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Hacker Group Threatens U.S. Government Websites; Governor Bobby Jindal Chastises GOP; March in National Mall Favoring Gun Control Commences; Fitness Expert Interviewed; Military to Allow Women in Combat Roles; Armstrong Asked to Testify Before USADA; Harbaugh Brothers to Face off in Super Bowl; Man With Spinal Injury Opens Rehab Gym Chain; New Virus From Australia Appears in U.S.

Aired January 26, 2013 - 14:00   ET


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN ANCHOR: It's 2:00 p.m. on the East Coast, 11:00 a.m. out West. For those of you just tuning in, thanks for joining us. I'm Miguel Marquez in for Fredricka Whitfield. Here are the top stories we're following in the CNN Newsroom.

Extreme arctic weather is making it unbearable for people in the Dakotas all the way to New England. The cold is so bitter water can't even flow out of this fire hydrant in New York. It turned rock solid as firefighters desperately chipped away at it. In the south, icy roads blamed for this 10-car pile-up in Kentucky last night. The National Weather Service is warning bitterly cold possibly deadly conditions will continue for much of the country through the weekend.

I want to bring in meteorologist Alexandra Steele in the CNN Weather Center and in winter white. What's coming up with the weather?

ALEXANDRA STEELE, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It's almost a joke Miguel. Earlier today we talked about they canceled the polar bear plunge because it was too cold. How cold is it?

The good news, the arctic air that's been the culprit for this cold is this trough with this frigid Canadian air, arctic air, really, but that will push eastward and in its place a warm ridge of pressure. So this ridge of high pressure moves in, allow for the south lit flow of air and warmer temperatures. So on the whole this week, temperatures about 20 degrees warmer than where they've been.

Indicative of this, right now it's 22 in Chicago. By Monday, it will be 44. Indy 50 by Monday and the access of that warmth pushes south and east. Louisville, Nashville, remember yesterday ensconced in freezing rain -- 68 flirting with 70 on Tuesday. And it even moves further still on Wednesday in the South Carolina area like Columbia 79 flirting with 80 degrees. So in the world of the temperatures, certainly a big rebound.

But there's something else. We also are going to see another freezing rain event. That's because an area of low pressure right now in the Rockies will move toward Chicago and Minneapolis. And we're going to watch that also we do have a winter storm watch posted for Chicago and Minneapolis tomorrow morning through Monday morning. Here's where it is. Tomorrow afternoon, watch the pink. That once again is the freezing rain. And it will move through Sunday night and then push eastward for the day on Monday with more snow and freezing rain, Miguel. So another freezing rain event for the upper Midwest moving to the east for the next 24 to 48 hours.

MARQUEZ: A little bad and good news. Thank you very, very much.

The Justice Department is the red faced and perhaps more today after the secretive group Anonymous hacked one of its websites. Sometime early this morning the group took over the site belonging to the U.S. sentencing commission, a long message and video warn warning of embarrassing disclosures about the Justice Department unless federal prosecutors stop going after hackers.

CNN's Nick Valencia is covering this for us. What's the FBI saying right now?

NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is a big slap in the face for the U.S. government. Anonymous said they targeted the federal website because it's a section of the Department of Justice. They feel the Department of Justice has trumped up charges against high profile activists.

We reached out to the FBI earlier today. Our Washington, D.C. bureau Carol Krade was able to speak to Richard McFealy who is the executive assistant director of criminal cyber-response and services branch, and this is what they had to tell us, Miguel, "We were aware as soon as it happened and are handling it as a criminal investigation. We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person or government agency's networking."

MARQUEZ: But this is concerning because this is not just where they overwhelmed the server with a bunch of requests basically. They went after them. They actually took control of the server. The government takes great precautions and measures to keep this from happening. Can you walk us through what they did?

VALENCIA: I don't know and I think that's the question right now they took control of the server, but they claim Miguel they had full control of this government asset, and they claim in a statement that I poured over earlier this morning that's not the only government entity they had control of. We visited that website just a short time ago. It's now down again. It's been back up and down throughout the morning. This happened earlier this morning shortly after midnight. And for the time being, it's down again.

MARQUEZ: Anonymous wants the government leave hackers alone. I'm guessing this ain't going to help.

