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our cars were floating up. they were floating. they were taking off to the building toward the creek. >> cars were floating. you heard right. heavy rains slammed texas in the last couple of days and now people there are being evacuated as flood waters rise. two light beams in the new york sky symbolizing the two towers that crumbled on 9/11. the nation marks the eighth anniversary of the attacks and pledges never to forget them. police arrested a sex offender who was armed and roaming a campus posing as an officer. it took a quick-thinking parent
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to expose the danger. it is saturday, september 12. you're watching hln. so glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. the governor of texas is sending state and national guard troops to help communities getting pounded by storms. several inches of rain have fallen already in the area. people outside of the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it started raining and hailing. and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the -- through the area over there. and our cars started floating. >> cars were literally floating. forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend as well. especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. meteorologist reynolds wolf has your forecast in a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery" there it is, touching down last night
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after 13 days in space. the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bad weather in kennedy space center in florida trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. nasa delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. the crew also did three space walks. crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. the swine flu virus has now reached all 50 states and dc. children and young adults make up most of the patients, but a wide spread vaccination will have reduced the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials important because not only has consequences for our overall vaccine in this country, but lit impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> meanwhile, officials in northern mexico have closed 1400
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schools and one city over swine flu concerns. 19 students have been tested after showing symptoms. but officials are still waiting on those results. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit regarding the notorious abu ghraib prison in iraq. the suit claimed that contractors for a defense firm called caci international inc. abused detainees. but the courts said the firm is protected from suits filed as a result of military activities during the time of war. caci had interrogators at abu ghraib. but an army report found only one was linked to possible abuses. [ playing "amazing grace" ] with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11.
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there was a minute of silence at each of the attack sites. these are pictures in pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. and president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon where 184 people were killed. he said that time can't diminish the loss and pain of that day. he declared september 11 a day of service. and people across the nation volunteered. also at ground zero in new york, friends and relatives read the names of each victim. 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. eight years have gone by since 9/11, but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. a former cia agent says the terrorist mastermind has been extremely elusive. the agent says there's been no credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is now offering $25 million for any information about him. but correspondent michael ware says there's a reason that hasn't worked so far. >> reporter: for those who would know where bin laden actually
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is, i would dare say those people could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand, $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so, to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security advisor says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. just as the nation was commemorating 9/11, alarm bells went off in washington. it looked like a boat was breaching a security zone near the pentagon and the coast guard was rushing to stop it. samantha hayes explains how it all ended. >> reporter: near the pentagon where president barack obama was commemorating the september 11 attack, an incident on the potomac river. communication on the radio and images on camera seem to indicate the u.s. coast guard was trying to prevent a boat from intruding upon a secured zone. but the coast guard says it was
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simply conducting a routine training exercise. >> this is a low-profile, normal training exercise that goes on every day. >> vice admiral john courier says reports misinterpreted what was going on prompted other agencies to act, including the faa, which grounded some aircraft at nearby reagan national airport. >> no, i'm not issuing an apology, because although it's unfortunate that it escalated to this level, what you're seeing here is the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or when we have a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies could come together. >> still, the location of the exercise close to the pentagon and the timing on the eighth anniversary at the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was criticized by the bush administration's former national security advisor, fran townsend. >> to have done an operational exercise at the unit level on the potomac river during the
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memorial. we understand that the president had left at that point was not a good idea. >> reporter: the coast guard said it will be reviewing today's incident to prevent miscommunication with the media in the future. in washington, i'm samantha hayes. a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police sayaka ream mckneel was on the elementary school campus with a b-b gun that looked like a semiautomatic. they were tipped off by parents who got suspicious of this. they plugged his name in a police website and it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea. we saw the gun. i'm scared to death. i'm terrified. i can't believe that this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he's being held without bond. a terrible story here out of california. a baby girl is dead and her
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toddler brother is in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in longbeach, california say an suv hit the wagon the chirp were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon a crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off but was caught by police. a man pulling the wagon was not injured. here. >> a look at some of the events ahead in the weekend planner. today, the tea party express national bus tour ends in washington, d.c. at 11:30 a.m. eastern, as many as 50,000 demonstrators are expected to march on capitol hill. they are trying to persuade lawmakers to reject the health care reform bills. at 1:00, president obama attend a rally in minneapolis for health care reform. as we mentioned, it's a wet weekend for a lot of folks in texas. we get the latest from meteorologist reynolds wolf who's standing by. hey, reynolds. >> texas is hit hard by the heavy rainfall, so the is new
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jersey. take a look at the video. the rainfall, the flooding, the tree damage in parts of monmoth, new jersey. today the rain is expected to move out a little bit. the cleanup will get under way especially in the afternoon. back to the computer very quickly. we'll go back to texas. but first in the tropics quickly. tropical storm fred. winds at 45, gusting to 60. not expecting to threaten land. should veer off to the west and weaken to a tropical depression. in texas, we're seeing the heavy rainfall in many spots. the rainfall could spill out to 1, 2, 4 inches of rainfall as far south as houston to oklahoma. flooding is going to be a possibility. in terms of temperatures today, take a look at what you can expect around the nation as we advance this map and show you the high temperatures, eastern seaboard, boston, 66. 70 in new york. back to tampa. miami in the 80s. 7 in dallas. las vegas and in to phoenix, still in to the triple digits.
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103, 104. san francisco, 66. los angeles, 81 degrees. that's a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. and he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back and he then leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a random crime victim.
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a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard. it was all caught on tape by nearby surveillance camera. here it is. the robber just walks up to her, punches her, he throws her down. then he runs off with her purse. she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me? on my property. i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones.
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fortunately, none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily seen, so she believes it robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. he escaped on a bike. take a look at this monster. it was caught in a florida back yard yesterday. that is a 400-pound giant python. it took at least four men with fish and wild life to remove the 18-foot snake named delilah. she is huge -- about 30 inches in circumference. officials say delilah is kept in an improper cage and could have escaped her enclosure. her owner could face charges. a recent study has some interesting findings about a popular way to shop. hln money expert clark howard tells us where shoppers may be spending more than they need to. >> okay, some brainiacs -- one a
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professor at columbia, another at harvard, did a study that found -- this is a shocker -- for people who go to warehouse clubs like costco, wholesale or sam's club wholesale or bj's wholesale, you spend money on things you didn't intend to and you buy things you didn't necessarily need. come on -- did we need them to study this to know that? so, i know that about myself. that if i go in to costco or i go to sam's, bj's wholesale, that i'll buy things that on reflection, why? so, here's my rule and one you should think about if you tend to buy things that you don't need -- not just warehouse clubs, but anywhere else. i don't get a card. i walk around carrying things in my own arms. my arms get heavy, i realize, i didn't need that. put it back. saved me a ton. for more ways you can save a ton, go to cnn.com/clark howard. and you can get many more
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but there were some kids on it and people who couldn't swim as well. an italian coast guard helicopter lowered the rescuer to the water and pulled out three kids and one man. other people were rescued by boat. the people onboard were from turkey, afghanistan, and the middle east. alan turning is best known for breaking german codes in world war ii, but many people think his contributions to mathematics goes unrecognized because he was gay. how a petition brought an apology from britain's government some say too little is too late. >> reporter: his math and code breaking machine deciphered the germans' encrypted messages dramatized in the film, "enigma." but in 1952, he admitted his homosexuality to a policeman and was prosecuted for it. he was injected with female hormones.
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he was stripped from his work from the government. he killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide. now gordon brown has given him not a pardon but an apology. >> while turing was dealt with under the law at the time, and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was, of course, utterly unfair and i am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry i and we all are for what happened to him. >> one of the secretaries who operated the code breaking machine said he should win admiration, not a sorry that's too late anyway. >> she was not home for his homosexuality. he's known for his brilliance in mathematics. in some way, it detracts from that. if they were so taken up with what his sexual proclivities were to the extent of forgetting about what he really did. >> but thousands of people did join the petition calling for an official apology for alan turing. >> i accept it.
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i believe he made it in good faith. and the fact that he made it at all is an extraordinary thing. because governments rarely apologize for anything. my only disappointment and reservation is he did not grand alan turing a posthumous pardon. >> if there was anybody of his, a grandson or something, i could sigh a point in it. but to say sorry, you say it to somebody about someone. who is he saying it to? >> park has welcomed the apology but the museum is gradually falling apart. today it asked gordon brown again for more money to preserve the place where the brilliant mathematician helped to win the war. >> thanks for the report iturin did pioneering work on artificial intelligence and one of the highest honors in computing is named for him as well. a woman who held the title of the oldest woman died. gertrude die in a convalescence
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home yesterday. she was 115 years old. she was born in 189 4. she gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. each year, 52,000 boy scouts perform service projects as they work their way up to the top rank of eagle. this year, a scout from maryland took his project to the place where he was born, to siberia. his effort makes alex griffith a cnn hero. >> i was abandoned at hospital number 20 at birth. i was adopted at 11 1/2 months old. >> for the first time we saw alex, he was malnourish. we fell in love with him immediately. there's my son. let's go home, son. >> hospital number 20 gave me a chance to survive. i wanted to give something back. i'm alex griffith. and i'm donating a playground at the hospital where i was adopted from. everyone get plates. i've been on boy scouts for five
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years. i wanted to build a playground for my eagle project. the hospital had a rusty swing with a wooden seat and a sand box which is essentially a mud pit because of all of the rain. we had to design the playground. >> these are the double glide slide. >> and then followed it over to build it. volunteers from all over the world helped to build this playground. all of us adopted from russia have not and probably will never forget our birthday. >> translator: i like this playground because we can slide on it, all of the sadness goes away. >> makes me proud. he's becoming an example to others that anything is possible if you don't give up. >> made me really happy just being here. that's all i can say. >> reporte >> such an inspiring story.
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well. about 4 million people listened to his long-running show, "a prairie home companion" each week. he plans to start a new season of the show. the writer and producer best known for his work on the korean war comedy drama, "mash" as died. larry gelbart's wife told cnn he had cancer. he started as a comedy writer back in the 1940s and created "mash" in 1972. he wrote for the show's first four seasons. he got an oscar not for writing the 19 2 film, "tootsie." everybody wants to save more and spend less. we have the guy to help you out on this. join clark howard at noon eastern. he will show you ways to do that, save more, spend less,
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avoid getting ripped off. the clark howard show noon eastern here on hln. [ bell tolls ] >> eight septembers have come and gone. nearly 3,000 days have passed, almost one for each of those taken from us. >> john charles jenkins. >> joseph jenkins jr. >> my father, steven hoffmann. every -- even though i only knew you a few years, it feels like so much more. you're an inspiration for all of us. your light will always be shining down from heaven. i love you and i miss you, daddy. >> my husband, vincent -- >> and my uncle, firefighter, matthew barnes. >> and my son, denadi -- >> and my brother, matthew j. burke. we love you, matty, whether it's eight years or 800 years, you will never be forgotten.
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>> continue to live your life like it's september 10, 2001. you show that their actions didn't go in vain. >> let us renew the true spirit of that day. not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. [ playing "amazing grace" ]
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>> hi there, i'm robin meade. we salute the troops every weekday on "morning express with robin meade." pnip]p]
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our car started floating up. they were floating. and they were kind of taking off towards the building and to the creek. >> cars were floating. you heard right. heavy rains have slammed texas over the last couple of days. and now people there are being
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evacuated as flood waters rise. two light beams in the new york sky symbolizing the two towers that crumbled on 9/11. the nation marked the eighth anniversary of the attacks and pledges never to forget them. police arrested a convicted sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary school campus posing as an officer. it took a quick-thinking parent to expose the danger. it is saturday, september 12. you're watching hln. so glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. the governor of texas is sending guard troops to help communities getting pounded by storms. several inches of rain have fallen already in the area. people outside of the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it started raining and hailing and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the -- through the area over there. and our cars started floating. >> cars were literally floating. forecasters expect plenty of
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rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend as well, especially around houston and the dallas ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. meteorologist reynolds wolf has your forecast in a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery," there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space. the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bad weather in kennedy space center in florida, trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left, unless congress gives nasa more money. "discovery" delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. its crew did three space walks. crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. the swine flu virus has now reached all 50 states in dc. health officials say children and young adults make up most of the patients, but a wide-spread vaccination would have reduced
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the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only has consequences for our overall h1n1 vaccine supply in this country but it will affect it around the world. the vaccine we purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> officials in the northern mexico have closed 1400 schools and one city over swine flu concerns. 19 students were tested after showing symptoms. but officials are waiting on those results. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit regarding the notorious abu ghraib prison in iraq. contractors for a defense firm called caci international inc. abused detainees. but the suit was filed for military activities during the time of war. caci had interrogators at abu
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ghra ghraib, but a report found only one was linked to possible abuses. [ playing "amazing grace" ] with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday in each of the three attack sites. these are pictures from pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. and outside of washington, president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon where 184 people were killed. he said that time can't diminish the loss and pain of that day. he declared september 11 a day of service. and people across the nation volunteered. also at ground zero in new york, friends and relatives read the names of each victim. 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. eight years have gone by
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since 9/1111, but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. the terrorist mastermind has been extremely elusive. the agency says there's been no credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is offering $25 million for any information about him. but correspondent michael ware says there's a reason why that hasn't worked so far. >> for those who would know where bin laden actually is and i would dare say those people could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand, $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so. it's to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security advisor says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. just as the nation was commemorating 9/11, alarm bells went off in washington. it looked like a boat was
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breaching the security zone near the pentagon and the coast guard rushing to stop it. samantha hayes explains how it all ended. >> reporter: near the pentagon where president barack obama was kmem rating the 9/11 attacks, an incident on the potomac river. the communications on the radio and images on camera seemed to indicate the u.s. coast guard was trying to prevent a boat from intruding on a secured zone. but the coast guard said it was conducting a routine training exercise. >> this is a low-profile normal training exercise that goes on every day. >> vice admiral john courier says reports missprepted wh emit was going on prompted agencies to react including the faa which grounded flights at the airport. >> i'm not issuing an apology. it's unfortunate it escalated to a level, you're seeing a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or a security
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issue in the national capital region, all agencies can come together. >> still, the location of the exercise close to pentagon and the timing on the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was criticized by the bush administration's former national security advisor, fran townsend. >> to have done an operational exercise even at the unit level on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we understand that the president had left at that point, was not a good idea. >> reporter: the coast guard said it will be reviewing today's incident to prevent miscommunication with the media in the future. in washington, i'm samantha hayes. a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was just roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police sayaka ream mcneil was on the elementary school campus with the bb gun that looked like a semiautomatic they were tipped off by parents who became us is pivs of this. they plugged his name in the
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website. it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea. we saw it like oh, god. i'm scared to death. i'm terrified. i can't believe this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he's being held without bond. president obama will putter wrists on some chine-- put tari chinese tire imports. some chinese leaders are disturbed by this move. they say it's not valid and won't do much to maintain a healthy relationship between the u.s. and china. a terrible story here out of california. a baby girl is dead and the toddler brother is in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in longbeach, california say an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon from a crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards.
