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>> ♪ captioning funded by cbs good morning. it is wednesday, december 21st, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." breaking news. a new suspect is identified at a berlin christmas market attack. a gps tracking device reveals new concludes hours before the truck rampage. >> a fireworks explodes in mexico. the death toll jumped above 30 overnight. several young burn victims have been rushed across the border to texas hospitals. >> and drones are one of the most popular gifts this holiday season. we test new technology to keep them away from high-risk areas like airports.
we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. a devastating and deadly explosion rips through a fireworks market outside of mexico city. >> the open-airplane fireworks market is a charred waste land now. >> isis says it's responsible for the attack on a berlin christmas market that left 12 dead and 48 injured. german police are searching for a tunisian suspect and say they found his identity papers inside the truck's cabinet. russian officials arriving at the turkish capital to investigate the murder. >> i don't know why bill clinton the former president is doing this and it looks like sour grapes and like you can't handle losing. >> a cargo plane crashed in colombia killing five crew members. the plane burst into flames upon impact. >> four more people facing
charges in the ongoing flint water investigation. >> if you've done something wrong you ought to be worried. >> president obama making a ban banning oil leases in the u.s. waters and arctic and atlantic ocean. >> if you feel the ground shake? winter just began. >> temperatures are warming up across the country. >> happy winter, everybody. >> facebook is introducing a butler jarvis. >> can you turn the temperature up, jarvis? >> an intimidation code. i applied to the job and i got tichlt a. >> and all that matters. >> mr. trump tweeted today, no, no, you got it wrong. he called me. >> bill clinton said i was calling for melania and he answered the phone. >> on "cbs this morning." in order to reinforce his warning to vladimir putin about vote tampering, president obama reportedly used the so-called red phone that connects moscow to washington. that is what that does said someone whose pizza never arrived!
announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by toyota. let's go places! ♪ wmt welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie rose and gayle king are enjoying time off. alex wagner and anthony mason of "cbs this morning: saturday" are here. a new suspect into the deadly truck attack that killed people in germany and injured 50 others in a christmas market. law enforcement sources tell cbs news that police are searching for anice amri. >> they say he left documents into the truck that rammed into the market on monday. charlie d'agata is at the scene in berlin. >> reporter: it seems to be the biggest break since this investigation began on monday night. law enforcement officials say that an i.d., including a asylum
papers were found under the driver's seat of that truck. again, the suspect has been identified as anis amri a tunisian national. now the hunt is to find him and probably armed and definitely dangerous. a killer remains on the loose and unclear how close german police are to catching the suspect or any accomplices. they have asked the public for help and they have received 500 tips and the hunt for the killer or killers took on added urgency after isis claimed responsibility. we are learning more about the first victim of the attack. lucas urban, a polish truckdriver was found dead in the cab of the truck by investigators. he had been shot and stabbed. aerial zurasky owns the truck that urban worked for and said
urban arrived in berlin at 7:00 a.m. and photographed at a diner at 2:00 p.m. and the last known image of urban arrived. by 4:00, urban was no longer answering his phone. the truck had been fitted with a gps tracking device. 3:45 p.m., indications that urban was no longer in control of the truck and driven as if the person inside was learning to drive. at 4:52, the engine was left running for 45 minutes. but the truck didn't move. at 7:40, it started its journey to the christmas market, traveling just over six miles. then the truck and its polish driver were simply discarded. after the killer somehow managed to melt away into the chaos. why did it take two days for the identification and suspect to come to light, two ways going about this. you go after the arrest and the hope he doesn't realize that he has been identified, or you release his i.d. to the public in the hope that somebody gives him up. alex? >> charlie d'agata in berlin,
thanks. mexican leaders vow to find who is responsible for the deadly fireworks explosion at a crowded market. the massive chain reaction blast killed at least 31 people and injured some 72 others. some children are being sent to galveston, texas, for burn treatments. it leveled the fireworks market north of mexico city. mireya villarreal shows us how the market has a history of trouble. >> reporter: good morning. the san pablito market was busy yesterday as shoppers stocked up for the new year's and holidays coming up. this was the site of previous explosions but this was the first one to turn deadly. the series of massive explosions sent huge clouds of mox into the sky. the market was filled with 300 vendors all selling fireworks, leading to a powerful chain
reaction of uncontrolled blasts. one person used a cell phone to capture the chaos, as crowds scattered in the wake of the destruction. . this witness says people were running as pieces of concrete and brick started falling all over the street. search efforts began as the smoke cleared. crews worked through piles of twisted metal, heavy rubble and scorched wood to find any victims still alive. tultepec is the fireworks capital and producing 80% of the fireworks to the country. the city is no stranger to the cause of fires caused by explosions. a series of explosions ripped through the market destroying hundreds of stalls. a similar incident occurred a year later. setting off fireworks is a traditional way to celebrate the christmas and new year's holidays here.
