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today, we saw new evidence that the barbarity of syria's civil war has not lessened, even after five years. a town is being starved by the dictator's forces. men, women and children are "dying in slow motion" as one resident put it. here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: months of deprivation have pushed the smallest and the poorest to the very brink. a mother feeds her child with what looks like broth, but it's actually water, flavored with jam.
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explains, "we have no food, no water and no power," and then he bursts into tears. "please, world," he says, "we are dying." activists say the most wretched are making soup with grass, and some have died of starvation. and all this just 30 miles from the capital, damascus, in fertile hill country. we traveled there in 2012 when it was still safe enough to visit the rebels who control the area. now they and more than 40,000 residents are trapped, surrounded by syrian government forces who have sealed off all the roads. this video, posted by activists, shows the residents begging the government soldiers to let food supplies in. but the last aid convoy they allowed to pass was back in october. but suddenly today, scott, after those pictures of the starving people had caused international
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government announced that it was going to allow one humanitarian aid convoy into madaya probably some time over the weekend. >> liz palmer reporting from the london newsroom tonight. liz, thank you. a runaway natural gas well in los angeles has been flooding a neighborhood with methane for 76 days. 2,000 people have been evacuated as southern california gas companies struggles to stop the flow. mireya villarreal is following this. >> reporter: this infrared video shows you what you can't see with the naked eye, a geyser spewing at least 70,000 pounds of gas every hour into southern california neighborhoods less than two miles away. >> we call this the bp oil spill on land. >> reporter: environmental activist erin brockovich was blunt about the latest gas leak findings. a new study commissioned by a law firm suing the utility says
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neighborhoods 18 hours of the day. >> this isn't a one-time assault. this is an ongoing assault every single day. >> reporter: the source of the leak is a hole in a 62-year-old pipe. southern california gas chief operating officer brett lane. >> i personally apologize to the residents. this is something that, you know, the nuisance that they face, the different issues that they have faced, we do apologize for that. again, our focus right now is to try to eliminate that nuisance or the issues that they face by stopping the leak as fast as we can. >> reporter: to stop the leak, the utility company needs to drill down 8,000 feet. they're using a relief well to intersect the leaking pipe and plug it up. the gas company estimates the process will take until april. christine soderlund's home is less than two miles from the gas leak. she moved after her children started to get sick with unexplained headaches, nausea and nosebleeds. >> i am worrying about the gas
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i'm worrying about my family's health. >> reporter: there are 115 wells in the hills that you see behind me, including the one that is leaking, and, scott, of those 115, only ten have safety valve shut offs. >> mireya villarreal reporting for us tonight. mireya, thank you. last night, we showed you remarkable pictures of people lining up down the block to collect painkillers at a doctor's office. an office the authorities say is really just a front for drug dealing. well, tonight jim axelrod and producer ashley velie continue their investigation in west virginia, where the state is suing, accusing pharmacists and drug distributors of making millions, pushing narcotics to anyone who wants them. >> reporter: no state has had more trouble with prescription pain pills than west virginia,
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population 400. this undercover video of kermit's main pharmacy shows scores of people picking up prescriptions inside and at the drive-thru window. >> they fill more scripts for oxycodone than all but 21 pharmacies in america. >> reporter: in the country? >> in the country. >> reporter: jim cagle represents the state in the ground-breaking lawsuit against pill mills and wholesale drug distributors. >> what you have is some bad doctors and pharmacies who are willing to turn a blind eye because of the money that's involved. >> reporter: more than three million doses of hydrocodone were ordered by a kermit pharmacist, james willie, in one year. he paid drug distributors hundreds of thousands of dollars, while netting more than $6 million in profit. in 2012, willie lost his license and served six months in prison
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but cagle told us the problem persists. this pharmacy, tug valley, is now being sued for negligently filling prescriptions. records show tug valley was filling more than 150 pain prescriptions a day from one clinic alone. >> hi, you mr. bellengee? i'm jim axelrod with cbs news. we decided to ask owner randy bellengee about the charges. you're named in a lawsuit, alleging substandard care. you have nothing to say to me directly? at his lawyer's direction, he wouldn't respond. >> we would think an alarm bell would go off. >> reporter: west virginia secretary of health karen bowling says until now, the drug distributors have escaped scrutiny. >> if you're a distributor, if you're providing medication to pharmacies, someone would say, wow, this is a lot. what do we need to do about it? >> reporter: that's the premise behind the unprecedented lawsuit.