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the driver took off but was eventually caught by police. a man who was pulling the wagon was not injured. here's a look at some of the events ahead in your weekend planner. today, the tea party express national bus tour ends in washington, d.c. at 11:30 a.m. eastern, as many as 50,000 demonstrators are expects to march on capitol hill. they are trying to persuade lawmakers to reject the health care reform bills. at 1:00 p.m., president obama attends a rally in minneapolis for health care reform. as we mentioned, it's a wet weekend for a lot of folks in texas. we get the latest from meteorologist reynolds wolf who is standing by. hey, reynolds. >> texas hit with the heavy rainfall, so is new jersey. not only the heavy rainfall and the flooding, but even tree damage in parts of monmoth, new jersey. the rain is expected to move out a little bit. the cleanup is going to get under way, especially in the afternoon. back to the weather computer quickly.
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back to texas. we'll show you what's happening in the tropics quickly. tropical storm fred at this time. not expected to threaten land. should veer off to the west and the northwest over the next couple of days and the weekend to a tropical depression. meanwhile, in texas, we're seeing the heavy rainfall in spots. rainfall could spill out, one, two, maybe as much as four inches of rainfall in parts of oklahoma as far south as houston. flooding is going to be a possibility. in terms of temperature today, take a look at what you can expect around the nation as we advance this map and show you the high temperatures. boston, 66 degrees. 70 in new york. back to tampa, miami, mainly to the 8 09z. 75 in dallas. las vegas, phoenix to the triple digits, 103, 104. san francisco, 66. los angeles, 81 degrees. that's a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back p back
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happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily seen. so she believes the robber targeted even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. he escaped on a bike. michael jordan's a hall of famer, yet, larry, one of the most popular athletes today. >> it's amazing. a recent poll shows jordan sixth monk the favorites. he has a place in 2003. he changed sports marketing. put nike on the map. his jordan brand sales $1 billion of footwear and apparel. he won five mvp award in his incredible career, carried the chicago bulls to six nba championships. the ceremony was moved to a larger venue in springfield, massachusetts because of his popularity. he headlined a class that included two coaches. and two teammates from the 199 2
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olympic dream team, former league mvp david robinson and the steals leader, john stockton. congratulations to all. tiger woods cruising along. tied in the lead for the third round with mark wilson who plays at cob hill in suburban, chicago where tiger has won four times in his career. shots like this on eighth. and 11th for another birdie. four under par as he tries to get the win heading to the tour championship in a couple of weeks. shawn merriman league issues have gone away. there wasn't enough evidence to prove that the charger's defensive lineman attacked tela at a key la. she accused him of trying to choke her. give it up for nick paris, a 14-year-old from henderson, nevada who started a project, cleats for kids which fixes up donated cleats from football players who may not have enough money to buy their own. that's heady stuff for a
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teenment congrats to him. a sailboat got stuck on the rocks. close to shore but many couldn't swim. the only hope to get out was this -- a dramatic rescue operation. hi there, i'm robin meade. we salute the troops every weekday on "morning express with robin meade." today's hello is a proud army wife to her husband, now in afghanistan. they'll celebrate the wedding anniversary next month. >> i'm robin. living in ft. bragg, north carolina. saluting husband private first class, robbie put. he's part of the 82nd air force division. we're so proud of you. we're praying for you and your unit's safe return. you are our hero and i'm so proud to be your wife. >> look at those great pictures. if you have somebody in the service, we'd like to help you salute them.
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there were 9/11 remembrances across the country yesterday. in sacramento, california, firefighters rang a bell and then walked up and down a skyscraper. it was their way to honor their comrades who lost their lives in the september 11 attacks. >> we were doing this today, you know, knowing that we're going to make it to the top and go home. they didn't get that opportunity. so, pretty solemn day for us. but, it's an honor to be able to remember those guys this way. >> stay with hln as we see how america remembered the terrorist attacks of eight years ago. a rescue helicopter had to be called to rescue people whose boat got stuck on rocks. it happened in italy where the boat got in to some trouble on wednesday. it was only about 100 feet from the shore. but there were kids on it and people couldn't swim as well. an italian coast guard helicopter lowered the rescuer
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to the water and it pulled out three kids and one man. other people were rescued by boat. the people onboard were from turkey, afghanistan, and the middle east. public transportation is a great way to cut down a green house gases. but there are other benefits too, right along with our ireporter, sara, with this morning's ecosolutions. >> i'm car free one day. i'm car free every day. join me as i go to work. i got rid of my car 11 months ago. i sold it when i move to san diego because i knew the public transit would be a great tool, a great asset to me. i didn't want to drive a car around. gas was too expensive, insurance too expensive. the bus pass costs me $72 a month and i can go anywhere and everywhere. i'm going to get on the six to head up to fashion valley. got my bus pass, ready to ride.
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so, sitting here on the bus on the way to work. it's how comfortable is it. i don't have to worry about getting in my car, which is always hot. it's air conditioning on in here. i don't have to worry about driving or paying attention to driving. i can sit back and relax, maybe even read a book. fashion valley transit center right by the mall. this is one of my favorite bus stops because it's great to come and hang out in a place where it's so clean. the bus stop is really clean. comfortable chairs to sit on. and some sunshine to hang out in. number 20 bus. the express bus at the transit center. we're headed there now. >> we used to have to wait a half hour to get on the bus. but i got on twitter, the san diego metro transit and i've been able to change the schedule to catch the bus. this is my last stop of the day.
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it was caught in a florida back yard yesterday. a 400-pound giant python. it took four men with fish and wild life to remove the 18-foot snake, delilah. she's huge, 30 inches in circumference. she was kept in an improper cage and could have escaped her enclosure. her owner could face charges. president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service. two georgia women were among those who heeded the call. they made goody bags stuffed with homemade treats and dropped them off at police and fire stations around atlanta. >> it was nice to make someone to see that gratitude a lot of
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people feel but maybe haven't got out there and done anything about. >> you can't wait for someone to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to say, what can i do right now today? oh. >> this group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding the park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11, but it makes them make a positive contribution. >> we're keeping a close yoeye the effects of severe weather around the country. we'll let you know if it will affect your weekend plans or not. we're continuing to remember the 9/11 attacks. eight years later, the country comes together again to pledge, "we will never forget." [ bell tolls ] >> eight septembers have come and gone. nearly 3,000 days have passed. almost one for each of those taken from us.
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>> charles jenkins. >> joseph jenkins jr. >> and my father, steven hoffmann. even though i knew you only a few years, it feels so much more. you're an inspiration for all of us. your light will shine down from heaven. i love you and miss you, daddy. >> and my husband. >> my uncle, firefighter matthew barnes. >> and my son. and my brother, matthew j. burke. we love you, matty. whether it's eight years or 800 years. you will never be forgotten. >> we continue to live your life like it's september 10, 2001. to show that their actions didn't go in vain. >> let us renew the true spirit of that day. not the human capacity for
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evil -- but the human capacity for good.
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our car started floating up. they were floating. and they were -- they were kind of taking off towards the building and to the creek. >> cars were floating. you heard right. heavy rains slammed texas over the last couple of days. now people there are being evacuated as flood waters rise. two light beams in the new york skies symbolizing the two towers that crumbled on 9/11. the nation marked the eighth anniversary of the attacks and pledges never to forget them. police arrested the convicted sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary school campus, posing as an officer. it took a quick-thinking parent
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to expose the danger. it is saturday, september 12. you're watching hln. so glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. the governor of texas is sending state and national guard troops to help communities getting pounded by storms. several inches of rain have fallen already in the area. people outside of the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it started raining. and hailing. and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the area over there. and our cars started floating. >> cars were literally floating. forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend as well. especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. meteorologist reynolds wolf has your forecast in a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle discovery, there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space. the discovery "atlanta" at
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edwards air force base due to bad weather in kennedy space center in florida. tried to avoid that. there are six shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. it delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. the crew did three space walks. crew members will reunite with the members in houston today. the swine flu virus reached all 50 states and dc. children and young adults make up most of the patients but a wide spread vaccination would have reduced the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only has consequences for our overall vaccine supply in this country, but it will also impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> meanwhile, officials in northern mexico have closed 1400
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schools and one city over swine flu concerns. 19 students have been tested after showing symptoms. but officials are still waiting on those results. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit regarding the notorious abu ghraib prison in iraq. the suit claimed that contractors for a defense firm called caci international inc. abused detainees. but the court said the firm is protected from suits filed as a result of military activities during the war. the caci had interrogators at abu ghraib, but an army report found that one was linked to possible abuses. ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday at each of the three attack sites.
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these are pictures from thangsville, pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. outside of washington, president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon where 184 people were killed. he said that time can't diminish the pain and loss of that day. also, ground zero in new york, friends and relatives read the names of each victim. 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. eight years have gone by since 9/11. but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. a former cia agent says the terrorist mastermind has been extremely elusive. the agent says there's been no credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is now offering $25 million for any information about him. but correspondent michael ware says there's a reason why that hasn't worked so far. >> reporter: for those who would know where bin laden actually is and i would dare say those
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people could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand. $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so, to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security advisor says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. just as the nation was commemorating 9/11, alarm bells went off in washington. it looked like a boat breached the security in the pentagon. near the pentagon where president obama was commemorating the attacks, the incident on the potomac river. communication on radio and images on the camera seem to indicate that the u.s. coast guard was trying to prevent a boat from intruding on a secured
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zone. but the coast guard says it was conducting a routine training exercise. >> this salo-profile, normal training exercise that goes on every day. >> vice admiral john courier says reports that misinterpreted what was going on prompted other agencies to react, including the faa which grounded some aircraft at the airport. >> no, i'm not issuing an apology, because although it's unfortunate it escalated to this level, you're seeing the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies could come together. >> still, the lowell occasion of the exercise close to the pentagon and the timing on the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was criticized by the bush administration's former national security advisor, fran townsend. >> to have done an operational exercise, even at the unit level on the potomac river during the
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memori memorial, even though we understand that the president had left at that point, was not a good idea. >> the coast guard says it will be reviewing today's incident to prevent miscommunication with the media in the future. in washington, i'm samantha hayes. a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police saya kareem mcneil was o the campus with a semiautomatic. they got suspicious and plugged his name in to the website and it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea. we saw like a gun. i'm scared to death. i i'm terrified. i can't believe this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he's being held without bond. a terrible story here out of california. a baby girl is dead and her toddler brother is in critical
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condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in long beach, california say an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon from a crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off but was eventually caught by police. a man who was pulling the wagon was not injured. as we mentioned, it is certainly a wet weekend for a lot of folks in texas. we get the latest from reynolds wolf who is standing by, hey, ren old. you're right. texas hit hard with the heavy rainfall. so is new jersey. take a look at this video. we're going to show you quickly. not only the heavy rainfall and the flooding but tree damage in parts of monmoth, new jersey. the rain is expected to move out a little bit. the cleanup is going to get under way especially in the afternoon. back to the weather computer quickly. back to texas. show you what's happening in the tropics quickly. a tropical storm threat at this time. winds of 45, gusting to 16.
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not expecting to threaten land. should veer off to the west, the next couple of days to the weak on the a tropical depression. in texas, heavy rainfall in many spots. rainfall could spill out 1 to 2, maybe 4 inches of rainfall, parts of oklahoma as far south as maybe houston. flooding is going to be a possibility. in terms of temperatures today, take a look at what you can expect around the nation as we advance this map and show you the high temperatures on the eastern seaboard. boston, 66 degrees, 70 to new york. las vegas, to phoenix. still to the triple digits. 103, 104. san francisco, 66. los angeles, 81 degrees. a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back. and he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a
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at participating gm dealers. a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard. it was all caught on tape. a surveillance camera, here it is. a robber walks up to her, punches her. throws it down, runs off with her purse. she says she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me? on my property. i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately, none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of
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the house where she was assaulted was not easily seen. so she believes the robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. she escaped on the bike. a new group of basketball hall of famer this is morning led by a guy named michael jordan. >> heard of him once or twice, susan. he kept retiring and unretiring. finally staying retired the mandatory five years to gain enshrinement to the basketball hall of fame. the 46-year-old broke down in the standing ovation that lasted more than a minute. he's considered to be the greatest ever. six nba championships. five times he was the league's most valuable player. a poll showed him the sixth most favorite athlete today. maybe he'll unretire a third time. >> one day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. oh, don't laugh. limits, like fears, are often
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just an illusion. thank you very much. >> jordan's occasional golfing partner was busy being dominant on the course. tiger woods on the third round of the bmw championship in suburban, chicago. tied for the lead with shots like this. that's a tap-in for birdie. how about 11. another birdie, four under par 67 on friday. he's six under par. the u.s. open won't finish until monday at the earliest. the total rainout on friday that postponed all matches. last year's open was plagued by rain, pushing the women's title to sunday, the men's title match to sunday. play is going to resume at noon today, weather permitting. the ode to the king of pinstripes. derek jeter on this hit right here becomes the yankees' all-time hits leader passing loug gehrig, 2,722 hits.
