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>> we want them off of the streets at quickly as possible. >> police make a discovery in a home. what they found in a raid. nine people are missing. coast guard an the navy are pulling out all of the stops in a search and rescue mission. but chances of finding survivors may be fading. stock market took a header even though the government said the economy is growing again. one thing that may be missing to keep the recovery going is you.
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hey, good morning, it's saturday. i'm natascha curry. thanks for watching "lhn news and views." a man hunt is under way in cleveland, ohio for this man, 50-year-old anthony sovall. police went to arrest him on charges of rape. police found two decomposing bodies upstairs and a freshly dug grave in the basement with another body in it. police searched around the house and found three more bodies. the bodies are identified, but people who live in the neighborhood are worried about who was buried in sowell's home. >> i pray to god if it's not my cousin, and if it is my cousin, i'm sorry. >> sowell was convicted for a 1989 rape and served 15 years in prison. >> the stock markets took a dive we haven't seen in quite a while. all three went down yesterday. and the dow had the biggest
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one-day drop in half a year. the government said consumer spending went down in september, the first time in five months. at the same time, personal incomes remain flat. recovery could run out of steam if consumers start spending less. president obama is getting more advice as he considers his next move in afghanistan. the president met yesterday with the joint chiefs of staff and other top military advisors. this comes with the deadliest month for other forces there. sources tell cnn each ranked to the military got a chance to explain the impact of sending more troops. the army and marine corps have expressed concerns it would be tougher to give troops promised time at home to their families. >> as the obama administration considers the strategy in afghanistan, a state department official there resigned in protest of the war. and he's been getting a lot of support for his decision. hoh said he was leaving because,
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quote, i fail to see the value or worth of continued u.s. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the afghanistan government in what is truly a 35-year-old civil war. hoh talked to fa reed zacaria about what it's like on the ground in afghanistan. >> the top military brass have all supported the military request. do you think on the ground there's a different feeling? >> oh, yes. yes, there is. on the ground, the perspective is, what is the strategic value of what we're doing here? why are we doing it? what are we getting out of it? it's not going to defeat al qaeda. take the two goals and defeat al qaeda because of the nuclear weapons and the relations with india and islamabad, 60,000 troops taking 50, 60 dead in this country a month and how many wounded and killing afghans
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as well, it doesn't accomplish the goals. >> why doesn't it defeat al qae qaeda? >> after 2001, they evolved. they became ideological cloud. they exist on the internet. they don't need a safe haven in afghanistan. they have safe havens in six, seven other countries. >> see the entire interview on fareed zakaria gps. hope is dimming for rescuers looking for survivors of a collision between a plane and helicopter. the crash happened overnight thursday off of the coast of san diego after civilian hair traffic controllers turned over communications to military air traffic controllers. in 2004, former vice president dick cheney told a special prosecutor he did not know who leaked the identity of a cia agent to the press. newly released fbi documents showed that cheney replied to
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many questions with i do not recall. it became known as plame-gate when valeri plame's identity was leaked to her husband. cheney's chief of staff, scooter libby, was eventually convicted of perjury in the case. a powerful lawmaker is taking a pushing for a so-called public option. harry reid took his pitch to the internet. as dana bash reports, this may not be just about health care, but also about reid's political survival. >> reporter: a call to action. posted on youtubl. >> make sure you contact your representatives here in washington and push hard. we want a health care bill that has a public option. >> reporter: a blast of e-mails all week pushing the public option and sending a
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no-so-subtle reminder it's harry reid who put it in the health care bill. senator reid's leadership was on full display said one e-mail, he took a courageous stand in fighting for and including the public option. why the sudden sales job? >> the more liberal side of the party questions whether or not we could get it done, whether or not the leadership was behind it. >> reporter: and questioned senator reid? >> sure. >> reporter: penny lee, a former reid aide admits part of the motivation is reassure an anxious democratic base. >> it wasn't a one-time press conference he had. he said, i'm going to fight for it, i believe in it. >> reporter: lee and others say that's his goal as a national leader. but home in nevada where reid is facing a tough re-election battle, he has different reasons for promoting a support for public option. >> harry reid is in a lot of trouble. what i like to call reid fatigue. >> reporter: a recent poll said 50%, half of nevadans view him
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unfavorably, a stunning figure. >> not the most personable guy. he doesn't have much charisma. he has a survival instinct unlike any i've seen in politics. >> reporter: survival in nevada means appealing to independent voters and they tend to support a government-run health care option. >> the success is going to play -- or failure is going to play in to the main campaign theme which is re-elect me, i'm the guy in nevada and the nation needs in washington, i can get things done. >>. >> reporter: a huge risk for reid, of course, is what if he doesn't get it done? what if he can't find the votes for a public option in a senate health care bill? that's a real possibility. one of the reasons we're told reid's aides are split from the beginning and whether this is the right move. whether or not, reid is making a decision, he's clearly pushing it. he knows he has to own it, whatever the outcome. dana bash, cnn, capitol hill. eric holder said a lawsuit
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over warrantless wiretapping is threatening to expose ongoing intelligence work. holder wants the lawsuit thrown out. the first time the white house has tried to envoke the state secrets privilege. the bush administration envoked the privilege to get numerous lawsuits thrown out following the september 11 attacks. talks between afghan president hamid karzai and the man challenging him for his job have broken down. christiane amanpour who appears on cnn learned that karzai's oh poend, abdullah abdullah will likely boycott the runoff. the former ambassador to afghanistan predicts it country will have a power-sharing deal between karzai and abdullah. california officials say they're going to try to reopen the san francisco-oakland bay bridge on monday. but they say they can't guarantee it, even though they'll be working the whole weekend to repair it. the bridge was closed on tuesday after three steel pieces fell off of it in the middle of rush
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hour, right in to traffic. they crashed right in to the laebs and injured one person. the bridge carries about 280,000 vehicles per day. so, it's halloween as we mentioned. a lot of people are going out trick or treating. it's exciting. but is there going to be good weather for all of that trick or treating going on. reynolds wolf joins us with a look at the forecast. it happens to depend on where you're going to be. on the eastern seaboard, there's going to be the frontal boundary and area of low pressure. west, dry conditions, warm in the desert southwest, you get to the pacific northwest, scattered showers are going to be a possibility. in terms of high temperatures today, you can expect the highs to get in the 60s, atlanta, memphis. 70s for washington, d.c., boston. 61 in philly. 50 for denver. you get to halloween night, it gets interesting. the rain is going to stay for
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parts of the eastern seaboard. fairly dry for the nation's midsection. and then back to the pacific northwest, scattered showers very dry for much of southern california and in to the rockies. cool, but we should be snow-free. keep in mind, denver got about a foot of snowfall that fell over the last couple of days. that's a look at your forecast, i'm reynolds wolf for hln. there will be plenty of costumes and candy to go around tonight. but parents, what do you do with all of that chocolate and sugar at the end of the night? >> most of them probably get a couple of pounds of candy. and it's crazy. it's absolutely insane if they are allowed to put all of that inside them. >> one dentist wants your kids to trade in their treats for cash -- and it's all for a good cause.
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so, when you live in an inner city neighborhood, garden fresh food isn't something you normally find, one woman has
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found a way to bring a little country to the big city. dr. sanjay gupta takes a look at today's fit nation report. >> reporter: madonna redman is on a mission. we met her two weeks ago right here in one of the toughest neighborhoods in chicago. the last place you would expect to find a garden, but that's exactly what she showed me. what are we growing here? >> any number of things. those are collard greens on the far aisle there. >> reporter: she led an effort of what she calls urban farm sites. why? no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't find fresh produce in the neighborhood. >> if you wanted to, you could buy illegal drugs. you could get access to a variety of illegal drugs. if you wanted to buy a gun, you could buy a gun in this community. but if you wanted to find an organic tomato in this community if you didn't want to come to our urban farm site, you wouldn't be able to buy one. >> reporter: most people do their shopping at convenience stores like this one -- except
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they're full of chips, sugary drinks, and candy. according to a new study by the journal of pediatric, shopping at these convenience stores is part of what's making our kids fat. researchers talked to kids outside of convenience stores and on average, they were eating 356 empty calories at every stop. what are you buying? there? >> chips, candy? >> reporter: let me see. but in neighborhoods like this one where diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure run rampant, we can't ignore the issue. >> there has to be an insistence that a healthy life style is a must. >> reporter: so la donna is adding store owner to her professions. >> graffiti and grub brings healthy life styles to the hip-hop generation. >> reporter: all in the hopes she can change the tide in the ever growing storm of obesity. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting.
