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>> thank you very much. thanks to all of you, a great time as always, that's it for the cost of freedom block today. thank you for joining us everybody, have a great weekend. stay warm out there. >> . >> brian: a kiss is just a kiss unless you circumvent security to deliver it. the man who police say caused the newark airport to be shut down in the middle of holiday travel has been arrested and his friends are talking. a chilling message beyond the grave. the man believed to have killed seven cia agents in a suicide bombing vows revenge on a new video surfacing on the internet and massachusetts is among the bluest of the blue states, but is there actually a chance that a republican might win a seat once held by ted kennedy? new polls show a much tighter race than anyone expected. i'm brian wilson, i'll ab the news headquarters live from the nation's capital starts
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right now. it's a frightening message from the grave. a short time ago a videotape surfaced of the suicide bomber who killed seven cia employees in afghanistan. in it he calls for militants to attack u.s. targets. this is what we are up against. caroline shively joins us from washington with details. hello, caroline. >> hello do you, brian. revenge in a just released videotape released the jordanian says that's why he killed operatives in afghanistan because they killed a pakistani taliban leader with a missile strike in august and says he turned down millions of dollars from the u.s. and jordan who wanted him to spy on other militants and the authenticity of the tape hasn't been confirmed by officials, but the father says it is his son. the man thought to be him taped the video shortly before he went on the u.s. base and blew up seven cia employees and himself in afghanistan. a pakistani television report says that the double agent
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shared jordanian and u.s. secrets with militants before the attack and says on the tape, quote, we will never forget the blood of our year, referring to the ted taliban leader, the jordanian tells other jihadists it's their duties to go after america hardest. >> this attack will be the first of the operation, against their team, afghanistan and pakistan border. >> washington post reports before the blast the vehicle sped through the check point on base and when he stepped out to be checked by security guards he quickly detonated the bond sending steel pelts ripping through him and more than a dozen people near him. an anonymous former official calls meeting an asset like that a bad trade craft. leon panetta lashed out at critics who say those who lost their lives somehow brought it on themselves.
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panetta writes in the past year we have a done exceptionally heavy damage to al-qaeda and its associates, that's why the extremists hit back. and the father blames america for turning the wife into a widow and sons into orphans. >> brian: caroline shively, thank you very much. between the fort hood shootings and the christmas bomb incident in detroit washington d.c. has a lot on its mind when it comes to national security. malini wilkes with the latest on what washington wants to do to help keep you safe. hello. >> hello, brian. another national security review is getting underway. this one looking at intelligence failures in both the case of the underwear bomber and the fort hood shooter. former cia director mcglauk lynn has been appointed to lead a small team of national security experts. they'll examine information leading up to the incidents and may address any potential weaknesses reviews and hearings on the detroit bound
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airliner is well and good, it's time to act like we're a nation at war. pete king urged passage of a keep terrorists out of america act. the bill backed by republicans tried to prevent terrorists held at gitmo from being transferred to u.s. soil. >> it's a good reason why the government has such a hard time transferring these terrorist detainees to other countries. they are the worst of the worst. no one should want them. that's why we put in place a process by which the terrorists should be held and tried as enemy combatants. >> former democratic co-chair of the 9/11 commission thinks that all of washington needs to make counterterrorism a top priority. >> will that sense of urgency that governor cane and i have called fo for since the 9/11 commission happen not just at the presidential level where it has to happen, but the political leadership of the country, congress and other
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places? >> meantime a senior administration official tell a plot on the fort hood shootings will mott be released until after the pentagon releases its report. brian, that's later this month. back to you. >> brian: malini, thank you very much. remember the man allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. two more associates are under arrest, one of those men was in court this morning. he was arrested yesterday after crashing his car while being tailed by authorities. another man, al medsy pleaded not guilty yesterday to a false statement accusing him of lying to the fbi. both men reportedly traveled to pakistan in 2008 with terror skt zazi, zazi pleaded not guilty to conspiring to u.s. mass weapons of destruction. police in london have arrested three men who allegedly made a bomb threat at heathrow airport. passengers were evacuated from
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an emirates airline plane about to take off for dubai. police found nothing suspicious and passengers were put in a hotel overnight and. the man was trying to give his girlfriend a goodbye kiss, but to do so he breached security at newark airport. it led to the airport being shut down for hours, and delayed thousands of holiday travelers. well, now, that man has been identified apparently. laura ingle joins us from new york with details. hello, lori. >> hi, brian, it took a lot of leg work to identify the man who snarled travelers plans for days. after a lot of rewinding of surveillance tapes investigators found their man and tracked him down to find out just what kind of security threat this guy really posed. his name is jiang, a 25-year-old graduate student from china studying at rutgers university. this video pulled from terminal c shows how jiang went around the security guard station after he was reportedly told to stay put
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and then ducks under the rope once the guard walks away. jiang is then seen walking arm and arm into the secure area with his girlfriend. so, after following up on numerous leads, port authority police found him at his home in new jersey yesterday. he was questioned and taken into custody. he will be charged with defiant trespass, which carries a $500 fine. jiang's roommates told jiang never mentioned the airport incident and don't think that jiang believed initially that this was a serious matter. >> i don't know, i don't know what he think about. >> wow. >> too long his girlfriend,-- >> the thousands of travelers who were inconvenienced by jiang's slip through security weren't laughing and took hours in some cases days to get a flight home after the terminal was swept by bomb
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sniffing dogs. saying that jiang's actions were premeditated. even though it was relatively benign, it was a terrible injustice for the travelers. he's scheduled for municipal court next week and no word if he's hired a lawyer. >> brian: laura ingle, thank you very much. this is just in from the associated press. they are reporting that intelligence officials now say suspected u.s. missiles killed two people in pakistan's north waziristan tribal area. the area has been a hot bed of violence since the pakistani government cracked down on taliban militants there. we'll continue to bring you new information about this and as it becomes available. again, this has been an area of where the cia has been putting a lot of attention of late. the new york times is reporting that senior white house advisors are frustrated by the pentagon's slow pace in deploying additional 30,000 troops into afghanistan, citing anonymous officials,
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tensions over the deployment schedule are growing among others. vice-president joe biden, white house chief of staff rahm emanuel and top military commanders. one national security advisor denied any problems with the pentagon. federal grand jury has been convened to investigate whether the now infamous white house party crashers salahi's made false statements to get in the dinner. the presence of a third party crasher at the dinner, newly discovered photos posted on line by guests identify the third party crashers as carlos allen, a man who himself may have ties to the salahis, no word if the they've been subpoenaed. they issued a statement saying if called to testify they would plead the fifth amendment.
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what was once the safest senate seat for democrats might not be so safe anymore. a new rasmussen poll shows tightening race in massachusetts with only two weeks for a special election to fill ted kennedy's seat. the latest poll has democrats martha coakley leading senator scott brown 50-41%. previously coakley had been leading by more than 20 points. the year is young, but can we expect some political slug fesses along the way? some washington heavy weights will be missing from at that battle. take a listen. >> i have been a connecticut senator for 30 years. i'm very proud of the job i've done and the results delivered. but none of us is irreplaceable. >> brian: this week, three big democrats throw in the towel. are the democrats in for a tough year? larry sabato director of university of virginia center for politics and author of "the year of obama" is here to
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help us sort out this year's political landscape. good to see you. >> thank you, brian. >> brian: let's talk first of all the thing about has a few tongues wagging in political circles, whether or not a seat held by ted kennedy as long as anyone can really remember may, may, there's a chance, could be picked up by the publics? how good a chance do the republicans have in this race? >> it's amazing it's even close, brian. you know me, i'm a tough hardened analyst and i don't believe in massachusetts for ted kennedy's seat you're going to have a republican elected. look, if it's even close, it sends a message. what's the message? well, it's a special election, that means lower turnout. who turns out. who has the energy right now? the republicans have the energy in 2010 and that's why i think in november republicans are likely to do better because republicans are disproportionately going to turn out at the polls across the country for the
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congressional and gubernatorial electionsment right there, you know, you've got nine points and there's another poll, by the way, that also confirms that it's within ten points. so that's amazing in and of itself. regardless of the outcome. >> interestingly enough, i've heard that democrats in the state are now sort of making plans that if the republican were to win, well, they might not certify them in any quick way so that they would still have 60 votes in the senate on health care. >> well, they might try it. of course, you can imagine the firestorm of criticism that would come from that if it actually happened. i just think that's highly unlikely, i think they'd have to give in, but of course, tricks are played. i know this shocks you, brian, having been around washington for a long time. are you kidding, does that happen? >> yes, it does and i don't want to tell people more, it may make them cynical. >> not you and i, we'll never be cynical. >> the other democrats who decide they're not going to run, it opens up opportunities for republicans, especially what is it, in south dakota?
