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but the accuzane thsation t had a 13-year affair with her. no. >> it's the name of the game, i guess. >> herman cain accused again leaving lots of questions about the embattled candidate and his crumbling campaign. laurie fine coming forward today. the wife of syracuse basketball coach bernie fine plans to make a statement about a taped conversation she reportedly had with one of her husband's sex abuse victim. and pakistan's prime minister re-evaluating his country's relationship with the u.s. after a nato air strike killed two dozen pakistani
soldiers. the state department ramping up the damage control, on this "american morning." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com and good morning to you. itis tuesday, november 29th. ali is still working off the turkey. i'm carol costello along with christine romans on this "american morning." >> good morning. and the new bombshell rocking herman cain's presidential campaign. the woman claiming a 13-year affair that ended just eight months, just as cain launched his presidential bid. the accuser, an atlanta businesswoman, told waga about the alleged affair. >> it was pretty simple. it was uncomplicated, and i was aware that he was married, and i was also aware that i was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.
i'm not proud. i didn't want to come out with this. i did not. >> herman cain for his part admits knowing ginger white but tells cnn's wolf blitzer there was never any sexual relationship. >> tell us about the nature of your relationship with this woman? >> friend and trying to help a friend, because not having a job, et cetera and this sort of thing. that's all there is to the relationship and, here again, i don't know what's going to be claimed in the story. it was someone who was suppose to be a friend, but obviously they didn't see it as a friend. >> you say, "friend." this is awkward. but i'll ask the questions you'll be asked. was this an affair? >> no. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> and spin doctors weighed in with a campaign statement saying detrecters are trying once again to derail the cane contain train with more accusations of past events that never happened. the cain campaign is not
surprised that another female accuser has come forward due to the fact that earlier allegations were unable to force herman cain to drop his bid to renew america. two reports. david mattingly and joe johns. let's begin with david mattingly. good morning, dachbt. >> reporter: good morning. this latest herman cain accuser is a former businesswoman. her name is ginger white. she is a single mother of two, and she claims that she and cain had an on again/off again affair that lasted almost 14 years. it did not end, she says, about eight months ago, shortly before cain announced his candidacy. that story broken by wga heaga night. you heard wolf blitzer say a few minutes ago, he knew the woman, described her as a friend and that the relationship was not sexual. ginger white, however, says the two met when cain was the head
of the national restaurant association. she says he flew her to different cities to meet him, gave her gifts, and that the physical relationship they had didn't stop until about eight months ago. after the story aired, cain's campaign released a statement implying that white is a detractor who is alleging events that didn't happen. here's what happened when i showed that statement to her attorney. >> detractors are trying once again to derail the cain train. would you describe your client as a detractor? >> no. actually i wouldn't describe her as a detractor. what she said is that -- and she said for herself that she had an improper relationship. so not a detractor at all. no. >> reporter: the cain campaign describes this as past events that never happened. >> no. i mean, i think that people out
there will just have to decide whether in fact they believe that mr. cain is telling the truth or that ginger white is telling the truth, but i believe that ginger is telling the truth. >> reporter: does she have anything to gain by coming forward? >> i don't think so. i think she has everything to lose, candidly. >> reporter: is she asking for anything? >> no she is not. nothing. >> herman cain's own lawyer put out a statement after that saying this appears to be a private, non-consensual conduct between adults. white and her attorney are bracing for attacks on her credibility. she's had legal problems with a former business partner in the past and recent financial problem, serious enough that she's had difficulty paying her rent, but her attorney says that was not the reason she came
forward. she said it was because reporters were already seeking her out and she felt she needed to be the one toful her story. >> david mattingly, fascinating, and quite frankly, his response, no, no, this did not happen and the attorney comments, some stuff is off limits. maybe it's off limits, but he's -- we'll get to the bottom line. >> and a political fallout for herman cain. it's not like he hasn't had a political fallout when it comes to dealing with women. joe johns is live in washington with that part of the story. so the latest cnn poll, joe, was released a few days ago had herman cain just behind newt gingrich and statistically tied with mitt romney. so what do you think will happen now? >> reporter: you know, carol, the first thing you've got to ask, how is all of this affecting the candidate? and i spoke to herman cain just very briefly last night when he was in here to talk to wolf.
this guy really projects confidence. that's what he was doing. that said, right, the polling is trending downward. this doesn't help him. his credibility is hurt by these different women saying he sexually harassed them, which cain denied. women tend to be the most skeptical and critical of cain but men have their questions about him, too. striking is that ginger white would be yet another woman who disclosed private facts, i guess you'd call them, against herman cain, that we didn't know that he's flatly denied. credibility is an issue among conservatives. evangelicals, who expect their politicians to adhere to a higher stand. the question is whether modern politicians can survive a charge of infidelity, and by the way, newt gingrich has admitted to similar situations. >> that's right. i was going say. but he's sort of atoned for that sin in numerous ways. herman cain, women, the lawyer's
statement was confusing, because, who knows if it was a sexual affair or not, but they're intimating it might have been. for republican primary voters, will this matter? >> reporter: really, really good question. that statement, i'm still trying to figure out what was the chronology? whether the lawyer statement was sort of written and released before herman cain decided to come out and talk, or was it the other way around? but something seemed to get messed up there. as far as the voters, obviously, it's a question that they're going to have to take a look at, but, i mean, gingrich, we talking about, seems to be doing very well in the polls right now as far as saying cain is dead as a politician, there's plenty of chatter, if you will, suggesting he's just a side show right now. though republicans have told me, frankly, he's never going to become the republican nominee. he's just on a glorified book tour.
on the other hand, gingrich was thought to be history a few months ago, and now he's saying that predictions of the end of his campaign weren't quite correct. >> one weird primary season. that's all i have to say. >> reporter: that's for sure. >> joe johns. thank you. new developments this morning in the syracuse university sex abuse sandal. former assistant basketball coach bernie fine is now facing a second criminal investigation in pittsburgh. and hits wife pl his wife plans to make a statement today about a conversation that suggests she knew about the alleged abuse. cnn's gary tuchman spoke briefly with laurie fine yesterday before her decision was made to come forward today. >> reporter: i'm gary tuchman, cnn. i'm sorry to bother you. >> you're not bothering me. >> i was hoping to ask you -- you're not going to make a statement? >> not today. >> reporter: is that tape
interpretive, though? >> no comment. >> deb feyerick, this investigation is in full swing but not exactly smooth sailing. what's going on? >> reporter: no. it really isn't. i mean, right now everybody is playing catch-up. federal investigators have been brought in, working with the syracuse police. secret service is also working. they're looking through computers, going through files, to see what they can find, i mean, the charges ultimately may not be necessarily abuse so much as even pornography. one of the thing under consideration. the district attorney that usually works on these investigation, instead they're investigating the syracuse police to find out what they knew, when they knew it. pittsburgh police have now stepped in saying because one of the accusers alleges he was abused in a pittsburgh hotel, they want to see what exactly was going on, what happened, and even espn. they're trying to figure out why they didn't release the tape -- or basically coming out saying,
look, we didn't go with it because we didn't have a second source. everybody is sort of defending their positions, putting their stakes down. but the information flow, christine and carol, has really dried up for the most part. we were reaching out to bernie fine's lawyers all day yesterday to find out whether in fact the university's abrupt termination really is a rush to judgment, because the university has effectively said, look, these allegations are there. they're disturbing. our community is shaking. you're done. you're fired. but his lawyers aren't saying anything about it. laurie fine, her nephew told us she would be speaking yesterday. not speaking either. things are petering out as everybody circles the wagon and gets their footing in all this, christine. >> mrs. fine heard making a damning statement about her husband. she answered the door. surprise they're still in town? >> reporter: you know, it is, but right now they do have a home in florida. what's going on right now is prosecutors, investigators,
police, have probably told all the key players not to go anywhere. right now they need them for questioning. they've got to do interviews of all of these people, find out who knows what, what was happening. so chances are prosecutors have said you're not to leave the state. this way they have access to them and can talk to them whenever they need to. >> deb feyerick, thank. former penn state coach jerry sandusky is launching his own investigation saying he hired a private investigator to prove he did not abuse any boys. the longtime coach is charged with 40 counts related to sexual abuse of eight young boys over a 14-year stretch. it's stentensing day for michael jackson and michael jackson's mother catherine is speaking out saying she hopes dr. murray gets the harshest sentence there is. that would be four years in prison. prosecutors want him to pay jackson's children $100 million.
jackson died in 2009 of the lethal dose of propofol. and a missing american woman in aruba, he may be a free man. jerry giordano is expected to be relieded back to the united states tonight. a judge threw at the request to keep giordano obtained for another 30 days without charges. robyn gardner went missing in august. representative barney frank says he will not seek re-election in 2012. the democrat from massachusetts blaming it partially on redistricting. so what's next for the 71-year-old? >> there is no way i would be -- look, i will miss this job. and i'll feel regret when the new congress is signed up. but i will tell you this, maybe you're going to laugh, but one of the advantages, to me, of not running for office is, i don't even have to pretend to try to be nice to people i don't like.
now -- some of you may not think i've been good at it, but i've been trying. >> the veteran congressman said he had always planned on retiring by 2013. >> and doing victory laps he's in not running again, feeling of some. and a nato air strike kills two dozen pakistani soldiers sparking new anger against the u.s. and driving, oh, another diplomatic wedge between these two countries. plus, egypt's historic election. why some say they're casting ballots for the very first time. look at all those women in line. it's 14 past the hour. tissue box (whispering): he said nasal congestion... nyquil: i heard him. anncr vo: tylenol cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't. long-lasting, too. yeah, i could really use this silverado. i'm a big hunter. oh, what do you hunt? deer.
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17 minutes past the hour. the state department in full damage control mode this morning following a nato air strike that killed two dozen pakistani soldiers this past weekend. officials say the u.s. is committed to working through the latest trouble in an already troubled relationship with pakistan. >> cnn's chris lawrence take as closer look at what happened, and what both sides are now saying about it.
