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Driving Banned in Ohio; Harsh Weather Hits Nation; Legal Action Underway in Anna Nicole Smith Death
Aired February 14, 2007 - 13:00 ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CO-HOST: Hello, everyone. I'm Kyra Phillips live at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta.
DON LEMON, CO-HOST: And I'm Don Lemon.
Winter wallops the Midwest and the East Coast. You'll want to stay inside to watch this one. How bad will it get?
PHILLIPS: Another twist in the Anna Nicole Smith death. Another judge issues another order in the battle over the body. More in minutes.
You're live in the CNN NEWSROOM.
LEMON: Blinding snow, icy roads and runways. Homes with no lights or heat. A wicked winter storm creating havoc from the heartland to New England. Schools are closed. And thousands of flights are canceled amid record snowfall and subzero wind chills.
We've got you covered. Rob Marciano is in Cleveland. Our Jason Carroll is in Albany, New York. CNN crews out and about in Chicago. And Reynolds Wolf tracking it all from the severe weather center.
But first to Ohio where it's brutally cold and treacherous. That's an understatement.
Rob Marciano, we hear people are being told they may be arrested if they get on the roads. What's that all about?
ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Well, it's called a driving ban. They're just trying to discourage people from getting out on the roadways.
Good news here in Cleveland is that the snow has let up. It is still snowing a little bit. But the clouds are brightening. And actually, all the snow that's around us is kind of a little too bright for the eyes to take.
Fifteen inches of snow has fallen so far in Cleveland. And we may get another couple inches.
But finally, after a morning of not being able to see anything, we can see what's behind me. We're out here on the lake front. That is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It looked earlier like one of the pyramids dusted in a sandstorm. And then beyond that is Cleveland Browns Stadium. So we can see that finally. And back up -- a little bit closer to the water, we've got a tanker, a freighter there. That's parked. As many, not only boats are parked, but a lot of cars are parked, as well.
Crews got out early. And they've taken care of business. But the roadways are certainly slick. As far as the airport is concerned, yesterday and last night, they canceled a bunch of flights, almost 200 pf them. And they canceled some flights.
At last check, earlier this morning at roughly 70 or so flights were canceled and they had to shut down the airport at one point because the drifts were five and six feet high and they just couldn't keep up. Not so much with the falling snow but the blowing snow. And that has been the ongoing issue.
And I think as we go through time here, the blowing cold air will be the next part of this storm that engulfs much of Midwest and the western -- and the Great Lakes. Bitterly cold air coming in tonight. Dangerously cold air with wind chills well below zero, in some cases 20 to 30 below.
And the southern part of the state, south of I-70, where it was more a mixture of ice, sleet and freezing rain, we have power outages. There's over -- at last check, over 100,000 people without power, most of which are in the Cincinnati area. And you can bet with temperatures plummeting well below -- below freezing and in some cases below zero, tonight, being without power could certainly be a problem.
The good news here, Don, is the snow is beginning to let up as this storm transfers its energy, as you've been telling folks, over towards the northeast. And that's where the next big dump is going to happen -- Don.
LEMON: All right, Rob. Thank you so much.
PHILLIPS: Blowing snow, pelting sleet and bone chilling cold. And it's only going to get worst in upstate New York, bracing for the blizzard. Our own Jason Carroll in New York's capital.
Jason, quite a switch from living in Los Angeles.
JASON CARROLL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Kyra. You know, actually, these folks here in Albany are pretty lucky. This is the first major snowstorm of the season so far, and it's already February. But what a storm it's turning out to be.
A blizzard warning is already in affect. Already half a foot of snow has fallen so far, at least by our very unscientific measure here, measuring it here by my own leg here.
We've been watching what's going on in front of the state capitol building out here. Lots of slipping and sliding. Lots of cars in really a treacherous sort of treacherous situation here. The area expecting anywhere between 16 and 26 inches. Even more than that, Kyra in some of the outlying areas surrounding -- surrounding this area. Half a foot, again, has fallen so far. The concern out here with this blizzard warning that's in effect are going to be the high winds and low visibility. And, in fact, just as we were driving out here, Kyra, just to get to this live shot location, we were staying out near the airport. I got to tell you, the visibility was near zero at that point. We were driving like 20 miles per hour. That's what police are recommending at this point. If you've got to be out on the roads, take it very, very slow -- Kyra.
