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. good morning. surprise visit. in an attempt at mending diplomatic ties, secretary of state clinton arrives in pakistan and issues a message of support to the government. she also warrens that billions of dollars in u.s. aid could be in jeopardy in the first high level meeting since the killing of osama bin laden. more wicked weather. strong storms push into the south, knocking out power and killing at least three people, while in joplin, missouri, families searching for lost loved ones say officials are not moving fast enough to identify victims of sunday's killer tornado. and getting in. mitt romney says he'll join the republican presidential race next week. sarah palin and michele bachmann might be next. find out where the campaign and the potential candidates are
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headed this memorial day weekend "early" this friday morning, may 27th, 2011. good morning. well tom to "the early show" here on a friday morning before the holiday weekend. i'm chris wragge. i'm erica hill. good to have you with us this morning. a little bit of breaking news to start out. information that may end the mystery of crash of air france flight 447. the airbus jet, as you may recall, went down off the coast of brazil two years ago now. well now it's taken two years but recently found at the bottom of the ocean some new clues that reveal the terrifying final moments of that flight. >> exactly. going to have that coming up just a couple of minutes. first. >> high level meetings this morning between the u.s. and pakistan where secretary of state hillary clinton held a series of touchy discussions with pakistani officials. cbs news correspondent, elizabeth palmer has just returned with the latest.
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good morning. >> good morning, erica. this was a very quick visit. the secretary was on the ground for all of six hours. she has already left. it was a crucial visit. one very necessary to patching up a strained relationship in public, anyway, she struck a conspicuously conciliatory tone. >> i have just completed a very extensive, open, frank and constructive discussion with the leadership of pakistan. >> reporter: for their part, the pakistani government assembled its heaviest hitters, including the president and the chiefs of both the army and intelligence services. none of them looked very cheerful. they know america's main demand will be costly and dangerous, that is to expand the fight against military extremistists in the border region which will help the u.s. get their troops out of afghanistan. this cooperative relationship
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was badly bruised by the u.s. raid on may the 1st that killed osama bin laden who had been living in a compound under the nose of the pakistani army. today, the secretary of state gave pakistan's government a welcome vote of confidence. >> there is absolutely no evidence that anyone at the highest levels of the pakistani government knew that osama bin laden was living miles from where we are today. >> reporter: in another sign, they allowed the cia to send a forensic team back inside the house to see if any evidence remains. the pakistani government benefits from american military and civilian aid, $20 billion since 9/11, 2 billion projected for next year. the bet is they will do whatever is necessary to keep it flowing. >> elizabeth pauler in london. thanks. joining us here in the studio, former assistant secretary of
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state, jamie rubin. good to have you with us. second clinton said there is no evidence that people at the highest levels knew that osama bin laden was there. do you think people believe that? >> i don't think americans believe it particularly. this was so dramatic that there has been a change in the united states in our attitude both people and in the congress towards pakistan. so secretary clinton has a tough job if we are going to keep providing aid and support for this government when they were hiding or seemed to be hiding the worst criminal of the modern era. >> it is an important relationship for both sides. a lot of concerns over nuclear
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capabilities in pakistan. so what do you see as the real goal of this meeting? was it to mend fences for both sides? >> well, the u.s. government right now, the administration, believes that we're better off cooperating with pakistan than confronting them with the problem. the problem is that its government, pakistan's government, does provide support to taliban officials in pakistan who then go over to afghanistan and fight our troops. the government does provide support to terrorist org sgan zations that may attack india or in some cases as in the times square bomber, not far from us today, the terrorist was trained at a camp in pakistan we're trying to get them to stop all that. it's a tough job. you saw in the picture, admiral mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, he spent years cultivating their major general, who is the one who can
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make these decisions. but so far, they haven't changed course. >> what do you think the tenor was like in that meeting? based on your experience? >> look, this was a tough meeting. because the pakistanis really made a lot of noise after we went in and got bin laden, and they said we vile lalted their air space. there was some real tension between people who used to talk to each other. remember, mullen, you saw in the picture, the chairman of our joint chiefs of staff, didn't tell his counterpart that our guys were going in to get bin laden. that was a tricky moment. >> to be a fly on the wall. give me a yes or no if you can. do you think there is much left in the compound even though the cia can go in a month later and search it? >> thank you. >> >> no. >> jamie, thanks. now here's chris. >> erica, thank you. now the latest on this terrible week of storms. at least three people were killed in the atlanta area yesterday as high winds knocked down trees and left some 200,000 georgia homes without power. and in joplin, missouri, where the tornado death toll is now at 126, there's growing concern for the missing. cbs news national correspondent ben tracy is in joplin with the
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late tiff on that for us this morning. ben, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris thichlts the official missing persons list, 232 names on this. but later this morning, authorities here plan to release a new list that should have a dramatically lower number. in the meantime, many families continuing their search for their missing loved ones. >> i wanted to hand it out. >> reporter: these brothers and their 14-year-old sister are desperately trying to find this many would, dean hayward. she is their mom. she went to pick up pizza for her son caleb's graduation party sunday. she never came home. >> we've been looking ever since. we've been on the news and everything. >> all right, buddy. >> reporter: michelle hare's search for heir 16-year-old son lance ended on thursday. joplin police showed up to tell her his body had been identified. >> it's somewhat a comfort to at least know that he is in a
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better place and that we don't have to wonder if he is out there needing us. >> reporter: many families are frustrated and confused. they feel the city has been slow to identify the dead, leaving them searching and hoping in vain. families are not allowed to go to the morgue to identify bodies. instead they have to submit dna samples and dental records, and hope for a match. >> we have to be 100% accurate. that is why the process on our side takes a little bit longer. >> reporter: it could take two more weeks before some are identified. the missing persons list posted thursday includes many who are already known to be dead or alive and well. >> we just found someone off the missing person list who actually we know their whereabouts. >> reporter: there is so much sadness here. in this tattered and torn landscape, there is also this. >> i am so happy to see you. >> reporter: neighbors reunited who have not lost their sense of humor. >> i think i may have some of
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your undies in my yard. >> you keep them, sweetheart. >> reporter: the world resilient is thrown around a lot when we cover disasters like this. we have seen it here in joplin. people able to laugh through their loss and determined to overcome all of this. chris? >> cbs' ben tracy for us in joplin, missouri. going to shift gears here a little now and talk politics. former massachusetts governor mitt romney said he'll formally announce he's running for president next week in new hampshire. and this weekend sarah palin is going there, too, on a bus tour of the northeast which will no doubt include a lot more than sightseeing. cbs news political correspondent, jan crawford, in washington to tell us who is out and who is in the race of the republican nomination this morning. january, good morning. >> good morning, chris. sarah palin announces this national bus tour on her website yesterday begins sunday in washington. if you are going to do this, might as well run for president, right? >> that is the big question everybody is asking. is she running for president or is she out there staying at the center of the debate and leading the conversation?
