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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com time for you to rise and shine because it's friday. i'm robin meade. good morning, sunshine. here's what's going on. the cash for cluchkers program could be in trouble. why the government is thinking of putting on the breakakes. would you put your lips around a dog's mouth? a woman talks about using mouth-to-mouth to save a chihuahua. a chihuahua's like this big. it couldn't have been easy.
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the cash for clunkers program could have burned through its billion dollar kitty. it may be suspended after less than a week. it happened so fast the details are sketchy at this hour, but we're hearing like something like 200,000 cars may have been sold and it's possible that another 150,000 are jammed up waiting in the pipeline for government approval. so obviously you knew a good deal when you saw it. response to the program was phenomenal. >> i think it was a great program. i got $4500 for this vehicle toward the purchase of a new f-150. it was time to turn this one in. it was 15 years old. >> well, dealers say the backlog is so big that the government website set up to process the cash for clunkers deals has crashed several times. in with us is jennifer westhoven. what about the people who wanted to get in on the deal? they thought they had plenty of time. >> the white house says it will
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honor ever deal that's already been made, robin. but if you go in a dealership this weekend it's likely they won't be offering the incentive because dealers have no guarantees they will be reimbursed. meanwhile they're working late into the night to find as much as $4 billion for the program. they're facing political pressure because this cash for clunkers incentive has actually turned out to be more successful than most of the stimulus programs so far, robin. >> maybe they should take note then on that one. >> if you're already in the pipeline, maybe you're oklahoma. but if you're -- if you -- do you have time? >> yes. >> we don't know the answer yet, right? >> precisely. you may want to browse but don't go hoping you're going to snag that great deal. >> melissa long in for jennifer westhoven. thank you so much. most of the 80,000 people urged to evacuate in texas because of the toxic smoke in the air can go back home now. it with u near the texas a&m university. a warehouse full of toxic and
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explosive chemicals went up in flame. they process any moan yum nitrate there. the fire is under control now. officials say at least ten people wept to the hospital. okay. president obama may have felt like bartender and chief yesterday. he hosted professor henry gates jr. and sergeant crowley. he wanted to diffuse racial issues brought up by the arrests. there were no apologies but cambridge police sergeant james crowley said it was a positive meeting. >> what was accomplished was this is a positive step as opposed to reliving the event of the last couple of weeks not just to move the city of cambridge or two individuals but to have the whole country move beyond this to maybe have meaningful discussions in the future. >> gates said he wanted to get past the incident. he says he hopes to move on.
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he hope it can be an experience for education, not recrimination. a huge chunk of the country's unstable bridges is not getting stimulus money needed to repair them. that's according to associated press. it's reported that states are spending most of the stimulus cash on bridges already in good shape. what? and projects like repaving roads that are putting people to work. the man heading up the stimulus for president obama says that they understand the need to tackle long-term projects, but he told states that he wanted shovel-ready projects, meaning get started and get people to work. but some transportation officials say it makes it difficult to focus on bad bridges that were already scheduled for repairs. investigators may believe that michael jackson was a drug addict. search warrants filed yesterday show that authorities were seeking evidence of prescribing too an addict and records leading to propofol. murray has denied giving jackson
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anything that should have killed him. and cnn's randi kaye talked about how jackson may have gotten prescription drugs. >> reporter: the key piece of evidence they took that really stands out for me is a cd with the name omar around on it. i confirmed tonight with a source close to the investigation that michael jackson used the name omar arnold as an alias to obtain prescription drug and to get procedures done without people knowing about them. we know he used the name and we know a cd with that name was taken from dr. murray's clinic in las vegas. >> well, meanwhile, the wait is getting longer for jackson's final autopsy report. yesterday the l.a. coroner's office announced an indefinite delay on jackson's toxicology findings. it says more investigations need to be done. earlier it said a final autopsy report was expected next week. what a story. the military scrambled fighter jets when a plane veered way off its flight plane last night.
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norad said it tailed a plane. it crashed 300 miles away near henderson, west virginia, killing the pilot. fighter pilots never had any luck trying to reach him. at affiliate sad reports that the pilot had apparently passed out. what i mean is the fighter jets obviously were able to reach that location, but they couldn't get the attention of the pilot. thousands of people lost power when a storm hit memphis, tennessee, yesterday. streets flooded and trees fell on houses. the whips were strong enough to blow down a tractor-trailer. no reports of injuries, thank you. concerts by country stars toby keith and tray adkins had to be postponed. you don't want to be out in that. i'm trying to think of one of their songs. >> don't ask me. >> rough weather in the southeast, is that going to be the name of the game for the weekend? hi, there, bob? >> it's going to be heavy rain. that's what we need across the areas of deep texas.
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look at this front. it's right across the appalachians down in toward texas and that's the main weather player. here's all the rain sliding out of the appalachians. you can see it stretching in toward atlanta. and then more thunderstorms just outside of houston. here's wait looks like now. you can see the radar coming right out of lake charles, picking up a good thunderstorm complex right over the border in through texas. you slide in farther e. here's what it looks like in the florida panhandle. showers and thunderstorms coming up out of the gulf. the gulf of mexico wide open for business meaning you're going to get a lot of moisture out of that. it's going to pull up through the appalachians into georgia. there are all kinds of flash flood watches and warnings. more about that in just a little bit. >> thank you very much. bob, you have to look at this. see this sign? hackers were able to change a sign to read caution, zombie stripper. this is in portland, oregon.
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it's happening around the country. usually it's some warning about zombies. now, this sign was up all night long until road officials finally turned it off. >> hey, everybody's got a fetish, rob. >> those overnight drivers are like where, where, i've got to see. president obama sat down with a chat with the professor and the cop who arrested him. they were hoping this would be a teachable moment. so what do you think about the so-called beer summit? here's some of the reactions that we're already getting.
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i think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. number two, the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. >> remember that comment by president obama a week ago and how it helped put the spotlight of on the issue of racial
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profiling following the arrest of a harvard professor. later he said it was a teachable moment. so correspondent richard lui, good morning to you, by the way. let's talk about the meeting with the men involved. >> the president released the statement, quoting here, i have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. i'm hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode, end quote. but a top african-american scholar told our sister network cnn, things here, they seem to take some time. >> this is not the kind of problem that's going to be solved in one election cycle. we've got to realize this is like going to the middle east and obtaining piece in a very short am of time. >> he says it's a good step for people to start having tough conversations about race. >> you know, richard, what do our viewers thing about the reading? we've been reading reactions. >> scar fais in california says
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the main issue here in california is not race at all. quote, anger is the culprit to blame for the whole drama. the anger of professor gates is triggered when the police came to his house to investigate a burglary. the officer was angry because the professor was yelling at him and didn't comply, quote. we have shelly in ohio who says this. i think the president should stay out of henry gates jr. and sergeant crowley's business. it doesn't involve jaime. we're going to share more comments in terms of what people say online. >> excellent. all right. so, folks, gives us your opinion. thank you, richard. appreciate it. now, we always salute the troop. today's salute is from a mom who wants to send a salute to her son, second lieutenant who's serving in afghanistan. so go ahead, jennifer. >> good morning, robin. this is jennifer. i'm calling to do a shout-out for my son second lieutenant tim
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biosik. tim, i love you very much. i'm so proud of you. i support you 1,000 percent. i pray every day that you're happy, healthy, and safe. i hope you can come home very soon. go army! >> i know he appreciates that. if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin. many of you while dealing with freezes, were doling out these big bonuses to their employees. i don't get it. melissa long is in for jennifer westhoven. we've heard this again and again. what is the deal? perplexing, right? you are rewarded if you perform well, most people are. they say nine banks that took t.a.r.p. money, federal funds, he found out citigroup paid out more than $5 billion in bonuses last year even though it lost 27 billion dollar and took in $45 billion in taxpayer dollar. goldman sachs, morgan stanley,
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j. pchlt morgan, turning a profit, but they also paid out more than they earned in bonuses. financial institutions have long said compensation in that industry is really key, crucial in snagging the top talent and keeping the top talent. well, more reason perhaps to shop this weekend. the tax-free shopping season starts. it gets around way for you. good news in a bad economy. 15 states in the district of columbia are offering tax-free holidays just for -- oh, boy. it's time to go back to school. clothing, school supply, computers in some states as well. tax-free in georgia and mississippi. the rest will happen throughout the month of august. a lot of people have been told to try to save. of course, the retailers with their bottom line, they need people to go out and shop. this may be what gets them this weekend. >> parents can use any help, that's for sure. melissa, thank you. it's friday. that meanses you've got new movies in the theater. you may want to catch the comedy drama, "funny people."
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>> your ak cement is very big. do you know your accent may sound worse than they actually are? you can give good news and i'd still be like, what's happening to me? i'm still dying. >> i'm trying to help you. >> are you mad that you died at the end of diehard. >> i i don't understand. >> adam sand ler stars as a famous comedian who finds out that he may have just a year to live. he meets a struggling comedian and takes him under his wing. it's directed by judd roguen. two more stars are on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. why one of them may wish he could take back what he said.
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you know, apparently a house chairman wanted a do-over on an abortion-related vote. here's the deal. app antiabortion amendment passed in the committee so the chairman used a rule that let him bring it up again for a vote and the amendment barely failed at that time. any health care bill cannot oppose an abortion health care requirement -- >> touchdown of "endeavour" could be moments away. they will make an attempt at 10:48 eastern plains. they've been in space for 16 days. they're bringing home a japanese
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astronaut who spent the last 4 1/2 months at the international space station. talk about being homesick. a woman save add friend's dog by giving it mouth to mouth. little chica was found hanging by its leash from a swing set. torres quickly went into action. >> i saw her on the floor, picked her up and started breathing mouth to mouth. putting my fingers here. >> well, the dog is oklahoma. torres says little chica could use some breath minutes. i bet so. you have to almost like siphon. more big baseball stars have allegedly tested positive for steroids. we're adding to this list. hi, raver. >> good morning, robin. we're just going to keep adding to its over timeses. dodger stars manny ramirez and
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ortiz, aka big poppy. "the new york times" say both of them are among 100 or so player whose tested positive for performance-enhanc performance-enhancers. the infamous anonymous test they did, a-rod and sammy sosa were the first names to be linked. here's the irony. here's what ortiz said when a-rod's name came back out in february. >> i would suggest that everybody get tested. not random. everybody. you go team by team. you test everybody three, four times a year, and that's about it. ban them for the whole year. >> ban them for the whole year. >> to his credit he says the report is true. he's on the list. and he wanted to find out what he tested positive for and he'll share that when he finds out. let's go to a good baseball story. 46-year-old jamey mirror is helping greevg kids that summer by sending them to camp. through his foundation he and
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his wife started camp aaron, kid whose have lost loved ones. they have 28 camps in 18 states funded through donations. they're weekendlong. they're free and have activities. they have group counseling sessions. i've seen it. they're amazing. for more go to moyerfoundation.org. meet 97-year-old john colangelo who hit a hole-in-one. the former restaurant owner is known as johnny seafood but now they call his ace colangelo. he said hitting a hole-in-one was a lifelong dream for him. >> i'm so glad he was able to do that. >> michael vick is close to signing with a team. that's what he says. that's coming up in about ten minutes. >> interesting. we'll find out who likes him. it was a friendly game of monopoly until one of the players laned in jail. not just a game. what cops say happened that had them knock on the door. a monopoly game?
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now, when we would play as kids my brother would always stash the money underneath the board. >> he cheated. >> hair-pulling fights would break out. >> we would have similar situations, baltic avenue, $12. yeah? try to collect it. you and what army? ma? she amt going to do anything. i own her boardwalk. rain coming across the northwest. laguardia, jfk, you're going to see the effects of that. you're going to see big delays. new york city, metro, boston, probably atlanta, d.c., philadelphia too all because of the rain. more showers and thunderstorms developing down to the south. charlotte, watch for delays. a little shorter, a half hour or so. orlando, cleveland and houston. same thing. more in a half hour. usually when you check into a hotel you worry about getting quiet sleep, a nice room. one man ended up dropping his
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bags to rescue somebody.
