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son, terrific sportsman, a true patriot. he was the 12th member of his family to become a marine. the tribute ends this way. we love and miss you abe howard. rest in peace. if you have a loved one you'd like us to honor, go to cnn.com/homeandaway and type in your service member's name, and send us your thoughts and pictures and we promise to keep the memory of your hero alive. on that note, tomorrow is veteran's day. tony harris. lifting up our troops all day. >> a ton of special programs, and content all day long. all right. on your show and my show as well. can't wait. it will be a special day. you have a terrific one, kyra. >> you, too, tony. live from studio 7 at cnn headquarters, news and information you need for wednesday, november 10th. a voyage to nowhere. tugs tow a crippled cruise ship toward san diego.
the navy ferries spam and pop tarts to thousands of unhappy vacationers. brand name corporations are hiring. google is even handing out fat raises to every single employee. home for the holidays -- it is going to cost you more this year. the cnnmoney team checks on soaring air fathers. they were supposed to be krusing along the mexican riviera in luxury. instead, the ship is being towed to san diego by tugboats. the coast guard says a second tugboat is now assisting, and a third is joining the effort. the ship with almost 4500 people on board lost power following an engine room fire. it is expected to arrive in san diego late tomorrow. the navy carrier, the uss ronald
reagan" helped reply the strip. commander hicks is on the phone with us. we appreciate your time. we are seeing photos of the resupply mission. describe the mission. how did it work and what kinds of items were taken to the ship? >> good morning, tony. it was a pretty complex mission. carnival requested food and supplies be lifted over to the splendor. we were happy to assist that. they loaded it up on semitrailers, and we put it on our carrier onboard delivers, and we flew it out to the ronald reagan. the working party off-loaded it and staged it and repackaged it onto pallets and helicoptered over to the splendor. a lot of people involved, a lot of people and time involved. >> what kind of supplies are we talking about? we mentioned pop tarts. what else? >> lunch meat, canned crab,
croissants, lots of water, cups, utensils, stuff that was disposable and could be served cold and didn't have to be refrigerated and could be eaten right away. >> some sailors i understand were in contact with passengers and crew members. what kind of conditions are they describing on the ship? >> i haven't gotten a direct report from any sailors from the reagan, but from the coast guard, they said people on the ship -- obviously, it's not a deluxe cruise liner but they have potable water, the toilet systems are up and running. >> good. >> they have food, and they are under tow. it is austere but it's tolerable and we wish them the best on their voyage home. >> thank you very much. we should add that carnival is making hotel and flight arrangements once they get back to port and guests will receive
a complimentary future cruise. they say, we sincerely apologize to our guests for this unfortunate situation and offer our thanks for their patience and cooperation during this challenging time. the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to allow them to return home as quickly as possible. other big stories -- boeing is grounding all six of its 787 dream liner test planes. fire broke out in the rear of this one during a test flight. several dozen boeing employees escaped after an emergency landing in texas. in new york, 9/11 responders are getting an extra week to decide whether to agree to the deal. some 10,000 first responders say toxic dust at ground zero made them sick. at mall of america outside minneapolis, the country's biggest is at full capacity. >> for the first time ever in
the history of the mall, 18 years, we are completely out of space for christmas. >> how about that? keep in mind, retail sales account for two-thirds of economic activity in the united states. stores nationwide are on their hottest holiday hiring streak in years. ever wanted to, um, how do i say this, trash your boss on facebook? you may be in luck. a new ruling next. [ male announcer ] it's a rule of nature.
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defined solely by faith, indonesia is defined more than by its muslim population, but we also know that relations between the united states and muslim communities have frayed over many years. s president, i've made it a priority to begin to repair these relations. [ applause ] as part of that effort, i went to cairo last june, and i called for a new beginning between the united states and muslims around the world, one that creates a path for us to move beyond our differences. >> that was earlier when the president was in independent 92 sha. he is now in south korea, the third stop of his ten-day asian tour. he and others will discuss how to stabilize the world's financial markets. the summit is expected to be tense. some economic powers, china, germany, to name a couple, are
upset about the decision to pump money into the economy. josh levs is here to talk about what the elite 20 is ought about and the challenges ahead. >> we are talking about a critical group of 20 nations behind knee in red. the idea is that the g-20 takes the world's most powerful economies and combines it with the developing economies as well. so you have the big players, u.s., china, russia, france. you also have a brazil in there, indonesia and mexico and all combined when you put all of the nations together, they comprise 85% of the world's economy, so what they decide there has a massive impact on the entire world. interesting dynamic this time around. one thing we're seeing is being dubbed currency wars. that is something that plays out of what you were just talking about here. the u.s. just announced pumping
$600 billion in the economy and a lot of nations unhappy about that decision and that's setting up a whole new dynamic for this meeting here. >> josh what does this really mean? if you can explain the currency wars to us simply, what would you say here? >> let me break this down. how do i make it simple? the u.s. has been pressuring china for a long time because china -- they complain that china is trying to undervalue, lower the value of its own currency. you might say why would a nation want to lower the value of their currency? that helps exporters. the idea is that the u.s. is lowering the value of its currency. now, what does the u.s. do? it announces it's pumping $600 million into the economy, and that will lower the value of the u.s. dollar. so now you have more and more countries saying are were heading into this field of currency wars, and are we going to see more and more countries manipulating their currency to
help exporters and creating more problems. that's one of the problems. check out this, germany's finance minister called u.s. economic policy clueless. used the word clueless. ben bernanke says injecting the money into the economy is needed to drive down interest rates and get demand going. this is a sign of the challenge they're facing. two more points that we're facing going into this. one thing that is interesting about this dynamic is that now there is less unity in the g-20 because the economies are getting better. in a way that's a good thing. one thing we're seeing in this meeting -- in previous meetings, there were fierce of depression but now there is better economy, less unity, and you are seeing a potentially big problem for some countries. some nations are genuinely afraid the g-20 will cease to exist. if not much happens it might not be around. some of the economies that are
involved that are hoping to get a lot out of their involvement are concerned it will disappear. all of those dine nam issues play in as the president of the united states arrives and faces the concerns. >> a lot of countries sound like they're starting to go in their own direction, trying to figure out best policies for their individual nations and not quite as interested at least right now in this moment in doing what might be best for all of the nations as we try to dig out of the global recession. the marks have been open for an hour and a half, a little more. let's look at the numbers. new york stock exchange, we are down 66 points. nasdaq, anyone, quickly? nasdaq, tech heavy nasdaq, down as well. down 11 points. we're following the numbers for you. sports are coming up when we come back. have you been following the story of this superstar collegiate athlete, auburn's
heisman candidate, cam newton is getting a lit bit of heat. we'll examine that with ryan stewart, the man co-host, josh, the most popular sports radio talk show in the country. he is next right here in the cnn newsroom! he gecko. gecko: ah, t, as we all know, geico has been saving people money on rv, camper and trailer insurance... ...as well as motorcycle insurance... gecko: oh...sorry, technical difficulties. boss: uh...what about this? gecko: what's this one do? gecko: um...maybe that one. ♪ dance music boss: ok, let's keep rolling. we're on motorcycle insurance. vo: take fifteen minutes to see how much you can save on motorcycle, rv, and camper insurance.
