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seth doane on what that could mean for the economy. >> we're going to need a bigger car! the beatles' first audition. ♪ i saw a girl in my dreams -- >> and the executive who said they had no future in music. and scott pelley with the man who mobilized an army more than a million strong. children helping children. >> kids are looking to get involved. they're searching for it. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> good evening, scott's off tonight, i'm anthony mason. two days ago mohamed morsi won widespread praise for brokering a cease-fire between israel and hamas. today thousands of egyptians protested at morsi granted himself broad new powers, putting his decisions above any court.
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morsi called the move temporary but at least 100 people were injured as protesters clashed with police in cities across egypt, including alexandria and the capital. holly williams begins our coverage tonight in cairo. >> reporter: thousands of egyptians poured on to the streets, furious with the country's first democratically elected president. they accused mohamed morsi of behaving like a pharaoh, making a power grab by presidential decree. during the arab spring, egyptians came together on tahrir square to top it will country's long-time dictator hosni mubarak. today mr. morsi's critics clashed with his supporters while police fired tear gas canisters into the crowd. "he's saying that he's our god" said this protester. "he's made a mistake." and this woman said that after
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marching for freedom the country's ended up with a new dictator. in alexandria, an angry crowd stormed the offices at the muslim brotherhood from which president morsi draws his support. they ransacked the building and then set it on fire. from outside his presidential palace today, mr. morsi addressed the nation. he said the new measures are designed to cut through political gridlock. "it was allah's will that i became the president" he said "and we need to go forward with the new steps, not backwards." but only 52% of egyptians voted for the president. now many of those who didn't worry that mr. morsi wants to stifle democracy and impose his own islamist vision on the country. >> mason: we're joined by holly williams in cairo. holly, given the scale of the protests, is there any sign morsi might change his mind?
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>> reporter: well, when president morsi addressed the nation today he sounded very firm and if he were to backtrack now, that would be a big loss of prestige for him. let's be clear, many egyptians support him. they elected mohamed morsi because they want a conservative muslim as president and they want him to push ahead with his program of reforms. but for many more liberal egyptians, they feel angry. they say that the egyptian revolution has been betrayed and they don't show any sign of backing down, either. now that leaves egypt, a country with so many problems, a country that's so important in the broader middle east, deeply divided. >> mason: holly williams, thanks, holly. what's the reaction at the white house? chip reid is there with that part of the story. chip? >> reporter: good evening. the only official reaction has come from the state department which says morsi's actions "raise concerns." in a written statement a department spokesperson says "one of the aspirations of the revolution was to ensure that power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution."
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but, of course, morsi's actions would concentrate enormous power in his hands. that puts the administration in a difficult position because president obama called morsi three times this week during the gaza cease-fire negotiations and secretary of state hillary clinton flew to meet with him. afterwards, administrations officials praised him as a peacekeeper, now the white house has to figure out how to respond with a so called peacekeeper who's stirring up so much protesting. >> mason: chip reid. thanks, chip. the cease-fire in gaza morsi brokerd is holding despite a deadly shooting at the border. israeli troops fired warning shots at 300 palestinians to force them to move away from the fence that separates israel from gaza. israel considers that area off limits. a palestinian man was later shot and killed. his relatives say he was trying to plant a hamas flag when he was shot.
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today, of course, is black friday, the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season. bargain hunters were out in force across the country looking for deals. others were out for the fun of it. 147 million people are expected to shop this weekend and they're projected to spend $12.2 billion today alone. seth doane is in jersey city tonight. seth? >> reporter: good evening, anthony, retailers can make as much as 10% of their holiday profit this is weekend. that's why they've made shopping easier and earlier than ever. black friday is usually a contact sport but this year an estimated 41 million people started shopping on thursday, making for a more civilized form of chaos target opened thanksgiving evening but carolyn shin went this morning to kick off the second shift. >> we avoid the crazy lines. we're not the midnight people, we're the 6:30 a.m. people. so we're in between the
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craziness and the fun. >> reporter: holiday sales are expected to increase 4% this year. a smaller gain than last season's 5.6%. toys "r" us c.e.o. jerry storch told us the calendar works in retailers' favor this year. it's the longest possible number of days between thanksgiving and christmas. >> this store is teeming with people who are excited to be here. it's a celebratory atmosphere, actually, and it's also -- it's okay. it's also just an incredible sea of humanity. >> reporter: the boost in e- commerce may be the biggest headline. it's projected to grow 17% this holiday season. dana telsey is a retail analyst. >> retailers are joining the fray. they're becoming successful dot- com merchants investing more in their online web sites, investing more in duplicating the experience of a store online.
