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reported on the roads, drivers are abandoned cars after getting stranded and having to walk through all of that and shovel. in boston, for instance, 62 inches have fallen so far. more than 50 inches in january alone. look at this incredible satellite image of the east coast. y can you see it? from the carolinas into new england. mike seidel joins me live with more. underneath the cloud cover and hoping it's cleared a bit. how's it going? >> reporter: going pretty good. we've got sunny skies, high serious clouds but the sun is a big help on roadways. that and all of the salt dumped on the roads since christmas. folk as peer like, give me a break, we're tired of this. another snowplow operator they're in the ching-ching. five quarters in braintree, south of boston off 93. they keep piping it up.
you can't see around the corners. this morning, our photographer had to drive from needham to braintree. that's normally an hour ride. this morning three hours. it was white-knuckle driving. look at the visibility, snow and blowing snow. almost a whiteout at 3:00, 4:00 this morning. he left at 1:00, got here at 4s 4:00. he saw spinouts and accidents. schools closed today, like last friday. fourth snow day of the season. looks like they have to days up before the end of the year. amtrak up and running between boston, new haven and new york. they had issues with the tracks. as far as power goes, we never had an issue because the temperatures, when most of the snow fell overnight, were in the 20s. it's a dry, powdery snow, unlike d.c., baltimore, a heavy, wet, gloppy snow. at peak, 2500 customers without power. down in baltimore, d.c., close
to 400,000 customers. records in hartford, snowiest month, snowiest month ever. biggest snowfall in a day. also records in new york city. ron alan is in central park today. ron, i know you've got some numbers to throw at us. >> reporter: mike, yeah. we have the snowiest january on record now, and you can see the piles of snow all over the place here. the good news is that it's 35 degrees now. and the ground is clear, black. the snowplow coming in this direction, you see blades up. the plowing is done. some of the storms that have hit in the new york area happened overnight. the plows have been able to get out and do work when there's not a lot of cars around. that's a big problem in new york and urban areas, of course, you have cars blocking the way of snowplows and that impedes their ability to remove the snow. new york city closed public schools. for only a handful of times they've done that since late
1970s or so. a lot of kids in the school system, if they close schools, parents have to stay home and that causes all kind of problems for working families. one reason looking to close the schools here. they did it today. kids playing over there. some kids playing here. central park has become a winter wonderland. record snow. people trying to enjoy it as best they can. back to you. >> bless you, by the way. i think you've got it easy compared to seidel, that he had to stand on top of big mountains. ron alan cover the latest on snow in central park. developing right now, homeland security secretary janet napolitano making it official, announcing the color-coded terror alert system, established in 2002, is being scraps. napolitano began the first state at the university. joining us live, justice correspondent, pete williams. this is a long, expected announcement. why was this change needed at
the moment? >> reporter: i think the feeling was old system wasn't communicating information anymore, perhaps the best demonstration of that is the fact it hasn't changed in 4 1/2 years despite serious threat as long the way. attempted underwear bombing of the detroit plane on christmas day two years ago, the cargo package bomb plot unveiled last fall. the attempt to set off a car bomb in sometimes times square. what the new security is a two-level system. it will consist of elevated and imminent, and when they change the level, they say, they will communicate as much specific information as possible, perhaps to law enforcement, perhaps to the public, perhaps to specific sectors of the economy, shopping malls or airports or hotels, chemical factories, whatever it is, and tell people what the information is, why they're doing this, and what people should do. should private industry do something different?