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i mean, no one really knows at this point. a lot of republicans think that the bus tour is win/win for the party. palin can get out there and talk about the issues and take on president obama and get conservatives fired up about this election. she raises the energy level. if she is running, this is going to help her. she will get out there with the voters. she is going to get a lot of media coverage. it is a great way to launch a campaign. we don't know if she is launching one. >> if she wasn't running, would she do this you think? >> sure she would do this, she has been very engaged and very involved in the national debate. she wants to be a participant in this national conversation and in this race. whether or not she's a candidate or just the one who's out there trying to stir people up and get people motivated. >> we know she galvanizes republicans but she also does not have a high favorability rating in the national electorate. if she can't beat the incumbent, president obama right now, does she become more of a distraction for the republican party?
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>> well, i think that is what some conservatives are afraid of. people have very different views on sarah palin. as you know, republicans still view her positively. our polls show that about 51% in the recent poll have a favorable view. among all voters, only 26% do. that's a real division. the bus tour gives her a chance to change that with voters and conservatives. there are some that wish she would not run and continue being an effective spokeswoman for all these conservative causes. >> does her continued flirt tation with running for president, how does it affect michele bachmann or tim pawlenty? i think her flirtation with running could mean some of the social conservatives aren't going to settle with a candidate until they see if she is going to get in.
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if she gets in, she could get a lot of the social conservative votes. those are votes that pawlenty was hoping to get as he tries to compile a broad cross section when he is taking on mitt romney. as for michele bachmann said yesterday that palin's decision to run will not affect her own. she is her own person. there is no reason we can't have two strong conservative women in the race. they are going to be competing for the same votes, social conservatives and the tea party. but last time i checked we got quite a few men in the race who are slugging it out for the same votes, so some of those questions pitting palin against bachmann i think are kind of unfortunate. >> and i'm sure it is no coincidence that mitt romney and michele bachmann have major announcements on a day sarah palin announces she is going to be on a national bus tour. january, thank you. have a wonderful weekend. amazing the timing on some
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of those things >> all happened on one day. >> almost like it was planned. who knew. jeff glor standing by at the news desk with a check of the day's other headlines. good friday morning to you my friend. >> good friday morning to you guys, as well. good friday morning to everyone at home. the g-8 summit wrapped up in france this morning with a pledge of $20 billion to support prodemocracy reforms in egypt and tunisia. the g-8 leaders said they strongly support the arab spring, calling the political changes historic. concerning libya, president obama said that moammar gadhafi, again, has to go. this morning russia's deputy foreign minister said russia is ready to help mediate gadhafi's exit from power following a request by g-8 leaders. the next and final stop on president obama's six-day european tour is poland where a proposed missile defense system tops the agenda there. cbs news chief white house correspondent, chip reid is traveling with the president in france. >> reporter: for his meeting with the president from russia
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medvedev, on the sidelines of the g-8 economic summit, president obama said the pair won't give up on trying to reach a compromise on a planned u.s. missile defense system. >> we're committed to working together so that we can find an approach that is consistent with the security needs of both countries, and that maintains the strategic balance, and deals with potential threats. >> reporter: it's an issue that will also come up today in president obama's meetings with polish leaders in warsaw, under the u.s. planned defense systems would be deployed on polish soil. also on the agenda, natural gas. specifically, how to extract gas trapped in rock from what may be europe's largest gas reserve. not only would it be a boon for u.s. energy companies, it would also help poland become more energy independent. >> poland has prospects of becoming a major energy producer in the years ahead, with the shell gas where america has tremendous experience in extracting and developing this
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industry. which, of course, is also a security element. it will lessen poland's dependence on outside sources, in other words, russian sources, which could become unpredictable in the future. >> reporter: from poland the president heads back to the white house for just one night. then on sunday he's off to missouri where he says he wants to survey the tornado damage and pray with survivors. chip reid, cbs news, traveling with the president in deauville, france. also in france, by the way, president obama signing the law, a four-year extension of the terrorism patriot act. the senate and house passed the extension just before it was due to expire. that bill extends the life of roving wiretaps, court ordered searches of business records and surveillance of suspects without known ties to terrorist groups. war crimes suspect ratko mladic returned to a belgrade court this morning. mladic was captured yesterday after 16 years as a fugitive. the charges against him include the slaughter of 8,000 muslims. he is being extradited to the u.n. war crimes tribunal at the
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hague. in orbit this morning, shuttle astronauts carried out an historic spacewalk. their last ever. the two spacewalkers from shuttle "endeavour" installed an extension on the international space station. all future spacewalks will be performed by full-time space station residents. it is 16 ments past the hour. full-time space station residents. >> can you imagine that being your full-time residence? i am retiring to the international space station. marysol castro here now with our first check of the weather. good morning. >> good morning, you too two. for this memorial day weekend, we take a look at national outlook. some folks still contending with severe weather. in the northern plains and the pacific northwest, a very pesky storm that's making its way across the country that could bring about a bout of more severe weather later on in the weekend into next week.
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a lot of clouds starting out the day with a couple light sprinkles, as we head throughout day the clouds should part somewhat. temperatures running in the 60s. low 70s. inland. 60s inside the bay, plenty of 50s. 60s out towards the coastline. holiday weekened you got plans in cooler than normal a couple clouds moving on through. winds kicking up throughout weekend. next best chance of rain will come towards the middle of next week >> that's your latest. now back over to erica and chris. >> mary, thanks. >> still to come here this morning, the final minutes before the crash of air france
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flight 447. we're going to hear what those black boxes revealed after two years on the bottom of the ocean. >> plus, do you know where your oil comes from? turns out a lot of it comes from a little place called curbing, oklahoma. find out why that could be making gas prices oh, so high. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. vo: meet erika. she hasn't shopped for a new pc because... erika: ... my computer is the same as a new computer. vo: so to show her what she's missing, we built a pc store in her house. erika: (gasp) employee: come on in. make yourself at home! erika: this is my home! employee: let's take a look! erika: (lifting laptop) it's really light. honey, help me shop! employee: you can get up to seven hours on this battery. jesse: the color really pops out. employee: everything's wireless. wireless keyboard. jesse: that's impressive. i like this one better. erika: and i like this one... vo: new pc. what's it gonna be? erika: i'm a pc, and i got what i wanted. jesse: as usual.
