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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 is feeling now. plus, dubbed the ex-president bandit. why the fbi needs your help to find the bank robber dressed as an ex-president. then condoms for kids? one school's proefgs proposal to fight stds. and why these red balloons could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket. hello. you have found hln news and views for this first saturday in december. i'm melissa long. we start with a deadly fire in ohio. at least two men and 43 horses are dead after a fire swept through a barn at a harness racing track in lebanon, ohio.
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fire officials said some 65 horses were killed but they lowered the number this afternoon. the barn was about the size of a football field with 80 stalls in it. 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 out. they haven't determined what started the fire and a racing event scheduled for tonight has been canceled. 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 room mate 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. >> amanda, like the rest of us, is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision. we're all in shock.
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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 and, you know, the media has been supportive. amanda got great support when she came back. >> later in the show we'll 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 the loss of life. brokaw and his wife were not injured. president obama won't be going to the international climate summit in copenhagen this week after all.
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the white house says he is 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 reach some sort of deal aimed at combatting global warming and the president is going to be a part of it. later we'll show you how activists across the globe are trying to raise awareness about the environment. some members of congress are putting in overtime this weekend. this morning the senate started a weekend session to debate a health care reform measure. democrats need every vote they can to get this bill passed. the public option is still a huge sticking point with some senators. arkansas democrat blanche lincoln and independent joe lieberman say there is no compromise they can support yet. the fbi is on the 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. he hit up two banks in encino,
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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 night club for causing a fire that killed more than 100 people. in a moment you'll be looking at amateur video of the inferno that left another 90 people in critical condition. witnesses say the fire only took seconds to spread in the club in the city about 900 miles east of moscow. it started in the 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. his yacht is named privacy but for days now woods has been the center of intense media scrutiny.
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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 his 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. hnchts >> he was actually snoring. >> did she say anything to you? >> no. she was actually very quiet, 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 is v.i.p. 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. woods was scheduled to play in this week's chevron world golf challenge but after the accident
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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 every night at 8:00 p.m. 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. officials in california are not taking any chances. the state will hand out 23 million disposable masks and gloves to school children to help prevent the spread of swine
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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. 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 an 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. 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
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and they delivered the baby at the back of the plane. >> pulled the shoe strings out of my shoes so that baby is walking around with one of my shoe strings on its umbilical cord. >> once the plane landed the woman and baby were taken to a hospital. a spokesperson says both are just fine. severe weather across parts of the country right now. check out the snow in knoxville, tennessee making driving difficult. things should taper off by this afternoon but the forecast says it'll 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. 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. milwaukee's school board is tackling a touchy subject. sexually transmitted diseases among the city students. the board has proposed a plan to
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deal with the problem but some parents are already lining up to oppose it.
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president obama's 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 is still work to be done. >> americans who have been desperately looking for work for months, some of them maybe 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 neighbors can go back to work. >> senior administration officials say mr. obama will unveil a new job creation plan in a speech on tuesday.
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the first military offensive launched in afghanistan since president obama's announcement is meeting with little resistance. about a thousand u.s. marines and 150 afghan troops are taking part in operation cobra's anger in the key veil anythe southern part of the country. their goal is to disrupt the taliban supply and communication lines 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 a thousand fans showed up to get signed copies of her new book, "going rogue" yesterday. the former republican vice presidential candidate 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 hasan is charged with carrying out the 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
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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 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 chairman 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 melodeehanes last summer after he and his wife separated. he submitted her name with two others for a job of u.s. attorney in 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 school board is meeting next week to discuss it. health officials say they hope
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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. 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 schools are sexually active and a third of them are not using condoms. >> i don't think that's bad because they should have protected sex rather than unprotected sex. 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.
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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 the 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. it's not a moment of triumph and as we've said before at the end of the day we're 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 it
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claims that tareq and michaele salahi bounced a check for nearly $24,000 to buy liquor for a charity polo event they held back in may. the 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 practices. a 5-year-old boy who was critically injured when an suv crashed into his daycare center is doing better. doctors in indianapolis have now upgraded him to serious but stable condition. three other children were hospitalized and released. an employee at the daycare 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 just taken moments before the crash. two suspects were arrested at the daycare. 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.
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47-year-old ricky hinton and two other men have also been 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 man hunt. a recall today on something that could be in your kitchen cupboard. 10 million cans of slim-fast are being recalled because of possible contamination. the product maker says the weight loss drink 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. the company 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
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connecticut. palm sier 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 donate ad kidney to a co-worker. he contacted a homt and ended up donating a kidney to her. she had been waiting for six months. >> he's a great guy. i'm still like in a dream. there is no words to explain. >> i don't feel like a hero. i feel like i'm helping somebody else. you know, you help grandma cross 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 1500 families that might have gone without a christmas tree this year will have one thanks to the u.s. coast guard. the macinac 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 has helped donate the trees for nearly a century but says this year it's
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seeing more of a demand than ever. it was once called the war to end all wars. and now texas congressman frank po says he wants to make sure people never forget world war i. he's enlisted the help of 108-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. >> the proposed bill would renovate and rededicate the world war i memorial in washington as a national monument. a cross country hunt is under way and sites like twitter and facebook are really buzzing. 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. ñ
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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 is feeling now. plus, he is dubbed the ex-president bandit. why the fbi needs your help to identify and find the bank robber dressed as a dead president. and one school district's controversial proposal to fight stds. why these red balloons could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket. hello. you have found hln "news and views" for this first saturday in december. i'm melissa long. we start with a deadly fire in ohio. at least two men and 43 horses are dead after a fire swept through a barn at a harness racing track in lebanon, ohio.