should members of the public be more vigilant in reporting something suspicious? that sound likes something of a kennard but one of the interesting details in the speech that she's giving this afternoon is this fact. i think this is interesting. between 1999 and 2009, more than 80% of terrorist plots foiled in the u.s. were stopped because of observations from either the general public or law enforcement. maybe a very good example of that would be the backpack bomb discovered in spokane by city employees at the martin luther king jr. parade in the morning before people started coming by that spot, and the bomb was disabled. she says this information will be very specific. when they do change the threat level, there will be an end date, when they say the threat level will go down, that's a new thing, they never did that with the color-coded system, they went up and down as they saw fit. they say it will be a big change. it will go into effect in three months to get industry and airports and everybody prepared
for this. >> interesting. simpler system, more specifics, as they get rid of the old system. watching lav piive pictures. >> reporter: that's the goal. >> janet napolitano ajounsinnoi the new system. the congressional system investigating the cause of the financial crisis they issued their final report. a scathing indictment of both government officials and wall street ut executives. the commission was composes of six democrat, four republicans. it dug deeply into the actions, and negligence of ficials at regulatory agencies, investment banks, credit rating companies and mortgage lenders. >> we concluded, first and foremost, that this crisis was avoidable, despite the express view of many in the circles of financial and political power the crisis could not have been foreseen, there were many, many warning signs that were ignored
or discounted. we concluded that key policymakers, our government, was ill prepared for the crisis and inconsistent response added to uncertainty and panic. >> the commission says bush and clinton administrations, the current and previous federal reserve chairman, and treasury secretary timothy geithner all bear responsibility for allowing this crisis to happen. and the commission warns, it could happen again. but the findings are tainted by partisan politics, as well. six democrats on the commission supported the conclusions while the four republicans dissented. joining us now, the host of msnbc's dylan ratigan show, part of his "steel on wheels" tour, while he was driving that bus, he was sifting through hundreds of pages of this report. what do you think of it, my friend, based on results that have been out there so far? >> reporter: simply, it confirms all of our worst fears, that you
had wall street executives transferring risk into the american pension system and then when it blew up, they had bought insurance, the wall street executives had bought insurance that the garbage they were selling to america's pensions was going to blow up, it did. aig was happy to collect the insurance money but didn't have anything to pay out. so we all had to pay it in our tax dollars to pay off goldman sachs $3 billion that went into their bonus pool and across wall street. the bigger question for me, richard, it confirms, again, all of our worst fear, that wall street executives were gaming the system to pay themselves off. tim geithner, our treasury second, at the new york federal reserve, was directly participatory in moving $3 billion of taxpayer money from the government to aig, into goldman sachs, that the treasury secretary at the time was the former ceo of goldman sachs. the only question that remains,
richard, a simple one, and that is, will we see prosecutions for the fraud, the accounting fraud, ratings agency corruption, the overall conspiracy and act of control fraud allowed financial executives to pay themselves billions of dollars? they took that mooney and gave it to politicians. the politicians changes the rules in order to allow them to do this. and they had the blackmail of threatening toe bl threatening obliterate every pension in america. where are the prosecutions? >> the four republican whose dissented on this report, they say there's a list of ten factors that are influencing what had happens during the crisis. these are some of them we're putting up on the screen right now. global economic forces in general had a major part of what happened. what's their thinking here? >> reporter: you know, i have no
idea. maybe they got a lot of money from bankers. this is not a matter of opinion. the credit default swap is a mathematical device created unbill clinton, advocated under larry summers with no supervision. the leverage requirements lifted under george bush to allow them to bet 100-1, that is a math mat cal fact, to say the weather was weird that day and this happened is fundamentally laughble. you don't agree with what the -- global inputs to what happened. you don't agree. >> you asked me as if it's my opinion. >> right. >> reporter: this is a mathematical fact. this is not a political opinion. it's preposterous. is he dead or not dead? no, no, he's dead. that's an observable fact. because lloyd blankfein is so
close to the white house, $1 million contributor to the president a featured prominent guest at china state dinner, this is only $8 million study. they funded this with pennies. i think, if nothing else, it's a call not just for prosecutions on the fraud, but prosecutions -- excuse me the establishment of a fire walled investigation, fire walled from the white house, which is clearly too close to goldman sacks and goldman sachs we know a fire walled investigation to get names, numbers and file charges. >> dylan ratigan, thank you so much. have a safe trip. "steel on wheels." catch the show today. taking the tour to omaha central high school. highlighting innovation, education, and a new push to revolutionize how we teach our kids. that's today at 4:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. there's growing speculation today about the health of nelson
