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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com tonight, patience is running thin not only for stranded air travelers but airlines losing millions by the day because of one stubborn volcano. when will they fly again? and one day before the anniversary of one of the deadliest terror attacks on u.s. soil, a former president has strong words that the current political climate may be cultivating more timothy mcveighs. 4 tonight you'll also hear from the youngest survivors of the oklahoma city bombing p 15 years later. and the carry-on bag controversy goes all the way to washington. tonight we talk to senator chuck schumer who is promising a proposal to ban those fees. good evening, everyone. a new week brings new hope that europe's air travel nightmare could improve. there were several test flights today across europe. there were no passengers aboard. an eu official says there was, quote, no impact on the flights. and one airline spokeswoman declares europe's air space is safe, except for the area near
iceland. only about 5,000 european flights took off today, which means about 20,000 flights were canceled. and the airlines are getting impatient. late today top airline and airport industry groups called for an immediate reassessment of the flight restrictions which are costing an estimated $200 million a day. now, earlier tonight, i spoke with airline safety expert john wiley, who flew commercial jets for 27 years. he says volcanic ash is one of the worst hazards imaginable for a plane engine, even if the engines don't fail, the damage can be severe. >> i, as a pilot, i operate on what's called acceptable risk. i am not going to go into unacceptable risk. that is the possibility of losing the aircraft, millions of dollars, losing passengers, fatalities which are going to be very, very costly and even if i complete the mission and wind up encountering one of these clouds of ashes i can literallily do
millions of dollars of damage to my aircraft. there's no upside to doing it. i know the passengers want to get there, but let's get them there safely, on time, and be able to use the equipment tomorrow. >> at the source of this disaster, iceland's volcano sent more smoke and ash billowing into the air today. let's check in now with our gary tuchman who has spent the last several days near the base of the volcano. >> reporter: when you're on the wrong side of the iceland volcano, the ash turns a sunny day into a dark, foreboding one. this was what we saw during a drive just to the east of the volcano. it all depends on which way the wind blows. when we flew to the west of the volcano, we were just a few hundred feet away from it, but the skies were clear, the wind was blowing the other way. >> look at this volcano eruption, this close up is above aweinspiring and frightening. it's been quiet since the 1820s. this volcano stopped erupting in 1823 and has been doing so for about two years. it's hard to imagine the economic catastrophe if it lasted that long now.
>> reporter: we then paid a visit to the south side of iceland, where we went to a farm and saw the volcano's huge plume heading menacingly towards us. farmer olson wasn't sure what to expect. >> translator: i don't know, you don't know, there's no way to know. >> reporter: but olfer and his family had to evacuate, and now they do know. olfer's 2,500-acre farm is now covered in ash. and it's not a fine granular ash, it's muck and mud that blankets the fields where he was about to plant his wheat and oats and covers what used to be the red roof of his house and barns. >> translator: why would this happen to such a beautiful place? what are we being punished for? >> reporter: every speck of olfer's farm is now under ash. the only way to characterize how much ash there is is to describe it in tons. olfer's family has owned this farm for 104 years. the volcano has been quiet for
about 190 years. so they've never experienced anything like this before. >> reporter: olfer doesn't know what it will take to make this farm workable again. he's grateful his cattle seems to be healthy, but know there's not much he can do now to clean up this mess because the ash could come back at any time. >> translator: this has been in my family for three generations. me, my father, my grandfather. that's why it hurts so much. >> reporter: government assistance will be available, but probably only after the crisis is over. olfer and his family always knew the nearby volcano could hurt them. they just hoped it would be quiet for another century or two. >> cnn's gary tuchman joins me now live from iceland. gary, good evening. tell us about the status of the volcano. anymore eruptions? will they continue? slow down, what are you hearing? >> reporter: scientists are telling us that the eruptions are weakening. and that would be amazing knew if there was any rhyme or reason
to volcanos, but they're not snowstorms, they're not rain storms. nobody knows what could happen next. it could get stronger. but there's a sense of relief here in iceland that sunday was a bit better day than saturday. >> cnn's gary tuchman in iceland. gary, thank you very much. now to the personal side of this story, a virginia couple stranded in the netherland's by europe's air travel shutdown is using every means possible to stay in touch with their kids who are back home. four children, all under the age of 9. tonight, cnn's sarah lee has our report. >> reporter: what was supposed to be a few days in europe to visit family is now going on two weeks. sadness, separation, and a lot of internet skyping. >> i can't see! >> reporter: for the patersons of midlothian, virginia. parents jen and steve are among the millions stranded overseas because of the icelandic volcano eruption. >> our flight tomorrow is canceled, because the stuff in the air is just too dangerous. >> i'm just dying to see you guys.
