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saying good-bye. the first of the victims in the connecticut school shooting tragedy are laid to rest. and with more funerals this week, the newtown community struggles to heal. school safety in the wake of last week's shooting. educators across the country take steps to prevent another tragedy from training teachers to arming security guards. and bargain breakthrough. progress in fiscal cliff negotiations as both sides give ground on the all-important issue, taxes. kroitd . this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, december 18, 2012. >> good morning, everyone, good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remains an
active crime scene. the site of friday's deadly shootings will remain closed indefinitely. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mattioli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessica rekos, also 6, loved everything about horses. she read about them, drew them, wrote about them, for christmas she wanted cowgirl boots. we have more. >> reporter: good morning. it's a rainy and somber morning in newtown where families have begun to lay their dead to rest, and more funerals are scheduled for days to come. it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connecticut, with one exception -- students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth canfield is a fourth
grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots, and the room that he was in was being banged on by the gunman. >> reporter: kenneth and his classmates won't be returning to sandy hook elementary school. when they do go back, they'll attend chalk hill school in monroe. >> he said he won't go back unless there's a police officer at every door. >> reporter: the grieving continues here in newtown. there will be two more funerals today when james mattioli and jessica rekos will be laid to rest. the first two funerals were held monday when 6-year-olds noah pozner and jack pinto were remembered. >> you shouldn't be at a 6-year-old's funeral. i mean, it's -- this is a devastating event, and it's heartbreaking as it is. it just keeps getting more heartbreaking. >> reporter: noah pozner was described as smart, caring, and rambunctious. jack pinto loved the new york giants. he was buried in the jersey of
his favorite player, giants wide receiver victor cruz. >> there were stories about jack being in heaven, tossing footballs at the angels and knocking halos off of their head. everyone got a chuckle out of that. >> reporter: konan funeral home in newtown will hold 11 funerals between now and christmas. newtown school officials have set up grief counselors for students still dealing with the tragedy. tarle -- terrell? >> good to see you. thank you very much. the grim task of telling the parents of 20 young children they would never see their son or daughter again fell to connecticut's governor, dannel malloy. the parents were brought to the town fire house on friday. yesterday an emotional malloy explained he didn't think it was right for families to have to wait a long time for the families of victims to be notified.
>> there was a reluctance to tell parents and loved ones that the person that they were waiting for was not going to return and that that had gone on for a period of time, well after there was any expectancy that families would be reunited. so i made a decision that to have that go on any longer was wrong. >> malloy also called for the resurrection of a federal ban on assault rifles. he's not the only one calling for discussion about tougher gun laws in the wake of the newtown shootings. a just-released cbs news poll finds 57% of americans back stricter gun laws. that's the highest percentage in a decade. but less than half believe stricter laws would have prevented the shooting in newtown. tatiana anderson has more. >> reporter: 34 americans who survived or lost loved ones in gun violence gathered at city
hall. that's how many people mayor michael bloomberg says are killed in shootings each year in the u.s. >> in a democratic society, you have to come together in what the majority of people want. every time there's a poll, the majority want sensible gun restrictions. >> reporter: they're pushing for tighter gun lawns including the type of assault weapon used in the newtown massacre. >> my daughter would have been 19 december 23. >> reporter: nardine's daughter was killed in a drive-by shooting moments after she attended the funeral of another shooting victim. >> it just shouldn't take so much bloodshed. >> reporter: the group joined mayor bloomberg in a new ad campaign pressuring lawmakers to come up with a plan to reduce the number of guns on the streets. >> i demand a plan, and so should you. >> reporter: dozens of people marched against the national rifle association in washington. >> shame on the nra! >> reporter: speaking out for a political action committee, the group says the gun rights group is partly to blame for tragedies like
newtown. but the executive director of gun owners of america thinks principals and teachers should carry guns to prevent tragedies like newtown. >> there are members of congress that would like to see the school zone gun ban done away with. and i think that's encouraging. >> reporter: pro-gun rights senator joe mansion of west virginia called on the gun industry to come together with congress to work on what he called a reasonable approach to curbing gun violence. he said all options should be on the table. cbs news, new york. there is progress to report on fiscal cliff negotiations. two weeks from today, the painful series of spending cuts and tax increases will automatically go into effect if washington can't come up with a budget deal. late monday, though, we learned congressional republicans and the president are narrowing the gap in their differences. tara mergener is in washington with the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, terrell. well, raising taxes on the wealthy is the biggest issue during these negotiations. but this morning, it appears both sides are giving ground.
