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christmas eve. thanks for joining us. and we have a live look at lefty o'doul's where you can still drop off donations today. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com good morning to our viewers in the west. it's thursday, december 24th, 2015. welcome to "cbs this morning." tornadoes rip homes from the ground as deadly storms sweep across the country. and wild weather causes thousands of airport delays with more headaches today for holiday travelers. plus a christmas gift from the beatles. why you now can add songs from the fab four to your streaming play list. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. >> tornado! >> i lived here all my life and never seen nothing like this in december. >> deadly storms sweep across the south.
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>> we're watching more stormy weather across the southeast. quite a few thunderstorms. >> it's packed. it's really busy out there. >> tens of millions of americans head out for the holidays. airports have been packed. >> hundreds of flights delayed or cancelled. >> the flight is cancelled and there's no other flights. >> donald trump is heading into the holiday with a commanding lead, getting 39% of support among republican voters. >> six u.s. service men's killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan arrived home in delaware. >> an emergency landing for a southwest airlines flight in california. pilots reported landing gear problems shortly after takeoff. >> protestors from the black lives matter movement were arrested. >> odell beckham jr. preparing for sunday's big game on a couch, suspended after a string of violent penalties. >> a helicopter crashed while
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attempting to land in fiji. >> all escaped with minor injuries. >> the beatles made their songs available for streaming worldwide for the first time. >> yesterday was festivus for the rest of us. >> and all that matters. >> there was respect for your ability to channel the populace. >> i may be wrong. i made a big deal about there's no way he's going to win. >> you weren't the only one. >> on "cbs this morning." >> vacationers in hawaii got the surprise of their lives. >> good to see you. merry christmas, guys. >> the president of the united states. >> oh, my god. >> announcer: this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. now, that's a holiday photo
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op. i'm anthony mason here with vinita nair. a devastating start to the christmas weekend. at least eight people are dead after storms ripped through the south and midwest. tornadoes yesterday ripped through at least five states. >> at least 20 twisters have been reported. the storms left at least 40 people hurt. two others are still unaccounted for. meteorologist mike seidel is in holly springs, mississippi, where a tornado killed a 17-year-old boy. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. at least a dozen twisters touched down yesterday from the midwest to here in the deep south. one tornado was on the ground in parts of tennessee and mississippi for almost three hours and 150 miles. this is some of the devastation in holly springs, 45 minutes south-southeast of memphis. the windows were blown out of
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this home. probably the most profound wind impact we've seen with this particular house is the front of the house, which is brick, blown forward by the force of the winds. nobody was killed here on this highway. but there are five deaths, at least five deaths from these twisters in the state of mississippi. >> there's a tornado in front of us! >> reporter: those are the pa c panicked pleas for help from a woman in mississippi. she and her husband survived a day of deadly spring-like storms in the south. >> you can see it rumbling through the northern part of the state. >> reporter: this massive tornado damaged dozens of homes outside clarksdale. in holly springs, a 17-year-old boy was killed when the car he was riding in was tossed into the air. roads across the midwest and south were a nightmare. you can see debris flying into the air as one tornado tears through traffic near the tennessee border, flipping this truck on its side.
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this driver captured it on her cellphone. in arkansas, the severe weather knocked out power for more than 3500 people. and an 18-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell into this home. rescuers pulled a 1-year-old baby who was with her to safety. >> the wind was moving. it moved through very quick. >> reporter: the storms pounded drivers in missouri with hail, fueled lightning strikes in indiana and tennessee, and left significant damage in at least a half a dozen states. >> i'm just thankful that our lives are saved. >> the roof came off. i'm holding my dog. i'm lucky to be alive. i get to see my kids. >> reporter: even in the midst of the destruction, survivors were reminded that possessions can be replaced. >> i could just hear the windows breaking out of my car. i was blessed.
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you can buy things over. but i can't replace my kids. >> reporter: two people are still unaccounted for in mississippi. the governor of mississippi issued a statement asking for prayers for all the families impacted by the storms and the tornado. >> mike seidel, thank you. the storms are on the move and will deliver heavy rain to areas along the east coast. meteorologist danielle niles of our boston station wbz is tracking the christmas eve weather threat. danielle, good morning. >> good morning, everybody. the threat for severe weather is not as great as yesterday but there is still risk stretching into georgia. damaging wind and hail will be a threat today as well, especially from georgia through the carolinas. the warmth the big story too, 30 plus degrees above average. already breaking records. we will continue to see those records fall through the day, 70s and 80s, remarkable warmth.
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at the same time, notice the big upper level low. a lot of activity coming into the west coast with areas of snow. white christmas in parts of the inter-mountain west. hopefully santa packed a lot of gear, including extra shorts. >> he'll sure need them here, danielle, thanks. the dangerous weather disrupted plans for thousands of airline passengers. already this morning more than 900 u.s. flights are delayed and more than 100 are cancelled, as for the first time more than 100 million americans are traveling for christmas and new year's. mark strassmann is at atlanta's hartsfield airport where the getaway rush is definitely under way already. mark, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this airport, the world's busiest, will process 750,000 travelers this holiday season, that's through january 3rd. but it's america's roads that will see the biggest surge. wet weather caused delays and
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cancellations to heavily booked flights, making it difficult for some passengers to get home for christmas. >> pretty frustrated. >> reporter: "usa today" travel correspondent charisse jones said passengers could see heightened security and should plan ahead for longer wait times. >> tsa is not saying that explicitly. but given what's happened in paris and san bernardino, there might be a little more scrutiny at the screening points this year. >> i've never seen a line like this, in all my years coming to o'hare airport. very crowded today. >> reporter: nearly one-third of americans are expected to travel through christmas and new year's, a new record for the u.s. the reason? >> gas, gas, gas. >> reporter: with the average price of gasoline just offver $a gallon, more than 91 million travelers will drive. >> this is the cheapest gas we've seen in 81 months, roughly six and a half years.