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is. the government's cash for clunkers program may be done after less than a week? wait. we just got started. it may have already burned through a billion dollar. the white house is cramming to find more money for it. something like 200,000 new cars have been sold. as many as 50,000 more are waiting for approval in the pipeline. most of the 80,000 people urged to evacuate in texas because of toxic smoke can go back home. a warehouse that processes ammonium nitrate went up in flames yesterday. the fire is now under control. city officials said that at least ten people went to the hospital. another test of the missile defense system went off last night. now, the department of defense
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said it wu a successful shootdown. the missile was launched from the hawaiian islands and then intercepts about one 1 00 miles high. a better system for tracing food-borne illnesses and new penals are part of a new safety bill that the house passed yesterday. they gained new momentum in the wake of a deadly outbreak of salmonella earlier this year. those are just a few of the stories that we're following. i just want to say good morning to you. it's friday. i'm robin meademeade. what happens to the cars that are turns in to the cash for clunkers program? let me show you. that about wraps it up. the engine gets a lethal injection of solvent that makes it stop perm namtly, and then the cars are crushed and they go into a shredder that turns into metal mulch, making sure they're never on the road again. we told you about a search
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warrant implying suspicion that michael jackson was a drug addict. authorities show that he may have used aliases to get prescription drugs. jackson's chef told larry king that she just found out that her name may have been used as an alias. >> i was just made aware of that from my publicist. think that is appalling. i have no clue what is that is about. >> have the police questioned you? >> the detectives came to my home right after the death because of the situation. >> but did they ask about the prescriptions or your name. >> no. this is all new. >> well, authorities referred to ail yanss in warrants used to search dr. conrad's home and office. murray has denied giving jackson anything that should have killed him. meanwhile the wait is getting longer for the final autopsy rornt. yesterday they announce and
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indefinite delay on jackson's toxicology finding. they say more investigation needs to be done. earlier they said a final autopsy report is expected next week. it was cold beer and conversation at the white house last night. president obama sat down to talk with an african-american professor and a police officer who arrested him earlier this month. the correspondent richard louis, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> we learned the president tried to draw some attention away from the meeting. >> he certainly did. mr. obama told reporters beforehand, don't call this a summit. >> i notice this has been called a beer summit. it's a clever term but this is not a summit, guys. this is three folks having a drink at the end of the day, and hopefully giving people an opportunity to listen to each other. >> well, the president also said he'd be surprised if the media had made the chat more important than its meeting with the president of the philippines and the news broadcaster to leash with it. president obama has been dealing
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with fallout since saying at his news conference that police, quote, acted stup piddidly in t end quote. >> it's interesting to watch the video there. >> it is. >> for one i want to remark that yesterday they said they were going to be at a picnic table outside the oval office and i do not picture a picnic table. i don't think that's a picnic table. president obama says he wants this to become a teachable moept. we're blogging about this meeting at cnn.com/robin, so go there. already let's read some of your comments. go ahead, richard. >> we have lots of interest, even overnight people telling us what they thought. jeffrey in virginia said it's not about race, quote. if the professors was asked to show id, if he did not do that at that moment, he is guilty of a crime. it is not a racial issue. and from james in kentucky, president obama created the situation. he needs to clean it up.
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there you go, robin. we'll have more for you in about 30 minutes. all right. we welcome your opinions. drivers in the detroit area had a chance to get gas for 99 cents a gallon yesterday. it wu only for two hours but one local gas station cut its prices from $2.49. the line was long. the one woman ran out of gas waiting in line. so did some of the other folks there offered to push her to the pump, thank goodness. new video to show you out of iran. these are clashes that broke out as thousands gathered to mourn the woman who's become a symbol of the country's post-election violence. right police beat back pressure. you remember that the 26-year-old was shot and killed in june during massive protests over presidential election results that were declared -- that eventually declared mahmoud ahmadinejad the winner. michael vick may be close to signing with a team. really? at least that's what he's saying. rafer? >> good morning, robin. this is the first time we've
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heard pittsburublicly from vick being released from dog charge. they asked him if there's any progress toward being signed with a proteam and he said they're getting close. so far every team says they are not. the bears, vikings. they have the steelers and patriots as the favorites to sign vick. >> it's going to take some guts for the team to say they want him. >> absolutely. all right. a woman wanted a restaurant to replace her cold french fries so much so that she called 911. the woman told the operator her order was not right and the restaurant would not make a new batch of fries. when police got there -- i cannot believe they actually answered the call. one officer gave money out of his own pocket for the woman to go eat somewhere else. >> the officer out of the kindness of his heard gave me $6
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so i could get my food from somewhere else. >> he made the situation worse by giving her money after she got done eating the product and she complained about the fry after the fact, after she ate them. >> oh. okay. well, the woman is not facing any charges for the 911 call. so let's review. according to the restaurant owner, she complained only after she ate the cold batch of fries and then want add new batch. but the officer gave her some money. >> clearly not an emergency for 911. >> i'm surprised the cop came. >> she ee not facing charges. >> she's not though. >> there you go, robin. let me show you what's going on. big travel day. >> you like fries enough to call 911? >> no. >> of course not. here's your cold front. it stretches all the way from kentucky down in toward texas. it guns across the northeast, but look at the heavy rain trading ahead of the front. big thunderstorms now arriving out of the gulf of mexico. they're not severe now.
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you see them in toward the houston area. you can see your dry. they're getting closer toward louisiana. you see the thunderstorms beginning to pop up. more showers moving out of the gulf of mexico, turning to a little bit of thunder action when you get north of pensacola. that's all drifting up toward the north. so we're going to get heavy rain for central alabama for the morning. tough commute in atlanta. notice the rain there, and then that real big shield of rain stretches out over the ohio valley into pennsylvania. western parts of nosh, new york city, right around philadelphia, you're going to get heavy rain today and we'll talk about the travel delays, the impact on that in just a little bit, robin. >> thank you. appreciate it. this is a great story achlt man drew a "go to jail" card in the game of monopoly. the game became all too real when the cop showed up at the front door. people, people, people. what he's accused of doing that put him behind bars.
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bail has been set at $2 million for a woman accused of kidnapping a baby girl taken from her mother's womb. what a story. julie corey has not been charged in the mother's death. the woman's body was found stuffed in a closet in a massachusetts apartment building on monday. the mom was 23, and she was eight months' pregnant. her family is trying to cope. >> trying to understand it and trying to comprehend it. it's been very, very difficult. >> well, investigators say the mom died of a head injury. they're still trying to figure out how she was killed. now, the baby is in good condition. several people reportedly are seeking custody of the baby now. good news for your 401(k). the dow will open this morning
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at its highest level in nearly nine months. way to go. melissa long is in for jennifer westhoven. what's driving in that momentum. >> investors are reacting to many things, unemployment figures, in ones that came out yesterday. the market is starting to stabilize. in reaction trk dow way up, 83 points, and the s&p flirting with 1,000 for the first time since november as well. a couple of hours from now, we're going to get the biggest economic report of the week. that's gdp, gross domestic product, is expected to be down. and congratulations. whether you want it or not. you are now the owner of a big piece of citigroup. the troubled bank converted $25 billion of the government's preferred shares into common stock on thursday. that effectively gives taxpayers, gives you, a one-third stake in the bank. they say the conversion would make it one of the best capitalized banks in the world
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because it's taken in so many tax dollars. the white house won't say how much citigroup's top execs are paid. oh, my gosh. listen to this. a game of monopoly landed one man behind bars. a 54-year-old man is accused of hitting a woman after playing the board gail. police say thing got ugly after she refused to sell him parkplace and boardwalk. he slammed her and knocked her glasses off. >> i thought that was real violent for playing a game. like i said, i guess he takes his monopoly pretty seriously. >> man, oh, man. the man was charged with assault and battery. monopoly! we're hearing more of a cop who was put on leave for using a racial slur. what the officer told larry king about the controversial e-mail. and the new twist in the death of a former boxing champion. why police say now he would not murder.
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quarter to the hour. we are hearing more from a police officer put on leave for using a racial slur. now, here's what officer justin
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barrett told larry king about his e-mail concerning professor gates' arrest. >> i am not a racist. i did not intend any racial bigotry, harm, or prejudice in my words. i sincerely apologize that these words have been received as such. i truly apologize to all involved, larry. he's currently on administrative leave from the boston police department. he's always suspended from hiss duties in the national guard. here's something we thought we'd never see, the seinfeld cast will reunite. they'll appear in five episodes in a storyline about the show returning, sort of a show within a show. and a real seinfeld reunion is unlikely. >> that will be funny. >> kind of hard to wrap your head around. okay, we're going to do a pretend show about a pretend show. police are saying former
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champion boxer arturo gaty was not murdered but committed suicide? here's rafer weigel with more on this. this is a complete strange on me. >> it's a complete 180. it kind of came out of left field. police orangely said he was strangled by his wife with a purse strap while he drunkenly slept. now after the coroner's report came out they say they believe it was a suicide and they released 23-year-old amanda rodriguez from jail. she said they had an argument and he was upset. gaty's family and friends, however, say he would never kill himself. >> with a purse strap. >> with a purse strap. >> okay. two more baseball stars testified positive. ramirez and david ortiz among the 100 or so player whose tested positive in an anonymous test '03.
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they helped the red sox win a championship next year. ortiz hit a game-winning home run. he did sayaff wards that, yes, he's on the list, but he doesn't know what he testified for. and terrell owens is now selling cereal. he unveiled his new breakfast of champions, t.o.s, honey toasted oats. doug flutey had flutey breaks. >> it's like his own brand. >> own brand of cereal. >> not that he's on front of anybody else's box. >> are your wheels turning. robin meade morning danish? >> i don't know. >> there we go. >> make sure i trademark that. anyway touchdown for the shuttle "endeavour" could be hours away. the crew will make its first landing attempt at the kennedy space center in florida at 10:48
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a.m. eastern. they even been in space for 16 days but they're bringing home a japanese astronaut who spent the last 4 1/2 months at the international space station. #. come here and look at this i-report of the day, would you? i-reporter artist phil hanson sent in a tribute to the taco bell dog gidget. the chihuahua died this week. he created a portrait using a nacho to spread cheese on a canvas and it looks good. i mean artistically good and tasty good. we give you the news, you give us the news. head to cnn.com/robin and learn how you can become an i-reporter. our hero of the week, civilian brad went to iraq to boost morale. he learned that one in seven iraqi children is living with a disability. now, as u.s. troops with draw from that region, blosser is staying to offer hope to hundreds of kids and their
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families. >> disabled children, they're really the forgotten ones in this war. they're in the back rooms, often not seen in society. i came to iraq as a civilian contractor. there were a lot of children that either drag themselves on the ground or have to be carried. there were so many kids out there with the need and so many people willing to reach out and touch the lives of these kids. in 30 days we had 31 pediatric wheelchairs that had hit ground. my name is brad blosser, i bring pediatric wheel claires to children in need. i distribute them to the different military units and help fit these children into the wheelchairs. the experience for me in the first distribution was awesome, to see the smiles come across their face and look over at the mothers and fathers.
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they've definitely been changed. >> it's all about humanities. he wanted iraqis to feel there is humanity in america, which makes us happy to see such a thing. >> there's no paycheck. it's not really safe here. this is a once in a lifetime opportunity knowing you've done something for someone that nobody else has done before. i made a difference in the lives of these families. definitely the sacrifice has been worth it. >> what a great story. you can find out more about brad blauser's work and nominate a hero of your own at cnn.com/robin. this is the last chance to tell us about your hero. nominations close tomorrow. catching a foul game is tough especially holding a baby. two amazing catches by dads with kids in tow.
