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martha: all right, it's throwback thursday, 1923, utah brought an end to the era of prohibition. hallelujah for that, right? bill: cheers. martha: cheers, everybody. "happening now" starts right now. jenna: and right now breaking news on today's top story is the and brand new ones you'll see here first. jon: apple bringing it home, the latest on the tech giant's decision to add thousands of jobs right here in the united states. plus, a brawl breaks out at a christmas treeç lighting ceremony in philadelphia. what happened to the city of brotherly love? you won't believe what the two women accused of starting the whole thing were fighting over. plus, what may be a kidnapping caught on tape. now the search is on for the woman seen in this surveillance video being dragged away by an unidentified man. it's all "happening now." ♪ ♪ç
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jon: good morning to you on this thursday, i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, great to have you today, i'm jenna lee, more on those stories in just a moment but first, more trouble for obamacare. jon: according to a new harvard university poll, less than one-third of uninsured young people are actually planning to sign up for insurance on the health care exchange. and young people are key to the law's success because they're the ones needed to offset the cost of insuring older, less healthy people.ç without them policy experts say obamacare and its numbers simply will not work. jonah goldberg is a fox news contributor and editor at large of "the national review" online. lynn sweet is washington bureau chief for the "chicago sun-times". i want to start with a look at a headline today from "the washington post". here's what it said. it said enrollment surges at u.s. online health care exchange. they're braggifg- jonah, about the fact that they got 56,000 people to sign up over three
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days in december. what do you think about those numbers, and what do you think about that headline? >> well, you know, any rise from zero or, essentially, zero is mathematically very large and can be called a surge. it doesn't mean that those numbers are actually hitting what they need to hit. they need 200,000 people to sign aeát with the number of cancellations that they've already had. moreover, we don't necessarily really know that these people have enrolled. we just know that they think they enrolled, and they got a screen telling them they enrolled, but because the back end of obamacare hasn't been built yet, we don't know whether, in fact, their information has made it to the insurance companies. in a lot of way, the web site is basically just a dull video game right now. jon: yeah. lynn, there is that expa
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. >> they looked at 18-29-year-olds in that poll, and they found pretty much across the board a loss of confidence in obamacare or affordable care act. i think they polled it both ways just as a test and in the administration and congress in general. so i think it's just a very -- it shows a very tough place for the administration to be in. jon: jonah, this is a group that voted almost as a bloc for president obama a couple of times. what does it say that they don't, apparently, have the confidence in him or at least in his signature law? >> look, i think it's, in my opinion, it's a long time in coming. as i've been saying for a long time, he visited college campuses more often than a red bull delivery truck because he
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desperately needed the youth vote to get elected and make his presidency seem cool and all of that. and the real problem for him is, look, his numbers may go up among young people before the end of his presidency, but he's never going to get back that sort of cool image that he once had because it's very difficult to get that image back. that's something that once you've lost that aura of magic, you can't get it back. and that's going to be a real problem for him because that means he's going to have to deliver and not just used glorified rhetoric that people used to buy. once you're skeptical of someone, it's very hard to be a true believer again. jon: and wouldn't you agree, jonah, that this younger generation that is the most tech-savvy and the most comfortable with internet sign-ups for everything is going to be very leerily of all of the -- leerily that they've hard about all of the problems and the security concerns which we were told yesterday on this program still have not been addressed. >> yeah. look, the whole point of obamacare was to make people
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feel more secure, and the overall effect of obamacare has been to make people feel less secure even in the insurance they have or what they're going to get or whether they've signed up. and, again, i think this is a long time in coming particularly for young people who live sort of iphone lifestyles but still vote for a post office party. and if obamacare has an upside from a conservative's perspective, it may be to teach these kids, this next generation, that their expectations of government can't be the same of their expectations of apple. jon: and, lynn, from your -- >> if i -- jon: go ahead, lynn. >> if i could u.s -- jon: go ahead. be. >> quickly say to address something though, jonah, you talked about secure. i think when you talk about health insurance, this isn't a one size fits all for everybody in a conversation because if you are somebody that is getting insurance if you have a pre-existing condition and are getting it for the first time, well, then you have a different story to tell than somebody whose policy hasn't been renewed. >> that's true. >> if you're unemployed and you can afford to buy it now because
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you are eligible for a subsidy, so i just caution against when we talk about people -- we have stories here, not one story, and we have to listen to them all before coming to some conclusions about where we are. we're in the midst of a film. we're just talking about a snap shot today. jon: well -- >> i agree with that entirely. the point i've been making for a long time is this law creates some real winners, it definitely does, and it creates a lot of losers. the problem that president obama has gotten himself in is he sold this thing as if it was win-win-win for everybody, and you can't -- that doesn't work. it creates losers, and the obama administration has never figureed out how to account for that. jon: interesting point. joe that, lynn, thank you both. >> thank you. jenna: we're going to turn now to the latest budget battle on capitol hill that's going on while we're all talking about health care. lawmakers are trying to come up with a new deal to fund the government and keep it running past january 15th or face another shutdown. our chief political correspondent carl cameron is live in washington with more on this. so, carl, what's in a possible
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deal? be is there a possible deal? >> reporter: well, there may be, and it's only being negotiated by two key members of congress, paul ryan -- the house committee budget chairman, republican -- and patty murray, the democratic senate committee person. and they've got a very, very busy calendar and an awful lot to do and not a lot of time. ryan and murray have until next friday the 13th, yes, you heard right, they're several imposed deadline, to come up with a one-year spending agreement to raids the spending cap under the so-called sequester law to a trillion bucks. if they don't have a deal in five weeks by jab 15th -- january 15th, the government will shut down again. the only other option is to continue. let's take a look at the graphic here. the only option they would have is to continue with do $967 billion that is in place right now for next year. the problem with that is it calls for $107 billion in mandatory across the board spending cuts that both parties want to avoid if they can. to reduce it, republicans want to cut the defense cuts from $17
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billion in the plan down to just $3 billion next year while democrats want to restore some medical research money and some money for about $38 billion in additional spending over that 8967 figure you see -- 967 figure you see at the top, most of it with cuts to health care and as well as the sale of some broadcast spectrum. jenna? jenna: now that we can all look forward to friday the 13th, carl, what are the chances that a deal will actually be passed before the break? >> reporter: well, their deadline revealed is friday the 13th. if you look at the calendar, there are five weeks before january 15th when the government will shut down if it's not properly funded. the senate's still on thanksgiving break from last week or a week and a half ago, and in the four weeks, five weeks that are there, take out holidays and weekends, and there's really only five days, five days when the senate and house are simultaneously in the capitol to craft these deals. the funding of the government's
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not the only thing that's got to get done. there's a farm bill that's been stalled for years -- months, principally over a dispute over food stamps, and that's hurting the economy, as well as the military authorization bill, the defense authorization bill that allows the military to get paid next year. these things have to get done fast, it is going to be very tough including avoiding a shutdown. jenna: sometimes you're known for procrastination, maybe a tougher deadline can help everyone -- i'm just going to be optimistic. >> nice place to start. [laughter] jenna: carl, thank you. jon: when americans hear the work schedule, no wonder congress has such a low approval rating. let's go to the extreme weather alert, a nasty winter storm causing big, big problems. after being pummeled with heavy snow and freezing winds, areas are digging in for a burst of very cold temperatures. the storm is on the move now and spelling icy trouble across the south. meteorologist maria molina is
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here with what we can expect today. maria? >> reporter: hi, jon, good to see you, and hello, jenna. we've been looking at some very cold current wind chill temperatures with some areas looking at a current wind chill at about threes below -- 40 degrees below zero across parts of montana and some of your other wind chill temperatures right now, teens in plaitses like over -- places like over in denver and 14 below zero in minneapolis. we need wind chill advisories and warnings out here because it's dangerous. you're looking at, basically, a frostbite concern once you head outdoors for several minutes. i high temperatures today, highs well into the single digits, that's it. some places seeing below zero for your actual temperatures out here, not just wind chills. and by the weekend that cold air continues to expand, and we're going to see those highs into the 20s for cities like dallas, little rock and even up intohouseville and participants -- louisville and parts of kentucky. you could see 28 degrees is how
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much degrees the city of dallass has dropped just within the past 24 hours. we actually have winds out of the south, and that's pulling in moisture out of the gulf of mexico, but when that warm air overrides some of those cold temperatures at the surface, you actually have a freezing rain concern. so we do have ice storm warnings in effect across texas, oklahoma and arkansas. some of these areas could actually pick up over a quarter of an inch of ice, possibly over half an inch that could potentially produce power outages and bring tree branches down so, please, be careful out here, and this is going to be a several-day event. you can see here on our forecast radar how that freezing rain is spread over parts of dallas, texas, ian oklahoma, arkansas, all the way up to parts of ohio. this is going to be very dangerous out here, jon and jenna, we really hope that people are prepared and keep this in mind. again, several days of an event of icing possible out here. jon: i'm looking at the map, you know, i used to live in miami as did you, 81 degrees looking
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pretty good. >> yeah. that's normal for winter. their christmas is more like palm trees, sunshine, no sweaters. jon: i think the chamber of commerce is going to see a lot of filled hotel rooms this weekend. thank you. jenna: well, tense moments at an nba game as smoke fills an arena forcing an evacuation. take a look at that. we're going to tell you which teams were involved and where this happened. also, a potential radioactive material missing for days now found. coming up, find out where. this was the hardest decision i've ever had to make.
