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final farewell. north korea bids fairwell to kim jong-il. a very cranky croc. a crocodile down under with a taste for heavy machinery. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, december 28th, 2011. good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm whit johnson. it's a cold and snowy morning in north korea where mourners are saying an emotional farewell to their long time leader kim jong-il.
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duarte is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: most of the images funneled through state media, as such parted of a well choreographed morning ritual. tens of thousands line the streets of pyongyang as they say good-bye to kim jong-il. sobbing uncontrollably, they waited for a glimpse of their dear leader's kaskt. at one point, state tv showed mourners following to their knees. kim who ruled the nation with an iron fist died earlier this month of a heart attack. his youngest son kim jong-un led the military profession. it's only been days since kim's death answership and his son is being hailed as the next leader. some analyst believe the transition could mark a turning point for the country and its
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relationship with the rest of the world. >> it may very well be a moment of opportunity for north korea. on the other hand, they are a nuclear power and they have tested this nuclear power. >> reporter: for now, north korea's focus on grieving the loss of its late leader. today's funeral comes after a week of mourning and like much of kim's life, it had been shroude in mystery. intelligence analysts in washington are carefully reviewing that footage to see if they can get more information about north korea's power structure. duarte geraldino thank you. the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack saying the target was a u.s. military convoy. the trial of former egyptian president hosni mubarak resumed today. mubarak is on trial for murder involving the deaths of protesters during mass demonstrations that officially
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forced him from power. iran's government is threatening to block oil shipments passing through the strait of hormuz. about 40% of the world's oil passes through the narrow strait which connects the we arion gulf and the gulf of amman. the u.s. and other western nations want to limit iran's oil business. in iran, an american accused of spying for the u.s. is on trial. amir heck madi was arrested last month. in a taped interview he admits he worked for the cia but said he had no intention of harming iran. spying in iran is punishable by death. meanwhile, iraq has released three security contractors, including two americans from custody. they have been held for more than two weeks, but were not charged with any crimes. in this country, the final push for votes in iowa has newt gingrich fighting back.
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gingrich and the other republican presidential hopefuls in their final week of campaigning prior to the january 3rd caucuses. gingrich has slipped in recent polls. he admits he has been hurt by the negative ads hurled his way by the mitt romney campaign questioning his personal values. >> i'd like to have him says that to face and back up his negative ads and back up the things his staff have been putting out. if he wants to prove he can debate barack obama, he ought to have the courage to stand on the same stage with me. >> for his part, romney begins a three-day bus tour in iowa pooh the defendant romney was in new hampshire yesterday get enough signatures to qualify for virginia's ballot. romney referred to a comment by a gingrich aide. >> was it pearl harbor? i think it's more like lucille ball at the chocolate factory.
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you got to get it organized. >> danielle nottingham has more on the iowa campaign. >> reporter: mitt romney returned to iowa tuesday evening with one mission -- convince undecided voters to support his campaign. >> if you want a president who believes america can do better and americans deserve better, then i hope i can count on your support. >> reporter: politics has been the special of the day at the machine shed restaurant in urbandale iowa, for weeks. there is less than a week to go before the caucuses and republican presidential candidates are canvassing the state to dissuade undecided voters like janet kelly . those casting the first votes in the 2012 presidential race are looking for someone to stand out. >> every candidate has a great point. just haven't decided on one yet. >> reporter: chuck wilson has been unemployed about a year. the person getting his votes
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must be one that shares his status. >> whoever convinces me they are going to help unemployment and get people back to work and cut government spending. >> reporter: mitt romney spent much of the day campaigning as if he were the nominee, aiming his comments at president obama, barely mentioning his gop rivals. >> you don't have to settle for washington and wall street insiders who supported the wall street bailout. >> reporter: rick perry is taking his case directly to his opponents and the voters in iowa. >> thank you. >> reporter: some of whom have just about seen it all. >> i personally have shaken every one of their hands except for rick perry and i will see him tomorrow morning. >> reporter: danielle nottingham, cbs news, des moines, iowa. previously, perry had said abortion was acceptable in cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life was in danger. perry says he now opposes all abortions, no matter what the circumstances.
