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b1 the hearings continue and they are aware of the apparently 16 reports of the health care.gov, which is fine beyond what we have heard of. martha: we are moving on to happening now. have a great day. jenna: a fox news alert. capital hearing right now. another hearing before the homeland security committee. lawmakers are talking about the possible security risks. this is pressure from the white house for both sides of the aisle to fix the health website and the law perhaps as well.
and top headlines of brand-new stories the you will see here first. more developments of a mysterious spy. jon: a highly trained member of mi-6 and how he got there. plus, research about growing old. what affects could be making you age even faster? and alec baldwin taking on his accused stalker in court. the fox 411. it is all "happening now." jon: back to the top story. the troubled rollout of obamacare. congress turning up the heat in the search for answers. the troubled website will not be fixed until the end of month.
welcome back. i am jon scott. jenna: and i am generally. one of the headlines today, obamacare. officials behind the website are facing two of the toughest house committees. the oversight committee and the homeland security committee. if you have been watching, they have gone a few different directions now. reporter: good morning to you. essentially the administration officials say that they under
underestimated the number of users accessing the website. they are also acknowledging the frustrations of those using health care.gov. >> our team is making progress in the website is getting better each week. and we will make this progress ever-growing rate. reporter: your eyesight is set to appear on capitol hill today. he is here and he is answering questions. jenna: what are they saying about the health care website problems? reporter: they are saying that they are working round-the-clock to try to fix things and their
allies saying that despite the fact that they had years to get this set up, the administration took shortcuts when launching the website. >> we will discover and will continue to discover that the efforts were taken to cut corners to meet political deadlines at the end. that for political reasons, things were not done in a timely fashion in many cases we need to see what took place this year. >> in my personal opinion, your accusations denigrated a reputation with absolutely no legitimate basis. and as i said, you owe him an
apology. >> he says today he is comfortable saying that he is capable handling up to 25,000 users jenna: thank you so much. jon: and health caradoc of will not be running until the end of the month. that is the news and the site is operating at just half of its intended capacity. let's talk about charlie hearst.
so, is it any surprise that it's not up and running the way that it was said that it would? >> no, absolutely not. memos are coming out in this november 30 deadline, the white house has not learned that they shouldn't set a deadline. including making a situation the situation worse. they didn't have to do this. jon: but this is the white house to promise that you could keep your health care plan. >> credibility as part of the problem at this point. the idea that they are actually going to get their act together
and get it fixed by the end of the month this kind of laughable. and this includes much more difficult circumstances going forward as well. jon: you say that fixing the website is growing up people and money added and so forth. fixing our pledge of the president made, letting you keep your health care plan. and this includes set rates, and they went in in good faith thinking that they would get certain customers -- certain health ranges like a lot of young customers and that is a tough thing to do. if someone would just wave a magic wand and say your policies are good for another year, it
can change too many moving parts and that is very difficult to fix. jon: charlie, there are not many things more personal than your health care and how it is dispensed and how it's paid for. there are an awful lot of people who are upset at the rollout of this thing and what the president promised is not turning out to be true. so where do we go from here and how does this get fixed? >> we saw president clinton take a swipe at obamacare, saying that he should honor his commitment. there is a real problem there. and the insurance astarte canceled someone's plans.
and so i think that when we go from here, we go to the next election and we are increasingly desperate to find ways to disassociate ourselves from this. this is a very personal thing and i can't think of a single thing in my time covering politics were something so personal has been violated by a law out of washington. and i think people are going to pay eight price for this. next november and then possibly in 2016. jon: we are a year away from the election. will they rally around the president? will they do? >> it's way too early with all due respect to everyone and to
pound nails in the coffin on us, if you choose not to have health insurance, all the things we are talking about if they don't impact you, you should check it out if and when you can get through when it's up and running. and it's better to have health insurance than not. jon: are these people getting dumped? >> they are. some people have no insurance would be better off to go get insurance. i'm just saying its economic lunacy, especially if you're young and you think you're never going to get sick. one accident can wipe you out. but the category of people that are most mad are those who the law was not designed to do much for. those that are to have insurance and other employers are changing things around and that is a bigger element and warn people
aren't sure they're not. there's a little bit of time to recover, but you are going into a very tough situation for a lot of lawmakers and especially if there are votes to change this up and that will be on the permanent record. jon: we will leave it there, but thank you. speak your breaking news out of the middle east. looting in storm ravaged areas. the philippine government releasing information saying that the death toll more than 2300 and more than a half million people homeless and william is on the ground in a hard-hit area. reporter: the police are
establishing rewarder and it may be unrelated, but 600 inmates escaped from jail during the typhoon. but what is happening right now with this devastation and the fact that there are so many children out there -- we have been showing you video from on the ground and here is a different perspective from today. >> the eye of the typhoon passes directly over us. but the ring of disruption extends 50 miles in each direction and you begin to see that with this island and you see down the brick walls, wooden studs, uprooted trees and the damage gets worse as we approach the coast. and of course the city as well. reporter: aid workers are pouring in. you have workers and doctors in
belgium. you have electricians. you have masons. carpenters from the philippines. they are clearing those roads and they will also have a vote available to evacuate people from here. many people feared the worst and we met some couples today, families who were reunited and have learned for the first time with their family member survived. >> i did speak to the interior minister and he said the number one priority is getting the aid that is coming in with these
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explanation about how he might have might have died. here's gawker has details. reporter: they say he did this to himself. those british agent garris williams was found in august when he didn't show up for his job and they found his body naked and decomposing inside that sports duffel and locked from the are trying to find out what killed him. now they say there is no evidence that points to this and
