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hey, good morning. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade today. hope you're having a good morning so far. we are just two days away from a house vote on health care reform. and the democrats could get a big boost today from one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country. police find a missing infant alive. but you have got to hear where she was the entire time. another mom and baby-sitter, they're facing charges. plus a sex tape may be the reason former miss california usa carrie prejean's dispute with pageant officials is over. what some are saying is on the tape. but first, our top story. police now have recovered 11 bodies who are registered sex offenders home.
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we've learned the identity of one victim. authorities identified her as tonya carmichael, a woman who's been missing for about a year. police say she was buried in the backyard with marks indicating that she was strangled. now, the grim discovery did not even surprise her family. >> this is what i've been saying since monday when, you know, we were called to the coroner's office, since this story broke. we automatically knew that this was going to be her. all of these women have not yet been identified. >> right. >> fortunately my mother was the first victim to be identified, and that gives us closure on knowing where she is, but we're not happy about the way the police have conducted it. >> the suspect showed no emotion in court yesterday. he is charged with five murders. his attorney wants him to get a psychiatric evaluation. she says he's an ex-marine with a heart condition. also, police are no longer calling him a convicted rapist.
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court records show he was charged with a 1989 rape but pleaded guilty to attempted rape in a plea deal. well, the celebration is on in new york as the yankees once again -- again -- world champions! here's rafer with the latest. >> hey, natasha. how do people feel about it in the studio here? >> all right. >> happy new yorkers here, natasha. it is the franchise's 27th world series title. but the win was anything but pedestrian. matsui's nickname is godzilla, and he had a monster game. he knocked in six runs. that ties a world series record as the yankees beat the phillies in six games. and for alex rodriguez, a guy who notoriously disappears in the postseason, it was sweet redemption. and then there's owner george steinbrenner. unfortunately, too frail to see it in person, but no doubt, he was smiling as the yajnkees win their first series since 2000. oh, how that franchise has
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suffered. >> the pain, the misery. >> oh, the pain, nine whole years without a title. >> yeah. >> yeah. >> thank you, rafer. all right. house democrats, they could get a boost on health care reform from the aarp. the associated press reports the powerful seniors lobby will endorse the house version of the bill today. the ten-year, trillion-dollar plan would insure another 36 million people and bar insurance companies from dropping coverage for sick people. the house is expected to vote on saturday. well, taking aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack if you've never had one before might be riskier than previously thought. a new report in "drug and therapeutics bulletin" say people may not want to use it as a preventative measure because of the risks like internal bleeding. however, the american heart association says that a daily, low dose of aspirin can help some people who already have heart trouble. new this morning. a baby girl here missing for five days was found alive
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underneath her baby-sitter's bed in florida. police say 7-month-old shannon diedrich had been hidden inside a box. she has been placed in protective custody and appears healthy. deputies arrested the baby-sitter, her husband and the child's mother, but so far they have not released what charges all three may be facing. well, lawmakers are throwing a life line to millions of americans struggling to find jobs right now. our money expert, jennifer westhoven, is here. it looks like an extension of jobless benefits is on the fast track. >> let's see if they can do it before tomorrow's big report. senators passed the bill yesterday. it could be on the house floor today. it would need, if this passes, so not passed yet, but 14 more weeks of benefits for americans out of work. that could get a lot of people through the holiday season. so that's good news in a bad economy for all the people counting on that money to help them pay the bills as they look for work. if you're in a red state, these
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are states with high unemployment, that would mean 20 weeks in total. they get six weeks more. and, of course, tomorrow's a big monthly jobs report. and it's very likely, a lot of economists say we'll see the headline that you'll be reading about all weekend that unemployment may have hit 10%. we're very close to that now. now, the bill also has tucked into some benefits if you buy a home. we'll fill you in on that in just a moment. >> thanks so much. you've got to see this video. it's of a prison attack with an amazing twist. check it out here. a surveillance camera shows an inmate at a tamp pa prison attacking the 60-year-old guard and putting him in a chokehold. look at that. then the other inmates jump in to help the deputy. you see the guards punching the attacker, then holding him down. one guard used the radio to call for backup. >> it's hard to point your finger on what caused it. but it was fast and violent. he struck him in the face and
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proceeded to lock him into a rear naked choke. it's used in ground fighting and in martial arts, cuts off the blood supply. these inmates likely saved deputy moon's life. >> the commander says the guard wasn't seriously hurt. his alleged attacker was locked up on drug charges. pretty amazing. usually you think about, you know, inmates, you know, not liking the guards or whatever. but apparently -- >> came to his aid that time. >> yeah. he's lucky. >> what's up, natasha? >> hey, bob. >> same situation as yesterday. different storm but really the same deal for you. if you live across the great lakes and northeast, a clipper system. the one yesterday threw clouds at you and light rain, too. now it's offshore from new york. you see it right there, i labeled it with this "l." here's the other "l," low-pressure region towards ontario with the cold front behind it. not as much energy with this secondary one. but enough to get line rain across ontario, western new york. trying to squeeze out a little snow towards western pennsylvania. it's not reaching the ground as snow.
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it is falling as rain. all these pockets of downpours are coming on through. again, it's on the light side. but it is working eastward. it's going to be like that all morning. look at the rain just outside buffalo. you see in southtown, it is moving towards the east towards the finger lakes. scattered showers in central new york today. boston, the tail end of the first system still worki ining way through massachusetts. those two areas of pressure converge into one. it's going to give you a windy day for the east coast tomorrow. look down south across florida. here's the way it goes. frontal boundary by the florida straits. another one up towards the north. rain and thundershowers. we'll find them once again today. mainly from a line of miami towards west palm. most of these are inland right now. we'll see more of this action later today. that's something we're watching. also, we're still in hurricane season, lasts through november 30th. tropical storm ida right now, 70-mile-per-hour sustained winds. actually 75, turned into a hurricane about two minutes ago. glad i had the auto update on.
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hurricane ida, category 1 storm, 75-mile-per-hour sustained winds, moving inland right now. tremendous amounts of rain. that's what we'll find over the next couple days towards nicaragua, honduras. if it survives this land mass, it may get back into the open water sometime over the weekend. something we'll have to watch if it makes it to the gulf by next week sometime. it's something we're watching. we're not done with hurricane season yet. a brand-new hurricane, 75-mile-per-hour winds. >> kind of feels like it's been a little while. >> yeah, since august since we've been talking about tropical systems. it's been a long time. >> thanks so much. no waiting, no lines. how a professional sports team got the h1n1 vaccine while thousands of ordinary folks had to wait. and the parents of a college student who disappeared during a metall metallica concert and a message for the person who may have her. morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade.
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let's salute our troops together. today's salute is from hernandez. it's to her husband army sergeant luis hernandez. allison says he is truly her soul mate, and he's extremely missed. >> this is allison hernandez. i'm sending a salute to my husband in afghanistan, sergeant luis hernandez, serving with the 10th mountain division. i'm so proud of you, babe, and you're extremely missed. i love you and i am so excited to see you on r&r. you are my soul mate, my love and my best friend, and i can't wait to be with you again. me and the kids love you and miss you so much. muah! >> if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin.
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i'm jennifer westhoven. the bill that was passed by the senate is meant to extend jobless benefits up to 20 weeks. well, that's helped for a lot of people, but they also tucked something in there if you're thinking about buying a home. now, you should know that economists say that that big $8,000 tax credit, it has helped stabilize the housing market for now. the irs says so far about 1.5 million people are trying to take advantage of it. but it was due to run out at the end of the month. but it has now been extended. it will last all the way through june. now, you know the first part. first-time homebuyers qualify for up to $8,000 back in your federal income taxes. but here's what's new. if you've been in your home for more than five years and you own your home, and maybe you've been thinking, i'd like to move, but the housing market's pretty difficult, well, you could qualify for a $6,500 tax credit. the senate also raised the income cap up to $225,000 for a couple. okay.
