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cleveland booed and booed. they made them feel horrible. and it definitely had an effect on lebron james. he only had 38 points last night. total domination in a miami heat uniform. we'll have all the highlights and hostility. sarah palin back in the headlines this morning, but more for what she's not saying as opposed to what she's saying. jim acosta caught up with her during her book tour stop in iowa yesterday. tried to ask her a question about whether or not she's running for president in 2012. and we'll show you what ensued. up first this friday morning, you might not have ever experienced it before, but they've got it in upstate new york, thunder snow. >> it's a good situation and everything. >> holy cow! >> there you go, a thunder snowstorm. parts of the new york state throughway reopened overnight after drivers endured many cold and hungry hours stranded in the buffalo area.
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cars and 18-wheelers, moms and truckers backed up and buried in as much as 3 feet of snow. >> i just want to be home. they're all home from a snow day and i've been working for -- i've been up for like over 24 hours. i want to go home. >> from the official throughway radio, it was saying, oh, traffic is heavy, it's stop and go. and we'd been stopped dead for six hours. >> yeah, where was the go part in that? while the north end of the city got a relative dusting, the southern end got slammed. this is how lake effect snow operates. even in a place like buffalo, there is such a thing as too much snow in too short of time and more of it is in the forecast today. >> for a check on that, let's go to reynolds wolf. it's amazing the way the snow totals varied wildly within a few miles. but how about that thunder snowstorm. you ever see anything like that? >> it does happen occasionally. it's not a common occurrence.
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it's dramatic, seeing as how the sky lights up. we already have lake effect snow warnings for erie, east of cleveland, east of syracuse along 81. any places right along the lakes, either ontario or lake erie where you have the west/northwesterly flow. and one of the reasons we're seeing the heavy snowfall is the lakes are warm this time of year. and water is is always in a constant state of evaporation as that water vapor goes up and mixes with that the cold air aloft. yesterday we had a conversation with a young fellow who was trapped along parts of 90, been there since 8:00 the night before. people had been going up and down the roadways giving water to people stranded. great illustration of what you guys were talking about earlier, but how random this lake effect snowfall is. check out buffalo here. everything points south along 90 is coming down in streets, but north up towards lockport, not
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much whatsoever. that is going to continue. possibly another foot before the day is out for the eastern great lakes. meanwhile, that's not the only place getting heavy snowfall. the twin cities and southwest, you might be getting heavy snow, some places maybe a foot. still dry out towards much of the four corners and the southeast. still, the snow is going to be the big story, possibly through the weekend in spots like buffalo. coming up, more of a look at your travel weather and what you can anticipate into the weekend. >> thanks so much. we'll see you soon. there were some pleasant moments in the snow, as well, yesterday. we have an i-report send in from brandon sparks from upstate new york. his dog, brooke, doing hurdles through the snow was up to her ears at the time. so cute. well, whether you're stuck enjoying the snow or stuck in it. we do want to hear from you. log on to cnn.com/ireport and upload your pictures and videos and may see them on the air. the whistle-blowing wikileaks website back online
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now after it was taken down by the u.s.-based domain name provider. it was the target of cyber attacks. wikileaks says it's back up now using a company out of switzerland to host the website. the battle in washington over tax cuts with your paycheck hanging in the balance. senate republicans plan to vote tomorrow on extending tax cuts for the middle class. but republicans want all of the bush tax breaks extended for the wealthiest americans. is there a compromise potentially in the cards? brianna keilar is live in washington. the senate was supposed to hold a vote today. they've delayed that until tomorrow, trying to work some things out here? >> that's right. it seemed last night that there was a bigger chance for a compromise and then things fell apart. votes tomorrow on two democratic-backed bills to extend these tax cuts. one is for those making $250,000 or less. and then another one would raise that cap to $1 million. but this deal between republicans or potential deal between republicans and democrats to vote on some other
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tax-related items was scuttled late last night when a republican senator, whose identity we still don't know right now objected. negotiations to figure out who gets this extension on these tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year continues less than a month before americans will see their tax bill balloon if congress doesn't act. both sides really staking out their positions here. republicans, as you said, they want tax cuts extended, some democrats join them, as well. but democrats want to let them expire for the wealthy. and to make that point yesterday in the house, democrats passed an extension just for people making $250,000 or less. and that prompted john boehner to say this very colorful, i guess, we'll call it a sound bite. >> trying to catch my breath so i don't referring to this maneuver gone on today as chicken crap, all right. but this is nonsense.
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the election was one month ago, we're 23 months from the next election, and the political games -- >> yeah, as you can imagine, chicken crap popping up on twitter over and over again from reporters off the hill. but back to these votes in the senate, none are expected to get these 60 votes that are needed to pass. the real action going on right now behind closed doors where the white house, republicans, democrats, are continuing their efforts to hammer out a compromise and time is running out. >> it's interesting because democrats prior to the election said we need to use this. this is a slam dunk for us in terms of most people agree with our side about it. and you have a poll about what people say. >> yeah, there's some division in the democratic caucus and that's really the issue. but check out this latest cbs news poll about where americans fall, who they think should get these extensions of these tax cuts. 26% say they should continue for all, 53%, a majority that says they should just continue for families who are making $250,000
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or less, 14% say they should expire for all. obviously this is not representative of what we're seeing in congress because you have republicans who want them to continue for all, you've got some democrats joining them, and so that's really more towards where, i guess, the deck is kind of stacked at this point when you're talking about these members of congress and how they want this all to shake out. >> all right. we'll see where it goes. thank you. meanwhile, embattled new york congressman charlie rangel heard the other shoe drop. lawmakers voting overwhelming to censure rangel after he was found guilty of 11 counts of violating house ethics rules. he admitted making seriously mistakes but called the vote very political. >> i know in my heart that i'm not going to be judged by this congress, but i'm going to be judged by my life, my activities, my contributions to
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society, and i just apologize for the awkward position that some of you that are in, but at the end of the day as i started off saying, compared to where i've been, i haven't had a bad day since. thank you. >> rangel is the first member of congress to be censured since 1983. that was when two congressmen were punished with sexual misconduct with pages. talking to a federal grand jury testifying in raleigh, north carolina, yesterday. a former spokesman and jonathan prince, deputy campaign manager back in 2008, the justice department is trying to find out if the campaign illegally paid off rielle hunter. edwards fathered hunter's baby during an affair. new developments in the shooting death of famous hollywood publicist ronni chasen, she was gunned down in
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beverly hills execution-style two weeks ago. well, police say the man being questioned in connection to the murder -- as we know -- shot himself in the head. now investigators are trying to figure out whether the gun in the suicide was also the murder weapon. also, the suspect's neighbor is telling abc news that he bragged about the killing saying he was a hired hit-man and was due to be paid $10,000. the world soccer cup tournament in russia in 2022. big disappointment to fans here, the united states hasn't hosted a cup since 1994, but cause for celebration in qatar's capital. the crowd just going wild there. the small nation becomes the first in the middle east to get the world cup. well, step aside, isabella, there is a new top baby name in the u.s. sophia. number one for girls in 2010
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according to babycenter.com. isabella's up there second, followed by olivia, emma, and chloe. aiden the number one for boys for the sixth year in a row. then jacob, jackson, ethan, and jayden. well, lebron james dominating on his old court in cleveland. he didn't even need the fourth quarter to put up 38 points. we're live in cleveland as the fans try to move on this morning. who's watching your every move online? a new plan to keep them off your tracks on the web. julian lennon tells us how he dealt with the death of his famous father. a father he hardly even knew. we've got all that just ahead. ten minutes now after the hour. join the jaguar platinum celebration !
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♪ well, he came home, and he brought the heat, so did the fans, though. let's listen. >> 6'8", number six, lebron james. >> yeah, he got booed to the sounds of the imperial march. and lebron james returned to
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cleveland for the first time in a miami heat uniform. >> and yeah, those boos really affected him. he had just a terrible night, he only put up 38 points. outscoring the entire starting five of his whole team. carol costello live for us in cleveland today. and you were saying to us yesterday, wouldn't it be great for the cavs dusted the heat and put lebron james in his place? no, didn't happen. >> reporter: no, it did not happen. so here's the story. he came, he was booed, he annihilated the cavaliers, and he's gone, end of story. i mean, there was plenty of this in the crowd and there was plenty of booing, and there was, unfortunately, profanity at times, the crowd chanted, oh, a word i can't say on television, but it starts with "a" and the last syllable is hole. and they chanted that throughout the evening. even chants of akron hates you,
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did not affect lebron james. he played perhaps his best game of the year, 38 points. it was incredible. in the third period he scored 24 points. it was unbelievable. after the game, i asked him, did any of those chants affect you at all? even the chant akron hates you? he said no. listen. >> it's nothing personal. it's a basketball game. and i had to maintain my focus no matter what's said or what's done throughout that game. it's nothing personal. at all. to me, to the fans. i don't hold any grudges. they came out to support their team, support the cavaliers in any way possible to try to get anybody, myself or any of my guys unfocused on what the task was. so, you know, they tried anything. so it's nothing -- and i don't have any hurt feelings or hard feelings about this game at all from these fans. i wish them the best.
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>> reporter: nothing. nothing, nothing made him lose focus or the rest of the miami heat. the biggest cheers of the night came for dan gilbert the owner of the cavaliers who blasted james as he left cleveland. he came in like a rock star. the creme dele creme was out there. all in the crowd hoping the cavs would win or put on a better show, which they did not. >> yeah, it's interesting you mentioned dan gilbert, because according to this scathing report he also slipped out after the first half after realizing how it was probably going to go down for his team. and a lot of people just said, you know what? despite all of the anger and everything about lebron james leaving after watching the cavaliers last night, you can't really blame him. >> reporter: no, i hate to say it. but you can't really blame them.
