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just the eighth player in history to hit 600 home runs. >> 600 for jim thome! just the eighth player in history to hit 600 home runs. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. president obama is in iowa this morning on day four of his midwest bus tour. the white house calls it a listening tour, but from the way the president has been lashing out at republicans, it has the feel of a campaign swing. jessica stone is in washington with details. good morning, jessica. >> good morning, betty. well, you're absolutely right. the president full of fire about the congressional deadlock here in washington. but also talking job creation. and expected to unveil more than $300 million in small business funding. president obama's bus tour takes him to an economic forum in iowa today. he's expected to announce new
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steps to boost employment in rural areas. it comes just a day after he told a crowd in decora iowa, he's sending a separate jobs package to congress next month. >> i'll be putting forward, when they come back in september, a very specific plan that boosts the economy, that creates jobs. >> reporter: he also fired back at his republican rivals for refusing to consider tax increases to deal with the deficit. >> if you're not thinking about common sense. you've got to be willing to compromise in order to move the country forward. >> reporter: the white house insists the president's trip is not a campaign event. still, it takes him through minnesota, iowa, and illinois. three states he won in 2008, and needs in 2012. >> the republicans have been making a lot of hay here in iowa the past couple of weeks. and i think it's a good thing to have the president here. >> reporter: texas governor rick perry will host an economic roundtable just 30 minutes away from the president today. >> i think the people of america are just looking for someone who's going to get america
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working again. >> reporter: after taking a break monday, minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann heads to south carolina to try to drum up support. as for another contender, mitt romney, he's looking ahead to new hampshire. >> i think understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the white house. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor will try to convince grassroots supporters he's the man to take president obama's job. and the president wrapping up his three-day bus tour in his home state of illinois tomorrow before heading with his family on vacation to martha's vineyard. betty? >> all right, jessica stone in washington. jessica, thank you. in indianapolis this morning, 25 people are still hospitalized with injuries from that deadly stage collapse. investigators will be at the fairgrounds today, following a day of mourning for those killed in the weekend tragedy. manuel gallegus has more. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: a state trooper
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sang "amazing grace" as hundreds gathered at the indiana state fair to remember the five people killed on saturday. ♪ saved a wretch >> reporter: the memorial service was held prior to the fair's reopening this morning. >> so it is with heavy hearts that we come before you today. >> reporter: the stage collapsed saturday night when wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour moved in ahead of a storm. heavy steel scaffolding landed on fans, including laura magders and her three daughters. >> i looked over my shoulder and you just saw the stage swaying. so i grabbed maggie and i just said run. that's really all i remember until i woke up and it was where we were was pitch black. >> reporter: her two oldest daughters are okay. but her 3-year-old daughter maggie was seriously injured. >> they haven't given me a guarantee either way. we'll hoping that she'll have use of her arms. >> reporter: she and state officials say bystanders probably saved maggie's life. >> it was a hero every ten feet.
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i cannot tell you how proud i am to be the employee of 6.5 million people like that. >> reporter: several minutes before the collapse concert organizers warned that a powerful storm was approaching. but they did not order an evacuation. but the governor says now is not the time to find a scapegoat, but to do everything possible to comfort the grieving, and injured. manuel gallegus, cbs news. in syria, thousands of palestinians are on the run after government forces attacked a sprawling refugee camp in the port city latakia. video posted on the web appears to show tanks and security forces outside the camp. this is the third day in a row the military has struck the city. activists say about 30 people have been killed. in iraq, authorities suspect al qaeda involvement in a series of simultaneous bomb attacks in 17 cities there. the bombings yesterday killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 250. the attacks included suicide
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bombers, and explosives planted in parked cars. and even light poles. u.s. military officials say moammar gadhafi's forces in libya launched a scud missile at rebels near the port city of brega. they say it landed in the desert on sunday, causing no injuries or damage. the missile attack came as rebel forces advanced on the libyan capital of tripoli. in pakistan this morning officials say a u.s. drone missile strike killed four militants. it happened around dawn their time, in north waziristan. a tribal area on the afghanistan border. a stronghold for taliban and al qaeda fighters. also in pakistan, officials say they still have no leads in the hunt for an american aid contractor kidnapped on saturday. but the fbi has joined the investigation as seth doane reports. >> reporter: the state department said the fbi is working with pakistani and u.s. embassy officials investigating warren weinstein's kidnapping.
