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closing arguments. john edwards' lawyers suddenly wrap up the case. kennedy tragedy. jr. is found dead in their new york home sfnew and changing ho lags. for the first time in the u.s., non-hispan non-hispanic, nonwhite babies are now in the minority. this is the "cbs morning news" for may 17, 201. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm manuel gallegus. we begin with the john edwards trial. closing arguments are expected today. his lawyers suddenly wrapped up their case yesterday. prosecutors spent nearly three weeks trying to prove edwards
used campaign money to hide his affair with rielle hunter but his lawyers rested their case after just two days of testimony. edwards wasn't called to the stand, neither was his daughter or hunter. >> the advantage of not putting edwards on the stand is it takes way the government's ability to say john edwards lied about everything. >> if convicted edwards could get 30 years behind bars. the case could be in the hands of the jury as early as friday. there's been another kennedy traj. an autopsy is scheduled today for mary richardson kennedy. the estranged wife of robert f. kennedy jr. was found dead in heir home yesterday. she had a long history of drug and alcohol problems and had been arrested twice when her husband filed for divorce two years ago. they have four children. police sources tell our new york station wcbs, she committed suicide. mary richardson kennedy was 52 years old. now to the shooting death of
trayvon martin. we're learning more about what happened that rainy night in february between martin and gunman george zimmerman, but these new details still leave a lot of questions unanswer. >> reporter: new details are emerging between the struggle between zimmerman and martin, which ended with the unarmed teen's death. zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. he says he fired in self-defense. new findings shug he and zimmerman were just inches apart. two surveillance videos. one from the convenience store martin visited just before the shooting, the other from the clubhouse at the gated community where he died. zimmerman's sweatshirt had grass stains and wet on the back. the medical report lists a broken nose, two black eyes and a cut on the back of his head.
injuries not apparent in this police video taken minutes after the shooting. >> i'm not saying he did not have a broken nose. i'm saying once again, this was documented the next day by a family physician. we don't know where those injuries came from. >> reporter: zimmerman's lawyer says there's more to his defense. >> it's only one very small part of discovery. >> reporter: a first responder to the shooting told cbs news he and others saw wounds on martin's knuckles suggesting the teen had thrown a punch. cbs news. president obama is getting ready to host an extraordinary weekend of back-to-back summits. the first will be a g-8 economic summit at camp david on friday and then the president heads off to chicago. susan mcginnis in washington with the details. >> reporter: good morning. the g-8 summit will be about a europe economic loan. chicago is a nato summit. hosting both in the u.s. is a huge opportunity for president
obama to showcase his ideas and show world leadership right in the middle of his re-election campaign. security is tight ahead of this weekend's double summit. first, the leaders of the world's eight largest economies will meet at camp david tomorrow. at the top of the agenda, europe's economic crisis. there are worries greece could pull out of the european union, threatening the region's monetary system. >> the euro could disappear. if the euro disappears, there is a change the whole european union as such will disappear as well. >> reporter: opinions vary among g-8 leaders on how to solve the european economic crisis. british prime minister david cameron says the eu is rining out of time. >> it either has to make up or it's looking at a potential breakup. that is the choice they have to make. and it's a choice they cannot long put off. >> reporter: the u.s. is advocating a middle ground. austerity measures and job creation package.
then the president heads to chicago to host 50 leaders at a nato summit. the focus there is for plans on winding down the war in afghanistan. ahead of those meetings, protesters have been arriving in chicago by the bus loads. >> i started off as an antiwar activist so coming for nato with the bigger antiwar things than nato. >> reporter: chicago police are preparing for the worst. >> will it be a challenge? no doubt. >> reporter: for the president the back-to-back summits are seen as an opportunity to push his election year messages of expanding the economy and ending the war. and conspicuously absent will be russian president vladimir putin. it's seen as a snub to president obama. former russian president medvedev will be there. >> susan mcginnis, thank you. a major milestone for births in the u.s. perform for the first time ever minority babies are now in the majority. according to new statistics from
the census bureau, minority births are just over 50% while nonhispanic whites are at slightly more than 49%. on the "cbs moneywatch," positive news for foreclosure race. and sketchers gets tripped up in a shoe controversy. good morning. >> good morning. stocks overseas bounced back. nikkei rose nearly 1% on it while hong kong's hang seng lost about 0.25%. stocks on wall street lost four the fourth day in a row. foreclosure rates were down last month. home repossessions fell 7% from march to april. and dropped 26% from a year ago, according to realty track. but a log jam in the courts of pending foreclosures could drive foreclose ir activity higher. facebook is expected to begin trading on the nasdaq exchange tomorrow in one of the hottest public offerings in
decades. it appears early facebook investors and insiders are taking advantage of all the demand and selling off their stock. facebook says another 84 million shares worth up to $3.2 billion are being added to its ipo. gl its next generation search engine. the new program is called knowledge graph, providing a summary of key information alongside the main search results. the idea is to provide quick, concise answers so users don't have to scroll through all the web links on the main results page. sketchers, a fitness shoe company agreed to pay $40 million to solve charges by fcc that it misled consumers. sketchers made unfounded claims that its shows -- its shape-up shoes would help losers lose weight and ton muscles. consumers who bought the shoes will be eligible for a refund. i'm not saying i bought a pair, but i bought a pair and i didn't
feel more toned. it's not the shoes it's what you do in the shoes. >> maybe that's right. >> ashley morrison in new york, thanks much. coming up on the morning news, treating brain trauma. researchers xan brain injuries and come up with surprising results. [ sneezes ] ♪ got it all. here. have a good day, honey. i love you, ok. bye, mom. [ female announcer ] sam's mom is muddling through her allergies. what can she do?
