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Nevada Republican Primary; Bombings In Syria; Israeli Warnings Against Iran's Nuclear Program; Rivals Hammer Romney; Plan to Put Vets Back to Work; Frozen Yogurt, California Style, Madonna's Ready for Half Time Show; Interracial Couple Causes Backlash; The Future of Electric Motorcycles; Super Bowl Salsa; Super Bowl Ads Command Big Bucks
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SUSAN HENDRICKS, CNN ANCHOR: From the CNN Center, this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING. This is February 4th. Great to see you all, Susan Hendricks. Happening now, dressed in full riot gear, Park Police swarm into an Occupy camp in D.C.. We are following the latest developments there.
And it's being called one of the most horrific massacres since the uprising in Syria began. Hundreds killed, including women and children, as the U.N. today looks for a way to bring an end to the violence. We are live with the latest.
Also, another obesity epidemic in America. This one has to do with your furry friend. We are taking a closer look at this growing problem.
We want to get right to politics, though. Nevada Republican caucuses get under way in just a few hours. There are 28 delegates up for grabs in the first contest west of the Mississippi.
CNN's Joe Johns has more on the final rush for support -- Joe.
JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: Susan, as the race for the Nevada caucuses entered the homestretch, the Mitt Romney campaign was hoping their candidate was well positioned to score a victory here just like he did four years ago.
It was a bizarre week in politics, though, with Donald Trump stirring up a publicity firestorm before finally publicly endorsing Romney for president.
Romney did not help his own case with his comments on CNN that he was not concerned about the poor because there's a safety net for them. He later said he misspoke.
Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, tried to capitalize on the Romney misstep, promoting his own plan to create jobs and improve the economy.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul was also attracting large crowds in the state of Nevada with his anti-war, smaller government message. He actually placed second here four years ago behind Romney.
Former Senator Rick Santorum was not about to be counted out, having already demonstrated his prowess in the caucus environment, if you will, by his big win in the state of Iowa.
But for now it is up to the caucus-goers in Nevada to try to determine which among the Republican presidential contenders they believe should be their standard-bearer as we move toward the general election this November.
I'm Joe Johns in Las Vegas. Back to you, Susan.
HENDRICKS: Joe Johns, thank you.
HENDRICKS: A huge day in Vegas today. Joe Johns, thank you. CNN coverage of the Nevada caucus begins at 6:00 p.m. tonight with a special edition of "THE SITUATION ROOM" with Wolf Blitzer. That is followed by CNN complete live coverage at 7:00. Joe Wolf, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King as the results come in.
Random bombings in residential areas, that is the charge right now by anti-government activists in Syria. Here is what we do know. Those activists say as many as 260 people have been killed in those attacks by Syria's military just in the last day. Those claims, though, are being disputed on state run TV in Syria. They're saying the massacre never occurred. CNN cannot confirm independently either of those claims.
Meanwhile, the U.N. is set to meet in two hours to consider ordering Syria's government to stop the crackdown. Anti-government activists are calling what's going on in Syria right now a horrific massacre. We are hearing that young children and women are being slaughtered.
CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom joins me now from Abu Dhabi.
Mohamed, what are you hearing about what's going on (INAUDIBLE) as we speak right now?
MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Susan, residents and activists (INAUDIBLE) are describing scenes of utter carnage, terrifying things that are going on there right now. They say the Syrian security forces are massacring men, women and children there, that they are being shelled, that there are snipers there killing people.
We heard from one civilian activist identified as Danny who told us there are bodies out in the streets, that when people try to help them, get medical care to them, that they are being shot at, that even ambulances are being shot at. Here is more of what that civilian activist told us earlier.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DANNY, SYRIAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT ACTIVIST: They aren't animals lying here. These are human beings being bombed by mortar bombs, being bombed by tank shells and no one is doing anything about it. They're just going to sit here and get killed.
This is just one message I would like to get out that we are not going to stop. The Syrian people are not going to stop if they kill millions, that we will remember that no one did anything about this.
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JAMJOOM: Meanwhile, as the U.N. is expected to discuss the draft resolution later this morning and possibly vote on it, we're hearing from activists in Syria just outraged at the fact that the U.N., that the Arab League isn't doing enough to stop the carnage that's going on there.
