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good morning. first lady flight scare, michelle obama's plane forced to abort a landing after the latest error by an air traffic controller as new questions are being raised this morning about the safety of our nation's air system. we'll go live to washington on the latest of the fallout. wild weather, more powerful storms pound the midwest with tornadoes and heavy rain while in texas, bone dry conditions lead to dozens of massive wildfires there burning more than 1 million acres across the state. is there any relief in sight? we'll show you the latest forecast. and one year later on the anniversary, the first anniversary of the bp oil spill, we'll tell you how the residents and businesses are recovering in the wake of the disaster and
hear from four of the survivors of the explosion that started it all, "early" this wednesday morning, april 20th, 2011. morning, wednesday morning, april 20th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs welcome to "the early show" here on a wednesday morning. good morning, everyone. i'm chris wragge. >> and i'm erica hill. seems like every day we are talking about a new issue with air traffic control across the country and a lot of people sitting up and taking notice, this isn't about someone sleeping watching a movie. this is the first lady. >> this is not the marketing campaign they were hoping for. >> we are going to begin with the latest incident involving first lady, michelle obama. officials say her plane had to abort a landing. bob orr in washington with the story with that this morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. needless to say, it has been an awful spring for the faa with
air traffic controllers sleeping on the job and passengers openly questioning the safety of air traffic. investigators are digging into a troubling incident involving a mistake in the first lady's plane. it happened monday as michelle obama and jill biden were flying home to monday from new york. a review of air traffic tapes shows their plane came too close to a military cargo plane that was flying just ahead as the two jets prepared to land at andrews air force base. mrs. obama's plane can be heard checking in with controllers. it is called executive one foxtrot. the planes must be separated by five miles. a mistake allowed the first lady's plane, a military version of the boeing 737, to get within three miles of the larger c-17 cargo aircraft. it is technically too close the jets were in no danger of colliding in midair. after the cargo jet landed there was a problem.
it was clear the big plane would not exit the runway quickly enough. so the pilots of mrs. obama's plane radioed controllers for help. >> can we slow down for executive one foxtrot. controllers put the first lady's plane in a series of turns in an attempt to bide time. controllers asked the pilots to abort the landing and go around. the pilots circled andrews air force base and landed safely on the second try. this comes in the wake of a series of other events involving inattentive air traffic controls e. sunday morning, a controller near cleveland was caught watching a crime thriller movie called "cleaner" on a portable dvd player. beyond that, over the past two months, the faa has found seven other controllers in six different cities apparently sleeping on the job. how is this still going on? >> because these people are not taking personal responsibility for one of the most important safety jobs in america. >> nine controllers and supervisors so far have been suspended in this rash of incidents.
none has yet been fired but with public confidence in air travel undermined many will likely pay a price with their jobs. >> the first lady and mrs. biden were never in any real danger, is that correct? >> that's right, there was no danger of an inflight collision. the planes were three miles apart. there were a couple of potential problems we should point out. when two jets get too close together the wake turbulence can cause controllability for the second one and that's why mrs. obama's plane was supposed to be five miles behind. the pilots handled all of this by the book, did the go around, a relatively common and safe procedure. >> let's talk about the air traffic controllers for just a second. they are under the microscope. all of these problems that we're being made aware of. is this an unfortunate string of problems or are the problems a little more systemic? >> we have to say these are clearly red flags. controller fatigue has been pointed out but maybe complacency is another. controllers work every day in a
safe system, most do a very good job and not very many problems. they can never let their guard down and take safety for granted. that's why now the faa is looking at the culture inside the control towers. >> bob orr for us this morning, thank you. chris we turn to the latest on the fire danger in texas, massive wildfires have burned more than 1 million acres and firefighters are struggling to keep up at this point. seth done doane is in strong, texas, 100 miles west of dallas. good morning. >> reporter: you may not be able to see the fire from where i'm standing but you can certainly smell it. firefighters are battling high temperatures, winds that are constantly changing directions and the worst drought here in texas in 44 years. as many as 38 wildfires staggering in size and strength are racing across texas scorching nearly 1 million acres so far, an area much larger than
the state of rhode island and consuming farms, churches, and at least 150 homes in its path. >> this brush is so dry, it's such good fuel for a fire. >> just like a perfect storm. the winds are changing directions almost every day. >> ira mercer is sheriff of palo pinto, texas. where along with the 400 residents ordered to evacuate, ruffle 100 prisoners were forced to evacuate too. some inmates stayed behind to spray water on the roof of the jail. finding the front lines in many of these texas communities. >> this is as front as i can get you. >> reporter: is alarmingly easy. >> this will be where we fight the fire tonight. >> reporter: many firefighters are volunteers. charles nichols runs a muffler shop by day. >> reporter: how is it trying to fight these fires and trying to protect your town? >> unreal. sights you'll never see in your life again. >> reporter: like what? >> walls of fire, cedar blowing around you.
