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cold case arrest. 33 years after etan patz vanished, a new jersey man is arrested. exonerated. a man who spent five years in prison for rape is free after the accuser says she lied. a close encounter. a monster shark is up close and personal with a boat full of fishermen. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, may 26, 2012. good morning, everybody. so good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. the man who says he killed etan patz is scheduled to be arraigned today 33 years to the day the then-6-year-old boy vanished blocked from his new
york city home. police say they have a signed confession from pedro hernandez. it's still unclear what, if any, evidence officials have to prove hernandez's story. john miller has more. >> reporter: in 1979 pedro hernandez, then 18 years old, worked at his family's small grocery in the soho neighborhood just a block from where 6-year-old tan patz disappeared on his way to school. based on a tip, detectives from new york city drove to this small house in maple shade, new jersey, and brought hernandez to the police station. commissioner ray kelly announced the arrest. >> hernandez described to detectives how he lured young etan from the school bus stop, led him into the basement of the bodega, choked him there and disposed of the body by putting it into a plastic bag and placing it into the trash. >> reporter: police say
hernandez was brought back to the scene of the crime where he retraced his steps for investigators. prosecutors at manhattan district attorney's office are proceeding with caution. even with the confession, it will be difficult to corroborate hernandez's story, the story as given also leaves police no closer to knowing where to look for a body. the new twist comes just a month after the cold case drew headlines when police dug up the basement in a neighborhood where etan disappeared. that lead turned cold but the renewed publicity may have led to this break. >> the individual who gave us information came forward because of the recent notoriety on the case. >> reporter: hernandez had lived in new jersey since the early 1980s. his family members left his home under police escort without commenting. investigators say he was not a suspect at the time of the disappearance, but he did tell others about his crime. >> in the years following etan's
disappearance, hernandez had told a family member and others that he had, quote, done a bad thing and killed a child in new york. >> reporter: john miller, cbs news, new york. the hurricane bud now has strengthened into a major storm overnight as it turns toward mexico's pacific coast. bud is located about 150 miles southwest of manzanillo. expected to make landfall later today, stretching south from the popular beach resort of puerto vallarta. it has sustained winds of 115 miles an hour, a hurricane warning is posted for manzanillo northward. official atlantic hurricane season doesn't give until june 1st but government forecasts this season will be normal. 15 named storms are predcted, 4 to 8 will turn into hurricanes. one to three will turn into major storms. southwest new mexico two wildfires that merged destroyed a dozen homes and some other buildings.
the fire has tripled in size, over the last three days, burning more than 70,000 acres. some communities, voluntary evacuations are under way as many homes remain at risk. the world's first private spaceship is scheduled to dock with the international space station later today. the unmanned spacex dragon capsule rendezvoused with the station yesterday. navigation and communication has gone as planned. the crew will use the robotic arm to reel in the capsule. the capsule is carrying 1,000 pounds of supplies. politics now. the campaign rhetoric is ratcheting up. president obama and mitt romney are escalating their criticism of each other as they make their case in key battleground states. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. iowa is one of those swing states. president obama is hoping for a replay of 2008 when iowa really helped launch him to the presidency. he's stepping up his attacks on mitt romney who was hitting the air waves in iowa and fighting back. mitt romney went to school in
philadelphia, continuing his week-long focus on education. >> we allow more choice for parents. i like every parent to have a choice and every child to have a chance. >> reporter: but he faced a tough crowd. teachers from the urban charter school criticized governor romney's education proposals and his assertion class size doesn't matter. >> i can't think of any teacher. would you want more kids in your classroom? >> reporter: in a shift in strategy, the obama campaign is expected to go after romney's record as governor of massachusetts. during that time, romney made large cuts in education funding and the state's debt rose. it was a national debt romney used to attack the president. in des moines last week he said the president added an historic mount to the deficit. >> a prairie fire of debt is sweeping across iowa and across the nation. >> reporter: the president campaigned in des moines last night. >> his speech was more like a cow pie of distortion. >> reporter: he says romney's plan would add to the deficit.
