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a new report shows americans don't have enough for retirement. ali velshi and christie romans, authors of the book "speak money" tell you what you need to do to save comfortably for retirement. >> thanks, suzanne. it is no secret americans don't save enough. a new study from hsbc finds millions of americans believe they're going to run out of money in retirement. americans calculate they'll have enough money for 14 out of a 21-year retirement. that's a short fall of about a third. >> yes, seven years. what are you going to do the last seven years. in retirees live on fixed income assets, considered safer than stocks. some are saying the bonds aren't as safe as they used to be. when interest rates go up, bond prices go down. if you have a portfolio full of bonds, your assets aren't worth as much. you know what is interesting, people in asia, they save for retirement, people here, we save for a vacation. >> yeah. >> very short-term thinking here. >> so, remember, you do have to figure out how long -- how much
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money you've got. how long can you go with the money you're saving and if you don't have must have, if you already know, like the people who responded to this hsbc survey, you're not going to have enough, you got to figure out how to invest in some stocks because you can't make up for lost time without stocks. you can't all be in fixed income or bonds, because there say little bit of inflation. you don't even get enough interest in order to make up for inflation. so you're actually losing money as opposed to growing it. >> the whole point is time is your best friend. we're saving for short-term goals like vacation, but we need -- the more time you have, the more of a mix in your portfolio, and the more money you're going to make in the end. save for your retirement first over saving for your kids' college. that's what a lot of people don't do. fidelity says you need to look at it this way, at end of your working career, you need to have saved eight times your financial year salary. if you make $100,000 or more, 12 times that. >> because you're used to spending more than that. when you're doing these things, your kids can borrow for
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college. everybody wants to pay for their kids' college, your kids can borrow and pay that over their working lives. you can't borrow in retirement. that's an important thing to think about. >> thanks so much, ali and christine. i'm fredricka whitfield that will do it for me. i'll see you over the weekend. brooke baldwin takes it from here. congress is gone, and yet the spending cuts are coming. find out what happened inside the white house when these guys met. plus -- >> i jumped in the hole, i was trying to dig him out, but i couldn't find him. i thought i could hear him holler for me to help him. >> a man describes the moment his brother was swallowed by a sinkhole. and shock on the screen. just before death row inmates were executed, a tv station airs their final hours live. the news is now.
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hi there, i'm brooke baldwin. good to be with you on this friday. right now, an operation is under way to find a man who has been swallowed by a sinkhole in his bed. he's jeffrey bush, screaming for help, this entire bedroom collapsed into this hole and his frantic brother tried desperately to save him. >> i heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house. and i heard my brother screaming, so i ran back there and tried going inside his room, but when i turned the light on, all i seen was this big hole, real big hole. and all i seen was his mattress, and basically, like, that was it. that's all i seen. i jumped in the hole, and was trying to dig him out. i couldn't find him. i heard -- i thought i could hear him holler for me to help him. i didn't see any part of him
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when i went in there. all i seen was his bed. i told my father-in-law to grab a shovel so i could start digging. and i just started digging and started digging and started digging. and then the cops showed up and pulled me out of the hole and told me the floor is still falling in. just get closure, i guess, make sure he's not dead, see if he's alive. i know in my heart he's dead. but i just want to be here for him, because i love him. he's my brother, man. >> what a feeling of helplessness. sheriff deputy pulled jeremy bush from the growing hole. crews lowered cameras, listening devices into this hole, but there was no signs of life. john zarrella joins me live from sephner, florida. rescue crews can go into the hole because clearly it is too dangerous, presumably this entire home could collapse. >> yeah, there is no question about it, brooke. that's exactly what they fear
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and they're still now assessing the situation. in fact, they have been out here all morning with ground penetrating radar into the afternoon. they have been marking off places where presumably they feel the sinkhole exists, how far out it spread. they have been using electronic probes they placed to measure the depth of the hole. they think it is 20, maybe 30 feet deep, if not more than that. at least 50 feet wide. and what they did within the last hour, right here, where you can see the open cover to the sewer system there, they actually dropped a camera down in there, on wheels, and they're running that camera, they may have already done it, all the way to the back side of the house, to try and get an idea if they can see where that sinkhole actually starts, how far out it starts, where it is, underneath the house. their concern is that it could completely collapse around them. they brought out some fencing. throughout the ordeal, people in the family are still holding out
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hope, even feint hope that perhaps jeff is still alive under there. we had an opportunity to talk to his grandfather a little while ago. >> i've been living there ever since october of '74. and that's my home. what can you say? i know -- i've listened to other places where they had sinkholes, everything. i know they're going to just come in there and push it down, be done with it, fill the hole up, be done with it. but there's too many memories -- there is lots of stuff in that house, memories. if walls could talk. >> reporter: fire officials say that later today, brooke, they're intending to bring heavy equipment in here. again, that's probably why the
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fencing is around here, being placed with those poles, put the fence around, and then they'll go to work, probably trying to take parts of the house down, if they can. once they determine that the ground beneath them is stable enough, because bottom line is, they do not want to jeopardize anyone else's life in this operation. it is tragic enough that one man is down there, presumed to be dead, but, again, the family holding out at least feint hope that somehow he's survived. >> so tragic. john zarrella, thank you. the whole story begs the question, how do sinkholes form first place? apparently they can strike in a flash. look at this. this was florida. this was last summer. the back of a woman's house collapsed into this sinkhole. fortunately she wasn't home. everyone was okay. flash forward to this, minnesota last summer, a car in the middle of this sinkhole. driver escaped without getting hurt. and another one, fire engine, a fire engine stuck in a sinkhole in los angeles. this was from a couple of years ago. sinkholes can vary apparently from a couple of feet to several
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hundred acres. karen maginnis over here, karen, how do they form in the first place and where? >> well, they can happen anywhere, brooke. all around the world, russia, venezuela, i mentioned those two because they have been fairly spectacular. but in florida, they have a particular problem. they receive lots of rainfall. and the subrock is generally fairly porous. so you can imagine that that water that seeps into the ground, it just kind of erodes that subbase. believe it or not, there is insurance coverage for sinkholes in florida. >> there is? >> where do they occur? right around tampa, st. pete, also in gainesville, along the st. johns river, the indian river, and up through tallahassee and gainesville. those are some of the common areas. but not just in florida. all across the united states, florida, texas, pennsylvania, missouri, tennessee, and alabama. pennsylvania, from what i understand, it is a fairly common experience for sinkholes to take place there. different reasons for it.
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environmental reasons. some weathering, meaning it is degrading the mass underneath it, just can't hold up. they can just be a bowl or these massive events that can occur. one of the largest ones is in egypt. it is thousands and thousands of feet long. >> thousands. karen maginnis, unreal, thank you so much. i want to talk about something here, i have a letter. this is the letter, it arrived to the pentagon, let me read it for you. it came from executive office of the president, from the omb, office of management and budget. this letter essentially tells the generals, guys, give us back your 13% of your budget. that's right. 13% of our military budget about to go poof! 13% because our elected leaders struck out. they failed to find a smarter way to reduce the budget deficit, cuts across the board will hurt the economy as well. that 11th hour meeting at the white house today, no surprise, no deal. ali velshi, chief business correspondent standing by for me in new york.