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and people are taking advantage of it. >> reporter: the air travel tracking site flightaware.com says almost 2,000 flights today could be delayed, 267 cancelled. if you're traveling, if you're picking somebody up, remember, call ahead. vinita? >> it's the news nobody wants to hear. mark, thank you so much. holiday travel got off to a bumpy start after a problem with a plane's pressurized cabin. the canadian jet was headed to new mexico. six of the 71 passengers fell ill in mid-flight. first responders rushed on board to help. >> we have two ill passengers on the plane that we're possibly going to need support for medical. >> the airline says crews fixed the problem and the plane continued on to atlanta. the obama administration is moving ahead this morning with a
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new crackdown on illegal immigration. cbs has confirmed the department of homeland security plans to round up and deport hundreds of families who crossed the border since last year. jeff pegues is in washington with new information on the raids. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the raids could begin as early as next month. and they would be carried out by agents from u.s. immigration and customs enforcement. the i.c.e. agents would be targeting people for deportation who have come to the u.s. illegally after fleeing he will sal have aer do, guatemala and honduras. the operation would focus on families who have been ordered by a judge to leave the u.s. adults and children would be detained and deported immediately. targets would be those who pose a threat to national, public, or border security. more than 100,000 families have come into the u.s. across the southwestern border since last year, according to the "washington post," which is a dramatic spike. u.s. security secretary jeh
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johnson has said families would face deportation if they were not granted asylum. in a statement the agency says, "if individuals come here illegally they will be sent back consistent with our laws and values." the plan has not yet received final approval, as it remains a hut button issue within the obama administration and on the campaign trail for the 2016 presidential candidates. venita? >> jeff, thank you. donald trump is taking aim at hillary clinton. she referred to his sexism as he used a vulgar term to describe her 2008 loss. he told her to, quote, be careful, and that he has a great respect for women. >> reporter: hillary clinton and her team don't seem too
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concerned about trump's warnings, unlike his republican rivals who struggle to confront him. hillary clinton is playing offense. they're urging their supporters to step up and rail against the real estate mogul's choice of language. >> i don't know that he has any boundaries at all. >> reporter: hillary clinton used a sit-down with the "des moines register" to say donald trump should be held accountable for his language. >> i think he has to answer for what he says. it's not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism. and so i'm not sure, again, anybody is surprised. >> reporter: trump fired back last night. >> i really haven't gone after hillary yet. and there's a lot to go after. >> reporter: and so did his political director, michael glassner. >> i think it's ironic that hillary clinton is playing the sexism card, considering the record of her husband and his term in the white house. he was impeached by the house of representatives for his behavior. >> reporter: earlier this week clinton's staff urged supporters to use the campaign's hashtag,
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"i'm with her," to capitalize on trump's weaknesses. 61% of women nationally have an unfavorable opinion of trump, including nearly 30% of republican women. >> we run in the general election against the bipartisan corruption of washington that hillary clinton embodies. that's how we win. >> reporter: exchange in oklahoma, ted cruz continued his attacks on clinton while his campaign fund raised off a widely condemned "washington post" cartoon that depicted his young daughters as trained monkeys. >> all of us learned in kindergarten, don't hit little girls. >> reporter: a rare issue where cruz showed kindness to the democratic frontrunner. >> don't mess with my kids, don't miss with hillary's kids, don't mess with anybody's kids. >> reporter: the candidates will be taking a few days off the trail for the holiday. but it's unclear if that also applies to social media. so, anthony, we'll have to see
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if these fights make their way into our twitter feeds this holiday season. >> julianna, thanks. amy chozick is a national political reporter for "the new york times." she covers the hillary clinton campaign. amy, good morning. >> hi. >> mrs. clinton's aides, quote, could barely believe their good fortune. how so exactly? >> insults are music to their ears. she's building a campaign based on exciting women. they're the vast majority of swing voters. if she can portray the republican party as out of touch with women or insulting women, then her campaign will do that to excite people. when he said that going to the bathroom was disgusting, they saw an opportunity in that. >> it's interesting because no matter what comes out, it would seem as though trump doesn't back down. do you think at some point he will have to shift strategies a little and sort of eat a little of pie? >> no. i think this is a potential pitfall for the clinton
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campaign. she has never run against an opponent quite like donald trump. once you open that pandora's box and poke him, who knows what he will say? he's gone places traditional candidates would not. he's already on twitter attacking her. i do think his focus on her could turn against them. >> what do you make of trump's warning to her to be careful? >> a cryptic warning. who knows? it was a little cryptic. they don't know what to expect. he does have a tendency to suck all the oxygen out of the race. does she want the entire conversation to be trump, trump, trump? the other day she unveiled a policy to combat alzheimer's and all we're talking about is what the word [ bleep ] meant. >> they have both evoked bill clinton yet in such a different way. what do you feel like his legacy is? is it a good or bad thing for her and how will trump use it?
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>> it's an interesting shift, she didn't mention president clinton much in the early stages of her campaign, but her economic message now is, look how great the economy was under bill clinton, the republicans came in and messed it up. she wants to teach the financial crisis to the republicans and the economic boom years of her husband's administration to democrats. so she'll be talking about him a lot more. and i think in economic terms, it is effective. >> amy, wonderful reporting, thanks so much. >> thanks for having me. the man accused of a deadly attack on a planned parenthood clinic wants to be his own lawyer at his trial. robert dear told a judge he wants to represent himself. he's accused of killing three people and wounding nine more at the colorado springs clinic. the judge ordered a mental competency evaluation to see if dear is fit to defend himself. a ninth suspect is in custody in belgium this morning in connection with the paris terror attacks. police in brussels arrested the man earlier this week but kept it quiet so they didn't alert possible accomplices.
