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at 4:30. >> speaking of bright, take a look. >> caption colorado, llc good morning. complete devastation. at least 194 people are killed across five states, as waves of tornadoes sweep across the south, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. >> i've been here 65 years. i've never seen anything like this. >> the damage stretches from texas to virginia, as entire neighborhoods are wiped out. hundreds of thousands are currently without power, and millions are left to pick up the pieces this morning. the final word. president obama reveals his complete birth certificate, saying, it's time to move on to the important issues facing america, including big changes in the administration. we'll go live to the white house for the very latest on the power shift inside the obama cabinet. and one day to go, the final
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rehearsal got under way this morning, as prince william and kate middleton prepare for tomorrow's big event, while london reaches a fever pitch in anticipation of the wedding of the year. "early" this thursday morning, april 28th, 2011. come welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. destruction on a massive scale. you will not see more vivid tornado pictures. mother nature unleashing her fury all across the south, like we mentioned, from texas to virginia, towns, homes, completely obliterated. these pictures from tuscaloosa, alabama, yesterday, and last night. just incredible images. the death toll continues to rise. we will have extensive reports from that entire region coming up in just a couple of moments. good morning, everyone, i'm chris wragge. he'll get you the very latest on that breaking news in the south in just a moment. as we said, erica hill is in
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london, continuing to cover the royal wedding. if the news has not made its way across the pond yet to the news outlets in london, it will shortly. this is just massive destruction here in the states. >> and those pictures, chris, are devastating. and it has, in fact, made its way here. coming up later in the show, those pictures, that destruction, definitely generating attention here. of course, the other big story is that royal wedding with less than 24 hours to go. you mentioned that kate was at westminster abbey for a final rehearsal this morning. final preparations are under way. we will bring you the very latest live from london. chris, i know we want to get folks caught up on everything that's happened overnight with the trail of destruction across the south. >> thank you. the scale of the damage there texas to virginia just unbelievable, as you've seen in these pictures the last few moments. at least 194 people are reportedly killed in five states now. no one knows how many tornadoes there were. some neighborhoods were just completely destroyed. alabama, hardest hit by far,
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reporting at least 128 deaths, as of now. a team of reporters in alabama for us this morning. let's begin with cbs news correspondent mark strassmann in tuscaloosa, alabama. very hard-hit area there. mark, good morning. what is the latest? >> good morning, chris. the latest, you see behind me. this is the edge of the destruction here in tuscaloosa. and now that it is first light, a search and rescue sweep in earnest will begin, block by block, house by house. and so many people here say the same thing. they looked at the sky yesterday, and this is what they saw. this black, massive mass coming at them. ominous, twisting, a mile wide. it was a killer tornado, just bearing down on tuscaloosa. and so many other communities, as well. it was part of a savage storm system that moved across the south from mississippi to georgia, texas to virginia, people scrambled for whatever cover they could, even inside a bathtub. today people in so many communities have their own horror stories. here in tuscaloosa, the home of the university of alabama, the twister ripped through
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neighborhoods, flipped cars, flattened homes and businesses, and killed at least 15 people. so this is a community in grief, along with a community in ruins. tornadoes spawned by this storm system also killed people in five different states and across the south, chris, the day after is going to be a shocker. >> day after obviously never good, especially after seeing those pictures and all that destruction. let me ask you this, with all the drama and devastation there, who's the most shocking part of this to you? >> probably just the number of people killed, chris. 128 people just in alabama. at least 165 people in five states. that is the single largest death total from tornado activity since 1947. i mean, 128 people just in alabama. largely rural state. that is an eye-popping number. but people are going to be in for even more of a jolt when they get into these neighborhoods and see just the ruin. they're going to see devastation, chris, that in their lifetime is on an unprecedented scale. >> all right, cbs' mark strassmann for us in tuscaloosa, alabama.
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now let's bring in cbs' terrell brown in pratt city, just outside of birmingham. terrell, good morning to you. how about your situation there? give us an update. >> chris, good morning to you. we are at a church in a suburb of birmingham. and when that storm came through it ripped off the front of this building. the roof here collapsed, and everything that was on the inside of the building really spilled out. so the front door of this building, sitting right here right now. cinderblock, brick, pieces of wood now, litter the ground. the only thing untouched, amazingly, in the front of the church, is the sign itself. relatively speaking, it is a miracle that this building is still standing right now. there are homes in this neighborhood that you can just now see as we're getting first light, that are decimated. homes, apartments, that once stood, that no longer stand anymore. they're not even in any type of existence. we were talking to some of the folks here that live in this neighborhood.
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and one man said, knows some of the folks that live here and that five people that he knows of were killed in this neighborhood alone. of course, as crews come back out today and begin to work, utility crews and power crews, they're going to be discovering later on today, some of the things that they were missing overnight that they couldn't see. certainly those downed power lines that we had to be so careful of when we were out here working overnight. >> cbs' terrell brown for us. thank you very much. and farther north, beth jett of our huntsville affiliate whnt is in harvest, alabama, with the latest on the situation there. beth, good morning. >> good morning to you, chris. and the first light is revealing some shocking images of the devastation out here in harvest, alabama. in madison county. now, the severe weather moving in yesterday in waves. and we can confirm this morning, six people, at least six people are dead. that includes a young girl, her father was critically injured. they were hunkering down inside
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their home, trying to wait out the storm, when their home was just knocked off of its foundation, much like many other homes in this area. the powerful storm spawned tornadoes, brought heavy thunderstorms, and near-hurricane-force winds. there are -- there is widespread destruction, as homes were flattened and cars were overturned. here in harvest, hailstorms left and right. again, the storms coming in waves all throughout the day. take a look behind me. this is an example of what was left behind in its path. this is a bp gas station or what was left of it. and obviously you can see extensively damaged. and the manager was inside it, actually, when this tornado came through. he said he locked the door and hunkered down. he was not injured. lucky, as dozens of people were injured, and we're getting more specific statistics of how many victims we have as a press conference is being held as we speak. that's the latest in harvest. >> beth, a quick question for you. as far as early warning systems around the state. what are you hearing? were people given enough time in different parts of the state of alabama?
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>> yeah, chris, they were. sirens went off all throughout north alabama, very easy to hear. of course, weather coverage on the radio, as well as tv, as well as the internet, was predicting this back since sunday, people had plenty of warning to know that these storms were about to become very dangerous, and destructive, as they did yesterday. and of course we're seeing the full extent of the damage today, as first rise here, sunrise. >> beth jett in harvest, alabama, for us this morning. thank you very much. joining us now from montgomery, the state capital, is alabama governor robert bentley. governor, good morning to you. >> good morning, chris. >> thank you so much for taking a few moments for us. we know this has been a devastating morning for you. but you've been in contact with people across your state. just how bad is it there right now? >> well, i think this is the worst natural disaster in many, many years in alabama. right now we have 128 confirmed dead.