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good morning. it's friday. it sure looks good on you. morning sunshine. i'm robin meade. here is what's going on today. >> it was. it was a great thing. i wish they had given us $5 billion or $10 billion. the cash for clunkers program could be in trouble. why the government is thinking of putting on the brakes. how president obama's attempt at softening it went down. a woman talks about using mouth-to-mouth to save a chihuahua.
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the cash for clunkers program could have burned through its billion dollar kitty. it may be suspended after less than a week. it happened so fast the details are sketchy at this hour, but we're hearing like something like 200,000 cars may have been sold and it's possible that another 50,000 deals with jammed nup the pipeline waiting for government approval. so obviously you knew a good deal when you saw it. response to the program was phenomenal. >> i think it was a great program. i got $4500 for this vehicle toward the purchase of a new f-150. it was time to turn this one in. it was 15 years old. >> well, dealers say the backlog is so big that the government website set up to process the deal has crashed several times. melissa long is in for jennifer westhoven. what about the people who wanted to get in on the deal? they thought they had plenty of time. >> the white house says it will
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honor ever deal that's already been made, robin. but if you happen to be delaying going shopping to the dealership until this weekend, it won't likely be offering the incentive because dlooers have no guarantee they will be reimbursed now. when time white house and members of congress working late into the night last night to find as much as $4 billion more for the program, they're facing political pressure because this has turned out to be more successful than most of the stimulus program so far. a congresswoman from michigan says the salespeople have been selling more cars in a day than they've been selling in a month. >> detroit really needed it. obviously people needed some type of incentive to get out and spend their money again. thank you. most of the 80,000 people urged to evacuate in texas because of toxic smoke can go back home. a warehouse full of toxic and explosive chemicals went up in
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flames. it's near texas a&m university. the fire is under control now. city officials said at least ten people went to the hospital. president obama must have felt like bartender in chief at the white house. he hosted harvard professor henry gates and the cop who arrested him in his own home for beer outside the oval office. the president said he wanted the meeting to diffuse the racial issues brought up by the arrest. there were no apologies, but cambridge police sergeant james crowley said it was a positive meeting. >> what was accomplished was this is a positive step as opposed to reliving the event of the last couple of weeks not just to move the city of cambridge or two individuals but to have the whole country move beyond this to maybe have meaningful discussions in the future. >> gates said he wanted to get past the incident. he says he hopes to move on. he hope it can be an experience for education, not recrimination. a huge chunk of the
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country's unsafe bridges isn't getting the stimulus money needed to repair them. that's according to associated press. it's reported that states are spending most of the stimulus cash on bridges already in good shape. and projects like repaving roads that are putting people to work. the man heading up the stimulus for president obama says that they understand the need to tackle long-term projects, but he told states that he wanted shovel-ready projects, meaning get started and get people to work. but some transportation officials say it makes it difficult to focus on bad bridges that were already scheduled for repairs. investigators may believe that michael jackson was a drug addict. search warrants filed yesterday show that authorities were seeking evidence of prescribing to an addict and records leading to propofol. murray has denied giving jackson anything that should have killed him. and cnn's randi kaye talked about how jackson may have gotten prescription drugs.
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>> reporter: the key piece of evidence they took that really stands out for me is a cd with the name omar arnold on it. i confirmed tonight with a source close to the investigation that michael jackson used the name omar arnold as an alias to obtain prescription drug and to get procedures done without people knowing about them. we know he used the name and we know a cd with that name was taken from dr. murray's clinic in las vegas. >> well, meanwhile, the wait is getting longer for jackson's final autopsy report. yesterday the l.a. coroner's office announced an indefinite delay on jackson's toxicology findings. it says more investigations need to be done. earlier it said a final autopsy report was expected next week. what a story. the military scrambled fighter jets when a plane veered way off its flight plane last night. norad said it sent two f-16s to tail a plane. it crashed 300 miles away near henderson, west virginia,
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killing the pilot. fighter pilots never had any luck contacting the pilot. an after fill ate said the pilot apparently passed out. julie corey has not been charged in a mother's death. the woman's body was found stuffed in a close set in massachusetts apartment building on monday. the mom was 23 and eight months pregnant. obviously her family is trying to cope. >> trying to understand it and comprehend it. it's been very, very difficult. >> investigators say the mom died of a head injury. they're still trying to figure out how she was killed. the baby was in good condition. several people reportedly are seeking custody of the baby. thousands of people lost power when a storm hit memphis yesterday. the streets flooded and trees fell on houses. winds were strong enough to blow over a tractor trailer.
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a concert by toby keith and trace atkins had to be postponed. >> it would take a lot of wind to blow those guys over. they're huge guys. six minutes after the hour. is that the name of the game for this weekend? hi, bob. stormy today. i don't think we'll see the severe weather like we had yesterday. the tornado was four miles away from downtown memphis. here is what it looks like this morning. the frontal boundary is stationary. that's the way i drew it in. later today it will pick up the tracks and move toward the east. you can see that turn into a cold front and spark more thundershowers. some might get severe in the midatlantic towards boston. look at the steady stream of rain out of the gulf of mexico. thunderstorms we have them up there near houston, over towards the east. these are drifting eastward, too. more thunderstorms out of the gulf of mexico with decent pockets of rain heading out of alabama, down i-20 in towards
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atlanta. we're watching for showers and thunderstorms for today. it will come in waves. off and on for most of the morning. the heavy rain, decent stream of that coming right out of places like kentucky, west virginia, western pennsylvania, in towards new york state. we'll see a lot of rain over the next 24 hours, probably one to two inches worth. albany's radar picture, a nice batch of heavy showers that gets all the way down in towards the catskills. the rain spreads northward toward vermont and new hampshire. severe thunderstorms are possible. mainly with a little daytime heating. here is your cold front. a little twist in the atmosphere near that center of the low might, in fact, see a tornado or two around that low. hopefully not. that's where it stands right now. take you live out to the west. las vegas, how about you? going to be hot. average high is about 104. i'm thinking 104 to 105 this morning. not bad. starting around the 80s, quickly jumps up to near 100 by 1:00, 2:00. you'll neat the misters out there this morning.
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>> we have some of our strongest viewership in las vegas. >> i love it. they treat you right. i appreciate it. >> i think because of all the overnight workers use us at their jay leno. they watch us and then go to bed. you have to see this road side sign, hackers were able to change it to say "caution zombie strippers." it's happening all over the country. this sign was put up. it was all night long until road officials finally turned it off. >> that one is clever. i like that. it would make me slow down. no doubt about it. not really my fetish. it would make me slow down. >> you're like, i don't care if she's a zombie. >> as long as she's got a head, who cares? president obama sat down for a chat with a professor and the cop who arrested him. the president said he hopes to turn this into a teachable moment. what do you think about the so-called beer summit? here are some of your fellow
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i think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. number two, the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. >> remember that comment by president obama a week ago and how it helped put the spotlight of on the issue of racial profiling following the arrest of a harvard professor. so correspondent richard lui, good morning to you, by the way. he said he hoped to turn it into a teachable moment. well, was it? >> this is what he said after he chatted with the men over beers. the president released a statement saying, quote, i have always believed what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. i'm hopeful all of us are able to draw a positive lesson from this episode, end quote. a top african-american scholar
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told our sister network cnn, these things, they take some time. >> this is not the kind of problem that's going to be solved in one election cycle. we've got to realize that this is almost like going to the middle east and obtaining peace in a short amount of time. >> dr. watkins says a good step is for everyday people to start having tough conversations, robin, simply about race. >> so the teachable moment thing, what are our viewers saying about it? >> blogger frank says obama let his emotion run his mouth. maybe the teachable moment was for him. in parentheses, learning to keep his mouth shut. we go to blogger joshua, i think that is wonderful that we have a president who will take a little time out of his busy schedule to have a beer with a couple of guys to try to settle a discrepancy that has been a problem since the beginning of our country. do you think this was a teachable moment? we're blogging about that question? right there, strong opinions so far. >> a variety of opinions. richard, thank you.
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we always salute the troops. today's salute the from a mom who wants to send a salute to her mom, second lieutenant tim biosek in afghanistan. go ahead, jennifer. >> good morning. this is jennifer, i'm calling to do a shout-out for my son, second lieutenant tim biosek. tim, i love you so much. i am so very proud of you. i support you a thousand percent. i pray every day that you're happy, healthy and shape. i hope you can come home to us very soon. go army. >> maybe you have somebody in the service. we would so be honored to help you salute them. go to cnn.com/robin. a new report shows that while many of you were dealing with pay freezes, the banks taking your taxpayer money were still dolling out massive bonuses to their employees. we've had this story before.
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it ticks people off every time. here we are again. melissa long in for jennifer westhoven. >> you perform well and get rewarded. you perform well and still get reward snd. >> new york's attorney general viewed the nine banks that took t.a.r.p. funds. citigroup lost $27 billion and took in $45 billion. they paid out more than they earned in bonuses. financial institutions have long said compensation in that industry is crucial to snagging top talent and retaining that top talent. the tax-free shopping season starts this weekend. good news in a bad economy. 15 states in washington, d.c. are offering sales tax holidays just in time for the kids to go back to school. you can get discounts on clothes, school supplies, even computers in some states. the tax-free weekend is going on right now in georgia and mississippi. the rest happens throughout the
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month of august. bob van dillon, i happen to be in the mall yesterday. signs are all over the place, reminding people to take advantage of this. retailers need people to shop. >> we've done it for the last couple years here. it's good stuff. we have one delay, shorter than a half hour which is good. that's in atlanta because of the thunderstorms rolling in. laguardia and jfk. the main squall like toward the west, that's a batch of heavy rain. the squall itself is down to the south. here is what it looks like for you. an hour delay. new york city's metro, boston, philadelphia, those will develop shortly. atlanta has a slight delay. that will get up to over an hour. charlotte, orlando, cleveland and houston, thunderstorms and san francisco, looking at an hour and ten minute delay averaging this week. same thing today, just about an hour delay for you. two more sluggers are on the list of ball players who tested positive for performance enhancers. why one of them may be wishing
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18 minutes past the hour. touchdown for the shuttle "endeavour" could be just a few hours away. the crew will make its first landing attempt at the kennedy space center in florida at 10:48 a.m. eastern. they've been in space for 16 days. they're bringing home a japanese astronaut who spent the last
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four and a half monthsality the international space station. new movies coming out because it's friday. you may want to catch the comedy "funny people." >> your accent is very thick. you ever notice your accent makes things sound worse than they actually are? you could give good news, and i'd still be like, what happened? i'm still dying? >> i'm just trying to help you. >> are you mad that you died at the end of "die hard?" >> adam sand her stars as a famous comedian who finds out he may only have a year to live. he meets a struggling comedian and takes him under his wing. the movie is directed by the same guy who did "the 40-year-old virgin" and "knocked up". people are shell shocked over one man's choice for a pet. >> what do you make of spike? >> spike is the coolest thing in the building. >> well, this pet turtle could eventually weigh as much as a person though. new for you in about 20 minutes, you'll see why his owner calls
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him a life saver. two more big baseball stars have allege ledly tested positive for steroids. here is rafer with more on that. add together the list. >> adding to the list. this anonymous list they did in '03. what's interesting about it is this list is sealed by a court. so whoever is leaking these names is committing a crime. just another sub plot in the whole thing. right now "the new york times" is saying manny ramirez and david ortiz, aka big papi joins sammy sosa and a-rod on that infamous list. right before the two read the red sox to a championship. here's the irony. >> i would suggest that everybody get tested, not random. everybody. you go team by team, you test everybody, three, four times a year and that's about it.
