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call, or visit taxes return. mitt romney can't seem to escape questions about his income tax filings. but he says he's still not releasing them. >> the fascination with taxes i paid i find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues that we face. insect assault. facing the worst outbreak of the west nile virus. dallas begins aerial spraying of insecticides. heroes on the highway. good samaritans come to the rescue of a woman and her disabled sister are pinned inside a best of your knowledge disabled sister are pinned inside a best of your knowledge vehicle. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, august 17, 2012. good morning everybody. happy friday. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. mitt romney will try to get back on message today after dealing
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with more talk of his tax returns. it's one of the recurring side issues in campaign 2012. democrats jumped on his refusal to -- there have been unsubstantiated charges and counter charges and attacks on character and in an unscripted moment, romney offered new details. susan mcginnis starts us off with more. susan, good morning teu. >> good morning terrell. romney did throw a number out there. but it won't satisfy some. it's a question that is not going away. mitt romney pulled out the dry erase board thursday for an impromptu lesson on the differences between his medicare plan and the president's. >> which of these two do you think is better, going bankrupt or being solvent? >> while he wanted to talk medicare, he couldn't get away from the question that's been daunting him for months. why won't he release more of his income tax returns? >> given the challenges that
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america faces, 23 million people out of work, iran about to become nuclear, one out of six americans in poverty. the fascination with taxes i paid i find to be very small minded compared to the broad issues that we face. >> romney was asked curing his trip to israel to tell the lowest rate he ever paid in taxes, he said then he could go back and look. >> i did go back and look at my taxes and i never paid less than 13%. democrats hinted that romney's refusal to release more than two years of his tax returns must mean he's hiding something. on thursday, romney again harry reid's charges that eader according to a source he paid no taxes during some years. >> harry reid's charges are false. i'm sure waiting for harry to put up -- >> the obama campaign issued a statement saying, since there is
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substantial reason to doubt his claims, we have a simple message for him. prove it. >> president obama has released his tax returns for the years since 2000 and the obama's paid 20.5% in federal income taxes in 2011, terrell. susan mcginnis in washington for us have a good weekend. mitt romney's wife ann said during an nbc interview there will be no more tax returns released because democrats will never be satisfied. >> the more w release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned and pushed. and so we have done what's legally required and there's goin to be no more tax releases given. >> ann romney also had a quote real scare from a flare-up over multiple sclerosis. it started in march, started feeling continuingliness and dizziness. she said it was from the stress of the campaign. paul ryan admits he did lobby the government for
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millions of dollars in stimulus money. he voted against the stimulus and twice denied he requested grant money pour his home state wisconsin. ryan said he had for gotten his office asked for money for two energy companies. president obama's team picked a stand-in for romney. cbs news concerned that chris van holland will double for ryan president he's the ranking democrat and worked closely with biden. the vice presidential debate will be held thursday, october 11th. a ruling by a federal court has given florida voters four extra days to cast their ballots. last year the florida legislature cut the number of early voting days from 12 to 8. late yesterday a u.s. district court ruled the law cannot apply to five counties because of the potential impact on minority voters. the court said the reduction in early voting days would make it materially more difficult for some minority voters to cast their ballots. sixth incident in two weeks.
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it follows a claim from the taliban's leader that its fighters infiltrated police and army. in an e-mail yesterday, he said afghan security forces we assisting taliban fighters to kill foreign troops and carry government weapons back to bases. meanwhile, the taliban said it shot down a nato helicopter in southern afghanistan yesterday. seven service members were killed in the crash. four afghans were also killed. nato is not sure why the blackhawk went down. good news and bad news on the worst drought this nation has seen in decades. a forecast released said the drought will continue at least through november in the mid section of the nation and parts of some mountain states. conditions aren't expected to get worse and may improve in the southwest and upper midwest. all that hot, dry weather created ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed and spread the west nile vie ruchlts the worst outbreak is in dallas.
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the city started spraying from the air last night. something it hasn't done in 45 years. edward lawrence reports. >> low-flying airplanes buzzed the city of dallas last night spraying insecticides that the city will take out a deadly pest. this is the enemy. mosquitoes which can carry the deadly virus. 43 states reported cases. in texas alone, there have been 465 infections and 17 deaths. the hot, dry weather has sped up the mosquitoes life cycle which speeds up the way the virus replicates. aerial spraying has been used in states like massachusetts. dallas residents are divided over whether it's the right answer. >> i think we get rid of the -- obviously causing a lot of -- i'm all for it. >> it can't work. the spraying from air can't get to some of the places the main places where these mosquitoes are. >> dallas has already sprayed along the ground and beekeepers
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say the insecticide killed at least one hive of honeybees as well. >> they really do like they've been through a neu tox in. it's not a pretty sight. >> it's human lives the city is looking to save. bug expert say this may be the best shot. >> you can bring down that transmission rate, kill that mosquito population. you can greatly reduce the chances of transmitting this virus to humans. >> the aerial spraying will cost dallas koint $1 million. edward lawrence for cbs news. the drought and heat triggered a record breaking wildfire season. late yesterday the governor of oregon authorized use of national guard helicopters to fight the fires. some residents of washington chased are their homes were allowed to return. the taylor bridge fire destroyed at least 70 homes. was on the verge of consuming this home. firefighters beat back the flames and even though everything was destroyed around it, the house wasn't touched.
