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[ laughter ] [ overlapping speakers ] captions by: caption colorado good morning to our viewers in the west, it is thursday, december 22nd, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." >> commandos launch overnight raids in the international manhunt for the berlin truck attack suspect. officials now say americans are among the injured. former top employees at a drug company are accused of bribing doctors to prescribe opioid pain medicine. the alleged conspiracy that highlights america's painkiller addiction epidemic. and a holiday rush is hammering online retailers and shipping companies like never before. we'll take you inside the mad dash to get all the christmas packages delivered on time. >> we begin with a look at
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today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> the amount of information that they had on this man is extraordinary. only to let him go and drop off the radar. >> the manhunt widens for the suspected berlin attacker. >> anis amri has links to islamist extremists and alikely to be armed and dangerous. >> it's an attack on humanity. >> the president-elect sat down with the ceos of boeing and lockheed martin that he has criticized for going over budget on defense contracts. >> we're going to get it done for less than that and we're committed to working together to make sure that happens. >> the death toll has now climbed following that fireworks disaster in mexico. >> many are still fighting for their lives at local hospitals. >> uber is pulling its self-driving cars off california roads. the state has revoked registrations for all of those self-driving vehicles. >> a popular youtube star known for playing pranks claims he was kicked off a delta flight for
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speaking arabic. >> this is not prank. no prank at all. >> the queen and duke of edinburgh have left london for their christmas holiday after they were forced to delay their departure due to colds. >> a natural gas leak caused a massive explosion in columbus, ohio. several homes and businesses were damaged. >> all of that. >> the zamboni in the drive-thru line at a tim horton's pretty much most canadian thing you're going to see all day long. >> what's black and white and also black and blue? the poor snowman who had his block knocked off in a playful romp with a giant panda. >> and all that matters. >> one user hits the christmas jackpot. she got microsoft founder bill gates as her secret santa. >> she's now enjoying her christmas gift in, the country of belgium. >> on "cbs this morning." >> vice president joe biden will reportedly work at the university of pennsylvania once he leaves office. apparently hey had an opening for cool r.a. >> this morning's eye opener is presented by toyota. let's go places.
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welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie rose and gayle king are enjoying some time off. anthony mason and alex wagner from cbs this morning saturday are here. >> good morning. >> good to have you guys here. we start with this in germany, the country now says two americans were among the injured when a truck rammed into a christmas market in berlin killing 12 people. the search for a suspect in monday's attack has now spread across europe. the suspect anis amri was put on a u.s. no-fly list five months ago. >> german police launched new raids overnight, but amri remains on the run. his family is asking him to surrender. charlie d'agata is at the scene of the attack in berlin where that christmas market has now reopened. charlie, good morning. >> good morning. well they've reopened parts of the christmas market. as you can see, i can't really say there's been a resumption of christmas festivities. the mood here is somber. let's bring you up to date on the well-being of the american
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richard ramirez, it 62 years old still in the hospital being treated in intensive care unit. it's thought his partner a german national did not survive the attack. the second russell schultz from austin, treated and relesioned for what he said were minor injuries but he said he lost two friends. meanwhile the manhunt is under way for the person thought to be responsible for all this heartache and damage. armed forces in beryl and and far beyond went on the hunt for their new target and anyone who may have been providing him with help or support. as it turns out the face of germany's prime suspect was also a familiar one to german authorities. the alert names hims aanis amri, a tunisian national with six false names and nationalities. and said he should be considered armed and dangerous. video posted on his facebook page attributed to amri is one of the few moving images of the suspect. here's what we do know. he crossed into germany in july
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2015. he applied for asylum but was rejected in the summer of 2016. he was already known to authorities as a possible terror threat and he'd been under surveillance until three months before the attack. that's because of his alleged ties to this man, abu walaa, an iraqi arrested in germany only last month accused of recruiting fighters for isis. amri should have been deported. after his asylum request was denied. but he wasn't, and authorities are asking why. he'd even been in custody after being caught with fake papers. back home in tunisia, amri's brother walid said he was shocked by his brother's alleged involvement in the attack. he said if he could see me now i would tell him, you should not have done this. amri presents a worse-case scenario from this government, a failed asylum seeker with connections to isis. an alleged mass murderer, and still on the run. >> anti-terror raids continue
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here in the capital and along the dutch border where amri had lived. german media is reporting that amri's fingerprints have been found on the cab of that truck. >> charlie d'agata in berlin, thanks. president-elect donald trump says the berlin attack proves he is right about restricting muslims from coming to the u.s. the president-elect spoke to reporters in florida before meeting from ceos of defense contractors. they discussed lowering the price of some major projects. julianna goldman is covering the trump transition for us. good morning. >> good morning. on the day his advisers said was devoted to national security, president-elect donald trump briefly emerged from his mar-a-lago club and weighed in publicly for the first time on monday's terror athak in berlin. >> it's an attack on humanity. that's what it is. it's an attack on humanity. and it should be stopped. >> reporter: standing next to his incoming national security adviser mike flynn, who's drawn criticism for comments perceived
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to be anti-muslim, mr. trump was asked about his campaign pledges to ban some muslims from immigrating to the u.s. and to establish a muslim registry. the president-elect said the berlin attack validates his proposals. >> you know my plan all along. i've been proven to be right, 100% correct. >> reporter: even before the attack was declared terrorism, and isis claimed responsibility, mr. trump released a statement, saying isis and other islamist terrorists continually slaughter christians in their communities. but he didn't seem to recognize that statement wednesday. after his security briefing, the president-elect met with defense contractors he previously criticized. >> i think boeing is doing a little bit of a number. >> reporter: earlier this month he took aim at boeing claiming the cost of a new air force one was too high. yesterday the boeing ceo offered assurances about the price tag. >> we're going to get it done for less than that. and we're committed to working
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together to make sure that happens. >> reporter: mr. trump had also gone after lockheed martin for the cost of their f-35 fighter jet program. after meeting with the ceo, he struck an optimistic tone. >> it's a little bit of a dance. but we're going to get the cost down and we're going to get it done beautifully. >> with the inauguration less than a month away the president-elect still has four cabinet positions to fill. now today he's named his former campaign manager kellyanne conway to serve as a counselor to him in the white house. and yesterday, he named billionaire investor carl icahn as a special adviser on financial reform. norah, he won't be a government employee but he is keeping his day job which means he'll be helping to directly craft policies that will affect his own business. >> all right. julianna, thank you so much. president vladimir putin is calling for a stronger russian nuclear arsenal. the russian president said this morning his country needs to reinforce its nuclear strike potential. he wants to make sure russian missiles can penetrate any missile defense system. the comments come at a time of
