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primary battles. it's a nail biting day for some veteran lawmakers as voters head to the polls in four states. oil investigation. as the struggle to cap that well in the gulf continues, president obama wants to know who is to blame. and chef suspect. he cooked on tv for a living. did he also cook up a scheme to murder his wife? h this is the "cbs morning news" murder his wife? h this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, may 18th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. national elections are still six months away, but for voters in pennsylvania, kentucky, arkansas and oregon, the political year starts today. primaries will test the popular notion that incumbents who spent
decades in congress are in deep trouble. tara mergener is in washington with a look at some of the key races. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, this is the biggest collection of races so far this year. and will no doubt put a number of political theories to the test. senator arlen specter hopes to still be cheering by the end of the day. he's locked in one of today's biggest political battles, pennsylvania's democratic primary. after 30 years as a republican, it's his first race as a democrat. he switched alliances just last year, but believes he's urged the backing of his new party. >> when i provided the 60th vote for comprehensive health insurance, i think that's pulled a lot of democrats my way. >> reporter: but his current rival, joe sestak, doesn't mean. >> 30 years of his republican agenda and then he shows the mags that i'm willing to switch my party. >> reporter: it democratic senator blanche lincoln of arkansas is another incumbent facing a potentially career
ending primary. >> we have worked hard in this campaign. it has been an unbelievably cal thinking campaign. >> reporter: she's taking heat from both sides, angering conservatives by supporting health care reform, and liberals for opposing the public option. politicians and analysts won't just be focusing on incumbents today. they'll also look at how much momentum the tea party movement can give a candidate. in kentucky, rand paul, son of ron paul, is riding tea party support in the prp primary. but one of the biggest battle grounds today will be back in pennsylvania. a special election will decide on a replacement for the late democratic representative john murtha. >> this election is very simple. >> reporter: republican tim burns is pitted against democrat mark chris. in recent weeks, both parties invested a million dollars each, a sign of just how far they're willing it to go ahead of november's big showdown. and certainly president obama has a stake in the outcome of
these races. the white house says he is watching but not that closely. michelle, back to you. >> tara mergener in washington. thanks. there was a deadly suicide bombing this morning in kabul, the afghanistan capital. americans may be among the casualties. the target apparently was a convoy of suvs. it's reported that some foreign troops, possibly americans, were among the 19 people killed. more than 20 other people were wounded. most of them afghans on a public bus. it's the first major bomb attack in kabul since february. turning now to the oil spill in the gulf of mexico, bp is now syphoning off some of the oil gushing from the well and will try again to cap it soon, but millions of gallons of oil have already leaked and scientists fear a current of warm water will carry it around florida and up the east coast. tar balls were found off key west yesterday. tests will determine if they came from the leaking well. several hearings on its spill and the consequences are
scheduled today in congress. and president obama will appoint an expert pan toll determine who is responsible for the disaster. joel brown has that story. >> reporter: the race is on to find out who is to blame for the massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico. president obama is leading the call, creating a commission to investigation. >> we've been very clear that the bp resources are behind this. >> reporter: bp took its lumps in a senate hearing monday, but other companies and government agencies could share in the blame. in a "60 minutes" exclusive, oig rig survivor mike williams said rig owner transocean was warned of serious problems with the blowout preventer, a piece of rubber meant to keep the underwater well under control. >> they discovered chunks of rubber in the drilling fluid. >> reporter: the government agency that oversees offshore drilling is also under fire. the agency fell short of its monthly inspection policy and
monday a top official said he'd retire early. environmentalists also filed suit against the federal agency monday trying to shut down oil platforms in the gulf. since the explosion last month, the federal agency is approved the request of at least nine more deep water wells in the gulf. >> let's make sure oil companies learn their lesson. >> reporter: senators flexed their muscles monday. two asked for all known video showing oil gushing from the broken pipe and wellhead. still the question remains how to cut off the spill. bp is pinning its hopes on so-called relief wells. >> digging them could take months. >> so this h could take us until the end of july, early august? >> could. >> reporter: translating into millions more gallons of oil gushing in to the ocean. joel brown, cbs news, washington. the last of ten americans arrested in haiti after the january earthquake is thought to be on her way home to idaho this morning. laura silsby led a group that tried to take 33 children out of haiti without thorgts.