according to tultepec's mayor the warehouse was stocked on tuesday because of the high demand. this official says it's difficult to assess the damage. he calls the situation very grave and confirms almost the entire fireworks market was lost. the governor of mexico state says the country is in mourning. the city's mayor says the manufacturer and sale of these fireworks is a vital part of their economy. he also says that this industry is regulated by law and heavily supervised. norah? >> very deadly explosion there. thank you so much. russia will hold a funeral tomorrow for its murder the ambassador to turkey. they say the police officer who shot the ambassador provided security for turkey's president eight times in recent months. holly williams in istanbul is tracking the investigation. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. several people have now
reportedly been detained, as part of the investigation into this murder, including the killer's parents and other family members. ambassador andrey karlov's body was sent back to russia after he was murdered. his widow grief stricken. karlov gave a speech at an exhibition and minutes later he was shot in the back. the assassination was an apparent act of revenge for russia's bloody air strikes in syria, which have helped the syrian regime win back the city of aleppo, but forced tens of thousands of people to flee. many in turkey and the rest of the middle east are furious that russia's support for a government that is indiscriminately bombed its own people. russia and turkey are on opposite side of the syrian
civil war, but recently relations between the two have improved. in moscow last night, the russian and turkish foreign ministers paid tribute to karlov. at a summit meeting, they also agreed on an expanded cease-fire in syria. turkey says it believes a group are behind the killing and their leader is fatulla is a islamic preacher who lives in pennsylvania. u.s. secretary of state john kerry talked with his turk ircounterpart yesterday about allegations made by some in turkey that the u.s. was somehow involved. which a spokesman called ridiculous. >> it's a ludicrous claim. absolutely false. there is no basis of truth in it whatsoever and the secretary made that very clear in his discussions today. >> reporter: whoever was behind this assassination, if any group at all, it's highlighted just how close russia has become to america's nato ally turkey.
the u.s. was not a part of that summit meeting yesterday. anthony? >> holly williams in istanbul, thanks. donald trump and bill clinton are trading insults over the election and how it was won. the feud comes as the fbi, yesterday, unsealed the warrant to search for hillary clinton's e-mails on a computer belonging to the husband of her aide huma abedin. clinton allies say the documents reveal the fbi had very little evidence to justify the search. julianna goldman is in washington with more. >> reporter: the warrant gave new fodder to clinton's team who blame james comey to donald trump. they say the e-mails were just like the thousands of went through before comey said he would not prosecute clinton or any one on her staff for classified information. fbi agents said there is probable cause to believe the laptop shared by huma abedin and
her estranged husband anthony weiner contained classified information but the warrant does not say they found classified information. it was the discovery of the e-mails that prompted fbi director james comey just 11 days before the election to send a letter telling lawmakers the fbi was reopening its investigation into clinton's e-mails. former press secretary brian fallon responded to yesterday's release saying it shows the fbi had no new evidence to reopen the investigation. it is salt in the wound to see fbi rational was this flimsy. just a day earlier, bill clinton blamed his wife's loss in part on what he called the bogus e-mails and the fbi. >> he should know better than be
blaming russian hacking or jim comey. >> reporter: trump's adviser kellyanne conway the clinton's. >> it is time to open up the door and say we are here to help you have a peaceful transition in our great democracy. >> reporter: bill clinton also took a swipe at the president-elect, recently telling a local westchester paper that donald trump doesn't know much, but does know how to get angry white men to vote for him. that prompted a response from mr. trump on twitter who said it was the former president who doesn't know much, especially how to get people even with a limited budget out to vote in the vital swing states. they focused on wrong states. as for president-elect donald trump he is holding more meetings today at mar-a-lago. he'll reportedly meet with his national security advisory who met with mike pence gleed wash.
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the environment and his own legacy, president obama invoked an obscure law to make much of the eastern seaboard and some of the arctic off limits to oil expiration. the decision is a last-ditch attempt by president obama to nail down environmental protections before donald trump takes office. the so-called permanent drilling ban applies to portions of the ocean floor from virginia to massachusetts, and shields most of alaska's northern coast. president obama visited that state last year as part of his two-year effort to protect around 125 million acres in the region and highlight the effects of climate change. >> the pace of the reduction of the glacier are accelerating rapidly each and every year. >> reporter: the decision to indefinitely halt drilling off the alaska coast is sure to issuiirk the incoming trump
administration. the petroleum institute said in a statement, fortunately, there is no such thing as a permanently ban and we look forward to working with the new administration on fulfilling the will of american voters on energy production. >> the law gives the president the authority to protect these waters. it does not give a future president the authority to undo those protections and know president has done that. >> reporter: the u.s. is not going it alone. in a movement of solidarity, canada's progressive prime minister justin trudeau would block new drilling in its arctic territory. the republican-controlled congress would move to rescind president obama's orders but if this goes to the courts, this would be the first case of its kind with no real precedent to on draw from. >> margaret brennan, thanks. more officials connected to the water crisis in flint, michigan, are now facing felony charges. two former state-appointed
emergency managers and two city employees are accused of not protecting people from exposure to looeead. jericka duncan is here with the new criminal charges. >> reporter: good morning. michigan's top prosecutor blamed the flint water crisis on former state and city employees who he says were fix duated on money o health. the two charged on tuesday are the highest ranking official to be charged in the nearly year-long investigation. >> flint was a casualty of arrogance, distain, and a failure of management. >> reporter: michigan attorney general bill schutte on tuesday charged former michigan managers earlyey and ambrose with four crimes.
