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delta deluge, mississippi river floodwaters roll south, submerging entire neighborhoods and forcing more evacuations. on trial, two americans charged with spying in iran face judgment starting today. and caught on type, a crash of a helicopter on a colorado mountainside. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning the mississippi floods are surging downriver from memphis but even after the highest water passes, the misery will linger and the cleanup will take weeks, even months. the river crested in memphis yesterday.
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it's expected to reach its high mark in vicksburg, mississippi, a week from tomorrow, baton rouge may 22nd, new orleans a day later. joel brown has our report from near vicksburg. >> reporter: the swollen mississippi river is washing away crops and swamping homes. >> our whole neighborhood devastated. >> reporter: floodwaters crept right up to diane white's front door. >> things you see on tv you never think it will happen to you. >> reporter: she's one of hundreds of north memphis residents forced from their homes, but when the mississippi reached its nearly 48-foot crest there, the levees held. downtown memphis and the city's major landmarks are staying dry. now the disaster is slowly making its way downstream. the water on the inis miss is so high right now it's spilling into the yazu river. several homes are underwater, more flooding is expected and farmers are bracing for the worst. in tunica cutoff, mississippi, floodwaters left this deer stranded on a rooftop. all 350 homes in the community
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are underwater, including charlotte smith's. >> i just really am in bad shape but not admitting it. >> reporter: high water is expected to force all 19 river casinos to shut down, leaving 13,000 employees without a paycheck, and it's a race against the rising water in natches, the oldest settlement on the community. >> the community has a deep concern to protect the buildings and to maintain them. >> reporter: neighbors spent the last five days building a floodwall to hold back the mississippi. forecasts suspect when the river crests, it will shatter the record set in 1937. joel brown, cbs news, warren county, mississippi. fast moving storms swept across minnesota overnight. golf ball sized hail fell during a twins baseball game in minneapolis, stopping play for over an hour and a possible funnel cloud touched down northwest of the city, ripping the roof off of at least one home.
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no one was injured. in southern new mexico firefighters are battling more than two dozen wind-driven wildfires that have been burning since saturday. up to 49 square miles have been scorched, forcing residents in three areas to leave their homes. there's been another security scare aboard a u.s. airliner. for the second time in a week a passenger tried to open a door mid flight. this time it was on a delta airlines jet flying from orlando to boston. other passengers said the man was upset because the flight was delayed. when he tried to open the exit door he was subdued by other passengers and the plane safely landed in boston. >> just tugged on it a little bit, you know what i mean? he didn't rip it wide open, didn't do anything crazy like that. just tugged on it. made an alarm go off. >> last sunday a passenger on a continental flight from houston to chicago also tried to open the exit door. he was questioned but not charged. now the man who charged the cockpit door of a san francisco bound american airlines jet on sunday has been ordered held without bail.
