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lowering the flag. after nine long years of war and mixed results, the u.s. formally ends the war in iraq. spending showdown. capital gridlock pushes the country to the verge of yet another government shutdown. and say cheese. a grizzly gets bearishly friendly. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, december 15th, 2011. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. we begin with a historic ending. after nearly nine years, the u.s. war in iraq, the war officially ends today. jim axelrod is in baghdad with the latest. jim, good morning.
>> reporter: this is the end of the mission ceremony here in iraq. the closing of the u.s. headquarters for the u.s. forces. it really marks the beginning of the -- the end of the draw down rather. the next few days as we're told, the final troops will be exiting iraq, the final u.s. troops. now, remember they have gone from a high of 170,000 troops at one point. there are now fewer than 4,000 troops remaining in the country and, remember, 92 bases at one point, even as late as september of 2010, now down to two bases. so really this is the ceremonial closing of the headquarters and then in the days to come, certainly by the end of the year, the final u.s. troops will be leaving iraq. terrell? >> we haven't heard a lot about this, jim. you've been on the ground with u.s. troops there in iraq. what is their reaction to their withdrawal? >> reporter: well, as far as what the feeling may be among the troops, really there is a sense now of those who are
remaining in the country of getting to the kuwait border safely. these convoys that will be moving from the remaining bases here in iraq to kuwait, obviously, make very attractive targets, especially to the iranian-backed militias that are working in the south of iraq. right now, a lot of focus still about getting to kuwait safely and then, at that point, a sense of being able to take in what they have done and what their mission here has meant. terrell? >> jim axelrod in baghdad for us, thanks. good to have you with us. president obama was at ft. bragg, north carolina, yesterday to mark the end of the war. more than 200 soldiers from ft. bragg were killed in the war. the president saluted the returning troops and applauded what he called their extraordinary achievement. >> as your commander in chief and on behalf of a grateful nation, i'm proud to finally say these two words -- and i know your families agree -- welcome home.
welcome home! welcome home! >> critics contend the president is leaving behind an unstable country. the president yesterday called iraq self-reliant with a self-elected government elected by the iraqi people. more down to the wiper drama in washington. for the third time this year, partisan politics has pushed the government to the verge of a shutdown. the government won't be able to pay by the deadline on friday, the government won't be able to pay its bills here is where we are right now. they passed a bill on payroll tax measure. the republican controlled house passed a bill. but the house and senate have been unable to agree on a final measure. senate minority leader harry reid won't allow a vote until the payroll issue is resolved to keep the government operating. republicans say they have had enough. >> it's pretty clear to all of us that president obama and senator reid want to threaten the government shutdown so that
they can get leverage on a jobs bill that -- because the united states senate can't pass one. >> late last night, the white house called on congress to pass another short-term spending bill until the lawmakers can work out their differences. there has been progress on a year-end defense bill. the 662 billion dollar measure passed the house and scheduled for a final senate vote today. despite the concerns of handling of terrorism suspects, the white house says the president will sign the measure. some disturbing economic news. nearly half of americans are classified as low income according to a just released census report. 97 million americans fell into the low income category last year. over 49 million fall below the poverty line. that is 48% of the population. 4 million more than in 2009. children are most likely to be poor or low income, about 57%, followed by those over 65. republican race now for the white house. the gop candidates will be in sioux city, iowa, tonight. it's their final debate before
that state kicks off its nominating process. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on that. susan, good morning. >> good morning, terrell. >> reporter: this is all about undecided voters. this is the last chance for this group to debate together, for each of them to stand out among them before this first crucial vote in iowa. final preparations are under way for tonight's debate in iowa. but the fireworks have already begun. >> he's a wealthy man, a very wealthy man. if you have a $500,000 purchase from tiffany's, you're not a middle class american. >> reporter: mitt romney bashed front-runner newt gingrich wednesday, calling the house speaker zany and questioning his dedication to the republican party. >> newt gingrich has been an unreliable leader in the conservative movement. >> reporter: gingrich was quick to fire back. i have a 90% american conservative union voting record for 20 years. i'm the only person in your lifetime to help balance the budget four straight years. >> reporter: romney wasn't the only one on the attack.