it's been reported that there are no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system. investigators say that they found that he had visited bondage websites, including one that has a desire to be enclosed spaces. >> but how does he locked from the outside? >> the family is pushing for answers. they want closure on that and they are saying that as new evidence pops up with british intelligence and the local authorities. they are working on it. jon: jenna lee and i are both dubious on this issue. [laughter] jenna: a sentencing hearing underway right now for a notorious boston mobster. 84-year-old whitey bulger is set to spend five years for his role in lebanon murders. family members of the victims are expected to speak during
this hearing that is happening today and the judge has agreed to let family members speak on behalf of victims who he was acquitted of killing. heather hanson is a trial attorney and this is a big decision by the judge. reporter: sentencing in federal court is different. the rules that regulate it probably included for the right to be heard. the ultimate question is this. how will the judge way the pieces of testimony? he can disregard some and count others and that's really what the issue is. jenna: what about the sentencing part and the appeal dynamic to all of this? he has been protesting this trial since the beginning. there is a decision -- does this
decision impact them? >> absolutely. you are 100% correct. this has added to the reasons and in fact one of the jurors has written to the department saying thing that they do not think it's fair that people that they are not guilty are allowed to speak. jenna: what does that mean for what happens to perpetrator? >> you will get us thrown at him. no question about it. there is no defense. that is the sham. this guy was responsible for organized corruption, the things he's been accused of. no doubt about it. he's going down and no appeal will matter.
jenna: do you think he'll talk your? we have the opportunity. >> before i would've said said definitely. but he refuses to make eye contact. the drama is so high that they begged him them to make eye contact and he refuses. his position is very set. jenna: he has remained mostly quiet during the trial and error a few outbursts between him and a few of his partners. i don't even want to call them. he has come out and said some things at the wrong time. >> the answer is that the defense of desperation. no matter what he does or says and gets on his knees and begs, he's going away for the rest of
his natural life and based on that he has to find the one possible out that could possibly 1% save him and he decided at the sham and the defense. jenna: so what does the sentence actually look like? what do you think he sees? >> i think we will see him get the full sentence, especially because the defense is not putting on any defense here. they are taking this position as a sham and refusing to give any defense whatsoever. there's a death penalty in florida, but i don't think they will get the full sentence here in massachusetts. jenna: thank you so much for that analysis. >> thank you. jon: new developments in the miami dolphins bullying scandal.
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jenna: take a look at u.s. presidents come you can see signs of aging. now researchers in a breakthrough study say ordinary folks might see the same effect that they have a serious disease and we will tell you what that is coming up. and alec baldwin breaking down during the trial against his alleged doctor. the latest on the case today. and selling at an auction for more than $100 million. we will have that ahead.
>> and another twist in the richie incognito story. an investigation of pulling jonathan martin. christine harrigan has the latest on the story. how is the own to do change the culture of the locker room and a few promising to do that? >> yes, the 73-year-old real estate billionaire says that he will drag this locker room into the 21st century. keen to five-man committee on player conduct including on the one time dolphins head coach as well. >> i'm looking for people that do things the right way.
>> losing four out of five games for the dolphins has not made anything easier. jenna: two weeks into the scandal, do we know what has happened? have we heard martin's side of the story that started all this? >> we have really just heard one side of the story and that's the interview went richie incognito. jonathan martin has been cited in the dolphins owner says that he would meet with them today and sit down with him face-to-face. but they said no, that's not going to happen yet. martin will go to new york, he will meet with the nfl investigators and they're looking into allegations about
trouble and that the information will be made public eventually. jenna: we will continue to watch and we thank you very much. jon: the doctor is in. a new study about depression. it can actually make patients physically older. investigators found signs of early aging and the cells of patients who suffer from depression and they say that it cannot be explained by other bad habits common among those who have it, things like smoking. we are talking about it with brian russell. so depression can make you physically older? >> what we have here is confirmation of what it we have been told for years, they don't
feel just emotionally depleted that physically depleted with less energy and aches and pains, difficulty initiating activity and we know that those complaints are real and not just psychosomatic. it really is true that a person's will to live does have an impact upon the way it deteriorates. jon: if you look at the photos of barack obama when he took office and his more recent photos today, going back to george w. bush, you get a similar kind of aging in a president and the same thing with president bill clinton as well. he has been known to have aged a lot during his eight years in office since his end of the term pictures. you say that depression is similar to the same kind of stress that a president could
experience? >> i think the before and after pictures are helpful to understand the general impact with the emotional distress can have upon the aging process. just the distress generally. the impact of depression upon aging that was observed was observed at the cellular level with subparts of cells called polymers. so it's not really the kind of damage that is readily observable externally. but it's estimated that continues chronically, in the long run it could account for a reduction of as many of seven years. jon: can be reversed? is there a way to fix that? >> i think the bottom line is that everyone experiences depressive feelings at some point in life and i think that as long as those feelings are relatively brief and in relation
to acute stressors like major losses, i don't think it will have an impact that is huge on longevity. but it is important for people who may have chronic depressive feelings, have them talk to their doctor because we don't want anyone to have a problem in this way. >> they are finding that the will to live really does play a role in how long you live. >> that's absolutely right. we've seen not in other studies as well, some people have been married for a long time and one spouse passes away, the other spouse has an increased risk because the persons will to live goes down and they become more susceptible to all kinds of things and we see it with pediatric cancer patients as well. we know that they have a will to live. jon: interesting information.
bryon russell from our clinical psychology department. jenna: i would like to ask if these signs are reversible with aging. jon: mom said that a smile do something good for you. speed has nothing to do with aging no. [laughter] jon: let it be your umbrella or something like that. [laughter] jenna: realize drama unfolding for actor alec baldwin. julie banderas is here and what had this a-list or crying? we will have the details next.
