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there is concern freezing rain could bring down power lines. in chicago, holiday shopping downtown could be affected tomorrow by a large protest over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. small, mostly peaceful demonstrations. this followed the release of a video showing officer jason van dyke shooting laquan mcdonald 16 times. van dyke has been charged with murder. in minneapolis, protesters and community groups shared thanksgiving dinner outside a police station. the protesters have been camped out there for more than a week after 24-year-old jamar clark was shot and killed during a struggle with police. some witnesses said clark was handcuffed at the time. the police deny that. in africa, the pope calls for peace between christians and muslims.
right back. pope francis is preaching a message of peace on his first visit to africa. he said his first mass there today in kenya. he'll also be making stops in uganda and the central african republic. allen pizzey is with the pope in nairobi. >> reporter: the traditional african welcome was a joyous reflection of how pope francis' message is being received. a kenyan newspaper summed it up as "our politicians could learn a thing or two from him." on his first trip to africa, francis urged kenyans to help bridge the increasingly violent divisions between muslims and christians. all too often, he said, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear. kenya suffered at the hands of islamic extremists which the al-shabaab militia slaughtered
147 mainly christian students at a university earlier this year and then killed 67 people in an attack on a shopping mall here in 2013. francis called the attacks barbarous, and said that god's name must never be used to justify hatred and violence. there are fears that the pope himself could be a prime target. some 10,000 police and army troops are on duty. rain turned the grounds where today's mass was held into a quagmire, but rain is also considered a blessing here, so it didn't dampen the mood. and using words that will resonate with the deeply conservative african catholic church, francis called on kenyans to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn. pope francis is also using this trip to push his message of concern for the environment, but in a region wracked by ethnic and interreligious violence, it is inevitably his calls for peace and reconciliation that
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seth doane visited the world's largest drone manufacturer. >> reporter: these days, drones are being used to survey farmers' fields or a football team's defensive line, and are replacing humans in high-risk tasks. and one company, dji, produces 70% of all civilian drones in >> we're an international company. >> reporter: that china part is not highlighted by dji public relations director michael perry. there are americans who are concerned when every other chinese company that controls this much of the market. >> we have an international footprint that reflects our international character. >> reporter: but dji now has to contend with islamic militants using drones on the battlefield. is there a moral dilemma when your drone is being used by terrorists like isis? >> it's certainly something that we think about, but as we're going along, we're looking at options for optimizing it
specifically for creativity and innovation. >> reporter: that's where product designer paul pan comes in. product you never want to handicap the product. >> reporter: pan explained how using gps technology, dji can program drones so they cannot fly near sensitive sites, but security concerns were raised when a dji drone landed near the white house in january. is it bad for business when one of your drones shows up on the white house lawn? >> it is bad in that we feel that there is only so much that we can do to control the aircraft, but then it's really coming down to education, what you should and shouldn't do. >> reporter: regulators are playing catch-up with drone technology. what do you really wish a drone could do that it just can't do? >> if i can take the flying camera and have it autonomously do its own thing. if i say, "follow me all day and don't bump into anything" that would be the ultimate product.
