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those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women, and children should and must be held accountable. >> the united states prepares for a potential military strike against syria after the obama administration says there is little doubt the assad regime used chemical weapons against civilians. >> if you were -- you are ready to go like that? >> we are ready to go like that. >> wildfires continue to burn in california. it's one of the largest in state history. >> did you fear for the worst? >> we were prepared for the worst, yes. >> a survivor's tale. we'll hear from the fourth -- first grader who survived for
hours after being buried alive in a sand dune. >> i have a dream today. and the nation prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. and martin luther king jr.'s march on washington. and martin luther king jr.'s historic speech on civil rights. captioning funded by cbs good morning. good to be with you. the obama administration is gearing up for military action against syria, possibly within days. as early as today the u.s. could release an intelligence report directly linking the assad regime to chemical weapons attack against syrian civilians. defense secretary chuck hagel says u.s. forces are ready, and the white house says the goal of the military strike is not regime change. alfonso is live with more. good morning, alfonso. >> in fact, united nations inspectors are back on the search for evidence of a
poisonous gas attack outside the syrian capital this morning. at the same time there are four u.s. navy destroyers in position m mediterranean, and they're within range of syrian targets. >> reporter: rebels that may get a boost from western air strikes any day now. washington is rallying international support for action against the assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people. >> it seems to me it's clearer and clearer that the government of syria is responsible. >> reporter: it is believed washington has intelligence to support military action. much of it is still classified, ranging from intercepted syrian communications to tests of tissue samples taken from the victims. the obama administration says the international community has an obligation to act and prevent crimes against humanity. u.s. officials say it overrides the country's sovereignty. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use
of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. >> reporter: france and britain are also demanding action. >> this is not about getting involved in a middle eastern war or changing our starts in syria or going further into that conflict. it's nothing to do with that. it's about chemical weapons. their use is wrong, and the world shouldn't stand idly by. >> reporter: united nations pweapons inspectors are in damascus trying to complete the investigation where the alleged chemical attack took place. their efforts slowed on monday after snipers targeted their convoy. syria's foreign minister insists his government did not gas civilians and is vowing to defend syria from what he calls any western aggression. >> now, ann marie, russia says any action in syria without a united nations mandate would be a violation of international law and would destabilize the region. it's important to note that russia is also the main weapons supplier to syria. ann marie. >> alfonso, thank you.
it's not just the russians who are against u.s. military action against syria. there is fierce opposition from some members of congress. representative scott says military action without congressional consent would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the constitution." virginia senator tim kane says absent an imminent threat to the united states' national security, the u.s. should not engage in military action without congressional approval." new york congressman peter king says the president has the right to attack without congressional approval, but that it would be wise for him to reach out to lawmakers. now, on the cbs money watch, the crisis in syria takes a toll on financial markets and a possible syrian hacker attack hits the morning times. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning, ashley. >> good morning, ann marie. fears over a possible u.s. military strike against syria spooked wall street. the dow had its worst day since
june falling 170 points. its lowest close in two months. the max tumbled 79 points. asian markets saw a selloff amid concerns about sliding of merging markets. tokyo's nikkei lost 1.5% while hong kong's hang seng also fell 1.5%. the tension in the middle east is driving up the cost of crude oil. the price of oil jumped about 3% tuesday to close above $109 a barrel, its highest level that we've seen in a year and a half. the unrest in egypt and syria has pushed up the price of oil 15% in the last three months. traders are looking for investments that hold their value in uncertain times, and one of those is, of course, gold. the price has shot up. it rose $27 tuesday to $1,420 an ounce. that is the highest price since mid-may. and the middle east turmoil is spreading to the internet. a group calling itself the
syrian electronic army says it hacked the "new york times" website and twitter. the cyber attack happened tuesday afternoon. it was the second time this month that the times site has been disrupted. we're seeing the situation in syria really affect everything on wall street. >> indeed. thank you, ashley. well, that wildfire burning near california's marshall park grew overnight and has now destroyed nearly 300 square miles. it's now one of the largest wildfires in california history. this photo was taken from a massive satellite. the fire is just 20% contained and moving deeper into yosemite. at least 111 buildings have been destroyed, and some 4,500 others are threatened. officials say the impact on wildfire may be severe. >> reporter: the fire burning in yosemite national park has forced more than 300 camping sites to close in advance of
what's normally a busy labor day weekend, but about 1,200 other sites remain open, and the main tourist areas are still safe. >> the fire is really impacting your experience much at all, so that's very much in our favor. working against us is the direction of the wind. it's pushing the fire into the park. >> reporter: nearly 4,000 firefighters from across the u.s. are battling this blaze, and they hope cooler temperatures and higher humidity gives them a much needed advantage over the coming days. scores of buildings and homes have already been destroyed. the flames forced sam smith to evacuate her house last week. she is seven months pregnant and left just after assembling her baby's crib. >> we just got it set up, and he is only due in two months, so not knowing if i'll have his crib or any of the things he needs is hard. >> reporter: crews on the frontline will have the majority of the fire contained by the end of the week, but parts of the wildfire could continue to burn for months.
