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hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we start with new developments in the deadly train crash in new york city. and an admission from the train's engineer. other news outlets have reported the engineer fell asleep but now in his own words, the engineer says he was awake but he was "in a daze." just ahead of the crash. recovered data recorders show the train hit the 30-mile-per-hour curve at almost three times that speed. it was going 82 miles per hour. the data also show the engineer slammed on the brakes too late to stop the crash. ntsb investigators say they now know what happened, but not why. four people died in the crash, 19 of the injured remain hospitalized. joining us now with more on the investigation our own nic robertson who has been watching what's going on from the beginning. is the engineer, i assume he is, still at the center of this
investigation, nicking? >> he certainly appears to be, wolf. the information that he has will certainly go a long way to to tally or not with what was in the event recorders. he has said, and this is coming from a senior official close to the investigation, a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation that the driver said i was in a daze. i don't know what happened. and this was -- he was referring thering to coming along that straight section of track and hitting the curb at 72 miles an hour. he had gone in the previous two minutes from 60 miles an hour to 72 miles an hour on the 30-mile-an-hour rated curve, applying the brakes literally five seconds before the train came to a rest. essentially almost as if it was coming off the rails at the same time. so that does seem to tally with what he's saying. obviously, fatigue of all the crew involved is something that the ntsb will be looking at.
they will be looking at the 72 hours previous to see what he was doing, where he had been,ing what -- whether or not there might be something that would have caused him to be, in his words, in a daze, wolf. >> you say he was going 72 miles an hour. yesterday the ntsb said the train was going 82 miles an hour as it hit that 30-mile-an-hour curve. have they revised the numbers today? >> that's my mistake. 82 miles an hour, not 72. he was 12 miles an hour over the limit coming along the straightaway section that was limited to 70 miles an hour coming into that will 30-mile-an-hour bend and coming off the rails. >> all right. good. so what else are we hearing from the engineer who we've been pointing out clearly right at the center of this investigation? >> well, we know that they will have now got the train's back on the track, that they will appear
to be still not ruling out anything at this stage to what could cause this, whether this was a human error or a mechanical error. but it does seem to be at the moment they're leaning away from it being a mechanical error that the tracks appear to be in good condition, that the trains were put back on the tracks and moved away and their efforts are speeding up now to get the track back in a situation where it can can be handed over to the mta and they can begin themselves to make all the repairs necessary before that metro north lane can be put back into use. >> hold on for a moment. we have more questions to ask you. americans take more than 100 million train trips every year including short commuter treks and longer amtrak treks. is there anything passengers can do to make themselves safer while on board? chris lawrence takes a look. >> a regional train flying around curves as twice the speed
limit in spain. >> everyone was covered in their own blood on occasion lit blood of others. >> or one washington, d.c. subway an plowing into another. and now a new york commuter train hurtling off the tracks. the crashes can have a number of causes. the one thing passengers can controlle? where they sit. >> a seat is safer than standing. and it matters which car you choose. take it from an expert, a former manager at the ntsb. >> usually when i ride the trains i try not to sit in the first car, not to sit in the last car. >> peter goelz says the pistol car gives you the best odds of being protected. if the train smashes into something or gets rear ended by another train. >> if there's going to be an accident, the first and the last cars often take the brunt of the force. >> predicting rerailments is harder. regional trains can travel 100 miles per hour but often have to slow down to 30 around certain
curves. if they don't, or if there's a problem on the track, it can cause a devastating crash like metro north. >> three of the people who died were thrown out of the car. >> that's got people wondering why trains don't have seat belts. the government justified the just made them mandatory for newly built buss. >> one of the things we'll be looking at during the investigation would be what contribution seat belts might have made to the survivability. >> but using buses as a basis? it may come down to money. the government rejected making old buses install seat belts because it would cost of $40,000 per vehicle. >> chris lawrence is joining us along with nic robertson. chris, seat belts apparently too expensive to retrofit the older buses although newer buses should have them. what about trains? because three of the four passengers who died on this train derailment, they were thrown out of the cars through the windows and died presumably because of that force and the
speculation is they might have been alive if there had been seat belts and they had been strapped? >> one former ntsb official told me they looked at the idea of seat belts on trains but are you going to do a lap belt, a shoulder harness? when you do that, it's not a matter of just installing the seat belt itself. a lot of times you've got to retrofit the entire seat and sometimes the floor itself to make sure that it will hold up. the ntsb officials said there wasn't the data to support that sort of overall and he said when you're talking about commuter trains where people are getting on and off at every stop, he thought it would be almost impossible to implement. >> nick, let me bring you back into this conversation. you were in a train crash yourself. tell us when that happened and what it was like. >> wolf, it was a long time ago, 1984 on my way to start literally my first day at work. the train i was traveling in was a sleeper train.
