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voyag -- bon voyage, you've got a week. that's the "overnight news." voyag -- bon voyage, you've got a week. captioning funded by cbs it's thursday, february 16th, 2017. this is the "cbs this morning." president trump is forced to look for a new labor secretary and he makes a shift that ends a two decade policy on the israeli palestinian conflict. while leaks of classified information have the president pushing back. >> papers are being leaked and things are being leaked. it's a criminal action. criminal act. and a day without immigrants. deportation fears have immigrants from coast-to-coast calling for today to be a day of action by boycotting their work, school, and shopping.
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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. this morning, the trump administration is facing controversy and foreign distractions on foreign issues. shifting from longstanding policy, the president backed away from a two-state resolution to the palestinian/israeli conflict. meanwhile, another one of his cabinet nominees withdrew his nomination. hena daniels is in new york. >> reporter: the senate was to hold a confirmation today for andrew puzder. president trump's nominee for labor secretary. instead, the president is looking for someone else to fill the job. meanwhile, the president has dropped the insistence by the u.s. on a two-state solution to the israeli/palestinian conflict, a longstanding bedrock of middle east policy. this morning, president trump is shopping for a new nominee to be his labor secretary.
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in a dramatic turn of events wednesday, trump's pick for the job, andrew puzder withdrew his name for consideration. republicans had raised concerns over the fast food executive's failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who was not authorized to work in the u.s. >> i believe that he made the right decision. >> i would hope that the next person who is nominated will be the subject of a lot better vetting. >> reporter: the development came just two days after the president's national security adviser michael flynn was forced to resign over fallout from conversations he had with a russian diplomat about sanctions in december. >> mr. president, are you going to answer any questions about your associate's contact with the russians during the campaign, sir? >> mr. president? >> reporter: during a news conference with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house, mr. trump dodged questions about his administration's alleged communications with russian officials during the campaign. before backing away from the
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u.s. longstanding policy favoring a two-state solution between israeli and palestinians. >> well, i'm looking at two state and one state, and i like the one that both parties like. >> reporter: mr. trump's israeli envoy pick david friedman is expected to face tough questions on the issue at a senate confirmation hearing today. at least five former ambassadors to israeli are already urging lawmakrs to reject him for what they view as his extreme views on middle east peace. and president trump did ask the israeli prime minister to hold back on building more jewish settlements in the occupied west bank yesterday. the senate will hold a procedural vote today to advance the nomination of scott pruitt to lead the environmental protection agency. anne-marie? >> hena daniels in new york, thank you, hena. today, the senate is expected to vote on the nomination of nick mulvaney. to run the white house budget office. mulvaney is a tea party lawmaker from south carolina. he is reportedly considering sharp cuts to domestic agencies
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such as the epa. lawmakers in the house say they want the right to review any effort by president trump to ease sanctions on russia. revelations about an alleged trump administration ties to russia have lawmakers in both houses asking questions. the white house insists there is nothing to it. democrats are calling for an investigation. >> these reports and revelations should not pit the two parties against one another. they should unite the parties in pursuit of the full truth. >> these issues are sure to come up today when secretary of state rex tillerson meets his russian counterpart at the g-20 meeting in germany. it's reported this morning that the intelligence community is withholding information from the trump administration. "the wall street journal" reports the move stems from fear of untrust worthiness or leaks. meanwhile, the white house reportedly plans to have a trump ally view the intelligence agencies. chip reid has more on the intelligence leaks plaguing
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washington. >> these people have committed a potential federal felony in talking to the reporters and that ought to disturb us. >> reporter: cbs news senior national security analyst fran townsend was homeland security adviser to president george w. bush. >> there is sort of a base level of this we have come to expect out of washington. >> reporter: but what does she think about the amount of classified information that is being leaked right now? >> frankly, i find it stunning. >> reporter: she says the investigation into russian influence in the trump administration will now be more difficult, in part, because people will worry that what they tell investigators will become public. >> the only way to effectively run a national security investigation is to keep it a secret. >> reporter: but democrats, including congressman adam shift say the focus on leaks is just a distraction. >> there are far bigger fish to fry and i would hate to see us go off on a tangent. >> reporter: those who want to see a more thorough investigation of the russian connections are hardened by the leaks.
