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good morning. it's wednesday, september 17th, 2014. welcome to "cbs this morning." a major reversal overnight from the minnesota vikings on adrian peterson as sponsors turn up the heat on the nfl. a massive manhunt in pennsylvania for a suspected cop killer who may be planning new attacks. >> flames ripped through california while flash flooding threatens the southwest. but we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> the vikings with a tuesday night audible. >> saying we want to be sure we get this right. >> minnesota benches adrian peterson indefinitely.
>> anheuser-busch, mcdonald's, visa, and campbell's soup all voiced concern. >> police are searching for the shooter in the deaths of two pennsylvania troopers. >> he's made statements about wanting to commit mass acts of murder. >> reporter: in california at least a dozen wildfires are burning across the state. crews are tackling hot spots. >> meanwhile residue of odile in new mexico. torrential downpours. >> a rochester, new york, man indicted for trying to recruit people to isis. >> contradicting what president obama has said repeatedly. >> nobody believes it will truly remove isis from the region. nasa has signed
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welcome to "cbs this morning." there is new off-the-field drama for the nfl and the minnesota vikings. the team benched star running back adrian peterson overnight. he must stay away from all team activities indefinitely. the vikings have gone back and forth on peterson's status since child abuse has come to life. >> there's an outcry from sponsors and fans. dean is there this morning. good morning. >> reporter: many sponsors were concerned about the situation and the vikings were obviously feeling that heat, so after changing their minds twice on their star running back, they've now decided that adrian peterson will remain off the field while the league process plays out.
adrian peterson is off the field again. the minnesota vikings issued a statement early this morning saying the team has been in conversations with the nfl over peterson's case for the past two days, and the league informed the team of the option to place adrian on the exempt commissioner's permission list, which will require that adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. peterson has been charged with a felony for allegedly whipping his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. on friday the vikings benched him, but the team reverse thad decision on monday saying they would allow him to play while the legal process unfolded. public pressure on the club continued to mount. anheuser-busch, a $50 million a year sponsor of the nfl
expressed its concern over the handling and when contacted other sponsors sump as fedex, bridgestone, pepsi, mcdonald's, and visa indicate they'd were concerned by the situation and monitoring it closely. in an interview with "the nfl today" host james brown, the head of the nfl players' association, de-maury smith said pro football is no longer just about player's performance on the field. >> if we do want to get this right, we will have to engage in a larger conversation than just a football player and to have a conversation about what it means to be the husband, the son, the father, the person in your community. >> reporter: now, peterson's first court appearance is october 18th and according to the "associated press," his attorney says the decision to place him on the exempt list
was, quote, the best possible outcome given the circumstances. norah? >> all right. dean, thank you. some schools are closed this morning in northeast pennsylvania where the hunt for a gunman who killed a state trooper is narrowing. police say the suspect eric matthew frein is armed and dangerous with a desire to kill. don dahler is in pennsylvania, the staging for the manhunt. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is the type of terrain searches are having to deal with. it's heavily wooded and sparsely populated. he killed one and seriously injured another in an ambush last week. he became a prime suspect when they found his jeep stuck in the mud near the police barracks where the shooting occurred. they believe he's hiding in these woods. hundreds of police officers h s have combing the area for the
suspected felon. they say he has violence training and has views. >> he's made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder. >> reporter: frein is believed to be armed with an ak-47 and a semiautomatic rifle with a scope. in his abandoned car police found a stash of supplies he apparently left behind. >> camouflage face paint, hooded sweatshirt, two empty rifle cases. >> reporter: police say he gunned down two friday during a shift challenge at a state police barracks outside scranton. the suspect had been living at his parents' house where the police found shell casings matching the shooting and in his room an army manual titled
"sniper training and employment." his father a retired army sergeant said his son is trained and, quote, doesn't miss. >> he has strong feelings about law enforcement. he seems to be angry with a lot of things that go on with our society. >> reporter: frein evidently had made statement over the years but no one ever reported it. he faces several charges including first degree murder and homicide of a law enforcement officer. charlie? >> don, thanks. president obama visits in tampa today to discuss destroying isis. a poll shows 57% of americans do not believe the president is being tough enough with isis. 41% approve of the way he is handling terrorism. that's a new low for this poll. in may 2011 after osama bin laden was killed, 72% approved of his handling of terrorism. nancy cordes is on capitol hill where military leaders say the isis strategy they need may
expand beyond air strikes. good morning. >> good morning. the president's stated policy has been no us troops on the ground period and yet here on capitol hill his top military adviser said he doesn't want to rule it out. in a senate hearing tuesday, joint cheefrs chairman martin dempsey said right off the bat u.s. ground troops might be needed in the fight against isis. >> if there are threats to the united states, i would, of course, go back to the president that may include the use of military ground forces. >> for example, dempsey said, american forward air controllers on the ground in iraq could call in air strikes that would help iraqi forces retake the city of mosul from isis fighters. >> it could very well be part of that particular mission to provide close combat advising or accompanying for that mission. >> the white house called that a hypothetical scenario and said the president's position hasn't changed. the house will vote today on