On the part of the Syrian government, they denied these reports. They say that any violence that's being committed right now is happening by armed terrorist groups. Susan.
HENDRICKS: Mohammed Jamjoom, thank you.
And the man known as Danny said he wasn't afraid to show his face if he could help other people. People are showing support for the Syrian activists at embassies around the world. From Washington to London to Cairo, Egypt, there were several arrests of some of those demonstrations. Some are complaining that the international community is just standing by and letting the massacre happen in Syria.
The international community will weigh-in in just a couple of hours. That is when the U.N. Security Council meets to discuss what to do with Syria, what the next step is. We'll take you live there next hour.
In Washington, free speech is being celebrated by some Occupy protesters again today. Police moved in a short time ago dressed in full riot gear, but they say they're not evicting anyone just yet. They're enforcing the city's no camping rules though.
To beat those rules, Occupy D.C. protesters have been staging what they call a no-sleep slumber party pretty creative. Police finally ordered the removal of a big tent that covered a statue in the park. It is called the tent of dreams. Protesters took it down but laid it in the street instead.
The group of hackers known as anonymous are at it again. This time they are secretly recording a phone call between the FBI and Scotland Yard discussing the investigation into hacking attacks. A law enforcement source tells CNN that this is basically vandalism. The FBI is now investigating.
This might be the perfect Super Bowl weekend to stay inside in much of the country. It's always perfect right. A massive snowstorm pounding Colorado in western Nebraska is turning east now. Where it's not snowing, it is raining. The deep south and gulf coast could get drenched by thunderstorms.
Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf is tracking it all day for us.
REYNOLDS WOLF, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It really has been a massive system affecting millions of Americans Susan. You're right. It's been snow, which has been a really big part of the issue. Another issue that we have is a lot of wind across parts of the central plains where you couple really the wind and the snow that could be up to a foot in some places. You might even have whiteout conditions in parts of Kansas, Nebraska, perhaps even Iowa before all is said and done so that could be rough.
Also scattered showers and storms across parts of the southeast and into the gulf coast. Keep it in mind, anyone making the flight from Atlanta over to say New Orleans, you might have a few backups to say the very least. Just keep that in mind. Full story coming up in your forecast. Believe me, we got a lot to talk about. Back to you Susan.
HENDRICKS: Who are you picking, the Giants or the Patriots?
WOLF: I'm actually going to go with the Patriots on this one, but hey, I'm a college football fan. I don't have a dog in this fight.
HENDRICKS: He's going for Auburn. Speaking of dogs, great segue, is your dog or cat tipping the scales? Pet obesity is growing. We'll tell you what you can do to make sure your beloved best friend has a healthy, long life.
A senior Obama administration believes there is a growing likelihood that Israel could attack Iran's nuclear program sometime soon. Can tougher sanctions and diplomatic efforts stop the looming war?
HENDRICKS: Anger at police has erupted in more violence in Egypt. Demonstrators are clashing with police in several cities now. Nine people have been killed in the recent violence there.
The people are angry at the perceived lack of action by police at a soccer riot this week there. Nearly 80 people were killed in the riots. People say that police just stood by and looked on as it occurred. Police say protesters have been pelting officers with bird shot and Molotov cocktails.
Thousands of demonstrators have gathered again in Moscow today to rally against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin despite the cold weather, bitter cold temperatures there. They are demanding changes in the wake of disputed elections that took place in December.
There is also a pro-Putin rally going on in Moscow. These demonstrations are seen as a test for Putin with just about a month to go until he runs for president.
Tensions between Iran and Israel are reaching a breaking point now. Nuclear watchdog agency reported in November that Tehran was likely developing nuclear weapons. Now Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says time is running out for Iran to stop its nuclear program.
CNN's David McKenzie is in Jerusalem. He's joining me now.
David, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed his concern on Israel's recent warnings. How serious would you say this is getting?
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think it's very serious in terms of the rhetoric Susan. There's a real sense of tension here in Israel about the possibility of a threat from Iran and effectively, more importantly about what Israel would do about it.
As you suggested, Panetta is there, saying that Israel might strike in the spring, April, May, June, he said, very unusual for such a high ranking official to give a timetable to something as serious as a strike against a nuclear facility or facilities.
What the Israeli government has been saying for some weeks now Susan is that they believe that the Iranians are developing nuclear weapons. They've kept a military strike on the table. The question - all of this is to put diplomatic pressure on Iran or whether they really mean to do it. Susan.
