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Passengers Sound off About Pat-Downs; Long List for Lame-Duck Congress; 'The Big Play'; Haiti Cholera Death Toll Now 800; Snow in the Midwest; Housecat Stares Down Gators; Taking Control of Your Health Care; Shop Smarter

Aired November 15, 2010 - 11:00   ET

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TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. Live from Studio 7 at CNN world headquarters, the news and information you need for Monday, November 15th.

Revolt at the airport. Are you watching this from the airport now? Passengers like you sounding off about new enhanced body pat-downs. One says the procedure amounts to a sexual assault.

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JOHN TYNER, REFUSED AIRPORT BODY SCAN: I turned to him, I looked him in the eye, and I said, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."

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HARRIS: Wow. OK.

A big city rising. Kobe, Japan, rebuilding from an earthquake, hoping to make itself disaster-proof. Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows us.

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DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: This is just a simulation. And that's what you need to do as an individual. But given that so many people live in urban centers all across the world, how do you recover in a magnitude earthquake just like that one, 20 seconds in length, 200,000 buildings gone? They use materials here to try to isolate this building from --

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HARRIS: We are going to show you the day's best videos. A deer's lickety-split sopping spree turns a supermarket's produce department into tossed salad.

Good morning, everyone. I'm Tony Harris.

Those stories and your comments right here, right now in the CNN NEWSROOM.

Airport security striking a nerve with a lot of you. As we approach the busiest travel time of the year, we want to bring you the latest on security and the growing backlash over body scans and pat-downs.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano begins a news conference any minute now focusing on the public's role in airline safety. She is expected to highlight the campaign called "If You See Something, Say Something," but that's not what many of you are talking about today when it comes to airline security.

Just how much airport screeners see is part of the backlash. Case and point, a California man who got into a dispute after refusing to undergo a body scan at the San Diego Airport.

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TYNER: I don't think that that needs to be a condition for people to fly. I mean, giving up that level of privacy is not something I'm prepared to do.

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HARRIS: OK. So, John Tyner says he was told he could have a pat-down search instead, but once the official described the procedure, he told them, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."

Nice line. Not likely.

It is important to remember how we got here and why the government put the additional security measures in place. The head of the Transportation Security Administration says it is about keeping you safe while balancing privacy concerns.

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JOHN PISTOLE, TSA ADMINISTRATOR: I think it all comes down to two things. One, security, on the one hand, and partnerships on the other hand. And so the question is, how do we best address those issues that people have raised while providing the best possible security?

We know that everybody on every flight wants to ensure that everybody around them has been properly screened so there is not a group of box cutters or liquid explosives or underwear bombs or shoe bombs or whatever it may be. So we have to find that area that we can provide the best possible security to address those issues.

JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR: But a point that opponents of the body scanners make is if you are looking for underwear bombs, the current advanced imaging technology would not have discovered the type of bomb that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had secreted in his underwear.

PISTOLE: Well, I think reasonable people may disagree on that, but the experts say that, yes, that type of device would be identified in an advanced imaging technology machine. And our tests have shown that to be the case.

Obviously, you have to rely on the expertise of the security officer who is reviewing that image. We're also looking at automated targeted recognition, basically the next generation of that where there's basically a stick figure that looks at algorithms, and then puts a box, if you will, on that part of the body that may need an additional security screening.

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HARRIS: OK. Something else you may not like at the airport -- having to pay baggage fees. The airlines are literally cashing in on this.

The top 20 companies ranked by baggage fee revenue collected more than $1.6 billion in the first quarter of this year. Now, that's according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Delta Air Lines tops the list, followed by American Airlines and US Airways.

The lame-duck Congress returns today to a full plate of unresolved issues. Take a look at this long list of things to do.

Boy, the type is so small. Can you really make that out? That many items on the to-do list.

OK. We're going to focus on three of these: tax cuts, the budget, and Medicare.

Let's bring in our senior congressional correspondent, Dana Bash.

Dana, good to see you.

DANA BASH, CNN SR. CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good to see you.

HARRIS: So, one of the major issues has to do with the so-called Bush tax cuts. What can we expect?

