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morning after the obama administration accuses to lot saudi arabia's ambassador in the nation's capital. >> this was directed and approved by directive of the iranian government and specifically the quds force. >> we will ask vice president joe biden what steps the u.s. is ready to take now against iran. mitt romney looks like the republican front-runner once again with a key endorsement from governor chris christie and a confident display at last night's gop debate. >> the american people in the kind of financial crisis they are in, they know someone who
knows how to create jobs and i do. >> we will he show you more from the republican presidential debate from new hampshire "early" this wednesday morning, october 12th 2011. >> good morning. i'm chris wragge. >> i'm erica hill. after the arrest of a u.s. citizen accused of plotting iran's first-ever terror attack on american soil. cbs news accordance bob orr is in washington with us with the very latest. >> as you say, it's a bombshell case signaling serious new trouble with iran. the obama administration now is accusing iranian agents of planning and financing a scheme to assassinate a top saudi ambassador in the united states. they say the plot to kill saudi
ambassador to the u.s. >> this conspiracy was directed from iran and constitutes a flagrant violation of u.s. and international law. >> reporter: eric holder accused quds officials of conspiring with manssor arbabsiar to plot the killing. he traveled to mexico to hire a hit squad he believed worked with a mexican drug cartel instead he linked up to a former undercover agent for the d.e.a. over six months the recorded conversations with arbabsiar and help them solicit $100,000 as a down payment for the murder. officials aarbabsiar hoped to kill jubeir at a restaurant. they want that guy done, arbabsiar told the informance.
if the hundred go with him, expletive, adding the collateral deaths were no big he deal. arbabsiar is expected to plead in court not guilty. iran dismissed the allegations as baseless. >> i think this is a radical shift for the iranians to attempt an assassination in the united states understanding what the potential blow-back could be. >> reporter: arbabsiar who also talked about wanting to attack embassies of saudi arabia and israel named one of the officials in the quds force who has been charged in the case but remains at large in iran. the state department this morning is warning of possible new attacks against americans as the administration tries to determine who inside the iranian government organized the plot. >> bob orr, thanks. iran is rejecting the u.s. charges. cbs news correspondent elizabeth
palmer joins us from london with more on what the u.s. military says is behind the alleged plot. good morning. >> reporter: the quds force, about 15,000 member strong s a overseas branch of the elite revolutionian iranian guard. iran's regular military is proud to stride its stuff but in displays like this you won't see the secretive quds force what is led by this man and he answers to none other than iran's supreme leader eye tolly khomeini. one of his forces main machine is spoupport groups outside of take ran. >> they are no longer talking about activities in their own influence but taking it into the united states as well. >> reporter: the u.s. has fought the quds force before in iraq
where she was supporting sh ericia militants. in iran, the american assassination allegations were immediately dismissed on state media and by politicians as baseless. those who study the mercury world of iranian state sponsored terrorism say these allegations, if true, really represent a departure for the quds force. first of all, they are relatively clumsy and, secondly, it did mark an unprecedented escalation of provocation. >> joining us from washington is the vice president of the united states, joe biden. sir, good to have you with us this morning. >> good morning, erica. >> we heard from liz there. this was an unprecedented
departure and heard from juan zarate. what are the fallouts and consequences now for iran? >> the consequences for iran, i think, will be serious because they have not only decided to assassinate someone, they have taken on the basis in which the way nations deal with one another and that is violating the notion you deal with diplomats, the means by which you commune and in terms of assassinating a diplomat. we are going around the world to capitals laying out and you're going to see this compelling detail case we have here. as we do this, i think you're going to see continued isolation of iran, their economy is already in deep trouble a because of the sanctions that exist and i think what we have to do is unite the entire world against the iranian behavior, not just this behavior but their
generic behavior. this is going after a saudi diplomat they seem to want to punish the saudi kingdom. >> could this go beyond sanctions? sanctions are already in place and we are learning there was a plot on u.s. soil. >> it could. but we are not going there yet. we have imposed additional sanctions and indicted these two individuals. one in iran and one here. we have imposed additional sanctions against in terms of the accounts of members of the quds force. that is internationally. and in addition to that, we are going to be working with the rest of the international community to decide what steps to take next. it's critically important we unite the world in the isolation of and dealing with the iranians. that is the most -- the surest way to be able to get results. >> how high up do you think this went in the plans?
do you believe ahmadinejad and eye dough ayatollah and were aws plot? >> i don't want to speculate on that. i know what the facts are as we understand them to be now, that it has gone to a mid to high level within the quds force and it's hard for me to believe such an action would be taken against a saudi ambassador. this is specifically designed against a specific individual who happens to be in the united states of america. and that is -- for that decision to be taken by this elite terrorist organization is -- this organization that ferments terror is not something i think is done lightly but beyond that, i don't want to speculate. >> i want to turn to politics. the jobs bill failed in the senate vote. yet it was touted by the administration a bill you thought would pass because you thought both sides were in here.
