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tonight, the president's jobs plan. how is he paying? taxes. >> i have a lower tax rate than anybody in my office. >> some very rich and very powerful guys are on his side. but republicans? >> well, that's class warfare. class warfare. >> mr. obama unveils the details on monday. then, the maid and the money man. finally, he's talking. >> translator: i'm afraid. i was very afraid. >> and tonight, the maid's response on cnn. then, under attack. a cnn crew caught in the crossfire. there's an extraordinary twist to this story. plus, falling from the sky. two fatal air show crashes in one weekend. what caused the deaths of ten people. pilot error or mechanical failure? we investigate.
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>> you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm don lemon. we begin with this tonight. president obama has wanted tax increases to help the economy all along, but republicans resisted. now mr. obama is going back tat to help pay for his new jobs plan. and come monday morning, you are going to be hearing all about it when he announces details of the so-called buffett rule, named after one of the richest men in the world, warren buffett. it's a tax on millionaires to make sure they don't pay a smaller percentage than the nation's middle class. as our chief political correspondent candy crowley reports, there's already an uproar in washington. >> reporter: the president's plan to pay for his jobs program includes the idea of a millionaire minimum tax rate. at least as high as middle class rates. the administration calls it the buffett rule for billionaire investor warren buffett. >> i have a lower tax rate, counting payroll taxes, than anybody in my office. >> reporter: it's a catchy moniker designed to help sell an idea, a plan that is populist at
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its core, although republicans call it something else entirely. >> when you pick one area of the economy and say we're going to tax those people because most people are not those people, that's class warfare. >> class warfare will simply divide this country more, will attack job creators, divide people and it doesn't grow the economy. >> reporter: opposition to tax rates for the wealthy on a par with middle class rates is tricky politics. it sounds completely sane and only fair. certainly when put in the hands of a master politician. >> if you look at the group that has had the biggest income increases and the benefit of most of the tax cuts of the previous eight years before the obama administration took office, those of us in that income group were in the best position to make a contribution to changing the debt structure of the country. >> reporter: republicans say they are all for tax fairness, but as part of a major overhaul of the tax system that closes
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loopholes and lowers rates for everyone. they have a friend in democratic budgeteer alice rivlin. >> i am fond of warren buffett. his basic opposition that he pays too little taxes is right. the way to fix the tax code is to fix the tax code, not to add another complications. >> reporter: the gop also insists there are plenty of places the rich can pony up, particularly when it comes to a republican pet project. medicare and social security reform. take a memo from mr. buffett. >> with regard to his tax rate, if he's feeling guilty, he should send in a check. but we don't want to stagnate this economy by raising taxes. >> reporter: given the republican house speaker's consistent opposition to tax hikes, the buffett rule looks like a no-go. republicans suspect that's just what the president had in mind. >> i wonder if john boehner knows what it sounds like when he continues to say the position of the republican party in america is that you can't impose one more penny in taxes on the wealthiest people.
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i wonder if he understands how that sounds in ohio to working families who are struggling paycheck to paycheck. >> reporter: what looks doa on capitol hill may have many lives on the campaign trail. candy crowley, cnn, washington. what's behind the president's proposal to tax millionaires, and will it fly on capitol hill? those are some of the questions i'll ask cnn contributor errol lewis later on this hour. the piece of a sunday service shattered at a lakeland, florida, church. a gunman opens fire hitting both the pastor and associate pastor. 57-year-old jeremiah fogel is in custody after the shooting at the greater faith christian church. parishioners tackled him and held him there until officers arrived. fogel is also accused of killing his wife at their nearby home before going to the church. affiliate bay news 9 is reporting that associate pastor karl stewart is in critical condition, but pastor william boss's gunshot wound is not considered life threatening. a racing boat's engine
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explodes on mission bay in san diego causing a spectacular crash. witnesses tell our affiliate kgtv the drag boat was going between 150 and 175 miles per hour when the engine blew up and broke apart. it happened during a qualifying heat for the drag boat race. the 50-year-old driver mark porter was hospitalized and is in fair condition. he was in the boato capsule section which was thrown 15 feet into the air. the capsule is designed to break away to protect the driver. we're tracking new developments in the investigation of that deadly plane crash friday at the reno, nevada, air race. and tonight for the first time, we're hearing from one of the people in the crowd who survived that deadly crash. well, it turns out the plane contained equipment that may help determine what caused the disaster, including a camera and data recorder. several memory cards have also been recovered and all of the material will be sent to the ntsb lab in washington for analysis. nine people, including the pilot, died when the world war
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ii-era p-51 plunged into the grandstand. almost 70 people were injured. one of them spoke to reporters today at the hospital. >> the thing crashes right behind me and i get -- all i remember was i'm trying to run is i see stuff coming. and then that's the last thing i remember. it just makes you appreciate to be alive. and that's the first thing i can say. i got extremely lucky. >> we should tell you several pieces of the plane's tail have also been recovered. photos taken before the crash appear to show a critical piece called the elevator trim tab was either damaged or missing. another plane crash is under investigation this weekend. this one in west virginia. it happened at an air show in martinsburg. a pilot of the t-28 had just completed an aerobatic demonstration when the plane dove to the ground.
