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>> i thought he was 19. >> i can tell you this, he is a captioning funded by cbs >>. >> good morning to our viewers in the west. it is tuesday, may 8th, 2012. welcome to studio 57 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. a new bomb plot against the united states is foiled. we'll get new information from the president's top counterterrorism adviser and if airport security could have stopped this attack. a top administration official says he supports same-sex marriage and a striking prediction from the government on how fat america will soon become. i'm gayle king. we'll show you what prince harry is doing on his first visit to washington and when i see you at 8:00, author john irving and rita wilson will stop by.
>> first, we begin by a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> we will do everything necessary to keep america safe. >> the cia stops an al qaeda plot to bomb a u.s. bound jetliner. a new and improved underwear bomb with a better detonation system. >> authorities believe the mastermind is the same terrorist behind the last underwear plot in 2009. >> it probably would have gotten through metal detectors. >> just when we think we have it under control, they come up with another variation of the device and they are constantly working against us. >> in north carolina today, voters are veexpected to easily pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage. >> i don't have an update to provide you on the president's position. it is what it was. >> a new interview vice president joe biden said the sitcom "will & grace" made america more comfortable with gay people. >> these kind of tv shows can
change our minds. until i saw "frazier" i refused to accept the existence of seattle. >> britain's prince harry in our nation's capital to pick up a prestigious humanitarian award. >> a record number of young single women attending this year. >> a man had a knife and stunned mother runs away and leaves her 4 year old behind. >> all that. what do you think my problem is? >> i got nothing. >> going back. they are both there. look out. they both go into the bull pen. >> and all that matters. >> an author that wrote and illustrated "where the wild things are" has died. >> on "cbs this morning." >> anyone that saw the fight over the weekend saw justin bieber escorting him to the ring. >> it didn't make sense. when i hear a justin bieber song, it makes me want to punch people in the face too.
welcome to "cbs this morning." fbi experts are studying an unexploded bomb created by al qaeda intended to blow up an american airliner bound for the united states. >> a cia agent in yemen broke up that bomb plot. the government says no planes were in danger. john miller is here. good morning. >> good morning, erica. this was part of a global effort involving a handful of international intelligence agencies including the cia tracking the bomb and the bomber who is reportedly in custody. the plot targeted planes bound for the united states. using a new and improved version of the underwear bomb. that was a device used on
christmas day in 2009. >> they keep trying to devise more and more perverse and terrible ways to kill innocent people. >> what this incident makes clear is that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those it would seek to attack this country and we will do everything necessary to keep america safe. >> reporter: the plot is believed to be the handy work of ibrahim hassan al asiri, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula's master bombmaker who was also behind the attempted cargo bomb plot where explosives were hitted in printer chart ridges bound for chicago two years ago. >> al qaeda is coming up with new ways of coming after airline security and we shouldn't expect that we're always going to be one step ahead of them. >> reporter: the white house said president obama was informed in april. that raised questions about how. >> on the anniversary of bin laden's death officials said
there were no credible threats against the united states as this plot was unfolding. sources told cbs news they had enough controls to ensure the attack would not go forward. >> that said i think one of the worries that officials had in this case and will have in any other case that emerges in the future is whether or not there are others like it that are on the horizon that we don't know about. >> let's talk about where this plot is coming from. this is al qaeda in the arabian peninsula or aqap, operating out of remote areas of yemen. this is the group that osama bin laden and al qaeda designated to take the lead in launching an attack against the u.s. and great britain targeting planes. this is their third plot targeting u.s. soil and there's every indication they intend to keep going. >> it's evident they have the top bombmaker involved in this and that they are developing more sophisticated bombs. >> you know, charlie, in some measure this all boils down to
one person. making bombs is not that difficult. it's the technical part of it. it's the creative touch he adds how they are concealed, how they are conceived. printer bomb for instance was considered by bomb technicians around the world to be a brilliant stroke so it boils down to one person. one very dangerous person. >> and when did they exactly detect this bomb and know of its existence? they say a month ago they advised the president. >> when you look at aqap, they are targeting saudis and brits and yemen and targeting the united states so there you have four very capable intelligence agencies that have a laser focus on this group and compare notes and they have been looking at them now for a period of years and when those notes all come together that something is afoot, they combine resources. i think what we saw yesterday is the result of an effort involving multiple intelligence agencies. >> with us now from the white house is john brennan, assistant
to the president with homeland security and counterterrorism. good morning, mr. brennan. >> good morning, charlie. >> the bomb is supposedly in fbi hands. what do we hope to learn from that? >> as you know al qaeda in arabian peninsula tried to carry out an attack against two other aircraft. the underwear bomber of december of 2009 and so what the fbi is doing is taking a look at the ied construction and to see what refinements and modifications might have been made since then. aqap is clearly determined to continue to pursue these attempted attacks. we're going to do everything in our power to stop them long before they get to an aircraft. >> what does this story say to you? >> the story says that aqap is a very dangerous organization. it is very operationally active right now inside of yemen and we need to continue close
