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>> kill them off. stranger than fiction. an hbo documentary captures what may be a confession to murder by real estate heir robert durst. an arrest is made in the shooting of two officers outside of police headquarters in ferguson, missouri. let me ask you one question. who will be able to beat kentucky? >> and top cat. the unbeaten university of kentucky basketball team leads the field as the ncaa tournament brackets are revealed. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, march 16th, 2015. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. robert durst, an heir to one of
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the largest family fortunes in the united states and the subject of an explosive hbo documentary, is due in a new orleans court today following his weekend arrest on murder charges. authorities have spent decades investigating durst. the 1982 disappearance of his wife kathleen remains unsolved. in 2001 he admitted to killing and dismembering his neighbor morris black, but he was acquitted of murdering black. but his arrest this weekend comes in connection with a 2000 murder of his close friend and spokesperson susan berman. to make it all the more dramatic, durst may have issued a confession during the filming of that documentary. now brian webb is here in new york with more on that. brian, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. it reads like pull. fiction and investigators hope they have the smoking gun. robert durst was arrested hours before the conclusion of the six-part hbo documentary and it
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was in that final episode televised last night that durst may have unwittingly offered a confession to murder. killed them all, of course. >> reporter: that's the voice of robert durst talking to himself in the bathroom. he was still wearing a microphone in the bathroom following the hbo documentary "the jinx." the fbi arrested durst saturday while he was staying at a new orleans hotel while under an assumed name. he was accused of killing susan berman in 2000. durst discussed it during the hbo series. >> the police have been investigating it for awhile but they were unable to put him in los angeles. >> but they were able to put you in california. >> california is a big state. >> but the documentary may have unearthed an important clue in
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berman's death. a letter bare as striking resemblance to the anonymous note tipping police off to the location of berman's body. erin moriarty of "48 hours" discussed the similarities with the retired lapd detective who led the investigation. >> is that the moment when you compared the cadaver letter to bobby durst's handwriting, the moment he became at the top of the list of suspects. >> oh, yeah. he jumped up like mound. just the totality of things but that note put him right at the tot. >> reporter: durst, whose family owns a number of manhattan skyscrapers, has never been charged in the death of his wife kathleen and acquitted in the murder of his neighbor. he agreed to be interviewed for the hbo series so he could tell his story his way, but prosecutors in los angeles say the interviews he granted to the filmmakers prochlted them to
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reopen their investigation of susan berman's murder. durst's attorney said it was orchestrated edd in coordination with the hbo series. he also chalked up to what durst said about killing them all. what's unclear is if that recording can be used as evidence against durst. anne-marie? >> brian webb in new york. thank you, brian. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," andrew jarecki the producer and director of "the jinx" comes to studio 57 to discuss the shocking ending and investigation. this morning recovery efforts are under way in the pacific island nation of vanuatu. it's been devastated by a monster sigh colon. way bebetween australia and hawaii. cyclone. it's located about a quarter way between australia and hawaii.
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at least six people were killed by saturday's storm. much of the nation has been flattened. communications with outlying islands has been cut off, and residents are in need of water, food, and shelter. and the suspect in the shooting of two police officers in ferguson, missouri, last week says he wasn't aiming at the officers. jeffrey williams is being held on $300,000 bond. law enforcement officials are trying to figure out if anyone else was involved. kris van cleave reports. >> reporter: st. louis county prosecutors are charging jeffrey williams with two counts of first-degree assault during protests in ferguson. >> he has acknowledged his participation in firing the shots, that he, in fact, did fire the shots that struck the two officers. >> reporter: prosecutor robert mccullough said williams was involved in a dispute early thursday and was not targeting the police. >> we're not sure we completely buy that part of it, but in any event it's possible he was firing at some other people and the officers, of course, were in the back. >> reporter: police recovered
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a .40 handgun in williams' home which matches shell casings found at the scene. williams was on probation for receiving stolen property. he was arrested late saturday after a massive manhunt. >> what got the police to this point is the information provided by the community. >> reporter: ferguson has been the sight site of violent protests since officer darren wilson shot and killed brown. others resigned following a department of justice department showing a mostly white police department had a pattern of bias. the two officers shot thursday are recovering at home. the investigation continues. kris van cleave, cbs news. secretary of state john kerry says he's looking for a deal that would protect the world, but as talks over iran's nuclear program resume this morning in switzerland, a
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breakthrough is far from certain. the negotiations have set off con ten just debate in korng and prompted a controversial letter from republicans. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. the white house has been trying to contain what it sees as congress's efforts to throw wrenches into this deal making but lawmakers here on capitol hill continue to push for a larger role in approving any agreement. so as the skirmish plays out, the deadline is fast approaching. with a critical deadline for a framework agreement just two weeks away, secretary of state john kerry is back at the negotiating table with his iranian counterpart to hammer out a deal to restrict and monitor iran's nuclear program for at least ten years. in return the u.s. would ease some of the crippling sanctions imposed on the country. >> if it's peaceful, let's get it done. and my hope is in the next few days, it is possible.
