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today four children died of poisoning from a pesticide at their home in amarillo, texas. six other people are in the hospital. the homeowners had used the chemical aluminum phosphate to get rid of pests beneath their home. when they tried to wash it away with water a chemical reaction formed a toxic gas. several first responders were checked for exposure. in charleston, south carolina the penalty stage in dylann roof's trial begin this week. he could face the death penalty after being convicted of federal hate crimes in the murders of nine black parishioners at the emmanuel ame church. a judge ruled he is competent to represent himself in court. mark strassmann is covering the case. >> reporter: as his own lawyer, dylann roof will make an opening statement, a closing argument but call no witnesses. judge richard gergel agrees roof has the constitutional right to defend himself.
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but advised him i think it's a bad idea. the convicted killer has undergone two mental health evaluations. david bruck, his court appointed lawyer, believes the results could save roof's life. but roof has blocked their release and ordered bruck to step aside. roof rejects psychology as he wrote in his journal, it's a jewish invention and does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don't. >> here you've got one side fighting and the other side sleeping. and so you -- there is no way you can get a just result. >> reporter: defense lawyer chris adams has worked on dozens of death penalty cases, with so much on the line, adams believes death penalty defendants like roof should never have the right to defend themselves. >> the jurors have to get the information they need to reach the right verdict. and he is not going to give them any reasons to spare his life. >> reporter: at the mother emmanuel church pastor eric manning told us the congregation
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is divided about whether roof deserves the death penalty. >> you kind of want to ask the question, you want to yell, don't you see the pain that this has caused? hey, what were you thinking? >> reporter: starting wednesday, jeff, federal prosecutors will call at least 38 witnesses. emotional testimony they hope will convince jurors to put roof to death. >> mark strassmann, thank you. housing prices are going up, nationwide the average home now lists for nearly a quarter million dollars. in california it is almost half a million. and in the heart of silicon valley all but the highest earners are being priced out. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: jessica clark has lived all her life in palo alto. but housing is now so expensive here, even her kids know their family can't afford it much longer. >> they have questions about where are we going to go to school next year. what if we have to move, where
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are we going to go? and that is questions a six year old shouldn't be asking. >> reporter: clark and her husband a medical therapist pay 85% of their income on rent. a two bedroom apartment now averages $3,800 a month. well out of reach for tara hunt, a kindergarten teacher who has taught in palo alto for 11 years. she is struggling to stay. >> i'm actually considering moving back home. >> reporter: in your mid 30s moving back in with your parents. >> i know a lot of people who are doing it. a lot of my friends are doing it. we don't have any other options. >> reporter: with the median house price in palo alto now $2.5 million, nearly doubling in just the last four years, even the reasonably well off feel shut out. kate downing is a corporate attorney, her husband a software engineer. >> with your earnings, your husband's earnings, you are in the top 2%. >> that's right. >> and you can't afford a house in palo alto. >> no. >> downing resigned from palo alto's planning commission in a
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letter in which she lamented a city becoming a place where young families have no hope of ever putting down roots. she and her husband are moving 40 miles away to buy a house. >> reporter: should we feel sorry for you? >> no, no. i don't think anyone should feel sorry for me. but i think the people who should feel sorry for are the people who can't do that. what are you going to tell the people who are our cooks, our cops, our teachers, our nurses, those are people you don't want to lose. you can lose some lawyers, you can't lose the people who are the backbone of your city. i see the end of the road and it's a very hopeless feeling. >> reporter: jessica clark worries that her hometown is becoming so wealthy that soon only the extremely wealthy will call it home. john blackstone, cbs news, palo alto. next, think ceos get paid too much? one city wants to tax them until it hurts. later, accusations are flying after mariah carey's new year's eve meltdown. and a medical school says it found a recipe for making better doctors.
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for many americans wages adjusted for the cost of living haven't budged in decades. but as the richest americans get richer, one city is changing laws trying to close the income gap. david begnaud has details. >> middle class paychecks haven't increased even though corporate profits and ceo pay keeps rising.