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>> in north dakota. >> north dakota. >> well, you know, they look alike on the map and great places and very different. but byron dorgan was a long-term senator and congressman, he had been in congress since 1980. this was a shock that he dropped out. and look, he didn't drop out in isolation, he had an extremely tough opponent coming in the governor, john hoven of north dakota, a republican governor of north dakota in public and private polls, hoven was destroying dorgan, 20 points or more. so i think that played into his decision regardless of what he says publicly and i don't care who the democrats run now in north dakota, my crystal ball has put that seat solidly in the republican column. the governor will win that seat so long as he runs. >> brian: well, swammee sabato take a look at the crystal ball and tell me your long range predictions how it's going to play out. >> i think republicans right now are on track to pick up
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about 27 house seats, on track to pick up three or four senate seats and they're going to pick up some net governorships in part, brian, and this is really quite amazing, 21 governorships are being vacated. you're going to have another three, four, five governors defeated in primaries and general elections, that means at this time next year, a majority of the governors will be taking office for the first time. that's a made to order situation for republicans as well. so in all three categories, i think they're going to pick up net seats and, brian, the senate is the key there, remember, they're not going to take over the senate they don't have enough opportunities, but if they can bring democrats below the 60 mark by three or four, they'll be able to sustain filibusters and that will change the dynamics in washington. >> brian: larry, always good to have you on. >> thank you, brian, thanks. the red of the dnc and rnc, tim cane and michael steele
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respectively will have much to say. they're joining fox news sunday tomorrow. take your listings for time and channel. the dispute over the word by allah by non-muslims is getting violent. increasing among christian groups. a fourth church in malaysia has been hit by fire bombs. david piper joins us via stream box from bangkok with more on this story, hello, david. >> hi, brian, yes, what started these attacks was a ruling by malaysian court which said that non-muslims can refer to allah in their publications, now, the court ruling followed a petition by malaysia's roman catholic church whose main publication herald uses the word allah in the edition. and it applies to the bibles. more than 10,000 copies were seized last year by authorities because they translated god as allah.
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now, the herald says it's edition is read mainly by christian indigenous tribes, who speak languages and pray mostly in merlay. and there are substantial ethic chinese and indian minorities who practice christianity, buzism and hinduism. the ruling angered many muslims who see it as a threat to their religion. >> we live in a multi-racial country with all harmony. everybody has been good, so good to each other, why there are some people trying to do all this p. i think they are so fool iish. >> the debate has though split the muslim community in
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malaysia with some scholars and m p's saying it's right that christians can use the word allah, but the malaysian government says it can be very confusing for malay muslims in the country and could influence them to convert to christianity, brian. >> brian: david piper reporting from bangkok, thank you, david. well, i don't know if it's called where you are, cold where i am. much of the nation suffering from a bone chilling cold wave. many temperatures below zero. meteorologist domenica davis is here with today's chilly forecast, what's the latest? >> we're looking at cold tempts that's gone as far as the south and we've been talking about it all week. a look at the current temperatures where there actually is parts of northern florida had a little bit of sleet and freezing rainment they don't typically see that. but in many areas they're seeing overnight lows below 32 degrees for the past six or
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seven consecutive days so we're talking chilly air and tonight is no exception. tonight's lows some of the coldest, 26 for orlando, 14 in tallahassee, what you'll be dealing with tomorrow morning when you wake up. a look at the radar is still showing the bulk of the rain in the country down to the south. you can see a little bit of snow, sleet. that was the case a few hours ago to the north of orlando and other than that, a pretty quiet weather pictures and a for the most part, high pressure is the dominant weather feature and that's reinforcing this cool air. the wind will ease up a little bit, but we're having significant wind chill in minneapolis that's making the feel-like temperature minus 16 degrees so the cold hangs on for another day. some good news because we will have a little bit of mild air that will start to move into the plains by tomorrow and then eventually, it will make its way down to the south by end of next week. >> brian: all right, domenica davis, thank you very much. it almost sounds too good to be true. a screening system that can
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see through clothes without leaving a person exposed, but does it really work? also, doctors cool a man's body temperature and stop his heart on purpose. those stories and more when we return. brian wilson in washington, stay with us, a lot going on in your saturday. we'll have an update about that missile strike in the peshawar region. stay with us. eeeeeeeee
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>> this is a fox news alert. new information coming into our news room from the associated press about that missile strike in the peshawar region, northern waziristan in pakistan. two intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. missile strike killed two people. the saturday strike was the 6th in about a week in the area according to the ap. two missiles fired by an
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unmanned drone, probably u.s. operated and in an area that's the strong hold of the hakani network and three people have been wounded and speak on condition of anonymity and this network is suspected in involvement in the september 30th attack on a cia base in afghanistan that killed seven americans. i think you see the connection, the cia not letting any time pass before they take action following that attack. we'll continue to keep you up-to-date on that. in light of the heightened airport security feds are cracking down on unruly passengers. federal charges charges are pending against a man who allegedly disrupt add san francisco pound flight resulting in the plane diverting to colorado with a military escort. two f-16's were launched yesterday morning to catch up with the plane following reports that an intoxicated passenger, mohammed of virginia locked himself in the bathroom and refused to follow
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crew instructions to take his seat. on a different pound bound for hawaii diverted to los angeles after a man was accused of harassing a female passenger. the man was released after the woman declined to press charges. it's a screening system that can show what's hidden under your clothes. without the privacy concern of bid scanners, but can it detect powder, plastic and liquid explosives? phil keating takes a look at thermal imagery. >> reporter: one of these people is wearing a nonlethal explosive vest, similar to the kind worn by suicide bombers. using thermal sensory technology is quickly becomes clear with a distinct black shape, which person that is. >> anything that blocks the body's natural heat energy shows up in black on the screen rnths bill has spent years designing this anti-terrorism system and says its strengths, it can detect
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deadly weapons on a person without invading privacy, the criticism of millimeter wave bodien scanners, 40 of those are in place with 150 more coming this year and we tested mock versions of c-4 plastic and you can see 4 bine 4 inch block. tested a small bottle of gel and that showed up in a black shape and in light of the christmas day attack where he had a bag of harmless powder. we had the powder in his crotch and it, too, showed up blocking body heat. >> we don't image any and tomorrow cal features, no privacy concerns. we're not looking at the body or the skin we're looking at the skin. >> it's trying to sell itself for the department of homeland security, and monitor large or security sensitive crowds and for that reason, one tampa bay
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area sheriff's department just bought two, in tampa, phil keating, fox news. >> brian: chuck schumer is telling the airline industry they might want to think twice about flying into airports with shabby security. we'll ask former tsa security administrator what to do to keep the skies safe when we come back.
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>> >> the man suspected of
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shutting down the newark airport for hours over a kiss has been identified and arrested. caroline shively has more on that and other stories. >> hi, brian, 24-year-old man of new jersey faces a trespassing charge and possible $500 fine. authorities say he's been released from custody. senators frank lawtonberg of new jersey says the punishment isn't severe enough. >> apparently it was on a relatively benign mission, the fact of the matter is what he did was a terrible injustice to the over 10,000 people, 16,000 people who were inconvenienced terribly. >> reporter: he's expected of slipping under a barrier into a passengers only area to say goodbye to his girlfriend last sunday and the security breach snarled flights worldwide. a second suspect in the new york city terror probe is expected to be arraigned this afternoon.
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he was arrested friday after he crashed his car while he was under surveillance. a law enforcement official says shortly before the arrest he dialed 911 and ranted in arabic, we love death more than you love life. he's linked to an alleged al-qaeda associate plotting to attack new york with homemade bombs. vice-president joe biden's mother has passed away. the vice-president says she died in wilmington, delaware yesterday and surrounded by family and loved ones and jean biden a mother to a daughter and two other sons and leaves behind ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. she was 92 years old. those are your top stories right now. brian, back to you. >> brian: thanks, caroline. today in yemen, anti-terrorist combat forces staged training exercises this as a heightened security alert is underway in the country. fox "news radio's" courtney keeley joins us from stream box with more, there's a little delay here, but courtney, what can you tell us about today's exercises?
