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hundreds of angry protesters fight with police at a climate change conference. you could get fired up too when you hear our "your views" question about saving the planet from population control. houston voters have elected the city's second ever female mayor. why the election of anise parker is being called historical. and a new report may have you thinking twice about what's in your glass the next time you drink a glass of water. hello. you are watching hln news and views.
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i'm melissa long. those stories are straight ahead. first a sunday showdown in the u.s. senate. at issue a trillion dollar spending bill. republicans failed to fill buster the bill saturday. the final vote will happen this afternoon. the bill combines separate appropriations for several cabinet departments into a single piece of legislation. the administration says it is concerned about a rising federal deficit, but says those appropriations are needed given the state of the economy. critics say the bill is nothing but runaway spending. >> what we've got to do is make sure the economy starts growing again and growing strongly. because if we don't do that, it's going to be enormously difficult to make progress on the deficit. and then once the economy recovers, make sure in every way we can that our situation becomes more sustainable. and the president has made clear his willingness to be part of any system that will bring the congressional leadership of both
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parties together around that crucial objective. >> we look like pikers compared to what is going on now. you have a democrat president, a democrat majority in the house, democrat majority in the senate. all of them have their foot on the pedal. i mean this thing -- they're driving this thing over the cliff, and somebody has to put the brakes on. what we're trying to say is let's put the brakes on the spending side. obviously there is revenue and spending. these components interact. until you start dealing with the spending issue here in washington, d.c. we are never going to get our fiscal situation under control. and we're never going to be able, i think, to see the kind of economic prosperity we've seen in the past. >> 56 the spending bill vote, the senate will continue its rare sunday session and resume debate on health care reform plan. rescuers are looking for two missing climbers on oregon's mounthood. yesterday crews found the body of one climber traveling with them. on friday all three set out to tackle the west side of the mountain. an official says they were experienced and well equipped.
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the good news, it's supposed to be a little warmer today with less snowfall, which should make the search a little easier. heavy rain is clearing out of the los angeles area today, and none too soon for people after yesterday's deluge that triggered mud and rock slides just north of los angeles. this is an area recently scorched by wildfires. people in more than 40 homes were told to evacuate because there is a chance of landslides. a fire official says more than 100 drivers were stranded, but most of them were freed by last night. people who were in the middle of it all say it was frightening, but everyone helped each other out. >> crazy out there. the car rolled off the cliff and there was mudslides everywhere. >> and you were trapped up there? >> we were trap upped there. we were trying to stop traffic. >> wur you a little afraid? were you a afraid? >> it was crazy, insane. but it worked out good. everybody worked together. >> one l.a. street was closed yesterday after mud and rocks slid down a hillside under a roadway. several cars had their tires
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flattened by sharp rocks. no injuries reported. freezing rain is causing some dangerous driving conditions in pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. check out this truck right there sliding around. authorities are asking people to stay home and several sunday church services have been can l cancel canceled. a thin coating of ice will make driving and even walking difficult throughout most of the day. here is a good chance new orleans will be getting more rain over the next couple of days, and that's not welcome news. take a look at what happened on saturday. nearly two and a half inches poured into the city in just an hour. and more two inches fell in about 45 minutes in one suburb. some streets in the big easy were flooded out, and thousands of customers lost power. four inches of rain fell in the city just last monday. the french government will launch a new search for the flight recorders on the air france jetliner that crashed off the coast of brazil back in june. some pieces of the airbus a330 were recovered over the summer. most of the 228 people who were
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aboard have never been found. the u.s. navy and the national transportation safety board will be taking part in the new search for the data recorders in february. the atlantic is 23,000 feet deep in the search area, and there are mountains on the ocean floor. iran wants to swap some of its uranium for nuclear fuel. it's actually a u.n. plan backed by the u.s. that calls for iran to ship most of its uranium abroad, that uranium, which can be used to make a nuclear bomb, would then be turned into fuel rods and returned to iran to be used in a research reactor. now that's important because once the uranium is turned into a fuel rod, it cannot be made into a nuclear weapon. but iran has put some conditions on the swap, including sending out the uranium in batches rather than all at once. the u.s. and its allies are likely to oppose those conditions. the climate change conference in copenhagen is taking the day off, but demonstrators aren't.
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police broke up an unauthorized march on the danish capital's harbor. the hundreds of protesters were outnumbered by an army of riot-equipped police. a police spokesperson says about 200 demonstrators were detained. nearly a thousand people arrested during a huge protest yesterday. all but 13 are now free, and only three are facing criminal charges. did climate scientists falsify or fabricate data about global warming? that's been the question since hundreds of e-mails stolen from them came to light. the associated press review in order than one thousand of the e-mails that says while there were indications some scientists wanted to suppress data that didn't mesh with their theories, there is no evidence any data was faked. but some of the e-mails show even though some of the scientists stated emphatically that global warming was a reality, they had private doubts about how solid the findings were. some say the elephant in the room at the summit is world's growing population. forget greenhouse gases and carbon emissions there is a lot
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of talk out there that the world's real problem is our exploding birth rate. some scientists say there is no way we can feed the growing population without doing major damage to the earth. one canadian paper suggests that the whole world should impose china's one child policy, one child per woman. the paper says without it by 2050 we won't be able to sustain the world's population. as you can imagine, that has a lot of you talking. let's take a look at some of your views. robin from facebook thinks it's a good idea -- >> thanks to everyone for your comments. we do want to hear what you have to say. e-mail us. go to cnn.com/hln, and you may see your view on the air. houston elects a new mayor,
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and many are calling her victory remarkable. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i do love this city. >> why annise parker says her election could change the world for a certain group of people.
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electing that city's first openly gay mayor. it is the largest city in the country to do so. annise parker won 53% of the vote in yesterday's runoff against a former city attorney. some are surprised by her victory. just a few years ago, houston rejected a referendum to give benefits to same-sex part noefrs city workers, and the state of
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texas bans gay marriage. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i acknowledge that. i embrace that. i know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office. i understand. >> parker served as city comptroller for four or five years. the water coming out of your tap may contain chemicals usually found in weed killer, rocket fuel, and even some poisons. a nonprofit organization called the environmental working group reviewed 20 million tap water test others a three-year period. between all the samples, 316 contaminants were found. >> people can filter their water. that's what people can do. and then they can go and contact the epa and demand that the epa set standards for more
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contaminants. the epa hasn't set a standard for contaminants since 2001. >> epa officials say 96% of violations occur in schools and in small communities. they say they have a plan to toughen enforcement on keeping contaminants out of drinking water that they'll institute next month. the coffee shop in washington state where four police officers were killed two weeks ago has reopened yesterday. yesterday the forza coffee company opened at the exact time the officers were ambushed. lakewood's police chief was asked to be the first customer. >> like everything else the last couple of weeks, it's just so heartwarming. and it really pounds home the point as to why we do this. it's a dangerous job, and bad things happen sometimes. but bottom line is we're out here to support the community and the community supports us. >> a private ceremony was held in the cafe for the officers' families. lakewood police officers, and the shop's staff. the coffee shop now features a large framed post were portraits
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of the officers who were killed. the staff wants to eventually hang plaques to honor them. when a train derailed on chicago's south side, some passengers panicked and jumped out. 14 people suffered minor injuries when the elevated train derailed yesterday. one car left the track. about 50 firefighters rushed to help frightened passengers off the train. some people couldn't wait and jumped on to the roof of a nearby building. >> was going forward, then we stopped for a moment, then he is started backing up. and the bus attendant on the bus, the lady, the cta driver, she had told us it's coming off the track. >> jumped off. that was my first instinct. it wasn't no fear, it was just -- i got to stay alive. >> i was scared, so i jumped off after the guy jumped off. he opened the door and we jumped out. >> train service was stopped for a couple of hours. a similar derailment happened at that same spot last year. combat service in the military can have a profound affect on a person's life.
