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i heard three gunshots, pop, pop, pop. strait in a row. >> right now, i asked god to let me hear that voice. let me see that man. heartbreak and confusion at the washington navy yard. a gunman killed 12 people at the military installation just blocks from the white house. and now the investigation focuses on what may have set off the shooter. >> it was a shocking experience, nobody expected this. colorado gets a break from the rains that trigger deadly floods. now stories of escape and loss are emerging from the disaster zone. >> wesley screamed her name and he dove into the water after her. and he saved her and he grabbed her and he got her up. [ applause ] and righting the ship, salvage workers get a heroes'
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welcome after completing an unprecedented operation to raise the ship wrecked cruise liner "costa concordia." this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, september 17th, this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, september 17th, 2013. captioning funded by cbs good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, police now say they believe a lone gunman was responsible for the deadly shooting rampage at the washington navy yard. the suspect 34-year-old aaron alexis was a defense industry employee and former navy reservist. investigators say he was killed during a running gun battle with police. police say alexis killed 12 people, seven of them have been identified. all were civilians ranging in age from 46 to 73. three others have been shot and wounded but are expected to
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live. at the white house, pushing gun control measures, is lamenting another mass shooting. >> we are confronting yet another mass shooting. and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital. >> the fbi has taken over the investigation and susan mcginnis is outside the navy yard. susan, good morning. >> reporter: anne-marie, good morning. the investigation continues this morning into a motive for this horrific shooting yesterday, carried out by one of the military's own. aaron alexis used his own pass to get on to the navy yard here, and an ar-15 is one of the assault rifles he had with him when he started shooting. the investigation into monday's deadly shooting on a navy base continues through the night. the question remains unanswered. >> we don't know what the motive is at this stage. >> reporter: police say 34-year-old aaron alexis opened fire inside a building at washington's navy yard. >> it was like pop, pop, pop. >> reporter: from his position on the fourth floor, alexis had a sniper's view, overlooking the
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atrium below. >> there was no coverage to take. we were out in the atrium, we were out in the open. >> reporter: 12 people were killed in the attack, all of them civilian contractors, alexis became the 13th person killed when he died in a shoot-out with police. because police can't question alexis, they're looking to the public for his whereabouts and the days and activities in the day leading to the shooting. >> while we have learned some information about his recent whereabouts, we continue to learn about where he has been, who he has talked to and what he has done. >> reporter: the fbi is asking people to call. >> by putting that out, we've had numerous acquaintances come forward, former co-workers, current co-workers and they've learned a lot. >> reporter: here's what's known about aaron alexis. he was arrested in 2004 in seattle for shooting out a man's tires and again in 2010, for
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firing shots into the apartment above his. he was not prosecuted in either case. alexis' family said they had little to do with him. they say monday's events came as a surprise. >> no one saw it coming. no one knew anything. all of this is shocking. >> reporter: authorities do not believe alexis has ties to terrorist organizations. now authorities spent much of yesterday searching for a possible second shooter. an african-american male dressed in a military-style uniform. by the end of the day that was ruled out, and a lockdown that extended in a pretty large area around here was lifted. anne-marie. >> susan mcginnis in washington, thank you, susan. some 3,000 people work at the washington navy yard. the navy yard is less than four miles from the white house and two miles from the capitol. the area around the navy yard was locked down until last night. during the day, bus loads of navy yard workers were taken to a parking lot outside of nearby national park. there worried family members like megan fletcher waited for their loved ones. >> i want to find him safely now
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and give him a hug and tell him i love him and take him home. >> for fletcher there was good news and a long hug from her husband. in light of yesterday's shooting, last night's game between the washington nationals and the atlanta braves was canceled. the stadium's flag was lowered to half-staff. the game will be made up today. as reports, police say the alleged navyyard gunman had three weapons including an ar-15 weapon. the same type of weapon used at connecticut elementary school. 26 students and six adults were killed there. this is the worst shooting at a military installation since the ft. hood attack four years ago. there major nidal hasan killed 13 people. the white house said president obama continues to push for tougher legislation. >> we have gone about implementing the executive actions that were part of the president's plan to take action to reduce gun violence, and
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obviously, he continues to support measures taken by congress, that could be taken by congress to reduce gun violence in a common sense way. >> gun rights advocates have stalled the rights to tighten laws. it's unknown whether congress will take more action on gun control. we'll have much more on the navy yard attack and the latest on the suspect aaron alexis coming up on "cbs this morning." well, now to colorado where at least eight deaths are now blamed on unimaginable flooding that swept the state. yesterday, search and rescue teams were finally able to airlift stranded residents to safety. it's the largest air evacuation since hurricane katrina. some are beginning to return home, hundreds were rescued but hundreds are still missing. more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed and more than 17,000 damaged. the flood zone covers an area about the size of delaware. manuel bojorquez spoke to
