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>> join us each morning starting 4:30 a.m. have a good good morning. it is tuesday, december 19th. 2017. welcome to cbs this morning. an amtrak train was going 80 miles an hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone when it derailed south of seattle. plus, an eagle scout describes helping the injured escape while he prayed the train would not crush him. congress is set to vote today on the biggest tax overhaul in 31 years and we'll ask hr mcmaster about a global cyber attack the trump administration is blaming on north korea. >> a billionaire and his wife are found dead in their home under mysterious circumstances. the family now say police mishandled the initial
investigation. and researchers say muscle building may help you live longer but can you do that in just nine minutes a day? dr. jordan metzel will be in studio 57 with his new workout. >> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> everything went dark and stuff started flying around. >> speem were screaming. i just grabbed on to the chair in front of me for tear life. >> the train was traveling at 80 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone. >> it's actually a miracle considering when you look atz it it could have been much worse. >> the world's busiest airport is slowly getting back on track. travelers just desperate to get out of atlanta. >> republicans may be just hours away from approving the tax overhaul. >> the house is expected to vote today followed by the senate. >> the president outlines the trump doctrine. >> unveiling his national security strategy.
>> we face rival powers, russia and china that seek to influence values and wealth. >> north korea was behind the virus which impacted computers around the world. >> all that -- >> it is no good. as time expires. >> a season of near misses for the buccaneers. >> and all that matters. >> the time has come lakers fans, as we honor kobe bryant. >> we're able to put not just one of his jerseys, but both of his jerseys up high. >> on cbs this morning. >> those times when you don't feel like working, you're too tired, you do it anyway, that is actually the dream. if you guys can understand that your dreams won't come true something greater will. thank you guys so much. i love you. >> this morning's eye opener is presented by toyota, let's go places.
welcome to cbs this morning. i'm gayle king with nora o'donnell and anthony mason we're happen my to say will be here with us all week. new information from a deadly de derailment shows that the train was speeding when it went off the rails. the national transportation safety board says the train was clocked at 80 miles an hour. the speed limit at that section was 30. >> at least three passengers were killed dozens of others injured. >> the train was on a newly built track. it derailed at a bridge over interstate 5 in the town of do ponto. david begnaud is there tracking the investigation. >> reporter: good morning. the fbi is on the scene here in washington state but there is nothing as of right now to suggest that this is going to turn into a federal criminal
investigation. the only glaring red flag we know about so far is speed. the fact that this train was going 80 where it should have been going 30. it's cold and rainy right now, but the work continues. let me give you a live look as we push into the scene. crews have been here for the past 12 to 18 hours. they brought in develop different cranes and within the last few hours they've been able to take one of the rail cars that was dangling over the railroad tracks dangling over the freeway and level it off. ground crews spent all day and night stabilizing the scene where the amtrak passenger train derailed during morning rush hour plunging rail cars off of the tracks and on to the freeway below. >> amtrak 501. emergency. we are on the ground. >> reporter: dispatch calls from the engineer captured the terror for the 80 passengers and six crew members on board. >> is everybody okay? >> i'm still figuring that out. we've got cars everywhere and down on to the highway. >> people were screaming.
it's crazy. >> reporter: it was his first time on a train in years. >> all of a sudden i feel like a whole bunch of turning and rocking of the train and i just grabbed on to the chair in front of me for dear life. my laptop went flying, phone went flying. >> you see the roof kind of peel and when it stopped it was completely black. >> reporter: the train was headed for portland. this was the first run on a faster new route designed to shave off about ten minutes. the national transportation safety board says the traveling 80 miles per hour over the interstate where the speed limit drops to 30. the train approached the overpass where one of the engines and 12 cars derailed. >> it wasn't easy for the firefighters to get through. they were using jaws of life and different forms of saws to be able to get into some of the crushed cars to get access to people and get them out. >> reporter: the ntsb will now try and figure out whether
something other than speed played a role in the crash. >> is there any indication there was an object on the tracks prior to the derailment? >> that remains to be determined. the scene has been preserved and we will be looking atz it very carefully with all after our rail experts. >> a local city councilman actually rode this train on this route just last friday. it was a special trip to give them an idea of what that monday inaugural route would be. the city councilman says when he came through this exact curve, the train slowed down there were no problems and he did not feel like it was going too fast. so what happened here? by the way, gayle, the conductor of the train, he survived the crash and he could be interviewed as early as today. >> david thank you. a member of the ntsb, also at the scene of the crash and we're joined with her right now. >> good morning. >> realizing it's still very early in this investigation,
what can you tell us about what you all have learned so far? >> we are lucky that we're able to secure the event data recorder from the rear locomotive and that es's how we're able to know about the speed. >> how is it that a train was going 80 miles an hour around a curve where the speed limit was 30? >> that's one of the things we're going to be investigating. honestly, there are a lot of different factors that go into the environment, the territory, and there are different speed profiles, so we'll be looking at all of that. >> this was the train's inaugural trip and one of the local mayors expressed some concerns that there weren't enough safety tests done beforehand. were you -- are you convinced there was enough done to ensure the train's safety? >> that's what we're going to be looking into. obviously we have been promoting and recommending making
recommendations for rail safety for decades, and one of those recommendations has to do with ptc or positive train control. >> thanks. one of the first responders was a civilian who says he did a simple thing working his way through the mangled cars of that train. daniel took those photos from the tracks minutes before police and rescue crews arrived. the 24-year-old eagle scout was driving to work with his girlfriend when the train derailed. he says his emergency response training helped him assess victims and lead them out of the wreckage. we have talked with him last night at his family home. >> we were both in like our dress clothes for work and had a little bit of emergency response here like a flashlight and some boots so we threw those on and ran down to the tracks as fast as we could and nobody was there, nobody was leading or responding to the incident. i did my best to sort of take
