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the "fast and furious" investigation. a congressional panel cites attorney general eric holder for contempt as president obama invokes executive privilege. the defense rests in the jerry sandusky child abuse trial, but sandusky never takes the witness stand. and buying hawaii. one of the world's wealthiest men set to purchase nearly all one of the world's wealthiest men set to purchase nearly all of a hawaiian island. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. the investigation into the "fast and furious" gun running probe has turned into an all out partisan and acrimonious battle
between the obama administration and the republican controlled house. at issue here, justice department documents relating to the congressional investigation. president obama invokes executive privilege to shield the documents. a house panel cited attorney general eric holder for & contempt. susan mcginnis in washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: terrell, good morning. this escalates a long-time dispute between a white house and gop to a new level. some democrats say this is designed to embarrass eric holder and hurt the president. republicans say they just want to get to the truth and they're hinting at a coverup. >> the ayes have it. >> reporter: voting along party lines, the house oversight committee recommended attorney general eric holder be held in contempt of congress for failing to turn over documents related to the failed gun smuggling operation "fast and furious." house speaker john boehner and majority leader eric cantor released a statement saying, unless the attorney general
reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the house will vote to hold him in contempt next week. >> if mr. boehner takes this to the house he will be seen as one of the most extreme speakers. >> reporter: during an 18-month investigation holder turned over some 7600 documents. holder agreed to turn over more documents in committee chairman darrell issa would end the investigation. he refused. that's when holder asked the white house to invoke executive privilege to protect the documents. the president okayed it. they're going after holder in a politically motivated witch hunt. >> he's been up here nine times testifying. >> reporter: republicans are trying to get to the truth as to how the guns ended up near the body of border patrol agent brian terry. he was killed in a shootout near the mexican border. >> we've ensured that his mother and father and brothers and sisters and cousins, there are other means that we will use to
continue investigating. >> reporter: terry's parents say the president's decision to invoke executive privilege compounds their tragedy. now if the contempt resolution passes next week, it goes to the u.s. attorney. holder can turn those over before the vote. it can possibly be resolved. >> susan mcginnis in washington. susan, thank you. a family of immigration and customs agent killed in mexico filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the u.s. government agent. jaime za pat at that was killed. another agent was wounded. zapata's family claims two of the rifles were part of a gun trafficking investigation involving mexican drug cartels. cbs news has learned one of the weapons came from the u.s. and was moved by suspects who had been watched for months but not arrested. the chief of the florida police department that investigated the trayvon martin shooting has been fired. bill lee has been on a leave of
absence. he's been strongly criticized for his department's actions following martin's shooting by george zimmerman. lee was fired because the police chief needs to have the confidence of the entire community. closing arguments are scheduled for today in the jerry sandusky child sex abuse trial. when the jury takes up deliberations it will be sequestered until it reaches a verdict. yesterday they called their final witness but sandusky was not among them. >> reporter: defense attorney joe amendola wouldn't say why jerry sandusky didn't take the stand. >> i can't comment because there's still a gag order. >> reporter: last month he hinted that sandusky would tell his side of the story. they called several character witnesses. they testified that he's a good family man. a lawyer for one of sandusky's accusers said the prosecutors made a strong case. >> they put on a mountain of evidence. >> reporter: the defense may have had some success trying to
discredit the investigators in the case. lawyers tried to show that police may have influenced the accusers by sharing information with them. a man who took part in sandusky's second mile program pfor at-risk youth testified he thought investigators were trying to coax him into accusing sandusky. i felt like they wanted me to say something that wasn't true. he's charged with abusing ten boys. dottie testified. trial watchers were very disappointed they didn't get to hear from sandusky himself. connie bolen was a guidance counselor who referred many boys to his charity. >> i wanted him to get up there and say something. i don't know what i wanted him to say. i don't know what he could say, but i wanted him to say something. >> reporter: both sides will make closing arg 2k3w50u789s on thursday. manuel guy ag guess, belfont, pennsylvania. >> a state of emergency has been
declared in did you lawsuiuluth. more than 10 inches of rain fell yesterday. the flood waters tore through the lake superior zoo. it killed a dozen animals. a polar bear and two sea lions left their enclosures. firefighters battling that massive fire in colorado caught a break. temperatures significantly lower yesterday. the humidity higher. it has burned 68,000 acres and is 55% contained. firefighting aircrafts were temporarily grounded yesterday because of meteor sightings. >> here on the east coast, life was miserable from the nation's capital to new england. records broken and shattered in new england, new york, connecticut, vermont, and maine. cbs money watch.
