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>> today isn't friday. we'll be here tomorrow, trust me. >> which is saturday. [ laughter ] >> that's it for us. enjoy your day. >> caption colorado, llc email@example.com good morning. mother nature's fury. a fourth straight day of tornadoes in the midwest destroys homes and businesses, but this time, takes no lives. meantime, survivors in joplin, missouri, set out on their long, long road to recovery. we're live in joplin this morning with the latest, including a look at the tornado's youngest victim. president obama in france, meeting with other g-8 leaders to talk money and democracy, as he tries to work out a major aid package for egypt and tunisia. as palin's plan. sarah palin's possible move to arizona, and a friendly documentary, both firing up speculation of a presidential run. just what is in that film? and when might she finally reveal her plans for 2012? "early" this thursday morning, may 26th, 2011.
and good morning on this thursday, i'm erica hill. good to have you with us. nice to have you back. >> thank you, good to be back. good morning, i'm chris wragge. >> breaking news this morning, happening just before we went to air. before the killing of osama bin laden he was one of the most wanted men in the world. this morning, cbs news sources tell us ratko mladic, an accused war criminal from the bosnian civil war nearly two decades ago has been arrested in serbia. we're going to bring you the very latest on that in just a few minutes. >> let's begin with yet another day of very powerful tornadoes sweeping across parts of the midwest. here's the very latest at this hour. tornadoes were reported in several states, causing dozens of minor injuries, and significant damage. but no deaths. there were tornado warnings in 12 states yesterday from ohio to texas. meanwhile, the death toll from
tuesday's storm is now at 15. nine in oklahoma, four in arkansas and two in kansas. and officials in joplin, missouri, now say 125 people were killed by sunday's tornado. the latest victim identified is a 16-month-old boy. cbs news national correspondent ben tracy begins our coverage this morning in joplin with the very latest for us there. ben, good morning. >> good morning, chris. thankfully a quiet night here in joplin. no major storm systems moving through. but as you know from having been here, the damage is just immense. it's the little things that get to you. this front yard is basically littered with thousands of baseball cards from someone's collection. something that obviously took them years to put together. but, four days into this, people in joplin are starting to move beyond shock, into the daunting task of literally picking up the pieces. >> how about the wheelchair? >> reporter: tommie avant is
simply trying to salvage anything she can. >> that's my house. what's left of it. >> reporter: there isn't much left. and rains have now finished off what the tornado began. >> that roof caved in while my son-in-law was in there. so we had to get out. >> reporter: but she's thankful her mother, who lived in this house across the street, survived. >> the tornado blew her across the room, and she's 82 years old, and then a door fell on her, on top of her, broke her hip. >> reporter: tommie does not plan to rebuild here in joplin. but all across town, you can already hear the recovery. along with electricity and water systems, some hope is being restored. >> yes, joplin will recover. it will. it's going to take us a long time. but joplin will recover. >> reporter: and even though st. mary's church is gone, the generosity of its members is not. >> could use $100? okay, who do i make it out to?
>> doug keeney. >> spell your last name. >> k-e-e-n-y. >> reporter: meanwhile, cell phones are working again. allowing people to try to connect with their missing loved ones. yet search teams are not giving up on their mission. >> cover every inch as many times as necessary so that they get absolute certainty that if there are any folks there living, that they are going to be rescued. >> reporter: they'll have to be treated somewhere else. these pictures from inside st. john's hospital show why it's a total loss. >> it truly was like a bomb went off inside. almost on every floor. >> reporter: maryam asma was working there when the tornado hit. >> run over and i close my eyes, i feel like i'm just shouting and screaming, and things are flying over me and they're hitting me very bad. >> reporter: and those vivid memories are likely to linger for a long time. as for that hospital, they've gone in and taken out as much equipment as they could salvage from it, and the city does say they will rebuild a new facility. chris? >> cbs' ben tracy in joplin for
us this morning. ben, thank you. you see the pictures, you see the images that you've been, i guess, subject to the last couple of days and the damage, it seems beyond comprehension. the personal sense of loss beyond a personal understanding. what would this experience be like for a child? we visited a ymca that's being used as a makeshift day-care center. all the schools in joplin are now closed and the children told us of their experiences in their own words. >> hi, i'm ciera, c-i-e-r-a. >> how old are you? >> 8. >> my name's ebony butler. >> i'm 12, and she's 11. >> 10! >> oh. >> i live in joplin. joplin, missouri. >> let's go back. >> my mom was in the store and we heard the sirens going off, so we went into our basement. >> i was at church whenever the storm began.
my grandma rushed me home, because the tornado was kind of coming. >> my heart was beating so fast, i could barely breathe. >> the scariest part whenever my dog freaked. >> i was so scared. we heard like strong winds and stuff. and my dad said it's a tornado so we were all like in a corner huddled up. >> like little brother was crying. >> i have a lot of friends that lost their homes. it was so sad to see like all of the damage and stuff. >> looking at all the homes and all the people, they're like carrying baskets, and putting whatever they can find in them. it's just heart-breaking. >> one of my friends, their leg got broken. i felt bad. >> we saw bodies that were buried and we tried to help, but we couldn't really help. like we didn't really think that that would have really happened
to joplin. >> i feel really bad for it. it's just like hurricane katrina. they lost a ton, but they still did it together. >> i was here all my life, and i won't want to leave, because i don't really know anywhere else out of joplin, really. >> you would have to like -- you would need to knock me out if you want me to leave. >> no. i love joplin. one of the greatest cities i ever lived in. >> joplin school officials estimate more than 60% of families, students and staff are displaced or now homeless. and we should say that none of the children that we spoke to in that segment lost their homes or any close family members. >> it's always so fascinating when you talk to children, not only the way they describe what they saw, and what they're dealing with afterwards, but their incredible resilience. i'm not leaving, joplin's my home. >> it's funny, you said your husband is from the area. they go through drills when they're kids and when they're teenager, so they're more used
to this when you live in that part of the country. but these kids this is the first experience. and to see this devastation. it's traumatic for adults, these kids have lost everything. four of the ten schools in joplin are just gone. including the high school, which was basically just literally wiped off the foundation. >> incredible. such a great job covering the last two days. we will continue to follow it right here on "the early show" this morning and throughout the next few days, of course. we do want to get you some of the other news this morning. president obama is in france this morning for the g-8 economic summit dealing with the financial fallout of everything from middle east protest to the imf director's recent arrest. cbs news chief white house correspondent chip reid is traveling with the president. he's in deauville, france, this morning. chip, good morning. >> good morning, erica. well, you know what? last year's g-8 summit, almost all of the focus was on pulling the world out of the worst recession since the 1930s. and of course, this year they will continue to talk about the economic recovery. but they also have a new focus, providing an economic aid package for nations emerging from the arab spring.