perhaps this goes to addressing just what the safety belts can achieve. the train was traveling in edinborough to london. i was in a tiny sleeper car. the train was going too fast. it tried to go around a 50-mile-an-hour bend at 90 miles an hour. the train came off the car that i was in, ended up climbing the embankment, twisting on its side, smashing into a house. fortunately, there were no fatalities because the leading cars that took the brunt of the accident, you only had a limited small area to fall out of your bed and hit the wall. i broke my wrist putting my hand out to stop me as we hit the wall. but the disorientation that you feel, the sort of the sense that you're tumbling, the noises of the rumbling, it was all building and it seemed to take a long time and then was over in an instant. this realization, the window that had been on the side of the carriage was now in the roof, and an you realized that the train has tipped over.
what has happened to you. a lot of emotions at that moment, but the clear one of the things i learned from that particular accident that because i didn't have far to fall, i was restrained to a degree in my bed, fell a short distance to a wall not rattling along the whole length of a carriage which would have been possible had there been seats, my injuries were much lighter than they might have been. the same for other passengers, wolf. >> you broke your wrist. that's pretty serious. i'm sure you must have been terrified. how do you feel about going on trains these days. >> you know, wolf, i was a young guy at the beginning of my life. the world was going to be full of adventures. within a few hours i was back on another train heading south. i turned up for my first day at work with blood on my shirt and a story to tell. >> we're glad you're here and you emerged from that crash in good shape relatively speaking. obviously. thanks very much, nic and thanks for sharing that permanent with
us. chris, good reporting from you. good information, as well. don't necessarily sit in the first cabin, don't sit in the last cabin. get somewhere in the middle. those will be the high priced seats presumably down the road. guys, we'll continue to follow the story. let's shift gears right now. if you were one of the millions of people who went shopping online yesterday, you were part of the biggest cyber monday ever. those record sales were led by a huge increase in the number of people shopping on their mobile devices. joining us with details alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. break down some of these numbers. mouch bigger was this year's cyber monday? >> wolf, did you get online to do some holiday shopping yesterday? >> i did not. i was too busy working here at cnn doing my job. >> that's too bad. for those who did go online, those people helped sales online jump more than 20% compared to last year, making it the biggest online shopping day in history. in fact, come score says sales totaled $2 billion. that's more than the total that
we were expecting. a lot of us actually chose to do our buying on the go. the number of people making purchases on mobile devices rose more than 50%. some of the most popular products people were buying, toys, tablets, clothing, video game consoles. we also learned this morning that playstation 4 sales have topped the 2 million mark. get this, they've only been on sale two weeks. there was a lesson in this there for retailers this year that maybe keep more focus on the cyber sales because retailers wound up spending tons of money to stock their stores on thanksgiving and black friday but it turns out consumers spent less in stores for the first time since the recession. wolf? >> alison, how are the marks doing today? it was a huge november, not necessarily starting off so great in december. >> yeah, markets taking a u-turn today in the deep, deep in the red. the dow down more 100 points. investors having a tough time getting into the holiday spirit. day three for the dow and s&p
extending losses. traders on the floor say it's not about the lackluster retail sales we saw over the weekend but rather this has everything to do with the fed. and worries about if and when the central bank will begin pulling back on the stimulus, the $85 billion a month of stimulus it's been pouring into the financial system. yesterday what happened is we got a better than expected reading on manufacturing. what that's doing is raising worries that the fed could scale back the large scale bond buying as soon as december at its december meeting happening in two weeks. much is going to depend on friday. friday is when we get the big employment report which is really a big compass for the fed and the government is expected to report that employers added 188,000 jobs last month. wolf? >> we'll see what happens friday morning 8:30 a.m. eastern. those numbers will be released. we'll see it live here on cnn. it won't affecting this year's cyber monday but the decision by the supreme court could lead to major changes in online shopping. it's all about how much tax you
pay when you shop online. christine romans explains how this will affect your money. >> wolf, on the biggest online shopping day of the year, no less, the supreme court punting on the most important issue in retail right now. and that means millions of people may now have to pay state tax on their online purchases. now, states have been putting pressure on internet retailers to collect sales tax and amazon.com and overstock.com fought this effort with different results in different courts. it's a patchwork now of rulings and laws. now that the supreme court has decided not to the weigh in, states are likely to pursue the estimated $23 billion in uncollected sales taxes from web retailers. an increasing number of tats like new york have passed laws forcing internet-based retailers to collect taxes. amazon and overstock complained saying they don't have physical presence in that state. most retail analysts say the court is essentially ending a 20-year tradition of no sales
tax on internet purchases. >> christine, thank you. going to the commissary to buy groceries at a discounts. certainly a staple of military life for so long. guess what, the pentagon is now considering closing those stores. we're going to explain what this means for members of the united states military and their families when we come back. cg/úññ my name is mike and i quit smoking. chantix... it's a non-nicotine pill. i didn't want nicotine to give up nicotine. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. [ mike ] when i was taking the chantix, it reduced the urge to smoke. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix.