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>> reporter: it's an issue that was raised during the presidential campaign. >> and you see these guys making these enormous amounts of money it is a total and complete joke. >> reporter: the widening gap of income inequality between ceos and their employees. in december portland, oregon, city council became the first to do something about it by increasing taxes on businesses with those huge gaps. 10% on companies whose ceo make 100 times the average worker, and 25% on ceos who make 250 times that. ceos nationally in 1965 were making just 20 times ther average employee. 50 years later, it's now 248 times. >> it's socially destabilizing, it's economically destabilizing, it's politically destabilizing. >> steve novick led the push for the new tax which will affect over 500 companies that do business in portland. >> so frankly, what i am trying to do with this proposal is make america great again. >> i have a feeling you didn't vote for donald trump.
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>> i did not, but it is true in the '50s and '60s we had an economy that worked for everybody. that made people feel better about society, about government and we've lost that. >> this ordinance won't do anything to address income inequality. >> reporter: sandra mcdonouch is ceo of the portland business alliance. she worries this new tax could drive business away from portland. >> we're concerned about it because it is sending a signal that portland isn't working collaboratively with the people who can create jobs and improve incomes. >> reporter: the new law goes into effect this month. and is expected to generate between $2.5 and $3.5 million. david begnaud, cbs news, portland, oregon. >> still ahead here, snafu or sabotage? mariah carey and the producers are trading accusations. >> just don't get any better.
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queen elizabeth is said to be feeling better after missing church on new year's day. she also missed services on christmas day, and has not been seen in public since december 9th. buckingham palace says the queen who is 90 is battling what they call a heavy cold. a high-crime in hollywood. people woke up new year's day to find tarps hung over parts of the famous sign. the os became es spelling holly-weed. the person who did it is wanted for trespassing. different kind of new year's eve performance has left accusations flying. >> we can't hear but-- i'll just dance through the moment.
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>> mariah carey says a problem with her earpiece forced her to stop singing just minutes before the ball dropped even as prerecorded vocals kept playing behind her. her manager accused producers of doing it on purpose. late last night, dick clark productions called that absurd. next, scalpel, forceps, spatula? tomorrow's doctors need to know their way around the o.r. and the kitchen.
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finally tonight, medical school is no joke. not with classes like anatomy, neuroscience, cell biology and cooking. yes, cooking. chip reid has more. >> are you a little overwhelmed at this point? >> i can't cook. >> you can't cook? >> no. >> reporter: this is a required course for first-year students at tulane medical school in new orleans. >> what is more fun, this or biochemistry? >> this is more fun. >> reporter: tulane is leading the way in the booming field of culinary medicine. >> tulane has a really good idea about not just making us good doctors but making us good at overall health. i think that is important. >> reporter: lea sarris is the first chef in the nation on a medical school faculty. >> i think this is part of it. there is a revolution in the way that physicians are talking to
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their patients. and including food in that conversation. some of us started here at tulane with our culinary medical courses. we are now in about 15% of medical schools in the u.s., they license our curriculum. >> reporter: the secret is convincing the students that food that is good for you is also good. >> i think it's good. >> they think it's going to taste like cardboard. so i think we pleasantly surprise people. >> have you tasted it? >> yes. tastes delicious. very professional. >> are you pretty proud of yourselves? >> pretty proud of ourselves. >> and this is your patients are going to be eating some day? >> they better. >> reporter: in the evening, the medical students become teachers, helping community members like susan bouchon and cynthia edwards learn the secrets of healthy cooking. >> so your whole family is eating healthier. >> yes, they're eating tofu, they're eating quinoa, they're eating whole oats. they don't know.
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>> do they like it? >> they like it. they love it. >> my overall cholesterol dropped by like 20 points. my triglycerides dropped by like 17 points. >> reporter: at tulane medical school, the proof is not in the pudding. it's in the whole wheat pasta with lentils and vegetables. chip reid, cbs news, new orleans. >> that is the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jeff glor.
