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on the brink. anti-government protests spread in libya, as the government warns the country could slip into civil war. under cover. another dangerous winter storm plows over the upper midwest, and heads for the northeast. and sash track. a day after his 20th birthday, trevor bayne becomes the youngest winner of the daytona trevor bayne becomes the youngest winner of the daytona 500. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, on this monday. good to see you. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen.
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the wave of anti-government protests sweeping the middle east and north africa is meeting its most violent response in libya. the unrest has spread to the capital, tripoli, after days of demonstrations in benghazi, libya's second largest city. security forces fired on protesters. human rights groups say more than 200 have been killed, protesters have seized military bases of weapons and the government warns the country is on the verne of civil war. michael herzenberg is in washington with more. michael, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. there are reports of bodies in the streets, violence in several cities, even talk of a gunfight between two sons of libya's leader. all this is difficult to confirm because officials there have shut down internet access and reportedly arrested journalists. libyan protesters are taking their anger and frustration straight to the capital. for the first time sunday, demonstrations spread to the city of tripoli, as activists seized military bases and weapons. on state tv the son of ruler moammar gadhafi warned the
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growing unrest could ignite a civil war. he promised reform, but also said his father would stay in power and, quote, fight to the last man, the last woman, the last bullet. according to human rights groups, at least 233 people have died in the demonstrations so far. but many believe that number could be much higher. over the weekend, police fired machine guns into crowds of protesters. a frantic doctor describes a scene on the phone. >> it's a real massacre. it's a real massacre. really disastrous. >> reporter: u.s. officials are growing increasingly concerned about the crackdown. they've strongly condemned the violence and are urging the government to show restraint. >> in libya, as throughout the region, peaceful protests need to be respected. they need to be able to exercise their universal rights that people around the world share. >> reporter: massive anti-government protests toppled the rulers of tunisia and egypt and inspired similar movements across the middle east and north africa. still, the escalating situation
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in libya could be the bloodiest yet. and this is already impacting financial markets. libya exports about 1 million barrels of oil a day. concerns the turmoil could curb production have helped push prices above $87 a barrel. back to you, terrell. >> michael herzenberg in washington for us this morning. mike, thanks. just to give you a little more insight this morning, moammar gadhafi has ruled libya for more than 40 years. he took control following a coup back in 1969. he's accumulated immense personal wealth thanks to libya's vast oil reserves. he's long been a suspected financier of terrorist organizations. the reagan administration tried unsuccessfully to overthrow him. in 2003 he renounced terrorism and compensated victims of the berlin disco bombing. he did the same for the victims of the bombing of a pan am airliner over lockerbie, scotland. here at home, another monster storm is clobbering the upper midwest this morning. the storm stretches from the northern plains to the northeast.
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winter watches or warnings stretch across 1800 mills. heavy snow and freezing temperatures are predicted in many areas. it could last for days. driving conditions are hazardous. there was a 50-car pileup in michigan. motorists are being told to stay off the roads. some highways are closed. >> i was turning left, and at the end of the light, the people that are stopping for the red light couldn't stop, so i sped up to avoid them and hit a snow bank. >> reporter: air travel no better. that's a mess too. more than 1,000 flights have been canceled in minnesota, chicago and detroit. >> while many across the country, including the northern plains have a little taste of spring fever because of the warmth, this storm will remind everybody that winter is far from over. >> some areas can see up to 15 inches of new snow. to the political storm now, over the wisconsin state budget. the governor says he will not compromise on his plan to dramatically cut costs, and spark this massive protest. democratic senators say they'll stay away and that move could stall a budget vote. manuel gallegus has more.
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>> reporter: a snowstorm kept crowds from gathering outside wisconsin's state house. but inside, demonstrators were at it again. the crowd cheering as wisconsin firefighters paraded through to show their support. this state employee, who didn't want to give her name, is one of many who worked all week, then spent their weekend protesting the governor's plan to strip away collective bargaining for state workers. >> scott walker is manufacturing a crisis to strip away our union rights. >> reporter: the governor is not giving in. >> for us, this is about balancing the budget. we've got a $3.6 billion budget deficit. we're broke. just like nearly every other state across the country we're broke. >> reporter: but protesters here firmly believe that the governor's proposals are only about union busting and that they have little to do with real reform. >> the real motivations is a desperate need for power on the -- that some individuals feel they need.