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>> brian, it was really a show of show of force, and demonstration by the press for the department of the to show that they are going after al-qaeda. now, what you saw was, you saw yemini special forces, you didn't see the u.s. special forces that do train them and fund them. you saw them go after a nest of militants, adults that with live fire and then go after a hostage, try to free her in a house. it was a valiant attempt to show that they are serious in their fight here against al-qaeda, brian. >> brian: and how big is the al-qaeda presence in your estimation? >> well, the thing is, al-qaeda did shrink considerably in '06, but then it regegrew and it rebuilt. one of the top leaders now, used to be a personal aide to osama bin laden who walked out with him in tora bora and tunneled out of prison here in 2006.
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another interesting insidious al-qaeda leader was supposedly, they say, an american cleric awlaki was given information or guidance, but now think he's recruiting people like the fort hood shooter and like the nigerian man who tried to bring down the flight on christmas day. >> brian: that's courtney kealy from yemen. in the wake of the christmas day bombing attempt, new rules call for enhanced security measures in 14 specified countries. is that enough? what does the u.s. need to do to make international flights safer? joining me now former tsa administrator kip, thanks for joining us, good to have you with us. you've heard what the united states government is asking, what the tsa is asking other countries to do. is it enough in your estimation? >> i think it's a first step and they're probably doing it based on the intelligence that they have that there may be other plots out there and they want to be sure that what they
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know about is covered, so, i would view it as a short-term thing that is aimed at a specific potential threat. the longer term is very important that they have a comprehensive multinational strategy so you don't have each country doing its own thing. it's very important to be coordinated so that al-qaeda can't go shopping, basically, for places to go to come to the united states. we need to make sure that the security net across the globe is strong. >> brian: can i ask you a question, there's a lot of controversy about the new body scanners that want to be placed in. what's your take on that? >> well, i think they're necessary and the privacy protections put in place are really strong, which a lot of people are concerned about if my neighbor works at tsa, is that person going to see me in the scanner? the answer is no, the person looking at the image cannot see the person, doesn't know the name, doesn't know anything about it. and the person talking to the passenger never sees the scan
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so they do have privacy measures that are very strong. it's a very effective method for getting at people who bring things under their clothes and i know tsa has been working on this for a year, year and a half, the specific case of somebody trying to bring something through in the groin area and this is the technology that takes that off the table. >> brian: okay. i have a couple of-- so many things i want to ask you. tsa doesn't have a director right now or administrator right now. and it seems to be that that nomination has sort of gotten balled up in controversy. any thoughts about that? >> yes, i think the tsa, one of the strengths of the tsa is that the senior leadership team that's there, the career folks, have a sense of personal accountability and that it's not a case of well, we need to have a leader and if something goes wrong it's on that person, i think there's a very deep sense in the leadership team that they own what happens on the aircraft and the person running it, they'll receive the 30 year law enforcement
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person, they're a very experienced team. what they're missing is the face of tsa, somebody to come out and talk to the public about what tsa is doing and i think when they have somebody who is part of the obama administration they'll feel more comfortable letting tsa out. >> one other thing, the newark incident we saw pictures of that guard who sort of diverted had i attention for a moment and somebody slipped in. you've seen the video no doubt. what do you think ought to be done to that particular guard? >> well, i think they're taking action on it, but it highlights the fact that everybody everywhere has to be on their game at all times. and that means not just through a high threat environment like we're in now, but also, next year, the year after, it's a-- it's a daunting task and i think what you raised right at the beginning about the international nature of it is also true, that it not only has to be at newark, at every gate, at every exit lane, it has to be at the international destinations and that's where
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the focus needs to be. >> all right, thank you, mr. kip hawley, former tsa administrator, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, brian. >> well what, is health care reform going to cost you? depends on which bill and whether the house or senate dominates the final draft. chief correspondent jim angle takes a look at what health care could mean for your wallet. >> both the house and the senate needs to raise lots of new revenue to cover the cost of reform. the house wants to impose a 5.4% sur tax on those with gross income of $500,000 a year or more, a money raising move with no impact on health care, but some think taxing the wealthy is a good move. >> they got a tax cut from president bush. >> the senate on the other hand raises the biggest chunk of revenues through a 40% tax on so-called cadillac plans.
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costing $43,000 a family. the president embraced the attacks and described as the intended impact. i think ideally what it's going to do is encourage consumers and employers buying the plants, making sure they put pressure on insurance companies to find ways to lower cost. >> many say it will make it so expensive employers will drop them. jody by wall street bankers and those who enjoy those plans are union members and state government employees. >> a lot of those with cadillac plans have chevy wages and made it controversial and an issue of contention. >>, but it's even more controversial than many union members realize because under the senate plan, they'll be paying more in income taxes. >> the smaller fraction of your compensation takes the form of health insurance and you actually see it in your pocket in terms of wagesment of course, when you get things in your pockets in terms of wages, you pay taxes on them.
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>> because health care benefits are not taxed, but wages are, and the senate is counting on raising 120 billion dollars in new taxes over the next ten years, the majority of which would come from the middle class. >> it turns out that a lot of people with cadillac plans, 95% are under $250,000. 50% comes from people under $100,000. so this is a big tax on the middle class. >> one of the things that president campaigned on was being against this very thing when john mccain talked about it. >> in fact, president obama even ran ads against mccain on this issue. >> mccain would make you pay income taxes on your health benefits. taxing health benefits the first time ever, we can't afford john mccain. >> that was then and this is now and the president's views have changed and the tax on cadillac plans would help reduce expenditures and unions who have them says it means a loss of benefits for them and they're pushing the house to fight against it.
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in washington, jim angle, fox news. >> well, in the medical world, you're always on the lookout for something called a cluster. these are groups of people who are experiencing a specific medical problem in unusually high numbers. if there are cancer clusters, you look to see if there are environmental issues that might be causing the problem. well, now researchers located autism clusters and the common denominator seems to be for some reason, the education levels of the parents. what is this all about? well, we turn now to dr. leigh vinocur, can you help me explain how this could be? why is it that education level seems to have an impact? >> they looked to see if there were environmental or biologic, four times more likely if you had college educated parents, white, older parents in late 30's and 40's it was also a little higher, not as much as college education itself. and i think it's because they're more aware, they
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understand it and they have more resources available to them to be able to really push for this diagnosis and be persistent. it's not like more autism was caused by this, they just have the diagnosis of autism more commonly. >> brian: you think it has to do with the fact that these people generally better educated and therefore might have the resources and the expertise to say, you know, i think this may be a case of autism? >> right, and to push the government to help them to push federal agencies, private agencies, to really say this is not normal. i see my other friends with kids and to really push for a diagnosis. >> brian: you mention though, there's one other factor there, that's slightly elevated and that's where the parents would have been older. isn't it true that most better educated people, most often wait longer to have children? >> they do, but they still weren't able to determine was there something going on in utero. now, there are other studies that look for things in utero that might have affected that and genetic factors, but this study specifically looks at
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this. back in the late 90's, there was a cluster in new jersey and it, too, was in predominantly white middle class neighborhoods. >> so are there other studies around the world that are sort of bare upon this? >> that's a good question, brian, in denmark they looked at this, a state based health care and resources were pretty much the same, they doesn't see a difference in socioeconomic groups and that points to the fact maybe there are some kids falling through the cracks. unfortunately, this is another study, can't tell us the awes of it. it's a devastating developmental disorder, but perhaps there are even children falling through the cracks who don't have the resources. >> brian: dr. leigh vinocur, good to have you here as always. >> a pleasure. >> brian: a mexican priest is gaining attention in the u.s. for unorthodox practices when it comes to church sacraments. casey stegall has more on this, hello, casey. >> reporter: brian, good to see you, we're talking about sacraments inside the roman catholic church.
