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are watching. it's a great tradition. be sure to tune in tomorrow. >> happy new year to all of our friends. be safe, everyone. it is time now for "newsroom." kyra phillips in for carol costello. >> love it. that's our old stomping grounds, michaela, that's right. the rose parade. berman, unless you do the happy dance. as long as you do the happy dance. >> go ahead. take it away. >> i'm so jealous. happy new year, guys. "newsroom" starts right now. here's what's happen right now in the newsroom. battling flames after an explosive train crash in north dakota. thousands of people are urged to evacuate as smoke and fumes threaten that town right now. new year's deep freeze. >> very cold.
>> lots of layers. we'll just keep together and we're going to have a good time. >> temps plunging into the teens tonight and tomorrow? well, the snow comes then. that's not stopping the new year's celebrations as we ring in 2013. good morning and thanks for joining me, everyone. i'm kyra phillips in for carol costello today. happy new year's eve, everybody. it's 2013 in sydney, australia, as you just saw a short time ago. people there rang in the new year with a spectacular fireworks show. oh, yeah. here in the u.s., cities across
the country preparing for their own celebrations. you're looking at live pictures now of times square, where officials are ramping up security as thousands of people are getting ready to watch that famous ball drop. if you're planning to ring in the new year outside, brace yourselves. an arctic blast is pushing east. ice cold temps gripping parts of the midwest. five states are under windchill warnings and advisories. by midnight places like minneapolis will actually feel like 18 degrees below zero. the new year could mean a new snow storm in the northeast. a possible nor'easter could dump 15" of snow in boston on new year's day. meteorologist jennifer gray will be one busy woman. i don't know if you'll have time to party. you'll be covering this winter weather all through the night. >> oh, yeah. it is just going to get worse. people are already getting here. i can't believe it. they're lining up around the barricades and shortly they'll
be letting people in. it is going to be crazy down here in times square as we go through the next several hours. but bundle up. it's going to be cold. times square is not the only cold spot across the country. there are places that are much colder, including up in the north. the northern plains seeing temperatures feeling like 40 degrees below zero in some places in the northern plains. and that cold air is going to slowly work its way to the northeast as we go through the next couple of days. the cold air will stay in place in the northern plains, right around the great lakes. as we head into the second half of the week, we've been talking about this winter storm that will impact the northeast. you bet those temperatures are going to get cold. 17 degrees, the high temperature here in new york city on friday. so just get ready. there are two scenarios we're watching. the forecast models are still disagreeing a little bit on what this is going to do. bottom line, though, very cold air is already in place.
so regardless of where the low goes, if it pushes well offshore, stays closer to the northeast, we'll still have very cold air. the big question is how much snow will we see? if it heads offshore, we'll see less snow. this is the possible worst case scenario, if that low stays right over the northeast, then we're looking at possibilities of 6 to 8" of snow in new york city, 8 to 10" of snow in places like boston. if the low does make a track offshore a little sooner, then we're looking at less snow and a better scenario. something to watch as we go through the next 24 to 36 hours. of course, if you are going to be outside at the stroke of midnight, there are your temperatures. it will be cold across much of the country. layer up here in times square. it is going to be a long day for folks. but everyone we talked to, the weather is not stopping them, kyra. they will bundle up and wait for
that ball to drop at midnight. long day. >> as true new yorkers do. jennifer, thank you so much. they'll be sell brath all new year across the globe, actually. sydney, australia, take a look at some of the best parts so far of the new year's fire works show that wrapped up a short time ago. >> three, two, one.
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sparking a huge fire that sent plumes of fire into the air, as far away as fargo, 20 miles away. earlier, cass county sheriff spoke to cnn about the evacuation order and where this fire stands right now. >> just met with them a very short time ago. they have two or three crews in casselton taking crews as close as they can to the area, additional housing that's nearby the scene and are trying to -- starting to spread their way out into the community. those few hours will tell us a lot as far as the current situation, when we can start bringing people back. right now, we're just going to hold the line. the area is safe. people are out. at this point we're looking for the experts to tell us what kind of readings they're getting. the railroad crews are
responding and getting set up throughout the night here. things are definitely happening and everybody is safe right now. no injuries. we're just very thankful for that. ntsb leading the investigation along with the federal railroad agency. releasing new elements on the key element of the recovery. the value of your home and the rebound from those gut-wrenching losses a few years ago. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. pretty big numbers. >> there are. this is a big number. good morning to you. s&p kay schiller says houses rose 13.6% if you compare it to the number a year ago. las vegas and los angeles both continue to show strength. when you compare numbers to the earlier month in september, fwroeth in prices in 18 of the cities on the index, it's slowing down a little bit with
san francisco showing prices ticking a little lower. phoenix held on, posting the 25th consecutive increase in prices. prices overall have really enjoyed a strong rebound over the past year. home sales have improved and number of foreclosures on the market have dropped and those two factors have really given a boost to prices. even though mortgage rates have kind of been ocreeping back up, it's very critical to the overall health of the overall economy and improvement in household wealth really can free up a lot of money for homeowners to spend elsewhere. with more houses being built, it adds construction jobs. you see this domino effect. is this momentum going to continue into 2014? at least some experts say yes, even if it is not with quite the same gusto we've seen lately. >> gusto, indeed. alison, thank you so much. still to come, the final countdown to legal pot sales in colorado. casey wian is live in denver
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first for our nation. come tomorrow, you can legally buy weed in colorado. anyone over the age of 21 will be free to puff with ease and so-called when they open for business at 8:00 am mountain time. for those who don't smoke, some shops are selling the drug in edible varieties like brownies, cookies and, yes, even soda. there are still rules you need to obey, like don't smoke in public, don't bring your drugs to the airport. slapped with a big fine. casey wian is live in denver, where pot shops are working down to the wire before the big day.
