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weathe weather woes. a new storm out west threatens mud slides while back east it could be next year before all those stranded travelers reach their destination. frightening fall. eight hurt after a ski lift collapsed in maine sent skiers plummeting to the ground. and roughing it. a royal surprise, prince william and his bride will start their married life with no servants. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, december 29th, 2010. good morning, everybody. good to see you this wednesday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. it is raining this morning in california. that is not good news for residents worried about a
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possible new round of flooding and damage. the latest radar map shows a new super soaker moving into the los angeles area. the same area is still drying out after getting up to a foot of rain last week. the rain fell hard on northern california tuesday. the storm also brought strong winds to the coastline near san francisco and more snow to the sierras. this new storm threatens to cause new mud slides in southern california. still cleaning up from the mess that was left behind after last week's heavy rains. sandra hughes visited one hard-hit town near san bernardino east of los angeles. >> reporter: amber morton's home in highland, california is filled with at least three feet of mud. >> we can't salvage a lot. we can't salvage anything. >> reporter: a flood caused by last week's rain storms destroyed five homes here and damaged another 73. volunteers are racing to dig out the mud before another storm, which is expected overnight. >> the city doesn't come pick this mud up like they promised, it going back into the yard. >> reporter: the neighborhood
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was flooded when debris backed up in this storm drain. behind me a manhole cover over that storm drain exploded 50 feet in the air. water and mud poured out. today, those storm drains are being cleared. and 100,000 sandbags are being stacked to avoid a repeat of last week's disaster. >> those residents still allowed in their homes are absolutely terrified. there's still some debris that could be loosened by the rain expected the next couple of days. >> reporter: about an inch of rain is forecast. but on this saturated ground, even that amount could be dangerous. sandra hughes, cbs news, highland, california. meanwhile across the country thousands of travelers in the northeast hope for better news today. tuesday was another day of chaos thanks to the ripple effects of this week's blizzard. it could take all week to straighten out the travel mess. michelle miller reports. >> reporter: for 12 frustrating hours, passengers on this flight from vancouver to new york were
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stuck on the tarmac at kennedy airport, officials say there just wasn't any space at the gates. slowly but surely, more planes are taking off. struggling to make up for the more than 6500 flights canceled since sunday. >> i told my daughter i wouldn't leave until i saw the plane take off. >> reporter: it was another rough night for some 200 travelers at laguardia, some told they could be stuck here through the weekend. >> take it one day at a time and pretend like it's some expedition like you are going on a camping trip. >> reporter: the problem once a flight is canceled it takes 36 to 72 hours to match crews with planes again. >> they are all out of sequence. once you cancel flights, planes are grounded wherever they happen to be. >> reporter: what's the best strategy to get you where you are going? first know the tail number of the plane you are booked on to track its actual location. second, don't try to fix the problem online. >> have a conversation with a real human being. the internet does not think creatively only linearly and you
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will be stuck at that airport if you stick to it. >> reporter: she talked with agents directly to get her and her husband back home to miami. they weren't scheduled to leave laguardia until friday. but her persistence with the ticket agent got her on a flight out of newark airport this afternoon. >> i stood in the long line and a miracle happened and i got on. i did -- not only did not get a standby ticket but i got two tickets out of newark. >> reporter: anger is boiling over here, too. one passenger on a flight to west palm beach told us security was called to a gate of frustrated passengers. he said they were angry that their flight was canceled. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. in miami's main airport tied up tuesday after a bag exploded on the tarmac after it came off a plane. police had to search every other bag on that american airlines flight from boston after that blast. officials say the luggage contained hundreds of bullet parts. one exploded setting off all the others. the bag's owner was arrested but the fbi says there is no
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connection to terrorism. inspectors will check out a ski lift in maine that broke tuesday causing eight injuries. witnesses at the sugarloaf resort said it could have been much worse if is hadn't been for the blizzard. the victims' fall was cushioned by nearly two feet of new snow. seth doane has more. >> reporter: the serenity of the resort shattered when a chair lift suddenly derailed in high winds causing dozens to plummet 30 feet to the snowy trail below. >> i just realized, we're dropping. and then, i -- then i slammed into the ground. >> reporter: eight skiers including children, were taken to local hospitals with injuries. at the time, dozens of skiers were on the spillway east lift making their way up the 2800-foot peak. workers used a pulley-like system to lower the skiers stuck on the lift. sugarloaf authorities say the high winds may have been a contributing factor to the derailment but the incident is still under investigation.