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jon: right now new info on some stories we're watching in the world of entertainment. the san antonio spurs and minnesota timberwolves canceling a game last night after a fire at an arena in mexico city. a generator malfunctioned filling the building with smoke an hour before tipoff forcing an evacuation. no one was hurt. the game rescheduled.
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two burglars under arrest in new york city, they broke into the brooklyn home of actress keri russell wednesday morning when she was home. she heard sounds and dialed 911. and former nickelodeon star amanda bynes is back home living with her parents after leaving rehab. her mother has temporary conservatorship after her daughter's series of run-ins with the law. jenna: a missing truck carrying stolen radioactive material is now found. it was located yesterday in an isolated area near mexico city, but its dangerous cargo was open. casey steegal's live in dallas, he's been following this story. is there any danger to the public? >> reporter: yeah, jenna. really authority, believe it or not, in mexico say they don't believe the general public was exposed to toxic levels of radiation. may be a different story for the thieves who somehow managed to
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crack open the large white medical device with this radioactive material. cobalt 60 is what we're talking about here, it is used in hospital settings to treat things like cancer. the material found yesterday not far from where that truck was initially stolen, but just to be on the safe side, a 500-meter perimeter has been set up. there was reportedly less than 40 grams of cobalt 60 in that capsule. not a huge amount, but enough to be fatal to those who opened it and were exposed. and those thieves are still on the run, by the way. area medical centers have been notified many case they show up -- in case they show up suffering from radiation exposure, but this raises a larger question of how the material is handled, stored and transported. mexico's top nuclear official says this truck was not outfitted with gps to track it once it was stolen from that gas station on monday, and one expert on nuclear security tells
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me change has to happen not only in mexico, but around the world to better protect these extremely dangerous items. >> it's quite expensive often to dispose of this material, and it's not clear who has to pay for it. so a lot of times people dispose of it improperly. >> reporter: the mexican government says it may end up needing help from the united states to clean up this mess, that's why that perimeter has been set up, still very fluid. officials on the ground there saying it could take days, if not weeks to get this radioactive material all cleaned up and safely contained, but they say no real risk to the general public down there, a fairly remote spot where it was located, jenna. jenna: wow, what a story. casey, thank you. >> reporter: i know, right? jon: crazy. cameras are rolling as a fight breaks out during a christmas tree lighting. what had two women throwing punches in a crowded park? and after taking heat for
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manufacturing its popular gadgets overseas, apple is set to make good on its promise to bring jobs back to america. we'll tell you about that coming up. ♪ ♪
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jon: right now violence at a christms tree lighting ceremony in philadelphia. cameras were rolling last night as two women apparently started throwing punches. how about that for the christmas spirit? patti ann brown live in our new york city newsroom. >> reporter: yeah, and there were kids around, so it's really a sad story. it started out as a joyful christmas tree lighting at a so the in philadelphia ironically calling love park. but there was no love between two women who reportedly fought each other for a better view of
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the festivities. that brawl was seen live on the 5:00 news as local fox tv in philadelphia broadcast the happy event. mayor michael nutter and other dignitaries where are gathered -- were gathered in front of city hall and there were hundreds in the crowd. but then one woman yelled at another for bumping her daughter. witnesses say the angry woman threw soda at the other woman, and the brawl began. it went from shoving to punches thrown to people being knocked to the ground. what made it worse was that children were in the middle of the melee. >> there was kids around, and the father had his daughter, he was saying i've got a child with that. i just didn't want anybody to get hurt. >> the women were separated and, luckily, there were no injuries. police arrived and took a few people away for questioning, and the ceremony be continued after the fight broke up. jon? jon: well, i guess that's the good news, nobody hurt. >> reporter: yeah.
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jon: patti ann brown, thank you. >> reporter: thanks. ♪ ♪ jenna: new signs this morning perhaps that fewer americans are getting laid off. the labor department says unemployment claims dropped below 300,000 this week. that's almost a six-year low. we're also getting some good news for those still looking for work as major companies announcing plans to bring thousands of jobs back to the united states. will carr is live in los angeles with more on this story. will? >> reporter: good morning, jenna. for arizona and several other states, this means jobs. for the country in this means that apple really wants more of its product made in america. shoppers across the country shell out wig bucks -- big bucks on apple products, the tech giant will also be spending big as it brings some of its manufacturing back to the united states. >> they'd like to be seen as an american company. they are an american company, and certainly, they'd like to do some things that make them look better. >> reporter: that includes buying and converting a failed
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solar energy plant in mesa, arizona, a project that will pump cutting edge technology and 2,000 jobs into the area. >> i think it's not only important to mesa and to arizona, i think it's important to the u.s. that apple has decided to manufacture here in the country. i don't think it's any accident that they're doing this at this time. >> reporter: in fact, apple's ceo tim cook recently announced his plans to inject $100 million into a mac product line to be built in the united states. it's all part of apple's head in the usa push which also includes building a facility in austin, texas, and a repair shop in pennsylvania. more this, of course, comes after several years of overseas controversies including low wages for workers and a rash of suicides at a facility of an apple supplier in china. other companies could soon follow apple. scott smith says secretive deals are already in the works for several tech ventures in the area that could boost local and state economies for years to come. >> christmas came early here.