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we have had long track tornadoes that have gone all across the state. and we've had massive devastation all over the northern part of the state. >> as far as your top priorities right now, what exactly are they for the hardest hit parts of alabama? >> well, of course, the most important is to search and rescue and find the people that are still hurt. there are some out there at the present time that we have not found, and so that's the most important thing that we're doing right now. and then, of course, we have people out there trying to restore power. we have all of our first responders across the state. last night i activated 2,000 national guardsmen. most of those are in the field at the present time. and we will activate more than that if we need it, to do the search and rescue. >> governor, i know you spoke with president obama last night. he declared a state of emergency for the state of alabama. are you confident that you are going to get the immediate aid
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necessary to help the people of your great state? >> i am. i spoke with the president last night, and he assured me that help would be coming this morning. in fact, probably some last night. but he assured me that the federal government would help, but we have some tremendous first responders in the state. and they're doing an outstanding job, and i'm very proud of all of those people that are out today. and last night they were out, all of our first responders are doing a very good job. >> governor, again, thank you for taking a few moments for us this morning. we know you are extremely busy. our thoughts go out to you and the people of alabama. >> thank you very much. >> governor robert bentley, thank you. now here's jeff glor at the news desk with a check of today's other headlines for us this morning. good morning. >> chris, good morning to you. good morning to everyone at home. you mentioned the president declared that state of emergency in alabama. also after taking the unprecedented step yesterday of producing his long-form birth certificate to counter the so-called birther controversy,
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president obama spent last night in new york city. he was at three different fund-raisers. mr. obama said the argument, the birther argument, was silly and it distracted from serious problems. but he also made light of the matter. >> no one checked my i.d. on the way in. but just in case -- >> that was last night here in new york city. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante has more this morning. bill, good morning to you. we know the controversy has obviously been out there for a couple years now. any more clarification from the white house this morning on why they came out and did this now? >> well, good morning, jeff. the president did say that he thought this issue was behind him. that it was pretty well settled except, of course, for those people out there on the fringes. but, in fact, our polling shows that 25% of all voters, and 45% of republican voters, believe, or have some doubt, anyway, that he was born in the usa. and so the president, when this began to occupy lots of news
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coverage, after donald trump began to bring it up, decided that he ought to put an end to this once and for all. and besides that, as he told oprah winfrey in an interview which will air next monday, there are other things that he'd much rather be talking about. >> we can't be distracted by side shows and as i said in my press conference, carnival barkers, who are going around trying to get attention. >> and, you know, this was something that was clearly the president's own idea. all of his staff people that i've talked to say that it was the president who decided, after the news coverage began to occupy a lot of space when trump began to bring it up, although they never mentioned trump's name, that he had to do something about this. chris? >> yeah. bill, it's still jeff. so he didn't mention trump specifically yesterday, but he did this because of trump. is there concern that -- from the white house, that they were giving in here?
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>> absolutely not. what they really think is, although they won't say this at all, is that they have a political advantage here. that the president occupies the high ground, that he is the one being seen now as wanting to get down to business, while there's a lunatic fringe out there, they'll never use that term either, that persists in believing this. but they think it works to their advantage. >> all right, bill plante at the white house this morning. bill, thank you very much. it is 7:13 right now. and we head back to london, where erica hill is standing by. good morning. >> jeff, good morning. good to see you this morning. this is, of course, the day before the big day. less than 24 hours from now, we will be in full swing at westminster abbey. cbs news correspondent mark phillips is outside the abbey this morning, where anticipation is really hitting a fever pitch, especially because, mark, as i understand it, there were a few rather important people in terms of the wedding at the abbey today.
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>> there are, indeed. let me just mention the phone that i've got stuck in my ear here as we're ironing out our communications difficulties. i'm not talking to somebody else, i am talking to you. but, yes, there are, i don't know, 300, 400, maybe more people already camped out here. to use a sports metaphor, they've staked out positions at home plate for this event tomorrow, and it's just across the street from westminster abbey, maybe 20 or 30 yards away from here, these people have come in anticipation, of course, of tomorrow's event. but they've gotten several sneak previews, as well, because of the rehearsals that have been going on. the wedding party has been here already twice. today kate was here with prince harry, who will be acting, of course, as best man, to go through the paces of what happens tomorrow. yesterday, the entire wedding party, including prince william, was here, as well. so the people who have come out here a couple of days now in advance, some of them have been here for that long, they, in
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fact, have managed to see something that the rest of the world at this point has not. erica? >> for the folks who can't be there, there are some new details they can download online. the official program has been released. and one of the most important questions answered in terms of the vows and what kate will say. >> yes. this was, you know, the big unanswered question. and now it has been answered. she will not, as the ancient tradition goes, promise to obey william in the old church of england marriage vows. william's mother diana didn't, either. the queen, when she got married here, she was the last major royal to have done that. what kate will say is that she will love, comfort, honor and keep. that's the phrasing that is now in the order of service that has just been released here, it's available online for people who want to see it. it's a very attractive book. and in it is a brand-new picture of the happy couple taken by mario testino, the official
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photographer, has been for william and kate. a very informal picture in which she is actually a little closer to the camera than he is in keeping with this modern couple look that they're cultivating. >> hey, really quickly, mark, we only have about 15 seconds but a very controversial invitation to the ambassador of seyria, as i understand it, has just been revoked this morning. is that correct? >> yes. the last thing anybody wants is for politics to raise its ugly head in this. but of course it has. the syrian ambassador, still this morning was on the guest list. there was a big hue and cry in the press as to whether he ought to be in what's going on there. now diplomatically the invitation has been withdrawn and he won't be there. so people won't be talking about him. hopefully they'll be talking about the wedding. >> okay. mark phillips outside westminster abbey. thanks for rolling with the phone, too, mark. thanks. want to head back to new york now where marysol castro has our first check of the national map and the weather this morning. marysol, good morning. >> good morning, erica.
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good morning everyone at home. just want to show you a recap of what was day three of those severe -- of the severe weather. there were 630 r
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>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now back to erica in london. >> mary, thanks. just ahead much more to come live from london. including a visit along the parade route where more than 1 million people are expected to cram in. we'll tell you what it's going to be like. this is the "early" show live from london on cbs. 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor and protein to help protect, preserve, and promote muscle health. keeps you from getting soft. [ major nutrition ] ensure. nutrition in charge!
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when we come back here on "the early show" we'll talk more about those massive tornadoes that have devastated the south. we'll speak with a young man who bravely shot this video. we'll find out what it's like to have a massive tornado bearing down on you. that's when we come back here on "the early show" on cbs. >> this portion of "the early show" sponsored by chrysler.
