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but it's a great show. i enjoy it. nobody called. >> somebody is going to call you, regis. thank you so, so much for coming on. again, your book is how i got this way. it's an easy and fun read. lots of stories. talking about george clooney and jack nicholson. thank you so much. here we go on cnn hour two. welcome back. top of the hour. two very different protests breaking out in egypt. also a big time merger is on the verge of a big time collapse, and black friday gets ugly. very ugly. and the weather may get unpredictable. let's begin in cairo with cnn
senior international correspondent ben wedeman. ben, you've been covering the pro military rally there. can you compare for me in terms of numbers and demonstrators that rally to what we've been seeing in tahrir square since saturday? that pro military rally was maybe one-tenth as many people as are here at the moment. but they say they represent the silent majority. now they want their voices heard. they've watched tahrir become a political stage, and with so many groups coming out and calling for the military to tep down, other demonstrators are trying to reach the interior ministry. they say the army and this police are the two main pillars.
they say the place to determine in the future is not in the streets and in the squares. the elections are due to begin on monday. >> can you give me a quick update on the three american students? the release is ordered, but they're still being detained. >> reporter: the release was orded yesterday, and we are hearing they've now been released and they're on the way to the airport to soon leave egypt. >> ben, thank you. next, wall street is open for a rare half day. the dow is finishing slightly lower. this as a big time merger on the verge of collapse. alison kosik, to you. >> reporter: hey, brooke. the signal is not so strong for
the deal. there's talk the merger could fall through. at&t is sounding a warning bell at this point. it's setting aside $4 billion just in case. that would cover a break fee, something companies typically pay when a deal they agreed on falls through. that's rare. the last time we saw that was in 2002 for a different deal. and that eventually fell through. the problem with at&t and t-mobile merger is it will wipe out a lot of comp thigs in the marketplace. the department of justice tried to block the deal, saying it will lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. so this is a huge deal with big implications. and it's one to keep an eye on. chris is braving black friday crowds in new york. i guess a lot of retailers were
worried this would be a slow year. from the crowds i have seen, that is not the case. macy's traditionally opens up at 4:00 in the morning. this year at midnight. weren't so sure how it was going to go. 10,000 people showed up on thanksgiving night, lined up to get in, and sales have been out of this world according to the ceo that we spoke with earlier. they expect record numbers this year. >> do we know, chris, do we know what the big, big ticket items are this holiday? >> absolutely. here in macy's we're told women's shoes are flying off the shelves. not all of them are christmas presents.
also fragrances are huge here. one in particular, justin bieber. it's called some day. if you're 14 to 18, and you're a girl, this is the thing to have. justin bieber was kind enough to include a cd in the package as that, too, is flying off the shelves. thank you so much for us in new york. next, folks are ready to head back home after the holiday. and weather may be an issue. what kind of issue are we talking? >> especially across the south and then the northeast where the air travel could get slow. everybody tries to get home on sunday. not everyone is going to make that flight. not every flight is going to make it. you might have to chaul in tardy on monday morning. right now showers are into oklahoma and texas. they'll be gone and that will
eventually move to the northeastern sections of the u.s. but not without severe weather possible across the southern states. then sunny skies up and down the east coast. if you have to drive on sunday or saturday, i know you want to spend another day with the inlaws or whatever. just drive tomorrow instead. all those interstates will be dry tomorrow but wet and windy. chad myers. thank you. just some news into us at cnn. we were just talking to ben wedeman in cairo about the three american students in egypt. we have now learned they've been released. of course, we'll continue to monitor the developments there in cairo and the events in and around tahrir square. they've been released according to that attorney. still ahead, speaking of black friday, a shopper pepper sprays the crowd to get in the
front of the line. what kind of punishment fight she face? plus, a mother vanishes on the very same day she appeared on the people's court. now her family is releasing a voicemail. plus -- when i asked him what he really feels about his release, he started to cry. and asked me to excuse him. an american woman is still missing in aruba. and the man behind bars in the investigation could soon be a free man. and big buzz today over this nfl player who stomped on another guy. his reaction to the video clip makes the story more bizarre. first my question to you. which movie will you be watching this family -- this weekend with your family? maybe something in the theaters? maybe an oldie flick. tweet me my answers. @brookebcnn. it's for a special segment.
