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cooler than yesterday but still above average. it will be a wet and cool day starting tomorrow with unsettled weather to the work week. >> thank you for watching kpix 5 news. your next local update is at 7:26 am. "cbs this morning" is up next. have a great day. good morning to our viewers to the west. welcome to "cbs this morning." historic flooding continues to devastate the midwest and now they're bracing for more. we fly over the hardest hit areas. firefighters battled huge inferno at a texas chemical plant. the black smoke can be seen 40 miles away. officials insist the air is not dangerous. we'll hear from residents who are not so sure. plus, how forensic scientists revealed of the allusive killer. >> we go inside a boot camp that
tries to create platoons. >> we begin this morning with "eye opener." >> describe what you can and get out. >> i can't believe how much water came in. >> deadly flooding ravages the midwest. mike pence heads to nebraska. >> the fire chemical plant in texas is expect to burn for another day. >> i see this huge balloon of smoke >> more than a thousand of people are dead after a cyclone tore throughest afri east afric. when an accident happens, we focus relentlessly to determine
why. all that and a talking parrot playing a game of peek a boo. all that matters. shaquille o'neal is deputy shaq. he was sworn in in florida. shaq is the long arm of the lord and enormously giant hands. >> on cbs this morning. >> we interviewed r. kelly and people were so impressed of his composure and there is so many situations that gayle king remained calm in.
this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places. ♪ >> that was pretty good, gayle. >> it was not funny at the time but it is funny looking at all the different things. >> the "titanic" part was my favorite. >> thank you, ellen degenerous. >> welcome to cbs this morning. john dickerson is off. parts of the country midsections are slammed by catastrophic flooding and facing new threat of rain. rivers in 40 locations rise to historic levels. flood watches and warnings are in effect. at least three deaths are blamed on the disaster. >> more than 70 cities in nebraska are under an emergency declaration today. this is the worst flooding the
state have seen at least half the century. dimarco morgan is in omaha. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, heavily damaged by the massive flood. it looks this way about half a mile. we are talking about numbers, we are looking at hundreds of millions of dollars. that number is likely to climb before it is all said and done because there is more flooding on the way. >> the view from the sky over the flooded midwest revealed miles and miles of devastation. >> we took a plane to fremont, a town 26,000 that's isolated by the water. volunteers help in with flying supplies. >> they're running out of food. we are more than happy to help. >> while on the ground, a convoy led by the national guards delivered aide. >> it is great to see people coming in together bringing
supplies in from other towns and everyone is helping out. >> more than 4400 people had been evacuated in at least four states and rising river have reached 200 miles of levees. the devastation could not come for a worse time for farmers. chapter 12 bankruptcies were up 20% last year among midwest farms. more than $400 million worth of livestock could be impacted by the flooding. >> we had a short time to get essentials and dogs out the door. the important stuff we got and the rest will have to be replaced. >> many who were able to return to their home yesterday discovered they lost everything. >> i am in a fog. i don't know what we are going to do but all you can do is pull up your boot straps and start over. >> reporter: the national weather service says historic and catastrophic flooding could continue for the rest of the week. for part of the central plains
and upper midwest because of heavy rain and snow mount. the mayor of north dakota is asking jeras asking residents to fill 1 million sandbags. >> devastating images. thank you. a huge fire in texas is still burning and will not stop for another day. you are looking at pictures of the flames near houston. it broke out on friday after flammable liquid ignited. no injuries have been reported but people are concerned of the fire effect on the smoke. jan shamlian is live. >> reporter: good morning. this comes as schools are now reopening here today of midair quality concerns and the
chemical plant has a history of violating clean air laws. >> reporter: firefighters say they are making strong head ways battling the plant. nearly 48 hours after the fire broke out. >> we are controlling the fire and keeping it off the tanks. >> reporter: the fire started in a single tank but spread to six others around it. all chemicals used in gasoline and nail polish removal and glue and paint thinner. >> although the risk of explosion is minimal. we continue to take precautions to reduce this possibility. >> reporter: the thick black plume of smoke could be seen as far as 40 miles away and darkening the houston skylines. people close to the plant are not endanger. >> the plume of smoke is high enough that are not affecting
air quality. >> i know the smoke rises and going to different directions but things like ashes and all that just floating where ever. >> if it is on the car, it is in our lungs. >> reporter: the dear park plant has had their shares of problems. they pay $200,000 for violations. ellison told us we make everyday to exceed the regulatory requirements. >> reporter: that thick plume of black smoke is lower to the ground than it has been the past couple of days. it can be seen on satellite imagery. the company set up claim hotline for anyone who feels they have been injured by the fire. >> incredible to see that jana, thank you. federal investigators are looking into how the faa approved 737 max 8 jet
after similarities were found in the last two months. boeing's ceo released a statement last night insisting that the plane was safe. >> reporter: good morning, that software update is aimed addressi addressing issues as a stall system that's looked at as a factor in the lion air crash back in october. this as investigators in ethiopia are continuing to analyze the second max craft saying there are clear similarities. >> reporter: after offering his condolences to victims of the 737 crashes, the ceo reiterated the safety of their plane. >> we focus relentlessly to
