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♪ i'm very glad to be on my way home. >> what are you going to do? >> i'll go home and see my wife. >> and he's heading home. breaking overnight, an american from being in korea. he's a free man. and why korea let him go. i started sliding side aways. and i thought, i better stop. >> an ice storm grips the south, just as a new storm is preparing
to shock the northeast. cities literally paralyzed with hundreds of thousands of folks out of power. plus, jobs are up, unemployment is down and your 401(k) just got bigger. what friday's jobs report says about how the economic recovery is really doing. your "new day" starts now. good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm vithtctor blackwell. it's good to be here this morning. this is "new day saturday." a korean war veteran is safely on a flight to san francisco right now. north korea freed 85-year-old merril newman friday night after detaining him for more than a month. newman was in good spirits when he arrived at beijing's airport. listen. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that bprk tolerance
has given me. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what are you going to do, first thing? >> i'll go home and see my wife. >> i know she's waiting for him. cnn's athena jones is covering the story in washington for us. athena, good morning to you, why was newman in north korea to start with? and give us details about why they decided to release him now. >> good morning, victor. it is great news. great to see that video of him happy and smiling. mirel newman as you mentioned fought in the korean war and wanted to go back and visit the peninsula. he went with a tour group. he was taken off the 14 leave pyongyang at the end of that trip, he was taken off the plane, end of october, so he's been there for a long time. the north koreans say they're releasing him for humanitarian
reasons after what they call an apology from newman, detailing various indedepressions. >> and they're waiting for another american to come home, kenneth bayh. what's the status of his release? >> bayh was arrested in november of last year and sentenced in may to 15 years of hard labor. we actually heard from newman's son jeff who talked about bay. >> we also ask that you forget another american, kenneth bayh who is still being held in the b "r." r and we hope that he, soon will be able to be with his family soon.
>> we know that former new mexico governor bill richardson is hoping to work to get him out. thank you, athena. the official start of winter is two weeks ago, try telling that to people in south central united states. >> this feels like the center. ice storms has knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people. stunned just about everybody with this bone chilling temperatures. here's meteorologist jennifer grey. >> i started sliding sideways, i got close to the house and said i better stop and get a wrecker out here. >> straighten your wheels up. >> reporter: it's a deadly storm stretching across the middle of the nation and it's moving east. but for millions of people, conditions are already dangerous. highways turned into skating rinks with tires spinning. and some drivers losing control. the region is littered with accidents. >> the ice, people's cars aren't
really suited for. they don't have tires that can handle it. so everyone's slipping around and it becomes a mess on the roads. >> reporter: in oklahoma, this truck slid off an icy bridge and into a lake. in illinois cars slide off the highways and into the center of roads and median. big cities also caught in the storm. dallas is nearly shut down this morning. at 26 degrees, it was colder there friday than in anchorage, alaska, causing the city to cancel its weekend downtown holiday parade and annual marathon. the freakish weather also causing the cancellation of more than 1 to flights in and out of dallas-ft. worth airports. in memphis, tennessee, rain turning to ice on roads. >> hopefully, it's over. >> reporter: it's not over yet, snow and sleet expected to hit
the east coast sunday. the national weather service says this massive air mass is dropping temps 30 degrees below normal. >> we'll get there eventually. >> what about your family? are you guys waiting for her? >> we are. praying for their safety. >> and even though it's not ice and snow and all of that across much of the south, temperatures are going to stay below freezing for the next couple of days. so what's on the ground will likely stay there for at least tomorrow, maybe even tuesday for some locations. so still a mess. here's the system now completely pushing off the east. we are going to don't see rain in the northeast. but here is the next system, and it's going to continue to push to the north and east over the next 24 hours. today, we'll get a little breather, a break. but then by tomorrow, we're going to have more ice and snow spill into the mid-atlantic into the northeast. we're forecasting possibly half
an inch of ice accumulation in locations like charleston, louisville, all the way to pittsburgh. even washington, d.c. included in this. guys. >> this weird, wacky weather we were just saying so warm in new york yesterday. but then freezing last week. more importantly, jennifer grey, welcome to cnn, welcome to "new day" weekend. thank you for being with us. we're going to talk about you, where you're from. >> your favorite colors. >> we'll dig into it all so viewers learn more about you. >> thank you, looking forward to it. let's talk about something else upbeat. >> good economy. >> a better economy. a lot of people say they don't feel it. a better than expected jobs report pushed the dow nearly 200 points higher on friday. >> you know why 203,000 jobs were added to payrolls in november. way better than expected. the jobless rate, that ticked significantly lower to 7%. that is the lowest it's been in
five years. we have more on how it's affecting wall street. good morning, zain. >> well, poppy and victor, it was a big week for the economy. car sales rose, new home sales soared and friday, unemployment rate druopped to 7%. that's the lowest since 2008. earlier this year, unemployment declined a lot of people got discouraged and weren't counted. the economy has added more than 2 million jobs this year, the best since 2005 and the gains not just in low-rate sectors. a lot in education and health care, professional services like accountants and travel agents. and hiring in manufacturing is strongest since last year. wages are up and americans are working less hours. the list goes on. the report pushed the dow up 200 points friday.
the federal reserve will release its findings soon. rememberer we still haven't gained back all the jobs we lost during the recession. 1 million to go. poppy and victor, still work to be done. >> zain, thank you very much. i want to put this in perspective, despite a week of very good news about the economy, a lot of you are not feeling the recovery. there's a recent cnn/orc poll, it highlights how things are going. 59%. almost 6 in 10 americans said badly, just 41% said they feel things are going well. and that has a lot to do with the fact all the jobs coming back, a lot of them of not high paying jobs. >> this week, south africa is paying tribute to nelson mandela, ten days of mourning are under way for the man many called madiba. but the nation is also celebrating this life. we'll do that next. [ dr. ronit ] there's a lot of foods and drinks that have acids in them.
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emergency. let me take you now to canton, ohio, where high school football teams did not let just a little bit of snow shut down their friday night lights. what else did you expect in a city that's home to the pro football hall of fame? football is one thing, flying in this weather, that is another. this weather has grounded hundreds of flights. we'll have more on that weather coming up shortly. all right around the world,s specially those in south africa, people are mourning the death of nelson mandela but also celebrating his life. the revered statesman and nobel peace laureate died in his home on saturday surrounded with his family. >> our air ro errol barnett is n
south africa in soweto. they've announced a date -- has he announced a date for the funeral? i know there's ten days of grieving and different ceremonies but do we know a date yet for the funeral? >> reporter: we do there's a number of different events that will take place. good morning to you both, poppy and victor. here insoweto, kind of a representation of where a man lived. you could compare it to ghettos in the states. over my shoulder, you'll see where nelson mandela lived before he was sentenced to life in prison. his home is now turned into a museum, since the end of apartheid and ushering in of diplomacy, some restaurants and bars here. since the announcement of mandela's death, people are
coming here to celebrate. families of all color are showing their children who nelson mandela is. what we know, soweto is so significant, it will be the first location for the official memorial service on tuesday. it will be in fmb stadium. you remember that from the world cup. also, poppy, the lying in state which will take place wednesday, thursday and friday in the capital of the union building where nelson mandela was sworn that as president 20 years ago. government officials saying this morning that they will actually put together a procession, a parade of nelson mandela's body or at least his casket from the mortuary, to the union building, each morning allows as many south africans as possible to say good-bye and pay respect to the former president. what we're seeing now, south africans allowing the news to
sink in. but to truly honor the life, the legacy and the transformative change that nelson mandela was able to bring. >> errol, very quickly, on the right side of the screen, we want to make sure we let people know this is live in johannesburg, outside of nelson mandela's home. you see people crowded there, leaving balloons, flowers, notes, people taking pictures and paying their respects. the funeral separate from the memorial? is that funeral public or private? who do we expect to attend that funeral? >> reporter: well, there are a number of different events, so the wording can change. so tuesday is the memorial service that we'll see at the major stadium here at the everybody. lying in state on wednesday is when we're going to see dignitaries and heads of state from around the world come to south africa and pay their respects. u.s. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama have already said they will be coming to south africa, although the
details are still alose siff. elusive. and the final event, a week from sunday, nelson mandela's funeral, the home of qunu, only family will be attending that. >> what a moment to be reporting a true moment in history as people remember what he did not only for this country, but for this world. thank you so much. we appreciate it. still to come on "new day," brett favre -- >> former minnesota vikings -- >> here we go for minnesota again -- okay. he's the tyretired from the nfl. that does not mean he's done winning football championships. we're going to explain this next. ♪ we are the champions and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪
20 minutes after the hour now. likely hall of famer brett favre is a football champion again. well, sort of. >> the three-time mvp is now a defensive coordinator for the mississippi team. he helped coach a game against the gators, 14-7. the seattle mariners hook the biggest fish in baseball's free agent pond. >> and it took one of the richest contracts in sports history. joe carter has more on the mega deal in the "bleacher report." it always stuns me how big these deals are. >> well, there's only a bigger deal in baseball. big coup for jay z. the rap star going agent. it's a huge home run for robinson cano. the former yankee is now headed
to seattle. cano and the mariners yesterday reportedly have signed a deal, they've agreed on a ten-year $240 million contract. it's the third richest in history. anl only albert pujols and alex rodriguez have signed a bigger deal. don't feel bad for the yankees, though, they have reportedly reached a deal with outfielder carlos beltran. the yankees. -l pay $345 million over three years for him. not bad. this guy's been with six teams in his 17-year career. in nfl news, the houston texans are looking for a new coach. the team fired gary kubiak on friday. houston lost its 11th straight game thursday night. they lost to jacksonville. they lost to jacksonville twice in the season. gary kubiak's health has been an
issue this season. he suffered a mini stroke on the field last month. and it is a huge day to say the least in college football. several conference championship games will set the stage. the biggest game of the day has got to be ♪ s.e.c. between number 3 auburn and number 5 missouri. the winner of that game will be paying close attention to the scoreboard because they need either florida state or ohio state to lose in order to get in the national championship game. if florida state wins, they're in. if ohio state wins, they're in. but get this, if florida state and ohio state somehow lose, alabama, the team not even playing today could somehow sneak into the national championship game that played the s.e.c. champs. so here we would be again with another s.e.c. game in the national championship. and i think a lot of people are ready for the new age of college football next year when it is a playoffs. we will say good-bye to the bcs after the next couple of weeks and we'll move into a playoff scenario which some say will be
even better. some say it will be even more confusing. >> did he lose you halfway through that because i was -- >> i got it. >> i need to be a bigger college football fan. >> even a big day here in atlanta. >> huge game. the seg championsh the s.e.c. championship game is right next door to us. >> joe carter, thank you. so millions of people, millions of people are asking one question. maybe you're asking this question what is up with the weather? we'll tell you when the frigid temps will be over. plus, we're also going to dig into the complicated legacy of nelson mandela. we're growing to sell you why some in this country and others around the world called the man who won the nobel peace prize a terrorist. >> his ability to inspire change in the entire world that inspiration grew. and the entire world owes an incredible debt of gratitude to nelson mandela. my asthma's under control.