after a state visit to great britain, president obama arrived in france this morning for a two-day summit of the group of eight industrialized economies. one top agenda item for the g-8 leaders gathered here, creating an economic aid package for countries like egypt and tunisia, as they seek to transition to democracy. the leaders will also focus on nuclear safety, in the wake of the disaster at fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant in japan. and on a replacement for dominique strauss-kahn, who resigned as president of the international monetary fund after being charged with sexual assault on a hotel maid in new york city. >> the focus right now is who comes after strauss-kahn. what does this mean? the imf does have an important role in the global economy. will it be a european? will it be a new face from the emerging economies? and that struggle of who's going to get that seat, i think, will play out in the next few days. >> reporter: security is also a big concern here. the first major gathering of world leaders since osama bin
laden was killed earlier this month. french police divers are working to secure the waters off deauville, a resort city popular with elite vacationers from paris. anti-globalization activists have already taken to the streets of a city located about 25 miles from deauville. riot police are hoping to avoid a repeat of violent protests that broke out ten years ago with the g-8 summit in genoa, italy. the president is also holding some meetings on the side with other leaders, including the leaders of russia, japan, and france. erica? >> chip reid in deauville, france, this morning. chip, thanks. now here's jeff glor at the news desk with a check of the day's other headlines. >> good morning to you. good morning, everyone at home, as well. off the top, before osama bin laden, ratko mladic was the world's most wanted fugitive. and now cbs news has learned that ratko mladic is under arrest this morning. cbs news correspondent mark phillips has more from london. mark, good morning to you. >> good morning, jeff.
well, this is the big fish, as you say, the most wanted man in europe. ratko mladic, who was, of course, the military leader of the serbian forces during the long and bloody struggle in the former yugoslavia when it broke up. ratko mladic has been wanted in europe for genocide, for war crimes, for crimes against humanity. the most serious allegation against him was that he was responsible for the massacre of what's taken to be 7,500 people in srebrenica, when women and children were separated from men of fighting age, and they all disappeared. he's been in hiding. it's always been thought either in serbia, or in the rump of bosnia that serbia still controls. today a man known by the name of milorad komadic, but who looked very much like ratko mladic, has been arrested. we are told. there's still dna tests to be done. very interestingly, this comes at a time when serbia was under
pressure to give him up in support of their eu bid. jeff? >> all right, mark phillips in london. we'll keep following that one, mark. this morning the u.s. is evacuating all nonessential personnel from yemen. fighting raged overnight as troops loyal to president ali abdullah saleh battled rebel forces near the airport. the government says an explosion at a weapons depot killed 28. this is the fourth consecutive day of protests and fighting. saleh has already pulled out of a deal to step down three different times. dominique strauss-kahn, the former head of the international monetary fund, is under house arrest. but apparently still living in high style. today, strauss-kahn is at a $14 million luxury townhouse in downtown manhattan. he was moved there yesterday, awaiting trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid. nine years after her kidnapping ordeal, elizabeth smart saw her tormenter sentenced to life in prison yesterday. but not before she delivered her final message to him in court.
cbs news correspondent john blackstone reports on that. >> reporter: with cameras and cell phones banned from the courthouse, the first news came in handwritten notes. >> here we go. there it is. right there. life in prison. >> reporter: the life sentence for brian david mitchell is exactly what elizabeth smart and her family had been waiting for for years. >> i am so thrilled with the results that came out today. the life sentence. i couldn't be happier. today is the ending of a very long chapter, and the beginning of a very beautiful chapter for me. >> reporter: it began in 2002, when smart was 14 years old, kidnapped from her salt lake city bedroom at knifepoint. she was found nine months later, and mitchell was arrested. during his trial, mitchell was regularly removed from court for singing hymns. he did the same thing at his sentencing. >> as soon as they brought him in the door, he went -- ♪ o come o come emmanuel
and began singing hymns as he has in the past. >> reporter: mitchell kept singing as smart finally had a chance to address him. >> i told brian david mitchell today in court that one day he will have to be responsible for his actions. >> reporter: and she wasn't disappointed he had no response. >> i heard enough during those nine months, and i never have to hear anything else from him again. >> reporter: mitchell's sentencing came on missing children's day. >> first, we would like to highlight bianca paper. >> reporter: and smart took the opportunity to focus attention on some who are still missing. >> keep looking for them, because miracles can happen, and they still do happen today. >> reporter: pointing to her own life as evidence that anything is possible. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. it is 14 minutes past the hour. now we move over to marysol
thanks so much. i'll have more in your national outlook a little bit later on in the show. erica? >> mary, thanks. saving your money, just holding onto it, can get more expensive by the day it seems. if that's the way it seems it's probably because you're right. some of the country's biggest banks jacking up their fees. one example, bank of america recently increased its monthly checking account fee by 25%. cbs news national correspondent jim axelrod has more. >> reporter: the new fees may anger bank of america customers. but they're hardly confusing them. >> it's to cover their costs, you know, and it's being passed along. >> i don't think it's good. i think the banking about industry should do that as a service. >> reporter: the monthly fee on the most popular checking account is now $12, up from $8.95 and starting next month customers will get charged a $35 fee if they overdraw their accounts by even a single penny. with new regulations going into effect this summer, limiting how much banks can charge merchants for debit card transactions, the
banks will raise revenue elsewhere. >> you own a burger joint and somebody told you you could not charge any more than a given amount for a hamburger, you'd just raise the price on soda and fries and that's what we're seeing the banking industry do. >> reporter: which explains the price hike of basic checking at chase from $6 to $12. >> if the government comes in and reduces some of the revenue, they have two choices. reduce expenses, or increase prices. >> reporter: the banking industry says those new regulations on debit transactions will cost banks somewhere between $14 billion and $15 billion. >> when consumers are trying to figure out, hey, i've got to pay more money, who do i blame, you're telling me point the finger at the government, not at the banks? >> the income has to come from some place.
