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7 damage control. leaked state department cables unveil back room diplomacy and unflattering assessments of foreign leaders. terror plot. the teenager accused of planning an attack in oregon is due in court today. and remembering leslie nielsen, the serious actor turned comic hero. >> can you fly this plane and land it? >> surely, you can't be serious. >> i am serious. and don't call me "shirley." >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, november 29th, >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, november 29th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning, the u.s. state department is in major damage
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control mode. sunday, the whistle-blowing website wikileaks released hundreds of thousands of classified state department documents chronicling behind-the-scenes relations between the u.s. and foreign governments. exposing back room deals and unflattering profiles of world leaders including some u.s. allies. preeti arla is in washington with details on this. good morning, preeti. >> reporter: good morning, betty. none of the revelations are said particularly explosive but the white house has condemned the release saying it puts diplomats and other intelligence officials at risk. wikileaks' latest security breach has the u.s. government on worldwide damage control. >> lots of things which were understood in private and may have not been even talked about explicitly suddenly are out there in the cold light of day. >> reporter: the white house sunday condemned the release of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables by the website's founder julian assange, calling it reckless and dangerous. it contains startling revelations from the statement department.
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among them suspicions iran has obtained powerful missiles from north korea capable of hitting europe and that the saudi king has repeatedly pressured the u.s. to attack iran's nuclear program. >> the fact these governments are exporting an pushing the u.s. government to be more aggressive, to take military action, those revelations will not be popular in the streets of those countries. >> reporter: but the information may prove to be more embarrassing than damaging. the material contains unflattering comments and observations about america's enemies and allies. u.s. diplomats call french president nicolas sarkozy a naked emperor and afghan president happen mid karzai said to be driven by paranoia and that the libyan leader is rarely seen without the company of his ukrainian nurse, described as a voluptuous blond. the white house warns the field reporting in these documents is often incomplete and does not necessarily reflect or even shape u.s. policy decisions.
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one of the embarrassing revelations is that a u.s. used its workers essentially as spies having them collect credit card and frequent flyer information some say goes beyond what is normally collected in diplomatic circles. betty? >> preeti arla in washington for us this morning, thank you, preeti. it is reported that an iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a car bomb this morning and another wounded. the bomb exploded in the capital of tehran. state tv there says attackers riding on motorcycles attached bombs to cars the scientists were driving to work. at least two other iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent years. this morning, the president of south korea expressed outrage over last week's artillery attack calling it a crime against humanity and warned north korea would pay a, quote, dear price for any further provocations. meanwhile, u.s. and south korean naval forces are engaged in a
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joint military exercise and china has called for emergency talks to defuse the situation. senator john mccain says it is time china reinstates its neighbor. >> i think it's time we talked about regime change in north korea. and i do not mean military action, but i do believe that this is a very unstable regime. >> also today, south korea declared the island attacked off limits to civilians. the somali-born teenager charged with plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in portland, oregon scheduled to appear in court today. terry mccarthy has the latest. >> reporter: according to the fbi, 19-year-old mohamed osman mohamud, a somali-born u.s. citizen planned to detonate a van he thought was packed with explosives that would have caused mass casualties. unbeknownst to him the fbi had followed him for months and given him a fake bomb. after parking the van in a crowded square, he moved several blocks away to dial a cell phone to detonate the van, the moment
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the fbi was waiting for. >> a signal was given from the undercover operatives. to the arrest team and the arrest team moved in. >> reporter: neighbors were shocked when they heard about the bomb plot. >> i'm moving out, yes. definitely, yes. >> reporter: why? >> his mother is my neighbor and that was terrifying to me to know that that sort of thing could happen next to my family. >> once i recognized who he was i was like, wow, you know, kind of a surprise that he would do something like that because he just seemed like your average kid. >> reporter: investigators monitoring his e-mails since 2009 saw a very different side of the teenager. it is necessary to train, he wrote, on one jihadist website, in order to damage the enemies of allah as much as possible. >> he demonstrated from very early on a serious, committed determination to commit violent jihad. >> reporter: as he allegedly