charge of the situation because i was up on the tracks on the bridge. i was able to just do a simple thing and get people out of the train cars and down to the freeway. when i got to that car that was overturned and the people were pinned, it was hard -- there was a gentleman, he was pinned from the waist down but he was so calm and he didn't look like he was injured. in that moment when i felt super helpless i realized like i just want to be with this guy. so i grabbed his hand and i just talked to him. i rubbed his back. i tried to make him as comfortable as he could be. the whole time i was praying asking the lord for courage and wisdom and protection as that train was sort of suspended above ustion and could have shifted and crushed any of us. what can i do? give these people comfort. what would i want somebody to do for me if i was in that position or if one of my brothers was in that position. you're doing it out of love for them, i think, and out of love for their families. that's what gave me the motivation to -- in a lot of
ways not let fear be a factor to just do. >> no surprise anthony, that that guy is an eagle scout. and it shows you the kindness of strangers at times like this. >> risking his own life. >> eagle scouts should be very proud of him today. >> the world's busiest airport in atlanta is getting back to normal after the crippling power outage that stranded nearly 30,000 people. an underground electrical fire is blamed for sunday's 11-hour blackout at hartsfield jackson international airport. o officials say the flames also knocked out the backup system which was located very close to the primary system. the georgia power ceo says the utility is considering a change in the setup to prevent a similar outage in the future. delta, the airport's largest carrier expects to be on a normal schedule today. >> that's good news there today. the house of representatives will vote later today on the final republican tax reform
bill. the senate may vote on it tonight. vice president mike pence called off a trip to the middle east just in case he has to break a tie in the senate. nancy is on cap holohill whereitol hill. >> reporter: cbs news reached out to all 13 house republicans who voted no on the original version back in november and 11 of them tell us that they are planning to vote no again, because they think this bill is unfair to people in high tax states. but house republicans can afford to lose up to 22 of their own members, plus all the democrats. so gop leaders in the house think they are still in good shape to pass it today. the bill would then come over to the senate where a couple of the final hold yoults announce their support yesterday, so even with senator john mccain recuperating in arizona, gop leaders believe they have the votes in the senate to send this to the president's desk by tomorrow. now, as for the content of the
bill itself, a new independent analysis finds that 80% of americans would get a tax cut next year while about 5% would see their taxes go up. but because all of the individual rates are set to expire in 2025, 53% would see a tax increase by 2027. now, as momentous as this event is for republicans, they want to wrap it up quickly because they have to pass a bill by the end of the week to fund the government, otherwise they'll be risking a government shutdown. >> thanks nancy. the white house is blaming north korea for or worldwide cyber attack that cost billions of dollars. the trump administration says it holds pyongyang directly responsible for the wannacry attack earlier this year. margaret brennan is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, the white house says that
this attack put lives at risk by hitting hospitals and rendering useless more than 230,000 computers in schools, businesses and homes in more than 150 countries. the wall street journal editorial, the white house calls this widespread attack cowardly costly, careless and reckless. boss ert did not present any evidence, but says the white house did have proof that the software has been traced back to north korea by the united kingdom, microsoft and the united states. now, the white house says hackers in total tearian governments should pay a price for their actions and are calling on other countries to counter north korea's ability to conduct malicious cyber ak tifrtytifr -- activity. bossert will make an a official announcement later this morning and the white house is already calling for action to curb
pyongyang's attacks. all right. thank you so much. the white house is also expressing concern about threats posed by russia and china. president trump unveiled his national security strategy yesterday. he said both nations are revisionist powers must be confronted. >> we also face rival powers russia and china, that seek to challenge american influence values and wealth. we will attempt to build a great partnership with those and other countries, but in a manner that always protects our national interest. >> lieutenant h.r. mcmaster joinings now from the white house. thank you so much for joining us. >> good morning. a pleasure to be with you. >> let me ask you about a bit of news this morning. north korea has rejected secretary of state rex tillerson's proposal for talks without preconditions. does that mean the military option is the only one left?
>> no what we're doing is really applying maximum pressure to north korea to convince kim jong-un that this is a dead end, this pursuit of nuclear weapons and long range ballistic missile which poses a grave danger to the whole world. so what you've seen is an effort led by the president worldwide really to isolate that regime to cut off not just what is restricted by the current national -- the current u.n. security council resolutions but to do more. the president has asked all nations to cut off all trade with this rogue regime which you see has never met a weapon it didn't use or proliferate or sell to somebody else. you saw that with the cyber attacks you just discussed and you saw it with the murder of kim jong-un's brother in a public airport with a banned nerve agent. so this is a regime that can't get this -- this destructive
capability. >> one of the things that i've noticed is the president spoke with russian president putin several times in the last couple of weeks and yet russia has increased its trade and its oil exports to north korea. did the president specifically ask putin to stop that? >> yes the president did ask president putin to do more. he wants all nations to do more and it just doesn't make sense that russia would increase trade and alleviate any pressure on the north korean regime. of course, north korea poses a grave direct threat to all nations including china and russia, but what happens when north korea gets this capability? what if other nations in the region arm in this way and that's going to be even de destabilizing and north korea has never met a weapon it didn't try to sell to somebody else. >> so you're saying -- is there any way that the u.s. can coexist with a nuclear north korea? >> we can't tolerate that risk.
