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in the area. a marine spokesperson says no u.s. casualties have been reported. an enthusiastic crowd welcomed former alaska governor sarah palin to fort hood, texas. more than 1,000 fans showed up to get signed copies of her new book "going rogue" yesterday. the former republican vice presidential candidate didn't make remarks or speak with reporters. last month 13 people died in a mass shooting at the army post. army psychiatrist major nidal hasan is charged with carrying out that attack. milwaukee may be the next big city to hand out free condom to say hi school kids. the city's school board meets next week to discuss it. health officials hope giving out condoms will help cut down on the number of sexually transmitted diseases among students. since 2007, 15 to 19-year-olds make up 19% of all std cases reported in the city, but critics say the proposal sends the wrong message. >> our institutions of learning should not be an institution of promoting sexual promiscuity. >> we have data about the sexual
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activity of our young people that says 63% of our high schools are sexually active, and a third of them are not using condoms when they're sexually active. >> i don't think that's bad, because it's more -- they should have protected sex than have unprotected sex. so it's better to be safe than sorry. >> if the program is approved, no taxpayer funds will be used to get the condoms. you know the saying -- when it rains it pours. the new allegations against the couple accused of crashing the white house. and a man decides to donate his kidney to a stranger. hear what inspired him to do it.
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it has been two years since 21-year-old student meredith kircher was found murdered in her apartment in italy. with the guilty verdict, kircher's family feels no sense of celebration with this verdict. >> we are pleased with the decision. pleased we've got a decision, but it's not time for celebration at the end of the day. you know.
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it's not a moment of triumph and as we've said before, at the end of the day, we're all gathered here because our sister was brutsly murdered and taken away from us. >> the jury said knox and her ex-boyfriend must pay the kircher family more than $7 million in damages. new information about the couple accused of crashing president obama's state dinner. in a lawsuit in maryland claiming that tareq and michaele salahi bounced a check for more than $2,000 to buy liquor for a charity polo event they held back in may. court documents show they returned some of the merchandise but still owe more than $13,000. virginia regulators are investigating their fund-raising practices. a 5-year-old boy critically injured when an suv crashed into his day-care center is doing bet better. doctors in indianapolis have now upgraded him from serious to stable condition. three other children were hospitalized and released. an employee at the day-care
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center also broke her leg in the accident. police were chasing the suv after a robbery in a dollar store on thursday. you're looking at alleged video of the heist taken moments just before the crash. two suspects arrested at the day care. a third suspect escaped. two washington state women have now been charged with helping a suspected cop killer allude police. they're being held on bail for allegedly giving maurice clemmons medical supplies, and transportation. 45-year-old ricky hinton and two other men are charged with allegedly helping clemmons after he shot and killed four police officers in a coffee shop. a court document says hinton told authorities he is clemmons half brother and neighbor. a seattle police officer shot and killed clemmons after a two-day manhunt. a recall today on something that could be in your kitchen cupboard. 10 million cans of slim-fast recalled because of possible contamination. the weight-loss drink may be tainted by bacteria that can cause diarrhea, vomiting and it
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affects all slim-fast ready-to-serve products in cans regardless of flavor or expiration date or upc code. it doesn't affect powdered shakes or snack bars. for one w connecticut. spam sneer has a new kidney courtesy of a complete stranger. fred brown says he got the idea when he read a story about a man who donated a kidney to a co-worker. he said he thought he could save someone's life, so he contacted a hospital. he ended up donating a kidney to her who had been wait for six months. >> he's a great guy. i'm still like in a dream. i mean, there's no word to explain. >> i don't feel like a hero. it's -- i feel like i'm helping somebody else. you know, you help grandma across the street in the crosswalk. i did this. >> pam and fred met for the first time after the surgery. one doctor says it was getting hard to sustain pam on life support so the kidney did save her life.
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more than 1500 families that might have gone without a christmas tree this year will have one thanks to the u.s. coast guard. the christmas tree ship pulled into navy pier yesterday in chicago. the trees are being handed out today. it's become quite a tradition. the coast guard has helped donate the trees for nearly a isn'try but says this year it's seeing more of a demand than ever. it was once called the war to end all wars. and now texas congressman frank post says he wants to make sure people never forget world war i. he's enlisted the help of 101-year-old frank buckles. buckles is the last surviving u.s. veteran of world war i. yesterday he testified about the congressman's proposal. >> i think it's an excellent idea. >> pose's proposed bill will renovate and rededicate the world war i memorial in washington as a national monument. a cross-country hunt is under way on-sites like twitter
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and facebook will r. buzzing about this. the mission sounds simple enough, find a bunch of red balloons. what makes such a challenge and why it doesn't matter if you don't use social networking. ç
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just hours after being convicted of murder, the family of amanda knox visits her in an italian jail. what they say about how she's feeling now. he's dubbed the ex-president bandit. why the fbi needs your help to identify and find the bank robber dressed as a dead president. condoms for kids? one school district's controversial proposal to fight stds. want fee free money this weekend? why these red balloons could mean thousand of dollars in your pocket. you have found hln "news and views" for this first saturday in december. i'm melissa long. we begin with the latest information about a tragic fire at an ohio racetrack barn. at least 2 people and some 65
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horses are dead after a fire swept through a barn on a county fairground in lebanon, ohio, 25 northeast of cincinnati. the barn was the size of a football field with 80 stalls in it. all of the horses and 65 of the stalls were killed. firefighters say by the time they arrived this morning, the roof had already collapsed. the fire was so big, 11 different fire departments pitched out to help. they haven't determined yet what started the fire. the family of american exchange student amanda knox say they plan to appeal their daughter's murder sentence. an italian jury has sentenced knox to 26 years in prison for her part in the 2007 killing of her roommate meredith kercher. the jury also found knox's former italian boyfriend guilty. prosecutors say knox and raffaele silcito killed her as part of a sex game that got out of hand. her mother insists her daughter is innocent.
