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President Obama Pushing Jobs Plan in Pittsburgh; Stroke Victim Stuck at South Pole; Revving Into the Future; Jurors Hear Jackson's Doctor; Jurors Hear Police Interview; Fees in Unexpected Places; The Help Desk; Dior's Next Designer; Talk Back Question; Saving New Zealand's Sea Birds

Aired October 11, 2011 - 12:00   ET


SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: Top of the hour. I'm Suzanne Malveaux. Want to get you up to speed.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You are unlawfully assembled. I command you, in the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to immediately and peacefully disperse.


MALVEAUX: Boston police haul in 60 protesters overnight. They're part of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is shining a spotlight on large salaries in America's executive suites.

Police say the Boston group was trespassing. They were trying to expand their camp site to a second location.

Well, some of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are heading north out of lower Manhattan today. They plan to join a protest past the homes of five prominent Manhattan billionaires. Among them, News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

New Zealand's environment minister says it's his country's worst oil disaster in history. This tanker spilled tons and tons of oil after hitting a reef 12 miles off the coast. Workers tried to transfer the oil to another ship, but rough weather stopped the operation.

Now there's gooey tar patties that are washing up on New Zealand's beaches. The scene looks a lot like the mess that was created by the BP Gulf oil disaster back in the summer of 2010.

Well, opening statements are going on in Detroit today in the terror trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He's the young Nigerian man who is charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane with explosives hidden in his underwear. He's acting as his own attorney.

The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor resumed in Los Angeles. That happened just a short time ago. Jurors are hearing Dr. Conrad Murray in his own voice. Prosecutors are going to finish playing a tape of Murray's interview with police two days after Jackson's death. Now, in a portion of the recording played on Friday, Murray admits giving Jackson anesthesia as a sleep aid almost every day for two months, including the day that the singer died.

A death certificate list Steve Jobs' immediate cause of death as respiratory arrest. The document confirms that Jobs suffered from pancreatic cancer that spread to other organs. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today the company will hold an event October 19th to honor Jobs.

Well, the first two weeks of the NBA season, they are over, even before they started. Commissioner David Stern canceled the games. There's been almost no progress to an end to the players' lockout.


DAVID STERN, NBA COMMISSIONER: We spent two days here. I think it's fair to say that we established the positions of the parties with complete certainty of where each stood. And we remain really very, very far apart on virtually all issues.


MALVEAUX: The NBA says most of the league's 30 clubs lost money last season. The owners want players to cut their pay.

Hank Williams, Jr. is just not going to let it go. He's putting a new song on his Web site ripping ESPN and Fox News.

Williams is angry that ESPN dumped his "Are You Ready for Some Football" theme from "Monday Night Football." Well, that happened after Williams compared President Obama to Hitler during a live Fox News interview.

Williams says this is America and he has the right to free speech. The song is "Keep the Change." It's a dig at President Obama's 2008 campaign theme.

Now your chance to "Talk Back" on one of the big stories of the day.

As we mentioned, the president, he is in Pittsburgh this hour. He is pitching his $447 billion jobs plan to workers there. According to the latest ORC/CNN polling, more Americans trust President Obama to handle the economy. Just 37 percent trust the Republicans.

So, today's "Talk Back" question: Are you sold on the president's job bill?

Carol Costello joins us from New York.

Hey, Carol.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Suzanne. People have a lot to say about this one.

The Senate is supposed to take up the jobs bill sometime today. You know, the jobs bill?

Hit it, Mr. President. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Let's put construction workers on the job. Let's put teachers in the classroom. Let's give small businesses a tax break. Let's help our veterans pass this bill. Let's meet our responsibilities.


COSTELLO: How many times have you heard that? The president has said that, oh, a gazillion times in eight different cities.

Now, if you need a refresher course though, the president's jobs bill extends unemployment, cuts the payroll tax, provides money to hire more teachers and construction workers -- you know, infrastructure jobs -- and boasts a tax on millionaires to pay for it all. Republicans? They have their own mantra.


SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R), MINORITY LEADER: What this week has shown beyond any doubt is that Democrats would rather talk about partisan legislation they won't pass than actually passing legislation we know would create jobs.


COSTELLO: Because of those tax increases on millionaires. But you knew that already.