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we hope that this is a christmas that continues to give. >> reporter: experts tell us that there's a couple other reasons apple could be doing this including regional marketing and keeping intellectual property in the united states. now, we reached out to apple. they gave us a statement which says that they are proud to expand their domestic manufacturing. jenna, back to you. jenna: will, thank you. >> reporter: you bet. jon: we have a very sad fox news alert for you now. one child has died, several more are injured after a dump truck crashed into a school bus in napa, idaho. nap a pa police department says the crash killed one child, caused multiple injuries to other students. hospitals locally have been told to expect four patients at least. two were taken to a hospital in napa. officials at the local school district have confirmed that the bus was headed to crimson point elementary school when it was involved in that collection --
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collision with the dump truck. we'll get more information and bring it to you as quickly as we can. in the meantime, toronto's mayor, rob ford, faces even more trouble. possible charges tacked land the crack-smoking -- that could land the crack-smoking mayor in prison for years. also, lawmakers in congress getting close to a budget deal but, no, nothing is ever that easy in d.c. the mine fields that still face both parties. we'll tell you about that coming up on "happening now." ♪ ♪ the mine fields that still face ♪
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♪ ♪ jenna: right now a quick look at what's still to come this hour of "happening now." court documents reviewing that toronto's mayor, rob ford, may have offered cash and a car in the exchange for a video that shows him smoking crack. we'll take a closer look at that scenario. also, police in california searching for this pair in what might be a kidnapping last night. the surveillance video shows a woman at a bus stop and a man forcefully pulling her away. we'll show you more of that video and give you the details we do know. and child advocacy groups upset with santa over norad's decision, the real story there, jon, coming up. jon: can't wait for that one. back to those budget talks on capitol hill now. lawmakers are working hard to come up with a new deal that would avoid another government shutdown, but those involved in the negotiations say those talks
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probably will come down to the wire. let's talk about it with angela mcglowan. so you've got senator patty murray, democrat from washington, she heads the senate budget committee. you've got paul ryan, republican from wisconsin, head of the budget committee in the house, and those two are basically the only ones involved in in this negotiation. we have had so much trouble coming to budget deals in recent years, do you think this is the best way to proceed, angela? >> i think it's the best way to proceed, jon, and this has worked in the past. unfortunately, with the 113th congress which is now known as the do-nothing congress and with midterm elections just around the corner, it's congress' job to pass a budget. they have the power of the purse. so senator murray and ryan, congressman ryan, they met with 29 members of their budget committees, and what they're trying to decide on is what cuts to make and what spending cuts to make to the budget. i believe that they will come to
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some type of conclusion, but the bottom line is this, the house wants to go out of session he's 13th. the senate on the 20th. so they have until friday the 13th to come up with some resolution. jon: they've got $91 billion more in sequester cuts that are coming up this the middle of january. >> yes. jon: i mean, that axe is going to fall if they don't come up with some kind of a deal, right? >> right. exactly. and republicans, they want to stop the mandatory budget cuts to the defense. so in other words, they want to increase defense spending, whereas democrats, they want to increase spending on medical research and education. so, therefore, you're going to have some type of difference in opinion on where we increase spending and where we cut spending. jon: every household in america has, you know, virtually every household has really been through the wringer ever since the financial crisis of 2008. virtually everybody has taken a hard look at their budgets, cut a little bit here, a little bit there.
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why can't -- why is it so tough to do the same thing in washington? why is it so tough to impose, say, a spending freeze on all federal agencies or, god forbid, even a spending cut? >> because unfortunately, jon, we have put politics in this washington, d.c. over policy. you have lobbyists on capitol hill chomping at the bit because they want to protect their special interests. but members of congress need to do their job and now put policy over politics because self-preservation is the first law of nature, and if today don't do their job and if we have another very public government shutdown, i believe that people are going to vote their conscience at the polls. jon: has anybody in washington noticed that the chinese, for instance, are getting especially belligerent right now, claiming this new, larger air defense be identification zone? -- defense identification zone? i mean, there are military threats out there and, admittedly, there is waste and fraud at the pentagon that can be cut, but the pentagon took a huge hit last time around under
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the sequester. >> right, yes. jon: is cutting tens of billions more the way to go right now? >> i don't think that is the way to go, and most republicans don't think that that's the way to go. but, jon, if they don't come up with some agreement, you will have those sequester cuts in the defense budget. and again, republicans want to decrease the -- increase the budget. so i believe that, listen, you had "forbes" magazine that did an article that college students can actually balance the country's budget. why can't congress do it? jon: yeah. that is a very good question. the last time around we had the supercommittee, you know? >> right. jon: we had house and senate members, a handful from each party getting together in a room, coming up with proposals. that ultimately went nowhere, so do you think the idea of having the two heads of the budget committee in the house and the senate use a smaller group, get them to knock heads in tear
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caucuses, is that the way to go? >> i think that's the way to go. again, jon, this has worked in the past, and the supercommittee did nothing, and this congress is known, again, as the do-nothing congress. since the inception of the 113th congress, they've only passed 60 laws, jon, and that's deplorable. and if they don't do something, if this committee does not come up with a conclusion, we're going to see déjà vu all over again where we will have a partial government shutdown. and that shouldn't be. and, jon, i want to note, in 2009 and 2010 when democrats had the white house, the house and the senate where you had nancy pelosi and harry reid, we didn't pass a budget those years. when republicans took back over the house, that's where you had the gridlock. jon: all right. we will see what happens. supposedly, there are signs in washington that this deal actually could get done. that would be an amazing achievement for this congress. ann will mc-- angela mcglowan, thank you. >> thank you.