>> reporter: what looks like twinkling city lights are actually the embers of an advancing threat. you don't look like a guy who gets nervous easily but does this shake you? >> yes, it does. this is going to alter the history of our camp. this is what the professional firefighters tell me is a once in a lifetime event for firefighters. >> reporter: now i just got off the phone with officials from palo pinto. they told me last night the wind died down and the town was spared. the fire is still looming on the horizon and as we speak, the winds are starting to pick up speed. here at the command post in straun, they are looking at a forecast that possibly includes a 20% to 30% chance of rain. they say they'll take it. they'd do anything to catch a break. erica? >> they'll take any bit of moisture they can take. seth doane in texas, thanks. >> worst possible conditions with the wind and dry, arid
conditions. they're doing a brave job trying to combat that situation. jeff glor is at the necessary desk. >> good morning to you and good morning to everyone at home. say good-bye to the color coded terror alert system. the government has a new warning plan that will replace the five color chart that's been in use for nine years now. the terror advisory effective one week from today it has two threat levels. imminent, warning of a specific and impending threat and elevated, warning of a credible but unspecified threat. warnings will be posted on facebook and twitter along with mainstream media. president obama heads to palo alto, california, for a facebook town hall meeting to sell the white house reduction plan. cbs news chief white house correspondent, chip reid, is at andrews air force base ready to take off with the president. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. the white house is emphasizing that policy part of this trip to california and nevada but at
least as important is the political part raising money for his presidential campaign. >> there are powerful lobbyists and special interests in washington and they'll want to reduce the deficit on your backs. >> reporter: before a friendly student audience at northern virginia community college president obama attacked the republican plan for reducing the nation's long-term debt. >> house republican budget that they put forward, they didn't just not ask the wealthy to pay more, they actually cut their taxes further. >> reporter: today the president will take that message to a town hall at facebook headquarters in palo alto, california, and on thursday to another town hall in reno, nevada, part of the president's effort to take the case for his deficit reduction plan directly to the american people. as previous presidents did, mr. obama is going local, bypassing the washington press corps in favor of local television interviews mostly in battleground states.
he did four more this week for a total of 17 since december. house budget chairman paul ryan is also hitting the road selling the republican plan he authored claiming cuts in medicare and medicaid will strengthen the system in the long run. >> the kinds of reforms we're talking about are to give more power to the patient. >> reporter: in less than four hours the president will head to the town hall meeting but during that same period of time he'll hold six fund-raisers to raise millions for the democratic party and his presidential campaign at the blistering pace that analysts say he'll have to keep up for quite some time if he hopes to raise the $1 billion they say he might need for this campaign. jeff? >> chief white house correspondent chip reid, thank you. it is 7:10 now, over to erica. >> jeff, thanks. jeff mortenson's problems are growing. just days after 60 minutes found inaccuracies in his best selling
memoir, the montana attorney general is looking into his charity. elaine quijano joins us in the studio with the latest. >> good morning to you. the question is, did mortenson's central agent institute use money properly to build schools in afghanistan and pakistan or serve other purposes? some critics have charged. greg mortenson has sold 4 million copies of "three cups of tea" and runs a successful nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $60 million to build schools in afghanistan and pakistan. the facts and how money was spent are falling under growing scrutiny. last night shall the montana attorney general announced an inquirly stating "we have a responsibility to make sure charitable assets are used for their intended purposes." the inquiry followed the "60 minutes" report on sunday, steve croft investigated mortenson and his montana based author
speaking to john krakour. >> nobody is overseeing what is going on. he doesn't know how many schools he's built. nobody knows how much they cost. >> the irs tax returns included a list of 141 schools that it claimed to have built or supported in pakistan and afghanistan. over the past six months, we visited or looked into nearly 30 of them. some were performing well but roughly half were empty, built by somebody else or not receiving support at all. some were being used to store spinach or hay for livestock. others had not received any money from mortenson's charity in years. >> tuesday night, krakour issued this statement to cbs news in response to the inquiry "now that a law enforcement agency with the power of subpoena will be investigating him the public will find out who is the real victim, mortenson or the millions of donors who trusted him to use their money responsibly." a call to the charitable organization for comment did not
receive a response. >> if they don't want to answer questions from the independent media, they need to answer questions from a government regulator. >> mortenson's attorney pledged to owe copper cooperate with the inquiry and he claims he has done nothing wrong. the montana attorney general's office told us that it doesn't want to call this an investigation. of course what they find during this inquiry could determine whether a larger probe of the charity is warranted. >> people are wondering this morning, elaine, thanks. one year ago today, the deepwater horizon oil rig exploded in the gulf of mexico. oil began leaking into the gulf. it took nearly three months to shut down that well but it will take longer for life on the gulf coast to get back to normal. this morning cbs news correspondent mark strassmann is back in grand isle, louisiana, and joins us again this morning. mark, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. this anniversary is one more
reminder to people across the gulf of everything they've been through, a year of deep setbacks and continuing uncertainty but also resilience. >> they say that this is acceptable, that no further treatment is necessary. >> reporter: oil still lingers in what was the bp spill zone, places like pasalutra, louisiana. >> this has been a year and you see what it is. it is still coming to the surface. >> reporter: reminders across the gulf of the year to forget, a year ago today, the deepwater horizon exploded, gradually the enormity of bp's disaster became clear, 2.5 million more gallons leaked every day, more than 200 million gallons in all. >> i don't think we're going to see any massive impacts as we go forward. >> reporter: ed overton studied the spill since day one. this lsu environmental scientist said the gulf's ecosystem is recovering faster than expected. >> there was dixs that the gulf would become a dead, dying body for century. that's clearly not going to happen.
>> reporter: samantha joye is pessimistic. she's studying 450 core samples, many of them thick sludge smothering the sea floor. >> it's really falling off the radar and people aren't thinking about it because they feel like they've been told that everything's fine, when it most certainly isn't fine. >> reporter: business has died for some of the gulf. an oyster wholesaler in new orleans. >> this cooler would typically be full of sacks of oysters, the big 100-pound sacks we normally shuck. >> reporter: at the red fish grille, business is up 10%. fewer customers now question whether gulf seafood is safe but the chefs watch every delivery. >> if it looks bad or smells bad they wouldn't serve it. we're not finding any problems with it right now. >> reporter: more good news in orange beach, alabama, and its $2 billion tourism business. the oil's mostly gone, the tourists are back. >> more people we get here to see for themselves, the more will return.