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a manhunt this morning in the oakland hills... police from oakland and the east bay regional parks district are med with a i'm frank mallicoat a man hunt in oakland hills. police from oakland and east bay regional parks district looking for a man armed with a handgun he assaulted and robbed a woman in her home 3:00 a.m. this morning. pg&e gets the green light to charge most customers more for electricity including those who used the least amount of energy. nose who use a lot of -- those who use a lot of power are subsidizing those who do not. bart passengers, expect delays up to 40 minutes over the next two weekends, one of two tracks will be shut down, trans bay 2 which carries
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bay bridge toll plaza they never turned the metering lights on. easy trip this morning into san francisco you do have to get to work and westbound 92, only 14 minute drive out of hayward toward foster city. that is your traffic your forecast here is lawrence. light sprinkles parts of the north bay. i think those as we head throughout the day we will see those clouds parting and a little sunshine in between. not a bad day indeed on this friday. temperatures as high as 70 degrees fairfield, 59 san jose, the winds will kick up, breezy pacifica and 59 degrees. speaking of holiday weekend these numbers will be cooler than the average for this time of year partly cloudy skies into saturday, i think the winds will start to blow especially out towards the coastline windier as we head towards sunday. temperatures running below the average into the holiday the next best chance of some rain toward the middle of next week ,,,,,,,,
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>>autifu beautiful bit of sunshine there as we welcome you back to the early show. many of you likely preparing for your memorial day weekend, getting ready to go on a trip, spend plenty of time outside and hopefully enjoy some nice weather. a lot of you are probably eyeing gas prices, start of the summer vacation season. prices are down a little bit, still, very hard. this morning, we are going to take you to cushing, oklahoma, where millions of barrels of oil sit for weeks, months at a time. suppliers controlling how much oil is turned into gasoline and other products. rebecca jarvis is there this
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morning. she is going to explain just how all of us are waiting can hit all of us in the wallet. >> and that's the problem. it hits all of us. also ahead this morning the latest from the casey anthony murder trial. an ex-boyfriend called anthony a doting mother who loved her daughter caylee. other prosecution witnesses say she wasn't upset while her daughter was missing. and never said she was looking for caylee. more from inside the courtroom in just a bit. but, first, jeff glor at the news desk with another look at our top headlines for us on this friday morning. hi again, jeff. >> hey, guys. good morning to everyone at home. the g-8 summit in france ended this morning. leaders pledged $20 million to support democratic reforms in egypt and tunisia. they said they strongly support the arab spring uprisings. secretary of state hillary clinton made a quick surprise trip to pakistan this morning. she's the most senior u.s. official to visit since the raid that killed osama bin laden. only on the ground for six hours in pakistan, clinton said u.s. relations with pakistan are at a turning point and that pakistani leaders must do more to fight terrorism.
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for ar for two years, the crash of air france flight 447 has been a mystery. the plane went down off the coast of brazil killing all 228 people aboard in june of 2009. now, a report on the crash has just come out this morning and cbs news travel editor, peter greenburg joins us with the latest on what officials have learned. good to sigh you this morning. so the investigate into flight 447 comes out a couple of hours ago. what are investigators now disclosing about those last few minutes of that ill-fated flight? >> the last 3 minutes 30 seconds of that flight as the plane drops from 38,000 feet in that period of time directly onto the ocean. now, what's happening is they're flying initially at their regular flightal tud of 35,000 feet when they encounter
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turbulence. at this point, the plane is on autopilot. but their flight sensors which tell the pilots how fast it is going, apparently they are frozen, ineffective. they're not working. so what do the pilots do? they try to slow the plane down, they disengage the autopilot, disengage the auto thrust and slow the plane down. now they're in trouble because they're slowing the plane down, slower than it should be flying at all and they put it into a high speed stall. the nose goes up to about 16 degrees and the plane starts climbing. but at that altitude and that speed, it loses speed very quickly. guess what? at 38,000 feet it starts to drop. it is dropping at some points up to 10,000 feet a minute. >> okay. so it is the speed sensors that really threw the pilots because they were getting incorrect speed readings? >> from the beginning. >> is this a systemic problem? is this something all the airbus a-330s that now needs to be investigated? >> the investigators have been looking at these speed sensors for quite some time. in fact, this past march, air france was charged in a french court with manslaughter in the deaths of these 228 people. that investigation is continuing. now they've since fixed those
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and they've since adjusted those. so the fact is the charge was, did air france know they were defective when that plane was already flying? >> one of the things that's in the report, and i'm not saying that this had any bearing on what happened, because they are all qualified pilots. that the captain was not in the cockpit, came in when there was a problem. the two co-pilots and autopilot were operating the plane. >> not relevant at all to the situation. any flight of this duration, you always have relief pilots. the main pilot was taking a rest. he did come in. never took control again. at that point all they could do was try to get speed up. because they were losing speed and losing altitude. they tried to put the nose down but they couldn't control the discent and three minutes and 30 seconds later, they impacted the ocean. >> what happens to the plane while all this is going on? >> very little at this point that we know of. we just note that the with the instruments frozen, all their instruments in the cockpit were no longer of use to them. they were not getting any relevant readings that they could do anything about. >> now do these findings answer
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all questions about what caused this crash? i mean is this investigation essentially closed at this point? >> no, not at all. because there's one open area. and that's the location and the condition of the tail of that plane. that tail of that plane was found many, many, many miles away from the main debris field and it was found intact. the real question is, did that tail come off before the plane hit water? and when did it come off if it come off at all? that's what they're going to look at now. >> can't speculate but you can only imagine the fear factor and terror these poor passengers, 3.5 minutes you say this plane was descending at a rapid speed? was descending at a rapid speed. >> no, it was not descending at a rapid speed, it was descending 38,000 feet in the ocean in three minutes, 30 seconds. up next, oil prices are so high, why would you not sell it? we're going to visit cushing, oklahoma, where millions of barrels are stored and then sold. this is ""the early show" here on cbs. ♪ oh oh oh
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correspondent, rebecca jarvis, is in cushing, oklahoma, this morning. a little town that may have the answers to the high gas prices across the country. >> rebecca, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. no matter where you fill up your car, chances are it spent some time here in cushing, oklahoma. it is home to 10% of the town's energy supply. it gets stored in giant tanks. a small town of just 9,000 people, cushing, oklahoma, is among the most important centers in the global oil market, considered the pipeline crossroads of the world, an astounding 40 million barrels of oil are stored here in steel tanks that span more than 10 square miles. enbridge energy controls more than a third of the supply. >> we have about 13.8 billion barrels of shell capacity. we have it in 90 tanks. >> reporter: the oil is stored here before being piped back out to refineries and converted into
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gasolines. >> there is always oil moving into nd aout of curbing. >> reporter: lately, a lot more oil moving in than going out. >> reporter: does it feel like there is a glut in oil supply here? >> we are experiencing a large supply. this particular tank will hold about 250,000 barrels of oil. >> reporter: with gas price at $3.81 a gallon, why are oil companies keeping those tanks full and out of the nation's pumps? some analysts say it is in the hopes that prices will rise and the companies will be able to sell oil for a higher profit. but it is not an exact science. >> predicting gasoline prices is a fool's errand. nobody can do it reliably. that said, the best predict tore is what happens to crude. >> reporter: in the last year, oil prices have soared. last may, a barrel cost about $74. today, it is more than $100.