determine why. >> reporter: boeing will update training requirements for the 737 max. >> we want to see our experts in whatever simulator you can find so that we and our pilots can feel confident that we have all the information. >> reporter: but questions rema remained. it relies on manufactures like boeing to police that they met faa requirements. the agency does not have the resource to certify aircrafts without the help of the manufacture. >> the faa is taking boeing's words for this. >> reporter: the government accountability office warned faa certification staff were falling fall behind in technical
competency. former ntsb chairman james hall. >> we need to wake up the regulators and put aviation safety first. >> reporter: now this process has been in used for decades. after 9/11, congress in the faa allowed business to do more in safety than themselves. the software update is expected to be approved by monday. it is unclear if that'll be enough to lift the order on grounding the max. >> thank you, chris. new zealand's prime minister will go to christchurch on wednesday as they expect to bury those victims. senator arhern is launching an investigation into the gunman. 30 people are in the hospital recovered from their injuries. nine patients arenc
four-year-old girl. more than a thousand people are fear of a tropical cyclone left parts of the region in ruins. the storm wiped out entire villages of zimbabwe and displacing tens of thousands of people. it hits last thursday, washing away roads and power and communication lines. rescuers are struggling to reach people trapped by the flooding. torrential rain and wind destroying 90% of the city. more heavy rain is expected this week. the battle to clear isis, for more than two months we have been reporting from the front line. that's where u.s. back forces are making what they hope to be a final move against isis. charlie went to see the fight under cover of darkness and sent us this report from syria of a
shrinking group of isis fighters are trying to hold on. >> reporter: after weeks of fighting and what has become a virtual stalemate, we got words this morning from the syrian democratic forces, we can't confirm they have entered that last isis camp. fights is still going on. it is certainly as of last night, the battle was raging. >> reporter: moonlight alone led the way. syrian soldiers give us a close up view of what's left of isis. >> we are on the edge of the front line. these are sniper positions looking down where isis is fighting back. >> reporter: sounds of both coalition fighter jets and in coming gunfire filled the air. >> we have been told to stay low because on the other side of that bridge is an isis position. as soon as we got here, we heard bullets. >> reporter: for weeks american
and coalition air strikes pummelled the land. it is hard to imagine how anybody can survive. yet by day, they emerge to battle american allies on the ground here. soldiers and syrians and democratic forces. some looked like teenagers. they were taking aim of a group of isis fighters trying to hide behind trees. >> are you surprised they are still fighting? >> it is going on. there is progress everyday. progress is slow. while the so-called area is like a junk yard, isis told us they have managed to defend everything america and its allies have been able to unleash for months. >> reporter: now nobody here is celebrating yet and there were air strikes over night and we heard gun battles this morning. the announcement from the syrian democratic forces that their
soldiers have now entered the last isis camp may be a significance step forward. from cbs this morning, charl. the 24 years old anthony carmelo facing murder charges here in new york. he yawned and smirked during the process and displayed something written on his left palm. it says maga forever. that's in abbreviation of trump's slogan and it read united we stand. carmelo shot kelly outside of her home last week. nunes twitter of sha dough
banding conservatives. he's seeking for $250 million in damages. ed o'keefe? washington with details of the unusual fight. >> good morning. serving as a portal for deaf nation. the long time ally claim he has been a victim of defamation campaign that interfered with his job. he wants twitter and several users to pay. >> they spread this fake news and slanderous news. devin nunes says he had been attacked by fake and anonymous account. >> the case we are making is this is an orchestrated effort. >> reporter: nunes is now suing
the social media giant and three users. he claims they defamed him. among the tweet is this one, of a parody account. the anonymous user writes are you trying to obstruct the federal investigation again. another when we have questions of hookers or stripper clubs, we'll call you and this from liz mayor where she calls him dirty devin. shadow banning a practice that allows users to see tweet but no one sees their posts. at a congressional hearing in september, twitter ceo jack dorsey denied shadow banning. >> we don't consider political viewpoints or any of our policies or enforcement decisions. >> they can call it whatever they want to call it.
the fact the matter is people could not see my tweets. >> all of this nunes says negatively impact his election campaign. it interfered with his ongoing russia investigation as a member of the intelligence committee. >> this is the first of many lawsuits. >> we have to heold all of thes people accountable. our first amendment rights are at stakes here. >> twitter told cbs news it does not shadow ban and based on political viewpoints or ideology. the mayor declined to comment. our legal analyst told us under internet laws internet sites can be sued for its content. nunes is a public figure and it would be extraordinary difficult to win a case like this. gayle. >> thank you very much, ed. a new study links sugary
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♪ ahead, dinosaurs are coming back to the nation's capital. we'll give you a sneak peek of this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 7:26 am. i am cbs team. permanent repairs on the richmond-san rafael bridge started overnight. this is more than one month after concrete chunks fell onto the lower deck. for the next three months, only one lane on each deck will be open from 9 pm until 5 am. today, some state lawmakers are putting standardized tests
up for debate. they are pushing to ban the sat and act scores at uc schools because of the recent college admissions scandal. those in favor say the tests are not a true measure of student capabilities. we have a live look at ocean beach in san francisco. the coast guard is urging everyone to be on the lookout for strong swells and sneaker waves. powerful rip currents and big sure brakes are expect from sonoma county all the way down to monterey bay for the next few days. news updates throughout the day on your favorite platforms, including our website, kpix.com.