cooperation with the yemenis and other intelligence partners overseas. our intelligence allowed us to have visibility into the existence of this device early on. we were able to take appropriate steps necessary to prevent the possible use against innocent americans or others and so we're going to continue that very close cooperation with our partners overseas so aqap does not succeed in these attempts. >> where is the man who was to carry out the bomb? >> we're working with our partners overseas. this was an ied seized abroad and any individuals that may have been associated with it. we are continuing to investigate for might have been associated with the construction of this as well as plans to carry out an attack and so we're confident that this device and any individual that might have been designed to use it are no longer a threat to the american people. >> one of the things that's disturbing to a lot of people
when they hear this story is the bomb was a new design that can't be detected by some of the technology that's in place especially at airports. do security measures need to change? >> we constantly update and refine our security measures to take into account the terrorist group efforts to evade security measures. we have implemented a number of additional steps since we first saw this underwear bomber over two years ago. we continue to adapt the measures on a regular basis. we take into account the attempts and then make sure that we're able to have a redundant system that relies not only on one measure but on multiple measures and i think that the intelligence and counterterrorism and homeland security professionals have done an outstanding job working with partners overseas to stop these attempted attacks. >> do you consider aqap the most dangerous operational arm of al
qaeda today? >> it certainly is i would say the most operationally active. any al qaeda cell wherever it might be is a danger and poses a potentially lethal threat but aqap has a range of activities that it has underwear inside of yemen and clearly it is continued to be determined to carry out attacks against u.s. homeland and u.s. persons and interest. it's a serious problem for the yemenis and we'll work to remove this cancer from yemen. >> thank you. every time there's a threat like this, homeland security officials and tsa have boosted efforts to protect airplanes. that includes full body scanners that are in place at most busy airports. >> this morning officials are asking if it's enough. mark strassmann is at atlanta's hartsfield airport. mark, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica and good morning to our viewers
in the west. this particular plot was stopped before the bomb made its way to any airport but if it had, two questions, would the airport have picked an airport that had full body scanners and if he had, would scanners have picked up this particular threat? if you fly in the u.s., you know the drill at security. pockets empty, jacket and shoes off, laptop in its own bin. in 170 u.s. airports, you walk through a full body cscanner. metallic threats like a gun or knife, nonmetallic threats like plastic explosives such as type warn by richard reid, the now infamous shoe bomber and type used in a second foiled underwear bomb plot. >> i can assure you that tsa and airport security generally is going to be looking carefully at this to see what steps, if any, we have to take to upgrade our defenses against this attack. >> reporter: representative peter king is chairman of the house homeland security committee. >> if this occurred prior
to 9/11, we wouldn't have been able to stop it. tsa and explosive experts will analyze this device carefully seeing how effective our current detectors are. >> reporter: the tsa says it is using 670 full body scanners across u.s. airports mostly international entry points. most european cities also use them. london, paris, rome. they are seen less frequently in asia and africa. the israelis considered to have the world's toughest airport security don't use full body scanners at all. they consider them to be unreliable. and technology has to keep up with the evolving sophistication of terror networks across the globe. >> scientists who are trying to stay one step ahead of us when we think we have it under control, they come up with another variation of the device and that they are constantly working against us. that's the reality that we have to face up to. >> reporter: security experts we talked to are confident the full body scanners would have picked
up this upgraded underwear bomb. but they are more worried about the step of the threat. the bomb not hidden in someone's underwear but inside someone's body and whether the scanners would have picked up that particular threat. >> thank you. north carolina voters decide today if that state should have a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. president obama hasn't said anything about comments from the vice president and a member of his cabinet supporting same-sex marriage. >> a new poll shows half of americans think same-sex marriages should be legal. bill plante is at the white house with the president's delicate political dance. >> reporter: same-sex marriage politically risky. the white house would soon of ignored it if the vice president didn't bring it up. the white house played defense insisting that nothing has changed in the president's view of same-sex marriage. while he opposes it, his position is still evolving. >> i don't have an update to provide you on the president's position.
it is what it was. >> reporter: in the last 48 hours, the vice president suggested that he supports the right of gay couples to marry. only to see the administration pull that back and say that he was simply supporting equal rights for all. >> i am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying are entitled the same exact rights. >> reporter: education secretary arne duncan was explicit when asked if he supports same-sex marriage? >> i do. >> reporter: it's an important issue to many of the president's supporters on the left and though he endorses civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, he doesn't support marriage for them, at least not yet. here's what he said in 2010. >> my feelings about this are constantly evolving. i struggle with this. >> reporter: the issue of same-sex marriage is politically potent. it was one element in the 2004 re-election of george w. bush. it helped to drive social conservatives to the polls.
