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upset. the tea party brews ano upset. upset. the tea party brews another surprise complicating the republicans' effort to retake congress in november. free at last. an american hiker held by iran for more than a year is released but her two companions remain behind bars. and return to sender. football star reggie bush forfeits his hyman trophy in the wake of a college payment scandal. this is the cbs morning news for wednesday, september 15th, 2010. good morning, everyone. good to see you. i'm terrell for betty nguyen. on the last primary day before the 2010 election the tea party again stuck it to the republican party.
one candidate scored an upset win in the gop senate primary in delaware. another is running neck and neck in new hampshire. there are big questions this morning about the gop's chances of overtaking the senate come november. good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. last night was the last chance for the tea party to show strength ahead of midterm elections. once again, they proved they do have political muscle. the tea party express is on a roll. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we, the people. >> reporter: last night in a stunning upset, tea party favorite christine o'donnell knocked the nine-term republican congressman out of delaware's senate race. >> we need citizen politicians in dover and in washington, d.c., to get our state and our country back on track. >> reporter: in new hampshire's republican senate primary tea
party favorites -- were neck and neck all night long. they scored another victory in new york's republican gubernatorial race, political newcomer, carl paladino beat the established choice, former congressman rick lazio. while tea party victories have been a story this season, analysts wonder if the candidates will be too extreme for the mainstream come november. >> the question is, can they broaden their appeal to a wider electorate where moderates dominate. >> reporter: the upsets have also shaken the gop as a whole. republican officials who once said he would be their only hope of winning the delaware senate seat made it clear last night they would not fund o'donnell in the general election. >> the contest is always over the middle but you've got to have your base behind you to win a general election. >> reporter: and if the gop didn't win delaware, analysts believe their chances of winning
back the senate are slim. and while tea party wins may have complicated gop efforts to take back the senate, analysts say they do have a better shot at the house. terrell, back to you. >> we'll be watching. thank you so much. here in new york, long-time congressman charles rangel won his primary despite facing ethic charges facing down five challengers and all but guaranteed victory in november. many democrats including the president have urged him to step down. he faces 13 ethics charges, including failure to pay taxes on a villa in the dominican republic. a dangerous trio of storms, tropical storm karl is expected to slam into the yucatan peninsula sometime today, packing sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. tropical storm warning has been issued for much of the popular tourist destination. in the atlantic, hurricane julia, a major hurricane with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and growing rapidly. igor is another massive and powerful storm.
he's a category 4. with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. he's expected to turn towards the northwest soon for. now, both storms remain far from the u.s. coast. the mid east peace talks resume in jerusalem this morning. the secretary of state hillary clinton arrived this morning. tuesday's talks were held in egypt. there has been no resolution of construction on the west bank the palestinians say they will walk out if a curb isn't set on construction, due to expire this month. sarah shourd says she is fine, released tuesday after being held in iran over a year now, the spotlight is on her two companions, still behind bars as iranian authorities prepare to try them as spies. joel brown reports. >> reporter: sarah shourd embraced her mother tuesday after a 14-month nightmare in an iranian prison. >> i've been waiting for this moment for a really long time and i'm extremely grateful to be standing here today. >> reporter: shourd was arrested
with two other americans in july 2009, hiking in a group along the border of iran and iraq. she was seen here last may during a visit by all three hikers' mothers. her fiance, shane bauer, and their friend josh fattal were all charged with spying. iranian courts set the bail at $500,000, and initially shourd's family said they couldn't pay. but, it's still not clear who did pay shourd's bail. since the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran, swiss diplomats handled the negotiations and officials here at the state department say they aren't certain of the final terms of shourd's release. >> if the question is, was, you know, did the united states government pay anything for this release, the answer is no. >> reporter: the white house put out a statement saying that president obama was pleased with her release but bauer and fat tal were still in jail, although they commit nod crime. iran's chief prosecutor announced tuesday their pretrial detentions have been extended for two months.
