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shutdown sitdown. president obama holds a late-night meeting with lawmakers to hammer out a budget agreement, but still no deal. tower trouble. the faa investigates another air traffic controller for sleeping on the job. and the defense rests. the barry bonds case expected to go to the jury today, after the slugger's legal team declines to go to the jury today, after the slugger's legal team declines to call a single witness. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. progress, but no deal yet. negotiators are working through the night in washington to try to hammer out a budget agreement.
without a deal the government would partially shut down friday at midnight. following a late-night meeting with congressional leaders, president obama said it would be inexcusable not to come to terms. >> we should be able to complete a deal, and get it passed and avert a shutdown. but it's going to require a sufficient sense of urgency from all parties involved. >> joel brown is in washington and he joins us live. good morning, joel. any progress in those late-night discussions? >> well, betty, they say they're narrowing their differences. budget talks don't get much more dramatic than this. time running out, on 11th hour meeting, and the president rushing back to washington to help negotiate. but we're still at a stalemate. there was still no deal when congressional leaders walked out of the late-night budget talks at the white house. >> we've narrowed the issues significantly. >> there's an attempt on both sides to continue to work together to try to resolve this.
>> reporter: coming off a day on the road, the president had arrived bang in washington in hopes of brokering a compromise. afterwards he made an unexpected talk in the white house briefing room, turning up the heat on lawmakers. >> we're going to keep on pounding away at this thing because i'm absolutely convinced that we can get this done. >> reporter: more than 4 million federal employees are in jeopardy of losing their pay if the government's forced to shut down. >> it means that people have to recognize that a government shutdown has real consequences for real people. >> reporter: the two parties are still at odds over spending cuts. everyone agrees they're necessary, but finding common ground has been a challenge. >> we meet them halfway, they say no. we meet them more than halfway. they still say no. >> we're going to fight for the largest spending cuts we can get. >> reporter: the impact of a shutdown will be felt across the nation. government backing of small business loans would come to a
halt. national parks would shut their gates. and customs officers will be furloughed. >> i represent the great port of baltimore. ships are going to come into the port. who's going to inspect their cargo? >> reporter: essential government workers will stay on the job no matter what, including air traffic controllers, the fbi, and the u.s. military. the white house is warning that a shutdown could make the nation's slow economic recovery even worse, especially the nation's weak housing market. that's because if the government closes, the federal housing authority would stop guaranteeing home loans. betty, that agency backs about 30% of the nation's mortgages. >> there's a lot riding on an agreement. all right, joel brown joining us live in washington. thank you, joel. various government agencies are already notifying workers of possible layoffs should the negotiations fail. if there is a partial government shutdown, the irs would be among the agencies affected. income tax refunds would be delayed, but you still have to file by monday's deadline. one of president obama's childhood friends has been arrested in honolulu. robert titcomb was one of four men arrested monday night on
suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. titcomb seen wearing the print shirt often played golf and dined with the president when he visited hawaii. federal aviation officials are investigating another incident of an air traffic controller sleeping on the job. the controller worked at the knoxville, tennessee, airport. the faa says he deliberately went to sleep during his midnight shift on february 19th. a co-worker was left to handle both incoming planes and other aircraft in the area. >> regarding this situation, at no time were the passengers, based on the information that we were given, the safety of the passengers compromised. >> last month, the lone air traffic controller at reagan national airport fell asleep while two airliners landed. at a congressional hearing yesterday, the head of the faa said the agency was re-evaluating overnight staffing at airports around the country. defense secretary robert gates is in iraq this morning. his first visit there this year. gates flew to baghdad yesterday from saudi arabia.
he is scheduled to meet with prime minister nuri al maliki today to discuss the final withdrawal of u.s. troops. most are expected to leave iraq in late summer or early fall. libyan leader moammar gadhafi made a direct and very personal appeal to president obama to end the allied strikes. in the letter to the president, gadhafi wrote, you will always remain my son. you are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. and libya should be left to the libyans. responding to the letter, secretary of state hillary clinton said gadhafi needs to withdraw his forces, and that there needs to be a decision about his departure. the former congressman curt weldon arrived in libya yesterday at gadhafi's invitation. weldon says he is on a private mission to get the libyan leader to step down. >> i came here, you know, because i want to do something positive.
