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join the movement. the national multiple sclerosis society at nationalmssociety.org. the final moments, the white house changes its story of what happened during the raid that killed osama bin laden, as the debate continues over whether to release pictures of his body. a bin laden bounce. president obama's approval rating jumped after the al qaeda leader is killed. the results of a new cbs news poll. and inside the s.e.a.l., a look behind the scenes at what it takes to become one of america's elite warriors. captioning funded by cbs >> good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. we are learning more about the
u.s. raid that killed osama bin laden. the white house has revised its version of the assault and is debating whether to release photos of his body. the pictures are described as gruesome. joel brown is in washington with more on this. good morning, joel. >> betty, good morning to you. we are getting a more complete picture of how the raid went down but it is that picture of osama bin laden's corpse that many around the world are still demanding to see. it may not be a matter of if photos of osama bin laden's body are released, but when. >> it could, in fact, be used to try to develop a lot of the revengeful nature of what al qaeda is all about. >> cia director leanne panetta says he believes the images will be made public but the whus hasn't yet reached a final decision. >> it could be inflammatory. >> reporter: the full story of the mission is still coming to light. tuesday officials revealed bin laden was not armed, as
previously thought, and navy s.e.a.l.s killed him only after he resisted. the s.e.a.l.s confiscated a treasure trove of computers, files and hard drives at bin laden's compound. the cia is now analyzing that material for any clues on potential terror plots. this is a look inside the million-dollar complex bin laden once called home. u.s. officials are vowing to get to the bottom of whether pakistan knew he was hiding out here. >> there are questions here that i think do need to be answered, hopefully by the pakistanis themselves. >> reporter: pakistan insists it had no idea of bin laden's whereabouts. yet the compound sits just a half a mile away from a strauling military academy, in a town with more than 100,000 retired and active army officers. director panetta reportedly told lawmaker nbs yesterday's closed door briefings about the raid that pakistan was either involved or incompetent. betty? >> joel, the white house
releasing foe owes or videos of his burial at sea there's another piece we're unlikely to sea. >> recorded from the helmet cameras of the navy s.e.a.l.s. the pentagon hasn't given any indication whether the videos will ever be seen. it has been reluctant to do so in the past. former president george w. bush has declined an offer to join president obama at ground zero here in new york tomorrow. president bush climbed atop the rubble to address workers just days after the attack on the world trade center. a spokesman for the former president says he appreciates the offer to attend tomorrow's event but has chosen to stay out of the spotlight. in a cbs news/"new york times" poll released this morning, president obama gets high mark for handling pursuit of bin laden. 85% approve of the president's actions, including solid majorities of democrats, republicans and independents and the president's overall
approving rating took a double-digit jump following the bin laden raid. the last time was in july 2009 but those do not extend to the handling of the economy. just 34% of those asked approve, the lowest of mr. obama's presidency. as we reported there are growing questions of how bin laden could have been living just 35 miles from pakistan's capital and the pakistanis say they didn't know. if an interview with lara logan, pakistan's former military ruler, pervez musharraf, insisted nobody knew. >> i do agree that it is surprising. it needs to be investigated, who slipped up, why this negligence. >> you are really asking people to believe that this all happened without the knowledge of the intelligence services and the military and that it came as a complete surprise? >> yes, yes, i'm saying that and i mean every word of it. >> you said there was no proof
that he was in pakistan. >> yes, there was no proof obviously. those who were saying he was in pakistan, i don't think they were talking with any evidence. >> it's believed that al qaeda's second in command, ayman al zawahiri is also based in pakistan. the official white house line is the u.s. doesn't know if anybody in the pakistan government was aware that bin laden was living 35 miles from islamabad. leanne panetta told katie couric the pakistanis have a lot to answer. >> this was a location that was very close to a military academy, close to other sensitive military sites. it had been there since almost five years ago. it was very unusual as a compound. i just think they need to respond to the questions about why they did not know that that kind of compound existed. >> the u.s. gives billions in foreign aid to pakistan. if it's proven the pakistanis knew about bin laden, some lawmakers want that number