if north korea has a nuclear weapon, who are you going to try to prevent getting one? look at the regime the hostility of this regime to the whole world. >> you know, president trump and secretary rex tillerson have had some high profile disagreements. does that undermine rex tillerson's capability while he's traveling overseas? >> no the president has made very clear that on north korea for example, now is not the time to talk. and what he means is there can't be negotiations under these current conditions. the north has to show initial steps toward denuclearization and the reason for this is previous approaches to negotiating with north korea have failed miserably. what the regime does is they enter into negotiations all the while they continue these very destructive programs these talks often times end in a -- in a weak agreement and north korea violates that agreement. the problem is now that their programs have advanced so far we don't have time to do that again
and so we can't repeat the failed pattern of the past. >> i know the president put out a statement about his phone call with russian president putin sharing intelligence which has happened for decades. right? if we know a terrorist attack is going to happen in another country we try and share that to prevent the loss of life but the statement was viewed as unusual by some experts and last night james clapper who i know you know well, the former sbrekt torr of national intelligence says putin knows how to handle an asset and that's what he's doing with the president. what do you make of that charge? >> the president made clear in his national security strategy and in his speech that he's going to stand up for america no matter who threatens american and what he's asked us to do with russia is develop an approach that does three fundamental things. first, confront russia's destabilizing behavior. in europe in the middle east, in our own country where they use a sophisticated approach to propaganda and disinformation where they try to polarize
communities within democratic societies and put them against each other. they use advance tools, cyber tools and social media. we're going to confront that destabilizing behavior. >> but he seems to imply that that the president is being manipulated. >> it's just not true. what the president has asked us to do with russia though as well is to deter conflict. you see that with the peace through strength pillar in the national security strategy but also to try to find areas of cooperation. you mentioned it up front. russia and the united states should cooperate on north korea. there's no way that a nuclear armed north korea is in russia's interest. >> all right. we thank you for joining us. always good to have you on this program. >> yes, we appreciate it. >> great to be with you. some blame nartheir florida high school for disturbing
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♪ ♪ ♪ (radio playing in background) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news." >> good morning i'm rahel solomon, let's get straight to traffic. a big jam up, on the pa turnpike take a lock at this, chopper three was over the scene short time ago this is the westbound pa turnpike, you can see closed past ben sat em for a tractor-trailer accident. now, there is also a hazmat spill. we do know that two people were taken to the hospital.
all traffic is being detoured off the turnpike at the bensalem interchange route one also jammed up this morning, because of this same accident. you can take street road to route 611 then re-enter the turnpike at willow grove. also i295 northbound is closed past florence-columbus for a jackknife tractor-trailer, and a hazmat spill here. the new jersey turnpike or route 130 as alternates. now over to meteorologist katie fehlinger. >> i was going to say weather will won't have any impact on your travels here today. don't have too much after sun glare issue still cloud cover out there. that is certainly true looking outside palmyra cove nature park, live look for you look off in the distance, see one little glimmer of daylight sun line specifically trying to be reflected off the center city skyscrapers, for the most part still have some clouds out there. dow think you'll see mix of the two sun and clouds throughout the day other big story though today how warm it will be for the standards, 58 degrees, cooling down the next few days, then new warmfront lift in with some rain but also a big rebound
from the beginning, america has been a nation defined by its people people. at our founding it was the american people who rose up to defend our freedoms and win our independence. >> president trump is now part of the world famous hall of presidents at walt disney world. the exhibit reopens today after the year long renovation that includes a figure of our 45th president. disney says the latest
technology allows smoother and more life like movements. president trump recorded a script for part of his exhibit as you see following the footsteps of barack obama, george w. bush and bill clinton. >> everybody says he has a distinct speaking style. >> i didn't know that was an exhibit at disney world. >> it's very convincing. >> yeah it is. >> i think they nailed that one. welcome back to cbs this morning. here are three things you should know this morning. house republicans unvairled an $81 billion disaster aid package for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires this year. that is almost double the $44 billion the trump administration requested last month. the funds would help western states recovering from wildfires. gop leaders promise a vote later this week. john mccain expressed his thanks for overwhelming support and encouragement as he battles brain cancer. he returned home to arizona
after beg treated for an infection at walter reed medical center. mccain said in a tweet he's quote, feeling well and looking forward to returning to work after the holidays. >> we hope to see him back. and for the first time in its history, the dow jones industrial arch hasverage has soared more than 5,000 points in a year. the index rose 140 points yesterday to close at 24,792. that puts gains for the year -- for the past year at 5,029. this morning president trump tweeted his approval saying quote, dow rises 5,000 points on the year for the first time ever, make america great again. >> recalling the deaths of the 12th wealthiest man in canada and his wife suspicious. he's chairman of the pharmaceutical company and was found dead friday in his toronto area mansion along with his wife. the couple died from what is described as ligature neck
compression. they have not called their deaths homicides. how loved ones are upset with how they're reportedly handling this case. >> as you say, forbes ranks barry ver barry sherman as the 12th richest man in canada. he was also generous giving away more than 50 million to charity, but because his company made cheap generic drugs sherman had plenty of rivals. detectives are now leading the investigation into the deaths of barry and honey sherman. a police spokesman calls their deaths suspicious after initially saying they found no signs of forced entry and were not searching for suspects. >> until we know exactly how they died we treat it as suspicious and then once that -- once a determination has been made by the pathologist and the coroner then we move forward from there. >> the couple was found hanging from the railing of their basement pool and that
investigators theorized the 75-year-old billionaire killed his wife and then took his own life. the family criticized unnamed police sources saying in a statement our parents shared an enthusiasm for life and totally in inconsistent with the rumors in the media. >> slerman's company has annual sales of over $1.5 billion. it makes and exports generic versions of brand name medicines often putting him at odds with other drug makers. >> he fought for what he really thought was right and provide generic drugs that made it possible for those that weren't on drug plans to get the drugs that they needed for the ailments that they suffered through. >> businessman and his wife were long time friends of the shermans. >> it's just absolutely god smack. it's shocking and you know it just leaves shivers all over you.
