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all: cbs cares! the los angeles county sheriff's department is investigating a deadly shooting tonight. officers fired dozens of rounds and kept shooting while the suspect was on the ground. chris martinez has this story with this warning, the video can be disturbing. >> reporter: dramatic video captures the moment two los angeles county sheriff's deputies fire multiple shots at nicholas robertson in the linwood neighborhood of los angeles. robertson falls to the ground and after a short interval he's seen crawling on his stomach as he's repeatedly struck by additional gunfire. last night, angry demonstrators gathered at the shooting scene. pamela brown is robertson's mother-in-law. >> he left three kids behind. two daughters and a son. what, they could have tasered him or anything.
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>> reporter: today, 24 hours after the shooting, the sheriff's department held a press conference. l.a. county sheriff jim mcdonald. >> we've come out today to try and be as transparent we can with the information we can share at this time to say, here's what we have, here's what we know about it. >> reporter: the sheriff's department released this video showing robertson minutes before his encounter with deputies walking down a busy street, carrying a gun. investigators say the confrontation started when deputies responded to multiple 911 calls about a man firing shots into the air. l.a. county homicide detective captain steve katz -- >> he did not comply with their repeated requests to drop the weapon. the movement of the suspect and the way in which he was holding the firearm indicates he was motioning in the direction of the deputy sheriffs. >> reporter: the video captures the moment the deputies began firing, a total of 33 rounds. robertson was pronounced dead at the scene.
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community activist naji ali says the video is disturbing. >> it appears this young man crawled to his death, he was shot again, again, again. >> reporter: local civil rights leaders have asked for an independent investigation into robertson's death. chris martinez, cbs news, los angeles. this week the federal reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in more than nine years. the expected increase, .25 point. for more we turn to analyst jill schlessinger. we think it's going to happen this week? >> it's almost certain and here's why. the fed slashed rates 10 times over 14 months until we got to 0% during the financial crisis. that was an effort to stimulate the economy. all these years later what's happened? the economy is growing by 2.25% a year the last few years, we've got job creation, unemployment 5%. the fed thinks it's time to normalize interest rate policy. they'll start this week. >> if this happens who wins, who loses?
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>> finally good news for savers who have gotten 0% interest on their checking, savings, cds. borrowers could pay a little bit more for all kinds of loans whether credit cards, auto mortgage rates are not tied to these rates but they could go up as well. investors could be murky out there. i think stock and bond prices could be quite volatile the net few weeks. >> the global economy is slowing down, there's concern the american economy is going to slow down, some economists think this is too early? >> people like larry summers, the former treasury secretary, they even cite the fact that crude oil, which fell by 11% to seven-year lows, that that's a sign of the slow-down. janet yellen the fed chair says, don't worry about. things slow down, we don't have to keep raising rates. if things speed and up we get inflation, we could raise rates by more than .25% and more often. everything is data-dependent, we'll have to see. >> jill, thanks very much. this weekend fbi divers wrapped up their search of a
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lake in san bernardino, california. investigators won't say if they found evidence possibly dumped this by terrorists who killed 14 people and injured nearly 20 others. tonight john blackstone tells us how some in the community fear a backlash against them. >> reporter: since the san bernardino shootings, ranyel has changed the way she covers her hair so she looks less muslim. >> instead of the traditional i wear hats so i can blend in to minimize any possibility of someone retaliating or saying something to me. >> reporter: as a mother of five who lives three miles from the scene of the shootings she was already concerned about the safety of her family. then she learned the attackers were muslim. >> when i knew the name of the shooter, i was devastated. the first thing i did is i end up writing an e-mail to all the principals of my kids' schools letting them know that i'm a muslim, we're a muslim family, that we condemn these kind of attacks. >> reporter: since the paris attacks, there have been several
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attacks on muslims. a pregnant muslim woman assaulted in san diego. two airline passengers ordered off a flight in chicago after a ssenger heard them speaking arabic and felt threatened. and after the san bernardino massacre, a copy of the koran filled with bullets left outside an islamic clothing store in southern california. on friday the fire bombing of a mosque in coachella, 70 miles from san bernardino. police arrested a 23-year-old man for arson and committing a hate crime. ranyel has decided her best defense is not to hide but to show the true nature of her religion. beginning with covering her hair. >> now i feel like i'm more determined to keep it on and let everyone know what the muslim community is all about. and i feel i have that tool and i should use it. i cannot think of any place on this earth that i would want to be in other than the u.s. this is my country as much as anybody else's country who are americans.