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heightened tensions at the u.s. and our nato allies. >> the red cross says the evacuation of eastern aleppo syria will be finished floe later than tomorrow. thousands of people are still waiting to get out. the red cross says more than 4,000 rebel fighters left aleppo overnight. the evacuation follows weeks of bloody fighting. syria's army and its allies backed by russia and iran defeated the rebels who controlled eastern aleppo for more than four years. 12 people are still reported missing after the deadly mexico fireworks explosion. a series of massive blasts on tuesday killed at least 33 people. dozens of others were injured at the huge market outside of mexico city. the investigation is focused on ignored safety measures. at least one of the youngest victims is already in the u.s. for treatment. ben tracy has new details about the scale of the explosion. ben, good morning. >> good morning. to give you a sense of just how horrific this was, at least ten
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of the people who died were so badly burned they're going to need to be identified by their dna. u.s. families in mexico mourning the loss of their loved ones or still searching for them, three children who survived are going to be transferred to a burn center in texas. mexico's federal attorney general has opened an investigation into the explosion at this fireworks market. authorities now say there were six separate blasts. witnesses reportedly said the explosions went on for more than ten minutes. the eruptions were deafening and smoke clouded the area. some survivors said they were separated from their loved ones in a chaotic attempt to escape. this is a picture of the market before the flare-up. a majority of its 300 vendors were selling fireworks. fuelling a traditional mexican celebration of the holidays. the blast area is reportedly the size of four football fields. forensic investigators have been
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searching for victims in the charred rubble. at least one young victim was flown from mexico to texas on wednesday, bound for the burn unit at shriner's hospital in galveston. now, two days after the accident, the country is mourning. concepcion hernandez says she cannot find her niece and her sister, even though they've checked all of the hospitals. the fate of the women is unknown. it's hard to believe but this is the third incident at this same fireworks facility in the past eleven years. the mayor of the town there is calling this a trouble tragedy. you have the obvious loss of life but also the loss of a industry in mexico that is a really big deal this time of year and provides a lot of jobs for the folks working there. >> ben, thank you so much. uber's self-driving car experiment in california has hit an unmovable roadblock. the ride hailing giant pulled its fleet off the streets of san francisco. the decision follows a meeting yesterday with lawyers from
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california's dmv. carter evans shows us the concerns about safety and uber's next move. >> reporter: the california dmv revoked the registration of 16 of uber's self-driving cars. saying in a statement it was determined that the registrations were improperly issued for these vex, because they were not properly marked as test vehicles. >> we should not be operating these driverless vehicle technology on our streets without that permit. >> reporter: san francisco mayor ed lee was referring to uber's ceo whose company publicly ignored the state's week-long request to pull the self-driving cars from the road over the failure to obtain proper permits. uber pir cystently argued that its self-driving cars are not fully autonomous because of the presence of a front seat driver and therefore did not need a permit. r but on wednesday, uber caved to state regulators saying in part, we're now looking at where we could redeploy these cars and will be redoubling our efforts
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to develop workable statewide rules. >> they really didn't have a choice. >> reporter: tamara warren is a senior transportation editor for the verge. >> uber made a play that didn't work out in their favor and this technology is very new. and we don't know how it's going to play out in a regulatory sense yet. >> reporter: this video may have complicated uber's argument. it appears to show one of its self-driving vehicles running a red light on the day of the program's rollout. uber maintains the car in the video was not part of the program. and wasn't carrying passengers. >> i'm a big supporter of driverless technology. but we're going to have a setback if people aren't putting safety as their number one concern. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," carter evans, los angeles. lawmakers in north carolina failed to reach an agreement to scrap the state's so-called booth room bill. the legislature held a special session yesterday to consider repealing the law known as h.b.
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2. the deal fell apart last night after hours of debate. the controversial measure passed earlier this year limits protection for transgender people. it has cost north carolina millions of dollars in lost business. the state's general assembly isn't scheduled to return until next month. ikea will pay $50 million to three families whose children died when dressers fell on top of them. the boys were all killed in the past two years. the family's lawyer said ikea settled after two days of mediation. the world's largest furniture seller voluntarily recalled 29 million dressers in june. at the time ikea and the consumer products safety commission released this warning about potential hazards. >> that's so scary. the grandmother of a 3-year-old killed in an apparent shooting was asking the public for help nearly 100 people went to a candle light vigil for acen king. the little boy was riding with
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his grandmother to a department store saturday when the gunman pulled up behind them. he reportedly honked and when the grandmother honked back the suspect shot into the car. >> for those of you in this neighborhood i've seen that car in the neighborhood before. i can't tell you what house. but it's been on this street. i'm asking that you bring him forward. because my baby did not have to die in vain. >> investigators raised the reward for $40,000 for information leading to the shooter's arrest and conviction we have new details about what happened before a campus police officer shot a student carrying a knife inside a reno nevada high school. police say the 14-year-old student cut a classmate and chased him through a crowd. the statement said the teen with the knife then advanced at the officer who opened fire. cell phone video captured the incident earlier this month. a lawyer for the student said he had been bullied. the student remains hospitalized. in britain, queen elizabeth is moving ahead with her christmas vacation plans this
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morning before a one-day delay because of a cold. officials say the queen and her husband, prince philip, left london by helicopter just a short time ago. a spokesman said, quote, heavy colds kept them from traveling by train yesterday as scheduled. mark phillips is outside buckingham palace with new information. mark, good morning. >> good morning. well, even the gates of buckingham palace don't seem to have been able to keep the cold bug that's going around away. royals apparently don't get common colds, they get heavy ones. but this one seems to have lightened up enough for the queen and prince philip to be able to leave on their christmas break. before being lowered this morning the royal standard, the queen's official flag which indicates where she is, was still flying over buckingham palace. it shouldn't have been. the royals should have been at their country estate in sandringham, up in the northeast of england. where they go every christmas. this is from last year. the family parade at sandringham is as much a part of the holidays here as christmas trees and carols. although the queen now drives to
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church. for the trip to have been delayed this year, and for health reasons, is a cause for worry. >> she's famously carries on regardless, and this time apparently she couldn't carry on. >> i think that's really the fact that the queen felt unwell enough to travel to sandringham, when all she would have wanted to have done yesterday was stick to her plans. >> reporter: the queen is 90 now. prince philip is 95 and has had a number of health issues over the past years. the famous royal stoicism has come up against the hard place of advancing years lately. philip was hospitalized for what was called a bladder infection, after the couple stood in the rain for hours during this pageant a few years ago. he's been rushed to hospital several times for a series of heart problems. and investigative surgery. the couple have announced they'll be doing fewer public events. but they're still determined to do what they can. and when they can't, the world notices.