but public opinion on the issue is shifting. in 2011 it was the first year in history that a majority of americans supported gay marriage according to a poll. the white house has taken steps to guarantee rights for same-sex couples ending the don't ask, don't tell policy in the military and has ordered the justice department to stop enforcing the defense of marriage act, a law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. later this week the president is headed to hollywood. of course he's likely to be asked at a big dollar fund-raiser at the home of george clooney if he is still evolving in his views. erica, charlie? >> bill, north carolina is important in the president's political plans as well. how does the campaign plan to handle this? >> reporter: the campaign is changing the subject. that's the first thing they did yesterday when mitt romney made a comment about how he was responsible for the success of
the gm, chrysler restructuring saying he may have supported that but not the bailout that came first. they are caging the subject and moving on.lly ks bi.risky. >>,bi they were found last week behind a home where suspect adam mayesm used to live. he's on the run this morning. the fbi believes mayes abducted the family and has bain's two younger daughters with him. prince harry making the first trip to washington looking like a diplomat than a so-called "playboy" prince. >> reporter: good morning. prince harry has been doing some very serious work but it's often overshadowed by his active social life. so now the royal family is putting him through an image makeover.
on his first visit to washington, prince harry received a welcome fit for a rock star. this was no frivolous occasion. >> for our service men and women and families standing shoulder to shoulder. >> reporter: he was here to accept an award on recognition of his work for wounded service men and women through a foundation he founded with his older brother. he even shared the stage with former secretary of state colin powell who joked about his popularity with the ladies. >> we have a record number of young single women attending this year. prince harry? >> reporter: earlier at the british embassy, he met with injured british and american troops whose respect he had already earned by serving 11 weeks on the front lines in afghanistan. he's currently training to be an apache helicopter pilot. his visit here follows a trip in march to central america and the caribbean. his first official trip on behalf of the queen.
>> i'm definitely not a diplomat. i come representing my grandmother. >> reporter: it's part of a long-term effort by the royal family to help harry shed his image as the party prince. for years harry was best known for playing polo, escorting beautiful women, getting into scuffles with photographers and on more than one occasion appearing to be intoxicated. the prince third in line for the throne behind his father prince charles and his brother william is sending a message that he's all grown up as he told cbs news earlier this year. >> very privileged in the position that we are and with privilege comes responsibility. >> reporter: changing his image is not going to be easy. while he's here in washington doing important work, back in london the tabloids are abuzz over whether he's back with his old girlfriend. charlie and erica? >> nothing changes, chip. it's time to show you some of this morning's headlines from around the globe.
the israeli newspaper says benjamin netanyahu joined forces with a moderate opposition party to form a new government. netanyahu promises responsible negotiations with palestinians and iran. >> oracle won a partial victory in a copyright suit against google. it may affect the price of android phones and other devices. they found google violated the code. jurors could not decide if that was allowed under fair use laws. gas prices are down for the fifth week in a row. the average price for a gallon of regular is now $3.79. that is 15 cents lower than a month ago. the omaha world herald reports pink slime plants are being shut down. the largest producer of that controversy beef filler says it will permanently close three of the four plants that will result in about 850 job cuts later this month. approaching
two air force pilots tell "60 minutes" that flying an advanced fighter plane is making them sick. >> we are waiting for something to happen and if it happens, nobody is going to be surprised. >> we'll ask a congressman and fellow pilot if those planes should be grounded for good. >> and cdc predicts that in 2030, another 30 million americans will be obese. we'll look at the rising medical costs and also the hidden costs of making room for all of those extra pounds. you're watching "cbs this morning." >> announcer: this portion of
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>> it morning everyone. soldiers from alameda has died in afghanistan. an oakland firefighter is being treated for minor injuries this morning after being hurt in a vacant building that burned at 99th avenue and macarthur boulevard. they're still mopping up at the scene. a new clue in the sierra lamar search in morgan hill. they're now looking for a red car with a black hood, possibly a volkswagen jrtta ,,,,,,,,
>> good morning. let's go out towards the bay bridge where it is jammed up all the way to the macarthur maze. the metering lights were turned on right around 615 or so, just about on schedule. of the altamont pass, a lot of slow speeds especially through livermore. more than a half-hour between the altamont pass and this dublin interchange. >> a lot of sunshine around the bay area interchange. it will be hot in locations inland once again as temperatures will soar into the afternoon. 40's and '50's right now but 80s and low 90s possible in,,,,,
yesterday on cbs, newt gingrich said it would be inconceivable for mitt romney to choose another running mate and today mitt romney said yep. >> welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> there is new information on sunday's "60 minutes" report about the airport's most sophisticated fighter plane. in case you missed it, two fighter pilots say they got dizzy and disorient dude to a lack of oklahoma city jen. the men were so concerned bd their safety and their colleagues, they put their careers on the line by speaking with "60 minutes'" leslie staal.