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developed his plot in portland, they reminded him there would be many women and children at the tree-lighting ceremony but this did not deter him. it's going to be a fireworks show, he told them, a spectacular show. the "new york times" will give it two thumbs up. there has already been some apparent backlash here. he had been enrolled atting oorg state in corvallis, 90 miles south of portland. saturday night an islamic center there where he went to pray was partially destroyed by fire. police suspect arson. the imam there said he couldn't believe the charges. >> i would never have expected he would even attempt or even think of such a thing. >> reporter: it is worth pointing out a tip from a member of portland's muslim community first got the fbi interested in him. he appears in federal court monday charged with attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. terry mccarthy, cbs news, portland. actor leslie nielsen has died. he passed away sunday from complications from pneumonia. this morning he is remembered as a serious actor who became
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famous for his bumbling comedic roles. >> can you fully this plane and land it? >> surely, you can't be serious. >> i am serious and don't call me shirley. >> airplane" turned him into a comic star followed by his recurring role as the accident-prone detective in the "naked gun" comedies. in an interview in 1991, he said he never worried about being remembered for those wacky comedies. >> what is it somebody said about an adult is a deteriorated child. i'm not too sure that that's not 100% accurate. you know, i want to go back and find out, make an ally or find that little fellow that had to give himself up so long ago and become an unreal adult. >> nielsen came to hollywood in the 1950s after performing in live television. leslie nielsen was 84 years old. on the "cbs moneywatch,"
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stocks in asia edged up this morning. ashley morrison is in new york with much more on all of that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. asian markets saw light trading today. japan's nikkei gained about one percent, while hong kong's hang seng rose more than one percent. stocks were helped by news of ireland's bailout. sunday, the eu agreed to give ireland $113 billion package. the prime minister called it the best available deal for ireland. saturday, 50,000 people in dublin protested the rescue plan and the government's austerity measures. today, wall street tries to get back in the holiday spirit. friday's short session, the dow lost 95 points. the blue chips slipped about one percent for the week, and the nasdaq gave back eight. this is kri ber -- cyber monday, the day online retailers traditionally mark as the heart of the holiday shopping season. a record 107 million people are expected to hit the web today for bargains. this year almost nine in ten online retailers are offering special deals including free shipping to get a piece of that action, electronics are expected
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to be the top seller. comcast says it has restored internet service to customers on the east coast. service was interrupted late sunday after an undisclosed problem. the outage did not affect cable tv or telephone customers. comcast is one of the biggest internet service providers in the u.s. black friday looks like it was a huge success for brick and mortar retailers. holiday sales totalled $45 billion for the weekend. the number of shoppers rose to 212 million up nearly 9% compared to last year. at the movies, a fairy tale princess gave harry potter a run for his money. harry potter and the deathly hallows part one took in more than $50 million in sales to stay in the top spot. right behind him the animated disney musical "tangled" sales of just over $49 million and "mega mind" finished a very distant third. the price of the 12 days of christmas at a record high.
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it would cost about $97,000 for all the gifts in the song from the 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree, that's up almost 11% from last year. the partridge will run you just about $12 but be prepared to shell out for those nine ladies dancing. that is the most expensive item on the list with a price tag of almost $6300. they didn't say exactly what kind of dancing that was, betty. >> pretty expensive, nonetheless. okay. we'll use our imagination. ashley morrison live in new york. thank you. just ahead on the morning news, a disturbing case of five children kept hidden from society. plus in michigan the search for three missing boys after the father tried to commit suicide. you're watching the cbs morning news. watching the cbs morning news. depression is a serious medical condition
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police in michigan are still looking for three missing boys. 7-year-old alexander, 9-year-old andrew and 5-year-old tanner skelton were last seen thursday on a visit to their father. neighbors held a vigil sunday night to pray for their safe return as search efforts continue. the boys' father tried to commit suicide friday and claimed he gave the boys to a family friend. >> i'll let you draw your own conclusions from it but at this point we've been unable to corrob rate that portion of the story. >> we just need the father to say something and he's not talking. we pray that the boys are okay. >> police fear the boys are in extreme danger and say the father has not been ruled out as a suspect. a secret family discovered in pennsylvania. the parents of five children allegedly hid them in a house in york with no heat, electricity, or running water. they had no birth certificates, schooling, immunizations, or evidence of medical care. nothing to prove their
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existence. they're in state custody now and the parents are scheduled to be in court friday on child endangerment charges. for the second time in a week a sports fan has died in a fall. a man fell 20 feet to his death sunday at soldier field in chicago during the bears game. witnesses say the man ran to the ledge and jumped. last week in los angeles, a 2-year-old boy fell from a luxury box at the staples center during a lakers game. straight ahead, your monday morning weather. and in sports, the texans-titans battle turns into a bare-knuckle fight. battle turns into a bare-knuckle fight. of gourmet coffee and tea to choose from. ♪ keurig is the way to brew fresh, delicious coffee in under a minute. way to brew. [ female announcer ] so with keurig, every cup tastes like it's brewed just for you. ♪ because it is.
