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DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: All right, it is time now for the stories that you will be talking about at the dinner table tonight, or at water cooler, as they say. The first one deals with reforming divorce, reforming divorce.

It may be the end of a marriage, but some exes divorce marks the beginning of alimony payments that could last a lifetime. Florida may become the latest state to ban permanent alimony payments.

State Senate is considered a bill that would not only do that, but also allow courts to change current divorce arrangements and give equal custody to both parents, unless a convincing case can be made otherwise.

Joining me now to talk about it is, Jawn Murray, editor-in-chief of, David Begnaud, host of "Newsbreaker with David Begnaud," Francesca chambers, editor and publisher of "Red Alert Politics" Lord, and comedian Loni Love.

Loni, don't cause no mess because this is where I get in trouble, because it's not scripted, so I'm always in trouble. So, Loni, you know on Twitter you are my boo, so when we get a divorce, do you think that we should have permanent alimony or do you think it's good that alimony may not be permanent all the time, I mean, in the future.

LONI LOVE, HOST, "CAFE MOCHA": You know what, I want some of your CNN money for life, Don, so yes, it should be permanent alimony, all right? If I have to put up with you, I should be able to get some money. So, this is not fair to women. I don't appreciate this. So, we will be getting a pre-nup if we ever get married, OK?

LEMON: So you don't like this new Florida proposal, Loni?

LOVE: Pardon me?

LEMON: You don't like the new Florida proposal to make it not permanent, make it temporary alimony?

LOVE: No. It should be -- I mean, this is not really favorable towards women, because usually we know that most of the time women are the ones that within the marriage say, like, if they decide to have kids they are the ones that stay at home. And so if they were a career woman, their career is stalled. So, if something happens where this man has had his career and then all of a sudden there's a divorce, now she has to go out and get work. She should have alimony.

LEMON: All right, we've heard it, Loni.

LOVE: Yes, you get it.

LEMON: What happened to equal rights? Listen, you decided, a woman decided to stay at home. Why should she get half the money for the rest of her life?

JAWN MURRAY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, ALWAYSALIST.COM: Don, didn't women go through that movement where they took off their bras and burned them so they could have equal rights? Listen, I know a woman, separate from Florida, but out in California.

Her and her husband got a divorce. He cheated on her, it's a no-fault state. She had to pay him alimony. He did the dirty deed. It's an equal opportunity situation here. Women are having to pay men alimony, too.

Nobody should have to be connected to their ex for the rest of their life. When I decide I don't want to be with you anymore, I should be able to sever those ties, even financially.

LEMON: Fran?

FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER, "RED ALERT POLITICS": Well, I think that the key thing that you have to look at here is the way the law would change. So, if you were married for up to 10 years, you would actually be more likely to get money than you would be if you had been married for 20 or more years.

I think it was something like 20 to 30 years or 30 and above. So, that's what doesn't make sense to me about how they would change a law, if you had been married for longer, you would be more likely to get less money than if you were married a shorter amount of time, which to me that doesn't make sense.

Because think about all the people that get married to someone because they are rich and they just want a cut to that money, and they want to leave them.

LEMON: All right, there was a lot of numbers for journalist. I'm like, what, 15, 30, what is she talking about? David, good point, I don't want to be connected to this person anymore, why should I be continued to pay when I see like athletes and the wives paying half. She didn't go out and throw those free throws and three pointers, but half?

DAVID BEGNAUD, HOST, "NEWSBREAKER WITH DAVID BEGNAUD": All good things must come to an end. I mean, yes, we should be equal. There shouldn't be any lifetime payments here. This is fair. This is not rigging the system. This is what they call fair. It's not like somebody is going to walk in I want you to give me more or less. A judge is going to have to sign off on it. But this is fair and I think it's the right move.

LEMON: David, she gave up her career. She stayed home. She raised the kids. I mean, that's the argument on the other side, David.

BEGNAUD: She wanted to. She wanted to.

LEMON: Amen, brother. Thank you.

LOVE: What are you talking about?

LEMON: What am I talking about? In life, Loni Love, you make choices.

CHAMBER: It's called a prenup, though. It's called a prenup.

MURRAY: It's called when the kids turn 18, you go get a job.

BEGNAUD: Thank you. Thank you.

LEMON: I am not surprised that the women feel one way and the guys feel another way. I'm out, but don't go anywhere. Stand by, guys.

All right, stay with me because up next, apparently, airplane toilets are too large, really? At least one airline shrinking its bathrooms despite being smaller, they will offer more technology. What do you think? Tweet me and my panel. They are going to weigh in next.


LEMON: I'm back now with my panel, Jawn Murray, David Begnaud, Francesco Chambers, Fran Chambers, and Loni Love. OK, here's the next topic, in order to put more passengers on a plane, there's going to be less space in one place all passengers have to use, that's the restroom.

At least that's true for one airline. The "Wall Street Journal" reports Delta has signed on to some high-tech vacuum toilets that are smaller. How can you get any smaller? It's going to allow the airlines to add another four seats to its 737-900s.

