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know, both sides were scrambling to pick up the money. nancy pelosi was picking up a big gavel. my gavel is bigger than hers. jeanne moos, cnn. >> let them eat advil. >> reporter: new york. don't miss a milestone as president obama signs the health care bill into law. cnn will have live coverage at 11:00 p.m. eastern. that's going to wrap it up for us. thanks for joining us on this tuesday morning. >> meanwhile, the news continues with kreyra phillips. president obama preparing to sign health care reform into law this morning. no surprise. it comes with a lot of backlash. caught in the cross fire of the cross-border drug war, we go one on one with the major of juarez, murder capital of mexico. be prepared maybe for a coverup. secret files uncovered. have boy scouts been sexually abused for almost 100 years? if you are a parent of a scout, you won't want to miss this interview.
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we begin as history looms and outraged lingers, outraged strike the offices of those who voted yes fo to health care reform. texas republican, randy neugebauer fesses up to shouting baby killer from the house floor. john mccain says, quote, there will be no cooperation for the rest of this year. democrats are still celebrating as republicans are mad as hell. brianna keilar on capitol hill. the nastiness is far from over? >> reporter: yes. at this point, what we have on the hill is democrats getting ready, some of them, to go over to the whooite house. some of them are very excited where they are going to see president obama sign this large bill that passed the house. this is the one that's still outstanding. pushing forward into where the senate comes into play now with health care reform, this is the bill they will consider. once this big one is signed into
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law, this changes bill, this reconciliation bill, the senate will take it up, then debate it and then after that process if there are any changes, it would have to go back to the house to be approved. democrats are telling us they do expect that there will be some changes because republicans are going to throw everything they can at this to propose a lot of amendments and changes they would like to see in this bill that obviously they don't like. we are waiting to see how that plays out, kyra. >> now, we know who yelled baby killer from the floor of the house at bart stupak? >> reporter: that's right. this was texas congressman randy neugebauer. what he said was, i was yelling about the bill, not at congressman stupak. he said he was yelling about the bill. he said, it's a baby killer, not that he was yelling something at the congressman. he called congressman stupak and
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apologized. what we have heard now from different democratic leaders. we have heard from jim clyburn, the number three. he has said that is not enough. that neugebauer needs to not just apologize to stupak and his fellow lawmakers in a written statement but that he should come to the microphone on the house floor and apologize. we have also heard from other democratic leaders who are just kind of happy to let this go and move on, kyra. if you think the next round will only be held on capitol hill, think again. it may be as close as your state capital and may begin before the ink is dry from today's signing. president obama, meet ken cuccinelli, virginia's attorney general who is vowing to take health care reform to court. >> we believe the federal government does not have the constitutional authority to
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order every american to buy health insurance. >> that individual mandate will not only be tested in virginia. attorneys general and ruffle a dozen states, all republicans, are also filing lawsuits. >> there are no politics involved in this whatsoever. this is something i would do whether i were attorney general or not. this bill is wrong. >> reporter: that's not all. 36 states are considering new laws to block an array of health care reform measures. many of the states point tottenth atenth amendment. laws passed by congress are declared as the supreme law of the land. that supremacy clause has stood the test of time. >> we have a very conservative supreme court. they are not about to overturn 200 years of constitutional history and interpretation and declare the supremacy clause is no longer in effect. >> do you believe in the
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supremacy clause is no longer in effect? >> i believe in god. i read the supremacy clause is effective law in america's. >> reporter: president obama once opposed mandates during the campaign. >> what really they are saying is that they will punish you in some way if you don't buy health care. >> reporter: now, the mandate is what opponents of reform want to use to tear the whole thing down. >> reporter: you do hope that what you are doing will bring down the entire statute? >> the goal is to bring down the individual mandate. that's the goal, stepping into a legal analysis role, i rather expect that means the whole statute will fall. >> jim, what about efforts to repeal the bill in congress? >> kyra, they are talking about that as well. of course, that would mean passing a new law. passing a new law would require the signature of the president. he is warning up his pen to sign a very different law this morning. he is not about to sign that
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law. that's why you are hearing some republicans talking about 2013. interesting what you just heard from robert gibbs there. they are already starting to gain this out, not just legal challenges but these efforts to repeal the bill on capitol hill. >> jim acosta, appreciate it. so what does the health care reform mean to you at the bottom of the hour, cnn chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, looks at the new law's inpact on those of us who already have insurance coverage. later this morning, live coverage of president obama as he signs that bill into law. that's scheduled for 11:15 eastern, 8:15 pacific. tensions rise on the israel/gaza bored. a missile strike took out a weapons storage facility. four people were hurt. the israelis say the attack was in response to firing rockets on israeli homes. >> it was a spat between friends played out on a global stage. we are talking about the u.s. and israel. ties strained when the israelis
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announced planned construction in east jerusalem, disputed land with the palestinians. what was worse for the u.s. was the timing of the announcement. vice president, joe biden was visiting israel. prime minister netanyahu is visiting the wlhite house. >> it cannot be a one-way street in which israel makes all the concessions and the palestinian authority makes none. that's got to change. [ applause ] >> israel stands ready to make the compromises necessary for peace. we expect the palestinians to compromise as well, to do their part. >> white house aides are describing today's meeting as a chance to push for new talks between the israelis and
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palestinians. an epidemic is killing people, an epidemic of drug violence with the epicenter in juarez, mexico. this is prompting the u.s. to send big four to mexico today. i'm rob marciano. heavy rain again across the northeast. some flooding plus another winter storm developing in the plains. we will run that down when the "cnn newsroom" comes right back. if you've taken your sleep aid and you're still fighting to sleep in the middle of the night, why would you go one more round using it ? you don't need a rematch-- but a re-think-- with lunesta.
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secretary hillary clinton, janet napolitano and admiral mike mullens will be talking to their mexican counterparts about the escalating drug wars and the battle to help battle the drug car tells. discussions in the situation in juarez, mexico across the border, there is more evidence of the human toll. they have discovered more mass graves. the local paper in el paso says there are as many as 100 bodies buried there. the next hour, we will talk to a journalist in the line of fire in mexico. he is dealing with death threats and flying bullets to bring the inside story of the drug violence. bill clinton has a plan to help haiti's economic recovery after january's devastating earthquake. clinton joined george bush for a tour of haiti yesterday. they are heading up a u.s. fundraising effort in haiti. clinton says that the u.s. should extend trade preferences for haiti.