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several victims who barely escaped. >> reporter: this is what it looked like outside of kathryn stanford's house. she took this video on thursday. she already had about three inches of water in her house and it was rising. >> we knew at that point time to pack a backpack and get our cars across our bridge because we saw how high the water was in our creek. and it is completely washed out. >> reporter: stanford's only bet was to make a dash with her housemates to the home that belonged to her boy friend's father. they spent two days there before being spotted by an army helicopter. that moment when you stepped foot inside the helicopter -- >> yeah -- >> reporter: -- what was that like? >> oh, i had tears in my eyes and all a wanted to do is get to my mama. >> wesley died a hero. >> reporter: others were not as lucky. >> wesley just grabbed each of us and looked in our face and said we have to get out of this car now. >> reporter: nathan jennings and
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emily briggs were trying to make their escape with wesley quinlan and wiyanna nelson. a torrent of water surrounded their car. >> wesley screamed her name and he dove into the water after her. handy saved her, and he grabbed her, and he got her up. and then the current was just too much. it was going 50 miles an hour, and they all just got swept away, but he did everything that he could. >> reporter: can you believe that you're alive and able to tell what happened? >> it just seemed so unfair that the four of us went up there, and only two of us get to come back. >> reporter: the full scope of this tragedy is still being revealed as more people arrive at emergency shelters. on monday, school buses brought about 300 people to this boulder ymca. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, boulder, colorado. an israeli official says president obama will meet in washington with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. on september 30th. the syrian crisis is expected to
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be one of the top issues. yesterday a united nations report confirmed that rockets loaded with deadly sarin gas were used in syria last month. david martin has more. >> reporter: the evidence of a chemical attack collected by a u.n. inspector was in their words clear and convincing. it included samples of blood and soil, fragments of spent rockets and interviews with doctors and survivors. all collected in part from intelligence the obama administration used to determine that the nerve agent sarin had killed thousands of civilians. >> it was indisputable. >> reporter: ban said it was the worst chemical weapons attack since saddam hussein gassed the kurds of northern iraq a quarter century ago. but neither he nor the report itself said who was to blame, the regime of bashar al assad or the opposition. the inspectors were not
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allowed to reach conclusions about responsibility, but that didn't stop samantha power, the american ambassador to the u.n., from insisting the report confirmed what the obama administration has been saying all along. >> the technical details of the u.n. report make clear that only the regime could have carried out this large-scale chemical weapons attack. >> reporter: an appendix included photos of a short-range rocket known to be manufactured by russia which has long sold weapons to the syrian regime. a second rocket was specially manufactured to hold a large amount of chemical agent. and in the inspectors' opinion could not have been made by amateurs. it stopped short of a smoking gun and did not change the russian ambassador's mind. >> allegations in fact it was the opposition who used chemical weapons could not be simply shrugged off. >> reporter: after the report was issued, president obama signed an order allowing the u.s. to provide chemical protection gear both to u.n. inspectors who will go back into
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syria and to members of the opposition. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. well, coming up on "morning news," raised from the water, a grounded cruise ship is pulled upright nearly two years after it capsized off of italy. we'll go back to the scene. this is the "cbs morning news." '. i finally had a serious talk with my dermatologist. this time, he prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body. in clinical trials, most adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance. and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer have happened. blood, liver and nervous system problems,
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capsized the "costa concordia" is upright this morning. time-lapsed video shows the 19 hours of unprecedented salvage work. marine engineers used a system of cables, pulleys and weights as well as gravity to right the 1,000-foot long ship. it weighs 115,000 tons. next, the "costa concordia" will be repaired and moved. mark phillips is on giglio island, italy, with the very latest. good morning, mark. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. and what a difference a day makes. this is the "costa concordia," as you say, right side up.
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it took a monumental engineering effort, taking 20 months of planning and 19 hours of extreme effort on the part of a pulley system. and, of course, all of the people controlling it that finally got her upright. up don't have to look too hard at it to see the kind of ordeal that she's been through. the right or starboard side of the ship shows the evidence of the parts that were under water. it's all covered in a thick kind of scum. it's rusted, it's dented from where it was lying on the reef beside the island. at about 4:00 this morning, though, almost 20 hours after they had begun, the celebrations here started. horns blared and cheers rose. the man of the hour, nick sloan, the south african salvage master of this operation, the man who said that this could be done in spite of many doubts was in fact celebrated. afterwards, he said he wanted to speak to his wife and have a beer. so his priorities were true right through the end.
