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you said you wanted some van morrison. "brown eyed girl." one of my favorite songs. and you two -- that's it for "new day." cnn newsroom with carol costello begins right now. >> spreading the love. >> thanks, guys. you have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the newsroom, the clock is ticking. a double deadline. a government shutdown and the debt ceiling. are we really here again? also, wage race. >> this could very well kill any recovery that we have. >> california upping its minimum wage to 10 bucks an hour. the first raise in five years. plus -- clinton gets candid.
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>> they believe that they don't have to get anything done. >> bill clinton on politics, putin, guns and bono? >> you know, we've been friends a long time and it's not the first time he's made fun of me. but he's getting better at it. >> plus, find out what he says about another clinton run for the white house. >> who do you think might make the better president? your wife or your daughter? >> and the runeturn of alex p. keaton. michael j. fox and his big return to tv. >> what's it been like? >> it's been a lot of hard work but it's been satisfying. >> a new show and a new message. >> you are live in the cnn newsroom. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. it has been an uphill battle from the start. and now five days before one of the cornerstones of the affordable care act goes into effect, president obama will play salesman.
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in the next hour, the president will push the benefits of obama care because starting next tuesday, americans can start signing for insurance through federal health exchanges. the president's speech comes as some republicans do everything possible to derail and defund obama care. senior white house correspondent jim acosta joins us now. he's at the -- there you are -- the white house. good morning, jim. tell us more. >> good morning, carol. the president will be just outside the nation's capital later on this morning at a community college in maryland to tout the benefits of what they call the next milestone in obama care. these new health insurance marketplaces that will be available online to insurers. basically the uninsured in the next five days, on october 1st those marketplaces go online. he'll be able to go on there and compare the prices of these plans. and then buy insurance if they don't have coverage. and all of this comes as big sales pitch comes from the president as new polls show his
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popularity is taking a dip. a new cnn poll of polls shows the president with only a 45% approval rating. 49% disapproving of the job that he's doing as president. other polls, a new cbs/"new york times" poll showing a majority of americans still disapprove of the health care law. only 20% said they know a lot about the law. so the president, that's part of his job right now to get the word out about these new insurance marketplaces. meanwhile, one of the other chief promoters of the law, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was on cnn's "new day" earlier this morning. she said a lot of this opposition stems from what she called misinformation. here's what she had to years is a relentless battle driving misinformation, both from opponents of the law itself and a lot of media and now paid advertising continuing to give the american public information that just isn't correct. >> now there may be some new
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glitches when these market places are rolled out, carol. in "the washington post" this morning, there's an article talking about how here in the district of columbia, their online marketplace is already experiencing glitches so you may hear the president talk about that. he's talked about that in the past saying that not everything will be perfect once all of these different aspects of obama care are rolled out, but he will also likely get feisty, perhaps with republicans and some democrats worried about a government shutdown up on capitol hill. the white house saying the president will, quote, cut through all of the noise coming out of washington over obama care. if you read between the lines it almost sounds like they're talking about the filibuster-like speech from ted cruz yesterday. >> i think so. jim acosta reporting live from the white house this morning. thank you. congress' inability to compromise on just about anything is more than political theater because it affects all of us. the dow has lost more than 400 points in the last five sessions because wall street is jittery
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over a possible government shutdown and debt default. i got that word first hand when i sat down exclusively with greg steinhofel, the ceo of target. the second largest retailer in the country. >> one, two, three! >> reporter: it's a great day for c.l. gidian's elementary school kids where a smile could be had for a song. >> what do you got? you got me, baby, and that's a lot. >> reporter: target is part of the billion-dollar commitment to education. revamped the school's library and even restocked the shelves. >> giving back is part of our dna. >> it's perhaps the most enjoyable part of his job as the ceo of the nation's second largest retailer. the rest is challenging. but running any kind of business in an uncertain economy. >> we got off to just a fantastic start and it seemed like the economy is starting to gain some momentum and things softened up in the last half of 2012. and i think that we were
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expecting 2013 to improve more than it has. >> so target is cutting back on holiday hiring. this year it plans to hire about 70,000 temporary workers, down from 88,000 a year ago. instead, target will offer more holiday hours to full-time staffers. steinhofel insists the change is not because he expects sales to be down but because shopping habits have changed. >> this is a time where there is greater transformation going on in our business than we've seen in a long time. it's really the convergent of a lot of factors. it's the physical retailers needing to be more dig teleand digital retailers want to be more physical and bringing merchandise close to their guests. >> steinhafel's company is grappling with washington and what he feels is an inability to come up with a cohesive plan for the economy. and then -- there's obama care. >> you spend a lot of time in washington helping to shape that legislation and to provide credibility around what is a
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large employer -- what are the challenges that faces target. clearly, we're going to comply with everything, but our object sieve really to help make the legislation better. >> a lot of people are saying part-time work gers to the insurance exchange to sign up. we'll not foot the bill anymore. what is target's stance. >> we haven't made any final decisions yet. we're still looking at how the law is being shaped and written, what other competitors are doing and we're assessing the landscape to determine what the right thing is for us to do as a company. >> reporter: the company that still has a major challenge ahead. attracting holiday shoppers at a time when target's retail sales have been soft. key to turning target's signature red into black. even though steinhafel says target has not yet made a formal decision on health care, he says target continues to work with the obama administration on tweaking the affordable care act or obama care. this is cnn breaking news. breaking news into the cnn
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newsroom this morning. human remains have just been found on the "costa concordia." it ran aground off the coast of italy in january last year. 32 people were killed. two people were never found following the disaster. the crew pulled the ship upright last week. dna tests have to be used to confirm the identity of the remains just found. officials say it's unclear if the remains come from one body or two. a 16-year-old nevada boy accused of killing his mother and 9-year-old brother is now in police custody. police say they found adrian navarro canales in a food court near the las vegas strip. he'd been on the run since last week and will be charged as an adult with two counts of murder. a 3-year-old boy shot in the face during a mass shooting in chicago is recovering at home. his mother says it is a miracle he survived. he had two surgeries but will need many, many more over the course of 15 years. his mom says he's afraid to go back to the park but he's in good spirits.
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>> say good night, world. >> good night. >> say thank you. >> thank you. i love you all. >> 12 other people were shot in the park last week. police have arrested and charged four men. in about two hours, a former teacher sentenced to just one month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student will walk free. stacey rambold admitted to raining cherice moralez. she committed suicide before this trial. the case outraged people across the country because the judge said the 14-year-old seemed older than her chronological age and was in control of the situation. kyung lah has more from billings, montana. >> prison has been stacey rambold's home. later this morning, the former high school teacher is set to walk out having served just one month behind bars for raping his 14-year-old student cherice
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moralez. as she waited for her teacher to face trial, moralez mother said cherice was tormented by bullying. before the case was heard, cherice moralez committed suicide. >> she was beautiful, but hopefully he'll get justice. i hope. >> reporter: justice has failed at every step, says cherice's mother. not only did she lose her daughter but then the judge, todd baugh, handed down the short sentence saying moralez looked older than her chronological age and was as much in control as the then 49-year-old rambold. >> hi, i'm kyung lah from cnn. >> the judge has since admitted the sentence may have been illegal. state laws mandate a two-year minimum for this crime. the sentence and the judge's comments sparked national outrage. earlier this week, petitions with 140,000 signatures were delivered to a montana judicial
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watchdog panel demanding judge baugh's removal. in the courts, prosecutors have appealed rambold's sentence to the supreme court hoping to send him back to prison. and for the victim's mother, a cry for justice. a hollow search along a trail of anguish. does that pain ever fade? >> no. no. i think we just get used to it so you don't cry every day. >> reporter: cherice's mother is bracing for what she is anticipating hb a horrible day. billings is not that large of a town. she is terrified, carol, of the possibility that she could run into her daughter's former teacher. carol? >> kyung lah reporting live from montana this morning.