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♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> good to be with you, i'm victor blackwell. let's start this half with five things you need to know for your new day. up first, the storm that brought ice and freezing rain and snow
to south and central u.s. four deaths have been blamed on the weather. 200,000 people are out of power and the frigid temperatures are expected to linger through the weekend. now, the governors of tennessee and arkansas have declared states of emergency. number 2, markets cheered a very strong jobs market. the dow soared, amid a high note of 203,000 jobs were added to the payroll in november. the u.s. pay rate fell significantly to 7%. that good news has investors eyeing the federal reserve which may be preparing even more to pull back on the massive stimulus they've been pumping into this economy for years. number 3, the utah doctor convicted of killing his wife has reportedly tried to kill himself. the utah county sheriff's department says martin macneill tries to commit suicide. he used a razor. deputies found him. he's under guard. he could face life in prison
when he's sentenced. that sentencing hearing is on january 7th. number 4, tomorrow, thousands of fans of "fast & furious" star paul walkers expected to attend a memorial for his death from his fiery crash. police say speed may have been a factor in the crash that happened last week. walker's friend who was behind the wheel sadly was also killed. the fifth story now, 85-year-old merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco several hours from now. north korea released him friday night after holding him for more than a month. cnn's paula hancocks is there. paula, good morning. did newman team to be okay were he went to beijing? >> well, victor and poppy, he certainly seemed to be in good spirits. he looked clearly relieved, we could see as he was walking through beijing airport and said
he was very good. we understand he was in good health which is why he was allowed on that flight. of course, the question is, why was he leased? it was a very sudden move. of course, north korea made a sudden move when they decided to arrest him back in october. they worked with newman during the korean war. more than 60 years ago. they say he was leading part of an antique communist guerilla group. this was basically carrying out undercover operations in north korea. this could well have been the reason that north korea arrested him in the first place. remember that video they released last weekend where he was apologizing for his actions during the korean war and allegedly killing civilians. it's not clear whether that was a coerced statement. it could well have been. this was likely the reason he was taken in the first place. >> we'll talk more about that paula hancocks in seoul. thank you.
what a man. cities around the world paying tribute to nelson mandela's life and his legacy. >> last night in new york, the lights atop the empire state building, you see them here, blue, red, yellow and green. the colors of the south african flag and the eiffel tower in paris. >> his life was a complicated one. while still in prison in robben island, he wassen the watch list. >> he remained on that watch list until 2008 during the administration of the clintons. he had to get a special waiver because of that. nadia is here with us. you know the mandela family well and known them for some time. but most accounts, most people
in the world think peacemaker when they think nelson mandela. >> let's go back to 1961, nelson mandela together with oliver tamblo they joined the militant wing. at that point, he's involved in what they call some level of terrorist activity where certain installations are bombed. remember, 1962, mandela is arrested. 1964 he is then condemned to the 27 years in prison. to life in prison was the sentence. so it's during that period that he gets more active. in the 1980s, it reached a very high level where there was a bomb at the south african airport. 19 people were killed. and something like 200 were injured. so that's when the organization became what was then known as a terrorist organize. the anc had been fanned anyway.
people like fidel castro in cuba supported mandela. >> when he came out of prison, he spoke very loudly about my friend fidel castro. >> he's been condemned in certain countries for the so-called terrorism. >> here's the video. they embraced. >> mandela then made a plea to clinton in 1996 he said let us lift the sanctions that the u.s. has imposed against cuba. here is what clinton had to say. >> sometimes, he could be very serious and say i just don't understand why you don't lift the embargo. and i said, well, i think we were about to do it before they shot down those planes illegally in the brothers to the rescue tragedy. and then congress removed the right to lift the embargo. and sometimes, had was just joking about it but underneath all of that, there was mandela's fierce loyalty to anybody who had stuck by him personally and
by the anc, the african national congress, his party, during his long 27 years in prison. and castro did. and mandela never forgot it. >> a fiercely loyal man. he embraced yasser arafat, castro. an extraordinarily loyal man those were the people who supported him. what we say right now, to mandela, go well, go carefully, as he enters into the other world. >> the eternity. >> we're going to talk more about this, in many people's minds, he's been casted as global grandfather. we see the images of him dancing and smiling in these bright-colored shirts. i want to know, i want to know about this later snow, what the younger, pre-robben island would
say about him. >> you're correct. the evolution of an individual. >> and you know you are very close with his family. his ex-wife, we'll talk more about that throughout the show and nadia, thank you. still to come, wild new police dash cam video. look at this. we've got more on this dangerous high-speed chase, shoot-out and manhunt in south carolina. also ahead, an american school teacher gunned down in libya during a morning jog. now officials are vowing to bring his killers to justice. ♪
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a dramatic chase and a shoot-out. you saw the bullets hit the windshield there. cnn affiliate wbtw reports, police in south carolina released this dash cam video after what ensued after an suv refused to stop for a simple traffic violation. you see that, the car sped off and eventually crashed. the police say the driver and the passenger got out and started shooting at the trooper again who then fired back. authorities took the driver into custody. that passenger ran off but police tracked him down just hours later. and amazingly, no one was injured in that shoot-out. >> wow, that is amazing. renewed hope for the family of a missing new hampshire teen authorities say a letter reportedly sent by this girl, 15-year-old abigail hernandez to her mother. it appears to be real.
authentic. >> hernandez went missing on her way home from school in october. but on friday, officials held a press conference and said the letter underwent expert analysis. >> she is not out there alone, she has somebody either out there helping her, whether that be a friend or what we fear say foe. >> officials won't say what's in the letter but someone they think is holding hernandez against her will. let's get to the tragedy of an american school teacher killed in libya. officials say 33 year ronnie smith was gunned down while jogging in benghazi on thursday. smith moved to libya about a year and a half ago to teach. >> this morning, there are still questions why he was killed. libyan officials are vowing to bring his killer to justice. >> poppy, victor, an american school teacher killed in libya, and so far, no answers about who did it.
>> reporter: 33-year-old ronnie smith was teaching chemistry at an international school in benghazi, libya. >> no matter what happens, i'm good. that gives me peace, and i'm okay with that. >> reporter: libyan authorities say on this street, four assailants in a black jeep opened fire, killing him instantly. in a video of smith and his wife on her way to libya, he speaks openly of his christian faith. >> if there's any single person in the entire universe that you can take a chance on, it's god. >> reporter: smith knew benghazi had grown increasingly dangerous for americans since the attack on the u.s. consulate 15 months ago. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed. in october, it got riskier, when u.s. special forces in tripoli captured al libi, an operative wanted in connection with attacks at the u.s. embassies in
east african. just after that arrest, smith tweeted libya islamists are threatening kidnappings. days before his killing al qaeda's american spokesman adam gadam. and a similar tweet came before the attack that killed chris stevens before al qaeda's leader ayman al zawahiri. a u.s. official tells cnn there does not appear to be a link between his threats and the killing. at this at this point, they don't believe that al qaeda ordered the attack. the libyan government is still investigating. poppy, victor. >> barbara starr, thank you. also today, today marks 72 years since the attack on pearl harbor in hawaii. back on that date, december 7th,
1941, japanese pilots lit u.s. battleships in pearl harbor. 2700 americans were killed in that attack. usually there's a missing man flyover at pearl harbor, but that's not going to happen this year, you know why? because of budget cuts. >> i'm totally, totally disgusteded. the one day of the year where we're honoring our military from world war ii. >> every year i watch, i have those on camera, and to not see a flyover, i can't imagine. >> obviously very hard for them. the f-22s in the flyover, they're actually going to be in the air for a training mission still not allowed to take part. >> so they'll be up in the air -- >> and not allowed to aabsolute them. talk about a flight. a light you probably would fought want to be on.