>> it's insidious. some will go on the entire mission, land, and not know anything was wrong. there was a publicly announced incident of a jet in alaska hitting a tree and the pilot was not aware that he ran into a tree. >> he didn't know he hit a tree? >> that's correct. >> reporter: after josh's incident, his symptoms were so severe, the ars sent him to a hyperbaric chamber. >> this is the first time we've heard that pilots are going into hyperbaric chambers. >> reporter: even pilots who never had a physiological incident in the air had problems on the grournld in the days after they fly the plane. >> amongst f-22 pilots, there's a term called the raptor cough. in a room full of f-22 pilots, the vast majority will be coughing. among other things, lying down for bed at night after flying getting spinning room feeling, dizziness, tumbling, vertigo
stuff. >> reporter: i have heard that other pilots because of their fears from crashing from their own vertigo, whatever, that they're taking out additional life insurance policies. >> they are, yep. absolutely. >> we're waiting for something to happen, and if it happens, nobody's going to be surprised. i think it's ma matter of time. >> lesley stahl is with us from studio 57. adam kiz injer is a pilot from the ars reserves. good morning, all. leslie, there's a hearing this afternoon. what do you expect from that hearing? >> it's the senate armed services committee and we're being told they'll be asked what's taking so long to find out what's wrong and i suppose they may be pushed into the same question we were asking, do you need to ground the plane again in order to find out what's wrong. p>> what do they say so far? they do not believe it's necessary to ground them.
>> yes. they say they have minimized the risk enough that they're comfortable keeping the plane in the air. >> congressman, what do you think? >> well, look. i think this aircraft is so important to our invenntry and our strategy that it's important to find out what's going on. if you have pilots taking off and they're worried about going hypoxic and they've gone through it on purpose during training, it's not fun. we've got to be very careful. i want to make sure we get to the bottom of through but also that pilots who felt it was important to stand up and get this message out don't have their wings taken away because they feel this is outside of >> and the pilots that came out, you wrote regarding it vchlt you made any more headway with them? >> unfortunately we've requested a number of items from the air force.
we had pushback. in some cases they claimed privileges and in other cases they didn't have the studies. we're getting ready to make the quest again. we want to see it in writing so we can figure out what to do next. >> let me see if i understand this. the pilots continue to fly and they do not know the cause of what makes the pilot sick and the question is why not ground the plane until they figure the cause. >> that's it in a nutshell, but i went to a fwreefg that the air force put on last week. i have no doubt that they're doing everything to figure it out. it's baffling that it's taken a year and a half. >> what do they suspect? >> well, they're now -- after looking at the oxygen tubes and all that kind of stuff that maybe when you fly that height, that fast, super sonic, there's some physiological change that takes place that interacts with the system of delivering the oxygen. they're going to look at each pilot, look at what his
particular health condition was hen got in the plane to see if there's some little pin point thing they can do between the pilot and the system, but they don't know. >> another question. are there more pilots who believe what the two who came forward said? >> oh, yeah. they're just not -- as the pilots tell us, it's a silent majority. >> congressman, why shouldn't they shut down the plains until they know the answer? >> well, that's a decision the airport has to make. they did remove the charcoal filter. that's a decision they had to make. my concern is that they get to the bottom of this. as leslie said, i don't think there's a conspiracy here to hide anything, but what i'm concerned with is pilots -- as a pilot, i've been trained if something's outside of your safety level or con fort zone, you have a responsibility to say that and have a responsibility not to fly. i want to make sure these pilots who have come forward and said there's a problem that they don't have their wings teenagen
away. >> do you know, congress marngs one of the things the airport did to get the plane back in the air after they grounded it for -- over this was put in the charcoal filter. it was one of the reasons they said they were going to be able to fly again. now they've taken that charcoal filter out because the their suspicion that was hurting the pilot. so now they're flying without any additional protection right now. >> that's baffling. >> that's baffling. the pilots don't know themselves, congressman, if they're going to be punished. you said they're protected under the whistleblower's act, but they're kind of in limbo right now. >> they're protected as far as telling their story but if they're going to have action taken against them for not flying, that's another question. >> congressman adam kinzinger
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right medication. but two months ago her dad mark schoenveld was told her chemotherapy drug methotrexate was running out. >> you hope people do their job and get it done. >> but it's not getting done. dozens of cancer drugs are running out. the reasons include manufacturing problems and reduced production due to lower profits with generic drugs. fda commissioner dr. margaret hamburg. >> the industry has to not be afraid to let the fda know if if they have a problem is we can get in there and work with them to fix it before it results in a shortage. >> the fda says the two bills that are languishing in congress would help fix the problem. we showed up at speaker of the house john baker's press conference to ask why. >> why is it that what everybody agrees is desperately needed is taking so long to pass sth. >> the congress is working on it. the senate is getting ready to
move a bill. the congress is getting ready to mark up a bill in early may. but i would also ask where's the administration been? where's the president of the united states been? >> meanwhile in the senate drug shortage legislation cleared a committee but has not yet reached the floor for a vote. senate majority leader harry reid. >> when is that going to happen? >> well, you're asking me to look into the future and try to pinpoint a time. as soon as we can. >> next two weeks? next two months? next two years? >> i hope to get it done sometime in the fourth of july recess. >> dr. jon lapook is here. where does that legislation stand? >> that interview was in april and late yesterday afternoon the chief spokespenn for senator reid says it might get passed before memorial day. >> might. we look at it. pwhy is it taking this long? >> it's a mystery.
