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and earlier, and thanksgiving just becomes a wash-out. >> reporter: retail analysts estimate about half of consumers will likely make a purchase on their cell phone this year, and some of those purchases will be made while they're inside stores, elaine, comparing prices. >> carter, you mentioned cars are going to be a big seller this season. what else? >> reporter: behind cars any apple products and then star wars merchandise is expected to be a big seller, and there is a lot of it, even a darth vader toaster. >> carter, thank you. getting to the store today was a problem in some places as the storm that dumped snow in the west moved into the great plains. driving was difficult as snow covered roads in nebraska, northwest of omaha.
winter storm warnings were up in much of that state, as well as iowa. there is concern freezing rain could bring down power lines. in chicago, holiday shopping downtown could be affected tomorrow by a large protest over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. the past two nights have seen small, mostly peaceful demonstrations. this followed the release of a video showing officer jason van dyke shooting laquan mcdonald 16 times. van dyke has been charged with murder. in minneapolis, protesters and community groups shared thanksgiving dinner outside a police station. the protesters have been camped out there for more than a week after 24-year-old jamar clark was shot and killed during a struggle with police. some witnesses said clark was handcuffed at the time. the police deny that. in africa, the pope calls for peace between christians and muslims. and how the world's biggest
pope francis is preaching a message of peace on his first visit to africa. he said his first mass there today in kenya. he'll also be making stops in uganda and the central african republic. allen pizzey is with the pope in nairobi. ♪ >> reporter: the traditional african welcome was a joyous reflection of how pope francis' message is being received. a kenyan newspaper summed it up as "our politicians could learn a thing or two from him." on his first trip to africa, francis urged kenyans to help bridge the increasingly violent divisions between muslims and christians. all too often, he said, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear. kenya suffered at the hands of islamic extremists which the al-shabaab militia slaughtered 147 mainly christian students at
a university earlier this year and then killed 67 people in an attack on a shopping mall here in 2013. francis called the attacks barbarous, and said that god's name must never be used to justify hatred and violence. there are fears that the pope himself could be a prime target. some 10,000 police and army troops are on duty. rain turned the grounds where today's mass was held into a quagmire, but rain is also considered a blessing here, so it didn't dampen the mood. and using words that will resonate with the deeply conservative african catholic church, francis called on kenyans to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn. pope francis is also using this trip to push his message of concern for the environment, but in a region wracked by ethnic and interreligious violence, it is inevitably his calls for peace and reconciliation that strike the most vibrant chord.
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seth doane visited the world's largest drone manufacturer. >> reporter: these days, drones are being used to survey farmers' fields or a football team's defensive line, and are replacing humans in high-risk tasks. and one company, dji, produces 70% of all civilian drones in the world in shenzhen, china. >> we're an international company. >> reporter: that china part is not highlighted by dji public relations director michael perry. there are americans who are concerned when every other chinese company that controls this much of the market. >> we have an international footprint that reflects our international character. >> reporter: but dji now has to contend with islamic militants using drones on the battlefield. is there a moral dilemma when your drone is being used by terrorists like isis? >> it's certainly something that we think about, but as we're going along, we're looking at options for optimizing it
specifically for creativity and innovation. >> reporter: that's where product designer paul pan comes in. >> basically, when you make a product you never want to handicap the product. >> reporter: pan explained how using gps technology, d.j.i. can program drones so they can not fly near sensitive sites, but security concerns were raised when a dji drone landed near the white house in january. is it bad for business when one of your drones shows up on the white house lawn? >> it is bad in that we feel that there is only so much that we can do to control the aircraft, but then it's really coming down to education, what you should and shouldn't do. >> reporter: regulators are playing catch-up with drone technology. what do you really wish a drone could do that it just can't do? >> if i can take the flying camera and have it autonomously do its own thing. if i say, "follow me all day and don't bump into anything" that would be the ultimate product. >> reporter: seth doane, cbs
this is not what you want to see at the airport. alaska airlines workers were seen throwing luggage at the san jose airport on tuesday -- in what seemed to be a competition for the longest toss. turns out, the suitcase did not belong to a passenger. it was filled with mag zones. still, the airline said they shouldn't have done it at the airport. upon further review, this may not have been the best idea. the washington redskins tweeted out, "happy thanksgiving" along with the team's controversial logo. many native american groups have been pushing for the team to