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>> amanda, like the rest of us, is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision. we're all in shock. she was heartened by the support, not only in perugia, italy, people all over the world have been sending messages the support through the night. the media's been supportive. amanda got great support when she came back to the prison. >> later in the show we're going to give you the reaction from the victim's family. former nbc news anchor tom brokaw and his wife are okay after a three-car accident in the bronx. they were on new york's expressway yesterday afternoon when brokaw says another driver in an suv swerved and lost control. that vehicle then collided with a mail truck which then hit brokaw's car. the driver of the suv was killed. brokaw and his wife released a statement saying they're greatly saddened by this loss of life. brokaw and his wife were not injured. president obama won't be
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going to the international climate summit in copenhagen this week after all. the white house says he's delaying the visit until later this month. at first the president was going to stop by the meeting on his way to pick up the nobel peace prize in oslo. they're looking like they may reach a deal aimed at combating global warming and the president wants to be a part it. how other, trying to raise awareness about the environment. we have word now that president obama will head to capitol hill tomorrow to rally senate democrats. the senate is in session this weekend to debate a health care reform measure. democrats need every vote they can to pass this bill, but the public option is still a huge sticking point with some senators. arkansas democrat blanche lincoln and independent joe lieberman say there's no compromise they can support yet. the fbi is on a hunt for a bank robber in a richard nixon mask. check out some surveillance
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photographs of the armed robber investigators are calling the ex-president bandit. he hit up two banks in encino, california, wearing the mask of president nixon. if it sounds like a movie, you are right. the 1991 film "point break" featured a group of bank robbers wearing similar masks. russian police are blaming a faulty fireworks display inside a nightclub for causing a fire that killed more than 100 people. in a moment, you are looking at amateur video of that inferno that left another 90 people in critical condition. witnesses say the fire only took seconds to spread in a club in the city 900 miles east of moscow. it started in a ceiling covered by plastic and spread quickly to the wooden walls. authorities arrested the club's owner and manager. investigators say they ignored repeated demands to change the club's interior to comply with fire safety standards. this has been a rough week for golfer tiger woods.
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his yacht is named "privacy" for days woods has been the center of intense media scrutiny. it all started when woods crashed his suv into a neighbor's tree last week. eventually he was fine and cited woods for careless driving. yesterday they released audiotapes of interviews with neighbors who rushed to help woods after the crash. one says when "i arrived woods was lying on the ground asleep. >> was he conscious? unconscious? >> at that point he was snoring. >> he was snoring. >> he was actually snoring. >> okay. >> did she say anything to you? >> no. i mean, at this point -- she was actually very quiet. kind of in shock. >> woods has released a statement apologizing to his wife and family for transgressions. since then, at least two women have been linked to the golfer. one a v.i.p. hostess rachel uchitel who denied she was involved with woods. this week her attorney gloria allred then abruptly cancelled a news conference to discuss her
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client's relationship with woods. woods was scheduled to play in this week's chevron world golf challenge, but after the accident, he dropped out. golfers who did play in the tournament spent the week fielding questions about woods. "nancy grace" has the latest on the explosive allegations of multiple affairs by tiger woods. is tiger's wife planning to leave the world's most famous athlete? "nancy grace" has the latest breaking developments at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern on hln. the number of swine flu infections is falling. at least for now. in october, 48 states reported widespread cases of the flu, but now that number dropped by almost half. yesterday the centers for disease control and prevention said only 25 states are recording wide spread cases and even better, the shortage of the vaccine is easing to the point that some communities are allowing everyone to get it, not just people in the priority groups. imagine hearing this
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announcement, attention all passengers, i have an announcement. it's a boy. not a typical flight. a woman on board went into labor and the pilot diverted to denver. but the baby just wouldn't wait until landing. a doctor doctor and two nurses sprung into action with the help of an in-flight medical radio service. they delivered the baby at the back of the plane. >> well, the shoestrings out of my shoes. so that baby is walking around with one of my shoestring on its umbilical cord. >> once the plane landed the woman and the baby were taken to a hospital. a spokesperson said both are just fine. severe weather across parts of the weather right now. check out this snow in knoxville, tennessee, making driving pretty difficult. things should taper off by this afternoon. they say it will hover president 30s. further south, light snow mixed with the rain in jasper, georgia, north of atlanta. it's expected to clear up by this afternoon. as usual this time of year, people in the midwest are really digging out of the fresh white
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stuff. local forecasters say this storm could dump up to 14 inches of snow across south western michigan. and our i-reporters are sending in their wintry pictures from across the country. photographs from kingwood,texas. i-reporter ekgerto willies took these. it was just enough for him to build us a special i-report snowman. they aren't getting any snow in southern california. at least not from nature. that didn't stop some students from enjoying a snow day on the campus of cal state fullerton. i-reporter melissa fazli tells us they ordered manmade snow and let the fun begin. >> this is 15 tons, 16 tons of snow here. we do two runs. we put it up on the stairs here, for the bigger kids than we usually do with. they're students, actually.