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investigators are talking to witnesses now. in his first interview since charges of sexual assault were dropped, dominique strauss-kahn says the only thing he's guilty of is moral weakness. the former head of the international monetary fund broke his silence to french television, a station there today, saying his relationship with a new york hotel maid was, quote, an error, a mistake. but he denies any sexual assault took place. >> translator: what happened? what happened was neither violence nor constraint included in this, nor aggression. nor any act, any illicit act. that is what the prosecutor has said. what happened was not only an inappropriate relationship. more than that, an error. a mistake. a mistake concerning my wife, my
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children, my friends, but also a mistake. the french people placed their hope for change in me. >> strauss-kahn said he doesn't intend to negotiate any kind of settlement with his accuser who has now filed a civil lawsuit against him. earlier i spoke with the accuser's attorney douglas wigdore. >> we look forward to asking him the questions and hearing the answers. we were waiting for an explanation of what happened on the day in question on may 14th. we didn't hear anything about it. and so mr. strauss-kahn is going to come to our office. he's going to see mr. thompson and myself, and we look forward to asking him questions under oath, and hearing his responses. >> strauss-kahn denies any sexual assault took place against your client saying only that he has a -- or had a moral weakness. what's your reaction to that? >> well, i think that's just the tip of the iceberg. a moral weakness. he sexually assaulted miss
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dialla. that is a fact. the medical records corroborate that fact. she has been consistent in her story from day one. and the fact is that he was interviewed by someone who was a friend of his wife. miss dialo was interviewed by a team of investigative reporters and a reputable journalist. and she answered all the questions that were put to her about the day in question. mr. strauss-kahn didn't answer any questions about what happened. >> he said today that there was neither material proof nor any credible evidence of an assault, that an assault took place in the new york hotel room. is he right, and how do you plan to win a civil case against him? >> well, that's just wrong. the medical records themselves show that miss dialo had bruising to her vaginal area. it shows she had a rip to her shoulder. her stockings were ripped. she immediately outcried to a number of witnesses who will corroborate the story that she's been giving from day one.
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and her story is -- as the american people and the world saw, it's extremely credible. we have still not heard what mr. strauss-kahn has said happened in that room. how did he -- what did he do in the nine minutes that this occurred? we're gairwaiting for that. we had hoped this would happen toorksd but it didn't. >> a judge has given strauss-kahn's attorneys until december 26th to respond to dialo's complaint. a firefight in libya, and you're right in the middle of it along with a cnn crew. the graphic video is just two minutes ahead. a family tortured and murdered. one of the killers already sentenced to death. monday morning, the trial of the second suspect begins. [ angela ] endless shrimp is our most popular promotion at red lobster. there's so many choices. the guests come in and they're like yeah i want to try this shrimp and i want to try this kind and this kind. they wait for this all year long. [ male announcer ] it's endless shrimp today at red lobster.