>> what is wrong? >> reporter: for nearly three minutes, protesters drowned out gingrich during a speech in iowa calling him arrogant among the poor. fewer than three weeks to go before the eye was caucuses, it still appears to be anybody's race. gingrich currently holds the lead, but polls show most voters in the state are still undecided or at least willing to change their minds. ron paul is hoping to do just that, support for the texas congressman is slowly growing. >> in political terms, it means that we're probably peaking at the right time. >> reporter: as for the back of the gop pack. >> is this your place? >> reporter: candidates including rick perry hope a little face time will give them a major breakthrough. perry kicked off a bus tour through western iowa wednesday. michele bachmann starts crisscrossing the state tomorrow. so the pressure is really on this one, especially for mitt romney to try to stand out and stem the rise of newt gingrich. a lot of voters really tune out during christmas to new year's during those holidays, so this
is really one big last chance for them to have an impact. >> we will certainly be watching. susan mcginnis in washington this morning, thank you. take a quick break. coming up on a thursday, a brand-new list of the safest vehicles, plus why it's better to have a female boss. but first, scott pelley with a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." she spent a lifetime taking pictures that never saw the light of day until they were rescued from the trash. the twist of faith that uncovered a remarkable talent, tonight on the "cbs evening news." plus, midnight madness! 6 pm to midnight, extra 10% off all game room. shop preview friday. sears open 'til midnight select stores. this was the gulf's best tourism season in years. all because so many people wanted to visit us... in louisiana. they came to see us in florida... nice try, they came to hang out with us in alabama... once folks heard mississippi had the welcome sign out,
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highest at 89%. the new list of the safest vehicles is out this morning and there are a lot more of them this year. the list includes a record number of safe choices for drivers from suvs to hybrids. manuel gallegus has the story. >> reporter: the insurance institute for highway safety conducted dozens of crash tests to come up with its top 2012 safety picks. and for the first time, the best selling toyota camry and honda accord are both among the 115 winners. >> the accord and the camry are vehicles that families choose, that parents choose to take their families around in, and it shows that you can have good, safe vehicles for that purpose. >> reporter: the award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting passengers in a variety of crashes from the front, side, and rear, and in rollovers. one of the biggest reasons there are so many models on the new list is because cars' roofs are getting stronger. companies are redesigning their
vehicles to better withstand rollovers. drivers say safety is important. >> if you get in an accident, safety, you got to think about safety then, so you might as well think about it when you're buying the car. >> reporter: every major manufacturer has at least one vehicle on the list. but subaru is the only automaker that has a winner in every model it builds. toyota, which includes its lexus and scion brands, has 15 wins and general motors is next with 14 and followed by volkswagen, audi with 13. ford, lincoln and honda acura have 12 awards each. several large pickup trucks are also included, but not one small pickup was considered safe enough to make the cut. manuel gallegus, cbs news, new jersey. "time" magazine has announced their person of the year and it is the protester. from the middle east to wall street, the magazine says the protesters of the arab spring and out wall street have been the driving force between political and economic change. in the u.s. and all around the
world. cbs "moneywatch" time to a thursday. foreclosures continue to rise. ashley morrison in new york with that and more. >> asian markets fell again today on worries about europe debt. japan's nikkei down 1.5% and hong kong hang seng off closer to 2%. today, wall street gets a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday, stocks slipped again. the dow lost 131 points, while the nasdaq fell 40. the number of foreclosures homes about to be auction has hit a nine-month high. foreclosure listing firm reality track says november's surge is because of a spike three months ago of homes just entering the foreclosure process but right now, borrowers receiving that first default notice is down. 'tis the season of buyer's remorse. holiday shoppers have been quick to buy and quick to return. return rates are spiking. retailers will have to give back nearly 10 cents on every dollar
they take in this season. the national retail federation expects $459 billion in sales from november to december, that's a record. the traditional of the year in bonus appears to be fading. more than 40% of companies polled say they do not expect to hand out bonuses this year. and for those that do, only 17% plan increases. if you haven't realized it yet, it's better to have a female boss. turns out that women bosses are more aware of and sympathetic of problems that employees may be having in their life. the research was done for a british telecommunications firm. terrell, that is one more reason why women are better! i can't resist. >> i agree with that. do you agree? >> you know, it seems women can be a little more sympathetic. i think it depends on the person. >> you could have a crazy male boss or a crazy female boss.
>> we've had all them. >> ashley morrison in new york, thanks. coming up next on this thursday morning, we will have your weather forecast. in sports, nba all-star chris paul finally gets traded to lah-lah land but not the team that you think. we will talk about it coming up. we will be right back. [ female announcer ] there's a fiber that goes with everything. all-natural benefiber, the fiber supplement that's taste-free and dissolves completely. so you can put it in whatever you like, even water. benefiber. makes taking fiber easier.