VALENCIA: They quote Aaron Swartz in their statement. He's a 26- year-old cofounder of Reddit, a big Internet activist, high profile hacker who a couple weeks ago he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment from apparent suicide. Anonymous hackers and this group as a whole as well Swartz's family is saying the culpability lies on the U.S. Department of Justice. They're saying these draconian charges and overzealous charges, he was facing 35 years and $1 million in fines, up to $1 million in fines, they're saying this had something to do with why he took as a own life. He was painted into a corner, no negotiation available for him. Now they're saying they're hacking into government websites because of this, and they're not negotiating either. They're saying this is the first step in a long sweeping -- they're calling Operation Last Resort where they have virtual war heads at the ready to hack into other government sites.

MARQUEZ: It sounds like they want a war. Nick Valencia, thank you very much for keeping on top of this for us.

VALENCIA: Thank you.

MARQUEZ: In Washington today demonstrators converged on the National Mall to diamond tighter gun controls. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the crowd that today's march was a call to stop action -- to stop mass killings, not an attack on the Second Amendment. A small group of gun supporters held a counter demonstration nearby.

Hillary Clinton capped off her tenure as secretary of state with some fireworks. This is some of her fiery testimony at congressional hearings this week on the attack in Benghazi, Libya.


HILLARY CLINTON, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: The fact is, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we canning to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.


MARQUEZ: Now, CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser is with me. Paul, Clinton was clearly prepared for the hearings, and she was a pretty well-regarded secretary of state. What do her approval numbers look like right now?

PAUL STEINHAUSER, CNN POLITICAL EDITOR: We take a look at this as we come up on what is probably going to be her last week as secretary of state. Here's her favorable numbers from ABC/"Washington Post" conducted just before the hearings that sound you just played. Look at that, two-thirds of Americans have a favorable opinion of her. Other polling from other organizations including CNN's pretty much the same numbers. Miguel, those are nice numbers that anybody who may want to run for office down the road would like to have.

And that is the big question, what does she do next? She says she's going to become a private citizen again, and she has said over and over she has no interest in running for office again, office meaning the White House. But, listen, there's a lot of pressure from a lot of Democrats on Hillary Clinton. So stay tuned. I've been talking to some advisors to her and they say it's way too early for her to have any kind of decision. We're a long way from 2016 but maybe not that long away.

MARQUEZ: Those polls can be fickle sometimes, can't they. STEINHAUSER: They can. But in her case the numbers have been very high. If she decides to run for office, we'll see.

MARQUEZ: Yes, let's talk the RNC and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, fireworks at the RNC. Tell us about that.

STEINHAUSER: As the Republican Party looks to the future and tries to rebound from the election anesthesia have a lot to really change. They didn't win the White House in November. They didn't gain the senate, in fact they lost seats in the Senate. And while they kept control of the House of Representative, they lost a few seats there. As you mentioned, the Republican National Committee meeting over the last couple days and Bobby Jindal had very tough medicine for his fellow party people. Take a listen.


GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, (R) LOUISIANA: We've got to stop being the stupid party. And I'm serious. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults. It's time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. It's no secret we had a number of Republicans that damaged the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that.


STEINHAUSER: I think Jindal may be talking about those Republican Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana who had some controversial comments about rape and abortion. They were expected to win their elections and they did not. At the same time the chairman of the Republican national committee, Reince Priebus, he was just reelected, and he is doing this big plan to figure out what went wrong in November in the elections. You know, I know, Republicans did not do well at all with Latino voters, did not do well at all with African- Americans or Asian voters. They have a lot of work ahead of them, Miguel.

MARQUEZ: It will be interesting to see them sort through all of that. A little breaking news, another senator bites it. Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is retiring. What can you tell us about that and how does this play out in Iowa?

STEINHAUSER: I think Republicans are happy about this one. Harkin has been in the Senate a long time, five terms. He announced later today he will not run for a sixth term next year. He'll retire rather than one for reelection.

Harkin is now the third senator this year to say I'm not going to run for re-election next year. Fellow Democrat Jay Rockefeller also announced he would retire next year. And just yesterday in Georgia, Saxby Chambliss, the Republican down there, said he wouldn't run.

Here's where it stands right now by the numbers -- 55/45, Democrats have a 55-45 majority in the Senate. But guess what, next year they're going to be defending 21 of the 35 seats up for grabs. Republicans think maybe they have a shot to do what they couldn't do this past November, take back the Senate.