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they're not kids at this age. we usually do some smaller students at smaller grade levels. but it's fun. it's something different. >> as you can see, the students had no trouble catching on, playing on two slides on the university quad. and even making some snow angels. when you have pictures or video, breaking news or stories from your community, just go to ireport.com. milwaukee's school board is tackling a touchy subject. sexually transmitted diseases among the city's students. the board proposed a plan to deal with the problem, but some parents are already lining up to oppose it.
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oppose it. cautiously optimistic about new unemployment numbers. dropping slightly from 10.2% to 10%. that is the best jobs report since december 2007. the president was in pennsylvania yesterday in a town dealing with high unemployment. he said the new numbers are a good sign, but there's still work to be done. >> americans who have been
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desperately looking for work for months, some of them maybe for a year or longer, they can't wait and we won't wait. we need to do everything we can right now to get our businesses hiring again so that our friends and our neighbors can ge back to work. >> senior administration officials say mr. obama will unveil a new job creation plan in a speech on tuesday. the first military offensive launched in afghanistan since president obama's announcement is meeting with little resistance. about 1,000 u.s. marines and 150 afghan troops are taking part in "operation cobra's anger" in the southern part of the country. their goal, disrupt the taliban supply and communications line in the area. a marine spokesperson says no u.s. casualties have been reported. an enthusiastic crowd welcomed former alaska governor sarah palin to fort hood, texas. more than 1,000 fans showed up to get signed copies of her new book "going rogue" yesterday.
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the former vice presidential candidate didn't make remarks or speak with reporters. last months 13 people died in a mass shooting at the army post. army psychiatrist major nidal hasan is charged with carrying out that attack. some officials at virginia tech took care of their own families before warning students about an on going shooting spree. a revised report on the deadly 2007 shootings found two school officials called family members and that they made those calls at least 90 minutes before a campus-wide alert was issued. the report also found two administrative buildings were locked down before the alert was issued. virginia governor called the findings inexcusable. 32 people died in that attack. senate finance committee chariman max baucus denies he nominated a woman for a high
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government post because he was dating her. a spokesman says the montana democrat started dating melanie haines last summer. he submitted her name along with two others for a job of u.s. attorney for montana in march of this year. she later withdrew her name from consideration. in april, baucus and his wife announced they were divorcing. milwaukee may be the next big city to hand out free condoms to high school kids. the city's school board meets next week to discuss it. health officials hope giving out condoms to help cut down on the number of sexual transmitted diseases among students. since 2007, 15- to 19-year-olds make up 19% of all std cases reported in the city. critics say the proposal sends the wrong message. >> our institutions of learning should not be an institution of promoting sexual promiscuity. >> we have data about the sexual activity of our young people that says 63% of our high
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schoolers are sexually active, and a third of them are not using condoms when they're sexually active. >> i don't think that's bad, because it's more -- they should have protected sex than unprotected sex. it's better on the safe than sorry. >> if the program is approved, no taxpayer funds will be used to get the condoms. you know the saying, when it rains it pours. the new allegations against the couple accused of crashing the white house. and a man decides to donate his kidney to a stranger. hear what inspired him to do it.
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it has been two years since 21-year-old british student meredith kercher was found murdered in her home in italy. yesterday italian jury convicted amanda knox and her then boyfriend guilty of the crime. >> we are pleased with the decision. pleased we've got a decision, but it's not time for celebration at the end of the day. you know, it's not a moment of
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time. as we've said before, at the end of the day we're all gathered here because our sister was brutally murdered and taken away from us. >> the jury also said knox and her ex-boyfriend must pay the kercher family more than $7 million in damages. we have new information about the couple accused of crashing president obama's state dinner. in a lawsuit in maryland claiming that tareq and michaele salahi bounced a check to buy liquor for charity polo event they held back in may. court documents show they returned some of the merchandise but still owe more than $13,000. virginia regulators are investigating the salahis' fund-raising practices. a 5-year-old boy critically injured when an suv crashed into his day care center is doing better. doctors in indianapolis upgraded him from serious to stable condition. three other children were hospitalized and released. an employee of the day care center also broke her leg in the accident. police were chasing the suv
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after a robbery at a dollar store on thursday. you're looking at an alleged video of the heist taken just moments before the krash. two suspects arrested at the day care. a third suspect escaped. two washington state women have now been charged with helping a suspected cop killer allude police. they're being held on bail for allegedly giving maurice clemmons medical treatment, supplies, and transportation. 45-year-old ricky hinton and two other men are charged with allegedly helping clemmons after he shot and killed four police officers in a coffee shop. a court document says hinton told authorities he is clemmons' half brother and neighbor. a seattle police officer shot and killed clemmons after a two-day manhunt. a recall today on something that could be in your kitchen cupboard. 10 million cans of slim-fast recalled because of possible contamination. the product maker unilever says the weight loss drink may be tainted by a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. the recall affects all slim-fast
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ready to drink product regardless of flavor, expiration date or upc code. it doesn't affect powdered shake or snack bars. unilever says people who purchased the cans should get rid of them immediately. you can contact them for a full refu refund. it will a christmas to remember for one woman in connecticut. pam cyr now has a new kidney courtesy of a complete stranger. fred brown says he got the idea when he read a story about a man who donated a kidney to a co-work co-worker. he said he thought he could save someone's life, so he contacted a hospital. he ended up donating a kidney to cyr who said she had been waiting for six months. >> he's a great guy. i'm still like in a dream. i mean, there's no words to explain. >> i don't feel like a hero. i feel like i'm helping somebody else. you know? you help grandma across the street in the crosswalk. i did this. >> pam and fred met for the first time after the surgery. one doctor says it was getting hard to sustain pam on life support. so the kidney did save her life.