the number one talk show in the country right now are you kidding me. >> i'm not. >> espn has their radio thing, and you are beating them? >> we're doing pretty good. >> i should have said the four letter network. let's start with the cam newton story. he is a heisman trophy candidate. >> polarizing. >> why is he polarizing? >> he's a big kid. >> he's an awesome specimen. >> 6'4", strong arm. >> he's a freak. >> let me read this. there are serious allegations, right, that people were working on his behalf to put together a play for pay arrangement, right? >> yes. >> for cam newton to play somewhere, and nobody is
accusing auburn of doing anything wrong here. any fire or all smoke? >> well, i have to say it's all alleged at this point in time. now that that's out of the way, i typically believe where there's smoke there is fire. i do believe there was someone talking on his behalf and i do believe there was cash exchanged, but if it wasn't, changed or given to cam or cam's father, this could just end up being a big pile of smoke. >> wait a minute. all we're getting now are allegations from unnamed sources. >> always unnamed. >> where are these sources? they're in mississippi state? what is this? >> a quarterback from mississippi state broke wind on cam. i have no idea. >> did you say broke wind? >> broke wind. we'll leave it there. urban meyer in florida saying we would not do this. we respect the young man. he's no longer here. we will not talk about that. all that's information is private information and the fact it is public is irrelevant. >> this is private information
in his private file. >> my two cents. >> you are losing bad in you are urban meyer, and the guy that used to be on your roster is now some place else. >> killing you. >> undefeated team going for a heisman, let's see if we can push dirt out there to make things unsettled. >> do you think this will hurt his eligibility moving forward through this year? >> no. >> next year. >> he's done going into the nfl after this year. can't hurt him because investigations take a long time. by the time it's complete, he will make millions in the national football league. >> last night, the miami heat, the super team, right? >> they are incredible. >> this is supposed to be the world beating team to challenge the bull's regular season record of wins. it's not go to happen? >> i don't think so. they are now 79-3. that's the best they can do. i think this is an incredible
team. they lost time during the preseason with dwyane wade's injury. they hadn't gelled or meshed yet. they are going to win the east. >> they're going to beat boften, the reining champs. ? they have a problem stopping point guards. if they get a point guard that can play the position, they will be a better ball club. they have a problem with teams that have a big men. there aren't many big men left in the logue so they should be oak quay. >> you have a problem with eddie house shooting last-second shots. >> they should sit him down and you have this super team, house is not supposed to take the last shot. >> i want to role this clip here. kurt warner eliminated from "dancing with the stars." is there a chance you or your brother could end up on the
show? >> we would win hands down. >> you are the number one sports talk show in the kun. is there a chance could you end up on the program? >> we're the soul procedure brothers, of course, we could. we dance, play pool. why is bristol palin on the program. this is dancing with the stars. her star isn't glowing. she's stiff as a board. why is she still on. i stopped watching when rick fox got eliminated. rick should have won. >> number one, how does it feel to be number one? >> god is good. >> i'm trying to get there. >> you're the man. still to come, america's best companies hiring right now. we're not talking holiday jobs. these are full-time with benefits. some of those hires -- nordstrom's whole foods, go on line with us right now. let's do it now.
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what they're doing now is just taking over that plaza, sitting there, throwing items at riot police that have been called in. they trashed the place, vandalizing it, and it's now something of a full-on range. there's dance music out here. they're's lighting bonfires in the plaza, and riot police are simply standing by. this all came out of a largely peaceful protest earlier with 40,000 students, but a largely violent group smashed their way into the building and police are biding their time to find a way to get them out of here. >> explain to us why this is happening. we were talking about this as being a peaceful demonstration that is protesting, demonstrating against higher tuition fees. is that what this started out as? >> reporter: this started out as a very peaceful demonstration by
about 40,000 students basically because university fees here are due to belled. they are paying about $5,000 for tuition and the government says universities can now charge up to $15,000 and that's a huge hike for students. people here don't save for college funds the way they do in the u.s. so students and families are completely unprepared, and add to that the fact that the government says it will slash university budges by as much as 40%. there's a lot of anger. people feel like they're getting hit twice with these cuts, but what nobody expected is that it would turn violent. one of the questions being asked is why there wasn't more of a police presence to prevent this from happening. >> well, you mentioned the government cuts to education. is that all a part of new austerity measures to try to bring the uk budget deficit into some kind of alignment?
>> reporter: that's exactly what this is, all about the austerity budget that the conservative party put into place. they say we can't afford this and can't subsidize the universities like we used to. the students say we understand that but it's happening too soon to have this immediate effect of tripling the tuition fees and families simply can't afford it. >> this what austerity looks like in the uk. here's the other question. we mentioned again, that these were peaceful demonstrators at the beginning of this event. are we talking about some knuckleheads? it seems like in every big protest, we get opportunityives who take the moment to turn something that is basically peaceful into something that looks like this. is that wa we have here? >> reporter: it's a bit of both. most students i talked to say this is wrong, gives the wrong impression of what the students are angry about but what
happened is a group of anarchists tried to break into the building, mash into the windows and attracted the attention of people who were already angry and so they flooded into this area and took it over. most of the peaceful students have gone home but there is still a hard core group of several hundreds that continue to take over the plaza. >> that's usually the case. atika shubert in london, thank you. millions of americans are looking for work right now and, guess what, there are jobs apparently to be had. really, seemingly out of nowhere, we're talking jobs. stephanie elam has the details from new york. where can we find the open positions? >> we have to find where we can get the jobs. start off with ernst & young, 10,000 finance and technology jobs open.
price waterhouse coopers has jobs. marriott has 5500 jobs, and also intel, grocery store companies and you can see the names of the companies on the screen. cnnmoney.com. >> with so many people out of work here right now, stephanie, across the country, how can an applicant make themselves stand out? >> that's key for so many people, right, tony? you have to figure out how to make yourself more presentable. fortune spoke to the company's recruiters. there are common themes. main one, be passion about what you do outside of work, be alive, familiar with the company see you have thoughtful questions and clear and confident when you are communicating your skills. >> we have positive news. i think i saw the number just a moment ago on new claims falling to a four-month low. is that helping the market at all? >> it should be but it's not
really happening today. it's good news, moving in the right direction but it's being outshined by nervousness about inflation and the g-20 meeting tomorrow. we did have a nice rally. analysts say it's prudent to take a little off the table. you see the dow down and the nasdaq down 13. this is the right move for the numbers, and it's good to know there's jobs out there. >> that's the best news. stephanie, appreciate it. a new study says teens who spend excessive time texting are more likely to drink, smoke, use drugs and have sex. the study suggests that so-called hyper texting and overuse of social media can have dangerous health impacts on teens. how many texts do you have to send a day to be considered a hyper texter? the answer in 75 seconds.