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>> reporter: for this muslim american family, the message is that they are as outraged over the attack that took place here and just as united in grief as any other american family. >> john blackstone, thank you. a dramatic program trying to keep kids away from trouble. and the only thing better than winning the heisman trophy? the family's celebration are "cbs overnight news" will be right back. on my long-term control medicine, i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. breo won't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. breo opens up airways to help improve breathing for a full 24 hours. breo contains a type of medicine that increases the risk of death from asthma problems and may increase the risk of hospitalization in children and adolescents. breo is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid.
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it is a graphic demonstration in philadelphia that aims to prevent violence by taking teenagers step by step through what happens to a gunshot victim in the emergency room. >> welcome, everybody. >> reporter: the hospital where 16-year-old lamont adams died in 2004 -- >> by the time you get here the odds have been stacked against you. >> reporter: -- has been turned into a school of hard knocks. >> when he came in he wasn't breathing at all. >> reporter: throughout the year hundreds of philadelphia students visit the trauma unit at temple university hospital for the cradle to grave program. >> we're going to tell the story of a young man named lamont adams. >> reporter: they learn about adams. his life, from birth to death. dr. amy goldberg and outreach coordinator scott charles have been re-enacting the night adam died, for nearly ten years. >> lamont's going to have a bullet wound right there and he's going to have a bull hit wound right there --
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>> reporter: charles uses dozens of red stickers to mark where the bullets hit adam. >> another here, another here. >> i'm not trying to politicize this issue. i'm simply saying, this is the thing that is more likely to kill you in philadelphia than anything else when you're young. i want them to take ownership of this. >> we were both really concerned that the students didn't really seem to know the true ramifications of what ullet injuries and gunshot wounds can cause. >> if the things that i'm showing you are too troublesome for you, talk to me. >> reporter: the students watch a video showing graphic pictures of more gunshot victims. some students can't bear to look. >> sometimes i go in the bathroom, i close the door. and i get down on my knees and i cry. >> reporter: the pain adams' grandmother describes hit home for 16-year-old rochelly sanchez. >> i can't imagine my mom crying because something happened to me or one of my family members. >> reporter: 15-year-old jordan
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beretto first went into the program in may. >> i was in the streets with the wrong people, doing the wrong thing. the program really opened my eyes that gun violence is real and people are getting killed for nothing. and it ain't no names to them bullets. >> the students also visited a morgue. so far, more than 10,000 students have come through the cradle to grave program at temple university hospital. jeff, organizers say that fewer than a dozen of those students return back to that hospital's trauma unit with a gunshot wound. >> thank you very much.
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for the first time women have been elected to office in saudi arabia. yesterday was also the first time women were allowed to vote in the country.
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more than a dozen women won local elections. a wonderful reaction last night after this year's heisman trophy winner was announced. alabama running back derek henry. that is his family at a hospital in florida where henry's grandmother has been undergoing treatment. henry broke the conference record for rushing this year. the nba's golden state warriors are undefeated no more. saturday night they lost to the milwaukee bucks 108-95. the warriors are now 24-1 this season. it was the team's first regular-season loss since april 7th. it took nearly a lifetime but a man in england has finally gotten his christmas wish. at 6 years old, david halock put a letter to santa in his chimney asking for any toys he had to spare. more than 70 years later builders found that letter while working on the house. so they located mr. halock, who had long since moved away, and made sure he got everything he requested. including toy soldiers and a
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finally, most stage actors say their biggest fear is forgetting their lines. so some are getting extra help. as jamie yucas reports that's prompting criticism. >> reporter: it's a star-studded season on broadway. al pacino in "china doll." bruce willis in "mizly." james earl jones and cicely tyson in "the gin game." while those actors draw big box offices, some are having trouble remembering their lines. each has reportedly used teleprompters or an ear piece so someone offstage can cue them. the reviews are not great. al pacino's "china doll" may be the worst reviewed play of the season. "the wall street journal" says, yes, he's using teleprompters. and he was not at ease with his lines. the "new york post" writes, al pacino needs teleprompters for lines in terrible new broadway play. >> the more they use celebrities
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to drive ticket sales for plays or musicals, you're going to come up with a problem which is that you need to have assistance. >> reporter: david cody is "time out new york's" theater editor. he says audience members walked out after the first act watching pacino search for teleprompters. >> somebody used to film acting will have a little more difficulty in a play where they have to sustain a scene over several minutes. >> reporter: cody doesn't hold back on willis' performance either. calling it stiff. willis and pacino worked through numerous script changes through previews. that gave them less time to memorize their parks. for actors like jones and tyson reciting their lines is complicated by having to play a card game throughout the entire play. even broadway great angela lansbury needed some help. the 90-year-old actress used an ear piece in the 2009 production of "blithe spirit." but she won her fifth tony for that performance. >> delicious. >> as you get older, it gets
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worse, more difficult. >> reporter: mark davey chairs the graduate acting program at nyu. he says remembering lines is challenging, especially for older actors who have been away from the stage. ear pieces can be a solution. >> if you want to see a major movie star, you don't necessarily want to see an incredible feature, you want to see them being relaxed and responsive. if that's what it takes, it seems to me that's fine. >> james earl jones, cicely tyson, al pacino. fabulous. >> reporter: new yorker cheryl rubin is a big theater fan. she says she didn't notice any of the actors getting prompted. >> theatergoers are not getting ripped off. they're seeing great acting by great actors. >> reporter: great actors doing whatever it takes to keep their names on broadway. >> that is the "overnight news" for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us later for the morning news and "cbs this morning."
