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.s. citizens. cbs news correspondent elizabeth palmer is in cairo with more. >> reporter: a dramatic turn of events in the square that's been at the center of this popular uprising. egypt's bookish nobel peace prize winner mohamed elbaradei defied the curfew to come and address the crowd. his message, it's all over for president hosni mubarak. but so far, there's no sign that mubarak is going anywhere. he continues swearing in senior officials to serve alongside the
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newly appointed vice president and prime minister. a government reshuffle that hasn't impressed the protesters. >> he is trying to cheat us, and these two persons, the prime minister and the vice president, are worse than him. we don't want all this regime. no way. >> reporter: the supposedly fierce guardians of that regime, the army, are upset. they're arresting looters. but embracing the demonstrators who, for their part, have accepted the soldiers as popular heroes. but there are mixed messages from the army, and very loud ones, as we found out during an earlier report. just in the last couple of minutes we've seen an extraordinary show of force -- i don't know if you can hear me. those are f-16 aircraft. they are -- by the united states, and they've been flying
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over the crowd in freedom square. there's still no explanation of why these fighter jets repeatedly buzzed the demonstrations. but if the intent was to disperse the crowd, it didn't work. the atmosphere among the protesters who remain in the square is upbeat. somewhere between a party and a religious gathering. it's quite noticeable that recently, the egypt islamists are taking up a lot more room in those crowds. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, cairo. the obama administration is calling for an orderly transition of power in egypt. but didn't directly call for hosni mubarak to step down. president obama was briefed on the situation sunday and talked by phone with the leaders of turkey, israel, britain, and saudi arabia. terrell brown is in washington with more. terrell, good morning to you. >> reporter: joel, good morning to you. the obama administration has been walking a tight rope since this crisis began.
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the question is what to support. the will of the egyptian people? or their president, a longtime u.s. political ally?ill meet th needs of the egyptian people, and that will truly establish democracy. >> reporter: the u.s. faces a delicate balancing act. not to feel too heavily in favor of a longtime ally, mubarak's regg he'll. or the protesters. >> you weigh in too heavily on the part of the protesters, not only are you not sure where they're headed but you send a signal to our friends and allies around the world that we are a fickle ally and maybe not trustwort trustworthy. >> reporter: egypt has been a moderating influence in the arab world and has a peace treaty with israel. and its cracked down on islamic terrorists and defended against iran's influence. despite mubarak's close relationship with the united states, over three decades, and
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1.5 billion dollars a year in u.s. aid, analysts say the white house has little control over what he does next. >> i don't think there are many people in the world who hosni mubarak is listening to right now. and i certainly don't think he's curious what the americans think he should do. >> reporter: secretary of state clinton wouldn't directly say whether the u.s. wants president mubarak to step down. she would only say she didn't want to speculate on who should stay and who should go. joel? >> terrell brown with a fine line in washington. the united states is among the countries -- the united states is among the countries urging their citizens to get out of egypt as soon as possible. the u.s. began evacuating u.s. citizens this morning. thousands have crammed cairo's airport hoping to get out. tony guida has more. >> reporter: mohammed is relieved to be back in the united states after a harrowing visit to his mother in egypt. >> outside i can smell the
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smoke. >> reporter: his flight was delayed ten hours. he was lucky to get out. the continued unrest has stranded thousands of travelers. the country's national carrier, egypt air, canceled 25 flights sunday. the only american carrier with direct service to cairo, delta airlines, shut it down. >> i'm glad to be home and see my children. >> reporter: 14 american tourists spent sunday marooned in luxor, traveling with regina fraser of pbs' "grannies on safari" seen here in morocco. thursday night's tour was in cairo. fraser told me it was scary. >> there were hundreds of people running towards the bus and you could hear gunfire. you could hear people chanting and screaming. >> reporter: the state department issued a warning recommending that u.s. citizens avoid travel to egypt. and advising those already there to consider leaving as soon as they can safely do so. fraser's group wants out, but repeated calls to the u.s. embassy in cairo, she says, were fruitless. >> i got someone today, and he
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said just a moment i'll transfer you, and it was to a recording that said, please go to our website. there hasn't been internet in egypt for about 3 1/2 days. >> reporter: some 75,000 americans live in egypt. another 270,000 or so visit each year. tourism is egypt's top industry. it accounts for one in eight jobs in a country racked by high unemployment. pictures like these are bound to hurt, as is this observation from an american tourist, stranded at his cairo hotel. >> big problem. >> reporter: tony guida, cbs news, new york. just ahead on the "morning news." a huge storm spanning dozens of states gets ready to unleash violent weather. plus some winning words for the movie "the king's speech" at ng news." with chili's new $6 lunch break. choose a salad or tasty soup. pair it with a texas toast half sandwich, like our southwestern blt with applewood smoked bacon.