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i did ask the fans, though, if they can let it go right now. let lebron james go and all the hatred the crowd feels toward him. i mean finally can cleveland move on? i'll let the fans tell you for themselves. >> he is who he is, you know. he quit on us, he left, he frauded the city, you know, by stopping other players to coming to cleveland. and so now it's like, ain't nobody got no more energy for him. he's useless now. >> when lebron was laughing during the boos, what went through your mind? >> it made me pretty angry. i wanted to wipe the smirk off his face. >> we don't like him, with don't want him here, but we don't have to be rude. >> reporter: other fans, i must say john and kiran, they got all of the anger out tonight and it will become sort of a traditional rivalry between the miami heat and the cleveland
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cavaliers. and maybe at some point down the line it'll actually become kind of fun. who knows. >> wow, i love the fact that lebron in answer to your question kept saying nothing personal, it's nothing personal, but for the fans it was all personal. oh, my goodness. >> reporter: i'm telling you, he was shooting foul shots and the crowd was chanting akron hates you and he was smiling and laughing. his face was big on that big score board up there. >> that is focus. >> reporter: he has nerves of steel. >> of course, to add insult to injury, it's snowing in cleveland this morning. thanks, carol. will she run for president? is sarah palin any closer to a decision? it was just a simple question that jim acosta asked at one of her book tour stops, and then there was an exchange that took place. we'll show it to you coming up. ♪
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♪ some stories that got us talking this morning. a month-old panda getting a clean bill of health this morning another the zoo in atlanta. the cub is less than 14 inches long, about average for his age. >> last time we checked in he was only 16 ounces. >> the unnamed cub is the only panda born in the united states this year. as is tradition, he'll be named when he's 100 days old. got any good names? >> he's so adorable. i can't think of any for the poor little guy -- >> not much cuter than a baby panda. unless it's a french bulldog playing with a door jam. right now the lights on the
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lego christmas tree are shining bright. 250,000 legos went into that. they flipped the switch in front of a nice crowd in california. lego land donated $10,000 to a foundation called smile. >> yeah, that's a great charity. no question about that. maybe one of the hottest toys on santa's list this year, we're talking about computer engineered barbie. comes with a pink laptop and an iphone. santa wants to know how much for the new barbie? how does about $13 sound? >> i love she has her blue tooth headset in, as well. there is a do not call list for your phone number. there may be something sort of like that for your computer. how to protect your online privacy coming up. and cnn caught up with sarah palin yesterday at a book tour event. she answered a question about her possible plans to run for president. jim acosta just ahead and he'll tell us what she said.
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26 minutest past the hour right now. christine romans is minding your business with the federal trade commission's new proposal for the web. almost like a do not track list, like the do not call list that keeps telemarketers from calling you during dinner. >> that changed new life, that do not call list. the do not track list changed my life on the internet. this is a proposal and all the "stakeholders" are weighing in. this is what it would be. it would be some kind of an add-on software feature that
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would allow you to say i'm going to go dark, off the radar. i'm going to privately browse and you can't take and store all of my information so you can package it up and sell it. the problem here, of course, it's quite interesting. the problem here, of course, there have been widespread security lapses with your information. basically, you don't know who is collecting your information, what information, and what they're doing with it and how they're targeting you with it. this would give you a little bit more privacy on the web. quick problem, though. some of the free websites and free applications say we're free because -- look, here's the question. how do you do this in the right way so that our privacy is protected but also so they can make money? also, some of them point out you're actually better off because they know what kind of advertising to target with you. we're better off, right? because they know how to target
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you better instead of spamming you with stuff you're not interested. i'm not sure i buy that 100% either. there's got to be some kind of compromise between no one knowing -- you don't know what they're doing with your information and how widespread it goes. there are a lot of private browsing features. i use this religiously. >> which one? >> no, on my mac, i use a private browsing feature. you can do that, john, why are you laughing? >> because i remember when we first talked about private browsing, that fella -- >> what did he say? >> no, he called it porn mode. >> oh, my, no, that's not why i use it, john, please. but i don't like the idea of people seeing everything -- what kind of things i'm looking for on the web. it bothers me. but this is the way it is. it'll be interesting. >> keep that private browser up and running. >> so in january is when we'll know for sure what this proposal
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will look like. >> "wired" magazine, they know all about it. that's what he called it. >> a little early to be talking about the "p" word, john. >> it is. as we cross the half hour, drivers chilled to the bone waking up in their cars and trucks this morning, stranded on the new york state throughway for as long as 12 hours after a storm dumped 3 feet of snow on the buffalo area. the southern end was slammed, though. forecasters say more snow as much as an inch an hour possible in some areas this morning. and war of words in washington. can the two sides agree before your taxes go up? senate democrats plan to vote tomorrow on extending the bush tax cuts only for families earning less than $250,000. there is little chance, though, that will pass. republicans want tax breaks extended for everyone, including the highest income earners. the bush tax cuts are set to expire december 31st. and an army has launched a criminal investigation into misplaced remains at arlington
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national cemetery. comes after the cremated remains of people were discovered in a grave site marked unknown. widespread problems at arlington, including 200 unmarked or misidentified grave sites. she's rarely available to answer questions from reporters. but yesterday, sarah palin spoke to us, i guess you could say. >> jim acosta got the attention of the former governor of alaska in a walmart in iowa. she was promoting her book when you caught up with her. but she didn't seem to necessarily appreciate your inquisitive nature. >> reporter: i think that's fair to say, john, i think you're right about that. let me set the stage for you. as you mentioned, she doesn't do a lot of interviews these days. and she wasn't doing interviews yesterday at this walmart where she was signing her book. but they did allow us to observe her book signing. it was good for us, only one problem. they had the music playing really loudly in there presumably to drown out any
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questions we ask. and at one point it stopped, so we asked her about her presidential ambitions. take a look. any chance you're closer to an announcement on running for president? >> am i doing interviews? i thought i had music and talking to the nice people. >> well, we're nice too. >> not always, but maybe you are. >> are you getting any closer? >> no, not any closer yet. >> any comment on what governor romney said last night on the "tonight show." >> no, no, no -- >> what did he say on the "tonight show"? >> he said he would quit as governor of massachusetts. >> get him out. get him out. get him out. >> you're done. >> sir, were you the one that turned off the music? >> i did not turn off the music, no ma'am. no, no, governor, i would not do that, i promise. >> reporter: now, for the record, we did not turn off her music, we can assure you of
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that. but one thing about her presidential ambitions we should talk about for a moment. she is a fox news contributor, so she's not doing interviews with media outlets outside of fox news for the most part. but she's got plenty of time to make up her mind and change her game plan when it comes to dealing with the media. the iowa caucuses are more than a year away set for february 6th. she's got time to change this game plan up. >> you got the hand, jim. >> just tell us what was going on behind the scenes as that happened. they were not pleased that you were asking questions. they usually pipe in pretty loud music. and then what happened after we got the hand? >> reporter: yes. well, we were told that our time was up. the media -- they were escorted in, three people at a time, and they were basically given ten minutes to observe sarah palin signing these books. and we waited until about nine minutes into those ten minutes to ask her a question and by luck the music turned off, we
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were able to repeat our question. they came over and asked us, you know, politely to leave and we obliged them of that. we left the book-signing area. we were allowed to stay in the walmart after that. we just couldn't go back into the book-signing area. but everybody was very polite about it. >> pick up a few christmas gifts while you were there? >> reporter: yes, for you, it's in the mail, john. it's on its way. >> all right, jim. good try and thanks very much. >> it's the book, actually, you may have heard of it. >> thanks, jim. coming up, julian lennon in his own words. how did john lennon's first son deal with his father's murder? plus those extra holiday pounds. every single one could mean you're shortening your life. new research about just how few pounds overweight you have to be to have big health implications. 33 minutes after the hour. join the jaguar platinum celebration !
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♪ coming up now, 37 minutes after the hour. all this week we've been previewing our cnn documentary on the death of john lennon. "losing lennon: countdown to a murder." the entire year preceding his death. it's going to be 30 years this coming wednesday since john lennon was murdered by chapman. his first son julian talks about chapman and what it was like after learning his father had been murdered. >> former beatle john lennon has been shot at his manhattan apartment tonight. police say he was taken to roosevelt hospital. >> hard to imagine it was reality. still to this day in so many
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ways it still feels like a dream. >> reporter: john lennon's first son julian was in liverpool when he got the news. >> i came downstairs, all the curtains were closed. you know, found out what had happened and, of course, you know, when mom arrived, we were in bits. >> reporter: he immediately flew to new york. >> every person on that plane had the -- had the newspaper of dad's, you know, picture and john lennon slain, murdered, and that was a toughy. that was a toughy. >> reporter: he went right to the dakota for a tearful reunion with his 5-year-old brother shawn. >> you had a sense of responsibility of duty as a big brother? >> well, yeah. reminded me of something. >> what did it remind you of? >> well, my life, you know. we were of similar age when he sort of left us. i mean the first time around that it happened to me, at least, you know, he didn't pass away. this was going to be tough on a
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little boy that had a great deal of love going for his father. >> love that julian never received from his father as a child. >> to a degree i was abandoned as a kid, you know, twice. if not three times in many respects. >> reporter: it was the height of beatle mania and john was on the road constantly. eventually he divorced julian's mother cynthia, moved to new york, and started a new family with yoko ono. julian only saw his father a handful of times before he died. >> he obviously was trying to reach out later in life, no question about it. and he knew that, you know, i still was looking -- longing for that relationship with him. >> do you feel cheated that you were denied that opportunity? >> well, of course, i do. no question about it. it's beyond sadness he's not around, obviously. but there's nothing anybody can do about that. >> reporter: december 8th marks the 30th anniversary of lennon's
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murder. his killer mark david chapman was just denied parole for the sixth time. >> should he ever be released? >> i can't answer that. you know, there's supposed to be room in our hearts, all of our hearts for forgiveness. my own thoughts are personal on that and my own and will remain that way. that's for me and my own thoughts in my own quiet time. >> so julian wouldn't tell us whether or not he thought that mark david chapman should be released. but he and literally every other person we talked to who knew chapman or knew john lennon said the same thing about if he got released. and that is some john lennon fan probably within a matter of days or perhaps a matter of months would take chapman out. >> i mean, i don't doubt it.