What we want to know from you today is if you're buying what the president is selling.

So, "Talk Back" today: Are you sold on the president's jobs bill? I'll read your comments later this hour.

MALVEAUX: All right. Thank you, Carol.

Here's a breakdown of the president's plan.

He wants $240 billion in payroll tax cuts so your employers would withhold less in Social Security. The president wants $60 billion to go to building infrastructure, $49 billion for insurance reform and extension, $35 billion to prevent teacher and first responder layoffs, another $30 billion would go to modernizing schools, and he wants $15 billion for refurbishing vacant homes.

Paying for all of this, of course, that's the sticking point. Right now the president, he is in Pittsburgh promoting his plan. We're looking at live pictures there.

Want to go to our White House correspondent, Dan Lothian.

Dan, what do we think about this? The president's strategy, taking this to the people before you take it to Congress, is that working, or are there some parallel backdoor meetings going on here to come up with some sort of negotiation with the Republicans?

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, look, I just talked to a top Republican aide who told me there have been no backdoor negotiations between the White House and top Republicans to get this bill passed. What the White House strategy has been is for the president to go around the country -- and we've seen this over the last few weeks, where the president has been meeting with the American people and pushing this jobs bill. First of all, explaining it to them, and then asking them to put the pressure on members of Congress to pass it.

I just talked a moment ago with Melody Barnes, one of the president's top advisers, and she told me that the strategy here was that you get the American people to put the pressure on members of Congress. But the big issue is, is that working?

We have seen, according at least to some of the polling, that the American people appear to be embracing the president's jobs bill, but still, no sign that this is a bill that can pass in its entirety in Congress. And so what Republicans are saying is that the president should have been negotiating with them so they could reach some kind of compromise behind the scenes. That has not been happening.

MALVEAUX: And Dan, you mentioned that poll that the Obama administration is rolling out there suggesting that Americans are warming up to the bill there. Are you sensing that from people who you talk to, who you see when he goes out there on the road?

LOTHIAN: Well, you do hear some positive reaction from people out there across the country. Their biggest concern is that, despite all that has happened over the last three years, that many of them remain unemployed, that they still have a difficult time staying in their homes, meeting their mortgage payments. And so they are encouraged by the fact that something is being done in Washington.

As you know, one of the biggest criticisms when you see the polling is that not only are Americans upset at Republicans, but also Democrats, because they feel that nothing is getting done in Congress. And so this is something that they can look at and say, look, someone is doing something about it, so therefore they can support that.

But I think the biggest issue here is, does the president have the support in Congress? Yes, politically, that's good to have the support of the American people, but he needs the support of Congress in order to get this done.

MALVEAUX: All right. Good point. Thank you, Dan. Appreciate it. Good to see you.

President Obama is scheduled to speak to union workers next hour in Pittsburgh. CNN, of course, is going to bring that to you live.



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So imagine sitting at your desk. All of a sudden, you have trouble seeing or speaking. Well, that is what happened to one woman.

She is 58 years old. Her name is Renee-Nichole Douceur. It happened to her in August, and she believes that she suffered a stroke. But unlike many of us, this New Hampshire woman simply can't all 911 for help, because she's stuck at the South Pole.

That is where she manages the Amundsen-Scott research station, and it is winter there. And there is nothing going in or out. Doctors at the station are doing what they can for her there until a rescue flight can be arranged.

Douceur talked with CNN's Anna Coren last night about her situation.


RENEE-NICHOLE DOUCEUR, SUFFERED STROKE AT SOUTH POLE: While I was devastated that I had a stroke, it was like, oh, my God, it just stymied me. And I cried. And I just didn't know what to do.

And the doctors basically told me, just go back to my room. I wound up going back to the clinic because the concern wasn't so much in my stroke, but it was more of being dehydrated. And then, all of a sudden, apparently, I guess, brain swelling started to happen, and I wasn't acting quite rational. And obviously she was very concerned about what was happening.

ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: What do you say though to claims that it's too dangerous to send a plane in, especially to pick you up? And just by talking to you, I mean, you sound OK. What -- is there a danger in you staying there for those extra couple of days?

DOUCEUR: Well, it's not the extra couple of days. It's I'm here now going over six weeks now waiting here.