and want to help my government, whom i fully support, get out of what is a very difficult situation. >> this is weldon's seventh visit to libya. another american missing since the earthquake in tsunami in japan has been found dead. monty dickson was a 26-year-old teacher from alaska. he managed to call his girlfriend just minutes after the quake hit, but then the tsunami hit in that city where he was working. and unfortunately, he did die. on the "cbs moneywatch," big changes coming to youtube, and why shopping helps you actually live longer. i like the sound of that. ashley morrison is here in new york with more. good morning. >> me, too. good morning to you, betty. well, pretty quiet in the asian markets this morning. tokyo's nikkei edged up a fraction, as did hong kong's hang seng, and oil dropped about 50 cents to stay at just over $108 a barrel. today, wall street gets the latest on retail sales, consumer credit, and a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday, tech stocks pushed the market higher. the dow gained almost 33 points. while the nasdaq picked up 8. rising oil prices are starting to take a toll on the
economy. some economists are scaling back their growth projections this year, mostly because of the increasing cost of oil are outweighing the benefits of stronger job growth. airlines and shipping companies have been hit especially hard. and so have all of us at the gas pump. the department of energy says the average nationwide price of gasoline has hit $3.71 a gallon. and we're also bumping less of it. gas consumption has been on the decline in the u.s. for the past month. google is reportedly working on a major overhaul of youtube. "the wall street journal" says they're planning to introduce 20 or so premium channels that would feature 5 to 10 hours of professionally produced original programming every week. start-up costs are expected to be as much as $100 million. google is positioning itself for when regular tvs also play online video. and you've heard the phrase shop till you drop. well, maybe not. a just-released study finds if you shop every day, you're
likely to live longer. a researcher says frequent shopping isn't just about buying, but also about companionship, better eating habits, and getting more exercise. i don't know about you, betty, but that works for me. >> absolutely. so if you shop every single day, i want to make sure we're right about that. >> right. every day. and i feel good. >> i'm going to step up my shopping apparently. i want to live longer. all right, ashley joining us live. thank you. just ahead on the "morning news," lawyers for barry bonds wrap up their case in less than a minute. plus, a worker is found dead after more allegations of sex abuse at a christian summer camp. this is the "cbs morning news." i had this chronic, deep ache all over --
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estranged wife, and injured a small child. in san francisco today, phillip garrido is expected to plead guilty to all charges in the jaycie dugard kidnapping case. garrido and his wife nancy are each charged with multiple felonies in the abduction of dugard in 1991 at the age of 11, and her subsequent 18-year imprisonment. garrido's guilty plea is seen as part of an effort to win a reduced sentence for his wife. massachusetts police say they will continue investigating allegations of sexual abuse of children at a christian camp on cape cod. just yesterday, a camp employee accused of such abuse committed suicide. as michelle miller reports, it's believed to be the same camp where massachusetts senator scott brown says he was abused as a child. >> reporter: police were called to camp good news after the report of a gunshot. there they found the body of 43-year-old charles devita, a longtime employee of good news. devita was under investigation for allegedly abusing a 10-year-old boy at the camp 26
years ago. >> i know you want to ask some questions. >> reporter: camp good news made headlines when massachusetts senator scott brown revealed to "60 minutes" that he'd been sexually abused a cape cod camp when he was 10 years old. another man came forward to cbs news saying, he was molested at the camp. he spoke through his attorney. what does your client want to happen? >> my client wants the perpetrator to be prosecuted criminally. he wants to be able to heal to a certain degree. and he wants to protect children in the future. >> reporter: brown hurried past cameras, but his office later issued a statement saying brown, quote, has never met the employee who killed himself. but on a boston radio show he said -- >> if me and the young man who came forward have given other people the strength to move forward, and come out and talk about it, then that's great. >> reporter: cbs news has also learned that three more people have stepped forward to say they were abused here at camp good news.
former employee tells cbs news, as well, that he reported improper behavior to camp officials back in 1997. even filed a police report in 2002. but the results of any investigation have not been made public. michelle miller, cbs news, sandwich, massachusetts. jurors in the barry bonds perjury trial in san francisco could begin deliberations today. after bonds' lawyers rested their case without calling a single witness. bonds is accused of lying to a federal grand jury about using steroids as a major league baseball player. bonds did not testify, apparently because his defense did not want him to be cross-examined about his trainer, greg anderson, who refused to testify. >> if barry bonds ever got on the stand in this case, he could have filled in the gaps and the void created by greg anderson's absence. the defense was not going to take that chance. >> the trial judge dropped one of five charges against bonds yesterday. straight ahead, your
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time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows scattered clouds from the great lakes to the northeast, while the southeast is clear. later today, a chance of thunderstorms from the plains to the great lakes. scattered rain and snow showers expected from the northwest to the southwest. and the southeast is looking warm and wonderful, with lots of sunshine. in sports, tempers flare in north carolina. in the fourth quarter of the bobcats quentin richardson was ejected after shoving orlando's gerald henderson. the game went into overtime with the magic winning 111-102. and russell westbrook gets the lean-in runner against the clippers. he finished with 26 to help the oklahoma city thunder win their first-ever division championship. they beat los angeles 112-108. in baseball, a big dose of the freak gives the giants their second win. in the top of the first, buster posey's home run puts san francisco on top of the padres
3-0. then the freak took over. tim lincicome struck out 13 and didn't walk a batter all night. the giants beat san diego 8-4. in kansas city the royals rally in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings against the white sox. but chicago takes the game with a single in the 12th. white sox win 10-7. and nfl players and owners were in court on wednesday. the players are asking a judge to lift the lockout imposed by the owners three weeks ago. the two sides are battling over the leagues a$9 billion in profits. lawyers for the owners say the courts should not be involved. the judge is expected to rule in a couple of weeks. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and a disturbing trend. after years of decline, drug and alcohol use by american teens is back on the rise.