mandela after the former south african president spent night in the hospital. a state department official confirms the 92-year-old was admitted yesterday in johannesburg because of a lung infection that's made it difficult for mandela to breathe properly. the official confirms mandela's immediate family was told to come to the hospital right away but the department cannot verify just how serious his condition is. many people hoping for the best for mandela. the tea party caucus holds its first meeting but the florida senator elected with the help of the tea party refuses to join that. find out why marco rubio says there's no need for a caucus. then, drug smugglers caught on camera, catapulting pot into the frunited states from mexico not something you expect to hear from a professional athlete, one major league baseball pitcher giving up millions of dollars. find out why. [ male announcer ] succeeding in today's market
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a real easy question for you. would you turn down $12 million? that's what kansas city royals starting pitcher gil meche is doing. meche, 32, plagued by a chronically aching shoulder. he's announced he's retiring and he will forfeit what he would have earned this season in the final year of his five-year, $55 million contract. that's $12 million. joining me now, nationally syndicated radio show talk host, micha michael smerconish. >> if i made as much as he made initially it would be easier to forgo the 12. >> you know, michael, should he dpoeshiate, gone on the disabled
list earlier on in his five-year tenure, try to defer payments? it's common, isn't it? >> they have provisions as a sign of respect. for only an elite core of athletes, it's a stone, cold guaranteed sum. so that you don't have the risk of being injured and worrying about a paycheck and so forth. as you're highlight, what's unheard of, a guy who truthly said i've made enough and i feel uncomfortable in continuing to make money from the organization. you know what it reminds me of pat tillman. the same way he decided he wanted to serve his country instead of reupping with the cardinals. >> when we think about that, we watched the naft pational pastie look up to them, and when we see something like meche do this, the question popped in my mind as we're talking about this, have we enough folks like this that we can look up to, that our kids can like? >> i hope we do. all too common those who have taken the money, ringing in my
ear, lebron saying i'm going to take my talents to south beach when i thought it was admirable that he stuck in his hometown in cleveland. >> i want to show folks what he said. when i signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it. once i started to realize i wasn't earning my money i felt bad. i was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. honestly i didn't feel like i deserved. i didn't want to have those feelings again. brave for doing this. some might say he was not very smart in saying no. >> he wasn't if smart or intelligence is defined by clearing the table of as much coin as you can. he says i've already made enough money, i'm very comfortable, i come from a good background, i'm going to eat gumbo and drink a few beers. >> who wouldn't mind doing that? michael smerconish, thank you. the northeast digs out again today, snow blamed for a big surge in unemployment claims. snowstorms in various parts of the country forced companies to lay off workers.
unemployment claims jumped by 51,000 to the highest level since last october. more bad news about foreclosures as well. the tracking firm realty track says foreclosures jumped last year in 149 of the country's 206 largest metropolitan areas. more than 75% it looks like. las vegas led the nation in that. social security's finances, those are getting worse. the nonpartisan congressional budget office projects at the current rate, there will be deficits every year until the system simply runs out of cash in 20 37. if you're in your 40s, you've got to be worried about that. how to handle the new preel of don't ask, don't tell. the latest on the man accused of gunning down an ivy league graduate while dropping his child off at day care. ho meowners , rates have been going up,
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it was a brazen murder that baffled investigators and left a small georgia community shaken to the core. an ivy league businessman shot and killed outside his son's preschool in november last year. a fresh, legal the twist. the prime suspect hired a high profile defense team to refute the charges against him. nbc's tom from with more. >> reporter: the case here in donewoody georgia shocked and baffled the community. one side you have an after fluent harvard educated businessman, shot at point blank range after dropping off his son, on the other side, accused killer successful father of three who not only knew the victim but his wife. >> reporter: the motive behind the november murder of a married father of two remains a mystery. police are saying nothing why they believe the man targeted
snyderman outside the son's preschool, gunning down the harvard mba execution style. newman's high powered defense lawyers. >> our client is 48 years old, he's never had anything in his past to indicate that he would be responsible for anything like this. >> but he's also a very emotional, he's deeply distraught about the events. he's worried about his family. he's worried about the snyderman family. he's very concerned and upset. >> reporter: before his arrest earlier this month, newman was a manager in atlanta for g.e., the parent company of nbc universal. in his position, he was the supervisor of andrea snyderman, rusty's wife. >> that relationship, if there is a relationship, the nature of the relationship, is certainly part of the evidence in the case that we are looking at very carefully. >> reporter: in the upscale atlanta suburb, where newman owns a half million dollar home,
neighbors are at a loss. >> perfectly kind man. i don't understand -- i don't know any really the deep circumstances involved. as far as i know, he's accused, he's not yet convicted. >> reporter: authorities have yet to recover the gun used in the killing. early notice investigation he released this sketch of the suspect, a contrast to newman. nor evidence will be presented in court. for now, newman remains in jail, accused of murdering a father of two young children. >> what is so important in a case like this, where there's been so much attention from the media, the community not rush to judgment. >> reporter: we did reach out to the snyderman family but they declined to make statements about the arrest. newman will be in court in less than two weeks and both sides will likely present evidence to make their respective cases. >> thank you very much. learning more about the iowa college football players who are