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that would allow haiti to export more tex tiles creating tens of thousands of jobs. >> i think that the haitians and the international community have done a good job of distributing food and water. i think they've done a good job of beginning to clear the rubble, given the resources they have. i think that we have not as done as good as any of us should have done in providing adequate shelter with adequate sanitation. >> it's hard to describe adequately the devastation. it's profound and it has affected a lot of people's lives. it's one thing to see it on tv. it is another thing to see it firsthand. hopefully, our trip will help remind people in our country that haiti needs help. i'll let the president speak to the donor's conference on march 31st. i can tell you, though, that a lot of people in america care
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about the plight of the haitian people. they want to help be a part of the long-term solution. they want to make sure there is a plan in place that will work. >> clinton bush haiti fund has brought in more than $37 million so far. well, it stinks. it also causes your eyes to water and gives you a hacking cough and sore throat. a sure sign of spring in beijing and other chinese cities and sand storms there. they are particularly bad there. it has gone beyond beijing, hitting hong kong and south korea. grit from chinese sand storms has traveled as far as the u.s. that recent record in perth australia is no longer a problem. people are worried about the aftermath of a major storm that pounded the city with golf size hailstorms. about 100,000 people have no
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power. more storms are forecast for that area. new flood concerns today for parts of the northeast. especially new england. right, rob? >> they had a lot of rain last night into new york. one of the two storms that we are watching. the other is out west where the snow is going to pepper the colorado rockies and the front range. it will be a little bit dryer. it will be rather windy. here it is on the radar looking at decent rain here across eastern new england. some will be heavy at times. we could see maybe another 1-2 inches of rain. it was just a week ago where we had that incredible spring storm with the hurricane force winds and the rainfall amounts, 4-6 inches where jersey, rhode island, eastern parts of massachusetts and new hampshire got hammered with flooding. this is not what these folks need. we are looking for drier weather from new york to d.c.
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the back side of this system continues to swirl around. the heaviest rain continues to be out across eastern new england. out to the west, snow is falling across parts of wyoming into the wasatch of utah and northern parts of the colorado rockies. how much snow is expected? we have winter storm warnings that are posted for the i-25 corridor including metropolitan denver. figure a half a foot to maybe 10 inches of snow in downtown denver, the front range, higher elevations, 16, maybe 18 inches a possibility with this storm. march is the time of year where denver can go from the mid-60s one day to 12 feet of snow the next. we saw that last week. 42, high in denver. 75 degrees in dallas. here is the next storm system slowly moving into the plains. it will bring showers and thunderstorms into the plains. the biggest story, the heavy snow. we had a record slow tornado season for february.
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after a couple of days of tornadoes in the beginning of march. since the beginning of this month, we haven't seen much of anything. so it's once again very, very slow severe weather month. that could be mostly contributed to what's going on in the gulf of mexico. that is some pretty cool weather because of the cold winter we had, kyra. that's kind of cut off, in some cases, the amount of severe weather we have had. there is some good news to the cold winter we have, at least right now. >> it is still cold. what you talking about? >> that's true. this first full week of spring feels like winter in some spots. explosive new allegations surrounding michael jackson's doctor in the last moments before the king of pop died. (announcer) it's one of the best mid size sports sedans in the world
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so he could collect drug files from the jackson home. the l.a. district attorney says they did not provide the police reports which initially reported on that document. it could be the smoking gun for toyota. cnn investigates what the company knew about faulty acceleration pedals and when. dd
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china's move in a chess match with google that could determine their future there. beijing could go further by blocking access to it. google has redirected all search traffic for main land china to its hong kong site rather than pulling out of china. wherever the dispute heads next, it won't affect relations with the u.s. government. what did toyota know and when did it know it? a popular questions these days. cnn's investigation team has obtained an internal toyota memo that changes the timeline we thought we knew. here is cnn's drew griffin. >> reporter: this is the document of a clear warning sign from august of 2002, nearly eight years ago, that toyota had a sudden acceleration problem and that according to toyota's own service bulletin, the problem was electronic. >> it says electronics. it says the fix is reprogramming
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the computerme. it doesn't say anything about formats. >> reporter: the document was given to cnn by a group of attorneys now seeking a nationwide class action lawsuit against toyota. >> we brought the document to clarence ditlow. he says the document, not previously made public, is an indication toyota knew much earlier about an electronic connection to sudden acceleration. he says the service bulletin was apparently hidden from the public, not only by toyota but by the national highway traffic administration known as nhtsa. service bulletin, those sent to every toyota dealer and nhtsa was never made public. >> the government is really hiding this. they are in a conspiracy with the auto industry to keep these out of the public sight.
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>> reporter: nhtsa declined comment. the lawyers now suing toyota claim that this toyota service bulletin is proof that the company knowingly lied to the public, blaming sudden acceleration problems on floor mats or stuck gas pedals. tim howard is a law professor who also heads the legal group. that is saying that toyota hid the real problem, for one reason. recalling all affected vehicles could cost billions. >> they could fix these problems easily. it would cost them about $500 a car nationwide. if you have 6 million to 7 million cars, you have the numbers close to 4 or $5 million. it is hard to tell the truth when the numbers art the bottom of the truth. >> reporter: toyota's response was to discredit the claims being made by the attorneys suing the car company. toyota strongly disputes these completely baseless allegations being driven by plaintiff's attorneys like mr. howard, toyota said, in a statement to
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cnn. toyota tends to fight against these unfounded claims vigorously. howard and his legal team will meet in a san diego courtroom later this week trying to convince a federal judge to combine 88 lawsuits against toyota into one giant class action litigation. drew griffin, cnn atlanta. if you already have health insurance, how will this new plan impact you? our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, answers your questions.
