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marriage equality. major victory for gay rights as washington becomes the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriages. >> my friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow. crisis in syria. the arab league is calling for an international peace-keeping force as the u.n. calls it to stop the crimes against humanity. and heading home. whitney houston's body arrives in new jersey where she grew up and where her family is planning funeral. captioning funded by cbs
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i'm betty nguyen. gay rights advocates are celebrating another victory this morning. washington became the sechgt state to approve of same-sex marriage. the state joins new york, connecticut, massachusetts, new hampshire, ver month, and washington in allowing same-sex couples to wed. it was signed into law. they approved domestic partnership laws in 2007 and 2009 that stopped short of allowing same-sex couples to marry, but greg says now is the time for the state to recognize full marriage equality i e-mail proud that our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal. they will be equal in the great state of washington. >> gay and lesbian couples won't be able to walk down the aisle right away.
the law takes effect in june. but hours after the signing, opponents signed a referendum
to overturn the law. >> there are many relationships that are significant to individuals. they are entitled and encouraged to participate in them. >> republican presidential candidate rick santorum who pthe state capitol to encourage them to stop the from passing the ledge bags, but that's not does couraging some couples from planning their wedding. i'm delighted to take it to the next step and mair the woman i want to spend the rest of my life with. i'm so happy we have it in washington state as well. >> legislation for and against same-sex marriage is taking place in a number of states. governor chris christie is in favor of a referendum and say
his e will veto the measure. amendments banning same-sex marriages will be on ballots. now to the nation's capitol where a house votes on extending the payroll tax cut at the end of the year could come by the end of the week. it was an about-face for those who had previously demanded that they be cut. in a statement the house leadership said that democrats' refusal to agree to any spending cuts in the conference committee has made it necessary for us to prepare this fallback option to protect small business job craters and assure taxes don't go up on middle class workers. without action by the end of the month, the payroll taxes will rise for 160 million americans but republicans still want to negotiate the fate of the long term unemployment benefits and a cut in fees for doctors who treat medicare patients. >> and president obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 is drawing fire. the record $3.8 trillion budget was unveiled yesterday.
it includes tax increases on the wealthy and cuts in military spending. the white house claims it will cut $4 trillion from the deficit over the next ten years, but senate minority leader mitch mcconnell calls it, quote, a charade. >> it's campaign document. the president's goal isn't to solve our problems but to ignore them for another year, which will only ensure that they get even worse. >> the president's proposal leaves medicare mostly untouched. republicans are promoting changes. the budget will be a key in this year's election. the latest poll shows rick santorum has made up significant ground against mitt romney. in michigan, mitt romney's home state, a poll by the american research group shows santorum leading romney heading into the february 28 primary and a national poll of likely republican voters find rick santorum and mitt romney in a virtual tie. overseas anti-government in
syria say the government resuming their attacks on the city of homs. they said they would consider a plan for a peace keeping form. susan mcginnis is in washington with much more on this. >> reporter: good morning, betty. with it looking more and more imminent, the u.s. said it is working with its allies but it's clear at this point that support goes only so far. amateur video claims to show syrian troops launching new attacks on the city of homs. the you united nations commissioner says the violence is escalating. >> the longer they fail to take action, the more the civilian population will suffer from countless atrocities committed against them. >> president bashir al assad's army is targeting rebels, working to take down its regime. the u.n. estimates more than
5,400 people have died since the pro-democracy uprising began almost a year ago. now the arab league is calling on the u.n. to form a joint peace-keeping force to help end the violence. the white house supports bringing piece to syria but admits an international intervention faces several obstacles. russia and china have already vetoed a resolution and syrian government has rejected any asistance. >> they are leading syria into the outcome that we all deplore. we do not want to see a civil war in syria. >> secretary of state hillary clinton says the united states will work to support the oppositin and deliver humanitarian aid, but the u.s. has said military force is not an option. and later this month the u.s. will meet with arab nations and the european allies in tunisia to talk about ways to rat chet
up pressure. betty? >> thank you, susan. whitney houston's body has arrived in new jersey where she grew up and where plans are being made for her funeral at the end of the week. it's still unclear why she died, but a few detail of her final hours are emerging. we have more. >> reporter: a hearse carries the body of whitney houston to a funeral parlor in her hometown of newark, new jersey. it's the same funeral home where her father was remembered after his death in 2003. houston's remains were flown from los angeles where police are still investigating the death of the grammy-winning singer. >> we do not know the cause of death. we don't no the circumstances leading up to her death. >> reporter: beverly hills police say the 48-year-old houston was under water and unconscious when she was found in the bathtub of her hotel room saturday. prescription medications were also in the room but it will take weeks for toxicology reports to confirm whether they con contributed to her death. >> until we run it and see the
level of what was in her system, we're not going to speculate. >> reporter: whitney houston was born in newark, new jersey, this is the church where she honed the voice. local residents came to pay their respects. >> may god bless her and her family. we're just going to keep her memory alive. ♪ shine on me >> reporter: and her fans are keeping her musical legacy alive. two years after her comeback attempt and just days after her death, whitney houston's music is once again topping the charts. cbs news, newark, new jersey. >> such a beautiful voice. well, coming up on the morning news, google's multi-billion-dollar bid to buy motorola. plus a special google on this valentine's day that shows you can't buy love. this is "cbs morning news." yeah? you didn't refill the cottonelle.