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this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the overnight news, i'm jeff glor. negotiators have left paris after reaching an agreement on climate change. nearly 200 countries have agreed. some protesters insist the agreement doesn't go far enough. president obama said it could be a turning point for the world. here's mark philips. >> reporter: it took a day longer than planned and the intent of the deal still has at any turned into action. but when french foreign minister laurent fabius brought down his gavel it confirmed there was a long-elusive deal to limit how much the earth will be allowed to heat up. delegates had been up the past two nights pulling the deal together. and it had taken some arm-twisting. not least by u.s. secretary of state john kerry.
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>> it's a victory for all of the planet and for future generations. >> reporter: it will take decades for the effect of this deal to take effect and many more extreme climate events like the floods that hit areas of england this past week are still likely. but the provisions of the deal are ambitious. it calls for the global average temperature rise to be held at less than 2 degrees celsius above preindustrial levels. forever. that's 3.6 degrees fahrenheit. and even says the rise should ideally be lower than that. the deal, once ratified, would be legally binding. and it would establish $100 billion fund under which rich countries would help poorer ones cope with the consequences of climate change like these floods. this is supposed to be the road, the lake is supposed to end over there. they built special flood defenses here the last time this happened. good, they said, for the 100-year event.
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but clearly they haven't coped and that last flood was just six years ago. but the significance of this deal is that both rich and poor countries have agreed on what has to be done, even if there's no clear agreement on exactly how to do it. the new deal will not of itself end global warming. the pledges most countries have made to cut their carbon emissions will not keep that warming to the limits with which the world will cope. but jim, this deal is being seen as a turning point with the whole world now agreed on what must be done. and that's something. >> the climate change agreement sets targets each country must reach to cut carbon emissions. the targets are nonbinding and there's no way to force countries to comply. john dickerson asked secretary of state john kerry about this on "face the nation." >> it's possible that a country will slip. but to get an agreement with 186 nations signing on to a uniform system of required mandatory
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reporting by which they can be held to a standard, and also to be able to have a very ambitious goal and have the flexibility that we have in this agreement to be able to meet those standards, is essential. and so i think it's a breakaway agreement which actually will change the paradigm by which countries are making judgments about this. the most important thing, john, that really happened today, is that the business community of the entire world is receiving a message about countries now moving towards clean, alternative, renewable energy and trying to reduce their carbon footprint. that is going to spur massive investment. and it's technology, it's american ingenuity and creativity, that is really going to solve this problem. people expect somewhere in the vicinity of $50 trillion to be spent over the course of the next 30, 40 years. that is going to be an enormous transformation of our economy.
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and all to the better because it will reduce our dependency on foreign fuel, it will increase our security, it will provide for our environment, cleaner air, healthier people. there are just all kinds of pluses. and in the end it's going to be a job creator. >> what signal does this send to the coal, oil and gas market? >> we're going to continue to be pumping gas and using gas and oil for years to come. but what it does is it signals that there's a transformation taking place and people need to diversify, people need to look for cleaner ways of doing things. we commit a fair amount of money to the effort to find clean coal. if we can burn coal in a clean way, then coal could conceivably have a future under those circumstances depending on the price. but more and more, energy production is going to become price dependent. the president sees this as a critical transformational issue for the american economy.
