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a deadly string of storms rips through the south. >> we are right here. we could see at least seven homes have got either destroyed or a lot of damage. >> former president, george h.w. bush spends the night in a houston hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. an abrupt change of heart. sony announced it will release the film, "the interview yts in some theaters beginning tomorrow. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, december 24th, 2014. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. parts of the southeast are under a state of emergency this morning after severe weather slammed into the region leaving at least four people dead.
the massive storm system struck across the region bringing damage and destruction from louisiana to the florida panhandle. tornadoes flipped cars and tore into homes and businesses. thousands of customers without power this morning. a twister ripped into a gas station and commercial complex in marion county, mississippi. >> the front is gone. the restaurant that he leases sustained damage so both of them were out of commission. >> lightning struck a building near hattiesburg. omar villafranca reports. >> reporter: these homes in louisiana didn't stand a chance against a powerful line of storms tuesday. about two dozen were damaged or destroyed as the tornadoes raked across the south. >> a lot of people say it sounds like a train. it's a huge roar that doesn't let up. it's not just the wind coming and going. i went down to the hall and
prayed that it wasn't my time. >> reporter: there was more destruction in columbia, mississippi. the roof was torn off one building, another collapsed. the powerful winds blew this ambulance on its side. at least four deaths are blamed on the storm. the state's governor declared an emergency for two counties and more bad weather is possible. >> watching this area in orange. chance for a couple more tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding. >> reporter: several highways had to be shut down because of downed trees. police and rescue crews assessed the damage and looking for survivors. omar villafranca, cbs news, dallas. more severe weather and storms are expected to complicate holiday travel today. airline passengers in the midwest and along the east coast are facing delays and cancellations. don champion is at laguardia airport. good morning, don. >> reporter: people line up
behind me to get through tsa at laguardia airport, rain will be a problem for people flying in and through new york city. that's why people are being told to pack patience today. across the country, travelers are making their way to loved ones for christmas holiday. >> san diego, yep. >> reporter: they got a head start yesterday. she's one of the estimated 89 million americans taking advantage of the lower gas prices by taking a road trip. >> a lot cheaper than flights for a family of five. >> $1.99. it's sweet. >> reporter: dallas taxi driver says he was able to spend more money on holiday gifts this year because of what he saved at the pump. >> i have given two extra gifts. >> reporter: close to 6 million others are braving the crowds at airports nationwide to travel by air. >> hey, we have time to spare. >> reporter: the holiday cheer is leading to travel woes. people flying through new york city area airports are seeing delays as the strong storm
system that sparked deadly tornadoes in the south brings rain to the region. >> the rain spreads up the east coast, will be disruptive, then the snow on the back edge. >> reporter: forecasters are predicting heavy snow that could disrupt flights out of chicago and create hazardous conditions elsewhere by the time we get to christmas day. for all you white christmas lovers out there, here is an interesting weather tidbit. the snow cover is at the lowest level on this date in ten years. guess where people won't see a white christmas? hawaii. higher elevations could see up to a foot of snow today. >> oh, the irony. don champion at laguardia. thank you very much. former president, gorge h.w. bush is hospitaled after experiencing shortness of breath. alice barr reports from houston methodist hospital. >> reporter: the senior former president bush is in the
hospital behind me at houston methodist hospital. staff tells me he will be staying for observation as a precaution. a statement from the office of former president, george h.w. bush says he was brought here as a precaution after having shortness of breath earlier in the evening. the former president who is now 90 spent christmas at methodist two years ago in 2012. at that time, it was for a fever and weakness following a month long cough like bronchitis. bush 41 last appeared in publish at texas a&m last month. he was in a wheelchair then, but smiling and in good spirits. we will stay on top of this and bring you the latest on the former president's condition. alice barr, cbs news, houston. following public outcry, sony had a change of heart about "the interview." they decided to release the controversial movie. danielle nottingham reports
