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would certainly be open to that. >> ron paul, best of luck. >> thank you. >> you certainly have a lot of energy, drive, and i can tell you one thing, we will get more reaction on twitter and facebook to this interview than any interview i've done with any other candidate. that is a given. >> wonderful. thank you very much. mike two. camera three. >> burning backlash. afghan protesters up the ante, injuring military workers just one day after they killed u.s. service members. is this the afghanistan war's abu ghraib? and what does it mean for u.s. relations? >> about 30 seconds. what would you do? a man is carjacked while pumping gas. he's ignored as he crawls past witnesses. oh, he's a world war ii vet. you have to see it to believe it. >> i opened the door, and he
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proceeded to get in. all i knew, i was on the ground. million dollar baby. this man was once homeless. now he's on the brink of becoming a million-dollar champ. meet the man and hear his amazing story live. that and more right here right now on cnn. >> stand by. good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. until just a few minutes ago, we had only heard of him as one of two u.s. service men killed this weekend in afghanistan. but now it has become all too real as we learn his name and we see his face. he is lieutenant colonel john loftus, a 44-year-old air force officer from paducah, kentucky. loftus died at a kabul ministry saturday along with another u.s. officer who has yet to be identified. loftus, like you and me, has a family, a family, a mother who is mourning tonight. we'll hear from the mother in this broadcast in just a few minutes. colonel loftus died because of
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this, protests raging in afghanistan over the improper disposal of the burning of the koran at a nato base. nearly a week after the story first broke, the unrest that took colonel loftus life and that of his colleague is far from over. this was northern kunduz province today. the mob attacked a u.s. base with grenades and guns, injuring seven american troops. the tal bohn is exploiting the controversy to call for attacks on foreign soldiers. the longer this goes on, the longer our men and women in uniform are at risk. and for more on this we're joined now by paula broadwell. she spent more than 15 years in the military working in geopolitical analysis and terrorism. as an embedded author of "all in." paula, thank you for joining us tonight. this that is put a bull's-eye on the backs of all of our uniformed men and women in afghanistan. >> well, i think that's taking it a little too far.
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there isn't a bull's-eye on every one of our service men and women over there. in fact, i think a lot of this dialogue is overlooking the very strong relationships that many units have with their partner afghan units and in the ministries where this happened, in fact. some of these soldiers, and they're typically called afghan hands, have great rapport and respect with afghans. i think we can't go too far and say there's a target on everyone's back and we also have to be careful. >> if there's indiscriminate firing and killing, i think that any one of our men and women in uniform could end up sadly the way that colonel loftus ended up. so i don't think it's far-reaching to say that. >> no, but it's important to take prudent steps to prevent it, you're right. and i think that's the larger pont he point here, and that's why general allen, i think, has pulled all of our troops out of the ministries and ambassador crocker has done the same. i think that they're taking an evaluation period to see how things sort of pan out. but they intend to put those forces back in there because
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it's really vital to have those lines of communication with the key ministries. and i think our troops believe that, but they understand they're at risk. this is a war. they are at risk, you know, just traveling from one base to another within kabul. they fully recognize that. but more prudent measures are in place now. >> paula, i want to talk more with you. stand by because some are comparing this incident to abu ghraib, the infamous prison in iraq, where mistreatment of prisoners engaged iraqis and spurred the insurgency. so later we'll ask paula whether the comparison is fair. and i told you at the top of this newscast that we're going to hear from that colonel's mother. here she is tonight in her own words about her son. >> his birthday was last wednesday, called me so i could wish him a happy birthday because it was hard for me to reach him. and we had about a 45-minute conversation, very good, very upbeat. he was very much committed to what he was doing in afghanistan. he felt that the way to help the people there was to become their
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friend and he trusted them. he was a very, very good father. he did the bedtime stories. he did the puppet shows for them. very close to his children. i guess the best way to sum it up is he lived more in 44 years than most of us will live in 80. he lived life to the fullest. >> chris janne, the mother of john loftus who lost his life, one of two service members in afghanistan this weekend. new information to tell you about, cnn is just getting information about the gop presidential candidates. we're hearing tonight that rick santorum will get secret service protection this week, and newt gingrich has also asked for it. mitt romney already has it. our political team working on the story, and we'll have more for you in about ten minutes right here for you on cnn. when this is happening in syria, it is hard to imagine anyone doing anything but hiding in their homes. and believe it or not, syrians wen to the polls today to vote on a referendum to change their constitution.