HENDRICKS: As President Obama orders the troop removal from Iraq, if Israel does attack Iran, would the U.S. jump in, do you think?
MCKENZIE: Well, Israel and the U.S. have a very important long- standing strategic relationship. Certainly lawmakers we have interviewed in the recent days say they will stand by any Israeli decision to strike Iran.
The problem is that the U.S. doesn't want this right now. They've publicly stated, various officials in the U.S., that the last thing they want now is Israel to rush off a military strike against Iran. They are dealing with a very volatile region that because of the Arab spring and other factors it's even more volatile at this stage.
It was also very much up for debate whether Iran is in fact developing nuclear weapons and how far they are along in the process. There's been a lot of people in the U.S. particularly talking about this red line, the state when it gets too late for any strike to be effective.
And that's what Israel is also talking about Susan, saying that, if it gets to a certain stage of development, they won't be able to effectively stop nuclear development here.
It's important to note that this goes in cycles. There's sort of cycles of tension between Iran and Israel and on the side of the U.S. At this point, we're at a high point in the tension, but it's been like this for some years.
So the question really on everyone's mind is will Israel make a unilateral strike, what the U.S. doesn't want right now.
HENDRICKS: It seems to be the never ending speculation about the nuclear program there in Iran. David, thank you. Coming up, will U.S. tensions on Iran be enough to avert military action against Iran's nuclear program? Chris Lawrence joins us next with details on that.
We're talking storms now and Colorado is digging out from this winter's first major winter stormy. It's February 4th. It's their first. Storm warnings though are in effect for most parts of the country. We'll tell you where to watch out for potential white out conditions.
And cute and cuddly or overweight, maybe both. But just getting these felines to move is not enough. Find out what it takes to get your pet slim and trim and why you should.
HENDRICKS: Welcome back. Americans aren't the only ones struggling with their weight. Our pets' waistlines are expanding as well. Is it cute or is it dangerous? A new study finds obesity is on the rise among dogs and cats across the country.
Our Josh Levs got some advice for pet owners.
JOSH LEVS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: (INAUDIBLE) he's a veterinarian and the founder and current head of the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention. We're talking about the growing problem of obesity among pets in the United States. A new report that shows more than half the pets in this country are overweight or obese. So now some questions from our iReporters (INAUDIBLE) So here is one, it comes from Elizabeth Gutierrez. One cat takes food from another cat.
ERNIE WARD, FOUNDER, ASSN. FOR PET OBESITY PREVENTION: She's dealing with what we call a food bowl bully. We see this all the time. One fat cat in the household and one skinny cat. Number one, make sure you've got plenty of space between those two food bowls, right.
So whatever you do, get them in that space. Second thing is, simultaneously feed them. That means put down the food at the same time.
LEVS: This is another one of our iReporters, Jennifer Smith. She's asking, what about the addition of human food like scraps to a dog's diet? Even if it's a small amount, does that play a big role in weight gain?
WARD: I'm not against feeding human foods, depends right. I like whole foods, real foods whenever possible. Where we make the mistake is we give them junk food. So we're having pizza. We share it with the dog. A hamburger, here you go, buddy. So all those bad foods we wind up feeding to our pets. That's where the real problem is.
LEVS: Some people are saying that they know the animal needs to exercise, but the animal won't do it. What do you do to inspire your animals to go lose the weight? WARD: Talk to your veterinarian. I can tell you right now, very few cases that I ever encountered in my 20 years that I couldn't train to walk on a leash. It takes a little work. You have to be the boss. You're in control of the leash. Get them out there and start walking.
HENDRICKS: I do have to say, it's the guilty pleasure of many people. You can look up fat cats on YouTube. You'll find a lot of cute pictures. We laugh at that. But it's pretty dangerous, isn't it, Josh?
First of all, let's think about the scope of it. This group is saying there's 88 million animals out there, cats and dogs that are dangerously fat, that are overweight or even obese. One of three homes in this country have a dog. About the same number have a cat. We're looking at tens of millions of families. There are homes that trust us with their help and they do face serious health problems as a result of this. So while it's adorable, it's not healthy.