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for kids going trick or treating tonight, one dentist says he will buy your candy. he plans to send the candy to local troops serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> we like to call it a win-win-win. the kids are going to get a couple of dollars, we'll give them $1 a pound for the candy. we're going to get rid of some of the candy that doesn't do the best for them and we'll put the smiles on the face of soldiers. >> reporter: he knows this teaches children about tooth decay but gives them a patriotic lesson. this one is no halloween prank. a deer came crashing through the roof of an apartment complex and then decided to take a dip in the indoor pool. >> lucky day. avoiding the traffic. surviving the jump through the roof. swimming the laps. >> check out video from the security camera. you can see the deer walking around the pool a few time, then, jumping on in. at some point, it looks like
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he's swimming laps here, doesn't it. the maintenance supervisor used a net to corral the deer to the shallow end. after 15 minutes of swimming, the deer walks up to the steps and takes off. philadelphia will host one of the biggest sports and entertainment weekends in any city anywhere. but folks, there could be a problem. uh-oh, larry smith has more on this. hey, larry. >> good morning, natascha. how about a strike by phillies' mass transit workers. they are threatening to walk off of the job at midnight if a new contract is not agreed upon, leading fans to two world series games. the eagles-giants nfl showdown. two hockey games, two pearl jam concerts may be looking for a ride. yeah, all in the next 48 hours in the same complex that houses four different venues. game three of the phillies-yankees world series is tonight with the best of seven tied at three apiece. the phillies trying to repeat for the first time in team history. the game four tomorrow night prompted the eagles, the giants
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moved up from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. eastern on sunday. both stadiums share parking getting eagles' fans out and phillies' fans in, could be dicy even with public transportation. four stations all busy in philly. would an empty stadium in kickoff send a message? one cleveland browns fan is hoping he will ask other season ticket holders to stay away from their seats after kickoff for the monday night home game versus baltimore. he's sick of the booing and fans leaving in the fourth quarter. the browns are 1 and 6 this season, well on the way for missing the playoffs for the tenth time in 11 cseasons. it's the largest outdoor cocktail party. do the fans remember anything about the game itself? it will be a good thing for the fans as the georgia bulldogs have lost 16 of the 19 in the series between the hated rivals. underdogs number one-ranked florida today in the neutral site game in jacksonville.
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the movie "this is it" is epic. i saw it friday night, you should see it if you get the chance. this is tragic. a group called the spare tires dancing to michael jackson's "thriller." no word on what they have planned for halloween tonight. but it's not bad. good job, guys. that's sports.
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nine banks, all part of the major holding company have shut their doors. that brings it total to 115 banks closed by the fed so far this year. an average of ten banks have failed every month in 2009. but that is still nowhere close with the 1989's record high of 534 bank closures, which took place during the savings and loan crisis.
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a tanker here stopped leaking oil to san francisco bay when a fuel line ruptured in a fuel transfer. san francisco's mayor said hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the bay. officials are telling people not to swim in the bay and to avoid local beaches. the coast guard says it looks like the oil spill was caused by the mechanical failure. it's safe, spooky, and for some, the perfect way to spend halloween. horror movies have some people so hooked, they just can't seem to get enough. so what exactly keeps it fear fanatics coming back for more?
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we need them. we want them off of the streets. that's what we're trying to say. we want him off of the streets as quickly and as fast as possible. >> police make a gruesome discovery in a cleveland home. what they found during a raid. nine people are missing off of the coast of california right now. the coast guard and navy are pulling out all of the stops in the search and rescue mission. chances of finding survivors may be fading. stock markets took a header, even though the government just said that the economy is growing again. but experts think, one thing may be missing to keep the recovery going is you.
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hey, good morning. it's saturday. i'm natascha curry. thanks for watching hln news and views. a man hunt is under way in cleveland, ohio for this man, 50-year-old anthony sowell. on thursday, police went to arrest sowell on charges of assault and rape. but when they got inside of his home, they found two decomposing bodies upstairs and a freshly dug grave in the basement with another body in it. police have searched in and around the house and found three more bodies. none of the bodies has been identified. but people who live in the neighborhood are worried about who was buried in sowell's home. >> i pray to god it's not my cousin. and if it is my cousin, i'm sorry. >> sowell was convicted for a 1989 rape and served 15 years in prison. the stock markets took a dive that we haven't seen in quite a while. all three major indices went down yesterday. and the dow has the biggest one-day drop in half a year.
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the government said that consumer spending went down in september. the first time in five months. at the same time, personal incomes remain flat. some economists worry the recovery could run out of steam if consumers start spending less. president obama is getting more advice as he considers his next move in afghanistan. the president met yesterday with a joint chiefs of staff and another top military advisors. this comes in the deadliest month for u.s. forces there. sources tell cnn each branch of the military got a chance to explain the impact of sending more troops. the army and marine corps have expressed concerns that it would be tougher to give troops promised time at home with their families. the obama administration considers the strategy in afghanistan. a state department official resigned there in protest of the war. and matthew hoh said he's getting a lot of support for his decision. in a letter, hoh said he was
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leaving because i fail to see the value or worth of continued u.s. casualties or expenditures of resource in support of the afghan government, in what is truly a 35-year-old civil war. hoh talked to cnn's fareed zakaria about what it's like on the ground in afghanistan. >> the top military brass of all endorsed general mcchrystal's report and request. do you think down on the ground there's a different feeling? >> oh, yes. yes, there is. i think on the ground the perspective is what is the strategic value of what we're doing here. why are we doing this? what are we getting out of it? there's two goals in feeding al qaeda and because of the nuclear weapons and india and the stabilization of the government and islamabad, 60,000 troops taking 50, 60 dead a month in this country and how many wounded and killing how many afghans as well doesn't do --
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doesn't accomplish either of those goals. >> why doesn't it defeat al qaeda? >> my belief after 2001, al qaeda evolved. it's came like to say an ideological cloud exists on the internet. they don't need a safe haven in afghanistan. they have haf havens in six, seven other countries. >> see the entire interview with hoh tomorrow on fareed zakaria gps on our sister network cnn. hope is dimming for the survivors of a collision between a coast guard plane and a marine helicopter. the crash happened thursday off of the coast of san diego after air traffic controllers turned over communications to military air traffic controllers. in 2004, dick cheney shows a special prosecutor who leaked the identity of a cia agent to the press. newly released documents showed
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cheney replied with many questions like "i do not recall." it became known as plame-gate when valerie plame's identity was leaked to journalist robert novak. the leak came after her husband criticized the bush administration and the run-up to the invasion of iraq. scooter libby was eventually convicted of perjury in the case. attorney general eric holder says a lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping is threatening to expose ongoing intelligence work. holder wants the lawsuit thrown out. it's the first time the white house has tried to envoke the states secrets privilege. the bush administration envoked the privilege to get numerous lawsuits thrown out following the september 11 attacks. talks between afghan president hamid karzai and the man challenging him for his job have broken down. christiane amanpour who appears on the sister network cnn has learned that karzai's opponent, abdullah abdullah will likely boycott november 7's
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presidential runoff. the former u.s. ambassador to afghanistan predicts that the country will soon have some sort of power-sharing deal between karzai and abdullah. california officials say that they are going to try to reopen the san francisco-oakland bay bridge on monday. but they say they can't guarantee it, even though they'll be working the whole weekend to repair it. the bridge is closed on tuesday after three steel pieces fell from it in the middle of rush hour, right in to traffic. the it crashled right in to the lanes and injured one person. the bridge carried 280,000 vehicles per day. okay, so it's halloween, as we mentioned. a lot of people going out trick or treating. they're excited. but is there going to be good weather for all of the trick or treating going on? reynolds wolf joins us with a look at the forecast. hey, reynolds. it depends on where you happen to be. on the eastern seaboard, you'll be dealing with scattered showers. same with the southeast, all due
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to the frontal boundary and area of low pressure. fairly warm in the desert southwest and getting to the pacific northwest. scattered showers are going to be a possibility. in terms of high temperatures today, you can expect highs to get up to the 60s in places like atlanta, memphis, 70s for washington, d.c., for new york, boston, mainly some 60s, 61 in billings, 51 for denver. as we get to halloween night, here's where things get a littling. the rain is going to stay in for parts of the eastern seaboard, fairly dry for the nation's midsection, back to parts of the pacific northwest. scattered showers, very dry for much of southern california and in to the rocky, cool, but we should be snow free. keep in mind, denver had about a foot of snowfall that fell over the last couple of days. that's a look at your forecast, i'm reynolds wolf for hln. there will be plenty of costumes and candy to go around tonight. but, parents, what do you do with all of that chocolate and sugar at the end of the night? >> most of them probably get a couple of pounds of candy. it's crazy.
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it's absolutely insane if they are allowed to put all of that inside them. >> one dentist wants your kids to trade in their treats for cash. and it's all for a good cause.