now what is the answer? does this get broken up into smaller pieces is that one way you feel confident some of this may pass? >> exactly, it will be broken up. we are going to go and take each piece of this bill. when we put this bill together, we put things republicans historically have been for, refurbishing highways and putting people to work and tax breaks to give them a special tax break if they hire a veteran coming back from iraq or afghanistan. making sure that we are able to go out there and rebuild the 35,000 schools that are in terrible shape, putting teachers back to work in classrooms and police on the beat, et cetera. these are all things republicans have supported in the past and we put it together, it wasn't to have a confrontation, it was to get something done and now we are going to take, can w conjunction and why are they for
a tax increase on middle class people? if they don't pass this tax break for this payroll taxes people's taxes will go up $1,000 next year. we will take it a piece at a time and quite frankly, go over their heads to the american people to talk some sense to their representatives. >> in terms of the american people, a lot of talk about "occupy wall street" these days. both you and the president have made supportive comments for the movement. does the administration stand wholeheartedly with these protesters? >> we understand the incredible frustration these people have, because at the core, they reflect what an awful lot of people in the country think, that the bargain has been broken, that the playing field isn't level, that there is not an even chance for middle class folks. and that -- that is what this is about. the individuals who started this organization or this movement, i don't know -- i don't know them in terms of either individually any more than anybody knew what
the tea party organizers were when they started. but i think it's tapped into a nerve out there that the american people think that everything is flowing uphill to the very wealthy, that that is where all of the breaks go. one of the things i think is most obvious is they know their tax dollars were used to keep all of these folks and those banks in business. we lent them the money to stay in business and they turn around and now it looks like they not only don't get a thank you, that they seem to be -- they think they are entitled to continue to raise fees and so on. it's just a symptom of what is happening in the country. >> mr. vice president, we have to leave it there. thanks again for your time this morning, sir. >> thank you. now the latest on the republican presidential race. on tuesday, the candidates met in the key state of new hampshire and ended in one candidate grabbing the spotlight as the gop front-runner. jan crawford is in hanover, new
hampshire, with that story for us. >> reporter: expectations were high for mitt romney going into last night's debate and focused on the company. that is his significant issue. after two hours on stage, he showed why. there were eight candidates around the table but last night's debate on economic issues may as well been called the mitt romney show. >> with the american people in the kind of financial crisis they are in, they need to know someone who knows how to create jobs and i do. >> can you name all 59 points in your 160-page plan? >> herman, i've had the experience of my life of taking on some tough problems and i must admit that simple answers are always very helpful but observe times inadequate. >> reporter: texas governor rick perry hit him on the massachusetts health care reform law. romney turned the tables on perry. >> we had the lowest number of kids as a percentage uninsured in any state of america. you have the highest. i'm still speaking. i'm still speaking! >> criticism. >> i'm still speaking.
we have -- we have less than 1% of our kids that are uninsured. you have a million kids uninsured in texas. a million kids. >> reporter: the pressure was on perry to deliver a strong performance after stumbling in his first debate and plummeting in the polls. he had no real missteps, but he didn't breakthrough. >> what we need to be focused on in this country today is not whether or not we are going to have this policy or that policy. >> reporter: was largely ignored by romney, a defining moment, romney bypassing a chance to attack perry and instead lobbing he question to michele bachmann. >> what do you do to make end's meet and get people back to work. >> reporter: a spot now held by businessman herman cain has surged behind romney by tracking social conservatives and tea party voters who like his 99 tax plan. >> 999 is bold and the american people want a bold solution, not just what is goipting king to k
can down the road. >> when you take you the 999 plan and turn it upside down, i think the devil's in the details. >> how many people believe we will keep the income tax at 9%? anybody? there. >> reporter: now watching from the audience was new jersey governor chris christie just last week. he crushed conservatives hopes when he said he would not run for president. yesterday afternoon, he endorsed romney to romney's campaign got a big boost even before he took the stage last night. >> jan crawford in hanover, new hampshire for us, thanks. joining us from manchester, new hampshire, is republican presidential candidate rick santorum. you call yourself the anti-romney but poll numbers from michele bachmann and perry plummeting, why is that not gravitating toward you? >> i think it's still early in the process. we feel very good in the early primary states we are getting those folks, the conservative
activists and paying attention to this race. there was a pugh poll out a couple of days ago that asked people if they could name any one of the republican potential nominees for president and over 50% of the people in this country couldn't name one person. national polls don't mean anything. activists in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina is where it's at area wen working hard and building a strong base. >> reporter: one of the better moments of the debate last night polling the audience and in tax-free new hampshire in talking to the audience about herman cain's 99 plan. how many would like a income tax or sales tax? a stone satellite news center in the room. what is it about the 999 plan you don't like the most? >> my plan is a plan that focuses on manufacturing and getting jobs back in this country by cutting the corporate tax to manufacturing to 0% and do something to create the jobs that we need that are going to provide good incomes for middle income families.
herman's plan adds a tax to the federal government repertoire. it gives the federal government a national sales tax, a 9% national sales tax. you're right. i turned to the folks in new hampshire which doesn't have a sales tax and said who is in favor of a sales tax and not a single hand went up. why is the federal government taxing you coming and going, income and spending? it's a bad idea and won't get a single republican or democratic vote because now you impose 18% tax both 9% income and 9% sales tax on middle income americans and lower middle income americans, many of whom are paying much lower tax rates than that, so this is a bad plan on both sides. >> i want to ask you one last question real quick. talk about the failed assassination plot as i pivot here. the justice department saying iran is behind this. if you were president, how would you respond? >> joe biden blocked my freedom support act in 2006. he was just on the show.
