investor found dead in his swimming pool had a heart attack before he drowned. that's according to an autopsy done on jeffry picower. he was accused of making about $7 billion in the ponzi scheme. attorneys for people who lost money say that picower's death
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will not stop their efforts to get some of his money. >> a teen's death just six blocks from the school grounds has some parents outraged, so they're taking a drastic step to push officials to turn things around.
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right now on "showbiz tonight," fired over sex. espn's sports caster steve phillips gets the boot after an affair with a young coworker. the explosive great debate that erupted today. did the punishment really fit the crime? and wait a minute how come he got fired and david letterman didn't? tonight, bad news for oprah. "showbiz tonight" breaks big news today about oprah winfrey and her weight loss advice. plus, is oprah really giving jennifer aniston her own talk show? the showbiz truth squad is on the case. defending the balloon boy dad. the remarkable new claim today
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that we should actually feel sorry for him. what the heck is that all about? tv's first most provocative entertainment news show starts right now. hello. i'm a.j. hammer, broadcasting tonight and every night from new york city. >> hi, there everyone. i'm brooke anderson coming to you from hollywood. and tonight, fired for sex. espn sports caster steve phillips paid the price big time today. espn has told the one-time star announcer to take a hike. oh and that young production assistant who allegedly tried to pull a "fatal attraction" on phillips "showbiz tonight" learned today she's also out of a job with espn. but let me tell you what i heard a lot of people debating today. how come phillips got fired, but
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david letterman did not? "showbiz tonight" bringing you the brand-new explosive new developments making for big news breaking today. >> reporter: it's an affair that made headlines. steve phillips the smooth-talking and very married baseball analyst for espn -- >> he doesn't pass the gut check for me. >> reporter: and his seedy sexual dalliance with much younger espn production assistant, brooke hundley, who allegedly harassed phillips' family. >> this is absolutely the modern-day "fatal attraction." >> do you have any advice for that lunatic? >> go get help. >> reporter: now as the story of the baseball analyst and his p.a. reaches a fever pitch, espn has thrown its own double play and thrown them both out. espn sacked steve phillips last night and just today espn confirmed to "showbiz tonight" brooke hundley's out too. hmm. a sex scandal involving a
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married tv personality and a much younger subordinate. haven't we just seen this movie? >> this is just yet another in the icky old man sex scandals that we have to deal with. >> reporter: the "new york post" published police reports filed by steve phillips, his wife, and his oldest son. they claim hundley terrorized him after he ended their brief affair this past summer. >> i have a crazy woman who is involved with my husband and she's come to my thousandshouse to harm me and my children. >> reporter: tmz obtained the frantic placed by phillips' wife marni last summer. >> did she confront you, did she threaten you or anything? >> she has been threatening me via text and phone calls. >> reporter: phillips also claims hundley used an alias to contact their 16-year-old son online asking for dirt on steve and his wife. now, "showbiz tonight" can tell you brooke hundley made some
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accusations of her own. >> brooke filed a restraining order against steve, claiming that steve was the aggressor. >> reporter: tmz's mike walters tells "showbiz tonight" that hundley filed for a restraining order against phillips the day after that creepy alleged visit to the phillips' home. >> she claims in the documents that we got our hands on that steve was giving her drinks, telling her to come up to his suite and kind of coercing her into having that relationship with him. >> reporter: hundley reportedly withdrew that complaint and at phillips' request, police in their connecticut town didn't pursue charges against hundley. but their affair is now a huge story. >> i have had sex with women who work for me on this show. >> reporter: this whole mess is drawing comparisons to david letterman, who was forced to admit his own interoffice relationships after someone tried to blackmail him. he kept his job. >> there does seem to be an epidemic out there of very
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powerful men in television preying on younger women who are in subordinate roles to them. >> reporter: but tmz's mike walters tells "showbiz tonight" that phillips and letterman are two different affairs. >> the fact is, letterman didn't break any rules according to his contract. we don't know what espn's contract says about dating someone below you. >> now phillips and his ex-lover are out of a job and phillips is also out of a marriage. his wife's filed for divorce. and everybody's humiliated. >> this has gotten really out of hand for everybody involved and i think at the end, it costs everybody a huge amount. so it's the question on everyone's mind and it's the explosive "showbiz tonight" debate. was it right to fire steve phillips for having sex with his 22-year-old coworker? with me tonight here in new york jane velez-mitchell, the host of issues"issues with jane velez-mitchell" velez-mitchell". that show can be seen every night right here at 7:00 p.m. on
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hln. she's also the author of this incredible new book "i want." also joining us is hyla, an entertainment journalist with fivedollarprep.com. here we are tonight steve phillips and the young woman that he had sex, brooke hundley, both out of work for having a consensual relationship that ended really, really badly to put it mildly. but jane, is that reason enough for steve to be fired in your mind? >> i don't think he's fired for having sex. i think he's out of there because he exhibited unprofessional conduct and very questionable judgment. he's 46 years old having sex with a 22-year-old. a woman less than half his age. he's also married with children and he is a de facto boss because even if he's not her direct supervisor by just the virtue of the fact that he's on television, he has power and authority to wield over subordinates in the office. on top of that he has a track record of doing this kind of thing when he was the mets' general manager, he was sued for sexual harassment admitted to
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having an affair with an employee and later settled out of court. this could be the tip of the iceberg. we don't know if work e-mails were used, work locations, work computers. we don't know the half of it, i'm sure. >> for espn it seemed that it came down to image, as far as they're concerned. listen to what espn explained to us today about why steve phillips was fired. this is what they said, very concisely. his ability to be an effective representative for espn has been significant and irreparably damaged. hyla, what do you think? should he have been fired? >> absolutely. you can't compare him to david letterman. david letterman is one of the biggest brands in hollywood of all time. and you have to think about the bottom line. how does steve departing from espn affect espn? they don't care. he's not in the same league as david letterman. letterman leaving cbs would be a major shake up and it would
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also affect the network financially. >> and "showbiz tonight" did learn late today that brooke hundley is no longer working for espn. we don't know if she was fired or if she, in fact quit. what do you think, jane, should she have been fired, as steve was? >> i don't think she was fired for having sex, i think she was fired for being an alleged loony tunes chock-full of nuts who terrorized steve phillips' wife and children, if she did half the things that are being reported that she was alleged to have done, she's exhibiting way beyond unprofessional conduct. these are potential criminal charges, except for the fact that the family said we don't want to press charges. they want this to go away. >> well, the steve phillips sex scandal broke just two weeks after letterman's shocking admission that he was having sex with several employees. let's take a look at both cases and break it down a little bit. dave, of course, hosts the "late show" on cbs and he runs worldwide pants. that is the company that produces the show. steve is a high-profile baseball
