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a little trip to do some yodeling and chocolate eating and wine drinking. >> enjoy. congratulations. enjoy the day, folks. >> caption colorado, llc good morning. a city shattered. joplin, missouri, is in a state of shock after the deadliest single tornado strike in more than a half century. rescuers searching for survivors. others mourning the dead and wondering how they made it through. >> just total devastation. to realize -- i've been through them before but nothing like this. >> we're live in joplin to speak to the victims and the heroes as we take you through some of the worst of the disaster early this tuesday, may 24, 2011. tuesday, may 24, 2011. captioning funded by cbs good morning, welcome to joplin, missouri. welcome to "the early show" here
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on a tuesday morning. i'm chris wragge. erica hill is in new york. as i can see, all around me here, the scene echos as far as the eye can see, massive devastation. this tornado leveling one-third of this city and this scene has played out as far as the eye can see. entire developments have been wiped out. we're going to give you an update on the situation here. we're going to speak with the governor, the mayor, the director of fema as we continue to update the numbers here, the death toll, and the people missing in the massive, massive devastation from the ef-4 tornado. erica? >> chris, thanks. we have spoken with a number of folks on the grown. they will be sharing their personal stories as well. we want to know that this tragedy, this devastation is making an impact not just here in the u.s. but across the ocean as well. president obama is in london but he's focused on the disaster here at home speaking about it today. he will travel to missouri on sunday. he did speak about the
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devastating tornado damage in missouri saying his thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the tragedy. >> i want everybody in joplin, missouri, everybody in minnesota and across the midwest to know we're here for you. the american people are by your side. we're going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet. that's my commitment. that's the american people's commitment. thanks very much. we'll have more on the president's trip a little bit later in the broadcast. right now, we want to turn it back over to chris in joplin. good morning. >> erica, thank you. let's get you updated on the numbers from the devastating tornado. as of now, at least 116 people have been killed on this city's direct hit on this city of just over 50,000. it's the deadliest tornado in the u.s. in 58 years. rescue crews have found 17 survivors and are searching for more. this happened last night. this is a search and rescue mission right now.
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the bad news here, forecasters expecting more potentially dangerous storms later today, torrential rain all last night that's been hampering some of the recovery efforts here. we are going to begin our coverage here with cynthia bowers here in joplin. cynthia, good morning. good morning, chris. you got here in time yesterday to see how desperate the situation is and how it is being made more desperate by the weather. so cold and rainy volunteers had to set up m.a.s.h. type tram ma accept ter centers who are looking for the dead and wounded for hypothermia. >> facing cold hail and lightning, rescue crews worked into the night looking for signs of life. jeannie black is searching for anything worth saving. 36 hours ago, this was her home, now it's part of the bleak landscape that was once joplin, missouri. jeannie rode out the storm packed in this tiny basement
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bathroom with her family and four dogs. >> there wasn't time to be scared, really. it was more of an instinct that took over and we survived it. we just got in a circle and prayed. >> reporter: many families weren't nearly as lucky. the tornado that hit joplin is now the deadliest since they started keeping records 60 years ago. almost 17 people were pulled alive from the rubble monday. officials say many more are still unkaccounted for. for their families, the waiting game is brutal. >> you can't imagine what it's like not knowing. >> reporter: officials at st. john's regional medical center which took a direct hit said of the 183 patients during the tornado, five died. >> joplin has suffered a great tragedy. whether your home or your neighbor's home was hit, we've all been affected. >> reporter: for nearly 20 minutes, the tornado flattened everything in its path, tossing more than a dozen tractor trailers around like toys, when it was done, nearly one-third of the city was destroyed.
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>> it's overwhelming, just amount of destruction that's everywhere and just nothing standing. >> reporter: all the local radio stations are trying to help loved ones with other people who may be finding people out digging today. again, chris, it is going to be a real mess. it looks clear now. rain is moving in. severe weather is actually in the forecast for the next two days. >> cbs's cynthia bowers here for us in joplin. no relief, cynthia, that's for sure. nobody knows how many people have been killed with this tornado. we visited one neighborhood when we got here yesterday where the workers were especially busy. it may be just one of the 2000 buildings reduced to rubble in joplin. for one family, it symbolizes the desperation of a community searching for loved ones. >> they said they were unsure. she has not been seen and she
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has not been seen at one of the hospitals yet. all we know, she was on the second story of the house when it caved in. >> confined to a bed, 80-year-old betty fisher was a respected and well known woman in her community who helped children and worked in a hospital. did anybody make it out of this house? >> her caregiver and i think her son did. >> reporter: as word spread, a handful of family members quickly grew to dozens of volunteers in minutes. >> it's amazing. the entire city of joplin has come together. everybody is so grateful. complete devastation around here. that's what we do. we are just coming together. >> reporter: during a search through the rubble, rescuers went bravely into the remains of betty's house hoping to find her alive. as night fell, damon townsend stood in the rain holding a photograph of his mother-in-law. >> they have not found anything today. the search continues on. i hope they have found a body that we can bury.
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>> in the midst of unbelievable devastation, we saw a community come together for a woman almost no one knew. >> very strong place here and we will be here for each other and when it comes time, everybody will be there. that's just way we are here. >> reporter: obviously, a very emotional time for hundreds of thousands of people here this morning. still no word on an update on betty fisher at this hour. joining me now governor jay nixon. any update on some of the numbers as far as death toll, people missing? >> when the weather broke late last night, we were able to get search and rescue crews back out there. if we are able to stay on schedule through the weather, by 2:00 this afternoon, we will have been through every foot of this town. 17 rescues yesterday. we are still very hopeful in those two sectors because of the high population, we will find survivors. >> the death toll is going to rise? >> it's rising. as dawn rises, it's rising on
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the worst tornado damage as far as deaths in recent history in america. >> reporter: this is somewhat promising to see that the crowds have kind of parted here. it looks as though it will be a decent early part of the day. they're's word that more dangerous weather is moving in. how has that hindered progress? >> it dramatically hurt it last night when two law enforcement officials were struck by lightning, one seriously injured caused everybody to pull back off. it cost us a few hours. more porm, when you have folks out here that are serving the public and doing those searches and two are struck by lightning, that shows how dangerous it was last night. >> reporter: you spoke with the president this morning. what did he have to say? >> the president, all of the administration is pressing the support, whatever we need, we can have. he's going to come back and visit us when he gets back, hopefully this weekend. >> reporter: in terms of getting assistance federally and locally, what type of response are you getting from the surrounding states and the federal government?
