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mistrial. jurors can't agree on most of the corruption charges against former illinois governor rod blagojevich but he's not out of the woods yet. calling it quits. dr. laura to step down from her radio show in the wake of a race controversy. and the ipod generation. a new study finds more teens with hearing problems and mobile music players may be to blame. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, august 18, this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, august 18, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm emily smith in for betty nguyen. just one count of 24, that's all the corruption trial of former illinois governor blagojevich
could agree on. jurors did agree on lying to federal agents but after 14 days of deliberations they failed to reach a verdict on 23 other charges including fraud, conspiracy, bribery, racketeering and trying to sell president obama's former senate seat. whit johnson is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this was a punishing setback for federal prosecutors. they will get a second chance to rework their case against rod blagojevich but the defense is gaining confidence. rod blagojevich's courtroom battle is far from over. >> we're going to continue the fight. again, i just want to express my gratitude to the men and women of the jury and remind the people of illinois, i didn't let you down. >> reporter: after two weeks of deliberation a federal jury found the former illinois governor guilty on one count, lying to the fbi. the jurors couldn't reach an agreement on the 23 other corruption charges leading the judge to declare a mistrial. >> it was a very arduous process.
>> reporter: blagojevich plans to appeal the single conviction, which could get him five years in prison. federal prosecutors already have a retile in the works. >> we have a court date set for next week to set a trial date. >> reporter: blagojevich will face several charges in the corruption retrial, including he tried to sell president obama's old senate seat. the former governor was already under investigation when fbi wiretaps captured this conversation. >> i mean, i've got this thing and it's [ bleep ] golden. and i'm just not giving it up for [ bleep ] nothing. i'm not going to do it. i can always use it. and parachute me there. >> reporter: juror erik sarnello said one holdout prevented the panel from convicting blagojevich on more charges. >> to me it was obvious we were going to end like this basically. >> reporter: legal expert say the jury count could bode well for prosecutors next time around.
the former governor's brother was also allegedly involved in this scheme, but a hung jury was also unable to convict robert blagojevich of the four counts against him. emily? >> whit johnson in washington, thanks. investigators in north texas want to know why a heavily armed man with a trailer full of explosives attacked a police station. it happened tuesday in mckinney, texas, about 30 miles north of dallas. 29-year-old patrick gray sharp drove his pickup and the trailer into a police station parking lot and open fire. he retreated into a line of trees and fired at least 100 rounds before dying in a shootout with police. the mckinney police chief calls it a clear-cut case of suicide by cop. >> he wasn't trying to keep any of this secret. he got out in a position where he was actively engaging not just any building, the entire police department of this city. >> sharp set fire to his truck and ammunition inside exploded but the trailer did not. no one was hurt except sharp.
it's unclear if he was hit by police bullets or took his own life. a south carolina woman will be arraigned on two counts of murder today after admitting she killed her two young sons. 29-year-old shaquan duley initially told police the toddlers drown when her car crashed into a river monday but investigators found no evidence to support her story and under questioning she confessed. >> the statement was made by the mother that she had suffocated the children and, of course, the children were dead when they was placed into the water. >> the sheriff says duley was distraught because she had no job and often argued with her own mother, who supported the family. conservative talk show host dr. laura schlessinger says she's quitting her radio show in the wake of flap over her use of a racial slur. she told cnn's larry king last night she'll step down from her syndicated program when her contract is up at the end of the year.
>> i've made the decision not to do radio anymore. the reason is, i want to regain my first amendment rights. >> last week she apologized after sharp criticism for repeatedly using the n-word with an exchange with a caller on the air. schlessinger says there's a double standard for blacks and whites when it comes to that word. >> turn on hbo and listen to a black comic and all you hear is [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. i don't get it. if anybody -- if anybody without enough mel anyone says it it's a terrible thing. >> schlessinger says she's not retiring and will continue to speak out as she sees fit on heir website. now to the pakistan flood disaster. taliban leaders are calling on the millions of pakistani flood victims to reject foreign aid. as richard roth reports, they seem grateful for help from the u.s. military. >> reporter: 99 feet long, thundering twin engines, american chinook helicopters have moved about 5,000 flood
victims. a former u.s. ambassador recalls the last time it was like this. >> president musharraf would point to them and say, here comes another squadron of the angels of mercy. >> reporter: that was after a devastating earthquake of 2005 when so-called chinook diplomacy boosted american standing in a country widely seen as a reluctant ally in the war on terror. now with the flooding the stakes may be even higher. >> i don't think it will happen but i think we need to plan for a worst case scenario, a nightmare scenario. that nightmare scenario is an al qaeda/taliban type takeover of the government. >> reporter: already weak and unpopular before the floods broke, pakistan's government has been slow to get aid where needed. keeping the country from drowning in its distress is crucial to u.s. policy. >> an extremist government in pakistan would have its finger on the atomic weapons arsenals.