authorizing the president to arm and train moderate syrian rebels to go after isis on the ground. >> there are only bad choices left in syria and iraq. >> the measure is expected to pass, but even those who expect to vote worry that they could at some point turn against us. >> despite reservations in question, we must take action. the threat is real and isis must be con fronted now. >> opponents of the plan, many of them democrats, liken them to the rebel groups in afghanistan who the u.s. armed in the 1980s only to watch them morph into the taliban. >> make no mistake about it, we have given arms to every element in this conflict with the notion that somehow the enemy of our enemy is our friend and at the end of the day, we have no friends in this conflict. >> democratic leader nancy pelosi spent the day privately
addressing some of those concerns and assuming that this measure does pass in the house today, it then goes to the senate where it is also expected to pass, possibly, norah, by the end of the week. >> all right, nancy. thank you. former defense secretary robert gates said they will have to use ground troops to successfully defeat isis. in his first interview gates told anna werner that he has concerns about the president's strategy. >> the reality is they're not going to be able to be successful against isis strictly from the air or strictly depending on the iraqi forces or the peshmerga or the sunni tribes acting on their own. so there will be boots on the ground if there's any hope of success in the strategy. i think by continuing repeat that, the president in effect traps himself. i'm also concerned that the goal
has been stated as degrade and destroy or degrade and defeat isis. we've been at war with al qaeda for 13 years. we have dealt them some terrible blows including the killing of osama bin laden, but i don't think anybody would say after 13 years we've destroyed or defeated al qaeda, and so i think to promise that we're going to destroy isis or isil sets a goal that may be unattainable as opposed to devastating it or as the vice president put it, following them to the gates of hell and delivering them from getting territory. those are attainable goals.
>> we'll talk about helping 50,000 veterans. that's ahead on "cbs this morning." a new york man is accused fighters for isis. bob orr is in washington where the suspect also targeted troops in the united states. bob, good morning. >> good morning. this is the case of an american who prosecutors say wanted to help isis. mufid elfgeeh was caught in a sting. he's been indicted for attempting to aid the terror group. according to court palers, elfgeeh tried to help three to fight in isis but two of his recruits were working with the fbi. he face several charges including three counts, one count of attempting to provide support to a foreign terror
organization and one count of attempting to kill officers and employees of the united states. prosecutors say elfgeeh was plotting to kill american servicemember whence he returned from iraq but the guns he bought had been rendered nonoperable by the fbi elfgeeh will be arraigned on thursday. norah? >> all right, bob. thank you. hundreds of californians are out of their homes this morning as one of the state's worst wildfires burns on. it's billion fueled by a historic drought. john blackstone is in weed where residents are counting their heavy losses. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this historic lumber town was hit hard and wind-driven burning embers fell across it. this is all that's left of weed's library. now the fire that brought destruction is still only 25%
contained and at a town hal meeting last night, fire officials say they've never seen condition this dry. the fast-moving fire that tore through the town of weed forced half of its residents to evacuate. >> i went in the backyard. i felt like our house was on fire. in matter of minutes the house was engulfed. >> paint retar accidedant marke saved. >> we never expected nothing to rip through our hometown. nothing like this. >> reporter: officials say 150 homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. no deaths were reported. >> september, october, november are typically busy fire winds and that's normally because we have our santa ana winds. >> reporter: during monday's fire in weed, wind speeds hit 40
miles per hour. >> it makes for some erratic and unpredictable fire behavior. then you can't predict where it's going to head to. >> reporter: the king fire is still just 5% contained. >> it's so dry, the fuel is so continuous it's difficult to draw a line in the sand to stop this fire. >> reporter: more than 1,500 firefighters worked well into the night to try to control the flames that swallowed up nearly 16,000 acres. high winds are expected to continue through most of the day today. that's made firefighting here worse but firefighters will get a break later tonight when cooler weather, lower winds are expected to come in. >> john, thanks. fire danger is not the only problem. tropical storm odile is expected to drop a lots of rain in the
southwest. carter evans has more. carter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. while people here are still recovering from last week's record rainfall they've been coming to fire stations like this one to fill out sand bags and repair. time is running out. the rye mains of tropical storm odile are already spilling into the southwest. on tuesday rain sent floodwaters racing down the valley. further south the national weather service said moisture served up violent thunderstorms that tore apart this warehouse. the same system cared winds strong enough to derail a freight chain. crews spent days cleaning up after several cars were knocked off the trachlkt last week the remnants of another powerful pacific storm norbert caused
significant flooding. >> i don't need more rain. i panicked, horrible. >> local officials say this time they won't be caught off guard. >> we're preparing, doing the best that we can. >> i'm praying it won't do what it did last time. i'm too tired. >> reporter: the heavy rainfall could continue today into tomorrow. norah, this could be historic flooding. this high school southeast of south language. >> good morning. one of the worst-case scenarios when it comes to flooding is having a slow-moving tropical system move right on top of mountainous terrain. that's exactly what's going to be happening over the next several days as odile moves oh, so slowly.