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south african police killing workers at a platinum mine. a warning, some of the video you'll see is graphic. the mine, northwest of johannesburg has been at the center of a violent pay dispute. it started a week ago. the miners were armed with clubs and machetes. police are investigating. julian assange was granted asylum. he has been living in britain trying to avoid extradition to sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. he gained notoriety for making public a trove of u.s. diplomatic and secrets on the internet. it cannot guarantee assange safe passage out of the country. coming up, dramatic rescue on the side of a highway. this is the morning news. [ loud party sounds ]
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commuters have dreamed. zipped through the lincoln tunnel at more than 0 miles per hour wednesday much that's how ashley morrison gets to work in the morning. he made the trip in under a minute. that's awesome. he if you've ever been here, you know that it's a nightmare there. drivers in mississippi played the part of heroes. 15 to 20 passing motorists when they saw a wrecked burning suv on the side of theinterstate. a woman and her disabled sister were trapped inside. the rescuers doused the flames with the hose from a cement truck and used crowbars to pry the doors open o. it took about ten minutes and was mostly over by the time authorities arrived. the driver was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. her sister suffered minor injuries. "moneywatch" time on a friday morning. facebook stock takes a tumble. would you give up your mobile phone for a discounted meal? ashley morrison with those stories and more. >> you know my answer there. good morning, terrell. overseas markets rose after
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germany's chancellor backed the efforts to contain the debt crisis. the nikkei added 1% and the hang seng also rose nearly 1%. facebook stock gets another black eye. early investors got a chance to sell on thursday since the social network and site went public last may. closed about down a half of the initial offering price. they are disillusioned with facebook's planned to reverse slowing revenue. cisco, the largest maker of computer networking equipment jumped about 4.5%. that beat wall street expectations. cisco will raise quarterly dividends 75%. shares surged 10% thursday on the dow. that led wall street's rally. gained more than 85 points and the nasdaq was up 31 points. wall street posted mixed results. the largest retailer reported a 5.7 increase in income.
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walmart stock fell 3% thursday when it said the economic slowdown here and abroad is hurting sales. fewer americans are filing for unemployment benefits. the labor department said applications rose by just 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 366,000. the number of people applying for weekly unemployment benefits declined in the past two months suggesting the economy may be rebounding. a los angeles restaurant has come up with a way to bring a human touch to dining. it's offering customers a 5% discount when they leave their cell phone with the staff. now, the idea to get diners to have a face to face conversation rather than talking on the cell phone. about half of the customers have taken advantage of the discount and terrell, i just don't think i could do it. >> no. you have to throw in a free appetizer, extra biscuits and rolls. give me more food, then we'll talk >> you get so angry when i don't text you right back. >> i know.
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have a good weekend, ash. take care. appreciate it. up next, your weather forecast and in sports, a long ball that didn't go far enough. or did it? we'll leave it up to the umps to decide when we come back. this is the morning news. with sauteed onions and peppers, served with soup or salad. lunch break combos, starting at 6 bucks. enjoy them with friends, because a lunch together feeds the friendship. hgotta start the day off right.
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degrees. let's check your national forecast. a cold front expected to bring showers and severe thunderstorms to parts of the northeast today. stormy weather continues in the upper ohio valley and kentucky before cooler, drier weather moves in. severe storms from western caroline to the lower mississippi valley. most of the west, hot and dry. in sports, a sad night at a ballpark in toronto. the game between the blue jays and the white sox was delayed after a fan went into cardiac arrest. players watched as the map was carted off the field. he later died at the hospital. as for the game, the white sox hit five home runs including back-to-back homers. chicago wins that one, 7-2. in anaheim, the rays smash off a pitch over the wall. he circled the bases but angels manager mike sosa argues the call. the umps say the ball hit a fan and a railing. they ruled it a home run. tampa bay gets a home run from up ton in the fourth and another from evan longoria in the fifth.
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his league leading 16th victory. the rays win it 7-0. two nfl pre-season games on the schedule last night. bengals quarterback andy dalton reaches back and throws one deep to green. will he catch it? yes a 50-yard score. cincinnati wins it 24-19. are you getting pumped up? football season is here. aaron rodgers is. reigning mvp. rodgers throws to juror di nelson who makes a leaping grab. that was all the excitement for green bay fans. cleveland wins this one. 35-10. when we come back, phony footwear. takes counterfeit high heels. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] new ensure car. nine grams protein. zero fat. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities. in d.c., afternoon thunderstorms, 90 degrees. atlanta, same deal, 92.
