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mending fences. the secretary of state makes a surprise visit to pakistan, holding an olive branch but delivering a warning. ready to run. the battle for the gop presidential nomination is about to heat up, big time. and flying solo. a small plane, an unconscious pilot, a woman passenger, and an air traffic controller pilot, a woman passenger, and an air traffic controller struggling to save them. captioning funded by cbs on a friday i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. secretary of state hillary clinton is in pakistan this morning. the surprise visit, unannounced for security purposes. the secretary arrived with two
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objectives, to mend political fences while also delivering a get-tough message. tara mergener has the latest from washington now. tara, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. relations are badly strained with pakistan, after last month's raid on the bin laden compound. but the u.s. is trying to smooth things over. before she arrived, clinton emphasized the close ties between the two nations. >> i believe strongly it is in our national security interests to have a comprehensive long-term partnership with the government and people of pakistan. >> reporter: there are still considerable distrusts on both sides. pakistani officials are angry they were not in the loop the night of the bin laden raid. and u.s. officials continue to suspect that somebody inside pakistan helped to hide the al qaeda mastermind. pakistan will allow a cia evidence team back in to the compound to search for anything that might be stashed somewhere inside the walls or under the
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floor. forensic experts will use high-tech sensors like infrared cameras, capable of finding hidden or buried materials. but u.s. officials want more. clinton is expected to tell pakistan's president his country must show a renewed commitment to the war on terror. especially in taking out safe havens for militants who attack u.s. forces in afghanistan, and then skip back across the border. if not, the u.s. may consider cutting back on its financial assistance. since 9/11 pakistan has received more than 20 billion u.s. dollars. it's slated for another $3 billion next year, making it the third largest recipient of u.s. foreign aid. pakistan is widely seen as the linchpin in the region. they have the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world and are essential to both the war on terror and the war in afghanistan. >> we cannot fight a war in afghanistan, we cannot bring peace to afghanistan, if we
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don't have any relations with pakistan. >> and the fragile pakistan government depends on u.s. aid. still, anti-american sentiment is about the highest in the world. terrell, very tense today. >> tricky diplomatic relations. tara mergener in washington for us this morning. thank you so much. meanwhile in afghanistan today, taliban said it planted a bomb that killed eight american service members. the americans were on foot patrol in southern kandahar province yesterday. the powerful bomb exp the massacre of 8,000 bosnian muslim men and boys. at the g-8 summit in france
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today the focus will be on the political upheaval in the arab world. the summit is expected to announce an aid package of $20 billion for north after reichen nations. this morning president obama met with french president nicolas sarkozy. yesterday he announced washington's plan for a european defense system with dmitry medvedev. the plan is opposed by russia. >> we're committed to working to the so that we can find an approach and configuration that is consistent with the security needs of both countries. >> russia is also complaining that nato air strikes in libya have gone too far. after the summit ends today, president obama heads to poland, the last stop on his european tour. while in france president obama signed into law a four year extension of the patriot act. it was due to expire at midnight. the senate and house both passed the extension with just hours to spare. the bill extends the life of three terrorism fighting powers, roving wiretaps, court-ordered searches of business records, and the surveillance of
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so-called lone wolf suspects, those without known ties to terror groups. politics now, in the race for the republican presidential nomination, former massachusetts governor mitt romney plans to formally announce next week in new hampshire that he's in the race. visiting a pizza joint in chicago yesterday, romney left little doubt of his intentions. >> say thank you to the president for his effort, but unfortunately he didn't get the job done. and so i expect that you're going to see a republican in the white house, and i may well be that person following the elections in november of 2012. >> speaking to business leaders romney said president obama had made, quote, every imaginable error when it comes to the economy. another republican, minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann, says she's likely to announce her bid for the white house next week in iowa.
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reminding ourselves who we are and what americans stand for. to weather now, and the latest round of violent storms in the south. cleanup is under way in southern louisiana. tornadoes struck a town east of baton rouge. five people were injured in atlanta. two women were killed when high winds from a passing thunderstorm knocked a large tree onto their car. officials in missouri say 232 people are still unaccounted for in the wake of sunday's tornado in joplin. this morning the death toll there stands at 126. ben tracy reports. >> reporter: for more than three days michelle harrah has been searching for something she cannot replace, her 16-year-old
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son lance, tossed in his car during the tornado. >> his backpack was still inside of it. >> reporter: michelle was still positive. do you still have hope? >> i -- obviously i have to. >> reporter: but just minutes after our interview, a police officer arrived. what happened? >> i have gotten a visit from the joplin police department, notifying me that my son has been identified. >> reporter: he's dead? >> yes, exactly. but it is, in some way, a comfort to at least know that he's in a better place, and that we don't have to wonder if he's out there needing us. >> reporter: many families are still looking for an answer. even with this list of the missing now posted, there is a lot of confusion. >> we just found someone off the missing person list who actually know their whereabouts. >> reporter: those who put the list together now admit it's not entirely accurate. >> we know that there are individuals on that list that
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are deceased. and we are working directly with those family members. >> reporter: yet in the midst of all that sadness, there is also this. >> i'm so happy to see you. >> reporter: neighbors who survived a storm reunited. >> i didn't think we'd ever see you again. >> i know. i know. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, joplin, missouri. and another amazing story of survival here. after the april 27th tornado, remember that one that hit birmingham, alabama, a dog named mason was found by his owners 19 days after the twister carried him away. he had crawled back home with two broken legs. an animal surgeon operated to repair his legs. now mason is recovering, learning get around on those splints, and waiting to return home to his very grateful owners. incredible story. quick break, just ahead on the "morning news," the latest spacewalk for shuttle astronauts. plus the just-released results of the best beaches in america. this is the "cbs morning news." my whole body hurt. it was an ongoing, deep pain.
