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and they may need them. isis has been dug in for months in western mosul and they're not likely to leave without a major fight. charlie d'agata, cbs news, mosul, northern iraq. the western u.s. has been battling the weather for months now with no way to shut off the faucet. parts of california could get eight inches of rain by tomorrow, and there's major concern whether storm systems can handle it. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: storm after storm in california have left the ground so saturated it's giving way, causing mudslides, falling trees and sinkholes. a 20-foot sinkhole in los angeles swallowed two cars. >> there goes a car. there goes a car. >> reporter: one of them as a tv helicopter watched overhead.
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today workers are stabilizing the hole to begin repairs. adel hagekhalil is with l.a.'s sanitation department. >> it's not going to be like overnight. it will be probably at least a week or two, but we're going to do our best to get out quickly. >> reporter: in san bernardino, a firetruck had to be pulled from a sinkhole that opened on the shoulder of a major freeway. the storms have created high surf and caused at least three deaths, including one person trapped in a submerged car in victorville. san lorenzo river in santa cruz county is just one of many across the state rising toward flood levels. dawne harman is the county's superintendent of public works. >> there's flooding here, there's trees down there, there's wires. >> reporter: nine of california's 12 major reservoirs are now at average or above average levels for this time of year, the highest total since 2011. repairs continue at the oroville dam, where a damaged spillway prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people a week ago.
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south of san francisco, lake anderson reservoir is overflowing with water crashing over the top of the dam. >> i've lived here most of my life, and i have never seen the levels of water being so high. >> reporter: as fast and as powerfully as this water is pouring out of the anderson reservoir, more water is flowing into the reservoir up above, and anthony, this wet weather is expected to continue at least through tomorrow. >> john blackstone. a large area of high pressure has kept those western much of america is getting a preview of spring. over the weekend, the eastern half of the country saw record highs. dean reynolds has that. >> reporter: february in chicago. no. really. it's february in chicago. people are outdoors playing golf or tennis. they're biking. they're jogging. >> great day for a boat ride. >> reporter: they're boating,
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and not on an ice breaker. from here all the way north to canada, balmy is the word. deb mudge and mark aho from worcester, massachusetts, celebrated their 12th anniversary away from new england snow. what did you anticipate you were going to see? >> piles of snow and ice. >> reporter: this is a region where walking the dog in winter is usually a painful necessity for man and beast. just a couple years ago a correspondent modeled more traditional february attire. kind of a cross between nanook of the north and yosemite sam. ducks are swimming, and unfortunately for this guy, ice is melting. one factor in the warm-up is snow. it normally acts like a land-based refrigerator, but for more than two months, chicago hasn't had one measurable inch of the stuff. pete bolland is visiting from england. >> i did pack an awful lot of thermal underwear and thick coats in anticipation of a chicago winter, and, of course,
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it hasn't been the case. >> reporter: now the heatwave is expected to last through wednesday, anthony, and i think i can say with some confidence that hardly anyone here is complaining. >> but i do miss your fake beard, dean. thanks. coming up next, on its way, the launch that put a private space company one step closer to mars. hambone! sally! 22! hut hut! tiki barber running a barber shop? yes!!! surprising. yes!!! what's not surprising? how much money david saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. who's next? ♪living well come on up, grandpa don't let joint discomfort keep you down.
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a spacex cargo ship is due wednesday at the international space station. the launch yesterday marked a comeback for the private space company, which one day soon hopes to fly to mars. more now from jim axelrod. >> and liftoff. >> reporter: the launch of the spacex falcon 9 rocket had a little something extra for space buffs, blasting off from the historic launchpad 39a at the kennedy space center where apollo 11 launched nearly half a century ago, carrying men to the moon. >> the eagle has landed. >> reporter: but for space entrepreneur elon musk and his company, this launch was all about the future. >> this is a very big deal for spacex. >> reporter: cbs news senior space consultant bill harwood says a couple of recent spacex launchpad failures, last september and in june of 2015 -- >> we appear to have had a
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launch vehicle failure. >> reporter: raised the stakes. >> they think they've fixed their problem, but they've had two failures in their last 30 launches. to instill confidence in their customer base, they need a string of successes. >> reporter: for the third time the booster returned to earth for an upright landing at cape canaveral. >> stage one, upright confirmed. >> reporter: tweeting "baby came back." knowing the secret to space travel lies in reusing rockets. >> whatever you want the try to achieve here is to make mars seem possible. >> reporter: musk wants to send an unmanned mission to mars in 2020. >> they have to be able to show the falcon 9 rocket is a safe and reliable launch vehicle, and with every successful launch, confidence is going to go up that they can, in fact, deliver on these big promises. >> reporter: that cargo ship that's in orbit now, planning to dock with the space station this wednesday, will deliver 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiments. anthony? >> glad baby came back. thanks, jim.