change its name. one follower called the team the most tone deaf company in america. in his radio address today, president obama said thanksgiving is a day for food and football. it was also a day to say thank you. he telephoned 10 members of the military this morning from the oval office to wish thm a happy holiday and thank them for their service. when it was time for dinner at the white house, the menu included turkey, ham, and prime rib. two kinds of stuffing and potatoes. a variety of veggies, mac and cheese, and six pies. we'll take them alphabetically. apple, banana, cherry, coconut, pecan, and pumpkin. in case you're wondering, presidents pay for their food at the white house. yesterday, the president gave two turkeys a second chance. now some fruits and vegetables are getting the same. that story is next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
finally tonight, in this land of plenty, plenty goes to waste. a lot of produce is discarded simply because it is, well, odd looking. a california business came up with the perfect solution. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: when it's packing day at a company called imperfect produce, things that are particularly imperfect get special attention. let's just take a look at this. >> that's a fun one. legs crossed there. >> reporter: the weirdest are set aside for photographer roopam lumia. >> i got the persimmon that has a little bit of a nose. >> reporter: her photos are posted online, building a social media following. it's a harvest of fame. you call these your celebrities. >> these are our imperfect celebrities and what we like to call them are the stars of the show. >> reporter: these stars are
part of an effort to convince food buyers that what counts is how something tastes, not how it looks. >> reporter: that little imperfection, retailers and food service will reject it. >> reporter: ron clark is cofounder of imperfect produce, which buys fruits and vegetables that farmers can't sell to supermarkets because it isn't perfect. >> look, look, what's wrong? just that little imperfection means you're not going to get to eat this. >> reporter: if not for clark's company, much of the food would end up at the dump. each year, some six billion pounds of food farmers can't sell or give away to food banks ends up as waste. >> it's always amazed me how much has been thrown away and i've always had, you know, a soft spot for trying to feed more people with less. >> reporter: imperfect produce has been in business for just four months. already it sells more than 10,000 pounds a week to customers who pay about half the usual price for taking something unusual.
i would think if you found that in a supermarket, somebody would say, "wow, look at that!" >> it's a piece of art, made by farmers. >> reporter: it turns out the old adage that beauty is only skin deep is equally true for a potato. john blackstone, cbs news, emeryville, california. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm elaine quijano.
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." germany is joining the battle against the islamic state. prime minister angela merkel wants to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and warships to aide the coalition. the plan still has to be approved by the german parliament, but that's expected within the next few days. french president francois hollande is in moscow for meeting with president vladamir putin. putin said he's ready to cooperate with france and the u.s. in the battle against the islamic state but says he's still waiting for an apology from turkey for shooting down a russian fighter plane. turkey's president said he telephoned putin, who wouldn't take the call. holly williams reports from
istanbul. >> reporter: both turkey and russia are pushing their version of events, following the shooting down of that russian warplane. turkey said the plane strayed just over a mile into its air space for just 17 seconds. and now turkey has released this muffled and distorted audio recording, which it says is one of ten warnings given to the russian pilots. [ speaking in foreign language ] the russian pilot who survived said he did not receive any warnings, and did not cross into turkish air space. now, this looked like a very dangerous situation just 24 hours ago, with one of the russian pilots killed and the russian president, vladamir putin, threatening serious consequences. but it's now clear that all of the parties involved in this drama, including turkey's nato ally, the u.s., want to avoid a conflict. but that doesn't solve the underlying problem, which is the
syrian civil war. the u.s., russia, turkey, iran, and other countries have all taken sides in syria's war. and now they're being drawn deeper into the conflict and perhaps a conflict with each other. the hunt for two suspects in the paris terror attacks continues. but in the belgian capital things are returning to normal. debora patta reports from brussels. >> reporter: for the fifth day, police made several raids. and tonight, one person was arrested in the raids. the terror threat in brussels has been reduced to level three, which means an attack is still possible, but no longer imminent. brussels has been on virtual lockdown for the past week. schools were closed. so were subways and some stores. public gatherings were banned.