>> a spokesman for the family tells cbs news a memorial service is planned for thursday. canadian prime minister offered his condolences on twitter. >> what a mystery. >> a remarkable life. the company started with two people. now it has 6,000 employees. >> that's a success story. >> thank you so much. a woman is running the carolina panthers this morning after owner gary richardson announced plans to sell the franchise. tina becker is now in charge of day-to-day management. she worked her way up over 19 years after starting with the panthers as a cheer leader. a number of women accuse richardson on work place misconduct. they say he made confidentable payouts for sexually suggestive behavior and using a racial
slur. >> this range from remarks to unwanted touching to in multiple cases an invitation from richardson, the owner, could he shave their legs. what struck out to me was the gross power imbalance and this was the owner of the team and when the boss summons you to the office you go. this is the guy signing your paycheck. >> becker says she expects to make some changes. >> very fascinated by her to go from a cheer leader to now running the team. >> sends a strong message. could a florida school be the source of a cancer cluster? >> right now i think we're about 108 alumni that we have lost to cancer. >> i'm sure every time you hear another story it breaks your heart. >> absolutely. >> because you know what it's like. >> because it's another life lost and another family devastated devastated. >> why investigators can't solve the health mustry despite hundreds of potential victims. and we invite you to subscribe
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health is looking into claims that a gulf coast school made hundreds of people sick from diseases like cancer. health officials are asking alumni and faculty of this school affected by cancer to submit their health records. so far there's no evidence bay shore high school is the center of any disease clusters. some community members say the evidence is clear. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is where bay shore high school stood. it was torn down in the late 90s in place of a bigger campus next door, but suspicions about health problems linking back to old property have been around for decades. last week the school district mailed these forms to thousands of former students asking anyone who's become sick to tell their stories. >> i can't look at a yearbook. i don't see classmates. i see victims.
>> cheryl garage waited from bay shore high school in 1981 two years after her older sister terry. in 1999 doctors diagnosed terri with a rare type of leukemia. she died six months later. a few years after her sister's death she learned another bay shore classmate had also died of leukemia. she said a light went off in her head. >> you would talk to this person hey'd say so and so's sister died of leukemia. >> the numbers i have recorded are by word of mouth. >> she believes the cases constitute a cancer clurser. >> my sister's class of 235 we have four leukemias recorded and three of those have passed away. >> the cdc defines a cancer cluster than a greater than expected number of cancer cases that occurs within a group of people in a geographic area over a period of time. over the last 13 years, she says she has tracked nearly 500 cases
linking bay shore alumni and employees to cancer auto immune diseases or children with birth defects. >> it is very daunting to find the cause of a cluster. >> reporter: he teaches atz johns hopkins. >> you have to be sure of the diagnosis of people. you have to be sure of the number of cases. you have to look at the time involved. >> reporter: paul was in josa's class. doctors found a tumor pressing on his spine in april and diagnosed him with leukemia. >> we grew straw bersberries out in the big field. it could have come from something out of the ground. >> reporter: but years of testing on the school property have found no significant contamination. there was contamination a mile away at an old machine shop but the county believes it did not impact the school. man tee county and the school
board have asked the health department to survey alumni and staff to determine whether a cluster exists. dr. diana green is the school district's superintendent. >> the facts at this point indicate over the last 15 years that location has been tested numerous times and each time it comes back with a negative indication related to a possible cancer cluster. >> this is a picture of my son. he would be 42 today. >> for community members and family of the sick and dead, the search for answers has been long. >> in 2014 of october, i was diagnosed with brain cancer stage 3. >> last april many voiced their frustration at a county commission meeting. >> when this is all said and done they'll come up with findings. if they don't necessaryry reflect what you believe do you keep going? >> i will keep going until we find out what it is. we have a right to know what we were exposed to. >> cheryl says she suffers from
auto immune diseases herself. the health department will stop collecting medical information atz the end of february. it will then be transferred over to the university of miami and results are expected six months after that. gayle. >> mystery they need to solve there. thank you very much. coming up next, a look at this morning's other headlines including the judicial nominee not ready for prime time. >> when's the last time you read the federal rules of evidence? >> the federal rules of evidence all the way through would -- well comprehensively would have been in law school. >> ahead, president trump's pick reconsiders his nomination. it's painful for a lot of people to watch. and mike allen cofounder of the news website axios, over this way, look over here. there you go. why he calls mr. trump's leadership the rerun
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peter sovereign is a member of the federal election commission. he was nominated to the u.s. district court for washington, d.c. i thought this was painful to watch. nobody likes public humiliation. clearly this wasn't the job for him either. >> very important point and posting too. the u.s. district court is incredibly important. >> it's nice that he stepped back. california's ventura county star reports on progress in fighting the huge thomas fire. the fire is now 50% contained. the flames have burned more than 1,000 structures. at 271,000 acres, it is the third largest fire on record in california. the hollywood reporter says meryl streep responded about actresses planning to wear black to the golden globes in silent protest against gender equality. mcgouan names streep saying your silent is the problem.
