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a holiday headache. millions of thanksgiving travelers are delayed or unable to complete their trips thanks to a nasty nor'easter that made roads a mess and forced hundreds of canceled airline flights. >> protests continue against the ferguson, missouri, grand jury decision across the country as folks in ferguson demonstrate peacefully after two violent nights. and the family of a 12-year-old cleveland boy shot and killed by police say cops started shooting too quickly. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for tlurs, november 27th, 2014. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, november 27th, 2014. good morning and happy thanksgiving. i'm anne-marie green.
well, this morning that nasty mix of rain and snow that made for a miserable thanksgiving getaway in the northeast has just about wrapped up, but yesterday's monster storm certainly left its mark. hundreds of flights were canceled and driving was treacherous on one of the busiest travel days of the year. don champion reports. >> reporter: by last night the storm hit new england with an icy mix of wet snow heavy enough to down trees and power lines, forcing some folks to rethink their holiday plans. >> plans changed with the weather. i usually travel down to mass but staying home this year. >> reporter: from virginia to pennsylvania and new york, roads were a mess. >> when you encounter snow- or ice-covered roads, the most logical thing to do is, may, slow down. >> reporter: it was too much. numerous accidents across the northeast. roads and highways were a hazard up and down the busy washington
and boston corridor as millions made the thanksgiving trek to family and friends. according to aaa, 89% of people who left home traveled by car. many flew. over 750 flights were canceled yesterday and thousands delayed. dozens have already been canceled today. >> it's tough to sit and wait and not know what's going to happen, but we're hopeful. >> usually it takes me four hours door to door to get home to see them. today it's going to taken eight, double what it normally does. >> reporter: many airlines waived rebooking fees. yesterday was the most busiest travel day of the year but so is sunday when people return home. don champion, cbs news, new york. the storm left tens of thousands of families in new england in the dark this thanksgiving morning. meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz has our holiday forecast. >> the big east coast storm is finally pulling way leaving new england but it's leaving quite a bit of snow in its wake, wrapping up across maine and
pulling out toward the canadian maritime. power outages, the big lasting legacy, especially in new hampshire and maine, heavy wet snow brings down trees and power lines. a lot of folks spending thanksgiving in the dark. of course, crews are working hard to get those lights back on. divided across the country. from the rocky is east, very cold air. teens for high temperatures in minneapolis. to the west, mild stuff, mid-60s in san francisco. if you want the warmth, how about phoenix, 80s the high. the rest of the country is looking pretty quiet. a big band of rainfall coming through in seattle and reaching down into california. that's going to kick off a wet stretch there. and flood watches actually in effect. snow levels are high with this one. you can see 3 to 5 inches of rain in the mountains. 2 in the lowlands. watching the rivers for a potential flooding this thanksgiving. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for cbs news. have a great holiday, everyone. protesters around the country were out for a third night over a grand jury's decision not to indict a
ferguson city police officer. demonstrators swarmed city streets in oakland. they lit dumpster on fire, and some vandalized businesses. more than 30 were arrested. in los angeles police arrested dozens of demonstrators who blocked travg but susan mcginnis is in ferguson. susan, good morning. >> reporter: anne-marie, good morning. it could be the weather. it could be the holiday. but the protest here was decidedly smaller but the protesters were out. the protesters are showing great fortitude. it could be the weather, but this big group is showing great fortitude, even showing up the night before thanksgiving. as members of the national guard secured the police department with weapons at their side, crowds of protesters braved the snow with flags and signs in honor of michael brown.
others marched down the streets creating travel disruptions but it was a far cry from the first two nights after the grand jury decided not to indict darren wilson for brown's death. >> it should definitely be peaceful but also the rioting and looting is a necessary evil. >> reporter: here in ferguson, demonstrations were mostly peaceful with only small protests. police and national guard prevented major flare-ups, but it happened in other cities. protesters smashed windows of businesses. people laid in the streets in los angeles and officers arrested protesters who refused to disperse. >> one of us has been harmed and therefore all of us have been harmed. >> reporter: back in ferguson, some are giving thanks that the situation in their community is more peaceful. frank roberts came here from new york giving up his thanksgiving to support ferguson and the brown family. >> me sacrificing really today is a tribute to them. that's what i see all the young protesters doing down here today. >> reporter: many of the protesters say they'll be here as long as it takes to get justice.