that's next. this is not what you want to see at the airport. alaska airlines workers were seen throwing luggage at the san jose airport on tuesday -- in what seemed to be a competition for the longest toss. turns out, the suitcase did not belong to a passenger. it was filled with magazines. still, the airline said they shouldn't have done it at the airport. upon further review, this may not have been the best idea. the washington redskins tweeted out, "happy thanksgiving" along with the team's controversial logo. many native american groups have
been pushing for the team to change its name. one follower called the team the most tone deaf company in america. in his radio address today, president obama said thanksgiving is a day for food and football. it was also a day to say thank you. he telephoned 10 members of the military this morning from the oval office to wish them a happy holiday and thank them for their service. when it was time for dinner at the white house, the menu included turkey, ham, and prime rib. two kinds of stuffing and potatoes. a variety of veggies, mac and cheese, and six pies. we'll take them alphabetically. apple, banana, cherry, coconut, pecan, and pumpkin. in case you're wondering, presidents pay for their food at the white house. yesterday, the president gave two turkeys a second chance. now some fruits and vegetables
that story is next. finally tonight, in this land of plenty, plenty goes to waste. a lot of produce is discarded simply because it is, well, odd looking. a california business came up with the perfect solution. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: when it's packing day at a company called imperfect produce, things that are particularly imperfect get special attention. let's just take a look at this. >> that's a fun one. legs crossed there. >> reporter: the weirdest are set aside for photographer roopam lumia. >> i got the persimmon that has a little bit of a nose. >> reporter: her photos are posted online, building a social media following. it's a harvest of fame. you call these your celebrities. >> these are our imperfect celebrities and what we like to call them are the stars of the show. >> reporter: these stars are
part of an effort to convince food buyers that what counts is how something tastes, not how it looks. >> reporter: that little imperfection, retailers and food service will reject it. >> reporter: ron clark is cofounder of imperfect produce, which buys fruits and vegetables that farmers can't sell to supermarkets because it isn't perfect. >> look, look, what's wrong? just that little imperfection means you're not going to get to eat this. >> reporter: if not for clark's company, much of the food would end up at the dump. each year, some six billion pounds of food farmers can't sell or give away to food banks ends up as waste. >> it's always amazed me how much has been thrown away and i've always had, you know, a soft spot for trying to feed more people with less. >> reporter: imperfect produce has been in business for just four months. already it sells more than 10,000 pounds a week to customers who pay about half the usual price for taking something unusual.
i would think if you found that in a supermarket, somebody would say, "wow, look at that!" >> it's a piece of art, made by farmers. >> reporter: it turns out the old adage that beauty is only skin deep is equally true for a potato. john blackstone, cbs news, emeryville, california. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jericka duncan. germany is joining the battle against the islamic state. prime minister angela merkel wants to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and warships to aid the international coalition. the plan still has to be approved by the german parliament, but that's expected within the next few days. french president francois hollande is in moscow for meetings with russian president vladamir putin. putin said he's ready to cooperate with france and the u.s. in the battle against the islamic state but says he's still waiting for an apology from turkey for shooting down a russian fighter plane. turkey's president said he telephoned putin, who wouldn't take the call. holly williams reports from istanbul.
russia are pushing their version of events, following the shooting down of that russian warplane. turkey said the plane strayed just over a mile into its air space for just 17 seconds. and now turkey has released this muffled and distorted audio recording, which it says is one of ten warnings given to the russian pilots. [ speaking in foreign language ] the russian pilot who survived has told joumpbl -- journalists and did not cross into turkish air space. now, this looked like a very dangerous situation just 24 hours ago, with one of the russian pilots killed and the russian president, vladamir putin, threatening serious consequences. but it's now clear that all of the parties involved in this drama, including turkey's nato ally, the u.s., want to avoid a conflict. but that doesn't solve the underlying problem, which is the syrian civil war.
the u.s., russia, turkey, iran, and other countries have all taken sides in syria's war. and now they're being drawn deeper into the conflict and perhaps closer to a conflict with each other. the hunt for two suspects in the paris terror attacks continues across europe. but in the belgian capital things are returning to normal. debora patta reports from brussels. >> reporter: for the fifth day, police raided neighborhoods around the capital, part of the ongoing investigation into the paris attacks which killed 130. and tonight, one person was arrested in the raids. the terror threat in brussels has been reduced to level three, which means an attack is still possible, but no longer imminent. brussels has been on virtual lockdown for the past week. schools were closed. so were subways and some stores. public gatherings were banned. andre, the former head of the