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>> guide morning, the big story is the traffic headed out the door several accidents causing big problems , first we go to chopper three the westbound p a turnpike, is closed at bensalem for an accident with a tractor-trailer, a dump truck, and multiple other vehicles 100 gallons of diesel fuel are were spilled. two taken to the hospital. being detoured off the turnpike to street road to route 611 and then re-enter at the turnpike at willow grove. chopper three also, over i259 this morning, northbound,
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it is tuesday, december 19th, 2017. welcome back to cbs this morning. the improvement that might have prevented the deadly amtrak derailment in washington and the warning that local leaders issued about dangers in the area. plus, president trump's second year in office could be a repeat of this year. political recorder mike allen is here to show us why he says that. but first, here's today's eye opener at 8:00. new information from a deadly amtrak derailment in washington state shows that the train was speeding when it went off the rails. >> the fbi is on the scene but
there is nothing right now that suggests this is going to turn into a federal investigation. >> gop leaders believe they have the vote to send this to the president's desk. >> the white house is blaming north korea for a cyber attack that cost billions of dollars. >> the white house says hackers and total tearian governments should pay a price for their actions. >> is there any way in which we can coexist with knewnuclear weapon north korea? >> sherman had plenty of rivals. >> if there's one group of people who have defined this year it's been women. >> the world premier of song for women, 2017. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
>> hillary clinton, take it. >> weigh in for women. i'm nora odonnell with gayle king and anthony mason. the train carrying about 80 passengers and crew members derailed. >> 72 people were taken to local hospitals. at least ten of their injuries were serious. >> this was the first scheduled train to use an updated track south of seattle. it was headed to portland oregon, when it derailed in dupont. david begnaud is at the scene of the crash. >> reporter: good morning. crews aric maing progress here this morning. there are two cranes brought in overnight and they've been using those cranes to remove some of
the train cars that have fallen on to interstate 5. you had a train going 80 miles an hour as it started to make the curve here to go over interstate 5. 80 miles per hour where it should have been going 30 miles per hour in the curve. why was the train going that fast? at this point the ntsb doesn't know. the investigators only landed around midnight this morning. there are two different spots where speed limit signs are posted. two plielmiles ahead of the curve and one right at the curve. so did the engineer not see the speed limit signs? did he disregard them or is there something other than speed that may have caused this crash? the ntsb hopes to start interviewing crew members later today. thank you so much. president trump says the derailment shows the need to invest in infrastructure. he tweeted $7 trillion spent in the middle east while our roads, bridges, tunnels and railways and more crumble. the tracks where the accident happened were actually brand new and some critics warn that high
speed travel there could be dangerous. carter carter evans is nearby. >> reporter: amtrak 501 passed through here just minutes before derailing nine miles down the track. the mayor had argued the upgrades were not sufficient and he was worried about collisions at crossings like this one. >> we always felt that the reward wasn't big enough to take on the risk. >> reporter: lakewood mayor feared for years that amtrak's new high speed cascades route would lead to disaster. >> public safe city wasty was the primary concern. trains coming off the tracks in a highly urbanized area. >> reporter: at a city council meeting he urged state transportation officials to improve safety along the line.
the nearly 15 mile bypass where monday's crash occurred was designed to save time according curves and traffic on the old route and allowing trains to reach speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour. amtrak says automatic braking technology known as positive train control or pt drrks was not -- ptc was not activated at the time. it could have prevented rail accidents including a 2015 amtrak derailment in philadelphia that killed eight. >> nationwide we need positive train control on all passenger routes. this technology is within reach, and it's because of the dollars that need to be spent that's delayed its implementation. >> reporter: now, amtrak began installing positive train control back in 2000 and plans to be compliant with federal laws requires all railroads to have it by 2021.
a.m.track amtrak officials say they did upgrade several crossings and worked to inform the public about the new train tracks. >> all right. thank you very much. the president is finishing his first year in office and two influentable influential political reporters say little has changed about the way he's perceived in his job. the president quote, started 2017 with about 40% of the country with him and he ends 2017 with about 40%. he started haunted by russian interference in his election win and he ends 2017 pretty much the same way. they're calling it the rerun presidency. >> mike allen is cofounder and executive editor of axios, a digital news site. good morning. >> thank you. i thought i was here for the nine minute abs. am i in the wrong block here? >> you can stick around. >> in this whole idea of the rerun presidency, you say there
are only two people who can change trump. trump and mueller. what do you mean? >> well that's right. and one thing that they told me early on in the campaign somebody said to me there are all these stories trump will be different after he's elected, dimplt after he's inaugust ratsed. somebody said if you want to know and you guys have known that guy. if you want to know one guy who's not changing it's a 70-year-old billionaire with his name on the building and that's trump. he's not changing and the one person you're right, that could totally disrupt their system ecosystem and egosystem is robert mueller. >> how is he happenndling that investigation do you think? >> he's taking the don't worry be happy approach. the book is very serious. the speech was very trumpy and he said here mr. president, you'll enjoy this speech. so with mueller they're telling him, it will be fine.
and remember- going to be over thanksgiving and then it was going to be over at christmas. now it's new year's. now the washington post reporting mueller is supposed to go a year. that's very consistent with our reporting. whatever you think mueller is up to there's more. we saw that this weekend when we found out that he has tens of thousands of e-mails from the political leadership and the national security team at the campaign. imagine what he can do one of the mailboxes by itself 7,000 e-mails. >> what's that going to do to his ability to govern in the next year? >> that's what they've tried to do is just pretend that it's not there. president clinton you guys remember is pretty good at compartmentalizing and he was able to put his investigation aside. whatever president trump is good at. it's always on his mind. he likes to talk about it. you see him out. >> he never attacks mueller personally, though. >> you are right. that is -- that is a great point that he always goes after the
investigation, but this is a man who's not known for patience but they've told him, just cooperate with mueller, give him documents, let him have the interviews and eventually this will wind up in a good place and gayle, a staff member pointed out to me that there's one person that the president always wants to punch anybody who's about to punch him or might. there's one person who does not have a nickname that's an adversary of the president and that's mueller. we have not heard a mueller nickname and it's -- >> why do you think that is? >> they're trying to not antagonize him. the president might do well to add that strategy to cap holoitol hill. >> what would happen when mueller releases his report? what happens after a special counsel? it leads to either charges or a congressional investigation? what's that next step. >> well, of course we have no idea where he's headed but what we do know from reading the
indictments, from looking at what he does publicly, we know that he is willing to go very broad, to go after personal finances. the white house talking point keeps being oh he has a very narrow mandate. no. like the opposite is true. he has a very brodmann dait if you look at the press release. you well know from your own coverage what a prose related. he's going to pull every thread on the sweater. we see that in the indictments and the pleas we've seen so far. so we don't know where he's going, but we talked about the inside game of the trump lawyers trying to cooperate. the outside game which we've seen covered here is all these republicans saying oh like, the investigation is tainted or the investigation is political. just raise questions so that president trump can go to his people and you and i were talking about this in the green room, that his base is thin. when he comes to 2020 he's going to have a math problem. he barely won.