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time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows a large storm system on the move throughout the mississippi river valley. scattered clouds over the northern plains. the southwest is relatively clear. and the northwest, there is rain along the coast and snow in the mountains. later today, rain bands will crisscross the country from the southern plains to the northeast. the southeast will be warm with highs near the 80s. cold air is flowing into the northern plains. the northwest will see scattered showers in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon. in sports this morning, los angeles clippers got a nice christmas present. they acquired all-star point guard chris paul in a megadeal with new orleans. nba commissioner david stern approved this deal. last week, he nixed a trade that would have sent paul to the lakers. preseason games start this friday and the lockout shortened season gets under way on christmas day. the orlando magic suddenly decided not to trade dwight
howard. espn reports they are not happy with any offers they received. the team believes it can win with howard at center, despite claims he'll be a free agent at the end of the season. in college ball, ohio state stomped south carolina upstate. the number two buckeyes took home court to a whole new level jamming, slamming, dunking all over the place! they go way past the spartans. 82-58. this was ohio state's 31st straight victory at home. and baylor's own robert griffin iii, rg-3 as we call him, trotted out the heisman trophy last night at waco. baylor trounced bethune-cookman. baylor now winners of its first eight games under coach scott drew. the nfl has its first minority owner. pakistani born businessman shahid khan is about to own the jacksonville jaguars. team owners unanimously approved the sale yesterday. the 61-year-old khan owns bumper works.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. storm system moving into the northeast. a few strong storms could pop up in the southern plains. bitterly cold temperatures will ice the northern plains. the southeast is much warmer than average and the northwest starts off stormy and then will see sunshine. here is another look at this morning's top stories. the war in iraq officially ends today. defense secretary leon panetta takes part in a ceremony to close u.s. operations this morning. 4,500 americans lost their lives in the war and another 32,000 were wounded.
panetta said the war was worth the sacrifice to set iraq on the path to democracy. in lawmakers in washington can't agree on a spending deal, the government will shut down at midnight tomorrow. they are holding up a budget deal until extension of a payroll tax cut is resolved. seven miners in idaho rescued late last night. they were a mile under ground when a rock burst. it happened at 8:00 last night. the lucky friday mine is one of the nation's deepest underground mines. earlier this year, two miners died in separate incidents. the company who runs the mine has gotten four citations and faces nearly $1 million in penalties. a horrible accident on madison avenue in new york city. an advertising executive died in a bizarre elevator accident. officials say suzanne hart's foot got caught in the door and was crushed to death when the elevator suddenly went up. two other people in that elevator and not hurt. cowboys were horsing around
in colorado. in steamboat springs, guys on horseback decided to ride through several downtown businesses on sunday. did i say they were on horseback, by the way? they were on horses. first, they walked into a bar and tried to get some drinks but the owner told them to get out and showed them the door. then the cowboys went galloping into a safeway grocery store. one of the guys got some stuff and left carrying a plastic bag. police later tased one of the riders for ignoring their orders. he was then arrested. i can't make this stuff up! i'm telling you! to a grizzly bear that is smarter than your average bear. home video from washington state shows a girl waving outside a car window saying hi to the bear. what? he apparently waves back! the video was shot last year but just went viral the last couple of days. that would freak me out! the farm is home to retired show animals from tv, parks and film, so the bear may have been used to hamming it up for the camera. don't try that at home, kids.
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marty is in the first warning weather center. >> it is mild, winds are calm. we are clearing a clear scan, it is almost 45 degrees, but we start widening out you are starting to see a little bit of moisture there and unall the el then ultimately what you are going to see is the weather. cooler weather for the week's end and weekend. don over to you. >> new numbers showed fewer homes entered the foreclosure process.
they certified detection dogs and their handlers, and they are calling it a national model for how to create jobs while improving the environment. already happening this morning. beaten and bullied, parents of a special needs student are suing the school system, accusing it of ignoring the abuse. a baltimore county man found dead at a power plant in florida, how he ended up in a pile of coal there. it is the apartment sure to dwarf your monthly rent or mortgage check but what makes it so special? more news, first warning weather and your first traffic report of this thursday morning in a couple of minutes. ,,,,,,,