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landing in gatlik in london. you can imagine being on that flight? >> i really don't like flying even when it's normal, so, no, i can't. >> especially the second one. you're like, okay, this is not good. >> that is not autopilot. that is a good job on that, definitely. all right. the weather isn't much better here at home. an ice storm has smacked the south central u.s. freezing temperature, ice and snow. >> it's knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people. and the storm is not done. jennifer grey joins us now with more. jennifer, how long is this going to last. that's the question that everybody's asking. >> i know, we get a break today. more is on the way tomorrow. the good news is, though, the places that have already seen the ice and snow, it looks like the next system will be farther to the east. it's not good for folks, say, in d.c., that's where we could see a lot of that snow and ice.
okay, here we go. here's the system, it's pushing up to the northeast. sunday by 10:00, a break today, then by tomorrow, there it is, the ice and snow all across the mid-atlantic. that's pushing into the northeast by late sunday into monday. so that's what we'll be watching for. ice accumulations could be up to half an inch in some of these areas and so watches and warnings already in effect, across portions the east. that does include d.c. temperatures are very, very cold. >> come on over. it's been a mess for the last couple days. >> you think you can enjoy the tease -- >> we need you here. coming from miami, talking from ice and snow, tell us where you're from? >> yeah, i don't think you've ever lived places where there's ice and snow. >> i didn't. i always lived in the south. i came from miami where it's 82 degrees today. i originally was from louisiana.
yeahs i've always lived in the south. i'm so happy to be here. >> we're so happy to be here. >> big saints fan. i'm sorry about last weekend. i was at the game in seattle. halfway through the first quarter, my head went down and that's pretty much where it stayed the rest of the game. >> i feel like the oddman out here, because i don't know football that well. >> and i just pretend to. >> well, all right. >> i will help you. >> huge saints -- >> in the south, got to follow football. >> okay. let me move this to my strong point, entertainment. you said you don't really follow entertainment that much. i want to show you something, we've got to talk about this. "the sound of music" this week. >> why? >> the hills are alive. she almost tripped on one. carrie underwood, a sour note with critics ♪ and songs they have sung for a thousand years ♪
>> no one is saying she has a bad voice. we know she can sing. >> just thursday night, people on social media have been eviscerating this -- it went on for three hours. the three-hour show with carrie underwood and her performance here. >> and even kim carafe who starred as greta von trapp is slamming it. here's what she told cnn's jake tapper. >> personally, i was disappointed in it because i'm a huge carrie underwood fan and she has a great voice. i had high inspectations. maybe part of it was my expectations were too high. i actually was disappointed in the production values. i thought sort of the gimmick doing it live was a disservice to the actors. obviously, i thought some line
readings were off and would have benefitted from more takes. and i was surprised by some of the dialogue that had been added. those -- i mean, i had issues. >> did she like any of it? >> well, i don't know. can i point a few things out here? >> yeah, go ahead. >> one, are you are you going to remake a classic live in a way that everyone loves, right? >> that's true. >> just to take on a classic. "b," the ratings were unbelievable. 8.4 million people watched. the best thursday for nbc, nonsports, since the e.r. finale but it paid off in ratings. >> how many people were watching to see it would go wrong? >> do you think? >> i think when you see "the sound of music live" starting carrie underwood, they're waiting to see someone trip and fall. >> a gorgeous voice. everything was hard. and i give her kudos. >> she's not an actress.
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well, vice president joe biden, god bless him, he said today, obama care will eventually be a success, god willing. today, god said, hey, keep me out of this. [ laughter ] you're on your own after this one. >> it turns out lindsay lohan has a sister. did you know that? her sister paid a lot of money to a plastic surgeon to make her look more like lindsay lohan. i did the same thing so i could look more like my sister jane lynch. >> we never get to stay up late enough to watch it. >> no, this is the first time we ever see these. we've got a question for you, what would you do if a possible treasure's worth of lottery tickets showed up at your door? >> i don't want to say. i'd scratch them. victor would return them. it happened in florida, 4,000 scratchoff tickets were accidentally mailed to darryl
butler. >> but he said his first thought was merry christmas, but he decided to return the tickets because his integrity was worth more. >> perfect. after all of this, i wish it didn't happen this way, he found that all the tickets were worthless. they have to be activated at a store before he can use them. >> at least he did the right thing. >> how does that happen? >> i don't know, maybe there's an address mix-up. >> darryl did the right thing. >> thanks for starting your morning with us, the next hour of your "new day" starts right now. watch out for the person in front of you and make sure that you're ready for the road conditions ahead of you. >> entombed in ice. that's how locals are describing dallas as an ice storm freezes the south. flights canceled, cities paralyzed and now a new storm threatens the northeast.
i'm very glad to be on my way home. feel good. feel good. >> flight to freedom. right now, an american detained in north korea since october is on a flight back to the u.s. what he said upon his release. his family's reaction, and why north korea let him go. ♪ the grammy nominations are in. who came out on top? who got snubbed, and one of the big shockers of the night. your "new day" continues now. ♪ good morning, everyone, i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell. it's "new day saturday." if you're one of the people dealing with ice and snow, stay bundled up, stay at home with your cavity and stay with us. >> absolutely. this morning, deadly winter storms hammering cities across the country. in the southwest, rain, sleet,
snow, creating very dangerous conditions for drivers, even forcing some cars to spin out of control. >> wow, that's cincinnati, but in the dallas-ft. worth area, alone, the ice storm has knocked out power for more than 200,000 customer us. >> yeah, the weather is so severe, it is also causing a travel nightmare for a lot of flights. the main airport there in dallas, canceled 700 flights friday. the storm is already being blamed for at least four deaths across the country. >> in tennessee and arkansas, governors have declared a state of emergency and it's not over yet. severe weather is now moving east, just as the new storm is expected to hit. >> we're covering this story from all angles. let's begin with ed lavandera in snow, cold dallas this morning. officials, ed, have called off tomorrow's marathon because of this bone-chilling winter weather, is that right? >> reporter: they have. it's the first time in the
history of that event it's been canceled. and also the holiday parade. in fact, in a few days after this, they've been setting up the grandstands in one of the streets in downtown dallas. and those stands just sit there waiting for crews to clean that up again because that parade that was supposed to happen today was also canceled. but this is going to be a day of trying to catch up and get things right. several thousand flights canceled out out of the area throughout the region. in fact, 4,000 people had to sleep at the dfw airport terminal last night. it's a nightmare of ice, sleet and wicked cold. this winter storm has inspired the most haunting descriptions, i icepocalypse. trees are buckling under the sheer weight of the ice, bring down power lines and leaving more than 250,000 homes without
power in dallas-ft. worth. crews are trying to salvage lines that are still working and the roadways are a hazardous mess. >> watch out for the person in front of you and make sure you're ready for the road conditions ahead of you. >> reporter: there have been hundreds of accidents across the region. cars slipping and sliding off roadways. three people in texas and oklahoma killed in weather-related crashes. on this lake, north of dallas, the ice crushed this marina, collapsing the roof ton boats floating underneath. and the winter storm has canceled about 2,000 flights across the region. including about 90% of flights scheduled to depart dallas-ft. worth airport on friday. just two days ago, this same area was basking in the glow of 80-degree weather but it all disappeared in a matter of hours after the sun went down. the polar express arctic blast scooping in leaving layers of ice and crunching sounds of
slush. right about now, you probably wish you could escape the frigid temperatures by coming in the "back to the future" delorean and back in time? you actually don't need do that, just a few hours like 3:52 friday afternoon. ed lavandera from the past is here to tell you everything is going to be okay. you will be warm once again in the future. i hope. most schools and businesses shut down on friday. the dallas marathon and holiday parade were also canceled. the first time those events have been called off. but still, quite a few ventured outside. it's better to slip and slide on a hillside than on the highway. it will take several days for temperatures to rebound and for the ice to melt away. >> and we can't wait for those temperatures to get back. here's the problem that people will have today. even though a lot of -- the ice had turned into kind of slush on
the roadways, yesterday, all of that hardened overnight. temperatures into the teens last night and here across the north texas area. and that will, i think, make driving conditions rather are treacherous here this morning as people tried to venture out. we'll have more on the weather forecast from jennifer grey in the cnn weather center. >> that's exactly right, dallas right now, 21 degrees, what does start to melt during the overnight hours refreezes. so it's going to be icy and slushy across dallas for the next several days. as you make your way to the east, atlanta at 42, 23 in memphis, and the northeast, washington, d.c., at 38 degrees, and it's even cooler as you head up to the north. now, this system is pushing offshore. so we are staying quiet for today. call today a little bit of a break. but then by tomorrow, things are going to start to change.
this low lifts out of the gulf. and we are going to see more ice and snow possible across the mid-atlantic. d.c., you could pick up anywhere from half an inch of ice accumulation sunday into monday, guys. >> sounds fun. what else do you say it to? >> jennifer, thank you, appreciate it. breaking overnight, a korean war vet van is now safely on a flight to san francisco right now. good news this morning. north korea freed 85 aer-year-o merrill newman for more than a month. cnn's athena jones is covering this from the white house. athenia, the obama administration, they've got to be relieved? why did they release mr. newman? >> good morning, victor. this is certainly good news. north korea said they released newman for humanitarian reasons after what they're calling an apology from newman made earlier
this morning detailing allege d in inde. and now he's happy to have been released and we got a chance to catch up with him, reporters did in beijing. let's listen to what he had to say there. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. and i appreciate the tolerance that bprk government has given me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what are you going to do first thing? what would you like to do? >> i'll go happily and see my wife. >> and certainly, after merrill newman sees his wife, there is going to be a lot of people like us want to talk to him. victor. >> athenia, i know there's people waiting for him at the
airport. we know vice president biden was in south korea today. did his visit -- was he there, was there in any capacity to try to free newman? did he had have a role in freeing newman? >> he said he offered to give him a ride home hone air force two. but newman instead chose to direct the direct flight to san francisco and biden understood that. i should mention that both biden and newman's son, jeff newman talk about this other american in korea for more than a year, kenneth bayh and urge the north korean government to release him immediately. victor. >> athena jones at the white house. thank you. a blockbuster jobs report sent the mark soaring. the dow shot up 200 points after the jobs report shows the unemployment rate hit its lowest in months. in good paying jobs, like health
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he rejected recrimination in favor of reconciliation. and he knew that future demands required that we move beyond the place that he had been. >> after leaving power, he still cared so deeply about issues like aids and hiv, for his country, and he never gave up. >> you heard there from secretary of state john kerry and british prime minister david cameron paying tribute to nelson mandela. south africa say nation in mourning for their beloved president. >> the people there and all around the world, they're celebrating this life. 95 years of life. all he did. a man who helped unite his country and years and years of segregation. ♪ nelson mandela nelson mandela ♪ >> people have been singing and
dancing outside of mandela's home in johannesburg in honor. >> they've left a virtual wall there. thousands and thousands of people are paying anybody tributes. david mckenzie is in johannesburg. the news of his death has sunk in for a couple days now. he was one of the world's most revered leaders. what is the mood like there in johannesburg? >> reporter: well, it's ten days of mourning in south africa. really, the mood is one of celebration. people are gathering together in small and large groups, victor. they're singing old revolutionary songs some from the '80s, some from the '70s. all south africans gathering together outside of his nome johannesburg. nelson mandela died at age 95 after a protracted illness. and i think because of that long illness, people were in some sense prepared for this loss.