allowing the bush-era tax cuts to expire on couples' income over $250,000 was a cornerstone of president obama's re-election campaign. but he's reportedly backing off those demands. in his latest offer to republicans, the president is seeking to raise rates on incomes over $400,000 for couples. his offer also includes a reduction in future cost of living increases for social security recipients. and he's dropping his proposal to extend the payroll tax cut. if that happens paycheck contributions would go from 4.2% to 6.2%, raising $115 billion a year to go to deficit reduction. but the president is holding firm on keeping the eligibility age of medicare at 65. republicans have proposed raising the age to 67. house speaker john boehner didn't speak to reporters as he left the white house monday.
last week boehner broke the logjam when he agreed to raise some income tax rates. and while this is the most progress we've seen, there's still a long way to go. speaker boehner's spokesperson says the president's plan does not include enough spending cuts, but he is hopeful talks will continue. terrell, not over yet. >> we'll hopefully get something this week. tara mergener in washington. good to see you. thank you very much. coming up on the morning news, a senator and decorated war hero. we remember the remarkable life of daniel inouye, the country's first japanese american senator who served for five decades. this is the morning news. a febreze experiment. can a 30-day-old pluggable febreze make even this old container smell fresh? take a deep breath. describe the room that you're in. i think just like a big, open space. like i'm hanging the sheets on the line. and it smells really fresh, man. let's take your blindfold off. oh! [ both laugh ] super-weird! oh, is it febreze? yeah. ohh, how about that?
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hawaii senator daniel inouye died monday after being hospitalized with respiratory complications. his passing prompted president obama to tweet, "aloha, danny." senator inouye was 88 years old. we have a look back at his remarkable life. >> reporter: democrat daniel inouye was the second longest serving u.s. senator and the third in line for the presidency. he was also the first japanese american to serve in congress and a world war ii hero. >> all of us in hawaii looked up to him, and we are so sad to see him go. >> reporter: inouye was born in hawaii in 1924 and dreamed of being a surgeon. he heard the call to arms when japanese planes flew over his home to bomb pearl harbor. he served in italy and there lost an arm to a german grenade, leading a battle that won him the medal of honor. >> everything became a bit crazy.
bullets flying all over the place, and my arm flew off. i looked for the grenade because i knew it was in my hand, and there it was still clutched. and i peeled it off and threw it at the enemy. >> reporter: inouye was elected to the u.s. house of representatives in 1959. the same year hawaii became a state. he won a seat in the senate three years later where he served 8 1/2 terms. >> he was a man who, as we all know, rarely called attention to himself, but who lived a remarkable american life filled with dignity and grace of the true hero that he was. >> reporter: he gained notoriety when he served on the senate committee looking into the watergate scandal. the probe ultimately led to president nixon's resignation. in a statement, president obama said, "our country has lost a true american hero." cbs news, los angeles. congressman tim scott has been appointed to fill the south carolina senate seat vacated by jim demint.
scott will be the south's first black republican senator since reconstruction and just the fourth black republican in senate history. governor nikki haley who appointed scott said she chose him for his conservative values. scott will serve two years before facing an election in 2014. up next, your tuesday morning weather. in sports, syracuse basketball coach jim boeheim enters the record books with a historic victory, but his post-game remarks might be what grabs the headlines. the headlines. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do.
here's a look at the weather in some cities across the country. new york, windy, 56. miami, 84. chicago, 44. mostly sunny in dallas, 74. showers in l.a., 62 degrees. let's check your national forecast on a tuesday. a winter storm begins to move across the country. it will rain in the southwest. heavy snow will fall from utah to wyoming to new mexico. some mountain areas could get as much as 24 inches. the midwest remains relatively calm ahead of the storm. rain, ice, and snow will continue to push through much of the northeast, and it will be warm and dry in the south. "cbs moench watney watch" t. apple loses its latest round with samsung. and a toy gets a makeover to appeal to boys. we have more from new york. good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. most asian markets rallied on new signs of china's economic recovery.