this is how much rain is going to drop over the next 12 to 24 hoursle that's blrk, midland, el paso, tucson. putting things in perspective, the average rainfall is 1 to 2 fit. >> we're missing more this week. then it pulls up north in places as far away as minneapolis. they'll receive tropical winds from a storm that hit cabo a few days ago. it's 7:19. ahead, did the
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good morning, i'm ukee washington. lets start with your forecast and check with katie on your hump day, good morning. >> good morning everybody. a lovely day is underway. it is chilly because of the clear skies we had overnight but high pressure has really built in. look off in the distance here in this shot, at the kutztown area middle school. you can see fog settling in along the tree line there. it was more pronounced earlier this morning but new that the sunnies up it is scouring that out but we may see that throughout the valleys and hundred tane terrain. lots of sun. the just beautiful. we should hit 75. cool, comfortable tonight under a handful of clouds and tomorrow looks like the same, mid 70's, late in the day we will see a few you more clouds and by friday temperatures take a hit at best we are up to 70 degrees, jessica, back
over to you. good morning, everybody. beautiful die look forward to 7:26. we are outside here on top of the ben franklin bridge from the new jersey side still heading westbound in the city. it seems to be crawling a little bit slower than normal so far this morning. still that road closure in center city, seventh street closed at locust street due to the water main break we have been covering. crews trying to get that cleaned up and out of the way. just take ninth street if you want to get the by. outside on the boulevard still a crash there southbound just at the grant avenue, ukee, back over to you. next update 7:55. up next on cbs this morning, just how many hostages are being held biasis. more local news weather traffic and d sports we are on the cw philly and you can find the cw philly and you can find us on these channels
incredible video of flooding in serbia. heavy rain flooded some villages. the water swept away almost everything in its path. >> nature is fierce. welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, a stopover at sea on the way to deep space. nasa's very close to launching a test of its next generation capsule. how the space agency is turning to the past to find the future of human space flight. plus, we'll hear from a man who was with steven sotloff just hours before the journalist was killed in syria. mark barfi is in studio 57. we're going to ask him why the sotlofs had to defend for
themselves while their son was held hostage. that story ahead. a federal program is under fire for sending gear to public schools. the police department is rushing three grenade launchers. it will keep 61 rifles and an armored vehicle. "usa today" says americans need bigger belts. that's according to the centers for disease control. in 1999 the average man's waist was 38.9 inches. but 2012 it grew to 39.7 ifrmgs. the average woman's waist expanded even more from 36.3 to 37.8. to that i say nothing that two pair of spanx won't cure. you can't breathe but you'll have a smaller waist. >> there you go. the "los angeles times" says audi is the first to get permission to test self-driving
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the families are stating this morning they wanted to do more to save their loved ones but u.s. officials wouldn't help. steven sotloff who made it his mission to report on conflicts in the middle east was captured last year near the city of aleppo. >> as a mother i ask you to be merciful and not punish him other matters he has no control other. behind closed doors she and the family of james foley were at odds with the u.s. government and its longstanding policy against paying ransom to terrorists. >> paying ransoms only puts other american at great risk. it's a charge the administration denied sunday. >> we didn't threaten anybody but we explained the law. >> the sotloffs dropped their efforts to raise ransom money. in july the president authorized
a rescue attempt with helicopters and 70 to 80 commando troops. no evidence was found but they did find that sotloff and foley had been there. the foleys grew frustrate after france and spap spent several million dollars for the freedom of several european journalists. so they ignored the prosecution and continued their efforts to pay the ran smo. >> we couldn't do nothing. what do you do? leave your kid in jail to get beaten? no way. >> mark barfi is a long time friend of steve sotloff. he acts as spokesman and adviser for the sotloff family. good morning, brock. let me first express condolences to you and the sotloff family. >> we cannot accept that we will not see steven again. we heard from him through the
hostages, we saw the other hostages get out. we just don't understand why these two americans had to die. >> do you feel like the u.s. government gave the sotloff family the help that they wanted? >> not at all. we had very, very limited contact with senior officials. it was basically limited to two fbi agents and when i tried to ask for a senior point of contact, all the administration said is you can speak to the council of bureau affairs at the state department. >> what would you have wanted them to do? >> what i wanted to do from the beginning is have a senior point of contact at the white house to gather information from the various arms of their government so they could court nad better and coordinate it. charlie, when i wanted to talk to an fbi agent about a very important matter, it took 40 minutes for him to call me back. that's not his problem. it's the system's problem. >> you wanted him to coordinate
information and help you. >> we wanted him to coordinate the information and a 24-hour crisis center where we could call and they'd respond immediately like the europeans have. >> did the sotloffs try? >> basically he bullieied them. >> bullied how, brock? what do you mean? >> he's a moo reen. he's not from the justice department. he shouldn't be telling them what the law is. he is a counterterrorism specialist. that is what they should be talking about. i basically heard the same thing. i tried to come up with creative solutions how we could get around the law. i said well how do you know that the group holding steve is a triftd organization. we know, they said. how would you know if we tried to transfer money. the banks wouldn't allow it.
they shot us down at every opportunity. >> this is a serious charge because you're saying someone within the national security council bullied and heck today the sotloff family, is that correct? >> that's basically what happened. i heard denis mcdonough says he wasn't threatn'ted. he wasn'tn't in themeetings. >> whoo would the white house do that to a family? >> we don't know. we didn't have a view into the white house. they met just once or twice with administration officials and a couple of follow-up phone calls. >> has the white house very the administration's attitude or communication or contact changed since the awful beheading of steven? >> we had two phone calls with the senior white house official.