BASH: That is the -- I don't know what you want to say -- $250,000 question, or more or less, because, look, the bottom line is, as our viewers probably know right now, the divide that has existed between most Democrats and nearly all Republicans is that Republicans say let's just extend all Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels permanently. Democrats have said, well, we agree on that part for families making $250,000 or less, but not for the wealthiest Americans.

So what we have going on is there has got to be some kind of compromise. And if there isn't, these tax cuts could expire and will expire at the end of the year.

We have heard a lot of different talk, a lot of different hints, if you will, from Republicans and Democrats, including the president. What I am still told is potentially, the most likely compromise, Tony, is across the board, doing an extension on all income levels, maybe temporarily, two or three years. But really, it is very early. These discussions have not yet started in earnest.

And this really is going to be the thing that takes up all of the oxygen in this lame-duck session, trying to figure out how to do this. It is you politically potent and it is incredibly important for really every American in this country.

HARRIS: It is. You're right.

Dana, next hour, let's take a look at the spending bills needed to keep the government running. If you could, give us a quick preview of that.

BASH: Well, it's Congress' number one function, it's their basic function, keeping the government running. It's one of the things that they do have to deal with. We'll tell you why it has gotten to this crisis moment in the next hour.

HARRIS: Great. All right, Dana. Appreciate it. Thank you.

Representative Charlie Rangel tries to delay his ethics hearing, but his colleagues say no. Hear what Rangel said before he walked out this morning.

We're back in a moment. You're in the CNN NEWSROOM.

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HARRIS: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is now answering questions about new security measures. Let's listen in.

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JANET NAPOLITANO, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: -- irresponsible of us at the TSA, at the Homeland Security Department, not to evolve our technology to match the changing threat environment that we inhibit. So, this technology was developed a while ago, and like I said before, we piloted it.

There were public surveys in the public, and the public, by overwhelming numbers during the pilots, we were in favor of the AITs. They in no way resemble electronic strip searches. All they do is ping in a private area away from the gate with an image that is neither retained nor transmitted.

We've built privacy screens into the machines. We've built privacy concerns into the procedures when they were deployed. And now we're deploying them across the United States as the next, really, generation of technology to use to keep our passengers safe. And so we don't have -- the authority is the authority to keep the traveling public safe and to make sure that we are not just being responsive to threats that the public knows about now, but threats that may occur in the future as part of our layered security approach.

I don't know, John, if you wanted to say anything else, but that's really the way it is.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

NAPOLITANO: Well, first of all, defending is -- I don't think is the right way. Here there is a process.

You can go through an AIT. If nothing pings, you know, you're done. And in terms of time spent, they're really about the same as a magnetometer.

If there is a ping, this tells an officer where they need to search, where something does not pass through the screens that are set. If you refuse the AIT machine altogether, then you can go to a separate area for a same-gender pat-down which is conducted as a law enforcement pat-down should be, in a very professional way. Again, same gender.

And if there are adjustments we need to make to these procedures as we move forward, we have an open ear. We will listen. But it's all being done as part of our joint security effort.

Look, everybody has a role to play. That's what "See Something, Say Something" is about. It's all about security. It's all about everybody recognizing their role.

And if people don't want to play that role, if they want to travel by some other means, of course that's their right. This is the United States. Of course they have that right. But, again, this is all being done as a process to make sure that the traveling public is safe, that you're safe, that your fellow passengers are safe, your families are safe, your kids are safe, and so forth.

Yes, sir?

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, why does the magnetometer (INAUDIBLE) not accomplish the same thing, and thereby (INAUDIBLE)?

NAPOLITANO: Well, first of all -- first of all, again, there are privacy screens built into the AITs. There are privacy protections built in. The person who sees the image is not even at the gate where you go through, so let's not presume that the AITs are not themselves protective of privacy.

But secondly, there are different mechanisms at different gates. This are not AITs at every gate, as the traveling public will see.

However, I think as the traveling public recognizes, we need to keep unauthorized liquids, powders and gels off of aircraft just as we need to keep unauthorized metal objects off of aircraft. We're doing this. Airports in Europe are doing this. This is just the next generation of travel security.

