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day, forget caught red handed in a red mustang, two suspects, shop lifters making the getaway and just when they think it's clear incomes the red mini van, pins them against the store, keeps them there until the police show up and arrest them. you saw what he said before, he's like you know what, when you get your moment you got to take it. that's what he was meant to do, in the right place at the right time. gregg: seized the day. martha: he says you can't just go into walmart and take what you yuan and leave! gregg: good for you. "happen position now" begins right now. martha: see you tomorrow, have a good day. jon: a very big couple of hours ahead, we begin with this fox news alert, the journalists have been freed, foreign journalists left their hotel in -- the rixos hotel in tripoli after being held there by forces loyal to moammar qaddafi. one of ours was held there and we will speak to him as soon as it's absolutely safe
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and we can make the connection. and new informs just coming in on the track of hurricane irene, as well. good morning to you, i'm jon scott. >> jenna: hi everybody, i'm jenna lee, we're here in the fox news room and "happening now", we have big news from overseas and here, hurricane irene is a dangerous category three storm and headed for the bahamas after ripping through the carribean eye lawns. jon: that was a category one when the center blew through but it was strong enough to rip up waves, knock out power and unleash torrential rain and flooding. jen yuen first brush, haiti, dominican republic, folks in the mid atlantic of this country are now bracing for the worst, authorities are already ordering all visitors to one of north carolina's barrier islands out. with more evacuations to come, folks along the east coast are taking precaution, moving boats to drydocks and
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doing what they can to protect their homes. jon: it's always a struggle, i'll tell you. irene could be a real monster, a potential category four storm by the time it hits the united states. emergency officials are urging folks to take this one very seriously. >> a big storm, even if we don't get a direct hit, trop cat storm force winds are going to be on top of us for an extended period of time, so i expect we'll have infrastructure damage, i expect we'll have a considerable power outage. expect the worst. it could happen. jenna: janice dean is live at the fox weather center with more. 11:00 is when we get updates. j.d., what do we know about this storm? >> reporter: no significant changes in the strength now, jenna, however, i heard jon scott said this could become a category four and it looks like with the new advisory that could indeed could happen in the next 12-24 hours. certainly the satellite presentation of the storm is wonderful in terms of looking at a storm itself, a hurricane, and how strong it
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is. obviously, this is a very destructive storm, but in terms of the aesthetics, this is a beautiful looking hurricane, or starting to -- you can see the four quadrants and the colder cloud tops and the darker shades of red, you can see that well defined eye, something we haven't seen in the last few days. category three right now, 115 miles per hour sustained winds, this is going to barrel through the length of the bahamas and possibly be very destructive and devastating for them, we could see easily 6-12 inches of rainfall, 7-11-foot storm surge for them, so this is going to be one that they really have to watch out for. now, in terms of timeline, this is the new track as of 11:00, and look at that, category four, 135-mile per hour sustained winds, we think there is a lot of warm water to travel through and not a lot in its way. these islands are flat, so the land masses are not going to interact really with this storm. it has really a free path for the next several days in
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terms of warm water and the fuel that it needs as it continues to move towards the u.s. so category three as of saturday, looks like it comes closer on top of cape hatteras but remember, this cone of uncertainty, four days out, there's a 200-mile margin of error so a wonel to the west could mean the difference, literally, between a tropical storm force winds and hurricane force winds. and as we head further out in time, still a category two as we head towards the northeast corridor, up towards new england. really, we have not seen a hurricane like this in some years. and i don't know if a lot of people are prepared for this. so jenna, obviously we're going to start to see watches and warnings going up, people, 80 million people could possibly be affected by this storm along the east coast. jenna: j.d., i know you're at the monitor here, i'm looking at the news wires crossing and here's what the national hurricane center director said, he said this hurricane is a big threat, that's the quote, big threat, to new england, and
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perhaps, also, long island, right outside of new york city. big threat from the hurricane director. when have you heard that? >> >> reporter: absolutely. people across the northeast really need to start making their plans, know your evacuation routes, long island, a lot of long island is at sea level, so any kind of storm surge, it could be potentially devastating from a category two, category one hurricane. i just want to show you the simpson -- the saffir-simpson scale, it goes up to category five, but we're thinking, 11 -- 131-155 winds, it's going to affect power out aves, several inches of rain possible, and at least tropical force winds for a period of time. jenna: big story. one we're going to continue to watch. thanks j.d. >> thank you. jon: millions of people felt that earthquake yesterday, and workers are right now assessing the damage of this historic event. people all along the east
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coast are still adjusting to the reality that the earth was shaking underneath them. take a look at this map. it shows all the states from georgia to maine in which that quake was felt. the epicenter, right there where the bull's eye is in virginia, the 5.8 magnitude quake, shattering windows and wrecking some grocery stores like this one in mineral. this surveillance video shows the moment that the quake hit. shelfs, top ling over, glass bottles, smashing to the floor, the shock waves, also rocking washington, some cell phone video here taken from inside a building just in front of the capitol. people there saying the floors were shaking, and then came the alarms. authorities evacuating a number of buildings, including the white house, and the capitol. some scary moments that people along the east coast are all still talking about. >> my chair rolled out from underneath me, and i heard in the background, is the building moving, and yes, it definitely was.
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>> i was in front of my computer and all of the sudden my computer started swaying and i looked outside to see if a storm was here or something, and they said evacuate the building! we building in north carolina, we've never had an earthquake before. >> it started to rumble. we thought the earth was ending. >> just freaked out, just weirded out. a was a surreal experience. >> i was on the phone with a customer and it started to shake and i hold her to hold on and it started shaking our computer so bad it almost came off our desk. >> we didn't know what it was until we came around the back and seen all the rocks and everything laying around. jon: scary stuff. just 5 miles from the epicenter of the quake, a nuclear power plant, two reactors at the north anna power plant were automatically taken off line when the tremors hit, the plant declaring an alert and now teams are there assessing any potential damage. doug mckelway, live in mineral, virginia, you're at the local high school near the epicenter. what's the damage there, doug?