also facing charges, including conspiracy, flint's former public works director howard croft and former utilities director daughtry johnson. >> flint conserves better. >> reporter: in 2013, earlyey and ambrose appointed by the governor to address flint's troubled finances. to save money they stopped buying water from detroit and planned a new pipeline to get water directly from lake huron. in the interim they switched flint's water sewers to the nearby flint river where the water was to corrosive and caused lead from old pipes to leech into into the walker supplies. >> there is a fixation on balance and balance sheets. this has cost lifves. >> reporter: he said they
ignored warnings the water from the flint river was unsafe. darnell earlyey spoke with adriana diaz in march. >> in hindsight i wish i had done more and wish everybody had done more but hindsight is 20/20. >> reporter: state officials were not -- that is something many people in flint, like melissa mays oppose. >> these people should go to jail and their rights taken away like we did. under the emergency managers we had no rights, we had no say. >> reporter: ambrose, croft, and johnson have pleaded not guilty to the charges. earlyey has not yet entered his plea in court. the announcement brings the total number of government officials charged to 13. the nine others charged are scheduled to appear in court for a hearing today. >> thank you. the battle over self-driving uber cars may come to a head today. that is ahead on "cbs this morning." first, it's time to check your local weather.
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good morning, i'm rahel solomon. police are searching for a suspect and motive after deadly shooting in west philadelphia. investigators found victim in the driver's seat of the car at 51st and market with gunshot wound to the head. victim did not own the car and police are tracking down that owner. lets check the forecast with katie fehlinger. a warm up is coming. >> it is not quite as harsh as yesterday, rahel so we will take a victory where we can get them. temperatures are granted off to a cold start but same time yesterday we were stuck in the teens. this is an improvement and only will get milder from here in the quite the 68 degrees of christmas past, last year, who could for if the but we will over achieve with the high of 50 own christmas itself. very tranquil first shower
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, will california's dmv put permanent brakes on uber's push for self-driving cars? contributor nicholas thompson is here with more on that. >> plus near half a billion people in china are breathing dangerous air. the heavy smog has turned thousands into so-called air refuges and forcing them to leave their cities in search of clean air. ahead, we are in beijing where people are trying to stay safe and healthy. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "usa today" says the department of veterans affairs reversed course and released ratings for its medical centers. it had been used internally
possess years. they were quietly posted on the v.a's website last week. the updated ratings show 29% of 146 facilities received one or two stars. one star is given to the worst centers. 120 centers showed improvement since 2015. the v.a. did not respond to a request for comment. "the washington post" reports on a family leave bill. the plan guarantees eight weeks of paid time off for new parents to pay for it, there will be a new payroll taxes on employers. >> the international business times reports on the crash of a cargo jet in northeast colombia. the boeing 727 struck a fence yesterday as it struggled to take off. it crashed three minutes later and ten miles from the airport. five of the six people on board were killed in the crash. less than a month ago, 71 people
died when a bolivian charter crashed in colombia. >> "chicago tribune" reports on outcry after students learned an athlete accused of rape was enrolled three years. benjamin hoem holmes has charged for rape in atlanta. he attended loyola pending the trial. this month he pleaded guilty and is in police custody. loyola students signed a petition demanding an explanation from the school university. the university said they never received information about the crime until last week. it says vils of any kind is not tolerated at loyola. >> a tennis star was wounded in the land. petra kvitova fought off a suspect in her home. it is not known when she will
return to the court. both sides in the california dispute over uber's new self-driving cars will meet today. uber launched its self-driving cars in san francisco last week. hours later the regulators ordered the cars off the road. the state said because they did not have a necessary permit. uber argued the permit is not required. cbs news contributor nicholas thompson. >> california has a law if a car has a fully autonomous operator. uber said, you know what? our cars aren't really fully autonomous. a guy is in the front seat. you need to have a guy in the front seat. we are much more like tesla which don't require this permit so we will take our cars on the road. >> this is uber's m.o., isn't
it? we do what we want and ask for permission later. >> absolutely. they act like a pirate ship. they have been getting cease and desist orders since the first day and ignoring them and they built an amazing business with this. it's a very different philosophy at most companies. >> an amazing business looks like it's losing $3 billion this year? >> it has evaluation of, what? $70 billion right now. they have built an extraordinary company and figured out how the market works and figured out what their investors want and they are losing money faster than any technology company in history. >> why are they losing money? >> a, they have this unfortunate thing called drivers who they have to pay which is why they are testing out self-driving cars and that loses a lot of money. secondly, they are in this intense competition with lyft. what uber is trying to do is follow the amazon money. we lose money and build market share and make money later and
they are competing with that. >> we have reported incidents of uber cars running red lights and not safely crossing bike lanes. are driverless cars safe at this point and does uber have a case? >> driverless cars are getting safe. driverless cars in the future will be safe and a great thing for us. they don't get drunk. they don't text. that is a wonderful thing. problem is right now they -- >> they are also running red lights. >> yeah. and particularly uber's. what we need at this moment is get to a driverless future and we need companies to follow the law and be careful. you know, work on their technology as fast as possible and not aillienate people like people in san francisco. >> where does uber stand in this race to develop this technology? >> they are moving incredibly quickly. they were behind for a while and google was the one that came out first. but then uber hired basically all of the computer sentence at
carnegie melon and hired the best people in the industry and have all of this money. another reason they are losing this money therapy hiring anybody who knows anything about artificial intelligence and catching up fast and testing fast and they have a real business they can plug these into. >> wow. >> nick thompson, this is an ongoing saga so don't think you have heard the last of everyone who has been in uber, i think has a vested interest in how this turns out. this morning, millions of people in china are forced to wear masks or stay indoors because of thick, heavy smog. a red alert for pollution in effect for nearly a week. . the heavy smog closed airports and roads. this shows the current air quality in china. much of the country is under unhealthy or very unhealthy air quality advisories. adriana diaz is in beijing where the air quality is considered hazardous. >> reporter: the air has been like this for days. closing schools and banning some cars from the road.