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year's snowmageddon was not as historying but provided plenty of headaches in the form of heavy rain and a foot of snow in some areas. jim cantore has more from washington for us. >> reporter: it doesn't matter hoy big or how small you were in washington, d.c., everybody impacted by what was almost a deluge of snow. snow came down so fast, so hard, it was very, very wet, content snow and temperatures around freezing. so that made for absolute gridlock, especially given the time that the snow began pretty much concurs with the same time that everybody left. that is a recipe for disaster. we all know about what ensued after that. a gridlock, a commute that took many three to 12 hours to get home, some running out of gas before they could make it home, having to abandon their cars. cars still being pushed off the gw parkway. sunshine today, temperatures warming up a bit. people and buses moving around. the damage has been done. over 300,000 people without
power, which it may take until sunday for some people to get their power back on. this is certainly a serious situation and one that the power companies are actually having to bring in the calvary, even from states like ohio, to help get the job done. it's going to tick a while to recover from the snow, though we only got five inches here in reagan. guess what? the problems came because of the weight of the snow and intensity of it. all of this happening in four to six hour. what a hit for d.c. reporting from washington, d.c., i'm meteorologist jim cantore. back to you. >> a snowy january. vowing to change on how politics is done in the country. today the senate tea party caucus met for the first time in washington. this senate group discussed spending proposals, ways to balance the budget, ending the deficit and limiting the size of government. nbc news congressional correspondent kelly o'donnell joins us live right now. kelly, marco rubio, the senator from florida, said there's no need for this, and that left
very few possible members of the caucus. what are we looking at right now? >> reporter: well, the issue of how many members is something they're trying to turn as a positive. they say that all of the members of the senate have been invited to join this new group, and the reason that marco rubio, the senator from florida, is saying that is that it's such a grassroots energy activism spread out over the country that it doesn't necessarily fit easily into the institutions of government. ran paul, certainly a big tea party name over the course of the campaign season, mike lee of utah and jim demint, already in congress here, they think that it is still possible to be a forum for the ideas of tea party voters. and so, yes, a small group so far and some of people who were helped by tea party voters getting them into office are not signing on to the caucus. but they had a meeting today that included volunteers and activists, and they were able to ask questions, talk about
issues, and try to stay fired up to make this transition from campaign season to trying to get some things done now that a few of their folks have these jobs. >> so only three here, but big voices, as both of us know. the question might be, will they cause a mixed message coming from republican senators? >> reporter: well, that's always been a delicate balance because you've got the official leadership and then you have groups within these caucuses as the term goes. and it is a bit of a trying to share the limelight at times, and the tea party movement got so much attention. but the structure of the senate gives an advantage to mitch mcconnell and his team. but in terms of getting people excited and conservative voters excited, it doesn't take that many actually joining the caucus to have a big megaphone, and i think that's what they're sort of banking on at this point. >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. the pentagon is expected to unveil its plan for repealing don't ask, don't tell, as early
as tomorrow. that plan reported gives the military three months to train forces on new law, allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. jim miklaszewski live at the possible with more. >> reporter: richard, from the very get-go, secretary gates had said that he wanted the implementation of the repeal of don't ask, don't tell to be orderly and to be as least disruptive to the military forces as could possibly be, so he wanted some length of time between the time congress repealed the law and it was actually integrated and implemented among the forces. but the president made it clear during his state of the union that he wanted this done by the end of this year. so tomorrow, we're going to hear from pentagon officials that they're coming up with a three-month training window in which not only administrators, recruiters, commanders and 2.2 million service members themselves will be trained, but
then it takes the secretary of defense and the president himself to essentially certify that all of the training is completed. once they do that, there's another 60-day wait period so it could be some months. looking at probably six, seven, eight months, before the repeal is implemented. >> you brought that up, that was concern, implementation. are there criticisms of the accelerated plan that you heard of yet? >> not actually. look, the military, in its own mindset, has been preparing to do this all along. i think the three month time period because gates himself has said, you know, nobody will get anything done if you don't put a deadline on it, so he's in favor of that. so it's going to be this three-month timetable. one issue, though, is what do you do with the troops deployed in afghanistan fighting a war there? do you force that three-month training regimen on them in
we'll hear tomorrow exactly what they plan to do with that. >> put owut a line, perhaps the time lane may change as more data comes in. egyptians are bracing for a major protest tomorrow, following a series of masked demonstrations that have gripped the embattled nation for the week. among the thousands to take the streets tomorrow will be mohammed elbaradei, opposition leader of the regime of hosni mubarak. elbaradei back in the country after receiving death threats for pushing for grassroot change in egypt. cairo is quiet today. one more death reported bringing the death toll to five. the riots aimed at removing mubarak from power after 30 years at the helm. elbaradei formerly from the iaea. officials in mexico are making a stunning discovery along the boarder. tops our look at stories around the news nation today.