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the market rallied yesterday after the house passed the health care bill. hospital and drug stocks led the way. felicia taylor in new york with a look at what's in store for today. >> we are expecting to see an up market today as well. slightly positive open as well with dow futures now up about 12 points. stocks are basically going to continue their sort of slow, steady climb. a few points at a time. remember, the dow is still at its highest level since october of 2008. investors may get some direction at the top of the house when new housing numbers are released. existing home sales are expected to fall 1%. it will hit it's lowest level since last summer. every economic report that we have had for the month of february naturally has been negatively affected by the snowstorms that have blanketed
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the east coast. once again, we have been hit by more rain over the last couple of days. there are fundamental problems in the marketplace. of course, that is high unemployment. we are still experiencing very tight credit. the fundamental reasons are still underlying the fact that the market isn't getting a faster pace increase. so, today, we have evidence of that in homes. the home builder lost more than $50 million last quarter. kb's revenue fell because prices are still depressed. we just heard the opening bell. let's take a look at the numbers. the dow is up just about a point. still waiting for the nasdaq and s&p numbers to make themselves evidence. the dow increasing pretty quickly, up about seven points. the nasdaq up two and the s&p up 2/3 of a point. finally, if you are looking for a free sugar fix, a few options. it is free pastry day at
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starbucks, at least until 10:30. you have to buy a drink and take a coupon you can print off the company's website. if you want something colder, free cone day at ben and jerry's from noon until 8:00 tonight. health care reform enters a new era in about two hours. president obama is scheduled to sign that bill into law. then, he is going to travel around the country to sell the plan to sceptics. republicans say that balt is on to get ready for legal challenges. nearly a dozen states plan to argue it is not constitutional. as early as tomorrow, the debate moves to the senate where lawmakers will consider a companion measure. now, even before the first votes were cast in the health care debate, barack obama's overall approval rating dropped to his lowest level ever recorded in a cnn poll. check out the results of the cnn corporation poll conducted between last friday and sunday when asked how he is handling
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the job as president, 46% approved. just over half disapproved. well, you have heard the numbers of health care reform. it will offer insurance to 32 million americans who currently are not covered. you are about to meet one of them. kalila kelly was born without the frontal lobes of her brain. at 12 years old, she has the physical and mental abilities of an infant. within a few months, the government will subsidize a private insurance plan for her and others who are unensurable because of pre-existing conditions. >> her condition causes her to seize constantly. so, therefore, that's an automatic no, you know, because seizures can cause death and so on and so forth. so they don't want to ensure her. it's frustrating, because i can't get her covered. it's frustrating that the coverage she is getting currently through mud okayed is not substantial enough.
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>> this is a huge, huge win for kids and families, the next few years. virtually, every family will have access to some sort of affordable coverage. >> immediately after the president signs the bill this morning, insurance companies will have to cover children with pre-existing conditions. the companies can toin deny adults until 2014. let's look at how the reforms will impact the vast majority of americans. 85% of us have some form of insurance coverage. what changes can we expect? cnn's chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta joining us. if you don't mind, this is your specialty, the brain. ka lela, i am looking at her condition once again. missing the frontal lobes of her brain. first of all, talk to me about that. is that a tough thing to deal with with regard to insurance. >> it's interesting. you don't know exactly what
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caused her frontal lobes of her brain to atrophy or wither away or was she simply born without them. sometimes people, because of a lack of oxygen, even during the birthing process, for example, can have problems like that. she is obviously cognitively affected by this. as was mentioned, i think, by her caregiver, i am not sure if that was her mom or who that was, seizures as well, which can be very debilitating and hard to treat. all of that, obviously, caring for her. >> that is her mom. >> the situation she is in and all the meds and everything else, that has significant cost. >> the point of that story was that apparently, this new plan will be good for her. her mom is still very skeptical and not so sure. i guess a lot of us want to see stories like this where, great, someone like kalila is going to get help right away. >> it is interesting because if you look at all the various people in this country who will be affected by this, people who
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have some sort of medical problem and are currently either uninsured or have difficulty getting inshurured are going to the most affected or most immediately affected as well. insurance companies are going to have to provide health care insurance for children like kalila. that's obviously a big deal. she made a good point, i thought, as well. her mom saying there was some coverage under medicaid that already existed. there was some coverage under some of the state programs. it simply wasn't enough. i think her skepticism may still be from this idea that is it still going to be enough. some of those details provide insurance health care coverage but make sure it is adequate as well to pay for seizure medications and wheelchairs and all the care that someone like her needs. >> people who are self-employed and purchase policies on their own right now, how is this going to impact them? >> it's interesting. if you look specifically at the
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biggest sort of obstacles, everyone is a potential patient. you may be healthy now but could be a potential patient. the big thing sort of with them is that there is going to be no lifetime caps on how much an insurance company will pay. sometimes if you do have insurance but there is a cap on how much it pays, that's why medical bills are one of the leading cause of bankruptcy in this country. there is also going to be higher premiums in the individual market by the year 2016. this is according to the congressional budget office. they could go up 10-13%. that is how this all sort of is expected to play out again over the next six years. that's why that third line, very important, subsidized coverage for allowing people to join a health exchange of sorts. >> what if you are already employed? >> if you are already employed, things are different. for the vast majority of people, things won't change a lot. if you have employer-based coverage and you are not ill, things won't change a lot. if you do get ill, this no caps
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is very important. so the insurance company can't simply stop paying for your health care and ultimately, in the next four years, no discrimination based on a pre-existing condition. do you use one of the flexible spending accounts. >> i don't. you have talked to me about that and so have a lot of other people. >> you put a certain amount of money away. you can use that money tax free to defray some of your medical expenses. the max is usually around $5,000. it's going to drop to about $2500 now and what you can spend that money on is going to change. right now, you can spend it on just about anything medically related. for example, over-the-counter medications will no longer be able to be purchased there. if you have been using fsa, you will see that. >> you think, 401(k), i get it, i want to put that away. flexible spending, when you are not sure what's going to happen, it is harder to put that money away. >> you have to anticipate your
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medical expenses. >> the final group get it from medicare and medicaid, so can you break down how it will change for these folks? >> i think obviously there has been a lot of discussion about medicare, a lot of discussions about taking money out of medicare to help pay for this health care plan eliminating things like fraud and inefficiencies and things like that. they think that can be a lot of money incidentally, $500. for the average person, free preventative services. this is something you and i have talked about. the idea of keeping people healthy before they get sick. try to implement that in the right way. drug discounts, sad story. you have heard over and over again over the last 14 months, the idea that people have this doughnut hole. they are choosing to pay their mortgages instead of getting their medications. they want to help with that. $250 to help defray those costs. they want to discount drugs by
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about 50%. all children covered. we have talked about this in the past. within six months, they want to get rid of this discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. they want to finally expand med ka medicaid. >> you bring up preventative. we can still call our insurance companies and sometimes get a deal when we say, we have joined a gym and we have quit smoking. aren't there certain things we can do to tell our insurance company to say, can you tutt me cut me a deal, i am doing these things? >> some of the employer based programs will cut you a deal or give you a break on premiums. what they really want to do is make it so you don't have to think twice about preventative care. how do you do that? >> you get rid of the co-pays when you get a preventative care visit. you get rid of the deductibles. >> ours is bigger now. >> ours is bigger now.
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the idea that you want to incentivize people to get the preventative care. whether it is blood pressure check or a cancer screening, whatever it is. you don't have to think twice about it. people that are newly insured are going to have that. busy time for you. thanks, doc. >> it is exciting. speaking of exciting, less than two hours from now, well have live coverage of president obama as he gets ready to sign the bill into law. scheduled for 11:15 eastern time. you will see it happen live on cnn. a dangerous obsession or a criminal collection, the mother lode discovered in chicago. knives as far as the eye can see. what was the owner doing with all these? police have some clues. e... and congestion. introducing sudafed pe® triple action™. for more complete relief from the sinus triple threat. sudafed pe® triple action™. more complete relief.