>> they should be standing here with me. they deserve -- they don't deserve to be in prison a minute longer. >> reporter: no one is saying when and if the men will get a trial but so far there is no indication iran's government is listening to calls for their release. joel brown, cbs news, the state department. the iranian president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, says she was released on compassionate grounds because of health issues . he's scheduled to arrive in new york next week for the u.n. general assembly. after shourd's release, the brother of josh fattal, one of the other hikers, appealed to the iranian president. >> she should all be home. she should really have been home a long, long time ago. so, we call on the president to continue with his humanitarianism, to continue with his compassion, and really delay -- don't delay any further. >> fattal said he is worried about his brother's mental state. it is all clear at the
eiffel tower this morning, the famous paris landmark and immediate surroundings were evacuated last night because of a bomb threat. there was also a threat concerning the subway stop near notre dame cathedral. no explosives were found and no one has claimed responsibility for the called-in threats. bomb threats followed a controversial move by the french parliament banning face-covering islamic veils on public streets and elsewhere. the bill still must be approved by france's constitutional watchdog before it becomes law. an airline pilot from the united states was arrested by police in amsterdam tuesday preparing to take off. police say he was drunk. "the atlanta journal-constitution" reports the pilot, captain of a delta air lines jet bound for newark, the flight was canceled. the pilot was fined and released. on the "cbs moneywatch" this morning a big rally for asian stocks this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with more on that. good morning to you. >> good morning. asian markets jumped after japan
intervened in the currency market for the first time in six years to stop a rising yen, japan's nikkei gained nearly 2% while the hang seng was mostly higher. wall street gets the august industrial production report from the fed. tuesday, stocks broke a four-day winning streak, despite better-than-expected retail numbers. the dow lostdo7 points while the nasdaq edged up four. toyota has asked a federal judge to throw out hundreds of lawsuits stemming from complaints of sudden acceleration problems in a motion filed tuesday. the auto giant said attorneys for toyota drivers had failed to identify any electronic defects in the vehicles. toyota was hit with an avalanche of lawsuit ts after it recalled millions over a sticky gas pedal and problematic floor mats. jpmorgan chase customers hope they can get back to banking online today. a technical glitch locked millions of retail and small business customers out of their online accounts starting monday night.
it took the bank much of tuesday to figure out how to fix it. chase says everything should be okay now, but if you still have a problem, you should give them a call. twitter has tweaked your tweets. the online short message service unveiled a new design tuesday making it easier for its 160 million users to check out pictures and video. twitter says it may take a few days before the upgrades are available to all of its users. and if you thought you were flying cramped now, just wait. this new seat called the sky rider lets the passenger sit upright allowing for just 11 inches of leg ram. that's about seven inches less than most airlines have right now. less leg room, of course, means more passengers and some budget carriers are reportedly already interested but i hope it is for a very quick flight, terrell, already those spaces are like for my 5-year-old, i'm cramped. i can't imagine you sitting there. >> yeah. you know, i'm 6'4" and have a hard time on airlines' seats right now.
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since meridia has, quote a worry some cardiovascular risk profile it is difficult to discern a rational for keeping meridia on the market. meridia is already banned in europe. the maker says it is safe for people who do not have heart disease. scientists have mapped the genome of chocolate completing the sequence for the tree that produces the seeds used to make cocoa and chocolate. the research was led by the company that makes m & ms, milky way bars, and other candies. hoe hope this will help create a better tree and mean more chocolate for everyone. 2005 heisman trophy winner reggie bush has given back the award, saying persistent media speculation about the allegations of rules violations have been painful and and distracting. it's the first time in the 75-year history of the heisman a winner has forfeited the award. he earned it as a player at southern california. bush said, quote, while this decision is heart breaking, i find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the
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sunny, 87 in denver and los angeles, 79 degrees and sunny. time now for a look at your national forecast. the latest satellite shows mostly clear skies across much of the west coast and the southeast. storms can be found in the midwest and portions of the northern plains. later today, rain in the forecast for the northern plains. severe weather will impact much of the same regions again as they did yesterday in the midwest. hot and somewhat humid conditions in the south and the north is feeling more like autumn. in sports, the yankees retake first place in a tenth inning, jorge posada, take -- blasted a home run to center giving new york the lead over the rays and greg olson caught a fly ball and at third base you will see a double play, 8-7 vingt ree new york a half game ahead of tampa bay.
bases loaded, michael young doubled down the right field line to clear the bases. rangers beat them 11-4. the magic number for them to win the american league western division is 10. philadelphia increased its lead in the east. the phils had only five hits but managed to beat florida 2-1. cole hamels had a season-high 13 strikeouts. phillies now up two games in the standings. san diego's matt stairs hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning against colorado. the padres get the win 7-6 over the rockies. san diego is on top in the national league western division by half a game. when we return this morning, another look at this morning's top stories and trusted civil rights photographer is unmasked as an informant for the fbi. how are you getting to a happier place? running there? dancing there? flying there? how about eating soup to get there?