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you know, the type of anger is still there after all of these years for what he did. is there any chance? he's been denied again and again and again and again that he would be let go? >> six times. and so many people said if it wasn't john lennon he killed, he probably would be out walking the streets of america now. yoko ono, while she doesn't go to the hearings, she has on occasion, she is campaigning behind the scenes to keep him in jail forever and ever and ever. so will he ever be released? there's been no indication from the parole board he will. he's still deemed a threat despite the fact he's said i got over all of the demons that possessed me, i'm a changed person. so far the parole board hasn't believed him. he won't be up for another two years, we'll see what they say then. the documentary losing lennon: countdown to murder premieres this weekend. saturday and sunday night 8:00 eastern here on cnn. stay tuned, because after the documentary, you'll see john lennon living in america, that's
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this is exciting news from nasa at 45 minutes past the hour. it's a scientific find that really opens the door to new forms of life here on earth and beyond. nasa scientists say they've discovered a new organism that changes what they thought it takes to sustain life. the bacteria found at the bottom of a california lake thrives on arsenic in place of phosphorous, which is one of the six elements considered essential to sustain life. the results would expand the notion of what life could be and where it could exist. >> that's exciting stuff. so it sort of completely turns on its head all of our notions of what it takes to sustain life. reynolds wolf is at the weather center in atlanta. a fellow who sustains his life on chick-fil-a sandwiches. >> i had two roommates back in college that were more evident
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of extraterrestrial life, trust me. the top story, we've got, of course, is the syracuse snowfall. the snow there has been amazing. in fact, take a look at the video. the radar shows you one thing, but the video takes the cake. here are people stranded not just for four or five hours, some up to 12 hours. people stranded by the heavy snow that fell at a quick rate, they were unable to move it out of the way for people to get from point "a" to point "b." that's going to continue through the good part of the day before all is said and done. possibly 3 to 4 feet of snow. winter striking with a vengeance. and take a look at it from parts of lake erie, you see the lake effect snowfall beginning to pick up. the lakes are warm, the water heightened sense of evaporation. and with that wind interacting with the cool air aloft. much of it south of buffalo,
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some of it -- not so much in terms of the heavy snowfall, that one band south of the city that is going to stack up there in the next couple of days. obviously issues in the roadways. obviously there are issues in the airports. you might be waiting on the tarmac up to an hour. in newark, denver also into cleveland. anywhere from say 30 minutes to maybe a full hour on the tarmac might be your wait. some places due to wind, others, like cleveland, due to the heavy snow. about san francisco southward, it's dry business, but once you get north of the bay area, rain is going to be an issue in the sierra nevada, snowfall, also snow possible in parts of the midwest. nice and dry for you in the southeast. very quickly as we wrap things up, temperatures, 45 in washington, d.c., 73 the high in dallas out by the cotton bowl, 60 in denver, and 69 in los angeles. you know what? you're up to speed in terms of the forecast. we've got even more coming up after the top of the hour. sit tight. >> and you know, reynolds, it's
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the fact that on a bright, sunny, summer day you can sit on the runway in new york city for an hour or more. >> always a good time. >> fun. middle seat makes it even more fun. this morning's top stories just minutes away. the frustration of an entire city coming out as lebron returned to cleveland. you probably saw the score. it did not rattle him at all. >> yeah, a terrible night. just 38 points. thank you for being a friend. hard times creating a whole new generation of real life golden girls. ladies in their 50s, 60s, and 70s living together to save money. those stories and more coming your way beginning at the top of the hour.
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52 minutes past the hour right now. you know what it's like around the holidays. you have all of the good intent in the world, but because of the parties and celebrating, you pack on a few extra pounds along the way. you don't have to be santa-sized to end up with a serious problem. there is new research suggesting that even a little bit overweight with a body mass index just above the healthy range, increases your risk of dying of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. joining us to explain is the director of the comprehensive weight control program at new york presbyterian cornell medical center. thanks for being with us this
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morning, doctor. >> thank you, kiran. >> we know it's not good to be overweight or obese. there's a lot of health concerns. but what is new about this research that people should listen to? >> this is the largest study ever done that demonstrates that an increase in body weight increases your risk of dying from heart disease and every other cause. >> and it's not -- you don't need to be very overweight. you're talking about a few pounds? >> that's right. what this study shows because there are so many people involved, 1 1/2 million people that as your weight goes up, there is an increase in risk. so, for example, if you're 30 pounds overweight, your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, any kind of cardiovascular disease is doubled. that's a big risk. >> and you also talk about being 10 or 20 pounds overweight. what are the implications of this study? >> well, i think that this underscores how serious a health problem obesity has become in the united states.
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and we know that it's affecting health care costs. 1/3 of the increase in health care costs over the past 20 years is just due to the increase in obesity. >> you talk about the importance of knowing what your bmi or your body mass index is. you can just go to the nih website, is it? >> yes, there are many bmi calculators. but it's not just bmi, your waist also plays an important role. but if you know what your bmi is, usually that will give you enough information to make a decision what to do about it. >> they recommend that your body mass index or bmi and they have these calculators on nih.gov. bring along a tape measure, because to get an accurate portrayal, you should also measure your waist. and you want to be between 22.5 and 24.9 in the bmi range. explain how many people are -- fall within that range and how likely it is you're probably not
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in that range. >> not very many people fall in the optimal range. the majority of americans are in the higher risk range. and we've been trying, trying to get people to stop gaining weight, but one of the findings of this study is that there were five times as many deaths in this study than were seen in previous studies in the high-weight range. that shows you what we're facing. we're facing an epidemic of people dying as a result of their obesity. >> you know, the problem is it can fall on deaf ears after a while. everybody probably knows she shouldn't be gaining weight. and we want to offer a couple of tips for people that can make a difference today. you know, in the middle of the holiday season. one of them is cutting down on the sugared sodas and juices. explain more why this small change can make a difference. >> well, there are a lot of calories in not only soda, but also juices. so by cutting back on them, you can save a lot of calories. >> you're talking even a glass
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of orange juice in the morning, you think you're doing something right. but it can have as many calories and sugar as a soda. >> it does have the number of calories of soda. it has vitamins and nutrients, so i don't want you to think it's bad for you, but drinking a lot of juice can cause you to gain weight. >> you also say eat protein for breakfast. this is something that can set you on the right path for the whole day. >> because if you have a protein breakfast, it can calm down your appetite throughout the day. it's easy to tell people not to eat as much food, it's very hard to do it. and what we've found over the years is that if you have protein for breakfast, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, that will tend to keep your appetite under control better throughout the day. >> and you also say eat your vegetables first. >> think about vegetables as a natural appetite suppressant. first of all, if you eat them first, you've eaten vegetables. and you'll wind up eating starches and higher calorie and fat foods later in the meal, you're going to be full.
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>> good advice. i know it's not easy to get on the right path, especially around the holidays. great to have you with us this morning. thanks so much. >> thanks, kiran. coming up now on 3 minutes to the top of the hour. top stories right after the break. stay with us.
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good morning to you. thanks so much for being with us on this friday. it is the 3rd of december, i'm kiran chetry. >> i'm john roberts. thanks so much for joining us. today's top stories, buffalo buried, heavy snow stranding hundreds of drivers on the road. some locations saw as much as 3 feet of snow. we've got today's forecast just ahead. sarah palin isn't doing many interviews these days, but jim acosta caught up with her in iowa yesterday. we'll show you the back and
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forth between the governor of alaska and jim. cleveland booed and booed and booed, and lebron james folded, oh, it was terrible, 38 points, total domination in his first game back at cleveland in a miami heat uniform. we'll have all the highlights and the hostility from the cavs fans. up first, though, thunder snow. it's a very unique phenomenon, and probably shocks you when you hear it. >> holy cow! >> that was what it was like yesterday in parts of buffalo. the new york state throughway, actually closed down, shut down for hours. it reopened overnight. but drivers had to endure many cold and hungry hours stranded in the buffalo area. and this is an area that can handle snow. cars and 18-wheelers, moms, truckers, backed up and buried in 3 feet of the white stuff. >> i just want to be home. i mean, they're all home from a snow day and i've been working for -- i've been up for like 24 hours, i want to go home.
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>> from the official throughway radio, it was saying, oh, traffic is heavy, it's stop and go. and we'd been stopped dead for six hours. >> here's the capricious nature of lake-effectsnow. the north end of the city got a dusting, the southern end got slammed. and even in a place like buffalo, there is such a thing as too much snow in too short of a time and more of it in the forecast today. >> and for that, we check in with reynolds wolf in the extreme weather center for us with a look at what it's going to be like today for buffalo and other parts of the country. hey, reynolds. >> going to be kind of like ground hog day. same song, second verse, the same trend saturday in through sunday. i haven't checked the schedule yet, but it'll be interesting to see if the buffalo bills are actually playing on sunday. a journalist here in the studio brought that up. and that'll be an interesting game if that's the case. you can see the areas shaded in green, those are your lake-effect snow warnings. in effect in buffalo and erie,
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back over towards syracuse, at least points north along 81. a lot of people -- actually if you get on those roads, you're not going to have a chance of moving whatsoever. people still have a stand still on parts of 90 all due to the snow. you were talking about kind of the feast or famine you have with lake-effect snowfall. what better way to show you than on radar? all points south, it is just absolute snow action. some of this actually coming up as a little bit of rainfall right over the lake itself, but when it gets above lake erie, the loft is coming down in snow and it will continue as i said saturday, sunday, even into monday for that matter. and northern michigan we go. traverse city, getting the lake effect action. the snow will be coming down along parts of 75, driving's going to be a real issue for you. and it's also going to be an issue at the airport. in minneapolis, afternoon snow may give you a few problems. also wind in newark, denver, and cleveland could leave you with
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about a 30-minute to an hour delay in some spots. plenty of sunshine in the southeast, snow in the sierra nevada, into the rockies. as you wrap it up, 42 your high in salt lake city, 25 in minneapolis, 59 atlanta, and 43 in new york. okay, you're up to speed. back to you. >> thanks, reynolds. see you again soon, the travel forecast. now to politics and the battle in washington with tax cuts with your paycheck hanging in the balance. >> senate democrats are planning to vote tomorrow on extending tax cuts for the middle class. republicans want all of the bush-era tax cuts extended even for the highest income earners. is there a compromise in the cards? brianna keilar live on capitol hill. i guess some of the indication that maybe they were still talking whether they were supposed to take the vote earlier and they chose to postpone it. >> reporter: and they were supposed to vote on that number of items. but what we'll be seeing tomorrow now votes on two different bills. one that would extend -- these
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are democratic-backed. one that would extend the bush-era tax cuts for couples making $250,000 or less, and then there would be a second one that would increase that cap to $1 million. but there was this agreement that seemed to be in the works where republicans and democrats were going to be voting on some other tax-related items and that fell apart late last night. it seemed like it could be a key to perhaps a compromise. and so now negotiations continuing. and you have both sides staking out their positions. as you mentioned, kiran, republicans who want all tax cuts extended, and democrats who want it for the middle class and those making less money. and we're seeing this in the house, as well, which yesterday passed that extension for folks making $250,000 or less, not expected to pass the senate. and because of that, house minority leader john boehner called it this. >> trying to catch my breath so i don't refer to this -- this maneuver going on today as -- as
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chicken crap, all right. but this is nonsense. all right. the election was one month ago. we're 23 months from the next election, and the political games have already started trying to set up the next election. >> reporter: but what you're seeing here, and we've heard this from senate majority leader harry reid is democrats saying, we're going to have these votes. we are sticking up for the middle class, that's what they say, and we are going to try to paint republicans as they have before in the past as holding these tax cuts for the middle class hostage to tax cuts for the wealthy. they're saying they care about millionaires and billionaires and they're really trying to make that difference. but, of course, there are some democrats, you guys who are on the side of republicans in this. and the fact is, democrats would have a very hard time passing this partial extension. >> brianna, these machinations we're seeing in both houses of congress, do they accurately reflect how americans are
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feeling about the tax cuts? >> reporter: if you look at one of the most recent polls, this comes from cbs news, it's pretty different. let me tell you about this. it shows that -- if you look at who wants to continue tax cuts for all americans? 26%. this would be across the board. continuing these tax breaks for families that are just making that $250,000 or less, you have a majority there, 53%, and 14% say they should expire for all. obviously congress leaning more towards continuing tax cuts for all americans rather than letting them expire. so no, there is certainly a bit of a -- a rift between the polls and what you're seeing here in congress. >> brianna keilar this morning, thanks. also new this morning, it is day two of the hearings on the don't ask, don't tell policy in the senate. today leaders from the army, navy, air force, and marines will speak. yesterday the secretary of defense as well as the chairman of the joint chiefs supported the end of the policy.