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>> everybody has had been solid. we focus on the recovery on the front end. the survivors out there. folks from kansas city, task force one, gave us hundreds of people to go over with. it's difficult in the rain, with the dogs, with the equipment. very difficult in rain to get that done. we hope to finish that by 2:00 today. >> reporter: as the governor of the state, what do you do? where do you go? how do you provide comfort? >> we're going to see everybody. i want to thank the workers working hard at the shelter where we kept hundreds of people last night. the bottom line is it's quiet this morning. that's how deep the tragedy is here. as i was talking to folks this morning, they are just beginning to understand that pretty much everybody in town knows somebody they have lost. >> reporter: on a personal level, when you look around, how do you process this? >> it is hard to process the emotional. you almost block out the emotions it is so dramatic and disturbing.
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>> reporter: what do you tell the people of joplin? >> we are here for the long haul. we are going to respect the people we have lost and we believe there are still people out there alive. we are getting to the bottom of every board and air hole before we quit. >> reporter: a difficult story for any media member to cover. the folks at the joplin globe, eight of them lost their homes in this devastation. jeff leer is one of their employees. he takes it to his own personal story of seeing the devastation here in his home city. >> this is my home, was my home. gone now, as you can see, a good deal of it. it took me a while to realize it yesterday when i walked out here and saw what lay all around me for blocks and blocks. it's like it this way for blocks that way and blocks that way. i remember i went in and pulled on these shoes.
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these track shoes or running shoes, i felt like if it is something that does happen, i better have some shoes on. i put it in my wallet. i heard this noise from outside, this huffing sound. as it started coming closer and closer, i'm still down on my knees when the windows implode and one of these out here imploded. glass is flying and i am thinking, i have got to get out of here. that's when i ran to those stairs. i rolled down this first flight on my ass and i grabbed this with my hand and swung myself around and continued down on my ass down past here. this thing shot past me and struck that book case and landed where it was. that was my sanctuary right
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there. look, nothing's touched there, really. i had to cram myself in that little space and i'm a big guy. i probably spent three to five minutes here walking looking at my car, walking back here, walking back and forth, looking out here. not seeing anybody. it slowly dawning on me that. they are bound to be injured and dead people. it really took a while to dawn on you that that was so. you know. >> reporter: jeff estimates he was in his closet for 30 to 40 seconds when the tornado quickly passed over him. he came out and saw total devastation everywhere. he was able to make his way to the street. there was no sign of anything. he walked for about two miles, found someone with a car and asked him, would you please take me to work, i have to start reporting on this story. that's what he's been doing ever since.
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erik ka? >> what an incredible story. we will have more from joplin coming up. we want to update you on a couple of other stories we are following. the president is in london for a two-day state visit. queen elizabeth welcomed him at buckingham palace. we find chip reid traveling with the president. joining us from outside buckingham palace. >> reporter: good morning, erik ka, a busy day of pomp and ceremony for the first lady. they arrived this morning with prince charles and his wife, camilla, in tow. a private meeting with william and kate just back from their honeymoon in the seychelles out in the indian ocean. an elaborate ceremony on the lawn of buckingham palace.
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a 41-gun salute and a 62-gun sa leet. the president said his thoughts and prayers are with the people of massachusetts and will be going there on sunday. >> much to happen throughout the rest of the day. what is on the itinerary for the president? >> reporter: he is going to westminster abbey for a tour and to lay a wreath at the tum omb the unknown war yoer. he'll be meeting with prime minister david cameron. the important discussion will be tomorrow. today, he will be meeting with him. they did an op ed together in the times of london in which they said it is not only a special relationship it is an essential relationship between the united states and the united kingdom. erica? >> chip reid, thanks. jeff glor is at the news
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desk with a look at the rest of the morning headlines. good morning. >> good morning, erica. good morning to everyone at home. president obama arrived in england earlier than expected because of the drifting ash from the volcano in iceland. it might force the evacuation of hundreds in iceland and scandinavia today. last year, you remember ash from another volcano stranded millions of passengers in europe. strong winds making it hard to predict where the ash will go this time. it is likely to reach northern england by this afternoon. this morning, nato launched its heaviest air attack yet against libya's capital. at least 20 explosions lit the pre-dawn sky over tripoli. they were compounds used by muammar gadhafi's army. the libyan government says three were killed. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu speaks to a joint membership of congress this morning. he plans to outline his palestinian peace plan. he says it will not include
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borders based on israel's pre-1967 boundaries. >> it must leave israel with security. therefore, israel cannot return to the indefensible 1967 lines. >> u.s.-israeli relations were ruffled last week when president obama said the pre-1967 borders should be the basis of negotiations. apparently, there's a new judgment day. christian radio host apologized for insisting that the world would end last saturday. he now says that was only a spiritual judgment, an invisible judgment. he says it will actually take five months for the fireball to arrive that will consume earth. >> the whole world is under judgment day. and this is a -- it will continue right up until october 21, 2011 and, at that time, the whole world will be destroyed.
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>> right, so now that you've crossed off may 21, you can circle october 21 on your calendar, or not. of course, camping also predicted doomsday i
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thanks so much. that's your latest weather. back to chris in joplin, missouri. marysol, thank you very much. still ahead on "the early show," when we come back, the family of a teenager, will norton but sucked through the ♪ oh oh oh
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just reported westbound highway 37 approaching 121 and you can see it is actually slow across that stretch. it is also very slow at the bay bridge toll plaza. backed up to about the 880 overcrossing. no incidents on the bridge right now. but just a lot of cars there stopped before the pay gates. we had an earlier stall and that's when they went ahead and turned on the metering lights an hour ago. 880 through oakland a bright spot no problem past the coliseum. kristy has the forecast. >> thank you. beautiful skies today plenty of sunshine and get outside and enjoy it because things will change soon. starting tomorrow rain in the forecast but for today, nice as we look outside here. clear conditions and it's going to be a few degrees warmer, actually, today than yesterday. as we look at the extended forecast that wet weather tomorrow, cooler conditions, then drying out for thursday and friday. but this weekend going to be unseasonably cool. we are only in the low 70s in our warmest locations and for your memorial day, squeezing out a few more degrees in our warmest spots.