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for one army officer, it meant going from fighting on the front lines in iraq to fighting red tape in washington for other veterans. hln's robin meade has today's breakthrough woman. >> reporter: major tammy duckworth lost both of her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her in iraq five years ago. >> we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: the actions of her copilot inspired her. >> dan carried me out of there even though he thought i was dead. and i'm not going to dishonor his efforts and his heroism by throwing away the chance that he gave me, this second chance at life. >> reporter: as a patient at walter reed, duckworth spoke up for veterans. >> it wasn't anything i did consciously. i was the officer. that was my job to take care of my men. >> reporter: and her voice was heard. he is now has taken her mission to washington as an assistant secretary of veterans affairs. >> i will never accept defeat and i will never leave a fallen comrade behind. >> it makes us know that we're heard and we're not the next
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forgotten generation of veterans. >> reporter: and duckworth says you don't have to wear a uniform to serve your country. >> sometimes it's as simple as helping to mow somebody's lawn who is deployed. americans are pretty bright. well can come up with things to do in our own communities.
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here are some of the highlights you'll want to watch out for at the climate conference this week, including chances for you to get involved. tomorrow the earth journalism awards. you can vote for the 15 finalists for a few more hours. this video, called "trash is cash" was submitted by a group of 16 kenyans between the ages of 9 and 23. they say they're spreading the word about the impact of climate change through hip-hop. ♪ ♪ no more pollution, it's my
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solution, trash is cash ♪ . >> to see all the videos, cast your vote, go to awards.earth.journalism.org/ finalists. on tuesday, the cnn youtube debate gets underway. you can ask world climate leaders a question at youtube.com slash cop15. it here is a sampling of some of the questions that have been submitted so far >> global warming has been around for thousands of years. it can't be controlled. it could possibly be changed. but it can't be terminated. so i have to ask, aren't there more important things to fund? >> global warming, sustainable living, these are truly issues
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for which people should have a vote. why don't you let us decide? >> on wednesday at the climate conference, the mayors of leading cities from all over the world will meet to discuss the challenges facing their cities in regard to climate change. the 100 world leaders are expected to attend this conference, and they start arriving thursday. president obama is scheduled to arrive on friday. in his nobel peace prize acceptance speech in oslo last week, mr. obama stressed the importance of confronting climate change. he said if we don't do something soon, we'll face more drought, more famine, more displaced people and compromised security. a business that has been around over 100 years looks like a good bet, until some really bad luck hits. so how to survive? alan chernoff looks at one restaurant's success in the turnaround. >> how long has this place been around? 400 years? >> reporter: shawn daigle thought he had a sure thing.
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avon was a restaurant with a long history and booming business. but shortly after he bought the connecticut eatery in 2005, the sure thing started to look a bit shaky. tragedy struck, an 18-vehicle accident killing four and injuring 19 just outside his door. >> it was like a black cloud that was over this business. >> reporter: soon afterwards, a second accident at the same site prompted state construction of a 700-foot-truck ramp, almost on top of daigle's restaurant. >> always staying positive. you have to stay positive. with your employees, you know, with the town. no one wants to hear anyone complaining. there is a lot of things to complain about, but frankly, it doesn't go away. >> reporter: couple the unattractive ramp with the downturn in the economy, and business dropped off nearly 60%. suddenly the old inn was bleeding red ink. >> going into a tough economy not at the peak of your game, the downturn in the economy actually impacts you significantly more.
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>> reporter: so daigle fought back, scaling back his high-priced fine dining menu in favor of lower-priced comfort food. >> fine dining has a unique stigma that is associated with it. it's an honor that we are known as fine dining, but we're trying to hit a different price point and get you good food. >> reporter: and getting customers in the door is key. the restaurant lowered corporate package rates and started hiring local bands on weekends. >> if you lower your price point and your costs are in line, you need more volume you need more people coming in. >> life is good. >> reporter: and they have started coming in. business has tripled from its low. >> there is a high expectation, again, having a 253-year-old business and a reputation. >> reporter: a reputation many customers haven't forgotten. alan chernoff, cnn, new york. xx
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hundreds of angry protesters fight with police at a climate change conference. you could get fired up too when you hear our "your views" question about saving the planet through population control. we'll hear what you have to say about it. houston voters have elected the city's second ever female mayor, but it's not her gender everyone is talking about. why the election of annise parker is being called historical. and a new report may have you thinking twice what is in your glass the next time you drink a glass of water. hello, you are watching hln news and views. i'm melissa long. and those stories are straight
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ahead. first, a sunday showdown in the u.s. senate. at issue, a trillion dollar spending bill. republicans failed to fill buster the bill saturday. the final vote will happen this afternoon. the bill combines separate appropriations for several cabinet departments into a single piece of legislation. the administration says it is concerned about a rising federal deficit, but says those appropriations are needed given the state of the economy. critics say the bill is nothing but runaway spending. >> what we've got to do is make sure the economy starts growing again and growing strongly, because if we don't do that, it's going to be enormously difficult to make progress on the deficit. and then once the economy recovers, make sure in every way we can that our situation becomes more sustainable. and the president has made clear his willingness to be part of any system that will bring the congressional leadership of both
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parties together around that crucial objective. >> we look like pikers compared to what is going on now. i mean, you have a democrat president, as you said, a democrat majority in the house. a democrat majority in the senate. all of them have their foot on the pedal. i mean this thing is -- they're driving this thing over the cliff, and somebody has to put the brakes on. what we're trying to say is let's put the brakes on the spending side. obviously there is revenue and spending, these components interact. but until you start dealing with the spending issue here in washington, d.c. we are never going to get our fiscal situation under control. and we're never going to be able i think to see the kind of economic prosperity that we've seen in the past. >> after the spending dill vote, the senate will continue its rare sunday session and resume debate on health care reform plan. heavy rain is clearing out of the los angeles area today, and none too soon after yesterday's deluge that triggered mud and rock slides just north of los angeles. this is in an area recently scorched by wildfires. people in more than 40 homes
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were told to evacuate because there is a chance of landslides. a fire official says more than 100 drivers were stranded, but most of them were freed by last night. people who were in the middle of it all say it was frightening, but everyone helped each other out. >> crazy out there. i think a car rolled off the cliff and there is mudslides everywhere. >> and you were trapped up there? >> we were trap upped there. we were trying to stop traffic. >> were you a little afraid? >> it was crazy. it was insane. but everything worked out good. everybody worked together. >> one l.a. street was closed yesterday after mud and rocks slid down a roadside under a hillway. several cars had their tires flattened by sharp rocks. no injuries were reported. freezing rain is causing some dangerous driving conditions in pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. check out this truck right there sliding around. authorities are asking people to stay home, and several sunday church services have bns canceled. forecaster says a thin coating of ice will make walking difficult throughout most of the
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day. there is a good chance new orleans will be getting more rain over the next couple of days, and that's not welcome news. take a look at what happened on saturday. nearly 2 1/2 inches poured into the city in just an hour. and more than 2 inches fell in about 45 minutes in one suburb. some streets in the big easy were flooded out, and customers lost power. 4 inches of rain fell in the city just last monday. freezing rain is causing some dangerous driving conditions in pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. check out this truck right there sliding around. authorities are asking people to stay home and several sunday church services have been canceled. forecast sayers a thin coating of ice will make driving and even walking difficult throughout most of the day. the french government will launch a new search for the flight recorders on the air france jetliner that crashed off the coast of brazil back in june. some pieces of the airbus a 330 were recovered over the summer. most of the 228 people who were on board have never been found. the u.s. navy and the national
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transportation safety board will be taking part in the new search for the data recorders in february. the atlantic is 23,000 feet deep and the search area, and there are mountains on the ocean floor. iran wants to swap some of its uranium for nuclear fuel. it's actually a u.n. plan backed by the u.s. that calls for iran to ship most of its uranium abroad. that uranium, which can be used to make a nuclear bomb, would then be turned into fuel rods and be returned to iran to be used in a research reactor. that's important because once the uranium is turned into a fuel rod, kit not be made into a nuclear weapon. but if iran has put some conditions on the swap, including sending out the uranium in batches, rather than all at once, the u.s. and its allies are likely to oppose those conditions. the climate change conference in copenhagen is taking the day off, but demonstrators aren't. police broke up an unauthorized
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march on the danish capital's harbor. the hundreds of protesters were outnumbered by an army of riot-equipped police. a police spokesperson says about 200 demonstrators were detained. nearly a thousand people arrested during a huge protest yesterday. all but 13 are now free, and only three are facing criminal charges. did climate scientists falsify or fabricate data about global warming? that's been the question since hundreds of e-mails stolen from them came to light. the associated press reviewed more than one thousand of the e-mails that says while there were some indications some scientists wanted to suppress data that didn't mesh with their theories, there is no evidence any data was faked. but some of the e-mails show that even though some of the scientists stated emphatically that global warming was a reality, they had private doubts about how solid the findings were. some say the elephant in the room at the summit is the world's growing population. forget greenhouse gases and carbon emissions there is a lot of talk out there that the
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world's real problem is our exploding birth rate. some scientists say there is no way we can feed the growing population without doing major damage to the earth. one canadian paper suggests that the whole world should impose china's one child policy, one child per woman. and without it, the paper says by 2050, we won't be able to sustain the world's population. as you can imagine, it has a lot of you talking. let's take a look at some of your views. stephanie from facebook agrees with the idea. he is posted in this day and age, having children is not a necessity. we don't work the farms from dawn to dusk anymore and need all the extra help we can get. americans need to regroup and start making sacrifices. someone really disagrees. i thank you so much for commenting. go to cnn.com/hln.