welcome back. it is 7:20 am. let's get you updated on this trouble spot we have tracking all morning long. we have a big rig fire that has been causing the delays of the altamont pass. this was tweeted out by alameda county fire. no one was injured in the accident, but it did cause a big mess on the freeways which we are still dealing with this morning. it is slow and go coming out of the altamont pass. we are looking at the clouds at her back. we are also tracking a very thin marine layer. temperatures are in the 40s and in the 50s right now as we head through the day. we are talking mid to upper 60s
♪ ♪ that's a good song to wake up to this morning. welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> are you awake? >> i am. >> wide awake. >> yes. three things you should know this morning. newly released documents show the fbi winvestigating michael cohen a year before he took office. a judge ordered the dacted document released after
news organizations requested that it be made public. the warrant provides details about cohen's crimes. cohen begins a three-year sentence in may for failing to pay taxes on more than $4 million in income. social security administration may start screening facebook and social posts to evaluate disability claims. the agency currently uses social media posts to flag fraudulent activity. experts say that social media does not always provide reliable evidence of a person's current conditions. images and videos are also becoming increasingly difficult to authenticate. and a new study between heart disease and depression may be caused by inflammation. researchers found that common inflammation were biological red flags were risk factors for coronary heart disease and explr
anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat arthritis could be used to treat depression. the supreme court agreed to decide whether one of the men convicted of the washington, d.c. area sniper attacks can appeal his life sentence. lee boyd malvo was just 17 when he accompanied john allen muhammad on a killing spree. since then sentencing guidelines for juveniles have changed. erin moriarty spoke to an inmate in missouri who claims he, too, was given an excessive sentence when young. good morning. >> good morning. we're talking about the sentencing of young people. this story is not about the wrongfully convicted. patrick flaherty did commit the crime for which he was convicted but he makes the case that he rece alo sentence and that he and other just like him desea cond >> when i look at my life and i
think i'm 42 years old. my life is defined by a mistake i made 20 years ago. hey, it doesn't matter what i do. that's the reality of the situation. >> reporter: patrick flaherty has spent nearly half his life in prison, with an equally long stretch still ahead of him. you could spend another 20 years here. >> i could spend another 20 here. i could do another 20 doing the things i've been doing. you know, the classes, the college degrees, the charity projects. and i could spend another 20 here getting in trouble. and i would go for parole on the same day. >> reporter: on july 23rd, 1999, at this convenience store. he waited until 3:00 a.m. grabbed a bb gun that he says he bought at walmart. covered his face and then walked in. it's a bb gun but it looked like the real thing, doesn't it? >> yes, ma'am. i never had any intentions of hurting anyone. so, i thought that would
probably be the best thing for me to utilize. >> reporter: he got away with $128. and then two months later, robbed a second convenience store. >> this time, you got $89. >> yes, ma'am. >> i mean, you could have had a minimum wage job and made more money than that. >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: flaherty committed two more robberies before he was finally caught. he was charged with four counts of first degree armed robbery. and although the only weapon was that bb gun, he was also charged for carrying a dangerous instrument. >> how would you describe patrick flaherty back then? >> he was a kid. >> reporter: rick sindel was flaherty's attorney. >> he was, you know, kind of a young man without a lot of clues. >> reporter: flaherty took a plea, hoping for mercy. instead, the judge gave him ten years for each of the robberies. and then she ordered the sentences to run consecutively.
>> when you hear the word "consecutive," consecutive, consecutive. and you start thinking in your mind, my god, that's 40 years. orter:rtto serve 85% of his sentence before he's eligible for parole when he's 57 years old. >> when they put me back in my cell, they came in, handcuffed me to the bench. when i asked what are you doing, they told me, oh, we're putting you on mandatory suicide watch because of your sentence. >> i think it's excessive. >> reporter: retired st. louis circuit court judge evelyn baker believes flaherty got that sentence because the robberies occurred in a county where judges are elected and need to take a tough stance on criminals, regardless of their age. >> we have way too many youngsters incarcerated throughout this country. >> reporter: judge baker knows about the harm of excessive
sentencing. in 1997, she sentenced a teenage, bobby bostic, to 241 years in prison after he committed two armed robberies around christm one of the victims was grazed by a bullet. >> i started regretting that sentence many years later when the studies started coming out in terms of brain development. we really should not be treating children like adults because they're not. their brains are still forming. >> reporter: but there's no legal mechanism to undo that sentence. bostic remains in prison, as does patrick flaherty, who has in the past two decades earned an undergraduate college degree and is working on his masters. >> what we have here is a temperature scale. >> reporter: he creates math books for the blind after becoming certified in braille transcription. he has petitioned the missouri governor to take a new look at his case. but he fears the good he's done
cannot outweigh the pain he caused. >> in a perfect world, i should probably say that the emotional harm i caused my victims is what hurts me the most. but it's the hurt i caused my mom, without a doubt. >> the judge who sentenced flaherty wouldn't discuss this case with us. but one of his victims, the store clerk did. she says she doesn't feel much sympathy for flaherty, because she still remembers, the terror of having a gun pointed at her. but then consider this, had flaherty shot one of those victims, gone in with a real gun and shot her and received a life sentence, he'd likely be out of prison earlier. >> oh, boy. >> it's one of those things, when you're a kid, they tell you let the punishment fit the crime. in both of those cases, it seems excessive. what options does flaherty have? he seems to have redeemed himself. >> he really only has one option going to the governor in
a state like missouri, a very conservative state. the governor could commute the sentence but what's the upside -- that's the long odds. what's the upside, for a convicted criminal. the other point is how much money we're spending in the state of missouri to keep him in for 40 years. >> do you know the number? >> over $1 million. >> and what's bostic doing -- what's he doing? >> he's writing poetry, taking college classes. he, too, i would say, is on the way of rehabilitating himself. >> and the judge speaking out there. >> so important. >> very brave of her. >> interesting story. thank you. >> thank you. you can hear more from patrick flaherty on today's "cbs this morning" podcast available on all major podcast platforms. ahead an explosion of flowers in california is now being called a poppy apocalypse. what? how the craze for a perfect photo created this safety hazard. you're watching "cbs this morning." has created that.