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they insist their lifts are routinely inspected for safety. but eyewitness accounts point to possible equipment failure, not the weather. >> it seemed as though the wheels bent so the wire came off and that's what caused the chairlifts to drop. >> reporter: the 35-year-old lift relies on clusters of wheels to move the chairs along a 4,000-foot cable at a speed of 500 feet per minute. skiers say one of those wheels broke, causing the cable holding up a section of 10 to 12 chairs to suddenly drop. according to sugarloaf's website, the 35-year-old spillway east chairlift was set to be the first priority in a ten-year lift replacement plan because the spillway trail is a high-traffic lift and a critical highway for skiers. it could be weeks before they know whether that modernization plan could have prevented the derailment. seth doane, cbs news, new york. along the rio grande this morning one small town's only
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police officer is missing. this is a mexican region where a drug war has taken a terrible toll on police. she was last seen thursday. a local official says she was kidnapped. she was the last cop on the beat in guadalupe, a border town south of the violent drug hub of juarez, mexico. a royal surprise from prince william. he plans to have no servants, no servants after he marrys kate middleton in april. a royal spokesperson says the couple already handle household chores on their own although they have body guards. william's father, prince charles, reportedly has 149 servants. i don't need 149. i'll just take one of them. works for me. the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia rebounded ines ferre in new york with that and more. ines, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. i'll take one or two, that would be great. asian markets edged up today. japan's nikkei added half a percent, hong kong's hang seng gained more than 1.5%. today, wall street gets the
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latest on retail sales. tuesday, stocks finished mixed after a disappointing report on consumer confidence. the dow gained 20 points, the nasdaq gave back four. more bad news for air travelers. several carriers including united, delta, and continental, are raising fares on domestic flights by $10 each waive effective immediately. they didn't offer a reason. but the industry is bracing for higher fuel prices next year. so far, southwest airlines has resisted matching the fare hike. another stumble for the housing market. home prices fell 1.3% in october, compared to the previous month. it's the first time since february that prices have fallen in all 20 cities in the survey. prices fell as fewer people bought homes and millions of foreclosed properties became available. and time warner cable customers from maine to florida could lose some of their favorite spots on the dial. the cable giant is in a contract dispute with the sinclair
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broadcast group over fees cable providers pay. if a deal isn't reached, 33 sinclair stations in 21 markets could go dark after midnight friday. and say good-bye to those one and two-cent stamps. beginning next month all new stamps will be "forever" stamps. the postal service says the move is designed to help customers cope with rising rates and it will also probably cut down on the frustration and hassle that comes along with every change in price. terrell? right now those stamps are costing 44 cents. >> yeah. i'll take a forever stamp. ines ferre in new york. thank you so much. appreciate it. just ahead on the morning news, the curse of the spider-man broadway show strikes again. plus, where's a super hero when you need one. a man gets caught in front of a moving truck and it's all caught on tape. this is the "cbs morning news." new v8 v-fusion + tea.
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in in turkey a scary accident earlier this month a man nearly run over by a fuel truck. the driver apparently didn't see him crossing and drove through the intersection pushing the pedestrian along the way. the truck finally stopped. somehow, that man only suffered minor injuries. more trouble for the "spider-man" broadway musical, losing a lead actress. natalie mendoza played a villainess and suffered a concussion in the show's first preview performance in november. mendoza is quitting the show. this all follows last monday's accident when a leading stuntman fell from a high platform injuring his back during that performance. your list of new year's resolutions might include an attempt to eat healthier. if so, you might be able to start making new healthier snack foods part of that diet but make sure you read the labels carefully. don teague explains. >> reporter: in suburban dallas, renee gonzales and her daughters are shopping for healthy snacks.