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weinstein, a 70-year-old business development consultant, worked in pakistan for the virginia-based firm j.e. austin associates. he had been scheduled to return home to america. law enforcement sources tell cbs news that three hostage takers came to the american's front gate, offering food to weinstein's three guards and driver. after the guards opened the gate, five other hostage takers, who'd climbed over an unguarded rear entrance, showed up, carrying ak-47s and pistols, outgunning the guards. the eight then tied and gagged the guards, and used weinstein's driver to trick the american into opening the door to his top floor residence. the fear with weinstein is that he could have been moved to one of the lawless tribal regions of pakistan, making him very difficult to find. seth doane, cbs news, kabul, afghanistan. now to aruba, where the prime suspect in the disappearance of an american,
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robyn gardner, has been ordered to stay in jail for another 16 days. gary giordano says he was snorkeling with gardner when she vanished on august 2nd. he was arrested three days later when he tried to leave the island. prosecutors say they need more time to gather evidence. on the "cbs moneywatch," a mixed day on asian stock markets. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and so much more. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betty. well, that's right, asian stocks were mixed this morning. japan's nikkei was up 0.2% while hong kong's hang seng lost 0.4%. yesterday, wall street enjoyed another triple-digit rally. the dow was up 214 points while the nasdaq gained 47. stocks have now erased all of their losses since standard & poor's cut the u.s. credit rating on august 5th. late payments on credit cards have hit their lowest level in 17 years. the credit card reporting agency transunion says the national credit card delinquency rate fell to 0.6% in the second
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quarter. the average amount of debt carried last quarter was just under $4,700. that's a $20 increase from the first quarter. it's reported google's bid to buy wireless phonemaker motorola could face some antitrust questions. google is already under investigation by regulators in the u.s., and in europe. legal experts say government agencies will want to review how google's largest-ever takeover will affect competition in the mobile phone market. good news for commuters and travelers. the price of gas is dropping. according to the latest numbers from aaa, the national average for a price of unleaded regular is $3.59 a gallon. that's down seven cents from just last week. and, betty, do you ever search the web while at work? you don't have to answer. i already know that question. a study finds that allowing employees to browse the internet actually creates a pause that refreshes. it enhances employee productivity apparently.