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this is the "cbs overnight news." hi, everyone, welcome to the "overnight news." i'm demarco morgan. isis has claimed responsibility for the terror attack against a terror club in turkey. a gunman killed 39 people and wounding nearly 70 others. the gunman escaped after the attack and police say eight suspects have been detained. jonathan vigliotti has the latest from istanbul. >> reporter: club reigna is one of the most popular clubs in the city. one of those places where people line up for hours object to be turned away at the door. today, police are lined up, a blue tarp has been set up. and behind it, investigators working around the clock to collect evidence from this massive crime scene. >> ten, nine, eight -- >> reporter: cell phone video
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from inside club reina showed a crowd ringing in the new year. but just one hour into 2017, the gunman struck. surveillance video shows him exchanging fire with police outside on the street, bullets ricocheting off of a car. a camera captures him shooting his way into the club, killing a police officer and a civilian. inside, he reportedly shot anyone in his path. some initially thought the shots were fireworks, until people started dropping to the ground. the club attracts celebrities and tourists from all over the world. jake raak, a small business owner from greenville, delaware, was injured in the attack. >> i shot got in the leg. these crazy people came in shooting everything. i saw one person. they were shooting. >> reporter: a bullet reportedly bounced off his phone and hit him in the leg. his brother, chris, spoke from pennsylvania. >> i'm just very happy my brother is okay, safe, coming home.
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it's really sad with the rest of the world and what's going on and things. i just pray for their families. >> reporter: 17,000 police were patrolling the streets on new year's eve, amid a wave of attacks in turkey in 2016 from isis and kurdish separatists. the club increased its own security. the interior minister believes the mann acted alone and came prepared, leaving in his wake a shattered nightclub and bloody part to a new year. president-elect donald trump is expressing more skepticism that russian hackers interfered in the presidential election. he says he has insider information about the cyber attacks. he also told reporters that no computer is safe from hacking. jan crawford is following the trump transition. >> reporter: president-elect trump will sit down for a full briefing with the heads of u.s. intelligence, as the obama administration sanctions go into effect against russia. on new year's day, the 35
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russian diplomats president obama expelled from the country took off from outside washington for russia. just hours earlier, the president-elect was continuing to cast doubt on the intelligence community's assessment that russia hacked u.s. cyber systems in the run-up to the presidential election. >> i just want them to be sure, because it's a pretty serious charge. i know a lot about hacking, and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. >> if he's going the have any credibility as president, he needs to stop talking this way and stop denigrating the intelligence community. he's going to rely on them. >> reporter: adam schiff, a top democrat on the house intelligence committee, said congress will push for more sanctions against russia. >> they didn't just steal data, they weaponized it. they dumped it during an election with the specific intent of influencing the outcomes of that election. >> reporter: the congressional effort is likely to be bipartisan. republican senator tom cotton says the obama administration sanctions were too little too late. >> what vladamir putin needs is a sense of new boundaries.