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more than 1,500 families that might have gone without a christmas tree this year will have one thanks to the u.s. coast guard. the christmas tree ship pulled into navy pier yesterday in chicago. the trees are being handed out today and it's become quite a tradition. the coast guard helped donate the trees for nearly a century, but says this year it's seen more of a demand more than ever. it was once called the war to end all wars. and now texas congressman frank post says he wants to make sure people never forget world war i. and he's enlisted the help of 108-year-old frank buckles. buckles is the last surviving u.s. veteran of world war i, and yesterday he testified about the congressman's proposal. >> i think it's an excellent idea. >> the proposed bill would renovate and rededicate the world war i memorial in washington as a national monument. a cross country hunt is
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under way and sites like twitter and facebook are really buzzing about this. the mission sounds simple enough. find a bunch of red balloons. what makes it such a challenge and why it matters, even if you don't use social networking. they said it would never last.
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at least 2 people and some 65 horses are dead after a fire swept through a barn on a county fairground in lebanon, ohio. it's about 25 miles northeast of cincinnati. the barn was the size of a football field with 80 stalls in it. all of the horses and 65 of the stalls were killed. firefighters say by the time they arrived this morning, the roof had already collapsed. the fire was so big, crews from 11 different fire departments pitched in to help. they haven't determined yet what started the fire. the family of american exchange student amanda knox say they plan to appeal their daughter's murder sentence. an italian jury sentenced knox to 26 years in prison for her part in the 2007 killing of her roommate meredith kercher. the jury also found knox's former italian boyfriend guilty. prosecutors say knox and raffaele sollecito killed kercher as part of a sex game that got out of hand. her mother insists her daughter is innocent.
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>> amanda, like the rest of us, is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision. we're all in shock. she was heartened by the support, not only from the people of perugia, many italian, people from all over the world have been sending us messages of support all through the night. the media's been supportive. amanda got great support when she came back to the prison. later, reaction from the victim's family. former nbc news anchor tom brokaw and his wife are okay after a three-car accident in the bronx. they were on new york's bruckner expressway yesterday afternoon when brokaw says another driver in an suv swerved and lost control. that vehicle then collided with a mail truck which then hit brokaw's car. the driver of the suv was killed. brokaw and his wife released a statement saying they are greatly saddened by this loss of life. brokaw and his wife were not injured. president obama won't be
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going to the international climate summit in copenhagen this week after all. the white house says he's delaying the visit until later this month. at first the president was going to stop by the meeting while on his way to pick up the nobel peace prize in oslo. leaders at the summit are beginning to look like they may reach some sort of deal aimed at combating global warming and the president wants to be a part of it. later, how others across the globe are trying to raise awareness about the environment. we have word now that president obama will head to washington tomorrow to rally senate democrats. the senate is in session to debate a health care reform measure. democrats need every vote they can to pass this bill. the public option is a huge sticking point with some senators. arkansas democrat blanche lincoln and independent joe lieberman say there's no compromise they can support just yet.
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in a moment you're looking at amateur video of that inferno that left another 90 people in critical condition. witnesses say the fire only took seconds to spread in the club. in the city, 00 miles east of moscow. it started in the ceiling covered by plastic and spread quickly to the wooden walls. they arrested the club's owner and manager. investigators say they ignored repeated demands to change the club's interior to comply with fire safety standards. this has been a rough week for golfer tiger woods. his yacht is named privacy but for days he's been at intense media scrutiny. it all started after he crashed his siv in a neighbor's tree last week. the florida highway patrol cited him for careless driving. they interviewed neighbors who rushed to help woods after the crash. one of them said when he arrived at the scene of the wreck, woods was lying down sound asleep.
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>> was he conscious? unconscious? >> at that point he was snoring. >> he was snoring. >> >> okay. >> did she say anything to you? >> no. i mean, at this point -- she was actually very quiet. just kind of in shock. >> woods released a statement apologizing to his wife and family for "transgressions." since then at least two women have been linked to the golfer. one, a v.i.p. hostess rachel uchitel, who has denied she was involved with woods. this week her attorney, gloria allred, called then abruptly cancelled a news conference to discuss her client's relationship with woods. woods was scheduled to play in this week's chevron world golf challenge. after the accident, he dropped out. golfers who did play in the tournament spent the week fielding questions about woods. "nancy grace" has the latest on the explosive allegations of multiple affairs by tiger woods. is tiger's wife planning to leave the world's most famous athlete? "nancy grace" has the latest breaking developments at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern on hln.