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jessica yellin, chief white house correspondent. jessica, i begin with you here. you have the president hosting top four leaders of congress. final stab at this thing. tell me what happened at the white house. >> reporter: there was a meeting here this morning between congressional leaders and the white house, all sides knew nothing was going to get accomplished in that meeting and that's what happened. it happened less than an hour. it came and went. congress is now out of town. after that meeting, president obama came to the briefing room and gave us his side of the story. he asked what the press -- what else we think he should have done. so i asked him this question, look. first of all, couldn't you have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you get a deal? >> you know, the -- i mean, jessica, i am not a dictator. i'm the president.
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so ultimately if mitch mcconnell or john boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, i can't have secret service block the doorway. >> reporter: so part of the reason i asked the question, brooke, is because the president has argued that it's just all but impossible to reach a deal with republicans, that it's not a failure of his leadership, that it's just the reality of politics in washington and the point i was getting at is isn't there -- he was arguing there is nothing more he could do. the point i was getting to is leadership part of just forcing everybody to sit down and get past the uncomfortable parts. >> ali velshi, let me bring you in. you talk to business leaders all the time. we know the cuts affect the functioning of federal government. what are folks in business -- are business leaders saying about all this? >> i'll preface this with something that my friends in the business world won't like. i didn't hear from all of them when, you know, when things were going bad for people and people's mortgages were suffering and houses were being
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taken away and unemployment wasn't -- i kind of feel like everybody in the business world has piped up recently about how tare fide a terrified and petrified and horrified they are, so part of me says thanks, guys, for showing up. but generally speaking, the word from the business community is pretty standard. we are at a time in our economy where it would be useful to be building, to be expanding. we have got, you know, unemployment edging down, jobs being created, very low interest rates and energy boom. we could be really moving to the top of the global pile in terms of economic productivity, and this sort of thing is like the government sticking its foot out as you're gaining speed, as you're running. you get into a race or a marathon, and tripping you. so, you know, the business community is not in favor of this. i have to tell you, the business community to some degree has fed this. the u.s. chamber of commerce contributed to the partisanship in the election of people who are on opposite sides of things
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in washington and this is the result. you want partisanship, you want people to come to washington and stand your ground and not compromise? welcome to the new reality, nobody compromises anymore. >> perhaps the proverbial foot used to trip everyone will be removed once the next deadline, march 27th, that's the funding of the government and maybe some of this will be solved. >> there is the good news. there is one piece of good news that came out of today, both john boehner and barack obama said they would like to move ahead with what is called a continuing resolution, because we don't have budgets anymore in this country, we haven't had one since 2009, we have a thing that says the last budget just gets extended, everybody gets exactly the same amount of money. that's what we have been doing since 2009. that expires on march 27th. no chance of there being a new budget. we're going to wait until that deadline. if we didn't get that, the government would shut down. now they're saying let's actually do that. maybe next week. so maybe we won't be sitting here in a month talking about, you know, how we're not going to get our easter dinners because the government is going to shut
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down. >> maybe, maybe. ali velshi, thank you, my friend. jessica yellin, thank you as well here. $85 billion in cuts, i know it sounds huge, but you will be feeling these forced cutbacks fairly gradually. look at the calendar. i want to begin with really now mostly paperwork, the month we're in, march 16r9 hest here, official notices going out to federal workers scheduled for the furloughs, the grant recipients here, whose arraignments should be shortened a bit. the faa to announce closure of 168 air traffic control towers. over to spring and summer, march 26th, federal furloughs take effect. then you also have in april, defense department workers, they begin their days without pay. may, housing and urban development's turn to begin, irs workers won't start their furloughs until summer. and spring into summer and more
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of the public may begin to feel the impact of the cuts. smaller unemployment, right? smaller unemployment checks, fewer national park hours. visas take longer to process, that kind of thing here. then you august and september. what happens then? school. school goes back. that's when teachers and other education staffers could be laid off. remember here there are multiple opportunities, as ali and i were alluding to, with the next deadline for budget negotiation throughout the next months to see change and what could happen. coming up, a chicago man wins a $1 million lottery jackp jackpot, then suddenly dies. we're now just learning the real reason behind his mysterious death. plus this -- ♪ >> oh, boy. the harlem shake. it's the video that launched an faa investigation. take a look at where they're shaking it, on a plane. we'll explain next.
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to give you some perspective, two dolphins are stuck in the wetlands. if you know this area, near pch. live pictures now, pacific coast highway, huntington beach. these rescue crews, we have seen this before, when the dolphins come a little too close, they get these rescue teams, like these guys, looks like on paddle boards, trying to get them to move into the bigger water. we have been watching this feed from l.a., and the last couple of minutes, we did see one of the dolphins get a little bit closer out to the bigger water, to the ocean, but so far it is an ongoing process. perhaps they're confused. i know sometimes we cover these live, and then people start surrounding, the helicopters start coming around, and the dolphins don't know what's going on. we'll keep an eye on this live picture and we'll make sure hopefully we can pass along the good news eventually that the two dolphins are a-okay. let's move on. some of the hottest stories in a flash, rapid fire. roll it. autopsy results are in for a chicago lottery winner who was
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poisoned after he won. a medical examiner confirms khan died from cyanide poisoning. his death ruled a homicide. >> this 46-year-old male died of cyanide toxicity. a lethal level of cyanide was detected in the peripheral blood during the inspection of the body. >> examiners can't determine how khan ingested the poison. authorities initially ruled he died of natural causes. it was his brother's suspicions actually that led to a full toxicology screening here. and mississippi authorities are not saying how or even why it happened, but they have charged a man with killing a candidate for mayer in the city of clarks dale. marco mcmillian was gay, but his family says only they and his close friends knew that. they don't believe that factored into his killing. investigators have charged lawrence reed with the murder. reed was found injured in
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mcmillian's damaged car one day before his body was found near a levee outside of town. and the harlem shake now has the attention of the faa. note note ♪ >> bananas and all. this colorado group here, a college group from colorado, they shot this video, dance video, during a frontier flight. so they're high up in the air this is from a couple of weeks ago. even the flight crew got in on the fun. but the faa not laughing at this one. they're looking into the incident. they say some safety rules might have been violated from the harlem shake. city of detroit in such bad shape financially, the state could soon take over. plus, we told you about joan rivers getting heat for a joke she made. you're about to hear straight from the star now about why she is refusing to apologize. ♪
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joan rivers is all fired up about not backing down. the comedienne refuses to say sorry for her joke involving the
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holocaust that raised the ire of the anti-defamation league. so she said this joke, while commenting on a dress that heidi klum who is originally from germany, wore on oscar night. >> the last time i german looked this hot was when they were pushing jews into the ovens. it is just -- >> so, rivers explained to "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer why she won't apologize. >> it is a joke, number one. number two, it is about the holocaust. it is my way of reminding people about the holocaust. i do it through humor. my husband lost his entire family through the holocaust. your generous doesn't evation d know what i'm talking about. by my doing a joke, gets people talking and thinking. >> there are people who say you should apologize. what do you say to them? >> why aren't you worried about mel gibson. why aren't you worried about the anti-semites out there and not pick someone who doesn't have a single living relative?