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the suspect is a 30-year-old belgian citizen, accused of being in touch with the ringleader's female cousin after the paris attacks. iraqi soldiers are battling house to house this morning to retake the city of ramadi from isis. iraq's army chief says security forces are just days from driving the terror group out of ramadi. the soldiers hope to retake a key government compound today in the center of the city. homemade bombs are slowing their advance. u.s. and other coalition jets are pounding targets near ramadi in support of iraqi troops. six u.s. service members killed in afghanistan have returned home. an air force honor guard carried the casket of staff signature chester mcbride off a transport plane at a national guard base in delaware. mcbride was one of six americans killed monday by a suicide bomber. bodies of five others were carried off the plane in a
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private ceremony. the truck driver who cashed into comedian tracy morgan's limousine faces manslaughter charges. a new jersey grand jury indicted kevin roper yesterday. the ntsb says roper didn't sleep for 28 hours before the accident. one of football's most popular players will miss his team's most important game of the year because he lost his cool on the field. the nfl rejected odell beckham jr.'s appeal of a suspension. so he will sit on sunday when the new york giants play minnesota. the all pro receiver was cited for a series of scuffles with josh norman on sunday. the referees gave beckham three penalties but did not eject him. beckham went on twitter after losing his appeal. he said, "i apologize to my teammates, the giants organization, and to all fans of
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the nfl." >> he went on to say, "sportsmanship and respect in the game are as important as blocking." there's at least some sense of respecting the game as a whole. >> she's trying to get out of this one. the announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by walgreens. at the corner of happy and healthy.
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is it a j is a jet fuel ingredient part of your complete breakfast? >> ahead, how some food companies are rewriting recipes and ditching artificial additives. the news is back in the morning right here on "cbs this morning."
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may be their last ever in oakland it's the final homee before the n-f-l decides whh good morning. i'm anne makovec. the raiders game against the chargers today could be the last ever at the oakland coliseum. it's the final home game before the nfl decides which team or teams will move to l.a. the game starts at 5:00 right here on kpix 5. and lefty o'doul's in san francisco hosting its 15th annual toy drive right now. you can drop off unwrapped gifts until 11:00 tonight. coming up on "cbs this morning," from spotify to apple music and pandora, all of the beatles songs are available to stream. traffic and weather coming up in just a moment. ,, ,,,,,,
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good morning. i'm liza battalones. all lanes are now open in the peninsula southbound 101 approaching poplar. we had an overturn accident. lanes are open. traffic is still recovering south 101 heavy approaching and passing third avenue. the bart system is looking better. no longer delays leaving downtown oakland. no problems to report to you for muni on the "ace" train. if you head for the bay bridge toll plaza, it's wide open very light traffic on this christmas eve. widespread showers on doppler spotty in nature but moderate to heavy rainfall within these cells throughout the bay area. we are going to continue to see this throughout the day today. unsettled unstable air behind us means we are going to see some thunderstorms as well throughout the day today. so showers, thunderstorms, snow on higher elevations in the bay area by tonight. showers continuing through christmas then drying out saturday, more showers sunday. ,,,,,,,,,,
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♪,,,,,,,,, we just got up here. >> oh, my lord! >> oh, my god, it's the president! woo! all right! >> did you have a good workout? >> yes, sir! >> how are you doing? >> good to see you. >> nice to see you. merry christmas. >> on a crater trail in chicago, people were shocked to see obama climbing up with family and friends and secret service agents. the hike is called the stairmaster from hell. the president tackled the challenge. he reached the top of the 1200-foot crater and then took in the view. there was heavy breathing there. >> they stay composed for all of that. welcome back to "cbs this morning." this half hour a story to make beatle fans twist and shout. the four lads from liverpool are
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now finally streaming online. we will look at the impact and why modern superstars are still cautious about streaming. the growing consumer demand to know more about what we eat. food companies say they are listening to customers and making changes but is it a way for them to improve their profits? that is ahead. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "wall street journal" reports the obama administration was secretly in contact with members of syria's regime for several years. officials say the goal was to limit violence in syria and get president bashar al aside sad t resign. the efforts never gained momentum. "the new york times" says hyundai and take ata raised concerns. court documents reveal honda and take ka taata executives met tos the defect. 19 million cars made by 12 companies have been recalled to fix the problem.
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business insider says hyatt is investigating a hack attack on its hotels. it is the fourth major company to warn about security breach since october. hackers installed malware that can steal customers' credit card information and not clear if they got any. the breach was discovered november 30th. the "chicago tribune" says the illinois attorney general calls fantasy sports sites illegal. she says online games offered by sites like fanduel and draftkings amount to gambling which means people in illinois cannot play them. the move follows similar rulings in new york and nevada. draftkings says it wants a judge to decide the issue. fanduel called on legislators to change illinois's law. >> an australia sydney morning herald has dramatic video of a helicopter that nearly crashed into a family on the ground. the chopper are almost landed on an island when a strong gust of
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wind sent it flying into two trees before crashing near a pool. a vacationing family was eating dinner 50 yards away from that and are okay and no one on board the helicopter was hurt. news of a christmas gift from the beatles to you. at 12:01 this morning, streaming services like spotify and apple music began offering the fab four's catalog for the first time. the move comes just days after pandora signed major deals with music publishing giants. demarco morgan is here with the latest key change for the industry. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. even though the beatles broke up almost 50 years ago, they remain one of the most influential and valuable band in the music and their music generate millions of dollars year. and reintroduce them to young music lovers. >> an epidemic called beatle mania has seized the teenage
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population. >> reporter: their movie defined a decade. ♪ >> reporter: and a generation. ♪ >> reporter: now, the beatles are again embracing revolution. ♪ you say you want a revolution ♪ >> reporter: allowing millions of fans to stream their melodys and catchy hooks. ♪ she's got a ticket to ride >> reporter: and giving a whole new generation a ticket to one of the greatest music catalogs in history. >> it's important because it's the beatles. the beatles change everything about popular music. >> reporter: there was no announcement by surviving members paul mccartney and ring oringo starr. from these songs.