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i want to warn you what you are about to see is graphic but it illustrates the reality of war. moammar gadhafi are putting up a strong fight. one of those strongholds, the desert town of sirte where ntc fighters are encountering bold resistance. it was there a cnn crew was caught in the crosshairs of rpg fire. it was all caught on video. the video you are about to see is disturbing. >> reporter: revolutionary fighters advancing through sirte. the commander sees movement in the distance. he calls for one gunman to fire. the rest of the unit joins in,
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shooting wildly. they come under fire. an ambulance is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. they and we are caught in the open. [ gunfire ]
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it started by taking a pot shot at something off in the distance. a lot of fighters opened up and then there was some big return fire. cnn producer ian lee was hit. >> i've been shot. >> you're all right, man. >> down, down, down. get him down. that's good. >> go, go, go. >> get down. go to the right side of everything. go, go. >> we stop to check ian's injury. it looks like there's still a
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piece of shrapnel inside. >> you can feel it? >> i could feel it when he was moving around, i could feel it inside. >> at a nearby field hospital, medics help ian. while dealing with their own grief. a colleague of these men was killed in the same attack just meters away from where the rpg, we think, hit the ambulance that was near us. >> this is our colleague. and his ambulance driver. >> and how old was he? >> he was about 27, 28. >> tell me about him. >> at 9:00 a.m., he wake up me in the hospital. told me he was going to the
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front line. we are joking that ambulance, we are coming here. suddenly he came to us. he has died. >> this medic was there, too. he saw his friend die. but he must keep working. casualties keep coming. on this day alone, more than 20 revolutionary fighters are killed in the chaotic battle for sirte. phil black, cnn, sirte, libya. also overseas in iran, it's going to be at least a few more days before two american hikers are freed from prison. an attorney for josh fattal and shane bauer says a judge must sign papertwork free the two is on vacation until tuesday. meanwhile, a delegation of american muslim and christian leaders asked iran's president to release the hikers.
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president ahmadinejad said recently the pair would be released in a couple of days. the two americans had been held for more than two years on spying charges after being arrested while hiking along the iran/iraq border. in less than 24 hours, a five-person panel decides whether a georgia death row inmate will be executed on wednesday or granted clemency. a look ahead at tomorrow's hearing, next.
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troy davis knows the exact moment that he is supposed to die. and it's getting closer by the minute now unless a georgia state parole board takes action. on monday morning, the five-member panel will hear davis' request for clemency.
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he's scheduled to be put to death on wednesday. the execution has already been postponed three times to reconsider evidence. well, davis maintains his innocence and seven of nine witnesses in his case later recanted their testimony. now, well, he's the focus of a large-scale international campaign to save his life. so cnn's david mattingly is following this story. he's going to be at that clemency hearing tomorrow. david, tell us about the people who will be deciding davis' fate. >> the state of georgia puts all the authority in clemency cases with this five-member board. and these five people literally have the power of life and death in this case. as they do in all death row cases. they'll be looking at the evidence that's been piled up in this case. but this isn't the first time it's come across this board. they denied him clemency once before in 2008. they also delayed his execution once before. they are very familiar with this case. there's going to be very little new that's going to be coming
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before them. and people are wondering now, there are three new members on this board that were not part of that board in 2008. people are wondering now, will all this ground swell of public support somehow have an effect on this board? will these three members be the three votes they need to make sure that troy davis maybe this time gets clemency and gets off of death row? >> and am i correct that every person on this board, conservative, was put there -- appointed by conservative governors, right? >> that's right. they all have. a lot of attention is being focused on the three new members, but they do all come from law enforcement backgrounds. or justice backgrounds. one is the former head of the state corrections department. one is the former head of the juvenile justice department. one is a state legislator who was very close to the department of corrections and all the legislation that affected them. >> this one is albert murray.
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you said appointed by republican governor sonny perdue as well. who is the next one? so we'll keep going. this one, same thing. so you get the picture. the question is, in the past, when they have had to deal with these -- with similar situations, how would they -- what has been the outcome? >> more than the last 30 years, they've looked at 63 death row cases, and that's their job. they look at this to decide if the person should go on with their execution. they've looked at 63 of these people scheduled to be executed. and 54 cases they've denied clemency, including one already for troy davis. but something really important to look at here. of all the cases that they've denied clemency in, every time they've gone back to look at it again, they have not changed their mind. so this is an extraordinary case. and if they go back on that previous decision one more extraordinary thing about it. >> all right. david mattmattingly, thank you
