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rifle. we're talking about a high school student here. how police may have stopped a mass attack. then at long last, iran could be coming to an agreement in u.n. nuclear talks a draft plan to restrict its nuclear program has been reached but important details still remain. plus, add some noodles some clams, maybe some lobster and what do you get? viagra soup says one restaurant chain. what the magic ingredient might be and it's not a little blue pill. first off for you, just a
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few hours ago, a north florida mom came to the microphones and made an urgent and emotional plea for the safe return of her daughter. a desperate search for her little girl enters now its second full day. summer thompson vanished while walking home from school on monday. officers now fear foul play is involved. thompson's mom could not hold back her tears when she spoke directly whomever may have taken the girl. >> i love you and i just want you to come home. i just want you to come home. just drop her off somewhere, i don't care if you ever get in trouble, i just want my baby back she's got a twin and he is lost without her. just bring her back, okay, safe and sound. >> detectives say thompson was
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walking home with her sister and some friends but ran ahead after they had a fight.12-hour shifts to find little summer. 900 students called out sick at one high school, that's nearly half the student body so classes near east chipg have been canceled for the rest of the week. there are no confirmed cases of swine flu but more than 900 kids stayed home yesterday. >> our first sign was monday morning, we ended up with about 600 and something students called in sick. on the previous weekend we had had a homecoming event and we suspect that that might have contributed to that with a lot of students being very close together. >> school officials are certain the mass sickout is not -- unlike seasonal flu swine flu is hitting people under 25 the hardest. researchers think older people might have some i believemmunity from
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exposure to the virus years ago. investigates say they found gasoline and fuses and that a student had been trying to buy an assault rifle. police say his parents had no idea what was going on. that's the part other parents could relate to. >> sometimes we just as parents really don't know what's going on in that child's room unfortunately. >> he must be very troubled. >> the boy admitted being angry with kids at the school because he had been bullyied. they say he was planning the attack for april 20 the same day as the columbine attacks in 1999. an agreement appears to be close after three days of talks between the u.s., the u.n., france russia and iran. diplomats say here if iran accept this is deal it would mean iran would have to send its uranium to russia for final enrichment.
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a man described as a ruthless kill sir the latest addition to the ten most wanted list. edgardo ravelo has strong ties to the drug cartels in juarez mexico. agents say he kills their enemies in exchange for drugs to sell. we'll explain why ravelo has been so hart to catch in about 20 minutes. troubles filing up for the balloon boy's parents. a federal investigation into the incident is starting, local officials already are running a separate investigation and may file criminal charges. also now we're getting to hear richard heene's 911 call when he said he thought his son was in the balloon. >> it was tethered down i think
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my 6-year-old boy and he got inside and it took off. >> where is he at? >> he's in the air. >> and we're learning that even if the henne family profits from the balloon incident, they will not likely keep the cash if convicted of a crime. the money would have to be set aside for possible restitution. let's move to the northwest bob van dillen is looking at some storm activity there. and we have a bunch of stuff coming to the east. >> kind of a transition day between some storms, one across the rocky mountains. the other one is a weak wave of low pressure, but another one is to get going across the pacific northwest. here's seattle, you can see the rain right now, this goes all the way down towards olympia. about three-quarters of an inch to an inch of rain in the next 24 hours. switches over to snow for you probably by friday morning early
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when it get into the northern part of montana. something we're watching over the next couple of days. but the other big storm is right here. surface low developing across northern new mexico. ahead of that it's heavy rain it's right there for central texas in towards dallas, stretching now in towards oklahoma city and then the rain goes all the way in towards the panhandle panhandle. the snow coming down around colorado springs down into northern new mexico. it's all light snow, but you can see it coming down. temperature currently 33 degrees. having a tough time sticking on the roads. probably about an inch around denver itself but four to eight inches of snow south of you, right now denver airport reporting light snow, temperature 33 but a half mile visibility. that's what it looks like currently. you can see amarillo, some showers and thunderstorms
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possible today. here's that amarillo radar most of the rain is sliding over towards the east and the north but over the next 24 to 36 hours, that rain is going to train alabama, all the watches and the warnings posted out there. a look at the upper midwest, rain there as well. that's in about a half hour. >> that looked like wet snow coming down is there in colorado. >> it's 33 degrees, tough to stick on the roads, but it's pretty. several kids might have inherited a potentially genetically deadly defefblgt from a father they never knew. but details about the day a virginia tech student disappeared. what her mom says about their last few hours together.
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morgan harrison's mom said
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they expected her back on sunday to study for a math test with her dad. >> as you can tell, we're pretty distraught with her absense and want her back home as soon as we can, in time to take that math test would be fine. because we miss our precious baby. we hope that this attention can help bring her back to our home. >> her mom says she was with her on saturday morning helping her pick out an outfit for that concert. police want anyone who took pictures there to look at them closely to see if they can spot harrington. as you can see on these pictures here. senator john kerry will probably get a big congratulations from president obama today, kerry helped convince afghan president hamid karzai to agree to a runoff election. defense secretary robert gates says this is a good step, but still there's some challenges. >> we need to be realistic that the issuesa corruption and
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governance that we are trying to work with the afghan government on are not going to be solved simply by the outcome of the presidential election. this is going to be a work in progress an evolutionary effort and we need to be realistic about them. >> fraud investigators say more than a million ballots from the vote in august were invalid, but karzai needed some persuading for a revote. how does a box of sugary cereal end up with a label called smart choice. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you and you want to know too? >> the fda is looking for closely. that's good news because a lot of nutritionists said what is goggin here, when we were telling about what's going on with the smart choice labels.
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they wanted to try and make things uniform before each different company had their own icon, it was pretty confusing, so they're trying to do a good thing. but is it necessarily working with if mayonnaise and sugary cereal gets the label. the product would have to meet the government's standards before it could be labeled as healthy or a smart choice. when you see mayo saying it's healthy, you wonder. there's usually a lot of fat in it. >> the same issue about those little labels with appliances. >> yes, can you trust industries to you know--their job, their mission is to look out for their stock hoeders not for you. >> tell me how you feel, jen. >> that's their stated mission. all right, your money, the $700 billion bailout it may
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have avoided a great depression, but at what price? that's from the man who's in charge of tracking the bail kuwait. he says the program may have helped rescue the economy but the way it was handled led to public anger and mistrust. that's some of the cost there right, richard, that the government is working on trying to repair right trying to win trust back. >> we're going to hear a lot about that on the bailout and what happened. breaking news this morning just in to us a cargo plane carrying six people crashed and burst into flames. police tell our sister network cnn, it happened in the united arab emiratess. also a boeing 707, that was one of the first commercial jets that boeing introduced for that company. the fbi added a man to america's most wanted list.