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the jaguar xf. the critically acclaimed result of a very different way of thinking. the former university professor charged with shooting her colleagues is due in court. today is just a preliminary hearing for amy bishop. she still hasn't entered a plea. bishop is charged with murdering three of her co-workers at the university of alabama in huntsville. three others were injured in last month's attack. a disturbing discovery by the local police. look at all these knives. they were found in the home of just one guy. kevin long arrested for trying to bring four hunting knives to a court building. also found in his house were lists of court workers with
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bull's eye next to their names. he is now facing 47 weapons charges. a brazen thief cost on camera in new hampshire. you can see him reaching into the display case. the store owner said he got a diamond ring worth over $1,000. there was a employee helping a customer that didn't notice anything. one student sent to the hospital. a teacher sent to the sidelines. police now deciding the punishment. -d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-dd
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the small craft is in the middle of the enterprise. can you see it? it is the brain child of billionaire, richard branson. the enterprise is carried to its launch altitude by the twin carrier plane called "e." that would be a cool place to do your weather cast from. >> i agree. they are going to need some press. of course they are. inside the cockpit, maybe. >> you can always use a closer view, maybe for the details and all of that and your reporting. >> my investigative skills know no bounds. >> call richard branson. >> a couple things going on. first of all, what's happened across the northeast, heavy rain. it has circulated around this low which isn't moving out all that quickly. it brought heavy rain to jersey and new york last night which really didn't need it after the
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floods from last week. it is bringing some heavy rain to eastern new england, including boston. here is a live shot for you. wcbb, there you go. you can see all that detail. low clouds, obviously, and rain. temperatures in the 40s. slow to move out before we start to see improvement there. we have flash flood watches and a handful of warnings for eastern new england, because of the potential of seeing another inch or two on top of what they have already seen. snow working into the colorado rockies. winter storm watches are posted here. you could see anywhere from six, maybe as much as 18 inches of snow depending on where you are. we will get a little front range upslope. with winds coming up and out of the east, later on tonight, denver will see some snow. we are starting to see some snow develop across the higher countries. this would be a good one for those folks. after that, though, what's
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keeping things cold, the jetstream, very far to the south, slowly starting to make its migration to the north. the warm air is going to return at some point here. we are seeing hits of that, certainly. a high temperature of 75, expected in dallas today. 71 degrees in memphis. finally, bouncing into the lower 60s in atlanta after seeing some snowflakes fly around the deep south yesterday. kyra? sfri spring is coming. just be patient. alleluia! ♪ >> that's right, today is the 267th alleluia! anniversary. it was performed in london in 1743. the words heard around the new nation on this day 1775, patrick henry delivered one of
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i guess you could say this is just shocking, what happened in one new hampshire high school. a teacher stood by and by some
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accounts encouraged a potentially deadly science experiment. listen to this. an 18-year-old was shocked by other students using electrical cables attached to his chest. his heart stopped, cpr by the teacher saved his life, so what are police going to do about it? >> we concluded that we don't think that anybody in the room, teacher, kyle himself or any of the other students that helped with this -- this contraption that he became shocked with knew -- thought or knew that he would be hurt. >> oh, yeah, just be irresponsible and, you know, possibly cause his life. so as a parent does, this outrage you because no charges will be filed against this teacher. he's just been suspended. >> my job now is to sort out what actually happened. we have conflicting statements. you have a number of students who said certain things transpired in the classroom. you have a teacher who, in
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statements that were made, are disputing some of the claims. >> apparently the teacher bribed the guinea pig student with a can of mountain dew. as for the student, he's okay. as for his brilliant instructor, definitely not up for teacher of the year. how about firefighter of the year? not going to happen in new hampshire. star lipke was bored. he actually admitted to settin fires. not a stupid kid, folks, but a 22-year vet of the fire department. his motivation behind becoming an alleged serial arsonist? take a listen. >> he didn't have a clear motive other than the fact that he was bored. >> he just seemed a little strange, but other than that, you never would have known. >> lipke was found hiding in the woods friday night smelling of gasoline. he'll have plenty of time to shower, though.
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he's been fired. we have a lot more coming up in the cnn newsroom this morning. our correspondentses are working several stories. let's start with jill dougherty at the white house. >> the president signs the health care bill today, but don't look for balloons or confetti yet. more at the top of the hour. >> i'm felicia thaylor in new york. the biggest company tears down the great wall of china. drenching rains across the northeast this on top of the flooding rains they had last week and another snowstorm developing out west. details in the next hour. >> thanks, guys. uncovering more casualties in mexico's growing battle against top cartels as america's diplomat heads south of the border in search of some answers. -- captions by vitac --
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first iraq, now afghanistan, new insights that iran's alleged proxy war against the u.s. is far from involved than previously thought. cnn's brian today has the latest from washington. >> reporter: u.s. military and intelligence officials tell cnn iran has gone beyond giving weapons to the taliban. the officials say the iranians are helping train taliban fighters in the use of small
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arms and are doing some of that training inside iran. these officials did not say how many taliban fighters have been trained in iran or whether this was sanctioned at the highest levels of the iranian government. we also spoke with bruce riedel, a former ceo officer who did a strategic review of afghanistan for the obama administration last year. >> what are they doing specifically that we know of. >> iran and its allies like the hezbollah are masters at improvised explosive devices, at putting bombs along the sides of ditches and roads and they're trying to transmit some of that knowledge over to the afghan taliban. the iranian regime has always denied supporting the taliban and contacted by cnn about this latest information and iranian official at the united nations say these are absolutely baseless and wrong allegations and strongly rejected by the islamic republic of iran. u.s. military officials recently
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said iran was training the taliban and said what was going on inside afghanistan. general david petraeus has called it limited in scope. defense second robert gates agrees. there are some, but to this point, i think it has been considered to be pretty low level. now in addition to cnn's latest information on taliban training inside iran, the sunday times of london quotes two unidentified taliban commanders as saying they'd attended three-month courses inside iran. cnn could not independently confirm those details. the iranians who were shia have been a longtime enemy of the taliban which is primarily sunni. riedel says in the short term iran sees helping the tap ban as countering the overall pressure in iran. >> as the united states squeezes iran, iran is looking for places to squeeze america back and where better than obama's war next door in afghanistan. and riedel says taliban leaders
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while having no love for iran need to take whatever help they can get right now because pakistan is arresting more taliban militants inside its borders while the u.s. drone campaign continues to slam iran and its allies. brian todd, washington. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu doing the rounds in washington. he heads to a white house meeting later today with president obama. the u.s. wants israel to back down from a construction plan in disputed east jerusalem. mr. netanyahu is showing no signs of doing so. happening right now a senate panel is holding a hearing on the president's pick to head the transportation security administration. robert harding is a retired major general with 33 years in the army. he ran a defense and intelligence contracting firm until he sold it last year. it is now china's move in a chess match with google that could determine the search engine's future there. the chinese are considering the decision to stop censoring the website and it could go further
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by blocking access to it. >> counting down to history. just over an hour from now at the white house right here president obama will sign the health care reform bill into law, and it kicks off the most sweeping changes in generations and has fueled some of the bitter divisions in decades. those battle plans against health care reform are just taking shape inside the beltway and beyond. cnn's jill dougherty at the white house. jill? >> reporter: kyra, you know, these are the moments that presidents savor because after all he gets to sit down and sign a bill, finally something that he can show a campaign pledge fulfilled, but not quite. there still is the second part of this which is the reconciliation bill, the fixed bill that has to go to the senate, but this morning in just about an hour the president's going to be signing the bill in the east room and you know, this morning we were saying maybe they made a mistake on the weather, but it's getting overcast so it probably was right to keep it in the east room and we expect will be
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jam-packed with people. there will be of course, the legislators who helped to bring this together. democrats all of them and you have nurses, doctors, health care workers and the people who worked in the trenches, the grassroots people all in the room. and the widow of kennedy, vicky kennedy who will be in attendance as well. he goes over to a larger space in the interior department and he'll deliver more extensive talks about health care reform. >> all right. we'll be following it, jill dougherty and we're tracking it live. we will check back in with you as soon as that signing happens and some democrats who voted for the bill are feeling the backlash already and it's getting pretty ugly. just hours after the vote, vandals broke out the glass door and wind over arizona congressman gabriel giffords and a prominent lawmaker in the debate saw a similar attack.