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>> reporter: well, jon, it's really interesting, because if you take a look at this county high school, louisa county high school, there appears to be nothing wrong with it, but you look inside the halls and you see the extent of the damage, big cracks in the walls, debris strewn about, ceiling tiles down, light fixures down, we spoke with a teacher, chuck hoffman, who just wrapped up class when the quake struck, he was walking past the principal's office. listen up to this: >> the first thing i thought when i heard the rumbling, it was oh, are they working on the roof again? and of course, it got louder and the shaking, and then it sounded just like a freight train was coming down the hall. >> reporter: at that point, he realized it was an earthquake, and got out of the building as quickly as he could. there were two injuries here, a teacher was struck by a falling bookcase, and a child was struck by falling debris, taken to a medical center nearby. hoffman believes that the reopening of this school, it has been closed, you can see
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now, is going to be delayed until well after labor day. the school system in louisa county has now decided it -- they reopened, they decided to keep them closed for two weeks until after labor day but hoffman thinks that's an incredibly ambitious timeline. we'll see as the structural engineers examine this facility. jon: what a mess. talking about structural damage, the north anna nuclear plant, now -- they're looking at it for structural damage, it automatically shut down, but that wasn't the only plant that shut down, right? >> reporter: that's right. you know, that plant did exactly what it was intended to do, the computer shut it down when it sensed the earthquake and as you said, the nrc is examining all the functions of that to make sure everything is okay, there was no leakage of radiation whatsoever. as you mentioned, jon, there were ten other nuclear up and down the east coast, ten
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plants in four different states that also shut down, the nrc will have to examine that before they go back skwhraoeupb. very lucky a cold front has come through the east coast at this particular time because if it was a heat wave you'd have to wonder where you'd be getting the electricity from with all those plants down. one quick footnote, i suspect and i'll make a prediction, this is going to be a quiet kind of disaster. we just had a woman approach us who was complaining about the national media coverage, saying all the focus is on public institutions like all of this, she says go into any homes around here, my son's house shifted off its foundation, she lost her chimney. a lot of people have lost important antiques or mementos in their lives. i expect it's going to be a quiet tsunami of insurance claims. we'll see as the weeks progress. jon: lucky it wasn't stronger than it was. doug mckelway, thanks. jenna: we're joined by seismologist dr. john ebil out of the east coast, did
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you feel this earthquake in massachusetts? >> unfortunately while i was at weston observatory, i didn't feel the earthquake but within a few seconds after the seismic waves arrived at the observatory, i was standing with my staff at the instruments, just watching the needles go back and forth. jenna: that must have been an interesting moment. >> it was very interesting. because we didn't know where the earthquake was, so we were trying to find out its location an its magnitude. jenna: now we know the epicenter was in mineral, virginia where doug mckelway was. there is so much talk about how rare this earthquake is. we haven't had an earthquake on the east coast dating back some 114 years. why did this strike now? >> we don't know when earthquakes strike when they do, on the other hand, this was not unusual, we've seen earthquakes, magnitude 5.86 in the eastern u.s. before. this was an active seismic zone, well recognized by
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seismologists, so the location, the size, we're not surprise -- was not surprising to us. the timing, we couldn't forget. jenna: i'm a native san francisco sis can so i've been to a couple of earthquakes and if there's an earthquake on the coast it's not likely someone in l.a. would feel the earthquake, a 7-hour drive from san francisco, but all along the east coast, folks felt this earthquake. why was that? >> if you were to go down to california, drill down and measure the temperature, then come to the east coast, drill down 20 miles, measure the temperature, the temperature is much hotter in california. it's cooler in the east. so the hot rock absorbs seismic energy so it dies out very quickly, the cold rock transmits seismic energy very, very tkeurbtly and that means the earthquakes are felt over a much wider area east of the rockies than in the west. jenna: it's interesting. dr. ebel, we've talked about earthquakes, a few of them over the last years or so and we've talked about
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aftershocks and foreshocks, foreshocks that are before a larger earthquake comes. do you think this was a foreshock and a bigger earthquake is on the way for the east stkphoeft. >> the odds are heavily in favor that it is the main shock. it is the biggest one that will happen. but we can't rule out the possibility that it's a foreshock. you look at japan, we had a 7.2 earthquake. normally, that would be the main shock, but two days later there was a 9. o earthquake, so there was a case where a very large earthquake ended up being a foreshock of a truly massive earthquake. we don't expect that here in the east but we can't rule out that possibility. jenna: science only brings us so far. as a scientist, you nethat well. always nice to have you with -- to have you with us, dr. aefplt bel, thank you for joining us today. jon: i hope he's right about that! jenna: where's the doorway? we've got all these lights
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overhead. jon: people were scared at that one yesterday at 5.8. libyan rebels putting a bounty on moammar qaddafi's head, they want him dead or alive and foreign journalists, one of our own producers, just released from the rixos hotel. we'll talk to tadek markowski about that. jenna: and watching a fire in california, fire balls could explode in a matter of moments.
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jon: a fox news alert and we're just getting word that a rocket bound for the international space station containing tons of supplies has failed, it was launched by the russians. rick foal pwaupb has the latest. >> reporter: i just got off the phone with an official from nasa and here's what i can tell you this, is called the progress 44 supply ship, it was not a manned craft and launched
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from kazakhstan, and minutes after launch, houston received reports of an abnormal situation during the third and final stage. this is a videotape of some of the prepare leading to the launch today. we don't yet know if the entire ship is lost or not. there are reports of an explosion over cy beera and some debris landing there. we can't confirm that. but here's what this ship was carrying, between two and 3 tons of food, oxygen and fuel for the international space station. there are six astronauts on board the space station now, including two americans, mike fossum and ronald garan. we are told by nasa that the space station has enough supplies now for at least a year. so even if this supply ship is lost, and it's unable to connect with the space station, it might not be a dire situation because they seem to have quite a bit of supplies on board. the next resupply mission is set for october. so that's the latest from nasa. there is a possibility that
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this ship is okay. we just don't know yet. as we get more information, we'll bring it to you. back to you. jon: it raises questions obviously about the safety of sending the astronauts up on the russian rockets. now, this may be a different type of rocket. i'm not sure. >> reporter: it certainly raises a lot of questions, with the end of the shuttle program, the russians are the only supply link to the international space station, so we'll be relying on them more and more and you're right, a lot of questions. jon: they bill us each time, too. rick folbaum, thanks. yeonpyeong -- jenna: there's plenty of talk about the earthquake on the east coast and we have lots of great photos to share. john in virginia sent us this photo, it shows what happened in a giant grocery store in alexandra, you can see plenty of damage there, also kristin in davidson, north carolina also felt the earthquake. check out the road. she said where she was, chandeliers were swaying, that water tells the story. seismologists just told us he thinks this was the main earthquake, not a
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preview of a bigger one to come but no one can really say for sure, so we depend on your great photos, when news happens in your area. go to,/you report to upload, make sure you're safe while getting your picture, earthquake or otherwise. jon: colonel moammar qaddafi says he will not surrender and rebels in libya are offering a reward for his capture, either dead or alive. so where could that dictator be hiding out in colonel oliver north joins us moments from now. plus, eye on irene as we track this monster storm that is growing as it heads for the united states. the hurricane gaining strength now, hovering over the bahamas. we are live with the newest projections on irene's path.