MARQUEZ: Paul, the voice of reason, Steinhauser, thank you very much. Survive the cold up there in Washington.


MARQUEZ: The Catholic Church is one of the most staunch antiabortion voices, firmly believing life begins at conception. But after a mother and her twin boys died at birth, a Catholic hospital is Colorado is arguing that fetuses are not people. CNN's Kyung Lah explains.


JEREMY STODGHILL, FATHER: There wasn't one person that went into that ER. There were three.

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Jeremy Stodghill's wife Lori, seven months pregnant with his twin boys. It was New Year's Day, 2006. Lori was vomiting and couldn't breathe. Jeremy rushed her to St. Thomas More hospital in Canyon City, Colorado.

STODGHILL: Lori looked up at me and her head went down on her chest.

LAH: In the lobby of the emergency room she went into the full cardiac arrest form a pulmonary embolism. Lori Stodghill, just 31 years old, died, and so did her 28 week long unborn twins.

STODGHILL: I didn't get to hold them. I have an autopsy picture. That's all I've got.

LAH: Stodghill sued the hospital and its owner, Catholic Health Initiatives, which operates nearly 80 hospitals in 14 states. He filed the wrongful death suit on behalf of his wife and his unborn twin sons. In court he was stunned to learn the hospital's defense.

How many people does a hospital say you lost that day?

STODGHILL: One. Since they weren't born, they weren't people. They did not qualify as a person.

LAH: That's right, Catholic Health Initiatives has argued that under Colorado law, to be a person one must at some point have been born alive, a glaring contradiction to Catholic Church teachings which says begins as the conception. Catholic Health Initiatives would not speak to CNN on camera but said in a statement "In this case as Catholic organizations we are in union with the moral teachings of the church." That doesn't appear to add up in this case. As a Catholic organization, the hospital is supposed to follow the church's teachings laid out in the ethical and religious directives from the U.S. Council of Bishops, no abortions, no contraceptives, no direct sterilization, and it clearly states, Catholic health ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until death.

While the moral debate continues so does Jeremy Stodghill's legal battle. After he lost in the lower courts, the defense lawyers for the doctors and the hospital owned by Catholic Health Initiatives went after him for $118,000 in legal fees, garnishing his wages. He's now bankrupt and struggling to care for his daughter, nine-year-old, Libby on his own.

STODGHILL: The tears, the pain, the heartache still seven years later.

LAH: That pain is why he won't give up. He's now appealing to Colorado's Supreme Court, asking them to decide if his sons were people under the state's laws.

Will it make you feel better to get some sort of answer from the Catholic Church?

STODGHILL: I don't know. Perhaps it will be closure.

LAH: A permanent reminder next to his heart.

STODGHILL: That's the footprints of the boys.

LAH: A tattoo, two sets of footprints and the words "Our Sons," children, in his eyes, fighting to get a state and church institution to see them that way, as well.

The Catholic bishops of Colorado would not speak to CNN on camera, but released this statement, saying, quote, "We will undertake a full review of this litigation and of the policies and practices of Catholic Health Initiatives to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church," an appearance of back pedding from the hospital's current legal stance.

Kyung Lah, CNN, Canyon City, Colorado.


MARQUEZ: Actor Burt Reynolds is said to be doing better after being hospitalized for the flu. A representative for the 76-year old actor says Reynolds was dehydrated and placed in intensive care in a Florida hospital and he is expected to move to a regular room soon.

Placing women on the frontlines of war, ahead a decorated Air Force major who has been in the thick of combat tells us what she thinks it will mean for women in the military. And why some are calling the NFL's biggest game the Har-bowl. Who's got edge, Jim or John Harbaugh? We've got an expert up with some answers.


MARQUEZ: From housing to stocks the U.S. economy had a pretty decent week, though one iconic firm did not close where investors were hoping. Here's Alison Kosik.


ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Stocks continue their January run-up this week with the DOW closing higher for the 11th time in 12 sessions Friday. The S&P 500 which most American portfolios track also rose above the 1,500 mark for the first time in five years. Corporate earnings season continued full speed ahead with a huge batch of technology companies reporting. Netflix, IBM, and Google all topped estimates in the latest quarter. But Apple was one notable disappointment. Though the gadget giant beat profit expectations, it missed on revenue and didn't sell quite as many iPhones as Wall Street would have liked. Apple closed Friday at $440 after rising to $705 just a few months ago.

