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target, transit. intelligence officials search for a possible terror plots after finding some disturbing information in osama bin laden's compound. job jitters. analysts fear we could get bad news in today's unemployment report. but gas prices might provide a silver lining for the economy. and dogs of war. military canines like the one that went on the bin laden raid. military canines like the one that went on the bin laden raid. how they're trained for combat. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us on this friday, i'm betty nguyen. president obama travels to fort campbell, kentucky, today to meet with some of the servicemen who took part in the raid that killed osama bin laden.
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it's now reported the cia had bin laden's compound in pakistan under surveillance for months from a nearby safe house. and information recovered during the raid indicates bin laden was plotting against the u.s. rail system. joel brown joins us now from washington. good morning, joel. what can you tell us about the information recovered? >> well, what's increasingly clear now, betty, is that osama bin laden wasn't just a figurehead. he continued to plot and plan right up until those american commandos came crashing through the door. president obama gets the chance to shake hands today with some of the operatives who helped take down osama bin laden. he'll meet privately with them at fort campbell, kentucky, where he'll also address soldiers just back from afghanistan. thursday, the president was in new york city, offering a personal thank you to 9/11 first responders. >> and i know i speak for military teams and intelligence teams that helped us get bin
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laden in saying that we know the sacrifices and courage that you showed, as well. >> reporter: he later paid tribute to some of the victims at ground zero and met with some of their families. intel gathered from bin laden's compound show al qaeda was considering attacking u.s. trains, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. memos reference a list of potential plots against major cities, including new york, los angeles, chicago, and d.c. >> that's very scary, to say the least. >> reporter: officials say the plans were wishful thinking, if anything. and there's no evidence of any active plots. still, that's not enough to ease the minds of some commuters. >> that's not reassuring at all. i'm already nervous enough about flying. and living in d.c. and working near capitol hill. so, that's not good news. >> reporter: as the search for any new terror plots continues, more details are emerging about how officials tracked down bin laden. the cia reportedly kept a safe house near his compound in pakistan, where a small team of
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spies conducted extensive surveillance. for months. maintaining that safe house in bin laden's neighborhood became so expensive that the cia actually went back to congress in december to reallocate tens of millions of dollars to fund it. betty? >> joel, the details of the raid that killed bin laden seem to change every day. what's the latest? >> well, you know, u.s. officials first described it as a firefight outside of bin laden's compound. they now say it really wasn't much of a firefight at all. they say only one of bin laden's men shot at the commandos, and he was quickly killed. the white house has now stopped commenting on the details of the operation. >> all right, joel brown joining us live in washington. thank you, joel. during his visit to ground zero in new york yesterday, president obama refrained from mentioning osama bin laden by name. it was mr. obama's first visit as president to the site where the twin towers fell. he placed a wreath to honor the victims. but gave no speech. earlier, he stopped at a fire
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house that lost 15 men on 9/11. more than any other fire company in the city. >> what happened on sunday, because of the courage of our military and the outstanding work of our intelligence, sent a message around the world, but also sent a message here back home that when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say. >> the president also met privately with families of 9/11 victims. demonstrations are planned in pakistan today to protest the u.s. raid on the bin laden compound. the assault embarrassed the pakistani government. officials are threatening to cut cooperation with washington if the u.s. stages any more raids inside pakistani territory. the decision to bury bin laden's body at sea has drawn criticism from the muslim world. "60 minutes" correspondent steve kroft asked the president if he made the call. >> it was a -- it was a joint decision. we thought it was important to
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think through ahead of time how we would dispose of the body if he were killed in the compound. and i think that what we tried to do was consulting with experts, in islamic law and ritual to find something that was appropriate, that was respectful of the body. frankly, we took more care on this than, obviously, bin laden took when he killed 3,000 people. he didn't have much regard for how they were treated, and desecrated. but that, again, is something that makes us different. and i think we handled it appropriately. >> you can see all of that interview with the president on this sunday's "60 minutes," right here on cbs. more anti-government protests are planned for today in syria. the only days the syrians are legally allowed to gather in crowds is for friday prayer, so
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huge crowds prepared yesterday for today's demonstrations, as drivers blocked long stretches of highway. human rights groups say syrian security forces killed at least 62 protesters last week. republicans held their first debate of the 2012 presidential season. but it was mostly notable for who was not there. just five candidates took part in the event in greenville, south carolina. including former minnesota governor tim pawlenty. but potential candidates like newt gingrich, donald trump and sarah palin stayed away. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia were down sharply today. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betty. well, that's right, most asian markets took a hit today. japan's nikkei index was almost almost 1.5% while hong kong's hang seng finished down a half a percent. crude oil inched back above $100 a barrel today in asia, after dipping below that mark thursday, falling 9% in one trading session.