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well, there are very strict rules. they're usually done by a parish, by a priest and almost always done for free. in fact, charging for sacraments is one of the oldest transgressions of the church, but apparently, happening more and more here in america according to clergy, especially in southern california. these underground first communions and baptistisms, happening in parks, hotel banquet rooms and parks and priests are coming from mexico and trying to raise money from their own parishes. >> sacraments are not to be sold. they're not to be bought by people. they're to be understood as gifts of god and clergy who charge people for these things distort the very meaning what it is for god to be a gift of giving creature. >> reporter: nowfore figueroa is one of the accused, and some clergy here in los
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angeles even sending memos to their own parishioners warning that he may be trying to do this here in america. but this priest is wildly popular in his own country of mexico with his own parish rolls around 8,000. figueroa says he's only trying to serve the community as best he can and he doesn't believe he's doing anything wrong. no word yet on whether he will face official sanction from his own bishop or the church itselfment brian. >> brian: casey stegall on the job in l.a. today. thank you very much, casey. a chilling message from the homicide bomber who killed seven cia employees in afghanistan. we'll tell you what he said in a just-received videotape. also, a sad farewell to a decorated army veteran who lost his life in that brutal attack. those stories and much more coming up right here on america's news headquarters. n, you may save a little money on your arthritis pain relief. but you could end up taking twice as many pills... compared to aleve. choose aleve, it just makes sense. just two aleve have the strength to relieve arthritis pain all day.
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>> >> this is a fox news alert. two intelligence officials tell the associated press the suspected u.s. missile strike killed two people in pakistan's north waziristan tribal area. this is the 6th in about a week in that area. the two missiles reportedly fired by an unmanned drone, you could probably mean this to read cia and hitting a house a strong hold for militants. this region has been a hot-bed of pakistani violence since they cracked down on the taliban and probably an attack against the hakani network which may have been responsible for that suicide bombing we've been telling you about. just released video, the suicide bomber who killed seven cia employees in afghanistan calls for more attacks against american targets. footage shows humam khalil abu mulal al-balawi sitting next to the leader of the pakistan taliban. and leon panetta tells "the
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washington post," he was about to be searched when he detonated explosives. funeral services are held for one of the men killed in attack. dayne paresi was hierl decorated commando for the security company formerly known as blackwater. his family said he'd won several medals for service in afghanistan and iraq, including a bronze star. well, is racial profiling necessary now in light of the christmas day terror plot to blow up an airliner bound for detroit. how far should we go? >> keep everybody safe, i think go for it. >> i think it's horrible if they're going to do it to someone they ought to do it to everyone. >> brian: these are questions circling the media for years, now it's back, is profiling racism or just the right thing to do, a struggle to survive? author, journalist and fox news contributor, liz trotta
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is here with her thoughts. we often ask you to take a look what's going on in the media and how it's responding to the big stories of the day. a lot of people say hey, it's time for us to make common sense profiling decisions, it's not racism. how is the media treating that? >> well, the debate is far different than it was in 1999 and 2000, when cases of discrimination on the part of state troopers in new jersey emerged. and that was a vicious debate and everybody agreed that racial profiling was bad. well, not everybody agreed, but that was the outcome of it. now, this is a much more civilized debate and much quieter debate. but once more, it doesn't reflect what the liberal media is saying doesn't reflect the will of the american people. let's take a quick look at the rasmussen poll which just came out yesterday or the day before, i believe. and according to a recent poll, 71% of the people polled
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said it's necessary to profile in today's environment. 18% thought it was an unnecessary violation of civil rights and 11% were unsure. now, again, 71% is a pretty big number, but if you read most of the liberal iconic papers, the new york times and "the washington post," they are full square against pro phiing. what the president did this week, which was to put 14 countries on a list, all of them muslim except cuba and say anybody who comes into the united states from these countries will be patted down and their handbags will be searched. now, that's a form of profiling, so, it's already to jetson now some of the old ideas whether or not we're going to full profiling because a lot of people think we really are. of course, the left is wading in. i always like the test the
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socialist websites, it's amusing, a government oppression, this isn't a word we've heard in a long time, oppression. >> brian: this is a difficult issue for a lot of people. i notice a group out there called cair, c-a-aye r. >> that's right. >> brian: they say look, our people are targeted at check points because we're wearing traditional arabic dress. >> that's true, well, of course the other side points out, who hijacks airplanes and shoots people and, it's the terrorists, well, the overwhelming majority happen to be muslim young men. so, allied with the idea, is the idea that we're in some sort of, and this is barack obama's argument, the exotic nature of this, it's not a war, it's a war of idea. not all wars are wars of ideas. that won't fly. and as far as the groups in
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this country, they say you're going to make it look like it's a war against islam. of course, that's what the president used to say and both president bushes and obama, but it looks as though obama may be stampeded into taking this profile idea and expanding it because it's what the people want despite what the media says. >> brian: liz trotta, thank you very much, good to have you with us. the thing is, we are very clearly in a war and these are the things we're going to have to discuss as a nation. well, senate majority leader harry reid says and this is a direct quote, he won't be pulling a dodd. the nevada democrat says he is absolutely running for reelection. this despite a new poll in the legislation journal, review journal showing that slightly more than have of nevada is unhappy with his performance. it's been a bad week for democrats with senator chris dodd's decision not to run again for his seat partly due to low poll numbers. well, ever wonder what happened to that bag the
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>> here are some of the stories stories we're following right now on america's news headquarters. new video of the bomber who killed seven cia agents in
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afghanistan, humam khalil abu mulal al-balawi is seen next to the leader of the pakistan taliban. the former jordanian doctor encourages to carry out attacks both inside and outside of the united states. california governor arnold schwarzenegger is asking for 6.9 billion with a b dollars in federal funds. he says if california doesn't get federal aid he will propose cutting assistance program and extension of tax breaks. he hopes to close a 19.9 billion dollar gap over some 18 months. this could be the last season for disney's hannah montana. oh, isn't everybody sad? television show which stars pop singer mily cyrus, a disney channel executive says the fourth of the series is likely to be the last, that production is scheduled to be begin later in the month and airing in the spring, i can't wait. and those are the top stories right now. >> talk about a travel delay. amtrak's california zephyr
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train pulled into denver's station, a snow bank called a 12 hour delay. multiple engine problems plagued rest of the trip and denver station 100 feet away the train had to stop yet again because of engine problems. it's a common worry for airport travelers, lost luggage. what happens to the baggage that for one reason or another never finds its way back to the rightful owner? they often end up for sale in all places, northeastern alabama. joining me on the phone is brenda cantrell, marketing director for the unclaimed baggage center in scottsboro, alabama where they have snow on the ground today she says. brenda, how do you get a hold of the bags and where do they come from? >> well, we actually have contacts with major carriers across the country. and we purchase the bags sight unseen only after 90 days, so the individuals can receive some form of payout from the
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airlines and once the bags sit there for 90 days and can't get back to the owner we purchase them and bring them to alabama. >> you find all kinds of interesting stuff, a lot of clothes in the pictures, but other interesting things do pop up from time to time. >> oh, you betcha. we've seen our fair share of oddities over the years. >> brian: i'm sorry, say that again? >> oh, i'm sorry, i said we've seen our fair share of odd things over the years. >> brian: and give me an idea of some things you've found. >> oh, sure, we've had egyptian artifacts that date back to 1500 bc. a 19th century replica full suit of armor. an exquisite jewelry, 5.8 carat diamond ring. in recent years 40.95 carat emerald. >> brian: a 40 carat emerald? >> yes. >> brian: man, i bet that's an interesting story behind that. too bad the owner couldn't be found, huh? >> yeah, that's what we always say. if these bags could talk, a story they could tell.
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there's a lot of interesting things that i'm sure have quite a historical value to people that we get into our store. >> brian: tell me as our time runs down here, what is the weirdest thing that you've found shall the most unusual strange item you've found in a bag that's been recovered for sale? >> oh, my goodness, 1to pinpoints one is difficult, but one was a live rattlesnake. >> brian: what did you do. >> fortune for us we have a grand yard and i can't necessarily say if we let him go dead or alive, but he went on to other places. >> brian: as far as many' concerned the only good snake is a dead snake. all right, well, listen, if you want to visit this in scottsboro, there is how you find it and a number you call. an interesting story i'd like to come by some day. >> you're welcome anytime. >> brian: like a giant garage sale. thank you very much. that's all for me here in washington, but america's news headquarters patrols on the
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rick fulbaum and jamie colby are set to take it from here. be sure to check fox news tomorrow the red of the rnc and dnc, chris wallace will have that. see you soon. >> hi everyone welcome to a brand new hour of america's news headquarters, i'm jamie colby. >> i'm rick folbaum. >> good afternoon. >> we begin with the tragic deaths of seven cias employees in afghanistan. for the first time we're hearing from the man who claims he murdered them. all seven. the new and very disturbing video said to have been released by the pakistani taliban. in it, human al-balawi claims he turned down millions from the u.s. and jordan to spy on the mujaheddin warriors and sitting next to him to believed to be the leader.