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he's had a free reign throughout the world over the last eight years. he needs to have a sense of boundaries and to know that costs are going to be imposed. >> reporter: that hard line comes in the wake of mr. trump's praise for vladamir putin. after the russian leader declined to retaliate against the u.s. for imposing sanctions, mr. trump tweeted, great move by v. putin. i always knew he was very smart. >> there is a question about whether there's a political retribution here, versus a diplomatic response. >> reporter: mr. trump's incoming press secretary says putin's delay is a sign of trump's power. >> as you saw president putin said he's not going to retaliate in the way he suggested. he wants to wait for president trump to come in. i think that that shows you the power that president trump has. >> reporter: he also said that on day one, the president-elect is going to side executive orders to repeal obama administration regulations. though he didn't specify which ones. after almost 100 years since it was first imagined, a new
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subway line in new york city is finally rolling. the second avenue extension opened on new year's day. the subway arrived as president-elect trump promises big spending on similar infrastructure projects. >> reporter: here it is, planning for the second avenue subway in new york began way back in 1929. the project was derailed by the great depression and more recently by the financial crisis in 2008. now that it's finally here, an estimated 200,000 new yorkers are expected to use the line every day, and that could cut ten minutes, maybe more, off their travel time. a stretch of new york city's 2nd avenue subway line opened to the public on sunday. exciting for people not just in new york but across the country. >> after so many years of closures and delays, we get to finally be here. >> reporter: raphael drove from virginia for the ten-minute ride. >> i always had a love and
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passion for trains and something i could not miss. >> reporter: new york governor andrew cuomo, who pushed for the end of the year deadline, was on hand for the grand opening. >> congratulations, you did it. >> thank you. >> reporter: you think it's a model for how nationally and other governments could get projects done that are big and ambitious? >> yes, i do. governments don't build. bureaucracies don't build. it's a different mindset, it's a different culture. leave it to the private sector companies, but let government lay out the overall goals. >> reporter: three new stops make up the roughly two-mile extension of the q-line. the final cost, a staggering $4.5 billion. >> digging a tunnel down a crowded road in manhattan is not that easy. >> reporter: other cities, including washington, d.c. and chicago, are struggling to update their aging transit systems to meet record ridership. president-elect donald trump's plan to invest $1 trillion in
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u.s. infrastructure may help. but governor cuomo says translating that money into shovel-ready projects won't happen quickly. >> projects can take years to design, do the environmental impact statement and the community approval process. >> reporter: the american society of civil engineers awarded u.s. infrastructure a d-plus rating and estimates more than $3.5 trillion are needed for improvement. >> if president trump is going to advertise $1 trillion, i hope to get $1 trillion of the $1 trillion. i'm sure every state would compete. >> reporter: there were some hiccups on day one. there were reported delays and an elevator malfunctioned. eventually, with three more phases, the line could extend 8.5 miles. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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>> as the nation struggles against gun violence, there may be no greater challenge than the crisis in chicago. last year, more than 700 people were killed. more than 4,000 were shot. that's more than los angeles and new york combined. bill whittaker examined the spike in violence and what police are doing about it in a story for "60 minutes." >> reporter: in the six days we were in chicago, 55 people were shot, 16 were killed. we were struck by just how routine it all felt. the dead and wounded were removed with grim efficiency, right down to the haz/mat crews that cleaned away the blood. murder seemed almost normal. >> and now we are the poster boy of violence in america. >> stop the violence! >> reporter: michael pfleger is
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pastor of st. sabina church on chicago's south side. his congregation started summer weekends by praying for a low body count. >> i had three families, three different families call in one day, asking to do the funeral of their child who was killed in the last week. i've never had that in 41 years here. three families in one day. >> reporter: 59 gangs are at war over territory and drugs on chicago's west and south sides. but the makeshift memorials we saw also marked places where people were killed in gang initiations or over petty insults. this gang member was taunting a rival on his phone live on the internet when he was shot. [ gunfire ] watch and you'll see the gunman. what's it like around here on a typical saturday night these days? >> i've never seen there to be a combination of anger, distrust,
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and a feeling like the communities have been abandoned. >> peace in the streets. >> shame on us. our children are afraid to go out of the house of being shot and killed. when is the tipping point do we all say, enough? >> shooter popped out of the car. >> reporter: but we were astonished by data we obtained from inside the police department. it revealed that, as killings rose, police activity fell. in august of 2015, cops stopped and questioned 49,257 people. a year later, those stops dropped to 8,859, down 80%. at the same time, arrests were off by a third, from just over 10,000, to 6,900. you talk to cops every day. >> we do. >> reporter: what's the morale? >> lowest it's ever been.