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>> reporter: craig berman, vice president with says they're expecting their best year yet. >> we're entering a world of perfect information where customers have incredible amounts of information right at their fingertips, whether it's a smart phone or a tablet computer. so the customers are able to go wherever they may be and check prices, check sizes, check availability. >> reporter: and retailers are really trying to integrate that online and that in-store experience. iphone apps, for instance, can allow people to be directed toward deals or even allow them to earn points. the idea is, of course, once they're in the store they will stay, anthony, and spend more money. >> mason: all right, thanks, seth. wall smart the nation's biggest retailer, and black friday is extremely important the company's bottom line which is why workers at some wal-mart stores chose today to protest for higher wages and better benefits. here's lee cowan. >> reporter: from overnight
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protests in wisconsin to dawn demonstrations in maryland to those taking to the streets in the california fog. >> no justice, no peace! >> reporter: what was billed as a nationwide protest against the nation's biggest retail employer didn't quite live up to the hype. >> this is huge. i don't care how anybody looks at it. >> reporter: we first met wal-mart employee dan hindman earlier this week. a sales associate in electronics he was once the employee of the month. but today he walked off his job to protest what he says are wal-mart's low wages and high health insurance premiums. so what do you think you're risking by being out here today? >> i'm not worried about the risk. i'm protected. i have a right to stand up for what's right and so does everyone else. >> reporter: it's that "everyone else" that has wal-mart suspicious. the company says few of the demonstrators were actually striking employees but outside people pressuring the company to unionize.
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>> in many of those locations no wal-mart associates took place. we had roughly the same number of call ins than we had last year. >> reporter: while there were a handful of arrests, wal-mart said the protest had no effect on black friday sales. in fact, the company said it was the best black friday on record. dan hindman says it's time, though, that the employees get rewarded for at least some of wal-mart's success. >> we're not trying to hate wal-mart. we don't hate wal-mart. we hate the way the practices are. that's all it is. >> reporter: anthony, organizersers say this is not the end of the planned protests, but wal-mart is doing its best to make sure it is. they've complained with the national labor relations board arguing that these protests are an illegal attempt to disrupt business. wal-mart, however, at this point is still waiting for the board's decision on that. >> mason: thanks, lee. the one-time murder capital does a complete turnaround. was a texas man wrongly executed? and -- ♪ three cool cats, three cool cats -- ♪ >> mason: if you ran a record
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murders for the first time since 1963. in texas, one question has haunted a family for years: did the state execute the wrong man? bob orr reports this case raises serious questions that go to the heart of our legal system. >> reporter: rose rhoton starts each day with a grueling eight- mile run. but that's nothing compared to the emotional challenge she's battled for the past 23 years, trying to prove texas executed an innocent man. >> if i would know what i know now he would have never been executed. >> reporter: the man was rhoton's brother, carlos deluna, put to death in 1989 for killing gas station clerk wanda lopez. lopez's cries for help where captured on this 911 call to corpus christi police. deluna was arrested near the crime scene and identified by a witness. he denied the killing, insisting
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it was another carlos who had stabbed the woman. >> very violent scene. absolutely violent. >> reporter: now columbia university law professor jim liebman says there was a second carlos near the murder scene that night who looked strikingly like deluna. he was carlos hernandez, a man with a violent history and an obsession with the type of knife found at the crime scene. >> it was almost common knowledge in corpus christi that this man named carlos hernandez not only existed but had taken the blame for killing wanda lopez. liebman and his students spent five years reinvestigating the crime and have now published their proof of deluna's innocence. liebman claims police were sloppy. this photo shows a detective literally standing on the evidence. and this picture from the bloody crime scene reveals the imprint of the killer's shoe-- an image that raises a troubling question. >> so he's leaving blood all over the place but there's no
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blood on deluna's shoes. >> reporter: liebman also found witnesses who suspected hernandez was the real killer. his former girlfriend, mary margaret tapia, recognized the murder weapon. >> this is carlos hernandez's knife. >> reporter: then there's janie adrian, one of the friends who heard hernandez boast about the killing. >> what did he say about wanda lopez? >> that he had stabbed her. >> we believe that texas executed an innocent man. >> reporter: you're 100% certain or 99% certain. >> we're certain beyond a reasonable doubt. >> reporter: d.n.a. evidence that might provide that final 1% has been lost. the lead prosecutor told cbs news he stands by deluna's conviction claiming liebman selectively picked through the evidence to back his claim of deluna's innocence. rose rhoton disagrees. >> i need someone to say, hey, you know what? we executed the wrong person, i'm sorry.
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i'm sorry. that's all i ask for. then take my brother out from being categorized as a killer. >> reporter: but the one person who could have cleared deluna is gone. ten years after deluna was executed, the other carlos, carlos hernandez, died in prison. bob orr, cbs news, new york. >> mason: it's a glimpse of heaven, but visits to this masterpiece may soon be limited. find out why next. [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't. relieves nasal congestion. there's the sign to the bullpen. here he comes. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, the pitch! whoa! so why are you doing his?