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distributors are legally bound to report suspicious orders from pharmacies. >> if that distributor has good reason to believe that the prescriptions that are being filled are not for legitimate medical purposes, then they are not to make that delivery. >> they have an obligation? >> they have a duty, yes. >> reporter: amerisource bergen is the third largest drug wholesaler in the country and one of 11 defendants in the state's case. over a five-year period, they filled orders for 118 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, enough to supply every west virginian with 13 pain pills a year. >> that's scary math. >> it is. yes, it is. it is actually the product of what i would refer to as a business plan, a business plan by people that are not honorable people. >> reporter: we reached out to lawyers for amerisource bergen. they told us they couldn't
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litigation. this potentially precedent- setting trial is set to begin in october. >> remarkable reporting, jim. thanks. the military has identified the green beret who was killed tuesday in afghanistan. he's staff sergeant matthew mcclintock of new mexico. he's 30 years old. he leaves a wife and their three-year-old son, declan. mcclintock was killed in a firefight with the taliban on his third combat tour. there's more news ahead. new dietary guidelines from the government won't sit well with anyone who has a sweet tooth. and we'll take a fine italian sports car for a "dive." the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. phil! oh no... (under his breath) hey man! hey peter. (unenthusiastic) oh... ha ha ha! joanne? is that you? it's me... you don't look a day over 70. am i right? r jingle jingle. if you're peter pan, you stay young forever.
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today the government revised its advice for a healthy diet. the headlines -- lean meat and eggs may now be okay, but sugar and salt still bad. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: the new usda guidelines recommend people consume less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars, about 12 teaspoons. less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats, about a fast-food cheeseburger, and less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium, about a teaspoon of table salt. women should consume between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day.
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let's see how this sample of daily meals stacks up. if you have cereal and coffee for breakfast, a cheese wrap for lunch, an apple for a snack, salmon, vegetables and a glass of wine for dinner, add small piece of cake for dessert, you consumed about 2,150 calories. but the soda alone exceeded the recommended sugar limit, and the turkey wrap and chips contain about 1,100 milligrams of sodium, already half of the recommended amount. sharon zarabi is a registered dietitian at lenox hill. is honey added sugar? >> honey is added sugar, although it is natural, but you'll notice that milk products, such as milk or even a yogurt, has 12 grams of sugar per cup, and then when you are making it a fruit-flavored yogurt, that doubles the sugar from 12 to 24 grams per serving. >> reporter: we also asked about foods with unexpectedly high sodium.
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dressing, which is italian, in one bottle can be 450 milligrams of sodium versus 300 milligrams. >> reporter: that's a huge difference. >> yeah. >> reporter: scott, it's so easy to get faked out. you might think this spinach wrap is better than this piece of white bread, but the bread has 90 calories and no saturated fat, and the wrap, 210 calories and two grams of saturated fat, so you have to read the label. >> read the labels. dr. jon lapook. doc, thanks very much. remember an actor that got a lot
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tonight arizona is getting the el nio rains that flooded southern california this week. in san diego, a driver turned a $200,000 lamborghini, the white one there, into a speedboat. but believe it or not, the engine did not stall. and near san francisco, a man watching waves roll in got pounded by one. actor pat harrington has died. he was schneider, the super on "one day at a time." >> i got a little present here for you. it's something that all the ladies in the apartment are
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it's a whisper-silent flush valve for your can. >> pat harrington died of alzheimer's disease. he was 86. in a moment, defying the odds.