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houston elects a new mayor, and many are calling her victory remarkable. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i do love this city! >> why annise parker says her election could change the world for a certain group of people.
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houston has made history by electing that city's first openly gay mayor. it is the largest city in the country to do so. annise parker won 53% of the vote in yesterday's runoff against a former city attorney. some are surprised by her victory. just a few years ago houston rejected a referendum to give benefits to same-sex partners of city workers, and the state of texas bans gay marriage. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i acknowledge that.
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i embrace that. i know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office. i understand. >> parker served as city comptroller for four or five years. the water coming out of your tap may contain chemicals usually found in weed killer, rocket fuel, and even some poisons. a nonprofit organization called the environmental working group reviewed 20 million tap water quality tests over a three-year period. they say between all the water samples, 316 contaminants were found. >> people can filter their water. that's what people can do. and then they can go and contact the epa and demand that the epa set standards for more contaminants. the epa hasn't set a standard for contaminants since 2001. >> epa officials say 96% of
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violations occur in schools and in small communities. they say they have a plan to toughen enforcement on keeping contaminants out of drinking water that they'll institute next month. the coffee shop in washington state where four police officers were killed two weeks ago has reopened. yesterday the doors of the forza coffee company opened at the exact time that the officers were ambushed. lakewood's police chief was asked to be the first customer. >> like everything else the last couple of weeks, it's just so heartwarming. and it really pounds home the point as to why we do this. you know, it's a dangerous job, and bad things happen sometimes. but bottom line is we're out here to support the community, and the community supports us. >> a private ceremony was held in the cafe for the officers' families, lakewood police officers, and the shop's staff. the coffee shop now features a large framed post were portraits of the officers who were killed. the shop wants to eventually hang plaques to honor them.
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eight people arrested when the home of the california at berkeley's chancellor was vandalized. as many as 70 protesters also threw lighted torches at the home and at police officers' cars. no one was hurt. it is the latest demonstration against state funding cuts that have led to cutbacks in courses, faculty furloughs, and big increases in fees. >> i'm shocked, but i'm also shocked that they raised the fees by 33%. >> this is unacceptable. i would not be behind them. >> more than 60 people were also arrested at a uc berkeley campus classroom building. they had taken it over last monday. one town is trying to figure out how to fix a sinkhole that almost swallowed a car. the hole opened after a water main broke down yesterday in schenectady, new york. water started gushing out, and it took about an hour to shut it down. the parking lot was damaged, along with a pizza shop and a
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law office. city officials say it will take weeks to fix this damage. they're not sure what caused it. florida police say when they went to arrest a man for a probation violation, they found 13 venomous snakes in his house. he got angry when a reporter tried asking him about it. at least one neighbor says he doesn't mind the snakes. >> stay the [ bleep ] off my property if you have some problems. >> as long as they stay in that house, he can do whatever he wants to. that's his business. >> he was charged with a similar crime two years ago. he faces possible charges for keeping poisonous snakes without a permit. it's a catchy tune with a serious message. ♪ ♪ this is my solution, >> how this group of young kenyans are getting major props at the climate conference. ♪
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here are some of the highlights you'll want to watch out for at the climate conference this week, including
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chances for you to get involved. tomorrow the earth journalism awards. you can vote for a few more hours. this video called "trash is cash" was submitted by a group of 16 kenyans between the ages of 9 and 23. they say they're spreading the word about the impact of climate change through hip-hop. ♪ ♪ no more pollution, trash is cash, that's my solution, no more pollution ♪ >> to see all the videos, cast your vote, go to awards.earthjournalism.org/ finalists. on tuesday, the cnn youtube debate gets underway. you can ask world climate lead areas question at youtube.com/cop15. the live event will be televised on our sister network cnn. here is a sampling of some of the questions submitted so far. >> will you allow nuclear power to be counted as a part of in a clean energy mix?
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>> global warming has been around for thousands of years. it can't be controlled. it could possibly be changed. but it can't be terminated. so i have to ask, aren't there more important things to fund? >> global warming, sustainable living, these are truly fundamental issues for people which should have a vote. why don't you let us decide? >> on wednesday at the climate conference, the mayors of leading cities from all over the world will meet to discuss the challenges facing their cities in regard to climate change. the 100 world leaders are expected to attend this conference, and they start arriving thursday. president obama is scheduled to arrive on friday. in his nobel peace price acceptance speech in oslo last week, mr. obama discussed the importance of confronting climate change. he says if we don't do something soon, we'll face more drought, more famine, more displaced
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people and compromised security. this year's vote for the heisman trophy was the closest ever. running back mark ingram won college football's most prestigious award by just 28 points. ingram is also the first alabama player ever to win the highsman. he beat out stanford running back toby gerhart. next up for the winner, a trip to pasadena. ingram will lead the crimson tied for the bcs championship. this holiday will be shining for 150 soldiers from the maine national guard. they're getting a free trip home from their training base in indiana thanks to maine native stephen king. the best-selling author and his wife are paying for the round-trip bus fare so the soldiers can spend christmas with their families. the soldiers' unit will deploy to afghanistan in january. red cross volunteers are helping to spread holiday cheer to members and veterans of the armed forces. in nashville, about 30 people gathered to sort greeting cards for troops stationed in tennessee, and patients at v.a.
