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Hazing scandal involving drum major

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NBC Nightly News broadcasted this story.

The anchor says there are ongoing investigations in Florida after the suspected hazing death of a drum major at a university known for its marching band. Questions remain about the death of the student on a bus and determining if there was a pattern of unchecked behavior that went on in the marching band. After the introduction, the anchor says the reporter has more on the story.

Footage of the marching band is shown, while the sound-on-tape of the reporter's voice says the marching band at A & M University in Florida is well known for their precision and has performed for President Barack Obama and sports professionals alike.

The recent alleged hazing scandal left 26-year-old Robert Champion, a drum major, dead. He was found unconscious on the bus 2 weeks ago, shortly after the band had performed at a football game in Orlando.

The viewer sees the reporter then and he says the exact cause of Champion's death remains unknown. The details are unclear, but the university has expelled 4 students for their alleged roles in the incident.

More accusations of abuse are emerging, including a police report made by an 18-year-old band member. Another former band member also sued and settled with the university, and described on camera how he was beaten with a wooden paddle.

Julian White, the band director at A & M, has been fired. "In all cases where I suspect there's hazing involved, I take immediate action," White told NBC in an interview on tape.

Champion's parents say they plan on suing the university. Their son's death also prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to have all state universities review their anti-hazing policies, which is a statement both heard and seen by the viewer from a press conference held by the governor. The president of A & M says he vows to eliminate hazing on the school's campus, says the reporter.

Wild winds cause millions of dollars in damage

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NBC Nightly News reported this story Friday evening.

The anchor, Brian Williams, says a major swing storm hit the Southwest on Thursday. He says, "Look at what this story did out West," and then the broadcast goes to a map showing the wind gusts in the Southwest, which ranged from 88- 150 mph. Then he says the report has more about the aftermath of the storm.

Using sound-on-tape, the reporter talks while the viewer sees images of uprooted trees, collapsed roofs, and miscellaneous objects strewn about in a residential neighborhood. The storm left a path of destruction and a state of emergency across California, says the reporter.

"Power poles toppled like dominoes in wind gusts just shy of 100 miles per hour," the viewer hears the reporter say while seeing aerial video footage of the destruction.

Nearly 250,000 homes and businesses are still without power and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 2,100 calls in 24 hours.

"This is one of the worst wind storms in a generation," said Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles. "The good news is that nobody was injured and nobody was killed."

The reporter is seen walking down a road lined with downed trees while talking about the effects of the storm in other states, including New Mexico and Arizona. He says the storm is heading east.

Regis Philibin's Final Show

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Regis Philbin stayed in character and looked for laughs during his final appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" Friday morning.

Tears flowed from his co-host, Kelly Ripa, but Philbin stayed dried eyed, according to the New York Times. Philbin's friends and family were invited to be in the audience for the final show. Guests included Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and actor Tony Danza.

Philbin cited someone in the audience every commercial break, reports the New York Times.

"I'm doing everything I can for you! After this you're on your own!" Philibin told Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, during one of the commercial breaks.

Iger announced that ABC is installing a plaque in Philbin's honor on the facade of the studio building. "I got a plaque," Philbin said with mock complaint, according to the New York Times. "How about a star in front of the place too?"

Philbin also gestured to Michael Gelman, his producer, off-camera when he thought a musical number went on too long. Philbin motioned by drawing his hand across his throat.

"I forgot something I wanted to say," Philbin told the audience after he wrapped up his goodbye to the television audience. "I want to stay!"

Increase in price of Thanksgiving dinner

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A Thanksgiving dinner with a turkey and traditional trimmings will cost about 13 percent more this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Association.

The cost of a meal for 10 people will rise to $49.20 from $43.47 last year, the biggest increase since 1990. Turkey was the most expensive increase, with a 16-pound bird up 22 percent at $21.57, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Although we'll pay a bit more this year, on a per-person basis, our traditional Thanksgiving feast remains a better value than most fast-food value meals," John Anderson, senior economist with the bureau, told the Los Angeles Times. "Plus it's a wholesome, home-cooked meal."