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somewhere in america, there's a doctor who can peer into the future. there's a nurse who can access in an instant every patient's past. and because the whole hospital's working together, there's a family who can breathe easy, right now. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest healthcare questions. and the over 60,000 people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. it's being called the buffett rule and it's already taking political hits. it's a new tax on millionaires designed to make sure the
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wealthy pay the same percentage in taxes as the middle class. as you can imagine, it's already stirring debate, but it won't be unveiled until monday morning when president obama reveals his debt reduction plan. so let's bring in errol lewis, cnn contributor and political anchor for new york one. okay. debate is already stirring in washington. everyone is worked up about this millionaires tax. what are the odds that it ever becomes law? >> i think the odds are pretty good it will be debated. the reality is, as a legislative matter, the president already knows that the opposition, the republicans in congress, have said that they're not going to even consider it. so it will be tough to see how he even gets it passed if the house won't introduce it or seriously debate it. on the other hand, the president has a great issue to take on the campaign trail and ask people to call their members of congress. between 65% and 80% of the public wants to see a closing of
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tax loopholes and more taxes on the very wealthy. so he's going to side with the public, whether or not that gets the public to put enough pressure on congress for them to act, remains to be seen. >> this -- does this sound like the deficit -- the debt ceiling talk all over again. that debate all over again. >> this is actually a little bit harder for the president, to tell you the truth. everybody understands income. the deficit is a real abstraction. but everybody -- not only do people understand income and taxes. in the back of almost everyone's head, i don't know about you, don, but i plan to be one of the wealthiest americans some day. i think most people feel that way and there's this kind of identification with the very wealthy because most people think that if they buy the right lotto ticket or work a little hardero get a couple of lucky breaks they'll be there, too. i think the president will find it hard to take that soft poll number where most say, yeah, we ought to tax the rich more and turn it into a heartfelt
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opposition to letting the wealthy go on paying the rate that they pay. >> i think everyone would like to make more than a million dollars a year but the odds of that happening is probably the same odds for most people as winning the lottery. so, i mean, that's kind of a pipe dream. >> and yet, they'll all be lined up when you are trying to buy some gum tomorrow. everybody will be lined up buying lotto tickets, right? >> okay. yes. is there some political strategy at work here that most of us may not be aware of? >> well, absolutely. look. the reality is he's playing deficit politics. and that plays very, very well with independents. they tend to be fiscally conservative. while we're talking about income, the rest of the package includes some big-ticket items. it includes a trillion dollars that he think he's can shave off the deficit. a trillion dollars just from winding down the conflict in afghanistan and iraq. that's going to find a lot of support from his progressive and leftive base. it will probably play well with independents as well. they want to see the government spend less.
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so is he playing politics? absolutely he is. >> absolutely. and look for more politics tomorrow after he announces it. errol lou ithank you very much. coming up here on cnn, a murder trial begins monday for the second person charged in a case that horrified the nation. it all started as a home invasion in connecticut. ruck that has it all. ♪ gue thameans youan dit all. it's thevseason of doing now combine the all-star editn discount with oer offers for a tal value of $6,000. or quifieduys can get 0% apr for 60 mont plus $1,000 llan ll sileradmols. get to your evy aler and ghat truck today
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right now. parishioners had to spring into action today when a gunman opened fire inside a lakeland, florida, church. police say jeremiah fogel wounded the pastor and associate pastor before others inside the church tackled and held him until officers arrived. fogel is also accused of killing his wife at their nearby home before going to the church. affiliate bay news 9 is reporting that associate pastor karl stewart is in critical condition. and pastor william boss' gunshot wound is not considered life threatening. the tsa says it has fired 28 employees at hawaii's honolulu international airport. the move comes after a probe reveals several screeners weren't properly checking bags before putting them on planes. notion the firings, the tsa also suspended 15 people. it is believed to be one of the biggest firings in the agency's history. two american hikers will have to remain in prison in iran until tuesday at least. an attorney for josh fattal and shane bauer says a judge who must sign the paperwork to free
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the two is on vacation until then. the two americans have been held for more than two years on spying charges after being arrested while hiking along the iran/iraq border. in his first interview since charges of sexual assault were dropped, dominique strauss-kahn says the only thing he's guilty of is moral weakness. former head of the international monetary fund told a french television station today that his relationship with a new york hotel made was a, quote, error, a mistake, but he denies any sexual assault took place. it was one of the most graphic murder trials in recent years. three members of a connecticut family, the petits, brutally murdered in their home in 2007. one of the suspects, jonathan commissar je komisarjevsky goes on trial on monday. susan candiotti spoke to three of the jur mors the hayes trial. they say they are still haunted by the images they saw in the courtroom.