this is the hardest thing mommy's ever done. you guys are the bravest kids in the world. i love you so much. >> love you too. >> i know that you're being just so loved and taken care of there. >> reporter: a grandmother has been watching the children. >> look, mommy's making a funny face. can you make a funny face to mommy? >> reporter: but now friends are pitching in. >> we're good on milk. >> i can run out today, maybe after your mom gets here and john's going to mow the grass this afternoon. it's getting a little long. >> how's it looking? >> little rough, little rough, i'll tell you. >> reporter: but even rougher for them, the anxiety of being apart. the family spends a lot of time online, sharing laughs. >> you're my little comedian, aren't you? >> reporter: shedding tears, but also making plans. >> what's the first thing you guys want to do when we come home? >> go to the zoo! >> i think i might kiss the ground when we get home. >> eww! >> could you just share with us again how you're dealing with
this, how you're coping? >> it's hard. lots of tears. not a lot of sleep. i mean, i'm a stay-at-home mom, i don't get out a whole lot, i'm not an adventurous person. this was a hard enough thing for me to do. >> reporter: sarah lee for cnn, midlothian, virginia. high and mighty claims from iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad today. he says iran is so powerful right now, no country would dare attack it. this came as iran wrapped up its own nuclear nonproliferation conference. iran wasn't invited to the nuclear summit in washington last week. it used its forum to demand that israel join a pack to keep nukes out of the middle east. this comes at a time that the west believes iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons of its own. and despite iran's boasting the u.s. military wants to be ready if the attack happens or if it is necessary. and our pentagon correspondent barbara starr says officials hope diplomacy works but want to be prepared if it doesn't.
>> what is now clear, don, for the last several weeks, u.s. military has been updating options for striking iran's nuclear program. there's a couple of things going on here. first defense secretary robert gates has written a classified memo to the white house outlining what he believes are a number of decisions that he says need to be made in the weeks and months ahead now that the white house is on this so-called tough track with iran, trying to step up the pressure for sanctions, to give up the nukes, but still gates saying in a statement issued just tonight by the pentagon, saying that the u.s. is prepared to act across a broad range of contingencies if it has to. and that takes us to the second part, updating those military options. the joint chiefs of staff, the u.s. central command, sources tell us across the board, the u.s. military looking again at iran's suspected nuclear sites and updating their options, how they would attack them, what information they would present
to the president if he was to ever say, i want to go ahead with a military strike. >> pentagon correspondent barbara starr. it is a day no american will ever forget. >> her whole left side was just a piece of raw meat. >> we are talking to the youngest survivors of the oklahoma city bombing. the children in the day care who made it out alive. 15th anniversary is tomorrow. a backlash against congress. members spat on, called derogatory names, even threatened. former president bill clinton says the mood in this country today is similar to just before the oklahoma city bombing. is he right? and senator chuck schumer making it his personal mission to make sure your carry-on bags fly free. what he's saying about one airline's plan to charge when you bring a bag into the cabin with you. and don't just sit there. be a part of our conversation. make sure you send me a message on twitter or facebook or check out my blog at cnn.com/don. i want to hear what you think. olay regenerist #1. though not surgical results, regenerist is the #1 serum,
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in oklahoma city today, a memorial concert to remember the victims of the deadliest homegrown terror attack in u.s. history. tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the alfred p. murrah federal building. 168 people lost their lives. organizers say today's concert is a way to commemorate the lives lost, but also to celebrate the lives lived before
they were cut short on that fateful day, 15 years ago. of those 168 killed, 19 were children. and miraculous, six of them survived the terrible blast. i talked with some of the fortunate few now in their teens and 20s. >> there was a day care which was located in the federal building. at 9:00 in the morning, you would imagine that it was probably pretty full. >> reporter: how could anyone, especially a child, survive this? but somehow, six children did. one of them, 18-month-old p.j. allen. >> his lungs were severely damaged. we was touch and go with p.j. for a long time. >> reporter: this is 15 years later. >> oh! >> nice.