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the queen and prince philip are robust for their age. prince philip bragged to a doctor here a couple of weeks ago wondering why he hadn't had the flu in 40 years. the doctor responded maybe it's because he doesn't take the subway like everybody else. >> mark, thank you. well, they're incredible. 95 and 90 years old. >> i didn't realize this but they take the same train on the same day after the holidays every year and when she missed it, everybody was all aflutter. >> they're so spry. so when something doesn't happen according to schedule it is indeed global news. >> yes. they memorialize that train ride in "the crown." today is a huge travel day ahead of the holidays. last night thousands of frustrated passengers were reportedly stuck on planes or in traffic jams at one of the nation's busiest airports. almost every incoming flight was delayed or diverted at l.a.x. think about that. other passengers were held up in planes on the runways, roads yo
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the side the terminal were also jammed with estimates that more than 100,000 vex passed through. more flights this year plus construction and the weather are blamed for the problems. not a good start to the holiday. >> glad i was not there yesterday. all right a popular youtube prankster says an incident on a flight from london was no joke. >> this is 2016. 2016. look. delta airlines are kicking us out because we spoke a different language. >> ahead why delta says adam saleh did plenty to get himself,
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for uber's 16 driver-less cars. r" started using t good morning, it's 7:26. i'm kenny choi. the dmv has officially revoked the registration for uber's 16 driverless cars. uber started using them in san francisco last week but got into some trouble for not having permits. it's unclear when and if uber plans to apply for one. and in just a few hours, sacred heart will start giving out thousands of presents to families in need. parents can pick up gifts to give to their children. the community center still needs donations, however. we have information on our website about how you can help. and next on "cbs this morning," a youtube star claims he was kicked off a delta flight for speaking arabic. we have reaction and the airlines' response. raffic and weather in just a moment. ,,,,,,,,
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good morning. it's 7:278. let's take a look at your bay area traffic at 7:28 out the door. bay bridge toll plaza good into downtown san francisco. that's 13 minutes from the maze to downtown. nimitz freeway southbound now is slow from an earlier crash. northbound side from 238 to the maze is looking good just at 19 minutes. i'll send it to you. >> all right, roqui. thank you. we are off to a clear and cool start this morning as you can see, clear skies, temperatures dipping down into the 30s in some locations this morning in fact we were freezing for some spots. we are having a little bit of trouble with our weather computers. i'll give you a verbal forecast. temperatures today a bit cooler than what we saw yesterday topping out in the 50s and 60s. rain this time tomorrow. ,,,,,,,,
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♪ wow. dramatic video shows an e-cigarette exploding in a man's pants. the fresno man had just reportedly put his e-cigarette away while the bus driver asked him to stop smoking. moments later you see it burst into flames. the man burned his thigh and hand. in england, newly released surveillance video shows another e-cigarette explosion and this was next to a baby stroller. that man was treated for minor injuries. no one else was hurt. not a laughing matter but you do not want something like that exploding in your pants. >> be careful with your e-cigarettes! >> another consequence of smoking! >> even electronically. >> yes, electronic consequences of smoking!
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, a claim of racial bias after a well-known internet prankster is thrown off of a flight. we will see part of the incident captured on video. find out why the airline says the man and a friend were removed. a criminal conspiracy charges against six former pharmaceutical employees. prosecutors say they bribed doctors to prescribe an addictive drughen it wasn't needed. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "the washington post" says new evidence strongly links russia's military with the hacking of the democratic national committee. the cybersecurity form crowd strike says malware used against the dnc was used also by a kremlin intelligence unit against kremlin's army. new york's daily news says
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unannounced lower flight over manhattan was commissioned with the president-elect's security. 911 operators got panicking calls last week when a huge plane appeared. a source tells the daily news the secret service is making plans to rapidly relocate mr. trump in a possible emergency. officials have agreed to warn the city next time. "wall street journal" reports that u.s. carmakers are idling plants for longer than usual this holiday. general motors and ford and chrysler plan to shut down factories up to three weeks in january. typically, they are idle only a week or two. carmakers want to clean out an oversupply of some vehicles. consumers are more interested in suvs because of low gas prices. the "los angeles times" follows the latest wrangling over evidence in robert durst murder case. the 73-year-old real estate heir sat in a wheelchair during yesterday's hearing and pleaded not guilty to killing a friend 16 years ago. durst says he was high on meth when a documentary crew reportedly mumbling that he,
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quote, killed them all, of course. "usa today" reports on a cause of alan thicke's death. his death certificate says he died of a ruptured aorta. no ou no autopsy was performed. he died last week after collapsing while playing hockey with his son. delta is firing back against allegations of racial bias on one of its flights. the flight escorted adam saleh and a friend off one of their flights. they were accused of being disruptive. saleh says they were kicked off because passengers were upset they were speaking arabic. >> reporter: good morning. adam saleh's pranks are well known to his over 2.2 million youtube followers but on wednesday, saleh says the discrimination he faced on board a transatlantic flight was all too real. >> we spoke a different language on the plane and now we are
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getting kicked out. >> that is insane. >> now we are getting kicked off. >> reporter: adam saleh recorded himself on delta flight after had he and his friends were escorted off the plane. he claims he had just finished a phone conversation with his mother when another passenger overheard the two men speaking in arabic. >> when you speak arabic, foreign people, we speak like this. she was like, my god, they need to speak english. i feel so uncomfortable. >> reporter: it was then that saleh said an argument erupted which led to his removal from the flight. >> it turned like a whole chain reaction. 10, 15 people got up saying they need to get off! >> reporter: in a statement, delta said the following. >> they could have had somebody ak him what he said and interpret that. but they didn't do that.