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ban them for the whole year. >> ban them for the whole year. he said yeah, i am on the list. he doesn't know what he tested positive for and wants to find out. a good baseball story. jamie moyer is our true champion this week for helping grieving kids this summer by sending them to camp. through his foundation, he and his wife started camp aaron, grief camps for kids who have lost loved ones, 28 camps in 18 sfaets. a weekend long, totally free. they have reg lack activities, but group counseling sessions with professionals. for more information, moyer orl. john colangelo, johnny "seafood." they now call him ace. he says hitting a hole in one has been a lifelong dream of his. michael vick is close to signing with another team. we'll have it in ten. usually when you check into
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a hotel you're worried about getting a good night sleep only. one guy ended up dropping his bags to rescue someone.
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the government's cash for clunkers program may be done after less than a week? it may have burned through a billion dollars. the white house is scrambling to find more money. something like 200,000 new cars have been sold. as many as 50,000 more are waiting for approval. most of the 80,000 people urged to evacuate in texas can go back home now. a warehouse that processes ammonium nitrate went up in flames yesterday. the fire is now under control. city officials said that at least ten people went to the hospital. another test of the missile defense system went off last night. now, the department of defense
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says it was a successful shootdown. the missile was launched from the hawaiian islands and then intercepts about one 100 miles high. a better system for tracing food-borne illnesses and new penalties are part of a new safety bill that passed the house yesterday. they gained new momentum in the wake of a deadly outbreak of salmonella earlier this year. those are just a few of the stories that we're following. good morning. friday looks good on you. i'm robin meade. what happens to the cars that are turns in to the cash for clunkers program? well, dolls, i think that pretty much sums it up. the engine gets a lethal injection of solvent that makes it stop permanently and then the cars are crushed and go into a shredder that turns into metal mull-making sure they're never on the road again.
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we have a new interview with jackson's personal chef. she talks with larry king about emotional moments with his kids. >> what's this box of happiness? >> this is -- paris made this for me, the children made this for me when i came back. >> after you left work and had now come back. they missed you. >> they missed me. a box of happiness. >> hey, kai, thanks forgetting apricots. dadly loved them. >> he was getting ready for the tour. he was eating. >> would you say in observation he looked in good health except a little tired for rehearsing. >> he looked very well to me in april, yes, he did. >> meanwhile investigators believe that jackson may have been a drug addict. search warrants filed yesterday show authorities were seeking evidence of prescribing to an addict when they searched dr.
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conrad murray's home and office. murray has denied giving jackson anything that should have killed him. the wait is getting longer for jackson's final autopsy report. yesterday the l.a. coroner's office announced an indefinite delay on jackson's toxicology findings. it says more investigation needs to be done. earlier it said a final autopsy report was expected next week. it was cold beers and conversation at the white house last night. president obama sat down to talk with an african-american professor and the police officer who arrested him earlier this month. correspondent richard lui, we heard the president try to down play some of the coverage around the meeting? >> that's right. it's hard to do that. mr. obama told reporters before the meeting, don't call this a summit. >> i notice this has been called the beer summit, a clefer term. this is not a summit guys. this is three folks having a drink at the end of the day and hopefully giving people an opportunity to listen to each
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other. >> now, the president also said he'd be surprised that the media made the chat more important than his meeting with the president of the philippines yesterday. president obama has been dealing with fallout since saying at his news conference that police, quote, acted stupidly. he's had to explain the comments several and it's taken away from his message about health care reform. >> the president said he wanted it to be a teachable moment. we've asked our viewers this morning what was it? what do you think? what are we finding. >> blogger larry saying this isn't a teachable moment except for how to respectfully deal with a police officer called by a concerned citizen trying to look out for a neighbor's house. there's blogger janet who says of president obama, it is best he stay neutral regardless of which side he believes is right. he should remember he represents all races, end quote. so do you think this was a teachable moment? do you agree with what's been said so far? we're blogging about it,
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cnn.com/robin. we'll put those comments on air in the next 30 minutes. >> okay. we've had differing opinions. we welcome them. drivers in the detroit area had a chance to get gas for 99 cents a gallon yesterday. sign me up, right? for two hours one local gas station cut its prices from $2.49. one woman ran out of gas in the line. some of the other people there offered to push her to the pump. new video out of iran. these are clashes that broke out as thousands gathered to mourn the woman who has become a symbol of the country's post election violence. riot police beat back protesters at neda's grave site yesterday. the 26-year-old was shot and killed in june during protests over presidential results that delayed mahmoud ahmadinejad the winner. michael vick could be close to signing with a team? that's what he saying. rafer, is any team saying that's true. >> most every time has come out
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and said no, we have no interest in signing michael vick. speaking publicly for the first time since being released from prison on dogfighting charges, he told reporters, quote, we're getting close with regards to signing with a protest. the latest teams to deny any interest, bears, raiders and titans. he could sign with the up start ufl league. i think it's unlikely. he's back in bankruptcy court today. he's either going to pittsburgh, washington, baltimore or new england. that's my take. that's a look at sports. we'll see what happens. >> thank you, rafer. some of the stories already that we're watching today in the morning express planner, at 10:00 a.m., congress holds a hearing on the government's economic recovery program. the gist is why agencies aren't getting the money spent quickly enough. then at 11:30 a.m. eastern, vice president biden speaks to the annual conference of the national urban league. a recovering alcohol credits his best friend for keeping him on the wagon, not talking about a person or a dog, but spike.
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he is a 6-year-old african tortoise that some day could tip the scales at 150 pounds. his owner calls him a life saver. >> like therapy, it really is. keeps me out of my room, from sitting around and watching too much tv. >> most of the time when an alcohol or drug addict gets down in the dumps, he just needs somebody to pick him up or push him along in the right direction. >> so the tortoise gotion and he follows. spike could live as long as 80 years. >> you better like tortoises. they're going to be around a while. >> that, and i'm almost sure she's going to outgrow that man's home. >> that's a big pet. >> we wish luck to that men. 37 minutes past the hour. storms, pleases let them get over with before the weekend.
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>> georgia will get heavy rain. this weather brought to you by fiber one cereal. the cold front is across ten kentucky. really the fuel for the showers and thunderstorms today. notice the line as it races through central tennessee and hits the smoky mountains. once the air hits the mountains, it rises because it has to. that gets the thunderstorms going even more. interesting right there. smoky mountains generating heavier rain as we speak. down to the south a little farther. here is what it looks like between houston and basically new orleans. showers and thunderstorms around the gulf. that's traveling toward the east, not very fast. it's going to be out there. more rain coming up out of the florida panhandle towards alabama. that whole batch stretching in to north of georgia and atlanta right now. slowdowns at the airport in atlanta through the midatlantic. the reason why, look at the steady stream of rain coming right out of kentucky, up the appalachians through west
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virginia. headed toward the delaware valley and philadelphia. a couple showers and storms around new york city now. a decent line of rain around skenektady towards albany. showers and storms are there. the only thing we're watching, the heavy rain, but also severe weather factor for you today that's going to align itself around massachusetts, connecticut towards north carolina. the piedmont toward new york city, be prepared for heavier downpours and frequent lightning, golf ball-sized hail is a possibility. flash flood watches, we have them out there as well. the dark shaded green are the watches. the lighter shade is where you're seeing the flash flood warnings. that includes around skenektady. >> did you fight when you played monopoly? >> all the time. trying to do double dealing. >> my brother would shove the money underneath the board. >> try to collect the $200 if you land on baltic.
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one man drew the real go to jail card. the game became too real when the cops showed up at his front door. what he's accused of doing that put him behind bars.
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kubel a game of monopoly landed a guy behind bars. the 54-year-old is accused of hitting a woman as they played monopoly. police say things got ugly after she refused to sell him park place and boardwalk. she says he slapped her in the
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face and knocked her glasses off. >> i thought that was real violent for playing a game that's supposed to be friendly. like i said, i guess he takes his monopoly pretty seriously. >> the man was charged with assault and battery. here is something we thought we would never see, jerry, george, elaine and kramer together again. the science felt cast will reunite on "curb your enthusiasm." they will appear in a story line about the show returning. larry david who co-created "seinfeld" said a real reunion is unlikely. good news for your 401(k), the dow will open at the highest level in nine months. mel lis so long, it's about time. >> it is about time. i'm sure a lot of people are saying the exact same thing this morning, robin. investors are reacting to better than expected profits and new unemployment figures out just yesterday that do suggest the labor market is starting to
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stabilize. thursday the dow climbing 83 points, and the s&p is marching toward 1,000 for the first time since november. 8:30 we'll get the biggest economic report of the week, gdp, the report which measures economic growth is expected to be down but not nearly as much as the past few quarters. whether you like it or not, you now own a chunk of citigroup. the troubled bank converted $25 billion of the government's preferred shares into common stock yesterday. so that effectively gives you, the taxpayer, a 1/3 stake in the bank. citigroup's ceo says the conversion will make it one of the best capitalized banks in the world. because it's taken on so many tax dollars, the white house has a say in how much citigroup's top executives are paid. speaking about pay, this is your pay. many of you may come out of this recession overqualified and underpaid. a career builder survey found 64% of laid off employees have applied for positions below the
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job level they had before. analysts say new higher compensation is much lower as well because companies simply don't have to pay as much to get the good talent. in fact, in some cases employers have increased the requirements, robin, and lowered the corresponding salary. a real tough reality in this troubled economy. >> you're taking a job because you have to eat. >> got to put food on the table and keep the roof over your head. a 4-year-old boy is making a big recovery a little more than three months after he was run over by a lawn mower. preston lloyd suffered major internal injuries after his dad accidentally backed over him. he has not fully recovered, but he has come a long way in a short time. >> and then you think about what can i do to make him have a good life, you know. it's not about where he plays football or basketball or if he plays. hey, i just want him to be able
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to run out in the yard again. we're real close to that. >> that poor father. a local fund-raiser last weekend brought in $30,000 to help the family. we're hearing more from a cop put on leave for using a racial slur. what the officer told larry king about his controversial e-mail. a new twist in the death of a former boxing champion. why police are now saying he was not murdered.
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a police officer sent an e-mail referencing harvard professor henry gates with a racial slur says he is not a racest. officer justin barrett was commenting on gates's arrest earlier in the month. he says he regrets the e-mail and didn't intend any racial big otry. he apologized again on cnn's ""larry king live"." >> i'm not a racist. i didn't intend any racial bigotry or harm in my words. i truly apologize to all involved, larry. >> barrett is currently on administrative leave from the boston police department.
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also suspended from his duties in the army national guard. it's hard to understand this, but police are now saying that former champion boxer arturo gatti was not murdered but committed suicide. what i mean, rafer, it's hard to understand their aboutface on this. >> they're not saying a whole lot. this total turn by police originally said the former champ was strangled by his wife with a purse strap while he slept drunkenly, now the lead investigator simply told the ap yes when it was asked if it was a suicide. they released the 23-year-old suspect, amanda rodriguez from jail. she told the ap that she and gatti had an argument and he was upset. gatti's family said, however, he would never kill himself. two more baseball stars reportedly have tested positive for performance enhancers. "the new york times" says manny
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ramirez and david ortiz, aka big papi are among the 100 players who tested positive in the anonymous test in '03. they helped the red sox win a championship right after that test was sdeincidentally hit a run yesterday. he said, yes, he is on the list but doesn't know what he tested positive for. and terrell owens is now selling cereal. he has his reality show, and now we have t.o.'s honey toasted oats. a breakfast of champions. most seem to like it. kind of a recurring theme for buffalo bills' players. refuse doug flutey had his flutey flakes? maybe well sell well in buffalo. >> it's a stand-alone brand. honey nut cheerios and took off the label and put his face on it. i think they actually made this for him. >> he's having a really good relationship with the fans so
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far. >> they love him there. but they love him everywhere when he first gets there. i'm just saying. >> okay. thank you, appreciate it. bob, what say you? >> i say it goes great with wine. that's what i would say. good morning, robin. let me show you what's happening. a couple delays, a ground stop at philadelphia, it's a quarter of nine because of the clouds coming in, ahead of the main line of rain. newark and atlanta has a less than half-hour delay now, but that will build. here's the rest of the day. one hour or more, unfortunately, big friday get-away, it's summer, i know. the new york city metro, boston, philadelphia, atlanta, d.c., all calling for weather-related one-hour or more delays. charlotte, orlando, cleveland and houston. and same thing today. there you go, robin. >> you crack me up. thank you. come here and look at this i-report of the day. i-reporter ann ardis sent in a
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tribute to the taco bell dog gidget. he created a portrait of a and a halfo to spread cheese on a canvas. doesn't that look good? go to cnn.com/robin to learn how you can be an i-reporter.