the fed takes action to boost the economy. did the markets react well. oracle ceo, you will not believe this story. erica, good morning. >> good morning, terrell. the federal reserve said it will extend its operation twist program in an effort to drive down key interest rates. but the fed wrapped up its two day policy meeting with some grim news. the central back scaled back its growth forecast and said unemployment would likely stay at or near its current rate of 8.2%. news from the fed sent most overseas stocks lower. tokyo's nikkei bucked the trend and gained nearly 1%. hong kong's hang seng dropped 1.5%. the fed's announcement didn't do much to inspire investors on wall street. the dow lost 12 points while the nasdaq stayed flat. greece's new leaders are preparing to take on the country's massive economic problems. prime minister antonis samaras was sworn in wednesday. he's the fourth prime minister
in eight months. the newly formed coalition government will try to stick to the terms of a multi-billion dollar bailout by implementing tough austerity measures. the union that represents american airlines pilots rejected the company's latest contract offer. the bankrupt airline is trying to cut costs and is asking the pilots to accept concessions. the union panel rejected the offer without sending it to the pie loots. a bankruptcy judge will rule on friday on whether american can break its current contract with the pilots. what do you buy if you're the world's sixth wealthiest person. hawaii's sixth largest island. oracle ceo larry ellison has reached a deal to buy 98% of the island of lanai. it's unknown exactly how much ellison paid but the asking price was between 500 and $600 million. ellison will reportedly pay cash for his sizeable chunk for the 141 square mile island. terrell, you can do that when you're worth an estimated $36
billion. >> throw the money on the table. give it to me. that was considered a modest investment. unbelievable. thank you so much, erica. appreciate it. we'll take a quick break on the morning news. when we come back, the traveling sisters. the so-called nuns on the bus go across the country as they take heat from the vatican. this is the cbs morning news. money watch sponsored by auto stop. new auto stop is fool proof. gray is over. [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people are choosing advil® for their headaches.
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for the third day in a row militants targeted u.s. troops in afghanistan. a suicide bomber killed 21 people including 3 soldiers at a checkpoint near the pakistan border. on tuesday they attacked a nato military base wounding several u.s. troops. on monday an american soldier was killed. in new orleans yesterday delegates at the southern baptist convention passed a
resolution that says gay rights are not civil rights. it also says marriage is between a man and a woman and that sexual behavior outside of marriage is central. the nearly unanimous decision comes one day after the largest u.s. protestant denomination elected their first after amitriptyline president. they're on a mission. dean reynolds reports, the nuns are also pushing back at roman catholic leaders. >> reporter: you seem to be under siege. > well, into every life a little rain must come. >> reporter: cystster simone campbell is a roman catholic nun. she's a bit of a pro vok ka tur. >> catholic sisters have always been out on the edge and quite frankly we have a long history of kind of annoying the central authority. >> reporter: the central
authority they've recently annoyed is the vatican themselves. in april sister simone's group and the leadership conference of women religious representing 80% of the nation's nuns were attacked by the church hierarchy by focusing too much of their while being silent on abortion and same-sex marriage. >> reporter: do you plead guilty on that? >> part of it. that i spend too much time working for people in poverty. i wear that as a badge of honor. >> reporter: there is serious doctrinal problems in the way the nuns work. you've been called radical feminists though. >> i know. >> reporter: are you radical feminists? >> oh, my heavens. i have to laugh. we're strong women. we're educated women. we have questions. we engage in dialogue. we stay faithful to the gospel in trying to living it but in living it you break it open and ask questions. it's fabulous. >> reporter: so sister simone has doubled down launching this bus tour in what can only be
seen as a re tort to rome. >> we need to be responsible. >> reporter: the sisters are focusing on social issues all along the way holding press conferences and staging protests against the proposed budget cuts which they say will endanger those most in need. ♪ >> reporter: at the starting line in iowa there was no talk of same-sex marriage. >> the truth is we have to speak out for the people who are suffering in our society. that's our mission. that's our goal. that's what jesus would do. that's the gospel. >> reporter: and off they went. the daughters of charity. the sisters of mercy and others. barrelling down the back roads and not slowing down. dean reynolds, cbs news, janesville, wisconsin. up next on a thursday morning your weather forecast. in sports, raining long balls in stadiums all over the country. [ male announcer ] it isn't just your mammogram.