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>> any subject that is too serious you wouldn't take on in humor? >> i think that's how we get through life. that's how i get through -- you make people laugh. you laugh, you can deal with it. done. >> joan rivers. giving birth should be a joyful occasion. because of poor conditions, and a lack of electricity, too many mothers and babies are dieing in poor nations all around the world. this week's cnn hero found a way to help. >> there is a traditional african saying, you become pregnant, you have one foot in the grave. there are so many women dying in childbirth in many communities, pregnancy is feared. >> in the last month recorded, four women actually died from pregnancy complications. when i went to africa, i saw women one after the other coming in with complications and we didn't even have adequate light to treat them. welcome to the world, little one. a lot of the clinics don't have any electricity.
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talk about detroit. detroit is so broke, it is now facing a government takeover. michigan governor rick snyder said today the state is ready to take over the operations of detroit's city government. you see detroit is on the hook for some $14 billion including unfunded pensions and health care costs for retired government workers. a state takeover would be short of formal bankruptcy, but would include appointing an emergency manager, someone who could fire government workers. poppy harlow has been to detroit many, many times. she joins me live. she's been all over this story. poppy, stand by, because governor rick snyder, here he is, just put on a microphone. he joins us now live.
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governor, welcome to you. my first question would be this. i want poppy to jump in. a state takeover could mean job losses for people in detroit, many, many job losses and that's a lot of families losing paychecks. are you, governor, planning any steps to help these people find new jobs? >> brooke, the goal of us getting involved is not -- i don't view it as a takeover, it is about bringing more tools and resources to help grow detroit. the goal is to create jobs. in the meantime, we need to deal with the finances. we're going to work hard to work with people through the entire process, because this has been 50 or 60 years in the making. now is the time to solve the problems. let's turn around detroit, grow detroit, create more and better jobs and great place to live. >> poppy, jump in. >> i want to be clear for our viewers, what can an emergency manager do because there has been one in other michigan cities? they have the power basically to override city council, the mayor, they can throw out or renegotiate union contracts,
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they can lay off government workers because ultimately you need to save money in detroit, but you also, i know, i've seen it firsthand, need to raise reven revenue, get more people paying taxes. my question is, there have been concerns, i heard it from some residents today, saying this process isn't democratic. they're worried they're going to have no say in what happens to their city. how do you respond to them and how many job losses do you expect this will mean in the city of detroit for government and union workers? >> poppy, between, this is how to solve a problem. we have been successful with the emergency managers working in communities like flint and pontiac, where they work with the may and the city council. they're not mutually exclusive. it is how to get things done better and faster so we can get on a positive path. there have been a lot of government job loss in detroit already going on. the question is how do we stabilize the city and start growing the city? i view this as a key step to say we need to stop going downward, we need to start going upward and by having an emergency manager with more toolz and s a
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resources, hopefully we can make that happen in detroit. >> i sat down with the mayor's office in detroit this week and they really oppose having an emergency manager. you made this announcement at a town hall in detroit and the mayor wasn't even there and i think that speaks volumes. what do you mean in terms of resources? do you mean more power to make those tough decisions which are often cuts? >> to put it in context, poppy, i would go back to we did a consent agreement, how we can work with the city and partnership to do this. we want to partner with the city. we did that in april. we had 21 different action items to work on. many of those items didn't even get work started on them until september. others still need to be started. so there is a case of multiple months passing where an emergency manager can make decisions, take actions and not have to wait months to make those things happen. we can't afford to have that delay. >> i've seen it firsthand, governor, i understand. something needs to change. we appreciate you joining us
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very much. and, brooke, just to, you know, lay it out for our viewers a little more as well, this has been happening in detroit for decades. they went from 1.5 million people two decades ago to 700,000. and detroit news came without this article last week saying almost half of property owners in detroit aren't paying their property tax bills. so when you don't have enough taxes coming in and enough revenue, basically people paying their taxes you have a problem like this. he's a very decisive man making a bold step here and we hope it turns things around for detroit. >> it is grate cia great city, harlow, thanks so much. best wishes as we go forward looking at the city of detroit. up next, the hot topics face-off. the panel weighing in on a tv station airing the final hours of death row inmates before they were executed. plus, a developer creating a program that sends your tweets after you die. and sex education in
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welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. outrage, controversy, talking hottest stories here happening now, beginning with this. you have to see the video to understand what we're talking about. you see this guy right there? he was a prisoner, he's now dead. this video was shot hours before his execution broadcast live across china. think big brother on death row. the two-hour television special was paid for by the chinese government, and broadcast on state television. there were four foreign drug traffickers who were in this video. they ultimately were sentenced to death for murdering chinese sailors. after pull on chinese's twitter showed opposition, they decided not to show the moment. they asked, but they decided not to show the moment when the four men were given their lethal
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injections. want to talk about this. we have joel stein, author "man made a stupid quest for masculinity," lonnie love today, host of cafe mocha. lisa france, writer and producer here at and brian balthazar. welcome, welcome. what a story here. i'll begin with you, brian. reality tv to the extreme, grandegrand granted yes, it is china. what do you think of this? >> this is real reality, this is news. so they were covering it because they were responsible for killing, i believe, 13 fishermen and i think it was a story people were very passionate about. >> was this news? was this news, seeing this leadup to their deaths? >> they didn't show the execution. i think people were passionate about this story and wanted to see this. i know it is not the same as showing the execution of saddam hussein, but this is something that made news before. and some countries have actually
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public executions. so i'm not as offended as showing the actual death. >> this was live. no room for ed iting. lonnie what do you think? >> this is an extreme form of scared straight, but i would rather watch this than a marathon of "the kardashians". >> are you serious? why do you say that? >> we have horrible programming in the united states. china at least is trying to give some realism and it is reality tv. i agree with what the man said, they did something wrong, they're trying to -- this is their version of scared straight, they have a right to do it. it is china. >> joel, weigh in. >> i personally would rather watch the kardashians. yeah. public executions are common, they took place in america for a very long time. i hope as a culture we moved beyond the death penalty. i think china is probably doing
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many, many more horrific things than this. so i don't know if this should be on the top of our -- >> lisa france, you cover entertainment. you know all about reality tv. let's just sort of think, could this possibly -- we have a very voyeuristic culture. do you think some next reality tv producer wants to push the envelope? would this ever happen here? >> i think more and more the public is expecting to be shocked and to see shocking things on tv. i'm surprised it hasn't happened yet. maybe not actually seeing someone die, but, you know, seeing someone in their final moments before death. it doesn't surprise me. >> we show police chases on the news all the time. >> they didn't show the execution. >> they did not. there was a poll. let me say this. there was initially a poll and initially everyone said, yes, we want to see it. there was some dissenters and the pendulum swung the other way. here is my next question. what is the deal with our -- i say our, our global view, as we