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forget the traditional image of the minimum wage worker. because 9 out of 10 california minimum wage workers are at least 20 years old. and to help them make ends meet, the state is now raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. that would be the highest minimum wage in the entire country. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange to tell us more. >> that means california's minimum wage workers will soon become some of the best paid in the country. now this is going to happen in stages because the current minimum wage in california is $8. it's really been stagnating right at that level for about five years. it's going to rise to $9 by july of next year and then will eventually get to that $10 mark by january of 2016. now jerry brown signed this into law yesterday. he's calling it a wonderful thing. especially when you look at the cost of living in cali. it's one of the high nest the country. the new minimum wage surpasses what washington state's minimum wage is, which is currently
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$9.19. that is the highest in the nation at the moment, though in washington state, that's also set to increase. now raising minimum wage also a very contentious topic. not without its critics who say raising it is unfriendly to businesses and that employers will have to cut hours and hire fewer workers to cover the cost of the increase. they say that's not something california can afford right now where the jobless rate right now is 8.9%. but you have to remember, what you mentioned, carol, the traditional minimum wage worker, that teenager, is really being overshadowed by the reality that the bread winner of many families is now the typical minimum wage worker who is barely making ends meet. >> alison kosik, we'll be talking more about this in the next hour of "newsroom" with the man who authored the bill to raise the minimum wage and, of course, somebody who is vehemently opposed to it. it's being called one of the greatest comebacks ever in sports. and it unfolded in the america's cup, the world's most
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checking our top stories. 17 minutes past the hour. prosecutors might present more evidence today at a hearing for ernest wallace. he's pleaded not guilty to an accessory charge in the aaron hernandez murder case. hernandez, a former new england patriot, has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. can the postal service be saved? starting next hour, a senate panel will look at possible reforms for the agency. postal service is now proposing a 3 cent rate hike on stamps starting in january. that would raise the cost of
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mailing a letter to 49 cents. so far the postal service has lost $3.9 billion in the current fiscal year. just a week into autumn, but guess what? it looks a whole lot like winter out west. up to a foot of snow could fall in parts of three states. indra peterson joins me now. i don't think we're ready for this yet. >> i don't know about you, but i can tell you, i definitely am not ready for this. everyone keeps laughing at me because i have not lived in seasons yes. a little scary. and this is a very early storm for even the pacific northwest. they have already seen a foot of snow in the tetons in wyoming. yosemite, about six inches already. this is not the end of it. this big cold pacific northwest storm is still producing some snowfall. so another one to maybe three inches in the lower elevations. above 7,000 feet, still the chance for another foot. mainly out towards wyoming today as the system moves off to the east. the big story. it's cold. temperatures a good 15 degrees below normal. the concern here as we move in towards tomorrow, you have below
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normal temperatures next to above normal temperatures. we'll start to see some storms firing up along that front line. >> thank you, indra. turn about is fair play. bill clinton gets back at bono. >> well, i'm irish, you know. and we irish can imitate anybody. but alas, i've been singing so long and screaming loud at these concerts that i'm hoarse. >> he kind of sounds like an irish al pacino to me. we'll hear here from the formy president's sit-down with cnn's piers morgan.
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the former president bill clinton says there is a reason for dysfunction in washington. bill clinton believes restructuring voting districts has created an atmosphere where lawmakers don't have to work together. clinton talked with cnn's piers morgan. >> there is a sense that there's never been more dysfunctional, more divisive, more personally
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abusive. ted cruz for all i know is still banging on now trying to get obama care defunded and so on, even when most of his party think he's crackers. what is the way you and newt gingrich -- >> while i'm extremely grateful for your british root, i couldn't have said that with a straight face and pulled it off. that was great. >> i am happy to help, mr. president. and what is the way you and newt gingrich eventually worked it out between you. how do you get stuff done? >> well it was interesting. we worked it out when he was trying to run me out of town. we were still working together. i mean, i knew it was a game to him. he thought, you know, he would -- as he looked -- he once said to erskine bowles, the difference between us is that we'll do whatever we can and you won't do that. you think there are things you shouldn't do. and once i realized what the deal was, i let him do whatever he could and then we did business on the side. and you are laughing but we
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reached an accommodation. but, at the time, because they shut the government down twice, and because they wished to hold on to their jobs, the republicans, they wanted to maintain their majority, they believed they had to show up for work and get something done. this reapportionment has created a climate particularly in the house of representatives but also in some of the states where they are basically one party states where they believe that they don't have to get anything done. they just believe that they have to demonize the opposition and say whatever they are going to say. >> piers also asked clinton about the political future of the two women in his life. >> who do you think might make the better president? your wife or your daughter? >> day after tomorrow, my wife.
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because she's had more experience. over the long run, chelsea. she knows more than we do about everything. there was a time in her childhood when i thought maybe she thought she did when she didn't. now it's highly embarrassing because she in fact, does. don't laugh. i feel like i'm going to school every day when we have conversations. >> i met your wife for the first time and your daughter actually. she looks fantastic. she looks completely reinvigorated. she seemed absolutely on fire with ideas and dynamism and so on and it just screamed to me one thing. i'm running. can you put us all out of our misery? >> no. but it should have screamed to you something else. real life is a healthier existence than politics. >> and then there was a lighter moment during the interview
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where mr. clinton got back at bono. because remember on tuesday the u2 front man delivered a spot-on impression of the former president. >> he walked into the oval office and actually, i thought it was a member of his own road crew. it wasn't really dressed right. actually, i felt like the rock star on that occasion. >> what was your reaction when you heard bono pretending to be you? >> it was pretty good. you know, we've been friends a long time, and it's not the first time he's made fun of me, but he's getting better at it. >> your daughter just informed me, in fact, all of us, that you do a pretty good bono impression. this is your chance, mr. president. >> well, i'm irish, you know.
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and we irish, we can imitate anybody. but alas, i've been singing so long and screaming loud at these concerts that i'm hoarse. so i got to be careful with my voice. that's why all my charities only have three letter names. >> he still sounds more like al pacino to me. chelsea clinton will be piers' guest tonight. 9:00 p.m. eastern. still to come, as the clock winds down to the start of obama care, the president once again tries to sell a skeptical america on the plan. we are expecting to hear from mr. obama in the next hour. what should he say? and will americans listen? la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for the smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the buses are running on natural gas,
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. later this morning, president obama will make a last-minute appeal for health care directly to you. a white house official tells cnn the president will, quote, cut through all the noise coming out of washington and tell us exactly what we will get when those exchanges open next tuesday. joining me now, emmy kramer, chair person of the tea party express and jason johnson. so jason, the president says he's going to cut through all the noise. and as we know, opinion polls say almost 70% of americans don't understand what obama care is. so what can or should the president say to, quote, cut through all the noise? >> keep calm. everything is going to be fine. and that's really all he can say because there's no way that the president can outdo the carping on the left, the carping on the right. it's confusing. at this point he said, look, this is going to become a law.