>> i'm p.j. allen. i'm 16 years old. i survived the oklahoma city bombing. >> we mentioned to you earlier, the little girl, they had not been able to connect her with her parents. we understand the little girl's name is rebecca. her 3 1/2-year-old brother, brandon, blue eyes, reddish blond hair. he is still missing. >> reporter: parents, like the dennys, were helpless. >> i really didn't think our children survived. how could they? it was gone. >> her whole left side was just a piece of raw meat. >> i had 240 stitches in my face. >> reporter: 15 years later -- >> all right! my name is rebecca denny, i'm 17 years old, and i survived the oklahoma city bombing. >> reporter: 240 stitches for rebecca, but her 3-year-old brother, brandon, suffered severe brain injuries. >> first of all, they said he might not live. and second of all, if he does live, he will never walk or talk again.
>> reporter: brandon proved them wrong. >> i am brandon denny and i'm 18 years old. >> there you see yet another child being carried away. >> i stopped by the 7-eleven on the way to downtown and i bought some plastic bags with the intent to pick up my son's body. >> i'm chris nguyen, i'm 20 years old, and i survived the oklahoma city bombing. >> reporter: they are the youngest survivors of the deadliest act of homegrown terror on u.s. soil. children, now young adults, who tell us, time heals some, but not all wounds. >> when you go through something like this, it just doesn't go away. like, the next day or the next year, it affects you for your whole life. >> reporter: do you remember anything from the bombing? >> no. >> reporter: not much? >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: no? nothing at all? brandon is a man of few words. he and his sister are both
juniors in high school and are getting on with their lives. >> do you ever wonder why you survived? >> yeah. a lot, i wonder. but, i don't know, i guess i have something important to do. >> reporter: that same pressure is shared by child survivor chris nguyen, now a sophomore at oklahoma university. >> i've been given, like, a gift you might say, and if i don't make something of my life and to succeed, and make a difference of some kind, then i would have wasted my life. to honor those who died, because who knows what they could have done with their lives, but they don't have that chance. >> reporter: do you ever feel guilty because you're here and others aren't? >> sometimes, yeah. i think about the other parents, all the other day care children and families who have lost someone. i feel guilty, almost, that brandon, rebecca, p.j. and i, we get to live our lives, fulfill our lives. and the other people don't get that opportunity.
>> reporter: and 167 16-year-old p.j. allen is making the most of his life. every week he works with a tutor and hopes to study mechanical engineering at m.i.t.. >> okay. it looks like you're doing good. >> reporter: he loves anything to do with sports. you want to play competitively, right? >> yes. >> reporter: but you can't? >> right? >> reporter: why not? >> because my asthma stops me from running all the time, like constantly running. sometimes coaches wouldn't want to play, because i might get hurt. >> reporter: but there isn't one time where you go, why me? >> no, no, i don't do that. >> reporter: you've never done it? >> no. >> reporter: why not? >> because to me, this is normal. since as far as i remember, this has been what my life has been like. >> reporter: and for more of my conversations with the survivors of the oklahoma city bombing, make sure you tune into campbell brown tomorrow night 8:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn.
as we mentioned, tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the oklahoma city bombing and bill clinton was president at the time. on friday, he told cnn's wolf blitzer that today's political climate reminds him of the 1990s, because of the rising level of angry rhetoric, especially from fringe groups. conservative radio host, rush limbaugh, immediately pounced on clinton's comment, calling it an invitation to violence. the former president was asked about it just today on abc's "this week."