now believe it or not, beijing authorities considered defining the smog as a natural disaster earlier this month which caused a stir. the pollution is mostly caused by factories and cars and just made worse by weather patterns. dense, gray smog is smothering parts of china. for days, pollution has made it difficult to navigate cloudy roads, forcing many on the streets to dawn protective masks. this vague red outline of a building is what beijing's forbidden city looked like earlier today. 460 million people living in north and central china have been under a pollution red alert. that is nearly the same amount as the populations of the u.s., canada, and mexico combined. as you can see, there are still plenty of people out on the streets of beijing. a lot of them wearing masks like i am. for many here, pollution is part of life. so they are going about their daily business. but other people choose to leave the city when it gets this
smoggy. they are called smog refuges and one estimate puts it at tens of thousands of people who leave china annually because of the pollution. the pollution is scary, this woman said, when there is so much pollution, we have to stay at home and take care of our child so it really has repercussions on our lives. in hanai province, one principal was criticized for having children take exams outside. i think if it lasts for a short time we can endure it this man says but if it lasts for long on the harm it will do to our health will be serious. there is good news coming. winds are expected to move in in the next few hours to push out some of this smog and the red alert is expected to be lifted. anthony? >> adriana diaz in beijibeijing thanks. i would be a smog refuges i
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well. carter evans shows us how new technology can prevent drone users from entering dangerous territory. >> reporter: drones show the world from a new perspective, but even as they push the limits, some drone makers say it's time to limit their capabilities to help their customers. >> we had certain restricted area that is built into the drone already so you physically cannot go in there. >> reporter: willis chung is the marketing director for dhi which sells more drones than any other single manufacturer. the company's flight control app builds virtual fences around high security locations where drones have caused problems before, like airports and nuclear facilities. the app monitors the drone's location using gps and prevents it from crossing the invisible barriers indicated in red. with permission from air traffic control, we tested the technology at burbank airport
outside of los angeles. as our drone headed toward the busy runway, the app flashed several warnings and then it hit the wall. >> once you hit that wall, it's not going to allow you to go up or out. it will allow you to go back and down. >> reporter: the app updates in real-time so the company can quickly build temporary virtual fences around fast moving wildfires or high profile political and sporting events. what. >> what we see with new features like geo fencing it creates a strong balance between a safe environment as well as an environment that continues to foster innovation. >> reporter: but dhi does allow customers to unlock restricted areas. if it's a system that can be bypassed, what good is it in the first place? >> the geo system is an authorization mechanism. the geo system is a tool for any pilot to just use to make smarter decisions on where to ply. >> reporter: most drone makers
don't set any flight restrictions at all so some companies are using anti-drone technology to protect intruders and protect sensitive air space. this device jams the drone's authority to take over and this drone mounted system shoots a net to catch other drones mid flight. but law enforcement agencies in the netherlands are going low tech, using specially trained eagles to take down drones. if you gate drone this holiday season, you're going to have to register it with the faa, unless it's under half a pound in size, like this one. now if you want to sell the pictures and video that you get from your drone, in that case, you're going to need a commercial drone pilot's license and you can get that from the faa as well. carter evans, studio city, california. >> eagle versus drone! eagle wins! >> i'm for the eagle every time. >> me too! >> terrific. have you guys seen this? a mom who became an internet sensation for her warriors
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♪ it is wednesday, december 21st, 2016. welcome back to "cbs this morning." more real news ahead, including a new suspect named in the deadly truck attack in berlin, germany. former fbi investigators ali soufan looks at the chance of a similar attack in the u.s. first, here's a look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. the biggest break since this investigation began and officials say an i.d. found under the driver's seat of that truck. >> the market was the site of previous explosions but this is the first one to turn deadly. whoever was behind this assassination is thousahow clos russia has come to turkey.
