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spreading scandal. new details about alleged secret service conduct in colombia while lawmakers question weather the president's security was compromised. round two. for a second straight day member of the general services administration are battered by congress for lavish spending of taxpayer money. >> 44 bucks for breakfast? i'm a big man. i can't spend 44 bucks for breakfast. and a win for the ages. 49-year-old jamie moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league baseball game. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, april 18, this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, april 18, 2012. good morning. thanks for joining us.
good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm michelle miller. amid growing concerns about security and the president's safety, an independent government investigator is look into the scandal that's rocked the secret service. we know now at least 20 women had been in the hotel room of the agents and military personnel prior to president obama's visit. susan mcginnis has the latest from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the men involved are apparently telling different stories about who these women are. the women involved are now being interviewed by investigators. and the biggest concern here in washington is whether or not there is a culture of this type of behavior. the secret service prostitution scandal widens further. as senator briefed about the investigation, about 20 women were paid to go to hotel rooms in cartagena with u.s. military and security personnel. >> guests had to be signed in by the person renting the room. and, thus, we have the name of the women involved and were able
to determine accounts. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news, members of the secret service and military partied at a strip club in colombia before president obama's arrival. 11 secret service members, including two supervisors, are on administrative leave pending its investigation, and the pentagon is questioning ten member of the military about their involvement. senator collins wants to know if last week's alleged misconduct is an isolated incident. >> it's hard for me to believe this is the only time this has ever happened. i am worried that this is the only time that they were caught. >> reporter: a white house spokesman says the president won't speculate about whether there's a pattern of inappropriate behavior. the administration says there are no plans to fire the director of the secret service. >> the president has confidence, in director sullivan. the director acted swiftly in response to this incident. >> reporter: the agents involved
were sent home after alleged argument between one member and prostitution about payment. they say sensitive information about the president's schedule was never compromised. the mayor of cartagena has been wondering what all the fuss is about with prostitution legal and common there. he does, though, say he understands the national security implications. michelle? thank you. on capitol hill today a hearing into a spending scandal involving the general services administration resumes. the excessive spending habits have sparked outrage and disbelief. we learned yesterday the travel and over the top spending continued even though an inspector general warned agency officials to stop. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: the general services administration took another public beating from congress. as lawmakers tried to understand the latest accusations of wasteful and excessive spending. >> 44 bucks for breakfast. i'm a big man. i can't spend 44 bucks for breakfast.
somebody had to say that. are you kidding me? >> reporter: the man at the center of the skajtdz is jeffrey neely, who took the fifth during monday's questioning and did not appear on tuesday. neely is accused of taking five trips, totalling more than six weeks at taxpayers' expense. this conference in las vegas cost americans more than $800,000. and he made more than eight trips to plan the event. robert peck was fired from the gsa. he says he raised questions about the expensive trip. >> much of the expense at the hotel was unacceptable. >> reporter: neely is on administrative leave. his boss, former gsa administrator, martha johnson, resigned earlier this month, almost a year after an initial report from the inspector general. >> i can only say that i took it so seriously, i gave up my public service career. >> reporter: california
congressman jeff denham says the days of slush funds and lavish trips are over. >> where crimes have been committed, people will go to jail. >> reporter: the hearings will continue on wednesday. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. on the "cbs moneywatch," warren buffett announces he has cancer. can a shareholder revolt over bonuses at one of wall street's biggest banks. randall pinkston is here with that and more. >> good morning. billionaire investor warren buffett is trying to reassure shareholders in his firm berkshire hathaway that his cancer diagnosis is not life-threatening. in a letter to shareholders tuesday buffett says he'll begin two-month radiation treatment in july. they say his chance for survival is between 97% and 98%. in february buffett announced berkshire's board had already selected someone to succeed him as ceo, but their identity has not been revealed. buffett's announcement came
after the markets closed. in after-hours trading, shares of berkshire's class "b" fell a little more than 1%. tokyo's nikkei gained 2%. hong kong's hang seng added 1%. a series of positive earnings reports and subsiding fears over the european debt crisis fueled a strong day on wall street. the dow added 194 points while the nasdaq gained 54. president obama has been feeling the heat over gas prices so on tuesday he proposed giving regulators more on oil speculators who drive those prices up. he wants to raise the penalty from $1 million to $10 million and. he wants spo see speculators risk more of their own money on trades to tamp down on unscrupulous bets. >> we can't afford it where they buy up oil, creating the perception of a shortage and
driving prices higher, only to flip the oil for a quick profit. >> the agency that overseas. energy market only brought one price installation last year. the majority of citigroup shareholders are saying no to pay packages for the top executives. 55% of shareholders voted down the proposal, which includes $5 million in compensation for the ceo. while the vote is nonbinding, it is the first time wall street bank execs have gotten a thumbs down on their pay packages. >> times are changing. >> indeed they are. >> randall pinkston here in new york, thank you. in politics, the two top republicans in congress are throwing their support behind mitt romney. speaking yesterday in washington, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said he thought the race between romney and president obama is going to be, quote, incredibly close. "cbs this morning" anchor charlie rose asked house speaker
john boehner about the next phase of the romney campaign. >> reporter: does he need reset his campaign? does he need to get together and say to himself and to you and to the leadership in the senate, i want to take this opportunity to redefine myself, because many americans have not focused on this sort of thing? >> well, that's pretty hard to do. but after any primary, there's always a little retooling. always some adjustments in terms of now you have a different opponent. and so i think you'll see some new things out of this campaign. >> reporter: like what? >> a real focus on what the election's going to be about. economics, economics, economics. >> and later this morning you can see more of charlie rose's interview with boehner on "cbs this morning." coming up on the morning news -- an honor overdue. the white house will salute a war hero 42 years after he died, saving fellow soldiers during the vietnam war. first, scott pelley with a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news."