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♪ nothing but flowers a phenomenon attracted so many visitors to a southern california, that officials declared a public safety emergency. it's called a super bloom. it's drawn tens of thousands of people. the town of lake elsinore cut off access to the town for the poppy fields on sunday calling the crowding unbearable. jamie yuccas explains how this extraordinary sight is such an ordeal for the community. >> reporter: southern california's unusually wet winter has created an explosion of color. one of mother nature's most dazzling displays. hillsides overrun with poppies. >> i didn't expect the flower to be so vibrant and colorful. >> this is probably the most picturesque thing i've ever seen my entire life. >> reporter: but it might be too much of a thing for lake elsinore. >> there's been fights over parking spaces. folks trampling on the poppies.
>> reporter: the town of 60,000 saw roughly 100,000 visitors on sunday forcing the mayor to declare a poppy apocalypse. >> we have residents not used to this type of traffic and attention that are concerned about their ability to operate under a daily basis. >> reporter: it got so bad, the mayor said one of his employees was clipped by a car. and the city is now reaching out to the county and even the state for help. >> definitely, you can tell they want the perfect social media posts for sure. >> reporter: with social media driving the poppy frenzy, some worry the allure of a perfect post might be harming the star of nature's show. >> people sitting in the flowers for that one picture, i know it's special for you to have the picture of you with the poppies but then you're ruining them for other peop i>>eporter:he towreo the site monday saying it was not feasible to keep visitors
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idea how he was feeling? >> no idea. wonderful husband to lisa and father to ben and sidney. i think president obama in his statement sums it up. he says, through it all, he had a perpetual smile and gentle spirit even when he was correcting you. that's what made him alan. a fundamentally good and decent man. it just goes to show you never know what someone is going through and experiencing. thinking of his family today. we should let you know that the national suicide preference lifeline is open 24 hours a day 1-800-273-8255. reuters says the suspected gunman in a deadly shooting in netherlands reportedly fired at a relative over family reasons. that's according to a turkish news agency. police arrested 37-year-old gokmen tunis. he was born in turkey. he's accused of killing three people and wounding five in the dutch city of utrecht.ut terror motives.
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this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 7:56 am. i am kenny choi. a rally to demand more protected bike lanes in san francisco will be held today after bicyclist was killed by a driver on howard street on march 8. the chp says three back-to- back freeway shootings in the east bay all appear to be targeted. the latest shooting happened yesterday on i-80 in richmond. march madness tips off today. the east bay's st. mary gales are heading to face the
welcome back. it is 7:57 am. a traffic alert continues on 580. i'm starting to silica broken record. this incident has been there since well before 4 am. we see delays working away westbound. two right lanes are shut down. they're still cleaning up that mass. it is busy at the central valley this morning. elsewhere, we have a couple of accidents, southbound 880 slowing you down. north 101 not too far , there is a crash on the right shoulder. the clouds are back in we
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♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it's tuesday, march 19th. welcome back to "cbs this morning." dr. tara narula has startling new research about the health threat from sugary drinks. and why women face a greater risk. plus, our pushing the limit series goes to a boot camp preparing marines for missions with the kind of technology you can buy for your home. but first, here's today's "eye opener" at >> parts of the country's midsection slammed by days of catastrophic flooding face a new threat for more rain. >> you talk about the total damage. we're looking at hundreds of
millions of dollars. and that number is likely to climb. >> the fire has intensified here significantly just in the last couple of hours. and it may have spread to another part of the plant. >> the software update is expected to be approved by monday. it's unclear if that will be enough to lift the order of grounding the max. >> we got word this morning from the syrian democratic forces they have entered that last isis camp. they caution that fighting is still going on. as of last night, the battle was raging. >> congressman nunes accuses twitter of censoring viewpoints it doesn't agree with. >> this is the first of many lawsuits that are coming. >> beto o'rourke is now apologizing for the violent fiction that he wrote as a teenager. >> o'rourke wrote fiction in his younger days from a killer's point of >>ron. at's ? we are to george r. martin?an no, a monster because he refuses to finish those books. that's why he's a mowhat thell ?
