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another outburst of violence in chicago. more than a dozen people are wounded when a south side park erupts in gunfire. a budget battle brews on capitol hill as house republicans take another shot at the president's health care reform measure. and at the vatican, a dramatic shift in tone. pope francis says the church has become obsessed with abortion and homosexuality. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 20th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, chicago is coping with an out burst of gun violence overnight. at least 18 people were shot in separate incidents in just four hours and at least one person is dead. in one mass shooting police say
a gunman opened fire in a south side park. witnesses describe a terrifying scene after a man began shooting from a car. 13 people were wounded, including a 3-year-old boy. the child and two others are in critical condition and police believe it's gang related. no one's been arrested. the neighborhood where the shooting happened is part of a recent effort to reduce gun violence. and now to washington where the house is expected to vote today on a bill to fund the government, but the legislation also includes a republican-backed measure that would kill president obama's health care overhaul. it sets up a showdown with democrats. susan mcginnis has the details from washington. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. if this bill passes the house, it has virtually no future in the senate. the senate will take that bill, strip out the part that defunds obama care, and send it back to the house. now, this back-and-forth could
go on for some time. meanwhile a government shutdown hangs in the balance. house republicans are taking a strong stand against obama care. >> i think our position is very clear. the law is a train wreck. >> the house is expected to pass a bill today that would keep the government running, but it cuts off funding for the health care law. the vote sets the stage for a showdown between republicans in the house and democrats in the senate. >> we're sending a strong message to the house, we will not blink. >> i expect my senate colleagues to do everything they can to defund this law just like the house is going to do. >> the two sides have less than two weeks to compromise or face a partial government shutdown beginning october 1st. most agree that could hurt a struggling economy and some political careers. government services like museums and national parks could close and hundreds of thousands of government workers could be forced to stay home without pay. lawmakers in both parties could end up paying the price. >> if you're an incumbent
candidate heading into 2014, i don't think any swing voters, republican or democratic leaning, want to see that there is a government shutdown. >> polls show more americans would blame republicans for a shutdown than democrats, which is why some republican senators call the house gamble bad bet. now, republicans are already, some of them already sending signals that they're not willing to take this fight all the way to a government shutdown. they'll do another attack on health care as a price to pay for the debt ceiling. anne-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. the house has voted to cut $4 million from the food stamp program. 40 million americans use food stamps. the costs have more than doubled
in the last five years. conservatives say it's bloated but the democrats say the increase in numbers during the recession shows food stamps are needed. a senate version proposes far smaller cuts. now the obama administration wants to put strict limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants. today the president will propose rules that will reshape the way we get power, moving the country toward cleaner sources of electricity. they wouldn't immediately affect coal plants already in operation. new plants would have to install technology to capture carbon dioxide and store it. coal accounts for 40% of electricity in the u.s. and one third of our greenhouse gas emissions. pope francis is signaling a dramatic shift in tone for the catholic church, telling a jesuit magazine it needs to be more open. he says they're putting too much emphasis on homosexuality and abortion.
vinita nair reports. >> reporter: pope francis is sew lid fig his image as a new pope. in a new interview appearing in catholic journals around the world pope francis warns that the moral structure of the church, quote, is likely to fall like a house of cards if it remains obsessed with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. the most important thing is the first proclamation, jesus christ has saved you and the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all. the pope's comments are making news at a time when some american bishops are criticizing him for not making moral issues like abortion a priority. >> i was sort of thunderstruck by some of the things that he said. it's a very candid assessment of the kind of pressures he faces in his job and his response. >> reporter: do you think that his actions will bring more people back to the catholic church or to the catholic church? >> i do. i really do. i think a lot of people will be
attracted to it that were put off by some of the actions of the church lately. >> reporter: pope francis says he is not suggesting any changes in the church's teachings. he admits to being a sinner and says the church should welcome, not exclude, and show mercy, not condemnation. vinita nair, cbs news, new york. the private security firm that did a background check on the washington gunman is facing scrutiny this morning. the company, usis, also investigated edward snowden when he went through security clearance. bob orr reports. >> reporter: surveillance video shows gunman aaron alexis prowled the third and fourth floors of 197 hunting for targets. he was armed with a shotgun sawed off at both ends and he carried extra shotgun shells in the pockets of his cargo pants. in an off-camera session with reporters today, fbi director
james comey said there was no discernible pattern to alexis's movements. he was just wandering the halls looking for people to shoot. comey said alexis was not looking for a particular person or group. contrary to initial accounts, comey said there's no evidence that alexis fired from the fourth floor hallway down to the atrium below. the killings happened at closer range. but one of the victims was actually outside the building shot by alexis through an open door. when alexis exhausted his shotgun ammunition, he began shooting with a semi-automatic beretta pistol taken from a security guard he had killed. eventually he was pinned down by police. in a sustained exchange of gunfire. while investigators have mapped how the attack played out, their analysts are still struggling to understand why it happened. alexis scratched two cryptic phrases on the shotgun.