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still ahead, a security breech in one of america's make the most of a few minutes
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there was a security breach today at new york's jfk airport. 11 people passed through an unattended checkpoint at jetblue's terminal five. three were identified through surveillance video and were screened when their flight arrived in california. police are trying to identify the other eight.
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on this holiday honoring america's first president, the postal service paid tribute to the 35th. john f. kennedy and his library in boston, a stamp was unveiled commemorating the 100th anniversary of jfk's birth may 29, 1917. kennedy was 43 when he took office, the youngest man ever elected president. up next, he's a college basketball star despite his height. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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we end tonight with a college basketball player who is reaching for the stars, though he's closer to the earth than most of his competition. demarco morgan has his story. >> unbelievable from marcus keene. he drives quickly up the floor and scores. >> he shoots from distance. got it! >> reporter: in front of sold-out crowds, central michigan's 21-year-old marcus keene has electrified fans this season. >> 50 points for the junior transfer. >> let me try one more time. >> okay. there you go. >> reporter: so now what do you tell yourself when you get out here on the court and everybody's watching? >> you know, when i score 40 or 50, this is basically for myself and the fans. >> reporter: the 5'9" undersized scoring machine hopes to make history this year. he's on pace to average more than 30 points per game, the
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first to do so since 1997. be honest, it's got to feel good going up against the tall guys. >> the taller guys think, because i'm short they can lock me up. that's not the case. >> reporter: king's success has defied odds. recruiters probably rejected him because of his height. >> his height is probably a question as to why we were able to get him. >> reporter: but his coach believed keno davis could dominate in a big man's game. >> maybe some of the higher- profile programs, they hear 5'9", and that's not the prototypical player that they want. >> i always wanted to prove people wrong ever since i was in middle school. >> "mvp" chants raining down. oh, my goodness. >> reporter: is there something you haven't been able to accomplish yet? is there a certain move you're working on? >> i want to be able to dunk in a game. i get to dunk in the game sometimes, overseas, professional, nba, but i will dunk in a game one time. >> reporter: the dunk may have to wait, but the records are already falling. >> marcus keene a deep three!
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>> reporter: demarco morgan, cbs news, mount pleasant, michigan. that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm anthony mason. -- captions by vitac --
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jericka duncan. president trump begins his second month in office today with a new national security adviser at his side. on monday, the president tapped army lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster. mr. trump made the announcement from his mar-a-lago club in florida. mcmaster replaces retired general michael flynn, who was forced to resign last week. meanwhile, two of the president's other top deputies are meeting with allies overseas. here's chip reid. >> reporter: while traveling overseas, u.s. officials are finding it necessary to go out of their way to calm our allies, reassuring them that our commitments are unwavering.
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>> president trump came into office and has thrown now his full support to nato. >> reporter: on his first european trip as defense secretary, james mattis sought to reassure allies. >> i will also be requesting that all nato nations promptly pay their bills. the u.s. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. >> reporter: this morning, general mattis touched down in baghdad for an unannounced visit to monitor the u.s.-backed war effort against isis. before his arrival, the defense secretary distanced himself from these remarks made by mr. trump last month. >> i used to say, keep the oil. i didn't want to go into iraq. >> we're not in iraq to seize anybody's oil. >> reporter: it underscores the challenge white house officials face overseas, balancing a cohesive u.s. message, with a commander in chief who often speaks off the cuff. >> this is president trump's promise, we will stand with
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europe today and every day. >> reporter: vice president mike pence was in brussels, reassuring allies of the u.s. commitment to their security. while donald trump was make thing confusing assertion about terror in europe. >> you look at what's happening in germany. you look at what's happening last night in sweden. sweden! who would believe this? sweden. they took in large numbers, they're having problems. >> reporter: but there hasn't been a terror attack in sweden since 2010. mr. trump's statement prompted this statement from the former swedish prime minister. the president took to twitter over the weekend to clear up any confusion about his statement on sweden saying he was referencing a report he saw earlier on fox news, which referenced an increase of immigrants to that country. monday marked one month since president trump's inauguration. so how do americans feel about
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the administration so far? well, a recent gallup poll shows his approval rating around 40%, 21 points lower than the average rating of past presidents at this point. cbs this morning is talking to people across the country with different political backgrounds and beliefs. here's the second installment of the series "we the people." >> my name is holly. >> i'm leo smith. >> i'm ceasar. >> i'm steven. >> i'm from caramel, california. i'm starting up my own business and voted for donald trump. i grew up in a christian home. since trump has taken office, i think he's really trying to make it easier for people like myself to start up their own businesses. >> we, the citizens of america, are now joined in a great national effort. >> being able to give the government back to the people, give the economy back to the people. [ applause ] i think he's doing a great job so far. other than the fact that he can't get his cabinet approved.
