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continues and for others check back a little bit later for the morning news and, this is the "cbs morning news." a gunman opened fire on a christmas market in france leaving at least three dead and a dozen wounded. what's known about the alleged shooter. judgment day. today we find out if president trump's former lawyer michael cohen will go to prison or not after cooperating with prosecutors. and, the desperate search for three people trapped in a for three people trapped in a west virginia mine. captioning funded by cbs
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good morning from the studio 57 newsroom from cbs headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning in france, hundreds of police are searching for a gunman after he opened fire in a christmas market. at least three people were killed and a dozen wounded. they say the suspect is known to security services as a possible terrorist threat. elaine is there and you're joining us on the phone. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. much of strasbourg is shut down today after the deadly shooting. the famous christmas market is closed for the day. all public events have been canceled and many shops, cafes, and restaurants are also closed. the mayor of strasbourg has said that flags will fly at half staff today. a book of condolences will be made available to the people of strasbourg at city hall. and he was thanked the people of
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strasbourg who were coming for the christmas market for their patience and understanding. now, the anti-terror investigators in paris have been put in charge of this investigation because the alleged gunman was known to have had links to radicalism. he also has convictions for criminal activity. president macron held a crisis meeting last night as the french government has now upped the security level across the country to an immanent threat level and that involves closing the borders around france, putting up more guards on those borders and there are roadblocks around the main exits of strasbourg. anne-marie. >> all right. thank you so much for bringing us up to speed. thank you. back in this country, now. president trump's former personal lawyer michael cohen is scheduled to be sentenced today
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on a series of charges, including the payment of hush money to two women on behalf of mr. trump. the president says mr. cohen lied to get a lesser sentence. marc liverman is here with more on this story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the moment of reckoning for michael cohen is just a few hours away. this is a man who has stood by the president for more than a decade. now he's about to find out if his decision to walk away will have been worth it and if it will spare him a harsh prison sentence. michael cohen will be sentenced today for crimes such as tax evasion, lying to congress and campaign finance violations. president trump's former person attorney has admitted to arranging payments during the 2016 election to stormy daniels and karen mcdoog gel that was in
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exchange for their silence about their alleges affairs which he denies. court documents last week stated that cohen arranged the payments with quote at the direction and in coordination with the president. prosecutors say the hush money payments cohen made violate campaign finance laws. president trump calls them a simple private transaction. yesterday the president told reuters because of that he's not concerned about impeachment. senators on both sides of the aisle want to wait for special counsel robert mueller's report. >> there maybe much more, and i think there has to be full disclosure and we have to wait for that disclosure before there's any conclusion about impeachable offenses involved. >> there's been a lot of speculation, but mostly by people who have no idea what director mueller's -- what he has and what he plans do with it. >> reporter: it's unclear when mueller will finish his reports. and if cohen is sentenced to any prison time, the judge could decide to defer it to a later
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date or he could be taken into federal custody right away today. anne-marie. >> marc liverman in new york. thank you, marc. meanwhile, lawyers for michael flynn are asking that flynn be spared prison time when he's sentenced next week. flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about conversations with the then russian ambassador to the u.s. during the presidential transition. flynn's lawyers saying he has taken responsibility to an uncharacteristic error in judgment. last week special counsel robert mueller's office detailed flynn's cooperation in the russia investigation and said he was entitled to avoid prison time. president trump says his oval office democratic meeting with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer was very friendly, but the part that played out on tv looked like a shocking public clash including interruptions
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and insults. at issue was the border wall in mexico. mr. trump says he's willing to shut down the government to get his way. mola lenghi has our report. >> reporter: less than two weeks before a government shut down, nancy pelosi and chuck schumer were at the white house to end the stalemate over the federal budget. >> we want to have a debate with you about saying we confront -- >> you know what we need border security. if we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government. >> reporter: president trump wants $5 billion for a border wall. democrats are only offering 1.3 for border security. >> i am proud to shut down the government for border security because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. so i will take the mantle. i will be the one to shut it down. i won't blame you for it. the last time you shut it down it didn't work.