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a dublin police serg and good morning. it's 7:25. time for some news headlines. i'm frank mallicoat. a dublin police sergeant hospitalized with head injuries after a struggle that ended when she shot a transient man to death. the officer had encountered the man at a car dealership this morning. the suspect had a long record of violent crime. atlanta braves pitching coach has apologized for the way he responded to hecklers at at&t park prior to saturday's game against the giants. a fresno man says coach roger mcdowell used slurs and then threatened him with a baseball bat. that was after the man complained about the coach's comments that were made in front of his young daughters. san jose has the fastest rising rental prices in the united states. mpf research says san jose's rent jumped 7.8% in the 1st
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until about 9:00 this morning. there is a police investigation going on so they are blocking the off-ramp for a couple of hours. to the south bay we go now and northbound traffic heading out of downtown san jose starting to get busy towards cupertino and northbound 880 as you pass the coliseum. heavy traffic here, as well. no definite delays though towards downtown oakland. but we are seeing delays at the bay bridge toll plaza about a 15-minute wait to get you on the bridge. that is your traffic. here's lawrence with your forecast. >> elizabeth, it's all about the wind today. we are going to see the wendy conditions kicking up. already getting breezy right now over the city of san francisco. mix of sun and clouds. mostly sunny toward the afternoon but the winds are going to keep those temperatures down a bit especially out at the beaches. plan on 50s here, a lot of 60s inside the bay, mid- to upper 60s inland. next couple of days brisk and breezy especially at the coast. over the weekend though, here comes that sunshine, much warmer temperatures, 70s and 80s. ,,,,,,,,
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another look at these pictures from that devastating tornado that struck couple of moments. as the pictures continue to come in to our newsroom here at cbs. and the pictures and the death toll is -- is devastating at this point. we'll, of course, have much more from erica who is in london right now covering the royal wedding as we look ahead to tomorrow's big day. but first, jeff glor is at the news desk with another look at
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our top headlines for us this morning. jeff, good morning. >> chris, good morning once again to you. we'll get you all the latest on what happened in the south last night. that devastating wave of tornadoes that really ripped across the south. >> that is huge. >> alabama was hit hardest. this twister devastated tuscaloosa. take a look at the size. it stayed on the ground for more than a mile. the national weather service says 154 tornadoes were reported yesterday. you can see the map. and at least four more sightings this morning, spanning 11 different states. this is tuscaloosa, alabama, live picture this morning, where at least 15 people were k
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>> now back over to chris. >> well, we have seen some amazing pictures of the tornadoes in alabama this morning. but these are some of the most incredible. chris england who works at the university of alabama in tuscaloosa was able to catch
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this tornado on tape as it roared through the city of tuscaloosa and he joins us right now with his firsthand account. chris, good morning. >> good morning. >> for somebody who had never seen a tornado, describe exactly what you saw and why you decided, you know what, let me get a camera and shoot this? >> well, you know, one of the safest places on the campus is coleman coliseum, because the bottom two levels are on ground level or below ground level, and just so happened that my office is in coleman coliseum, and we're all in there, and the power went out. so we had no clue what was going on. so my boss and i went up to the third floor, and we actually ran up the stairs to the third floor to kind of look out the windows to see, you know, what we could see, and as soon as we looked out of the window, we saw what you see there in the video, and it was just, i mean it was just amazing. i mean, we just couldn't believe what we were seeing. >> how close do you estimate you were? were you zoomed in or were you actually as close as the video shows? because this looks dangerously close. >> actually, i was zoomed out to
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try to get the whole tornado, and i still couldn't catch it, the whole thing. i mean we were probably maybe 200 to 300 yards away from it. when we first saw it we really didn't know the direction that the tornado was going to go. we didn't know if it was going to come towards us or away from us or what. but it kind of started on the southeast section of campus, where i saw it, and kind of moved east. and what you see there in the end of the video is a dc- hospital, and that's kind of where i felt the pressure up there, and i kind of felt like the glass was, you know, having some pressure on it, and i realized it was probably time to go, and that's when i left. >> from your vantage point, though, could you see the destruction in its wake? >> i couldn't see any destruction, because it was behind some trees. but i could see, you know, it was snapping power lines, and i could see things being sucked up into the tornado. the different colors and the ground, and what you see here behind us here at mcfarland and 15th is actually, you know, the
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path that the tornado in my video went. so it's kind of surreal to be down here now and kind of seeing it, because this is the first time i've seen it. >> what did it sound like? and how long did this whole experience last? >> i really couldn't even hear anything. it was just -- i guess, i don't know if it was just because i was behind the wall and behind the glass and the windows and everything? i could hear just a little howl from the tornado. but as far as long as it lasted, you know, i first saw it, you know, just right at the corner of our coliseum and then it went over to the hospital and that was about a minute, maybe. and then that's when i left down. so, you know, how long it was on the ground, i don't know. but i stayed up there for about a minute, minute and a half. >> well, we're glad you're safe. thank you for taking the time here, chris england this morning. we appreciate you talking with us. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> and coming up next here on "the early show," we're going to go to florida where huge crowds will join congresswoman gabrielle giffords for tomorrow's space shuttle launch. this is "the early show" here on cbs.
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well, the countdown rolls on for tomorrow's launch of the space shuttle "endeavour." congresswoman gabrielle giffords
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is in florida to watch her husband, commander mark kelly, blast off into space. here you see her boarding a nasa plane yesterday, with a little help getting up the jetway right there. she's still recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. her attendance is bringing lots of attention to the next-to-last mission of the space shuttle program. joining us from the kennedy space center is cbs news space analyst bill harwood. bill, good morning. >> good morning. >> let me ask you right off the bat, any potential delays on the horizon? weather look good? all systems go at this point? >> everything looks good right now. there's some weather coming in later today that could cause some problems. but they think that's going to blow out as the night goes on. by tomorrow they're predicting an 80% chance of good weather. no technical problems of any significance. so it looks like they've got a pretty good shot at it. >> about 750,000 spectators expected to make their way down to florida for this historic launch. there's so much attention surrounding the congresswoman being there right now. can you give me a sense of what the anticipation is like on the ground there? >> well, there's enormous anticipation, as you might imagine. first of all, for the crew, they've been training for more than a year for this flight.