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>> if you did vote for trump, i'm having a hard time seeing how you would still remain supportive of him. ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ >> he's kind of reneging on his promises from the campaign. obamacare still hasn't been repealed or replaced. the wall. the special educator. you have to remain optimistic every day. i wake up every morning scared to turn the news on because of what i might see. >> and i've taken decisive action to keep radical islamic terrorist the hell out of our country. >> i do feel optimistic. this is a free country, and we do need to respect the laws when it comes to immigration. >> we are a nation of laws, but we're also a nation of just laws. i came here when i was just 5 years old after my father passed away when i was a little baby. and my mother, like any loving mother, took the brave decision
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to give me a better life. we crossed the border in the middle of darkness at night. and because of the hard work of my mother, i was able to become the first undocumented attorney to apply and be admitted in the great state of new york. >> no ban, no walls! >> donald trump rhetoric has been divisive. children were afraid to see their parents walk out because they may never see them again. we saw the response of u.s. citizens from different backgrounds, former police officers, teachers, coming together and saying hey, we're here to open our homes. sadly, we're creating this modern underground railroad where people have to hide from the government. >> i think he's addressing the issue of immigration. he may have done it in a blunt force way, but the things that needed to be done are being done. >> the whole russian thing, that's a ruse. >> the russian influences and all the news surrounding it, they're claiming it's fake news. and he's very upset that these leaks happened. he wasn't upset when he was
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using wikileaks to smear hillary clinton. >> i think that trump's presence on twitter is kind of good. i think it's great to hear kind of the inner thoughts of the president. he's expressing his feelings. >> these guys say yes, here's what we're going to do. i don't have to do that. >> i don't expect him to have, you know, the style of ronald reagan. i'm not looking for a rhetorical genius. i'm looking for a guy that will fix the problems of america. >> this has to do with racism and horrible things that are put up. >> since the election, president donald trump, working for the georgia gop, i've focused on powering people that feel disenfranchised since his election that don't understand his policies. i'm very interested seeing what betsy devos is going to do to make sure vocational education becomes an option for people who want to escape poverty again. >> i'm talking about the debate between proficiency and growth, what your thoughts are on them. >> well, i was just asking to
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clarify -- >> that's a question that a college student could answer that's going into education. i teach at a public school. we could possibly start losing funding due to vouchers, services for my special education students might disappear. >> i think that's best left to locales and states. >> she just said i'll consider everything, nothing is off the table. some people would say her bedside manner isn't all that great, but i think she did exactly what needs to be done. >> the leaks are real, the news is fake. >> i think the media is swift to make trump look bad. >> with those beautiful, beautiful words, "made in the usa." >> all the racism and all the -- just, i feel like we're living back in the '50s. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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this morning, the spacex cargo ship named dragon is on its way to the international space station. the ship blasted off on a rocket sunday from the historic launch pad in cape canaveral, florida. this comes as nasa considers a new mission for its astronauts. here's demarco morgan. >> reporter: it's been five years since the last launch at kennedy space center. it's a site whose place in history might be revived under a plan to return astronauts to the moon and possibly mars. >> three, two, one, ignition. >> it is approaching the landing zone now.