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they immediately escorted him off the plane. >> he stood up and started shouting with his fist in the air shouting something that sounded arabic. for no reason, he sat down and he did it three times till until eventually people said, no, no, not happy with it. >> reporter: saleh has become famous on youtube for prank videos. some where he uses history middle eastern heritage to provoke reactions. in 2014, saleh admitted to having staged a video where nypd officers depicted harassing a pair of muslim teens for an apparent stop and frisk. saleh denies he and his friends put their 50s in the air. he insists this is not a famous prank and saleh and his friends rebooked on another flight and arrived in new york a few hours later. last night, saleh told cbs news he would be speaking to his attorney before deciding whether to take legal action. >> tense time. >> i'm not sure what i think of
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this story but he is a prankster in the past. >> rena, thank you. the minnesota state police just posted a holiday warning for drivers. the alarming video shows an 18-wheeler serving into a ditch and knocking down a sign. after a trooper stopped the truck, the driver literally fell out of the cab. it took him several minutes to stand up and to answer questions. >> the alcohol you drank? >> yep, yep. >> did you have alcohol in the vehicle? >> no. >> no? okay. >> the trooper found two bottles of vodka in the truck. the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.28 and he was convicted of a dwi. he was carrying walmart packages but working for an independent trucker. we have asked walmart for comment but have not gotten a response. >> wow. that is really dangerous! >> former top employees of a drug company are accused of
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♪ ♪ a new criminal case raises questions about how some in the medical community are pushing the use of addictive painkillers. six former executives and managers from arizona based drug maker face conspiracy charges what a federal prosecutor calls a racketeering scheme. investigators say they bribed doctors to prescribe the company's pain medication even when it wasn't necessary. jim axelrod has reported extensively on the opioid
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epidemic. >> the former employees of a drug manufacturer are alleged to have rewarded doctors for prescribing their spray version of the drug fentanyl even when it wasn't medically appropriate. every day in this country, 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. as millions of americans have discovered, it doesn't take much to become addicted and the experts battling this epidemic are focusing on the way the drugs are pretty bad. -- prescribed. >> my body would feel sick. it was like totally like the most horrible flu you ever felt if i didn't take the pill. >> reporter: after an appendix surge 14 years ago that trey laird say he became hooked on opioid painkillers. >> to be able to walk out of the hospital with 90 pills and two refills on that prescription and having 270 pills without ever seeing a doctor in retrospect is pretty ridiculous. >> reporter: for six years he
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says he wasn't the husband or the father he wanted to be. >> the shame and embarrassment and guilt that comes to the fact i don't know how i got here but i don't know how to get out of it. i had no clue how to get out of it. >> reporter: the centers for disease control and prevention says the united states is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. the agency reports doctors wrote 59 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every american adult. as many as 1 in 4 people currently struggle with addiction after long-term opioid treatments for noncancer pain. >> excessive prescribing for excessive number of conditions that are indram national outside of the standard of care that is driving some of what we are seeing currently. >> reporter: the problem is back in the spotlight, after the arrests of a half dozen former executives and manages at insys
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thera therapeutics including the ceo. >> the drug i brought today you can spray the drug underneath their tongue tongue. >> reporter: three years ago, michael bab ich demonstrated the drug which is delivered through a spray. the medication which the company first sold in 2012 racked up $329 million in sales last year. according to the indictment, the defendants conspired with one another to use bribes and kickbacks for doctors who wrote large numbers of prescriptions, most often for patients who did not have cancer. the scheme allegedly funneled tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to practitioners, including one whom a sales representative boasted in an e-mail, was running a very shady pill mill and only accepts cash. >> that is the exception or the rule? >> that is clearly the exception. there is egregious criminal irking behavior out there but that is the 1% that is giving 99% of the bad name.
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most of the misprescribing that occurs out there, i believe, is actually well-ed and just due to inappropriate lack of additional education. >> the issue did not novel overnight and resolved overnight. >> reporter: she says the drug industry supports changes including the creation of evidence-based guidelines to lay out exactly when opioid painkillers are appropriate and the new formulations to make drugs resistant to certain types of abuse. as for trey laird he has been clean since 2011 and runs a sober living house in connecticut. he suggests he might have been able to prevent his addiction if he was able to ask for more painkillers in person. >> if i need a refill i should have to go back to the doctor and say i'm still filling the pain and have them write a script. i needed to look northbousomeboe
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>> brave ashley slam she really kept her cool. >> it's crunch time for buying gifts online. we will go online with the people behind the lines at amazon to make the rush to have the packages arrive by christmas. >> i think there might be something of mine in there. >>
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good morning. it's "holiday light" early today that's good news. starting with the bay bridge toll plaza, you're heading into downtown san francisco. it's going to be a nine-minute commute from the maze. look at that. that's great if you are headed into san francisco. another story on the nimitz freeway though. 238 in san leandro to the maze 25 minutes northbound and slowdowns on the southbound side too due to an earlier crash. julie? >> thank you, roqui. we have off to a chilly start this morning. clear skies, making way for temperatures near freezing for some locations. it's a beautiful look from our mount vaca cam as the sun rises this morning. and we are seeing temperatures that i mentioned below freezing in santa rosa. 37 in livermore. 47 oakland, san francisco. 41 san jose right now. temperatures today in the upper 50s to low 60s areawide. rain moves in with windy conditions and low snow levels tomorrow. lingering showers saturday drying out christmas eve into christmas, rain sunday into monday.