>> one leader of one of these groups said that all politics was just a prelude to civil war. and then the politicians, of course, who have not been that serious, but a lot of the things that have been said, they create a climate in which people who are vulnerable to violence because they are disoriented, like timothy mcveigh was, are more likely to act. >> just a short time ago, i spoke with cnn contributor john avalon about bill clinton's remarks and the rise of dangerous rhetoric on both sides. >> president clinton was very clear to say, look, we want more debate. this isn't about stifling debate, but we need to look at the overall dynamics, the overall trends. and we are seeing, you know, on the heels of a great recession, as there was in the early 1990s, a lot of anger, a lot of dislocation. fear of change and real fury and the polarization of our politics more than ever before. in the last year alone we've seen a 300% increase in the
number of militia groups. that hasn't been seen since the days of timothy mcveigh. that's not to draw a parallel, but we need to be aware of the forces we are playing with. >> everything seems to be politicized these days. you can politicize, you know, oklahoma city or anything, even the educational special we did. but some things are not right and left. some things are just about truth. listen, what is the truth everyone's trying to figure out when it comes to leaders, congressmen being spat upon? that's the accusation. or bad things being said about them, racial epithets. i want you to listen to ann coulter on "larry king live" on thursday night and then we'll talk about it. >> there's a $100,000 offer, if anyone can produce a tape, and there are photo cameras all over those people walking out. if you can show somebody saying the "n" word, well, then you can win $100,000 if you can produce that tape, because there is no tape of it. >> okay, listen, john. we have the tape here at cnn. i saw it on cnn's "state of the union," where they highlighted it, where he walks by -- congressman cleaver walks through the crowd and he moves like someone is spitting on him
and then the police officer goes back. the person was, i think, taken into custody, but then they decided not to take charges. so what do you make of this? people saying, it didn't happen. john lewis didn't say that. john lewis said to me on this very program that he did hear that. >> john lewis, who president bush called one of america's great heroes, i don't think anyone wants to be in the business to call john lewis a liar. i think we need to take people at their word. we need to restore a sense of civility, stop demonizing people who disagree with us, and stop getting in denial that the fact the fringe has been blurring with the base in the past year. and there are principled disagreements and arguments that should be had in politics, but we need people to stand up to the extremes on both sides, and stop the cycle before it escalates even further. and there's a special responsibility for folks to stand up to the extremes on their own side. the reluctance to do so is a sign of cowardice. >> thanks to john avalon. pope benedict meets with some of the victims of a sexual abuse scandal rocking the roman
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eyes. the vatican says pope benedict expressed shame and sorrow and assured the men the church will do all in its power to bring to justice those responsible for abuse. there's a big ground beef recall involving winco foods, a supermarket chain with stores in six western states. winco is recalling fresh ground beef purchased at its stores with sale dates between march 28th and april 9th. two samples of the meat tested positive for e. coli, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning. customers should return the ground beef or throw it away. dignitaries, world leaders, and thousands of others attended today's funeral for poland's president, lech kaczynski and his wife. they were among 96 people killed april 10th in a plane crash in russia. scores of polish government and military leaders died in that crash. thousands of people watched the service on giant screens outside the cathedral. iceland's volcano just keeps erupting, but we soon could see some relief for travelers. meteorologist jacqui jeras is here. jacqui, what are you hearing? >> well, we're hearing a little
bit of good news. is that we did have some dissipation, today, don, and that allowed those test flights to take place today and all those pilots from several major different airlines reported no problems. the planes were inspected afterwards and they were all in good shape. so that's some good news. 80% of the european air space today was closed. if you had any european flights, for the most part, they were down here. spain, over toward italy and then well over into turkey. additional flights have been added by many of the airlines, too, by the way, to get into rome and to get into madrid to try to help a little bit of flow going on here. now, if air conditions stay the same tomorrow, officials are telling us that potentially we could see 50% of the air space open up. so this would be some great news, but britain officials as well as french officials tell us that they are not going to be opening those airports for tomorrow. the ash cloud, for the most part, really focused way up here. and that is over toward iceland.