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hospitals in the state. some of the cards will go to troops deployed overseas. last year the red cross delivered nearly 1.5 million holiday cards to troops and veterans. by a mormon senator. utah senator oarin hatch says he's always felt close to jewish people and he's also loved to write songs so at the suggestion of a jewish reporter he tried his hand at telling the story of hannukah. ♪ come let's celebrate tonight, la, la, la la la la ♪ >> the song is certainly getting some reaction from senator hatch's colleagues on the hill. >> i don't know if it's in the category of miracles, but having a mormon member of the united states senate add to the hannukah song collection is certainly right up there with the unexpected. >> so who would senator hatch really like to perform his song? he says madonna or barbra streisand.
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there's certainly been a lot of amazing stories in the news this past year. coming up next, weekend, you have a chance to weigh in on some of the ones that got you talking with hln's robin meade. it is a special we call "with all due respect." >> do men cheat more than women? even better yet, are men genetically more inclined to cheat so they can't help it? it's just the way i'm made, honey. okay, stuff like this, this is what we're going to talk about on "with all due respect." it's a special that i'm going to be hosting with charles barkley and kyle petty and dennis eckersley, and i want you to also star in this, so why don't you tell me your opinions on that. give me an ireport, i'll play it. i'll play it right there for all the world to see of the go to cnn.com/robin and give me your opinions. >> tell us which stories had you talking this year and join robin next sunday, december 20th, 10:00 p.m. eastern for "with all due respect" right here on hln. a simple idea to help those
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less fortunate catches on across the country. how one photographer is helping others one picture at a time. ñ?
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right now in washington, d.c., a sunday showdown in the u.s. senate. at issue a trillion dollar spending bill. republicans failed to filibuster a bill saturday. the final vote happens this afternoon. the bill combines separate aproportions for several departments into a sipping el piece of legislation. the administration is concerned about a rising federal deficit but says those appropriations are needed given the state of the economy. critics say the bill is nothing but runaway spending. >> what we've got to do is make sure the economy starts growing again and growing strongly, because if we don't do that, it's going to be enormously difficult to make progress on the deficit and then once the
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economy recovers, make sure in every way we can that our situation becomes more sustainable. the president has made clear his willingness to be part of any system that will bring the congressional leadership of both parties together around that crucial objective. >> we look like pikers compared to what's going on now. you have a democrat president. as you said, democrat majority isn't the house and the senate, all of them have their foot on the pedal. they're driving this over the cliff and somebody has got to put the brakes on. we're trying to say let's put the brakes on the spending side. obviously there's revenue in spending, these components interact, but until you start dealing with the spending issue here in washington, d.c., we are never going to get our fiscal situation under control and we're never going to be able to see the kind of economic prosperity that we've seen in the past. >> after the spending bill vote the senate will continue its rare sunday session and resume
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debate on the health care reform plan. a rescue operation has been suspended. crews say the risk of avalanche on mt. hood is to high to keep looking. on friday three climbers set out to tackle the west side of the mountain. yesterday crews found the body of one climber. a local sheriff says the hikers may have a sleeping bag with them. the search will resume as soon as the risk of avalanche eases. heavy rain is clearing out of the los angeles area today and none too soon after yesterday's deluge that triggered mud and rock slides just north of los angeles. this isn't an area recently scorched by wildfires. people in more than 40 homes were told to evacuate because of a chance of landslides. more than 100 drivers were stranded but most of them were free last night. people who were in the middle of it all say it was frightening, but everyone helped each other out. >> crazy out there. i think a car rolled off the cliff and there's mudslides everywhere. >> and you were trapped up
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there? >> we were trapped up there, trying to stop traffic. >> reporter: were you a little afraid? >> it was crazy, it was insane, but everything worked out good. everybody worked together. >> one l.a. street was closed yesterday after mud and rocks slid down a hillside onto the roadway. several cars had their tires flattened by sharp rocks. no injuries were reported. freezing rain is causing some dangerous driving conditions in pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. check out this truck right there sliding around. authorities are asking people to stay home and several sunday church services have been cancelled. forecasters say a thin coating of ice will make driving and even walking difficult throughout most of the day. there's a good chance new orleans will be getting more rain over the next couple of days and that's not welcome news. take a look at what happened on saturday. nearly two and a half inches poured into the city in just an hour and more than two inches fell in about 45 minutes in one suburb. some streets in the big easy were flooded out and thousands of customers lost power.
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four inches of rain fell in the city just last monday. the french government will launch a new search for the flight recorders on the air france jetliner that crashed off the coast of brazil back in june. some pieces of the airbus a-330 were recovered over the summer. most of the 228 people who were aboard have never been found. the u.s. navy and the national transportation safety board will be taking part in the new search for the data recorders in february. the atlantic is 23,000 feet deep in the search area and there are mountains on the ocean floor. iran wants to swap some of its uranium for nuclear fuel. it's actually a u.n. plan backed by the u.s. that calls for iran to ship most of its uranium abroad. uranium, which can be used to make a nuclear bomb would then be turned into fuel rods and returned to iran to be used in a research reactor. that's important because once it's turned into a fuel rod it cannot be made into a nuclear weapon. but iran has put some conditions
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on the swap, including sending out the uranium in batches rather than all at once. the u.s. and its allies are likely to oppose those conditions. the climate change conference in copenhagen is taking the day off, but demonstrators aren't. police broke up an unauthorized march on the danish capital's harbor. hundreds of protesters were outnumbered by an army of riot-equipped police. a police spokesperson says about 200 demonstrators were detained. nearly a thousand were arrested during a huge protest yesterday. all but 13 are now free and only three are facing criminal charges. did climate scientists falsify or fabricate data about global warming? that's been the question since hundreds of e-mails stolen from them came to light. the associated press reviewed more than 1,000 of those emails and said why are there are indications they wanted to suppress data, there was no data
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evidence was faked. even though some of the scientists stated emphatically that global warming was a reality, they had private doubts about how solid the findings were. some say the elephant in the room at the summit is the world's growing population. forget greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, there's a lot of talk out there that the world's real problem is our exploding birth rate. some scientists say there's no way we can feed the growing population without doing major damage to the earth. one canadian paper suggests that the whole world should impose china's one-child policy, one child per woman. without it the paper says by 2050 we won't be able to sustain the world's population. you can imagine it has a lot of you talking. let's take a look at some of your views. aaron on facebook says we are put on this earth to reproduce, that's why we're here. to say we can only have one child per family is completely defying god's expectations. but daniel on facebook has this different take. he wrote quite frankly we should
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be finding homes for children that don't have homes before we of our own children. thanks to everyone for your comments. we want to hear what you have to say. go to cnn.com/hln and you may see your view on the air. houston elects a new mayor and many are calling her victory remarkable. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i do love this city! >> she says her election could change the world for a certain group of people.