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jon: getting caught up on the fox 411. the trial is underway and the woman accused of stalking him. denying that he had an affair with the suspect. julie banderas has more. reporter: the suspect is in jail because apparently she could not keep her lips closed. i guess there was a deal lost in translation and accused of being a stalker. the judge has ordered that she be in contempt of court. whether alec baldwin follow that advice will be hammered out in criminal court. both parties accusing the other of lying and on one side he says
no sexual relationship ever took place between him and his 41-year-old alleged doctor and his only interaction with her is giving his friends mistress career advice. but on the other side is charged with 23 counts of harassment and one of stalking and prosecutors say that she spent months harassing the 30 rock star with 100 creepy e-mails and text. begging him to marry her and conceive a mini baldwin. and then laughing at the notion of having an affair with a younger woman. this went down after the alleged stalker turned day one of her trial into a circus. saying wow, you're lying to my family are doing now, imagine not. the judge gave her the option of having a translator in court, but she declined.
>> i was concerned that i was going to lose everything. the other option is i could have no translator but ask my lawyer anytime about this. reporter: interestingly, she was saying content because she was now being held in contempt. and a photographer that eric baldwin faced -- the ban end result was the gentleman ended up choking to death. >> when you're famous, sometimes creepy people come out of the closet. jenna: i hope you have a bodyguard, john. jon: oh, i do. [laughter] jenna: what an interesting story. we will continue to follow that.
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office and willingness to compromise over the country's nuclear program. lisa joins us now with a couple of big things are happening. the house passed this several months ago, it is the big debate, and will the senate tried to pass this new round of sanctions and what is the right move here? >> one is saying let's decrease the pressure and hold off on the sanctions. and there are other senators saying, this is the actual time to put on more pressure to not let them use the negotiations to buy more time and it is sanctions and we are applying
pressure and keeping applying that pressure. >> some of them are democrats and republicans may believe that the tougher sanctions need to happen. and that we are going to go forward and what do you think is in the best interest of our national security? >> we are actually talking about president obama, this is something on their list of accomplishments between the u.s. and the iranian regime. it seems like it will happen in the next round or a few months from now and what are we giving up and what are we getting? jenna: we know that the real leader of iran, operating inside the country. so what kind of concessions are they offering to america? >> based on the rounds of negotiations we have had, that's
fine, and obviously the reduction of sanctions and release of the economic pressure. we will come back into the banking sector and help the iranian people as well. you have to look at the negative side effects as well. we're going to start a nuclear arms race, we will be alienating the iranian people. if we are looking at a moderate type of iran, what changes are they seeing at home? we have had executions with the so-called moderate president took office and are we really addressing it? they are arresting people that have been blogging, they are christians, we have an american pastor over there, human rights pieces that are egregious and no one's talking about them, how
about the involvement in syria and no one is suggesting that. jenna: we are seeing this in an editorial pages like "the new york times", for example, that we are in a different point in history. different for our country and that is a different place and they have elected a new president. are we at a different moment in time? or is this a repeat with different actors? >> they want to paint a picture about the nuclear program. we are not seeing this new narrative, but as he said, all this is continuing to leave this economic pressure and it's very clear what they want from us but not clear what they're willing to give up. and with the nuclear inspection they've offered, they are managed access with a control
jon: new developments on our top stories and breaking news this hour. he spent 10 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit. now ryan ferguson is a free man. his stunning story ahead. violence surging on the big screen? a new study raising serious questions about what our kids are watching. and an unusual discovery after a house goes up in flames. wait until you hear what police found inside. it's all "happening now." jon: day here in our studios and on capitol hill as well as officials behind the obamacare
website face a grilling by two of the toughest house committees. hello to you, i'm jon scott. jenna: hello, i'm jenna lee. today's hearing on the heals after new report that the health care website may not be fixed by the end of the november. that is the deadline the administration has been promising. peter doocy is live from the white house on this why is the site taking so long and why does it appear the deadline will not be met? >> reporter: jenna, between now and march the administration needs to sign up just unseven million more consumers with new coverage through healthcare.gov and these new reports say that website can not handle that high volume right now. in fact we heard on the hill this morning that the site can only handle about half that right now. >> the information that we had at the time was that the cms has designed the system for 50, 60,000 concurrent users. right now, if you ask me right now, based on what i know now,
what the system is currently capable of handling, the thing i would be comfortable saying is that the system has been comfortably handling at present about 20 to 25,000 current users. >> reporter: so that was the administration's chief technology officer, todd park. he did not testify that the website is behind schedule and the white house pointed out to us that hhs's latest update stated all the problems with the site are a snapshot of november 12th, not november 30th. at another hearing on the hill, in a different room, we heard also that there have already been more than a dozen cyber attacks on healthcare.gov. >> we have had a handful of reports from the department of health and human services, a number of about 16 as my memory recalls but i'll get a specific number for you as well as identification of threat information either provided to us from intelligence sources or from other mechanisms.