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analyst. he admits to having this affair with a 22-year-old employee. again, he is not her boss he gets the boot as well. now, hyla you said you can't really compare the two but looking at the similarities, how do you explain phillips' getting fired and dave not so much? >> phillips is just nowhere near the same league as letterman. i think when you look and you're a network and you're trying to decide what's best for our network, cbs decided okay it's best for our network to keep letterman on because of his brand and what he brings to the table. phillips doesn't bring that type of power that letterman does. so i think it's an easy decision for espn. they don't need the headache they don't need the drama. they had to deal with erin andrews a couple weeks ago, now there's another sex scandal involved. just cut all the ends and let's start fresh. >> jane, how do you see the difference between why he got fired and why david letterman does not? >> first of all, david letterman does not have a history of being sued for sexual harassment and
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settling out of court. this corporate culture at espn from everything i've read is something that perhaps needs to be looked at. it's a jock culture and i suspect that there's a lot more to this than meets the eye. in the restraining order, this 22-year-old woman claims that she told her supervisor something and the supervisor said, get used to it. >> all right. well, there's still a lot to look into as far as that's concerned. right now another big story breaking tonight. suzanne somers' apology to patrick swayze. after swayze died, summers made a shocking link between his chemotherapy and his death. >> larry: what did you say about patrick swayze and where did you say it? >> don't go anywhere. you don't want to miss suzanne's answer. tonight, bad news for oprah. "showbiz tonight" "showbiz tonight" breaks big news today about oprah winfrey and her weight loss advice. i don't think oprah will like what we are about to reveal. plus is oprah really
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working with jennifer aniston for jen's own talk show? would you watch it? the "showbiz tonight" truth squad is on the case. and defending the balloon boy dad. the remarkable new claim today that we should actually feel sorry for him. what the heck is that all about and is anyone really buying it? and now the "showbiz news ticker," more stories from the shiite newsroom making news right now.
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welcome back to "showbiz tonight." i'm a.j. hammer. >> and i'm brooke anderson. tonight, suzanne somers' explosive out of the blue apology to patrick swayze.
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just days after patrick lost his battle to pancreatic cancer somers made a startling link between chemotherapy and patrick's death, basically blaming the treatment and not the deadly cancer for patrick's death. with me in hollywood tonight is kim serafin, a senior editor with "in touch weekly." and in new york tonight, marvette britto, a celebrity publicist and brand strategist. ladies, listen to what suzanne, a breast cancer survivor herself, said last month just days after patrick swayze died. quote, they took this beautiful man and they basically put poison in him. why couldn't they have built him up nutritionally and gotten rid of the toxins in his body? cnn's larry king asked suzanne point-blank why she made such a disturbing statement. listen. >> larry: you said that -- what did you say about patrick swayze and where did you say it? >> at tom ford's private party. i shouldn't have said it. but now that you know this
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story, i was just so raw from my chemotherapy experience, so raw from watching ferrara fawcett die. it's an epidemic. and so -- i should not have -- i wrote a letter of apology to his family. i should not have said it. >> larry: how'd it get out? >> a reporter who didn't identify himself as a recorder. >> marvette, what do you think? was it unfair that suzanne had to apologize for something she said at a cocktail party and not on the record? >> well, anything you say is on the record so i don't think it was unfair for her to have to apologize. but i think suzanne is clearly passionate about alternative medicine. she personally experienced it and clearly was moved by the loss of patrick and felt that what she was saying and what she was sharing would be helpful not harmful. >> yeah, i think it was terrible that she was misled by this reporter, thought she was having a private conversation, expressing her opinions, but in the end, i think best to apologize. she also revealed on larry king"larry king
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live" that she wrote a personal letter of apology to patrick swayze's family. but suzanne still sticks to her guns about her highly controversial theorys about cancer treatment. so, kim i'm thinking that suzanne maybe getting slammed here because some people think, well, i just have to say it, that she's kind of out there. >> yeah that could be part of it. look, i think she's being slammed because she is not a doctor and she is really talking about a lot of these theorys that are controversial that may have worked for her and that's great if she talks about whatworked for her and what helped her but obviously she's not a medical expert. so people are certainly going to criticize her. again, i don't know whether these are right or wrong but she had to expect that. she is not naive to this industry. she's been in this business for a long time. she knows that if she goes out there and says something at a cocktail party or on "larry king," people are going to slam her for it. >> people are going to pay attention. she certainly feels strongly about her opinions. she does have a right to speak her mind. kim serafin, marvette britto thanks ladies.
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brooke, the "showbiz on call" phone lines have been bombarded with so many people who are calling in about "the biggest loser" trainer jillian michaels slamming oprah. >> people are really fired up about this. we got a call into "showbiz on call" from nicki in california. nicki says, maybe they should work together. >> the issue with jillian and oprah, why don't they have a showoff? why doesn't jillian take the time to go with oprah and teach her all the new tricks and oprah can learn some new advice on how to drop the weight and keep it off. and i think jillian has a big heart and hopera's a beautiful lady. whether she's skinny or heavy. so i think the two together would make an excellent team. >> pretty good idea. thank you, nicki. >> we also heard from jackie who called in from new york. jackie says jillian may have an ulterior motive here. >> caller: i think jillian just wanted to be noted as oprah's
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trainer because she can knock bob green out of the ballpark. and once somebody is noted by oprah, they become millionaires overnight. >> the "showbiz on call" phone lines are always open. >> give us a ring at 1-888-sbt-buzz, 1-888-728-2899. simply leave a voice mail. we'll play some of your calls right here on "showbiz tonight." and your calls to "showbiz on call" are also now on our website, cnn.com/showbiztonight. check them out. tonight, bad news for oprah. "showbiz tonight" breaks big news today about oprah winfrey and her weight loss advice. i've got to tell you i don't think oprah's going to like this. plus is oprah really working with jennifer aniston for jen's own talk show? brand-new details in the jon and kate divorce drama. the angry war of words just ramped up today after a court hearing. so why did jon lash out on the court steps? and rosie o'donnell's big breakup news. so what's the deal here?