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iranian agency quoting the legislator as the source. the cii declined comment. and a scheduling error leads to this brawl behind bars. you see him thrown down there on the ground. that guy was afraid of the victim. the two were supposed to be kept separate from one another. but a scheduling mixup let both men out right there at the very same time. >> it was just a freak accident that these two individuals were out at the same time. >> neither man was seriously injured. one guard had to be taken to the emergency room. and, obviously this man is furious. he slapped this indian official.
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to see the muppet movie. britain stop at nothing tabloid papers. all is part of an inquiry ordered in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that led to the arrest of a dozen reporters and editors. listen to what some of these celebrities are saying. >> it was fascinated how certain pieces of information kept coming out. and then i changed my mobile number again and again. i changed it three times in three months, and stories still continued to come ut, with very private information that only a select group of people knew about. so naturally having changed my number and being pretty convinced it couldn't have been as a result of hack iing, even though that was my suspicion, i horribly accused my friends and family of selling stories. and they accused each other as well. >> i cannot for the life of me
think of any conceivable source of this story in the mail on sunday except those voice messages on my mobile telephone. what i would love to hear what the explanation or source was if it wasn't phone hacking. >> i think the point here is that i, like a lot of people, who have agreed to give evidence, we are not looking for special treatment. we're looking for normal treatment. i don't regard myself as entitled, more than, i'm simply asking for the same as. and i'm asking for that on behalf of my children. >> she also said the attitude of britain's tabloid press is that celebrities u, if you're famous, you're asking for it. defenders took the stand and said it's a few bad apples in the barrel. and only can go up, we just reported breaking news that the
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all right. i have kevin sweenen on the phone. he's one of the fathers of the three students arrested in cairo. kevin sweeney, if you can tell me what your son told you today. >> caller: well, we really just talked about how exciting it was to be coming home today. and he's extremely excited. and we told him about the outpouring of friends and family. our family is spread around the world.
he's looking forwards too being home. about to be leaving egypt. when when she talked to derrick the day before it happened he wasn't planning on getting in the middle of the demonstrations. has he at all communicated to you why he was there? >> he went to e i jipt -- he's a dual major in arabic and psychology. and he actually went to not just learn the language. he's already fluent in arabic. he wanted to learn the culture. and this uprising in the street is the phenomenon of the culture. he was out observing it. it seems like he was falsely accused of it may have been they were looking for americans. he was there observing. there was something that was definitely a phenomenon of the
culture. >> kevin, we've been reporting on these for the last couple of days. several thousand people were injured. more than 40 killed. did he sustain any injuries at all that you know of? >> nothing we want to discuss right now until he's safely on american soil. >> according to our crew in cairo, these young men are in route o the cairo airport, is that what you're hear sng. >> that's correct. so home is jefferson city, missouri. >> correct. >> so when do you expect him to finally come home? >> he won't actually arrive here. he's not going to leave until 10:30 a.m. cairo time and won't arrive here until saturday night. >> so what's the plan? he missed thanksgiving. >> our thanksgiving -- we had the traditional thanksgiving dinner. my wife is shopping now for turkey and stuffing and
cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies. we're going to delay it until sunday. so he'll be home. do you know if he'll go back to egypt? >> he will not go back to egypt. one way or another, whether -- this semester is over for him. whether he's able to finish it remotely or writes it off, he really does not want to be in egypt right now with all the chaos going on there. >> before i let you go, we're seeing three young men and the image, i know you didn't want to speak about injuries with regard to your son. do you know the commissions of the two other young men? >> no. i don't know the condition of the two other boys. >> okay. kevin sweeney. i really appreciate you picking up the phone and best to you on your thanksgiving on sunday with your son coming home. thank you so much. >> coming up next, a lot of buzz over a terrible moment on the football field. this nfl player stomps on his opponent. but his reaction is also raising
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>> as i'm getting up, i'm getting pushed. so i'm getting myself on balance out of a situation. with which with that a lot of people are going to interpret it as creating their own story lines for seeing what they want to interpret. and the man upstairs knows what i did. >> is that what you saw? a guy getting his balance? let's send it up for review. as i'm getting up, i'm getting pushed. >> so he said he's just trying to get his balance. >> i'm getting myself on balance and getting out of the situation. >> a lot of people will create their own story lines, but i know what i did. and the man upstairs knows what i did. >> john, senior investigative reporter for sports illustrated is on the phone with me from philadelphia. you've seen the video. is this guy, as he says, getting his balance? or a foot to the old gut?