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two-term democratic senator ben nelson of nebraska says he is going to retyre. nebraska is heavily republican so his retirement could celt up an easy gop win in november. a southwest airlines jet taking off from sacramento, california, for seattle last night, didn't get far. the boeing 737 with 137 people on board blew two tires and the pilot aborted the takeoff. no one was hurt and buses evacuated relieved passengers. >> about halfway down the runway and, all of a sudden, you heard a loud pop and shaking. the plane started shaking and set the nose back down and said we were retired. >> a large blast and a popping sound. >> had a really good story to tell on facebook! >> scary stuff. fierce wind gusts and driving rain caused all kind of problems for pedestrians and motorists overnight in eastern
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pennsylvania. here in new york city, powerful winds tore loose a ten story tall advertising banner high over times square. nobody was hurt. coming up on "the morning news," bill mar's controversial tweet about tebow. forrest gump joins the all-time classic list of movie winners. we will tell you about the others. this is the "cbs morning news." . nicorette mini helps relieve cravings in minutes. so you can quit one cigarette at a time. until you reach your goal. nicorette mini. quit one cigarette at a time. ♪ ...there are no sick days.
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worlds." well, on to the cbs "moneywatch" today. stocks in asian markets fell today in trading. drew levinson is here with that and much more in new york. >> asian markets finished mostly lower today on mixed economic news. hong kong's hang sang off about 1%. tokyo's nikkei edged down a fraxion and oil rebounded and it's now trading at more than $101 a barrel. light trading is expected today on wall street. tuesday, stocks finished mostly flat, despite a jump in consumer confidence. the dow lost two points. the nasdaq gained six. sears stock plunged 23% to $35 a share on the news that the retailer will close more than a hundred sears and k-mart locations across the u.s. around 10,000 jobs will be affected. no word yet on which locations will be closed. analysts say target and walmart have the most to gain from that.
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home prices keep drifting lower. big cities hardest hit with foreclosures flooding the marketed. fell 3.4%. in atlanta dropped by 11.8% and minneapolis 8.4% and los angeles 4.9%. since the housing bubble burst five years ago, homes have lost roughly 33% of their value, dropping the prices not seen in some places since 2003. well, the rough economy is literally giving some people heartburn. a new blookberg study finds sales of acid reflux medications have a 93% correlation with the unemployment rate over the past five years. when unemployment goes up, so do sells of products like tum and rolaids. the megamillions jackpot numbers were drawn last night. the numbers are 23, 32, 33, 39,
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and 43. with the megaball number 8, the jackpot, $206 million, and i guarantee you, whit, you and i didn't get it because we are here at 4:00 a.m. >> i am checking my numbers. we will see. i have to go back and double-check. drew levinson in new york, thank you. bill mar is taking heat over a tweet about denver broncos quarterback tim tebow's faith. this is part of what he said in that tweet. somewhere in hell satan is tebow'ing say to hitler, hey, buffalo is killing them. mar was talking about broncos loss to the bills and he kneels in prayer. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, the lakers step up the "d" against the jazz looking for their first win.
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows cloudy skies over the northeast but clearing rapidly. clear skies span the southeast and southern plains, with a few passing fair weather clouds in
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the southwest. a storm system is moving out of the northwest, bringing rain and snow to the northern rockies. later today, rain and snow showers will continue in the northwest and northern rockies. cold air will bring lake-effect snow showers to western new york, pennsylvania, and ohio. conditions will remain mild and fair in the southeast. southern california will be fair and mild. in sports, the heat almost blew a 20-point lead at home against the celtics. it wasn't lebron james who saved the day but rookie norris cole. he scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to help miami get past boston 115-107. in los angeles, well, take a listen. >> ho ho! >> yes, that is ron test new name, metta world peace. the lakers pounded utah 96-71.
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in the nfl of the patriots and 49ers dominated the pro bowl picks. each team has eight players going to the game in hawaii next month. new england's tom brady will be the starting quarterback for the afc, while green bay's aaron rodgers will start for the nfc. in college football, purdue gambled big against western michigan and little cesar's pizza bowl. the boiler makers tried their second onside kick and look. it worked. that led to the lead in the half. a great one-handed grab in the third, there it is in slow mow. in the end, it was purdue over the broncos 37-32. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and meet elvis, the australian crocodile. show him a lawn mower and he sees a snack! [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thank you card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. a system is soaking washington and oregon. another storm is moving out of the nust. but will cause lake effect snow showers in the eastern great lakes. here is another look at this morning's top stories. funeral services were held today for long time north korean dictator kim jong-il. tens of thousands lined the streets of the capitol in the cold and snow to bid an emotional farewell. the final push in iowa. gop presidential candidates are grarvel scrambling for votes a week before the caucuses. cheetah was in the old tarzan movie which begin in the 1930s. weismiller took care of cheetah