he didn't realize that a threat of a nuclear iran is the real issue here. when iran gets a nuclear weapon and this administration is doing nothing to stop them. if they get nuclear weapon no one will be able to attack them and they will be fer meanting terrorism with impunity around the world and why they must be stopped and this administration and joe biden has been blocking it for years trying to do something to stop them getting this weapon. >> senator, thank you. appreciate the time this morning. >> thank you very much. still ahead here on the broadcast, the testimony that could decide the case against michael jackson's doctor. we will hear from the medical examiner who performed jackson's autopsy. researchers tell men to throw away the vitamin e. the supplement could be harming you. we will break that down ahead. you're watching "the early show" on cbs.
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♪ welcome back to "the early show." i'm chris wragge, along with erica hill in new york. it has been a bad vehicle to say the least for vitamin supplements. an alarming study on tuesday. this morning another new study is warning men against taking extra vitamin e. >> a lot of doctors thought vitamin e could prevent prostate cancer. not only is that wrong but it could increase your risk. dr. jennifer ashton will be here coming up to take a closer look at that. the latest from the michael
jackson manslaughter trial. lawyers for dr. conrad murray argue the singer gave himself a dose of a powerful sleep drug. in the latest bombshell testimony, a key witness says that is simply not true. cbs news national correspondent ben tracy has that story. >> reporter: in court on tuesday, the medical examiner who performed michael jackson's autopsy said he doesn't believe the singer gave himself the lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol that ultimately killed him. >> the circumstances, from my point of view, do not support self-administration of propofol. >> reporter: dr. christopher rogers testified he thinks dr. conrad murray is to blame because he did not have the tools to adequate monitor the propofol he was giving jackson. >> it is reasonable to believe the doctor had imperfect control over the dose and he may have accidentally given too much. >> reporter: murray's own words
were also back on trial tuesday. prosecutors played the second half of murray's interview with police that took place just two days after michael jackson's death. >> i gave mr. jackson a -- i tried it out. >> reporter: the audiotape is two and a half hours long. and police admit murray was very cooperative. the doctor details the scene at the hospital when jackson's children learned their father was dead and eventually saw his body. >> cried and cried and cried. daughter uttered a lot of words of unhappiness and confusion about the death of her dad and she didn't want to be an orphan and that is sad, real sad. i told her, you know, we will take care of her. >> reporter: dr. murray says member of the jackson family were frantically trying to figure out what happened. >> they asked me do you know why he died. my answer was no.
-- recommended to the family to have an autopsy because i also wanted to know. >> reporter: prosecutors showed a graphic photo from jackson's autopsy. they say dr. murray told no one at the hospital that he had been giving jackson propofol to help him sleep. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> and joining us this morning is jean casarez, a correspondent for "in session" on trutv. she has been in the courtroom every day of dr. murray's trial. good to have you back with us this morning. taking a look at that medical examiner's testimony, what does that do to the defense? >> well, the defense actually made a lot of points on cross-examination. now, this was a very important witness of the prosecution. he was very strong for the prosecution, because the medical examiner of los angeles county testified that michael jackson died because of acute propofol intoxicati intoxication. it was all throughout his body.
the death at the hands of another. the reason he came to these conclusions was because conrad murray admitted he had given michael jackson propofol and other sedatives to put him to sleep and propofol should never be used for insomnia and not a monitoring device in the bedroom. he said he didn't know how much conrad murray could have known what he had given him because he didn't have the device to adequate measure the propofol. too much going in and then he died. the defense on the cross-examination brought out the l.a. coroner didn't test the stomach contents. they looked at it, they saw it, they tenant test it, so the defense tested it. what did they find? they found lorazepam in the stomach, four times the concentration of the stomach as in the other areas of the body. and so that denotes that someone orally took at least five to six
lorazepam tablets, maybe more because it was in the blood. the defense is saying propofol didn't cause the death, lorazepam did. you couldn't put that as the cause of death because you didn't test the stomach contents. >> amazing what is coming out in this testimony. we heard a little bit of the audiotape from dr. murray's two and a half hour interview with detectives. were you watching the jury at all, watching the family during this? how did that play with everyone? >> i was watching the jury and i was watching katherine jackson. she was in the courtroom yesterday and they were only there for the first morning session but part of the audio tape conrad murray says the children in one oom and katherine in another room and the children had to be told so i went in there along with michael jackson's manager and paris started crying and saying i don't want to be an orphan. i saw katherine jackson get her kleenex and she was visibly
crying in that courtroom. and she was so close to the jury. they would look at her a little bit. the jackson family is so predominant in that courtroom in the second row, so close to the jury, you just can't ignore them. >> amazing stuff. we know you will continue to follow it and check in with you soon. >> thank you. here is jeff glor at the news desk with a check of today's other headlines for us. the state department has issued a worldwide travel alert after the u.s. has a brazen assassination plot they say was foiled. the target allegedly was the saudi arabian ambassador to the united states and attacks were to take place in washington, d.c. two men linked to the iranian government has been charged and one under arrest and the other a is at large has not been found. they say the men were trying to hire a member of the mexican drug cartel to set off a bomb at a washington restaurant. united auto works said it
