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hundreds of thousands without power after suffering through a cold bleak christmas. bad weather and a surge in online shopping leave a crush of christmas packages that never made it to their destination. and get ready to shop. anxious retailers launch post-christmas mega sales. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for this thursday morning, december 26, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, hundreds of thousands of families from michigan to maine into canada face another day in the dark this morning. utility crews are working hard to fix power lines damaged in last weekend's ice storm, but some face another round of
winter weather today. forecasters are calling for 2 to 6 inches of snow and strong winds. as bigad shaban reports, the lack of electricity didn't dim christmas for some families. >> reporter: it was a cold christmas for hundreds of thousands of people in the northeast and the upper midwest who endured another day without power. 8-year-old cheyenne decatur wasn't sure if her family would find her since she and her family spent the holiday at a shelter. >> i'm thinking my mom went to our house and put a note under the tree so when he came there, he took a few christmas presents that he put down and came over here. >> reporter: the decaturs' home in central michigan has been without electricity since an ice storm hit last weekend. temperatures are in the teens in portland, maine, where crews are working around the clock to restore power. >> i'd much rather be home with my family and kids. my kids are in a warm home playing play station and xbox
and these kids up here are just trying to stay warm. >> reporter: trees are coated with ice and officials are worried wind gusts could take down even more frozen branches that could slow down repairs. >> we kind of have given up on christmas. it's now survival mode. >> reporter: parts are facing another wintry round. forecasters expect even more snow overnight. bigad shaban, cbs news. well, christmas will come at least a day late for some families who relied on ups and fedex for their presents. the shippers experienced delivery delays and could not make the holiday deadline. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. this is happening to families across the country, santa arriving a day late, in some cases two days late as both fedex and ups scramble to play catchup. fedex and ups are called in extra drivers and are even renting u-haul trucks to hit the
roads to deliver presents that didn't make it in time for christmas. i picked out harry potter stuff for my youngest. >> reporter: vickie madison had nothing under her tree in wichita, kansas, yesterday. >> i was really excited. i couldn't wait to see her face and it didn't happen. so i was disappointed. >> ups and fedex say bad weather and extra last-minute online shopping were to blame. ups said the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity of our network. some angry customers complained on the ups facebook page while others took to twitter with the hash tag upsfailed. many took the delays to stride. in boston gary expressed sympathy. >> i saw ups and fed express truck drivers out there at 10:00, 11:00 at night doing the best they could.
>> some online retailers and amazon.com are offering gift cards for items that didn't arrive on time. now, the companies are also blaming the shorter holiday season this year and also americans' tendency to wait until the last minute. anne-marie? >> yeah. it certainly is tough. susan mcginnis in washington. millions of americans rushed to sign up for health insurance in the final days before the obamacare deadline. that is creating a new concern this morning about the start of coverage on january 1st. wyatt andrews reports. >> reporter: the administration always predicted people would shop for insurance at the last minute, and that's what's happened in state after state. in washington state, of the 65,000 people who bought private insurance through obamacare so far, 20,000 enrolled last weekend. in kentucky enrollment increased by 5,000. in connecticut 6,700 enrolled. and in california, an
unprecedented 100,000 have signed up sid friday. peter lee is the executive director of cupboard california. >> we think in four days we had over 400,000 people enrolled. it shows that people are not only getting message but they're spreading the message. they're telling friends and family members which i think is going to carry into january, february, and march. >> reporter: the last-minute spike in enrollments now puts pressure on insurance companies to process hundreds of thousands of new customers in a short time. karen defnall who runs a day care in virginia said she thought she enrolled last week, but has no confirmation from her insurance plan. she's concerned she won't have proof of insurance when her coverage is supposed to begin next week. you're worried about what exactly? >> what if a need comes up? what if january 2nd i have an injury and i have go to the
hospital? they're going to ask for insurance verification, and i don't have anything to give them. will i be denied coverage? will i be denied access? >> this surge of late signups is good for patients who finally have insurance, but it's likely that the first few weeks of obamacare will be confusing. some whoo think they have insurance will not get their cards on time and still others will think they have insurance but have fallen through the cracks. wyatt andrews, cbs news, washington. >> on the "cbs moneywatch" now, post-christmas bargain hunting and new fallout in the target credit card breach. marlie hall is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, marlie. >> good morning, anne-marie. retailers aren't ready to call the holiday shopping season over just yet. retailers from amazon to old navy are launchings after-christmas mega sales. they're hoping to lure people back into the stores to make up for the sales slump this season. some brick and mortar stores
open their doors today at 5:00 a.m. while some etailers kicked off their fire sales on christmas day. asian stocks were mixed after china's cabinet predicted the economic growth will be slightly down. the shanghai composite lost more than 1%. tokyo's nikkei added 1%. hong kong's hang seng is closed for the holiday. the markets here reopen this morning after traders took christmas off and called it quits early on tuesday. an unexpectedly large increase in orders for manufactured goods pushed stocks higher. on christmas eve the dow ended the shortened day up nearly 63 points. the nasdaq finished 6.50 ahead. the theft of up to 40 million debit and credit card numbers from target could be a lot more damaging than previously thought. the hackers also got away with the p.i.n.s needed to withdraw
cash from victims' bank accounts. target said no unencrypted p.i.n.s were compromised. mcdonald's shut down its internal employee web page. that's after a tip recommended by workers recommended they avoid eating their own food. it shes a graphic of a burger, fries, and a soda and a caption that reads unhealthy choice. the page recommended to mcdonald's employees a salad and water as a healthy alternative. and for a place nicknamed the sunshine state, floridians apparently don't care much for the sun or at least the real thing. a study by the university of miami found more indoor tanning businesses in florida than mcdonald's, cvs pharmacies, and publix supermarkets. researchers discovered that only bank of america atms outnumbered tanning beds in florida. anne-marie? >> unbelievable. marlie hall at the new york stock exchange.
