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% outrage in south carolina. a white police officer is charged with murder after video surfaces showing him shoot a fleeing black man in the back. >> the whole building is out. capitol blackout. a glitch at a power station puts millions in washington, d.c., in the dark. i'm excited. excited to be back. >> after missing last year's masters, tiger woods returns to augusta and is on the hunt for his fifth green jacket. joel burger. >> ashley king. >> and why a fast food giant is paying the tab for an illinois couple's wedding. captioning funded by cbs
this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, april 8th, 2015. good morning. i'm lauren lyster in for anne-marie green. this morning the justice department is launching a federal investigation into the deadly shooting of black man by a white police officer in souh carolina. the officer was arrested tuesday after the release of a dramatic video showing the incident. a warning, some viewers may find the graphic images disturbing to watch. the video shows officer michael slager firing eight times at walter scott as he runs away. slager has served with the north charleston police for five years. he was charged tuesday with murder and denied bond at a hearing.
if convicted, slager could face life in prison. activists plan to protest today. omar villafranca reports. >> reporter: the video is disturbing. a video shows an officer shoot black man in the back as he ran away. it turned into a foot pursuit. officer michael slager said he stopped the victim, 50-year-old walter scott for a taillight. slager's attorney said the officer felt threatened and that scott was trying to grab his stun gun. slager was arrested after this witness video surfaced. the video shows slager handcuffing scott after the shooting. the officer then walks back toward where the shots were fired, picks up an object and then drops it next to scott. >> it is the result of that video and the bad decision made by our officer. he will be charged with murder. >> reporter: anthony scott said his family is in mourning over
his brother's death, but is grateful a witness came forward with the video. >> if there wasn't a video, would we know the truth or would we have just gone with what was reported earlier? but we do know the truth now. >> reporter: the family and their attorneys say they are pursuing the right path through the courts and are calling for calm, not the violent protests seen in ferguson, missouri, and other towns. >> that does nothing whatsoever to help the situation. it only makes it worse. >> reporter: officer slager was denied bail and is awaiting his next court appearance. omar villafranca, cbs news, akins, south carolina. a man killed by florida police will have a video reviewed today. he was shot in february after family called for assistance. he has a history of mental problems. police gave the dash cam video to a lawyer for the family. >> this video is a blockbuster. it's a bombshell. >> hall's family has viewed the
video of the moments leading up to the shooting. they say it contradicts the police account. they've filed a wrongful death suit. a suburban new york police officer will not face civil rights charges for the deadly shooting of a college football player. pleasantville police officer hess fired on danroy henry jr. in 2010 when he failed to stop his car. hess ended up on top of the car and fired through the windshield. there's no evidence of criminal intent. two black candidates have been added to the city council. black representation will increase to three in the six-seat body. until tuesday the mayor and five of six council members were white in the largely black st. louis suburb. millions in the country's midsection are under the threat of dangerous storms today. severe weather is possible from
the upper plains into the midwest. the systems could bring hail, high winds, and possible tornadoes to kansas and oklahoma. stormed battled the st. louis area tuesday with lightning, rain, and hail. the heavy downpours triggered flash floods and covered roads ded roads. muddy waters surged into roads and covered parking lots in the community of baldwin. >> jury deliberations resumed this morning. the panel deciding the fate of dzhokhar tsarnaev met for hours tuesday. the seven women and five men are weighing dozens of counts. don champion is in boston. don, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lauren. while a conviction is almost certain, legal services do say it will take the jury some time. we could learn more information about what their thinking is, though, later this morning when they return to the courthouse to start deliberations again. for a second day a jury will try reaching a verdict in the case against dzhokhar tsarnaev.
jurors deliberated for more than seven hours monday but could not come to a unanimous decision. they did send the judge two questions which will be answered today. attorneys for the now 21-year-old have admitted he did play a role in the 2013 bombings which killed three people and injured more than 250 others but the jury still has to consider 30 counts against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty. as they do that, they'll examine the defense's main argument. their client would not have taken part would it not have been for his older brother tamerlan who died. during closing arguments defense attorney judy clark called tamerlan the mastermind behind the attacks and said he's the one who killed an mit officer four days later, but prosecutors say dzhokhar tsarnaev shared his brother's radical beliefs and was a participant.