>> president obama invoked an obscure law to make much of the eastern seaboard and some of the arctic off limits to oil exploration. >> this is kind of uber's m.o., isn't it? >> absolutely. uber operates basically like a pirate ship. somebody from the company said to me if we had obeyed our first cease and desist order we wouldn't be where we are. >> donald trump having trouble findi ining people for his inauguration. boc bocelli backed outline. he got pressure so he backed out. congratulations to his replacement, chumba womba. >> i'm norah o'donnell with anthony mason and alex wagner of "cbs this morning: saturday." charlie and gayle are off on. the death toll from the huge explosions from a mexican
fireworks market rose over the night. wtness video shows the powerful chain reaction explosions. the market outside mexico city had 300 fireworks vendors. it was packed with shoppers stocking up for the holidays. >> some badly burned children are being sent to galveston, texas fox treatme-- for treatme. mexican leaders vow to find who is responsible. police in germany have launched a massive manhunt for a new suspect in the berlin truck attack that killed 12 and injured nearly 50 more. law enforcement sources tell cbs news police are searching for anis amri a native of tunisia. his i.d. was found in the cab of the hijacked truck that rammed into a christmas market. police say amri is likely armed. the truck's polish driver was shot and stabbed. isis claims responsibility but a u.s. official says there
no evidence of involvement. right wing german politicians blame the refuge policy. germany has admitted hundreds of thousands into the country. angela merkel said it would be truly hard to bear if the killer turned out to be a migrant. six of the gunmen's family members and his roommate have been detained. ambassador andrey karlov's body arrived last night in russia. his widow was accompanied by the russian foreign policies. new video shows the 22-year-old killer a turkish police officer watching karlov as he gave a speech at an exhibition. after a few seconds he pulled out a gun and shot him in the back. the gunman protested russia and military support of the assad regime in syria.
tens of thousands of syrians have been forced to flee in recent weeks. u.s. was not part of the talks yesterday. ali soufan is a supervisory special agent and investigated many terrorism cases including the attack on the "uss cole." he is a member of the soufan group. talk about how the investigation is unfolding. police say they don't have evidence to trace it back to isis. >> it's interesting the suspect is a tunisian. you know, tunisians represent the largest national contingency in isis from all of the foreign fighters, thousands of them come from tunisian becomes. also if you look into europe, there are beds of them around the continent.
most of these people come from north africa. many of them come from tunisia. what we see this attack is different than what we saw with the anice attack. it's a truck that killed people. but also at the same time, this is way more complicated. so somebody actually hijacked a truck, they killed the driver, first with a knife and then allegedly they shot him. they kept the body in the car. and then they used the truck as a weapon. that's a level complexity that we did not see before in different places. >> you think that reflects greater planning? >> that reflects that at least the individual who did it have some sort of training. and maybe connected to a larger cell. so it's not what we have seen in san bernardino. it's not what we have seen in orlando. it's not even what we have seen in nice where an individual self-radicalized and, overnight,
they go from the radicalization phase to mobilization phase. that is a little bit different. another thing that makes me, you know, wonder about this case, the fact that isis claimed responsibility before there is a dead body. >> yeah. >> mostly they only claim that these guys are soldiers of the c caliphate after they are dead. we have seen that in belgium. a few hours after that attack they claim he is a soldier of the caliphate. >> what do you make of that? >> maybe he is connected to isis. maybe he is connected to iraqa r a cell that is doing sternal work and sternal operation, not the typical terrorist attacks we have seen where they wait for a phone call or they wait to see a post with that person pledging
allegiance to baghdadi. >> they say they found the suspect's i.d. on the floor of the truck. why did they wait two days to put this name out? >> you don't know what is going on. sometimes in law enforcement you have evidence and try to follow leads. you try to, you know, catch an individual without giving them a heads-up that you're looking for them. so, you know, i think there is different probably investigative calculations that fed into this. but the moment they release the pakistani/afghanistany they call him, the earlier suspect it was obvious that the police in germany have some stronger leads that indicates that individual was innocent. >> using a truck as like a battle ram, essentially, was something proposed in the isis literature so it's been out there. so intelligence knows and the nypd's john miller said here yesterday, here at home they are talking to these truck companies to make sure there is a lot of
koorpgs going on. in this case it was a stolen truck. what kind of questions does that raise for you about security here at home? >> well, you know, i think we have to realize that europe is very different than the united states. i think after 9/11, we put a lot of structures in place that created better cooperation between state and local and federal agencies and also between intelligence and law enforcement. we have a lot of things here in place that with prevent something like this. but as you know, unfortunately, you know, we have to be successful 100% of the time. they have to be successful only once. but, so far, i think i trust the good work that the joint terrorism task forces around the nation are doing. here, as you see in "the new york times" and nypd have been doing phenomenal work. i think we have a lot of things in place to prevent something like this. but the thing with, as you mentioned with the trucks, this is not proposed by isis.
before, it actually was proposed by al qaeda. the first entity to ask their followers around the world to use trucks to kill innocent people were al qaeda and inspired magazine 2010. >> good to have you here, ali soufan. >> donald trump has nominated 16 people for his cabinet so far and his choices include 11 millionaires and seven former ceos and eight people with government experience, and five military veterans. bernie sanders yesterday criticized some of the cabinet picks and wrote on facebook, quote, as never before in our history, the american people are going to have to organize and fight back against this reactionary moving toward oligarchy. >> mr. trump has tapped scott pruitt to lead the epa. pruitt has sued the agency multiple times including to block federal measures to reduce smog and curb toxic emissions from power plants.
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in this morning's eye on money millions of americans will consider buying a home next year. the number of sales of existing homes this year is expected to reachly 5.5 million and the highest since 2006 but inventory is down. they say the number of available starter homes dropped by more than 10%. cbs news analyst jill schlesingslesinge schlesinger is here to explain. should you get nervous where the market? >> i think it's fine. it's been a very good year for both existing and new home sales so we don't have the latest data but through november, we know that existing home sales are up nearly 6% from a year ago. new home sales up by almost 18% from a year ago. now as you mentioned in the intro, inventory is down. that has pushed up prices which has made it a little bit harder to get into the market.