so we're seeing clear conditions across much of europe. the wind pattern shifting a little bit, though, don, and we're expecting to see some of this ash move over towards germany, into the netherlands by tuesday and wednesday so they could have additional problems then. >> jacqui, we talked about the space shuttle last night, it's not going to be affected by this, we think, but it is scheduled to land tomorrow morning. still on track? >> yeah, tomorrow morning, 8:48. and it's unusual decent, don by the way, too, for the second time only since 2003, they're expected to be actually moving over the u.s. mainland. so the ash cloud not impacting the shuttle, but we can see some weather-related problems. there have been some showers, so maybe a 50% chance that this thing is going to land tomorrow, but it may be our last chance to see it so it might be worth getting up real early in seattle and see that big streak. and if you can't see it, you may be able to hear, the sonic boom, you'll hear two, about a minute and a half and it passes over us. >> you get so excited. >> might be our last chance. really. >> end of an era. jacqui, thank you very much. secretary of education arne duncan answering your questions about what's needed to fix america's schools. ahead, we take you inside our
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a lot of people, especially parents and students stressed by the skyrocketing costs of a college education. cnn's thelma gutierrez introduces us to one family willing to risk everything for their daughter's degree. >> hi. i'm christian gomez. i'm 18. i attend mary monte college. >> my name is antonio gomez and my biggest fear is getting my 18-year-old daughter through college. >> reporter: this is a story about a family who's willing to sacrifice everything to educate their children and break with the past. >> my father was a janitor. my husband and i were born and raised in east l.a. i was seven months pregnant when i graduated from garfield high school. >> reporter: by all accounts, ann marie gomez wasn't supposed to make it. she was 17 with a baby, but she was determined not to become a statistic. so she married antonio, went on to the university of southern california, where she eventually earned a masters degree in health care administration. >> hi!
>> reporter: we met the gomezes in east l.a. at a fast food restaurant they own. her husband runs it while she works full-time as a business developer. their income is about $90,000 a year. it sounds good, but with a mortgage, two younger children, and a struggling business, they're barely able to afford christian's tuition at marymont college. so when your daughter needed $25,000 for her first year of tuition, what did you guys do? >> i pulled money out of my 401(k). >> reporter: because of her parent's income, christian doesn't qualify for many government student aid programs, so the family has come up with creative ways to fund raise. they collect plastic bottles to recycle, they sell chocolate, and even run 5ks to pay for books and other expenses. you must reflect on the opportunity that your parents have given you to be able to be here, to go to school here, and the sacrifices that they've made. >> yeah, i do a lot. it's stressful at times and i feel bad, but at the same time, i just really appreciate it.