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time for you to rise and shine. it is friday, so i hope it's a spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down. i'm robin meade, nice to have you here. >> a billion-dollar program to help you enjoy the new-car smell is apparently stuck in neutral. was cash for clunkers too good to be true? my gosh, it just got started. plus, drug addict, how those two words are revealing a whole new angle in the investigation of michael jackson's death. and this. an invitation to nowhere! where you won't find sarah palin next weekend, and why some are so surprised. the government's cash for clunkers program, they have already burned through all ofs
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billion-dollar kitty. and may be suspended after less than a week. details are still sketchy, but we're hearing something like 200,000 new cars have been sold, 50,000 are waiting for government approval. >> i think it's a great program. you know, i got $4,500 for this week towards the purchase of a new f-150, and it was time to turn this one in. it's 15 years old. >> well, dealers say backlog is so big that the government website set up to process the deals has crashed several times. melissa long is in for jennifer westhov westhoven. what about the people who think, hey, i have all autumn to pick up a good deal? >> a lot of people thought that, because the plan was supposed to expire in november or until the billion-dollar budge he was --
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meantime, the members of congress were working late into the night to try to find as much as $4 billion more for this program. they're facing april pleasure, because this cash for clunkers incentive has actually turned out to be more successful than most of the stimulus program. we have actually heard about so far. >> so, yeah, let's funnel some money from those other programs that aren't doing so well. >> nice to see some foot traffic into the dealerships, too said they need to move forward. >> gates and i bring different perspectives to these issues and have agreed that both
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perspectives should be addressed in an effort to provide a constructive outcome in the events of the past month. >> professor gates said he wanted to get past the incident. he said i am hopeful we can all move on and this experience will prove an experience for education, not recrim nation. and was it a teachable moment? correspondent richard lui has some of your reaction in ten minutes. . tens of thousands of u.s. bridges are waiting for repairs, but a new report suggests it will be a while before they're fixed. states are spending most of the $17 billion in transportation stimulus cash on bridges already in good shape? and projects like repaving roads that are putting people to work. the man heading up the stimulus for president obama says they understand the need to tackle long-term projects, but he told states he wanted shovel-ready projects, meaning get started and get people to work. some transportation officials say that it makes it so difficult to focus on bad
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bridges that weren't already scheduled for repairs. investigators believe that michael jackson -- may believe michael jackson was a drug addict. search warrants show that authorities were seeking evidence of prescribing to an addict and records leading to propofol when they searched doctor conrad murray's home and office. murray has denied giving jackson anything that should have killed him. a cnn legal analyst says suggests the addict assumption could affect the case. >> the fact they were assuming he was an addict makes the prosecution of anybody harder, because it suggests that jackson himself was the big initiator of getting all these drugs. >> well, meanwhile, the wait is getting longer for jackson's final autopsy report. yesterday the l.a. coroner's office announced an indefinite delay on toxicology findings.
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earlier it said a final autopsy report was expected next week. most of the 80,000 people urged to evacuate in texas because of toxic smoke can go back home now. a warehouse went up in flames. they process ammonium nitrate there. the fire is under control, and officials said that at least ten people went to the hospital. new video to show you out of iran. these are clashes that broke out as thousands gathered to mourn the woman who has become a symbol of a country's post election violence. riot police beat back protesters at a grave site yesterday. the 26-year-old was shot and killed in june during massive protests over presidential election results that declared mahmoud ahmadinejad the winner. five minutes after the hour. okay. friday, i know it's a flying day for a lot of you. get-away-day friday. we do have a storm system.
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bob will show you where a couple are. hi, there. >> good morning, robin. all you need to know is a cold front from the northeast to texas and it's active this morning. look at the big shot with the radar. rain goes from maine all the way down to the appellations in toward the lower gulf coast. so if you're trying to get away, trying to hop a plane anywhere from atlanta through charlotte and unfortunately the d.c., philadelphia, new york city, and even boston later today, you'll find delays. look at the heavy rain right now, a couple batches between houston and new orleans, right along the gulf coast. get towards florida, more rain out of the gulf of mexico. not severe, but the heavy rain is a potential for today. and you see thunderstorms flashing just west of atlanta in towards alabama. that's all drifting up to the north, too. so it's going to be a steady stream of rain for the next 24 to 48 hours. look at the rain across ohio, back in towards west virginia, pennsylvania. that gets in towards new york state, vermont, new hampshire and ultimately towards maine where it will fill an inch-and-a-half of rain for you. we've been following this one
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batch of heavier downpours for the last couple hours, and that goes toward vermont through the capital region in toward the poconos where it's going to be this morning and drifts to the east later this afternoon. flooding rain is one concern and the other concern is this area of low pressures sundaround the valley could generate severe thunderstorms today. so if you're around massachusetts toward connecticut, rhode island, long island, jersey to the piedmont. let me take you live to new york city. you've seen the rain coming in, you've seen it going out. you're on the cusp of the fourth coldest july on record since the 1880s. so if you thought it was cold so far, you're right. 82 degrees, scattered showers and thunderstorms all day long, rob. that's what it looks like at central park. >> you just want to stay in your robe. >> you do, indeed. feels more like october. more in a bit. >> thank you. apparently bailed-out banks are still paying out billions of dollars in bonuses. do we never learn? citigroup is on the list. find out what other names are
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in our salute to the troops right now, today's salute is son, second lieutenant tim biosik. go ahead, jennifer. >> good morning, robin. this is jennifer, i'm calling to do a shout-out for my son, tim biosik. tim, i love you so much, i'm so very proud of you, i support you 1,000 percent, and i pray every day that you're happy, healthy and safe. i hope you come home very soon. go army! >> all she needed was a huah! go to cnn.com/robin.
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if you don't know what i did, you must not know anyone in the army. cold beer conversation eased tension between a harvard professor and a cop who arrested him. you may remember president obama invited them over after saying police acted stupidly in richard lui, president obama want he wanted this to be a teachable moment. >> right. >> so was it? >> was a teachable moment for all three? after he chatted with the men over beers, robin, the president released this statement, quote, i have always believed what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. i am hopeful all of us are able to draw a positive lesson from episode. but a top african-american scholar told our sister network, cnn, these things take time. this. >> is not the kind of problem that's going to be solved in one election cycle. we've got to realize that, you know, this is almost like going to the middle east and getting -- obtaining peace in a very short amount of time. >> now, doctor watkins says a
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good step is for everyday people, robin, to start having tough conversations simply about race. >> so in our viewers' opinion was it a teachable moment. >> and they have been telling us what they thought. scott p. writes, i do not believe this is a teachable moment at all. i believe it is simply a case of two men, bothin dig nent in their personal views on their respective positions. owing each other a personal, non-public apology. and then we've got blogger m. saying this teachable moment shows how great of a mentor obama is. it also shows how great the professor and police officer are to come together to try and make amends with one another. so do you agree with what has been said and what we told you? do you think this was a teachable moment or not? we're blogging about that at cnn.com/robin. we will share your comments here on cnn, robin. >> thanks so much to our viewers for your differing opinions. a new report shows that while many of you are dealing with pay freezes or no pay at all, the banks taking your taxpayer money were still doling
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out massive bonuses to their employees. every time we do a story like this, i think dejavu and then i get ticked off, and i'm sure our viewers do, too. >> i'm sure you're not alone. >> melissa long for jennifer westhoven. >> bankers receiving these bonuses and the new york attorney general has reviewed nine banks, and found citigroup paid out more than $5 billion in bonuses last year even though it lost $27 billion and it took in $45 billion in your money, taxpayer dollars. goldman sachs, morgan stanley, jpmorgan turning a profit, but they also paid out more than they earned in in bonuses. financial institutions have long said compensation in that industry is crucial to getting top talent and retaining that top talent. not sure what you're doing this weekend, but tax-free shopping season starts in some areas of the country. that is good news in a bad economy. 15 states are offering sales tax holidays just in time for the kids to go back to school. you can get the discounts on
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clothing, school applies, and even computer. it's going on right now in georgia and mississippi. robin, i happened to be shopping yesterday for a birthday gift and all of the sales representatives were pushing anything in the store because you can save anything big-time. >> even on some things like computers? >> in some states, absolutely. >> very helpful. parents need some help. we're hearing more from a cop who was put on leave from using a racial slur. the officer spoke to larry king about his controversial e-mail.
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touchdown for the space shuttle "endeavour" could be about two-and-a-half hours away now. nasa says the weather looks pretty good for the crew's first landing attempt at kennedy at 10:48 eastern. they have been in space for 16 days, but they're bringing home a japanese astronaut who spent the last four and a half months at the space station. a police officer who sent an e-mail referring to harvard professor henry gates with a racial slur says he is not a racist. officer justin barrett was commenting on gates' arrest
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earlier in the month. barrett says he regrets the e-mail and didn't intend any racial big owe tree and he reit rated it on "larry king live." >> i sincerely apologize. i truly apologize to all, larry. >> barrett is credible on administrative leave from the boston police department. he is also suspended from his duties in the army national guard. south carolina's governor predicted his affair would lead to humiliation. the "associated press" obtained a letter mark sanford wrote to his spiritual advisor and says he was trying to head off a possible divorce. remember in june, he went on a secret trip to argentina to see his mistress. overhauling the health care system is going to wait.
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house dems say they are making progress, and a committee is providing sweeping legislation to provide health care to nearly all the uninsured. >> we are gathered here today to demand that the final health care reformulation has a robust, public option. and to -- and to vow we will vote against it if does not. >> democrats appear ready to leave town for the august rec s recess, with a so-called deal in hand. i think it's safe to say that over the august recess, as more americans learn more about their plan, they're likely to have a very, very hot summer. >> well, critics of the proposal so far say there has been too much of a rush, and they want more time to deliberate. they're going to get their wish. a woman saved her friend's dog with mouth to mouth.
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chris natohrez was the at her friend's house when the dog was found hanging by its leash from the swing set. so she went into action. >> picked her up from the floor and started breathing mouth to mouth. >> . >> well, the dog is okay. torres says little chica could have used some breath mipts. >> smart girl. >> definitely. can you believe two more baseball stars reportedly tested positive for performance enhancers? here is rafer with more on that. we're not even supposed to know that. >> exactly. this is supposed to be an anonymous list and they just keep leaking out. and it's just going to keep on keeping on. more names leaking out. remember, it was about 100 or so players that tested positive in '03, and then it is a-rod and sammy sosa. now the "new york times" says manny ramirez and david ortez, aka big poppy also on that list
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the year before they led the red sox to a championship. and here's what ortiz said when a-rod's name was the first to come out. >> i would suggest that everybody get tested. not random. everybody. you go team by team. you test everybody. three, four times a year. and that's about it. ban them for the whole year. >> ban them for the whole year. well, ortiz said he did find out he was on that list, he confirmed it, but he doesn't know what he tested positive for. let's go to a good baseball story now. 46-year-old jamie moyer, a true champion this week, by helping grieving kids by sending them to camp. moyer's foundation started camp aaron, these are grief camps who lost loved ones, 28 camps in 18 states, they run a weekend long, all free. they have regular activities but also group counseling sessions with trained professionals and doctors. for more information, go to moirefoundation.org.