so that shock was there, of course, but now, it's just the celebration. singing, dancing, holding up placards with the image on it. bringing flowers it's almost like a pilgrimage to his house in johannesburg, victor. >> there's so many things, david torsion happen before the actual funeral. we know there's a memorial service this week. but we've also gotten word of other events. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, it's really ten days of celebrating mandela's life. tomorrow there will be a service from all different faith groups celebrating religious ceremonies of life and times of nelson mandela as they're preparing mandela's body to lie in state. he'll lie in state with thousands of south africans or more to view his body. symbolic that he'll be there in pretoria, such a symbol of the
apartheid regime. what i'm hearing time and time again today from people of all races, what a personal impact he had on their lives. many born frees have come here. children and young adults born after the democratic transition here in south africa. even parents very young ones, telling them they want to soak up that madiba clan magic. madiba being his name. >> there have been legislated presidents ewe becky and so forth. has there been any anxiety without mandela's presence, is there anxiety about the future of the country? >> reporter: that's a very good question. i think right are now that anxiety might not be felt because of the sheer emotional
feeling that south africans have. it's very hard to describe to people who are not south african or haven't been here during the tumultuous times since mandela was put in prison. for more than 20 years in prison until today. you know, i actually lived two blocks down here in the '80s for two years. during the time that i lived here, black south africans wouldn't be allowed in this neighborhood without a passbook. almost 20 years since the end of apartheid. they're looking at all the races celebrating together. it still brings a long pin in your throat about the transition. that's why seem people are soaking in the life of mandela. what happened next, well, yes, that is say big question. they've had a sovereigncy since
1984. maybe later, after this period, there will be a time to figure out what happens next. really, it's book end of an historic time. >> it will continue for at least ten days and beyond that. david mckenzie, thank you. cities around the world are paying tribute to the life and legacy of nelson mandela. last night in new york, one new york icon paid homage to another. >> the empire state building, blue, red, yellow and green, you recognize the colors, the colors of the south africa flag. there's a new deal for the indiana jones movies. we'll give you the details next. also, music time, the grammy nominations are out. did your favorite artist make the cut? what happened with miley? we'll tell you next. ♪ i've never seen a diamond in the flesh i cut my teeth on
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hey, if you got plans to hit the movie theaters this weekend, there's one new big release. the thriller out of the furnace starring christian bail. >> but it's not expected to challenge "frozen" the disney movie for "the hunger games." "frozen" will take in 38 million bucks. it beyond the dark world sequel and "out of the furnace" and "the best man holiday".
>> i'm amazed how they can come up with these systems and it's saturday morning. >> let's talk about this one of the great franchises in movie history may get a new lease on life. >> those people are trying to kill us. >> i know. >> that's a new experience for me. >> utter new deal, disney has just acquired the rights to distribute the indiana jones movies. that this is "the last crusade." >> disney said it doesn't have plans for indiana jones films just yet, come on, the first took in $2 billion worldwide, you can see the appeal of making a fifth. i'd watch it. ♪ sing it now i've got the eye of the tiger ♪ ♪ get me through the fire eye of the champion and you're going hear me roar ♪
>> i love that song, i love katy perry. that's a sing in your shower or with your car windows rolled up, right? >> not to me. i guess it's a nice song. >> i'm with you on that, love, love, love it. we're talking about the grammies, though. >> well deserved. people love it. along with pink's "just give me a reason," bruno mars, "locked out of heaven." lorde's "royals." >> i love that. >> and macklemore and ryan lewis, huge for them. album of the year one and only -- >> jay z topped them with nine emy nods. taylor swift overseas multiple
nominations. >> i'm a big jay z fan. went to the concert last week. >> but macklemore, i love that song it's a message about equality and gay rights. the thing i find interesting about them, macklemore was not successful living in his parent's basement and then talks bubbly about becoming sober. said when he became sober, he became so successful. >> if you haven't heard that -- >> what's your favorite? >> i like the "royals" song. >> yes. what about miley? >> the film finger? >> i don't know "wrecking ball." >> did she get any nods? >> i don't know if anybody in the back knows that.
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poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell. here are five things you need to know for your new day. first, the storm that has brought ice and snow and freezing temperatures to the southern central u.s. four deaths are blamed on the weather. frigid temperatures are expected to linger through the weekend. governors of tennessee and arkansas have declared states of emergency. number two, police are search are for four militants behind the killing of an american school teacher. officials say 33-year-old ronnie smith was gunned down while jogging in the benghazi city on thursday. smith moved to libya a year and a half ago. and was teaching, he was planning on returning home to his family this month. number three, thousands of fans of "fast & furious" star paul walker are expected to attend a memorial at the site of his fiery car crash. california police are urging people to obey all traffic rules to ensure the safety of drivers in the area and pedestrians.
police say speed may have been a factor in last week's crash. number four, take a look at this, well, you can't see much because it's in shanghai china. it's wreathed in smoke. the government's air pollution monitor said the smog has reached the highest ever recorded there. it's hazardous to health and authorities have told them to keep children inside. up now, number five, imagine finding this waiting for you. it's a sinkhole swallowed a car in california. and police believe a sewer issue is to blame there. still steaming there. breaking overnight a korean war veteran is due in san francisco in just a few hours now from that. north korea freed 85-year-old merrill are newman friday night after detaining him for more than a month. cnn international correspondent ivan watson is in beijing. ivan, good morning to you.
newman seemed to be doing well when he arrived at the airport in beijing? >> reporter: that's right, victor. he was all smiles and a free man when he landed here after being deported by the north koreans. he was met at beijing airport by u.s. diplomats who gave him the medication he needed to get a health checkup and to help him get a seat on the next flight back home to california. he said he was really looking forward to seeing his wife. take a listen. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. and i appreciate the tolerance that bprk government has given me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what are you going to do first thing? first thing what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> so, mr. newman there, the north koreans have accused him of traveling as a tourist to
north cree under false pretenses. they claim that he was planning hostile acts of north korea. and they only let him go after televising a state confession on state tv where he confessed to killing soldiers more than 60 years ago when he himself was a u.s. soldier during the korean war. but thankfully, this chapter of his life is over, and he will be reunited before the holidays. victor. >> ivan watson in beijing this morning. mr. newman headed back to the u.s. this just into cnn, defense secretary chuck hagel is in afghanistan. he arrived in kabul a short time ago in an an unannounced visit. the pentagon said he's there to thank troops for serving for the work they've done and the national security forces. secretary hagel is also planning on meeting with defense officials during this visit.
the november jobs report was one of the strongest of the year for the u.s. part of what made it so good was not just the number of jobs added but the types of jobs. >> we're talking about high paying jobs, health care and construction. alexandra field is following that story. what are we looking at just past the number of jobs added? >> right, victor, certainly, those numbers show signs of improvement. one group seems to be benefitting in particular. since the recession hit, young people have struggled to find jobs. last month, more of them started bringing home paychecks. >> well, it's a big relief actually getting a paycheck, instead of work for minimum wage. i mean, i can actually do stuff now. >> reporter: jeff delorenzo graduated from rutgers university with a degree in engineering. he was underemployed for a year serving coffee until he found full-time work in his field at flexline, a manufacturer. >> we figured there was a great potential there an engineering
degree and we grab them. >> reporter: young people like delorenzo and the recently unemployed are reaping the benefits of an economy that's adding jobs. the latest job report puts the unemployment rate at a five-year low of 7%. 203,000 jobs were created in november. and more of them are in higher paying sectors. we saw the predictable retail jobs. in leisure and hospitality, bars and restaurants because of the holidays. but we also saw things like manufacturing, business, professional services again tend to pay a little more money. these are broad-based jobs gains this month and that's important. >> reporter: the november jobs report was better than expected. for a third year in a row, more than 2 million jobs have been created. still, that's not enough to make up for the 9 million jobs lost between 208 and 2009. >> did you think it was going to be difficult finding a job? >> i thought i was going to be handed a job. >> reporter: in the last year,
unemployment dropped nearly a full percentage point but 11 million people are searching for jobs. and the long-term unemployed are struggling the most. in some places people are fight for work. last month, walmart opened 2,000 stores. there were 600 jobs and 23,000 applicants. >> if you looked at them with a rate of 3% getting hired, harvard has a higher acceptance rate. >> hard to believe when you put it that way. the question is how the jobs report will affect the economy. a poll conducted by cnn/orc says a quarter of those polled believe it's getting better. >> alexandra field, thank you. today marks 72 years since the attack on pearl harbor in hawaii. december 7th, 1941 was the date. japanese pilots blitzed u.s. battleships in pearl harbor. more than 2,400 americans were
killed in that surprise attack. usually, u.s. war jets perform what's calling a missing man fly overduring pearl harbor ceremonies. but that will not happen this year because budget constraints. >> i'm totally, totally disgusted. the one day of the year where we're honoring our military from world war ii. >> every year, i watch for the flight. and i have those flights on the camera. and to not see a flyover, i can't imagine. >> now, consider this, the f-22s typically you've in the flyover will be in the air for a training mission today. even though, they won't be allowed to take part in the pearl harbor ceremony. well, coming up, millions, we're talking millions of people watched carrie underwood in "the sound of music" it was live this week. no doubt, lots loved it.