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in cushing, they are making plans to add more tanks. enough to hold 4 million additional barrels of oil. >> we have demand for for march than that. >> reporter: there may be some good news for drivers. prices typically peak over the memorial day weekend. while you might way more between now and monday, a number of analysts are forecasting that we will see prices come down about 35 cents over the summer. >> that would be a welcome drop, obviously. of course, the thing is, when they rise, the price of everything else rises along with it, the price of gas, groceries because of shipping costs. any chance we could see those prices go down in conjunction with gas prices? >> reporter: the unfortunate news on that is while we might see some relief at the pump, a lot of companies are forecasting that we are going to be paying more at the grocery store because not only do those shipping costs that you mentioned factor into these
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prices, but also the grain prices, the cost of the food that, for example, animals feed off of, has also gone up. so you may see more prices going up again at the grocery store throughout the year. that's what the usda is predicting. >> rebecca jarvis in cushing, oklahoma for us. just ahead, an ex-boyfriend calls casey anthony a careful mother. others say she couldn't care less. we will hear the latest testimony in the high-profile murder trial. you are watching "the early show" on cbs against fleas and ticks. and not just adult fleas. what makes frontline plus complete is that it breaks the flea life cycle -- killing adults, eggs, and larvae. and it keeps killing fleas and ticks all month long. that's why it's the #1 choice of vets for their pets, and yours. unleash a complete killing force in every dose of frontline plus. [ female announcer ] we all want cleaner laundry.
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claimed little caylee drowned in the family swimming pool. the defense argues casey anthony is a very good mother who simply tried to cover up a tragic accident with the help of her father. george anthony took the stand for the second time in the murder case against his daughter casey, and told a recovering missing gas cans from her car. a little more than a week after little caylee had gone missing. >> and you did not smell any smell of human decomposition on june 24th of 2008 in the trunk of your daughter's car? >> did not. >> the defense was attempting to poke a hole in the prosecution's theory that casey anthony used her trunk to stash caylee's dead body, after stuffing it in a laundry bag and wrapping her head in duct tape. the state contends that is the same kind of tape that was found on the gas cans in casey's car. as the questioning continued things got tense between anthony and defense attorney jose baez, who just days earlier had accused him of sexually molesting casey. >> you're trying to confuse 3450e here. yes, you are, sir.
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treat me with a little bit of respect and you'll get respect back. all i'm asking. >> mr. anthony, would you like to answer my question now? >> reporter: the prosecution also questioned a parade of casey's friends and acquaintances who testified that casey did not act any differently while her daughter was missing. >> did she tell you that her daughter was missing? >> no. >> kidnapped? >> no. >> that she was looking for her? >> no. >> that she needed help? >> no. >> reporter: the defense tried to paint a much different picture of casey, that of a loving and doting mother. the most poignant testimony coming from former boyfriend tony lazaro. >> she'd have a book, she'd have her teddy bear. we would go down to the pool, teaching her how to swim. >> reporter: as lazzaro spoke casey anthony wiped away tears. one witness, melissa england, testified that while riding in the car with casey anthony, the defendant got off of a call, phone call, and then bragged about what a good liar she was. chris?
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investigators are releasing more ion, about the case it is 7:55 a.m. time for news headlines i am sydnie kohara. the case of the abused p-year- old girl -- 3-year-old girl in campbell the 15-year-old boy found her in his garage. she was bruised, beaten inside a rolled up carpet underneath a mattress the teen called police to report case. a judge cleared the way for unvailing of the victims of jones town massacre. the memorial had been in dispute for three decades whether it should include the name jim jones he was the cult
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leader who ordered the mass suicide murder in guyana in 1978 the judge denied a lawsuit that aimed to block his name. a look at traffic and weather in just a moment. stay with us ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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looking great on this friday morning before a long holiday. live, 880 traffic through oakland. slow in northbound lanes as you pass the coliseum your drive time 17 minutes from 238 up towards the mcarthur maze. at the bay bridge toll plaza they never turned the metering lights on. quick trip san francisco if you do have to head to work and same south bay, northbound traffic 280, out of downtown san jose that is your traffic for your forecast lawrence. >> elizabeth light sprinkles, high-def doppler picking up some of that right now. light showers, towards santa rosa, not a whole lot of moisture but could see some of that scrape on through, but by the afternoon the skies should part bring you a little bit of sunshine temperatures still remaining mild. 60s and 70s there. 60s inside the bay, 50s and 60s towards the coastline a cool weekend ahead should stay dry
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well, good morning, welcome back to "the early show" here on friday, may 27th, 2011. chris wragge and erica hill here in new york. the unofficial start to summer begins for some people, it already began. people on the roads getting ready to enjoy the memorial day weekend. >> a busy day in the city trafficwise. people getting out of dodge already. before you can get going on your holiday weekend we want to get you caught up on the top stories this morning. accused war criminal ratko mladic returns to court in serbia where officials say he will be turned over to an international court to face charges of genocide. cbs news correspondent mark phillips is in london this morning with the very latest on mladic's arrest.
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mark, good morning. >> good morning, erica. well, not just the legal process toward extradition is under way in a belgrade court today, a series of medical tests have also been performed on ratko mladic, and his family is calling for more. the butcher of the balkans is now, according to his lawyers, a frail, old man. too frail, they suggest, to endure the rigors of a trail. he's 69 now, and after three reported strokes, his ability to comprehend proceedings is under question. outside the belgrade courthouse today, the family spoke. >> we are focused at this time on his health, his condition. >> reporter: weakness is not a term that would have been used to describe ratko mladic in his prime. ruthless, maybe. also, murderous, brutal, pitiless, even sadistic. he is accused of ordering the shelling of sarajevo, and of targeting areas where civilian casualties were likely to be highest. like the water taps that were set up because the main water supply was cut.
