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closing arguments. john edwards' lawyers suddenly wrap up their case without calling edwards or his mistress to the stand. kennedy tragedy. the wife of robert f. kennedy jr. is found dead in their new york home. and changing population. for the first time in the history of the u.s., nonhispanic white babies are now in the minority. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, may 17, 2012. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm manuel gallegus. we begin with the john edwards trial. closing arguments are expected today. his lawyers suddenly wrapped up their case yesterday. prosecutors spent nearly three weeks trying to prove edwards
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used campaign money to hide his affair with rielle hunter but his lawyers rested their case after just over two days of testimony. edwards wasn't called to the stand, neither was his daughter or hunter. >> the advantage of not putting john edwards on the stand is it takes away the government's ability to stand up and say, john edwards lied about everything and then he got on the stand and lied to you. >> if convicted edwards could get 30 years behind bars. the case could be in the hands of the jury as early as friday. there's been another kennedy tragedy. an autopsy is scheduled today for mary richardson kennedy. the estranged wife of robert f. kennedy jr. was found dead in her home in bedford, new york, yesterday. she had a long history of drug and alcohol problems and had been arrested twice when her husband filed for divorce two years ago. they have four children. police sources tell our new york station wcbs, she committed suicide. mary richardson kennedy was 52 years old. now to the shooting death of trayvon martin.
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we're learning more about what happened that rainy night in february between martin and gunman george zimmerman, but these new details still leave a lot of questions unanswered. >> reporter: new details are emerging about the struggle between george zimmerman and trayvon martin, that ended in the unarmed teen's death. zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. he says he fired in self-defense. new evidence includes state crime analysis of martin's clothes including gunpowder residue, suggesting he and zimmerman were just inches apart. two surveillance videos. one from the convenience store martin visited just before the shooting, the other from the clubhouse at the gated community where he died. a source told cbs news an unreleased police report noted zimmerman's sweatshirt had grass stains and was wet on the back. and zimmerman's medical report from the day after the shooting lists a broken nose, two black eyes and a cut on the back of his head. injuries not apparent in this
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police video taken minutes after the shooting. a martin family attorney says she's not convinced. >> i'm not saying he did not have a broken nose. i'm saying once again, this was documented the next day by a family physician. we don't know where those injuries came from. >> reporter: zimmerman's lawyer says there's more to his defense. >> it's only one very small part of discovery. you can't look at it individually. have you to look at the whole picture. >> reporter: a first responder to the shooting told cbs news he and others saw wounds on martin's knuckles suggesting the teen had thrown a punch. cbs news. president obama is getting ready to host an extraordinary weekend of back-to-back summits. the first will be a g-8 economic summit at camp david on friday and then the president heads off to chicago. susan mcginnis in washington with the details. good morning, susan. >> reporter: good morning. the g-8 summit will be about a europe economic loan. chicago is a nato summit. hosting both in the u.s. is a
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huge opportunity for president obama to showcase his ideas and show world leadership right in the middle of his re-election campaign. security is tight ahead of this weekend's double summit. first, the leaders of the world's eight largest economies will meet at camp david tomorrow. at the top of the agenda, europe's economic crisis. there are worries greece could pull out of the european union, threatening the region's monetary system. >> the euro could disappear. if the euro disappears, there is a danger the whole european union as such will disappear as well. >> reporter: but opinions vary among g-8 leaders on how to solve the european economic crisis. british prime minister david cameron says the eu is running out of time. >> it either has to make up or it's looking at a potential breakup. that is the choice they have to make. and it's a choice they cannot long put off. >> reporter: the u.s. is advocating a middle ground. austerity measures plus a job creation package. after the g-8, the president
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heads to chicago to host about 50 world leaders at a nato summit. the focus there, plans for winding down the war in afghanistan. ahead of those meetings, protesters have been arriving in chicago by the bus loads. >> i started off as an antiwar activist, so coming for nato, you know, with the bigger antiwar things approach us than nato. >> reporter: chicago police are preparing for the worst. >> will it be a challenge? no doubt. >> reporter: for the president the back-to-back summits are seen as an opportunity to push his election year messages of expanding the economy and ending the war. and conspicuously absent will be russian president vladimir putin. he's seen as both meetings. it's seen as a snub to president obama and to the meetings. former russian president right now prime minister medvedev, will be there. >> susan mcginnis, thank you. a major milestone for births in the u.s. for the first time ever, minority babies are now in the majority. according to new statistics from
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the census bureau, minority births are just over 50% while nonhispanic whites are at slightly more than 49%. on the "cbs moneywatch," positive news for foreclosure rates. and skechers gets tripped up in a shoe controversy. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning. >> good morning. stocks overseas bounced back. tokyo's nikkei rose nearly 1%, while hong kong's hang seng lost about 0.25%. stocks on wall street lost four the fourth day in a row. the dow lost nearly 33 points and nasdaq lost nearly 20. foreclosure rates were down last month. home repossessions fell 7% from march to april. and dropped 26% from a year ago, according to realty track. but a log jam in the courts of pending foreclosures could drive foreclosure activity higher. facebook is expected to begin trading on the nasdaq exchange tomorrow in one of the hottest public offerings in decades. it appears early facebook investors and insiders are
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taking advantage of all the demand and selling off their stock. facebook says another 84 million shares worth up to $3.2 billion are being added to its ipo. google has rolled out its next generation search engine. the new program is called knowledge graph, providing a summary of key information alongside the main search results. the idea is to provide quick, concise answers so users don't have to scroll through all the web links on the main results page. skechers, a fitness shoe company, agreed to pay $40 million to solve charges by the fcc that it misled consumers. the government says skechers made unfounded claims that its shape-up shoes would help losers lose weight and tone muscles. consumers who bought the shoes will be eligible for a refund. i'm not saying i bought a pair, but i bought a pair and i didn't feel more toned.