>> reporter: as time goes on gulf coast communities like grand isle will rebound closer to what they were before the spill. katrina proved something, this is one part of america that can take a punch. >> they are a tough group of people down there. >> they can take a punch but they probably don't want another one. >> we will revisit what's happened with the birds and sea turtles and dolphins, one year later and the effect it's had on the ecosystem. >> and four men who were on board the deepwater horizon when it exploded, their stories, what happened and the aftermath, it will make you, leave you speechless. before we get to that marysol castro is standi
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right shoulder south 101 at old redwood highway but traffic is slow, 19 miles per hour through there. all the activity on the right side. the rest of 101 through marin county not too bad. when you get to the golden gate bridge, extra volume but some nice speeds. bay bridge stacks up back to the maze metering lights are on. sluggish across the upper deck and 101 along the peninsula still slow and go backed up into san jose right now or into the south bay rather due to the earlier accident in mountain view. that's traffic. let's check the forecast. here's lawrence. >> gianna we have a lot of clouds in our skies this morning. folks, heading out, yup, it's raining in parts of the bay area. just some showers so far. but be prepared we are going to see a chance of showers on and off throughout the day today and the temperatures not going to be all that bad. we are still going to squeeze in many 60s especially inland maybe even upper 60s in the warmest spots. 50s at the coast. maybe leftover showers into tomorrow morning and then drying out. friday looking dry and nice. more clouds pour into our skies towards saturday with a slight chance of showers to the north. ,,,,,,
half past the hour as we welcome you back to "the early show." socked in with a little fog, waking up to better weather where you are hopefully where you are. >> could be worse, right? >> thanks for being with us, i'm erica hill along with chris wragge. we'll bring you more as we mark the one-year anniversary in the gulf. we watched the underwater cam camera, we're expecting a final report on the rig explosion that started it all. >> this morning, the four survivors and their attorney, how they managed to get through the past year. you'll want to hear the powerful
stories. also jeff glor has another look at the top headlines. the faa is under more scrutiny this time involving the first lady. she was returning in a boeing 737, turbulence might cause a crash, because the cargo plane was too close on the runway the pilot had to abort landing and go back around again. the faa says the planes were never in any danger. france announced this morning it will send a small number of military liaison officers to help opposition troops in libia, one day after britain said it will send 20 military advisers to help train rebels trying to oust gadhafi. bradley manning suspected of passing secret documents to wikileaks could be transferred to ft. leavenworth, kansas as early as today. for the past nine months he's
april 20th, 2010 began as what one crewman called a normal day aboard the deepwater horizon oil rig in the gulf of mexico. the explosion one year ago today though killed 11 crew members and it changed many more lives. before we speak with four of the survivors, here's cbs news correspondent don teague with a look back. >> reporter: it's the kind of disaster that wasn't supposed to happen. a catastrophic explosion on board the deepwater horizon drilling platform that led to the worst oil spill in u.s. history. but forgotten in the year since the accident are the workers struck by the tragedy when the well had a blowout deep below the surface in the gulf of mexico. >> tonight there's a desperate search in the gulf of mexico for 11 workers. >> reporter: there were 126 crew members on board the rig.
11 workers never had a chance, their bodies never recovered. wednesday the victims families will gather for a solemn memorial that includes a fly-over of the area where the rig once stood. >> my brothers at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. he shouldn't be there. none of them should be there. >> reporter: the raging fire fed by oil and gas burned out of control for two days before the deepwater horizon sank in some 5,000 feet of water. investigators have spent the last year trying to determine the exact cause of the explosion. they're expected to release their findings later this week. but the manufacturer of the blowout preventer designed to prevent this tragedy said on monday the explosion wasn't caused by a failure of their equipment. little solace to the families of those lost. don teague, cbs news, dallas. >> joining us this morning from houston, four survivors of that explosion. nancy keplinger, daniel ba are
ron, doug brown and daniel plans field, good morning. >> good morning. >> yancy, you were the last one on that rig. you had to jump off. take us back to that moment if you can and walk us through what happened just before and then after you ended up in the water. >> well, i'll take you back to just before i left the bridge. the captain gave the order to abandon and when he did that my junior dpo grabbed two life jackets, one for her and one for me, and i started making the last mayday call on vhf channel 16, letting everyone know around that we are abandoning the rig. when we got down to the lifeboat
deck, i noticed the lifeboats were gone and there was eight to ten people that were still on the deck. one was in a stretcher, chief medic was getting the life raft ready, the captain and a few other guys were manning the life raft davit. i started helping the chief medic with the life raft, we got that one done, hooked up and i started on the second one just in case we needed it. we got the people, two or three people got in the life raft first, then we were able to slide the person into the stretcher in there into the life raft. a few people, other people got in, next thing you know it was me and the captain up there on
the deck and i stood there and watched the life raft go down. i was, you know, a little upset, we still had time to get in the life raft. i looked at the captain, i was like, you know, what about us? he looked at me and just he said, i don't know about you but i'm jumping. he jumped. >> it is amazing to hear you tell that tale. doug, you were one of the chief mechanics in the engine room when this happened. you fell through the floor, had to crawl out from under rubble. it wasn't until you got off the rig you realized how badly you were injured, walking around on a broken leg and air lifted out. after you got medical attention, what happened? >> after i received medical attention, it was about i would