>> reporter: hard line islamist groups have been helping flood victims but the battle for hearts and minds has, by no means, been lost. according to america's current ambassador in pakistan. >> stories about extremist organizations being the only players out there are greatly exaggerated. >> reporter: what's not overstated is the scale of the disaster. there are millions still in pakistan struggling to survive. richard roth, cbs news, long london. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia got a lift this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with more. >> good morning to you. asian markets edged up. japan's nikkei gained 1%. while hong kong's hang seng was mostly higher. today wall street gets another round of earnings reports. on tuesday strong profits from walmart and home depot helped the dow end a five-day skid. the blue chips gained almost 104 points while the nasdaq added 27. bankruptcies are near a five-year high. filings jumped 20% nationwide in
the 12-month period endsing in june. as rising foreclosures and high unemployment took its toll. analysts expect filings to continue to increase at least through the end of the year. there are a couple of new auto recalls to tell you about. mazda's recalling more than 300,000 mazda 3 and mazda 5 cars because of a possible steering problem. the company says rust could cause the power system to shut down. the government opened an investigation into the problem back in june. gm is recalling nearly 250,000 suvs over concerns the backseat safety seat belts could be defective. including the chevy traverse, gmc acadia and the saturn outlook. gm says they have not gotten any reports of accidents or injuries. jetblue is bringing back its popular all you can jet pass. it allows customers to travel to an unlimited number of cities over a one-month period for $699. now, last year those passes sold out in just two days.
they're good between september 7th and october 6th, which is traditionally a slow travel time. emily, that could be a pretty good deal if you have some time on your hands and you wanted to travel. >> that's good. and the airports are less crowded if it's a slow travel time. very good. thanks. ashley morrison here in new york. just ahead, millions of eggs under a massive recall. plus, questions aboard a southwest airlines plane after a flight attendant removes a baby from her parents. ♪ [ female announcer ] wisk is about to change the way you look at stains forever. discover the power of our stain spectrum technology
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police did not find any signs of physical abuse but praised the flight attendant for taking action. >> i think it was a solid move on the part of the flight attendant to take custody of the child. it neutralizes the situation. it calmed everybody down. >> the infant was returned to her parents and no charges were filed. but authorities will check on the child again in two weeks. an iowa company is recalling 228 million eggs linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. eggs from wright county were sold under 13 different brand names, linked to 200 illnesses a week in june and july. in california, colorado and minnesota. that is about four times the usual number of such illnesses. a new study reveals teenagers have more hearing loss than they did two decades ago. as many as 6.5 million teens have at least slight hearing loss. all those mobile music players are not helping. sandra hughes has the story. >> reporter: like a typical
teenager, 17-year-old christopher prefers his music mobile. he plugs earbuds into his cell phone for music on the go. >> i try not to listen to it too loud, but sometimes i do. >> reporter: like a typical teen, he's not thinking of the long-term effects, but a new study finds 1 in 5 adolescents has hearing loss, a 30% increase over those tested between 1988 and 1994. while the latest study didn't look specifically at noise and hearing loss, research shows loud music could put listeners at risk. the hearing loss is often subtle, so most teens don't know when they have a problem. but doctors say, identifying those kids is critical. >> for different reasons, one is just possibly different placement in a classroom or they may need to have amplification or may even need hearing aids. >> reporter: many parents have been trying to get their kids to listen up for years. now they have evidence to back them up.
>> i'm not surprised entirely because they're constantly connected to ipods, computers. we're constantly on them to turn them down. >> reporter: because if they don't adjust the volume now, their problems can be amplified later. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. bobby thomson who hit the shot heard round the world for the new york giants in 1951 has died. >> back the throw. the giants win the pennant! the giants win the pennant! >> his dramatic home run came in the bottom of the ninth inning against the brooklyn dodgers in a playoff to decide the national league pennant. he was humble about his accomplishment. >> i often thought, you're lucky to hit that ball. and then it disappeared in the lower stands. from that point on it was an excitement i hadn't experienced before.
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miami, partly cloudy, 91. chicago, sunny and 80. denver, sunny, 93. los angeles, sunny, 85. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds stretching from the northeast all the way south into texas. meantime, the western half of the nation is looking at clear skies. later today the northeast sees sunny skies and warm temperatures, severe thunderstorms have their sights set on the northern plains and heavy rains are expected for parts of the southeast. in sports, san diego is pulling away in the national league western division. pitcher jon garland of the padres shut out the cubs for seven innings. chicago made one last try in the ninth inning but san diego held on for a 1-0 win. they now have a five-game lead in the standings. in philadelphia, shane victorino of the phillies singled to left center field driving in the go ahead runs against the giants. the 9-3 philadelphia win gives them a one-game lead over san francisco in the wild card race.
in the bottom of the tenth inning, jim thome of the twins smacked a walkoff home run against the white sox. the 7-6 victory gives minnesota a four-game lead over chicago in the american league central division. and brett favre may not be ready to retire after all. the on again/off again quarterback arrived in minnesota tuesday by private plane and
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area between january and june of this year. coming up at five: the mistake that may have made the vaccines.. ineffective. it's eviction day for a san francisco restaurant and night club where a man was fatally shot last month. but jelly's isn t going down without a fight. what it says it will do today. put down the phone and drive... another zero- tolerance crackdown today - on talking and texting while driving. and don't eat the eggs... they can make you sick. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news early edition ... beginning at five. on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. tropical moisture is hammering the southeast as remnants of a tropical depression linger. heat and humidity are over the central and southern plains. the humidity is gone for now in the northeast and the temperatures are mild.
