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spring slam. fast-movip fast-moving and hammers the south with high winds, rain, and tornadoes. budget battle. a capitol hill deadlock with a government shutdown looming, and now the fight over next year is about to begin. >> the huskeys are the top dog in 2011. and huskey history -- the university of connecticut captures its third national championship. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. severe spring weather is roaring through the southeast this morning. a major storm system is leaving a trail of destruction caused by
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hundreds of lightning strikes, wind gusts of 50 miles per hour, and one-inch hail. from louisiana to georgia, most of the region was pounded by the fast-moving storms. the high winds and lightning knocked down trees and damaged houses. the same line of storms hit kentucky and tennessee. an 87-year-old man found dead in his home in memphis was electrocuted by a downed power line. in western kentucky, seven people working at a plant suffered minor injuries when a possible tornado hit. >> i looked outside and saw everything flying and just grabbed the closest person to me and we hit the floor. and then after that, it was chaos. >> all of a sudden, i heard this humongous crack. and i looked and the tree just started to split. >> power was knocked out all over the south. at one point, there were more than 145,000 customers without electricity in georgia. and over 130,000 were in the dark in tennessee.
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the storm should clear out late this morning except in florida where they are expected to last a little bit longer there. today, federal aviation officials are going to mandate emergency inspections of certain older boeing 737 planes, they're similar to the southwest jet that lost a piece of its fuselage last week. the order covers 80 u.s. registered jets, most owned by southwest. joel brown is in washington with details. good morning, joel. good morning to you. the microcracks in a plane's fuselage can be too small for inspectors to see with their eyes. the emergency inspection order requires a more powerful tool. >> reporter: inspectors will use sophisticated electromagnetic technology to look for cracks on 175 boeing 737s worldwide. most of the planes in the u.s. are owned by southwest airlines like the one involve in friday's emergency landing in arizona. a five-foot hole popped open near a joint on the passenger cabin while the plane was
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cruising at 35,000 feet. >> it was not believed that this was an area that could fail until we see it now. >> the 15-year-old jet had almost 40,000 takeoffs and landings. >> fatigue happens in all aluminum-type aircraft, all metal-type aircraft. >> reporter: following the incident, southwest inspectors discovered three more jets with sub surface cracks. the ntsb is wrapped up its on scene investigation, now the focus shifts here to washington where in depth analysis begins on the section of the plane that ripped apart. >> the roof ripped off of one of them. you have to look at the rivets and look at what's going on. >> reporter: despite the problems, many southwest passengers are still flying. >> just not really that worried about it. have faith. >> reporter: southwest has inspected 64 jets and returned them to service. and after several days of wide spread cancellations, the
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carrier is expected to launch a full schedule of flights today. the emergency inspection order is not a one-time deal, it requires repeat inspections at regular intervals, betty? all right, joel brown in washington for us this morning. thank you, joel. >> now to the dead-locked budget talks. with the government shutdown looming friday, key lawmakers are meeting with president obama this morning at the white house. house republicans have come up with a third stop-gap measure, something they said they would not do. a one-week deal that cuts spending by $12 billion and funds the pentagon for the next six months. the obama administration is advising government agencies to prepare for a shutdown. more than a month ago, the republican-led house passed the bill calling for $61 billion in budget cuts. the senate never acted on the measure. and later this morning, the republicans will propose their budget plan for next year. the chairman of the house budget committee said the plan will cut more than $6 trillion from the budget over the next ten years. it includes significant changes to health care plans, medicaid and medicare.
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seniors would receive medicare coverage from private insurance companies. >> medicare itself literally covers up all government spending at the end of the day. we can't sustain that. we've got to get medicare solvent. >> the proposed changes to medicare would not affect current beneficiaries or workers 55 or older. a reaction to a decision to try to confessed 9/11 mastermind and four others in a military court is mixed. most republicans are applauding the decision, a stunning reversal of administration poll sichlt -- policy. the american civil liberties union says this is not justice. eric holder, attorney general, said the move is necessary. >> reporter: holder pledged to prosecute ksm and four al qaeda co-defendants in a civilian court just blocks from new york's ground zero. but congress bowing to public pressure barred transfers of guantanamo bay prisoners to the u.s. holder did not hide his
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frustration. >> i know this case in a way that members of congress do not. i have looked at the files. i have spoken to the prosecutors. so do i know better than them? yes. >> reporter: the festering flap over where to try muhammed has angered families of 9/11 victims. geraldine davy has been seeking justice for nearly a decade. >> i owe this to amy. i need justice for my 23-year-old who was slaughtered that day. and we cannot forget them. >> reporter: ksm, the highest-profile al qaeda d detainee at gitmo has admitted planning dozens of plots. and he's one of three alleged terrorists to be water boarded by cia interrogators as justice department revealed that mohammed was water boarded 183 times in the month after his capture in march, 2003. in a gitmo military court three years ago, ksm denounced his treatment as torture, telling the military judge he wanted the death penalty.