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>> mason: one of michaelangelo's masterpieces turned 500 years old. the ceiling of the sistine chapel remains a must see for any visitor to vatican city. but allen pizzey reports it may become a victim of its own fame. >> reporter: from its most famous detail-- god's finger reaching out to touched a dam-- to images encompassing every aspect of christian faith, the sistine chapel is one of the most famous works of art in the world. five and a half thousand square feet of frescoes, including more than 300 figures, were painted in just four years. >> can you see it? >> reporter: but genius is now being threatened by the mundane. sweat, dust, and dirt, even
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carbon dioxide from the breath of five million visitors a year is damaging the exquisite art. and for the first time, the vatican has admitted it may have to limit visitors. museum director antonio pa paolucci will have to decide. >> is it dangerous for the frescoes? is it necessary to control? >> reporter: an average of 20,000 tourists a day make the pilgrimage, straining their necks to take it all in. michaelangelo would sympathize. contrary to the hollywood image, he painting it standing up. leaning back all day gave him spasms, cramps, and headaches. "i feel the back of my brain upon my neck" he wrote. in the age when the sistine chal pell was painted, the materials to do the job generally cost more than the artist. today with an average ticket price of $22 this room earns the vatican more than $100 million a year.
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the sistine is also the pope's private chapel and a chorus of critics accuse the vatican of putting financial gain above art and sanctity. but paolucci is pinning his faith on an upgraded ventilation system. grills help circulate the air, discreetly placed sensors monitor temperature and humidity. if it doesn't work, one of the great wonders of the world conceived and created at a time when america had barely been discover willed fall victim to the wandering crowds it draws. allen pizzey, cbs news, vatican city. >> mason: from a masterpiece, we turn to what could be considered a diamond in the rough. next weak, the beatles' first audition tape will be auctioned off in london. the recording was made on new year's day, 1962. 10 songs, all cover versions, performed by john, paul, george and drummer pete best. drummer ringo starr had not yet
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joined the group. the beatles hoped to get a contract with decca records. ♪ yeah, honey -- >> reporter: but an executive named dick rowe told them they had no future in show business, insisting guitar groups were on the way out. a few months later, the beatles signed with another label, proving they did have a future after all. ♪ gonna find her, gonna find her -- ♪ >> mason: what a future it was. bidding for the tape starts at $30,000. ♪ ooh baby, can i do for you today? ♪ [ female announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance? align can help. only align has bifantis, a patented probiotic
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and that's part of a youth self- identity in the world. and not only is it good for the child, my god, our world needs it. >> reporter: craig kielburger was a child when he noticed the needs of the world. as a 12-year-old in canada he read about the murder of a former slave in a pakistani carpet factory who was killed for campaigning against servitude. kielburger started a charity called "free the children" and in the 1990s he traveled to asia to convince authorities to bust illegal sweatshops. what are some of the things that didn't work out? what have you learned? >> probably the lowest moment ever was the first time in southeast asia when we met children who we had freed before who were back in slavery. to see that some of those same kids would end up back in the same grinding back-breaking desperate poverty, there is nothing that makes your heart fall more than that.
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>> reporter: turned out, kids he freed were pulled back into slavery. so kielburger decided to attack the roots of servitude, poverty and illiteracy. today, "free the children" is a $30 million a year charity in 45 countries, building schools and clean water projects. it has two million volunteering -- it has two million volunteers, nearly all under the age of 18. [ chanting ] >> reporter: nine times a year, kielburger gathers as many as 20,000 kids at celebrations that he calls "we day." if you are under a certain age, craig kielburger is a rock star. >> "free the children" today is the world's largest network of children helping children. so what that means in practice is, we inspire kids. our bet we're making is if you give kids the inspiration and the tools to change the world, it will change their own lives also in the process and the
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ripple effect is incredible. >> the story of how "free the children" became a movement this sunday on "60 minutes." and that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason. i'll see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning" saturday. thanks for watching. good night. captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook in for dana king tonight. as shoppers flock to the door for deals, walmart employees and supporters are giving the megaretailer a black mark. >> walmart seeing workers protest for better wages and healthcare. cbs 5 reporter linda yee is in san leandro with how that message is being received tonight. >> reporter: dozens of demonstratedders were out here this afternoon determined to to let the public know about working conditions here in
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walmart. demonstrators tried to move the protests inside the san leandro walmart but were stopped by store security. some workers complained about poor working conditions and unfair treatment and cheap pay. this person said she was fired when she staged a sit-in after suffering verbal abuse. >> we have a cart machine broken for four months. i have to buy my own shoes insoles and back brace and put carts all day. that's wear and tear and i don't appreciate that. they make billions and they can't supply us with the materials we need to do the job. >> walmart we won't go away ♪ >> reporter: a union backed coles of groups organized this protest across the country including several demonstrations at bay area williams. >> the workers are going out on strike. we are supporting them.


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