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good morning. it's 818th 2015 welcome to "cbs this morning saturday." isis in iraq goes after a u.s. consulate while one of their most wanted associates is reportedly killed. plus fierce storms affect millions of americans. details on the threats that continues today. taking millions of steps to reach home. one man's unbelievable journey to honor our nation's wounded soldiers. and they are america's crown jewels, but you'd be surprised who's seeing them inside a new push to broaden the visitors at national parks. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90
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seconds. >> oh my god. oh my god! >> a gas pipeline in california erupts into a geyser of flames. >> just look at the size of that fire ball. >> at least 11 people have been hurt. >> the explosion happened at the fresno county sheriff's gun range. >> we do not know what action caused the gas line to explode. >> saddam hussein's right-hand man, the notorious king of clubs, is reported killed. >> he was targeted near tikrit where he was helping islamic state militants. it's gone too far, enough! >> president obama made it clear pahis cetien is wearing thin on senate confirmation of attorney general nominee loretta lynch. >> this is embarrassing. a severe weather threat heading into your saturday. damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornados. he is saying adiosft aer 53
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years. >> he is the world's longest running
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they are considered one of the smartest musical acts in decades. the decemberists perform later in our saturday session. our top story this morning, severe weather hitting large portions of the nation this weekend. heavy storms including a funnel cloud, rolled through western kansas on friday. there were no reports that it touched down and, fortunately, no reports of injuries. in texas heavy rain soaked
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houston causing flash flooding in streets. one man waiting for a bus had to stand on a bus just to get away from the water. let's get more from ed curran from wbbm. >> good morning. we have a lot of action happening from southern texas to louisiana and all the way up through nebraska here. it's along this line of showers and thunderstorms we're watching that we expect we can see some severe weather today. there is a slight chance of severe from southern texas up through kansas and nebraska a slight chance for severe tomorrow. this all shifts to the east. the chance of severe may be an isolated tornado or two, mostly heavy thunderstorm winds today and tomorrow with damaging hail possible as well. tomorrow we also introduce an enhanced risk of severe. again, isolated tornados possible throughout the area here with a slight chance to see
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some severe weather in the form of heavy hail severe hail and that type of thing through the area. look at these temperatures today, though. 87 in sacramento 75 degrees in fargo, 60 degrees in chicago, but away from lake michigan it will be in the mid-70s. 78 in new york. enjoy these warm temps because a cooler pattern sets up as we head into the rest of the week. anthony, vinita? >> we like seeing those temperatures. ed curran, thank you. the islamic state is claiming responsibility for a string of attacks in iraq. there was an attack outside a u.s. consulate inner erbil. holly williams is in is stan bull with the latest. >> reporter: iraqi officials say the suicide bomber was spotted and stopped before reaching the
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u.s. consulate in erbil which is surrounded by a blast wall to protect it from attacks like this one. no americans were killed in the bombing, but two guards reportedly lost their lives. erbil is the capital of iraq's kurdish autonomous region and kurdish fighters have helped lead the battle against isis in iraq making erbil a target for the extremists. but this is a rare example of isis militants actually infiltrating the area. in baghdad yesterday where suicide bombings are far more common isis claimed responsibility for two blasts that killed 27 people according to iraqi officials. also yesterday iraq's government claimed to have killed saddam hussein's former deputy, izzat al douri.douri played a leading role during the insurgency following the invasion of iraq in 2003 and
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there was a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture. it's thought al douri later aligned himself with isis. his supporters have denied that he was killed. anthony. >> holly williams in is stan bull. suspects include two 18-year-olds, another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges and two other men aged 18 and 19 are also in custody. all are alleged to have been preparing an attack at a veterans day ceremony later this month that included targeting police officers. 11 people were injured, three were hospitalized after a natural gas pipeline ignited next to a highway in fresno california. witnesses say the blast shot flames more than 100 feet into the air. a major highway in the area was closed for three hours. nearby rail service was suspended. the cause of the blast has not yet been determined.
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there have been a number of challenges to security in washington lately including the protester who landed a gyrocopter on the capitol lawn this week. but there was some progress on one front this week a way to keep intruders from climbing over the white house fence. here's homeland security correspondent. >> reporter: these spikes will be positioned on the white house fence. last year a man made it deep into the mansion. just over another month another man scaled the fence but was quickly arrested. in january a drone landed on the white house grounds. then on wednesday that gyrocopter pierced restricted airspace and came kaimdown on the tom ridge says breaches often lead to important lessons. >> we should not have a failure of imagination. there was a breach on the congressional lawn there was a breach at the white house. don't think that our enemies may use these old protocols, these
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old approaches. they may apply the lessons learned themselves. >> reporter: after september 11th security was enhanced but smaller incidents have revealed weaknesses. the u.s. northern command is one of the agencies responsible for enforcing d.c.'s restricted airspace. it acknowledged the difficulty of detecting a low, slow flyer like a gyrocopter that on radar can be mistaken for a bird. the military is testing a new type of blimp that would detect smaller aircraft. senator ron johnson of wisconsin. >> i'm hoping that this thing was not undetected that it actually was detected and people just decided to use restraint to save this gentleman's life. if that is the case that he flew under the radar, we have serious problems. >> reporter: ridge says the small security breaches highlight the real threat homegrown terrorism and real
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attacks. there have been at least 20 terrorism-related attacks. president obama is speaking out about the long delay to confirm his nominee for attorney general. loretta lynch is the u.s. attorney for the eastern district of new york. on friday the president complained about senate dysfunction. >> and yet what we still have is this crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified has been now sitting there longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined. and there's no reason for it. >> lynch would be the first african-american woman to be attorney general. she would succeed eric holder. republicans agree, some republicans, that lynch should be confirmed. >> i think presidents have the right to pick their team in general. if someone is supportive of the president's policies whether yo
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reu age with them or not, there should be some deference to the executive. this should not always be partisan. look i hope the longer it takes to confirm her, the candidate marco rubio, republican of florida, and senator joe manchin, democrat of west virginia. 20 years ago tomorrow domestic terrorist timothy mcveigh and his co-conspirators set off an enormous truck bomb outside the alfred p. murrah building in oklahoma city. the blast killed 168 people including 19 children in the building's day care center. anna werner revisited the site and revisited this awful day. >> don't know what happened just a blast. >> reporter: the scenes are unforgettable. the federal building, the facade
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blown off. first responders desperately trying to save the lives of children pulled from the building's day care center. >> can you tell me your name? >> reporter: the denny children 2-year-old rebecca and her 3-year-old brother branden, were among six children pulled from the rubble alive. branden had debris embedded in his head. >> how's daddy and mommy's big boy? >> reporter: his father rushed to his bedside. >> kisses kisses. i love you, honey. i love you, baby. >> reporter: scott pelley spoke with jim denny that night. >> you've seen the building. >> i've seen the building what's left of it. >> it's a miracle you have your children today. >> it's an absolute miracle. >> reporter: 20 years later jim and claudia denny say their family has survived the bombing but that was just a beginning. >> it's with us every hour of every hour. >> reporter: doctors thought their son, branden would never walk again. he graduated high school and works for good will.