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this morning, some more new news about supplements. on tuesday, we told but a study found higher death rates for certain women who take certain vitamins and minerals. now a warning for men who take vitamin e. >> a study says it doesn't prevent prostate cancer as many believe. dr. jennifer ashton is here with that story for us this morning. the study suggests it does not necessarily help. >> big week for vitamin supplementations and big week for prostate cancer the last seven daze. the study looked at over 35,000 men over 50 and followed them long term. the men who were taking 400 units a day of vitamin e had an increased risk of prostate cancer, up by 17%. okay? so this translates numerically into 11 more men out of a thousand who will come down with
prostate cancer. they did not say why. that is still being researched so there was not a biologic mechanism that was elucidated here. again, this is very, very important news. >> as we mentioned this has been a big week for vitamins and supplements. there are distinct camps when it comes to these. some believe in them wholeheartedly and others think they don't do anything at all. what do you need to consider when you're walking down that aisle in terms of what you should be taking or what you may want to take? >> what you shouldn't consider is how these products are marketed and advertised. what i tell my patients is for the majority of people, the average individual, so that is not someone with a chronic medical condition and not someone with a diagnosed vitamin deficiency, taking a multivitamin is probably neither going to help nor hurt. now, the problem becomes when people take higher doses. this study actually found 25 times the recommended daily dose of vitamin e. again, very, very common. people think if a little bit of
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actresses is under fire for saying yes to the wrong party. >> i pay a lot of attention to details. >> reporter: but last week, at a lavish party in the russian republic of chechnya, two-time oscar winner hilary swank ignored the human rights record of her host gadero. >> we documented firsthand widespread torture, disappearances, judicial killings of people carried out by forces that are under his direct control. >> i love you, mr. -- kadyrov. >> reporter: jean-claude van damme also showed up despite he was warned of mr. kadyrov aerks reputation. >> often people do things because of money, vast amounts of money. >> reporter: despite chechnya's poverty, she was pay $500,000
for her part. ♪ >> reporter: hollywood a-listers are routinely paid to glitter up a party or perform. ♪ >> reporter: in 2010, beyonce and usher sang at a new year's party thrown by the son of ousted libyan leader moammar gadhafi on a caribbean eyelid. mariah carey sang at the son's bash for a reported $1 million. >> when they have celebrities come to their event they boost their reputation and their image both at home and abroad. >> reporter: usher, mariah carey and beyonce all claim they didn't realize who they were performing for. >> the i don't know defense is less and less effective in this world of internet. all you have to do is go to google and find out who anybody is. >> reporter: it's only in the court of public opinion they
might pay a price. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. hilary swank's manager tells cbs news the actress at the time of her visit was unaware against the allegations against chechnya's president that may have been made by various human rights group. from some of the other stars, the name gadhafi is on the invitation. >> you would probably be able to make that out. >> it's all about the price tag. ahead, new credit card offer from america's biggest banks, but is it a smart move for you? stay tuned. you're watching "the early show" on cbs.
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♪ top of the hour on a wednesday morning. you are almost now more than halfway through the workweek. welcome back to "the early show." i'm erica hill, along with chris wragge. >> good to see you again. first, more on last night's republican presidential debate. all of the candidates had something to say as they discussed jobs and the economy. here is a look at a few of the highlights. >> we have got to get our spending house in order. >> if they want to really changes things, the first thing
to fire is bernanke who is a disastrous chairman of the federal reserve. the second person to fire is geithner. >> you have bubbles and they burst and you have to have corrections and what they are dealing with and we can do this by building coalitions and not sacrificing any principals. >> we need to get america working together. >> maintaining freedom in the marketplace. >> repeal every regulation the obama administration has put in place that is on over a hundred million dollars. repeal them all. >> 999 will pass. it's not the price of a pizza because it has been well studied and well developed. it starts with unlike your current proposals, throwing out the current tax code. >> in my view, to get this economy going again, we have to deal with more than just tax policy. and just energy policy. >> joining us this morning from hanover, new hampshire, the site of last night's debate is john dickerson.
nice to have you with us. a lot of talk about mitt romney which we expected and herman cain. herman cain was making an effort to be heard and even when he was told a few times he would have a chance to answer, he couldn't stop talking. how did he do? >> a lot of his opponents were talking about his 999 plan and it's a good thing when you're in a race, if everybody is talking about you, that means you're at the top. he took every opportunity to mention his tax plan. he was a bit of a one note wonder and that is both a strength and a weakness. it's a strength for the voters who like his simplicity. the idea it's not that difficult, if you have a plan and work it, you can succeed. the problem is there a second act? can he explain this plan and what he did mostly in the debate when he was challenged, he was challenged on two fronts that his plan will never pass or if it is passed congress will make a mess of it it will be worse than the current tax code. he didn't really answer those questions. he has plenty of time to but
he'll have to come up with stronger answer if he wants to be the front-runner. >> we heard governor rick perry had a little training and his campaign making sure he got a little more sleep before this debate. he was fairly quiet last night. >> yeah. he talked about a coming energy plan he will talk about later this week. it seemed at the debate he needed his own energy plan. he said he wanted to show his passion, that debates aren't his strong suit. the problem for perry he has been down in the polls and hit a rough patch in his campaign here. this was just a missed opportunity. he's got other opportunities to try and reintroduce himself to voters, get his message out and explain how he is the alternative to mitt romney but he missed one at the debate. >> in terms of mitt romney, appearing, in some cases, last night, as a bit of a moderate of a candidate. is he really starting to embrace this front-runner status and trying to run with it and therefore hopefully grab more moderate support?