Now, I totally understand, because I am the senior representative here at South Pole Station. And I'm very familiar with their evacuation procedures.

And I do -- and I will be the first one to say that I would not want to place the air crew in any danger to come and get me. Now, I totally understand that.


MALVEAUX: I want to bring in our Chad Myers, who can kind of explain what's going on there.

So, Chad, we understand it's spring there at the South Pole. And tell us what these conditions are like. What is she facing, and what is the potential crew facing if they were to fly in?

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, temperatures were 74 degrees below zero just a couple of days ago. And that's way too cold to fly a plane in, because the jet fuel and fuel in general just turns to jelly.

So, finally here, we have had the summertime, obviously, in America. It's been winter in the southern half at the hemisphere. So, right there now, because we just went in from spring, now summer, now into fall, they have gone the other way. They've gone from winter to spring.

And so, yes, we can finally get some light here. You have to understand that this South Pole Station doesn't have any lights on the runway. If you get wind to blow at about 20 miles per hour, this very light snow just fluffs and flies everywhere and there's zero visibility.

So, now, finally, at this station, they are seeing a little bit of sunshine because the sun is about six degrees below the equator. So, every morning they see the sunrise just slightly above the horizon. And so it comes around, and there may be just enough light to see what would be the runway that they would make just with poles and sticks and make straight lines, because it has to be fairly straight because you don't want to be running over anything very rough.

So it's the light, but it's also the temperature. They need to be above 50. If you're not above 50 degrees below zero, at any time this fuel will turn completely into jelly, and temperatures are regularly still falling to 70 degrees below zero there.

You have to understand, this stroke or potential stroke happened in August. And now it's been almost a couple of months. They probably can get her out though in a couple of weeks -- Suzanne.

MALVEAUX: All right, Chad. Thanks.

The company that runs the station for the National Science Foundation is Raytheon Polar Services. We contacted them this morning for a comment, and here's what they told us.

They said, "The medical team at the South Pole includes a board- certified general surgeon and an emergency room physician. This well- trained staff is highly experienced in providing all levels of medical care to the employees at the station."

Want to go to our own Elizabeth Cohen, our senior medical correspondent.

Elizabeth, it's been six weeks without proper medical care regarding what she believes is a stroke. What is going on right now with her body and her circumstance do you suppose?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SR. MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, it's interesting that Raytheon notes that they have doctors there. What the family says is there are two things they don't have there.

One is an expert in strokes who knows how to rehab someone from a stroke and how to look out for a new one. And two, they don't have imaging equipment. They don't have an MRI or a CT scan. So, Suzanne, they don't know exactly where this stroke was.

So, in the United States, or New Zealand, where I guess she's hoping to go, they would have stroke experts who would be able to do imaging and see where that stroke was, do rehab specifically designed for that particular location of the brain where the stroke occurred. But they don't have that there.

So she's doing some basic rehab. She's learning, for example, math all over again. I mean, this is a nuclear engineer who is having trouble with sixth grade math.


COHEN: So that's what's happened to her brain. She writes on a blog that her family is keeping that she is having some vision problems. She has trouble understanding things when she reads. So it seems like she definitely has been having some problems.

MALVEAUX: Are there things she can do to help prevent from some of the side-effects?

COHEN: Well, the stroke that is done -- that happened is done and over. So there's really nothing they can do about that.

The fear is that there's a lot of unknown here. Might she have a second stroke? Well, they don't know because they can't look at her brain, they can't do an image, which is what they would do in a regular situation.

MALVEAUX: And she says that she's having a hard time seeing. Is that pretty much a clear sign that she had a stroke?

COHEN: One of the results of a stroke is that it can hurt your vision. And what's interesting is that that was apparently what made her go seek medical attention in the first place, which is that she was having trouble seeing, and she went to the clinic and said something is up.

And at first they thought maybe it was a detached retina, which happens. But they looked and her retina was fine. And that's when they thought, I think we're having a stroke here.

MALVEAUX: What are some of the signs of having a stroke?

COHEN: Right. Everyone needs to know them, because strokes happen way more often than we think. It does not just happen to elderly people.

I mean, you can look at her. She's not elderly, and apparently she's had a stroke.