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it's also critical for us because you can already see in the united states the negative impacts of climate change. the president went up to alaska this year and showed the world our glacier up in the glacier national park that's disappearing and will be altogether gone in a few years. that's happening around the world. the pacific northwest is dealing with rain and severe flooding, but the northeast is basking in springlike temperatures. buffalo hit 64 degrees on sunday. and has yet to see a measurable snowfall this year. >> reporter: the calendar may say december. but in buffalo, new york, the only winter fun is currently manmade at canalside ice rink. homeowners like mary bowden welcomed the warm temperatures. >> it is a break. i'm not getting younger with the shoveling and all that. you know what i'm saying? >> reporter: this time last year the bowen family was digging out from snow above the door.
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buffalo dubbed november 2014 snow-vember. this year her lawn is green. >> actually, the gentleman up the street was mowing his lawn. >> reporter: the city has not seen any measurable snowfall this season. that breaks a 116-year-old snow record. >> we are devoted golfers. >> and it's not snowing so we can play. >> reporter: john wagner and jim yusick are two golfers taking advantage of the warmer than normal temperatures. >> we're fortunate enough to year to have this beautiful weather in buffalo. >> reporter: last year at this time the course was buried in nearly 8 feet of snow. this year by the end of the weekend more than 250 golfers will have hit the links. while golf carts are rolling, plows are parked. many forecasters point to el nino, a weather pattern that develops from a warm pacific ocean. it means heavy rain and snow in the southwest and warmer, drier winters in the northern midwest
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and northeast. the worst combination for kissing bridge ski resort president mark halter. >> i'd be far more comfortable now if i had half the ski area open and i had all my employees trained. >> reporter: instead, his trails are full of mud. >> a white christmas means economic success for the ski area. >> reporter: dreaming of a white christmas. something that in buffalo may never have seemed so far away. cbs news, buffalo, new york.
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ññññññ the bonobo lives in the democratic republic of congo and they've been forced to the brink of extinction. anderson cooper has the report for "60 minutes." ♪ >> reporter: the world's only sanctuary for bonobos sits on the outskirts of congo's capital kinshasa. it's called lola ya bonobo -- the bonobo paradise. for these endangered apes that's exactly what it is. this refuge was created by conservationist claudine andre, belgian born, has lived in congo most of her life. when she's asked why she cares
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about bonobos, she says look in their eyes. >> the way they look in your eyes, literally in you, it's like they look in your soul. >> it's rare most primates don't maintain eye contact like that. >> yeah, because don't try to do this with gorilla, you know. >> right. threatening gesture if you do it. bonobos look right at you? >> yeah. >> reporter: bonobos may have a brain that's a third the size of ours but they're remarkably intelligent. those high-pitched screeches are sophisticated forms of communication. and their gestures are unmistakable. like chimpanzees, bonobos use tools in a wide variety of ways and are capable of abstract problem solving. >> she has a baby. so she cannot go deep. >> so she's breaking the stick, actually.