Now, there are other mechanisms in place, and we can use those as well. But, again, in terms of systemically looking at what's best, how can we best protect security and protect privacy, and keep those passenger lines moving, all of which are values that have been expressed to us by the traveling public, moving with the AIT process has been the preferable way.

Yes, sir?

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

NAPOLITANO: Right.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

NAPOLITANO: These things -- yes, they have been examined six ways to Sunday. I mean, the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Science and Standards Association have all measured the radiation involved in an AIT. It's almost immeasurable, it is so small.

It's the equivalent to maybe about to minutes' worth of being in flight. You know, you're exposed to radiation when you fly in a plane anyway. So these things are really minuscule.

Now, the pilots have raised some objections. Part of it is because they have to go through so many times. It's not about radiation, I think, so much as --

HARRIS: OK. Let's see if we can put a handle on this story.

We're talking about a lot of concern that's being expressed now by some passengers at airports around the country over security measures put in place by the TSA, and there is a lot of concern being expressed about these enhanced body pat-downs. So what we're going to do is we're going to try to explain this as best we can, what your options are when you go through security at the airport.

Josh Levs is working on that bit of it for us. And you just heard the secretary of Homeland Security saying that these measures are being put in place to respond to threats that are known, and to threats that are unknown, and that there are security precautions and privacy precautions put in place with these body scanning machines. But we continue to hear complaints about them, so, again, we'll look at the issue in some detail with Josh in just a couple of minutes, right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.

Let's get a look at the markets now, 90 minutes into the trading day. And, OK, we have got a good day going. We're up 45 points. The Nasdaq is up 3.

We will follow these numbers for you throughout the morning in the NEWSROOM.

Plus, lights out at the Meadowlands, and for Antonio Margarito.

Ryan Stewart, my man, co-host of "The Two Live Stews" -- it is the number one sports talk show in the country -- this man and his brother, Doug E Fresh, rocking it.

We're back in a minute.

You're in the CNN NEWSROOM.

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HARRIS: Got to tell you here's the question of the morning for us, Ryan: Can anyone stop Manny Pacquiao? You were there. You were there.

RYAN STEWART, CO-HOST, " THE TWO LIVE STEWS": I was funky fresh in the flesh, Tony.

HARRIS: And you're looking kind of fresh and airtight. Butter fresh today, baby. Look at you.

STEWART: I mean, you're going to be clean (ph), so I've got to do my due diligence.

HARRIS: Where do you get your gear? Because I want that. If I had your hand, I'd throw mine in.

All right. So -- and then we're going to talk about Cam Newton, right?

STEWART: OK.

HARRIS: This kid, with all of the pressure on the world on him, what he did, what he didn't do, I don't know.

But first of all, this is Ryan Stewart, co-host of "The Two Live Stews."

Again, it is the number one rated sports radio talk show in the country, right?

STEWART: We're very thankful for that.

HARRIS: "The Two Live Stews" with you and your brother, Dougie- Dougie, right?

STEWART: Yes, sir.

HARRIS: So, first of all, Manny Pacquiao. You and your brother were there in Dallas for of the fight?

STEWART: Yes.

HARRIS: This guy, tell everybody why he is the top draw in boxing today. There is no bigger draw in boxing than this guy, who is, what, 5'2" and 130 pounds or something? What is this?

STEWART: He just won his eighth championship in eight different weight classes, and he beat a guy that was five inches taller than him, 15 pounds heavier than him, and he dismantled him.

HARRIS: He did. He really did.

STEWART: He threw over a thousand punches, connected on 44 percent of them, and threw several hundred power punches connecting over 50 percent of them.

HARRIS: Yes.

STEWART: He is a beast in the ring.

HARRIS: OK. But the fight that everybody wants is the fight that you think may not happen. STEWART: Right.

HARRIS: It's Manny Pacquiao taking on Floyd Mayweather. Tell me why this fight, you think, may not happen.

STEWART: Mayweather is my favorite fighter behind Roy Jones. But when he insisted on terms that needed to be met for Pacquiao to fight him, Manny agreed to all of them at one point in time. That's per Jim Lampley.

HARRIS: Yes. Yes.

STEWART: But he still declined the fight.