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maybe i didn't wear them enough. >> it proves it's not the shoes, it's what you do in the shoes. >> maybe that's right. >> ashley morrison in new york, thanks much. coming up on the morning news, treating brain trauma. researchers compare brain injuries and come up with surprising results. you're watching "cbs morning news." [ sneezes ] ♪ got it all. here. have a good day, honey. i love you, ok. bye, mom. [ female announcer ] sam's mom is muddling through her allergies. what can she do?
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afghanistan in 2008 with a bronze medal for heroism and a problem destroying his life. >> a rocket-propelled grenade hit the right side of my humvee and i didn't realize it at the time but i suffered a traumatic brain injury. i got home and i couldn't spell my name. >> reporter: four years after his traumatic brain injury is all-consuming. >> my headaches have been so bad lately that i've had to sleep in a closet to get it dark enough so my head doesn't hurt. my depression is worse than ever. >> reporter: worse than two years ago? >> doctors tell you, it's going to get better, the brain can heal itself. but here i am four years later and i think this is the worst moment of my experience with the traumatic brain injury. >> reporter: in sports, including boxing and football, traumatic brain injury has been linked to a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or cte. in patients with cte, an abnormal protein called tau
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damages areas responsible for thinking, judgment, emotion and personality. in this study researchers compared the brains of athletes with known cte with the brains of four iraq/afghan veterans that suffered ied explosions. dr. lee goldstein was the lead author. >> it's quite striking. in many ways, the pathology is indistinguishable between the two groups. we can't really see the difference. >> reporter: the four veterans all developed typical symptoms of cte and died prematurely several years later. neurologist ann mckee is a co-author of the study. >> blast injury, causing the same bobble-headed effect, only happening over milliseconds instead of seconds, is the same injury. it's just happening in a different situation. >> reporter: right now cte can only be diagnosed after death, leaving nick to wonder if he has it or not. >> the only thing that scares me most is that i have this and
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nobody will be able to tell me i have it until i pass away. >> reporter: cte increases the risk of a person slowly progressing to dementia over several decades. the hope is by understanding what's going wrong inside brain cells, researchers can develop treatment to interrupt and repair that damage. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. the international space station got three fresh crew members this morning. russian soyuz capsule docked. with the station delivering a nasa astronaut and two russians. they'll spend the next four months in orbit. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. and in sports, the thunder hosts the lakers in oklahoma city and give the hometown fans a treat. a party? [ music plays, record skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high. i'm not juice or fancy water, i'm different. i've got nine grams of protein. twist my lid. that's three times more than me! twenty-one vitamins and minerals and zero fat! hmmm. you'll bring a lot to the party.
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. new york, sun yshg 73. miami, thunderstorms, 84. chicago, sunny. dallas, sunny, 88. los angeles, sunny, 74 degrees. now for a check of today's national forecast. showers and thundershowers will dot the southeast from southern virginia to florida. scattered showers and storms are likely from upper michigan to north dakota and from northern california to montana and the rockies. the remainder of the country will be dry. strong winds will blow in the southwest, including arizona, where the wildfire threat remains high. in sports, nba playoff action in oklahoma city.
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the hometown thunder trailed l.a. by seven points with two minutes left but rallied from there. james harden scored on a fast break and kevin durant rattled in the go ahead basket with 18 seconds to go and the thunder beat the lakers 77-75 to lead the western series semifinals 2-0. in philadelphia, kevin garnett led the celtics against the 76ers. scoring 27 with 13 rebounds. rondo added 23 while showing his ball-handling skills with a neat behind-the-back pass to paul pierce. the celts won it 107-91 to lead the sixers 2-1 in the eastern semifinals. now to baseball. oakland at texas. in the bottom of the fourth inning, beltre hit a two-run homer to right. that gave the rangers all they'd need behind the pitching of darvish who pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven and giving up just one run. the final, rangers, 4, a's, 1. in anaheim, bottom of the
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third, angels fans got what they've been looking for. albert pujols smashed a three-run homer to deep center field for a 4-2 lead over the white sox. vernon wells followed that with a two-run shot to left in the sixth. and the angels won it 7-2. finally to the nhl stanley cup playoffs. rangers and devils were tied 2-2 in the third period when david clarkson's deflected goal provided the winning margin. new jersey's 3-2 victory evened the eastern conference final series at 1-1. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and a paralyzed woman gets a taste of independence thanks to a bionic arm breakthrough. still have doubts about taking aspirin for tough pain? listen to what mvp justin verlander thinks about it. i would say the source of most of my muscle pain would be in my shoulder. my trainer kevin rand recommended it to me. i was kind of skeptical at first, but i tested it out, and bayer advanced aspirin relieved my pain fast. feeling 100% every start, every fifth day,
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., sunny, 76. atlanta, thunderstorms, 84. st. louis, sunny. denver, thunderstorms, 84.