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you mentioned the time-lapsed photography, this in the early stages looked like it might take forever. in fact, there was some doubt along the way as to how long or whether it would be possible. the ship moved almost inperceptively for six or eight hours. later in the day, you could start to see more and more movement, as she'd been rotated the 65 degrees that she had to turn, and she's now resting on this undersea platform that they've built. most of the ship is still submerged. they've got a huge amount of work to do but the tense part of the operation, at least for now, appears to be over. >> and, mark, it looked very, very impressive. i know this is only stage one. the ship needs to be moved, and that must pose a host of other challenges. >> reporter: it is a whole other challenge. what they're going to do is put a series of floating containers along the starboard side, the damaged side of the ship,
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they're going to fill those and other boxes they've got on the other side with air and float her off. but it's a very fragile structure. it's been damaged twice. once hit a rock in the accident, and another time leaned up against the reef here. they're very worried whether she has the stability, as a structure, to be taken to the main land. but they'll float her off kind of on water wings, bring her to some italian port not named yet. and break her up for scrap. but even before that, though, there's still a matter of doing a search all through the vessel for the two missing people among the 32 killed on this, the two bodies, of course, were never found and they want to make sure they're not on board, anne-marie. >> mark phillips on giglio island, thanks very much. a frantic rescue caught on tape. good samaritans try to help a man trapped by fire five floors up. [ male announcer ] want healthy joints?°
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shots at farrell saturday hitting him ten times. farrell, a college football player, had been in a car crash and was apparently looking for help. his mother says she prays for him but wants him to leave the force. >> it took a piece out of my heart that can never be put back. >> the naacp is asking whether race played a role in the shooting. and a new york city man can thank a group of good samaritans for his life this morning. they saved him from a burning building. the man in red is hanging from a fifth floor window. cell phone video captures thick black smoke pouring from inside. the men on the fire escape use a ladder to create a platform finally reaching the man. they gide him to safety just as firefighters arrive on the scene. when we return, happy return. a homeless man in boston is honored for an incredibly good deed. boston is honored for an incredibly good deed. it's time for advil cold and sinus. [ male announcer ] truth is that won't relieve all your symptoms.
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the country. washington, d.c., sunshine. atlanta, there's a chance of thunderstorms. st. louis, mostly cloudy today. denver, sunny. and showers in seattle with a high of 66 degrees. well, a moment of silence before last night's "monday night football" matchup, the steelers, bengals and fans in cincinnati paused to remember the victims of the washington, d.c. shooting prior to kickoff. during the game, rookie running back giovani bernard forced two fumbles to lead the bengals to a 20-10 win over pittsburgh. and in boston a homeless man is being honored for his honesty. fred james received a special citation for turning in a backpack he found saturday. it contained $2,400 in cash and almost $40,000 in travelers checks. the bag was returned to its owner. james said he would not have kept a penny because he's extremely religious and god has always looked after him. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news."
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late actor james gandolfini had a red carpet premiere here in new york city last night. celebrities attended the screening for the comedy "enough said." co-star julia louis-dreyfus remembered the star. >> this performance is part of james gandolfini's legacy. is something to celebrate. he gave a beautiful performance of a kind, thoughtful, self-effacing character, very similar to who he was as a person. >> gandolfini filmed the movie about a year before he died of a heart attack in june. "enough said" opens tomorrow. a new study finds an increasing number of young breast cancer patients are taking radical steps to try to keep cancer away.
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but as susan mcginnis reports, it may not decrease this risk in the long run. >> reporter: when paloma garcia was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25 she made the tough decision to have surgery to remove both breasts even though the cancer was only in one. >> when i decided to have the double mastectomy, i pretty much thought what would keep me here longer for my daughter. >> reporter: a new science is forcing women to have a double mastectomy, over though most are aware the surgery will not improve survival rates. the study looked at 123 women age 40 and younger. >> one of the most striking findings is that most women say they do it for peace of mind. >> reporter: research shows the risk of getting breast cancer in the opposite breast is about 10% in ten years. >> if a woman develops second breast cancer in the opposite breast maybe that's going to be 10, 20 and 30 years later. the ten-year follow-up isn't
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quite long enough. >> reporter: dr. stephanie bernic counsels her patients about the science as well as the ricks and benefits, but says every woman needs to make an informed decision for herself. >> dr. bernic laid out the options and the only words i could hear was double ma mastectomy. deep down in my heart i knew that was it. >> reporter: paloma is getting ready to start the next phase of her treatment, chemotherapy. susan mcginnis cbs news. coming back on "cbs this morning," a full coverage of the navy yard investigation. we'll be live at the scene and we'll speak with john miller. plus, an update on the flood disaster in colorado. we'll look at the rescues of stranded residents. and in our morning rounds, a warning about the rise of drug-resistant germs. that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday morning. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ñáçwçñ ,,,,
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