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you want a smartphone, maybe one of the new ones and you use verizon? better make sure you love that phone and the service before you sign anything. verizon is doubling that early termination fee to $350. if you get a smartphone. that's the highest fee we've seen out there. this is according to some newspaper reports. now, remember, that's a fee if you decide you don't like the service, you can't just walk away. you've got to pay this huge fee. it does come down over time, but still, this will start november 15th. you should know some of the back story out there on some of the blogs, they say that people are coming in, buying things like the blackberry storm 2 and then quitting the service and selling the phone on ebay. that's their side, but everybody gets punished. >> it's good to have a heads up in case you're ready to sign a contract. appreciate it. some say republicans' best chance to recapture the white house is with a preacher turned politician. a new "usa today" gallup poll
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finds mike huckabee may be the top gop presidential contender. about 40% of those surveyed shows huckabee. 39% shows former massachusetts governor mitt romney. 33% tap former alaska governor sarah palin. none of the three, though, have announced a formal presidential bid. the parents of the virginia tech student who disappeared during a metallica concert are asking for volunteers to help search for her. morgan herrington disappeared october 17th. the new search begins tomorrow. yesterday her parents said they will stop at nothing until she is found. >> be strong. we are trying to find you. we will never stop. we are trying, honey. hang on. and to the person who has taken morgan from us, please just let her go.
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she has so much more to live and so much more to give. please let her come back to her family. we need her. >> police say they have no new information. there is a $150,000 award for nfs leading to her whereabouts. the son of nba legend michael jordan says that he only wants to wear the shoes, you know, endorsed by his father. but his decision has caused his college basketball team for a sponsorship. and a stunt pilot giving students a ride of a lifetime. why it will help kids in the future.
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♪ get ready to jump ♪ don't ever look back officials missed several opportunities to catch the man
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accused of holding jaycee dugard captive for 18 years. a report from california's inspector general says officials who were monitoring phillip garrido did not investigate why there were utility wires running from his house to the backyard compound. they also misclassified garrido as a low-risk sex offender despite his rape conviction in 1977. >> we agree that serious errors were made over the last ten years. we, obviously, deeply regret any error that could have possibly resulted in the victims living under these conditions for even one additional day. >> the report also says that dugard repeatedly tried to conceal her identity when she was rescued by police. she told authorities that she was hiding from an abusive husband in minnesota, and even garrido -- even defended garrido. he and his wife have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the kidnapping. the party is on in new york city. you might hear it from where
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you're sitting. the yankees have won the world series. here's rafer with more. rafer, we're hearing it. >> yeah. i think they're just starting to go to bed now. yankee fans. good morning, natasha. yeah, the yankees christened their new ballpark the best way possible, with a world series title. and this team had amazingly high expectations but lived up to them, beating the phillies to win their 27th title, and the celebration was on. derek jeter getting congratulations. for alex rodriguez, this was sweet redemption. this is a guy who is -- that's jeter there -- there's rodriguez hoisting the trophy. never delivered in the postseason. and i'm told that the celebration in the locker room was pretty festive. a little out of control there. nick swisher probably should have been wearing goggles. that champagne hurts the eyes. michael jordan's son, marcus, cost the school a shoe sponsorship deal. he plays for ucf which has a deal with adidas. but after he wore his dad's air
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jordans, the spokesman says they're not going to continue future sponsorships. some support jordan's family allegiance while others say he wasn't a team player. what are you saying about it? teresa wrote on our facebook page saying, i say let him show family pride. michael is deserving of it as well as his son. michael from durham, north carolina, where jordan has some roots, it doesn't matter whose kid refuses to wear adidas shoes. central florida had a contract with adidas in which it lost. if the kid doesn't wear them, he doesn't play. it's that simple. perhaps a duke fan, that young man? agree? disagree? go to cnn.com/robin. we'll try to read them all morning. with all the negative attention weighing heavily on his heart, brandon spikes about the right thing, asked to serve a full-game suspension for apparently trying to gouge the eyes out of a georgia running back. his coach, urban meyer, got criticism because he only suspended him for half a game. spikes said, you know what? just suspend me for the whole
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game. good for him for showing maturity. shame on his coach for putting him in that position. that's a look at sports. >> i wasn't expecting that. i got to tell you. >> me neither. let's check in with meteorologist bob van dillen. how's air travel looking? >> so far, so good. pretty tranquil week if you're trying to get in and out of the airports. weak clipper system coming in towards buffalo. rain, same with pittsburgh towards cleveland, ultimately into nyc later today. we had some rain, some low clouds earlier this morning. that was right around new york. it's off the coast now. same with philly. watch for 30 to one-hour delays. you can tell i stayed up to watch the yankees. charlotte and cleveland, gusty winds. more of that in half a minute. >> a couple more hours? hang in there. get some coffee. well, a hospital is expanding to house a possible spike in flu patients. the new flu unit is actually in the parking lot. and a traveling basketball team gives new meaning to the term
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"old-school." meet the granny globetrotters. @
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after a five-day search, a missing baby was found alive hidden in a box underneath her baby-sitter's bed. the baby-sitter, her husband and the mother -- and the baby's mother have been arrested but not yet charged. the baby has been placed in protective custody. some gay rights activists say that president obama is partly to blame for a stinging election loss in maine. voters there rejected a law that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry. activists say that mr. obama did not publicly defend the law enough even though he supports gay civil rights. a woman missing for about a year has been identified as one of the 11 bodies found at a registered sex offender's home. authorities say tonia carmichael
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was buried in his backyard. her daughter says that carmichael struggled with drug addiction. relatives say police ignored their missing persons reports. secretary of state hillary clinton will represent the obama administration for saturday's commissioning of the "uss new york." that's what an anonymous white house official tells the a.p. the bow contains about 7.5 tons of steel from the world trade center towers. and those are some of the headlines we're following for you this thursday morning. it is thursday. welcome back. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade. swine flu
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for the next couple days, we really have our eye set on the storm. it's hurricane ida. looks like it's beginning to make landfall right around that nicaragua coast. it's not moving very fast at all. it's only drifting to the northwest at about seven miles per hour. it's a weak hurricane. 75-mile-per-hour sustained winds but enough to generate big swells across the coast. also, tremendous amounts of rainfall. watch the path of this thing as it basically hugs the coast of nicaragua in towards honduras. hopefully it rains itself out, but if it does emerge into the caribbean, it may begin to pick up steam over the weekend. then if it hits the yucatan peninsula and goes on through, it may end up in the gulf of mexico sometime next week.
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so the gulf coast, texas, all the way through louisiana, keep your eyes peeled on the storm over the next seven days. obviously, we have a lot of time to watch it. but 25 inches of rain, that's what we'll get across the coast of nicaragua. that is just dangerous mudslide material. that's exactly what we'll hear reports of in the next couple days. to the northeast, we have a weak area of low pressure. it's a clipper-type system. it's a different one from yesterday, but it is moving through the great lakes. you can see the light rain with that. all the blue is light rain, and the pittsburgh radar picks it up pretty well. it's around eastern parts of ohio, back in towards western pa. more rain around buffalo, too. you see the radar picture there. all that sliding in towards the finger lakes later this afternoon. and the end stages of yesterday's clipper is still working through eastern parts of massachusetts. real light rainfall, but it's out there. eastern massachusetts, parts of rhode island, too. get away from that, heavier downpours across southern florida. that's because of a front to the south. thunderstorms will be more prevalent this afternoon than what we're looking at this morning. but it's out there just off the coast of miami, west palm, ft. lauderdale, too. more details in just a bit.
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natasha, good to see you on a thursday, right? >> it is thursday. we're almost to friday, bob. >> there you go. >> see you soon. well, sex addiction was the topic that got hln's joy behar all riled up. check out her interview with dr. drew pinsky and some of the stars of the show on treating sex addiction. >> on your show, you have eight good-looking sex addicts living together. now, isn't that a recipe for disaster? >> no. well, maybe in the joy behar sex rehab program, but in mine it's a professional environment. just like keeping a bunch of drug addicts together. yes, they do drugs, they do them together -- >> but drug addicts are different because there's no drugs are there. good-looking people. >> we really wanted it. >> really wanted what? >> sobriety. a lot of those people are desperate. >> catch "the joy behar show" at 9:00 p.m. here on "hln." you've been trying to keep your family free of the h1n1
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flu. today there is a warning for people with pets. and a proud mother was told that she had to take down her banner at a football game. why the stadium said, hey, it's got to go.