>> you actually spoke to steven the morning he was kidnapped. every time i look at the video and i refuse to look at the actual incident, he's sitting there so stoically, no tears, no police, nochlgt what was he like and what was he the day he was kidnapped? >> he was one of the nicest people you would meet. he would say i don't need all this attention. focus it and channel it to the hundreds of thousands dying in syria and iraq. their story is not being told. he did not want the limelight shined on him. >> what was he thinking of the day of the kidnapping? >> he was going to go in and do one last run like the george c. scott movie and get out. he had high-level meetings set up but unfortunately he never made it. >> but his mission was to address the american public. >> charlie, steve wanted to give a voice to those who had none. that was his mission. he went to places where other
people didn't go. he spent months in benghazi after the 9/11 attacks. he spoke to the man that the united states believes was behind that. he went to his house, he befriended him. they weren't friends but he established a friendship where he was able to trust him. >> and he did it with the risk of knowing what those people were about in that region today. >> always. but the american people deserve to know what's going on out there. >> he's done that. we're think of the sotloff family and everyone. up next, preparing for mankind's next jiepd leap. >> i'm ben tracy where nasa is telling a new kind of space ship. where it will go next. that's coming up on "cbs this morning."
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this morning nasa is closer to launching astronauts again. private spacecraft build by boeing and spacex will ferry members to the international space station starting in 2017. right now the united states paces russia $70 million a seat for a ride into orbit. they also help in returning people to deep space nchl a story you'll see only on "cbs this morning," ben tracy goes out to see those plans in action. >> reporter: we hitched a ride with the navy on the "uss anchorage" and sailed 65 miles out into the pacific ocean. we were looking for this, nasa's new orion spacecraft. it's designed to go into deep space. >> it will be the fiftd time in 40 years that this nation, the most powerful nation has ever
design and built a spacecraft that's going into orbit. that's a big, big deal. >> reporter: he was on a space trip. if this all look as bit familiar, well, it should. >> good evening, the last of the apollos, the space ship which took them to the miner has returned from is voyage. >> it touched down in the pacific. >> right on top and just about right on target. >> reporter: "apollo" is the spaceship that took men to the spaceship and to the moon. the project is light years ahead of "apollo." it was built by lockheed martin and is upgradable and reusable. it will hold six astronauts who will be able to explore distant asteroids and even the moon and mars. "orion" will be able to enter
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we're looking at to get the united states back into space and this one is going to take us farther than we've gone in a very long time. >> reporter: the first american astronauts are expected to board "orion" in 2021. their defty nation is unknown. >> look at that. incredible. >> you guys want to go, don't you? >> not the first time around. how was the control room? >> loved it being in there. all those people trying to make us look good. tough work, isn't it? >> i think we look okay. "flight of the bumble
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well, good morning i'm natasha brown. lets send it right over to the eyewitness weather forecast with meteorologist katie fehlinger. what a gorgeous day. >> i wish i could take credit for it the but we have to give it up for mother nature on this one. she's just in a good mood this week. we have these very minor hiccups, at worst, overall, some really, really great weather unfolds. not just today but for most of the forecast. now storm scan three, we call it storm scan but you no storms to be had here my friend a bound ant sunshine. it will be a lovely afternoon. 75 degrees. tonight we will drop down to the upper 50's under clouds. it will be another comfortable night for you. over the next several days, generally mid 70's, cooler on friday but still sunny. our next real hot shot for rain doesn't come until sunday
night at the earliest. good stuff, jessica. >> thanks, good morning everybody. coming up at 8:00 o'clock. we will go outside where we have an accident here on the 30 bypass, this is just at route 113, you can see over to the left hand shoulder heading eastbound, that is where all that delay is headed towards. you can see that pulled overtaking out left hand shoulder. another accident on the pennsylvania turnpike, just west at willow grove, left lane is block there, center city, still that water main break alternate take ninth street to get around seventh street which is closed, natasha, back over to you. 8:25. up next a new way to diagnosis depression for more local news, weather and trafficc you can continue to watch us on these channels on the cw these channels on the cw philly, have a
good morning. it's wednesday, september 17th, 2014. welcome back to "cbs this morning." more real news ahead including a whistle blower who says the v.a. watered down an investigation of dozens of deaths. but first here's a look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. >> they've now decide thad adrian peterson will remain off the field while the legal process plays out. >> frein has been charged with several charges including murder. they believe he's now hiding in these woods. >> the stated policy has been no troops on the ground period. >> they're not going to be able to be successful strictly from
the air, so there will be boots on the ground if there's to be in hope in the strategy. >> this is all that's left of weed's library. the fire that brought this destruction is still only 25% contained. >> slow moving tropical system odile moves slowly over mexico and also west texas. >> this is a serious charge because you're saying someone within the national security council bullied the sotloff family, is that correct? >> that's basically what happened. >> a private crew will fly astronauts to the space mission. >> in december it will take its first flight, traveling 3,600 miles above the earth. that's 15 times further their the international space station. >> you've got adam jones behind you. >> i want to save the pie for the seventh game in the world series. >> i'm charlie rose with gayle
king and norah o'donnell. former nfl mvp adrian peterson is back on the sidelines this morning. they deactivated the running back this morning and ordered him to stay away from the team. the move is a complete reversal from monday when the club said peterson would play in the next game. >> peterson missed last sunday's game when he was formally charged with child abuse. the vikings owner said in a statement at the time we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. >> the vikes had motivation to make a change. many nfl sponsors say they're concerned with how the league is handling the negative attention. that including ray rice controversy. nfl suspended the baltimore raven indefinitely over an assault charge. in an interview with james brown, cbs analyst spoke with him. >> why is the nfl appealing ray
rice's suspension? >> when we look at facts and reach a determination that there are appropriate grounds to appeal a decision, any decision, that's the role of the union and the duty of the union. >> public outrage notwithstanding. >> public outrage notwithstanding. it's part of my legal training to understand that everybody has due process right. >> we've seen and heard a lot from the commissioner's office. >> the union is where it's always been. we're with our members, and as emotional as you can be about the issue, your duty is to protect the rights of the player, to hopefully start and engage a conversation that's bigger. >> do you believe that the league has a domestic violence problem? >> when i was a prosecutor, domestic violence was a community issue. it still is a community issue.