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>> good morning. let's go out towards the golden gate bridge where the fog is really fix this morning. you can barely see the bridge. not too bad of a delay, no official fog advisory but be careful. we had an accident on westbound 237 which is why it is so slow right now heading toward san jose. this is the nimitz through oakland, pretty sluggish up to the downtown oakland exits'. >> we do have fog out towards the coastline but nice and clear right now. a high-pressure still sitting overhead will crank up the temperatures into the 40's and '50's and even 60 degrees in mountain view. 80s and 90s,,,,,,,,
say what you wille about putin's melodramatic governing style. you have to be moved by how much he is enjoying this moment. there he is. living the dream. just beside himself. overjoyed. can't believe that i have been happier getting a colonoscopy. >> that is at the presidential inauguration. you can take anybody's picture and do that. look how happy she looks.
>> he didn't look too happy. >> had one of those, too. welcome back to "cbs this morning". >> on monday a judge in washington dismissed a child pornography charge against the father of josh powell. >> bill whitaker spoke to her parents who believes susan powell's father-in-law can explain what happened to her daughter and family. >> it is hard if you run across them. it makes me cry. >> for chuck and judy cox memories are all they have left of their two grand sons. >> their dad made a lot of promises and he never kept them. >> last february during a supervised visit seven-year-old charlie and five-year-old brayden were killed in an
apparent murder suicide. police say josh powell locked a social worker out of the home and attacked his sons with a hatchet before starting a gas fuelled blaze that consumed the house in minutes killing everyone inside. >> i already felt numb but it just took my breath away. >> the fact that he killed those boys and the way that he killed them, what kind of a monster, it pointed out what kind of a person he was. >> now josh powell's father is on trial charged with 14 counts of voyeurism. during a search the elder powell shared with his son pleeps found secretly recorded images of young women including josh's wife susan powell. with the wounds of their grand son's death still fresh the cox's hope that steven powell
will provide answers. >> he needs to tell the truth and tell us what happened to our daughter. >> from the beginning josh powell maintained susan disappeared while he and siz sons were on a camping trip. chuck and judy say their son-in-law was very close with his father. >> we are hoping that when he realizes that he is not going to get out on some technic cality, that this is real, that he would be willing to go ahead and admit his part in it and tell us where she is. >> almost three years after susan's disappearance but only three months after their
>> his books have sold tens of millions of copies. he won an oscar for his screen play of "the cider house rules." people say this is so timely about a bisexual man. with the way that you write how can it be timely? you must have had this idea for a long time. >> i have had every idea for a long time. i'm pretty slow. >> you are ahead of your time. >> this novel was pretty much fully formed ten years, almost 12 years ago. i didn't begin writing it until june, 2009. but the writing process itself was very fast for me, unusually so maybe because it is a first person. when you are in that person of a first person the novel somehow is more quickly northcoming. >> here is what you said about it. in one person about a young
bisexual who falls in love with an older woman in a public library. two trans gender women are the heroes in the sense the two characters my narrator most looks up to. they are the heroes. >> it is a novel about our lingering still with us intolerance for sexual differences. i somehow thought i was done with that subject when i finished "the world according to garp." i thought i wouldn't write about that again. i think sexual intolerance is still with us in a different way. and this may be a somewhat less radical, more realistic novel but it is still on that subject. i chose the bisexual main character because i knew he
would generate more distrust from straights and gays alike. he is deliberately chosen sexual outsider or misfit. or perhaps a part of his attraction to these trans gender women of different generations is that he recognizes that they are more marginalized in society or more distrusted than he is. >> you're also saying in the next sentence billy is not me. >> no. he is not me but i think there is so much in my novels that comes from a "what if" proposition. as a young boy i suspect like many young boys coming of sexual age i was attracted to just about everyone, my friend's mothers, girls my own age and
even the occasional older boy on the wrestling team. my attractions were all over the map. >> did you feel confused by it? or a normal way of growing up? >> not so much confused. the sympathy remained. i thought just because it turned out that i liked girls and i was straight it doesn't mean that i'm allowed to forget that moment of coming of age when i felt these desires and attractions to a disturbing variety of people. therefore how can i judge other people who act upon those desires. >> i am so fascinated by your writing styles. if i would write i would start with the first line. i was instantly drawn in by who is ms. frost. you always know how it is going to end. was that true in this case?