this is a first, seeing you live, surrounded by marijuana. >> reporter: well, the only other time i've done it, kyra, is when law enforcement was busting a marijuana grove in the california national forest. this is a little bit different. see all these plants in front of me? there are 1,200 plants at the 3dcanibus center that need identification tags put on them by 8:00 tomorrow morning before these retail sales can begin. part of the new regulations that colorado has enacted to sort of manage this business. the problem is this store and many others have not received their tags yet. you remember the problems that u.p.s. had over christmas, delivering presents? those same problems impacting the marijuana business here in denver. authorities assure this business owner that they're going to have her tags here by noon today, so
she can get 1,200 plants tagged today. if they don't get them in time, they are allowing businesses a little bit of a grace period. we want to show you a shot of the actual shelves where the retail sales will happen. you can see they're empty, these shelves. the marijuana that will be available for sale tomorrow is still locked up in a safe. as you can see, there is still a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours before people can actually come in and start buying pot at these stores, kyra. >> all right. casey wian, we'll be talking to you a lot over the next 24 hours. happy new year, by the way. >> same to you. remember that i mentioned you can only use cash to buy the pot in colorado? it's not because the shops are choosing to go all cash, despite the millions and millions of dollars that pot will generate. joining me for more now, the
director of federal policies at the marijuana policy project. dan, let's talk about this. although weed is going to be legal for everyone to purchase in the state, banks could actually be accused of money laundering if they do business with the pot shop, right? >> yeah, that's correct. and this is because of federal law. federal law says you can't actually accept and process the proceeds of a marijuana transaction or that could be interpreted as money laundering. so, credit card companies have been unwilling to do business with dispensaries. that makes them cash only. banks are unwilling to do business with the dispensaries so they have no place to put that cash. some extreme examples, there's a dispensary in the bay area in california that's been paying their taxes by sending a brinks truck over to the city with a couple hundred thousand dollars. >> the dechlt a has denied that
they've been threatening those armored cars. the cash only and what could be some concerns in colorado. and that could be shady business, right? when you're dealing with cash only, there's no record of who is getting paid and who is -- the buying and selling. that's going to be a real challenge. >> yeah. the issue is -- there's two issues. for the dispensary and for their employees, this puts a target on their backs, carrying around tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and some real safety risks. part of the reason those regulations are in place is so that the state can collect enough revenue to pay for the enforcement of those regulations. it make it is very difficult for the state to track sales and proceeds and make sure taxes are being paid accordingly. >> so how do we know that businesses are going to be legit, ethical? >> fortunately, we've seen some
signs out of washington. we know that the department of swrus and the department of treasury are moving on this issue. they recognize that it's a problem. even for the states themselves. the state of colorado as well as the state of washington, they have accounts where proceeds from marijuana transactions and the tax revenue they will create will go into those accounts. there was some concern that even the states wouldn't be able to have banking accounts to keep the proceeds from these transactions. the department of justice and treasury are moving forward and we hope some time in january that they will be able to do business with the banks safely. >> even cash only, a threat of robberies, too, big-time robberies. we'll be talking about this, no doubt, a lot more in 2014. thank you very much, dan. >> thank you, kyra. >> you bet. rating thrust the roof. our political panel explains,
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good morning, everyone. happy new year's eve. i'm kyra phillips in for carol costello today. it's the last trading day of 2013. weighing a report on home prices and minutes from now, latest measure of consumer confidence. with all the latest this morning, allison kosik is joining us. the bell hasn't rung yet, right? we're waiting. >> about a minute to wait. and i'll have another. another record, that is. the dow hit its record. let's see if the dow is able to make it to 52 record highs just this year. what a year it's been. if you're one of the 52% of americans who is invested in the market, i would say you probably made a decent amount of money. the dow is up 26% for the year, the nasdaq is up 38%. banner year for tech stocks. s&p 500, most of our retirement
and mutual funds track, 29%, the biggest jump since 1997. in a typical year you're looking at a gain closer to 8% for s&p 5 500. fed stimulus. the fed has been pumping billions of dollars a month. it will start pulling back on that. contrary to what we may have expected it hasn't spooked the market at all. it shows it has confidence that the economy looks like it could start to stand on its own and that gives investors confidence, too. as we begin the day, the dow is up 16 points. we will see how the dow does. even any minute gain for the dow, kyra, means yet another record high. kyra? >> always cheering more confidence in 2014. >> i hear you. >> alison, thank you so much. for the 74 people on the stranded research ship, they have a lot of confidence in antarctica, that's for sure. the new year has already
arrived. what hasn't arrive sd a rescue crew to get them off that vessel. that's about to change if mother nature cooperates. the crew is doing their part to lay the groundwork, literally. matthew chance has their story of optimism. >> reporter: kyra, it's the new plan. apparently it's the only plan that's going to work at this stage. all attempts to rescue this stranded research vessel by sea have been abandoned. the pack ice is just too thick for the ice breakers to break through. instead, they're going to be air lifted, passengers on board air lifted to safety by helicopter. they can only do that once the weather conditions allow. this morning, new video. dozens of passengers walking arm in arm, doing what they can to speed their rescue. >> we just learned the aurora can't reach us. so, we're preparing the helipad by getting the team to stomp down on this snow and ice so the
chinese helicopter from snow tracker can reach us when the weather improves. >> reporter: weather conditions are not expected to get better for at least one more day. meantime the crew has marked the spot of the ice where the chopper can land. it will transport 1 people at a time to a chinese ice breaker. then a barge will ferry them from the ice breaker to another ship from australia. the stranded research ship, the academic chikowski, could set out to research climate change, follow a study they got stuck in the ice. >> big chunks of ice, lots of years of growth. we're in trouble here, because this is not going to be ease toy get through. >> three ice breaker ships since christmas have tried and failed to cut a path for the research vessel. once the rescue does happen, the
skeleton crew will be left behind. for the most of the 74 people marooned, this antarctic ordeal may soon be coming to an end. >> we're keeping a very close eye on this developing situation. at the moment the winds are far too strong for the helicopter to safely operate. that could change at any moment. so the rescue teams are on standby to step in when they need to. back to you. >> we'll stay in touch with you, matthew chance. thank you so much. a big year in politics and a very hard year for praurges who is e -- president obama, who is ending 2013 with the worst ratings. americans admire him more than any other man in the world. maria cardona joins me now. there's a difference between admiration and approval. maria? >> that's true, carol.