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partly sunny skies in st. louis, 78. denver, 82 degrees. seattle 94 degrees. top stories now on a friday morning. mitt romney says he paid at least 13% of his income in federal taxes every year for the last decade. the obama campaign has been pushing romney to release more than just the last two years in his tax returns. romney says that is not going to happen. last night fort first time in 45 years, the city of dallas starting aerial spraying of insecticide to get rid of mosquitoes. they've had the worst outbreak of the west nile vie vus. a horse and carriage ride in new york turned into a frightening ordeal. the horse bolted from the carriage and ran through the streets thursday before police caught up with it. two tourists were thrown from the carriage. one tourist and carriage driver were also hurt. i'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. the horse was fright yented by the heavy traffic.
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federal agents confiscate thousands of pairs of counterfeit designer shoes. they were knock-offs produced overseas and come with a trademark style. teresa garcia reports. >> they look like lieu vuitton he is but they're not. >> they're not the greatest but better than some of the counter fets we've seen. >> customs officials seized five shipments of the fancy footwear and brought them here in long beach to this warehouse. they have made in china stickers and the brand names are different. but they could have red soles which violates the french designer's trademark. >> it's someone else's property. >> lieu vuittons are popular among the rich and famous. the cast of sex and the city a lured to them. there are more than 20,000 pairs of the luxury knock-offs here. custom officials say this many real lieu vuittons would be
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worth $18 million. >> some could have gone to smaller retail outlets, maybe flea markets or to unauthorized distributors. >> these shoes will never be worn. officials plan to destroy the illegal goods. teresa garcia, cbs news, long beach, california. i know a lot of folks that would want those shoes. ashley. it appears even a superhero like iron man can get hurt. he injured his ankle performing a stunt during the filming of iron man 3 in north carolina. the injury will cause a short delay in the movie's production schedule while he recovers. iron man 3 is due out next year. coming up, why renting rather than owning your home may be bad for your allergies. i'm terrell brown. this is the morning news. ñ mmmm, just how satisfying is every spoonful
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. good morning. welcome to nine fine now. today is -- to 9news now. today is friday, august 17. we made it to the weekend. i'm andrea roane. that sure does take the cake or at least the icing. i'm mike hydeck. here's monika samtani. she has traffic. inside joke. she had some birthday cake
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yesterday. olga is in for howard. >> good morning. it's been nice the last couple of days. we're looking at mainly clear skies this morning but you've got to enjoy the sunshine while we have it. we will definitely see the clouds increase. i'm trying to time out the starting of the rain later on this afternoon. looks like the morning rush is going to be just final. mainly clear skies -- just fine. mainly clear skies. we'll push our temperatures through the 60s, even the middle 70s and 80s by midday but early in the afternoon, you'll notice a slight increase in cloud cover. that should happen after your lunch break and in toward the afternoon i think before that point most of us will make it into the lower range 90s. later on in the afternoon, the clouds start to move in and, yes, the showers and storms will begin to develop. we're talking about highs today in the lower 90s before that rain arrives. it does look like we are going to stay quiet on our satellite and radar for the short term
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but i amtraking that cold front coming our way later on through this weekend. that's definitely going to adjust some temperatures behind the front as we scour out some of the humidity and look forward to a pretty nice weekend with only a slight rain chance. for right now we're at 74 degrees at reagan national airport. a little bit muggy. today is a code yellow because of late day showers and storms are possible. looks like we could see some afternoon storms moving on into your evening plans. >> thank so you much, olga. good morning, everybody. normally on a friday, it's light and today it is light. i'm very happy to say. no issues to report on the northbound side of i-95. you have got this construction here on the beltway basically both loops. watch out for it between an fan dale and tysons. no issues to report on the inbound side of i-66 right now or the dulles toll road i'm happy to say. let's take a live look on the northbound side of i-95. here's what it looks like in the newington area heading up to springfield. right now your lanes are open. let's go back over to our maps
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and this time to the other side of town. there is construction as well if you're planning to head on the beltway here inner loop between the bw parkway and route 50. stay right. on the outer loop of kenilworth avenue only the left lane gets by. one last time if you're headed to the beach for summer, at sandy point, no problems coming off the bay bridge. i'll be back in a few minutes with more traffic at 4:39. we've learned more about the man in wednesday's shooting at the conservative family research council. >> floyd corkins ii is facing a slew of charges now. yesterday in court a judge ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation. corkins we've learned volunteered at a youth street center for gay, lesbian and transgender people. he had 15 chik-fil-a sandwiches and 50 rounds of ammunition on him. when he walked into the frc, he allegedly said "i hate your politics." >> corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by
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organizations like the southern poverty law centered that ha been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy. >> if he's convicted on all charges, corkins could face nearly 50 years in prison. as for the security guard shot, leonardo johnson is recovering in a local hospital. 9news now spoke with his mother at her home in southeast washington. virginia johnson says she's thank you for her son's actions. >> i know he saved a whole lot of lives yesterday and i'm very proud of him. i couldn't be more proud of him. i thank god for him and other people too because so many people could have been gone. >> johnson is 46 and worked as both building manager and security at the family research council. he was unarmed when he stopped the shooter. social discourse escalating to violence has been making headlines lately. >> wednesday's shooting in d.c. and the massacre at


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