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what is really going on with rosie and her longtime pattern, kelly. rosie gave the real story today and we'll have it for you. it is time now for the "showbiz news ticker." these are more stories from the "showbiz tonight" newsroom, they are making news right now.
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now on "showbiz tonight," the great debate over the balloon boy hoax. the startling new admission that the balloon scam was a bunch of hot air. today, a big name comes to the defense of the heene family. should we feel sorry for balloon boy dad? tonight, bad news for oprah. "showbiz tonight" breaks big news today about oprah winfrey and her weight loss advice. she is not going to like what we are revealing. and is oprah giving jennifer aniston her own talk show? also, john and kate face off in court, the same day kate answers heated questions on national tv.
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plus, more stories breaking from the "showbiz news ticker," tv's first most provocative entertainment news show continues right now. welcome back to "showbiz tonight." it's 30 minutes past the hour. i'm a.j. hammer, broadcasting tonight and every night from new york city. >> and i'm brooke anderson, coming to you tonight from hollywood. tonight, defending the balloon dad. you heard me. a "new york times" columnist today set off a raging debate after saying it's time to lay off richard heene and cut him some slack. and it made for big news breaking today. we have just learned that heene's wife admitted to cops that the whole balloon fiasco was, in fact one big hoax. but brand-new tonight people are saying cut the heenes some slack. he's just trying to make money. people are fired up over this one. in a moment, let the great
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debate begin. >> but wait there's more. we've got brand-new details in the jon and kate divorce drama. the he said/she said hoopla was back in court today. it was another hearing and more angry words were tossed around. why was kate a no-show and why did jon lash out at her in public on the courthouse steps? joining me tonight in new york jane velez-mitchell, the host of "issues with jane velez-mitchell." you can catch her program and you should every night 7:00 p.m. eastern here on hln. in hollywood tonight hyla an entertainment journalist for fivedollarprep.com. let's begin with this raging hot debate today about the balloon dad. in a brand-new column in "the new york times," a renowned columnist, frank rich, a guy i respect, says everyone just needs to lay off heene. he says this is a guy who was just trying to make a buck. he wrote once his appetite had been whetted by two histrionic appearances on "wife swap," it's
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easy to see why heene would turn his life and that of his family into a nonstop audition for more turns in the big tent of the reality media circus. jane velez-mitchell, do we have this wrong? does frank mitchell have this right? can we fault heene for trying to work the system to his favor? >> frank mitchell is completely wrong. this guy put people's lives at risk. they were deploying choppers and they were discussing sending a rescuer from the chopper on to the top of the balloon to cut it up to try to rescue this kid. what if somebody had died in the process? not to mention that he's forcing his children to lie, allegedly, according to his wife. and the child is so traumatized, every time he's confronted a tbt lie, the poor child throws up. to me this is tantamount to child abuse. and why are we saying just because, what, the guy was on a roelt reality show, that makes it okay? there are people doing prison
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time for stealing a tv set. this is far more potentially dangerous and destructive than stealing a tv set. this guy should be prosecuted to the max. >> well, believe it or not there was a moment in the history of this whole story when we actually thought it was true and it was for real and maybe there was a kid in this thing. and now, of course, we've learned that heene's wife did fess up to the cops that the whole thing from the very beginning was a great big balloon hoax. court documents reveal mayumi heene instructed their three children to lie to authorities as well as the media regarding this hoax. and lie they did almost. we all remember when their son who was supposedly in that balloon, told cnn's own wolf blitzer the whole thing was just for a show. watch how painful it was for heene to kind of squirm his way out of this one. take a look. >> you want to ask him now? i don't know if he can hear me what he meant by what he said, we did this for the show? you want to ask falcon?
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>> falcon they want to know they want to know why you were in the attic? okay, for so long? and why you -- say it again? >> now, watching it again, of course, it looks like he didn't want to ask that question. he was clearly very uncomfortable there. hyla, a lot of people at that moment when we all thought this was for real actually felt sorry for this guy. do you now just a little bit, maybe? >> i don't know if sorry's the right word. i think he got in way over his head and i think hollywood creates this climate. the more outrageous you can be the better chance you can get a reality show. again, the buck stops with richard heene. he's the one that makes the decision, he's the father. it all falls on him. but if there's executives saying hey do something outrageous and maybe we can get you on a television show it doesn't surprise me. i mean he's playing with the
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world of entertainment, it's something he got a taste of with "wife swap," i don't think he fully understood the power of what he did. in that regard i do kind of feel sorry for him. >> i do understand, in this column that frank rich was saying, he perhaps was a product of our culture. that doesn't make it right and what he did okay. and the "showbiz tonight" facebook blowing up over this today, blowing up like a balloon. not a single person feeling sorry for heene. let's look at alyssa k. who writes, no one should be defending him. he is exploiting his kids to get his reality show. it makes me sick. jennifer s. writes this, the truth is this idiot probably will get a reality show and people will watch it. jane, they're on your side there. and i think jennifer has a point. people may not be forgiving heene but a lot of people they may not admit it, but they would probably watch a reality show if he did one, don't you think? >> oh i hope he doesn't get a reality show. i think he made the crucial mistake of sort of giving it away for free. he did the reality show.