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his parents say he understands everything going on around him but still has trouble speaking. >> he was healthy and had all the potential in the world, and this bombing, you know he has limited capabilities now. >> reporter: their daughter rebecca, recovered from minor injuries. she graduates from college soon and is getting married. but the dennys can't forget the 19 other children killed that day. >> next to her was her wonderful son. >> reporter: they often visit the city memorial to honor those they knew and they keep talking about that day for a reason. >> we hope we can be an inspiration to other people who are going through tough times. we're not the only family that goes through tough times. >> this is the way i live my life is i have my best day every day because i don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. >> reporter: the family has suffered financially as well because jim denny had to quit his job to care for his son. there's a fund-raiser for them this weekend, and of course the family will be here for the
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memorial service on sunday. for "cbs this morning saturday," anna werner, oklahoma city. now to the california drought. scientists say the long awaited el nino weather pattern is finally arriving in the pacific, but can it keep the state from editor. i think el nino is one of those terms people don't know what it references. what is the basic definition? >> it's a periodic weather pattern. what it means is that you have above average temperatures. that creates a lot of additional energy that gets transported into the atmosphere and ends up changing sort of trade wind patterns that go all around the globe and ends up affecting weather patterns really on every spot of the planet. >> there are a lot of wild cards in the forecast for this though, right? >> absolutely. at this point scientists know it's happening. it has an official category but they don't know how long it will last or how strong it will be and that makes a difference in
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terms of weather. >> everybody is talking about what's happening on the other coast. california has been in drought for four years. do you think el nino could bring well-needed water to them? >> it could. if we're talking about a strong lasting el nino that continues on into maybe even next year you will likely see larger than normal amounts of rainfall in northern california and other parts of the state. usually in the fall and the winters it's rainier there. that's positive for california. but to get out of a drought of this magnitude which might be the worst in over a thousand years, you're going to need years and years of twice normal rainfall, three times normal rainfall and one el nino might not be enough to do it. >> that's my next question. if el nino isn't enough what does california do? >> beyond just hoping for additional rainfall you really need to work on how you are using your water. you can try to deal better with irrigation, think about how to use ground water, how to use water on lawns. the state is taking some steps but situation where you have the biggest state in the entire country facing very
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strict water standards and that's going to be very hard going forward. >> what do you say to someone who says this doesn't really affect me. why is it important that we understand what's happening? >> just in terms of what effect it will have on the drought, californians are very affected by that. but 80% of that water goes to agriculture and that goes to food that feeds around the country. so in terms of its water and farming is felt by every person in america. >> do you think the 25% limit in california, the 25% reduction in mandated water use is going to be enough? >> not by itself. it's very difficult to actually implement. but that was just affecting water used by houses used by businesses. it's really water used by farming that needs to be dealt with and that's going to be hard going forward because california has a lot of great things about farming, great weather, where it doesn't have a lot of water. >> brian walsh, thank you very much. we're hoping for a strong el nino. basketball hall of famer kareem abdul-jabbar is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery at the ucla medical
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center in los angeles. he is 68 and has been battling leukemia. he's the nba's all-time leading scorer, with more than 38,000 points. many using his trademark sky hook shot. a cheating scandal is opening up a slot at monday's running of the boston marathon. kendra sleur has been stripped of her title. she neekd intosneaked into the race after the final checkpoint. it vacates her spot in boston. american runners are known for going the distance even traveling a great distance for the challenges of a race. for just the second year north korea opened its borders to outside athletes. seth doane has the story. >> reporter: in a marathon the spectacle is usually the runners. but in this case it was the course. the streets of pyongyang. around 600 foreigners took part in this week's marathon half
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marathon and 10k, joining north korean runners in the capital of this infamously reclusive country. >> simply just by stating i'm going to pyongyang to run, they second look at you. >> reporter: nicholas bonner who also ran this week brought more than 250 participants to north korea through his beijing based travel company. >> there's quite an argument to be made against bringing tourists bringing money to this regime. >> certainly understandable. but to me it's the very fact that it's exposing a korean population to foreigners. they have no internet they have no access to the outside world and it's this exposure that i think has such a meaningful attribute for the north korean population. >> reporter: sunday's marathon has been held for 27 years as part of a series of events marking the birthday of the
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country's founder. this was only the second year amateur runners were invited. >> everyone who finished the marathon received this certificate. >> reporter: steven foreman and gary thompson traveled all the way from new york city where they're in the same running group. thompson said it was not the typical prerace routine. >> when you enter north korea, your passport is taken away from you, which is a formality. obviously there's no cell phone use so you're without i.d. and without any contact to the outside world. so you're on the other side of the moon basically. >> reporter: foreman described doing high fives with koreans who had come out to watch. >> they were curious to see what we thought of their country as well. what does the american press say about our country? obviously they have got told. they have an inquisitive mind. >> reporter: bonner says tourists get a thorough briefing and despite state department travel warnings there's little reason to worry. >> you'd have to be really looking for trouble to get into trouble. >> what's the takeaway for the
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runners? >> i think everyone we've taken has said it's the experience of a lifetime. literally everyone. it's quite rare where you get 100% for the rating. >> reporter: around 45,000 north koreans packed the stadium to cheer on runners from 27 countries. and to get a rare glimpse of the outside world. for "cbs this morning saturday," seth doane beijing. time to show you some of this morning's headlines. bloomberg business reports the justice department is leaning against comcast plans to buy time warner cable. there's concerns that the $45 billion deal would hurt consumers. officials say it's just a preliminary recommendation at this stage and still could be overruled by senior administration officials. the "chicago tribune" reports one of the nation's biggest defenders of the roman catholic church has died. cardinal francis george played a key role in the response to the sex abuse scandals and led the u.s. bishops against obamacare.