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for kids going trick or treating tonight, one dentist says he will buy your candy. he plans to send the candy to local troops serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> we like to call it a win-win-win. the kids are going to get a couple of dollars. we're going to give $1 a pound for the candy. we're going to get rid of some of the candy that we know doesn't do the best for them and put the smile on faces of soldiers. >> this teaches children not only on the risk of tooth decay but gives a patriotic lesson. a deer came crashing through the roof of an apartment complex and then decided to take a dip
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in the indoor pool. >> lucky day. avoiding the traffic. surviving the jump through the roof, swimming the laps. >> now check out the video from the security camera. you can see the deer walking around the pool a few times, then jumping on in. at some point it looks like he's swimming laps here. the maintenance supervisor used a net to corral the deer to the shallow end. finally, after 15 minutes of swimming, the deer walks up the steps and takes off. oh, wow, another shocking revelation from andring a si's new aught biography. larry smith has the latest details on this. hey, larry. we learned last week that the tennis star admits in the book he used crystal meth. now it's revealed that he's used for a year or so during the brief marriage to brooke shields. ing a si told "people" magazine if you're going to call the book open, which he does, you owe it to yourself to be honest. the eight-time grand slam champ
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admits to wearing a hairpiece and having it nearly fall off in the 1990 french open. a.j.almandinger was required to take a breath test before the race. he was arrested early saturday morning. he passed the test and he said he had no problem with being asked to take that test. tonight's usc-oregon showdown is which uniform will the ducks wear? more combinations than some models, the teams are ranked in top ten and could give game three in the world series viewers some competition tonight -- for those not trick or treating. brett favre, alive and well. except for the 300 packers fans who attended a mock funeral. the packer superstar visits green bay wearing the purple and white of the rival minnesota vikings. green bay mayor said he didn't
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approve of the funeral but the city did have flip-flop friday, they all wear flip-flops in honor of the 40-year-old's annual indecision on retirement. that's pretty funny. what to get the guy who has everything for christmas? how about a collection of autographs "sports illustrated" magazines, more than 10,000 in all? scott smith is putting the collectors' items on ebay. it's shy of $2 million. he haunted tv studios, stadiums, and hotel lobbies for 25 years to build his collection. now what will he do with his time? that's sports. the amount of waste going in to land fills all across the country is massive. it's a big environmental concern as well. reporter kimberly thompson of whio found a rather unique but simple ecosolution that involved worms.
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>> here at wright patterson air force base recycling center, these worms take unwanted food and convert it to nutrient soil for plants. >> there's 3,000 red wiglers. >> they feed the worms daily with fruits and vegetables from the commissary. >> you put 50% newspapers, throw your fruits and vegetables in there. you come out with a product like this. >> reporter: at one time, they fed this to more than 600,000 worms. >> a ton per week, 52 tons per year we were feeding these worms we didn't have to pay to dispose of. >> reporter: not only do these worms keep solid waste out of the land fills, they also produce nutritious plant food. >> to me, it's a high-grade fertilizer and all natural. >> reporter: people on the base use this in their gardens. >> we have people calling us up and telling us it's the best
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tomatoes they had. >> reporter: as lock ng as the worms are kept at 70 degrees, they will continue to eat, produce, and multiply year round. >> every 190 days the amount of worms you have will double. that adds up quick. >> reporter: that means more organic material kept out of the land fills and put back in our soil. >> thanks to kimberly thompson of ohio affiliate whio for that report. head to our website, cnn.com/ecosolutions.
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nine banks all part of the same major holding companies have shut their doors. that brings it total to 115 banks closed by the fed so far this year. an average of ten banks have failed every month in 2009. but that is still nowhere close to the 1989's record high of 534 bank close eurures which took p in savings & loan crisis. a tanker here stopped
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leaking oil to san francisco bay. the leak started yesterday morning when a fuel line ruptured on a panamanian line tanker during a fuel transfer. san francisco's mayor says hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the bay. officials are telling people not to swim in the bay and to avoid local beaches. the coast guard says it looks like the oil spill was caused by a mechanical failure. anna nicole smith's former boyfriend and two doctors are going on trial. a california judge ruled yesterday there is enough evidence to try them. they're accused of conspiring to illegally give her controlled substances and of supplying drugs to an addict. but boyfriend, howard stern and the doctors say they didn't know she was addicted and they were trying to help her. they pleaded not guilty. their arraignment is scheduled for december 11. do you take a really good look at your bills before you pay them? if you do, you can find some hidden fees that really add up.
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as gerri willis reports, the gotcha fees are everywhere. from cell phones to cable service. to credit cards and banks. to airline travel and hotel stays. experts say the average american is spending close to $1,000 a year extra on hidden fees and surcharges, a nickel here, a dime there. >> that's real money. married couples were talking about $2,000. that's a nice -- that's a nice chunk of change to stock a healthy retirement, pay for a nice vacation, get a head start on school costs. >> bob sullivan is the author of the red tape chronicles. >> almost every transaction now, if you buy a car, buy a house, get a cell phone, the company knows far much more than you do, including -- they know what the real cost is. and when all this confusion of what things cost -- consumers lose. >> reporter: they're losing in a big way. the average fee ranges from less than $1 to $10.
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while that may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up. cell phone fees average $9.40 a month, more than $116 a year. cable and satellite fees on average run $9.52 a month totalling $114 a year, every time you fly, $33.44 with a national average of 3 1/2 tickets a year, that totals $102 a year. credit card fees average $7.72 a month, bringing the annual cost to $92. and the average fee incurred for a hotel stay is close to $25, roughly $95 a year per person. bjorn hanson is a professor of the nyu tische center for hospitality. hotels are more creative in the surprise fee. >> hotels collected $1.75 billion on fees and surcharges. some of the fees that surprise guests it most would be an early departure fee, a cancellation
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fee. mini barre stocking charge s luggage or baggage holding fees. >> some go for amenity fees for towels. some urban hotels charge a fee for receiving faxes. the best way to avoid being surprised by hidden fees or surcharges is to ask up front before every transaction, what's the final cost i'm going to pay? according to the national survey cited in our report, consumers had the most success resolve fee complaints with credit card companies and hotels. gerri willis, cnn, new york. three american hikers detained in iran have received the second visit since being arrested. the families say the swiss diplomats spend 40 minutes with them on thursday. switzerland handled that visit because the u.s. doesn't have relations with iran. the hikers seemed nervous and scared but in good physical and psychological health. they crossed iran's border in a
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hike in northern iraq three months ago. their families say they did it by mistake. it's safe, spooky, and for some, the perfect way to spend halloween. horror movies have some people so hooked, they just can't seem to get enough. so what exactly keeps these fear fanatics coming back for more. 
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question need him. we want him off of the streets as quickly as possible. police make a gruesome discovery in a cleveland raid. nine people are missing right now. coast guard and navy are pulling out all of the stops in a rescue mission. chances of survival could be fading. the government said the economy is growing again but the market took a header. one thing may be missing to keep the recovery going is you.
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>> good morning, it's saturday, i'm natascha curry. thanks for watching hln "news and views." a man hunt is under way for this man, anthony sowell. police went to arrest him on charges of assault and rape. they found two decomposing bodies upstairs and a freshly dug grave in the basement with another body in it. police are searching in and around the house and found three more bodies. none of the bodies are identified but people are living in the neighborhood and are worried about who was buried in sowell's home. >> i pray to god if it's not my husband. if it is, i'm sorry. >> sowell was convicted for a 1989 rape and served 15 years in prison. the stock markets took a dive we haven't seen in quite a while. all three major indices went down yesterday and the dow had the biggest one-day drop in half
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a year. consumer spending went down in september, the first time in five months. at the same time, personal incomes remain flat. some economists worry the recovery could run out of steam if the consumers start spending less. president obama is getting more advice as he considers the next move in afghanistan. the president met yesterday with the joint chiefs of staff and other top military advisors. this comes in the deadliest month for u.s. forces there. sources tell cnn each branch of the military got a chance to explain the impact of sending more troops. the army and marine corps have expressed concerns that it would be tougher to give troops promised time at home with their families. hope is dimming for rescuers looking for survivors between a collision of a coast guard plane and marine helicopters. nine people were aboard the two aircraft. the crash happened thursday off
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of the coast of san diego after air traffic controllers turned over military communications to military controllers. in 2004, dick cheney told a special prosecutor he did not know who leaked the identity of a cia agent to the press. newly released fbi documents showed that cheney replied to many questions with "i do not recall." this became known as plame had the gate when valerie plame's identity was leaked to journalist robert novak. the leak came after her husband criticized the bush administration in the run up to the invasion of iraq. cheney's chief of staff, scooter libby, was eventually convicted of perjury in the case. a powerful lawmaker is taking a gamble and pushing for a so-called public option in the senate health care bill. now, this week, senate majority leader harry reid took his pitch to the internet. as dana bash reports, this may not be just about health care, but also about reid's political survival. >> important week for our country -- >> reporter: a call to action
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posted on youtube. >> make sure you contact your representatives back here in washington and push hard. we want a health care bill we want the public option. . >> reporter: a blast of e-mails all week pushing the public option. it's reid who put it in the health care bill. senator reid's leadership was on full display, said one e-mail. he took a courageous stand in the public option. why the sales job? >> the liberal side of the party has questioned if we could get it done. whether or not the leadership was behind it. >> questioned senator reid? >> sure. >> penny lee a former reid aide admits part of the motivation was to reassure the democratic base. >> not just a one-time press conference. he said i'm going to fight for this. i'm going to believe in it. >> reporter: he says that's his goal.