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talk china, our fascination with death. what does that come from? >> people are naturally voyeurs, i think. we think about death, you know, and think about our own mortality, and the opportunity to see someone before they're going to die, i think, is intriguing to some people. he -- i thought it was weird he was smiling, but, you know, you never know what people were thinking in their final moments of their lives. people just want to be present and they want to be witnesses to things. >> brian? >> i stand by what i say. >> i can't keep it back. the fact we air police chases in this country all the time, where at a moment's notice, someone can get out and pull a gun, we have seen that actually happen or fatal car crashes can occur on live television. certainly this is not the same thing as willingly knowingly showing the -- leading up to of an execution, but we're also taking gambles on live television in the u.s. all the time. >> are we becoming desensitized to death, given what we see on tv, the movies, games, on the news? >> we have a whole sister
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channel all about murder trials, right? >> right, right, right. and people are fascinated -- >> i stand by what i say, brooke. i still say it is better than the kardashians. i don't care what anybody says. >> my goodness. >> i'll stick up with the kardashians. >> the next item here, don't know where to go with it. social media sites may let you post one last good-bye after your final good-bye, after your death. would you do this? do you want to live on electronically? that's next. i remember the day my doctor said i had diabetes. there's a lot i had to do... watch my diet. stay active. start insulin... today, i learned there's something i don't have to do anymore. my doctor said that with novolog® flexpen, i don't have to use a syringe and a vial or carry a cooler. flexpen® comes prefilled with fast-acting insulin
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if you are an organized person, and you're thinking, say, long-term, you probably have your affairs in order, your wills, your life insurance, your funeral plans. what about your twitter account? one london-based ad agency is tapping into this new market looking to keep your tweeting even after you're gone. so, for example, oh, great, so my twitter handle @brookebatcnn. they formulate tweets based upon your tweeting history, like this code, look at words you use, this web bot analyzes key words, your interests and it says it will imitate your writing style. you train it while you're still living and tweeting. you choose an executor to monitor it once you've passed. panel, come back. this is crazy, but i'm asking
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because i read the story this morning and i said what? how many people would do this? zero. so, joel's in. i see no hands. joel, why would you do this? >> can i write t write my columy books for me too? >> lonnie, you laugh, why? >> no, because when you're dead, you're dead. there are some people that are alive i don't want to see their twitter feed. why do i want to see them after they pass on in that? that's for your children. >> your kardashian friends you don't want to see them tweeting? too soon, sorry. sorry. i guess some pros would be you leave a digital legacy, you leave something behind. if you want people to be all atwitter over you, they can be. the con is it is kind of creepy. are you with me? >> whose tweets are that interesting? i tweet what i had for lunch all
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the time. i tweet when i'm about to go on cnn. after i'm dead, i would like to see that interview. so, it could be very interesting. i just don't know whose tweets are so interesting we need to keep seeing them. >> mine. >> i like the last tweets, though. >> go ahead, lisa, what? >> my tweets are fabulous. i don't think they can replicate -- >> they can't live on. >> they can't live on to how hilarious i am on twitter nor my instagram food shots, which are the bomb. >> what is the fascination with social media and the need for me, me, me and putting it out there after we're dead. all of you laugh at the idea, but there are people, this is the experimental phase now, not a real deal yet, there are people who would actually do it. >> social media makes you feel like a star. makes you feel like a star. people, they respond to you, they care about what you have to say, care about what you eat for lunch. it makes you feel important. >> makes you feel important. >> makes me feel important. >> there is this other company that is tweeting or showing your last tweet and the date you died. you have to wonder what your last tweet would be. i think getting the repeating
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sex education for our kids in school or at home, whose job is it to explain the birds and the bees? then the question of when? as in how old here? most u.s. public schools start sex ed in the fifth grade. in chicago, a controversial decision here, sex ed will now begin in kindergarten. listen to what the chicago school system has to say about it. >> it is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so that they can make healthy choices. >> sex ed as a continuum of information, and so with the foundations beginning at kindergarten through fourth grade -- >> i'm here to report from a public health perspective, it is an absolute imperative. >> let me be clear here. there will not be teaching reproduction to kindergarteners. this say gradual process starting with anatomy, good touch, bad touch. lisa france, i'll start with you. what do you think?
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5, too young? >> i think kids see worse on television, probably. it is my understanding that the parents have the option to opt out of it if they decide they don't want it. i don't want a school system telling my kid there is no santa claus. i think each parent has the ability to decide if they think it is right for the child or not. >> who thinks it is a good thing that the school start that early? >> do we have to raise our hand? >> i think it is okay as long as she don't do show and tell. >> no show and tell? that would be bad news. brian, you were raising your hand. you don't have to raise your hand, very funny. >> i think the knee jerk reaction is to sex is reproduction. but kids need to know what inappropriate touching is and that comes down to the important issues. some parents aren't comfortable talking to their kids about that. we live in a modern world where we can call it gender and relationships and why does another one of my classmates have two moms or two dads and talk about relationships i think
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they could benefit from. >> do we think the school should take on the onus of teaching your child at this young age, should it be more at home? parents? >> not everyone is doing it. >> math and -- yeah, everything will be taught at school. you want the whom point le poins is to make sure your kid doesn't get molested, good touch and bad touch. i think you want to do that. most parents, me included, didn't realize how ung you'youn supposed to start that with your kid. >> the kids are learning stuff in schools, regardless. >> you can see a heck of a lot on television, can't you? let me move on. joel, this is serendipitous we're doing this story and you're on the panel. this is the story about the single pregnant mom from oregon. s that h has a competition with a website called belly ballot. she'll have online voters choose the name of her child. >> welcome to belly ballot, the fun and interactive new way to
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find the best name for your baby. belly ballot replaces those boring baby name books and stuffy research websites with the simple and social way to find the best name, and win prizes in the process. >> win prizes. ie $5,000 here. in the case of natasha hill, ten names were chosen by the sponsors of the website for doing it, so she gets $5,000. joel stein, i get this column passed on to me, you wrote this in '08. i expect to be flooded with many complicated emotions when i found out i was going to become a father, but instead all i felt was this, naming this child is the most important writing assignment of my life. please help joel stein name his baby. so you did this? >> i had a poll at before my son was born. i gave people five options and we let them vote. yeah, it is -- >> did you go with the answer? >> no. >> you didn't, okay. you're a tease then. >> i think they picked very
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well. i think they did a better job perhaps than we did. >> who thinks -- >> i think it is a great idea. >> you think it is a great idea. who thinks this is too personal for a complete stranger naming your first child, mind you? >> i don't think it is too personal. >> i think it is just not enough money. i think 5k is really cheap. i think if you add some zeros on to it -- >> $50,000. $50,000. you would allow that? >> $500,000. >> oh, okay. i see how you are. lisa, what about you? >> i go for ten grand. but people come up with horrendous names on their own. if you can let somebody pick a name and not like the kid will end up like johnson or something. >> so far, not yet. they're not brand names. we have seen some stories. one day you could, for your $500,000, loni, what, name a kid pepsi. you never know. >> that's a lot of money, brooke. that's a lot of money. i don't know. i'd have a baby -- >> baby pepsi. >> baby pepsi. >> you should ask apple paltrow
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martin about naming things like that. it is not like they're on some interesting names already out there. why not? >> loosen up, brooke. get with technology, okay! >> get with technology. that's my takeaway for the day. loni love, thanks. joel stein, lisa france, brian balthazar, thanks so much. up next, the search for a man swallowed by a sinkhole, while he was asleep. cnn's john zarrella is there on scene. we'll take you there live, explain what they're doing here. and we'll explain this camera. we'll tell you what they're doing with this camera in the sinkhole. a new role. working behind the scenes to provide companies with services... like helping hr departments manage benefits and pensions for over 11 million employees. reducing document costs by up to 30%... and processing $421 billion dollars in accounts payables each year. helping thousands of companies simplify how work gets done.