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talk about an unbelievable shot. that was not trick photography, folks. a seventh grader in ohio actually makes a full court shot after the other team misses a free throw last week. you can hear the buzzer go off just as it hits the backboards. and to make it even sweeter, his team was down by one point, so that miracle toss actually won the game. congratulations. on the "cbs moneywatch" apple shares hit a new high, and for the first time you can hit the slopes and get your starbucks at the same time. ashley morrison is here in new york with more on that. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betly. overseas markets came out slightly ahead. tokyo's nikkei gained half a percent while hong kong's hang seng gain as fraction after a volatile day. it was a positive start. to the week on wall street. the dow added 72 points while the nasdaq gained 27. china's vice president meets with president obama in washington today. the president will once again
ask china to lower trade barriers and reform its currency policies. his visit to the united states may hold some clues about china's future economic stances. he is widely viewed as the successor to current president hu jintao. regulators in the u.s. and europe have approved google's bid to buy motorola. google is willing to pay $12.5 billion for the mobile phone maker. it will give them the ability to manufacture its own phones and devices for the first time. google has some catching up to do with apple. on monday apple shares closed above $500 for the first time ever. apple also announced it will begin allowing independent inspectors to inspect in china factories where iphones and ipads are made. there's nothing new about getting coffee on the go unless you're a skier. starbucks has now opened its first ski-through coffee shop at
squaw valley in california. skiers can pull up, place an order and be back on the slopes in no time. i wonder if that's one of those starbucks that serves beer and wine too. >> yeah. i was wondering how do you figure you can ski and drink you coffee at the sam time? >> i don't know. you probably have to stand. >> ashley morrison here in new york. thank you, ashley. and google wants to wish you a happy valentine's day. ♪ why can't i free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart ♪ today's google doodle is all about a boy trying to impress a girl and it's set to the song "cold cold heart" written by hank williams and sung by tony bennett. the boy tries to impress the girl with tons of gifts, but all she wants is a little companion ship. straight ahead your weather and pooches. the battle for top dog is under way at the westminster dog show. here's a look at weather in some cities toward country
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the northwest, and gusty winds are expected to blow across the southwest. in sports a defensive struggle in college basketball as syracuse grinds out a close win over louisville. here's the winning basket. c.j. gets the nice reverse lay-in to put the orange up by one. but check out the clock. there is over two minutes left in the game and the cardinals just can't put one through the hoop. number two 'cuse holds on to beat louisville, 52-51. taylor came up big for the jayhawks scoring 24 points. this is the 36th time in the last 39 games that the jayhawks have won state bragging rights. in pro ball it got real physical in dallas. the clippers' de-andre jordan goes down hard after being elbowed by the master.
look at that. then with just 40 seconds on the clock, nowitzki hits the jumper to put them up by three, jaron butler goesdown downtown for the win. they rolled past l.a., 96-92. >> and america's top canine show is under way here in new york. it was day one. get this, over 2,000 dogs are competing this year from 187 different breeds and varieties. so far, a wire-haired dachshund won best of hounds in that group and a german shepherd came out on top in the herding category. they're so sweet. we'll return with more of this morning's top story. drug crisis. a short supply of cancer-saving medications and the patients caught in the middle. and patients caught in the middle. ce? it feels a bit tight. [ female announcer ] soap leaves behind soap residue that can cause a tight draggy feeling. with 1/4 moisturizing cream, dove cleansers rinse cleaner than soap. so we made ocean spray cranberry juice cocktail with a splash of lime.