initially charged with kidnapping, she was convicted yesterday of arranging illegal travel, sentenced to time served and released. in pakistan, a roadside bomb exploded this morning as a police patrol drove past killing three officers and eight civilians and wounding 15. it happened in a tribal area where pakistani troops are fighting the taliban. in thailand, there's hope this morning for an end to deadly street violence in bangkok. sporadic clasheses continue between troops and anti-government protesters, but a protest leader accepted an offer from the thigh oig senate to mediate peace talks. back in this country, juan carlos cruz was once a it tv chef known as the calorie commando, but this morning cruz is behind bars in los angeles charged with cooking up a bizarre murder plot aimed at his wife. sandra hughes has the latest. >> reporter: former food network host pleaded not guilty in a los
angeles courtroom. alaska accused of hiring two hit men to kill his wife. >> he was charged with two separate counts, attempted murder, a willful deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, and count two is solicitation of murder. >> reporter: according to celebrity website tmz, these homeless men were soliciteded. >> what can he say he wanted you guys to do some>> cut this woman's throat. >> he didn't say who the woman was. >> we're going to call this -- >> reporter: known for his food network's shows calorie commando and weighing in, he got his start as a pace industry chef, santa monica police arrested cruz last week when the home less men turned him in. the 48-year-old chef appeared unshay sven and in handcuffses. he remains in bail unable to post a $2 million bail. cruz is back in court next month. if convicted, he faces a possible sentence of life if prison. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. just ahead on the "morning news," a check of the overseas
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>> reporter: stock mars had an upbeat start but ended flat. the nikkei gained a fraction. the hang seng was up about 1%. on wall street, some wild swings and a late day rally. on monday, the dow ended up 6 points higher. the nasdaq added 7. some problems with the administration's $75 billion mortgage relief program. nearly 300,000 homeowners had their loans modified paying on average $516 less a month. but nearly a quarter of those who began the program dropped out. home builders are growing more optimistic. the national association of home builders says its housing market competence index this month hit its highest level since august of 2007 despite the end of home buyers tax incentives, many builders expect improved sales and customer traffic. good news at general motors. the auto giant reported its first profit in three years. revenue is up 40% over the first quarter of last year with u.s. sales rising 17%.
in other auto news, the treasury department says it will lose $1.6 billion on the bailout loan it made to chrysler last year. chrysler repaid nearly $2 billion of the $4 billion loan before it went bankrupt. and microsoft is upgrading its free internet mail service, hot mail. it will automatically sort messages into different categories and provide previews of incoming pictures. the uptrade is expected to be available this summer. and michelle, i just checked my hot mail and it's a hot mess. so that's good. >> i have so many e-mails. you try keep up and delete them, but -- >> i know. 54 if mine right now. all right. emily smith here in new york, thanks. the boycott of arizona over the new immigration law is expanding. the city council in seattle voted on monday to have the city stop buying arizona-based goods and restricted travel on city business to arizona. in los angeles, protesters on both sides of the issue argued outside the lakers game
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los angeles, showers at 67. the latest satellite picture shows much of the midsection of the country is clear. the west coast is cloudy. with clouds extending out to the rockies. the northeast is also dealing withover cast skies. later on today, the northeast gets some of the rain that dumped several inches over the mid-atlantic and ohio river valley. there's a chance for thunderstorms in texas. rain is also sxenktsed in the rockies and the northwest. the southeast begins to dry out and the midwest and northern plains will have the best weather with sun any skies and temps in the 70s and 80s. lucky, lucky. in sports, the lakers squju out to an early lead. kobe bryant had 40 points against the suns, including 21 in the third quarter and los angeles beat phoenix 128-107. game two is wednesday night in l.a. in baseball, the cubs and rockies went into extra innings.
in the bottom of the 11th, ramirez snapped out of his batting slump to hit a two run homer to left field and the cubs had a walkoff 4-2 win over colorado. at yankee stadium with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, mar comes tims hit a two run homer done the left field line and gave the yankees a victory over the red sox. >> and in the bottom 1691th, jason bartlett laid down a bunt on the first base side of the pitcher's mound that brought in the winning run in third base. the rays' walkoff bunt edged the indians 4-3. when we return, we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and copy concerns. how copy machines pose a huge security risk and what's being done to protect the pufb.