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right now, in florida, a recovery operation is under way to find a man's body swallowed by a sinkhole. jeffrey bush screamed for help as his entire bedroom collapsed into this hole. his brother tried desperately to save him. >> i heard a loud crash like a car coming through the house. and i heard my brother screaming. so i ran back there and tried going inside his room, but all i seen was this big hole, real big hole and all i seen was his mattress and basically that was it. that's all i seen. i jumped in the hole, and was trying to dig him out. i couldn't find him. i heard -- i thought i could hear him holler for me to help him. i didn't see any part of him when i went in there. all i seen was his bed. i told my father-in-law to grab a shovel so i could start
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digging. and i just started digging and started digging and started digging. and then the cops showed up and pulled me out of the hole and told me the floor is still falling in. just get closure, i guess, make sure he's not dead, see if he's alive. i know in my heart he's dead. but i just want to be here for him because i love him. that's my brother, man. >> so tragic. crews lowered cameras, they lowered listening devices here into this hole, but there were no signs of life. john zarrella is on the ground there in seffner, florida. we know the house is now condemned. the man's family obviously grieving, they're homeless. what's next for them? >> reporter: well, you know, brooke, we were talking in fact just a little bit ago, i was talking to norman wicker, the father-in-law, and he was in the house at the time and he said that people have been reaching out to them all day today. they do have a place to stay. they have been offered a home that they can stay in for the next couple of months.
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and so they are happy, certainly, about that. they have also been told that it is going to be some time before anyone can get into the house, the concern, of course, is that the ground is so unsafe and that the sinkhole perhaps is expanding. norman wick wears teer was tell they think it may be expanding to the house next door. >> oh, no. >> reporter: yeah, and you can probably get a good look at it to the right, the blue house there is the house which is so hard to believe that there is a sinkhole under there. the bedrooms are on the back side of the house, the two back bedrooms swallowed up by the sinkhole. to the right is the other house they're concerned about. we have seen fire department and engineers looking over that situation. we know they use that ground penetrating radar to mark off places they also used electric probes that they put in the ground to try and get an idea of just the extent of the sinkhole, the depth of the sinkhole. we know it is at least 25, 30
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feet deep. perhaps deeper than that, perhaps at least 50 feet wide. as you mentioned, what they did earlier today, they dropped a camera down in the sewer drain there and ran it, it was on wheeled, and they ran it down the side of the house to try to get an idea of where the sinkhole extends to on this side of the house. we don't know the results of that. they're not sharing that information at this point in time. but, again, the situation is painstakingly slow because they clearly do not want to risk anyone else's life going in there at this time. knowing that at any moment if the sinkhole is in expanding, the house could collapse around them. >> as we heard from the brother here of this man, he, obviously, feels entirely helpless as does this family. you talked to the grandfather. this is what he told you. >> i've been living there ever
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since october of '74. and that's my home. what can you say? i know -- i've listened to other places where they had sinkholes, everything. i know they're going to come in there and push it down, be done with it. fill the hole up, be done with it. but there's too many memories -- there is lots of stuff in that house, memories. if walls could talk -- >> the home full of memories. this thing could collapse at any moment in time. john zarrella for us, keep us posted here what is happening there in florida. also today, autopsy results are in for chicago lottery teacher who was poisoned after he won. a medical examiner has confirmed arusch khan died from cyanide
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poisoning. his death considered a homicide. >> this 46-year-old male died of cyanide toxicity. a lethal level of cyanide was detected in the peripheral blood during the july 21st, 2012, inspection of the body. >> examiners could not determine how khan ingested the poison. authorities had initially ruled he died from natural causes. it was his brother's suspicions that led to a full toxicology screening. and now to the budget cuts. they begin, a couple of hours from now, around midnight tonight. $85 million. and you may have heard the president say it, right here, he cannot force congress to undo the damage. can't for the republicans to see it his way. >> first of all, couldn't you just have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you have a deal? >> you know, the -- i mean,
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jessica, i am not a dictator. i'm the president. so ultimately if mitch mcconnell or john boehner say, we need to go to catch a plane, i can't have secret service block the doorway. >> clearly not. gloria borger joining me from washington, our chief political analyst. gloria, huge stakes here. meeting at the white house, you have the president, the four top leaders of congress, lasted less than an hour. i have to ask, was this strictly for show? >> yeah. >> yeah? >> completely, totally for show. the president wanted to make it seem like he was making sort of one last effort as did the republicans. the meeting was perfunctory. they knew they were not going to agree. it is very clear they have found no way out of this. the president made it clear in his little press availability. and what a great question by jessica. in his press availability, you know what, he called it the
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republicans' choice to have this sequester. and in a statement from republicans, just after the meeting, they called it the president's sequester. ie these forced budget cuts are the president's fault. yep. there it is. >> we have grown accustomed of debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, seeing congress run down the clock to zero. then they reach some sort of last minute agreement. but suddenly with this, that's not the case. they failed. why? >> yeah. ironically it may be because they succeeded on january 1st. when they didn't go over the fiscal cliff on january 1st they couldn't do that because, of course, everyone's taxes would have gone up, and they knew there would be hell to pay for that. they couldn't do that. they came up with a deal that did raise revenues. remember the tax cuts for the wealthy expired. because they raised revenues then, republicans are now saying
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no way. we gave it the office once. we're not going to do it again seven weeks later. that's crazy to expect that we will do that. we will only talk about closing tax loopholes in the context of tax reform, they say, which would lower everybody's rates. so the tax issue has become a nonstarter. when the president calls for balance, republicans are saying, your turn to cut. >> well, the deadline is friday. the question is when will people start feeling it. gloria borger, thank you. we now know how much will be cut. you want to know when will i feel this? that's where cnn's tom foreman steps in. he has answers to your questions. i know viewers, tom, have been sending you questions about these forced spending cuts. what have they been asking you? >> well, a lot of them have been asking why washington gets to talk about it all the time and the rest of us going to live with it. but a lot of really great questions today. ian jen posted this question on facebook. how will the budget cuts from
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tonight and later on affect military pay? tho will those who defend america be left broke and hungry? that is not going to happen. anyone serving in the country is except from the queste sequeste. they'll face no pay cuts or furloughs. another question, will my federal student loans be put in jeopardy by the sequester? this was echoed by harold mock who asked something similar, i'm a student about to graduate with a nursing degree in four months, i have loans too. how will this affect me? another group that could be directly affected. and it depends what you're talking about, whether you can find a way to bridge the financial gap between your need for the loan and it showing up, the department of education says these cutbacks could slow down the delivery of financial aid to some students who are counting on it. can also hurt some work study programs out there, and delays are also possible in the processing of fasa forms.