Listen to what the "Journal" writes. Quote, "The airline says the restroom won't be noticeably smaller on the inside, that's because a toilet maker will harvest wasted space behind the sink, I don't like that, harvest. Wasted space behind the sink and the exterior lavatory wall will be sculpted to allow the seat in front of it to recline."


LEMON: So, those people in the last row next to the bathroom, you won't have to sit up for your entire flight, you can lean back now. All right, but does that make up for more petite potty?

Loni, you know, I love me some big girls. You talk about liking your bacon. When you're up in first class, you can't eat bacon in first class. You can't be a big girl on the plane anymore with these toilets.

LOVE: You know what, let me tell you something, this is why I stay in first class, but if I do have to ride coach on a 737, I'm going to have to high tail it to first class, so I don't care. I'm not going to be uncomfortable. Delta is my airline, and I'm not going to be uncomfortable.

LEMON: David --

BEGNAUD: Listen, I love you first class folks being able to ride in first class, but for the rest of us regular people who have to ride in coach, first of all, where are these four extra seats going to go, first class? I don't care if you all get extra leg room.

Don, I was on a flight to Los Angeles this week and there was a lady, I had the seat across from the bathroom and there was a lady walking in who was having trouble making a 360 getting into the bathroom and she had to ask the flight attendant for help. How are you going to make the bathroom and toilet smaller?

CHAMBERS: I agree.

LEMON: Fran, go ahead.

CHAMBERS: I'm a small girl, OK, and I don't like to go to the bathroom on planes.

LOVE: You aren't got to brag, OK? Don't brag.

CHAMBERS: No, I'm not. It's not because the bathrooms are disgusting, it's because there's not enough room in the restroom. I don't know how they can possibly make it smaller and people can fit in there. I'm serious.

LEMON: You all are crazy. I want to read this, I tweeted out, did you hear about this, because I said, I'm not a big guy, and I can barely fit in there anyway. Someone from Alabama said, I'll just stand in the aisle, open the door, and try not to miss. I would like to challenge the designers to change a baby or toddler's diaper in one of those smaller bathrooms. Good luck. Right?

MURRAY: Look, Don, it's hard enough getting one person in there. Who can ever join the mile high club now, I mean, come on. The next topic will be how they are charging us to get in these pint-sized bathrooms.

LEMON: This is CNN, all right?

MURRAY: I saw your girlfriend, Loni, when she was in the academy- award nominated film "Soul Plane." Infamous bathroom scene in there, if he struggle in that bathroom, God knows what us normal-sized people will do in the petite bathrooms on the plane.

BEGNAUD: The tickets should be cheaper.

LEMON: Loni, how are you going to let him hate on you like that?

MURRAY: That movie was good, Don, I don't know what you were talking about. I bootlegged it and everything.

LOVE: We made $12 at the box office. I don't care what you say. "Soul Plane" was a hit on the street. We bootlegged it and everything.

LEMON: I know this panel has gone to pot. The entire studio is cracking up. You guys are such good sports. It's always great to see you. David, Fran, Jawn, and Loni, my boo. Loni, keep it up with the bacon, I'm with you.

LOVE: All right, baby.

LEMON: I'm with you.

MURRAY: Bye, Don.

LEMON: I got some in my family, I love them.


LEMON: All right, I'll see you all later. Calling all tech fans, Facebook has an announcement. No, it didn't come out with a phone like people thought, but it did come out with a way to make using the social media site on your phone a bit easier. We're going to explain next.


LEMON: It's Facebook's biggest quest and its biggest challenge yet. Today, it unveiled a big new move in the mobile market, and it's not quite a Facebook phone, but it sure looks like a lot of fun.

Our Silicon Valley correspondent, Dan Simon, just got out of the Facebook event in California. Dan, tell us about it.

DAN SIMON, CNN SILICON VALLEY CORRESPONDENT: Well, Don, you know, first of all, let me explain it this way, if you're somebody who loves Facebook, if you're obsessed with it, somebody at grocery store in the checkout line looking at photos, this will appeal to you.

But let me give you a couple disclosures at the top. Number one, broadcast cameras were not allowed in for this event, but there was a live stream provided by Facebook. That's what you're going to be seeing. The second disclosure is if you're an iPhone user, this does not apply to you. This is only for Android devices.

So, let's look at it this way, if you're somebody who's on your phone a lot, you might go to a bunch of apps. The way it works now with your mobile phone experience, it's all built around apps. Well, Facebook is saying apps come first and people come second.

Well, they want to reverse the paradigm. They want people to come first and apps come second. So, what they are doing is taking the entire Facebook experience and putting it right on the home screen of your phone. They are calling this "Facebook Home." This is what Zuckerberg had to say about it. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO, FACEBOOK: Now, we're going to show you "home." Since home is the lock screen, in addition to the home screen, you don't need to do any swipes or gestures in order to be able to see this content and since it's all right there as soon as you look at your phone, because you've already loaded all this content in the background while your phone was sleeping.