say roughly about 12 hours, we were put in the car, me and another man and were driven from arkansas, where we were, and went to new orleans to a hotel where they were bringing all the survivors. i was one of the first to arrive there. the others were still on the boat trying to get off, and as soon as i walked in, i was ushered into a room, and then grilled by transocean lawyers. >> grilled about how you were doing, about how you were handling this, just hours after it had happened, about your health? >> yes. yes, they wanted to know what happened to me, what i saw out there, if i knew anything that
could help them. it was basically -- yes. >> go ahead. >> i'm sorry, i was done. >> i was going to ask daniel, you were two out of nine to survive on that day. when you made it off, you were then on a boat. you say you were held on that boat for 30 hours, five or six cell phones, for more than 100 people to get in touch with your families. were people holding you back from trying to get in touch with your families initially? >> i didn't really know that at the time. when we were on the boat, we had no cell phones until we got off the boat, and when we were being drug tested. we were held on the boat for 30 hours and then after we got off the boat they immediately made us do drug tests and then they handed us some cell phones. >> steve, i want to bring you in now, you're the attorney
representing these gentlemen. all of them understandably suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, have all been seeing psychologist among other doctors for mental and physical doctors. their pay was cut off in december, is that correct? >> yes, ma'am, transocean is their employer, and on december 15th, they just basically cut them off, and they're paying them somewhere around $27 a day, which is under federal maritime law it's called maintenance, and obviously that's $30 a day that's $900 a month, it's hardly sufficient to pay their bills, and that's what they've been living on since then. >> are their medical costs being taken care of? >> their medical costs are, for the most part. for some reason they just have not made a decision on doug brown's knee replacement. he had a bad broken leg, and the
doctor has been wanting to do a knee replacement for about 45 days, and they are for some reason are holding back on that. >> what are you and the gentlemen who are with you this morning, what are you doing for? >> well first off, i don't think there's any way these fellows are going to go back offshore and work. two of them have sustained like a closed head trauma or brain injury and they're just now beginning to deal with the ptsd and all of that, so there's i don't think any time soon they're going to be returning to any type of work so obviously there's lost wages, and then some of them have had surgeries and mental anguish and there's just so much, ma'am, that they've gone through this year, it's really been very, very sad. i would like to say something on their behalf. the 11 families that are missing their family members, as bad as these fellows are, they wanted
me to make sure and say that those families are suffering and they recognize that. >> it is a horrible tragedy all arou around especially as we learn what the past year has been like. brent we realize you're suffering from amnesia. are you getting the help you need? >> yes, ma'am. i'm pretty sure -- go ahead. >> no, that's fine. i just wanted to say unfortunately we have to let you go but we'd like to continue to follow your progress and stay in touch and learn about how you're handling this and how folks are helping you through it. thank you all for being with us this morning and sharing your stories. >> thank you very much.
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hour in some spots. south bay busy as well northbound 280. here's live look at 880/237. had an earlier disabled vehicle that's been cleared but still sluggish as you make the connection. elsewhere throughout the bay san mateo bridge a nice ride 15 minutes between 880 and 101. lawrence, how's the weather? >> we have some clouds out there and even a couple of scattered showers making their way across the bay area this morning. yeah, it's gray out there if you are heading out the door. not a washout for today but there is a chance we could see some continued on-and-off showers. so plan on bringing that umbrella with you and a light jacket. temperatures not all that bad as we'll see many of those numbers in the 50s at the coast, 60s inside the bay, mid- to upper 60s in some of the warmest spots inland. chance of lingering showers into tomorrow morning and then things begin to settle down a bit through thursday. i think more sunshine into friday. the clouds begin to pour back into the skies again as we head into the first part of the weekend. even a slight chance of showers mainly to our north. ,, ,,,,,,,,
welcome back to the early welcome back to the early show. top of the hour here on a wednesday morning, april 20th, 2011. good morning, everyone. i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. the royal wedding just over one week away. i've got a big question to ask you this morning, erica. are you jealous of kate middleton. >> i don't know that i am. there are some fun things that go along with being a princess. >> i'm jealous. >> i wanted to be a princess when i was littler. it ain't easy either. high class problems as they say. just ahead we'll be live in london to hear what hundreds of british women had to say when they were asked that very question mr. wragge just posed. we'll check in on the last-minute preparations and
tell you why prince william will, if all goes as planned be the last person to see his bride in her dress. >> so much speculation. >> i mean it's the best kept secret out there. >> we'll find out soon enough. >> indeed we will. as we mark the one-year anniversary since the disaster in the gulf we look at the wildlife still feeling the terrible impact, pelicans, dolphins, whales, sea turtles devastated from the oil spill but there is some good news here, some of the animal populations are bouncing back and dr. debbye turner bell went to chart the animals' progress over the last year. jeff glor has a check of the headlines we're following on this wednesday morning. good morning. >> good morning once again to you and everyone at home as well. a new storm system is moving east this morning after producing tornados in the midwest. the twisters in missouri and illinois overnight, one tornado,
possibly two struck south central illinois destroying two homes and damaging 15 others, missouri authorities say at least three twisters struck there but no serious injuries are reported. in covington, kentucky, a flash flood yesterday is still creating problems today, this is what it looked like. heavy rains closed roads, some have since reopened. firefighters in north texas are hoping for rain today as they battle a major wildfire, this fire near palo pinto, 50 miles west of ft. worth burned nearly 150,000 acres, one of nearly 40 wind driven fires that blackened more than 1 million acres in texas over the past week. investigators are looking into another error by air traffic controller involving a plane that first laidier michelle obama was on. she was returning to washington monday in a government 737, a controller let it get within three miles of a military c-17 cargo jet closer than rules permit because turbulence might cause a crash.