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the passenger a native of yemen ran to the front of the plane shortly before it landed. prosecutors say he repeatedly yelled "god is great" in arabic as he was subdued. president obama is back at the white house this morning after a pitch to texas to pitch immigration reform. he wants to provide a way for 11 million immigrants to become legal citizens. the public says his priority should be on securing the border. in el paso yesterday mr. obama responded with sarcasm. >> they said we needed to triple the border patrol. now they're going to say we need to quadruple the border patrol or they'll want a higher fence. maybe they'll need a moat. maybe they'll want alligators in the moat. they'll never be satisfied. >> meanwhile a new poll shows the president's approval rating is at its highest point in two years. 60% of those surveyed by the associated press now say they approve of the job he's doing
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and more than half say he deserves to be reelected. 73% are confident mr. obama can effectively handle terrorist threats and 52% like how he's handling the economy, the best rating since early in his presidency. now to the latest on the fallout from the raid that killed osama bin laden. as intelligence analysts pour over materials retrieved from bin laden's compound al qaeda is warning the u.s. has made a mistake and big one. tara mergener is in washington with the latest on that. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, betty. that message has been posted on extremist websites. bin laden's sons are lashing out in their first public statements to the "new york times" they criticize the u.s. for killing an unarmed man. u.s. intelligence officials say they're uncovering a new critical piece of information every hour. ever since navy s.e.a.l.s stormed osama bin laden's pakistani hideout a cia task force has been working around
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the clock analyzing the treasure trove of data recovered. bin laden was the intended target, but the commandos spent at least half of their 40 minutes on the ground gathering laptops, dvds and hard drives. officials are now looking for new leads on everything from other terrorist leaders to how bin laden communicated with the rest of al qaeda. because of national security concerns, graphic photos of bin laden's body are not being released publicly but the cia invited members of key congressional committees to view them in private. president obama is enjoying a bump in the polls following the death of the world's most wanted man. a new associated press poll says his approval rating has hit its highest point in two years and that more than half of americans now think he deserves to be reelected. >> osama bin laden will never again threaten the united states of america. >> reporter: the president got a big round of applause after mentioning the operation at a texas fund-raiser last night,
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but he warned the fight against terrorism is far from over. >> we've still got more work to do when it comes to keeping america safe. >> reporter: since the raid, al qaeda has stepped up its threats calling on muslims around the world to avenge bin laden's death. now senator john kerry of massachusetts will travel to pakistan in the coming days hoping to get u.s./pakistan relations back on track. betty, back to you. >> tara mergener in washington for us, thank you. the trial two of americans being held in iran for spying begins today in tehran. hikers josh fattal and shane bauer were arrested in july of 2000 after crossing the border in iraq. they said it was a mistake and iran says they are spies. american sarah shourd was captured along with fattal and bauer, but was resleesed on bail nine months ago for health reasons. in syria, more violence this morning. witnesses report hearing tank and machine gunfire in a
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residential district where there have been anti-government protests. analysts believe the u.s. may soon declare president bashar assad has forfeited his right to rule and demand that he step down. human rights groups say more than 750 people have been killed since protests began nearly two months ago. just ahead on the "morning news," a new flu vaccine and the tiniest needle you have ever seen. plus new outrage over airport security after a patdown photo goes viral. this is the "cbs morning news." [ male announcer ] using frontline plus
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this was his first flight in the u.s. near golden, colorado, a private helicopter lost power and made a hard landing on lookout mountain. it was filming video of a downhill race for skateboarders on sunday. the chopper went down near spectators but no one was hurt. some say it is just not right. screeners at the airport in kansas city patted down a baby in the security line. a photograph posted on twitter shows a tsa agent checking the 8-month-old infant's diaper last weekend. a tsa statement said the child's stroller set off an alarm during an explosive screening, went on to say the officers followed proper current screening procedures. on the "cbs money watch" stocks in asia were mixed. ashley morrison is here with that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. a mixed day for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei went up a fraction, while tokyo's hong
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kong's hang sang fell slightly and oil is back on the rise at just below $104 a barrel. today wall street gets the latest on the labor market, on monday, strong corporate profit and microsoft's proposed buy-out of skype pushed stocks higher. the dow jumped 75 points while the nasdaq gained 28. toyota announced this morning its production recovery should be quicker than initially expected. the automaker now says manufacturing should gradually pick up and possibly get back to normal sometime next month, but that was about the only good news for toyota today. the company also announced its fourth quarter net profit tanked, dropping 77%. toyota is now in danger of losing its title of world's biggest automaker. google could be getting ready to write a big check. on tuesday, the company disclosed it's facing a government investigation in its online advertising system. that probe is likely to result in a fine of half a billion dollars. southwest airlines is flying high, at least according to "consumer reports."