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more details now on one of three new additions to the fbi's most wanted list. eduardo ravela is thought to be in el paso texas. he's thought to be in juarez mexico. that neighborhood is controlled by his gang. >> he has an entourage he has body guards he has armored vehicles to protect him from rifle gangs and also rival cartels. >> agents say ravelo lives modestly so he doesn't draw attention to himself he's not flashy, and they think he looks
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a lot different than this 1990 photo right here. possibly shaving his head and manipulating his fingerprints and possibly getting plastic surgery as well. here's a video of a man who nearly gets flattened. he walks out into an intersection and he almost gets hit by a bus. the bus barely misses him. it hit about 14 more cars before it came to a stop. there were some minor injuries but officials say the brakes failed. >> you think the real life frogger champion of the world. ready for -- glad we weren't in that shot. the connecticut football team had an emotional return to the practice field. we'll see how it works out for this team. >> somehow these guys have to figure out a way to muster the strength to play this football game on saturday. and richard tuesday it was time to return to the field to try to get ready for that game, against
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west virginia, but jasper harrison's family tried to reach out to give them some words of encouragement. >> the mother and the father went around and hugged those kids that were crying and let them know that it's nobody's fault, there's nothing that they could have done it was god's way of what he wanted to do. >> the team is now trying to win for jasper. more on that in the next half hour. olympic swimmer natalee cog conklin got the boot on dancing the with stars. they scored a 22 out of 30 on monday. but former dallas cowboys star michael irvin posted a 21 but he got enough votes to stay on another week. i have a feeling his outfit had something to do with it. i'm going to miss natalee, she had some good form.
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the tampa bay lightning speaking of taking off their clothing tried to light up up the mood. had some strip hockey, every time a player did not score in a shootout, they had to take some clothing off. martin st. louie had the most trouble. he had to take his skates off now he has to wear sandals, but he manages to score and you don't have to take anymore clothes off, son. that's a look at sports. in the next hour half, the yankees keep rolling and they are saying that kate hudson is their good luck charm. this is a kooky story, man. you may get some loving feeling from a bowl of soup. it's called viagra soup, the soup contains fish lobster, clams and some tequila too, you won't find any real viagra in
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the soup. the manager claims viagra soup can help you get frisky until the break of dawn. it costs you $32 a bowl. >> but does it work on women? because then you're getting your $32. >> the women across the way from that guy are saying, i don't know. >> i'm just saying it needs to go -- >> you want a refund, are you saying? >> these aphrodisiacs for men, you know. >> the old blue plate special. >> oh, good one. >> $32 for soup that's kind of stuff, no? >> oh! >> bob's been at this all morning, he doesn't miss a beat. >> i'm sorry about that, probably the wrong choice of words. we do have a couple of delays, one is a 72-minute delay in san francisco. low clouds out there, watch for that for most of the morning into the afternoon. look at the rain pulling in towards dallas. it's a slow moving rain shield once this line sets up shop, it's going to be over you most of the morning.
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dallas one hour chicago 30 minutes to one hour delays. minneapolis and denver one hour kansas city and houston and the rain is going to be in and out and you'll probably see over an hour at most points. >> i'm still chuckling from your last comment. so is rafer. >> i don't understand. >> and i love how this story comes after it. a sperm donor may have passed on a deadly genetic heart condition to nine of the 24 children that he fathered. the journal of the american medical association says one of the kids died from heart failure at the age of 2. and two of the kids are at risk for sudden cardiac death. the sperm bank involved now gives ekgs to potential donors. police say a robbery turned into a prayer session. the suspect and a store clerk with heads bowed he even gets on his knees and there's an interesting ending to all of this, as you can probably imagine.
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i love you and i just want you to come home. i just want you to come home. >> that florida mother has not seen or heard from her daughter since she vanished on her way
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home from school on monday. authorities now suspect foul play here in the disappearance of 7-year-old somer thompson police say she ran ahead of her sister and friends while walking home. so many people in a chicago high school are sick that the school has closed for the rest of the week. nearly half of the student body stayed home with flu like symptoms. the 15-year-old boy is charged in an alleged plot to attack his former high school. police in new york say he loaded up on gasoline propane and fuses and he was trying to buy an assault rifle. his parents did not know about it until investigators told him. that's some of the stories we're watching on this wednesday. we're learning about a massachusetts man accused of planning terror attacks in and outside the united states. boston authorities say that 27-year-old torette mehanna.
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>> he was charged one year ago with lying to fbi agents. today's arrest done in conjunction with a search of his home involves broader, more serious charges. according to documents filed in court and unsealed today. mahanna along with his co-conspirators, discussed what to do and took steps in furtherance and in such port of terrorism, including trips overseas to take part in training camps. efforts to find automatic weapons to kill americans in shopping malls here in the united states. >> that statement made moments ago, we'll continue to follow this developing story and bring you more as we get the information. knew details in the beating death of a chicago honor student. murder charges were dropped in the killing of one of fourteens. now the state attorney's office
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says new information led to the smith's charges against eugene bailey. >> there's a lot of murderers, rapist and all that. >> that was wrong my baby's 17 years old. you don messed up his life. >> he's free, but he got to go back out here in this world, you know what i'm saying? when he saw his faceuw show his face in school, he's going to be looked upon differently. everything's done changed now, everything. >> you might remember the shocking cell phone video, albert was killed in a fight after school last month. three teens are charged in his death, they are due in court on friday. thousands of nurses could walk off the job because they say their hospitals have not prepared enough for the swine flu. members don't have good access to protective gear that they need to use while treats patients with swine flu.
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>> making is sure that the respirator mask is available hepa filters isolation rooms all the things we need to keep ourselves state of and healthy. >> the nurses say they will walk off the job for one day october 30th the hospitals and nurses union are in talks to avoid that strike. a suspect prayed with a woman before robbing her. they say the armed man went into a check cashing company office on monday. eventually the clerk started crying and talking about god. the suspect said that he had a 2-year-old to support. so he and the woman prayed about overcoming his troubles. police say he took her cell phone and $20 and then surrendered the very next day. bob van dillen joins us right now, and bob, what have you got for us? we have got a couple of systems we're watching one of course moving across the country, going
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towards the right coast. >> it's a developing storm system right now pretty powerful when you look at all the energy it generates mainly across central texas and oklahoma. the sprawling clouds as that low beginning to develop. rain coming out of the gulf of mexico heavy at times, central texas in towards oklahoma and now stretching out and condensing out as snow in the areas around denver. most of the heavy snow is around denver and down to the south. live denver tower cam is still showing the snow coming down. we're talking about a 33-degree temperature here so any accumulation you see are basically going to be on the grassy areas. with the snow in the area, poor visibility conditions around denver, watch for some delays at the airport today through the afternoon. down to the south a little bit farther, that is where most of the snow is beginning to pile up. 10 to 18 inches of snow by this time tomorrow morning. it's basically going to be in the highest elevations, but you
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get away from there and it's all rain and it's heavy at times from dallas all the way in towards texarkana late this afternoon. all the dark shaded green areas, those are the watch areas one to four inches of rain is a possibility. next two days watch the path all the rain comes out of the gulf of mexico throws it on tough around mississippi alabama, ultimately georgia, florida and the carolinas for the weekend. we'll have full details on that a little bit later. this is a storm that's going to last through the weekend. hey all the single ladies put your hands up and if you're in certain cities, keep your heads down sorry to say, find out where the ugliest men in the country live.