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i'm listening to the american people. if you guys don't like this by next june, fine. we'll talk about it again. but trying to sell it now is preposterous. it's going to become the law next week. there's no way in heck that he can clear up all the nonsense people have been hearing for two weeks. >> what should he have been doing? >> i don't think he can do anything better than he has been doing. >> come on. >> there's legitimate evidence on both sides. the republicans have some legitimate points and the democrats have made legitimate points. both of those things are true. you can't sell people on something they haven't experienced yet. >> i think he should just keep quiet about it because he's already made promises that are not being kept. you can keep your doctor, you can keep your insurance. every family, $2500. he just needs to keep quiet because there's a lot going on. and we need to let it play out. but i think it's good the american people are having this debate. >> i mean, a major portion of his plan is going to go into effect tuesday.
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those health care exchanges are going to start up tuesday. nothing congress can do about that right now. somebody has got to explain to the american people how this works. >> i'll say this. no one is focused on the fact -- everybody is talking about the republicans and, you know, this defund effort. we do want to defund obama care. the democrats, 40-something democrats in the house of representatives voted to delay the employer and individual mandate. i mean, there have been delays for big business, you know, government special interest. why not give the average american the middle class, a delay as well. let's delay this for a year. and -- >> why not sit down and say, hey, how can we make this law better, since it is the law of the land. let's all sit down and decide how it can be better. why not do that? >> i think there are many people that have wanted to do that, but it's like the president and harry reid are holding this like a baby and won't let go of it because it is his one signature thing he's accomplished. >> but they have tweaked the
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law. they have made changes. >> well, i mean, i think it's bad policy. polling shows just pew research this week, americans don't want it. we're going into -- we're turning into a part-time economy. 77% of the jobs that have been created are part time because of this law. >> let me add something else because i just interviewed the ceo of target, right? and, you know, he's worried about the economy. he really is. it's affecting his business. but what he said to me, washington has to get its act together and come up with a cohesive plan. it's really the bickering going on in washington that's affecting the economy. so when ted cruz does his faux filibuster, business people look at that and say, they're never going to get it together. >> but you know what, the american people wanted to have this debate. we never had this debate because obama care was crafted behind closed doors, shoved down our throats -- >> this was in congress.
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not hidden behind closed doors. every time we have these fights it threatens the economy. you know how many people are terrified because of the potential of a government shutdown. >> we were going to end up here anyway. >> it doesn't end up helping our overall economy. >> july 26th of this year, the "washington post" had an article straight from the white house that they were threatening to shut down the government if the sequester was not rolled back. we were going to end up at this shutdown position regardless. >> it doesn't matter who is in favor of a shutdown. democrats or republicans. it just matters that they need to sit down and stop talking about a shutdown. but, anyway, i wish we could go on. >> we're not talking about it. >> amy kremer, jason johnson. cnn will bring you live coverage of the president's remarks next hour. see if he says what you said he'll say, jason. i don't know about that. the president's expected to begin speaking around 10:55 eastern time. checking our other top stories. 35 minutes past the hour. a pilot is fighting for his life after his small plane crashed in suburban chicago.
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a woman on board that plane was killed. witnesses say the plane clipped a tree. a light poll and several cars before hitting the ground. they say the pilot was on fire and several men beat out the flames with their jackets, possibly saving his life. investors are hoping to snap a five-day losing streak as wall street begins the day. the opening bell just rang. now you can try out a tesla without handing over $70,000 for one. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. what? >> if you want to drive a tesla model s but don't want to pay the $70,000 sticker price you can if you rent one. hertz is adding to its fleet adding this electric car to it. along with other high end cars it already rents. it already rents ferraris and aston martins. you have to be in san francisco and l.a. to rent this car but hertz says it may expand to other location photocopies will cost you $100 a day plus 49 cents a mile after you hit the 75-mile mark. but you don't have to return it with a full tank.
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we are watching stocks. we are seeing stocks in the green after five straight days of losses. the third and final reading of economic growth, gdp, came out just before the opening bell. looks at april through june and showed the economy grew at a 2.5% pace. faster than the first quarter gdp, which is 1.1%, but we really like to see consistent 3% growth. that's considered more normal. it's just not happening. we haven't seen real momentum for economic growth in over a year. we got this pop in the first three months of last year and then the third quarter of last year, but so far you know what? it's just not great. carol? >> no, it's not. alison kosik, many thanks. still to come, the fbi taking some heat after releasing video of the navy yard shooter aaron alexis. we'll learn why one family is so upset. [ female announcer ] we lowered her fever. you raise her spirits. we tackled your shoulder pain.
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the family of a woman gunned down by aaron alexis in washington's navy yard last week is upset once again this morning. the brother-in-law of mary francis knight, one of the 12 victims, say he didn't know the fbi was going to release surveillance video showing alexis going through the halls of building 197 during his rampage. i've decided not to show the video again because at this point, it's just gratuitous.
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it's chilling. this family is not the only group criticizing the fbi's decision to release part of that tape. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns is with us now to discuss this. tell us more, joe. >> carol, it's not surprising that there would be complaints about the release of the video as insensitive to the families. you have that one family member saying he was in total shock after seeing it. a navy official also complained that release of this video was unnecessary and gratuitous. but law enforcement officials from the navy, including the naval criminal investigative service, have been closely involved in all the public disclosure of information up to now. also important to say our sources said there was more disturbing video that was not released. law enforcement authorities have not commented on why they decided to put this video out. but we do know they were responding to numerous requests for release of at least some of it and might have had a difficult time keeping it secret without a court order given the fact that the shooter is deceased and there's no criminal
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trial of a suspect anticipated, carol. >> i can understand releasing parts of the video because, you know, i'm into -- i think people need to know exactly what happened. it's just the difficulty comes in how much do you show and how often do you show it. and once officials released this video it was all over the place. and it was shown repeatedly on television and elsewhere. >> right. and there's a balance you have to reach on things like that. there's clearly a public interest in releasing some of the pictures. i think the bottom line question here is to what extent individual members of families got forewarning of exactly what was going to be on the video. that seems to be the big question, carol. >> safe to say no more of the video will be released. >> it's not clear. they haven't said there are going to be any other news references. there still would be a question in my mind as to whether freedom of information requests filed
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might turn up more of that video later on down the road. >> joe johns reporting live from washington, thank you. here's what's all new in the next hour of "newsroom." a town terrorized by wild hogs. seriously. >> at first, we thought they were bears. my 15-year-old ran in the house and said, we've got hogs in the neighborhood. they're chasing us. >> don't try to get between them and their food. plus, the go-to device for people in the business world. even the president said he's not letting go. >> i'm still clinging to my blackberry. but now the once mighty blackberry takes another big blow. a major u.s. cell phone carrier says it won't even stock it on the shelves. that's all new in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." nascar is about excitement. but tracking all the action and hearing everything from our marketing partners, the media and millions of fans on social media can be a challenge. that's why we partnered with
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a piece of rock history could be yours. kurt cobain's childhood home is for sale in washington state. the selling price? $500,000. more than seven times its assessed value. cobain rose to fame as the lead singer of nirvana before he committed suicide in 1994. oprah winfrey oipg about a very emotional time in her life. she told "access hollywood" she suffered symptoms of a near nervous breakdown last year. >> the symptoms were just, you know, sort of like, in the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the
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next thing. i will tell you when i realized i thought, okay, if i don't calm down, i'm going to be in serious trouble. >> oprah says at the time, she was busy filming "the butler" and was trying to revitalize her struggling tv network own. she said she wasn't ready to go run naked in the streets but she did realize that she desperately needed a break. tonight, michael j. fox returns to tv. his new series is hitting close to home with much of the plot reflecting struggles in his own life. he plays a former news anchor with parkinson's disease who wants to get back to work. >> i have an announcement i want to make. i don't want you to get angry or confused or scared, but i'm thinking about going back to work. >> oh, thank you, jesus. >> i said i was thinking about it. i don't know where i stand. >> everybody is happy you are getting out of the house. >> kind of? >> nischelle turner sat down with michael j. fox. tell us more. >> actually, i stood up with michael j. fox, carol because i spoke with him at the emmys about this.