so the first lady's plane executive 1 foxtrot had to slow down and abort its landing. >> executive one foxtrot contact approach 119.3. can we slow down executive one foxtrot? >> the plane went around again and landed safely. today a new list of rules for airlines said to be the biggest change in passenger rights in more than 30 years. whit johnson is at washington's reagan national airport. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. hidden fees, tarmac delays getting bumped from an overbooked flight, things that drive air travelers crazy under pressure from the public the department of transportation is rolling out big changes to address those problems. it's a common sight at ticket counters, passengers switching clothes from suitcase to suitcase to avoid excess baggage fees. >> taking stuff out to get down to 50 pounds. >> reporter: most passengers
know they have to pay for checked luggage they don't know just how much until they get to the counter depending on the flight, airline, weight and size fees can range from $25 to $200 per bag, big money for the airlines, more than $3 billion a year for baggage charges alone. >> the fees they don't advertise well and that's unfa irto consumers. >> reporter: it's those frustration the department of transportation is trying to address. >> safety is number one and always will be. we want to make sure that passengers have some sort of rights when they get on these planes. >> reporter: the government is expanding airline passenger protections, changes include requiring airlines to tell you about all fees associated with the ticket and any additional costs like bag fees and meals. in addition to paying for lost luggage they will now be required to refund that baggage handling fee, if you are bumped from a flight because of overbooking the airline will compensate you up to $650 for a
short weight and up to $1,300 for a long wait. the existing ban on lengthy tar pack delays aflies to international and domestic rights. charles leoca is the director for consumer travel alliance. >> making the airline actually list all of their ancillary fees is a big change but not enough because we need to move forward and get that put into the computer system to compare prices across airlines. >> reporter: this rule expands on passenger protections that were issued back in 2009, these new changes will take effect in four months. jeff? >> whit johnson at reagan international thank you. greg mortenson wrote "three cups of tea." a "60 minutes" report raised questions about his charity group which raises money for schools in pakistan and afghanistan and whether the money was being used properly. in a statement last night the
montana attorney general said "we have a responsibility to make sure charitable assets are used for their intended purposes. mortenson's organization declined to comment. the group has raised about $60 million, experts say donors to charities need to know how the money is spent. >> if they don't want to answer questions in the media, they need to answer questions from the government regulator and sort this all out. >> mortenson's attorney is pledging full cooperation with the inquiry and the author denies any wrongdoing. it is six minutes past the hour right now. back over to chris and nice bracelet, erica by the way. middletonesque. >> i'm getting ready for the royal wedding. i feel like i'm a superhero. >> wonder woman. >> you know what i like? the musak in the background, poor whit at reagan, they're rocking a little jazz. fine way to ease into your morning. marysol castro has another
>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. here's erica. just ahead we are going to get you the very latest from london. kate middleton out shopping in london. not the only royal news for you that we have this morning. the wedding is nine days away. and boy, do we have some tidbits. stay with us, you're watching "the early show" on cbs. tidbits. stay with us, you're watching "the early show" on cbs. ♪
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down to single digit, nine days to go until the royal wedding. a new poll is asking british women whether they are jealous of kate middleton. the overall answer no. victoria, is it t looks like it's a gorgeous day outside buckingham palace but perhaps not the day everyone wants to be a princess. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, it is a gorgeous day. in a new poll conducted 86% of women said they'd not trade places with kate because she'd never get to lead a normal live. we live in an era of 24-hour news. people are much m 44% said they do envy their wealth. kate must love her prince. >> yes, she must, she was spotted out and about. this plays into theville people watch her every move. she was shopping for her honey
mune. she was on the road on tuesday. it was a shopping area, but she was in priced high street chain store warehouse where she bought items very clever. they have their items available on the warehouse. $10 if you want to look like kate, they will ship them to the state. >> we are in terms of preparation. the banld d of the guards was o practicing. what is their role. >> they were, it was amazing. we had the queen's foot soldiers were housed. they will be playing. the music on the day. they will be out entertaining the crowds in the morning. we saw the guards practicing their marching. there are new recruits in there that have been with the guards for three weeks.
they were exciting for the role on friday >> three weeks in and they get to do the royal wedding. >> for the folks, you can have your piece of the royal wedding. all of the money going to charity. you can download your copy for free. folks in the poll, said let's be honest. plenty of ladies would love to score a date with the bachelor and as i understand it, he has been promoted but he has training to do which could bring him to the states.
>> reporter: harry has had a great few days, last thursday he was promoted to captain within the british army air corps and qualified as an apache helicopter pilot. the next eight months of training is all weapons based, some in suffolk, some in arizona or california, so harry hunters in america are really lucky they could have a sighting coming up soon. >> ladies get ready. two lovely areas of the country, arizona and california. victoria, thanks. >> reporter: great talking to you, erica, thank you. >> keep up with all the latest royal wedding news, just logon to our website at earlyshow.cbsnews.com. animal survivors from the gulf oil spill we'll look at the impact on wildlife one year earlier, dr. bell went back and tell us what she found, ahead. you are watching the er oe e"ea show" on cbs.