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so when it comes to homely men, el paso texas apparently takes the cake. a poll on total beauty.com says el paso has the ugliest guys in the country. sorry, el paso. el paso is followed here jen by haggerstown maryland. she can't keep the laughter down over there. >> that stinks. >> that stinks if you're in el paso. miami, greensboro north carolina, mobile alabama and huntington, west virginia, they've got a tie, if that helps at all. the poll was based on obesity education, smoking and bad teeth. that's kind of an embarrassing poll. >> it means if you're handsome in those cities, you're in luck. >> very good. glass half full with general
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westhoven. prices of things are going down but sending your kids to college is more expensive than ever. and, jen, we have seen these prices go up. >> its means you've really got to if they're not born yet start saving. things are going down in this recession, but not colleges. for one year at a private school, more than $35,000 a year. that is tuition fees, room and board that you could save if you stay off campus or something. public schools were cheaper, but they were up about 15% this year. and almost $27,000 if you're out of state. the silver lining is that more students will qualify for some kind of aid financial aid or a grant or a tax benefit, so that's helping out just a little bit. all right, just a little prison gossip, richard. getting a little picture of what -- >> prison gossip?
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>> prison gossip. that is what like may be like for convicted conman bernie madoff, the former wall street executive, now sleeping on the bottom bunk in a cell that he shares with a drug offender. his food is cooked by a convicted child molester, he's hanging out with a mob boss and convicted spy jonathan pollard. that's according to court papers filed by a lawyer by some of madoff's victims. definitely a different set of friends these days. richard? >> college planning prison gossip, you got it all for us. thank you, jen. while the health care debate is all over the news, a story that could put the whole issue in perspective comes to the fore. rochelle carey is here to tell us more about ian pearl. >> listen to the detail of the story, richard it's going to get you in your gut. ian is 37 years old, he lives in new york and ian has been
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confined to a wheelchair because he has muscular dystrophy. his insurance company canceled a policy of other people that had coverage like his. this is guardian insurance and the spokesperson for guardian says the policy that ian has was simply too expensive, so they did away with it. simply too expensive for the company to sustain. how expensive is it? pearl's yearly care is about a million dollars. we have a lot more details on this case that is very very complicated, including the multimillion dollar profit the company made, we're going to have that coming up for you at 12:00 eastern. what do you think, should a health care provider have a right to make any business decision that the company says affects their bottom line? because there's a couple of sides to this story, it is emotional, but that's a
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legitimate question should this company have a right to do this or is this just a heartless move on the part of guardian insurance, because just because you can do something doesn't even you should. e-mail us at cnn.com/hln, you can also call 1-877-tell-hln. you can dive into the discussion i have to be honest i ran down here so i didn't put the topic on yet. but it will be there in just a few minutes. think about this don't just have a knee jerk reaction. and then start to dive in and we'll be talking about this all day. >> there are four or five sides to this argument, no doubt. rochelle carey, in about an hour and 15 minutes, we want to hear from you. we just heard from a filmmaker who shot secret videos at an a.c.o.r.n. office. a.c.o.r.n. is a community
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organizing group. thers here is the film-- two a.c.o.r.n. workers were fired for giving the couple some questionable financial advice. remember it was caught on tape, here's what filmmaker o'keefe had to say. >> we are being threatened with lawsuits and therefore we don't really want to waste our time here, so i'm going to show you the philadelphia video that i have produced, sort of an introduction and i have muted the employee in question katharine conway russell, i have muted her voice so you don't actually here what she says you can still watch her you can watch her body language, you can hear what we say and it will still dispute all the lies you can still see the truth we have been threatened with lawsuits, we're tired of this we don't want to waste our time anymore. >> okay, obviously opponents of a.c.o.r.n. a.c.o.r.n.'s ceo has
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said in the past that these videos made her stomach turn but they're suing the filmmakers by saying that the film makers broke the law without receiving the permission of the employees involved in that. people are living longer and longer lives. now researchers are working to keep up and they're working on exciting projects that could help young and old very soon.
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sailors stopped a small boat in the gulf of aden last week they found four tons of hash now that haul was worth $28,000, money from the sale of they drugs could have ended up in the hands of terrorists in afghanistan. doctors have been doing knee and hip replacements for years and now researchers have a new challenge. since people in developed countries are living longer those spare parts have to last longer as well. doctors and engineers have been working on lifelong replacements for the mouth, spine and the
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heart. they're using human an animal tissue that when transplanted allows the body to repair itself. the hope here is to have some products ready within five years. so rafer, once, you know, we're in this business we can get a whole head replaced because we get older and older. >> it's good to know that i've got something to fall back on later. >> there you go what size do you want today? the new york yanks what's going on with them? >> it's all about the lady behind the man this is actually being discussed in sports talk radio circles. kate hudson and alex rodriguez have been dating for a while. she's been to several games at yankee stadium. they have even been nicknamed kate rod. a-rod has been notorious for being awful in the playoffs. now the yankees are one win away from reaching the world series.
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of course it might have something to do with spending $340 million on other players. the connecticut football team had its first practice since the tragic killing of their teammate jasper howard for saturday's game against west virginia. the team is trying to rally around howard's memory. >> we're not going to be rushed in this game. because he's going to be there every play. he's going to watch every play, we're going the make every play, we're going lay it down on the field. >> and the team will travel with howard's jersey and helmet to west virginia. . this was a bit of a fashion faux pas, titans head coach jeff fisher introducing former colts coach tony dungy at a charity event, a rival colts jersey, peyton manning specifically. fisher's team is winless at 0 and 6, and to make matters worse, listen to what he said. >> i just wanted to feel like a winner.
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>> oh bad idea coach. there's been some speculation he was going to lose hiss job, that's certainly going to fuel that. for $25,000 you can rent a new jersey nets player for an hour. in an effort to sell pricey courtside seats for that price, you get four tickets to ten games, and you get a nets player of your choice rented at your home office or party. make me a bicycle clown. bob said he's going to have deafen harris mow his lawn for $25,000. devon harris mow his lawn. i can imagine they're going to be happy about that. >> no doubt. thanks, rafer. hln is looking for people who lead with their hearts. he said classical music changed his life and he thinks others will benefit as well. here's robin meade with "leaders
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with heart." >> aaron dorkin remembers playing the violin before he could read. it's what got him through the tough times. >> i have no doubt whatsoever that the violin saved my life. i was adopted when i was two years old. i was a young, black kid with white parents who played the violin with a big after roro. >> while studying at a university, dorkin needed to make classical music more accessible to minority students. >> my whole life i didn't know there were any black conductorz. >> he inspired a movement that has touched 85,000 american students. through programs and scholarships, professional opportunities like the sphinx competition and free violins and lessons for at-risk youth in
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michigan. >> nobody can contest the dramatic underrepresentation of minorities in classical music. this is what i have to do. it's my life's work. a coalition of atheist groups are getting together. what they have planned that is sure to get attention. a little girl's parents say she's healthy so does her doctor. so why is an insurance company denying her health coverage?
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> right now on "showbiz tonight" portrait of a mad scientist. brand new dramatic revelations about the dad behind the balloon boy's saga. >> he's motivated to prove himself in many different ways. >> explosive new details about his reality show past. plus, major hollywood stars speak out about their bizarre connections to the balloon man. the jon and kate gosselin drama. what about the kids? >> are we almost there? >> we're here. >> in a brand new interview kate reveals how tough their split
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has been on the couple's eight kids. plus, kate's biting statements to critics who say she's exploiting her kids. and controversial former beauty queen, carrie prejean in a new battle with pageant officials. why they want the money for her boob job back. tv's most provocative entertainment news show starts right now. hello. i'm a.j. hammer broadcasting tonight and every night from new york city. >> and i'm brooke anderson coming to you from hollywood. when we thought the alleged balloon hoax had run out of hot air, there are explosive new revelations tonight. >> brooke, we're getting a wild portrait of the self-proclaimed mad scientist, richard heene, the man at the center of the hot air fiasco is probably getting more than he bargained for. today, the run-away balloon drama is officially a federal case.
