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deadlocked. john edwards walks after jurors are unable to convict on five count of campaign fraud. michael bloomberg stands by his ban on sugary drinks. and spell-binding victory. a 14-year-old san diego student is this year's national spelling bee champ. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, june 1, 2012. good morning, everybody. happy friday to you. i'm terrell brown. prosecutors could move to retry john edwards. legal experts say that seems unlikely. edwards' six-week trial on
campaign fraud charges. after nine days of deliberations they couldn't agree on whether money he received from donors was a campaign contribution or a gift. >> reporter: john edwards left the greensboro, north carolina, courthouse, saying he broke his marriage vow but not the law. >> while i don't believe i did anything illegal or ever thought i was doing anything illegal, i did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. and there is no one else spoinsible for my sin. >> reporter: edwards was acquitted of one count of campaign finance fraud but the jury deadlocked on the other five. prosecutors said edwards accepted almost $2 million from two wealthy supporters as campaign contributions, well above legal limits. edwards' defense argued the 2008 presidential candidate considered the donations gifts. the prosecution relied heavily on the testimony of former aide
andrew young. he testified he accepted the money to pay living expenses for rielle hunter, edwards' pregnant mistresses. >> andrew young and his wife, obviously this jury said wasn't credible enough upon which they were going to find a guilty verdict. >> reporter: edwards did not testify in his own defense, but after the judge declared a mistrial, thanked his family and said he may not be through with public life. >> i don't think god's through with me. i really believe he thinks there's still some good things i can do. >> reporter: manuel gallegus, cbs news, greensboro, north carolina. to the crisis in syria. diplomatic efforts to end the blood shed have failed. defense secretary panetta says he cannot envision the united states taking military action without an okay from the u.n. speaking yesterday panetta said it's time for the international community to act more aggressively. >> this is an intolerable situation. we cannot be satisfied with what's going on. and the international community has got to take further steps to
make sure that assad steps down. >> he also said the pentagon is planning for any contentious. presidential campaign played out on both coasts thursday with the candidates opening up new lines of attack on the same subject -- the economy. the day ending with mitt romney gaining endorsement of former first lady. susan mcginnis is in washington. happy friday. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. the president was not on the campaign trail yesterday, but one of his main surrogates was right in mitt romney's backyard. meanwhile, romney was more direct, taking aim right at the president's economic policy. mitt romney's day of campaigning in california ended with a hand shake and an endorsement from nancy reagan. in a statement the former first lady praised romney's experience in private business. earlier romney attacked the president's approach on the economy, making a campaign stop at former headquarters of solyndra in northern california. the drupt soler panel maker
received a $500 million loan. >> you look at this building behind us. this is not the kind of building built by private enterprise. this is the kind of enterprise, the kind of building that's built with $500 million of taxpayer money. >> reporter: on the other side of the country president obama's campaign held an event outside the massachusetts state house. top aide david axelrod criticized romney's tenure as governor. >> romney economics didn't work then and it won't work now. >> reporter: the president's re-election campaign released a new tv ad, attacking romney's political record. that appears to be a bit away from the president's strategy to call into question romney's experience in bain capital. in an interview on cnn, president clinton hinted that attacking romney's business record may not sell with voters.
>> getting up, going to the office, basically performing the essential actions of the office, governor, sterling business career, crossed the qualification threshold. >> reporter: in that same interview, he praised president obama, saying his economic moves have been better for the country. he also expressed some doubt, terrell, that romney would have ordered that raid that killed osama bin laden. >> so much to talk about. susan mcginnis in washington. a victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. a federal appeals court ruled against a key part of the againsts ive marriage act. it's a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. three-judge panel ruled denying it is unconstitutional. the case is likely headed to the supreme court. candidates in wisconsin's gubernatorial re-election held their final debate. milwaukee barrett is running against scott walker. the recall was the spark from
scott walker to end collective bargaining rights. that massive wildfire in new mexico, the largest in state history, grew overnight. the fire is racing in all directions in the gilla national forest. fueled by wind and low humidity, the fire has already burned more than 190,000 acres. new mexico's governor says it's only going to get worse. "cbs moneywatch." new worries over greece's bailout and a new plan to keep interest rates low on student loans. ashley morrison in new york with that and more. good morning. >> good morning to you. weak economic data from china dragged down overseas market. nikkei fell more than 1% while hang seng lost a fraction. europe's debt crisis led to a weak month of may on wall street. the dow closed down 26 points on thursday to finish off a month in which it lost more than 8 00 points. the nasdaq was down 10. today investors will get the may unemployment report. economists expect job growth to
be lower than the pace from september to february. applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 last week, the highest level in five weeks. congressional republicans are making a direct offer to president obama on keeping interest rates on student loans at their current rate. john boehner, mitch mcconnell and other gop leaders sent the president a letter proposing ways to keep stafford loan rates at 3.1%. without congressional action it will double. both parties say they want to keep the current rate but they're divided on how to cover the plan's $6 billion cost. and government safety officials shut down low bus operations. ray lahood says the companiy ignored safety rules. the curb side bus services operated mainly along the east coast and served more than 1800 passengers a day. terrell? >> ashley morrison here in new
york. have a good weekend. jerry sandusky, former penn state assistant football coach, asked for a delay in his trial. it scheduled to begin next week. sandusky denies the allegations. police say an unidentified hero saved lives when a gunman open fire at a seattle cafe. ian stawicki had two hand guns, killing two in the cafe and another when he hijacked a car. police say if it wasn't for the actions of one man, it could have been worse. >> the hero picked up a stool and threw it at the suspect, hit him. picked up another stool, hits him with another stool. during that time, two or possibly three people made their escape. >> the hero told police his brother died in the world trade center attacks and he promised himself if something like that happened, he would never hide under a table.