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>> they're three jurors who shared an experience that at times triggers haunting memories to this day. >> it's like a bad dream you can't wake up from and you can't control. >> reporter: serving on a jury who saw and heard painfully explicit evidence that steven hayes helped carry out the murder of jennifer hawke-petit, her 17-year-old daughter hayley and 11-year-old michaela. murders described as pure evil. >> you are capturing all of what's said and processing it. and a lot of that was painful stuff. >> especially now with seeing the new trial coming up and i see flashes of josh on the television. that's when some of the bad feelings do come up. >> reporter: feelings from powerful testimony that mrs. hawke-petit was forced to withdraw money from a bank, take it home, raped and strangled. her daughters were tied to their beds and set afire. young michaela was sexually assaulted. mr. petit was severely beaten
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but escaped. some images are inescapable. >> when i look at fire now it almost always comes to mind. >> reporter: what was the experience like for you? >> i can imagine michaela was the same way as my daughter was. happy. had a good family. they did things together, and just to imagine the terror she was going through at that time and what she was thinking about. so that's -- i try not to think about it just because, like right now, i'm getting upset. >> reporter: stephen hayes was sentenced to death in november. now a second jury will have to face joshua komisarjevsky who has pleaded not guilty. a new panel also is likely to hear komisarjevsky's jailhouse writings describing the murders in chilling detail. i was looking right at my personal demon, reflected back in their eyes, he wrote. hayley is a fighter. she tried time and again to free herself. komisarjevsky wrote of the youngest victim, i tasted her fear. what goes through your mind as
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you hear those words? >> he knew exactly what he was doing. and he liked it. and he wanted to have control over another person since he didn't have control over any other part of his life. and that makes him a coward. >> how he just got high off of tasting that fear and how angry i am. >> i think it was a perfect storm of evil. >> what would your advice be to jurors? >> you can't talk to anybody else. you can't talk to your family about it. you can't talk to anybody. you have to find a way to release that bad energy that's there. >> you have to nurture yourself. you have to nurture your spirit in order for you to handle something like this. >> take care of yourself and listen to your body. because it does stay -- what you about to see and hear, it stays with you. >> reporter: even though it may re-open old wounds, some former
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jurors plan to attend at least parts of komisarjevsky's trial. one more chance to come to grips with one family's tragedy they can't forget. susan candiotti, cnn, new haven, connecticut. >> all right, susan. next, a look at the big stories to keep an eye on this week. and a controversial ending to last night's big fight. we'll show it to you up next. we're having mexican tonight, so another pill then? unless we eat later, then pill later? if i get a snack now, pill now? skip the snack, pill later... late dinner, pill now? aghh i've got heartburn in my head. [ male announcer ] stop the madness of treating frequent heartburn. it's simple with prilosec otc. one pill a day. twenty-four hours. zero heartburn. no heartburn in the first place. great. there's so many choices. the guests come in and they're like yeah i want to try this shrimp and i want to try this kind and this kind. they wait for this all year long. [ male announcer ] it's endless shrimp today at red lobster.
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the week ahead from washington to wall street. our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin with what's ahead for president obama. >> i'm dan lothian at the white house. another busy week for president obama on the domestic and foreign policy front. on monday, the president will offer his long-awaited deficit reduction recommendations to the supercommittee. the congressional supercommittee. the white house saying those recommendations will not include any changes to social security. monday evening, the president will head to new york city for the u.n. general assembly. he will, over the next couple of days, have an address that will focus on not only iraq and afghanistan, but also the israeli/palestinian issue. the president will also hold a series of bilateral meetings. and on thursday, he heads back to ohio for the second time in two weeks where he will again be pushing his jobs bill. i'm kate balduan on capitol hill. a few of the highlights coming up. early next week, members of congress will get their first look at the president's deficit
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reduction plan. his suggestions for the so-called supercommittee trying to find more than a trillion dollars in deficit savings. also next week, the house and senate need to reach an agreement on a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded and avoid another government shutdown which they faced several months ago. we could also see next week some movement on three pending trade deals that both democrats and republicans have said they support and say will boost the economy. i'm poppy harlow in new york. wall street gears up for news from the fed this week. the central bankers meet on tuesday, and wednesday we'll get their latest policy decision on wednesday afternoon. also ahead, the latest home building and home sales numbers. we'll see if there's any improve tlmt. and also earnings from major corporations, including oracle, nike and fedex. we'll track it all for you all week up on cnn money. i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. we're going to have the first reaction, of course, from tonight's primetime emmy awards.