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afghanistan in 2008 about a bronze medal and a problem destroying his life. >> a rocket-propelled grenade hit the right side of my humvee but i didn't recognize it at the time but i suffered a traumatic brain injury. >> reporter: 4 1/2 years after his traumatic brain injury is all-consuming. >> my headaches have been so bad lately that i've had to sleep in a closet to get it dark enough so my head doesn't hurt. my depression is worse now than ever. >> reporter: worse than two years ago? >> doctors tell you, it's going to get better, the brain can heal itself. four years later and i think this is the worst moment of my experience with the traumatic brain injury. >> reporter: in sports, including boxing and football, traumatic brain injury has been linked to a problem called chronic ensef lopty, memory loss, impulse control problems and depression. an abnormal protein called tau,
in the study researchers compared the brain of athletes with known cte with four iraq afghan veterans. dr. lee goldstein was the lead author. >> it's quite striking. in many ways, the pathology is indistinge wishable between the two groups. we can't really see the difference. >> reporter: the four veterans developed typical cte and died prematurely. neurologist ann mckee is a co-author. >> blast injury, causing the bobble headed effect, only happening over milisecond instead of second is the same injury, it's just happening in a different situation. >> reporter: right now cte can only be diagnosed after death, leaving nick to wonder if he has it or not. >> the only thing that scares me the most is i have this and
nobody will be able to tell me i have it until i pass away. >> reporter: cte increases the risk of a person slowly progressing to dementia over several decades. the hope is biening what's going on inside brain cells, researchers can come up with treatment to repair that damage. the international space station got three fresh crew members this morning. russian soyuz capsule docked. they'll spend the next four months in orbit. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. and in sports, the thunder hosts the lakers in oklahoma city and give the hometown fans a treat. a party? [ music plays, record skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high. i'm not juice or fancy water, i'm different. i've got nine grams of protein. twist my lid. that's three times more than me! twenty-one vitamins and minerals and zero fat! hmmm. you'll bring a lot to the party.
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. new york, 73. miami, 84. chicago, sunny, 70. dallas, 88. los angeles, sunny, 74 degrees. now for a check of today's national forecast. showers and thundershowers will dot the southeast from southern virginia to florida. scattered showers and storms are likely from upper michigan to north dakota and from northern california to montana and the rockies. the remainder of the country will be dry. strong wind will blow in the southwest, including arizona, where the wildfire threat remains high. in sports, nba playoff
action in oklahoma city. the hometown thunder trailed l.a. by seven points with two minutes left but rallied from there. james harden scored on a fast break and kevin durant rattled in the go ahead basket with 18 seconds to go and the thunder beat the lakers, 70-75 to lead the western semifinal series 2-0. in philadelphia, kevin garnett led the celtics against the 76ers. rondo added 23 while showing his ball-handling skills with a neat behind the back pass to paul pierce. the celts won it 107-91 to lead the sixers 2-1 in the eastern semifinals. now to baseball. oakland at texas. in the bottom of the fourth inning, beltre hit a two-run homer to right. that gave the rangers all they'd need behind the pitching of darvish who pitched 7 2/3 striking out seven and giving up just one run. final, rangers, 4, a's, 1.