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americans pursuing a dream have driven the jackpot for saturday night's powerball to more than $700 million. here's mark strassmann. >> those are the winning numbers right there. >> reporter: not much got done at the office today. >> the winning tickets. >> reporter: everyone was out working on a retirement plan. >> there was definitely a buzz about it. >> reporter: jeff rosen
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atlanta. >> let's look at those numbers one more time. >> reporter: last night's $500 million drawing was the 18th time the jackpot has rolled over since the last winner in november. have you watched it climb 300, 400, 500. >> you drive down the interstate and see those big billboards and you're like, wow. you sit in traffic in the morning and think, "man, if i won that." >> reporter: this $700 million jackpot for a single winner could actually mean a one-time cash option of $428 million. to win, you just got to defy odds of 292 million to one. >> just one? >> reporter: you have a better chance of being hit by lightning while drowning. >> why do i play? because i want money. i only play when it's $700 million. $50 million? i'm not interested. >> reporter: this jackpot is already a record by $110 million, and players in 44 states will drive it higher by
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>> i feel lucky today. >> reporter: which is why so few people felt like working today, and tomorrow's not looking much better. >> we're trying to win the big one. that's it. >> reporter: mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us just a little bit later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. -- captions by vitac
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the is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm elaine quijano. the federal government has come out with its latest guidelines on what you should eat to stay healthy. most will come as no surprise. less sugar, less salt. dr. jonathan lapook has the rest. >> reporter: the new usda guidelines recommend people consume less than 10% of calories a day from added sugar, about 12 teaspoons. less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats, about a fast-food cheeseburger, and less than 2,300 milligrams per day of sodium, about a teaspoon of table salt.
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1,600 and 2,400 calories a day. men, 2,000 to 3,000. let's see how this sample of daily meals stacks up. if you have cereal and coffee for breakfast, a cheese wrap for lunch, an apple for a snack, salmon, vegetables and a glass of wine for dinner, add small piece of cake for dessert, you consumed about 2,150 calories. but the soda alone exceeded the recommended sugar limit, and the turkey wrap and chips contain about 1,100 milligrams of sodium, already half of the recommended amount. sharon zarabi is a registered dietitian at lenox hill. is honey added sugar? >> honey is added sugar, although it is natural, but you'll notice that milk products, such as milk or even a yogurt, has 12 grams of sugar per cup, and then when you are making it a fruit-flavored yogurt, that doubles the sugar from 12 to 24 grams per serving. >> reporter: we also asked about foods with unexpectedly high
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>> the same type of flavor dressing, which is italian, in one bottle can be 450 milligrams of sodium versus 300 milligrams. >> reporter: that's a huge difference. >> yeah. >> reporter: scott, it's so easy to get faked out. you might think this spinach wrap is better than this piece of white bread, but the bread has 70 calories and no saturated fat, and the wrap, 210 calories and two grams of saturated fat, so you have to read the label. dr. jonathan lapook, cbs news, new york. the family of a florida woman who died after being forcibly removed from a hospital by police say they want a federal investigation. barbara dawson went to the e.r. complaining of stomach pains. when the doctors tried to discharge her, she refused to leave. police were called and placed her under arrest for disorderly conduct and trespassing. on the way to the squad car, she collapsed and later died. the family obtained the dash cam
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>> either walk out of here peacefully -- >> oh, my god. >> or i can take you out. >> barbara dawson said she was in pain and couldn't breathe. but officer john tadlock tried to remove her oxygen mask. >> let's take this off. >> you can't take that off! >> i can. >> no, you can't! >> yes, ma'am. you have to leave. >> dawson arrived by ambulance to calhoun liberty hospital eight hours earlier. angela was with her niece throughout the ordeal. >> i said she need her oxygen. no, she don't. she's fine, she's fine. >> leave it alone! i can't even breathe! >> the officer suspected dawson was trying to avoid going to jail. >> put your hands behind your back. >> i can't breathe. >> you seem all right. >> please, i beg you. >> dawson collapsed outside of the hospital just feet from the police car.