>> i think he's a second career as a fiction writer coming. i'm not sure -- well, i'm not sure that was balance. i'm not sure what interpretation they could draw other than that was a dirty play. i mean, it's unfortunate. it's unfortunate it's on thanksgiving. it's just really a great football player who is getting to be known more for dirty play than a pro bowl defensive player. not a agreement moment for the nfl. >> for those of us who don't spend our sundays glued to the nfl, tell us a little bit more. you mentioned he's a good player. second year in the league. he's already been voted the dirtiest player by his colleagues. it sounds like his reputation precedes him. >> this is the second player drafted a year ago. you know, pro-bowl player. his rookie year.
the lions defense. this is a great football player. but here's a guy who has barely played 20 nfl games, and already they are depending on -- well, we're counting a half dozen of these shaky incidents. there's been fines and a talk with the commissioner. if you want to liken this to criminal law, we have a repeat offender who also did not show much remorse. with all the video that exists today, you can't go in after the game on thanksgiving day and say people are going to interpret this. i know what i was doing. it's a flagrant unsportsman like conduct. i don't think there's any -- any room for that in football. there's no room to have much of a debate on whether that's a legitimate play. for him to commit the act, and even after calming down and cooling off and not coming clean and not showing much remorse, that's not a green sign. i suspect there will be a forthcoming visit to the
principal's office. probably a fine. i wouldn't be surprised if we may have a suspension. not what the lions defense need needs. >> i know there's talk of a suspension. >> people started grabbing things, and when people started grabbing things this woman decided to spray. >> black friday turns ugly. gunfire and fights breaking out. one shopper has a can of pepper spray, unleashes it in the crowd to get to the front of the line. so what kind of punishment might she face? plus a mother goes missing on the day she appears on an episode of "the people's court." now we're hearing of a voicemail she left.
shopping can be a competitive sport for some, but pepper spraying your competitors to get ahead? line? yep, that's what happened at a los angeles neighborhood at the store last night, and police are now searching for the woman who did this. pj bernstein is on the case. nice to see you. apparently she was there with her two small children. they're looking for her. if they find her, what kind of charges could she face? >> she could be looking at felon battery charges under california law. and maybe multiple counts for each person who was affected by the spray, that's a victim. so although there may have been one spray, you could argue, and the police will probably charge her for each person who suffered injury or felt the pepper spray if they find her. >> you mentioned the different people involved. the number was something like 15. they were taken out of the
hospital from the burns of the pepper spray. what kind of case would they have? >> interesting issue always with these are whether there's any civil liability. this woman, chances are, suing her. she probably doesn't have anything. so the question becomes liability of the store. and if that's going to be the real issue for retailers, not just wal-mart, who is in this particular incident, but any store when they set the hours and the crowds are coming, how are they handling security? you can't protect for everything, but are they taking reasonable steps to keep shoppers safe? because as we roll the time back and move it tonight time, and i have to confess, i was out in the country on a farm with a friend. i was driving back. then i said i'll wait until this
morning. then you add nighttime. it's like be being at a crazy football game. and are they preparing for it. >> you have to have security. >> have to. >> next case, we talked about this family of a florida woman. she disappeared after appearing on "people's court." she's releasing more photos and her family is now releasing this voicemail. michelle parker is her name. what is on the voicemail? >> well, the voicemail, i'm not sure about the voicemail to be honest what was said. but i know that they're looking at this -- her ex-boyfriend. >> ex-fiance, right sf. >> but that's been the case the whole time. but at the same time, it's reported he's cooperating with police. that he gave his computer over. the hard part about this case is the circumstance itself. pem's court. here it is again.