On the housing front, existing home sales unexpectedly fell one percent in December. Analysts had been expecting it to rise. The good news is even with the decline last month, 2012 still marked the best December for home sales in five years. Record low mortgage rates, lower unemployment, and a rebound in prices have all helped to give the housing market momentum.

Friday marked Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's last day on the job after four years. It was under his watch that the country saw huge financial bailouts and new Wall Street regulations. Outgoing White House chief of staff Jack Lew is likely to take over Geithner's post. Miguel?


MARQUEZ: Alison, thank you very much. We'll see if the market can continue its forward march after the morning bell on Monday.

In an instant, one man's life was changed forever. Now he's using his serious injury to help others change their lives for the better.



REP. TULSI GABBARD, (D) HAWAII: This is a major step that it is long overdue but is great recognition now, not only of all the women currently serving overseas, many of them in these combat type situations already, but for women who have ever served. We've got over 1.8 million women veterans all across the country.


MARQUEZ: That was Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii talking about the Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in frontline combat positions. Major Allison Black knows firsthand what it's like to see combat. She was the first woman ever to receive an Air Force combat medal, nicknamed "The Angel of Death." She flew an AC-130 gunship and called for an airstrike on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Major Black joins me from Pensacola, Florida. Major, first, tell us about that incredible mission in Afghanistan. Did you have any idea you were going to make history in it?

MAJOR ALLISON BLACK, U.S. AIR FORCE: No, absolutely not. You know, we've trained -- I trained for years to be able to execute ta mission. And we just rolled in to support the ground forces and were able to execute flawlessly and make a difference.

MARQUEZ: How were you received in Afghanistan by not only fellow airmen but afghan counterparts, as well?

BLACK: I've been fortunate in my career that and especially in the gunship and special operations community that gender has never been an issue. We deploy together as a crew. We're performance based, go in and execute perfectly the first time every time. So it has never been an issue internally. Externally when we were delivering our weapons to the enemy, and they could hear female voices on the radio it definitely caught them off guard. They were not prepared for having us on the battlefield.

MARQUEZ: Yes. I've spent a bit of time in both Afghanistan and in Iraq, and I've seen women in just about every role in combat situations in those places. I mean, they are taking risks already. What did you think when the president made this announcement?

BLACK: I thought it was just another example of what makes this country so great. It's opportunity. You know, directly it doesn't impact my career specifically because I've always been afforded the opportunity to go back and forth to the frontlines and to be involved in combat operations. But I think it's great. I look forward to the opportunity to lead as the culture, it will change to make a difference and hopefully guide our future force.

MARQUEZ: Yes, and given that women serve so broadly already in the military, and this is just getting them on the frontline, what do you think it will mean for women practically that are serving in military?

BLACK: I think it -- there's going to be the standard and the standard feeds to remain the same. You need to be physically, mentally and technically capable to do whatever job it is. And if you can meet those standards, bring it. You know, gender aside, we have to prepare our forces for the future fight. And it's dynamic. It's evolving, ever-changing. So introducing women into those key roles will be -- might be that critical punch we need to deliver to the future enemy.

MARQUEZ: Do you think women should have to register for the draft then?

BLACK: I think -- I think it's another decision that has yet to be made. I don't think we should be excluded. If our lawmakers decide that's what we need to do, absolutely.

MARQUEZ: Major, thank you very, very much for joining us.

BLACK: You're very welcome. I'm honored and humbled to represent our community today. Thank you.

MARQUEZ: Interesting times. Thank you.

A man was in the prime of his life when an accident confined him to a wheelchair. Now he's turned his experience into a business that helps others. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has his story in this week's "Human Factor." (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JANNI KOURI, SUFFERED SPINAL CORD INJURY: I was playing volleyball at the beach, and I dove in for a swim to cool off.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: What happened next would change Janni Kouri's life forever.

KOURI: I dove through a wave and there was a sandbar behind the wave. And I hit my head and instantly fractured my c5 and c6 vertebrae.

GUPTA: He spent two months in the ICU with nearly fatal complications. Eventually he recovered enough to start the rehab process. But the only program available for his specific needs was more than 2,000 miles away.

KOURI: It's shocking just to think that now I have to go all the way to Kentucky to get the best rehab, which is obviously what anybody wants in this situation.