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houston has made history by electing that city's first openly gay mayor. it is the largest city in the country to do so. annise parker won 53% of the votes. some are surprised by her victory. just a few years ago houston rejected a referendum to give benefits to same-sex partners of city workers and the state of texas bans gay marriage. >> the voters of houston have
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opened the door to history. i acknowledge that, i embrace that, i know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office. i understand. >> parker served as city controller for five years. the water coming out of your tap may contain chemicals usually found in weed killer. rocket fuel and even some poisons. a nonprofit organization called the environmental working group reviewed 20 million tap water quality tests over a three-year period. they say between all the water samples, 316 contaminants were found. >> people can filter their water. that's what people can do. and then they can go and contact the epa and demand that the epa set standards for more contaminants. the epa hasn't set a standard
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for contaminants since 2001. >> epa officials say 96% of violations occur in schools and in small communities. they say they have a plan to toughen enforcement on keeping contaminants out of drinking water that they'll institute next month. the coffee shop in washington state where four police officers were killed two weeks ago has reopened yesterday. the doors of the company opened at the exact time the officers were ambushed. lakewood's police chief was asked to be the first customer. >> like everything else the last couple of weeks, it's just so heart-warming and it really pounds home the point as to why we do this. you know, it's a dangerous job and bad things happen sometimes, but bottom line is we're out there to support the community and the community supports us. >> a private ceremony was held in the cafe for the officers' families, lakewood police officers and the shop's staff. it now features a large frame poster with portraits of the
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officers who were killed. they eventually want to hang plaques to honor them. when a train derailed on chicago's south side, some passengers panicked and jumped out. 14 people suffered minor injuries when the elevated train derailed yesterday. one car left the track. about 50 firefighters rushed to help frightened passengers off the train. some people couldn't wait and jumped onto the roof of a nearby building. >> she was going forward and we stopped for a minute and she started backing up. the bus attendant on the bus, the lady, she had told us it's coming off the track. >> jumped off, that was my first instinct the it wasn't no fear, it was just i've got to stay alive. >> i was scared so i jumped off after another guy jumped off. >> train service was stopped a couple of hours. a similar derailment happened at that same spot last year. eight people arrested when the home of a university of california at berkeley's chancellor was vandalized. a university spokesperson says
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as many as 70 protesters also threw lighted torches at the home and at police officers' cars. no one was hurt. it is the latest demonstration against state funding cuts that have let to cutbacks in courses, faculty furloughs and big increases in fees. >> i'm shocked, but, you know, i'm also shocked that they raised the fees by 33%. >> this is unacceptable. i would not be behind them. >> more than 60 people were also arrested at a uc berkeley campus classroom building. they had taken it over last monday. florida police say when they went to arrest a man for a probation violation, they found 13 venomous snakes in his house and he didn't have a permit for them. he got angry when a reporter tried asking him about it. at least one neighbor says he doesn't mind the snakes. >> stay the [ bleep ] off my property if you have problems. >> as long as he stays in that house, he can do whatever he wants to. that's his business.
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>> he was charged with a similar crime two years ago. he now faces possible charges for keeping poisonous snakes without a permit. it's a catchy tune with a serious message. ♪ yeah, you've got pollution, this is my solution ♪ ♪ >> how this group of young cken yanz is getting major props at the climate conference.
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here are some of the highlights you'll want to watch out for at the climate conference this week, including chances for you to get involved. tomorrow the earth journalism awards. you can vote for the 15 finalists for a few more hours. this video called "trash is cash" was submitted by a group of 16 kenyans between the ages of 9 and 23. they say they're spreading the word about the impact of climate change through hip-hop.
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♪ no more pollution, trash is trash, this is my solution. trash is trash ♪ >> to see all the videos, cast your vote, go to awards.earthjournalism.org/ finalists. on tuesday, the cnn youtube debate gets underway. you can ask world climate leaders a question at youtube.com/cop15. the live event will be televised on cnn. here's a sampling of some of the questions that have been submitted so far. >> will you allow nuclear power to be counted as a part in a clean energy mix? >> global warming has been around for thousands of years. it can't be controlled. it could possibly be changed, but it can't be terminated.
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so i have to skrask, aren't the more important things to fund? >> global warming, sustainable living, these are truly fundamental issues for which people should have a vote. why don't you let us decide? >> on wednesday at the climate conference, the mayors of leading cities from all over the world will meet to discuss the challenges facing their cities in regard to climate change. the 100 world leaders are expected to attend this conference and they start arriving thursday. president obama is scheduled to arrive on friday. in his nobel peace prize acceptance speech last week, mr. obama stressed the importance of confronting climate change. he said if we don't do something soon, we'll face more drought, more famine, more displaced people and compromised security. this year's vote for the heisman trophy was the closest ever. running back mark ingram won college football's most prestigous award by just 28 points. ingram is also the first alabama player ever to win the heisman. he beat out stanford running
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back toby gerhart. next up for the winner, a trip to pasadena. ingram will lead the crimson tide against the texas longhorns for the bcs championship. this holiday will be shining for 150 soldiers from the maine national guard. they're getting a free trip home from their training base in indiana thanks to maine native stephen king. the best-selling author and his wife are paying for the round-trip bus fare so the soldiers can spend christmas with their families. now, the soldiers' unit will deploy to afghanistan in january. red cross volunteers are helping to spread holiday cheer to members and veterans of the armed forces. in nashville about 30 people gathered to sort greeting cards for troops stationed in tennessee and patients at va hospitals in the state. some of the cards will go to troops deployed overseas. last year the red cross delivered nearly one and a half million holiday cards to troops and veterans. now a new hannukah song written by a mormon senator. utah senator oarin hatch says
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he's always felt close to jewish people and also always loved to write songs. so at the suggestion of a jewish reporter he tried his hand at telling the story of hannukah. ♪ come let's celebrate tonight, la, la, la la la la ♪ >> the song is certainly getting some reaction from senator hatch's colleagues on the hill. >> i don't know if it's in the category of miracles, but having a mormon member of the united states senate add to the hannukah song collection is certainly right up there with the unexpected. >> so who would senator hatch really like to perform his song? he says madonna or barbra streisand. there's certainly been a lot of amazing stories in the news this past year. coming up next weekend, you have a chance to weigh in on some of the ones that really got you talking with hln's robin meade. it is a specials we call "with all due respect." >> do men cheat more than women?
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no, even better yet, are men genetically more inclined to cheat, so they can't help it. it's just the way i'm made, honey. okay, stuff like this, this is what we're going to talk about on "with all due respect." it's a special that i'm going to be hosting with charles barkley and kyle petty and dennis eckersley. and i want you to also star in this, so why don't you tell me your opinions on that. give me an ireport, i'll play it. i'll play it right there for all the world to see. go to cnn.com/robin and give me your opinions. >> tell us which stories had you talking this year and join robin next sunday, december 20th, 10:00 p.m. eastern on hln. a simple idea to help those less fortunate catches on across the country. how one photographer is helping others one picture at a time.
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right now in washington, d.c., a sunday showdown isn't the u.s. senate. at issue, a trillion dollar spending bill. republicans failed to filibuster a bill saturday. the final vote happens this afternoon. the bill combines separate appropriations for several cabinet departments into a single piece of legislation. the administration says it is concerned about a rising federal deficit but says those appropriations are needed given the state of the economy. critics say the bill is nothing but runaway spending. >> what we've got to do is make sure the economy starts growing again and growing strongly, because if we don't do that, it's going to be enormously difficult to make progress on the deficit and then, once the
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economy recovers, make sure in every way we can that our situation becomes more sustainable. the president has made clear his willingness to be part of any system that will bring the congressional leadership of both parties together around that crucial objective. >> we look like pikers compared to what's going on now. i mean you have a democrat president, as you said democrat majority in the house, democrat majority in the senate. all of them have their foot on the pedal. they're driving this thing other the cliff and somebody has got to put the brakes on. we're trying to say let's put the brakes on the spending side. obviously there's revenue in spending, these components interact, but until you start dealing with the spendingishy here in washington, d.c., we are never going to get our fiscal situation under control and we're never going to be able i think to see the kind of economic prosperity that we've seen in the past. >> after the spending bill vote, the senate will continue its rare sunday session and resume debate on the health care reform plan.
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a rescue operation to find two missing climbers has been suspended. crews say the risk of avalanche on mt. hood is just too high right now to keep looking. on friday three climbers set out to tackle the west side of the mountain. yesterday crews found the body of one climber. a local sheriff says the missing hikers may have a sleeping bag with them. he also says the search will resume as soon as the risk of avalanches eases. heavy rain is clearing out of the los angeles area today and none too soon for people after yesterday's deluge that triggered mud and rock slides just north of los angeles. this is in an area recently scorched by wildfires. people in more than 40 homes were told to evacuate because there is a chance of landslides. a fire official says more than 100 drivers were stranded, but most of them were free by last night. people who were in the middle of it all say it was frightening, but everyone helped each other out. >> crazy out there. i think a car rolled off the cliff and there was just mudslides everywhere. >> reporter: and you were trapped up there?