tokyo's nikkei rose 1% while the hang seng lost a fraction. optimism over the fiscal cliff negotiations powered the best day for blue chips this month. the dow rose 100 while the nasdaq added 39. samsung is allowed to keep selling three of its smartphones that were found to infringe on apple patents. on monday night, a federal judge rejected apple's demands to pull the model from the shelves saying that was too broad a punishment. competition between the companies is fierce. samsung recently topped apple in global smartphone sales. and easy bake oven is going gender neutral thanks to mckenna pope. she started an online petition to get hasbro to make it in other colors than purple and pink so she could buy one for her younger brother. monday they granted her wish saying a black, silver, and blue oven could be due in stores by next summer. mckenna says hasbro will also start using boys in their ads. she was actually thinking ahead that we're not the only ones who should be in the kitchen cooking.
smart girl. >> good idea. right? i forgot that they were even making the easy bake ovens, to be honest. i thought that thing was past -- >> no, they're still out. i'll get you one for christmas. >> thanks, ash. put it on the list. it's good to see you. in sports, another ugly loss for the new york jets. fourth quarter, jets down by four against tennessee. mark sanchez gets picked off. one of the five turnovers of the night. the titans' punter at the end zone shanks the ball and gives the jets one last shot for the win. 47 seconds on the clock. low snap and sanchez fumbles the ball. titans ground the jets 14-10. new york officially out of the playoffs. in college ball, syracuse coach jim boeheim in the record books. the third-ranked orange had to hold off detroit who got in three. cuse got the victory for boeheim's 900 win. he now joins mike krzyzewski of duke and bob knight as only the
third men's coach in division one basketball to get that many wins. boeheim's first victory came against harvard way back in 1976. after the game, the coach thanked players and fans but then responded to friday's shooting in connecticut with an unprompted rant about guns. >> if we in this country as americans cannot get the people that represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society. this is our fault. this is my fault, your fault, your fault. all your faults. >> boeheim said also politicians need to pass a gun-control law, quote, "real quick." when we come back, classrooms across the country review security procedures in the wake of the shooting rampage at sandy hook. the wake of the shooting rampage at sandy hook. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. at usaa, we know military life is different. we've been there. that's why every bit of financial advice we offer is geared specifically
mostly cloudy in denver, 38. showers in seattle, 40 degrees. the newtown school shooting has parents and teachers all across the country concerned about the safety of their classrooms. and as mark strassmann reports this morning, many schools are reviewing and improving their security procedures. >> reporter: dekalb county's briar lake elementary was different today. an armed school police officer patrolled outside, and the principal ordered teachers to lock all classroom doors on the hallway side. lillian gobas, the district's spokeswoman, took us inside. all of dekalb's 138 schools have at least 32 secured cameras, installed in 1999 after the columbine shooting. >> what's new is the sense of awareness and the dialogue that's happening among our staff members and our families and the students who we serve in order to keep our children safe.
>> i want everyone to get away from the hallway door and get down. >> reporter: this training video was attached to the memo from the texas attorney general urging the stated's 1,025 school districts to review their emergency procedures. he said 78 of them have inadequate safety plans. the school district outside pittsburgh got a court order over the weekend to arm its school police. and in los angeles, each of the city's 10,000 police officers will stop by at least one school a day when classes resume next month. >> all we want to do is create this perfect, safe bubble for our children. >> reporter: newtown, connecticut, proved that perfect bubble doesn't exist. but according to the national school safety center, children are 100 times more likely to be assaulted outside school than inside one. mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. coming up after your local news, the latest the possible breakthrough in the fiscal cliff negotiations. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news."
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and his wife for a holiday shopping spree. >> another sad day for a community in connecticut where two more victim's of friday's shoot shooting will be laid to rest. >> schools in our area are making changes to keep students safer. wjz is live with what's being done. >> a major apartment fire on the eastern shore leaves many without a home this morning. now a search for a cause. >> more news, first warning weather and your first traffic report of the morning in just a couple minutes. the car on the left was filled up with