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the study was done by the national university of singapore. and thank you for that study. >> i was going to say, in that case, yes, i do. >> every once in awhile, a little browsing. >> a little of this, a little of that. some shopping. >> i think it's research. >> we're in the media business. we have to know a little bit about everything. ashley, thank you. just ahead on the "morning news," an arrest in kentucky for a crime in australia. plus, plans are unveiled for the first launch of a private spacecraft to the international space station. "moneywatch" sponsored by vagisil. bring yourself back. by vagisil. bring yourself back. i can't let allergies stop me from leading the way. so, i get claritin clear. non-drowsy claritin relieves my worst symptoms. and only claritin is proven to keep you as alert and focused
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launch. a suspect in a bomb hoax in australia will be in court today in kentucky. the fbi arrested paul doug peters, who is an australian citizen, near louisville on monday. he's charged with breaking into a home in suburban sydney two weeks ago, and then chaining a fake bomb to a teenage girl's neck. her parents are happy the chase appears to be over. >> these past two weeks have been a very difficult time for us, and we are hopeful that this development marks the beginning of the end of this traumatic ordeal for our family. >> peters is expected to be extradited to australia to face charges there. in another apparent hoax, the fbi is investigating suspicious packages sent to alaska's congressional delegation. the packages, containing white powder, were sent to the home state offices of two of alaska's senators, and one representative. it turned out to be nonhazardous, concrete material. the budget cutting in
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washington may now target military pensions. a new plan under discussion would replace the traditional pensions with 401(k) plans, saving billions. sharyl attkisson reports. >> reporter: cbs news has learned high-level, closely held meetings are taking place at the pentagon, regarding a radical proposal to overhaul retirement for the nation's 1.4 million service members. a bedrock guarantee of military service. the proposed comes from an influential panel of military advisers called the defense business board. their plan, laid out in a 24-page presentation, modernizing the military retirement system, would eliminate the familiar system under which anyone who serves 20 years is eligible for retirement at half their salary. instead, they'd get a 401(k)-style plan with government contributions. they'd have to wait until normal retirement age to collect. it would save $250 billion over 20 years. how important is it that the military attack its retirement issues? >> it's very important. if you want to maintain the core
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mission, which is to defend the nation, and have the strategic capabilities we need, you can't have all their money tied up in retirement programs. >> reporter: advocates say the new system would not only save money but would also be fairer. it would give benefits to those who serve less than 20 years. right now they walk away with nothing. and it would give more money to those in combat or high risk situations. the proposal is in its early stages, and would require congressional approval. but it's clear that military retirement is no longer untouchable. a pentagon spokesman said the military retirement system is a fair subject of review, but no changes will be made without careful consideration. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, an eighth member joins baseball's exclusive 600 home run club.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country today. new york, showers, 75. miami, thunderstorms, 89. it's going to be sunny in chicago, 83 degrees there. sunny in dallas, as well. but 103 degrees. and l.a., a sunny 83. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clear skies on the entire west coast. storms are rolling through the southwest, and toward the northern plains. a few areas of clouds are scattered along the gulf coast, and over florida. the northeast has a big, swirling band of rain clouds.
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later today, though, new england can get some more rain. several inches, in fact. and the rest of the northeast will start to dry out. in the northern plains, severe weather could produce 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts, and quarter-size hail. the southern plains continues to bake in temperatures around 100 degrees. in sports, a baseball milestone for jim thome. in detroit, the minnesota slugger blasted two home runs, capped by career homer number 600. he is only the eighth player in history to reach that mark. he also helped the twins beat the tigers 9-6. and in san diego another career milestone, mets closer jason isringhausen got his 300th save, tying him for 22nd place on the all-time saves list. the mets beat the padres 5-4 in ten innings. in milwaukee the brewers pulled off a rare triple play. second baseman josh wilson flipped to the shortstop for the force at second, followed by the out at first, and then prince
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fielder fired home, in time, for the third out. the brewers beat the dodgers 3-0. and in the bottom of the ninth in atlanta, the braves freddy freeman singled up the middle, driving in two runs to beat san francisco. the 5-4 walkoff win stretches atlanta's lead to five games over the giants, in the national league wild card race. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and toxic levels of chlorine at a possible water park sickens 20 people, including nine children.
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prepares to say goodbye today.. police arrest a second suspect in the drive by- shooting. where they tracked him down.. angry protests, bring bart service to a halt. where riders really stand in the debate over free speech versus public safety. if you call, they won't answer. the services police will no longer provide in one bay area city. plus.. how being mean could earn you more money. join us for cbs 5 early edition
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... beginning at 4:30. they,, on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. fast-moving thunderstorms will rage across the northern plains for a second day. these storms could cause flash flooding and dangerous wind gusts. the rain in the northeast will taper off, except in new england. here's another look at this morning's top stories.