so you know you're a hyper texter when your thumbs ache all of the time. i think that was supposed to be funny. was it funny? was it all right? >> needs an improvement on delivery. >> it was delivery? >> it's fine. >> how many texts do you have to send a day to be considered a hyper texter? what's your guess? 20, 50. do you know what the answer is, here, rob? >> 120. wonder where my kids are with this. my daughter's ridiculous on this thing. that's according to a new study by the case western reserve school of medicine. >> do you know what they say? >> they are more apt to do sex,
drugs and rock 'n' roll. you need to have a talk with your daughter. >> let's get this under control. >> if i text five in a day, i feel like i'm aching. >> you have to reach out and communicate more. >> we are really close. >> we have another story that's trending and we're following. a mystery that happened 35 years ago today. >> it's a big deal on cnn.com. we play up the anniversary in the weather department. 35 years ago this monster ship, cargo ship, over 700 feet long. at the time it was the pride of the american fleet, kind of a titanic of sorts. >> the edmund fitzgerald. >> sank in a storm there that rivals but doesn't exceed the storm we had this past october. big deal on cnn.com.
take a look. >> there's a song, right? >> gordon lightfoot. ♪ the legend lives on the big lake they call ♪ >> gitchigumi. >> i think it means lake superior in the chippewa language. >> can we not play it on the air? no. >> i forgot. >> thank you. >> there are all sorts of things to show you. we'll do weather in about ten mins. >> rob marciano. tip your waitresses. a beer for a buck? not what you think really. a deer crashes through a bar window, injuring a few tables and chairs along the way. see it again what inn a couple of moments.
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demonstration, right, 40,000 students protesting higher tuition fees. and at some point our understanding is a group of anarchists sort of took over things and turned what was peaceful into something that was decidely not peaceful. the anarchists, we understand, broke into the governing parties' harkteadquarters, so t is a lot of consternation right now because there doesn't seem to have been enough of a police presence to take care of this situation. a lot of police on the scene now, as you would maelg, but things seemingly at certain points, seemed to be getting a bit out of hand here. fires set outside of that particular building. is this a live picture here? we understand that a lot of the students actually have dispersed
and have left the scene and any chi yot and problems being caused right now are being caused by a group of anarchists. this is an aerial view outside the scene of the governing party's headquarters right now. we will keep an eye on the situation and bring you updates as we get them here in the cnn newsroom. >> jurors hear more testimony today from elizabeth smart about what she calls her nine months in hell. she returns for a third day for testimony in the trial of her accused kidnapper brian david mitchell. she was snatched from her bedroom and held captive for nine months. she talks about an attempt to escape. i didn't get very far and they told me if i ever tried it again i would be killed. jean casarez is in salt lake for the trial and joins us with
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talking about south florida here, on lockdown after what's being described as a credible threat. cnn producer rich phillips is on the line with us. what are you learning about this story. >> reporter: hey, how are you doing today? >> good. >> reporter: that lockdown in the schools has been extended to the entire county of broward county. for viewers who aren't familiar with the area, ft. lauderdale area and parts west. it's literally the fifth largest school district in the united states. we're talking about 231 schools plus 69 charter schools and administrative offices. now, a threat came into the pem brook pines police, we understand at about 8:40 this morning, although they're saying the threat has not been confirmed, as a precaution they went ahead and locked down the schools. they said an e-mail was sent to them stating quote something big was going to happen around
government building in broward county. out of an abundance of caution, these schools are locked down as well as governor offices, and we're waiting for a news conference in about ten minutes. >> let's leave it there for now. let us know when we get a heads up on that news conference, when it will take place. we are in position to bring that to you live when that happens. rich phillips for us, our cnn producer in miami. let's get to weather. rob marciano, you've got, snowy conditions, i see? >> yeah, fair amount snow across the rockies, the wasatch, rockies and sierras. we expect to see more in the way of snow. no winter storm warnings but snow in the higher elevations. finally the rainfall is beginning to taper off across the northeast as that low begins
to exit, new york back through d.c. basically, slowly, from east to west we will see things clear out and warm up. the warmup is across the midsection of the country. temperatures that could approach record-breaking levels. we had records fall yesterday in parts of minnesota. we might see that again today before this front makes its way toward the east. maybe 70 today before the day is done in chicago, 70 in kansas city. first flakes of snow flying in denver proper, obviously melting with a high temperature day of 45 degrees. that's a quick check of the weather. mom, new shoes?
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candidate and incumbent senator and joe miller. they are counting today. joe miller has filed a complaint with the courts saying that, in fact, when they count these ballots, they should have the intent, the voter intent has to be very clear, including that the name has to be written correctly and not misspelled. election officials, however, are going to be looking at these ballots, and they see that the voters' intent it is to support lisa murkowski, they will be counted. we will find out what happens with that court case later today. with republicans coming here to washington, d.c., we're going to see two african-americans come to d.c. will they join the congressional black caucus, tim scott from south carolina says he doesn't think so and will probably steer away from that, which in the past with the likes of j.c. watts, he didn't join it.
however, down in florida, allen west, the other african-american candidate said, in fact, he would join it. on don lemon, he said, i think i'm more than qualified, i'm a member of congress and i am black, so i have a right to be a member of the cbc unless they change the name. that is a predominantly democratic organization. staying on south carolina, big 2012 foss news. karen floyd is going to step down. she had a successful election season but there are a lot of people running for her position. expect that the potential presidential candidates will be doing a lot of campaigning in florida. for the latest political news, you know where to go, cnnpolitics.com. gecko: gd news sir, i jugot ae
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a couple of stories we're following right now. let's first update the situation in florida. 17 florida schools on lockdown. it's actually bigger than that at this point. we're the broward county school website that pembroke pines police are scheduling a news conference shortly, that this lockdown that started with 17 schools has now been expanded, that schools in the entire county, all of broward county now on lockdown. so essentially, you have 257,000 students. right? 231 traditional schools and centers. and 69 charter schools. all on lockdown right now because of what's described as a credible threat. so we will continue to follow developments in that story. and as soon as we get the timing on that news conference, we are
set to bring that to you live right here on the "cnn newsroom." and let's take you to london now. we can show you the situation now. this an overhead shot. just outside of the offices, the headquarters of the governing party. where earlier there was a demonstration, a mostly peaceful demonstration, you'd have to say, that at some point turned violent when anarchists stormed the gathering. 40,000 students were protesting higher university tuition fees. the anarchists joined the fray. violence broke out. and we had kicking and things being thrown and an attempt to take over and break into the governing party's headquarters. but as you can see now from this picture, it looks like order has been restored. again, we will keep an eye on this situation as well. a nearly 40% of americans are expected to travel this season. that's according to a survey by american express travel. most of us, 74%, will drive to our destination.
okay. if you are heading home for the holidays, pretty good song, right? from kenny loggins. bring a fat wallet along for the ride. airfares are climbing higher. let's get to stephanie elam, part of the cnn money team. she has top tips for us today. stephanie, good to see you again. are we talking a small increase here or something you will really feel? >> i think you're going to feel this one, tony. i'm talking about fares going up about 17% this holiday season.