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a column in the "columbia journalism review" is titled flynn resignation shows leaks under trump are working. keep 'em coming. one argues that leaks to the press are vital for democracy. former republican congressman joe scarborough, on his msnbc program "morning joe," commended whoever leaked the information about flynn. >> the only reason we are finding out about it now is because a patriot did leak this to "the washington post." did get this information out there, or else we wouldn't have even known about it. >> reporter: the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee says he will ask the fbi to investigate the recent rash of leaks. the penalty on a charge of leaking classified information is up to ten years in prison. chip reid, cbs news, washington. ahead on "cbs this morning," the russian military is upping the ante. we will have the latest on a russian spy ship sailing off the
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coast of connecticut. today, immigrants across the country are being asked to stay home from work and school and not to shop to make a statement. the point of a day without immigrants is to show just how important immigrants are to the american way of life. some employers have already said they will close their businesses. the protest is in response to president trump's immigration crackdown. a woman fearing deportation has taken sanctuary in a denver church. jeanette vizguerra, a mother of four, is in the country illegally as she skipped her check-in at immigration and went to church. under the administration crackdown, she feared immediate deportation. years ago, she was charged with forging social security documents to get a job. speaking through an interpreter, she says she knows she's not alone. >> translator: i want to know do the laws mean nothing? do the protection in place for
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folks in place not mean anything? even before and after my conviction, i've not even had a single traffic ticket. >> her supporters rallied at the immigration offices. in malaysia this morning, a third person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a half-brother of north korea leader kim jong-un. kim jong nam was reportedly peja stojakoviced this week appear a kuala lumpur airport. he was murdered the earlier this week. earlier two women were picked up but unclear if police believe her the actual assassins. one had an indonesian passport. the lake behind the oroville dam is 26 feet below the emergency spillway. repairs have been made to the damaged spillway that forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. officials are racing to drain more water from the lake before a string of new storms hit. meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz says the first storm is expected today.
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>> today, we are tracking the storms that is battering parts of washington and oregon and sliding down the coast through northern california this morning. a little bit of a reprieve and bigger storm plows into southern california as we head into friday morning. this one is going to pack a punch. very heavy rain and unusually strong system, likely the biggest we have seen so far this season. look at the rain total. statewide another soaker. a widespread 2 to 4 inches of rain in many locations. some higher amounts in the higher elevations. and a chance at over 5 inches of rain in the l.a. area. most of the that falling between friday and saturday morning. flash flood watches are out over a large region and could be mudslides and landslides the next few days and the heaviest rainfall friday into saturday morning. the system comes with a lot of strong winds. wind advisories and high wind watches posted across the state and power outages and downed trees will both be possible. california taking another beating. out ahead of it, it is spring fever for president's day weekend. above average temperatures
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almost everywhere across the country. today's high 70 in north platte near 60 in des moines. warm increase as we work toward friday. near 70 in kansas city and des moines and chicago around 60. we could be seeing records set, especially across the upper middle east. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for cbs news. coming up on the "morning news." france builds a wall. we will tell you about plans to protected the eiffel tower from terrorists. and -- we were the lasted line of defense. an actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defense. that is my day job. >> people around the world. >> actor ashton kutcher makes a passionate plea to fight online sex trafficking. this is the "cbs morning news." she knew exactly when i'd be there, so she didn't miss a single shot.