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the number of swine flu infections is falling. at least for now. in october, 48 states reported widespread cases of the flu, but now that number hsa dropped by almost half. yesterday the center for disease control and prevention said only 25 states are reporting widespread cases and even better, the shortage of the vaccine is easing to the point that some communities are allowing everyone to get it, not just people in the priority groups. but officials in california aren't taking any chances. the state will hand out 23 million disposable masks and gloves to school children to help prevent the spread of swine flu. kids with symptoms will be asked to wear the masks while they're examined. nurses will also get the masks. the state says it's not trying to scare anyone. >> now, we are certainly not distributing these masks and these gloves to alarm anybody. in fact, to the contrary. we are making these available to protect our students and our staff.
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we are not suggesting that every single person needs to wear the mask nor the gloves in order to remain safe and healthy. >> hospitalizations from swine flu reached and all-time high of 800 people in california last week. now, imagine hearing this announcement. attention all passengers. this is your captain. it's a boy. certainly not your typical trip for travelers on the southwest airlines flight from chicago to salt lake city. a woman onboard went into labor and the pilot diverted to denver. the baby just wouldn't wait until landing. a doctor and two nurses sprung into action with the help of an in-flight medical radio service. they delivered the baby at the back of the plane. >> pulled the shoestrings out of my shoes. so that baby's walking around with one of my shoestrings on its umbilical cord. >> once the plane landed, the woman and her baby was taken to the hospital. a spokesperson says both are just fine. severe weather across parts of the country right now. check out all the snow in knoxville, tennessee.
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making driving pretty difficult. things should taper off by this afternoon, but the forecast says it will be cold with highs hovering in the 30s. not looking too much different further south. light snow mixed with the rain in jasper, georgia, north of atlanta. it's expected to clear up by this afternoon. but as usual, this time of year, people in the midwest are really digging out of the fresh white stuff. local forecasters say this storm could dump up to 14 inches of snow across southwestern michigan. our i-reporters are sending in their wintry pictures from across the country. i want to show you some photographs from kingwood, texas. i-reporter egberto willies took these around his neighborhood. he says at least half an inch fell in about an hour. apparently it was just enough for him to build us a special i-report snowman. and they aren't getting any snow in southern california. at least not from nature. that didn't stop students from enjoying a snow day on the campus of cal state fullerton. i-reporter melissa fazli tells
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us they just ordered some manmade snow and let the fun begin. >> this is 15 tons, 16 tons of snow here. we do two sled runs. we put it up on the stairs there for -- they're bigger kids than we usually do, but they're students actually. they're not kids at this age. but we usually do smaller kids at smaller grade levels. but it's fun. it's something different. >> as you can see, the students had no problem on two slides and even making some snow angels. when you have pictures or video, breaking news, stories from your community, just go to ireport.com. milwaukee's school board is tackling a touchy subject. sexually transmitted diseases among the city's students. the board has proposed a plan to deal with the problem, but some parents are already lining up to oppose it.
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president obama is cautiously optimistic about new unemployment numbers. the u.s. unemployment rate dropped slightly last monthfrom 10.2% to 10%. that is the best jobs report since december 2007. from 10.2% to 10%. that is the best jobs report since december 2007. the president was in pennsylvania yesterday in a town dealing with high unemployment. he said the new numbers are a good sign, but there's still work to be done. >> americans who have been desperately looking for work for months, some of them maybe for a year or longer, they can't wait, and we won't wait. we need to do everything we can right now to get our businesses hiring again so that our friends and our neighbors can go back to work. >> senior administration officials say mr. obama will
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unveil a new job creation plan in a speech on tuesday. the first military offensive launched in afghanistan since president obama's announcement is meeting with little resistance. about 1,000 u.s. marines and 150 afghan troops are taking part in "operation cobra's anger" in the key valley in the southern part of the country. their goal is to disrupt the taliban supply and communications line in the area. a marine spokesperson says no u.s. casualties have been reported. an enthusiastic crowd welcomed former alaska governor sarah palin to fort hood, texas. more than 1,000 fans showed up to get signed copies of her new book "going rouge" yesterday. the former republican vice presidential candidate didn't make remarks or speak with reporters. last month 13 people died in a mass shooting at the army post. army psychiatrist major nidal hasan is charged with carrying out that attack. some officials at virginia tech took care of their own families before warning students about an ongoing shooting spree.
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a revised report on a deadly 2007 shootings found at least two school officials with the crisis response team called family members, and that they made those calls at least 90 minutes before a campus-wide alert was issued. the report found the two administrative buildings were locked down before the alert was issued. virginia governor found the findings inexcusable. 32 people died in that attack. mauks baucus denies he nominated a woman for a high government post because he was dating her. the spokesman said the montana democrat started dating melody haines after summer after he and his wife separated. he submitted her name along with two others of a job for u.s. attorney for montana in march of this year. she later with drew her name for consideration. later baucus and his wife announced they were divorcing. milwaukee may be the next big city to hand out free condom
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to high school kids. the city's school board meets next week to discuss it. health officials hope giving out condoms will help cut down on the number of sexually transmitted diseases among students. since 2007, 15- to 19-year-olds make up 19% of all std cases reported in the city, but critics say the proposal sends the wrong message. >> our institutions of learning should not be an institution of promoting sexual promiscuity. >> we have data about the sexual activity of our young people that says 63% of our high schoolers are sexually active, and a third of them are not using condoms when they're sexually active. >> i don't think that's bad, because it's more -- they should have protected sex than have unprotected sex. so it's better to be safe than sorry. >> if the program is approved, no taxpayer funds will be used to get the condoms. there are a lot of big football games this weekend, but before you set up your tailgate or fire up the grill, check out some potential dangers in
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today's "beyond the surface." >> you may not know that grilling some meats can be potentially dangerous. meats like hot dogs and sausages, those are the cured and contained nitrates and nitrates. when sfwro deuintroduced to hig temperatures they can be potentially cancer causing. >> high fat meats have a lot of grease. that grease hits the grill and then it causes a flare-up and the smoke gets into the meat. then that causes the compounds, has, they're cancer causing compounds. >> you don't want to char them so that you get a burned portion. don't eat the burned portion because that's the most potentially harmful part of the meat. >> marinades can help. anything you can do to protect or coat the meat. grilling vegetables is a great thing to do. you can char grill the vegetables and you're not going to have any health risks.