>> reporter: the jurors were shown graphic video of tsarnaev placing a pressure cooker bomb right behind children. of all the places that he could have placed the bomb, he placed it right there, the prosecutor said. they asked the jury to remember 8-year-old martin richard who lost his life when the second bomb exploded near the finish line. again, we do not know what two questions the jurors have for the judge, but the judge will answer them later this morning when deliberations start again. of course, lauren, after the verdict, the punishment phase of this trial could take several days or even weeks to complete. >> all right. don champion reporting for us in boston. thanks, don. jurors will continue deliberations this morning in the murder trial of aaron hernandez. the jury heard closing arguments tuesday. lawyers for the former new england patriots star acknowledged for the first time that he was at the scene of the killing of odin lloyd.
two co-defendants are facing trial and are said to be the blame. prosecutors say hernandez pulled the trigger. seven people died in the crash of a small plane including athletic officials at ill state university. the plane went down in dense fog early tuesday short of the central illinois regional airport. it was returning from the ncaa basketball finals. in indianapolis. the athletic department's deputy director aaron leetch and associate basketball coach torrey ward were among those killed. coming up on the "morning news," lights out in the capitol. we'll show you what happens when an outage hit washington. and blackout on stage. a candidate for mayor passes out during a televised debate. this is the "cbs morning news." >> announcer: this portion of "cbs morning news" sponsored by vagisil, the experts in intimate health. vagisil, the experts in intimate stops odor from happening for all day confidence. when you feel fresh all day you feel confident. vagisil. your intimate health experts.
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two people were two people were rescued from a fire on the upper floors of a six-story building in los angeles. they were apparently trapped by heavy smoke. the ladder was used to get the man and the woman down. it took more than an hour to put out the fire. philadelphia mayoral candidate lynne abraham is resting this morning after collapsing during a debate. the former district attorney fainted while on a live debate last night. she was helped to the back of the stage where she was helped by a doctor. it will not affect her campaign for mayor. kentucky senator rand paul is now in the race for the republican presidential nomination. paul made it official with a rally in louisville yesterday. the tea party favorite is hoping to expand his base to win the 2016 republican nomination. >> too often when republicans have won, we've squandered our victory by becoming part of the washington machine. that's not who i am.
>> paul campaigns today in new hampshire as he visits early voting states in the next four days. electricity is back on today in washington, d.c. after widespread outages. the white house and capitol were affected by the power loss tuesday caused by a problem at a transfer station in southern maryland. craig boswell reports. >> reporter: a power outage affected customers in the washington area tuesday including the white house. >> during the period in which it seemed to be most noticeable, i was with the president and he did not notice. >> the whole building is out. >> reporter: state department deputy spokes penn used a cell phone light to continue taking reporters' questions in the dark. the lights even went out on oprah at a dedication ceremony at maya angelou's forever stamp. d.c.'s dupont central took a power hit and passengers climbed up the steep escalator to the street. the national cherry blossom brings a million and a half to washington and bus loads were on
the national mall when the power outage forced some museums to evacuation. at the national museum of the american indian the jen raters went on but caused a different problem. >> it caused a fuse or something to blow, which caused an electrical spark. there was no actual fire but there was a lot of smoke. >> reporter: outside the national air & space museum, tourists could only sit and wait. >> it was a little disappointing because they wanted to go in. >> reporter: classes at university of maryland were canceled for the rest of the afternoon. for some businesses a sidewalk sale worked out just fine. craig boswell, cbs news, washington. straight ahead, a whopper of a surprise. an illinois couple named joel burger and ashley king get a big wedding gift from a fast food giant. details in "moneywatch." big wedding gift from a fast food giant. details in "moneywatch."
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it could be the biggest merger in a decade. royal deutsche shell has agreed to buy british gas producer b.g. group. this deal is worth nearly $70 billion. shell is already europe's largest oil company. and if approved it would close in on exxonmobil as the world's biggest oil producer. gas prices this summer should be about 32% lower than a year ago. it's lower than six years according to the energy department forecast. that would put prices at about $2.45 during the busy summer driving season. here on wall street investors will be watching for the latest federal reserve minutes this afternoon. the dow fell about 5 points yesterday, the s&p lost 4 points, the nasdaq dropped 7 points. tickets go on sale today for the world trade observatory. the deck is the tallest in the u.s. will open to the public on may 29th. so the main public viewing face
is on the 100th floor, giving visitors a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings from about 1,200 feet. the lyric manuscript to a rock and roll classic sells for over a million dollars. ♪ bye-bye miss american pie ♪ >> don mclane's 1979 hit "american pie" sold. christie's auction house sold the handwritten lyrics tuesday to an anonymous buyer. and the burger/king wedding is being paid for by the restaurant. joel burger and ashley king will be getting married in july. a spokesman for burger king restaurants said the company felt an overwhelming urge to help the couple celebrate their marriage and joel and ashley are happy about it. >> big things happen to little people. i mean we're two small town
kids, just grew up together, and we fell in love, and had the right names. >> the couple has been known as "burger king" since they met in the fifth grade. lauren? >> i bet they didn't know back then they would have their wedding paid for as a result of that. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange. thank you. when we return, tiger's return to augusta national. tiger said he's ready to compete as he gears up for the masters, and a shot at another green jacket. . ♪ to you, they're more than just a pet. so protect them... ...with k9 advantix® ii. it's broad-spectrum protection k ills fleas ticks and mosquitoes too. k9 advantix® ii. for the love of dog™.