it points to one of the reasons why this president will still have some political leverage he can use going into 2014, which i think he will, to try to get some of the bigger things done that he has wanted to throughout his presidency. and, frankly, these are thing that is majorities of the american people approve of. for example, immigration reform, climate change, raising the minimum wage. these are all things that majorities of americans approve of. and i think that this president can use that kind of admiration, which is a long-term thing, as opposed to approval rating, which focuses on what just happened. we'll see people getting their obamacare health care coverage working, up and working and being covered and i think that will point to a much more productive 2014, but it will also depend on whether republicans can actually now focus on governing as opposed to just saying no. >> i know deep down that conservative heart of yours, you admire president barack obama.
>> yeah. you know, it's interesting. when he was elected president, that night when it happened and my guy lost, there was a certain aspect of history making and admiration just for being the first african-american president and how far we've come in this country. i think that's where a lot of the admiration comes from. there's history there that was not made when george bush got elected, for example. you can hear it everywhere, feel it in the stories and you felt you were watching not just a presses getting elected but history being made. what makes america great, that we've overcome so much. i admire him for that. i don't think that will correlate into a hirer approval rating, as we're seeing now, or him getting more things. i admire what he has accomplished, what it means for this country, but his plans, his idea, health care, i don't think it will help him out. he has had four years to ride on admiration, and i think he's about used it all up.
>> maria, your big political story for 2013, what will you never forget? >> i actually think the biggest political story -- and frankly, i think something that a lot of americans won't forget -- is the third longest government shutdown that was provoked by conservative republicans over something that, frankly, was aimed at giving 50 million americans who didn't have health insurance health security so that they wouldn't have to worry about going broke if they got sick. especially when the rollout of obamacare was absolutely disastrous. and others, frankly, have better coverage. i think democrats should actually talk about this a lot more. it cost the economy $24 billion. and it focused on something that, frankly right now, is still a huge problem for republicans, which is this tension and this civil war, if
you will, between conservative republicans and what they want to do and establishment republicans, who know that that was a big disaster for the party. >> all right. ben, you can choose to combat government shutdown or you can tell me what you're never going to forget in 2013. >> did we have a government shutdown last year? i forgot about this already. i remember there being some story that was read at night. i don't even remember this government shutdown hardly. i think the big deal -- >> that's what i'm here to do. remind you, ben. >> and i appreciate you for that. i think our biggest story of the year is going to be, no doubt, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. and it was the biggest lie of the year. the president knew it was a lie when he told the american people that. that's why his approval rating is where it is. part of it is the website not working. but at the end of the day, it's a trust issue. and so many americans are looking at this president going,
you knew i probably couldn't keep my plan. you knew that i may lose my doctor. you told me that it was going to be okay. i trusted you. and so that's the big issue for me this last year, the trust issue of the president. people like him. but can they trust him? a lot of people now with his approval rating where it is say i don't trust you, mr. president. >> here's to trust, confidence, foesh xwivness and a fabulous 2014 between dems and republican. >> exactly. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. terror strikes in russia, raising huge concerns over the upcoming olympic games. and the u.s. is now offering to help. we'll have the latest from moscow. i quit smoking. i've quit for 75 days. 15 days, but not in a row. for the first time, you can use nicorette... even if you slip up... so you can reach your goal. [ male announcer ] now, quit on your own terms with nicorette or nicoderm cq. [ male announcer ] now, quit on your own terms
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descended on the area. already well established in this part of russia. >> these organizations in this part of the world are capable of mounting operations and having where they have not only one or two people involved in the operation but upwards of 20 people. magnitude, greater possibility. where we went wrong in atlanta and munich was the mind-set. one thing we can all be assured of is that president putin does not have a mind-set similar to what they had in atlanta and munich. he understands the threat. and i wouldn't be surprised to see some major offensive action by the russians against these groups in advance of the olympics. >> diana magnay is in russia with the latest now. >> reporter: a huge security sweep is going on right now in volgograd, examining buildings, searching people's documents, detained scores of people. there were just over 5,000 security forces in the city to
check on how this all happened. this, as investigators sift through the debris, trying to piece together what happened. russian authorities have discovered a link between the two deadly suicide bombings in volgograd. monday morning's attack on a trolley killed 16. sunday, massive explosion rocked the city's railway station. this chilling surveillance video captures the horrific incident at security checkpoint when a suicide bomber detonated 22 pounds of tnt, killing 18. authorities now say both bombs contained similar shrapnel. the attacks highlight the terrorist threat that russia faces as it hosts the winter olympic games next month in sochi, 400 miles south of the devastation. >> all of the olympic sites will have physical security, electronic security. everybody will be screened. i think it will be difficult for