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>> reporter: brian warner is a former cop. he was shot in 2011. now, warner counsels officers suffering from extreme stress. he explained what a dozen beat cops told us off camera, they had stepped back. you have a 911 call, you go to your 911 call. but if you want an aggressive patrol, when you're out looking for people breaking the law, that's not happening as much as it was. >> you're saying they're not being as proactive. >> no, they're not. and why would you expect them to be? >> because it's their job. they signed on to do that. >> it's my job to go to work and listen to your 911 calls and respond to my 911. that's the basic ability of my job. if you want me to do the basics, that's what i'm doing now. >> the police activity is horrific, honestly. and there's not an excuse that can be made in my book. >> reporter: we showed the stop and arrest data that we got to gary mccarthy. he was superintendent of the
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chicago police department until just a year ago. >> when you have activity falling off the way it is, and crime skyrocketing, that's a huge problem. >> some people looking at the chicago police department say it's in crisis. >> crisis is a good word. when people are dying, yes, there's crisis, no two ways about it. >> reporter: this crisis inside the police department began in 2014 with the shooting of laquan mcdonald. he was 17 years old. police reported mcdonald was breaking into vehicles and ignored their commands when they said he lunged at one of them with a knife. but dash board video appears to show mcdonald was moving away when he was shot 16 times by a white officer. >> when did you first see the video? >> i saw the video, i believe it was the day after. >> what did you think? >> i said that there's a problem and the officer is going to be accountable for explaining his actions. >> reporter: gary mccarthy immediately gave the case to the
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independent city agency that reviews shootings. but city hall refused to make the video public, even after it paid mcdonald's family a $5 million settlement. when a judge finally ordered the video released a year later, it sparked outrage. protesters accused the city of a cover-up to protect mayor rahm emanuel's re-election. the mayor denied it, but promised sweeping changes. his first move was to fire gary mccarthy. >> the public trust and the leadership of the department has been shaken. >> do you think you were made a scapegoat? >> i don't think it helped the situation, and i think it's a contributory factor to where we are today in chicago. and if it's -- if you want to call it scapegoat, that's fine. >> reporter: the cop who killed laquan mcdonald is awaiting trial for murder, and the u.s. justice department is investigating the chicago p.d.
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we wanted to talk to mayor emnuel, but he declined. within six weeks of the shootig scandal, investigative stops fell by nearly 35,000. that's when the violence began to surge. how can a police officer, who has taken a vow to pro- -- protect and serve, defend stepping back from take progress active action -- >> officers are under attack, that's how they feel, right? that's how they feel in this environment. and they're not going to put themselves and their families in jeopardy. >> reporter: frustration among cops deepened with a new order to be more selective about who they stopped, and write a two-page detailed report for every one. it was the result of a threat by the american civil liberties union to sue the department for racial profiling. >> it doesn't seem the filling out a two-page report is that onerous. >> sure it is.
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it could take you up to 45 minutes. one of the things in policing that we've been trying to do is knock back the amount of time that officers spend doing paperwork and get them out doing more proactive things to prevent crime. >> reporter: there are reasons for the scrutiny. since 2004, the city has paid out more than $500 million in settlements for police misconduct. a task force appointed by the mayor found evidence of racial bias and reported that nearly 90% of police shootings involved minorities. >> the chicago police department is not racist, but i do know and believe there are racist police officers in the chicago police department. >> reporter: richard wooten broke ranks and talked to the mayor's task force about what he saw during his 23 years as a chicago cop. >> they put me in a car with this guy, and my first couple of stops i saw this guy stop a black guy, several black guys on the street. and they literally almost got strip searched right in the middle of the street.
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i'm looking like wow, is this the way it's supposed to be done? >> to watch more of the report, go to cbsnews.com and click on "60 minutes." we'll be right back. these photos? because my teeth are yellow. why don't you use a whitening toothpaste? i'm afraid it's bad for my teeth. try crest 3d white. crest 3d white diamond strong toothpaste and rinse... ...gently whiten... ...and fortify weak spots. use together for 2 times stronger enamel. crest 3d white.