>> he hasn't told you how he paid for a new $5 trillion tax cut. that's like trying to put out a prairie fire with gasoline. >> reporter: this is the president's second trip to iowa in a month and his campaign has poured more than $2.6 million in ads in this key swing state. romney has begun airing ads of his own there. >> day one, romney announces deficit reduction ending big government. >> reporter: he and the republican national committee plan to open a dozen or more offices in iowa. a new national poll shows romney with a key advantage in a statistic group, struggling middle class white voters. they say they chose romney as the one to best advance their economic interests. terrell? >> still a ways to go. susan mcginnis in washington, thank you. "cbs moneywatch" time on a friday morning. facebook investors get a refund and tough times for one of the nation's oldest newspapers. ashley morrison in new york. good morning. >> good morning.
fears about europe's debt crisis made for a turbulent day for overseas markets. tokyo's nikkei indexed gained a fraction but finished down for the week, marking its worst losing streak in 20 years. while hong kong's hang seng added about 0.25%. early investors in facebook may be getting their money back. morgan stanley, the lead bank in facebook's initial public offering, will reportedly compensate shareholders who overpaid during last friday's ipo. some investors didn't know how much they were paying early friday because of a technical glitch at the nasdaq. morgan stanley hasn't said how much the deal would cost. facebook shares are still down about $5 from their opening price. on wall street blue chips posted a gain for just the fourth time this month. the dow added 33 points while the nasdaq lost 10. time is running out for lawmakers to keep a key student loan interest rate at current level. last night the senate defeated two measures, one backed by each party to extend the rate on
stafford loans. without congressional action that rate will double in july. one of the nation's oldest snups is slowing its presses. starting in the fall the new orleans "times-picayune" will only publish three times a week but will publish online daily. but new orleans will be the largest city in the u.s. without a daily newspaper. a video game company owned by former star curt schilling has struck out. 38 studios laid off its entire 300-person staff on thursday. the company received a $75 million loan to move to rhode island in 2010. if the company goes under, rhode island could be responsible for some of its debt. and if you work for ibm, you could have an iphone, but you can't use siri. the voice-activated system is banned on ibm-issued cell phones. a company executive says because ibm has no control over how the
questions are stored. better to be cautious than -- >> i didn't know that siri stored my questions, and i hope that siri never shares the questions. >> i hope so for you, too. terrell, could be scary. >> ashley morrison in new york. good seeing you. coming up on the morning news. going eye to eye with a shark. a great white takes some big bites near a fishing boat. this is the morning news. [ male announcer ] there are only so many foods that make kids happy. and even fewer that make moms happy too. with wholesome noodles and bite sized chicken, nothing brings you together like chicken noodle soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do.
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in southern california a former high school football star is free, exonerated of raping a classmate more than a decade ago. he spent more than five years in prison but his name was cleared thursday after his accuser aditted she lied. lee cowan has the story. >> petition is granted -- >> reporter: at the end of brian banks' reveal marks a year after a judge threw out a rape charge that had sent him to prison for more than five years. >> my only dream in the world was just to be free and to have the same opportunity as everybody here. >> reporter: he was a 16-year-old star linebacker with a full ride scholarship to usc and a dream to play in the nfl when in 2002 a classmate accused banks of raping her in the stairwell of their long beach high school. although banks insisted it was consensual and there was no sex, he told kcbs-tv that his defense attorney gave him a choice,
plead no contest to rape or risk trial that could send him to prison for life. >> you go into that courtroom, the jury is going to see a big, black teenager and you're automatically going to be assumed guilty. those were her exact words. >> reporter: he took the deal, went to prison and had to register as a sex offender. he thought that was the end of it. after he was released came a surprise. a friend request on facebook from his accuser, wanetta gibson. >> i remember closing the laptop like real quick like thinking, like, what did i just see? >> reporter: banks arranged a meeting with a private investigator. who videotaped the whole thing. gibson later explained she hadn't wanted to say that publicly for fear of losing a $1.5 million settlement her family had gotten after suing the school district. >> i may never get the answer as to why i went through what i had to go through, but i know that i'm here today and i remain unbroken. >> reporter: unbroken and working to get his life back on track.
those dreams of playing in the nfl, he says, might be realized yet. lee cowan, cbs news, los angeles. a british auction house has canceled the controversial sale of a sample of ronald reag reagan's blood. the vial is said to have come from a laboratory that tested reagan's blood after he was shot in the 1981 assassination attempt. the auction house says the vial's owner will donate it to the ronald reagan presidential library in california, which opposed that sale. straight ahead on the morning news, your friday morning weather. in sports, dwyane wade cranks up the heat on the pacers in a convincing bid to bring the nba east finals to miami. sears memorial day sale is on... with 60% off swimwear, a craftsman mower for just $199.99
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fast break jam. james had 28 but it was wade's night. the heat beat the pacers 105-93 to win the eastern conference semis. miami plays the winner of sixers/celtics game in boston for the conference final. in baseball don't look for a "for sale" sign on yankee stadium. steinbrenner stopped rumors that his family looking to sale calling the report purification. meanwhile, angels fans can relax. albert pujols' slump is over. in the top of the third in seattle, smashed his 450th career home run, two-run shot to deep left. one of his three hits in the game. angels right-hander dan haren proceeded to strike out a career high 14 in a complete game shutout beating the mariners 3-0. national league, reds' rookie, the catcher, devin mesoraco, smacked his first career grand slam just inside
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. d.c., mostly cloudy, 88. atlanta, sunny, 90. thunderstorms in st. louis, 90 degrees. partly sunny, 7 degrees in denver. partly cloudy, 76 in seattle. this memorial day weekend means summer is almost upon us and that means swimming season. federal safety officials are focusing on swimming education in black and hispanic communities around the country.
