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the taliban releases video of the final moments of captivity and the first seconds of freedom for former p.o.w. bowe bergdahl, but the white house deal to exchange five taliban prisoners for bergdahl's release continues to draw criticism. 25 years after the chinese military squashed pro-democracy protests in tiananmeuare t bloody crackdown begins to fade from memory for many in china. >> china, no one allowed to discuss about june 4th. you know, parents do not talk to your children about that. >> oh, my god. and taking the plunge. a wedding party takes an unexpected dip moments before the bride and groom say their "i dos.
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captioning funded by cbs "i dos." this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, june 4th, 2014. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning we are getting a look at the first moments of freedom for former american prisoner of war bowe bergdahl. this morning his captors released this footage. he's being handed over to the u.s. forces after being in five years of captivity. but the uproar over his release continues to grow. the pentagon says bergdahl could still be charged for walking out on his unit and congressional leaders express concern about a possible prisoner exchange years ago. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. many members of congress are not satisfied with the answers they're getting so far from the white house about the circumstances surrounding sergeant bergdahl's release. specifically they're unhappy about not being informed that a
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prisoner exchange was going to happen, and for some members of congress, they actually got an apology about that from the white house. defense officials will brief the full senate today to try to explain events that led to army sergeant bowe bergdahl's release in exchange for five taliban fighters. senate intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein attended a briefing tuesday and is among those who got a personal apology from a white house staff member for not getting 30 days' notice of the swap. >> we should have been consulted, the laws should have been followed, and i very much regret that that was not the case. >> members of congress were briefed of the possibility of an exchange more than two years ago, but they didn't get word of the deal until saturday, the day of the release. the white house said it didn't have time to alert congress earlier because bergdahl's health was deteriorating. >> there has not been even the weakest case in my opinion made that he was suffering from a health standpoint to the degree
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to which a decision had to be made immediately. >> some of bergdahl's former comrades are angry, claiming he deserted and efforts to find him cost some soldiers their lives. sandra andrews says her son was one of them. she keeps his i.d. tags close to her heart. >> my son's life was worth more than that. >> the military has promised a comprehensive review into possible misconduct and says charges against bergdahl are still a possibility. now, the army chief of staff says once bergdahl has fully recovered, they'll review the circumstances of his disappearance. anne-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. in bergdahl's hometown there are mixed emotions. celebrations will go on as planned but the good news has been tempered by the growing backlash of allegations that bergdahl had deserted. >> reporter: celebrations over
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bowe bergdahl's release are continuing in hailey and so are the calls suggesting he's to blame for his own capture. >> if he's considered awol, he's a traitor. >> reporter: hechter is the city administrator. she says a constant flow of messages have been coming into city hall, attacking bergdahl and his hometown. how many messages have you received? >> today i've received 40 or 50 messages. >> bergdahl is not a hero. he should be executed. they quest people stop prejudging bergdahl. sherry horton, one of bergdahl's best friends says the accusations are especially hurtful. >> did he strike you as a kind of man who would have left hisshis unit? >> i never knew him to quit anything he started.
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i wouldn't imagine he did. i won't know. >> horton was bergdahl's dance instructor and roommate for more than four years. >> until we get the information straight from bowe and we get an answer, i don't think we can speculate. >> we are celebrating his life and we're going to celebrate the fact that after five years we are now working toward bringing everybody home, getting the troops out. we're celebrating that. >> reporter: a celebration in his honor is still scheduled for later this month. bigad shaban, cbs news, hailey, idaho. president obama agreed with the swap that freed bergdahl but this morning mr. obama is focusing on ukraine. in warsaw he met with ukraine's newly elected president petro poroshenko. yesterday the president pledged $1 billion to boost military deployments in europe. and overnight a severe
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weather system moved across the mississippi valley and high plains. this morning there are flood, thunderstorm, and high wind watches and warnings posted in missouri, illinois, iowa, kansas, and nebraska. heavy rain, hail, and high winds are expected. through the day yesterday heavy rain and flooding hit the omaha, nebraska, area. dozens of residents were evacuated from low lying homes that got swamped. the low line involves a series of storms called a training, but some of the most severe weather damage was caused by baseball-sized hail. the hail tore through homes and shattered dozens of car windows. extensive damage was reported in nebraska and iowa. a dozen people reported minor injuries after being struck by the large hail. eric fisher of our boston station wbz is following the storm system. >> yesterday, a big day for the severe weather. some incredible storms. today we're tracking the warm
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front that extends across the midwest. where the warm front sets up is the boundary where it's going to rise. you've got warm moist air coming up from the south that feeds all the severe thunderstorms and weather. you still get rain but not the severe storms. this should set up just north of the ohio river today, so this will be a focus for a lot of the stronger storms, and the bigger threat is going to be for straight-line wind gusts as we head through today. here's the main zone we're going to watch across into west virginia and perhaps even southwestern pennsylvania. again, it's damaging straight-line winds which can top 89 miles an hour. certainly a hail threat. large hail possible and there could be a couple of isolated tornados that do pop up today. here's the cluster we're watching. again, along that warm front as it moves to the east, we could get nasty storms in chicago this morning. we'll continue to track eastward across the river and anything that develops should fall off to the south and east across tennessee. we'll be tracking those for you. stay safe, everybody. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for cbs news.