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of "the king's speech." >> at the screen actor's guild awards in los angeles last night, "the king's speech" won for overall acting ensemble, and its star, colin firth, won best actor. >> i'd like to thank security for letting me into the building. >> natalie portman won the best actress award for "black swan." the best supporting actor award went to melissa leo and christian bale for "the fighter." bale was joined onstage by the former boxer that he plays in the film. the winners here are favored to be awarded oscars in four weeks. another monster storm is ready to bring more snow to those who are already fed up with winter. the new system is heading across the plains and midwest towards the northeast and almost half the country will get blasted with snow and ice. cynthia bowers reports. >> reporter: after six major
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snowstorms in just five weeks, winter fatigue is setting in. >> i'm in absolute temperature shock. >> reporter: but there's no rest for the winter weary as another monster storm is poised to strike. forecasts call for heavy snow. as much as 18 inches could hit the chicago area. and wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour, which will lead to potentially deadly windchills. it could feel like 21 below in aberdeen, south dakota. north platte, nebraska, 16 below. buffalo, new york. 20 below. >> there's likely going to be snow and ice as far south as texas, and all of that is going to head toward the east coast by the middle of next week. >> reporter: new york has already dug out of 36 inches of snow just this month. boston has had 55 inches. minneapolis, 55. one heavy snow fall there collapsed the city metrodome roof. snow has led to the cancellation of 24,000 flights in january alone. the two feet of snow in chicago hasn't been a problem. but it has been bitterly cold. only three days above freezing in january.
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the fewest in 34 years. and it's not just places where you expect snow. atlanta has had six inches. there's even been snow in las vegas. experts all this arctic oscillation, and blame it for the extreme weather that's dipped as far south as florida. >> instead of flowing quickly from west to east, it's tone on this north/south direction and it's bringing frequent cold air, arctic outbreaks into the u.s. >> reporter: and if this week's storm lives up to predictions, experts say frigid temperatures could threaten 100 million americans who cannot escape this winter of discontent. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia took a different this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. ashley, good morning. >> and good morning to you, joel. the unrest in egypt drove down asian markets. japan's nikkei fell more than 1% to a one-month closing low while hong kong's hang seng lost
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nearly 1%. today wall street gets the december personal income and spending report. in the last trading session on friday, the crisis in egypt pushed stocks sharply lower. the dow plunged 166 points. that is the biggest one-day loss in nearly six months. while the nasdaq dropped 68. besides keeping a very close eye on egypt, stocks should take their cues this week from corporate earnings. today, investors will get reports from chrysler and exxon with big names like toyota, pfizer and time warner slated to report later on this week. and on friday the government releases its big january jobs report. analysts are expecting it to show the economy added around 140,000 jobs this month. just barely enough to keep up with the population growth. the unrest overseas is pushing up the cost of oil. crude prices rose to just under $90 a barrel in asian markets overnight. analysts worry continued problems in the middle east
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could push the costs to $120 a barrel. that, of course, would lead to higher prices at the pump. gas is already at 34 cents a gallon higher than this same time last year. and at the movies, a box office exorcism, the horror thriller "the rite" starring anthony hopkins scored the top spot with sales of $15 million. the romantic comedy "no strings attached" fell to second with "the green hornet" and "the mechanic" tied for third. with valentine's day coming up right around the corner i think a romantic comedy would be pretty good but probably won't be seeing "the rite." >> i saw "no strings attached" over the weekend. good movie. >> was it cute? >> i liked it. ashley morrison here in new york, thank you very much. straight ahead your monday morning weather. and in sports, a big surprise upset in college basketball. [ female announcer ] now, transform dry, damaged hair...
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. in new york, partly cloudy, 30 degrees. in miami, 79 and sunny. in chicago, snow, 26 degrees. in dallas, mostly cloudy, 65. 67 in l.a. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows rain across the southeast. while the northeast is mainly
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clear. later today, gusty winds and thunderstorms continue in the southeast. snow expected from parts of the southwest to the northern plains, as the latest winter blast spreads across the country. and cold, but clear for most of the northeast. in sports, a lot of upsets this weekend in college basketball. the biggest shock was unranked st. john's upsetting number three duke. hardy had 26 points for the red storm. in the 93-78 route of the blue devils. boston won an nba finals rematch with los angeles. paul pierce scored 32 for the celtics against the lakers and ray allen had 21 points in the 109-96 victory for boston. the lakers lost four of their last seven games. and dwyane wade of miami had 32 points against oklahoma city, but it was eddie house who hit the go-ahead three-point shot and the heat beat the thunder 108-103. and in the nfl, a record for the most points scored in the pro bowl.