you and rertue having a contest? someone release something! >> fans feel very strongly about that work. i'm gayle king with bianna golodryga. americans face catastrophic flooding today. flood watches and warnings in more than a dozen states. it's blamed for at least three deaths. levees have already been breached or overtopped is what they call it. vice president mike pence will tour the damaged areas in nebraska later today. >> flooding could cause nearly $1 billion in agricultural losses in nebraska alone. about one in four jobs in the state are related to agriculture. the industry generates more than $21 billion a year in nebraska. we're following breaking news of a devastating bus crash in virginia that killed two people and injured several others. the single vehicle crash
happened in prince george county, virginia, just south of the state capped richmond. the bus was traveling in thick fog from florida to new york when it crashed and landed on its side. virginia state police say there were 57 people on board, including the driver. two british scientists are finally revealing thedna evidence they say helped solve one of history's biggest crime mysteries. the identity of jack the ripper. back in 1888, the notorious serial killer murdered and mutilated five women in london. vladimir duthiers of cbsn shows us why a man from poland is now the leading suspect. >> the savagery of jack the ripper's crimes terrorized residents of london. no one was even charged though police had suspicions. modern technology may have finally unmasked the elusive killer. few criminals have captivated the world's imagination like
jack the ripper. this silk shaw is believed to be the last piece of physical evidence left from his killing spree more than 130 years ago. two biochemists who analyzed it say they detected the dna of kathryn edos, his fourth victim. also a semen stain they believe came from aaron kosminski who was a prime suspect at the time. researcher david miller. >> i think the fact there are two signatures which appear to match, signatures from descendants, increases the confidence that we're looking at something which is real. >> miller and his co-author published their data for the first time in a scientific paper last week. they said the semen stain contained fragments of mitochondrial dna, genetic material inherited only from their mothers. russell edwards who hired the
scientists to conduct the dna tests originally disclosed the findings in his book, naming jack the ripper. he spoke to sunday morning in 2015. >> we have proved this. all the story, absolutely fits like a jigsaw puzzle. >> i think they come up with rather convincing evidence. >> dr. stanley nelson, a ucla professor of genetics says the dna case against kosminski is strong but not completely ironclad. >> they're not identifying a unique person. it's about 1 in 50 to 1 in 100 individuals in modern england have this mitochondrial type. >> kosminski died in an asylum in 1919. their original aim was not to learn jack the ripper's true identity but to see how far they could stretch modern scientific techniques to analyze minute dna samples over 100 years old. >> once again, modern science solving age-old mysteries, right? thanks, vlad. in our morning rounds, a new
warning about sugary drinks. a new study found people who drink two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day had a 31% risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. each individual soda or sports drink increased the risk by 10%. our dr. tara narula is a cardiologist and joins us with more on this study. great to see you. we know sugary drinks are not good for us. what does this study tell us? >> previous research has shown that sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and stroke but what we didn't really look into was the increased risk of mortality or death. there have been very few studies that looked at that. this research really did show the more sugar-sweetened beverage s you drank, the highe risk of death, primarily from cardiovascular death but also cancer death as well. they looked at two studies, one of about 80,000 women, one 30,000 men followed for 20 to 30
years. they gave them questionnaires, how much they ate and drink, what their health and lifestyle factors were like. in those who drank one to two sugar sweetened beverages a day, the risk of death went up over 14%. over two drinks a day, it went up 21%. this is not the kind of study we can say cause and effect. it's an association that they saw. but definitely again adding to this body of evidence that sugar sweetened beverages not so great for our health. >> what about a diet soda? >> a lot of people want to know the answer to that. the american heart association last year came out with the scientific advisory saying that can be part of a healthy diet especially for those individuals who want to cut back if they are drinking a lot of sugar sweetened beverages. this story looked at artificially sweetened beverages and found there was no real increase in mortality unless you drank morthan four of these drinks a day and you were a woman. and so they need more research to look into that. it may have been that women who were overweight or obese were trying to switch and they were
already at high risk. >> why was it higher in women? is it because of weight? >> so this research in general, in terms of the sugar sweetened beverages did show an effect and the researchers were quick to point out we don't know why. could be the biology of women is different, how we metabolize these drinks are different. our physiology or the methodology of the study that women reported their drinking use different from men. >> the american beverage association did not respond to our request for comment but their website says that soft drinks are safe as part of a balanced diet. do you agree with that? >> the lead researcher said if you're drinking one or two soft drinks a week, the increase in risk is probably very small. but what we know is sugary sweetened beverages are the leading cause of added sugar in the american diet. >> even cocktails that have -- >> coffees, teas, sports and energy drinks. americans should be consuming, for men, about 9 teaspoons of added sugar a day. women 6.