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the faa said today, it is investigating heene for allegedly cooking up the whole wild ride that had everybody thinking his little boys with drifting through the sky in a flying saucer. all of this as his former cohorts are speaking out and revealing details about his past, painting him as a man hell-bent on gaining fame at any cost. but wait, there's more. some hollywood stars are revealing their own bizarre connections to heene. these dramatic new developments made for big news breaking today. it could be the most mentioned name on tv today. richard heene, science detective. >> the family could be facing some serious charges. >> the heene family allegedly fooled the entire country in thinking their 6-year-old son, falcon, with was trapped in this balloon. not only are they facing
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possible charges but now, we'll tell you the feds are investigating. it looks like someone should have filed a flight plan. >> richard heene and the family could be in some serious trouble. >> as the heene's problems pile up, we're learning more about the bloom scheme's mastermind, budding scienceties, richard heene. >> if he were a good mad scientist he could have invented something to get a 6-year-old boy to keep a secret. >> we did this for a show. >> "showbiz tonight" can tell you it looks like this science junky chased fame, aliens, and at one point, william shatner who knows a little something about aliens. >> each new detail we find out makes him seem even more bizarre and even more fame-hungry. >> his lawyer, tells "larry king live" he expects the state to charge his client next week. >> these are, in the world of felony charges, fairly low-level felonies.
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>> we can tell you that all signs show that heene, who was featured along with his family on abc reality tv show, "wife swap" was apparently dead set on getting a reality show of his own, where his own weird in vengsz and unconventional scientific theories about aliens -- >> i was in contact with aliens -- >> would be center stage. he composed a theme song which was posted on tmz. but former associates say heene's reality show obsession went beyond writing music. robert thomas who worked with heene claims heene was scheming to promote his reality show by launching a mysterious balloon. he told his story on "the today show." >> a very creative individual. very hyperactive.
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unfortunately, i think he's driven by his fame and really interested in kind of promoting himself. >> another colleague tells "larry king live" that last week's balloon saga sure sounds like heene. >> it wasn't beyond him to pull a publicity stunt. >> "showbiz tonight" can tell you that he reportedly went all over hollywood with his fame-seeking request. jimmy kimmel's people tell us he approached the late-night talk show host and was promptly blown off. another colleague tells "the new york times" he once talked to william shatner about hosting a show. >> if you're an alien hunter and a mad scientist, i can't think of anyone else you would call other than captain kirk. >> and william shatner tells "showbiz tonight" his story is overblown. he's inflated the amount of contact we've had. channels like tlc and countless production companies are releasing statements that say the same thing. we have nothing to do with this guy. but entertainment journalist imagines that one day they'll change their minds.
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>> richard heene is somewhat famous now so i think all the people that are tripping over thems to say, we didn't work with him, we didn't work on a reality show with him are going to be trying to get interviews with him for a reality show. it's how hollywood works these days. >> but right now it seems that even if heene doesn't interest hollywood he definitely has the attention of the cops. joining me tonight in hollywood, carlos diaz. and he was mad, wacky and eccentric. when you hear all these accounts describing richard heene, what do you think? is he an evil, mad scientist or just a wacky, eccentric guy trying to make a living?
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the sad thing is, he does kind of have talent. i've done a lot of research on this guy. he had ideas about hurricanes and gravity being affected in the eye of the hurricane. so, he does have a mind. but in the end, this is a man who desperately wanted to be famous and it is a sad mirror on society that people are more thirsty for fame than they are for the talent in which it takes to get to that fame level. >> i was surprised by the amount of new evidence about his seeking fame that we got today. he's trying to contact william shatner. he actually did succeed in reaching out to him. he reached out to jimmy kimmel and now the newly uncovered clips from his crazy wife-swap appearances and now you have the astounding fed investigation in the whole balloon hoax. do you think the new sense we're getting with these new revelations, is that feeding the anger that people are really feeling towards this guy? or what are your radio listeners
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telling you? do they understand what motivated him to do what he's accused of doing? >> no. my listeners and bloggers, et cetera, they are all saying -- how disgusting, for somebody to use their child. how disgusting to have so much desire and greed for success and fame in that 15 minutes, you know -- this is beyond the boy that cried wolf. how many emergency agencies, three helicopters from the national guard. how much money did this cost for a publicity stunt? for a hoax? they taught their child that lying is good? go hide in the box in the attic, sweetie, we might get a reality show. there are people talking about taking their children. there are people talking about him paying it back and there are people saying he should serve hard jail time. i certainly hope he won't be a celebrity, because not only do my listeners view him as a
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criminal i do. >> i do, too. and i think a lot of people see it that way with this new interesting picture that people are painting of him. i always say -- if you want an accurate look into someone's personality, go right to the source. you have to check out heene's self-described mad scientist ways on "wife swat." look at this. >> these are motors that i've been working on that use no gas or electricity. there's got to be a way to dissipate the tornado. well, this is the tornado. >> we are creating hover craft. >> we'd like to get this into the storm to actually float around and take video. >> carlos, what do you see? that's not so surprising what's going on with this guy, is it? >> yeah he's kind of kooky. that's basically -- that's my scientific term for it. the bottom line is, if you listen to this guy over and over again, i see this every day in hollywood. people have a unique character trait or they have a unique way about them and somewhere along the lines, someone said, you ought to be on tv.
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they think, i got to be on tv and i'll do it at all costs, including, allegedly, putting my kids in harm's way and making my kids not look so bright on ""wife swap."" i see it all the time and it's a pathetic look into society and it's hollywood's way of saying, this is how you'll be famous. >> back to how angry people are feeling. as of today we know this is a federal case so here we are five days since the whole hot air fiasco and people are still seething over this. do you this the only satisfaction will be if he gets thrown in the slammer? >> yes. how many people waited an extra minute for emergency response? how many parents have had children abducted whose faces are on milk cartons? this is ridiculous. what happens next time? will a child really be in harm's way? >> the whole boy who cried wolf thing. i thank you both. but wait -- there's more. we've got to talk about the kids. what about them?
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were they exploited big-time in this whole deal? i'm not just talking about the heene kids. harsh reality for kids. we want to know -- is it time to get kids out of reality shows? >> rihanna hadn't said a word publicly about the night chris brown beat her but today she's getting people talking with this, a photo topless wrapped in barbed wire. what's up with this photo? is it the right move? is hollywood's hottest bachelor lonely? george clooney reveals all. and beauty queen, carrie prejean is locked in a battle with pageant officials. they want the money for her boob job back. i'll tell you why. our news ticker, more stories from the "showbiz tonight" newsroom making news right now.