reality shows can go bad. and you put in people who are agitated, who have a problem with someone else, in an atmosphere that it's not a real courthouse. when i go to court and people are agitated, i have deputies watching to make sure it's safe. the people who are the litigants, i'm assuming it feels real. they were at the court in the first place because she got furious and chucked the ring. that's why they were there. >> and at the same time she told her mother it was her worst experience of her life. she wished she had never been there. that's what happens with reality programming i've had clients on
televised court trials say how much it impacted them later when they were watching it or they thought about the fact that the world was watching them. we don't know what happened to this young woman yet. we have to watch and pray that she may turn out. >> good to have you silting next to me today. have a good we could. > weekend. >> and next, a new nasa mission to mars. it's the riskiest mission to the planet. are we alone in the universe? the effort to find out takes a huge turn. john zarrella is next with more on that. ♪ from everywhere, filling the air ♪ [ female announcer ] chex party mix. easy 15-minute homemade recipes you just pop in a microwave. like caramel chocolate drizzles. happier holidays. chex party mix.
a new quest for life on mars begins tomorrow. a rocket is set to lift off at 10:00 a.m. on saturday. perched on top will be a new generation designed to explore the martian surface like never before. and john zarrella has the inside scoop. >> mars, does life exist there? did it ever? nasa will take the boldest quest to change forever our view of humanity's place in the universe. >> the best way of saying why we're so excited is it sets us up for the future of finally answering the really age old question is does life exist on other planets? >> reporter: the mission is call d the mars science laboratory or
msl. it has the capability to detect signs of life. if it works, come next august after traveling 350 million miles, a 2,000-pound, 6-wheel rover called curiosity will arrive. using a tether system never tried before, it will be lowered down to a place called the gale crater. the size of a small kacar, curiosity is the cadillac. >> we're choosing to make them bigger because we want to cover more ground. we want to put an arm out and drill a rock. >> drill a rock? why? >> on mars if life exists as single cell organisms or if it ever existed, we believe it will be under the ground or inside rocks. >> inside crater sits what sign
fis scientists believe is a layered mountain. in essence the history of mars told in layers. it might have been in the crater. curiosity's arm will collect samples and place them in the onboard laboratory with the ability to detect organic material. >> now if we discover organic material on mars, then it's exciting. the chances of it may be low, but the payoff is huge. organic materials are required for life as we foe it. >> but it won't mean life exists. just the building blocks. >> if you go to the driest desert on earth, can you find life on your samples if you do a year of robotic study? probably not. it's actually quite difficult. life has to stick up and make itself seen. >> finding life itself would be left to the next wave of expl e explore explorers. robotic and perhaps even human. >> i just love that animation. john zarrella is back up live
for us. so let's talk about this cadillac rover. once it takes off tomorrow, how many months does it take before it reaches mars? >> it's a long ride, brooke. that 350 miles will take it to early august to arrive in early august and then enter the atmosphere and, you know, as a scientist has told me t great thing about the way they land is once it gets on the ground, it's ready to take off. >> john zarrella, when will we have a man mission to marred? >> that's the question. first they're probably going to this to an asteroid around 20125. mars is awfully difficult. that's further. that's a two-year minimum mission. on this vehicle, for instance, they're taking radiation detection equipment. because one of the huge issues
is cosmic radiation, shielding the astronaut crews from that. there are so many issues and hurdles they have to get over before they get humans to mars. the earliest timetable now looks like mid 20 or 30s. earliest. >> all right. well, i look forward to seeing blueprints on mars in our lifetime. john, thank you very much. coming up next, we have a twitter war between presidential candidates. why newt gingrich is going after mitt romney. but first, time is running out. which movie will you be watching with your family this weekend? maybe something in the theaters. maybe a good old favorite. send ne a tweet. @brookebcnn. we're back in 60 second with free money advice.
time for the help desk where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, the executive editor of cbs money watch. thank you for being here. interesting question for you, today, jack. this comes from jeff. and jeff says, we owe more on our house than it's worth and do not have any hope it will sell when it goes back on the market. should we consider a short sale or should we walk away? this is really a moral question, too. >> well, it is. we'll hit both components. if they have the cash flow to keep paying the mortgage, it's very unfortunate that the investment is looking good. it's shelter. they're paying for it. eventually prices will rise. we might have inflation, which would help them.
