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thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. president obama visits ground zero here in new york today, where the world trade center towers once stood. this morning's trip follows mr. obama's decision not to release pictures of osama bin laden's body, or his burial at sea. the president told steve kroft at "60 minutes" that it is important the very graphic pictures do not become a propaganda tool, or incite violence. the president also said america doesn't, quote, trot out this stuff as trophies. we don't need to spike the football. randall pinkston is at ground zero with more on this. good morning, randall. >> good morning, betty. as a candidate he came here to ground zero, but this is the first time president obama has been here since he was elected. it's a significant pilgrimage, coming just six days after he ordered the attack on osama bin laden's compound. president obama will visit ground zero today for the first time since navy s.e.a.l.s killed osama bin laden.
he will lay a wreath at the site and meet privately with 9/11 families, including jim riches whose john jimmy died in the attack. >> president obama promised us when we went to visit him last time that he would hunt bin laden and these other men down, and he's a man of his word. >> reporter: the president's trip comes a day after he told cbs news' "60 minutes" photos of bin laden's body would not be made public. >> we've done dna sampling, and testing, and so there is no doubt that we killed osama bin laden. >> reporter: he said releasing the pictures could put the u.s. at risk. >> it is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head, are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. >> reporter: the president is not expected to make any comments here at ground zero. the white house says he wants to focus on honoring the victims, not exploiting the death of a
killer. >> you're going to have people who criticize it. you're going to have people who accept it. >> reporter: the mother of firefighter christian reganhart who died on 9/11 said she wouldn't want to sew the photos. but on capitol hill opinion is divided. >> it is in our national security interest to prove it beyond any reasonable doubt. >> if someone doubts right now, with all the verification that we have, they're always going to doubt. >> reporter: the obama administration is already moving forward. focusing on the wealth of evidence from bin laden's compound. in addition to the 9/11 families, president obama will also be meeting with firefighters, rescue workers, and other first responders. the president extended an invitation to former president bush, but he declined. reporting live from ground zero, i'm randall pinkston, back to you in the studio, betty. >> all right, randall, thank you. you can see the rest of steve kroft's interview with the president on this sunday's "60 minutes" right here on cbs. more details of the raid that killed osama bin laden are emerging. several weapons were found in
the room where bin laden was killed. meanwhile, computers and other physical evidence recovered from bin laden's compound is turning out to be an intelligence windfall. joel brown is in washington with the latest on that. good morning, joel. >> betty, good morning. there is a growing sense among counterterrorism officials that al qaeda is on the ropes. the hope is that this evidence haul may help the u.s. deal another significant blow. the raid into the bin laden compound led to more evidence than u.s. officials had ever expected. at least five computers, a dozen hard drives, and more than 100 computer discs were recovered. the s.e.a.l.s also grabbed handwritten notes, weapons and personal items that could reveal key clues about other high-ranking al qaeda leaders and potential terror plots. along with the body of bin laden, another intelligence find. the s.e.a.l.s discovered 500 euros and two phone numbers sewn in to the al qaeda leader's clothing.
now intelligence analysts are digging into those numbers, tracing previous calls to and from those phones, mapping out a network of terrorist communications. >> who was talking to bin laden? who was he communicating with and directing? are there other links and phone numbers tied to those phone numbers? >> reporter: details continue to emerge about the 40-minute firefight that ultimately took out the al qaeda leader. when the s.e.a.l.s finally found him, children ran out of the room. bin laden's wife rushed the commandos. she was shot in the leg. that left bin laden alone, face-to-face with the s.e.a.l.s. one shot him in the chest. and another finished him off with a shot in the head. he was unarmed, but a pistol and an ak-47 were found in the room. >> he made no indication that he was going to give up in any way. lots of movement in the room. dark, it's confusing. they've been taking fire. i think it was absolutely the prudent and right thing to do by that special forces officer. >> reporter: now some in washington are questioning why intelligence officials are even
hinting about what they found after the raid. but those officials want al qaeda to know that they have something, in hopes it pressures them to make mistakes and expose themselves to danger. betty? >> well, joel, for the most part, the raid went according to plan. but the s.e.a.l.s did leave an important piece of machinery behind. tell us about that. >> right, betty. they did have to abandon one of the blackhawk helicopters. they tried to blow it up with explosives, but pictures from the scene show that much of it remained. now experts are analyzing the photos, because if you look at the tail section of the plane, it appears to show what could be a new version of radar evading stealth technology. and obviously now the pakistanis have what's left. >> all right. joel brown in washington. thank you, joel. the suspect in the bombing of a florida mosque has been shot and killed by law enforcement officers in oklahoma. samuel matthew smith, believed to be seen in this surveillance video, had been on the run for nearly a year. he faced charges in connection