>> reporter: it all went down around 2:00 in the morning. a little over a mile from the afghan border. the entire incident only took two hours, but may have destroyed months of hard work to repair the u.s./pakistan relationship. a nato official says afghan troops were working with elements of u.s. special operations forces in a combined mission on the afghan side of the border. the official says the team came under fire from a position with pakistan. from what they believed to be a suspected taliban base. a senior u.s. official says the troops requested air support in initial indication, apache helicopters and a gunship fired on two pakistani ordered checkpoints. the official says she fired from the afghan side and did not enter pakistani airspace. 24 pakistani soldiers were killed in the air strike, but details diverge depending who you talk to.
the u.s. believes the pakistanis were called before to warn them, but pakistani commanders say they pleaded to stop firing on friendly forces and insist their troops did not fire first. this is a frontier area with a border that's hard to define. nato complained in the past militants fire on american and afghan troops from positions close to pakistani army checkpoints. >> i'd say in the last three weeks we're probably averaging three to four crossborder firing incidents a week. >> reporter: just last week, u.s. commanders were speaking positively. saying at their request, positions to deny infiltration. >> in fact, we've had some very good cases in the last three weeks of the pacmil coordinating with us to respond against those
cross-border fires, and that coordination occurs with every event that happens. >> reporter: that communication includes u.s. commanders calling their pakistani counterparts as well as talking to pakistani liaison officers inside afghanistan. in nato investigation into this air strike is focusing on that communication and whether at some point it did break down. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. a second day of voting is under way in egypt as that country takes a step towards democracy. this is the first free election since the revolution that brought down president hosni mubarak earlier this year. so far turnout has been huge with voters waiting in long lines to ensure their voice is finally heard. >> i'm happy. >> reporter: why? >> because it's first time for us to make some freedom. >> i'm 66 years old.
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good morning. welcome back. half past the hour. time for the morning's top stories -- herman cain is denying allegations this morning of a 13-year extramarital affair with an atlanta woman. ginger white claims the affair ended about eight months just as cain launched his presidential campaign. cain admits knowing the woman 13
years but tells cnn there was no affair. dr. conrad murray will hear his sentence later this more, he faces up to four years in prison. convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of michael jackson. jackson's mother catherine hopes murray receives the harshest sentence possible. jerry giordano could be back in the u.s. soon. the prime suspect in the case of a missing woman in aruba. should be released tonight after spending more than 100 days in jail. a judge threw out a request from the prosecution to keep him detained without charges for another 30 days. robyn gardnermissing back in august. and a charge of infidelity from ginger white against herman cain. our affiliate wsb caught up with white. >> my heart goes out to many people. you know, this was not something that i wanted to hurt anyone, not a fun -- not a fun thing.
>> reporter: i asked ginger white why she decided to come forward with her story about an affair with gop presidential candidate herman cain now. >> there were leaks. there were people -- there were threats of people coming out with their version, and not that any version is really pretty, but i thought that it was important to at least come out with my -- my story, and my side of the story. >> reporter: she tells me details of something she's not proud of has been hard on her family and is sorry for any pain the story has caused cain's family. white tells me shhad e had an ar that lasted more than a decade. a claim cain is denying. he's saying it wasn't a sexual affair as opposed to you saying it was a sexual affair for 13 years. he's denying that. are you sticking by your story that it was a sexual relationship? >> absolutely.
i can't imagine him actually confirming. that's the name of the game, i guess. >> reporter: white went on to say to anyone questioning harry credibility that she has no r z reason to lie and this wasn't something she wanted to do. >> i couldn't imagine anyone coming out and lying about this. who would want this? it's really not been fun. >> admission to knowing ginger white, says cain, but no sexual relationship. >> tell us about the relationship with this woman? >> friend and trying to help a friend, because not having a job, et cetera, and this sort of thing. that's all there is to the relationship, and here again, i don't know what's going to be claimed in the story. there was someone who was supposed to be a friend but obviously, they didn't see it as a -- >> when you say friend. these are awkward questions but i'll ask you the questions you're going to be asked.
was this an affair? >> no. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> cain went on to say that his wife supports him and he has no plans to drop out of the presidential race. a historic race is under way in egypt. the first since the breaking down of the hosni mubarak ra seim. h how is it going? seems people are celebrating this new-found -- right, i guess? >> reporter: we're in the center here of tahrir square, circling it if you will, christine. you're absolutely right. you know, the biggest fear yesterday was, would there be violence? it didn't materialize. at least not in a serious way. there were some 900 irregularities reported, but they were all minor, really. we don't know the specifics of a lot of those incidents. at the same time, people were
happy that things went off so well. we could see that reflected today in the stock market. the stock market surged here in cairo some 7 billion pounds in the first seven minutes. that's a good indicator, but now the question is, all of this -- these are the political parties, these are the people inside that have been here, in their words, to keep the government honest. i just talked to a man here in the square who told me that, if we don't stay here, what's going to happen is that the -- the government, the military, is going to run everything. the parliament will have no power. now, as you can see behind me, things are a little unruly at times, but overall, this has been a very calm scene. we'll just swing around here and give you another look here. other crews have set up. you can see thousands that gathered. there's vendors here everywhere, christine, and the situation is very, very calm.
it's a far cry from the clouds of tear gas and the flying bullets that we saw just a few days ago. so, you know, the verdict is one of wait and see, largely. in this country. are these elections going to work? where are they going to take egypt? will they fulfill the dreams of the people here? and if they're on the road, should they continue to protest in this square? back to you, christine. >> here's the thing about a young democracy. it takes patience and optimism. doesn't it? because after those petty days of all the crowds in tahrir square, now is the hard work, the hard, slow work of building a future. >> reporter: it is hard work. it's going to take a lot of help. what's lacking here, and you nailed it, i think. what's lacking is the trust. there's no trust between the civilian leadership and the military leadership and a lot of people think it is a civilian leadership, not the military, that should be leading this country in a transition. that debate is going to
continue, and i can tell you, even today the protesters asked the question whether or not they should remain here. that is also up for debate right now, and for now, from tahrir square i'm going to hand it back to you, christine. >> jim clancy, thanks, jim. a texas teenager takes his own life worried about his illegal immigration status. 18-year-old joaquin luna committed suicide on monday. he said he would never achieve success without the passage of the dream act. the dream act legislation would provide residency to illegal immigrants who arrived in the united states as minors. and a cheating scandal. 18-year-old michael pom rats accused of collecting $500 in exchange for taking the s.a.t. test for another student. he faces felony fraud charges. another unidentified student faces a misdemeanor for paying someone to take his test for
him. so far 20 students have been arrested. bug news for the buckeyes. a brand new football coach. headed back to his alma mater. he began his career there. he says he's honored and humbled to return. urban meyer. and good morning, jacqui, in the extreme weather center. >> snow to start you out this morning in the south. yeah. believe it or not. proof in the pictures. look at this video out of jackson, tennessee from last night and early this morning. but look at the roadways. for the most part they're wet. three inches of snow in jackson. the earliest snowfall ever recorded there. november 18th. so we're about ten days off the record, just to put it in perspective and let you know. it is a little unusual to get snow this time of the year this far south. we are getting snow still in memphis at this hour. snow reported in huntsville, alabama. a little sleet in birmingham and watching that push towards the atlanta area. again, very little accumulation expected. mostly on the grassy areas, and
those inanimate objects. the highest number we could find, denmark, tennessee, five inches of snowfall. in the northern tier, it's rain. it's flip-flopped for you today. heavy rain at times into detroit. rain in cleveland for you, and check out the northeast. you guys are clouded in right now, but that rain will arrive by the middle of the afternoon. maybe a few sprinkles before that. we are a little concerned about flooding into the ohio valley in the upcoming days. if you're traveling today, we do expect delays in the northeast mostly because of the clouds this morning, then rain for the afternoon. chicago looking at wundy conditions. cleveland and detroit expecting delays because of the rain and atlanta, if we get any of that mixing in here that could spell trouble at airport as well. a big storm system going on across the country. the western two-thirds looking just fine, but a new storm system moving into the pacific northwest. that will be impacting you by late today. meantime, the temperatures coolish across the nation's midstation. staying mild still in the northeast before that front
comes through for you tomorrow. 63 in new york while it's only 43 in atlanta. those two should be flip-flopped. >> we have one more day of bliss. enjoy it. >> thanks. >> thanks, jacqui. ahead on "american morning," u.s. troops pulling out of iraq. we'll talk with one army officer about what it's like crossing the border into kuwait on his way home. it's 40 past the hour. ♪
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welcome back. 43 minutes past the hour. kuwait. it's the first stop on the long road home for thousands of american troops who have been serving in iraq. president obama wants the troop drawdown complete by year's end. >> that's right. cnn's martin savidge has been talking with soldiers crossing the border from iraq to the main staging area for u.s. convoys in kuwait. >> reporter: at camp virginia in kuwait, the war ends several time as day. for captain ben carpenter of texas, it ended around 10:00 on a friday morning. when he and his company arrived after driving most of the night from the base inside iraq. how did it go, first of all? >> went very well. very uneventful convoy.
the way we like. >> reporter: it doesn't take long to realize there was more to his journey than just a drive. >> reporter: what is that feeling like and is there any kind of feeling as you make that crossing from iraq into kuwait? >> a sense of relief, in some respects. a sense of accomplishment. i know my gunner tap pd me on the shoulder as we crossed through the fence, through the wire there, and, wow, i didn't really think that was going to be as big a deal as it was, but that was something -- something special. >> reporter: carpenter first came to iraq in the first days of 2006. three deployments later he feels good about what's been accomplished rsh t. >> reporter: the war's over for you? >> it is, hopefully. >> reporter: a simple thing to say, but that's actually a big thing. >> it is. we've been to, been here for a long time. so there's a lot of soldiers that aren't here today to see the end. this company, and there's many
other companies that are still here, do get to see the end. and that's something special. >> reporter: so what lies ahead for you? >> well, we finish unloading our equipment, and get on a plane and fly home. for me personally, i'll go back and transition back to my family and i'm going to get out of the army here shortly, and go home. >> reporter: after 8 1/2 years, america's war in iraq is coming to an end. one convoy, one soldier, at a time. martin savidge, cnn, camp virginia, kuwait. >> best of luck to him. >> glad he's coming home. it's 45 minutes past the hour. just ahead on "american morning," actor tobey maguire knows when to hold 'em and apparently when to fold 'em, too. we'll explain. things get ugly as a grudge match a half century in the making comes to a head. the head of the cane. jeanne moos with a blow-by-blow literally covering it. it's 46 after the hour.