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>> i came from mujadeen and told them everything and arranged this attack to let the americans understand that allah, imam which we hold-- that we strive for cannot be exchanged for all the wealth in the world. >> caroline shively is live in washington, caroline, i know we're settle awaiting confirmation of the tape, but the alleged terrorist, alleged murderer in the video, his father has really lauded his actions and said that it is his son and he actually describes some of the motives on the tape. what did we learn? >> well, in a word, jamie, revenge. al-balawi says he killed the operatives in afghanistan because the cias killed pakistani taliban leader, killed with a missile strike
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in august. in the tape he says they will not forget the death of taliban leader and the jihady's duty to go after them. >> and leon panetta spikes out about the criticism of the agents. what is leon panetta saying now? >> he's trying to defend the actions of the agents on the ground in afghanistan. as you mention they've taken criticism because he was allowed to drive through the gate before a patdown and washington post calls meeting an asset like that bad trade craft. but in an op-ed panetta writes about comments like that, that's like saying that marine who die in a fire fight brought it upon themselves because they have poor war fighting skills. panetta says the bomber was about to be searched when he detonated his explosives. in the past year we've done exceptionally heavy damage to al-qaeda and their associates and that's why extremists hit
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back. >> what a great loss for the cia, some of the best and brightest, this was a top tier assignment. they were really providing a lot of intel from this particular source, this informant had actually turned over some lower level al-qaeda members and taliban members, if my recollection is correct, and now, for his family to be speaking out, really applauding what he has done. what have they said? and do authorities plan to maybe move in on them now? >> i'm sure authorities are absolutely holooking at his family and so far no crimes. the father he mentions earlier, he blames america for turning the bomber's wife into a widow and children into orphans, and that comes after al-balawi's widow says how proud she was of him for carrying out this killing. >> thanks for the latest on that. >> the string of terror attacks in the past few weeks leading to a brand new
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commission, the director of a national intelligence agency announcing he's forming a blue ribbon panel to look into the recent intelligence failures, so will the government review make a difference? malini wilkes is here in our bureau. tell us the latest about this review. >> good afternoon, rick, the national intelligence director dennis pa blair wants an independent assessment of channels facing the intelligence community. he has appointed john mcglaf lynn to lead a team to both the attempted bombing of the detroit airliner and the fort hood shooters. they've released preliminary review of the detroit attack and watch list for other areas and don't forget a handful of congressional hearings ahead. it will be the time for the next few weeks or maybe months for review and analysis here in washington. >> the president and the republicans each issuing weekly addresses today and the g.o.p. using their address to really come down hard on the white house and its response
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to terrorism. what was that all about today? >> well, congressman peter king gave the republican address. he says reviews are all well and good, but we need to act like a nation at war and that the administration should stop sending mixed messages. king is pushing for a bill that would prevent terror suspects at combit mow from being transferred to u.s. soil. here is what representative king had to say. >> the keep terrorists out of america act will help to ensure that we're treating terrorism as what it is, a war crime, not an enforcement issue. we can't gather the intelligence we need to foil future attacks, if we're blindly granting terrorists the right to remain silent, but for some reason we've already done that, with the terrorists who tried to bring down flight 253. >> reporter: and of course, the administration has made the decision to try to suspect in federal court. many republican lawmakers have said they prefer to see the underwear bomb suspect tried by a military commission, rick. >> some signed leading up to
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the attempt on flight 253, some missed signs leading up to the shooting at fort hood next year. when will we see a report on that. >> reporter: well, the fort hood shootings on november 5th. a senior administration official is telling fox that an internal white house report on that will not be released until after the pentagon releases its report and that is expected later this month, rick. >> malini wilkes in washington, thanks. >> we have another security breach, this time at newark's airport and there's new information on that. the man that was accused of causing worldwide delays and chaos for hours last sunday has been arrested. the cops took 28-year-old haisong jiang into custody and he's likely to be charged with trespassing and many say that's a slap on the wrist. laura ingle has more from the new york city news room. what do we know about the incident at this point? >> hi, jamie, well, haisong jiang is scheduled to appear
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in newark municipal court this coming week according to the essex county prosecutor's office, when he's expected to hear the charge of defiant trespassing, carries a fine of five-day forecast00, this is a petty disorderly person's offense and could be something that he doesn't have to go to court for though. he may be able to pay this thing just like a parking ticket. some new jersey state lawmakers are very angry that he could get just this monetary punishment and be off the hook for the massive mess he left behind last sunday. haisong jiang has been described by friends as a smart guy and doesn't know why he would have done something to put so many at risk. he's a doctorate student at rutgers university and was seeing off his girlfriend, a recent rutgers graduate who lives in los angeles and reportedly visiting in the holidays. jiang is seen on the surveillance tape new york terminal c told by a tsa agent to stay behind the security rope.
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when he walks away he ducks under the rope and walks into the security area. it was only a 20 minute trip as we know inside, but it ended up creating havoc when someone told the ts sachlt agent what he had seen. terminal went into lockdown and passengers rescreened and thousands of travelers displaced, hundred of them missing flights and jiang's roommates told that jiang didn't seem like he thought he had done anything wrong before his arrest. while it looks like it wasn't anything related to terrorism, lawmakers say his actions should not be dismissed as trivial and that stronger punishments should be in place for security breaches at airports like we saw here. >> laura ingle we'll track that story. thank you. >> thank you. >> a security threat overseas and police in great britain busted three guys accused of making a bomb threat on board a plane, emirates airline bound for dubai last night. according to the airline the a remarks were made just as the plane was about to take off.
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cops stormed the plane and took the three british men in custody and police did not find anything suspicious on boa board. >> well, in his weekly radio and internet address, president obama's talking up the benefits of health care reform. and he says the overhaul will improve the economic fortunes of the middle class by giving a sense of security. but he also says health care reform is a plus for everyone. listen. >> after a long and thorough debate, we are on the verge of passing health insurance reform that will finally offer americans the security of knowing this'll have quality, affordable health care, whether they lose their job, change their jobs, move or get sick. the worst practice is the insurance industry will be forever banned and costs will finally come down for families, businesses and our government. >> the president also urging congress to move quickly on a
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final bill so it could be signed into law he hopes in the coming weeks, rick. meanwhile, the senate and the house hammering out a final version of that legislation, but the devil is always in the details. and some of the observers think the house will largely just accept the senate's version of the plan and that the news to the house speaker nancy pelosi says she won't let the house be forced into signing off on the senate's version of the bill. so, will she dig in or will it-- will she try to work it out? joining us now an angela mcglowan, a political analyst and susan estridge, former campaign manager for michael dukakis. >> nice to see you both. nice to see you. >> susan, nancy pelosi says she's not going to roll over and accept the senate version of the bill as written. what choice does she have? >> well, i think she'll identify priorities. i think she'll push them in negotiations and i think if you're asking at the end of the day, is this going to be a
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tango, yes, both sides understand that the worst thing that could happen at this point for the democrats is to not get a bill through. you might have people already mad at you who don't like the bill, but there's also a lot of people who would join in being mad if you didn't get it through so they've got to come up with a bill, come up with a compromise. it will be the art of the doable. >> angela, let me ask you about that. >> yes. >> because it does seem like somebody's going to be ticked off no matter what. we're talking about different democratic constituencies who are all sort of fighting for a piece of the pie here. the speaker is in a tough spot. >> the speaker is in a tough spot, she's a tough lady. she's going to have to convince obama the cadillac tax, what the president wants in the beal and talked to harry reid about having, but the cadillac tax would hurt the union allies who have been allies of the democrats so nancy pelosi has to either bow down to the administration or bow down to her liberal base and at the end of the day