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like all shuttle missions. but really this is the next-to-last shouldle mission and there's a lot of anticipation, i think, in the public to get a final chance to see one of these winged orbiters to take off. toy really are unique. after two more flights no one's ever going to see anything like that again. or at least not for a long time. so i think there would have been a lot of interest in this flight anyway. and then the drama, of course, with the commander, mark kelly, and his wife gabby giffords, and the president coming down. you throw all that together with an enormous crowd and there's a lot of anticipation, indeed. >> yes, a whole lot in the mix right now. as far as the shuttle crew and the amount of time that they have to spend with their family, what is going on with them? how much time do we have left to spend with the family? or has that time already been cut off? >> no, they've had a lot bit of time during the countdown. every shuttle crew about a week before launch goes into medical quarantine. they don't want anybody to get sick on orbit so they limit access to the crew, try to give them a little privacy to think about the flight, go over their flight plans and get ready. of course, once the countdown
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starts and the crew flies down here to the kennedy space center, the family members gather. they were here on tuesday when the crew flew in from houston. nasa tries to set up an event at the launch pad. for example they'll take the crew out and family members and friends and get a chance to visit at the pad, see the shutting on the pad, and a few other events like that. but it's pretty low key. the chance to really be alone with each other for any extended period ended before they came here for the launch. so you know, it's a time for reflection, it's a time to make a few final tweaks to their flight plan and to get ready for launch, because it is a major eat vent. >> this is a massive passion. a $2 billion payload on board this shuttle, correct? >> it is. the alpha magnetic spectrometer. what's really magnificent about this flight is the $2 billion payload is on board. it actually got removed from the shuttle manifest back after the "columbia" disaster. the bush administration told nasa to finish the space station and retire the shuttle toward the end of 2010. and when nasa was looking at all the payloads they had to launch,
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the alpha magnetic spectrometer got written out of the schedule. it wasn't going to fly. and one of the things president obama did right after he got in office was to go along with the plan to start it in congress to add one shuttle flight to get this payload into orbit. so it's fitting this time around that the president's actually going to be here, only the third time a sitting president has been to a manned space launch, to watch this very important science payload get launched. they have a lot of anticipation for great science out of this thing over the next ten years. >> it is a very big mission and a very big day tomorrow. bill harwood at the kennedy space center with us. good to talk with you. >> thank you. >> like we said, big launch here in the states tomorrow. and of course, when we come back here on "the early show" we'll go back to london. it is a big day tomorrow there, as well. more on the preparations for the royal wedding when we come back. this is "the early show" here on cbs. [ female announcer ] bedtime is not for sleeping.
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historic tower of london, as we continue our royal wedding coverage. and with us is cbs news royal contributor victoria arbiter with the latest on all the excitement, the anticipation, the preparation. some of the biggest news this morning involving the bride, who was spotted at westminster abbey. >> she is. she was spotted this morning. we had no idea that kate would be back there this morning. it's definitely going to be the last glimpse we have of her before the big morning tomorrow. but what i was really pleased to see were the pictures that were taken. kate looks like she's finally having some fun. she looked relaxed. she looked rosy, she looked jolly. she looked like a blushing pride. the last time we saw her in lancashire where everybody was talking about her weight, she looked stressed. so i'm delighted to see that she's clearly having a blast. >> she also looks gorgeous and there's a new picture released this morning, the picture of her and william, their new official photograph and the two of them just look so happy. i think we have it to pop up. there it is. it's just a gorgeous picture of a couple that appears to be in
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love. >> it's radiant, isn't it? i mean it's just a stunning picture. mario testino doesn't take a bad picture. and neither do these two. i think william looks like diana in this picture. but you can see the joy emanating from them. if there's any doubters still out there you have only to look at this picture and you can be convinced. >> the photographer will be at the wedding. which is nice, that kate was there this morning but she and william were there last night for rehearsal. you, last night, were in trafalgar square where you did some of the final preparations, giant screens being put up for people to watch. >> they are huge. what's so funny, this is how excited people are at this point. they were taking pictures of the workmen putting screens up. when the flower truck arrived at westminster abbey the other night they were taking pictures of the truck. people can really feel like they're involved now, and this anticipation that's building is phenomenal. >> anything left to do at this point, would you think? or is everything taken care of? >> i'm hoping they can all just sit and take a breather at this point. there's definitely behind the scenes everything will be ready.
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it's the lord chamberlain's job to make sure everything is organized with military precision. it's done. now that they've had the bridesmaid' rehearsal this morning i hope they're going to put their feet up and enjoy. >> the program was released this morning. how we learned kate will not be saying obey in their vows. anything else in that program that really stood out to you? it's fairly lengthy. >> it is fairly lengthy. what was really nice, generally the archbishop of canterbury is responsible for doing a message at the beginning of the program. but william and kate felt they wanted to thank everybody for the support they've had. literally bringing the country, if not the world, to a standstill tomorrow. so to see them thank everyone and appreciate the affection they've received is really quite charming. >> you've been on the story for us since the very beginning. we moved over here to london away from your family. what are you looking forward to on the day? >> i'm so glad we've still got surprises. kate kept the dress a surprise. the kiss on the balcony. it's just been such a privilege to witness it firsthand. i can't wait to get the party started. >> you and i will have a front row seat. we'll be sitting at buckingham
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palace tomorrow watching it all along with rachel johnson. we look forward to seeing you a little bit later today and also tomorrow. our complete wedding coverage on cbs kicks off at 4:00 a.m. eastern time with katie couric up at westminster abbey. we'll have all of that coming up for you right here on cbs. still more to come live from london. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. pooches and puppies, we are fed up with being fed on. we demand k9 advantix ii. it not only kills fleas and ticks, it repels most ticks before they can attach and snack on us. frontline plus kills but doesn't repel. any tick that isn't repelled or killed may attach and make a meal of us. so let's put our paws down in protest. no fetching, no friendship till we all get k9 advantix ii. join us at [ male announcer ] ask your veterinarian about k9 advantix ii.
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a suspect is dead and a police has a serious head time for news headlines from cbs 5. i'm sydnie kohara. a suspects is dead, a police sergeant has a serious head injury after a violent confrontation in dublin. the sergeant fired her gun after a scuffle. she was bleeding from the head and is hospitalized. the suspect was a known transient with a long rap sheet. the san francisco 49ers have hired a sports agency to land the naming rights deal for a stadium in santa clara. caa sports negotiates contracts for prominent athletes. now the 49ers and the city of santa clara want to find a sponsor with deep buckets to fund the stadium. today bart's board of director will consider pushing the last it train on saturday mornings from 12:30 a.m.