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act. the administration plans daily events through december 23rd but convincing young people to sign up for obama care may be a tough sell. according to a brand-new gallup poll, americans aged 18 to 29 are the least familiar with the health care law. this is the main group, by the way, an the administration needs toe attract to make the whole system work. call it crisis management on a global scale. vice president biden is on a mission to ease tensions between china and japan. he and the new u.s. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy sat down with japan's deputy prime minister taro aso today. hot on the agenda, how to handle the defense zone chooen has over the sea. he was deeply concerned over the actions. >> the u.s. has an interest in lowering the tensions in this region as i believe all the countries in northeast asia share that same interest with us. >> this underscores the need for crisis management mechanisms and
effective channels of communication between china and japan to reduce the risk of escalation. >> the vice president heads to meet with china's president xi jinping on wednesday. the u.s. and japan have refused to recognize china's new air defense zone. shopping at the commissary is a part of everyday life for u.s. military families. the grocery stores sell to service members and their families at major discount prices but now the pentagon is considering closing commissaries to save money. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us. barbara, what have you learned about this very controversial proposal? >> well, wolf, this would be a fundamental shift in the how military families buy their groceries. the commissaries have been a staple of military life for decades. and i want to run everyone through a couple numbers just so you see the scope of this program and why the pentagon is thinking about cutting it, believing they can save money. look at this.
there are about 178 commissaries in the united states another 70 or so overseas. the groceries are discounted. a family of four saves about $4500 a year if they buy their groceries at the commissary rather than out in the commercial world. in the civilian world, and that adds up to about.6 billion a year compared to buying across the board in commercial stores. but here's the thing. the commissaries cost the u.s. taxpayer about $1.4 billion a year in tax dollars to run. so the pentagon calculation is, do they really need the commissaries? should they save that $1.4 billion because now modern life, a lot of families go to the big box stores or the discount stores. the walmart, the costco in their towns and communities across the country. but it is going to be very controversial to do this. the pentagon's emphasizing
they're just thinking about it, they haven't made a final decision yet. >> i'm sure there's going to be a huge backlash from active duty retired military personnel, their families certainly over these many, many years have come to rely on these commissaries. i assume pentagon officials are already worried about the potential backlash. >> they are extremely concerned about it. and they know this is going to be extremely concerning, especially as you just mentioned, wolf, to the retiree communities across the country. people often move once they retire from the military to a nearby military community so they have access to the commissaries and this of course, now becomes then a political issue. congressmen, senators across the country where there are commissaries in their communities will certainly hear from their constituents and certainly going to register their objections and concerns to the pentagon. >> i'm sure there's going to be huge, huge outrage if it goes forward. i suspect it won't. the in the end they'll save that
$1.4 billion elsewhere. there's a lot of fat potentially out there they can deal with in that huge defense department budget. this is so controversial, so personal for so many active duty and retired military personnel. veterans of the military i suspect it's not going anywhere. they'll find a savings elsewhere in that pentagon budget. barbara, thanks very much. he was suspected of having tuberculosis and was therefore pulled off a flight. fellow passengers were told to get tested for the highly contagious lung disease but now there's a twist. we'll update you in a live report. new information straight ahead. ♪
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>> now to an important update on a story we brought you first yesterday. a tuberculosis scare on a flight that landed in phoenix over the weekend. casey wian joins us now from phoenix. what have you learned about the passenger believed to be inspecteded and potentially contagious? >> well, very good news for that passenger and for the other 70 passengers on that flight from austin, texas, to phoenix. maricopa county health officials say after several extensive tests over the last several days, the passenger has been determined not to have tuberculosis. he was originally determined as a tuberculosis risk on saturday 56 one positive and one negative test back in texas. authorities with the centers for disease control were alerted. they put him on a no board list. by the time they got him on that list and by the time air officials were notified, he was
already en route in an airplane on his way to phoenix. what happened after that? the fire department here at the phoenix airport was notified that they had a passenger on the do not board list on the flight. they met the plane. they got this passenger off the plane. and then they warned all of the people on board the plane that they will had been exposed to tuberculosis. they were operating under the assumption that anyone put on that do not board list by the cdc had been confirmed to have a contagious disease. turns out, you can be put on the doo not board list if you meet several other criteria, and it's likely that you have the disease. that's basically what the fire department is telling us about why they made announcement to all those passengers that they needed to get tested. we spoke with one of the passengers on the flight just a few moments ago. someone who was very concerned about whether he was at risk for contracting this disease. he was of course, very relieved to hear that county officials now say that there is no risk.