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>> we were trapped up there, trying to stop traffic. >> reporter: were you a little afraid? were you afraid? >> it was crazy, it was insane. but everything worked out good. everybody worked together. >> one l.a. street was closed yesterday after mud and rocks slid down a hillside onto the roadway. several cars had their tires flattened by sharp rocks. no injuries were reported. freezing rain is causing some dangerous driving conditions in pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. check out this truck right there sliding around. authorities are asking people to stay home and several sunday church services have been cancelled. forecasters say a thin coating of ice will make driving and even walking difficult throughout most of the day. there's a good chance new orleans will be getting more rain over the next couple of days, and that's not welcome news. take a look at what happened on saturday. nearly two and a half inches poured into the city in just an hour. more than two inches fell in about 45 minutes in one suburb. some streets in the big easy were flooded out and thousands of customers lost power.
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4 inches of rain fell in the city just last monday. the french government will launch a new search for the flight recorders on the air france jetliner that crashed off the coast of brazil back in june. some pieces of the airbus a-330 were recovered over the summer. most of the 228 people who were aboard have never been found. the u.s. navy and the national transportation safety board will be taking part in the new search for the data recorders in february. the atlantic is 23,000 feet deep in the search area and there are mountains on the ocean floor. iran wants to swap some of its uranium for nuclear fuel. it's actually a u.n. plan backed by the u.s. that calls for iran to ship most of its uranium abroad. uranium, which can be used to make a nuclear bomb, would then be turned into fuel rods and returned to iran to be used in a research reactor. that's important because once the uranium is turned into a fuel rod, it cannot be made into a nuclear weapon. but iran has put some conditions
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on the swap, including sending out the uranium in batches rather than all at once. the u.s. and its al i say are likely to oppose those conditions. the climate change conference in copenhagen is taking the day off, but demonstrators aren't. police broke up an unauthorized march on the danish capital's harbor. the hundreds of protesters were outnumbered by an army of riot-equipped police. a police spokesperson says about 200 demonstrators were detained. nearly a thousand people were arrested during a huge protest yesterday. all but 13 are now free and only three are facing criminal charges. did climate scientists falsify or fabricate data about global warming? that's been the question since hundreds of e-mails stolen from them came to light. the associated press reviewed more than 1,000 of those e-mails and says while there were indications some scientists wanted to suppress data that didn't mesh with their theorys, there's no evidence any data was
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faked. some of the e-mails showed even though some of the scientists state that global warming was a reality, they had private doubts about how solid the findings were. some say the elephant in the room at the summit is the world's growing population. forget greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, there's a lot of talk out there that the world's real problem is our exploding birth rate. some scientists say there's no way we can feed the growing population without doing major damage to the earth. one canadian paper suggests that the whole world should impose china's one-child policy. one child per woman. without it, the paper says by 2050 we won't be able to sustain the world's population. as you can imagine, that has a lot of you talking. let's take a look at some of your views. robin from facebook thinks it's a good idea. she says we need laws reformed all the way around the globe. you have my vote to save a child, a population and the world. but guy from facebook is totally against it. he writes never.
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it is a great dream but could never be managed in a free market economy. we're not all like china. thanks to everyone for your comments. we do want to hear what you have to say. e-mail us. go to cnn.com/hln and you may see your view on the air. houston elects a new mayor and many are calling her victory remarkable. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i do love this city. >> annise parker says her election could change the world for a certain group of people.
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breaking news out of washington. the senate has just approved the trillion dollar spending bill we told you about a few minutes ago. the bill will soon be on the way to the white house for president obama's signature. republicans failed to filibuster the bill saturday. the bill combines separate appropriations for several cabinet departments into a single piece of legislation. critics say the bill is nothing but runaway spending. do stay with hln for reaction to
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the vote. houston has made history by electing that city's first openly gay mayor. it is the largest city in the country to do so. annise parker won 53% of the vote in yesterday's runoff against a former city attorney. some are surprised by her victory. just a few years ago houston rejected a referendum to give benefits to same-sex partners of city workers and the state of texas bans gay marriage. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i acknowledge that, i embrace that, i know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office. i understand. >> parker served as city controller for five years. the water coming out of your tap may contain chemicals usually found in weed killer, rocket fuel and even some
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poisons. a nonprofit organization called the environmental working group reviewed 20 million tap water quality tests over a three-year period. they say between all the water samples, 316 contaminants were found. >> people can filter their water. that's what people can do. then they can go and contact the epa and demand that the epa set standards for more contaminants. the epa hasn't set a standard for contaminants since 2001. >> epa officials say 96% of violations occur in schools and in small communities. they say they have a plan to toughen enforcement on keeping contaminants out of drinking water that they'll institute next month. the coffee shop in washington state where four police officers were killed two weeks ago has reopened yesterday. the doors of the forza coffee company opened at the exact time the officers were ambushed. lakewood's police chief was asked to be the first customer.
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>> like everything the last couple of weeks it's just so heart warming and it pound home the point why we do this. it's a dangerous job and bad things happen sometimes, but bottom line is we're out here to support the community and the community supports us. >> a private ceremony was held in the cafe for the officers' families, lakewood police officers and the shop's staff. the coffee shop now features a long frame poster with portraits of the officers who were killed. the staff wants to eventually hang plaques to honor them. when a train derailed on chicago's south side, some passengers panicked and jumped out. 14 people suffered minor injuries when the elevated train derailed yesterday. one car left the track. about 50 firefighters rushed to help frightened passengers off the train. some people couldn't wait and jumped onto the roof of a nearby building. >> she was going forward, then we stopped for a minute. then she started backing up. then the bus attendant that was on the bus, the lady, cta driver, she had told us it's coming off the track.
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>> jumped off, that was my first instinct. it wasn't no fear, it was just i've got to stay alive. >> i was scared so i jumped off after another guy jumped off. he opened the door and we jumped off. >> train service was stopped for a couple of hours. a similar derailment happened at that same spot last year. eight people arrested when the home of a university of california at berkeley's chancellor was vandalized. a university spokesperson says as many as 70 pro testifiers also threw lighted torches b at the home and police officers' cars. it is the latest demonstration against state funding cuts that have let to cuts in courses, faculty furloughs and big increases in fees. >> i'm shocked, but i'm also shocked that they raised the fees by 33%. >> this is unacceptable. i would not be behind them. >> more than 60 people were also arrested at a uc berkeley campus classroom building. they had taken it over last monday.
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one town is trying to figure out how to fix a sinkhole that almost swallowed a car. the whole opened after a water main broke down yesterday in new york. water started gushing out and it took about an hour to shut it down. a parking lot was damaged along with a pizza shop and a law office. city officials say it will take weeks to fix the damage. they're not sure yet what caused that water main break. florida police say when they went to arrest a man for a probation violation, they found 13 venomous snakes in his house and he didn't have a permit for them. he got angry when a reporter tried asking him about it. one 98 pour says he doesn't mind the snakes. >> stay the [ bleep ] off my property if you have problems. >> anxious he stays in that house down there, he can do with them whatever he wants to. that's his business. >> he was charged with a similar crime two years ago. he now faces possible charges for keeping poisonous snakes without a permit. most women are familiar with breast self-exams but what they
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know about them may need some updating. a breast cancer specialist has the latest in today's "beyond the surface." >> we've taught women in the past that the best way to do a breast self-examination is in the shower. that actually isn't the case. the best way to do a breast self-examination is lying down flat on your back. when you're lying down it spreads the breast tissue out into a thinner layer so it's easier to feel things, particularly things located deep in the breast tish you. the second part is to stand up and put your hands firmly on your hips to tighten the muscles of the the chest wall and look for dimpling of the skin or rashes on the skin. the third part is to check the underarm area to see if there are any lumps that you feel in that area. the american cancer society has a website with lots of good information about breast cancer.