>> reporter: the gomezes are also taking out loans to pay for college tuition, which is rising three times the rate of inflation. at the same time they're paying back there are 59,000 that ann marie borrowed is years ago to attend usc. your family struggles each and every semester to come up with the money to send her to school. what if you're not able to come up with that money? >> it's not really that i want to buy a big house. i just want to provide for them. provide for my kids, for a better education. >> reporter: to pay them back, christian's determined to graduate with honors. thelma gutierrez, cnn, los angeles. >> how can the average family, working class family, how are they supposed to be able to afford college? >> this is a huge challenge. working class, middle class is something we think about all the time. it's a real worry. what i'm so proud of, due to the president's leadership and
congress' support, we recently passed the higher education bill that is going to bring an additional $36 billion into pell grants for students over the next decade. we did that simply by stopping subsidizing banks, not going back to taxpayers for a dime, and putting all that money into education and investing in our future, which is where it should be. families can get a $10,000 tuition tax credit. so we have to continue to work to make college more affordable. this is the biggest increase in funding since the g.i. bill. massive resources going in, and we want to make sure that every single child like that around the country has a chance to pursue that dream of higher education. we also need to really change universities to think about reducing costs. and i think families have to vote with their feet. you see some universities with runaway expenses. you see other going to three-year programs, going to no-frill campuses. and we have a world-class system, thousands and thousands of universities around the country, families and students can go to those places where
they're getting value for their hard-earned dollars. where the prices are skyrocketing i think they're going to lose students. >> i want to talk to a parent, but even getting that money sometimes, you've got to somehow jump through hoops to get that money and sometimes even that isn't enough. >> let me tell you what we've done. >> the fafsa form, the financial aid form, itself, used to be a huge impediment to go to college. it was so difficult. you basically needed a ph.d. to fill out. the problem is when you're 17 years old, you don't have a phd yet. >> a lot of people are agreed with that. >> we've simplified the fasfa form. it stopped students around the country, students i worked with in chicago, from going to college. students who had worked hard, got good grades, they couldn't get through the form. it's dramatically simpler. trying to remove the hoops, the barriers. one other thing i would like to mention, don, this is really important, that at the back end, once you graduate, there's something called income-based repayment. the mom talked about the loan she has to repay. going forward what we're doing
is we're reducing loan repayments to 10% of your income so trying to make it much more manageable. and very important, if you become a teacher, if you graduate from law school and work in a legal aid clinic or medical school and work in a disadvantaged community, after ten years of that service, all of your loans will be erased, all of your loans will be forgiven. there's so much great talent historically that would have loved to become a teacher but they had $60,000, $80,000 of loans and they couldn't do it. so we're removing these impediments. this is a law. this is a big deal. >> i want to get a parent question. who has a microphone? >> i'm stanley and my wife and i are college educated and have three elementary school children. and by the time they go to college, i'm not sure if we're going to be able to afford it. i was wondering and you mentioned a few things already that could relate to the video, what specifically is the administration going to do to approach rising college costs to make it affordable for everybody? it seems like it's becoming
something that only the rich and wealthy are able to do that. and we're not rich and wealthy. >> that's a good question. >> it's a very real change. again, $10,000 tuition tax credits for the middle class, $36 billion in increased pell grants over the next decade. and then income-based repayment at the back end to reduce those loan repayments and erase them after ten years of public service. these are real challenges, but i think this has been amazing leadership by the president and support in congress to make these things happen and i think we're changing the opportunity structure going forward in very, very significant ways. >> that was a special town hall with the education secretary, arne duncan. we taped it this weekend. the discussion is not over. if you have any questions for the secretary, send them to me via twitter or facebook or my blog and i'll send them to secretary duncan and he promised to answer them. he also agreed to join us for another town hall discussion on fixing america's schools. so look for that soon right here on cnn. okay. it is sunday night. are you ready for monday morning? you will be.
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now a look at the stories you'll be hearing a lot about this week, from the white house to the economy to entertainment. and tonight, we start at the white house. >> reporter: i'm ed henry at the white house, where this week the president's attention will turn to that vacancy on the supreme court. we're told that short list of potential nominees has grown pretty long, about ten names on it. so this wednesday the president's having a big meeting here at the white house, with senators from both parties, hoping to get the nomination process off on the right foot. but republicans are already saying if the president doesn't pick someone to their liking, they'll filibuster the nomination, meaning that nasty fight over health care may just be child's play compared to the battle we'll see this summer.
>> reporter: toward the end of the week, democratic leaders are hoping to bring up that wall street reform legislation, although republicans are opposed to the bill in its current form. meanwhile in the house toward the end of the week, we're expecting to see a vote on the d.c. voting rights bill, which would give the district of columbia its first voting representative in congress. but what's interesting is it would also include a provision that gun rights advocates will consider a major victory. >> reporter: i'm christine romans in new york. here's what we're working on next week. the earnings season heats up. we'll find out if the big banks are making money again and how much after jpmorgan chase and bank of america had pretty good reports this week, many people are hoping for a good financial sector earnings next week. also, on thursday, we're going to get a key reading on the ailing housing market. that's new home sales. and for those of you who carry around $100 bills in your pocket, wednesday, a new $100 bill will be unveiled. it's expected to be more colorful and with enhanced security features. >> i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer.