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but home in nevada where reid is facing a tough re-election battle, he has different reasons for promoting his support for a public option. >> harry reid is in a lot of trouble. that's what i like to call reid fatigue. >> reporter: a recent poll showed 50%, half of nevadans you read unfavorably. a stunningly high figure. >> not the most personable guy. he doesn't have much charisma. but what he does have, though, is a survival instinct unlike any i've ever seen in politics. >> reporter: survival in nevada now means appealing to independent voters, and they tend to support a government-run health care option. >> the success here is going to play or failure is going to play in to his main campaign theme which is re-elect me. i'm the guy in nevada and the nation needs in washington. i can get things done. >> reporter: a huge risk for reid, of course, is what if he doesn't get it done? what if he can't find the votes for a public option in the senate health care bill? that's a very real possibility. and one of the reasons we're
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told reid's aides are split from the beginning and whether this is the right move. right or not, whether reid has made the decision, he's pushing it. he knows he has to own it whatever the outcome. dana bash, cnn, capitol hill. attorney general eric holder says a lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping is threatening to expose ongoing intelligence work. holder wants the lawsuit thrown out. the first time the white house has tried to envoke the state's secrets privilege. the bush administration envoked the privilege to get new lawsuits thrown out following the september 11 attacks. talks between afghan president hamid karzai and the man challenging him for his job have broken down. christiane amanpour who appears on our sister network cnn has learned that karzai's opponent, abdullah abdullah will likely boycott november 7's presidential runoff. the former u.s. ambassador to afghanistan predicts the country will soon have some sort of power sharing deal between
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karzai and abdullah. california officials say they are going to try to reopen the san francisco-oakland bay bridge on monday. but they say they can't guarantee it, even though they'll be working the whole weekend to repair it. the bridge was closed on tuesday after three steel pieces fell off of it in the middle of rush hour, right in to trafficment. it crashed right into a person. the bridge carries 280,000 vehicles per day. there will be plenty of costumes and candy to go around tonight. but parents, what do you do with all of the chocolate and sugar at the end of the night. >> most of them probably get a couple of pounds of candy. it's crazy. it's absolutely insane if they are allowed to put all of that inside of them. >> reporter: well, one dentist wants your kids to trade in their treats for cash. and it's all for a good cause.
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for kids going trick or
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treating tonight, one dentist says he will buy your candy. he plans to send the candy to local troops serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> we like to call it a win-win-win. the kids are going to get a couple of dollars. we're going to give them $1 a pound for the candy. they're going to get rid of some of the candy we know doesn't do the best for them. we're going to put the smile on the face of hopefully some soldiers. >> he hopes this teaches children not only the risk of tooth decay, but also give them a patriotic lesson. this one is no halloween prank. a deer came crashing through the roof of an apartment complex then decided to take a dip in the indoor pool. >> it was his lucky day -- avoiding all of the traffic. surviving the jump through the roof. swimming the laps. >> now, check out video from the security camera. you can see the deer walking around the pool a few times. then, jumping on in. and at some point, it looks like he's swimming laps here, doesn't it? the supervisor used a net to
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corral the deer to the shallow end. finally, after 15 minutes of swimming, the deer walks up the steps and takes off. philadelphia will host one of the biggest sports and entertainment weekends in any city anywhere. but, folks, it could be a problem. larry smith has more on this. hey, larry. >> good morning, natascha. how about a strike in the phillies mass transit workers? they wathreatened to walk off o the job at midnight if a contract isn't reached. that would leave two hockey games, two pearl jam concerts in four different stadiums all in the same area. all in the next 48 hours. in the same complex. it's game three of the phillies-yankees world series tonight with the best of seven series tied at a game apiece. the phillies are trying to repeat as world series champs for the third time in team history. game four tonight caused the
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giants-eagles to be moved up from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. both of the stadiums share parking in getting eagles fans out and phillies fans in, could be dicy even with public transportation in the area. would it send a message to the owners of the team? one cleveland browns fan is asking other ticket holders to stay away from their seats until after kickoff for the monday night game. he's sick of the booing and fans leaving in the fourth quarter. the browns are 1 and 6 this season, well on their way to missing the playoffs for the tenth time in 11 seasons. it's called the world's largest outdoor cocktail party, which makes me wonder, do the fans w fans remember anything about the game itself? any haze will help the georgia bulldogs. they're underdogs. the two hated rivals meet in jacksonville. the movie, "this is it" is
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epic. i saw it thursday night. this is tragic, though. this is halftime of last night's pistons-thunder game. a group called "the spare tires" dancing to michael jackson's "thriller," pretty good, really. no word on what they have planned for halloween tonight. that's not bad. that's sports. it does seem that things are always bigger in texas, that includes hometown pride. country singer aaron watson shares some of his favorite hangouts in abilene for "my city, my secret." ♪ howdy folks, i'm country singer, aaron watson. but they call me the honky-tonk kid. >> i can see you standing there -- >> i live in abilene, texas and i want to show you some of my favorite hangouts. we're here at the abilene zoo. this is one of my favorite spots to take my two little boys. it's a hidden gem because it's rare for a town of this size to
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have such a fantastic zoo. my favorite new attraction here at the zoo is the white tiger. what's he say? bogie's, downtown abilene, texas, you can order something off of the menu or build your own sandwich. an enjoyable eating experience. the cheers of downtown abilene. the historic theater. we did the cover here for "honky tong kid." cd i got to sing with willy nelson. you walk in and you're just overwhelmed with the detail and how fancy everything is. it's been a place that i enjoy to not only see movies in, but to have my own concerts. those are my city secrets, show me yours. go to ireport.com/mycitymysecret.
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nine banks part of the same holding company have shut their doors. that brings a total of 115 banks closed by the fed so far this year. an average of ten banks have failed every month in 2009. but that is still nowhere close to 1989's record high of 534 bank closures, which took place during the savings & loan crisis. a tanker here has stopped leaking oil in to san francisco bay. the leak started yesterday morning when a fuel line ruptured on a panamanian flight tanker in a fuel transfer. san francisco's mayor says hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the bay. officials are telling people not to swim in the bay and to avoid local beaches. the coast guard says it looks like the oil spill was caused by a mechanical failure. anna nicole smith's former boyfriend and two doctors are going on trial. a california judge ruled yesterday there is enough
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evidence to try them. they're accused of conspiring to illegally give her controlled substances and of supplying drugs to an addict. but boyfriend, howard stern, and the doctors say they didn't know she was addicted and they were trying to help her. they pleaded nopgt. their arraignment is scheduled for december 11. hey, do you take a really good look at your bills before you pay them? if you do, you could find some hidden fees that really add up. as gerri willis reports, those gotcha fees are everywhere. from cell phones to cable service. to credit cards and banks. to airline travel and hotel stays. experts say the average american is spending close to $1,000 a year extra on hidden fees and surcharges, a nickel here, a dime there. >> that's real money. married couples, we're talking about $2,000. that's a nice chunk of change to
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stock a healthy retirement, pay for a nice vacation, get a head start on school costs. >> bob sullivan is the author of -- "the red tape chronicles". >> every transaction, buying a car, buying a house, getting a cell phone, the company knows far much more than you do, including -- they know what the real cost is. and when does all of this confusion over what things cost, well, consumers lose. >> reporter: they're losing in a big way. the average fee ranges from less than $1 to $10. while that may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up. cell phone fees average $9.40 a month. more than $116 a year. cable and satellite tv fees on average run $9.52 a month, totalling $114 a year. every time you fly. $33.44 with a national average of 3 1/2 tickets a year. that totals $102 a year. credit card fees average $7.72 a month bringing the annual cost to $992.
