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cold case arrest. 33 years after etan paths death, a new jersey man is arrested. exonerated. a man who spent five years in prison for rape is free after the accuser says she lied. a shark encounter up close and personal with a boat full of fishermen. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, may 26, 2012. good morning, everybody. so good to be with you. the man who says he killed etan paths is scheduled to be arraigned today. 33 years to the day the boy
vanished from blocks from his home. they have a signed confession from pedro hernandez. it's still unclear what, if any, evidence officials have to prove hernandez's story. >> reporter: in 1979 pedro hernandez, then 18 years old, worked at his family's small grocery in the soho neighborhood just a block from where 6-year-old etan patz disappeared on his way to school. based on a tip, detectives drove to this small house in maple grove, new jersey. commissioner ray kelly announced the arrest. >> hernandez described to detectives how he lured young etan from the school bus stop, led him into the basement of the bodega, choked him there and disposed of the body by putting it into a plastic bag and placing it into the trash. >> reporter: police is say
hernandez was brought back to the scene of the crime where he retraced his steps for investigators. prosecutors at manhattan district attorney's office are proceeding with caution. even with the confession, it will be difficult to corroborate hernandez's story, the story as given also leaves police no closer to knowing where to look for a body. the new twist comes just a month after the cold case drew headlines when police dug up the basement in a neighborhood where etan disappeared. the renewed publicity may have led to this break. >> the individual who gave us information came forward because of the recent notoriety on the case. >> reporter: hernandez had lived in new jersey since the early 1980s. his family members left his home under police escort without commenting. investigators say he was not a suspect at the time of the disappearance, but he did tell others about his crime. >> in the years following etan's
disappearance, hernandez had told a family member and others that he had, quote, done a bad thing and killed a child in new york. >> reporter: john miller, cbs news, new york. the hurricane bud now has strengthened into a major storm overnight as it turns toward mexico's pacific coast. it's located about 150 miles southwest of man. >> manzanillo. it has sustained winds of 115 miles an hour, a hurricane warning is posted for manzanillo northward. official atlantic hurricane season doesn't give until june 1st but government forecasts this season will be normal. 15 named storms are predicted, 4 to 8 will turn into hurricanes. southwest new mexico two wildfires that merged destroyed
some other homes and buildings. the fire has tripled in size, burning 70,000 acres. some communities, voluntary evacuations are under way as many homes remain at risk. the world's first private spaceship is scheduled to dock with the international space station later today. the unmanned spacex dragon capsule rendezvoused with the station yesterday. the station will use the robotic arm to reel in the capsule. the capsule is carrying 1,000 pounds of supplies. campaign rhetoric is ratcheting up. president obama and mitt romney are escalating their criticism of each other as they make their case in key battleground states. susan mcginnis with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. iowa is one of those swing states. president obama is hoping for a replay of 2008 when iowa really helped launch him to the presidency. he's stepping up his attacks on mitt romney who was hitting the air waves in iowa and fighting back. mitt romney went to school in
philadelphia, continuing his week-long focus on education. >> we allow more choice for parents. i like every parent to have a choice and every child to have a chance. >> reporter: but he faced a tough crowd. teachers from the urban charter school criticized governor romney's education proposals and his assertion class size doesn't matter. >> i can't think of any teacher -- >> reporter: the obama campaign is expected to go after romney's record as governor of massachusetts. during that time, romney made large cuts in education funding and the state's debt rose. it was a national debt romney used to attack the president. in des moines last week he said romney added to the deficit. >> a prairie fire of debt is sweeping across iowa and across the nation. >> reporter: the president campaigned in des moines last night. >> his speech was more like a cow pie of disportion. >> reporter: he says romney's plan would add to the deficit.
>> he hasn't told you how he paid for a new $5 trillion tax cut. that's like trying to put out a prairie fire with gasoline. >> reporter: this is the president's second trip to iowa in a month and his campaign has poured more than $2.6 million in ads in this key swing state. romney has begun airing ads of his own there. >> day one, romney announces deficit reduction ending big government. >> reporter: he and the republican national committee plan to open a dozen or more offices in iowa. a new national poll shows romney with a key advantage in a statistic group, struggling middle class white voters. they say they chose romney as the one to best advance their economic interests. terrell? >> still a ways to go. susan mcginnis in washington, thank you. "cbs moneywatch" time on a friday morning. facebook investors get a refund and tough times for one of the nation's oldest newspapers. ashley morrison in new york. good morning. >> good morning.