in anaheim, bottom of the third, angels fans got what they've been looking for. albert pujols smashed a three-run homer to deep center field for a 4-2 lead over the white sox. wells followed that with a two-run shot in the sixth and angels won it 7-2. finally to the nhl stanley cup playoffs. rangers and devils were tied 2-2 in the third period when david clarkson's deflected goal provided the winning margin. new jersey's 3-2 victory evened the series at 1-1. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and a paralyzed woman gets a taste of independence thanks to a bionic arm breakthrough. still have doubts about taking aspirin for tough pain? listen to what mvp justin verlander thinks about it. i would say the source of most of my muscle pain would be in my shoulder. my trainer kevin rand recommended it to me. i was kind of skeptical at first, but i tested it out, and bayer advanced aspirin relieved my pain fast. feeling 100% every start, every fifth day,
denver, thunderstorms, 84. seattle, partly sunny. here's another look at this morning's top stories. president obama hosts the g-8 summit at camp david this weekend for more than two dozen world leaders, trying to tackle europe's economic problems and complete plans to end the war in afghanistan. and closing arguments are expected to begin today in the john edwards trial. the defense wrapped up yesterday without calling edwards or his mistress to the stand. grammy award winning country group lady antebellum headlined an indiana town hit by tornadoes in march. ♪ you were the purest beauty >> student from henryville junior/senior high school won a contest to have the band perform at their school. lady a held a private concert for student earlier in the day and all $235,000 was raised to
help rebuild henryville. to an amazing medical breakthrough. a paralyzed woman who can direct a bionic arm using nothing but her thoughts. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: for the first time in nearly 15 years, kathy hutchison is picking up a cup and taking a sip without anyone's help. the stroke victim is once again able to perform tasks like this, thanks to a revolution aero botic arm that responds to her thoughts. >> we have to connect on their head a little wire that goes out to a computer. and the computer does all of the work of translating thoughts into action. >> reporter: researchers implanted a tiny electrode in the part of her brain that controls arm movement. at first, the computer was only able to interpret the most basic brain waves. but researchers soon decoded more complex impulses. >> we could actually extract
information not only about up and down, left and right and open and close your hand, but actually moving it around in anyplace. >> reporter: researchers say the ultimate goal is to develop a device that would help a paralyzed person control their own body. >> to root those signals, to the spinal cord to peripheral nerves to allow that people to reach out with their own limb and pick up a coffee cup. >> reporter: still her accomplishment is a big thrill to her doctors. >> to watch her reach out and pick that up and to see the smile on her face as soon as she did that was a magical moment for all of us. >> reporter: some experts say wide use of robotic arms could be just five years away, but reactivating paralyzed limbs could take decades. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. a major new study has good news for coffee drinkers. they're likely to live longer than abstainers. researchers studied 400,000
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right now and if you liked yesterday, the next four days are going to be fantastic around here. right through the weekend. got the preakness. the air show at andrews, the joint services open house. >> perfect. >> it's going to be great. let's get to it this morning with a look at day planner. the temperatures this morning are in the low 60s by 9:00 and upper 60s by noon. clear skies for the most part. good visibility this morning. a front which has come through or is coming through as we speak. see a thin line of clouds with that? that isolated sprinkle, that's it. yesterday. so very little with it. but here it is some high clouds especially south and east of town. temperatures, they're in a good spot this morning. hagerstown, martinsburg winchester upper 50s. cumberland mid 50s. even annapolis 71 and the cooler drier air coming in. la plata just 61 as well be this afternoon in the low 60s
and 50s this morning, we'll recover some. north northeast winds 10 to 15. maybe a bit breezy at times but look at the temperatures. manassas and d.c. 75. 73 martinsburg and 76 in culpeper. looks like a great day. how about your traffic this morning? it's early but we got stuff out there. here's beverly farmer with more. good morning howard. your friday eve ride little bit complicated because of the overnight work zones still in place on the beltway in virginia. healths to you hit -- headlights towards you. the ride up into fredericksburg into woodbridge and going up to the beltway in 395 is in good shape. that stretch of the beltway between springfield and 66. got to do the work zone weave down to single file in that stretch and on the outer loop too as you head south of 66 to gallows road. no early troubles on 66 east on the greenway. the toll road. the trip downtown has been very quiet. maryland beltway overnight crews had been on the inner
loop of the beltway getting past kenilworth avenue. that had traffic getting by along the right side. the outer loop of the beltway up from andrews into landover has been in good shape. one more note for you last report we had from fairfax county police, an earlier incident crash that took down a pole and wires, vail road was still closed between hunter mill and flint hill road. for those ongoing utility repairs. we'll keep you posted. back to you. ♪ the unmistakable sound of chuck brown and one fan said chuck brown would want d.c. to party hard for him. brown died yesterday at 75. he was hospitalized yesterday. his death was the result of
multiple organ failure due to sepsis. doctors discovered blood clots in his legs. >> they removed the clots, however brown later developed a case of pneumonia in the hospital. >> as news began the spread local radio stations played tributes to him. >> they flocked to the howard theater. bruce johnson has more. >> reporter: we're outside the historic howard theater. chuck brown couldn't be here for the grand opening some weeks ago, he's here tonight in spirits the hundreds if not even thousands of people gather. >> we lost a great one. we have to celebrate. >> i love chuck brown. i've been listening to him my whole life every school dance. >> reporter: mayor gray says he may open the washington convention center for chuck brown's funeral. >> chuck was a great human being and frankly a goodie