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jenna: welcome back, everybody, to this fox news alert, a burning rail car, forcing evacuations and present ago real chal toning firefighters out there in california. rick, what do we know about this? >> reporter: it's quite a scene in california, we've got live pictures we're going to show you while we talk about this. firefighters are trying to keep this train car from blowing up, jenna, and if it does it could be a major problem since it's near a lot of houses and businesses. there are schools nearby. there is an evacuation order in place so luckily there aren't any people nearby, which is good. here's why this is so serious. first of all, what's burning, those flames you see, they come from 29,000 gallons full of liquid propane. a tanker that is burning. it caught fire somehow yesterday afternoon, in lincoln, which we showed you on the map, is north of sacramento, firefighters are keeping water on it. that should keep it from getting too hot while the propane burns off. if they try to just put the flames out, which was my gentlemen -- question, why don't they put the flames out, that i'm told could
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create a giant propane gas cloud which could cause an explosion and fire ball. there's also a gas pipeline that runs right through this area, jenna, making the whole situation even more dangerous. we're going to keep our eye on this situation, as you can see, the people nearby have been sr-bgate dollars, as we said. again, live pictures on the left. as we get more information, we'll bring it to you. jenna: it's been burning for several hours at this point. rick, we'll have more as we get it. a very dangerous situation. thank you. jon: this fox news alert, as rebels put a bounty on his head the world is left to wonder where is moammar qaddafi and pentagon officials say authorities there believe he's inside libya. there's been speculation he might have already high tailed it out of there, anywhere from algeria to venezuela, earlier today he told supporters to flee the devils that have overtaken tripoli. some worry about a lengthy global man hunt much likeein,hed
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out of that rat hole. lieutenant colonel oliver north joins us, a fox news military analyst, host of "war stories", also author of "american heroes in special operations". colonel north, good to have you -- have you on. >> he could be anywhere from a to z from angola, algeria, all the way to zimbabwe, we know that uganda has offered him refuge in the past, so it's possible he could have gone to chat, nigeria, he has sympathizers in those place, mu gabie, down in zimbabwe, has been offering refuge to all kinds of despites because he himself is one. if you bring money you can find a nice place to stay and it's entirely unlikely we'd be able to extradite him to the international criminal court. jon: his buddy hugo chavez has been a long time supporter in venezuela, although hugo chavez not doing so well on the health
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front, but that is one of the places he could go. the question is would he be able to get out of there without spy satellites or some kind of technology noticing? >> no, he could not get to venezuela because it's a long airplane trip and you can't drive there. but he could certainly have fled in one of those motorcades that was crossing the desert. you have to remember that we look at tripoli as being the hub of everything and benghazi, the second largest city, but the rest of libya is largely open desert, there's oil well facilities south of there, you look down close to the border of chadworth, in the 1980s, he invaded chad, and what you're looking at is the possibility, he may well have escaped early on in this effort to close in on his compound. what's also alarming, jon, we still don't know where stockpiles of surface to air missiles, nuclear materials, and chemical precursors have been staged and how much of that may have found its way into the hands of radical islamists, because there is no law and order being
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established by this so-called transitional national council i jon: we're looking now at video of the rebels that raided his compound and apparently even his compound had a significant cache of weapons which have now fallen into the rebels' hands. now, you know, you might say okay, that's a good thing if it keeps them out of the hands of proqaddafi forces, but then again if they simply go to the highest bidder, al-qaeda has a lot of money. >> al-qaeda has a lot of money and they have operatives on the ground. nato made that very clear, early on, in this effort to help the so-called tnc take charge there, and to this point now the only special operators on the ground are british and french. this is the kind of thing that american special operations troops do so very well -- very well, find it, fix it, destroy it or get it of there. we're not allowed there due to the fact that our commander in chief does not want, quote, boots on the ground makes it more difficult to secure the materials that could be so
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useful to terrorists. jon: it sounds like you think it's a mistake. >> i think it's a mistake at this point, certainly to not put some kind of u.s. presence -- it doesn't have to be a great, big visible footprint but what you got is some folks that are very good at securing these kinds of things out there, a, looking for qaddafi and -- you can't do all of that from an unmanned aerial vehicle or an rpa or predator, and you can't do it all from the satellite or from listening stations. i mean, qaddafi is no fool. i certainly as a person who was targeted by the guy am glad he's no longer in power but he's certainly no fool and he's had 42 years to build an infrastructure to escape. jon: despite the bizarre costumes that he wears and the sometimes rambling speeches and so forth, you're saying he's crazy like a fox. >> oh, absolutely. and very very malevolent, crafty person. that's how he survived. and you know, he bolted from
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his capitol, seven days before his 42nd anniversary of the coup that brought him to power in 1969, so 42 years, minus a week, he's been in charge. a lot of time to plan the getaway. jon: a lot of time to stash money in some overseas bank account, too. >> or even gold, buried somewhere in the desert in libya. jon: lieutenant colonel oliver north, great to have you with us. >> thank you jon. jenna: what a great perspective. we'll follow that out of libya. in the meantime the east coast is rattled by a rare earthquake. the damage and the potential aftershocks as well. hurricane irene is battling towards the u.s. and the east coast, it's path now, the bahamas. that's where phil keating is. we're going to talk to him live, coming up. we believe doing the right thing
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josh ernest will give us the latest from the white house. the president on vacation at martha's vineyard. this one down on remote 2 the 4, hurricane irene a very powerful category three storm. it is expected to grow if strength as it rakes across the bahamas and then heads for the eastern seaboard of the united states. janice dean will be along at the top of the hour to give us the latest coordinates and where authorities think it is headed next. jenna. jenna: it is your money, and a watchdog group claims that washington is wasting it to the tune of billions of dollars. we.