hundreds of mostly independent theaters plan to show it starting tomrrow. >> they hate us. >> reporter: the interview is back on. sony pictures reversed course tuesday and is allowing theaters to show the film beginning on christmas day. the seth rogan/james franco comedy is about a plot to kill north korea's leader after a devastating hacker attack exposed internal documents, embarrassed sony pulled the film. fans, artists and the president were critical. >> i think they made a mistake. >> reporter: sony delivered another plot twist tuesday saying we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech. the film will be shown in 200 theaters. on social media, the film stars called it a victory and said, quote, the people have spoken, freedom has prevailed. sony is working to get more
platforms and more theaters to show "the interview" to reach the widest possible audience. >> it's really the outpouring of people all over the u.s. and the world who want to support, you know, freedom of creativity, freedom of expression. >> reporter: some theater owners will have extra security on hand to ensure the safety of movie goers. danielle nottingham, culver city. police are investigating a deadly shooting this morning. st. louis county police say an officer shot and killed a man who drew a gun at a gas station in berkeley, which is near ferguson. he pointed a handgun at the officer. hundreds of people gathered at the scene. hundreds of people marched through new york city to protest police violence. the demonstrators ignored calls for a pause until after two
slain nypd officers are buried. protesters carried signs and were mostly peaceful as they worked through manhattan. the white house says joe biden will travel to the new york area to attend the funeral of one of the officers. on the "cbs moneywatch," signs the economy is picking up and a recall of a coffee machine. jill wagner is at the new york stock change with that and more. good morning, jill. >> thanks. the economy is building. the previous 3.9 estimate upwards to 5%. that's the fastest surge since the summer of 2003. led by cheaper gasoline, strong consumer spending as an upswing in business investment. wages are finally starting to pick up and the federal reserve is promising not to raise rates until well into 2015. all that good news kicked off a rally on wall street.
the dow closed above 18,000 for the first time ever. investors may get a chance to catch their breath. the market closed early today ahead of christmas. the dough gained 64 points on tuesday. the s&p was up three, also closing at a new record high. the nasdaq, though, was down 16 points. asian markets were mixed, despite wall street's rally. tokyo's nikkei rose 1%. the shanghai lost 2%. hong kong's he think -- keurig is recalling 7 million single serve coffee brewing machines because of burns. the company's mini plus systems with model k10 can overheat and spray water. keurig received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping and 90 reports of burn injuries. 6.4 million people are signed up for obamacare for 2015.
1.9 million of those are new customers. the rest are automatic renewals of customers covered this year. the goal for 2015 is just over 9 million customers before the deadline, which is february 15th. >> jill wagner at the new york stock change, thanks a lot. coming up, saving money at the pump. cheap gas is making for a happy holiday for drivers. we'll show you what they are doing with all that extra cash. this is the "cbs morning news." all that extra cash. this is the "cbs morning news." you know it can be a struggle to keep your a1c down. so imagine ... what if there was a new class of medicine that works differently to lower blood sugar? imagine loving your numbers. introducing once-daily invokana®. it's the first of a new kind of prescription medicine that's used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. invokana® is a once-daily pill that works around the clock to help lower a1c.
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let's end this. gasoline prices have dropped for a record 89 straight days. the average now is $2.38 a gallon. manual the forecast says that means drivers have a lot more money to spend this holiday season. >> every day motorists are saving $450 million on gasoline compared to prices in june. nearly 40% of people in one poll reported having more money to spend each month because of savings at the pump. more than a third of those with additional income plan to use the savings on holiday gifts. cheaper gas is also boosting holiday travel. nearly 90 million people are expected to make a road trip, up 4% from last year. lacey patterson will drive 500 miles. >> i was not planning to travel. due to the changes and the allowances i have had with the extra money, i decided to make a trip.
