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southeast, the damage left you're watching cbs5 eyewitness news on the cw. "this broadcast realtime captioned by becky lyon." >> this is just something you can get back. but that life you can't get back. it is gone. tornadoes kill nearly 300 people across the southeast. the damage left behind. what one woman did to stay alive. a live look just five hours before the largest royal event in a generation. the pomp, the circumstance and the new word that this wedding is bringing to the english language. a hitman stalks and kills a man in the middle of the afternoon. tonight talk from cops in a city where increasingly people are getting away with mur. >> i will be very honest with a mother, a father, whoever is calling. >> reporter: even this 8 year old knows finding a bone marrow
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donor easy. now the court can change the law and make it easier for the 8 year old and thousands like him. i'm dana king, good evening. an eerie resemblance to what we saw after hurricane katrina. an army of tornadoes raised entire communities in six states across the south. 291 people tonight are dead. more than two thirds of the casualties are in alabama. and that's where we go tonight. >> reporter: and, dana, the president is expected to come here to alabama today or later on on friday to survey all of the damage but earlier on thursday many of the residents who were victimized by all of this walked around through debris filled fields like this and they couldn't believe what they saw. >> everything gone. >> reporter: you can hear the
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dispair and disbelief in her voice. >> i ain't never seen anything like this in my life. >> reporter: birmingham section virtually wiped out and they look at the house they moved into just two months ago. willie was at home when the twister struck. >> i jumped in the bathtub. >> in that bathtub right there. >> you road out the storm in that bat tub right there? >> yes. >> i was happy to see him. >> looking at the damage from above it is hard to believe anyone could have survive and hundreds of people did not. but search teams combed through debris piles thursday searching for anyone that might be trapped. the tornado reduced many buildings into a pile of rubble. not even this church in birmingham was saved. the most devastating tornado was tracked for 370 miles.
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tuscaloosa, georgia, even in tennessee. a tuscaloosa native says it is difficult to assess the damage. >> i have to separate myself emotionally from this because i'm the governor of the whole state. >> reporter: president obama will tour the area on friday. >> the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover. >> reporter: and that's something survivorv count on. >> reporter: don't adjust your t.v. that's the pitch darkness that is this community right now. there is absolutely no electricity. and they had plenty of light just about 36 hours ago. but the electricity problem is probably the least of their concern compared to all the of the other disaster they have around. reporting from birmingham,alabama. back to you. >> thank you. incredibly devastating. a bombshell confession in the jaycee dugard case. a bay area couple now admits
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they kidnapped her. >> what it was that she went through. it is something that no person obviously should ever go through it but then to have it relived out in public makes it all that much more difficult. >> nancy garrido broke down as she and her husband pleaded guilty in placerville today. they snatched then 11-year-old jaycee dugard from her home near lake tahoe 18 years ago. they face life in prison and sentencing is set for june. just five hours until the royal wedding and bay area fever is really heating up. british businesses here are offering the royal treatment to anglophile. the marriage of prince william and kate middleton is a once in
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a generation opportunity. >> we will be open at some ungodly hour. early this morning, or tonight for the royal wedding. we will be serving breakfast. >> meanwhile the owners of san francisco's crown an crumpets just returned from london and brought back the latest in royal wedding souvenirs. across the pond this is being called the biggest party in london. charlie d'agata has been up all night. he says that's where the excitement is building. what's going on, charlie? >> reporter: hello. what's going on. helicopters are buzzing overhead. we have got thousands of people down here at the abbey. more coming by the minute. lots of security now we are seeing this morning and in the overnight and of course guests will begin arriving in just a few short hours for the start of the ceremony. the host of the biggest party in london have been greeting their guests. prince william checked on
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campers along the procession rupert. >> thank you very much. little bit nervous. >> reporter: kate middleton waved at the crowds before checking into her hotel. the queen put on dinner. prince charles created them at the door. even his wife visited with commoners. on the final day the bride and her bridesmaids held one last reversal. crews were setting up. online the royal couple revealed their official program with a new black and white portrait. here on the streets, the unofficial prewedding party has begun and more than 1 million people are expected to attend. for one reason or another it was a restful night. if they can fork over a mere
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$1800 they could have been spacious tent campers. they are pitched. for these royal fans it doesn't matter how they celebrate. be part of this once in a lifetime event. i was taking a look at the official wedding program and there are a lot of signs of princess diana. like princess diana, kate middleton has chosen not to do the vow of do not obey. >> millions, billions will be watching this on television in the next couple of hours. >> reporter: it is a lot of fun but it is also a lot of history, isn't it? >> reporter: it is. and you know, although it is a huge party and in the overnight i can tell you that people were really being merry and perhaps drinking a little bit too much. we will see hundreds of
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thousands people file into the streets working up to buckingham palace to see that kiss. this is history. it is the next generation of royals. different side of the royal family. very modern using facebook an twitter to get their message out. be more accessible. this is a young woman where diana may have been from the people, kate middleton is of the people. and that's a real change here. so it is history in the making. and a real change in the face of the monarchy and it is being em bringsed here in the u.k. and i get a sense of it being embraced around the world. >> a lot of people excited as the helicopters buzz overhead. charlie d'agata in london. thank you, charlie. well, back here at home the governor has put a stop to what critics call the cadillac death row project. a new larger death row complex has been in the works since 2003. today the governor said the state cannot justify the expense at a time when