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according to activists, 55 people were killed across the country including 25 in homs. international red cross still trying to work out a cease-fire so they can get humanitarian area in. those talks have gone nowhere, and sadly, though, the consensus is that the vote that people risked their lives and some lost their lives for probably won't change the balance of power in syria. and a police motorcade, that one you're looking at right there, is former south african president nelson mandela being escorted home today from the hospital. mandela was discharged after a short stay that included minor surgery for a stomach ailment. members of the government say doctors assure them the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon is in good health. mandela was last seen in public in 2010. he also spent some time in the hospital last year for an acute respiratory infection. the catholic church sex abuse scandal just got a whole lot worse for the catholic church, that is. something just uncovered could be a smoking gun, potential proof that a major cleric knew
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about dozens of priests suspected of preying on young boys and ordered the evidence destroyed. and as our susan candiotti reports to us tonight, all this has been kept secret for 18 years. >> reporter: a newly discovered memo stamped "confidential" and labeled "secret archives" is stunning. now part of court documents. it suggests philadelphia's roman catholic cardinal anthony bevilacqua wanted to destroy possible evidence of 35 priests sexually abusing children. on the memo is a note handwritten by a bishop implicating his boss, the cardinal. i shredded four copies of these lists from the secret archives. this action was taken on the basis of a directive i received from cardinal bevilacqua at the directives meeting of 3-15-94. >> if this claim proves to be true, it's a shocking indictment of one of the highest ranking people in the roman catholic church in the united states. >> reporter: court documents
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show one of those files was secretly kept in a safe, put there by a bishop who was supposed to shred the papers. the file was discovered after the bishop died. cardinal bevilacqua died last month. >> for the first time, the hierarchy of the roman catholic church is possibly being implicated in this child abuse scandal in a very, very definitive way. >> reporter: the explosive files are part of a defense motion in the trial of monsignor flynn. based on the newly surfaced memo, his lawyer wants the charges dropped, claiming it proves monsignor flynn told his superiors about the sex abuse, but they did nothing about it. >> defense attorneys are saying we want the whole story told to the jury. so that they can see the context in which monsignor lynn did what he did because it might suggest that he, in fact, was an
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innocent dupe of the cardinal. >> court documents state the chief counsel for the philadelphia archdiocese found the file in 2006, but somehow it was only recently turned over to prosecutors trying sex abuse allegations. neither prosecutors, defense attorneys, nor the arch diocarc will kmechbt comment on the case because of a court order. coming up next, we head to michigan, the place for tuesday's gop primary. mitt romney's native state. so why is he having such a hard time pulling into the lead? a live report from detroit next. and why is this 86-year-old man crawling? wait until you hear what happened to him. and who he is straight ahead. he.