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ten minutes until the top of the hour. here's what you need to know to start your day. herman cain denied of a 13 years extramarital affair with ginger white. ginger white says she has documents. cain says she was a friend, never a sexual relationship. bernie fine is coming forward today. laurie fine will reportedly claim a taped conversation she had with one of her husband's accusers was doctored. dr. conrad murray will be
sentenced today. found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of michael jackson. murray faces four years in prison. prosecutors also want murray to pay jackson's children more than $100 million. a manhunt for a gunman across state lines accused of shooting down two sheriff deputies. he robbed a store in alabama and then shot a cop that tried to pull him over. later the gunman popped up in tennessee firing at another deputy. no word yet how the victims are doing. actor tobey maguire paying over a ponzi schemer, used to repay victims. the u.s. capital christmas tree arrived. a sierra white going along with the theme "california shine." more than 3,000 ornaments will decorate the tree all decorated from, you guessed it,
welcome back. two former football stars recently came to blows over a gridiron feud festering for, oh, maybe 50 years or so. >> this is so weird. talk about a late hit. here the jeanne moos. >> reporter: letter to the flag for unnecessary roughness. two former football greats go at it over an ancient grudge. emcee ron james called it -- >> a couple of september ogentl
nairians duking it out. >> and from a flower piece, extended it to his rival who responded -- and perhaps swatted angelo with a flower. he used his cane to knock his glasses off. then cap decked him with a one-two punch. ironic that the new book is entitled "tell me to my face." even more ironic was the first word out of cap's mouth after the fight. >> sportsmanship. >> once knocked down, cap still didn't stop. >> i'm 74 years old. i don't walk very good with a cane and i had no balance. down i went. had i went down, he kicked me. >> reporter: see if you see it. not that mosca hasn't kicked a few guys as a wrestler after retiring from football. >> angelo king kong mosco.
>> it's ridiculous it ever happened. >> reporter: the grudge goes back 48 years. it was a canadian football league championship game. then quarterback cap was mad because mosco made what was considered a dirty hit that knocked one of cap's teammates out of the game. fast-forward almost five decades. >> i'm not going to sit in and have someone stick a flower in my nose. >> reporter: later cap told a weird story quoting the player injured 48 years ago -- >> i named my dog angelo, and i [ bleep ] this dog almost every day. >> reporter: a couple of grumpy old football players like a scene out of the movie "grumpy old men." >> you can shove that pole up your [ bleep ]. >> oh! >> reporter: only in "grumpy old men" the weapon of choice was a finish rather than a flower. >> all i can do is apologize. >> before the fight mosca
offered his hand and cap ignored it. after the fight, the other way around. a youtube post summed it up this way, toothless, but still ruthless. jeanne moos, cnn. >> i think it's time to let it go. >> i think so, too. >> that's awful. still to come, dr. sanjay gupta on a disturbing new stud they says our kids face the risk of traumatic brain injury from playing soccer. soccer. you're watching "american morning." 55 minutes after the hour.
abuse victims was doctored. dr. conrad murray found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the michael jackson case, now prosecutors are asking for the maximum four years behind bars. and a new injury worry for young soccer players. dr. sanjay gupta says young soccer players could be at risk, on this "american morning." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning. tuesday, november 29th. ali velshi is off today. i'm christine romans along with carol costello. this is "american morning." good morning. >> good morning, kristine andc to all of you. a 13-year extramarital affair. the latest in herman cain's campaign for president. speaking to an atlanta tv station -- >> it was pretty simple. it was uncomplicated, and i was aware that he was married, and i
was also aware that i was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship. i'm not proud. i didn't want to come out with this. i did not. >> white claims their relationship ended just as cane contain launched his bid for the white house. he admits the two were friends but told cnn's wolf blitzer there was never anything sexual. >> well, tell us about the nature of your relationship with this woman. >> friend and trying to help a friend, because not having a job, et cetera, and this sort of thing. that's all there is to the relationship, and here again, i don't know what's going to be claimed in the story. it was someone who was supposed to be a friend, but obviously, they didn't see it as a friendship. >> when you say, "friend." i'm asking, these are awkward questions but i'll ask you the questions you're going to be asked. was this an affair? >> no, it was not. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> cain campaign issued a
statement saying detractors trying to rerail the campaign with events that never happened. the cain campaign is not surprised another female accuser has come forward due to the fact that earlier allegations were unable to force herman cain to drop his presidential bid to renew america. end quote. and cnn's david mattingly is live in atlanta. what have you got, david? >> reporter: this latest herman cain accuser is a former businesswoman. her name is ginger white. she is a single mother of two and claims she and cain had an on again/off again affair that lasted almost 14 years. it did not end, she says, until about eight months ago, shortly before cain announced his candidacy. that story was broken by waga here in atlanta last night shts b , but even before the report aired, herman cain was trying to get out in front of it on cnn telling wolf blitzer he knew the woman and described her as a
friend and that the relationship was not sexual. ginger white, however, says the two met when cain was head of the national restaurant association. she says he flew her to different cities to meet him. gave her gifts, and the physical relationship they had didn't stop until about eight months ago. amp the story aired, cain's campaign released a statement implying that white is a detractor who is alleging events that didn't happen. here's what happened when i showed that statement to her attorney. >> reporter: detractor are trying to derail the cain campaign. would you describe her as a detractor? >> no. i wouldn't describe her as a detractor. what she said, she said for herself, that she had an improper relationship. so she's not a detractor at all. no. >> reporter: the cain campaign describes this as more
accusations of past events that never happened? >> no. i mean, i think that people out there will just have to decide whether they believe that, in fact, mr. cain is telling the truth or whether that they believe that ginger white is telling the truth. but i believe that ginger is telling the truth. >> reporter: does she have anything to gain by coming forward? >> i don't think so. i think she has everything to lose, candidly. >> reporter: is she asking for anything? >> no, she has not. nothing. >> reporter: now, herman cain's own lawyer put out a statement saying this appears to be an allegation, an accusation, the private, alleged consensual contact between adults. notice the wording here does not confirm there was a relationship, but he goes on to say, no individual should be questioned about his or her private sex life. white and her attorney are now bracing for attacks on her credibility. she's had legal problems with a former business partner in the past. some lawsuits, and recent financial problems. serious enough that she's had
difficulty paying her rent. her attorney says that was not the reason she came forward. that reason, she says, was because reporters were already seeking her out and she needed to be the one, she believes, telling her own story. carol? >> i'm sure we'll hear much more on this story later today. david mattingly reporting live from atlanta. thank you. new developments in the syracuse university sex abuse scandal. a fired assistant basketball coach bernie fine is now facing a second criminal investigation in pittsburgh, and his wife plans to make a statement later today challenging the validity of the taped conversation she had with one of her husband's accusers. a conversation that suggests she knew about bernie fine's alleged abuse. our deb feyerick is there live from ssyracuse this morning. deb, why pittsburgh? >> reporter: what's so interesting about pittsburgh is while this investigation is in the jurisdiction of federal authorities, because one of the three accusers said he was molested by bernie fine in a
hotel in pittsburgh while fine was away on a home game. pittsburgh now stepped in. this was ten years old. or ten years ago that this happened. so it may be a little difficult to put the evidence together, but the pittsburgh police does want to be involved. also, it sends a very strong message. you have to remember. bernie fine was a man who was always traveling. he was traveling for away games. he had a home in florida. he was doing a lot of recruiting, talent development. so this is a man who did have access to large parts of the country, actually. pittsburgh, by standing up and saying, look, we're going to look into these allegations, it may bring other victims forward to say, you know what? it happened to me in a different state. christine? >> the status overall, then, of the investigation into this. you know, some time who passed since the original -- the original accusations were made. where are we now in the invest sgrags investigation? >> reporter: right now the
syracuse police department are working with federal authorities. the secret service has been brought in because of their expertise in electronics surveillance. the district attorney that normally would be involved, in fact, they're investigating the police to find out what they knew, when they knew it. the university handed over all their records. the university knew this seven years ago when they did their own investigation. they tried to get out ahead by terminating bernie fine's contract here with the university. even espn which had this tape back in 2002, almost ten years ago, they're coming out with a statement. so everybody's playing catch-up and, meanwhile, we're here at the carrier dome. the first home game for the syracuse team since bernie fine was fired. the top coach told all his players to stay focused, but right now, they are doing so under the shadow of what is a very public investigation. christine? >> very. deb feyerick, thank you. the sentencing of dr. conrad murray only hours away.
convicted of involuntary manslaughter in death of michael jackson. murray faces up to four years in prison and that's what jackson's mother hopes he will get. she wants the judge to order the harshest sentence possible. cnn's sandra endo is live in los angeles. good sandra. >> reporter: good morning, carol. the judge is expected to make that sentencing later this morning. michael jackson's mother wants the maximum as do prosecutors, calling for four years in prison and more than $100 million in restitution. on the other hand, though, dr. murray's lawyers argue that their client should get the minimum, which is probation, and essentially no jailtime. they say their client will have to live with this conviction forever and likely lose his medical license meaning he won't be able to make a livelihood in a that method. and they argue one other interesting point. california's budget shortfall. they argue with minimum prison space in jails, being
overcrowded, that his bed could essentially be used for a violent offender. listen to both sides as they made their case on verdict day, november 7th. >> certainly counsel are aware of the realignment -- >> county jail -- >> where the court is either pick the low term of two years, the mid-term of three or the high term of four years. >> if they gave him all the time in the world it's not going to bring my brother back. it's not. >> reporter: members of jackson's family are likely to be here in court to hear the sentencing announced, and we n know that conrad murray's mother has been a mainstay during the trial and she has written a letter arguing that her son deserves some leniency. carol? >> sandra endo reporting live from los angeles. still to come this morning. it's not sexual harassment but
herman cain's new accuser claims she did have a long-term sexual relationship with him. cain is denying it, but can his presidential campaign survive this? one of congress' most liberal voices. representative barney frank says it's time to retire. and history unfolding in egypt as people flock to the polls for a second day. live in cairo with how this vote's going today. you're watching "american morning." nine minutes after the hour.in . especially my finances. that's why i have slate, with blueprint. i can make a plan to pay off big stuff faster... or avoid interest on everyday things. that saves me money. with slate from chase, i'm always in control. financially, anyway. get slate with blueprint and save money. call 855-get-slate today.