>> the debate is devoted to the economy and that is his issue and issues he is comfortable about and when he was asked how would you create a bipartisan atmosphere in washington, he got to refer to his record in massachusetts where he worked with democrats. he talked also about his health care plan which is a liability for him among republicans but he talked how he insured more children and the kind of message that swing voters in a general election would like to hear about. yes, he is looking already towards the general election against barack obama. >> as we know, he picked up an endorsement yesterday from new jersey governor chris christie. john, always great to have you here. latest on the plot on u.s. soil. one suspect is under arrest and u.s. officials say iran is behind all of it. cbs news homeland security correspondent bob orr is in washington for us this morning. bob, how is the obama administration responding to this? >> reporter: good morning, chris. they are trying to take a tough
line. they say iran will be held accountable. already some sanctions have been put in place and the state department now is warning of possible attacks against americans here and and' broad. it's not clear who inside the iranian government allowed the alleged plot to kill the saudi by the way, to the u.s., jubeir. they say arbabsiar is of the quds. arbabsiar who appeared in court yesterday is expected to plea not guilty but prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence over several months. a dea hit man recorded conversations with arbabsiar in which he apparently laid out the potential plot. they make it clear that arbabsiar and conspirators planned to kill the ambassador with a bomb, maybe at a washington restaurant. >> bob orr, thank you very much.
joining us now is iranian america writer roya hakakian. do you believe this plot was approved by the highest level of government in iran? >> i can only point to the precedence in such cases and in those preprecedences, other cas that precede, they have always received approval, in fact, had been debated by highest authority inside iran prior to being carried out. >> help me with the connection here. why were men from iran trying to kill the saudi ambassador to the u.s.? >> well, one can, only, at this point, conjecture, given the rivalries between iran and saudi arabia since 1979 and the rise of ayatollah khomeini to power. it's a question of who will be the regional godfather, so to
speak, without having any more evidence, one can only point to these aspects. however, i must also mention that there has been precedence of iran attempting to assassinate a saudi ambassador which occurred in 1990 in sweden. iran has tried, in the past, in another incident to kill another saudi ambassador. it was foiled and swedish authorities detained the man who had tried this, a man named abdul rashamy. what i am trying to say here there is nothing new here. there is both precedence for iran trying to carry out extra judicial assassinations and also trying to carry out assassinations against saudi officials. >> now the u.s. will, of course, recommend sanctions, but are sanctions enough or does stronger action need to be
taken, do you think? >> probably not. and my position is in no way here to try to advocate for any sort of war. however, i think in the past, again, looking at precedence, there has been unified international responses given to cases like this, at least one that i can refer to in berlin, germany, the verdict of a court was issued in april of 1997, and all of the eu member nations withdrew their ambassadors from tehran for a period of at least five months, and that delivered a major blow to iran at the time, at least for several years. so one thing is for sure that iran needs to hear from the unified international community on this and it needs to be all of us together as one global community. >> thank you so much for your insight this morning. appreciate it. >> thank you for having me.
here is jeff glor at the news desk with a check of today's other headlines for us. good morning. >> good morning. president obama says he will try to save parts of his jobs bill. a senate vote killed the 447 billion dollar bill last night. every republican and two democrats opposed the plan but the president says he will work to get individual proposals in that bill passed, including an extension of the payroll tax holid holiday. earlier vice president joe biden said republicans need to explain their actions. >> why are they for a tax increase on middle class people? if they don't pass the tax break for this payroll people taxes willing up 1,000 next year. we will take it a peace at a time and quite frankly, go over their heads to the american people to talk sense to their representatives. >> voting could begin this month on that bill. israeli soldier gilad shalit
could be freed in a matter of days. shalit was captured in in 2006. thousands damascus showed out to show sport of their president, bashar al assad. visiting libya this morning is actress angelina jolie praising the country's new cost. she called the ouster of gadhafi a motion on human rights. record is on at a jumping jacks record. first lady michelle obama led the students in jumping jacks. it has to continue to break the record for
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♪ in this morning's "healthwatch," personalized cancer treatment. chemotherapy can cause toxic effects over much of the body even when treating cancer that hasn't spread. >> now perfusion therapy targets specific areas of the disease without damaging the healthy cells. medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton has more. >> reporter: william heitnor is no stranger to the hospital. a year and a half, he was diagnosed with rare and extremely aggressive form of skin cancer. >> there were no symptoms. it was strictly just a lesion. >> reporter: heitner had surgery to remove the lesion followed by six weeks of radiation but this past july his cancer returned with a vengeance. he was at risk losing his arm through amputation. >> i had better luck with the lotto than with this. >> reporter: the doctors offered
him a option regional perfusion therapy, it could target heitner's cancer cells. regional perfusion therapy delivers concentrated doses of anti-cancer drugs to targeted areas of the body at higher levels that safely be given intravenously. >> this is like firing your canons at once. we are giving his arm and, therefore, the tumors a dose of chemotherapy they have never seen before. >> reporter: the doctor steven libutti says it's a personalized cancer treatment. >> we tailor the dose we give and the way we isolate that region to the body to the particular patient and where the patient's tumors are located. >> reporter: for cancers of the following, the therapy is proven to be successful in as many as 75% of patients.