And so doctors have made is easy for us. Remember the acronym FAST.

If you suspect that someone has had a stroke, ask them to smile. If that smile droops on one side, that's the sign of a stroke.

Ask them to raise their arms. If they can't keep one of those arms up, that's also a sign.

Ask them to say a simple sentence like, "My name is Mary Smith." If the speech is slurred, that's a sign of a stroke.

And that "T" is for time. Time is of the essence.

There's a drug called TPA that has been a miracle for so many people who suffer from strokes, but you have to get it to that person in this window of about four and a half hours. So, if no one notices for half the day, you're already too late.

MALVEAUX: All right. Thank you so much. Such good information. Appreciate it.

It's not the first time we've told you about someone needing medical attention while at the South Pole research center. Around the same time back in 1999, we were following the case of Jerri Nielsen Fitzgerald.

She was a doctor at the station when she discovered she had breast cancer. With guidance from physicians in the United States, she treated herself for months until a rescue flight was able to land. Fitzgerald died 10 years later when the breast cancer returned.

Well, for those who are out there feeling the need for speed, it can't hurt to hop into one of these. It's a motorcycle and car hybrid, and it runs on electricity. So, it's nearly impossible to tip over. We're going to show you the technology that's going to change the way we travel.


MALVEAUX: All right. So check it out. It's a vehicle that looks like it just landed from another planet.

Our CNN Silicon Valley Correspondent Dan Simon, he's joining us from San Francisco.

And Dan, so we're looking at this thing. I don't know, is it a car, a motorcycle? What is it?

DAN SIMON, CNN SILICON VALLEY CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's sort of both. And I want you to see it right here behind me. And trust me, you've never seen anything like it.

It's got two wheels, so, technically, it's a motorcycle, but it drives just like a car. This is one of the first times the public has actually had a chance to see this thing. It's been under wraps for some time.

The inventor, a guy named Daniel Kim, and his team from San Francisco, have been working on it for several years. And this is going to be hitting showrooms in a few years.

I want you to take a look at this prepared piece we put together.


SIMON (voice-over): It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but if it ever hits the street, it could very well revolutionize transportation.

Danny Kim took his expert knowledge of vehicles and engineering and let his imagination run wild.

DANIEL KIM, FOUNDER & CEO, LIT MOTORS: The best way to describe it is we take the efficiency and romance of a motorcycle and we integrate the convenience and safety of a car.

SIMON: It began with a simple scooter, with Kim and a small team in San Francisco testing out their theories. They recently completed this prototype which, for now, is just a slick frame that sits in the middle of a three-story garage.

(on camera): You get in it just like you would a normal car and you shut the door.

(voice-over): It has two wheels like a motorcycle, but the steering wheel of a car. Plus, it will have a regular accelerator and brake and be fully electric.

KIM: There it goes.

SIMON: The secret, he says, to making this eventually run is with two gyroscopes that keep the vehicle upright. Kim says it represents eight years of research on mockups like the scooter.

KIM: We use the gyroscopes to stabilize the vehicle when it's tilting and leaning in a turn. So, let's say if you come up to an intersection and you get T-boned, what happens is the vehicle will just skid and scoot over and it will never actually fall over.

SIMON (on camera): So it will always be on those two wheels?

KIM: It will always be upright on two wheels.

SIMON (voice-over): Kim hopes to have an actual product on sale in just a few years with what he says is an affordable price of $16,000.

KIM: My long-term vision is to have it be their primary commuting vehicle, at least in the United States.


SIMON: Well, let's be clear that this is just a mockup. A working vehicle, so to speak, should be on the road in about six months. Then they hope to be in full-scale production in the year 2013.

And Suzanne, you might be wondering if a passenger can actually be in this, and believe it or not, yes. Just like a motorcycle, the passenger would sit right behind the driver, right here. I don't know how comfortable that would be, but it can be done.

Back to you.

MALVEAUX: Yes. Dan, it looks like you have to be kind small actually to fit in there.

How fast can that thing go? Do we know?

SIMON: Well, it can top 120 miles per hour, so it's pretty fast. And the battery -- it's got a long battery life -- can go about 200 miles on a single charge. That's actually much better than some of these electrical vehicles you're getting. So look to see this in showrooms in a few years -- Suzanne.