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five inches of rain by friday. look for more dangerous high heat in the desert southwest. in sports this morning, a home run derby. they got things rocking in the first. two run blast in the bullpen. the yanks, derek jeter. answer right back with a solo jack of his own. the wood started flying. by the end of the game the bronx bombers had four. in arizona, the diamondbacks and the mariners got into the action. eight round trippers. none more exciting than the one hit by ryan robertson vi. >> gets away from saunders. ryan robertson, he'll get it inside the park. here he comes. the throw to the plate is missed and he scores on an in-side-the-park two-run homer. >> the eighth inside-the-park home run in diamond back
history. it powers its way to a 14-10 win. they go yard in the eighth. the angels are up by 4. next batter, hammers one to left field for back-to-back jacks. angels shut down san francisco 6-0. drama in the bottom of the ninth. hunter pence hits a flex double off the wall. bases loaded. they hit the chopper up the middle. should be the final out. no, not quite. todd helton steps off the bag. phillies rally past the rockies 7-6. knee buy ewe men has died. nieman had a big handle bar moustache that was almost as famous as he was. he was named the official artist for several olympic games. some of the grates he painted were michael jordan and muhammad
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here's a look at the weather. some cities around the country. d.c., very hot, 100. mostly sunny, 92 in atlanta. 90 in st. louis. 80 in denver. same deal in seattle at 78 degrees. gentleman police in upstate new york are investigating a video of some middle school students bullying a school bus monitor. it was posted on youtube monday. they were saying nasty things to karen klein, 68. she says she appears calm but that's not what she was feeling. >> i wanted to punch them is what i wanted to do. so i laid back and just tried to ignore it because i really
wanted to hurt them. you know? you can't do that. >> reporter: some say you can't. there is a silver lining. an online fundraiser to send her on a nice vacation has brought in more than $99,000. it almost makes you mad to watch that. this is a birthday prince william will never forget. he turns 30 today and will inherit more than $15 million from a trust fund his mother princess diana set up before she died. not throwing a big royal bash. he's spending the day working and having a private celebration with family and friends. here in new york city, a different kind of tall structure made news. a group from spain formed a human tower of eight tiers, about 40 feet high. they formed the tower on a roof and they didn't use ladders, nets, or safety harnesses. the group beat a guinness world record of six tiers set back in 2007. all it would have taken was for somebody to pass a little bit of
gas and that whole thing would have come tumbling down. coming up on cbs this morning, eating disorders in women over 50. i'm terrell brown. this is the morning news. [ girl ] when i started playing soccer, i wasn't so good. [ barks ] so me and sadie started practicing. we practiced a lot. now i've got some moves! [ crowd cheering ] spin kick! whoo-hoo! [ giggling ] [ announcer ] we know how important your dog is to your whole family. so help keep him strong and healthy... with the total care nutrition in purina dog chow. because you're not just a family. you're a dog family. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer.
and howard bernstein. today maybe a hundred in spots. >> i'm still covering up with my blanket. we're having an air conditioning malfunction. >> that's okay. i would rather be in the 60s in the studio during our broadcast. a few hours the lights will take care of that. it's warm and muggy. settle down, computer. good visibility. there's a little haze now. we'll see another hazy, very hot and humid day. slim chance of a storm. that's basically going to be out toward i-81 and the higher elevations toward western maryland, west virginia. 95 by noon with a high today near 100, upper 90s to near 100. 97 at 5:00 p.m. right now 79. sun is up 5:43 setting at 8:47. a heat advisory in effect from noon till 10:00 p.m. east of the blue ridge. high pressure right over us.
you can see it this morning. it's right on top of us. there's a front out to the west. not today. today we're going to bake but tomorrow afternoon, that front is coming. we could have some strong to severe thunderstorms with that as well. currently we've got temps in the 70s although a few 60s in the mountains. upper 70s in annapolis. down toward manassas and warrenton, just a top of fog just like yesterday morning. temperatures this afternoon mid- 90s in annapolis. pax river 95. 99 manassas and frederick and d.c. and maybe a hundred up in baltimore. let's go to monika samtani. traffic not nearly as hot as the weather. not yet anyway. we don't know. later on it could heat up but right now things are fine. it's calm. no problems to report. just the construction right now northbound on i-95 you'll find it right here in springfield in the two left lanes. let's go to our traffic camera.
no problems to report other than the construction. everything fine to the 14th street bridge. let's go over to the west side of town. there is construction first of all on the beltway. inner loop side between route 50 and route 7 with only one lane getting by at times. then also on the inbound side of i-66 between nutley street and the beltway. the overnight construction should be cleared up within half an hour. if you're planning to head elsewhere, no problems on 95 between baltimore and college park. we'll take a live look outside. here's 270 at shady grove road. nice and quiet coming in from frederick. we'll go to the south side of town at 4:39. when the weather suddenly turns this hot and humid, it's no joke. the health dangers are very real. vigorous exercise and sweating can dehydrate the body and cause heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion. it could worsen to heat stroke if not dealt quickly.
>> knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion is vital so you can stop overexperimenting yourself and -- overexperimenting yourself. symptoms are heavy sweating, nauseous, rapid but a weak heart beat, headache, feeling faint and dizzy. if you experience any of these symptoms, you might be on the way to heat exhaustion. >> you've got to get out of the sun into a shady and air conditioned location. lie down. elevate your legs and feet slightly. loosen or remove any restrictive clothing. drink cool water and rinse yourself with cool water as well. if you start feeling worse even after trying any of these steps, call 911 for emergency medical help. >> keeping people cool can be a bit of a challenge but local governments are doing the best they can as well. the public pools are going to stay open till at least to 8:30 p.m. through friday. there are cooling centers throughout the city. you can find the one closest to you by dialing 31