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johnson got into a shoving match with foe finnegan. that escalated to helmets being thrown off. both players were ejected and houston defeated tennessee 20-0. in overtime, wide receiver steve vee johnson of buffalo dropped pass in the end zone against pittsburgh giving the steelers a chance and field goal to win it. pittsburgh 19-16 over the bills. jay cutler of chicago had four touchdown passes against philadelphia and the bears beat the eagles 31-26. that gives chicago a one-game lead in the nfc east. and in the sunday night game, san diego intercepted peyton manning of indiana four times returning two for touchdowns. the chargers won their fourth straight game 36-14 over the colts. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories and debit cards are more popular than ever. but be ware, the hidden, sky-high fees. ware, the hidden, sky-high fees. and the life you want to live.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. another large storm system set to form in the midwest. it'll bring snowy conditions to the northern plains and strong storms in the southeast. very cold air is entrenched in the northern rockies. here's another look at this morning's top stories, the whistle-blowing website wikileaks released over 200,000 classified state department cables. the white house says the leaks puts diplomats and intelligence officials at risk. actor leslie nielsen has died, best known for his comedic roles in "airplane" and "the naked gun" movies. nielsen was 84, battling pneumonia. as we mentioned today is cyber monday, the monday after thanksgiving when people return to work and typically do online holiday shopping. for the first time, more
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shoppers have debit than credit cards. but as ben tracy reports, you you still have to read the fine print. >> reporter: 'tis the season to go shopping. but in this post-recession period, people are not filling their bags with credit card debt. 70% of shoppers plan to use a debit card or cash for their holiday purchases. >> some people are just sick of their credit card companies. they have too much debt or maybe they don't have credit cards anymore. >> reporter: and now, many people are setting their own spending limits with prepaid debit cards. users loaded $330 billion onto prepaid cards last year expected to grow to $672 billion by 2013. 8% of americans don't have bank accounts, millions more have bad credit so the prepaid debit cards can be a good thing. they're easier than cash, no overdraft fees, but there is fine print. some prepaid cards charge fees for checking your balance, using an atm or even calling customer service.
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the worst offender may be the new kardashian card. named for the reality show celebutantes. it's marketed to teen-aged girls. but you do need a lot of money for fees. a six-month card costs $59.95 just to set up. $1.50 to use the atm, $1 for ball lan checks 1.50 to speak to customer service. 9.95 to replace a lost card a and $6.00 to cancel the account. >> if you don't use the money in there, they actually deduct it or they charge you. >> reporter: the most popular in america is walmart's moneycard it charges a three dollar monthly fee, three dollars to reload, two dollars to withdraw and one dollar to check the balance. >> there aren't as many regulations. so, it's a bit of a wild west when it comes to these cards. >> reporter: so, just like at the mall, it's wise to shop around. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. very good information there. this morning on "the early show" an interview with pop sensation katy perry. i'm betty nguyen and this is the "cbs morning news."
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a case of treasure discovered in a garage. they are seeing the light of day for the very first time, all thanks to an audio engineer who went out of his way to meticulously record the performances. anthony mason reports. >> reporter: if you thought you'd heard it all the smooth key strokes of count basie's piano. or the melody of lester young's tenor saxophone. think again. these disks, nearly a thousand in all, are part of a lost treasure trove of jazz music
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called the savory collection. >> the bill savory collection catches these people just at the moment when they were getting recognition that they had never even dreamed of. >> reporter: the collection is a series of live radio broadcasts from the 1930s, heard only once and recorded by a young audio engineer named bill savory. >> there is no other copy. so, in a sense, it's really priceless. >> reporter: he worked for colombia records with legends like benny goodman. he recorded the performances on disks for himself and stored them in his garage. that's where savory's son, eugene, found them after his father died in 2004. at first, his family thought they were worthless. >> one person wanted to come in and just fill up some dumpsters with all the junk in the house. >> reporter: restoring the audio is a daunting task.
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doug pomeroy is the doctor on call. as a specialty audio engineer, he has the task of cleaning and digitally restoring the recording. >> i've encountered a lot of the disks that really sound just beautiful, like they were made yesterday. >> reporter: 70 years has taken a toll, though. >> i don't think this will be playable. >> reporter: because of water damage, it's estimated 25% of the disks will never be repaired and about half will never sound as good as the originals. pomeroy says it should take ten months to complete the job. but, for eugene savoy, salvaging the collection is a tribute to his father. and his legacy. >> it was a, you know, a gift that he had and he wanted to share it. >> reporter: one song at a time. >> i'm sorry, gang, guess i'm just about out.
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what a great find. coming up later on "the early show," more on the fallout from the latest wikileaks revelations. we'll hear from congressman pete hoekstra, ranking member of the house intelligence committee. also healthy eating tips on how to avoid gaining those extra holiday pounds and an interview with pop star katy perry on her incredible year in music. that's the "cbs morning news" for this monday. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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the latest document released from wiki leaks has ties to silicon valley and google. hundreds of thousands of inmates, not enough