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president obama is talking about jobs and listening to voters in a series of bus stop town hall events across the midwest. and sorrow in indiana. remembering the victims of saturday's tragic stage collapse at the indiana state fair. a chlorine leak at a water park in california sent 20 people to the hospital, including nine kids. officials at raging waters park in sacramento say a high concentration of the toxic chemical was released into the wave pool on monday. >> little kids were crying. it was hurt being their eyes, their throats. they didn't have enough oxygen tanks for the people there helping, the workers, instead of little kids that were bawling, they're not refunding anyone's money. >> officials say the pool will stay closed until the investigation is complete. all the victims have been treated and released. in san francisco, a noisy protest against the bay area rapid transit system. >> disband! >> the protesters swarmed a
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subway station yesterday. the hacker group anonymous organized the protest after b.a.r.t. officials turned off cell phone service during another protest last week. and in southern california, police are trying to trace a stolen rembrandt. the pen and ink sketch called "the judgment" is worth a quarter million dollars. it was lifted saturday from an exhibit at a hotel in marina del rey, which is west of los angeles. this morning on "the early show," college finance. how to send your kid to school without breaking the bank. stay tuned for that. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." etty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." [ male announcer ] heard this one? listen to this. three out of four americans don't get enough vegetables. so here's five bucks to help you buy v8 juice. five bucks. that's a lot of green. go to for coupons. you can count on us. five bucks. that's a lot of green. discover customersl are getting five percent
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on any given night here in the u.s., there are an estimated 750,000 homeless men, women and children. during the course of a year, up to 3.5 million people will live
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on the streets, or in emergency shelters. bill whitaker takes a look at an organization determined to put an end to homelessness. >> reporter: bruce marzette was homeless for 25 years. in june, with his dog elton, he moved into his own apartment in hollywood. >> if you look around, you can see, it's a person's dream, basically. >> reporter: a vietnam vet suffering from ptsd, emphysema and bipolar disorder, marzette was living a nightmare, panhandling to survive in venice, california. >> people say you live in venice? no, i lived on venice. i lived on the sand, on the parking lots, on the streets. >> reporter: until early one morning when people like this entered and changed his life. they are volunteers with 100,000 homes campaign. a nationwide, nonprofit with the goal of putting 100,000 homeless americans in permanent housing. the most sick and vulnerable first. on this morning, they were fanning out at 4:00 a.m. to survey the homeless of pasadena. >> where do you mostly sleep?
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>> right here. >> reporter: people like 55-year-old william anderson. how long have you been out here? >> i've been out here seven months. just here in pasadena. >> reporter: he used to haul goods from the port of l.a. in his own rig until 2 1/2 years ago. when business went bad, he lost his truck, lost his home, and ended up here. >> make a few bad decisions, and a few bad choices, and you can end up right here. >> reporter: they find people living in vans. in doorways. in parks. >> the average life span of someone who is homeless is 55 years. it shaves about 25 years off someone's life. >> reporter: becky is director of 100,000 homes. she says housing the homeless by tapping existing federal housing funds and v.a. vouchers saves communities money. when they're sheltered from the cold and rain, the homeless don't use emergency rooms as often or spend nights in jail for loitering. >> they get hospitalized, and that's $2,000 a night in many cases.
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so that's just one time of doing that costs more than rent. jail is $75 a night. you know, most housing is maybe $35 a night. >> reporter: they helped bruce marzette get his place. a third of his income from social security and v.a. pension goes toward his $820 a month rent. federal aid programs pay the rest. >> i got a tv. i got a dog. i got an air conditioner. i got a kitchen. i got a bathroom. i got a bed. >> reporter: and he has hope. in the last year, the campaign has found homes for almost 11,000 people. bill whitaker, cbs news, hollywood. >> coming up a little bit later on "the early show," president obama on the road. his midwestern bus tour focused on putting americans back to work. then the bizarre turn in that australian bomb hoax. a suspect arrested in louisville, kentucky. and breakthrough knee surgery that gets patients back on their feet much faster. that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching, everyone, i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. have a great day. ,,,,,,,,
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