HARRIS: Why? Why?

STEWART: I think, personally, he's running from this guy.

HARRIS: Oh, he's not running from him. Come on.

STEWART: He's running from this guy. And I love Floyd, but when you've got a guy that's this size, throws this many power punches, and will throw 1,000 punches in a fight, I don't think Floyd wants to get this blemish on his record and risk the chance of fighting Manny Pacquiao.

HARRIS: But wait a minute. I know Manny Pacquiao is fast, but I keep hearing folks say that Floyd may be faster.

STEWART: Well, there is no one in the world in that square ring that's faster than Floyd.

HARRIS: OK.

STEWART: But Manny is just as fast, but even more powerful in my eyes.

HARRIS: Really?

STEWART: So I would hate --

HARRIS: But how much money is potentially on the table for this fight? And how do you walk away from a payday that says you don't have to do anything for the rest of your life?

STEWART: Well, I don't think any of them have to do anything for the rest of their lives right now. OK?

HARRIS: Right now. Right.

STEWART: But I'm estimating $75 million to $100 million in purse money for these two fighters if they finally make it happen.

HARRIS: Are you kidding me?

STEWART: I'm not kidding you. HARRIS: OK.

A couple of big plays from the NFL. And you were a star d-back (ph) for the Detroit Lions, correct?

STEWART: Yes, sir.

HARRIS: I mean, you set many records that stand today for them, right?

STEWART: No, not really.

HARRIS: Really?

STEWART: No.

HARRIS: OK. So here we go.

Let's look at some d-play (ph) on display from the weekend, the Jacksonville/Jaguars game.

Did you see this play?

STEWART: I did see this play.

HARRIS: This is a play where the DB does everything he's supposed to do; right?

STEWART: Yes, he does.

HARRIS: Here we go -- Hail Mary, end of the game, all you're supposed to do.

What are you taught to do, Ryan?

STEWART: Knock it down!

HARRIS: And what happens here?

STEWART: He knocks into the receiver's hand!

HARRIS: Oh, no!

STEWART: And this was a textbook play. They call it the rebound.

HARRIS: Yes.

STEWART: (INAUDIBLE) Jaguars. However, your boy jumps up, knocks the ball straight down into the offensive players' hands.

HARRIS: He's supposed to knock it down!

STEWART: He did his job, but --

HARRIS: He did his job!

STEWART: -- knocked it into a player and not the ground.

HARRIS: So the smallest player on the field for Jacksonville is right there, money, right place, right time. Take the helmet off, take your bows. You win the game. Right?

STEWART: Mike Thomas' third touchdown in his career. And it's the fourth time that a play ends in the National Football League after a 50-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock. Amazing, Tony.

HARRIS: So let's get to the Dallas game, right, and the Giants. So, the Giants are going in for a score here, and look what happens here.

All right. So forget about the fact that the folks there at the Meadowlands didn't pay their Con Ed bill. All right. So here we go. This is the pass.

You had a ton of these in your playing career, didn't you?

STEWART: No, not really.

HARRIS: Excuse me?

STEWART: Not really.

HARRIS: You didn't?

STEWART: But I'll tell you what -- this one was outstanding. A player for the Braves, Brian McCann -- I'm sorry, a rookie for the Cowboys, Brian McCann, steps up in the secondary, hasn't played that well for the Dallas Cowboys, goes for a 101-yard return, setting a team record, Tony.

HARRIS: Look at this. Amazing.

Dude, we are done. Flat-out of time. Good to see you.

Have a great show today. I'll be listening on the drive home.

STEWART: Thank you very much, Tony.

HARRIS: Ryan Stewart, "The Two Live Stews," number one sports talk show in the country.

Doctor, appreciate it.

Still to come in the CNN NEWSROOM, we are going to talk about retail sales in just a second. Sports and sales go hand in hand.

Do you know which NFL franchise sells the most merchandise? The answer in a moment.

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HARRIS: OK. So, before the break, we asked, which NFL franchise sells the most merchandise? And the winner is? I'm not saying America's team. I'm not saying that. The Dallas Cowboys. (BUSINESS REPORT)

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HARRIS: So let's get you caught up on top stories now.