i think it would be a mistake to ever look at our issues and react to our issues as being either -- as being a football issue. >> some have described the past ten days as the worst in the history of the national football league. your thoughts. >> i want our players to be good men, good husbands, good father, good men in their community. if there is an instance where that conduct has fallen below that standard, that's not a good week for our players let alone the national football league. >> now smith said it's his job to represent all players, personal feelings aside. floodwaters are up in the parts of the west this morning. tropical storm odile is expected to dump heavy rain across the desert southwest. flash flooding in arizona tuesday tore apart buildings. high winds derailed a freight train. in the meantime california's drought is fueling about a dozen wildfires. officials in weed, california,
near the oregon border now say a fast moving fire damaged or destroyed more than 150 homes or buildings. expect a showdown in the v.a. health scandal today on capitol hill. the house committee will be inspecting the acting inspector general on a report of dozens of patient deaths at the phoenix veterans hospital. wyatt, good morning. >> good morning. later today congress will investigate the investigators, asking why the inspector general found no link between the secret waitlist the v.a. kept in phoenix and the deaths of up to 40 veterans. we spoke to a top v.a. whistle blower who told us that conclusion was a last-minute change made under pressure. the issue surrounds the investigation of whether more than 40 veterans at the v.a. died waiting to see a doctor. the final report in august
concluded it could not conclusively assert that the long wait times caused the deaths of these veterans, but the downtime delayed any connection and according to this whistle blower, it was not in the original draft of the report. >> they said the wait times didn't cause the deaths. >> correct. >> and that was added? >> yes. >> at the last minute essentially. >> yes, it was. >> reporter: our source who works at v.a. headquarters and who spoke exclusively to cbs news says officials inside the agency asked for a revision of the first draft. that's standard practice. in this case, the source says it amounts to pressure on the inspector general richard griffin to water diown that lin in the report. >> they were worried it was going damn the situation and therefore it was to soften the blow. >> reporter: the office of the inspector general issue add statement calling the whistle
blower wrong saying, quote, there was no pressure to add this line. the statement adds we did not find sufficient evidence that any delay resulted in death. but the conclusion that no deaths were caused by delays seemed to conflict with the rest of the report. for example, 28 instances of clinically significant delays were found including six deaths and some of the fiemgds concluded that either tleemt or appointment for this patient might have affected the outcome. teddy barnes says his father thomas, a navy veteran died while on a secret waitlist but nobody from the inspector general's office ever called his family. >> it sounds like they're trying to cover it up or sugar coat it because we didn't hear anything about it. >> and now newly released figures show that 293 veterans
died, not 40, 293 while on the sa secret waitlist. that doesn't mean they died from lack of care. but some are already asking if the phoenix investigation should be reopened. gayle? >> wow. >> a lot of questions. >> that's a much bigger number. >> yeah. >> a much bigger number. >> we'll be paying more attention. thank you, wyatt. cnet's scott stein brings the new
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can help doctors detect the disorder as easy as diabetes. from columbia university medical center. you know where you work. dock, to good to have you here. i hear we can't call this game-changer but i hear this is promising. >> it's a very exciting study and a sign of good things to come. historically even though it's affected humankind for mel len ya, there's no diagnosis. if you have blood pressure, stomach problem, you go to the doctor, they ask how you're doing and they do an skpa and take blood. in mental illness it's a reporting of symptoms and evaluating a person's history. this technology of reporting a patient with depression is going to be game-changer when it's applied because it will be first time we'll have a laboratory test to confirm a diagnosis for
mental illness. >> you said it would be like trying to find out if you have diabetes without checking for glucose. >> this is a path that all fields of medicine have been involved in. prior to the chemical techniques to measure substances in the blood, how do doctors diagnose diabetes which is basically hyperglie seem ya. they took >> will they do more. >> charlie, that's a great question. the first benefit lit confirm diagnosis and expedite the process of making a diagnosis. also i think there's going to be an attitudinal effect in our
society because more than anything else, psychiatry has been kind of a stepchild -- i call it the rodney dangerfield in that you can't get respect. the thing that will change or help to dispel stigma is to have a test which says it's in the brain. it's not some aspects of the mind. but to your question, what these tests will be able do is parse the broad spectrum of depression which can be e caused by different things. you can have depression caused by a chemical imbalance, caused by a hormonal occurrence like pre or postpartum. you can have it as a result of a head trauma. so these tests will be able to parse depression into these different subtypes and then the third thing is it may help to predict what treatment to use. >> exciting new information. dr. lieberman, so good to see you. thank you so much. and uber wants to put veterans in the driver's seat.