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and the average fee for a hotel stay is close to $25, roughly $95 a year per person. bjorn hanson is a professor for nyu's tische center for hospitality. he says the hotels have gotten more creative in what he calls it surprise fee. >> hotels in 2008 collected $1.75 billion on fees and surcharges. some of the fees that surprise the guests the most would be an early departure fee, a cancellation fee, mini barre stocking charges. luggage or baggage holding fees. >> reporter: some hotels go as far as charging resort amenity fees for towels and some urban hotels charge a daily fee for receiving faxes. the best way to avoid being surprised by hidden fee and surcharges is to ask up front before every transaction, what's the final cost i'm going to pay. according to the report, consumers had the most success
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resolve fee complaints with credit card companies and hotels. gerri willis, cnn, new york. three american hikers detained in iran have received their second visit since being arrested. their families say the swiss diplomats spent about 40 minutes with them on thursday. sw switzerland handled that visit because the u.s. doesn't have relations with iran. the hikers seemed nervous and scared but with good physical and psychological health. they cross add board ner a hike in northern iraq three months ago. their families say they did it by mistake. safe, spooky, for some, the perfect way to spend halloween. horror movies have people so hookled, they can't seem to get enough. so what exactly keeps these fear fanatics coming back for more. @
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we need him. we need him off of the streets. we want him off of the streets as quickly as possible. police make a gruesome discovery in a cleveland home. what they found in a raid. nine people are missing off of the coast of california right now. the coast guard and navy are pulling out all of the stops in a search and rescue mission. but, chances of finding survivors may be fading. stock markets took a header, even though the government said that the economy is growing again. but experts think one thing may be missing to keep the recovery going is you.
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good morning, saturday, i'm natascha curry. thanks for watching "hln news and views." a man hunt is under way for this man, 50-year-old anthony sowell. he went to arrest sowell on charges of rape. they found two decomposing bodies upstairs and a freshly dug grave in the basement with another body in it. police searched in and around the house and found three more bodies none of the bodies has been identified. but people who live in the neighborhood are worried about who was buried in sowell's home. >> i pray to god that it's not my cousin. and if it is my cousin, i'm sorry. >> sowell was convict in a rape and served 15 years in prison. the stock markets took a dive that we haven't seen in quite a while. all three major indices went down yesterday, and the dow had the biggest one-day drop in a half a year.
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the government said that consumer spending went down in september. the first time in five months. at the same time, personal incomes remain flat. some economists worry that the recovery could run out of steam if consumers start spending less. president obama is getting more advice as he considers his next move in afghanistan. the president met yesterday with the joint chiefs of staff and other top military advisors. this comes in the deadliest month for u.s. forces there. sources tell cnn each branch of the military got a chance to explain the impact of sending more troops. the army and marine corps have expressed concerns that it would be tougher to give troops promised time at home with their families. >> as the obama administration considers the strategy in afghanistan, the state department official there resigned in protest of the war. and matthew hoh said he's been getting a lot of support for the decision. in a letter, hoh said he was leaving because i fail to see
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the value or worth of continued u.s. casualties or expenditures and resources in support of the afghan government in what is truly a 35-year-old civil war. hoh talked to cnn's fareed zakaria about what it's like on the ground in afghanistan. >> the top brass and all endorsed general mcchrystal's report and request. do you think on the ground there's a different feeling? >> oh, yes. yes, there is. i think on the ground in the perspective is -- is what issed the strategic value of what we're doing here? why are we doing this? what are we getting out of it? it's not going to defeat al qaeda. if you take our two goals of defeating al qaeda because of the nuclear weapons and relations with india, the stabilization of the government and islamabad, 60,000 troops taking 50, 60 dead a month in this country and how many wounded and killing how many afghans as well doesn't
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accomplish either of the goals. >> why doesn't it defeat al qaeda? >> my belief is after 2001, al qaeda evolved. they became like to say an ideological cloud. they exist on the internet. they don't need a safe haven in afghanistan. they have safe havens in six, seven other countries. >> see the entire interview with hoh tomorrow on fareed zaka are, ia gps. hope is dimming for rescuers looking for survivors in a collision between a coast guard plane and marine helicopter. nine people were aboard the two aircraft. the crash happened thursday off of the coast of san diego after air traffic controllers turned over communications to military air traffic controllers. in 2004, dick cheney told a special prosecutor he did not know who leaked the identity of a cia agent to the press. newly released fbi documents showed that cheney replied to
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many questions with "i do not recall." it became known as plame-gate when valerie plame's identity was leaked to robert novak. it came after her husband criticized the bush administration in the run up to the invasion in iraq. cheney's chief of staff, scooter libby, was convicted of perjury in the case. attorney general eric holder says a lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping is threatening to expose ongoing intelligence work. holder wants the lawsuit thrown out. it's the first time that the white house has tried to envoke the states secrets privilege. the bush administration envoked the privilege to get numerous lawsuits thrown out following the september 11 attacks. talks between hamid karzai and the man challenging him for his job have broken down. christiane amanpour, who appears on our sister network, cnn, has learned that karzai's opponent, abdullah abdullah will likely
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boycott the presidential runoff. the former u.s. ambassador to afghanistan predicts it country will soon have some sort of power-sharing deal between karzai and abdullah. california officials say they're going to try to reopen the san francisco-oakland-bay bridge on monday. but they say they can't guarantee it, even though they'll be working the whole weekend to repair it. the bridge was closed on tuesday after three steel pieces fell off of it in the middle of rush hour, right in to traffic. they crashed right in to the lanes and injured one person. the bridge carries about 280,000 vehicles per day. okay, so it's halloween, as we mentioned. and a lot of people are going out trick or treating, kids are excited. but is there going to be good weather for all of the trick or treating going on? reynolds wolf joins us with a look at the forecast. hey, reynolds. it depends on where you happen to be. on the eastern seaboard, you're going to deal with scattered showers. same with the southeast.
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all due with the frontal boundary. if you make your way back to the west, most of the day, dry conditions. warm in the desert southwest, the pacific northwest, scattered showers are going to be a possibility. in terms of high temperatures today, you can expect highs to get up to the 60s in places like atlanta, memphis, 70s for washington, d.c., new york, boston, mainly 60s. 61 in billings, 50 for denver. as you get to halloween night, well, here's where things get interesting. looks like the rain is going to stay in parts of the eastern seaboard. fairly dry for the nation's midsection. and then back to parts of the pacific northwest, scattered showers very dry for much of southern california and in to the rocky, come, but we should be snow-free. denver had a foot of snowfall that fell over the last couple of days. that's a look at the forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. there will be plenty of costumes and candy to go around tonight. but parents, what do you do with all of that chocolate and sugar at the end of the night? >> most of them get a couple of pounds of candy.
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and it's crazy. it's absolutely insane if they are allowed to put all of that inside them. >> well, one dentist wants your kids to trade in their treats for cash. and it's all for a good cause.
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for kids going trick or treating, one dentist says he will buy your candy. he plans to send the candy to local troops serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> we like to call it a win, win, win. the kids are going to get a couple of dollars. we're going to give them a dollar a pound for the candy. they're going to get rid of some of the candy we know doesn't do the best for them. and we're going to put a smile on the face of hopefully some
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soldiers. >> we know it teaches children not only the risk of tooth decay, but also give them a patriotic lesson. okay, this is no halloween prank. a deer came crashing through the roof of an apartment complex, then decided to take a dip in the indoor pool. >> it was his lucky day. avoiding all of the traffic, surviving the jump through the roof, swimming the laps. >> check out video from the security camera. you can see the deer walking around the pool a few times. then, jumping on in. and at some points it looks like he's swimming laps here, doesn't it? the maintenance supervisor used a net to corral the deer to the shallow end. finally, after 15 minutes of swimming, the deer walks up to the steps and takes off. oh, wow, a shocking revelation from andre agassi's new autobiography. larry smith has the details on this. hey, larry. we heard that the former tennis star admits in his new
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book that he used crystal meth. it's revealed he used for a year or so in his brief marriage to brooke shields. he tells "people" magazine if you're going to call a book open, which he does, you owe it to yourself to be honest. he admits to wearing a hairpiece and having it nearly fall off in the 1990 french open. nothing like making sure. nascar driver a.j. allmendinger was required to take a blood test. he was arrested in north carolina on suspicion of drunk driving. he passed the test and said he has no problem with being asked to take that test. tonight's usc-oregon showdown is which uniform will the ducks wear? the team that has more wardrobe combinations than some models is rebounding. hope the teams are ranked in the top ten and could give game three competition for the viewers tonight for those not trick or treating. brett favre is alive and well, except for about 300
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packers fans who attended his mock funeral yesterday. they want to think otherwise. the former packer superstar visits green bay tomorrow wearing the purple and white of the rival minnesota vikings. green bay mayor said he didn't approve of this funeral, but the city did have flip-flop friday. they all wear flip-flops in honor of the 40-year-old's annual indecision on retirement. that's pretty funny. what to give the guy who has everything for christmas. well, how about a collection of autograph "sports illustrated" magazines, more than 10,000 in all. scott smith has put in a collector's items on ebay. the starting bid is $1 shy of $2 million. he says he haunted tv studios, stadiums, and hotel lobbies for 25 years to build his collection. now what will he do with his time? that's sports.