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in politics, the republican primary in mississippi is too close to call this morning. mississippi was one of eight states to hold primaries tuesday. six-term incumbent thad cochran is locked in a race with tea party candidate chris mcdaniel. neither has the 51% plus one to avoid the runoff. various groups spent millions on mcdaniel's campaign. a june 24th runoff appears likely. coming up on the "morning news" now, marking a bloody anniversary. we're going to beijing where 25 years ago pro-democracy demonstrators were massacred by government forces in tiananmen square. this is the "cbs morning news." massacred by government forces in tiananmen square. this is the "cbs morning news."
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today markshe today marks the 25th anniversary of the crackdown in china's tiananmen square. on this date in 1989 china's military moved into the square to crush a pro-democracy demonstration. an unknown number of protesters were killed and one image struck the world, a solitaire man staring down a comb of tanks. and as seth doane found out, no one in beijing is willing to talk about the bloody day. >> who are you? >> reporter: this is what happens when you try to interview someone with a story to tell about tiananmen square. >> why are you stopping me? >> reporter: this woman would not identify herself but called police as soon as we arrived outside the beijing apartment.
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of an activist. her husband was shot and killed in tiananmen square in 1989. she said she was being watched by police and could not leave her house, so we went to her. mrs. yo, it's seth doane from cbs. no one came to the door, but five policemen came outside. we're just trying to interview mrs. yo. chinese security prevented us from speaking to a number of people for this story, so we traveled to hong kong, beyond the reach of mainland police. >> no one really know how many people died. >> reporter: there we met lee kond chian who opened a museum. he was in beijing the night of the crackdown. he told us he thought the pro-democracy movement had
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momentum, but then the tanks rolled in. he remembered the gunfire and the fear when the lights went out. >> that was the darkest point of my life when the whole tiananmen squa square, when the lights switched off. >> when did you realize there had, indeed, ben this massacre? >> in the morning when the lights come out. you could see bodies already being transported to the hospitals. >> reporter: 25 years later lee's museum is waging a new protest against the erasing of history. >> you know, in china, no one is allowed to discuss about june 4th. you know, parents do not talk to your children about that. so that's a vacuum there. >> it's just really shocking. >> reporter: many visitors come from mainland china, including this girl. >> i didn't know about it when i was like middle school, high school, because it wasn't really mentioned in the textbook. >> why is this issue, this historical event so sensitive 25
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years later? >> that's exactly the question i want to ask the communist party. why are you so afraid? >> reporter: today's communist government is afraid of what lee says is simply a historical truth. >> that's seth doane and he is in beijing. seth, what is security like today there? >> reporter: well, security is stepped up, anne-marie. this is very much a capital on lockdown. you can see the road behind me, police stationed along that road. that's one of the roads that leads to tiananmen square about ten minutes away. we've seen police up and down that road today, many more than usual. our cameramen went into the square itself earlier today to try to take pictures with a small consumer camera. he was stopped by police and asked to leave. it is certainly a sensitive anniversary. >> is anybody observing this anniversary at all? >> reporter: well, it depends on who you ask really.
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tonight in hong kong there's a vigil planned, upwards of 150,000 people are expected to attend, but here in mainland china, you don't hear much at all. we get cnn, we get bbc, but when a story about tiananmen square is about to come on, the censors do their thing, and the screen goes to black for the length of that report. we went to the newspaper stand and pulled up all the news. not a single mention of tiananmen square on this anniversary, anne-marie. >> very interesting. seth doane in beijing. thank you, seth. straight ahead on "cbs "moneywatch,"" gm's surprising numbers despite the recall, and how newly minted billionaire dr. dre is spending some of his cash. this is the "cbs morning news." [ woman ] i've always tried to see things from the best angle i could.