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he retired last fall. he had been battling cancer. he was 78 years old. the "san francisco chronicle" reports california's outbreak of measles is officially over. the state department of health says the infections which ignited national debate about vaccinations originated from two disney theme parks in december and sickened 130 people. it was the largest outbreak in some 20 years. "the las vegas review journal" says jared stull has been arrested on drug possession charges. it happened in a las vegas strip club on friday. the nhl center is an unrestricted free agent who struggled this season. he helped the kings win in 2012 and 2013 but the team missed the playoffs the class of 2015 will be inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame in cleveland tonight. paul mccartney is slated to introduce ringo starr who will join the rest of the fab four for his contributions to music as a solo artist.
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he will share accolades with greenday lou reed stevie ray vaughn and his band double trouble. >> i know you're going to be watching this, the whole thing. it's about 22 after the hour now. here's a look at the weather for your weekend. coming up what happens when a truck carrying millions of bees crashes on a busy highway? let's just say you wouldn't want to be one of the first responders. and later, etsy's dilemma. can a company dedicated to business keep it up when it has profit-minded stockholders to
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we have got all sorts of interesting stories ahead, including the yankees fan who is walking from florida to new york for a very good cause. and it is royal baby watch time again in britain. anthony, stop holding your breath, it's finally here. >> leave me out of that one. we'll be right back. you're watching "cbs this morning saturday."
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it's not like the running of the bulls in pamplona spain, but in belgium, zebras were on the loose in the streets of brussels. the three animals reportedly escaped from a zebra ranch and pranced around the city. >> it's so interesting to see. police pursued them and eventually caught them. no zebras or people were hurt. they say at the height of that five police cars were dedicated to getting those zebras back. a washington state bee keeping company is counting its losses this morning a day after a truck carrying nearly 14 million honeybees overturned near the canadian border. many of the bees were lost and many people on the scene were stung. ben tracy has the story. >> reporter: the bee keepers are on scene now --
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>> reporter: at 3:30 friday morning interstate 5 near seattle looked like a scene out of a science fiction movie. bee keepers tried to wrangle millions of bees with their bare hands. they calmed them with smoke but when the bees started to escape most had to be killed with spray foam. >> i think we're going to make this quick. >> reporter: a washington state trooper tried to brief reporters. >> yes, i hear you. >> reporter: reporters got stung. so did cameraman damien glitch 20 times. >> i had stings to my face to my arms. they crawled up my jacket and my lower back my stomach. >> reporter: as many as 20 million bees were lost and they won't survive without their hives. they were en route to a farm to pollinate blueberry crops. >> there's no other insect on earth that can do what they do. >> reporter: christian england was one of the bee wranglers. >> this was sent back to the farmers because they have got to get these bees on their crops. they have a certain window of
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time pollenation happens. >> reporter: there were five million active bee hives in the u.s. in the 1940s. now there are half that due in large part to what's known as colony collapse disorder. so this accident is a big loss. the driver of the semi was not injured, but like everyone involved, he likely felt the sting. for "cbs this morning saturday," ben tracy, los angeles. >> it's a serious loss but the poor cameraman, the bees on the lens and the 20 stings. >> it makes me thankful we're in the studio. those poor reporters getting stung. coming up how a third grade teacher figured out a way to get students to open up about their lives. teachers are adopting her method and the results are amazing. now here's a look at the weather for your weekend.
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time now for "morning rounds" with dr. jon lapook and holly phillips.
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actress and singer rita wilson revealed she is recovering from a double mastectomy. the wife of tom hanks says a second opinion helped spot her breast cancer early. holly, rita wilson says that the first pathologist she went do did not diagnose her with cancer and she's posted on facebook that, quote, a second opinion is necessary and vital, not just by another doctor but by another pathologist. is this good advice? >> i do think it's really good advice. i also like the way she emphasized the important role pathologists play in this whole process. often women when faced with a cancer diagnosis will go and get a second opinion either from the surgeon or from the oncologist. we forget that the pathologist is actually the person who in large part directs the rest of the care. when a woman is facing a cancer diagnosis, she sushlly lyusually has a biopsy of the breast. the pathologist's job is to look at the tissue under a microscope and determine whether there's cancer there or not cancer there. there's also a gray area in the
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middle where it's a little bit subject to opinion and that's when a second opinion is really really vital. >> so what was her diagnosis? i mean because it seems like the double mastectomy is an aggressive solution. >> sure, it is. we don't have all of the details of her diagnosis, of course but we do know she was given the diagnosis of invasive lobular cancer which was early stage so her cure rate would be about 98%. there are other less invasive ways to treat the cancer. she could have had a lumpectomy where you just remove the cancer cells from the breast or a single mastectomy where you just take the breast that's affected or a double mastectomy. in all cases, sometimes you follow up with radiation and medication. but it's a very personal decision and one that you have to make with your doctor. up next a recent study found a new treatment for epilepsy is showing great promise. jon. >> this new treatment uses a marijuana extract. while this was an early trial, the researchers found it could help curb seizures for those with severe epilepsy.