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if you're in college or have a kid there, you know what i'm talking about. you must fill out this form to get any kind of aid, including loans. that would make it tough for parents out there who have kids trying to make their college choices. moving on, russ blaze hopped on twitter to ask, will my ssi payments in late march be impacted by the sequester? no, russ. that program for disabled adults and children who don't have much money is also exempt from the cuts. and finally, bill plant, i don't think this is my old friend bill plant at cbs, but bill plant seemed none too happy when he reached out on facebook to ask about all those members of congress leaving town as the cuts kick in. who pays for their airline ticket? he said. do they fly first class, business class, economy class? if the government pays economy class, do they pay the difference? we got a lot of comments along this line from various people. here is what we know about that. in fact, you do pay because
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there is an allotment for the congress members to go back and forth. some have a handsome dollar but would go broke if they paid for the air plane tickets going back and forth. they decide how and when they're going to fly back and forth. many do not fly first class except on rare occasions, simply because of the politics of it. they don't want people seeing them in first class. and some get bumped up to first class because they fly so often. so nonetheless, bottom line is, you think you paid for it, yes, you did pay for it. we'll pay for it in a lot of ways as the time goes on. >> people want to keep asking you questions about those first class tickets, about anything else related here to the forced budget cuts, you can. let me get to the information here, you need to go to thank you very much. you can use the hash tag #ask tomcnn. guess who is in the studio with me? michelle williams, destiny's child, anyone? saw her with beyonce at the super bowl halftime show. she's performing all over the
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now to the sobs on the stand in the murder trial of joely u arias. the prosecutor here, his name is juan martinez, he got her to admit she slit alexander's throat from ear to ear. >> let me know if you remember, ma'am, i'm asking if you acknowledge it would be you that did it, correct? >> yes. >> and you would acknowledge that a lot of the stab wounds and if you want, we can count them together, including the ones to the head, were to the back of the head, and to the
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back of the torso, correct? >> okay. count them. i don't know. i'll take your word for it. >> would you like to take a look at the photograph? >> no. >> if he's being stabbed in the back, would you acknowledge at that point he's no threat to you, right? >> objection, calls for speculation. >> overruled. >> i don't know. >> well, if he's already been shot, according to you, and he's facing away from you, how could he have possibly be any threat to you? >> now, some legal minds think arias, with her performance on the stand, and her admitted past lies, is giving jurors plenty of reason to give her the death penalty. >> she is making it much easier. i did an appeal a few years ago from a case of a very prominent lawyer in delaware who got himself the death penalty because he insulted the
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intelligence of the jury by lying repeatedly at least in the view of the jury about what he had done, and why he had killed the person. so not only is, i think, she's presenting classic evidence of guilt, but classic evidence that will open the door widely to aggravating circumstances that will get her the death penalty. >> let's get more analysis with legal and behavioral experts near studio with me. we have paula bloom, psychologist and author. and holly hughes, criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. ladies, welcome. holly hughes, you heard what alan dershowitz said and watching her perform on the stand, is she sentencing herself to death? >> i don't think so. and here's why. this isn't the end of the trial, brooke. we're going to see her testimony followed up with a domestic violence expert who i expect the defense will call after her testimony concludes next week. and what they're going to try and do is explain those behaviors to the jury. so they're going to try and soften her up by saying, okay, this is the reason an abused person would lie.
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i'm not saying she was or wasn't. but i'm saying that's what the defense is going to attempt to do, is back her up with an expert who says this behavior is not so odd. it is not so uncommon, when we see women kill their abusers. >> what about her -- paula, her behavior in the box? she's not looking, she has her hand over her eyes, apparently sobbing, tissue after tissue. what do you make of all of that? >> it is really hard to -- >> a sigh. >> yeah. lots of drama going on here. one of the things i think is that we make assumptions about people's behavior, so, like, somebody lost a parent, you saw them the next day and they were crying, you would assume that's an authentic emotion related to grief, they're sad. people can be very authentic in what they're feeling, but it may not be grief she's feeling. it could be fear about getting sentenced or something like that. so the range of what is authentic is pretty broad. i think what has been really interesting about this is the shifts and how inconsistent what she says with what her mood is
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has been through all that. i think that's why people are so interested in this. >> what about the prosecutor here? martinez? he's coming across in some cases as a bully, is he not? >> he is. >> this is his job? >> well, and that's -- it is a very fine line you walk because i've been on both sides of the table. what you don't want to do is you don't want to make it look personal. this is not juan martinez versus jodi arias. this is supposed to be the state of arizona versus jodi arias. >> doesn't always appear that way? exactly rig >> exactly right. when you make it look so personal and a case where the defense is claiming, she's an abused woman, he may come across as one more man beating up on poor little jodi. he has to be careful about that. if there is anyone on the jury, who while they may not believe her entire story, but they had an experience, they themselves have been emotionally abused, they have someone in their family or close friend who has been in a physically or emotionally abusive
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relationship, and they may not like that and may hold it against him. >> yeah, yeah. one of the things that i was thinking about is that we don't know what it is like in the courtroom. people react to other people's emotions and feelings, so us watching it on television was probably different than lots of people having emotional reactions in a courtroom, so they're not just responding to her, they're responding to what is going on in the room, a whole social kind of experience, so i -- my sense is it is very difficult to really get a sense of what the vibe is, the energy is in there, just from us watching the testimony. >> sitting inside the courtroom. holly hughes and paula bloom, thank you very much, ladies. up next here, michelle williams of destiny's child here with me in studio 7. we'll talk super bowl, her new musical, her new book. that might surprise you. she's going to get personal with us here live on cnn.