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two spacewalking astronauts left the shuttle "endeavour" this morning. they installed a new camera boom on the hull of the international space station. this is the last spacewalk of "endeavour's" mission. it's the last ever for shuttle astronauts. all future spacewalks at the station will be performed by station crew members. in other news from out of this world this morning, or space, it may not look wet but scientists say the moon has a lot more water in it than previously thought. maybe 100 times more. scientists who analyze volcanic moon rock brought back by the apollo 17 astronauts in 1972 say they contain just as much water as similar rocks right here on earth. and it is official this morning, the american family is changing. a new report from the census bureau shows that married couples now make up less than half of all households in america. back in 1950 that number was at 78%. "cbs moneywatch" time on a
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friday morning. stocks were mixed today in asia. ashley morrison in new york with that and more. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. a pretty quiet guy for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei lost a fraction while hong kong's hang seng traded higher and oil keeps creeping higher today, trading at around $101 a barrel. today, wall street gets the april income and spending report, and the latest check of the housing market. on thursday, stocks finished higher, despite a jump in jobless claims. the dow gained 8 points while the nasdaq added 21. this is get away day for the memorial day weekend. aaa expects 34.9 million americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the course of the holiday. that's a slight increase from last year. and drivers will be keeping a little bit more cash in their pockets. the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.81 a gallon, down nearly a dime from a week ago. a wisconsin judge has struck down the law stripping collective bargaining rights for
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most public workers. the court ruled state lawmakers improperly passed the law back in march. the legislation called for state workers to contribute more to their pension, and health care costs. it also radically changed the way they negotiate new contracts. the state is appealing the ruling to the state supreme court. amazon is trying to take a bite out of apple. the online retailer has launched a download store that sells apps for apple products, including the iphone and ipad. like the mac store, amazon lets mac's store amazon lets buyers redound load purchase software an unlimited number of times but it doesn't have the capability to let you update. amazon has long offered downloads for windows products. and if you still don't have plans for the long weekend, how about america's best beach? an annual ranking puts sarasota, florida's fiesta beach as the best in the nation. the wide slice of brilliant white sand and cool emerald water was runner-up the past two years and placed third in 2008.
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one caveat, the rankings were done by florida international university, so there might be a bit of a bias there, terrell, i'm not sure. but still it looked good to me and it's called fiesta beach. >> so what could go wrong. i'm writing down right now, i need to put in for my vacation this summer right now. >> fiesta beach, right on. >> ashley morrison here in new york. ashley, good to see you this morning. have a great weekend. >> you, too. coming up on this friday morning, we'll do weather. and then in sports the big heat. miami battled the bulls in chicago. they are on their way to the nba finals. we'll be right back. ♪
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the bulls' derek rose right there. that would actually tie the game and gave miami the eastern conference championship. 4-1 over chicago. after the game, former heat star alonzo mourning handed over the prize. miami hosted dallas mavericks in game one of the finals on tuesday. in baseball a dramatic walk-off win for baltimore. score tied in the bottom of the 12th inning, the orioles, a slow bouncer up the middle that scored the winning run. baltimore beat kansas city 6-5. in the national league, philadelphia pitcher cliff lee smashed a long drive to center field that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double that scored two runs. lee also struck out eight cincinnati reds. phillies win 10-4. when we come back on this friday, another look at this morning's top stories, and the amazing story of a woman who's never flown a plane but wound up flying solo with two lives on the line. on depression is a serious medical condition. i feel like i have to wind myself up to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest,
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facing, with their key suspect. and what could happen if they don't file charges by next week. dozens of guns disappear after a violent bay area home invasion. where they were found, and the lengths thieves took to hide them. major delays for bart riders this weekend. how construction on the transbay tube will affect your plans. and, the space shuttle flies over the bay area. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. time is running out, for,,,,
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather, strong thunderstorms will produce gusty winds and large hail across the northeast and southeast. it will be dry and sunny over the ohio valley. scattered showers will linger across the northwest. the desert southwest will have triple digit heat. here's another look at this morning's top stories on a friday. secretary of state clinton arrived in pakistan this morning. she'll try to repair relations following the u.s. raid to get osama bin laden. but clinton will also tell pakistani leaders they must be more aggressive in pursuing militants. and president obama is attending the final day of the g-8 summit in france. the political upheaval in the arab world tops the day's agenda. the world leaders are collecting $20 billion to support new era of democracy. so imagine this, you're a passenger in a small plane and the pilot falls unconscious. you've never flown a plane. so what do you do? freak out. no, no, no, no. this is what happened to a colorado woman last week. but as brian moss reports, from