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children, the disabled and seniors face cuts to a central practice. the project was going to cost $356 million. >> oakland mayor gene quan announces a new budget tomorrow that is almost certain to mean big cuts to public services including the police department. now that's sobering news given that murders in oak are rising at a dizzying pace. detectives trying to solve those killings tell our robert lyles why it is likely to get worse. >> reporter: this is beyond reality t.v. it is surveillance video of the making of a murder. and this is the west oakland. the man in the center of your screen a hitman unafraid to pull out his gun switching it from right to left. here is the murder victim. talking to someone in this white sedan. within seconds the gun
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shrinking reaper passes tompkins. as he turns to face him he is shot and killed instantly. his toddler daughter plays in the park just a few feet away. >> anytime someone is murdered in broad daylight the goal is to send some kind of message. >> reporter: sergeant tony jones and his lieutenant were the first oakland pd homicide detectives on the scene. of what would become one of 11 murders in january alone. >> i really don't think most people in the city are aware of the case load. >> reporter: what case load? consider these numbers. there have been 34 murders in the city of oakland so far this year. that's 17% more than this same time last year. yet the number of homicide detectives has dropped from 14 last year to just nine this year. so where do these much needed investigators go? >> some of our sergeants gets sent to patrol.
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>> reporter: leaving detectives like sergeant jones with heavy case loads. he is currently investigating more than 40 murders. >> is that a lot? yes. >> does that worry you? >> definitely. >> idealy in a picture perfect world no investigators would take more than five homicides a year. that would be the federal standard. >> reporter: under federal standards oakland should have 20 homicide detectives instead of nine. so we ask the assistant chief if more are on the way. >> is that likely? >> that's what i would have to take up with seat manager and the mayor city manager. >> i believe the chief will be organizing the department. >> reporter: into what she describes as less specialized cops but hiring more officers is out of the question. >> if i had to cut all of my parks and libraries an give
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them the other 15% of the budget i actually thing time would gel up because part of reducing crime is engaging young people, giving them jobs and giving them some hope. >> reporter: the staff being situation could get even worse, in fact. >> i don't plan to do layoffs, i plan to do furloughs instead. that may mean investigations will go slower. >> reporter: including homicide investigations. and that may mean equally bad news for the families seeking justice. >> what do you say to them? >> i will be very honest with a mother, a father whoever is calling. just like right now with the staffing, i have to do the best i can with the cases. there is no direct leads. the case will remain inactive. >> reporter: in the thompkins murder. >> criminals, they know we are short staffed. >> i'm preparing for things to get more challenging. >> reporter: in oakland, robert
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lyles, cbs5. coming up, she was beaten and sexually assaulted on the job. that cbs5 reporting attacked by a mob in cairo is back to work again. when lara logans just knew she was going to die.
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his life could end if he doesn't get proper treatment for a timing is running out for an 8-year-old bay area boy full of life much his life though could end if he doesn't get proper treatment for a potentially fatal blood disease. grace lee on the one thing that could help his chances and the fight to make that possible. >> reporter: he is 8 years old and has no fear tearing around
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on his four wheeler. careening on two wheels. he is an array of activity. >> anybody that knows him knows that he is off the wall. >> reporter: one reason he is packed full of energy, he has been isolated for weeks. a potentially fatal blood disease undergoing a treatment that suppresses his immune system. >> it is a very dangerous disorder. if untreated 50% of individuals affected by it will die within sixth months. >> reporter: before he was diagnosed he excelled at rugby, quarterback for sunnyvale and swung a bat during baseball season. he loved all of it. the only way he can play again and live is to find a bone marrow donor. >> what would you need in order to play next year? >> nothing. only if i have a match in three
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months or six months and i can play football next year. >> how bad do you want it? >> like so bad. i miss sports. >> he is just one of thousands waiting. some believe his chances would be better if bone marrow donors were paid. that's why the institute for justice has filed a lawsuit hoping to change the 1984 national organ transplant act. that law makes it illegal to pay anyone for solid organs and bone marrow. >> you can donate blood for compensation. you should be able to donate bone marrow for compensation. not allowing that it is costing lives every day. >> reporter: the attorney says bone marrow should not be included in the law because it is renewable unlike kidneys or lungs. he wants to set up a privately funded nonprofit that will pay a $3000 scholarship, housing allowance or gift to charity for bone marrow donors hoping
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to match more patients. >> it is essential to have something that will nudge them into doing the right thing and this compensation is the nudge. >> reporter: critics warn that paying donors could encourage them to hide medical conditions. that's one reason the american red cross refuses to pay its donors for blood. this boy is blissfully ignorant of the legal battle that's brewing and he needs a donor now. finding a match will not be easy. people from a mixed ethnic background tend to have a tough time. he is a pacific islander. >> do you ever consider the possibility that you're not going to find a match? >> i've thought about it. i don't dwell on it. i can't dwell on it. but i have thought about it. >> is that what drives you? >> yeah. >> it has got to be, right.