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now this is an interesting concept. he's taking real-life issues and putting them on display for america. in the process, finding the silver lining in his struggle. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> 911? no, i didn't call 911. >> the 411 on michael j. fox? she's starring in his own tv show for the first time in over a decade. >> he should come back to work. >> are you forgetting why i left? >> he plays a famous newsman who put his career on hold after developing a serious medical condition. >> since we're both here, can i get you to sign an autograph? my uncle has alzheimer's. >> i have parkinson's. >> parkinson's is what sidelined fox's career. he left "spin city" in 2000 after his condition worsened. >> thanks. >> in recent years he's guest starred on several tv shows, including "curb your enthusiasm." >> did you shake that up on purpose? >> parkinson's.
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>> his new comedy ups the workload dramatically. >> hello. how are you? nice to see you. >> when i talked with him at the emmys, he sounded up to the task. >> what's it been like? >> a lot of hard work but it's been satisfying. it's been a learning experience to see what is difficult for me to do now. in another sense, what i'm capable of and i didn't give myself credit for being capable of. >> they love you, man. >> wendell pierce admeyers what fox is achieving. >> he hasn't lost anything. just a little added challenge that we don't have. and that's the thing i really respect about what he does. >> can you not have a personal victory right now? we are starving. >> michael j. fox dishing out laughs and a generous helping of inspiration. >> this is also nbc's attempt to return back to thursday night destination television, carol, with his show being the centerpiece. also when i asked him and his wife tracy if they'd sat down as a familiarly and talked about would he return and how it would
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affect them, funny enough they said, not really. not much conversation about it. michael just pretty much decided he was going to go back and do the sitcom. tracy >> something else you uncovered that i find interesting. you look at michael j. fox and think what a strong guy. he's an example, and he really is. he's fabulous. but he had to battle personal demons during his illness, too. tell us about that. >> yeah, you know, he just talked to howard stern about this. howard always gets the most out of anybody who comes and does an interview with him. michael talked about that he was drinking for awhile when he first got his diagnosis. he didn't really know how to handle it, and really didn't know how to move forward so he spent a lot of time drinking, about a year, but then he said he kind of sat down, he decided he was going to go to therapy. he learned other ways of coping and other means of dealing with parkinson's and how he was going to live his life now, and he got help for it. but yeah, he went through a tough time, too. you can imagine, when something like this happens and it just
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completely changes the face of your life, how do you deal and how do you wrap your brain around it all at one time. so he definitely went through a struggle but now he really seems like he's on a good road and on a good path and when you can put that out there for america, your most vulnerable self, that's saying something. >> it sure is. thanks so much. >> sure. still to come, catcher blocks the baseline. brian mccann will not let carlos gomez touch home plate after his home run. benches clear at the braves/brewers game. you got to see it. [ female announcer ] we lowered her fever.
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it is an unwritten rule in baseball when you hit a home run, you don't stand there and admire it. the brewers' carlos gomez broke that rule last night and it sparked a bench-clearing brawl with the atlanta braves. >> when you show up a pitcher after you hit a home run, you will either get plunked the next time you come up or a bench-clearing brawl will break out. there was beef between these two before-hand. as you can see, gomez stands and admires it for quite awhile before he starts running the bases. brian mccann and freddie freeman didn't like that too much. they exchanged words with gomez as he rounded the bases and mccann had had enough by the time gomez got near home plate. he confronted him before he even touched home and that's when the brawl would break out. both benches clear. a few punches were even thrown. now, gomez and freeman ejected
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from the game. gomez later saw the error in his ways, apologized via twitter, saying his behavior was unacceptable. you know mariano rivera has been receiving all these gifts on his retirement tour. he never got a horse. colorado rockies gave todd helton a horse last night as a farewell gift. helton is hanging up the cleats this year after spending 17 seasons with the rockies. check this out. fellow tennessee volunteer peyton manning was on hand for the ceremony. interesting fact, manning actually replaced helton as the vols' quarterback way back in 1994. pretty cool. helton owns basically all the rockies' batting records. it was only fitting that he hit a home run last night in his final game at coors field. this is the story you were waiting for. the detroit tigers clinched their third straight division title last night. many picked the tigers to win it all this year, and winning the a.l. central is the first step towards making that happen. >> from day one of spring
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training, i told them don't get caught up in the expectations. get caught up in how we're going to live up to those expectations. i think that's what they've done. i want to say thank you to our fans. i'm so proud of what you've done for our ball club and what you've done for me since i've been here. >> you think jim leyland never won anything before. apparently never gets old for him. 68 years old, he's crying, he's dancing. really enjoying that. >> he's an awesome guy. he's very energetic when you meet him in person and he doesn't seem like he's 68 years old at all. he's really emotional and he really sees his ball players as his de facto sons and he does love the fans. that's great to see. >> hopefully the tigers make it happen this year. go all the way. >> thanks for mentioning that. next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a quick break. ♪
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you're not just looking for a house. you're looking for a place for your life to happen. happening now in the "newsroom" double deadline. a possible government shutdown just four days away. now the debt ceiling, is this really happening again? plus -- >> by 2016, california workers will earn $10 per hour, one of the highest minimum wages in the nation. >> it is the state's first pay raise in five years. it will put more money in some workers' pockets but could it impact the economy? plus this. >> they say it looked like about
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that big. i'm not kidding. i screamed and ran back in. >> she's talking about wild pigs. some as big as 400 pounds. running around a suburban atlanta neighborhood. second hour of "newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. five days from now, one of the core components of obama care begins. it doesn't matter if the government shuts down or not. federal health insurance exchanges start tuesday, but many people are still confused, with republicans working hard to derail obama care and democrats working hard to sell it to the american people. in fact, in a speech he will give in about 55 minutes, president obama will try to persuade you one more time that obama care is right for america. of course, we'll bring you his speech live. selling obama care, though, is an uphill battle for the white house. it's tried everything from ads
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to cute animals. the white house tweeting out this, don't be a sad panda. health insurance marketplaces open in five days. hey, if it works, why not? white house deputy senior advisor david seemus is the man helping to sell obama care to the public. good morning, david. >> carol, good morning. thanks for having me on. i appreciate it. >> thanks for being here. really interested in what you have to say this morning. obama care is, of course, the law of the land, but it is not exactly well-liked. a cnn poll says only 39% favor all of the law, and an nbc/"wall street journal" poll found nearly 70% of americans do not understand the law. we're five days away from opening up these health care exchanges. obama care was signed in 2010. why are we in this place? >> so carol, we're in the same place if you look back at what happened with medicare part d, the last big program around health care, because health care is such a personal issue to people, they want to feel it. they want to see what it means for them in a real tangible way.