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welcomes bak. herman cain is fighting back against new accusation. a woman saying she had a 13-year affair with the candidate and has phone records to prove it. she talked to waga about it. >> we've never worked together and i can't imagine anyone phoning or texting me for the last 2 1/2 years just because. >> he name is ginger white who says the affair ended eight months ago, just as cain
prepared to announce his run for the president. cain spoke to our own wolf blitzer yesterday and denied the charges. >> someone who was supposed to be a friend but obviously, they didn't see it as a friendship. >> when you say, "friend," i'm asking, these are awkward questions but i'll ask you the questions you're going to be asked. was this an affair? >> no, it was not. >> in was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> cain is clear hi denying it. cain attorney's said something different. we'll get to that. the principle panel, what this means to the political race. they're both in washington for us this morning. thanks for coming, you guys. >> thank you. >> either there's some fire behind all this smoke from all of these allegations or herman cain is one of the most maligned and targeted candidates in recent history. which do you think it is? >> well, you know, i think it's a double-edged sword.
it's going to be up to supporters and potential voters to really decide whether they believe cain or not. there's enough fodder for a case to be made on each side. i'm not going to take any personal sides on this at this point, but i think it's certainly been a distraction, it's sdamp rouse it's sdrdisastrous. it's apparent the train veered off course several time, hit speed bumps, is slowing down and at this point may jump the tracks before it hits the station. >> karen, those who have said before sexual harassment allegations maybe a lot of people in washington would say this is all irrelevant, all irrelevant, which is what his attorney was trying to get to. it could be a private matter if it were true. what do you think? >> first of all, never let your attorney go out there with your public -- public relations
defense. that's always the worse possible outcome. he's put into this whole discussion, was it or was it not a private consensual relationship. so if herman cain's answer is, there was no sexual relationship, stick with that answer, first of all. just from a p.r. standpoint. i think he's been able to hang in there. partly by becoming you know, playing the victim himself, in these scenarios with these other women who have made these allegations. it's going to be very difficult, i think, for him to hang on to that victim scenario, given the fact that he was in such constant contact with this woman, and you know, i think the real question now is, we saw him drop precipitously in the polls after the previous allegations. i think we'll see him drop in the polls after these allegations. my political question is, who benefits from all of this? and newt gingrich was really the political winner from his last problems, and so we'll see.
does this launch gingrich even further ahead in the polls in states like south carolina, where cain's actually still doing very well. >> isn't that ironic? tara, ironic a guy overcame questions about how faithful he was in this marriage, now benefitting from a guy having questions about how faithful he was in his marriage? >> yeah you know, look, this is -- i don't think, though, that this is anything any of the candidates really want to be focused on. what cain doesn't want to be focused on or the candidates want to be focused on. they want to be focused on what their spiel is, if you will. had cain though, to karen's point -- i think what he did yesterday is something he should have done early on. had he done that a lot sooner, early on when many of these allegations started, he'd probably be in a better position. he does still supporters. iowa will be the telling point. he's invested a lot of time and energy and at that point will have to made hard decisions.
he probably will. he's opened the door to say as long as my family supports me -- i don't know how much this going to wear on him and his family before they really give consideration. i think he'll wait and see what iowa says and does for him and then he's going to make real hard decisions there. >> you make a good point about how he's going to get out there and be forceful in what he's saying. back to the statement from cain's attorney again. cain is clearly denying an apair. here's his attorney, saying yesterday, this appears to be alleged private sexual conduct between adults. a snd for public office or public official should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. the public's right to know and media's right to report has boundaries. certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door. but, karen, after there have been two sexual harassment allegations at least and he keep it's talking about his wife of 43 years. i mean,s does that hold? does this attorney's statement
hold? >> that entire statement is so absurd. you just wonder, has this attorney -- how long has he been in america? has he been watching american politics? has he been watching campaigns? it doesn't matter whether these allegations should or should not be made public or asked by the 3450 media, they are and have been for decades. the other thing is, never repeat the charge. right? that's -- you know, public relations 101. never repeat the charge. what does this attorney do? goes out there, doesn't only repeat the charge, he created a few more charges that cain now la to go and defend against. this campaign is a complete disaster. you know, cain was in ohio yesterday selling books. not even campaigning in iowa. as we continue, we see this campaign is a farce. this is about cain selling books. it's time to move on. republicans need to get back on the message.
get the president out of the white house, put someone new in and cain is proving an obstruction. >> it's sad either way. whether you believe him or not, whether you believe her, it's sad on both fronts, i think, because there could have been potential in. there was the energy behind this candidate for the party, and, really, the whole story of his story, i think, was inspiring for a lot of folks. but it is unfortunate. when you don't have the apparatus in place that can manage someone who is already someone somewhat of a novice, but you can get around that if you have that apparatus in place. they doesn't have that, hasn't had it sis jumpplace. and as karen and i said earlier, more of a distraction than anything and a lot of folks at least nationally are starting to turn towards the two, the one controversial -- new controversial candidate or flavor of the week, newt gingrich, and mitt romney. and i think those are the two people will pay attention to. >> plenty to talk about and
still need to analyze everyone's economic plans again. still talking about this. >> absolutely. >> tara and karen, thanks to both of you. >> thank you. and just in to cnn, the man responsible for one of the most shocking murders in recent memory will most likely not be sentenced to prison in norway. instead, anders breivik behring will probably have to undergo psychiatric care. psychiatrists say the 32-year-old was insane at the time of the crime. the attacks were atrocious but necessary during a time of multiculturalism in europe. backing down from a twitter battle with a teen. and let's head to atlanta. checking in with jacqui jeras. strange weather down south. >> i know. snow in the south. rain in the north.
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>> was this an affair? >> no, it was not. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> and cain's embattled candidate and his campaign, on this "american morning." and welcome back. it's 30 minutes past the hour. time for our top stories. history unfolding in egypt. for a second day people are again standing in line to cast ballots for the country's parliamentary elections. authorities are promising a smoother process. that's after some logistical problems yesterday. this is the first election in egypt since hosni mubarak was pushed from power earlier this year. dr. conrad murray will hear his sentence later today. he faces up to four years in prison. murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of michael jackson. jackson's mother, catherine, says she hopes murray receives the harshest sentence possible.
prosecutes also want murray to pay jacksons children more than $100 million. and gary giordano, the prime suspect of the missing woman in aruba. he's expected to be released after spending more than 100 days in jail. a judge threw out a request to keep giordano detained without charges for another 30 days. robyn gardner went missing back in august. his campaign already reeling from allegations of sexual harassment. now another blow threatens to derail herman cain's presidential bid. ginger white tells an atlanta tv station she had a 13-year extramarital affair with cain. >> it was pretty simple. it was uncomplicated, and i was aware that he was married, and i was also aware that i was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship. >> cain says the two were friends, but deny ities any aff.
still, can his campaign survive all this? joe johns is live in washington. good morning, joe. >> reporter: good morning, christine. herman cain's polling already trending downward. this doesn't help as his credibility is in question. the polling shows women tend to be the most skeptical and critical of cain but men have questions, too, striking about this, ginger white is yet nor woman who has disclosed, alleged, private facts about herman cain that we didn't know, which cain has flatly denies. last night, though, cain was trying to get out in front of it by actually doing an interview on cnn's "situation room" even before the story broke on an atlanta local tv station. let's listen to what cain said. >> did you have a 13-year affair with this woman? >> no. i did not. >> did you know her for 13
years? >> yes. but i did not have an affair. this is why since i was going to be on your show to talk about my campaign i wanted to get out in front of it, because i have nothing to hide. i have done nothing wrong. just like it was demonstrated for the first two times around. >> reporter: getting out in front of it, however, there was some confusion with a statement that came out from his attorney, which didn't deny, certainly not the way he did, this allegation of an extramarital relationship. again, for a republican presidential candidate, credibility is an issue. especially among social conservatives and evangelicals who tend to expect their politicians to adhere to a higher stand. whether a candidate can survive this in a presidential race. if you look at south carolina,
they had an experience with a governor that was, you know, big news, and it had invoked charges of infidelity. so they may be perhaps more sensitive, if you will, to charges, you know, hitting people in iowa and the iowa caucuses, but who knows. we'd like to get some polling out there and be able to come up with some conclusions on it. my guess is south carolina, a little bit more sensitive than iowa, just because of their problems with their governor, who just left office. >> yeah. some people are tweeting yesterday that the conversation about how come this is relevant would be relevant if this candidate were as relevant as he were even just a few weeks ago. you point out, already going down in the polls before all this. thanks a lot, joe johns. in damage control, following an air strike that killed two dozen pakistani soldiers along the afghan/pakistan border this weekend. the united states is committed to working through the latest trouble in an already troubled
relationship with pakistan. cnn's chris lawrence takes a closer look at what happened and what both sides are saying about it. >> reporter: it all went down around 2:00 in the morning, a little over a mile from the afghan border. a little over a mile from the afghan border. the entire incident only took two hours, but may have destroyed months of hard work to repair the u.s./pakistan relationship. a nato official says afghan troops were working with elements of u.s. special operations forces in a combined mission on the afghan side of the border. the official says the team came under fire from a position with in pakistan. from what they believed to be a suspected taliban base. a senior u.s. official says the troops requested air support, and initial indications are, apache helicopters and a gunship fired on two pakistani ordered checkpoints. the official says she fired from the afghan side and did not enter pakistani airspace.