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straight ncaa championship last night by defeating notre dame, 63-53. it is the tenth championship for uconn coach gino aureno auriemma tying him for most tournament titles. auriemma credited his players. >> any time you're in a situation, trying to win a tournament, especially the national tournament, you know, so many things have to go right and you have to have players that make those plays, that make it go right. >> brianna stewart was named the final four's most outstanding player for a third straight year. meanwhile there was a party in durham, north carolina. coach mike krzyzewski and his duke men's team celebrated their tournament win. it was his fifth championship win.
in baseball san diego breaks open a tied game in the ninth inning. they drive in three runs on back-to-back hits and newly acquired kimbrel strikes out the side as san diego wins, 7-3. tiger woods says he's excited to be back at augusta national and is ready to go for his fifth victory at the masters. woods walked the course tuesday. a back injury kept him out of last year's tournament and forced him to the sidelines two months ago. woods explained to reporters how he got himself ready. >> i worked my [ bleep ] off. that's the easiest way to kind of describe it. i worked hard. >> reporter: today woods' son and daughter will serve as his caddies for the par 3 tournament. you can watch the last two days of the masters right here on cbs. our coverage starts saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. eastern and the final round begins sunday at 2:00.
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the sport of rugby has a lot in common with american football. one concern they both share, the long-term impact of concussions. a team in england is experimenting with new technology that could help protect its players and those in football. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: the violent collisions are just as jarring as those dished out any given sunday on the gridiron but without the pads. >> i'll tell you, the weight and the collisions probably about the same. >> reporter: hayden smith ought to know. he played tight end for the new york jets before returning to
professional rugby for the lawn-based saracens. >> in rugby you're very exposed with your face and your head and you try most often to tackle with your shoulder. >> reporter: alarmed by the price of concussions in the nfl, the consequences of high impact risk as tnld and the risk of long-term brain damage. they've begun using a pioneering system that compiles detailed analysis of knocks to the head. stick-on sensors about the size of a band aide behind the ear measure the amount and severity of each blow. the results are uploaded and analyzed over the season. the saracens are the first professional rugby team in the country to try out the new technology in order to ensure that what happens on the field doesn't impact players' lives off the field for years to come. >> i'll go ahead and hit our doesn'ty here. >> reporter: the x patch as it's
called was developed by a company in seattle. the company's ceo generalton says the idea was to pick up on small problems before they become big ones. >> if you imagine being removed from the playing field the minute they have a real concussion risk by avoiding subsequent concussions and more serious injuries, we believe they would actually play more, their careers would be longer. >> reporter: for the saracens, wearing the patch is voluntary, but the performance director philip morison said all his players wear them and they didn't need much convincing. - >> they want to make sure they're going to be okay in 20 years' time, and i think things have eevolved over the years where it used to be your bets are off if you think about that. >> does it go through your mind that you have this thing and it's monitoring what you have to do? >> you have a job to do.
you focus on the job at hand and a little patch behind your ear is the last thing you're thinking about. >> reporter: but while their heads are in the game, that little patch is now keeping score of what's happening inside them. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more on the deadly south carolina police officer shooter. we'll hear from legal analyst rikki klieman. and a look at how the redesign of a surfboard may help reduce shark attacks. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thank you for watching. i'm lauren lyster. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
>> i'm frank mallicoat. happy tuesday. nearly 4:30. actually wednesday, right? >> wednesday! >> yeah. >> wow! where'd the week go! [ laughter ] >> how about a little traffic and weather? and a little bit of a change from yesterday morning, huh? >> did you say it is wednesday? >> i did. >> it's "hump day"! >> that's right. good morning, everyone. we do still have a little bit of light rain in and around the bay area at this particular time. hi-def doppler radar picking up a couple of cells in the north bay just cleared out. 30s in santa rosa and napa. 50s in the santa clara valley. gradual clearing today in the 60s. the full seven-day forecast is straight ahead. >> and checking the roads, because of the light rain you might have slick surfaces this morning but no accidents according to chp just roadwork. eastbound 92 foster city to clawiter two lanes shut down until 6:00. so heads up