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it has been two years since 21-year-old british student meredith kercher was found murdered at her home in italy. yesterday an italian jury convicted american amanda knox and her then boyfriend of the crime. the kercher family says they feel no sense of celebration with this verdict. >> we all pleased with the
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decision, pleased that we've got a decision. but it's not time, you know, it's not time for celebration at the end of the day. you know, it's not a moment of triumph. as we've said before, at the end of the day we're all gathered here because our sister was brutally murdered and taken away from us. >> the jury also said knox and her ex-boyfriend must pay the kercher family more than $7 million in damages. we have new information about the couple accused of crashing president obama's state dinner. in a lawsuit in maryland claims that they bounced a check for nearly $24,000 to buy liquor for a charity polo event they held back in may. court documents show the salahis returned some of the merchandise but still owe more than $13,000. virginia regulators say they're investigating the salahis' fund-raising practice. 5-year-old was critically injured when an suv crashed into his day care center is doing better. they upgraded him to serious but
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stable condition. three other children were hospitalized and released. the employee also broke her leg in the accident. police were chasing an suv at a robbery in a dollar store on thursday. this is the heist just taken moments before the crash. two suspects were day care. a third suspect escaped. two washington state women have now been charged with helping a suspected cop killer elude police. they're being held on bail for allegedly giving maurice clemmons medical treatment, supplies and transportation. 47-year-old ricky hinton and two other men have also been charged with allegedly helping clem monls after he shot and killed four police officers in a coffee shop. a document said he told authorities he is clemmons' half-brother and a neighbor. a recall today on something that could be in your kitchen cupboard. 10 million canals of slim-fast are being recalled because of possible contamination. the product maker unilever says
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it may be tainted by bacteria that can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. it affects all slim-fast ready-to-drink products served in cans regardless of flavor, expiration date or upc code. it does not apply to other slim-fast product like pout erred shakes or snack bars. unilever says those who purchased the cans should get rid of them immediately. . it was once called the war to end all wars and now texas congressman frank poe says he wants to make sure no one forgets world war i and enlisted 108-year-old frank buckles, the last surviving u.s. veteran of world war i. yesterday he testified about the congressman's proposal. >> i feel it's an excellent idea. >> poe's proposed bill would renovate and rededicate the world war i knee moral in washington as a national monument. across country hunt is under
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way. the mission sounds simple enough. find a bunch of red balloons. what makes it such a challenge and why it matters even if you don't use social networking.
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just hours after being convicted of murder, the family of amanda knox visits her in an italian jail. what they say about how she's feeling now. he's dubbed the ex-president bandit. why the fbi needs your help to identify and find the bank robber dressed as a dead president. condoms for kids? one school district's controversial proposal to fight stds. want some free money this weekend? why these red balloons could mean thousand of dollars in your pocket. you have found "hln news and views" for this first saturday in december. i'm melissa long. we begin with the latest information about a tragic fire at an ohio racetrack barn. at least 2 people and some 65 horses are dead after a fire
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swept through a barn on a county fairground in lebanon. it's been 25 miles northeast of cincinnati. the barn was the size of a football field with 80 stalls in it. all of the horses and 65 of the stalls were killed. firefighters say by the time they arrived this morning, the roof had already collapsed. the fire was so big crews from 11 different fire departments pitched in to help. they haven't determined yet what started the fire. the family of american exchange student amanda knox say they plan to appeal their daughter's murder sentence. an italian jury has sentenced knox to 26 years in prison for her part in the 2007 killing of her roommate meredith kercher. the jury also found knox's former italian boyfriend guilty. prosecutors say knox and raf feleih sollecito killed kercher as part of a sex game that got out of hand. her mother insists her daughter is innocent. >> amanda, like the rest of us,
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is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision. we're all in shock. we're all heartened by the support, not only from the people of perugia, many italians all over, people from all over the world have been sending us messages of support all through the night. the media's been supportive. amanda got great support when she came back to the prison. >> later in the show we're going to give you the reaction from the victim's family. former nbc news anchor tom brokaw and his wife are okay after a three-car accident in the bronx. they were on new york's bruckner expressway yesterday afternoon when brokaw says another driver in an suv swerved and lost control. that vehicle then collided with a mail truck which then hit brokaw's car. the driver of the suv was killed. brokaw and his wife released a statement saying they're greatly saddened by this loss of life. brokaw and his wife were not injured. president obama won't be going to the international
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climate summit in copenhagen this week after all. the white house says he's delaying the visit until later this month. at first the president was going to stop by the meeting on his way to pick up his nobel peace prize in oslo. but leaders at the summit are beginning to look like they may be able to reach a deal aimed at combating global warming and the president wants to be a part it. some members of congress are putting in overtime this weekend. this morning, the senate started a weekend session for a health care reform measure. democrats need every vote they can to pass this bill, but the public option is still a huge sticking point with some senators. arkansas democrat blanche lincoln and independent joe lieberman say there's no compromise they can support yet. the fbi is on a hunt for a bank robber in a richard nixon mask. check out some surveillance photographs of the armed robber investigators are calling the ex-president bandit.
