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good afternoon, everyone. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredericka wit field, you are in the cnn newsroom. an emotional day for the kansas city chiefs, the team played their nfl game and won, despite the tragic loss of a team member. linebacker jovan belcher reportedly killed his girlfriend yesterday and then drove to the
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stadium where he killed himself while his coaches and teammates watched in disbelieve. ed lavender are is in kansas city, missouri right now and, ed, this has been a tough day for the coach, a tough die for the players, what did they say after the game? >> reporter: you know this team, despite having faced this tragedy just a day before this game was scheduled, it went on as planned here in kansas city. a very subdued feeling inside the stadium throughout the game. this was clearly not a typical nfl football game. a much different mood in kansas city, known for having very vivacious and excitable fans. despite owl of this that the team was dealing with the saincs
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won the football game. >> it's hard when things happen like this, you can't undo them you have to rely on your family and friends and rely on your ith. that's what the team tried to do today and we were able to do that and try to work our way through the tragedy. and knowing that it's not over today, it still will go on tomorrow, the next day, and the next day, but life is going to go on as well and we have to work through it. >> it was very emotional. but you saw brothers stick together, coaches stick together and everybody stayed strong and this is a great team win zb. >> reporter: do you think this tragedy made the team play better today? >> i think the team, if that wouldn't have happened would have come out here and played hard, but that gives us the
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extra oomph to come out here and play. >> and ed, did the coaches say anything about providing psychological counseling for their players? i mean if jovan belcher showed no signs of anything wrong, maybe there's some others who are not stepping forward. >> reporter: i think this is something coaches will be taking a closer look at. in the weeks leading up to this horrific story are still starting to unfold. we have had very few clues as to what the couple was dealing with
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or what jovan was dealing with. i'm sure that the team and the league will probably be taking a closer look as well. usually the nfl, monday and tuesday are days off for the players, so it will be interesting to see what happens with the the kansas city chiefs and its players here in the next couple of days, will they go back home and have a weekend off like they usually do or will they come together. we'll have to watch and see. >> ed lavender are for us in kansas city. thanks so much. in wyoming, a teacher at kas her college may have saved the lives of several of his students. james crumb, a computer science teacher was starting class when a shooter broke in and assaulted crumb. more shocking the identity of the attacker. it was the teacher's own son. before 25-year-old christopher crumb had fatally stabbed his
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father's girlfriend at his home and he fatally stabbed his father before fatally stabbing himself. you smoke to neighbors and did the neighbors in fact tell you whether the teacher and his girlfriend, whether they were concerned, whether they had any fears, whether there are security issues? >> that's the question now is what happened to lead a son to kill his father. i spoke to a neighbor who lived directly across the street from heidi arnold and jim crumb. she said she met them last summer, that they largely kept to themselves but there were no red flags about any of this that potentially could have happened. and in a press conference with police, there weren't any red flags, i would could have been much, much worse. both of the professors are dead and there were six students in the the classroom at the time of the incident. the chief of police called
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professor column a hero. >> the suspect fired one arrow and struck the professor in the head. professor crumb got up after being mortally wounded and fought the suspect off. the six students in the room were able to escape the altercation because of the briefly of the professor. >> jim crumb and heidi arnold were important parts of the campus community and their loss will leave a big hole in our lives. that's from casper sclej. >> it was amazing this teacher was able to do this after he was mortally wounded. did police receive any 911 calls stating that there was a problem, was there a suggestion a note had been left behind. >> we put in a call to casper police and there are a lot of unanswered questions now o'about what happened between the father
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and the sun. this 25-year-old son chris crumb traveled 2,500 miles from columbus to wyoming. at some point he snapped and something led to him showing up at this college campus and mortally wounding his father with a cross bow. >> thank you very much, we appreciate your reporting on this. a series of suicide car bombings leaves five people dead in eastern afghanistan today. insurgents disguised as coalition forces -- the taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. just in time to start running around before you're christmas shopping is done, the average price for regular gasoline is now $3.239 that's the tenth weekly drop in a row.