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i will take the mantle at shutting it down. and i'm going to shut it down for border security. >> we believe you shouldn't shut it down. >> reporter: this attracted attention over on capitol hill where many republicans express support for the president. >> i don't believe the man's bluffing. if i were playing poker with him right now and i didn't have the cards, i'd fold those ras cals. >> reporter: if no deal is reached, the funding will run out on february 1st triggering a partial shutdown. mola len i had nbc news, the white house. an attorney for porn star stormy daniels says in order for her to pay president trump nearly $293,000 in attorney's fees will never hold up on appeal. yesterday a judge ordered daniels to pay mr. trump after her defamation suit against him was dismissed. she alleges that she had a one-time affair with president trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure deal just before the election. daniels had sued for defamation
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after he dismissed her claim that she was threatened to keep quiet. rescuers are expected to resume their search this morning for three people missing in an abandoned west virginia coal mine. the mine located near the kentucky border hasn't been used for two years. four people were reported missing late saturday. one got out on his own and provided details about the location of the other three. yesterday crews tried to remove standing water from the mine and pump fresh air in but had to abandon the search because conditions were too dangerous. cbs news settled a lawsuit with three women who accuse former anchor charlie rose of sexual harassment. the suit against cbs was discontinued friday. terms of the settlement are confidential. a separate suit against rose continues. coming up on the morning news now, reunited with her son. a woman who had her child ripped h arms by police was released from jail last night.
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guardians are murdered saudi journalism jamal khashoggi, philippine journalist ressa, and two journalists detained in myanmar for a year. and the capital gazette in annapolis, maryland. five people were shot and killed in the newspaper's offices in june. the new york post reports a mother whose baby was pulled out of her arms by police officers was released from jail last night. video shows new york city cops show them yanking her son away from her when she refused to leave a social services office. she was nieng custody on several charges including resisting arrest. prosecutors dropped the charges yesterday. the police department says it is investigating the incident. the cincinnati inquirer reports a passenger helped a woman suffering seizures aboard a united express flight. video shot by another passenger shows former volunteer firefighter anthony mourinho
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helping a woman on the flight sunday. the woman who shot video, amy hammond and other passengers, questioned why the plane didn't land right away. >> whoever chose to not land the plane, i'm really angry. and the pilot said, that was my decision. you know, there are some medical personnel on board. and i said, you are the reason we watched her pass out for two hours. >> united says based on the judgment of all involved, including the woman, the decision was made to continue to cincinnati instead of diverting to another airport. woman was transported to local hospital after the plane landed and there's no word on her condition. baby boomers are aging alone. the loneliness is becoming a health threat. u.s. census figures show about 8 million people age 50 and older live without close family.
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researchers say loneliness takes a physical toll and is linked to early death. the lack of social contact among older adults cost medicare $6.7 billion a year mostly spending on nursing facilities and hospitalization. and usa today reports charlie sheen said he's totally focused on sobriety after hitting a one-year milestone. he posted a picture on twitter of his alcoholics anonymous coin representing one-year sober. he called it a fabulous moment in his renewed journey. it comes after a long battle with substance abuse and multiple bouts of rehab. still to come, set free. a judge rules in the case of a chinese tech executive at the center of an international dispute. dispute.
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singer but it was a 5-year-old conductor who stole the show. this was the 13th annual holiday potts concert at children's hospital. on "cbs moneywatch," a bail for a chinese tech executive and mcdonald's is revamping its beef. diane king hall is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, diane. >> good morning, anne-marie. president trump said he thinks it would be a mistake if the federal reserve raises interest rates when it meets next week. in an interview with reuters mr. trump said he thinks fed chairman jerome powell is being far too aggressive. he claims he needs the flexibility of lower rates as he fights a trade war with china. stocks on wall street ended mixed yesterday. the dow industrial fell 53 points, the s&p 500 was virtually unchanged, and the nasdaq gained 11. in that same reuters interview the president said talks with nghe would not raise tariffs on chinese imports until he's sure there's a deal, or not.