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good morning to our viewers in the west, it's thursday, december 22nd, 2016. welcome pack. there's more real news ahead including president-elect trump taking office with a low er approval u rating than his predecessors. susan is here with a poll that says half of his supporters don't mind if he abandons his campaign promises. >> man hunt is underway. thought to be reasonable for all this heart ache and damage. >> donald trump briefly emerged and weighed in publicly for the first time on monday easter's e
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attack. >> mourning the loss of their loved ones. three children are going to be transferred to a burn city in texas. an uber e permit has hit an unmovable roadblock. they pulled its fleet off the streets of san francisco. britain, queen elizabeth is moving ahead with her christmas vacation plans after a one-day delay because of a cold. >> wondering he hand had the flu in 40 years. maybe it's because he doesn't take subway like everybody else. >> a lot of celebrities are revealing what gifts they got their loved ones. that's a big trend. bill clinton gave hillary an at least you won the popular vote coffee mug. i'm norah o'donnell.
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charlie and gayle are enjoying time off. a massive man hunt is spreading across oourp for a suspect in a truck attack in berlin, germany. officials say two americans were injured in the attack that killed 12 people. one remains in the hospital. the other has been released. the europe wide alert names, the suspect as a native of tunisia. >> the alert also lists six false names and fake nationalities. he is armed and dangerous. german officials say he entered the country seeking asylum in july of last year, but his application was rejected. he was supposed to be deported in june, but it never happened. he was put on a u.s. no fly list five months ago. charlie is in berlin, where shoppers are returning to the christmas market. morning. >> well, they reopened the marketplace just this morning. this place had been an entire crime scene is now open for business. this is the exact area where the
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truck came in, coming down from the road, jumping the curb and barrelling towards this packed marketplace and flattening stalls in its path. people here are gathered not really to enjoy the festivities. people are somber. nobody is smiling. the lights are back on, but there's no music. this is really just an exercise that the government has been encouraging of defiance and support to mark what happened that night, to provide some sort of security that it doesn't happen. and just to pay their respects and just to give the message essentially that germany will not be defeated by terrorism. >> thank you so much. in berlin. president-elect trump will take the o's of office in less than a month. a new poll shows he has less than a 41% approvallating. it also looks at president obama's legacy. the president-elect's progress on unity and who could be a
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democratic challenger in 2020. susan page is is here. good morning. >> good morning. >> so, what does this mean in terms of approval rating for the typical honeymoon period that a new president has? >> it means he hasn't had the boost we've seen other moderate presidents had. donald trump is not viewed favor by those who voted for them. he got 46%. 16% of his own voters either don't have a favorable view of him. >> reporter: aren't sure, so he clearly has work to do in convinces americans he's the right person for the job. >> jobs are a top issue. what do you think of president-elect trump's cabinet picks mean about h his economic policies? >> we've got a lot to learn about that. it's a more establishment and we thought we might see.
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he had kind of a pop los message during the campaign. we don't see that reflected in his cabinet picks, but we see a lot of unity among americans. that they want him to focus on keeping and creating jobs in this country. far outdistances any other concern they have. >> they sound like they had c conflicting ideas on whether they want him to carry out the other campaign promises. on immigration, he was asked yesterday about the berlin attack and seemed to double down on his muslim ban. what do his supporters want? >> 50% -- by his campaign promises. he should do what hes to do even if it means reversing positions. yes, we want him to do exactly what he said during the campaign and issues like -- four in ten. issues like immigration are lock her up. investigating hillary clinton. these rank really low on the list of concerns, even among his own supporters.
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people are focused on jobs primarily and secondarily on tighting terrorism. >> news this morning about kellyanne conway, the first female campaign manager to have the person elected. she's going to take a job inside the west wing. >> i talked to kellyanne conway about this last week. she said she was going to come to washington, but thinking working on the outside group to push president-elect trump's agenda, but she said it was possible she'd be inside. you know, she's interesting. she is a pretty relentless spokesperson, a very public face for trump and has pushed back with him at times. when mitt romney was being considered as secretary of state, she was public in saying that was going to be a mistake and said donald trump does not mind people who speak up. that's what he likes and that's the position she's going to be in the white house. >> one interesting thing regarding president obama's legacy was that the affordable care act came out as his biggest achieveme achievement, but also biggest
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failure. >> it says we're pretty polarized and says the act, which is one of those promises we think republicans plan to go through with, plan to repeal, the affordable care act, is going to continue to divide this nation for people who support president obama, they think it's the best thing he did in eight years. >> it's interesting in that 90 minute meeting that president obama and president trump had in the oval o fis that taught donald trump that changed his mind and doesn't want to embarrass the president in terms of the repeal. >> there's also the reality that the top five in states with the highest enrollment in 2016 were all-states that donald trump won. >> reporting from "the new york times" today. >> and congress, republican congress has voted to repeal it over and over again. and this is, this is a promise i think that republicans plan to follow through on. >> thank you for that interesting and confounding
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polling. online shopping is a convenience for more, with u a lot of sfresz stresz on the workers trying to get packages delivered. it is expected to account for $117 billion of holiday sales this season. don is in an amazon fulfillment center in new york city with a warning for shoppers cutting it close. good morning. >> hey, good morning. this is a pretty amazing place. an amazon prime now hub. one of the last resort places trying to get you your packages by december 25th and as you mentioned, today is pretty much the last day you can order something where you're guaranteed to have santa get it down the which i amny in time. ♪ if you avoided the crowded malls this season, you haven't really prevented a headache. you just transferred it to the folks whose job it is to get your packages delivered by christmas day.