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remember it was 3.28 dlrs just a year ago. 30 days and counting in the country's potential fall off the fiscal cliff. avoiding it -- if they do nothing, everyone's taxes go up and automatic spending cuts will take effect. no imminent deal is in sight. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans, because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, then that's a choice we're going to have to make. >> i would say we're nowhere. period. we're nowhere. we have put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there to try to get this question resolved. but the white house has responded with virtually nothing. they have actually asked for more revenue than they have been asking for the whole entire time. >> in other words not quite a good place to be, but both sides
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agree that the government needs to raise more money. how much and how they do it are two of the major sticking points. and protests and a constitutional crisis, what is next for egypt. we'll dig deeper into the struggle for power between conservative islamists and liberal secularists. and later, brad pitt talks about his future with angelina jolie. and a dog reunited with his owner after seven years apart. we will show you how it happened. r help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health coverage needs, unitedhealthcare can help you find the right plan. open enrollment to choose your medicare coverage begins october 15th and ends december 7th. so now is the best time to review your options and enroll in a plan. medicare has two main parts, parts a and b, to help cover a lot of your expenses, like hospital care...
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demonstrated outside the high court. they say they're moving all distractions. not all egyptians are pleased with the new constitution. many protesting against the president. so why is there so much animosity over the president and what is going on there? well, cnn international anchor joins us now. something seriously wrong has happened in egypt with so much going on. why are people so an bring right now. >> a lot of people say how this constitution was passed, saying the president is a far row saying mubarak didn't have power to make decisions beyond any judicial review. to do this, they passed this against the wishes of the secular opposition, a lot of these people who were on the panel writing this constitution,
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boycotted, they opposed it because they said it didn't reflect their views. so this was passed in this hasty way assuming these extraordinary powers, and what morsi was saying, he actually assumed these powers to make sure that his constitution is passed, that the judges in the high constitutional court refused to go to work this morning because they were afraid. >> they're striking. >> yeah. they said that basically he said he did this to preeveryone them from mathem -- preeveryone them on making this constitution. >> you see how this is happening and it's happening in such a way that there doesn't seem to be any sort of democratic organization at all, even though the constitution will be put forward to the people, is president morsi counting on the fact that those who elected him will vote for the constitution, that he's got just enough votes to pass itthrough?
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>> obviously he seems to think that, we know that a big protest is again planned by the anti-morsi camp for tuesday, we know that the judges who were supposed to oversee this referendum in two weeks have said they're boycotting, they're not going to oversee it. so we don't know what's going to happen, there will be more turmoil, but what's interesting here is it's pitting the revolutionaries, those young people, the liberals, the secularists who are out there on the streets who shed their blood to contribute to the ousting of mubarak, now they're sort of joining forces, they find themselves on the same side as mubarak loyalists because both camps are opposed to this constitution, they say it businesses the country closer to sharia law, they say they're equal in this preamble. but it does emphasize their role
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as mothers and that is what some women think, of course not all women, morsi has a lot of supporters who do not say that, but some women who are secular say that that's the way they can be denied their rights. and what an islamic government will do with this constitution. >> we saw the demonstrations in tahrir square a year ago. thank you, appreciate your time. okay, well we are going to turn to israel now, the palestinians just won a historic vote at the united nations, it's a vote that raises their status and could be a possible step forward official state hood. now rarely says it may be ready to build thousands of new housing units in territories they occupy. earlier i spoke with israel's deputy ministry of foreign
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affa affairs, i asked him why now? >> our buildings, not only from our right, as it is international but it is our homeland, but also a force for strategy teakics and security interests. we're talking about a country that's nine miles wide, this occupies less than one-third of the middle east. i think it is a right to make sure that we have secured and defensible borders, especially in light of all of the animosity and the hatred that the palestinians and other extremists say in the islamic world are throwing at us. but, let me tell you one thing, deborah, is israel has always been ready for a compromise for peace, for concessions and wherever we build, it's in areas that for certain will stay in any future agreement within israeli territories.
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>> when you call this strategic, effectively the settlements that would strategically ramallah from jerusalem, this would sort of impede any sort of two states, wouldn't they? >>s no necessarily, deborah. you have to see, they're claiming, the palestinians, the west bank and gaza. there's no security whatsoever between gaza and the west bank, they're talking maybe about some kind of passages so things can be addressed to this issue of continuity and certainly this is not any impediment to peace and negotiations. the real impediment is the lack of understanding by the palestinians that they also have to compromise. >> the palestinian authority recognizes israel's right to exist. whereas hamas does not.