someone to -- for a terrorist to set off a bomb inside an olympic venue. or the village. >> reporter: promising maximum security in sochi, but russian authorities say they will not change security measures they already have in place, confident that they're well prepared. u.s. authorities have offered full support to the russian government in ramping up security measures. in a statement, the united states olympic committee says, in part, we're always concerned for the safety of our delegation, and the sochi games are no different in that regard. an effort by the committee to avoid a repeat occurrence of the bombing that killed two in the 1996 olympic games in atlanta. >> what concerns me is when you harden targets, you often force the terrorists to select softer targets. so that makes everything else in sochi and the surrounding area vulnerable. >> reporter: targets like transportation hubs, where tourists and athletes will
travel to and from the games. >> kyra, president puten's claim that he can keep the olympic games safe really depends also on whether he can keep control over the situation in the troubled north caucuses region. he claims that he can. but it would seem that terrorists are intent on proving that he cannot. kyra? >> diana, thanks so much. tomorrow, people in colorado will wake up to legal marijuana. and with it, new fears, of course, about teen drug use. >> how many people around your age do you know who have smoked marijuana? >> almost -- i'm going to say like nine out of ten. >> really? >> students. >> it's that prevalent? >> yeah, definitely. >> now that it's legal, everybody's just getting it. >> oh, boy. so glad i'm not a parent there. pot is still illegal for those under 21. it's already the number one reason students are getting kicked out of colorado schools. new at 10:00 am, a closer look at our pot problem and teens and
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facility where they can move her to. 13-year-old had complications after a tonsillectomy. a missouri bar owner decided to pay tribute to starbucks, so he's serving up a beer called the "f" word. it all started when jeff briton says he received a letter from starbucks to stop using the name frappicino for one of his beers because it was too similar to the company's trademark drink. what did he do? retalia retaliate, of course. >> i'm a little tiny business in a little tiny town making little batches of beer. when i got that letter, i had to laugh. i don't fault starbucks. i'm not going to fight them. i don't have the money or resources to fight them, much less the desire. i understand completely where they're coming from. >> so along with the "f" word beer and a sarcastic letter, he sent starbucks six bucks, the amount of money he says he would
have and a new year means a new selection on netflix. >> i'm maneuvering for a shot. >> this is such a bummer. more than 80 movies and shows, including "top gun," "titanic" and others, no longer available for streaming. netflix says they routinely, actually, add and delete selections. a number of new titles will be added, including "dexter" and others. now, 52% of americans will say 2014. 46% will say 20-14. people in the northeast and south favored 2014, while those
in the midwest preferred the other way. when you ling ring in the new years, a new set of state laws set to kick in across the country from throwing cigarette butts in the street from tanning. rosa floors is joining us live to lay it all out. >> reporter: happy new year. and to you, my friends at home, this new year can mean new habits from what you can do in your car to the bathroom that your child can use in school, you're going to want to listen to this. >> rosa, forgive us. we're having a little technical issues. >> reporter: that's okay. >> let's roll with this. do you want to talk about mablg a couple of the laws in particular or how they're getting the word out about these
new laws. i'll let you wing it here with me. >> reporter: about spreading the word, one of the things that's important to note is there are more than 40,000 around the country. and the thing to keep in mind is you are responsible for knowing what these laws are. in a lot of states, state officials launch campaigns and talk about what these new laws are to let you know what they are. but it's important to note, that you need to know what those laws are. what are some of these laws that we're talking about? some of these, kyra, you might be interested in this. >> okay. >> reporter: in the state of oregon, mothers will be age to take their placentas with them after they've given birth. that's a new one. and i don't know if you've heard about this. if you're a mom, there's thought out there that if moms eat them it might help them with post
partum depression. and from what you hear, we have our piece ready. roll it. from flash mop crack downs to pet lemon laws, here are the highs and lows. smoking a reefer in colorado is legal. but don't toss the butt of a cigarette in the public street in illinois. it's considered littering. and don't think about lighting one in the car with a child in oregon. they won't allow it. >> first we said, can you smoke in this part of the restaurant or outside? then we said, can you smoke down the street. then we said, can you move to another state? i mean, we do not like regular smoke hes. but when it comes to marijuana, it's fast becoming a legal substance in the united states. >> reporter: but new moms in oregon can get away with this.
taking their placentas home from the hospital. if you're wondering, why do that in the first place? some experts say eating it can have positive health benefits. and talking about health, no more tanning beds for some teens in illinois and oregon. you'll have to be 18 to tan in a salon in those places. but you don't have to keep your new pet if it's sick. illinois's new pet lemon law allows people to return a pet if an ill nez was not disclosed by the seller. in california gender will no longer determine what school bathroom children can use. it's gender identity that matters. >> the student may feel comfortable in that bathroom, but what about all the other students. i think you'll see parents really revoting against this law. >> reporter: serious moves can have serious consequences in illinois. the maximum penalty doubled to
six years prison time for organizing a violent flash mob using social media. >> reporter: and here is one more for you. if you're a driver in illinois, don't pass a bus when that bus has stopped. hear this. school districts are now allowed to slap a camera on that bus. they're going to bust you and fine you. and guess where that money is going to go? right back to the school district. >> i'm kind of stressing out now trying to keep track of all of these various laws. >> reporter: i know. >> still to come, peyton manning has been breaking records on the football field all season. but now, one record is in doubt. andy scholes joining us now. >> he broke the record for yardness a season on sunday. but one play is now being called into question. we'll show you that next in your "bleacher report."