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after his movie career ended and spent the rest of his life after a primate. elvis is a salt water croc living in sydney, australia. as 10 news explains, elvis apparently has a thing for lawn mowers. >> reporter: elvis is placid for a crocodile. >> let it go! let it go! let it go! >> reporter: billy was mowing. >> the next second, he was attached to the end the mower and almost taking me into the drink with him. it happened that fast and was that scary, but glad to be alive. >> reporter: the mower was held hostage for several hours while the rangers decided how to retrieve it, luring elvis away with some real food. and apparently being on the other end of that stick isn't as scary. >> when i'm feeding him, i can
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see him coming but when you focus on the mower and trying to dodge the tree and the water and, all of a sudden, taking off the end of the mower, my heart almost jumped out of my chest. >> reporter: it came out relatively unscathed and so did the operator, this time. >> i worry now he has this mower and he sat next to it in his pool for an hour. that is a problem for us because, to him, he just won. he just won a big game. >> reporter: elvis lost a couple of teeth. right now, elvis seems pretty content just chilling out in the sun there, but it will take a very brave person to get him here with a lawn mower next week. and i do have a stick. say hello to the new canute. given the same name is a bear
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given a stir in the zoo a year ago. the new canute is a hit already on youtube. of course he is. i'm whit johnson. this morning, on "the early show," mal? jamie lee curtis?? oh, hi,, you really went all out on the decorations, huh?! yeah, but i'm so slow taking them down after all the fatty holiday food. but that's normal. what do you mean that's normal? it doesn't have to be. to me, normal, means feeling good inside. not slow. try some activia. activia helps with occasional irregularity, when eaten 3 times a day. keep a video diary and let me know about your new normal. love your new normal or it's free. get ready for sears happy new year's sale. use your savings pass to save over 65% on coats. over 65% on fleece and sweaters and over 65% on pajamas and robes for the whole family. plus it's the big denim event! get to sears. [ slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you?
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good morning. >> it is going to be cold. we know that. we had a system move through yesterday. mild air is completely gone. now, we're going to crank up our winds through the midday and late day. we'll see sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and some of the gusts today could be higher than 35 miles per hour. so, yes, it is going to be breezy. we'll have the wind chill factor as well. so, it is never really going to feel like 42 degrees but this afternoon, we're expecting our temperatures to rise just a little bit so it will feel quite cold. the good news is we have cleared out behind the other system, satellite and radar is looking fantastic. currently at reagan national airport, we're about 42 degrees down to 39 for alexandria. we're also looking at some very cold air off toward the north and toward the west. that will continue into the midmorning and late morning. we're going to stick with the sunshine. by about noontime, we're not going to budge too much. 40 degrees right now. we'll still be in the lower 40s by noontime. that's where we'll sit for the remainder of the afternoon. later on tonight as our skies clear and the temperatures begin to drop, we'll be down
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into the 20s later on tonight. monika? >> well, overall, things aren't looking too bad around town with the exception of one accident that just came in. good morning, everybody. the beltway is looking fine around town but if you're planning to head toward annapolis on the eastbound side of route 50, watch out for the tractor trailer accident. this one just in came at route 2. it is east of perot but before annapolis on the -- on the eastbound side of route 50. a tractor trailer accident, only the left lane is getting by. what we're told is westbound, the lanes are open coming out of annapolis. keep that in mind for your travel plans. we'll take you all the way to virginia on the inbound side of 66, lanes are open. down here at guinea road, police have been on an accident since overnight. be aware of that as well if you're traveling in that area south of i-66. 66 is fine. do you have the normal construction as you travel east and westbound on 66 closer to
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the beltway. coming up in my next report, we'll take a look around town once again at 4:39. back to you, mike. thanks, monika. who pulled the trigger? police are still trying to answer that question this morning after a local rapper was shot and killed at a silver spring bus stop yesterday. 24-year-old franklin known as frank diggy was gunned down in the white oak neighborhood yesterday. he was on his way to work when he was attacked near his girlfriend's apartment. investigators are still searching for a motive and a suspect in the case. marine flares may have been what spark two garage fires. frederick county investigates found caps from flares at the arson scene yesterday. the fires were set monday night. two parked cars in one of the garages were destroyed. and the flames caused about $130,000 of damage in all. >> reports of sexual assault at three major military academies were up significantly over last year. there were 65 cases in the
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2010-2011 school year up from 41 the year before. as gary nurenberg reports, while it is a big jump, the pentagon says more victims are coming forward now to report the abuse, something it encourages. >> reporter: even so, the pentagon says the real number of rapes and sexual assaults is probably much higher because of a still-existing stigma. >> the awareness is huge. it is much better than it ever has been. >> the military academy's mirror increase reported of sexual assaults and rapes in the military up 11% in an earlier report this year. >> there is not less tolerance for sexual assault. >> reporter: she watches the trends carefully. >> i reported sexual assault 12 years ago and there was no support. when i got to the personnel unit, the sexual assault and violence counselor assaulted me again. >> the military is trying to increase awareness sometimes clumsily, the navy posting on


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