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♪ you look so beautiful tonight ♪ should we add pets to the list of h1n1 concerns right now? according to the american veterinary medical association, the answer is yes. a cat in iowa has tested positive for the virus. and doctors say that the cat appears to have gotten it from a person who was sick in the
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house. the cat has since recovered, and the association says besides humans, h1n1 has been found in birds, pigs and ferrets. police say a teenager who confessed to killing a child and putting him in a dryer admitted that he molested the 4-year-old. after affidavit revealed in court yesterday says that 14-year-old raul castro allegedly lured his young neighbor into his house and molested him. but later panicked when the child threatened to tell and drowned the boy in a bathtub. the victim's family is having a tough time coping. >> with things as horrible as that, you have to just rely on things of a higher nature. and that's truly what they've done, and that's what's carrying them through this. >> the child's family and friends held a vigil tuesday night. castro has been charged as an adult. his family describes him as a good boy who's never been in trouble. the crackdown on your creditors. lawmakers in washington have
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voted to slap tough new rules on credit card companies. our money expert, jennifer westhoven's, looking out for you. what's this all about? >> this is like a fight between the democrats in the house and credit card companies. basically the democrats say they feel duped. they voted to slap tough new rules on companies sooner rather than later to speed up those new credit card rules to start december 1st instead of waiting until february. so the bill would, if approved, effectively freeze rates and fees for nine months. the lawmakers said they heard too many complaints from you, from their voters, saying that they were getting heaped with charges, rates, fees as banks tried to take advantage of the window. some of the lawmakers basically said, you know, these banks asked us for time to handle the paperwork. instead they used the time to hit everybody with fees. new york democrat carolyn maloney said, quote, the credit card companies brought this on themselves. kellogg is pulling a label from the rice krispie boxes that
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claim the cereal boosts your child's immunity. some thought it played into fears of the swine flu. a san francisco city attorney called the company out, saying kellogg's was trying to cash in on the fear. kellogg's said that wasn't the point. it did that because it added in antioxidants, but it will pull the label anyway. back to you. >> very interesting. all right. thanks, jen. okay. so do you think you know the news? we want you to prove it. challenge your friends. challenge yourself. and test your knowledge. you can pick your favorite anchor like our very own robin meade. it leads you right through it. play plow at cnnchallenge.com. there she is. the yankees are celebrating their record 27th world series championship. what it all came down to for their big win. and with the military actively looking to recruit new troops, a new study says that some of the people they're looking at may not be fit for active service.
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there is a memorial service planned today for the three missing college softball players who were found dead this week in north dakota. their jeep was submerged in a pond. the sheriff says they apparently drove into it in the dark.
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and friends and classmates at dickenson state university gathered to remember them. also their families threw roses and softballs into the pond where they were found. a loud boom scared people out of bed in texas overnight. look at the flames from a gas pipeline explosion. authorities say the blast destroyed a home, damaged several others, and even melted window blinds. at least three people got hurt, and dozens had to evacuate. >> my first concern was my friend that lives down the street right next to that pipeline. >> just removing the folks from the hazard, and that's, you know, when the law enforcement steps in, assist us with evacuation. that's the main thing right now. you can't really remove the hazard away from the people exposed, so you, you know, obviously, got to get them out. >> authorities say the fire is now under control. and everyone has been allowed to go home. well, as investigators look for more bodies in a home in ohio, the suspect in that case is being looked at in at least one attack in another state.
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>> the excavation goes on in the cleveland home, a three-story home of former marine anthony sole. the body count has actually risen. it is now at 11. and we learned tonight that sole may be linked to other crimes on women in california. >> more on this case tonight on "nancy grace" at 8:00 p.m. eastern here on "hln." a proud military mom says that she was told to take down her banner supporting the troops at a recent nfl game. she says though she flies it proudly wherever she goes. karen williams tied it to a railing near her seat, but your honorers told her, it's got to go. >> that hurt so bad because all's we're trying to do is show these young gentlemen and women that we support them. >> the stadium says the removal had nothing to do with the content but rather the fact that it was tied to the railing. well, most of us are
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munching on halloween candy, but the christmas tree's already going up at the biltmore house in north carolina. it took crews all day yesterday to decorate the tree. however, this particular tree won't make it to december 25th. it's going to be replaced by a fresher tree closer to christmas. and i've been in there. they go all out with the decorations, i tell you what. the celebration is on in new york as the yankees are world champions once again. here's rafer weigel. rafer, i'm starting to feel bad for the phillies. >> don't feel bad for the phillies because they won it last year. >> okay, okay. >> so now the yankees won it this year. but it would be nice if maybe another team would win it next year. but the yankees do know how to celebrate. this is their 27th title but their first since 2000, so that's a long time to suffer. it's also their first in their new $1.3 billion stadium. and how sweet it was. >> series over!
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yankees win! the yankees win! >> and sweet redemption for alex rodriguez. a guy who had never won a world series title. so they're probably still celebrating in new york right now. kids, get to bed. michael jordan's son, marcus, played in his first game, and he already cost the school millions of dollars. marcus playing in central florida's first game wore his dad's nike air jordans. here's the problem. the school has a deal with adidas reportedly worth about 2 million bucks or around there. as a result, adidas says it won't renew its deal with ucf which expires next year. what is your take? how do you feel about it? kathy says he can wear them at home if he's a team player, then he should be a team player. in other words, he should have worn adidas. meanwhile, mariela, we all have heros in our lives, and if he looks up to his father like that, let him wear it. i'm tired of society telling us what to wear. we're all individuals, let us be. agree or disagree? go to cnn.com/robin. click on the facebook icon. either way, nike should probably
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step up now and sponsor that school. i'm thinking m.j. has their number. a canadian government official was fired for giving the flu vaccine for the calgary flames hockey team while thousands, including women and children, waited in line to get it last week. a spokesman for the alberta government said more people may be punished. a flames' spokesman said the team and their families got the vaccine at a private location, and they said they went through the proper channels, or so they thought. while some in their 80s might be playing shuffleboard or netting, not these seniors. meet the granny globetrotters. >> yes. >> 80 and over. some are in their 90s. and they traveled across the state of texas playing in exhibition games. and they got skills. there is the team's point guard. she's 88 years old and says she just took up the sport. >> i bet she could dunk on me, too. >> do not be fooled by their age. these women are very fierce. >> love it. well, a guy got arrested for allegedly driving drunk on halloween night. and it's cost him -- oops --
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might have given him away. he was dressed in a breathalyzer outfit. that story new for you in about 15 minutes. here's the stories to watch out for today in your "morning express" planner. former new york city police commissioner bernard kerik is expected to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge. corruption, tax fraud, and lying to the white house. then at 1:00 p.m., sacramento mayor kevin johnson will unveil a three-year plan to try to eliminate homelessness in the city. later this afternoon, president obama will host a tribal nations conference at the white house and representatives from each of the 564 federally recognized tribes are expected. police call it the home depot of stolen property. officers in missouri city, missouri, found pickup trucks, farm equipment, brand new appliances in a field here outside of a dilapidated house. there was a report that someone
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had shot at a neighbor's doll dog. they found an 8-year-old living in the home with a loose python. deputies arrested a woman and are looking for a man who they saw get away. loose python. that would freak me out, bob. >> are you sure that wasn't three stories put together? what? what else can you add? you've got the field full of stolen goods and abandoned boy and a loose python. >> the breathalyzer costume i can't wait to talk about. >> somehow we can get carrie prejean in there. no delays to tell you about. light showers a possibility in new york city. could slow you down for the afternoon push. watch for a half hour delay. miami, more thunderstorms in southern florida, slow you down 30 minutes or so. san francisco, low clouds headed in, possibility of rain this afternoon, too, half hour delay. seattle, great chance of rain, heavy at times, 30-minute to one-hour delays. closing arguments of have
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wrapped up in a bizarre murder trial. why the defendant's weight is a key factor in the case. y8
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morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. let's salute our troops together. today's salute is from alison hernandez to her husband luiz hernandez. she says he's truly her soul mate and he's extremely missed. >> this is alison hernandez. will i'm sending a salute to my husband out in afghanistan. he's serving with the 10th mountain the division. i'm so proud of you, babe, and you're extremely missed. i love you, and i'm so excited to see you on r & r. you are my sowell matul mate, b friend. me and the kids love you and miss so much. >> if you have somebody in the service, we'd like to help you sa light them, cnn.com/robin. welcome back. i'm jennifer westhoven. if you want to move, listen to this. the senate has tucked a little
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gift for home buyers into that bill to extend unemployment benefits. more people could qualify for money to buy a home. we're not just talking about first-time home buyers anymore. if you've been in a home more than five years, you would get 6,500 e$6,500 to buy another on move. the original $8,000 kritd credi extended. you have to close by june. the economists say the tax credit has helped the housing market for now. they raised the income cap so you could qualify if you're a couple making up to $225,000 a year. say you want a smart phone. if you use verizon, you better make sure you love that phone and the service before you sign on any dotted lines because verizon, it's doubling the early termination fee to $350! that is according to newspaper reports. remember, that's the fee where if you don't like your service and you say, hey, i don't think you're doing a great job, they get to charge you.