frustrated though because he still has not heard anything from the county. still has not heard anything from the airline. but as it turns out, good news story for all of those on that flight. >> very good news although for a couple days, a lot of these people were obviously scared. now they're told to be not scared anymore. no tuberculosis. still to come, the engineer of the train in that deadly new york city derailment says he wasn't asleep as some media have reported. he says he was though in a daze. more on the investigation straight ahead. over the next 40 years the united states population is going to grow by over 90 million people, and almost all that growth is going to be in cities. what's the healthiest and best way for them to grow so that they really become cauldrons of prosperity and cities of opportunity? what we have found is that if that family is moved into safe, clean affordable housing, places that have access to great school systems,
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we're learning more about what caused that deadly train crash in new york city. you may have heard reports that the engineer fell asleep. but the engineer never said he fell asleep, instead, the engineer says he was, quote, in a daze. according to a law enforcement official familiar with the conversation, the engineer said he was going along and i'm in a daze. i don't know what happened. recovered data recorders show what happened. the train was going way, way too fast and hit that 30-mile-per-hour curve at 828 miles per hour. the data also show the engineer
slammed on the brakes too late to stop the crash. joining us now with more on the investigation, once again, nic robertson has been covering it since it occurred. have investigators, nic, finished interviewing the engineer? >> they haven't. this could go fon a number of days more. they had to stop yesterday because the engineer became emotional. they said yesterday they would probably be talking with him again today and again tomorrow. how long this process will take isn't clear. but clearly, there's a lot of details that he has that they will want to understand. one of the things he talked about was right after the accident, he was recorded or quoted as saying that he had hit the brakes and nothing happened. the event recorder now shows that the brakes were actually activated five seconds before that train came to rest. so there's clearly a lot of detail that the ntsb has to hear from him as well as learning
about what he was doing, the 72 hours prior to taking control of that will train, wolf. >> nic robertson with the latest on that. we're continuing to follow the investigation. standing by for a news conference later today, as well from the ntsb. other news we're following, the former president of the united states bill clinton weighs in on the latest obama care developments. president clinton recently said president obama should keep his promise, let people keep their doctors and insurance plans. so what is his latest assessment of the affordable care act? juan carlos lopez of cnn espanol is just back from a one-on-one interview with clinton. how did it go? what did he say about obama care, juan carlos? >> wolf it, went very well. the president on his way to of brazil, clinton global initiative. we did speak about what he said about obama care. i guess this is obama care 2.0 launched today, this is what he said about his previous statement and been possible
future problems within health reform. >> is it because you are setting the way for mrs. clinton to run, and second, are the problems with obama care limited to the website? >> the answer to the first question is no. first of all, i said nothing about this. not one word until the president himself spoke. and it was obvious to me listening to him that he wanted the american people to feel that he had
kept his commitment and that they didn't understand that he, in fact, did grandfather in, that is protect, all the policies that were in existence on the day he signed the health care bill. that was done. but most -- but he didn't take over the insurance industry in america. so for example, today, less than
20% of those 11 million policies which exist in the individual insurance market even existed when president obama had signed the bill. so i was trying to be supportive of him. i don't think you can find anybody in america who's worked harder for his re-election or supported this bill or went out of his way to explain the bill to the american people more than idi >> that's president wolf, on health reform, obama care, and what he said, you know, created a lot of controversy. >> yeah. he obviously does support the president. hillary clinton, as you and all of our viewers know is the overwhelming democti favorite president in2016ingor what does the former president say about his wife and 2016? >> he is saying he doesn't know if she's going to run or not. >> is mrs. clinton running for president? >> i don't know.
