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state budget is now up close and personal. they are protesting proposed budget cuts that could impact 300,000 public workers, and 14 democratic senators fled the state to delay a vote. >> we decided to pull the conference down and the only way to do that was for us to leave the state. republicans can't move forward with this legislation unless we're there. >> reporter: under the plan, backed by the republican majority, public employees will be forced to contribute significantly more to their pensions. and their health insurance costs would double to 12.6%. the proposal would cost the average state worker than estimated $2900 a year. and unions would lose the right to negotiate contracts on behalf of large groups of public workers. >> i think you've got to get our message. and it's not just -- i'm not a teacher either but my daughter is one of those school districts. and they're tearing our teachers apart there. >> reporter: but the newly
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elected scott walker says his plan could save $330 million over the next two years and prevent 5,500 layoffs. >> these are unions that historically for years have never had anyone challenge them. they've never had anyone challenge the status quo. we're broke. we can't operate the way we operated before. >> reporter: similar measures are being considered in tennessee, nevada and ohio. but it appears wisconsin, which was the first state to allow for collective bargaining for public employees will be the first to abolish it. cynthia bowers, cbs news, madison, wisconsin. and as cynthia mentioned, legislation similar to the wisconsin proposal is pending in ohio and michigan. some two dozen states are considering substantial decreases in workers' pay and their rights. >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> opponents of ohio's senate bill 5 gathered thursday. like the wisconsin legislation, it would cut costs by lowering wages and limiting union rights. >> the collective bargaining law
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allows me to be a state worker and have a career in public service. >> for me to pay 20% of my health insurance would be devastating. >> meanwhile budget proposals in michigan would cut hundreds of state jobs. governor rick synder says he'll accept a $1 salary this year to help erase the budget shortfall. now to washington, where a capitol hill budget battle threatens to shut down the federal government. the republican-controlled house is expected to vote today on a measure that would cut more than $61 billion from this year's budget. the house debated and voted on amendments to the bill into the night. house speaker john boehner says he will not consider another stopgap measure to keep the government operating, without spending cuts. >> when we say we're going to cut spending, read my lips, we're going to cut spending. >> all right. so that sets up a showdown with senate democrats, who bristled at boehner's remarks. >> we're terribly disappointed. speaker boehner can't control
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the votes in his caucus to prevent a shutdown of government. and now he's resorting to threats to do just that. >> the two sides have until march 4th to come to an agreement. that's when the current temporary funding bill expires. president obama continues his west coast tech tour this morning, flying from san francisco to portland, oregon, to inspect an intel computer chip plant. mr. obama dined last night with a dozen tech industry leaders, including facebook's mark zuckerberg, apple's steve jobs, and google's eric schmidt. >> he doesn't really care how facebook works or how they're going to design the next iphone. he's here to see how these companies grow in the middle of the worst recession ever. we're having great years. facebook, exploding through the recession. apple exploding through the recession.
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and many others, google. booming through the recession. >> the president hopes to boost the economy by promoting u.s. leadership in high-tech innovation. now to the turbulent middle east. funerals are being held today in bahrain for protesters killed in a violent police raid yesterday. four anti-government demonstrators died and more than 200 were injured in the predawn attack on protesters camping out in bahrain's capital. cbs radio correspondent toula vlahou is in bahrain and joins us now by phone. good morning, toula. want to get the latest from you on what the situation is there at this hour? >> yes. actually just a little bit outside of the capital of bahrain. i am in front of the main shia mosque where thousands of people are gathering to hear the sermon this morning. and earlier in the day i had gone to the funeral where three of the protesters killed yesterday were buried. and then, tens of thousands of people showed up and followed a procession through this very impoverished town, and paid homage to these three people. it was a very emotional ceremony
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and many said the emotions they felt were one of sorrow for the dead, and one of rage that they were shot, and they plan to show up tomorrow, saturday, in a brand-new demonstration against the government. >> all right. toula, in the meantime, the u.s. navy's fifth fleet is based in bahrain. how does that figure into all of this? >> well, the u.s. navy is based here. the navy is keeping a very low profile, which is traditionally the case with any military unit. but certainly, it's an aspect of the story that is very important for the u.s. >> all right, cbs radio's toula vlahou in bahrain today. thank you, toula. government crackdowns elsewhere in the arab world have done little to quiet angry protesters. [ chanting ] in yemen, anti-government demonstrations have continued every day for a week now. protesters have declared today a
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day of rage. at least four demonstrators were killed in clashes with police on thursday. in libya, the latest unconfirmed reports say more than 20 people were killed during protests yesterday against the 40-year rule of moammar gadhafi. thousands of libyans are expected back in the streets today, especially in the eastern port city of benghazi. in cairo today, protesters who pushed out egyptian president hosni mubarak a week ago are staging a victory march to tahrir square. but with the army now in charge, and workers demanding better pay, egypt's future is far from clear. terry mccarthy is in cairo this morning. he joins us now. terry, how big is this march expected to be today? >> good morning, betty. they're calling for a million people in this march. and who knows. but as you can see over my shoulder here, tahrir square is already filling up. there are thousands of people who've come into the square, and