>> yeah. >> farecompare.com says that's about 10 to 20 bucks higher for domestic travel compared to last year. so that means shopping around is going to be key here. so if you're looking to book for travel for thanksgiving, i really do hope you stashed away some extra cash since pricing jumped about 14 days before. so we're getting close to that window. and if you're looking for christmas travel, start shopping now to avoid the sticker shock, tony. >> well, help me here. when are the best and worst days to fly around the holidays? >> well, definitely not the busiest travel day of the year, which is the sunday right after thanksgiving, in case you were wondering. that's a day you'd want to stay away from the airport. rick ceni from farecompare says fly on the tuesday versus the wednesday before thanksgiving and on the sunday and monday after new year's day. and if you don't mind delaying the celebration, and i realize this is not going to work for most people, he says try to travel on the holiday itself. it will be pretty empty in the airport, tony. and you'll save a few bucks in the long run as well. >> got you. so what's the best time to shop
for tickets online, or is that a myth, that there is an optimum time? >> you know what? i actually tried this one out yesterday, and ceni says in general the best time to look for the max number of cheap seats is tuesday at 3:00 p.m. eastern, noon if you're out there on the west coast. now, these deals disappear by thursday. so you don't want to wait till the weekend to shop. i did try this and i actually found a pretty cheap flight to los angeles in just a few weeks. so that was actually encouraging for me. now, also, look for wednesday flights since that's the cheapest day of the week to fly, but not in the case of course of the wednesday before thanksgiving, obviously. on top of that the folks at "travel & leisure" say if your round-trip flight doesn't include a saturday you may pay more, tony, but look into two one-way tickets from airlines like southwest and jetblue, which don't require round-trip purchases for you to get their lowest prices. >> well, thanks, stephanie. tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. used to be the best time to shop online. not anymore. >> now everyone's going to be looking. i know. >> all right, stephanie, appreciate it. thank you.
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okay. we are talking holiday travel costs with stephanie elam at the cnn money desk. you thought you were done, stephanie. you're not done. you'd better put that microphone on right now. >> you were missing me, tony. >> yes. >> okay. are you with me? >> i'm with you. >> here we go. if i want a better room, let's say at a hotel or resort, right? the holiday season. if i want to upgrade is basically i guess what i'm asking, you got any advice that
will help me get that upgrade? >> i do indeed. i'm glad i'm back to tell you about it, tony. because sometimes if you're late to check in guess what? that actually can make all the difference. folks at "travel & leisure" say the later you check in after noon the less rooms are sold or cancellations then tend to happen. so you could actually have a chance to score an upgrade, especially if you're only staying a night or two. also check your connections with your credit cards and other membership programs like aaa or the aarp which may -- >> hey, stephanie? >> yeah. >> i'm sorry, i hustled you back to your seat and we've got to end this because i've got to get everyone to pembroke pines, florida, where we're getting an update on the lockdown of the schools in broward county. >> that e-mail was from the person who we believe is the threat. he indicated in his e-mail that something big will happen at a government building, maybe a post office, maybe even a school. as of this time we have no confirmation as to the identity of a specific person.
we're following up numerous leads as we speak. all agencies in broward county have been updated as to this information, and we will update you on that information as our case progresses. there's a public information rumor control hotline that's been set up. the number is 954-get-info. that's 954-get-info. the public can call in to that number and receive information as we make it available. i must emphasize at this time that all of the children in the schools in pembroke pines and to my information throughout broward county are safe at this time. they're very well protected. and there's no credible threat. the schools are all on lockdown as a precaution. that limits the movement of students in the schools and keeps the environment more safe. later today the school board will be releasing information concerning today's school dismissal. >> captain, was this call made by the wife to the radio station initially? >> that's our information, yes. >> so there was an e-mail and there was a call.
were you able to find -- so you were not able to find where this person resides? >> we're following that up right now, and as soon as we can find that out we're going to have -- >> any indication why the wife would call a radio station first and not authorities? >> we believe that the -- >> that is correct, right? she called the radio station? >> the wife called the radio station, the radio station let us know. i believe the wife was trying to influence the radio station to influence her husband to not do anything. >> which radio station was it? >> we're not releasing that at this time. >> can you go over the initial scenario again? we were having some audio problems. >> sure. initially, a -- we received information on a threat from a local radio station indicating that a woman had called in this morning saying that her husband was going to respond to a school in pembroke pines and start shooting. >> and obviously, you took that seriously. >> we took that very seriously. all of the schools went to lockdown in the city of pembroke pines, and officers -- extra officers were sent to all the schools to help protect the school.
>> why is has the blanket lockdown been extended for all the schools in broward county? >> that was a decision made by the school board and probably had something to do with the non-specific information. you know, the first information we got confined the information to pembroke pines, but when the -- when we saw the e-mail and it mentioned broward county, they chose to act on that. >> how long will this lockdown continue for? >> that's undecided as of now. but it will continue as long as it needs to to make sure that all the students are safe. >> isn't it easily traceable, an e-mail address? >> we are working on -- every possible resource working on that right now. >> are you in touch with this woman, captain? >> we are not. >> do you know who the woman is? >> we are not at this time. we are trying to make contact right now. >> so what do you think the radio station could have done to influence her husband? what was that thought process? >> i have no idea. >> she was thinking if they said something on the radio it would straighten her husband out or something? >> that's what we think. >> do you have any idea if the husband is some kind of wacko or
something like that? >> i don't know. >> what about the e-mail? >> just what i had already mention mentioned. >> has the fbi or other federal authorities been notified -- >> they've all been notified. we're working with state, local, and federal authorities to bring this to a very quick close if possible. thank you. >> folks, guys, we're going to give periodic updates. so if you want to hang around, we'll try and get to you like every 30 -- >> okay. so let's do our best to recap what we know on this story. maybe 20 minutes ago we began to report this story of 17 schools in pembroke, florida that -- pembroke pines, florida that had been put on lockdown because of what was described as a credible threat. we have more details now. the threat that led to the lockdown of the pembroke pines schools was actually phoned into a local radio station, and then there was a subsequent e-mail threat that led officials to extend the lockdown to all of the schools in broward county.