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welcome back to "the early show" here on a tuesday morning live in joplin, missouri here. the nation's deadliest tornado in 60 years. st. john's regional hospital, you saw a picture of it there. it's what stands behind me right now. through the heroic efforts of the employees, they evacuated all of the patients inside of 90 minutes. five people lost their lives for a total of six. it could have been so much worse, erica. everywhere you look, there's a neighborhood that's been completely leveled. i can't tell you enough, the pictures as bad as they look do not do it justice for what people are going through here on the ground. >> interesting, the resolve they're showing and how they're pulling together, working together. one of the good things to come out of this, so many people are
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focusing on that. i want to tell you other things that's coming up. more evidence that is shaking u.s. confidence in pakistan, which, of course, is a key ally. the chicago man linked to the worst terror attacks since 9/11 testifying in court that pakistan's intelligence service helped the attackers who killed more than 165 people in mumbai, india. bob orr will tell us more. but first back over to chris in joplin, missouri. thank you very much. last night and most of yesterday torrential rain hampered the efforts. it's a search and rescue effort here by volunteers who are looking for loved ones and people who are missing right now. the sun is coming up. but they're expecting dangerous weather later on today. for more on the search and rescue efforts, don teague is with us here in the region in joplin, good morning. >> good morning, chris. some 500 rescuers will be out in force again today looking for
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survivors. but look at the sort of mess they're trying to dig through. this used to be the foundation of the house, the crawl space beneath the house pushed about 20 feet away. and you can see this neighborhood here, complete devastation, and all of this has been hampered terribly by the horrible weather we had here yesterday. there were two rescuers who were struck by lightning yesterday while trying to find survivors. we're told there are still 130 people missing in this area. the good news, though, they found 17 survivors yesterday and into last night. it's hoped they will find more as they have better weather today, chris? >> finding missing people, that's what it's all about here. don, we appreciate it. we'll check back in with you. will norton is a young man who's missing. he was driving home from his high school graduation when the tornado hit. he was sucked through the sunroof of the car he was driving in with his father.
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his relatives know he was thrown through the car's roof. they haven't been able to find him since. they were in the car not far behind him. sara norton and his aunt, tracy presslor. good morning to you. do you have any ideas? there's talk that he checked himself into a hospital. he was on a hospital registry. any updates. >> the last we heard, he's not in springfield, missouri. >> okay. >> they said he was taken to freeman hospital. he's on a roster there. he was checked in. he was alive. and that he was transferred somewhere. we just don't know where. they think maybe wichita, kansas city. we have people checking. we don't want people calling the hospitals because they're being inundated with phone calls. >> freeman hospital is the other major hospital in joplin. right? >> they've been wonderful. they found other people who were missing. they're trying to help us anyway. trying to find will. >> take me through it.
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what happened -- your father was in the car with will at the time. exactly what did dad say about what happened? >> well, my brother was driving and we -- my mom and i were in a car ahead of them. we left about five minutes before them. we barely made it in the garage. trees started blowing. i was talking to him. he was telling my brother, pull over, pull over. i heard the tornado whipping them around. i had a feeling they were flipping around in the air. it was just really scary. we didn't know what to do. >> your dad -- you try to hold on to will? >> yeah, he said he gained consciousness and he's stable now so we can talk to him. he said he had his arms around will when they started flipping and will's seat belt snapped and he flew through the sunroof. >> now, you've got the graduation. you're come frpg ting from the graduation ceremony. >> they couldn't find the car. my husband and i took off with our oldest son to try to find them. we came down the road and there
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was the car. we searched all night with a rescue team out of tulsa. we found this in the car. this is will's. this is in the car. there wasn't much in the car. we found a cell phone, the registration which is how we knew was the car, it was damaged. they had to cut mark out of it. >> findwillnorton. -- >>@g that's the e-mail. we're trying to keep track of who's been writing in. there's a facebook page. we're basically trying to find him. we believe that he's alive. i'm sure it was a picture -- it's hard because he would have had head injuries and facial lacerations. >> we're going to try to help get the word out. >> we need a lot of prayers. >> go to the facebook page, find will norton there and find will norton@g let's go back to you in new
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york. all right, chris, thank you very much. major air traffic disruptions in europe this morning. 250 flights in northern britain queen elizabeth and welcomed to buckingham palace with a ceremony welcomed by traditional arrival ceremony. they had a private meeting with newlyweds prince william and the former kate middleton. dna taken from dominique strauss kahn at the
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with a number of folks, bob. not at all, erica. good morning. u.s.-pakistani relations are already very, very shaky. it comes this new allegation that intelligence officials in pakistan may have played a direct supporting role in the worst terror attack since 9/11. >> it comes from david henton in the mumbai attacks that killed six americans. the attacks were carried out by the pakistan group, he told the court that they had help from the pakistan intelligence services, the isi. they coordinated with each other. that testimony came as prosecutors opened their case against the second chicago man, headley's former friend. he denied any knowledge of the mumbai plot, but prosecutors say
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he was involved and rhiannon knew of his assignment to run surveillance for potential targets in india. headley's testimony about isi involvement threatens to further stress u.s.-pakistan relations. >> at the time there were questions of whether or not pakistan was come police it in protecting osama bin laden five, six years close to the heart of their capital. >> pakistan denied that the isi had anything to do with the mumbai attacks. but there were historical ties between the services and the terror group. erica? >> looking into that. bob orr in washington. thanks. just ahead, as so many folks count down to oprah's last show, we'll take you inside the business of oprah -- man, could it be worthy to you. products, the personalities who made it big thanks to that lady right there. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. getting ready to plant?