and they might be fine. number two, yeah, if they're going to sell, i would go the short sale route. definitely hire an attorney. some people are getting hit with tax bills for the difference between the sale price and the mortgage. and finally i don't think people should think of it as a moral question. financial companies would never think of it as that way. the guy who lent you the money, it's purely a business transaction. if the bank was in a similar situation, they would do it. so people shouldn't get hung up on this. i know it's tempting. think of it as dollars and cents. do what's best for you. >> janice says she has 15 years left before retirement. she wants to elect her 401(k) contribution pretax or post tax. what should we do? we don't know anything about her financial situation, but she's 15 years out from retirement. >> not every 401(k) plan offers
the option. not as many people anyway. there is an vangs to doing the post tax. you won't have to pay the tax later on. but there's an advantage to doing -- taking the money and putting it into something else. for example, a roth ira. we don't know how much she makes. but if she can put it into the roth ira, then later she can withdraw the money tax-free. there's an advantage on doing it to the 401(k). because there's a higher limit. you can put $17,000 into your 401(k) versus a roth. >> if you have a question you want answered, send us an e-mail any time at cnn.com. this is $100,000.
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gop presidential hopeful newt gingrich is catching some heat but he is not backing down. in fact, he has taken to twitter. jim acosta is live and, jim, so newt gingrich calling out mitt romney on twitter. what's he saying? >> you know, it's interesting. we're going to hear from newt gingrich in a little over an hour from now. he has an event scheduled for naples, florida. blook brooke, you remember that this came up on tuesday night. gingrich said he's willing to take the heat on this issue and his rival started to call this a form of amnesty.
newt gingrich took to twitter and sent out one tweet saying that he has a ten-point plan to enforce the law to secure the border. he put up a link for that. and then we're looking at this tweet. here's a trip down memory lane. and, of course, there's a link. there's a little video attached. >> oh, we don't have it, jim. paraphrase. >> it links to an appearance that mitt romney had on meet the press in which mitt romney talks about his position on illegal immigration and apparently says something along the lines what rivals might consider to be amnesty, which is, he's not for a policy that would send every illegal immigrant back home.
he is in favor of this video, to pass them on to some sort of legality. he was tweeting that message out. and i asked the romney campaign about this earlier and said, wait main, what about this quote from mitt romney back in 2007? and they e-mailed back to me, brooke, a more complete quote from mitt romney. so it's interesting that this is sort of going back and forlt on this issue of illegal immigration. and it's important in states like iowa, where republicans are fired up about the issue. >> iowa, less than six weeks away. coming up, thanksgiving dinners put the dysfunctional into the holidays. trust me, your family is not the only one. the best thanksgiving flicks of all times. that's next.
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thanksgiving flick picks. >> yes. >> number five is dutch. >> yes. he plays a guy who volunteers to pick his girlfriend's son up from prep school and hill layer tea ensues -- >> what is the thanksgiving tie? >> rocky. >> it makes you want to go jog off the turkey. it's an awesome flick. you just want to watch that all year round. feel how cold it is. >> i just wanted to listen to the music. >> those were the days. >> yes, he indeed was looking good. number three, i think this is a hilarious movie, "home for the holidays." >> and it's my favorite set because it's filmed in baltimore. >> really? >> yes. it's fun.
robe robert downey, jr., completely hilarious. >> her daughter says, i'm going to have sex while you're gone but don't worry about it. >> and then she drives off. >> yes. and number two, babylon. >> you need to kwom to my house, brooke, and watch these baltimore flicks. wonderful film being about a polish jewish film. it's a great period drama. avalon. number one, love both these guys. >> come on, trains, planes, automobiles. >> awesome film. >> the late john candy, a mismatched bun dee flix. super, duper fun. those aren't pillows. great line.
>> we have like a minute left. i plan on being lazy tonight after all of my eating yesterday. let's pull up some tweets. classic, christmas carol, it's a wonderful life. i can't believe it's that time, we're watching these holiday movies. >> i don't know why you can't believe it, because the decorations have been up for weeks. >> i love how people have moved well beyond thanksgiving. it's done. lets just move on to christmas. i'm over it. i'm over it. >> it's from when i was a kid and, of course, it's a wonderful life. and one more from eric. i always watch the original white christmas from 1954 because my mom loves it and because it's a great classic christmas movie. >> eric rose, i heart you. i heart you. >> what's your favorite? >>