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he hit up two banks in encino, california, wearing a rubber mask of former president nixon. if it sounds like a movie, you are right. the 1991 film "point break" featured a group of bank robbers wearing similar masks. russian police are blaming a faulty fireworks display inside a nightclub for causing a fire that killed more than 100 people. in a moment, you are looking at amateur video of that inferno that left another 90 people in critical condition. witnesses say the fire only took seconds to spread in a club in the city 900 miles east of moscow. it started in a ceiling covered by plastic and spread quickly to the wooden walls. authorities say they've arrested the club's owner and manager. investigators say they ignored repeated demands to change the club's interior to comply with fire safety standards. this has been a rough week for golfer tiger woods.
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his yacht is named "privacy," but for days woods has been the center of intense media scrutiny. it all started when woods crashed his suv into a neighbor's tree last week. eventually the florida highway patrol fined and cited woods for careless driving. yesterday they released audiotapes of interviews with neighbors who rushed to help woods after the crash. one of them says when he arrived at the scene of the wreck, woods was lying on the ground asleep. >> was he conscious? unconscious? >> at that point he was snoring. >> he was snoring. >> he was actually snoring. >> okay. >> did she say anything to you? >> no. i mean, at this point -- she was actually very quiet. just kind of in shock. >> woods has released a statement apologizing to his wife and family for quote transgressions. since then, at least two women have been linked to the golfer. one a vip hostess rachel uchitel who has denied she was involved with woods. this week her attorney gloria allred called, then abruptly canceled a news conference to discuss her client's relationship with woods.
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woods was scheduled to play in this week's chevron world golf challenge, but after the accident, he dropped out. golfers who did play in the tournament spent the week fielding questions about woods. "nancy grace" has the latest on the explosive allegations of multiple affairs by tiger woods. is tiger's wife planning to leave the world's most famous athlete? "nancy grace" has the latest breaking developments at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern on hln. the number of swine flu infections is falling. at least for now. in october, 48 states reported widespread cases of the flu, but now that number has dropped by almost half. yesterday the centers for disease control and prevention said only 25 states are reporting widespread cases and even better, the shortage of the vaccine is easing to the point that some communities are allowing everyone to get it, not just people in the priority groups. imagine hearing this announcement -- attention all passengers, this is your captain. it's a boy.
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not a typical trip for travelers on a southwest flight from chicago to salt lake city. a woman on board went into labor and the pilot diverted to denver. but the baby just wouldn't wait until landing. a doctor and two nurses sprung into action with the help of an in-flight medical radio service. they delivered the baby at the back of the plane. >> well, the shoestrings out of my shoes. so that baby is walking around with one of my shoestrings on its umbilical cord. >> once the plane landed the woman and the baby were taken to a hospital. a spokesperson said both are just fine. severe weather across parts of the country right now. check out all this snow in knoxville, tennessee, making driving pretty difficult. things should taper off by this afternoon. but the forecast says it will be cold with highs hovering in the 30s. not looking too much different further south. light snow mixed with the rain in jasper, georgia, north of atlanta. it's expected to clear up by this afternoon. but as usual this time of year, people in the midwest are really digging out of the fresh white stuff. local forecasters say this storm
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could dump up to 14 inches of snow across southwestern michigan. milwaukee school board is tackling a touchy subject. sexually transmitted diseases among the city's students. the board proposed a plan to deal with the problem but some parents are already lining up to oppose it.
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president obama is cautiously optimistic about new unemployment numbers. the u.s. unemployment rate dropped slightly last month from 10.2% to 10%. that is the best jobs report since december 2007. the president was in pennsylvania yesterday in a town dealing with high unemployment. he said the new numbers are a good sign, but there's still work to be done. >> americans who have been desperately looking for work for months, some of them maybe for a year or longer, they can't wait and we won't wait. we need to do everything we can right now to get our businesses
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hiring again so that our friends an our neighbors can go back to work. >> senior administration officials say mr. obama will unveil a new job creation plan in a speech on tuesday. the first military offensive launched in afghanistan since president obama's announcement is meeting with little resistance. about 1,000 u.s. marines and 150 afghan troops are taking part in "operation cobra's anger" in the key valley in the southern part of the country. their goal is to disrupt the taliban supply and communications line in the area. a marine spokesperson says no u.s. casualties have been reported. an enthusiastic crowd welcomed former alaska governor sarah palin to ft. hood, texas. more than 1,000 fans showed up to get signed copies of her new book "going rouge" yesterday. the former republican vice presidential canned kate didn't make any remarks or speak with reporters. last month 13 people died in a mass shooting at the army post. army psychiatrist major nidal
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hasan is charged with carrying out that attack. some officials at virginia tech took care of their own families before warning students about an ongoing shooting spree. a revised report on the deadly 2007 shootings found two school officials with the crisis response team called family members and that they made those calls at least 90 minutes before a campus-wide alert was issued. the report also found two administrative buildings were locked down before the alert was issued. virginia governor tim kaine called the findings inexcusable. 32 people died in that attack. senate finance committee chariman max baucus denies he nominated a woman for a high government post because he was dating her. a spokesman says the montana democrat started dating melanie haines last summer. after he and his wife separated. he submitted her name along with two others for a job of u.s. attorney for montana in march of this year. she later withdrew her name from consideration. in april, baucus and his wife announced they were divorcing.