with the bombing of an islamic center in jacksonville, florida, last year. no one was hurt in the blast. smith was tracked to a remote state park in northwest oklahoma. >> after several hours of carefully approaching smith, fbi agents and other law enforcement officers called on him to surrender. smith confronted the agents and other law enforcement officers with a weapon. he was shot and killed. >> no explosive devices were found at the camp site, and the fbi says smith acted alone. overseas, hundreds of syrian troops stormed a damascus suburb overnight. the suburb was the scene of a large-scale anti-government protest last week. it's reported the soldiers broke into homes and arrested hundreds, including women and children. this video posted on youtube reportedly shows syrian troops opening fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city daraa. about 50 people have been killed there in the past ten days. this morning, syrian state tv reports syrian troops are
withdrawing from daraa. now to japan, where this morning,workers at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant entered the building that houses the seriously damaged reactor number 1. it is their first time in the building since the first days after the march 11th earthquake. the workers are installing ventilation machines to try to reduce radiation levels. back in this country, officials are warning that flooding along the mississippi river and its tributaries, already a major disaster, is going to get even worse. floods have already forced thousands from their homes in illinois and missouri. and farther south, the water is rising fast. kendis gibson reports. >> reporter: the national guard raced to save a 93-year-old woman when floodwaters washed out this missouri road. one of the guardsmen pulled her out of her sinking car and brought her to safety. residents are evacuating all along the mississippi river in missouri and southern illinois as the water rises. hundreds have gone to local shelters.
>> it was a moment, nobody could prepare for this at all. >> reporter: keva and her child are from cairo, illinois, a town that appears to have been spared after the army corps of engineers blasted holes in a levee on the river, diverting floodwaters into farmlands. more blasting was done down river in new madrid, the huge explosions opened up the levees, letting more water escape. the immediate threat in this area is over. but the worst could be ahead for people living further downstream. army engineers say more levee blasts may be necessary. days of rain are pushing the mississippi to record levels. the rising water is now heading south. towns and cities in tennessee and mississippi are bracing for what could be the worst flooding since the 1930s. residents are loading up sandbags and bringing them to homes in low-lying areas. >> prepare for the worst and hope for the best. >> reporter: the river is expected to crest in memphis, tennessee, a week from today. kendis gibson, cbs news,
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inflation worries kept most asian markets on the down side today. hong kong's hang seng lost a fraction while tokyo's nikkei remained closed for the holiday. today wall street gets the latest on retail sales and a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday stocks finished lower. the dow fell nearly 84 points while the nasdaq gave back 13. ahead of friday's april jobs report from the government there are new signs of weakness in the labor market. a report from the payroll company adp shows the economy added 179,000 private sector jobs last month. that's at least 25,000 fewer than expected. the unemployment rate currently stands at 8.8%. general motors is recalling the hot-selling 2011 chevy cruz. gm says it wants to check the vehicles to make sure the steering shafts were installed properly. about 150,000 cars are involved. no crashes or injuries have been reported. last month more than 25,000 cruzes were sold. victims of ponzi king
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, partly cloudy, 62. miami, sunny, 82. chicago, light rain, 64 there. dallas, going to be sunny, 80 degrees. and a sunny 90 degrees in l.a. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds from the plains to the northeast. skies are clear from california to colorado. later today, thunderstorms are possible in the northern plains. in the northeast, it will be cool as sunshine slowly returns. and the southwest will see temperatures in the 80s and 90s. in sports, the bulls' derek rose shows why he is the league mvp. rose held up the trophy before the game. game two, in fact, with the
hawks last night. then, went to work, pouring in 25 points to help chicago beat atlanta 86-73. that tied their series at one game each. and the mavs stunned the lakers again. dirk nowitzki scored 24 points to help dallas blow out los angeles 93-81 for a commanding 2-0 second round lead. and in baseball, the braves tim hudson was almost perfect on the mound. he threw a gem, facing only two batters above the minimum for a one-hitter. he got the big offensive help from freddy freeman who singled to left to score two. atlanta stopped milwaukee 8-0. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and the transit systems on high alert after the death of osama bin laden. what new york is doing to keep its riders safe. - neil lane's jewelry designs are uniquely beautiful. one look, and it's easy to see why his rings are worn by hollywood's biggest stars.