and i think and she believes that the country should spend at least another year working very hard on the problems we have. we w haveery serious challenges in america. and we have responsibilities around the world. i think it's a big mistake, you know, this constanten four-year campaign is not good for america. we nee to deal with the business we have before us. >> wolf, i did ask him ask the former president what he thought of vice president biden as a possible president in 20716. he says he likes him a lot. >> i guess we shouldn't be surprised about that. we'll see if he likes him a lot if in fact, bide is challenging hillary clinton for that democratic nomination or if he decides if she runs, he's not going to run or what's going on. lots of unanswered questions out there. juan carlos lopez, as usual, thanks very much. >> my pleasure, wolf. >> and you can see juan carlos' full interview with the former president, bill clinton on our
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>> it appears that you guys are already bulking up. >> we are. >> in preparation for what happens january 1. >> every one of my competitors is doing the same thing. >> and how much new business does medicine man expect? >> this is the future into this is the future of medicine man. >> this is -- >> this is it. >> oh, my. >> planned is a state-of-the-art facility so advanced, they're expecting tourists. >> and this is not enough to meet demand next year. we need to expand more. >> he would like to triple his supply. and he's not the only one. >> this is the new world. what is this? >> this is sort of the future. >> it's an industry expected to grow from just over a billion dollars nationwide today to over $10 billion by 2018. companies here sinking millions figuring how to consume pot in new ways. open vap extracts oil from marijuana and else is a sort of
e cigarette good-bying the user an exact smoke and almost no smoke. >> we grew 1600%. >> we'll doll another 600% in revenue growth next year. >> open vap expects to double its workforce in 2014. it's brand spanking new offices taking a page from the dotcom book. >> you think it's a bunch of guys sitting around and smoking pot. it's not like that. it's a real business. we are building a culture of excellence. >> open vap 2 has expansion plans, a showcase facility on colorado's cannabis corridor, aka, interstate 25. complete with i an cannabis museum and gift shop. >> contracts being signed? >> contracts are happening, money is i think chaing hands, yes. >> taxes on sales of recreational marijuana products everything from the smokeable stuff to chocolates and soda expected to generate tens of millions of revenue for the state. it's already creating jobs.
>> anybody here with an aappointment. >> every morning colorado's marijuana enforcement division jammed with people hoping to get their licenses to work in the new industry. the agency is overwhelmed with applications. every aspect regulated, possession of an ounce or less legal anywhere within the state's borders. all those keens you see in red still either ban or haven't yet decided if they'll allow pot sales. for many here, it is still baby steps. >> we're hoping that we can provide a model for that for other states as they elect to move forward with their own marijuana policy. >> the colorado experiment taking root. the denver post has hired a recreational marijuana editor and matt brown who runs my 420 tours says noncoloradans are excited to experience the new rocky mountain high. >> we anticipate just through our firm easily 2,000 to 3,000
people next year on guided tours all inclusive multiday packages. >> even cannabis cooking classes. chef blaine alexander to teaches some classes today sees more. >> you see there's a restaurant when there's a restaurant, blaine's? >> alexander's. >> all right, fine. >> of course, i would love that. yeah. i mean, that's always been my bowl goal. >> a goal that here in colorado col soon be reality. miguel marquez, cnn, denver. >> stealing christmas. robbers break into a salvation army office looking for those famous red kettles. we'll tell you how much they got and what police are now saying about it. [ paper rustles, outdoor sounds ] ♪ [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
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it owes to city employees, retirees and creditors. unions and pension funds argue the city shouldn't be able to use bankruptcy protection because it didn't negotiate with creditors in good they have proposed cutting $9 billion in debt. creditors are expected to appeal the decision. there's tradition this holiday season of talking about the salvation army bell ringers. for 120 years the bell ringers have been out there collecting donations, about $120 million worth to help people in need. this year, right here in washington, d.c., some people decided to help themselves to those donations. brian todd is joining us. what happen snd. >> a heartless and brazen crime in southeast d.c. at the salvation army overnight saturday into sunday morning. surveillance tape, two suspects
come into the building. they broke their way in with crowbars, spent several minutes inside roaming around. the commander told me he believes the two people knew where to look and they found the right place. they stole about $10,000 in cash from kettles stacked up in the office and in a safe. a safe that had been secured but they used a crowbar to breakthrough the glass. a spokesperson took us through how they did it. >> broke the window to one office, gained access to this office and went kettle to kettle taking out any of the dollar currency that could be 5s, 10s, 20s. >> again, $10,000 worth total stolen by the suspects. d.c. police tell us they are looking for information about the suspects. no arrests made, yet, wolf.