What we're doing today is giving you information. I have a copy of a study that's being released to everyone else next week and I gave it to CNN in advance. You can look at it on my website at cnn.com/josh, Facebook and Twitter, Josh Levs CNN. We've written all about it and we're taking your questions because we want to help these families get the answers.
HENDRICKS: Who knew, if you have two pets, one of them could be a food bully.
LEVS: Food bowl bully. Some people have two kids, but I didn't know that concept.
HENDRICKS: Put a hidden camera in your house. One of the cats could be pushing the other one away and stealing all the food.
LEVS: Hidden camera investigation of the food bowl bully.
HENDRICKS: Hard hitting, Josh Levs.
LEVS: (INAUDIBLE) next story folks.
HENDRICKS: Josh, thanks.
A rare find off the coast of New Zealand. The super sized creature was found deep below the ocean's surface. I'll tell you what it is, coming up.
Heavy snow is blanketing much of Colorado and Nebraska right now. What states are next? Could it be you? Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf joins us next.
HENDRICKS: It is 21 minutes past the hour. Time for a check of the weather with Reynolds Wolf and a messy winter storm is on the move, late going though right, February 3rd (sic).
HENDRICKS: Reynolds, I want your take on this. I know you like seafood, right?
WOLF: If I see it, I eat it. You bet.
HENDRICKS: (INAUDIBLE) Look at that. We're not dipping that in butter anytime soon right. It's called a super giant crustacean measuring nearly a foot long. They have been found four miles below the ocean's surface. Similar creatures were found in Hawaii in the '70s and '80s, haven't been reported since.
WOLF: I look at that, I think of it being battered and fried and I can just hear myself getting fatter. I really can. I'm telling you, my blood type would be just total cholesterol. But what a neat thing to see.
HENDRICKS: After seeing that, I'm kind of shying away from the seafood menu. Reynolds, thank you.
It is caucus day in Nevada. There are four names on the ballot now. But Mitt Romney, easy for me to say, has been stealing the spotlight, though not always for the right reasons. We'll tell you why, next.
HENDRICKS: Twenty-seven minutes past the hour. Welcome back on this Saturday morning. I'm Susan Hendricks. Thanks so much for starting your day with us.
Checking the top stories now, two American tourists kidnapped in Egypt are now free. Officials say the pair were abducted by Bedouins. Kidnappers have increased in Egypt since the ousted former leader Hosni Mubarak last year.
Bradley Manning, the soldier suspected of leaking thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks will be court-martialed. He faces several charges, including theft of public property and fraud. If convicted of all charges, Manning could be sentenced to live in prison.
In the face of sharp criticism from politicians, the public and even some staff, the Komen Foundation says it will restore funding to Planned Parenthood. In a statement, the group says it wanted to, quote, apologize for decisions it says cast out on Susan G. Komen's commitment to savings women's lives.
We are just about 90 minutes now from the beginning of the Nevada caucuses. Tuesday's Florida primary was the biggest prize so far, but with 28 delegates at stake, Nevada ranks number two. Mitt Romney ran away with it in 2008. He may do it again today.
But as our Jim Acosta reports, Romney is also giving more ammunition to his rivals. JIM ACOSTA, CNN NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Susan, Mitt Romney's missteps on the economy just as the unemployment picture is improving has some Republicans questioning whether the GOP front-runner is the party's best hope of beating President Obama.
ACOSTA (voice-over): Wrangling up votes in a Las Vegas country music bar with its own mechanical bull, Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of stepping in it once again on the economy.
FORMER REP. NEWT GINGRICH, R-GA., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: So Governor Romney trying to recover from his boo-boo, talk about every possible example of what we don't want in a general election candidate.
ACOSTA: Gingrich is still making hay out of Romney's comments to CNN on Wednesday when the GOP frontrunner said he says he wasn't concerned about the very poor, a comment he now admits he'd like to have back.
FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When you do I don't know how many thousands of interviews, now and then but you may get it wrong and I misspoke.
ACOSTA: Rick Santorum says the remarks are more than a gaff. They are a betrayal of Republican values.
FORMER SEN. RICK SANTORUM, R-PA., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's not the Republican party (INAUDIBLE). I want to belong to a party that focuses on 100 percent of Americans and create opportunities for every single one.
ACOSTA: The comments may not hurt Romney in this weekend's Nevada caucuses, but top conservatives are starting to worry out loud that Romney is handing Democrats a highlight reel that will be deadly in the fall.