he told us the government may have overreacted initially, or that the police raids have turned up new details. "information from the raids may have shown that the terrorists have left the country," he said. "or that they don't have weapons." police are still hunting for two paris suspects, salah abdeslam and mohammed abrini. they both lived in the brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, which has gained a reputation for being a jihadi hot bed. a month before the attacks, the mayor received a list from 80 militants. both were on the list, as well as abdelhamid abaaoud. but she says it was not her job to track down terrorists. "it is up to the federal police," she said, "to carry out
actions like identification, arrest, and interrogation." and she claimed police had received the same information. two weeks on, police are still no closer to finding salah abdeslam. the country's justice minister says he must have a large terror cell assisting him, because it would be impossible for him to hide for this long on his own. no northern ike, u.s. air strikes continue to pound islamic state positions, helping kurdish forces retake territory from the terror group. but the kurds are also getting help on the ground. some u.s. veterans are returning to the war zone as volunteer soldiers. charlie d'agata in irbil have met some of these americans. >> reporter: as far as these guys are concerned, they say when isis hears planes, they run. but for the first time as u.s. soldiers, they have found themselves outgunned. [ gunfire ] the explosion caught the
americans off guard. [ gunfire continues ] for these former u.s. soldiers, it's a return to a deadly war zone. but this time, they're fighting alongside kurdish peshmerga forces. they're volunteers in the battle against isis, also known as daesh, who have dug in around the earl rich region of kircut. >> we have daesh to the left in the village when you get all the way up here. are you all still good back here if >> this is an isis flag i captured on my first offensive. >> reporter: chris kidd was a marine sergeant in 2004 and fought in some of the fiercest battles of the iraq war. >> we didn't fight and die for
nothing. >> reporter: so kidd sold his house and quit his job to join the new war against isis. he's teamed up with about ten u.s. vets, include thing former army lieutenant from arkansas. he wears a body camera on each raid to protect his family, we agreed not to use his name. >> they thought i was crazy at first for coming out here. but they're supportive now. >> reporter: they still think you're crazy? >> yeah, probably. >> reporter: the men told us they're in it for the long haul. we met a couple of guys from boston. i asked them what they missed most about home. they said watching the patriots this season. pope francis continues his tour of africa today. the six-day pilgrimage is his first visit to africa. allen pizzey reports. ♪ >> reporter: the traditional african welcome is a joyous reflection of how pope francis' message is being received.
the kenyan newspaper summed it up as, our politicians could learn a thing or two from him. on his first trip to africa, francis urged kenyans to help bridge the increasingly violent divisions between muslims and christians. all too often, he said, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear. kenya suffered at the hands of extremi extremists, when 147 mainly christians were slaughtered at the university this year, and killed 67 people in an attack on a shopping mall in 2013. he called the attacks barbarbous. there are fears that the pope himself could be a prime target and some 10,000 police and army troops are on duty. pope francis is also use thing trip to push his message of concern for the environment. but in a region racked by ethnic and interreligious violence, it is inevitably his calls for
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tech giants like google, facebook, pay pal and apple are trying to turn your cell phone into a digital wallet. so far americans have been slow to catch on, but half a world away in kenya, digital currency is already big business. leslie stahl reports for "60 minutes." >> reporter: in a bus station in nairobi, buses were not only loaded with humans and cargo, but with cash. it used to be the only way for people working in the cities to get money to relatives back in their remote villages. >> you give the cash to the bus driver and say when you get up to the village there, you will see someone at the crossroads. give the money to him. guess what happens?