this book is very complicated? did you know what the end would be? >> this is a dialogue ending. there have been three in my novels. when that happens it's a line of dialogue that you have heard before, usually in a different context, sometimes from a different speaker but it's like a refrain, like a piece of music you hear again. i like those endings. i can't engineer them or make them happen. when they do happen i feel lucky. it is the moment that the reader feels here comes that again. >> "time" magazine has a profile of you called the wrestler. he is to reclaim his title. does that resonate with you? >> that's one of those legacy issues which i think when you get to be my age if you start
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its one of new york city's best dressed red carpet veepts. dozens of a-list stars turned out to celebrate two visionary artists of fashion industry. the glitz, the glamour. the annual costume institute gala at new york's metropolitan museum of art is known as the oscars of the east. >> it's another illustration of what makes this city so exciting and in large part due to them. >> the vogue editor in chief plays host to a crowd draped in masterpieces. >> i always say you can look at great fashion photograph and it can tell you just about as much of what's going on in the world as cbs news programmes. i mean fashion is history. fashion is culture. fashion reflects a time. >> the institute's new exhibind
shows the style. the familiar boilt elsa schiaparelli. turned it into a global empire. behind the exhibit is curator andrew bolton. >> why did you choose to put elsa schiaparelli and prada together? >> the one between the two women, one between the past and the present. also the object itself. they almost enter into a dialogue with each other. >> it echos through the exhibit with an imagine nair chat brought to life by famed
director baz luhrmann. >> the idea was ridiculously attractive. these extraordinarily creative women from a different time, different place, have a conversation. >> i tried to make the man more human and the women more powerful. >> i think it's not about what's in front of you in terms of an object or the individual yoechlt its about the experience you have in your own head. >> the experience you have between prada and shocking pink that continues to inspire new conversations among the icons of today. >> that exhibit opens on thursday. one of the great things that andrew bolton told me, consistently the galleries where they house are the loudest. he loves it. he thinks it's a comfortable vieshlt where they love to talk about clothing. they love that it's in sort of his words a unifier. beautiful.
>> time for the news headlines. police in the east bay work through the night at home or two people were shot and killed in pleasanton. a mother and daughter died. the father returned home last night and find his wife and their 13 year-old daughter. police say the person, the father is a person of interest but not a suspect. oakland firefighters are mopping up in a vacant building that caught fire. one firefighter is in a local hospital with minor injuries. officials think the fire may have been in an,,,,,,,,,,,,
>> it is pretty slow right now coming into san francisco on northbound 280. there is an accident on john daly boulevard. we're also following another accident eastbound highway 4 around the 680 interchange. we are seeing all lot of slow speeds in the commute direction from antioch on highway 4. elsewhere, a live look at the time saver traffic camera on the
nimitz through oakland. stop and go down to the oakland exit's. thick fog across the golden gate bridge. >> >> if you're headed around the bay area we still have hot temperatures especially in the valleys as we take a look at pleasanton. it is looking good, especially in parts of the east bay. it will be on the hot side. temperatures running in the 80s and 90s by the afternoon. 49 in pacifica, 52 in santa rosa but 60 degrees already in mountain view. '80s and '90s are expected in lent. '70s and '80s around the bay and a gentle sea breeze blowing with temperatures mainly in the '60s. the next few days we have a system that will run on top of,,
we all know it. "come see about me." it's part of her solo album called "a.m./fm." hello, rita. >> hello, erica. nice to see you. >> can i hold this up? it's so cool. it looks like a record. vinyl. >> it's called a.m./fm. even the crew guys stopped to look. >> oh, that's good. >> do you remember lying around in your room listening to vinyl or transistor radio and how important that was and you could spend hours doing that? i can remember the smell of album covers and the smell of vinyl. >> what's so interesting is rita wilson can sing? that was my first reaction. rita wilson can sing? yes, she can. you're not sitting around, you know, i think i can sing. you've been singing for a long time. >> i would say it's my first
love. >> your first love? >> yes. i always asked people what you wanted to do as a kid and they always knew what it was. it was singing. the acting path tooth the front seat of the car so to speak. i was working quite a bit. i didn't know how do it. everybody that i admired played an instrument and wrote their own music and i didn't do either of those things. i guess there's never a right time to do it, and this just happens to be the time to do it. >> it's a perfect time. and i have to say, a lot of these songs, i listen to them and in my head i would listen to them with my dad and mom. but how did you narrow it down? >> stories. i wanted each song to tell a story. i remember hearing these songs and creating scenarios in my head for the people in the song. >> just look at you in the video for just a second. i mean do you look at that and go, oh, my gosh. really.