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the mood is pretty celebratory, pretty upbeat. the military has put up checkpoints around the square. they're frisking people just for weapons. but everyone seems pretty happy. no one is expecting any big trouble here as we're seeing in other parts of the middle east. betty? >> we've been focused a lot on other parts of the middle east, as well as north africa this week. but what is it like on the streets of cairo one week after mubarak stepped down? >> well, it's interesting. as you walk around cairo, most of the businesses have reopened. most people are going back to work. it does seem as if life is coming back to normal. however, you will see there are tanks on every major intersection. the army is still keeping a close eye on things. and if you go out to the major tourist sites, the pyramids of giza, you'll find that's very good because there are almost no farmers coming back here. cairo is coming back to normal but it's still getting used to the fact that only a week ago it was under a very strict dictatorship. betty? >> terry mccarthy in cairo. thank you. just ahead on the "morning
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mimic the symptoms of a stroke. they now say she's fine. branson returned to work on thursday. on the "cbs moneywatch," asian stocks are on a winning streak. ashley morrison is here in new york with much more on all of that. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betty. asian markets rallied for a fourth straight day. japan's nikkei gain aid fraction while hong kong's hang seng rose more than 1%. today, wall street prices finished out the week on a high note. on thursday, stocks finished higher despite a jump in jobless claims. the dow gained almost 30 points while the nasdaq was up 6. inflation is creeping up and that has americans paying more for just about everything. according to the consumer price index, food costs rose half a percent in january, the most in more than two years and gas is up 3.5%. despite those higher costs, government officials don't expect inflation to be a major problem this year. the government is reportedly taking a long, hard look at apple's new subscription service.
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according to "the wall street journal," the justice department has begun a preliminary antitrust investigation into the terms apple has set for media companies who want to sell their content through the ipad. the service would offer magazines and newspapers. apple wants a 30% cut of any subscriptions purchased through its apple store. and a new shopping capital of the world, that's a bit of a surprise. according to a new survey, london has beat out new york, paris, and tokyo for the top spot. last year non-food retail sales added up to a staggering $104 billion in the english capital. however, that study that gave london the crown was also based in britain, betty. so who really knows. >> i was going to say. not new york? really? come on. >> no way. >> all right, ashley, thank you. ashley morrison here in new york live for us. well, you know, a high school wrestler in iowa refused to compete against a girl. joel northrup said thursday he defaulted on his match against
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cassy herkelman because of his religious beliefs. she was one of the first girls to qualify for the state wrestling tournament in its 85-year history. northrup praised herkelman but said that wrestling is a combat sport and it is inappropriate for boys to engage a girl in this manner. straight ahead your friday morning weather. and in sports, chicago's derek rose explodes for a career high scoring night. my walgreens pharmacist recommends cold tablets... [ sneezes ] ...and hot soup. my walgreens pharmacist recommends bubble gum flavor... and patience. mine recommends antacid tablets... and only one taco. ♪ [ female announcer ] walgreens pharmacists also recommend you try walgreens brand health & wellness products. they have the same active ingredients as other brands and cost less. our pharmacist-recommended walgreens brand health & wellness products. there's an everyday way to well.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, partly cloudy, 62. miami, sunny, 80 degrees. chicago, sunny, but windy, 46. partly cloudy in dallas, 76 degrees. and l.a. 61. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows patches of clouds over the northeast, and parts of the west coast. the southwest is mainly clear. later today, though, more rain and snow moves down through the west coast. showers linger in the northwest. and very warm temperatures climb up the eastern seaboard. many areas could see record highs. in sports chicago surprised the best team in the nba. derek rose of the bulls scored a career high 42 points against san antonio. the 109-99 win is the fourth in a row for chicago, as the league heads into the all-star break this weekend. and dirk nowitzki of dallas had 35 points in phoenix, and
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chandler added 12 as the mavericks beat the suns 112-106. it was the 13th win in 14 games for dallas. in the nfl, the owners and players will start negotiations today with federal mediators. with the clock ticking down toward a potential lockout in two weeks, both sides asked for help trying to work out a new contract. but the mediator's decisions will not be binding. a lockout could begin march 3rd. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and, love or love handles? the extreme sacrifices some women will make to be skinny. >> ( beeping )
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heading toward los angeles. here's another look at this morning's top stories. state employees in wisconsin continue to demonstrate against planned budget cuts. democratic lawmakers stalled the vote on the measure by leaving town. similar budget battles are being waged in dozens much states. and pro-democracy leaders in egypt plan a victory march today, celebrating the revolution that forced president hosni mubarak from office a week ago. in this country, the battle to lose weight is a daily struggle for millions of women. but given the choice between being skinny, or having sex, which would they choose? cindy shue of our new york station wcbs-tv looks at the surprising results of a recent poll. >> reporter: in a survey by "fitness" magazine of more than 2,000 women, 51% of them said they'd give up sex for a year to be skinny. >> no way, i wouldn't give up sex for a minute to be skinny. if he wants me what difference
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if i'm fat or skinny? >> why would you give up sex for a year to be skinny when sex can help you to get skinny? >> i would definitely, skinny is better. no question about it. >> you would give up for a year, mom? wow. >> to be skinny, two years. >> reporter: not a surprise to some men. >> they're like camels. they don't have to have sex. men have the drive. women, once they go without sex for awhile, they forget about it. >> reporter: on the flip side, 49% of those surveyed said for great sex they'd be willing to be 30 pounds overweight. >> i think it's good to have balance. i don't know if i would want to be 30 pounds overweight just to have good sex. >> reporter: pam o'brien with "fitness" magazine says bottom line, women are jumping through hoops to lose weight. >> 43% said they skip meals regularly. 39% have taken diet pills. 30% have done detox diets. >> reporter: o'brien says the survey also found 25% of the women pulled their pictures off facebook because they thought they looked fat. katie recently lost 47 pounds.