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that is what i wish, mohammed said, i wish to be martyred for a long time. it's not clear if military prosecutors will pursue the death penalty. civil liberties backers blasted the policy reversal and pointed out that holder's decision now ensures gitmo will remain open for the foreseeable future. it's been two years and counting since the president promised to close it. bob orr, cbs news, the justice department. now to libya, where this morning the u.s. military is officially in a support mode. nato officially took over the lead in combat operations last night. it's the last day of combat missions and the u.s. warplanes struck government targets along the libyan coast including the strategic port of brega. also in brega yesterday, rebel forces pushed the troops out of the city. but the battle for brega has gone back and forth. the city has changed hands several times. rebel troops continue to get bombed and government forces have booby trapped large
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portions of the city. libyan tv shows what it says is pictures of muammar gadhafi waving to supporters outside of his compound. meanwhile, a libyan government spokesman said libya is ready for reform and to hold elections, but that gadhafi must say. he also said that the libyan people must decide if gadhafi stays or goes, not the west. in japan, radiation levels and seawater near the crippled power plant are several million times the legal limit. japanese officials insist the contamination poses no immediate impact on the environment. contaminated water has been pouring into the pacific from the fukushima daiichi power plant since the massive march 11 earthquake and tsunami. just ahead on the morning news, two americans gunned down in mexico. and plus, a look at whether smartphone apps are spying on you. you're watching "cbs morning news." pying on you. you're watching "cbs morning news." i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer.
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a a deadly end to a standoff in los angeles. police on monday used a massive claw to rip down the wall to a suspect's apartment. earlier he reportedly wounded an officer who was responding to a domestic disturbance call. police traded gun fire with the shooting suspect, his body was found in a second floor hallway with a rifle nearby. the wounded officer was hospitalized and critical but in stable condition. in mexico, two men identified as americans were shot to death in their vehicle early monday at a u.s. border crossing. they were waiting to enter the united states from tijuana in a pickup truck with california license plates. mexican authorities said a gunman walked up to the vehicle and started shooting. on the "cbs moneywatch," mcdonald's is hiring and smartphones may be spying. ashlee morrison is here in new york with the latest on all of that. good morning to you, ashlee. >> good morning to you, betty. a mixed day for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei dropped 1%. while hong kong's hang seng
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ticked up slightly and oil dipped to nearly $108 a barrel. today wall street gets a chance to react to the fed chief's latest comments. last night, ben bernanke said he's not worried about inflation despite higher prices for gas, food, and other commodities. on monday, stocks finished mixed. the dow add 23 points while the nasdaq fell a fraction. toyota is warning that all the plants in north america may have to be temporarily closed due to supply problems from asia. the temporary shutdowns are likely to take place this month and affect 25,000 workers. no layoffs are expected. it's not clear how long the shutdowns might last. it depends on how long it takes it supply chain to get back in order. well, the government is looking into whether your smartphone apps are a little too smart. "the wall street journal report"s that federal prosecutors are investigating whether a number of apps are illegally obtaining and sharing information about you with advertisers without your permission. on-line music service, pandora
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acknowledged on monday it had been subpoenaed in the case. "the journal" says they tested 131 apps and more than half were sending user information to other companies without users' awareness or consent. american airlines is back on the carrier and the on-line ticket agency ended a dispute yesterday. american had been trying to pay lower commissions for each ticket booked. the terms of the new agreement were not disclosed. american's tickets are still not available on orbitz. call it a mcstimulus package. mcdonald's says it will hire 50,000 workers in one day, april 19. that includes full and part time jobs and translates to three or four new employees at each of the chain's 14,000 restaurants in the u.s. the average pay for these jobs is $8.30. that's $1 above minimum wage. so, betty, i'm thinking if this whole tv thing doesn't work out for us, there we go. all the free fries that we want. >> big macs for everybody.
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>> yes! >> all right, ashlee, joining us live here in new york. thank you. straight ahead, your tuesday weather and in sports, the huskeys crush the butler bulldogs to become the national champs. sports, the huskeys crush the butler bulldogs to become the national champs. ♪ ♪ ♪
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countr country. new york, rain, 52 degrees, miami, thunderstorms, 88. chicago, sunny, 51. dallas, sunny, 73. l.a., sunny, 77. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows rain clouds in the northwest spreading to the northern plains. it's clear in the southern plains and southwest. and a large and powerful line of thunderstorms is racing eastward. now later today, rain in the northeast as a strong line of thunderstorms covers the southeast. it will be sunny in the southwest while the northwest has more rain and snow showers on the way. and in the midwest, expect lighter winds and cooler temperatures. in sports, the uconn huskeys are the new national champions. in the second half, butler had the lead. but the huskeys come back, holding butler to shooting only 18%, the worst ever in a title game. uconn beats down the bulldogs, 53-41. for coach jim calhoun, it's his third ncaa title. >> this group has taken me on
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one of the great special journeys, better than any i could possibly imagine. when i needed maybe a little bit more of what i do, is teach or coach for 39 years, they gave me tenfold. >> after the game, thousands of fans stormed the home court to celebrate. campus police made a handful of arrests. in baseball, the rangers go deep against the mariners. in the fourth, nelson cruz jacked another home run. he's only the third player in major league history to homer the first four games of the season. texas takes on the mariners, 6-4. and in the sixth, the pirates stunned the cardinals and in just four pitches, kyle lohse gave up a walk, a double, and a homer allowing the pittsburgh team to score four runs. st. louis never recovered and the pirates topped the cards, 4-3. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and how working long hours can drive you closer to heart disease. hours can drive you closer to heart disease. [ lopez ] beautiful skin...