MALVEAUX: All right. Pretty cool stuff. It looks cool, so we'll see how it goes.

All right. Thanks again, Dan.

All right. So jurors are hearing in the Michael Jackson death trial the details now about how the family reacted to his death. It is the rest of Dr. Murray's interview with police just days after Michael Jackson died.


MALVEAUX: Here's a rundown of some of the stories that we are working on.

Up next, we are live outside the courtroom in Los Angeles. That is where jurors are hearing an audiotape in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor.

Banks aren't the only ones with new fee agendas. We're going to tell you where else you're being nickled and dimed.

And later, on the runways in Paris, at fashion week everyone is asking who will be the next designer at Dior. We'll tell you the big name that's rumored to be jumping ship.

The court is back in session now in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor. Right now, the jurors are hearing tape of Dr. Conrad Murray's description of the family's reaction in the moments after Jackson died.

Listen as he describes to investigators being with the Jackson family after Jackson was pronounced dead.


DR. CONRAD MURRAY: I also went into the area, there was an office inside there with me and there was another -- spent a lot time with the dad and cried. The people who came in, went back to the bedroom and because at that time, Latoya had viewed the body.

They were wondering at that time, they said that there was a two-hour window at which point I had to move him to the coroner's office. So I went back into the room and Mrs. Jackson if she had a desire to see Mr. Jackson. And she said no.


MALVEAUX: Criminal Defense Attorney Richard Herman joins us from Las Vegas. Richard, what kind of details are we now learning from the audio tape from Dr. Murray? What kind of specifics about Jackson's drug use, for instance and Propofol?

RICHARD HERMAN, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, good afternoon, Suzanne. Yes, we're learning a lot about Michael Jackson's drug use. And all of these self-serving statements that are coming in during this, you know prepared interview.

I say it's prepared because he went in with his lawyers knowing this would be recorded. At this time, at the time of his interview, Suzanne, this was simply a death case and a death investigation. It was not a homicide investigation.

Murray did not know that anybody would be pointing fingers at him as the reason for the death. So he's there. He's giving this interview. He's telling us information he learned about Michael's drug use, about the Propofol and about Dr. Klein and Demerol addiction.

But we're also hearing an explanation for applying CPR on the bed because he said the bed was hard. He says he was only out of the room for two minutes. So he's pinned down now to two minutes where he left the room to go to the bathroom and came back and found Michael laying there dead.

MALVEAUX: Richard, what specifically does he talk about when he says the kinds of drugs Jackson was using on a regular basis?

HERMAN: Well, he talks about the benzodiazepines that Michael was using. He talks about -- I just heard a little marijuana was found in the room there. But the Propofol, the Propofol use is the thing that is so shocking.

And Suzanne, you know, we're hearing over and over again so we're becoming a little dumb down from it, not so shocked by it. But if you speak to any physician, any doctor and let them know that someone is using Propofol in a home setting, they are just -- their jaws open. It's just shocking. Will that be shocking to the jury? I don't think so. I think the shock effect is wearing off now.

MALVEAUX: And I understand that the doctor said he had been administrating this to Jackson over the course of a couple of months on a daily basis.

I want to move on, however, to talk about happened with Jackson's older sister who temporarily -- she got upset and then she stepped into jury box. Was there any kind of admonishment from the judge or any follow-up here on what happened?

HERMAN: Yes, the judge was furious with this and he halted the proceedings and basically admonished her and the prosecution for allowing this to happen. You know, there should be nothing like this happening in a courtroom.

Nobody should be that close to the jury where there could be any interaction. I'm not sure in the end it's going to matter one way or the other. However, it wasn't proper. But this judge, Suzanne, I must tell you. I am so impressed with how this judge is handling this proceeding.

You know, we were hearing it was going to take two or three months this trial. No way, the prosecution is going to finish their case maybe by the end of this week or early next week. We're in the science phase -- I'm sorry, we're in the science phase and that's it. Once they finish the science phase, put a few detectives on the stand and it's over.

MALVEAUX: And very quickly here, Richard, what about the judge's Twitter restrictions? I understand that he set some pretty strict ground rules for that as well.