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a window was broken at her district office in niagara falls and in wichita, kansas, a brick was tossed through a window at the sedgwick county democratic headquarters and that brick had messages railing against reform and president obama. also on the administration's agenda, the epidemic of drug violence in mexico. the big four on national security are on their way down right now. secretary of state hillary clinton, and secretary of homeland security janet napolitano, defense secretary robert gates and admiral mike mullen will be there to talk about security concerns and u.s. efforts to help fight the drug cartels. covering mexico's drug war is a deadly game itself. take a look at this, already this year, four journalists have been killed for telling the story of what's happening there. 12 were killed just last year. it was the second deadliest country for journalists ahead of places like afghanistan and iraq. only the philippines was worse.
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so why do it? why get in the middle of the madness? dodging bullets, death threats, what's the motivation? francisco villalobos is an international correspondent with televisa. he's one of the brave journalists willing to risk it all to tell the story. he joins us live from a much safer place today, charlotte, north carolina. good to see you. >> much safer and also very, very much safer weather as well. how are you doing? good morning. >> good morning to you. francisco, i don't think any of us as journalists could ever imagine what you take on on a regular basis. we may go to juarez, other parts of mexico and do a special series and a few reports, but you're dealing with this day in and day out. carteling killing journalists that are trying to cover this story and investigate them. give us a feeling for what that is like for you as you come up with these story ideas, try and decide how to go after these stories and then go in the country to do it?
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well, in my particular situation, i covered the whole southeastern -- the gulf coast region, the border between texas and mexico. i don't have the constant to be living in mexico and obviously my life is not in constant danger as people like my fellow journalists that live in mexico, but when we go and cover stories along the border, when we go into hot spots like juarez and matamoros and reynoros and tamaulipas, you have places that you understand is very dangerous and not only the metropolitan areas and we also go into place that have absolutely nothing and an invisible border which is the rio bravo, the rio grande like we know here in the united states and in some situations they have a small little fence. we're aware of the situation because you only deal with the drug trafficking and the gun
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trafficking and you're having to deal also with the human trafficking as well, with the situation that if you are by yourself with your camera man or sometimes completely by yourself, you're exposed toddlements and you're exposed to the dangers and you're exposed to somebody confusing you with a rival trafficker yourself, and as far as the motivation, i think that any journalist that loves or has a passion such as yourself or a war correspondent or in my case an international correspondent leaving a state that is border to an international border, i'm sorry, it is the passion. you have to be passionate about it. you have to believe in what you're doing. you certainly don't do it for money because there's no price that could buy your health or could buy your life. you do it because you believe that by reporting the story you're doing a cause, you're serving a cause bigger than yourself. that you are reporting what's
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going on so people can know what's going on so that the people that die don't die for nothing and that their stories are being told for the general public and for the people that have the power to make changes to do so. >> do you ever fear for your life? do you fear for the lives of your family, and what's that like to try and embrace? >> i've been very careful personally, but i could tell you about the other fellow journalists that do fear for their life. myself, i've been careful to not put myself into situations where i could actually have my daughter -- i have an 8-year-old daughter, to put her -- that her father be in danger her be in danger or anything like that. i've been very careful about that, and very smart about that. i live on this side of the border, a safer side of the border. other journalists, i could tell you, it's a situation where they are constantly threatened that if they -- that they have to move, in fact, from mexico.
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i have a friend that she was a columnist in kohuawila, and she moved to the point that she couldn't continue living in her city. when i do my stories, and talking about myself, of course, i don't think about those things because i'm a person of faith. i try to be careful. i do my homework. i don't put myself into situations that are stupid situations and i try to be aware of my surroundings. i also talk a lot with the local people and not necessarily with the authorities and also with the people living in these areas and the people that know these areas at best and anybody that could be a war correspondent that go to foreign countries. you know that the local people, the inhabitants are the best source of safety. >> francisco we admire what you
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do in televisa. we appreciate you sharing time with us today, even though it's from afar we continue to cover and we appreciate your insight. >> thank you. thank you for having us and good job on what you're doing at cnn as well. you guys have awesome correspondents as well. >> thank you, francisco. the boy scout motto takes new meaning in light of the perversion files. highlighting decades of alleged abuse upon. we're shedding light on this disturbing story. that's coming up later in the hour.