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you have to pay to quit. that will be starting in november. some of the back-story by the way on some of the blogs is that some people were basically going in and buying really fancy phones and then just selling them on ebay. so we'll see. the parents of a missing teen say they will stop at nothing until she's found and they've got a message for whomever has their daughter.
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14 minutes past the hour. you've got to see this video of a prison awith a twist. a surveillance video shows an inmate attacking a 64-year-old guard here. he puts a chokehold on him. then another inmate, a couple of
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them, jump in to help the deputy. you can see them punching the guard's attacker. one used the radio to call tore backup. >> it's hard to point your finger at what provoked this, but it was fast the and violent. he struck him in the face and proceeded to lock into what it appears to be what's referred to a rear naked choke. it cuts off the blood supply. these inmates likely saved deputy moon's life. >> the jail commander says the guard was not seriously hurt. his alleged attacker was locked up on drug charges. prison official miss several opportunities to catch the man accused of holding jaycee dugard captain ip for 18 years. officials who were monitoring phillip garrido did not the investigate why there were utility wires running from his house to the backyard compound. they also misclassified consider gre garrido as a low-risk offender despite his rape conviction in
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1977. >> we agree that serious errors were made over the last ten years. we obviously deeply regret any error that could have possibly result nd the victims living under these conditions for one additional day. >> it also showed dugard repeatedly tried to conceal her identity. she told police she was hiding from ab an abusive husband in minnesota. even defended garrido. garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the kidnapping. 23 americans may be considered international actives after an italian judge accused them of convicted a terrorist. prosecutors say 22 of the americans are cia agents. the suspected terrorist said he was kidnapped in italy in 20 a3, then taken to egypt and tortured. the u.s. government has denied sending terrorists to countries that practice torture. the state department says the u.s. is disappointed with t
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verdict. gay rights activists say president obama is partly to blame for an election loss in maine. voters rejected a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. they say mr. obama did not publicly defend the law enough even though he supports gay civil rights. 53% of those who went to the polls voted to repeal the law. the parents of the virginia tech student who disappeared last month during a metallica concert are asking for volunteers to help search for her this weekend. morgan harrington disappeared october 17th. the new search for her starts tomorrow. yesterday her parents say they will stop at nothing until she's found. >> be strong. we are trying to find you. we will never stop. we are trying, honey. hang on. and to the person who has taken morgan from us, please just let
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her go. she has so much more to live and so much more to give. please let her come back to her family. we need her. >> police say they are continuing to follow the leads in the case, but they have no new information. there is a $150,000 reward for information leading to harrington's whereabouts. people who are obese have a greater risk of getting certain types of cancer. the american institute for cancer research says that more than 100,000 new cases are linked to extra body weight, including breast and colon cancer. experts say people can lower their risk by losing weight, increasing physical activity, and eating healthier. it was a day at the races, the bug races is what we're talking about here. students and teachers at palm beach atlantic university in florida got together for their annual cockroach race. check it out. the tradition was started by the school science club.
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competitors say their roaches have been in some heavy-duty training. >> let them will run around for a bit, get them warned up. >> we're training as we speak. >> are you? >> sure. it's climbing the sides. >> the winning roach coach took home a grand prize of $100. >> how do you corral something like that? >> oh! how do you go near it? >> how does it know where to go? >> yuck. okay, shake it off. the celebration is on in new york right now as the yankees once again are the world champions. this is bigger and better than roaches if you ask me. here's rafer. >> especially if you're from new york. you know, we've been talking about alex rodriguez and how big he's been in this series and probably it was because of kate hudded son, there he is hoisting the trophy. but the world series mvp was hideki matsui from japan. his nickname is god zil la.
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he had a monster game, knocked in six runs, tying a world series record. george steinbrenner who paid $00 million for this team was too frail to see the win in person, but no doubt george was smiling. michael jordan's son marcus played in his first game and cost his school millions of dollars. he wore his dad's nike air jordansed. the problem is the school has a deal with adidas worth reportedly around $2 million. as a result, adidas says it won't renew its deal next year when it expires. what do you guys say about this? jordan jr. needs to be a team player and wear the adidas and his dad should make sure he does. meanwhile, another facebooker says, marcus should want to be his own player. he shouldn't use his dad's name to be try to be different from the other players. that is from michael. whose side are you on? go to cnn.com/robin, click on
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the facebook icon. either way, i think nike needs to step up and pick up you the sponsorship in 2010. after all the negative attention, brandon spikes asked to serve a full-game suspension for doing this, trying to gouge the eyes of a georgia running back. his coach urban meyer only suspended him half a game, got criticism. spikes, good for him, says, just suspend me a full game. it's too bad his coach officials put him in that position where he had to be the one to say. i'm impressed with him stepping up, though. >> watching that video, ugh. 75% of 17 to 24-year-olds in the u.s. are a threat to national security. not because they're spies, though. a study coming out today it says it's because they're not fit for service in the military. physical condition mostly obesity is the reason in about
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half the cases. illegal drug use and too many dement children are the next reasons. just when you thought the saga involving former miss california u.s. carrie prejean couldn't get stranger, now we're hearing about a sex tape. what?
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after a five-day search, a missing baby was found alive hidden in a box underneath her babysitter's bed. the baby sitter, her husband and the baby's mother have been arrested but not charged. the baby has been placed in protective custody. one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country is expected to put its the support behind health care reform today. the associated press reports the aarp will endorse the trillion-dollar proposal from house democrats. lawmakers are expected to vote on the thing on saturday. the party is still probably going strong in the bronx. that is after the new york yankees won their unprecedented 27th will world championship. they knocked out the phillies last night in game six.
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ticker tape parade is scheduled for tomorrow in new york city. folks very excited, as you can see. those are your headlines this morning. welcome back. it's thursday. police released 911 calls that capture some of the la last words of a new jersey priest. reverend ed heinz was stabbed 32 times. investigators tell wabc that he called 911 but got disconnected. when dispatchers called back, they say the church janitor accused of killing him actually picked up the phone. now, listen to both calls here. >> just eerie.