"better off this way" and "my e.l.f. weapon." but fbi analysts are still looking for a motive, searching for clues in the phone and internet communications. while agents found no evidence that alexis went off a specific individual, he did target his most recent workplace. alexis was part of a team handling a computer upgrade inside building 197. bob orr, cbs news, washington. a top official in syria says the civil war is at a stalemate and neither side is strong enough to win. they tell britain's painer it's time for a cease fire. meanwhile secretary of state john kerry is calling on the u.n. security council to move on a plan to rid syria of chemical weapons. >> this fight about syria's
chemical weapons is not a game. it's real. it's important. it's important to the lives of people in syria. it's important to the region. it's important to the world. >> the u.s. wants a resolution that makes the plan enforceable if syria fails to comply. now, coming up on the "morning news," contaminated floodwaters. flood victims in colorado face a new danger following massive oil spills. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." [ male announcer ] let's go places. but let's be ready. ♪ let's do our homework. ♪ let's look out for each other. let's look both ways before crossing. ♪ let's remember what's important. let's be optimistic. but just in case -- let's be ready. let's go places, safely. still running in the morning? yeah. getting your vegetables every day? when i can. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories.
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>> reporter: emergency sirens went off in lyons at 2:20 last thursday morning as floodwaters swept through town. 83-year-old jerry bowlen was not seen since. amy howe was his daughter. >> it's extremely hard. i wouldn't wish it on anyone. >> reporter: they planned to take separate cars to their daughter's house but the traffic was washed out by water and bridges. sharon pulled ore in hopes of spotting her husband. moments later she became trapped by flooding water. this was a video. a front end loader was the fastest way to get her out. five days passed before jerry's truck was found under water near the coup home. the family thinks he was looking for his wife. >> they were looking for each other. they just didn't know where they were. >> reporter: i bet you miss him. >> i miss him so much i would
give anything, but i have all of his words, i have all of his advice, i have everything he raised me with. >> reporter: late thursday afternoon the boulder county sheriff's office said jerry bowlen's body had been found. it was located about a half mile downstream from the family's home in an area that had been flooded. anna werner, cbs news, lyons, colorado. >> heartbreaking stories. on the "cbs moneywatch" now the housing market gets a bit of a boost, and women make gains in the job market. wendy gillette is here in new york with that and more. good morning, wendy. >> good morning, anne-marie. asian stocks were mostly lower amid holidays in the region. tokyo's nikkei lost a fraction. hong kong's hang seng is closed. on wall street, a slight cooling off after wednesday's big rally. the dow slipped 40 points on thursday while the nasdaq rose 5 points. gold prices soared 4%, its
biggest one-day jump in five years. more news the economy is getting stronger. a group of economists say the index of leading indicators went up by 0.7% in august. that followed a gain of half a percent in july. sales of existing homes increased almost 2% in august. the national association of realtors said that's 13% higher than a year ago and the highest level in more than six years. the average price for a single-family home is now $212,000, 14% higher than a year ago. falling mortgage rates could help push those sales. the average 30-year loan has fallen to 4.5% and more homeowners are making their mortgage payments on time. the credit reporting agency transunion says the late payment rate in 2009 was almost 4% but last year it improved to just under 2%. and more women are joining the work force, but they're getting low paying jobs like
waitresses, in-home health care, and housekeeping. according to a study by the national women's law center from 2009 to 2012, 60% of women got jobs that paid $10 an hour or less. anne-marie? >> good news, a little not so good news. >> exactly. >> wendy gillette here in new york. thanks very much, wendy. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. and in sports some brotherly love as andy reid makes his return to philadelphia. aw this is tragic man, investors just like you could lose tens of thousands of dollars on their 401(k) to hidden fees. thankfully e-trade has low cost investments and no hidden fees. but, you know, if you're still bent on blowing this fat stack of cash, there's a couple of ways you could do it. ♪ ♪
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new york, partly sunny today but thunderstorms in miami and in chicago. heavy rain, dallas, high of 78. los angeles, partly sunny today. and time now for a check of the national forecast. heavy rain is going to pound the southeast. most of the rain will hit texas and the lower mississippi valley. some areas could get up to 5 inches. a cold front will trigger showers and thunderstorms across parts of the midwest. it will be dry in the northeast. and a new storm will push into washington, oregon, and northern california. in sports, a successful homecoming for former eagles coach andy reid. reid, now the coach of the kansas city chiefs, was fired last year after coaching the eagles for 14 seasons. the chiefs forced five turnovers and sacked michael vick six times. kc eagles beat them.
they got their third win of the season. in baseball the los angeles dodgers clinched their first title since 2009. the dodgers rallied behind a pair of hanley ramirez home runs to beat arizona. 7-6. they were last in their division, but they've gone 58-23 since. they celebrated with a dip in the diamondbacks' center field pool. john lackey pitched a two-hitter. he didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning. red sox beat baltimore, 3-1, clinching at least a wild-card berth. and elvis andrus drove in three runs including this home run. they have a top wild-card spot this the american league. when we return, another look at the morning's top story, and carrying on a political legacy. caroline kennedy testifies at a senate confirmation hearing on her road to japan. senate confirmation hearing on her road to japan.