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as we talk about politics now, keeping the safety of the republican presidential hopefuls in mind, and as we count down the hours until polls open for the arizona and michigan primaries on tuesday, and we want to tell you right now polls are showing a virtual toss-up in both states between mitt romney and rick santorum. our peter hanbee is standing by live in detroit for us. excuse me, my voice is changing as we speak, peter. we're learning new details about secret service protection, arptd we? what are we learning? >> reporter: yeah, well, rick santorum, the national front-runner according to most polls, at least it's a tie nationally, requested secret service. it's supposed to start this week, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. we've also learned that newt gingrich put in the paperwork last week for secret service. he has not officially been granted it yet. mitt romney, as we know, got
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secret service right after the florida primary, so he's had it for about a month now. so we could have as many as three of the four republican candidates, ron paul would be the exception having secret service soon but, again, mitt romney and rick santorum, it looks like both of them will have secret service protection on the campaign trail. >> is this going to change their protection -- change the voter access to these candidates at all once they get secret service protection? is it a little bit more limited? >> reporter: yeah, you're absolutely right. it really changes the dynamic of a campaign. you know, mitt romney's campaign sort of has this air of a top-flight organization, frankly, because they're surrounded by security at all times. so rick santorum is going to have all kinds of security around him. you've got to show up several hours in advance to his campaign events whether you're a reporter or a voter. there's just a bit of a lair between the candidate and the people once you get secret service, that's a far cry from the rick santorum of iowa flying
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coach from new hampshire when he was carrying his own bags, and now he's soon to be surrounded by secret service agents, don. it's incredible. >> they've got the security sweep and it provides an extra layer of time as well. you're in a state that many thought would be a slam dunk for romney, but i'm wondering -- and it's tight now. people are wondering, why hasn't he pulled ahead? i'm wondering if it's premature because he hasn't really lived there for a long time, and most people don't know him. they know his dad. is it premature for people to think oh, this is a slam dunk for him? >> reporter: i think it is. he was the front-runner here for a long time. santorum closed the gap and took the lead just a few weeks ago. it's tightened, as you said. romney's been talking about his michigan roots for a long time, and it hasn't really helped him catch on. and this is a more conservative state than people think. there's a lot of evangelicals here, for example. listen to what rick santorum said today, really hammering home the fact that mitt romney
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is not conservative in his view, don. take a listen. >> he said he would protect a woman's right to choose when he ran for office in 2002 for governor. he said he had a conversion, and two years after he had his conversion, he provided public financing for an abortion clinic. in massachusetts. and for him to go out and say, i am somehow the liberal in this race is a joke. >> straight off, after hearing that, let me ask you this question. >> reporter: the candidates are really trying to outduel each other, trying to be more conservative than one another. it's really starting to get under santorum's skin, really lashing out at romney. >> one would think when you hear about jan brewer who is very conservative and you know how she feels immigration. she had the incident with president obama on the tarmac. one would think that she would endorse rick santorum. rick santorum would be her kind of candidate, but no. now romney, she's endorsed romney. does that make a huge difference for him? does that help him pull up in the polls, possibly?
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>> reporter: i think this helps mitt romney in arizona. again, there's a lot of conservatives out there who are skeptical of mitt romney. a lot of endorsements, the cycle we've seen, don't really have much of an impact at all. but in a state like arizona where immigration is such a hot-button issue right before the economy and jobs, this lends an air of conservative credibility to mitt romney. and frankly jan brewer wouldn't be doing this if she didn't really think mitt romney had a really good chance of winning her home state. i think this is kind of an indicator that arizona's heading in mitt romney's direction, don. >> it looks cold where you are. so stay warm. we appreciate your analysis. it's nice and toasty here in the studio, by the way. thank you very much, pete. our coverage of the arizona and michigan primaries begin tuesday, 6:00 eastern with a special edition of "john king usa" followed by complete live coverage of the results starting at 7:00 eastern for you. our suzanne malveaux already on the ground in arizona. she is talking to folks about the issues, one of them the skyrocketing cost of fuel.
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>> reporter: when gas prices go up, it doesn't just hurt commuters. i'm high above phoenix, arizona, with kevin flanagan to talk about how his small business is trying to stay afloat in these tough economic times. >> all right. make sure you join suzanne, 11:00 a.m. eastern next week right here on cnn. the republican candidates have hammered president obama over his handling of the koran-burning incident in afghanistan. and some have compared the controversy to the uproar over abu ghraib. remember that? paula broadwell is back with me to discuss whether this is fair. what do you think, paula? is this comparison accurate? is it flawed? is it fair? >> don, i don't think it's quite accurate to say that they're the same. as we've noticed, there haven't been the same sort of wide-scale protestation that we've seen in the arab spring. so there have been protests, and there have been a lot of afghans
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standing up. you know, there is the threat of more violence, but it's not the same as abu ghraib. it wasn't sanctioned, additionally. so in abu ghraib, we saw that these troopers intentionally did this sort of egregious act. in afghanistan, at the bagram air force base at the detention facility, it was a mistake. there was a miscommunication with an afghan interpreter. and u.s. troops disposed of the korans which had instripgss between detainees. so this is a typical way that detainees share information. so those korans should have been dealt with in some way, but definitely not burning. so i don't think that you can compare the two. >> well, i think in iraq, there was concern about abu ghraib of winning over, how are we going to win over hearts and minds after this incident after seeing these pictures? and i think with the burning of korans, that is what many are concerned about in afghanistan. how do you win over hearts and minds when you burn the holy book, which is forbidden? >> oh, you're right, absolutely. i mean, it was an egregious act.