there to break it all down for us when we watch football games. espn has signed tebow to be part of their new network. he's not giving up on football yet. but the opportunity was too good to pass up. we're going to see him pretty soon. he'll make his tv debut during next week's bcs championship game. today, peyton manning's record for yards in a season? they're reviewing this play from sunday's game against the raiders where he made a pass to eric decker. looks like to me it was a lateral. the nfl could review it and turn it into a running play. if they do that, manning would fall six yards shy of drew brees' previous record for passing yards in a season. this week, the memphis
grizzlies made an 8-year-old's dream come true. they drafted him to the team giving him his own press conference and contract and of course that fancy draft hat. he attended practice and the team's game against the bulls. he suffers from cerebral palsy. he became the youngest player to ever get drafted in the mba. what a cool way for him to end 2013. he was giving direction out on the practice court. >> happy new year. >> to you as well. >> next hour of "newsroom" begins right now. and happy new year's eve. i'm kyra phillips in for carol costello. around the world, 1e8 bragss are already underway to ring in 2014. let's look at these life
>> i tell you what, that is a phenomenal show. here in the u.s., cities across the country are preparing. live pictures from times square where officials are ramping up the security. and if you're planning to ring in the new year outside, brace yourselves. an arctic blast is pushing east. places like minneapolis by midnight will feel like 18 degrees below zero. jennifer gray has more. >> well, times square is gearing up for a busy day and night. it is cold here. temperatures are in the 20s. it will warm up into the low 30s this afternoon. but when that ball drops, temperatures will feel like the teens. so the key word here in times square, layers. a brutal freeze is gripping the eastern half the country in the final hours of 2013. >> it's a cold day, but fun day. >> reporter: revelers are
bundled up in new york's times square will temperatures will feel like they're in the teens tonight. >> i'm all layered up. >> reporter: but bitter cold temperatures won't keep people away from the excitement. >> we've got lots of layers. we'll have a good time. >> reporter: the midwest is continuing with even colder temperatures for their festivities. parts of illinois, iowa, wisconsin and michigan are under wind chill warnings and advisories. this landmark water fall in minneapolis is frozen sold. with wind chills in northern minnesota plum meting to 50 below zero. winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour created dangerous conditions for drivers in minnesota and north dakota saturday. the blast is also triggering
lake-effect snow for parts of the great lakes. and the new year is expected to get off to a snowy start. two weather systems will converge in the northeast on the first day of 2014. in parts of the i-95 corridor, it could be the coldest temperatures in years. some estimate have the storm dumping as much as six inches in new york and ten inches in the boston area. streets will be busies with we go through the afternoon hours. of course, this is just setting the stage for a bigger system as we roll into the second half of the week. of course, temperatures in the teens tonight. but this is just the beginning. we will see temperatures plummet as we got into the second half of the week. >> be sure to tune in tonight for cnn, 9:00 p.m. eastern time. anderson cooper and kathy griffin welcome in the knew
year. it's expected to be absolutely politically incorrect and crazy. people near casselton, north dakota, are being ordered to leave their homes. two trains collided and one of them was carrying crude oil. it sparks a huge fire that sent plumes of black smoke hundreds of feet in the air. earlier cass county spoke to cnn telling us where the fire stands right now. >> we just met with them a short time ago. they have two or three crews up near as close as they can get to the area. with the additional housing that's nearby the scene. they're starting to spread their way out into the community. the next few hours will tell us a lot as far as the current situation and when we can start
bringing people back. right now, we're going to hold the line. the areas safe, people are out, everybody is accounted for. and we're going to let the expert tell us what kind of readings they're getting. railroad crews are responding and getting set up and getting ready to attack the fire at daylight. things are happening. everybody is safe. no fatalities or injuries. we're thankful for that. >> the ntsb is leading the investigation along with the federal railroad administration. the 74 people stranded in antarctica, it's all about to change. the passengers and crew are doing their part to lay the groundwork, literally. here is that story. >> reporter: well, kyra, it's the new plan. apparently it's the only plan that's going to work at this
stage. all attempts to rescue this stranded research vessels by sea have been abandoned. the pack ice is too thick. instead, they're going to be air lifted. the passengers onboard will be air lifted to safety by helicopter. but they can only do that once the weather withins allow. this morning, new video. dozens of passengers walking arm in arm doing what they can to speed their rescue. >> we just learned they can't reach us. they're getting the team to stomp down the snow and ice so the chinese helicopter can reach us when the weather improves. >> reporter: the weather conditions are not expected to get better until at least one more day. in the meantime, the crew has market the spot in the ice where the chopper can land. once it does, it will transport 12 people at a time to a chinese icebreaker. then a barge will ferry them
from the icebreaker to another ship. from australia, the ship had set out to study climate change in antarctica and retrace the steps of explorer douglas more son. but they got stuck in thick ice. lots of years' worth of growth. since christmas. three separate icebreaker ships have tried and failed to cut a path to the research vessel. once the rescue does happen, a skeleton crew will be left behind. but for most of the 74 people marooned, this ordeal may soon be coming to an end. we're keeping a close eye on the situation. at the moment, the winds are far too strong for the helicopter to safely operate. but that can change at any
moment. the rescue teams are on standby to step in when they need to. >> well, it's the last trading day of 2013. investors are weighing a strong new report on home prices that just came out minutes ago. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. >> this is the second piece of good news. according to this survey, people are saying we feel more confident this month. the confidence board moved higher from last month. the reading we got today, lands at 78.1. it doesn't mean that much to you. but it was actually way down at 26.9 during the recession. as we get closer to 90, because that's the level that indicates that people believe the economy is on solid footing. overall, confidence has hell up pretty well this year. there was a lull during the
government shutdown during october. but generally, people have been pretty upbeat thanks to higher home values and big gains we've seen in the stock market. this is a key reading to wall street because of what it says about the consumer. because if they're not confident, they're not going to spend money. so, it's really important for people to kind of get out there, perform their own form of economic stimulus. pay the cash, pay the credit card to go shopping a bit. >> there you go. that doesn't sound like a bad idea. well, still to come, the final countdown to legal pot sales in colorado. but is the state ready for the new rules and controversy that's schur to follow ? i'm speaking to the president of the denver city council, next. we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild.