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and welcome back to "the early show." sun coming up over central park here in new york city this morning. good morning, everyone, welcome back to "the early show" rhyme chris wragge along with erica hill. coming up, sarah palin supporters have the telling her run, sarah, run. >> you athese new signs people say are pointing to a presidential run. reportedly the former governor bought a home in arizona. next month a documentary about her term as alaska's governor comes out in iowa. is it a jumping-off point for a presidential run? we're going to ask that question and we'll speak with one reporters who claims he's the only reporter who's seen this movie coming out. >> also prosecutors get tough
with casey anthony in her murder trial. her former boyfriend testifies she didn't cry or act any differently just after her little girl disappeared. so we're going to get an update from orlando coming up in just a couple of moments. >> first we want to check out some of the other headlines we're following this morning. jeff glor is standing by at the news desk with that for us. >> erica, good morning to you. good morning to everyone at home. dozens of injuries are reported after another batch of severe weather overnight. at least 81 tornadoes reported yesterday, and into the overnight hours, indiana and missouri got the worst of it overnight. tornado watches and warnings were posted in 12 states. the death toll from sunday's tornado in joplin, missouri, meanwhile, has now reached 125. europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive is under arrest this morning. ratko mladic is the former head of the bosnian army. mladic is sought by the u.n. for genocide committed during the bosnian war. he'd been on the run since 1995. he was indicted for the massacre of 8,00
will sarah palin run for president? people have been asking that question ever since the 2008 election when she and john mccain lost to president obama. well, now, some recent developments are giving her supporters new hope. cbs news correspondent whit johnson reports. >> reporter: in the strongest sign yet of a possible sarah palin run at the presidency, this week filmmaker steven bannon announced a million dollar dock result questions the undefeated." >> i will be honored to accept your nomination for vice president of the united states. >> reporter: ever since her meteoric rise on the national political scene, sarah palin has fueled speculation. >> i would, if i believed that that was the right thing to do for our country and for the palin family, certainly.
i would do so. >> are you going to run for president? >> you know, i have not decided what i'm going to do. >> reporter: after dropping out of the national spotlight earlier this year, palin strongly suggested a possible run for the nation's highest office in an interview last week. >> i want to make sure that americans put back on the right track and we only do that by defeating obama in 2012. i have that fire in my belly. >> reporter: now come unconfirmed reports palin is buying a house in arizona as a launching-off point for a national campaign. not far from the home her daughter bristol purchased last year. whether the documentary is successful at rebuilding palin's image remains to be seen. but her premiere is in iowa next month. whit johnson, cbs news, washington. >> and joining us this morning from des moines, iowa, is scott conroy, a political reporter with real clear politics. he had an exclusive sneak peek at that palin documentary. good to have you with us. >> great to be here. >> as whit just mentioned it
comes out next month. what is her camp telling you this morning about a possible run? >> well, i mean, this is really the biggest news that we've had in awhile about sarah palin in terms of her presidential prospects. it's suggests strongly that she's been planning something all along. she's been kind of quiet. as you said in that piece. over the last few months for her, at least. but i'm told by several reliable sources that over the next couple of days, we're going to get another major indicator that she's really thinking very seriously about this, and is going to start acting more like a candidate. >> how big of a piece to that potential candidacy is this film? we've seen it as you mentioned, coming out in iowa, coming out in june. what's new in it? what will we learn? >> well, i think a lot of people, even sarah palin's biggest fans, don't really know anything about her record in alaska. and that's really what the film focuses on. her record in alaska has governor for the first two and a
half years that she was in office, the only two and a half years, was very impressive for the most part. she accomplished a lot on oil and gas issues. she really was the kind of maverick that's now become sort of a cliche. but that's what attracted her to the mccain campaign. she had approval ratings that were consistently above 80%. and she accomplished a lot for the state. she was really a transformative governor in a lot of ways. so i think what the movie tries to do is it tries to reintroduce her to people who may have already written her off. you know, she became sort of a firebrand for conservatives in the campaign in 2008 and afterwards. but this is really going to try to recapture her independent streak. >> weigh want to bring in cbs news political correspondent jan crawford. she's in chicago this morning. jan, good morning to you. one of the things that's interesting is what that film is doing. but also this is a major thing that sarah palin would have to address as a candidate, of course, the fact that she eventually quit her job as governor. what are you hearing rumblings of in terms of how that would be approached if, in fact, she does become a candidate?
>> well, i mean, that is the big issue, i think, for people who even supported sarah palin. the fact that she quit. i mean, what does that say, kind of, about her fire in the belly to lead going forward? whether she was able to win the presidency. you know, this really reminds me, though, when we're all looking at these clues, and of course people since 2008, november '08 after the election have been wondering is sarah pail been going to run for president. when you start seeing all these clues it's kind of like those ink blot tests where one person can look at all these dots and see a face and another person can look at them and see, you know, a vase. we have all these clues today that, yes, she's going to run. so makes some people think she is. but then i see so many reasons that she will not. for example, she has this lucrative speaking career. she's really a national figure in the republican party recommending candidates. no sign that she's going to be a candidate herself. she likes that national stage. but she's actually stepping into a campaign to become a presidential candidate. she does have, as i mentioned,
negatives. >> how would it affect the field if she does step in, jan? >> she would have an enormous effect on the field because she's enormously popular. she could meadely jump in. her name recognition is sky high and rise right to the top of the polls on people mo are looking for an exciting, dynamic republican candidate. whether or not she could go the distance is an entirely open question. she's also very divisive. some republicans have started to turn against her a little bit, because she resigned from the governor and they worry she's too divizive to beat barack obama and there are other people out there now who may jump in as sarah palin lets this play out. one of those people i think we really have to watch is michele bachmann. she could make a real difference in this race if she gets in. >> scott is there much concern in the sarah palin camp, are you getting the sense, over a possible run by michele bachmann? or is this actually a team that we could see coming together? >> yeah, you know, i think we have to be careful about some of these narratives that develop inside the beltway over the last couple months we've heard a lot
about michele bachmann and it looks pretty clear that she probably is seriously considering a run. but we have to remember, you know, sarah palin is someone who single-handedly turned the 2008 campaign on its head. she can draw a crowd of tens of thousands of people, whenever and wherever she wants. so i mean, she's been very consistent, i think, since 2008 that she's -- >> okay, scott, i'm going to -- i'm going to jump in here, because obviously she can draw crowds. and obviously she is a major player in the political scene and has a real impact on politics and talking about important issues. people listen to sarah palin, and she has important things to contribute. but newt gingrich can draw huge crowds, and most people think she's not going to be elected president, either. michele bachmann, i'm not, you know, saying she's going to be but she is a serious person. she was a federal tax lawyer. she's got a record of accomplishment. so, you know, don't write her off when we're all looking at sarah palin. >> there will be plenty more time to discuss this. that's the good news, because it's just the beginning of the run-up, scott conroy, jan
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what kind of mother wouldn't report her child missing for a month? that's a key question in the trail of casey anthony, accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter caylee, and the defense and prosecution have very different answers. reporter mike deforest of our orlando affiliate wkmg is covering the trial for us. >> good morning, chris. on the first day of casey anthony's murder trial the defense tried to show that their client was the victim of abuse and a dysfunctional family. yesterday, the state fired back, suggesting that casey anthony did not care if her daughter was alive, missing, or dead. on day two of the case against casey anthony, there were questions about the 25-year-old's character and mental state during the time her daughter was allegedly missing. the state began chipping away at the defense when they put tony lazzaro on the stand. lazzaro was casey's boyfriend from may to july of 2008.