and that's a pretty sizable number there. let's see. over 257,000 students. 230 traditional schools and 69 charter schools a part of that extended lockdown. our rich brooks is working this story for us right now, and we're going to get rich on the phone as soon -- rich phillips, i'm sorry. rich phillips is in florida, one of our cnn producers, and we're going to get rich on the line as soon as we can to get to more of the really salient points of that news conference in just a couple minutes right here on the "cnn newsroom." okay. it is getting, shall i say, curiouser and curiouser. a lot more guesses but still no answers as to what crossed the skies in southern california on monday. a mistaken missile? the defense department has no reports of any launch. but experts are now weighing in on what it's not. are you following me here? josh levs has more details. josh. >> what do you think, snoin missile? plane? missile? >> i think some kind of -- i
don't know. >> i'm about to play you some sound from two different experts we talked to. one of them says it's absolutely obviously a plane and the other one says it's absolutely obviously not. let's get back to the video so i can talk to you about what everyone's talking about. what you keep hearing is that it could actually be an optical illusion. >> yes. >> a contrail. and i know a lot of people don't understand that. it's kind of like a rorschach test to be able to see this. the idea is if instead of taking off from the ground and shooting up to the sky if instead it's flying toward you and it leaves this condensation trail, contrail, behind it, over time that condensation broadens out a little bit, gets a little thicker. the farther back you go, the thicker that line would be. but to our eye when we see a thicker line we think it means closer to the ground. so the idea of this optical illusion is that the plane is actually coming closer toward you as the line gets smaller. you know when you're standing on the ground you look off to the horizon it feels like the earth is flat and the sky goes down. so what you really would be seeing is something farther away coming toward you. that's what we keep hearing about, this idea of an optical
illusion, a contrail. a lot of experts think that's what it is. here is one of them. >> the vehicle hit the tip of the contrail is moving far too slowly to be a rocket. since the contrail is eliminated by the sunset, you're able to see hundreds of miles of it all the way to the horizon. this creates an optical illusion that it was fired out of the ocean a few dozen miles away. >> but i spoke with another expert who's a professor at m.i.t. who -- he studies these things and he teaches about them. he says there's no way this is an airplane. he has a very different idea. take a look. >> it certainly appears to be a missile that was shot into the air. the video appears to be tracking the object after what looks like a separation between two rocket stages. the -- there's a later part of the video that has a bright
point of light followed by a very dilute contrail, not nearly as intense as the contrail at lower altitude. that's typical also for a rocket motor. >> so we're hearing everything. and he also says if it's an airplane why can't u.s. officials just say which one it was? we have records of aircraft. especially in this post-9/11 world we know when major aircraft are taking place. we're supposed to. when they're taking off. and we're just getting no answers from the government. from all these different departments of the government. no answers. we are hearing from some of you. here's how you can weigh in. we're talking about it on facebook and twitter and at the blog. i'm at joshlevscnn. i'll tell you, tony, a lot of people with a lot of theories. we are still awaiting the hard concrete facts here. o'two. one, what is this thing? and two, why doesn't the government seem to know? >> yeah. after hearing both of those possible explanations, now i really want to know. now i'm really curious. >> there you go. could be either one. >> all right, josh, appreciate it. let's get back to our lead story now. cnn producer rich phillips is on the phone with me now.
he's reporting on that school lockdown in pembroke county, florida. and rich, the news conference just wrapped up. and my understanding is that the first threat was actually phoned into a local radio station? the threat of violence. >> yeah, that's right, tony. this is one that we're all kind of scratching our heads over. including the police, quite frankly. because the way this started was around 8:40 this morning, where the wife of a man called a radio station and told the radio station that her husband was going to go to a pembroke pines school and start shooting. now, she didn't call 911, she didn't call the police, she called the radio station. shortly thereafter, the police received an e-mail from they believe a man, who said to them in this e-mail, again, to the radio station, that "something big was going to happen." and right now that's all police have to go on right now.
they've contacted the fbi, state and local authorities, everybody's working this really hard, and the end result in this is a massive, massive shutdown -- >> right. >> -- or lockdown of literally the sixth largest school district in the country. and we're not just talking about a handful of schools, one or two, like we often do during the course of our news coverage. >> right, right. >> we're talking about 231 schools, 69 charter schools. and tony, this affects over 250,000 students right now. so this is not your run-of-the-mill school lockdown by any stretch of the imagination. they're taking this seriously. and they hope to be able to brief us and update us with more as the day goes along. >> well, we may not know the answer to this next question yet, but rich, what's the process here when you lock down that many schools? we see this on a more isolated basis where you have to go and completely sweep and check out a particular -- a particular
school that's been placed on lockdown. that process now has to be played out over and across all of the schools in this county? >> you know, the short answer, tony, is yes. >> wow. >> there are -- there is a police presence. we're told that at every school in the county. again, we're talking about about 300 schools, plus administrative offices. so this is not a small undertaking we're talking about. >> that's amazing. started out as a phone threat, a phoned-in threat to a local radio station, and then an e-mail threat. all right, rich, as you get more information just give us a holler. we'll get you back on the air as quickly as possible. rich phillips for us. a student protest gets way out of hand today in london. we'll roll in some of the pictures of it. cnn's atika schubert joining us now. walk us through this. what actually happened? we understand this started out as a peaceful protest of about
40,000 students over tuition fees going up considerably and then things kind of went to hell. >> reporter: that's right. this was essentially a peaceful protest about tuition fees basically tripling. people used to pay 5,000 for tuition. well, the government has taken the cap off that, and now universities can charge almost as much as 15,000 for tuition. so that was just too much for a lot of students. so about 40,000 of them took to the streets. mostly peaceful protests. but then it ended up with this. basically, a few of the protests got very violent and angry. they tried to smash into the office of where the government -- where the conservative party headquarters here. and what you're seeing here now is the last of the protesters essentially being pushed out of the building. as you can see, riot police are trying to move people back and out of the way, trying to get more control of the situation. and frankly, what the protesters have done is they have taken over this entire plaza, lighting bonfires, vandalizing.