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from age 1, hank suffered from severe epilepsy that could not be controlled with medicine. his mother megan, says in one day he could have more than 25 seizures. >> i thought he was playing in the other room. he was not playing in the other room, he was convulsing turning blue, and that's when i thought i lost him. >> you've been such a good boy getting all hooked up. >> reporter: last summer she eagerly enrolled her son in a small trial designed to see if medical marijuana can help. twice a day hank received a marijuana extract. it does not contain thc, that can cause paranoia. the change has been dramatic. >> we instantly saw results. he was smiling again. we noticed a decrease in seizures. he was able to transition. at this point he was finally able to gain cognitive skills. >> reporter: 137 children and young adults average age 11 were
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given the drug. after 12 weeks parents reported the number of seizures declined 45% to 50%. dr. linda locks in chicago is one of the researchers. >> some of the kids clearly became more verbal better coordination. i had one child who started walking while they were using the medication. >> where's harold the helicopter? >> reporter: hank's epilepsy was so severe at age 7 he still cannot speak. he's able to attend school and hasn't had a seizure in months. >> my goal for him is to hear his voice, to hear him talk. we just want him to be happy. >> such a great outcome for that family. what do you see as the next step? >> more research larger trials and they need to be placebo controlled. that's very, very important. and then over time as we learn more and more we can find out the exact dosage that's needed to be used because right now it's kind of been up in the air about exactly how do we give this medicine. now we'll have some real science.
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next up, a new report finds e- e-cigarette use is skyrocketing among middle and high school students. we've talked a lot about e- e-cigarettes and this is something we were worried about. >> very much so and skyrocketing is the right term. when you look at just one year of e-cigarette use in high school students, in 2013 that number was 4.5% of high school students using. in 2014 it went up to 13.4%. same thing in middle school students. e-cigarette use more than tripled during that period of time. in fact e-cigarette use has surpassed the use of all other tobacco products by kids and teens, including regular cigarettes. >> it's not hard to believe when you consider the flavors they're marketing. but are those flavors adding any additional chemicals? >> they are. there's an author named james pankow. he looked at 30 samples from the liquid used in the e-cigarettes and refills and what chemicals
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are there? they found a bunch of chemicals including a class called aldahydes. these are thought to be they're safe they're just food coloring and additives, but that's when you eat it. it's really not known what happens when you smoke it. and specifically dr. pankow said if you like cherry and vanilla, those typically tend to have compounds that can be irritating. new research at duke university is shedding light on a possible cause of alzheimer's disease. the findings could pave the way for new drug treatments. jon, what did this new research uncover? >> this was such elegant research out of duke university. i spoke to one of the authors. we talk about amyloid that causes plaque and we talk about abnormal protein inside of nerve cells and we thought that's the story. now there's something else. there are these supportive cells in the brain called microglia.
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and they are dampen down immune reactions. it turns out there is an amino acid called arganine. remember that from chemistry? not really? well, it is important for the health of nerves and especially nerves in the brain. so it turns out that these microglia cells make something called arganase. in this mouse model of alzheimer's disease, they found out that the arganase levels went up the arganine levels went down and you had development of nerve death and trouble in terms of symptoms of alzheimer's, memory problems in these mice. incredibly, when you gave something to block this arganase, you could prevent the development of the alzheimer's and plaque and memory loss. a lot of work to be done.
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but i found it interesting they went to something totally different. you're going to hear about microenvironment. what's going on at the level of the inside of the brain, at the nerves at the connective tissues, what's going on that we don't know about yet. finally this morning dogs are man's best friend and thanks to a new study we know why. research released this week suggests that eye contact between man and canine companions helped to secure a dog's place in the human heart. they're like babies. >> very much so. it actually comes down to a hormone in the brain called oxy oxytocin. it's a feel good hormone, it's released in times of bonding between mothers and children and between partners. apparently between species as well. >> and i love it that it's between species. the authors talk about that fact. what's so interesting is it's not just among humans it's two different species. it's like the dogs have hijacked it's
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♪ perfect song for etsy, the marketplace for homemade and vintage goods has gone public and made quite a debut on wall street. now will its reputation as a hip company clash with the money-making demands of its new stockholders. jill schlesinger joins us this morning. jill hello. >> hi. >> i've even bought from etsy. i had no idea what a socially conscious company this is. >> this is being defined as a
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b corp. it is a certification and it means that the company adheres to certain core values. social which is very important, environmental, has to be transparent and it has accountability guidelines with both the community and its workers. its set by this nonprofit organization called b-lab. i like to think of it as a certificate fiction for being a really do-gooder kind of company. >> this company has had a very interesting birth and has really thrived because it's been driven by people who make things themselves and were looking for a market to sell them. >> it started in 2005 but it really emerged and exploded during the recession, of all places. a lot of people who were making some big, tough decisions about their financial lives said hey, i can sell my own crafts on this marketplace, this internet marketplace, and as a result they now have 54 million
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members, okay. 1.4 million active sellers. almost 20 million active buyers. that means you bought something within the last year. so this has been an explosively growth oriented company. >> you mentioned all of these wonderful core values and they seem like they are in stark contrast to what will happen or what happens when a company goes public and it becomes about profit. >> and it's really interesting because etsy during its offering had basically said to the people, the community and to the investment community we will not put profits above people. but i think that we're used to companies saying shareholder value, my shareholders come first. this is a very different organization. now, couple of questions remain. number one, will they be able to maintain this b corp status? if they lose it will that make their community rebel? that could be one issue. the other is as they become a publicly traded company, are they going to feel pressure to cut some of the things that they do. they pay 40% above the local