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a huge announcement from oprah winfrey. sarah palin will be on her show. oprah and palin will meet up for the first time for an exclusive interview on november 16th. after oprah endorsed barack obama she said she wouldn't have palin on the show until the campaign was over. this will be palin's first interview to talk about her upcoming book "going rogue." welcome back. i'm a.j. hammer. and i'm brooke anderson. talk about a cheap thrill at the movies? get your mind out of the gutter. it's not what you're thinking. hollywood is getting recession-savvy with a movie that only took $15,000 to turn into a viral sensation. how did "paranormal activity" scare up big numbers at the box office? we have that report. >> reporter: when it comes to horror, suspense, hollywood has a history of getting more bang for its buck. low-budget films acquired by
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studios that become blockbuster hits. while the big-screen breakouts rarely happen, "paranormal activity" is breaking rules in hollywood and getting noticed. >> you don't need to spend a ton of money to turn a profit. >> reporter: that could be hollywood's new motto, says daniel myrik, where studios are counting pennies. he directed the 1999 surprise blockbuster "the blair witch project." shot on a $30,000 budget it eventually grossed $140 million. within the last decade no other microbudget film has come close to "blair witch's" success. it's already rolls in more than $30 million in two weeks. >> studios realize you don't need to spend a ton of money on
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marketing and talent and production values to generate profit. i'd like to think the economy will force the studios to reevaluate. >> they say paramount used a creative strategy to shift from the classic market of print and broadcast to social media website like twitter. >> the grassroots of a viral campaign e-mailed and tweeted people asking them to demand that "paranormal activity" is shown in their town were but they caution saying this is the new norm in hollywood. >> it remains to be seen if we'll see this big rush of people trying to snap up these 10,000 -- $20,000 movies. the ones that are really good are far and few between. >> reporter: besides, he says, marketing a movie on a meager budget is one formula hollywood is still trying to figure out. another point johnson makes,
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and this isn't to take away from the film's success, but halloween is right around the corner so filling seats for a scary movie may not be the most difficult thing. >> brooke, so the phone lines have been scaring up a lot of people about the whole balloon boy saga. our operators are stuck to their stations answering calls. >> those operators better not float away. people are really upset that the whole thing may have been a ploy to get a reality show. listen to this call from cindy calling from michigan -- >> caller: i think if they get a reality show all the proceeds should go to charity and they shouldn't profit from any of this because they're exploiting their son and their chance for their own gain. they shouldn't gain anything from this. >> thank you, cindy. we also heard from rebecca who called from new york, and like a lot of people, she said her heart really was with the family at first. >> caller: it's pretty stupid.
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because i was praying, praying, praying and crying, praying for this little boy, who was in the balloon. so i think that the parents should really pay the price for doing that. >> thanks a lot. remember the showbiz on-call phone lines are opened all the time. >> give us a ring. all right. if this whole thing was a ploy to get a reality show what does that say about the dad here? some people that he worked with in the past are now speaking out. >> regular people out here say, wow. really bad judgment. especially when he decided to try to drive in the hurricane gustavo gustav. that was the final straw for me. >> brand new revelations in the balloon dad's former colleagues. and the great debate, is it ever okay to put kids on reality tv shows?
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and when tori spelling is the other woman, dean mcdermitt left his wife for tori and today, his ex-wife is talking about why dean forced her to meet with tori and what went down. really juicy. and a brand new controversy for rihanna. look at this picture we found in is getting people fired up. is this the right way for rihanna to promote herself after everything she's been through? here comes our news ticker. more stories from the newsroom making news right now.
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the fired-up "showbiz tonight" debate. kids on reality tv. is it bad for them? rihanna's racy photo shocker. rihanna nearly naked, wrapped in barbed wire. is this empowering or a terrible idea? and the carrie prejean boob battle. tonight why the former miss california is in a nasty fight over her breast implants. and the news ticker, tv's first most provocative entertainment news show continues right now. welcome back to "showbiz tonight." it's 30 minutes past the hour. i'm a.j. hammer broadcasting tonight and every night from new york city. and i'm brooke anderson coming to you from hollywood. tonight, harsh reality for kids. the brand new drama surrounding
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the man behind the run-away balloon explodes as we learn more and more about the lengths richard heene went to in order to get his own family reality show. brand new questions come to the surface about the safety of his kids. is it ever a good idea for kids to be in the spotlight for the sake of a reality show? the ladies of "the view" had something to say about it today. >> before these reality shows are put on, the networks should think of -- although it's not their responsibility, what is this doing to the children? >> and in a brand new interview, kate gosselin reveals for the very first time just how tough her split from her soon-to-be ex-husband, jon, has been on the couple's eight kids. a.j. what do you think? they're dealing with their parents' divorce in front of the entire world. >> i've said all along, this whole thing cannot be easy on these kids. we have our three experts on our panel.
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let's begin with the heene family balloon drama. on "larry king live" a friend of richard heene who worked closely with him said, she wanted out once she saw richard putting his kids in harm's way. you've got to watch this. >> he loves those kids. he absolutely loves his kids. in the same vein, the rest of us as parents, or regular people out here go -- wow! really bad judgment! especially when he decided to try to drive in the hurricane gustav. that was the final straw for me. >> is that when you parted ways with him? >> oh, yeah. definitely. when i heard he was taking the family down there, no way! way too over the top. too dangerous. >> if this is true, does this really show that heene would stop at nothing, including putting his kids at risk for a shot at fame? >> that's the crazy thing. i was doing research for the story and looking at video and i had to pause the video.
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i was like is that his kid in the backseat? he's chasing storms with his kids! these are little kids with him! it's one thing to use your kids in a cute way to gain success on reality tv. but when you're chasing storms and you're talking about big-time hurricanes children should have no part in that. >> dr. michelle, can you help us understand what parent would possibly be willing to put their kid right in the middle of such a dangerous situation just to get a moment in the spotlight? >> well, it's a parent with extremely impaired judgment, that's for sure. its not just poor judgment. it's abusive. it's illegal to bring your children and put them, knowingly and willingly, in harm's way. that's what he's doing by storm-chasing. and it's also illegal to have your children help you in the commission of a crime, which is
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what he did -- which is what he did with the hoax, if it's through that's why some people are saying it wouldn't be a surprise to see child protective services brought in. and now because of the alleged balloon hoax the heene kids may face more trauma. they said that the authorities have enough reason to take the kids away from their parents. take a look. >> i think it's likely. at this point they need to go in there and take a look at the judgment and safety and risk issues that these parents place their kids in. they should put some services in place to help dad deal with his anger which apparently we see and a lot of the impulse control and a lot of the bad judgment going on in these decision makings. >> bad judgment, as the doctor said. these parents could lose their kids because they wanted to get on a reality show. let me bring in brooke anderson. as somebody that's been covering this and as a new mom yourself, can you make any sense of why a parent would endanger their kid like this for fame? >> i can't. the fact that they may have
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coaxed their children into this elaborate hoax and forced their children to lie on television, so much so that one was getting sick, it's selfish and poor parenting and it's borderline abuse. if this is indicative of how they treat their children on a daily basis, then yes i agree, they should be in more capable caring hands. >> i spoke with another new mom about this. "the view's" elizabeth hasselbeck went one-on-one about this. she's not only a mom but she competed in "survivor." so she has some perspective. i asked her she thinks it's okay for kids to be in reality shows. >> i can't imagine having cameras follow me as a child and trying to develop, learn and grow and figure out my place in a family. your role in the family and in your home environment should be safe and one that should be, in my opinion, is off limits. otherwise your role is defined based on your surroundings. so if someone is watching you at
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all times, how are you not supposed to be affected? >> her words mirror what our viewers are thinking. here's the results of our poll. we asked is it ever okay to put kids in reality shows? 89% gsdsaid no way 11% said yes. clearly gs the heenes think the risk was worth the reward of reality tv fame. >> look away from the storm chaser fiasco. if you look at ""wife swap"" when he was on there, his kids were dropping the f-bomb on national tv and the look on his face was like -- way to go. and an inappropriate joke about the new wife in the "wife swap" couldn't sleep with the kids and that was a funny, weird joke by the kids. it's not just what he's doing by putting the kids in harm's way, he's basically pimping them out to make fools of themselves. >> and he doesn't even know who
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wolf blitzer is. we have breaking news today going on with kate gosselin. kate's speaking out in a new interview with "vanity fair.com firing back at critics who say she's exploiting her kids. she says the ones that claim we're exploiting our children are the ones that are actually exploiting our children. she and jon are the ones who signed off on ""jon & kate plus 8" and she's the one making money off of putting her kids on tv. >> it's the old, you are, defense. i'm not making any more money about talking about jon and kate on tv. kate, we'll talk about something else tomorrow and the next day. i haven't made a single dime off of talking about your kids. so no, i am not exploiting your kids whatsoever. >> and something very
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interesting, kate revealing that the kids not doing so well since they split up. she says oh -- why the kids are acting out. they don't see it but it's all interconnected. i imagine they say the same thing when i'm away. dr. michelle, that's no surprise, is it? >> they don't need grace, they need therapy. i mean, they don't need grace, kate. they need therapy. you need to help them by getting them professionals and getting off television. jon did the right thing by pulling the plug, even for whatever reason it was still the right thing, and they should be off the air. >> carlos diaz and dr. michelle, thanks for being here. what do you think? for our "showbiz tonight" question of the day kids on reality tv. is it bad for them? let us know. could this brand new photo out today be bad for rihanna? look at this. it's rihanna nearly naked wrapped up in barbed wire. i think it's shocking, with everything she's been through,
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is posing for a picture like this a good idea? and also tonight, the battle over carrie prejean's breasts. carry, the controversial former miss california, usa. tonight she's being sued over her implants. and george clooney always seems to have a beautiful woman on his arm. tonight george opens up about his love life. could he really be lonely? this is "showbiz tonight" on hln. and more stories making news right now.