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>> it's the first time since 47 republicans sent a letter to iran's leaders last week warning that a deal might not last beyond president obama's term in office. >> this letter was absolutely calculated directly to interfere with these negotiations. >> freshman senator tom cotton who authored the letter defended the move and threatened to ratchet up sanctions if no deal is reached. >> if they block this week, call their bluff. congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions. >> they've been asked not to interfere with negotiations. administration officials say any action the president makes on iran would be an executive agreement meaning congress does not have the right to make any changes to it. now, with only two weeks left, some officials are suggesting that these negotiators may end up announcing they've made enough progress to justify further talks. anne-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. israeli prime minister
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benjamin netanyahu who strongly argued against a nuclear deal with iran is fighting for his political life. netanyahu's right wing trails in the polls ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary elections. polls indicated israeli voters are more concerned with economic issues than the security issues pushed by netanyahu. as israeli voters prepare to go to the polls secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is pushing syrian president bashar al assad to negotiate an end to the civil war. kerry said the u.s. is pressuring other countries to push assad into agreeing to talk. >> to get the assad regime to negotiate, we're going to have get him to understand there is a plan to push him into negotiation.
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>> he said later he did not mean directly negotiate with assad but members of the regime would have to be part of the process. well coming up on the "morning news" now fashion boycott boycott. el tot jon lead as protest against designers dolce & gabbana over comments about in vitro fertilization. and in sports time to fill out your brackets as march madness gets under way. this is the "cbs morning news." if you have high blood sugar ask your doctor about farxiga. it's a different kind of medicine that works by removing some sugar from your body. along with diet and exercise farxiga helps lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. with one pill a day, farxiga helps lower your a1c. and, although it's not a weight-loss or blood-pressure drug farxiga may help you lose weight and may even lower blood pressure when used with certain diabetes medicines. do not take if allergic to farxiga or its ingredients. symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include
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and a boycott of designer label dolce & gabbana. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning, anne-marie. the federal government announced a fish tracking system in an effort to stop the import of illegally caught fish. consumers will eventually told where their fish was caught processed, and stored. 90% of the seafood in the u.s. is imported but the government said just about 1% of seafood is inspected. all eyes here on wall street will be on the federal reserve meeting which starts tomorrow. worries that the feds will raise interest rates sent the dow lower. the dow lost 104 points for the week. the s&p was down almost 18 points, its third straight losing week. the nasdaq finished the week 55 points lower. general electric has agreed to sell its consumer lending business ge capital in australia, new zealand.
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g.e. has been reducing its banking efforts around the world in an effort to focus its attention on industrial operations like making jet engines. >> and there's been a call this morning to boycott dolce & gabbana. designer os traditional families sparked criticism. they also criticized the use of in vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers. elton john whose two children were conceived by in vitro fertilization wrote on instagram your archaic thinking is out of step with the times just like your fashion. i shall never wear dolce & gabbana again. the designers who were once a couple themselves said in statement they didn't intend to judge the choices made by others. anne-marie? >> jill wagner in the new york stock exchange. thank you, jill. the match madness matchups are announced and a race car goes airborne before slamming into the track. we'll find out what happened to the driver. we'll find out what happened to the driver. plus a whiter smile? you can have
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. dramatic video released by police in utah shows the rescue of 19-month-old baby lily from a car in a river after the crash that killed her mother.
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the girl was strapped in her car seat upside down for 14 hours. vinita nair has the story. >> say i'm okay, i'm going to make it, i'm just really tired right now. >> reporter: 19-month-old baby lily groesbeck is healthy and alert after surviving the car crash that killed her mother. jarring video from a policeman's body camera gives us glimpses of the scene as he raced toward the frigid spanish fork river. the car was found upside down in the water with lily and her mother inside. the policeman was met by other officers and firefighters who decided the only way in was to flip the car over onto its side. police and firefighters then struggled to free lily from her car seat, which had been dangling right above the water. >> come on, baby. >> reporter: they rushed her to a waiting ambulance.