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>> reporter: minutes later the rocket raueturned earth. and elon musk captioned the phrase "baby came back." launch pad 39-a haste been the starting point for historic nations, including the apollo mission of 1969. >> one giant leap for mankind. >> reporter: and the final flight of the space shuttle in 2011. the spacex launch came just days after nasa said it was considering putting astronauts on board a mission to orbit the moon called em-1. in a letter obtained by cbs this morning, nasa's acting administrator told employees last week the agency was on the verge of even greater discoveries. and that it was exploring the possibility of adding the crew to the mission. >> we stand at the birth of a new millenia, ready to unlock the mysteries of space. >> reporter: the moon is a departure of what previous
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administrations considered the next step in space exploration, mars. >> it makes a tremendous amount of sense to bring the moon back into the equation, building up the capability and using it as a training base before we head off on our much more challenging trip to mars.
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dictator being i sassassinated an airport. adriana diaz is following the story from beijing. >> reporter: north korea's bafd says malaysia's investigation cannot be trusted and denies that the man killed is kim jung-nam. this comes as we're getting a closer look of what happened from the cc-tv video that captured the incident. this chilling security camera footage shows kim jung-nam navigating kuala lumpur's busy airport last monday, just moments before he's attacked. as he stands at a check-in kiosk, his alleged assassins strike, a woman in a white shirt appears to wipe a cloth across his faith with an accomplice, before both slip sbak inback in crowd. he then alerts airport police.
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he later died on the way to the hospital malaysian police say they're working with interpol. seven suspects are at large. four of them, all north korean, left the country on the day of the attack. >> we need them to assist in the investigation. so we have to collect all the evidence pertaining to the -- >> reporter: four others are in custody, including a north korean chemistry expert, and both alleged female attackers. the women, once seen here leaving the airport, told investigators said they thought they were pulling a prank for a hidden camera tv show. while north korea has denied involvement, south korea's acting president placed the blame squarely on them today. "the murder clearly demonstrates the recklessness and brutality of the north korean regime."
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kim jung-nam's son landed in malaysia to identify the body. as for the suspects, they appear in court wednesday and will likely be charged or released. the south korea spy agency believes kim jong-un ordered the hit on his brother. the assassination comes amid growing concerns over north korea's nuclear weapons and missile tests. sunday on "60 minutes," bill whitaker took a closer look at the isolated country. he spoke with the highest ranking north korean official to defect in decades. >> so for six months, and to be honest, i was never public until now. >> reporter: we went for an evening out in seoul with north korea's former deputy ambassador in london before he defected in august. the first time on the subway? >> yes, that's right. >> reporter: a defection by someone of his rank is extremely
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rare. this is the first time he had walked about in public. just off camera, six bodyguards watched his every move as we made our way down one of the busiest shopping streets in asia. north korea has assassinated defectors in seoul. >> to prevent more possible defections from north korea, i think kim jong-un made do anything. >> even kill you? >> of course. why not? >> reporter: the man who could order an assassination is kim jong-un, the dictator is the third member of the kim family to rule north korea. they have controlled the impoverished country with an iron clad fist for 70 years. this was last week's missile test. kim devotes a quarter of his country's economy to weapons like this and his million-man army. despite widespread food shortages. >> kim jong-un strongly believes
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that once he possesses isbm, then he can easily scare off america. >> reporter: right now, how dangerous is north korea to the stability of south korea and as a threat to the united states? >> kim jong-un's capability to wreak harm, not only to america but also south korea and the world, should not be underestimated. ♪ >> reporter: during his five years in power, kim jong-un has expanded north korea's nuclear arsenal, despite international sanctions that have brought his country's economy to its knees. electricity is scarce. from space, north korea is a black hole. that's it, wedged between the shining lights of south korea
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and china to the north. tai said he was living a comfortable life, here at the north korean embassy in london before he fled with his wife and two grown sons. >> the safety is guarantied by the government. >> reporter: his job in london was to spread north korean propaganda, and report back on his colleagues. >> you all lived together under one roof? >> yes. >> so you could keep an eye on each other? >> keep an eye on each other, control on reaeach other and ev spy on each other. >> reporter: but he says he lost all faith in the regime when kim jong-un killed his uncle in 2013 and executed dozens of perceived enemies, including diplomats. >> i've seen a tape of you giving speeches in london. you're very convincing. you seem to be a true leader yourself.