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the yankees lost, though. that's sports. >> just getting there is a big part of the adventure of this getaw getaway. it's what makes bane bridge, washington a great spot for relaxing. >> bane bridge island, washington has a small-town field. >> when you get off of the ferry, the streets closer to the dock are lined with great stores, cafes, bistros, and shops to stop in. >> in addition to shopping and dining, bane bridge island offers fun. on the north end is the bloedel reserve. 150 acres of developed landscape and natural woods. >> the bloedel reserve is an estate that used to be owned by a lumber baron turned into a
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there were 9/11 remembrances across the country yesterday. in sacramento, california, firefighters rang a bell and walked up and down a skyscraper. it was the way to honor the comrades who lost their lives in the september 11 attacks. >> we were doing this today, you know, knowing that we're going to make it to the top and go home. they didn't get that opportunity. so pretty solemn day for us. but it's an honor to be able to remember those guys. >> stay with hln as we see how america remembered the terrorist attacks of eight years ago. a rescue helicopter had to be called to rescue people whose
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boat got stuck on rocks. it happened in italy where the boat got in to some trouble on wednesday. it was only about 100 feet from the shore. but there were some kids on it and people who couldn't swim adds well. an italian coast guard helicopter first lowered a rescuer to the water. then it pulled out three kids and one man. other people were rescued by boat. the people onboard were from turkey, zwan, aafghanistan, and middle east. president obama will put tariffs on some chinese imports. the white house says he's trying to curb a surge in imports that hit the tire industry pretty hard. some chinese leaders are disturbed by this move. they say it's not valid and won't do much to maintain a healthy relationship between the u.s. and title. a woman who held the title of world's oldest woman has died. gertrude baines died in a los angeles convalescent home yesterday. she was 115 years old.
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she gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. each year, 52,000 boy scouts performed service projects as they worked their way up to the top rank of eagle. this year, a scout from maryland took his project to the place where he was born, to siberia. his effort makes alex griffith a cnn hero. >> i was abandoned at hospital number 20 at birth. i was adopted at 11 1/2 months old. >> the first time we saw alex, he was malnourished. fell in love with him immediately. there's my son. let's go home, son. >> hospital number 20 gave me a chance to survive and i wanted to give something back. i'm alex griffith.
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i'm building a playground at the hospital where i was adopted from. everyone get plates. >> i've been a boy scout for five years. i wanted to build a program for my eagle project. it had a wooden seat and a sand box which is essentially a mud pit because of all of the rain. we had to design the playground. these are the double side slides. we had to follow it over to build it. volunteers from all over the world helped us build this playground. all of us adopted from russia have not and probably will never forget our birthday. >> i like this playground. because when you slide on it, all of the sadness goes away. >> makes me proud. he's become an example. anything is possible. >> made me really happy just
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it was caught in a florida back yard yesterday. it was a 400-pound giant python. it took four men with fish and wild life to remove the 18-foot snake, delilah. she is huge. 30 inches in circumference. delilah was being kept in an improper cage and could have escaped her enclosure. her owner could have faced charges. president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service. and two georgia women were among those who heated the call. they made goody bag stuff with homemade treats and dropped them off with police and fire stations around atlanta. it's nice to make people see that gratitude that a lot of
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citizens feel they haven't gotten out there and done anything about it. >> you can't wait for someone to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say what can i do. what will i say? >> they were rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11 but it makes them a positive contribution. we are keeping a close eye on the effects of severe weather around the country. we will let you know if it will affect your weekend plans or not. right now, we are continuing to remember the 9/11 attacks. eight years later, the country comes together to pledge, "we will never forget." >> eight septembers have come and gone. nearly 3,000 days have passed. has almost one for each of those taken from us. >> jenkins -- >> joseph jenkins jr. --
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>> and my father, steven hoffmann. every -- even though only i knew you a few years, it feels like so much more. you're an inspiration to all of us. your light will always be shining down from heaven. i love you and i miss you, daddy. >> and my husband, vincent dan -- >> my uncle, firefighter, matthew barnes. >> and my son. >> and my brother -- matthew j. burke. we love you, matty. whether it's eight years or 800 years, you will never be forgotten. >> we continue to live your life like it's september 10, 2001. to show that their actions didn't go in vain. let us renew the true spirit of that day.
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our car started floating up. they were floating. and they were -- they were kind of taking up towards the building in to the creek. >> cars were floating. you heard right. heavy rains have slammed texas over the last couple of days. and now people there are being evacuated as flood waters rise. two light beams in the new york sky symbolizing the two towers that crumbled on 9/11. the nation marked the eighth anniversary of these tattacks and pledges never to forget them. police arrested a convicted sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary school campus posing as an officer. it took a quick-thinking parent
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to expose the danger. it is saturday, september 12. you're watching hln. so glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. the governor of texas is sending state and national guard troops to help communities getting pounded from storms. several inches of rain have fallen already in the area. people outside of the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it starred raining and hailing and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the -- the area over there. and our cars started floating. >> cars were literally floating. forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend as well. especially around houston and the dallas ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. meteorologist reynolds wolf has your forecast in a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery," there it is, touching down last night
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after 13 days in space. the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bat weather in kennedy space sent practitioner florida. trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. the shuttle delivered gear and supplies and it did three space walks. the crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. >> the swine flu virus has reached all 50 states and dc. children and young adults make up most of the patients but the wide spread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only had consequences for our overall h1n1 supply in this country but lit impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> officials in northern mexico
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close closes schools in one city because of swine flu concerns. officials are still waiting on those results. >> the federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit relating to the abu ghraib prison in iraq. caci international inc. abused detainees but the court says the firm is protected from suits filed during a time of war. caci had interrogators at abu ghraib, but an army report found one was linked to possible abuses. with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday. each of the three attack sites.
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these are pictures from shanksville, pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. and later, president obama laid a wreath at be pentagon where 183 people were killed. time cannot diminish the pain and loss of that day. he declared the day a day of service and hundreds of people around the nation volunteered. 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. eight years have gone by since 9/11, but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. a former cia agent says the terrorist mastermind has been extremely elusive. the agent says there's been no credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is offering $25 million for any information about him. but correspondent michael ware says there's a reason why that hasn't worked so far. >> for those who would know where bin laden actually is, i
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would dare say those people could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand, $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so, to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security advisor says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. just as the nation was commemorating 9/11, alarm bells went off in washington. it looked like a boat was breaching a security zone near the pentagon and the coast guard rushing to stop it. samantha hayes explains how it all ended. >> near the pentagon, where president barack obama was commemorating the september 11 attack, an incident on the potomac river. >> you don't slow down. >> communication on the radio and images on camera seemed to indicate the u.s. coast guard was trying to prevent a boat from intruding on a secured zone.
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but the coast guard says it was simply conducting a routine training exercise. >> this was a low profile normal training exercise that goes on every day. >> vice admiral john courier says reports that misinterpreted what was going on prompted other agencies to act, including the faa which grounded some aircraft at nearby reagan international airport. >> i'm not issuing an apology, because, although it's unfortunate that it escalated to this level, what you're seeing here is the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or when we have a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies can come together. >> still, the location of the exercise close to the pentagon and the timing on the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was criticized by the bush administration's former national security advisor, fran townsend. >> to have done an operational exercise, even at the unit level on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we
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understand that the president had left at that point was not a good idea. >> the coast guard said lit be reviewing today's incident to prevent miscommunication with the media in the future. in washington, i'm samantha hayes. a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police say kareem mcneil was on the campus with a bb gun that looked like a semiautomatic. they were tipped off by parents who were suspicious with this. it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us what was the dea. and we saw like -- oh, my god, i'm scared to death. i'm terrified. i can't believe that this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he's being held without bond. president obama will put tariffs on some chinese imports. the white house says he's trying
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to curb a surge in exports that hit the u.s. tire industry pretty hard. some chi these lenese leaders a disturbed by this move. they say it's not valid and won't do much to maintain a healthy relationship between the u.s. and china. a terrible story out of california. a baby girl is dead. a toddler brother is in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected druc eed drunk driver. police in longbeach, california said an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. it dragged the wagon in the crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off but because caught by police. the man pulling the wagon was not injured. a look at the events ahead in the weekend planner. today, the tea party express national bus tour ends in washington, d.c. at 11:30 a.m. eastern. as much as 50,000 demonstrators are expected to march on capitol hill. they are trying to persuade lawmakers to reject the health
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care reform bills. at 1:30 p.m., president obama attends a rally in minneapolis for health care reform. as we mentioned, it's a wet weekend for a lot of folks in texas. we get the latest from reynolds wolf who's standing by. hey, reynolds. texas hit hard by the heavy rainfall. so is new jersey. take a look at the rainfall. the heavy rainfall, flooding, tree damage in parts of monmoth, new jersey. today, the rain is expected to move out a little bit. the cleanup is going to get under way, especially in the afternoon. let's go back to the weather computer quickly. we're going to go back to texas. but first, to what's happening in the tropics quickly. tropical storm fred at this time. gusting to 16. not expecting to threaten land. should veer off to the west and the next several days and the p weaken to a tropical depression. in texas, we are seeing the heavy rainfall. rainfall could spill out anywhere from one, to two, four inches of rain fall from parts of say oklahoma as far south as houston. so, flooding is certainly going
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to be a possibility. now, in terms of temperatures today, take a look at what you can expect around the nation as we advance this map. show you the high temperatures, eastern seaboard. boston, 66 degrees, 70, new york. back to tampa, miami, mainly to the 8 0s, 75 in dallas. san francisco, 66. and los angeles, 81 degrees. that is a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. a robber attacked a grandmother and her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back. and he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a random crime victim. finical n to improve joint comfort in as little as six days. six days, that's fast! (announcer) joint supplement pills are history, because elations powerful formula is more absorbable than pills, delivering clinically proven levels of glucosamine and chondroitin in a great-tasting drink
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. a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard. it was all caught on tape. by nearby surveillance camera. here it is. the robber just walks up to her, punches her. he throws her down. then he runs off with her purse. she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me. on my property? i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately, none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted was not easily seen. so she believes the robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. he escaped on a bike. michael jordan is the hall of famer. michael jordan is a propular
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a moment of silence yesterday as u.s. service members remembered the 9/11 takes. -- attacks. then more than 1,000 service members marked the occasion by taking part in a road race at bagram air force base in afghanistan. there was a somber ceremony in kandahar. u.s. troops remembering the victims of the attacks. and remembering their comrades who have died fighting the war on terror. stay with hln as we show you how
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people around the country and the world remember 9/11. a rescue helicopter had to be called to rescue people whose boat got stuck on rocks. it happened in italy where the boat got in to some trouble on wednesday. it was 100 feet from the shore, but there were kids on it and people who couldn't swim as well. the italian coast guard helicopter first lowered a rescuer to the water and pulled out three kids and one man. other people were rescued by boat. the people onboard were from turkey, afghanistan, and the middle east. a woman who held the title of world's oldest person has died. gertrude baines died in los angeles convalescent home yesterday. she was 115 years old. baines was born in 1894. she gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. defense secretary robert gates is expected to approve sending thousands more u.s.
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troops to afghanistan. a pentagon spokesman said those troops would deal with the growing threat of roadside bombs. but as tom foreman reports, lawmakers aren't ready to support sending more troops in to harm's way. >> reporter: american troops are facing increasingly hot fire in afghanistan. even as he tries to send help, the commander in chief is under assault too. president obama again made it clear, he wants more military pressure on the taliban. just as promised in his campaign. >> the pursuit of al qaeda, the extremist allies, we will never falter. falter. >> reporter: the president has move 2d 1,000 extra troops in afghanistan by a total of 68,000 here by this year's end. the capitol hill top players in the president's own party were waving red flags. noting public support for the war is plummeting, especially
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among democrats. >> i don't think there's a great deal of support for sending more troops to afghanistan in the country or in the compound. >> the influential head of the armed services committee, lates american troops until he sees more afghan soldiers on the line. >> this is an army that's willing to fight and take on the taliban. what they need is much larger numbers, training, equipment, and we have fallen short in providing them with all of that. >> reporter: but, keeping them honest, we contacted military and foreign affairs analysts at several top think tanks with extensive knowledge of afghanistan. some of them are more in favor of the u.s. intervention there, some of them less so, but regardless, all of them said expecting afghan security forces to dramatically step up is a tall order at best. there are currently only about 90,000 afghan troops, the widely agreed upon goal for security
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240,000. that's called unrealistic any time soon. the foreign policy research institute says there's a mismatch between the president's strategy and the resources on the battlefield. the foreign policy initiative says training more afghans is a good idea, but not a substitute for u.s. forces. and the rand corporation says the bottom line is we don't have enough troops, u.s. or afghan. so it appears the president is increasingly caught in a vice between growing resistance at home and advancing enemy on the battle front and a political clock that on this anniversary weekend of 9/11 is ticking loudly. tom foreman, cnn, washington. americans will never forget the fright i think events of september 11th. but this year, the anniversary had a new emphasis. >> i want to say thank you. >> thank you. >> that's all we need.
