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i was up on my roof with my hose watering everything, and then i was down in the living room trying to collect picture albums and loading the car. >> fleeing fire. california wildfires force thousands to evacuate. crash control. two air traffic controllers removed from duty following last week's midair collision. and pariah to player, a second chance for michael vick. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm priya david in for michelle guillen. this morning, thousands of firefighters are battling to control at least four wildfires in california.
the worst just north of santa cruz has forced more than 2,000 residents to evacuate their home. at least two structures have been damaged. the lockheed fire has already scorched 3,000 acres and is growing. kpix reports. >> reporter: all day long firefighters have been waiting, waiting for the fire to burn down the rugged terrain and come to them. well, here it is. do you think you'll be able to save this house? >> we'll give it our best shot. that's all we can do. >> reporter: for most of the day, the only safe way to fight the flames was from the air. >> we have a steep hillside here. there's no way we could get up there and fight the fire. >> we're helping another community out. other residents, this is their home, this is their neighborhood. just like if it was my home, we come out here and do the best we can with what we have. >> reporter: the strategy now is to remove debris and combustibles from around the home so that, if the fire comes this far, there's less to burn.
wet everything down, and there's a chance the house will make it. break, toss, spray. at this point, it's all about defense. >> we've really given it a good chance. we have the fire engines here with the hose, so we'll do the best we can. >> reporter: but no guarantees? >> there's no guarantees. >> reporter: for stephan walters, life in the mountains is about responsibility. he evacuated his wife and four cats, and now he's come back to save a home that he's just renting. with you out here with this fire, are you brave, crazy, or stupid? >> i think a little bit of all. it's stupid if i put my life on the line. believe me, if the fire comes anywhere and it's rolling more than three feet high, i'm gone. >> reporter: as stephan says, it's not about bravery, it's about doing the right thing. firefighters tell us fire is creeping along the ground slowly, making it much easier to fight. that is relatively speaking, good news. i'm ket do for cbs news.
for michael vick, the city of brotherly love is also the city of redemption. the former star quarterback who was convicted of running a dogfighting operation has signed a two-year deal to play with the philadelphia eagles. vick serve the 18 months in federal prison and was suspended indefinitely by the nfl. in an interview to air sunday on "60 minutes," vick told james brown he accepted responsibility for his actions. >> it was wrong, j.b., and, you know, i feel -- you know, i feel tremendous hurt about what happened. i should have took the initiative to stop it all, and i didn't. i didn't step up. i wasn't a leader. >> so for the cynics who will say, you know what, i don't know. michael vick might be more concerned about the fact that his career was hurt than dogs were hurt. >> i don't -- i mean, football don't even matter. >> you can see vick's entire
interview this sunday on "60 minutes." it's reported this morning that former senator john edwards will admit he's the father of his mistress' daughter. last year he admitted to the affair with a campaign photographer but denied fathering her child. a federal grand jury is investigating whether campaign funds were illegally paid to rielle hunter to keep her quiet. raleigh station wral heard edwards' admission of paternity could come before the end of the investigation. stunning news concerning last week's midair collision over new york's hudson river. the air traffic controller in charge of the small plane was on the phone at the time. he's been suspended along with his supervisor. susan roberts is in washington and has details. susan, good morning. >> reporter: pri ya, good morning to you. the faa says the actual employee's actions did not appear to contribute to the accident itself. still their attention to the job at hand is what is at stake.
two air traffic employees have been suspended in connection with last week's deadly crash over new york's hudson river. >> i saw the last of it, and i saw something explode and then something fall after that. so i would hurry. >> reporter: nine people died saturday when a small plane collided with a tour helicopter. the faa now says the air traffic controller handling the plane was having "inappropriate conversations on the phone" at the time of the accident. he has been placed on administrative leave with pay. also suspend, a supervisor who was required to be in the building but had left np 'a statement, the faa said, "while we have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable." the faa has already begun disciplinary proceedings against the individuals, but the national air traffic controllers association says the agency should conduct a full investigation before taking any additional action. according to a senior faa official, just before the crash, the employee who was on the
phone handed off control to another airport, newark liberty international. he had also reportedly told the pilot about the transfer. but investigators claim the pilot never contacted newark. >> newark never had a transmission from the accident pilot. we need to understand what's happening during that time sequence. >> reporter: piecing together those last few minutes could be critical in determining whether anyone could have prevented the tragic accident and if any lives could have been saved. the ntsb learned of the phone conversations earlier this week. air traffic controllers are expected to be alert at all times while on duty and typically are given about a 15-minute break roughly every two hours for that reason. priya? >> susan roberts in washington, thanks. on the "cbs money watch," mixed results for asian stocks this morning. claire leka is here in new york with more. >> good morning to you. asian markets did close out the week mostly higher in the end overnight.