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bottom line, it stinks. it also causes your eyes to water and gives you a hacking cough and sore throat. a sure sign of spring in baseballing and other northern chinese cities are sandstorms. they're particularly bad this year and goes far beyond beijing. it's hit hong kong and expected to blow through south korea today. get this. chinese sandstorms have traveled as far as the united states. new flight concerns for parts of the northeast. no sandstorms here. >> no. >> but you're keeping a watchful eye on other severe weather
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issues. >> you're right. sometimes you can travel all of the way across the ocean and get caught up and get dumped rainstorms on the west coast. that's not the case today, but we do have storms that we're talking about one in the colorado rockies and two, this storm which is heading slowly across the northeast, and the folks in new york city and heavy rain last night and we're seeing some rainfall east of hartford, springfield, towards boston and eastern new england seeing a fair amount of moderate rainfall with this, maybe an inch or two more of rain throughout the day today and there have been flood watches that have been posted for eastern new england. here is a storm that's developed across parts of wyoming and colorado and the winter storm warnings have been posted 6 to 16 inches of snow and it's the highest elevations along the i-70 corridor and back through aspen and telluride and breckenridge and denver proper probably seeing 6 or maybe on 8 or 9 inches and in the front range we'll see higher amounts. i think they had temperatures in the 60s over the weekend and
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snow on friday and 60s before that. >> thanks so much. rob. let's take a look at the big board. straight from the new york stock exchange. dow industrials it looks like up almost 36 points. we're tracking it for you. welcome home, a milestone for maine's troop greeters on duty night and day for serve years not allowing any returning troops to go unappreciated. for the worst allergies, i want a product with the best decongestant. my choice is clear: claritin-d. (announcer) nothing works stronger, faster, or longer to relieve your worst allergy symptoms, including congestion, without drowsiness. get claritin-d at the pharmacy counter. live claritin clear. some people will stick with their old way of getting vitamins and minerals. others will try incredible total raisin bran. with 100% of the daily value of 11 essential vitamins and minerals, juicy raisins and crunchy whole grain flakes. guess it's all about what kind of crunch you like.
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corner the excitement and the heart beats a little faster and the emotions come up and i don't think the feelings change for any of us. we're spending time with quality people, and that can't be bad. >> they've been doing it for seven years now and have no plans to stop until everyone is back home. bill clinton has a plan to help haiti's economic recovery after january's devastating earthquake. clinton joined george bush for a tour of port-au-prince yesterday. the former presidents are heading up a u.s. fund-raising effort in haiti. the u.s. should extend trade preferences for hate and i it creates tense of thousands of jobs. clinton also graded recovery efforts so far. >> i think that the haitians and the international community have done a good job distributing food and water. i think they've done a good job
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of beginning to clear the rubble getting resources ahead. i think that they've not good as any of us should have done in providing adequate jelter with adequate sanitation. >> it's hard to describe adequately the devastation. it's profound and it's affected a lot of people's lives. it's one thing to see it on tv and another thing to see it firsthand and hopefully our trip will remind people in our country that haiti needs help. i'll let the president speak at the donor's conference on march 31st. i can tell you a lot of people in the america care about the plight of the halgz people. they want to help to be a part of the long-term solution. they just want to make sure there's a plan in place that will work. >> the clinton-bush haiti fund has brought in more than $37 million so far. scandal-plagued community group a corn says it's shutting
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down citing falling revenue and blaming a right-wing smear campaign for the downfall. the group lost federal funding after showing a corn workers giving advice for how to set up a brothel and, have aed paying taxes. it was a pair of conservative activists who mask raided as a pimp and prostitute. a corn's ceo called the videos a setup. they're blasting prosecutes for league details of a police report. dr. murray stopped trying to revive jackson so he could collect drug vials from the jackson home. the l.a.'s district attorney's office denies it leaked that document. when health care reform kicks in you'll be worse off. we'll show you how you can benefit.
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all right. we're getting live pictures in from our affiliate wbal out of baltimore, maryland. apparently this is a skrash scene involving a light rail train and a tractor trailer. it happened -- it looks like about 9:30 a.m. so just about an hour ago. there are unconfirmed reports right now that there is somebody trapped in the wreckage here, and we possibly might have seen someone just a moment ago getting airlifted out of there. let me see if i can find any other information here. another affiliate reporting that the driver of the tractor suffered a broken leg, if if you know this area, as we look at a wider shot here, gill roy road is cleezed off due to traffic and also the scene. we're working this for you and
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trying to get more information on the light rail train and tractor trailer that crashed in baltimore county, maryland. we'll bring you as much information as possible. you probably have a lot of fears about health care reform and it's reflected in these numbers. the new cnn opinion research poll shows fewer than one in five americans think that they'll be better off. nearly think that it will make things worse for them. let's try and go beyond those numbers and look at individual cases. elizabeth cohen always helps with us that and you've been tracking scenarios according to certain kind of families. so would half of all americans be worse off? >> kyra, i think that depends on who you ask. what we decided to do rather than play politics is to make a couple of people up. we just invented some people and decided to talk about what would happen to them under health care reform. so let's take some people who might not be so happy about health care reform. for example, we have invincible isabelle here. look at those muscles, kyra. do you see how strong and
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healthy she is. look how happy she is. >> she's got good health care. >> well, no. she's healthy and says i don't need insurance, i'm healthy. look how strong i am. i don't need to buy anything. i'd rather spend that money on a trip to hawaii or something. so isabelle is not so happy with health care reform, you know j in because she is going to be fined a $95 fine for not having insurance in 2014 and that number will get bigger and bigger every year. isabelle will not be so thrilled with health care reform. let me introduce you now to someone who might not be so happy with health care reform and that is marlene on the other end of the spectrum. she's on medicare. let me tell you a bit about her. she knows every year medicare increases the amount money they spend on her by 4%. she likes that. she likes getting more and more money each year, but not anymore, under health care
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reform that is going to be history and instead medicare will increase spending on her by only about 2%. now, some people say marlene's going to feel that difference. other people say marlene will never, ever know. so marlene right now is safe to say, is feeling just a big old question mark. >> obviously, there's a lot of people who will benefit. >> right. so let's go over some of those people. we invented a couple more people to illustrate that point. for example, let's take a look at young yvette. you can see that yvette here has her little graduation cap on. she's graduated and she wants to go, i don't know, travel the world or go to graduate school or something. she'd like to stay on mom and dad's policy. well, the way it works now in most states she couldn't do that, but under health care reform, she can. she can stay and she will be covered on mom and dad's insurance as long as she's dependent until she's 26. you and i talked a bit about this yesterday. so until 26 she can stay on mom
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and dad's policy as long as she's a dependent. so let's bring up someone else, if i can get her going here, hold on one second. all right. bad back bob. bob is not a happy camper. he has a bad back and he has a pre-existing condition and he's had a terrible time finding anyone who is willing to insure him for a reasonable price. so now bob under health care reform, will immediately go into a high-risk pool. in other words, he'll have insurance and further down the line private companies won't be allowed to say no to him. so bob under health care reform is a happy camper. kyra? >> you'll be staying on top of this, obviously. later today you'll have more specific examples. >> >> that's right. this isn't a made-up person. this is actually me. starting at 1:20 today i'll be talking about more examples and what health care reform means to you because we're all in different situations. kyra? >> sounds good. thanks, elizabeth. the new health care package also
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allowed to stay with the scouts as a volunteer while the abuse continued. by itself it's a horrific story, but an attorney now says is just one thread in a pattern of cover ups by the boy scouts of america. cnn's brian todd reports. as it marks a century of molding the character and morality of young men, this is another imajt boy scouts of america must deal with. a convicted sekts offender's deposition in open court and charges that the scout's organization engaged in a culture of cover up. how the scouts handled the case of former scott leader timur dooiks, alleging the organization knew that when they were young boys in the 1980s, at least one of them had been abused by dooiks. although dikes was removed as scout leader he was allowed to stay on as a volunteer and they
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claimed the abuse continued. >> when they knew this, the evidence will be was in january 1983 before he was abused. >> reporter: the accusor's lawyer provided cnn with a cope of the complaint and similar document. in court the scout's lawyers says the organization didn't know about dyke's prior record until he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop. >> that warrant wasn't known and nobody followed up on it until he was pulled over on his way with several boys. >> the organization acted immediately and cooperated with police, but clarg, lautier for the acuters has a broader allegation. he produced documents that he says were part of an archive of secret boy scout files chronicling the abuse of young boys for decades. contacted by cnn, a spokesman for the boy scouts of america didn't respond specifically to that allegation. he said the organization does have confidential files.