reduced. but the u.s. relationship with pakistan is tricky. pakistan is crucial to the u.s. war effort in afghanistan. the u.s. invaded to hunt down bin laden and oust the taliban but with bin laden's death, the u.s. role is being questioned there. mark phillips has more. >> reporter: the head may have been cut off the snake but somewhere in these afghan hills, u.s. intelligence estimates as few as 100 fighters now make up the remaining body of the al qaeda snake still active in afghanistan, and with about 130,000 troops, including 90,000 americans, chasing them and their taliban allies, the killing of osama bin laden in pakistan has reopened the debate on whether the strategy in this war is the right one. afghan president hamid karzai has an "i told you so" moment saying the killing proves what he's always said, that the fight is not here in afghanistan itself but in al qaeda's safe
haven, across the border. >> the war on terror is not in afghan villages and afghan houses and that it has to be conducted where it's most expected. >> reporter: the major fight here now is not with al qaeda but with the resurgent taliban and it, too, is threatening reprisal. >> these kinds of things like killing osama bin laden, it's increasing more emotions of the people. it's not ending the problem. >> reporter: the problem is what it's always been, creating an afghan state that is strong enough to resist being controlled by its more fundamentalist elements. that's why american troops came here and why they'll likely be here for some time to come. mark phillips, cbs news, kabul. and there is news here at cbs. on june 6th, scott pelley of "60 minutes" will replace kitie kuric as anchor and emergencying editor of "the cbs evening news. just in a moment, heartbreak
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flooding fears in the midwest this morning, but one town appears to be safe. the intentional breach of a levee in missouri may have saved cairo, illinois, but it damaged or destroyed as many as 100 homes and turned 130,000 acres of farmland into a virtual lake. >> just devastation. it breaks your heart. it is our home. it is our livelihood. this is just record-breaking. >> as flooding gets worse in louisiana, mississippi and tennessee, the army corps of engineers may decide to demolish more levees to ease the threat. damage from last week's deadly tornadoes in alabama to rival the $1 billion in losses the state suffered from
hurricane katrina. thousands of buildings and homes were destroyed. the seven-state death toll now stands at 328 with at least 236 in alabama alone. governor robert bentley says the recovery will be long and hard. >> as leaders of this state, we will see that alabama is rebuilt. it's a daunting task. but i have no doubt that we're up to it. >> the storms in the south set a new u.s. record of 312 tornadoes in a 24-hour period. a deadly shoot-out in wisconsin was caught on tape. [ gunfire ] this police dash cam video of a traffic stop on april 22nd, seth mcclaskey steps out of that red truck there you see there and opens fire. he was killed in the shoot-out. he's a suspect in a drive-by shooting and might have been
linked to as many as ten other random shootings. one officer was wounded. officials say they acted appropriately. on the russ mitchell auto springs get a new boost and a new entertainment option is tested out. ashley morrison is here. good morning. >> a mostly down day for asian markets. the hang seng dropped more than 1.5 and tokyo's nikkei was closed for a national holiday. wall street gets the latest on the labor market, on tuesday weaker than expected corporate profits pushed stocks lower. the dow was mostly flat while the nasdaq lost 22. numbers released overnight show a mixed picture for the retail sector, according to mastercard clothing and luxury sales rose more than 10% last month compared to april of last year but the normally steady sales of electronics took a hit, dipping 2% and online sales got another boost, climbing almost 20%. high gas prices are boosting the sales of smaller, more
fuel-efficient vehicles, both general motors and ford saw double-digit sales increases in april. the compact chevy cruise accounted for better than 10% of gm's sales and ford saw a big jump in the sales of its focus compact. chrysler had its best april in three years. industry wide sales rose 19% last month. toyota the weakest number with sales edging up just 1%. american airlines is testing a new inflight entertainment option that lets passengers watch streaming videos of movies and tv shows on their own international capable devices like laptops, tablet computers or smartphones. the prices will be similar to what people pay for pay-per-view at home. the option could be in place later on this year. and if you're going to act up on a flight, don't it do it on hong kong airlineses. the carrier is keeching kung fu
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white sox, got great help from danny valencia in the seventh, makes the strong throw to preserve the no-hitter. minnesota beat chicago 1-0. in kansas city a great diving catch in the third by royals melke cabrera. jeff francour hits a sacrifice fly to score the winning run, royals 6, orioles 5. in the nba playoffs miami has put the celtics in a deep hole. dwyane wade puts the heat up by five. in the third, lebron james spins and knocks over rondo for the jam. a 2-0 series lead. in oklahoma city, the thunder came out strong against the grizzlies and never let up. eric maynor made long three-pointers to help oklahoma defeat memphis 111-102 to even their series at one game each.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather, sunny in the west and rain on the east coast. light rain in the plains, and southwest temperatures in the 80s and 90s. the navy s.e.a.l.s that killed osama bin laden are reportedly back in the u.s. we will likely never know their names or see their faces, but this elite group of warriors have become america's newest heroes. lee furlisi from affiliate khou described what it takes to join