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you could hear the priest in the background there. the tea party express is headed to texas today. it is the latest stop on a nationwide bus tour orgted by conservati conservatives. they want to stop congress from passing a government-run health care plan. but in alabama yesterday people on both sides of the debate showed up to their event. >> it just gives the government too much control over our health care system. it sets up a public option. it puts multiple different taxes on the people. >> we think it's a moral issue, health care is a human right. it should not be based on only given to the people who can pay for it. >> the tour will stop at eight cities in texas over the next three days. while thousands are still waiting to get the h1n1 vaccine, one hockey team had no trouble getting the thing and now some are upset about this. here's rafer weigel with more. rafer, what happened? >> well, the calgary flames are under fire, so to speak, for
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what some are calling special treatment. a canadian government official was fired for giving the vaccine to the team while thousands, including women and children, waited in line to get it last week. now, a spokesman for the alberta government said more people may be punished as a result of this. a flames spokesman said the team and their families all got the vaccine at a private location and believe that they went through the proper channels. >> thank you very much. you know what? let's move on to another story. some republicans say the best chance to recapture the white house is with a preacher turned politician. a new "usa today" gallup poll say huckabee may be the top contender. about 40% of those surveyed chose huckabee. 39% chose former massachusetts governor mitt romney, 33% tapped sarah palin. none of the three have announced a formal presidential bid. your car may soon have air bags that are mounted in seat
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belts. ford motor company says they're going to put seat belt-mounted air bags in the back seat of the 2011 explorer. here is a picture of one. these bags will inflate more gently than those in the front seat and have cooler air which will make them safer for children. ford will be the first automaker to mass-produce the technology. we have breaking news to talk about here. the government says the number of people who filed for new jobless claims fell last week. let check in with jennifer in a couple of minutes. let's go to meteorologist bob van dillen is get our forecast. anybody getting snow? >> snow? you may see a couple of flurries around central ny, central p.a. it's a clipper going on through. it will quickly change over to rain. let me start off showing you what it looks like around florida. here is your frontal boundary around miami, showers, thunderstorms. you can see them redevelop inland later this afternoon. some of these could be heavy
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rain makers, could see as much as half an inch of rain over these guys over the next couple of hours. mostly onshore, light showers moving in. total for 24 hours, could see as much as a half inch of rain. as for the hurricane, let me show you the path of this thing, hurricane ida off the shore of nicaragua, currently almost hugging the shore. category 1 storm. watch the path, up through nicaragua, basically honduras as well. you can see it's mostly on land, the circulation. good news. it doesn't look like it will strengthen much, but the heavy rain out there 24 to 36 hours, could produce as much as 20 to 25 inches of rain, muddedslides is a good possibility. then we get away from there, to the west coast. i want to show you our newest storm off the shore of the pacific. this is seattle, down through portland, the clouds are blasting their way through the states. look at the rain now beginning to show up on that radar out of seattle. that rain is going to turn heavy at times, specifically later today. you could get as much as two
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inches of rain for the mountains. that in a little bit. hey, your home state there. more rain. >> it is. rain something that's probably expected. >> they don't need much more. >> no. thanks, bob. so you think you know the news, but we really want you to try to prove it here. challenge your friends, yourself, telephone yost yourse. pick your favorite anchor at cnn challenge.com. >> it's fun. a label that claimed a cereal boosts your child's immunity is being yankeded. why kellogg is backing off its immunity claims. plus, these grandmothers are playing basketball and they are w winning, folks. wait until you meet the granny globetrotterss.
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breaking news on the job market this morning. the government says the number of people filing for unemployment claims for the first time fell last week. that's good news. the number went down 20,000 to 512,000 people, still more than half a million people signing up for benefits for the first time, the lowest number we've seen since january. stock markets have been pretty jittery ahead of these jobs numbers, swinging pretty wildly in the past week. the big number, of course, comes tomorrow. but they're looking closely at the job market because the economy can't really come back until consumers come back, right? that's you. you can't spend if you don't have a joob job. again, the big number coming tomorrow. today's number being watched for clues about the number tomorrow. there there's some thinking we could see unemployment hit 10% tomorrow. the house has voted to slap tough new rules on credit card companies sooner rather than
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later. this bill would speed up those new credit card rules to start december 1st instead of waiting until february. it's just the house bill, but it would effectively freeze rates and fees for nine months. and those lawmakers said, hey, they had heard from you, from their constituents. they said a lot of voters complained that banks were heaping up the charges and the fees before the new rules went into effect. they say people are vulnerable right now. they couldn't take that. new york democrat carolyn maloney said, the credit card companies brought this on themselves. the house democrats sounded pretty upset about the credit card companies' behavior in the past few weeks. kellogg is going to pull a label off the box of rice crispies and cocoa krispies. they claim the cereal can boost your child's immunity. it has to do with the h1n1 virus. the san francisco city attorney basically called out the company, suggesting kellogg's was trying to cash in on fear about the swine flu.
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kellogg's said that wasn't the point, that they had added antioxidants to the cereals but they said they will pull that label. sex addiction. that was the topic that got hln's joy behar all riled up last night. check out her interview with dr. drew pinsky and some of the stars on his new show. >> on your show you have eight good looking sex addicts living together. isn't that a recipe for disaster? >> no. it's a professional environment, just like keeping a bunch of drug addicts together. yes, drug addicts do drugs. >> drug addicts are different because drugs aren't there. >> we really wanted it. >> you really wanted what? >> sexual sobriety. a lot of those people were desperate. >> i think there's going to be a lot of drama on that show. somebody got kicked off. you you can catch joy behar's show 9:00 p.m. eastern time here on hln. you've been trying to keep
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you and your family free of the h1n1 flu. well, today there's a warning not just for people but for your pets. plus -- some closing arguments have wrapped up in a bizarre murder trial. why the defendant's weight is a key factor in the case.
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check out the flames from a gas pipeline explosion. the loud boom scared people right out of bed in the texas panhandle. the blast destroyed a home, damaged several others and even melted window mriends. at least three people got hurt and dozens evacuated. the authorities say the fire is now under control. premature births may be the main reason the u.s. infant mortality rate is higher than most european countries. a government study finds out about one in eight u.s. babies are premature. experts say reasons is the increasing use of c-sections and labor of-inducing drugs, poor access to prenatal drug, maternal obesity smoking.
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but premature babies born in the u.s. are more likely to survive than those born elsewhere. swine flu forced a school district to stop their program for perfect attendance. school officials say it boosted test scores and qualified them for state money, but they don't want kids spreading h1n1 just so they won't miss class. >> in this time of a very potentially unprecedented flu season, we do not want to encourage children to come to school if they're not feeling well. >> the superintendent says last year during flu season so many kids called out sick they had to have makeup days on saturdays. here is a question about the swine flu. should we add pets to the list of h1n1 concerns? according to the american veterinarian and medical association, yes. a cat in iowa has tested positive for the virus and doctors say that the cat appears to have gotten it from a person who was sick in the house.
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the cat has since recovered and the association says that besides humans h1n1 has been founded in bigs, birds and ferrets. a jury could decide today if being overweight is a good murder defense. edward aides is accuse shooting his former son-in-law. he weighed 285 pounds tetd and his lawyers say he didn't have the stamina to run up the stairs, shoot someone and drive 21 hours to his mom's house. prosecutors agree he's not physically fit but say he is capable of planning and carrying out the killing. to baseball. the celebration is on in new york as the yankees are world champions once again. here's rafer weigel with more on that. hey, rafer. >> good morning, natasha. the empire strikes back. it is their 27th world series title, more than anybody else. but their first since 2000 and their first in their new $1.3 billion stadium. how sweet it was.
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>> the yankees win! >> incidentally, when the yankees opened their old stadium in 1923, they won the championship that year. the team keeps winning every time they open a new park. congrats to them. michael jordan's son played in his first college game and cost his team millions. he wore his dad's nike air jordans. the problem is his school has a deal with adidas. as a result adidas said, no, wre not going to renew our deal with ucf when expires next year. what are your thoughts on this? alex posted, why would the coach let him play? he's technically out of uniform and should be benched. the kid may be selfish but it's the coach's fault. if he wants to wear his dad's shoes, then fine. have michael jordan or nike sponsor the team.
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that's what i'm saying. nike should pick up the tab. do you agree, disagree? go to cnn.com/robin. we'll read your thoughts on the air if we can. >> i'm curious what his teammates think. in other news, friends family and students gathered to remember three dickinson state university softball players, found dead on tuesday. it was a very emotional scene at the school student union. classes incidentally are going to be canceled today. the three women were found in an suv submerged in a pond near the campus on tuesday. police do not suspect foul play at this point. and then lastly this will cheer you up. while some in their 80s might be playing shuffle board, these seniors are putting the granny in the granny shot. i give you the granny glob trotters. ault of these women 80 and over, some in their 90s. and they've got skills. they travel all over texas playing in exhibition games. the team's point guard is 88 years young. >> that so cool.
