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captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it's thursday, december 31st, 2015. this is the "cbs morning news." bill cosby released on a million dollars bail after he is charged in a decade-old sex crime. cosby's attorneys say he will be exonerated. floodwaters overrun communities in missouri, illinois and kentucky. the mississippi has spilled over nine federal levees in the st. louis area alone and forecasters say the dire conditions are likely to get worse. and a rough ride for some air canada passengers. 21 were injured when their flight from shanghai to toronto
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hit severe turbulence. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. comedian bill cosby is free on bail this morning. the once renowned tv dad was formally charged on wednesday with sexual assault. dozens of women have come forward this year accusing the entertainer of assault. his lawyers expect cosby to be fully exonerated. kenneth craig reports. >> reporter: bill cosby made no comment and leaned on his lawyers as he was arrested in elkins park, pennsylvania. the comedian is free on $1 million bail charged with aggravated and sexual assault. cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former temple university employee
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andrea constand nearly 12 years ago. >> paralyzed, unable to move. a person in that state cannot give consent. >> reporter: the decision to charge cosby comes just days before the statute of limitations would have run out. prosecutors said evidence from a 2005 unsealed over the summer. in it, cosby admitted to giving women drugs. more than 50 women have come forward accusing cosby of sexual assault, including victoria valentino. >> well, we were absolutely elated. vindicat vindicated, validated. >> reporter: cosby was ordered to surrender his passport. when a judge said good luck to you, sir, cosby shouted back, thank you. his lawyers released a statement saying, make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge and we expect that mr. cosby will be exonerated. >> this will be the fulfillment of a campaign promise as something opposed to something
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just in. we are 12 years after an alleged assault. >> reporter: if convict, cosby faces five to ten years in prison and a 25eds $25,000 fine. kenneth craig, elkins park, pennsylvania. coming up on "cbs this morning," we will speak with bill cosby's attorney monique presley. parts of the midwest are swamped in deadly floodwaters. water is still rising and threatening to break levees. flooding is blamed for at least 20 deaths. marlie hall has more. >> reporter: rising floodwaters rushed over homes and roads and businesses in missouri on wednesday. firefighters rescued one man trapped on top of his pickup truck. >> if we could say anything over and over and over, it would be don't drive into water. >> reporter: at least a half dozen houses were lost out in st. louis where the merrimack and mississippi rivers meet. karla bryant organized residents
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to save as many homes as possible. >> these are my neighbors. we have done everything we can and we still can't beat it. >> reporter: in valley park, volunteers tried to protect this business, which is only a block away from a levee. >> the levee behind us was only like a foot to go and then just going to be some flooding. >> reporter: sandbags are often no match for raging rivers. forecasters say floodwaters are rising more than one inch per hour in some communities. nearly 20 levees along the mississippi river and its tributaries could fail. mandatory evacuation orders are in place for numerous communities, but some residents would rather stay. >> tomorrow is another day. new year's at the end of the week, so 2016 has to be better. >> reporter: the mississippi is climbing and expected to reach almost 15 feet above flood stage. marlie hall, cbs news, valley park, missouri. the mother of the so-called
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affluenza teenager arrived in los angeles overnight. ethan couch is still detained in mexico after a judge delayed his deportation. authorities believe couch and his mother fled to avoid facing the teen's possible probation violation. it comes as no surprise to law enforcement. >> i expect no less. they will fight every step of the way. i know they are not suddenly turning over a new leaf and say let's go back to texas and face the music. that's not how they have lived. >> couch received ten years of probation for a deadly drunken driving crash. attorneys argued his privileged upbringing spurred poor decision making. the man who allegedly supplied the guns used in the san bernardino massacre now faces conspiracy charges. a grand jury excited -- indicted enrique marquez yesterday. he lied about buying the assault
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rifles and planning prior attacks that were never executed. marquez cooperated are authorities in the days after the shooting. terrifying moments for passengers on an air canada flight. it made an emergency landing on wednesday after experiencing severe turbulence. nearly two dozen people went to the hospital. chris martinez has reaction from passengers. >> reporter: injured passengers were rushed out of calgary international airport on stretchers on wednesday. air canada flight 88 from shanghai to toronto experienced heavy turbulence sending 21 passengers to the hospital, including three children. >> honestly, we thought we were dying. like you see in the movies where they all go up to the ceiling, okay? everything went to the ceiling that wasn't anchored. >> we started flying like you were in mid air and i fell back down. >> it was just like you in the roller coaster. screaming. >> reporter: the plane was diverted to calgary where emergency crews were waiting at the gate. paramedics say some of the injuries were neck and back-related.