PHILLIPS: All right, Jason, we'll keep checking in. Thanks so much.
Well, everyone digging out today has one question, when does spring start? How about Reynolds Wolf? He may know.
PHILLIPS: Thanks, Reynolds.
REYNOLDS WOLF, CNN METEOROLOGIST: You bet.
PHILLIPS: When weather becomes the news, you can also become a CNN correspondent, as you know. If you see severe weather happening, just send us an i-report. You can go to CNN.com, click on i-report or type ireport@CNN.com into your cell phone. You can share your photos and your video. Reynolds will check it out, and so will we. We'll talk about it on air.
LEMON: News now about Anna Nicole Smith. We'll bring that to you a little bit -- we'll bring that to you just a little bit later on.
Waging a war, clashing with Congress, fencing with reporters, President Bush doing all three as the House resumes debate on a nonbinding resolution opposing his troop build-up in Iraq. In a White House Q&A you may have seen live here on CNN, Mr. Bush said lawmakers aren't giving his new war strategy a chance to work.
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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I've listened to a lot of voices. People in my administration heard a lot of voices. We weighed every option. I concluded that to step back from the fight in Baghdad would have disastrous consequences for our people in America. That's the conclusion I came to.
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LEMON: The president shrugged off attacks by his former U.N. ambassador over a tentative deal on North Korean nukes. John Bolton says the nukes for oil concept rewards bad behavior.
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BUSH: The assessment made by some that this is not a good deal is flat wrong. Now, those who say the North Koreans have got to prove themselves by actually falling through on the deal are right, and I'm one. This is a good first step.
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PHILLIPS: Well, Anna Nicole Smith can't be buried just yet. That's the word from a judge in Florida today as the battle over Smith's body and her baby wages on.
CNN national correspondent Susan Candiotti in Broward County with some of the borderline grisly developments.
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kyra.
Now you have to listen up, because it's kind of hard to keep things straight here. We've got two things going on in two different divisions, both the family division, as well as probate division, of this court.
First things first, brand-new information. In about a half hour from now, there will be an emergency hearing. And that has to do with getting custody of Anna Nicole Smith's remains. The lawyers representing Howard K. Stern, her partner, have successfully petitioned for this emergency hearing in about a half hour from now to argue before the judge that they have the rights to Anna Nicole Smith's remains.
Now, in order to prove that, they attached affidavits to their petition. And those are statements coming from her former bodyguard, from a doctor who was a friend of Smith and Stern's, a friend of Smith's from Texas, as well as an interview that Anna Nicole Smith once did with "Entertainment Tonight", that show, in which she states that she wishes to be buried in the Bahamas next to her son, Daniel, who you will recall died of an overdose at the age of 20 back in September, literally a few days after the birth of Dannielynn, Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter.
Now, as part of that, they also stated as proof that they had purchase of two plots for a total of around $6,000, two plots in the Bahamas where they wish to be buried.
That's one matter that's going to be coming up in court in just a short period of time.
Second matter coming up before the family division. And that has to do with the ongoing battle over who is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter.
This was a matter filed by her ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, out in California, in which he claims he's the father, an ongoing battle he's had to ask for DNA samples from Anna Nicole Smith as part of his paternity battle. And today in court he won an injunction by a judge in a private hearing in the judge's chambers. That means that her remains will have to stay at the Broward County medical examiner's office.
Also, this judge says he will not interfere with any attempt to have her body embalmed. That came up because the Broward County medical examiner has said that if she isn't embalmed and soon, frankly, her body is decomposing. And this is something that he is in favor of. And this is what Birkhead's attorney had to say about that.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... very, very limited means, I'd ask you to waive or order a very minimal bond. Also...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... involved in this case at this point. We just want you to honor the California court's order. Just keep the body here, Judge, until the California court has further opportunity to hold hearings there to make a determination. I believe they'd like to expedite the paternity testing and will await further order from the California court.