look at you. >> well, i had an amazing photographer and director steven sebring. so i have to thank him for that. but, yes, it's surreal. chris cornell is singing the background vocal or har mo in, "all i have to do is dream." >> i said, no, wait a second but erica was talking about some of the stories. >> what's one of your favorite stories in terms of the songs? >> okay. let's take "angel of the morning," for example, which was an a.m. song and an fm song. when i was a young girl hearing that song, i thought, okay, cautionary tale. i grew up as an american. my mother was greek, my dad was american. your reputation is important. you didn't want to be known as easy. i heard that and it's like look what happens. you give it up to some guy and he dumps you and you're looking for a way to get home. then when i heard the song as a
woman i thought, no, this is kind of an empowering song. she's saying i know exactly what i'm getting into. call me angel of the morning but i'll figure out how i'll get home. >> were you nervous about how it would be receive sthd. >> yeah, of course. nowadays everybody can be a critic and they can write about it. but at the same time i don't want to say i don't care, but it's -- at my age, i don't care anymore. it's like forget it. if people are going like it, they'll like it. if they buy it, they buy it. i'm really proud of it. it's a grade album. i'm proud of it. >> you were at carnegie. you were on the lineup on stage. there you are singing. >> talk about "all i have to do is dream," i did a duet with vince gill, "all i have to do is
dream," with sting. i got to do a solo "shall we dance." it was pretty exciting. >> it's like kicking off your bucket list. >> and i was at carnegie hall. >> can i talk about the line of notes? everybody who has met rita wilson and tom hanks together have said they're the real deal. i don't know anybody who hasn't seen the two of you who hasn't said, oh, my gosh i want some of what they're boengt having. >> you said god blessed me with a man who told me before i marrieddy haven't to change anything about me. thank you, tom rng for the gift of love. you celebrated your 24th anniversary. you said -- >> it doesn't seem like 24 years. it seem like 24 hours. >> really? >> yeah. it's gone quickly. i consider it such a big accomplishment to have a soiled marriage. my parents were married for even 50 years.
he's an incredible person, an incredible man and we laugh a lot. we've had some good laughs over the years. >> what's your favorite position with tom? and you wrote -- >> i didn't answer that question. >> i didn't want you to think i'm being rude. you did a special called "the conversation," and she asked very specific questions and that was one of the questions and i leaned on the thing and i thought how is rita going to answer that. i think tom would answer that question. >> no, he wouldn't but i laiddy lady gaga said. she said being private in public. she was right. >> continued success. >> thank you, erica and gayle. >> continued success. come back. >> i'll definitely come back. this has been a pleasure because, you know -- there's
something about you two. >> i'm so exciting about sitting here with you, missy. i'm cheering you on. cheering you on. >> thank you. turning from singing to sports, john smoltz is, here one of baseball's best starting pitchers and then one of best relief pitchers, not always a typical parkt he'll talk about his inspirational life on and off the field,,,, ♪ strea-ea-ea-ea-eam ♪ stream, stream, stream... ♪ strea-ea-ea-ea-eam ♪ stream, stream, stream...
a high fly ball well hit deep into center field. look out. they both go into the bull pen. >> this is a minor league game in corpus christi as you saw two outfielders going for the same ball. they end up on the wrong side of the fence. there you have it. we've got a little more baseball for you. welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> it came in with the song as
krsac/dc d "thunder song." the eight-timal starr won a cy young award an pitched with the atlanta braves. >> he pitched for 21 years. he wrote a book, "perseverance, faith, and one more year." welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> there's all this talk about steroids. how did steroids affect baseball, do you think? >> well, it's affected it in a way that we're still talking about it. the actual performance and what it does, that's going to be argued, the competitive balance that everybody wants for sports, that's the one thing that's got be determined, cleared. i think the greatest tragedy in sports is when you get a tag you cannot get back. we have to make kids understand
this isn't the way it is in sports. ppeople have to prove their innocence. we always presume guilty before innocent. i hope it goes away. i hope it clears up, everybody restores the game. >> you make great point about the kids. i think a lot of times that's who loses when they get these false ideas of how you do things. >> and that's my biggest passion in lives is to teach the kids not the way it is on tv or the highlights or the false rewards. that they can actually pursue something, dream and do it the right way without having to catch-up. i have a little heinz 52 catch up. >> how about you, stoopid, ironing yourself in a shirt. >> some stories are too good to be true. don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. thing for years i've been associated with those. did get a chance to deal with that story.
