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state of emergency. killer tornadoes roar through massachusetts, causing widespread destruction, and at least four deaths. a double dip. new fears the economic recovery is losing steam, after a batch of bad news, including a steep drop on wall street. and trick or tweet? the curious case of congressman anthony weiner, a racy photo, and a scandalous story gone anthony weiner, a racy photo, and a scandalous story gone viral. captioning funded by cbs and good morning, everyone, on this thursday, i'm terrell brown, in for betty nguyen. we begin with another round of deadly tornadoes, and it isn't the midwest or south that was hit, but, of all places,
massachusetts. the storms hit late yesterday afternoon. this twister swirling over the connecticut river roared through downtown springfield, massachusetts. it caused severe damage. at least four people were killed and statewide at least 40 were injured. a state of emergency is in effect this morning. manuel gallegus is in springfield with more. manny, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, terrell, the tornadoes tore through a couple of dozen communities around massachusetts, and take a look. this is typical of what we're finding. neighborhoods in the dark because there's no power. power lines downed everywhere, trees everywhere, and damaged homes. residents in massachusetts worked through the night, trying to clear piles of debris from their homes. people here are still trying to get over the shock after a deadly string of tornadoes tore through the state wednesday. >> we ran down the basement and we were holding onto the water pipes and everything was shaking. >> this is probably a once in 100 years or maybe more weather event.
>> reporter: this video captured the fury of one funnel cloud swirling over the connecticut river. it came out of nowhere, sucking up debris, and dumping it onto nearby neighborhoods. in springfield, 90 miles from boston, the twister ripped trees from the ground and leveled entire buildings. rescue crews pulled this man from the rubble of his home. his wife carried out on a stretcher. the governor here has declared a state of emergency, and 1,000 national guard troops will be on hand later today. tornadoes in this part of the country are not unheard of, but they are extremely rare. >> we tend to think of snowstorms, and ice storms, and, you know, coastal events. that's what we deal with more regularly. but we've seen the power of this event, and it's something we don't want to see very often. >> reporter: for many, the destruction was an eerie taste of what tornado victims in alabama and missouri have experienced. >> it just kind of reminded me of joplin, really. i've never seen anything like it. >> reporter: utility crews are now scrambling to restore power
to tens of thousands, while authorities work to fully assess the damage. the governor will tour the state by helicopter later today, and, terrell, then he'll have a much better idea of the full extent of the damage. >> manny, this area certainly isn't used to a tornado. how much warning did residents get before it hit? >> well, there were tornado warnings out earlier in the afternoon for the area. but that assumes people are watching tv or listening to the radio or they know about it. but, of course, obviously if a tornado is coming to your neighborhood like this, you have very little warning, if any at all. >> manuel gallegus in springfield, massachusetts. manny, thank you so much. tornadoes in massachusetts, as manuel just mentioned, aren't as unusual as you might imagine. since 1950 the state has averaged about two tornadoes a year. but these are the first in three years. the last deadly tornado in massachusetts struck in 1995, killing three people. to missouri now, officials say all those who were reported missing after the big tornado that hit joplin have been accounted for. at least 134 people were killed
by the storm. more than 8,000 homes and apartments and more than 500 commercial properties were destroyed or damaged. in the dakotas this morning floodwaters are on the rise and workers spent the night raising levees. residents along the missouri river in south dakota are packing up. the surrey river is rising in minot, north dakota. a quarter of the city's residents, about 10,000 people, have been told to evacuate. >> barricading and putting dirt in front of all of the basement windows, clay, trying to get everything shored up. sealed up as far as the basement goes. hopefully the water doesn't go any higher than the main floor. >> dakota officials warn the flooding threat is likely to last for weeks. turning now to the economy, wall street is coming off its roughest day in awhile. it was driven down by a rash of bad news on jobs, home prices and consumer confidence. ashley morrison here in new york with that and more. ashley, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. the asian markets picked up where wall street left off. tokyo's nikkei lost more than 1.5%. and other exchanges were also