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earlier officials said 65 horses were killed but they lowered the number this afternoon. the barn was about the size of a football field with 80 stalls in it. 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 out. they haven't yet determined what started the fire and a racing event started for tonight has been canceled. 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 room mate 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. >> amanda like the rest of us is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision. we're all in shock.
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we're all heartened by the support not only from the mother of perugia, many italians, people from all over the world have been sending us messages of support all through the night. you know, the media has been supportive. amanda got great support when she came back. >> later in the show we'll 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 the loss of life. brokaw and his wife were not injured. president obama won't be going to the international climate summit in copenhagen this week after all. the white house says he is
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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 his nobel peace prize in oslo but leaders at the summit are beginning to look like they may reach some sort of a deal aimed at combatting global warming and the president wants to be a part of it. later in the show we'll show you how some activists across the globe are trying to raise awareness about the environment. some members of congress are putting in overtime this weekend. this morning the senate started a weekend session to debate a health care reform measure. democrats need every vote they can to get this bill passed but the public option is still a huge sticking point with some senators. arkansas democrat blanche lincoln and independent joe lieberman say there is no compromise they can support yet. the fbi is on the 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. he hit up two banks in encino,
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california wearing a rubber mask of former president knicks nixo. 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 blame a faulty fireworks display inside a night club for causing a fire that killed more than 100 people. this is amateur video of the inferno that left another 90 people in critical condition. witnesses say the fire only took seconds to spread in the club. it's in a city about 900 miles east of moscow. it started in the ceiling covered by plastic and spread quick tloi the wooden walls. authorities say they've arrested the club 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 now woods has been the center of intense media scrutiny. it all started when woods
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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 his crash. one 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 is v.i.p. 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. woods was scheduled to play in this week's chevron world golf challenge but after the accident
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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 every night at 8:00 p.m. 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. but officials in california aren't taking any chances. the state will hand out 23 million disposable masks and gloves to school children to
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help prefecture echbt tvent thee 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. >> 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. 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 an all time high at 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. 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.
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they delivered the baby at the back of the plane. >> pulled the shoe strings out of my shoes so that baby is walking around with one of my shoe strings on its umbilical cord. >> once the plane landed, the woman and the baby were taken to a hospital. a spokesperson says 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'll be cold with highs hovering in the 30s. not looking too much different further south. light snow mixed with the rain in jasper, georgia. that's 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 stuff. local forecasters say this storm could dump up to 14 inches of snow across southwestern michigan. and our i-reporters are sending in wintry pictures from across the country. these are photographs from kingwood, texas. i-reporter egberto willies took
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these around his neighborhood. he says at least 0.5 inch fell in about an hour. apparently 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 but 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 just ordered man made 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 the bigger kids than we usually deal with. they're students actually, not kids at this age. we usually dye some smaller students at smaller grade levels. it's fun. it's something different. >> as you can see the students had no trouble catching on, playing on two slides and even making snow angels. when you have pictures of video, breaking news, or stories from
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your community, just go to i-report.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 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 is 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
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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 resistan resistance. about a thousand 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 communication lines 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 a thousand fans showed up to get signed copies of her new book "going rogue" yesterday. the former republican vice presidential candidate 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 hasan is charged with carrying out that attack. some officials at virginia
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tech took care of their own families before warning students about an ongoing shooting spree. a revised report on the 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 also found that 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 chairman 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 melodee hanes last summer after he and his wife separated. he submitted her name 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
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condoms to high school kids. the city's school board is meeting 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. 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 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 they should have protected sex rather than unprotected sex. it's better to be safe than sorry. >> if the program is approved, no taxpayer funds with ill be used to get the condoms. you know the saying. when it rains, it pours.
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the new allegations against the couple accused of crashing the white house. a man decides to donate his kidney to a stranger. hear what inspired him.
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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. kercher's family says they feel no sense of celebration with the 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. it is 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 from us. >> the jury also said knox and her ex-boyfriend must pay the kercher family more than $7 million in damages. we have some new information about the couple accused of crashing president obama's state dinner. a lawsuit in maryland claims they bounced a check for nearly $24,000 to buy liquor for a charity polo event they held
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back in may. court documents show the salahis returned some of the merchandise but still owe more than $13,000. virginia regulators say they are investigating the salahis' fund raising practices. a 5-year-old boy who was critically injured when an suv crashed into his daycare center is doing better. doctors in indianapolis have now upgraded him to serious but stable condition. three other children were hospitalized and released. an employee at the daycare 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 just taken moments before the crash. two suspects were arrested at the daycare. a third suspect escaped. a recall today on something that could be in your kitchen cupboard. ten million cans of slim-fast are being recalled because of possible contamination. the product maker says the weight loss drink may be tainted by a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. the company says the recall affects all slim-fast ready-to-drink products served
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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. the company says people who purchased the cans should get rid of them immediately. contact them for a full refunneled. it will be 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-worker. he says he thought he could save someone's life so he contacted a hospital. he donated a kidney to cyr who had been waiting for six months. >> he's a great guy. i'm still like in a dream. there is no way to explain. >> i don't feel like a hero. i feel like i'm helping somebody else. you help grandma cross the sfleet t 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
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support so the kidney did save her life. 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 macinac 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 has helped donate the trees for nearly a century but says this year it is seeing more of a demand than ever. it was once called the war to end all wars. now texas congressman frank po says he wants to make sure people never forget world war i. he has enlisted the help of 108-year-old frank buckles, 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. >> 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 in 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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