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that is a 400-pound giant python. took at least four men to remove the 18-foot snake. she is huge, about 30 inches in circumference. officials say delilah was being kept in an improper cage and could've escaped her enclosure. her owner could face charges. president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service. and two georgia women were among those who heeded the call. they made goody bags stuffed with homemade treats and dropped them off at police and fire stations around atlanta. >> it was really nice to be able to make someone see that gratitude that a lot of citizens feel that maybe just haven't gotten out there and done
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anything about it. >> you can't wait for somebody to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say what can i do right now today? >> this group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11 but helps make that contribution. we are keeping a close eye on the effects of severe weather around the country. we will let you know if it will affect your weekend plans or not. but right now, we are continuing to remember the 9/11 attacks. eight years later the country again comes together to pledge we will never forget. >> eight septembers have come and gone. nearly 3,000 days have passed. almost one for each of those taken from us. >> john charles jenkins. >> joseph jenkins jr.
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>> and my father steven hoffman. even now only a few years it feels like so much more. you are an inspiration to all of us, your light will be shining down from heaven. i love you and miss you daddy. >> and my husband. >> my uncle firefighter matthew barnes. >> and my son. >> and my brother matthew j. burke. we love you matty, whether it's eight years or 800 years, you'll never been forgotten. >> you continue to live your life like it's september 10th, 2001. show their actions didn't go in vain. >> let us renew the true spirit of that day. that's a human capacity for --
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the governor of texas has activated search and rescue teams as storms pound the state. there was a major flooding near the austin area yesterday. and more severe storms are expected in houston and the dallas-ft. worth area over the weekend. the u.s. coast guard is making no apologies for the training exercises it did on the potomac river yesterday. they happened during the 9/11 memorial at the nearby pentagon causing fears of another attack. the coast guard said it is reviewing its procedures. hugo chavez returned home from a nine-country tour saying he brought weapons from russia. he said some little rockets will arrive soon that will be used to
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defend venezuela, not to attack anyone. he also says they can fly as far as 185 miles. that is a check of your saturday morning headlines here on hln. thanks so much for tuning in. hope you're having a great one. i'm susan hendricks. yale university's offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to a missing graduate student. annie le was seen tuesday. randi kaye has the latest on the search. >> reporter: on this campus, ominous signs that something is very wrong. there are blood hounds, crime scene investigators sifting through garbage, and this. a haunting surveillance picture of a bride to be student who vanished without a trace. >> everyone's sort of shocked by it, in disbelief that something like this could happen. >> reporter: but it did happen, annie le 24 years old and pursuing a doctorate.
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this snapshot from the building security camera shows le entering, but no one ever saw her leave. >> she left her pocketbook, her cell phone, everything in the lab. >> reporter: evidence and perhaps clues that le, who is just 4'11" and 90 pounds may have met foul play. le disappeared just five days before her wedding. she was supposed to marry columbia university graduate student jonathan wudasky this sunday. her family has reportedly canceled the wedding. authorities say her fiance is not a suspect and is helping in the search. >> reporter: dogs were brought in again to search the building where le disappeared and as campus police, local law enforcement, and the fbi look for le, colleagues and classmates paint a picture of an energetic scholar known for her smile and laugh. >> she was a very cool person, down to earth, always willing to help someone out. >> focussed, disciplined, well rounded, and teacher's favorite
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student of all time. >> reporter: she wrote an article titled "crime and safety in new england." she offers tips on the chances of being robbed or mugged. she writes pay attention to where you are and avoid portraying yourself as a potential victim. good advice, but may not have been enough to protect annie le. randi kaye, cnn, new york. with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday in each of the three attack sites. these are pictures from pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. and outside of washington, the
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pentagon where 184 people were killed. he says the pain can't diminish the loss of that day. people across the nation volunteered. also a ground zero in new york, friends and relatives read the names of each victim, 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit regarding the notorious abu ghraib prison in iraq. it claimed that a group of contractors abused detainees, but the court said the firm is protected from suits filed as a result of military activities during a time of war. caci had interrogators at abu ghraib, but an army report found only one was linked to possible abuses. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle discovery, there it is, touching down last night after 13 days of space. the discovery landed at edwards air force base due to bad
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weather at kennedy space center in florida. trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. discovery delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. the crew also did three space walks. crew members will reunite with their family members in houston later today. the swine flu virus has now reached all 50 states and d.c. health officials say children and young adults make up most of the patients, but a widespread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only has consequences for our overall h1n1 vaccine supply in this country, but it also will impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> meanwhile officials in northern mexico have closed 1,400 schools and one city over
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swine flu concerns. 19 students have been tested after showing symptoms, but officials are still waiting on those results. a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was just roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police say he was on the elementary school campus with a bb gun. they plugged his name on a police website and it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea. and we saw -- i'm scared to death, i'm terrified, i can't believe that this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus at duke for two days, held without bond. president obama will put tariffs on some chinese tire imports. the white house says he's trying to curb a surge in exports that's hit the u.s. tire
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industry pretty hard. sometimes these leaders are disturbed by this move. they say it's not valid and won't do much to maintain a healthy relationship between the u.s. and china. a terrible story here out of california. a baby girl is dead and her toddler brother is in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in long beach, california, say an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon from a crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off, but was eventually caught by police. a man who was pulling the wagon was not injured. as we mentioned, it is certainly a wet weekend for a lot of folks in texas. we get the latest from reynolds wolf who is standing by. hey, reynolds. >> you're right, texas certainly hit with the heavy rainfall, but so was new jersey. not only the heavy rainfall and the flooding, but even tree damage in parts of new jersey. today the rain is expected to
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move out a little bit and then the clean-up is really going to get underway, especially into the afternoon. let's go back to the weather computer really quickly. back to texas, but first what's happening in the tropics very quickly. we've got tropical storm fred at this time, not expected to threaten land, should veer off to the west and then the northwest over the next couple of days and weaken to a tropical depression. we are seeing heavy rainfall in texas, that could spill out anywhere from 1 to 2, maybe as much as 4 inches of rainfall from parts of say oklahoma, as far south as maybe houston. but flooding is going to be a possibility. in terms of temperatures today, take a look at what to expect around the nation. your high temperatures along the eastern sea board, boston with 66 degrees, 70 in new york, back into tampa, and 75 at dallas. well, las vegas and into phoenix still into the triple digits, 103 and 104, san francisco was 66, and los angeles with 81 degrees. that's a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln.
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a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me and i started moving back and then he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a why she thinks she was not a random crime victim. with yummy hamburger helper? oh! tada! fantastically tasty, huh? ummm, it's good. what would you guys like? hamburger helper. what?! one pound... one pan... one tasty meal! i'm just a skeptic so i don't necessarily believe that anything is going to work but i was like, hey, this actually works. (announcer) only rogaine foam is shown to regrow hair in 85% of guys. i'll check it out and i'm like, nice., (announcer) rogain foam. stop losing. start gaining. with little responsibility, zero accountability. our parents telling us what to do... how to behave. now, all of a sudden, we're there, in that role, at that time in our lives
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a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard. and it was all caught on tape. a nearby surveillance camera. here it is, the robber just walks up to her, punches her, throws her down, then runs off with her purse. she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me. on my property. i could have been shot, i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily seen.
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so she believes the robber targeted even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up, he escaped on a bike. here's a look at some of the events ahead in your weekend planner. today, the tea party express national bus tour ends in washington, d.c. at 11:30 a.m. eastern. as much as 50,000 demonstrators are expected to march on capitol hill. they are trying to persuade lawmakers to reject the health care reform bills. then at 1:00 p.m., president obama attends a rally in minneapolis for health care reform. there's a new group of basketball hall of famers this morning led by a guy named michael jordan. larry smith is here with more on this guy. >> yeah, heard of him once or twice, i think, susan, absolutely. michael jordan kept retiring and unretiring, but finally staying retired the mandatory five years to gain into the hall of fame. the 46-year-old broke done when given a standing ovation that lasted more than a minute. considered by many to be the
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greatest basketball player ever. six nba championships and five times the league's most valuable player. a recent poll showed him as the sixth most favorite athlete today. maybe he'll unretire a third time. >> one day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. don't laugh. limits like fears are often just an illusion. thank you very much. >> well, jordan's occasional golfing partner was busy being dominant on the course. he's in the third round in suburban chicago tied for the lead with shots like this, that's a tap in for birdie. on 11, here to set up another birdie, currently he is at seven under par. the open won't finish until monday at the earliest. last year's open was plagued by rain, as well, pushing the women's finals to sunday and the
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men's title match to monday. play is scheduled to resume at noon today, weather permitting. play of the day an ode to the king of pinstripes, derek jeter becomes the all-time hits leader passing lou gehrig, 2,772 hits in case you're counting at home. yankees lost, though. that's sports. a recent study has some interesting findings about a popular way to shop. well, clark howard tells us where shoppers may be spending more than they need to. >> okay. some brainiacs did a study and this is a shocker, that people who go to warehouse clubs like costco, sam's club, that you spend money on things that you really didn't intend to and buy
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there were 9/11 remembrances across the country yesterday in sacramento, california, firefighters rang a bell and then walked up and down a skyscraper. it was their way to honor their comrades that lost their lives in the september 11th attacks. >> we were doing this today, you know, knowing we're going to make it to the top and go home. they didn't get that opportunity. pretty solemn day for us, but it's an honor to be able to remember those guys this way. >> stay with hln as we see how america remembered the terrorist attacks of eight years ago. a rescue helicopter had to be called to rescue people whose boat got stuck on rocks. it happened in italy where the boat got into trouble on wednesday. only about 100 feet from the shore, but there were kids on it and people who couldn't swim, as well. an italian coast guard helicopter lowered a rescuer to the water then pulled out three kids and one man. other people were rescued by boat. the people on board were from
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turkey, afghanistan, and the middle east. he is best known for breaking german codes during world war ii, but many think his contributions to mathematics go unrecognized because he was gay. how a petition brought an apology from britain's government that some say is too little too late. >> reporter: alan churing's math deciphered the incrypted messages. but in 1952, he admitted his home sexuality to a policeman and was prosecuted for hit. he underwent experimental chemical castration, injected with female hormones, he was stripped of his work for the government. he killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide. now gordon brown who has given him not a pardon, but an apology. >> while turing was dealt with under the law of time, we can't put the clock back, his
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treatment was utterly unfair and i'm pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry i and we all are for what happened to him. >> reporter: but one of the rens who operated the code-breaking machine say he should win our admiration, but not a sorry that's too late anyway. >> the man was not known for his homosexuality, he was known for his brilliance in mathematics and i think in some way it detracts from that. if they're so taken up with what his sexuality was to the extent of forgetting about what he really did. >> reporter: but thousands of people did join the petition calling for an official apology for alan turing. >> i accept it, i believe he's made it in good faith, and the fact that he's made it at all is an extraordinary thing because governments rarely apologize for anything. my only disappointment is he did not grant him a pardon. >> if it was anybody of his, a
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grandson or something, i could see a little bit of point in it. but you've got -- when you say sorry, you say it to somebody about something, who is he saying it to? >> reporter: the museum's gradually falling apart. today it asked gordon brown again for more money to preserve the place where the brilliant mathematician helped win the war. >> our thanks to jane reporting. now turing also did pioneering work on artificial intelligence and one of the highest honors in computing is named for him, as well. a woman who held the title of world's oldest person has died. gertrude baines died at a home yesterday. she was 115 years old. baines was born in 1894, gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. americans will never forget the frightening events of september 11th.
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caught in a florida backyard yesterday. a 400-pound giant python. took at least four men with fish and wildlife to remove the 18-foot snake named delilah, she is huge. about 30 inches in circumference. officials say delilah was being kept in an improper cage and could've easily escaped her enclosure. her owner could face charges. president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service. and two georgia women were among those who heeded the call. they made goody bags stuffed with homemade treats and dropped them off at police and fire stations around atlanta. >> it was really nice to be able to make someone see that gratitude that a lot of citizens feel that maybe haven't gotten out there and done anything
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about it. >> you can't wait for somebody to come up with an idea or to give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say, what can i do right now today? >> this group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11, but helps them make a positive contribution. we are keeping a close eye on the effects of severe weather around the country. we will let you know if it will affect your weekend plans or not. but right now, we are continuing to remember the 9/11 attacks. eight years later, the country again comes together to pledge we will never forget. >> eight septembers have come and gone. nearly 3,000 days have passed, almost one for each of those taken from us. >> john charles jenkins. >> joseph jenkins jr. >> and my father steven hoffman.
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even though i only knew you a few years, it feels like so much more. you're an inspiration to all of us. your light will be shining down from heaven. i love you and miss you, daddy. >> and my husband. >> and my uncle firefighter matthew barnes. >> and my son. >> and my brother, matthew j. burke. we love you, matty, whether it's eight years or 800 years, you will never be forgotten. >> to continue to live your life like it's september 10th, 2001, to show that their actions didn't go in vain. >> let us renew the true spirit of that day.
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our car started floating up. they were floating, and they were kind of taking off towards the building and to the creek. >> cars were floating, you heard right. heavy rains slammed texas over the last couple of days. and now people there are being evacuated as flood waters rise. two light beams in the new york sky symbolizing the two towers that crumbled on 9/11. the nation marked the eighth anniversary of the attacks and pledges never to forget them. police arrested a convicted sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary school campus posing an as officer. it took a quick-thinking parent to expose the danger. it is saturday, september
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12th, you're watching hln. so glad you're with us, i'm susan hendricks. well, the governor of texas is helping national guard troops to help communities getting pounded by storms. several inches of rain have fallen already in the area. people outside the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it started raining and hailing and all of a sudden mud started flowing through the area over there. and our car started floating. >> cars were literally floating. forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend, as well. especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. reynolds wolf has your forecast in just a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle discovery, there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space.