this band of brothers. >> reporter: on this wind-swept day at the houston yacht club we met jack walston. >> i'm a veteran navy s.e.a.l. >> reporter: it was back in '85 when walston joined the navy. he signed up to endure what he called up to endure some of the toughest training on the planet, training to be a navy s.e.a.l. >> the class started with 205 men and at the end of six months, 14 original men graduated. >> reporter: that training is geared to break the weak and mold the strong into our country's most elite teams in special forces. >> h evolution gets harder and harder up to the last minute. >> reporter: the groupie navy s.e.a.l.s called team 6 roped into osama bin laden's compound and killed him, he had a unique appreciation for how they prepared. >> they spent countless hours training each other. >> reporter: the s.e.a.l.s were
trained on a full scale replica of the compound in afghanistan. >> it's just like any type of professional sport. you practice and you practice, and you practice, and practice, until everything is right, and that the job goes down as if nobody had ever said a word. >> reporter: we may never know the names of the men who took out america's most wanted terrorist but there's a band of brothers who appreciate how it played out. >> s.e.a.l. teams were in there, and did exactly what they were supposed to do, flawless. >> reporter: they brought to an end the ten-year hunt for osama bin laden. lee furlisi, khou, 11 news. in florida they could have used a navy s.e.a.l. after a wild alligator had a confrontation with a police car. the seven-foot-long gator chomped on the front bumper of a sheriff's deputy's cruiser. homeowners called for help with the dangerous animal. the deputy was eventually able to dislodge the gator's jaws by
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>> live report shortly. first, we want to say good morning to angie goff who has traffic for us, timesaver traffic. and you'll need some time to get to work or school this morning because we have rain and we also have howard bernstein back. >> good morning, everybody. >> welcome back, howard. good to see you. >> welcome to you as well. thank you for joining us on this wet wednesday morning. better news for the afternoon. we'll have the rain around probably through most of the morning hours. a little bit from west to east. some sun this afternoon but a much cooler day. highs will only be around 60. yesterday, we were 81. today, about 20 degrees cooler with a stiff northwest wind. showers and even some thunderstorms have been moving in during the past several hours. down to the south and east. this is where we're seeing some lightning and thunder from richmond over toward southern maryland. rains still back across virginia and even west virginia. on live doppler 9000 hd, busy this morning. moderate rain toward i-81 and the shenandoah valley. the heavy stuff here, southern
maryland, southern calvert county, watch out there. even for a little bit of lightning and thunder. angie goff, over to you. >> in addition to the wet roads out there, we're dealing with a little bit of roadwork. keeping the green light on. no major incidents to tell you about. let's begin with 95 headed southbound at 198. that's where we're still losing the left lane. 270 headed southbound at village avenue. more construction to watch out for. no issues, no problems. 66 headed eastbound moving in. still ahead, a look around the region. here are stories we're following for you this tuesday morning. more details are emerging -- wednesday, about the top secret mission that took out osama bin laden. the white house says the al- qaeda leader was not armed but navy seals shot him after he resisted. >> officials are still deciding at this point whether or not they're going to release a photo of the body. members of congress are demanding answers from pakistan. in fact, they're threatening to
cut off more than a billion dollars in annual aid as it turns out the government knew where bin laden was hiding. >> pakistan's army has sealed off the compound osama bin laden was hiding in. >> as charlie d'agata tell us, neighbors there still can't believe the world's most wanted man was living in their midst. >> reporter: osama bin laden's million dollar hideout stood out in this upper class suburb of pakistan. but neighbors say they had no idea the al-qaeda chief lived inside. >> it is very hard for them to believe in the first place, osama bin laden was here, the most wanted person on planet earth. >> u.s. special forces launched the assault on bin laden without telling pakistan because they were concerned it might jeopardize the operation. pakistan says it is deeply concerned over what it calls an unauthorized american raid. pakistan's president denies sheltering bin laden and is accusing the media of baseless
speculation. he says pakistani intelligence helped track down the chief. peres musharraf insists he never knew where bin land was hiding when he was president. >> i didn't have any knowledge of it. >> thousands of pakistani soldiers lived in the city of abbottabad but somehow, bin laden would never notice. residents say the people in the compound kept to themselves and were said to have tribal enemies so they needed protective walls and barbed wire. i cannot believe owe osama was living here. i had never seen or heard anything about him. bin laden is believed to have lived in the high security compound since it was built in 2005. charlie d'agata, cbs news. good morning and welcome to 9news now. today is wednesday, may 4th. i'm andrea roane. >> i'm