ROMNEY: I like being able to fire people. I'm not concern about the very poor.
RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: He comes across as the proto- typical rich Republican. And it's going to make it harder and harder and harder to go after Obama.
ACOSTA: Another potential problem for Romney is the latest drop in the unemployment rate. Romney, whose campaign catch phrase is Obama isn't working, now acknowledges the economy is improving.
ROMNEY: I know the President didn't cause this downturn, this recession. But he didn't make it better, either. He made it worse.
ACOSTA: But Gingrich is as harsh as ever on the President's record. He still refers to Mr. Obama as a food stamp President, only now he's altered it slightly to take a dig at Romney's now infamous support for the nation's safety net for the poor.
GINGRICH: We now know from Governor Romney he joins Obama. Obama is big food stamp, he's little food stamp, but they're both -- they both think food stamps are OK.
ACOSTA: Mitt Romney's gaffe this week may not change the outcome here in Nevada but it does change the conversation and it may give Newt Gingrich one more chance to put the horns to Romney and climb back in the saddle in this GOP race -- Susan.
SUSAN HENDRICKS, CNN ANCHOR: All right Jim Acosta, thank you.
Here are a couple of facts about the Nevada caucuses. There are 28 delegates at stake here. Unlike Florida which was winner take all, this one is proportional. People will gather at 125 caucus sites. Most of the action will be in Las Vegas where around 70 percent of the electorate lives.
This is also a closed primary which means only registered Republicans can take part in this. We will not see the first results until about 8:00 p.m. Eastern tonight. CNN's live coverage of the Nevada caucuses begins at 6:00 p.m. Eastern with a special edition of "The Situation Room" don't miss that. Our expanded coverage starts an hour later at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
Some encouraging news about January's job market, hiring was up and the unemployment rate went down for the fifth straight month. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs last month which took the unemployment rate from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent.
Here is a look at how the numbers break down by race. The unemployment among African-Americans is still high, but there was a dip in the rate of nearly two full percentage points. Hispanics dropped a half percent to 10.5 percent and a rate of 7.4 percent, white Americans have seen the greatest gains in the market.
President Obama, meanwhile, unveiling a plan he hopes will help one specific group of unemployed Americans. We're talking about veterans.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our veterans are some of the most highly trained, highly educated, highly skilled workers that we've got. These are Americans that every business should be competing to attract. So we're going to do everything we can to make sure that when our troops come home, they come home to new jobs and opportunities and new ways to serve their country.
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HENDRICKS: The Veteran's Job Core Initiative is what it's called. It will have an estimated cost of at least $5 billion. It will offer community grants for hiring former service members. Targets the first responder and law enforcement field and proposes $1 billion for the creation of tourism-related jobs.
Also, if you want to start your own business, it'll help out there, as well. Preference will also be given to communities that hire post 9/11 veterans.
Tomorrow in our 6:00 hour, I will speak to a representative of an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' organization about what the impact the President's plan will have on that looking for work. It could be a big one.
Up next, why this poster of a man and woman is causing a backlash in South Africa?
But first this, a frozen yogurt treat with a bit of a celebrity twist here. Our entertainment correspondent Kareen Wynter takes us to one of her favorite spots in this week's "Travel Insider".
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KAREEN WYNTER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Hey, everybody, welcome to my neck of the woods, Sherman Oaks, California in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. All right, everyone who knows me knows I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. And when I get those killer cravings, I just have to make a run here to Blizz Frozen Yogurt for some of my favorite treats. Let's dig in.
Here in L.A., there seems to be a celebrity tie-in to almost everything and Blizz is no different. It's owned by Dr. Paul Nassif, renowned plastic surgeon and husband to Beverley Hills Housewife Adrianne Maloof. Blizz is known for its frozen yogurt, but crepes, (INAUDIBLE) and waffles are also on the menu. In fact, I'm going to give you a little taste.
All right, I'm no expert in the kitchen, but today I'm going to show you just how I like my crepes with a little help from Tom.
And now we use a spatula. All right, we've got half of it. Perfect, voila. Now we go in for the kill. Here is my favorite toppings, chocolate and of course, raspberry sauce. We're ready. Let's go.
And this is my favorite part. Time to dive in. Delicious.