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it's already aired, it aired on cable chances across the country as we covered it. he didn't get paid for it and i don't think anybody's going to be interested in watching him do something else because i don't think he'll ever top that. >> brooke anderson let me bring you back in here. are you watching this reality show? i will not watch it unless it's a homework assignment. >> me too. i feel the same way. this guy makes me want to throw up like his poor child was doing when he was forced to lie during those media interviews. what his parents did was deplorable teaching them essentially, to lie and deceive. it makes me so upset because parents should not use their children. let's move on to another big story breaking today. jon and kate gosselin in court today to account for all that money that they both took from a joint account without the other's permission. but kate a no show. what does jon do he complains about kate in a little impromptu press conference on the court steps. he was saying he was a little shocked because, you know i
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wanted to get through this together with her and she keeps avoiding, avoiding avoiding and that's the kates go gosselinway. why does jon feel like he has to discuss all his personal business in public? he hasn't learned to please shut up. >> there's only one explanation to this. this could possibly be the biggest publicity stunt. i think heidi and spencer are coaching jon gosselin on how to handle the media. it's the only explanation. the back and forth is just ridiculous at this point. there has to be some type of conspiracy that's going on underneath all this, because there's no other explanation. sane people don't act like this. >> jane, i need a quick response from you. kate's lawyer is saying she wasn't required to be in court, she did all the paperwork, but why, why jon? >> i think these people are possibly more contemptible than the heenes because the heenes made one really, really bad
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decision. they make bad decisions day in and day out, season in and season out. >> may it never end. jane velez-mitchell, hyla thanks, guys. appreciate your being here tonight. tonight, i've got some brand-new bad news for oprah winfrey. "showbiz tonight" breaks big news today about oprah and her weight loss advice. and i can tell you she's not going to like what we are about to reveal. also, is oprah giving jennifer aniston her own talk show? rumor has it that aniston could be dishing on television pretty soon, but would you watch? and did you see this? the frightening idea behind dressing like america's favorite pitchman. it's the billy mays look-alike halloween costume. you will never guess who's behind this wacky idea. now the "showbiz news ticker," more stories from the "showbiz tonight" newsroom making news right now.
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did you see this? you too can be billy mays for halloween. if you want to scream at your neighbors just like billy mays did in those infomercials, just do it. billy mays iii launched where'sbillymays.com. critics think this is a pretty morbid thing to do but mays iii said it's all in the spirit of positivity. mays died suddenly in june. welcome back to "showbiz tonight." i'm a.j. hammer in new york. >> and i'm brooke anderson in hollywood. tonight, the great oprah weight debate. "showbiz tonight" breaks big news today about oprah winfrey and her weight loss advice. and i can tell you the news is not good.
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oprah winfrey might want to stop sharing weight loss advice on her talk show after we show you the results of a shocking poll that only "showbiz tonight" can share with you tonight. and speaking of oprah, the "showbiz tonight" truth squad has been on the case all day today on another brand-new story. the target jennifer aniston. the case, is oprah really giving jennifer aniston her own talk show? joining me tonight from hollywood, kim serafin, a senior editor with "in touch weekly." and in new york marvette britto a publicist and brand strategist. this oprah weight debate began when jillian michaels, one of the trainers from "the biggest loser," was asked by "health" magazine who she would like to take under her wing and train. she said this -- if there's someone i think is utterly misguided, it would be oprah winfrey. she said she had a thyroid problem and ate soy. and i'm like, how? where is dr. oz. she's just so misinformed, it is
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shocking to me on a daily basis. soy is terrible for you if you have thyroid issues. so we asked in the "showbiz tonight" question of the day, oprah winfrey do you trust her weight loss advice? the results just came in today. a whopping 84% said no, they don't trust her weight loss advice. only 16% say they do. kim, are you shocked by those results? >> you know, i am really shocked. because the fact is oprah is not a political operative, yet a lot of people trusted her opinion on obama on the election. she's not a book critic, but yet people -- if she endorses a book, that book goes to number one, goes on all the best seller lists. if she puts a product on her favorite things list that product goes out of stock even though she's not a brand strategist. so you look at oprah she's struggled with her weight but i think people really do trust her. i'm very surprised with these results. >> they look at her advice hike it's the gospel. marvette, is this bad news for
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oprah? >> i don't think it's bad news at all. last time i checked, oprah's never officially endorsed any product. oprah's speaking about what works for her. everyone's dna is different. so you have to adopt remedyies and therapies and treatments that you think are best for your body. if it doesn't work for you, fine, but oprah's only sharing her experiences and i think for her to say what oprah should or shouldn't be doing or what she should or shouldn't be sharing her viewers have a will and choice to choose and that's what they do. >> that's true. and i don't think this will make a dent in her viewership. today the "showbiz tonight" facebook page still exploding with comments about oprah. samantha d. wrote on our facebook wall, maybe oprah should can it for once and listen to what someone else has to say. after all jillian won her own personal battle with her weight and oprah's been trapped in a losing battle for years. do you agree that oprah should
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stop giving a little weight loss advice until she gets her own weight under control? >> no because i think people identify with oprah. probably more people who try to lose weight have the same situation who oprah has rather than what oprah has. i think jillian should go on oprah's show, a big ratings hit they can talk about things they'll get another expert in. this is why people love her show. they identify to her, relate to her, and they struggle themselves. >> that's true. they can identify with that. i do think this is a tricky one. oprah needs to make sure she approaches it very carefully. i do want to move now to the brand-new report about jennifer aniston getting her very own talk show on oprah's upcoming cable network she's launching. the "showbiz tonight" truth squad been working all day on this. and late this afternoon a rep for jen called the report, quote, completely false. marvette, no disrespect but i personally have doubts whether jen could pull off hosting a talk show. what do you think? >> i think that jen is a movie star and she should stick to
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leveraging her brand against movies. i've never seen her host a show. i've never heard of her even being interested in a show. i think she should stick to what she does well. >> stick to what her strengths are. well, what got these reports started was this. jen's appearance on "e!'s" chelsey lately. jennifer was pretty fun. >> i drink vodka. >> yes, that's what i drink. that's my drink of choice actually. >> really? >> it's a clean liqueur yes. >> so like -- >> no sugar. >> that's what i -- that's why i drink it. but it doesn't seem like the same thing is happening. >> well, first of all, you're crazy. second of all, how many are you drinking? >> so kim she does seem to have a pretty good sense of humor. is this such a far-fetched idea? jennifer hosting her own talk show? >> you know she is really funny and if she ever did this, people would definitely tune in but
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she would have to change her entire personality. the fact is jennifer aniston is known for being a very private person and if you have your own talk show you have to be someone like oprah who's willing to put herself out there about her weight issues or someone like tyra banks who goes out on her tv show wearing the bathing suit showing her cellulite or takes off her wig. and until jennifer aniston is ready to do that which she's never done in the past i don't think we're going to see a talk show from her very soon. >> my thoughts exactly. she would have to be very open about her personal life and she's not used to doing that. kim serafin marvette britto good to see you, ladies. thanks. >> thanks. and now we want to hear from you on this. we've been asking you to vote on our "showbiz tonight" question of the day. jennifer aniston, if she hosted a talk show, would you watch? keep voting. cnn.com/showbiztonight. e-mail us, showbiztonight@cnn.com. tonight, donald trump's daughter ties the knot. 27-year-old ivanka trump married 28-year-old newspaper publisher jared kushner over the weekend.