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>> she said she just took up the sport. >> wow. >> see, you're never too older or young to take off new things and excel. >> exactly. love that. >> love that shot. here we go. >> that's what you call a granny shot. the family of that connecticut woman attacked by a chimpanzee in february wants to sue the state for $150 million. charla nash was mauled and blinded when she tried to help catch the chimp. her attorney said the environmental protection department had been getting warnings for several years before the attack. connecticut's attorney general is reviewing the claim, but says the amount seems unprecedented. police call it the home depot of stolen property. officers in missouri city, missouri, found pickup trucks, farm equipment, brand new alliances in this field outside a dilapidated house. deputies were checking out reports that someone there had shot at a neighbor's dog. and get this, they also found an 8-year-old boy living in the
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home with a loose python. deputies arrested a woman and are looking for a man they saw get away. our money expert clark howard, he expert clark howard serves in the georgia state guard. clark and robin teamed up to help soldiers and you to save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. >> i have about five more working years that i'm going to invest. i don't get my reserve retirement until i'm 59 1/2, but we'll still have extra money to invest during that time. what would be the best thing to look into for end of career type investments? >> okay. let me ask you a tough question, if you quit working at 59 1/2, you know the odds are you'll live maybe another 30 years or so. are you confident that you're going to have enough money five years from now that you will be able to carry yourself the rest of your life?
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>> pending a market crash, unless there's a market crash, i expect to have enough by the time i hit 60. >> so you feel comfortable that you are going to be able to bag work at 60, boom, you're done? >> well, i might not want to quit work. i still like to work. >> but do you understand why i'm asking this question? i want to make sure that you are in a position -- and although i was talking to a young soldier about doing a roth account. for you doing a roth is even better because you're allowed to do what's known as catch-up. you can do an extra $1,000 a year at $6,000 each year to a roth account. and i would do that for these next five years. >> watch operation clark smarts this weekend at 6:00 a.m. noon and 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. well, time has been running out for millions of people who cannot get a job. their unemployment benefits could end before the holiday
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unless lawmakers take some serious action. but looks like they may not be allowed to deliver a huge lifeline.
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hey, good morning, i'm natasha curry, robin meade's off today. here are the stories making headlines on "morning express" right now. we are getting new video of a missing infant found alive after five days. you've got to hear the emotional sound from the sheriff who found her. plus a former miss california usa went on the offensive when pageant officials took away her crown. but sources say that all changed when a sex tape surfaced. plus, surveillance cameras caught an inmate attacking a prison guard that may not surprise you. but you've got to see who came to his rescue. first this morning, our top story, police have now recovered 11 bodies from a registered sex
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offender's home. we've learned the identity of one of the victims. authorities identified her as tonia carmichael. police say she was buried in the backyard with marks indicating she was strangled. the grim discovery did not surprise her family, though. >> this is what i've been saying since monday when, you know, we were called to the coroner's office and since this story broke, we automatically knew this was going to be her. all of these women have not yet been identified -- >> right. >> -- fortunately my mother was the first victim to be identified and that gives us closure on knowing where she is. but we're not happy about the way the police are trying to spin it. >> sowell showed no emotion in court here yesterday. he is charged with five murders. his attorney wants him to get a psychiatric evaluation. she says sowell is an ex-marine
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with a heart condition. and police are no longer calling sowell a convicted rapist. he was charged with a 1989 rape but pleaded guilty to attempted rape in a plea deal. well, lawmakers are throwing a lifeline to millions of americans struggling right now to find jobs. our money expert jennifer westhoven's here. looks like it's on the fast track. >> this is something that the senate could actually agree on. they passed this bill yesterday, 98-0 to extend benefits. it could get to the house floor today. so it's not law yet if you're counting on this benefit extension. but there are hundreds of thousands of out of work americans who could get longer benefits, even through the holidays because of this. that's good news in a bad economy. now, here's how it breaks down. in the states you see in red here, that's where unemployment is higher. and folks there, they'll get 20 more weeks of checks. clearly lawmakers trying to get -- trying to speed things up before tomorrow's big unemployment report. the states in the middle, they
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would get 14 weeks there. and tomorrow's expected headline could be that the unemployment rate nationally has hit 10%. it's been at about 9.8%. so it's been very close. it's something a little bit of a milestone that will probably be in the press a lot and i think that the senators are wanting to look like they're in action. a little gift for home buyers, not just first-time home buyers either. well, new this morning, the latest video of a baby girl missing for five days. she was found alive underneath her babysitter's bed in florida. police say 7-month-old shannon dedrick had been put inside a box. and police say she appeared healthy. >> we are the proud papas of a little girl. this is shannon, we found her safe, we do not usually get the
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happy endings that we happen here today. if you want to see a bunch of grown men cry. tonight when we rushed her to the hospital, we all called it home for a little while to let them know we'd found this baby safe. >> wow. deputies have arrested the babysitter, her husband, and the child's mother. but so far they have not released what charges all three may be facing. another news conference is scheduled for noon, but it is so good to see her safe and alive. the party is on in new york city, folks, the yankees in case you missed it, they won the world series. >> it is the yankees' 27th world series title. that's more than any other team. so depending on where you're from, it was either -- you're either saying those damn yankees or it's 27th heaven. it is the team's first championship in their brand new park and their first in nine years. but the team with the huge
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payroll and huge expectations lived up into beating the phillies, and the celebration is probably still going on in the bronx and beyond. alex rodriguez hoisting the trophy. sweet redemption for that guy. he was not the story in this last game. and i'm told that the celebration in the locker room was pretty unruly. we're going to tell you who was the story in the game in about ten minutes. wait until you see the bags under bob's eyes because he was up all night watching them. i've got to give him a hard time because he wins again, lucky guy. >> he's celebrating and happy this morning. firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire at a school in bellingham, washington, about 90 miles north of seattle. now, the school was being remodelled there. there are reports that workers were doing some kind of welding work late last night. no injuries are being reported from the scene, but you can see fire crews working hard and they're going to get a handle
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with the ladder truck. i'll keep you posted. now let's get over to the sleepy bob van dillen. >> he's so angry, just because he's a cubs fan. never mind. let me show you what it looks like right now. you're looking at the west coast, lots of clouds blasting in to the packed northwest. look at the rain now beginning to pop up on the seattle radar. it's offshore, but toward the puget sound. and maybe 2 inches of rain near seattle down to portland over the next couple of days. it's another watch moving on in. as for the rest of the country, high pressure dominating the middle of the country. hardly anything going on here, but notice another clipper tight system dropping down through the great lakes with the cold front. the light rain showers are out there, light snow across the u.p., snow trying to mix in western new york and pennsylvania, right now it is falling as rain, maybe a flurry here or there. you can see the rain as it moves
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through western pennsylvania. heavier rain south of buffalo, even some thunderstorms out there. saw a couple of flashes of lightning. heavy rain for buffalo, you can see it over the city. that is going to move into the finger lakes, also the capital region. rain showers moving away in boston, good news there, and then down to the south, heavy rain anticipated across southern florida. another cold front here, showers and thunderstorms possible in miami through ft. lauderdale, as well. live in atlanta if you're traveling in or out of the big city. we are number one. most toxic city in the country. maybe by forbes magazine. that came out yesterday. something to be proud of. the sex tape may be the reason the former beauty queen
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morning sunshine. i'm robin meade. let's salute our troops together. today's salute is from allison hernandez to her husband luis hernandez. allison says he is truly her soul mate and extremely missed. >> and this is allison hernandez, i'm sending a salute to my husband in afghanistan, he's serving with the 10th division. i'm so proud of you, baby, and you're extremely missed. i love you and i am so excited to see you on r & r. you are my soul mate, my love, and my best friend and i can't wait to be with you again. me and the kids love you and miss you so much. >> if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, we'd like to help you, go to cnn.com/robin. all right. so far so good. let me take you live to the nation's capital. if you are traveling by air today, only one delay, it's a volume delay in newark.
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but look at the blue skies right by the nation's capitol. the winds may pick up just a touch later today. some light cloud cover, but the rain will be north of there. a lot of volume in and out of new york in the metro area, that's why you have the volume delay at newark liberty. light snow through western p.a. so far no delays. here's what we have for the rest of the day. probably delays around nyc, philly, charlotte, cleveland, thunderstorms possible down in miami, and seattle low clouds and rain. more details on that in a little bit. and now the other yankee fan in georgia. two of us. >> yeah, the people delayed in new york don't mind so much. >> they don't care. all right. this morning, the senate is planning to extend jobless benefits. if you want to move, listen up, hold on, we've got two things. tucked into a bill about extending unemployment benefits, the senate tucked in this little gift for home buyers.