government's intelligence unit that tracked islamic extremists, he told us the government may have overreacted initially, or that the police raids have turned up new details. "information from the raids may have shown that the terrorists have left the country," he said. "or that they don't have weapons." [ gunfire ] police are still hunting for two paris suspects, salah abdeslam and mohammed abrini. they both lived in the brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, which has gained a reputation for being a jihadi hotbed. a month before the attacks, the mayor received a list of 80 militants from belgian lists. salah abdeslam was on the list, so was the suspected ringleader, abdelhamid abaaoud. but she says it was not her job "it is up to the federal police," she said, "to carry out actions like identification,
arrest, and interrogation." and she claimed police had received the same information. two weeks on, police are still no closer to finding salah abdeslam. the country's justice minister says he must have a large terror cell assisting him, because it would be impossible for him to hide for this long on his own. in northern iraq, u.s. air strikes continue to pound islamic state positions, helping kurdish forces retake territory from the terror group. but the kurds are also getting help on the ground. some u.s. veterans are returning to the war zone as volunteer soldiers. charlie d'agata in irbil met some of these americans. >> reporter: as far as these guys are concerned, air strikes have made a huge difference on the battlefield. they say when isis hears planes, they run. but for the first time as u.s. soldiers, they have found themselves outgunned. [ gunfire ] the explosion caught the
[ gunfire continues ] for these former u.s. soldiers, it's a return to a deadly war zone. but this time, they're fighting alongside kurdish peshmerga forces. they're volunteers in the battle against isis, also known as daesh, who have dug in around >> we have daesh to the left in the village when you get all the way up here. are you all still good back there? >> this is an isis flag i captured on my first offensive. >> reporter: ohio native chris kidd was a marine sergeant in 2004 and fought in some of the fiercest battles of the iraq war. >> to see isis take over iraq, we didn't fight and die for
nothing. >> reporter: so kidd sold his house and quit his job to join the new war against isis. he's teamed up with about ten u.s. vets, including this former army lieutenant from arkansas. he wears a body camera on each raid to protect his family, we agreed not to use his name. >> they thought i was crazy at first for coming out here. but they're supportive now. >> reporter: they still think you're crazy? >> yeah, probably. >> reporter: the men told us they're in it for the long haul. we met a couple of guys from boston. i asked them what they missed most about home. they said watching the patriots this season. pope francis continues his tour of africa today. the six-day pilgrimage is his first visit to africa. allen pizzey reports. >> reporter: the traditional african welcome is a joyous reflection of how pope francis' message is being received. the kenyan newspaper summed it up as, our politicians could
learn a thing or two from him. on his first trip to africa, francis urged kenyans to help bridge the increasingly violent divisions between muslims and christians. all too often, he said, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear. kenya suffered at the hands of islamic extreme uss when the el shabab militia slaughtered 147 mainly christian students at the university earlier this year, and killed 67 people in an attack on a shopping mall in 2013. he called the attacks barbarous. en and said god's name must and violence. there are fears that the pope himself could be a prime target and some 10,000 police and army troops are on duty. pope francis is also using this trip to push his message of concern for the environment. but in a region racked by ethnic and interreligious violence, it is inevitably his calls for peace and reconciliation that
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tech giants like google, facebook, paypal and apple are trying to turn your cell phone into a digital wallet. to catch on, but half a world away in kenya, digital currency is already big business. leslie stahl reports for "60 minutes." >> reporter: in a bus station in nairobi, buses were not only loaded with humans and cargo, but with cash. it used to be the only way for people working in the cities to get money to relatives back in their remote villages. >> you give the cash to the bus driver and say when you get up to the village there, you will see someone at the crossroads.
the money evaporates. >> reporter: bob coleymore, the ceo of kenya's largest cell phone provider, says his company sought to solve the problem. while a majority of kenyans don't have a bank account, 8 in 10 have access to a cell phone. so in 2007, the company started offering a way to use that cell phone to send and receive cash. they call it m-pesa. m stands for mobile. pesa is money in swahili. >> it is often referred to as kenyan's alternative currency, but safer and more secure. >> reporter: you're texting money. >> you're effectively texting money. >> reporter: how sophisticated is the phone that you use for m-pesa? is it a smartphone? >> no, it's the cheapest phone you can have. it's designed to work at the lowest level of technology. >> hello. how are you? >> reporter: to get this currency, you go to an m-pesa