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milwaukee may be the next big city to hand out free condoms to high school kids. the city's school board meets next week to discuss it. health officials say they hope giving out condoms will help cut down on the number of sexually transmitted diseases among students. since 2007, 15- to 19-year-olds make up 19% of all std cases reported in the city. but critics say the proposal sends the wrong message. >> our institutions of learning should not be an institution of promoting sexual promiscuity. >> we have data about the sexual activity of our young people that says 63% of our high schoolers are sexually active and a third of them are not using condoms when they're sexually active. >> i don't think that's bad, because it's more -- they should have protected sex than have unprotected sex. so it's better to be safe than sorry. >> if the program is approved, no taxpayer funds will be used to get the condoms.
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you know the saying, when it rains, it pours. the new allegations against the couple accused of crashing the white house. and a man decides to donate his kidney to a stranger. hear what inspired him to do it.
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it has been two years since 21-year-old british student meredith kercher was found murdered in her home in italy. yesterday an italian jury convicted american amanda knox and her then boyfriend of the crime. the kercher family says they feel no sense of celebration with this verdict. >> we are pleased with the decision. pleased we've got a decision, but it's not time for celebration at the end of the day. you know, it's not a moment of triumph. as we've said before, at the end of the day we're all gathered here because our sister was brutally murdered and taken away from us. >> the jury also said knox and her ex-boyfriend must pay the kercher family more than $7 million in damages.
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we have new information about the couple accused of crashing president obama's state dinner. in a lawsuit in maryland it claims that tareq and michaele salahi bounced a check to buy $24,000 of liquor for a charity polo event they held back in may. court documents show they returned some of the merchandise but still owe more than $13,000. virginia regulators are investigating the salahis' fund-raising practices. a 5-year-old boy critically injured when an suv crashed into his day care center is doing better. doctors in indianapolis upgraded him to serious but stable condition. three other children were hospitalized and released. an employee of the day care center also broke her leg in the accident. police were chasing the suv after a robbery at a dollar store on thursday. you're looking at surveillance video of the alleged heist taken just moments before the crash. two suspects were arrested at
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the day care. a third suspect escaped. 150 million cans of slim-fast are recalled because of possible contamination. the product maker says it may be tainted by bacteria that can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. the company says the recall affects all slim-fast ready-to-drink products served in cans, regardless of flavor, expiration date or upc code. it does not apply to other slim-fast products like powdered shakes or snack bars. unilever says people who purchased the cans should get rid of them immediately. contact them for a full refund. it will be a christmas to remember for one woman in connecticut. pam cyr has a new kidney courtesy of a new stranger. fred brown said he got the idea when he read about a man who donated a kidney to a co-worker. he contacted a hospital. he ended up donating a kidney to cyr, who had been waiting for six months. >> he's a great guy. i'm still like in a dream.
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there's no word to explain. >> i don't feel like a hero. i feel like i'm helping somebody else. you know? you help grandma across the street in the crosswalk. i did this. >> pam and fred met for the first time after the surgery. one doctor says it was getting hard to sustain pam on life support. so the kidney did save her life. more than 1,500 families that might have gone without a christmas tree this year will have one thanks to the u.s. coast guard. the mackinaw, also known as the christmas tree ship, pulled into navy pier yesterday in chicago. the trees are being handed out today and it's become quite a tradition. the coast guard helped donate the trees for nearly a century, but says this year it's seen more of a demand than ever. it was once called the war to end all wars. and now texas congressman frank poe says he wants to make sure people never forget world war i. and he's enlisted the help of 108-year-old frank buckles. buckles is the last surviving u.s. veteran of world war i, and yesterday he testified about the congressman's proposal.
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>> i think it's an excellent idea. poe's proposed bill would renovate and rededicate the world war i memorial in washington as a national monument. if you don't have a big company benefit of a 401(k), hln money expert clark howard tells us about a savings plan that can still help you when you retire. >> in the world of haves and have-nots, there's something i want to make you really aware of. somewhere close to half of us work for smaller employers that offer no retirement plan whatsoever. the other half of us work at places that might have a 401(k) plan or nonprofit plan. government workers might have a 457. in all these plans, the idea is savings becomes automatic. money comes out of your paycheck before you receive it. and, in fact, most employers with 401(k) plans now, when you start working there,
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automatically enroll you. and most people, once they're automatically enrolled save. here's the problem, though. the big job growth in america with much smaller employers none of which -- not none but virtually none offer a retirement plan. so who's got to take care of that? you do. you've got to set out on your own to save money. and my favorite place, a roth account. get it done or else you'll be broke later. i'm clark howard. for more of my opinions about how to fatten your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> for more advice, don't miss clark's show today at 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. a cross country hunt is under way and sites like twitter and facebook are really buzzing about this. the mission sounds simple enough. find a bunch of red balloons. what makes it such a challenge and why it matters, even if you don't use social networking. ee
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