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♪ when i find myself in times of trouble ♪ >> reporter: to "let it be." all 13 original studio albums plus four compilations are available on nine major streaming services and 244 songs total and including the fab four's number one hit. >> paul mccartney, if you are listening, adrian from balloon loves you with all of her heart! ♪ >> reporter: and while millions of fans rolled in for this agreement, it's a huge validation for the streaming music industry where revenues are dumped from $1 billion in 2012. >> we are past the tipping point. it's not about music ownership any more and it's about music access and if you want to keep up with listeners who feel that way, and those listeners tend to be younger, you need to be on streaming services. ♪ take it off >> reporter: the decision comes as high profile artists like
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prince and taylor swift have resisted the streaming revolution over low royalty and adele's new album "25" has sold at least 6 million copies, despite being barred from streaming platforms. ♪ >> reporter: still, the beatles initially slow to go digital, now seem ready to ride the wave. >> this decision for the beatles in some sense is about retaining relevancy. they don't want their m 0 million albums and 2 million songs in the first week alone. >> amazing.
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thoughts on desk the term natural on food labels. the comment series after consumers demanded more honest about food additives. campbell's and hershey and kelloggs are part of the growing list. anna werner looks at what it means for your kitchen cub
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cupboard. >> reporter: experts warn there is still a long way to go in regulating exactly what goes into our food. when you eat your favorite cereal, if you knew it contained this, a product also used in jet fuel, reading food labels has become a habit for heather tomayousou. this mother of three thinks twice about feeding her family anything with artificial ingredients. >> truthfully what is in the product and not just using key words that sound good, but are, you know, hiding something. >> reporter: now some major food companies say they are taking artificial coloring and flavors out of their products. kraft has pledged to remove that bright yellow color, really a synthetic dye, from its classic mac and cheese by next year.
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general mills, maker of trix and other cereals say bright colors will be provided instead of artificial dye. the companies say it's about listening to their customers. general mills telling us we are really doing this because we have heard from families who say this will make the products better. but it may also be about profit. a report here shows 80% of consumers are willing to pay more money for natural products. >> this is definitely a reaction to statistics. >> reporter: heather white directs the environmental working group, a nonprofit that monitors and rates over 80,000 food products based on the safety of their ingredients. >> the reason that companies are making this step is because they listen when we start to vote with our pocketbooks. >> reporter: artificial ingredients weren't always taboo. >> it could be a selling point. >> reporter: food historian nata says when food contamination was
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rampant consumes responded positively to the idea of manufactured food. >> it was a thing that was in consumers' minds that it was safe, that it was modern, that service scientific. >> reporter: ad campaigns help boost that image. marketers boasted wrigley's gum offering a fascinating artificial flavor and powdered tang became the drink of the future. >> good nutritious tang. >> reporter: food processing and mass production drove the need for additives even more. every item coming off the assembly line had to taste the same. >> and here is the real breakthrough. >> reporter: in the '40s and '50s new technology like freezers and microwaves gave rise to tv dinners and packed with artificial ingredients but widely popular. but these days, even with the company's new changes, there are too many unknowns about what exactly we are eating.
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>> there is 10,000 different chemicals that we are exposed to in food and there are about, at least 3,000, which we don't know anything about, so fundamentally, we really need to overhaul our system when we are thinking about chemicals in food. >> reporter: heather white was citing a study done by the pugh center and a defense council. she talked about labels like natural. natural can be really vague and even misleading. you think natural means one thing, but it doesn't necessarily mean the same thing every time. >> i always thought it meant derived from a plant. >> i think what a lot of people think. you want to believe there are no chemicals in this. >> natural flavoring oftentimes are create in laboratories. >> can we forget about this during the holidays? >>
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good morning. i'm liza battalones with your "kcbs traffic." very light traffic at the bay bridge toll plaza. enjoy it. westbound traffic has been fine all morning long with those metering lights off. a quick 20-minute drive between the carquinez bridge and the maze. the bart system checking in with no delays. earlier problems we had out of downtown oakland have cleared out. just keep in mind, the a's train is running on a holiday schedule. "ace" train no service for trains 5 and 7. ferry system all clear. over at the golden gate it's wet but no traffic delays leaving southern marin. julie? >> we are tracking widespread showers on doppler this morning. it's going to stick around for much of the day today. right now, showers moderate, heavy at times passing through. as you can see here a moderate cell over santa rosa. another one heavy rainfall just to the east of novato heading towards vallejo. the extended forecast, showers today, dying down tomorrow, christmas morning. then drying out saturday, more rain sunday night.