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the oprah winfrey show ends tomorrow after 25 years. she's had such an influence, not just on culture, but also on the economy. she's been known to make or break a business. rebecca jarvis is here with a closer look at that. i mean, she's the queen. >> it's incredible. you look at this phenomenon, erica. it's called "the oprah effect." just about everything she touches or supports turns to gold. over the years, hundreds of products, books, and tv personalities have reached new heights thanks to oprah and the buying power of her 42 million fans. >> everybody! >> it pays to be in oprah's audience. >> you're going to australia! >> the bigger prize over the years has gone to her guests. oprah's my das touch has
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launched multiple careers and helped sales of her 283 favorite things soar by as much as 1,000% overnight. >> it was phenomenal, amazing, it is the gift that keeps on giving. >> after appearing on oprah in 20 02, beauty products climbed from $2 million to $30 million. >> a stamp of validation. >> absolutely. that's exactly what it is. >> it's not just products. >> whate with want to do is start a book club here on ""the oprah show"". >> of the 70 books featured on oprah's club, 59 became best sellers. >> i want to get the whole country reading again. >> books like david robluwski's novel which sold 780,000 copies. >> i didn't think anybody would read it. i thought it would end up in a drawer somewhere. >> still, the oprah effect has
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gone both ways. >> it stopped me cold from eating another burger. >> that comment, said american cattle ranchers sent beef to a ten-year low and cost them $11 million in losses. >> free speech not only lives, it rocks. >> oprah won the case and left little doubt in the court of public opinion how influential she had become. experts say she played a significant role in getting barack obama elected president. >> there were about a million votes she was responsible for in the democratic primary. >> as the queen of daytime talk takes her final bow on tv. >> launched a hair caroline -- >> lisa remains grateful for the opportunity it gave her and the 65 new employees she hired since being on the show. >> it's phenomenal to me for being part of that history and i can say that i did the oprah winfrey show. >> they've been amazed by the
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level of success companies hit after appearing on her show. they meet with the guest a month in advance to prep them for the overnight schlepty that comes with the appearance and to be certain that the business can handle, erica, a tenfold increase in sales. because on average, these businesses are looking at five to tenfold increases in sales just by going on the show. >> amazing they did that prep work to make sure everybody was prepared for it. anybody who can fill the void? >> they're all looking for someone. the reality is someone will have to build a lot of trust and loyalty with her fan base. that's what she did. that's why she had so much power. >> a great 25 years. still ahead, more from joplin, missouri in the aftermath of sunday's tornado on "the early show." [ female announcer ] sun damage is on the rise.
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b-s five... i'm sydnie kohara. in palo alto.. the city council will consider it is 7:55. time for news headlines from cbs 5. i'm sydnie kohara. in palo alto, the city council will consider major cuts to the police and fire departments today. a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year calls for the police and fire unions to make $4.3 million in concessions. if that doesn't happen, drastic cuts are likely. a baby taken from her home in contra costa county over the weekend is back with her parents this morning. 4 month old ramy gallego was found in her paternal grandmother's home in southern california. there are reports the grandmother had pretended she was pregnant and wanted to pass the baby off as her own. stanley cup play-off action a must-win game for the sharks this evening in vancouver. san jose trailing the canucks three games to one and they need to win the remaining three
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games to advance to the finals. the puck drops at 6 p.m. tonight. traffic and weather around the bay area in just a moment. stay with us. ,,,,,,,,,, [ flashbulbs popping ]
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southbound lanes. otherwise, the san mateo bridge it's really starting to back up unfortunately on westbound 92. there is an accident approaching the high-rise. one lane is blocked so it is backed up from midspan. our cameras just positioned past the toll plaza. but it's a sluggish ride from hayward towards foster city and the peninsula and the bay bridge, we are backed up just about to the macarthur maze. it's sluggish all the way down the eastshore freeway on westbound 80 from the carquinez bridge to the maze. that's your traffic. here's kristy with the forecast. >> today should be a nice day overall. squeezing out a few more degrees in some locations inland and around the bay and blue skies you can see here in our shot outside in san francisco. rain is in the forecast though for tomorrow. we are going to see a drop in temperature, as well. thursday and friday, drying out and warming up slightly and then for your holiday weekend, pretty cool temperatures, unseasonably cool, although we'll get a little warmer for memorial day itself. enjoy the week. [ jerry ] look at this!
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welcome back to "the early show." live in joplin this morning on a tuesday morning. the people of joplin are trying to recover what little they can left over from this ef-4 tornado that hit this town on sunday. and winds over 190 miles per hour, anything in its path did not stand a chance. this tornado, six miles long, half a mile wide tore through this entire neighborhood leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. 1/3 of joplin has been desi mated. e rebuilding begins, even though today it's still a search and rescue mission right now, erica. there's hope that holding out hope that other survivors have been found. >> one thing they said is they
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were thinking in the light of day that there are in fact pockets really do believe there will be survivors, correct? >> exactly. yesterday was devastating not only to see the estimates of the tornado but the rain that followed all day yesterday made the search and rescue efforts so difficult and it ruined everything even more. so it's a very, very difficult situation. we want to talk, though, more about the survival stories here for the victims who rode out that storm, the terror that followed was basically the stunning revelation that they came outside to see that everything was destroyed, everything, completely gone in the blink of an eye. for one man i talked to yesterday, larry hentworth, he didn't know he'd survive. he did and he made sure others would survive too. >> this might be it. >> larry hentford was hungered down in his home when the tornado roared through his
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neighborhood. >> i ran down the stairs and the hinges came off over there and i crouched down. >> the second story of the house is gone. >> yeah. >> it's like a roaring freight train. >> never experienced anything like that before, had you? >> no. >> scared to death? >> yeah, it was a very unnerving, surreal experience. this is my home right here. bedroom, living room. >> henthorn's roof was in the yard. the view of the second floor of his home, miles of destruction. >> like the apocalypse, a war zone. it's pretty incredible. >> his first concern was not for himself, but his neighborhoods. a nearby nursing home was damaged and elderly neighbors lived down the street.