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living wage. they give 40 hours of paid leave for volunteerism. they pay 80% of health insurance premiums. it's hard to maintain a company at those levels. oh, by the way, they lost $15 million last year. >> i don't know if i want the stock but i wouldn't mind working for them. >> it started as some guy's way to sell hand made wooden gifts. >> i wish i were crafty. up next the stars are coming out to shine and sing on tomorrow night's academy of country music awards right here on cbs. we'll look back at the history of the awards that began half a century ago. yoching "cbs this morning saturday." people with type 2 diabetes come from all walks of life. if you have high blood sugar ask your doctor about farxiga. it's a different kind of medicine that works by removing some sugar from your body. along with diet and exercise farxiga helps lower blood sugar
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♪ there ain't nobody ♪ >> but since that first ceremony in 1966 the academy of country music awards have grown and grown each year until tomorrow for its 50th anniversary when country music's biggest night hits its biggest stage yet. >> hey, you boys get off my lawn! >> at&t stadium in arlington, texas. the ceremony promise its to be the largest live awards show ever staged with performances lfromegendary artists. ♪ i love you and i don't want you to go ♪ >> reunited superstars. ♪ there ain't nothing about you ♪ >> and some of country's best new acts. ♪ write your name on my heart as i wrap my arms all around you ♪ >> so stay tuned tomorrow for
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all the laughs -- >> blake's scenes are like buying something on credit nothing up front. >> all the big moments. >> this is the defining moment of my life. >> and to find out who will take home country music's top prize. >> isn't that impressive the size of that stadium? >> that's a big event now, no denying that. >> don't forget, you can see the 50th academy of country music awards tomorrow night right here on cbs at 8:00/7:00 central. coming up he's headed to yankee stadium but not on the subway. how this fan is raising money for america's woundsed warriors with a 1200-mile hike to the ballpark. for some of you, your local news is next. the rest stick around. you're watching "cbs this morning saturday."
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welcome to "cbs this morning saturday," i'm anthony mason. >> and i'm vinita nair. coming up taking attendance at our national parks. turns out it's a limited demographic who sees these national treasures. we'll take a look at the new push to broaden who attends. then neil degrasse tyson has excitement about the universe around us. he'll pass it on on "star talk." we'll visit with him. plus from looking at the heavens from sailing the ocean blue. an 18th century warship relives the voyage to help america win its independence. we'll take you aboard. our top story this half hour, severe storms are affecting millions of people in the nation's mid-section today.
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in western kansas a funnel cloud was captured oneo vid as it appeared in the sky on friday. there were no reported injuries. in houston, there was flooding in the streets as heavy rain poured down forcing drivers to go through high water. today there's a chance for tornado activity plus more rain and strong winds are expected from the gulf of mexico to the upper mississippi valley. the islamic state is claiming responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in iraq. they include a car bomb explosion outside the u.s. consulate in the northern city of erbil on friday killing at least three people. the vehicle could not get close to the compound which is surrounded by a wall. no americans were killed in the attack. the new york yankees are playing tonight against the tampa bay rays in florida, but one of the yanks' most loyal fans won't be there. richard alberro is on the road bound from tampa to yankees stadium, 1200 miles on foot. he's 65 years old.
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his mission should make many americans proud. >> three ball one strike delivery on the way. did he go? no. >> reporter: in baseball, a walk will get you to first base. but richard alberro has his sight set on home plate in the bronx, about 600 miles away. >> so you're walking from where to where? tampa home plate, steinbrenner field to the bronx, yankee stadium home plate. >> reporter: last month alberro began a three-month journey starting at the yankees spring training complex in florida. he'll pass through more than eight states and log about 1200 miles before finishing his trek in new york city in june. >> i saw you when you hit the first home run there. >> reporter: members of the yankees gathered at the team's training facility to see him off. manager joe girardi. >> excited about what you're doing. >> oh, thank you, thank you. >> we think the awareness you're bringing is pretty amazing too. >> one small step for me one great step for the wounded warrior and for all the
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sacrifices they made for our great country. god bless them. here i go guys. >> reporter: his goal to raise awareness and money for the wounded warrior project who helps since the terrorist attacks since 9/11. he's hoping to bring in more than $100,000. he had already logged more than 200 miles when we caught up with him in jacksonville at the organization's headquarters where a big surprise was waiting for him. >> i'm just overwhelmed. overwhelmed. >> reporter: they say there's no crying in baseball. good thing he is not a player. >> i can't just believe how emotional. like when i walked in the wounded warrior, i cried more since i started this trip than i did the last couple years of my life. >> reporter: it's meeting men like wou warrior dan nevins that keeps him motivated on this trip. >> this is called the socket. what's left of my leg goes inside that. >> reporter: nevin lost both legs fighting in iraq and now
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works for the project. >> he seems like a real inspiration to people. >> he is an inspiration to people. he's annin prags to me. >> reporter: he also draws inspiration from his nephew gary. he was killed in the world trade center attacks on 9/11. he too also loved the yankees. >> do you think about him every day? >> oh, yeah, i look at a cloud and i can picture my nephew sitting just watching me. i say hi. people are going to say you're nuts. but in my mind they're there. >> reporter: he averages 16 miles a day and hopes to arrive at yankees stadium by june 10th. for "cbs this morning saturday" vicente arenas jacksonville florida. >> this is such an dmishladmirable gesture. he's making his way through north carolina this week. >> i think $100,000 is the goal. so far they're at $21,000. if you want to follow the journey or find out more go to our website at
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up next the national park service has plans to make our natural wonders available to more people. i'm david begno off the california coast. this morning we're going to take you to santa cruz island part of the channel islands national park. we're headed there with a group of high school students who will be helping to restore the island. we'll tell you why it's part of a larger push to get more minorities to visit the national parks, coming up on "cbs this morning saturday." if your purse is starting to look more like a tissue box... you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. zyrtec®. muddle no more™ .