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michelle williams is definitely a survivor. she made countless male fans lose their breath, oh goodness. and, well, i won't say it, but shall i remind you? ♪ oh, she is a member of one of
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the best-selling female r&b groups of all time. you saw her and the ladies of destiny's child surprise super bowl halftime show much. now she's here in atlanta on a different stage, starring in the musical "fala." michelle williams is with me now. >> hello, beautiful. >> back at you. a pleasure to see you and meet you. >> pleasure to see you and meet you as well. >> a little super bowl, got an album, got this going on. if i can, right off the bat, i want to get personal with you as far as you are very open about your battle with depression. >> yeah, it was something that i didn't mean to talk about, but it just came on, like the psychologist said before, it was meant to be for me to discuss it because that is something very private, obviously, because i hadn't spoken about it. but from what i'm told, and what i'm hearing, my story has helped so many people. and so --
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>> how far back does this go? teenage years? >> teenage years. as a teenager, i didn't know what to call it. i hadn't spoken to my parents about it. i thought, you know, growing pains, or something like that. and realizing that, you know, choosing to be happy -- it is more than choosing to be happy, because i know a lot of people have severe cases of this, but, you know, for me, it was like you have to choose to be happy. you're going to wake up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes, things will bring you down, and i wanted people to know that it is okay to get help. you're not crazy. you're crazy if you don't get help. >> get the help. choose to be happy. you're also choosing to create this foundation, your hometown, in your hometown, right? >> yeah. >> tell me about it. it is also preventing bullying, preventing suicides. what is your message, michelle? >> i'm launching it in my hometown of rockford, illinois. i'm going to go by the saying, if you change your mind, you can
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change your life. and it all begins in the mind and how your mind can play tricks on you, it can make you feel like you're less than, you're not good enough, but if you can just tell yourself, you are meant to be here, there is a reason, and a purpose for you here on this earth, you know, you are just not here taking up space, you can make it and you can do anything that you put your mind to doing. >> can we talk about speaking of tricks? this one here is, i guess, doing rehearsals for "fala," somehow getting to new orleans, doing some rehearsals, everybody is asking her, are you doing the halftime show, you're like, i don't know. you did it. you killed it. >> thank you so much. >> you killed it. >> that was so much fun. >> give me the behind the scenes. how did you pull that off? >> like you said it was literally two rehearsals in a day, and then sneaking to see the girls for, like, two or three hours a night in new york because we all happen to be in new york at the same time. once again, everything aligned and destiny happened.
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so that we could rehearse together, snuck down to new orleans once and we had opening night in washington, d.c. for "fala," then i snuck down to new orleans to see the girl and rehearse again. sunday we hit the stage. >> amazing. >> thank you so much. >> that's why you're in atlanta. got extended two more days. you're a lover, a teacher, you've done broadway. you've done shows before. what is it about this sort of theater that, i don't know, touches your soul in a different way? >> being able to -- it is eight shows a week. so for me, it is almost therapeutic in a way. i can get stuff on my chest. i can grow as a vocalist, as a dancer, as an actor. all those things mixed into one that i am blessed to be able to do. >> i think we have a little clip. let's watch. ♪ ♪ open your eyes
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>> sultry. michelle williams, whoa. final question. just musically, i'm a music nerd who are you listening to right now? >> i'm listening to all types of music. sting. >> sting? >> and if i -- please, this is not a plug, i've been listening to my album. i got notes to take on this record. let's see, i guess, other than that -- >> who did you listen to today? >> who did i listen to today? myself snore. >> you're a busy woman. michelle williams, thanks so much. fox theater through march 6th. thanks so much. a pleasure. now, speaking of destiny's child tomorrow on cnn, a special event, inside look at beyonce, her life, her career, her future, 10:30 p.m. eastern here on cnn. coming up, groupon's ceo says an unusual good-bye. also, girls gone wild goes bankrupt.
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bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. technology, sports, business, health, science, and showbiz news. we're calling it the power block. if you listen to free internet radio on your phone, tablet, set a clock. starting today, pandora is capping free mobile music streaming at 40 hours per month. pandora says it doesn't have enough advertisers to keep up with the big hikes in the movie world. users who hit the cap can keep listening to pandora on a desktop or laptop or pay 99 cents to continue the mobile service until the end of the month. ♪ this is it this is life ♪ who could forget the divorced working mom raising two
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daughters in the hit tv show "one day at a time." that mom was played by bonnie franklin. mckenzie philips and valerie bertinelli were the daughters. bonnie franklin passed away today at her los angeles home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. she was 69. and first the encore brawl, warriors, pacers tuesday. now the fallout. warriors rookie guard clay thompson not only did the nba fine him 35 grand, thompson's father is docking his allowance. you heard me, allowance. dad is nba veteran michael thompson. >> clay's checks come to you. >> right. >> and you give him an allowance. >> right. >> which is how much a month? >> about, let's see, about 3,000. >> you cover bills? >> yeah, cover the bills. >> what does he get on top? >> walking around money, about
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$300 a week. >> that is tough love. adidas is giving the new meaning to the phrase march madness. look at the new uniforms. super bright, animal striped pants, anyone? they'll be worn by half a dozen teams, cincinnati, kansas, notre dame, baylor, ucla and louisville. they're anything but a fashion slam dunk. they're getting slammed by critics. girls gone wild going to bankruptcy court. the soft porn company founded by joe francis filed for chapter 11 protection from its creditors. girls gone wild is $16 million in debt despite all the money people spend on adult content. >> we're talking about a $13 billion a year sri. the numbers are staggering. 90% of all searches done on the internet are for adult content. >> girls gone wild's biggest creditor is casino mogul steve wynn. he sued francis several times
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over gambling debt, defamation and slander and he won. groupon's ceo andrew mason gets the ax and responds with the best exit letter ever. this is what he wrote. after four and a half intense and wonderful years as ceo of groupon, i've decided that i'd like to spend more time with my family. he goes on, just kidding. i was fired today. if you're wondering why, you haven't been paying attention. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. and we hear his severance pay, it is $378.36. >> yeah. >> i'm feeling a little bad for the guy. >> no, no, no. don't shed any tears for this guy. he's going to be okay. he also gets to keep 47 million shares of groupon he has. it is still worth over $200 million. as far as the severance you're talking about, it is part of his contract. the company is obligated to pay out half of his salary and just
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goes -- coincidence, he cut his own salary to $756.72 after groupon went public. you divide that by two, $378.36, yes, that's his severance. this kind of thing is pretty common, especially in the tech industry for ceos to do, to drop their salary down to a buck. mark zuckerberg, eric schmidt, all in the one buck club. mason, though, he's always been a little quirky as you can tell from the resignation letter. he got a little serious in that letter, though. he said he's okay with having failed this part of the journey. we, however, are still trying to figure out what the heck is the significance of that salary that he picked? $756.72, we're trying to figure out if there is something to that number that he's after. we'll research that and get back to you. >> you did that, alison kosik, thanks so much. new evidence of how devastating it is to be told you have breast cancer. nearly one in four breast cancer patients have symptoms of post
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traumatic stress disorder, shortly after receiving their diagnosis. this is according to a study in the journal of national cancer institute. researchers say younger women are more likely to report ptsd than the older women. and the risk for black and asian women is 50% higher than for white women. as cardinals prepare to gather in the sistine chapel to pick a new pope, you can play along. take a look at this with me. it is march, after all, folks. these are the brackets for, stay with me, the sistine, sweet sistine challenge from religion news services, rns predicted each continent's top candidates for pope. to play, and you can, go to sweet sistine. vo first round of voting ends tonight. liftoff, but problems. problems for the unmanned dragon
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cargo capsule. three of its four thrusters hit a glitch shortly after separation this morning from its falcon 9 rocket. but, engineers, they are making progress here, they have two thrusters up and running, have dragon now under control. the spacecraft belongs to the private company space x. it is under contract with nas why nasa to carry supplies to the international space station. coming up, ashley judd is speaking live in washington right now. but is the visit to d.c. a sign of something else? that's next. etter if he lost a little weight. so i switched to purina cat chow healthy weight formula. i just fed the recommended amount... and they both loved the taste. after a few months max's "special powers" returned... and i got my hero back. purina cat chow healthy weight.