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church today and destroyed more than a dozen buildings and scorched nearly seven square miles on the south island. cause of the fire is not known. plans to make the eiffel tower bullet proof. and chicago violence claims another young life. those are some of the headlines on the morning newsstand. the "chicago tribune" reports the third death of a child this week. in the city's wave of gun violence. 12-year-old canary gentry bowers died yesterday after suffering a bullet wound to the spine on saturday. no arrests have been made. police are also investigating the shooting of five people, three fatally, in a south side apartment yesterday. "the washington post" reports that congress blocked a rule that kept some mentally ill people from buying guns. the bill passed by the senate would overturn an obama era rule and it affects about 75,000 social security recipients with mental disorders. the white house says president trump will sign it. "fortune" reports ashton kutcher's call for a crackdown on child sex trafficking.
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the actor spoke yesterday to a senate panel. he is the chairman of a tech nonprofit to help police investigate such cases. >> policy can be used to enable slavery, but it can also be used to disable slavery and that is what we are doing. >> kuchar said the nonprofit helped identify 6,000 victims in six months. a bullet proof wall will be built around the eiffel tower. paris officials say the 20 million dollar project will be finished by year's end. critics say it will be an eyesore. terrorists have killed more than 200 people in france since 2015. still ahead, seeing is believing. we will show you new wearable devices that lets blind people see.
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ >> oh, my god! an updated version of glasses that help the legally blind see is out now. the devices is wearable and wireless and hands-free. it uses cameras to capture images and rescreen them to the user's eye. on the cbs "moneywatch" now.
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the irs loosens enforcement of an obamacare rule and a super car comes now with the top down. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> stronger than expected retail sales in jumping consumer prices gives the fed some more reason to raise interest rates this year. stocks and bond yields move higher yesterday. the dow jumped 107 points. the s&p 500 rose 11 and the nasdaq finished 36 points higher. the irs will not reject income tax returns because filers failed to disclose whether or not they have health insurance. since 2014, the affordable care act required most americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. this move by the irs is an executive order by president trump authorizing agencies to lower the financial burden of complying with those obamacare rules. amazon and google could be turning their voice activated smart speakers into phones. the tech giants are reportedly
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looking to add call making capabilities to their voice activated speakers, that is according to "the wall street journal." the phone calling features could be implemented as early as this year. next month, the italian auto maker pegoni will introduce a convertible version of its roadster. the cost? $2.4 million. it will have two different roofs. one made of carbon fiber that is removable and one made from cloth and, of course, a 764 horsepower v-12 engine and only a hundred of those will be made. believe it or not, they have already been sold. >> oh, jill, we missed our opportunity! >> next year? >> yes, of course. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange, thanks a lot. still ahead, something new in the supermarket aisle. labels for your favorite items are getting a makeover. we will tell you why. you just have to lay back in my tempur-pedic, and it just kind of forms to my body. it comes up to you, like,
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in oroville.. water levels are going down in the dam.. but the threat remains. it could get worse today.. with more rain the forecast. in the north bay-- crews are still working on emergency repairs on highway 37. now we know-- it will be even longer.. until the road will open back up. join us for kpix 5 news this morning... beginning at 4:30. ,,,, here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country.
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♪ a viral video proves there is no limit to what dedicated dads will do for their daughters. some brave philadelphia fathers joined their kids ballet class on valentine's day. the studio says it shows that art, love, and family are the international language. maybe a bit of humor, too. two grocery industry groups want to streamline the morning labels on food. they say it would ease confusion among shoppers and reduce foot -- food waste. the story from brook silva-braga. >> reporter: if all goes as planned, more than a dozen different phrases used to describe food expiration and safety soon reduced to just two. use by and best if used by.
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the food marketing institute and grocery manufacturing association say the new system will end widespread confusion about whether all kinds of products are still good and safe to eat. the grocery industry says americans trash more than $200 billion in food every year. >> we can help consumers avoid throwing away food unnecessarily, which means more money in their pocketbook. >> reporter: the used by label will be reserved for highly perishable products and foods could make you sick if they go bad. the other label, best if used by, is for everything else. the food is still safe to eat but might not taste as good. shoppers we spoke to welcomed the new information. >> it gives me more information. right now i just pick something up that says sell by, but i have s no idea if it's used by. >> salad dressing i threw out because it had a date that had expired.