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and that's why the president sent a personal letter to president karzai. but you have to look at more broadly what's going on. and as i was alluding earlier, there are a number of strong relationships between afghans and americans. and i think that most afghan leaders understand that this wasn't intentional. one thing we've also learned from this is that we don't have a good handle on our strategic communications. and i don't think that the afghan government did either. they could have come out with stronger statements earlier showing that it was a mistake. it wasn't intentional to probably preempt some of the large-scale demonstrations that are going on. i also think that hamid karzai could have made stronger statements against the protesters and spoke out a little bit earlier. it's an egregious act, obviously, but it was a mistake. >> and now we have this. and it's going to be interesting to watch the time line, whether or not the president's time line of pulling out of iraq will remain as is. paula broadwell, thank you. we appreciate you joining us. >> thank you, don. another part of this discussion, the president apologizing for this situation,
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the burning of korans in afghanistan. should he have? it's our "no talking points discussion" tonight coming up. and video you have to see. an 86-year-old man caught on camera crawling for his life at a gas station. why? after the break. but first this. in this week's mastering your money, cnn's ali velshi looks at improving the job market with a creative idea that focuses tweaking the skills of minimum-wage workers. >> the u.s. lost 8.7 million jobs as a result of the recession. when it comes to jobs, we get the problem. we need more of them. richard florid is a professor and also senior editor at "the atlantic." you say the only solution is to turn low-wage jobs into higher wage jobs which sounds like a great solution. how do you do such a thing? >> well, if you look at what makes a good job in america -- and we did this -- my research team at the university of toronto and me -- we dug into the numbers that the bureau of labor and statistics provide, and we looked at what are the skills, what are the basic
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skills that a worker needs to do to get those wages up? so for those knowledge jobs that we talk about, those professional jobs, those technical jobs that pay $70,000 or more a year, the good jobs, we know if you add more knowledge skill, cognitive skill, analytical skill, wages go up. if you add more what we call social intelligence skill, team building, leadership, the ability to work well with others, to develop others, wages go up. you know what? when we looked at the data, those same two skills, you add more analytical skill, more social intelligence skill to a service job, the wages in that job go up steeper and faster than they do for a knowledge job. >> but ultimately, don't we have to control how much those wages go up, otherwise we end up paying too much for things that we assume that we pay less for? >> i think this is the false dilemma in american life, you know? in the 1920s when my dad started working in a factory, he had a terrible job. he made low wages. it took nine people, my grandmother and grandfather and seven siblings of my father and
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his siblings to make a family wage. they weren't always good jobs. how did we do it? we allowed unions, productive ilt, but we paid more for cars. what did henry ford say? we have to let them -- we pay more for the car, their wages go up. >> richard, thank you. i'm ali velshi with this week's "mastering your money." [ male announcer ] if you believe the mayan calendar, on december 21st, polar shifts will reverse the earth's gravitational pull and hurtle us all into space, which would render retirement planning unnecessary. but say the sun rises on december 22nd and you still need to retire, td ameritrade's investment consultants can help you build a plan that fits your life. we'll even throw in up to $600 when you open a new account or roll over an old 401(k). so who's in control now, mayans?