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>> reporter: people argue when you subsidies you cut jobs. what about jobs that are not mentioned by special interests. as congress looks to cut millions of dollars from the budget. oil and gas industry subsidies for drilling, pipelines, exploration, it also goes after billions of dollars in coal subsidies, there is no mention of the administration's hypocrisy of building them overseas while shutting them down here at home increasing our electricity costs while paying for others. >> because she's programs aren't visible to the typical taxpayer, these overseas subsidies for environmentally activities of the least noticed and most ignored, bad and stupid and silly things that the government
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does. >> reporter: this group is a coalition environmental and tax watchdog group, some free market thinkers. they outlined about $62 billion in cuts to fossil fuels, number one, about 50 billion to nuclear energy, 95 billion to bio fuels like ethanol and 60 billion in crop subsidies. they do not mention the 21 billion for highly inefficient and wasteful green energy projects that produce little or no power compared to oil, gas and nuclear, and no mention of the loss of jobs and higher prices we'd likely pay for power and a calls for higher subsidies for low-income people that will have to pay more for expensive electricity. and the fact that spain destroyed two jobs for every green job it created. the bottom line, jenna is the budget is filled with a lot of corporate welfare and write offs for corporations and special interests, and with this super committee meeting you'll see more of it. people like oil and gas will
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argue that many of the write offs targeted here are given to other international corporations as well. you'll see that fight in the next several months. back to you. jenna: something we'll be watching closely. thank you. jon: the developments are breaking fast and sur just right now in libya. rebels are offering a reward for the capture of coltpho colonel qaddafi dead or alive. there is another drama playing out at tripoli's luxury rixos hotel, dubbed the hotel from hell. dozens of journalists and foreign nation in nationists have fuss been set free. walter fontroy among those
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released. todick markouwski was also freed. he is on the phone. how did you get the word that you were free. >> it was a complete mess at the end, something that you couldn't have foreseen or planned for or even expected to come. at the end of the day what we were basically faced with was muammar al-qaddafi loyalists. every they had known for the last 42 years had been wiped out in a stroke, they wouldn't accept that qaddafi was no longer calling the shots in the country. they said, you can't leave. we couldn't imagine what motivation they had to keep us there. they were told keep the journalists there until you hear from us. that would have been the moammar
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qaddafi camp. there is no camp left to hear from. these guys are following orders days after mass protests in green square raising the rebel flag, and the situation where we had a fight all around us at the hotel where the last basic stand outs of the moammar qaddafi regime were still putting of a fight. it was incredible. jon: the moammar qaddafi loyalists are trying to follow order even though there is no one issuing orders, there is no command structure yet. >> at the end it was quite a heart wrenching scene. one of the gentleman who was holding us he also broke down. he was in tears. we had to comfort him because he suddenly came to the realization that moammar qaddafi is gone, and his family is gone, and if not gone they are certainly on the run and a major reward being offered. the rebels to their credit, they
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did amazingly well, they showed incredible restraint. they surrounded the hotel on three sides, massive weaponry and they just wouldn't come in because they were frightful that in the firefight with these guys who wouldn't give up, who were going to go down fighting that some journalist might get hurt or killed. that was the worst possible case scenario. in the end the international red cross brokered a deal between the rebels and the loyalists in the hotel to put down the weapons and allow the journalists to finally get out after a five day ordeal. if it wasn't one thing it was another. jon: it soufpbded like bed lamb. it all ended as well as it could. thank you for that report. we are glad to hear from you. jenna: a new forecast about unemployment, when it's expected to go down, by how much as well is a part of a list of new projections released from the congressional budget office. we'll take a closer look ahead. also, have you heard about
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this. jon, a blind perry lobster? you heard that, right? it's not ha joke. we'll tell you where this little guy was discovered, it's one of a number of creatures you may never have heard of, and the millions yet to be found, straight ahead. f!
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jenna: the congressional budget office cbo is out today with fresh projections on our economy. the key word from the director is slumped, prolonged and tough to shake. the unemployment rate isn't expected to drop below 8% for three more years at least. steve morris senior economics writer for the "wall street journal," that caught our eye for sure, steve, why so slow before we're dropping significantly? >> this is the slowest expansion, jenna we've seen since the great depression. a lot of these economic programs
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to revive the economy and create jobs haven't worked, and the cbo really acknowledged that today saying as you said for three more years we'll be above 8%. that is somewhat polyannish. a economists say we'll stay close to 9% if we don't get out of this recession. there is a lot of talk about a double-dip recession. the other thing in this report is over the last three years the federal government will have borrowed $4 trillion. jenna: wow, $4 trillion. here is the other headline based on that borrowing headline as well. the cbo based on projections that are far from certain say their projected budget deficits have been cut in half since the last time they put out this report. is that good news, bad news, how are we supposed to take it? >> two words, jenna, rosey scenario.
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i think that is a little bit polyannish. i think it assumes we will get a strong rebound in the economy. i hope that's right. i've lived through the budget forecasts for 25 years, they also predict lower budget deficits in the future than we always get because they always promise spending cuts in washington that never occur. jenna: so you've been looking at these budget projections since you were five years old, for 25 years? >> for 25 years i've looked at this. >> i was trying to do the math. jenna: >> i remember when people used to accuse ronald reagan of rosey scenario and so on. this is a bi-partisan exercise that happens every year. they do it soon by the way that there will be over a trillion dollars of savings from the debt deal, but we haven't seen the savings. we isn't seen the cuts. jenna: and yet we're waiting for that committee to meet and more changes to b to come.
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jon: you feeling a little squeezed for space. jenna: always. jon: especially here in new york city. the planet is getting very crowded in fact. there are nearly 9 bill species on earth. scientists say we have only found about one fourth of them. some of the undiscovered ones could be in our own backyards. jenna: recent finds was the world's smallest lizard about the size of a dime. they found this tiny critter among dead leaves in the dominican republic in 2000. he went crawling on his hands and knees to check it out. jon: this is the world's smallest snake. he was slithering around in barbados. jenna: this one is described as a psychedelic frog fish. divers finding this
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brilliant-colored creature back in indonesia in 2008. jon: at the bottom of the motion where the pacific meets antarctica a submarine located this blind, hairy lobster. get me some melted butter. jenna: i don't know about that. there is good reason for us to find millions of unknown species before they vanish. we think there are 9 million. we've only discovered a million, 2 million or so biologists say. there are benefits that we could maybe find some modern medicine among those species and learn more about our planet with finding some more of these unusual plants and animals. so check your backyard. there you go. jon: cool stuff. jenna: never know what you're going to find. jon: as the manhunt continues in tripoli for libyan dictator qaddafi where he is? there is concern in washington over where the weapons may have
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jon: a heartbreaking confession from a beloved u.s. coach. pat summitt has been diagnosed with an early on set of dementia, early alzheimers disease. she heads the basketball team at the university of tennessee. she is known for compiling more wins than any other coach in college basketball, male or female. now she may be dealing with the biggest battle of her life. >> i appreciate the complete support of chancellor jimmy cheek and the athletics director joan kronin, to keep coaching at
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the university of tennessee as long as the good lord is willing. i've been honest and shared my health concerns with you and now will move forward to the business at hand. jon: summit was diagnosed earlier this year at the age of 59. dr. marc siegl is with us. she's going to go on coaching, obviously. possible? >> reporter: if anyone can do it she can do it. jon: what's affected here. >> reporter: the first thing that is affected is short term memory and it's disturbing that she said that during a game she forgot one of the set of place. that is the brain, that is the memory center the first thing that is affected. let's on you'll see problem with problem-solving, decision making, handling emotion, socializing, working, all of those things will make it impossible for her to kaoefp. but jon it can take years to get to that point. we have 5.3 million people in the united states with alzheimer, 80% with dementia have alzheimer disease. it's disease of memory but also decision making.
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we are all huge fans of hers. jenna has been telling me off camera she is her absolute favorite coach. i believe she will play a role here and it will help her stay coaching until ot things start to go. jon: do you get help from exercising the brain, running the plays, coaching, making the decisions, does that help delay the on set of the disease. >> reporter: yes and no. the stress involved with coaching brings on the coaching more. problem solving and doing mental exer as soon asess slow the progression of the disease. there are medications she will take that will slow the progression somewhat. if it's what we think it is it's inevitable that it will progress and it will come to the point maybe within a year or two where she will not be able to coach. jon: inspirational in a whole new way for all kind of americans who may be afflicted in a similar manner. >> reporter: that's what i'm hoping here jon.