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>> yeah, she showed the stick is too short. >> so she got a longer stick. that's amazing. so she's using the stick to see how deep the water is. >> yes. >> reporter: bonobos are unique among great apes because they're not dominated by males. according to brian hare, a duke university evolutionary anthropologist who studies them at lola, it's the females who run the show. >> here if you try to be an alpha male you will be as they say corrected by the females. >> not just by one female, by all the females? >> that's right. bonobos violate a rule of nature, where usually if you're bigger you're going to be dominant. here females are smaller but they're still not dominated by males. they work together. >> reporter: what's more, bonobos have never been observed to kill each other. the same can't be said of chimpanzees or humans for that matter. >> bonobos don't really have that darker side. that's where they could help us. how could it be a species with a
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brain a third of the size of ours can do something that with all our technological prowess we can't accomplish, which is to not kill each other? >> reporter: the answer might be found in their favorite pastime. these apes have more sex, more often, in more ways, than any primate on the planet. their sexual contact is so frequent, brian hare reforce to it as the bonobo handshake. >> it's not that they want to procreate or have kids, it's not that they even find each other attractive, it's just -- >> no, it's a negotiation. >> reporter: hardly surprising many of these negotiations take place over food. >> chimps will fight over food, bonobos won't necessarily fight each other over food. >> that's right. so basically, chimpanzees get primed for competition. testosterone increases. bonobos get stressed out. if they feel they're not going to be able to share they get anxious and that drives them to want to be reassured and they have a bonobo handshake to make it better. >> males will do that with
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females, males do that with males, females with females, doesn't matter? >> any combination, any age. >> reporter: it's an irony this peace-loving primate is being hunted to extinction. though it's illegal to kill or capture bow nobody bow bonobos in congo that hasn't slowed their rapid decline. forest animals are sold in bustling bush meat markets for food. at the largest, in capital's capital kinsha shasa you can buy monkeys, porcupines, alligators, dead or alive. bonobos aren't openly sold here anymore but you can still buy them in many parts of congo. orphaned babies often end up in the only place that can care for them. lola ya bonobo. the babies arrive traumatized, often injured. each is assigned a surrogate human mother. their job is to raise the babies as their own, showering them
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with the love and attention the orphaned apes so desperately need. >> it's incredible to see them up close like this. i mean, they're so -- >> human. >> yeah. >> you know, i say all the time that for sure they are great apes. they are not us. and we are not them. but we have a line in the middle of the two worlds that we cross all the time. >> reporter: baby bonobos are as playful as any human toddler. and just as curious. susie would know. she's in charge of the bonobos' welfare at lola and oversees their rehabilitation. >> you have a child of your own? >> yes. >> how are they different? >> i can say there's no difference. >> there's no difference? you really have to be a mother to this baby? >> yes. most of the time you need experienced mothers.
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they give a lot of affection and this is the only way to serve them. >> that's what saves these babies? >> yes, and make them in life. >> they need love? >> yes, absolutely. without that they die. >> reporter: susie decided to study bonobos because she felt they could teach us a lot about human evolution. after five years at lola, she realized that their behavior is closer to ours than she'd ever imagined. >> is it hard not to think of them as human? >> yes. yes, because we share most of the time -- we share time with them. >> you spend time with them? >> all day. >> reporter: at the end of that day, susie sees to it the babies are tucked into their hammocks for the night. at 6:00 p.m. it's lights out. >> do you read them a story? >> no, they don't need, they're tired. they spend all the time jumping in trees, playing so much. >> they're exhausted? >> very exhausted. >> reporter: by age 5 the orphaned apes move from lola's nursery to the kindergarten
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where their peers teach them something their human mothers never could. they teach them how to be bonobos. they still crave affection. but they're also more confident. they've started developing their own distinct personalities. >> he's the one who like jump. >> you want to jump? i can't work under these conditions. it's very hard to conduct an interview like this. >> reporter: claudine andre came across her first bonobo 20 years ago. the country was racked by violence and on the verge of a brutal civil war. she volunteered to help at a local zoo. and that's when she saw a baby bonobo. though the zoo director warned her about getting too close. >> he said, don't put your heart in this animal? >> yes, it's a bonobo. bonobo? it's the first time for me i hear this word. he say, they never survive in captivity. >> he was warning you, don't
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fall in love with a bonobo because it's going to die? >> yeah, it was a sort of challenge. >> reporter: there are now more than 70 bonobos at lola. many of the original orphans have children of their own. to save these primates from extinction their numbers in the wild will have to grow. six years ago the team from lola decided to try to release some back into the forest. nothing like it had ever been done with bonobos before. they hand-picked nine apes who they thought would do well on their own. >> they have to be able to get along in a group as well as be strong themselves? >> it's like you chose people to go to the moon. >> reporter: it's not quite the moon but the site they found to release the bonobos is about as remote as you can find on the planet. it's a three-hour flight deep into the wilderness of northern congo. then a long, slow ride up the river in a dugout canoe.
