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capt ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm christina ruffini, and we have a lot more to tell you about this morning, including the high cost of new cars. everybody likes a new car, right? but it's got a lot of americans going deep into debt to get the vehicle they want. and it spurred a booming repo industry. those are the people who come and take back the car if you can't make the payments. tony dokoupil has the story. >> reporter: americans are paying about 38% more for a new car or truck this summer than they were just ten years ago, and the average transaction price for some popular vehicles is up 50, 60, even some 70%. so how are drivers affording it? as we found out, many are not.
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>> that's right. >> reporter: you can always w. >> reporter: to keep your heart pounding. >> you can be an explorer right here on earth. >> reporter: and your imagination racing. >> it's the official truck of real people. >> reporter: but before you hurry on down to your local lot, consider our experience. here in vineland, new jersey, the typical family takes home about $39,000 a year after taxes. we were curious what kind of car or truck could we get on that income? so we checked in with cbs news business analyst jill schlesing schlesinger, and she recommended spending 10 to 15% monthly on that vehicle. that leaves us with about a $400 a month budget. >> tony, welcome. >> reporter: tony dokoupil. the manager wooed us. >> you're not going to believe this. it's a super car. >> reporter: with a ford packed with technology. these are sonar sensors?
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>> the tire pressures are all set at 41. >> reporter: no more putting the gij on the tire and mark it manually? >> it's standard on all model, absolutely. the car itself has wifi. >> reporter: it has mode dumb. oh! we also saw a powerful f-150 lariat. >> not only a 12 volt, but a 110. >> reporter: there is even a button here that adjusts the pedal angle. >> reporter: was in of it in our $400 a month budget? >> the monthly payment would be 853. >> reporter: $853? all right. not even close. and that's life for a number of americans these days. the big three automakers are retiring many sedans while rolling out souped up suvs and trucks at premium rates families often can't afford without taking on loans that are now larger and longer than ever. >> i know this sounds crazy, but i couldn't get rid of the screen and go back to the old cassette
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tape and the manual windows? ivan did find us a simpler truck closer to our budget, but with a catch. >> look at that. $446. >> reporter: but 96 months, is that eight years? >> eight years. >> reporter: those long loans can create lower monthly payments, but it doesn't always mean you can afford the car. more and more vehicles are ending up here at the repo lot. last year a record number of americans fell behind on their car payments. more than seven million people at least 90 days late. and when that happens, people like cjfasson get a call. we asked if he's seen more business. >> tons. >> reporter: tons of repos? >> i would say it's probably doubled if not tripled. >> reporter: wow. why? >> i think mainly because there is people who are going longer terms on cars. they're more expensive. you owe more on the car than what it's worth. >> reporter: do you think car manufactures have a role in
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this >> i think they do. theylopeopbudgs. there is finance companies esuf to let people ad thesesinoa o ta th bloymind. >> reporter: we reached out to the three biggest american automakers. the fundamental mystery to me is why does a median income, a middle class income not get you the average car anymore? >> reporter: manufacturers play a key role in setting vehicle prices. >> reporter: i'll put it bluntly. are you guys being greedy? >> reporter: but none would go on camera to discuss pricing, and we still needed a car. >> welcome to chevrolet center. >> reporter: so we headed south in search of a better deal. down here in winterhaven, florida, a typical family income is about $35,000 a year after taxes, which means a responsible monthly car payment might be about $350. we zeroed in on a new chevy impala. >> this one does not have ventilated seats. >> reporter: no ventilated
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seats? no! ot. once again our budget was can i get rid of the halogen headlamps? >>. >> reporter: the keyless open? >> no. >> reporten the only car in stock that our middle class budget would comfortably allow was the spark, chevrolet's smallest vehicle. is that the only one you have on the lot? >> i have two just like that one. they're twins. >> reporter: but same color? >> same color. >> reporter: what is that, a pink or a red? >> it's a pink. >> reporter: can we call it a red? >> we'll call it a red. >> reporter: okay. >> that was tony dokoupil reporting. another popular consumer item that's expected to get a lot more expensive, prosecco. climate change is doing a number on the grapes that make the sparkling wine. seth doane took a trip outside venice, italy to see how they're combatting nature's assaults. >> reporter: climate change is threatening centuries of italian tradition in this region famed for prosecco.
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tomas paolo says weather is causing challenges. >> when it's very hot, raining. >> reporter: prosecco he explained should have low alcohol and high acidity, but earlier ripening produce the opposite effect. >> it's our prosecco. >> reporter: so tomasella is testing new techniques and letting italian government scientist diego tomassi use the vineyard as a sort of laboratory. >> the climate change is making affect on the acidity, because more temperature means also low acidity. >> reporter: tomassi showed us grapes that have burned on the vine. wine makers are sometimes forced to harvest weeks earlier in the hottest months which can pro different aromas and flavors. >> it's very sensitive to temperature. >> reporter: at italy's crea
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research center, they're hearing from wine makers who are planting at higher elevations and have discovered the timing between growing stages is now shorter. why do you blame climate change? >> because the soil is more or less the same. the variety is more or less the same. and so everything that we are discovering now depend on climate. >> reporter: which at tenute tomasella means making adjustments, like reducing the amount of alcohol that comes from the grips and piping nitrogen into the water to boost acidity. growers could plant new violence better suited to changing climactic traditions, but new violence take years to produce and ultimately change the character of a wine and place. as climate change creeps into as climate change creeps into yet another aspect of li i wanted more from my copd medicine that's why i've got the power of 1, 2, 3 medicines with trelegy.