and we are aware of one open source action attempting to perpetrate a denial of service attack against healthcare.gov site that has been unsuccessful. >> reporter: we also heard today many times there will always be vulnerabilities at healthcare.gov but that the security testing will never stop. jenna. jenna: peter doocy live at the white house. peter, thank you. jon: well, one of the president's senior advisors is now on the defensive. valerie jarrett promises outreach to business leaders on obamacare. listen. >> obviously there is no one more frustrated than the president that the website hasn't lived up to our expectations but he has taken immediate action bringing in a team to help supplement the team that is there. jeff zeints has a lot of history in the business community, starting up companies, managing, did an excellent job worked for the administration as performance officer and two stints as the office of budget
and management working there full-time working with a team of innovators to try to correct the problems and we are seeing progress. jon: amid all this troubling poll numbers for the president, his approval rating hit another record low. you see it there, 39%. new "quinnepiac poll", i'm sorry, 54% disapprove of the job the president is doing. congress not doing any better. "gallup poll" shows an approval rate of 9%, nine. that is the lowest in gallup's 39 year history of asking the question. here is bob cusack, managing editor of "the hill." and you have to wonder, bob, since the rollout of obama care is really just getting underway, whether the president's numbers might be headed lower still? >> oh, yeah, that's a distinct possibility, unless there is some good news for democrats. been all bad news this month since the government shutdown which is in part to blame for the congressional numbers. what obama has to worry, these
enrollment numbers will not be good they are releasing later this week and it's a vicious cycle because the website can not have a lot of people on it, but they need millions of people to sign up for obamacare or else premiums will go sky-high. that is the problem for the white house. they have to get this website fixed. that is the first step. even in mid-november, they can't say by the end of the month it is going to be fixed that is what the administration is promising. democrats on capitol hill is very nervous. election is less than a year away, especially red state democrats. you had the promise the white house said, you can keep your plan. democrats are crafting bills that would allow people to keep their plan. jon: you know it sound somewhat disingenuous from the standpoint of the white house, oh, we have fixed the site and now you can have 15,000 people on at the same time but that may be the case but the fact of the matter only 50,000 people have signed up. >> yeah. there's a lack of trust here and
when you're dealing with privacy concerns, we've seen that in recent years, people are very concerned about their information, possibly being stolen and they don't trust this website which is clearly broken will protect them. there's another house hearing going to be next week on the science committee on cyber security and lack of protections in the obamacare site. so people are going to be very reluctant to put in their personal information unless they are really confident that the things that have totally turned around on healthcare.gov. jon: the numbers, the poll numbers on the president in just about every individual area, i mean people approve of the way he has handled terrorism but foreign policy in general, immigration, the budget, health care, the general economy, all of them he has got negative numbers on. that is pretty hard to turn around, isn't it? >> very hard especially because this will be the big year he would get gun control done, immigration reform done, house republicans have no, they're not moving forward on immigration at
all. so the senate passed a bill. that is basically done for the year now. the president's talking about a farm bill. that is really the best thing that he can get through potentially this congress. that is not a legacy item. so where he goes from here, we're talking about 2016, bill clinton was talking about the woes of the health care site. as far as his legacy in the second term he doesn't have a lot to point to. jon: interesting you talk about second terms. at this point in his second-term president george w. bush had an approval rating of 37%. that was apparently his all-time low. president obama at 39% right now is just barely above that. >> yeah. that's a big concern for certainly democrats who are up for re-election next year. they have got to get that number into the 40s. as president bush, i mean, katrina, iraq war, it was a tough second term for president bush and obama's going to have to turn it around or republican cost claim control of the
senate. certainly it is looking that way right now but a long way to go. certainly they can turn this around but last month has been historically bad month for the white house. jon: yeah. well, it seems like there are lots of other shoes to drop in terms of obamacare and how it gets implemented. bob cusack from "the hill." >> thanks, jon. jenna: people in the philippines in urgent need of food after the deadly typhoon and to make matters worse, relief agencies say looters are slowing the flow of aid to victims there. david piper joins us from bangkok, thailand with more. david? >> reporter: jenna, yes, people are increasingly desperate for food, water, medical supplies in the philippines. it has been over five days since typhoon haiyan has struck and very little seems to have got through thus far. in one incident, eight people died as a wall collapsed as thousands of people mobbed a food warehouse near tacloban. police and soldiers could not stop looters taking 100,000 sacks of rice from the
government building. there is widespread looting in towns like tacloban and attacks on convoys as people get desperate. local politicians are call for the relief operation to improve the movement of aid to those desperate for it. aid organizers say they have to speed up the delivery of supplies. >> priority has got to be, let's get the food in, let's get the water in. we have a lot more coming in today. even that will not be enough. we need to scale up operations on an ongoing basis. >> reporter: the u.s. marines in tacloban say the local operate should be operating around the clock there soon. people on the ground say a lot of aid is arriving at transit points like sabu airport but it is difficult to get in large quantities to get to all areas hit by the typhoon. bad weather and destruction of many roads and bridges are slowing down the distribution of aid. the you know u.n. says as many
as 11 million people are affected with 700,000 are left homeless. the philippines government says the death toll may be 2500 than 10,000 but many areas haven't yet been reached and that figure could still rise the state department confirmed two americans died in the storm. international relief operation is underway of course. u.s. and british ships are now steaming to the philippines to help in that effort. the pentagon says the carrier uss george washington and four other ships will arrive in the devastated area today. of course those helicopters on board the washington will be very important in getting that aid to those isolated areas. back to you, jenna. jenna: david piper, thank you. >> he has already admitted to smoking crack cocaine. now toronto mayor rob ford has another stunning confession to share. we'll tell you what he said. plus he spent nearly 10 years behind bars for a crime he says he did not commit and today, he is a free man.