he hasn't added to it. he has to keep those people and so that's why the effort to undermine mueller is so crucial to his long-term survival. >> always good to have you. your axios am top ten, i print it out for myself. >> you rock. part of the good breakfast. >> hope you have something to discuss in 2018. >> i'll be back with my nine minute abs. science could help you stick to your new year's resolution on getting fit. how using weights may help build muscle in a hurry.
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say people who do strength based exercise have a lower percent of premature death. in a new article on the new york times website how to build muscle in nine minutes, dr. jordan says strength training with weights is key for maintaining an overall healthy body. dr. metzel is a sports physician at new york's hospital for special surgery. welcome back. good to see you. >> good morning. >> what can we do in nine minutes? >> people often think it's new year's, i want to be fit and active and i only have a half hour or 20 minutes or nine minutes. and the message here is intense bouts of exercise in a short period of time are really effective to do. a short workout with intensity is great. >> what should you be doing? >> we try to get people guides. this is a second about how to use body weight and in this case light weights to do workouts at home. >> when you talk about light
weights, what do you mean? >> people can use 3 pounds, 5 pound, 10 pounds, 15 pounds. we don't go above 20 pounds maximum but it's high repetition light weight training which has the strength gains to bigger muscles. >> how often do you do this? >> two or three times a week and do the other things we want to do. we think of strength training of building the muscle around the skeleton. if you like to do golf or walking or playing tennis this will allow you to do those types of exercises. we have people 8 to 85 doing strength training. >> i had a trainer who worked with someone else who said you never see overweight people in the weight room but you also see overweight people on the treadmill or elliptical. i've never forgotten that and when you're talking about weights i know a lot of women are resistant because they think they're going to look like a dud or the hulk. to that you say what? >> the idea of strength training is not building muscle bulk.
it's building strerngtsngth. the biggest difference is intensity. but it's an interesting comment using weight. >> i notice that too, i think he's right. i now look so if you have a choice between cardio or weights if you have a choice what is your -- what do you recommend? >> the kind of stuff we have in the times today is about doing both. when you do squats and using some of these exercises. >> i hate burpees. >> you're doing cardio with strength training at the same time. >> what do you get out of strength training you don't get out of cardio? >> with cardio alone you don't build that muscle strength around your skeleton. the stronger you make your muscles the more able you are to do everything else. people in their 20s and 30s think about this.
people in the their 70s don't. we want people to think about doing this across their entire life span. it really helps. >> the data is there about weight training. thank you, dr. metzel. >> for more, vizsit our website. gayle and i will be lifting and exercising, just kidding. we'll work on it. >> i would do it. >> i agree with what you're saying. >> all right. aaron sorkin is making his director in debut with "molly's game." he'll be in studio 57 where a woman navigating a world where men make the rules. you're watching cbs this morning.
federal appeals court judge alex kozinski is stepping down after allegations of sexual misconduct. a dozen women accused him of inappropriate behavior. he issued a statement apologizing for making his clerks feel uncomfortable. the washington post reports the fda wants a more aggressive stance toward home owepathic drugs. it's based on the idea that substances that cause disease can be used to cure the symptoms. distribution of home owepathic drugs is done without fda approval. they include those being marketed for cancer heart disease and opioid and alcohol addictions. and the st. louis post dispatch reports that texas pitcher cole hammels and his wife are donating nearly $10 million mansion to charity. the 32,000 square foot home sits
on 100 acres of land in southwest missouri. hamels and his wife are giving the house to camp barnabas. the new york times reporters who broke good morning i'm rahel solomon, we have several dents to tell but. take a look, westbound pa turn pine cloaked at bensalem for serious multi-vehicle accident 100 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled here, and two people were taken to the hospital. all traffic is being detoured off the turnpike at bensalem. no word at this point when the road will be reopened. and traffic is jammed for miles on the turnpike and route one in bucks county. >> i295 northbound closed past columbus road. that's exit 52, for a jackknife tractor-trailer and hazmat spill. you can use the new jersey turnpike or route 130 as an
alternate. another desert roosevelt boulevard off ramp to fox street. it is partially blocked there as well as right lane on the boulevard. quite busy morning on the roads there. we send it to ever kate way check on the the forecast. >> the problems we're facing in traffic thankfully not weather-related. you will not have any weather-related problems i don't think this morning, sun glare not even big deal. we do have clouds out there. we had fuel sprinkles that rolled through through the early morning hours but at this point those have fizzled away. not going to have to worry about wet weather through the rest of the day also, warming up from here, mid 40's currently up and down good portion of i-95, as the day progresses though, expect to go at least flirt with 60. this is a day we actually hit zero six. it comes saturday with a new warmfront eventually cold front passage but a lot of ups and downs in the forecast marking winter solsus, chilliest day, just 40 degrees but with sunshine really for the next couple of days rahel? >> katie, thank you. next update 85:00, a ahead on cbs this morning oscar winner in studio 57 to talk about his
welcome back to cbs this morning. 2017 will likely be remembered as the year that victims shattered the silence around sexual misconduct. this morning we are taking a look at the far reaching impact of the me too movement. it hit close to home for many of us including some of us all of us really here at cbs this morning. >> i decided that i had to speak up if i didn't who was going to do it. >> i think the question is who protected the women and who protected harvey weinstein? the board fired harvey weinstein last night. >> the outspoken evangelical sought them out when he was as young as 14. >> he said you're just a child. >> in the coming weeks i will be resigning as a member of the united states senate. >> he grabs the back of my head and just sort of comes in and
puts his lips right on mine and just sticks his tongue in my mouth. >> he's stepping away from it all following the allegations. >> lauer was let go one week after cbs fired charlie rose. >> a reckoning and a taking of responsibilities. >> the women who have not spoken up because they're afraid i'm hoping they will take the step to speak up too. this becomes a moment of truth. >> there's a cultural shift happening. >> pandora's box is open and pandora is pissed. >> two of the reporters are here. jodi kantor is a cbs reporter and megan twohey is a new york times informs guyinvestigative reporter. welcome to you both.