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senator john mccain remains firmly against changing the policy. two top aides to the john edwards for president campaign are talking to a federal grand jury. ex-spokesperson and jonathan prince testified yesterday. the justice department is trying to find out if the campaign illegally paid off edwards' mistress and the mother of his child rielle hunter. sarah palin did answer one question yesterday. >> she was on her book tour in iowa where jim acosta had an interesting exchange with the former governor of alaska. and jim, you've come into contact with her in the past. what does she have to say this time around? >> reporter: well, you know, she's doing some retail politics here in iowa. as you know, john. she's talked about whether or not she may run for president. she says she's considering it. but as you know, she is a contributor to fox news, does not do many interviews with other media outlets. but fortunately for us, we were
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allowed to observe her book signing up in spirit lake, iowa. there was one tiny problem in the room the book signing was going on in, the music was turned up very loud, presumably to drown out any questions we asked. and out of nowhere, the music suddenly stopped so we decided to ask her a question about her presidential ambitions. >> any chance you're closer to an announcement on running for president? >> am i doing interviews? i thought i was talking to the nice people and listening to music. >> we're nice too. >> not always, but maybe you are. >> are you getting any closer? >> no, not any closer yet, no. >> any comment on what governor romney said last night on the "tonight show." >> what did governor romney say on the "tonight show"? >> he said he couldn't imagine quitting as the governor of massachusetts, i was curious to what you thought. >> okay, you're done. >> sir --
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>> we want to turn off the music -- >> i did not turn off the music. no, governor, i would not do that, i promise. >> these iowa people, they've got my back. >> and for the record, we should point out we did not turn off that music. that was somebody else in the room. but getting back to iowa. she talked about how the people of iowa have her back. i have to say that the people in spirit lake where this book signing was going on had a positive response. there was some 500 people, more than 500 people lining up to get an autograph of her books in a town of roughly 5,000 people. just a sampling of how popular she is. >> how long is she going to stay in this tightly-controlled media environment if she does want to run for president? >> reporter: you know, i think that is the big question surrounding this non-campaign she's running right now. she has basically a year and a
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couple of months before the iowa caucuses. if she's going to jump in, she's going to make that decision before then, but she doesn't have a whole lot of time. and quite frankly, the people of iowa, have this very unique caucus process here. and they're not really into candidates who sort of dodge questions from the media and avoid the general public except for these tightly-controlled settings. i don't know if that's going to go over quite well in iowa. but right now as all of us have been talking about for the last several weeks, she has this sort of unconventional way of reintroducing herself to a lot of americans out there, keeping her name out there. so this is working for her for now, but just how long this is going to work, that's the big question. >> jim acosta for us this morning in des moines. it's a great part of iowa up there in spirit lake. did you get a chance to visit the university of okaboji while you were there? >> i did not. we didn't have any time for that either. >> maybe you two could go ice
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fishing. >> reporter: starting to feel like the iowa caucuses. >> we should point out the university of okaboji is a fictional university that the folks in that area have created and they have t-shirts and towels. >> you were trying to trick jim? >> no, wondering if he picked up a souvenir while he was there. lebron james rubs it in, dominating on his own court in cleveland. he didn't evan need the fourth quarter to put up 38 points. worried about the nation's financial future? you're not the only one. how far, though, are you willing to go to fix it? michael crowley took a hard look at hard decisions and joins us right after the break. also, fourth graders in the 21st century technology, pens and papers, so yesterday. the ipads are in. where is this happening? and how are they using it 12 minutes past the hour. [ female announcer ] humana and walmart are teaming up to bring you a low-price medicare prescription drug plan
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14 minutes past the hour. we have more now in our top story. buffalo's digging out from a big lake-effect snowstorm. they witnessed thunder snow. >> that's pretty amazing. only seen that once before. let's get the report from the ground, find out what it's like there. our affiliate wkbw joins us this morning. how is it where you are? >> reporter: well, good morning. the snow has stopped. and as you can see, the throughway is -- very, very crowded. there's a lot of people on it. it just opened about an hour ago after two days of frustration for drivers. some of the drivers were on the throughway in their cars for more than 15 hours before the throughway authority and state police and emergency workers brought them off into -- what they were calling a warming shelter. now, the tempers were high throughout the entire day yesterday. and because of that, the throughway is being questioned about their procedures during
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lake effect storms and the officials there are going to meet and talk about changing some of those procedures because people are so upset about this two-day ordeal. another thing i wanted to point out is lake-effect snow, a lot of people that aren't from this area or live near a lake don't know that it's very isolated. so it caused a lot of problems. because in one area of western new york, it was clear, and just a dusting of snow, then you would drive into a wall of snow, and that's where the accidents happened and occurred. but the good news is here that everyone is safe. there was no injuries, and the throughway is now open. back to you. >> yeah, and you're saying they're being questioned about why it was closed and what their procedures are like. they're used to, you know, far larger lake-effect snow events than this one. do we know why they had to shut down for this one? >> reporter: well, you know, there was rain the day before. so it downpoured, and then it
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turned into ice, then it snowed. i think it caused a lot of accidents, and that's what caused most of the problems. sometimes when it just snows, it's not as slippery, but there were so many accidents, they couldn't keep up with the accidents and the snow coming down, so they had to shut down the throughway. again, they're looking at that process. >> wkbw for us this morning, thank you so much. president obama's deficit commission is expected to vote on its plan today, one that could cost the average taxpayer an extra $1,700 a year and cut the nation's deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years. it targets some of the so-called sacred cows of the budget and requires you to swallow tough medicine to cure this nation's spending problems. michael crowley is the deputy washington bureau chief for "time" magazine who has broken down those sacred cows. let's put up the graphic. we're talking about the military, social security, and tax deductions and exemptions. let's tackle the military first. take a look at this.
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massive budget, $664 billion, an 80% increase since 2000. but looking at a couple of ways to cut these combat vessels. $600 million for those. those are potentially on the chopping block as well as $13 billion for marine amphibious landing vehicles. very difficult, though, michael to touch anything in the pentagon's budget. >> absolutely. the $13 billion is total for a whole bunch of those vehicles just so your viewers understand. secretary gates says we don't need them. the marines very rarely land anywhere in vehicles like that. the ships, we have total naval supremacy right now. america's military budget is roughly larger than all of the other nations combined. and even if you don't count the spending for the wars in iraq and afghanistan, we're up 65% to 70% in the last decade. but politically speaking, no one has wanted to touch the pentagon budget for the last ten years. republicans are very gung ho
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about military spending, and those who have said maybe the military is too big, politically they don't want to be vulnerable to the charge that they are anti-military. so the political system has allowed these weapon systems that we don't necessarily need that are often way over budget to be getting built without much restraint. and their personnel costs are soaring at the same time. >> yeah, anything that could ever be seen to be weakening america is definitely something that carries with it a lot of political risk. something else that's been called the third rail of american politics on more than one occasion, particularly during election years, social security. let's put up the graphics on this. the budget for social security -- we've got the wrong graphic up here. if we could put the correct graphic up, it says $703 billion in 2015, then we can put up the other one, it goes negative, 2037, we're going to need to cut benefits 22% in order to stay solvent. couple of proposals out there that have been put forward to try to bring social security under control.
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tax the rich more and raise the retirement age. now, we've raised the retirement age in the past, but this idea of taxing the rich more, probably not going to fly in a republican-dominated house. >> right. that's one reason why doing anything right now is going to be so hard. because i think the feeling is you would have to have a compromise where you would raise taxes a little bit, cut spending a little bit. you have one party in particular that's feeling it. republicans are not interested in compromising on tax hikes right now. key thing about social security, it is not causing the deficit right now. it's in pretty good shape at this very moment. but looking ahead a few years, it suddenly kind of falls off a cliff. the thing to do is try to make small changes now and phase them in slowly so you don't have a lot of sudden pain. so the question is, can we kind of get ahead of this problem before it blows up? and it's not clear that -- particularly, republicans don't want to raise taxes, democrats don't want to raise the retirement age either. both sides will have to swallow a bitter pill. >> is there any appetite to
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reform social security? during the bush administration, they talked about it. the idea didn't go anywhere. >> right, john. i think that, you know, you had a republican president and a republican congress that was quite generally speaking loyal to that president. bush couldn't get the republicans to hold a vote on his bill. that thing was kind of a political fiasco. and i think there's almost no abo appetite to try to move to private accounts and away from a government-run social security system. >> michael, the other sacred cow you talk about, tax exemptions, they go in for a total of $1.1 trillion, and the big sacred cow, $130 billion each year for the mortgage interest deduction, which allows a lot of people to own homes. some of the suggestions in bringing that down, eliminate all deductions and exemptions and reduce tax rates to as low as 8% in some cases. tell you, when it comes to that mortgage interest deduction, that really is a third rail, as well. >> absolutely. there's some polling that shows support for that deduction as high as 80%.