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jon: just in, some breaking news as we get another bombshell confession from toronto's deeye ant mayor. the city council just adjourned after a screaming match erupted between the mayor and members of the council. the mayor's mic was actually turned off and just a few minutes before that happened rob ford admitted that he bought illegal drugs within the past two years. the mayor making the confession while being grilled by city council member, leading to a heated exchange about whether ford had visited a crack house. listen. >> it is not a crack house. have you visited the house?
have you walked in the house? >> no i have not. >> so you're listening to what the idiot says? >> mayor ford please -- >> i'm not going to answer the question. >> allow coins lore thompson to ask the questions. >> thank you. you get to answer, mayor. i'm answering but you don't want to hear my answer. >> actually you're not being truthful. >> i'm not being truthful. have you been in the house. >> i have no interest in being in the house. i'm not a crack user. [applause] >> whoa. ford publicly admitted la last week he once smoked crack cocaine, in a quote drunken stupor has refused to step down or seek treatment. hmmm. >> what is coming next? where do you go from there? jon: i don't know. i bet those are going to be some of the most popular city council meetings in a long, long time in that part of the country. jenna: what a story. he spent nearly a decade behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit. today ryan ferguson is a free man finally, released from
prison last night after an appeals court found he was wrongly convicted. a lot of twists and turns to this story. mike tobin live in the chicago bureau with all of this mike? >> reporter: jenna, right up to the point he walked out of jail ryan ferguson feared his ordeal was not coming to an end. even when they loaded him up from prison and transferred him to the boone county jail he was afraid he would be rearrested at boone county jail and process would start over again. at 6:00 p.m. local time he walked out a free man in civilian clothes. >> having gone through what i've gone through with our justice system i'm kind of scared about what was going to happen next. i didn't know this morning that i would be standing here tonight. i didn't know anything. i didn't know the next step at all and it is very scary, very daunting. >> reporter: now the crime scene war sports editor kent heitholt was killed had physical evidence, fingerprints and bloody food prints but none of it pointed to ferguson. testimony from his friend chuck
erickson, played a major role in ferguson's conviction even though erickson recanted testimony under oath. the reason the appeals court vacated conviction that prosecutors failed to disclose evidence to defense attorneys of the it is interesting that ferguson holds no bitterness towards erickson even though his testimony got him convicted. he believes that erickson was manipulated by unscrupulous prosecutors. he spent most of the time thanking people who supported him through the appeals process. particularly his family. he says it takes an army to get you out of prison. jenna? jenna: wow. mike, thank you. >> well, nasa release as brand new image, a photo of saturn like you've never seen before. we'll explain what's going on here. it seems like the dow hit as new high every day and america's oil industry is booming. why are experts still worried about the economy? okay ladies, whenever you're ready.
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jon: new info on an incredible art auction in new york city. a painting smashes a world record for the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction. art critic harris faulkner has details from the breaking newsdesk. >> my parents are watching and they are really laughing. it's a 1969 painting by francis bacon. what would you pay for it? somebody bought it for whopping $142.4 million. at christie's post war and contrary art sale yesterday. and apparently the bidding got a
little chippy. a lot of drama in the room. people calling in, the auction went six minutes and the thing was off the market. what an interesting night. you know in terms of peeking into the art world for just a second. on the list balloon dog orange, 10-foot tall stainless steel sculpture and it went for 5million. an iconic andy warhol coca-cola number three as they call it, 57 million. in all christie's said the sale topped$91 million which is said to be the highest total for any single auction in history. that is all the art i know. jon? jon: the fed says inflation hasn't hit yet. >> they're not counting. jon: somebody has some money out there. >> no doubt. jon: harris faulkner, thank you. >> sure. jenna: speaking about money, we'll turn to big business news we're covering here on "happening now." apparently there is official word now and change in the timeline. the united states is set to become the world's top oil producer in two years, in 2015.
that is according to the international energy agency. and that's thanks in part to the boom in shale oil. it comes along with good economic news, lower gas prices. "the wall street journal" report that is the gas prices are the lowest in 33 months. they're expected to say there. that combined with surging stocks and record-breaking run for the market, it is causing us to wonder why some economists and why are consumers still a little bit tentative about this economy? joining us now, steve moore, senior economics writer for "the wall street journal." economists aside, steve, we're not necessarily seeing consumers popping the champagne saying everything is great in this economy. why not? with that type of news, why not? >> let's start with the good news, jenna because this is my favorite story and a pro-america story of innovation and ingenuity. the fact that we have so dramatically increased our oil and natural gas output over the last few years and the fact that we are now, believe it or not, jenna, we're number one.