he testified that casey was protective of her daughter, especially around water. >> what did casey do when she got too close? >> what any other mother would do, try to stop her from getting into the pool. stop, hey, stop, you know. >> reporter: lazzaro was also with casey anthony the day little caylee allegedly disappeared. surveillance cameras at a blockbuster show the couple renting movies on the same day the defense says caylee accidentally drowned. >> you saw her that night. did she ever cry? >> no. >> did she ever act scared? >> no. >> did she ever act nervous? >> no. >> reporter: lazzaro's three roommates did not know caylee was missing, either. during their turns on the stand wednesday, the men said casey always had a ready explanation when anybody asked where caylee was. >> one time she said that she was going to universal with the nanny. then another time was the nanny was taking her to cocoa beach. >> reporter: the same roommates
were also with casey when she was partying at the night club for lazzaro worked. though the defense claims case casy was actually working in those notorious pictures that show her having a good time. other women employed as shop girls confirm that. >> she protected us. >> reporter: casey anthony's defense team may have scored one for building up her reputation but they missed out on validating claims that she had been sexually abused by her father. on the stand, tony lazzaro said that casey anthony had told him a secret, suggesting it may have been about that alleged sexual abuse. but the judge would not let the ex-boyfriend talk about it, ruling that such comments would be hearsay. chris? >> mike deforest for us in orlando this morning for us, thank you. still ahead here on "the early show," cheers and tears on the final oprah winfrey show. we'll look at her final heartfelt message coming up next.
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many of us have been together for 25 years. we have hooted and hollered together, had our ah-ha moments, we ugly cried together. and we did our gratitude journals. so i thank you all for your support, and your trust in me. i thank you for being as much of a sweet inspiration for me as i tried to be for you. i won't say good-bye. i'll just, until we meet again. >> you talk about the end of a tv era right there. with that show, at least. she's not going away like she said. she's got her own television network. but now what are millions of people going to do at 4:00 every afternoon, depending on your time zone? >> you pick up your oprah magazine at 4:00 and read it. it was the end of their day. maybe she'll start something new. we'll take a look at all that. can't wait for summer? then get to sears big
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today, p-g-and-e could get the lectric it is 7:55. time for news headlines from cbs 5. i'm sydnie kohara. today pg&e could get the go- ahead to raise electric rates. the state public utilities commission set to vote on the utilities' request. it wants to charge higher rates for residential customers who use less electricity and lower rates for big users. more than 60 lawsuits against pg&e will be the focus today of pretrial discussions in san mateo county. the suit stems from last year's deadly explosion involving a pg&e gas pipeline in san bruno. today's conference is expected to include coordination of future trial dates and requests for documents. and a rare weather occurrence in northern california. take a look. tornadoes, three of them, in just one day. this funnel cloud turned into a
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continuing through marin county, southbound 101 approaching lucky drive. sounds like two separate accidents actually in the same area. drive time growing out of san rafael. there is live look at the golden gate bridge, where everything looks great across the span. so once you get past lucky drive, speeds improve. it is really slow right now on southbound 680 alamo approaching stone valley. there is an accident. we have a camera in walnut creek showing you how jammed up it is from the 24 interchange. that's your traffic. for your forecast, here's lawrence. >> wow. that is not fun to see all those cars stacked up like that. >> i know. it's a mess. >> we have surgeon throughout to go along with -- we have sunshine out there to go along with that. much improved day today as we'll have more sunshine outside. still, temperatures going to be running cooler than normal but comfortable, in the upper 60s many spots, 50s at the coast and breezy. chance of showers north of the golden gate bridge for tomorrow. ,,,,,,,,
♪ a little jazzy music to get you going hopping out of bed raring to go. welcome back to "the early show." >> unofficial start of the summer. some people may be taking friday off, get the holiday weekend mojo going. >> very nice way to do it. before you prepare for that we want to get you set for your day with the latest headlines. president obama moved from britain to france for the g-8 summit. that comes as several european economies are on the brink of collapse from debt. our coverage ahead includes both mark phillips in london who will tell us why many europeans may be disappointed by this but we
want to begin with chip reid who is traveling with the president. he's in deauville, france. chip, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. the president's first order of business here was to meet with russian president dmitry medvedev, and we got a shot of the two walking together. this is an extraordinary occasion and location. they walked from venue to venue because it is such a secure village by the sea. nobody in, nobody out without exactly everybody knowing. he was mobbed and dmitry medvedev was virtually ignored. president obama is still the rock star at these events. we're told they talked about a long range of issues from afghanistan to iran to the economy. but the number one issue was missile defense. the united states and europe want to build a missile defense system to protect from nations like iran and russia thinks it threatens their security. medvedev says he doesn't think it will be solved for another
decade and president obama nodded as he said that but do believe they'll be able to build a foundation for future leaders to solve the problem. >> what's the difference this year, chip? >> reporter: the big difference is last year it was all about pulling the world out of the worst recession since the 1930s. this year, of course, them's be talking about the economic -- the global economic recovery but there is another big issue on the agenda this time, the arab spring. they're trying to put together a financial aid package for tunisia and egypt as they transition to democracy. erica. >> chip reid in deauville, france, thanks. the worldwide economic slump though is turning into a big challenge for the president and his fellow g-8 leaders. mark phillips is in london with the latest on that angle. >> good morning. the easy part, the banquets and crowds is pretty he will over. the obama trip today bumps into europe's hard economic realities. we're into the show me the money part of the visit except there is no money.