So, you can flip through stories if you want, and if you find something that you like, you can double tap to like it right there. You can comment right there from the home screen. And one of the things that you're going to notice is that all the interactions are just really smooth and natural.


SIMON: So, Don, the elephant in the room here is Facebook wants to make more money off of mobile advertising. Right now, about a quarter of their revenue comes from mobile. They want to get that up. One way to do that is by putting Facebook there on the home screen.

If you're an Android user, the way to do this is go to the Android play store, download the app. It's going to be available on April 12th at first for only a half dozen devices and it will be based in the U.S. first and eventually it's going to roll out internationally -- Don.

LEMON: Dan Simon, thank you very much. From Facebook to Apple, Apple could be close to launching its long-awaited TV. We've been hearing about Apple TV. Analysts with Topeka Capital Markets visited Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan.

Brian white says the iTV will revolutionize TV. He has some juicy details, 60 inches in size. He says $1,500 to $2,500, and the best part of it, the iRing could look like this one, which lets you control the iTV with your finger, an iRing.

OK, White says to expect to see Apple's TV the last half of this year, all right, not quite replacing the wedding band, but an iRing.

All right, Lance Armstrong just wants to compete. The disgraced doper is banned from cycling, so he's hoping to enter another type of race. How his dream to compete again has been stumped.


LEMON: So, the hottest stories in a flash, rapid fire, so roll it.

All right, first up, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong keen to get back to competitive sports, trading his bike for a swimsuit. He entered a masters swimming contest in his hometown of Austin, Texas, just this weekend.

But folks there weren't too happy about hitting the pool with a man accused of running one of the most sophisticated doping programs in sports. So swimming's governing body stepped in and this time, Armstrong refused to fight, withdrawing voluntarily.

The man known as the Craigslist killer was sentenced to death by an Ohio judge today. In 2011, Richard James Beasley killed three men who responded to an ad he placed for work at an Ohio farm. The judge followed the recommendations of a jury who convicted Beasley last month on 26 counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery.

The State Department is offering a $5 million reward for the ring leaders of a group accused of committing crimes against humanity. This man, he is Joseph Kony, one of the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army. He and two others are wanted for taking children as soldiers and sex slaves in parts of Uganda and other areas of Central Africa. Kony was a subject of a video widely circulated through social media last year.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our goal is to change the conversation of our culture and get people to ask.


LEMON: The reward money is available under a new law signed by President Obama in January.

Kia and Hyundai are recalling more than 1.6 million cars. Here's the problem. Defective brake lamps are sending wrong signals to the cars' electronic brain. Hyundai and Kia will send notifications to owners in June. That's when they should have enough new brake light switches available to fix the problem. It's one of the largest recalls ever for Hyundai and Kia. They are owned by the same South Korean parent company.

Coming up on CNN, cancer clinics are turning away some patients saying forced spending cuts are to blame.


LEMON: In today's "Human Factor," a tough disease versus a tough woman. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a look at one woman's battle against colon cancer.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On September 19th, 2010, I received news that no healthy 28-year-old expects to hear, but I didn't cry, panic, or feel sorry for myself.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Gloria Borges is a fierce opponent, calculated, competitive, and unrelenting.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I had joined a gym in the beginning of 2010. I had lost about 30 pounds of fat, put on about 10 pounds of muscle, so I thought that my body was going through changes in general and so the G.I. issues were tied to those changes.

GUPTA: As the year progressed, Gloria's symptoms got worse, but one day she got fouled in a basketball game.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She put both hands on my gut area and didn't slap me hard, it was just trying to kind of throw me off balance, and the pain was excruciating. And I remember hobbling over to the free- throw line and realizing there is something very serious here.

GUPTA: Gloria finally checked herself into the hospital, bloated and vomiting ferociously. An emergency operation uncovered a large tumor in her colon.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My mom told me initially it is stage 4 colon cancer and it is very aggressive. Well, I'm an aggressive girl, so what do we do?

GUPTA: Doctors told Gloria she had one to two painful years left at best. She was undaunted. Here she is at chemotherapy round one sporting a "Rocky" t-shirt, then round two, round three. At round 45 -- she had beaten the odds and decided to have a little fun.

(on camera): Today, Gloria's checking in to USC's Cancer Center for round 46.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cancer is tough and I'm tougher.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That is a good one.

GUPTA (voice-over): With her husband, Will and her parents at her side. Together with Dr. Lance, they launched a foundation to find a cure for colon cancer within the next decade.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I said, all right, if you had all the money in the world, could you cure it, could you and your team of doctors know what to do, and he said, yes.

GUPTA: Their goal, $250 million.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My answer to cancer was, no, this is not going to happen.

GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.


LEMON: Happening right now in the NEWSROOM, first on CNN, North Korea moves a missile to its coast. Today, we're learning just how far that missile could travel and how powerful it may be.

Plus, remember those forced spending cuts you heard so much about? Now the real life impact doctors who treat cancer patients say they are having to turn some away. Eighteen months, 25 billion events and a potential scientific breakthrough, it's all about dark matter. We're telling you why it could be such an important discovery.