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there's so much snow, it's basically like plowing a brick wall. >> as temperatures across the country continue to fall, buffalo, new york, digs out. a city that's no stranger to wintry weather finds itself buried under more than four feet of snow with more on the way. tensions rise in the middle east. israel vows a harsh response after another victim of tuesday's terror attack in a jerusalem synagogue dies. the maker of potentially defective air bags responds to the government's call for a nationwide recall over concerns the car safety feature could put drivers at risk. ♪ no woman, no cry and marley marijuana. the family of reggae legend bob marley seeks to use his likeness to sell their brand of pot.
this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, november 19th, 2014. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. buffalo, new york, is used to dealing with a lot of snow, but this morning, the city is paralyzed by a monster lake-effect storm that threatens to bury it in up to six feet of snow when all is said and done. at least four deaths are blamed on the storm. it's part of a nationwide system that's wrapped the country in a deep freeze. yesterday temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. and the storm is being called one of the worst in memory. the storm -- the snow, rather, is so deep and conditions to severe that a 135-mile stretch of the new york state throughway is shut down. drivers and cars, trucks and buses are stranded. some for more than 30 hours. the niagara university women's basketball team has been
stranded on the throughway for about that long. the team was returning from a game in pittsburgh when they got stuck early tuesday morning. they were rescued early this morning. alicia rodriguez of our buffalo affiliate wivb has more on the storm. >> reporter: streets normally packed with cars now quiet except for the roar of the snowmobile and the occasional emergency vehicle. and erie county officials say that's exactly how it should be. >> there's life-threatening conditions that are out in particular areas of the county, and we're stressing to people, do not drive unless you absolutely have to. we've seen multiple people that had no reason to be out that are now either stranded in their car injured, et cetera. >> reporter: emergency crews have rescued dozens of people from their cars. >> they've been going in some situations walking car to car to find individuals who may be stuck in a car and getting them out.
>> reporter: but there are still more out there, and erie county executive mark polincarz says there's a coordinated effort to rescue everyone so no one is stranded overnight. he did say four people have already died due to the storm. >> one which is an accident in which an individual was actually in a vehicle. they got stuck, and unfortunately during the process of trying to push the vehicle out, got pinned up against another car. we also have three deaths that appear to be related to cardiac issues, two which were directly related to shoveling. >> reporter: getting emergency vehicles to where they're needed is the county's biggest challenge. they say there's simply too much snow in certain areas for plows to handle. >> we heard from lackawanna, we heard from the village, their plows can no longer plow the snow. there's so much snow, it's basically like plowing a brick wall. >> if someone calls 911 and there's six feet of snow on that
street, that ambulance is going to have problems getting there. >> that was alicia rodriguez reporting. this is time lapse video taken as the storm blew over buffalo from lake erie. meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz says another storm is on tap for thursday. >> it's really been a surreal scene around buffalo, especially just south of town. and this is the perfect setup for a huge lake-effect snowstorm. we've got mild lake temperatures. and mild this time of the year means mid-40s, but we've got air moving over the lake that's in the teens. really cold air both on the surface and aloft. and the winds haven't changed direction. that's the key. when you have winds persist eptly, especially right along that long fetch of the lake, it grabs the moisture. there's instability there. and it just dumps it downstream. and if those winds don't change direction, you can add huge totals, in this case up to 70 inches of snow. we're talking six feet. this is not the only event we'll be seeing. the snow shifting northward this
morning. as we head toward the end of the week, especially on thursday, another lake-effect snow event. we could see another feet in the buffalo area. a lot of these same towns could be approaching 100 inches of snow for the week as a whole. the cold still a story today. we still have temperatures staying in the 40s in atlanta. low 60s down in central florida. lots of 20s and 30s out there. but there is a little bit of hope, after all this cold air, we're going to get a quick warm-up, especially this weekend into the early part of next week. the southeast, east coast seeing milder air. it will come at a cost. we'll be tracking severe weather to start next week. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for cbs news. overnight in jerusalem, several hundred people marched through the streets chanting "death to arabs." at least ten demonstrators were arrested at the homes of two palestinian men who attacked a jerusalem synagogue yesterday. residents clashed with police. five people were killed in yesterday's attack. susan mcginnis has our report. >> reporter: a police officer has become the latest victim of tuesday's bloody rampage at a
synagogue in jerusalem. two palestinian cousins used meat cleavers, knives and a handgun to target a peaceful house of worship during morning prayers. both attackers were shot and killed by police. among the victims were four rabbis, three of them american born. one was rabbi levine whose brother-in-law described his love of israel. >> as beyond horrific as this is, for coleman to live and die in the land in jerusalem in prayer, that's the way we'd all want it to happen. >> reporter: israeli and palestinians are trading blame. palestinian president mahmoud abbas condemned the attack but called on israel to stop its provocation. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu called abbas's condemnation insufficient and promised retaliation. here in washington, president obama urged both sides to reject the violence. >> too many israelis have died, too many palestinians have died. >> reporter: in jerusalem,
israeli police arrested protesters. in the gaza strip, dozens celebrated the killings, even handing candy to passersby, all while family members laid the victims to rest. as for israel's response, prime minister netanyahu has ordered the attackers' homes to be demolished, and he's promising strict measures to deal with this rising wave of violence. also, anne-marie, we know worshippers did return to that synagogue today. >> susan mcginnis in washington, thank you. well, the government is demanding a major expansion of an air bag recall. the national highway traffic safety administration is calling on automakers to fix millions more of the faulty air bags from takata. as daniel nottingham reports, takata is responding to the government's demands. >> reporter: the government now wants a nationwide recall of vehicles with front takata air bags. the devices can explode with too much force, potentially sending shrapnel into the vehicle.