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the discovery landed at edwards air force base due to bad weather at kennedy space center in florida. trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. discovery delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. its crew also did three space walks. crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. the swine flu virus has now reached all 50 states in d.c. health officials say children and young adults make up most of the patients, but a widespread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only has consequences for our overall h1n1 vaccine supply in this country, but also will impact the supply around the world. the vaccine we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> meanwhile, officials in northern mexico have closed
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1,400 schools in one city over swine flu concerns. 19 students have been tested after showing symptoms, but officials are still awaiting those results. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit that the notorious abu ghraib prison in iraq. it claims that contractors for caci international inc. abused detainees. but the court said the firm is protected from suits filed as a result of military activities during a time of war. caci had interrogators add abu ghraib, but an army report found only one was linked to possible abuses. with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday at each of the three attack sites.
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these are pictures from shanksville, pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. and outside of washington, president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon where 184 people were killed. he says that time can't diminish the loss and pain of that day. he declares september 11th a day of service and people across the nation volunteered. ground zero in new york, friends and relatives read the names of each victim. eight years have gone by since 9/11, but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. a former cia agent says the terrorist master mind has been extremely elusive. the agent says there's been no credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is now offering $25 million for any information about him. but correspondent michael ware says there's a reason why that hasn't worked so far. >> for those who would know where bin laden actually is and
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i would dare say they could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand, $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so, to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security adviser says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. just as the nation was commemorating 9/11, alarm bells went off in washington. looks like a boat was breaching a security zone near the pentagon and the coast guard rushing to stop it. how it all ended. >> reporter: near the pentagon where president obama was commemorating the september 11th attacks, an incident on the potomac river. communication on the radio and images on camera seem to indicate the u.s. coast guard was trying to prevent a boat from intruding upon a secured zone. but the coast guard says it was simply conducting a routine
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training exercise. >> this is a low profile normal training exercise that goes on every day. >> reporter: john kurrier says reports that misinterpreted what was going on prompted other agencies to act, including the faa that grounded some aircraft at reagan national airport. >> no, i'm not issuing an apology because although it's unfortunate it escalated to this level, what you're seeing here is the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or when we have a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies can come together. >> reporter: still, the location of the exercise close to the pentagon and the timing on the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was criticized by the bush administration's former national security adviser fran townsend. >> to have done an operational exercise, even at the unit level on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we understand the president has
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left at that point, was not a good idea. >> the coast guard says it will be reviewing today's incident to prevent miscommunication with the media in the future. in washington, i'm samantha hayes. the white house says he's trying to curb a surge in exports that hit the u.s. tire industry pretty hard. some chinese leaders are dist b disturbed by this move. they say it's not valid and won't do much to maintain a healthy relationship between the u.s. and china. a terrible story here out of california. a baby girl is dead and her toddler brother is in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in long beach, california, say an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon from a crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off but was eventually caught by police. a man who was pulling the wagon was not injured.
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as we mentioned, it is certainly a wet weekend for a lot of folks in texas. we get the latest from meteorologist reynolds wolf. texas certainly hit hard with the heavy rainfall. but so is new jersey. not only the heavy rainfall and flooding, but even tree damage in parts of new jersey. today the rain is expected to move out a little bit and then the clean-up is really going to get underway, especially into the afternoon. let's go back to the weather computer quickly. we're going to go back to texas. but first i want to show you the tropics quickly. tropical storm fred at this time, not expected to threaten miami. should veer off to the west and northwest over the next couple of days and weaken the tropical depression. meantime in texas, a tropical depression, that could spill out anywhere from 1 to 2 to 4 inches of rainfall from parts of oklahoma, as far south as maybe houston. flooding is certainly going to be a possibility. but in terms of temperatures today, take a look at what you can expect around the nation.
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as we advance this map. your high temperatures along the eastern sea board, boston with 66 degrees, 70 in new york, miami in the 80s, 75 in dallas, las vegas and into phoenix still into the triple digits, 103 and 104, san francisco with 56 and los angeles with 81 degrees. that's a look at your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back and then he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a random crime victim. fiber one. i'm looking for some fiber. this bar is an excellent source of fiber. there's no fiber in this. tastes too good. there is fiber. [ chuckle ] no. i can't taste the fiber in this chocolate. they have 35% of your daily value. hmm. oh, samples. hmm.
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louisiana grandmother in her own yard. and it was all caught on tape. a nearby surveillance camera, here it is, the robber just walks up to her, punches her, throws her down and then runs off with her purse. she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me. on my property. i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily seen. so she believes the robber targeted even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course pretty shan up. he escaped on a bike. michael jordan's a hall of famer, yet still one of the most popular athletes today. >> a recent poll shows him sixth among the favorite and he hasn't played since 2003.
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jordan changed sports marketing, put nike on the map. nike sells $1 billion a year in apparel. carrying the chicago bulls to six nba championships, last night's ceremony was moved from the hall of fame to a larger venue in springfield, massachusetts, due to jordan's popularity. also two teammates from the 1992 olympic dream team, former league mvp, david robinson, and the all-time assistance steals leader. congratulations to all. tiger woods cruising along at the championship, tieing for the lead entering today's third round with mark wilson who plays at this course there in suburban chicago where tiger has won four times in his career. shots like this on eight. a birdie, and here on 11 for another birdie. 4 under par, 67 for woods as he tries to get the win in a couple of weeks.
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shawne merriman's legal issues have gone away. there wasn't enough evidence to prove the charges. she accused merriman as trying to choke her. let's give it up for nick paris, he has a 14-year-old from henderson, nevada, who started the program cleats for kids, that donates used cleats for young football players who don't have enough money to buy their own. congrats to him. good work. president obama wants to send more troops to afghanistan because things are heating up over there. but his plan isn't getting a whole lot of support at home. some say the president is running out of options.
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a moment of silence yesterday as u.s. service members remembered the 9/11 attack. then more than 1,000 service members marked the occasion by taking part in a road race in
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afghanistan. there was also a somber ceremony in kandahar, u.s. troops remembering the victims of the attacks and remembering their comrades who have died fighting the war on terror. stay with hln as we show you how people around the country and the world remembered 9/11. a rescue helicopter had to be called to rescue people whose boat got stuck on rocks. it happened in italy where the boat got into some trouble on wednesday. it was only about 100 feet from the shore. but there were some kids on it and people who couldn't swim, as well. an italian coast guard helicopter lowered a rescuer to the water and pulled out three kids and one man. other people were rescued by boat. people on board were from turkey, afghanistan, and the middle east. a woman who held the title of world's oldest person has died. gertrude baines died at a los angeles home yesterday. she was 115 years old.
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baines was born in 1894, she gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. defense secretary robert gates is expected to approve sending thousands more u.s. troops to afghanistan. a pentagon spokesman says those troops would deal with the growing threat of roadside bombs. but as tom foreman reports, lawmakers aren't ready to support sending more troops in harm's way. >> american troops are facing increasingly hot fire in afghanistan. and even as he tries to send help, their commander in chief is under assault too. president obama again made it clear he wants more military pressure on the taliban, just as promised in his campaign. >> pursuit of al qaeda, and its extremist allies, we will never falter. >> the president has already been moving 21,000 extra troops into afghanistan for a total of 68,000 by this year's end.
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but even before the latest expected request for more on capitol hill top players in the president's own party were waving red flags, noting public support for the war is plummeting, especially among democrats. >> i don't think there's a great deal of support for sending more troops to afghanistan. in the country or in the congress. >> the influential head of armed services committee, karl levin is the latest saying no more american troops until he sees more afghan soldiers on the lines. >> this is an army that's willing to fight and take on the taliban. what they need is much larger numbers, they need training, the equipment, and we have fallen short in providing them with all of that. >> but, keeping them honest, we contacted military and foreign affairs analysts at several top think tanks with extensive knowledge of afghanistan. some of them are more in favor of the u.s. intervention there. some of them less so, but regardless, all of them said
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expecting afghan security forces to dramatically step up is a tall order at best. there are currently only about 90,000 afghan 90,000 afghan troops t widely agreed upon goal for security, 240,000. the cato institute calls that unrealistic any time soon. the foreign policy director says there's a match match between strategy. training is a good idea, but not a substitute for american forces. it appears that the president is increasingly caught in a vice between growing resistance at home and advancing enemy on the battle front and a political clock that on this anniversary weekend of 9/11 is ticking loudly.
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tom foreman, cnn, washington. americans will never forget the frightening events of september 11, but this year is anniversary had a new emphasis. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> people heed a call to serve and try to create a good deed out of tragedy. this is hln. i'm robin meade, we salute the troops every weekday on hln news. we're doing it on the weekends too. >> ihi name is an debris yarks i'm saluting my husband, private first class code hout. he's part of the 84 brigade come bad team. baby we miss you and are so
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proud of you. we are praying for you and your unit's safe return. >> look at those great pictures, if you have is somebody in the service, we would like to help you salute them so go to cnn/robin. from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern. carol, when you replaced casual friday with nordic tuesday, was it really for fun, or to save money on heat?, why? don't you think nordic tuesday is fun? oh no, it's fun... you know, if you are trying to cut costs, fedex can help. we've got express options, fast ground and freight service--
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take a look at this monster. that's a 400-pound giant python. it took at least four men to remove the 18-foot snake called dee lie la. she's about 30 inches in circumference. officials say she was being kept in an improper cage and could have escaped her enclosure. president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service. and two georgia women were among those who heated the call. they made goody bag stuff with homemade treats and dropped them off with police and fire stations around atlanta.
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it's nice to make people see that gratitude that a lot of citizens feel they haven't gotten out there and done anything about it. >> you can't wait for someone to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say what can i do. this group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11, but it helps them make a positive contribution. we are keeping a close eye on the effects of severe weather around the country. we will let you know if it will affect your weekend plans or not. right now, we are continuing to remember the 9/11 attacks. eight years later, the country comes together to pledge, "we will never forget." >> eight septembers have come and gone. nearly 3,000 days have passed. almost one for each of those taken from us. >> john paul jenkins. >> joseph jenkins jr. -- >> and my father, steven hoffmann.
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every -- even though only i knew you a few years, it feels like so much more. you're an inspiration to all of us. your light will always be shining down from heaven. i love you and i miss you, daddy. >> and my husband, vincent dan -- >> my uncle, firefighter, matthew barnes. >> and my son. >> and my brother -- matthew j. burke. we love you, matty. whether it's eight years or 800 years, you will never be forgotten. >> we continue to live your life like it's september 10, 2001. to show that their actions didn't go in vain. let us renew the true spirit of that day. not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good.
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talk about a security scare, it looked like coast guard boats were chasing someone on the anniversary of 9/11. but the guard says there was never in danger. and police arrest a sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary center and posing as a security officer. our car started floating up. they were floating. and they were -- they were kind of taking up towards the building in to the creek. >> you heard right, cars were floating. heavy rains have slammed texas over the last couple of days. and now people there are being evacuated as flood waters rise.
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thanks so much for watching hln on this saturday morning, great to have you was. we begin with an incident that rattled the nation's capital yesterday. it looks like the coast guard boats were chasing a vessel on the potomac river. >> near the pentagon, where president barack obama was commemorating the september 11 attack, an incident on the potomac river. >> to do an operational exercise, on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we understand that the president had left at that point.
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>> the coast guard says it will take a long, hard look at that exercise. the governor of texas is sending state and national guard troops to help communities getting pounded from storms. several inches of rain have fallen already in the area. people outside of the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it starred raining and hailing and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the -- the area over there. and our cars started floating. >> forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of the texas over the weekend, especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery," there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space. the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bat weather in kennedy space center in florida. trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money.
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discovery delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. it's crew also did three space walks. the crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. >> the swine flu virus has reached all 50 states and dc. health officials say children and young adults make utmost of the patients, but a widespread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only had consequences for our overall h1n1 supply in this country but it also will impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> officials in northern mexico close closes schools in one city because of swine flu concerns. officials are still waiting on those results.
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the family of a missing yale university garage walt student has reportedly canceled here weather. 24-year-old annie le was supposed to get married tomorrow. yesterday cadaver dogs were brought in to search the yale medical middling. her purse, her credit cards were all left in her office. here's how people who knew le described her. >> authorities say le's fiance is helping them in the search. he is not a suspect. she has not been heard from since tuesday. with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the
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eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday. each of the three attack sites. these are pictures from shanksville, pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. and outside of washington, president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon where 184 people were killed. he said that time can't diminish the loss and pain of that day. he declared september 11 a day of service and hundreds of people around the nation volunteered. 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. eight years have gone by since 9/11, but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. a former cia agent says the terrorist mastermind has been extremely elusive. the agent says there's been no credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is offering $25 million for any information about him. but correspondent michael ware says there's a reason why that
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hasn't worked so far. >> for those who would know where bin laden actually is, i would dare say those people could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand, $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so, to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security advisor says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. democratic leaders plan to bring a resolution to the house floor regarding representative wilson's outburst on wednesday night. >> the reforms i'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
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>> you lie! >> that's not true. >> wilson apologized saying his actions were not appropriate, then he apologized to the white house staff. defense secretary robert gates is expected to approve sending thousands more u.s. troops to afghanistan. a pentagon spokesman said those troops would deal with the growing threat of roadside bombs. earlier this year president obama approved plans to send 21,000 aadditional troops to afghanistan. >> president obama is taking his pitch for health care reform on the road, literally. the president is going to minneapolis for a rally this afternoon. minnesota is an example of where mr. obama wants the rest of the country to go on health care. it is considered one of the healthiest states and is home to
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the world renowned mayoe clinic. >> i'm reynolds wolf for hln. we're following two weather stories today. we're following the tropics, thankfully fred as weakened considerably over the last couple of days. at one point it was a major hurricane, now it is a relatively weak tropical storm, expected to be downgraded over the next 24 to 48 hours, as a depression. the heavy rainfall in texas and oklahoma objection, from oklahoma southward right down to the south red river valley. we could deal with anywhere from two to four inches of rainfall. 83 in houston, 102 in las vegas, 104 in phoenix, 69 in denver.