we're the number one oil and gas producer in the world. who would have predicted that five or 10 or 20 years ago when people thought we were running out of this stuff. not a great story. we're not running out of it. we're running into it. jenna: let me ask you, steve. you've been out to the today -- dakotas, too look at this. our competitors, and when i say competitors, saudis, that this is boom and bust. it will go away soon. not just our oil markets but the stork markets have had this type of run we've haven't seen in several years. are we in danger of being on the boom side of a bubble perhaps, seeing something else come up that we should be tentative about? maybe we should have concerns about? >> great question. let me answer the first part of that. no, this is not just a temporary boom. we have, through fracking and other new technologies and drilling we've basically tripled the amount of oil and gas we have in this country. we have more of it than saudi arabia or any other
country. by the way, within six or seven years, jenna, we could be exporting oil and gas, rather than importing it. think of what that does to the economy. you asked the question why isn't this filtering into a bigger boom in the economy. jenna: right. >> and i think the answer to that question, jenna, people are still very worried about washington. and what have been talking about for the last three or four weeks? all of the cataclysmic problems with obamacare. there is talk in the budget talks about raising taxes. all of those things put businesses in kind of a holding pattern until they find out how this is going to work. we had a story in our paper, on our editorial page today, showing that small businesses are terrified the impact that obamacare will have on their customers and whether they can keep their health plans. jenna: it is interesting to see consumer confidence not recover as quickly after other times where we've seen some sort of brinksmanship in washington. right now the dow has advanced for five consecutive weeks. it is up 20% so far this year.
>> yeah. jenna: the last time we've seen that is back in 2003. >> yeah. jenna: steve, one question viewers have as we look at markets, they're down a little bit today, what do the next several weeks look like for the markets and the end of the year? that is when things get a little bit tricky and what should we be watching for? >> you're right, we've seen quite a boom in the stock market especially the last couple months and investors, we're all investors. i hate this idea that the stock market goes up only benefits rich people. we all have 401(k) plans and retirement plans and pension plans an ira's. this is something universally benefit to the american people and makes us all wealthier. whether this is going to continue for the next few months. jenna, if i knew the answer to that question, i wouldn't be on the show right now but i'm somewhat, i am somewhat optimistic we'll see continued strong market. look, we can get past budget problems and obamacare, i'm very optimistic about 2014, i really am but we've got to get past, we
have to figure out what we'll do with the health care system. my goodness, jenna, this is 1/8 of the economy, just the health care system. jenna: if we did as many stories about boom in oil and headlines, refiners producing more gasoline than drivers need, if we have stories like that instead of politics story would be interesting the effects what people feel is happening with the economy. maybe a topic for another day. great to see you as always. thank you. >> i would never pay $142 million for the painting. i don't even like that painting. >> everybody is a critic. that is our right here in this country. jon: three paintings in one. it is a series. >> three for the price of one. jenna: it's a bargain, steve. steve, thank you. >> take care. jon: there is brand new research now finding that pg 13 movies are more violent than ever. is it something we should worry about or just a sign of what moviegoers really want to see? we'll debate it fair and balanced coming up. plus millions of people on
jon: now fox news extreme weather alert. a blast of arctic air sweeping across much of the eastern seaboard, bringing bitter cold and record low temperatures. meteorologist rick reichmuth is live in the fox extreme weather center with more. it is cold, rick. >> feels more in a lot of places like it feels in january about two months ahead of time. it is across the eastern half of the country. you're right now only 43 in dallas. all the way toward new orleans you are 48 degrees. there is warmth though. l.a., you're at 77 degrees, almost getting to 80 degrees. another freeze tonight down toward atlanta and mississippi and alabama. temps will be into the 20s and 30s. a very cold night in store. this does begin to change by tomorrow, wednesday, thursday. we start to see this big trough that we see switch directions.
the wind will move out of the south finally. that will warm things up for everybody by this weekend. we'll see temperatures back into at least closer where we should be for this time of year, say into the 50s by friday. new york, mid 50s, down towards areas of the southeast. but a little bit below average. we'll see a big change in the pattern. get ready across parts of the west. a big trough moves into the weekend. we're talking about snow across intermountain west and colder air moves toward that area. jon: you're a skier. you look forward to that. >> i'm excited. jon: rick, thank you. jenna: well now to some brand new research showing that is raising some questions for parents on just how much violence is actually being shown in movies your children are watching. this is according to a brand new study just published this week in the medical journal, "pediatrics." it looks at gun violence in general in pg 13 movies. it says the violence has tripled
since 1985. they drew results after examining 30 top grossing movies from 1950 through 2012. not only more violence in films as we mentioned but pg-13 films contain just as much or even more violence than movies rated r. joining me to discuss this, liz stern a parenting blogger and founder of moms.com. along with jedediah biel law, fox news contributor and former high school academic dean and advisor. great to have you both here. the takeaway, here is example of what one of the researchers said. it is disturbing that pg-13 movies are filled with so much gun violence. we know movies teach children how adults behave and they make guns use appear exciting and attractive. what do you think about that, liz? is that the takeaway here, that movies are causing children to be more violent? >> i don't think we can place the blame on the movies for
making children more violent, however, what i do think is that we have to as parents recognize that these films are violent and that our children shouldn't be exposed to them until they are a certain age. and or, if your child can handle that film. we can't blame the movies but can say as a parent and educator to our children we want to take them away from these films and we want to, you know, put them in more innocent films and have them watch more innocent films, honestly than these violent films. the violence it will help the children think about things are more violent and play more violently. we don't want that. we can't to -- want to be as innocent as we can. jenna: speaking of a mom of two boys. >> yeah. jenna: you want to keep them young. that is why we had pg-13 ratings, one of signs, jedediah, maybe this is not a film for your kid or should you had be there. are the ratings irrelevant right now? >> it's a tough time being a parent.