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., partly sunny. atlanta will be patchy and cloudy today. thunderstorms in st. louis though. mostly sunny in denver and rain in seattle. and here's another look at this morning's top stories. more than a dozen people were wounded in a shooting at a chicago park last night. a 3-year-old boy and two others are in critical condition. police are looking for the gunman. and house republicans plan a vote today on a bill to fund the government, but it would cripple obama care, setting up a showdown with democrats that could lead to a government shutdown in october. caroline kennedy appears to be one step closer to being named u.s. ambassador to japan. the daughter of president john f. kennedy met with a senate committee thursday and faced gentle questioning from democrats and republicans. kennedy says she hopes to continue her father's commitment
to public service. >> if confirmed as ambassador, i would be humbled to carry forward his legacy in a small way and represent the powerful bonds that unite our two democratic societies. >> if confirmed, kennedy will be the fefrt woman the first woman to be u.s. ambassador to japan. and get ready for a showdown in gilbertson, pennsylvania. town officials voted thursday to fire potty-mouthed police chief mark kessler. they suspended him two months ago after he posted questionable videos. couple of weeks. and a joking judge in jersey is out of a job. in court he is judge sicari. but when he's doing comedy on stage his name is vipps august. on thursday the state supreme court ruled that he can't do both, so sicari decided to hang up his robes and resign, but he said he will continue to
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next month president obama will bestow the medal of honor to william swenson. he's being recognized for hard fought battle in the afghan war more than four years ago. as david martin reports, extraordinary video has surfaced showing swenson in action. >> reporter: that's swenson, the one without a helmet while bullets flew all around. >> everybody was taking fire. the whole valley was just a giant ambush. it was crazy. >> reporter: sergeant kevin durst of the california national guard was crew chief of the medevac helicopter which flew into that valley in afghanistan four years ago. both he and the pilot recorded the area with cameras in their helmets producing this dramatic
video which is only now coming to light. durst first spotted swenson from the air. >> we saw him because he laid down with a panel marker. it's a bright orange panel. he was lying on his back and it was on his chest so we could see him. >> reporter: that panel also made him for an easier target for the enemy shooting down from three sides. sergeant westbrook had been hit in the throat and was bleeding to death. swenson helped westbrook to the helicopter, and then amid the combat something beautiful happened. >> sergeant westbrook leaned down and captain swenson leerned down. they kind of looked at each other and it appeared that they were talking but captain swenson kissed him on the forehead and tapped him on the head. >> stop the action. you can see it clearly. >> it's the brotherhood. your buddy is getting put on a medevac helicopter. you're going to have to wait to see him for a couple of hours. he's going to have to go back to the hospital. you're going go back to your
battle, and then you'll see him get. >> reporter: but he never saw him again. they got him to the hospital for a transfusion but 29 days later he died of complications. swenson went back into the battle. when durst and his medevac team returned to pick up more casualties, they found swenson further up the valley even more exposed to enemy fire, aiding wounded afghan soldiers and searching for four missing americans. >> he did things that nobody else would ever do, and he did it for his guys and for everybody on the ground to get them out. >> reporter: durst's medevac left before swenson performed his final act of courage, going forward under fire to recover the bodies of those four missing americans. the army's official account makes no mention of the kiss swenson gave his doomed sar jemt, but that one act explains everything about why soldiers fight.
they fight for each other. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more on the pope's comments on gays and abortion. we'll speak with archbishop of new york cardinal timothy dolan. plus, we'll meet the folks behind ifixit.com who were one of the first to get their hands on the brand-new iphone. and a company on a mission to find alternatives for egg-based foods. that's it for "cbs morning news" on this friday morning. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
next to you. >> how's the weather? >> how did you guys like summer? >> it's over! >> looks like we are back into some fall weather conditions outside a lot of clouds out there now chilly in santa rosa 45. we have a chance of some showers coming up. we'll talk about it coming up. >> a live look at the south bay this morning, san jose one at trimble at 4:30 this morning pretty much cruising along on most major freeways. overnight roadwork, more coming up. a 3-year-old boy is among 13 people hurt in a shooting at a park in chicago. ambulances and police rushed to the scene just after 10:00 last night. authorities say at least two gunmen opened fire on people playing basketball. >> i heard 20 shots. i just walked over here and police is over here real quick.