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'Morning Express with Robin Meade' Wednesday preview: Storm system slashes through Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri

Wednesday has brought some big-time weather woes with it, this leap day Feb. 29th.
Morning, friend. Let's jump in:
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When it comes to weather hot spots take your pick today:

There's a kick-butt storm over places like Minnesota that Bob says: "has everything today."
There are tornado concerns right now in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana and Tennessee.
(See where these could crescendo this afternoon.)
And:
A blizzard may hit some of your fellow viewers starting in Minnesota, with the winter storm warnings extending all the way to New York and Boston.
Ummmm. Could I just have some sun please? Wow!
You can bet we will be all over this.
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Tune in for the video we are getting in right now from apparent tornado outbreaks overnight:
In Missouri, the path is 6 to 7 miles long in one county.
So, bottom line:
Lots of damage and some injuries - and it’s not over yet.
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You can hear the confusion and fear in the voices on newly-released 9-1-1 calls from the Ohio high school shooting.
We’ll have those on the show, as 3 students have now passed away at the hands allegedly of a fellow student.
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Our Country Votes:
Mitt Romney wins.
It was a decisive win in Arizona.
He won in Michigan too. But check out how close Rick Santorum was in Romney’s home state.
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Now the focus goes to Super Tuesday, and you'll see right here how high the stakes are.
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What’s in a number? The Dow closes over 13,000 for the first time since 2008. Will this restore confidence on Wall Street and Main Street?
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Watch your pictures! A loophole supposedly gives app developers access to all the photos on your iPhone! Mommy!
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More on those stories this morning. I've been waiting to read your tweets on Twitter. I'm @RobinMeade there.

Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen warns blizzard conditions coming for some, tornadoes possible for others

Winter '11-'12: "I'm not dead yet!"

A major storm is churning out the heavy snow and rain across the Four Corners this morning, and it is about to eject it's energy into the Plains and Upper MW. The storm itself is over Utah now and should end up centered over Nebraska by this afternoon. A strong jet stream south of the surface storm will help to add energy and tighten up the circulation allowing it to strengthen into a blizzard maker. Winds late this afternoon will get over 40 mph, the snow/sleet will pick up in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Eastern Minnesota.

Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen warns blizzard conditions coming for some, tornadoes possible for others

Winter '11-'12: "I'm not dead yet!"

A major storm is churning out the heavy snow and rain across the Four Corners this morning, and it is about to eject it's energy into the Plains and Upper MW. The storm itself is over Utah now and should end up centered over Nebraska by this afternoon. A strong jet stream south of the surface storm will help to add energy and tighten up the circulation allowing it to strengthen into a blizzard maker. Winds late this afternoon will get over 40 mph, the snow/sleet will pick up in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Eastern Minnesota.

Bomb, attempted poisoning: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan facing attacks

Did ya stay up for the Oscars?
If you didn't, no worries: we have ya covered with the big moments right here.
Keep reading...
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On the show on HLN this morning:

Somebody tried to poison U.S. troops at their chow hall in Afghanistan.
And the group claiming responsibility says it has to do with the mistaken disposal of holy books.
More on how word got to authorities in time so that no U.S. troops were poisoned.
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Did you guess it?
The big winner at the Oscars was the black and white silent film, "The Artist."
Join us for the biggest moments, like Meryl Streep acknowledging that a lot of people were probably thinking "her again?!" when she won.
And get this:
We have two folks you know from Project Runway to dish about the gowns you will and won't be seeing copied in time for the prom. Fascinating!
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Yes, apparently there was a Sasha Baron Cohen moment for the Oscars, even thought they tried to make sure there wouldn’t be.
Check it out.
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With a 19th day of gas price increases...wonder how soon $4 or $5 gas will be the norm?
I can tell you this: We are up 30 cents from a month ago. A month!
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How is the weather looking in Florida today? Because for the first time ever, the Daytona 500 was postponed a day because of rain.
Tune in to Morning Express with me, Robin Meade, for Bob’s pinpoint outlook on this afternoon’s forecast. Hopefully, they can race!
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A World War 2 vet says no one helped him as he was carjacked in broad daylight, and had to crawl on his hands and knees to get help.
And surveillance video backs up what he says.
Watch the tape with us to see what you would have done.
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Airlines raise fares again.
By how much?
On HLN, we’ll have that.
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Thanks and see ya then.