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the sound of something else, calling the reviews of underwood's harsh is an understatement. marinka wrote, who knew carrie underwood was also an actress? not anyone watching sound of music. >> and kelly tweeted did nbc forget that there would be parts where carrie underwood wasn't singing and we had to watch her talk? i would tell you it paid off. 18.5 million tuned in. this is huge. >> compare that to another star, miley cyrus, you know, this one of twerking fame. she got slammed on twitter, too, guess how many grammy nominations she had. >> i was shocked by this. >> i like the album. i like "banger." viva said the wrecking ball
video is the most watched of the year. kim serrefine joins us. they hated the performance. we know she can sing. but the performance wasn't great according to folks on twitter. is twitter out of touch? >> well, obviously, as you mention, 18.5 million viewers tuned in to watch carrie underwood and the sound of music. some of them, yes, the hate watchers we've heard that term a lot. definitely people wanted to tune in to write the nasty tweets. carrie is an amazing singer. everyone knew that. nobody thought she was an actress. she said she wasn't trying to be julie andrews. she wasn't putting herself at that level. this is a great risk for nbc to do. it you're a theater lover and i
am. i'm a huge musical theater fan. yes, carrie underwood is not a great actress. you want to see more of these? you have to say we have to have a carrie underwood fronting it, nbc is not going to spend money without name recognition. >> it paid off huge in the ratings. i watched part of it. i didn't see the entire thing. >> why not? >> because i didn't know it was airing. i watched it online yesterday. but i'm just saying i actually did not think, the six minutes that i saw was bad. she did 10,000 times better than i did but i hear the twitter sphere. this is from the actress who played gretel in the original sound of music. listen. >> i mean, julie andrews is julie andrews. and those are very, very big
shoes to step into, big. because she's remarkable across the board. carrie underwood is spectacular in her own way. this was something i think someone with a little more stage experience might have had an easier time with. >> well, you also need someone with a powerful voice like carrie underwood has. what do you think this does to carrie underwood? does this impact her career at all? or should we look at the number us and ratings and what everyone's talking about? >> yeah, if anything, it helps her career because she took on a challenge, again, who wants to be in that position where you're taking on julie andrews. i don't think a lot of people want that. i think really she does have the stage experience. i think if anything, some of the reviews mention this as well, even some of the live veterans of broadway on this show suffer because you don't have a live audience. there's no audience feedback. you're not getting the applause or the laughs. the laugh lines. there are strong performers.
audra mcdonalds who won five tony awards, she stood out. she's phenomenal. i think from the broadway performance could have used that live reaction from the theater. and carrie underwood does have the stage experience in terms of her being a huge concert performer. she does have a huge fan base. people are giving her some credit for taking on this. if anything, nobody thought she was an actress before this. i thought she did good job, certainly, a lot of people watched. >> i wonder how long this sticks around if you compare this to miley cyrus and the twerking situation that went on and on -- >> you can't compare that. sound of music/twerking. >> i think people would call them bad performances one very different from the other but are they created equal. is this going to stick around for carrie underwood as long as this twerking thing stuck around for miley? >> yes, well, very different.
miley milked this for all it was worth. i think she tweeted after she was so excited that more people tweeted about her performance than they did have about the super bowl. she was lucky to get hate tweets. it didn't matter that people were upset with the performance or happy with it. she just wanted the publicity. certainly has been working. we've been talking about her. but i don't think she wants the hate tweets but she seemed like she was even happy with herself after the performance. and she, again, did a great job. as i mentioned some there some other broadway performers on the stage with her even they got reviews that they didn't have the electricity that they would normally have on a broadway stage. to put her in that position to replicate julie andrews to be in an iconic role alongside veterans, seasoned performer, i think people will continue to
watch this. i think nbc wants to play this every year. >> i'm interested in big picture here. you kill it with the ratings. since the "e.r." finale, 18.5 million viewers. is this something that we'll see not just from nbc but other networks? >> i hope so. again if you're a lover of theater and you want to see more things like this, you should be very glad they got this many viewers. i think the average for thursday was the best since the "frazer" finale. you have to have the names to carry it, there are people who don't have acting experience, but if you want to see more things like this, you got to go with the flow. >> and they're expensive. >> $9 million. >> stand by for britney spears and "the wizard of oz." >> produced by victor. >> quick break. we'll be back.
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republican leaders are promoting reports that people have been canceled from their low coverage insurance plans and insurance plans in the exchanges have dropped doctors and options. an obama care critic is a contender for the gop president nomination. new york representative peter king will meet with a well-placed political operative in new hampshire later this month. his name comes up on the short list of republicans who might want to run. king tells cnn he is not asking for endorsement or donations and will not make up his mind about running, quote, for another year and a half. >> we are already talking about it for a year and a half. president obama having trouble talking about a meeting with a controversial relative. >> he said he never met with a
relative in the country illeg illegal illegally. brian todd with more. >> reporter: poppy and victor, this is about an uncle of the president who has gone through legal problems with immigration and it is about the impression the white house has given. white house aides say they weren't doing that. he is a 69-year-old man who works in a liquor store in boston. he is caught up in the president's political migraine. his name is omar. the president's uncle. the boston globe cited the white house as the president and uncle had never met. the white house press secretary now says this. >> the president said he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and stayed with him for a brief period of time. are. >> reporter: in recent days, he said he stayed with him for days in the 1980s. why the differing accounts? >> back when this arose, folks
looked at the record. >> reporter: jay carney said it was when he asked the president about staying with his uncle. the white house was asked about the relationship a couple of years ago after the uncle was arrested for drunk driving and it came to light he was fighting deportation. that has given ammunition to republican critics. >> it goes back to the thing of the white house not being completely forthright with facts with the public. it is what has contributed to his trust worthiness numbers going down. >> reporter: and political observers say something else could be lingering. >> it raises questions about the white house coming to the idea that the relatives had trouble with dui or immigration problems or other else. there are other politicians with relatives with similar issues. >> reporter: the push back of the president not being
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mariah carey performing at the national christmas tree lighting. president obama and the first lady did the grand honors. >> five, four, three, two, one! >> that is nice. nice tree. the president was joined by star studded lineup. we mentioned mariah carey and aretha franklin was there and the band train. i think this can be described as dance moves. he is dancing with a 4-year-old elf. >> i wish you could see it. >> there you go. >> a kid dancing is different. >> those in attendance were treated to the spirited r rendition of "twas the night before christmas" read by the first lady. >> to the top -- >> a couple of them were right.
the president took a moment to remember the legacy of nelson mandela. donder. that is a new one for us. thank you for staying with us. >> we have more ahead on "new day" which starts right now. >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> coming home. new this morning, an american detained in north korea since october is on a flight back to the u.s. his journey and his first words as a free man and why north korea let him go. start sliding sideways and got real close to the house. i thought i better stop and get a wrecker. >> an ice storm grips the south just as a new storm is preparing to shock the northeast. cars swerved down streets, cities are paralyzed and hundreds and thousands of people
are without power. big relief actually getting a paycheck instead of working for minimum wage. >> jobs are up and your 401(k) just got bigger. what the friday jobs report shows about the economic recovery and what it is really doing. your "new day" continues now. >> good morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell. it is cold outside for a lot of people this morning. 8:00. this is "new day saturday." first the breaking news overnight is going to lead to one happy family reunion at the san francisco airport today. merrill newman. 85 years old. a veteran of the korean war. he is on a plane home. suddenly north korea freed him. we have cnn's athena jones at the white house. he was in south korea today. what was his role, if any, in
this release of merrill newman? >> reporter: good morning, victor. vice president biden said he played no direct role in newman's release. he did say he spoke with merrill newman on the phone, offered him a ride back to america on air force two. merrill newman decided to take the direct flight from beijing to san francisco. here is what merrill newman said when reporters caught up to him at airport in beijing. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciative of the tolerance of dprk has given me to be on my way home. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: so we know a lot of people will be waiting for merrill newman at the san francisco airport. that is one thing vice president
biden said. all of america is waiting to welcome you home. that is what he told newman in that phone conversation, victor. >> all of the people are waiting for newman to come home and kenneth bae. what about the custody battle for bae? >> reporter: exactly. kenneth bae was arrested in november of 2012. he was sentenced in may to 15 years of hard labor. vice president biden said that the north koreans need to release bae immediately. former new mexico governor bill richardson says the same thing. even jeff newman called on the north koreans to do the same thing for bae that they did for his father. >> that effort continues. cnn's athena jones covering the release of 85-year-old veteran merrill newman. thank you. >> great news. this morning, a deadly winter storm is hammering cities across the country. the southwest, rain, sleet and
snow creating dangerous conditions for drivers. >> in the dallas/ft. worth area, the ice storm has knocked out power for more than 200,000 customers. cnn's ed lavandera has more on the canceling of the marathon. you cannot have people standing out there in this weather. >> reporter: there is no way you can have runners going 26 miles through the city of dallas which is treacherous. clearly, there is no way they could have run this marathon at this point. it is no longer the freezing rain and the sleet is no longer coming down, but the temperatures will not get above freezing until late sunday at the earliest. everything you see behind me on the ground will stay on the ground frozen for some time.