HERMAN: Trial lawyers have to wake up to what's happening in the real world right now. He does not want people twittering, especially reporters from special stations like CNN and other stations from twittering from the courtroom. He does not want that.

And especially he doesn't want jurors twittering any which way. I think it was a mistake not sequestering this jury. I think that's probably the only mistake I think the judge made up until now. But I am very impressed with not only the judge but both sides, both lawyers, prosecution and defense, really very impressive.

And it's going to be quite interesting when we get through the science phases. You're going to hear diametrically opposed discussions about Propofol. One is going to say it's outrageous and shocking and other one is going to say no, it's not that bad. It's OK, as long as it's a controlled environment.

The jury is going to have decide, reasonable doubt, I don't know. I think at this point, Suzanne, the prosecution should be owning the trial and I don't believe they are. I think the defense has made some major holes in the prosecution case so far. MALVEAUX: All right, Richard, thank you very much. We're of course going to continue to bring you highlights from the trial. If you want to see gavel to gavel coverage, you can tune into our sister network, HLN.

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Americans as you know, we are furious over fees from debit card to checking accounts, it's not just the banks. See how cable companies, online ticket sites are also doing it.


MALVEAUX: So a lot of us are upset over bank fees. It doesn't just stop there. Next time you buy a ticket online or you pay for cable, I want you to take a closer look at the bill.

Poppy Harlow has some examples. Poppy, I mean, we might not notice it at first, right, but they are there for a lot of different things?

POPPY HARLOW, CNNMONEY.COM: All over the place, Suzanne. Interestingly enough, consumer reports did a study a few years ago and found that hidden fees are the single biggest annoyance for Americans when it comes to their finances.

I thought that was interesting. So we're going to show you some fees that maybe they are not hidden, but they are buried pretty deeply in those contracts or on your bill and you are paying them and don't know about it.

Let's first look at online ticket printing fees. All right, you're going to a baseball game or a concert, you expect to pay if they ship you the tickets. But do you expect to pay if you print them out yourself on your own computer?

Well, you likely are. charges $4.95 to do that. They call it a delivery charge. and Ticket Master told us that they have some vendors that pass that charge on to them and they pass it right on to you, the consumer. So look for those in the onlike tickets.

The next one, this one was a shocker to me. Early car rental return fees. Early not late, if you rent a car from some of the biggest car rental companies in this country, if you return it early, you may be charged and charged pretty significantly.

Some examples that these companies gave us, if a car is returned early in Florida during peak season, just even a few hours early, you could pay for that. If a car was rented for a week and you decide I'm evenly going to use it for three or four days, they are going to change your rate from that weekly cheaper rate to the daily rate.

That was shocker and finally, HD cable fees, right. Almost all big networks broadcast in HD now. It's hard to even buy and HD television that my producer found out digging around. But Direct TV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast all told us there can be fees for HD service. I looked on my own bill, Suzanne, I'm paying $7.50 every month just to get CNN on HD.

MALVEAUX: Well, you know, it's hard to comment on that because on the hand, you know, we are seeing what people want to watch and don't want to pay all that money as well. How do we avoid some of these fees? What do you think?

HARLOW: No and I talked to a lot of experts about this. Let's pull up some of their advice. Lynnette Khalfine Cox, she has a free blog, askthemoneycoach. What she told me is look. you have to watch out for the gotcha fees. You can't afford to let laziness or lack of knowledge come back and bite you in the wallet.

So just take 5 to 10 minutes to look at your bill and then do this, do what consumer reports told us, call the company. Ask a consumer representative if the price even offered is the absolute best price. They suggested trying to haggle.

If it's your cable provider and there's a lot of competition in your neighborhood, try to haggle, say, you know what. Someone so told me I could get it at this price. If that happened call around and finally vote with your wallet. That's what John Ulzheimer told me.

Don't just complain and don't just blog about it. We see a lot of complaints online. Don't just tweet about it. Do something about it. Because these fees really, really add up for people. So we all hate fees, very annoying, but they happen to all of us. So be aware and save your money.

MALVEAUX: I'm going to go home, Poppy, and check all of my bills now and see what I'm I haven't noticed before. Thank you.

The buck doesn't stop there. Next hour, CNN continues our furious over fees series with what Congress is doing about these fees.