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♪ good morning. as we welcome you back to "the early show" and to london. here we are once again on the river thames at the tower of london. just ahead in this hour you're going to meet sir malcolm ross. he was in charge of planning basically everything for the royal household for some 20 years. that includes a number of funerals including princess diana's and a number of weddings. so if anybody knows what is going on behind the scenes as we ramp up with less than 24 hours until the big day it is sir malcolm ross. he's our guest in just a little bit. the latest from him including apparently how the queen is feeling. word is she may be a teensy bit nervous this morning. that's ahead from london and
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much to get to across the pond back home in new york. chris, good morning again. >> the queen nervous in i don't know. i don't think so. let's talk about some of the things going on stateside and join jeff glor at the newsdesk for the latest on the deadly tornado outbreak. >> overnight death toll from that terrible tornado outbreak down south has risen sharply. this twister in particular left a mile wide path of destruction in hard-hit tuscaloosa, alabama. 160 tornadoes have now been reported across at least ten states. at least 194 people were killed in five states, 128 in alabama along. hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed. hundreds of thousands lost power. cbs news correspondent mark strassman is in tuscaloosa this morning with the latest on this. mark, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. a woman just walked past this spot. she was looking at the destruction behind me for the first time and said simply "oh,
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my lord!" people here are in shock. they're not flat emotionally much the way this tornado left their community. a blas mack of misery twisting in the sky. 15 people were killed just here in tuscaloosa. part of america's deadliest tornado outbreak since 1947. today emergency workers will conduct a search and rescue sweep in ruined neighborhoods. they hope to find only survivors. most people here have storm warnings and knew all day bad weather was on the way. many businesses had already closed. but when the storm hit, the warning was no match for the twister for its size and fury and deadly power. now, this city of course is best known as the home of alabama's crimson tide. the tornado swept south of the campus but the scars left behind here, jeff, will reach everyone here. >> mark, you talk about that search. we know that at least 178 people died so far and unfortunately officials now say they expect the death toll will rise.
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>> reporter: yeah. in fact, the governor has said he expects it to rise. the emergency workers expect it to rise. i think once we get in the neighborhoods now that there's light and search and rescue teams go in there they'll find pretty awful destruction and under that unfortunately they'll find those who did not get the warning in time or find the right kind of shelter. that's always the danger in these situations and what these folks and community face right now. >> the rescuers are trying to go in to find who may have been left behind. do we know when people might be let back into some of these neighborhoods? >> reporter: it's a good question. we have lots of people walking around here now. some are gawkers but some live in these neighborhoods and are being kept aside by the cops right now in part for their own safety. there's lots of destruction. shards of glass, debris that's dangerous. also downed power cables. all of that has to be addressed in some way before people can get back into the neighborhoods understandably eager to find out what their share in the destruction is. >> mark strassman in tuscaloosa
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this morning. also hard hit the birmingham suburb of pratt city just a little ways away from where mark is. terrell brown is there this morning. terrell, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. there are so many things that you can see now with daylight that we did not see when we first got here in the middle of the night. what we did see was this church. we knew that a tornado had swept through, ripped off the front of this building. the roof essentially collapsing and everything on the inside being forced out. so we have cinderblocks. we have pieces of the roof. we have glass. we have wood spread out all over this property here. another thing that we now see, power lines that were right near us all night long that were on the ground. trees that were down on the ground and probably one of the most significant things if you take a look out here on the horizon. widespread damage. out here this is where an apartment building used to be. homes set up in a residential style, many of them gone, the
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facade the only thing existing now. you can walk into some of the homes, look up and literally see the sky. so, again, this is the scene here and this is the scene that we're seeing play out across much of alabama, situations just like this. these powerful, powerful storms moving through and right now as you can see residents beginning the clean-up effort here, a very long clean-up effort in the days, weeks and months ahead. >> terrell brown. thanks very much to you. president obama this morning hopes he's put the so-called birther controversy behind him after releasing his long form birth certificate yesterday. the president attended three fund-raisers in new york city last night. he said it's time to move on to serious issues but also took time for a little joke. >> no one checked my i.d. on the way in. but just in case -- >> potential republican presidential candidate donald trump had been pressing the birther issue as you know and he took full credit for getting the president to release his full birth certificate.
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>> i am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue. now, we have to look at it. we have to see is it real. >> we're also really honored this morning to have cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante with us who joins us from the white house. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. the white house would love to believe that this is put behind them, but that's an open question. as the president himself conceded, there will always be people on the fringe who question whether he was born in the united states and donald trump has now moved on to questioning his grades in school. were they good enough to get him into harvard law school? but the white house believed that this issue was basically behind them until trump began to bring it up. and we're told that it was the president himself who decided it was time to bring this out, produce the original birth certificate and try to put an
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end to it. but there's a little bit more to that. this was also an astute political move. the white house believes that it gains the upper hand politically by putting the president in the position of asking to talk about serious issues while other people continue to rail away at his qualifications, whether he was born here or not. jeff? >> all right, bill. thank you very much. it is 8:07 p and marisol castro has another check of the weather as the awful situation continues down south. good morning everyone at home. we want to show you the national picture and where the severe weather has moved. it's along the eastern seaboard from florida to vermont. folks see severe weather in the form of rain, guflty winds, hail and maybe even the possibility of a tornado. we do have some precipitation in and around the great lakes area and that will last over the next 24 hours. but take a look at the middle of the country. middle of the country is actually very quiet for today. that's good news for the areas that were hit for three consecutive days with those severe storms. so this high pressure system,
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sunny skies, maybe partly cloudy skies that should help with the clean-up effort at least today, tomorrow, sunday the severe weather does have the potential to return to the deep
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rehearsal together last night at westminster abbey. that was a welcome sight. the abbey is one of the most visited sites but for the royal family there's a very personal connection to westminster abbey of course where monarchs are crowned. many are buried there. tomorrow a future monarch will be wed in the abbey and that begins the latest chapter in the history that traces back now more than a thousand years. the collegiate church of st. peter at westminster better known as westminster abbey attracts a million visitors each year. while some come to worship, many are drawn to the history here. >> coronation ever since christmas day 1066 when william the conqueror was crowned here. >> 38 kings and queens have been crowned here. the most recent queen elizabeth ii nearly 60 years ago. but tomorrow the focus will be
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firmly on the future and the world will be watching as katherine middleton appears in the grand gothic west entrance taking her final steps as a commoner and making her way up the aisle to join her prince. >> for any bride it's quite a moment as you walk into a church, the doors open. you see all the people waiting for you. she'll arrive to a crowd of nearly 2,000. >> i dare say that she'll have a certain amount of nervousness but i hope that she'll feel quite settled. >> very rhe took us on a rare p tour. >> but it's an intimate thing. everyone here is batting for you. i mean, they're with you. >> and the bride will have plenty of time to take it all in. how long is that from the door through the choir up to the altar? >> about four minutes. >> it's a long four minutes. the marriage of prince william and katherine middleton at
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westminster abbey is the first royal wedding here since prince andrew wed sarah ferguson 25 years ago and a very young prince william served as a page then. chances are he'll be a bit more attentive as the groom. >> i'm delighted that they're marrying here. they said that they had said that they wanted to come here because it's a place of staggering beauty and also of remarkable intimacy. i think that's true. >> for prince william, the abbey holds added significance. it was the setting for his mother, princess diana's memorial in 1997. >> people have thought isn't it rather sad and strange to be marrying in the place where your mother's funeral was. the answer is surely that in parish churches normally that we celebrate all the happy and sad events of our lives. >> the service will be traditional. the ceremony and vows follow the church of england's liturgy but