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more people could qualify for money to buy a home and not just first-time buyers. if you've been in your home for more than five years, you get $6,500 to buy another one, and the original tax credit the $8,000 you've been hearing about that is extended till june. economists do say that the tax credit has helped the housing market for now. some say propped up. they also raised the income cap, meaning more can qualify for this. you can qualify if you're a couple making up to $250,000 a year. the government says the number of people who filed for jobless claims for the first time, well it was down in the latest week. that's good news, down by 20,000 people taking it to 512,000 people. so it's the lowest since january. but we're still talking about more than 500,000 people who basically got pink slips in the latest week. markets have been very jittery ahead of these numbers, looking a little better since the numbers went in the right direction.
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all right. we're going to run our small business success story. times are tough for the u.s. auto industry, but a company in the detroit area with a passion for motorcycles is stepping on the gas. stephanie elam goes along for the ride in our small business success. >> reporter: dave and james kay have always been motor heads, but the road to owning their own motorcycle business had bumps. dave was working on the options exchange in chicago and james was at a custom cycle shop in california. >> i wasn't very happy and my brother wasn't happy in his job. so he called me and he came up with the name, the detroit brothers, and i thought it was such a good name and great concept. >> so the siblings moved back home in 2002 and started making custom parts in their parents' garage. their business moved into the fast lane after they got a call from the discovery channel asking them to appear on biker
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build-off. >> at that point we decided we couldn't have them film out of our parents' garage, so we needed a shop. >> reporter: they make parts, designs, and build custom motorcycles. currently the guys are hosting a new tv show called "motor city motors." >> this is an amazing opportunity for us to get another level of exposure for our business. >> out of their parents' garage, on to a tv show, and a cool new shop. hey, maybe your business has done something like that or you think it's an even better story. well, take a video of it. take a video i-report, upload it to us cnn.com/robin. and who knows, if we like what we see, you can be next on "morning express." the son of nba legend michael jordan says he only wanted to wear the shoes endorsed by his dad, but his decision has really cost his school.
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prison officials missed several opportunities to catch the man accused of holding jaycee dugard captive for 18 years. a report from california's inspector general says officials who were monitoring phillip garrido did not investigate why there were utility wires running from his house to the backyard compound. they also misclassified garrido as a low-risk sex offender despite his rape conviction in 1997. >> we agreed that serious errors were made over the last ten years. we obviously deeply regret any
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error that could've resulted in the victims living in these conditions for one additional day. >> the report also says that dugard repeatedly tried to conceal her identity when she was rescued by police. she told authorities she was hiding from an abusive husband in florida. garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the kidnapping. house democrats could get a big boost on health care reform from the aarp. the associated press reports the powerful seniors lobby will endorse the house version of the bill today. the 10-year $1 trillion plan would insure another 36 million people and barring insurance companies from taking coverage from sick people. do you hear them? yankees fans screaming all the way from new york. and here in the studio, as well. well, they once again won the whole world series. they're world champions, rafer?
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>> yeah, the 27th time too. 27th. victory parade is scheduled for tomorrow, something that they've got a lot of experience in. we've been talking about alex rodriguez and what a big surprise he was with the new york yankees. but the story this time around, the surprise world series mvp was this man matsui from japan, he's nicknamed godzilla and he had a monster game, six runs, that ties the world series record. the owner was too frail to see it in person, but no doubt george was smiling like the rest of the yankees fans. michael jordan's son marcus cost his team a couple million bucks just for wearing his dad's shoes. marcus playing in central florida's first game wore his dad's nike air jordans, the problem is the school has a contract with adidas. as a result adidas says it will not renew the deal with ucf when
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it's up next year. whose side are you on? he wrote, did the school sign a contract? no. i'm sure the school isn't going to shut down because they didn't get to renew a shoe deal. all this money we pay to go to college and the schools are crying about a shoe deal? how funny. meanwhile jessica from ohio posted i understand that his shoes have a special meaning to him, but he needs to stick to the rules just like everybody else. so whose side are you on? go to cnn.com/robin, hit the facebook icon, leave a comment and we'll leave your comments on the air. lastly, with the negative attention weighing heavy on his heart, brandon spikes has to serve a full suspension trying to gouge the eye of a player. he got some criticism because he only suspended him for half a game. so spikes said he did not want to be a distraction said, coach, just suspend me a full game. so congrats to brandon spikes
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for his maturity in that and too bad his coach and the sec where he had to be the one. now it's behind him. >> is it quieting people down now? because a lot of people wanted him -- >> it is quieting people down along with the fact that the guy's eyes he was trying to gouge said it was not a big deal. a sex tape of former miss california usa carrie prejean apparently led to her sudden legal settlement with the pageant. and the story's getting a lot of attention on cnn.com. tmz says it got the home video in the summer but it was too racy to post on its site. the managing editor indicated prejean was alone on the tape. her lawyer would only say that the settlement was confidential and he would not discuss it. a prison guard came under attack and the whole thing was caught on tape because the other inmates just jumping in. but you may be surprised why.
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plus, school can be hard, even if your dad's the president. what happened when malia obama came hope with a c? 
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the new york stock exchange has just opened for business. how will stocks react, though, after the news on unemployment claims? we're waiting to know. we're going to have a live report from wall street in a few minutes. the partying is probably still going strong in the bronx. that's after the new york yankees won their unprecedented 27th world championship. folks going crazy excited about this. they knocked out the phillies last night in game six. the parade is scheduled for tomorrow in new york city. hillary clinton will represent the obama administration for saturday's commissioning of the uss new york. that's what an anonymous white house official tells the a.p. anyway. the bow of the $1 billion ship
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contains about 7 1/2 tons of steel from the world trade center towers. and those are your top stories this morning. welcome back this thursday, i'm natasha curry in for robin meade this thursday. the latest video of a baby girl missing for five days. she was found alive underneath her babysitter's bed in florida. police say she'd been hidden inside a box. now this baby has been placed in protective custody and police say that she appeared healthy. >> we do not usually get the happy endings we happened to hear today. if you want to see a bunch of grown men cry, tonight when we rushed her to the hospital and we all called it home for a while to let them know we'd found this baby safe. deputies have arrested the babysitter, the husband, and the child's mother. so far they have not released the charges.
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another news conference is scheduled for noon. we'll bring you the latest on that. well, the parents of a virginia tech student who disappeared last month during a metallica concert are asking for volunteers to help search for her. the new search for her starts tomorrow. yesterday, her parents said that they will stop at nothing until she's found. >> be strong. we are trying to find you. we will never stop. we are trying, honey, hang on. and to the person who has taken morgan from us, please just let her go. she has so much more to live and so much more to give. please let her come back to her family. we need her. >> police say they are continuing to follow the leads in this case, but they have no new information to work on right now. there's a $150,000 reward for
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information leading to harrington's whereabouts. right now, president obama is giving the opening remarks at the tribal nations conference at the department of the interior. representatives from each of the 564 federally recognized tribes are there. now, during his presidential campaign, mr. obama committed to meeting regularly with native american leaders to hear how his administration can help make their lives better. hey, take a look where one retired couple is actually living right now. it's in their burned out virginia home right here. fire badly damaged the back rooms. this was nearly two weeks ago. the structure may be sound but soot and smoke damage is everywhere. the couple says that they have nowhere else to live right now and having trouble getting help from charities other than the red cross. >> my husband's disabled. he can't help and i'm not young. so we need help if we can get it. >> the red cross says that other agencies do want to help, but
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they are overloaded with cases and running low on funds right now. all right. we were just talking to bob a second ago. you're talking about tropical storms, hurricanes, bob, what's going on? >> november 30th is the last day of hurricane season. so we still have some action possibility, usually november, whatever. we have went down south. i'll show it to you in a second. but looking at decent rain outside of miami right now, that's going to stretch down towards the keys. key west getting showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, but here's that miami radar, that sweep goes on by, you can pick up a couple of showers moving on in. not heavy at all, but the aerial expanse are going to grow. one right around boca raton. more thunderstorms possible later today. what about the hurricane? here's what it looks like with the satellite picture. it is far south. we're talking near panama, near coa costa rica, that's the tropical
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storm hurricane this morning. category one storm, 75 miles per hour winds, not moving very fast. it's going to be a very heavy rainmaker. that's the main threat, nicaragua, honduras, 20 to 25 inches of rain. it should get right over land over the next couple of days. slow mover, hopefully rains itself out, but if it doesn't, if it emerges back into the caribbean, could gain strength and maybe if it reaches into the gulf of mexico by mid next week, it might be a storm in the gulf. so it's something we're watching. more on that and the pacific forecast in half hour. >> hopefully that guy will fizzle out, or her. well, on wall street, stocks are set to rise as new retail sales numbers show that consumers are starting to come back now. susan lisovicz is at the new york stock exchange with a look at the early market numbers. hey, susan. >> hey, natasha, looks good, investors are buying because consumers are buying. no one is splurging, but
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wholesaler costco posted a 5% increase in sales and gas got a boost from old navy. and this comes as unemployment lines shrink a little bit. fell to 500,000, it's the lowest number since january. because of that, the senate voted to extend unemployment benefits by up to 20 weeks. it would be the third emergency extension. some companies are starting to wrap up hiring. cisco plans to bring in new employees, reporting better than expected quarterly profit and expects revenue growth this quarter for the first time in a year. finally, natasha, it is neither gratuitous nor boastful when i say that the yankees win over the phillies could bode well for wall street. standard & poors says when the bronx bombers win the world series, and they have for 27 times, the s&p returns an average of 10% in the following year. so see the bronx bombers win, it's good for everyone.