sharply lower. the bad news on the economy is starting to pile up, analysts think we're in what they call a soft patch with stocks being just the latest signs. the free-fall wiped out more than a quarter of the market's gains for the year. by the time it was over, the dow had lost nearly 280 points. more than 2%. its biggest drop in ten months. >> we're getting this bleak picture everywhere we look. we don't see positive news and that's weighing on traders and investors. >> reporter: jobs are the biggest worry. according to a report from payroll processing firm adp only 38,000 private sector jobs were added in may. that's less than a quarter of the 175,000 economists had predicted. those weak numbers have analysts scrambling to downgrade their forecasts for friday's government employment report. some have cut their estimates for job growth in half. jobs aren't the only problem. a key manufacturing survey
showed a sharp decline in factory orders, slowing to a pace not seen in almost two years. that's especially worrisome, because manufacturing had been leading the recovery. >> manufacturing has been the spotlight, it's been bigger than the housing industry. and if that starts to get weak, another bad sign for this economy. >> reporter: and there were plenty of those already. gas prices remain stubbornly high. the bad news for the housing market keeps getting worse, and consumer confidence is at a six-month low. and we will get some fresh news today when the labor department releases the weekly jobless claim numbers. but the big one comes tomorrow with the government's may unemployment report. terrell? >> ashley morrison here in new york. ashley, thank you so much this morning. to politics now. former massachusetts governor mitt romney plans to make it official today. he is seeking the republican nomination for president. romney will make the announcement at a new hampshire farm. he plans to make economic issues the core of his campaign, but health care questions are sure to come up, as he seeks conservative support.
when he was governor of massachusetts, romney pushed through a state health care bill similar to president obama's health reform law. at the white house today, president obama will discuss budget issues and the national debt with house democrats. yesterday, house republicans met with the president. they told him they don't want to increase the debt limit without major spending cuts. mr. obama says any deficit cutting must include tax increases. another key sticking point is medicare, which the president is not willing to cut. to the latest now on new york congressman anthony weiner. he's involved in a messy case involving his twitter account. weiner insists he didn't send a suggestive photo to a young woman in seattle. but he can't say for sure that the photo isn't of him. nancy cordes reports. >> i didn't send it. >> reporter: congressman anthony weiner was adamant. he did not tweet this suggestive photo of a man in gray underwear. but he was far less clear about the origins of the photo, sent from his twitter account friday
night. congressman i think the main question that everyone has is, was that a picture of you? >> well, the main question that a lot of people are asking is, did i send the photograph. i did not. this was a prank, a hoax. >> so it sounds like it was a photo of you. >> well, we're going to try to find out exactly what happened. the photograph does not look -- look -- look familiar to me. but, before i say anything, i want to make sure that nothing was manipulated about it, that it wasn't taken -- that something wasn't dropped into my account. >> i think any normal person could say with certainty whether a picture was a photo of them or not. whether they had taken a photo like that. >> jon stewart might have had it right. >> as a comedian it's a slam dunk. weiner name, weiner picture, where's my check? >> reporter: it was the late-night mockery and testy exchanges with reporters. >> i'm not going to talk about this anymore. >> reporter: that convinced weiner to reverse his pledge not to discuss the matter. do you think you know who did it? >> i don't know. i do have someone that i've asked who are professionals who
come in who look at this kind of stuff for big firms. >> reporter: but many have questioned why the liberal new yorker who has called for tougher cyber security laws did not ask capitol police or the fbi to look into it. >> i don't believe this is a capitol crime. i believe this is a state of mischief. and i'm treating it that way. >> reporter: but it's causing more than mischief for you now. >> it's causing -- it's causing mischief but that doesn't necessarily mean that i ask the taxpayers of the united states of america to undergo a big investigation on who posted a silly picture on my twitter page. >> reporter: congressman weiner is now asking for privacy, and so is the woman the tweet was addressed to. she has taken to, of all places, twitter, to insist the two of them had absolutely no relationship. nancy cordes, cbs news, capitol hill. just ahead on the "morning news," the guide to good nutrition from a pyramid to now a plate. plus sentencing day for phillip and nancy garrido, the kidnappers of jaycee dugard. this is the "morning news." jaycee dugard. this is the "morning news." part fish. t mys