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jenna: to a controversy that's plaguing a politician north of our border. new legal troubles for toronto's crack-smoking mayor, rob ford. court documents are showing that ford may have tried to buy a video that shows him smoking crack by offering suspected drug dealers $5,000 and a car. let's bring our legal panel, heather hanson, former president phil snyder. you might have heard jon giggling over here because when you start looking at in the case, it's like is this for real? or is this a reality show? what is really going on here? the mayor hasn't been charged with anything. i mean, we're doing a legal panel, but he hasn't been charged. could he be charged here, though, for offering money for this video? >> you ask a layperson -- >> oh, go ahead. >> is this for me? jenna: go ahead, phil. >> is this mayor going to be charged, a layperson says, of course. but the law says only if he's extorting by threat, violence or coercion, and the only person that may have extorted anyone is his driver. so at point he will not d at
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this point he will not be arrested for extortion. jenna: heather, what do you think? >> i think there's a potential claim here for obstruction of justice. if the police can prove he tried to get that tape to hide it as evidence so that he would not be prosecuted for the drug charge, that's a real charge. and, jenna, that carries a much greater sentence than the drug charge. a first to fence can be as little as six months, obstruction of justice, he could face up to ten years. this is a serious charge against the mayor. jenna: heather, would you pursue it that way? >> i would. i mean, i think that the public is calling for some sort of punishment for this gentleman, and i think that this is a real case that can be pursued. i also think that, you know, as phil said, there's an extortion element to this case, and that's against the drug dealers. if they can flip against the mayor and say that he was trying to buy this tape so that he could hide it from the police, i think that they have a real case for obstruction of justice. jenna: in the meantime, weaver showing some of -- we're showing some of the greatest hits, a
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highlight reel, if you will, of all the things he's been through. he's admitted he broke the law and he smoked crack, and there's video of it, but yet there still have been no charges over it. and that's a little confusing. if you break the law and there's video of it, why would there be no charges? >> you know what? it's a very good point, and the layperson says, what are you doing, canadian government? why don't you arrest this guy? the bottom line is they don't know what he smoked. just because he's pounding on the table saying i smoked crack cocaine, they don't have it which means they can't test it, they would never get past the verdict because they don't have the goods, and for that reason i do not think he's going to be arrested for any drug-related charge. jenna: phil, do you get the sense that maybe there's even a bigger story somehow behind it, that maybe the goal of the law enforcement is to go after this drug ring? it just seems a little bit confusing about where the priority is in this case in general. >> i think the priority is being shifted all over the place, but at this point i think the canadian government is saying we
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have egg on our face. we want him out, and they are doing everything in their power to try to make that happen. but the problem is right now, at least at this point, they don't have the goods. and without an arrest, there's really not much else they can do. >> it's interesting, heather, even in our script as we're talking about this story, we're saying that ford may have tried to buy the video. apparently, there's not enough evidence to show that he did, or maybe that's what they're working through. what about the timing on this? we're just learning about this now. how long do lawyers have before they file charges? if they end up doing that? >> well, they have to complete their investigation, jenna. this all came out as part of a case against one of mayor fort's friends -- ford's friends or colleagues, his limo driver. so there's a lot to be investigated upon. the people in the gang were speaking in somali, so there's some question about the translation and whether it was actually an offer to buy or blackmail. there's a lot to investigate, but there's definitely the potential for further embarrassment at the very least, but legal action against mayor ford. jenna: further embarrassment at
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the very least, as you say. wow, if that's the least, you know, what's next to come? heather, phil be, great to have both of you. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. jon: well, they have been tracking santa's flight path from the north pole for the last 60 years. now some children's advocates say norad just crossed a serious line with its latest santa tracker. we'll tell you about that. and a shocking surveillance video captures what may be a kidnapping. now police are racing against the clock to figure out exactly what is going on in this video. >> i heard a scream, and i saw a man pushing a woman. like it looked like he was grabbing her, and she was struggling. and our networks are getting crowded. t if congress, the fcc, and the administration free up... more licensed wireless spectrum, we can empower more... people to novate, create new technoloes and jobs...
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jon: now a look at some stories we're working on for the next hour. the centers for disease control expected to announce a plan for combating a recent speak in measles. the disease was considered
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eradicated back in 2000 but recently has made a comeback. a tense day for florida state quarterback james winston. he learns this afternoon whether a state prosecutor will announce whether he faces sexual battery charges in the alleged rape of a fellow student. we're also getting our first look today at the newly-designed ford mustang. ford celebrating the mod be el's 50th anniversary and unveiling the new mustang at car shows today all over the world. jenna, we'll have a look. jenna: well, police in california are now investigating a possible kidnapping that was caught on tape. it happened in front of a bus stop on tuesday evening, and this surveillance video captured the entire incident. it shows a woman walking up to the bus and then being dragged away by an unidentified man. the woman can also be heard yelling out call the police, and police are now searching for any possible clues. they're also looking for a recent missing persons report, but so far haven't come up with
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much. ♪ ♪ jon: the fox 411. norad's santa tracker is drawing some heat. it's a holiday online favorite with children tracking old st. nick on christmas eve, but some advocates for children are now raising concerns about santa's new travel companions because they're fighter jets. julie banderas is here to explain. >> reporter: yeah. they're interesting high-tech reindeer. by now, of course, you've explained that santa's sleigh is guided by rue rudolph's shiny nose, but this year on the norad deinnocence command -- defense command site you're going to explain why his nose won't be doing the guiding. santa is tracked by a surveillance plane and at one point escorted by fighter jets. norad's test flight to track santa is big red one while
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maritime units report they are ready to conduct, quote, any gift rescue operationing if necessary and land units to verify that, quote, lode-bearing capacity are rooftops are ready to go. it may all be too technical for kids who just want to know when santa's going to arrive. considering last year the web site had 22.3 million visitors, reaction is widespread. child advocates say this is taking away from the beloved tradition of it all. >> kids are so young who are following this that perhaps the message about joy and cheer and holiday and love is certainly being distracted by having fighter jets in the picture. >> reporter: but norad stands by its product and says the video is intended to be lighthearted and, in fact, is meant to reflect more of norad's world when it's not tracking santa. and, in fact, norad videos have linked fighter escorts and santa since the 1960s, but this is the first time the jets have
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actually appeared in the video. norad began tracking santa in 1955 when a newspaper listed the wrong number for children to call santa, so they ended up calling norad's predecessor, the continental air defense command. now thousands of volunteers work at the command center every christmas eve to answer phone calls from all those curious kids wanting to know where santa is. jon: if the internet had been there when i was a kid, i would have said, cool! >> reporter: yeah, i'm sure. i think kids will think it's cool. i'm going to explain to, you know addison this year that it's to keep santa safe. jenna: that's a nice addition to the story. jon: simple enough. julie, thank you. jenna: wow, what a controversy over santa. well, tensions flaring over china's controversial air defense zone. speaking of fighter jets, a progress report by president biden's trip to beijing and a look at what could happen next. also, the mustang at 50. ford debuting the latest model
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jenna: well, some new information todan the vice president's trip to china. big trip this week, and mr. biden's visit so far dominated by tension over beijing cease declaration of that new air defense zone we've been talking about for the last week or so. china says it has every right to
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set up the zone, but the united states, japan and south korea have so far rejected it. we have a former spokesman for four u.s. ambassadors, and a fox news contributor. that is the question, so now what? china says we don't really care, we don't recognize it, so what? >> it's a big deal for japan who is our great ally, and we don't have a very good history these last couple of years of supporting our allies, and that's the problem. what we're talking about here, as you know, is a group of uninhas been bitted islands in the -- uninhabited islands. well, china recently has begun to flex its muscle and say, well, from the now on commercial and military airlines, airplanes that fly over need to report in to us. jenna: essentially, they're claiming the area. >> yeah. jenna: the sea and the islands as well. >> yeah. and that's a big, huge change, and it's a big, huge change not op for the united states -- only for the united states, but for our allies in the region. and we need to support japan. and vice president biden going over there, he hasn't done a
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very good job of being very firm about this is unacceptable. jenna: so what leverage does he have when he says that? if he says that? what kind of response can he expect from china if he uses those words? >> well, first of all, japan and south korea have already said we're not going to recognize this, so all we have to do is support those two allies. so it's not asking too much for the obama administration just to come out and simply say, look, we're with japan, we're with south korea, this is not your territory, we're going to continue with the status quo. jenna: but if we both continue to disagree with each other, does it just -- the status quo remain? right now a thousand commercial flights go through that area every day including, of course, united states airlines, and the commercial airlines have been notifying china of going through this area because be they don't -- if they don't, i mean, this is a risk, very hypothetical, if they're viewed to be aggressive, then china could take action. >> sure. the problem here though, jenna, is both japan and south korea have told their airlines not to
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recognize this. so we are the ones who are giving in to the chinese, and we have a history of doing that. and that's the larger concern, is not just this situation here, but what does it say to israel and to others? i think what china's doing is they're looking at president obama's national security policies in egypt and in syria with and now in iran and they're testing us, and they're saying, clearly, this is an administration that will say one thing but not really back it up. jenna: and waiting for any sort of action. >> yeah. jenna: well, we're going to continue to watch it. it doesn't seem like it's going to go away and certainly has taken our concentration from the mideast back to the east. rick, thank you very much, nice to have you on set. jon? jon: dramatic new numbers are surfacing, jenna. the nsa reportedly is collecting billions of cell phone records every day. coming up, we'll tell you what they're doing with all those numbers. and no midlife cry ice here -- crisis here. ford unveils the 50th anniversary mustang.