the money evaporates. >> reporter: the ceo of kenya's largest cell phone provider says his company sought to solve the problem. while a majority of kenyans don't have a bank account, 8 in 10 have access to a cell phone. so in 2007, the company started offering a way to use that cell phone to send and receive cash. they call it m-pesa. >> it is often referred to as kenyan's alternative currency, but safer and more secure. >> reporter: you're texting money. >> you're effectively texting money. >> reporter: how sophisticated is the phone that you use for m pesa. is it a smartphone? >> no, it's the cheapest phone you can have. it's designed to work at the lowest level of technology. >> reporter: to get this currency, you go to an m-pesa
kiosk. i give the agent 3,000 shillings, about $30,000 in cash, and she converts it to virtual currency on my account. this is pretty easy. it's not like opening a bank account. there are 85,000 agents like her across kenya, creating a giant grid of human atms. for most, this is a side business. so a pharmacy will sell m-pesa. this barber will give you a shave and m-paceesa. and you can even buy it here. >> you don't need the branches. >> reporter: scrolling down the options, you can send money, withdraw cash, pay a bill or buy goods and services. and everyone uses a pin number for security. but this is not like paying with your smartphone in the u.s., because our devices are linked
to a bank account or credit card. most kenyans who use m-pesa don't have a bank account. the phone is it. that's it. >> how you can spend that 3,000 shillings on anything. >> reporter: shopping in the name of journalism. i like this. can i pay you on m-pesa? >> yeah. >> reporter: daniel says kenyans use it for everything from taxis to taxes. is it safer for you and for me to use m-pesa. >> yeah, it's very safe. >> reporter: do you use m-pesa to buy gas for the car? >> absolutely. >> reporter: do you pay all your bills with m-paca? >> i rarely go to the bank now adays. >> reporter: you are my first first m-pesa -- >> customer. >> reporter: i typed in his
phone number and amount. the fare was $7. i'm going to give you 1,000. >> god bless you. god bless you. >> reporter: now my pin number. >> don't tell me that. >> reporter: no, i'm not going to tell you. >> that is top secret. >> reporter: what do i do now? >> accept. >> reporter: okay. it worked. and now i'm going to spend some more money. hello, how are you? i love these bags. next, i buy a bag at angie's shop with m-pesa. do you use it a lot in the store? >> yeah. it's like having a bank in your pocket. >> reporter: this is really easy, now that -- it's the second time i've done it. i've sent it. wow. >> wonderful. >> reporter: my shopping ended with animals. no, i'm not buying a giraffe. but you can use your phone to
feed one. while most transactions here are still in cash, m-paca is used by 90% of the adults. this technology was invented in england. but it's here in kenya where innovation using m-pesa is taking off. we visiting the i-hub in nairobi are technology startups are inventing new ways to use mobile money. >> that mobile money system acts as a terrific platform, which a lot of other innovations has used as a springboard. the new phrase around town is the silicon savannah. >> reporter: the silicon valley? >> yes. you have the silicon valley. >> reporter: tuesday with m-pesa, they can get theirsal ris directly sent to their
phones and they can earn interest on their cell phones. we went mary, a dairy farmer who sells milk in m-pesa, pays her farm hands with it, and even got a loan to buy more cars in m-pesa. actually, mary was able to buy two new cows and a much better rate than she would have at a bank. since the transaction was by phone, there was hardly any overhead. so it sounds like you're rapidly increasing your business. >> yes. >> reporter: business is zbhogo? >> yes, very good. >> reporter: we were surprised how much it's changed life for the poor. in a slum south of nairobi, we met a pig farmer, steven. before m-pesa, like most kenyans, he had no electricity. he used to rely on a kerosene lamp for light.
it emitted toxic fumes, could cause fires, and at $200 a year, kerosene wasn't cheap. but steven recently upgraded. he got solar power and his first lightbulb. pretty good. it's lighting your room. >> yes, it light the room all over. >> reporter: a company invented a way to provide inexpensive pow tore the slums, using m-pesa. so where is the panel? is it up there? >> yeah, the panel is up there. >> reporter: can you show it to me? >> yeah, i can. let me show you. here it is. >> reporter: oh, my goodness, it's little. >> reporter: the unit costs about $180, less than kerosene, with you still out of steven's price range for a single purchase. but he paid only $35 up front, and then 40 cents a day in m-pesa for a year.