surveillance video shot by u.s. national guard troops in arizona. drug smugglers using a katz aput to launch contraband into the united states. the national guard notified mexican police who found the catapult along with 45 pounds of marijuana. the people operating the catapult had run away. los angeles police are investigating two additional killings linged to the grim sleeper serial killing case. loni franklin jr. accused of killing ten women in 1985, he's pleaded not guilty to that. the chilean miners rescues after 69 days underground. beginning a promised trip to disney world. 31 of the 33 arrived for a seven day, six-night vacation. disney's president offering the trip after their rescue. great story to remember. troubling news today on the mysterious case of 13 hospitalized football players from the university of iowa. doctors saying that those players are recovering from what
is call ed -- i'll find out the proper pronunciation in a second. if left untreated can cause cell damage and kidney failure. it surfaces after players underwent extremely grueling workouts. questions are being raised about the workouts. we're joins by chief science and health correspondent, robert bazell. >> so also we're will talk about what is this. >> a break down of muscle fiber and it gets into the bloodstream and it can block your kidneys. this can happen as a reaction to certain drugs, that probably wasn't the case here. football lay players had an off-season workout. they never had been pushed so hard. head coach out of town. a training coach doing this for three days and every one said they never worked so hard in
their lives. this kind of thing has happened before. there was an incident at a high school in oregon a few years ago. it's a very common problem with military recruits. if people's muscles are pushed particularly hard and especially if they're not hydrated they can have this breakdown syndrome. we've never seen this in college football. >> how threatening is this to one's health? >> for a young person in good shape and they get treated right away, not very. >> okay. >> they're going to get electrolytes and saline solution in their bodies in the hospital, and they'll probably be okay. we've had no indication of anything other than that. >> is this overstepping perhaps the bound of training? >> well the university of iowa, yesterday, said that was no harder than a lot of their workouts though the players dispute that. and he they say it's no harder than other division i workouts normally. we don't see this usually. i guess they got carried away with the workout pressure. >> you have seen groups experience this?