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the national park service will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. ahead of this milestone, it's launched a campaign called "find your park." it's aimed at attracting a wider audience to experience parks, mon menltsument monuments, seashore areas. david begnaud has more. >> reporter: the national park service has been stewards of magnificent landscapes and monuments for nearly 100 years. it is a legacy started by president theodore roosevelt who designated the first great american iconic landscapes as protected places. today there are 407 national park service properties. jonathan jarvis is the director of the national park service and wants to make sure the parks and monuments romainew -- remain valued by all americans. >> last year you had 292 million
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people visit national parks. that sounds like a lot of people. >> it is a lot of people. >> how much are minorities. >> our core visitation to the national parks tends to be older and more white than the demographic of the united states. for me that's a problem. >> reporter: that is why the national park service is going all out to get more visitors like 10-year-old tirran who has a badge for each of the 32 national parks he visited. >> do you think people your age are interested in national parks? >> i think so. i'm trying to inspire my friends to go to national parks. >> reporter: president obama is trying to do the same. that's why starting this fall a new white house initiative allows every fourth grader to visit a national park for free along with their family. tigran's passion started off the southern california coast where every week students go on a 10-mile boat ride with rangers. this group comes from buena high
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school's environmental club in ventura, california. they volunteered to help park staffers restore this island which was once used for ranching. >> this whole area was the largest wetland in all the channel islands. >> reporter: plants that ranchers brought in to feed cattle overran the native plants. now the students will help eradicate the problem. >> this plant with yellow flowers is one of our targets. >> reporter: it is a hands-on conservation lesson that young people might not otherwise have. >> i had never been to one before that. >> have you in turn taken anyone in your family? >> no not yet because my family doesn't -- like they're all really busy weso we don't do that many trips or vacations. my mom is interested in coming. >> reporter: the national park service is discovering young people are now the ones introducing others to the parks. >> how often do you go to a national park now? >> like every six months or every break i get.
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>> wow. you like it a lot. >> yeah. >> reporter: opportunities for eddie alvarez are as vast as the 84 million acres designated as a national park service property. ahead of next year's centennial celebration, the national park service has launched a campaign called "find your park" to point out that there are a multitude of special american places some easily accessible. >> it's pretty clear we're in downtown l.a. with all the sirens and helicopters. i don't think a lot of people know that this is a national monument. >> well, they probably don't. >> reporter: one of them is the el pueblo historic monument in downtown los angeles. with the help of celebrities, the park service is promoting these urban parks as a way of bringing more minorities to them. >> why is it important to change these numbers? >> i'm a deep believer that these belong to the american people and that the experience of standing in gettysburg battlefield and thinking about what happened there and how it
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changed america, that the transition from civil war to civil rights today, that these are issues that we are still dealing with in this nation is an experience that everyone should have. and that it literally sort of breaks my heart that there are members of our society that are not having this experience. >> reporter: and to fully experience it you must see it because as president theodore roosevelt said there are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, it's melancholy and its charm. for "cbs this morning saturday," david begnaud, los angeles. >> i really like what jonathan jarvis the director of the national park service, said there. it is really something we all should see. >> absolutely. and those people planning those summer vacations, that's the way to do it. >> they're great places to go they really are. coming up next he got his head in the stars. billions and billions of them. we'll meet astro physicist neil
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♪ talking about stars in the sky, astro physicist neil degrasse tyson became a star. he has a growing fan base with more than three and a half million twitter followers and the radio show and podcast "startalk." >> starting monday that show can be seen on tv on a late night talk show on national geographic. >> did you know this at the time? at the time are you just doing television or are you saying to yourself this is some good [ bleep ] going down here. this is whoa. because the show did get cancelled. >> right right. but i knew that it was -- >> the kardashians went longer than the original "star trek."
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>> but on "star trek" we had the car bashkardashians kardashians. >> that's george takeo, of course. we didn't know we'd have to bleep neil. he's the director of the hayden planetarium at new york's museum of natural history and he's here with regular startalk contributor chuck nice. good morning to you both. >> good morning, good morning. >> the podcast is in its sixth year. for those who haven't heard it what are you going to be putting on television? >> well it's the tv version of the podcast and radio show is basically just a tv version of it. i don't say just because it's got the set that we're on and i have to be better groomed to do the tv than i ever had to do for the radio show. >> you're going to be there in your sweats. >> right. >> which by the way that's how he comes to the radio studio. he looks a mess. >> so this show is a blend of science, popular culture and -- >> comedy. >> why comedy? >> oh because i --
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>> i'm glad to see we left him speechless. >> comedy -- believe it or not, first of all any serious comedian is going to be a closeted nerd. that's all there is to it. >> you're a secret geek? >> it's no secret anymore. anybody who listens to "startalk" knows. >> we tease it out of him. >> right. i'm a full-blown geek now and i'm proud of it. but yeah. if you're a comedian you have a natural intellectual curiosity and that is the basis of science, right? >> exactly. if you're not curious -- >> but is it hard to make science, especially at this level. because people hear astro physicists and they're like whoa. >> they are one in a million. >> the universe is a hilarious place. >> yes. >> completely. >> our galaxy is on a collision course with another galaxy right now. about a trillion years from now. >> i've got it on my calendar.