congratulating you on the work that you've done so it's interesting to read that before the story broke, both of you said is anybody going to care about this? isn't this just a hollywood story? nobody knows who harvey weinstein is. talk about that a little bit. >> some people said it's an open secret. everybody has known for a long time. they told us we were naive that we would publish our story and life would go on. and megan, what it has done is unleashed a tidal wave of reporting and allegations. >> that's right. i mean i think this country is having -- well it goes beyond the united states at this point. it's having a real reckoning. how was it that for so many years there were men in a variety of industries who were able to get away with predatory behavior? basically unchecked. >> it's obviously not the first story on this subject. but it's changed things and why do you think it's changed things? what's the climate that suddenly
made this reckoning occur, do you think? >> well first of all, things have been building for a while. for example a few months before we published the harvey weinstein story our colleagues published a story revealing the settlement trail bill o'reilly had done at fox. we were able to report a little more on these issues an also the women were being believed and we saw the beginnings of accountability that this could actually affect the careers of men who had held power for a very long time. >> i asked you once in a conversation i said do you think there's a statute of limitations on behavior? do you think there is? >> you know i think the stories of things that happened a long time ago are very important. i appreciate hearing women's stories from the 60s, from the 70s, because i think these are the foundations of our culture and we have to understand them and part of the project now is that all of us together are kind of reconstructing the secret
history of how women have been harassed in the american work place and how it's held women back in the public sphere in so many ways. >> i think one of the points you've made too is talk about the narrative. right? i mean, who -- who decides what movies are made? who decides who's in those movies? i mean and take that through every industry about who are the decision makers about who's included and who's excluded. >> there was an interesting moment in this past year as this story continued to unfold when bill o'reilly was forced to step down following our colleague's, you know sensational reportings on all these settlements he'd paid out to women over the years. it made me think back to the previous year when i was doing allegations of trump's misconduct. and bill o'reilly had gone on and said megan twohey should not be able to do this because she's a feminist. now we see who have been the
voices of various issues and coverage and entertainment over the years. >> are you concerned at all because now i keep hearing from men and from women to too about a poten backlash. to norah's point about allegations that happened long ago and that now a woman makes an accusation and almost immediately men are saying we don't get due process, we immediately get the death penalty. all the allegations are the same. some is predatory and criminal and some is just bad jerky bad behavior and inappropriate. what do you say about that? are you concerned? >> i think that's a great question and i think you know rounding the corner to 2018 we're at a remarkable cross roads here. for the first time i think maybe ever you have a culture in which women now feel comfortable stepping forward and making allegations where as in the past they felt like they would be the ones to suffer consequences to their careers and worse if they spoke out. and so i think though moving forward it's going to be really important to make sure that a, there are ways to categorize
these different allegations, that there's a difference between allegations of rape and you know inappropriate comments in a work place. sexual misconduct can be a broad category and i think we're going to have to figure out subcategories that go underneath it and i think we're also going to make sure that we moving forward in work places that there are -- that there is due process and ways in which both the accused and the accusers are legally protected. >> but the women we worked with who came on the talking about these allegations, they did not do so lightly. they were very brave and they were very serious about it. they weren't discussing minor incidents that were easy to brush offer and the reason they spoke up was that they wanted to help other women. >> salma high yak. it wasn't like she just laid it out there. it took some time for her to
tell that story. >> i think it's been a rare case in which there was one or two women who came forward with an allegation and it stopped there. i mean often times what we've seen is that c you know the first or second allegation are then followed by multiple allegations. >> you mentioned the reporting on president trump allegations that are still out there which he continues to deny. where do you see this going? >> well it's important to revisit the more than ten women who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against trump during the presidential race and not only that but as we know as we remember he was actually captured on audio tape bragging about this type of behavior you know, inappropriate touching and actual sexual assault. and he denies it. he says he's never engaged in any behavior like that. he turned around and accused every single woman who came forward with allegations with him as liars and said they were politically motivated. he threatened to sue the accusers. he threatened to sue me and the
new york times and so i think it's a reminder of how when allegations are made in a political context, i mean that was one of the most polarizing races in modern political history, how sometimes the accusers can be framed as politically motivated and -- but this story is not going away. those accusers are getting more attention in the last couple of months and that story not going to go away. >> thank you both very much. oscar winning writer aaron sorkin is making his debut as a director with the new movie "molly's game." why he put anoth
♪ ♪ the most sought after writers the oscar winners dialog is behind hit movies like a few goodmen, the social network and money ball. plus tv dramas. sorkin is making his debut as director in "molly's game." it stars jessica chastain. >> sorkin wrote the script based on the real life molly bloom. she became an fbi target for hosting one of the most exclusive high stakes poker
games. chastain portrays her in the movie. bloom tells him why she refuses to give up her famous roster of braers players and ruin her reputation for immunity. >> i threw four people under the bus for $35,000, charlie. i noticed you took that out of your speech. tony silverman, he lost $6 million on my table. >> stop. stop. >> moved to florida, go t a job as a substitute teacher and then hanged himself. >> and that's your fault. that's not your fault. >>. >> you're not saying no. >> i was named after my great grandmother. molly. >> i don't care. we can stay here all night until you understand nobody gives a [ bleep ] about your good name. >> i do. >> why? >> because -- because -- >> tell me why. >> because it's all i have left. because it's my name.