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here are some of the highlights you'll want to watch out for at the climate conference this week, including chances for you to get involved. tomorrow the earth journalism awards. you can vote for the 15 finalists for a few more hours. this video, called "trash is cash" was submitted by group of 16 can yakenyans between the ag9 and 23. they're spreading the word about the impact of climate change on hip-hop ♪ no more pollution, trash is trash. this is my solution, trash is trash ♪ ♪ no more pollution, trash is trash ♪ >> to see all the videos, cast your vote. go to awards.earthjournalism.org/ finalists. on tuesday, the cnn youtube debate gets underway. you can ask world climate leaders a question at youtube.com/cop detecti youtube.com/cop15.
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it will be televised on cnn. here's a sampling of some of the questions submitted so far. >> will you allow nuclear power to be counted as a part in a clean energy mix? >> global warming has been around for thousands of years. it can't be controlled, it could possibly be changed. but it can't be terminated. so i have to ask, i mean aren't there more important things to fund? >> global warming, sustainable living, these are all truly fundamental issues for which people should have a vote. why don't you let us decide. >> on wednesday at the climate conference, the mayors of leading cities from all over the world will meet to discuss the challenges facing their cities in regard to climate change. the 100 world leaders are expected to attend this conference and they start arriving thursday. president obama is scheduled to arrive on friday. in his nobel peace prize acceptance speech in oslo last week, mr. obama stressed the importance of confronting
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climate change. he said if we don't do something soon, we'll face more drought, more famine, more displaced people and compromised security. this year's vote for the heisman trophy was for the heisman trophy was the closest ever. runningback mark ingram won college football's most prestee jous award. this holiday will be shining for 150 soldiers from the na national guard. stephen king and his wife are paying for round trip bus fares so soldiers can spend christmas with their father and mother lis. the soldiers unit will deploy to afghanistan in january. red cross volunteers are helping to spread holiday cheer to members and veterans of the
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armed forces. in nashville about 30 people gathered to sort greeting cards for troops stationed in tennessee and patients at v.a. hospitals in the state. last year the red cross delivered nearly 1.5 million holiday cards to troops and veterans. a new hanukkah song written by a mormon senator. utah senator orrin hatch says he's always felt close to jewish people. he's also always loved to write songs. so at the suggestion of a jewish reporter he tried his hand at telling the story of hanukkah ♪ come let's celebrate tonight, la la la la la la, la la la la la ♪ >> the song is certainly getting some reaction from senator hatch's colleagues on the hill. >> i don't know if it's in the category of mill considracles. having a mormon member of the united states senate add to the hanukkah song of collection is certainly right up there with
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the unexpected. >> who would senator hatch really like to perform his song? he says madonna or barbra streisand. a simple idea to help those less fortunate catches on across the country. how one photographer's helping others one picture at a time.
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in a rare sunday session, the senate is voting on a massive trillion dollar spending bill. there are reportedly enough yes votes cast to far so assure passage. we'll be telling you what critics of the measure are saying. hundreds of angry protesters fight with police at a climate change conference. you could get fired up, too, when you hear our question about saving the planet through population control. we'll hear what you have to say about it. a new report might have you thinking twice about what's in your glass when you get your next drink of water. a rescue operation to find two missing climbers has been suspended. crews in oregon say the risk of avalanche is too high.
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on friday climbers set out to tackle the west side of the mountain. yesterday they found the body of one hiker. the search will resume as soon as the risk of avalanches eases. heavy rain is clearing out of the los angeles area today. none too soon for people after yesterday's deluge. it triggered mud and rock slides north of los angeles. people in more than 40 homes were told to evacuate because there's a chance of landslides. a fire official says more than 100 drivers were stranded, but most of them were freed by last night. people who were in the middle of it all say it was frightening, but everyone helped each other out. >> crazy out there. a car rolled off the cliff. there was mud sides everywhere. >> you were trapped up there? >> we were trapped up there. trying to stop traffic. >> were you afraid? >> it was crazy. it was insane. but everything worked out good. everybody worked together. one l.a. street was closed yesterday after mud and rocks slid down a hillside on to the
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roadway. several cars had their tires flattened by sharp rocks. no injuries were reported. freezing rain is causing some dangerous driving conditions in pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. check out this truck right there sliding around. authorities are asking people to stay home and several sunday church services have been canceled. forecasters say a thin coating of ice will make driving and even walking difficult throughout most of the day. there's a good chance new orleans will be getting more rain over the next couple of days. that's not welcome news. take a look at what happened on saturday. nearly 2 1/2 inches poured into the city in just an hour. more than two inches fell in about 45 minutes in one suburb. some streets in the big easy were flooded out. thousands of customers lost power. four inches of rain fell in the city just last monday. the french government will launch a new search for the flight recorders on the air france jetliner that crashed off the coast of brazil back in june. some pieces of the air bus a-330
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were recovered over the summer. most of the 228 people who were aboard have never been found. the u.s. navy and the national transportation safety board will be taking part in the new search for the data recorders in february. the atlantic is 23,000 feet deep and in the search area and mountains on the ocean floor. iran wants to swap some of its uranium for nuclear fuel. it's a u.n. plan back bid the u.s. that calls for iran to ship most of its uranium abroad. the uranium which can be used to make a nuclear bomb would then be turned into fuel rods and returned to iran to be used in a research reactor. once the uranium is turned into a fuel rod, kit not be made into a nuclear weapon. iran has put conditions of a swap including sending out the uranium in batches rather than all at once. u.s. and allies are likely to oppose those conditions.
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the climate change conference in copenhagen is taking the day off. but demonstrators aren't. police broke up an unauthorized march on the danish capital's harbor. the hundreds of protesters were outnumbered by an army of riot equipped police. about 200 demonstrators were detained. nearly 1,000 people arrested during a huge protest yesterday. all but 13 are now free, and only 3 are facing criminal charges. did climate scientists falsify or fabricate data about global warming? that's been the question since hundreds of e-mails stolen from them came to light. the associated press reviewed more than 1,000 of those e-mails. it says while there were indications some scientists wanted to suppress data that didn't mesh with their theorys, there's no evidence any data was faked. but some of the e-mails showed that even though some of the scientists stated emphatically that groebal warming was a reality, they had private doubts about how solid the findings were. some say the elephant in the room at the summit is the
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world's growing population. forget greenhouse gases and carbon emissions. there's a lot of talk out there that the world's real problem is our exploding birthrate. some scientists say there's no way we can feed the growing population without doing major damage to the earth. one canadian paper suggests that the whole world should impose china's one-child policy. one child per woman. without it, the paper says by 2050 we won't be able to sustain the world's population. as you can imagine, that has a lot of you talking. let's take a look at some of your views. robin from facebook thinks it's a good idea. she says we need laws reformed all the way around the globe. you have my vote to save a child, a population and the world. thanks for commenting. guy from pace book is totally against it. he writes, never. it is a great dream, but could never be managed in a free market economy. we're not all like china. thanks to everyone for your comments. we do want to hear what you have to say. e-mail us. go to cnn.com/hln.
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you may see your view on the air. houston elects a new mayor. and many are calling her victory remarkable. >> the voters of houston have opened the door to history. i do love this city! >> why parker says her election could change the world for a certain group of people.