>> reporter: the savings go beyond the road. in louisiana, shrimpers are paying up to 70 cents less per gallon. that adds up when you consider david can boats like the one owned by david can hold thousands of gallons of fuel. what does it translate for your guys? >> money in your pocket. it's equivalent to a little over $1,000 in each crewman's pocket. >> reporter: by one estimate, it was the equivalent of a $75 billion tax cut for u.s. households. with prices falling, it looks like 100 to 125 billion. manuel bojorquez, cbs news, dallas. the fbi is responding to a threat to blow up a tennessee bridge. federal agents asked police near memphis to watch a bridge across the mississippi river. a bureau spokesman says there was an anonymous threat, but no
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here is a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. here is another look at this morning's top stories. a massive storm system packing tornadoes left at least four people dead in the southeast. it flipped cars and tore buildings apart. parts of mississippi are under a state of emergency and thousands of customers remain without power this morning. sony pictures reversed course and decided to release "the interview." more than 200 mostly independent
theater wills show the movie starting christmas day. christmas eve celebrations are under way in the holy land. christian pilgrims and tourists are pouring into the square in bethlehem, the biblical birthplace of jesus. hundreds of palestinian security forces are watching over the festivities. a skier beat highway traffic in colorado as heavy snow hit interstate 70 near the loveland ski area. drivers and cars were moving very slowly. traffic cameras showed a small figure skiing on the side of the road past vehicles. that's how you do it. a holiday surprise for drivers in west virginia. state troopers pulled over vehicles, but not to hand out tickets. instead, drivers got a $100 bill, courtesy of an anonymous secret santa. one woman hugged the trooper saying the money would pay for christmas dinner. coming up, kennedy center
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sam cooke is a rare performer whose work is fresh and timely. half a century after its debut. anthony mason tells us about the artist and song that gave voice to a movement. ♪ darling you send me >> reporter: with hits like "you send me" sam cooke became one of the most popular artists in the country. by 1964, with the civil rights movement spreading, the singer wanted to send a different message. ♪ i was born by the river >> reporter: 50 years ago this week, his song, "a change is gonna come" was released. ♪ it's been a long, a long time coming ♪
♪ but i know change is gonna come ♪ >> the song would go all through your bones. it's been too hard living. ♪ it's been so hard living, but i'm a stranger -- >> staples from the staples center. were you surprised that song came from him? >> when he came with that song, we needed black people needed black people to do something for us, you know? and sam cooke was at the top >> reporter: cooke, who had been turned away from a white's only motel in louisiana wanted to write a song with the power of bob dylan's "blowing in the wind." >> observe what's going on and try to figure out how people are thinking and determine the times of your day, i think you can always write something that the people will understand. >> reporter: a change quickly
became a civil rights anthem. but cooke did not live to see it. he was shot to death in a los angeles motel two weeks before its release. >> it's like sam's last song and everybody loved sam. sam was such a -- he would give you the shirt off his back. >> reporter: soul great, al green's performance. and made it his own at a 9/11 benefit in 2001, smokey robinson. >> it's the kind of song, as a song writer you want to write because you know it's going to be around forever. >> it's a classic, classic. ♪ it's been a long, long time coming ♪ >> that's something that won't change. anthony mason, cbs news, new york >> still such a beautiful song. still such a beautiful song. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," your christmas travel report. the latest on how the weather will impact your trip. plus, reaction to sony's
it is christmas eve. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. nearly 4:30. guess who is rocking the green suit today. mr. brian hackney. >> i dragged this literally out of mothballs once a year. i have no doubt that i do. we have a few showers on the way. as we head toward midday today and some dense fog out there, a little bit of drizzle off to a chilly start in concord, oakland 61, 47 san jose. expect some showers to come into the bay area especially in the north bay and spread south over the rest of the day. first, how does the road ahead look? >> it looks mighty fine with no big accidents out there, wide open at the bay bridge toll plaza. just getting reports of a possible problem at the 680/237 interchange in milpitas. i'll have details with traffic in just a minute. >> already trouble on christmas eve. >> it could be santa. we'll have to investigate. people are making their way home for the