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hff. a 7-year-old boy is one of eight americans killed in deadly storms that ripped through the country. last night's severe weather also left dozens injured. at least 20 tornadoes were midwest. across the south cant tic. aorms created significant states. n at least half a dozen states. >> the storms blew several homes off their foundations, at least five of the people killed were in new york city. mike seidel of the weather channel is in holly springs where two tornadoes touched down. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, more than a dozen twisters touched down here into the mid south. we're about four miles south-southeast of memphis. there was one twister on the ground for more than ten minutes and damaged and destroyed homes on highway 7. just before sun down yesterday. the front brick wall, the facade of this house blown forward by
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the force of this tornadic wind. the windows blown out and look at this chevrolet, destroyed by trees. that's going to be part of the cleanup process. the same tornado hit earlier, not far from here, over in clarksdale, dozens of homes there were damaged or destroyed. here in holly springs, there were some deaths in the south when a 7-year-old boy was kill when his car was lifted off the highway. and look at this, debris spinning in the air as we get towards traffic, over in arkansas, it was more straight-line wind damage, 3,500 people there without power at one point. and significant storm damage in parts of six states. the governor of mississippi now asking for prayers. he issued a statement asking for everyone to pray for the victims of the storms and this long track tornado here in mississippi. today, sunny skies, but more veorms in play for christmas
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ut m inning t christmas eve, but much of the country is beginning to look a lot like easter, stark red colors on this map show you refmuch hotter than usual it rs. nor blue indicates colder than average conditions. it will be 19 degrees above average in dallas and chicago ween be 11 degrees warmer than usual. a fight between the two d trumrunners s is dominating presidential cam pain. the bill hillar trump warned the former secretary of state, hillary, sm, you complain at a penchant respectsm, who are you referring to? i have great respect for women. be careful. >> clinton reacted to trump using a vulgar term to describe her first campaign loss. you've still got a few hours e nationa christmas shopping,
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the national retail federation f holidayof holiday sales happen in the 10 days before christmas. holiday spending is expected to grow 3.7% this year. sales are expected to top $630 billion. "new york times" business editor peter lapman is here this morning. when i came out of the coffee shop at 6:30 a.m. this morning, it was 60 degrees outside. glovesre's greet deals on coats and gloves and scarfs, but etailelly, to the joke is that eatheretailers have bad sales, say it wahe warm weather as an narily, they'll say either it was too warm, or they'll say it silver cold. not gthere a silver lining, like people are buying more he mallsics instead of coats? , obviy want more foot traffic
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going online, it becomes much bo >> ier to return things, you just stick that sticker on to he box and send it back, you have to go to the mall to return we thmething. >> 74% of sales were made online onli m the third quarter of this year. >> yonline sales keep growing and growing. if you're brick and mortar, how ne w you do both. >> it's like the newspapers, we're just not a newspaper anymore, we're an online news onlce, brick and mortar stores are offst be brick and mortar, aey have to offer online sales. >> peter, thank you so much. you. reat to be with you. 3d printouts that can replace bones and help to,,
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♪ ♪ in our morning rounds we look ahead to medical advances in our morning rounds, we look ahead the to medical advances in the new year. the first genetically modified pdeclared a cause of cancer. david is here with our predictions for 2016. first up we're looking at wearable devices here, and you're not talking about fit bit. so what's the next wave? >> we hit the low lying fruit with wearable devices, devices that look at how much you move, they look at many of those kind of aspects. now the new generation of devices are going to go much deeper, give us deep information. we heard just last week that sudden heart attacks aren't so sudden, they're -- there are
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actually warnings. steve jobs said he had to prick his finger to measure his glucose level. so those next generation of wearable devices are coming. >> that will be life changing for countless patients. we talked about a break through technology called crisp er throughout the new year, how do you think this all been used in terms of genetically modified foods. >> i'm sure europe waiting with baited breath is crispr, it allows us to make designer animals, correct diseases, it can allow us potentially, now they're actually making mosquitoes that are resistant to
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mall larry malaria. >> in china this year, they changed an embryo, and it's scary. for years we debated it but we couldn't do it. now we can do it and obviously we need regulations. an international commission met several weeks ago, but it's not clear who's going to regulate it. it's a powerful area and we need to have structure going forward, so we don't prevent progress, but also we put restraints. >> the next advance you speak about are elephants finding a cure for cancer, what's this about? >> this is so cool. elephants are 80 times bigger than you or i, and yet they rarely get cancer. so it was discovered just several months ago that elephants have 20 copies of the guardian of the genome, and it corrects errors and we have one. so elephants have childbirth until they're 70. and the males protect the herd until that age.
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and so we don't need to do that. obviously in our 30s, we stop having children so we stop contributing historically to society. now obviously we do much later. but elephants designed a way not to get cancer so until their 70s or 80s. and we have to replicate that. so all of a sudden we have a clue to prevent cancer so now we can pay attention to it and figure out ways to replicate it in ways that benefit us. >> david, thanks so much for being with us this morning, it's going to be a very interesting year in medicine and science. gym plunkett's team's season was almost over. plunkett goes back to that team that gave him his start. that's next on "cbs this morning." announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by
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>> plunkett brought a golden football to his former high school.