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ivanka posted this beautiful website on her website for her jewelry line. the reports that it was a jewish wedding ceremony were true but did donald's good friend regis philbin sing at the wedding? regis answered that question did you sing at this wedding? >> honest to god, where did you read that? people came up to me all day and said what are you sinning toetht at the trump wedding. i said what? i didn't know anything about it. >> i heard you were singing. i read that you sang. >> that blog sphere is crazy. >> no singing from you? >> no singing no. >> though. it just got less exciting. >> according to people.com they plan to honeymoon in africa. >> nice. okay. i've got say spike lee and tyler perry, two of the most talented filmmakers in the industry. so what's got them in a brand new hollywood brawl with each other? tonight, tyler perry is spriking back after spike lee slammed his
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work. you've got to hear why tyler called his words insulting. this is "showbiz tonight" on hln. now the showbiz news ticker. more stories making news right now. you're watching "showbiz tonight" on hln. right now keep on watching the bottom of your screen for more nonstop compelling and provocative news from "showbiz tonight."
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beginning with breaking news right now. police have charged one person with murder in connection with the death of uconn football player jasper howard. defense attorney darin freeman says his client john william lomax, was taken into custody this morning. to remind you what happened 20-year-old jasper howard was stabbed to death outside the student union building on campus back on october 18th. police are holding a news conference in about a half hour to discuss all of the latest developments. we will bring that to you live. again, an arrest has been made. also, an entire north florida community comes together
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to say good-bye to somer thompson. the funeral for the 7-year-old that's happening right now. followed by a procession to the cemetery where family and friends will have a private grave side service. more than 1,500 people filed past somer's casket during a viewing that happened yesterday and included those who knew the little girl some who didn't but really feel for this family. for parents with kids, this loss hit too close to home. >> we don't know her personally but our heart knows her as a parent and that's what tears our hearts out. >> feels like weren't of ours. >> we thought it would be a nice thing to come pay respects to the family. >> i'm sorry for y'all's losses. i didn't know the family, but like i said i have kids too. >> affected a lot of people. somer went missing while walking home from school eight days ago and her body was found a few days later in a landfill in georgia. investigators say they've gotten about 1,500 tips but haven't name add suspect.
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still, if you have information, they want to hear from you. this is the number at the clay county sheriff's office tip line. it's 1-877-227-6911. and there is a $35,000 reward in this case. the head of a search and rescue group that's been helping police look for hailey cummings believes the 6-year-old florida girl is dead. tim miller says the goal of texas equusearch is find missing people who are alive and he doesn't believe she falls into that category anymore. miller says 17-year-old baby-sitter misty cummings holds the key to finding out what really happened to this child. unless investigators learn those circumstances they may never find her body. last night her grandmother told "hln's" nancy grace she doesn't believe hailey's dead. >> i believe that god hears prayer. i believe there have been -- thousands and thousands of prayers for hailey.
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i believe that she's alive, and i do not believe to theirs a straight line to god. until he can produce something else i just refuse to believe that my granddaughter is not alive and with us. >> the county sheriff's office says it's gotten 5,000 tips since hey haleigh disappeared. they continue to investigate all the leads. horrific violence ruined homecoming weekend at a high school in california. police say a 15-year-old girl was gang raped and beaten after the homecoming dance saturday night in richmond, california. they believe a large group of people watched the attack and didn't do anything to stop it. two teenage suspects are now in custody. police are looking for more people. our affiliate ktvu reports. >> reporter: richmond police detectives arrived at richmond
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high school and took this freshman into custody as a person of interest. now they're calling him a suspect who faces charges of robbery, false imprisonment rape and other sex crimes. police are appalled by the nature of this crime. >> i remember thinking that if something out of a hollywood movie, it's so extremely vicious, and absolutely unnecessary. >> reporter: the 15-year-old vick tip a student at richmond high, left her on campus homecoming dance around 9:30 saturday night and walk with someone she knew where she may have had alcohol, when she was robbed, gang rape and beaten severely for over two hours. police say it was witnessed by up to a dozen people and may have been caught on video. >> their behavior was either about thi apathy not call. to sit there observe it and some cases get involved and commit crimes. >> reporter: a new school surveillance system going in by january might have caught the crime earlier. >> absolutely, because it's tied
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into local law enforcement. it would have -- clearly had a more visual view of was going on and people would have been alerted and knowing that this was here. >> reporter: the school district spokesman took a more cavalier assumption. >> when parents bring their kids to school, to the dance, they arrange for a safe ride back. if kids wish to leave the dance in the middle ftd dangs, we assume they have a safe ride back. there is a limit to what question do. >> reporter: police say the victim is suffering from non-life threatening physical injuries but substantial emotional injuries. manuel ortega arrested shortly after the incident is facing charges of rape robbery and false imprisonment in this case and police are looking for five other people but say that number would grow as the investigation unfolds. >> richmond high held classes yesterday, but counselors were there to help the kids and talk to them about this attack thanks to ktvu for that report.