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i think that the way to do this would be as part of a broader tax code reform this is something the commission proposes. knock out all the exemptions and loopholes, but people are going to say, don't take this, don't take that. the credits for buying a prius, for instance. but what you would get in return is a simpler tax code with lower rates across the board for everyone. the lowest category, the lowest income bracket would go down as low as 8% if this worked. you wouldn't necessarily -- we're probably not going to sweep all of the exemptions out of the tax code. and as far as the home mortgage deduction goes, you know, a likely possible scenario would be that you lower the cap. right now you can deduct interest on the mortgage up to $1 million and do it for multiple homes. you can see a scenario where it's a lower cap, you can't do it for your beach house. and you phase it in very gradually. so if you're a homeowner right now, don't worry it's going to disappear in a year. >> what's your bet any of this will happen? >> i think that congress will probably go for low-hanging fruit. but really major, painful
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reforms are hard to see right now. republicans are not in a mood to compromise. democrats are standing their ground on things like the retirement age and everyone is afraid, for instance, that senior citizens that don't like seeing anyone go near social security. unfortunately, i think it's quite possible we're going to have to wait until a fiscal crisis seems to be right around the corner. the fiscal commission is saying that day could come any time. but i don't think people feel like it's really going to be tomorrow. and so as is so often the case in washington, we may have to wait for crisis to be right around the corner before there's real serious action. >> yeah, you're a pop tiliticia you don't want to upset senior citizens. michael crowley this morning, thanks so much. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> good article in "time" magazine too about the sacred cows. we are checking on the sacred little panda. the newborn panda cub born in atlanta. how's he doing? when are they going to name him? look, he's gotten some hair and also gained a couple pounds. we'll be right back.
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26 minutes past the hour. he's tiny and he's healthy. no, the panda. the baby panda. there he is. >> i'm not so healthy. >> he's a month old, the atlanta
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zoo, he weighs just 2 pounds. >> got a little fur now. >> yeah, last time we saw him he was just pink, no fur, and only weighed about 11 ounces. he's less than 14 inches long, but it's average for a bear his age. the unnamed panda is the only panda born in the u.s. this year. and as per tradition, he's going to be named when he's 100 days old. just when you thought it couldn't get any better than a snuggie, it's called the forever lazy. and it's described as a fleece, footless onesie with a hood. its creators are marketing it as an alternative to a blanket and said they already sold more than 10,000 of them. >> we're over the snuggie. >> it's like a jump suit. >> i love that. that's nice. >> it's a jump suit. >> but it's fleece. how great is a fleece onesie? anyway, no more pens and
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papers at two west virginia elementary schools. under $100,000 pilot program. they got every fourth grader an ipad. the kids get an e-mail address too so they can send their assignments to a teacher and the young students are no strangers to technology. >> my sister actually has an ipod touch. >> they're tired of the paper. this is exciting, it's got color, brings it to life. >> the only thing is the typing. they're going to have to learn how to type. it's harder on the ipad. >> a friend of mine runs a school for recording arts and his whole curriculum is done on the ipad. it's amazing that's changing the way we educate people. it was like he never left cleveland except for the uniform. and the really loud booing, of course, lebron james owning the court, dominating the cavs in his return home. the highlights live from cleveland just ahead.
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drivers chilled to the bone. some waking up in their cars or trucks this morning. they were stranded on the new york state throughway in upstate new york for as long as 12 hours after a storm dumped 3 feet of snow on the buffalo area. forecasters say more snow, as much as an inch per hour is possible in some areas this morning. a u.s.-based domain name provider shut down the site because of multiple cyber attacks. wikileaks back up using a company out of switzerland. your paycheck hangs in the balance, the spirit of compromise took a hit yesterday when democrats in the lame duck house voted to let tax cuts for the wealthiest americans expire. a move that angered incoming house speaker john boehner. >> trying to catch my breath so i don't refer to this maneuver going on today as -- as chicken crap, all right. but this is nonsense. the election was one month ago.
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we're 23 months from the next election, and the political games have already started trying to set up the next election. we have an honest conversation at the white house. about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the american people expected. and to roll this vote out today really is just -- it's what you think i was going to say anyway. >> in the meantime, senate democrats plan to vote tomorrow on a pair of bills to extend the bush tax cuts. >> it's going to have an interesting tenure as speaker of the house. he came home when he brought the heat and so did the fans. >> 6'8", number six, lebron james. >> lebron james came out to the sounds of the imperial march and a chorus of boos. the first time in cleveland in a
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miami heat uniform. >> he was able to brush off the boos and bad vibes. he scored 38 points and outscoring the starting five of his old team. the papers aren't being kind to the cavs saying they laid down and let this team win. not even any hard fouling, nothing, nothing. they just lost. >> reporter: stop it, kiran. it's too painful to talk about. i think that all the booing and all the profanity that came from the crowd actually fueled lebron james to his best game this season. in fact, a lot of sports analysts said this was the old lebron james. this is how he plays normally. he hasn't been playing well with the miami heat, but boy, came out in full force in cleveland. and yes, if we have that videotape. yep, his signature poof and the crowd went wild, showering him with boos. and of course, there were chants
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of profanity throughout the night. people said things like akron hates you, akron hates you. the sign were pretty clever. some were very interesting. i'm going to show you a series of signs here and read you my favorite. lebron lequitter, leloser, letraitor. >> the chanting got rough at times especially when they started chanting akron hates you. but lebron took it in hand and as you said, kiran, scored 38 points. i asked him if any of the chanting bothered him at the press conference after the game. here's what he said. >> it's nothing personal. it's a basketball game. and i had to maintain my focus. no matter what's said or what's done throughout that game. it's nothing personal. at all. to me, to the fans. you know, i don't hold any grudges. they came out to support their team. support the cavaliers in any way possible to try to get anybody,
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myself or any of our guys unfocused on what the task was. so, you know, they tried anything. so it's nothing -- i don't have any hurt or hard feelings about this game from these fans. i wish them the best. >> reporter: the best news from here is cleveland fans for the most part did behave. the security measures worked. nothing was thrown on to the floor. there were a few squirm ikirmis people throwing beer on people with miami heat shirts. there were a few arrests outside the arena, but other than that, no problems. as for whether the fans had their cathartic moment, i don't know, john and kiran, i think the hatred remains. >> he was focused like the proverbial laser. but what did the fans there have to say about his return?
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>> reporter: well, we asked a few fans, especially more than a few fans, people were actually coming up to us because they wanted to talk to the camera. i've never experienced that before. but here's some of what they had to say. >> he is who he is, you know. i mean, he quit on us, he left, he frauded the city. you know, by stopping other players from coming to cleveland. and so now it's like, you know, i ain't got -- ain't knob got no more energy for him. he's useless now. >> when lebron was laughing during the boos, what went through your mind? >> it made me pretty angry. i wanted to wipe the smirk off his face. >> you know, we don't like him, we don't want him here, but we don't have to be rude. >> reporter: wipe the smirk off his face. that was the thing. the more the crowd booed and shouted profanity at lebron james, the more he smiled and laughed and made a few more shots. but one fan actually told me, john and kiran, that they were
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glad this night happened. and that soon it will turn into kind of a fun rivalry between the miami heat and the cleveland cavaliers. and the city of cleveland maybe, finally can move on. >> we'll see. but one thing we do know is that lebron jetted back to nice, sunny miami and it's snowing there in cleveland this morning. so -- >> reporter: yeah, he was out of here quickly. >> he was. thanks, carol. listen up, parents, if you're feeling frazzled and burned out, well, there's some who are announcing, just say no to all volunteering. we're going to talk to two moms who have certainly been there and done that. 37 minutes past the hour. [ male announcer ] introducing listerine® zero™.
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♪ well, an old mantra is popping up at schools across the nation, just say no. but it has nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. it's actually the cry of overwhelmed parent volunteers who say that helping out at their child's school basically took over their lives. two moms who finally said enough is enough join us now with some different takes on how to manage it. sarah is a blogger in los angeles and also a former pta president, welcome. and karen is from austin, set up with logistics. she created a website to make it more manageable and meaningful. karen, welcome to you, as well. >> thank you. >> i want to start with you, though, sarah. because you wrote in a blog on "l.a. times," what i'm about to say is not very pc, so get
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ready. moms, stop volunteering so much. you say you found it impossible to just scale it back so you went cold turkey off the volunteering. explain what your life was like that prompted you to write the blog. >> well, i was -- i was pta president, i was going to meetings all the time, i was, you know, dragging my kids along or getting them a babysitter so i could volunteer and they were getting resentful, i was getting a little burned out, and then i got a lot burned out. and it was just too much. >> yeah, you say it actually broke up your marriage in some ways, right? that you were just -- always frazzled and overscheduled, and it took a huge toll on your personal life. >> yes, no, no -- it didn't break up my marriage but it did take a toll and my husband was also saying, i think this is too much. i think you need to scale back. and i found i couldn't scale back. it was really all or nothing. >> i got you. so were people angry at you, sarah, that you backed away so much? i'm sure they came to rely on
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you. >> well, yeah. i mean, people just expect it. but i found also in the volunteering world, no matter what you do, someone will always be unhappy with you whatever you've done. i was, you know, i had to start taking care of myself and my family first. >> and karen, let me start with you about what you did. you felt overwhelmed when you're doing so much volunteering in some cases also working. you actually try to make it more manageable by getting organized. explain what you did. >> absolutely. so i was a school volunteer and a working mom and i kept noticing that my blackberry was filling up with e-mail requests over whose turn it was to help at table time or help at recess. and the more i talked to working moms, we were all overwhelmed with the communication about volunteering, then i would talk to the moms who were the pta leaders. and they were upset it was always the same people helping all the time. to me this was a disconnect and it made sense that we needed an easier way to include more parents. everybody wanted to help, but it
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was difficult to perhaps get to a clipboard sign-up sheet. so i started a website called volunteerspot.com, and it helps anybody, the home room mom, the pta committee chair to small non-profits organize their volunteers and invite people to sign up as easy as an online party invitation. more parents are signing up and working parents are finding it a lot easier to find a place to help because they can quickly find that place in their schedule that fits their needs or if they can't come in person, they can find something, supplies they can bring or food they can send to an event. >> it's interesting you talk about that as a solution. i think what some people fear is, you know, getting sucked in. meaning if you do dip your toe into the water, you're going to be the one that everybody relies on for everything. and what you said is that you found by getting it online and being able to see the schedule laid out in front of you and know what the time commitment is, you can get more people doing it. >> absolutely. and as a working parent or as a
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busy parent, it's very easy to say, gosh, i have a little time thursday afternoon, looks like my kid's class needs some time or the school needs help in the copy room, i can go in and make that commitment for one hour and feel good that that one hour made a big difference in my school and for my kid to see me at school. >> and sarah, you say that going cold turkey made a huge difference. you found time for yourself, your kids were less resentful, as well, because they weren't getting stuck with babysitters. what if everybody took a stand and stopped volunteering? schools really do rely on it. if every parent did that, what would happen? >> well, of course, i mean i know that better than anyone and that's why i kept saying yes to everything because every need is real and, you know, especially l.a. budget cuts are everywhere. of course we need this. but if you have people like the five of us who were doing everything at our school, you know, you don't want bitter, resentful people at your meetings and doing your things. that doesn't help anyone. you need to have -- you need to step back so other people can
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step in. >> you said your kids at one point were saying to you, mom, why do you always have to be the one doing everything? i know it can be tough. sarah and karen, thanks to both of you this morning for sharing your input. >> thank you. another round of snow from the dakotas down to the carolinas. plus, down south, it's all about the bitter chill. reynolds wolf has your travel forecast in a moment. stay with us.