24 pakistani soldiers were killed in the air strike, but details diverge depending who you talk to. the u.s. believes the pakistanis were called before to warn them, warned them beforehand, but pakistani commanders say they pleaded to stop firing on friendly forces and insist their troops did not fire first. this is a frontier area with a border that's hard to define. nato complained in the past militants fire on american and afghan troops from positions close to pakistani army checkpoints. >> i'd say in the last three weeks we're probably averaging three to four cross-border firing incidents a week. >> reporter: just last week, u.s. commanders were speaking positively about cooperation with pakistan. they say at the american's request, pakistan adjusted some of its own military positions to deny insurgent infiltration. >> in fact, we've had some very
good cases in the last three weeks of the pacmil coordinating with us to respond against those cross-border fires, and that coordination occurs with every event that happens. >> reporter: that communication includes u.s. commanders calling their pakistani counterparts as well as talking to pakistani liaison officers inside afghanistan. the nato investigation into this air strike is focusing on that communication and whether at some point it did break down. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. >> all right. stories that are new this morning, the wife of fired syracuse basketball coach bernie fine is coming forward today. laurie fine will reportedly claim a taped conversation she had with one of her husband's accusers was doctored. bernie fine is now facing a second criminal investigation for alleged sex abuse in pittsburgh. former penn state football coach jerry sandusky launching his own investigation.
sandusky's lawyer hired a private investigators to prove he did not abuse anyone. the longtime coach charged with 40 counts related to alleged sexual abuse of eight young boys. in the meantime, one of sandusky's a alleged victims hired lawyers hinting a lawsuit may be coming. occupy protesters in los angeles hold their ground against police trying to evict them from city hall's park. they declared victory in a rally yesterday. the park is officially closed but several hundred protesters remain camped there. police arrested only four people yesterday giving protesters more time to leave on their own. a small plane with five people onboard crashed in illinois. the faa says two people are claimed dead. three taken to the hospital. claiming fuel problems shortly before the crash. and sam brownback apologizing to a pie school student because of a tweet. it started when the teen mate comments about his over twitter.
the school called for an apology, and brownback says his staff overreacted and he is in favor of free speech. we are live in cairo with how today's vote going. and doctors raising the red flag on head injuries. seems not only football players are at risk. a live report from cnn's dr. sanjay gupta ahead. it's 30 39 minutes after the hour. it's 'cause i got everything on it. boom! thank you! [ male announcer ] no need to wait with our christmas price guarantee. if you find a lower price on a local print ad before christmas, we'll give you the difference on a walmart gift card. constipated? phillips' caplets use magnesium, an ingredient that works more naturally with your colon than stimulant laxatives, for effective relief of constipation without cramps. thanks. [ professor ] good morning students. today, we're gonna...
welcome back. for a second straight day, egyptians are heading to the polls. this is the first parliamentary election since the dramatic uprising that ended the 30-year dictatorship of hosni mubarak. turnout has been huge so far and despite violence last week the vote has been mostly peaceful. joining me now, 0 congressman live in cairo, egypt to monitor the election process. good morning. >> reporter: from "american morning" to egypt afternoon. that's what we've got going
here. >> it's awesome. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. so you have -- you have done this all over the world? you have observed elections. so how does what you're seeing in egypt compare? >> you know, every time i do this, it's inspiring, but it's never been more uplifting than this election. obviously, there was a lot of concern going into it. you know, what one woman said to me, that this is the first time in several thousand years egyptians had a chance to vote. the magnitude of this one is so great and so powerful that people from all walks of life are very encouraged and very upbeat and positive. there are lots of problems in this country. just as we face at home, and i'm headed back to washington tomorrow, where we're dealing with a challenge of job creation and economic growth, this country has lost 2 million jobs
since hosni mubarak was taken out, and if you -- if you look at where they're going, obviously, it's due to a lack of tourism and a lack of foreign direct investment that's come because of uncertainty. i think having this election can now play a role towards getting this very important country back on track. >> well, we have observed that there are many, many women voting for the first time in their lives. there's women standing in line to cast their ballots. when you speak to these women, why do they say they're so passionate about this? >> well, because the rights of women are very important, and it's -- it's not just women overall, but i've seen women who are in their 80s and 90s climbing two or three flights of stairs to have a chance to do this, and when i talk to them, the message is basically the same. this is an opportunity for the first time in my life to cast a vote that will count. one individual said to me th
that -- this was a guy. he said in my entire lifetime, this is the most important day of my life, because i can now play a role in determining my future, and women, i think, feel the same way. i will tell you, i just met a woman judge, and, boy, i mean, she is very strong and very tough and doing a great job. there was concern. i've been talking to a lot of the judges as well as voters, and some of the judges were really concerned as were a lot of people, about what could have happened, and the thing that's very gratifying to see, well, this is not a perfect election. there's no such thing as a perfect election. you know, we in the united states have challenges ourselves, but the fact is, things have gone much, much better than many people had feared. >> some of the women that we've talked with said they're concerned that islamist extremists will get into office. we have heard that members of the muslim brotherhood are standing in line whispering to
people to vote for their candidates. have you seen that, and does that concern you as well? >> sure. i mean, there's no doubt about the fact that the freedom and justice party, which is the muslim brotherhood party, is the best organized party in the country. i mean, that's evident any place you go, and, yes, there are people -- not just from the freedom and brotherhood parties but others urging people to support their candidates, their party. but the important thing to notice, since 1928, the muslim brotherhood has made an attempt, they have been the opposition to whoever was in power. anwar sadat and during the reign of hosni mubarak. if one looks at that, there's big difference, and we know this in the united states of america. there's a big difference between being the outspoken opposition, having the responsibility to govern. i will tell you this. i know from having talked to
people across this country, job creation and economic growth is what the egyptian people want and need, and in light of that, i think that whoever, whoever ends up tonight, and i'm going to be at counting stations late this evening, whoever ends up being victorious, and there will obviously be coalition building that will take place, the other thing to note a three-step process. then presidential elections. there's a long road of elections down the road. whoever is in a leadership position, they will have the responsibility to get this economy growing and we know it's going to be a challenge. >> yes, we do. we certainly can relate. congressman dreier, thank you for joining us. >> nice to be with you all. coming up, a new study on brain injuries in soccer. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is going to join us live with the detail, and i've got a "romans' numeral" for you
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32-year-old and eers he was suffering from psychosis when he carried out the july attacks. he must now undergo psychiatric care. the wife of fired syracuse basketball coach bernie fine is making a statement later today. she will claim a taped conversation she had with one of her husband's accusers was edited and taken out of context. the atlanta businesswoman claims they had a 13-year-long extra marital affair. new york giants fans it wasn't a game, it was a shame. the new orlean saints rolled over big blue, 49-24 on monday night football. a big night for saintsaints' q r
partridges are very expensive. >> i guess so. >> roman's numeral. $101,119. the first time that the price for the gifts in the 12 days of christmas top 100 grand. this is according to pnc wealth management. >> it's the gold rings that have driven up the cost. >> no, the gold rings are down a little bit. it's the partridges, turtle doves and swans. you know, the gold rings are down about 8%.
down a little bit. but anything that had to be fed grain, apparently, grain price is record highs. pnc does it every year, it's always cute, $101,000. >> interesting. if you are concerned about your kids getting concussions from sports, football isn't the only game to keep your eye on. repeated head butts to soccer balls may cause some of the brain damage that football concussions do. >> dr. sanjay gupta joins us now. sanj sanjay, my mother had my brothers playing soccer, not football, for this very reason. one of the most popular sport in the world. this seems to be a big deal. >> there has been some anecdotal concerns for about this for some time but now you're seeing studies about this specifically. you're right, football has been the area of most interest and most studies over the years, but what they did in this particular study, they looked at adult soccer players and these were players in their 30s and there was 39 of them and they asked them, they asked them how often
are you heading the ball in any given year? tough to gauge, but they were guessing sort of and what they found people who were in the heaviest hitting type of segments tend to have the changes in the brain that were pretty consistent. might be hard to tell, but these are areas of the brain specifically associated with the attention problems, with memory problems, with problem solving. what you're looking at there, incidentally, this is what is the concern in any sport. you see the brain sort of moving back and forth within the skull and then possibly causing problems. that's what the concern is in football. not so much the brute force hit, but it's that brain moving back and forth. but, again, it's a small study. they want to replicate this in kids but the heaviest hitters had these specific changes in the brain. >> so, when you're talking about soccer, you're talking about, you know, kids using their head on the soccer ball to push it into the net or collisions on the field? >> well, that's a good point. what they're talking about is
heading the ball, the soccer ball. this is something that's done quite regularly. i will tell you that to your point, though, people who jump up to head a ball, one of the most dangerous parts of soccer is that when they do that, they actually head somebody else's heads. two heads going up at the same time. this isn't what they were talking about here. they were talking about the more minor thumps, bumps, back and forth to the head. many many times a year. if you ever played soccer or practiced, you know these drills, they just do this over and over again. heading the ball into the net and away from a player, you can accumulate a lot of hits. one thing they're recommending is that with kids reducing the number of head butts a year. sort of keeping count of this, just like they do in little league baseball to try to reduce the number of times a pitcher throws a ball, for example. they think they want to do the same thing in soccer. >> as a parent, you push not to have that drilled so much. maybe you just raise your hand -- >> take the fun out of the game,
though. >> right. >> i can see how it may one day be required. >> with the helmet. i find this fascinating. with the helmet you're sort of protecting against skull fractures and things, but the brain sort of moving still within the skull, that seems to be the concern. that's one thing that we learned. the numbers that we are talking about here. 1,300 head buts a year. that may seem like a lot, unless, again, you ever watched soccer practice where they do this over and over again. they want to reduce the number of those, especially in practices. >> i was never good enough in soccer to connect the ball with my head 1,300 times a year. >> most people do it with their feet. >> you can see much more in "big hits, broken dreams" it airs january 29th at 8:00 p.m. eastern. the wife of fired syracuse basketball coach bernie fine is ready to come forward.