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there are a lot of house members who want the public option still. there are a lot of house members who want the abortion amendment out. so, nancy pelosi has said it's harder to get 218 votes on the house side than 06 votes on the senate side so i think she's going to stand in there, but she's going to have a hard battle and i think she's going to win. >> let me ask you, susan about the so-called cadillac tax, the tax on the most expensive health care plans that are out there. and it's been proposed as a way to help pay for this health care reform bill. the labor unions, as angela rightly said, they don't like this because they've gone into collective bargaining and able to get these high priced insurance plans for their members, this is one of the biggest voting blocks for the democratic party, the labor unions. >> yeah, i mean, what we're really talking about here, and we probably all three of us have it, is the kind of health care plan which provides you the maximum choices, the
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maximum options, allows us those optional, but very necessary ultrasounds when you're pregnant, et cetera, and you know, i think there's going to be real debate as to whether they should be taxed because there's a lot of middle class americans for whom the american dream and the american life style was all about getting quality health care and a good education for your kids. >> and now we're talking about, a possible, possible, i hate to disrupt you, susan, but a possible tax on the middle class. if this tax goes through on these cadillac, so-called cadillac plans, angela, this is a tax on the middle class, is it not. >> it's a tax on the middle class, a tax on the american people. now, if obama does not get it through, rahm emanuel has said that we have to get a health care bill through so it's about politics at the end of the day, and not policy. but if they don't get the right health care plan through it's going to hurt them and this 2010 election and also, i think it could trickle up, susan, to 2012. i think democrats have to be
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very careful here because the tea party movement is coming and it's coming strong and they're going to have to answer to that constituency. >> susan, we're wrapping up a week that has seen the democratic party lose two of its stallwarts who announced they will not be running for reelection, one of them, chris dodd says he's not running because he doesn't think he could win that. was refreshing in and of itself. >> how about honesty. >> how many other casualties are we going to see on the democratic side before all is said and done? either from folks deciding not to run, folks loseening novemb-- loseening november or folks taken over to the other side? >> i don't know about defections. chris dodd is an old friend and somebody who has had great successes in the senate, his problem was not that he was a democrat. i think it illustrates what the problem is. he was an insider, he was blamed for the aig bonuses, he got, you know, what looked like sweetheart deals from countrywide. the interesting thing is the best shock to keep that seat
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is the democratic attorney, which a lot of his politics is personal and people in washington 30-some odd years get a lot of baggage. having said that, the democrat's shot at 60 votes is right now, which is why they're sending the health care reform through. >> angela, you have a number in mind when we sort of the look at the crystal ball and see what the senate is going to look like and the house after the mid term this year? >> aim not going to say it's going to be a republican takeover. i would like that, but i think you're going to see an increased in republicans in the senate and the house and i'm going to say 5 and maybe 20, i'm just throwing the numbers out there, but we'll see, rick, we'll see. >> we'll keep watching and we keep the tapes and run them back. i know, that's why i'm careful. >> i know, susan, i know. >> susan and angela, nice to see you both, thank you. >> thank you, bye-bye. >> well, the sunshine state is not so sunny. people in the central part of the state report seeing
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flurries, snow flurries, even sleet early this morning, in fact, most of the nation is in a deep freeze. how much longer will it last? it's been a while. domenica davis live in the fox center. how much snow are we talking about? >> not a lot of snow, but it's unusual down there and plenty of places, georgia and florida and seeing the wintery weather and the past six hours we're looking at regular rain that goes through orlando south, but this morning, we did have, not only some flurries, but also reports of some freezing rain. so that's come to an end, but we're still looking at these cold conditions and the deep freeze continues. not much happening on the radar, the bulk of the precip is to the south. high pressure is the dominant feature and it's locking in that cold so once again the southeast is going to see some record breaking interprets and probably going to be one of the coldest nights we've had the past several nights. so, taking a lock at the lows, in the teens in many spots, orlando 26, that's what
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they'll be waking up to tomorrow morning, 36 in miami, now, many of these places haven't made it over the freezing mark for their morning lows in the past six or seven days, so, a lot of records being broken to the south. some good news is on the way because the deep freeze is eventually going to come to an end over the next couple of days. look at today's highs, we still have that cold air locked in. minneapolis, 11 degrees, kansas city 11 degrees, but some warmer, milder air is going to push in for just a little bit here. so next week towards the middle to the end of next week, we'll start to see an ease in the temperatures and you can already see temperatures go up just slightly higher through parts of the midwest, by the middle of the week moving to the tennessee valley and then to the south and the east, but by the middle of the week we could be seeing temperatures 40, 50 degrees higher than where they are now. so, relief is on the way, in the meantime, bundle up. >> it looks like things moved a little bit.
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yesterday i saw zero in dallas, i couldn't believe it, never seen that. thanks for keeping us posted, domenica. >> coming up, president continues to talk terror and changes in the works for the nation's security and intelligence systems. right now republicans are on the same page as the president, but will they call for a tougher approach in the coming weeks? we'll talk about that when we come right back. [ male announcer ] a bad cold hits your whole body. alka-seltzer plus liquid gels rush relief everywhere you need it. it's the most complete relief you can get in a liquid gel, so you feel better, fast. alka-seltzer plus liquid gels.
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>> now time for a look at today's top stories and new videotape today. the jordanian man who blew himself up inside a cia base killing seven in afghanistan, apparently taped a message before carrying out that fatal mission. he calls on all jihadists to attack u.s. targets to avenge the deaths of the chief of the pakistani taliban. today, cops arresting a man believed to have breached security at newark's liberty international airport. he's likely to face a trespassing charge. authorities say he breached a secure area to give his girlfriend a goodbye kiss. and in malaysia, a fourth church hit by fire bombs today creating concerns among christians, this comes after three other churches were attacked on friday. >> president obama's making a lot of security changes following the christmas day trer plot and for the most
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part, republicans are on board with his plans but how long will the support last and will the g.o.p. call for an even tougher approach than the one the president is offering as the senate plans to hold hearings in the next couple of weeks? joining us in washington, gordon jondro, a former security council spokesperson, let me ask you to build a time line for us, what needs to happen now? we've had a series of events, the christmas day one, the new york city terror arrests, the newark incident. we're on high alert. are we doing enough? what needs to happen in your mind right now and what should happen out of those hearings? >> sure, a few things, one, president obama did have a good announcement this week that there are some good initial reforms, but a few things need to happen. first of all, the president has got to keep on talking about national security and the war on terror because it sends a signal throughout the government that it really is a priority for them and it sends
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a signal throughout the world that we are really serious about going after terrorists, about going after extremists and the american people want to hear that their president talk about it, and know he's doing everything he can to keep us safe and secure. now, you know, secondly, i think we're going to need to see additional reforms. most likely we're going to see watch lists checked before passengers get on board airplanes, i don't think that's something that is officially underway, it's being looked at, but my guess we're headed in that direction. we're probably going to need to see additional screening at airports before a lot of the new machines get in place, so, people from additional countries beyond the 14 that have been announced will need to see some screening because we just don't know. we know that al-qaeda is always trying to change its tactics about how they want to attack the united states. >> jamie: gordon, let me just jump in here because you know i fly a lot and this week took amtrak, too, and the security measures on each are different although i was pleased when a
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bomb sniffing dog went up the aisle of my amtrak train. maybe that's just because of an alert now, we're on heightened security alert, but the passengers on the plane took a role in this and people need to be aware of their surroundings. remember this, this is the chart that we used to put up when the department of homeland security determined that we needed to elevate our awareness and our alert level and that brought in different security measures. is this still in existence? should we bring it back and are we at the level if we were using this chart right now that we should be right now, where would you put us? >> right, well, i think one, the chart is still in existence, it's yellow for the whole country and orange for the aviation sector. and i think that's about right. because the yellow level is a lot higher level of security now, eight years after-- nine years after 9/11 than it used to be and orange, as far as aviation security is higher than it used to be.