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we've been talking about this first anniversary of the bp oil spill and the impact it's had on the gulf coast. resident veterinarian dr. debbye turner bell spent time in the gulf to see how the animals are doing there. >> good morning to you, chris. the gulf of mexico is one of the country's most important habitats for birds, more than 300 species live or pass through the gulf. in fact there are 34 federally protected species that call the gulf home. when the oil polluted this fragile ecosystem many experts
feared the wildlife might not fully recover. on the first anniversary there's good news and not so good news. these images showed the devastation that the largest oil spill in u.s. history wreaked on the wildlife in the gulf of mexico last year. more than 600 oil pelicans were cleaned and released out of harm's way, some in georgia, migrated south for the winter. experts wondered what would become of them. >> no idea whether they'd survive the winter. >> reporter: this biologist eagerly awaited a red band around the pelican's leg the mark of an oil spill survivor. >> the fact they've made it this far, survived a winter which is a stressful time for pelicans, and made it back here, migrating back north, all good signs. >> reporter: a glimmer of good news after months of bad reports. more than 8,000 birds, 1,000 sea
turtles and 100 dolphins and whales were found visibly oiled or dead in the months after the oil spill. today, this is what the pelicans original home in louisiana and sounds like, air cannons in the bay keep birds away from marshes still soaked in oil. this is state buyiologisted to bakers' territory. doesn't this drive you crazy? about a year later, this still looks this bad? >> well it's unacceptable, a year later we're still looking at mobile oil sheen, still seeing crabs and small little animals crawling through this mess. >> reporter: in numbers, birds top the list of the dead but experts believe endangered sea turtles may have been hit the hardest. >> they looked like they had been dipped in rich chocolate mousse. >> reporter: it has taken ten months for the 30 rescued sea turtles to heal from infections and broken bones, cared by at
the audubon in new orleans. they're finally ready to be redecembered but experts are questioning the health of the gulf after an unusually high spike in dolphin stranding along the coast. since january more than 170 have been found dead, nearly half of them babies. this is evidence? >> evidence. >> reporter: here are the freezers at the institute for marine mammal studies, thousands of samples await testing by the federal government to determine the exact cause of death. seems mighty suspicious that in the first calving season after this huge oil spill you have the high mortality? >> in the public's mind the connection is there, and that is why it's frustrating that we don't have the results that we should have to be able to mitigate these issues or answer these tough questions. >> reporter: cleanup here in baritaria bay will take years and may be longer before we know
just how much damage was done to the gulf's vital ecosystem. we came upon this injured frigate bird just rescued with oil on it. >> whenever they become impaired they seek refuge on the first piece of land to get out of the water. the bird found a tarball field. >> reporter: a heartbreaking reminder this disaster isn't finished claiming its victims. the reality is we may never really know the true death toll, some experts say could be 50 times higher than what's reported. however, experts believe the gulf can recover if we as humans are responsible. >> just going to take time. how much oil did you see when you were there? >> i was shocked, saw oil oozing up out of the ground. no matter how deep i dug i saw oil. >> how long before we find out the death of the dolphins? >> the government put a gag order. that could be years from now.
inmates and prison guards from san quentin helped rescue two people in distress in the water this morning. a small boat experiencing engine trouble capsized, after a man on board tried to fix the problem. a fire crew consisting of inmates pulled the man and a woman out of the water. they were rushed to the hospital. an urgent crime alert in oakland this morning.. it comes after another attempted sex ar lake merritt. an urgent crime alert in oakland this morning. it comes after another attempted sex assault near lake merritt. police say a man followed the woman home last night and demanded she take off her clothes. no word if it's connected to four other sexual assaults in the area. carry a stick, cane or even an umbrella the advice for people in the south bay protects themselves from animals. this warning comes after a string of dog attacks in the area. most recently two pit bulls biting a dog owner in san jose.
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bart a good choice this morning. all trains are running on time. ace, muni, caltrain, no troubles to report there. san mateo bridge also looking good. both directions 14 minutes between 880 and 101. and san jose looks like we are seeing some extra volume northbound to downtown. lawrence has weather. >> we have had some showers already showing up outside not too bad right now looking from mount vaca couple of breaks in between the clouds. we are going to see this on and off throughout the day today and it looks like a chance of more showers so if you are heading out just bring the umbrella and a light jacket. temperatures not all that bad. numbers going to be running into the 50s out toward the coastline, you have 60s elsewhere and you're looking at mid- to upper 60s inland. a chance of a couple of leftover showers i think tomorrow morning and then we're done with it. it's going to move out, dry things out for the better part of thursday and friday. more clouds on the weekend, chance of showers to the north. ♪ ooh baby, looks like you need a little help there ♪
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through. i mean -- >> hump day. >> done and done. i was going to say -- >> what exactly is going on? >> it's the sound -- >> it wasn't someone relieving his or herself. >> it's a spray tan. >> doesn't that look like you screw the weed killer on to your hose for your gardening? but it's not. all of hollywood, they would come and look gorgeous but yet we hear don't lay in the sun, you get skin cancer. they were getting that beautiful glow sprayed on. you can do it. it's way more accessible than you may think and more reasonable than you probably think but we also have some great do it yourself options. >> indiana jones here to provide the spray tan. >> sounds like an industrial leaf blower. not that bad. >> it ain't easy honey. also in our kitchen. a different and delicious -- >> that ham looks golden.
thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now over to chris >> marysol thank you so much. social network something not just about using facebook and twitter. a new breed of website is ready to help you solve some of life's little problems. mario armstrong is checking them out and got them for you this morning. >> good to see you chris. >> social integrated networks
how popular? >> hugely popular. the social network sites are creating these many conversations. people want to help other people out and made it easier for website developers and programmers to create them. now we're seeing this explosion so anything there's a problem for, there's a website that can pretty much help you with that or people can help you with that and seeing an increase even with people the fastest growing users of this are 74 aged and up. it's amazing and social networking for that same group in the last three years their use of it quadrupled from 4% to 16%. everyone is online using the site. >> let's talk about some of the sites, some are fascinating. first website say you've got a problem with something. >> right. >> i think this concept is fantastic. explain this one. >> squabbler.com. this gives you a chance to create a public forum. you upload your video in 30 seconds or less and the other party can see that video and
reply with their video. what you're seeing here are two people in a relationship, they've been married 20 plus years and she's arguing about the fact that he eats popcorn and drops it over the floor and leaves a trail and people come on to the site and vote on who's right or wrong about the issue. >> 30-second clip you have to provide, cannot be profanity laced. >> and everything on there from politics to news and entertainment to relationships. >> great way to solve an argument. lots of people have facebook and twitter accounts and a huge network of people that like to be nasty and post disparaging remarks. you can have someone get rid of the negativity. >> you can do it yourself, socioclean, so it's cleaning all that stuff about you that's in the social space, specifically on facebook, and i did this with a friend of mine, his name is tom and his came back, you get a grade, you go on to the site, it scans and searches for negative words or things that can have
negative connotations and shows you where that is. you're looking at greg's, the producer on the show. he has an "a" so he's squeaky clean. >> shocks me, not many people like him. >> me on the other hand mine came back like a "d" run for the hills, immediate action required. it gives you a sense of what's on these personal network sites that the public can see, and then directs you to where those things are happening so you can delete that information. >> excellent. now you've got a lot of different outlets, twitter, maybe a couple of facebook accounts. how do you keep it together? so you don't have to check all of them? >> too massive, passwords, all over the place. gwrestling.com allows you to find any information greplin finds you anything on your social networks. you search your hard drive for files or messages. search the web for any conversation you may have had or things you talked about but you can't remember on twitter or
facebook, where did that conversation take place or where is that information sitting. >> lots of people love food, love a recipe and can't find it. >> foodily, one of my favorites. there's so many recipe sites. this one helps you find recipes that have ingredients that you can eat. this is great for people who have allergies or diabetes or other health conditions and i did a search on pancakes without dairy, because i can't have dairy and up came a bunch of recipes that have basically vegan pancakes and share with family and friends so you can have a two-way street. >> another website, lactose intolerant. >> you saw that? you weren't supposed to post that. >> moving toe a new neighborhood trying to meet new people, wanting to let other folks know you're at number 20 park street. >> this is a big one,
homeelephant.com. funny name but kind of like a new way of a neighborhood watch, if you will. this helps you figure out who your neighbors really are. how well do you know your neighbors? >> not very well. >> that's the whole point. you get to make that community of your neighbors more well-known. everyone can upload a profile, things they have going on, use it as a messaging for alerts, someone's trash can is in my lawn or trash lid's in my lawn, doing an event, backyard, cookout, bring some food and drinks over. i think it's a real way for neighborhoods to really get closer and connect better. >> that's all we can ask for. that's all we have time for. thank you. good to see you this morning. mario armstrong, appreciate it. for more information on the sites, you know everything we need to know, go to earlyshow.cbsnews.com. here's erica. >> chris, thanks. summer is right around the corner, i promise it really is and so in anticipation of that warm day which will hit you some
day soon, sleeves are coming off, the skirts are getting a little shorter. could a healthy tan really help those body parts that have been hidden all winter? that's why it's time to become familiar with the newest trend in tanning. for years, that so-called healthy glow came with dangerous side effects, even death. but now hollywood stars are shining a light on a safer alternative. ♪ sun kissed skin so hot will melt your popsicle ♪ >> the spray tan. >> it's really popular among celebrities. spray tan something healthy, good for your skin as opposed to going to a tanning bed or laying out in the sun. >> jennifer lopez and jennifer aniston are two fans of the spray tan, while lindsay lohan created her own line of products. because of the convenience, many models use spray tanning instead of body makeup to change looks twine shoots. >> it's so fast in 15 minutes you have beautiful golden skin and now trickling down to the
general population where more and more people are getting spray tans. >> the convenient alternative is now even easier, because the spray tan can come to you. sign me up. joining us to show you how professional and do it yourself spray tanning options can help you out is beauty expert rebecca george. >> nice to be here. >> we see the spray tan. all of hollywood is doing it. must be expensive. it's fairly accessible. >> fairly accessible. you can get a professional spray tan and also do it yourself options. >> we're looking at a professional spray tan now. dante from beach sun tan something here with us. marcie is getting her spray tan on. takes five, ten minutes. how long will it last? >> this is going to last seven to nine days. we're proud of our new air brush solution, it's revolutionary. it's completely organic and we can mix up to 160 different colors to match each skin tone. >> you don't get that oomp
oompa loompa glow. >> if you can't get to a salon, do it yourself options are great. >> we'll start at this end and they're pretty reasonable, too. some as low as $10. >> this is australian gold instant bronze we are spf. important to use an spf, gives you the instant glow. >> put that on before you hit the beach. >> you don't want to look pasty. >> you still get protection as well. this is interesting. i would imagine it keeps getting mesy. >> this is revolutionary from dr. dennis gross, alpha beta glow pads. towelettes that contain alpha and beta hydroxy, they exfoliate and deposit the dha, the ingredient that causes the tan to happen. >> it's really important before you do any of these things, professional or do it at home
that you foliate and get rid of the dead skin. >> that's the golden rule. >> and this is for folks who may have sensitive skin. >> a lot of people with excema, when you apply this your skin won't get irritated. $10. >> love the $10. if you don't want to make the commitment to putting on the self-tanners, you can do it on and off, like a makeup. >> it's true. say you want to have a glow for going out, have a business meeting in the morning, this is from san tropez, wash on instant glow $18, apply it like you would with any lotion and it gives you that instant glow. rub it into your skin. looks muddy. you get that beautiful glow like makeup, as soon as you shower it
comes off. >> looks natural. this is an inside secret. we do this here on "the early show" all the time. people like their tan in january, you throw that on before the cameras go on. you can air brush yourself at home. >> this is from loreal. it contains the noddle that gives you the air brushed look. what i love when you do it yourself it's easy to get areas that might be hard to reach with a lotion. >> mibehind your back, shoulder. >> it's $10. >> a little bit more expensive. what's fancy? >> this is zen ten. e! live from the red carpet. this contains a dial so you can customize your tan. >> i see. >> dial it up if you want to go really dark. >> shows you how dark you're going. >> split, contains self-tanner and bronzer. you have the shimmery look as
well. a little bit more expensive. who doesn't want to look like a celebrity on the red carpet. >> marcie you're looking good. do you feel tan? >> healthier? >> yes. >> glow, baby glow. >> maybe next time we'll get you to hawaii. thank you for coming in. >> thank you very much. >> chris my tan friend over to you. >> i know nothing of what you're talking about. honey glazed ham for easter dinner on sunday, mix it up with fresh seasonal ingredients. you're here? >> i am here. i'll verify that. >> old classic this is morning with easter sunday approaching. good to see you. >> good to see you. we have great food for our easter brunch, all easy, affordable and kind of a modern spin on those classics except for one, there's one classic i'll always have on my menu, grandma's pea salad, i have that over here, made this every church dinner, easter holiday.