the defect has been linked to at least five fatalities and dozens of injuries. >> every day even when i look in the mirror, i can still feel that piece inside. i have no idea to this day how i kept my eye. it was a miracle. >> reporter: the initial recall was limited to cars in high-humidity areas like the gulf coast. but a recent incident in north carolina prompted the call for an expansion. the national recall would cover vehicles with takata air bags made before 2008 by ford, honda, chrysler, mazda and bmw. the acting head of the national highway traffic safety administration said takata has indicated it will not comply. >> takata's initial response is an unwillingness to move forward. and frankly, that is one of the reasons why we are talking to all of you today because i believe that everyone needs to understand that takata needs to act. >> reporter: in a statement late tuesday night, takata said it would agree to a larger recall
if its investigation with the u.s. government finds the safety risks but says right now a regional recall is appropriate. the company says it is concerned that a national recall under these circumstances to potentially divert replacement air bags from where they're needed, putting lives at risk. danielle nottingham, cbs news. senate republicans say the battle over the keystone xl oil pipeline is not over yet. by just one vote, a bill approving construction of the pipeline was defeated in the senate yesterday evening. every republican voted for the bill along with 14 democrats. the house passed the bill last week. the xl pipeline would run from canada to the gulf coast, taking a more direct route than an existing pipeline. it's opposed by environmentalists. republicans say the pipeline will create jobs. they plan to resurrect the bill when they control the senate next year. >> this will be an early item on
the agenda in the next congress, and i'm very confident that senator hogan's bill will succeed and we'll be able to get it down to the president. >> the white house says president obama does not support the senate bill. a setback for the president's pledge to rein in the surveillance of americans. senate republicans voted tuesday to block a bill to overhaul the national security agency. the measure would have curbed the nsa's access to the bulk collection of phone records. it was a response to disclosures from former nsa contractor edward snowden. coming up on "the morning news," a celebrity model is the latest to accuse bill cosby of sexual assault. and close call in chicago where a plane slammed into a home, missing a couple inside by inches. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news."
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the latest from model, tv host janice dickinson on "entertainment tonight." she says cosby assaulted her in 1982 after a dinner meeting in lake tahoe, california. cosby has remained silent about this and other recent accusations. a chicago couple is lucky to be alive this morning after a plane slammed into their home. a cargo plane reported trouble after takeoff from midway airport tuesday and asked to return, but it nosedived into the house about a quarter mile from the runway. the pilot was killed, but the elderly couple sleeping inside is okay. the plane missed their bed by eight inches. >> they're very nice people. and i'm just grateful that they got out alive. >> ntsb investigators expect to have a preliminary accident report within a week. well, straight ahead, call it a joint effort. big business and the family of reggae star bob marley roll out smokes inspired by the music
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operation of a drone at the university of virginia. on wall street, the record highs keep piling up. pharmaceuticals led the way as the dow and s&p hit their latest all-time high. the dow was up 40. the s&p was up 10. the nasdaq posted its first gain this week, adding 31. controversy surrounding the car pickup service uber. a news website reported that a top uber executive suggested the company should retaliate against reporters who are critical of the ride-sharing service. buzzfeed says emile michael was at a dinner party when he said he wants to dig up dirt on media critics. he specifically mentioned a female reporter who's been critical of the company. michael apologized last night. some customers, though, say they will delete the uber app over the controversy. and the family of the late reggae star bob marley is teaming up with a u.s. firm to sell pot. marley was a rastafarian, a
faith that considered marijuana divine. his family hopes to build the world's first global cannabis brand. besides different stains of pot, they plan to sell marijuana-infused lotions and creams. anne-marie? >> it's an interesting idea. i'm sure it's bound to get a lot of buzz, jill. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange, thanks a lot. when we return, while adrian peterson promises to fight a suspension to keep him out of the nfl for the rest of the season, another sports superstar faces child abuse allegations. this is the "cbs morning news." patented sonic technology with up to 27% more brush movements. get healthier gums in two weeks. innovation and you philips sonicare save when you give philips sonicare this holiday season.