herman cain denying an atlanta woman's claim that they were lovers on and off for 13 years. could the latest sexual allegations derail cain's presidential hopes. american airlines in bankruptcy. i'm christine romans. the parent company of american airlines filed for chapter 11 protection. what it means for you if you're scheduled to fly on this "american morning." he's going to join us in just a second. good morning to you, it's tuesday, november 29th. ali has the day off. the parent company of american airlines has filed for bankruptcy protection. it's important to note if you are flying on american, american airlines or american eagle still honoring all its tickets and reservations still happening like normal and normal flight schedules. amr is the only major airline to
not file for bankruptcy protection over the last decade. that means it's paying more for everything from labor to financing than all of its competitors. its fuel expenses have jumped 40% from last year while other airlines have been making money on all those baggage fees and returned to profitability. american airlines has not. right now u.s. markets are expected to open higher. the dow, nasdaq, s&p 500 are all up until europe is able to get a better handle on its debt crisis we'll expect uncertainty in the markets and amr, we'll watch to see what all the reaction is. also breaking right now, the man accused in the norway massacre that killed 77 people in july has been found legally insane. that means andres brevric will not serve time in prison. he'll under go indefinite psychiatric care. the prime suspect in the case of the missing american
woman in aruba may soon be a free man. gary giordano is expected to be released back to the u.s. after spending more than 100 days in jail. the judge threw out a request to keep him detained without charges for another 30 days. robin gardner went missing in august. another he said/she said for herman cain. the republican presidential candidate denies having a long-term extra marital affair with atlanta businesswoman ginger white. he says she was just a friend, but white claims the affair lasted 13 years, ending just before cain launched his campaign. cnn's david mattingly live in atlanta with details on cain's new accuser. david, what have you turned up? >> carol, this woman, this latest accuser has said that she is a former businesswoman. her name is ginger white. she is a single mother of two. and she claims that she had an on again/off again affair with cain that lasted almost 14
years. it did not end, she says, until about eight months ago. shortly before cain announced his candidacy. >> it was pretty simple. it was uncomplicated and i was aware that he was married and i was also aware that i was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship. >> pretty much broken by waga here in atlanta last night, but even before that report hit the air, herman cain was trying to get out in front of it. he was on cnn telling wolf blitzer he knew the woman and described her as a friend and said the relationship was not sexual. >> someone who is supposed to be a friend, but, obviously, they didn't see it as a friendship. >> when you say friend, i'm asking, these are awkward questions, but i'll ask you the questions you're going to be asked. was this an affair? >> no.
>> there was no sex? >> no. >> ginger white, however, says that the two met when cain was the head of the national restaurant association. she says he flew her to different cities to meet him and gave her gifts and the physical relationship they had didn't stop until about eight months ago. after the story aired, cain's campaign released a statement implying that white is a detractor who is alleging events that didn't happen. well, here's what happened when i showed that statement to her attorney. >> the tractors are trying, once again, to derail the cain train. would you describe your client as a detractor? >> no, actually, i wouldn't describe her as a detractor. what she said for herself that she had an improper relationship so she's not a detractor. >> so, the cain campaign describes this as more accusations of past events that never happened. >> no. i mean, i think that people out
there will just have to decide whether they believe, in fact, mr. cain is telling the truth or they believe that ginger white is telling the truth. but, i believe that ginger is telling the truth. >> does she have anything to gain by coming forward? >> i don't think so. i think she has everything to lose. >> is she asking for anything? >> no, she is not. nothing. >> now, herman cain's own lawyer put out a statement saying this appears to be an accusation of private alleged consensual conduct between adults. but notice that the wording here does not confirm that there was any kind of relationship like that. but he goes on to say no individual should be questioned about his or her private sex life. white and her attorney are now bracing for attacks on her credibility. she's had legal problems in the past with a former business partner and some recent financial problems that were serious enough that she's had difficulty paying her rent.
but her attorney says that was not the reason she came forward. that, she said, was solely because reporters were already seeking her out and that she needed, she felt, to be the one telling her own story. >> david mattingly reporting live from atlanta, thank you. with this latest allegation, some political experts suggested the so-called cain train may be near the end of the line. cnn wolf blitzer asked cain about collateral damage to his campaign. >> are you worried this could further hurt you in this republican race for the white house? >> i'm more worried that this is going to hurt my wife and my family because it's going to be proved that it was probably something else that was baseless. and the court of public opinion does not consider that when they want to pass their judgment. i can take the lumps. i expected this kind of stuff when i made the decision to run for the president of the united states of america, but the thing i'm worried about is the impact it will have on my wife and my family because they should not
be subjected to false accusations that cannot be proved. >> have you spoken to your wife about this? >> yes, i have. >> how did they react? >> my wife's reaction was very similar to mine. here we go, again. >> cain has seen his poll numbers plunge as he's dealt with allegations of sexual harassment. the wife of former syracuse basketball coach bernie fine plans to make a statement today. laurie fine will challenge the validity of a taped conversation she reportedly had with one of her husband's accusers. a conversation that suggests that she knew about bernie fine's alleged aabuse. she's expected to say that the recording was doctored and taken out of context. >> jerry sandusky launching his own investigation. sandusky's lawyer said he hired a personal investigator to prove he did not abuse any boys. 40 counts related to sexual abuse of eight young boys over a 14-year stretch. >> two people following these cases with cnn legal contributor
paul. good morning. >> good morning, christine. >> the youngest accuser is 23 years old, i think. two investigations now. one in pittsburgh. how likely is it that these investigations can move forward here? carol has been, we've been talking about the statute of limitations on some of these. >> well, i'm kind of amazed by the avalanche of sex scandals going on in the news. it's hard to keep them in line and keep track of them. >> sad commentary. >> very sad commentary. but let's talk about syracuse for a moment. there are ways to get around that in many situations because if you are abused as a child, usually, you don't have to report it until you become an adult in many jurisdictions and the feds are now getting involved in the investigation. and i think that will be a solution to the statute of limitations problem. there may be allegations of civil rights violations. there may be allegations of other aspects going on, once
federal investigators get involved. that may solve the problem. >> let's talk about the phone call. supposedly one of fine's alleged victims taped a phone call, la, urie fine was on the other end of the phone. she is bernie fine's wife, the accused in this case. it seems as if laurie fine gave credence to this young man's story. let's listen to a bit of this phone call first. >> i know everything that went on, you know. i know everything that went on with him. bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues. bernie is also in denial. i think that he did the things he did, but somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind. >> this phone conversation was supposedly taped in 2002/2003. she will release a statement
later today saying this is doctored. i know you dealt with a lot of these cases, does that sound doctored to you? >> no, it doesn't. i will tell you, i actually had cases where there were doctored tapes and sometimes they're choppy and you kind of suspect something immediately. that's a pretty smooth flowing conversation. and everything seems to fit in context. and, obviously, it's very, very damming to both her and her husband because she's, obviously, aware, involved, maybe even aiding and abetting some might argue. >> she doesn't come out and say, my husband is a pedophile. >> no, but she does indicate he has problems and you should be aware of them. >> issues. you trusted the wrong guy. you trusted the wrong guy. >> that suggests to me, if he has that snippet of tape, what else is lingering out there? why are federal investigators looking at computers? you know, what is going to be found through a forensic investigation here? >> why did he turn that tape over to the university or syracuse authorities?
>> he did turn it over, he did turn it over to a newspaper. >> and a local newspaper. >> well, i don't know at what point in time he turned it over. it wasn't turned over, i think, back in 2002 or 2003. of course, he may have viewed -- >> 2005 it was. >> he may have viewed it not relevant to the pedophilia allegation that was being made against the coach. he is thinking, well, i'm just talking to his wife. i'm not talking to him. maybe he thought not an important piece of evidence. but now it's breaking in the press, he realizes it is important. we'll find out subsequently, there will be an explanation. they'll hire a forensic expert who will examine this and if this is faujry, we'll find out. >> jerry sandusky hired a private investigator to prove his innocence. >> yes. >> is that his steteam saying t they don't think they'll give the favorable outcome from the
actual people who are investigating it? >> i was chuckling when i read that because doing criminal defense work as i do, we always hire private investigators. every single case you have, you hire one. but they're so desperate for a positive news story they say, we hired a private investigator to investigate his innocence. what is the next story? we hired a typist to type up the papers? >> they feel like it means that he's proclaiming his innocence and he's going to go and start trying to -- >> dig into their past. >> dig into some of these. >> by the way, that's exactly what's going on to go on. in these private investigations, you look at the witnesses against your client. you find out that they have a prior record, have they told the truth in the past. you look for things that you can use against them in court. i mean, it's a nasty business drawing a case. so, i'm not at all surprised that they hired a private investigator. i don't think it's a big deal. i think it's absolutely normal in a criminal investigation. >> still proclaiming his innocence. >> no. what's his alternative?
to plead guilty. the surprising thing, though, does go back to that press conference that he and the lawyer had in which, you know, he explained that he likes to horse around in showers with little boys. i mean, to me, in the end, that is going to be the thing that will be the most damming piece of evidence in the entire case. >> really. >> lawyers will wonder why in the world would you say that publicly? it has put him in such a difficult position in terms of defending the case. >> paul callan, thanks for coming in, we appreciate it. still ahead, remember last month's $254 million powerball jackpot? it has been claimed by three men and their identities has us all talking this morning. the stunning twist coming up. kate middleton got the fairy tale, but her younger sister, pippa is writing the book. details, ahead. it doesn't happen often in november, but snow is falling across the deep south. snow in mississippi. it's crazy.