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so buy not make every effort to come to some port of solution or negotiation that is reasonable with somebody that it least seems to be a more willing partner than hamas which arguably is gaining great strength in the region. >> we have trieded, for four years, this government and previous governments have tried, with the fatah and with mr. abu mazen in twooi2008 received the generous offer from the prime minister, and he just refused it and didn't have the decency to have a counter offerer. when net tanyahu came into offi and tried to negotiate for peace, the palestinians again didn't come to the table and
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found for pretexts to attack us both politically and legally. this is not the way to move forward. >> that is israel's deputy minister of foreign affairs. well, they're real life heroes, people like this one, who helps poor people around the world. we'll get you ready for tonight's hero awards. and this proves you should never, ever get up, a dog and his owner reunited after seven years apart. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf.
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coming up in just a few hours, you'll want to be here with us on cnn, an all star tribute. you'll want to find out who the heroes for this listen. are you going to be on the red carpet or are you going to be hanging out with all the celebrities? >> i have have been working since friday, i will be right up there at the very front of the red carpet talking to all of the wonderful hollywood celebrities and the past year hero honorees
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and this year's hero honorees, so it's going to be a wonderful, wonderful event so i'm working hard. when we have live tv, i have somebody that's trying to photo bomb my live shot, one of our favorite cnn heroes from last year, come on over here derek, i'm going to tell on you, you were almost late. >> you know what? i'm going to believe you on that one, but derick was here because he was one of our top ten cnn heroes last year, and if you saw the show, no one can forget der derek, you were so excited, it was my first hero cnn live. you brought a smile to everyone's face there, you were so honored and so touched, but you do so much with your global soap project. and talk about what it meant to be honored as one of cnn's top heroes. >> one of the things when you
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come out here you find out how popular you are with your work. when you actually step on stage and notice the incredible power and synergy that's coming out from the audience and from the world around the world and around the world is looking at you, including your mother and father, it is ecstatic, it's wonderful, we had a great time and we have seen so much support coming from everybody, we really enjoyed it. >> just to give you a reminder about what derek does, he was saying in a motel and thought people throw away the soap that's not being used and he said there's people around the world who don't have the benefit of just a good bar of soap to keep themselves clean. and so he gathers all the soap from all around the country and givesism to the -- >> who would think that
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something like soap could actually chain people's lives. a little later on, of course, be sure everyone there to catch cnn heroes preshow special, sharing the spotted light at 8:00 eastern, and then tonight, cnn heroes, an all star tribute, it all happened with us right here tonight on cnn. the story i'm about to tell you truly warmed my heart, it's about a dog and how he waited seven long years before finally being reunited with his owner. our affiliate wral has the story of this pup's mirraculouror raa journey. >> hi, guys. >> reporter: seconds become minutes collecting into stays and weeks and it can get easy to give up on ever finding his way home.
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a dog had come into the animal shelter. he had waited longer than most. >> he was favoring one of his legs and our veterinarian thought maybe he had been in a previous accident. >> reporter: the dog was scanned for a microchip like this one. that microchip -- >> i'm like repeat that again? >> the owner lost the dog, approximately seven years ago. >> this is a miracle. >> the owner of the dog the house's friend dan kessler. he's working ooze an assistant college swim coach. he could not believe it either. kessler lost the dog years ago while working in raleigh. he was spooked during a thunderstorm and never returned. eventually the dog was flown out to arizona to be reunited with his owner.
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it seems all those years ba had been thinking about kessler too. >> there's little commands that he knew were me that he remembered and picked up on. >> reporter: a lot of misplaced pets come through these halls, waiting to get home. >> all of these animals are available for adoption. >> reporter: for davis, ba's story is a first. >> there was an angel watching out for this dog for seven years. that is one lucky dog. >> and that is one great idea to have a chip in those dogs. that was wral reporter reporting for us. and actor dustin hoffman is in the nation's capital to collect his award.
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but they are cold and broke. and still in danger. about a third of the families who fled this neighborhood of aleppo have come back, only to find out that these streets are now on the front lines. if the regime can take the city, it will cut off the main artery for syrian forces in alepaleppo open a route to the airport. on a nearby hill top, the rebels used to control that as well but lost it a month ago. the battle lines here are constantly fluid and snipers are a constant threat. the front line is visible just through here and we can barely make out three bodies, the rebel
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fighters are telling us that there are two male and one female. there were five, they managed to extract two, but they can't reach the others. for the children here, gun fire has become background noise. this 12-year-old hardly notices, she says she's not afraid anymore. to start with, this little girl is also chatty, but then gets scared. her father says she thought the rebel fighters with us were assad's forces. despite his efforts to reassure her, she's still anxious and with reason. sol was shot in the arm at a checkpoint. the bullet was going to hit my daughter, he tells us, but i had just put my arm around her. she, just 4 years old, blinks hard, yes, she ended up drench in her father's blood.