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on the "cbs morning news," a look at the day's weather. dangerous thunderstorms will roll through the southeast and head toward the east coast bringing strong winds and heavy rains. cooler and drier conditions are on the move in the midwest. the southwest is warm and sunny, here's another look at this morning's top stories. fast-moving spring storms are causing all kinds of trouble through the south. tornadoes, high winds, and drenching rain has knocked out power to tens of thousands. and today, federal aviation officials are ordering emergency inspections of certain older 737s. their planes that are similar to the southwest jet that had a fuselage tear late last week. in health news, the soaring
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number of children having c.t. scans in the emergency room. a new study found the number of scans surged from 330,000 in 1995 to 1.65 million in 2008. but the number of children going to the e.r. didn't increase monsieur measurably. researchers fear exposing children to radiation doses could lead to cancer in the future. working long hours could be hazardous to your health, increasing the chance of heart disease. the more you work, the greater the danger. dennis gibson reports. >> reporter: truck driver brian avila can't remember the last time he worked an eight-hour day. >> for us, it's closer to 14, 15 hours. >> reporter: but the long hours on the road may be driving him closer to heart disease. a new study publish in the annals of internal medicine found that people who routinely work 11 hours or more a day increase their chances of developing heart disease 67%. >> this may be the first time we've taken the long working
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hours concept and actually quantified it and combined it with an existing risk score. >> reporter: the study followed more than 7,000 workers for over a decade, adjusting for other risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking habits. average americans work seven hours a day according to the labor department. but many people from doctors to construction workers have to put in a lot more time each day. researchers didn't say why the longer hours seem to increase the risk of heart disease, but cardiologists have their suspicions. >> when you're working longer hours, you're subjected to more stress. >> reporter: despite the finding, avila says he has no plans of slowing down. >> it's hard enough. you have to work as many hours as you can out here just to make a living. >> reporter: a living that could impact how long he lives. candace gibson, cbs news, los angeles. this morning on "the early show", the latest on the spring storm that's hammering the south.
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and liftoff. liftoff of the soyuz rocket. a russian soyuz spacecraft blaze a fiery trail across the night sky. onboard are two cosmonauts and a u.s. astronaut. the craft is headed toward the international space station where they'll join three other astronauts. today's flight celebrates the 50th anniversary of russia sending a man into space. the last voyage of the space shuttle "endeavour" has been delayed. instead of blasting off on april 18, it will head to space april 29, the same day prince william and kate middleton get married. at the controls of the "endeavour" is mark kelly,
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husband of congresswoman gabriel giffords who was shot in the head in january. after a series of deadly explosions around the country, ist secretary of transportation ray lahood is calling on pipeline owners to accelerate critical repairs. jim axelrod has the story. >> reporter: in ohio, columbia gas is spending $182 million to upgrade aging two-inch pipeline. >> some of the pipe in the ground predates world war ii. >> upgrades designed to prevent explosions like this one in minnesota two weeks ago. or this one in allentown, pennsylvania in february that killed five. or this one in san bruno, california last september that killed eight and destroyed 55 homes. the administration wants to hike fines for dangerous pipelines from $100,000 to $250,000 a day. >> we have to make the delivery of natural gas and oil and other products that are delivered in pipelines it safest they can possibly be so that common
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ordinary citizens don't throw a switch in their house and have an explosion in their front yard. >> reporter: there are 2.4 million miles of natural gas lines in the country, and about 420 state and federal inspectors to examine it. it's roughly one inspector for 157 miles of pipeline. many like some around allentown are ancient said the pipeline watchdog. >> we have pipeline in our area that goes back to 1899. really? 1899 is the best we can do? >> reporter: and in many cases, inspections mean viewing the maintenance records from work conducted by the company itself with no way of knowing how accurate they are. >> not quite the fox in the hen house, but certainly, it's a -- it's a farm that's not guarded by any dog. let's put it that way. >> reporter: according to the government, deaths and serious injuries from natural gas accidents are down close to 50% in the last 20 years. but lately, this doesn't look
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like the face of progress. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. coming up a little later on "the early show," the latest on the budget battle that could shut down the government. plus the search for a serial killer whose victims have been found along a remote new york beach. and the inspiring story of 42-year-old laura mcmanus, the nfl's oldest cheerleader. that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thank you for watching. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- y nguyen. have a great day. captioning funded by cbs
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