But in the meantime, we believe this honorable court has the authority to keep the body here to preserve the evidence so to speak.
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CANDIOTTI: Now, Birkhead's attorney is working hand-in-hand with Anna Nicole Smith's mother to try to make all of this happen.
Now, here's some other late-breaking information we just learned and have confirmed, that the California judge who's been handling the DNA custody battle matter -- and there was supposed to be a hearing about that next week in California -- has now released jurisdiction, let's say, over the body.
In other words, if a judge here decides to release the body to anyone, a family member or Howard K. Stern, for example, than they are now free to do so.
Kyra, hard to keep all that straight, hope you got it.
PHILLIPS: Susan, a lot of information. I do have one question, though, and that is the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Where does that stand with regard to how she died? Is there a murder investigation going on of any type? Do authorities believe it's O.D.? Do we have any confirmation on the cause of death?
CANDIOTTI: Well, to refresh your memory, the Broward County medical examiner's office on Friday performed an autopsy. And he said it would take several weeks, anywhere from three to five weeks, perhaps, to get back all the toxicology reports to help determine the cause of death.
For now, he has said he has found no signs of trauma, no signs of asphyxiation, nothing like that. And so far the police have said they have no evidence of a crime being committed. So they're trying to determine through these blood tests and toxicology tests exactly what her cause of death is. We don't know that yet. PHILLIPS: Susan Candiotti, appreciate it.
LEMON: Business trip or timely exit or none of the above? Reports say a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq has fled to Iran. More on that story and what it could mean straight ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.
PHILLIPS: Laws of attraction that have nothing to do with Sir Isaac Newton and everything to do with that crazy little thing called love.
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JAMES KNOTTS, I-REPORTER: Hello, CNN, my name is James Knotts, and I'm in Columbus, Ohio, where the weather has just changed from light, fluffy snow to this icy, rainy, wintry mix. The roads are disgusting. The airports are canceling flights. But I'm having fun because I have the day off of work.
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PHILLIPS: Let's look at some more i-report images you're taking from your windows, yards, neighborhoods. As you can see there, Denny and Barb in Windsor, Ohio, asks, anyone for a soak in our hot tub? They say the snow is piling higher, and they have another two inches since this picture was taken.
The roads are pretty passable but very slow, and a number of schools are closed. They're getting a lot of gusty winds and snowdrifts.
I'm up for the Jacuzzi.
LEMON: I know. Really artistic shot there.
And from Bloomington, Illinois, i-reporter Stephanie Michaelis writes there are four foot drifts in the parking lot, snow blowing everywhere. Roads are dangerous. Here's her cat Dwee (ph) -- there he is right there -- looking out her bedroom window right at the snow.
PHILLIPS: Let's go to St. Louis and snow. This i-report from Joe Reuter. It's from downtown St. Louis, one block away from the Jefferson National Expansion Museum. That's the St. Louis Arch, by the way. And as you can see, snow is coming down and snarling traffic. Pretty shot.
LEMON: Send us your i-reports. Maybe they'll get on the air.
You know, we tell you about this every year, but it can be dangerous. It is not brain surgery, but shoveling snow, like anything else, can be done the right way or the wrong way. And the wrong way could leave you flat on your back, hoping an ambulance can make it down your street.
CNN's Greg Hunter shows and tells. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
GREG HUNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): With as much as 12 feet of snow in upstate New York over 10 days, hospital representatives there are saying that winter injuries have piled up along with the snow.
DR. BILL MAHON, HOSPITAL PHYSICIAN: I think the volume has increased significantly. The type of injuries are no different than what we will see in most winter seasons. But the volume has certainly increased the past week.
HUNTER: Fifty-two winter-related injuries in less than a week. The Oswego Hospital E.R. has seen everything from fractures to carbon monoxide poisoning.
(on camera) According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 20,000 people went to emergency rooms in 2005 with snow- related injuries. And here in upstate New York, they have a special hazard to look out for: trying to stay on the roof while they're shoveling off feet of snow!