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some traders are worried the american economy is slowing down and that could hurt demand for oil. still, since february the cost of crude has jumped more than 30%. those concerned with heavy on wall street yesterday, the dow lost 139 points for the week so far the blue chips are already down nearly 2%. while the nasdaq gave back 13 points. all eyes on the labor department this morning, as it prepares to release the april jobs report. most analysts expect it to show the economy added around 185,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate held steady at 8.8%. but they're not as optimistic as they were earlier this week. recent data has shown a slowdown in hiring. the economy needs to add at least a quarter million jobs every month just to keep up with population growth. analysts are debating whether we'll see a double-dip in housing prices. but according to one report, we already have. according to real estate firm
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clear capital home prices in april slipped below the low point seen in march of 2009. sales of bank-owned properties now make up more than a third of the market. the report says home prices have fallen 11.5% in just the past nine months. a rate not seen since 2008. but if are you in the market in illinois, a somewhat historic home is now for sale. this red brick four bedroom home north of chicago is priced at $2.4 million and comes with a four bedroom master bedroom suite, and if it looks familiar, there's a pretty good reason. >> aaaaah! >> that's right. it was the setting for the 1990 movie "home alone" where macauley culkin held off a pair of bumbling thieves. the same family still owns it but they say they're ready to downsize now that their daughter has grown up. i remember watching that movie thinking, that house is absolutely beautiful. >> no doubt. and there's a price tag with it, too. that's pretty steep. ashley morrison joining us live
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here in new york. thank you, ashley. just ahead on the "morning news," gas prices keep rising. but that may soon change. plus no end to the mississippi river floods. it could take a generation for some farm families to recover. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." can't wait to make mother's day memorable? if it captures... ...sparkles... ...or shines... ...only sears has the perfect gifts for any mom. sears but when i was diagnosed with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options.
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national average at $3.99 a gallon. it is the first time gas has been that high since the summer of 2008, when it rose all the way to $4.11. but as anthony mason reports, there may be a u-turn ahead. >> reporter: oil prices tumbled nearly 9%, but the damage has been done. >> we're spending about $1.5 billion a day just to fuel up our cars these days. and the typical years it's been well under a billion. >> reporter: since january, gas on average is up more than 90 cents a gallon. that's 30%. >> every time the price does go up, i just cringe a little bit. >> reporter: ron kish, who captains this new jersey party boat will hire fewer crew this season because gas prices are driving away the weekend fishermen. but he needs more customers to pay for his boats 400 gallon fill-up. >> instead of having 12 people just to pay for the fuel, we might have to carry 15 people to pay for the fuel, or 16 people. >> reporter: on average
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americans are now spending nearly 9% of their income on gas. double what they paid two years ago. how much impact do you see gas prices and food prices having on the momentum of this economy right now? >> you know, they directly hit the pocketbooks of americans. >> reporter: treasury secretary tim geithner said recently. >> it will slow growth. it means we have more headwinds as we recover. >> reporter: americans are driving less. gas purchases have dropped for six straight weeks. concerns about a slowing economy helped drive oil back below $100 a barrel, and some analysts believe prices have now peaked. tom klose is betting -- >> we back off by about 50 cents, spend the summer there and i think the economy does okay with gasoline $3.75 or lower. >> reporter: after 44 straight days of rising prices, the rally may have finally run out of gas. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. straight ahead your friday morning weather. and in sports, extra inning thrillers in major league baseball.
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national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows partly cloudy skies in the southeast. and rain clouds in the great lakes region, with a system slowly moving toward the northeast. a new weather system is forming on the northwest coast. clear skies dominate from southern california to the southeast. later today, showers are possible in the great lakes area, while heavy thunderstorms could pop up from florida to the carolinas. scattered clouds will fill up the sky in the northeast with the system approaching. the northwest will see rain and look for clear blue skies in the southern tier of states. in sports, the angels pounded the red sox. in the fifth inning in boston, california gets the sixth home run of the season over the green monster. the angels went on to shut out the red sox 11-0. in oakland in the 12th inning, cleveland's lou marston hit a single to left field. jack han han beat the throw to home plate with the winning run. the indians hung on to beat the a's 4-3. there was one extra inning
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game in the national league. in the 11th, arizona's justin upton hit a bloop single down the right field line. that scored the winning run for the diamondbacks 3-2 over colorado. in atlanta, prado hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning and the braves beat milwaukee 2-1, completing a four-game sweep of the brewers. and college basketball coach gary williams of maryland is retiring. he spent 22 years with the terps, winning the national championship in 2002, and at age 66 he says it's time to step down. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and k-9 commandos. how the military trains dogs for missions like the raid that killed bin laden. killed bin laden. [ female announcer ] bedtime is not for sleeping. the monster was furious. roar!!! it's for laughing... [ laughs ] [ female announcer ] ...pretending... and the mouse went, "wha-wha-wha, why?" [ giggles ] [ female announcer ] ...seeing things differently... and then the boy bit the dragon!