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>> did you go out and try to help some people. >> i heard a woman weakly yelling and i heard a guy. i took off my shoes and poured her out of the bathtub, collapsed home. i put my shoes on my feet and managed to get her out. a lot of people are doing a lot of good things. a lot more of what i did. >> one of the many heroes is doing heroic work here in the wake of this massive tornado. he's a busy man as you can imagine. we spoke with him early about the government's emergency response to this situation. the president said we're going to do all we can to make sure the people here recover. what does that do in terms of what your job is here? >> first of all, this area is declared a disaster by the president. focusing right now on supporting the government, their team, and individual assistance for those impacted by the tornado. >> i know you see this a lot. people see the pictures of devastation. it's devastating for the people
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who live here. when you look around, is it any different from this tornado and any other tornadoes that you've seen. >> each one of these is unique. you have a hostile damage. look around the neighborhoods. these are the disasters people are facing here. i don't compare it to the other disasters. i look here. >> as far as that, what can the people in this area expect? >> right now, the governor and his team support search and rescue, we're supporting him with additional communication equipment. but right now the biggest thing we're offering to people is to start the registration process by going to 1-800-62-fema to get insurance to cover their losses. >> do you have flooding in the mississippi, tuscaloosa a couple of weeks ago, now something like this. these are not small issues we're dealing with. >> here's something you may not realize. last week in this state, we just
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concluded a major exercise with the governor and his team on a simulated earthquake. many of the same teams that are here last week are back here for real. >> how much could something like this help? could it be worse? >> it shows the strong partnership of the local and state officials and mutual aid. that's what got here fastest. the local communities responding to the search and rescue teams. >> this is turning out to be already one of the deadliest tornado seasons on record. are people getting enough warning? >> again, if you look at the weather service, the storm prediction center had put out there was a significant risk of severe weather. unfortunately, we're seeing that same risk today. that's important for people to be prepared, get a plan. if you haven't gotten ready, go to ready.governor and be prepared before the storms strike again. >> is there anything else to be done to protect the people. they know they live in a high-risk area. any other measures to be taken? >> yeah, there are. there are a lot of structures that don't build basements like they do in a lot of areas, we'll
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design safe rooms in homes. how do you mitigate future disasters as we rebuild from the tornadoes? >> you've got a busy job ahead. we thank you for taking time to join us. >> thank you. over 2,000 homes are destroyed here in joplin. the people here, they need help and they need it fast. don teague is down the road here in joplin with us. he's got a story of survival of a tiny baby and a grandmother. good morning. good morning. it is amazing. looking at the house behind me, you wouldn't believe anyone inside could have survived. but believe it or not, as you said, both of the people who were in this house survived the storm. >> right now, it really hasn't hit me. >> in a sea of splintered home and overturned cars, rosetta can't believe what happened to her city or that she survived it. >> there's nothing left of your house? >> i know. i couldn't tell you what happened. god was with us.
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he protected us all the way. >> rosetta was at home watching his 4-month-old grandson, elijah, when she heard the tornado coming sunday. >> you grabbed the baby and ran in the closet. >> got in there just in time where i shut the door. i held on to the baby and off we went. it was a crazy ride. >> the most terrifying moments of her life. the tornado churned past. >> the door was ticking out. the toes were going underneath it. i could feel the pressure of it. i was holding on to that door. holding on the the baby hoping we made it through. we did. >> what are you thinking at that time. >> praying to god that he protect us and make it through this. >> when she emerged, still clutching the baby and the door handle, only two walls of the closet were standing, the house demolished. >> quite an adventure. i'm lucky to be here. >> now rosetta is left searching for memories in the aftermath.
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>> trying to save what we can and the personal things, trying to find pictures that i can keep. >> you feel that you saved the important thing, right? >> my baby. yeah. and me. we're all together. we're all happy. that's all that matters. >> obviously, stories like that are amazing. but they also give the searchers out today hope. they know that despite how bad many of these houses look, there's a possibility many people inside are still trapped alive if they can get to them. that's why the searchers are going on again today and going through such force and going through every one of these homes. >> chris? >> don teague here in joplin. today is a vital day. couldn't imagine a tornado like this if i was having a nightmare. now family this is our reality. more from joplin in a couple of moments. back to you in new york. good morning to you, good morning, everyone.
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nato launched the biggest air attack in libya's capital. jets flew low over tripoli. 20 explosions. you can see the night sky lit up. the attacks were centered near muammar gadhafi's hometown. they were facilities used by volunteers used by gadhafi's body. the libyan government reports three dead and dozens wounded. spreading ash from a volcano in iceland is disrupting air travel in europe. 250 flights in scandinavia and northern england have been cancelled already and hundreds more might be grounded. millions were stranded for weeks might be stranded because of the eruption. the volcano erupted first on saturday and scientists say it's too early to determine if the eruptions are over. president obama is on a two-day state visit to britain and got a royal reception this
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morning. he is scheduled to address both houses of parliament tomorrow. finally, have you seen this one? a presidential popup. a high pop foul at a rangers game in texas yesterday. there comes -- and that's former president george bush right there along with his wife. the catcher missed it and the president shared a nice little laugh with the catcher, a.j. pierzynski. one more shot. everybody missed that one. ten minutes past the hour right now. marysol castro has a check of the weather. good morning. good morning, jeff, good morning everyone at home. another weather story we're covering starts with a still picture. bear with me. take a look at this. this is 23 feet of snow pack. you may remember the winter that was. this is rocky mountain national park. the reason i show you this picture is because all of this snow has to go somewhere. temperat
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>> back over to erica. >> mary, thanks. casey anthony goes on trial 2 1/2 years after her body was found a mile from her home. affiliate wkmg is there with the latest with the high-profile trial that captured the attention of the nation. good morning. >> good morning, erica. after years of building a case and weeks of selecting a jury to hear it, the murder trial of casey anthony selected again, although many form an opinion about what happened, the evidence could go either way. >> ladies and gentlemen, i would like to introduce you to casey marie anthony. >> the case may have been tried in the court of public opinion, but today, casey anthony goes before a real jury accuse in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, caylee. caylee was last seen alive in june of 2008 but not reported missing until july when caylee's grandmother called police. >> my grand daughter has been taken. >> casey told them she dropped caylee off with a nanny, the
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police say that was a lie. after months of searching, caylee's remains were found in the woods near the anthony family home with duct tape wrapped around her skull. from the start, the investigation focused on casey anthony. >> i found my daughter's car today and it fells like there's been a dead body in the damn car. >> the stench was evidence of decomposition, but the defense claims all of the state's evidence was circumstantial. >> this was a case without a confession. no eyewitnesses, no smoking gun. >> anthony's defense may have to wait why she waited 31 days while caylee was missing and why she was out with friends when her daughter was supposedly kidnapped. >> we plan on tackling that head on from the first day. >> because of the outrage over the case in the orlando community, jurors were picked in a neighboring county where 100 miles away some have formed an opinion on the case.