it's been six weeks since heitner's treatment. >> all of those black marks are dead lesions that were all cancerous. those were all cancer. >> reporter: today, he is close to cancer-free. >> everybody is working for me and i can't answer that. a bunch of great people surrounding me and giving me support. what more could i ask for, you know? >> reporter: dr. jennifer ashton, cbs news, new york. right now doctors are doing 1,500 perfusion therapy procedures a year. advocates say the number could soon reach 10,000. >> working for him so see what happens. up next, big banks offering 0% on big credit card balance transfers. wait until you hear about the hidden costs. >> is there a catch? >> yes. we will get to the bottom of it when we come back here on "the early show." >> announcer: "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by levemir flexpen.
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you may have gotten mail lately or one of the row bow calls offering to transfer your credit card balance with a rate as low as 0%. >> the mail is now coming back because the top four banks are encouraging customers to take that offer. and possibly take on more debt. here with a look at the fine print is a personal finance expert carmen wong ulrich, author of "the real cost of living." >> we know the bank of america and jpmorgan chase and citigroup and wells fargo. yes, before the recession, we got bombarded with these offers. now they are coming back. they have always been out there but coming back more in force and terms 6 to 16 months for rates as low as 0% to 6.9%. those are introductory rates but seeing more of these offers in the mail. especially if you have great credit. >> why now, though? >> you're like, why? >> that is the big question, why
now? >> think about it this way. we reduced our revolving credit as a country by $180 billion in the capacity years and using debit cards more than credit cards. our resolving balances have gone down and credit cards are a big money for banks. they are putting charges on your debit cards. in effect, steering us back towards that credit card. because they make a lot of money. >> so there has to be a catch here then. it sounds great, 0% for a balance transfer. >> that is the thing, the most people -- no most people. many people who sign up to these teaser rates are not able to pay the balance off in time and then the rates anywhere from 14% to 20% and it becomes incredibly costly. you have to know how to use these cards. >> is this banks revenge for the regulations? they are saying we are losing so much money because we can't get the interest rates as high as
they used to be. >> some of that. whether it's a balanced transfer or check you're offered for a term rate they can be useful in some situations. credit card is a tool so if you use the tool the right way it could be for you so you may want to consider that. if you pay off the balance within that teaser rate period, 0% is great. instead of a home xet line of question if it's a small heloc a ton of paper work. 0% may win out for you. so think about that. if you're transferring a balance from a higher rate card. i used to do this years ago to flip the balance if you have great credit caand pay it off i that amount of time. look at the term and make a sure a plan is in plan to pay it off before the term expires and save and use that money. look at the new rate. what is the new rate? what if you can't pay it off in time how highway will it go?
♪ a little central park for you here on a wednesday morning. welcome back to "the early show." i'm chris wragge, along with erica hill. quite a year for storms. 27 tornadoes touchdown down in april alone and we will talk to two storm chasers coming up from the discovery channel. they were front and center for
the biggest tornado outbreak in history and have some wild story and they will tell us about some tornadoes they wouldn't even dare to go near. >> a sign for you when they won't go near them. also ahead, women who say i don't need a husband. bride's average age has been on the rise decades and many women choosing career over marriage. is that, though, turning into a rising number of women who don't want to get married, saying what is the point? we will take a closer why some women are wanting to skip the trip down the aisle in our he said/she said segment. >> should be interesting. first, when apple introduced the new iphone 4s last week a lot of techies were disappointed but customers are all over it. apple got 1 million preorders in the first day alone. >> not too shabby. the people are still waiting for theirs. this morning, we are not waiting. we have one here in the studio and it's next to us along with extra security. >> it looks like katie
linendoll. >> she is testing it out before it arrives on friday. you have been doing a little testing. give me your quick overall. >> i know we talked about a lot of people disappointed. mainly the design. this is the iphone 4 and here is the 4s. it is the exact same thing. a lot of people thought we were going to see an iphone 5 and nobody thought we would walk out of there having all of our predictions come true but there are features in here worth noting. start with the fact it's faster and has a different processor inside there so for your in other words -- nerds, it's a big deal. our cameras are now replacing our point and shoot cameras which is remarkable in terms of having smart phone capability. available on sprint and a lot of people excited about that with unlimited data plans and not just at&t and verizon. probably one of the biggest features is the voice
recognition feature. i'll show you how it works. this is probably one of the notable things announced with the phone. push the home button. text mom and tell her -- sorry. live. text mom and tell her i'm running five minutes late. >> you have no new text messages. >> i'll take it. >> sorry. hold on! cut me some slack here. step it up here. we are live. >> we have to cut you slack. >> everybody stop talking! it's not going to work. text mom and tell her i'm running five minutes late. >> here is your message to mom. ready to send it? >> yes. >> nice. >> okay. i'll send your message. >> so you can send these as reminders and send these as e-mails. here is one of my favorites i have to show you. i love you, siri.