MAHON: The uncommon injuries in this past week have been people who are falling 8, 10, 12, 15 feet from roofs and ladders. They're up on the ladders trying to clear their roofs of all the snow that has accumulated.
HUNTER (voice-over): Oswego County public health director Kathy Smith gives safety pointers, starting with your shovel.
KATHY SMITH, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR, OSWEGO COUNTY: One of the things that we recommend are these new ergonomically designed snow shovels.
HUNTER (on camera): The crooked shovel.
SMITH: The crooked shovel, which can help prevent back injuries.
SMITH: Another thing is that when you are shoveling snow, always bend your knees and lift with your legs.
HUNTER: Not what I'm doing here.
SMITH: Not with your back, exactly. Don't load your shovel up too much.
HUNTER: Like that?
SMITH: Right. Take a break every ten minutes or so. And if you have a cardiac condition, you really have to be careful. Snow shoveling is heavy work and it's very cold out, and that's not good for people with cardiac conditions.
HUNTER (voice-over): So next time you head out to shovel snow, remember, without taking precautions it could be hazardous to your health.
Greg Hunter, CNN, Oswego, New York.
PHILLIPS: Well, straight ahead, Ronald Reagan did it. So did Fred Dalton Thompson. Even the guy who played Gopher. Will Al Franken trade show biz for politics? We're on it, ahead in the NEWSROOM.
LEMON: Well, General Motors did it. So did Ford, and now Chrysler is, too. An historic restructuring that will slash thousands of jobs.
Susan Lisovicz at the New York Stock Exchange with all the details on that.
Hate hearing about that, Susan.
SUSAN LISOVICZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is, it's terrible news. But you know, it was news, frankly, that everyone expected. And it's been done before.
It's called the Valentine's Day massacre for good reason. Earlier this morning, Chrysler formally announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs, or 16 percent of its workforce.
Not only that: plants in Newark, Delaware, and Cleveland will be shut down and worker shifts in Warren, Michigan, and St. Louis will be reduced.
The goal is to save money: $4.5 billion to be exact. And as Chrysler's chief, Tom LaSorda points out, that is certainly needed.
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TOM LASORDA, CEO, DAIMLERCHRYSLER: We also want to grow this business and not -- not continue to watch it continue to go down. I mean, 2006 was not a stellar year by any of the performance metrics.
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LISOVICZ: What an understatement. Just this morning, DaimlerChrysler division reported that it lost nearly $1.5 billion in 2006. Slumping sales of SUVs and trucks -- you've heard this before -- taking a toll on its bottom line.
And because of that, Chrysler is planning to shift its product mix to smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles, including the first fully hybrid Dodge Durango -- Don.
LEMON: And Susan, there's -- there's a rumor that DaimlerChrysler will spin off its American arm. Do you have any word on that? LISOVICZ: Well, there are certainly people that are pushing for it, but so far, Don, Chrysler says no option is being excluded.
A German paper says the sale is under consideration. A German -- a big German shareholder says it would be irresponsible not to do it. I mean, this is a division that is weighing on the company that also includes Mercedes, as well as Audi, Volkswagen.
Other analysts say such a sale, however, is easier said than done because of Chrysler's unfunded pensions and health care liabilities. So a buyer perhaps not easily found unless it was for a very attractive price.
Investors, however, are cheering Daimler's cost-cutting moves. Shares of DaimlerChrysler right now are up nearly 7 percent.
LISOVICZ: And that's the latest from Wall Street.
Coming up, big executive pay packages. Well, they've certainly been a sore point for shareholders and politicians. Now one company is tackling the issue head on. I'll have details next hour.
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PHILLIPS: Hello, everyone. I'm Kyra Phillips live at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta.
LEMON: And I'm Don Lemon.
Metaphors just can't do it justice. We'll let the pictures do the talking. And let our severe weather center do the forecasting. What else can the storm dish out? We'll tell you about it right here live in the CNN NEWSROOM.