GUPTA: So Curry left everything behind and moved to Louisville for the next year. He made some good progress, but for anyone with a spinal cord injury, rehab is truly a lifelong process. He started asking himself, what's next.

KOURI: Why don't we take what they're doing at Frasier rehab, take it out of the hospital-based center and take it into a community-based facility?

GUPTA: That's just what he did. Immediately after returning to California, he put his business savvy to good use and opened Next Step Fitness, the first rehab gym outside of a hospital setting. And remember, he's not just the president of the enterprise, he's also the client.

KOURI: I'm able to stand now for about 45 seconds to a minute when somebody helps me up. I walk with a walker for, you know, probably a couple hundred feet. So, you know, I definitely believe there's hope for me.

GUPTA: Training here costs a lot, up to $1,600 a month. Curry says that's a lot less than what his training costs elsewhere. Scholarships for low-income families are also available.

KOURI: Our goal is to open community-based facilities across the country to make sure that people with any type of physical disability has access.

GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.


MARQUEZ: Find hidden toxins in your home on "Sanjay Gupta MD" today at 4:30 eastern and Sunday morning at 7:30 eastern.

It's being called the Har-bowl, two brothers both coaches battling from the Super Bowl sidelines. What will dinner be like at the Harbaugh house after one of these guys wins the big game? Not good, I'm guessing. And which coach has the upper hand, big brother or baby brother Jim?


MARQUEZ: It's 2:30 p.m. on the east coast, 11:30 out west. For those of you tuning in, thanks for joining us. I'm Miguel Marquez in for Frederick Whitfield. Here are the top stories we're following in the CNN Newsroom.

Legislation in New Mexico is raising eyebrows because it appears to make rape victims criminals if they seek abortion. As written, the bill from State Representative Catherine Brown considers seeking or getting an abortion as tampering with evidence in rape cases. Brown says there was a language error in the bill. KQRE reports she's now drafting a substitute making it clear that rape or incest victims could not be charged if they seek an abortion.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is ready to cooperate with the international agency digging into doping, but not the U.S. anti-doping body. The USADA has given Armstrong till February 6th to talk to them. In an interview to be broadcast Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," USADA chief Travis Tygart blasted claims by Armstrong that he didn't cheat.


TRAVIS TYGART, CEO U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: It's amazing. I mean, this guy -- you could go to almost any kindergarten in this country or, frankly, around the world, and find kids playing tag or four square and ask them what cheating is. Every one of them will tell you it's breaking the rules of the game. No real athlete has to look up the definition of "cheating." And it's offensive to claim athletes out there working hard to play by the rules.


MARQUEZ: Now, Armstrong's lawyer says scheduling conflicts prevent his client from talking to the USADA before the February 6th deadline. We'll have more perspective on the story from our legal guys later this hour.

A long-time Senate Democrat is ending his political run. Tom Harkin of Iowa says he will not seek reelection in 2014. He has served in the Senate since 1984. Harkin is currently chairman of the Senate health change labor and pensions commission.

Today, a funeral mass and procession for baseball hall of famer Stan Musial was held in St. Louis. Musial, known as "Stan the man," spent 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans will remember him as one of the greatest hitters of all time. Musial died of natural causes. He was 92 years old.

If you're planning to mail off a Valentine's Card to your sweetie, it's going to cost you a little more this year. The price of a first class stamp is going up a penny starting tomorrow. It will now cost you 46 cents. And if that letter is going to either Mexico or Canada, it will cost you $1.05 up from 85 cents before. Average it all out and postage and shipping is costing -- is rising by about four percent.

And here's what's trending online. It's official. J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" film, the first "Star Wars" movie since Disney agreed to acquire Lucas Film. Abrams is no stranger to the blockbuster franchises. He directed the 2009 "Star Trek" movie and produced 'Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol."

A federal appeals court says President Obama exceeded his powers when he appointed three people to the National Labor Relations board during congress's winter break. Even though they were on break, the court ruled the Senate was technically in session and the appointments are invalid.

And it's going to be battle of the brothers at the Super Bowl. Jim and John Harbaugh will make history next Sunday as the first brothers to coach against each other in that big game. One coach named Harbaugh will win the Super Bowl, another named Harbaugh will lose it. That much is guaranteed since John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens will take on his little brother Jim's Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers.