europe debt crisis made for a turbulent day overseas. tokyo finished down for the week, marking its worse losing streak in 20 years. while hong kong's hang seng added about 0.25%. early investors in facebook may be getting their money back. morgan stanley, the lead bank in facebook's initial public offering, will reportedly intense sat share hold years who overpaid last friday. some investors didn't know how much they were paying early friday because of a technical glitch with the nasdaq. facebook shares are still down about $5 from their opening price. on wall street blue chips posted a gain for just the fourth time this month. the dow added 33 points while the nasdaq lost 10. time is running out for lawmakers to keep a key student loan interest rate at current level. last night the senate defeated two measures, one backed by each
party to extend the rate on stafford loans. without congressional action that rate will double in july. one of the nation's oldest newspapers will stop its presses. the new york "times-picayune" will public onlane daily but new orleans will be the largest city in the u.s. without a daily newspaper. a video game company owned by former star curt schilling has struck out. 38 studios laid off its entire 300-person staff on thursday. the company received a $75 million loan to move to rhode island in 2010. if the company goes under, rhode island could be responsible for some of its debt. and if you work for ibm, you could have an iphone, but you can't use siri. the voice-activated system is banned on ibm systems. a company executive says because ibm has no control over how the
questions are stored. >> i didn't know tht siri stored my questions, and i hope that siri never shares the questions. >> i hope so for you, too. could be scary. >> ashley morrison in new york. good seeing you new coming up, going eye to eye with a shark, a great white takes some big bites near a fishing boat. this is the morning news. [ male announcer ] there are only so many foods that make kids happy. and even fewer that make moms happy too. with wholesome noodles and bite sized chicken, nothing brings you together like chicken noodle soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do.
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former high school football star is free, exonerated of raping a classmate a decade ago. he spent more than five years in prison but his name was cleared thursday after his accuser admitted she lied. lee cowen has thor to. >> petition is granted -- >> reporter: at the end of brian banks marks a year after a judge threw out the rape charge that had sent him to prison for more than five years. >> my only dream in the world was just to be free and to have the same opportunity as everybody here. >> reporter: he was a 16-year-old star linebacker with a full ride scholarship to usc and a dream to play in the nfl when in 2002 a classmate accused banks of raping her in the stairwell of their long beach high school. although banks insisted it was consensual and there was no sex, he told kcbs tv at the time his defense attorney gave him a choice, plead no contest to rape or risk trial that could send
him to prison for life. >> you go into that courtroom, the yir is going to see a big, black teenager and you're automatically going to be assumed guilty. those were her exact words. >> reporter: he took the deal, and registered as a sex offender. he thought that was the end of it. after he was released came a surprise. a friend request on facebook from his accuser, wanetta gibson. >> i closed the laptop real quick thinking like what did i just see? >> reporter: banks arranged a meeting with a private investigator. gibson later explained she hadn't wanted to say that publicly for fear of losing a kz is.5 million settlement her family had gotten after suing the school district. >> i may never get answer to why i was went through what i went through, but i know i'm here today and i remained unbroken. >> reporter: unbroken and working to get his life back on track.
those dreams of playing in the nfl, he says, might be realized yet. lee koehn, cbs news. a british auction house canceled the controversial sale of ronald reagan's blood. the auction house says the vial's owner will donate it to the ronald reagan presidential library in california. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. and dwyane wade cranks up the heat on the pacers in a convincing bid to bring the nba east final to miami. sears memorial day sale is on... with 60% off swimwear, a craftsman mower for just $199.99
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wade with a behind the back pass. lebron james with the behind the back pass. it was wade's night and heat beat et pacers to win the eastern conference semis. miami plays the winner of the celtics/sixers game in boston. in baseball, don't look for a for sale sign on yankee stadium any time soon. steinbrenner's family selling, they called it false. meanwhile, angels fans can relax. albert pujols' slump is over. in the top of the third in seattle, smashed his 450th career home, to deep left. one of his three hits in the game. angels right-hander dan haren proceeded to strike out a career high 14 in a complete game shutout beating the mariners 4-. national league, reds' rookie, the catcher, devin smacked his first career grand
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. d.c., mostly cloudy, 88. atlanta, sunny, 90. st. louis, rainy, 90 degrees. denver, sunny, 79. mostly cloudy, 6 in seattle. this memorial day weekend means summer is just upon us and that means swimming season. federal safety officials are focusing on swimming education in black and hispanic communities around the country.