another fire, this one burning about 40 miles northeast of san francisco has destroyed at least two homes. the fire began along side of interstate 80 and jumped into a crowded neighborhood in the city of fairfield. at least three other homes were damaged and 50 homes were evacuated. there's no reports of injuries, though. there are new photos of the boston bombing suspect sarn never as he was arrested. it shows him as he surrenders in the backyard just outside of boston in april. the pictures were among those taken by a state police officer, sean murphy, who provided them to boston magazine last month which released a new batch tuesday. theofficer had been angry about a "rolling stone" magazine cover that he says glamourized tsarnaev. coming up, marking a historic day. we'll take to you the nation's capitol where president obama will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. this is the cbs morning news. on
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>> we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. >> this day in 1963 martin luther king jr. delivers his famous "i have a dream" speech. president obama along with former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter will mark the occasion standing on the steps of the lincoln memorial. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. susan, good morning. >> ann marie, good morning. it's so fitting that the first black president in american history is in office on this historic day. president obama will give a speech today from the same spot where dr. king made that famous speech 50 years ago. he and others today will reflect on the progress that's been made in civil rights in this country in the last 50 years and also emphasize the struggles that continue. >> i have a dream. >> reporter: 50 years ago today martin luther king jr. stood on
the steps of the lincoln memorial and delivered a speech that would go down in american history. >> my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> reporter: today as many as 20,000 people are expected to fill the national mall to hear tributes to dr. king. felicia ferrell came from massachusetts to be a part of it. >> i hope -- >> in 1963 the march here was about equality and most would agree there has been progress in the last 50 years, but many believe dr. king's dream is not yet a reality. >> if dr. king was here, i am quite sure he would say congratulations on all the progress that has been made, but let's keep going. the dream is not fully achieved yet. >> he said the march 50 years ago was about justice and also about jobs.
>> we've done nothing on poverty. in fact, there are more people in poverty now than there were when dr. king made this speech 50 years ago. >> reporter: and the president promises one thing about his speech today. he says it won't be as good as the one delivered 50 years ago. >> now, the president will speak at 3:00 p.m. eastern time this afternoon. he will speak at the exact same time that dr. king gave his famous speech. ann marie, the president was only 2 years old at that time. >> wow, susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. we will have live coverage of the president's remarks on the 50th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech this afternoon right here on cbs. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather and some fishermen get more than they bargain for when they hook a massive marlin. you can't change color like we do.
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thunderstorms will move across the middle east and heavy rain could cause flash flooding in parts of the southwest. in sports the padres and diamondbacks play a wild one in arizona. san diego comes back from four runs down in the eighth inning to tie the game up. the padres then erasing a two-run deficit on a sacrifice bunt, but in the bottom of the tenth inning aaron hill wins it for the diamondback with an rbi single. arizona wins 10- 9. in boston they maintain -- shane homers twice and drives in seven runs as the sox beat baltimore 13-2. an american teenager is starting to make waves at the u.s. open tennis tournament. 17-year-old victoria duvall is ranked 296th in the world, but that didn't stop her from beating the 2011 u.s. open champion samantha stosser in three sets. before tuesday duvall had never
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join us for kpix 5 news this morning... beginning at 4:3 good morning. it's wednesday, august 28th. i'm frank ,,,, here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washington d.c., thunderstorms today, but atlanta, st. louis, and denver, mostly sunny. all in the 90s. seattle showers with a high of 78.