Freed activist Aung San Suu Kyi vows to keep working toward restoring democracy and improving human relations in Myanmar. That's despite spending 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest. The Nobel Peace Prize recipient tells CNN she is not concerned about being detained again.

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AUNG SAN SUU KYI, ACTIVIST: We have to work together. That is the main message. Those inside the country have to work together, and also those of us supporters outside.

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HARRIS: About 1.8 million Muslims are gathering right now in the holy city of Mecca. This is the first day of The Hajj, the annual pilgrimage that all able-bodied Muslims are expected to perform at least once.

We're back in a moment.

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ANNOUNCER: Pictures, information, insight you won't find anywhere else. CNN NEWSROOM with Tony Harris. Anything can happen.

HARRIS: Cholera death toll in Haiti is rising, and the outbreak could get worse. Our Ivan Watson is in Port-au-Prince. Ivan, good to see you. It's hard for me even to believe this number, 900 dead as a result of this outbreak?

OK, I don't think we have him, but we'll check back with Ivan in just a moment.

All right, let's do this. Let's sweep the country a little bit and check the views from some of our tower cams. Let's take you first to pictures from Capitol Hill, new members of Congress going through orientation right now while the old Congress begins its lame duck session with a lengthy to-do list.

The first significant snow of the season has fallen across portions of the upper Midwest. You are looking at pictures of Minneapolis right now. People in some areas are digging out of almost a foot of snow. Rob Marciano up in just a couple of minutes here.

And in Dallas, former president George W. Bush and his former vice president, Dick Cheney, are reuniting today ahead of the ground- breaking of the Bush presidential library.

OK, do we have Ivan back? OK, let's get to Ivan Watson now. He's in Port-au-Prince. And Ivan, a moment ago, in tossing to you, I was just trying to digest this number here, the official government death toll of 900 dead from this outbreak?

IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, and the outbreak is less than a month old here. And Tony, it only hit Port-au-Prince less than two weeks ago, and already, the Haitian government saying some 27 people killed here in Port-au-Prince alone.

This is a nightmare scenario that aid workers have been warning about. Why? Take a look over my shoulder here. Ten months after the earthquake, Tony, you've got hundreds of thousands of homeless Haitians living in makeshift shelters like this, in sprawling, tightly congested camps like this. And the fear that aid workers were warning about months ago was that a highly contagious disease could rip through these vulnerable communities, and that's what we're starting to see right now.

The thing is that the United Nations did not anticipate that cholera could be one of the threats because it hasn't been in Haiti in more than 50 years. You don't have the -- people are not aware of how to deal with this highly contagious disease, which in the worst cases, Tony, can kill somebody within a matter of hours as a result of acute diarrhea and nausea and dehydrating people. So they literally dry out to death in front of your eyes.

And we've just seen, going through camps, cases of people left and right laying in the dirt, infected with this disease and trying to get over this in absolutely abject conditions, Tony.

HARRIS: Well, Ivan, here's my concern now. You're talking about camps in many cases with 10,000 people, 15,000 people, 20,000 people. Are we talking -- what happens if you get an outbreak in one of these camps? What can you do?

WATSON: A good question. There's an awareness campaign out here. You've got the government was on the air for four hours yesterday. The aid organizations are trying to teach people how to prevent the spread. And what's tragic here is it's very simple. You need to wash your hands. You need hygiene, sanitation. You need to drink clean water.

But look at the conditions that the people are living in here. They're living on top of each other. There are ditches running with, basically, sewage water in between the shelters and the shacks that people have erected and now are living in 10 months after the earthquake.

Some of the steps people can take that they say they're doing is dropping a few drops of Clorox in the water that they're going to drink. They're trying to wash their clothes, as well. But the conditions are about as hard as they can be. Sanitation, hygiene -- those are two basic services, basic facts that are very hard to come by in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere in a city that saw 1.3 million people made homeless in a matter of seconds when the earth shook here last January.

HARRIS: Yes. OK. Ivan Watson for us. Ivan's in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Ivan, appreciate it. Thank you.

Winter arriving early in parts of the upper Midwest, the Twin Cities digging out of almost a foot of snow, in the dark. We have got your iReports next.