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i'm really thinking force of will will play a role here, if anyone can do it pat summitt can do it. jon: it's shocking news. are they getting any closer to finding a cause. >> reporter: they are getting much closer to getting to find out exactly what it is. they have functional mri's that can look at it, how it progresses, we are getting closer and closer to get drugs that can help with function. but it's not the holy grail. jon: pat spheupl it we wish her well. jenna: an icon. america's east coast is bracing for irene. the storm that could make landfall twice. @
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jon: we begin this hour of "happening now" with a fox news alert. new information on the failure of a rocket that was set to supply the international space
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station. rick folbaum has more on it. >> reporter: we spoke with nasa officials a little while ago who could not confirm what took place. the earlier reports that the supply ship that was launched, and i have video before the launch right here on the ipad and you can take a look at this. this is a supply ship that was launched earlier today, and everything was fine until about 5, 6 minutes or so after the launch, that's when mission control received a report of an abnormal situation. this is during the rocket's third and final stage. again, video of the prep prior to the launch today. we now -- it now appears that the ship has been entirely lost. there are six astronauts on board the international space station right now who have been waiting for these supplies, including two american
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astronauts. mike fossom, and garan. they have supplies that will last for up to a year. even if this mission is lost, as that appears to be the case they should have enough supplies to get through the next resupply mission which is set for october 26th. back to you. jon: thanks, rick. jenna: news from outer space and lengthy of news right here at home. we are so glad you are with us. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. hurricane irene gathering strength, a major category 3 storm take aim at the u.s. east coast. folks as far as maine are warned they can see extreme flooding, power outages or worse even if irene stays off-shore. jenna: some projections said
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this storm would hit, but j.d. reminds us we are still a few days out. >> reporter: four days out there is a 200-mile margin of error with the cone of uncertainty. one thing is for sure, i'm getting emails saying what is my weekend going to be like in the ham tomorrow's? you shouldn't be going to the ham tomorrow's. i know that's terrible to say. long island, new jersey shore, you really need to be paying attention. i don't think the people across the northeast realize what this could mean in the next couple of days. this could be a tropical-storm force winds, heavy rain for a matter of six to 12 hours over the weekend, so, just, you know, we need to pay close attention and i'll make sure everyone knows the forecast. this is a look from outer space, a beautiful image but a potentially destructive storm. look at that well-defined eye
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there. you can see the details of the clouds. thinks going to move the length of the bahamas, potentially devastating affects for them. unfortunately a lot of warm water to travel, and we do think the storm will intensify yet again possibly to a category 4 within the next 12 to 24 hours. cat 3 as we head into thursday. category 4 towards friday, category 3, brushing or on top of cape hatteras as a major hurricane. we are dealing with hurricane force winds 200 miles away from the storm and a quick wab he will could be the difference between tropical storm winds or hurricane winds. 12 inches of rainfall on top of record-setting rain across the northeast. jenna, the northeast, you need to be paying attention and maybe make other plans this weekend. no beach weekends unfortunately. jenna: jon got a little tearee i'd when you said the ham tons. i don't know if he was e-mailing
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you or what. jon: it wasn't me. >> reporter: jenna booker said she might be going to the ham tons this weekend. she's going to stay at my house. jon: she should work all weekend. >> reporter: don't tell her that. jenna: we won't do that. it's important to pay attention with the entire east coast potentially in the zone, janice. >> reporter: i don't know if the northeast really has a full idea over what this could mean over the next several days. jenna: a good warning, j.d., thank you. jon: new information in the earthquake that shook folks from georgia to canada. the washington monument remains closed indefinitely. yesterday's surprise jolt leaving cracks near the top of that historic 505 a foot tall structure. federal inspectors saying no major damage has been found at the 12 nuclear power plants that got a look over. but despite the big sigh of relief many are saying a 5.8
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quake is the wake up call the east coast really needs. joining us now harley benz chief sig scientists for the geological national earthquake center. the west coast has been waiting for the big one for a longtime. when it comes to the big one on the east coast, is this about as big as it might get? >> no. we know from historic records of much larger earthquakes than this one, in 1811 and 1812. we had a series of earthquakes in the 7-plus range off of charleston. if you look at the eastern seaboard near charleston 1882 we had an earthquake in the high 6, magnitude 7 range. we know of large historical earthquakes in the east coast. jon: we were hearing from a guest earlier about the difference between western
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earthquakes, the kind that california deals with so frequently, and the kind that we are seeing, or that we saw yesterday on the east coast. can you give us some sort of layman's descriptions of the differences? >> reporter: well, the earthquakes themselves are very similar. what's the difference is is how far out these earthquakes in the east are felt. when you look at the western u.s. which is active the crust is highly fractured from all the faults and we have far fewer faults in the east, and so seismic waves transmit very effectively across large distances. in this earthquake, the one that happened yesterday is the most widely felt earthquake in u.s. history. it was felt across the entire eastern seaboard. jon: i hadn't heard that. we put together a map as to how many states it was felt in. that was a shocking thing for
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what seems like a relatively small earthquake after you've seen a 9.0 hit japan, when a 5.8 is felt across such a wide area, that seems surprising. >> that is because of ahh effective the seismic waves are transminuted through the eastern u.s. compared to the western u.s. it was felt through the entire u.s. and the eastern seaboard and canada. over 120,000 people have reported what they felt from this earthquake. jon: we have up a map that superimposess nuclear power plants in this country over seismic activity. i guess we are fortunate, if the japan situation can be a guide, we are fortunate that more of the seismic activity hits out west and there are fewer nuclear plants out there. >> well, there's a couple things to keep in mind from a u.s.
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geological survey perspective. we deal with assessing and understanding the hazards of seismic earthquakes throughout the entire country, and then we take that information and assessment of an awareness of where earthquakes are going to occur, whether they are in the east or the west, and we document this information and we give this to the nuclear regulatory commission, and then they put that information into the best business practices. so we're highly coordinated with nuclear regulatory commission on understanding and addressing earthquake hazards no matter where they are within the u.s. and its territories. jon: we know that the nuclear plant nearest the actual epicenter cut shut down automatically just as it was designed to do. thank you. jenna: the earthquake that you were just talking about may be old hat for folks on the west coast. not all west coasters, i can tpaoebg as a san francisco sis can, if you've been through an
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quake, a reading of 5 or higher is enough to get your heart rate up for sure especially in places where it's very rare, or at least unexpected. there is also another reason why nerves are a little frayed here as we near the ten year point since 9/11. the first thought on many minds was a terror attack, here are sights and sounds. >> the first thing that comes to your mind is 9/11. we are a few days away from 9/11, so first thing that came to my mind was like terrorist, bomb or something, i was actually happy when i heard it was just an earthquake. >> cross the street folks away from the front of the building. >> we felt this shaking under us and it was kind of mild at first and then the next one came it was really intense. everybody just got up and started rushing out. >> we thought maybe the train hit to the building.