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many people like to enjoy a glass of wine while listening to classical music. a vineyard in italy claims the
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music plays a part in making its wine. the mu seth doane heard it on the grapevine in tuscany. >> reporter: row after row of grapevines cover the hills here in tuscany, where famed brunello wine is made. but one of these vineyards is a bit different. ♪ just listen. the grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music. >> imagine the world without music. >> reporter: he doesn't have to. not while he's here. >> i suppose music can improve the life of humanity, but why not the plants? >> reporter: to try to answer his own question, he started pumping mozart into a section of
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his vineyard. he found the vines closer to the music grew bigger and toward the source of the sound. >> we divide the property in 25 different areas and we monitor the quality of the grapes at the time of the harvest. >> reporter: this is his son, and another winemaker who sounds more like a scientist. how different are the grapes coming from the section of the vineyard with music compared to the section without? >> the plants seem more robust. the grapes closer to the speaker have the highest sugar content. so we believe in this idea. >> reporter: it wasn't long before this idea piqued the interest of scientists and turned this vineyard into a laboratory. when you first heard about this guy growing grapes and playing music, what did you think? >> that he was another crazy guy. >> reporter: stefeno mancuso is a plant scientist. these vines like mozart? >> it's very difficult to say
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that plants like clasical music, mozart, wagner, whatever you want. what they are able to do is perceive sounds and specific fragrances. >> reporter: mancuso has been studying the mozart vineyard since 2003. >> plants are, in general, a much more sensitive than animals. >> reporter: he theorizes the vines may grow toward the speakers because frequencies resemble those of running water. the consumer electronics company, bose, heard about the studies, donated 72 speakers, and financed more research. >> the more impressive of the results, that sound is able to reduce dramatically the number of insect attack. >> reporter: they figure the music confuses harmful bugs,
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making them unable to breed. as a result, the vineyard uses no pesticides and very little fertilizing. the music also scares away birds and other creatures who feed on grapes. >> the music can improve and protect the life of the grape, but improve too the quality. >> reporter: he's proud of the research. not to mention their wines. >> cheers to you. >> reporter: as for the idea that these vines are reacting simply to sound vibrations not specifically mozart, well, this is italy. >> i prefer the music. sorry, but i am very romantic. [ laughter ] >> reporter: seth doane, italy. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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los angeles police are looking for a prankster. who transformed the hollywood sign into a message about marijuana. on new year's day, the legendary letters were changed from hollywood to holly-weed. california recently voted to legalize recreational marijuana. this is not the first time the iconic sign has been turned into a political statement. mireya villarreal is in l.a. >> reporter: los angeles was buzzing new year's morning over a high-flying stunt that could be seen for miles. >> that's what we came to see, the hollywood sign, not the holly-weed sign. but hey, it's okay with me. >> reporter: the change is the ultimate throwback to 1976, when activists used the four-story letters as a political play on words. >> in the dark of night, some marijuana fanciers snuck up to the fabled hollywood sign high in the hills above tinsel town and strung sheets to make it
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read "holly-weed." >> reporter: danny finegood and friends made the change 41 years ago. he died in 2007. >> it wasn't a prank, it was a message. >> reporter: his wife, bonnie, says danny and his friends risked getting arrested to make a statement about the new california legislation that took effect in '76, relaxing marijuana possession laws. >> i did support his ideas, i loved his creativity. he was having fun making a large statement to the world. >> reporter: his group was also responsible for scaling the side in 1987 and changing it to read "ollywood during the iran scandal. >> all my friends texted me and said, do you have an alibi? >> reporter: matt woke up to a barrage of texts from friends who wonders if he was
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responsible for the replication of his father's work decades ago. >> my friends were calling me like, did you do this? i would just text them back, with that sly face. just to keep them on their toes. i wish it was me, but it wasn't. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, los angeles. >> that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm demarco morgan.
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♪ it's tuesday, january 3rd, 2017. this is "cbs morning news." breaking overnight, at least five people were killed as violent storms swept across the south, leaving a trail of debris across several states. >> and i came to check on the building, all of a sudden, everywhere. and just hours before lawmakers head back to congress, house republicans voted to eviscerate the ethics office. as a democratic leader put it, as a democratic leader put it, so much for draining the swamp. captioning funded by cbs

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