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i threw it out. >> reporter: back in december, the usda asked manufacturers of meat, dairy, and eggs to use one label. best if used by. wednesday's announcement takes food safety one step further. brook silva-braga for cbs news, new york. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." so keep on hugging... and playing... keep on awesoming. with 1000 sheets, we'll keep on going, too. tech: don't let a cracked windshtrust safelite.plans. with safelite's exclusive "on my way text"... you'll know exactly when we'll be there. giving you more time for what matters most. (team sing) safelite repair, safelite replace. here you go.picking up for kyle. you wouldn't put up with part of a pizza. um. something wrong? so when it comes to pain relievers, why put up with just part of a day? you want the whole thing? yes, yes! live whole. not part. aleve.
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brain scans are providing new clues about autism. researchers have discovered changes in the brains of infants who later develop it. meg oliver reports. >> reporter: new research may lead to the diagnosis of autism before symptoms occur. researchers from the university of north carolina at chapel hill looked at the brain scans of infants at high risk of developing the disorder at 6, 12, and 24 months. they were able to predict which ones were going to develop autism with 80% accuracy. >> we see an increase rate of growth of the outer surface the brain, the folds. the sort of waviness of the surface. that is followed by an overgrowth of the brain in the second year. >> reporter: the overgrowth of
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the brain coineded with the behaviors typical of autism that emerge in the second year. researchers say by identifying the brain changes early, there is a possibility of developing therapies and even drugs before the brain fully forms. >> it's at a time we are talking about in the first year of life when the brain is most malleable. >> reporter: infants at high risk of developing autism are babies who have an older sibling with the disorder, but the research may eventually be useful to the general population. approximately 1 out of every 68 children in the united states has autism. currently, it can be diagnosed as early as 2. meg oliver, cbs news, new york. our top stories this morning. today, immigrants across the country are being urged to stay home from work and school, and not to buy anything. the purpose of a day without immigrants is to show the country just how important immigrants are to the economy and america's way of life. some employers have already
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announced their businesses will be closed. president trump is looking for a new nominee to be his labor secretary. andrew puzder withdrew his name yesterday. there was growing opposition over his failure to pay taxes for a former housekeeper who wasn't authorized to work in the u.s. yesterday, the president backed away from a longstanding u.s. policy favoring a two-state solution between the israelis and palestinians. questions about the trump administration's alleged ties to russia have both democratic and republican members of the house calling for the right to review any effort by the president to ease sanctions against russia. the fbi and u.s. intelligence agencies are already looking into whether people close to the president coordinated with russian officials during the campaign. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more on the michael flynn investigation into his communications with russia. jeff pegues reports from washington. plus, we will you to rome
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where virtual reality is bringing to life an important life to ancient history and lady antebellum will join us in the studio to announce this year's nomination for the country music awards. that is the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. the studio to announce this year's nomination for the country music awards. that is the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ,,,,
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time to rise and shine! we take a live look at the golden gate bridge and just as roberta predicted, it's coming down. good morning, it is thursday,
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february 16. i'm kenny choi. >> i'm michelle griego. did you ever question roberta? >> absolutely not. [ laughter ] >> thank you. thank you so much. boy, it was the wind that woke me up this morning. 1:45 it was cue the wind. wind gusts at 38 miles per hour. i talked to the national weather service. they are not going to issue a wind advisory even though the criteria is there. only reason is they don't want to put it up and take it down quickly because it's moving through fast. you take a look at the precipitation there, light to moderate falling through the northern portion of our bay area. east bay has been getting slammed. look at the pocket of heavy rain outside san leandro into the hayward and union city area. also traversing across to the south bay. palo alto, half moon bay, plenty of precipitation. there you have san jose with a little clearing zone but you, too will get into the action with the wind and the rain. we have heavy rain occurring around the santa cruz mountains. over the next six days you will get slammed with up to 9 inches of


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