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a recent survey set out to find the happiest people in work. clark howard tells you who they are and how you can become one. >> we're in the midst of people looking for work, a brutal continuing recession. i don't care what ben bernanke says about it being over, if you're looking for work, it's still tough out there. but one place you might look is at your own employment office. that's right. what is it that you're capable of doing as a self-employed individual, as an entrepreneur? hot only is this where you might create new opportunity, but there's a new survey out that shows that people who work for themselves are the happiest of people, regardless of your education level. even comparing it to people who have advanced degrees, professional degrees. you are actually, overall, having the greatest chance of fulfillment and happiness if you are working for yourself. you don't believe me? this survey was over 100,000
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people done by what's known as the gallop health ways well being index. check it out. i'm clark howard. check me out at cnn.com/clark howard. and you can get much more helpful advice today at noon eastern. don't miss the clark howard show right here on hln. anna nicole smith's boyfriend and two others will have to go on trial. why a judge believes there is enough evidence to prosecute howard stern and two doctors.
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nine banks, all part of the same major holding company are shut their doors. that brings it total to 115 banks, closed by the fed so far this year. an average of ten banks have failed every month in 2009. but that is still nowhere close to the 1989 record high of 534 bank closures which took place in the savings & loan crisis. a tanker here has stopped leaking oil in to san francisco bay. the leak started yesterday morning when a fuel line ruptured on a panamanian flagged
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tanker in a fuel transfer. san francisco's mayor says hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the bay. officials are telling people not to swim in the bay and to avoid local beaches. the coast guard says it looks like the oil spill was caused by a mechanical failure. anna nicole smith's former boyfriend and two doctors are going on trial. a california judge ruled yesterday that there is enough evidence to try them. they're accused of conspiring to illegally give her controlled substances and of supplying drugs to an addict. but boyfriend, howard stern, and the doctors say they didn't know she was addicted and they were trying to help her. they pleaded not guilty. their arraignment is scheduled for december 11. hey, do you take a really good look at your bills before you pay them? well, if you do, you could find some hidden fees that really add up. as gerri willis reports, the gotcha fees are everywhere. from cell phones to cable
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service. to credit cards and banks. to airline travel and hotel stays. experts say the average american is spending close to $1,000 a year extra on hidden fees and surcharges. a nickel here, a dime there. >> that's real money. married couples we're talking about $2,000. that's a nice chunk of change to stock a healthy retirement, pay for a nice vacation. get a head start on school co costs. >> reporter: bob sullivan is the author of "the red tape chronicles." >> buying a house, getting a cell phone, the company knows far much more than you do. including the real cost. and all of this confusion over what things cost, well, consumers lose. >> reporter: and they're losing in a big way. the average fee ranges from less than $1 to $10. while that may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up. cell phone fees average $9.40 a month, more than $116 a year.
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cable and satellite tv fees on average run $9.52 a month, totalling $114 a year every time you fly, $33.44 with a national average of a year, that totals 2 a year. credit card fees average $7.72 a month bringing the annual cost to $92. and the average fee incurred for a hotel stay is close to $25, roughly $95 a year per person. hanson is a professor at nyu's center for hospitality. hanson says hotels have become more creative in what he calls the surprise fee. >> hotel in 2008 collected about $1.75 billion on fees and surcharges. some of the fees that surprise guests the most would be an early departure fee, a cancellation fee, mini bar restocking charges, luggage or baggage holding fees. >> some hotels go as far as
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charging resort amenity fees for towels, and some urban hotels even charge a daily fee for receiving faxes. experts say the best way to avoid being surprised by hidden fees or surcharges is to ask up front before every transaction, what's the final cost i'm going to pay? according to the national survey cited in our report, consumers had the most success resolving fee complaints with credit card companies and hotels. gerri willis, cnn, new york. it's safe, spooky, and for some, the perfect way to spend halloween. horror movies have some people so hooked they just can't seem to get enough. so what exactly keeps these fear fanatics coming back for more? 
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we need them, we want them off the streets as quickly as quickly and as fast as possible. >> police make a gruesome discovery in a cleveland home. what they found during a raid. nine people are missing off the coast of california right now. the coast guard and navy are pulling out all the stops in the search and rescue mission. but chances of finding survivors may be fading. stock market to do a header even though the government said the economy is growing again. but experts think one thing may be missing to keep the recovery going is you.
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hey, good morning, it's saturday, i'm natasha curry, thanks for watching hln news and views. a man hunt is underway in cleveland, ohio for this man, 50-year-old anthony seoul. police went to arrest him on charges of murder and rape. when they went into his home, they found two decomposing bodies up stairs and a freshly dug grave in the basement with another body in it. police searched in and around the house found three more bodies. people who live in the neighborhood are worried about who was buried in sowell's home. >> i pray to god it's not my cousin. and if it is my cousin, i'm sorry. >> sowell was convicted for a 1989 rape and served 15 years in prison. one of the stock markets took a dive that we haven't seen in quite a while. all three major indices went down yesterday and the dow had the biggest one-day drop in half a year. the government said that
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consumer spending went down in september, the first time in five months. at the same time, personal incomes remain flat. some economists worry the economy could run out of steam if consumers start spending less. president obama is getting more advice as he considers his next move in afghanistan. the president met yesterday with the joint chiefs of staff and other top military advisers. this comes in the deadliest month for u.s. forces there. sources tell cnn each branch of the military got a chance to explain the impact of sending more troops. the army and marine corps expressed concerns it would be tougher to give troops promise time at home with their family. hope is dimming for rescuers looking for survivors from a collision between a coast guard plane and a marine helicopter. nine people were on board the two aircraft. the crash happened overnight thursday off the coast of san diego right after civilian air traffic controllers turned over
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communications to military air traffic controllers. in 2004, former vice president dick cheney told a special prosecutor he did not know who leaked the identity of a cia agent to the press. newly released fbi documents show that cheney replied to many questions with i do not recall. the scandal became known as plame gate when plame's identity was leaked to robert novak after her husband criticized the bush administration and its run up to the invasion of iraq. cheney's chief of staff scooter libby was eventually convicted of perjury in the case. a powerful lawmaker is taking a gamble and pushing for a so-called public option in the senate health care bill. now, this week senate majority leader harry reid took his pitch to the internet. this may not be about health care but also about political survival. >> reporter: a call to action. posted on youtube.
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>> make sure you contact your representatives back here in washington and push hard. we want a health care bill that has a public option. >> reporter: a blast of political e-mails all week pushing the public option and sending a not so subtle reminder it's harry reid who put it in the health care bill. his leadership was on full display, said one e-mail. he took a courageous stand in fighting for and including the public option. why the sudden sales job? >> the more liberal side of the party has questioned whether or not we could get this done, whether or not the leadership was behind it. and i think -- >> questioned senator reid? >> yes. >> reporter: a former reid aide admits part of it was to reassure. >> it wasn't a one-time press conference. instead, he said i'm going to fight for this, i believe in it. >> reporter: lee and others say that's his goal as a national leader. but home in nevada where reid is
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facing a tough reelection battle, he has different reasons for promoting his support for a public option. >> reid's in a lot of trouble. >> reporter: a recent poll showed 50%, half of nevadans view reid unfavorably, a stunningly high figure. >> he's not the most personable guy, certainly doesn't have much charisma. and what he does have, though, is a survival instinct unlike any i've seen in politics. >> reporter: survival in nevada now means appealing to independent voters and they tend to support a government-run health care option. >> his success here is going to play or failure is going to play into his main campaign theme, which is reelect me, i'm the guy in nevada and the nation needs in washington. i can get things done. >> a huge risk for reid, of course, is what if he doesn't get it done? what if he can't find the votes for a public option in the senate health care bill? that is a very real possibility. and one of the reasons we're told reid's aides were split
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from the beginning on whether this was the right move. now that reid has made this decision, he's clearly pushing it, he knows he has to own it whatever the outcome. dana bash, cnn capitol hill. attorney general ericholder says a lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping is threatening to expose ongoing intelligence work. holder wants the lawsuit thrown out. it's the first time the white house has tried to invoke the state's secret permission. invoked it to get numerous lawsuits thrown out following the september 11th attacks. talks between afghan president hamid karzai and the man challenging him for his job have broken down. christiane amanpour who appears on our sister network cnn learned that karzai's opponent abdullah abdullah will likely boycott november 7th's presidential run-off. predicts that the country will soon have some sort of power sharing deal between karzai and abdullah.
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california officials say they are going to try to reopen the san francisco oakland bay bridge on monday. but they say they can't guarantee it even though they'll be working the whole weekend to repair it. the bridge was closed on tuesday after three steel pieces fell off of it in the middle of rush hour right into traffic. they crashed right into the lanes and injured one person. the bridge carries about 280,000 vehicles per day. oh, there'll be plenty of costumes and candy to go around tonight. but parents, what do you do with all of that he has chocolate and sugar at the end of the night? >> most of them probably get a couple of pounds of candy. and it's crazy. it's absolutely insane if they are allowed to put all of that inside them. >> one dentist wants your kids to trade in their treats for cash. and it's all for a good cause.