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he said that's to protect information about people ineligible scout leaders and who might not have done anything illegal. i spoke about that with patrick boyle, author of a book on sexual abuse in the boy scouts. >> what about the boy scouts argument that these files contain confidential information that could damage people not involved in these cases. >> they absolutely do which is one reason the first time the files were ever made public in 1985 in the lawsuit the scouts blacked out the names of every victim and every molester and then they turned the files over. so there is a way to make the files public. >> reporter: more details could be made public as the trial progresses. while not commenting on the case, a spokesman for the boy scouts of america does say in recent years they've taken measures to keep abusers out. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> the author that you saw in that piece, patrick boyle says the boy scouts secret files of
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abuse go back, ready for this? nearly 100 years. patrick joins me now to talk about what he covered. >> i just want to get right to the letters in these secret files, if you don't mind. patrick, this one i'm looking at specifically, something that really bothered me about this and it talks about the victim and the molester and what exactly happened, but here's what bugs me the most and disturbs me the most when it talks about action and recommendation, this troop leader no longer remaineding active as volunteer and he does not anticipate any criminal charges and believes the matter will be settled quietly. the matter will be settled quietly. that is appalling. >> unfortunately, you see memos like that throughout these files, kyra. one of the main things to remember here is the boy scout his these files confidential for a couple of reasons and very good reason, actually. one is to protect the boys and also some of the people what were not charged with crimes and they were trying to protect the corporation and this is a big
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corporation that brings in $150 million a year and they frequently work to try to keep these cases out of court and the press because they know it would hurt the brand. they didn't act unlike a lot of other organizations as well. >> we're talking about thousands of possible cases out there. and we went to boy scouts of america, patrick, and this is what they told us. scouts seeking to prey vent child abuse through a comprehensive program of -- i'm sorry, scouting seek to prevent this program of education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal and other background checks barriers to abuse, prompt reporting and swift action. okay. that's the statement, but that's not, we haven't seen that happen in decades and we're sitting here looking at papers that were in these files saying the matter will be settled quietly. what's the boy scouts of america doing to try to prevent sexual abuse like this. >> they're doing more than they used to. one of the things the scouts were doing which was the same
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thing everybody else was doing, let's get these guys to go away and hold our noses and hope they don't bother us again. churches did it, schools did it and the boy scouts did it. they've done an awful lot more of what they used to do and you read the list of activities and it is not clear, kyra, whether or not these are uniformly applied throughout the country and that's one of the big questions for people who have kids in the scouts. do you always have criminal background checks. do they cover people who were registered with the scouts many years ago. after all, it is still a corporation trying to protect its image and it's trying to protect the image of the good volunteers trying to protect them around the country. there are a number of fabulous scout leaders as well. you conducted leinterviews with leaders who molested boys. what did they tell you in. >> one, although the scouts created a wonderful organization for boys and they created a perfect organization for child mosters because they found the scouts gave them actos to a lot of boys all of a sudden.
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gave them opportunities to be alone with the boys because of campouts and meetings in church basements and most importantly allowed them to establish close relationships with these boys. kyra, right from the beginning the scouts have pitched themselves as an organization that focuses on a man/boy relationship, a mentoring relationship that's supposed to be very close, that's a wonderful thing, but for some of these guys that relationship enabled them to groom the boys for sexual activity and that's what eventually happened. a lot of them were shocked that they were able to get into the boy scouts even after been caught previously. the confidential system is extensive, it goes back as you said, almost 100 years, but it has hardly been foolproof. >> that goes to show that there are not enough checks and balances in the system. how is it that the pope now can come forward and apologize for sexual abuse in the catholic church and the boy scouts of america can't do that? >> i think it comes down to the fact that nobody has made them. the catholic church has been buffetted by the problem for
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many years and there's bad publicity about the church. the scouts have pretty much gotten away on a case by case reasons and one of the main reasons is a lot of people have it out for the catholic church in the way they don't for the boy scouts. they have a good reputation and a lot of good will and people have given them slack on this and they're not apologizing because they really don't have to. >> your advice to me as a parent, i want to sign my son up for scouts. how do i know he is not going to get introfled in a troop that when he goes on a campout that his leader is giving him alcohol as i'm reading in some of these memos here and he's waking up being molested in a tent. >> that's a great question. i can tell you as a parent of three children myself. here's a piece of advice that came to me, if your kid is involved you should be involved. they take advantage of kids whose parents are absentee. they could tell right from the first meeting which kids were going to be vulnerable because
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the parents just drop them off. it doesn't mean you have to be the coach. you could be the statistician or the snack parent or talk to the team leader. they have to see that you're there and you have to see what's going on. the second thing is you have to make sure your child is comfortable talking to you if abuse happens and this is difficult especially for young children, but there are a lot of good materials with videos, books and websites that will help you have this conversation with your child. i've had them with my children and the point is you can't guarantee nothing will happen, kyra, but if you put children through this education they're more likely to stop abuice sooner and they're more likely to tell their parents early and that's the best protection you can give them. >> you do fantastic work. the book is scout's honor. i encourage every parent to pick it up and i appreciate your insight today. >> thanks, patrick. >> the latest shot by google trying an end through hong kong, well, is china ready to respond?