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ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: No, but I can run around the back (INAUDIBLE) so come on over.

Oh, hi. Anyway, so tomorrow at 12:30...

HARRIS: Yes?

MARCIANO: ... NASA's going to make an announcement that there's something close to earth.

HARRIS: I thought that was today. It's not today?

MARCIANO: Oh, no, it's today. It's today.

HARRIS: Today's (INAUDIBLE) right?

MARCIANO: But -- yes, I -- but -- you know, that could be anything.

HARRIS: Is it (INAUDIBLE)

MARCIANO: No, no. I think it's...

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HARRIS: All right, talk about the changing seasons. In Minnesota on Friday, people walking around in shorts, right, T-shirts, shorts (INAUDIBLE) Then, wham, the snow hit on Saturday and kept falling on Sunday, close to a foot in some places.

Let's here -- we're looking at the pictures from Eric Knutsen (ph) -- oh, I'm sure that's not he pronounces his name -- an iReporter sending in these photos for us told us he couldn't get enough of it. Great snow, the great fresh powder, as Rob likes to say. Parts of Colorado saw a lot of snow, which means Rob will be making trip soon, not quite as much, though, as Minnesota. Matt Culver (ph) says it was only about three inches deep in his yard, not enough for Rob. And our iReporter Thunder Ray (ph) sent us this photo taken from her front yard of the first snow. That's in Hibbing, Minnesota. We need about a couple of feet, right, to be...

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MARCIANO: Well, you know, I think, this early in the season, right, you know, just a couple inches is fine.

HARRIS: Couple inches?

MARCIANO: You know, just to just get a feel for it. But you know what they do every year at this time of year in Minnesota, among other things, they have a something called a cycle cross championship.

HARRIS: OK.

MARCIANO: It's kind of the latest rage in cycling. It's kind of a combination between mountain biking and street racing. And they had this during the snowstorm. Look and listen to this.

HARRIS: Oh, get out of here! Really?

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STEPHEN VIVITSKY, CYCLE CROSS RACE PROMOTER: No, no, not at all. Cycle cross goes on no matter what the weather is. I mean, it's kind of rain or snow or shine. It's called the hardest hour in cycling, and there's a reason for it.

AARON VOREIS, RACING FOR TEAM CROSSNIACS: I think this is absolutely epic! It's been a whole season...

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MARCIANO: Yes, so they mean that. I mean, they have this during the fall and winter purposefully so they can get some nasty weather, muddy tracks. And at times, they actually have to get of the bike and carry it over obstacles, so...

HARRIS: That's extreme.

MARCIANO: I love it! It's good -- I mean, I'm not going to do it...

HARRIS: Yes.

MARCIANO: ... but I love it. Hats off. Fourteen inches of snow in places like Iowa. And actually, Wisconsin got into it, as well. So much of the upper Midwest got hammered with this. It moves off into Canada (INAUDIBLE) weekend (ph). We're talking about a different storm system right now that's going to affect the East Coast for the next couple of days, right now bringing some heavy rain across parts of the Southeast, including New Orleans up through Montgomery, Alabama, getting into Atlanta, as well. We'll take this rain. We could use it, so -- but some of it may cause some mild street flooding.

And there's what's going to happen over the next 24 to 48 hours. As this wave develops along this front, it's going to bring that rain up towards the Northeast, as well, where the ground isn't quite as dry as it is here. We might see some localized flooding from that. So those are a couple of things that we're watching.

The other thing -- speaking of snow -- is what's going on out in Colorado. And a lot of places opened up this past weekend. Breckenridge (ph) had -- they were cutting tracks in Breckenridge over the weekend, during opening day. I mean, that's -- what are you doing? What is this thing doing? It's going away from the snow. Stop that! Salt Lake City getting into, as well. These areas could see 18 inches of fresh snow tonight and tomorrow, as well. So we're getting into that time of year where folks get excited about it, although I was pretty excited to have 65, 70 degree temperatures here...

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HARRIS: Did you get out and hit a little bit, some swings?

MARCIANO: I did! I commandeered a -- you know, a slice on a fairway.

HARRIS: That's good.