in modern times being twitter what it is and facebook what it is, and television, they can access movies online if they don't see them in the theater. it is tough time to be a parent and engaged and follow what your kids are doing. we are creating desire for this. we are paying for these films. parents you can see the superhero movie even if it involves a lot of violence. they wouldn't do it if they didn't know there was market for it and it exists is reality. parents need to ad just to the reality. saying listen, if i don't want my kid exposed i can be involved. i don't take them to the theater. jenna: similar point to what you're saying are parents part of the problem here? >> parents are big part of problem. my nine-year-old, i know for a fact he wants to see batman the dark knight. he can't see it. it is not happening. mom, all my friends have seen it. i'm glad they have but you're not seeing it. parents takeing a step back saying that movie is not
appropriate. that videogame is not appropriate. certain things are not appropriate for children to see and be exposed to. jenna: this study was focused on movies. jedediah, you brought it up. one of issues for researchers that kids can pull up pg-13 movies online. i don't know about you guys, i don't see teenagers are pulling up movies but youtube, dumb stunts that are dangerous. sometimes on skateboards, whatever they're doing. how do you control that? that is something kids can do so easily doesn't have to do with movies? >> look no further than video games. a lot of kids spend time looking at videogames. it is cultural issue. that is fine. unless you address cultural issues that violence is more accepted. it is more accepted among young people. parents are starting to say this is what is culturally acceptable this is what is society is acceptable so instead of battling against that -- jenna: acceptable to watch, not acceptable to do.
this is what kids watch these days. this is what kids do these days. parents should combat that and say, not my kid. jenna: what do you do with that? the television is on, youtube. >> tell you what you do. you have to watch and monitor the children. parents are so busy and everyone so involved with everyone else. we as parents need to know what our children are doing. when my son goes on youtube what are you watching? let me see what you're watching. see what you're doing. i need to know what the children, my six-year-old, was looking up stuff, i remember for about spongebob other day that was not appropriate. you can not be doing this or i am going to block this. jenna: where do you think the line is drawn, jedediah? where should it be if it ace community issue and it is parents and friends of parents raising children? we do have different organizations are putting ratings on, you know, the videogames and the movies, where is the role of government or some sort of oversight? maybe government is not the right agency to come in and say, there is a certain amount of
censorship? we don't have certain things in movie theaters that are not deemed appropriate. >> i don't think this is issue that government is going to fix. this is an issue parents are going to fix. you know what, even good parents, you can't monitor your kid all the tile. what you can do is talk to them about it. jenna: should we take out the ratings then? pg-13, r, does that not even matter? >> you can keep ratings in and have understanding that ratings are modeled to society and they will change. not enough to look at rating this is are r or rated pg-13. that will dictate my parenting. you have to do research as parent. there is certain regulation that exist. no matter in society, you can overregulate you want and don't have good parenting and good advice, good conversations home in the nuclear family you will have trouble no matter what. jenna: a lot of pressure guys. sound like you have a good hold on things. tell us, lyss, tell us maybe we
can look for your blog, what you are allowing your nine-year-old. can't see batman. >> that is "the dark knight." not yet. not happening. >> watch out for the new thor movie coming out. >> disney's "frozen" recommend it for the holidays. jenna: nice to have alternatives out there. jedediah, great to see you both. thank you so much. jon: thor carry as hammer. growing concerns about potential obamacare fraud. we're learning of a little-known provision that could give free health insurance to enrollees who choose to default on their premiums. fox business network's elizabeth macdonald joins us to explain how that might happen. >> good to be with you, jon. buried in nearly 11,000 pages of the affordable care act is a little-known provision that could cost doctors and hospitals a lot of money. three months of free health care to enrollees in these exchanges
if these consumers choose to default on premiums. people who get tax subsidies to buy insurance on the exchange get a three-month grace period. if they can not pay the premium they have to cancel the to sis. only repercussion or fallout, these individuals have to wait to enroll again on health exchanges the following year. jon, health experts say this is a green light for fraud. jon: what does that mean for doctors and hospitals? >> it means doctors and hospitals have to pick up the tab if patients default on insurance in the exchanges. in fact regulations for the new health reform law says doctors and hospitals themselves have to get patients to pay up if they default. back to you, jon. jon: of course, leave it to them to collect. liz macdonald, thank you. >> sure. >> we're looking at a massive house fire in california and a surprising discovery by firefighters inside. we'll tell you about that. a new strategy against heart disease and stroke.