and all he does is click a phone, which activates a chip attached to the panel to turn it on. when you're finished paying it off -- >> it should be mine. no more cost. >> reporter: the solar panel has changed his life. he can tend to his pigs at night and his children can study indoors without breathing toxic kerosene fumes. past efforts to introduce solar panels to the slums failed. in part because they were stolen. this has been solved because the same chip that turns the panel on can also disable it. so if you don't pay up, they turn your lights off, they have the ability to turn it off? >> once i don't pay, they don't have to come to me. the light just goes off. >> reporter: providing drinking water is another way m-pesa is making a difference. nearly a third of kenyans do not have access to clean water, often relies on a river or water
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in northern california, a group of girl scouts decided they were through selling cookies and wanted to learn to light fires and pitch tents. they started showing up at boy scout events and petitioned the local scouts to let them join. so far, the answer is no. mireya villarreal reports. >> reporter: they call their group the unicorns. these six young girls are teaching themselves how to build a campfire, because they say it's the sort of thing they didn't learn in the girl scouts. >> i got jealous of what my brother got to do, because he's a boy scout. >> reporter: they decided they were more interested in what the boys were doing, so last fall they started participating in activities alongside a local boy scout troop. >> i really like competitions and i really enjoy competitive nature and also working in teams. so being in boy scouts gave me the opportunity to work with
boys and girls alike in a competitive nature. >> and then we tied this. >> reporter: they got so good at competing with the boys, this past spring they won second place in a major scouting competition with other boy scout groups. do you think that that maybe was hard for some of the boys to take? >> yes. i think they were all a little surprised that we could do the same things that they could. >> reporter: news of the girl's participation reached the boy scout's council which barred them from further scouting activities. >> they're just being discriminatory and not nice. >> reporter: what makes you think that? >> because we're girls, because we're a different gender, they're saying we shouldn't be allowed, i guess, to do the same things boys can. >> reporter: how does that make you feel? >> kind of sad, mad. >> reporter: her mom, herself a boy and girl scout leader,
helped the girls formally apply to be boy scouts. last week they were rejected. >> i don't think that having girls join and having a coed program necessarily destroys that tradition. >> reporter: in a statement, the boy scouts of america tells cbs "this morning" we understand the values and the lessons of scouting are attractive to the entire family. however, cub scouts and boy scouts are year-round programs for boys and young men. the girls claim the local scout council is breaking its own policy that bars discrimination based on gender. yet the federal title nine law that prohibits such prejudice contains a specific exemption for the boy scouts. this is hard for people. >> yeah. it's understandable, because they've been this way for 100 years. >> but i think they should at least try to accept some change. >> change is good.
a turkey dinner on thanksgiving usually gives way to dessert, namely apple and pumpkin buy. but in boston, it's always time for the official state dessert, the boston cream pie. susan spencer went to one restaurant where it's always on the menu. >> reporter: what is not to like here? >> absolutely. >> reporter: executive chef gerard tice makes life in the kitchen look easy as pie. specifically, boston cream pie. essentially we're talking butter, chocolate, cream, sugar. what could possibly go wrong with that? >> nothing. it's a wonderful dessert. >> reporter: wonderful, yes. and completely misnamed. it isn't a pie at all. >> no, it's a cake.
>> reporter: why did that come from? >> because it was originally baked in pie shells. >> reporter: two pie shels actually for two sponge cakes. held together in pastry cream, covered in chocolate and coated with almonds. >> we became the state dessert in 1996. >> reporter: congratulations. >> yes, absolutely. >> who knew? >> reporter: you heard right, boston cream pie is the official state dessert of massachusetts. >> boston baked beans, boston terriers, boston cream pie. what is it about this particular dessert that you think appeals to people around here? >> it's simple flavors that bring you back to your childhood, really. >> reporter: it's remained more or less the same way since it was invented over a century ago, at this very hotel. whose kitchen has had some famous and unlikely employees. >> malcolm x was a busboy here.
>> reporter: this is hard to believe. >> ho chi minh worked in the bake shop. >> reporter: i happen to have a plate. >> and i happen to have your boston cream pie. >> reporter: the proof is in the pudding. that's good. or in this case, the pie. mmm. i have to keep making it just to make sure it's still good. >> of course. about 80% of the people that order dessert, order boston cream pie. >> reporter: a little cash cow. as the chef and the entire state of massachusetts will tell you, it's worth every calorie laden penny. what comes to mind immediately when i say boston cream pie this >> creamy, silky, smooth, chocolatey, heavy. >> reporter: not to overstate it. >> no. >> reporter: heaven. >> heaven. >> that's the "overnight news" for this friday.
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