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some call it a blank check, for pg&e to bill customers. the decision that could affect who pays for the san bruno explosion. a phrase we're not used to hearing.. falling gas prices! when we could see relief at the pump. plus breaking news, a deadly hit and run in san francisco. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. a pedest,,,, on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. lots of sunshine from california
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to georgia. but a few weak storms will drop light showers in coastal areas of the southeast. the ohio river valley and the pacific northwest. temperatures will range from the 50s and 60s in the northwest. here's another look at this morning's top stories. the labor department releases its april jobs report this morning. analysts expect the unemployment rate to remain at 8.8%, even though the economy added 185,000 jobs. and president obama travels to fort campbell, kentucky, today, where he'll meet privately with some of the servicemen who participated in the raid that killed osama bin laden. well, it turns out one of the critical operatives on that mission had four legs, not two. the pentagon won't say much about the k-9 unit with the navy s.e.a.l.s, but dogs have been an essential part of the military for many years. more than 600 are currently serving in iraq and afghanistan.
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they're mainly used for guard duty or detecting explosives. but some, like the one that went on the bin laden raid, have more specialized duties. they jump out of airplanes, wear infrared cameras and other sophisticated equipment and are highly trained to distinguish friends from foes. one even has won the silver star. it was awarded in 2009 to a german shepherd named rimco after he charged an insurgent's hideout in afghanistan. suzanne collins from our baltimore station wjz takes a look at the training it takes to turn man's best friend into a dog of war. >> sit. whack him. >> reporter: in northeast baltimore a k-9 officer and his belgian malinois are also on call as first responders if maryland has a terrorist crisis. the breed often serves in military war zones. >> primarily they'd be bomb detection. i think secondary would be suspect apprehension. >> reporter: in this week's raid on osama bin laden's compound, a military dog participated in the raid.
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likely a malinois or german shepherd. officer betts' wave runs a malinois dog rescue. >> the breed loves to work. they have to be mentally and physically stimulated. so the military using them isn't a surprise at all because they fit into smaller spaces, where sometimes german shepherds can't go. >> reporter: they say that the malinois breed is not the best one to have as a household pet. they require constant stimulation, not just two walks a day. but they do make perfect soldiers. >> the belgian malinois are not as prone to the hip dysplasia as the german shepherds. they fit into smaller places. they can work longer. >> reporter: the number of dogs used by the military is growing. right now 600 are at work in iraq and afghanistan. they can run up to 35 miles an hour, and a terrorist or any man would have a hard time getting away. officer betts says kudos to the handler and dog that took out bin laden. >> good job. proud of you. proud of you, son. proud of you. >> reporter: suzanne collins, wjz eyewitness news. this morning on "the early show," another setback on the
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for many americans, the death of osama bin laden brought a real sense of justice. at least, for the man behind the 9/11 attacks. but some, like the young man you are about to meet, will never escape the memories of that day. here's steve hartman. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: think about what you remember from when you were 4 years old. it's typically fuzzy at least. but for brook peters, now 14 years old, there's a good half hour from when he was 4 that still plays in his mind in hd. his mom was running. >> she is holding me like this. >> reporter: so your head's -- >> my head's facing that time the whole time while she's
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running. so it was confusion. i was looking at pure chaos at the time. the flood of smoke and fire and just the chaos, the noise. >> reporter: 9/11 was brook's second day of kindergarten at a grade school four blocks from ground zero. few kids were closer. and even fewer were as hard-hit. >> it was something that i've been having to deal with for even years later. >> reporter: brook didn't lose a father that day. >> it still follows me. >> reporter: he lost dozens of them. his mom was a volunteer fund-raiser for the new york city fire department. and since her son had no dad, the guys pretty much adopted brook. he took his first steps in the fire house. and helped wash the truck every saturday. >> i've always grown up with the guys. they were my guys. >> reporter: his story was just in a tribeca film festival documentary called "the second day" which he produced.
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in it he also talks to other kids in his class about their recollections. >> i was definitely scared. >> reporter: turns out, he wasn't the only one who's been playing that video on a loop all these years. >> the towers, seemed so close while we were running. >> reporter: peter napolitano was brook's kindergarten teacher. >> i just sort of, kind of hoped and assumed that they were unaffected. that's one of the reasons why i think brook's film is so important. because i was wrong. >> reporter: at 4 and 5, they knew and felt more than most anyone imagined. and according to brook, recent events won't help much. >> no matter who we catch and kill? no. i mean, that's just vengeance and justice. but the true hit will forever remain the same. >> usa! >> reporter: although most everyone welcomed the news this week, for people like brook, getting even for what that man did remains a poor substitute for getting back to the way it was. steve hartman, cbs news, new
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york. >> coming up a little bit later on "the early show," the striking evidence that osama bin laden was plotting to attack passenger trains here in the u.s. plus, the president scheduled a private meeting to thank the navy s.e.a.l.s who took out bin laden. and mother's day makeovers. great looks for mom's special day. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching, everyone. i'm betty nguyen. have a great weekend. ♪ you'll run outside
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