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what we saw with medicare part d, were numbers similar to what you're seeing today with the affordable care act, then what began to happen when people weren't viewing this as a democrat versus republican, blue team versus the red team, which is not the way people think about health care, thank goodness, they start saying you know what, i think now that i understand this, this works for me and i'm going to check it out. so what happens beginning on tuesday is that the store is open, the shelves are stocked and people can begin to check it out. >> you know, there's been a lot of criticism directed at the white house for failing to explain the law. i hear what you have to say but the president has the bully pulpit. in fact, he will be behind that bully pulpit in about 50 minutes to explain obama care so what is the president going to say to make us understand? >> so carol, the president is going to speak to the american people in the way that they will, i think, clearly understand which goes back to what i just said. look, when i think about health care for my family, when you think about health care for
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yours and anyone watching thinks about it for theirs, they think about their spouse, their kids, their mom, their dad, and the president is going to really talk about what those tangible personal experiences are and simply say to folks look, over the past ten years, here's what we've seen in terms of people dropping coverage. here's what we've seen in terms of rates escalating. here's what we've seen in terms of one out of three people who lose their job and no longer have employer coverage actually being denied because of a pre-existing condition. starting on tuesday, the message for folks is look, go to health, you check it out, compare side by side, you decide what works best for you and your family. that is not a political discussion. that's outside of the beltway discussion about polls and up and down. that's a real discussion the way people live their lives. >> let's talk about those health care exchanges. according to a white house official, the average american will have 53 plans to choose from.
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sounds a lot like doing your taxes. does it really have to be this complicated? >> so the way it's going to be presented, carol, is really simple. let me just give you a comparison point. if you try to go in the individual market today in the state of illinois, you have to choose between 1,800 different plans that aren't categorized by any means that make any sense at all. starting on tuesday, here's what you'll see. five different categories so there's catastrophic, if you're under 30, a bronze, a silver, a gold and a platinum. four categories. within each one of them, there's a price range for it, so you select the price range that works best for you. if bronze looks good, you click on bronze and what do you see? you will see ten plans ranked in order by their premiums and by their benefits, side by side. if you like this one company, check out the providers. if you like another company, check this out. but for the first time ever, side by side comparisons with premiums, deductibles, all the
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information and if you have any questions, you click on help, you go to a phone number and you have 24/7 call assistance to walk you through what you need. so even though there's a lot of choice, it's broken down in a way that makes sense. >> okay. so some states are having problems with the system right now. for example, washington, d.c. is still trying to work out the kinks in the way people use these health care exchanges or get into them. so why is that happening when the thing starts up on tuesday? >> so even in washington, d.c., what happens, carol, is people can still go online, make the comparison, see what they like. the only thing they won't be able to do until november is see how much in tax credit or subsidy they're eligible for. but remember this. the benefits only begin on january 1st so as we're saying here, this is a six-month period, not six days and not six weeks. >> i guess i'm just a little concerned, because washington, d.c. is probably pro obama care. it's a democratic city, right? yet there are glitches in that city.
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so we have five days to go and there are glitches. why? >> so carol, you can talk to apple, to google, to amazon, to cnn, to any company, what happens is when you identify that there's a problem, you fix it. but let's do the compared to what analysis. if you try to do today or last week or the week before what we're about to embark on, that would have never happened, and so if you live in d.c. or if you live in 50 states, beginning on tuesday, you can do the side by side comparison, decide what works for you. in most places, right away, find out what help you can get and do the shopping beginning in january. that's the point. these benefits begin in january so people even in d.c. are going to have days and weeks and a couple of months to decide, you know what, i think i like this product and now i'm going to buy it for myself and my familiar lichlt. >> i want to switch gears. talking to the target ceo, he's
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deciding whether to push his employees to obama care like trader joe's and walgreens has. did president obama expect this kind of thing to happen when he came up with this law? >> so let's remember why this law was passed in the first place. from 2000 to 2009, employers dropped coverage from 68% offering down to 59% covering in a nine-year period. that's hundreds of thousands of companies and millions of employees with no alternatives. what the affordable care act does for all businesses, especially the smallest businesses, is gives them options that they never had before. now, what each business is going to do -- >> i'm talking about pretty big businesses, though. was this expected then, that trader joe's would say well, part-time workers, you can go sign up with the health care exchanges? >> well, this is precisely the point, carol. if you've got a trader joe's situation, the part-time employees that now are going to have additional options are
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going to receive an additional stipend from trader joe's and will go into the marketplace and on top of what they're getting, be eligible for additional assistance, especially given the fact that they're part-time employees. where does that leave us? that leaves the employee who is part-time with more options, a little bit more help, and in a better position than they were before. what the law really does is when you look at the peeling off of health care coverage over the past ten years, it was relegated to those businesses between three and 50 employees. starting on tuesday, here's what happens for those businesses. they have a shop exchange which means they've got all the benefits of a big pool that a google and amazon and other companies have, they have new tax credits to help them provide coverage, and for those that can't afford to provide coverage for their employees, their employees finally have a place to go, choose for themselves and get some help to get the coverage they need. >> david simus, white house
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deputy senior advisor, thanks for joining me this morning. fight over obama care comes at a critical time in the nation's finances. congress is nowhere close to a solution. dana bash joins us live from capitol hill. morning, dana. >> reporter: good morning. i just came from a meeting that house republicans are having as we speak talking about not the most immediate deadline which of course is the potential government shutdown but another deadline. that really shows our viewers and everybody out there that if they are fatigued by careening from crisis to crisis, it will be something else soon. national parks would close, medical research interrupted, but then economic catastrophe may come 17 days later, when the u.s. could default on its loans if congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. the white house is warning not to use it as a bargaining chip.