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he was the commander whose troops overran what was supposed to be the u.n. safe haven of srebrenica. where thousands of bosnian muslims had taken refuge. it was mladic who guaranteed the safety of those present, before separating the women and children from the men, and then ordering the systematic slaughter of more than 7,000 of those men in the worst mass killing in europe since the nazi atrocities of the second world war. the serbs were expecting trouble after they had finally given mladic up under increasing international pressure. mladic may be reviled around the world, but on the serbian nationalist right wing, he's still a hero. the 10,000 graves in sarajevo, though, are not evidence of the actions of a hero. and the mass graves of srebrenica are a silent call for justice. at first it was thought ratko mladic would be on his way to trial in the hague within a week or so. now his health issues may delay that. justice has been on hold for 16
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years now, and it seems it will have to wait a few days longer. erica? >> mark phillips in london this morning. thanks. joining us now, retired nato commander general wesley clark, who made several trips to bosnia during the war there. we'll also be speaking in a moment with vladimir petrovic, serbia's ambassador to the united states. general clark i want to begin with you. mark laid out a little bit some of the atrocities there. but they're almost unspeakable in so many ways. walk us through why mladic was, in fact, one of the most wanted men in the world. >> well, i was the commander of the serb forces that were responsible for the siege of sarajevo, and he also had an outsized personality. he seemed a rebel in this. he seemed to pursue ideological savagery against the muslim and croatian members of the citizenry there in sarajevo. and this was capped off by the massacre of srebrenica, where
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some 8,000 muslim men were separated from their families and systematically murdered over the course of a couple of days in july of 1995. >> go ahead. >> and this was his leadership, as a general. >> you met with him in the '90s. >> i did. >> what was he like? did he appear to be a mad man, even sadistic as some have painted him? >> well, there's no question that he was very strong, sadistic streak. he was a very intelligent man who had intimidated some of the u.n. commanders. i thought that he was blustery. he was full of passion and ideological zealotry for this cause of serb nationalism. and ultimately, he was a murderer. and a war criminal. >> when you look at the number of years that it took to finally catch him, and the references that in many ways he was out there hiding in plain sight, seen out dining in restaurants, even in some cases where foreign diplomats might go, why was it so difficult to catch him?
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>> well, when he -- when he was under the protection of slobodan milosevic, shortly after the dayton accords were signed i'm sure that milosevic protected him. officially, through his office of the presidency, and through mladic's wide circle of acquaintances. mladic was a regular officer of the yugoslav national army. throughout all this he was paid by the serb government to lead the republic of serbska forces. he was simply a general until milosevic brought him home and he was somewhat lionized by these right wing leaders. milosevic was taken to the hague and gradually mladic's support fell away. the nations much the west never gave up on pursuing ratko mladic and the serb government itself was constantly pressured to turn him over to justice. and eventually the pins lined up in such a way that his support had fallen away, he was identified and they took this step.
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it's an historic step and a very positive step for serbia, and the west. >> and serbia's ambassador to the u.s., vladimir petrovic, is with us as well this morning. sir, how significant is this to both the people of your country, and to the global community? >> well, this is something my government has been working on for years now. we have tried to find him and arrest him. i just want to remind you that before him we have arrested and sent to the hague tribunal about 45 people, including two former presidents of serbia, including president slobodan milosevic, and many generals. so this is the last step in our cooperation in the hague. and i would -- this was our legal obligation under international law. but it was our legal obligation under domestic law and also our moral obligation. so we're really happy this has finally happened. go ahead. >> i was going to say, there was some concern as mark phillips pointed out in his piece, some concern over potential demonstrations, even protests
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yesterday. there were reports that in the town where he was captured a sign went up that said, mladic, hero. how concerned are you, how concerned is the government, about any sort of retaliation for the fact that he has now been captured? >> you know, every society in every country has extremists. but i think this is really minor in serbia. yesterday you had demonstrations in capital belgrade, capital city of it 2 million people, only about 150, 200 people showed up. so we really think this is minor. >> how do you think this will change in some ways the perception of your country? both for the european union, and even outside? >> well, i think the protection of my country has changed tremendously since the change in 2000. we have worked under the leadership of president tadic really hard on reconciliation in the region. we, i think, took a lead in the region, and we're calling on all the countries in the region to deal with war crimes, to deal with people that were doing such
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atrocities. and i think this arrest is really a big step forward in to that band of reconciliation. a number one priority for all the countries in the region to join the european union. >> ambassador vladimir petrovic, general wesley clark, thank you both for your time this morning. >> thank you. and now jeff glor is at the news desk with a check of today's other headlines for us today. jeff? >> chris, good morning to you. erica, good morning. good morning to everyone at home as well. and secretary of state hillary clinton called her talks with pakistani leaders frank and constructive. this morning clinton became the most senior u.s. official to visit pakistan since the raid on osama bin laden's compound. she spent six hours on the ground. her unaannounced visit was designed to repair relations. but she also pressed the pakistanis to get tough with al qaeda. >> we will do our part. and we look to the government of pakistan to take decisive steps in the days ahead.
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>> pakistan also gave the u.s. permission to search bin laden's compound again to look for additional evidence. president obama signed into law a four-year extension of the patriot act today. that bill extends the life of roving wiretaps, court-ordered searches of business records, and surveillance of suspects without known ties to terrorist groups. the g-8 summit in france ended this morning with leaders hoping to raise billions of dollars to aid and encourage the sweeping political changes in the middle east and north africa, the arab spring. russia says it is ready now to help broker moammar gadhafi's departure from libya. new violence in syria this morning. an opposition group says that at least four people were killed when security forces opened fire on protesters in a southern village. the demonstrators are calling for the end of president assad's regime. north korea says this morning it will free detained american eddie june after a u.s. official expressed regret about the case. june was arrested in november. south korean press reports say he was accused of spreading
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christianity. in joplin, missouri, this morning, many families are still waiting on word from missing family members. 232 people were listed as unaccounted for after sunday's tornado. officials know that some of the people on the list are alive, and some of them are among the 126 people killed by the twister. two women were killed in a freak accident after a powerful thunderstorm hit atlanta last night. high winds toppled a tree onto a passing sports car, killing both women instantly. and finally a surprising discovery. water on the moon. 100 times more of it than scientists ever suspected. nearly 40 years after the last apollo moon landing in 1972 scientists are still studying rocks brought back by the astronauts. and it turns out they contain just as much water as similar rocks here on earth. interesting. it's ten minutes past the hour right now. marysol castro has another check of our weather. mary, good morning. >> jeffrey the things i learn from your news cast. >> how about that? i'm glad i could help.
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>> i love it. good morning, everyone. let's take a look at your high temperatures for your friday, don't look too shabby as you would suspect. cooler temperatures in the northwest, 68 in seattle, fargo at 58. take a look at the southern tier of the united states. san angelo breaking a record. the high today is 104.