Kareen Wynter, CNN, Sherman Oaks, California.
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HENDRICKS: Welcome back.
Well, as you know, tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. Next to watching the game and commercials, Madonna's halftime show is just as anticipated. Here is how Madonna is doing.
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MADONNA, SINGER: I'm OK. Lots of warm-ups and taping and ultrasounds and I feel like I'm one of the football players right now. All the physical therapy I have to do. But I'm good, mind over matter.
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HENDRICKS: She is amazing. She looks great, right? Tomorrow's Super Bowl will be the first time fans can watch the game online, if you'd like.
And if you don't know who to vote for this presidential election year, consider this, comedian Roseanne Barr -- or don't consider it -- announced on Twitter that she is running president. She tweeted this, quote, "I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS. I am an official candidate. I am four the greening of America and the world Green = peace/justice."
And some sad news for the famous Carter family, you know singer Nick and Aaron Carter their 25-year-old sister Leslie passed away earlier this week. She apparently suffered from an overdose of prescription drugs. An autopsy was performed and an official cause of death will be determined after the toxicology report comes back.
Time for this "Morning's Passport" with our very own Nadia Bilchik; and this poster Nadia, I looked at it, it's shocking to some people. The South African Democratic Alliance Student Organization is causing quite a backlash with this picture. What's it all about?
NADIA BILCHIK, CNN EDITORIAL PRODUCER: Well, they used this picture as their registration poster. And it was part of a campaign to go on campuses. And there it is this beautiful man and beautiful woman in an embrace. Well, it has caused major controversy on all sides.
So all they wanted to do was say to people, let's have a tolerant South Africa, the actual motto of the poster was, in the new South Africa, as it is, you won't look twice if you had to see these beautiful embracing.
HENDRICKS: So the intention was a bigger message, they knew it would cause some sort of stir, but maybe not this much of a stir?
BILCHIK: I think they really did it to say, "let's be tolerant, let's be racially embracing," and that was the idea. They had no clue about the amount of controversy it would cause. White supremacists are saying things like, "Why are two people together in this way?" And then there's backlash on the African National Congress who is saying it shows a male in a dominating position of white supremacy with a black female.
So, all kinds of comments have come up. I just thought it was very beautiful and looked like a Calvin Klein ad.
HENDRICKS: So did I people are over analyzing this between the Web, billboards and TV. Nadia we see images like this every day but it's still controversial in South Africa.
BILCHIK: But doesn't -- 20 years after the end of apartheid but that must also show that you create an ad with your best intention, but you can never be sure how other people will interpret it given their perception. But Mbali Ntuli (ph) who in the chair person of the organization said, "We have engaged South Africa in a very frank debate about tolerance." And as far as she was concerned, the ad has been very worthwhile and very successful because of all the debate around it.
HENDRICKS: I think you're right. When you look at it, you think Calvin Klein, not so much the huge debate and the stir that it caused. Nadia, thank you, I appreciate it. Good to see you.
Up next, a brave dog rescue on a frozen lake caught on camera.
And you can't miss this, a little baby playing ping-pong. No special effects, either. This is a real baby.
HENDRICKS: Let's take a look now at what's happening "Cross Country."
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In San Diego, controversial video of sailors dressed in blue uniforms wrestling in an alleged hazing incident. In response to the allegation U.S. Navy officials discharged eight sailors from the USS Dunham Richard (ph). One sailor claims they were just roughhousing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I say -- I say it's horseplay and they say it's hazing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He also told affiliate KGTV the victim lied to investigators and added the Navy rushed to judgment without having all the facts. KGTV reports the sailors have an opportunity to appeal, but are unsure whether any of them have pursued that course of action.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One, two, three, four and five.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: An officer beating the odds in South Carolina after losing part of his leg in a motorcycle accident last February. Keith Soules earned a spot back on his SWAT Team. What drove the hero to come back?
KEITH SOULES, SWAT: The gratification of taking somebody who is -- who is wanted for a violent felony and keep bringing them to justice. So there's always that aspect of it that's real rewarding.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And a dramatic dog rescue caught on camera in Rhode Island. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It kind of happened quick. So you're just, trying to do what you've got to do to get out it there as quickly and safely as possible.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Brave firemen breached freezing waters to about 15 minutes to pull this lucky black lab out of the ice. He was about 30 yards off shore and now back on dry land, lucky guy.