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>> there is no negotiating over congress' responsibility to ensure we do not default. >> reporter: gop sources tell cnn that as soon as saturday, house republicans are planning to pass a bill that raises the debt ceiling but also adds several gop priorities like the keystone pipeline or tax reform or even delaying obama care for one year. >> the real play here is going to be leading up to the debt ceiling discussion where we could get a full delay for a year, including taxes, and i think the president's ready to do that. >> reporter: fat chance, say democrats. >> their strategy will fail, because the financial markets will pistol whip the republican conference into doing then what they should be doing now, and that is pay america's bills. >> reporter: but let's go back to that first deadline, the looming government shutdown. >> senator, i know you're exhausted. >> reporter: ted cruz finally sat down after his headline-grabbing --
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>> i do not like green eggs and ham. >> reporter: -- conservative celebrity making. >> i tweeted a speech that ashton kutcher gave. >> reporter: 21 plus hour talk-a-thon against obama care. how do you feel standing there for so long? >> to be honest, i feel terrific. i feel energized that the american people had an opportunity, i hope, to engage in this debate and to have their voice heard. >> reporter: but cruz still wants to only fund the government if obama care is defunded. now, on that issue at hand which of course is the most immediate one, the senate is likely to vote on that without defunding obama care, meaning keeping the government open without defunding obama care, by tomorrow or saturday. then it goes over to the house. house republicans had a meeting this morning. we are waiting for john boehner to come out and have a press conference any moment. i'm told in this meeting they didn't talk a lot about the most immediate deadline. they talked more about what i mentioned in the piece, the debt ceiling and all the priorities
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they want to put on there. i was told by one congressman it's more than one page, more than a dozen issues they want to put on there, and they are linked. here's why. republican leaders are hoping that if they can put enough emphasis on the debt ceiling, the next fight, then they can assuage conservatives and say look, we're going to fight the next fight, let's just pass the spending bill for the government, keep the government running, not worry about that and let's move on to the next fight. we'll see if they will be successful in doing that. >> dana bash reporting live from capitol hill this morning. checking other top stories at 13 minutes past the hour. human remains have been found on the costa concordia. the cruise ship ran aground off the coast of italy in january of last year. 32 people were killed and two people were never found following the disaster. crews pulled the ship upright last week. dna tests have to be used to confirm the identity of those remains. officials say it's unclear if the remains come from one body or two. in less than an hour, a former teacher sentenced to just one month in prison for raping a
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14-year-old student will walk free. he admitted to raping the student, who committed suicide before trial. the case outraged people across the country because the judge said she seemed older than her chronological age and was in control of the situation. he will still be on probation. prosecutors have appealed the sentence and hope to send him back to prison. all right. you heard dana mention that john boehner, the house speaker, is conducting a press conference. let's listen. >> -- and pro-growth reforms to a debt limit increase. now, the president says i'm not going to negotiate. well, i'm sorry, but it just doesn't work that way. we're not going to ignore washington's spending problem and we're not going to accept this new normal of a weak economy, no new jobs and shrinking wages. so we need to strengthen our economy for all americans and we need to deal with washington's spending problem.
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>> good morning. the speaker said last week we sent the senate a continuing resolution that funds the government and stops obama care before it costs one more job or it costs families in this country one more dollar of discretionary income. and we also talked a lot today about a plan we're going to put forward this week. it is a plan to address the debt ceiling. we have a debt crisis in this nation, i don't think many people have differed with that notion, and we do have a plan to reduce wasteful government spending, which also spurs economic growth. so our plan reduces energy costs for families and businesses, it calls for the reform of our tax code, it reforms washington spending and it delays obama care for one year for all
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american families. now, president obama has already delayed the law for big business, for insurance companies and the politically connected, so this is only fair for us to say that american families should also have the benefit of delay that this president has given to those. now, for too long, president obama and his democratic colleagues in the senate have chosen to ignore our looming debt crisis, and president obama's plan has been and is still more debt and no reform, and the american people have resoundingly rejected this idea. we have a recent poll out this morning, the bloomberg poll, which says that the american people know they don't want a government shutdown but they are tired of the debt and they want to make sure that this president sits down and negotiates with us a resolution to this problem. so we call on the president now
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to sit down with us, harry reid to sit down with us, and let's solve the problem. this plan of more debt and no reform is absolutely unacceptable. it's unacceptable to us, and it's unacceptable to the american people that we represent. >> it's kind of interesting, you read the stories of different things that different people do. america realizes we're in a big crisis. i read a head line that the speaker gets a phone call from the president. i first think that's a very positive thing that's going to happen. we're going to see movement. the president didn't call to say let's work together. he just called to say i will not negotiate. that's not the same message he gives to other world leaders. this is a time that one, we're americans first. the leader talked about the new poll that came out from bloomberg. america's concerned about economic growth.
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they're concerned about the size of our debt. when you look at the bill that we will roll out, when it comes to the debt ceiling, you take control of making sure that we don't continue just runaway spending but more importantly, we bring growth back, economic growth, that when you look at the joint economic committee comes out, just 1% of growth will cut down more than $300 billion of debt within ten years. these are all bills that have passed this house before but why haven't they become law? why do we still linger in the economic problems that we have? because the senate will not act. today, that can all change. we ask the president to call again, but this time, don't call to say he won't talk. do exactly what the american people ask. sit down and work together that we can get this country moving one more time. >> republicans are leading. we are leading on the issues important to this country. we are leading on those policies
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that will create jobs, get people back to work, get a strong economy. we're leading in an effort to get the government to live within its means, cut spending, g get those spending reforms so our fiscal situation is strong. we're leading on health care, on ensuring that americans have access to -- >> we are going to back out of this press conference and go to dana bash on capitol hill. you've been listening and i heard what eric cantor said. he said republicans have this plan and want to sit down with the president. but they have five days before the government shuts down possibly. isn't it a little late? >> reporter: well, certainly it would be late for that and i don't think that they are going to have any kind of negotiation on the government shutdown. what they're talking about, we just talked about this, this double deadline coming up, is the next deadline which isn't too far in the future. october 17th, that is when the treasury secretary just yesterday said the u.s. will bump up against the debt ceiling and that is why congress, in order for the u.s. not to default on its loans, needs to
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raise the debt ceiling. so that is the package they're talking about. what is really interesting is that as we were discussing before, the house republican leadership basically has a wish list, a laundry list, maybe even a christmas tree of all the things that they want to do in congress, whether it's delaying obama care for a year, the keystone pipeline, tax reform. they're attaching all of this, i'm told, maybe more than a dozen republican priority items to the measure to raise the debt ceiling in the hopes that, a, they can sort of assuage some of the conservative restlessness and maybe more than that, about the spending bill. but the problem is that this is sort of the story line we've seen since republicans took over in the house. already, our congressional producer and others, we have been talking to people coming out of this meeting, conservatives who say they don't necessarily think that this is a good way to go because it doesn't cut spending enough. that has been the mantra of republicans. we're not going to do anything to allow the country to raise
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more money -- borrow more money if we're not going to cut spending. so that is something that the republican leaders are dealing with. it's very tricky but again, this deadline they're talking about, this package that's around the corner, they are calling on the president to negotiate. it's a new line saying if you're going to negotiate with world leaders like vladimir putin, why can't you negotiate with us. we heard this a lot. we will hear it a lot more. >> thanks so much. we'll take a quick break. a writer and a performer. ther, i'm also a survivor of ovarian and uterine cancers. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers.
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checking our top stories at 23 minutes past the hour. a 3-year-old boy shot in the face during a mass shooting in chicago now recovering at home. there he is. his name is dionta howard. his mom says it's a miracle he survived. he had two surgeries but will need many more. his mom says he's afraid to go back to the park but is in good spirits. >> say thank you. >> thank you. 12 other people were also shot at that park last week. police have now arrested four men. george h.w. bush was an official witness at a same sex marriage in maine over the weekend. he attended the wedding of two
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long-time female friends. he even signed the marriage license. one of the women put the picture on her facebook page. same sex marriage became legal in the state of maine last year. just released audio message reportedly from al shabaab's leader claims responsibility for a mall attack in nairobi, kenya and warns of more violence. cnn has not independently verified this audio's authenticity. in the meantime, fbi agents there are fingerprinting, testing dna and analyzing ballistics to identify victims of the al shabaab attackers who were killed. at least 67 people died in the siege but that number is expected to rise. if you're looking for ways to help the victims of the kenyan terror attack, visit [ male announcer ] campbell's angus beef & dumplings.