MARCIANO: And then they chased me off because (INAUDIBLE)

HARRIS: Of course because you take people out when you play. We've got some great...

MARCIANO: Yes, we got -- which one are you showing first?

HARRIS: Yes, are we going to see the deer? Give me the deer. Yes. And then you're going to love the cat and the gators. All right, so deer caught (INAUDIBLE) look at this, look at this, look at this! Check it out. Video coming to us from Niagara Falls. Bambi not waiting around for -- to be anyone's dinner. Got to go! Bambi is rabid (ph)! A shopping appointment, right? Wanted the store to himself, chasing everyone out. And there you go.

MARCIANO: That dude was running for his life in there.

HARRIS: Yes, yes, yes. Can I -- can I show you the stuff from -- with the gators?

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MARCIANO: This is cute, gators and kitties getting together?

HARRIS: Look at this! The world's upside-down. The kitty is saying, I'm not having this! Right?

MARCIANO: I love it. That is one scared gator. You talk about scaredy cats, there's definitely a role reversal there.

HARRIS: And so what does the gator do? The gator goes back in the water and comes out with a buddy. I'll show you how tough I am. I'm coming out with a buddy. We'll take you on.

MARCIANO: That's how I fight.

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HARRIS: And the cat chases both of the gators back to the pond. There you go. That's the best video (INAUDIBLE)

MARCIANO: There's two pieces of video of animals that we usually think are cute and cuddly, are the most violent, vicious things we've shown on morning television.

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HARRIS: And we're back in a moment.

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HARRIS: All right. Top stories now. Some travelers, along with airline crews, are bulking at full-body scans at security checkpoints. Here's what the head of Homeland Security said just moments ago.

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JANET NAPOLITANO, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: They in no way resemble electronic strip searches. All they do is ping in a private area, away from the gate, with an image that is neither retained nor transmitted.

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HARRIS: The Justice Department is offering $20,000 to help investigators find out who has been shooting at military installations in Virginia. The shooting started in mid-October, all taking place in the overnight and early morning hours. The FBI says the shots all came from the same weapon.

And iReporter Carl Lou captured this incredible video of a high-rise on fire in Shanghai. China state media reports at least 42 people dead and more than 90 others injured.

Open enrollment season is officially under way, and a lot of people thought their health care insurance costs would be going down with the passage of health care reform. But our Stephanie Elam says the reality couldn't be much more different.

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STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey there. That's absolutely right. Most rate increases were put into place before health care reform, meaning costs were already going up. The average family increase for 2011 will be about 14 percent or $4,000 for the year, versus just a 3 percent rise in the total bill -- meaning that you, not your employer, are footing the majority of the jump.

So, what can you do as an employee to lower your cost? Well, first off, pay attention and choose the right plan for your family. PPOs are insurance plans that allow you to go out of network but usually with higher costs than HMOs, that restrict your coverage to only in- network doctors. If seeing a doctor out of network is important, or at least knowing you have the option to do, make sure you understand your potential cost, including deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance.

Younger healthy people may want to consider a high deductible plan if it's available. These plans are less expensive, but if you get sick, you'll be responsible for the full cost up to that high deductible amount. Next, see if your employer offers any programs to stay healthy or for preventative care. This could mean big savings on your health care premiums. But more importantly, it's good for your health.

And for goodness sake, don't waste money. Many employers offer flexible spending accounts -- and these are yet another smart ways to put away tax-free money toward your health care.

And lastly, as our good friend Andrew Rubin from NYU's Langone Medical Center always tell us, negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. Your doctor has unlimited flexibility on services and coverage.

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HARRIS: OK. Stephanie, appreciate it. Thank you.

You love California, but you do not love the earthquakes. Big city rising. Kobe, Japan, rebuilding from an earthquake, hoping to make itself disaster-proof. Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows us.

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DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Cover your hands, cover your face, under a table, if you have to, just something to protect yourself.

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HARRIS: Holiday gift-givers are gearing up for that once a year shopping spree. Black Friday is just 11 days away.

CNN's Christine Romans has top tips to help you shop a little smarter this year.

Christine, great to see you.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Tony.