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jenna: fox news alert. the u.s. facing more violence in benghazi as the murder of one of our own. an american teacher out for a jog is gunned down in broad daylight. benghazi as you know is the same libyan city where u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed in a terror attack last year. greg palkot live from london with more on this developing story. greg? >> reporter: how are you doing? yes, more problems in benghazi right now. americans in the gun sight once again. it happened on a main street in the city. we're told between 10:30 and 11 in the morning. teacher ronnie smith was jogging. people were waving to him. he is known in the area. then we're told a black jeep, rode up, gunman shot him through the chest and left him lying in a pool of blood on the street. he was taken away to one of the
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city's hospitals and there he was declared dead. now according to an administrator of the school that he works, international school of benghazi, he was a chemistry teacher. he was 33 years old. he was from texas and wife and a young son, there for about a year. according to a parent of a student at that school, he was very well-liked by student. he called himself on line, libya's best friend. another person who was called that ironically, ambassador chris stevens. he was of course slain in benghazi in the attack on the u.s. consulate 15 months ago along with three other americans. we in fact, jenna, do not know why he was killed, whether he was identified as an american or not. no one has claimed responsibility. there are report that is it could have been an opportunist shooting but we also know that he, ronnie smith, has gone online with some tweets that were quite critical of the dangerous militias in that city and other aspects of libyan life. we also do know that from
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personal experience still, benghazi is a very dangerous place. al qaeda-linked militias are involved with clashes, with killings, with assassination. the violence is the worst right now, countrywide there, since the fall of lickian strong man moammar qaddafi. today, three soldiers were killed in three separate incidents. one more note from the school administrator to show you how tense things are. another american teacher at that school is now being placed in a secure location and should be leaving the country tomorrow. back to you, jenna. jenna: scary story. certainly more to come. greg, thank you. big developments on our top stories today and other breaking news. jon: there are new numbers out for obamacare enrollment showing improvement but problems persist. what that could mean for the rest of president obama's second term. also a new report on the nsa spying sandal showing how the agency is able to track billions
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of people worldwide every day. also if you're on facebook or twitter, or you have a gmail account, you need to hear about this. a massive hack accessing two million passwords. it's all "happening now." jon: and "happening now," we are getting new obamacare enrollment numbers. i'm jon scott. welcome to the second hour of "happening now." jenna: great to see you, everybody, i'm jenna lee. looks like enrollment is increasing on healthcare.gov. internal figures show 27,000 americans signed up for the exchange on tuesday this week, bringing the site's enrollment in the first three days of december to a total of 56,000. that is more than double the number that signed up in entire month of october when of course the site was still playinged with many, many problems. still the numbers are not high enough to meet the administration's goals and questions about the website of course still remain.
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meantime the white house just launched a website for people that enrolled in obamacare to share their success stories. that is one of their strategies now. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live from the white house, has a good perch watching the story as it develops. ed, when you talk to the white house, is there a sense that maybe they have turned the corner now? >> reporter: they are feeling cautiously optimistic. in fact sort of spring in the air today, jenna. it was cold for a few days. maybe it is a sign of the mood brightening ever so slightly for white house officials but on the other hand we have to note as you said, sign-ups are increasing but that does that really mean enrollment is increasing. because of the whole problem with the so-called back end systems of processing the paperwork that insurance companies have talked about, more people could be getting on the website, more people can be quote, unquote, signing up but they may not necessarily be enrolled. it is not clear they're going to have insurance starting on january 1st as they expect and that's part of the reason
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why the president is now sort of trying to step things up. he was at a youth summit here at the white house yesterday trying to get some of those young people to sign up. we heard so much how they need to do more of that and the president was also really going on offense against republicans who he says are trying to prevent people from signing up, discouraging them from signing up for the affordable care act. take a listen. >> believe it or not there are actually organizations out there working to convince young people not to get insurance. now think about that. that's a really bizarre way to spend your money. to try to convince people not to get health insurance, not to get free preventative care, not to make sure that they're able to survive an accident or an illness. >> reporter: now that came yesterday after the speech at liberal center for american progress. president back to rallying his political base again today. an interview with chris matthews
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happening at american university as sort of almost like a town hall audience of students a key part of his base of course in 2008 and 2012. jenna. jenna: speaking of students, as we tie in the numbers we mentioned to our viewers at the top here, ed, do we know how many young people have signed up? we know how crucial that is for the law and the success of the law overall? >> reporter: look, jay carney has been saying at the podium recent days they think the young, healthy people they need to make this work are signing up more frequently. they haven't fleshed out details. we have to fact check and see whether this pans out. interesting, harvard university poll, study out yesterday, millenials, a key part of the president's base are starting to drift away. a majority are saying they're not in favor of the affordable care act now. a majority saying that the would like to see the president removed from office. they're disappointed. that is why the president is rallying base. of republicans like marcia blackburn, it is not just young
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people, people of all ages are getting frustrated with the law. take a listen. >> what we hear from coast to coast, the law doesn't work, it is too expensive to afford. it is decreasing access. it is increasing costs. people don't want any part of it. they want to be able to make their own health care decisions. and this is limiting their ability to do so. >> reporter: so the bitter debate continues, if you will. but we're sort of a lighter moment at this youth summit yesterday at white house where the president sort of called out, if you're a bartender at summit hold a happy hour or something to get young people to sign up for the affordable care act. if all else fails, resort to alcohol, jenna. jenna: that's, i think that sound great. a lot of people just drinking, trying to get online. sound like a party to me. >> reporter: not sure that will mix. i'm not sure that will mix. jenna: interesting advice from the president. it may work. might just be -- >> reporter: it was a light moment. i think he was kidding. he wasn't saying get drunk. make a happen hour.
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make things better. >> that was museuming. thank you very much. we'll continue to watch, a big story as we know. >> reporter: good to see you. jon: lots of eggnogged, the spiked kind. enrollment may be up but the problems persist for obamacare and according to a new op-ed in "the l.a. times" a lot rides on making the affordable care act workers specially for the president. doyle mcunanimous writes, until his signature health care program is running smoothly, obama stands little chance of focusing congress on any other of the other goals of his once ambitious second term agenda including immigration reform and addressing the nation's infrastructure needs. republicans are already building their 2014 congressional election campaign around obamacare. if they're able to win the senate and hold on to the house, obama will be a very lame duck for his last two years in office. let's bring in juan williams, our fox news political analyst. the first question for you juan, what do you think about his op-ed there?