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♪ 11 minutes tulle the top of the hour. chicago right now it's clear and cold, 21 degrees, later on today, mostly cloudy. the high's only going to be 31. >> winter's certainly here. 49 minutes past the hour. reynolds wolf keeping track of all the weather for us in atlanta. hey, reynolds. >> hey, the big weather story today has to do with the lake effect snowfall in parts of buffalo. you might think snow in buffalo, it's kind of typical, isn't it? well, it is. but the amount of snowfall we've been getting there is mind boggling. in buffalo southward to erie, the northeast of cleveland. and the thing is, although we have in some locations 2 to 3, maybe even 4 feet of snow on the ground, more is on the way. radar shows it picking up across parts of lake erie. the heaviest activity south of
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buffalo at this time, and right along, again, the northern shore. we're going to see that continue. and then when we make our way down towards cleveland, we could have some snow there too. it's interesting as the game fizzled out last night, it's going to cause a few delays there, 30 minutes to 60-minute delay. indelay. in denver and newark, wind. today will be no exception and minneapolis, the snow should really get under way into the afternoon and then might cause a few backups, too. in terms of your national perspective, things look fine towards much of the west coast until north of the bay area and then running into scattered showers. if you're making a drive along i-5, it's great but then northern california, hit that area and then into oregon, you will see highest elevations heavy rain and then some snow especially in the sierra nevada. back in the central rockies, snow continues for jackson hole and really begin piling down but not comparison of the corn belt.
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not just through minnesota and into parts of iowa today but also tomorrow. the snow should continue there. 49 the expected high in kansas city. 32 in chicago. 45 in washington, d.c. a sneak peek ahead at the weekend, expect things nice for you in the southeast. 58 the high in atlanta. 43 in new york. chicago, the snow will begin later this afternoon and through much of the week. 44, denver. los angeles 68 the high. let's hand it back the you in new york. >> all right. thanks so much. coming up next, thank you for being a friend. hard times creating a whole new generation of real-life golden girls. ladies in the 50s, 60s and 70s living together to save money. ♪ ♪ i'm gonna get my hair cut ♪ even if i have to cut it myself ♪ ♪ i'm gonna get my hair cut ♪ even if i have to cut it myself ♪ ♪ but it makes me out of breath ♪ ♪ when you say ♪ ♪ love is a game
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♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ traveled down the road and back again ♪ love the song. i could listen to it all day. economic times are tough. it just sticks with you. great -- great song. >> like "it's a small world." >> thank you. people are making some changes. >> yeah. you might be surprised at how
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some older women are coping with the economy. they're moving in together. it's a trend and a reminder of a time shall we say more golden? alino cho with that. >> takes you back to the '80s. been off the air for 25 years. >> betty white is still sensational. >> she is back. you might call these women modern-day golden girls. more and more girls of a certain age deciding it's practical to become roommates late in life. saving money and helps in this economy but in some cases there's an added bonus. friendship. you seem like an old married couple to me. >> you know, we sometimes argue that way, too. >> reporter: from the looks of it, you'd think jeanette brown and 0linda young have been friends forever. not so. three years ago they were perfect strangers who came together out of necessity.
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jeanette needed help paying her mortgage. olinda, long divorced, logs her job. so they decided to become roommates. what attracted you to this? >> well, i didn't want to bother my family and i wanted to be able to take care of myself. >> reporter: call them modern-day golden girls. like the tv show. >> have i got a man for you. >> no thanks, had one. >> reporter: single women in their 50s, 60s and 70s choosing to live together, to cut down on expenses without giving up standard of living. the recession, high divorce rates and the fact that women live longer than men are all reasons according to home sharing agencies across the country why older women are moving in together. so popular a cottage industry popped up nationwide. like new jersey-based home sharing, inc., a roommate-finding service. >> i'd say the number one reason is economics. and then, of course, there are
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the other attendant factors like companionship, security, another voice in the home. >> reporter: jeanette and olinda attend church together, walk their dogs together. even read their mail together. of course, it's not always perfect. >> she leaves the dishes in the sink and i get upset sometimes but, you know, we work it up. >> she turns the music on in every room. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: but these two golden girls now say they're as close as sisters. do you finish each other's sentences? >> yeah. we learned to do that. we just did that recently. we started finishing each other's sentences. >> reporter: plan to live together a listening time? >> hopefully. >> i haven't thrown her out yet. >> they have been living together for about three and a half years. home sharing has become so popular for older women there are agencies that cater just to
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women like minnesota-based golden girl homes. you know, it's quite a trend and the economy is certainly one big reason. but another reason, certainly, is companionship. it is nice to come home to somebody else. >> athere adorable. >> they are. >> a lot of -- the studies show when you start to get older and you don't have -- it's very easy to feel isolated. you don't have people and look out for one another in terms of health, as well. >> that's absolutely right. in fact, when it works and it does often work, you know, for jeanette and olinda, for example, they're quite close and like sisters they say and going to take a trip together. talk about golden girls. and it is really great. the key is asking within of these people who was running a home-sharing agency, how often does the golden girls turn into the odd couple? you know. they said, listen, we're better than first-time marriages. better than 50%. >> why. >> the key is -- >> lasted three and a half years. >> the devil's in the details.
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you know, where do you like the temperature sunset day or night person. all that kind of stuff. really, you know, how do you live on a day-to-day basis? those things are important and makes it work. >> they seem to be working it out. thanks. great story. >> top stories are coming up.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning to you. thanks so much for being with us on this friday. thank goodness. december 3rd. i'm kiran chetry. >> i'm john roberts. good morning to you. buffalo buried at a complete stand still for miles after upstate new york was slammed with three feet of snow. hundreds of people stranded after part of the new york throughway shut down. traffic moving again this morning but the storm is not over yet. november jobs report due out at the bottom of the hour. we'll have christine romans breaking it down for us. boo him all you want.
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lebron james back in cleveland in a miami heat uniform, we'll have the highlights and the hostility from the crowd. have you ever experienced thundersnow? >> it's a good situation in everything. >> aah! >> what was that? >> oh my gosh. >> welcome to buffalo. the new york throughway reopened a couple of hours ago after drivers had to endure cold and hungry hours. they were stranded in the buffalo area when the freeway shut down. cars and 18 wheelers, moms and truckers all of them stuck in three feet of snow. >> i just want to be home. they're all home from a snow day and i have been working for -- i'm up for over 24 hours. i want to go home. >> from the official throughway radio it was saying, oh, traffic is heavy. it's stop and go. and we've been stopped dead for six hours. >> think he'd had enough? the storm's not finished yet.
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jaclyn astolis joining us this morning. the throughway is open. what about the storm? anymore snow? >> reporter: well, the snow is still coming down just a little bit here and you can see the traffic's moving very quickly. people are happy to get to work with the throughway and quickly. yesterday, tension was high. people were sitting, car to car it was just a wall of cars on the fluway and some people in the cars more than 15 hours. firefighters on "the turnaround"vs and emergency crews had to go out and bring them food and water and some gas. some people ran out of gas and there were some emergencies but luckily everybody got out of this ordeal okay. but because of tension so high the throughway authorities actually being questioned about their procedures and they're going to meet later on today about these procedures that when lake-effect snow comes to the area what they'll do for cars on the throughway so good news is
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throughway is open and everybody is out of this ordeal safely. back the you. >> thank goodness. all right. a long winter ahead for buffalo. i know. i used to be a reporter in erie. lake-effect snow not so much fun. >> you think they'd be used to it. i don't know how they were blind sided by this. >> she was saying with the rain, there was a sheet of ice and leading to accidents. you can't drive in ice. no matter what. >> still, nothing new in buffalo. come on. be on top of it. reynolds wolf is on top of it all for us today. >> john, funny you bring that up. i was speaking with joe lowe here in the studio and mentioned this is buffalo. why having the activities and the issues? not the idea of the lake-effect snow but how quickly and how rapidly it began to stack up. the volume is the thing that caused the issues and it is still coming down. starting to get ahead of it. certainly good news. we saw movement on parts of 90
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but the problem is we're seeing more of this into both saturday, sunday and possibly into monday, also. like a giant weather machine. we have the prevailing wind out of the west. lake erie is relatively warm and it heightens the evaporation as it agains to go up and interacts, the water vapor with the cool air aloft and comes down in sheets of snow and will continue. causes delays out there on the roadways and snow causes a few delays in minneapolis, wind could be an issue in newark and in denver and cleveland. you better clooef snow will kick into the afternoon and through the weekend, also. snow a problem for the midwest. you will have issues there. later on today, i would not be surprised to see delays pop up. regional airports and the west and the great basin, perhaps salt lake city and tackling that problem coming up in a bit. back to you. >> thanks. three in a row? signs point to a positive opening on wall street. with dow futures higher. stocks closed 107 points higher yesterday. second straight rally.