>> so mortgage rates are expected to push 4.6% by the end of this year. what does that mean for the housing market? >> i think a lot of people look at this and they get, like, freaked out! oh, my god! 4.5 or 5%? >> there was a time that was -- >> that was a good rate. >> yes. >> but i also want to point out let's look at the average how. you by $250,000 and you get a 200 thousand dollar mortgage. you say what was it like at 3.5%, my monthly payment, right? it was under 900 bucks a month. 4.5% a big move is 1,103. i'm not saying everybody can pull in the extra 150 bucks or m more a month but some people can. >> as we look into the future,
was what are the implications for interest rates and mortgages? >> this is an interesting part of the tax reform. because what happened steve mnuchin went on the air and said the tax reform is not just going to be a big gift to wealthy people. what it's going to be is a tax rate which will drop but we may limit itemized deductions. what is that? mortgage interest. now the industry, the housing industry, the real estate people out there they are freaking out because, obviously, one component of making a house affordable is the deductibility of mortgage interest. they are going to fight hard against that. maybe a promise is that they limit deductions to, say, 200,000 for a family and that would really only impact the wealthiest of americans. >> what is the current limit now? >> there is no limit. there are certain phase-out that push you into the alternative minimum tax. but most americans can take advantage of mortgage interest deductions.
>> with prices back to 2006 levels, has the housing market effectily recovered? >> they are back at nom natioin numbers. if you actually look at inflation, we see that house prices are still about 16% below where they were. let me put that in perspective. you buy a house in, say, the year 2006. that house is worth $20000. it grew 276,so inflation counts. >> can we give a shout-out to your mom? >> we love my mom. >> jill schlesinger, always good to see you. thank you for clarifying and a confusing topic. a police officer helped a speeding driver tie up loose ends. how a traffic stop turned into an unexpected lesson for a student with a clothing crisis. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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wisconsin police officer came to the rescue during a traffic stop. the driver who was pulled over for speeding said he was rushing to a school presentation and didn't know how to knot his tie. so the officer did it for him. >> probably not the best knot but it will work. >> yeah, it will work. a lot better than i was going to do, that's for sure. >> he even tied it a second time just to make sure it was right! the student got off with a warning and a properly knotted tie. >> merry christmas. the brothers who make up the country music duo high valley grew up without a tv or fm radio. >> mom and dad were hiding us from the world or hiding the world from us. >> the world was too far away. any movie you ever say, of course, you've seen. >> "star wars." >> no. >> "indiana jones"? >> no. >> "raiders of the lost ark"? >> no. >> how they left their
good morning, i'm rahel solomon. emergency crews rescued a driver from the darby creek, right now he is being evaluated by medical personnel lets look at chopper three over newtown square delaware valley where his car went in the creek in the last hour. this is near saw mill road and earls lane. driver was pulled to safety and not seriously injured. lets check the forecast with katie take linger. fortunately that driver is okay but you have to imagine that the water was cold. >> very cold. we had very cold air in place too, rahel, that water temperature is only around 40 degrees in some spots here so out in the ocean water, it will not be what people are, you know, looking forward to take a dip in here but we will expect a quiet day at area beaches, down the shore but still doing some replenishing of the beach here in rehoboth,
but regardless quiet weather there and every where else. we have an eagles game tomorrow night. it will be chilly but not terribly atypical for late days of december as new york comes into town. looking ahead we can see quiet weather to wrap up rest of this week. the christmas weekend is seeing a modest warming trend up to 50 come christmas itself with sunshine. the just watch for shower here and there on christmas eve in the p.m. time frame so just a rain shower and then another run of those, looking ahead to monday, as well, meisha. >> katie, thanks very much for that looking outside in new jersey 42 freeway north bound at creek road still looking busy approaching 295 and also calling your attention to christopher columbus boulevard where we have water main break , all lanes block, one lane is opened, however crews will go out there at 9:00 a.m. this is completely closed again between 95 and queen street. also ramps there i-95 on to christopher columbus boulevard will be also closed. this is starting at 9:00 a.m. head up.
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." coming up in this half hour, smart home devices and internet connected toys are popular items this holiday season. but do they compromise your privacy? c net editor scott stein is in our toyota green room with more on that. >> high valley is a band on the rise. it's made of. two brothers who grew newspaper a community so isolated, they didn't know who michael jackson was! that is pretty isolated. how they find success by not trying to fit in with nashville. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. new york magazine reports more american mothers are bread winners than ever before. last year, 64% of moms were the sole or primary bread winners or
cobread winners. that is mobile double the percentage in 1967! primary bread winners generate at least half of the family's income. "usa today" says the voice of mark zuckerberg's artificial intelligence system sounds very familiar. >> good morning, jarvis. >> good morning, mark. it's saturday. so you only have five meetings. >> that is actor morgan freeman. facebook's founder chose him after asking the public for advice. zuckerberg built the command system to control everything in his house and it is named jarvis after the system in the movie "ironman." >> he wants to create this entire smart home and leading the way with that and interesting to see him sharing is publicly. >> especially if morgan freeman is inside your house. >> >> didn't he play god in that movie? >> yes. some of the holiday season's hottest buys are internet connected devices like
mozambiqam sewn's echo. consumer protection joined an appeal asking major toy stores to immediately discontinue sales of a doll. it alleges the my friend kayla doll has yn imminent and immediate threat to the safety and security. we reached out to two of the companies who worked to make the doll. nuance said it does not share voice data with any of its other customers. scott stein joins us from cnet. what do you make of the my kayla doll? >> for a while we have been talking about this with these types of toys and much like you plug in your home. alexa or google at home and record snippets of what you say.