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our cbs station kcnc in denver she was lucky enough to be talking with a savvy air traffic controller. >> one whiskey alpha i think you might be americaning hypoxia, would you like a lower altitude? >> reporter: that was the voice of air traffic controller charlie roarer. his calm not giving away the crisis he was facing. >> i'm trying to find out what's going on. there's a female talking in the background, it sounds like there might be a pilot issue so i'm trying to figure at what's going on. >> reporter: what was going on on board the single engine cirrus like this one was not good. flying from california to colorado the 70-year-old pilot had apparently been stricken by hypoxia, an altitude sickness that incapacitated him. the only other person in the small plane, his wife. >> i'm trying to help. i'm trying to get it on autopilot. i don't know how to do this. we're going down. i don't know where. i don't know how well i was flying that plane. i was trying. and it was terrifying. i had never been responsible in a plane before.
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>> reporter: hearing what was happening, a great lakes airline pilot began helping out. flying near the cirrus, talking to the woman, helping her control the plane. >> have you ever flown an aircraft before? >> no. i can't tell what's going on. >> reporter: as the plane veered towards the mountains, the controller and the pilot gently guided the frightened woman. >> are you helping out the pilot now? >> we're trying. >> reporter: she told cbs 4 she was so terrified she was preparing to deploy the plane's air frame parachute. >> i was very afraid. i was terrified. i didn't know where we were. we were in the clouds. >> reporter: were you thinking that you might crash? >> yes, i was afraid we were going to crash. >> guy is not able to land. we're going to have to tell her to pull the parachute. >> reporter: but as the cirrus began descending the 70-year-old pilot regained consciousness and control and was able to safely land in farmington, new mexico. >> they just were total professionals and helped me so much. it was gratifying. >> that was kcnc reporting.
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this morning you've got to see this, amazing satellite pictures released show before and after shots of joplin, missouri. the photograph of joplin before the tornado hit shows the city as it was, and the after picture reveals the incredible damage done to part of joplin. last sunday's powerful twister. and very few americans are prepared for the worst when tornadoes hit. less than 3% of homes in the u.s. have storm shelters, but some home improvements can provide an alternative. anthony mason reports. >> reporter: when her tuscaloosa home was about to explode around her this past april, elaine davis and her husband took shelter. >> he said he could feel the wind and the pressure on the door. and there was just a big gust of dust and dirt.
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>> reporter: this is what saved them. a cold war-era atomic bomb shelter with concrete walls, several feet thick. the neighborhood above them was leveled. just as joplin was on sunday. and engineers say it's almost impossible to build a house able to withstand a tornado's furry. >> tornadoes can come in speeds up to 200 miles an hour and above. at some point, mother nature's physical force will overwhelm even the best engineering. >> reporter: watch these two houses bombarded with hurricane-force winds at a test facility. only the structurally reinforced home survives. tornado winds can be twice as powerful, and attack both vertically and horizontally. like a swirling sledge hammer. but installing impact resistant windows or latching the house together at the foundation and joints, with so-called hurricane ties, can help keep out the wind, and delay a buildup of pressure inside. >> what you're really doing with
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the construction of a home or business is buying yourself time. you're giving yourself time to get to an interior safe room or shelter. >> reporter: the starting price of a shelter is about $1,500. fema will pay up to 75% of the cost if it meets their standards. but even in tornado alley, many existing homes have no protection. engineer david prevatt headed a national science foundation team that studied the obama tornado outbreak. >> 14 people lost their lives in tuscaloosa. anything we can do to improve even 10%, or 15% reduce that number, that would be a substantial benefit. >> reporter: we have to do better, scientists say, because mother nature will surely throw her worst at us again. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. coming up a little later on "the early show" the latest from joplin, missouri. hundreds are still missing in the wake of that killer tornado. then the small town in
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oklahoma that holds a key secret behind the current sky-high gas prices. and the children of military families. how they'll be spending this memorial day weekend. all that and more coming up a little bit later on "the early show." and that's it for this friday morning edition of the "cbs morning news." appreciate you watching. i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody, have a great weekend. grt weekend. !/
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