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all the big prizesurprises and controversy, of course. and it's a showbiz special report. the biggest reality tv secrets uncovered. be sure to catch "showbiz tonight" weeknights at 11:00 eastern and pacific on hln. in now for a look at tomorrow's commute tonight, our meteorologist jacqui jeras here with all the details. >> hey, don. kind of a rough weekend for a lot of travelers. today, in the nation's midsection, they saw the worst of the weather and the travel woes. we still have delays at chicago o'hare today. we do watch this weather system move to the east. we're going to be tracking the gulf coast to the great lakes here for the showers and thundershowers and any possible delays. so tomorrow's commute tonight. seattle, looking for patchy morning fog. things should be fine by the afternoon. give yourself a little extra time to get where you need to be. nashville, low clouds and mist in the morning. showers and thunderstorms throughout much of the day. airport delays and rough on the roads. cincinnati, showers and thunderstorms. that will be the rule here. it will be kind of on and off throughout the day. number two, chicago you had it all day today.
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unfortunately, you'll see it through the morning tomorrow. but say by noon, 1:00, things will look a little better for you. as we head to our number one city, it's a tie today. detroit and cleveland. you get up in the great lakes. a lot of rain and a lot of wind. plan ahead. get up a little early if you can. if you have flights sboe these cities, it will be worse than if you are trying to get out of those cities. our last weather headline is that cold front. another one. if you like the test of fall this weekend, another front that's going to be sweeping that through the week through the east. another shot of 10 to 20 degrees below average, don. i know. don doesn't want to hear it. >> i don't want to hear the cold weather. >> just letting you know it's coming. >> i just want summer to last forever. thank you, jacqui. appreciate it. let's talk some fighting now. did you see the fight last night? freud mayweather jr. is the new wbc welterweight champion. but boxing fans are going to argue for years to come over the way he got the belt. mayweather took on defending
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champ victor ortiz in vegas on saturday night. in the fourth round, the referee took a point away for headbutting. ortiz appeared to be leaning in to apologize to mayweather. mayweather clocked him hard and sent him try to the canvas. ortiz couldn't get up before the referee's ten count and it was all over. ortiz says he was blindsided and blames miscommunication with the ref. mayweather never one for modesty later said, quote, you have to protect yourself at all times. all right. well, sting turns 60. and celebrates a quarter century as a solo artist. a one on one with the music legend is next. or when you're distracted? when you're falling asleep at the wheel? do you know how you'll react? lexus can now precisely test the most unpredictable variable in a car -- the driver. when you pursue perfection, you don't just engineer the world's most advanced driving simulator.
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he's part of rock music royalty. now sting is marking a milestone. a quarter century of being in the business solo. ♪ roxanne >> sting will release a box set of his 25 years as a single artist, which leads this never before released video of his broken music tour in 2005. that's just the beginning of the celebrations which also coincide with another milestone. his 60th birthday. cnn's shannon cook got the details of his big bash and much more. >> you have a big birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. what does 60 mean to you?
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>> i don't feel 60. i feel like i'm 40 1/2 in many respects. at the same time, i think i've always had an old head on me. i've always -- i've been pretty serious beyond my years. so i'm kind of used to it. at the same time, on the other hand, i feel very young. so i think there's a balance. >> in the book that accompanies the box set you write, have i lived up to my father's praise in these 25 years? have i used my hands well? explain that. >> when my dad was dying, i went to see him, obviously, and i realized that he had the same hands. exactly the same hands. i inherited his hands. and i mentioned this. i said, yes, son, but you used your hands better than i did. my dad was a milk man and i was a musician. i realized that was the first compliment he ever paid me.
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so his timing was kind of devastating. >> how do you plan to celebrate this milestone? >> i'm being very indiscreet. i've invited some of my closest musical colleagues to come and celebrate with me at the beacon theater in new york city. and the only stipulation is that they come and sing my songs because it's my party. so stevie wonder is coming. bruce springsteen is coming., lady gaga, billy joel, vince gill. it's a very eclectic bunch of friends. >> at this point in your life, do you have any regrets? >> no. >> none whatsoever? >> none at all. >> what in terms of family. you've obviously been gone a lot as a touring musician. that must have been tough when you are kids at times? >> you'd have to ask them. it wasn't the normal childhood for them because i was away so much. at the same time, they had a lot of privileges that they were
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given a very sophisticated geopolitical sense of traveling a lot. and they are all -- they've all entered the show business. the actors and singers and filmmakers. and so, i don't know. have i been the perfect father? no, not at all. but i would say to them, look, for some reason you chose me as your father and they'd look at me. >> what does that mean? i read that in your memoirs. >> i think if you say that, you know if you blame your parents or whatever, then you are a victim. i think for some -- there's something to learn in every situation. you are put in a situation to learn. i was put in my particular family situation to learn. so i'm grateful for it. so i think you have to be grateful for whatever situation you find yourself in and learn to figure it out. >> sting is going to hit the road soon. his back to bass tour starts october 21st.