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>> i think that is on target, jon. i mean look, right now as doyle points out, republicans have focused on obamacare. they have 80 plus percent of republicans unified behind opposition to obamacare. as you know, there are a lots of disputes within the party on lots of social issues, budget, all that, but not when it comes to obamacare. so now, they're trying to expand that to independents. again, when you look at the poll numbers, independents not sold. very much in fact dissuade by the president's performance in the rollout of the websites. so he lost among independents. he is losing some among democrats. and that's where republicans see an opportunity. jon: i want to take a look at the numbers. we'll get those up here shortly but the department of health and human services back in september put out an estimate of where they thought they would be in terms of obamacare enrollment by about this time. and we are way, way short of
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those goals. they projected 1.2 million enrolled by november 30th which has passed. 3.3 million by december 30th. at last report, juan, we had 56,000 people signed up. they will have to sign up a million people a day to even come close to their december projections, and it didn't look like the website is near ready to take on that many people. >> no. but as you heard from ed henry there is more confidence now that the website is doing better even though there are still some things have to be finished off. but they have a sense they're in process to fixing that. but when you look overall at the numbers, it is just not going to happen. they're not going to get those numbers because for two months the website was inoperable. even if you look down the road towards march, when they anticipated the expectation was close to seven million, that is just not on the table anymore, jon. i think what they're looking at now is much-reduced numbers. what they're focusing on not
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pumping up the numbers so much, as making sure that they get those young people, get a proper ratio of people in the mix who are signing up for health care. and that will allow insurance companies then to make a profit. to go forward with this health care plan. jon: about you you have seen the numbers in that harvard study. only 29% of 18 to 29-year-olds are saying they're even thinking about signing up for obamacare. >> well, a lot of kids who are covered by their schools, covered by their parents until they're 26 is part of the obamacare plan. they are there because, they're going to be allowed to stay on insurance because of preexisting and no longer limited in terms of what the insurance companies pay for their health care cost, so lots of issues there but i think the big one to me is the political one that you just heard about discussed in the doyle mcmanus "l.a. times" piece which is erosion of confidence not only in the health care plan but in the president himself in terms of his numbers going down. jon: yeah. >> how that impacts
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congressional races in 2014, senate races, even gubernatorial races where people think, hey, if this president is failing it is bad news for democrats and republicans will exploit it to their political advantage. jon: if this big government program doesn't work very well, that is not going to not inspire confidence among advocates, big government. >> yeah. jon: juan williams, thank you. >> you're welcome, jon. jenna: well a new report in the "washington post" says the nsa is gathering nearly five billion cell phone records every day. the documents revealed by former contractor edward snowden and apparently they show how the agency is tracking people's movements and mapping their relationships. our chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has details from our d.c. bureau with more. >> reporter: thank you, jenna and good morning. these new nsa documents are some of the most controversial because they suggest the nsa is collecting location data on a scale that was not previously understood. this data is picked up from cell phones or other wireless device even when you're not using them
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panned they can be analyzed to show not only where you go but who you may be meeting with and the frequency of those contacts. this is what intelligence analysts call your pattern of life. now according to the analysis of the documents by "the washington post" the nsa is collecting location data overseas and it does not have a meaningful way to filter out the location data transmitted by the cell phones or other wireless device that is belong to american citizens. and at a senate hearing just two months ago the nsa director was asked about the potential use of gps for tracking and at that time he suggested it was not actively being mined by the agency. >> do you believe the nsa needs to collect gps location information on american citizens to prevent terrorism? >> i would just say that this may be something that that is a future requirement for the country but it is not right now. >> reporter: meantime the nsa is not denying the collection of this data but rather now is
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emphasizing through its top lawyer that the collect overseas. quote, there is no element of the intelligence community that under any authority is intentionally collecting bulk cell phone location information about cell phones in the united states but the aclu doesn't see it that way. quote, one of the key components of location data and why it is so sensitive is that the laws of physics don't let you keep it private. the only way to hide your location is disconnect from the modern communications system and to live in a cave. critics say the implementation of such a massive collection program without any meaningful public debate and perhaps not even meaningful congressional oversight is more evidence that the nsa needs reform sooner rather than later, jenna. jenna: we'll watch it. catherine, thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome. jon: a massive cyberattack targeting social media sites like facebook and twitter. two million accounts compromised. how you can protect yourself if you're on the list. plus a celebrity chef
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jon: about two million people in for a very rude shock today. their identities may have been compromised, posted online. hackers launching a major cyberattack on big names like facebook, google and adp. fox business network's lauren simonetti here now with a look who was targeted and what you can do to protect yourself. >> reporter: this is huge deal. millions more might be affected. what we know about two million users, log-ins and passwords from 93,000 sites including popular ones from facebook, yahoo!, google, twitter and payroll processing company adp, compromised and found on a server based in the netherlands. it was discovered by cyber security firm, trust wave.
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it had malicious key logging software installed on computers around the world. that software was able to capture users private credentials. the hack was detected november 24th. it was revealed to us couple days ago. the adp one is concerning. those accounts might be at risk. those are used by payroll personnel to manage paychecks. hackers could have gone access to personal information. they may have been able to cut checks. for some perspective, adp pays one in six american workers. the big question what should you do if your information is at risk? first of all, change your password. if it is 123456 or password, get rid of it, never use it again. versions of the numbers, 123 and 4, and word password are most common passwords. i got off the phone with trust wave. they notified companies about the breach. there is 90,000. that is lot to do. they're not sure who was responsible for the attack yet.
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they worn it is impossible to track down how many servers ran the malicious software. so millions more could be affected here. you may want to update your antivirus software in the meantime. there is vendors like web root and of course trust wave that sell services actually block you from visiting a bad website. these are to be considered because millions of people are affected. jon: that is pretty scary stuff. >> i know. especially if they have the personal information, like could happen at adp. a big deal. jon: lauren simonetti. thanks. jenna: no more 1234 passwords. hard to keep track of them at some point. >> number and exclamation point. jon: i will try jenna's log-in. jenna: anyways we're going to move on. "happening now," new testimony from tv's domestic goddess, nigella lawson. the celebrity cook admitting on the stand in a london court that she took cocaine several times including when her first husband was dying of throat cancer. when her millionaire ex-husband subjected her to what she calls
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intimate terrorism. she claims she doesn't have a drug problem. she claims she has a life problem. the well-known tv star and author is testifying at trial of two of their former assistants. they're accused of fraud. their lawyer says they were cleared to spend nigella's money to cover her alleged drug habits. we'll keep an eye on the case. jon: the plot thickens. disturbing new reports on the deaths of 19 brave hotshot firefighters. the best of the best, who lost their lives battling that arizona wildfire. some alarming revelations to share with you next. plus, measles on the rise. what all the patients have in common coming up. it is all the buzz. global unveiling of ford's latest mustang. we'll show you the brand new version of the famous muscle car. coming up the ford ceo and the car. oh.
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jon: there are incriminating new reports revealing 19 hotshot firefighters who died in june fighting arizona's yarnell wildfire died needlessly because state forestry officials valued the land over firefighters safety. this directly contrasting a september report on the incident that assigned no blame. patti ann browne in the new york newsroom. she has more on that. >> jon as you say, in june 19 members of an elite firefighting squad in arizona called the granite mountain hotshots loved their lives. they were battling a ferocious wildfire in yarnell, northwest of phoenix aft scathing new report says the deaths could have been avoided of the arizona division of occupational safety and health said that the state
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forestry division prioritized saving land over human life. the report said officials already determined the endangered structures and pastures could not be saved yet the firefighters quote, were not promptly removed from exposure to smoke inhalation and burns and death. they were also not provided with adequate maps or alternate escape route and there was poor communication between supervisors and firefighters. the report went on to say the forestry division consistently underestimated scope of fire and miscalculated risks of fighting it and failed to follow its own guidelines. according to the report key personnel were missing including two safety officers considered crucial positions in fighting a large blaze. this study contradicts a report commissioned by the forestry division. families of the hotshots who died are upset. >> what happened in the last two minutes it's horrific. i relive in my mind every day but that is not where the problem lies. it is why were they ever there in those last two minutes?