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there have been recent reports that china agreed to reduce tariffs on u.s. auto imports. yesterday auto shares were ne that a propos -mas bn ted tohina'sabinet. a canadian judge granted bail for the chinese executive whose arrest has been another hitch in u.s./china's trade talks. bail was set at $7.5 million for her. the chief financial officer for huawei. she was arrested for the u.s. for allegedly violating sanctions against iran. china retaliated for her arrest. a former canadian diplomat has been detained while visiting beijing. canada says it is very concerned. the transportation department says it will fund 91 infrastructure projects across the u.s. at a cost of $1.5 billion. they will fund road, rail, and port projects in 49 states plus
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the district of columbia. infrastructure is seen as a potential area of agreement of the house of representatives next month. and mcdonald's says it's going to reduce the use of antibiotics in its beef. mcdonald's is the world's largest burger chain. it plans to cut overall use of its antibiotics in its beef over the next several years. the world health organization says antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health threats of our time. anne-marie. >> diane king hall at the new york stock exchange. thanks so much. >> thank you. still to come, a picture perfect holiday. santa claus shares milk and cookies with a little boy with a medical condition. clean all yo. and with patented dirt detect technology, roomba finds dirt throughout your home. if it's not from irobot, it's not a roomba. (waves crashing) excedrin sees your relentless, pounding headache
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an indiana shopping mall santa helped brighten the spirits of a 4-year-old boy. because of a medical condition, he has used a feeding tube to get his nutrients since he was 9 months old. he recently got the okay from his doctor to eat food but still needs the tube most of the time. on sunday his mom took him to the fort wayne mall to get a photo with santa. they took a picture with austin and his sister on his lap but then the mom asked santa do something special, to feed him milk through his tube. >> it was magical. he was sharing his cookies and helping him with his milk. >> austin's mom posted the photo on facebook where it's been shared more than 35,000 times. coming up on "cbs this morning" in the series a "more perfect union," a look at a library system in southern california that's hoping to get more kids to read with a new approach to late fees.
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our top story this morning. authorities in france are hunting for a man who opened fire at a christmas market in the city of strasbourg. the gunman killed at least three people and wounded about a dozen others. he exchanged gunfire with soldiers and police twice he's made his escape. suspect is known to security service as a possible terrorist threat. authorities raided his home just before the attack. and michael cohen, president trump's former personal attorney is scheduled to be sentenced today. cohen has pled guilty to nine counts in two cases. charges include tax evasion, lying to congress, and campaign finance violations. cohen admitted paying hush money to two women who said they had
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affairs with mr. trump. cohen faces up to five years in prison. a jury has recommended a life sentence for james fields. he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at last year's white nationalists rally in charlottesville. kenneth craig has more. >> reporter: the same jury that convicted james fields jr. of first degree murder recommended a life sentence plus 419 years in prison. >> this trial and today's outcome has been a very long time coming. >> reporter: charlottesville prosecutors said they hope the jury's decision will begin the healing process more than a year after fields rammed his dodge challenger into a group of counterprotesters at a white nationalists rally. >> and hopefully the outcome achieved today is charlottesville's small part in rejecting and holding accountable those whose violent acts against others are fueled by hatred.
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>> reporter: the crash killed 32-year-old heather heyer. her mother spoke after the sentencing. >> in the end the hands of justice say that he needs to be kept away from society for a while, and i'm content with that. i will always, always, always have a hole in my heart. >> reporter: some of the injured gathered at the courthouse for the jury's decision which took about four hours of deliberations. >> getting the maximum sentence reflected the severity and atrocities of that crime. >> reporter: the clashes of charlottesville tloou the -- threw the white house in damage control after the president trump faced criticism for his response. >> you look at both sides, think there's blame on both sides. >> reporter: the judge will review the jury's recommendation and hand down a final sentence in march. fields still faces a federal trial for ha c kenneth craig, cbs news, new york.
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coming up on "cbs this morning," john dickerson talks with tennessee senator bob corker as he prepares to leave congress about why he has continually tangled with the president and whether he plans to run for president himself in 2020. plus a brazilian mother for abducting her own son is breaking her silence. we'll have the first interview. and in a "more perfect union," a library in southern california is looking to get more kids to read with late fees. that's the "cbs morning news" for this morning. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day.
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live from the cbs bay area studios. this is kpix news. >> foggy conditions again as we start. thanks for waking up with us.
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it's december 12 i'm kenny choi. >> and i'm michelle griego. half way through the week. almost there. >> and the fog looks pretty cool when you're not in it. so we're looking at concord 52. 54 in san francisco. san jose 49 and 40 for santa rosa. so let's talk about the visibility because in some spots, dense fog. a mile and 3/4 in san jose. a 1we're looking at your weather headlines. cool temperatures to start off


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