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paramedics suctioned lily's nose while the officer performed cpr. lily was transported by helicopter to primary children's hospital in salt lake city. the upside down vehicle was first spotted by a fisherman last saturday. police say lily was there for 14 hours before she was pulled out. they are still investigating the cause of the crash. lily's mother, 25-year-old jenny groesbeck, was killed. she was engaged to lily's father, devin trafny. >> i haven't wrapped my head around that yet. she was the love of my life and i'm going to miss her a lot. >> reporter: but baby lily is home, safe and sound. vinita nair, cbs news, new york. in malaysia two planes from an acrobatic air team clipped wings and crashed during a practice session before an air show. the planes burst into flames but the pilots ejected after the
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planes went out of control. they landed safely with their parachutes. >> and later on "cbs this morning" arianna huffington is in the studio. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." yoplait has the only yogurt brands endorsed by weight watchers and your taste buds have always endorsed us. so, you know what this means... this is a real win win! yoplait, it is so good! jack's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today, his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before your begin an aspirin regimen. woman: for soft beautiful feet my secret is the new amopé pedi perfect foot file. its microlumina rotating head buffs away hard skin even on those hard-to-reach spots. it's amazing. you can see it and feel it. for soft,
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a man in los angeles has managed to put down roots near a downtown neighborhood even though he spent most of his life homeless. carter evans caught up with him. >> reporter: jeff harms is exactly the type of person many of us see and turn away from. how long have you been homeless? >> close to 30 years. >> and where's home for you? >> over by the freeway in the woods. >> reporter: last year harms parked himself on this median. slowly out from the dirt grew a garden, terrace, and filled with art. have you ever grew garden before? >> no. but i went with it, man. >> what did that median look like before? >> we didn't have anything. >> it was ugly. >> it was ugly. >> reporter: andy owns a wine
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shop in a village near downtown l.a. and like most who drive this street, he noticed something magical happening. >> he's doing a great thing. he's making the city beautiful. >> reporter: soon other neighbors began showing up with plants and more. where'd you get the book? >> the guy across the street donated all these. that's exactly what i'm going to do. i'm going to put one stone thing on that first landing here. >> reporter: while we were here steve branch came by with the latest donation. >> i love these. these are like vibrant succulent. >> reporter: harms as a child was given a diagnosis of depression with psychotic features. he began living on the streets when he was just 17. how much money do you have in your pocket right now? >> which is about 10 cents. >> which is more important to you, getting a small co-nation or seeing people smile in their cars? >> seeing people smile. >> reporter: technically harms couldn't be here but l.a. councilman tom labonge said he
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won't interfere. >> he makes the place beautiful. it's special. usually we don't let people hang out in the parkway, but i look the other way. >> hey, marshall. my buddy there. he's helped a lot. >> people seem to appreciate you. >> it makes me feel good. the only thing i can say is my special contribution to the universe. >> reporter: jeff harms may never leave the streets but those now entering his universe couldn't be more grateful. >> pleasure meeting you. >> you, too. >> you're an inspiration. >> reporter: carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. at the weekend box office disney continued its hot streak. its live action adaptation of "cinderella" day boou debuted at number one taking in over $70 million.
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liam neeson's thriller came in second and "secret service" was third. coming up later on "cbs this morning" the arrest suspect robert durst. we'll speak with the filmmaker on what may have cracked the case. plus questions about the whereabouts of russian president vladimir putin. and editor in chief of the huffing on the post, arianna huffing huffington is in the studio. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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good morning. it's (day and date) i'm michelle griego. good morning, everyone, taking a live look out there at the golden gate bridge. you can see some cars already out there and it's not even 4:30 yet.
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good morning, it is monday, i'm michelle griego. >> you know, 4:29 in the morning we need something more peaceful in terms of music to wake up to. >> think so? you don't think that's peaceful. we need people to take up. >> i don't think so. we need to lull them gently. i'm frank mallicoat. we have roberta with a check of the weather. >> he needs something gently. here he is. it's even that right? good morning everybody. a after record warmth over the weekend and now we are kick starting the day with record warm temperatures as well. we have temperatures pretty much in the 50s across the board. 58-degrees in san francisco and low 50s in livermore and later today another day of 60s and 70s and more about thattenings tended forecast straight ahead. and forge at this hour pretty much just the overnight road work and we have a backup at the bay bridge toll plaza and a few of the cash lanes. and it's westbound


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