easy, lots of vegetables. if you can find fresh peas, fine. if not let them fall. >> put the bacon on top. >> everything is better. >> is that sour cream? >> it's just mayonnaise, plain old mayo. i suppose you could use ranch dressing or something like that if you wanted to dress it up. then we have to get to our eggs. >> this is like a little brunch. >> lunch brunch and after church come home and make it. i'm doing a frittata. i'm going to eight to the leeks, thinly sliced, i use the white parts only. >> get rid of the green? >> i don't do the green, they're kind of tough. and make sure you wash these really well because leeks are sandy. let this get nice and wilted and yummy and i'm adding shiitake
mushrooms, those are in season and asparagus, so yummy and this is a great recipe. you can substitute whatever vegetables you want to use, roasted red peppers, spinach, go for it. >> how many eggs? >> eight eggs. i'll switch this out after five to ten minutes, comes out looking like this. >> don't forget the cheese. >> well that's part of your job, chris. thanks for reminding me. >> just want to make sure. >> you can use goat cheese, cheddar, whatever you like. pour that in. goes right in the pan, the ten inch skillet and the great thing about this, that's all the work. that's it. you let this sit for about a minute. put it in the oven, 375 degrees. go down here, i've got one. pot holder, i don't want to burn myself. grab one that's already done. you got it? >> i think so. we don't want any accidents. okay. >> oops. >> i just made one.
you can see there's egg all over the oven, really nice. okay. this is our fritata, totally done. take that and flip it on to the plate. take the pot holder, come on chris. >> sorry. i don't want to burn myself. >> have we not had enough coffee this morning? flip it on there, that's it. a fritata can be served as room temperature. don't feel you have to pull this out in time to eat. cut off of that. let's get to the star of the show the ham, this is the moment we've been waiting for. you're not going to eat the eggs yet. you have to help me with the ham. >> darn. i want to eat. >> i'm going to make the glaze, an apricot glaze so i have apricot jelly that goes into a pan with dijon mustard, gives it a nice tang along with vinegar. >> how long do we have the ham in the oven? >> the ham goes in the oven for
about an hour and you want to take it out of the fridge about two hours so it comes to room temp. that way it doesn't take as long and the ham is already cooked, smoked and cured. you're really heating it. a little cloves, a little bay leaf, some sage, and you just want to let this cook for 20 minutes, gets nice and thin, comes out like this and then you want to baste your ham. you want to try this? >> surely. >> you're just going to rub it on the ham every 15 minutes. you have to make a commitment to your ham. it's going to be in there an hour and a half. >> stay in the kitchen and keep? >> yes. drink a coffee, have a little fun. okay. put it back in. and we've got one that's already done over here. pull the foil off of that. >> one, two, three? >> big reveal. >> voila, look at that. [ applause ] >> amazing, that is your glazed ham. >> looks so good. >> every 15 minutes for an hour
and a half. >> and that's how you get that nice crusty delicious beautiful glaze. the salty sweet, it's so so yummy. >> beautiful. we have our brunch and lunch and new dessert. >> blueberry coffee cake, great thing, not too heavy like a chocolate dessert would be too much next to the ham. i've got a little lemon glaze. lemon juice and confectioner's sugar and milk. doesn't that look delicious and blueberries to top it off, make it look pretty, and then for our cocktail a mimosa punch. be careful with that. >> whoa! >> so pour it in there, orange juice concentrate, club soda and bottle of perseco. it's about $10 a bottle. normally serves six, now it serves 20. this is great. >> there we go. looks great. let's have a quick pop before we
that's right as always we cannot get out of the kitchen. do we say apricot? >> i say apricot. >> i say apricot. >> most people say apricot. >> one of the things i love in your family, always mayonnaise. >> it's a southern ingredient, a food group where i come from. >> mayonnaise, butter. >> it's real yummy, that, butter
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lanes. couple cars involved. you can see traffic busy out of the caldecott tunnel so give yourself some extra time. busy anyway through the maze and as you approach the bay bridge toll plaza, you can see traffic still stacked up. metering lights remain on. stays that way across the upper deck into san francisco and a little slow near fremont. that's traffic. here's lawrence. >> all right. talking of weather around the bay area, we have already had a few showers to start out your day but a couple of sunny breaks in between. there is a good sunny break there between the clouds looking good over san francisco right now so you get the idea. bring that umbrella with you today. there is a chance we could see some showers on and off today. as we have the system bringing more moisture in off the pacific and yup, going to keep things unsettled today and into tomorrow morning. and then things begin to dry out. highs this afternoon mainly 50s coastside a lot of 60s elsewhere and tomorrow looks like we'll dry out toward the afternoon and that will continue into friday. i think the weekend could get interesting. we have another storm system heading into the bay area to bring with it partly cloudy skies especially on saturday. slight chance of showers to the north drying out as we look towards sunday. ,,,,,,