thank you, marlie. overseas now, the military-lead government. a muslim terror organization. the decision follows a suicide bomb attack on tuesday that killed 16 people. ousted president mohamed morsi is a member of that group. and president obama spent part of his christmas thanking troops. the president and the first lady took a break from their hawaii vacation to visit a marine base. hundreds of troops from various military branches heard from mr. obama after eating christmas dinner. >> and coming up on the "morning news," the dangerous flu season. we will tell you why it is not too late to get your flu vaccine this year. this is the "cbs morning news." vaccine this year. this is the "cbs morning news."
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his way to work and two other drivers stopped and helped pull the man to safety. the officer suffered first-degree burns in the rescue. and a ship trapped in ice off the antarctica could get a little help later on today. the ship is part tour boat and part research vessel operated by a new zealand tour company. there are 1,700 passengers and crews aboard. they're trapped in a remote area of antarctica but the ship has power and plenty of food. several ice breakers are en route to help. the centers for disease control report widespread flu outbreaks in four states. in texas it turned deadly. fewer than half of americans get vaccinated, but as anna werner reports, it's not too late to protect yourself. 30-year-old euless, texas, resident dustin wright came down with the flu days before thanksgiving. >> it was achy feeling, chills,
nothing more than that. >> reporter: his wife ashley said a few days later her husband and father was struggling to breathe so she rushed him to the emergency room. doctors told her he had the h1n1, swine flu. on december 5th he died. >> you don't think it would happen to you. we're always worried about our son getting a flu shot. we didn't worry about us. you don't hear of it or thing of it happening to you. >> reporter: at least five people have died in texas, all from swine flu. health officials say this year's vaccine can prevent swine flu and other flu strains if people get vaccinated. last year according to the cdc only 45% of meshamericans got t flu shot. dr. christopher perkins is the medical director for dallas county health and human services. >> so a lot of people don't react until they hear news of people die. >> when things are quiet, people tend to let their guard down. but when there are a lot of bells and whistles going on and people are hospitalized and actually some succumb to death,
that gets a lot of people's attention and we get overwhelmed with people seeking is out the vaccine. >> reporter: neither dustin wright nor his wife had a flu shot. >> what do you want people to know and think about? >> that things like this happen in their own backyard. you don't think it will, but it does. >> reporter: experts say peak flu season is february, so there is still time to get a shot that could save your life. anna werner, cbs news, dallas. well, straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. and in sports, dwyane wade and lebron james take it to the lakers in an off-the-glass fast break alley-oop. alley-oop. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? using stilts to take down the lights? not good. going to the kmart winter sales event? good. get up to 60% off winter apparel,
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double-double and james hardin scored 28 points as the houston rockets beat the spurs, 111-98. the rockets sought 52% from the field as they beat san antonio for the second time in two tries this season. in los angeles kobe bryant spent christmas on the bench with a fractured knee watching as miami's chris bosh, dwyane wade, and lebron james combined for 60 points. the heat beat the lakers 101-95. it was miami's sixth straight win, pulling the heat to within one game of first place in the eastern conference. oklahoma city crushed the new york knicks. the thunder are now tied with portland for the lead in the western conference. and serena williams is the "associated press" female athlete of the year. it is the third time williams has won the award. she went 78-4 this year,
injured in a fire in san francisco... the latest on e effort to bring it under control. several families in newark up to find nothing under the tree. the search for the cold-hearted thieves responsible. and, the holiday shopping sn isn't over quite yet. when you'll find the best post- christmas deals. join us for kpix 5 news this morning... beginning at 4:3 good morning. it's thursday, december 26th. i'm mark kelly, in for fran,
here's a look at today's fo here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. sunshine all around in washington, d.c., a high of 45. atlanta, 53. and sunny in st. louis and denver, but some early fog in seattle today. here's another look at this morning's top stories. hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses remain without power from the upper midwest into new england and canada. the weekend ice storm that knocked out electricity is also blamed for 27 deaths. and ups is bringing in extra workers to help with deliveries