so will this week be kate gosselin's last on "dancing with the stars"? she has squeaked by so far. we'll find out on tuesday. also, look for mel brooks to get his star on the hollywood walk of fame. remember, "showbiz tonight" is now live at 5:00 p.m. eastern on hln, monday through friday, and of course, we are still tv's most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. >> all right. thanks, guys. now for some of the stories domestically and internationally that we will be following, some big stories. we talked about that space shuttle landing. you heard our jacqui jeras, so that's on monday. >> yep. we'll be watching out for that. hopefully it will not get rain delayed. if not, they'll stay in orbit for another day. >> and on monday, there'll be some rallies in washington we'll be watching? >> yeah we're going to keep on eye on, there's two rallies, there's one in d.c., a second amendment march and then there's another one we'll be watching. all right. jess jordan tracking it all for us. let's go to our international desk. so what do you have coming up on monday?
actually, i know you're going to talk about ferris bueller. did you see that movie? >> i did. >> let's play this video then we'll talk about what's going on. >> okay. >> all right, from this movie, remember that -- when he drives the ferrari -- is that the same ferrari that's being auctioned off? >> yes. it's a replica of that same ferrari. it's being auctioned off and they're estimating that it's going to bring in probably $60,000, or at least, they're hoping. but the movie itself grossed like $70 million. >> oh, wow. >> actually, it's the 250-gt spider california and apparently like 100 of these actual cars were made between 1958 and 1963. >> a beautiful car. >> isn't it cool. >> really cool. we talked about this a lot on cnn in 2007. the hotel in dubai? >> yes, yes. what's going on there? >> the hotel is actually scheduled to open up and that's going to happen next week. and they've added 30 new suites to bring it to a total of 50. and you know, it's really tragic what happened, but they're up and running and it's going to be another tourist site. >> all right.
you guys are amazing. thank you very much. i'm going to hang out with you for a little bit. were you guys really upset when you heard about one u.s. airline is going to charge carry-on fees? a u.s. senator was as well and he is going to hold their feet to the fire. tonight we'll talk with u.s. senator chuck schumer and his push to prevent other u.s. airlines from doing the same thing. [ male announcer ] try fixodent with a time-released formu. use just once per day for dawn-to-dark hold. it is important to use the product as directed. fixodent and forget it. with frequent heartburn. let me show you. there's a new 24-hour heartburn formula that's different. it's called zegerid otc. only zegerid otc has both prescription strength-medicine and a special ingredient to allow its powerful medicine to be quickly absorbed. zegerid otc controls and suppresses acid all day and all night. new zegerid otc. discover the difference. and look for $4 savings in sunday's paper.