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there is room to personalize some elements. the couple chose their music of the day much to be performed by the westminster and royal chapel choir. approaching the altar where the ceremony will take place. >> exactly. as katherine arrives at this point prince william will be here beside her and the two of them will come up to the lovely cosmati pavement here. >> the couple will wed at the same altar where the groom's grandmother, now queen elizabeth ii, married prince phillip in 1947 and the same altar where william will one day be crowned king. and joining us now is a true palace insider. more than 20 years he served in the royal household as head planner for all major events including the last royal wedding of charles and camilla. here to tell us what it's like not only to orchestrate an event
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of this nature but to be a part of it. thanks for coming by. tomorrow i would imagine that as you're watching everything -- we have less than 24 hours to go now -- you would probably be the one person who would notice if there's been any change in the way things are normally done or any sort of a hiccup. is there anything in particular you'll be looking for? >> i doesn't think so, no. everything has been planned some time and rehearsed over and over again. nothing will have been left for the last moment. i don't think there will be anything left to the unexpected. >> many parts are specific. the protocol in some ways it's either we're interchanging some of the players so the groom this time is william and the bride is katherine middleton but there are certain things that must be done. >> yes. with william and katherine, they are adult. they've actually been around for a long time and together for a long time. they've put their stamp on this wedding. it's unlike a lot of the weddings around here. it's very much their day and she's been very definite what
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she wants. >> how much of that has to do with their ages, they are an older couple. >> >> very much. 29 and 30, whatever they are will make a lot of difference to other brides and grooms that we've had and it will show. >> what do you expect from the queen tomorrow? she's the grandmother and by all accounts she and william are very close. her approval on a personal level was very important to him i've been told anecdotally. do you think she'll cry? >> i i don't think she'll cry. it shows on her face that she's nervous. not for herself because after all she's seen it all before but nervous that she hopes it will go well and tomorrow i know she'll hope it will go well for william in particular and kate. >> you can see it a little on her face. as you're watching the queen when will you know she's past the point of nervousness that she's relaxed and can sit back and enjoy the day? >> when the actual marriage ceremony is over and everybody will then relax in the abbey because then it's the last phase
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of coming down the aisle as a married couple followed by the queen and the middleton family. >> you're going to be there in the abbey watching the ceremony. because you know the royal family so well, is there anything in particular that you're looking forward to seeing tomorrow? >> no. i just hope that they're happy and enjoy it. it's terribly important. it's a national event. it's terribly important to us but it's a family celebration and i hope that they actually can allow themselves to celebrate like any other family wedding. >> you had -- you planned the funeral of princess diana which of course planning a wedding they've had months and months to plan this and a lot of things are set in stone the way it's done. you had only five days i believe to plan that. was that the biggest challenge? >> yes, it was an enormous challenge because it was unexpected. that was particularly unexpected and also princess diana was 36 so unusual to die at that age and divorced. she wasn't in the family anymore. there was nothing on the paper at all the. >> but you pulled it off beautifully and that is a memory
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many have. it will be nice to see them at westminster abbey again. >> i just hope there's not too much comparison between the two. this is something quite different in every way. >> it will be definitely a celebration. appreciate the inside scoop. thanks for being with us. sir malcolm ross joining us this morning. stay with us. we'll be right back as coverage continues live from london. ® xc. man: and all the pens are put down... woman: and everything there is to learn is learned. man: till the heroes retire and the monsters return to their dens... woman: and all the plots are wrapped up. man: till that day...
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an early morning fight left one man dead and a dublin police good morning. it's 8:25. time for news headlines. i'm frank mallicoat. an early-morning fight left one man dead and a dublin police sergeant hospitalized with head injuries. the sergeant fired her gun after a scuffle outside a car dealership. authorities say the suspect was a known transient who had a long rap sheet. santa cruz investigators believe this man had been living in an apartment with the body of a dead woman for three weeks. he is in jail on a parole hold based on a prior drug conviction. investigators don't know how she died or what she was doing in the apartment. federal officials are asking for thousands of pages of documents from california regulators for a new probe in a last year's san bruno pipeline explosion. today the "chronicle" reports
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it may be a little sluggish westbound, as well. some speeds under 25 miles per hour. all right. the golden gate bridge, everything is free-flowing in either direction across the span. just getting word northbound 101 before the pay gates. there is a bus in lanes that might be an accident. there might be some slight delays there. south bay not too bad. northbound traffic on 280 lighter than normal out of downtown san jose. and traffic at the bay bridge is great. here's lawrence with the forecast. >> we have plenty of sunshine today. started out with a couple of clouds and a few continuing to linger over the bay but we are looking good right now. so the thing to be concerned about today will be the winds. and they will be blowing especially at the coast and inside the bay. expect some gusty winds to 30 miles per hour. maybe a little stronger than that through some of the mountain gaps so it's going to blow pretty good today and tomorrow. still mostly sunny skies both days and the weekend should be spectacular. high pressure building in offshore winds, some temperatures in the 70s and 80s. ,,,,,,,,,,
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half past the hour as we welcome you back to "the early show." all this week we have been guests here at the tower of london. just a few hundred yards from the stunning, priceless collection of crown jewels. it literally requires a fortress for safekeeping. in its storied, thousand year history the tower of london secured england's most notorious criminals. today it secures the monarchy's most prized treasures, the crown jewels. still worn by her majesty on special occasions the royal jewels have adorned the kings and queens of england for centuries. this imperial crown worn by
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queen elizabeth has more than 2800 diamonds alone. >> they are an iconic item. and the rest of the world looks on in great awe. >> reporter: but you don't need a royal invitation to see these priceless gems. each year more than 2 million people wind their way through the tower to catch a glimpse of the crowns, scepters, and some of the largest diamonds in the world. the crown jewels are london's most popular tourist attraction. but photos are forbidden. so if you want to see them, you'll have to visit the tower yourself. now i'm lucky enough to be holding the replicas here. this is the imperial state crown and the sovereign scepter. at the top of this scepter in the real one would be the star of africa diamond which is 530 carats. yeah, only slightly bigger than my engagement ring. what's incredible is they actually use these for education purposes here at the tower. i did get a chance to go in and see the crown jewels and they are absolutely magnificent. they're everything you would
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imagine and more. as you can imagine, it's for security purposes that we can't take any pictures of them. so you will have to come here and visit yourself. i highly recommend it. the folks in the tower have just been wonderful to us all week long. this has definitely been a highlight of our time. >> i can only imagine the security that's probably around you off camera right now. >> yeah. there are one or two folks who are making sure i don't run off with them. even as replicas. >> exactly. you make sure you stay right there. we'll get back to you in just a couple of minutes. how about a check of the weather? it's been a major story in the states here. >> it has been and we're going to tell you first with the high temperatu temperatures. we'll show you the high temperatures. some areas really seasonable. 75 in l.a. 49 in chicago. 67 in caribou is actually
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>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now here's erica in london. >> marysol, thanks. we wanted to get you as much
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inside scoop as we can. so who better than someone who has not only met the royal family, but shares their accent. sharon osbourne is one of the stores of "the talk" here on cbs. but one job isn't enough for this busy lady. she's also a special royal correspondent for "the insider" this week and she's joining us this morning for some insider royal wedding talk. such a treat to have you with us this morning. >> thank you. good morning to you. >> good morning. we've a little bit of delay for the folks at home who may be noticing that. i understand you've actually met the royal family on several occasions. you've been in their presence. give us an idea, what are they look? are they sort of stuffy and very regal? or can they let their hair down and have fun? >> it depends. the queen and prince philip are what you would imagine. they're very old school, very traditional. but william and harry and
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camilla are not what you would think. you could have a real good laugh with them. they're very, very approachable people. >> and camilla, too. i love hearing about that. we hear a lot about william and harry. we know they enjoy a good time, they like dancing, they like music. how much of your husband's music do you think they listen to? >> well ozzie formed for the entire royal family on many occasions. many occasions. i don't think the queen likes it too much. because i think after the last time he performed before her, she didn't say very much. so, i think it was a bit much for her. >> if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all, i suppose. you've been doing so much fashion commentary lately along with your daughter kelly. >> that's right.