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an 86-year-old world war ii veteran knocked down and
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carjacked at a detroit gas station. aaron brantley was on his way home from chump whrch when he sd for gas. as our affiliate tells us, he was mugged in broad daylight and left on his hands and knees. >> reporter: it was a violent carjacking right at the gas pump that left 86-year-old aaron brantley down on the ground and dazed. it happened when aaron was just about to get into his car and go home. >> i opened the door and proceeded to get in. all i knew, i was on the ground. >> reporter: aaron says he had just come from church. his bible was on the front seat when the carjacker drove away. >> he hit me in the eye. i don't know whether he hit me with something. at the time he hit me, he grabbed my hand and took the keys because i was getting ready to get in the car. i had the door open. and all of a sudden, somebody came up behind me. i didn't see them. >> reporter: aaron says, and you can see in the video, he literally crawled to the front door of the gas station, some
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people ignoring him because he could not move his leg. the leg broke when he was thrown down. but this former soldier and autoworker, dad of eight, granddad of 18, says a broken leg he can deal with. >> i could be dead, really, because, you know, that's what they do to you now. they don't care about your life. they don't care anything about your life. shot me, you know. see, i didn't have a chance because it happened so quickly. >> reporter: when aaron made it inside the station, he offered money to a man to take him home. the man picked him up, did take him home, but would not take any money. aaron says he can't believe this has happened. his car was found hours after it was taken. the tires and radio were gone, but the bible was still on the front seat. >> he pushed my grandfather out of the way for a set of tires and a radio? seriously? seriously? to me, that's the definition of
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a true coward. >> they don't care about you or anything. i said, boy, it's a shame that things are like they are now. >> our thanks to sheryl choden from our affiliate wxyz in detroit. i'm sorry. think about the last time you said it. is it ever appropriate coming out of the commander in chief's mouth? "no talking points" is next. and annoying account fees. at e-trade, our free easy-to-use online tools and experienced retirement specialists can help you build a personalized plan. and with our no annual fee iras and a wide range of low cost investments, you can execute the plan you want at a low cost. so meet with us, or go to for a great retirement plan with low cost investments. ♪
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we want to get you up to speed on your headlines now. three railway employees were killed today when a passenger train derailed near toronto, canada. another 45 were injured. the three victims were employed by via rail canada and were riding in the cab. it was en route from niagara falls to toronto when it went off the tracks. no word on what caused the derailment. mexican gunmen commondeered a ship. the 22 passengers from the carniv carnival splendor were returning to the city of puerto vallarta. none of the guests were hurt and all made it back safely to the cruise liner which was operating out of long beach. the high-profile legal battle centered around the oil spill in the gulf of mexico has been delayed. it was set for monday but has been postponed a week while
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settlement talks continue. the trial will determine civil liability for the april 2010 disaster, the worst oil spill in u.s. history. among the defendants are bp, rig owner transocean and construction contractor halliburton. thousands of fishermen, hotel owners and other gulf coast residents are seeking compensation as well. pain at the pump has grown more painful as gas prices climb for the 19th day in a row. the national average is up to $3.69 a gallon according to aaa. that's a 30 cent increase from just a month ago. the average price is now more than $4 a gallon in california. hawaii and alaska. all right. talk about hitting the jackpot. this lucky united states marine has won $2.8 million on a slot machine in vegas. alexander degenhart was killing time at the bellagio casino while attending a week-long
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training session in nevada. he says he'll help his mother and pregnant sister pay some bills and replace his car which has 250,000 miles on it. good for you. congratulations, sir. time now for "no talking points." all right. so tonight we're taking on a very touchy subject, the burning of the muslim holy book, the koran. u.s. military brass, well, they said it was an accident, but president obama apologized for the mistake anyway. was it right for him to do it? that's not for me to say, but i'm not running for president. >> i don't think the president should apologize for something that was clearly inadvertent. >> the president of the united states is commander in chief, apologizes to the afghan government. >> for us to be apologizing at a time like this is something which is very difficult for the american people to countenance. >> the last guy you heard from, mitt romney, even named his book "no apology."