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in this morning's "healthwatch" arthritis and your diet. arthritis is the most common form of disability in america and yesterday we showed you how the right kind of exercise can help ease the pain. this morning registered dietitian keri glassman has tips on food that can trigger your symptoms or make the pain go away. >> good morning. >> so disabilitying. can your diet have an effect on maybe kind of lightening the pain that you have to deal with on a daily basis? >> well, although there are no specific arthritis diets there are many forms of arthritis and there is no specific arthritis diet. however, evidence has shown that following an anti-inflammatory diet may help relieve symptoms of many forms of arthritis, including swelling and pain. >> okay, let's talk about some of the things that would help arthritis sufferers. these are just some arthritis fighters out there, because like you said the symptoms can be so much for individuals. >> exactly. so the three types of foods to focus on are foods high in omega-3, antioxidants and fiber. so starting with the omega-3
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foods the two specific omega-3 fatty acids, those are the essential fatty acids that we have to get from our diet because our bodies don't make them. the two specific ones that have a direct effect on reducing inflammation are going to be epa and dha which are found in favre like salmon and sardines. and you can also find them in fortified eggs, walnuts, flax seeds and avocado. and we hear so much about antioxidants. we renchers have found a diet high in antioxidants can help prevent degenerative diseases including arthritis. we know that fruits and vegetables, kale, spinach, sweet potato, berries, oranges. these are vitamin c, vitamin a. vitamin c in particular has been shown to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. >> leafy greens. >> the leafy greens. and another antioxidant is selenium. people with arthritis have been found to have lower levels of selenium in their body. so foods with selenium are going to be brazil nuts and tuna. those are important to get in,
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as well. and then of course fiber foods. fiber is really important to get in your diet because fiber is found in whole grains. refined foods like white breads and pasta help exacerbate inflammation in the body. so just by eating whole grains and skipping the refined you're going to help alleviate some of the symptoms. >> now, it's a very healthy diet. could it help with things like weight loss, cholesterol? all these other ailments people have? >> it's not exactly a weight loss diet. it's more of a lifestyle. but of course when you're eating these foods there's a good chance you can lose weight. when you lose weight that also helps reduce stress on the body and an andy inflammatory diet in general is also helpful for heart disease and preventing cancer. >> arthritis triggers. >> triggers are going to be three common ones. saturated and trans fats, omega 6s and the night shade vegetables. the trans and saturated fats we find in meat and butter. those can increase inflammation. the trans fats in foods like
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potato chips and packaged cookies, those are actually twice as damaging to the body as even the saturated fats. >> keep going. because i'm just wondering, it just looks kind of obvious. you stay healthy you're going to be okay, if you go unhealthy you're going to have some problems. >> absolutely. that's why this is overall a healthy diet for everyone. the omega 6s are found in the oils over here. sun flower oil, and so the reason we want to stay away from those is that our western diets are very high in omega 6s and low in omega 3s. if you are worried about inflammation, reduce the omega 6s and increase the omega 3s. >> get rid of the 6s bring on the 3s. >> exactly. >> very informative. >> just go healthy. fruits and vegetables. lots of fiber. >> keri glassman, thank you so much. stay with us this is the "early" show on cbs. >> "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by aleve. two pills, all day strong, all this is lara. her morning begins with arthritis pain.
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i'm really proud of my dad because he's been there the whole time. >> when the day came we kept hugging him. we didn't want him to go. >> i'm proud of my dad because i know that he risked his life to help our nation. >> we're so privileged to live under the blanket of our armed service men and women who are serving the country. but the kids, we always talk about the families, how it's tough on them because their parents are away for so long. >> i went up to west point yesterday, in upstate new york, and spoke to military kids. they're proud military kids. some of them have only known life in the military. because some of them are only, you know, 10, 11, 12 and both parents or one parent has been overseas the entire time. >> wow. >> and moving from different stations. >> they've moved from different state to different state and they know things like operation enduring freedom. operation, you know, they know it rolls off their tongue.
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it's just amazing. so you definitely don't want to miss it. they have great, great stories to tell. >> looking forward to hearing more from them. stay with us. we'll have much ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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there's an arraignment today for the man... who allegedly stormed a cockpit on a plane.. bound for s-f-o. rah-geh al- murisi >> good morning 8:25 a.m. an arraignment for the man who allegedly stormed a cockpit on a plane bound for san francisco. he will be in a court in about an hour from now. defense lawyer said his client will plead not guilty and is asking for his release. >> court proceedings will move forward this summer for lawsuits filed in response to the deadly explosion in san bruno. they set a june 30th meeting for pg&e representatives. watch out for some changes on the bay bridge over the weekend. shifting some of the lanes heading toward oakland, eastbound lanes closed during overnight hours on saturday and sunday, all part of the process to speed up completion of the
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[ giggles ] hey! owww! right here! right here! one for me! one for me! >> good morning, no big issues out there. no metering lights, meaning an easy ride into san francisco.
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later on this weekened, they are doing work between the trans bay 2 they are saying 20 to 40 minute delays between the city and east bay. watch out saturday, sunday and monday right now bart is on time that is your traffic for your weather forecast over to lawrence. >> elizabeth, we are seeing light sprinkles, light showers showing up in parts of the north bay. seeing that making its way high- def doppler radar, down the south here most of this will pass on through the morning and get that out of the way. set you up for a pretty nice weekend looks like winds will kick up throughout the weekend clouds this afternoon mixture of sunshine, a few passing clouds, 60s and 70s warmest spots inland, 50s out towards the coastline. winds will blow a bit towards sunday we will stay dry but see passing clouds, temperatures warming up a bit in toward memorial day as we head in towards the middle of next week, a chance of showers in the forecast thursday ,,,,,,,,
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♪ welcome back to "the early show" here on a friday morning. will you listen to billy mclaughlin play the guitar. this morning, jeff has a story not true, this morning jeff the has the story of how billy suddenly couldn't play his guitar. nobody could figure out why. some of his peers said the problem was in his head. turned out to be a neuromuscular condition but he needed six years of hard work to overcome that obstacle. we'll show you exactly what he did to keep on playing. >> we'll explain it, but he did something that is maybe unprecedented musically, switching hands, guitarwise,
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which is just extraordinary. and inspiring. >> how hard it is to write with your left hand. >> imagine writing everything left-handed all of a sudden. had to learn everything all over again. >> looking forward to that. first memorial day weekend is full of barbecues, fireworks and oftentimes parades. a lot of special meaning for service members and especially for their families. marysol recently spent some time with some young people who are very patriotic in their own way making sacrifices themselves. >> absolutely. hundreds of thousands of american service men and women are not only heroes but parents. we visited students at west point elementary middle schools on the grounds of the u.s. military academy, and as you'll see, they bravely answer their own call to duty. have any of you ever had to say good-bye to your parents because they went overseas? yeah? ellen, can you bring me back to that place? >> i think i was 7 1/2, and we were at the airport, and the
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flight was called, and it was a really, really, really sad moment. >> when the day come, me and my sister were crying. we kept hugging him. we didn't want him to go. so really sad. >> we brought him to the airport and everything, and then like we were, like we were too upset to go to school. so we stayed, and we like ate ice cream with mom and started crying and stuff. so, yeah. >> what were you most afraid of knowing that your dad was going to war? >> if he was going to get killed or not, and like is he going to come home? >> he had a room and you could hear bombs go off outside. so he would laugh because he was used to it but i'd get really scared. >> so while you were online chatting you could hear those? >> yeah. >> he like makes us laugh at dinner, and he tells us jokes
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all the time, and it's a nice time with him. when it's gone, it's like not really the same. >> tell me about what it was like when he came back? >> oh, i was really happy. i was like jumping up and down with joy, ran over to hug him. >> i used to call her every day and pray for her, hope she doesn't die or anything or get killed and then when she came back, i was looking for her, because i couldn't remember her or her face. then my grandma told me that was her. i was excited and i just jumped on her. >> i was 4 when he came back, and i remember him getting out of the plane, and seeing my brother rushing up and jumping into his arms. >> i ran to him. i jumped. he gave me a hug. it was exciting. >> tell me what's the hardest part of being in the military? >> watching friends and family leave. >> we had normal lives as kids, like we go out with our friends, like hang out and do what normal teenagers or kids do.