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so within those levels we have to keep on strengthening security. i think it would take another, you know, major serious viable threat to come in to really elevate the overall levels to orange, but it true, american citizens have to remain vigilant. you know, we're the last line of defense or in the case of the northwest airplane bomber, a dutch citizen was the last line of defense, so people have to remain vigilant themselves. >> jamie: real bravery in that case. so, the aviation. >> right. >> jamie: is the one on heightened alert and probably the toughest one or should be for terrorists to pull off a terrorist act, but i want it ask you about our borders. have we paid enough attention to our borders, because if you can infiltrate security at two airports, in that case, nigeria and amsterdam, with all the information we now know that national security officials had, what about our borders? >> yeah, we've done a lot on
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border security offer the last few years, but we're going to have to do more. the example of the nigerian having a multiple entry visa is something we are going to have to take and make reforms on because our visa system needs to be checked out, more scrutiny is going to have to be given to people who are given visas, so we're in for another clamp down on visa issuance, but there's more to do on border security. we've done a lot, but clearly, al-qaeda, whether it's al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula or al-qaeda and pakistan are looking for different ways to infiltrate the united states and they'll stop at nothing. >> jamie: great discussion, gordon and i didn't want to ask you about other things besides aviation, thank you so much for being with us today. >> thank you. >> jamie: rick. >> rick: when we come back we are going to talk about the new year and how the holidays are over and how now it's time to start paying the bills. a lot of folks getting their credit card statements from all of that holiday shopping so how do you avoid getting buried in a mountain of debt. when we come back, how to get
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>> bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news here on fox, as congress is struggling to come up with a final health care bill, there's a new study that takes a closer look at the cost of the senate plan. medicare's number crunchers, they're saying the plan would raise costs slightly. there's another suspect linked to an alleged plot to attack new york city in court today,
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a law enforcement official tells the associated press that he called 911 just before his arrest and ranted in arabic, we love death more than you love life. his attorney says he's innocent. a new tape just surfacing on the man suspected of killing those seven ceo employe-- cia employees and in it calling for saying his actions were for revenge, rick. >> rick: well, the obama administration's special middle east peace envoy is prepared to head to the middle east trying to relaunch stalled negotiations between the israelis and the palestinians, ahead of that visit it looks like george mitchell is laying his cards on the table. reasonen ninen is live in jerusalem. nice to see you, so, senator mitchell is he coming over with some kind after threat? what do we know? >> well, it's not really meant to have been taken that way, but it's kind of coming off
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that way. he did an interview with charlie rose and one of the things he said was that one of the options according to u.s. law, withholding aid from israel and he didn't say that was a plan, that the u.s. administration is planning on doing, he did not say that, but at some corners here it's loosely taken as a veiled threat that that may be one of the possibilities he'll be discussing with officials here. he comes to the region tomorrow and when mitchell arrives he's trying to, as you mentioned, push forward peace talks. palestinians says until settlements are completely frozen including in jerusalem they're not coming back to the table. >> rick: we hear back in the states, the tensions are beginning to escalate again between israel and gaza. one side apparently saying that perhaps a war is going to break out soon. what's that all about? >> well, the militant group islamic jihad says they believe that military is preparing for a war, they want to launch one. that's because we've seen a lot of firing coming in from
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gaza. there were 12 mortars and one rocket filed from gaza militants into israel and israel responded with the video you're seeing here, there were air strikes, this is the aftermath of the gaza strip and the israeli prime minister says they'll retaliate through every rocket strike. they say they're prepared to face any sort of challenge from israel and the rocket fire is also coming this week after israel announced they've successfully tested their rocket intercepting system known as iron doe. >> rick: reena, in jerusalem, thanks very much. >> and the health care countdown for you here on fox. many of the reforms from the house and senate bills won't go into effect for three or four years. so, many people will notice little difference at first, one group will and how they react could determine whether health care reform succeeds or
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fails. here is our chief washington correspondent, jim angle. >> those who are most likely to feel the cost of reform are young people who, for the first time ever, will be required to buy insurance whether they want it or not. >> the census bureau tells us there are 18 million people between the ages of 18 and 35 who are uninsured. roughly half of the uninsured pop leagues are younger people in that age group. >> there will be fines for those who did not get insurance, starting in the senate bill at $95 a year and 2014 rise to go between 750 and 2250 a year depending on income in the house 2.5% of your income up to the cost of the average national premium. >> the fines are relatively low $750 for an individual who doesn't sign up for health insurance, meanwhile, some of the costs of the individual coverage or family policy could be as high as $10,000 or $14,000. >> and it is absolutely critical for young healthy
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people to buy insurance because if they don't, premiums for everyone else will go up, as a result of all the new requirements on insurance companies. >> no pre-existing conditions, you can't lose your insurance because you've been sick, you're not going to get a big hospital bill because you've had a catastrophic illness or injury. those would force insurance rates up. >> if you don't have a mandate that gets in the young people who are cheaper, you're going to see average premiums rise, no way around that. but both houses passed two other reforms that create incentive not to buy insurance. first you can get insurance anytime you want it making it easier to wait. >> with guarantee issue you can buy insurance in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. you could imagine a situation where you simply pay the fines, stay out of the insurance pool, at the moment you need it go out and buy it. >> other disincentives change how much they can charge older people relative to younger people. >> if you charge people a fair price then a 50 or 60-year-old
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should pay about six teams as mu as-- times as much. and in the house bill, two to one difference. >> that means the average for everyone is going up and in particular young people are going to bear a did h disproportionate cost. >> that would probably lead a lot of them to pay the fine than enroll in insurance. >> and the senate makes it easier bringing in inexpensive bare bones plan. and getting the young into the system is the key to the effort. if they don't get insurance everyone in the nation at a whole will pay much, much more. in washington, jim angle. fox news. >> rick: well, you've probably swiped that credit card a bunch of times over the past several weeks with the holidays. now that the shopping season has come to an end, it's time to look at those bills that are probably coming in the mail and some of the bills could be pretty big. so with the new year, how do you manage to get out of debt and quickly? joining us now with some tips
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is the ceo of bartman enterprises and the former ceo of commercial financial services, that he cans thanks for coming in. this is something that affects a lot of people out there. these bills are coming and i imagine that there are some people out there who probably already had debts to begin with before the shopping season. what do they do? i know one of your tips is to stop paying all your bills? >> well, good afternoon and yes, that's one of my tips, it sounds unconventional, almost sounds unamerican to be telling people to not pay their bills, but honestly nthis time in this recession and this economy we have a lot of people who are so far underwater that quite frankly most of them aren't going to see up again for a very, very long time and one of the tips they can do, and again, it's unconventional, it will hurt your credit, but frankly if you're already that far underwater your credit's already been hurt. one of the things you can do is not pay your credit card bill. now, i know that's sounds a bit like and railroadkey, the way it works, if you don't pay your credit card bill, after
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it goes 180 days delinquent, typically the credit card company will sell your debt, your credit card debt to people who pay as little as a nickel on the dollar. now, once those people who purchase it for nickel on the dollar contact you they're happy to sl for you 10 or 15 cents on the door and you could quit paying your bill, save that money and take care of your family and store some of that money up, wait for these people to call you, settle the debt in full for 10, 15 cents on the dollar, now, the only negative would be, obviously, you would have tarnished your credit in the process. >> rick: how long does it take if you do that, how long would it take to get your credit ratings back up to a reasonable levels that if you ever need today borrow money you'd be able to do it? >> that clearly is one of the consequence, that could take as long as two or three years to get your credit back it where it formerly had been. so, if there's any way to avoid this, obviously, you should avoid this. but if you're one of the
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people who just are staring either at bankruptcy or not feeding your children, this becomes one of the alternatives that we as a country are having to look at in 2010. >> rick: let's talk about, first of all, i we could recommend stop using the credit card. and that would be probably job one. but if you're in-- if you find yourself in this kind of a situation, another tip that you offer is, you mentioned is to file for bankruptcy. who, who would look into that as a viable option here? >> well, again, anyone who is so far in that they can't see out. and that becomes kind after loose definition, but anybody who can look in the future if i continue to make the kind of money that i'm earning presently i'm not going to get out of the hole i'm in and if you're in that kind of a situation then that's-- the whole new baurpts code was written and the problem is a fundamental one. when you're upside down in debt you either have to earn more revenue or you have to
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reduce your expenses now, earning more revenue is easier said than done obviously and i tell people there are six things you can do or almost anyone can do. number one, you get very rich, but not many of us can get away with that. number two you could win the lottery and not many of us get away with that. and number three, a rich relative die and most of us don't have rich relatives. a job, a part-time job or trade in the old job and go do something that would be more fruitful. that's one of the side of the equation. if you can't do any of those, then yesh, you have to learn how to quit spending as much in the past and one of the things the gambling casinos in las vegas learned many, many years ago, if you let people use chips instead of cash they'll spend more. the credit card company learned the same thing. >> rick: yeah. >> maybe we should unlearn that. >> rick: one of the things you recommend for folks who
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are not in so dire filing into bankruptcy and still having problems nonetheless is to look into changing the deductible on some insurance policies that you hold. that could help out and raise some cash? >> absolutely, we can look at our entire life and we should look at our entire life, whatever we were doing caused us to get to where we're at which means we need to go back now into the new times and reevaluate everything, including the amount of insurance we have on automobiles, the type of insurance we have on our house, every expense should be looked at could i raise the deductible and therefore lower the premium and would that extra money be a risk worth taking, in many cases the answer will be yes, it's a risk, but a risk worth taking. >> rick: also. we can sell some things, is another thing you recommend. if we've accumulated and bought so many items maybe we could sort of sell them off and get some cash back that way? >> absolutely, we know gold
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fish and other animals, they grow to the size of their environment. well, people grow to the size of their environment and when times were good, a few years ago, really wasn't all that long ago, we all learned how to live, as they say high on the hog. we learned how to live in a life where we spent most the money we made. sadly now, we're not makings as much as we use today, but yet expenses continue to be pretty much what they used to be and you can't have that out of balance. >> rick: right. >> you have to find ways to not spend as much as we did. >> rick: well, i think this is. >> and maybe looking at your closet. >> rick: get rid of some of those things that you bought that you now find yourself, you don't need. great advice and unfortunately there are an obviously lot of people i'm sure hanging on your every word trying to figure out a way out of their situation. bill bartman, the ceo of bartman enterprises, thanks for joining us today. >> you're very welcome. >> jamie: a lot of tips you didn't think of. i have extra tease my husband
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admires, and hope everyone can find a way out. only one state is reporting new h1n1 cases, is the threat over? do you still need to get vaccinated? we'll ask our medical a-team, dr. manny alvarez is here live next. ugcl) yeacl 's h fba icos
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>> a fox news alert. in a press conference underway, this is the attorney for a man pleaded not guilty to charges flying to pakistan to get training by al-qaeda.