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>> we don't have -- none of the patients are life-threatening in any manner. >> reporter: passengers say the pilot did the best he could, under the circumstances. >> a lesson to be learned to all of you -- put your seat belts on even when it's sunshine. >> reporter: air canada says a full investigation is under way. chris martinez, cbs news. chicago police will have access to more tasers in an effort to cut down on officer-involved shootings. that was part of a sweeping policy change announced yesterday by embattled mayor rahm emanuel. he is also implementing de-escalation training. security is tight around the world this morning as many plan to celebrate the new year. new york city police will carefully screen people today who want to watch the ball drop in times square. about 6,000 officers will cover the event. soldiers are deployed throughout paris to keep people safe after last month's terror attack.
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around 60,000 police and troops are deployed across france for a new year's celebrations. tensions are high in turkey where two suspects were detained who allegedly planned to detonate suicide bombs tonight. belgium's capital cancelled new year's eve fireworks amid fears of an attack. no grand prize winning tickets sold for last night's powerball drawing. the next drawing is saturday. coming up on the "morning news." a ban on a popular beauty product. we will tell you why the president made microbeads illegal. this is the "cbs morning news."
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new worries over the impact of el nino. and a beauty staple is outlawed. those are some of the headlines on the morning newsstand. the "atlanta journal-constitution" says president obama has signed a law banning plastic microbeads from shampoo, toothpaste and facial
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wash. an estimated 800 trillion beads are flushed down the drain every day. scientists say that they are too small to be caught in waste water treatment filters and they end up in the water supply. the ban goes into effect in july. "the washington post" says the driver who was killed after he crashed into another car carrying secret service agents in new hampshire on tuesday had an extensive criminal history. he was identified as bruce danforth. the four secret service agents suffered serious injuries. the bbc reports the powerful el nino weather phenomenon this year and next is expected to be as bad as the one in 1998. el nino is linked to floods and storms around the world, as well as unusual temperatures. the north pole, for example, was 40 degrees above normal yesterday. on the cbs "moneywatch" now. the most loved cars on the road and big lift for weight watchers.
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wendy gillette is with that and more in new york. general motors. the u.s. territory governor said on wednesday, bondholders will receive the $329 million they are owed, but that payment will come from lower-grade bonds. general obligation bonds are considered the safest investment bonds. puerto rico has racked up billions in bond debt that it says it cannot pay. wall street stocks ended lower on yet another drop in oil prices. the dow lost 117 points on wednesday. the s&p 500 index was off 15. the nasdaq fell 42 points. the u.s. is reportedly preparing new sanctions over iran's ballistic missile program. "wall street journal" says the potential sanctions can be imposed under july's landmark nuclear agreement. international companies and individuals suspected of involvement in the ballistic missile program would be targeted. oprah winfrey's new tv commercial for weight watchers
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has given the company's stock price another boost. the commercial began airing on wednesday. shares jumped 19%. weight watchers stock has more than tripled since october when winfrey bought a 10% stake in the company. most satisfying cars were the tesla model s. the chevy corvette and the porch caman. the nissan juke least favorable cars and the nissan pathfinder. >> i think my true love when it comes to car is my first car. reliant k-car. she had a lot of miles on her but she got the job done. >> i like my mustang convertible! >> that sounds like a nice car. much better than my reliant! thank you, wendy gillette in new york. coming up. turning up the heat. presidential candidates step up their attack as we enter the new year just weeks to go before the first vote.
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boost is his staff on the ground. meanwhile, the talk on the campaign trail is getting tougher. mark albert is at the white house. >> reporter: with five weeks before the first votes, candidates are doing what they can to separate themselves from the pack and that means turning on each other. >> i think as we get down the stretch here, some of them get a little desperate and nasty in their attacks. >> reporter: marco rubio was the focus of attacks from chris christie and jeb bush. the super pact supporting bush released this ad, attacking rubio's voting record in congress. >> rubio has missed important national security hearings and missed more total votes than any other senator. >> reporter: and christie went after the senators in the race. >> marco rubio and ted cruz and rand paul who come from the senate, all who have never had an executive job in their lives. >> reporter: one person escaping most of the attacks is front-runner donald trump. he is bashing hillary clinton. >> madam president, can you imagine? oh! believe me, women, if it's got
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to be a woman, which i'm all in favor of someday, it shouldn't be hillary. >> reporter: in south carolina wednesday, trump, once again, implied clinton is a hypocrite for claiming he is degrading to women, considering president bill clinton's past affairs. >> she wants to accuse me of things and her husband is one of the greatest abusers of the world? give me a break. >> reporter: trump says if he wins the nomination, he will win the female vote and beat clinton in november. mark albert, cbs news, the white house. in sports now. the golden state warriors, without steph curry were routed by dallas. curry missed his first game of the season with a lower leg bruise. the mavericks j.j. barea led dallas with 23 points. dallas blew out the warriors 114-91. it was golden state's second loss of the season. in what was likely his last game in boston, kobe bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the lakers to a 112-104 win over the celtics. bryant notched his first
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double-double of his final season. in the final minute, the boston crowd chanted his name. in college hoops, marcus tate scored 18 points and seventh ranked north carolina remain unbeaten all-time against clemson at chapel hill. the tar heels beat the tigers 80-69. carolina improved to 58-0 against clemson at home. and who are the best athletes of all time? well, according to a just released harris poll, michael jordan tops the list. no surprise there. jordan also ranked as the greatest basketball player also. following jordan were babe ruth, boxing great muhammad ali, and serena williams, and denver quarterback peyton manning. still to come, good-bye to the penny. we will tell you why a california store says using the one cent coin just doesn't make sense. no, no, no, no, people are both soft and strong...