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investors waiting on the all-important november jobs report, though. >> yeah. a good omen? november jobs report out in due 25 minutes. christine romans joins us with more. we added private sector jobs last month. >> we did. we're expecting to show a trend that slowly but surely you are seeing private companies adding jobs. that's what we want to see. we'll be zeroing in on what private companies were doing. we have evidence that small businesses are starting to add jobs finally. main street adding jobs is a good thing. the government is the driver of jobs growth in census jobs and stimulus type jobs and want the see the private sector working again. won't be enough probably to lower the unemployment rate and probably going to see a pretty uncomfortable record today and that is if we as we expect see a 9.6% unemployment rate, the longest above 9% we have ever
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been in history. >> some say we'll be above 9% for another year at least. >> it will take years of solid, consistent 200,000 to 300,000 jobs grown every month before you eat into the jobs we lost in the recession. so one thing that i think if you just recently lost your job and there's jobs growth in year, you can see that last month we had 151,000 jobs grown, one thing that we're really going to be watching is if you've just lost your job recently, things are picking up. people are staying out of the job market or staying unemployed for shorter than we have seen in a long time but the people unemployed for a long time, having a terrible time getting in the market. >> prejudice of how long have you been unemployed? >> absolutely, absolutely. >> what about the 27ers? >> people out of work for just a little bit, they're coming back in more quickly. >> all right. we'll be watching and find out whether or not things are looking up in just a few minutes. >> thanks. president obama's going to have a statement on the monthly
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jobs number this morning about 11:15 eastern. cnn will carry it live. no deal on extending the bush tax cuts so far. democrats and republicans agree tax breaks should be extended. >> but they can't agree on everyone or just people making less than $250,000. joining us from washington candy crowley and host of "state of the union." what are you hearing about the potential compromise in the senate to get voted on tomorrow? >> well, the biggest clue we have is that they redid the schedule -- redid the time to vote which was today so generally when the senate cancels a vote, they're either very near something to get a big yay or they don't have enough to overcome a filibuster so this could be one of the other but nonetheless says they're still negotiating behind closed doors, that we are hearing from a variety of places that, in fact,
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maybe they will have temporary extension of tax cuts for the wealthy. there may be some other things tacked on. they have a big, long-term unemployment benefits expired for those unemployed for sometime and it may be part of the package. reports saying. the senate, you never as you know -- you never want to predict when they'll do something because what they're trying to do now is forge a coalition that will at least give them just enough. with the democrats still in charge, what they want to do and they're sort of cherry picking here, which republican can we pick off to get us a -- some sort of bill about an extension? it is really a kind of sometimes a line by line thing. >> all right. we'll have to see where that goes. meanwhile, charlie rangel, censur censured. he said he didn't think it was fair. he didn't feel it rose to that level. what now?
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is this over with? >> well, it is. i think probably the thing -- first of all, he just got re-elected for his district in new york. he's still very popular there. second of all, this is more to me sort of watching it yesterday, watching nancy pelosi's face reading the censure and watching congressman rangel standing in the well to me more about history. what happens is here's a congressman that was a war hero, served his district quite honorably. this comes along and what that means is his page in history will talk about censure and no politician ever likes that. >> some people are already saying he's got a swagger back after going through this. it's going to take more than that to keep charlie rangel down. what about the other story in terms of -- the john edwards investigation is ongoing. a couple of his former aides who was a spokesperson in the straight campaign, his deputy campaign manager testifying before a grand jury here to see
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if there were any illegal payments made. does this suggest that this investigation is going somewhere? >> well, since it's been going on since last year and a grand jury and they're in secret and people that come out can't talk about it, i just -- bottom line is here i don't know whether they have something but certainly they've been investigating for a long time which tells me there's still more to look at and they believe there's something there that needs to be followed, some thread they're pulling so, you know, again, this is another one of those things where, you know, john, if we go back to that campaign, they were so few people who at least after the story broke of john edwards' affair and later his child, there were so many people that campaigned who were stunned and so it's interesting to me, this must be a follow the money thing because i don't think a lot of these people knew what john edwards was up to. >> a lot of them felt betrayed, as well. when's coming up on sunday on
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"state of the union"? >> senator dick luger on from indiana simply because as you know he's gone rogue on the republican party in some ways, running against the current, particularly on the s.t.a.r.t. treaty and a foreign policy expert and we want to talk to him about north korea and such. something i think john will like is that john weiner, who i'm sure is a familiar name to you, john, who is -- did a lot to uncover the fbi files on john lennon they were kept by the nixon administration, we'll have him on as a guest to talk about the politics of john lennon. i know you have a big special coming up. we'll move it on to sunday. >> sounds good. looking to forward to it. hot tea with lemon and lots of chicken soup. >> you need some chicken soup, you poor thing. that time of year. >> sorry. >> it's like antibiotics. incredible. >> i have to take the matso balls. i'm a vegetarian. >> see you on sunday. catch crowley and "state of the
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union" right here on cnn. he came, saw and dominated. king james reigning over cleveland unfortunately for the team and the fans. the miami heat routing the cavs. what did he have to say about it? we're live next.
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he came home and brought the
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heat and so did the fans. >> number 6, lebron james. >> a warm welcome for lebron james at the -- wait, no. sorry, wrong. came out to a chorus of boos. returning to cleveland in a miami heat uniform and boy did they let him have it. >> even the way the announcer said lebron james. a come down in cleveland but he didn't care and brushed off the boos and bad vibes and scored 38 points in a total drubing of the cavs outscoring the entire starting five members of his old team. carol costello is live for us in cleveland this morning. you know, i'm not a miami heat fan and not a cavaliers fan but rooting for the cavaliers to have something to be pleased about so depressed last night for them. >> reporter: well, it was depressing. and dan gilbert, the owner of
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the cleveland cavaliers has the work cut out for him, right? by the third quarter, fans were leaving. that's how -- that's how depressed they were. i want to show you a picture in "the cleveland plain dealer." basketball is so intimate. you can see how close the fans actually could get to lebron james. and you see him passing by and yelling and boo'g right into his face. he has a glass of beer and didn't throw it on lebron james. the fans were pretty well behaved although they did chant profanities in the night and other things like scotie pippen and kind of cleaver. you can figure that out. "akron hates you" and profanity and interesting signs. everybody saying he better not do the signature puff of smoke but don't you know he did it? that brought out the thunderous
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boos, as well. minor misdemeanor things outside the arena. things went pretty smoothly. i did ask lebron james after the game how he felt when they were chanting "akron hates you." this is how he responded. >> nothing personal. it is a basketball game. and my -- i had to maintain my focus. no matter what's said or done throughout that game. nothing personal. you know? at all. to me, to the fans. you know? i don't hold any grudges. they came out to support their team, support the cavaliers in any way possible to get anybody, myself or any of our guys unfocused on what the task was. so, you know, they tried anything. so it's nothing -- i don't have any hurt feelings or hurt feelings about the game from these fans.
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i wish them the best. >> reporter: so miami heat fans have some advice for you, if you want lebron james to play better, simply boo him and loudly. john and kiran? >> right. play your games at the q. >> exactly. every game in cleveland. >> scottie pippen reference, trying to say he's dwyane wade's sidekick, right? to michael jordan. >> reporter: not as good as michael jordan. see, you got it. the biggest applause game for dan gilbert, the owner of the cavaliers sitting not far from lebron james and i think he left before the game was over. they did not exchange words. the most interesting thing was some of the cleveland cavaliers' players greeted lebron james, you know, in a friendly way and others completely shunned him. but to -- you know, i was reading through the sports page in "the cleveland plain dealer" and an upsetting thing was the cavs losing so badly and joking around on the bench with lebron
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james and that didn't make many fans happy. >> yeah. here he is back to cleveland. roundly boo'd. scores a season high 38. slams the cavaliers and then every bit the gentleman in the press conference. i guess he got the last laugh last night. >> reporter: well, don't look at that -- don't look at it that way, john. look at it optimistically. the fans, the fans had a chance to vent. it was their cathatic moment. maybe it will become a fun thing instead of kind of an angry thing. >> think of it this way. >> reporter: time to move on. >> think of it for this way for you, carol. you still got the detroit lions. >> do you want me to throttle him for you? would you like me to start ch e
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choking him or wait until 9:01? poor carol. >> reporter: do it in a commercial break. don't wait until 9:01. >> thanks, carol. >> entertainer of the year -- poor carol. entertainer of the year is -- da da da. >> a tease, tease, tease. right. >> we'll tell you later. coming up in a few minutes, three decades ago the world shocked by the murder of music great john lennon. coming up julian lennon and how he dealt with his father's murder. [ beeping ]
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handled it so far. let's hope it continues. >> congrats to you, taylor. an oscar favorite going in. now the major prize of the award season for "the social network" and a clean sweep for the so-called facebook movie and honored for the best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay. steve carrell the office to the post office and writing a new show for the network. based on his years as a mail carrier in massachusetts before he hit it big. >> i bet there's stories there. well, even barbie is staying wired these days. the new computer engineered barbie with a laptop and iphone and what they look like, right? so you see what she has. she has the little blue tooth headset. $13. yes, barbie does have an app for the iphone and ipad. >> looks like a web entrepren r
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entrepreneur. >> or reece witherspoon. what was the movie again? >> "legally blond." say it in here and comes out there. >> i love it. november jobs report will be out in a few minutes and hoping companies are out there again last month they did add some jobs and see what happens this year. christine -- this month. >> sure nice to get good news, no question about that. >> absolutely. >> also ahead, losing john lennon. how his son julian lennon dealt with his father's murder. you 'll hear from him. [ female announcer ] it's the ultimate surf and turf event,
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all this week we've been previewing a cnn documentary reported by john about the death of john lennon. it will be 30 years on wednesday since he was murdered by mark david chapman. >> john's first son julian learlearn talks about learning that his father had died. >> john lennon has been shot. police say he was taken to roosevelt hospital. >> hard to imagine it was reality. still to this day in so many ways it feels like a dream. >> john lennon's first son julian was in liverpool when he got the news. >> i came down stairs. all the curtains were closed. found out what had happened and then, of course, you know, when
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mum arrived we were in bits. >> he immediately flew to new york. >> every person on that plane had the newspaper of dad's, you know, picture and john lennon slain, murdered. that was a toughie. that was a toughie. >> he went right to the dakota for a tearful reunion with his 5-year-old brother shawn. a duty? >> reminded me of something. >> what? >> my life. >> uh-huh. >> you know, we were of similar age when he sort of -- when he left us. you know? i mean, the first time around that it happened to me at least, you know, he didn't pass away but this was, you know, going to be tough on little boy with a great deal of love coming from his father. >> love that julian never received from his father as a child. >> to a degree i was abandoned as a kid, you know, twice. if not three times in many respects.
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♪ >> it was the height of beatle mania and john was on the road constantly. eventually, he divorced julia's mother cynthia, moved to new york and started a new family. yulian only saw his father a handful of times before his death. >> obviously was trying to reach out. later in life. no question about it. and he knew that, you know, i still was looking -- longing for that relationship with him. >> do you feel cheated that you were denied that opportunity? >> of course i do. i mean, no question about it. it's beyond sadness that he's not around, obviously. but there's nothing anybody can do about that. >> december 8th marks the 30th anniversary of lennon's murder. his killer, mark david chapman was just denied parole for the sixth time. should he ever be released? >> i can't answer that.