HARRIS: So, OK. Retailers really, really want to get their hands on our hard-earned dollars this year, don't they? It seems that they are off to a pretty good start, too.

ROMANS: Yes, Tony, they want your money and they really want your money, and they know that your hands are deep in your pockets, not coming out. Online retailers in particular are ramping up marketing earlier this year, to get that money from you. They are banking on 15 percent growth over last year. These are the online retailers.

About 85 percent of them already started holiday promotions about two weeks ago. Four out of five retailers are offering free shipping at some point this season. They want to make it easy for you. This is according to the National Retail Federation.

But, Tony, if you're going to spend your hard-earned money or hard- saved money --

HARRIS: Yes.

ROMANS: -- I say there is no reason at all to pay shipping this year, Tony.

HARRIS: Yes, that's where they get you. You come across that gotcha moment where a deal looks really great and but then the shipping, right? It jacks up the price. So, you're saying never pay shipping?

ROMANS: Never pay shipping. I said this last year, too. And I'm very confident in this statement. Never pay shipping.

Because Wal-Mart is not going to charge for shipping for 60,000 products through December 20th. Target has free shipping on 800,000 items when you spend 50 bucks or more. On orders over $25, Amazon.com is paying for shipping. There are some restrictions, of course, look up all the restrictions.

HARRIS: Right.

ROMANS: But if you take a look at the other retailers, too, individual retailers, on their Web sites, you can sign up for their e- mail promotions and they'll often send you free shipping codes. You might be overload with emails if you do this. I certainly know I am. You can set up a second email account to handle all that traffic. And it might be worth.

You can also Google the name of the retailer and free shipping to see what coupon codes are posted.

Also, look at freeshipping.org and Retail Me Not, Tony. Or it pays to wait. You can wait until December 17th, 1,000 stores are going to offer free shipping on December 17th, Tony.

HARRIS: Can we talk about the two R's here, the restocking fees and the return policies. What should we know about those two R's?

ROMANS: Yes. Well, if you saved on shipping, then returning them (ph) you get nailed on return fees, and what's the point, right?

HARRIS: Yes.

ROMANS: Be careful. Keep all of your receipts. Keep confirmation numbers. A growing number of stores, Tony, will not let you return online purchases to an actual real store.

They can also charge you 10 percent to 25 percent restocking fees. And these are not nice stockings. These are scary restocking fees -- especially for electronics, other special goods. Keep the original factory box.

"Consumer Report" says negotiate a lower price if you can refuse to pay it if the item is defective. But watch out for that. I've got nailed with this last year. Watch out for the restocking fee.

Buy something online. You don't want it. You return it. Now, they've charged you 15 percent to 25 percent.

HARRIS: OK. Christine, let's do this. Let's take a break and when we come back, let's talk about layaway programs. We're back in a moment with Christine Romans, the author of "Smart is a New Rich."

You're in the CNN NEWSROOM.

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HARRIS: OK. We are talking with the CNN Money Team's Christine Romans about the smart holiday shopping.

Christine, we got about 35 seconds here -- talk to us about the layaway programs and if that's a smart way to go.

ROMANS: They are back, aren't they?

HARRIS: Yes.

ROMANS: Isn't it amazing? It's back to the future.

Be careful. It means you don't have the cash to pay for something in full or it means you're having trouble paying your credit card of in full every month if you have to think about doing a layaway. This year, 11 percent of shoppers say that they will use that program. That's according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Tony.

Now, it is an option, NFCC says, for people who don't want to or can't use credit cards or don't have access to credit or people who are simply trying to teach themselves how to live within their means and don't want a holiday hangover. That's fine.

But remember, Tony, you're giving somebody your money and you're not given anything in return for it until you pay it off. I don't know. I mean, I don't know if I want them to have my money.

Also, make sure -- make sure that you can get a lower price down the road if the item goes on sale. Make sure there aren't, you know, hidden fees and hidden terms on this program. Just be careful. Tread carefully here. It might be right for some people, but tread carefully.

HARRIS: Yes. Christine, appreciate it. See you next hour.

We're back in a moment. We'll get to the next of the top of the hour. You're in the CNN NEWSROOM.

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