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the magazine gave the dallas-based carrier the top ranking among u.s. airlines in a new survey. it was the only carrier to get top marks for check-in and in-flight service. it also got the highest grades for cabin cleanliness and baggage handling. jetblue finished a close second while u.s. airways scored the lowest. and forget itunes. lady gaga may be cultivating the new future of music. she plans to release songs from her new album, new cd "born this way" exclusively on the popular facebook game farmville, which has about 46 million monthly players. fans will be able to visit gagaville to download the album and get a chance to win concert tickets and betty, facebook is now taking on itunes. i don't know what's next. >> it's all so new. i don't even play farmville. >> get invited to. >> yeah. >> but never join the party. >> ashley, thank you for that. a new flu vaccine injection has been approved. the food and drug administration has given the okay to the shot
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which uses a very small needle, less than 1/10 of an inch long. the tiny needle sends the vaccine into the skin rather than the muscle which the manufacturer hopes will hurt less than a regular syringe. actress lindsay lohan is not expected to be in court today in los angeles but her lawyer will enter a no contest plea to misdemeanor theft for stealing a necklace. the judge may allow her to serve her 120-day sentence at home. straight ahead your wednesday morning weather, and in sports, the bulls go one up on the hawks in their nba playoff series. "money watch" sponsored by vagisil wash, with odor block, the confident clean. n.
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finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no need for those regular blood tests. pradaxa is progress. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. don't take pradaxa if you have abnormal bleeding, and seek immediate medical care for unexpected signs of bleeding, like unusual bruising. pradaxa may increase your bleeding risk if you're 75 or older, have kidney problems or a bleeding condition, like stomach ulcers. or if you take aspirin products, nsaids, or blood thinners. tell your doctor about all medicines you take, any planned medical or dental procedures, and don't stop taking pradaxa without your doctor's approval, as stopping may increase your stroke risk.
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other side effects include indigestion, stomach pain, upset, or burning. if you have afib not caused by a heart valve problem, ask your doctor if pradaxa can reduce your risk of a stroke. here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york partly cloudy, 68. miami partly cloudy, 91. chicago thunderstorms there, 85 degrees. dallas, thunderstorms as well, 88 and l.a., sunny, 71. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds and thunderstorms in the central plains. it's clear and warm in the southwest. later today, temperatures continue to rise across much of the nation. in the southeast, highs will reach the mid-90s and look for some severe storms in the central plains from texas to nebraska. in sports, the bulls have taken the lead in their nba
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playoff series with atlanta. chicago's derrick rose was hot, scoring 33 points as the bulls beat the hawks 95-83. chicago now leads the series three games to two, and could wrap it up tomorrow night. in baseball, two extra inning walk-off wins in the american league. with the score tied in the 13th inning, baltimore's matt wieters hit a bloop single to center field. that brought home the winning run for a 7-6 orioles victory over visiting seattle. and in the bottom of the tenth in toronto, the blue jay's david cooper hit a sacrifice fly to center field, that let davis tag up at third and come home with the winning run, the jays beat the red sox 7-6. in the national league, with no score in the bottom of the ninth, san francisco's cody ross hit a sharp single down the left field line, pinch runner darren ford scored from second base and
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the defending champs edged arizona 1-0. when we return another look at this morning's top stories. and the spy in your pocket, apple defends their location tracking smartphones. stories. and the spy in your pocket, apple defends their location tracking smartphones. [ beep ] [ beep ] [ beep ] ♪ [ beep ] [ male announcer ] find an italian masterpiece in your grocer's freezer. buitoni shrimp and lobster ravioli with garlic butter sauce. simple ingredients, artfully prepared. winner of 2011 product of the year. buitoni. create an italian masterpiece. on display in the freezer section. when you need it the most. it's the comfort of a scent you've always loved. it's freshness that lasts for 14 days. it's snuggly softness you depend on. ♪ it's value you can feel good about.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. the central plains could see severe storms as a slow moving system in the north collides with moist, hot air in the south. the great lakes and mid-atlantic states will also have some thunderstorms. here's another look at this morning's top stories. mississippi river floodwaters are headed south toward the vulnerable delta region. millions of acres of farmland are at risk and more evacuations have been ordered. and a just released associated press poll puts president obama's approval rating at 60%, it is the highest
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level in two years. now to the concern over cell phone tracking and privacy. apple and google insist their smartphones are not stalking customers. they were on the hot seat yesterday in congress, as nancy cordes reports. >> reporter: executives from apple and google insisted the data they gather on their customers' whereabouts is only used to speed up service. >> apple does not track users' locations. apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so. >> reporter: a pair of researchers recently discovered that apple's iphone stores information on every move its user makes for up to a year, and it's not encrypted, so anyone who gets a hold of your phone can see where you've been, a glitch apple says it is fixing. >> does this data indicate anything about your location or doesn't it? >> it's completely anonymous. it's only about the cell phone towers and the wi-fi hot spots.