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phillip and nancy garrido will be sentenced in california today. the couple kidnapped jaycee dugard back in 1991. she was 11 years old at the time. and held her as a sex slave for 18 years. phillip garrido fathered her two daughters. he'll likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. his wife could also get a life sentence. they pled guilty back in april. it's not known if dugard will be in court. in health news, say good-bye to the old food pyramid. the government is releasing new guidelines today. critics say the old pyramid chart was too confusing so the new icon is said to look a lot like a dinner plate with a heavy focus on fruits and vegetables. the new, simpler symbol is part of the obama administration's fight against obesity. and in other health news this morning, another twist in the high-fat, low-carb diet debate. doctors say diets like atkins can lead to heart disease. the new study now says those diets won't harden arteries, at least in the short term. the study also found people who went on a high fat diet and
exercised tended to lose weight faster than those on a low-fat, high-carb diet. the debate is not over though. researchers say they'll have more results in six months. an international panel says the war on drugs has failed. the united nations will release a report today showing that the use of opiates, cocaine and marijuana from 1999 to 2008 has increased substantially. the panel recommends making drugs legal and offer treatment services for users. the white house says drug use in the u.s. is down with cocaine use declining almost 50% in the past five years. and attorneys for lance armstrong are demanding an on-air apology from "60 minutes." during a segment which aired may 22nd, tyler hamilton, a former teammate, said he saw the seven-time tour de france winner use performance-enhancing drugs. armstrong's lawyers accuse "60 minutes" of sloppy journalism. the show issued this response. "60 minutes" stands by its story as truthful, accurate, and fair. lance armstrong and his lawyers were given numerous opportunities to respond to every detail of our reporting for weeks prior to the
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98 and sunny in dallas. and 74 and sunny in los angeles. check your national forecast now. latest satellite picture shows storm clouds racing out of the northeast while thick batches of thunderstorms are raging across the central plains. later today, very hot, 90s and some 100s from texas to georgia. the northeast gets relief with some more seasonable and drier air. the northwest stays cool with some rain. in sports this morning, it is lights out in st. louis. literally, san francisco up by two in the 11th inning. lights on two towers go dark at busch stadium delaying the game. when the lights come back on brian wilson throws one pitch, gets the ground out, game over. the giants beat the cardinals 6-5. in cincinnati a big night for the reds against the brewers, two-run homers. francisco cordero finally gets his 300th save. the reds rally past milwaukee 4-3. at the french open, maria sharapova is back in the semifinals.
she beat seventh seed andrea petrovic. the first time in three years sharapova has advanced this far in a grand slam tournament. and in basketball, shaq won't be back. nba superstar shaquille o'neal is calling it quits. he made the announcement on twitter yesterday. >> we did it. 19 years, baby. want to thank you very much. that's why i'm telling you first, i'm about to retire. love you. talk to you soon. >> during his career, shaq won four nba championships, was a 15-time all-star and scored more than 28,000 points. the lakers say they'll retire his number. and finally you've got to see this to believe it. a bmx rider from new zealand does an incredible triple flip, and lands it perfectly. the amazing stunt got him in the guinness book of world records. that ramp he's on is over 60 feet high. he says he spent three months planning that jump. when we come back, another look at this morning's top stories.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. a storm system will bring a chance of severe weather to the northern plains states. the northeast will be drying out and cooling off after yesterday's steamy heat and fast-moving thunderstorms. the south remains hot with triple digits and heat. here's another look at this morning's top stories. massachusetts governor has declared a state of emergency after tornadoes caused severe damage in about two dozen communities. springfield was hardest-hit. at least four people were killed. and market jitters. weak numbers on jobs and manufacturing sent stocks plunging yesterday. the dow jones industrials lost more than 2%. the worst decline since last august. to a story now that drew a huge following on the internet. it's about a guy who broke into
a home in the san francisco bay area, stole a laptop. well, that was a mistake in this case. the computer had a secret that made the thief the kind of twitter celebrity until the cops came for him. don knapp of our san francisco station explains. >> reporter: joshua kauffman has his laptop back. and some surprisingly intimate close-up pictures of the man police later arrested in connection with the theft. pictures taken secretly by kauffman's computer. >> shortly after it was stolen i realized that i had this software that i could turn on. >> reporter: this is the man caught by the stolen computer's hidden program, photographed while sleeping on a couch, and sitting in bed while using the computer. not knowing that the computer he was using was using him. >> i was seeing someone, you know, looking at my account, deleting my account, logging in to gmail, watching youtube videos. >> reporter: taking pictures, capturing screens, sending out his approximate location. kauffman took his evidence to oakland police but got no response.