be able to buy it in stores much like alcohol. they argue that it will not only create more potheads but lead to violence. it will be taxed from seed to sale. and right now hundreds of businesses are getting ready for what they, at least, are hoping what will become a weed revolution. the president of the denver city council joins me live in denver. it's a big day for all of you tomorrow, no doubt. your city and state's image will now change when pot shops open their doors at :00 a.m. mountain time. are you okay with that? >> i think we're very ready. we have thought about this and regulated it to the extent that we can. we want to make sure that this is done very carefully. i hope that it also becomes something that's not too exotic and special. after we're the first, other
states will legalize this and it won't be anything special. there's a lot of reasons to come to colorado and we hope people will continue to come to colorado for all the adventure you can have, not just pot adventures. >> point well made. i agree with that. it will be interesting, though, to see how the marijuana impacts your state. you actually voted against this. tell me why. >> well, i didn't think it belonged in our state constitution. it seems a rather strange thing to put in a straight constitution. and if you want to tweak a law, you've got 'get an amendment. >> and you also think it shouldn't be criminalized? >> that's true. i have never felt that drugs should be criminalized. i think they're social and medical issues, and probably could be dealt with more
effectively with better outcomes if we thought of them in that way. >> let's talk about the concerns, then, for a moment here. teens smoking, robberies due to the cash only businesses, feds hovering over you, dui problems. there's a lot of concerns out there. what are you paying attention to the most? let's start there. what are you paying -- what are you most concerned about? >> one of the reasons why a person would decriminalize -- why a state might decriminalize this is to try to get the illegal activities out of the way. it that that causes the violence and the danger. the fact that these businesses cannot legally bank and therefore make it a cash only business, still opens the way for this shenanigans. i feel sorry for the business owners who have to carry around
thousands of dollars in cash to pay their utility bill. and i know that we've got our representatives working on that in congress. and pretty soon i hope that there will be a way for these businesses to legally bank. as for kids, they certainly already know about marijuana from all kinds of sources in the -- television, their friends. i'm hoping that if we normalize this, and it's something people can do, it's not going to be something you can do to rebel with. when it's not allowed, sometimes it becomes more appealing to the youngster that wants to rebel. and i think parents are going to do a good job of teaching their children, just as they do with cigarettes and alcohol, that they need to be adults to make those kind of decisions whether they're going to use that. and to let them know what the
affects are of those substances. >> i'm going to play devil's advocate for a moment. if this completely blows up and bad outweighs the good, have you and members of of the city council discusses what you would do? what the plan of action would be? >> you know, if it does outweigh the -- if the bad does outweigh the good, that's an excellent question. we have the ability through our -- because of the way in which the law is written to ban the sale of it from our city. some cities have opted out and not allowing retail marijuana or growing facilities or manufacturing facilities. we always have that option too. we have the option to create stricters laws for it than the state laws are. and because it's an ordinance now, we can make changes that we may want to do if the bad outweighs the good. >> before i let you go, you are in a cannabis shop. i'm assuming that you will not be purchasing anything behind you to take away for the new
year. is that right, madame president? >> that is exactly right. i think it wouldn't be a good idea for me to take advantage of the new law in colorado. >> happy new year. president of the denver city council. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> colorado schools definitely have a pot problem. more and more younger people are finding ways to get their handed on the drug. and there's a fear that this situation will only get worse come tomorrow. we'll have more on this discussion in about 15 minutes. but first, top stories for you. got new video into cnn showing that moment that formula one legend michael schumacher was air lifted to that french hospital after hitting his head on a rock while he was skiing in the french alps. he's being kept in a coma. doctors say that he's shown slight improvement but not out
of danger yet. and just hours before the coverage kicks in for enroll es, michelle sny der's officially retiring. the glitch plagued site infair waited millions of you trying to shop for health insurance jo and there's good news for homeown homeowners. prices shot up 14.6% in october compared to the year before. but according to the s&p, those prices are slowing down. another problem for target. first it was the debit cards and now it's the gift cards. it turns out that a number of them were never fully activated. what are you hearing from tar t
target? >> reporter: they're confirming that a number of gift cards bought in the store were not fully activated. what that means is that customers who received gift cards took them to the store and only to find out that they were worth nothing. there were reports that cashiers may have scanned the wrong code. target has stressed to us that only a small number of cards were actually impacted, they stressed .1%. but i stress that they will honor these cards. if your card was not activated, you can go to the store or call the hot line as well. but this is a pretty big blow for target. they're deal with a lot right now as you mentioned that data breach. and last week the inkripted pin data was always compromised in that hack as well. kyra, i tried calling target this morning. they are experiencing very heavy
call volume. it might be better to go to the store in person to get your gift card reactivated. >> what do you think? right when you thought it was okay, there was another problem and another problem. and there's talk about we might see lawsuits. what are experts saying to you about target and what it's going to do to the company and could it, you know, could this be disastrous for target? >> reporter: well, i think what target has to be concerned about is basically keeping customer loyalty. so one minute you have that data breach. and then i think where they really sort of went wrong, they told us, they sent cnn an e-mail telling them that no pin data was compromised during that hack. and then we heard about a day later they corrected themselves. they said pin data was compromised but it was inkripted. but i think they have to become
open and honest with customers and try to get the problems fixed as soon as possible. they might have a problem in the short-term at least with brand loyalty, i think. >> thanks so much. a secret within a secret. we're going to take you inside edward snowden's nsa and the cloak and dagger details of an elite hacking unit. that's next.
many of us will log onto a computer some time today. will the government be watching? that question would have easily been dismissed as paranoid just months ago before edward snow deposit blew the lid off a secret surveillance program. now there are new claims that the nsa has an elite unit that is even more daring. we're in washington with a closer look. it's fascinating that you got access to this. >> reporter: it is. this group of nsa hackers is young, highly skilled and always coming up with head-spinning techniques to infiltrate
computers. but the agency insists that no people inside the united states are targeted and that they're needed to protect america. a typical error from microsoft. some users that error message maybe a way into their computer or a unit inside the nsa. >> this is 1,600 men and women, military and civilians, average age, mid-20s, maybe early 30s. is's a very young and very tech salvy organization. >> new details of its activities are reported in this german magazine. the magazine says that some of the hackers are its baed in this building in san antonio. aside from getting in through an error message, they can access cookies. those tags that pop up showing a
computer's favorite websites. and they can redirect users to a dummy site. it looks like a real page, but it's a fake one. >> when you go there, what does the nsa want to find out? >> one would be to intercept and sniff your traffic. i would be logging into this page and they would be able to see. now they have my user name and password. but in this particular scenario, what they want to do is infect my machine. >> reporter: but they don't do just remote hacking. they physically intercept some computers being delivered to plant spy wear and plant their own monitor cables and usb plugs. an nsa official told cbs's "60 minutes," they were concerned enough about the cages on edward snowden's computers that they removed those.