♪ in britain and ireland on this trip, president obama was greeted by fanfares and adoring crowds. a different kind of crowd has gathered in europe in anticipation of his arrival, unhappy crowds in places like athens and madrid. here they're not calling his name, they're calling for jobs. >> there is no job. if you don't study it's hard to get a job. but if you study it's also hard. >> reporter: in spain the unemployment rate is 20%, higher among the young and that's after the government's severe austerity measures trying to bring down public debt and revive the economy. in greece it's worse. one imf bailout hasn't 12stoppe economic slide. another is needed and where an american president headed for a g-8 summit could once be counted
on, that's not the case for this president whose priority is creating jobs at home. >> undoubtedly the calls that the president makes to europeans to invest in jobs will fall on deaf ears because the money isn't available but the europeans are stuck. >> reporter: stuck in different places economically. europeans like david cameron are still fixated on reducing public debt. while barack obama now wants investment. >> each country is different. and each country is going to have to make a range of decisions. it means we've got to make sure we take a balanced approach and that there's a mix of cuts, but also thinking about how do we generate revenue so there is a match between money going out and money coming in. >> right now in europe the money is just going out. there's an even more basic question here as to what the g-8 can do. it's a collection, of course, of old, european and economic powers and economic power, of course, has shifted to the east.
the more influential g-20 which includes china and india and others doesn't meet until fall. erica. >> we'll wait. taking a look at europe wasn't in many ways the euro supposed to be sort of the answer to europe's economic problem, almost like a unifier. >> reporter: the euro was supposed to pull europe together and what it's effectively doing right now is tearing it apart. the rich were supposed to bail out the poor. but when everybody is getting poorer the rich aren't as rich as they used to be and the poor are even more poor. right now there is a huge tension as to how much bailing out countries like germany can and want to do of countries like greece. >> mark phillips in london, thanks. now here's chris. >> erica, thank you. to the latest on severe weather in the midwest. more tornadoes struck yesterday but no deaths reported. in joplin, missouri, the death toll from sunday's tornado stands at 125. ben tracy is there for us this morning once again. ben, good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, chris. city officials are no longer saying how many people are missing. that's because they think many of the folks who are unkimberly for are probably fine and just have not been able to get in touch with their families because phone service has been so bad here. but undoubtedly there are people who have been trapped underneath all of this debris and the search teams say they're not giving up hope. four days after the massive tornado, the search for survivors goes on. >> there's always hope that you can find somebody alive. so that's all you can do is hope and pray. >> reporter: now that cell phone service is back up. >> i love. >> reporter: some of the hundreds of missing people may start connecting with their loved ones. tommie avant's 82-year-old mother is recovering in the hospital. this was her house. the tornado blew her across the room breaking her hip. now tommie is trying to save what she can. >> all of their pictures were wet, soaking -- we do a lot of
family history stuff, all of that was gone. but like i say we're just trying to get what we can find. >> reporter: she's not sure if they would rebuild here in joplin but the city says they will build a new hospital. these pictures show it's a total loss. marya asma was working there when it hit and ran two miles back to her home. >> all the people are so hysterical and wounded and everyone was like running and trying to find their relatives, someone was shouting. even one person told me to take their kids to hospital and i told them i'm coming from hospital and there is no hospital anymore. >> reporter: but joplin is still taking care of its own. members of st. mary's lost their church, but not their giving spirit. >> could you use $100. >> oh, man, you won't believe it. >> who did i take it out to. >> doug keeny. >> spell your last name. >> k-e-e --
>> meanwhile, as electricity and water systems are restored, so is some hope. >> we want to rebuild. this community is going to revive. >> reporter: yet the folks here know that is going to be a very long and a very hard process, yet it does seem that shock is starting to give way to determination as people literally begin picking up the pieces and thinking about rebuilding. chris? >> cbs' ben tracy in joplin, missouri for us. ben, thank you. people around oklahoma city are still counting the damage from tuesday's deadly twisters that killed nine people in that state and rebecca jarvis has the very latest from hard-hit piedmont, oklahoma. >> we got a tornado. >>s that a tornado on the ground. >> it came over the hill. i said, okay, time to get in the safe room. >> reporter: like many of those caught in tuesday's tornado, jamie zimmerman heard the advanced warnings on his local newscast and was well prepared before he watched a twister head trait for his home. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: so you knew.
>> oh, yeah. >> reporter: you saw it. went to the safe room. >> it was coming right at me. as it start coming over that hill it's time to go. that's just -- i'm not going to wait any longer. i went and got in the safe room. there's the safe room. >> reporter: this is the safe room. he came here to this small fortified room in the back of his bedroom where he found refuge. >> i was in the safe room and i was sitting up against this wall. >> reporter: how long would you say it took for this -- >> about 15 seconds. >> reporter: it took just 15 seconds to destroy the home that took him ten months to build. when zimmerman's neighbor david pletcher returned to his home wednesday, the only room left standing was his safe room. he lost just about everything else. >> two horse trailers are gone. a fishing boat. we haven't found them yet. >> reporter: but he also had a surprising discovery. pletcher's 6-month-old calf bo
who run off in the storm was found by a neighbor. the homecoming of his baby bull was a welcome first step to rebuilding the ranch he purchased just two months ago. >> long enough that i was going to lose oxygen. >> reporter: a common spirit of resilience shared by neighbor jamie zimmerman. >> this was my dream house. and it will be again. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, cbs news, piedmont, oklahoma. >> it's upsetting for so many people to lose everything that quickly. i guess the one good thing you can take is the warning systems both in the people in joplin and oklahoma, they had room to get to safe houses where they weren't hurt as badly. >> could have been much worse. jeff glor standing by. >> good morning to everyone at home. ratko mladic, the bosnian serb general is now under arrest this morning. mladic has been on the run since
1995 indicted for the massacre of 8,000 bosnians. he faces genocide charges filed by the united nations war crimes tribunal. the white house says it's delighted by the news of mladic's capture. serbia's president announced the arrest this morning. >> today we closed one chapter of our recent history that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region. i believe that every other country must be responsible for closing their own chappers. >> mladic was arrested in northern serbia about 60 miles from the capital of belgrade. nonessential american diplomatic personnel and families are being evacuated from yemen this morning in the capital overnight the battle to overthrow president ali abdullah saleh. and this morning secretary of state clinton called for an immediate cease-fire. here in new york city dominique strauss-kahn may be
under house arrest, but that house is pretty impressive. the former head of the international monetary fund moved yesterday into a 14 million town house charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid. elizabeth smart closed a painful chapter in her ordeal. almost nine years after she was abducted at age 14 by brian david mitchell, he was sentenced to life if prison and smart was finally able to speak directly to mitchell. >> i told brian david mitchell today in court that whether he received his just sentence here on earth or after this earth life, that one day he will have to be responsible for his actions. >> smart is now 23 years old and says she wants to help bring other missing children back to their families. it is 12 minutes past the hour on this thursday and marysol castro has another check of our weather. >> good morning, everyone at home. the severe weather has diminished somewhat for today.