And rumors, gossip continue across Paris, will the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton jump ship to another world famous fashion house. It is the biggest story of this year's Fashion Week. Who will be Dior's next designer?

But first, here's some free money advice from the CNN help desk.

CARTER EVANS, CNN ANCHOR: Time now for the "Help Desk," where we get answers to your financial questions. With me now, John Ulzheimer, he's the president of Consumer Education at Manisha Thakor, a personal finance expert.

So Steve in Texas says, does requesting my credit reports negatively affect my credit score? John?

JOHN ULZHEIMER, PRESIDENT OF CONSUMER EDUCATION, SMARTCREDIT.COM: Absolutely, positively, 100 percent not. When you ask for your own credit reports through any of the retail websites where you can buy them or through, which is the government sponsored web site to claim your annual freebie. The inquiries that are posted because of that action has no absolutely no impact on your credit score.

EVANS: Good to hear. Manisha, Motomu in Freemont, California says, he's 82, retired with a portfolio of $1.5 million, is now a good time to invest in bond, mutual funds, the investment would be solely for his wife who is 70 years old.

MANISHA THAKOR, PERSONAL FINANCE EXPERT: What a good husband. The issue with bonds right now, while they are age appropriate for somebody in their 70s and 80s, interest rates are so darn low and Carter, bonds move like a see-saw.

So when rates eventually start to creep up, what happens, the bond prices go down. So yes, I do think some bonds make sense, but the key is to keep the duration really short. And I'm talking one, two, three- year max. Narrow in on the curve. And again, I'm a big fan of dividend paying stocks as another source of income generation. And REITs also can make a lot of sense in a retirement portfolio like this to help fight inflation in a more conservative way than a more volatile equity investment.

CARTER EVANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And stick with big dividend paying companies.

THAKOR: Big. Big is the word.

EVANS: That will be here for the long haul.

If you've got a question you want answered, just send us an e-mail any time to


MALVEAUX: From what they're wearing on the streets of Paris, to what they're talking about everywhere, who will be the next designer of the famed French fashion house, Christian Dior? It is the biggest question this season in fashion. And our own Alina Cho is in Paris and she's all over it.


ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This carousel of fashion on display at Marc Jacobs collection for Louis Vuitton may be been a wink and nod to what's swirling around him, the rumors he could be the next designer of Christian Dior. It's previous designer, John Galliano's anti-Semitic remarks got him fired back in March. In the horse race to replace him, Marc Jacobs is in the lead.

SIDNEY TOLEDANO, PRES. AND CEO, DIOR: This all comes from the hands. You know, he's very human. He's very human.

CHO (on camera): You know who has magic hands is Marc Jacobs.

TOLEDANO: I heard about -- I heard about.

CHO: Magic hands. What do you say to that?

MARC JACOBS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, LOUIS VUITTON: No, I have normal hands. I have five fingers on each of them and one of them doesn't work very well.

CHO: Have you made a decision, may I ask you that?

TOLEDANO: As I said, the people who know are not talking and the one who are talking are not knowing.

CHO (voice-over): Monsieur Christian Dior founded his fashion house in 1946, introducing flowers and voluptuous shapes, far different from the boxy World War II styles that had been in fashion. After he died, his assistant, Yves Saint Laurent took over, launching his career. But it was John Galliano in the '90s that brought glamour back to the house of Dior.

For 23 years, he worked with his right hand, Bill Gaytten, now creative director of Galliano's own label and also designing Dior until a permanent designer is named.

CHO (on camera): And how has that felt for you to be suddenly thrust into the lime light as you have been?

BILL GAYTTEN, HEAD OF STUDIO, DIOR: It was a little bit alarming at first, because it was unexpected. It was a shock for everyone. But getting used to it quickly. Steep learning curve.

CHO (voice-over): And Marc Jacobs?

SUZY MENKES, FASHION EDITOR, INTL. HERALD TRIBUNE: Marc Jacobs has a tremendous following. He's got the cool. He's also got the experience.

CHO: In addition to his successful namesake label, Jacobs has already revitalized another brand, Louis Vuitton.

RON FRASCH, PRES., SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: Suddenly the brand exploded because it was on the right people. The people wanted to look that way. It was on the models, it was on the actresses.