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>> we should talk about that. >> december 12th is when it's going to happen. >> you have a very interesting lineup of guests. we saw george takeo and former president jimmy carter who apparently taught astronomy once? >> yeah, see. so we have him on "startalk," i'm not asking the man about the middle east because that's what other people will do. we'll have a startalkian conversation. i'll talk about his science background. remember, he has an engineering background and he taught celestial navigation to fellow navy midshipmen. then i asked in your diplomacy and politics did this brain wiring analytic problem solving from science did that manifest in how you interact? he said yes and then he describes why and how. so "startalk," it's i, the scientist, interviewing people
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from pop culture rather than a journalist interviewing a scientist. that's the inversion maugds thatodel this is. >> one of the things teased out is science is everywhere. people don't realize that. look, that's science right there. i don't know how, but neil will tell you. >> you communicated a vibration from the skin to your air and it goes to your eardrum and vibrates. >> what do you think translating this into the visual medium. it's one thing to hear people talking about science. it's another thing to see a comedian or someone you know an entertainment person kind of light up. >> it's amazing that we've all heard comedy albums. comedians on albums it's amazing that can be funny because there's so much there to see if you watch them live. i kept thinking during the radio shows and the podcasts wouldn't it be cool if people could see -- my co-host is a professional comedian and chuck is there a lot. but to watch chuck gesture.
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i'm watching him gesture across the table in the radio studio. if this went to tv oh my gosh it adds another dimension of your access to the flow of this information. >> that was neil's way of saying that i'm a very handsome man. >> is your design to slip more science through to people with comedy? is that the secret here? >> i don't consider it slipping in because that would imply some kind of bait and swap. >> yes. >> our goal is to blend so smoothly comedy, pop culture and science, that you cannot imagine it happening any other way. and when that's the case you're not slipping anything in. you say of course it must be that way. and then when you walk out into the street you'll be seeing the world through a new kind of lens. a lens where you're empowered by a science literacy that enables you to see it everywhere. rather than say here's science, let me walk around that because i didn't do too well in that
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class in school. i'm into this but not that. no, you're always into science. >> you see how passionate this man is? i only talk about sex like that. that was the only thing in my life that i get that excited about. right now i want to run into science on the street okay. and this is what makes this show so awesome. >> oh my gosh! >> i think that's a show people are going to watch. thank you both for being here this morning. "startalk" premieres monday on national geographic. in 1780 the french warship hermione rejoined the american revolution. now a replica is making the same voyage to the u.s. this is "cbs this morning saturday."
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george washington in the american revolution in 1780. mark phillips has more on how this all came to be. >> reporter: it's a replica of what may be one of the most important and the most forgotten ships in u.s. naval history. in a way, it's coming home. the original sailing frigot hermione left france in 1780 carrying the best friend the american revolution ever had to boston. the marquee de la fayette was a
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sympathizer with the upstart colonies who served in george washington's army and who secured vital french support for what was then a flagging revolutionary cause. hermione's trip 235 years ago brought la fayette back to the colonies with news that theey were sending ships. now the replica hermione is making the same trip. the new hermione as her sea trial showed is a spectacular example. over 200 feet long with 16,000 square feet of sail she's been built using the same materials and a lot of the same methods as the original. it took money from both sides of the atlantic to funneled thed the project not to mention 17 years and the wood from 3,000 oak trees to
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sail her. it took 350 people before to handle a ship like this. the modern version gets by with 80, most of them volunteers and most french, although there are a few americans, including woody. >> one of the things with a ship like this is you get people from all around the world coming and sailing. when you put people side by side on board a ship they're puking together, cleaning the toilets together, they're really bonding. it makes it a very close and open relationship between people that lasts forever. >> reporter: there will be plenty of opportunity for bonding on the trip to the u.s. which is expected to last with four weeks. hermione will visit port cities from virginia to maine, beginning in june and she'll draw a crowd. >> the original hermione was known as freedom's frigot. without the ship without lafayette and the help that he brought to the american revolution history could have been very different. the modern hermione is a new
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teaching aid that will be hard to miss. for "cbs this morning saturday," i'm mark phillips france. >> that is one stunning ship. it is really beautiful. >> the detail on it also. but he said it's going to be up and down the east coast. it will be in new york. we should go see it. field trip. now here's a look at the weather for your weekend. up next, chef michael anthony in "the dish." some great works of art are left untitled. michael's new gig is to make a restaurant called untitled a culinary masterpiece. you're watching "cbs this morning saturday."