it didn't make in time for christmas. both ups and fedex blame weather and overloaded systems for delays. google glass is providing a new view in the operating room. for one surgeon, the glasses give him a second pair of hands. mark strassmann reports. >> reporter: at the university of alabama-birmingham orthopedic surgeon brent ponce prepared for a shoulder replacement. behind his face shield he work google glass, the wearable computer. its built-in camera is streaming live video of the surgery to another surgeon 150 miles away in atlanta. for dr. phani dantuluri, he not only watched but was able to lend a hand. a ghostly hand was superimposed on the operating table. it appeared in ponce's google glass display. when you first put them on, what
was it like? >> it was a little bit of a light bulb experience. we not only had to say right here, right here. go faster from here to here. >> reporter: on this day ponce and dantuluri were testing the google glass paired with vipaar a video conferencing platform that allows users to interact with the picture. it may be another year before the combined technology goes mainstream. ponce is the only doctor testing it in surgery. >> with this technology, if i'm struggling, another surgeon is able to say, hey, get yours head in the game, let's do this, let's do this. we're able to walk through it together. so it's a little bit more of a safety net. >> it turns the surgery into a collaboration. >> without question. >> reporter: vipaar plans to expand the program to include more surgeons by the end of next year. mark strassmann, cbs news, birmingham, alabama.
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japan's prime minister visited a controversial shrine this morning. touching off angry criticism. shinzo abe went to tokyo's yasukuni shrine. they honor the war dead. china summoned the japanese ambassador today to lodge opposition to the visit. and back home, a group in ohio is spreading cheer this holiday season. as elaine quijano reports, they're doing it two wheels at a time. >> reporter: when the convoy rolled into this akron, ohio, neighborhood on sunday, no one knew what to expect. >> say thank you for your bike. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: all these children
received a brand-new bike for christmas. for some, it was their first ride ever. >> it's truly a blessing. >> it's a blessing in doing this for the neighborhood. >> reporter: the bike donation was made by joe caliri and tim howe. the two have been friends since grade school. >> there were children i went to school with who were on assistance or their parents were doing everything they could just to keep a roof over their head and i'm sure they didn't get much at christmastime. >> as soon as we put bikes on the ground -- >> reporter: so in 2006 they started elves and more. the organization raises money year-round to buy bicycles and then the group works with local law enforcement to identify an area where the bikes are needed most. >> reporter: why bikes? >> i think bikes represent a little freedom, you know? kids nowadays in the neighborhoods we go to, they look out their window and see prostitutes, drug dealers, see all these things people are doing that i wish they didn't
have to see. my wish is they get on a bicycle and go to the community center where maybe they'll find a mentor, somebody to make their life a little different. >> reporter: joe caliri was raised in this house in akron by a single mother. >> i feel like this is part of my journey. this is what i'm supposed to do. you're supposed to help the one behind you. >> reporter: caliri now a truck driver convinced his company to donate the trucks. now they volunteer. >> the first two years we went back to an area really close to joe's neighborhood and he called me that night and said, hey, i want to thank you because you let me bring bicycles back to the old neighborhood, and i would have never been able to do that without you. >> thank you. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: this year the group donated 1,300 bikes, giving every child here a chance for a merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you. >> reporter: elaine quijano, cbs news, akron, ohio.
>> now, that is what the season is all about. coming up after the local news on "cbs this morning," the post-christmas shopping season. we'll tell you what kind of discounts to expect. plus a battle over which city will host obama's presidential library. we'll see which places are in the running. >> and we'll sit down with legendary musician carlos santana. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
day. that will wake you up. if you had trouble getting up after a late-night christmas celebration at this hour, 30 degrees in santa rosa. freezing at the delta, 50 san francisco. 4 straight days so far of record highs here in the bay area. we'll talk about whether or not they will be the fifth. that's straight ahead. >> and you said it. a lot of people celebrating last night. so we're not expecting a big commute especially this early morning so right now that's the case toward the bay bridge toll plaza. no metering lights, not a lot of roadwork. good to go into san francisco. >> thank you. some developing news now in san francisco. two men were critically injured when their house caught fire. it was a three-alarm fire in the alamo square neighborhood on baker between mcallister and fulton streets. the fire started about 9:00 last night. there was a plume of smoke rising from the back of the house in the 600 block of baker street. a neighbor said she heard someg,