here's another look at this morning's top stories. the jury in the corruption trial of former illinois governor rod blagojevich could agree on only one of 24 counts against him and the judge declared a mistrial. prosecutors say they'll seek a new trial. texas investigators are seeking a motive in the case of patrick sharp who attacked a police station in a town north of dallas tuesday. sharp fired more than 100 shots but he was the only one killed. early next year, two american astronauts will make history in space. the two men will have us seeing double at the international space station. terrell brown reports. >> reporter: mark kelly joined nasa in 1996. >> so did scott kelly. >> first aboard commander scott kelly. >> reporter: the space program had so much trouble telling them apart, one grew a mustache. >> it makes it easier on us so you're not called the wrong name
repeatedly throughout the day. >> reporter: they're identical twins and about to make history in space. they'll become the first brothers to meet on the final frontier. >> for us it's not something we expected to happen. >> reporter: scott heads to the space station in october. mark will meet up with him when he leads what's supposed to be the last shuttle flight in february. the brothers will spent ten days working together. >> when we're in space on the space shuttle and space station executing this complicated mission, we're probably not even going to notice. >> reporter: while this mission will likely be the highlights of their career, it will also mark the end of the shuttle program. >> i would like to think that in my lifetime, certainly in my kids' lifetime, we'll send people to mars. >> reporter: once they reach this high, the twin astronauts aren't really sure what's next on the horizon. terrell brown, cbs news, new york. holy halfpipe. a priest has become the latest youtube star. a hungarian roman katrina lick priest is using his skateboarding skills to spread the word of god. the 45-year-old said he learned the sport as a teenager. he hopes to use his skateboarding to encourage more young people to go to church.
video showing off his moves has been viewed more than 170,000 times on youtube. i'm emily smith and this the "cbs morning news." we've got to capture.out there my job is to hunt it down. i'm fred lemond, and i'm in charge of bp's efforts to remove oil from these waters. bp has taken full responsibility for the cleanup and that includes keeping you informed. you may have heard that oil is no longer flowing into the gulf, but our spotter planes and helicopters will keep searching for any oil. we use satellite images, infrared and thermal photography to map and target the oil. we're finding less oil every day, but we've still got thousands of vessels ready to clean it up. local shrimp and fishing boats, organized into task forces and strike teams. plus, specialized skimmers from around the world. we've skimmed over 35 million gallons of oil/water mixture and removed millions more with other methods. i grew up on the gulf coast and i love these waters. as long as there's oil out there that could make it ashore, i'm gonna do everything i can to stop it.
in argentina, dramatic video shows the moment when the wing falls off a plane at an air show sunday as it plunged toward the ground. the pilot deployed the parachute which safely brought the rest of the aircraft down to earth. the pilot said it felt like an explosion. he got out and was not hurt. amazing. hip-hop star wyclef jean says he's in hiding. jean, running for president of haiti, says he's received threats on his life and e-mails telling him to get out of haiti. meantime, haitian officials are delaying a decision on who's eligible to run for president until friday. the election takes place in november. videotapes of alleged 9/11 conspirator ramzi binalshibh
showing him being interrogated. it's feared the new material could be used as propaganda for terrorists. bob orr reports. >> reporter: it was thought the cia had destroyed all of the videotapes of the secret interrogations of captured al qaeda operatives. but two videos and an audiotape discovered under a desk at cia headquarters survived the purge. sources say the tapes of 9/11 plotter ramzi binalshibh were recorded in 2002 by more rack can authority while he was held there. he was arrested on the first anniversary of 9/11 on the chaotic streets of karachi and his takedown quickly led to the arrest of 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed. sources say the tapes don't show any harsh treatments like waterboarding and binalshibh does not talk about the 9/11 plot.
one government official downplayed the importance simply showing a guy sitting at a desk answering questions. the cia disclosed the existethe of the tapes in 2007, but binalshibh's name was blacked out in court papers. and his attorney says he still hasn't been told that binalshibh is the man on the tape. >> it seems odd to me that we were proceeding in a capital case in guantanamo where they were attempting to execute ramzi binalshibh, and we're just discovering this now. >> reporter: meanwhile new pictures have surfaced, the first we've seen since 2006. the nine snapshots show him at guantanamo praying, reading the koran and in some poses smiling. taken together, the pictures and news of the tapes are new propaganda fodder for al qaeda. >> the more we tend to grandize al qaeda, we sort of give a platform of any sort to al qaeda senior leaders, that plays to al
qaeda's advantage. >> reporter: the tapes could be key evidence if binalshibh and his co-conspirators ever stand trial. but the justice department is still struggling with finding an acceptable trial venue. bob orr, cbs news, washington. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thank you for watching. we hope you'll join us a little later for "the early show." i'm emily smith. later for "the early show." i'm emily smith. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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