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>> do you want apples, honey. >> reporter: at this market specializing in natural foods, bags of lays chips are nowhere to be seen but that could soon change. frito-lay the world's largest maker of snack foods is going natural, sort of. beginning in 2011, half of its products, including lay's potato chips, tostitos and sun chips, will be made entirely with natural ingredients. >> probably one of the most evolutionary things we've ever done at it frommo-lay to really bring the right products to our consumers. >> reporter: good news for gonzales. but. >> i would compare the ingredients to see really what's in there and is it better? >> reporter: what won't be on the labels, artificial flavors, preservatives and the flavor enhancer msg. but many of their brands will still be high in fat and sodium. >> these were pretty bad for us. now, they're less bad for us. >> reporter: one reason companies are using more natural ingredients, because that's what consumers are asking for.
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according to some surveys, as many as 70% of customers want natural products. which is why major fast food chains have all rolled out healthier menu items in recent years. why isn't frito-lay going natural with all of its products? the company says it just can't make chitos or doritos without or the official flavors but in in this test kitchen, they're working on it. don teague, cbs news, dallas. coming up this wednesday morning your weather forecast n. sports a surprise in the nfl's first tuesday night game in 64 years. tressful enough without being late. i want guidance that takes me where i need to be, without any problems along the way. i feel the same way when i do taxes. turbotax has a unique gps feature that guides me step-by-step. and calculations are guaranteed 100% accurate, so i know it's done right. they even offer representation in case of an audit. which helps me reach my maximum refund, guaranteed. >> try turbotax online now. you don't pay unless you're satisfied
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lean cuisine. re here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. 39 and sunny in new york. 71, sunny in miami. 34 and cloudy in chicago. 65 with rain in dallas. and 58 with heavy rain in los angeles. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows mostly clear skies in the southeastern and eastern seaboard. on the west coast, a large storm is soaking up california. later today the southeast will warm up after another chilly start. the northern plains staying frosty with 20s and 30s. the rain is continuing through the southern plains, and the west coast is looking at a soggy day complete with heavy rains and snow. in sports this morning, tuesday night football eagles and vikings in philly after the big storm delayed their game sunday. minnesota rookie quarterback joe webb filled in for the injured brett favre.
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webb ran for a touchdown and threw for 195 yards. the vikings' defense made michael vick cough up the ball here. minnesota beat the eagles 24-14. meanwhile, michael vick's comeback includes a pro bowl start voted to the nfc all-star team tuesday. he sat out two seasons serving a federal prison sentence for dog fighting before returning to the nfl last year. in college football now at the insight bowl in arizona, they ran for more than 200 yards against missouri and an interception return in the fourth gave the hawkeyes the lead and held on for the win. iowa, 27-24 over missouri. in the nba, the best team in the league beat the defending champions. san antonio's tony parker scored 23 points against the lakers. the spurs cruised to victory. 97-82. they are now 27-4. by the way, that's among the best season starts in nba history. in miami, dwyane wade had 40 points against the knicks. the heat held off new york's rally for a 106-98 win.
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miami now the winners of 15 of their last 16 games. we'll take a quick break this wednesday morning. when we come back another look at this morning's top stories and "may the force be with you" some of the movies that made this year's cut on the national film registry. tand their occasional digestive upsets. gastroenterologists do. they've made align the #1 recommended probiotic. ♪ align is the product of 10 years of research... and it has something you can't get anywhere else, a patented good bacteria called bifantis. and when it's added to occasionally unbalanced digestive systems... they can become balanced again. align. great digestion through science.