on average we consume 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. a 12-ounce soda has about 10 teaspoons. with one soeda you've already gone over what you should have consume forward one day. >> what are we left with, boring water? >> sparkling water. >> i don't like the bubbles. >> okay. healthy water, fresh water. okay. yea. >> she smiles her way through it. >> read the labels. >> take away all my happy places. >> dr. narula, thanks. marines are learning to use cheap technology you could buy online to train for the unexpected. how robot competitions and simple coding hits are preparing our nation's
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we have much more news ahead. former supreme court justice sandra day o'connor has been called the most consequential woman in american history. we'll talk to the author of a new biography of the 50 woman to serve on the high court. plus, best-selling author harlan coben is back. his new thriller "runaway." why he took a dna test for the book. what was he looking for? and the dinosaurs are coming out of hiding in washington, d.c. chip rooeid is in the new smithsonian exhibit. >> every piece of this
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♪ this morning in our pushing the limits series, we look at how the marine corps is modernizing with basic technology you can find online. jan crawford is in alexandria, virginia, to show us the boot camp putting a 21st century spin on the marines slogan of improvise, adapt and overcome. jan, good morning. >> good morning. this may not look like the kind of place where you'd be training marines, but in this warehouse, a new generation of marines is preparing for modern warfare, using some of the same tools the enemy is using. they are welding, even building robots and drones like you said. some of that stuff you can buy online and rig up in the field.
>> 3, 21, go! >> this is not the theater of war these marines expected to be fighting in. >> it's double elimination. you just beat him once. >> so-called sumo robot competition is training them to confront a modern enemy. this is innovation boot camp. >> look at the lights here. a five-day hands-on training course designed to train marines how to use the latest in cheap but effective technology. >> internet is your friend, too. these are all tools at your disposal. awesome. fantastic, guys. >> veteran brad halsey created the program. >> the marine corps is amazing. they're adept at solving problems on the battlefield with whatever they have. why not equip them with today's technology. >> like welding, laser cutting and 3d printing. the goal, empower marines in the field to solve their own problems. a graduate 3d printed a wrench
that would have taken six months to replace. >> cad program. printed it up and it totally worked. >> reporter: marines learn basic code with kits you can buy for less than 100 bucks. >> this is a robot. arduino is a basic design program for guys like me who aren't big game. >> reporter: staff sergeant john sedlacek is a ordnance disposal technici technician. >> i need a little room to get in there. if i have an arduino kit i can do it on my own, program it right there, exactly what i need for that situation. >> and learning about this gives you the ability to be more efficient and do things more on the fly? >> yes. the battlefield is moving toward electronic warfare. not knowing this is going to put you behind the enemy. >> reporter: terrorist groups like isis have weaponized basic drones. even use them to drop small bombs. >> this is a commercial off the shelf drone.
>> reporter: these marines are learning how to modify them to level the battlefield. >> they always talk about the marines how you guys can like jerryrig everything and have to improprivise and innovate. >> improvise, adapt and overcome. this is definitely us just doing what we do best. >> a massive earthquake has hit the garden. absolutely catastrophic. >> reporter: for the final challenge of the week, the marines are given a simulated mission. >> this is your air drop. nothing else coming. >> reporter: they'll need to find solutions using the technology they've learned. >> the earthquake has hit. drive your robot into the room. assess where the four bodies are. after you find all four of them, your drone operators will step in and deliver them their supplies. >> reporter: one team hits a road bump. >> you see me? >> we lost feed. didn't have enough power. >> a camera they've trained to survey the room goes down.
captain matthew audet is with the marine corps systems command. >> things go wrong. how do you react to it? what did you learn this week you can apply to it on the spot in the moment in high stress situation. this is the most important part of this training. >> when it didn't work, it's important. >> exactly. it's now up and running. >> fuel transportation challenge. >> we'll call this marine mcguyvers. >> exactly. it is marine mcguyver training. using circuitry, computer aided design. >> and that's the future of warfare? >> yes, ma'am, it is. we're looking for platoons of marine mcguyvers. >> there's still a use for duct tape in the marines? >> duct tape and hot glue. >> now brad halsey and his team are rolling out this program around the world. they've already set up a technology center at a marine base in kuwait. and right after our visit here, they went off to okinawa, japan, for two weeks of innovation boot
camp there. >> that's awesome to watch. i love that innovation boot camp. no hand to hand combat. >> they say with duct tape you can do anything. i love the characterization of marine mcguyver. >> duct tape and hot glue can get you a lot of places. up ahead, stunning new information about how a tabloid obtained intimate texts between amazon founder jeff bezos and his girlfriend. you're watching "cbs this morning." >> announcer: this morning's "pushing the limits" is sponsored by the all new subaru forester. welcome to the suv for all you love. whoa! (man) how hot is the diablo chili? (waitress) well. you've got to sign a waiver.
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after a nearly five-year long renovation. first on network television, we take you inside the this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 8:25 am. i am cbs team. today, some state lawmakers are putting standardized tests up for debate. there pushing to ban the sat and act scores at uc schools in light of the recent college admissions scandal. four churches will let people park their cars in church parking lots overnight. this is to help people get off the streets in oakland. alameda county is providing $150,000 for the project. teachers and leaders at the
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♪ wee ba welcome back to "cbs this morning." i just have to pause for a second because what everybody at home doesn't realize we could really do a whole other show about what happens during the breaks and gayle usually shows up one or half a second before the show starts. >> and this time i tripped and almost knocked out all my teeth. >> your teeth all over the table. >> that would have been a very attractive look. >> you caught yourself. >> my heart is beating, very fast. right now it's time to show you -- crisis averted. time to show you the headlines from around the globe. a tiny number of black students
were offered admission to the city's highly selective public high schools. at stivenson high school only seven black students got in out of 895 slots available and bronx high school of science only 12 offers were made to black students. bill diblasio has had to scrap the entrance exam but has faced backlash. >> disturbing figures. wall street journal reports on how it says the national enquire enquir enquirer obtained e-mails, paying his brother $200,000 for texts. michael sanchez said he did not want to dignify theon struck and declined to comment on whether he provided texts to the enquirer.