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the ares i rocket is supposed to carry americans back to the moon right now. nasa can't get it off the launch pad. today's planned liftoff scrubbed. john zarrella joins us from johnson space center to tell us what the problem is. i'm not sure you technically know what the problem is because you'd be working for nasa if you did, but give us an overview of what's going on. >> reporter: well, you know, richelle if it was a technical problem, you're right. since it was just a weather problem, i can probably handle that much. bottom line was they had a four-hour launch window from 8:00 a.m. eastern to noon eastern to get the ares x 1 off the ground. it started with clouds moving out of the area. concerned on the test flight. didn't want to launch in cloud cover. they wanted clear skies so they didn't risk causing any kind of static electricity to build up on that vehicle. then the wind as you can see, picked up. that caused a problem. on top of that, they had a cargo
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ship that ventured into the off-limits recovery area out there in the atlantic ocean behind me. so that forced them to delay when they thought they had a pretty good chance to make it through a hole in the clouds. so one thing after another, bottom line not going anywhere today with the ares x 1, supposed to be the replacement vehicle for the space shuttle. this was going to be the first unmanned test of the vehicle and now they'll have to wait until tomorrow but you know better safe than sorry. right, richelle? >> absolutely. a lot is riding on this. just the animation we're looking at is pretty cool. >> yeah. you know, there's no question about it. there's a lot riding on it. here's a mockup of what this vehicle is. so everybody the viewers all know, this top part of the vehicle, the ares i-x out there is all dummy segments. there are big, huge steel cylinders, plates, inside, so that they mimic the waits of the actual upper stage of the
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rocket. up here is what would be the orion capsule where the astronauts would sit. unlike the space shuttle, sitting up in this vehicle, they're actually like the old days of the apollo program, on the top of the rocket. down here, this is all a solid rocket booster and this is the real part out there today. the solid rocket booster that will produce 3 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. so generating a tremendous amount of power as it takes off. it will actually only be about a two-minute flight. the sections will separate. this part continues on, fly back off into the ocean. this part will be on pair chuteschute s parachutes recoverable and reusable just like the shuttle the rocket boost sisters. a lot riding on the success of this first test flight of the ares i rocket that should take humans back to the moon and maybe one day on to mars. richelle? >> looking forward to it finally
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happening. like you say, don't want to take any chances today. thank for the explainer, too john. appreciate it. >> absolutely. many americans speak a foreign language, but is it okay to require them to speak english when they're on the job? we'll share your views, next.
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a hotel owner is xauzing an uproar in new mexico. name larry whitten who bought a hotel and started making latino workers speak english around him. he also is accused of making some workers anglo-size their name making marcos to mark. protesters pictured the hotel. he's gotten complaint letters. this morning the owner said it's just a misunderstanding. >> my partner and i spent several million dollars to come to this beautiful land of enchantment. it would be idiotic for me to
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purposely offend the great culture of the spanish to you know -- you could really call me stupid. but i'm not a racist. no intention has ever been done purposely to insult anyone. it was a matter of procedure and, you know hasn't been good, and, you know if i could take it all back, i'd snap my finger. >> he says that his rules have nothing to do with racism. he says he's only trying to make it easier for his guests to communicate. so yes, this is the "your views" question today. are we a melting pot where all cultures an languages are accepted? or do you think the government and businesses like this hotel, do they have the right to make us speak english? i'm not asking, do you think people should speak english. i'm talking about businesses and governments having the right to make you speak english?
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i truly want to know. tom from oregon. your take? >> caller: my take, yeah. i think they do. flis is america. you know? this is our -- the main language spoke in the country. forcing them to change they are name thing i don't agree with that at all. my biggest question was, if these people are getting tickets for not speaking tickets, how are they getting driver's licenses? if they can't speak english can't read it. >> that's a separate story in texas. they threw out those tickets and a lot of things in texas are in spanish and english. so -- >> caller: right. yeah i definitely think america -- that's the language that we speak. yes, you know, come here if you want to come here, great. come on over. the right way. what it's all about but learn the language. >> tom be thank you. chuck calling from florida. all right, chuck. hollywood, florida what's your take? >> caller: yeah. i'm from south florida down in the miami area which is a big spanish area. >> sure. >> caller: i can tell you i live just north of the dade county line and i don't like going to
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the south ethd of miami. it's like another country. and i think it's about time that somebody starts stepping up to the plate and changing the spanish language back to english, like it should be. >> you don't like going there because it's another country or -- are you simply trying to say you find it hard to communicate? >> caller: you cannot communicate with anybody. >> okay. >> caller: why should i have to learn spanish? if they're going to come to our country and leave their country, they need to learn our english language. i think that should be automatic. >> okay. chuck, thank you for your point of view. lots of comments on my facebook page as well. if you're in facebook and want to comment pretty much on anything, win reason, search richelle carey hln. a couple consults. theresa wrote, all other languages banned in public. are you jaers what have we become? terry wrote, one of the reasons people from spanish speaking countries migrate to america, pe we more prosperous than their country of origin.
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one of the reasons we are more prosperous because we are able to maximize business through eun uniformity. continue to tell us what you think about this. should businesses or governments be able to make you speak english only? that's the question. not do you think someone should learn english. or does that infringe on the melting pot philosophy the u.s. is so proud of? think about this. call us at 1-877-tell-hln. e-mail at cnn.com/hln. text your views, a comment, put your name in and there send the toex hlntv standard text rates apply. an actor at a haunted house tried to spook customers but he's the one that got a real fright when one of them pulled a gun.
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a baltimore police officer is accused of pulling a gun on a haunted house character who had a chain saw. police say the actor chased the off-duty cop and others into a parking lot to get an extra scream out of them, and that's when the officer pointed his gun at the actor. the police report says, yeah. alcohol may have been involved. >> we were about three to four feet apart, and he held his -- his -- his arm out like this with a gun in his hand and the whole time his child was pulling on his arm. >> callers said he seem to vb intoxicated. in fact the people inside the house of screams noted that when he was again being processed, two of the officers noted that his speech was slurred. there was a moderate odor of alcohol coming from his breath. he didn't seem to be taking this quite as seriously as he should have. >> clearly it's serious. charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
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knop response so far from him or his attorney. espn is pulling football analyst bob griese off the air for a week. the former miami dolphins quarterback, a college football analyst. probably seen him. he got into trouble for a remark made promoting espn's coverage of a nascar race series. >> pablo montoya. he's now having a taco. >> well, he apologized on-air for that comment twice. montoya, from columbia dismissed the remark with a joke adding, "i don't even know who he is and i really don't care." all right. do you want to know if you're walking right into an h1n1 hotbed? there's an app for that. harvard medical school just released an iphone app with realtime updates. what does it do for you? video, animation and text how to avoid the virus plus shows you ways to protect your home and work from the outbreaks, and
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there's even an interactive guide to h1n1 symptoms. that replaces common sense. don't forget that. the recession may be over. a report due out thursday may show the economy grew in the summer months. that's good news in a bad economy. the gross domestic product will likely confirm the recession theoretically ended in june or july. the gdp is the biggest gauge that the whole u.s. economy everything, every service it produces. it may be improving. job market still isn't though. don't have to tell a lot of you that. unemployment should be around 10% through most of next year. the irs advises you to keep tax returns up to seven years. hln money expert clark howard tells you why you should keep them forever. >> what's the last year's tax return you can lay your hands on? if you're like most people it's maybe -- oh four five six
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years ago. not good enough. states are scrounging or every penny they can get their hands on. they're reaching way way way, way back. in fact, i saw a story in the "chicago tribune" about them beating somebody up for state taxes from 1983. now, who's going to be able to produce a return to 1983? well, actually i can, because i've kept all my returns going back to the '70s, and you should moving forward save if you have a state income tax save your state tax return. always save your federal. after six years you can dump the supporting material, but keep the return so that there's some proof that you properly filed your return. why? because there's no statute generally if they say you failed to file. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to stay out of trouble go to my website. cnn.com/clarkhoward.