right now, we are hovering around 20 degrees. it feels colder than that. this hopefully will be a day where a lot of -- especially the airports can catch up a bit. we are hearing from dfw airport in the dallas area that flights are being canceled. 4,000 people had to spend the night in the airport because 40% of the flights were canceled yesterday. there are flights moving in and out. this is still a situation where they are trying to catch up with the flight situation. imagine 4,000 people sleeping at the airport. the roads will be difficult again today. we have seen lot of slipping and sliding. several deadly accidents and hundreds of crashes that crews have had to work. all of that slush that was on the roadways yesterday, because it was so cold last night, has hardened up throughout the night. if you are out on the roads again today, if you have to be, be very careful. >> the first time they canceled
that marathon in dallas ever. ed, i want to get you a hat. you are a warm weather guy. you look freezing out there. get back in the live truck and warm up. thank you for braving it. >> reporter: i don't do well in these conditions. >> i notice. great reporting, ed. >> can you imagine training for a marathon? >> it happened in new york after sandy. that's true. dallas is not the only place where the sun is rising over a frigid day. towns in the south central u.s. have the same problem. icy and freezing temperatures and the roads are unbearable. >> meteorologist jennifer gray has more for us. >> it will be very, very cold across the south all weekend. we have a little bit of a break from the precipitation today, but it does come back in the forecast tomorrow. look at the temperatures. these are your high temperatures for the next couple of days. today, high of 30 in dallas. 33 on sunday.
35 on monday. their average this time of year? 59 degrees. they are almost 30 degrees below normal. same for memphis. 31 today with the average high of 54. you will slowly warm up as you get into the beginning part of the week. whatever is frozen on the ground is most likely going to stay that way for the next couple of days until we can get the temperatures to move on up. as you look in the northeast, it is going to be chilly today, but temperatures really take a dive for places like new york and boston tomorrow. then gradually warming up again on monday. the reason for all of this, we have the secondary system that will be working its way into the mid-atlantic in the northeast tomorrow into tomorrow night. we could see ice and snow in portions of the country like d.c. and that will turn into rain most likely by the time it hits new york. we could see anywhere from .50 of accumulation. we will have the freeze watch
and warnings through sunday. the good news in this, the places that are heavy with ice and sleet, this system will be farther to the east. it will affect folks in pittsburgh, d.c. and up into the northeast. guys, this is a messy weekend. >> at least there is good news. the first storm was in parts of the country where people were not used to dealing with this. you take it to the northeast, at least some people know what to do thanks, jennifer. all right. turning to your money. the november jobs report showed not just the boost of americans who got jobs, but the kind of jobs they were hired for. high paying jobs in health care and construction. a nice boost to manufacturing. alexandra field is in new york with us this morning. you spent time with someone who is really happy to have a good paying job. >> reporter: a key take away from the report is the jobs are added. a lot of them are going to those recently unemployed and a lot
going to young people. young people have struggled to find a job since the recession hit. we spoke to a rutgers university student who has a degree in engineering. he spent a year serving coffee before finally finding a full-time job in his field. >> i feel more comfortable. it is a relief getting a paycheck instead of working for minimum wage. i can do stuff. i don't have to rely on my mom and dad for everything. i can do what i want now. >> reporter: a good feeling fhi. a banner headline. y poppy, there are still 11 million people looking for work. >> about 4 million of them out of work for six months or longer. the longer you are out of work, the harder it is to find a job.
it is a lot about sentiment. although the jobs report was better than expected, the sentiment isn't there, is it? >> reporter: this is a good jobs report, but people want to see more good jobs reports. in november, cnn and orc cond t conducted a poll. only a quarter of people believe the economic conditions are getting better. that is where perception is, poppy. >> i was so happy to see it wasn't just the lower paying sectors that were seasonally hiring. alexandra, i appreciate it. and the age discreme as i. we will talk about that this morning. stay with us for that. since the breaking news on thursday night, the death of
nelson mandela. south africa is a nation in mourning, but celebrating. here live, i believe this is johannesburg, his home there. people are bringing the balloons and cards and pictures and flowers as a way to mourn the death of who many in the country call madiba, his tribal name, but to celebrate his accomplishments. an incredible scene outside his home and tribute to the man who changed the world. former president clinton shares on the celebration of mandela. that is ahead. ♪ ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪
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there are other events before his funeral. we have cnn's david mckenzie. david, tell us about the plans over the next seven or eight days the south african government has been unveiling some of the details. >> reporter: that is right, victor. today is a day of celebration in south africa. it is ten days of mourning here, but this is the uniquely south african way to celebrate the statesman's life. celebration and dance and songs. songs against the struggle of apartheid. people are here to celebrate this great man. yes, the government has announced the next few days it will be days of mourning and celebration, reflection. tomorrow, there will be a series of prayer services across the country. then on tuesday, a big event on the main soccer stadium south of the city here in johannesburg.
mandela's body will then lie in state. the union buildings in pretoria. thousands of south africans will want to view him. his body will be flown to his hometown of qunu in the eastern cape. all this week, it is a sense for south africans to come together and celebrate the miracle that was mandela for the democratic transition of this country. >> david, the news of mandela's death has now sunk in. it happened thursday night. we are into saturday morning. he was one of the most revered figures in the world. what's the mood there now? >> reporter: the mood is one of joy, frankly. it is maybe hard for people to understand that around the world and in the u.s. i think people were expecting
this. nelson mandela had been sick for quite some time in his home behind me on life support of some kind until he passed away late thursday. i think south africans were ready for this moment. after the initial shock, it is one of celebration and dance. >> david mckenzie in south africa, thank you. >> in 1998, former president bill clinton visited robben island. that is where nelson mandela spend 22 years behind bars. clinton told our own wolf blitzer about the conversation he has never forgotten. >> one of the conversations i had over the 20 year friendship, i said i know how you came out of prison, but how did you get
there. how did you come out a bigger man than when you went in? didn't you feel full of rage when you went to prison? he said yes, i was young and strong and i was a boxer. i lived on my hatred for years. he said it clearly. i was breaking rocks 11 years into my prison term and i realized they had taken so much from me. i had been abused and deprived of my children growing up. it destroyed my marriage. they took everything away from me except my mind and my heart. those things i would have to give them. i decided not to give them away. he looked at me and smiled and said neither should you. >> wow. that was a fascinating conversation. >> what a moment. we have seen college football fans with the most exciting games of the season.