CHO: The fashion world believes Jacobs could do the same for Dior. He reportedly wants $10 million a year. But if ever there was a tryout, insiders say he nailed it with this collection for Vuitton. Back stage it was emotional. One top editor called it a sweet farewell and a fashion moment to remember.


MALVEAUX: You've been sounding off on today's "Talk Back" question, are you sold on the president's jobs bill? Michael says, "jobs bill or water bill, the obstructionist Republicans won't pass it." More of your responses straight up ahead.


MALVEAUX: You've been sounding off on today's "Talk Back" question, are you sold on the president's jobs bill? Carol Costello.

OK, Carol, what are folks saying?

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: People are very passionate about this question, Suzanne, are you sold on the president' jobs bill.

This from Prince. "Yes, because just doing nothing is not the answer. Everything in this bill sounds like it will help the everyday people. So what's the issue?"

This from Kathy. "No, I don't support it. I'm a swing voter. If jobs are so important to the president, why did he wait so long to put a bill out there when the Democrats had control of every branch of government."

And this from Carol. "I vote yes on the jobs bill. At least he's doing something positive to help those in need. I'm tired of hearing how we should let the rich keep their money and it will trickle down (their crumbs) to those in need."

Please keep the conversation going, Thanks, as always, for your responses. And I must say, about 75 to 80 percent were for the jobs bill in some form.


COSTELLO: And we got a lot of responses. Over 300.

MALVEAUX: Wow. OK. Great conversation. Thank you, Carol.

So you told us what you'd like to see. Your "Choose The News" story just moments away.


MALVEAUX: You voted for today's "Choose The News." We have a resounding winner, actually, saving the blue penguins of New Zealand after last week's devastating oil spill. Here's Donna-Marie Lever of NZTV.


DONNA-MARIE LEVER, NZTV REPORTER (voice-over): He's being doused in sun light, soap and canola oil, fighting and flapping in the hands of those trying to save him.

BRETT GARTRELL, WILDLIFE CENTER DIRECTOR: From tip to toe, they're covered in black sticky gunk, matting up all their feathers right down to the skin. They've ingested it and they're starting to get anemic, which is part of the toxic effect of the oil.

LEVER: This little blue penguin stabilized under 40 degree heat. One of five picked up after swimming straight into the slick.

LEVER (on camera): It could be anywhere between one and six weeks before these birds are returned to the wild. First, they'll be put in these pools. They'll have to prove that they've got their waterproofing back before they're set free.

GARTRELL: They'll have to be able to sit on the surface of the water for six hours without showing any sign of it getting through and them starting to sink.

LEVER (voice-over): But there are fears for the health of two other sea birds in Kia (ph).

GARTRELL: But the shags (ph), they don't come so well. They're used -- they're much more solitary birds. They get a lot more stressed with us in (ph). And the biggest problem we have with those guys is getting them to keep food down.

LEVER: And this could be just the beginning. Now more than 30 kilometers of this coast line is under close guard. Dozens of teams, armed with body bags, are on alert for any more wildlife victims of the spill.

ROBERT FRASER, WILDLIFE RESPONSE VOLUNTEER: We've got pillow cases for carrying live ones. And that's what we're expecting.

LEVER: While it doesn't appear the oil has washed in yet, locals are worried about this popular fishing spot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's no slick on the surface, anyway. I know that a lot of the heavy oil actually sits about three feet down anyway. But you can't see anything out there.

LEVER: But what you can see is the crowds. The stricken ship is a talking point.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pretty soon I don't really want this beautiful beach here to be wrecked with all that oil, you know.

LEVER: Even surfers aren't sure how long the water will still be safe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If they don't have something taking the fuel off the (INAUDIBLE), you know, if the (INAUDIBLE), thinking it could turn to (INAUDIBLE) pretty quick.

LEVER: For the penguins, it will take several more baths to get them clean. The bill for this disaster response unit is being picked up by the ship's owner.

Donna-Marie Lever, One News.


MALVEAUX: If your choice didn't win today and you'd like to just check out the runners up, I'll have links to them on my page at CNN NEWSROOM continues right now with Randi Kaye.

Hey, Randi.