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nfl fiis nfl films is capturing the journey. nfl today takes us to the bay area. >> the high school in california produced one super bowl mvp. and his rise to stardom is a lesson in pride and perseverance. >> came from a poor background. my parents were on welfare. they were both blind. but yet they provided me with all of the love and attention you could possibly imagine. >> this is kind of where i defined myself, who i wanted to be, where i wanted to go, what i wanted to do. >> at james lake high school jim plunkett discovered his calling. >> his very first start he was a tremendous quarterback. and it never ended. >> it's the 51-year anniversary of us becoming friends here at james lake high school. >> their bond was forged by football. on a team that won a title when the quarterback ignored his coach's play call. >> do you remember sneaking the ball in? >> i do not. >> the play call was it hand it
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off. you called it off and you went in right there. a pile of bodies. and that was our first championship. >> that football remains one of the school's most prized possessions. >> when i was here i got a lot of attention. i could have gone anywhere. because of my family situation i had to stay close to home so stanford was the perfect choice. >> as a senior he won the heisman trophy. as a patriot he was named nfl rookie of the year. >> chuck fairbanks came in, changed the offense, wanted to run the option. i am not an option quarterback, especially in the nfl. when my contract was up i asked to be traded. it did not work out in san francisco. i wanted it to work out. the harder i tried the further behind i got. eventually i got let go, which was probably the lowest point in my career. >> the raiders owner remembered him and he was a raiders
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starter. >> first wild card team to win the super bowl. we won 13 of our last 15 games. it was a big validation. >> plunkett steps up. over the middle. touchdown, raiders! >> was i surprised? >> no. >> almost like a dart. >> i had people once again believing in me that, you know, i am an nfl quarterback and i showed that. >> he is also the first latino to be named a super bowl mvp! [ cheers and applause ] >> please join me in welcoming our distinguished alumni and super bowl champion, mr. jim plunkett. [ cheers and applause ] >> i was proud to walk into the gym and it certainly made me feel good. >> the welfare child with two blind parents returned to the place where his journey began. >> i am proud to be a part of it. >> a champion. >> the golden football. [ cheers and applause ] >> now they have a connection to the trophy case.
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they'll look at the case and know the significance behind it. know, went above and beyond. >> he had great parents. both of them were blind. he had touch times in the nfl but he came back. he really came back. >> it reminds you nobody's path is easy. it seems sometimes some people have it easier. we just saw michael irvin and have a couple more left. >> i really love it. they're great stories. this evening on thursday night football, the san diego chargers visit the oakland raiders. that's on the nfl network. i really love this series. there are great stories. this evening on "thursday night football," the san diego chargers visit the oak raiders. >> i only wanted to be a songwriter and never wanted to be a singer and i never wanted to be famous. >> norah's conversation with carole kin r your local news. ♪
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country could cause air tral delays, on this christmas e. if you plan to fly today, c with your it's 8:25. i'm anne makovec. harsh weather in the country could cause travel delays on this christmas eve. if you plan to fly, check your with airline before you get to the airport and they are saying get there 90 minutes before departure time for domestic flights and 2 hours early for hawaii and international destinations. the raiders going to play their final home game of the season this evening. it is the last home game for the retiring charles woodson. depending on the whims of the national football league, it could be the last game in oakland ever. you can see it here at 5 p.m. on kpix 5. stay with us. traffic and weather in just a moment. ,,
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good morning. i'm liza battalones with your "kcbs traffic." if you plan to make the golden gate commute it's been light traffic all morning. it's wet out there so take it easy but southbound traffic is fine. no delays for all of marin county getting into san francisco. same story for the bay bridge toll plaza where the metering lights have been off all morning long westbound traffic fine getting into the city. the earlier wind advisory from the chp has been lifted. and after earlier delays, bart is back on time. no problems leaving downtown oakland. the "ace" train is operating on a holiday schedule, so no train number 5 or number 7 this
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morning. if you plan to make the rest of the commute, 880 still rolling well in both directions. there is a raiders game today so you may see some brief delays just outside of the coliseum. and if you plan to head up to the snow, pack those chains. there are chain restrictions on all major roads leading to the sierra. that's a look at traffic. here's julie. >> we are off to a wet start this christmas eve. as you can see right now on doppler, moderate to heavy rainfall at times. expect this throughout the day today. let's zoom intake a closer look at this band of showers in the north bay stretching from bolinas to san rafael, richmond, hercules, benicia you have a heavy cell there just to the northwest of you. folks, anticipate this possibility of some showers throughout the day today. high winds, as well. it's going to be a blustery wet day today. showers are tapering off by christmas morning. dry saturday. next round of rain on sunday.
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, norah talks to grammy winner singer/songwriter carole king who created music gold for half a century. king reveals what she learned from james taylor and how her sounds shaped some of the other top entertainers. also a german shepherd learns to guide the way for a blind runner. see how their example could change the lives of thousands of people across the country. that is ahead. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "fortune" says the faa is preparing for a holiday rush on its drone registration website. more than 45,000 drones have been registered since the site opened on monday.
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the site was taken offline for a while to prepare for high demand. americans are likely to buy up to 400,000 drones over the holidays. new parents listen up. "the new york times" says when your baby is learning to traditional choice may be better than gadgets. a new city looked at electronic toys advertised as promoting language development. it found when parents and babies played with them, parents spoke less and fewer responsing to babbling babies. blocks and books encourage more talking by parents and it's also cheaper. >> it is but nothing cheaper than you just talking to your child and that is the best thing you can do. >> they may not like it initially. they will learn. later, they really don't like it! britain's "guardian" says justin bieber wants the competitor to beat him to number one on the british charts. ♪ ♪ when you're weary >> reporter: the amateur choir
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of britain's state-run health care system reported a bridge over you. their version of bridge over troubled water. sales and proceeds go to help charity. bieber is asking his fans to buy it so the song can be number one overnight tonight. >> cbs brings you the kennedy center honors on tuesday. one of the honorees is carole king. through first love and first dances and broken hearts, we have always had her as a friend. norah o'donnell talked with carole king about how much she means to so many people. >> reporter: what is the highest compliment that people pay you? >> you're really a down-to-earth person is the highest compliment. >> reporter: really? >> yes. to be a down-to-earth person is a value that i have tried to keep throughout the years, through the whole trajectory of my life.