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>> the state's industrial commission is fining the forestry division 5 off thousand dollars, most going to the families. meanwhile the mother of one firefighter already filed a 36 million-dollar lawsuit against the state of arizona, the county involved, and the city of prescott. might be seeing more of that, jon. jon: that was an eye-opening report. wow. >> troubling for sure. jon: patti ann, thank you. >> thanks. jenna: "happening now," new concerns that measels, that measels is on the rise. the centers for disease control and prevention holding a news conference today to talk about what is causing the spying in this disease saying most of the people who are sick or who are getting sick all had one thing in common. john roberts is live in atlanta to tell what that one thing is. >> reporter: jenna, good afternoon to you, particularly concerning because around the world every year about 160,000 people die from measels infection. in the next few minutes the centers for disease control will announce that 175 people in 18 states have come down with
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measels in the united states so far this year. that is the next highest level to 220 infections back in the year 2011. the greatest number of cases, jenna, right where you are in new york city. 62 so far this year including a cluster among orthodox jews last spring. 58 people got sick in that. that is the largest outbreak since 1996. 21 people, many members of eagle mountain church in texas came down with measles in august. north carolina and california have also seen significant outbreaks. according to the centers for disease control almost 100% of these cases came into the country from overseas. now among the people who got sick and that texas church is a good example of that, most people had not been vaccinated. that's what they have in common. many people either don't belief vaccinationings for religious reasons. a large number of people who believe perhaps the vaccination causes autism. some children who came down with measles including one last week in seattle were simply too young to be vaccinated because you can't get the vaccine until
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you're a-year-old. the u.s. declared measels eradicated back in 2000 but worldwide the virus continues to rage with an estimated 20 million intech shuns each and every year. among the people who got sick in the united states, 20 people had to be hospitalized, five came down with pneumonia. thankfully there are no debts. still the centers for disease control is doubling down for the recommendation of everyone to get the measles vaccine. interesting to note, jenna, all of this comes, this new public health warning as we mark the 50th anniversary of the measels vaccine created back in 1963. jenna: an important reminder for us today, john the, thank you. jon: a fox news alert. update to a story we first it bro you last hour. we have new images of the scene where a dump truck and school bus collided in idaho. one child has died. several more are injured. after the truck smashed into a school bus near napa.
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napa police department says the crash killed one child, caused injuries to other students. two of the injured children were taken to a hospital in boise. two others to a hospital in napa. officials at the local school district have confirmed that the bus was headed to crimson point elementary school. what a sad, sad way to begin the day in napa, idaho. jenna: we'll keep our viewers posted on that. meantime we also have some massive protests in cities across the country. fast-food workers walking off the job today. you probably noticed in this in your city and town. they want higher wages. more on that. our panel weighs in on debate about raising minimum wage. now is the time to do that. we'll take that up. right outside on our plaza, the brand new ford mustang. first time getting a look at the new car. we'll take a closer look. if you like this, what do you think? our viewers have to tell us on twitter. you like it. jon: i like it. see if you can grab the keys. jenna: i will see if i can when
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organizers plan strikes and protests nationwide, all part after push to demand higher wages. the federal minimum wage is $7.25. some states, maybe yours, offer more than that top three being washington state, it pays 9: 19-dollars minimum wage. our gone, vermont, 8.60. some cities pay minimum wage higher than their states. some cities include san francisco for example. they pay 10:55. that will go up to 10.74. santa fe, new mexico, at $10.51 an hour. there will be a quiz on that later. i hope you got all the numbers. the bottom line there is a big disparity around the country when you get paid if you earn minimum wage. which want to talk about this. is now the time maybe to consider raising the minimum wage? douglas holtz-eakin is former director of the congressional budget office and president of american action forum. christian dorsey, director of government affairs the economic
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policy institute. good to have you guys and good to have you with us today. christian, let me start with you to boil this all down around the numbers. if we pay people more, will that be better for our economy? >> jenna, it absolutely will be. it is obviously better for those workers who will have more disposable income, be able to keep themselves out of poverty. will certainly lift the living standards for american families to a dramatic degree but it is also good for businesses as well. it reduces their turnover. it increases their efficiency. and it gives them a larger customer base of people who can spend money. also better for us overall, jenna, because we reduce the pressures on our social safety net. jenna: before i get to doug, let me ask you, christian, if you could raise minimum wagings, where would you put it on federally, at the federal level? >> the senate proposing in the senate to raise it to 10.10 an hour is rhinable. that level would put it back to the level it was approximately 40 years ago which i think is a
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good thing. >> the fast-food workers by the way want $15 an hour. want to add that as context. that is the argument though, if you give people higher minimum wage, they will have more disposable income, become more active consumers an better for us all. what do you think? >> i think number one we should acknowledge there is real problem in stagnant wage growth in very, very bad recovery and that is what people are feeling and that is what is behind this push but the trouble is, just doesn't solve the problem. it certainly doesn't solve the poverty problem. only 2% of american workers are paid the minimum wage. so raising minimum wage doesn't solve poverty problem. we know for example, the difference between poverty and non-poverty is difference between working and not working. we need people into work. that solves poverty problem. minimum wage won't get people into work. jenna: how do you do that, doug. >> we had tools that have been very successful. earned income tax credit is great track record moving people from non-work to work. it could be reformed. right now misses too many single
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men who don't have children. there are things we can do. this would be a bad idea. i think christian's point about, it sounds like a good idea is worthying hard about because take the fast-food workers. suppose we raise their wages to $15. that is going to show up in higher fast-food prices and by and large consumers of those goods are lower income americans. and seems like a strange antipoverty policy to take money out-of-pocket one poor person to put night the another. i admire the passion but doesn't add up. jenna: christian, it is interesting, one of the arguments against raising minimum wage some of these fast-food joints will turn to automation. we have some photos from a few decades ago from the auto mat. put a quarter in and get a meal and, you know one of the questions would we go back in that direction. what do you think doug has to say, we would be investing in the wrong place? it is not necessarily the wages but in job growth overall? >> no, it is not a matter of either/or. it is both and.
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to address the automation question, increase the minimum wage you don't do it dramatically all at once, do so gradually as in cities and states and at federal level for decades. you do it gradually so the economy has better chance to absorb it and what the overwhelming economic literature shows that does not have disemployment effects. it doesn't reduce overall employment because when you phase it in, people have time to adjust and it is incorporated into the economy. jenna: doug, real quick, final thought here. i'm going to have to run. >> the fact you want to phase it in slowly and not hurt economy says it is bad idea. people get jobs are teenagers and young americans. meant to be the first job. this would harm ability to get first job and stifle careers we want long and productive. >> 88% of all -- jenna: have to leave it there. i have to run to the ford studio. he will be on. see what he has to say in charge of one of the big companies out there. good to have you. thank you so much. >> thank you. jon: we are awaitings announcement on possible felony
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charges charges against heisman trophy candidate james miss winston. could be forced to hang up his cleats at the height of the his career? ford is rolling out the brand new for the mustang for its 50th birthday. the ford ceo is in the house. we'll get a very close look at this very sweet ride. [ male announcer ] need he keeping your digestive balance in sync?