>> i hope you don't say that to those other mobile phones. >> it even recognizes the fact i absolutely love the voice recognition. but i think this becomes cool when you don't want to text when you're driving. if you don't want to type out the long e-mail and you want to shoot somebody a note or shoot yourself a reminder it's a cool little feature to have. >> ultimate lazy person! >> no, no. >> shaves off a few seconds. these days, that's hours, okay? >> or if you're pushing a stroller and you want to remind your husband to pick something up at the store it's a lot easier. you don't want to text and push the stroller across the street. it's in beta? >> it's actually full running and i can trick with it a lot of ridiculous questions but we are questions do i need an umbrella, yeah, it looks like rain today. >> it is going to rain today. >> it is. i think the technology is pretty amazing. >> lives up to the expectations, though? >> i think so. i think we thought more was
coming out of the event. but we did see in 24 hours 1 million preorders. >> which is impressive. do you think people would have been -- not they are not excited about it but let critical if it was called the iphone 5? >> you're reading my mind on that. i walked out of the event that day saying if it had been called iphone 5 and had a different design i bet half of those people would have stopped. >> any truth of the name they named it 4s, for steve? >> i think that would be an interesting touch. >> did you say beta? i thought beta max was so 1981! >> erica is a hard-core nerd! >> i love being between the two of you. i can barely get the blackberry operational. >> please! >> thank you, katie. >> thank you. here is jeff glor at the news desk with a final check of today's other headlines for us. does siri sound like kit
from "knight ridder"? >> they could go to the prom together. >> your voice activated? >> i got once. just say here is the news and jeff shows up. in our news this morning, new zealand's worst maritime disaster is worse this morning. a large crack is seen on a cargo ship stuck on a reef. it is leaning over on its sides and containers have fallen off and it is still leaking oil that is going to the beaches in new zealand. a philippine national is held on bail on a charge of operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk and faces up to a year in jail. the lawyer for the alleged underwear bomber says he'll save his opening statement for later in the trial. the first witness, a fellow passenger, testified yesterday he described a loud pop like a fire cracker and a man seated next to suspect umar farouk
abdulmutallab yelled, "dude, your pants are on fire! ." passengers burned the burned man abdulmutallab on the floor. three men locked up in eastern ohio facing kidnapper charges in a bizarre home invasion case. the three are members of a break-away amish group. police say they entered the home of a mainstream amish leader this month and cut off his beard which, of course, carries religious significance. the county sheriff says the attack was as a revenge because the mainstream amish refer to the splinter group as a cult. this morning, baseball fan who was brutally attacked outside dodgers stadium this past spring begins a new phase in his recovery. his doctors say brian stow is still fighting back. >> reporter: with his doctor and family beside him, brian stow left san francisco general hospital on his way to a
rehabilitation center. >> when brian came here, he was in a comatose state and when he left us today, he was able to begin to speak, interact with his family and now eating better and making dramatic progress. >> reporter: stow, a 42-year-old father of two, was severely beaten last march after the season opener in los angeles between the l.a. dodgers and the san francisco giants. two men marvin norwood and louie sanchez are in custody charged with the attack. they have entered pleas of not guilty. for both fans and players, what happened to stow, a giants fan, was a sobering example of teen rivalry gone much too far. >> and in your excitement or in your frustration, don't take it out on another fan. >> reporter: the beating left stow with severe brain injuries that could have killed him. over the past six and a half months his recovery has been like a roller coaster his doctor says but now he is starting to speak. >> not only start to speak but
awareness of his surroundings he can say things in context. >> reporter: before his injuries, stow worked as a paramedic in santa cruz, california. coworkers were among the many who came out to raise money to help him. only recently has stow been aware that so many have cared so much about his healing. >> he's an amazing individual. you know, he was a young guy who was in good shape. and i will tell you that he also has an incredibly supportive family and i think those things together are as important as the care. >> reporter: his doctor says it's also important to be patient. now off to rehabilitation, brian stow has a long struggle ahead. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. a family in massachusetts got an unexpected adventure after getting lost in a corn maze. police got a bizarre 911 call from a woman trapped in the maze after closing time on monday evening. she said it was supposed to be fun but it became a nightmare. >> i don't see anybody!
i'm really scared! it's really dark and we have a 3-week-old baby with us. >> calm down. your husband is with you, right? >> yes. but my baby! >> i understand. the police officer is on the way. >> turns out everything turned out fine. it didn't take long for police to find them and escort them out. they were only 25 feet from the exit. this was the deadliest year for tornadoes in more than half a century. 546 people died across the u.s.