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trick-or-treating tonight, one dentist says he will buy your candy. he plans to send the candy to local troops serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> we'd like to call it a win-win-win, the kids are going to get a couple of dollars, we're going to give them $1 a pound of candy, they're going to get rid some of the candy we know doesn't do the best for them and we're going to put a smile on the face of some soldiers. >> he hopes this will teach children the risk of tooth decay and give them patriotic lesson. okay, this one's no halloween prank. a deer came crashing through the roof of an apartment complex, then decided to take a dip in the indoor pool. >> avoiding all of the traffic, surviving the jump through the roof, swimming the laps. >> check out the video from the security camera, you can see the deer walking around the pool a few times, then jumping on in, and at some point, looks like he's swimming laps here, doesn't it? the maintenance supervisor
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corralled him to the shallow end, the deer walks up the steps and takes off. philadelphia will host one of the biggest sports and entertainment weekends in any city anywhere. but folks, there could be a problem. larry smith has more on this. hey, larry. >> good morning, natasha. how about a strike by phillies' mass transit workers. they threatened to walk off at midnight and that would leave 300,000 fans looking for rides to two games. two hockey games and two pearl jam concerts in four different stadiums all in the next 48 hours in the same complex. game three of the phillies-yankees world series. the phillies are trying to repeat as world series champs. their game four prompted the eagles giants kick-off to be moved up from 4:00 p.m. until
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1:00 p.m. eastern on sunday. both of those stadiums share parking and getting eagles fans out and phillies fans in. could be dicey even with public transportation in the area. will an empty stadium send the message to the owners of the team? that's what one cleveland browns fan is hoping. he is asking other season ticketholders to stay away from the seats inform after kick-off coming up on november 16th, mike randall says he's sick of the booing and fans leaving in the fourth quarter. the browns are 1-6 this season, well on their way to missing the playoffs for the tenth time in 11 seasons. the largest outdoor cocktail party. do the fans remember anything about the game itself? any haze would be a good thing for georgia fans as the bulldogs have lost the last 16 of the last 19. the two hated rivals meet on the neutral site game in jacksonville. well, the movie "this is it" is epic. i saw it thursday night.
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this is tragic, though. this is happen time at last night's pistons thunder game. a group called the spare tires dancing to michael jackson's "thriller." they're pretty good, really. no word on what they have planned for halloween tonight. fishing no longer means the same thing as fishing with a rod and reel. these days fishing is really another way to try to steal your money. but jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> well, there's a new scam out there i want you to be careful of. you've heard the headlines about banks failing and that can be pretty scary. well, criminals are going to use your fear to try and steal your sensitive financial information. the fdic is warning you might get an e-mail that it looks innocent, the subject line says check your bank deposit insurance coverage. well, if you see that, don't even open it.
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delete it. it is not from the fdic, it's from the bad guys. the e-mail basically says, hey, type in your information here and you can check and see if your account, if your money is safe, if it's insured. that sounds good, but they don't really mean safe, they mean safe with them. don't fall for that. phishing attacks tripled. just by getting your e-mail account and password, they can find ways and maybe worm into your bank account. be very careful, keep your money safe, and remember, no reputable company asks you for sensitive information through an e-mail. you can go to the company's website and log in that way if you want to check something. >> thanks so much. and you can get more great money advice from jennifer westhoven each weekday on "morning express" with robin meade from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. eastern. some companies are playing a gotcha game with you. they're taking your money and you probably don't even know it. it's not a halloween scare here,
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it's your money going right out the window.
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nine banks all part of the same major holding company have shut their doors. that brings the total to 115 banks closed by the fed so far this year. an average of 10 banks have failed every month in 2009. but that is still nowhere close to the -- to 1989's record high of 534 bank closures which took place during the savings and loan crisis. a tanker here has stopped leaking oil into san francisco. the leak started yesterday morning when a fuel line ruptured on a panamanian tanker during a fuel transfer. san francisco's mayor says hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the bay. people are not supposed to swim in the bay and avoid local beaches. looks like the oil spill was caused by a mechanical failure. anna nicole smith's former
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boyfriend and two doctors are going on trial. a california judge ruled yesterday that there is enough evidence to try them. they're accused of conspireing to illegally give her controlled substances and supplying drugs to an addict. but boyfriend howard stern and the doctors say they didn't know she was addicted and they were trying to help her. they pleaded not guilty. their arraignment is scheduled for december 11th. hey, do you take a really good look at your bills before you pay them? well, if you do, you could find hidden fees that really add up. as gerri willis reports, those gotcha fees are everywhere. >> from cell phones to cable service. to credit cards and banks. to airline travel and hotel stays. experts say the average american is spending close to $1,000 a year extra on hidden fees and surcharges, a nickel here, a dime there.
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>> that's real money. married couples we're talking about $2,000. that's a nice chunk of change to stock a healthy retirement, pay for a nice vacation, get a head start on school costs. >> bob sullivan is the author of the red tape chronicles. >> when almost every transaction now if you're buying a car, buying a house, getting a cell phone, the company knows far much more than you do, including they know the real cost. and when there's all of this confusion over what things cost, consumers lose. >> they're losing in a big way. the average fee ranges from less than $1 to $10. while that may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up. cell phone fees average $9.40 per month, more than $116 a year. cable and satellite tv fees on average run $9.52 a month totaling $114 a year. every time you fly. $33.44 with a national arrange of 3 1/2 tickets a year, that totals $102 a year. credit card fees a average $7.72
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a month bringing the annual cost to $92. and the average fee incurred for a hotel stay is close to $25, roughly $95 a year per person. bjorn hanson is a professor for hospitality. he says hotels have become more creative in what he calls the surprise fee. >> the hotel industry in 2008 collected about $1.75 billion on fees and surcharges. some of the fees that surprise guests the most would be an early departure fee, a cancellation fee, mini bar restocking charges. luggage or a baggage holding fees. >> reporter: some hotels go as far as charging resort amenity fees for towels. and some urban hotels even charge a daily fee for receiving faxes. experts say the best way to avoid being surprised by hidden fees or surcharges is to ask up front before every transaction what's the final cost i'm going
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to pay? according to the national survey cited in our report, consumers had the most success resolving fee complaints with credit card companies and hotels. gerri willis, cnn, new york. three american hikers detained in iran have received their second visit since being arrested. their families say the swiss diplomats spent about 40 minutes with them on thursday. switzerland handled that visit because the u.s. doesn't have diplomatic relations with iran. a senior state department official said the hikers seem nervous and scared but in good physical and psychological health. they crossed iran's border during a hike in northern iraq three months ago. their families say they did it by mistake. it's safe, spooky, and for some, the perfect way to spend halloween. horror movies have some people so hooked they just can't seem to get enough. so what exactly keeps these fear fanatics coming back for more? d
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we need them. we want them off the streets. we want them off the streets as quickly and as fast as possible. >> police make a gruesome discovery in that cleveland home. what they found during a raid. nine people are missing off the coast of california right now. the coast guard and navy are pulling out all the stops in the search and rescue mission. but chances of finding survivors may be fading. stock market took a header. even though the government just said that the economy is growing again. but experts think one thing may be missing to keep the recovery going is you. hey, good morning, it's
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saturday, i'm natasha curry, thanks so much for watching hln news and views. a man hunt is now underway in cleveland, ohio, for this man, 50-year-old anthony sowell. on thursday, they went to arrest sowell on charges of assault and rape. but when they went to his home found two decomposing bodies up stairs and a freshly dug grave in the basement with another body in it. police searched in and around the house and found three more bodies. none of the bodies have been identified, but people who live in the neighborhood are worried about who was buried in sowell's home. >> i pray to god it's not my cousin. and if it is my cousin, i'm sorry. >> sowell was convicted for a 1989 rape and served 15 years in prison. well, the stock market's took a dive that we haven't seen in a while. all three major indices went down. and the dow had one of the biggest one-day drop in half a
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year. the consumer spending went down in september, the first time in five months. at the same time, personal incomes remain flat, some economists worry the recovery could run out of steam if consumers start spending less. president obama is getting more advice as he considers his next move in afghanistan. the president met yesterday with a joint chiefs of staff and other top military advisers. this comes in the deadliest month for u.s. forces there. sources tell cnn, each branch of the military got a chance to explain the impact of sending more troops. the army and marine corps have expressed concerns that it would be tougher to give troops promise time at home with their family. as the obama administration considers itself strategy in afghanistan, a state department official there resigned in protest of the war. and matthew hoh said he'd been getting a lot of support for his decision. in a letter he said he was leaving quote because i fail to see the value and worth of