But first, the bottom of the hour, he's blamed for some of the worst sectarian violence in Iraq. Now comes word that radical Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr may not be in Iraq anymore. CNN's Michael Ware is on that story.
MICHAEL WARE, CNN INT'L. CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Has one of the most powerful men in Iraq fled the country? And if he has, does it matter? According to U.S. military intelligence, the powerful anti- American rebel Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has left Iraq for neighboring Iran.
According to White House sources, it is said that he is fleeing an American crackdown on his formidable Mehdi Army Militia, which in many ways dominates the streets of the capital Baghdad, and is behind many of the sectarian killings.
Muqtada also heads a powerful political faction in the burgeoning Iraqi parliament that put the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki into power. Muqtada's political party, and his militia, both insist the cleric remains in the country. However, he has yet to make an appearance.
Even if he has left Iraq, the question remains whether he will still be able to maintain command and control, both over his political and military factions, or whether it would break apart into rogue elements. Either way, observers here on the ground suggest if he has left Iraq for fear of his security, it's not in the face of an American offensive, but most likely in the face of internal factional fighting. Michael Ware, CNN, Baghdad.
LEMON: Now Iran's Revolutionary Guards under attack, it happened in the lawless corner of Iran near the Pakistan border. At least 11 people were killed and 31 hurt when a car bomb blew up today near a military bus. An Iranian news agency reports an Al Qaeda linked Sunni group claims responsibility. But Iranians blame, quote, "Insurgents and drug traffickers".
PHILLIPS: Well, signs of life online from a Iraqi-American soldier kidnapped in Baghdad last fall. Army Sergeant Ahmed Altaie surfaced today in a 10-second video clip on a Shiite militant web site. With it came the first public claim of responsibility from a previously unknown group. Altaie's uncle says that the abductors have been e-mailing him wanting to negotiate.
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ENTIFADH QANBAR, AHMED ALTAIE'S UNCLE: I am handling this issue as an Iraqi-Iraqi issue. This is what is to us -- this is not a political issue for us. This is a matter of the life and safety of our son, and we want him to come back alive. And we hope we get more specifics in the near future of his whereabouts, the dates, some better proof of life than what we saw.
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PHILLIPS: It's not clear when the video was made. Altaie was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. It's believed he left the green zone to visit family last October when he was ambushed.
A troop cap, exit timeline, funding cuts and real plans to scale back U.S. involvement in Iraq is what Americans tell pollsters they elected a Democratic Congress to accomplish. So far, all they have gotten is a symbolic resolution that may not even come up to vote in both houses. Our Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider runs the latest numbers.
WILLIAM SCHNEIDER, CNN SR. POLITICAL ANALYST (voice over): What's the most important problem facing the country? Nearly a third of Americans say Iraq in the CBS News poll. No other issue is in double digits.
That's the main reason why President Bush's job approval rating remains low, 32 percent. What about Congress? Just as low, 32 percent. The public is as frustrated with Congress as it is with President Bush. What do they want Congress to do? Vote against the troop increase? Yes. By 2 to 1 in last month's CNN poll.
SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY): I have legislation to cap the number of American troops --
SCHNEIDER: And 57 percent favor limiting the number of U.S. troops serving in Iraq.
BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): This plan would place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation, more importantly it would begin a phased redeployment of U.S. forces, with the goal of removing all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by March 31st, 2008.
SCHNEIDER: And 63 percent want Congress to set a timetable for withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of next year. John Edwards is calling on Congress to block funding for an escalation of the war. While only 8 percent in the CBS News poll want Congress to block all funding to the war. An additional 45 percent want Congress to block funding for more troops.
The House of Representatives is debating a nonbinding resolution. The Senate can't even do that; 63 percent of Americans say they are bothered by the Senate's failure to hold a debate. Those who are bothered blame Republicans more than Democrats by better than 2 to 1.
(On camera): The people elected a Democratic Congress to stand up to President Bush on the war. The people are waiting. And they're getting frustrated. Bill Schneider, CNN, Washington.