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from the cnn studios in washington, d.c., i'm ali velshi. this is your money. while it is not clear what the effects of the forced spending cuts will be on most americans, many will be surprised to learn perhaps the hard way because of those cuts just how much the federal government touches their lives. political conservatives believe the private sector should do many of the things the
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government does because it is more efficient. liberals argue only government can handle many key public services because it isn't bound by market pressures the way the private sector is. this isn't just debated here in america. it is a burning issue all over the world. that's why it is time for a little q & a with richard quest in london, host of "quest means business" on cnn international. what does government handle better than the private sector? 60 seconds on the clock. starting unusually, richard, with me. all right, richard, we need government to invest in infrastructure. i'm thinking about bridges that seem to go nowhere, but later create economic activity on either side. think about quality public education for all its travails, a must for those who cannot afford private schools. law enforcement, national defense, they're obvious, libertarians don't argue with that. sometimes government is the only game in town.
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for research into areas that the private sector won't enter first. space exploration, cures for viruses and diseases, that wouldn't be commercially viable. the u.s. government invented the internet first, established a space into which the private sector would later step. whatever your take on public health care, no one disputes a government's power to negotiate better rates as a buyer than any company could. and industry has shown its inability to regulate itself when it comes to protecting the consumer and the environment. government shouldn't have its hand in everything, but it is not all bad. wouldn't you agree? >> the question is what does government do best? when does it do it better than the private sector. and, yes, ali velshi gave us his weekly laundry list of events and items. but what's behind it? behind it is questions of public policy. government is best when it is
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working for all of us. but here's the problem. because we have to be careful if we let the private sector in too much, but we don't end up with tyranny of the majority. the minority have a right to be heard. the minority have a right to disagree. the minority have a right to have their view counted for. and that's the difference between government doing something and private sector. what you want is the best of both worlds. government sets the policy, private sector implements the practice. the problem is, it never really works. >> good point. the government doesn't run like a board of directors, richard. it is a much more complicated matter than most people think. you folks in europe have had a chance to experiment with this over the last couple of years and it seems to me we're about to here in the u.s. >> i've got a real live example for you.
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the eu is currently putting -- or debating caps on bankers' bonuses. is that something the eu should be doing or is that something bank shareholders should be doing? government or private sector? >> i think we displmay have a t for another time. richard quest. from the cnn studios in washington, d.c., that's it for me. join me tomorrow 1:00 p.m. eastern. i'll introduce you to someone who says his company knows better than the u.s. government how to handle airport security. hey. they're coming. yeah. british. later. sorry. ok...four words... scarecrow in the wind... a baboon... monkey? hot stew saturday!? ronny: hey jimmy, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? jimmy: happier than paul revere with a cell phone. ronny: why not? anncr: get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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will actress ashley judd take on one of the most powerful republicans in congress? well, take a look. these are live pictures. she's in washington, d.c. as we speak, at an event, at george washington university. she is raising some eyebrows as to whether or not she will run against senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. political reporter shannon travis joins me now with a little political pop on this friday. we talked about ashley judd before, shannon travis. we know she is no stranger to politics. do we expect a decision anytime soon? >> yeah, i mean, we're hearing that she could make a decision by may. obviously she's an actress. this could be her biggest drama yet if she does decide to run against mitch mcconnell. obviously the most powerful republican in the senate, as you just mentioned, looking at live pictures there of ashley judd at
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this forum on women's reproductive rights there at george washington university. she has another event here in washington tomorrow where she'll be honored for her humanitarian work abroad. all of this obviously, brooke, raising a lot of eyebrows and gaining a lot of spotlight. she's also been meeting with democratic officials here in washington, and potential donors in kentucky. that's, again, raising a lot of people's eyebrows, especially mitch mcconnell, and karl rove's group, take a look at this ad from his group, american crossroads. >> you know what this country really needs? an independent voice, for obama. >> i am committed to president obama and vice president biden. i think he's a brilliant man. he is now able to flower more as the president i knew he could be. >> a leader who knows how to follow. >> now, brooke, one of the issues that they hope to hammer away at ashley judd is this issue of her not ashley judd at not actually living in kentucky.
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she actually lives in tennessee. mr. mcconnell needs to be careful himself. his ratings are not that high and he's an established politician amid this anti-establishment move. >> we will see if she makes that decision, ashley judd. shannon travis, thank you so much. parole has been denied for convicted murderer bruce davis. he was a follower of notorious charles manson. davis is serving two life sentences for the 1969 slayings of a musician and former stunt man. now 70, davis had applied for a release on good behavior but a just has just denied that application. coming up next, joining me live, the steep canyon rangers.
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here in the studio. this is such a rarity. hello. happy friday. i'm actually a true fan. i want you to take a look at them in true action, the
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grammy-award winning steep canyon rangers. ♪ so you may be saying the guy kind of in the frontish with the white hair, he kind of looks familiar, looks kind of like maybe steve martin, comedian, actor, writer, that guy, steve martin playing along. welcome, welcome, welcome. quickly, left to right, your name? >> woody plat. >> mickey sanders and charles comfort. >> so woody, let's begin with you. how did steve martin even join you guys? because he's a little older. >> yeah. he was introduced to us. his wife actually introduced us. we found out they were vacationing in north carolina and he was in town with his banjo. why don't you guys join along and it led to shows and touring.
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>> and recently you all winning a grammy. was that just a total goosebump moment for you? yeah? >> yeah. >> i love the south, i love bluegrass but you see this instrumentation in other bands now. why do you think this has sort of become -- it always was cool if you ask you but not always to others. what do you think about this instrumentation that has made the comeback? >> i think it has a lot of meanings built in with it, some of the negative parts have faded away with time and the more positive parts are coming in, the foreign bands can use that and it gives a real flavor to it. >> you all have made my friday. i will see you playing tomorrow night with steve and play me to break, will you? >> all right. let's do it. >> boom. ♪
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