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♪ i feel the earth move under my feet ♪ >> reporter: a trajectory that made carole king one of -- >> you got to get out there ♪ >> -- if not the most prolific song writer of an er. a career spanning over 50 years. ♪ now and forever and through more than 100 hit singles, she gave voices to generations. ♪ brother brother brother >> reporter: she was born carole klein in 1942. raised in brooklyn, carol's mother taught her to play the piano at just 4 years old. your dad was a firefighter and he would crowd the living room with people to listen to you. >> yep. it was my first experience of being uncomfortable before an audience. >> reporter: as a child, she was writing her own songs and, by 15, carole was relentlessly
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pitching them to some of new york's most famous executives and she didn't stop until abc paramount offered her a contract. at queens college in 1958, she met jerry gothan who became her writing partner. ♪ you're going to want me for your girl ♪ >> reporter: and then her husband. at just 18 years old, carole had her first number one hit. ♪ tonight you're mine completely ♪ >> we hoped to bring about some change in the music of the times. it went from strictly teeny bopper to was a little more meaning in the lyrics. ♪ ♪ but will you love me tomorrow ♪ >> reporter: was that purposeful? did you want to change it or did that just happen? >> i became a mom at 18, so that was more my focus but jerry had the vision.
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he was so visionary. ♪ >> reporter: america fell in love with carole's songs. in the 1960s, she co-wrote more than 24 hits, brought to life by names like little eva, the drifters, and the monkees. then one day in 1967 -- ♪ looking out on the morning rain ♪ >> reporter: carole turned on the radio and heard her words sung by the queen of soul. ♪ so inspired >> it was just the height of all of my dreams and expectations. ♪ when i knew i had to face another day ♪ >> aretha franklin could do things that i can't do, but i hear them singing it in my head, so when it's actualized, wow. ♪ because you make me feel you make me feel ♪ ♪ you make me feel like a
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natural woman ♪ >> reporter: yeah. she can do things that others can't. >> this is true. ♪ if i make you happy i don't need to do more ♪ ♪ you make me feel >> the one thing i can do that nobody else can do as a songwriter is deliver the songwriter's version of that song. ♪ you make me feel like a natural woman ♪ >> there is this authenticity is just as close to the source as you can get. ♪ and it's too late baby now it's too late ♪ >> reporter: with success came heartache. carole and jerry divorced. looking for a fresh start, she moved their two daughters to california where she met a long-haired guitarist named james taylor. ♪ oh, even your darkest night
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>> reporter: they formed a band and began a lifelong friendship. ♪ you just call out my name >> reporter: james recorded her song "you've got a friend." and it was his first number one hit. ♪ i'll come running >> everybody understands friendshi, and friendship is different than love. friendship has more freedom, more latitude. you don't expect your friend to be as you think your friend should be. you expect your friend just to love you as a friend. ♪ you've got a friend >> he always says that i inspired him as a songwriter, but he completely mentored me as a performer. he showed me the confidence and he put me in a position where i needed to learn that, but the audience gave me the confidence. >> reporter: how so? >> i could go out there. i don't need to worry about whether i'm good or i'm not good, because it's not about me. i am the vehicle through which the audience is getting to hear their favorite songs.
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>> reporter: in 1971, it was carole's voice that affirmed her status as a pop icon. ♪ i feel the earth move under my feet ♪ ♪ i feel the sky tumbling down ♪ >> reporter: her second solo album "tapestry" shot to number one on the charts and stayed there for 15 weeks and the album won four grammys and carole became the first woman to win "song of the year." >> i've had success as a songwriter and that is completely different. i never wanted to be a songwriter and i never wanted to be a singer and i never wanted to be famous. ♪ when you leave i will follow >> reporter: in the 1970s, carole would marry twice more, but she found her peace when she moved to idaho in 1978. you say it took you until your 60s to really knew who you were?
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>> yeah. my one area of vulnerability was i didn't know to have a healthy relationship with a man. >> reporter: did that fuel your creativity? did it distract from it? >> neither. my creativity is an entity unto its own. it did its own thing, always. >> reporter: in concert. ♪ >> reporter: in covers. ♪ because you make me feel you make me feel ♪ >> reporter: on broadway. ♪ you make me feel like a natural woman ♪ >> reporter: you might say america is having a "carole moment." ♪ you make me feel >> reporter: or maybe it just never stopped having one. ♪ make me make me make me feel like a natural woman ♪ >> those songs just don't get old. there is a video of her
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performing with james taylor a couple of years ago and they sang "you got a friend together." it was just amazing! >> is that when you hear all of those songs back-to-back and that great story from norah you get a sense of how each song is a story, a universal story that everyone connects with. >> absolutely. you can see carole king and all of the wingers at the kennedy center honors on cbs tuesday,
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months payment on a new jetta and other select models. downtown for a sales call. west side for a presentation. meeting after meeting. that's why gordon stops at exxon and mobil. for fuels that help his engine run cleaner, smoother, and with better fuel economy. so he can make it to the meeting that matters most. gordon is energy. exxon and mobil. energy lives here. exxon and mobil are proud plenti partners. lots of points. lots of places.