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continued u.s. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the afghan government in what is truly a 35-year-old civil war. hoh talked to fareed zakaria about what it's like on the ground in afghanistan. >> the top military have all endorsed mcchrystal's report and request. do you think that down on the ground there's a very different feeling? >> yes. yes, there is. i think on the ground, the perspective is that what is a strategic value of what we're going here? why are we doing this? what are we getting at? it's not going to defeat al qaeda. it's not going to -- if you take our two goals of defeat of al qaeda and because of nuclear weapons and relations with india, the stabilization of the government. 60,000 troops taking 50 to 60 dead a month in this country and how many wounded and killing how many afghans, as well, doesn't accomplish either of those
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goals. >> why doesn't it defeat al qaeda? >> my belief was that after 2001 al qaeda evolved. they'll became as like to say an ideological cloud. they don't need a safe haven in afghanistan, they've got safe havens in six or seven other countries. >> see the entire interview with hoh tomorrow on fareed zakaria gps airs at 1:00 and again at 5:00 p.m. eastern. hope is dimming for rescuers looking for survivors from a collision between a coast guard plane and a marine helicopter. nine people were on board the two aircraft. the crash happened overnight thursday off the coast of san diego right after civilian air traffic controllers turned over communications to military air traffic controllers. in 2004, former vice president dick cheney told a special prosecutor he did not know who leaked the identity of a cia agent to the press. newly released fbi documents show that cheney replied to many questions with "i do not
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recall." the scandal became known as plame gate when valerie plame's identity was leaked to journalist robert novak. the leak came after her husband criticized the bush administration and its run up to the invasion of iraq. cheney's chief of staff scooter libby was eventually convicted of perjury in the case. attorney general eric holder says a lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping is threatening to expose ongoing intelligence work. holder wants the lawsuit thrown out. it's the first time the white house has tried to invoke the states secret privilege. the bush administration invoked the privilege to get numerous lawsuits thrown out following the september 11th attacks. talks between afghan president hamid karzai and the man challenging him for his job have broken down. christiane amanpour who appears on our sister network cnn has learned that karzai's opponent abdullah abdullah will likely boycott the presidential
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run-off. the former u.n. ambassador to afghanistan predicts they will have a power-sharing. california officials say they are going to try to reopen the san francisco oakland bay bridge on monday. but they say they can't guarantee it even though they'll be working the whole weekend to repair it. the bridge was closed on tuesday after three steel pieces fell off of it in the middle of rush hour right into traffic. they crashed right into the lanes and injured one person. the bridge carries about 280,000 vehicles per day. okay. so it's halloween as we mentioned, and a lot of people going out trick-or-treating. is there going to be good weather for all of that trick-or-treating going on? reynolds wolf with a look at the forecast. hey, reynolds. >> hi, it really depends where you happen to be. if you're on the eastern sea board, chances are you're dealing with scattered showers, all due to this frontal boundary and area of low pressure. farther back to the west for most of the day looking at dry
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conditions, fairly warm in the desert southwest. when you get into the pacific northwest, scattered showers are going to be a possibility. in terms of high temperatures today, you can expect highs to get up into about the 60s in places like atlanta, memphis, 70s for washington, d.c., new york and boston, mainly some 60s. 60s for denver, and halloween night, well, here's where things get a little interesting. looks like the rain will stay in for parts of the eastern sea board, and then back to parts of the pacific northwest, scattered showers, very dry for southern california and into the rockies, cool, but we should be snow-free. denver just had about a foot of snow fall that fell over the last several days. that's a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. >> there will be plenty of costumes and candy to go around tonight. but parents, what do you do with all of that chocolate and sugar at the end of the night? >> most of them probably get a couple of pounds of candy. and it's crazy. it's absolutely insane if
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they're allowed to put all of that inside them. >> well, one dentist wants your kids to trade in their treats for cash. and it's all for a good cause.
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for kids going trick-or-treating tonight, one dentist says that he will buy your candy. he plans to send the candy to local troops serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> we'd like to call it a win-win-win. the kids are going to get a couple of dollars. they're going to get rid of some of the candy that we know doesn't do the best for them, and then we're going to put a smile on the face of some hopefully some soldiers. >> he hopes this will teach children the risk of not only tooth decay but give them a patriotic lesson. okay. this one's no halloween prank. a deer came crashing through the
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roof of an apartment complex, then decided to take a dip in the indoor pool. >> his lucky day, avoiding the traffic, surviving the jump through the roof, swimming the laps. >> check out video from the security camera. you can see the deer walking around the pool a few times, then jumping on in. and at some point looks like he's swimming laps here, doesn't it? the maintenance supervisor used a net to corral the deer to the shallow end. finally after about 15 minutes of swimming, the deer walks up the steps and takes off. oh, wow. another shocking revelation from andre agassi's new autobiography and larry smith has the latest details on this. >> well, we heard earlier this week that the former tennis star admits in his new book that he used crystal meth, now being revealed that he used for a year or so during his brief marriage to actress brooke shields. you see him back here in 1997, told "people" magazine if you're
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going to call a book open, which he does, you owe it to yourself to be honest. the champ also admits to wearing a hairpiece and nearly having it fall off during the 1990 french open. nothing like making sure nascar driver a.j. was required to take a breathalyzer test. he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. he passed the test and had no problem with taking that test. tonight's usc oregon showdown, uniform will the ducks wear? the team that has more wardrobe combinations than some model. both of these teams ranked in top ten and could give game three in the world series competition for some viewers for those not trick-or-treating. brett favre is alive and well, except for about 300 packers fans, those who atetendd his mock funeral yesterday. wearing the purple and white of
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the rivals. green bay's mayor said he didn't approve of this funeral, but the city did have flip-flop friday. they all wore their flip-flops in honor of the 40-year-old annual decision on retiring. what to get the guy who has everything for christmas. well, how about aol illustrated magazines more than 10,000 in all? scott smith is putting the collectors items on ebay. theingi bid is $1 shy of $2 million. he spent 25 years building his collection. that's sports. a recent survey set out to find the happiest people at work. hln money expert clark howard tells you who they are and how you can become one.
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>> we're in the midst for people looking for work of brutal continuing recession. i don't care what ben bernanke says about it being over. if you're looking for work, it's still tough out there. but one place you might look is at your own employment office. that's right, what is it that you're capable of doing as a self-employed individual? as an entrepreneur. not only is this where you might create new opportunity, but there's a new survey out that shows that people who work for themselves are the happiest of people regardless of your education level. even comparing you to people that have advanced degrees, professional degrees. you are actually overall having the greatest chance of fulfillment and happiness if you are working for yourself. you don't believe me? this survey was over 100,000 people done by what's known as the gallup well being index. check it out, i'm clark howard,
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check me out at cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> and you can get much more helpful advice today at noon eastern. don't miss the clark howard show right here on hln. anna nicole smith's boyfriend and two others will have to go on trial. why a judge believes there is enough evidence to prosecute howard stern and two doctors.
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i'm robin meade. we salute the troops every weekday on "morning express" with robin meade. private first class gets a spotlight today. he's the father of a 2-year-old daughter and a 2-week-old son. he was home for the birth of the baby and left for afghanistan two days later. his wife salutes him and his brother rafael who was also serving in afghanistan. you got somebody you love in the military? go to cnn.com/robin. watch for those salutes every morning on morning express with me, robin meade from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern. nine banks all part of the same major holding company have shut their doors. that brings the total to 115 banks closed by the fed so far this year. an average of ten banks have failed every month in 2009. but that is still nowhere close to the 1989 record high of 534 bank closures, which took place
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during the savings and loan crisis. a tanker here has stopped leaking oil into san francisco bay. the leak started yesterday morning when a fuel line ruptured on a panamanian flig s morning during a fuel transfer. san francisco's mayor says hundreds of gallons of oil have spilled into the bay. officials are telling people not to swim in the bay and to avoid local beaches. the coast guard says it looks like the oil spill was caused by a mechanical failure. anna nicole smith's former boyfriend and two doctors are going on trial. a california judge ruled yesterday that there is enough evidence to try them. they are accused of conspireing to give her controlled substances and supplying drugs to an addict. but howard stern and the doctors say they didn't know she was addicted and they were trying to help her. they are pleading not guilty. they arraignment is
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scheduled for november 11. the families say a swiss diplomat spend about 40 minutes with them on thursday. a senior state department official says the hikers seemed nervous and scared, but in good physical and psychological health. they crossed iran's border in northern iraq three months ago. their families say they did it by mistake. it's safe, spooky and for some the perfect way to spend halloween. horror movies have some people so hooked they just can't seem to get enough. so what exactly keeps these fear fanatics coming back for more?
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