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plus.. for the first time, we're hearing from a couple who witnessed the attack on a giants fan at dodger stadium.. how they tried to stop the suspects. wrapping up the barry bond's perjury case. how soon the jury could make a decision. first an open door on a moving train.. now..what muni is saying about a driver caught texting behind the wheel. and how the looming government shutdown could affect local parks. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. ,,,,
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. showers will linger in the northeast. storms are starting to brew from the midwest into the ohio river valley. a large area of precipitation is moving across the western half of the nation. and it will be above normal in the southern plains. here's another look at this morning's top stories. there is still no deal, but president obama says progress was made on a budget agreement during a late-night meeting with congressional leaders. if a deal is not reached, the government will partially shut down friday at midnight. and the faa says an air traffic controller who fell asleep during a late night shift at the knoxville, tennessee, airport in february, will be dismissed. in health news, disturbing new findings in a report on heavy drinking and drug use by teenagers. as ben tracy shows us, many teens see nothing wrong with it.
>> reporter: at a music rave like this one in los angeles, thousands of teenagers were drunk and high. 15-year-old sasha rodriguez drank water laced with ecstasy. she later overdosed and died. it may seem shocking, but in the last three years, ecstasy use among teenagers has jumped 67%. one in ten teens now uses it. marijuana use is up 22%. with four in ten teens smoking pot. does that surprise any of you? >> no. >> no. >> reporter: not at all? >> no. >> no. >> reporter: these high school students say marijuana is not taboo. >> people look down upon somebody who smokes cigarettes more than they look down weed. >> i'm kind of surprised that people don't think it's such a big deal. >> reporter: as for alcohol, 71% of teens have a drink before they leave high school. on average they start at just 14 years old. 25% of them by age 12. when did you first see alcohol. >> seventh grade. >> reporter: seventh grade?
>> seventh grade, yeah. >> reporter: experts say after years of declines in teen alcohol and drug use, parents and the government became complacent. >> there's been less of a message getting out, if you will. a lot of the programs that used to exist have been cut through successive rounds of budget cuts. >> reporter: the teens we talked to say drinking and smoking pot isn't something that just happens on the weekends at parties. they say it happens all week long. >> there's people that do it after school, during school, on the weekends. >> you relax after the party by getting high and drinking. it's never ending. >> reporter: a nonstop party that can turn deadly. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. well, there is some good news this morning. from the world's most closely watched eagles' nest. eaglet number three has landed. the nest, in a tree in northeastern iowa, has become an internet sensation with a web cam showing the parent eagles and their three eggs, now all hatched. eaglet number three emerged yesterday, while its siblings looked on.
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♪ happy birthday to you happy birthday to you ♪ >> a presidential birthday serenade last night aboard air force one for a reporter who was celebrating their 30th. as she blew out the three candles, mr. obama suggested that she make a wish for jobs for out-of-work americans. hopefully she did. crossing the atlantic ocean on a raft? sounds like a young boy's dream. one that came true yesterday for an 85-year-old man from london, england. anthony smith and three friends crossed from the canary islands to st. martin in the caribbean. they sailed aboard an elaborate raft that carried them nearly 3,000 miles in just two months. smith says some may think he is mad for making the trip, but he
says what else do you do when you get up in years? that's one way to do it, i guess. and a young surfer has seen her dreams come true. when bethany hamilton was only 13 she was mauled by a shark, and it literally tore her arm off. that was eight years ago. and since then, she has turned tragedy into triumph. sandra hughes has her inspiring story. >> reporter: a soul surfer is someone who rides the waves for pleasure. that is bethany hamilton's story. >> bethany hamilton is holding nothing back. >> looks like she has a real future. >> with her heart, her will, she'll go far. >> reporter: but on halloween, 2003, bethany almost died when a 14 foot tiger shark bit off her arm. recreating that gruesome scene was hard on everyone. >> still to this day, i mean, i'm so afraid of sharks. i mean, i have a big fear. but, you know, i figure if bethany can do it, i can do it. >> reporter: jack nicholson's daughter lorraine plays bethany's best friend.
>> it was just really emotionally profound, i felt, and at one point i almost lost it a little bit and the hamiltons came over and embraced me. >> reporter: just a few weeks after the accident, bethany was back in the water. she relied on her strong christian faith and perseverance. >> and i think the movie really did capture that. so i'm pretty stoked. >> reporter: that means excited in surfer language. something dennis quaid, who plays bethany's dad, had to learn. >> i understand you were not a surfer before? >> i was not a surfer. i got to where i can at least stand up for about three or for seconds for a camera. >> reporter: singer carrie underwood plays a youth counselor in her movie debut. >> i don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes. but i have to believe that something good is going to come out of this. >> reporter: something good does happen. soul surfer brings bethany's inspiring story to life. sandra hughes, cbs news, hollywood. coming up a little bit later on "the early show," the latest on the talks to avoid a government shutdown. plus, some of the outrageous