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spreading scandal. alleged new detail about misconduct in colombia as lawmakers question whether 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 breakfa breakfast. and a win for the ages. 49-year-old jamie on moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league baseball game. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, april 18, 2012. good morning. thanks for joining us.
i'm michelle miller. amid growing concerns about security xt president's safety, an independent government invst ga investigator is looking into the scandal robbing the secret service. we know 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. women are being interviewed by investigators and the biggest concern in washington is if there's a culture of this type of behavior. the secret service prosecution scandal widens further. as senator beliriefed 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 penning its investigation and the pentagon is questioning ten members of the military about their involvement. senator collins wants to know if last week's misconduct is a 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, the director acted swiftly.
>> reporter: agents were sent home after arg an ument by one and a prostitute. they say sensitive information about the president's schedule was never compromised. the mayor of cart geagena has b wondering what all the fuss is about since prostitution is legal there. >> thank you new on capitol hill today, a hearing into a spending scandal involving the general services administration resumed. 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 top. >> 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. someone had to say that. are you kidding me? the man at the center of the scandal is jeffrey neely who took the fifth on monday and did not appear on tuesday. he's accused of taking five trips, totaling more than six weeks at taxpayers experience. this conference in las vegas cost americans more than $800,000. competent made more than nine trips there 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, 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 day 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 and a share hold he 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-threateni life-threatening. in a letter to shareholders says he's begin chemotherapy in july. 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 close in after-hours trading. shares of berkshire's class "b" stock fell 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 sparked a vong day on wall treat. dow dow added 194 while the nasdaq gained 54. president obama has been feeling the heat over gas prices so on tuesday he proposed given regularities on those who drive prices up. he raise the penalty from $1 million to $10 and he wants to see speculators risk more of their own money on trades northern to tamp down on
unscrupulous bets. >> we can't afford it where they buy up oil, creating the perception of a shortage and drive prices higher only to quick flip the oil for a quick profit. >> the agency that overseas. majority of citigroup are saying no to pay packages for top executive. 5% of shareholders voted down the proposal which includes $25 million in compensation for the ceo. while the vote is knob binding, 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 majority leader mitch mcconnell said he thought the race between romney and president obama is going to be, quote, incredibly close. cbs anchor charlie rose asked
house speaker john boehner about the next face of the romney campaign. >> reporter: does he need reset his campaign? does he need to 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. >> 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." they're the american heroes who carried out of one of world war ii's most daring raids. we'll talk to the veterans commemorating an attack on japan 70 years later, that's tonight on the "cbs evening news." you know who you are. you can part a crowd, without saying a word. you have yet to master the quiet sneeze. you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts. well, muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. zyrtec®. love the air.
it pays to discover. 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. they 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 rahm jackson of cbs 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. lance was 22 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 hair how les's brave voe company was ambushed by north vietnamese,
and how he led repeated forrays and how he used his own body, shielding mother soldier from a grenade blast and how those seriously wounded with shrapnel, sabo charged an enemy bunker and retrieving it from the fallen so the battle may continue. the young soldier 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 dedicated on the battlefield. 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
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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.
ozzie guillen returned to the dugout after a five-game suspension for 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 together always, but we have so 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 handily 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. wrt 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 1993 north ridge quake near los angeles. 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 pound and only swayed 6 inches under an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. an earthquake that size struck chile in 2010. 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 after after two simulated earthquakes, the new technology kept everything inside safe. an airline passenger's adults-only protest against airport security screening methods has landed him in yale. 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 says he's fed up with airport security matters. he's charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. yesterday authorities in california recovered tom petty's five guitars stolen last week. daryl washington was arrested after he allegedly tried to baun one of those guitars.
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mr. bernstein? you're going to need some rain gear. not going to be enough to make a difference but it's the beginning. over the weekend into monday, even late saturday we could get a hefty rain system headed this way. so happy about that. here's your day planner. we've got some showers in the forecast today, even this morning, even midday, even this afternoon. keep the umbrella, the rain jacket handy. temperatures with the cloud cover are just not getting to move. highs only around the 60-degree mark. northeast wind abouts 5 to 10 -- winds about 5 to 10 miles an hour. there are some thunderstorms rumbling across north south central virginia where 85 crosses into north carolina. locally you can see the rain headed toward charlottesville, richmond, maybe fredricksburg. we'll see how much this holds together and heads towards washington over the next few hours. yeah, this is farther north
than anticipated. we're okay with that. we really need the rain. only .16 so far. frederick is 53. 60 at bwi. fredricksburg 62. our temps this afternoon won't look much different than this. highs around 60. leesburg won't be 73. that's from yesterday. i will fix that. they'll also be in the upper 50s to around 60. monika, take it away. thank you so much. i'm happy to see the rain is coming in but at least for now the roads are dry for our morning rush hour. good morning, everybody. i'll start off with the west side of town where the dulles toll road is shut down at the beltway. take the georgetown pike, ride the ramps and head back over to the beltway and get on to the dulles toll road if that's what you need to do early this morning. 66 no problems out of manassas into center jil.
here's -- centreville. here's springfield looking good all the way to this point on to 395. this time on the north side of town there's construction on the inner loop approaching kenilworth avenue. you want to stay to the right to get around that. there's also construction between university boulevard and new hampshire avenue. should be cleared up shortly. we'll take a live look at georgia avenue where there are no issues here in silver spring. in my next report a peek at 270 at 4:39. >> thank you, monika. the alleged misconduct involving members of the secret service and u.s. military members in colombia may have involved at least 20 prostitutes. >> the women were signed into a hotel in cartagena, colombia where the advanced team was preparing for the president's arrival at the summit of the americas. >> reporter: the see vet service pros -- secret service prostitution scandal widened further. at least 20 women were paid to go to hotel rooms. >> guests had to be signed in
by the person renting the room. thus we have the names of the women involved and were able to determine a count. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news members of the secret service and the 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 members of the military about their involvement. senator susan collins wants to know if last week's alleged misconduct is an isolated incident. >> it's also very hard for me to believe that this is the only time that 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.