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>> it's stressful, but very energetic. we've been preparing all year for this. >> fedex is expegting to break records this season. a 10% increase over last year and to ensure the blizzard of packages arieffs on time, they have their eyes on the skies. >> we've got 15 meteorologists, 24/7 around the clock, watching the weather worldwide and we're really geared up here. we have contingency plans for everything. >> ups. >> ups is also expecting record shipments. up 14% and more than 700 million packag packages. experts say it takes a lot of extra el vs. >> they've hired about 95,000 people for the holidays. fedex, about 50,000. >> at this apartment complex in miami -- >> comes with a package, they'll come here, enter their code. >> residents usually use this digital bin system to pick up their packages, but the delivery
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deluge is creating a pile up. they've seen a 70% increase this week alone. >> we counted how many we had at one time, there were 198. >> many retailers are promising last minute delivery. if you order online today, amazon prime, target, best buy and walmart all say they can get your package under the tree by the 25th. with some promising next day delivery on the 24th. if weather conditions get bad, not even rudolph can save the day. >> they should have made the day before to order guaranteed delivery next day because they won't have control over it. don't wait until the day before. >> amazon operates 30 of these houbs around the country and they are offering two hour delivery for some items that will get to you by midnight, christmas eve, but advice here,
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next year, if you don't want the stress, order it a lilt l earlier. >> thank you. >> a lifesaver! it's that easy. >> count ong that two hour delivery. thank you very much. smart tech toys are among the most popular gift this is year, which explains the gift we have at the table now. top picks including this robot that reck hawaiis your voice. >> it's so cute. >> plus, the best devices for your home.,,,,
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forget the air boat. jeff glor walks right into a south florida swamp. jeff gore walks right into a south florida swamp. >> what are the biggest things you hear when you take people out into the wamp? >> oh, gosh, am i going to get bit by a gator and snake? >> ahead, an intimate tour of the florida everglades and how the park was nearly lost about half century ago. you're watching cbs this morning.
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♪ smart home technology has taken off this year. a recent survey shows the united states leads other countries in the adoption of smart home devices. the number of u.s. homes using the technology is expected to
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jump from fewer than 5 million last year to 24.5 million in 2020. >> the magazine features the most innovative. dan, good morning. >> good morning. >> a lot of cool stuff here and especially in the oregon scientific wireless thermometer. >> smart home space is explosive but not all of these products are actually smart. it's got to make your life easier or safer or more fun. a great example. it's a 40 dollar digital meat thermometer. you stick the probe in and walk away. it will signal to a portable receiver when your roast or turkey hits the perfect temperature. >> so you don't have to open that oven door? >> right. you're not losing the heat. it speaks five languages. a very smart product. $40 is a great value. >> what about the cuisinart steam oven toaster?
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>> it's having a moment. full-sized offenses you're paying $2,000 to $3,000. the steam functionality, we roasted a chicken in 40 minutes and it came out perfect and about half the time that it would spend in a conventional oven. >> all sorts of stuff is happening in the kitchen. what about the den where you listen to the hi-fi? >> right. >> in the parlance of the old. >> a few things. first of all, with the wirelss bluetooth speakers one from bose $130. great sound. portable speaker and four colors so maybe one for each member of the family. it gives you about eight hours of play time. >> i have it. it works great. >> what about best smart tv? >> we got a couple of options here. small and large. the smaller from vizio which has become a top two or three brands in the country. this is a great value at $200.
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lg 55 inch ultra high-def for $900. you could spend easily double that. so another great value. >> we have a little robot here. >> where did it go? >> it made a friend. >> toy robot is a big holiday gift. this one starts simple. do a few basic commands but the nice thing is it's really a learning toy. comes with five free apps that becomes sort of progressively more sophisticated. by the end your child is learning basic programming and coding. >> does it do anything else just be a toy? >> it doesn't do the laundry. i can see that. >> does it steam a chicken in less than 40 minutes? >> you might trip over it while you're trying to do the laundry according to this promotion commercial. >> it bats its eye at you. that, i like. >> dan, virtual reality do we have time? >> super quick. another red hot holiday gift item. we like the merge.
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♪ ♪ give it to me i'm worth it ♪ >> people dressed in costumes gathered in madrid to celebrate the largest lottery drawing which is known as el gordo. more than 1,600 tickets won the top prize and each is worth more than $400,000. it began with schoolchildren calling on the prizes. anyone can play and tickets cost about $20. >> i love that. >> i didn't know you spoke spanish. the pope created a social media stir after he was spotted on an impromptu shopping trip. ahead, what the pope bought and why he did it at a rome pharmacy.
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you're watching "cbs this morning." your local news is next. ♪ a wanted man is now behind bars. police arrested him from the roof of a home in the sunset district in san francisco. he reporte a wanted man is behind bars. police arrested him from the roof of a home in the sunset district in san francisco. he reportedly fell through the skylight when police were called to the area. no word yet why he was wanted in the first place. the san francisco police department has a new "use of force" policy. it bans officers from shooting at moving vehicles and bans them from a restraint that is similar to a chokehold. the city's police commission unanimously approved the policy yesterday. what advice for vice president joe biden would he give to his younger self? find out next on "cbs this morning." raffic and weather in just a moment. ,, (my hero zero by lemonheads)
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traffic looking good at the bay area. let's look at the bay bridge toll plaza. all good into downtown san francisco. and take a look at here, 80 westbound from the carquinez bridge radiation every looking good in both directions. 238 in san leandro to the maze will take 22 minutes a cross the span of the san mateo bridge, that's a 14-minute drive between 880 and 101. now over to mass transit, we
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have a cap corridor delay systemwide between davis and suisun. otherwise all good. >> starting off clear and chilly this morning. clear skies from our mount vaca skycam. 37 in livermore. 32 in santa rosa. today near 60. rain moves in tomorrow along with wind and low snow levels. a winter storm warning is in effect for friday. continuing into saturday with some lingering showers. and then we dry out second half of saturday into sunday. so dry as santa begins to deliver the christmas presents saturday night into sunday morning. right now christmas does look dry although cold. and then a storm system moves in late christmas into monday.
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♪ that is vice president joe biden enjoying an ice cream cone last night at a philadelphia flyers game. his wife jill can also be seen in the video shot by a nearby season ticket holder. biden's love of ice cream is well known. the team took notice and tweet out a picture and said, thanks for joining us tonight, joe biden. this cone's on us. >> i love soft serve on a cone. this half hour, the vice president's revealing look back in his note to self. he began fighting for change when he stood up to bullies at age 12. we will find out how he carried important advice from his parents through his long career. you don't want to miss this. plus, florida swamp has become one of america's most beautiful national parks.