But will the order in which they were born make a difference? Psychologist Kevin Leman is the author of the bestselling book "The Birth Order, Why You Are the Way You Are." He joins us live from Tucson, Arizona. So who's got the upper hand here, Mr. Leman, the older or the younger brother?

KEVIN LEMAN, PSYCHOLOGIST: Well, Miguel, I'll tell you, first-borns rule. There are presidents of the United States, astronauts in outer space for the first 23, 21 first-borns, two only children, which are psychologically first cousins, not a middle or baby in sight. First- borns do have an upper hand in many ways.

MARQUEZ: You're not leaving me much hope. I'm a middle child. Of course, the Harbaughs are not the only comparison. Let's take a look at a few of those. In the NFL, there are plenty of examples.

LEMAN: The Peyton brothers. Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. In tennis, you've got Venus and Serena Williams, but guess who's the first born? Venus. And then of course, Peyton. You look at almost any measure of success and you're going to see first-borns rule.

What makes the Super Bowl interesting is Joe Flacco who, of course, is the Ravens' quarterback is a first born son, and Colin Kaepernick is the youngest. Essentially you've got a battle of the oldest and youngest sons and the oldest sons.

MARQUEZ: Very interesting. And in politics, the most famous set of brothers are the Kennedys. How did their birth play a role in the development of those Kennedy boys, Joe, Jack, Bobby, and Teddy?

LEMAN: It's interesting, 28 of our 44 presidents have been functional first-borns or first or only in their family. You look at the Kennedys. Older brother Joe passed away, which enabled Jack or John to assume that first born position. And actually, in the Kennedy family in terms of the boys, there were two babies, really. And listen to their names. There was Bobby and Teddy.

And so birth order, Miguel, isn't always just rank order. I've got five kids, and two daughters surround my son. And he's right in the middle. Is he a middle child? No, he's a first born son. In fact, he's the head writer and executive producer of the "Ellen Degeneres Show." So it's not just a matter of where you fell in the family. Sometimes there's as age gap or sex differences which makes that third born or even last born seem like a first born personality.

MARQUEZ: Very interesting. Now I am a middle child. I'm a very needy middle child. How does that figure into the equation of success, failure, and achievement.

LEMAN: Middle children, Bill Gates, he didn't do too bad. What was that corporation, Microsoft? Donald Trump. I know trump has a family of four living in his hair, but I'll tell you, he's had a great career. Steve Forbes. So when you go down through the birth order, you're more likely to find the entrepreneur but you're almost likely going to finds that baby of the family who is most likely to throw a temper tantrum on the sideline at the Super Bowl this year, that will be Jim, where older brother John is probably going to be more poised, a little bit more cautious. So the guy that's going to roll the dice at the Super Bowl in all probability is going to be little brother Jim.

MARQUEZ: But it sounds like you think John is the one who has the upper edge here. Who do his parents root for? What do they do?

LEMAN: You know what would be ideal is if they were at the Super Bowl, I would love to see them after the ball game is over just run to the 50 yard line and see who comes running to them. And my guess would be it would be baby Jim, but I could be wrong. If you're going to bet a nickel on this game, Miguel, put it on the first born.

MARQUEZ: I have one nickel down on the first born. Thank you very much, Mr. Leman. Enjoy the Super Bowl.

LEMAN: You're welcome. I will, thank you.

MARQUEZ: An entire city goes on a diet. Only 925,000 pounds to go, but time is running out.

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MARQUEZ: Well, it's easy to go on a diet. I know I go on one every morning. But it's very, very difficult to stick to one. Folks in Boston are finding out the hard way. The city started a mass weight loss challenge last June to collectively lose 1 million pounds in a year. With just about four months to go, Bostonians have shed a little under 75,000 pounds. Now the Boston public health commission is trying to figure out why the city is so far from its target.

I've got a question for all of you. How many of you made a new year's resolution to lose weight in 2013? I know a lot of us probably did. If you fell of the wagon already, don't feel too badly. By today one- third of you have already thrown in the towel. And can you blame you? There are many temptations out there that makes it hard to stay on track. What's worse, our favorite restaurant dishes pack as much as a day's worth calories or a half-day's worth of calories. The center for science and the public interest took a look at some of the worst dishes you could eat in perk's favorite restaurants and the results were frightening.