what doctors want adults to consider taking next. >> we were thinking, depending how this goes, do a live audience some day. >> i like it. and a band. >> for sure. >> coming up at the top of the hour, we're going to have all sorts of new information for you in terms of whether or not obama care will be ready by the end of the month and will it be secure. >> but those hearings are still going on. plenty of details on that. get your popcorn ready. see you at the top of the hour. when you have diabetes like i do,
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dozens of marijuana plants inside. you can imagine the smoke from this one smelled kind of funny. jenna: truly out of this world picture. nasa releasing the first image of saturn in which its moons and rings are visible along with earth, venus and mars. the spacecraft that took this photo which was made possible because saturn was blocking out the sun and images show saturn and earth, that show both saturn and earth are very rare. that is because the sun is close to earth, photographing earth along with saturn would damage the spacecraft centers. at least we have one good picture when we need it. jon: my favorite planet, of course besides earth of course. jenna: goodies claimer, just in case. >> doctors announced a dramatic shift in how to target high cholesterol. they unveiled new guidelines focusing on risk factors. this could double the number of americans taking statins.
so who would be affected? dr. lisa mater is a cardiologist and joins us now. i guess it is not clear, not even the heart association and those that made these recommendations know exactly what this is going to do to the number of people taking cholesterol lowering medications, right, doctor? >> i think so. i think we do know we'll see a lot more people on this medication. i think the good news is that now we're going to target our highest risk patients and we're going to put them only on one drug as opposed to numerous drugs. so it will be a little bit easier once we can target the right patient. jon: i was surprised to learn there about what, a quarter of american adults over 40 taking cholesterol lowering drugs but the recommendations from the heart association are that the number, the cholesterol number is not necessarily the factor anymore. it's whether or not you're at risk for a heart attack or a stroke. >> that's correct. we're looking at you as your
risk as a person. so we're looking at what you do, what kind of exercise you do. what your blood pressure is and what your age is. and we're predicting your risks. so we know if you have diabetes, whether type one or type two, you're at a greater risk for heart attack and stroke. so we'll target you. importantly is that, it is independent, sometimes even of your age. if your cholesterol is so high, new guideline and over 20 and cholesterol is high, over 190, we'll target you. it is new well target someone at such a young age. jon: ldl is the bad cholesterol. until now if your ldl was at 190 or higher, doctors gave you statins to lower it right? >> right. jon: now the suggestion is the numbers are not as important but the risk factors. some people who might have cholesterol levels that high might not get statins?
>> no. if your number is that high you will still get a statin over 191. jon: i see. >> however if it is lower than that and you do not smoke, your risk, we're saying you have a low risk of a heart attack over 10 years, saying 7%, 7.5%, and you can go online figur what your risk is, yes, we're going to have you live a very healthy lifestyle and not care as much as, as what that particular number is. so i think it will be hard for us to we're very go oriented people and like to look for a goal or a target. it will be kind of hard to eliminate what the goal is and just try to stay healthy being on medication without a particular plan what we're trying to achieve in terms of a goal. jon: sounds like you don't think it will make things necessarily easy for people? my understanding they were trying to make it simpler, not go through the five-step test that was required before you
could get on statins? >> i think so. it's going to be easier in the sense we know which people should be on the medication, right away. if you had a heart attack. heart attack surgery. have any clogged arteries or diabetes. these are people to target. makes it easier in that sense. it will be harder but it will be hardtory convince the people to go on medication and it's going to be harder to convince them to stay on a high dose of medication without a goal knowing whether or not actually in their mind getting benefit from the drug. jon: we'll see what happens as these new medications are phased in. doctor, a cardiologist in l.a., thank you. jenna: we'll stay with the health beat. could school nurses soon be a thing of the past? a new trend revolutionizing health care for students. a very interesting story. laura ingle will join us with that coming up next.
jenna: there is a new health care trend taking hold and called pelley medicine. bringing doctors in the schools across the country and providing virtual care for kids that need it the most. interesting way to have a school nurse without having a school nurse. laura ingle is here to tell us about it. >> often a trip to the school nurse's office ends the parent leaving work and kid leaving school. this was designed to help treat patients in rural areas is helping kids in cities stay at school. >> stick your tongue way out. go, hawaii. >> this 6-year-old has asthma
and frequently in and out of the hospital for her chronic condition. >> how are you doing, sweetie? >> good. >> normally her follow-up voice wit a pediatrician would require to miss class. with the health-e, access program offered by the university of rochester medical center can be seen by a doctor via videoconference while still at school. her vital signs are up loaded to laptop by a telemedicine tech from the school. parents say telemedicine the parents like it. >> we want to make our telemedicine system, the way we designed it for follow-up visits of cronic conditions we need to check every few months or illnesses not horribly serious. >> she says while she likes seeing doctor in person this way beats missing school. >> which do you like better? >> seeing through the computer screen. >> really?
why? >> because of school. >> schools don't charge anything. it is all handled through local insurance. spokesman for the american medical association, if used properly telemedicine services could be fine but shouldn't replace traditional office visits. roughly 10 million people were served by virtual house calls according to the american telemedicine health association. a number expected to double next year. jenna: that is very cool. we could use that at work for a while. wait a minute. i like why kids like to see the nurse. jon: teleconference from home. i won't be in today. >> very interesting, laura. >> thank you, guys. jenna: great report. jon: valentine's day 2015 is going to be a slightly different color, red and pink might be out. there's a new announcement on the "50 shades of grey" film. , next.
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we knout 50 shades of grey is set to debue with valentine's day. >> thanks for joining us. >> bill and ally is next. there are new developments as white house officials behind the obama care debacle is grilled on capitol hill. here's what happened. >> i believe as public servants we have a shared goal to deliver to americans the service they deserve and expect. since day one only six people got to the end, for the american people understanding whatever the capacity today, it was insufficient on day one, is that correct? >> to provide
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