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>> reporter: but often those wi-fi hot spots are just a few feet away, painting a pretty accurate picture of your travels. >> it's really difficult to call this stuff anonymous. making those claims i think is not really sincere. >> reporter: more than 72 million americans now own smartphones, which they can use to talk, text and surf the web. their habits are often passed along to third parties, who tailor the ads they receive. >> it kind of bothers me that they know where i am at all times. >> to have people seeing where you are, that's kind of sort of creepy. >> reporter: but that's also how smartphones provide some of their most popular features, like mapping programs or local restaurant recommendations. google largely escaped scrutiny in the hearing because its widespread android system saves location data for a much shorter period of time, and because it's protected so other people can't see it. nancy cordes, cbs news, capitol hill. this morning on "the early
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the economy may be recovering, but it is slow going for the more than 7 million americans who lost their jobs during the recession. so as anthony mason reports, some of the long-term jobless are reinventing themselves. >> reporter: wonder lake. even the name sounds idyllic, but in this pretty illinois town, 59-year-old bill melky is wondering when he'll find another job. >> i've been unemployed for over a year. >> reporter: just down the road, in crystal lake, 49-year-old ed tonkin knows how that feels. >> the company that i was working for was closing its doors. >> reporter: both men were construction supervisors when they became statistics of the great recession. now they're taking different paths to get back to work.
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sounds like you were faced with a pretty scary situation. >> it was pretty obvious right away that i wasn't going to be able to keep doing what i had been doing. >> reporter: you have 40 years of practical experience. >> exactly. >> reporter: you think there should be a market for that. >> there should be but i haven't found it yet. >> reporter: in wonder lake, bill melky's solution was to start an internet business. an avid equestrian, he's selling the steel riding bits used in the horse's mouth. >> it's still not generating a significant income at this point in time. >> reporter: his house is now in foreclosure. he just withdrew his last $6,000 in savings but melky is trying to stay upbeat. >> i see the light at the end of the tunnel. it could be a light at the end of the tunnel or it could be a freight train coming down on me. >> reporter: in crystal lake ed tonkin has taken a different approach. what kind of student were you before? >> not really good. >> reporter: and now? >> now really good, i have a
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4.0. >> reporter: he enrolled at mckendall college. he's now among nearly 400,000 people around the country studying under a government-funded program designed to help laid off workers, part of the workforce investment act. >> this filled in a lot of the gaps, a lot of things that i didn't know. >> reporter: and through a classmate he's found a job. tonkin gets up before 4:00 a.m. to make the hour-long commute to chicago, where he supervises a construction site. when work's done, he heads straight back to school. >> and i'm here until 10:00. >> reporter: that's like a 16, 18-hour day. >> it's brutal. >> reporter: tonkin's salary dropped from $95,000 to $65,000. >> but i'm grateful. >> reporter: so you're making less but happy to have the job. >> you bet. you bet. >> and this saturday, ed tonkin will graduate from mchenry county college with his associate's degree in construction management. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. coming up later on "the early show," immigration reform. president obama wants action now, before the 2012 campaign
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gets cooking, but it's easier said than done. also, tablet wars. we get a look at the latest challengers to apple's ipad. and arnold and maria. can the ex-governator and the kennedy wife get back together? that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching, everyone. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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