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as gun fire rings out again, her father collects the bullets she's collected. a father takes me aside, sometimes i want to die, rather than live like this, she whispers. lots trending on the web right now, including a tragic story out of japan where police just confirmed, nine people died in a tunnel collapse about 50 miles west of tokyo. george h.w. bush is being treated at a hospital where he's recovering from a cough doctors say is related to bronchitis. the bliss ends after two years then you have to hang on about another 18 or 20 to recapture the magic.
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he's everywhere from a new movie to channel commercials. i talked to brad pitt to talk got his future with angelina jolie and to talk about political issues. >> it's a resurgence in hope again and i hope there's a time when it's less about winning and people coming together and dealing with the issues. >> wouldn't that be nice? >> it's a must. blrk asnever been stronger. [ female announcer ] think a thick cream is the only way to firm skin? challenge the need for such heavy measures with olay.
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tonight's a.j. hammer sat down to talk marriage and his engagement with angelina jolie. >> brad pitt is obviously one very busy guy these days, not only is he playing a mobster in the brand-new movie "killing them softly" but he's got a brand-new gig as a furniture designer. he's come a long way for that young man who came to town searching for success. i had to show him our lost interview with him that took place before he became a big star. and i also asked him got his reaction to his flight 1 ad. i asked brad why he and angelina got behind the cause in the first place. >> one of our last issues of equality, i mean what makes this nation great is our freedoms. and the idea of equality, the
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true idea of equality and in that definition, there's a certain faction of our society that is not being included and that's, at that time, it's time. >> time to go? >> time to go. and this week with the supreme court. they're going to hear the challenge to prop 8 that made gay marriage illegal, what's happening with that right now? >> i'm waiting with everybody else with baited breath. i think it's time has come and if we don't figure it out, certainly the next generation knows there's nothing to be frightened up. >> i do want to say, you know, with the election now, there's a resurgent in hope again and i hope it's a time where there's more bipartisanship and it's less about winning and people coming together and dealing with the issues. >> wouldn't that be nice. >> it's a must.
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it's a must. we're in a precarious place. >> you guys once famously said that you would hold off getting married until everybody could get married and now i know now you're engaged, which everybody is very excited about. >> are they pressuring you at all to set a date? are they getting on you about it? >> not necessarily, do you think it's something that you will make public, because obviously there's a huge interest, demand, people want to feel like they're a part of when you guys actually get married. and you want to protect your privacy to the extent that you can. >> we haven't gotten that far yet. >> obviously it's a huge year getting this movie out and your furniture line is very impressive as somebody that is into art and design. you can't turn on the tv without seeing your channel ad. obviously you get a huge reaction. do you get a kick out of their
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reaction? >> i'm not a part of that side of the marketing, but fair play. >> okay, last thing, very quickly, i just want to flash you back, we're going to have a little fun. just want you to take a quick look at this guy here. >> a lot of the attraction before i came out was -- >> really, is that -- i don't even recognize that guy. >> who's that guy. >> was this -- what year? >> you had just gotten out of california maybe six months briprio prior, what advise would this guy give that guy. >> i think he did all right. i don't think i need to tell him much. >> i agree, that guy did already, "killing them softly" is in theaters everywhere. >> it airs at 11:00 p.m. eastern on hln. remember the video game pac-man? nasa says it's discovered pack
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pack men in space. that's right, nasa has released some stunning images that look like the popular video game. josh levs is here to tell us about that and preview the information that nasa is going to release about mars. >> there's a lot of things we don't know yet. so let's get the mars thing out at the top. nasa is trying to lower the expectations for tomorrow, nasa is going to release a statement about what's
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nasa is saying, don't get too excited, it's just going to be basic information. what you can't help but by amazed by is these pac-men. i saw this popup from nasa, it was nasa that said, look, pac-men in space. so i have been talking with them, i said what are we seeing here in folks, this is simple. here's what this is. this is all the way up in saturn. saturn has a whole bunch of different moons. so we are seeing moons near saturn and what happens is, the yellow parts are the parts that nasa calls fluffy, and the blue parts are icy, they're cold. so what's happening is, these real powerful electrons are banging against that moon and when that happens, it turns some of that lighter stuff blue, it makes it icy, it makes it cold. as it turns, it gets blue, it
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gets cold. the yellow stuff turns to blue so what we're looking at looks like a pacman. >> they're using something called their infrared spe specktrometer, these still pictures came out like that. and nasa said they're piecing it apart. any time they get a chance to look at the universe and see hundreds of millions of things out there. >> and are you going to be showing people your specktrometer. >> if nasa's watching, we'll have it here the next hour. a former major league baseball player is under fire, we'll tell you why vin.