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condors get their first glimpse of the open sky from inside this flight pen at the bitter creek national wildlife refuge two hours north of los angeles. it's their final stop before freedom. mike clark is the condor keeper at the los angeles zoo. >> you're letting your kids good into the wild, you know. letting them go into the big city. but you have to let them go. that's the purpose of it. this is a california native bird. this belongs right in our backyard. >> reporter: clark has been a key part of the condor recovery program for 30 years, and this year it hatched one heck of a milestone. bird number 1,000 reared his head inside a rocky cliff at zion national park. with a 9 1/2-foot wingspan, it is the largest bird in north america, yet few have ever seen one. >> in 1982, there were 22 birds in the wild. and by '84, that breeding population had dropped to nine.
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>> reporter: seemingly destined for extinction, biologists captured all surviving birds, and the breeding program at the l.a. zoo was formed. >> in the very beginning, since there were so few birds, we were really careful. everyone was on pins and needles. every egg that hatched was worth its weight in gold. >> reporter: at that time, keepers used hand puppets to raise them. but the chicks became too comfortable with humans. >> their curiosity is almost greater than their fear. >> reporter: so the keepers backed off. now 43 cameras keep watch over more than two dozen birds. in the wild, condors might raise one chick every couple years. but here when a condor lays an egg, the keepers take it, prompting the bird to lay another. so clark tried something never done before. >> this is the adult female that reared these two chicks. >> reporter: he wanted to know if a parent would foster more than one chick. so he approached a bird who knew him well.
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>> and here is a sexually mature bird that has been breeding for years and years and years, raised tons of chicks with another bird. she sort of kind of got attached to me because she was the only one she was interacting with. >> so she sort of fell in love with you. >> and i her. >> reporter: it was a wild success. and this year for the first time ever, the chicks are all being raised in pairs. the zoo spends more than half a million dollars a year trying to save the species, but the only condor visitors may see is dolly who arrived with a damaged wing they couldn't repair. so you guys spend all this money on the california condor, but you don't have a condor exhibit at the zoo? >> yeah. >> reporter: how come? >> zoos are changing. zoos have gone from a place where you go to see animals to a place that does conservation locally and abroad. >> reporter: and that brings us back to this fall day. four birds hatched last year are on the move.
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off to their new home in the mountains where wild birds perch nearby, but so does danger. >> just hoping that you prepare them to survive. >> reporter: since the recovery program began, the condor only has a 50% survival rate. it's still threatened by hunting, lead poisoning and hazards like power lines. >> we call it the e-perch, the electric perch. if the birds land on it, they get a little shock and they avoid it. >> reporter: clark is training the birds to stay away, but most of the juveniles already do because they're watching an older, wiser bird, a mentor placed with them. >> the mentor already knows about the pole. never uses it. none of them even try it. that tells you how important the mentor is. >> reporter: and as a new flock is tagged and prepped for release, the keepers are hopeful. >> can you imagine walking out in your backyard seeing a bird with a 9 1/2 foot wingspan sitting on your fence post? >> reporter: a dream that every year gets closer to home as the
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lessons learned give this shadowy feathered flyer a chance
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we end this half hour with the new king of the ring, a rising star of wwe wrestling, adil alam is shattering stereotypes and putting a hold on the hearts of fans. jim axelrod reports. >> reporter: in a small gym in memphis, tennessee, adil alam is working out before headed over to work. you got a match tonight. isn't the idea not to be tired when you get into the ring? >> reporter: alam -- >> look out! >> reporter: is better known by his stage name as wwe's star in the making mustafa ali. the high-flying charismatic former cop father of two and muslim. the story lines of pro wrestling aren't complicated. good guys versus bad guys.
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arabs and muslims, they've almost always been the bad guys. so was ali when he started. >> the worst thing that ever got yelled to me while performing is "i thought we killed you, osama." >> reporter: when one night he couldn't shake what he heard from a fan, ali decided he'd had enough. >> it was a young boy, maybe 6, 7 years old, jumps out of his chair and he put both of his fists up and it hit me like a ton of bricks right there. you just taught this kid to hate people that look like you. i never felt more disgusted with myself. >> reporter: he had to start all over again, trying to convince promoters in a post-9/11 america that muslim good guy -- >> ali! >> reporter: could work. >> you have to have a certain x factor to make it as a wwe superstar. and ali had it in spades. >> reporter: stephanie mcmahon,
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the brand manager for the wwe, wrestling's most successful organization says ali's success tells us something about where we are as a country. historically, professional wrestles has cast villains. they're always the enemy of the country. >> i think in the '80s that was definitely true. we're evolving as a company, and hopefully do the right thing. >> reporter: maybe, but in a world that's hardly a liberal hotbed, ali's profile and fan base are both expanding. while america feels like it's about to rip itself apart, you're telling me in pro wrestling arwrestling arenas ar country, you're actua getting renewed sense of optimism? >> i am. i'm very, very hopeful. >> reporter: and these days we'll take hope anywhere we can find it, even in a professional wrestling arena. jim axelrod, cbs news, memphis. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. from the cbs broadcast center in
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new york, i'm christina ruffini. it's thursday, december 5th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight, pearl harbor shipyard shooting. a sailor kills two civilians then himself. the attack comes just days before the 78th anniversary of the japanese attack on pearl harbor. constitutional clash. legal scholars debate whether president trump's conduct was impeachable. >> the president did commit an impeachable abuse of office. >> same answer. >> you three are unanimous. this is the narrowest impeachment in history. >> we'll break down both sides of the debate, plus what happens next. building on the border. cbs news has an exclusive first look at construction on the look at construction on the border wall. captioning funded by cbs


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