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"the atlanta journal-constitution" reports authorities in georgia reopened a prior investigation of howard. he was also investigated in florida. in court documents from that case, howard said he disciplined his son in an appropriate manner. the houston rockets' center has not been charged. meanwhile, adrian peterson is appealing the nfl's decision to suspend him for the rest of the season without pay over allegations of child abuse. in a letter, commissioner roger goodell said the minnesota vikings' running back showed no meaningful remorse for hitting his son with a switch. peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child abuse charges earlier this month. he's been on paid leave for the vikings' last nine games. and some of college basketball's best teams face off in early season play. top-ranked kentucky makes easy work out of number five kansas. the wildcats hold the jayhawks to just 11 baskets in a 72-40 win. and number four duke gets past 19th ranked michigan state.
islamic terrorist groups find many recruits in saudi arabia. it is a sensitive subject for the saudis who are part of the u.s.-led coalition against isis. the saudis claim that they have reformed thousands of terrorists. holly williams got a rare look at how it works. >> we have the instructor. >> reporter: saudi arabia's terrorist reform center looks more like a hotel than a prison. its inmates take courses in nonviolent islam and do art as therapy. they've all recently served jail time for terrorist offenses. this is a painting of guantanamo. and aren't allowed to appear on camera. but we were given a tour of their recreation facilities, comfortable living quarters and
special apartments for conjugal visits. saudi arabia is a fertile recruiting ground for al qaeda and isis, and nearly 3,000 men have been treated here. but this doctor denies saudi arabia bears any responsibility for fueling terrorism. some people say that the conservative form of islam that's practiced here in saudi arabia is a kind of gateway to violent extremism. >> if that is true, then how come we have some europeans, some british, some danish, some dutch went to syria? >> reporter: the saudis claim the three-month program has a success rate of over 80%. and colonel omar al zalal told us financial incentives are a powerful factor. >> medical, schooling, laundry, food. >> reporter: all free. all free. >> all free, yes. >> reporter: if they pass their
exams, the saudi government gives them an allowance, help finding a job and even pays for their weddings. over lunch, we met abdul rahman al hawaiti, a star graduate who's now studying injuring. >> reporter: al qaeda? >> yes, al qaeda. >> reporter: he told us he joined al qaeda in yemen because he was angered by the u.s. invasion of iraq. i'm an infidel. if you had met me at that point, would you have tried to kill me? >> of course. >> reporter: but after al qaeda asked him to become a suicide bomber, he came home and turned himself in. what did they want you to do? "they told me i should wear a suicide vest and blow up a building," he said, "but that wouldn't have achieved anything. and even if it did, i wouldn't have been around to see it." saudi arabian officials admit that rehabilitation doesn't always work, but they've had some spectacular failures.
when saudi police arrested 88 suspected al qaeda operatives in september, they discovered that 59 of them had been through reform programs and were then released. holly williams, cbs news, jeddah, saudi arabia. >> that is the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day.
it is nearly 4:30. and we have some weather news out of the gate. >> isn't that good? here we go. storm number one making its way onshore. we are seeing scattered showers outside around the bay area. if you haven't seen any, it's on the way. there's another one behind that. we'll talk about that coming up. >> and so far most roads that we're looking at in our traffic cameras are clear. you can see the bay bridge toll plaza still for the most part driving into san francisco. we have one accident on the skyway, there may be still some flares out by ninth but things look good coming into san francisco so far. we're hanging tight for later on. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. a settlement involving a popular bay area restaurant that's allegedly been stealing from employees for years. linda yee with a story she has been working on for a year, a story you'll see only on 5. >> reporter: they have won all the major awards but there was a