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and from the way these guys are handling the president's mea culpa, one would think president obama is the first to apologize on behalf of america for a political blunder. truth is he's not. his predecessor, george w. bush, apologized for nuri al maliki in 2008 for, guess what, a u.s. soldier mishandling the koran, using it for target practice. he also apologized in 2004. >> i told him i was sorry for the humiliation suffered by the iraqi prisoners and the humiliation suffered by their families. >> that was just part of mr. bush's mea culpa to the king of jordan for that infamous abu ghraib incident involving the humiliating treatment of iraqi prisoners. and then there was president bill clinton in uganda in 1998. >> european-americans received the fruits of the slave trade, and we were wrong on that as well. >> now, there was some argument
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about whether it was an outright for slavery, but it sure sounded like one. let's go back even a bit further to a 1991 letter written and signed by president bush 41, apologizing to japanese-americans uprooted and mistreated during world war ii. and by the way, that letter was accompanied by $20,000 reparation checks to 82 japanese-americans and their heirs totalling $1.6 billion. ronald reagan, president bush 41's predecessor, was responsible for those reparation checks. that's him right there signing the authorization back in 1988. so what's the "no talking points" point? it's not up to me to decide whether president obama apologized. he's not the first, he certainly won't be the last. and if one of the gop hopefuls ends up in the oval office, more likely than not he, too, at some point will have to say sorry, my bad. and as santorum said at last week's debate, take one for the team. that's tonight's "no talking
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points." coming up on cnn, cliff notes for your week ahead including interesting timing on the president's part. that's next. and ahead, a man who was once homeless becomes a big-time boxer with a shot at winning millions. you'll meet him live. for a limited time, passages malibu
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these are cliff notes. it's time to check on the big stories of the week ahead from the white house to hollywood.
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our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin with the president's plans for the week. >> i'm athina jones in washington. president obama speaks at the united autoworkers conference on tuesday, the same day presidential hopefuls face off in michigan, the heart of the u.s. auto industry. the president travels to new hampshire on thursday and new york city for campaign events. >> i'm dana bash in washington where congress will return after a week back home. the most interesting thing going on this coming week may be what they're not doing in the house, a huge transportation bill. house republican leaders shelved it for now because of international republican disputes over the size of the 250 billion-plus bill and differences over issues like oil drilling in alaska. contraception and repealing the obama administration's requirement that health insurance cover contraceptives. i'm poppy harlow in new
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york. coming up this week on wall street, investors will consider a host of economic news. we'll get the latest look at home prices across the country as well as new consumer confidence numbers. also, the second reading on fourth quarter gdp will be released. the initial reading in january showed the u.s. economy grew at a rate of 2.8% in the final three months of last year. also, warren buffett's berkshire hathaway will report earnings, and we'll track it all for you on cnn money. i'm "showbiz tonight's" michelle turner. i'll have all the epic oscar moments that everyone's talking about, plus the surprising behind-the-scenes stories that never fail to happen. and all the oscar fashion hits and misses. catch "showbiz tonight" exclusively weeknights at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on "hln." all right. and for the first time ever, the daytona 500 did not run on its scheduled day. rain for most of the day led nascar to postpone the season-opening race which is considered the super bowl, really, of the sport.