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but construction almost ruined the everglades decades ago. ahead we visit the park to do an extraordinary ecosystem that is not found anywhere else on the planet. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "wall street journal" says the percentage of young americans living at home hit a high last year. almost 40% of 18 to 34-year-olds lived with parents and other family members. that is the largest percentage in 75 years since just after the end of the great depression. the number has been rising since 2005. trend is driven by high housing costs and people getting married later. "usa today" says pope francis took time out from saving souls to buy shoes. the 80-year-old pontiff picked out an orthopaedic pair on tuesday during a casual visit to a rome on pharmacy. onlookers pulled out their phones to capture the moment. >> can you imagine the pope walking into a cvs? "the washingtonpost" looks at what may be the real reason
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stores are running out of canned whipped cream. a shortage of nitrus oxide. the whipped cream shortage happened after an explosion at one of only five nitrus oxide plants that supply this country and they are owned by just two companies. >> there goes new year's eve! >> it's a wash! our ongoing series of "america the beautiful" celebrates 100 years of the national park service. today, we take you to the everglades. the southern florida swamp is the largest subtropical wilderness in the u.s. jeff glor learned about the park that almost destroyed the natural wonder and out how it survived and the threats to its future. >> reporter: good morning. florida would look a lot different if this never happened. a timeless bond over an ancient place and it proved that a
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couple of committed souls to change the course of history. do people worry about the gators and the snakes? >> well, they do for a while. >> reporter: on a swamp walk in the everglades, clyde butcher, a photographer whose prints have made him famous showed us why this part of florida, this river of grass, full of sun and cyprus, is on special. >> it's a living, breathing organism. this is prime evil. you get out in this and you lose all touch of reality. that is reality out there. there is no road. there is no trails. you just go. >> reporter: no roads. no trails. but it almost wasn't so. >> conservationist fear that the depth core would become a huge commercial operation. >> reporter: in the mid 1960s plans were aggressively underway to build the world's largest airport in south florida and a complex five times as big as the airport in miami. one runway was already built. >> it doesn't make any
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difference what kind of promise they have made. >> reporter: until a bulldog named joe browder got involved. >> if they could just drag this thing out for a while, then eventually they will get everything they want out there any way. >> reporter: browder a former local tv reporter in miami hooked up with nathaniel reed. you had a chemistry that said we need to save this area? >> it's final. this is the beginning of the end. if this goes forward, kiss the keys good-bye. kiss florida good-bye. >> reporter: kiss south florida good-bye? >> kiss south florida good-bye. >> reporter: they talked about the challenges they faced during an interview. >> these are people with a lot of money who invested in a few thousands acres here and there. enormous visions of wealth pouring into their land. if it could only be drained. >> reporter: despite a motorist bounty being put on both of their heads, browder and reed
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took the fight all the way to the oval office. it was a time reed says when politicians on both sides of the aisle were looking to earn their so-called green spurs, including president richard nixon. he cancelled the massive jet port project and its lone runway was limited to training flights. this september, nearly 50 years after the fight, browder died after a sudden illness. >> hi, hi. >> reporter: last month, we met up with his wife louise. her first trip back since her husband's passing and her first time seeing nathaniel reed in years. what is it like for you to be here now, again? >> oh, well. it's beautiful. i feel him everywhere! >> reporter: everybody that i've talked to, so far, says if joe browder weren't around, south florida would look completely different. >> it would. he understood the human ecosystem of coalition building the way he understood the
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ecosystem of big cyprus in the everglades. i mean, he understood the different roles everybody could play. >> reporter: if nat and joe hadn't been around, what would this -- >> we probably would be in a walmart right now. can you imagine being being walmart? gosh, stern. >> reporter: but the struggle to save the everglades didn't end with the fight over the jet port. decade of new damage has slowed the natural flow of water from north to south. in 2000 the senate by a vote of 85-1 passed a 7.8 billion dollar bill to restore the everglades for the next century. but the status of that project remains murky. clyde butcher is pessimistic. he thinks the everglades could be gone in 50 years. nat reed remains hopeful. >> you're in the middle of a totally unique ecosystem found no where else on earth. it's been butchered and drained and diked in and polluted and
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it's still alive and we have every opportunity in your lifetime, not mine, but in your lifetime, of seeing a highly functioning everglade system if the american people say they want it. it's all doable. >> reporter: it just takes willpower? >> it takes willpower and commitment. >> reporter: reversing the existing damage in the everglades will take time and money. by one estimate about $3 billion. and at least 15 years. but this is such a massive project and such a massive area that all of those numbers are difficult to come by. >> if the money has been passed by the florida senate, how come it's not moving forward? >> it was but the projects with the army corps of engineers change. the development changes in florida which means the water that flows down from lake okeechobee changes. >> willpower. >> what reed said, yes. >> it's a natural treasure. jeff, thanks for that. tomorrow on "cbs this morning," we continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary
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of the national park service. john blackstone takes us there. >> all of the things a national park could offer but right in the middle of a city? >> right in the middle of a city. you can sit with the ranger around the camp fire and have s'mores right in the middle of san francisco. that is tomorrow. next, how vice president joe biden has helped to write the history of america. ahead in an emotional "note to self" he explains why working as a public defender and,,,,,,,,,,,
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♪ joe biden has less than a months left in office serving as our 47th vice president. he was elected to the senate when he was just 29 years old. he spent 45 years of his life working for the united states government, serving the public. in the spring, vice president biden looked back on his remarkable life and career in our ongoing series "note to self." ♪ >> reporter: dear joe. you're only 12. your stutter is debilitating and it embarrasses you and the bullies are vicious. listen to mom when she says,
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bravery resides in every heart and yours is fierce and clear. listen to dad when he says, joey, when you get knocked down, get up! get up! because if you listen, you'll summon the bravery to overcome the stutter and you'll learn to stand up to bullies. you'll learn from dad who moved the family to look for work that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it's about your dignity. it's about respect. hi, how are you? joe biden is my name. that is why you'll follow your heart. and serve your community. your state and your country. in tolerance for the abuse of power will drive you to stand up for civil rights. >> dam it, we have favorites in sfrik. the favorites are the people who are being repressed. because you listened, you'll live a life fully consistent with what you were taught by mom
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and dad and your faith. that you should say what you mean and mean what you say. leading by the power of example will define you and, one day, you'll find yourself forging your relationship with the jesuit pope who embodies that universal truth. but you'll also learn early and later in your life that reality has a way of intruding. >> his wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident and his two young sons severely injured. >> for the first time in my life i understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide. >> he was sworn in in the hospital at my bedside. as a single parent, he decided to be there, to put us to bed, to be there when we woke up from a bad dream. >> one day you'll be on top of the world. >> i'm beau biden and joe biden is my dad.