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correspondent dr. jennifer ashton, say the right kind of exercise is actually the best thing for your aching joints. i think 40% of arthritis sufferers say it's just too painful to do any physical activity. how could exercise actually help? >> it's a little counterintuitive, because the last thing you want to do is do something that causes pain. but if we put this into context, we used to think of arthritis as a condition that only affects the elderly. not so anymore we're seeing this in younger people. partially because of obesity. partially because of overseuss injuries so it's not uncommon today to see someone even in their 30s suffering from arthritis. there are lots of different types. basically you're talking about an inflammation in the joint that causes the cartilage to break down and eventually you're dealing with a bone on bone situation. so what exercise can do, it cannot only release those feel-good chemicals known as endorphins, it can improve flood flow to the area, it can increase your range of motion and all of those things put
together are going to make you feel better, not worse. >> what's some of the best exercise you can do for these stiff joints? >> when you talk about the best things for arthritis sufferers you're talking about low impact activities. so things like swimming is great. because that's putting no pressure on your joints. hiking, biking, even dancing, those are all things that cause your body to move in three dimensions, and so it's great overall exercise, and doesn't put a lot of undue stress on those joints. which are already inflamed. >> i would imagine that would mean certain things you should avoid like running? >> so on the flip side of the spectrum the things that are really bad for people suffering from arthritis or in general bad for our joints, those very high impact exercises, or activities. running on hard pavement is a big one. even things that are very trendy and in vogue right now like kettle bells might be good for the very young person with no joint problems, but if you have a tender or inflamed joint that's at risk, you want to stay away from those. >> for people to start to see some improvement by adding in these exercises, i mean, how do
you work that in? is there a certain number or target you should have every week in terms of days? >> the key thing is you want to do it gradually. you don't want to go from a period of being immobile to doing high level of activity. if you look at what the cdc recommends for example for people suffering from arthritis, they really tend to be a weekly plan. you want to strive for about 150 minutes a week of aerobic or cardiovascular activity. you want to include muscle building or strength exercises about two days a week. and balance and flexibility, key, you want to do that about three days a week. again you want to start slowly, build up gradually. and these are exercises that are good for everyone. not just people suffering from arthritis. >> as always, jen, thanks. >> you bet. stay with us. we'll be right back. you're w567ing t"the early show on cbs. >> "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by aleve. two pills, all day strong, all day long. charlie whose morning flight to london starts with arthritis pain... and a choice. take tylenol now, and maybe up to 8 in a day. or...choose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain.
hours, the los angeles police department will hold a pre g case good morning. let's get caught up on the headlines. in two hours, the l.a. police department will hold a press conference on the beating case of that giants fan bryan stow. the prime suspect, giovanni ramirez, claims he didn't do iting a wasn't even at the giants-dodger opener because he was babysitting his daughter. he said he is willing to take a lie detecter test to prove his innocence. oakland police are investigating a deadly shooting that killed a high school senior. ditiyan franklin, jr., was set to graduate in three weeks. he was riding his bike when he was shot. and today's bart board members are expected to decide whether to buy stun guns for every officer on the force. that was one of the recommendations from an outside consultant following the oscar
richmond/san rafael bridge, two cars just cleared to the right shoulder midspan where the accident is. minimal delay. past the accident, unfortunately, traffic is stacking up at the richmond/san rafael bridge toll plaza. all right. all the way towards santa clara eastbound 237, great america parkway, accident there. and we are also seeing some slow traffic in the westbound lanes of 237 for silicon valley riders. and coming out of downtown san jose, got a lot of brake lights. that's your traffic. here's lawrence with the forecast. >> weather looking good, elizabeth. dry day around the bay area. going to see a lot of sunshine. a few clouds still left over from the system that moved through yesterday. but yup, no raindrops today. and it looks like the temperatures are going to be comfortable in most spots by the afternoon except out at the beaches the winds will blow again and so with the breeze, it's going to feel cooler. 50s there. a lot of 60s inside the bay. mid- to upper 60s in some of the valleys with plenty of sunshine and just a couple of passing clouds. tomorrow, another weak storm system dives in toward the bay area bringing with it a slight chance of showers to the north. looks like we should stay dry for the weekend. ,,,,,,,,
they go exactly towards them. welcome back to theer li show, i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. coming up, a very revealing look at one of the top storm chasers out there. the work that they did. tyler was out with reed timmer who has his own show on the discovery channel. tyler we're happy to report was lucky enough to get back in one piece. >> we want to keep it that way. also, after some 30,000 guests the final oprah winfrey show featured just one person. the one person fans tune in to to see every single day, oprah herself. that solo appearance was a bittersweet ending to oprah's legendary 25-year run. we have a look at the highlights of that final program. we'll also check in with some of the many, many fans out there, tv critics, as we take a look at oprah. >> something to be said for going out on top. >> that's the way to do it, without question. >> runaway number one. here is jeff glor at the news desk with one more look at the headlines for us this morning. >> just like george costanza.
good morning. going out on top. good morning, everyone. in our news here this morning, jared loughner, the gunman who allegedly shot congresswoman gabrielle giffords is headed for he's accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others in january. tomorrow, giffords will talk by video uplink to her husband, shuttle commander mark kelly, aboard the international space station. kelly said he'll finally get to see her from orbit. >> been speaking with her every night before i go to bed. it's her morning. but it will be nice to do it via video, be able to see how she's doing and for her to join us on board the space station for a little bit. >> kelly said he can't wait to show his wife a view of earth from the space station. new crash tests 0 are out this morning for some of the smallest and most fuel efficient cars on the road. six of them were rated top safety picks, including the ford focus, there it is.
the hyundai elantra. the lexus ct-200h. the nissan juke. the honda civic four-door. and also the toyota prius. and with gas prices near $4 a gallon right now yesterday the government unveiled detailed fuel efficiency stickers for all new cars starting next year. these will include estimates of annual fuel costs and savings over five years. a new report this morning points to a continuing weakness in the housing market. realty track reports that 28% of all homes sold in the first quarter of 2011 were in some stage of foreclosure. normally, that number would be below 5%. we have a follow-up this morning on the walmart gift receipt controversy we told you about last week. california senator barbara boxer has now asked the federal trade commission to investigate. a hidden camera report found items returned to walmart with gift receipts were not being refunded the full price.