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welcome back to "showbiz tonight." i'm a.j. hammer. and i'm brooke anderson. brooke, do you see this? i love it when a hear an engine purr. check this out. a cat stuck in a suv engine in new york city. the driver drove around for two miles with a cat right in the engine. don't worry, the cat is fine. i was thinking he was trying to get into cat and driver
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magazine, get it? >> got it. tonight, rihanna's provocative pose. it's the pop superstar just months after her brutal beating in an s and m stance. she's topless in a brand new photo to promote her song "russian roulette." is it empowering or shock ing? and the extraordinary new lawsuit against carrie prejean. the woman at the center is being sued for her breast implants. and george clooney unlucky in love. is the man who some called the sexiest guy on the planet lonely? poor george. with me from new york is suzanne. she's the senior editor of "star" magazine. and leslie marshall, the host of "the leslie marshall show." suzanne and leslie, let's crank this up with this shocking rihanna photo.
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it's been eight months since that brutal attack by chris brown. she's not said word one about the incident. today she is promoting a new song topless and in barbed wire. after you picked your jaw up off the ground, what did you think? >> i have to say i think it's very empowering. i think it has its own sex appeal. very madonnaesque. she obviously don't want to be a spokeswoman for abuse. i think she's showing she's moving past the whole incident with chris brown and she, you know, rihanna is always a little bit shocking. she's got her own gun tattoos. and she's always out there trying to shock people. i think this is part of that as well. >> it just looks really painful to me, even though i know she wasn't really posing with barbed wire and i know it's probably making a lot of parents cringe. parents who thought that rihanna was sending the wrong message by not speaking out after she was beaten up.
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i have to imagine those same parents are going to be outraged by this picture. leslie, is rihanna going to face major bash backlash or is it just art? >> well, it might be art and i agree with you, i was like, ouch! this is a woman that is extremely talented. and a lot of young girls look up to her. and she doesn't need to do this to sell her album. and we got to stop, ladies, girls, teaching our young girls that we can have a brain. we don't need to show our breasts in barbed wire or have -- shows whatever she's showing. it's not necessary. she's so talented. i think a lot of parents will be outraged because she didn't speak out about the domestic violence, the abuse. she's not speaking out now. russian roulette is a very good name for this album. wearing barbed wire is like putting a bullet and spinning the barrel. >> you make some great points. she's not targeting third
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graders here. but at the same time it's superedgy. i want to get to this next showbiz shocker. making news today, former miss california usa, carrie prejean, she caused an uproar with her anti-gay marriage answer at the miss usa pageant and then she got the boot. care carrie sued over losing her crown and now miss california officials are suing over the money for carry's breast implants, among other things. suzanne, is this just wrong? or should she pay up since she didn't fulfill her duties. >> it's obvious that someone's trying to get back at her by exposing this information. she has a right to be a little bit upset about it but you know what, if you don't want people to find out about your boob job, maybe she should have paid for it on her own. >> she did agree to repay the loan, according to miss california officials.
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dair ree carrie says that she's suing because miss california officials revealed, quote, private facts about her implants. now i have to read what the miss california organization's countersuit says, quote -- her reps told us that the miss california organizers are out to destroy her reputation. they say it's all because of her anti-gay marriage beliefs. leslie, quickly, whose story are you buying? >> she's suing them and now they're suing her. why are the officials paying for breast implants? she should have the implants taken out and deliver them with some hershey kisses or something on a platter. >> the silver fox reveals sometimes george clooney feels like a failure in the love department. he says, i've had some great relationships.
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and i've been in some relationships where i felt terribly alone. just because you're with someone doesn't mean you're incredibly happy or complete. george, famously tight-lipped about his love life. is it shocking to hear him be so painfully honest? >> it is. he's in a very happy relationship right now. long-term relationship. it's almost as if he's fishing to get something out of his girlfriend. so i'm not sure what his motivation is. if he has a movie coming out, something he's promoting but it looks i can he's asking for a little bit of attention. >> he does have a little bit to promote. suzanne, leslie, marshall, thanks. i was hanging out on the set of "the view" yesterday with elizabeth hasselbeck, first day back since she gave birth. >> she really does have her hands full. her third child, a baby boy
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named isaiah timothy. >> and while i was there, elizabeth took time out to congratulate you on the birth of your beautiful daughter and she wanted to give you some mommy advice. watch this. >> okay. well, brooke, i would just repeat to yourself as often as possible, i'm a good mom. you're a great mom and you won't believe it all the time because you're at work or doing other things or driving or doing something that has nothing to do with your kids. my strategy to avoid guilt or at least, deny it, repeat that >> that is great advice. she seems to have adjusted to the balance. she seems to have adjusted to work motherhood, balance. she's got it all figured out. i hope i can do the same. >> and she was very, very happy for you. i know this alleged balloon family hoax is a very serious deal. it's also just so strange. >> the stories popped. time to hand out the coveted silver saucer.
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>> tonight we are picking out the best the most shocking, the absolute most weirdest moments of the whole balloon thing. . i am calling them balloon whoppers. now the "showbiz" news ticker. making news right now.