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i should mention, though, i should mention that the stocks tend to perform even better than average -- >> wait, wait, wait -- bob. >> there she is, she's a jersey girl too. we've got it going on. >> you've got it. >> totally sunny forecast, bob. >> it's only been nine years, we're good to go again. >> rubbing it in this morning. congratulations. all right. thanks, bob. >> bob has excellent taste. >> all right you two. talk to you later. so the white house is getting ready for a food fight and produce from the first lady's vegetable garden is caught in the middle.
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police say a teenager who confessed to killing a child and putting him in the dryer admitted he molested the child. he allegedly lured his young neighbor into his house and molested him and later panicked when the child threatened to tell and drown the boy in a bathtub. the victim's family is having a tough time coping. >> with things this horrible and sad, you have to rely on things of the higher nature, and that's truly what they've done and carrying them through this. >> the child's family and friends held that vigil tuesday night here. castro has been charged as an adult. his family describes him as a good boy who has never been in trouble. you remember the birds nest? the center of last year's olympic games in beijing. chinese officials are struggling to figure out what to do with the thing. these days only a few thousand a day pay to tour it, that's down from 50,000.
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sports teams have not been able to move it into the nest because it costs too much. the family of that connecticut woman who was attacked by a chimpanzee in february wants to sue the state for $150 million. nash was mauled and blinded when she went to help catch the chimp. her attorneys say that the state's environmental protection department had been getting warnings about the animal for several years before the attack. connecticut's attorney general is reviewing the claim but says the amount seems unprecedented. a new clue may help police find a cop killer. one of the stories that richard lui's working on for you in the next hour. >> good morning, natasha. the first clue in this story, dash cam video, it may show a suspicious car plus a note threatening police officers' lives reportedly found at an arson site nine days before he was killed on halloween. some live pictures we have for you. a middle school near seattle, on fire. it is right now about 6:41 a.m.
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no one is inside. we'll be updating you on the latest details on that live story there. plus, a very shocking story. three doctors and a nurse are accused of selling newborn babies. they allegedly told the mothers, natasha, that their babies had died and had been cremated. that in 15 minutes. >> wow, medical personnel selling babies. we'll hear about this very soon, richard. looking forward to that. our money expert clark howard, he served in the georgia state guard and this weekend you're going to see him serving the troops. clark and robin meade teamed up to help soldiers and you save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. >> i have about five more working years that i'm going to invest. i don't get my reserve retirement until i'm 59 1/2. and we'll still have extra money to invest during that time. what would be the best thing to look into for end of career type investments? >> let me ask you a tough
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question, if you quit working at 59 1/2, you know the odds are you'll live maybe another 30 years or so. are you confident that you're going to have enough money five years from now that you will be able to carry yourself the rest of your life? >> pending a market crash or -- unless there's a market crash, i expect to have enough by the time i hit 60. >> so you feel comfortable that you are going to bag work at 60, boom, you're done? >> well, i might not want to quit work. i still like to work. >> but do you understand why i'm asking this question? because i want to make sure that you are in a position. and although i was talking with the young soldier about doing a roth account, for you doing a roth is even better because you're allowed to do what's known as catch-up. you can do an extra $1,000 a year at $6,000 each year into a roth account. and i would do that for these
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next five years. >> hey, watch operation clark smart this weekend at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. hey, get ready for a food fight at the white house. oh, yeah, the food network plans to tape an episode of "iron chef american" there and they can use anything found in michelle obama's vegetable garden. the top chefs will face off against the white house chefs. can't wait to see what happens. well, these ladies might not be the first people you'd choose for your basketball pick-up game, but they probably should be. meet the globe trotting grannies and their age-defying moves. plus, these familiar animals are almost impossible to recognize. what is this? scientists are scratching their heads now over how these bears went bald?
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hey, check this out. look who we have in our studio. it's the vip tour for the morning express, yes. look at them, they are from alaska. which ones are from alaska. from alaska and then from marietta, georgia. so welcome. if you want to be here and join us, go to cnn.com/robin. a mysterious condition has caused three bears at a german zoo to go almost completely bald. and you can hardly recognize the poor animals. look at them. the zoo officials have pretty much ruled out stress as the cause because the only other symptom is itchiness. they think an unidentified disease caused the females to lose their fur. visitors are worried for them. >> translator: i feel very sorry for them. they are not used to it and to
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me it's inexplicable. >> translator: they'll certainly get rather cold and freeze now that the winter's about to come. >> they don't even look like bears. zoo officials say they aren't the first to lose their fur like this and experts are working on a diagnosis. poor things, i hope they'll be all right. well, the celebration is on in new york as the yankees are world champions. again! here's rafer weigel with the latest. >> hey, natasha. it's their 27th world series title. depending on your allegiance you're either saying damn yankees or 27th heaven. it is new york's first championship in their new $1.3 billion park and their first in nine years. and 27 championships, it was still sweet for them. >> world series over, yankees win -- >> and sweet redemption for alex rodriguez, a guy who had never won a world series. they're probably still celebrating in new york right now. >> come on, he left the
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mariners, sorry, go phillies. marcus played in his first game and already cost his school millions of dollars. marcus playing in central florida's first exhibition wore his dad's nike air jordans. here's the problem, the school has a deal with adidas worth about $2 million. so as a result adidas said no, we're not going to renew our deal with ucf when it expires next year. so we're taking your thoughts on this. what do you think? who's at fault here? >> dawn wrote this. i understand your loyalty to your dad, but you have to follow the rules when your team is involved. mark from lincoln, nebraska, posted are people going to harp on jordan's kids for simply wanting to follow in his father's footsteps? i think the world would be better off if more kids wanted to do that. do you agree or disagree? go to cnn.com/robin. either way i think nike needs to step up and sponsor the team. >> i flip-flopped on this one. last one, canadian
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government -- not lastly, the canadian government official was fired for giving the h1n1 vaccine for the hockey team while thousands, including women and children waited in line to get it last week. a spokesman for the spokesman f government said more people might be puppished. a team spokesman said the players and their families got the vaccine in a private location. some member playing shovel board or knitting. not these ladies. i introduce to you the granny globe trotters, all women 80 and over, some in their 90s, and they got skills. they travel across the state of texas playing in competent busine competent business games. the point guard is # 8 years old. these women are fierce. putting the granny back in granny shot. >> thanks so much. all right. let's check with possible for the late bob for the latest on
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travel. >> so far so good. just a couple delays because of volume. atlanta, newark, too. what about the rain head manage to new york city? just the slight chance of a shower, but brings in delays. miami, thunderstorms later today. san francisco, rain headed in, seattle, more rain, as well. we'll have full details in just a bit. do you think you know the news? we want to you prove it. challenge your trends, yourself, test your knowledge. and you can pick your favorite anchor like our very own rob bip immediate to lead you right through it. play thousan play now. closing arguments have ended while the defendants wait. wait is a key fact or in this case.
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