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and i want you to meet another champion. 97-year-old john colangilo hit a hole in one. the restaurant owner is known as johnnie seafood and now he is known as ace colangelo. lastly, michael vick is close to signing with a team. at least that's what he is saying. we'll have it at 10:00. robin? >> the funny thing is, no one else is admitting to it. the things people build from legos never cease to amaze you. look at mark twain. this is 150 pounds and 6 feet tall, housed at the mark twain house and museum in connecticut. a lego version of the mark twain house has also been on display there since april. guess who has a record deal? the pope! what's he singing, and when does that at all bum drop? the pope!
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the government's cash for clunkers program may be done after less than a week! it may have burned through a billion dollars already. the white house is scrambling to find more money, something like 200,000 new cars have been sold, as many as 50,000 more in the pipeline waiting for approval. at least 24 people were killed in roadside bombs near shiite mosques across baghdad. the attacks happened right after friday prayers ended. police think they targeted the war shippers who were leaving. the deadliest happened in northern baghdad where 21 people were killed. more government inspections, a better system for tracking
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food-bourne illnesses and new penalties. those are all part of a food safety bill the house passed yesterday. the bill gained new momentum in the wake of the deadly outbreak of salmonella earlier this year. this is just a few of the stories we've already been working on today. i wanted to say good morning to you. morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. kind of seemed like happy hour at the white house. yesterday president obama hosted harvard professor henry gates and the cop who arrested him in his own home with some beer. the president said he wanted the meeting to diffuse the racial issues brought up by the arrests. there were no apologies, but cambridge police sergeant james crowley said they have plans to meet again. >> we have already planned a meeting, professor is heading back to the vineyard right now to spend time with his family. he and i are going to have a phone conversation in the coming days to lay the ground work for that meeting that's already been discussed. >> correspondent richard lui joins us now. yesterday before this meeting, we heard the president try to
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downplay some of the coverage from the press. >> yeah, that's right. good morning, robin. mr. obama actually said to reporters beforehand, hey, don't call this a summit. >> i notice this has been called the beer summit. it's a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys. this is three folks having -- having a drink at the end of the day. and hopefully giving people an opportunity to listen to each other. >> the president also said he would be surprised if the media made the chat more important than his meeting with the president of the philippines yesterday. president obama has been dealing with fallout since saying at his news conference that police, quote, acted stupidly. he has had to explain his comment several times, as we all know, and it's also certainly taken away from his message about health care reform, robin. >> so the president said that he hoped it would be a teachable moment. so our viewers, we asked you, do you think it was. >> and they are weighing in, robin. blogger sandy, for instance, saying this morning, i applaud our president for doing his best
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to put the situation in perspective and trying to get everyone to talk about things and cool it. he's right that this is what brings about change. and then blogger chuck says the beer summit was a good idea. it shows that real men should be able to sit down and hash out their differences. wouldn't it be nice if world leaders could do this as opposed to wars? cnn.com/robin. we share your thoughts with you today. >> richard, thank you. and very good to our viewers. what happens to the cars turned in for the cash for clunkers program? that about wraps it up. the engine gets a lethal injection that makes it stop permanently and the cars are crushed. they go into a shredder that turns them into mulch much. it's to make sure they are never back on the road. the military had to scramble fighter jets when a plane veered way off its flight plan. this happened last night and nor rad says it send two f-16s to
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tail a single engine plane when it blew past its destination. it crashed near henderson, west virginia. killing the pilot. fighter pilots never had any luck contracting the pilot. affiliate wsaz reports the pilot had apparently passed out. michael vick could be close to signing with a team? at least that's what he is saying. but rafer says there is more to that. >> no team has expressed a public interest. the baltimore ravens thought about it and the pittsburgh steelers aren't saying anything. but vick spoke publicly for the first time, leaving a bankruptcy hearing, he said, quote, we're getting close when asked about signing with a pro team. wouldn't say who. now, the latest teams to say they will absolutely not sign him, the bears, the raiders, the titans and lions. now, he could sign with the upstart ufl, but it's not likely. he'll be back in bankruptcy court again today. robin? >> okay. thanks. we'll wait for word on that. a game of monopoly landed one man behind bars.
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the 54-year-old is accused of hitting a woman while playing monopoly. she says the guy slapped her in the face and knocked her glasses off. >> i thought that was real violent for playing a game, that is supposed to be friendly. i guess he takes his monopoly pretty seriously. >> something. the man has been charged with assault and battery. you know, at least one confirmed tornado hit tennessee yesterday. it came along with a storm that knocked out power to thousands of people in memphis. streets flooded and trees fell on homes. the winds were strong enough to blow over a semi. no reports of serious injuries. a concert from country music singer toby keith and trace atkins had to be postponed. 35 minutes past the hour. unfortunately, i don't think we're done with that kind of weather in the same general area. what are you watching, bob? >> the rain shield now.
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there were actually 11 tornadoes reported yesterday, mostly around that recently. now the heavy shield of rain is moving to the east, around eastern tennessee on the way up to the northeast, too. more in a second. look at the radar as it moves through. lots of showers, lots of thunderstorms hugging the gulf coast. the rain is coming out of the gulf of mexico through the florida panhandle and stretching in toward north georgia with a big picture showing it move toward the mid atlantic and the north east. we have a lot of rain in store, flash flood watches are posted. let me show you where these are located. from the northeast, vermont, new york, through jersey into philadelphia and all the way down into delaware, too. 1 to 2 inches of rain overnight tonight, should get out of here for saturday and sunday more showers return for that region. so here's what it looks like around albany. we'll zoom? you just saw schenectady on the nap. a steady stream of rain on the way. also, slight chance of severe thunderstorms, main threat today, gusty winds. you're going to see a lot of thunderstorms develop later this afternoon. some of those might begin to
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rotate. an isolated tornado is a probability when you get into areas like outside of philadelphia philadelphia, back towards new york. have to watch this area, not looking for a huge tornado outbreak, but one or two is a possibility. back out to the west, look at the flood watches from kentucky into tennessee and a nice batch of rain out of new mexico, falling across part of central texas and you want it to fall into areas that are moisture-starved, san antonio, austin, to the southern tip of texas, brownsville. but severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly along the frontal boundary, and finally good news in seattle. you broke a record at the forecasting office, yesterday 100, today only 82. more robin, in a bit. so the heatwave, at least for the pacific west coast has been broken, finally. >> good news for them. a little breather. get this, bob. the seinfeld cast is reuniting. we're going to tell you where you will get to see a few new episodes with jerry, george,
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hope you're on time. you've got about 20 minutes until k eastern. a woman linked to the deaths of a florida couple known for adopting special needs kids is now accused of big owe me. she is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the deaths of byrd and melanie billings. authorities say that the couple's safe was found in wiggins' backyard. a 4-year-old boy is making a big recovery about three months after he was run over by a lawn mower. preston lloyd suffered major
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internal injuries after his dad accidentally backed over him. he is not fully recovered, but he has come a long way in a short time. >> and when you think about, what can i do to make him have a good life, you know? it's not about where he plays football or basketball or if he plays. hey, i justify want him to be able to run out in the yard again, and we're real close to that. >> that poor father. a local fund-raiser last weekend brought in $30,000 to help the family. >> just minutes ago, we got the biggest economic report of the week. gross domestic product, gdp, a look at how overall the economy is doing. well, it shrank by 1%, and melissa long is in for jennifer westhoven and points out it's not necessarily a bad sign. how is that? >> it's actually a bit better than expected. as you mentioned, shrinking about 1%. not nearly as severe as last quarter. that's also important to point out. you compare quarters.
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some economists think this is proof we may have hit the bottom, and are starting to come out of the recession. but this is still the first time that gross domestic product has contracted for four quarters in a row. this is since the government started keeping records of this. so some analysts say the recovery may be very sluggish. dozens of general motors dealers are finding out they won't have to close their doors after all. in may, the automaker announced it was shutting down 1,300 dealerships, but now gm has had a change of heart for 50 of them, mostly in rural areas. it said it made some mistakes in analyzing their finances and then reconsidered the distances to other gm car lots. some dealers are convinced it was all in the effort. their letter-writing campaign and the political pressure may have paid off for them. unfortunately, many of you may come out of the recession overqualified and underpaid. there is a new survey by career builder that found that 64% of laid off workers have applied for positions below the job level they had before. analysts say new higher compensation is much lower too,
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because companies simply don't have to pay as much to get the great talent. in some cases, employers have increased the requirements and lowered the corresponding salary. and robin, i have a couple friends looking for work right now, and they're both trying to reinvent themselves as they try and find their next career path. >> you have to put food on the table as people are taking jobs, whether it's not what they really want. there are bridges in this country that just are not safe, and your tax money is supposed to pay to fix them. but a new report says, uh-uh, not happening. ♪ ú/
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as of today, almost all british troops are being pulled out of iraq. now, the agreement that allows them to be there expires today. about a dozen british soldiers are staying to help train iraqi police. you know, australia had a similar deadline, but the last of its soldiers got out on tuesday. . a man accused of killing his
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wife on a cruise ship says he is not guilty. a grand jury indicted robert mcgill of second degree murder. now, he entered his plea yesterday. police say that his wife was strangled and hit in the head. court documents say that mcgill told authorities that he killed her with his bare hands. he is expected in court again on monday. a florida man who says that iguanas threaten the state's wildlife is offering an iguana cookbook. george seras says what used to be an exotic pet is a menace now, and wants people to destroy them and eat them. he says they don't taste bad. >> pretty much the same as an l alligat alligator. but there is meat through it. my main concern is not so much that people are eating iguanas, but aware of the impact they need to do more. >> i'm not down with the iguana stir fry. he says he was hired to trap iguanas in south florida, and destroyed 16,000 in two years. a huge chunk of the country's unsafe bridges isn't
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getting the stimulus money needed to repair them. that's according to the "associated press." now, it reports that states are spending most of the $17 billion in transportation stimulus cash on bridges already in good shape. what? and projects like repaving roads that are putting people it work. a man heading up the stimulus for president obama says that they understand the need to tackle long-term projects, but he told states that he wanted shovel-ready projects, meaning get started, get people to work. but some transportation officials say that that makes it so difficult to focus on these bad bridges that were already scheduled for repairs. here's something we thought we would never see. jerry, george, elaine and cramer together again. the seinfeld cast is going to reunion right on the new seen of curb your enthusiasm. they will appear in five episodes in a story line about the show returning, actually. kind of a show within a show. barry david who co-created seinfeld says a real seinfeld reunion is unlikely.
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mp mpgs. >> that's a great show. >> that sounds like a reunion to me. police say that former boxing champion arturo gatti was not murdered but committed suicide. rafer weigel with more on this. >> ever since a coroner's report came out, the police have been backing off their statements. and that original statement being that gatti was killed by his wife with a purse strap while he was drunk, and was sleeping. well, now the lead investigator, when he was asked by the "a.p." whether this was a suicide, he simply said, "yes." then 23-year-old amanda rodriguez was released from jail. the murder suspect originally. she told the "a.p." the couple had an argument before he died and he was upset because she was going to leave him. gatti's family says he would never kill himself. . two more baseball players tested poll for performance enhanner certifies.
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ortiz and rah mere riz. man-ram and/or teez put out a statement after he was arrested. and afterward said yeah, i found out i'm on the list but don't know what i tested positive for. and terrell owens is now selling cereal. the new buffalo bills' receiver unveiled his breakfast of champions, t.o.'s honey toasted oats. it's on shelves in new york supermarkets, it's real, and most of the fans in buffalo seem to like it. so there you go. they're gobbling it down. >> they're having a love affair with him. >> right now, t.o. can do no wrong in buffalo, but it's been like that in every city he has gone to when he first started. i'm just saying, buffalo. just saying. >> okay. >> it might work out this time. inheriting money is not something you have to think about every day. but hln money expert clark howard heard from a caller who
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is about to inherit money from his late grandmother, and wants to know, what do i do with it? >> for you, i think that putting the money aside in a mix of things that are very conservative and aside in a mix that are very conservative and things that involve more long-term perspective is the right kind of mix that you should be looking at. and i would suggest, if it were me, i would look at taking roughly a third of that money and making it ultra-conservative. >> caller: okay. >> things like bank cds, credit union cds, where a third of it there is no concern, no worry or whatever. >> caller: yeah. and the whole thing, like, it's in a credit union, and the whole fda, like $250,000 debt free.