the little boy who survived being trapped in a sand dune will meet his rescuers this saturday at a benefit in illinois. nathan wasner was buried alive for several hours last month and his recovery is being called a miracle. dean reynolds spent a day with nathan and his parents. >> his parents say nathan doesn't recall much of that day last month when the sand swallowed him up. when an army of strangers, park rangers and earth movers spent nearly four hours pulling him from the shifting grip of a stove pipe sinkhole. >> did you fear for the worst? >> we were prepared for the worst, yes. >> for his father, greg, and other faith, it's still like it happened yesterday. the agonizing wait that gave way to a moment of incandescent joy. >> just being there with him and touching him and feeling him and kissing him, that's all i wanted to do was just touch him and
hold him. many, many nights i lie awake thinking and praying and thanking god for what he did for our family. >> do you think you witnessed and are continuing to witness a miracle? >> yes, i do. this is god's miracle. >> a miracle because while nathan had fallen 11 feet below the surface, he landed in an air pocket that kept him from suffocating. a miracle because since his rescue july 12th he has gone from this to this to this. >> i can be upside down for, like, ten minutes. >> he is exactly the same as he was before. >> reporter: a slight cough is the only remnant of the trauma he endured. last week nathan started first grade where his fame is already assured. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago.
the 11-year-old pennsylvania girl who sparked a national debate on transplants is back at home this morning. sarah arrived at her suburban philadelphia home tuesday. she has cystic fibrosis and had been m hospital for six months. she received a new set of lungs only after her parents sued to get her on the adult lung transplant list. her mother says sar why looks forward to being a regular little kid, but right now she has a lot of work to do. >> sarah has a lot of rehab in front of us, and, you know, she's doing fantastic, but this is really, you know, the beginning of the next chapter. >> sarah's legal fight changed national policy. for now children under 12 can be considered for adult lung transplants. coming up after your local news on cbs this morning, the latest from the white house on a possible military strike against syria. i'm ann marie fwreen. this is the cbs morning news.
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dr. mathin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech is one of the most famous in history. there are a few things americans don't know about it. for instance, the most famous part of tl was not in the original text. it was all ad libbed and then there is a question of what became of the text. swramz brown reports. he 50 years ago george was a 26-year-old former college basketball star who was a last minute volunteer and had a coveted spot near the podium during the historic speech, but george's story really begins with what happened after the speech. >> thank god all mighty, we are free at last. >> what did you do when the people -- >> people started to stand, and i walked over, and he was just
folded the paper, and i said, dr. king, can i have that copy of the speech? >> did he hesitate? >> he turned and handed it to me. just as he did, a rabbi on the other side came up to congratulate him, and it was over. >> reporter: the words dr. king spoke that day are legendary, but as for the three pages they were written on, george simply tucked them away in an autobiography of harry truman and forgot about it. he embarked on a successful career as a college basketball coach. >> for over 20 years i never looked at the speech again. >> reporter: then one day in 1984 a local newspaper reporter interviewed him about the significance of being the first african-american coach at iowa. >> he said were you ever involved in the civil rights movement. i said kind of. he said what do you mean? i told him the story, and he said you have the speech? >> reporter: they found the speech right where he left it, tucked in the truman book. the typed document has been framed and in a bank vault for the last 30 years.
>> it doesn't have a title. it's not identified as i have a dream. you can simply see the date. you'll see that he pretty much followed the script. >> i notice there's an asterick here on the copy of this. >> right. and this is where we now go into the ad lib part of the "i have a dream" peach. >> reporter: it's true those famous words were ad libbed turning a planned four minute speech into a 16-minute historic address. >> i have a dream today. >> at age 76 he considers himself the guardian of the speech. >> the speech belongs to america. the speech belongs to black folks. it doesn't belong to me. >> that was james brown reporting. coming up after your local news, on cbs this morning, the latest developments from syria as the u.s. prepares for a possible military strike. we'll get an update on the white house.
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there this morning, we did. >> a little misty. visibility down to quarter mile in some parts of the bay area. the temperatures now in the 50s and 60s. should be nice. we'll talk about it coming up. >> and we got your overnight roadwork this morning. we are seeing it up and down the nimitz freeway. 880 in oakland specifically northbound 880 between 23rd and broadway causing good sized delays for this time of the morning. we'll have more on that coming up. >> thank you. right now firefighters in the north bay are keeping a watch on a neighborhood that burned. a fast-moving fire started along a freeway in fairfield. kpix 5's christin ayers talked with neighbors who lost their homes. >> a full-blown inferno and a residential neighborhood. people who live on marigold drive rushed here to find out if their homes had been spared from a fire that sparked along i-80 jumped a sound wall and spread to 40 acres. >> this is stuff