>> reporter: 11-year-old started swimming classes three years ago. her mom made lessons a top priority after a scare with her older daughter. >> when she was 2 years old we went on a family reunion and at the pool she almost drowned. >> reporter: she's one of hundreds of children getting free swim lessons in new york city, learning basic water skills that can save their lives. the consumer product safety commission is now pushing for more programs like this one which serve minority communities. research shows black children between the ages of 5 and 14 are three times more likely to drown than white children. >> 70% of african-american children and 62% of hispanic children do not know now to swim. and that is alarming in this country. >> reporter: on average, 400 children younger than 15 die every year in a pool or spa-related death. three-quarters of those death involve children under 5 years old. parents should make sure pools
are fenced in, get cpr and get their children into swim lessons early. >> to confer whatever fear they may have, if it starts to build up, especially if they don't start as young as they possibly can. so, the younger the better. >> reporter: did you like the water? joseph reyes wants to make sure his son gavin knows the basics from the beginning. >> i've been teaching my kids how to swim since they were very little. >> reporter: experts say a child can start swim lessons as young as 4 months old. cbs news, new york. and a man in dubuque, iowa, charged with drunk driving had some unusual cargo in his truck. take a look. a baby zebra and a parrot were inside. the suspect said the animals are like friends and they often ride around with him. oh, no, no, wait, it gets better. the man and his animal were all headed inside a local bar called the dog house when someone called police. they were all going drinking together. i think if the zebra had been driving, none of this would have happened.
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i'm mike hydeck. monika santami, how are you? >> great. >> howard bernstein? >> we're warming up in time for the holiday. going to the beaches probably going to be dry. going to the mountains may be dodging showers for a few more days. the radar is quiet. we don't have too much fog but we do have clouds. a spot of drizzle as i was coming in this morning. you may have a little bit of that the next couple of hours with temperatures 72 in town. 80 by noon. highs in the mid-80s. only an isolated storm expected. less activity than yesterday when we had showers and storms again but this was less than wednesday. everything moving from south to north. this morning i had a lone shower up in the northern part of the chesapeake bay. but other than that, a quiet morning. a little bit of fog out toward the valley here, out toward harrisonburg and in the mountains of petersburg. visibility less than a half mile and out near the tappahannock airport.
the your temperatures upper 60s to low 70s. out in the shenandoah valley, winchester, luray, they're down in the lower 60s this morning. it is going to be a nice day. sunny, warmer, mid-80s in most spots. maybe a little cooler right on the bay with the on shore breeze and that slight chance of a thunderstorm. let's check now with monika santami 4:27, time saver traffic. >> thank you so much. it is friday and the start of the busiest car travel season that we've experienced this year. so you want to be prepared for that. right now things are quiet. the beltway is looking great. we're going it head out west. first there is construction by the way on the inbound side of the dulles toll road between wolf trap and route 7. so be aware of that. also on the inner loop of the beltway between braddock road and gallows road. on the inbound side of i-66 things are fine. no problems in from manassas. we'll take a live look on the northbound side of i-95. here's what it looks like at the fairfax county parkway. i think a few people are getting to head out to work early so they can get off early
as well. that may be the case later on in the rush hour this morning. let's go back over to our maps. on the northbound side of 270 north of montrose road an accident just cleared. no issues to report on 95 between the baltimore beltway and we'll end with a live look. actually, this is 270 near montrose road and things are looking good from frederick to rockville. my next report another look at area roads at 4:39. funeral arrangements for legendary go go musician chuck brown are finalized. as we've seen in the days since he passed, people will celebrate his music and his spirit. >> a public viewing will take place next tuesday at the howard theatre in northwest d.c. it will begin at 11:00 in the morning and run till 10:00 at night. parking will be very limited.
so you are encouraged to metrorail or metro bus. she's accused of killing a local senate candidate in a hit and run. christie littleford could be facing prison time. she was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. she hit natasha pettigrew while riding her bicycle and died the next day. sentencing is set for august 3. the senate has rejected to different bills which would keep student loan rates low. if congress doesn't pass a bill by july 1, then the interest rates on federal student loans will double. the senate appears to be deadlocked in what else a partisan battle. lawmakers rejected dueling democratic and republican plans with both coming mostly along party lines. fallout continues from the general services administration's $823,000 las