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♪ chef michael anthony has won many awards including best chef new york city from the james beard foundation in 2012. this year he is nominated for beard's outstanding chef award. as of may 1st he has a whole new kitchen to run. >> after nearly ten years at grammercy tavern serving as chef, he'll be executive chef and director of the soon to be launched untitled in the new whitney museum of american art in downtown manhattan. we're honored to welcome chef him to "the dish." what have you brought this morning? >> this is a collection of our new menu at the restaurant untitled, located in the whitney. it is a chance to tell a
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seasonal story in a way that is a style of dishes that are completely approachable and hopefully through these dishes the restaurant becomes a favorite neighborhood spot as well as a destination for visitors from all over. we're starting with a little petnat rose and that will go deliciously with a spring onion tart with ramps. >> that is good. >> it will also pair unbelievably well with a light salad of asparagus and turnips, which will be prominently displayed on the menu showing the seasonality and frequently-changing menu at the restaurant. the restaurant works independently of the museum and located right next to the front door. it will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and give us a chance to show off delicious salads with crispy chicken and sugar snap peas with yogurt sauce and even light
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dishes that are easy to share while you're sitting on the outdoor patio, another amazing opportunity. grilled lobster rolls. and even very simple easy going desserts. >> i love a palm-size chocolate chip cookie. >> we wanted to find one that would stand out. this one is both gluten-free and triple chocolate chunk. >> you're doing all the right things there with that one. >> we want to ask you about your childhood. you grew up in cincinnati. >> that's right. >> did that influence your cooking in any way? >> i come from an italian american family and i think everyone was proud and really loved the moments that we spent together as a family at the table, an important thing that food brings everyone together whether it's a restaurant or at home. and i think the best thing about those memories is that we are at our best at the restaurant when we confuse the issue. you're confused whether you've gone out or decided to stay home. and by channeling those
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childhood memories i think the dishes become stronger too. the food is undermanipulated really playing off the emotional side of seasonal ingredients and it's reminiscent of that time spent in the garden with grandma and grandpa. >> you went to indiana university and studied business french, japanese and ended up in japan. >> that's right. i traveled to japan the day after i graduated. we sacrifice a lot in the restaurant business. we are always working when our families are home celebrating and leading normal lives. but there's a payoff in travel. the unbelievable connection to people around the world is really one of the fringe benefits of this job. we have a staff at grammercy tavern which is a source of a lot of the dna at this new restaurant. a team of people that are talented, smart, ambitious and most of all friendly. so this opportunity has given us a chance to see these people
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step up and play new roles and grow within our organization. it's amazing. >> you mentioned grammercy tavern which a lot of people would say is a launching pad for so many wonderful chefs. when you look at untitled and the future you want id to have, is that what you're thinking? >> the core dna of that team will come from grammercy tavern. the feeling behind the genuine welcome that people get when you walk into any one of danny meyer's restaurants, especially untitled at the whitney, it's a gorgeous minimalist space. it's designed by a world famous architect. it's located on the street level right in front as you approach the building. but what makes it warm and what makes it come alive are the people. and that's -- someone who embodies this feeling, suzanne cups is the chef and it's exciting for to see someone i've worked with step up and play these important roles. >> i love your passion when you talk about food. i want to hand this dish over to you. as you sign it we want to know
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if you could have this meal with any person past or present, who would it be? >> i would choose to have this meal out of jimmy fallon. i always get a laugh whether jimmy is eating in our restaurant or on tv. >> no mayonnaise right? >> exactly. you know him well. >> chef michael anthony, thank you so much. for more head to our website. up next our saturday session with the grammy nominated band the decemberists back after a four-year hiatus with a new album. stay with us, you're watching "cbs this morning saturday."
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and constant touring, they took a four-year break. now they're back and "rolling stone" magazine calls them a band refreshed. their new album is "what a terrible world, what a beautiful world." here are the decemberists with "the wrong year." ♪ >> he was a river child born down pie -- by the river wild ♪ ♪ nobody is gonna intervene ♪ ♪ and she wants you but you won't do ♪ ♪ and it won't leave you alone ♪
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♪ and the rain falls on the wrong year ♪ ♪ and it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ could be that he's into you ♪ ♪ it could be that the obverse is true ♪ ♪ struck down as a summer child ♪ ♪ ten steps just to run a mile ♪ ♪ and he wants you but you won't do ♪ ♪ and it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ and the rain falls on the
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wrong year ♪ ♪ and it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ the spirit's willing ♪ ♪ flesh is getting bored ♪ ♪ speakers blaring out some long forgotten chord ♪ ♪ misbegotten long forgotten chord ♪ ♪ sing me some eidolon and i'll sleep all the winter long ♪
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♪ till then i can only be nobody's gonna intervene ♪ ♪ and she wants you but you won't do ♪ ♪ and it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ and the rain falls on the wrong year ♪ ♪ and it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ it wasn't leave you alone ♪ ♪ it won't leave you alone ♪ ♪ it won't leave you alone ♪
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don't go away we'll be right back with more music from the decemberists. you're watching "cbs this morning saturday." ♪ it won't leave you alone ♪ bring us your aching... and sleep deprived. bring us those who want to feel well
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tomorrow on "cbs sunday morning" my interview with kate mulgrew who plays red in "orange is the new black." in her new memoir she writes t abouheanotror le motherhood and the journey to reunite with the daughter she gave up for adoption. then on monday southwest airlines faces a wrongful death lawsuit. see what happened after a passenger was found in distress. that is monday on "cbs this morning." later today cbsn will have a saturday session special. you can watch an hour of great music at 11:00 p.m. eastern time.
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have a great weekend, everybody. >> we leave you with more music from the decemberists. this is "make you better." ♪ ♪ i want you, thin fingers ♪ ♪ i wanted you, thin finger nails ♪ ♪ and when you bend backwards ♪ ♪ i wanted you, i needed you ♪ ♪ oh oh to make me better ♪ ♪ i loved you in springtime i
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lost you when summer came ♪ ♪ and when you pulled backwards i wanted you i needed you ♪ ♪ oh oh to make me better ♪ ♪ oh oh to make me better ♪ ♪ but we're not so starry-eyed anymore ♪ ♪ like the perfect paramour you were in your letters ♪ ♪ and won't it all just come around to make you ♪ ♪ let it all unbreak you to the day you met her ♪ ♪ but it would make you better
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it would make you better ♪ ♪ i sung you, your twinges, i suffered you, your tattletales ♪ ♪ and when you broke sideways i wanted you, i needed you ♪ ♪ oh oh to make me better ♪ ♪ oh oh to make me better ♪ ♪ but we're not so starry-eyed anymore ♪ ♪ like the perfect paramour you were in
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narrator: today on lucky dog... brandon: watch this. you ready? narrator: from covered in knots... brandon: i'm bringing you a very dirty dog. narrator: ...to tying them. nikki: we would love for him to be a part of the wedding. narrator: this rescue dog is about to trade his cellblock for an altar, but before stark can say i do to his new life... brandon: you're a funny little guy. narrator: he'll need to stop objecting to his training. brandon: not working sorry. i'm brandon mcmillan and i've dedicated my life to saving the lonely, unwanted dogs that are living without hope. my mission is to make sure these amazing animals find a purpose a family, and a place to

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