and this nsa hacking unit targets potential terrorists and -- >> this is a gold mine. if i can own your computer, if i can gain access to it and gain a foot hold into it, now i have access to all of your secrets. >> reporter: we contacted the nsa for a response to the report. in a statement, the agency said, quote, tailored access operations is on the front lines to defend the nation and its allies. tao's work is in support of foreign intelligence collection. that is translated to saying that no americans inside the u.s. are targeted by this. >> so this is the group of nsa hackers that works with the cia and fbi to physically infiltrate some places? >> yes, they do. the magazine says they work with the cia and fbi to fly to some
places and use operatives to place spy wear on computers. the cia wouldn't comment on this. the fbi would only say that any tools that they use is legal. >> pretty interesting. well, still to come, pot will still be illegal for those under 21 even after it goes on sale legally tomorrow. but already, it's the number one reason that students are getting kicked out of colorado schools. up next.
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well, 2013 was a good year for investors. stocks surged. more money in your 401(k). as a year comes to a close today, all eyes are on the market to see if wall street can make one last record close. will 2014 be just as good? christine romans has more for us. >> reporter: what can you expect for your money in 2014?
it's that time of year for predictions. here goes. the economy will be again the big story. it will be a year of economic growth and growing worry that the recovery is not benefiting everyone. the unemployment rate will likely fall below 7%. the real story, is the underemployment rate, and don't expect that to budge. the recently unemployed, they will have a better chance of getting rehired next year. but the long-term unemployed still face the same old problems. congress may reinstate long-term jobless benefits earlier in the year. but by the end of the year, expect that program to end for good. the minimum wage, it will rise in 13 states. but not as high as the $15 an hour that workers are protesting for. the minimum waij debate won't fade in 2014. the stock market may not return as richly as it did in 2013.
and mortgage rates will likely rise. will that end the recovery in home prices? probably not. rates are still well below the post world war ii average of 6.5%. and this may spur banks into lending more freely to first time home buyers. that's nigh forecast for 2014. >> so tomorrow morning coloradoans wake up to legal marria marijuana. but the drug will still be illegal for those under 21. but that hasn't stopped kids from getting their hands on it. cnn's ana cabrera reports. >> reporter: how many people around your age do you know who have smoked marijuana? >> i want to say nine out of ten students. >> reporter: it's that prevalent? >> yeah. >> reporter: colorado schools
have a pot problem. where do people get it? >> i don't know exactly. but i know kids smoke it a lot. >> now that it's legal, everybody is still getting it. >> reporter: while still illegal for anyone under the age of 21, younger people are finding ways to get their hands on marijuana. >> i see people selling it. and i think it's easy for people to get now. >> reporter: even for somebody who is underage? >> yeah. i know lots of people. most of my friends use it. >> reporter: why do they want to use it? >> i feel it's not typically classified as like a harmful drug like as meth or whatever. >> reporter: do you know anybody who comes to school high or gets high on lump break? >> definitely. it's not uncommon. there's a bunch of people that come to this school high. >> reporter: schools are trying to send a message that this is not okay. pot is now the number one reason
students are kicked out of colorado public schools. 230 expelled last year because of marijuana according to the colorado department of education. pot proving to be a bigger problem than alcohol, disobedience or weapons violation. >> we would like to really get parents to be talking to their children about the risks. >> that's where all of my problems started, weed i guess. >> reporter: this 18-year-old knows about the risks all too well. he began experimenting with marijuana at ten years old. what did you get out of it? >> bad grades. when i was 14, that was the first time i got my first drug paraphernalia ticket. and i have six drug pair if a
ne nailia tickets now. >> reporter: did you ever think you were going to become addicted to it? did you realize what was happening? >> i didn't think it was possible become addicted to marijuana i guess. >> the evidence is clear it's addictive. >> reporter: dr. paula riggs said one in six will become addicted. the marijuana sold today has a higher concentration of thc. she says that a developing brain is most vulnerable. >> daily or near daily use can be associated with 6 points in the reduction of their adult iq. >> reporter: now drug free for eight months, this teen is smoking on small goals. >> for graduate and get my license back. >> reporter: and he hopes that
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well, we've heard a lot of good news today on the economy. isn't that a great way to end the year? home prices up more than 13%. alison kosik, it's a perfect way to hopefully start off 2014, right, the market's on the last day? >> yes. yes. both of those readings that year talking about, consumer confidence and home prices, they came in line with expectations. it's helping to push the dow to a fresh record high right now. and even if the dow makes a tiny gain today, it's going to mark an all-time closing high for the average. it would be its 52nd of the year of 2013. a year ago we were on the verge of falling off the fiscal cliff so who would have seen this rally coming. i would say your 401(k) is probably looking pretty good right now.
but don't get too used to the games. they're far above what we would ski during a normal year. it's hard to say when the correction may happen. many analysts do expect the momentum to continue at least until there's a clear reason not to. meantime, many investors who miss the out on the rally are looking for their chance to get in. retail earnings, there's a lot of the nation's stores that have had to offer the big discounts during the holidays to lure in shoppers. we'll see if that took a bite out of profits. if it did, you could see the stocks do a 180. >> let's get a check of the top stories. bundle up if you're going to go to a new year's eve party in any number of states. chicago should see temps in the teens. power outages still a problem in
maine. parts of new england barely finished shoveling out from the last storm and they face more snow this week. people near casselton, north dakota, are being urged to leave their homes after two trains collided. the collision sparked this huge fire. the smoke can be seen as far away as fargo now. that's about 25 miles away. and a new year means a new selection on netflix. >> the bogey is still behind you. >> stay with him. >> take the shot. >> more than 80 movies an shows including "top gun," "titanic" and others no longer available for streaming. netflix says that they routinely add and delete selections. a number of new titles will be added.