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>> reporter: tuesday, wisconsin's republican-led assembly may vote on the budget bill. but no real action can be taken until democratic state senators return to the capitol to face what seems to be an inevitable defeat. >> those senate democrats should realize, if you want to participate in democracy, you got to be there in the arena. >> reporter: despite the public outcry, walker says several other governors like john kasich of ohio are urging him to hold his ground and if walker prevails, other states may try to follow. manuel gallegus, cbs news, madison, wisconsin. so far the cause of an engine failure on board a delta airline flight remains unknown. the faa is investigating. delta flight 1846 had just taken off from fort lauderdale, florida, early sunday morning and en route to minneapolis. the 737 suffered a contained engine failure. small pieces of the engine flew out the back. the jet quickly returned to the airport. >> there was a big explosion, a flash that went all through.
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and it was -- i was very close to the wing, it was on the other side. but the guy that was across the aisle from me, he dove. he hit the dirt. i mean, we all were very nervous. >> there were 125 people on board the flight. they changed planes and continued to minneapolis. the four americans held hostage aboard their yacht appear to be headed to somalia this morning. pirates plan to be in touch with the hijackers said sunday the warship was watching the boat as it sailed towards northern somalia. their yacht was hijacked friday. experts say scott and jean adams, phyllis mckay and bob riggle are taken to somali territory it will be much harder to get them to safety. >> ideally for the united states, they'll intercept this ship, there will be something of a military standoff, hostage negotiation, but there are not a lot of very good options. >> members of the adams' church in california pray for them at sunday services. raymond davis, the american
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being held in pakistan on murder charges, is a cia agent. that according to a british newspaper report. the u.s. is trying to get davis released saying he has diplomatic immunity as an american consulate official. davis claims he was defending himself from an attempted robbery when he shot two men dead last month. one police official tells the guardian newspaper that the shooting goes, quote, way beyond self-defense. just ahead on the "morning news," a controversial gun bill is one step closer to becoming law in texas. plus check your mailbox. invitations for prince william's royal wedding have been mailed out. this is the "cbs morning news." , it seems like your life is split in two. there's the life you live... and the life you 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
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he can't quite get it, though. so he gets back in, and he'll drive off. police say the suspect is a doctor. that's doctor gentlemen self grillo, faces dui charges. the liquor store is telling customers it is not a drive-thru. coming soon to texas, guns on campus. the texas legislature is expected to pass a new law allowing students and professors to father concealed handguns. reporters say they're responding to the virginia tech massacre arguing that a gun holder can stop a massacre. opponents, including a university of texas president, say that that move is way too dangerous. on the "cbs moneywatch," some profit taking in asia this morning. hong kong's hang seng lost nearly half a percent. japan's nikkei rallied for a sixth straight day, gaining a fraction. alison harmelin has more from new york. >> the markets are closed for the holiday but will be open again tomorrow. several economic reports are due out this week, including new data on home sales, consumer confidence and the gross domestic product.
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the gdp number is a measure of what the economy generated last quarter. analysts are expecting a 3% boost, but the federal reserve predicts the economy will pick up more in the coming months. however, the fed believes the improvement will not be enough to significantly bring down america's unemployment rate. on friday, wall street was able to finish the week on a high note. the dow jones industrial average closed 73 points higher. the nasdaq was up just two points. ford is teaming up with a russian company to make and distribute cars in that country. the joint venture will be called ford stallers. ford cars and commercial vehicles will be made at plants in several russian cities. the new operation is expected to start by the end of the year. the royal wedding is more than two months away, but businesses big and small are trying to capitalize on prince william and kate middleton's big day. a british brewery is reportedly working on a new beer to mark the occasion. it's called kiss me kate. the company calls it an elegant and tasteful ale. the new brew should be ready in about a month.
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that's your "moneywatch." for more business news head to cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york i'm alison harmelin. and speaking of the royal wedding, the invitations are in the mail. i'm expecting mine any day now. if you haven't received yours, this is what they look like. prince william and kate middleton invited 1900 guests to their april 29th wedding at westminster abbey. they are not revealing names. but some very familiar faces are likely to be there. two of them reportedly soccer star david beckham and his wife victoria. the singer and fashion icon known as posh spice. still ahead on this monday morning we'll have your weather forecast. and in sports east meets west. basketball's best battle for bragging rights. the nba all-star game. the nba all-star game. the uconnect touch system on the 2011 dodge journey controls the radio, media player, heated seats, climate control, navigation, phone and more. this means that if you call shotgun on a dodge journey,
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. in new york, light snow and 34, sunny and 80 degrees in miami. rain and snow, 33 in chicago. partly cloudy and 70 degrees in dallas. and 63 degrees and sunny in los angeles. time now for a check of the national forecast. latest satellite picture shows a major winter storm trekking from the northern plains moving towards the northeast. later today, the snow and wintry mix will pull out of the northern plains and continue to follow in the northeast. several inches will be on the ground by the evening hours, looking much better out on the west coast. partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. in sports this monday morning, kobe bryant won a record-tying fourth mvp award in
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the nba all-star game. to the highlights, bryant making some dramatic dunks. and scored big. 37 points to lead the west to a 148-143 victory. lebron james, spectacular. even though kobe dunked. 29 points for him by the way. in college basketball, number five duke could reclaim the number one ranking. nolan smith of the blue devils scored 28 points against georgia tech. duke went on to win 79-57. that's their sixth win in a row. the top four teams all lost this week. purdue's equan moore scored 38 points to help beat number two ohio state. number 11 purdue's 76-63 victory, purdue didn't move in the national rankings, but after losing two of three, ohio state will probably move down. at the daytona 500, remembering dale earnhardt ten years after his death in a crash. drivers and fans observed a moment of silence during the third lap. fans held up three fingers for the man who drove car number 3.