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job. this morning uber is putting up a help wanted nationwide sign. anna werner with it first on "cbs this morning." an anna, good morning. >> good morning. although national numbers for vets has improved lately, the rate is still higher than 25%. and that's three times the national average. well, uber is hoping to change that and it's enlisting some top military brass to help with its effort. it's travis's first month as a driver for uber. the 31-year-old military veteran spent seven years in the air force and was deployed to both iraq and afghanistan. when he got out in september 2008 he says finding the right job was tough. >> you kind of feel like a goldfish in a huge sea, right? you don't know what to do with yourself. so i definitely had high levels of anxiety.
readjusting has taken a little bit. >> reporter: uber drives their own cars and sets their own skel which he says allows him to attend college and take kay of his daughter. >> we're service-based and we're offering a service to someone. we're helping them get from point a to point b. so it's kind of mission-oriented are. >> uber now wants to bring on 50,000 more veterans just like him by teaming up. the idea isn't just to give it veterans jobs but to help uber hire more quality drivers. the company's ceo, kalanick. >> they have a better work ethic. they're out there doing more trips than the average partner. >> you looked at the data? >> oh, yeah. we already have thousands of
vets on it today. >> he says uber will take lesser commission and help them buy cars at better interest rates. they're teaming up with an all-star military advisory board chaired by former defense secretary robert gates. >> the reason that companies like uber want vets is because of the qualities the vets bring to the workplace. they're disciplined, they're team players, they're easily trainable, they're flexible, they're loyal, and they're reliable. >> uber has faced a wave of recent criticism from taxi cab associations and unions who say they operate without the same rules and regulations but kalanick says hiring vets isn't about a public relations move. it's about offering an opportunity. >> why is it better than being a cab driver? >> a cab drive hears to rent a
vehicle for $40,000 a year. there's an inflexibility in how taxi work sort of operates and the economics of the taxi industry make it so that it's very hard to make a decent living. >> the most important thing from my standpoint is that the veteran have a choice of some jobs to go to rather than being stuck with one option. and uber is for a certain kind of those veterans who want to be on their own. >> now, uber says it conducts background checks on all of its records and a check of driving records that they clay is more rigorous than that of the taxi industry. gayle? >> thank you, an nachlt i'm thinking of another reason to sign up for uber. >> i agree. probably a lot of doctor appointments. it's a win/win. >> thank you, anna. we'll be right back.
good morning, everyone i'm ukee washington. we have breaking news coming from west philadelphia right now. "eyewitness news" has learned a nine year-old child just fell nine stories out of a high rise apartment building. chopper three just arrived on the scene on the 4200 block of locust street at the fairfax apartments. authority tell thaws they rush that child to the children's hospital but he was unconscious and obviously, very badly injured. again, a nine year-old child fell from the ninth story of a high rise in west philadelphia, if we get anymore information we will have it on the cw philly, stay with us on "eyewitness news" we will try to get more information. lets get your forecast with katie, good morning. >> ukee, generally speaking to day will be one of those days you want to make an excuse to take advantage of.
we have high pressure in place and that will mean plenty of sunshine in full a bun abs here today with the light wind and low humidity. you will we not see a heck of a lot today. we have abundant sunshine, lovely afternoon, 75 for that day time height and we will drop it in the mid to upper 50's under a handful of clouds. by tomorrow very similar. we are going to see a lackluster cold front moving through so a couple clouds will knock temperatures back friday, jessica, back over to you. good morning, coming up at 8:30. we have problems outside on the 30 bypass, just at route 113, you can see multi vehicle accident trying to get that cleaned up and out of the way. eastbound towards downingtown delay and backup. most of the you can see everybody taking out the left shoulder and one of the left hand lanes, everybody squeezing by to the right. pennsylvania turnpike westbound at willow grove an accident blocking out left lane as well, ukee, back over to you. next update 8:55. up next on cbs this morning meet ten year-old founder and ceo of mr. corry's cookies,
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, imagine this. getting paid to watch movies and watch tv. i like that job. meet one of the people netflix is counting on to make your choices easy, and we'll show you how the company knows so much -- how they know so much about your likes an your dislike. plus the 10-year-old ceo of his own cookie company. he hopes the conquer the business before high school. we'll introduce you to the mini mogul. that's ahead. >> i love it. walmart's chief spokesman resign last week because he lied on his resume. he said he graduated from dell war in 1996.