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sidelines and went to the hospital. three days later, he passed away tragically. the school is trying to decide i guess the best way to honor him, and to grieve his loss, and the school board has unanimously decided to cancel the rest of the season. the school board president said in a statement we're not giving up on his legacy. we are taking time to heal. our players need time to grieve and time to be together away from the lights and games for awhile. there is another view to this. some people think to remember him, we should get back on the field and play in his memory. a local resident said i think canceling the season for the varsity football team is a big mistake. i think damon james, although i did not know him personally, he loved football, is probably the last thing he would want to see. two contrasting views and i guess there's really no right or wrong way to go about this. i guess it should be what the players want to do. >> it makes me wonder what the parents want in this case, because hearing that, you would be afraid to let your kid play football. >> you're right. you sign up, you know you're signing up to play football,
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it's a dangerous sport, you may get hurt but you don't sign up for death. it's something that comes unexpected and is definitely tragic. you don't know how the players feel about this. do they want to get back on the field, rethink playing football, you never know. parents are not letting their kids play football for this reason because as the nfl is taking extreme measures to make sure their helmets and equipments are safe, does that trickle down to college, high school and pee-wee level? the question of how safe helmets are both ways, in the hitting and protecting, is still up in the air and is definitely a question people are struggling with. >> thanks so much. still to come in "newsroom," nearly three million california workers will get a boost in their paychecks with a minimum wage hike. but how will that affect businesses that employ them? woman: everyone in the nicu -- all the nurses wanted to watch him
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a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibuprofen,
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thanks so much for joining me. congress' inability to compromise on just about anything is of course more than just political theater, because it affects all of us. the dow has lost more than 400 points in the last five sessions because wall street is jittery over a possible government shutdown and debt default. i got that word first-hand when i sat down exclusively with greg steinhoffel, ceo of target, second largest retailer in the country. >> one, two, three! >> it's a great day for c.l. gid ons elementary school kids in atlanta, where a smile could be had for a song. >> you got me, babe and that's a lot. >> target revamped the school's library and even stocked the shelves. >> giving back is part of our dna. >> it's perhaps the most enjoyable part of greg's job, as ceo of the nation's second largest retailer, the rest is challenging. but running any kind of business
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in an uncertain economy is. >> we got off to just a fantastic start and it seemed like the economy is really starting to gain some momentum and things softened up in the last half of 2012, and i think we were expecting 2013 to improve more than it has. >> so target is cutting back on holiday hiring. this year it plans to hire about 70,000 temporary workers, down from 88,000 a year ago. instead, target will offer more holiday hours to full-time staffers. steinhafel insists the change is not because he expects sales to be down but because shopping habits have changed. >> this is a time where there is greater transformation going on in our business than we've seen in a long time and it's really the convergence of a lot of factors. it's the physical retailers needing to be more digital and digital retailers wanting to be more physical, bringing merchandise close to their guests. >> his company is also grappling with washington and what he
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feels is an inability to come up with a cohesive plan for the economy. and then there's obama care. >> we spent a lot of time in washington helping to shape that legislation and to provide credibility around what is a large employer, what are the challenges that face target. clearly we will comply with everything but our objective is really to help make the legislation better. >> a lot of companies are saying part-time workers, you know, go to the insurance exchange to sign up, we're not going to foot the bill anymore. so what is target's stance? >> we haven't made any final decisions yet because our enrollment period is a little later than everybody else's. so we're still looking at how the law is being shaped and written, what other competitors are doing, and we are assessing the landscape to try to determine what is the right thing for us to do as a company. >> the company that still has a major challenge ahead attracting holiday shoppers at a time when target's retail sales have been soft. key to turning target's signature red into black. even though steinhafel says
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target has not made a formal decision on health care, he does say target continues to work with the obama administration on tweaking the affordable care act or obama care. an additional $4,000, that's how much minimum wage workers in california can expect to make in a few years after the california governor, jerry brown, signed a rate increase boosting the minimum wage to $10 an hour by january 2016. as you might expect, the move is drawing praise and criticism. joining me by phone is california assembly member louis alejo, who wrote the bill just signed into law and in sacramento, john cabatich from the federation of independent business. he says the increase will hurt small businesses. good morning to you both. louis, i want to start with you. why do you think it was so important for california's minimum wage to go up to $10 an hour? that would be the highest minimum wage in the country. >> well, first of all, this bill
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was a compromise. having dealt with business groups and different voices of opposition, we got this bill in the best shape but this bill would put california at the highest minimum wage in the country when it gets to $10 an hour. i think that's reasonable. i think this bill gives the dignity and respect that our families have been asking for so they can provide for their own families with their own hard-earned wages. i think this is a big victory for over 2.4 million californians that will benefit from this increase in the minimum wage in california. >> this minimum wage is going to be phased in over a period of a couple years. to give small businesses a chance to adjust. will that help? >> actually, no. i think right now, what we're finding is -- look at california right now. we already have the highest sales, income and gas taxes in the nation, the most frivolous lawsuits and regulations and now we have the highest minimum wage in the nation?
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we're nothing if not pioneers in california. unfortunately, we're pioneers of high cost and that's ultimately going to hurt the very people the assembly member and others think this is going to help. that's the entry level workers. because small businesses are most of the minimum wage payers. this is actually going to hurt small business. where do you think this money comes from? they don't have a magic wand so ultimately, they are either going to be forced to raise their prices or more commonly, they will be laying people off or paring back shifts. that's the wrong message to send. >> louis, he has a point. the economy isn't exactly roaring at this moment. >> well, we debated this bill at length here in california. we actually looked at what other states have done. all california's neighbors, nevada, oregon and washington, all have minimum wages higher than california, and there's no evidence at all of any adverse impact on jobs. we also looked at the minimum wages for cities in california that have enacted minimum wages higher than the state requires.
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san jose, san francisco have minimum wages over $10 an hour currently. in those cities, there also is no evidence of any adverse impact on jobs. in fact, it actually helps businesses because we all know when workers make more, they will spend more. that extra money is going to go to paying their bills, paying for food and clothing, eating out at local restaurants. so it does increase consumer spending which is an important part to strengthening our city economy. >> john, i wanted to ask about the wage gap because it's growing ever wider. wages for the middle class have stagnated. businesses don't seem to be interested in raising their wages right at the moment. why shouldn't the state step in and sort of take care of the problem for lack of a better term? >> because where the state has been stepping in, they have been doing severe damage to our number one job creator, mom and pop small businesses. again, more regulations, more taxes, more lawsuits. let's give small business owners a chance to be successful. if we do that, actually they
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will be in a position to create more jobs, give more raises and actually thrive on main street. that's what the california and the american dream's all about. unfortunately, the governor and legislature negotiated with public employee unions a few months ago, capping their wage increase at 4.5% only to see yesterday on main street them do that five times that amount. that's a double standard under the capitol. that's why americans should be outraged. >> we'll see what maphappens. it's the law of the land now because the governor has signed it into law. thanks to you both for being with me this morning. back after a break. [ male announcer ] this store knows how to handle a saturday crowd.