Joining us to walk us through the study is a diet technician and fitness expert Desiree Nathanson. So the average person should have 2,000 calories a day, 20 grams of saturated fat, 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day. Let's look at the worst of the worst, the cheesecake factory.


MARQUEZ: The chicken costoletta.

NATHANSON: Yes, 2,600 calories in one entree. People are probably eating that entire entree in one sitting. It's about the same amount of calories as a 12-piece bucket from KFC.

MARQUEZ: That's a lot of calories.

NATHANSON: Yes, it is.

MARQUEZ: It will cost you a lot of time at the gym.

NATHANSON: Yes, it will.

MARQUEZ: Oh, my goodness. IHOP any better?

NATHANSON: Definitely not any better. It's got the deep fried steak, eggs, the potatoes, the buttermilk pancakes. It's got 1,700 calories, almost a day's worth of calories, and 3,700 milligrams of sodium. That is well over two days worth.

MARQUEZ: But also delicious.

NATHANSON: I don't know about that.


NATHANSON: It doesn't look delicious to me.

MARQUEZ: Come on.

NATHANSON: Could I get a vegetable in there?

MARQUEZ: It's also delicious. I love all that stuff.

And let's look at Johnny Rockets. Their bacon double cheddar, what is this, a bacon cheddar double burger. That sounds great.

NATHANSON: No, about 1,700 calories, almost a day's worth, 50 grams of saturated fat, two-and-a-half days worth, tons of sodium. Add the sweet potato fries. Just because they're sweet potato does not mean they are good for you.

MARQUEZ: What? Come on. I thought that was good.

NATHANSON: No, and their big apple shake that has apple pie is not good for you just because it has apples.

MARQUEZ: You're not fun whatsoever.

NATHANSON: I'm not fun at all.

MARQUEZ: This big shake, how many calories does that have?

NATHANSON: I believe that one had 1,300 calories. I could be wrong, but it does have a lot.

MARQUEZ: Dear. And this is -- I mean in McDonald's terms?

NATHANSON: McDonald's, I think this one was about -- OK, it's about three quarter pounders. So sitting down to eat three quarter-pounders and probably sprinkling sugar on it, too. So sit down and eat three quarter-pounders and see how you feel afterwards.

MARQUEZ: A quarter pounder with sugar, I don't know. Does that work?

NATHANSON: No, I don't think it does.

MARQUEZ: Bacon is all right though, right?


MARQUEZ: Everything is better with bacon.

NATHANSON: Probably tastes better. The saturated fat, it's fried.

MARQUEZ: All right, next on the list, Uno Chicago grilled deep dish mac and three cheese.

NATHANSON: Yes is made with four cups of pasta, three types of chees, Alfredo sauce.


NATHANSON: Heavy cream, cheese.

MARQUEZ: Liking it.

NATHANSON: And chicken fat, butter and Ritz cracker crumbs. It has a day's worth of calories and half a day's worth of saturated fat. And then two days worth of sodium. That is a heart attack waiting to happen.

MARQUEZ: You're no fun whatsoever.


MARQUEZ: You're taking away all the joy in life.

NATHANSON: I know I am. But every once in a while it would be OK.

MARQUEZ: All right, let's go back to the cheesecake factory for their bistro shrimp pasta.


MARQUEZ: You think it's light.

NATHANSON: You would think.


NATHANSON: You'd think just because it has shrimp and mushrooms, tomato. It has the most calories. It has 3,100 calories, almost 90 grams of saturated fat, and it is basically three orders of olive garden's lasagna classico and an order of tiramisu.

MARQUEZ: Desiree, thank you very much. I don't want to ever see you again.


MARQUEZ: Now a word of warning. There's a new virus going around. We'll tell you what it is and all the symptoms.


MARQUEZ: Welcome back to Newsroom. I'm Miguel Marquez. As if the flu outbreak isn't enough to worry about, the CDC says a new strain of noro-virus has reached the U.S. from Australia. According to the CDC the bug accounted for 58 percent of last month's stomach flu cases causing nausea, forceful vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. What's making this particular bug so bad? CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins me to talk about it. Sanjay, what exactly is this virus?

GUPTA: Nobody likes talking about this stuff, right? You talk about forceful vomiting. It's called the noro-virus. As you point out, if people think that this seems like a particularly bad season, it is. It's been one of the worst in several years, at least three to four years.