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>> oh, my gosh. >> we're still on the map. because with an earthquake it could have been a lot worse. we are very lucky. jenna: very lucky but it's understandable why again nerves are frayed. at least four aftershock have been reported in the past 24 hours. around 2:00 eastern time yesterday. we will he head back now to the national earthquake information center where scientists are tracking earthquakes happening around the world. they are happening at any moment. alicia acuna can tell us why their mission is so important there. >> reporter: well, the usgs earthquake center is the nerve center for all recording and monitoring. i'm in the media area so we can bring everyone realtime information and you can see how it works. this is what they use to find out exactly where the shaking is going on anywhere in the world. this is a siz sizmometer.
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they bring in realtime information. you can see all the information cig ohthe
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. jenna: construction progress and new details on dedication plans for the 9/11 memorial. join us for the chat at"happening now." rick is following all that buzz today. rick, you want to talk about the earthquakes or other stuff.
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>> reporter: we'll talk about the president's approval ratings coming up after this commercial break. i've been in the chat and i've asked our chatters to weigh n. the numbers are low for the president. what can he do if anything to bring those numbers up a little bit between now and election time next year? he needs to have a clear, definitive and substantial plan, not another empty speech. lead mr. president. go into the chat room during our break and when we come back and we do the segment we'll tell you the news about it and have more of your comments after a quick break. more "happening now," don't go away. [ rge ] psst. constated? phillips' caplet use gnesium, an ingredient that works more naturally wityour colon than stimulant xatives, for fective reli of constipation without cramps. thanks. [ professor ] good morning students. today, we're gonna...
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jenna: new information on some crime stories we've been keeping an eye on. an a taoels court forcing casey anthony to return to florida imposing a order that she serve a year's probation for a check fraud conviction. last month anthony left the state after she was acquitted of murder charges in the death of her daughter.
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she could show up at any time in florida, we are waiting and watching for that. in florida police releasing new video of an armed gas station robbery. authorities are looking for two men who held up this broward county station and escaped in a white dodge charger. scary moments for those inside that gas station. and in a new letter convicted serial killer david berkowitz says he will not seek parole. he's known as the son of sam. he killed 60 and wounded seven other. you can check out his entire letter on they have exclusive coverage and th the letter that he sent them on our website. jon: an all out manhunt for leader moammar qaddafi is on the way. jennifer griffin is live. >> reporter: we do know that
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qutar, britain, italy has sent special forces, but it may be overstating the case that it was special forces that led the way and are responsible for the overthrow of moammar qaddafi. they stress there are no u.s. and nato boots on the ground. nato insists that it's planes did not bomb qaddafi's compound in recent days and u.s. planes did not strike the walls. a businessman is offering a $1.3 million reward for moammar qaddafi, and rebel leaders say they will provide amnesty to any moammar qaddafi forces who lay down their weapons and turn in
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moammar qaddafi. the mad dog of the middle east had this to say. >> thank you to the free people of tripoli, the free people i met in the streets of tripoli. thank you, tripoli. the mission of the people of tripoli is to cleanse their city, cleanse their areas, the areas of tripoli, the libyan tripoli. all the hreub kwrapbs should come tlibyans should come to tripoli. >> reporter: one u.s. predator drone fired a missile in another 24 hours. a bomb was dropped by a u.s. warplane. we don't know the targets of that. we know from a nato spokesman that nato is not currently hunting for moammar qaddafi. jon: jennifer thank you. jenna: new information about the progress of construction at the world trade center now that we are nearly ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks. laura ingle is live in lower manhattan where tours of the
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site for the news media are getting underway. you have a special sneak peak, lawyer a what have you found? >> reporter: that's right, we are just about to go into the world trade center construction site with our cameras. we'll be showing you some more of that throughout the day. that is going to take place in about ten minutes. we are going to see really the evolution. we've been of course following the progress down here at the world trade center site for a longtime. you've been following it on the rise of freedom on fox report. we'll show you even more tonight. this national memorial is set to open on september 12th. it will be dedicated september 11th for the victims' families. the big reveal will be the heart of the memorial, the reflective pools which sit in the footprints are where the twin towers once stood. the memorial's architect is here today and said to see his vision realized, is absolutely incredible for him after the dedication to the victims'
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families on september 11th visitors will be able to see the entire name a range -plts etched into bronze that were carefully selected and put into groups which family members helped to arrange. we want to mention that the museum which will feature the twin towers steel tridents will not be opening until next year. developer larry silver stein said after 9/11 it took a lot of time to reconcile a plan with different goals for the site. >> the one thing that everybody had in common and what drove us was a passion to create something even better, something that will honor the memory of the 2,752 people who died here on 9/11. >> reporter: giving ahh live looyou a live look here it is now up to 80 floors. developers and architects gave us an update today. they were asked about an earthquake from yesterday.
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they say the structures were built beyond new york code, in fact like anything that has been done in the united states. if you want tickets to get into the memorial next month you have to get them online. back to you. jenna: thank you, laura, for us down in lower manhattan. if you want to check out the new world trade sent t-r site a new e-book allows to you do that. fox news is partnered with carper collins. it combines video segments from the fox video photos, and is available at barnes & noble, amazon, you can go to for more details on this amazing e-book that gives you brand-new incite. we'll be right back with more of what's happening now."
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jon: it looked like a routine traffic stop at first, then all of a sudden the driver opens fire on a police officer. rick folbaum as more on it. >> reporter: a routine traffic stop turned out of the ordinary. it was about 8:00 last night in atlanta. the suspect and the officer were in a gun battle. the officer was hit in the shoulder. the suspect is 6'1", 180 pounds. the driver of the vehicle is cooperating with their investigation, so hopefully we will find this guy and bring him to justice, but a scary situation on the streets outside of atlanta, georgia last night. jon: that's the kind of things
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the cops always hate, thanks. jenna: the weak economy is casting a deep shadow really overall politicians buy specifically for the president who is attempting to win a second term in office. some say there is reason to worry now as the president's job approval rating is trending downward hitting a new low. the latest gallop daily tracking poll says only 38% approve of the job he's doing, 58% disapprove. former senator evan bahy is joining us now. senator the "wall street journal" has an article that says democrats have reason to worry and a whole article about why. how worried are you? >> any time an incumbent's job approval is below 50% there is reason to worry, jenna. we have to put it in perspective. in this time in the cycle of when george bush was running
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against al gore. al gore -- i'm sorry george bush was aeu lead by 1 was ahead by 14 points. these statistics are volatile, they will go up and down a lot. we node to focus on getting the economy moving. it's in the president's best interest to get a deficit and reduction deal that is right for the country, independents care about that. if he can get that the economy will grow some there is every reason to believe he can do what president bush did, that is win a re-election although in 2004 george bush's popularity was only 48% but he still succeeded in beating john kerry. jenna: it's interesting to look at the numbers and play with them a little bit. at this point that's kind of what they are good for, for interviews on television, senator. as far as strategy it's good to look at the numbers for president reagan and clinton, because those are the men the president is compared to now.