>> and aaron sorkin welcome back to cbs this morning. >> great to be here. >> we were all surprised with everything you'd done over the years you had never directed a television show or a film. >> that's right. when i write something i always want the best possible director for that piece to direct it and that's never been me. >> so why is it you now? >> well, didn't write this with the intention of directing it but the producers felt i was the best one to direct it and it took a few weeks of encouragement from directors i've worked with who felt that i should direct it but in the end, the reason why i directed it is this. there are a lot of shiny objects in this story. there's a natural gravitational pull to them. the money, the poker, and the hollywood boldfaced names. i had always wanted to tell a story set against the backdrop of those things but focus on the
much more complex about molly bloom herself. >> i love her character, but not only did you direct i want to follow up on that for a second. you directing ken costner who has won the academy award for dances with wolves. to me that's like cooking with julia childs. >> that's right. i was already at maximum fear and intimidation level and then kevin costner came along and said that he wanted to play the role of molly's father and fantastic, but the idea of directing kevin was certainly daunting. he would remind me from time to time that when he made his debut with dances with wolves he had to worry about which direction 5,000 buffalo were going to run and if they'd come back. >> didn't he give you tips during the movie? >> every once in a while -- listen, he was very encouraging. and continues to be. he'll text me every few days. he would text me during post production saying i know you're going to worry about this but don't worry
he texted many me me ting. here's what gayle is going to ask you. molly was an olympic class whole movie comes when she comes 100 yards from making the u.s. olympic team but literally trips over a stick. and kevin -- he knew that i to make it to molly who was taking a terrible fall. and he said, you know if you want, you can -- you've -- you can track me you can hand off to the commentators right up there and so the shot i hadn't thought of and i said to peverybody kempb kevin had a good idea for a shot. and later on kevin took me aside and said you done have to give me credit. this is your movie. so ken costner if addition to being as talented as he is is the nicest person in the world. the fact is this whole movie was just a triumph of collaboration. i was surrounded by great people beginning and ending with
jessica who was such a phenomenal partner on the set. >> she was your first choice for this role. how did your first meeting with her go? >> our first meeting was grade. i didn't -- it wasn't an audition for jessica. i already knew you know from her body of work that she was who i wanted. i was going to this meeting to try to discover if this actress who has been directed by ridley scott and others would be willing to take direction from a first time director or would i be taking direction from her. and about three minutes into the meeting she leaned in and said listen, this meeting is stupid. you just give me the part. and i said yeah you're right. okay. >> you said about jessica you cannot fake fun and you cannot fake smart. i love that. >> there are things that an actor can't act. an actor cant act smart. they can't act funny, they can't act strong. they can act tough, but jessica has those things in her blood
stream brings them with her. >> she said there was a lot of fun on the set and that she was surprised to learn about your excellent singing voice. >> well i believe that she is saying that as a form of retribution -- >> no. no. >> what were you singing? >> i'm a big believer in morale on the set, so there was some sullivan, but also this thing that began on -- on i think day three of the shoot, you know, you -- when you're filming a movie you shoot one side of the scene and you turn around and shoot the other side of the scene. so when we would wrap out on one side, you know i'd say, okay cut, that's great, print that one. now let's turn around and as soon as i said turn around jessica would start "turn around." and -- >> every now and then -- >> and the whole crew would be doing it and it happened every day including on our last night
of shooting which is the scene where we shot in central park it's a big scene between costner and jessica. we shot it all night long and i -- i was walking by the park bench where jessica and ken were kind -- kevin were getting themselves ready and i hear kevin costner singing turn around. so it trickled throughout the entire show. >> thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. >> molly's game open nationwide dece
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after couple of serious accidents, first,, to chopper three we go. good news for drivers on the pennsylvania turnpike, two lanes have reopened on the westbound turnpike at bensalem this is following a lengthy closure caused by a serious multi-vehicle accident. the ramp from route one to westbound pa turnpike will remain closed, however over 100 gallons of diesel fuel will spilled, two people were taken to the hospital. traffic is jammed on the turnpike, and route one in bucks county: over to i295 northbound, which was closed earlier past columbus road, that's exit 52. for jackknife tractor-trailer, and hazmat spill. how much, one lane is open there. traffic is still jammed, however, in that area. now we turn katie for a look at the forecast. >> and, you know jim as we are looking ahead here, too thankfully we don't have to worry about any kind of major travel issues whether it comes to the weather we're predominantly going toned one mix of sun and clouds, certainly chill in the air initially, but we are still going toned up well above average. currently at 41 kutztown, all
the snow has melted away easily with time i expect we will easily get to the upper 50's, in fact. so floating at ooh already in atlantic city, 46 at the airport, off to mild start certainly. normal highs already only 44, and already exceeded that obviously. now we do go on roller coaster cooling down again by the time we hit the winter solsus in the sunshine at least but going to rebounds quickly warmfront lifts in by friday, the potential of rain showers returns to our forecast and on saturday all the way up to 60 degrees. but that right now actually looks like it will ends up being the most wet day of the forecast while it is also the mild he is jim? >> up and down and up and down that's "eyewitness news" for now join us for " eyewitness news" later today at noon, i'm jim donovan. make it a great day. >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪ >> ♪ ♪
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