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san francisco at 66. that is a look at your forecast around the nation. last year, california voters as you may know approved a ban on gay marriage. but one guy says he wants to take that a step further. >> god hates divorce. >> he says husbands and wives shouldn't be allowed to split. is he serious about this? some people have their doubts. announcer: what if you could rewrite your hair's past
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social pranks but won't say if this ban on divorce is one of them. >> i get attacked from people who think i'm kidding, that i'm making fun of the prop 8 people. then i get attacked from the left who think i'm serious. >> the caption said, until death do us part, you're not dead yet. a convicted sex offender was roaming an elementary school for days. he was on a elementary school campus and was carrying a beebee gun. >> he told us he was with the d.ea. and we saw a gun. i'm scared to death, i can't believe that this happened.
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>> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he is being held without bond. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit regarding the notorious ababu graibh prison in iraq. the court says that the military is protected from -- interrogators at abu graibh, but an army report found only one was linked to possible abuses. >> i'm larry smith, noon eastern time is when they hope to resume play at the u.s. open. federer is trying to extend his record to 16 grand slam titles. the open won't finish until monday at the earliest. last year's -- pushing the women's final to sunday and that men's title match to monday. same situation this year.
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basketball superstar michael jordan went into the hall of fame last night in a ceremony moved from its usual location due to his enormous popularity. jordan headlined a class that included rutgers women's coach, c.w. stringer and a pair of olympic dream teamers and the nba's all-time assists and steals leader john stockton. tiger woods is cruising along at the bmw championship. tied for the lead with shots like this. shawne merriman's legal issues have gone away. there wasn't enough evidence to proof that the charger's defensive line man tried to choke her as she left his house early monday morning.
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that's sports. the number of failed u.s. banks is creeping closer to that triple digit market now. a woman who held the title of world's oldest person has died. gertrude baines died in a los angeles convalescent home yesterday. she was 115 years old. she gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me and i started moving back and then he leaped at me.
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a robber attacked a grandmother and her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard. it was all caught on tape. by nearby surveillance camera. here it is. the robber just walks up to her, punches her. he throws her down. then he runs off with her purse. she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me. on my property? i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately, none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted was not easily seen. so she believes the robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. he escaped on a bike. the cold war is over, but apparently spying is not. experts say along with russia, china runs an especially comprehensive and successful espionage operation against the u.s.
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>> the space shuttle, the international space station, the f-14 fighter, some of the most valuable technolodge -- don fan chung was an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance. a search turned up 3,000 sensitive documents hiddened under his house. letters with marching orders from his chinese handlers. he had been spying for china for more than three decades. experts say chung is just one player in a comprehensive chinese espionage operation. the chinese government says such charges reflect an old, cold war
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mentality. >> they want to put up stories to demonize china for their benefit. it's not good. >> so the allegations about espionage are not true. >> not true. >> but there is ample evidence that china is siphoning secrets to aid their economic development. since 2006, the u.s. has prosecuted 60 people for stealing secrets for china. >> we have stopped some things from happening, that if we had not stopped them would have resulted in very grieve you losses. of course you don't know what you don't know. >> chinese cyber capabilities are sophisticated, although it can't be proved, china is believed to have infiltrated several government agency. >> pewter experts say chinese experts may have left behind close that could be triggered to shut down or destroy critical infrastructure, even weapons
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systems. the pentagon recently told congress, of all the foreign intelligence organizations attempting to penetrate u.s. act cities, china's are most aggressive. >> it's unprecedented and it's continuing. and we're not mounting a proportionate response at all. >> our thanks to jean meserve with that story. >> experts say the u.s.'s desire to stay on good relations with china makes it even more difficult for it to effectively deal with espionage. that's pe that's. take a look at this monster, that is a 400-pound giant python. it took at least four men with fish and wildlife to remove the 18-foot snake named delilah. officials say she was being kept in an improper cage and could have easily escaped her enclosure.
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the owners have decided not to sell it. >> they were percent indicated wherever they came here for their religious beliefs so they came here for their freedom so they should be proud to represent america. >> the owners say they accept any consequences of their faith and respect other people's viewpoints. the minnesota teenager who fought the court ordered therapy for his hodgkin's lymphoma. the 13-year-old celebrated the milestone with pizza and cake. you may remember daniel and his mother fled the state to avoid the treatments.
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doctors say daniel's tumor has ationing significantly. >> colleen hauser says she believes the family's alternative medicine treatment for daniel which includes herbs and a special diet also played a part. daniel will start radiation next month. the writer and producer who was celebrated for his work on the comedy series "m.a.s.h." he helped create "m.a.s.h." in 1974. he also got an oscar nod for writing the 1982 film "tootsie." president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service and two georgia women were among those who heeded the call. they made goodie bags stuffed with home made treats and dropped them off at police and
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fire stations around atlanta. >> it was really nice to be able to make someone see that gratitude that a lot of citizens feel but maybe just haven't gotten out there and done anything about it. >> you can't wait for somebody to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say what can i do right now, today? >> these group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11, but it certainly helps them make a positive contribution. remember that iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at president george w. bush? he could get out of jail before his sentence is up. his attorney says he may be released next week. you may remember, here it is, there's the incident that happened during a news conference in december. president bush was not injured. the journalist was originally sentenced to three years behind bars for assaulting a foreign head of state. but that was later reduced to one year. yale university is offering a 10,000 reward to help find a missing graduate student annie
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talk about a security scare, it looked like coast guard boats were chags someone on the anyone of 9/11. but the guard says there was never any danger. and police arrest a convicted sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary school campus posing as an officer. it took quick thinking parents to expose the danger. >> our cars started floating up, they were floating and they were kind of taking off towards the building and to the creek. >> you heard right, cars were floating, heavy rains that pounded texas over the last couple of days and now people
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are being evacuated as floodwaters rise. well people stopped to remember to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, some people in washington were rattled because of this. it looked like a boat was breaching a security zone near the pentagon. and the coast guard rushing in to stop it. that's what appeared to be happening there. samantha hayes explains how it all ended. >> reporter: near the pentagon where barack obama was commemorating the september 11th attacks, an incident on the potomac river. communication on the radio and images on camera seemed to pore they that the coast guard was trying to prevent a boat from entering the secure zone. but the coast guard said that it was conducting a routine training exercise. >> this is a low profile normal training exercise that goes on every day.
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>> vice admiral john courier says reports that misinterpreted what was going on prompted other agencies to react, including the faa which grounded some aircraft at the airport. >> no, i'm not issuing an apology, because although it's unfortunate it escalated to this level, you're seeing the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies could come together. >> is ill the location of the exercise so close to the pentagon and the timing on the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was criticized by the bush administration's former national security adviser, fran townsend. >> to have done an operational exercise, even at the unit level on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we understand that the president had left at that point, was not a good idea. >> the coast guard says it will be reviewing today's incident to prevent miscommunication with the media in the future. in washington, i'm samantha hayes. the governor of texas is sending state and national guard
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troops to help communities getting pounded by the storms there. several inches of rain have already fallen and people outside the austin area had to be evacuated when the floodwaters got to be too much. >> it started raining and hailing and all of a sudden mud started flowing through the area over there and our cars started floating. >> forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach texas over the weekend, especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery," there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space. the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bat weather in kennedy space center in florida. trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. the shuttle delivered gear and supplies and it did three space walks. its crew also did three space
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walks. the crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. >> the swine flu virus has reached all 50 states and dc. health firms say children and young adults make utmost of the patients but widespread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only had consequences for our overall h1n1 supply in this country but lit impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> officials in northern mexico have krez closed 1,400 schools in one city over swine flu concerns. nine people have been tested after showing symptoms. but officials are still waiting on those results. the family of a missing yale university graduate student has reportedly canceled her wedding. 24-year-old annie le was
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supposed to get married tomorrow. yale is now offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who has any information that leads them to annie. yesterday cadaver dogs were brought in to search the medical building where she lived. here's how those who knew le describe her. >> a very cool person, very down to earth, always willing to help someone else. >> focused, well rounded and actually this teacher's favorite student of all time zplechlt has not been heard from since tuesday. >> democratic leaders plan to bring a resolution to the house floor regarding south carolina republican joe wilson's outburst. remember this on wednesday night? >> the reforms i'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
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>> you lie! >> it's not true. >> wilson issued a statement immediately after president obama's speech saying that his actions were inappropriate. then he apologized to the white house chief of staff. the president accepted wilson's apology on thursday. defense secretary robert gates is considering sending more troops to afghanistan to help deal with the deadly roadside bombs there, that is according to the pentagon spokesman geoff morrell. a military source with knowledge of the proposal says gates could deploy an additional 3,000 troops. gates' request has not been taken to president obama yet. earlier this year president obama approved plans to send 3,000 additional troops to afghanistan. we're following two weather stories today. first and foremost will be with the tropics. as you get a little bit closer, tropical storm fred, winds currently at 45 gusting to 60 miles an hour. fred has weakened over the last couple of days. at one point it was a major
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hurricane, now a weak tropical storm, expected to be downgraded over the next 24 to 48 hours as a depression slowly moving off to the west northwest. other big story we're following, a big rainstorm from texas to oklahoma, from oklahoma southward right through parts of the red river valley, as far as central and south texas, we could deal with two to four inchings of rainfall and as a result some flash flooding throughout the weekend. if you happen to be in boston today, 64 degrees will be your high today. washington, d.c. 74, 83 in houston, 102 in las vegas, 104 in phoenix and 679d in denver. that's a look at your forecast across the nation. last year california voters as you may know approved a ban on gay marriage, but one guy says he wants to take that a step further. >> god hates divorce. >> he says husbands and wives shouldn't be allowed to split.n is he serious about this?
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a man known as being a prankster has started a campaign to ban divorce in california. he's filed to -- he says it's just a logical extension of proposition 8 which banned gay marriage. he's known for carrying out several pranks, but people don't know if this is one of them. >> people think i'm making fun of the prop 8 people. and then on the other side, i'm getting attacked from the left who think that i'm serious.
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>> his website shows a couple held together by a chain. a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was just roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. kareem mcneil was on the elementary school campus with a beebee gun that looked like a semiauto mat tick. they plugged his name into a police website and it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea. and we saw a gun. i'm scared to death. i'm terrified, i can't believe that this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he is being held without bond. i'm larry smith, michael jordan, you know, african-americans were rarely used as commercial pitchmen before mj.
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he left an indelible stamp on the game of basketball itself. he was enshrined in the basketball hall of fame last night. a recent poll showed him as the sixth most favorite athlete today. he hinted yet again that he still wants to play. >> one day you mikt look up and see me playing the game at 50. oh, don't laugh. limits like fears, are often just an illusion. thank you very much. >> meanwhile his occasional golf partner, this chicago, just outside chicago, the bmw championship, it's tiger woods we're talking about, shots like this on hole number 8, and this on number 11, both setting up birdie puts that he made. he's tie for the lead. the u.s. open in tennis won't finish until monday at the earliest. thanks to that total rainout on
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friday. the women's final is pushed to sunday and the men's title to monday. play is scheduled for noon eastern time today. the big leagues and the players -- one million tickets to underserved youth as well as people who contribute to country and community, like first responders, firefighters and teacher. . "play of the day" and we give honor to derek jeter. this base hit put jeter among the all-time hits list, passing lou ger reck with 2,722 hits though the yankees did lose the game. the number of failed u.s. banks is creeping closer to that triple-digit mark now. the total hit 92 yesterday, when three more banks shut their doors. now the closures include a large bank in illinois and two smaller ones in washington state and also minnesota.
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hi there, i'm robin meade, you know we salute the troops every weekday on morning express with robin meade. we're doing it on the weekdays too. >> my name is andrea, i'm saluting my husband, cody hout. baby, we miss you and we're so proud of you, we're praying for you and your unit's safe return. you're our hero and i'm so proud to be your wife. >> those are great pictures, if you have somebody in the service, we would like to help you salute them, so go to cnn.com/robin. join us from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground.
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>> and he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back and then he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape, why she thinks she was not a random crime victim.
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a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard and it was all caught on tape. a nearby surveillance camera, the robber walks up to her punches her, he throws her down and he walks off with her purse. she says she was beyond scare. >> my feeling was anger, how dare you do this to me on my property. i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately nothing of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily clean, so she believes the robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises of course, pretty shaken up. senator ed kennedy started planning his memorial about a
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year before he was even diagnosed with brain cancer. kennedy's plans came up during a dinner in washington in 2007. his diagnosis came in 2008. neil also said that at that dinner, kennedy mentioned he had been reflecting on his legacy, including how he championed his cause of health care during his time in the senate. kennedy died, as you know, on august 25. the combed war is over, but apparently spying is not. experts say along with russia, china runs a successful espionage operation against the u.s. chinese officials insist this is not true. jean meserve explains. >> ignition and lift off of the space shuttle "discovery." >> the space shuttle, the international space station, the f-14 rocket and the f-15 fighter. information about all of them was given to china by this man. don fan chung, a naturalized
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u.s. citizen was an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance. an investigation turned off 3,000 documents beneath his house. he was convicted in july, he had been spying for china for more than three decades. experts say chung is just one player in a complex and comprehensive chinese espionage operation. >> what kind of information are they getting from us? >> they're getting pretty much everything. >> the chinese government says such charges reflect an old cold war mentality. >> they want to put up stories to demonize china for their benefit. it's not good. >> so the allegations about espionage are not true. >> not true. >> since 2006, the u.s. government has prosecuted 60 people for stealing secrets for
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china. >> we have stopped some things from happening that if we had not stopped them then it would have resulted in very grieve you losses. of course you don't know what you don't know. >> chinese cyber to prove, the government and its surrogates are believed to have infiltrated computers at most u.s. government agencies. >> the sad joke in the pentagon is if somebody can't find a document, someone else says call the chinese. >> reporter: computer experts say chinese hackers may have left behind code that could be triggered to shut down or destroy critical infrastructure, even weapons systems. the pentagon recently told congress of all the foreign intelligence organizations attempting to penetrate u.s. agencies, china's are the most aggressive. >> it is a damaging thing and it is unprecedented. >> reporter: and it's continuing. >> and it's continuing. and we're not mounting a proportionate response at all. >> thanks to jeanne meserve with that story. experts say the u.s.'s desire to stay on good terms with china
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makes it even more difficult for it to effectively deal with chinese espionage. that espionage is thought to be jeopardizing u.s. economic and military strength. take a look at this monster. it was caught in a florida backyard yesterday. that is a 400 pound giant python. it took at least four men with fish and wildlife to remove the 18 foot snake named delilah. she is huge, about 30 inches in circumference. officials say she was being kept in an improper cage and could have easily escaped her encloseure. her owner could face charges. a terrible story out of california. a baby girl is dead and her toddler brother in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in long beach, california say an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon from a cross-walk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off but was
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eventually caught by police. a man who was pulling the wagon was not injured. listen to this. a pennsylvania store says it doesn't want to sell american flags. but why? hear what the owners have to say and then hear from some folks who are furious about it. ll it.