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both of them had lower approval ratings than the president does. but at this point in their term the momentum was moving higher, not lower, so as far as trends go, if we could take a look at the bigger picture now, how big of a deal is it to see the trend line moving lower instead of improving? >> well it's concerning from a big picture strategic level having economic growth under 2% is very worry so many because it doesn't bring unemployment down, consumers are still concerned. they are deleveraging from the excessive debts that they took on. that creates a tough environment for all incumbents, particularly for the president. there is no proper way to get the deficit under control but it has to be done. that's all worry so many and sets up a very hard fought election which is the last point from a strategic level that i would mention. the president is being evaluated from perfection. the people don't know much about the likely republican nominees
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at this point. once there is a two-person race and identify the strengths and weaknesses of either one i think the h-t will do a lot better of the it's going to set up a contentious election with a lot of attacking back and forth. jenna: i'd like to get your opinion on an op-ed piece. he says, he's not jimmy carter, he's tiger woods a natural who has lost his swing. he has so many swing thoughts in his head, so many people whispering in his ears about how to get reelected that he has lost all his natural instincts for the game, he needs to go back to basics. basics. this has been pointed out by tom friedman or a few others the president needs to get back to basics or go big or go home. come out with a plan that put as lot in play. do you think that is the right move? and what do you think about the comparison to tiger woods? >> i would be reluctant to compare i am to tiger woods for obvious reasons that
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have nothing to do with the golf swings or national policy, but, i think the point is, well-taken that he does need to go big in his economic announcement. right now people are focused like a laser on the economy. it is a getting a little late in the election cycle to make changes that can actually impact in feel way the economy. so if he is going to do it he needs to do it now. that is number one. go big with the jobs announcement. number two, really try to get a meaningful deficit reduction deal before thanksgiving when the supercommittee is expected to report back. that would show washington can govern. independents, more than all americans, particularly independents care about this deficit and debt. go big on jobs. get a deal on the deficit and then, try and be a force for bringing people together in washington as hard as that is to say. that more than anything else is what the american people want. right now what is congress's job approval is 10, 11%? jenna: right. >> the american people don't like anyone in washington. the president needs to show he is tough enough, focused
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enough to get the job done without being part of the scrum that no one likes. jenna: look likes a big task ahead and maybe a few golf games ahead to get agreement on the table. senator, thanks for being here. >> nice to be with you. jon: unbelievable sand art or maybe a happy birthday party. head to to vote on the must-see moment the day. which one do you like?ceor n 20 ? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. have i got a surprise for you! yeah, it's new [ barks beneful healthy fiesta. gotta love the protein for muscles-- whoo-hoo! and omega-rich nutrition for that shiny coat. ever think healthy could taste so good? [ woman announcing ] new beneful healthy fiesta.
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jenna: it is one of the biggest stories of the week. we're keeping an eye on hurricane irene as a category 3 storm and its 115 mile-an-hour winds take aim for the east coast. folks in north carolina are not taking any chances. evacuations are underway in the outer banks where many folks remember hurricane isabel back in 2003. that hurricane made landfall as a cat 2. it killed three people in the state. senior national correspondent john roberts is live from atlantic beach, north carolina, with the very latest from there. hi, john. >> reporter: good afternoon, to you, jenna. what we all remember hurricane isabel in 2003. it literally cut hatteras island in half. the surface up here today on atlantic beach which is 40 miles to the west of cape hatteras, just because there is a system moving through, this is not anything to do with the hurricane. but within the next couple days from this direction over here, we expect to see all that water that is being
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piled up by the heavy winds, it is supposed to go to cat four from hurricane irene. that will bring a lot of surf on the beach. if you look out at the end of the beach the eye of the hurricane is tracked to pass 40 miles away, literally right over the cape hatteras lighthouse. mayor trace cooper from atlantic beach will meet with his emergency management people later on this afternoon or tomorrow morning and look at the track of storm and to determine whether or not they need to order evacuations. although they don't want to unduly evacuate this barrier island right now they're not taking any chances. take a listen. >> given the strength of the storm it is scary. we haven't had a magnitude four storm in 50 years. it is unknown for a lot of us. it is awful scary. the tracks keep heading a little bit to the east. right now we're hoping for the best but still preparing for the worst. >> reporter: that hurricane that he is talking about, more than half a century ago was hurricane hazel in 1954. devastated this area.
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there are still a number of people here on the beach trying to enjoy what is left of their vacation, waiting and wondering if they will get the evacuation order. ran into a nice family from maryland. mike hoover is the name. he brought the family and kids down to spend the entire week. he might have to go early. feel disappointed might have to cut things short? >> i do. first time out here. such a lovely beach. the weather has been great so far. >> reporter: what about jenin is she put be pressure on you? >> might be a little bit of a stress factor. so we're going to see, moving on probably here on friday or saturday, okay on friday. >> reporter: yeah. sounds like mike will have to bug out on friday. we also talked to people who live on the island. they say they will likely ride it out unless it comes very close as a category 3 which they would probably evacuate. to point out again, jenna,
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40 miles to the east of us, right on the horizon there that is where the hurricane eye is supposed to go though according to the national hurricane center, a lot of forecast models have it further offshore. i would expect it out of abundance of caution because all takes a move about like that, as far away as it is for atlantic beach to get a direct hit as opposed to it completely missing. out of an abundance of caution the national hurricane center has it tracking to the west with most of the forecast models. jenna: still so many questions but as you mentioned procutions probably best take at this point. thanks so much, john roberts. jon: let's get back to the battle for control of libya. that fight still far from over, even if colonel muammar qaddafi flees his country or is captured, there are all kinds of questions about libya's political future. we'll talk about that with mike baker, former cia covert operations officer. he is president of diligence, a global intelligence and security firm. so when you look what's
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happening in libya, we're not hearing a great deal from the administration or pentagon. is that by design? >> it is by sky and frankly it is smart. they don't want to get out ahead of themselves when there are so many unknowns. this thing, small percentage chance that this could go very well, and somehow the transitional council is able to hold sway over all the various militia groups and interests and tribes out there. and they can bring stability quickly. there's a much larger percentage chance this thing is not going to end well in the short term. so i think the administration is prefering to keep a very measured approach. jon: because typically libya has had a tribal structure and qaddafi has quashed any other kinds of, i don't know, organization, leaderships groups, et cetera. >> there is well over 100 distinct tribes in that country and, as you pointed out, for decades qaddafi has focused on insuring there are no institution, individuals or you know, tribal groups aside essentially from his own, that has been able to gain
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any influence and power. so you've got, right now you have got a situation where there are, there are no clear leaders. despite this transitional council, there are already getting stick from the folks on the western side of the country questioning legitimacy to some degree. basically the council is made up of technocrats and lawyers. it is not at most aggressive group. you're talking about a population under the thumb of a strong arm 40 years. there is power vacuum developing and there is no clear leader at this point. jon: once the leader is gone and vacuum needs to be killed that is when the chaos could potentially move in. we have good relationships with military in egypt and that transition is not necessarily going the way we like to see it go. >> frankly that is very good point. we have little leverage in uprisings situations developing in the middle east the past six months. when you talk about libya the chaos you refer to, you look way all the various
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militia groups and rebel groups are operating to military strategy and lack of discipline. they have been sweeping through towns and opening up-armorries handing out weapons to the citizens. that opens up a whole new issue where are the weapons going. jon: that is the scary part. who gets the sam 7s. mike baker, thank you. jenna: we've been talking a lot about this. timely given the earthquake, the hurricane, dominating the headlines this week have inside look at the u.s. coast guard in action just ahead.