>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now over to chris. >> marysol, thank you. tornadoes have killed more than 500 people so far this year and the season lasts at least another month. "early" show contributor tyler mcgill went to oklahoma city to follow one storm chaser and his crew featured in their own show on the discovery channel. >> when i see a tornado devastated joplin, missouri,
last sunday, some 6 the most dramatic images were captured by storm chasers. people who make a living gathering information about these forces of nature. >> see! we've got to get east immediately. >> reporter: from april to june reed timmer and his team from tornadovideos.net monitor radar and crisscross the country chasing weather systems to gather data about the storms. >> i think you really have to be passionate and almost obsessed with tornadoes and meteorology to be a storm chaser and to do it for a living. >> reporter: most storm chasers film from afar. but reed and his team put themselves directly into the path of oncoming storms using their specifically outfitted half-ton car they wristened the dominator two. >> tried to build a foundation so i could better understand tornadoes. and the final piece of the puzzle was this armor tank. >> seats are limited inside the vehicle but they invited us to join them as they track storms in oklahoma. we followed the dominator two, a medical van, and the rest of the crew as they spent the day tracking twisters.
>> you can see the entire wall starting to develop to their right. we're getting off and it looks like we got a good chance of seeing our first tornado today. starting to feel the nerves. what are we looking at right now? >> right now we've got a developing wall cloud. it's already rotating. and what will happen, we have westerly winds here. so the circulation will tighten up to our north. and that's the formation of the wall cloud, and the precursor to a tornado. >> reporter: near gracemont in western oklahoma, reed led the team straight towards a developing tornado. >> driving right into the heart of it. the heart of the storm right now. look at the cattle going nuts. the animals are freaking out. looks like they can sense something. >> reporter: using information from the national weather service, reed and his team are able to follow and anticipate where the storm is headed. but these powerful weather systems can be incredibly unpredictable. as we found out. >> watch for ground circulation. >> they said the tornado's going to drop right here.
we got to go. we got to go. we gotta go. we got to go. wow. first tornado just touched down right to our left. reed's work is providing valuable information about these natural forces of destruction. it's a dangerous, life-threatening profession that could save lives in the future. >> it's a very motivating to continue to call in those reports and continue our research and better understand these tornadoes, to eventually increase warning lead times. if we could stop the tornadoes, we would. but all we can do now is try to better understand them and call in those warnings and try to keep those people safe. >> tyler mcgill, cbs news. >> dangerous work. got to be a professional. now here's erica. >> if you are one of the millions of smartphone users who put thur photos online, you may be posting a lot more than just images. "early" show consumer correspondent susan koeppen is here with a serious warning. seems everybody is using their phone to post pictures. >> it's happening all the time. so with a touch of the button
you can show the world your photos. but you can also be revealing information you may not want to share. like the exact location where you live, work, play, and go on vacation. there are more than 100 billion photos currently posted online. with thousands being uploaded every minute. from kids to pets, vacations and graduations. jennifer minor is a mom and a blogger who puts up photos all the time. you're posting pictures of your kids. your home. >> mm-hmm. >> vacation spots? >> wherever i am. >> reporter: but what you see online is only half the story. >> most smartphones have a gps chip built into them. so when you're taking a picture it actually takes your location, stores it on that photo. >> reporter: john rettinger is a technology expert. he says the same technology that helps people see realtime traffic updates and find directions on their phones also leads to gps coordinates being attached to pictures. >> and not only can you know exactly what was taken, you know
exactly the time that the picture was shot. >> reporter: and all it takes to find someone's location based solely on a picture is the right computer program, and just a couple of minutes. so how easy is it to do this? >> extremely easy. if you know where to look, it's one button to hit download and you are done. >> reporter: we decided to see just how easy it really is. a producer took pictures of just my face at locations around los angeles. we posted them to my twitter account, and asked rettinger to figure out where i was. >> oh, you were shopping on rodeo drive. >> i was! >> right outside of the louis vuitton store enjoying the beautiful southern california weather. >> reporter: wow. that's where i was, right there. i was right there. just by right-clicking on all of the photos, rettinger was able to pinpoint my location. >> and here we have your gps coordinates almost exactly where it was taken. here we are. looks like you were in greenwich park. >> reporter: i was. >> i can tell that you were right at grauman's chinese
theater. >> reporter: that's exactly where i was. so if you had somebody who had bad intentions out there they could easily track you? >> absolutely. >> reporter: with more than 70 million americans currently using smartphones, smartphone tracking has become a hot button issue. just this month executives from apple and google were questioned about it on capitol hill. but the good news for smartphone users -- >> jump right in to your settings. >> reporter: and turning off the location of your pictures. >> you're done. >> reporter: is easy. >> oftentimes you just go to setting and you say location and you switch it off. that's all you need to do. >> look! >> reporter: that's something jennifer minor plans to do on her blackberry. >> that's a good picture. >> reporter: up until now she had no idea her pictures could be tracked. >> you never know what somebody's thinking, of course, so why take chances. better safe than sorry. >> and it's interesting to note that our expert had never tried to read the location of a picture before but he said it
took him a total of ten minutes to get the right program off the internet, and then learn how to do it, and once we posted our pictures, it took them less than 30 seconds per picture to find my locations. >> that's just creepy to just one word to describe it. we saw briefly in your piece the expert was showing us how to turn off these settings so people can't figure out where you are. >> so we used an iphone to take our pictures. what you're going to do is find settings. go to sects, then go to general. then you're going to find location services. and where it says camera you just want to have it turned to off. >> i'll be doing that as soon as we finish here. susan, thanks. now here's chris. >> erica, thank you. millions of oprah winfrey fans are waking up this morning having to face lieft without their favorite tv friend. but as cbs news correspondent michelle miller reports, wednesday's last hurrah was not really a good-bye. >> you, and this show, have been the great love of my life.