you can see that they smashed right through the plate glass windows in. lighting firecrackers. they even managed to get into the building, get on top of the roof, and were throwing down fire extinguishers. so it was really quite a chaotic scene here. but police do seem to have more control of the situation now. and the question is what is the government going to do about it? what is the message they're going to take from this? and, you know, is it going to change anything? >> and atika, for a while there there was a lot of hand wringing because there just didn't seem to be in place a plan to handle the protests and particularly as it started to grow in size. and i'm talking about a police presence. >> reporter: well, this is the thing. there was a very minimal police protest at first. there's some question as to whether or not they simply underestimated -- >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: -- the amount of protesters that were going to be here today. i know that when they first broke into the building here there were hardly any police.
in fact, there was one security guard that was there with a walkie-talkie trying to control the situation. that does seem to have changed. a number of police obviously are here trying to push people out. a lot of questions will be asked about where were the police earlier. >> wow. it was pretty chaotic earlier. all right. atika shubert for us. atika-g to see you. thank you. we have yet another breaking story we're learning about right now. susan candiotti joins us on the phone with more information about that package bomb found almost two weeks ago at east midlands airport in england. susan, what are you learning? >> reporter: hi, tony. well, we're learning today from a senior u.s. counterterrorism official telling cnn that that package bomb that was found, as you indicated, a good 12 years ago at east midlands airport in england was set to explode some six hours after it was found. now, you'll remember, tony, that last week it was revealed that it was only about 17 minutes from exploding. that information being released by senior officials in the uk.
however, this is new information coming out after authorities had more time to look over that petn bomb that was contained in that parcel package, you'll recall. >> right. >> that was being shipped from yemen originally, a ups package in this case, that was stopped in england. they looked it over not once but twice, and on the second inspection, that is when they discovered that there were explosives inside that printer cartridge. now, what's significant about this information is that it raises furthermore questions as to where the bomb was supposed to go off. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: on the ground, in the plane. now, this seems to indicate, given the time differences here and the time it would take to fly from the uk to where the package was addressed in chicago, authorities believe more and more that this was set to blow up the plane as opposed
to arriving in chicago. however, the question is still -- there are too many uncertainties here as to whether it would have gone off over the water or on approach to the united states or immediately after landing. a lot of questions still surrounding this because we don't know precisely how long it would have taken for that plane to take off if it hadn't been delayed by the inspection after inspection. >> exactly. susan candiotti for us with new information. susan, appreciate it. thank you. jurors hear more testimony today from elizabeth smart about what she calls her nine months in hell. we're live on that after a break. to put our 24-hour frequent heartburn protection to the test for two weeks. [ diehl ] people think that we're indestructible, but if you're out there and you're feeling burning it's gonna affect the way that you play. [ herrera ] in my world either you get it done, or they're gonna find someone to get it done for you. [ diehl ] prilosec otc is the one thing i can count on to block my heartburn. prilosec otc is protecting me.
jurors hear more testimony today from elizabeth smart about what she calls, quoting now, "my nine months in hell." smart was snatched from her bedroom in 2002 and held captive for nine months. she testifies for a third day in the trial of her accused kidnapper, brian david mitchell. correspondent jean casarez of "inside edition" on our sister network, trutv, is covering the trial in salt lake city. jean, good to see you, as always. hey, i've got to tell you, this is -- well, i don't have to tell you. you know this for yourself. you're in the courtroom. this is really tough testimony. and i'm wondering from your vantage point how has elizabeth smart held up during her testimony? >> reporter: you know, i have seen a change in her personality just today. i want to tell you, she just stepped off the witness stand. her testimony, minutes ago it
just ended. but i saw a much more defiant elizabeth smart today, a bit sarcastic, some anger i heard from on the stand today. the other days she has been very quiet but yet very pensive and very thoughtful with very explicit answers. you know, when i entered the courtroom today, i want to tell you also, that they were taking brian david mitchell out of the courtroom. at the moment i was entering. because he sings all the time. and the judge tells him you have a constitutional right to be present but if you sing i have to remove you. so there were six plainclothes agents that were around him in a huddle as they were walking down the courtroom hall. he was handcuffed to the back. he went into a room. and that is where he watches the trial. but elizabeth smart today on direct testimony, i think the government prosecutor was trying to anticipate the cross-examination by saying he was so into religion, but when did he ever help people? he never helped people. when did he give money to people? he never gave money to people in need. at that salvation army dinner,
did he help serve food to people? no, he didn't do anything. he was selfish. he was just into himself, she said. then on cross-examination just minutes ago, it was a short cross-examination by the defense, the defense attorney says to her, you know, i remember you said that he was a light sleeper and that's why you didn't try to escape. so he's trying to show that maybe she wasn't held against her will. >> wow. >> elizabeth said to him on the stand, she said, "i'm so glad you mentioned that. because back last november when at the competency hearing you refreshed my memory about him being a light sleeper. he was a light sleeper. he would get up. he'd go to the bathroom. he'd bounce. and maybe he would pray." >> wow. jean, so is elizabeth smart, is she done? is her testimony complete, direct and cross? is she done? >> reporter: yes. we never dreamed that the cross-examination would be so short. but the federal prosecutor was very gentle.
because this is the surviving victim. and so there was not extensive cross-examination. just a few points. and now we're on break but we'll be on to the next witness. but remember, she always could be called again by the defense as a defense witness. and you never know. a rebuttal case, she could be called again also. >> and one more quick one for you. what kind of portrait of brian david mitchell is -- has emerged from elizabeth smart's testimony? >> reporter: someone that was into sex and into alcohol on a daily basis. someone that was only interested in themselves. and she talked today as if she was preaching to the jury, and she said, "there is a god, and god is good, and god would never have someone kidnap me out of my own bed and take me and put me through what he did and what my parents went through. god would never do that." >> wow. jean casarez, that is some powerful stuff. jean, appreciate it.
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counterterrorism source tells cnn that the package bomb found 12 days ago at the east midlands airport in england was set to explode some six hours after it was found. the bomb was hidden inside printer cartridges. boeing's much talked about 787 dreamliner has a not so dreamy test flight. what went wrong, and why is this plane considered the next generation of flight?