friday kauffman took matters into his own hands, posted pictures, setting up a blog, and following with tweets. kauffman called his blog, this guy has my macbook, and detailed his efforts to get bliss to help him get it back. this blog got 400,000 page views. there were 26,000 tweets. 40,000 likes. and he gained 5,000 more twitter followers. >> i think people were surprised, and amazed that software like this existed. a lot of people don't know that it's out there and available. and a lot of people were just entertained by it, thought it was funny. a lot of people were just cheering me on, you know. they wanted some action to happen. they wanted the police to do something about it. >> reporter: after media contacted police, kauffman got the action he wanted. police used his information to close in on the culprit, and give kauffman back his computer. >> i simply set up a blog and added some -- added a facebook button and a twitter button. this stuff isn't very hard to do. and pretty much anyone can do it.
so i say anyone out there who thinks it's too complicated, you can set up a blog yourself. >> reporter: in san francisco, don knapp, cbs 5. >> this morning on "the early show," the latest on those deadly tornadoes. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." i'm chef michael, and my dog bailey and i love to hang out in the kitchen. you love the aroma of beef tenderloin, don't you? you inspired a very special dog food. [ female announcer ] chef michael's canine creations. chef inspired. dog desired. for his dentist, the choice is clear.
these are time lapse pictures taken from a mountaintop in chile, the site of what's simply known as a very large telescope. keeping it simple, as the stars and constellations revolve the telescope tilts and turns to follow and even use a bright yellow laser beam as a guide to the galaxy. and as useful as they are to astronomers, lasers can be deadly especially when aimed at airplane cockpits. bill whitaker has more on what's become an all-too common danger for pilots and their passengers. >> reporter: as chief pilot of the burbank and glendale police departments in southern california, it's sergeant steve robertson's job to fly into danger. but increasingly, he's facing a danger many fear could cause a crash. powerful handheld green laser
lights, blasted into cockpits from the ground. >> i'm very thankful. >> reporter: one laser beam nearly blinded roberts. his co-pilot had to take control. >> it felt like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat. it actually burned both my corneas to the point where they had to scrape the top layers of my eyes off. >> reporter: it's not just small craft but airliners, too. this cockpit records from a southwest flight taking off from san jose. >> i just saw a big flash out the window, and the captain saw green light inside the cockpit. >> reporter: the faa announced it would slap fines up to $11,000 on anyone caught flashing a laser at an aircraft. >> it's every bit as serious as a physical action on board the airplane. it jeopardizes the pilots, and their passengers. >> reporter: the problem isn't weak, red lasers used in powerpoint presentations, but powerful green lasers. their legal power limit in in public is 5 milliwatts. but a quick search of the internet finds much more powerful ones for just $13. strong enough to distract and
disorient pilots 1,000 feet up for higher. it's most dangerous during takeoff and landings. >> these times are the busiest and most critical phases of flight for pilots. >> reporter: the number of reported laser aircraft incidents is really taking off. there were 2,836 last year. almost twice the number in 2009. nearly ten times more than in 2005. where's the problem greatest? phoenix and san jose reported 80 incidents last year. chicago, 98. l.a.x. had 102. in all of l.a.'s airports there were 201 reported laser incidents last year. >> it's just a matter of time before we have a catastrophic event, or, god forbid, an accident. >> reporter: there have been no deadly incidents so far. the faa hopes actions will keep it that way. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. coming up a little later on "the early show," damage, death and disbelief in massachusetts.
the latest target of killer tornadoes. plus, our stubbornly sluggish economy. stocks are down, jobs are scarce, and home prices are lower than ever. and the strange case of congressman anthony weiner. just how did that suggestive picture get on the internet? all that and more a little later on this morning on "the early show." that's it for this thursday morning edition of the "cbs morning news." appreciate you watching as always. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day. ,,,,
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