now, some of the protesters we've talked to say they could be here for months or longer, as long as it takes, anne-marie, to get the change they want. >> all right. susan mcginnis in ferguson. thank you. a woman stand up against demonstrators in ferguson. a woman defends a papa john's pizza restaurant. the man punches through the window. another man approaches and she's shoved, but the woman holds her ground. the owner says she's not an employee. he does not know who she is. at least a dozen businesses were burned in the violence monday. two cleveland police officers are on paid leave this morning. a prosecutor is weighing charges for the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy. police released video of the incident, and we want to caution you it may be difficult to watch. dean reynolds reports. >> reporter: what happened at the park saturday night and why remains as cloudy as the surveillance camera that captured it.
the person waving what looked like a weapon was 12-year-old tamir rice. while one person did not see it, a different bistander seated there in the gazebo called 911. >> there was a guy whoo held a pistol. he's like pointing it at everybody. >> reporter: twice more the caller questioned whether it was a real gun. >> i don't know if it's real or not. >> reporter: a patrol car was sent but the doubts about the weapon were never conveyed by the dispatcher. >> in the park by the youth center there's a black male sitting on a swing. he's wearing a camouflage hat with a black jacket with grey sleeves. he keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people. >> reporter: less than two seconds after the police cruiser pulled up, the boy was fatally shot. >> shots fired. male down. black male. maybe 20, black resolver. >> that's a legitimate question. >> reporter: when reporters questioning why the police
pulled up so close to the boy and opened fire almost immediately, deputy chief edward tomba said that's still under investigation but added that the youngster ignored commands to put his hands up. >> his door was opened as he pulled up and he was yelling three commands. he yelled three times as they pulled up. >> reporter: but it wasn't a revolver, and while it looked like a semiautomatic handgun, what the 12-year-old was holding was a toy pellet gun. >> this is a bb gun. >> reporter: community activist reggie rucker says these toy guns are a huge problem when a white cop meets a black kid. >> what i have said to the kids in this area is don't do this, the police will kill you. >> reporter: the shooting comes in the middle of a justice department investigation of the cleveland police regarding the use of excessive force, including unreasonably deadly force.
dean reynolds, cbs news, cleveland. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg is recovering this morning after having a stint implanted wednesday. she was taken to a washington hospital after feeling discomfort while exercising. a blockage was discovered in her right coronary artery. ginsburg is the oldest justice on the bench. she plans to be back on the bench on monday. coming up on the "morning news," opec puts the brakes on oil prices and an airbag company faces new pressure to expand recalls. this is the "cbs morning news." you think you take off all your make-up before bed.
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takata airbags have been blamed for at least five deaths. this morning toyota recalled an additional 40,000 vehicles in japan linked to the faulty airbags. whole food markets are recalling pumpkin pies sold in four southern states. the vegan pumpkin pies contain walnuts that were not listed and could pose a risk for those with nut allergies. the pies have sell-by dates. they were sold in arkansas, louisiana, oklahoma, and texas. and on wall street the markets are closed for thanksgiving. the dow rose 12 points on wednesday to a new record high. the s&p 500 was up 5, also a new high. the nasdaq gained 29 points. >> straight ahead your thursday morning weather. and in sports, tyson chandler gets revenge against his former team. his former team. ♪
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and time now for a check of the national forecast. in the northeast, snow tapers off followed by blowing and drifting snow. many roads will be slippery. rain along the southeast and mid-atlantic coast. in the midwest, light snow will extend from parts of minnesota and wisconsin to eastern tennessee. in the west, rain along the northwest coast and parts of northern california. in sports now we begin with the nba, and an overtime win for the mavericks. former knicks' tyson chandler had a season-high 17 points and 25 rebounds to lead dallas to a 109-102 win over new york. chandler was playing in his first game against his old team since he was traded in the off-season. dirk nowitzki had a season-high 30 for the mavs. in cleveland the cavs got back at washington. lebron james scored 29 points,
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. and here's another look at this morning's top stories. mostly peaceful protesters in ferguson, missouri, faced the cold. other cities continue to demand justice in the shooting death of 18-year-old michael brown. and the storm that snarled holiday travel with rain and snow is moving off the east coast.