and chad, this is a project, the dreamliner, we've seen problem after problem with this particular plane. >> right. >> i mean, we really have. >> yes. and you know what? and this is not the first story we had about big planes this week. right? having problems. and you'll notice on the tail number, or the tail of that plane it's "ana." it doesn't say 787. it was nippon -- all nippon air. that's what ana stands for. these are six planes up in the sky. they are flying. they are doing all of the things that they do, boeing will do, any airplane will do, any air manufacturer will do, to make sure that nothing happens in the sky. well, from reports of people that were in the plane, and there weren't just pilots in the plane, there's reportedly 30 to 40 people on this plane as it landed that had to be taken off by the chutes that they evacuated on the sides, which worked perfectly. but there was really a fire there. it wasn't just smoke. there were real flames that people saw in the cabin that
were quickly extinguished. the good news is this was on a six-hour flight. this was landing on approach when this smoke occurred. so things happen on a plane on approach. flaps go down. gear goes down. all -- so many other things are happening on an airplane that don't happen when you're six hours just flying at 40,000 feet. so they're going to look, take a look at what was overheating, what happened, why when the systems were used, actuated to make the plane, you know, descend and land, what happened. the great news is this didn't happen at 40,000 feet over no man's land without an airport. this happened very close to an airport, and they were able to land. >> yeah. >> had that fire not been taken care of at 40,000 feet -- >> can you imagine? >> this would be a different story today. no question about it. >> yeah. boy, they've had some problems with that airliner, that jetliner. all right, chad, appreciate it. thank you. >> sure. got to tell you, he -- he lost both his legs in combat, but iraq war veteran dale beatty
did not lose his drive to serve his country. the purple heart recipient now helps to run a group that modifies homes for disabled military men and women. photojournalist jay mcmichael was there as beatty and his team from purple heart homes went to work. >> i'm staff sergeant dale beatty, retired, from north carolina. playing drums with my band today, southern fried. hopefully, we're going to rock these other bands off the stage. ♪ a big part of getting back to living is doing therapy. ♪ i had to start playing drums again because i'd done that before. >> purple heart homes is a 501-c3 public charity founded by john galino and myself.
we are 100% veteran owned and operated. we're both combat-wounded veteran. today we're out here for a vietnam veteran, kevin smith, who is looking at some decreased mobility. >> i've had 14 surgeries on my right knee with three total knee replacements. i've had eight operations on my elbow with two total elbow replacements. i've had three back operations with steel plates and rods put in my back. >> what we're doing here is building him an accessible ramp and a nice deck where he can get into his house. coming down from his driveway, he has steps with no handrails and he's probably looking at being in a wheelchair very soon. >> i heard about the project. i asked if anybody had volunteered for the landscaping. the answer was no. so i volunteered. >> this is probably about i'd say 60 hours of volunteer labor to get us to this point. >> this is my office right here. steve jobs would like that, wouldn't he? most of our calls are really not
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perhaps no company town in america as iconic as hershey, pennsylvania. >> here's a job i'd go for. kiss inspector. >> reporter: but as it often goes in places like this, many jobs that built this town have been shipped out. how did you feel the day that you were told your plant was closing and you'd lose a little under half of your colleagues? what was the first thought that came to your mind, everyone? >> sick. >> reporter: sick? >> wanted to cry. >> reporter: you wanted to cry. >> the manufacturing jobs don't exist anymore. and to this generation now a $10 an hour job is a good job. it shouldn't be like that. >> reporter: the company has been shedding hundreds of jobs here since it began a major restructuring in 2007. and now, 500 to 600 more local jobs are being cut. but in june union workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of those job cuts, approving a contract that will end production at hershey's original factory and leave hundreds of their fellow
union members out of work. in return, hershey committed to staying in the town and will spend up to $300 million to modernize its newer plant there. it was vote yes, union members say, or see hershey pack up and leave. how many of you in here voted yes? >> it was either take it and lose this much or don't take it and lose it all. that's what it came down to. >> reporter: of this group, laurie duikert is the most likely to lose her job because of a lack of seniority. how are you feeling? >> scared. you don't know what you're going to do. >> reporter: state assemblyman john paine worked at the hershey plant for 30 years. >> and if that facility would have gone to new york or virginia or, worse yet, out of the united states, we'd have lost all those jobs. and not only would we have lost the jobs for today, there would be no jobs 20 years from now. >> the idea that this company might leave the community altogether is scary not only to the people who work there but to everybody else who know
indirectly that their lives -- their livelihoods depend upon this company. >> reporter: that may be. but unlike many other so-called company towns across america, hershey, pennsylvania has a future. with or without its namesake company. the medical center is now the largest employer, and the amusement park attracts thousands of tourists a year. >> i actually think we're a stronger community today than we were 40 years ago, where we put all of our money into -- all of our eggs into one basket and depended on just the chocolate factory. >> i'm hoping years from now, when you're retired, i'm retired, that somebody else will get employed here in hershey because we did the right thing by keeping the plant here. >> reporter: and talk about a difficult decision, tony. no one has to decide that their fellow colleagues will be laid off. we tried time and time again to talk to hershey. they wouldn't let us in the factory. they wouldn't talk to us on camera. i will read you the statement they gave us.
they said, "the project will help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the hershey company." they went on to say that their old factory can't be modernized to meet the manufacturing needs of a 21st century business. but a very, very difficult time, but this is the reality for so many, tony, of these american company towns that were built around one company 100 years ago. >> and the other reality is you had better diversify -- >> reporter: yes. >> -- your opportunities in your towns so that you're not, boy, really under the gun when one of these towns goes through a difficult time and has to restructure and jobs are lost. amazing stuff. good story. poppy, appreciate it. thank you. good to see you. breaking news. riots in london. peaceful protests turn violent. we will tell you what students there are so angry about. and inside that box is their financial life. people wake up and realize i better start doing something. we open up that box. we organize it. and we make decisions. we really are here to help you.
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economies. huh. cnn's christine romans is in new york to help with us this story. i've got a couple of questions for you and a couple of questions only, ms. christine romans. >> sure. >> germany and china are a couple of countries running surpluses right now. >> yep. >> the u.s. and uk, for example, running deficits. so what is the president's posture at the g-20 in the face of the criticism he's receiving over fed policies? does the president say look, in the final analysis you can buy more of our stuff, you countries with surpluses, or we can buy less of yours and then let's see what happens with those tidy little surpluses you're running up? >> that's the conversation i think they'd like to be having, global imbalances. right? >> yeah. >> for a year we've been listening to timothy geithner, the treasury secretary, and the president talking about global imbalances, which means the u.s. needs to buy less from overseas, export more, europe needs to invest more, and china needs to develop its domestic consumer, china needs to buy more stuff. but that's not the conversation they're having, tony. the conversation they're having is the u.s. on the defensive because of quantitative easing,
the fed rushing in and putting $600 billion of money into the system. a lot of our friends and allies and our, i would say, you know, challenging, our competitors in the world are a little concerned about that. that's what the story is this time. >> what do you think comes of this discussion? i mean, should we be on the defensive? and what's our pushback? >> well, a year ago at the g-20 in pittsburgh the whole story was how we were going to speak with one voice, these 20 countries. >> i remember that, yeah. >> the brics, brazil, russia, india, china, the u.s., uk, europe, we were going to speak with one voice, and together we'd all ride the -- >> yes. >> -- recovery and the global economy together. well, we're not together. there's discord here. and i've been talking to people this morning who've been following this very closely. and they're saying, you know, look, they're trying to repair these relationships so we don't move toward a trade war or a currency war where everyone's trying to devalue their currency to help their exports and then no one wins and the economy is
no better off globally. so they're really trying to repair this, looking at things globally instead of country by country, and they feel as though -- they feel as though they've taken a step back from last year in many cases. >> so you've teed me up. could we, given this climate that you've just described, could we essentially have a trade war? could, for example, congress slap a tariff on chinese goods coming into this country and and look, with our economy struggling, millions out of work, we've got a republican house coming in. could that house be looking at ways to get manufacturing going in this country and getting more of our goods sold here and overseas? >> it's interesting. because the house already, the current house of representatives already passed a bill, and it hasn't gone to the senate, and many people think the administration is trying hard to keep it from going to the senate and they're using the world trade organization instead to try to alleviate what they think are some concerns with the chinese on leveling the playing field and the like.