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seattle, partly sunny. here's another look at this morning's top stories. president obama hosts the g-8 summit at camp david this weekend for more than two dozen world leaders, trying to tackle europe's economic problems and complete plans to end the war in afghanistan. and closing arguments are expected to begin today in the john edwards trial. the defense wrapped up yesterday without calling edwards or his mistress to the stand. grammy award winning country group lady antebellum headlined a charity concert for an indiana town hit by tornadoes in march. ♪ you were the purest beauty ♪ but not the common kind students from henryville junior/senior high school won a contest to have the band perform at their school. lady a held a private concert for students earlier in the day, and all $235,000 was raised to
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help rebuild henryville. now to an amazing medical breakthrough. a paralyzed woman who can direct a bionic arm using nothing but her thoughts, using technology with advanced robotics and computerized signals from her brain. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: for the first time in nearly 15 years, kathy hutchison is picking up a cup and taking a sip without anyone's help. the stroke victim is once again able to perform tasks like this, thanks to a revolutionary robotic arm that responds to her thoughts. >> we have to connect on their head a little wire that goes out to a computer. and the computer does all of the work of translating thoughts into action. >> reporter: researchers implanted a tiny electrode in the part of her brain that controls arm movement. at first, the computer was only able to interpret the most basic brain waves. but researchers soon decoded more complex impulses. >> we could actually extract information not only about up
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and down, left and right and open and close your hand, but actually moving it around in anyplace. >> reporter: researchers say the ultimate goal is to develop a device that would help a paralyzed person control their own body. >> to root those signals to the spinal cord to peripheral nerves to allow that person to reach out with their own limb and pick up a coffee cup. >> reporter: still her accomplishment is a big thrill to her doctors. >> to watch her reach out and pick that up and to see the smile on her face as soon as she did that was a magical moment for all of us. >> reporter: some experts say wide use of robotic arms could be just five years away, but reactivating paralyzed limbs could take decades. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. a major new study has good news for coffee drinkers. they're likely to live longer than abstainers. researchers studied 400,000 people for 13 years. among other things they found
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for $289 a month for 39 months. visit for more information. ♪ a vietnam war hero was awarded the medal of honor at the white house yesterday decades after his death. david martin has his story of incredible bravery. >> reporter: in this modest pennsylvania neighborhood there's a shrine to america's new east ear hero, leslie sabo, killed 42 years ago in the vietnam war. a shrine kept all these years by sabo's widow rose. in may of 1970 bravo company crossed from vietnam into cambodia to disrupt enemy sanctuaries and ran smack into an ambush. eight soldiers including leslie were killed. decades later researchers found reports of the battle buried in the stacks at the national archive.
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one document was an affidavit signed by ted stocks. he read it today for the first time since 1970. >> what les sabo did that day was almost indescribable. >> reporter: he tossed an enemy grenade back and then threw his body over a wounded american to absorb the blast. he ran into the open to strip ammo belts from the dead and wounded and threw them to his buddies running low on ammunition. sabo had been recommended for the medal of honor, but rose had no idea until ten years ago. that must have hit you -- >> like a ton of bricks. i'm like, what? my leslie? you know, i was -- i was shocked. >> reporter: rose has framed that citation which recounts his final act of courage. he crawled to the bunker and pulled the pin of the grenade knowing he would have to sacrifice his own life as he held it to the last possible moment before dropping it into the bunker. wow.
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>> yeah, wow. >> reporter: then one day, 42 years after the battle -- >> the president called me, at my house and said -- and i'm like, who? you know? the president of the united states wants to talk to me, you know? and he said -- he said, hi, rose. he says, i'm president obama -- >> reporter: he told rose his leslie would at long last receive the medal of honor. >> i said, well, it's an honor to talk to you. he said, no, the honor's mine. i'm like, wow, the president said that to me. >> reporter: today the honor, the highest honor, is hers. presented while the surviving members of bravo company looked on. but 42 years later, the bravery of leslie sabo and the boys of bravo company shine through. david martin, cbs news, new castle, pennsylvania. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a live report from greensboro, north carolina, as closing arguments in the john edwards
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trial gets under way today. plus, the latest on the death of mary kennedy, the wife of robert f. kennedy jr. and actors dennis conveyed and michael chiklis on their new series "vegas." that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm manuel gallegus. have a great day. ,,,,
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