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you know, there's supposed to be room in our hearts, in all of our hearts for forgiveness. my own thoughts are personal on that and are my own and will remain that way. that's -- that's for me and my own thoughts and my own quiet time. >> the documentary "losing lennon" premiers this weekend, saturday and sunday night at 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. stay tuned. right after the documentary for john lennon living in america, exploring the years in new york city. saturday night, 10:00 eastern and sunday night at 10:30 right here on cnn. well, that all-important jobs report out. >> we have the numbers here. not great. unfortunately. the unemployment rate rose slightly up to 9.8%. here to break down the numbers
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for us, we'll start with christine romans. we knew the private sector would add jobs. not as many as last month. >> this is not the report that people wanted this week. this is not the report we thought that was going to happen. we know the jobless rate rose to 9.8% after holding steady for three months in a row. likely means more people are trying to get into the labor market to get a job. it's the -- only 39,000 jobs -- labor department calls that little changed. we want to be seeing jobs growth. overall 39,000 jobs. private sector jobs, i told you to watch very carefully for that. private sector jobs growth, 50,000. so it's something for the administration to point to now. ten or 11 months now of growth going in the right direction but 50,000 jobs, again, everyone wanted to see more than that. there were some revisions. september and october were a little better than we thought. in september, we only lost 24,000 jobs. we thought it was 40-some and
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also in october we gained 172,000 jobs. these are a lot of numbers but tells you bottom line, more people unemployed. people are still unemployed for a very, very long time and the average work week dropped a little bit. we wanted to see it go up meaning without adding jobs they were adding hours and they with respect. >> this forecast that drove the dow wild didn't come to pass? >> you had a private sector survey showing 93,000 private sector jobs. again, it's going in the right direction but this is a slow, slow turn. >> it's curious. what typically happens, i mean, you would think with the seasonal work and with retailers really ramping up for the holidays that you might see it different. is december usually a high growth month or november and december? >> well, in the recovery, yes. we are having a very slow and cautious recovery. i'm interested to hear what jeff jarris has to say about this.
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you have people newly employed having a much easier time getting a job. they're finding there's action out there. we're also hearing there are jobs that are not advertised. those are a lot of employers are still cautious about advertising for jobs when they find the right person they're hiring them. >> bring in jeff an find out in milwaukee, wisconsin. right now, the chairman and ceo of manpower incorporated. what are you thinkn't about the numbers? what's the environment like out there? >> first of all, you want to look at the total number and no doubt i think the consensus numbers were for private sector jobs right around that 150 mark so i think the market will look at this saying not exactly what i was looking for. you know, we kind of a little different insight looking that the. no doubt what we're seeing is tepid job growth and mentioned before but what we're not seeing yet is that breakthrough demand to require hiring. companies are doing more with less, the hours typically only
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collected in the manufacturing area, not collected in the office area. so i think what you are seeing is moving forward. we haven't had that breakthrough yet and hoping to get through to the breakthrough in month of november and we have to wait. december was not a good month for hiring or january. looking out to february before there's good news. >> wow. stock futures on a real roll over the past few days, turning lower on this news right now which, obviously, is expected. why do you think the discrepancy of what they thought would happen, a rosier outlook, and what happened in the private sector especially? >> well, again, it's so hard. when you look at how much data is collected and how it's collected and look at the revisions as you talked about, you see some changes. we do have seasonal hiring patterns. november and december are the ones that you would see some lower seasonal hiring. but normally during, you know, a little bit of a pickup on the recovery, you kind of blow through the seasonal things and
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pick up on the cycle side. we a we are seeing and hearing, we're cautious and our company benefiting. i haven't looked at the numbers but running about 40,000 to 50,000 per month increase. so when's happening is companies are remaining flexible because they're not sure what's happening with taxes, health care and overall demand. >> what about the people out there, jeffrey, who have a job and not satisfied and want to be moving up? there's been some movement, right, in people getting advantage in the workplace right now because their bosses might not necessarily be hiring from outside and might be some opportunities inside to move up and take on new responsibilities. >> well, there's a couple of things. companies looking for talent specifically. they want great productivity, great people and selective and that's what's slowing the market down. on an internal market and known for what you're doing, you have some great opportunities but
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what i must say is we did a survey under one of our companies, right management. 60% of people said they'll be looking for another job because companies are really putting pressure on what, you know, kind of a more with less and creating real tension within the workplace. >> jeff, there's a point christine making about the long-term unemployed, those unemployed more than 27 weeks and those unemployed for more than eight or 12 weeks, they're having a more difficult time finding a job. is there a discrimination against the long-term unemployed and if there is how do they get over the hump? >> i think what we are is probably at the one more dangerous points and i've had a chance to talk about this at the joint economic committee and other things about structural long-term unemployment is something to be concerned with. we have always thought of 5%, a little giddy at 4%. i think we will have a hard time for several years below 7% and what's happening is one, companies more selective and
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skills change so quickly. the ant quags of skills catches up to people. we have to train more. looking at a resume, someone's out of work for 12 months. your sense of skills up to the level you want is suspect and they move on to the next one and it's a doing you situation. >> how much do you think the tax cut debate going on in the congress affects hiring, especially for small businesses? >> oh, no doubt it affects it. is it on the margin or deep? i think what mostly affects it is a plethora of confusion so it's not one element. though one element makes a difference. to a small business owner, their ability of visibility and hiring is extremely important. there's things but at the end of the day until we get that consumer really kicking in and some of this kind of confusion out of the way, we're not going to see the kind of employment that's required to keep this moving at the gdp growth we expect as a country like ours. >> i would agree. bottom line, demand. the fed wants to juice the
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economy again with some more stimulus because you don't have the demand yet and you won't get the jobs created an enthat -- it's just a vicious cycle. >> we are done for 2010. maybe better times in 2011. jeff, thank you for being with us. christine, you, too. president obama will have a statement on the monthly jobs number this morning at 11:15 eastern time. cnn will carry it live. remember the golden girls? of course you do. betty white is still around. decades after the hit television show went off the air, a real-life version is beginning to unfold across the country. we'll tell you what's going on next. join the jaguar platinum celebration !
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♪ invited everyone you knew ♪ you would see the biggest gift would be from me ♪ ♪ and the card attached huge "golden girls" fans there. they're not planning to live together, yet. economic times are tough. people losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet coming up with unique solutions. >> some older women are dealing with hard times moving in together. in fact, it's become something of a trend across america. a reminder of a more golden time, shall we say? alina cho here now with the story. >> can you believe that show has been off the air for 25 years now? a real-life version is playing out. good. you might call these women modern-day golden girls. more and more women of a certain age deciding, well, to live together as roommates. maybe for the first time since college. of course, they are sharing
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expenses. and that helps. but in some cases, there's an added benefit -- friendship. you seem like an old married couple to me. >> you know, we sometimes argue that way, too. >> reporter: from the looks of it, you'd think jeanette brown and olinda young have been friends forever. not so. three years ago they were perfect strangers who came together out of necessity. jeanette needed help paying her mortgage. olinda, long divorced, lost her job. so they decided to become roommates. what attracted you to this? >> well, i didn't want to bother my family, and i wanted to be able to take care of myself. >> reporter: call them modern-day golden girls. like the tv show. >> have i got a man for you. >> no thanks, had one. >> reporter: single women in their 50s, 60s and 70s choosing to live together, to cut down on expenses without giving up standard of living. the recession, high divorce
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rates and the fact that women live longer than men are all reasons according to home sharing agencies across the country why older women are moving in together. so popular a cottage industry has popped up nationwide. like new jersey-based home sharing, inc., a roommate-finding service. >> i'd say the number one reason is economics. and then, of course, there are the other attendant factors like companionship, security, having another voice in the home. >> reporter: jeanette and olinda attend church together, walk their dogs together, even read their mail together. of course, it's not always perfect. >> when she leaves the dishes in the sink and i get upset sometimes but, you know, we work it up. >> she turns the music on in every room. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: but these two golden girls now say they're as close as sisters. do you finish each other's sentences? >> yeah.
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we learned to do that. we just did that recently. we started finishing each other's sentences. >> reporter: plan to live together a long time? >> hopefully. >> i haven't thrown her out yet. >> dishes in the sink, another story. >> i don't think it's going to happen. aren't they so cute? i had so much fun spending time with them. i didn't want the interview to end, frankly. when's interesting is home sharing for older women has become so popular and so much of a trend that there is a cottage industry for it now. there are agencies that cater exclusively to older women. there's a minnesota-based agency of golden girl homes if you can believe. jeanette and olinda are planning to take a trip together in true golden girls fashion and it is an interesting phenomenon because in this economy, you know, people are losing their jobs. you know, expenses, money is tight and this is certainly a way to make ends meet.
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>> also to have some companionship. you worry if something were to happen or fall. >> absolutely right. i asked the head of one of those home sharing agencies, you know, what do people say is the best part of this? she says it's just nice to have someone around at the house. you are right. you can't put a price tag on that. >> as long as they're not leaving the dishes in the sink. >> or the kleenex. thanks. another round of snow on the way from the dakotas to carolinas and down south the bitter chill settling in. reynolds wolf with an update for us coming up. affect wheat output in the u.s., the shipping industry in norway, and the rubber industry in south america? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex global economy. it's just one reason os beat their10-year lipp. t. rowe price.invest . request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses,
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beautiful morning in detroit as they're waking up there. cloudy and 27 degrees right now. later on today, though, flurries. a high will just touch 33. a bit above the freezing mark. >> in honor of poor carol costello whose cavs lost, go lions. go lions. pick a different sport. reynolds wolf right now with us with a look at the forecast. >> but in terms of success, going from the cavs to the lions, i mean, i don't know. that may not be the best way to go with that one. >> that's why we said poor carol. >> enough said. i have the hand i can for the tears. let's show you right now. snow's an issue for parts of syracuse. you know it's a big issue in
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buffalo. that's the lake-effect snow warnings. it's going to be in effect through a good part of the day and i would not be surprised to see the snow in the weekend. heavy snow. wind coming off of lake erie, coming from the west to the east, the lake -- the heavy lake-effect snow south of buffalo. what's interesting, north of the city, things ease up a little bit. lockport, a light dusting. nothing in comparison of four feet of snow in buffalo. very quickly, delays. minneapolis especially into the afternoon. newark and denver, the wind's causing problems. cleveland, all snow anywhere from 30 to 60-minute delay possible for the day. very quickly, snow expected for parts of the midwest, back out to the west coast. pretty much a nice day from, say, san francisco southward. san francisco north mainly rain along the coast and higher elevations snow. high in salt lake city, 42. 43 in new york. the weekend looks interesting as the snow moves down in parts of the appalachians, perhaps
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