duarte geraldine explains why. >> reporter: 11-year-old started swimming classes three years ago. her mom made lessons a top priority after a scare with her older daughter. >> when she was 2 years old we went on a family reunion and at the pool she almost drowned. >> reporter: she's one of hundreds of children getting free swim lessons in new york city, learning basic water skills that can save their lives. the consumer product safety commission is now pushing for more programs like this one which serve minority communities. research shows black children between the ages of 5 and 14 are three times more likely to drown than white children. >> 70% of african-american children and 62% of hispanic children do not know now to swim. and that is alarming in this country. >> reporter: on average, 400 children younger than 15 die every year in a pool or spa-related death. three-quarters of those death involve children under 5 years old. parents should make sure pools
are fenced in, learn cpr and get their children into swim lessons early. >> to conquer whatever fear they may have of the water, if it starts to build up, especially if they don't start as young as they possibly can so, the younger the better. >> reporter: did you like the water? joseph reyes wants to make sure his son gavin knows the basics from the beginning. >> i've been teaching my kids how to swim since they were very little. >> reporter: experts say a child can start swim lessons as young as 4 months old. cbs news, new york. and a man in dubuque, iowa, charged with drunk driving had some unusual cargo in his truck. take a look. a baby zebra and a parrot were inside. the suspect said the animals are like friends and they often ride around with him. oh, no, no, wait, it gets better. the man and his animal were all headed inside a local bar called the dog house when someone called police. they were all going drinking together. i think if the zebra had been driving, none of this would have happened. just saying.
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a group of students in rural georgia will be able to live out their college dreams thanks to a program started more than a decade ago by a man who believed in giving back. jim axelrod has the story. >> reporter: these days most kids at green county high school are dreaming about summer break. then there's tiesha dalton. >> i work hard, i worked very hard to get where i am. >> reporter: she spent 12 years dreaming about a future beyond greensboro, georgia, where nearly 20% live in poverty. >> in this community, some might have been in foster care and not really have a home or a room that they can call their own. >> reporter: this was dalton in
the year 2000 when she was one of 54 first graders chosen to be part of greensboro's i have a dream program. the project was created by tom kelly, a health care executive who had moved nearby when he retired. >> my mom came from ireland. if she had a nickel, she gave it to someone. she always told us, you have to give back. >> reporter: the promise you made these kids 12 years ago was what? >> the promise was that we will help you get into college and we will pay your scholar so you can definitely not have finances be a problem in going to college. >> reporter: kelly raised $2 million to cover expenses not covered by scholars. dalton and fellow dreamers committed to staying late at school on weekdays, attending study halls on weekends and taking summer classes. >> we have never had a summer as a regular kid. >> reporter: she was in fourth grade when "60 minutes" first reported on the dreamers.
>> when i grow up i would like to own my own day care. >> reporter: while her dreams are intact. >> and i want a day care. >> reporter: the program has widened her field of vision. >> i want to be a pediatrician. >> reporter: that's exactly what tom kelly had in mind. it's why he took them on more than 80 trips, brought them to space camp. >> leave your knife on the side. >> reprter: even made sure they learned proper table manners. >> the thinking is you cannot dream about what you want to be unless you know what's out there. >> reporter: last friday all the dreamers who started at green county high graduated. 85% are headed to college or trade school. you're going off to college? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: do you feel ready? >> i do. >> reporter: you have confidence? >> yes, confidence. >> tiesha dalton. >> reporter: which has a lot of people applauding in green county. maybe one man a little louder than the others. jim axelrod, cbs news,
greensboro, georgia. >> and that's how we like to end a broadcast on a friday morning. coming up on "cbs this morning," new developments in the etan patz investigation. we'll get the latest from john miller. we'll go to alaska where some beaches are being inundated from the tsunami in japan a year ago. that's the "cbs morning news" for friday. i'm terrell brown. have a great day. ,,,,