>> all you want to say is thanks, bro. people are not full adults until they reach the age of 30. most define adulthood 18 or older. the meeting of the academy of medical sciences for england says reaching adulthood is much more of a gradual transition. researchers say the brain undergoes key changes that take place over decades s anybody an adult at 18? >> no. >> it's a gradual -- >> and i read that the brain is not fully developed until at 25. at 45, i'm still maturing. >> you may think you're an adult at 18. >> but you're really not. >> no. 15 million americans will wager a collective $8.5 million on march madness, in office and online pools and among friends. games start tonight. and the dinosaurs inside the smithsonian national museum of
natural history have been in hiding but now they're coming out of storage before the exhibit is reopened in washington later this year. chip reid is at the exhibit to give us a sneak peek at the renovated space while construction is still under way. chip, you can tell i'm excited about this story. good morning. >> reporter: aren't we all? absolutely. that fearsome creature behind me is one of the most complete t-rexes in the world and this is the first time it's ever been completely put together and put on display. it is the centerpiece here, but this exhibit, this massive exhibit is about a lot more than t-rex. meet the nation's t-rex, one of the most complete t-rex es in the world. it's almost all complete fossils, not plaster like the one it's replacing and this one is chomping on an unfortunate
trycerotops. the museum's curator of dinosauria. >> they look realer when you portray them doing real things not just posing for a picture. they were real last time. they just looked dusty and old and static. >> must go faster. >> reporter: if this is what you envision when you think of a t-rex, you might not be that far off. when you watch "jurassic park" and see the t-rex, real, fake? >> the robabl didn't roar but we need things that are loud so that's fine. >> reporter: he knew he wanted to be a dinosauria when he was in the second grade. a lot of kids have obsession or fascination with the
tyrannosaurus rex. do you? >> i'm kind of over the t-rex. it's our most famous dinosaur. >> it's a movie star. >> it's a movie star. it doesn't need my help. >> reporter: you'll see creatures from the mastedon. >> fins. >> when you tell people you've got to come to this exhibit when it opens, what do you tell them? >> that it's unique, it's one of a kind. they will never find another fossil hall like this. >> reporter: it's not just about dinosaurs. >> exactly. >> reporter: for matthew carrano, his inner child has played a role key role. is it the 10-year-old in you or the you of today deciding what to do? >> it's the 10-year-old in me getting permission from the scientist to show something. >> reporter: because it's got to be real? >> it has to be real. >> reporter: what do you want a
10-year-old or 80-year-old person to think when they leave this exhibit? >> i want their mind blown by what's in front of them. >> reporter: you think they will be? >> i'm sure they will be. >> reporter: look at that tail. you do not want this dinosaur wagging its tail. you are going to have to hold your horses or, in this case, hold your dinosaurs, because this exhibit doesn't open until june 8th. gayle? >> that's so nice we got a sneak peek. thank you so much, chip reid. >> nothing is going to trycer trycerotop that piece. >> oh. speaking of return of the dinosaurs. >> okay. i'll go to a thesaurus next time. >> are you okay? >> thank you, chip. and thank you, norah o'donnell. here we go. harlan coben is famous for his novels, more than 70 million
copies sold worldwide, published in 43 languages. number 31, newest novel called "run away" as a financial adviser searches for his daughter. he finds himself in the world of crime and murder, too. harla coben joins us. we always like it when you come back. >> thank you. >> i said i'm going to dress like -- >> he did. >> norah, too. >> i want to read the first line of the book. i love first lines of books. simon sat on a bench in central park in strawberry fields, to be more precise, and felt his heart shatter. i'm thinking, was he attacked? did he have a heart attack? ooh the reason i like the first line in that book, that's exactly what you did. except your heart didn't shatter. >> no. i wasti strawberry fields and watch listened to one
of those street musicians. what if it was my kid. >> she looks like a homeless person clearly strung out on drugs and that's why his heart shattered, he saw his daughter that way. drug addictions and adoptions. do you take what's go iing on i the world and figure out let me throw it in a book? it hits on all the things happening today. >> i don't do a lot of research but i see what's going on. >> you don't do a lot of research? >> i did one on the genealogy tests because i had to. i saw it was my first sxwuven it was. boring in your life so you can be violent and original in your
work. that's how i wanted to start, to grip you right away and a lot of things we could relate to. la the dog in the book is named at's your own dos name o similae members of your family in this? >> no. my kids said i bet he based the drug addict on you. everybody is pointing at each other. >> but the wife in the book is a pediatrician and your wife is a pediatrician. >> yes. >> there's a similarity. >> yeah. >> she just asked if there were similarity. >> i thought she meant kids. my wife is a pediatrician in presbyterian, new york. other than that, i don't know how similar she is to ingrid. you try not to write what you know but it is always what you know. >> you're saying don't overthink it in this case? >> as long as you read it, can you do whatever you want. >> you're churning books out so quickly, you even compared it to pregnancy.