>> one time we've seen it in a large group at a high school. >> a high school group. >> yeah. >> robert bazell. >> never in college. >> amazing stuff. i'll learn how to pronounce it bet. >> president obama's taking part in a live youtube interview. the president is answering questions basically that people submitted on the website about the state of the union address and the president's vision for the future. it will be monitoring the interview and let's you know if there's news developments as we watch this for you. talk about an odd pairing. what's bringing together justin bieber and ozzies what's bringing together justin bieber and ozzie ozzy osbourne. first, lady michelle -- first lady michelle obama appearing on the oprah winfrey show to salute america's military families. >> part of the challenge getting the message out about military families is that -- they never ask for help. they never ask for help. you don't do that when you're in
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tyler mathieson, co-anchor of "power lunch." i feel nervous. it's like i have to have an intellectual chess match to buy a can of tuna. >> amazing story. when you think of what the super mark industry does every day, their mission is nothing less than to feed 300 million men, women, children in america every day of the year, 365 days a year. a remarkable thing when you think of all of the products, where they come from how they get there, how they get on the shelves, we looked at the it. we'll give you a glimpse. >> reporter: as the head of giant eagle supply chain, larry has to make sure each of the 226 store has just the right mix of tens of thousands of products each sells. how do you do this amazing choreography of having the right amount of stuff on the shelves on the right day in the right
season? >> it really is like an orchestra, and we are the conductors in the supply chain in the middle. >> reporter: where do supermarkets do their shopping? for giant eagle, it's here at their main distribution center in craftton, pennsylvania. in this building we ship 457,000 cases of product to giant eagle stores weekly. >> reporter: 14-acre warehouse swarming with robotic carts and forklifts. every day the stores send their orders in, we select that product, ship it out to the stores, and in the produce world, we basically empty the building every day. >> you know, the science of inventory management has gotten so fine, so brilliant, richard, that the wastage at most modern supermarkets today is less than 5%. when you think about the volume of food coming in going out every single day the average
store stocks 48,000 separate, individual items every day. it's amazing when you think that they only go to waste about 5%. >> it is quite an organization there. so tyler, based on what you did find out, what happens behind the factory doors, how has this changed the way you shop? >> well, i tell you, i am much more aware of how retailers are seducing me by placing products in smart ways to get me to buy something i didn't think i really came into the store to get. for example, it used to be you went to the official counter and all they had at the fish counter was fish. now they have that nice sharden nay to go with the fish, they may have a nice loaf of bread to accompany that fish. so there are lots of wonderful subtle and not so subtle ways they get you to buy something you didn't think you came in to get. another way to do it nowadays go to a store which uses a
hand-held scanner, they will send you offers walking through the store based on where you are in the store at that particular moment. so, the temptation is there. and i've learned what they're doing a little bit, so maybe i'm more careful with what i spend. >> tyler, the guy who walks out of the fish market with one small clam and two bottles of wine and a lot of bread. >> my kind of meal. >> tyler mathieson, thank you so much. looking forward to your special there. reunite for the office work, justin teams up with ozzy for super bowl sunday. hello again to the old spice guy. let's get the scoop from todayshow.com pop culture columnist courtney hazlett. >> steve carell's last year on "the office" leaving the show four episodes before the series ens. will ferrell his anchorman co-star, recall, will reunite for four episodes. playing a branch manager who is
inept and hopefully inappropriate as the michael scott character is. ferrell will be there for three episodes with carell and ferrell will have one more episode at that. >> such good ad-libbers, they drive the director crazy. >> love to be on the set. >> let's talk about ozzy osbourne. that's my best ozzy moment. >> don't quit your day job. >> i'm not. >> justin bieber, ozzy osbourne, the super bowl ads, if you're not a huge fan of the steelers, which you should be, you likely are a fan of the ads. bieber and osborne, unlikely dow yo, pairing up for super bowl ad. there aren't a ton of details shot at universal studios. going to appear during the third quarter of the game. we hear bieber was paid $1 million and partnership with his facebook page, which is interesting. keep your eye out for that best buy ad. >> i don't like it you didn't like my imitation, but that's okay.
old spice, i cannot imitate this guy. >> we loved him in the old spice commercials. now there's a tease for new ads with the old spice guy. he actually does have a name. take a look at what's out there right now. >> if you'd like a sneak peek, try staring through my strike brown eyes and looking at them as i currently remember them in my brain. you can't get past the striking brown eyes, can you? don't worry, it's common. >> everybody loves him. are you kidding me? i want to follow up with something we're talking about yesterday, jimmy buffett, as we saw in the video from tmz, he slipped on a pop top, it would appear, walked right off the stage. he had a gash in his head. spent the night in the hospital. he's doing five, released. he had a c.a.t. scan, no bad
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york has too many special parking permits and too many people abuse the system with fake placards and scams as well. others say special treatment will fuel the notion that pregnant women are incapable and disabled. what does your gut tell you about that one? should pregnant women get special parking pregnants? and now, let's take a look at what the "news nation" is saying about yesterday's gut check. should california lift ban on facial hair to accommodate religious beliefs? 61% said yes. 39% no. no, it is a safety hazard. if you are not willing to do the job with all its requirements, maybe the job is not for you, enquote. and there's lou who says, of course you should not violate a person's religious freedom. thank you all for piping in on that. na does it for this edition of "news nation." i'm richard lui.
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