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here's a look at today's weather. light rain will impact the northeast. mostly in new england. two storm systems will cross the northern plains, while a third moves in to the northwest, and it will be cool in the northeast. here's a look at this morning's top stories. officials warning the record-setting flooding along the mississippi river could get even worse. thousands have been forced from their homes. president obama has declared an emergency in parts of mississippi, tennessee, and kentucky. and president obama visits ground zero here in new york today. the president will lay a wreath at the site and meet with the families of 9/11 victims. yesterday, the president decided not to release photos of osama bin laden's body. the death of bin laden has sparked concerns in this country about revenge attacks by islamic militants. transit systems are especially vulnerable, and nowhere more so than here in new york city. terrell brown has that story.
>> reporter: the national guard is out at penn station in new york. bomb-sniffing dogs are doing their job, trying to prevent a terror attack. while officials are asking people to be alert for a possible revenge attack for the killing of osama bin laden, new yorkers are sticking with their daily routine. in the city's counterterrorism unit is urging congressional lawmakers to avoid cutting federal funding for security in the transit system. >> some of what we do simply wouldn't be possible. it would compromise the level of security we have, quite frankly. >> reporter: but new yorkers are doing their part since ben laden's death. police report an increase in 911 calls about suspicious packages. a sign of increased vigilance. >> i'm worried about repercussions, if there is going to be any. >> reporter: all the patrolling can make a difference. but security officials say the best defense against another
attack is a public willing to keep its eyes and ears open. terrell brown, cbs news, new york. this morning on "the early show," we are live from ground zero ahead of the president's visit. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." i've been in your shoes. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. don't start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure, or if, while on enbrel, you experience persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness.
a start a startingleing new report says nearly half of the adults in detroit can't read well enough to hold down on entry level job. the national institute for literacy estimates that 47% of detroit's adult population is functionally illiterate. the problem extends to detroit's suburbs as well as with high levels of functional illiteracy in pontiac and several other suburban communities. in another detroit suburb, dearborn, michigan, about four in ten residents are muslims. that is the highest percentage of muslims in any u.s. city and in the wake of osama bin laden's death, dean reynolds went to dearborn to gauge the reaction. >> reporter: mosa came to
dearborn from lebanon 41 years ago, married lila and built for three decades building american cars at ford. they raised four children. but for this muslim family the specter of osama bin laden and 9/11 has shadowed their lives. >> sometimes you feel uncomfortable, because people give you a look. for me it's not as much as for my kids. >> reporter: we spoke with suhela, a court administrator, bilal, a public high school teacher and shadia. >> personally a lot of people didn't know i was arab. so if you see me out and about, not too many people do. but once they find out the entire demeanor changes. everybody closes up, gives you a different look. and it was uncomfortable. >> reporter: a kind of guilt by religion. a general slur? >> sure. >> reporter: right? >> yeah, exactly that. i mean just now that's the stereotype. >> and that's hard. >> and it's very frustrating to have to deal with. >> reporter: as muslims, they, too celebrated bin laden's demise. >> we're just as happy.
i don't look as him as a muslim. islam does not promote what he did. and it never has. >> it felt like something being taken off your shoulders. >> reporter: dearborn is a city of 100,000 people and 40% of the population is arab-american. the highest concentration of any american city. some believe with bin laden gone, it's sometime now to reach outside the safety of their community. >> it's time for us to listen to each other, and to get out of the, you know, behind barricades, you know, and behind defense lines, and pointing fingers at each other. >> reporter: the amman family says the finger pointing should stop for a very good reason. >> at the end of the day, we are americans. we were born and raised in this country. this is our home. yes we trace our roots back to a different nation. but this is our home. >> reporter: just like other americans. dean reynolds, cbs news, dearborn, michigan. coming up a little bit later on "the early show," more of president obama's interview on "60 minutes."
and his visit to ground zero today. plus, why your bathroom is not the dirtiest, most germ-filled place in your house. and emmy award winner and star of "the big bang theory" jim parsons talks about making his broadway debut. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching, everyone. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. d ,, ♪ you'll run outside