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it's considerably more than that. >> how much total is in the trust? >> around 2.8. >> wow. >> i like clark's reaction there. yeah, wow. that kind of changes it. hear the rest of the story this weekend on the clark howard show at noon eastern right here on hln. in our ireport of the day here, our ireporter phil hansen sent a story in about the chihuahua who died last week. he made a portrait in cheese on a chan vanvas. it looks great. a woman was not happy with some cold french fries. soun hap so unhappy that she called 911 about her french fries. you will be surprised about what the cops did!
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good morning! is friday looking good on you or what? i'm robin meade. it's great to have you around today. it's 9:00 eastern. let's jump right into the story. >> i wish they would have given us 5 or $10 billion. we're running out of money. >> it looks like the government is having a hard time keeping up with a huge demand. america's bridges are in bad shape and a new report suggests there is not enough stimulus money to do anything about it. space shuttle "endeavour" is less than two hours of touching down.
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we're going to see if the weather is going to cooperate, though. let's talk about new cars. the government's cash for clunkers program may already have burned through all of its billion-dollar kitty. it may already be suspended after less than a week. this all happened so fast, the details are still sketchy, but we're hearing that something like 200,000 new cars have been sold and it's possible deals may be jammed in the pipeline waiting for approval. obviously people saw a good car deal. the response was phenomenal. >> i think it's a good program. i got $4500 for this vehicle toward the purchase of a new f-150. it was time to turn this one in. >> the process to set up the deals crashed several times. what about the people who said, oh, i have all autumn to choose a car here. >> right, you mention autumn
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because it was supposed to go to november 1 or until the demoney ran out. if you plan to go car shopping this weekend, it's likely dealers are not going to be offering the invent acticentive they have no guarantee of being reimbursed. the members of congress are working late into thursday to try to find as much as $4 billion more for this program. they're facing political pressure because the cash for clunkers incentive has turned out to be more successful than most of the stimulus programs we've seen so far, robin. >> so maybe that's where the money should come from, the other stimulus programs into this one. thank you. president obama must have if he would like the bartender in chief yesterday. he hosted professor henry gates and the cop who arrested him outside his own home for some beer in his office. the president said he wanted the meeting to defuse the racial issues brought up by the arrest. there were no apologies, but sergeant james crowley said it
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was a positive meeting. >> what was accomplished was this is a positive step as opposed to reliving the events in the past two weeks in an effort not to move just the city of cambridge nor two individuals past this event, but the whole country to move beyond this and use this as a basis of meaningful discussions in the future. >> now, professor gates also said he wanted to get past the incident. he said, i am hopeful that we can all move on and that this experience will prove an occasion for education, not recrimination. the president said he hoped to turn that into a teaching experience. was it? give us your opinions. thousands gathered to mourn the woman who has become a symbol of a country's post-election violence. riot police beat back protestors at the grave site yesterday. the 26-year-old was shot and killed in june during massive
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protest over presidential election results that declared ahmadinejad the winner. search warrants showed police were responding to an addict and the drug propofil when they searched his office in july. dr. murray has denied giving jackson anything that would have killed him. >> the key piece of evidence they took that really stands out for me is a cd with the name omar arnold on it. i confirmed with people close to the investigation that michael jackson used the name omar arnold alias to receive prescription drugs. >> meanwhile, the wait is getting longer for jackson's autopsy report.
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yesterday the l.a. county coroner's office announced an indefinite delay on jackson's toxicology findings. it says more investigation needs to be done. earlier it said that a final autopsy report was expected next week. we are probably in for storms on the east coast. out on the west coast, whew, finally a break. >> this is great news for you if you live anywhere near the puget sound all the way towards portland, oregon, a break in the heat today. it had to happen eventually and we knew today was the day when the high pressure finally breaks down and flies to the east. there is a wave of low pressure off the coast that's getting some cool air coming in for the weekend. that's how it looks right now. it's basically quiet but still a couple hot spots. it's interior sections today, so we have some heat advisories. that's for central parts of washington state. you're going to see temperatures today in the 90s and up to about
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100 and 105 as a high. those are areas shaded in yellow, but notice it doesn't include seattle all the way down towards portland. seattle yesterday broke a record at the weather forecast office, 100 degrees. that was the high temperature. today only 82. look at this frontal boundary. the stationary front for the time being, rain getting up out of the gulf of mexico ahead of this, and it is heavy times today. watch for 1 to 2 inches of rain across the appalachians, into ohio and into new england today. we have a slew of delays around newark, la guardia. we'll talk about that in eight minutes. the president happy to lend an ear to business leaders, but he may not be the most gracious host. listen. why he asked four ceos to pay for their own lunch at the white house!
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time right now to salute the
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troops here. today's salute is from a mom who wants to send a salute to her son, second lieutenant tim biosek, who is serving in afghanistan. go ahead, jen. >> good morning, robin. this is jennifer. i'm calling to do a shout-out for my son, second lieutenant tim biosek. tim, i love you so much. i'm so very proud of you. i support you 1,000%. i pray for you every day that you're happy and safe. i hope you can come home to us very soon. go, army! >> i know he would love that you said "go, army." a new report shows while many of you were dealing with pay freezes, the bank is taking your taxpayer money and dollyin out massive bonuses.
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>> the attorney general has reviewed compensation at nine banks that took t.a.r.p. funds, federal funds. they found citigroup paid out more than $5 billion in bonuses last year even though it lost 27 billion and took in $45 billion in your money, taxpayer funds. goldman sachs, morgan stanley, j.p. morgan turning a profit, but they all turned out more than they owed in bonuses. they have long said compensation in that industry is crucial to snagging the top talent and retaining it as well. new for this morning, a key report on the country's economic growth. gross domestic product, gdp, dipped 1% in the second quarter. economists say this is a strong sign the recession is winding down, but they've contracted four straight quarters since the government started keeping these records, so we're not really in the clear just yet. this has got to be my favorite story this morning. no free lunch at the white house. four top business leaders were
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invited to lunch with the president last month. around the table, the ceo, xerox, coke, a trt&tat&t, honey international. and they were asked to pay. >> they were asked to pay for their food? >> they were asked to pay for their food. they were asked to cover their meals so there was no appearance of a conflict of interest, okay? no word on what was served. it's not like somebody said, give me your credit card while they were dining. it was taken care of at a separate moment. love that story. >> when the bill came, melissa, i would have gone to the bathroom. >> you're out of there, right? >> you kidding me? free beer at the white house, though, apparently. if you're doing any traveling today, let me show you nyc. a lot of volume right now. look at the poor visibility up there. the heaviest rain has moved away, but you'll see that develop later today. we have probably an hour or more delay set up.
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north of new york, coming out of the west. central pennsylvania down toward maryland into d.c. rain is out there and it's a good getaway friday. one hour or more, unfortunately, around newark, boston, atlanta, d.c. we'll have more details on that coming up, robin, in about half an hour. a lot of people are really struggling right now, and unfortunately, we're seeing more people homeless and on the streets. despite that, a few have found a way to keep their spirits up and even make changes in their lives. here's dr. sanjay gupta. >> it's a hot, humid day, but calvin riley and the rest of his soccer team don't mind the heat. it's easy to see their dedication. but something else is not so obvious. all of these men are homeless. riley found himself on the streets after the company he worked for suddenly went bankrupt. >> i never thought i would be homeless. i had a good job, and i never
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thought i would be homeless. >> depressed, overwhelmed, he joined atlanta's street soccer usa team. it's part of a national program designed to inspire hope and restore self-worth. it's for men who are homeless, recovering drug addicts or refugees. >> you stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about health and things that want to make you happy, things that make you want to live, make you want to get up and go to work. >> there are 16 teams around the country that will compete with each other around july. it's called the u.s. homeless cup. about a dozen players deemed to overcome the greatest obstacles will move on to milan and this year's home cup. >> what we're trying to do is just provide case management, medical, transportation, employment, whatever it is we can do. like i said, this isn't a program that you have to force somebody into. >> it's all starting with soccer. >> it's all starting with soccer, yeah. >> for riley, soccer helped turn his life around.
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with his teammate support, he went back to school. he has a job lined up after graduation. he lost weight and he quit smoking. >> when you join this team, it's like a family. if you need anything, we'll be there for you. does that mean being around positive people? know what i'm saying? i'm not trying to stay here, i'm trying to get out and better myself. >> these men are making goals happen both on and off the court. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. >> call it an imitation to nowhere, sarah palin is going to be a no-show at an event that she was headlining and her people are saying she never even agreed to go there in the first place.
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it was cold beers and conversation at the white house last night. president obama sat down to talk with an african-american
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professor and the police officer who arrested him earlier this month. correspondent richard lui, we heard the president trying to down play some of the coverage around the meeting. >> he's trying to do that. mr. obama told reporters beforehand, don't call this a summit. take a listen. >> i know this has been called the "beer summit." it's a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys, this is three folks having a drink at the end of the day, and hopefully giving people an opportunity to listen to each other. >> now, the president also said he would be surprised if the media made the chat more important than his meeting with the president of the phillipines yesterday. president obama has been dealing with fallout since saying at his news conference that police, quote, acted stupidly. he's had to explain those comments several times, and it's also taken away from his message about health care reform there, robin. >> the president said he wanted it to be a feasible moment, so
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we've asked our viewers, was it? what do you think? >> robin, blogger larry saying this isn't a teachable moment expect how to respectfully deal with a police officer called by a concerned citizen trying to look out for a neighbor's house. then there's blogger janet who says about president obama, it's best he stay neutral regardless of which side he thinks is right. he should remember he represents all races, end quote. two major baseball stars have reportedly tested positive for steroids and we're not even supposed to know about it, first of all. rafer has the names of them. >> two more names leaked from that anonymous test, and it's bad for these players and it's bad for baseball. this list was sealed by a court, but they're now coming out. more and more names. the new york times has manny ramirez and david ortiz, aka big poppy also on the list with a-rod and sammy sosa. that test was supposedly taken
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in 2003 was that was right before these two guys led the team to a championship. ortiz said he found out hfs true yesterday but claims he doesn't know what he tested positive for. michael vick, probably the first time since he left prison, vick told reporters it was close on him signing with a pro team, but he won't say who. no other public interest in signing him as a qb. the bears, vikings, tigers and lions said for sure they will not sign him. 46-year-old phillies pitcher jamie moyer is not robin meade. that is him right there. he is our true champion for helping grieving kids this summer by sending them to camp. through his foundation, he started "camp erin." these are grief camps for kids who lost loved ones. they have 21 of them across the
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states. they have group counseling sessions with trained professionals. for more information go to moyerfoundati moyerfoundation.org. felipe massa, remember this man who suffered injuries from the foreign crash this sunday, he is going home. he will be back in his native brazil on monday. he's in good shape and a good mood and wants to get back to racing as soon as possible. it may be because somebody volunteered to take his place. no, i'm kidding. he's doing better and that's a good thing. >> i'm glad he's doing better. the tax-free shopping season starts this weekend, and amusement about the economy. the sales tax holidays are in effect right now in georgia and mississippi, but 13 other states and washington, d.c. will do the same thing over the next month. the deal is you can get discounts on clothes and school supplies, even computers in some states during the what they call the tax-free holiday.