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>> what do you think we will see kate middleton wear? >> i think that she will go pretty traditional. and i would like to think that she would go with a designer that's quite unknown. i think it would be lovely if she gave somebody starting off a great opportunity to design for her. i hope she does. >> are you interested at all, too, in seeing -- we seem to be obsessed, and i count myself among those people at this stage, with the hats that everybody could wear tomorrow. will you be looking for some of those, as well? yes, of course. i mean the thing that a lot of women are wearing here now, you know, feathers coming up from ridiculous angles from the head. so they fascinate me. so i'll be looking for all the feathers.
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fascinated by the fascinators. all the girls back in l.a. at "the talk" must be at least a little bit jealous that you're here in london for the event. i know you've been doing updates on the show. have you been shopping for any souvenirs for the girls? >> i have got them bagfuls of souvenirs from china plates to pillows to little horse and carriages for kids. i've got them the whole nine yards. >> perfect they will be well outfitted. your coverage on "the insider" and on "the talk" as well on cbs. sharon osbourne, thanks so much. on the eve of the royal wedding there is still much to take in. there are also plenty of new details to report. less than 24 hours out. and we are not done with the news. we want to give you a look at what tomorrow morning will look like from the weddings, the parade, to the couple's first public kiss. 20 do that we have our cbs news correspondents fanned out across
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the processional wedding route. michelle miller and ben tracy are there. along the route we want to begin, though, with mark phillips who is standing by outside westminster abbey where there are -- there's a growing number of royal fans camped out there at what has essentially become a tent city. those die-hards were awarded this morning with a glimpse of the bride and the best man. >> yeah, they were. there's a ground zero in this event, this is it. the tent city has been forming for a couple of days now. probably 300 or 400. it will be well into the thousands by the time this happens dom. this may be the most coveted bit of real estate on the planet right now. people still trying to get in. they did get a glimpse of the royal party coming to rehearsals here. we're right across the street from westminster abbey and these are probably the best seats in the house, unless, of course, you're actually in the house. but this is where people will get the first glimpse of kate, of the dress, of everything that you've just been talking about with sharon osbourne. this is really where the festivities, the celebration, of
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course, this great marriage, really begins. erica? >> not a bad spot for you to be. mark, thanks. and along the route, on the duke of york's steps along the mile, which is the route that the newlyweds will take from westminster abbey to buckingham palace we find michelle miller. michelle, good morning. >> good morning. a lot of setup along the mile here at the duke of york steps. care cades and the like. this is the place that leads up to the main boulevard that leads up to the buckingham palace. and kate middleton and prince william will travel along this route not once, but twice. of course, first prince william as he comes from clarence house to the abbey, with this best man and brother prince harry in tow. and then, of course, catherine middleton will be escorted by her father on the way to the abbey. once the wedding is over they will travel down the horse guard's parade. that street right there. they will turn onto the maw.
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hundreds of thousands of people expected, both subjects and visitors alike. once their carriage actually passes this point, police will allow the crowd to come in and spill in. they will walk up to the palace gates, it will be quite a scene. already a scene out here. lots of tourists, and even one kate middleton and prince harry royal lookalike. so it's already fun out here. >> probably not the last ones you'll see. we want to move up that route now to ben tracy. cbs news correspondent who is standing outside buckingham palace where we will see essentially the grand finale of the parade. right, ben? >> this is the grand finale, you are right. the marriage will come up here as you are saying and end at buckingham palace. this whole area, this kind of professional syria, built in 1911 to honor queen victoria who made this palace a palace.
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she was the first royal to make it a royal residence. but what people are going to be looking for here is a particular moment. we are hoping the royal family comes out on the balcony up there on buckingham palace and hopefully prince william, his new princess catherine, perhaps will share a kiss for the crowd, just like his parents did, prince charles and the late princess diana back in 1981. and lest you think that any of this will go uncovered, take a look at this. this is the media encampment over here at buckingham palace. and this does not come cheap. each one of this little slots cost about $100,000 per network. the good news is i'm told that's not coming out of our paychecks. so something to look forward to. >> that's excellent news. we'll be right up there in that perch tomorrow. i'll be stationed up there. ben, thanks. the action here starts around 11:00 a.m. in the states. back at home, things begin much earlier. could be as early as 2:00 a.m. if you're on the west coast. even earlier if you're in
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hawaii. we want to make sure you know exactly what the schedule is to tune in. to do that we brought in cbs news royal contributor victoria arbiter. you've gone through and put together an exact time line for us. >> that's right, erica. well, this time tomorrow, prince william and his new princess bride will be kissing on the balcony at buckingham palace. in order to make sure you can catch that magical moment and all the other must-see events of the day, we've got all the royal details from start to finish. take a look. 164 days ago, prince william and kate middleton announced their engagement to the world. >> prince william, catherine, congratulations. >> reporter: tomorrow their union becomes official. great britain hasn't seen a royal bash this big since charles married diana 30 years ago. 750 million people tuned in to the event. will and kate's viewership is expected to nearly triple that. and with more than 7,000 journalists on hand to dissect every moment, it needs to go off without a hitch.