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just about 45 minutes past the hour. the ongoing drama between george zimmerman and his soon-to-be ex-wife shellie taking another strange turn. shellie speaking out once again, telling nbc that recent events, including a face-off with george, have changed how she views both him and his role in the trayvon martin shooting. >> i believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see things. >> let me make sure i understand. you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that trayvon martin was killed? >> i think anyone would doubt that innocence because i don't know the person that i have been married to. >> shellie zimmerman filed for divorce earlier this month. later today, the michael jackson wrongful death case could go to the jury but first, the jackson family attorney will end closing arguments with a rebuttal. he argues the family should get more than $1 billion from
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concert promoter aeg live. the family claims aeg hired dr. conrad murray and the doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in jackson's death. the defense says jackson picked his own doctor and is responsible for his own death. blackberry takes another hit. t-mobile, the nation's fourth largest wireless provider, is taking it off the store shelves. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. this is bad. >> add insult to injury. blackberry taking it on the chin yet again. this time from t-mobile, saying that it plans to stop carrying, stop selling, blackberry devices in its stores. an executive telling reuters that keeping stock in the retail distribution system was inefficient since blackberrys are mostly purchased by businesses who don't do their shopping in the stores. so this is just the latest blow in a string of terrible news for the company. blackberry said last week it's cutting 4500 jobs and said it would post an almost $1 billion loss in the latest quarter.
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earlier this week it said it plans to go private but there are doubts whether there's going to be enough financial backing to make that happen. you look at its shares, they're down more than 30% since the beginning of the year so yes, a very sad, sad story since blackberry was really at the forefront of the smartphone movement. carol? we are just minutes away from the start of president obama's remarks. they will take place in largo, maryland. you see everybody's waiting there. white house officials say this talk will be a chance for the president to cut through the noise coming out of washington and speak directly to the american people about the affordable health care law, obama care. in just five days, the sign-up begins for the federal health care exchanges. the average american will have 53 different plans to choose from. i want to turn it over to my colleague now, anchor of cnn's "the situation room" wolf blitzer. hi, wolf. >> carol, thanks very much. the president as you point out only a few minutes away from his speech at prince georges community college in suburban maryland right outside of
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washington, d.c. he's expected to speak for about 25 minutes. he's got a lot on his agenda when it comes to explaining what obama care is all about. you are going to hear the president. joining us as we wait for the president, our senior white house correspondent, jim acosta, chief political analyst, gloria borger and christine romans. our coverage of what the president is about to do will resume after a quick break. could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. everybody knows that. well, did you know that when a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, it does make a sound? ohhh...ohhh...oh boy! i'm falling. everybody look out! ahhhhh...ugh. little help here. geico. fifteen minutes could save you...well, you know. anybody? then you'll love lactose-free lactaid®
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the president has just been introduced to this crowd in suburban maryland right outside washington, prince georges community college. the governor of maryland just introduced the president. he's going to be speaking a bit longer than we originally thought, probably 30 or 35 minutes, maybe 45 minutes. he's got a lot to explain as far as obama care is concerned, what it means, what it doesn't mean. there's a lot of noise out there. the president's going to try from his perspective to clarify. >> hello, pgcc! it's good to be back in pg county. give it up for one of the hardest working, most effective governors in the country, governor martin o'malley.
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well, it is great to be with all of you here today. i love you back. we also have a few folks who work so hard on behalf of the people of maryland every single day, senator ben cardin is here. congressman steny hoyer is here. and congresswoman donna edwards is here. and all of you are here. you know, sometimes you just need to escape beltway politics for a little bit, even if you're just a mile or two outside the beltway. now, i know that a lot of you have seen some of the antics going on in congress right now.
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so i wanted to take a little bit of time today to speak with you, the people who send us to serve, about something that is critical to our families, critical to our businesses, critical to our economy, and that is the reforms that we are making to our health care system. there's been a lot of things said, a lot of misinformation, a lot of confusion. but there are few things more fundamental to the economic security of the middle class and everybody who is trying to get into the middle class than health care. for a long time, america was the only advanced economy in the
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world where health care was not a right but a privilege. we spent more, we got less. we left tens of millions of americans without the security of health insurance. by the time the financial crisis hit, most folks' premiums had more than doubled in about a decade. about one in ten americans who got their health care through their employer lost that coverage. so the health care system was not working. and the rising costs of health care burdened businesses and became the biggest driver of our long-term deficits. but this has always been about more than just statistics. everywhere i went, as i ran for president back in 2007, 2008,
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every place i've gone as president, i would hear stories from folks just like you of insurors that denied a child coverage because he had a pre-existing condition like asthma, of cancer survivors that had to choose between their home or their health care, of small businesses who wanted to do the right thing by their employees, but had seen their insurance premiums go up so high that they just couldn't do it anymore. and these stories were personal for me. because i remembered my mom worrying about how she was going to deal with her finances when she got very sick. i remember the fear michelle and i felt when sasha was a few months old and she got meningitis and we raced to the hospital, and they had to give her a spinal tap, and we didn't know what was wrong and we were terrified, never felt so scared or helpless in all of my life, but we were fortunate enough to
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have good health insurance, and i remember looking around that emergency room and thinking what about the parents who aren't that lucky. what about the parents who get hit with a bill of $20,000 or $30,000, and they've got no idea how to pay for it. what about those parents whose kids have a chronic illness like asthma and have to keep on going back to the emergency room because they don't have a regular doctor, and the bills never stop coming. who is going to stand up for them? in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick. in the united states of america, health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few. it is a right and i knew that if we didn't do something about our unfair and inefficient health
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care system, it would keep driving up our deficits, it would keep burdening our businesses, it would keep hurting our families and it would keep holding back economic growth. that's why we took on a broken health care system. that's why with the help of folks like steny and ben and donna, we got it through congress. that's why we have been implementing it. that's why we are going to see it through. the affordable care act is here. i don't have to tell you it was a challenge to get it done. a lot of special interests who liked the system just the way it was fought us tooth and nail. then republicans decided it was good politics to fight it, even
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though the plan we proposed drew on a lot of republican ideas. but despite all the obstacles, the affordable care act hassed both houses of congress. i signed it into law. the supreme court ruled it constitutional. republicans in congress have now voted more than 40 times to undermine or repeal it. their candidate for president ran on a platform to repeal it. and at every step, they've been unsuccessful.
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now, five days from now, five days from now, on october 1st, millions of americans who don't have health insurance because they've been priced out of the market or because they've denied access because of a pre-existing condition, they will finally be able to buy quality affordable health insurance. in five days. pre-existing conditions, whether it's back pain or allergies that were sticking you with sky-high premiums, those no longer will prevent you from getting affordable coverage that you need. that's going to happen in five days. now, of course, the closer we've gotten to this date, the more
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irresponsible folks who are opposed to this law have become. some of the same republicans who warned three years ago that this law would be armageddon, that's what they said, armageddon, now they're threatening steps that actually would badly hurt our entire economy, not because of the affordable care act but because of what they're threatening to do. some have threatened a government shutdown if they can't shut down this law. others have actually threatened an economic shutdown by refusing to pay america's bills if they can't delay the law. that's not going to happen as long as i'm president. the affordable c