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stop you from going to jail. >> she's sick. >> she's okay. >> dawson remained next to the police car for 18 minutes. officer tadlock and medical staff tried to get her in. >> she's just dead weight. >> lay her back. somebody grab her feet. >> minutes later, a doctor demanded dawson be readmitted to the hospital where she died. calhoun liberty hospital said they continue to grieve the loss of the patient and we are setting up a medical and community task force to review best practices and better communication. >> in that tape, she was begging for help. cousin was a pillar of her community. >> everyone knew barbara. she was a jewel. >> benjamin crump is representing dawson's family. >> nobody should die like this. today it was barbara dawson. if we don't speak to this, it will be someone else tomorrow. >> the medical examiner
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clot in her lung. hospital staff said they had not discovered that problem when they discharged her. state and local authorities are investigating. the restaurant chain chipotle is promising to cooperate with a federal criminal investigation into the safety of its food. the probe focuses on a norovirus outbreak at a restaurant in california. the company is reeling after it was linked to outbreaks of food born illnesses in at least nine states last year. police are asking for the public's help in finding a pair of jewelry store robbers who have been terrorizing the south. investigators believe they've hit half a dozen stores in five states. mark strassman reports from just outside of atlanta. >> reporter: this mall is where this string of robberies began last april. these thieves have a plan and they stick to it. find a jewelry store near a highway and hit the store when it first opens and there are no customers.
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of the brazen thieves pulling off the latest heist earlier this week. the woman, believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s, locks the front door at a jared jewelry store in north carolina before making her way to the expensive merchandise. this was after the fbi says she forced two employees into a back room at gunpoint and zip tied their hands. >> federal agents believe the woman and man are behind six heists in georgia, florida, south carolina, tennessee, and north carolina. >> these are very well planned jewelry store robberies. they are not just walking into the jewelry stores. they have some knowledge about the industry. i believe they're possibly bringing them to a larger city such as new york city or some of the larger cities where these theft rings operate from. >> reporter: authorities say the targets. in panama city beach, the woman spoke to an employee the day before she was caught shoving diamonds and watches into a
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she wears gloves to hide any fingerprints, but for some reason has never hidden her face. >> the most challenging part of the case is the pictures are so clear and we have such good surveillance footage that nobody has come forward yet with information to help us identify these people. >> reporter: it's believed the thieves have stolen millions in high end jewelry. they pick stores by the interstate, presumably for an easy escape, using a different car each time to avoid further detection. >> with social media these days, somebody knows who they are. they're using services in the community, such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations. they could be anywhere. >> reporter: again, the fbi is hoping somebody will identify the woman at least very soon, because she's making no effort to hide her face as we've seen that in surveillance video. they're also worried that these thieves are becoming more confident and their robberies could become more risky and violent.
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on the presidential campaign trail, it was standing room only in burlington, vermont for donald trump's latest campaign rally. he continues to hammer rival ted cruz for being born in canada. he said he should go before a judge to determine if he's qualified to be president. major garrett was with the cruz campaign in iowa. >> reporter: ted cruz has argued nine cases before the united state supreme court, graduated with honors from harvard law school and was once a collegiate debate champion. none of that has prepared him for the birther debate now raging with donald trump. or for trump's unsolicited legal
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>> i don't like the issue. i don't like bringing it up. >> reporter: against all evidence, donald trump claims an aversion to birtherism. >> i'm doing this for the good of ted because i like him and he likes me. >> reporter: but for cruz, born in canada to an american mother, the issue is an unwelcome, possibly damaging distraction. >> everybody tells me he had a joint passport. >> reporter: the real estate mogul offered cruz, a harvard trained lawyer, some legal advice. >> go to the federal court to ask for a declaratory judgment. >> reporter: cruz denied having a canadian passport and as a legal matter it is moot. >> as a legal matter, it's straightforward. i would note it's occurred many times in history. john mccain was born in panama, but he was a natural born citizen because his parents were u.s. citizens. >> reporter: but mccain, a frequent opponent of cruz in the senate, offered no help. mccain faced similar questions in 2008 due to his birth on a u.s. military base overseas. >> that's different from being born on foreign soil.