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just drop her off somewhere. i don't care if you ever get in trouble. i just want my baby back. >> a florida mom's emotional appeal for the safe return of her daughter as police reveal the newest details on the search for somer thompson. and we're getting more details about the arrest of an alleged terror suspect in massachusetts. what the governor is saying about his alleged plan to attack a shopping mall. plus, pop singer rihanna is pushing a new single. and the cover art for the cd is raising some eyebrows. i'm richelle carey. welcome. hope you're having a great day.
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let's continue with this story we've been on top of for you. the case of little somer thompson. it has investigators baffled. continue to look at her picture. three days after the 7-year-old girl disappeared in florida she was walking home from school. there are still no solid leads. her distraught mom continues to plead for her child's return. >> i did her hair for her in the morning. put it up in a ponytail. i can't even remember if i told her i loved her. i went to work and told them to have a good day. she wasn't feeling well. i told her just try to go to school. if you need me, call me. >> officers now expanded their search in the orange park area. this is near jacksonville. they say they have interviewed dozens of known sex offenders in about a five-mile radius. volunteers are scouring the woods. officials say they just need a break in this case. they are expected to give us an
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update about the search later this afternoon. we will carry that live for you, so please keep it here tuned to hln. and the mother of missing virginia tech student morgan harrington said she was excited about going to see metallica in concert concert. 20-year-old harrington and girlfriends went to see the band at the university of virginia's john paul jones arena saturday night. the last time her friends saw her was about 8:40 p.m. local time. loose last night harrington's mother talked to nancy grace about the time she spent with her daughter just before she vanished vanished. >> ms. harrington thank you for being with us. >> thank you so much for letting us come on and put morgan's information out there. i appreciate your time so much. >> you know, i have a little girl. she's about to turn 2. i cannot imagine, ms. harrington, pouring my heart and soul into her and her brother,
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and smenthen somebody making off with her or her vanishing like this. you were with her in the hours right before the concert. what was her frame of mind? what was she talking about? >> she was excited about the concert. she brought home three outfits that she tried on for me. and we chose one. she said, mama, it is a rock concert so it is probably not what you would choose but is this one okay. and, you know, it was cute and she was covered and i said yeah that one will do fine. so, you know we're pretty close. and i was excited for her. give your kids wings. >> have to give your kids wings. what a mom there. metallica has even posted an appeal for information on their website. and friends, other people at the concert, they have started facebook pages to help find morgan. nancy grace will be joining us at the top of the hour to talk about all the late breaking developments in the search for
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both morgan harrington and somer thompson. 1:00 eastern right here on hln "news and views." authorities in boston say they've uncovered a frightening terror plot that involved attacks on malls and prominent politicians. a 27-year-old massachusetts man arrested last year in connection with the probe now faces more serious charges. he is accused of conspireing to kidnap, kill mail or injury people in foreign countries including u.s. military personnel in iraq. prosecutors say the plot did not get very far. p. >> alleged the following events of september 11th, 2001, this group believed that carrying out attacks in areas like pakistan was not feasible for them, travel there had become more difficult. it is alleged that mehanna was involved in exploring other options such as shooting or killing one or two specific members of the executive branch of the united states government.
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>> prosecutors say mehanna plans to attack the mall was foiled when they wouldn't get automatic weapons. police may have stopped another columbine attack. a 15-year-old boy is in a psychiatric hospital for plotting to attack former high school. investigators found gasoline fuses and a machete and he had been trying to buy an assault rifle. >> sometimes we just, as parents, you just really don't know what's going on in that child's room unfortunately. >> he must be very troubled. >> police say he planned the attack for next april 20th. exactly 11 years after the columbine high school killings in colorado. if you're planning to get the swine flu vaccine for yourself or for your kids you may have to wait a little longer. the cdc says production is behind schedule. you probably won't get it until maybe mid november. until then officials say you should take precautions to prevent spreading h1n1. the latest information on swine
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flu shows it's really hitting kids and young adults the hardest. the cdc says in the past seven weeks more than half of all hospitalizations were for people 24 and younger, and deaths from swine flu seem to be concentrated among the young. >> this is dramatically different from what we see with seasonal flu. with seasonal flu 90% of fatalities occur in people 65 and over. it's almost completely reversed here. nearly 90% of our fatalities are occurring in people under 65. >> so many kids with t. flu like symptoms stayed out sick a chicago area school had to shut down. there are so many confirmed cases, rather, there are no -- pardon me. there are no confirmed cases of swine flu specifically. just a lot of flu like symptoms. more than 900 kids stayed home yesterday. that is nearly half the student body. the school in st. charles won't reopen until monday at the earliest. the high school held its
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homecoming game and dance last weekend. officials think that's why the illness spread to so many kids. 37-year-old disabled man is taking on his insurance company and what he calls a matter of life and death. why guardian insurance canceled the coverage that's keeping him alive and why time is running out for him to try to get it back.
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here's something you probably didn't know. health insurance companies are exempt from federal antitrust laws, but if top senate democrats get their way that may not be the case much longer. senate democratic leaders are announcing a bill today that would revoke the exemption. if the bill becomes law it would mean greater federal regulation for the health insurance industry and insurers group calls it a ploy to distract tissue from the rising health care costs. here's a story for you. a 37-year-old man with muscular disstrofy is appealing a rule that allows his insurance company to cancel the coverage
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that's keeping him alive. his name is ian pearl. he uses a wheelchair and needs a breathing tube to survive. his medical treatment does cost a million dollars a year. his father's policy with guardian insurance included home nursing care for life but in a money-saving mood, guardian decided to discontinue coverage against plans where claims were the highest -- claims were the highest, rather, plans the company has referred to as dogs. not just his family's policies other policies that were similar. pearl sued to keep the coverage but lost. that means december 1st he'll lose his benefits. something he calls a death sentence. >> people may ask why why do i need this sort of coverage why do i need this sort of assistance? they do for me what i cannot do for myself which is everything.
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>> guardian reported $437 million in profits last year. its investment income total $1.5 million. health and human services department is investigating this. this has been on "your views" question of the day. if you want to get in on it, post a comment onrichellecarey in hln. here's some of what you have posted today. she says this is outrageous. people pay their premiums to receive the care that is listed in the policy. if the company couldn't afford to provide the quality of care then they need to find another line of business. michael says there's two sides to this. while they do have the legal right to protect their bottom line, it really is heartless to do so by going after those who have paid their premiums and need care the most. especially in this situation where the man literally can't live without the care he's
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getting. where's palin's death panel outrage now? ruth in florida is calling. ruth some would say this company has the right, the legal right, which they do to protect their bottom line. but should they have taken this route? and others just feel like they shouldn't have. where do you fall in this? >> caller: i don't feel they should have done that at all. that is unconscionable. they locked up dr. kervorkian for that isn't that what they're doing? this is unhumane. >> you feel although they technically seems to far have the legal right to do it you feel they should not have done it. greg calling in from arizona. greg, when i pitched this this morning i asked people on air to think about it and not have the immediate emotional response. what's your take on it? >> caller: the first thing i want to say is i have five children. i thank god they're healthy.