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a woman wearing a veil refused service in a farmer's market. is it discrimination or reasonable policy for a business owner?
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there's been an arrest on murder charges in the stabbing of university of connecticut football player jasper howard. defense attorney derek freeman says hess client john williams low maxx this morning was taken into custody. bond set at $2 million. 20-year-old hour was stabbed to death outside the student union building on campus on october 18th. state police are holding a news conference any minute now to discuss more details and developments in this case and will get that information to you just as soon as we can. an entire north florida community comes together to say good-bye to somer thompson. the funeral for the 7-year-old
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just wrapped up. everyone's wearing purple. her favorite color. recession is making its way to the cemetery where family and friends will hold a private grave side service. everyone just released purple balloons in memory of somer and her favorite color. yesterday, 1,500 people filed past her casket during the viewing. there were people there who knew her. there were people there who did not. for parents with kids the loss hits too close to home. >> we don't know her prnlly but our heart knows her at a parent, and that's what tears our hearts out. >> feels likes one of ours. >> we thought it would be a nice thing to pay respects tore the family. >> said i'm sorry for y'all's losses. i didn't know the family. like i said i have kids, too. >> somer went missing while walking home from school eight days ago now. her body was found a few days later at a georgia landfill. investigators say they've gotten about 1,500 tips and haven't named a suspect. they still want information.
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you're urged to call the clay county sheriff's tip line. the number is 1-877-227-6911. there is a reward in this case. it's $35,000. the head of a search and rescue group that's been helping police look for haleigh cummings believe the 6-year-old florida girl is dead. the goal of texas equusearch is to find missing people who are alive, and he doesn't believe haleigh falls into that category anymore. miller says the 17-year-old baby-sitter misty cummings, he thinks she holds the key to finding out what really happened to this child and unless investigators learn those circumstances he says they may never find haleigh's body. last night her grandmother told "hln's" nancy grace she doesn't believe haleigh's dead. >> i believe that god hears prayer. i believe that there have been thousands and thousands of prayers for haleigh. i believe that she's alive, and i do not believe that -- miller
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it god or has a straight line to god. until he can produce something else, i don't -- i do -- i just refuse to believe that my granddaughter is not alive and with us. >> the putnam county sheriff office has gotten about 5,000 tips since haleigh disappeared and they continue to investigate those tips. this next story will break your heart. at least a dozen people watched a girl get raped for more than two hours and did nothing. and this happened outside a homecoming dance saturday in richmond, california. two teenagers have been arrested. a third has been questioned. officers believe at least four people young men, attacked the 15-year-old girl. investigators say as many as 15 people watched and no one did anything to intervene. in fact, they say as this attack continued, someone
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announced what was happening and more people came to watch and then morgan to participate in this attack. the victim this young girl a child, really, is in critical condition, but now has been upgraded to stable. baltimore police officers accused of 3i8ing a gun on a haunted house character carrying a chainsaw. police say the actor chased the off-duty cop into a parking lot to get an extra scream out of them. that's when they say the officer pointed his gun at the actor. the police report says alcohol may have been involved. >> we were about three to four feet apart, and he held his -- his arm out like this way gun in his hand and the whole time his child was pulling on his arm. >> callers had said he seemed to be very intoxicated. in fact, the people inside the house of screams had noted that. when he was again being processed, two of the officers noted that his speech was slurred. there was a moderate odor of
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alcohol coming from his breath. he didn't seem to be taking this quite as seriously as he should have been taking it. >> maybe he is now. the officer is charged with assault and reckless endangerment. no response for him so far or his attorney. authorities throughout the country are taking steps to make sure sex offenders are not home on halloween. a huntsville probation officer scheduled a mandatory meeting for sex offenders that night to make sure they won't be around kids. some meetings held in texarkana, arkansas and marion county indiana and the probation and the parole board is telling sex oh fundamentalers they can't trick-or-treat with their kids or give out treats from their homes. hotel owner, causing an uproar in new mexico. larry whitten bought a hotel and started making latino workers speak english around him. he's also accused of making workers an glosize their names. changing marco to mark, for example. protesters picketsed the hotel. he's gotten complaint letters. this morning on our sister
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network cnn, he said it's a misunderstanding. >> my partner and i spend several million dollars to come to this beautiful land of enchantment. it would be idiotic for me to purposely offend the great culture of the spanish to you know -- you could really call me stupid, but i'm not a racist. no intention has ever been done purposely. to insult anyone. it was a matter of procedure, and you know hasn't been good and you know if i could take it all back, i'd snap my finger. >> he says his rules have nothing to do with race him. he's just trying to make it easier for his guests to communicate. we want you to communicate with us about this. i know you're thinking something. tell us what you think. should governments or businesses be able to make you speak english only? the government or business make you. trying to be clear on what the
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question is. or, is that infringing on the melting pot philosophy the u.s. is so proud of? think about it a minute and call us. 1-877-tell hln. e-mail if you prefer. cnn.com/hln. or you can always text. text the word views, plus your comments and maim name to hln tv, standard text rates apply. we've got to tell you that. talk about it. nasa was supposed to make its first step back to the moon today. that's going to have to wait. the space agency scrubbed today's launch of the ares i-x rocket. a prototype of the rocket nasa plans to use for moon missions in another decado or so. the test launch got with 2 1/2 minutes of liftoff before nasa shut it down because of high winds and heavy clouds. the space agency will try again tomorrow morning. lee vooib johnston may let it all hang out. you heard the latest plans about his photo shoot with "playgirl."