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jennifer gray will. >> we brought in meteorologist jennifer gray, who is new to our show, who loves college football. we are talking about the national championship. we have joe carter here as well. >> jen and i used to work together in miami. she is a huge college football fan. today is the best saturday of the season. we have the championship conference games. you have three teams today or three games that have national championship implications. the best match up today is the sec championship game. auburn and missouri. it will happen next door to us. the team of destiny is because they had two last-second wins to end the season. one against georgia and who could forget the one against alabama. missouri is 11-1. they lost to south carolina in double overtime. now the winner of this game will be watching tonight's games
because they need either fsu or ohio state to lose in order to get into the national championship game. we also have the acc championship game. that is florida state against duke. florida state is a 30-point favorite in the game. they are the most dominant. if fsu wins tonight, they are in. no problem. if duke win, the world will fall off its axis. kidding. if duke wins, fsu is out and the sec champ will be in. we have ohio state against michigan state. if ohio state wins, they are in the national championship game. if ohio state loses, they are out and michigan state plays in some sugar bowl. there is a slim chance if ohio state still wins tonight, but they barely beat michigan state, an sec champ would jump and slide into the title game. it is possible, but not
probable. to make it more confusing for those that are having a hard time following. >> please. >> if ohio state loses and florida state loses, alabama has a good chance of getting in to the national championship. >> they are not playing today. >> i think alabama is a better team than ohio state. >> this coming from the lsu fan. >> anybody who beats alabama, i am rooting for. auburn. >> some people will say teams that come off huge wins, auburn has two, have a tendency of a hangover. >> meantime, duke, not just a great basketball school. >> they are in the first acc championship game. duke, one of the schools has had one five-star recruit in five years. florida state has had 50. it is david versus goliath. you never know. >> how about the auburn/alabama
game? >> i was screaming at the top of my lungs. i would love to see florida state and auburn in the national championship game. that would be good. >> i'm rooting for duke. 30-point favorite. >> a lot of people look at ohio state and say they have not lost a game in two years. still not good enough to get into the national championship. a lot of people want to see a good game. we hope next year when they go to a playoff system, they will have a fair system. >> i'm ready for that. >> you will join us in a few hours. we will see you then. thank you, joe. >> thank you, joe. he cannot wait to get home to hug his wife. this broke overnight. we will tell you about this story. more than a month in custody in north korea. that country releases an american who fought on the korean peninsula 60 years ago. christine romans has a preview of "your money." >> hi, poppy and victor. pull up a chair. you are invited to saturday
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ice and snow and more than 200,000 people are out of power. marathons in dallas and memphis have been canceled because of this storm. the governors of tennessee and arkansas have declared states of emergency. a critical lead in the case of abigail hernandez, the new hampshire girl. police believe the letter written to the teen's mother may in fact be from hernandez. although it may mean she is still alive, but held against her will. number three, the deadly train derailment in new york is prompting change. the federal railroad administration issued an emergency order requiring trains to stick to all speed limits. it is telling them to modify the existing signal system to make sure the signs are obeyed. officials want two qualified railroad employees operating trains at all times. four people died in the bronx after the train traveled 82
miles an hour in a 30 miles an hour zone. president obama and other world leaders are expected at the state funeral for nelson mandela next sunday. ten days of mourning are underway following mandela's death on thursday. he was 95 years old. mr. mandela's body is being prepared for his lying in state later this week. on tuesday, there will be an official memorial service in johannesburg. number five, police are searching for four people believed to be behind the killing of an american school teacher. officials say 33-year-old ronnie smith was gunned down while he was jogging in the libyan city of benghazi on thursday. smith moved to libya just about a year and a half ago. he was teaching there. he was planning to return home to his family this month. merrill newman, a veteran of the korean war, 85 years old, is back to see his family today. cnn's paula hancocks in seoul looks at newman's role in the
korean conflict. >> reporter: putting on military fatigues in seoul, former members talk about the korean war. now in their 80s, these men were part of an anti-militant guerilla group. they say released american citizen merrill newman was one of their leaders. newman used to send orders to us indicating which island to infiltrate and occupy. then used to work on combined operations. looking at photos of newman self years ago, the soldier s used t remember the war-time memories. he was and still is hated in north. i heard when north korean soldiers die, the last wish is to see the face of the leader of the partisans. we accomplished a lot during the war. north korea released a video of
newman reading a handwritten apology for killing civilians during the korean war. a clearly relived looking newman traveled through beijing on saturday mentioning nothing of his past. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance of dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> how do you feel fonow? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: u.s. vice president biden paid respects saturday to american soldiers who died during the korean war. he mentioned a second u.s. citizen prisoned in north korea. kenneth bae has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for so-called hostile acts against
the regime. >> paula hancocks live for us in seoul. what does north korea stand to gain from this? they seemingly did it without concessions from the u.s. >> reporter: that's right, victor. we have seen in the past the u.s. has had to send a president to lobby for the release of an american citizen. president clinton and president carter go to pyongyang in the past. there time, there were no concessions like that. i spoke to one expert here in seoul about that. he said what north korea got out of this was that apology from a u.s. korean war veteran. this would play well domestically. this was a propaganda coup for kim jong-un. it shores up support for him. it shows that the propaganda that north korea has been telling all these years that north korea won the war and the u.s. had carried out atrocities
against north korea, he was able to prove this with the apology that was televised by merrill newman. it was likely this was coerced, this apology, or not completely his words. that is what north korea gets out of this. it was a surprise this saturday morning when it was announced newman was leaving. it was a sudden decision when he was arrested as well. just as he was trying to leave the country back in october. victor. >> it was the apology. we have seen the power of propaganda there in north korea. paula hancocks in seoul, south korea. thank you. we want to take you to shanghai. the air is dangerous to breathe in parts of china. i want you to look at the pictures. it is stunning. i was there a few months ago. it did not look like this. this is shanghai. the government's air pollution monitoring site says the smog has hit one of the highest levels ever recorded. it is hazardous to the public's
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fire. gun control advocates now have a new target. 3-d printed guns. the house voted to renew a ban on firearms that cannot be picked up by metal detectors. some say the law does not go far enough. they are concerned that plastic 3-d guns which have a removable metal pin can slide past security and airports and schools. congress member steve israel joins us now. congress member, it is good to have you. first question, what is the difference between what has been law since 1988, this undetectible firearms act, which makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, shop, deliver, transport or receive by metal detectors and what you are proposing? >> the difference is when we
passed the act in 1988, the notion of a 3-d plastic gun that could go right through a metal detector and on a plane was science fiction. today, it is a reality. they are out there. more are coming. we need to extend that ban. it is not a good idea for us to allow the plastic guns to get through metal detectors on planes and secure environments. as these guns have become a reality, this law is going to expire. it will expire on monday. i led the house of representatives on a bipartisan basis on extending the law. it passed the house of representatives. now the senate has to act very early next week or else the law expires and it is terminated and america is a more dangerous place. >> quickly, do you think there will be a hold up in the senate? >> i hope not. we have to extend the ban and modernize it to require every single firearm have one metal or
two metal parts that can be detected by metal detectors. some say we should not extend the ban unless we get the modernizati modernization. let's extend the ban and modernize it and keep america safe. >> senator schumer says let's keep the ban so let it be added. what you are proposing is these parts cannot be removed from the plastic weapon, correct? >> correct. there is a huge loophole in the law. we have to close the loophole on the law. >> i want to read something from representative steve king of iowa. just because the founding fathers did not think of a 3-d printer doesn't mean when don't have a constitutional right to make one with new technology. what do you say to opponents of your proposal or bill that this is an infringement on their
second amendment rights? >> a gun that could kill somebody is against my rights. i'm saying we should extend the law. ronald reagan was in support of this. it was renewed under george w. bush. not exactly a foe of the nra. when clinton and bush and reagan all agree on something, we should pass it because it is common sense. >> i want to read a statement that the nra released based on the renewal of the law and your proposal. the nra opposes the expansion of the firearms act, including the magazines or gun parts and new technologies. we will continue to aggressively fight any expansion of the ufa or any other proposal to infringe upon our second amendment rights.
i want to add to that on this proposal that people disagree with you. these plastic weapons have not been seen or used in any major event in america or anywhere in the world. you are not seeing them pass through the airport yet. are these as much of a threat as you say they are? >> well, you just showed a video where one was used. this is a fairly recent technology. 3-d printers are widely available. you can go to an office equipment store. you can download a digital blueprint. you can bring it past a metal detector. they may not be widespread. who wants to be the first person to deal with a plastic gun that fires a bullet because we did not have common sense to extend a law to ensure that is picked up by a metal detector. >> congress member steve israel. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you.
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if you are sick of selfies on your news feed, you are not alone. especially the one people take as soon as they get into the car. you have the baby photos and workout updates and engagement announcements. we all have friends on facebook we wish we did not hear from so often. >> some people think they can tell us all their problems. >> i don't care what you had for lunch. >> now new tools to block the posts without offending anyone. god forbid offending one of your friends. let's bring in one of our friends from new york.
when i was reading about this, how is this any different from hide all? >> it is two or three clicks less. facebook is trying to help us save our fingers from too many mouse clicks. i think this comes in response to a lot of people going through the process of going through their news feed and seeing as you describe the selfies and gym selfies and food. the things we don't care about. we won't go as far as unfriending someone. that is rude. your friend will find out you are not seeing everything they are doing. if you just unfollow, you don't have to see their stuff in their news feed. of course, the caveat to this, they will know because you are not liking their pictures or their posts or commenting. there is still that aspect of it going forward. >> so they won't know if you click this new unfollow that your friend has no idea?
>> no. they will not get an alert. there is nothing that will show up on their news feed. you can get around you are not liking and commenting by occasionally dropping by their page and scrolling through their timeline. >> that's too much work. seriously? what? >> yes. i mean why not? you know you don't want to see posts from taylor swift. i'll listen to her songs about how sad her life is. >> i guess the question is if you have to do this, why are you friends in the first place? victor would just defriend me. let's be honest. >> right. that is a very valid question. why not unfriend these people if you are not interested in their day-to-day. i think facebook is more than just connecting with our friends and seeing everything that's going on in their life. it is still a way to stay in touch with a lot of different
people. you don't want to hear about everything they are doing. >> that is the beauty of instagram, which is owned by facebook. >> and something more serious for the people on social media sites. massive internet hack. this week, 2 million passwords from sites. facebook, google and yahoo and twitter. how protect yourself? >> it is nothing you can do. it is on the service provider's side. you need to immediately change your password. your e-mail password is the most critical. that is where everything goes when you need to reset your password. you should vary your passwords. use password software. dashlane will create passwords and store them across various
devices. don't use single words. use symbols like the dollar sign or an ampersand or the "at" symbol. people, don't use that as your password. 123456? that is the first thing a hacker is going to try. >> i have a hard time. i forget my passwords. i was trying to get on the laptop and i cannot remember it. the tools where you save them. they are very safe. those are key. >> those are key. you want to make them complicated. also something you will remember. >> i'll tell on myself. i share an office with a recorder here, sarah. one of the systems to look for video -- my password doesn't work. i just took hers. her password. i won't say it on television. i used it. i told her after that. yes. >> sneaky. >> that's nice. >> sarah, we'll talk after the show. thank you. i appreciate it, brett.