LEMON: Black ice on the roads in Indiana. About 5,000 Hoosiers don't have power unless you count the smiles lighting up the faces of all those kids who are home from school. They're out in the snow, as we speak. So is our Senior Correspondent Allan Chernoff.
You're a big kid at heart as well, aren't you?
ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SR. CORRESPONDENT: Don, I love the snow. And I hope the folks on this block do also. Because here in Indianapolis, they have cleared out the main streets, but not the side streets.
And what you see going on right behind me, this truck is trying to pull out the minivan that's covered with snow. People all over the street have been pitching in, a lot of people getting their shovels out. We've had snow blowers as well.
In fact, the gentleman who lives in the house, the minivan, he had bypass surgery, but he was still out here with his little snow blower and it was helping out.
The mail carriers, as well. They are hiking through the blocks here. This mail carrier told me she actually was working yesterday, in the middle of the storm. How's that for service from the U.S. Postal Service?
She's got to walk through these streets instead of being able to drive. But certainly a lot of action on these side streets over here. People really having to pitch in simply because the city doesn't have enough shovel power, enough plows, to get through these side streets. That's the reason the schools are still closed today, even though as you see it's a beautiful clear day.
Now, it -- as you mentioned, it really has been treacherous on the roads. More than 500 traffic accidents within Indianapolis itself. The majority of those on the highways; it certainly has been dangerous.
Within Indianapolis, about 10 inches of snow. But to the north, a lot more. In fact, Muncie, areas around there, got about a foot and a half. To the south, only about 4 inches of snow. The problem there was ice. The ice did pull down many power lines. At the peak of the problem, yesterday, about 13,000 homes and businesses were without power. Right now, it's a little bit over 2,000 -- Don.
PHILLIPS: Allan, that was straight out of central casting, you know, as they say, through rain, sleet, snow -- and you know the rest. Talking about those guys. What about the people who are supposed to get Valentine's Day flowers? Kyra's wondering where hers are.
CHERNOFF: That's right. The flower deliverers are hard at work. They are out there. The problem they're having actually is that so many people are canceling. Because part of the whole idea of having flowers delivered is that everybody else at the office can see who got flowers. But a lot of people are not going to the office today.
So the boyfriends, the husbands, they've been calling on the phone and canceling. I spoke to one florist who had prepared a lot of flowers, and then was getting all these cancellations. He said his business is down 40 percent today from a normal Valentine's Day.
LEMON: Ooh, that would hurt. All right, Allan, thank you so much for that.
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PHILLIPS: And to all those men, they can have the flowers delivered tomorrow. Ahead in the NEWSROOM, laws of attraction that have nothing to do with Sir Isaac Newton, and everything to do with the thing called crazy old love. Roll that song, Otis.
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Captain Mark Lapidare (ph). Brigade public affairs officer for the Red Bulls. Here in Camp Adder, in Iraq. I'd like to say a Happy early Valentine's Day to my wife and everybody else back in Minnesota. (INAUDIBLE) KSTPs Valentines for our troops special. Because we can't find a florist here, in Iraq, to deliver. So thank you for your vote. Thanks KSTP, and thanks to everybody back in Minnesota.
PHILLIPS: Well, it turns out the song might have had it right. We're going to have to face it, we're addicted to love, and love stinks. Here's CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen with the heartwarming details for us.
ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN MEDICAL CORRSPONDENT: Love only stinks when it's taken away. But when it's there.
PHILLIPS: I don't know, it can stink, too, when you're in it.
COHEN: Your brain wouldn't say that. Your brain wouldn't say that. I'll explain what I mean.
Researchers started wondering, when we fall in love, what happens in our brain? So what they did is they recruited a bunch of college students who had recently fallen in love, who were in the throes of new love, they weren't sleeping, all they could think about was their beloved. They put these college students in MRI scans and had them look at pictures their beloved.
Here's what they saw. They saw the two areas of the brain, the caudate, you can see that there, and also the ventral tegmental (ph) area started to light up like a Christmas tree, if you would. You'll notice, those two areas are deep inside the brain. That's the area where very primal urges are governed. That's what tells us when we're thirsty, when we're hungry.