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chicago right now. you know, winds are gusting to 44 miles per hour. that's pretty serious and the wind so strong that they will whip up some waves along the lake shore. especially if you're one of the runners that likes to run right next to the lake. a couple months ago we saw the video of the runner getting plowed by those waves. really windy in detroit, too. look at sustained winds around 25 miles per hour. so, it's going to be real gusty here and the rainfall will be heavy and we also have the threat of some flash flooding as a result of this, too. okay, so, the southern end of this thing. i know, it feels opposite, doesn't it? that's where we're seeing the snow. it's been snowing all morning long in memphis. this is mostly the grassy areas and elevated objects that are getting any of the accumulation. most of the roadways doing okay. snow and sleet across alabama trying to make its way into the atlanta metro area and best chance of that is on up to the north. let's look at some of that snow out of tennessee. this is from jackson, tennessee, from late last night where you
had three inches of snow and there you can see those roadways are still looking pretty good. this is almost a record snow for you. the earliest recorded snow in jackson is november 13th. highest total i could find so far, denmark, tennessee, at five inches. we've seen three inches pretty common across parts of northern mississippi, as well. there are those delays, as i mentioned, chicago o'hare. arrival delays to get into o'hare because of the winds at 1:30 and we're starting to get departure delays out of baltimore, about 30 minutes. we do expect more delays to pull into the northeast as we head into the afternoon hours. that's when most of the rain is going to be arriving. sometimes all it takes is the low clouds where you have to line the planes up to get them on in. the big storm system that's all we're dealing with across the country today. high and dry in the nation's midsection. cold behind this front, though, guys. look at those cold temperatures just wedge their way into the southeast with 40s for atlanta and memphis and you're still in
the 60s in the northeast. just isn't fair. >> we're loving it. we love it! it's like a little bit of heaven in november. >> give us a couple of days. >> thanks, jackie. good morning going on to anne hathaway. she is engaged. she plans to marry her long-time boyfriend adam. they have been dates since 2008 after her much publicized break up. >> and pippa middleton has a royal book deal. the sister of the dutchess of cambridge is writing a book on party planning. she works, her parents have a party planning company and not a book that she doesn't know anything about. >> that is a big advance. >> the biggest maid of honor, probably the most famous maid of honor in the world. >> she did look good in that
dress. certainly not the rags to riches tale we hear. the winners of $254 million powerball jackpot. the biggest prize in connecticut history and you're happy to hear the trio says a significant portion of their winnings will go to chair te. why are these rich guys playing the lottery? that's the million dollar question. >> investigative report coming up on that. a check of the early morning markets, next. plus, american airlines files for bankruptcy protection. how will travelers be affected? plus, speculation facebook is planning a monster $100 billion initial public offering. it looks like it's getting close. 21 minutes past the hour.
25 minutes past the hour. minding your business this morning. the parent company of american airlines, amr, has filed for bankruptcy protection. the airline says the move is needed to reduce its labor costs and its debt. american airlines and american eagle will still honor all tickts and reservations and operating normally under this court protection. american lost $868 million during the first nine months of this year. the only major u.s. airline to lose money. u.s. markets are expected to open higher. the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 are all up. investors optimistic this morning that europe is moving forward to fix the region's debt problems. a two-day emergency meeting in brussels of the eu ministers gets under way today.
the ability to reach a debt deal may hurt all americans. the credit rating agency fitch revised its outlook to negative. that change means the agency sees a greater than 50% chance it will downgrade the country's aaa rating within two years. the former head of mf global jon corzine is not commenting on a report that $245 million is believed to belong to his mortgage firm. it is believed that money was transferred during the firm's rapid collapse. the trustee overseaing mf global liquidations says funds appear to be missing. the holy grail of ipos and this morning yet another report that facebook is working on plans to go public by as early as next spring. according to "wall street journal" the social network is hoping to raise $10 billion. that would put the value of facebook at more than $100 billion. so far, facebook not commenting
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breaking news out of iran this morning. dozens of students stormed the british embassy in tehran reportedly taking down the british flag and chanting, death to england. incident now appears to be under control. it comes two days after the iranian parliament approved a measure reducing diplomatic relations with britain that follows london's support for new u.s. sanctions. stay with drn fcnn for the late developments. the man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in norway. he's been found legally insane. anders behring breivik will face charges but not prison time. he was psychotic at the time of july attacks.
he will undergo psychiatric treatment and confined to a mental hospital for the rest of his life. sentencing day for conrad murray and michael jackson's mother is speaking out. katherine jackson says she hopes murray will get the harshest sentence possible. conrad murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago. prosecutors also want murray to pay jackson's children more than $100 million. jackson died in 2009 from a lethal dose of propofol. embattled gop presidential candidate herman cain trying to get the focus back on his 9-9-9 plan and away from infidelity. two other woman have accused cain publicly of sexual harassment. former penn state football coach jerry sandusky launching his own investigation. sandusky's lawyer says he hired a private investigator to prove he did not abuse any children. the long-time coach is charged
with 40 counts of sexual abuse of eight young boys over a 14-year stretch. new developments unfolding in the syracuse university sex abuse scandal. former assistant basketball coach bernie fine is now facing a second criminal investigation in pittsburgh. and fine's wife, laurie, she plans to make a statement later today about a taped conversation she had with one of her husband's accusers. a conversation that suggests she knew about his alleged abuse. cnn's gary tuchman spoke briefly with laurie fine yesterday before her decision was made to come forward today. >> hi, i'm gary tuchman, cnn. i'm sorry to bother you. >> you're not bothering me. >> i was hoping can ask you, you're not going to make a statement today? >> not today. >> is your tape misinterpreted? how come you can't comment? >> deb feyerick is live in syracuse this morning.
deb, well, it's surprising that the fines are still in town or are they both still in town? >> you know, they are. matter of fact, many of the key players, they have been told not to go too far because this is well under investigation this whole thing. it's kind of interesting. kind of symbolic. you see laurie fine there barricaded behind the door and here in syracuse, you get the feeling that there's a lot of that going on right now as everybody sort of plays a frantic game of catch. you have police. they're working now with federal prosecutors and federal investigators who have called in the secret service to go through computers, to look to see if there's anything that could incriminate coach fine including child pornography. the district attorney who normally investigates. he is not involved. he is looking at the police department to see whether they were negligent in not bringing charges back in 2002. you have to remember that all of this surfaced back in 2002. there's the university. they knew about it in 2005 and
then turned over all their records and, of course, you have the media outlets, espn basically saying, yeah, we had the tape, but it wasn't our responsibility to turn it over. it was our responsibility to try to corroborate the information that was in the tape. so, laurie fine standing behind that door and pretty much what is going on. we can tell you, also, her nephew told us directly yesterday that she was supposed to make a statement but now it's unclear when that is going to happen. both lawyers for bernie fine and also to see whether laurie fine has now gotten independent representation. but they're not calling us back, either, carol and christine. >> meanwhile, the pittsburgh part of the investigation. now, what do we know there? >> well, this is interesting because, look, the allegation. one of the three accusers basically said that he was molested when he was 13 years old by bernie fine in a hotel room. police are betting his credibility right now to see whether or not his story basically holds up. pittsburgh police, they're now
involved in this because it happened in their jurisdiction, even though this is a federal case right now. what we're seeing by pittsburgh getting involved departments else where should they hear allegations of something happening, bernie fine being a man who was traveling on the road whether for games or for recruiting. so, people may be more likely to come forward. so, it sends a little bit of a message. pretty loud message, actually. >> in the midst of all of this, the syracuse men's basketball team will play its first home game since this all went down. that's got to be hard on students. >> you know, it does, but this is definitely an orange town. that means that sports here is huge. sports dominates this part of syracuse and, so, tonight you're right. the first home game and they're playing east michigan i believe and there's a lot of excitement for that. they want to get back to the
program. they want to focus on what it is they're supposed to do and that is play basketball, go to school, put this behind them and let the authorities do what they have to do and sometimes, you know, look, it's going to be a topic of conversation. bernie fine not going to be on the sidelines tonight, however, at the same time, it could also bring the community together to say, look, you know, this was an anomaly, if true, it's something they're all going to have to deal with. that's one other thing. we have been reaching out to bernie fine's lawyers because we did ask, look, he was terminated very quickly after this tape surfaced and we wanted to ask the lawyers, you know, is this a rush to judgment? is this, in fact, an acknowledgment by the university that bernie fine is guilty, even before the investigation has been concluded? we haven't heard back from them either. >> i'm sure you'll keep digging today. deb feyerick live in syracuse, thanks. orlando's police chief is naming a florida man as the chief suspect.
michelle parker has not been seen since she appeared on "people's court" tv show with dale smith 12 days ago over a $5,000 engagement ring. smith, who is the father of two of parkers' children have not been charged with the crime. but orlando police call him the prime focus of their investigation. one of the most serious problems threatening our children today. childhood obesity. one in three kids in america are obese or overweight. we'll talk to two people teaming up to fight obesity. it's 37 minutes past the hour.