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i am not a constitutional scholar on that, but i think it's worth looking into. >> reporter: in new hampshire, jeb bush called the issue phony. >> this is donald trump trying to put everybody into his own reality tv show. i'm not going to play it. >> reporter: and rand paul says one thing is for certain -- >> he's qualified and eligible to be the prime minister of canada. >> reporter: cruz is in the middle of a week-long bus tour of iowa. hoping to avoid the seeds of doubt trump is trying to plant. cruz's strategy is simple, harvest votes whenever and at whatever quantities he can. the math works this way here in the county, population of about 7,000. four years ago, charlie, rick santorum carried this county with 101 votes. back in washington, vice president joe biden says he still thinks about what might have been. biden decided not to run for
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wasn't in it. now he says "i regret it every day." julianna goldman has the story. >> reporter: the vice president did a round of interviews to talk about president obama's executive actions on gun control, but just months after announcing he wouldn't challenge hillary clinton for democratic nomination, the vice president made clear it's still something he thinks about daily. >> i regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and me. >> reporter: in an interview with wvit, vice president joe biden conceded he still is conflicted about his decision not to run for president. >> i plan on staying deeply involved. we've got two good candidates. there's a real robust debate between hillary and bernie. >> reporter: biden's remarks come nearly three months after announcing he would not run for president. >> i believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the
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>> reporter: the vice president always said it was the grief over the death of his son, bo, from brain cancer that made the decision so difficult. >> i went out to denver and landed at a military base and met a whole group of militay families. and a guy in the back yells, "major bo biden, served with him in iraq." all of a sudden, i lost it. >> reporter: days after he announced he wouldn't seek the white house, he said how his son felt about him running. >> some people have written that, you know, bo on his deathbed said dad, you've got to run and there was this hollywood moment. nothing like that ever, ever happened. as a matter of fact, it was the -- almost the opposite at that point. it was almost, dad, you've got to stay strong, because the family is going to look to you, dad. winter has finally arrived on the east coast, and that's good news for ski resorts.
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much fresh powder. but at least it's cold enough to make snow. don dahler went for a couple of runs. >> reporter: these are the days i really hate my job. shawnee mountain was covered with snow by thanksgiving the past two years. but now because of this heat wave we've been going through in december, they've had a hard time getting people on the slopes until january. now, though, it got cold and skiers are rejoicing. for this group of joyful skiers, you can mark january 6th as the best day of the year. that's because snow has finally arrived on the poconos' shawnee mountain. well, not real snow, but a machine made blend of water and compressed air that's now covering a third of the slopes thanks to frigid temperatures. >> we're anxious to get the season started. it's been a little tough go this year. >> reporter: jim tust is a
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35-year career here there hasn't been a season quite like this. >> tourism is the most important here. >> reporter: but from a cabin named hope, he looked toward the righter and colder future this winter and his machines could deliver. it has to feel good to look out and see these machines blowing snow. >> it's terrific. i live close by and i can hear them at night. i listen to that at home. i know just from experience when it's really making good snow. we're optimistic. three quarters of the season lies ahead, so we're looking forward to a good january and february. >> reporter: but december disappointed just about every ski resort in the northeast where the number of usable trails is only 43%. compare that to 99% that's skiable out west. this is footage of my family skiing in wyoming a few weeks ago, where the snow was over 11 feet deep. you can blame this boom or bust
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pattern, which kept temperatures high and dry in the east. this late-season freeze hasn't only held up those eager to hit the slopes, but nearly every local business connected to the >> it's not close to what it was last year. >> reporter: nicolette works at the starting gate action reports where sales have not only stalled but dropped 75% compared to a year ago. and for those resort employees as seasonal as the snow, it's been no vacation. >> the past year, to open this late, it took a toll on us. >> reporter: nicole fox is a seasonal employee who went more than a month without pay. what is it like for you when you haven't gotten that phone call and january comes around? >> what it's like for me, it's just hard. i'm not used to starting this
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it's hard and there's bills to be paid. >> that's the one that hurts the most, having to tell people, gee, we just don't have work yet. >> reporter: but in winter's long awaited arrival, jim tust sees an opportunity for crowds looking to make up for lost time. >> calling in sick to school. i hope that's okay. take a snow day. it's all right with me. >> reporter: a lot of resorts are offering online incentives to convince people that even though it hasn't been snowing, it doesn't mean you can't come the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. but there's a difference between the omega-3s in fish oil in megared krill oil. unlike fish oil, megared is easily absorbed by your body... your heart, well, mega-happy. happier still, megared is proven to increase omega-3 levels in 30 days. megared.