It's not the area for emotions. It's the area for urges, for drives. What happens between those two areas that you saw, is one area says give me some dopamine, give me some dopamine, and then ventral tagemental (ph) sends that dopamine to the caudate. And dopamine makes you feel goofy, it makes you feel kind of high.
So the researchers who did this said that the brains of people in love actually looked kind of like the brains of people who were taking cocaine. Obviously, it's better to be in love than take cocaine.
If you want to learn more about this subject, what your brain looks like when you're in love, and when you're out of love. Why you're feeling what you're feeling. I did a story on this at CNN.com/health. You can take a look at that story and get more of the details.
PHILLIPS: You can also read C.S. Lewis and "The Four Loves." That would be another way to --
COHEN: That's true. Longer though, my story is a lot shorter.
PHILLIPS: That's true. He's a lot more difficult to understand. Is there a difference, I guess, between men's brains and women's brains when they fall in love?
COHEN: They did notice a difference. What they looked at these college students and they broke it down by gender, what they found was that in men's brains, areas that had to do with visual images lit up more, than in women's brains. It's not terribly surprising. People talk about men being more visual when they're looking for someone of the opposite sex.
For women, it was interesting, and a little confusing at first. Areas that had to do with memory lit up in the women's brains. They think what it might have to do with is that when a woman is looking for a mate, she needs to remember a lot of things about that man to make sure that he's going to be a good father, and be a faithful husband.
When a man is looking for a mate, he just needs to make sure that she can bear his children. And when you think about our ancestors, think about way back when, they didn't really care so much anymore than that. The man needs to be able to look at a woman. If she's an 80-year-old grandmother, he needs to say, I'm not going to mate with you, you can't give me children. So the visual parts are very important for men.
PHILLIPS: Ah! All the pressure on women, you know --
COHEN: That's right, women have to think.
PHILLIPS: That's right, we always need to -- the build-up, you know, the intellectual stimulation. Can you make anybody fall in love with you?
COHEN: Wouldn't that be fabulous? Now that we know all the science about what happens to your brain when you're in love, wouldn't it be fabulous if we can make people fall in love with us?
We put this question to one of the researcher. She said there's no magic spell. But try this, when you're in love, dopamine floods your brain. So, on a first date try to do something that will get the dopamine going. Don't do dinner and a movie. That's not very exciting. Go sky diving. That will get the dopamine going. Maybe your date will think you're really exciting, even if it is just the sky diving that's really exciting.
PHILLIPS: That adrenaline rush.
PHILLIPS: What about the lovelorn? Is there any type of -- I love how Don's laughing. Maybe it's the music, I don't know. What's going on in the brain when, you know, you feel that heartbreak?
COHEN: After they did the study with the people who were deeply in love, then they recruited college students who had just been dumped. They said if you've just been dumped, we want to do an MRI of you while you're looking at the picture of the person who dumped you.
And what they found was that an area of the brain that signals actual physical pain lit up. That didn't happen when people were in love. But when they were out of love, that physical pain area lit up. Now, they say they're not going to try this experiment too soon because people left the MRI crying. People were in tears. So they're not going to do this again real soon.
PHILLIPS: Do you remember your first heartbreak?
COHEN: Oh, it's terrible. I'm sure there was physical pain. If someone had done and MRI, I bet it would flash. Absolutely.
PHILLIPS: Your whole body would be throbbing.
COHEN: That's right.
PHILLIPS: All right, interesting stuff. Appreciate it. Thank you.
LEMON: Oh, jeeze.
All right, one giant storm, many giant headaches for the FAA. We'll take you to the nation's air travel nerve center for the latest on a very paralyzing storm.
Troops, diplomacy, Iraq, Iran and North Korea. The media pressed the president for answers today in Washington. You'll hear the headlines just ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.
PHILLIPS: Doggone it, people like Al Franken, some people anyway. But would they vote for him? We may be about to find out. The actor, author, comic, and liberal commentator, is expected to announce plans to try to unseat Republican Senator Norm Coleman in Minnesota. Franken is a Minnesota native and was close friend of the state's late liberal Senator Paul Wellstone. Word is, he'll make it official today, his last day on the liberal radio network, Talk America. We're going to keep you posted.