regardless they use that in the clouds for certain purposes. the privacy rules change, depending on the company but they need to be able to listen and record to do what they are doing. there is some concern about with that. nuance says they are not sharing it but certainly some element of collection. >> are they collecting the voice recorded data somewhere? >> the idea you're collecting that to learn and it may not be necessarily served back to that person but some companies use it to improve their a.i. it's part of the data. other companies choose to not collect that and have some sort of privatization. look at what google and amazon are doing. the information is always being collected and what they are able to use to allow you to shop there or like google did sd for the rest of its search services. >> do they have the ability to actually listen to you? even when you're not talking to them? >> no. for most of these devices, you have some sort of activation word. once that happens things are recorded afterwards so it's not
continuously recording. certainly there are hacker groups have demonstrated that all of these things can have vulnerabilities and there have been hacks in the past either on the server end or as a demonstration on a particular device. >> why is voice data so valuable to these companies? >> well, the voice data, first of all, is part of search. it's an extension of the reason why search and all of this information becomes important to learn about you. but it's also interesting because it's a single channel. if you have your phone you can switch apps but a lot of devices have one way to connect you through voice. if you have amazon and have echo, it owns that landscape. facebook's jarvis, same way. i think it's exciting for the companies for that reason because you can't switch out of it once you've got it. >> we have heard hacks going through and people don't think of like cameras. are these devices vulnerable to hacking? >> sure, they could be vulnerable to hacking. you know, all of these extended
peripherals are less secure, in general, than what you're going to have on your phone or your computer. so that stuff is still being explored. it's a big issue. a hack last year that was tied back to -- i mean, earlier this year to internet of things so that will continue to be -- and companies are not putting privacy necessarily at the forefront, especially if they are selling a toy. >> back to the toy that my friend kayla doll, we reached out to the store's asked by consumer groups to remove the dolls from the sales and only toys "r" us got back to us saying the product sno long available at their store. >> keep an eye the fact is internet connected but not going anywhere because we will see more and more devices like this. it's knowing where the company is connecting to and what the services are and knowing there is an element of security they are talking about. >> like having a listening device in your house. >> a brave new world. >> only get more intense. we will put a lot of these in
our homes. one of nashville's newest duos took unlikely route to the country music capital. they grew up in a remote mennonite community in alberta, canada. it is 200 miles from nashville. jan crawford visited them at their new home in tennessee to learn how they are sticking to their roots. >> reporter: good morning. these guys, i mean, they grew up about as isolated as you can get. it was a five-hour drive just to get to the closest mcdonald's. they had no television. definitely no internet. with just a few records of inspiration, the rippled made their own entertainment and that meant making music as a family. ♪ ♪ you were made to shine under southern stars ♪ >> reporter: ts it's an old-sch sound with a modern edge. ♪ ♪ i'm going to make you mine >> reporter: for the brothers, old school is home. >> you listen to a lot of
country songs on the radio and a lot of people sound a lot more country than us like bonfires and girls with cutoff jeans. >> reporter: that's not your country? >> not at all. >> reporter: their country is far north alberta where they were raised like everybody else in their remote farmering community and working in a mennonite church whose conservative members separate themselves from modern society. >> our mom and dad came from the old school mennonite riding horse and buggy and no electricity. >> reporter: the kids had a more modern upbringing. >> we grew up with records of ricky sa yy skaggs and buck owe. we were allowed to listen to the radio. when we turned it on, nothing was on it. >> reporter: there was no radio? so brad and curtis made their own music, developing a bluegrass sound with a twist and their father mortgaged part of the family farm to fund them.
they developed a quick following and set their sights on nashville 2,000 miles away and a world away. at a songwriter's event, brad heard michael jackson for the first time. ♪ billie jean is at my on door >> i raised my hand like an idiot. i said, who is that girl singing? >> reporter: you didn't know who michael jackson was? >> no. he could have walked onto our yard with ricky skaggs and we all would have ran to ricky skaggs and asked for his autograph. >> reporter: trying to adjust the brothers started to move away from the music they grew up. >> i can listen back to our music from a few years ago and it's qiuite obvious we were chasing what was on the radio. >> we sat down and said, let's quit doing what other people want or what we think other people want, and just let's just make music that we love. >> and what we grew up on. >> reporter: and be yourself?