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matt ryan connected for two touchdown passes as the nfc built a 42-0 lead. the afc got close in the second half, but the nfc held on for a 55-4 is victory. when we return, another look at this morning's top story. the demonstrations in egypt as chaos reigns in the streets. citizens are taking up arms to protect their neighborhoods. hborhoods. ♪ me and you ♪ a little rendezvous ♪ that special something ♪ that will carry you through ♪ that little reward ♪ for all the things you do [ female announcer ] luscious, creamy filling -- perfectly combined with our intense, slow-melting chocolate -- the one and only ghirardelli squares chocolate. ♪ ghirardelli of san francisco. moments of timeless pleasure.
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,,,, on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. an extremely large and powerful winter storm is starting to take shape. there's snow in the northern plains, and thunderstorms in the southeast. and west coast is looking great. fog in california, finally gone. authorities in egypt are preparing for a new week of protests today. as demonstrators continued their
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call for a change in the regime. recent days has seen rioting spreading across cairo taking a toll on the innocent. mark strassmann reports from the streets of the capital. >> reporter: across chaotic cairo, there's another revolt. opportunists rising against the rule of law. in a frenzy of burning and looting, mobs have stormed supermarkets and stores, hauling away whatever they could carry. this country is very close to collapse, this man says, people will starve if the riots and looting continue. in the city of 18 million people, twice the size of new york, tanks patrol the streets, but there's not a cop in sight. so throughout cairo, baltimore residents now arm themselves with sticks, bats and knives. and set up checkpoints to keep out strangers. and in most cases, cameras. there are neighborhoods like theirs throughout cairo, people protecting what they have, because they can't count on anyone else.
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as one man told me, right now there is no government. we are the government. this is hussein, a photographer who's part of the new neighborhood militia here. his group's protecting what they have and guarding those they love. if the wrong people come down this street. >> yeah. >> these guys mean business. >> no one. no one is going inside. people will die to go inside. either we die or they die. >> reporter: he means it. they all do. suddenly in this city, nothing feels safe. looters even attacked the national museum, home of the world's greatest egyptian treasures. two mummies were smashed. this may be a new day for egypt, but these are also scary nights. now understand something, most people in those cairo neighborhoods want a new government, want a fresh start for egypt. but given all the chaos that's out there, they also just want to survive this revolt. mark strassmann, cbs news, cairo. this morning on "the early show," a live update from cairo on the mass protests.
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i believe... believe... i believe that number should be zero. believe in zero. authorities are preparing for a fresh round of protests in egypt this morning, as some demonstrators camp out at the capital. six days of violence has killed more than 100 people. last night, democracy advocate mohamed elbaradei joined thousands in calling for the resignation of president hosni mubarak. the u.s., an ally of egypt, is urging an orderly transition to democracy. in an effort to clamp down on the unrest the egyptian government last week shut down internet and cell phone service. that has had people here in the u.s. worried about loved ones in egypt. elaine quijano reports. >> reporter: at the egyptian coffee shop in queens, new york, where the developments in egypt dominate the discussions, the shop owner is worried. he hasn't been age to reach his 22-year-old nephew peter, who
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lives in egypt, for days. >> i don't know how it goes. he could be killed or could be hurt. it could be somebody catch him. >> reporter: in the wake of the protests this week, the egyptian government friday took an extraordinary step, cutting off nearly all internet access, and shutting down cell phone service. internet traffic to and from egypt fell throughout the day thursday then just before 12:30 a.m. cairo time friday traffic across 80 egyptian internet providers abruptly stopped. shortly afterwards cell phones went out, as well. the country had been pulled off the grid. and one possible consequences, the lack of communication may have driven even more people in the streets. >> it magnifies the chaos because people don't know whether their friends and family are safe. and they don't know whether the regime is going to last on monday or whether it will be collapsed.
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>> reporter: in washington, secretary of state hillary clinton, quickly decried the move. >> we urge the egyptian authorities to allow peaceful protests, and to reverse the unprecedented step it has taken to cut off communications. >> reporter: international journalists have been restricted, as well. cameras have been confiscated, and getting information out has been difficult. by 8:00 p.m. saturday in egypt, some internet connections had been restored and one egyptian journalist resumed his twitter feed, reporting, i'm online again. internet service is coming back slowly in egypt in a limited fashion. cell phone service is coming back, as well. saturday, two of egypt's main mobile service providers were back up and running. elaine quijano, cbs news, new york. coming up a little later on "the early show," a live update from cairo, egypt on the mass demonstrations, and reaction from the white house. also, ereader devices are more popular than ever. advice on choosing the right one for you.
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and actor comedian billy gardell, star of "mike and molly will be along. that's the "cbs morning news" for this monday. thanks for watching. i'm joel brown. have a great day. wn. have a great day. ,,,,,,
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