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after the original debuted. we have a new mustang on the plaza. we have a good person to talk to about all of this. alan mulally, president and ceo of ford motor company. great to have you in studio. >> what a great day for the mustang. jenna: why now and why this particular car? >> the neat thing about this we're revealing new mustang around the world. as you pointed out 50 years ago ford changed the world by offering an affordable, world class sports car. the reason it was so neat at the time it had two seats in the front, two seats in the back, had a great trunk and had all too features and capability. jenna: and looked cool. >> looked really cool. now the response we're getting 50 years later for the new one, also will be available to customers all around the world has been phenomenal. jenna: that is interesting. you're offering this car for the first time in many different areas of the world. >> yes. jenna: is that saying something about thing strength of our economy? that you're really searching for consumers overseas? >> it says a couple of things. one seven years ago as you reported very we, we decided we
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would serve all the customers around the world with a complete family of vehicles from small ones, medium, large utilities and trucks and also a sports car. everyone would be best in class. so the last one on this one ford plan is new mustang that you see today. it is really interesting, jenna, there are 300 mustang clubs around the world and 60 of them are outside the united states and they have been waiting for this vehicle. so now our one ford plan will deliver what they wanted for 50 years. right hand drive, left hand drive, this new mustang. jenna: looking at some analysts have a lot to say about the new mustang. some say this is great. it's a throwback to the 1965 mustang when this car was introduced. it was so new, so cool, so different. some analysts say, maybe that is the next move for you. it shouldn't be a car that looks something like the mustangs of yesteryear. something new, totally different and blows the customer away. what do you think about that? is that the next step? will the next mustang not look
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like any mustang we've seen before? >> there is a lot of thoughtfulness in that comment. i think what you're seeing today really does capture that, it has all the neat features. really strong shoulders, the sleekness, innovative technology but clearly it is a very updated new mustang. so i think it is going to be very well-received. jenna: how much does it cost? >> we haven't revealed the cost but the neat thing about the mustang we're going to accelerate henry ford's original vision to make it affordable and like original one. jenna: the question what is affordable for americans today is a big question. we got a reading on economy today. first reading shows maybe the economy is a little stronger than folks thought. but you have to be looking at economy. >> absolutely. jenna: what do you see for the year ahead? what do you think about the strength of the american economy overall? >> we might just start with this year and in our case, our november sales, where the best sales we've had since 2004 based on the strength of the economy but also the economy is starting to expand. it is around 1 1/2 to 2% now.
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what we see is maybe 2 1/2 to 3% next year and even that's a slower recovery from previous recessions. we're climbing out of one of the biggest holes we've ever been. the neat thing for automobile industry, average age of vehicles is nearly 11 years old. with the new vehicles, quality, safety, you can economically obsolete older ones. even though it is slow, the fact we're focused expanding economy is most important thing. jenna: what is impact of new health care law on your company? >> we have been dedicated to having great wages and benefits also competitive. and when you join ford, get a chance to experience that. so, the most important thing is that you have wages and benefits but they also have to be competitive. that's where we are today. jenna: there is lot of different defining moments in one's life sometimes in companies -- >> did you have a mustang moment? jenna: i can't tell you. i had a chevy moment. i can't share that with you because you're the ceo of ford. >> we can help you with that. jenna: there is defining moments in a company and when you joined ford, ford decided they would
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not be taking any bailout money. that happen ad couple years after you joined. >> absolutely. jenna: how does that define your company? how do you think that impacted maybe even your sales in this country? >> oh, jenna, it was such a big deal. it was such an important decision. as you know, when the financial crisis hit, the car sales in the united states plummeted to the lowest level ever. and our two competitors, gm, chrysler were bankrupt. we had, we were well on our way to restructuring the company. we didn't need the precious taxpayer money but we decided to testify on behalf of our competitors for the good of the industry but also for the good of the u.s. economy. we believe, like many that the economy could have slid into depression. jenna: do you think consumers come to you because of that? >> oh, my gosh. they're so proud of ford, not only did we invest in new cars and trucks they wanted value and did it our way and didn't take precious taxpayer money. jenna: you have a lot of respect in industry overall. i don't like to go into gossip. i have to ask you about reports. i love talking about cars and
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don't necessarily like talking about computers. some folks say you might be next ceo microsoft. is that true. >> i absolutely love serving ford. i have no change in my plans. jenna: maybe for now. tell us if you do. >> i look forward to see with you another new car. jenna: meantime i'm surprisessed jon is still on set. he is looking over to figure out how to get a test drive of the new ford mustang. thanks for bringing us that car. >> absolutely. jenna: jon, do you have something to ask? jon: cars are a lot sexier than computers. if i were him keep the job. >> the pony has been let out of the corral worldwide. jenna: that is nice line. we appreciate it. >> good to see you. jenna: jon? jon: how the obama administration's new $1.8 trillion regulatory agenda could impact your paycheck. that is coming up next. >> why are more republicans
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jon: the heisman hopeful will learn his legal fate just over an hour from now. the prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against florida state quarterback jameis winston saying he will announce his findings today at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. winston claims it was consensual sex. the woman says otherwise. patty an brown in our newsroom with details. >> that's right, jon. jameis winston, quarterback for number one ranged florida state university has been under investigation for the alleged rape of a fellow student. according to warrants and an incident report, a 19-year-old
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woman called police at 4:00 in the morning to say she was raped in an off-campus apartment two hours earlier after drinking at a bar. that was last december 7th but she did not identify winston as her attacker until january 10th according to tallahassee police. evidence from the scene reportedly matches winston's dna but winston's attorney says that is because the winston and the student had consensual sex. the woman's family vehemently denies that. police say the woman declined to pursue charges at the time so the case was given inactive status in february. later this year the media started asking about the case. it was handed over to the state attorney's office which reopened it. and now, state attorney willie meggs will announce his findings at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. if winston is charged with a felony, fsu rules require that the heisman trophy frontrunner be suspended from the football team. jon? jon: we'll have the announcement when it comes in. patti ann browne, thank you. >> thanks.
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jenna: sharp criticism for the obama's administration newly-released regulatory agenda packed with federal rules that will touch every corner of americans lives including, well, how much it is costing us. the agenda will cost $1.8 trillion annually, a cost critics say will trickle down to you the consumer. shannon bream live from washington with more. >> most of the pending regulations not surprisingly come from obama care. department of health and human services says the regulatory plans are framed strengthening health care for americans. according to the competitive enterprise institute, the new regulatory plan from hhs comes with a price tag of nearly $190 billion. wayne cruise says the overall prize of for regulatory agenda for the administration will top $1.8 trillion a year. >> back in the '90s the federal budget itself was not even 1.8 trillion. now we have this entire $1.8 trillion hidden tax you could say of government compliance and intervention
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costs imposed in the economy. like anything else, that, you know, any tax that businesses pay often gets passed down to the consumers. that is certainly the case with regulatory costs. what it does it makes, it makes, prices higher for the things that consumers want. >> reporter: the epa is also one of the top regulation producers. it is facing a major lawsuit before the supreme court in february. by the way regulatory agenda we got from the administration, it includes this disclaimer. unified agenda does not create a legal obligation on agencies to adhere to schedules in this publication or confine their regulatory activities to regulation that is appear in it. that appears there is more to come. jenna? jenna: thank you very much. we'll be right back with more.
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a lot of our viewers like the new ford mustanning. he said that because of the
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extension of the product line, they will trade 15,000 new jobs. >> that's very good news to hear. >> america's news headquarters is next. good day to you. fox news alert. a reminder of how dangerous matters are in libia. an american teacher gunned down in benghazi as he was jogging today, not far from where four americans were killed last september. who did this is not certain at this time. but benghazi, a hot bed of islamic militants. and we are working the story. we'll have more of that inside of hq. and on the

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