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tired of rude behavior and seeing people wear their pants too low? well, new etiquette signs in new york city are trying to change all of that. you'll hear from their creator straight ahead. [ doorbell rings ] hello there. i'm here to pick up helen. ah. mom? he's here. nice wheels. oh, thanks. keeps me young. hello there, handsome.
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somewhere in america, a city comes to life. it moves effortlessly, breathes easily. it flows with clean water. it makes its skyline greener and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest questions. and the over sixty thousand people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. very different street signs are popping up all over new york city. they are ark leather people to
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rude behavior and urging them to mind their manners. pull up your pants. no one wants to see your underwear says one. others read clean up after your horse and pay attention while walking. the signs aren't official but they look like the real thing. they are the work of graphic artist jason chelowitz. jason, you know, it's pretty gutsy of you to be doing this. you've been posting signs in manhattan telling people not to flick their cigarette butts and pull up their saggy pants. what prompted you to do this psa campaign on etiquette? >> well, it spun off of the project i did last summer. the subway etiquette posters that got such a good, positive response. so i did one other project like it about cleaning up after your dog and supplying the public with disposal bags for them to use. there were only three of those, but they were massive handpainted posters. also got a really good response. so, in between iwas working on
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lots of other projects, but i thought it was time for another public service announcement and this seemed like the natural progression. >> what have people been saying to you or what's -- what's been the response, first of all, to this etiquette campaign? >> the response is great. people -- people love it. i mean ifeel like i'm saying things a lot of people are already thinking. so because of that, the response is really positive. >> i have told people to pull their pants up before, and they basically tell me to mind my own business. so have you gotten that response from anybody? >> yeah, a little bit. not to my face but in comments sections of websites i've seen that. and that's true. look. i'm just making fun of it, really. when i was a teenager, i look at pictures of myself and some of the things i wore. it's ridiculous. it's really not that serious. i know in some cities they've launched bans. i think people should wear whatever they want, whatever makes them happy. it's their right. it's also my right to make fun of them if they look silly to
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me. i guarantee you when they are a little older they'll look back at themselves and say, wow, showing my underwear and entire rear end when i was walking down the street. they'll move on. it's just the style. but it's certainly funny to me and a lot of other people. people should wear whatever they want and i really could care less. it's just kind of poking fun at you if you dress like that. that's my right as well. >> you think it's silly, but they can wear whatever they want. >> sure. i'm nobody to tell people what to do. >> do you think there's going to be a permanent impact? >> we'll have to wait and see. i really can't tell yet. the only impact i'm seeing that i think will be lasting is just that people are smiling. sometimes laughing. and enjoying them overall, which if that's what i leave behind with this project, that's good enough for me. >> have you heard any official word from anybody in the city or anybody in government about the campaign? >> no. lucky for me, i think they have bigger fish to fry. there's only 80 of these signs
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up around. they are all up. so, you know, they'd be lucky if they even saw one. i'd have to tell you where to find them. there's so few. it's such a big city. not enough to cause a problem. if there were thousands, i'm sure they'd be coming after me. a few of them have already gotten stolen, which is fine. i think people should take them if you want. if you want one, take it. >> shelowitz got a huge response from the public all over the world. people are still contacting him. he made enough money selling subway etiquette posters to pay for the ongoing etiquette campaign. we have this just in. affiliates say two people have been stabbed on an air force base outside of phoenix. luke air base -- air force base in glendale. it's not clear if the victims are civilians or members of the military. again, affiliates say two people have been stabbed on the property of luke air force base in arizona. nfl fans now have to endure
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a little more security on the way into stadiums across the country. guards are now doing full-body patdowns instead of the old way from the waist up. the nfl says the upgrades, well, they were planned before an incident last week when a fan allegedly used an illegal taser during a fight inside the stadium at a jets/cowboys game. we're going to have much, much more on that stabbing at the air force base. again, we're hearing two people were stabbed on an airs force base. we'll update you here. tune in to "american morning" at 6:00 a.m. i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters. i'll see you back here next weekend. have a great week. -- captions by vitac --


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