he admitted he was a few credited short and never receive add degree. he was called out when he banned a reporter. >> let me check you out. "huffington post" looks at how to build high-speed gone go las in the city. each would cost $125 million. one supporter said the gondolas would be faster, safer, cleaner and more scenic than riding the bus. "usa today" says starbucks is testing a frappuccino mini. it's a 10-understand blend of coffee, milk, and ice and comes in many favors. it costs about 30 cents less than a 12 ouns and has fewer customers. customers in denver and houston are testing the new size. if they like it, they'll expand the mini to other markets. >> heads-up, hollywood fans. you can get mayed in a gown
inspired. it's worn by elsa the ice queen. it will be available in january. in the meantime you can dress up for one for halloween. apple expects very long lines and big sale this friday when the newest iphones go on sale. customers place add record-breaking 4 million-plus. the photo cams out on tuesday claiming to show new iphones packed on plane in china heading to the u.s. thanltd're already selling on ebay for more than $1,000 each. wow. scott stein is senior editor and our partner at cnet is here with both new i iphone. good morning. >> good morning. >> where do we begin? >> let's begin with the 6 plus. they're very similar and it's about hand size. this 5.5-inch screen, this southbound the equivalent of a samsung note 3, really the top
end of that android phone spectrum. fits in your hand but it's more like a tiny tablet. this is bigger but fits more into the screen. apple is catching up on screen size but they both have a lot of the same features. you're not looking at too much different but you're looking at better battery life. >> it's a pain, that battery life. >> that's the thing. several hours more, which could make the difference but it hasn't taken a quantum leap where you're surprised like the matchbook area you say it's going to be helpful. it has optical image stabilization. if you're a hard core photographer, that's an important feature but for a lot of people, this is going to do the trick. >> explain the demand. >> i think you're waiting for a new design. year after year apple takes an two-year leap into design. last year's was good but looked
the same. people wanted a bigger screen phone. plus a lot of people bought the 5 and they were waiting for their contract to expire, so you have probably a larger group of people hoping to cross other and this appeals more to android users. thing this is a phone that matches that. >> am i going to have to buy a new charger? >> thankfully not. they're sticking with lightning for this. it charges relatively quickly. some wonder about wireless charging. maybe in the future, but thankfully they're sticking with lightning. >> bee beyond size are there new features on the iphone plus 6? >> both features which we're still waiting for is apple pay. it's coming in october and we're going to review that when it's available but it's actually maybe the killer an on this because these are the first apple devices that will work with this. that will work at contactless places. the rest is gentle upgrades. processing is better. >> charlie said, listen, we
could have built a bigger phone years ago, we wanted to build a better phone. you're saying not so much. >> i think battery life is the thing i really want and i would have gone for a thicker phone if it had better batteries. i think the personal phones are fine. if you had the 5-s, those other improvements you won't notice too much, but the screen size. >> which is that? >> the big one. >> i sort of lose track as i lewis laos them because they feel nicely sized. >> the thing i like, find a mini, you can't put in your pocket. this you can put in your pocket. >> that's good. jacket pocket is good. jeans and other pants you have to experiment a little bit. sometimes it makes my hand cramp a bit, other times not. i think it's great if you're using it for videos, if you want to catch up on work. >> these are good problems to have. hurts my hand sometimes when i hold it too much. >> does it have to be returned is the question.
>> thank you, scott. >> thank you. >> good to see you. >> good to see you too. netflix is having a big week. the on demand entertainment service is launching in six countries and it announced a new comedy series is under way from judd apatow. >> as ben tray sis reports, netflix relices on a group of people who might have the best job ever. ♪ >> reporter: with a screen this big, it's no surprise that josh garrell likes to watch tv and movies. >> we're going to watch ""silver linings playbook."" >> what is surprising is this. the bottom line is you get paid to watch movies and television shows. >> absolutely that is the bottom line, yeah. >> he works for netflix and is part of a select group of part-time employees called taggers.
his job is to watch movies and tv shows and describe the plot, themes and characters by applies hundreds of labels known as tags. >> so when you're watching a movie or a tv show, what are you actually doing? >> i'm basically memorizing as much information as i can as i'm watching. is there any cursing, what type of humor in there. if there's comedy, dark does it get? it's the cold hard facts of what you're watch. >> reporter: he enters the cold hard facts into a detailed database. >> it's been tagged as mental illness, infidelity, dancing obviously, depression, finding love, and recovery. >> his tags are fed into netflix' highly critical algorithm. they're recommendations such as violent, suspension, foreign,
action, and adventure. gritty biographical documentaries and movies featuring a strong female lead. >> how many things do i have to watch on netflix before you start to learn who i am and what i like? all you have to do is hit play once and that is so telling. >> todd yellin came up with a tagging system. because netflix cannot afford to buy and stream every major hollywood blockbuster it's a way of constantly feeding its customers that they may want to watch instead. if your taste is so refine thad you're going go like it has to be dark, it has to take place during the 19th century, and it has to be about people who lived through hardship, who imgreated from ireland, we will find something else for you and we will get super specific in our categorization. >> how much do you learn over time? >> we know a lot. if people tend to be a binge watcher but only on the weekends, let's bubble up those
serialized shows. >> it's why netflix has 50 mi million subscribers. it's why he has the best job in the world. he even likes watching the bad movies. >> no offense, but are you a little bit of a nerd about this? >> oh, absolutely. i'm not ashamed at all. i'm absolutely a net flick nerd for sure. >> for "cbs this morning" ben tracy, los angeles. >> so smart. >> yeah, very smart. >> there are a lot of interesting things here about movies that i would watch. >> i got netflix because i wanted to see "house of cards" and then it led me to other things. >> "orange is the new black". >> and "breaking bad." >> there's a lot of other things they don't have like european love stories.