>> reporter: all alone onstage, without a single guest, oprah winfrey shined the spotlight on her audience. >> we have hooted and hollered together. had our ah-ha moments. we ugly cried together. ♪ isn't it lovely >> reporter: after a two-day star-studded buildup, the swan song was a love letter to her fans. part pep talk -- >> nobody but you is responsible for your life. >> reporter: -- part sunday morning sermon. >> nothing but the hand of god. has made this possible for me. >> reporter: she urged them to build better lives. be better people. much like she's done over the last quarter of a century. >> all the energy that you spend trying to hurt somebody else, that energy will turn around and slap you in the face. >> reporter: and no sooner had her finale hit the airwaves did oprah's fan clubs flood the internet. i can barely watch this last
show without crying, said one viewer. it was a great way to end said another. even late night comedians chimed in. >> i don't know if you're like me, i don't know if there's reason to continue beyond oprah. we'll wait and see what happens. >> reporter: at its height in 1991 this show reeled in 12.5 million viewers, increasing competition from cable and the internet helped cut her audience in half. >> what's left is both an opportunity and a danger that oprah's 7 million or so viewers may not watch daytime tv once she's gone. >> reporter: stations across the country are programming dr. phil and dr. oz into her time slot. tv talk show hosts she helped launch. but few expect lightning to strike again. >> there's shifting sands, and possibly opportunities. maybe not for a big home run or grand slam, but a number of singles and doubles. >> welcome to the very first oprah winfrey show! >> reporter: the numbers broke
records. more than 4,000 episodes in daytime talk. but unlike carson or donahue, she promises not to fade from view. with her own 24-hour network -- >> i won't say good-bye. i'll just say, until we meet again. >> reporter: -- loyal fans should know where to find her. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> we know that's not really it. >> no. >> we will meet oprah again. >> yeah. >> she's going to take a little time off. then there will be a massive call to help her come back, i'm sure. >> yes. >> the stations really do have a voice. that prime hour where they could rely on oprah viewers being there for advertisers, and both for viewership at the stations is now gone and now it's a big test as to what can replace that, that one hour. it's going to be tough. >> again, not going away. she has her own cable network. >> true. >> that she's now going to devote more time to. >> i will say i spent a good chunk of my preteen years coming
home from school, doing social studies and watching her. i know i cried -- >> you were watching saved by the bell? >> probably just like you and she continues to. >> i remember my mother calling me when i was in college and saying, she had just seen on oprah that if anybody ever attacked me, yell fire. don't yell no. because they won't come. but i just watched it on oprah. >> or how many books people started reading because oprah said. >> appointment television. >> in my 40s and i've within watching for a long, long time myself. watching for a long, long time myself. >> you're [ man ] i got this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪ there it is. [ man ] so i used mine to get a whole new perspective. ♪ [ male announcer ] the new citi thankyou premier card
a lot of studios hope it will last all summer long. >> reporter: if the explosive success of early releases is any indication -- >> oh, geez! >> it's a monkey. >> reporter: this summer at the movies -- >> it's going to be absolutely huge at the box office. >> has the potential to change lives. >> reporter: -- may be even -- >> biggest in history. >> did everyone see that? because i will not be doing it again. >> i think this could be one of the biggest summers ever in terms of revenue. >> reporter: -- with box office receipts down 20% the beginning of the year, hollywood is banking this summer will turn things around. even surpass last summer's record $5 billion in earnings. why? can you say sequel? >> yeah. i think sequels, pirates of the caribbean. the film has already earned over $400 million worldwide. kung-fu panda ii. we're going to have another transformers movie.
>> you made a grave mistake. >> what's appealing about transformers is the big action sequences. that sort of specific taggle. >> reporter: audiences like familiarity. is that like the jack sparrow effect? >> i love that idea of the jack sparrow effect. that's wherein the audience feels more comfortable going to a sequel and revisiting characters that they know and love. hangover 2 is a perfect example of that. >> i can't believe this is happening again. >> hangover 2 has so much heat behind it. >> oh. >> reporter: wedding crashers. 40-year-old virgin. those were r-rated summer comedies. the hangover is the granddaddy of them all and i think hangover 2 is going to be huge over memorial weekend this year. >> reporter: but what has audiences burning with anticipation -- >> harry potter. i must see the second part of the deathly hallows. i must -- >> forget about it. >> harry potter, deathly hallows
part 2 is going to be a monster. >> reporter: if not sequels, prequels. back to the beginning with rise of the planet of the apes and x-men first class. >> audience doesn't mind reaching into their pockets to pay out that money for characters they're already familiar with. >> jack sparrow and harry potter? >> same old people, it's still the ones that we love. >> hollywood is counting on it. bill whitaker, cbs news, hollywood. >> quite a list. >> i think every movie that was made previously has a sequel out this summer. >> these movie makers are lazy. they're just going back -- >> you know what? we are buying into it. >> we sure are. >> because we're all sitting here making our plans. we want to see the hangover 2. we want to see cars 2, kung-fu panda 2. bring son jack sparrow any day. >> i have to confess i've never seen a single pirates of the caribbean. i know, don't judge. i know, he's cute, but whatever.
but -- i'm going to do a marathon -- >> you're going to find out when we're done chris has put together a nice package of the original pirates of the caribbean so you can get caught up. >> rrrr. >> so there you go. if you're not at a barbecue out there somewhere this weekend, you could be at the movies. or you could listen to jeff do impressions. i recommend the movies. >> set up a movie theater. >> true, very true. >> and basically we've just given you every movie that's playing until about christmas. so go enskroi. have a wonderful day. if you're getting started on your weekend, enjoy. your local news is next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
headlines... the state of california has released hundreds behalf s from prison, by mistake. the state inspector general blames it on it is 8:55. i'm sydnie kohara with your cbs 5 news headlines. the state of california has released hundreds of violent criminals from prison by mistake. the state inspector-general blames it on computer error. a faulty program showed the offenders may be released under the state's parole law that took effect last year. some of those released have already gone on to commit new violent crimes. san jose police investigating whether gangs were involved in a deadly shooting. officers found a man shot in the street last night. they say the shooting marks san jose's 20th homicide of the year. and richmond police reviewing surveillance video after a brazen robbery in broad daylight. two men held up an armored brinks truck outside the mechanics bank at hilltop mall.
metering lights are on. no delays towards the pay gates. drive time hefty drive time right now from the carquinez bridge to the maze. there was an accident in emeryville near the powell street exit and unfortunately, we are seeing a lot of brake lights as far back as pinole in the westbound lanes. there is not as much traffic at the bay bridge because of that. the nimitz slow northbound as you pass the coliseum. southbound traffic crowded but moving okay. and bart still dealing with some residual delays of 10 minutes or under but some trains are on time. have a -- here's lawrence with a check of your forecast. >> all right, elizabeth. we have some sunshine out there. couple of passing clouds. looking good as we'll have a dry day out there over san jose. yeah. we have some sunshine coming through. so temperatures going to warm up nicely in most spots although at the coast the breezes will blow keeping temperatures in the 50s, 60s inside the bay and mid- to upper 60s inland. tomorrow another weak storm system moves in bringing more clouds, a slight chance of showers to our north. good news, as we look toward the holiday weekend, we dry