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>> i feel she committed a crime. >> this trial could last six to eight weeks. casey anthony could face the death penalty. >> mike in orlando for us, thanks. just ahead, more for you from joplin, missouri. chris wragge on the ground. stay with us, you're watching "the early show" on cbs. on t ground with our correspondents. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. 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... boy: by hook or by crook... girl: by book or by nook... woman: i will read. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused
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this morning's health watch, the hospital destroyed right behind me here in joplin, st. john's regional medical center. that hospital took a direct hit. we talked a lot about that. john risco, one of the doctors that works here at the hospital one of the first on the scene after the tornado. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> very difficult. it's hard to see joplin in the condition it's in. >> this is our home.
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>> what happen? you live -- >> i live immediately south of the hospital about two minutes away. the tornado came down just north of our house, sounded like a freight train. a few minutes later, i got a text from my team, dr. smith, who told me the hospital is on fire, the emergency room was gone. i couldn't believe it. hopped in my car, put the scrubs on -- not necessarily in this order, and what took me t minutes took me 20 minutes to come back behind the hospital driving over power lines and trees. >> what was it like here when you got here? >> the hospital is on fire. smoking trees -- trees were down, power lines were sparking. pretty much chaos. but the medical staff was orderly, moving patients out of the hospital. the emergency room had been evacuated. i came up, made sure everybody was okay. they told me we were going to establish on the alternate side of memorial hall. i took what i could and got going. >> what capacity? 200 people -- >> we run 100 plus, 230 beds.
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>> what does it mean for this community? can this hospital come back? we look at the state it's in right now. can it be salvaged? >> i'm worried about the physical plant -- the hospital will come back in some way. this is a two-hospital town. and the other has taken the brunt of the patient load. but this town can't survive without two operative hospitals. we're pretty much matched evenly, so one way or the other, we're going to have to bring it back to that capacity. >> you have a job to do and you have to look strong in the face of adversity. but this has got to be emotional for you. >> it is emotional. incredible group of people to work with. they're very professional and they're the kind of people that you just can't knock down. already we've got plans for the future and having my experience team with me in the emergency room was incredibly easy to
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continue to do what we were doing in another place. a little difficult because we were deaf, dumb, and blind, lost our cell tower capacity and communications. >> you did a heck of a job. >> you all did. >> you continue to do a heck of a job, that's for sure. thank you so much for all of the work you do here. dr. jim risco with me. the hospital may not be around, but in some form in this means too much to the community. here from joplin, missouri, more on "the early show" on cbs in just a few moments. cbs healthwatch sponsored by pfizer. to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. [ male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults.
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side-effects may include nausea, dizziness and sweating. more to come here on "the early show," chris, of course, is spending the morning in joplin, missouri. chris? thank you. pardon the language here, but people are describing this as 15 minutes of hell, that's what it was like when the ef-4 tornado with winds 200 miles per hour came whipping through the community.
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if that doesn't happen, drastic cuts are likely in palo alto. traffic and weather around the bay area in just a moment. stay with us. ,,,, after we make a dingy floor look brand new, it's not uncommon for the term "hero" to be bandied about. but does bringing a floor back to life really make us heroes? yes. yes it does.
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♪call 1-800-steemer. [ magical chime ] ♪ [ people cheering ] [ girl ] whoo hoo! good morning. well, it is a mess right now on the san mateo bridge westbound 92 backed up beyond the toll
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plaza now. the accident is actually on the high-rise section of the bridge, westbound 92 still blocking at least one lane. so your drive, unfortunately, up to almost 40 minutes now from 880 towards 101. and we're also just hearing of an accident on the approach to the san mateo bridge northbound 880 right before highway 92 blocking one lane. so it is sluggish through there. bay bridge, much better option. traffic not too bad. backed up just beyond the first overcrossing. that's your traffic. for your forecast, here's kristy. >> thank you. we're enjoying blue skies out there now. should be a gorgeous day overall. here's a live shot in san francisco. you can see not a cloud in the sky at this point. but that will change by tomorrow as we start to see rain make its way into our forecast. today nice warm temperatures, tomorrow dropping in temperatures along with the wet weather and we dry out for thursday and friday. but this weekend is on the cool side. unseasonably cool for may. by monday, memorial day weekend, going to squeeze out a few more degrees in temperature, mostly sunny skies. ,,,,,,,,
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today the talk is all new. >> and live. >> days before her big debut on "young & the restless," genie francesc. get a sneak peek at her new role. josh kelly performs the new country hit. "the talk." >> today. welcome back to "the early show" here in joplin, missouri. much of the southern part of this city is gone, no other way to describe it. everywhere you look, homes, cars tossed around. blown from their foundation. and people trying to recover anything they can as a search and rescue continues through this morning. the governor of the state
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telling us we will rebuild, we will recover. and you talk to some of the people here, you genuinely believe every word that comes out of their mouth. banning together, the community here, people all over coming in around the area to do all they can to do what they can. erica? >> the story you brought us is so clear. it's great to see that. i know you have more coming up. one of the stories you're going to be looking at moving forward this morning involves girl scout cookies. everyone buys them across the country. there's controversy over your favery cookies, the samoa is and the thin mints, a specific ingredient some girls saying should not be use in the cookies, that it's destroying part of this world. they're taking action. they're doing more in the process. the girls will join us this morning in new york in
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preparation before they meet with the top brass later this morning. that's ahead in new york. but first, back to chris in joplin, missouri. all right, erica. thank you. hundreds, thousands of people have lost their homes in the wake of the massive tornado. got a lot of people wondering, okay, what are we going to do next? shelters have been set up in the area as you can imagine. one of the primary shelters that missouri southern state university just down the road. last night, we spent some time with the folks there making their time there now the best they can. >> we know you've been through one of the roughest times in your life. you're maybe beginning to see the light through all of the hassle and debris and trouble you've been through. >> more than 100 people are now living in the missouri southern gym, each with their own story of terror and devastation. >> all you could see was the dark sky and the rain pouring through the house. there was no roof there. >> it sounds as though it was one big scary panic. >> there's no way of speaking when the roof's off and the
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windows are broken. >> the shelter is filling up with food and necessities and an internet connection is providing contact with the outside world. but everyone here is mourning things they lost. >> the roof is gone. everything is destroyed. we lost a cat. we've got two of our three pets. i haven't broken down yet. i'm sure i will when it sinks in. >> these girls missed the everyday things they took for granted just yesterday. >> i just want to go to school. >> i walked outside. you see everything. >> is that really happening? >> it's like a nightmare. >> am i dreaming or whatnot? >> how long do you think you have to be here? >> two or three more days, maybe. >> what do you think you're going to do now that the house has been decimated? >> it really is scary. i feel sorry for myself. i worked so hard all of my life. and i think, why did all of this have to happen to me.