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and funeral plans now undery for whitney houston. what authorities found inside her hotel room. join us for cbs 5 early edin ... beginning at 4:30. ".so we have fix or six vics shot out here here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., afternoon showers, 50 degrees. atlanta, mostly cloudy, 46. snow in detroit, 37.
partly sunny in denver, 26. mostly cloudy in seattle, 48. here's another look at this morning's top stories. same-sex marriage is now legal in washington. it becomes the seventh state to allow gay and lesbian couples to weds. opponents say they will fight the law in court. and whitney houston's body arrives at a funeral home in new jersey, not far from where she grew up. her family is planning a funeral for later this week. a group of doctors is urging the makers of a common childhood cancer drug to increase production. they say that the supply could run out within weeks, costing patients their lives. we spoke with one family whose daughter desperately needs the drug. >> reporter: in december, 8-month-old elena shone held was diagnosed with leukemia. her parents were devastated but
hopeful. mark is elena's father. >> the fact of the matter is it's terrible. in regard to leukemia, we're lucky in a weird way that it's curable and that they have a track record of curing it. >> reporter: but the cure depending on a cocktail of a chemotherapy one and the crucial one methotrexate is running out. >> if we loose methotrexate, we will open up a very unknown future, and children will die. >> reporter: dr. maris's hospital has only a two-month supply of the medication which children usually take for three years, but the shortage doesn't stop there. 28 cancer drugs taken by more than half a million patients are in short supply. there are several reasons. one problem, a smaller profit margin because many of these drugs have become generic. there are now fewer suppliers. the largest manufacturer of methotrexate shut down last fall.
>> this is a real, real crisis. unless something dramatic changes in the next few weeks, myself and other physicians and nurses on this very unit are going to need to look parents in the eye and say we don't have me though treks yat. >> reporter: a year ago three bills were introduced to give the fda more power to deal with the drug shortage crisis, but so far neither the house nor the senate has brought a bill to the floor. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, no. new york. supreme court justice stephen breyer was a victim of a visual robbery. the 73-year-old, his wife, and guest were confronted by a machete-wielding intruder last week at brier's home. the suspect took about a thousand dollars in cash. no one was hurt. authorities are investigating. coming up after the news on "cbs this morning" john miller takes a look at the security of supreme court justices. plus, why it pays to be married. i'm betty nguyen with your "cbs morning news." us, why it pays to be married.
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out-of-work americans are finding that getting a job is taking a lot longer than ever before. 4 million americans have been unemployed for more than a year. that's a record. jim axelrod shows us a program that's helping long-term unemployed get back on track. >> reporter: this truck stop in southern new jersey would have been about the last place that cynthia, a former wall street executive, would have thought she would have been making a living a few years ago. >> i live on the upper east side of manhattan and i'm not going to be doing that, no. >> reporter: and here we are a few feet off the new jersey turnpike. >> correct, correct. it's a whole new world for me. >> reporter: she's in charge of finding new business opportunities for idle aire, a
company that allows truckers to hook into the power grid instead of burning diesel when they're at rest. >> idle aire provides a product for the truck driving community that allows them to stay warm or cool without running their trucks or spending money on foreign oil. >> reporter: after losing a high-paying job at standard & poor's, she was out of work. she got her job here. lynn rosanski started it. i've been around a long time. >> she and her husband victor are now helping teach the ninth class. >> the goal of jump start is to take the talent that they have and adapt those talents to these new situations. >> reporter: each session has 50 white collars with an average of 20 years experience with financial firms like goldman sachs or citigroup. they now have a lot in common,
but not in the way they hoped. >> they all want to be re-employed, they're all looking for their next gig. i would say 100% of the people that were in that room were knocked off their keesters. >> reporter: they worked at start--ups for no pay. after her trial, they hired her full time. >> and turned that again into a job. >> reporter: today she's mentoring a fresh class of jump starters preparing them for their reality. >> reporter: you make a fraction of what you used to make. a quarter, a third? >> third. >> reporter: are you going to tell me, though, you're happier? >> i am happier. it doesn't mean that i don't have dfferent struggles. i have a wall street mortgage. i don't have an idle aire mortgage. >> reporter: she says this job gives her greater sense of purpose and blarngs not a bad turn for a wall streeter who got a jump start at a truck stop. jim axelrod, cbs news. coming up after your local
news on "cbs this morning," the inside scoop in jacqueline kennedy's inside tour of the white house 50 years ago and her role in making it happen. plus the investigation of disposal cigarette lighters that can explode and kill. what you need to know to stay safe. and actress raquel welch on her newest role on "csi miami." that's "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen. have a great valentine's day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com