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and if you have to make a conscience effort to go to another cup, you're less likely to do it. >> reporter: mayor bloomberg has launched the most aggressive anti-obesity in america. >> obesity is killing 5,000 people a year in new york city. >> reporter: in 2008, he banned artery-clogging transfats from new york city restaurants and insisted calories be posted on menus before setting his sights on soft drinks. susan kneely is with the american beverage association. >> the mayor seems to have an obsession with soft drinks. i don't think it's going to solve the obesity crisis by any stretch of the imagination. the problem is, what, you're going to be at yankee stadium with your family and you can have as much beer as you want and as much -- all the food that you want, and then you've got to have a limit on your soft drink? >> reporter: the mayor's ban only applies to restaurants, movie theaters and concession stands, not to groceries and
convenience stores. >> i just heard someone on the radio say you're legislating the joy out of life for new yorkers. >> oh, come on. we're not taking away anything. you don't have to pay attention to calorie counts, stop buying big bottles or stop drinking two cups. >> reporter: americans consume 200 to 300 more calories a day more than three years ago, likely due to sugary soft drinks. who do you hold accountable for he obesity epidemic? >> in the end it's people buying products, companies making products available that people want to buy. i don't know you can hold either side of the equation responsible. >> reporter: in 2003 new york city also banned sugary beverages from all of its public schools. and the health commissioner tells us that they have seen a 5% reduction in obesity rates in those school kids in the last four years.
michelle miller, cbs news, new york. in medical news, the journal science reports a possible breakthrough by swiss researchers trying to cure paralyzing spinal injury using a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and physical training they taught laboratory rats with partially severed spinal cords to walk again. researchers are conducting a similar study to determine if it works for people. up next, your weather forecast. in sports, a hometown thriller for thunder fans as oklahoma city tries to stay with san antonio in the nba playoffs. we charge everything else... maybe it's time to recharge the human battery. only the beautyrest recharge sleep system combines the comfort of aircool memory foam layered on top of beautyrest pocketed coils to promote proper sleeping posture all night long. the revolutionary recharge sleep system from beautyrest... it's you, fully charged.
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here's a look at the weather. new york, afternoon showers, 76. thunderstorms, 86 in miami. showers, 63 in chicago. sunny, 84 in dallas. partly cloudy in los angeles, 78 degrees. let's check your national forecast. showers and thunderstorms, some severe, will stretch from eastern great lakes up to the gulf coast of alabama. severe storms will bring damaging winds and hail along with possible tornadoes. the leading edge of this system will reach parts of the east coast by this afternoon. the pacific northwest will have showers but otherwise the west will be sunny with triple digit highs in the desert southwest. in sports this morning, thunder brought lightning to a playoff game with the spurs. at home in oklahoma city, kevin durant drove for a one-handed jam in the first quarter. and the second, kendrick perkins soared on alley-oop pass from russell westbrook. james harden sent one
westbrook's way in the fourth. nice. thunder came out smoking. they won this one 102-82. san antonio's 20-game win streak is over. the spurs still have a 2-1 lead in the western conference final. to baseball, milwaukee at l.a. dodgers. rickie weeks hit an rbi single to right in the second and brewers were ahead to stay. zack greinke struck out seven dodgers over six innings. carlos gomez hit a two-run homer in the ninth. the brewers won this thing 6-2, completing a four-game sweep. in denver rocky's carlos gonzalez smashed a three-run homer to left in the first ining. his fourth round-tripper in as many at-bats. scutaro hit a solo in the sixth. colorado beat the astros 11-5 for a three-game sweep. in boston red sox led early. the third inning, detroit's prince fielder with an rbi single to put the tigers ahead. in the ninth, a rare triple for
the big first baseman. he smashed one deep to right center that went all the way to the wall to score another run. tigers win this one 7-3. marathon man at the french opener, two years ago john isner won the longest match in tennis history, more than 1 1 hours in wimbledon. yesterday he found himself in another endurance contest playing matteau of france for six match points over 76 games, finally losing after five hours and 41 minutes. >> back to baseball for one of the wildest plays you will ever see. the batter hits a pop-up in front of the plate, the catcher dives and just manages to tip the ball and the pitcher dives making a bare handed grab for the out. take another look at this. unbelievable. this is a high school championship game in ohio, by the way. teamwork, baby! that's how you get it done. when we come back, letter