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season winding down but there is plenty of heat especially in the southern half of the country. severe thunderstorms could rock the midwest again and scattered rain showers move into the northern plains. anot here's another look at this morning's top stories, the tea party flexed its muscle in tuesday's primary. christine o'donnell upset the nine-term congressman for the gop senate nomination in delaware. gop officials say they will not fund her campaign. this morning, forecasters are keeping an eye on three big storms one threatening the yucatan and two churning in the atlantic. turning now to a shocking revelation about one of this country's most celebrated civil rights-era photographers. a two-year investigation found the late earnest withers. part of martin luther king's inner circle, was a mole for the fbi. mark strassmann reports. >> reporter: in the 1960s fight for civil rights, images like these helped dr. martin luther
king win his movement. powerful images, poignant images and others intimate, all the work of the late earnest withers considered the original civil rights photographer. >> well, he was one of the best photographers that you want to know. and loved the movement. >> reporter: or did he? the "memphis commercial appeal" has unearthed secret fbi files. withers was also a paid snitch selling information and photographs to the fed n. one entry, dr. king checked into the lorraine motel prior to going to a strategy meeting. it was april 3rd, 1968, the day before king was murdered. the files refer to withers as me 338 r. the "r" stood for racial info informant. >> it's an act of betrayal to even let the fbi think that they could get someone from among us
to do us harm. >> reporter: in the late '60s the fbi director j. edgar hoover seemed determined to destroy dr. king. everyone within the movement's leadership knew it. >> we always operated under the assumption that we were under the microscope and that our telephones were tapped. >> withers marched with dr. king, ate with him, sat in on strategy sessions with leaders of the movement. a known and trusted face, he had access and a camera. withers' daughter is as shocked as anyone. >> out of character for my father. that's not representative of who he was as a man and what he stood for. >> reporter: memphis plans to open annen nest withes museum next month. his photos so powerfully clear but not his motives. meanwhile this morning on "the early show," analysis of last night's primaries and we'll talk with mothers of the two americans still being held in iran.
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president obama got a huge welcome when he delivered his annual president obama got a huge welcome when he delivered his annual back-to-school pep talk in philadelphia tuesday. he told students to dream big. >> nobody gets to write your destiny but you. your future is in your hands. your life is what you make of it. and nothing -- absolutely nothing -- is beyond your reach. >> mr. obama also told students hard work pays off and, of course, stay out of trouble. meantime schools in this country have been in big trouble for years compared to others around the world. jim axelrod explains this morning. >> reporter: in every town in america, the back-to-school rush is on. in croton, new york, the arturo
brothers are already cracking the books. >> for three children for the amount of taxes we pay i think we get a very good deal. >> reporter: the public schools have done right by the arturos, but that's not the case across the board said this education consu consultant. >> our top students are not world-class anymore. >> reporter: that's right. of 30 comparable countries, we rank near the bottom. take math, finland is first, followed by south korea. and there we are, number 25. same story in science. finland, number one again. the u.s., number 21. where do we out-rank the other countries? the amount we spend per student. just over $129,000 from k to 12. the others averaged $95,000. >> we have world-class expenditures and not world-class results. >> reporter: for instance, when it comes to high school graduation rates, the u.s. is 20th on the list, germany, japan, south korea, the uk, all do better with graduation rates
of 90% or more. here, it's 75%. it's not so much that we slowed down during the last half a century. it's more that other countries sped up. >> we need more octane now. the rest of the world is running faster than we are because they looked at what we did. they took what was good about us an added to us. >> reporter: education experts like her say top performing countries recruit teachers from the top of their college classes. south korea, number two in math gets teachers from the top five percent of graduating college seniors. finland, number one in math and science, the top 10%. >> the consensus is the most important ingredient in what works is the quality of a student's teacher. >> reporter: the u.s. has one of the shorter school years, 180 days, versus 220 for south korea. research shows teachers spend up to six weeks reteaching what kids forgot over the summer. so, a shorter break may be better.
>> we've gotten stuck in the old norms. the world has changed, and our schools have not kept up. >> reporter: now, the numbers suggest might be the time for a new lesson plan. jim a sxdz xlerod, cbs news, new york. that is the cbs morning news for this wednesday. thanks for watching this morning. we hope to catch you a bit later on for "the early show." i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day! -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com