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>> failure is not an option. >> would you like other people to kind of help you out this time around? >> yes. i want to help people a lot because i care about them. i care about them. >> it is clear that he loves life. all he wants is normalcy. some company. and just a little bit of bone marrow. >> the more people who join the national registry the better his chances are of fining a match much it is free and painless. all they do is take one of these swabs and they rub it inside your cheek to get some dna. fill out some paperwork. takes about 10 minutes. if you want some information go to our website click on links and numbers or you can call 800-marrow 2. >> ethnicity is the big deal here, right? >> it is. because ethnicity has to match
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the same. when you have a mixed ethnicity it is harder to match. but all his mix is asian. when you start to mix across different continents that's what makes it more difficult. >> cute kid. thanks, grace. >> thank you. the cbs5 news correspondent sexually assaulted by a mob of men in cairo is telling her story tonight. lara logan believed her attackers in egypt enjoyed her pain. the attack started when the camera battery went down. >> we had to stop for a moment and suddenly he looked at me and says we've got to get out of here. >> he is egyptian. speaks arabic and he can hear what the crowd is saying. >> yes. >> he understand what no else in the crew understands. >> that's right. i thought not only am i going to understand but it will be torture that will go on forever and ever and ever. >> logan is back at work.
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you can see the full interview this sunday on "60 minutes." switching gears now. we want to check your weather. roberta is here to give you the latest. 69 degrees in san francisco today. 69 degrees in morgan hill. and in gilroy. temperatures averaging a good 7 degrees below average in many locations and, boy, the big story of the day happened to be the gusty winds out of the northwest gusting up to 30 and 40 miles per hour at sfo. currently those winds dialed back 10 to 20 numbers wise. a lot of cold air mass in the vicinity. obviously it is going to be a very crisp morning commute before the winds begin to kick up again. those winds all because of an area of low pressure well to the north of the bay area as it skills up against the ridge of high pressure causes what we referred to as a pressure gradient. like a lot of friction. those winds will be blowing the pollen around. medium to high side oak and mullberry. grasses also remaining high.
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speaking of your highs. for your friday with the gusty afternoon winds out of the northwest 20 to 30 numbers coming up ever so gently. 65 in san francisco. 67 degrees in throughout the tri-valley. should be around the low 70s. we will hit those 70s by saturday easily. 80s by sunday. and we are talking about near or record warm right here in the bay area on wednesday at 87 degrees. that is your pinpoint forecast. we will be right back.
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with the if you are watching us here tonight it is pretty safe to say that you won't be hobnobbing with them tomorrow but we can offer you at least a little taste. what will the experience be like for guests who have been invited to the royal wedding. that's tonight's good question. only 1900 invitations went out. so exclusive is the list that even the president of the united states didn't make it. >> how do you get on this list of 1900. how does hahappen? >> i wish i knew. >> who are these people? >> i have been tweeting asking is anyone going to the wedding that i know that i can interview? lisa gross will be in london for the royal wedding reporting for the huffington post among others. she says the royals like to do it early. >> why the brits get married in the morning is beyond me.
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11 a.m. in the morning at westminster abbey. nobody looks good in the morning. >> reporter: guests instructed to be in their seats at least 30 minutes before the ceremony and do not bring a gift. >> the young royals would prefer donations and they have set up a website. in fact they have gone to it and take american dollars and anybody can give to 20 charities. >> reporter: just because you make it to the wedding doesn't mean you'll be eating any cake. >> apparently only 600 people invited to buckingham palace for a reception after the wedding. >> reporter: and if by some chance you meet the queen watch your language. >> you refer to her as her majesty and then you can call her ma'am. >> send me your good question.
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