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the country. on the "cbs moneywatch," car sales surge, and dr. dre makes a major purchase. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning, anne-marie. the sunny weather last month helped push u.s. auto sales to a nine-year high. despite recalling millions of cars, general motors posted a 13% sales increase. chrysler shot up 17%. even ford pulled up a better than expected 3%. only volkswagen sales felling, dropping 15%. asian markets ended mixed ahead of an expected stimulus announcement from the european central bank. tokyo's nikkei added a quarter percent. hong kong's hang seng dropped half a percent. it's all about jobs here on wall street. the payroll company adp will release its national employment report today, and then on friday
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the labor department releases theirs. not a good day for stocks yesterday though. the dow fell 21 points. the nasdaq dropped 3 points. >> a food fight over hillshire brands. two companies are now actively trying to buy the maker of jimmy dean sausages. pilgrim's pride upped its bid yesterday to about $6.5 billion after tyson foods tried to move in. hillshire says it's willing to talk to both companies. and newly minted billionaire dr. dre has gone on a west coast spending spree. the doctor cashed in some of his apple earnings to buy the l.a. mansion owned by power couple tom brady and gisele bundchen. dre paid $40 million for the four-acre estate. that's $10 million less than a asking price. anne-marie? >> he's having a good couple of weeks. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange, thank you, jill. when we return, a photo failure. a wedding party gets a surprise while posing for pictures on a dock.
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♪ this week the allie this week the allies commemorate the 70s anniversary of d-day, but there is one story from the invasion that most people don't know. it happened during the rehearsal, but rekeptet long af war. war. caveteran tells the story to jim axelrod. >> reporter: in the waters off this peaceful stretch of beach in southern england, the u.s. military lost more lives practicing to land on utah beach than actually died there on d-day. >> this was the middle of the night, of course, 1:30. >> reporter: 94-year-old doug harlander was there. a 24th at the time aboard an american landing trip called an lst. april 28th was to be the full dress rehearsal. eight landing ships loaded with thousands of troops assembled in
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the bay, but in a major error, the convoy's shunprotected ship was forced back for repairs. german patrol boats spotted them and after 2:00 a.m. the unprotected convoy came under fire. when 507 got hit, what did you see? >> all i saw is the big flash and you could see all of a sudden it's on fire. >> reporter: minutes later harlander's ship was ripped apart by two torpedos in quick succession. she sank in about six minutes. >> when i got in the water, the thing was cold. 44 degrees. and that's cold, cold water. i could move my elbows, my knees, but i couldn't move my fingers, they were standing straight up. >> reporter: harlander hung onto a life raft for hours until a british ship fished him out of the water. >> so they gave me a cup of tea and i was trying to hold that cup of tea between my hands and i drank about half of it.
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half of it i spilled it, but it was still the best drink i'd ever had. >> reporter: he was among the lucky. >> i know that so many people didn't get off the ship. they couldn't have. i'm sure there's 300 people on the ship right now dead. >> reporter: all told, more than 700 died in the convoy. ♪ >> reporter: recently hundreds gathered at a small beachside memorial to finally give those who died some measure of the honor they, too, deserved. were you heroes? >> were we heroes? i don't think we were heroes. it was just part of duty. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, frederickson, wisconsin. coming up on the "cbs this morning" more on the call on bowe bergdahl. jan crawford has the latest from washington. plus, plans to build the so-called space fence to monitor dangerous space debris.
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and comedian john oliver journey joins us in the studio. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. i'm anne-marie green. thanks for watching. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. griego. and i'm frank mallicoat good morning, everyone. it is wednesday, june 4. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is nearly 4:30. have a little and traffic and
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we kick it off with mr. lawrencela, ladies and gentlemen. >> yes. thank you very much. hey, guys. we have some changes. we have some clear skies in the valleys, high pressure now building in. and those temperatures going to be heating up at least in spots. we'll talk about that coming up. >> and we have a lot of overnight roadwork out there including the northbound lanes of 880 heading into downtown plus southbound 880 backs into oak. we'll let you know what's going on with muni and mass transit coming up. >> looks like a lot of sick days. shocking new video showing a school security officer's violent attack on a student in a wheelchair. kpix 5's andria borba has the video released by oakland schools. reporter: check this out. that's oakland high security guard marcel mitchell dealing with an agitated francisco martinez first dumping him out of the wheelchair, kicking himmed in head and dragging him into an -- kicking him in the head and dragging him into an elevator. >> it's probably a few minu


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