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. d.c., thunderstorms, 8. atlanta, thunderstorms, 80. partly cloudy, 68 in st. louis. and 66 in seattle. an unexpected guest turned up yesterday at bakersfield, california. a young black bear about 150 pounds wandered onto the school grounds, disrupting the graduation. i would have left the kids there and been gone. a teacher quickly called animal control officers. they caught it at a nearby apartment complex. >> it was going a little bit but they cornered it here and it just started making some weird
noises. they took it to animal control and they put it in the cage. >> the bear was tranquilized. champion, c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n, champion. take that, 14-year-old singdha nandipati. he is the winner of the 85th bee.al scripps national spellin- the finals last night in maryland she excuse me. the 14-year-old from san diego was called upon to spell a french-derived word. >> guetapens, g-u-e-t-a-p-e-n-s, guetapens. >> i would have messed that all up. prizes include $30,000 in cash and $5,000 scholarship and trophy. coming up on "cbs this
>> yes, woo-hoo, that's what my little 2-year-old says when she wants to go outside. howard let's do this. we have severe weather alert day. it's the beginning of hurricane season. >> but today is going to be nice light? >> okay this morning. it's going to be later this afternoon i mean we'll have some showers and storms around a little this morning. later this afternoon into the first half of tonight that things will be rocking and rolling. >> 60/40 day. >> 40% of the time all right. 60% not and that's how you're looking at it? because this morning we have a couple of showers around. >> positively. >> you are app optimist young lady. the threat for severe weather when talking about thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts or hail or the isolated tornado and you really need to stay up on the weather this afternoon. of course i'll be here this morning topper and anny will have you covered for the afternoon and the evening. you notice the big picture some showers here. here's the big stuff that will be seeing as it moves toward us with the daytime heating it's going to be even bigger but the morning as we look at the radar
in motion you'll notice the showers that have been moving in here into northern virginia in fauquier county south of town the really heavy stuff. well south of fredericksburg in southwestern fredericksburg but lifting north. fredericksburg over to colonial beach,al again, stafford maybe some of the heavier downpours with the lighter showers coming into prince william county here over the next 30 minutes or so. the friends down south needing the windshield wipers early. although frederick and cumberland in the upper 50s but some warmer air for the south coming in and 83 this afternoon. main thereto is going to be 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. you know everybody it's friday but i have a lot to tell you about in terms of traffic. first of all the belate north of town there had been construction right here in silver spring and an accident as well. in case you're now going out the door watch out for maybe some residual delays.
to the east side of town, no problems to report on route 50 from annapolis to the beltway but in southern maryland we'll go to the traffic ran camera. in southern maryland at trade zone avenue watch out for a pretty serious accident from overnight and police activity leftover there as well. let's go back to the maps, and f you're planning to head into virginia on the inbound side of 66 you have a bit of construction as you head through the vienna area and of course on the beltway as well. your usual spots i want to tell you on the inner and outer loops of the beltway trying to get on to route 7 or the inner loop of the beltway at route 7 all the cramps are closed -- ramps are closed off. out live right now on the northbound side of 95. that's -- 395. that's fine to the 14th street bridge but still a water main break at connecticut avenue right at dupont circle. coming up in my next report, we'll take a look at 270. this morning five children are hospitalized after being run over in a driveway at the home in the 2200 block of
hammond street and lewis dale, maryland. police say the driver of the suv department see the children -- didn't see the children when she backed into the the driveway and she's the mother of at least one of the children. neighbors rushed over the help and freed them from beneath the suv. >> there was a vehicle accident that occurred in the driveway of the residence down the street. lady was in the vehicle, backed up and five children were struck. the vehicle continued and lodged into the garage that is in the year portion of -- rear portion of the house. the exact injuries are at this time unknown. the children all five children were taken to children's hospital in washington, d.c.. >> the condition of the children ranges from serious to critical. they range in age from 1.5 to 1 years old. this kennedy high school student is in critical conditiow.