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>> if i show any sign of hesitation, then i would be sent to -- >> what would happen to you? >> i would be sent to prison camps. >> reporter: he said there was one big obstacle to his defection. >> all north korean diplomats are forced to leave one of their children back in north korea as a hostage. >> as a hostage? >> yes. >> reporter: his break came when that policy unexpectedly changed, and his oldest son was allowed to join the family in london. they all agreed to defect. he would not give us the details of his escape and who helped. but we know he was kept in a
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safe house by south korean intelligence agents, and questioned for more than three months. he said it was too dangerous for us to meet his family. >> i've been talking to you for a couple of days now. you come from a secretive place. >> yes. >> i think you still have lots of secrets. >> sure, yes. >> how do we know that what he is telling us is the truth and not just self-serving? >> you know, when a defector makes a decision to jump ship, he's doing it at a huge cost. his co-workers, relatives, inlaws will be purged or kill. >> reporter: this was south korea's ambassador for national security until last year. he said looks here can be deceiving. the risk of war today is exceptionally high. >> i think most americans right now would see this as a holdover from the cold war.
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>> uh-huh. >> but it seems to be quite hot. >> that's right. >> there are million forces on either side. and who is in the middle of this? it's basically the u.s. forces. >> if this is war, this is where the big fight will take place. >> reporter: lee helped seoul shape policy towards north korea. he went with us to the village in the 2 1/2 mile wide demilitarized zone that separates north and south korea. as we got closer, seoul's sprawl gave way to military checkpoints. the agreement that suspended the korean war was signed here, but there's still no peace treaty. the war began when the communist north invaded in 1950. 34,000 americans were killed in
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what amounted to a stalemate. so this is the longest war on paper since world war ii. so we are still technically in a state of war. >> reporter: today, both sides still stair each other down. that's north korea right there, that building just 100 yards away. we were told to avoid sudden movements that could be interpreted as threatening. it wasn't long before north korean soldiers took an interest in all the activity. so we went inside a negotiation hut that straddles the border. >> right behind the door, from there on, this is north korea. once you go out, that's it. we have no jurisdiction from that side of the door. >> so if i were to walk out that door -- >> that's it. >> i'm in the hands of north korea. >> that's true. >> let's stay on this side. to watch bill whitaker's full report, go to and click on "60 minutes." we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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secret messaging apps are reportedly being used in washington to leak information to journalists. vladimir duthiers shows us how one of them works. >> reporter: messages sent are automatically deleted leaving no paper trail. that makes it very appealing at a time when peel are afraid of being hacked and being swept up in president trump's promised crackdown on leakers. >> i just received a new message. >> reporter: john didn't set out to make a leaking app, but apparently many people use confide for that purpose. >> you unveil the message by wanding it over with your finger. >> reporter: once messages are read, they vanish without a trace. >> the message is gone forever, deleted from our servers, you can't print it, save it, cut and paste it.
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it disappears it. >> reporter: and taking a screen shot, forget about it. >> the message self-destructs, so i can't try to piece together a number of screen shots into the actual message, and it notifies the sender and recipient that a screen shot was attempted. >> reporter: features like that are attractive to people who don't want to be linked to hackers. >> any news worthy hack, leak, vulnerability of vij tall communication leads to a corresponding spike in our usage. you can't hack or leak something that no longer exists. >> reporter: at least three trump staffers have confide accounts. >> we are looking into that very seriously. it's a criminal act. >> reporter: it's not known if secure messaging apps like confide and signal were used in recent leaks of classified information. >> they're likely violating the
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law if they are revealing that information through any means, whether through an e-mail or through a disappearing chat app. >> reporter: kerry cordero says confide's privacy feature also not totally protect leakers, since it still requires them to register their identities. >> sometimes apps give users a false confidence that they'll never be able to be traced. and although the communication in this particular app might disappear, that doesn't mean that the user is necessarily not able to be traced in any way. >> reporter: he says he wants all confide users to act lawfully, especially for those who work in government, finance and medicine. that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jericka duncan.
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-- captions by vitac -- ♪ it's tuesday, february 21st, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight -- 94 americans were killed when a small plane crashed into an australian shopping center, reportedly on the trip of a lifetime. also breaking, relentless rain triggers a levee breach in northern california. crews race to repair the break, but there's more rain on the way. >> one of my friends tripped, once he fell, we all fell into the water. >> and several kids fall into a


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