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there are the oscars, the tonys, the grammys and of course, the kennedys. we are talking about the kennedy
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center honors in washington. that's when politicians set aside their differences for a night to honor some of america's greatest talent. cnn's emily schmidt has a look at tonight's recipients. >> reporter: the kennedy center honors are a bit like washington's oscars, red carpet out front. president and mrs. obama inside to greet seven very different artists. >> it's very rare to see led zeppelin songs being sung at the same time as david letterman jokes are being told, but i think it's going to be a great show. >> reporter: this will be balk dickinson's 20th kennedy honor show. he says there's imagine nick the room because there are no nominees here, no losers. all honorees have earned their place. british band led zeppelin will be here. their songs like "stairway to
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heaven" are as epic as their songs in the u.s. it's one kind of performance. this is another. russian-born natalia danced with the royal ballet. she performed accident occurring the kennedy center honors in 1981. now others will perform for her. >> chicago, thank you very much, i love you and will never leave. i'll leave but i'll be back. >> reporter: buddy guy got a chicago sendoff for his honors. he was born into a louisiana family and went on to win six grammy awards. honoree dustin hoffman said when he grew up, movie stars didn't look like he did. more than 50 films later he has two best actor oscars including this one for kramer versus kramer. honoree david letterman has more than 5,000 television newscasts under his belt being found for finding humor in everything, even winning this honor.
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he talked about it on the late show with david letterman. >> when i stopped laughing, i was very excited. i tell you, this is great for my family. they think i'm working at a jiffy lube in mexico. >> reporter: people who cover the honors say there's more than comic relief at play. that's break from partisan politics. >> at this exact moment when we are all so tired from the election, you can see a little break in the action. i think that adds to the momentousness of the evening. >> reporter: david letterman joked on his show that kennedy center nominees receive an adjustable mattress and a new car. that may have been a punchline but they do receive the chance to nominate potential future honorees. elmly schmidt, cnn, washington. well, cnn newsroom with don lemon is coming up in a few minutes. you have talks and tons of stuff going on. >> we are going to have a political conversation on the pending fiscal cliff and why can't we all just get along.
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elsie granderson is going to weigh in. also, lots of people have seen this picture. the new york city police officer giving a homeless man boots, but i talked to our human expert whether we are supposed to be naughty or nice this holiday season. and the nfl players, some nfl players, are they taking swrrks viagra as a sports performance enhancing drugs? and you have to see my icon with legend pat boon who talked about moving out with mare rin monroe for moral reasons, much like angus on "two and a half men." >> they wanted me to make a movie with marlyn monroe. i turned it down because it was
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something like "bus stop." they went and eventually made the movie, but it was about a kid with an affair of an older woman, a beautiful woman, but older. couldn't go anywhere. it was immoral. and i had young fans and just said, hey, i can't do this. >> so he empathizes with the young man on "two and a half men." he knows the tug of war and stood up for him a little bit. more of that conversation coming up. >> did he ever say if he would be in a movie with marlyn monroe if it was not that subject. >> i'm sure. it was a summer romance and that happens all the time. love is love is love. >> and i love your shoes. speaking of love, love, love, seriously, you are bringing it, my friend. >> these are velvet. >> that's right. black velvet shoes. a little bit of dancing through. you are going to bring it coming up at 6:00. and we are going to move on to a couple stories just before then.
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the potential of yelp unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. well, now let's take a look at what's happening this week. a device on board the curiosity rover mars has been scooping up russian soil and analyzing it.
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on monday it may reveal details on what they have found. they will share this information with scientists around the world meeting in san francisco. also on monday in los angeles, former major league baseball player lenny dykstra is being sentenced on federal charges. he pled guilty to several counts in july. he's serving time for an auto theft case. he could get 20 years in prison but prosecutors recommend 30 months. on tuesday new york mayor cory booker starts living on a food stamp budget for a week. he proposed the challenge after getting in a back and forth with twitter by someone who goes by the name twit wit who also agreed to the challenge. food stamps is about $4 a day. on thursday the gay marriage law takes effect in washington. a similar pot law goes into effect that day in colorado. and an friday we get a new jobs