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but i mean sometimes it's different because we move a lot. >> i was born in california. >> grew up in oklahoma. >> born in panama. >> then went to virginia. >> arizona. >> we moved to hawaii. >> texas to pennsylvania. and then now here. >> wow. >> i had a really hard time making friends when i was younger. but i mean, as i moved more, i, like i made more friends easier. >> i'm really proud of my dad, because he's been fighting for our freedom and he's been there the whole time when we need him. >> i'm proud of my dad because i know that he took -- he risked his life to help our nation. >> i'm proud of him because he really tried to make our lives happy. for us. and like, i know sometimes he like he always -- i always think that he's mean to me because he can't be with me. but i know that he always loves me.
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>> and these students so wonderful and they plan on for their memorial day weekend they're going to do their own barbecues but they also go to the cemetery and it's a ritual for all of them and they hang wreaths and plant flowers and you forget that they're so little but they carry the weight of the world. >> and so many cemeteries mean so much to the folks who go to visit the graves of their loved ones to see how they are honored even after they have passed to come there to find those flags and wreaths. >> and they all, no matter what age the kids talk to, sound so mature. >> they have to be. >> brave kids, brave families. we thank them all. >> jeff is at the news desk with one more look at your headlines on this friday morning. >> good morning to you, erica. marysol, nice job. good friday morning to everyone at home. ahead of this holiday weekend the price of gas is dropping. this morning the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular is $3.81. that is down eight cents in the last week. french investigators this morning have released new details about the crash of air france flight 447 two years ago.
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the black box recorders show the emergency began with a stall warning 2 1/2 hours into the flight from brazil to paris. the jet climbed to 38,000 feet and then began descending. the descent of the jetliner lasted 3 1/2 minutes before it crashed into the atlantic ocean, killing all 228 people aboard. lawsuits accusing a popular georgia preacher of sexual misconduct have quietly been resolved. last fall four men sued bishop eddie long in suburban atlanta. they said long drew them into sexual relationships when they were teenagers. lawyers will not reveal why the suits were dropped. this morning in joplin, missouri, officials are still trying to identify some of the 126 people killed in sunday's tornado. 232 people are still officially listed as missing. and a powerful storm in atlanta last night caused a freak accident. high winds toppled a free onto a small sports car killing both women inside. it is 36 minutes past the hour now, back over to chris.
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>> all right, jeff, thank you very much. four years ago this month, a little town of greensburg, kansas, was hit by a tornado nearly two miles wide. 205-mile-per-hour winds left 11 people dead, destroyed 95% of the town. today, greensburg is almost fully rebuilt. so we asked some greensburg residents to tell us how they recovered and give some advice to the people of joplin, missouri. >> oh, my gosh. >> this thing is huge. it has to be a mile across. >> got a call about 9:50 that the town had been hit. >> heavy rain. heavy wind. >> the tornado just along highway 183. >> and that's when the pickup came in to the basement. onto my husband. >> it was so terrible to think that something like that could happen, in a matter of 15 minutes that your world could be turned upside down. >> how do you start? >> if you're looking at joplin right now, the worst parts down there, that's what we looked like. we just were smashed and wrecked
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and the buildings were down. >> why do you rebuild a small town? well, i tell people because it's our home. >> we didn't give up. we looked for the future. >> our thoughts were, what's doable, with how can we get school up and running? for the next school year. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag -- >> look at everybody. this is exciting. >> first day of school was awesome. >> within the first six months we had already got all the debris removed. we had already started having public meetings and the planning processes. and we had a pretty clear direction of where we were headed. >> i have always known that we would rebuild in some way, and to see us now four years, it's amazing the transformation, and it makes me very optimistic for what we have in front of us in the future. >> we did what we had to do and we're back. >> as far as the eye can see it is massive devastation. this tornado leveling one-third of this city. >> we see pictures of joplin,
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missouri, it's emotional because you know what they're going through. >> all of us are just almost physically sick looking at joplin. >> it's tremendous loss. you have your funeral, going through the pile of rubble. and then everything you look at, it brings back memories of lost pictures. lost family recipes. heirlooms that came down through generations of family that can't be replaced. every memory is just gone. >> one, two, three. >> you'll even learn that the pictures from things that you had, they're just stuff, too. it's way more important to spend time and care about those around you than any pictures or any of grandma's vases that were in your house. >> i love you. all right, bye, dad. >> have hope it will get better. it may not feel like it right now, but you know, four years ago we felt the same thing. it will get better. >> eventually, you'll have more good days than bad days. >> what is important, i think, is to be here right now, and to
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show the whole world that you can come back, and it's not going to be easy, and there's times, years down the road, that it won't be. but it's all worth it. >> we in greensburg want to say, never give up hope. >> and that was the one thing for a lot of people in joplin, they don't want to give up hope. it's just such mass devastation. will you just leave or rebuild? and everybody wants to rebuild there. from what happened there greensburg, kansas, it's proof that an ef-5 that wipes out everything, nothing stands a chance, it takes some time, but you can bring it back. >> hum. >> and they're thriving once again in greensburg. >> and like in greensburg the people in joplin, it may well happen again next year or next week. >> that's true. >> all right. now we'll talk a little weather about what's going on. >> a quick transition, yes. >> marysol. >> that part of the nation, i am
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thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now over to erica. a guitar player's unique sound comes really from his or her fingers. so imagine what it's like if they don't work properly. jeff glor has the story of a musician who faced that very frightening situation and managed to overcome it. >> amazing. his name is billy mclaughlin. he plays by hammering with his fingers on the neck of the guitar. his name may be unfamiliar to you, but the sound is beautiful and his story is unforgettable. ♪ billy mclaughlin has an intricate style, both unusual and infectious. >> i really love what i get to do. i love it a lot. >> reporter: i can see that.