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some customers aren't too happy about the decision. >> they were persecuted wherever they came from for their religious beliefs so they came here for their freedom. they should be proud to be an american. and a flag represents america, as far as i'm concerned. >> the owners say they accept any consequences of their faith and respect other people's viewpoints. the minnesota teenager who fought that court ordered chemotherapy for his hodgkin's lymphoma has finished up his treatments. 13-year-old daniel hauser celebrated the milestone with pizza and cake. you may remember back in may, daniel and his mother briefly fled the state to avoid treatments, but they eventually returned. his mother says doctors believe daniel's tumor has shrunk significantly.
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>> he looks good. he really looks good. i'm well pleased how he looks. >> great news. colleen hauser says she believes the family's alternative medicine treatments for daniel, which include herbs and a special diet, also played a part. daniel will start radiation next month. the writer and producer best known for his work on the korean war comedy drama m.a.s.h. has died. larry gelbart's wife told cnn he had cancer. he started as a comedy writer for radio in the 1940s and helped create m.a.s.h. in 1972. he wrote for the show's first four seasons. he also got an oscar nod for writing the 1982 film, "tootsie." president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service and two georgia women were among those who heeded the call. they made goody bags stuffed with home-made treats and dropped them off at police and fire stations around atlanta.
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>> it was really nice to be able to make someone see that gratitude that a lot of citizens feel but maybe just haven't gotten out there and done anything about it. >> you can't wait for somebody to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say what can i do right now, today. >> this group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11, but it certainly helps them make a positive contribution. president obama is taking his pitch for health care reform on the road. literally. the president is going to minneapolis for a rally this afternoon. minnesota is an example of where mr. obama wants the rest of the country to go on health care. it is considered one of the healthiest states and is home to the world-renowned mayo clinic. yale university is offering a $10,000 reward to help find a missing graduate student, annie le. her family has reportedly made a drastic decision about her wedding scheduled for tomorrow.
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talk about a security scare. it looked like coast guard boats were chasing someone on the anniversary of 9/11, but the guard says there was never any danger. and police arrest a convicted sex offender who was armed and roaming an elementary school campus posing as an officer. it took quick-thinking parents to expose the danger. our car started floating up and they were kind of taking off towards the building and to the creek. >> you heard right. cars were floating. heavy rains have pounded texas over the last couple of days and now people there are being evacuated as flood waters rise.
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thanks for watching hln on this saturday morning. great to have you with us. we begin with an incident that rattled the nation's capital yesterday. watch this. it looks like the coast guard boats were chasing a vessel on the potomac river. remember, it's a secured space near the pentagon on the anniversary of 9/11. and president obama laid a wreath there during an anniversary ceremony on september 11th. other agencies had no idea this was coming, but the coast guard says this was just a drill. >> i'm not issuing an apology because although it's unfortunate that it escalated to this level, what you're seeing here is the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or when we have a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies can come together. >> to have done an operational exercise, even at the unit level on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we understand the president had left at that point, was not a good idea. >> the coast guard says it will
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take a long, hard look at that exercise. the governor of texas is sending state and national guard troops to help communities getting pounded by the storms there. several inches of rain have already fallen and people outside the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it started raining and hailing and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the area over there and our car started floating. >> forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend, especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. meteorologist reynolds wolf has your forecast in just a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery," there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space, the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bad
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weather at kennedy space center in florida, trying to avoid that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. "discovery" delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. its crew also did three space walks. crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. the swine flu virus has now reached all 50 states and d.c. health officials say children and young adults make up most of the patients but a widespread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only has consequences for our overall h1n1 vaccine supply in this country but it also will impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> meanwhile, officials in northern mexico have closed 1400 schools in one city, over swine flu concerns.
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19 students have been tested after showing symptoms but officials are still waiting on those results. the family of a missing yale university graduate student has reportedly canceled her wedding. 24-year-old annie le was supposed to get married tomorrow. yale is now offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who has any information that leads them to annie. yesterday, cadaver dogs were brought in to search the yale medical building where le disappeared. her purse, her cell phone and credit cards were all left in her office. here is how those who knew le describe her. >> very, very cool person, very down to earth. always willing to help someone out. >> focused, disciplined, well-rounded, vibrant and actually, this teacher's favorite student of all time. >> authorities say le's fiance is helping them in the search. he is not a suspect. she has not been heard from since tuesday.
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with ceremonies like this one, the nation commemorated the eighth anniversary of 9/11. there was a minute of silence yesterday at each of the three attack sites. these are pictures from shanksville, pennsylvania, where flight 93 crashed. outside of washington, president obama laid a wreath at the pentagon where 184 people were killed. he said that time can't diminish the loss and pain of that day. he declared september 11th a day of service and people across the nation volunteered. also at ground zero in new york, friends and relatives read the names of each victim. 2,752 people died when the world trade center towers were attacked. eight years have gone by since 9/11 but the u.s. still hasn't caught osama bin laden. a former cia agent says the terrorist mastermind has been extremely elusive. the agent says there's been no
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credible lead about bin laden since 2004. the u.s. is now offering $25 million for any information about him. correspondent michael ware says there's a reason why that hasn't worked so far. >> reporter: for those who would know where bin laden actually is, i would dare say those people could be counted on the fingers or less of one hand, $25 million means nothing. these are men who are prepared to die for bin laden. in fact, they're eager for the opportunity to do so, to martyr themselves in bin laden's name. >> a former white house national security advisor says bin laden is still an inspiration to other terrorists, even though he's in hiding. democratic leaders plan to bring a resolution to the house floor regarding south carolina republican joe wilson's outburst. remember when this happened during president obama's joint address to congress on wednesday night? >> the reforms, the reforms i am
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proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. >> you lie! >> that's not true. >> wilson issued a statement immediately after president obama's speech saying that his actions were inappropriate. then he apologized to the white house chief of staff. the president accepted wilson's apology on thursday. defense secretary robert gates is considering sending more troops to afghanistan to help deal with the deadly roadside bombs there. that is according to the pentagon spokesman. a military source with knowledge of the proposal says gates could deploy an additional 3,000 troops. gates' request has not been taken to president obama yet. earlier this year, president obama proved plans to send 21,000 additional troops to afghanistan. president obama is taking his pitch for health care reform on the road. literally. the president is going to minneapolis for a rally this afternoon. minnesota is an examine m of where mr. obama wants the rest
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of the country to go on health care. it is considered one of the healthiest states and is home to the world-renowned mayo clinic. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. we're following two weather stories today. first and foremost, the tropics. as you get closer, take a look, tropical storm fred. thankfully, fred has weakened considerably over the last couple days. at one point it was a major hurricane. now it is a relatively weak tropical storm, expected to be downgraded over the next 24 to 48 hours as a depression. slowly moving off to the west-northwest. no threat to land, certainly a good thing. other big story we're following today, the heavy rainfall in parts of texas and oklahoma. in fact, from oklahoma southward right through parts of the red river valley, as far south as central and south texas, we could deal with two to four inches of rainfall and with that, the possibility of flash flooding throughout the weekend. high temperatures across the nation. take a look at some of these, if you happen to be in boston today, 64 degrees will be your high. washington, d.c., 74. 83 in houston.
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102 in las vegas, 104 in phoenix and 59 in denver. san francisco with 66. that is a look at your forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. last year, california voters as you may know approved a ban on gay marriage but one guy says he wants to take that a step further. >> god hates divorce. >> he says husbands and wives shouldn't be allowed to split. is he serious about this? some people have their doubts. @
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a man known for being a prankster has started a campaign to ban divorce in california. he has taken the initial step to qualify a marriage protection act for a statewide vote next year. he says it's just a logical extension of proposition eight which banned gay marriage. he is known for pulling off several harmless social pranks but won't say if this divorce ban push is one of them. >> i get attacked from people that think i'm kidding and think
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i'm making fun of the prop eight people. and then on the other side, i'm getting attacked from the left who think that i'm serious. >> his website shows a couple held together by a chain with the caption that says "you've said til death do us part, you're not dead yet." a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was just roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police say kareem mcneil was on the elementary school campus with a beebee gun that looked like a semiautomatic. they were tipped off by parents who got suspicious of this. they plugged his name into a police website and it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea, and we saw all of a sudden -- i'm scared to death. i'm terrified. i can't believe this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he is being held without bond.
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i'm larry smith. noon eastern time is when they hope to resume play at the u.s. open beginning with the completion of roger federer's quarter final match from thursday night. he is trying to extend his record to 16 grand slam titles. the open won't finish until monday at the earliest thanks to friday's rain. last year's open was plagued by bad weather as well, pushing the women's final to sunday and the men's title match to monday. same situation this year. basketball superstar michael jordan went into the hall of fame last night. in a ceremony moved from its usual location due to his enormous popularity, the five-time nba most valuable player carried the chicago bulls to six nba championships. jordan headlined a class that included rutgers' women's coach, jerry sloan and a pair of olympic dream-teamers. tiger woods is cruising along at the bmw championship just outside chicago. he has won four times on this cog hill course and here, the approach on 8, clearly he knows
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the course. a birdie putt here. also on 11, tiger 4 under par, tied for the lead entering today's third round. shawn merriman's legal issues have gone away. authorities say there wasn't enough evidence to prove reality tv star tila tequila's claim that the charge the defensive lineman tried to choke her as she left his home sunday morning. give it up for nick paris. the 14-year-old from nevada has started the project cleats for kids which fixes up donated cleats for young football players who may not have the money to buy their own. pretty heady stuff for a teenager. good for him. that's sports. the number of failed u.s. banks is creeping closer to that triple digit mark now. the total hit 92 yesterday when three more banks shut their doors. the closures include a small bank in illinois and two smaller ones in washington state and also minnesota. a woman who held the title of world's oldest person has died.
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gertrude baynes died yesterday at 115 years old. she was born in 1894. she gained notoriety when the guinness world records declared her the oldest living person last january. she died in her sleep. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> he kept coming towards me. and i started moving back and then he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a why she thinks she was not a random crime victim. and you can earn double, triple, or even quadruple points when you pay with your mastercard card. triple-a members can get even more. better values, best western. for details, visit bestwestern.com.
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a robber attacked a south louisiana grandmother in her own yard, and it was all caught on tape by nearby surveillance camera. here it is. the robber just walks up to her, punches her, throws her down, then he runs off with her purse. she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me on my property. i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately, none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily seen, so she believes the robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. he escaped on a bike. senator edward kennedy started planning his memorial about a year before he was even diagnosed with brain cancer. democratic congressman richard
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neill told cnn that kennedy's plans came up during a dinner in washington in 2007. his diagnosis came in 2008. neill also said that at that dinner, kennedy mentioned he had been reflecting on his legacy, including how he championed the cause of health care during his time in the senate. kennedy died, as you know, on august 25th. the cold war is over but apparently spying is not. experts say along with russia, china runs an especially comprehensive and successful espionage operation against the u.s. some chinese officials insist that is not true. jeanne meserve explains. >> booster ignition and liftoff of the space shuttle "discovery." >> reporter: the space shuttle, the international space station, the delta four rocket and the f-15 fighter. some of the most sensitive and valuable technologies developed by the united states. and information about all of them was given to china by this man.
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donfang chung, naturalized u.s. citizen, an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance. a search turned up 300,000 sensitive documents hidden under his house, letters with marching orders from his chinese handlers, even a medal from the chinese government. he was convicted in july. he had been spying for china for more than three decades. experts say chung is just one player in a complex and comprehensive chinese espionage operation. what kind of information are they getting from us? >> they're getting pretty much everything. >> reporter: the chinese government says such charges reflect an old cold war mentality. >> they want to put up stories to demonize china for their benefit. it's not good. >> reporter: so the allegations about espionage are not true? >> not true. >> reporter: but there is ample evidence the chinese are siphoning secrets to aid their military and economic development. since 2006, the u.s. government has prosecuted 60 people for
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stealing secrets for china. >> we've stopped some things from happening that if we had not stopped them, then would have resulted in very grievous losses. of course, you don't know what you don't know. >> reporter: chinese cyber-capabilities are sophisticated and although it's difficult to prove, the government and its surrogates are believed to have infiltrated computers at most u.s. government agencies. >> the sad joke in the pentagon is if somebody can't find a document, someone else says well, call the chinese. >> reporter: computer experts say chinese hackers may have left behind code that could be triggered to shut down or destroy critical infrastructure, even weapons systems. the pentagon recently told congress of all the foreign intelligence organizations attempting to penetrate u.s. agencies, china's are the most aggressive. >> it is a damaging thing and it is unprecedented. >> reporter: and it's continuing. >> and it's continuing. and we're not mounting a proportionate response at all. >> thanks to jeanne meserve with that story. experts say the u.s.'s desire to
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stay on good terms with china makes it even more difficult for it to effectively deal with chinese espionage. that espionage is thought to be jeopardizing u.s. economic and military strength. take a look at this monster. it was caught in a florida backyard yesterday. that is a 400 pound giant python. it took at least four men with fish and wildlife to remove the 18 foot snake named delilah. she is huge, about 30 inches in circumference. officials say delilah was being kept in an improper cage and could have easily escaped her enclosure. her owner could face charges. a terrible story out of california. a baby girl is dead and her toddler brother is in critical condition after getting hit by a suspected drunk driver. police in long beach, california say an suv hit the wagon the children were riding in last night. the suv dragged the wagon from a crosswalk and didn't stop for several hundred yards. the driver took off but was
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eventually caught by police. a man who was pulling the wagon was not injured. listen to this. a pennsylvania store says it doesn't want to sell american flags. but why? hear what the owners have to say and then hear from some folks who are furious about it. [ woman ] dear cat. gentle cat.