your words, not mine. >> he said chronic pregnancy. >> chronic pregnancy. >> to explain, i said it takes nine months. the best part is the idea, wink, wink, wink. and at the end you feel like you have a dump truck parked on your bladder and just want the dumb thing out. that's what i meant by when i said it's like a pregnancy. >> clearly you have never been pregnant. it doesn't feel like a dump truck. >> and it's ten months. they don't tell you that. >> i'm getting trouble on this set. >> no, no, no. >> you don't have a problem with writer's block? >> actually, every day i do. every day i feel insecure. every day i go through all those things writers do. you have to fight through it. >> there are twists upon twists upon twists that even right down to the very last page, you still leave us. you killed off one -- i won't say the character. >> good. please. >> you killed off one of the characters and i was so disappointed you did that. >> you said you were mad at me
before. >> i'm trying to be polite on tv. >> be mad at me zblie was really irritated. do you know the beginning, middle and the end or are you sort of doing it as you go along? >> i know the beginning and the end. so it fooled you, right? >> yes. >> i hope it makes you think. i know that last twist before i start. so it helps. it's making a journey from here in new york to l.a. i may go 80, suez canal or tokyo, but i'll end up in l.a. >> really well done. >> please stay chronically pregnant for our viewers. >> "runway" is available today. a new look at pioneering former supreme court justice sandra day o'connor. evan thomas is in our green room with what he learned from seven supreme court justices and many of
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ronald reagan appointed her and the senate confirmed her unanimously. 25 years o'connor was considered by many to be the most powerful women in america. american author evan thomas "first sandra day o'connor" gives a portrait of the justice both on the bench and off. evan thomas. good morning. >> good morning. >> you had extraordinary access to the o'connor family. you spoke to her son, seven justices, 94 of her 108 law clerks. what do you want us to know? >> she looks like a formidable middle age lady in those photos. she was actually lively and fun. she liked to dance. she liked dirty jokes. she had great human was a great leader because she knew how to listen. her body would get very still. she knew how to listen to you and dish it out.
in a man's world, 12 years before ruth bader ginsburg, she grew up on a ranch that was a man's world. she learned how to fire a rifle before she was 10 and drive a truck before she was 10. very self-reliant, very tough. very great human intelligence. she knew how to deal with all of it. >> in reading your book, you're reminded is she the most consequential women in history to date? >> well, she affirmed affirmative action and abortion for years. conservatives thought when she got on the bench, those things are gone. and she preserved them, compromising, the key is, it's not that she was a liberal activist at all. she was a conservative. she was a republican conservative. but she understood the public mood. and she found the compromise, the middle way to reflect, really, what america was thinking.
>> of course, she graduated from stanford along with chief justice rehnquist who is a couple years ordinary than her. then she served on the court together. we had known that she had sort of dated, right, while in law school? >> my wife and i were going through her letters. and lo and behold there are 14 love letters from bill rehnquist who just finished being a law student in 1952, at stanford. and sandra day. and love letter number six, he said, sandy, will you marry me? they had never even told their families about this. this is totally new. i think they didn't want to be embarrassed about it. it's a sweet story. bill rehnquist ended up somebody he trulyd, ahe married somebody she truly loved but they were an item. >> what lessons did she learn from her mother, you point out
in the book? >> her father was a real cowboy, but he could be harsh. her mom who was an elegant ladye a dress, learned how not to be bullied by her father, but how not to take the bait. when he came too strong to her, she had a way of rolling with it. this is so important with justice o'connor. >> as one of the first women how to deal with men, so many great things in this book. your research is incredible. it's a page-turner. really important for all of us to learn about one of the most influential, if not the most influential woman in
this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 8:55 am. i am cbs team. partial repairs on the richmond- san rafael bridge started last night. it is one month after concrete chunks fell onto the lower deck. for the next three months, only one lane on each deck will be open from 9 pm until 5 am. the coast guard is urging everyone to be on the lookout for strong swells and sneaker waves. powerful currents and big shore breaks are expected from sonoma county to monterey bay for the next few days.
problem we have had through the altamont pass. westbound 582 right lanes are still shut down because of an earlier big rig fire. we are still seeing a busy drive, 86 minutes to go from 205 to the dublin interchange. it is really busy coming out of tracy. this traffic alert has been there since about 4 am this morning. the traffic alert westbound 4 has now been canceled. it is still busy working your way westbound around highway 4 through bay point. a couple trouble spots at south 101 at university and another
one at 101 and embarcadero. we are tracking a storm system that will bring the return of the rain and cooler temps. for today, mostly cloudy and drive. we will hold off on the rain today with showers that start to move in tonight and especially tomorrow. a wet and cool wednesday for you. daytime highs are cooler compared to yesterday, but above-average temps in the mid to upper 60s to low 70s this afternoon. it will be wet and cool tomorrow. unsettled weather thursday and friday but drier and sunnier by the weekend.
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