LEMON: We're getting new some information on the Anna Nicole Smith death; a tragedy that's playing out before our very eyes. There's an emergency hearing going on very soon. It's supposed to happen in Florida. Howard K. Stern's attorney has filed an injunction about custody of her body, of the late actress. And also last night on "Larry King Live" -- again, we've been following this, and this is a huge saga playing out.
But on "Larry King Live" last night Mark Steines of "Entertainment Tonight" shared stories of his encounters and how he spent time with Howard K. Stern over the last couple of months. Let's take a listen.
LARRY KING, CNN HOST, LARRY KING LIVE: "Entertainment Tonight" did that exclusive interview in the Bahamas after the death. The first clip you're going to see is Howard reacting to what he called a break- in at the house. Let's take a look.
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HOWARD K. STERN, ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S PARTNER: I mean, this is just outrageous. And, and -- I mean, they are stealing from Dannielynn. Because everything, everything -- all of Anna's assets go to her daughter, you know, they -- it's not like anything -- I mean, that's what makes this the sickest part of all. I mean, they took pictures off the wall, drawings that were -- paintings that were made for Dannielynn. These are Dannielynn's memories.
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KING: Why do you think he did this, Mark?
MARK STEINES, FRIEND OF HOWARD STERN: Who did this?
KING: Howard. He's just lost the love of his life --
STEINES: Did the interview?
KING: Yeah. He's lost what would have been his stepson. Why did he do it?
STEINES: Well, I asked him, I said, can we come in the house with you when you first walk in there to see. And there was a hesitation. I said, listen, for anything else, for proof you didn't go in, and do this yourself, you didn't go in and turn the house upside down. And he said sure.
So, when we followed him side, he was shocked to see what he saw there. When everything that was gone -- he got emotional about it. I mean, paintings that Anna Nicole had painted for the baby were gone off the wall, pictures of her as Marilyn Monroe.
KING: What was the reunion like with the daughter?
STEINES: It was emotional. It was -- you know, I stepped back because -- I'm a father and I know what it was like for him to hold that baby. You know, Howard is a very calm, cool collected guy. He's smart. But it was -- it was that emotion that I saw come out of him that was just uncontrolled.
LEMON: That was "E.T.'s" Mark Steines on "Larry King Live" last night. That hearing, that emergency hearing in Florida, about who is going to get custody of Anna Nicole Smith's body, apparently, Howard K. Stern filed an injunction. It is going on right now. Our Susan Candiotti is there. As soon as we get some results from that, we'll bring it to you live in the CNN NEWSROOM.
PHILLIPS: Coming up, Reynolds Wolf will have the latest on the wicked weather.
And just where do you think you're going? Not much of anywhere if your plans have to do with the Midwest or the Northeast. We'll have the latest on cancellations straight ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.
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PHILLIPS: Take a look at that live shot. Scotty, do we even know who that is? I was going to say, is that one of our i-Reporters there for CNN? We talked him into heading out into the snow. Tell me the location of this again?
Albany, New York. God bless him. Hopefully he is paying attention to CNN, will forward us some of those photos.
Meanwhile, Reynolds Wolf -- brave little soul, isn't he?
REYNOLDS WOLF, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Was that Mary Poppins out there? With the little umbrella? Heavens help him. You think he'd need something better. I guess it was just for the camera. He knows better than I do. There you go.
LEMON: Hello, everyone. I'm Don Lemon. Live a the CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta.
PHILLIPS: And I'm Kyra Phillips. Iced over, blacked out, and grounded. Plenty of chilly misery going around from the Midwest to the Northeast. We've got the latest on everything winter.
LEMON: Also, too close for comfort. Questions persist over Iranian weapons in Iraq. And now Al Qaeda may be striking back at Iran's Shia majority.
PHILLIPS: Plus, the latest on the chaos over Anna Nicole Smith's remains. And emergency hearing underway, right now, in Florida. You're live in the CNN NEWSROOM.
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