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it's google versus china in a censorship fight. the internet giant makes a move and tries to pull out of china. pellisia taylor is in new york. does google's chinese website still exist? >> absolutely, kyra, it does still exist, but it redirects users to its site in hong kong which is uncensored. so since the website's service are in hong kong google doesn't actually have to follow china's self-censorship laushgs but the chinese people can't google anything they want because the chinese government's website -- web filter, rather, kicks in. so if you search something considered controversial, the link to that website won't work, but this move by google does show that it's taking a pretty significant stand against chinese restrictions. kyra? >> well, china is a huge and growing market. it's really in google's best interests to leave china? >> no.
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absolutely not, and the truth is google isn't pulling out completely. it's going to maintain its maps, music search and sales operations in china, but as you said, china is one of the world's fastest growing markets. so it would be difficult for google to pull out all together and some analysts believe that if google did leave, it would be bad pr for china. the country wants to pror thai itself with an open environment where companies all over the world can come and do business. in a way as the one analyst said they do need each other in order for things to work. google is not pulling out altogether, they do have operations there and it's in a refashioned way. >> on wall street, google shares, they are down over 2%. baidu, that's the biggest search company in china. they're up almost 3% thanks to analyst upgrades and overall the stock market in the u.s. is doing quite well. the dow industrials up 35 points and the nasdaq is up almost three. kyra, back to you. it's nearly unthinkable after last month's snowmageddon
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at nation's capital, a new spring prediction and this one isn't coming from a groundhog. >
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from history. president obama set to -- or stoet his landmark health care legislation, set to sign t rather, into law. sorry about that. so stay with us. cnn will bring you live coverage as soon as he steps up to the table. the former university professor charged with shooting her colleagues is due in court today. it's just a preliminary hearing for amy bishop. she still hasn't entered a plea. she is charged with murdering three of her co-workers in the university of bal amma in huntsville. three others were injured in last month's attack.
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coastal flood warnings posted for, let's see, eastern new england again, right, rob? >> yeah, heavy rain there yesterday or last night and now definitely today with the storm that doesn't want to go away all too quickly. a number of flood warnings and watches, because this area last week got hit hard with the wind, yes, but also four to six inches of rainfall and you might see another couple of inches of rainfall especially east of hard ford into boston. new york back to d.c. you might see a shower or two clip on the back side of this, but all in all, things will be more tranquil today than they were yesterday. things are ramping up in denver, colorado. kusa. clouds are on the increase and not snowing yet and temperatures in the mid-30s and snow is in the forecast for tonight. how much snow? 6 to 16. winter storm warnings are posted for the i-25 corridor, and the classic spring up and slope
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conditions on the front range, and that will include a handful of ski resorts and there should be fresh powder come this time tomorrow morning. kyra? >> thanks, rob. a few weeks removed from washington, d.c., snowmageddon, and it expects the cherry blossoms to bloom earlier this year. the trees will likely begin blooming this weekend just in time for the annual cherry blossom festival set to run from march 27th to april 11th and you will not want to miss it. some towns are using stimulus money to fight back. t.j. holmes will be here to show us how.
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he lost his job and he lost his home. now a former business travel erg cashes in his frequent flier miles just to save himself from being homeless. >> i accumulated them i was hoping it would be more for trips to hilton head to play golf or wine country or go to europe or something, turns out i'm using them to put a roof over my head. >> one man's remarkable story, straight ahead in the cnn "newsroom."
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discover how to grow the business of you... at just one abandoned home can drive an entire neighborhood into decline, and while the problem isn't new, the mortgage meltdown made it worse. some communities are using federal stimulus money to fight back. it's back. and he's back. t.j. holmes at "the stimulus desk." what can you tell us about the program, t.j.? >> the it is the desk. we're letting people know this money is constantly going out so we're letting people know how their mono is being used. we're talking about the nsp this time, the neighborhood stabilization program. it's supposed to help the neighborhoods that have been hurt with foreclosure. some of the homes sit out and the woods grow and it's boarded up. that doesn't look good for a neighborhood and not good for
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property values. earlier this year the government handed out about $2 billion in nsp grants is what they're called. they were authorized, of course, by the stimulus bill. grants went out to 56 recipients over 28 states and d.c. got some as well and it goes to states and local municipalities and giving you one example of how your money is being spent. evanston, illinois, right outside of chicago. they got about $18 million. they were supposed to use this money for two particular neighborsed, two blighted neighborhoods. they plan to take that money. they'll purchase and rehabilitate about 100 foreclosed units for rental and resale and they'll redevelop those properties and then offer them as 30 units for affordable housing and they're cleaning up the neighborhood and make it available for someone else to move in. it could take about three years. of course, as well, kyra, the big deal of all this in the stimulus bill is how much of all of this money will be used to
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actually create jobs? on this project in particular they're not exactly sure how many jobs they're going to be able to create, but as a rule, we were told for every $100,000 in construction cost, that's the equivalent of one full-time job. so some jobs will be created and the purpose over here, stimulus desk, to let you know how your money is being used. >> you sound like an infomercial. >> your money is -- >> i think you plenty of years left in this place. that's for sure. thanks, t.j. >> out of work and out of savings. this is a great story. we'll tell you how a former business travel sers using frequent flier miles to keep a roof over his head.
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well, as a business traveler he racked up frequent flier miles and dreamed of cashing them in for a posh vacation some time, he just never imagined that those accumulated points will eventually save him from being homeless. at least for the time being. it's a remarkable and touching story from our cnn photojournalist gabi ramirez.
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>> i was managing corporate development for a firm in the bay area and helped them acquire their largest competitor and they said thank you and sent me packing. >> i lost my house about two months ago. >> i do a lot of traveling in the software business for firms meeting clients, so i accumulated a lot of miles. when i accumulated them i was hoping it would be for something like trips to hiltonhead to play golf, wine country or go to your honor or something, but it turns out i'm using them to put a roof over my head. i found out you can use united and delta points on a sliding
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scale. for example, one of the hotels is, for example, 6,000 points a night, but if you throw in $20 a night it will go down to 4500 points a night with 170,000 miles it would last me over 30 nights or so. that's 30 nights, another one, 25 nights, another one probably another 30 nights so i've got another six to eight weeks depending upon how the night works out with a night at a motel 6 here or there, throwing in before i'm going to be in more desperate straits than i already am in. >> i started just as a way to let people know what's going on, and to twitter about what was happening with being homeless and looking for a job in the recession. i hope maybe some manager in orange county would see it or in the bay area and say hey, we should talk to this guy. >> what happens in two months if


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