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>> hey everybody, i'm megyn kelly. we'll have all the latest for you on hurricane irene which is barreling toward the east coast. plus the obama administration has a new emissions policy that the commerce department says is going to cost 60,000 jobs. what? we'll have a full report. plus unions unleashing a torrent of money and
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organization efforts in advance of the 2012 elections. will it be enough? and vice president joe biden understands and doesn't second-guess china's one-child policy. now the white house is backtracking but critics are outraged. should they be? we'll have a fair and balanced debate. see you at the top of the hour. jon: some pretty disparate choices today in our must-see moment. rick has been keeping track of your votes and knows what you want to see. rick? >> you all have decided to we will now report on what happened. in oklahoma city, on saturday night, take a look at this video. it is from a dash-cam. you can see as the police cruiser and an suv collide, head on. let me tell you right out of the gate here, no one was seriously injured. but thankfully, but the driver of that car has been arrested. he has been charged with driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road. oh, yeah, he wasn't wearing a seatbelt either.
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you have to put a seatbelt on, jon. jon: never see a airbag inflate in realtime before. >> that is something. jon: that is crazy. wow, nobody hurt? >> not seriously. the police officer suffered minor injuries. he had the dog in his cruiser with him. the dog is okay too. jon: that is good news. rick, thank you. >> sure. jenna: now what to do when disaster strikes. our readiness put to the test in a drill on the detroit river. mike tobin is live in detroit with an inside look. hi, mike. >> reporter: hi, jenna. that earthquake yesterday was a sharp reminder that the big emergencies can spring up without warning. the kind of thing that requires every agency to work together, all hands on deck. that is why you have the u.s. coast guard here, and so many agencies from two different countries preparing for an event when the worst does happen. a blast triggerses the drill, simulating an attack on a passenger boat on the u.s.-canada boarder. >> we're on scene with the
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detroit princess. smoke coming from the vessel and multiple victims in the water. >> reporter: all emergency resources are called to action. in the water, in the air, and on land. actors were used to simulate typical injuries, complete with makeup and test how well multiple agencies can coordinate and communicate. >> we do this to expose weakest this nesses with other -- wakenesses with other agencies but all in all the scenario went well. the agencies played well together. >> reporter: years of planning went into the disaster drill involving 65 agencies from the u.s. and canada all in preparation for a day when a disaster on the river here is not planned. the drill simulates some of the type of attacks have been feared. like a dirty bomb that leaves radioactive contamination. >> we're picking up 55.5 per hour of radiation source. >> reporter: all of it takes place on the u.s.-canada border with paying attention
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to upcoming september 11th anniversary. a painful reminder it can happen here. >> we want to the exercise held before 9/11 so it is fresh in our minds. we don't want to take the safety for granted. anything could potentially happen. >> reporter: keeping in mind anything can potentially happen. you see the boom and equipment off the side of the coast guard cutter holly hock. they're preparing for a scenario which they're dealing with an oil spill, jenna. jenna: mike tobin in detroit today. jon: and this just in. forbes is out with its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. who's in, who's out and which fox news anchor made the list. that's coming up.
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jon: a fox news alert. and if you have ever driven the new jersey turnpike you know it is one of the more dangerous roads in the country. a lot of high speeds involved and a lot of traffic. right now a bad one. this is in monroe township, new jersey. live pictures from the wnyw bus has apparently collided with a tractor-trailer rig along the new jersey turnpike. this is around exit 8-a. about a dozen people have been hurt. it took place about 5 minutes ago. one person critically injured. two others have sustained serious injuries. major traffic delays on that major east coast route, the new jersey turnpike, exit 8, monroe, new jersey. we'll keep an eye on it and let you more as these
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developments come in. jenna: this just in. "forbes" magazine just minutes ago releasing the list of world's most powerful women, the top 100 in fact. here is look at women topping the list. we have a few, well, to focus on with president and publisher of "forbes" women and host of success is moira forbes. you have angela merkel chancellor of germany and our secretary of state hillary clinton, one and two respectfully. how do you measure who is the most powerful in the world? >> it's a tough task. we look a different factors. women from media, politics, business, philanthropy and entertainment. we look not only hard power, things like currencies and constituencies, but soft power. creative influence. how big of a reach do they have in shaping a dialogue. jenna: how did angela make the top? >> she oversees the fourth largest economy in the world.
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germany is the lifeboat of the rest of europe. and right now she's one of most influential people in the world. not just women because what happens in europe's economy is going to directly effect what we do in the u.s.. jenna: interesting to see the secretary of state number two. there are rumors and reports what hillary might or might not do. how does she get to number two on this list? >> this is a year wrought with foreign policy turmoil in the middle east. huge responsibility for hillary clinton who has been have versing the globe on behalf of the u.s. it is a really sensitive year right now politically and economically. her position is critical to the health, not only of the u.s., but the democracies around the world. jenna: usually when we look at a list like this, you look for oprah. she seems to be the bellwether. i see lady gaga actually beat out oprah on this list. lady gaga more powerful than
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oprah? because she decided to give up her daily show? >> this is the first year that oprah isn't in the top 10. and lady gaga is ahead of her because she is one of the most exciting examples how one person can truly connect with the world through technology. she is 12 million twitter followers. 26 million facebook. 50 million views on youtube. jenna: wow!. and we have our very own making the list, don't we. number 75. we're proud. greta van susteren. >> yes. she is not just a newsmaker. she is a news-seter. and she also has an incredible voice, not only through fox but across social media platforms. so she shapes dialogues and conversations and the world listens. jenna: thank you so much for giving us a breakdown here. brand new list, check it out, go, greta by the way. we'll be back with more "happening now."
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