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in texas, a kidnapped baby is safe this morning but his mother is dead. gunned down in the abduction. 28-year-old kayla golden was shot outside a pediatric clinic in houston and her 3-day-old son was abducted. witnesses say a woman shot golden several times and the baby was snatched from her by a man. they fled but officials say the child was found safe last night and a person of interest is in custody. the widow of a vietnam war hero will go to the white house next month to accept the medal of honor from president obama on behalf of her husband.
mary robb jackson of kdka in pittsburgh has that story. >> reporter: running out of ammo, a badly wounded army specialist leslie sabo jr. died suppressing enemy fire, allowing a medevac helicopter to lift off from a landing zone in cambodia. les sabo was 2 years old. it was mother's day 1970. >> i wanted to remember the way he was before he died. but it was -- it was bad. >> reporter: 42 years later, his widow rose will receive the medal of honor for her husband's bravery. it comes with an invitation to the white house. >> and he says, hi, rose, he says, this is president obama. and i says, oh, my gosh. i says, this is such an honor to talk to you. he says, no, it's an honor for me to talk to you. >> reporter: from the official citation rose will hear how les's bravo company was ambushed by north vietnamese, and how he led repeated forays and how he
her husband used his own body, shielding another soldier from a grenade blast. and how those seriously wounded with shrapnel, sabo charged an enemy bunker, drawing fire and retrieving ammunition from the fallen so the battle might continue the young soldier from ellwood city saved a lot of lives that day. >> and any one of them would have done what he did. you know, they loved each other so. >> reporter: promoted to sergeant posthumously, les was recommended for the medal of honor on the battlefield. the long delay? the result of lost paperwork. >> i never dreamed i wasn't going to spend my life with him. i never dreamed it. i just knew he was going to come home. but he didn't. >> that report from mary robb jackson of cbs station in pittsburgh. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, veteran pitcher jamie moyer claims a
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southeast and mid-atlantic with thunderstorms from south carolina to northern florida. the northern plains will have showers and thunderstorms. showers and mountain snow will fall in the northwest. mostly sunny from southern california through the mississippi valley. in sports news now, jamie moyer made baseball history last night in denver. at 49 going on 50, the colorado left-hander became the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league ball game. a record that has stood since 1932. afterwards, he was asked about his love for the game. >> it's my life. you know, it's pretty much all i know. it's pretty much all i've done my whole life. and i'm still able to live the dream. >> in the game moyer threw seven strong innings, inducing three ground ball double plays as rockies beat the padres 5-3. miami manager ozzie guillen
returned to the dugout last night after a five-game suspension by angering many marlin fans by praising fidel castro. we have an inside look at the moment when he learned his punishment. showtime released video of club president's meeting with guillen last week. >> we're going to move forward past this and we're going to work together, we're going to win championships here, but we are to suspend you. we have to. and we're doing it for five games. >> last night guillen was clearly happy to be back in uniform as the marlins played the cubs and he did get some support from fans. guillen also got a welcome back from his players, including handly ramirez who smacked a three-run homer in the eighth inning for a 5-2 marlins victory. to the nba and san antonio at the l.a. lakers. tony parker and the spurs handed the lakers their worst loss of the season. parker had 29 points and 13 assists to power a 112-91 win.
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here's a look at today's weather in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., showers at 61. atlanta, thunderstorms and 72. st. louis, partly sunny, 75. denver, mostly sunny and 71. seattle, showers and 55. there have been 13 strong earthquakes around the world so far this month. that's of special interest in quake-prone california where tests are under way to learn how best to protect buildings when the next big one hits. >> reporter: researchers at university of california-san diego shook a five-story building several times tuesday in a series of simulated earthquakes. the $5 million experiment is an
effort to help prevent damage during the real thing. >> having after aftershock right now. >> reporter: like the 1994 northridge quake near los angeles that killed 60 people and cost $20 billion in damage. the first test simulated that earthquake. >> we can control the environment, control how the energy goes into the building and see how it's going to respond. >> reporter: engineers put the building on cylinders called base isolators. >> we have bearings that act like a skateboard, so the building stays put when the ground move. >> reporter: the new technology is being put in some hospitals and other buildings that need to stay up and running during disasters. the base isolator deflects energy of the strongest earthquake. this building is 1.4 million pounds and almost swayed 6 inches under an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. an earthquake that size struck chile in 2010. inside the test building on the mock hospital floor, nothing fell off the walls and no ceilings collapsed. >> if we can make it cost effective we might be able to
apply this technology to newer buildings and retro fit older buildings. >> reporter: after two simulated earthquakes two hours apart, the new technology kept the building and everything inside safe. edward lawrence for cbs news an airline passenger's adults-only protest against airport security screening methods has landed him in jail. police say 49-year-old john brennan stripped naked in security line at the airport in portland, oregon. fellow passengers covered their children's eyes and others snapped pictures. he tells police, he's a frequent air traveler and is fed up with airport security measures. he's charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. tom petty has a new guitar hero -- police. yesterday authorities in california recovered petty's five guitars stolen from a studio last week. security guard daryl washington was here after he allegedly tried to pawn one of those
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the new study on cigarette butts and the baltimore school system is getting ready to announce teacher of the year. also making news, new concerns in the scandal involving the secret service and u.s. military in south america. now investigators in columbia are conducting sweer views, a young woman killed in a crash as someone tries to escape from police. why her family thinks it could have been prevented. and get ready for football. we now when the ravens well be playing who this coming season. details on the schedule released last night. more news, first warning weather and your first traffic weather and your first traffic report of the mornin,, pull on those gardening gloves. grab the nearest spade. and let's see how colorful an afternoon can be.
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