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here's a look at today's weather. the northeast gets hit with a rainstorm that will last for the next two days. rain is also expected in the rockies and northeast and the midwest and southeast dries out with a pretty nice day. here's another look at this morning's top stories. this is primary day in four states. and some well-known in-consume benlts in congress, including pennsylvania's arlen specter, are facing the toughest fights of their careers. and oil spill in the gulf is still growing, threatening the florida keys and eastern seaboard. president obama will appoint a commission to investigate. the space shuttle astronauts today will be attaching a new russianbuilt compartment. the mission's first spacewalk was interrupted monday by a partial power outage. it knocked out robot camera views of the two astronauts for about 15 minutes as they installed a spare antenna. the government may start an
investigation of copy machines that hold on to your private personal information. a cbs news investigation found that images of the documents are stored in yoerps which could be accessed by identity thieves. armen keteyian has a follow-up report. >> reporter: in our investigation into the dangers posed by digital copiers, we discovered nearly everyone built after 2002 stores on hard drives, an image of documents copied, scanned, or e-mailed by the machine. massachusetts congressman ed markey called for an investigation by the federal trade commission. concerned most americans don't know their information can be compromised. >> we have to do a lot more to ensure that the public and corporations know this and that absolute security is applieded to copying machines across our country. >> reporter: our investigation which aired last month revealed how easy it is to buy use the
copi copiers. we didn't even have to wait for the first one to warm up. >> we've got documents here on the glass. this machine came from the city of buffalo new york, police sex crimes division. >> reporter: using software available free on the internet, our expert from digital copier security downloaded thousands of documents in less than 12 hours. from the buffalo police department, we found lists of domestic violence complaints and targets in a major drug raid. from a new york construction company, 95 pages of pay stubbs with names, addresses and social security numbers. and from this health care company, hundreds of pages of personal medical records. as a result of our story, affinity health was required to notify more than 400,000 people of a potential breach of their privacy. >> i think the copying machine industries that to step up, provide the leadership and the technology that ensures that
this information is scrubbeded from copying machines. >> reporter: now the federal trade commission has jumped on board looking into ways to better protect the public from a simple office copier that we now know can leave behind a trail of digital secrets. armen keteyian, cbs news, new york. sarah palin's daughter, bristol, is hitting the speakers circuit. a family attorney confirms 19-year-old bristol palin plans to charge up to $30,000 for an appearance. she's expected to talk about being a single mom and her experiences on the campaign trail. and a kansas woman proves that she's a super senior. over the weekend, knoll la oaks became the world's oldest person to receive a master's degree at the age of 98. she earned her degree in liberal studies at fort hays state university. in january she hopes to become a paid teacher's assistant. good for her. this morning on "the early show," more on today's primary races. i'm michelle gielan. this is the "cbs morning news."
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the man believed to be the home's gardeners. three roommates who lived at the due upon circle town home where robert's body was discovered were charged with obstructing justice. the three defendants they say tampered with evidence that could have pointed to the killer or killers in the case. president obama plans to establish a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill in the gulf of mexico. crews have been trying for weeks to contain the leak. bp hopes they can capture up to half of the oil gushing in to the water. the company started to drill a second relief well. they hope it will work more as a permanent solution. may still be raining where you are. it was when i woke up this morning. >> south and east of town is where we are seeing showers. we will start with temperatures this morning. it is a cool one outside. get moving. it is tuesday. tough to get the motor going.
we're at 52 but a lot of low to mid-50s out there. on live doppler 9000 hd we will show you what is happening with the rain. especially south and east of town. light showers in the shenandoah valley. go from strasburg and points south. south and east as i zoom in quickly we will have action heavy in saint mary's city and eastern shore. lighter showers east of 95. we will talk about the rain and when we will break out and improvement toward the end of the week. it is coming up later this morning. >> improvement. where there's a will there's a way and we will have to wait until the weekend to get it there. we are dealing with a water main break. westbound pennsylvania is closed between 20 and 21st. southbound 21st is closed between k and pennsylvania. moving to 66. we are all clear moving at speed past the car rest area and 270 is delay free to the
spur. a recent survey shows nearly two-third of u.s. households use facebook and my space and 10% of them have experienced a security breach. lesli foster offers solutions to secure your personal information and keep identity thieves at bay. >> reporter: she was stunned and frightened when she found out someone was emmer is son nateing her on-line. a college friend tipped her off. >> she said somebody sent a chat that said i was in london with my family i and i had been held up at gun pointer are her friend suspected the message was bogus and that her accounts had been hacked. >> her friend did the right thing. when he became suspicious he found a way to get through to this real alana and she had that facebook and e-mail account immediately closed. >> reporter: so that doesn't
happen to you, consumer reports says the best ways to protect text your identity is use a hard to guess pass word enleave your birth year off of your profile to prevent identity theft and use the site's privacy controls. >> one in four house holds using facebook doesn't know about or choose to use privacy controls. it can expose pictures and other information to just about anybody on the internet. >> reporter: to set the controls on facebook, goo to your account on the upper right side of the screen, pick privacy settings and decide what you want to share with whom. for instance foe toes and videos could be for only friends or friends of friends. alana reopened her facebook account but is using a stronger password and plans to change it frequently to throw off potential hackers. >> experts say posting in