>> yes. >> reporter: to remember where they came from, brad bought an old farmhouse outside of nashville. ♪ >> reporter: and they started writing and playing music in a setting more like home. finding inspiration in a gospel standard they had been singing since they were kids. >> how do you write a song today that is that simple? >> today's version of "i'll fly away." >> we started writing "make you mine." >> i remember the first time we played it, it was like, this is easy. this just feels normal. >> reporter: because it was real, it was true. >> like home. >> when our fans heard it, they reacted immediately. they loved the song. >> i wish we would have done it sooner. >> yeah, we have to keep doing it. ♪ >> reporter: the song was a hit and high valley is on the rise.
they have played at the grand ole opry. >> please welcome to the stage to sing with us, for crying outloud. >> reporter: joined with them by ricky skaggs and made nashville at home by making traditions alive and getting together with dinners and complete with mennonite recipes and faith and family they grew up on. >> amen. >> amen. very good. >> reporter: a song on the record called "don't stop." ♪ dreaming if it don't come true only one of you ♪ >> it's like when holding on to heaven is all you got, whatever you do, don't stop. it's what i want my kids to see, stay true to yourself and what you want to do in this life. but also chase it as hard as you can. >> reporter: now the brothers told us that their family back home, especially their mom and their sisters, they are always watching to make sure that they don't get too far from how they were raised but here is the
thing. with that first u.s. single climbing the country music charts, it looks like sticking to the music that they grew up with, well, that is also a formula for success. anthony? >> worked out pretty well, jan. thank you, jan crawford. >> i like them a lot. what a great story. >> happy family, high valley, let's go. >> you can hear more from the guys from high valley including what goes into a traditional minu mennonite dinner. logon to cbsnews.com. >> ahead, we look at what makes a perfect hand for modeling and how the tech industry has helped make the job more lucrative. we do it all here.
you might be surprised to know that now is a pretty lucrative time to make a living as a hand model, anthony mason. >> i don't think -- >> you might have it. let's find out. about 170 million people are expected to buy tech gifts this holiday season and advertisers need hand models to show off their smaller-sized product. tony dokoupil has his fingers on it. >> could my hands make me a hand model? just about everybody has given
some thought to me, including me. but most hands and, yeah, mine included, will never, ever, ever be ready for their close-up. it takes a real deal, no joke gift to be a hand model and if you've got it, right now, your hands can grab some serious cash. >> when you say action, i'm lifting. >> it's almost shoot time at this studio near new york city. and the pressure is on for hand model tom niko. >> camera speed. action. >> reporter: what do your friends think about this business? >> they laugh. they laugh. hand modeling is a profession that incites a giggle and raised eyebrow but it's a great business. >> action. >> reporter: especially now. companies have always hired beautiful faces to front their product. but the explosion in portable technology means that beautiful hands are in high demand. >> every phone company, verizon, at&t, samsung, i did the google phones. i did the apple phones. >> male hands can make a product
seem smaller, lighter, and more portable. they also connect with the young man most likely to snap up new technology. >> here is a guy. he might get a call back. >> reporter: danny corewin is the owner of parts, a modeling agency that represents niko and other top male hand models. there are celebrities whose face is on a campaign but whose hands are not because the face and the hands don't match? >> yes. and that happens quite often. >> reporter: those mismatches got regular model adam lumberg into the hand game. when yashton kuaston kutcher wa of my con, his hands were lumber's. the tech boom has led to a 30% increase in work for male hand models who earn as much as $3,000 for as little as 15 minutes! >> i know that hand. >> but the extra cash hasn't always meant extra respect.
>> i'm a hand model, mamma. a finger jockey. we don't think the same way as face and body boys do. >> what about my hands? i don't see your hands are any better than my hands. >> what? are you kidding? your knuckles are all out of proportion and you have hair on there. >> what is good about this hand? you tell me. >> long fingers. not a lot of hair. >> that's right. >> very few veins. >> that's right. >> a lot of coloring on the nails. >> so that is the key. pull in and pull out, right? >> reporter: there are downsides to the glamorous life of the male hand model. you have to treat your hands with kid gloves. >> i had a little mishap yesterday on the plane. >> for a normal person that is no big deal? >> no. >> but if you had a job today. >> yeah. >> you could have potentially lost out on thousands of dollars? >> could have potentially lost out on a lot of money! >> reporter: wow. >> yeah. >> reporter: can a hand model
crack their knuckles? >> no, no, no cracking of knuckles. >> reporter: and hand models can't do the things the rest of us do without a second thought. when you finally retire from this business, what is the first thing you're going to do with your hand that you can't do now? >> i'm going to put them in soil. i'm going to put them in soil and grow some tomatoes. >> i love that. this is the part i would tell you about the preparation and training to be a hand model. but for a lot of guys, it's genetics. >> they want somewhat androgynous hands and middle of the road hands. not so much female and not so much male. >> not one of those grip things or a
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to 20th 15 we fell below 32 twice during the entire movement as we currently stand this is the ninth time we have done it this farrah loan. we are well above or well ahead of last years curve, when it comes to the chill, but you're still going to get typical days here. certainly today, milder then average even tomorrow and then we will start this modest warming trend in time for christmas weekend. watch out for a shower second half of saturday, sunday looks quiet but mild for stan are up to 50 degrees and back to the lower 50's on both monday and tuesday though we have also got the to worry about another round of showers, meisha. >> katie, thank you. >> what we are looking at right now in the world of travel is overturned tractor trailer in new jersey, route 130 is closed between route 44 and route 322, alternate 295, new jersey turnpike and take a look 295 southbound ramp to route 130 is also closed. plus speaking of christopher columbus a lot today because of that water break. crews are heading there right now. christopher columbus will be closed between 95 and queen
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