japan's benchmark nikkei rose .75%. hong kong stocks packed on a fraction. on wall street, optimism about the fed's outlook for the economy overshadowed disappointing news on retail sales. the dow jones industrial average starts the day up 36 points. the tech heavy nasdaq added nearly 11. this morning investors will be poring over reports on consumer sentiment, industrial brux, and consumer prices. july consumer prices are expected to come in unchanged as inflation remains under wraps. it turns out video games aren't recession proof. according to mdp group, sales fell for the fifth straight month, skidding 26% in july. a number of sales faced bishopers still battling a tough economy. hardware like the playstation 3, xbox 360, and the nintendo wii fared even worse, falling 23%.
air travel will get more personal as we now have to provide our birth date and our gender to book a flight. it's the tsa's new program called secure flight. for many passengers already taking off their shoes, unpacking their laptops, and putting their toiletries in little plastic bags, this latest security requirement is no big deal. the demand for birth dates and gender information is part of a shift that now has the government and not airlines in charge of checking passenger names against the watch list, a key recommendation of the 9/11 commission. and all you can fly for $599. that's the new promotion making a big splash from jet blue. here's how it works. you must buy the special pass between now and august 21st. then you can fly anywhere the airline goes virtually as often as you'd like from september 8th to october 8th, and there are no blackout dates. however, flights must be booked no later than 1:59 a.m. eastern time three days before the
flight's scheduled departure. so, priya, if you have time to travel and can squeeze in at least two or three trips, it could end up paying off for you. >> certainly seems like a tempting deal. claire leka here in new york, thanks so much. just ahead on the morning news, joyful remembrances at the wake for eunice kennedy shriver. later in sports, tiger woods takes the early lead at the pga. first, though, katie couric has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> it was the concert that defined a generation, spreading a message of peace and love. now 40 years later, a rocking fight rages over where it really took place. finding woodstock in "assignment america" tonight only on the "cbs evening news." every day about 30 women in the u.s. learn
that they have cervical cancer. that's why i chose to get my daughter vaccinated. i chose to get my daughter vaccinated when her doctor and i agreed that the right time to protect her is now. because it's about prevention. (nice) gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against four types of hpv. two types that cause seventy percent of cervical cancer and two more types that
cause other hpv diseases. i chose to get my daughter vaccinated because the cdc recommends that girls her age get vaccinated. gardasil does not treat cervical cancer or other hpv diseases. side effects include: pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. gardasil is not for women who are pregnant. gardasil may not fully protect everyone and does not prevent all kinds of cervical cancer, so it's important to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. i chose to get my daughter vaccinated because i want her to be one less woman affected by cervical cancer. one less. gardasil. ask your daughter's doctor about gardasil. 18 years after a navy fighter pilot michael scott speicher was shot down in the first hours of the persian gulf war, his remains are finally home. speicher's casket was flown
yesterday to the jacksonville naval air station in florida and taken to the base chapel. speicher's f-18 jet went down in iraq in 1991, but the crash site and his grave were found only last month. a funeral is planned today in jacksonville. also today, a private funeral is set in hyannis, massachusetts, for eunice kennedy shriver, who died tuesday at age 88. as christina hager of our boston station wbz reports, the kennedys celebrated shriver's life yesterday at a public wake on cape cod. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ >> reporter: it is storytelling time at eunice kennedy shriver's church, and in the tradition of the irish wake, a lot of laughter. >> i'm bobby kennedy, and excuse my voice. i was eunice's godchild, i think her favorite godson. >> reporter: the world may have known her as a great political
and social advocate, founder of the special olympics, but on this day, her nephew bobby is remembering more personal eccentriciti eccentricities. her lack of modesty. >> when we were kids, and she would change on the island, there was no place to go behind a tree or anything. she would just take off her clothes. and everybody would go, eunice. she would say, if you don't like it, don't look. >> i was the one who was forced to hold the towel in front of mother. >> every single story bobby kennedy just told is not true. >> reporter: it is a glimpse into another side of the kennedy clan, cousins ribbing and teasing. >> i get the feeling that we could be here all night long telling eunice stories, don't you? >> reporter: ted kennedy jr., whose father, senator ted kennedy, could not make it to his sister's wake. instead staying at the family's compound as he battles brain cancer.