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but, i think -- it's hard for me to say this. i think that sometime when somebody's born and they know they're not going to be able to take care of themselves or profitable in society, they should let them go. i can't even say the words. but -- i can't even say it. >> let him go i'm not following you, greg. >> caller: if somebody is born and mentally retarded for their whole life and somebody is going to have to take care of them or under a machine or need the care of somebody they should -- i can't even say it terminate them. >> okay. greg, i understand what you're saying. it seems to me if you look at the video, it seems to be a rather productive member of society. >> caller: i'm not saying him personally. there's a lot of people out there, mentally retarded and -- >> i understand what you're
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saying, greg. i don't think that's the case with him. i appreciate your phone call. we want to continue to talk about this. should health insurance companies have the right to make any business decisions that affect their bottom line or do you think that, in this case guardian insurance was heartless to do this? call us right now 1-877-tell-hln. e-mail us at cnn.com/hln. text us if you want. text views plus your comments and name to hlntv. standard text rates apply. we will continue to air your responses on this. clearly emotional topic, throughout the day. singer rihanna's new album is titled "rated r." judging by the cover she has the pictures to prove it.
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on the popular show "so you think you can dance now." mary murphy is speaking out about the abuse she said she suffered during a violent
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marriage. she told larry king she decided to go pub p blik after seeing the story in the pictures of battered pop singer rihanna. >> we ended up starting to have just horrible fights. and then at the time when i -- after a fight that i didn't want to have sex, it just escalated to the point that he literally had to rape me in order for me to have sex. >> you say neighbors called the cops? >> yes neighbors called the cops. >> you were bruised and hit? >> the policemen, they came in. and his sense of entitlement, and i was in the bedroom hiding and they said, we want to talk to her. and he said, no. she's my wife. and from that moment on i could just feel that this is something that he felt like he was entitled to. i didn't even really know my own rights at the time. i was so young. and i was so scared and scared of him that one of the police officers said, no, we want to see her now. and when i came out of the other
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room, they looked at me and said, would you like to press charges right now. i looked at him and with the look on his face i said absolutely not. went back in my room and just laid there and cried. >> king also talked to murphy's ex-husband. although he refused to talk on air he strongly denied ever having raped her. he denied abusing her fis or emotionally. and he said since he was born in the middle east if any of the allegations against him were true, murphy could have had him deported. singer rihanna is getting attention for the cover of her new single "russian roulette" she's wearing an eye patch, not a lot else. the cover shows the singer posed in barbed wire that is strategically placed around her chest. it was released on her website. the single is from rihanna's new album "rated r" due out next month. this is a video of a man who
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nearly gets flattened by a bus in russia. starts walking across the street. then sprinting for his life, that bus barely missed him. it hit about 14 more cars before it finally stopped. did you see that? minor injuries, that's it. bus officials think the problem is the brakes wouldn't work. my goodness. that's about the closest call you can have. paying your bills with auto pay can help avoid late fees but hln money expert clark howard warns it can also put an unexpected dent in your wallet. >> do you ever allow anybody to just scarf your money right out of your account? you know what i mean? where you set up an automatic draft of your account and let your mortgage company come take the money from your checking account, maybe you let a car company do an auto loan or a bank you did an auto loan with automatically come in and take the payments from you? or utility company or a health club or a burglar alarm company? well, the number of people who
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do that has steadily grown. but it's dangerous. because once you give somebody permission to come in and take money from your account, even when you're not doing business with them anymore many times they'll still keep taking the money. and then you have to fight to get your own money back while bills are bouncing. what you need to do, you want the convenience of paying electronically? use electronic bill pay with your bank or credit union where you control the payments and you stop them when you're done with them. you don't have to worry about them taking money they're not entitled to. i'm clark howard. with more ways for you to protect yourself go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> and how about this? you can get more great consumer advice from clark howard every saturday and sunday at noon and 4:00 p.m. eastern time right here on hln "news and views." this is what he does for you. he'll help you save more spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. first lady michelle obama is hosting a healthy kids fair at
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the white house. some live pictures for you. there's some local kids from the public schools and their families are going to take part in this event. right there on the south lawn. the focus is on children's health, nutrition, and exercise. chefs and nutritionists from all across the country are going to be at this event and offering some demonstrations as well. it looks like the weather has agreed with them. speaking of nutrition, how does a box of sugary cereal end up with the label calling it a smart choice? the fda says it's going to crack down on misleading food labels. the food industry has started putting smart choice labels on products that might not make you think nutritious. i'm talking froot loops mayonnaise. the fda is developing standards as products would have to meet its standards before they could be labelled healthy or smart choices. you could get frisky after eating a bowl of soup. wait until you hear about viagra soup, yes. and the restaurant serving up
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this sassy dish.
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♪ ♪ welcome to comcast local edition. i am donna richardson and my guest this hour is colonel george f. johnson iv superintendent of the maryland natural resources police. colonel, thank you for joining me. >> great to be here with you. >> in addition to being with the maryland natural resources you are president of the maryland police chief association and who in addition to chief are your members? and who is working with you? >> it is comprised mostly of chief of police from all over the state and state government and law enforcement chiefs and county and municipalities that
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exist in all of the state of maryland. >> i know as a group i know there are several initiatives taking place. there is a new one. checkpoint strike force. >> yes it is a research based-multi-state situation where we pick and we go out there and we look for drivers that are impaired and work to get them off of the road and we do that through our sobriarity checkpoints and our saturation patrols. >> and so, which jerse - jurisdiction, one specific area or all of the jurisdictions now involved? >> all throughout maryland, the chiefs of police have signed on. every jurisdiction signed on in some way shape or form to participate in the checkpoint strike force. >> and so do you find that the checkpoints are helpful in hopefully lowering traffic
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fatalities? >> absolutely. fatalities have been reduced 20 percent in the areas where we are doing the checkpoints . it proves to be extremely beneficial to us in many different ways. >> and do you find that the residents are supporting the checkpoints and do you have partner necessary this effort? >> yes we do. as you know, it is a powerful organization of mothers against drunk drivers. we work with them chosely in this endeavor and other organizations. their surveys indicate 85 to 90 percent of the people they talked to support the checkpoints. >> do you do these at specific times of year or are the checkpoints ongoing initiative. >> they are ongoing initiatives. they will be taking place every week and everywhere and where you think that it is the best
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possible opportunity to deploy the work force and effective use knowledge of our people in this endeavor. >> as you are having the checkpoints and i know initially you are looking for impaired drivers but are you finding other things when you are pulling over the impaired drivers? >> oh, yes. people are very surprised what we run into on the checkpoints. the main focus is to get the impaired drivers that use alcohol off of the streets and identify them. but we are running into people who have warrants on them. their licenses are suspended some people have drugs in the vehicle this we were able to detect and find. there is a whole gamut of things and seat belt usage. it helps us with the seat belt initiatives and child safety seat. we are able to make different
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observations and of course, we put a lot of emphasis on the seat belt usage and child safety seat as well >> i know some jurisdiction or most of the them there is zero tolerance if you don't have your seat belt on it is amazing that people are still driving without them. >> it is with the seat belt usage, if you are involved in an accident with the impaired drivers that use alcohol that gives you that much more of a chance to survive. >> how can citizens assist with the checkpoint strike force? >> we need them to be our eyes and ears out there. as with many thing necessary law enforcement and we ask citizens to do. if they see a person driving erratically or aggressively and feel they are under the influence of alcohol. pick up the cell phone and dial the number 911 or what ever it is that they feel comfortable in
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using. >> thank you colonel for joining me. >> donna thank you for helping us. >> thank you for watching comcast local edition. i am donna richason.
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