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baby animal alert, and this is one you don't see very often. take a look at this critter. the five-pound baby ard vark just made his debut in alaska. you rarely find ardvarks in c captiv, tirks y. he eats pre-packaged bugs. sarah palin won't be making an appearance at an event in california next weekend even though she is listed on the invitation. a group of republican women in california had announced she would be speaking at their anniversary bash august 8. the palin spokesperson says she never agreed to go and even asked that her name be taken off the invite. the women's group had no comment. would you put your lips around a dog's mouth? a woman talks about using mouth to mouth on a chihuahua! xpú
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the new york stock exchange is open for business. stocks may split today. you're going to hear why the market may drop after yesterday's big surge. a live report is less than five minutes away. first, though, the government's cash for clunkers program may be done in less than a week. they've burned through $1 billion already. the white house is scrambling to find more money. something like 200,000 new cars have been sold. as much as 50,000 more are waiting for approval. the new test of the missile defense system went off last night. it was a successful shoot-down. it was launched from the
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hawaiian islands and intercepted about 100 miles high. wow. more government inspections. more food penalties. those are all part of a bill that the house passed yesterday. the bill gained new momentum in the wake of the salmonella outbreak earlier this year. good morning if you're wiping the sleep out of your eyes on a friday. i'm robin meade. let me ask you, what happens to the cars turned in for the cash for clunkers program? let me show you. and that just about wraps it up. the engine gets a lethal injection of a solvent that makes it stop permanently, and then the cars are crushed and they go into a shredder. it turns them into mulch. it's all to make sure the cars are never on the road again. those with toxic smoke can go back home now. a warehouse full of toxic smoke
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and chemicals went up in flames. it's near texas a and m university. the fire is under control and crews will be assessing the damage this morning. tens of thousands of u.s. bridges are waiting for repairs, but a new report suggests it will probably be a while before they're fixed. the associated press says states are spending most of the $17 billion in the stimulus cash on bridges already in good shape. and projects like repaving roads that are pugtd people to work. the man heading up the stimulus for president obama says they understand the need to tackle long-term projects, but he told states he wanted shovel-ready projects, meaning, get started, get people to work. but some transportation officials say that makes it so difficult to focus on bad bridges that were not already scheduled for repairs. michael jackson's former chef is speaking out. she talked to cnn's larry king about jackson's health and emotional moments with his
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children. >> what is this box of happiness? >> it's adorable. >> let me see if we can get that on camera. >> isn't that cute? paris made this for me, the children made this for me when i came back. >> they missed you. >> they missed me, yeah, so it was a box of happiness. >> hey, kai, thanks for getting the appericots. daddy loves them. he loved apricots? >> yeah, organic. >> would you say he looked in good health except a little tired from rehearsing. >> he looked very good to me in april. yes, he did. >> meanwhile, investigators believe jackson may have been a drug addict. search warrants filed yesterday show that authorities were seeking evidence of prescribing to an addict. when they searched dr. conrad murray's home and office, murray denied giving anything to jack ston that should have killed
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him. the wait is getting longer for jackson's final autopsy report. yesterday the l.a. coroner's office announced an indefinite delay now on the toxicology findings. they say more investigation needs to be done. earlier it said that a final autopsy report was expected next week. hey, this news just in. according to the associated press -- you know we've been talking about this cash for clunkers program and have they run out of money? ap says the cash for clunkers car sales will be honored today. today. beyond that, it's uncertain. so if you're thinking, oh, my gosh, i really want to take advantage for this program that offers you cash for your old, old car, well, this is going to be it, according to the ap. today is the day. so if you need to get out and get it done, this would be the day. beyond that is uncertain, according to that story. we will follow more on that. at least one confirmed tornado hit tennessee yesterday. it came along with a storm that knocked out power to thousands of people in memphis. streets flooded and trees fell
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on houses. winds were strong enough to blow over a semi. no reports of serious injuries. you know, a concert by country music stars toby keith and tracy adkins also had to be postponed. according to the associated press, the cash for clunkers program, which apparently was so popular with so many of you, because apparently they've just run out of money for it? this is where you take in your old car and you get like, what is it, $4500? >> 4500. >> a huge amount as a trade-in, basically. this is what they do with your old car, by the way. they're honoring it until today. you have the rest of today. beyond na that is uncertain. >> it was supposed to go to november. >> it was supposed to go to november, and they've reportedly blown through all the money. >> that was fast. unbelievable. >> what deal you got there? >> rain. you need rain when you get towards texas. unfortunately, it's not falling across central and southern texas right now.
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might get a pop-up shower around san antonio later today, but the bulk of the moisture right now is north of houston. getting right around panama city. you can see some showers right around the florida panhandle. that whole mess is sliding to the north. if you're planning to travel by road today, showers and thunderstorms out there. radar depicting a pretty good slug of moisture immediately out to the west. the low clouds are in. we have delays for the airport scheduled today, unfortunately. get into friday, we'll see a lot of that action across most of the east coast. look at the rain coming in out of west virginia right now in toward pennsylvania. new york state getting covered up with heavy rain. albany radar pictures just continues to show solid sheet of rain over you. look for about 1 or 2 inches of rain today and severe storms popping up later this afternoon in that daytime heating. flash flood watches in dark green, the warnings are in light
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green right around memphis. and in texas, you're watching this batch of thunderstorms move on through. it might spark up a few san antonio showers and thunderstorms. better for the severe weather, though, up to the north. the pacific northwest, heat is broken along the coast. we'll get to that in about a half hour. >> thank you. >> you got it. the stocks were higher yesterday thanks to some upbeat earnings reports. today the big focus is on the gdp number and stephanie elam joins us now from the stock exchange. good morning. i like your hay back, by the way. >> thank you, robin. >> she's going to talk to us about what the market is doing. >> it's a bad weather day here in new york, but overall, surprisingly we're seeing some modest gains here at the new york stock exchange, so it could turn out to be a happy friday on wall street. we all know the market contracted again in the second quarter at a pace of 1%. that's the good news. the bad news is the revisions were brutal. the government says in the first quarter, it shrank 6.4%.
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that is worse than the 5.5% drop we originally saw. oil giant chevron reporting a 71% drop in quarterly earnings. the company still managed to make nearly $2 billion. as we've seen all week, major oil companies are getting hurt by slightly lower oil prices and the demand. the blue jean industry, they may be a $13 billion a year business, but that doesn't mean we're all walking around in designer denim anymore. usa today reports that while the old stand-byes like levis and wrang lerz are still flying off the shelves, people are still finding them outrageous. the jeans business is starting to fizzle because jeans are becoming a sign of the times. >> thank you very much, stephanie. a woman was not happy with
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her cold french fries, so unhappy she called 911. but i think you're going to be even more surprised at what the cops did when they got there.
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as of today, almost all british troops are being pulled out of iraq. now, the agreement that allows them to be there fires today. about a dozen british soldiers are staying to train iraqi police. they had a similar deadline. all troops stayed behind until tuesday to guard the british embassy. inheriting money isn't something you have to think
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about every day, but hln money expert clark howard heard from one caller who is about to inherit money from his late grandmother and wants to know, what do i do with it? >> for you, i think that putting the money aside in a mix of things that are very conservative and things that involve more long-term kind of perspective is the right kind of mix that you should be looking at. and i would suggest, if it were me, i would look at taking roughly a third of that money and making it ultra-conservative, things like bank cds, credit union cds, and just a third of it, there is no concern, no worry or whatever. >> and the whole thing, like, it's in the credit union and the whole fda at like 250,000, it's
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considerably more than that. >> how much total is in the trust? >> around 2.8. >> wow. >> i love clark's reaction there. it kind of changes things, right? hear the rest of the story this weekend on the clark howard show on noon eastern right here on hln. you will not believe this next story. a woman wanted a restaurant to replace her cold french fries. so much so that when they didn't, she called 911. the woman told the operator her order was not right and the restaurant would not make a new batch of fries. when the police got there, he gave the woman money out of his own pocket to go eat somewhere else. >> the officer, from the goodness of his heart, gave me $3 so i could go get french fries somewhere else. >> he made the situation worse by giving her money after she had already eaten the product.
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she complained about the fries after the fact, after she ate them. >> oh. the woman is not facing any charges for the 911 call. richard lui has some stories for you as well. he's here for a preview. >> we take you to space. space shuttle "endeavour" is scheduled to land in just about an hour. we'll take you to that live when it does happen. that chat over a beer that president obama had with the harvard professor and the cop who arrested him. we'll reed even more of your comments and blog entries as well. a tiger that got loose in a las vegas neighborhood actually belongs to a local magic act, but it's not sigfried and roy. we've got those stories in a few minutes. a former boxer was not murdered but committed suicide? here's rafer with more on that. >> the arturo gatti story has
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attracted our attention ever since he turned up dead in a resort. police said his wife killed him with her purse strap, but now they're changing their tune and she's out of jail.
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to this just in. a.p. says that lawmakers are saying that the cash for clunkers program are going to be honored, it is sales will be honored through today. but beyond that it says it's anyone else's guess. we've been covering the story today because we had word it may have run out of money as fast as this week. it was supposed to last until november. this is a deal where maybe you have an old car and you're like, i would really like to get a new car. the government will give you $4500 for your old clunker. it had to get fewer than 18 miles a gallon were the requirements here. people obviously saw a good deal and took action, because the word was they blew through the $1 billion set aside for this program, and the a.p. is saying that lawmakers are saying, if you want to go out today, it will honor it through today. after that, don't know. we'll check on that. a police officer who sent an e-mail referring to harvard
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professor henry gates with a racist slur says he is not a racist. officer justin barrett was commenting on gates' arrest earlier in the month. barrett says he regrets the e-mail and didn't mean any racial bigotry. >> i am not a racist. i didn't mean any harm in any words. i truly apologize to all involved, larry. >> well, barrett is currently on administrative leave from the boston police department. he is also suspended from his duties in the army national guard. police are now saying that former boxing champion arturo gatti was not murdered but they still saying with a purse strap? that was just the strangest thing to me. >> you know what, they're not saying much, and that's why a lot of people aren't satisfied with this because they're just giving these one-word answers.
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originally the police said former champ arturo gautty was strangled by his wife with that purse strap we're showing you now when he was drunk. after a coroner's report, which apparently did not rule out suicide, the investigator told the afp they are calling it a suicide. when asked if it was a suicide, they just said yes. there his wife is being released from jail. she is no longer a suspect. she told reporters the couple had a fight and he was upset. gatti's family doesn't believe a word of it. two more baseball players reportedly tested positive for performance enhancers. manny ramirez and david ortiz is also on the list back in 2003. ortiz confirmed he is on that list, but he doesn't know what he tested positive for.
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they join a-rod and sammy sosa on that list. terrell owens got his reality show and now he's got a new line of t.o.'s honey-toasted oats. it's on most people seem to like it. folks may remember when doug flutie had flutie flakes. cereal and professional football seems to be a theme in buffalo. that's sports. robin. >> they're still liking t.o. >> they are. you've got to see this road sign here. caution, zombie strippers. hackers changed this sign in portland, oregon. that's right. you know you love those zombie strippers. it's apparently happening all around the country, the sign, not the zombie strippers. the hackers' favorite topic is some warning about zombies. >> bob's like i don't care if
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they're zombies. >> everyone has a fetish. zombie strippers? you never know, robin. the rain is causing a mess at all the airports from philadelphia to newark to laguardia, down to atlanta, all seeing a delay between a half hour and hour right now. those will grow. look at the rain off to the west. low clouds are hanging in tough, too. the delays for the day, getaway friday, middle of summer, new york city metros, boston, atlanta, d.c., all over an hour. charlotte, orlando, cleveland, houston, same thing. >> thank you very much. i'm just dieing to tell you what the producers just told me. mr. moviefone who is listening in on the show said there may be a jenna jamieson movie named "zombie strippers." leave it to him to know. jerry, george, elaine and
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cramer together again? they will appear in five episodes of "curb your enthusiasm." a show within a show. larry david says a real "seinfeld" reunion is unlikely. mr. moviefone is next. @@@@@@@@@@
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