>> eunice and my dad just loved each other so, so much. >> reporter: there were special olympians she inspired along with dignitaries and stars. oprah winfrey, devaluvall patri. but her husband said it was her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren that were her greatest accomplish the. >> you have cardinals and priests here with people walking in off the beach in shorts and in flip-flops. that was mother. she didn't care what she looked like. she cared about what was in you. ♪ i will remember you will you remember me ♪ a magicad where all your cat's favorite flavors, including real carnation milk, come alive. friskies feline favorites. feed the senses.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. here in new york, it's sunny. about 83 today. miami, afternoon thunder, 92. denver, more thunderstorms, 84. time now for a check on the national forecast. this morning the national hurricane center says hurricane guillermo has formed in the pacific. looking at the latest satellite pictures, skies are mainly clear across the eastern half of the nation. skies have turned gray over the rockies. later today, thunderstorms will be rumbling across the rockies and northern plains. cooler air will filter in across
the region. they'll be quite cold and windy throughout the northwest, which will see a scattering of light showers. in sports, news of michael vick's signing overshadows news of the return of another quarterback. tom brady is back in charge of new england after a knee injury kept him out for 11 months. he threw two touchdown passes last night as the patriots beat philadelphia 27-25 in preseason play. in golf, a great start for tiger woods in his last chance to win a major title this year. woods is the first round leader at the pga championship after shooting a 5 under par 67. one shot behind him in last year's pga champion, padraig harrington. in baseball, johnny gomes is in long ball heaven. he hit not one, not two, but three home runs last night. he drove in five runs as the reds beat washington 7-0. in chicago, misdemeanor charges for a cubs fan who threw
beer on philadelphia's shane victorino during a game on wednesday. police say 21-year-old john machioni turned himself in after the game. he apologized, calling it a big mistake. when we return, fighting back the vocal critics of healthcare reform. and a budding broadcaster scores a dream interview with the president. with rheumatoid arthritis, it seems like my life is split in two. there's the life i live. and the life i want to live. fortunately, there's enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, fatigue, and stop joint damage. because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis. also ask your doctor if you live in an area with a greater risk for certain fungal infections. don't start enbrel if you have an infection, like the flu.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. thunderstorms will be rumbling across the rockies and northern plains. the northwest will be breezy and cool. and it will be another beautiful day across the midwest. president obama answers questions about his healthcare reform plan at a town hall meeting in montana. but the push for reform has caused a ruckus that's being
heard back on capitol hill. joel brown reports. >> reporter: one of the most controversial issues raging around the healthcare reform debate is being cut from a draft of the bill. a key senate committee has decided to get rid of a provision that called for end of life counseling for seniors. senators soured on the measure after critics called them death panels. >> my trust and faith in the united states government and its leadership has been destroyed. >> reporter: the vocal opposition to president obama's reform plans are as loud as ever, but as the president's urging, more supporters are speaking up now, trying to help him take back control of the debate. >> i fully support everything that president obama is trying to do, especially where healthcare is concerned. >> reporter: a top aide to the president sent this e-mail to supporters and asked them to forward it on to others. it lists reasons to support the obama administration's agenda and takes on some charges made against the reform plan. >> it is important to address misconceptions, or misimpress n
misimpressio misimpressions. >> reporter: the president will make his case in person in two conservative areas of the country. he'll hold a town hall meeting in montana on friday, then another one in colorado on saturday. he'll have his work cut out for him. opponents show no sign of backing down. some are being escorted out of town halls. one group in ohio brought a photo of the president altered to make him look like adolf hitler. >> in summary it's a fascist bill. >> reporter: the lawmakers they're confronting are trying their best to keep the dialogue going. but they know cooler heads must prevail if they want to get healthcare reform back on track. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. president obama had a more congenial conversation yesterday with a young reporter, a very young reporter. 11-year-old damon weaver covered last year's presidential campaign and was promised an interview with president obama. most of his questions dealt with education, but basketball has its place too.
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this is wjz, wjz.com baltimore. good morning, maryland. now, don scott, marty bass, breaking news with mary bubala, your first-warning weather and traffic control with sharon gibala. it's wjz, maryland's news station. it's friday. it sure is. the cleanup after last night. the washington redskins. >> got love it. welcome to the show. >> we have sharon in a second. lets look at weather. here's first-warning doppler, on the eastern shore, there's a