The thing about these types of viruses is they can make people quite sick and it also overlapped on top of the other flu. So people really sort of got double hit this year. Oftentimes you get reprieve in between the two, but not so much this year because the flu virus started early.

There's a couple things you sort of concern yourself with in terms of why this is bad. First of all, it's sort of a new virus. It came from Australia. So a lot of people here in the United States had no immunity to this. It was a new virus hitting their body for the first time. That's one of the things. The second thing is that this is a highly contagious virus. So, you know, you talk about some viruses that can make you quite sick but they don't spread that much from person to person or even within the home.

And the other thing which I think is really important, Miguel, is that people can be contagious before they themselves get sick. So think about that for a second. Anybody if you carry ta out could potentially be spreading this. You look for sick people, obviously trying to avoid them. If you don't even know you have the symptoms, other people don't know you are carrying the virus, you can spread it much more easily.

MARQUEZ: Sanjay is just filled with good news. So what can you do to keep from getting this virus? Same as the flu?

GUPTA: I think it's primarily the same as the flu. After a while, I feel almost silly saying some of this stuff, but if you think about it again, you touch your hand to your face several hundred times a day. Even people who don't think they do, they're still doing it. And each time you do that, you touch your mouth, your nose area, could you be introducing a virus into your system. So touching a surface and then touching your nose or hands, that is how this most commonly occurs. So obviously washing your hands as often as you can, you know, I use a silly little thing. I wash my hands. I prefer so and water. Sing happy birthday twice in your head. People look at you funny. If you do that, you'll probably get the hands clean. Also surfaces, using your keyboard if other people use the keyboard, that's one way you can get contaminated.

Also, with noro-virus in particular, watch the fruits and vegetables. Make sure you're cleaning those really well. That's a little bit different than just the regular flu.

MARQUEZ: Sanjay, we will always look at you in a funny way.


MARQUEZ: Thank you very much, very sensible information.

GUPTA: Take care, Miguel.

MARQUEZ: Well, if you're a skier, this is your time of the year. Up next, we'll tell you how to find the best resorts. Even if you don't ski, you'll want to see these vacation spots.


MARQUEZ: Some parts of the U.S. have gone the lots of snow this week, perfect skiing conditions. "Jet Setters" Kate Maxwell has tips for finding the best ski resorts.

KATE MAXWELL, "JET SETTERS": Park City is three resorts in one, Park City, Deer Valley, just for skiers, and the Canyon. There's an enormous area of slopes to cover. And they get about 500 inches a year so the powder is really second to none. We really like the Stein Ericson Lodge there. It's for skiers only, ski in, ski out. They have fireplaces in the rooms, and the views are spectacular.

MARQUEZ: That sounds absolutely horrible. What about Vale, Colorado, Rocky mountain high? Why should I head to Vale.

MAXWELL: It's the quintessential rocky mountain resort. It has over 5,000 skiable acres. There's really something for everyone here. This is really good network of bunny slopes, and for experts lots of double diamonds. I really like the black bowls and blue sky basin. I couldn't believe how blue the sky was when I went there.

And we really like the vale cascade resort and spa. It has a fantastic spa obviously. It's got an outdoor heated pool, it has fire pits. It's a fantastic place to stay. Vail is a very chichi resort, very good restaurants. Kelly liken is one of the best, a top chef contestant and fantastic upscale shopping, as well.

MARQUEZ: Again, it just sounds like a terrible, terrible time. My god, how col anybody live through all of that? Also on your list is Stowe, Vermont. Why Vermont?

MAXWELL: Stow is for the east coasters like me. It's only about six hours north of New York to drive, and if you get the right weekend, it can be absolutely fantastic snow. The east coast generally has had a really good season so far, probably better than the west coast.

And we really like Stowe mountain lodge there. It's a big resort but feels very intimate. They have fire plays. One of the best restaurants in Stowe is called solstice, farm to table food. It's very laid back Vermont, great food, shops, lots of great restaurants. Good galleries. It's also the home of Ben & Jerry's. If you're not too cold, I'd recommend a tour of the factory and sample their best ice cream.

MARQUEZ: What a brilliant, brilliant idea. Kate Maxwell, thank you very much. Happy skiing and thanks for making us all jealous.

MAXWELL: Thanks, Miguel. Good to see you.

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