shillings, about $30 in cash, and she converts it to virtual currency on my account. this is pretty easy. it's not like opening a bank account. there are 85,000 agents like her across kenya, creating a giant grid of human atms. for most, this is a side business. so a pharmacy will sell m-pesa. or a roadside spice shop. this barber will give you a shave and m-pesa. and yes, you can even buy m-pesa here. >> you don't need the branches. atm windows. >> absolutely not. >> reporter: scrolling down the options, you can send money, withdraw cash, pay a bill or buy goods and services. and everyone uses a pin number for security. but this is not like paying with your smartphone in the u.s., because our devices are linked to a bank account or credit
most kenyans who use m-pesa don't have a bank account. the phone is it. >> now you can spend that 3,000 shillings on anything. >> reporter: shopping in the name of journalism. i like this. can i pay you on m-pesa? >> yeah. >> reporter: daniel says kenyans use it for everything from taxis to taxes. is it safer for you and for me >> yeah, it's very safe. >> reporter: do you use m-pesa to buy gas for the car? >> absolutely. >> reporter: do you pay all your bills with m-paca? >> most of my bills. in fact, i rarely go to the bank nowadays. >> reporter: at my destination, i tried using my phone money. daniel, you are my first -- >> customer. >> reporter: i typed in his phone number and amount. the fare was 700 shillings, or
i'm going to give you 1,000. >> thank you very much. god bless you. god bless you. >> reporter: now my pin number. >> don't tell me that. >> reporter: no, i'm not going to tell you. >> that is top secret. >> reporter: what do i do now? >> accept. >> reporter: okay. it worked. and now i'm going to spend some more money. hello, how are you? i love these bags. how much is this one? next, i buy a bag at angie's shop with m-pesa. do you use it a lot in the store? >> yeah. it's like having a bank in your pocket. >> reporter: this is really easy, now that -- it's the second time i've done it. i've sent it. wow. >> wonderful. >> reporter: my shopping ended with animals. no, i'm not buying a giraffe. but you can use your phone to
while most transactions here are still in cash, m-pesa is used by 90% of the adults. this technology was invented in england. but it's here in kenya where innovation using m-pesa is taking off. we visiting the i-hub in nairobi where local technology startups are inventing new ways to use mobile money. >> that mobile money system acts as a terrific platform, which a lot of other innovations has used as a springboard. the new phrase around town is the silicon savannah. >> reporter: the silicon savannah? >> yes. you have the silicon valley. here you have the silicon savannah. >> reporter: tuesday with m-pesa, they can get their salaries directly sent to their
interest on their cell phones. we went mary, a dairy farmer who sells milk in m-pesa, pays her farm hands with it, and even got a loan the buy more cows in m-pesa. just a couple of buttons and you buy a new cow? >> yeah. >> reporter: actually, mary was able to buy two new cows and got a much better rate than she would have at a bank. since the transaction was by phone, there was hardly any overhead. so it sounds like you're rapidly increasing your business. i'm increasing my business. >> reporter: business is good? >> yes, very good. >> reporter: we were surprised how much it's changed life for the poor. in a slum south of nairobi, we met a pig farmer, steven. before m-pesa, like most kenyans, he had no electricity. he used to rely on a kerosene lamp for light.
cause fires, and at $200 a year, kerosene wasn't cheap. but steven recently upgraded. he got solar power and his first pretty good. it's lighting your room. >> yes, it light the room all over. >> reporter: a company invented a way to provide inexpensive power to the slums using m-pesa. so where is the panel? is it up there? >> yeah, the panel is up there. >> reporter: can you show it to me? >> yeah, i can. let me show you. here it is. >> reporter: oh, my goodness, it's little. >> reporter: the unit costs about $180, less than kerosene, but still out of steven's price range for a single purchase. but he paid only $35 up front, and then 40 cents a day in m-pesa for a year. and he never has to leave the farm. all he does is click the
phone, which activates a chip attached to the panel to turn it on. when you're finished paying it off -- >> it should be mine. no more cost. >> reporter: the solar panel has changed his life. he can tend to his pigs at night and his children can study indoors without breathing toxic kerosene fumes. past efforts to introduce solar panels to the slums failed. in part because they were stolen. this has been solved because the same chip that turns the panel on can also disable it. so if you don't pay up, they turn your lights off, they have the ability to turn it off? >> once i don't pay, they don't have to come to me. the light just goes off. >> reporter: providing drinking water is another way m-pesa is making a difference. nearly a third of kenyans do not have access to clean water, often relying on a river or
water trucked in by donkey. but this village got a new pump for its well. villagers pay for clean water by texting m-pesa to this meter box, which unclocks the pump. >> you can see the pull report on our website, cbsnews.com. the "overnight news" will be right back.'s get these dayquil liquid gels and go. but these liquid gels are new. mucinex fast max. it's the same difference. these are multi-symptom. well so are these. this one is max strength and fights mucus. uh...think fast! you dropped something. oh...i'll put it back on the shelf... new from mucinex fast max. the only cold and flu liquid gel that's max-strength and fights mucus. start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. phil! oh no... (under his breath) hey man! hey peter. (unenthusiastic) oh... ha ha ha! joanne? is that you? it's me...