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she and her fiance say they found love without hiding a thing. >> we met on facebook. >> reporter: really? >> when she was heavy. >> and i was heavy then. i took my pictures off. >> reporter: and about giving up sex for a year? >> no, not happening. >> reporter: what do you say? definitely not happening. >> no. >> reporter: the happy, healthy couple is getting married this year. on the upper west side, cindy shue, cbs-2 news. >> very interesting. this morning on "the early show," a preview of the new season of the hit reality show "the amazing race." i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." can't wait for spring?
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black, and beautiful. women of all sizes and shades. men, too. who turned heads on runways in haute couture. the traveling fashion show was called the ebony fashion fair. a breakthrough event dating back to the 1950s. emerging stars like aretha franklin and richard roundtree were front and center. but the woman behind the scenes was the real star of this show. she was eunice johnson, wife of publisher john johnson of ebony and jet magazines. >> mrs. johnson broke all the barriers. what a brave, brave woman. >> reporter: johnson's fashion fairs were raising money for charity at a time when african-americans were fighting for civil rights. >> chased by the ku klux klan, they threw rocks at us. >> reporter: eunice johnson traveled to europe's top designers to get her fashions. but many did not want african-americans borrowing their clothes. audrey was johnson's right hand. >> i used to write checks for
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$50,000. >> reporter: that caught their attention. and respect. daughter linda johnson wright says her mom made designers like emilio pucci start thinking. >> i would like to have black models in the show. can you find me some? and my mother said, are you kidding me? >> reporter: designer oscar de la renta says johnson was the first to introduce music on runways. ♪ putting the show in fashion. >> for the first time, unbelievably extraordinary, beautiful girls moving to music. >> can i try it on? >> oh, heavens, yes. >> reporter: in 50 years, johnson collected more than 8,000 looks. her show traveled to more than 170 cities nationwide, and raised $55 million for scholarships. >> make any woman feel beautiful. >> reporter: johnson died last year, and her fashion fairs have ended. but now, as part of black history month, her collection is traveling to macy's department
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stores in ten cities. a celebration of the legacy of a woman who saw style as power and power in style. michelle miller, cbs news, chicago. and coming up a little bit later on "the early show," a live update on the mass protests at wisconsin's capital. we'll hear from governor scott walker. also an exclusive network interview with reporter serene branson about what really happened during her mysterious on-air appearance in a video that went viral. and we will find out which couple won a luxurious trip to the caribbean in our "honeymoon take 2" contest. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching, everyone, i'm betty nguyen. have a great weekend. d
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. a cold rain continues to fall around parts of the bay area. how much more rain will we see as we head in toward the weekend? details coming up. and we're still dealing with a windy commute this morning. wind advisories for some of your bay area bridges.
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i'll have information in just a few minutes. >> and good morning, president obama is waking up in the bay area today. what came out of his meeting with some of the silicon valley's movers and shakers. and the bay area cop accused of selling stolen drugs facing a judge. this morning the future of dozens of cases are in jeopardy. good morning, it's friday, february 18. i'm sydnie kohara. >> i'm frank mallicoat. time is 4:30. we have a full moon, a far cry from our commute yesterday. umbrella, still need those? >> cold, as well >> it's chilly around the bay area this morning. a lot of 30s and 40s at this hour. and you know what, we are still seeing some rain most of that located further south in toward the san jose area. you're seeing some showers moving across this area into the santa cruz mountains and you will notice the pink on the mountaintops, mixtures of snow and sleet plus we can see that on and off throughout the


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