The report is the Farm Bureau Association's 26th since 1986, when a Thanksgiving meal cost $28.74. The report takes into consider prices across the nation, says the Los Angeles Times.

A total of 141 volunteer shoppers from 35 states participated in this year's report. The menu for the Thanksgiving dinner has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

"A dinner for 10 at under $5 a head is still a bargain," Anderson said. "The average American household still spends less on food than any other nation in the world."

GM reports third-quarter profit down

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General Motors reported its quarterly profit Wednseday, stressing the need for more cost cutting as profit margins declined.

GM's third-quarter profit fell 12 percent, largely due to higher marketing and engineering costs, reports the New York Times. However, USA Today reports third-quarter earnings for GM are down 15 percent.

Third-quarter profit came to $1.73 billion, or $1.03 a share, this year. The results compare to last year's third-quarter profit of $1.96 billion, or $1.20 a share, according to the New York Times.

The net profit for GM was down, even though total revenue in the quarter was up 7.6 percent to $36.7 billion, reports USA Today.

"Clearly, customers are seeing value in the vehicles we're putting into the marketplace," said Daniel Ammann, GM's chief financial advisor, in a conference call. "Our margins aren't where we want them to be, but we have a pretty clear road map, and we understand where the gaps are."

Globally, GM said fourth-quarter profits will be roughly the same as a year ago, according to the New York Times.

60 Minutes' Andy Rooney dies

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Andy Rooney, the closing essayist of CBS's newsmagazine 60 Minutes, died Friday night at the age of 92.

Rooney died of complications after minor surgery in a New York City hospital, according to a statement from CBS, reports USA Today.

Rooney thought of himself as a writer who appeared on television, rather than a TV personality. After 33 years, Rooney made his last regular-appearance from 60 Minutes on Oct. 2. He completed a total of 1,037 episodes during his career, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"There's an awful lot of nonsense in this world. I'm not shy about expressing a dislike when I feel it," Rooney once said, according to USA Today.

In 2003, Rooney received an Emmy for lifetime achievement.

Rooney's wife of 62 years, Marguerite, died in 2004. Rooney is survived by one son and three daughters, reports USA Today.

Hilary Clinton's mother dies

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Dorothy Rodham, the woman who profoundly influenced her daughter Hillary with her compassion, toughness, and humor, has died. She was 92, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Rodham died in Washington, D.C., early Tuesday morning, according to a statement from the William J. Clinton Foundation. Rodham was born on June 4,1919 in Chicago.

Rodham was abandoned at the age of 8 by dysfunctional, divorced parents. Her parents sent her with a younger sister to unwelcoming grandparents in California, reported the Washington Post.

Rodham never worked outside the home and raised her three children in Illinois under the watchful eye of a conservative-minded husband. Rodham funneled her passion for learning to her daughter, reports the Washington Post.

Rodham is survived by Hillary and two sons, Hugh and Tony; and four grandchildren.

The defense in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial claimed Friday that the pop star fatally injected himself with the drug propofol.

ABC News reported that Dr. Paul White denounced the prosecution's belief that Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, administered a fatal dose of propofol to Jackson on the day of his death.

"I read all these documents and was perplexed that the determination had been made that Dr. Murray was infusing propofol, because in my examination of the documents and evidence, it wasn't obvious to me," White said during the testimony.

The defense says Jackson, who suffered from insomnia, feared that his comeback tours could be canceled unless he found sleep. Jackson self-administered the propofol that Murray was trying to wean him off of and also swallowed eight lorazepam tablets while Murray was not watching, CNN reported about the defense's theory.

Prosecutors contend that Murray is responsible for Jackson's death even if he did not administer the final dose because he was criminally reckless in using the propofol to help Jackson sleep without proper precautions, CNN also reported.

White is expected to be called back to testify when the trail resumes Monday morning, according to the report from ABC News. On Wednesday the jury is expected to begin deliberating.

ABC News reported that Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner who consulted Jackson, said other doctors or nurses say they never would have done what Murray did and refused to administer propofol to Jackson. "I don't think there's a chance that [the jury] won't agree that he [Murray] was grossly negligent," Lee told ABC News.

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