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here is another look at this morning's top stories. comedian bill cosby is formally charged with sexual assault. he was arraigned yesterday in a pennsylvania courtroom for a case dating back nearly 12 years. his attorneys expect cosby to be exonerated. rivers in the midwest could crest today and trigger more flooding. the mississippi river, near st. louis, could climb about 15 feet above flood stage. mandatory evacuation orders are in place. nearly two dozen people have died in flooding incidents. the new year will bring change and, perhaps, a lack of it to a fullerton, california, convenience store. the mission market will stop using pennies. a sign tells customers all transactions will be rounded to the nearest nickel.
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we are all consumers. we know how annoying pennies are. they waste time. they accumulate lint. we throw them on the trash and put them in our piggy bank never to be seen another. >> price tags in the store will not change. a supply of penny will be kept on hand just in case. the largest container ship to dock in north america arrived in oakland, california, from china. the "benjamin franklin" is 1,300 feet long and 20 stories high! it can carry 18,000 containers. about one-third more than the next largest ship. the 4-h project was pretty easy for dakota rogers in texas. he had to raise a chicken. and he did! he sure did. it kept on eating and eating until it weighed about 24 pounds. most chickens are about 12 pounds. they have named the chicken big mac. pretty good name. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," tips for sticking to your new year's resolutions. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news."
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some of the biggest stories of the past year included the pope's visit to the u.s. and the attack in san bernardino. jamie yuccas has a look back. >> reporter: the december attack on a holiday party in san bernardino, california, was the country's worst mass shooting since sandy hook elementary school. 14 people were killed when a radicalized husband and wife team opened fire. >> this was an act of terrorism. >> reporter: other mass shootings took place at a lafayette, louisiana movie theater. a colorado springs planned parenthood clinic and a historic black church in charleston, south carolina. the suspect in the church shooting posed with confederate flags and triggering a backlash that led to the flag's removal from statehouse grounds.
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police involved deaths of african-american men sparked outrage across the country. in north charleston, south carolina, walter scott was shot in the back. in baltimore, freddie gray died of spinal injuries in a police van after being taken into police custody. in chicago, newly released video of laquan mcdonald's 2014 death touched off community protests and charges of murder against police officers. racial incidents sparked protests on several college campuses, including the university of missouri where the president resigned after the football team refused to play. boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev and aurora, colorado movie theater james holmes were both found guilty. holmes received a life sentence. tsarnaev got the death penalty. supreme court legalized same-sex marriage and prompting celebration and nuptials nationwide. kentucky county clerk kim davis
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spent five days in jail after refusing to issue licenses because of her religious beliefs. in upstate new york, a massive manhunt. police shot and killed one convict and captured the other. the freighter ship "el faro" and its 33-person crew sank off the bahamas during a hurricane. 18 people died and 200 hurt when a speeding train derailed. california's governor declared a state of emergency as the record drought got worse. and boston had the most snow ever. more than 110 inches. pope francis captivated americans on his first trip to the states, visiting washington, d.c., new york, and philadelphia. the nfl suspended super bowl mvp tom brady over deflategate, but a judge later reversed the penalty. >> triple crown! >> and american pharaoh won the triple crown. the first horse to do it in 37 years. coming up after your local
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news on "cbs this morning," legal analysis of the bill cosby case. we will hear from cbs news legal expert rikki klieman. tips for success when it comes to sticking to those new year's resolution. we will have a preview of some of hollywood's biggest movies in 2016. that is the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. reen. have a great day. ,,,,
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good morning. it's thursday, december 31-ist i'm anne makovec, in for michelle gr. a live look at the golden gate golden gate the final morning of 2015, believe it or
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not. here we are. thanks for joining us. thursday, december 31. i'm anne makovec. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. happy new year. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 4:30 on the dot. and a lot of people are going to be out and about today so let's get some traffic and weather. >> they were already out and about this morning. they were crazy driving. gianna, we'll have to talk about that later. but this morning, heading out the door, it is going to end on 2015 as we began. with dry skies. clear conditions right now and yes, it's another cold start to your morning. 33 in concord, 32 santa rosa. later today bright sunshine, low to mid 50s. we have the new year's eve evening forecast coming up in a matter of minutes. but right now let's bring in lady g. >> good morning. we have construction that may slow you down this morning just a bit. westbound 580 near 980 and the maze that will be there until 5:00 so various lanes blocked because of that. hopefully they will have that wrapped up in 30

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