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this is is the moment. this is it. it's an adventure. a great adventure. you want to take the places -- >> smooth criminal. michael jackson's film "this is it" hits theaters tonight at midnight. one critic is already weighing in on twitter. this is ms. elizabeth taylor. yes. it's not a surprise. a film icon, weren't of michael jackson's best friends. she loves the movie. so much so, she went twitter crazy. sent out 20 tweets about it yesterday. not on twitter? here are gems for you.
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owe it to yourself and loved ones to see it again and again. memorize it and say i saw genius in my lifetime. this film should be nominated in every category conceivable. all right. elizabeth taylor. we now know what those northwest pilots say they were doing when they overshot the minneapolis airport by 150 miles last week. they say they were using their personal laptops -- apparently that's very important because they lost track of time. pilots told the ntsb they were focused on a new computer program that arranges crew schedules. they didn't monitor the plane during their talk. >> these pilots were simply not paying attention for a period of time. and is that a serious offense? it is, but it's not one that -- that i think put the lives of those people in jeopardy. >> you're always supposed to maintain situational awareness and somebody's always supposed to be watching the airplane and flying the airplane. that's your first order of duty.
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your first priority. there heal is no excuse, no reason to allow it to go to this point. should not have happened. >> and i'm sure we'll hear more about this. the pilots say they didn't realize their mistake until a flight attendant called the cockpit five minutes before they were supposed to land. by then they were over wisconsin. okay. delta air lines which owns northwest suspended the pilots saying this offense violates airline policy and may cost the pilots their jobs. also sent passengers a $500 travel voucher for the inconvenience. espn is pulling football analyst bob griese off the air for a week. he's a college football analyst now and got in trouble for a remark he made while promoting espn's coverage of the nascar race series. >> pablo montoya. he's out having a taco. >> griese apologized on air twice for that comment.
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montoya who is from columbia dismissed the remark of this joke. this is what he says i don't even know who he is and i really don't care. ouch. all right. levi johnston may be very close to baring it all. media reports say his manager is pretty sure johnston's photo shoot with "playgirl" will include full frontal nudity. what's the deciding factor? when is he going to make that decision? i don't know. his manager says he's hired a trainer. apparently he's going to look great. the father of former alaska governor sarah palin's grandchild. remember joe the plumber? talking about the tea party express what he believes the movement representses? what he told "hln's" joy behar last night. >> the tea party movement isn't against obama. it's against government how they overstepped boundaries. >> bush is the one who spent us into oblivion. >> you're not going to get an argument from me. bush -- not just because we're in this position. freddie mac, fannie mae all those guys, a lot of reasons
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we're in this position it all has to do with the r and d. not truly representing the american people. >> catch "the joy behar show" 9:00 eastern right here on hln. good stuff. a woman wearing a veil is refused service in a farmer's market. is it discrimination or a reasonable policy? for a business owner?
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a lot of debate, division back and forth, on and off capitol hill today over health care reform and that public option you've been hearing so much about. yesterday senate majority leader harry reid announced he'll add a lan to the final bill but added states will have the choice to opt out. this is a controversy idea generating a lot of i-reports. take a listen. you can tell these two guys have gone at it before. >> you're not going to convince me that the government is going to save money with this plan. you're not. i don't care what the numbers say right now, because everything the government does will always cost two to three times more than what it says it will.
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look at cash for clunkers. if you think the government can do this better -- then fine. that's what you believe. i don't. there's a lot of -- there's a lot of people who don't. you've never heard the government being accused of being efficient. >> my friend gary here we go again. a public system with no profit is absolutely more efficient by definition. than the private health care system with very poorly regulated insurance companies. i am sorry. that's an absolute statement. >> those guys are great. if want to hear more or contribute to the conversation, want to get in the with those guys, head to ireport.com and if you have images of breaking news, we want images that that. click on the upload now link for easy instructions. 52 children rescued from
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alleged prostitution rings. nearly 700 people arrested over the past three days. an effort going on across the country that started in 2003. an effort to end sex trafficking of children in the u.s. >> the money involved in prostituting children is much higher than just regular prostitution. so they get them, the desire by the -- the johns, if you will is for younger and younger girls. so i mean, we're seeing them as young as 11 years old. >> horrifying stuff. the fbi says almost 900 children have been saved from sex trafficking since this particular initiative started, and there are more than 500 convictions. joshgs morgan harrington's parents are devoting all energies to finding their 20-year-old daughter and their also getting some help from the rock band metallica. morgan is a virginia tech student missing ten days now. metallica is contributing $ooh,000 to a reward fund.
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$50,000. the reward stands at $150,000. the parents appear pd on nbc's "today" show this morning. the mother worries her daughter was the victim of foul play. >> we need to be moving forward and direct all our energies at this point into finding morgan while people's memories are still fresh. halloween is in a couple of days. there's somebody, is or was in the charts charlottesville area who takes young women. we are to keep working on this and find our daughter and find this person and make our community safer. >> morgan was last seen on october 17th. investigators say she was outside an arena in charlottesville, virginia, where metallica ras holding a concert. the search for morgan harrington heats up. nancy grace will have all the latest breaking developments at 8:00 10:00 p.m. eastern right
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here on "hln's" "news and views." and turned away from a farmer's market for wearing a traditional muslim veil over her face. latifah says he feels she was singled out singled out because she's muslim and is urging other muslims to boycott the store. the manager says signs in the market says shopper's faces must be visible for the safety of customers and employees and he'll honor people's religious beliefs if he honors his stores rules. breast cancer seems to be getting more common in younger women. experts don't know why yet. they say it could be a result of early and better testing or it could be something hormonal or environmental. they think another risk could be obesity. something to be aware of. do you want to know if you're walking right into an h1n1 hot bed? there's an app for that. harvard med cool school released an iphone application with
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realtime updates about how to avoid the virus. it shows you ways to protect your home and work from the outbreaks and there's even an interactive guide to h1n1 symptoms. common sense, too. remember that. the housing market continues to show signs of rebounding. a key index has home prices up nationwide for the third month in a row. statistics come from the month of august. the index shows home prices in 20 major cities went up 1% from july. americans are not optimistic about the economy. the consumer confidence index has plunged to its second lowest reading since may. analysts proedicted it would increase. it could forecast a shaky holiday shopping season. somer thompson loved the color purple. today her family is dressed in
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her favorite color as they say good-bye to this little girl that disappeared more than a week ago.
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