but you're right. when you have this many people out of work in this country, domestic priorities for all of these countries, domestic priorities start to trump, you know, the happy diplomatic glad-handing from g-20 meetings, quite frankly. and tony, there are numbers today that i think are really important numbers. look, the most recent month that we have census data, the united states sold $7 billion worth of products to china. we bought $35 billion worth of products from china. that's a really big disparity. >> come on. >> these are the kinds of disparities, tony, that were evident before the crisis, and some say these global imbalances are a big cause of the crisis. and they're still there. >> yeah. let's see what comes out of this. i'm really interested. christine, appreciate it. thanks for your help on this story. >> sure. and a couple of other top stories we're following for you. breaking news. riots in london. peaceful protests turn violent when students angry over a spike in tuition fees broke into the millbank tower headquarters for the conservative part xwrip the
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you know, we mentioned women breaking records in congress this year. but that doesn't make 2010 the year of the woman. dana bash, part of the best political team on television, joining us now from capitol hill with this story. and dana, is it true that after the midterm elections we have fewer women in congress? >> reporter: it very well could be. there are a few races that are outstanding and that could bring the level of women, the overall level of women in congress lower than before. but no matter what, for the first time in three decades, tony, the number of women in congress will not rise. which is actually really stunning considering the fact that you do have the highest number of republican women coming into the house. we're going to see eight freshmen, maybe nine, depending
on an outstanding race there. but what happened is that we did have a huge number of women in general running in primaries. 262. tony, that is far more than ever before. but most of them didn't win. and we're not really sure why. i talked to a couple of academics who said they're going to study this in their research. and what is interesting, though, beyond the overall number is also the dearth that we are going to see in leadership going forward. especially in the new house republican majority. we're going to see only -- one woman is going to be fifth down if you count the speaker in leadership. that's all. and we're only going to see one female chairwoman for the powerful foreign affairs committee, and that's all. it's very different from what we are seeing now. >> well, could this have an impact on issues and legislation moving forward? >> reporter: you know, i talked to several female lawmakers, both those coming in and those who are currently serving, for the story that i did for cnn.com, and most of them said the answer is yes. one quick story, debbie wasserman-schultz told me about legislation she pushed to have
some new regulations over swimming pools, safety at swimming pools. she said look, it's not that men were against that, it's just that i'm a woman with young children and people came to me and said please push that. that's one example on substance. but it's also symbolic, tony. people i talked to for the story said remember, the population of this country is 51% women, 17% of the congress only is female. and we the country that we live in ranks 90th in the world when you're talking about women sevening in national legislat e legislatured. so it is pretty far behind. it's just fascinating to find these statistics. >> boy, i would have never have guessed that. dana bash for us. good to see you. thank you. >> reporter: good to see you, tony. >> good to see you. your next political update coming up in one hour. and for the latest political news just go to cnnpolitics.com. isn't it time an auto insurer gave it to you straight? that's why you should talk to state farm. but not yet. first, talk to any one of the 40 million drivers who already have state farm. 40 million. yeah, that's more than geico and progressive combined.
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okay. entertainment headlines are focusing on dancing darling bristol palin. and on the flip side the man who keeps putting his foot in his mouth is in court today. mel gibson has a hearing. brooke anderson, co-host of "showbiz tonight" on hln, joining us from los angeles with details. hi, brooke. >> hi there, tony. yeah, america voted, and bristol palin, sarah palin's daughter, once again squeaked by on "dancing with the stars," despite being dead last in the judges' scores. instead, nfl star kurt warner said bye-bye on last night's week 8 live elimination show.
"showbiz tonight" of course was right there backstage, again, with bristol palin and her partner, marc balas. and tony, they are really trying to beat back all those critics who say that they should have been banished. watch what they told us. >> you know, we're working really hard, working as hard as anybody else. so i feel like we deserve to be here. just because we're at the bottom of the leaderboard doesn't mean we're not working our asses. so we're happy to be here. >> definitely grateful and blessed and thankful for our fans out there that continue to vote for us and just excited to keep moving forward. >> congratulations to them. this means bristol moves to the semifinal round. she competes against disney star kyle massey, r&b singer brandy, and also actress jennifer grey. and tony, i've got to tell you, she is really defying expectations. yes, she has improved dramatically with her dancing. at times she is earning heaps of praise from the judges. but it's that public vote that is critical that is really keeping her afloat. bristol obviously has her own
fans, but her mother, sarah, has a lot of fans too who are apparently supporting bristol palin as well. regardless, bristol should be extremely proud of herself. it's impressive how far she's gotten. >> yeah. yeah. i would have to agree with you. let's turn to this mel gibson story. brooke, he is back in court today. what is the update with his ex-girlfriend? >> all right. yeah, we've just gotten word, tony, from our cnn wire reporter, alan duke, who is on site, that mel gibson and his ex, oksana grigorieva, have just arrived for a closed-door hearing at a downtown l.a. courthouse. they arrived separately, of course. this all is about their contentious child custody dispute. this is reportedly mel gibson's first courtroom appearance in this custody battle. he and oksana share custody of their 1-year-old daughter, lucia. they split up in april. and since then, as we know, they have been trading angry,
explosive accusations with each other. oksana is alleging domestic violence. mel is claiming that oksana tried to extort him. but tony, neither one has been charged at this point with anything, but we certainly will keep you updated on developments. >> appreciate that. remind everyone of when they can watch your big show, brooke. >> all right. "showbiz tonight" is on at 5:00 p.m. live eastern. we're on hln. and of course we're back every night at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. we hope you check it out. >> yay, brooke. see you tomorrow. thank you. >> all right, bye. the random moment of the day up to its old tricks. surely by now you've seen the most successful fake-out in middle school football history, right? this video has gotten almost 6 million hits on youtube. then there is the trick play that wins a booby prize. >> there it is. >> okay. so here's what we have here.
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