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>> only to be brought down in a flash with the profound loss and a grief that leaves a black hole in your heart, questions of faith in your soul, and anger, anger beyond rage. ♪ >> beau biden passed away from brain cancer. his illness had not been widely publicized. >> reporter: parents never expect to have a child to predecease them. never. that is when you'll have to dig deep and live with what mom taught you. that out of everything terrible that happens, something good will come if you look hard enough. you'll hold on with faith and pure grit. you will be blessed with the love that will anchor you as deeply as your faith. i love you. you're the love of my life and
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the life of my love. your bond with your children and your grandchildren will be your redemption. because of a family grounded in an unconditional love in loyalty and the passage of friends and strangers, you'll get up, you'll keep going, and you'll give back. you realize that countless people have suffered equally or more. >> thank you! >> with much less support. >> you're working today? >> and much less reason to wanting to get back up. but they do. they get up. they keep going. so must you. you'll learn what it means to be an american. there is no quit in america. being there for your family and your friend, serving your country, building real relationships, even with people with whom you vehemently
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disagree. that is america, made up of ordinary people like, you capable of doing extraordinary things. and one day, when you graduate from law school, you'll decide to become a public defender. >> this march will not continue. >> in the midst of the epic struggle for civil rights. you'll be walking the streets on the east side of wilmington much of which has been burned to the ground after your heroes were assassinated. >> dr. martin luther king, the e posle of nonviolence in the civil rights movement has been shot to death in memphis, tennessee. >> forty years later you'll stand on the platform of east wilmington overlooking the east side. wilmington, a nation, will no longer be in flames, but awaiting a new ripple of hope. >> it's been a long time coming.
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but, tonight, change has come to america. >> you'll be waiting for a young black man inspired by the dream of a king, coming from philadelphia to pick you up, take you on 124-mile trip to washington to be sworn in as president and vice president of the united states of america. i, joseph robinette biden deserve to serve. progress is never easy, but always possible. >> i believe in change because i believe in you. >> and things do get better on our march toward a more perfect union. that is the history of the journey of america and, believe it or not, because you listened to mom and dad, you'll help write it. keep the faith, joey.
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>> he's a great man, the vice president. >> yes. >> amazing life. amazing life. >> extraordinary life. >> i heard someone once say you can judge the quality of your life by the quality of the relationships you have. and i think that is sort of a hallmark of the vice president, you know, to have good relationships. he said in that piece are everyone, with everyone. >> on both sides of the aisle he has a lot of people really respect him. >> yes. you're watching "cbs this morning." once i heard i was going to
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be a park ranger, i got really excited. gabe's obviously really sick. and there's a lot that he isn't able to do, and make-a-wish stepped in. we had to climb up the mountain to get the injured hiker. he fell from, like, a rock. he's been the one that has been rescued so many times. he said to me, "today, i got to be the hero." (avo) the subaru share the love event has helped grant the wishes of over twelve hundred kids so far. get a new subaru, and we'll donate two hundred and fifty dollars more to help those in need. ♪put a little love in your heart.♪
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♪ let it go let it go ♪ >> a giant panda conquered this snowman at the toronto zoo but his success did not last long. video shows what happened when the panda scratched and climbed his way up. for a few moments, the panda perched on top and then the bear and the snowman's head tumbled
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onto the ground but didn't stop the panda who climbed back up. >> that does it for,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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the san francisco police union is taking legal action.. against the new "use of force" policy. ce officer's good morning,it's 8:55. i'm kenny choi. the san francisco police union is taking legal action against the new "use of force" policy. the city's police officers association filed a lawsuit saying that the policy is in violation of state labor laws. we'll have a full report on kpix 5 news at noon. the dmv has officially revoked the registration for union's 16 driverless cars. uber used them last week in san francisco but got in trouble for no permits. it's unclear when and if uber plans to apply for one. and in just a few hours, sacred heart will start giving out thousands of toys to families in need. parents can pick up gifts to give to their children. but the community center still needs some donations and we have information on our website about how you can help and give. now for a check of weather,
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here's julie. >> thanks, we are starting off clear and chilly blue skies over the golden gate and over the bay. we'll see increasing clouds, however, today. look at futurecast shows sunshine to start the day but increasing clouds ahead of this. a storm system moving in overnight and through the early- morning hours. the heaviest rain the highest winds likely during the morning hours. after that lingering showers and low snow levels. a winter storm warning in effect for tomorrow in the foothills and sierra. cooler than yesterday, 50s and near 60 for the warmest locations. again rain and wind tomorrow as well as low snow. saturday lingering showers. drying saturday into sunday. christmas dry and cold, more rain on monday. traffic after the break.
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good morning. it's 8:58. it's an easy commute throughout the area right now. we are calling it "holiday light" early. but we do have a cap corridor problem here systemwide delays of 30 minutes due to an earlier track problem but bart, ace train and caltrain are all on time. now moving over to very light conditions along the bay bridge toll plaza, if you are heading from the carquinez bridge along the eastshore freeway to the maze that's an easy 19 minutes and no delays across the span. but once you get to brisbane we have some roadwork to he will it you about. southbound 101 before oyster point boulevard, there's some slow traffic in that area so just avoid it if you can. have a great day.
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wayne: yeah! jonathan: it's a new bedroom! tiffany: $15,000! wayne: we're gonna play 0 to 80. - (screaming) wayne: you ready to make a deal? - absolutely! jonathan: it's a new hot tub! faster, wow! - give me that box! jonathan: it's time for "let's make a deal." now here's tv's big dealer, wayne brady! wayne: well, ho, ho, ho, ladies and gentlemen. welcome to "let's make a deal." i'm wayne brady, this is our christmas episode. this is december 22nd. the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. with visions of cars dancing through their heads. all these lovely people dressed up to come and win something. today, i'm your santa. three people, let's make a deal.


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