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♪ we all know it's important to stay active but for thousands of blint athletes across the country, just getting out of the door can be challenging. now one special dog, the first of its kind in the country, is helping its owner to not only walk but to run. barry petersen shares the extraordinary bond between two friends conquering the open road. >> running today? >> reporter: it's natural that a man would want to care for his canine companion. >> here we go. >> reporter: for centuries, dogs have been man's best friend. >> player is a real snuggly sort of cuddly dog. >> reporter: in this store a german shepherd named clinger to care for richard hunter. richard is blind and clinger is
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his guide dog. the only one in america trained specifically to lead a blind runner. >> steady. what clinger does when he runs with me is no different than nis regular guide dog work. he is moving at a slightly faster pace. he has a lot of drive. he likes to work. he could be highly focused. >> reporter: sounds like you, maybe? >> i think clinger actually has a lot more drive than i do! >> reporter: richard started losing his sight in his 20s when he was a marine corps second lieutenant. now, 48 years old, he almost completely blind. >> did he get it? >> reporter: but despite that loss, richard started competeing in triathlons with the help of human guides. then, one day, during a bicycle training ride, richard and his guide collided with a car. he went through the windshield. his neck broken. >> that was a big wake-up call for me and my family. >> reporter: just three months later, he was back running races and nine months after the accident, he ran the boston
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marathon. there, he bumped into thomas panic, whose school trains guide dogs for the blind and there was an offhand remark. >> richard shouted out, i'm really curious. have you ever trained a guide dog to run? and i said, i don't know. it hasn't been done. >> reporter: trainer collie and jeannine hollister devised a new training program and the key was finding the right dog. enter, clinger. >> he took every challenge we threw at him, accepted it and exceeded it and gave us the ability to ask for more. >> reporter: over the next six months, they taught clinger to navigate curbs and obstacles at a faster pace and, thus, think faster. then he was ready to meet richard. >> as rewarding as training clinger was, being able to work with clinger and richard together and watch the relationship develop with the two of them was a truly
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inspirational and amazing time for me. that i will never forget. >> reporter: the partnership started with more training at a new york park. >> good boy. >> reporter: and goes on today at their california home. clinger can run six miles at a time. he memorized each step of their path, always watching and warning of obstacles, and creating a new kind of independence for richard. you don't need to call a friend. you don't need to have somebody come over. you guys, you buddies can just go for a run. >> it gives me a lot of freedom. with clinger in my highwaouse, e have the flexibility, once he learns my routes, we are able to leave the house whenever we want to and it's just him and i. >> if richard can open his door in the morning and be able to get out there and have the freedom to know that he is safe, that, to me, is a definition of
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success. >> let's get up the hill. let's go. >> reporter: that means others may someday share what richard and clinger now have. >> if this program is successful successful, it's going to create the foundation for other people to follow in my foot steps. >> reporter: two athletes answering the call of the open road. >> good boy. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," barry petersen, in folsom, california. >> love that story. just love it. all the way around. love the dog, love the guy, love the trainers. great work. kids know the rules -- don't touch elf on a shelf. a little girl who did reaches out to save her christmas next on "cbs this morning." ♪ you make me live now honey ♪ you make me live ♪ [ dog barks ]
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[ bark ] there it is! [ gasps ] oh no!
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look, the sky's awake! ♪ that. was. epic! [ bark ]
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this is the perfect story to end the morning. 7-year-old girl from new jersey thought her christmas was ruined! she called 911 after she accidentally knocked over her family's elf on the shelf! she quickly realized she made the wrong call. >> hi. hi, isabella. why are you calling 911? >> don't come to my house! don't! >> are you accidentally dialing 911? you you made a mistake? >> yes. >> if you don't know what elf on the shelf is, it is said to watch over children to make sure they are being good for santa but kids are not supposed to touch the elf on the shelf so she was concerned the elf would be injured. she was scared that santa would not visit because of her mistake! so that is why she was nervous. >> she was assured santa is coming. don't worry. santa will be there. this santa has to go out shopping after the show!
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that does it for us. have a safe and merry christmas eve. for news any time, anywhere, watch our,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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that injured four people oue a nightclub in san leandro a hate crime. two men now under ar decides good morning. detectives now believe a shooting that injured four people outside a nightclub in san leandro was a hate crime. two men were under arrest. prosecutors have charged a richmond man for making death threats against a muslim, accused of yelling at worshippers outside an islamic center. the investigation into a single-engine plane crash on tuesday is under way. cell phone video shows the scene minutes after it slammed into a hillside near castro valley. the pilot who died john sacco was a safety engineer and consultant. it is a rainy christmas eve around the bay area. julie? >> it sure is.
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yeah, we're starting off with gray skies and scattered showers light to moderate rainfall depending where you are. and you can expect to see this throughout the day today. hi-def doppler showing right now a band of showers in the north bay moving south. we do have the possibility of some thunderstorms through the day today, as well. temperatures cool topping out only in the 50s. expect blustery conditions windy conditions today. of course a winter weather warning is in effect for the high country so grab those chains if you are heading to higher elevations. could see a dusting of snow on higher elevations in the bay area like mount diablo. showers taper off for christmas morning. and then into the weekend we dry out saturday with another chance of showers on sunday. a check of traffic is coming up after the break.
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good morning, everybody. i'm liza battalones with your "kcbs traffic." have an accident now delaying some traffic on 280. it happened in the southbound direction approaching foothill. at least one lane of traffic is shut down. and after earlier problems, bart is back on track. no delays systemwide. "ace" train no delays but they are not operating trains 5 and 7 this morning. meantime, bay bridge toll plaza no wait at the pay gates.
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wayne: fabulous! jonathan: it's a new scooter! - oh, it's gonna happen! wayne: everybody should get a money fairy. you got the big deal! tiffany: gold rush! jonathan: it's a ruby bracelet! - curtain number three! jonathan: it's time for "let's make a deal!" now here's tv's big dealer, wayne brady! wayne: hey, everybody, welcome to "let's make a deal." i'm wayne brady, merry christmas. this is christmas eve, we've got families. elves, nutcrackers and angels, and ornaments. who wants to make a deal? i need a family. let's go with this family right here. you guys, right there, come on over here.

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