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about the decision. >> they were persecuted wherever they came from for their religious beliefs so they came here for their freedom. they should be proud to be an american. and a flag represents america, as far as i'm concerned. >> the owners say they accept any consequences of their faith and respect other people's viewpoints. the minnesota teenager who fought that court ordered chemotherapy for his hodgkin's lymphoma has finished up his treatments. 13-year-old daniel hauser celebrated the milestone with pizza and cake. you may remember back in may, daniel and his mother briefly fled the state to avoid treatments, but they eventually returned. his mother says doctors believe daniel's tumor has shrunk significantly. >> he looks good. he really looks good.
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i'm well pleased how he looks. >> great news. colleen hauser says she believes the family's alternative medicine treatments for daniel, which include herbs and a special diet, also played a part. daniel will start radiation next month. the writer and producer best known for his work on the korean war comedy drama m.a.s.h. has died. larry gelbart's wife told cnn he had cancer. he started as a comedy writer for radio in the 1940s and helped create m.a.s.h. in 1972. he wrote for the show's first four seasons. he also got an oscar nod for writing the 1982 film, "tootsie." president obama urged the nation to make 9/11 a day of service and two georgia women were among those who heeded the call. they made goody bags stuffed with home-made treats and dropped them off at police and fire stations around atlanta.
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>> it was really nice to be able to make someone see that gratitude that a lot of citizens feel but maybe just haven't gotten out there and done anything about it. >> you can't wait for somebody to come up with an idea or give you permission to do it. you need to be able to say what can i do right now, today. >> this group of home depot workers spent the day rebuilding a park. they say this doesn't change what happened on 9/11, but it certainly helps them make a positive contribution. remember that iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at president george w. bush? he could get out of jail before his sentence is up. his attorney says he may be released next week. you may remember, here it is, there's the incident. happened during a news conference in december. president bush was not injured. the journalist was originally sentenced to three years behind bars for assaulting a foreign head of state, but that was later reduced to one year. yale university is offering a $10,000 reward to help find a missing graduate student, annie
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this saturday morning. great to have you with us. we begin with an incident that rattled the nation's capital yesterday. watch this. it looks like the coast guard boats were chasing a vessel on the potomac river. remember, it's a secured space near the pentagon on the anniversary of 9/11. and president obama laid a wreath there during an anniversary ceremony on september 11th. other agencies had no idea this was coming, but the coast guard says this was just a drill. >> i'm not issuing an apology because although it's unfortunate that it escalated to this level, what you're seeing here is the result of a normal training exercise such that when we have a threat or when we have a security issue in the national capital region, all agencies can come together. >> to have done an operational exercise, even at the unit level on the potomac river during the memorial, even though we understand the president had left at that point, was not a good idea. >> the coast guard says it will take a long, hard look at that exercise.
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the governor of texas is sending state and national guard troops to help communities getting pounded by the storms there. several inches of rain have already fallen and people outside the austin area had to be evacuated when flood waters got to be too much. >> it started raining and hailing and all of a sudden, mud started flowing through the area over there and our car started floating. >> forecasters expect plenty of rain to reach the rest of texas over the weekend, especially around houston and the dallas-ft. worth area. texas isn't the only place dealing with the effects of severe weather. meteorologist reynolds wolf has your forecast in just a couple of minutes. this could be the last space shuttle landing in california. the shuttle "discovery," there it is, touching down last night after 13 days in space, the "discovery" landed at edwards air force base due to bad weather at kennedy space center in florida, trying to avoid
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that. there are only six more shuttle missions left unless congress gives nasa more money. "discovery" delivered gear and supplies to the international space station. its crew also did three space walks. crew members will reunite with their families in houston today. the swine flu virus has now reached all 50 states and d.c. health officials say children and young adults make up most of the patients but a widespread vaccination will reduce the spread. 45 million initial doses are expected in about a month. >> the news about the one dose in adult trials is important because it not only has consequences for our overall h1n1 vaccine supply in this country but it also will impact the supply around the world. the vaccine that we have purchased will go further and help us cover more people. >> meanwhile, officials in northern mexico have closed 1400 schools in one city, over swine flu concerns. 19 students have been tested
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after showing symptoms but officials are still waiting on those results. the family of a missing yale university graduate student has reportedly canceled her wedding. 24-year-old annie le was supposed to get married tomorrow. yale is now offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who has any information that leads them to annie. yesterday, cadaver dogs were brought in to search the yale medical building where le disappeared. her purse, her cell phone and credit cards were all left in her office. here is how those who knew le describe her. >> very, very cool person, very down to earth. always willing to help someone out. >> focused, disciplined, well-rounded, vibrant and actually, this teacher's favorite student of all time. >> authorities say le's fiance is helping them in the search. he is not a suspect. she has not been heard from since tuesday. democratic leaders plan to bring a resolution to the house floor regarding south carolina republican joe wilson's
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outburst. remember when this happened during president obama's joint address to congress on wednesday night? >> the reforms, the reforms i am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. >> you lie! >> that's not true. >> wilson issued a statement immediately after president obama's speech, saying that his actions were inappropriate. then he apologized to the white house chief of staff. the president accepted wilson's apology on thursday. defense secretary robert gates is considering sending more troops to afghanistan to help deal with the deadly roadside bombs there. that is according to the pentagon spokesman. a military source with knowledge of the proposal says gates could deploy an additional 3,000 troops. gates' request has not been taken to president obama yet. earlier this year, president obama proved plans to send 21,000 additional troops to afghanistan. president obama is taking
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his pitch for health care reform on the road, literally. the president is going to minneapolis for a rally this afternoon. minnesota is an example of where mr. obama wants the rest of the country to go on health care. it is considered one of the healthiest states and is home to the world-renowned mayo clinic. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. we're following two weather stories today. first and foremost, the tropics. as you get a little closer, take a look, tropical storm fred. winds currently at 45 gusting to 60 miles an hour. thankfully, fred has weakened considerably over the last couple days. at one point it was a major hurricane. now it is a relatively weak tropical storm. expected to be downgraded over the next 24 to 48 hours as a depression. slowly moving off to the west-northwest, no threat to land. certainly a good thing. other big story we're following today, the heavy rainfall in parts of texas and oklahoma. in fact, from oklahoma southward right through parts of the red river valley, as far south as central and south texas, we could deal with anywhere from two to four inches of rainfall. with that, the possibility of flash flooding throughout the
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weekend. high temperatures across the nation, take a look at some of these. if you happen to be in boston, 64 degrees will be your high for the day. washington, d.c., 74. 83 in houston. 102 in las vegas, 104 in phoenix and 59 in denver. san francisco with 66. that is a look at your forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. last year, california voters as you may know approved a ban on gay marriage but one guy says he wants to take that a step further. >> god hates divorce. >> he says husbands and wives shouldn't be allowed to split. is he serious about this? some people have their doubts.
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some international routes have already been cut. >> delta is suspended nonstop service from atlanta to seoul and shanghai and from jfk to edinborough. virgin atlantic is cutting the chicago o'hare to london route. >> reporter: domestic flights will be scaled back, too. >> air tran is a domestic carrier. they will be suspending daily service from orlando to washington dulles and instead flying only on fridays and saturdays. >> reporter: this means fewer options when planning your trip. >> you are competing now for fewer seats so you want to be booking in advance. >> reporter: also, double check your itinerary. sometimes airlines add a connecting flight. >> you pay for a nonstop, then are put on a connecting flight, i would try to negotiate with your airline to see if there's any sort of travel voucher or perhaps partial refund that you can receive. ever worn your clothes in the shower?
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a man known for being a prankster has started a campaign to ban divorce in california. he has taken the initial step to qualify a marriage protection act for a statewide vote next year. he says it's just a logical extension of proposition eight which banned gay marriage. he is known for pulling off several harmless social pranks but won't say if this divorce ban push is one of them. >> i get attacked from people that think i'm kidding and think i'm making fun of the prop eight people. and then on the other side, i'm getting attacked from the left who think that i'm serious. >> his website shows a couple held together by a chain with the caption that says "you've
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said til death do us part, you're not dead yet." a convicted sex offender posing as a drug enforcement agent was just roaming a florida school for days before he was caught. police say kareem mcneil was on the elementary school campus with a beebee gun that looked like a semiautomatic. they were tipped off by parents who got suspicious of this. they plugged his name into a police website and it came up as a registered sex predator. >> he told us he was with the dea, and we saw all of a sudden like a gun. i'm scared to death. i'm terrified. i can't believe this happened. >> mcneil had been roaming the campus for two days. he is being held without bond. i'm larry smith. michael jordan, african-americans were rarely used as commercial pitchmen before m.j. he completely revolutionized sports marketing and left an
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indelible stamp on the sport itself. he broke down when given a standing ovation as he was ensliend in the basketball hall of fame. a recent poll showed him as the sixth most favorite athlete today. he hinted yet again that he still wants to play. >> one day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. oh, don't laugh. limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. thank you very much. >> great class up in springfield. his occasional golfing partner being dominant on the course in chicago, just outside chicago. the bmw championship, tiger woods we're talking about. shots like this on hole number 8 and like this on number 11. both setting up birdie putts that he made, 4 under par on the day yesterday. he is tied for the lead at 7 under par entering today's third round. the u.s. open, to tennis, won't finish until monday at the earliest thanks to the total rainout on friday. last year's open was plagued by
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rain as well, pushing the men's -- women's final to sunday and the men's match to monday. play is scheduled to resume at noon eastern time today weather permitting. free tickets to major league baseball games. the big leagues and players are giving out up to one million tickets to underserved youth as well as people who contribute to country and community like first responders, firefighters and teachers. it's a new program started on 9/11. the national day of remembrance. the play of the day, we give honor to derek jeter. this base hit put jeter atop the all-time hits list among new york yankees. that great storied franchise. passing the great lou gehrig. the yankees did lose the game. that's sports. i'm robin meade. today's salute is from a proud army wife to her husband, now in afghanistan.
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they have two kids and will celebrate their anniversary next month. >> i'm from fort bragg, north carolina. i'm saluting my husband, private first class cody haut. he's serving a term in afghanistan with the army, part of the 82nd airborne division, fourth brigade combat team. we miss you and we are so proud of you. we're praying for you and your unit's safe return. you are our hero. i'm so proud to be your wife. >> look at those great pictures. if you have somebody in the service, we would like to help you salute them. go to cnn.com/robin. watch for the salutes every morning on "morning express with robin meade" from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern. a robber attacked a grandmother in her own front yard and knocked her to the ground. >> and he kept coming towards me and i started moving back, then he leaped at me. >> what happened next was all caught on tape. why she thinks she was not a random crime victim. úíxñ
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she said she was beyond scared. >> my feeling was anger. how dare you do this to me on my property. i could have been shot. i could have been battered. i could have had broken bones. fortunately, none of that happened. >> the woman says the area of the house where she was assaulted is not easily seen, so she believes the robber targeted, even stalked her. she was left with bruises, of course, pretty shaken up. he escaped on a bike. senator edward kennedy started planning his memorial about a year before he was even diagnosed with brain cancer. democratic congressman richard neill told cnn that kennedy's plans came up during a dinner in washington in 2007. his diagnosis came in 2008. neill also said that at that dinner, kennedy mentioned he had been reflecting on his legacy, including how he championed the cause of health care during his time in the senate. kennedy died, as you know, on
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august 25th. a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit regarding the notorious abu ghraib prison in iraq. the suit claimed that contractors for a defense firmed called caci international inc. abused detainees, but the court said the firm is protected from suits filed as a result of military activities during a time of war. caci had interrogators at abu ghraib but an army report found only one was linked to possible abuses. take a look at this monster. it was caught in a florida backyard yesterday. that is a 400 pound giant python. it took at least four men with fish and wildlife to remove the 18 foot snake named delilah. she is huge, about 30 inches in circumference. officials say delilah was being kept in an improper cage and could have easily escaped. her owner could face charges.
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public transportation is a great way to cut down on greenhouse gases but there are other benefits, too. ride along with our i-reporter, sarah, for this morning's eco-solutions. eco solutions. >> one -- i got rid of my car about 11 months ago. i sold it when i moved to san diego because i knew that public transit would be a great tool and asset to me. gas is expensive and insurance is too expensive and a bus pass costs me $72 a month and i can go anywhere. we're going to get on to number 6 now heading up to fashion valley. i got my bus pass and i'm ready to ride. i don't have to worry about sitting in my car, which is always hot, in here the air
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conditioning is on. i don't have to worry about driving or paying attention to driving. one of my favorites is to hang out in a place where, you know, it's so clean. they keep the bus stops really clean. we're headed to the transit center now. i used to have to wait about half an hour i was able to change my schedule. it took about an hour and ten minutes. >> listen to this. why a pean pennsylvania store
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