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this is in new york city. let's take a listen. >> military training from al-qae al-qaeda. (inaudible) >> well, as far as the details of where all this happened, i recommend that you speak to the u.s. attorney. we entered an emphatic not guilty. (inaudible) >> in court, we entered an emphatic not guilty. (inaudible) have you been able to speak to him and satisfy in your mind what was going on while he was in custody, whether improper questioning was going on? >> the questioning was illegal and i finally had an opportunity to speak to him early this morning.
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there was no question that he viewed me as his attorney, there's no question that he wanted me to represent him so i continue to be his attorney. >> what about the car accident? will he be charged for that. >> was he fleeing or just a random-- >> all we know there was a car accident, we know that he was injured and we now know what the charges are. we have no reason to believe they're going to be any other kargs. >> (inaudible). >> he had minor bruises, minor scrapes and bruises. he had an infection from an unrelated injury. >> was he attempting suicide with that car accident? >> the evidence as far as what led up to the accident, all of that is going to come out in court. the circumstances of what happened that day is going to be based on all of the
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evidence, the one thing that the-- that i can say is what happened on the day of his arrest had nothing to do with terrorism. >> was your client led to believe that if he did submit to questioning yesterday he would be offered some kind after plea deal by the government? >> all of the details about the interrogation when he was in fact represented by council, all of that is going to come out. what was said to him is going to come out. what i can tell you is that the interrogation while he was represented by council under the law, those statements, if the government believes that they should be admitted in a court of law, they will be subject to a very serious motion to have those statements thrown out and suppressed. (inaudible). >> all we know he was taken
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into custody right about the time of the auto accident on the 7th, which was in the late afternoon. we know that he was held in custody starting from that point through this morning and we know that apparently, we hear allegations that many statements were made, so, there were over a course of many, many hours. >> what were the allegations-- were made from? >> we've only heard rumors to the effect that there were statements made. my understanding, without having spoken to the prosecutors about it, without anything having been filed in court, is that there was an interrogation, an interrogation means that the government, law enforcement was speaking to him and that he is speaking to them. if that is taking place when he's under the law of this country, represented by counsel, it's an illegal interrogation.
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>> mr. gottlieb, the charges in the indictment that you have, are you under the impression that as a result -- that you'll (inaudible). >> i don't know the source of those statements, of the charges. >> but if they are indeed the result of his questioning by the government while you're represented you're going to suppress these charges-- >> well, whether the charges are based on those statements or not based on those statements, if the government intends to introduce anything that was said while he was interrogated, and represented by an attorney under the law of this country, we will file motions to suppress those statemen statements. >> rick: well, that is robert gottlieb and he is the defense attorney for a 25-year-old new york city man jannen, arrested yesterday in the early morning hours and charged with going to pakistan in order to get
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military training by al-qaeda. today in court, he pleaded not guilty to those charges. it's a story that goes all the way back to another man, azazi accused of plotting to attack new york city using homemade bombs this. man and another man, apparently, is now-- they're thought to have all worked together, but a not guilty plea and we'll have more on this story when we come right back. most calcium supplements... aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's different -- it's calcium citrate, so it can be absorbed with or without food. citracal.
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>> without a doubt fox news a tracking h1n1 and it's affected millions of people. there's a bit of good news now about the outbreak. the injuries for disease control are saying that alabama is the only state that's still reporting widespread flu activity. and the president has just issued a proclamation for the national influenza vaccination week encouraging all of us to get the h1n1 vaccine still. saying we can prevent another wave of the illness. joining us now dr. manny alvarez, managing editor of fox news part of the fox news medical a-team. hi, doc. >> how you doing. >> jamie: good. alabama i'll get to in a second. the president's proclamation we need to prevent potentially
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a third wave of h1n1. is that done or could that happen? >> i mean, look, i think it's a very good idea. we have about 122 vials, 132 million vials of the h1n1 vaccine available. now all the restrictions have been lifted and the government order about 250 million vials so we have plenty of vaccines, as a matter of fact, if you look at other countries like germany. germany just returned 50% of their vials back to the pharmaceutical companies and france canceled 50% of their orders. so, it seems that most countries now days have plenty of vaccinations, so, this is a prime time to get this h1n1 because even though the statistics are showing that the outbreaks have gone away and there's only one state, as you mentioned, alabama that has some cases being reported, we still don't know. this can come back again in another month or two, you know, the kids are still in school. we're just coming through a very cold season now where everybody's sequestered at home and we just don't know. it's encouraging that we're
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not seeing the outbreaks, but i think that this is a good time to get the vaccination. >> jamie: why alabama? is there any significance? >> i knew you were going to ask that. i don't know, i mean, perhaps the demographics, you remember, this is a very infectious types of virus, and it affects children and young women in particular. so, maybe some of the demo there is more specific, but nothing unique about alabama. it was about a week and a half ago that we had other states, including new jersey and nevada that were reporting a lot of cases of the swine flu still. so, i don't think there's anything unique about it. >> good to know. i early on in all of this, i researched the united states response to flu epidemics in the past. sometimes we get a really right. sometimes we don't react quickly enough, sometimes we can overreact. did we produce too much vaccine? did we get it right? is there anything we can learn from the h1n1 response now for the future? >> well, i tell you, my only criticism is basically the way
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that the whole swine flu information was handled by the c.d.c. and many of the agencies. now, we-- it got into a little bit after scare tactic at the beginning. i know we had to educate the public, but remember, we're coming from a point of view that a lot of people are very suspicious about pharmaceutical companies, vaccination, side effects and things like that, so we alarmed a lot of folks and then when everybody was trying to get the vaccine, we didn't have enough and so, sort of a lot of missteps. i think the lessons to be learned in the future is that we just have to chronically educate the american public about the advantages of vaccination and always be prepared for the flu because this is something that's never going to go away. >> jamie: dr. manny, quickly, yes or no, still get your seasonal flu vaccine also? >> yes, absolutely. >> jamie: okay. >> even though we haven't seen a lot of cases. dr. manny, great to see you. everyone should check out and our health page, lots of great information, take care. >> rick: when we come back, the riddle of the disappearing
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sea lions, made their home on a pier in san francisco, a major tourist attraction like the cable cars and golden gate there. all of a sudden the sea lions vanished and no one knew where they went, but now that mystery may be solved. we've got the story next.
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>> that mystery of the san francisco's missing sea lions may have been solved. it appears they headed north to oregon. thousands of sea hynes have started showing up at sea lion caves near florence, oregon last month and they seem to have made the trip because of an abundance of anchovies at the oregon site. yum! they say there's no way to tell how many came from san francisco, but one expert say they should return to the golden state later this year and i know folks hope so, they were quite the tourist attraction. >> rick: they were, i remember seeing them on a visit to san francisco and i knew right from the get-go this had to do with food. there was no doubt in my mind, they went for the anchovies, thanks for joining


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