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pole sitter carl edwards defending sprint cup champion tony stewart. and yes, danica patrick will try again on moon beginning at noon eastern, but will the weather cooperate is the big question, jacqui jeras? that is a huge deal. so tell us about tomorrow. >> it's not looking great. in fact, it almost looks worse than today, believe it or not, don. i know. we did have some breaks in the rain, but it just wasn't enough to dry the track out before they could get started and see more of that wet weather. unfortunately that boundary's still there. lots of moisture in place. i'm giving it like a 60% to 70% chance that it's not going to happen. at least not on time, for sure. for tomorrow. the rest of the east coast, though, looking pretty good. a little windy with a relatively dry cold front moving through. but this is the big storm we'll be tracking in the week ahead across the southwest. tomorrow looking for very blustery conditions from california all the way up towards colorado. and that storm is going to be tracking across the country through the middle and latter part of the week. this is what we're looking for
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as this moves through the rockies and into the plains. this is going to be a big day for you on tuesday. thunderstorms on the southern side could be severe with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. and on the northern side, depending on the track of this storm, this could be a huge deal for places like minneapolis-st. paul. i think the worst of it's going to stay up to the north of there, and somebody's going to get a good foot of snow. finally winter arriving even though spring technically begins march 1, that's thursday. tomorrow's commute tonight. let's pick the top five cities for your worst travel. this is the list you don't want to be on, my friends. number five, daytona, we're going with florida because of the rain and maybe there's going to be a little volume issues, too. are you going to stay for that extra day, perhaps? i don't know. number four for you, detroit, michigan, looking for wind. a couple of snow showers. but the low clouds means hazardous travel. city number three, phoenix, arizona. very blustery especially late in the day. we could have visibility issues with dust also. city number two, we're going
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with san francisco. low clouds, showers and windy conditions. and city number one, you've kind of been looking at this city all day, haven't you? take a look at the tower cam, don lemon. yeah, you know it. >> that's l.a. >> it is. there's oscar you can see sitting up front. we're looking at a storm system coming in. there could be showers after the ceremonies later on for tonight. so thunderstorms by the afternoon, really windy and yeah, volume, going to deal with that at the airports. that's our number one city tonight. >> what did you call thursday, march 1, a what? >> meteorological spring. it's not the equinox, but records, march, april, may are the three months we consider spring. >> i'll be one year younger on march 1st. >> happy early birthday. >> thank you, jacqui. appreciate it. next up, he began life as an abandoned child on the streets of the nation's capital. today he's on the verge of becoming a real-life million-dollar baby. an inspirational story after the break. first, getting down to
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business. some of the richest americans are losing their homes to foreclosure. and basketball phenom jeremy lin's linsanity name may be trademarked. there's alison kosik. >> wealthy families are losing their homes to foreclosure faster than the rest of the country. realty track says more than 36,000 homes valued at $1 million or more were foreclosed on in 2011. while that's less than 2% of foreclosures, it accounts for a bigger share of activity than in past years. watch for a report on home prices tuesday. more americans plan to save the money they get back from uncle sam. according to a national retail federation survey, 44% of those expecting a tax refund plan to put some of it in savings. look for a consumer confidence report tuesday. and even if you're not a basketball fan, you've probably heard of linsanity. now new york knicks' player jeremy lin wants to literally buy into the hype.
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i think it's fairly safe to say that most people can't get through life without hitting a few bumps in the road along the way. and that would be putting it mildly for lamont peterson. once a homeless child on the streets of washington, peterson is now boxing's newest champion and in line for a million-dollar payday. cnn's mark mckay has his story. >> announcer: and new light welterweight champion of the world -- >> it's something i've been working for for a long time, 18 years now. and just all the hard work paying off. it's just a great feeling. >> reporter: once down and out and forced to fend for himself as a little boy homeless, 28-year-old lamont peterson is now about to make his first million-dollar paycheck as the reigning light welterweight champion. >> i just feel blessed, you
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know, just blessed to be living my dream, you know, boxing and being a world champion and fighting on tv has been a dream since i was 5 years old. >> reporter: lamont is one of 12 peterson siblings. their lives took a turn for the worse when their father was sent to prison for a drug offense. their mother abandoned them. the kids were on their own where they slept on park benches, abandoned cars, and bus stations. >> cold nights, wintertime. not having the proper clothes on. and walking all night. being hungry. that was just the toughest times where you knew that you were going to be walking all night. >> reporter: all that changed when 10-year-old lamont and 8-year-old anthony were introduced to barry hunter. the boys were getting into trouble and headed down the wrong path. hup hunter took them in and not only coached them in boxing but coached them in life. >> them are my boys. i can't say nothing bad about