you've heard of donald trump, bill gates, and jay z. well michelle miller introduces us to a prince edward island-size entrepreneur who's making cookies a bite size at a time. >> his name is cory nieves. remember it because before too long it will be a household name. every saturday on the streets of new jersey, corey nieves pulls his cart around town selling his cookies to loyal customers at boutiques, barbershops, and car delerships. even the most seasoned salesmen are impressed. >> what do you think about that salesmanship? >> it's fantastic. he's got great spirit. >> from one salesman to another
do you think he has a future in. >> definitely. >> the 10-year-old fifth grader is founder, ceo and head of distribution for mr. cory's cookies. >> what makes your cookies so good? >> well, it's made with love and they're all natural with no preservatives. >> none? >> none. >> cory started the company five years ago after moving to new jersey with his mother from the bronx. >> one day we were on the bus and he came out and said, ma, i want to get a car or whatever because it's too cold. i said, cory what am i going to get a car from off of my looks? i tell them that. he said we could sell hot cocoa and then add a dessert base. he wanted to try cookies. >> did you know how to make cookies? >> i looked it up, did a search, what is this, how do you make that, and i didn't like the recipes so i started changing it around. >> you have a lot of chocolate chips in there.
>> yeah. >> from this tiny kitchen he's built up a business to the point where he's had to move the operation into a commercial space. >> how much monies worth of cookies do you have? >> a lot. >> these days he sells up to a thousand cookies a weekend at almost a dollar a piece. >> we incorporated into an lc corporation because we couldn't use our regular kitchen unless this whole house is commercial. >> his mother and chief operating officer lisa howard is now legally required do the baking but make no mistake, cory is the man in charge. >> would you say you have a head for business? >> yes. i'd say i do. >> you deal with all the facts, the figures, the books? >> yes. mom helps me sometimes. >> yeah, yeah? what part do you do? >> i look over the my finances and stuff, the profit and loss statement. >> what's it like to have him as a boss? >> sometimes i say i cannot
believe my son is my boss like hold on a second and sometimes i have to correct him because he sometimes takes that to the head and i have to say, hold on, cory, i got to cut the check, you can't, so let's get it together. >> having left his imprint on the culinary world -- >> i like pharrell too. he's fashionable. >> the mini mogul is taking aim at the fashion industry. >> in ten jeers where do you hope to be with all this? >> have my own like clothing line and all this stuff. >> in addition to the cookies? >> yes. under the brand of mr. cory's. >> a brand that's already to more than 30,000 followers on instagram and an appearance on the ellen degeneres show. >> because you didn't want to take the bus anymore. >> yes. >> it's freezing. >> yes. >> now that he's met the original goal with the gift of a family car, mr. cory is focused on the next phase of his career. >> what's your next step? >> all the new stuff that's going to come out.
it's secret. i have a lot of new stuff i want to come out. g-14 classified. >> g-14 classified. >> mm-hmm. >> what's that. >> highly secured like high security. if you bribe us, you might go to court. >> you might have to kill me if i found out about it. >> yeah. >> i believe he just might. well, mr. cory did tell us he ha h s plans to expand his distribution and is in talks with larger companies for g-14 assistance and he has his eye set on his future for education, he wants go to princeton. >> i don't doubt it. everything about him and his mom. >> she's a great mom. i want to test it. >> i tried and she slapped my hand. >> that's the chocolate chip and
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news in west philadelphia where an eight year-old child has died after falling from a high rise. jan carabao is at the that scene live now with the latest, jan? >> reporter: natasha, we are coming live from the 4200 block of locust street here in west philadelphia where you can see the yellow police tape has been put up behind me here. police are investigating the fall of the child from one of the higher stories here in this building. that child fell around 8:00 o'clock in the morning was taken to chop in critical condition and then pronounced dead at the hospital right around 8:30. that is latest information. this is a developing story. so details right now are a bit limited but there is police out here investigating. this area has been taped off a
child we're told falling from one of the higher levels here at this high rise. we will have much more information from throughout the the day but for now we are reporting live from west philadelphia, jane carabao for cbs-3 "eyewitness news" us. >> thank you very much. new lets get eyewitness weather forecast for you with meteorologist katie fehlinger in the weather center, katie. >> overall a pleasant day and forecast for us out there as we take you out to storm san three not much to see here. lets move right along to the seven day where sun will shine, with a minor hiccup, weak front comes tomorrow, few more clouds and temperatures take a hit friday, jessica. still good news i wish i could say the same, good morning. coming up at 9:00 o'clock. we are on the 30 bypass, this is a delayed shot. this is 322 from a delay shot from that earlier eastbound accident, toward downingtown near 113. that accident has been cleared but this is a delay heading in to that. center city is the ill that main, seventh street closed at locust, alternate to get around just takes ninth
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