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i feel like i have had a lot of bad luck lately. i don't know what i'm going to do. >> tough situation for so many of those folks. you just saw there just getting through a bout of cancer as well. it feels like bad luck after bad luck. mike wilson is the mayor. thank you for taking the time. i know you're a busy man. you look at this, you survey the damage, where we stand right now, what's the top priority. where do you start? >> it's search and rescue. we did a lot of that yesterday. we'll continue that today. i would imagine we're at the emergency operation center at 5:30 this morning. a lot of the search and rescue people are out getting rest. we'll be back in that mode today making an assessment late this afternoon. that's what we'll have the recovery mode. >> surrounding communities? >> got in an overwhelming response. from governments and the county to the state and the federal level all have pledged whatever support we need. early yesterday morning, we had
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40 agencies, well over 400 people, law enforcement people, fire, personnel, law enforcement people that have been here. i'm sure the numbers have been b higher than that now. >> do you prepare for something like this? >> i don't think you've been fully prepared. you try to do the table top exercises to have a plan. every storm is different. everybody is different, the damaged area is different. a lot of this is the fly by the seat of your pants to work out things as you get the information. >> i asked the government this earlier. where do you go? >> inundated with calls. what do you do? >> a lot -- in all honesty, the mayor i play a very small role. we have a professional city manager, emergency operations director, and our fire chief are directing the bulk of the recovery efforts. they have done a tremendous job. and i might point out that even a number of our staff key personnel have had their own homes destroy and they're down
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here looking out for the welfare of the city. prior to their own. >> as far as the next step, rebuilding and moving on, is that something that people are starting to think about? >> already starting to think about. of course, we're -- everybody is a little in shock. i think to the end of the week, we'll be getting things in focus and we'll begin to get plans to rebuild. >> the people we spoke with in the shelter thinking they need to be different too. possibly three weeks. a, is that possible, b, do we need to look attempt rare housing for a number of people. >> that's possible we'll do whatever's needed to help folks, probably be looking at at some point two or three weeks to find some alternate locations or something. we'll do whatever is necessary to take care of our people. >> thank you very much. we appreciate you taking the time. we continue to look at the pictures, the devastation here, it's hard to describe. we've been actually taking some pictures and posting it via twitter to keep you at home updated through our social networking sites as to what's
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going on on the ground here, we're not broadcasting every hour of the day. these are the shots that i took yesterday when we were here on the ground when i first got here. this is kind of the location we're here right now with st. johns in the back ground. this is a street close by. mcclellan boulevard which gives you a broad view of exactly how everything in the path of this tornado is now gone. the only thing you can see there are just the satellite trucks. you can see hundreds of satellite trucks that are here. this one the many trees that to me stood out in stark contrast to the grey sky -- more threatening skies here last night. more bad weather is on its way here today. and this picture, i think, just kind of speaks for itself. this is st. mary's catholic church, one of the few remaining pieces of this church still standing, the cross, which is right in the middle of the edifice right there. they don't call this the bible belt for anything. and the number of people we talked to are relying on their faith here to kind of get them through the troubled times. it's going to be a long road for
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the people here in joplin and the surrounding area. we would like to invite you to follow us on twitter at the early show, at cbs news, and you can follow me at chris wragge and we continue to chart all of the developments here in joplin with our time here. so we'll be updating you every moment of the way.
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thanks so much. that's your latest weather. >> now for weather, some of it we saw. it's amazing.
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americans of course love girl scout cookies, and the scouts began selling them in 1917. now two girl scouts from ann arbor, michigan said the do-si-dos, the tagalogs, the thin mints are bad for the environment. >> i had a chance to go and meet the two women. you're about to meet two teenagers campaigning for five years against one ingredient in the girl scout cookies they once cherished. >> when madison and rhiannon set out to win their bronze awards as members of the girl scouts, they found a cause near their hearts. >> we became invested and passionate about protecting the orangutans. >> what they learned upset them. >> they're suffering for deforstation. and interesting enough, the -- >> what they uncovered put them
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at odds with their own organization and their trademark cookies. >> girl scout cookies comes in and there's palm oil. both of us are really shocked. >> that realization nearly five years ago began their crusade to remove palm oil from the cookies. palm oil is found in half of all packaged foods sold in all u.s. supermarkets. experts say the demand has created a disaster with rain forests in indonesia and malaysia for palm oil, threatening wild life. >> have you considered quitting the girl scouts. >> there's been moments of extreme frustration. at the same time, girl scouts gave us the opportunity to be here now. >> our bakers don't believe there is a viable alternative to produce the taste, the quality, the attributes that our consumers and members expect and require out of our cookies. >> girl scout cookies. >> the nonprofit sells $700
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million in cookies each year. for these scouts, not a price worth paying. they partner with the environmental administration to apply pressure getting 70,000 e-mails and swarm their facebook page. >> i'll be the first to admit, i love a thin mint. >> i do too. i can't have those anymore. i shouldn't have to have to make that decision, you know what i mean? >> the girl scouts of the usa have agreed to sit down with madison and rhiannon, in true girl scout fashion, they're optimistic. joining us, girl scouts and activists, rhiannon tomtishen and madison vorva. you're meeting with the top brass at the girl scouts today. this is five years in the making. a lot of time to think about this. what's your goal of today's meeting. >> now that rhiannon and i are so excited to meet with representatives of the girl scouts usa but also nervous. we want them to see the
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opportunity that they can allow us to live up to the girl scout law by making the world a better place. so i think we're excited for the opportunity. >> and what is it that you hope to accomplish? we talked -- we brainstormed a little bit on saturday. there's the possibility that they say, no. i'm sorry, we have to keep palm oil in these girl scout cookies. >> we're excited to begin the dialogue. but at the same time, we're not willing to go away. and this issue won't be resolved with this one meeting. we're hoping that the girl scouts will continue to meet with us and continue to meet with us until the solution can be found. >> what are the bakers? the company owns a little baker of the cookies. they said in this statement, only 6% of all palm oil is sustained today. it's reducing the forestation by supporting green palm certificate. little brownie bakers looks forward to the day that the sufficient and feeble supply of sustainably grown palm oil is available.