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at 5:10 eastern, prince william and his brother harry will chief clarence house, his residence, and make the five-minute trip to westminster abbey. a half mile away at the goring hotel the bride-to-be will be in a five-room suite that costs approximately $6600 a night. but that's nothing compared to the $52 million tab london is stuck with. at 5:40 the queen and her duke leave buckingham palace for the abbey, where most of the ceremony's 1900 invited guests should be seated. after all, she is the queen. six minutes later, father and daughter will exit the hotel through a tunnel to conceal england's best kept secret, kate's $50,000 gown. they'll make the trip to the church in a stylish rolls-royce. when kate exit the car at 6:00 a.m., the ceremony begins. 60 high definition camera also capture her four-minute walk down the aisle. broadcasting it to the world. the mounted screens inside the abbey will not, ensuring prince william will be the last person
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in the world to see the beautiful bride. once they are wed kate the commoner becomes catherine the princess. the bells at westminster abbey will ring out in celebration for three hours for the crowd of 1.1 million people. at 7:45 a carriage procession led by the household cavalry will escort the newlyweds back to buckingham palace where they'll emerge at 8:30 for the traditional balcony kiss. and no matter where you live, or what time you get up, this is one wedding you'll never forget. >> victoria arbiter with that. thanks. there are countless royal wedding viewing parties going on around the world tomorrow. and to help you throw the perfect one we brought in award winning mixologist charlotte voisey. she's here with the menu, the drinks, the details to turn this into the party of the year.
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>> thanks for having me. >> for anybody concerned there may not be enough time to get it all together, plenty of time. in fact you've downloaded some of the decorations we have out here. >> right. the bunting is downloadable from and the invitation, you can invite your guest officially from and you can even print out your official program. >> no excuses for not being ready. as part of the theme, since this is a wedding you have cocktails for us that are something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. >> that's right. let' start out with something old. >> we're going back into history of a classic tock rail. actually on princess mary's big day in 1922. a bar tender called harry craddock created this drink for her. old-fashioned ingredients. the queen mum's favorite. a little dry vermouth. i'm just going to shake this up. >> okay. and you can have a little taste back in time. >> all right.
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>> shake it with a little ice. you have some lemon here. a little twist. >> a little twist on top. >> and someone told me the queen likes her martinis, gin with a twist. >> that's what i've heard. so cheers. >> the happy couple. >> to something old. >> what we decided was this one was prepare d to wake you up in the morning. >> it's got a little kick to it. but it's nice. it's very smooth. >> right. that's the princess mary cocktail. >> og old. >>ing so new. >> i created a brand-new drink for prince william and kate. and this is the royal balmoral punch. >> balmoral is, of course, where they spend a lot of time in the country. >> that's right. so beautiful castle up in scotland where the royals love to get away for a little relaxation. and only the best for them on their big day. we've bought the world's most awarded scotch whiskey. and i've added some british apple juice, tea and simple syrup.
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and just some traditional lemonade to lengthen it. have a little. >> we'll try it. cheers. to something new. and what's fun with this, being scottish, we can throw in the national flower of scotland the thistle. and that can be just a fun garnish. >> this is very tasty. a little light. i like the lemon in it. is this some scottish -- >> yes. it marries perfectly with the balmoral punch. >> i like the thinking. now here we have something -- >> borrowed. >> and also some friends that you can bring with us. this cracks me up. >> it's hilarious. >> are these tea bags? >> yes. from prince harry. >> you know he's now the most eligible bachelor. >> he is still available. >> don't tell my husband. >> this one is really fun. i borrowed this tradition from the east end of london. if you want to pour yourself a cup of tea you'll find out there's something a little different. >> this doesn't look like traditional tea. >> a cup of tea is referred to as a rosy lee.
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in the east end they'll have a rosy lee in the straight parties. it's not just tea it's a nice gin martini. >> something a little pink or grapefruit. >> i've used some rose infused simple syrup. english rose, kate middleton. make sure you stick your pinkie out. >> oh, oh. the proper way to do it. >> yes. >> with harry. i really like that. i wasn't sure about the rose but it's delicious. >> and we've paired that with quintessential afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches in the front which go great with a hendrix gin. skoens. >> with butter and jam. >> i love it. i'm going to have to have a little snack. but before we can do that. something blue. >> well i was inspired by the beautiful engagement ring that kate has, of course, passed down from princess diana, laidsy diana. we've done a little old-fashioned liqueur, a little
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cucacao. >> does it taste like violet? >> it does. >> and the finishing touch, what's a party without some publy. a little bit of champagne to top that off. >> the blue cupcakes. all the fantastic cookies, the ring, the bride and groom. big ben. cheers. >> cheers. >> wonderful. >> finish it up. >> edible here. >> my goodness, they're beautiful. >> before we head out, this is the official champagne you mentioned. >> what do we think? >> delicious. >> good, thank you. >> i love them all. and they're original and fun. we'll have all the recipes at our website. charlotte, thanks so much for bringing them in to us. you can find all the recipes at we hope we've inspired you to throw a little party of your own. don't leave us just yet. there's still much more to come on "the early show" live from london right here on cbs. stay with us.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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one last look at the tower bridge there. we want to say a final thank you to the folks at the tower of london who have been incredibly hospitable and accommodating all week long. it's been such a treat to make this our home away from home right here in london as we bring you all the latest royal wedding news in the countdown to the big day. cheers to you guys. i miss being with you. i promise i'm going to bring back some good treats and maybe even a story or two. >> just you bring back that tiara and scepter and we're all square. how's that sound? >> i'll make sure that this one has your name on it chris. >> thank you. >> wonderful job. best of luck tomorrow. i know i speak on behalf of all of us. have a great time tomorrow, okay? okay. on that note. >> on that note. >> just going to say -- >> sorry.
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>> that four-second delay. >> huge delay. >> have a great time tomorrow, erica. thank you so much for joining us all week. don't forget to tune in to cbs bright and early tomorrow for the royal ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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a suspect is dead and a police sergeant has a serious head injury after a violent confrontation in d a suspect is dead a miss sergeant with a serious head injury after a violent confrontation in dublin. the sergeant is hospitalized. the suspect was a known transient with a long rap sheet. >> a hear on the same-sex marriage ban is going to be heard on june 13 to consider throwing out the striking down of proposition 8. supporters want to disqualify the judge's ruling because judge walker announced last month that he is in a 10-year gay relationship. and the san francisco 49ers have hired a sports agency to land a naming rights deal for a
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good morning. it is slow going right now heading out of san francisco on 101. southbound 101 before cesar chavez. we have an accident there and it is actually slow on 101. it looks sluggish on 280 as well through the 280 extension. all right. bay bridge, we have not had much traffic at the bay bridge this morning. metering lights remain on. you can see one of the worker men out there. so far, so good though heading into the city. it sounds like it's sluggish on the incline to the "s" curve but before the pay gates not much traffic and the last half hour or so this starting to get jammed. those northbound lanes past the coliseum through oakland. that is your traffic. here's lawrence with your forecast. >> elizabeth, we have a lot of sunshine out there now. we have passing clouds early on but looking good. couple of hints of clouds still moving by. but we have a great day coming up as far as sun is concerned. the big problem may be the winds at the coast especially. it's going to gust strongly some of those gusts 30 plus miles per hour along the coastline. gusty winds expected to continue with some cooler temperatures into friday. but the weekend looking good.
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