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them. good kids. actually, i can't even call them kids no more. good men. they do everything i asked them to do, man. i'm totally proud of them. >> reporter: grown men but with still a little bit of sibling rivalry. anthony peterson, also a boxer, says he'll soon be ready for his moment in the spotlight. >> we're 13 months apart. so it's like every time he wins something, going back to our pee-wee days, the junior olympics, getting in the trials and turning pro, fighting on tv and stuff like that, it's like everything he do, i try to come right back. that year or the same year and try to be as dominant. >> reporter: as for lamont, he's back in the gym, prepping for his first title defense, a rematch with the man he took the title away from, amir khan. peterson knows his time is now. but he hasn't forgotten the past. and he has a message for those who feel like they're at the end of their rope. keep your head up and keep pushing forward. >> anyone who's in that
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all right. so you know the economy's bad. a lot of people are out of work. a lot of people have issues. so if you think you have it bad and you need an uplifting story, sit down and watch this. you heard most of this story just moments ago before the break. lamont peterson was homeless as a kid. then a man took him in and taught him how to box. fast forward 18 years to this past december. look. >> announcer: and new light welterweight champion of the world! >> mm-hmm. his name flashed out before the entire world, look how happy he is. he's a world champion. lamont joins me live now from washington. an incredible story. an incredible story. and it's good to see you smiling. so first of all, before i ask you how you went from homeless to champ, you said in the story mark mckay said you were one of 12 siblings, right? 12 of you. >> yes. >> and you were all out on the street at one point. how are you guys doing? how's everybody doing? >> everybody's doing really,
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really well right now and i'm just really proud of everyone, you know, in my family right now, you know, because we were always dealt a really tough hand. but we all made it through and doing really well and really happy right now. >> do me a favor. look right up at the camera. don't look at yourself in the monitor because i want the viewers to look into your eyes. maybe they'll get some inspiration from you. we heard your story, but how do you, as you said, you were on the streets for a couple of months. and then you were in homeless shelters for about two years, a couple of years. how do you go from that to becoming a world champion? >> just believing in myself, just knowing what i wanted to do at a young age. so i guess, you know, i had no control over that and just have to put it, you know, all on god. you know, he had a plan for me and my brother, my whole family, actually. you know, i just rolled this plan out, and it just led me to this point. >> did you ever have any doubt -- and i'm wondering
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because as you look back, sometimes, you know, when you're in the middle of it, it's really tough. and then as you look back, you may romanticize it a little bit. you may not see it as bad as it was when you were actually dealing with it. so how bad are the memories for you as a young boy living on the streets, and do you ever think about that today, and does it drive you? >> it definitely gave me a drive. but to be honest, you know, it was actually fun at times, you know. at 6 to 10 years old to be living, you know, as a grown man and no rules, no do this, no do that, no go to school or things like that, you're just out on your own, i actually have a lot of good memories. you know, i learned a lot, you know. so i'm really proud of where i come from because i know it taught me a lot. >> mm-hmm. and how's your dad? he's out of prison? >> he's been out of prison for a long time now. he's doing really well. everyone in the family's doing
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well. >> including mom. mom is doing great, too. >> including mom. she's happy. you know, we're all trying to develop that relationship that we didn't have early on. >> i know you say oh, everybody's doing great now, you know. you're very proud of everyone, but there's some sibling rivalry because your brother's also a boxer, right? >> right. >> when you both have to box and you both have to -- i mean, is there a little professional jealousy there? probably not considering what you went through, right? >> no. i always depend on him to come right behind me. like you said in the interview, any time i ever won any tournament, he's right behind me. next year he comes right through. and he wins the same tournament. so i expect him to be a world champion this year or early next year. i know it's going to happen. no, we never had to fight each other, but of course we spot wi
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spar with each other in practice almost every day. sometimes it gets heated in there because i want the best for him, and he wants the best for me. and he wants to prepare me the best we can. sometimes we get in there and we go at it. >> i have a short time left here. i want to know, is there anything that you can't overcome? because i'm sure a lot of people are thinking their lives are so bad, i can't get through this, what do you say to them? >> you can overcome anything. you just have to know what you want and go for it, you know. don't take no for an answer, you know. it's always a way out. there's always a way out, you know. sometimes it's a long road. it takes some patience. but at the end of the day, you know, with the right guidance, you can make it. >> yeah. >> never give up. >> you have a million-dollar match coming up. and you know what? i hope you win it. and i hope you hang on to the money, spend it well, do a great job. congratulations to you and your family. >> i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> i really do. >> all right. i'm don lemon at the cnn
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