good morning, washington, d.c. pretty nice day for november. mostly cloudy, 65 degrees. rain later today with, i guess the high will drop to 64 degrees. the childhood obesity epidemic is so severe that for the first time in american history we will live shorter lives than our parents did. a third of our children are now obese or overweight. how can we fix this problem? joining us exclusively to announce major new commitments in is the fight against childhood obesie cory booker an
senator bill frist. welcome to both of you. >> thank you to be here. >> you have major health commitments from major organizations who stepped up to the plate to help. who are they? >> well, first of all, we hope that they are leaders. kaiser perm nanty, these are high leaders in their industry, but hopefully leaders across america are making solid commitments. when we go to hotels, children's meals and fried food and high in carbohydrates and low in nutrition. this hotel chain said we're going to make a very solid, solid commit. the senator knows when it comes to the health care industry, kaiser is doing something tremendous, as wealth. >> we have 800 people here today in washington representing mainly the private sector, all of whom recognize there is no silver bullet. but by coming together the
nonprofit community, some government foundations, everybody's sharing ideas and the examples with high-end hotels and kaiser permnante and grocery stores all putting their ideas on the table and all celebrating what can we done to reduce an epidemic that is killing the united states of america. >> specifically -- >> makes good business sense. >> let's just pause and tell people specifically what hyatt is doing. hied hyatt is changing its children's menu. its general menu will see a 10% reduction in calories like sodium and sugar and more local food and more healthy and affordable options and senator frist, you mentioned the grocery stores that are popping up in neighborhoods with no grocery stores and they're selling things like fresh fruit and vegetables. things that these communities are sort of lacking. as for kaiser, kaiser is going to push breastfeeding.
senator frist, explain that to me. how will that help with childhood obesity? >> all of these issues have a purpose of making the healthier choice out there. we know what the healthier choices are, the easy choice. and all of it, access to the 23 million people who go through hyatt to have healthier choices on the menu from what they can choose is a perfect example of that. kaiser has 29 hospitals and not forcing anything on the patient, but encouraging. people who breastfeed have children that are less prone to obesity in childhood. we know if you're not obese in childhood, a much less likelihood that you're obese as an adult. that's the sort of effort out there to have it presented in an understandable, easy to understand way to that mother who is out there looking for that best interest for their children is. >> i heard senator frist say no
one is forcing anyone to do anything. but it's great that there are healthier choices on menus, but senator frist is right, you can't force people to order healthier foods. you have to wonder, will these changes really help? >> well, they definitely will. i know from my city, when you have families that live in food deserts who their closest available food they have is fast food. if you start creating availability, and if you start making people more aware of what their choices are in terms of caloric content and the like, you'll give people the tools of which to make better decisions. we've seen from all the evidence that if you empower people with the tools and the knowledge, they make the right choice. this is what america is about. so, it's extraordinary -- >> mayor booker, some people say it's just the food police. the first lady michelle obama has been out to fight childhood obesity and she's been harshly criticized for that. >> you don't make change in this
country without criticism. both of us know this on both sides of the political aisle. the thing is we can throw up our hands and allow our country to face the greatest health crisis we've seen in a generation. literally see our children get sicker and cost our country more and our military preparedness and tens of thousands of military people who are stepping forward to join the military are being disqualified because they're obese. not only self-esteem issues but issues that undermine their productivi productivity. we can do nuthing and stand back on the sidelines or get in the game and take control of the destiny of our country. not by government mandate, but by all of us stepping up and saying, you know what, this is not what we want to be. we do not want to be the first generations of americans to see our children more unhealthier than us. this is the kind of country i love. this is why i'm sitting here with a statesman from the other side of the aisle and all of us can make a difference. >> the fact that this is 800 people today from the private
sector. private industries who are making commitments. who areacting, not just talking, but acting to make the healthier choice, the easier choice. we're having hundreds of examples presented today to celebrate those, to share those ideas and realize there is no silver bullet to this obesity epidemic which is literally destroying the future of our kids. >> senator frist, i want to ask you about this before you go. a situation in ohio, an 8-year-old was taken away from his family and placed in foster care because he weighs more than 200 pounds. some people are saying that this was extreme, others are saying this was good for the child. the parents were not able to control the child's weight. wasn't able to stop him from eating unhealthy foods. so, the state of ohio took the child away. when you hear stories like that, was that the right move? >> well, you know, i don't know any of the details. i can't comment on the specifics. but the fact that one out of three children today are obese,
that obesity will condemn them to a less productive life, a less fulfilling life and to a shorter life, to a more expensive life will contribute to 10% of all the health care costs in america and that one out of three kids today are b n born, one out of three kids born today will be diabetic because of the obesity means this is a call to action for all of us. >> and mayor booker, i know that -- >> something out there -- >> mayor booker, you have struggled with your weight. i wanted to get your perspective to that story out in ohio, too. >> yeah, look, again, i don't know the details of the case themselves. i think most of us americans, that's why we see so many commercials about weight loss or whatever, we all know that we could be doing more and for me as a xwi who is insanely busy and runs hours that are not regular. i am going to dolittle changes in my diet and in my activity that are going to have big results. now that i have passed that 40 marker, especially for african-american men in this
country, we face tremendous health challenges. i know that i've got to not only take more control of my life, but if you want to be a leader, that's the way to make a difference in this country. not what you preach or teach it's what you do. i'll do everything i can do to be an example in my community of someone who takes these issues serio seriously. that's the thing. let's not talk about one case in some place far away. we should look at our own lives and our circles of influence. we all can be, you know, powerful heroes of hope when it comes to dealing with this change. right in our own lives, right in our own families. >> i think the fact that 30 years ago this problem did not exist. this is a 30-year-old problem. it is reversible. we know how to reverse it. no silver bullet, but it is going to take partnerships working together and sharing ideas. this is a problem that we can solve. >> we know one thing for sure, pizza is not a vegetable. mayor booker and senator frist, thank you so much for joining us this morning. we appreciate it.
50 minutes after the hour. here are your morning medlines. dozens of students stormed the british embassy in tehran and taken down the british flag and chanted death to england. the incident is now under control. the protest follows london's support for new u.s. sanctions against iran. in norway, the man accused of killing 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage this summer has been found legally insane. andersbehring breivik will not serve prison time for the
attacks. he will under go psychiatric care. the parent company of american airlines, amr, has filed for bankruptcy protection. reduce labor costs and debt. american airlines and american eagle will still honor all tickts and reservations. markets open in less than 45 minutes. right now expected to open higher. the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 futures are up as investors are optimistic europe will get a handle on its debt crisis. that's the news you need to start your day. "american morning" back right after the break. pacific life offers life insurance, annuities for lifetime income, mutual funds and retirement solutions. ask a financial professional about how pacific life's more than 140 years of experience can bring strength to your team. pacific life - the power to help you succeed.
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good morning. cloudy and 36 degrees in atlanta. >> 64 degrees here. it's crazy. you're going to have some rain and snow later today with a high of 42. good luck with that. all right, we introduced you to someone who is accomplishing something remarkable, despite having to overcome a major obstacle. in this week's human factor we met don wright, a man refusing to let cancer get in the way of his life. here's dr. sanjay gupta. >> don wright's career
engineering and vice president and at age 62, he discovered a new passion. marathons. just days after running his first 26-mile race, though, he got some devastating news. >> i had gone to the doctor a couple of times for pain in my back. it was multiple myeloma. >> reporter: this is a cancer of the blood where the white blood cells invade the bone marrow, causing pain usually in the back or the ribs and patients are rarely cured. but wright refused to let that slow him down, even qualifying for the boston marathon. >> i got this devastating diagnosis and we just, my family and i just kept on going. you know, there wasn't any reason to stop and be sorry. you know. we kept running marathons. >> reporter: incredibly now in the last eight years, wright, who is now 70, has run 60 marathons in 41 states and his wife and daughter had been by
his side for most of them. his goal is to run a marathon in every state. >> finally after boston we started to pick off states. never imagining, imagining, yes, but never expecting to be able to finish all 50. now, i'm really hoping for it. >> reporter: never expected that he could fulfill his dream because the median survival for his cancer is just five years. he had a number of treatments that failed, but for the last three years, wright has taken an experimental drug that is just one pill at night and it's kept the cancer at bay. >> it doesn't cure the cancer. but it keeps it stable. so, it's not hurting me. and i can still run. and i can still enjoy life and i'm riding that for all it's worth. >> reporter: he has advice to others. facing what seemed like insurmountable odds. take charge of your own destiny and never give up hope. >> you know, soany meexcuses
people come up with not to train and participate in events like that. right after his first marathon, he received this diagnosis. part of these human factors are stories of people who go in the other direction. decide to do more marathons and do one in every state. just a remarkable guy. >> what an awesome guy, you're right. is it possible, though, the exercise is actually help keep him healthy? >> i think so. this is more an anecdotal. when you think about this type of cancer, mullple myeloma, the bones can actually fracture and you can have problems with them. having them running counterintuitive could make them a bit stronger. also, just the exercise itself probably boosts his immune system and some of the cancer fighting cells that naturally occur in the body. i think the exercise could help and that is more than just anecdotal. >> it is about living with cancer and not dying of cancer. there are millions of people living with cancer in different ways. who is most at risk for this particular disease, sanjay?
>> it's typically people who are over the age of 50 and typically men, african-americans are more at risk, but with this multiple myeloma and it's a tough diagnosis, there's no absolute sort of risk factor for it. we're not entirely sure why some people get it and some people don't and why some people respond better to treatments as don seems to be doing so far. fingers crossed for him. >> sanjay gupta, thanks so much. >> and running races. 37 minutes after the hour. capital one's new cash rewards card gives you a 50% annual bonus! so you earn 50% more cash. according to research, everybody likes more cash. well, almost everybody... ♪ would you like 50% more cash? no! but it's more money. [ male announcer ] the new capital one cash rewards card. the card for people who want 50% more cash. what's in your wallet? woah! [ giggles ]
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