in 2011. >> the violate storm season kept the discovery channel's "storm chasers" constantlily on the move chasing down twister after twister. >> are we in good shape? >> we are in great shape. we got it. we're good. wait! we are only -- inside the tornado here. >> right above us. >> to the white! >> to the white. >> white in front of us! >> joining us now are storm chase ergs reed timer and chris chittick. good morning. >> good morning. >> i know you know all about meterology. >> during the april 27 outbreak this year you had ef-4 and ef-5 tornadoes. ef-5 we don't want to intercept because it can scour the ground and two-foot trench in the
ground and even our vehicle dominator can't stand up to. >> when you get to that point, and you have to make a decision while you still have enough time to get out of harm's way, have you ever cut it a little too close? >> sometimes we get in a position or are like what are we doing that? thought always goes through your brain but we have complete trust in our vehicle and, so far, kept us safe. >> you're the videographer. you have to trust the people driving the vehicle as well. when you look in the view finder, do you think i'm close enough? the zoom lens is working and this is getting dangerous and lets get out of here. >> i feel like i'm behind the view finder. i like to push the envelope. like i say, we have complete trust in the vehicle. i like to get closer and closer. >> a lot of people say why would you do this? yes, there is an adrenaline rush, yes, a thrill trip, but a lot of science that brought you
into this and you're doing important research. >> yeah. that is the whole reason we built these armored vehicles is to get close, if not inside tornadoes and try to better understand them because the ef-4 and ef-5 vehicles are still a bit after mystery and it is a young science and we don't know how strong the wind speeds are getting there. i came from a young scientist challenge and the kids are so excited about meterology. they are the people that will take the data we collect and try to better understand tornadoes and put that data into computer models and try to see just how strong the wind speeds get near the ground. >> are we getting closer to being able to not only forecast, but predict where these storms are going to pop up a little bit better as far as advance warning systems? we talk about the massive tornadoes this past year in joplin and parts of alabama that they didn't have fair warning. are we getting any closer to warning people a little bit better? >> we are getting better. the storm chaser out in the field serve as the eyes to the
national weather forecasters and in tuscaloosa, 30 to 45 opinion minute lead times of these warnings. joplin, on the other hand, spun up really fast and the warning wasn't as extensive but we are getting better and people need to heed the warnings. if they don't take the warnings seriously that is where the loss of life happens. >> is this one of the rare tornado seasons you saw a lot pop up and you're like, wow, this is a lot bigger and they are getting bigger and more powerful than we experienced in the past? >> this season was unpress dept dented. the second place was 2,300 tornadoes in april of 1974. it's almost a factor of two and a half. it shows you how active it was this season. >> makes for a good tv show, right? >> and increasing awareness for what the storms can do. >> and important to heed the warnings. people can get warning fatigue.
comes home. as we may love a good wedding, more and more women these days are saying i don't need one. either getting married later in life or deciding not to get married at all. half of the women under 40 think marriage is being obsolete. >> with this changing landscape, it's a chance to play he said/she said. joining us this morning is sexologist dr. logan levkoff, author of "how to get your wife to have sex with you," and relationship expert matt titus, author of "why hasn't he called?" >> marriage is an artificial institution. it's a morale cage for men.
men are supposed to run around -- >> for women, too! >> i'm make ago good point here. >> i'm trying to listen. >> men are supposed to run around the forest and do you think we are supposed to be with one person the rest of our lives? it's unnatural. if it were the case we probably wouldn't be sitting here right now. >> no question marriage is a social coninstrustruct and does apply. >> in all honesty that is part of it. really, matt! >> you in particular, matt. >> there was a time when women needed a husband and still many places in the world where they do because otherwise they can't work. they can't support their families and can't take care of their children. they needed that financial aspect, that financial security. now women take care of themselves, sometimes after they are married. >> no question. women were getting married at
young ages because it legitimatized their sex desires. we couldn't talk about women being sexual out of wedlock. we have the freedom now. marriage can be a wonderful thing but so many celebrities jumping in and out of bed in relationships. we have the grass is always greener we don't know what it is worth fighting any more. >> do you think the genders are supposed to be together and cohabitat? once the passion is done and the sex is gone and kids raised to a certain point, what is left? seriously? >> what about companionship to grow old with. >> deeper intimidation. >> because we all get ugly doesn't mean we have to hang on to who we wed. i can't get a date right now! >> you're married! you're not supposed to be dating! isn't it a thing of the past? like you said until death do us part, do people want more private time and do couples say
i don't feel like getting married. the whole growing old with someone is not -- it's not what i want. maybe i want my own place and work on my own schedule. >> we can meet on wednesdays and saturda saturdays. >> those things are not pad. i think people are afraid because of our divorce rates are so high and afraid to getting into this committed relationship and having to legally get out of one also, it makes things a little bit scary. >> did that scare people as well? one thing we talked about, divorce rates are down because people can't afford to get divorced. do some people say i can't afford to get married for fear of -- >> those statistics are off. a lot of higher rate of people separating. it's not reported because people can't afford to go through the process. >> a separation is not a divorce. so if you want to get -- >> the end is the end. you're not together though. >> that is true. if we're talking about the rates that is why it is that rate. >> most certainly. >> certain facts and legal
definitions. >> i'm having two kids. it takes a village and a partner would be nice to raise a family but with reproductive technology women can do a lot of things on their own and we are players in life and not child-rarers any more. >> when you can leave thing in a cup, men are expendable at this point is what i believe. >> we like having you around some of the time. >> chris, please, save us. >> bag me occupy that? >> you are funny. absolutely. and loving and just a kind, wonderful human being. >> there are some good ones out there, ladies! just got to know where to look. sorry. a horrible tangent. thank you both very much. have a wonderful day. seriously, joining us here again for "the early show" tomorrow. your local news is next.