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nascar's big race was won by trevor bayne the youngest winner of the daytona 500, doing it the day after his 20th birthday. >> i never expected to be sitting here, and i still don't think it's real. so sorry if i'm bouncing around on questions and answers but i figure i can do whatever i want to since it's just a dream anyway. >> bayne's prize for winning the daytona, more than $1.4 million. when we come back on this monday morning, another look at this morning's top stories. and underwater discoveries. disturbing new pictures show oil from last summer's gulf oil spill sticking around. mer's gulf oil spill sticking around. ♪ i'll pass it on, ♪ and on...and on...and on... edible arrangements. happiness is always in season. visit, call or go to ediblearrangements.com. get an extra ten percent off mattresses already half off. and instant savings up to four hundred dollars on select mattresses. head to sears to talk with our mattress experts or
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. a wintry mix is falling over a third of the nation. several inches of snow will fall from the great lakes into the northeast today and tomorrow. the west coast will see partly cloudy skies, patchy fog and mild temperatures.
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here's another look at this morning's top stories. the upper midwest is in the midst of another brutal winter storm. the system stretches from montana all the way to the east coast. some areas can expect 15 inches of snow. more than 1,000 airline flights have been canceled. and anti-government protests are spreading in libya. a human rights group says more than 200 people have been killed. moammar gadhafi's son says his father will fight until the last bullet. two months after the bp oil spill a university of georgia scientist checked out claims that most of the oil is gone from the gulf of mexico. she says that is not true. this is what samantha joy found at the bottom of the gulf of mexico just two months ago. oil stuck on the ocean floor. it's killing off marine life. at this rate she says the gulf will not be fully recovered next year as predicted by other researchers. meanwhile the controversy has intensified over the compensation fund for victims of the bp oil spill. many angry gulf coast residents are complaining. ken feinberg, head of the $20
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billion gulf claims fund made new rules on how final payments will be determined. mark strassmann reports. >> reporter: nearly a half million people with claims now know feinberg's final formula. with proper documentation, bp will write most of them a check for twice their losses for 2010. oystermen will get four times their losses. except, and they agree not to sue bp. feinberg thinks it's fair. but told us in an exclusive interview he knows the grumbling is about to get louder. >> you do not design and administer these compensation programs, expecting anybody to be happy. >> reporter: bp thinks it's too generous. the oil giant has already paid out $3.4 billion in partial claims. and another $12.6 billion for the cleanup. ongoing in places like bay ginny, louisiana. >> made the best of a bad situation. >> reporter: bp hired danny ray and his boat for the cleanup.
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he earned more than $250,000. enough to buy himself a new house. the locals call guys like ray spillionaires. >> i did okay. >> reporter: but the bill is for greg, another charter captain. one booking for all this year. he's counting on a generous bp check. >> this is my sole source of income. >> reporter: feinberg says only 17% of all claimants have filed the needed documentation. >> the biggest obstacle to actually making the payments is the tremendous lack of substantiation of these claims. >> reporter: claims from people with a new decision. take bp's final offer, or hire a lawyer. mark strassmann, cbs news, grand isle, louisiana. this morning on "the early show" a live interview with massachusetts senator scott brown on his new book. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." hot waffles...
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ll ok da hello again, marty's in the weather center. well, we have a little bit of light shower activity in the area. such is the case between now and 8:30 or so. this is just storm number one of this day. we'll look at the day part indeed. it's going to be quite gray. once we get to the next bedtime, storm number two will be here with snow. 47 at lunch and going to a high about 50. recovering after a wild weekend of wildfires. you won't believe how much damage there is. inching closer to legalizing marijuana. the state house could allow
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