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the water coming out of your tap may contain chemicals usually found in weed killer, rocket fuel and even some poisons. a nonprofit organization called the environmental working group reviewed 20 million tap water quality tests over a three-year period. they say between all the water samples, 316 contaminants were found. >> people can filter their water. that's what people can do. then they can go and contact the epa and demand that the epa set standards for more contaminants. the epa hasn't set a standard for contaminants since 2001. >> epa officials say 96% of
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violations occur in schools and in small communities. they say they have a plan to toughen enforcement on keeping contaminants out of drinking water that they'll institute next month. the coffee shop in washington state where four police officers were killed two weeks ago has reopened. yesterday the doors of the forza coffee company opened at the exact time the officers were ambushed. lakewood's police chief was asked to be the first customer. >> like everything else the last couple weeks, it's just so heartwarming. and it really pounds home the point as to why we do this. it's a dangerous job, and bad things happen sometimes, but the bottom line is we're out here to support the community, and the community supports us. >> a private ceremony was held in the cafe for the officers' families, lakewood police officers and the shop's staff. the coffee shop now features a large framed poster with po portraits of the officers who were killed.
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eight people arrested when the home of university of california at berkeley's chancellor was -- it's the latest demonstration against state-funding cuts that have led to cutbacks in courses, faculty furloughs and big increases in fees. >> i'm shocked. but, you know, i'm also shocked that they raised the fees by 33%. >> this is unacceptable. i would not be behind them. >> more than 60 people were also arrested at a uc berkeley campus classroom building. they'd taken it over last monday. when a train derailed on chicago's south side, some passengers panicked and jumped out. 14 people suffered minor injuries when the elevated train derailed yesterday. one car left the track. about 50 firefighters rushed to help frightened passengers off the train. some people couldn't wait and jumped on to the roof of a
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nearby building. >> she was going forward. we stopped for a minute. then she started backing up. then the bus attendant was on the bus, the lady, cta driver, she had told us, it's coming off the track. >> jumped off. that was my first instinct. it was just i got to stay alive. >> i was scared. so i jumped off after another guy jumped off. he opened the door and we jumped off. >> train service was stopped for a couple of hours. a similar derailment happened at that same spot last year. one town is trying to figure out how to fix a sink hole that almost swallowed a car. the hole opened after a water main broke down yesterday in skin ektty, new york. water started gushing out. it took about an hour to shut it down. a parking lot was damaged along with a pizza shop and law office. city officials say it'll take weeks to fix this damage. they're not sure yet what caused that that water main break. florida police say when they went to arrest a man for a probation violation, they found
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13 venomous stakes nakes in his and he didn't have a permit for him. at least one neighbor says he doesn't mind the snakes. >> stay the [ bleep ] off my property if he has some problems. >> as long as they stay in that house down there, he can do whatever he wants to. that's his business. >> he was charged with a similar crime two years ago. he now faces possible charges for keeping poisonous snakes without a permit. there have certainly been a lot of amazing stories in the news this past year. coming up next weekend, you have a chance to weigh in on some of the ones that really got you talking with hln's robin meade. it is a special we call "with all due respect." >> do men cheat more than women? even better yet, are men genetically more inclined to cheat? so they can't help it? it's just the way i'm made, honey. stuff like this, this is what we're going to talk about "with all due respect." it's a special that i'm going to be hosting with charles barkley and kyle petty and dennis
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ekersly. i want you to also star in this. why don't you tell me your opinions on that. give me an i-report. i'll play it. i'll play it right there for all the world to see. go to cnn.com/robin. give me your opinions. >> tell us which stories had you talking this year. join robin next sunday, december 20th, 10:00 p.m. eastern for with all due respect right here on hln. it's a catchy tune with a serious message. ♪ pollution, this my solution >> how this group of young kenyans is getting major props at the climate conference.
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here are some of the highlights you'll want to watch out for at the climate conference this week, including chances for you to get involved. tomorrow the earth journalism awards. you can vote for the 15th finalist for a few more hours. this video called "trash is cash" was committed by a group of 16 kenyans between the ages of 9 and 23. they say they're spreading the word about the impacts of climate change through hip hop. ♪ no more pollution, trash is cash, this my solution, trash is cash, no more pollution ♪ >> to see all the videos, cast your vote, go to awards.earthjournalism.org/ financialist. on tuesday the cnn youtube debate gets under way. you can ask world climate leaders a question about youtube.com/cop15.
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the live event will be televised on our sister network, cnn. here's a sampling of some of the questions that have been submitted so far. >> will you allow nuclear power to be counted as a part in a clean energy mix? >> global warming has been around for thousands of years. it can't be controlled. it could possibly be changed. but it can't be terminated. so i have to ask, i mean, aren't there more important things to fund? >> global warming, sustainable living, these are all truly fundamental issues for which people should have a vote. why don't you let us decide? >> on wednesday at the climate conference, the mayors of leading cities from all over the world will meet to discuss the challenges facing their cities in regard to climate change. the 100 world leaders are expected to attend this conference, and they start arriving thursday. president obama's scheduled to arrive on friday. in his nobel peace prize
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acceptance speech in oslo last week, mr. obama stressed the importance of confronting climate change. he said if we don't do something soon, we'll face more drought, more famine, more displaced people and compromised security. this year's vote for the heisman trophy was the closest ever. runningback mark ingram won college football's most prestee jouz award by 20 points. next up for the winner, a trip to pasadena. ingram will lead the crimson tide against the texas long horns for the bcs championship. this holiday will be shining for 150 soldiers from the maine national guard. they're getting a free trip home from their training base in indiana thanks to maine native stephen king. the best selling author and his wife are paying for the round trip bus fare so the soldiers can spend christmas with their families. now, the soldiers' unit will deploy to afghanistan in january.
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now a new hanukkah song written by a mormon senator. orrin hatch says he's always felt close to jewish people, and he's also always loved to write songs. so at the suggestion of a jewish reporter, he tried his hand at telling the story of hanukkah. ♪ come, let's celebrate tonight ♪ >> the song is certainly getting some reaction from senator hatch's colleagues on the hill. >> i don't know if it's in the category of miracles, but having a mormon member of the united states senate add to the hanukkah song collection is certainly right up there with the unexpected. >> so who would senator hatch really like to perform his song? he says madonna or barbra streisand. a business that's been around over 100 years looks like a good bet. until some really bad luck hit.
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so how to survive. allan chernoff looks at one restaurant's return to success in "the turnaround." >> reporter: how long has this place been around? >> 400 years. >> shawn thought he had a sure thing. it was a restaurant with a long history and a booning business. shortly after he bought the connecticut eatery in 2005, the sure thing started to look a bit shaky. tragedy struck. an 18 vehicle accident killing 4 and injuries 19 just outside his door. >> a black cloud over the business. >> soon afterwards a second accident at the same site prompted state construction of a 700 foot truck ramp almost on top of the restaurant. >> always stay positive. you have to stay positive. with your employees. with the town. no one wants to hear anyone complaining. there's a lot of things to complain about. frankly, it doesn't go away. >> couple the unattractive ramp
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with the downturn in the economy, and business dropped off nearly 60%. suddenly, the old inn was bleeding red ink. >> going into a tough economy, not at the peak of your game, the downturn of the economy actually impacts you significantly more. >> so dago fought back. scaling back his high priced fine dining menu in favor of lower priced comfort food. >> fine dining has a unique stigma associated with it. it's an honor we're known as fine dining. we're trying to hit a different price point and get you good food. >> reporter: getting customers in the door is key. the restaurant lowered corporate package rates and started hiring local bands on weekend. >> if you lower your price point, you need more cole volume. need more people coming in. >> life is good. >> reporter: they have started coming in. business has tripled from its low. >> there's a high expectation, again, having a 253-year-old
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business and a reputation. >> reporter: a reputation many customers haven't forgotten. allan chernoff, cnn, new york.
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