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HENDRICKS: That dog getting saved was pretty cute, but are you ready for one of the cutest things ever? Take a look.
Yes, that is a baby playing ping-pong. This video has gone viral on YouTube. And she's good or he.
We're talking about dancing in the end zone. Maybe you've heard of this, maybe not. The Lambeau leap, maybe the shuffle you've heard of. One NFL rookie has people reacting and practicing his end zone dances. He hopes to be doing a lot of it during the game tomorrow. See the steps he took to become a New York Giants sensation, next.
But first when you think motorcycle, you probably think speed, not energy efficiency. But what if you could have both? In today's "Start Small, Think Big", we show you how one California company is doing just that.
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JOE CARTER, HLN SPORTS: At 215 miles per hour, it's one of the fastest vehicles on land. But it's not just the speed that makes this motorcycle different. It's electric.
RICHARD HATFIELD, LIGHTNING MOTORCYCLES: We think it's the future. For a dollar's worth of electricity, you can ride for over 110 miles.
CARTER: For Richard Hatfield of Lightning Motorcycles, it started as a hobby.
HATFIELD: I was an amateur road race driver. I drove the car and I got enthused about it. But when the good, affordable, safe lithium batteries came on the market, I started thinking that a motorcycle could be a very good application.
CARTER: Standing where we are now, you see 50, 60 years of history here. Where do you see your bike, the electric bike going let's five or ten years from now?
HATFIELD: Our goal in the beginning of this was to achieve parity with gas-powered motorcycles and then exceed it. We think within the next year or two, we'll be able to be the fastest bike around the world race track, at a gas-racing weekend (ph).
CARTER: Does the push to want to have cleaner air? Isn't that a move to goal too. HATFIELD: One of the real motivators for me is that the energy efficiency, the fact that we can pick up energy from solar, from wind, from geothermal to fuel the bikes.
CARTER: With that kind of speed and fuel efficiency, electric bikes could make gas a thing of the past.
Joe Carter, CNN.
HENDRICKS: We are just one day away from the big game, Super Bowl Sunday, the Patriots and the Giants. Super Bowl 46, a rematch of sorts from a couple of years, I believe four years ago. CNN sports' Mark McKay is in Indy for us; and Mark, who is capturing the spotlight there in Indy today? We're talking about some of the players and what they plan on doing in the end zone, right?
MARK MCKAY, CNN SPORTS: Yes, we sure are. We're also talking about the Susan. A little rain a little wind this morning not going to dampen the enthusiasm of the thousand and I do mean thousands of people have converged on Indianapolis just to be part of Super Bowl weekend.
Take a look at what the downtown streets Indianapolis looked like last night, people wall to wall everywhere. A lot of these people won't even find themselves with a ticket to Sunday's game, but they just want to be here experiencing the experience of the Super Bowl in the entire weekend. Of course, it does cause like New York City-like traffic jams.
And speaking of the Giants, Giants fans who are here have an extra spring in their step for what Victor Cruz, their receiver, brought to their team this season. He's an energetic exciting player who has a special way of paying tribute to his heritage after cashing in against opposing defenses.
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VICTOR CRUZ, NEW YORK GIANTS WIDE RECEIVER: It's been an amazing ride for me, man. It's one that I didn't imagine having initially. I just wanted to come in and do some good things and see where I can fit into this scene. And you know, it's been amazing.
MCKAY: Cruz grew up in Patterson, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Giants' home. He wasn't drafted by any team in the league and after getting picked up by the Giants missed most of his first year with an injury. But this season, injuries to others thrust him into New York's starting lineup. And when he got in it, just like when he got into the end zone, he knew what to do.
CRUZ: It was the Hispanic heritage I'm onto around week three and my coaches were like, man, you have to do something special. You have Puerto Rican, you have to do something that's really good to get people fired up. So all right, I just kind of say whatever. I'm not expecting to get into the end zone as my first start. So I got into the end zone and as I'm running in I was like, I have to do this thing now.
So it was just something that kind of came about and my grandmother loved it. And you know, it just continued from that.
ANTRELE ROLLE, NEW YORK GIANTS SAFETY: My grandparents and parents and everyone else just oh, my God, Victor is doing salsa. And I was like yes. That's Victor.