Husband acquitted in honeymoon murder trial

Husband acquitted in honeymoon murder trial

An Alabama man accused of killing his wife while they were scuba diving has been acquitted on all charges.

The judge said Thursday that there’s just not enough evidence to prove Gabe Watson killed his bride, Tina, of 11 days while the couple was honeymooning in Australia.

Bob Van Dillen's "dynamic" national forecast: Thursday Feb. 23

A storm jumping off the Rocky Mountains and into the Plains today will be a pretty big deal. Spring-like temperatures on the East and South side, Winter weather on the North. This storm has more confusion than the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ in a Calculus class. It already has the snow going in the Dakotas and Iowa with winter storm warnings posted, looking for 4-8” of snow there today. Next up is the Chicago metro area for this afternoon. It will begin as rain later and then switch over to snow in the evening hours, and pick up in intensity. 6-10” is what I am thinking by tomorrow am, along with some thunder in the mix there. Lower Michigan and into Detroit will see the same thing happen, just a few hours later.

Under this storm the air will heat up for February. I’m looking at temps 15-20 degrees above the average from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic Ocean. With this warmth and humidity boosting north from the Gulf, severe storms will develop in the Ohio valley to Georgia this evening and overnight tonight. Isolated tornadoes are a possibility here.

Sports with Carlos Diaz: incredible urban-paragliding video

You have got to see this video... Para-gliding is an extreme sport where daredevils use just the wind and a specially modified parachute to glide wherever they want to go. It's the closest thing to flying you're ever gonna see!! Jean-Baptiste Chandelier has been paragliding since 2004... Take a look at one of his amazing videos below:



Jane Velez-Mitchell: Huguely got off easy

Jane Velez-Mitchell: Huguely got off easy

Bob Van Dillen's forecast: Severe storms in the South

Severe storms have stayed away from the South over the last few weeks, but like a crazy rant from Charlie Sheen reemerging, it's always just a matter of time. A juicy air mass is edging northward from the Gulf Of Mexico early today will set the groundwork for severe storms to develop later this afternoon in northern Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina today. Some energy from a large scale trough will get the instability going this afternoon and a warm front lifting in the vicinity will be the trigger for the storms. I think the main threat today will be damaging wind gusts, but with some speed shear in the mix we could see an isolated tornado late today too.

The other story is the constant barrage of wind, rain and snow from the Northwest into the Rockies. The jet stream is positioned right over the area allowing for Pacific moisture to slide into the area. Heavy snow in the Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado mountains will pile up to around 10-20 inches, and the winds will scream to 80 mph at times. It'll be a bumpy ride in a plane over the Rockies today, no doubt.

Robin Meade's Morning Express Wednesday wind-up:

Morning team! Just had a thought. we all have so much for which to be grateful. Maybe it's material comforts, maybe it's our abilities, or maybe today it's something as taken for granted as your sense of hearing. No matter the situation... isn't there so much in life for which to say "thanks"?

I'm grateful for so many things, including our team that prepares the news with you in mind, and... you! Yepper I'm so thankful you start your day here.
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This morning:
New from overnight:
An american embassy is on lockdown after violent protests outside.
It comes even though apologies went out over the handling of a holy book...
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New in syria:
The violence in the city of homs has claimed two of the few voices getting info from inside... to the outside world.
Now, will the death of two western journalists further cut off the world from what's happening in syria?
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Get out the gloves.
It's been like 27 days since the last Republican debate... but that ends tonight!
But this debate stands to be vastly different from the ones preceding it:
It’s the first time rick santorum comes to the debate as the one to topple.
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They cut off Adele at the brit awards?
She's like the biggest vocalist and grammy winner for them right now... yet the producers of the awards show there cuts her off.
Well you'd think Adele had lost her voice again... because she went to... well... let's call it a certain sign language.
NOW who's rollin' in the deep?
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Mike Tyson is going to host a one man show in vegas, you gotta hear this one.
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The stock market rises...
And President Obama sings the blues... really, he's singing again
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Ha! see u soon.

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