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twizzlers. the twist you can't resist. the flash flood concerns.. and how the storm could make a massive sewage spill even worse. plus.. drivers on alert for gusty winds and mudslides. the traffic trouble spots.. and where power outages.. stand this morning. it's been a staple at a popular san francisco farmers' market.. how animal activists are trying to put the breaks on the sale of live chickens. and.. the latest on travel delays from the east coast storm. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. ,,,,
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on the on the "cbs morning news" a look at today's weather the gusty winds in the northeast have started to subside. rain showers continue for the southern plains from texas to missouri. the west coast is getting drenched with heavy rain and buried with mountain snow. here's another look at this morning's top stories on a wednesday. a new west coast rainstorm is moving into southern california. it's still water-logged after last week's heavy rain. residents have been told to watch out for possible flooding and mud slides. on the east coast, thousands of
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stranded travelers are still waiting to get home after this week's giant blizzard. it could take until new year's day or later to rebook all those canceled airline tickets. some of the most beloved and influential movies of our time tuesday the library of congress announced 25 films to be included in the national film registry this year. joel brown takes a look. >> reporter: john travolta's disco moves can now be studied for generations to come. "saturday night fever" and "em mire strikes back." >> i am your father. >> reporter: two of the movies the library of congress chose to be preserved forever. >> well, it's not like the academy awards. these are films that are historically, culturally or artistically important and significant for the country. >> reporter: the library chooses 25 significant films each year for its national film registry. "the exorcist" made the list, one of the most influential
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horror films of all time. "mccabe and mrs. miller" reinvented the western. comedies like "pink panther" and "airplane" and "saturday night fever" said to have created a whole new kind of movie musical. with this year's selections, there are over 550 movies on the national film registry. it's more than the library of congress can store in washington so it's built a special cold storage facility in virginia, now holding over a million films. among this year's rare gems, one of the first motion pictures ever made called "newark athlete" from 1891 and this san francisco film from 1906 shot a month before an earthquake devastated the city. >> we're trying to preserve it because it's all mostly on very impermanent perishable material. >> you must feel the force around you. >> reporter: and the library of congress is ensuring that the force of these films will be with us forever. joel brown, cbs news, washington.
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thousands of pseng thousands of passengers stuck at airports here in the east have had to put up with a lot of chaos and confusion after that crippling snowstorm but there is one woman who's seen it all during her record service in the friendly skies. peter greenberg has her story. >> reporter: remember when it was about the joy of air travel. not the ordeal of transportation? norma heap does. she's been flying 53 years. >> i'm just fortunate that i chose something that i enjoy doing and i've never lost the love for flying or for traveling or for serving people. >> reporter: norma began flying for continental in 1957, when she was 20. before they were even flying jets. they were called hostesses,
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required to be single and slender. >> they would put us on a scale before each flight to make sure we were in compliance with our weight. everyone wore a girdle. >> reporter: the original jet-setters with style and service with a smile. passengers were on our best behavior. we even dressed up for our flights because, for us, half the fun of the trip -- thanks -- was just getting there. >> times change. when i first started flying, we served coffee out of a metal jug. >> reporter: in her long and illustrious career, norma's logged more than 63,000 in-flight hours and traveled more than 26 million miles. that's the equivalent of about 50 round-trip excursions to the moon. if you think that's impressive, wait until you hear what other records she holds. >> i have perfect attendance at continental. i have never called in sick a day of my life. >> reporter: in an industry where the fleet is aging, captain juan ruth says this 74-year-old is still very fit to fly. >> i hope when i'm her age i'm in as good shape as she is, you know. i'm falling apart already, you know.
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>> reporter: while many of us think experience in the cockpit makes the experience she says there is no substitute for experience in the cabin. >> just like when that airplane of captain sullen berg went into the drink, who got the passengers out? it wasn't the pilots. it was the flight attendants all over 15 years in snort. >> reporter: you might say norma heap is top of the heap. out of 9,500 flight attendents at continental she holds seniority number one. which means she gets her pick of destinations. today, it's a 15-hour flight to hong kong. >> you want to go? we have five open seats. >> reporter: while she's probably asked how long until we land almost as often as how long until you retire, the answer in both cases is? not any time soon. >> the day that i can't be the on board leader or perform what the company wants, i think it's time to step down. not today. >> reporter: peter greeberg, cbs news, new york. i'll take her frequent flyer miles.
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coming up later on "the early show," an update on the ski lift accidents an an interview with a person on the lift when it fell. also one of the domestic battery charges she faces. we'll hear from her attorney. and get ready for bieber fever, a chat with pop singing sensation justin bieber all that and more coming up this morning on "the early show." that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day! -- captions by vitac --
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