this is a setback for the salvation army. itis a big setback. the commander said this is going to be christmas for a lot of families in that neighborhood of southeast washington, d.c. this is the only christmas, the only way some kids in that neighborhood and around the area can have a present for christmas and good food. this is a big setback for them. >> certainly is. how vulnerable are charities like this, specifically at this time of year? >> especially according to a law enforcement specialist, they have a particular vulnerability because our law enforcement analyst said there's more money in the kettles than you think. that creates a vulnerability for them. the kettles were secured in an office, but still in the kettles. a lot of money still in the kettles and in the safe. they got the combination to the safe by finding it in a desk. the two perpetrators, they could
have been kids who were part of a mentoring program that they run at that salvation army office. they think it might have been people with knowledge of that building. >> could have been an inside job, as you say. i know you'll have more on this later in the "situation room." rudolph won't be the only thing guiding santa and the sleigh. they will get help from the united states military. some child advocates say it might be sending the wrong message. that story, coming up. [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto®, jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto®. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective
to reduce afib-related stroke risk. but xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem. that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. so jim's not tied to that monitoring routine. [ gps ] proceed to the designated route. not today. [ male announcer ] for patients currently well managed on warfarin, there is limited information on how xarelto® and warfarin compare in reducing the risk of stroke. xarelto® is just one pill a day taken with the evening meal. plus, with no known dietary restrictions, jim can eat the healthy foods he likes. do not stop taking xarelto®, rivaroxaban, without talking to the doctor who prescribes it as this may increase the risk of having a stroke. get help right away if you develop any symptoms like bleeding, unusual bruising, or tingling. you may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take xarelto® with aspirin products, nsaids or blood thinners. talk to your doctor before taking xarelto® if you have abnormal bleeding. xarelto® can cause bleeding, which can be serious, and rarely may lead to death. you are likely to bruise more easily on xarelto®
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another quick check on the markets. the record in november has come to a halt in december. the dow jones is down 123 points or so. stocks also lost ground yesterday after some retailers reported relatively soft sales on black friday. rudolph is getting help guiding santa and his sleigh this christmas. the aerospace is gearing up for the santa tracking mission. 24 year, it has more of a military feel to it. let's go to barbara starr joining us. what a difference a year makes. what's going on this year? >> wolf, how are you?
about 20 million people log on to this website every year at the holiday time starting christmas eve to track santa. look at some of this, you know. this year, it looks more military than usual. santa has f-18s on his tail guiding him around the world. the military says they planned all this. they wanted it to have more of an operational feel. we looked at the video, child advocate si groups are concerned it's militarizing santa too much, especially for young children. let me pause and have a look at some of what the military posted about how they track santa. >> this will get displayed for santa claus. we will now conduct our check. >> confirm that jack frost and the snowman will not be a
threat. >> up and continue to monitor for threats. >> santa is most definitely not a threat. >> so, the antigrinch viral system, santa not a threat, jack frost not a threat, part of an intel brief for the test mission they just posted on the internet. you know, it's all supposed to be in good holiday cheer so children around the world can track santa. the question, this year, again, did it go too far because as some people are saying, the u.s. military doesn't own santa, the world owns santa. why is it the u.s. military that seems to be taking possession of all this? it's a program that existed for years. it's worked really well. 20 million around the world log on to this website. the question this year is, did it go too far? wolf? >> some people are obviously sensitive to that. any plans for drone use by santa this year? does the pentagon have expertise in helping santa use drones to
deliver gifts to the kids? >> we didn't see a drone delivery. the next thing we are watching for is, will santa enter chinese air space. wolf? >> we'll have to declare it to the chinese. thanks very much. having fun at the pentagon. that's it for me. i'll be back at 5:00 p.m. news room continues with brooke. >> i'm brooke baldwin, great to be with you. thank you for being with me on this tuesday. i have to tell you about a shocking case on a delta plane bound for atlanta on one of, really, what's determined the busiest flying days of years. this is what we are learning. on thanksgiving day, passengers departing gainsville regional airport in florida were told they had been bumped off the plane. here's the kicker. this is why. to make room for the university of florida men's basketbal
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