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i can see that. in his prime, billy attracted fans around the world. ♪ performed 200 shows a year. even hit the billboard top ten charts. and then, all of a sudden -- at what point did you start to feel something that didn't feel right? rnlgts so >> some of my more hot-shot pieces started to elude me. i literally couldn't play them. >> reporter: his fingers on his left hand, the ones that created the complicated chords, began locking up. >> if i try to play those six notes now, i can't even -- >> reporter: you can't even press your fingers down there? >> i can't even get my third finger to lift up. it's very comfortable to watch. it's really hard for me to. >> reporter: billy couldn't explain what's happening. worst still, neither could his
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doctors. if you suffer for something from three years before you actually get diagnosed with it -- >> it's awful. >> reporter: even other musicians thought the problem with his hand was in his hand. >> you inevitably get caught in this thing where, i must be losing my mind. >> reporter: finally, the diagnosis came. focal dystonia. >> it's the third most common movement disorder after son's and tremors. >> reporter: what billy did after was remarkable, switching hands from his left to his right. >> the idea from switching your pen hand from one hand to the other is not an easy task. >> reporter: for six long years, retraining his brain became the focus of billy's life. >> i'm not very proud of the fact that i gave up a few times.
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i couldn't see the finish line. thank you. my name is billy mclaughlin and i'm a left-handed guitarist. >> reporter: recently he began touring again. ♪ >> every song he plays, i'm just in awe. just amazing. >> reporter: d.c. hathaway came to see billy perform at this concert in san diego, so did henry austin. it's not just a comeback that inspires them, they also suffer from dystonia. >> to see him change and play the guitar the opposite direction is just astounding. >> billy mclaughlin just has been a godsend for me. >> reporter: back on stage,
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transformed by his struggle, billy has now reclaimed both his music and his identity. >> it affected me in a really deep way because i lost what i was so in love with. and it gave me one heck of a challenge to try to get my music back, get my life back. >> reporter: do you feel like you have now? >> absolutely. ♪ >> good night! >> dystonia affects 300,000 americans and billy has been given some sobering news. there is a chance his other hand may one day be affected. he says he'll deal with that if it comes. for now, he's playing as much as he can for as long as he can. >> it's just wild to think about not only the way he could retrain essentially his brain to be able to do this. but the trouble with him is it
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wasn't diagnosed initially. >> there's not anwarness level. he's speaking out because when you mention dystonia, people just don't know what it is. and even many doctors don't really fully understand it. that's what's so frustrating for him. >> it's part of the hope that in bringing greater awareness not only to people who may be suffering but to the medical community, it could help better diagnosis. >> i think so. he brings that awareness. and it's incredible listening to his sound. >> he seems like a great guy. stick with us. we'll be right back.,,,,,,,,,,,,
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morning here on "the early , show." bringing, i understand, graduation day isn't just parties and pomp and circumstance. students in their caps and gowns
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can hear graduation speakers for motivation and advice and here are some of the years most inspiring commencement speeches so far. ♪ >> we are here today because every single one of you stood tall and said, yes we can. yes, we can learn. yes, we can succeed. >> but do you have the guts to fail? if you don't fail, you're not even trying. >> if you pursue your dreams, you can't quit when you fail, you can't quit when you mess up, and you can't quit when life seems to deal you a tough hand. the more risks you take, the happier you'll be. even if they don't work out. >> it's true. you will have adversity. but be grateful for it. >> there is not a single one of
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the graduates here today that's had it easy. >> and when the test says stop here, you say go on. >> keep pushing, keep looking. >> because that adversity will show you that there is something absolutely extraordinary in each and every one of you. >> follow your passion. don't just see the light. be the light. >> when you find something real, embrace it. >> commitment to family. >> empathy. >> compassion. >> these are the keys to success in any field. >> your career as human beings, and as americans, is to stand on a fulcrum between fear and faith. which way will you lead? >> we may simply ask ourselves a question. did i make a difference? ♪ you are the sunshine of my life ♪ >> i am so proud of each and every one of you. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. >> congratulations to the class
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of 2011. >> and good luck in all that you do. ♪ you are the apple of my eye >> thanks for inspiring me. god bless you. >> god bless you. >> god bless the united states of america. >> wow. >> but they told me that i was going to have stevie wonder as my commencement speaker i would have graduated from college. >> that's great. >> well done, though. good to see you. >> in elite company there. >> yes, i don't know what i was doing in that story. but thank you very much. >> no one's complained yet though, right? i think you did all right. >> exactly. >> speaking -- >> suffolk university in boston. congratulations to all of them. congratulations to all the students out there. just so you know, my stepfather went to suffolk law school and i already got back from him what i good job you did. >> how about that. >> you may be in the newsletter. >> you never know. >> feature that, as well. >> we may have to bring the newsletter right here to the
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cast and talk about it. have a wonderful memorial day weekend. we hope you have a chance to spend time with your family and friends and also to honor so ,,, [ man ] i got this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points?
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it is 85:00 a everyone. i'm sydnie kohara with your cba 5 headlines. more than two dozen cases may be thrown out because of misconduct by two dozen police officers. the public defender is expected to release new video. he has shown video showing illegal searches and police stealing from suspects. it could be days before police present evidence on the suspect for the brian stow beating. giovann ira my rose has -- giovanni ramirez has not had any charges filed on him yet. he has a hearing next week.
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relief at the gas pump for the memorial day weekend. 3.81 is the national average. aaa reporting here in the bay area 4.17. san francisco, 4.05. we will look at traffic and weather after this break. stay with us.
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[ girl ] whoo hoo! good morning, everyone. we have got great looking traffic all across the bay area, meaning not a lot of it out there. looking good through the dublin interchange. this is southbound 580 traffic approaching the 608 interchange. we will go to the map to see what it looks like. green on the sensors all the way through pleasantton. a 14-minute drive-through the stretch. the bridges are fine including the san mataeo bridge. here's lawrence. >> that's good looking traffic. we have clouds out there. sprinkles showing up outside. the moisture in the north bay it will fall apart, and as it does the skies will break up. sneak the sunshine, and temperatures cooler than the average. 50s and 60s and 50s in the bay.
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a cool weekend but should be dry. ,,,,,,,,


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