MCKAY: Nine touchdowns in a Giants single season record for receiving yards later Cruz has become a breakout star. So big, in fact, that he recently turned down an invite to "Dancing with the Stars". He hopes to get even more salsa practice in the Super Bowl Sunday even if his dance reviews haven't been as good as his statistics.
CRUZ: This is my way, when those guys just start getting into the end zone, they can do whatever they want to.
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MCKAY: You talk about an ultimate tribute, Madonna, who is going to be playing halftime here at the Super Bowl tomorrow, even did some salsa dance when she met with the media this week. Cruz says Susan, that he is still pinching himself. He has a sore spot where he has been pinching himself all week long.
He's about to realize that childhood dream of playing in the Super Bowl. He needs to keep reminding himself of that. It's about to come true behind us tomorrow.
HENDRICKS: Now I'm hoping for a high scoring game because of Victor Cruz doing the salsa in the end zone. Hopefully he'll be "Dancing with the Stars", I'm thinking in the future when he has more free time.
Mark McKay, thank you -- looking forward to the big game.
You know, the Security Council gets under way in just about an hour. They're looking at a resolution on Syria and Syria needs them to move fast. But our very own Richard Roth likens the process to pulling teeth. We are live at the U.N. in just a couple of minutes.
HENDRICKS: Welcome back. Hope you're having a great Saturday so far. Tomorrow is a big day and not everyone watches the Super Bowl, though, to see the two best NFL teams compete. Many tune in to see the commercials. As CNN's Patricia Wu tells us, a lot of times the Super Bowl ads come down to a popularity contest.
PATRICIA WU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Susan. These days, advertising on TV isn't enough. It's all about the Internet. A lot of Sunday's commercials are already online trying to generate buzz.
We spoke to marketing expert Mark Stevens. He says advertising during the Super Bowl is a popularity contest and does little to sell a product. For example, one ad set to air Sunday from cars.com has a guy with two heads talking to a dealer about buying a car while his smaller head sings.
It's a little weird. Mark Stevens claims it's a waste of money.
MARK STEVENS, MARKETING EXPERT: It has nothing to do with cars, nothing to do with cars. It has everything to do with the Beavis and Buttheads of the agency trying to be cool and trying to win an award. And let me tell you business owners who are not playing with corporate treasury dolls would never, ever give their own money for that. That to me is the acid test.
WU: Stevens says you need a strong message that resonates long after the Super Bowl ends and you need to make sure the product is the thing people remember. Otherwise, there are probably better ways for a company to spend its ad dollars; unless, of course, that company is one that advertises every year, like Coca-Cola or Budweiser. It's almost as if it's not the Super Bowl without a good commercial from one of those guys.
These companies have deep pockets, large ad budgets and can afford to spend millions of dollars on a flashy ad. Stevens says that's fine, but the primary purpose of the ad isn't to boost sale.
STEVENS: There is place for Super Bowl advertising in a well rounded company like Anheuser Busch. Budweiser is a very well-managed business. They don't rely on the Super Bowl to be their primary driver of success. Generally speaking from what I've seen -- and I've studied this -- they do not return the investment. It's not really an investment, it's a cost because they don't return the cost of this Super Bowl commercial. However it makes the company or the advertising agency feel good as a pride factor.
WU: The real winner from a marketing standpoint is the NFL and the networks airing the game. The Super Bowl continues to get huge audiences and that means the networks can keep raising ad prices. Price this year are $3.5 million to $4 million for a 30-second spot -- Susan.
HENDRICKS: That is huge. Patricia, thank you. The morning's top stories are just ahead, but first, we want to get a preview of what's ahead on "YOUR BOTTOM LINE". Here is Christine Romans now -- Christine.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN HOST, "YOUR BOTTOM LINE": Good morning, Susan. When will companies stop sitting on their cash and start hiring? Coming up on "YOUR BOTTOM LINE", we get to the bottom of the disconnect between workers who are desperate for a job and companies who say they can't find quality workers to hire.
Also Moms and dads, their kids and grandkids are increasingly living under the same roof. The trend is exploding.
Also exploding, college tuition -- we'll talk innovative ways to keep the cost of college down.
And if you love the '85 bears or you love the Super Bowl, don't touch that dial -- a special treat for you ahead at 9:30 a.m. Eastern -- Susan.