in northern california, a group of girl scouts decided they were through selling cookies and wanted to learn to light fires and pitch tents. scout events and petitioned the local scouts to let them join. so far, the answer is no. mireya villarreal reports. >> reporter: they call their group the unicorns. these six young girls are teaching themselves how to build a campfire, because they say it's the sort of thing they didn't learn in the girl scouts. >> i got jealous of what my brother got to do, because he's a boy scout. >> reporter: they decided they were more interested in what the boys were doing, so last fall they started participating in activities alongside a local boy scout troop. >> i really like competitions and i really enjoy competitive nature and also working in teams. so being in boy scouts gave me the opportunity to work with
competitive nature. >> reporter: they got so good at competing with the boys, this past spring they won second place in a major scouting competition with other boy scout groups. do you think that that maybe was hard for some of the boys to take? >> yes. i think they were all a little surprised that we could do the same things that they could. >> reporter: news of the girl's participation reached the boy scout's council which barred them from further scouting activities last month. >> they're just being discriminatory and not nice. >> reporter: that's a big word, discriminatory. what makes you think that? >> because we're girls, they're saying because we're a different gender, we shouldn't be allowed, i guess, to do the same thing boys can. >> reporter: how does that make you feel? >> kind of sad, mad. >> reporter: her mom, herself a boy and girl scout leader, helped the girls formally apply
last week they were rejected. >> i don't think that having girls join and having a coed program necessarily destroys that tradition. >> reporter: in a statement, the boy scouts of america tells cbs "this morning" we understand the values and the lessons of scouting are attractive to the entire family. however, cub scouts and boy scouts are year-round programs for boys and young men. the girls claim the local scout council is breaking its own policy that bars discrimination based on gender. yet the federal title nine law that prohibits such prejudice contains a specific exemption for the boy scouts. >> the boy scouts have such a long standing tradition. this is hard for people. >> yeah. it's understandable, because they've been this way for 100 years. >> but i think they should at least try to accept some change. >> change is good. >> reporter: for "cbs this
>> the "cbs overni a turkey dinner on thanksgiving usually gives way to dessert, namely apple and pumpkin buy. but in boston, it's always time for the official state dessert, the boston cream pie. susan spencer went to one restaurant where it's always on the menu. >> reporter: what is not to like here? >> absolutely. >> reporter: executive chef gerard tice makes life in the kitchen look easy as pie. specifically, boston cream pie. essentially we're talking butter, chocolate, cream, sugar. what could possibly go wrong with that? >> nothing. it's a wonderful dessert. >> reporter: wonderful, yes. and completely misnamed. it isn't a pie at all. >> no, it's a cake. >> reporter: where did that come from?
baked in pie shells. >> reporter: two pie shells actually for two yellow sponge cakes. held together in pastry cream, covered in chocolate and coated with almonds. >> we actually became the state dessert in 1996. >> reporter: congratulations. >> yes, absolutely. >> who knew? >> reporter: you heard right, boston cream pie is the official state dessert of massachusetts. >> boston baked beans, boston terriers, boston cream pie. what is it about this particular dessert that you think appeals to people around here? >> it's simple flavors that bring you back to your childhood, really. >> reporter: it's remained more or less the same way since it was invented over a century ago, at this very hotel. whose kitchen has had some famous and unlikely employees. >> malcolm x was a busboy here. >> reporter: this is hard to believe. >> ho chi minh worked in the
>> reporter: soho chi min conceivably could have based a boston cream pie and malcolm m presumeably could have cleaned up. >> yes. >> reporter: i happen to have a plate. >> and i happen to have your boston cream pie. >> reporter: the proof is in the pudding. that's good. or in this case, the pie. mmm. i have to keep making it just to make sure it's still good. >> of course. about 80% of the people that order dessert, order boston cream pie. >> reporter: a little cash cow. as the chef and the entire state of massachusetts will tell you, it's worth every calorie laden penny. what comes to mind immediately when i say boston cream pie this >> creamy, silky, smooth, chocolatey, heavy. >> reporter: not to overstate it. >> no. >> reporter: heaven. >> heaven.