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there's been reports out of the girl guides out of the uk they made some changes to their cookies to things like canola oil and olive oil. you've done a lot of research. will one of the oils work? >> we're not food scientists. there certainly are transfat free oils that are out there and that blend could be used. and i think girl scouts usa seized -- we need to make these changes. then they're going to find one. and they need to be firm with their bakers and say just five years ago, they added the palm oil so the palm oil can be taken out. >> you came to this place because you started researching the effects of palm oil on the environment. tell folks at home some things that you uncovered. we discovered that because of palm oil plantations, the orangutans and other animals are losing their habitats. so we were specifically interest in the orangutans and they were affecting the rain forest and indigenous people there. >> that's how it started out.
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you're going to keep at it. do you feel like you at this point have made some progress in the last five years? >> absolutely. i think a lot of girl scouts are aware of this issue. a lot of the american consumers care about this issue. everybody wants to believe in girl scouts usa. and i want to believe in girl scouts usa. i know we can once we begin this discussion. so absolutely, we've made headway. >> these women, when i was 15, i don't know who you were idolizing, tell us who your idol is. >> jane goodall. >> so they've got jane goodall to sign their petition. there you are. at 13. now ages 15 and 16. you've come a long way. you still have a little ways to go. >> the girl scouts are lucky to have you. good to have you with us. you're clearly leaders for so many folks in inspiration for a young age as mary mentioned. great to have you with us. we look forward to your update. give a call later today so we know how it went.
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>> will do. just ahead -- bob dylan still going strong at 70 after half a century and some 500 songs. on his birthday, we take a look back at his long life in music in the many he's inspired. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. ...and i just got myself a new bass boat...what's new with you?
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♪ how does it feel >> a giant figure in american culture turned 70 today. bob dylan's impact on pop, rock, and folk music goes back half a century from "mr. tambourine man" to "mr. young." his influence doesn't stop. it continues today on his 70th birthday. ♪ how many roads >> it's a revolutionary shift. it's something you don't see coming. >> i think his influence on
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musicians out there today is as high as it's ever been. >> it's hard to imagine any aspect of modern american music without bob dylan being there. ♪ mixing up the medicine ♪ i'm a caveman thinking about the government ♪ >> before that, dylan was saying there's going to be a scruffy headed kid singing folks songs from minnesota. it's crazy. that's the guy who changes the force of music. ♪ oh the times they are achanging ♪ >> a literary achievement he brought to music create add new house of literature -- poetry, fiction, theater. and since dylan, you almost inarguably have song. >> he's one of the artists who have culture and pop music, can be poetry, rich as a novel. >> would you say the words can be more important than the
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music? >> important as the music. >> like a rolling stone is often quoted as his greatest work. that kind of howl, if you will, of rock 'n' roll. >> that song did more than kick open the minds of more people. >> let you be in my dream i can be in your dreams. i said that. >> when you look at that, especially in the mid 60s, there's no explaining that kind of phenomenon, that kind of creative explosion. >> don't think twice, all right. >> well you can't do something forever. i did it once. i can do other things now. but i -- i can't do that. that's not the same guy that was there in 1962, '63, for example,
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seeing him now he's a different person. >> "chronicles" has been a great thing for him. because it pushed him to a new medium, you know, being able to write as a writer. >> he seems to have caught a fire in some ways. he's turned back to his art and his drawings. he comes up -- martin scorsese in a movie about his early career, "no direction home". >> i was not inventing anything that hasn't been tried before. >>. ♪ mr. tambourine man sing a song for me ♪ >> it's the words and the music that will last. but my, what a legacy. what an extraordinary legacy. >>. ♪ in the jingle jiangle come following you ♪
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>> everybody in the studio was sort of tapping their toe. humming along to every single tune there. >> i'm so glad we did that piece without narration. because as much of a master of words as bob dylan is, his contribution is beyond words. what are you going to add that he hasn't added already? it's unreal. >> it's where you can imagine a world without mr. tambourine man. >> you think of all of the musicians who, what, borrowed? the best form of flattery, right? borrowed something. >> a whole lot of that. happy birthday, bob dylan. hope you're having a good one. you're very much dedicated to covering the story out of joplin, missouri. you can see chris wragge is back there tomorrow morning. along with the team of correspondents. they're continuing to cover it here throughout the day. all in twitter, see you back here tonight. the local news is next. we spend a lot of time together.
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headlines... a woman kidnapped good morning. it is 8:55. i'm sydnie kohara with your cbs 5 news headlines. police say that a woman kidnapped her own granddaughter from knightsen. 4-month-old ramy gallego is now back with her parents but detectives say the 58-year-old grandmother snatched the baby and took her to southern california. she is now in an l.a. county jail awaiting extradition to contra costa county. family members say the los angeles police department got the wrong man following their arrest in the bryan stow case. a s.w.a.t. team arrested giovanni ramirez sunday. police say he is the man in the sketch but relatives say he wasn't even at the game before the beating so couldn't have attacked stow.
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vandals painted swastikas on two cars. the graffiti included anarchy symbols as well as other graffiti. traffic and weather around the bay area in just a moment. stay with us. ,,
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we are dealing with several hot spots now. check a few cameras northbound 880 through oakland. there is an accident by downtown oakland near the broadway exit. jammed from before highway 92. san mateo bridge westbound 92 an accident approaching the high-rise still blocking one lane. it's still backed up beyond 880 now, dumbarton bridge definitely a better alternate. also word of this accident now. westbound 580 approaching al charo and unfortunately, we have a long line of red brake lights as far as the altamont pass. 50 minutes your drive time from 205 towards 680 and the dublin interchange. that's your traffic. for your weather forecast, here's christie. >> should be a beautiful day in the bay area today although still keeping the temperatures cool. we'll be bumping up a few degrees from yesterday. blue skies in store but rain is on its way as we look at our extended forecast. you can see that wet weather making its way in late in the morning tomorrow drying out for the necessary couple of days and then a cool weekend in
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