well, beer and coffee. two drinks not easily confused. but one missouri bar owners says that the coffee giant starbucks is making him change the name of one of its beers. and now he's paying tribute to them in a very unique way. >> i'm a little tiny business in a tiny town making batches of beer. >> reporter: that's why jeff britton couldn't believe when he received this letter from starbucks. it was in response to chatter on his social media site. the letter says in part, quote, as you probably know starbucks coffee is the owner of a number of trademarks. it goes on to ask him to stop using labels similar to the word frappuccino. >> when i got that, i had to laugh. >> jeff got an idea.
write starbucks back. in his letter he assured him that he changed the brew's name to the "f" word. and it goes on to say, that we never thought that our beer drinking customers would have thought it would be coffee from one of the many, many, many stores located a few blocks away. then he included a check for $6. it's how much he would have made from the three people that would have drank the frappuccino beer. the goes on to say, us small business owners need to stick together. while the note is quite sar cat tick, he says it was just a joke. >> i don't have the money or resources to fight them. much less the desire. you know, i understand completely where they're coming from. >> reporter: but still, he says he probably won't be buying their coffee any time soon. >> i drink beer, not coffee.
>> well, starbucks spokesperson said they won't be cashing his check. and they appreciate him not using the frappuccino name anymore. do you want to forgive someone in 2014 but don't know how to do it or think it will be too difficult? stick around. we've got good advice for you right after the break. [ police radio, indistinct ] the comeback trail. there is no map. no mile marker. no welcome sign. one day you may find yourself here. and you'll need someone to bring you back. to carry you home. at liberty mutual, we believe with every setback there's a chance to come back and rise. liberty mutual insurance. auto, home, life.
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so a lot of us make new year's resolutions and a lot of us want to improve our lives. but one of the hardest things to do each year is learning how to forgive people in our lives. this new book, "forgiveness." >> happy tuesday. kyra, how are you? >> you make it sound so easy, my friend. why did you decide to write this? >> it really is easy. it really is. it is easy. once you make up your mind that you are choosing to feel better within yourself, forgiveness becomes easy. because it's what you do to make you feel better. but we make forgiveness about the other person and that's what makes it hard. >> it's hard to forgive ourselves too, though. how do we do that? >> taking the heat and judgment off of whatever it is that you
think you need forgiveness for. you know, you didn't do this well enough, you didn't do that well enough. take the judgment off that. and understand that you did the best you could based on who you are and the information you had at that time. forgive yourself for believing you should have had other information or that you could have done better with the information you had. we just have to start there. and we really have a hard time forgiving other people because we don't forgive ourselves. you can't give what you don't have. >> i tell you what, we asked our viewers, we let folks know you were going to be on the show. we asked them for their stories and if they wanted advice from you. and we got a number of requests, i guess, for your help. let me read one from facebook who writes i struggle with forgiveness because i've tried to forgive people only for them to continue to let me down. there comes a point as to where do you draw the line?
or is it possible to forgive and just cut someone off? >> great question. here is the key. when we forgive, don't expect the other person to change. what changes is the way you see the other person, your perspective of the other person. and once you forgive them, you get to create new boundaries about how you're going to be in a relationship with them. if you forgive them for always being late and then the next time you meet them they're still late, you make your forgiveness about them and it's not t.'s about you. forgive and create a new boundary. choose how you want to be in a relationship with that person. don't keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting them to change. >> it definitely eats your heart up. this next one is from a woman who recently lost her mom after she fell into a coma. and the two had a pretty strained relationship apparently starting from childhood.
she says she feels guilty because they never cleared the air before her mother's death. and she writes, i now carry guilt and anchor at myself for being stubborn by wanting an apology for her so badly. who do i forgive myself and my mother? >> unfortunately, right now your mother doesn't need your forgiveness. all the forgiveness work you have to do is with you. and forgiving yourself for robbing yourself of a relationship with your mother. let me say two things. one, guilt is a waisted emotion. you can never eliminate guilt until you become willing to forgive yourself. forgive yourself for first of all believing it should have been different. forgive yourself for not having the information you needed at the time to really understand the power of forgiveness. forgive yourself for wasting so much time being angry at your mother that you missed a
relationship with her. she doesn't need your forgiveness now now the work is forgiving yourself. >> the book is "forgiveness, 21 days to forgive everyone for everything." you have humbled my heart. i guess we need to continue to extent ourselves a little more grace, right? >> absolutely. let's get it clean in 2014. clean up with forgiveness. let's get it clean, people. >> thanks so much. appreciate you. we'll be right back. if you're living with moderate to severe crohn's disease, and it feels like your life revolves around your symptoms, ask your gastroenterologist about humira adalimumab. humira has been proven to work for adults who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief, and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma,
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so pope francis isn't just a man of the cloth. he's apparently the man with the best clothing. according to "esquire" magazine who named his best dressed man of the year. >> reporter: move over, brad pitt and step aside george clooney, it looks like you have serious competition in the style department. pope francis, the 2013 best dressed man of the year. they admit it's an unconventional decision. but they point to his very simple style decisions as signaling new hope for the catholic church. esquire magazine says it's all about pope francis.
and he's been trying to focus the catholic church on helping to marginalize the disenfranchiseds and the poor. cnn, rome. >> so you say "tomato" and i saw "tomato." according to a new poll, when referring to the new year out loud, 52% of the americans are say two thousand and fourteen. 46% will say twenty fourteen. do you even care? i hope you learned something today. hope new year. are i hope you have fun ringing it in. "legal view" starts right now with ashleigh banfield.
♪ ♪ ♪ >> i'm john berman in for ashleigh banfield. it is tuesday, december 31st. it is the last day of 2013. and welcome to "legal view." we mentioned it was the last day of 2013 on the other side of the world, it is the first day of 2014. they're ringing in the new year in hong kong, beijing and taiwan. let's listen in. ♪ ♪ ♪