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life along the river hasn't changed much in centuries. congo is one of the least-developed countries in the world and has millions of acres of virtually untouched forest. it may look pristine. even peaceful. but many of the people who live in these parts have suffered from years of war. the wildlife here was decimated. the bonobos disappeared from this area because of hunting? >> yes. >> for bush meat? >> yes. >> also during the war, soldiers would hunt here? >> yes. >> reporter: we were taken to the spot where that first group of bonobos was released. for a while we couldn't see anything. just dense forest spilling over the banks of the winding river. then claudine began calling out the names of the apes she herself once mothered all those years ago. oh, they know. >> that's crazy, they're
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responding to you. >> responding to me. they know i'm here. >> you can see anderson cooper's full report on our website
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one of the hottest new gifts this season is the hoverboard. they may be fun on the ground
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but three major american airlines have banned them from flights. >> reporter: the u.s. consumer products safety commission is investigating ten reports of hoverboard fires in nine different states. many of the hoverboard electric scooters have high-watt lithium batteries which can start fires in a plane's baggage compartment. already one of the season's hottest gifts -- it appears hoverboards are continuing to heat up. >> holy cow. >> reporter: literally. cell phone video like this from earlier in the week claim to show a hoverboard burning in a washington state mall. another rider from alabama posted this video saying his hoverboard just caught fire. >> the battery just shot out. >> reporter: now this year's must have gift is finding its way onto some less-popular lists. on thursday the nation's three largest airlines banned the scooters from flight. they're concerned about the toys' lithium ion batteries. >> they ignite and catch fire
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very violently -- >> reporter: aviation consultant denny kelly. >> the faa probably would ban lithium batteries from airplanes period if there wasn't so much pressure from the airlines not to do that. >> reporter: cell phones, tablets and laptops use low-wattage lithium ion batteries. which fall within faa regulations. but airlines are concerned about the hoverboards' battery. in a statement, delta pointed to the size and power of their lithium ion batteries and found the strength of the batteries in hoverboards often exceeded government limits for what's allowed on board an aircraft. one hoverboard manufacturer, swagway, blames cheap knock-offs for the problem saying, they don't compromise when it comes to using the highest-quality parts and urged customers to be aware of fake units that are being sold on the internet. according to sean cain, founder of the safety institute, the hugely popular products may eventually be recalled. >> they're considered toys but they're not. so at the end of the day you have a product that doesn't have to meet any safety requirements and it's finding its way to u.s.
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finally here, a holiday tradition, the secret santa. steve hartman has more. >> reporter: 'twas a few weeks before christmas when there arose such a clatter, the people of pittsburgh must have thought something's the matter. but far from it. once again this year, the man in the red coat who i know only as secret santa is out doing random acts of kindness across america. >> we ready? >> reporter: every year with the help of elves and local law enforcement this anonymous wealthy businessman gives away about $100,000 worth of 100-dollar bills to total strangers. >> that's it. >> oh! >> reporter: asking for nothing in return except to spread the kindness. >> see you, sweetie. give a hug. >> reporter: tamecka green is a program coordinator at the ymca. she wanted to use some of her money to help the kids in her after-school program. >> i promise as soon as i get out of here i'm going to come in like, guess what!
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it's amazing. >> we'll put another couple in there. i've got to quit talking to you, i'm running out of money. all right, babe. we love you, you're doing great. don't stop. >> thank you so much. >> see you, babe. >> reporter: secret santa has been doing this about a decade. he says he feels more needed now than ever. >> this year the time is perfect for everybody to come together one random act of kindness at a time. >> is she a christian? >> who knows? >> reporter: a muslim? who cares? all he looks for are people who seem like they could use a little caring in their lives. >> merry christmas, babe. >> reporter: in other words, anyone. >> kindness is the bridge between all people. kindness is the one thing that cuts through everything, regardless of your station in life. >> reporter: really, that's what he's handing out here. not the money. money doesn't make people break down like this.
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these are the faces of people overwhelmed by something truly priceless. >> i want to talk to you. >> reporter: lest you doubt that, consider this encounter. >> this is for you, $100 from secret santa. >> reporter: her name is mildred morris. >> i just came from chemo. and i work every day -- >> reporter: mildred has stage 4 breast cancer. she said a million dollars couldn't have turned her day around, yet here she was, overjoyed. >> thank you. god bless you. >> god bless you. >> i am happy. >> explain that to me. >> it's just amazing to get so much compassion with all this ugly stuff that's going on. >> reporter: every year people tell me they'd like to do this but they don't have the money. now we know the only currency you need is kindness. steve hartman on the road in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. >> you can hug him too. >> that is "the overnight news" for this monday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new
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york city, i'm jeff glor. captioning funded by cbs it's monday, december 14th, 2015. this is the "cbs morning news." a shake-up in the iowa caucuses. new polls indicate ted cruz surging past donald trump and now he appears to be trump's strongest challenger for the gop presidential nomination. questions this morning about the shooting death of an armed african-american man by l.a. county sheriffs who repeatedly fired when the suspect was on the ground. weird weather. snow and rain and weird weather out east while the


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