>> thank you. >> she knows about it. deadly ice storm. we will talk about the crazy ice storm. caused tens of thousands of power outages and travel headache. it is not over yet. it is pushing east just as a new storm gets ready to hit. we will have all the details coming up. ♪ [ female announcer ] can you heal a broken heart with a bundt cake? of course you can! even if that heart was broken by zack peterson. bake the world a better place with nestle toll house. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪
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donder and blitzen. it should be donder. the original is donder. she got it right. i got it wrong. there it is. >> i didn't know what it was. guys, thank you for starting your morning with us. >> we have a lot ahead on "new day saturday" which continues right now. good morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell. 9:00 on the east coast. 6:00 on the west coast. this is "new day saturday." >> a lot of news about the weather. we will tell you what you need to know. a deadly winter storm hammering across the country. bringing rain, sleet and snow and creating dangerous driving in texas and ohio and forcing drivers to spin out of control. the storm has been blamed for four deaths in the south and more than 2200,000 power outage.
there is a state of emergency declared where you are, right? >> reporter: it looks like they dodged a bullet in memphis. you can see a tiny bit of ice on the grouped here west of us in west memphis. a half inch of freezing rain. they had some conditions where they had about 5,000 people without power. today down to 500. that is the good news here. things look like they are getting back to normal. the problem is people left in the cold this morning are dealing with temperatures below freezing. when you add in the wind chill in memphis, it feels like 9 degrees. you may see some of the runners go by. they canceled the marathon. 20,000 people were expected to be in the city of memphis running the marathon for st. jude. they are running anyway. it looks like things are moving in and out on flights. to the north in jonesboro and
port smith is where they saw a good inch of ice. we all know out toward dallas where they got devastated by ice. a good inch of ice gave about 200,000 people without power. in the airport, people were stranded. they were entertaining them in the airport. 4,000 people stuck in the terminals. the story now is the second wave. we have been talking about this. there still is concern here. even if you did not get to the threshold of half an inch of ice, there is another chance of ice coming this afternoon. you can take that amount and you got .25 inch, you add another .25 inch and you are concerned about losing power with the next wave. we are on standby for the next wave and motion. >> that second punch is more than an annoyance. indra petersons, thank you so much. let's go to jennifer gray in
the weather center. >> where is the storm headed next? >> it will head up the east coast. the first wave like indra was talking about has hit. she was talking about dallas. we have video of a car that was just fished from the icy conditions. it was just flipped back over. this is just one of many situations that have been exactly like this that have gone on over the past couple of days. very icy. we are not seeing the sleet and ice anymore, but it is still on the ground. that is where we are seeing the big trouble. te temperatures are not going to get above freezing the next couple of days. the second wave is coming. it will be in the mid-atlantic by later tonight and into tomorrow. mainly sunday into monday, though. we are looking at more ice and snow. it looks like this will be farther to the east. most of the areas who have already seen ice should be in
the clear. there still is that slight chance for areas to pick up a little bit more especially in tennessee and western kentucky. we could see up to .50 inch of ice in washington, d.c. and that will pull into northeast sunday into monday. that is another storm that we are going to be watching. we have winter storm watches and warnings in effect. ice storm warnings in effect. all of the above. temperatures are very cold across the south, east. look at the temperatures in the north. temperatures are 41 degrees below zero in minot. 35 degrees below zero in fargo. chicago at zero. these are the wind chill factors. this is when you factor the wind chill and the temperatures. very chilly. even the south seeing temperatures 30 degrees below normal for today. this will stick around for the next couple of days.
we should slowly warm up by tuesday and wednesday. >> that's why you folks live here. i'm looking at my hometown, minneapolis, minus 23 wind chill. jennifer, i appreciate it. breaking news overnight. an american veteran held by north korea is on a plane right now and soon will be back with his family in san francisco. >> that's right. north korea released merrill newman late last night after holding him there for a month. he is 85 years old. he appeared to be in good health when he arrived at the beijing airport today. our foreign affairs reporter elise is joining us from washington. we know that vice president biden is still in seoul today. it is hard to believe this is actually just really a coincidence. we know biden said he had no direct role in the release. do we know anything more? >> reporter: we do know, poppy, over the last several weeks, the state department has been
working not directly with the north koreas and the chinese have been involved and the swedish government. there is no u.s. working embassy in north korea. vice president biden said he had no direct involvement, but he offered mr. newman a ride home on his plane. he offered to pick him up and take him home through his route. merrill newman said no. he wanted to get home right away to his family. let's take a listen to what mr. newman said in beijing. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what will you want to do first thing? >> go home and see my wife.
>> reporter: so obviously mr. newman excited to get back home. his family will be meeting him at the airport. he should be arriving soon. we understand it is quite a big spectacle at the airport right now. >> there is a family also waiting for another american being held in north korea. kenneth bae. any word on his release? >> reporter: not really. that is the unfortunate thing. because of mr. newman's age and health, there was concern about getting him out right away. mr. bae's family was like, listen, what about our family member? u.s. officials telling me all attention is on getting mr. bae released. former new mexico governor bill richardson and others speaking out. it is great mr. newman is out, but it is time to release kenneth bae. all efforts on that. >> cnn's elise labott in
washington. thank you. let's take you to live pictures from johannesburg. nelson mandela's body is being prepared for lying in state next week. those are the pictures of the massive crowds gathering outside his home in johannesburg since thursday night when we learned of his death. a virtual wall of flowers. a state funeral for the nobel peace laureate will take place next sunday in his hometown. president obama and first lady michelle are expected to attend the funeral. ever since he passed away, mourners have been leaving everything in front of his home showing their love and appreciation for this great man. they have also been singing and dancing for the man who urged forgiveness and unity following the end of south africa's apartheid system. what a moment and what a shock.
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thank you for being here. >> thank you. it's a pleasure. >> you knew mandela before he went to prison and you knew him after. i want to hear from you as we show some of your beautiful photos how you think prison changed him. >> i think the first time i photographed mr. nelson mandela was 1951. we met during an anc conference in december of 1951 in a place called bloomfordking. this was a hotbed of movement of the apartheid movement. there was a lot of tension at this particular conference because people and move the representatives working at the conference were terribly nervous. except mr. mandela. i find him outstanding. being terribly cool and relaxed.
that's the first time i met him. again, i met mr. mandela in his office, in his law office in johannesburg in 1952 where he posed for me for a photograph in front of his desk. again, i found i had this impression of him being a very relaxed and self controlled person. >> i want to go back to the first picture we showed. i understand it is your favorite. it is of mandela in his cell on robben island in 1994. voted one of the most memorable images of the 20th century. give us insight into this moment. if you spoke with him or what he was thinking at that moment. >> it is very difficult for me to know what he was thinking. i imagine that at that time, he
had spent 17 years in this cell. i asked him if he would stand against the window and look out through the bars. he did that for me. i photographed a number of pictures of him standing looking out. there was a moment of total quietness and it was a very thoughtful moment. i noticed the different frames i shot as the expressions changed from being very sad and relaxing. when i was finished, i asked him, i said to him, thank you very much. he turned around and he gave me a little smile. it was a smile which i also managed to photograph eventually. a smile of being totally relaxed. having passed through his 17
years within a few seconds. >> i would also -- it is a stunning photo. i believe, correct me if i'm wrong, this is one of the 50 most significant photos of the 20th century. certainly what an image. you also spent a new year's eve with nelson mandela after he got out of prison. you talk about his sense of humor. tell us about that side of him. >> yes, he always made jokes. he always was terribly amusing after he managed to give his talks and speeches. in 1990, new year's eve, he invited me and my wife to the new year's eve party where there were a number of former robben island prisoners, including bishop tutu.
the whole evening was full of jokes and laughter. i have never spent new year's eve, which was as funny as this one. i never laughed as much as this one as i have done at any other evening again. he was terribly amusing, terribly funny and always having a joke and quite often teasing people at the later stages in his life. >> we saw that photograph as he turns away from the window in his cell. that small smile. photo journalist jurgen. thank you for giving us the iconic photographs of nelson mandela. >> absolutely. just to capture history. >> thank you, sir. still to come on "new day." a promising new treatment for cancer could revolutionize how doctors are treating the
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and began shooting at the trooper who fired back. authorities took the driver into custody. the passenger apparently fled. police tracked him down hours later. today marks 72 years since the attack on pearl harbor in hawaii. december 7th, 1941, japanese pilots blitzed ships in pearl harbor. more than 2,400 americans were killed in the surprise attack. usually u.s. war jets perform a missing man flyover in ceremonies. it will not happen this year because of budget constraints. consider this, the f-22s used in the flyover, will be in the air today, but for a training mission. even so, they will not be allowed to participate in the pearl harbor ceremony. coming up, a deadly ice storm is causing big headaches for millions of americans. from car accidents to power outages and travel delays. we will tell you where this storm is headed next.
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they have done something they have never done. they canceled the marathon. >> reporter: they canceled the marathon. there was supposed to be a big holiday parade through downtown dallas. that was canceled. a sad sight. the bleachers were put up this week in leading up to the event. they are sitting there empty. really, the story today is the roadways. as you mentioned, the horrible accident along i-35. we will monitor that throughout the day. treacherous situation on the road. it was slushy on the roads yesterday when i was driving. all of that has frozen because the temperatures dropped to 20 degrees. that should be about our high for today. all of this ice on the roads will not be able to melt today although it stopped raining and sleeting. be careful on the roadways. >> absolutely. ed, thank you. stay warm. i know it is freezing down there. >> see you, ed. >> reporter: painful. more rain, more sleet and more snow expected across the country today and tomorrow as
the storm heads east. >> let's check in with cnn meteorologist jennifer gray. what do you see? >> we will see the second wave pick up tonight. first wave has pushed offshore for the most part. as we get into tomorrow morning, this is 10:00 tomorrow morning. you can see ice and snow already starting to pop up. it looks like most of this will be a little bit farther to the east than what we saw with the last system. however, some of the same locations say in western tennessee and western kentucky could see more icing. we could see about .50 of accumulation as it makes its way east. at the 10:00 hour, we will track the storm as it moves to the east. join us then. >> we absolutely will. thank you, jennifer. thanks to you for starting our morning with us. we appreciate it. >> be sure to stay with us. we'll be back at the top of the hour. first, christine romans and
christiane amanpour and candy crowley. all at the same table. the economy is climbing back. i'm christine romans. the economy is growing at the fastest pace since the beginning of 2012. driving growth? businesses. do they expect demand from consumers to surge and what happens if consumers are not buying? another critical sector to watch, housing. sales of new homes up 25% in october. the sharpest gain in 35 years. positive jobs numbers show the economy is healing. 203,000 jobs added in november. the u.s. on track now to create the most jobs since 2005. the jobless rate lowest in five years. stock market may have taken a breather, but it is