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have some news just into cnn and it involves toyota. it is just coming off the wires. toyota will apparently pay up for taking too long to come clean on one of its recalls, we're being told. the government says toyota knew it had a problem with sticky gas pedals in september, but didn't do a recall until january. toyota has until tomorrow to accept or contest a $16.4 million fine. again, this is just coming in. and here's what a senior transportation official is telling cnn, that the company has indicated it will -- it will pay the fine. so we'll update you on this breaking news story. again, toyota is going to have to pay up to about $16 million. make sure you tune in tomorrow morning for "american morning." they'll have the very latest for you, 6:00 a.m. eastern on cnn. meantime, five major airlines promise they won't charge you for carry-on bags, this according to senator chuck schumer of new york. the news comes after spirit airlines announced it was adding carry-on fees. schumer said he personally got
american, delta, jetblue, united and us airways to promise that they won't follow suit. >> i really didn't have to pressure anybody. one of them said they wouldn't do it alone, but if i got others, they would do it. but all the others said, look, this is not a good idea. in the words of one of the executives, it steps over the line. and every one of them was pretty quick to say, we do note want to do this, we will not do it. so that was pretty good. >> i want you to listen to this. last week i interviewed the ceo spirit airlines and he said this carry-on fee was actually part of a strategy to save passengers money and he explains that spirit has reduced fares and passengers can now pick and choose what they pay for. i want you to listen to ben baldanza. >> sure. >> people are bringing more and more on board in order to avoid the checked bag fee. we've decided to address this issue by lowering our base fares, lowering checked bag fees and letting people with bags board the airplane first. we've lowered our fares by $40
or more and the fee to carry the bag on is either $20 or $30. so you bring the bag and you're going to save $10, you don't bring the bag, you save $40 or more. so that's why we say it's cheaper. >> so senator, spirit says they're still cheaper than its competition and they're just breaking the fees out. so if it's cheaper with that fee, what's wrong with that? >> well, what's wrong is, first, you never know what the fees are and they add up. you go online, they just give you the ticket price. they don't tell you all these added fees. so you think you're getting a real bargain and you're not. so there's an issue of disclosure. but second, there's, you know, part of travel here, i guess they could say if you want fancy jet fuel, we'll charge you one fee and if you want other types of jet fuel and get there more slowly, we'll charge another fee. there are certain aspects of flying that should be part and parcel to flying and shouldn't require that extra fee, and
carry-on bags is one of them. >> but you realize, senator -- >> you can bring this to an illogical -- you can bring the whole thing to an illogical conclusion. and i guarantee you, if you go look at the fee that a spirit airline customer pays with all the extra add-ons, it's not going to be cheaper. >> but you realize these are tough economic times and airlines are hurting so they may be adding where they can to try to make the difference, to try to make some profit? >> well, if they want to make some profits, let them raise the ticket price and let there be fair competition. >> senator schumer says he is meeting with the ceo spirit airlines on tuesday. we'll let you know what happens. preaching outside the box. religious leaders looking for ways to empower churches and their followers in these tough economic times.
state of our nation. want to manage your money better? some religious leaders say, look no further than the church and they're looking for better ways to manage money and lead their flocks. the focus 2010 conference kicks off in atlanta tomorrow and earlier two of the main organizers shared their goals for the event. >> it's actually equipping leaders in the church, in the faith group to actually be able to give the right kind of information, what's happening. that's the reason why we have win of our speakers, dr. jeff rosenswag, which is the chairman of economics department at emory to give us a broad perspective of what's happening around the world economically, because a lot of the people in the community and our congregations, et cetera, do a lot of international business, are opening international business, are looking to see where the
trends are and that kind of thing, so it sharpens everyone. >> let me ask you this. right now, tough economic times, everyone knows that. is your church doing okay? many churches are not. you have some of the most successful and biggest churches in the country. are you doing okay in these economic times, or have you had to cut back programs? >> we have not personally cut back programs, and i'm not sure whether it's because economic times drive many people back to the church. some people do absolutely wonderful during hard times, other people do terrible. we have been blessed, i don't know what that is to be attributed to, but we have a strong emphasis on helping people to develop business. >> the reason i ask that, and i sort of anticipated your answer a little bit. because there are people who say in the church, of course you should have a financial adviser outside of the church, but sometimes the church is the best place to go to, not only to get your mind together, your spirit together, your heart together, but to get your financial house in order. it can tell you how to create wealth and then how to expand upon that wealth. is that what this is about? am i correct in that?
>> exactly. one of the things that most churches and one of the thing that dale's quite modest, but his whole theme at his church is empowerment, where you have various seminars, where you're bringing in people that know how to invest what's going on and to take people from "a" to "b" all the way to "z" and have them follow up and you can hold them accountable in certain things where certain times you cannot hold people accountable in the church. as they're growing, you can get them mentors and partners and put them in groups and follow what they're doing. >> bishops, thank you very much. some of jesus' disciples used to fish there. 2,000 years later, there's hardly any fish left. her. this. lives. how ? by bringing together... information. ... people ... ... machines ... ... systems ... ideas... verizon helps businesses worldwide... including fortune 500 companies...
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