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when you think of men's fashion, you probably think of suits, ties, a nice leather jacket. but as jamie wax reports, the fastest growing trend in men's wear is the festive sock. >> very colorful. >> reporter: there is a revolution afoot. >> wow! these are great. >> reporter: a revolution deep in the sole of men's fashion. we just want to see your socks. a revolution in socks. oh, wow! banana socks. >> socks are really easy fix to spice up your wardrobe. >> i really love the gown. pleased with the statement he's seen. has it surprised even you that socks have become such a big thing? >> it has, actually. in terms of this trend
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the gateway drug to men's fashion. anything that gives guys the courage to want to be more daring in their fashion choices, that's a really cool thing. >> reporter: one man driving the sock revolution is the always dapper dwyane wade. >> you think about socks and the black socks with the gold toe. >> that's all i used to have. >> right. >> wade, fadeaway. >> reporter: the 11-time all-star has his own line of fashion socks that he helps design. >> this is an accessory for men that we can have a cool moment underneath our pants or on our feet that we feel a little extra about our outfit. when you're able to spend $14, $15 on socks different from a watch. >> reporter: wade's socks are created for the california based company stance. so this is the house that socks built. >> yes. >> reporter: which john wilson helped found after surveying the bland landscape below men's
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>> the category itself was asleep. >> reporter: literally white space. white socks. >> white and black space. space with bold colors and patterns. they made mismatched pairs a marketing tool. they went for fun and quirky and introduced a line for those looking to step into a galaxy far, far away. and then there is basketball. on the court, where shoes have always been king, stance wants fans to see beyond or underneath the sneaker. >> it is literally a game changer. >> reporter: as of this season, stance is the official sock supplier to the nba. and though the details aren't public, stance will have its logo on all the shins in basketball. how much has the nba deal represented to you as a company
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>> it's been a huge contributor of growth, and it's a good chunk of our overall revenue. that's the kind of deal that you want. >> reporter: the sock market is a multibillion dollar business. more than $5.5 billion worldwide. so entrepreneurs are dipping their toes in. >> i think not a lot of people say, i'm going to refresh my whole sock drawer. >> reporter: but e-tail company nice laundry hopes to refresh sock collections. they only sell socks in bundles. the loud. and they urge customers to dabble in them all. go buy socks one by one. you go through five or six pairs in a week, so we bundle >> reporter: naturally, there are holdouts. not everyone has gotten the wear your fancily socks memo. which begs a question -- do you think this trend in men's socks is here to stay?
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author mitch albom has sold 35 million copies of his book. his latest work focuses on how we can touch others with our talents once we discover what those talents are. jim axelrod has the story. >> reporter: before tuesday's with mory became one of the best selling memoirs of all time and the "five people you meet in heaven" sold 10 million copies in 35 different languages, mitch albom's dreams had nothing to do with writing. >> i was a musician when i began and i always quamt -- wanted to be a musician. i always thought that's where my i never wrote anything. >> reporter: the piano player
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joint he could, while he knocked on record company's doors and got them all slammed in his face. was it painful when it didn't happen? >> yeah, it was the first time in my life that all the lights hadn't turned green. >> reporter: failure became fuel. in large part your trajectory was set my failure. >> yeah. the effort that i put in to achieve what i've been able to do in the world of writing is the direct result of my failure. it took a long time before music wasn't a wound for me. time has healed that. and i can take joy in music again. >> reporter: the result is his latest book, "the magic strings of frankie presto." >> i created this character that is so pure in his musical talent that his guitar string turns blue when he changes someone's life. and he gets six chances in life to change six lives. everyone joins a band in life. only some of them play music. that's the truth.
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>> reporter: it's as much a project as a book. for a companion cd, albom gets real-life musicians to offer their takes on frankie's fictional songs. >> every time he hit a note his heart was breaking. >> frankie had a hit song career. he had a number of hits that i invented. i came up with the name and lyrics. these artists took the name, the lyrics, and the year the song was supposed to have come out and made a song. essentially they remade songs that never existed. is there a chance that some day >> reporter: among those playing on the cd, the author and his wife. finally, albom has an album. you can die happy. >> yeah. i was already going to die happy, but i can die happier and with a soundtrack now. >> that's the "overnight news"
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