airlines canceled hundreds of flights and driving was difficult from virginia to new england. the giant balloons are almost ready for today's big thanksgiving day parade in new york city. last night thousands turned out for the annual tradition of inflating the big balloons. lauren lyster was there. >> reporter: crowds braved the inclement weather on management's upper west side to watch macy's giant parade balloons to come to life. >> i wanted to see them blow up. >> reporter: the tuoma family comes to the inflation every year and admit they like it better than turkey day itself. >> there's different balloons every year, so it makes you want to come back next year and see what other balloons they have. >> reporter: six new balloons will take to the sky on thanksgiving including the popular locomotive thomas the tank engine. thomas is 47 feet tall and needs 75 handlers. the macy's inflation team fills the balloons with mostly helium and lots of it.
>> thomas, for example, takes over 20,000 cubic feet. so if you think about a basketball being a little bit less than a cubic foot, you can think it takes maybe 25,000 basketballs to fill thomas. >> this is the order of the parade. >> reporter: linda has been part of the parade for 20 years. she's piloting a balloon, a job that's not as easy as they look. >> you guide them down the parade route so they avoid obstacles. if there's wind, you raise and lower the balloon. >> reporter: organize irs say it's all worth it to see the hello kitty, snoopy, and balloons bring joy to the crowds below. lauren lyster, cbs news, new york. president obama pardoned two turkeys for thanksgiving. in an annual tradition, the president spared the two turkeys. they're named mac and cheese with only cheese participating in the ceremony. the birds will be sent to live
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cigarette smoking hit a new low. according to the centers for disease control, about 17.8% of american adults smoked cigarettes last year. that's compared to 42% in 1965. the report also said fewer people are lighting up every day. and it was more common in certain groups like the poor, less educated, and gays and bisexuals. smoking is still, though, the leading cause of premature death in this country. and since the shooting of michael brown in august, the justice department has been looking into the practices and procedures of the ferguson police department. justice correspondent bob orr has more on that. >> reporter: attorney general holder's visit to missouri in august strongly signaled that he will seek changes at the ferguson police department.
protesters had complained that they had hidden their name tag and were wearing bracelets supporting fellow officer darren wilson. in response the justice department sent two lerts to the ferguson chief to make sure the officer stashed the bracelet and display their i.d.s. but bigger changes loom. they look at use of force complaints to determine if the overwhelmingly white police force has demonstrated rashlg violence in the majority black town. in the past five years they have investigated 20 police department and corrective action has been ordered in at least 15 of them. in portland, oregon, and albuquerque, police were cited for excessive force. in albuquerque alone there were over 31 shootings since 2010.
now all three departments have signed agreements to reduce the use of force and tighten oversight. in east haven, connecticut, the issue was discrimination in profiling latinos. now officers are subject to enhanced training. policing can be improved as demonstrated by los angeles. in 2013 the lapd completed 12 years of doj mandated changes. the force once viewed as overly aggressive knew seeks to diffuse confrontation with community outreach in what was a largely white department is now 44% hispanic and 13% african-american. charlie beck is lapd's chief. >> it's an evolution, not a revolution. it takes a long time to change the face of the los angeles police department, but that has happened. >> the changes usually do take time. the department of justice is not expected to wrap up its ferguson investigation for several more months. bob orr, cbs news, washington. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," an update on the travel delays caused by the bad weather.
we'll get your forecast. plus, justice ruth bader ginsburg's heart procedure. we'll speak with cardiologist dr. tara narula. and giving thanks. "the new york times" columnist stops by the studio. that's the "cbs morning news" for this morning. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a happy thanksgiving. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
we're up bright and early so if you are up basting the bird or stirring the corn, get that bird in the oven right now. >> i know. or you're not going to eat until the day after thanksgiving. >> no, no. >> we have gang here today. >> we do. >> yeah. >> no, no. >> brian hackney here for lawrence karnow. >> as we go outside this morning we have cloudy skies out there and temperatures today beginning in the upper 40s and low 50s. we have a wet weekend ahead. we'll have all the details. today is going to be nice. dry turkey. >> unfortunately, we are starting off with bad news on bay area freeways. there is an accident happened overnight in hayward just one lane open northbound 880 at "a" street. we'll have details on this and more thanksgiving traffic for you in just a few moments. >> easy breezy for you. >> it's supposed to be but it's already busy. thank you. 4:30. police in oakland were busy
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