not even close. just something that gets printed and the retraction is never bigger than the print. >> i know. that's why i wanted to give you the opportunity because that sounds like a duh moment, ierng yourself in your shirt. >> i know guys who have done it. >> but it wasn't you. >> no. >> it was nice of you not to put it in the paper. >> if things had gone differently you could be an accordion player or a gas station attendant but you said this is about a kid with an improbable dream because even your own mom didn't think you would make it in the majors. >> yeah. and i'm so thankful for their foresight to let me pursue a dream and a fashion. the family business was about playing the accordion. both were accordion teachers. i guess i was good. playing at 4 years old, 7. i listened them. i had a dream to play baseball. know the numbers can be stacked
against you. i pursued it to the fullest and i'm here to tell the story. >> what was it like to see your jersey retired? >> i'm one of those guys that doesn't get carried away with the moment. i hope the moment doesn't carry me away. hope i'm able to articulate the humblene humbleness. when i was going to be baseball league player i wasn't thinking this is what i'm going to do and when i get done i'll do this and this. >> i'm thinking there might be a tear or two. i know you're a prankster but you're also a guy full of emotion. >> yeah. >> you write that failure doesn't have to mean the end of a career or a philosophy and you're not afraid of failure and you've had a cup of doozies. >> i've had a lot. there's a myth for kids if you dream and you don't have this measure of talent or faith that you can't achieve your dreams and i want to share that you can. it's not all about talent.
and the failures that i had i consider them like a step in a ladder to just continue to climb higher to success because i've learned by it 57b8d i've had to overcome and persevere like a lot of people do. for me it's great motivator to not be afraid to fail. i'm not afraid to laugh at myself. i learned from my parents' hard work and i'm trying to pass that on to kids. my later is to pursue them, get away from direct connection technology. it's great. i have a wild one. at least i did when i was seven. >> coming back, too, after surgery, we have the big story about manny ramirez in his 20s, can he come back and he says he will. do you think he can, number one, and you know about coming back after a serious, serious injury. >> i think the thing about athletes, if they can go out on their own would be great.
i know what makes mere a know mariano rivera. i know the odds were stacked against me. as a matter of fact, i talk about it in the book, just waking up out of surmry. i have two questions. do i have a chance? i'm a "dumb and dumber" fan. if i have a chance, that's all i wanted. the doctor sarksd you have a chance. you thought, god, doc, i want something more than that and he said, sure, anything is possible. and you said you were waiting for the pain to come and it department come sniet was freedom. i couldn't believe it. it was a lot of fun when i threw that first ball it's great to have you here. great stuff. thank you. >> starting and closing. he said starting is better. it's on sale now. thank you, john. one of the country's best restaurants has just one thing on the menu, but if barbecue,,,,
more than for more than 100 years jones barbecue of marianna, arkansas, serving one thing sniet was honored as one of america's best restaurants. >> the james beard awards considered the oscars of food recognized top chefs from new york to san francisco. and now marianna, arkansas, a community of 4,100 people scraping by in the arkansas delta. it's also home to what may be america's best barbecue. >> i come up working with my daddy and my grand daddy. >> hold on. i'll be there in a minute. >> james jones is both opener and pit master. >> that will be $9.
>> a one-man whirlwind in a tiny two-table restaurant. >> thank you, ma'am. >> thank you. you have a good day that you two. >> jones barbecue diner. >> it dates back to 1910. it may be the oldest black family owned restaurant in the south. >> the way it's going for some reason it ain't going to last long. >> he opens at 6:00 a.m. six days a week and closes when he runs out. the 67-year-old sleeps upstairs. betty jones is his wife of 40 ye years. >> there are golf widows. you're a barbecue widow. >> i'm a barbecue widow. i'm the second wife. hayed to get used to it. >> outside he runs the smokehouse. open hickory logs run 24/7. pork shoulder simmers in this barbecue pit for 12 hours. mark shikt has eaten here for 40 years.
>> you smell it. >> that's the key to the whole deal. the smell. >> which you can smell. >> when you make the turn coming here, you can definitely smell the aroma. >> all right. >> smith, a local insurance agent, showed us the roeps, which wasn't hard. mr. jones, i need two sandwiches. >> pork sandwiches drenched in a vinegary barbecue sauce, served with coal laws made on homemade wonder bread, $3 a piece, $6 a pound. it's so good and the only thing on the menu. for four generations jones barbecue has fed marianna. >> it's good. it's the best meal we have here. food pulls people together. you can share a meal together and you're friends, no matter, white, yellow, black, green. everybody loves barbecue here.
in the south that's part of what we do and eat, and this is as good as it gets. it's better than any other barbecue i've ever had. >> jones follows the same family recipes as his grandfather who sold meat from a wash tub back when the locals called the restaurant the hole in the ground. the recipe for his sauce and his slaw are top secret i don't want to know. his father, grandfather, prom e promised the children never to tell. >> what's the secret in the sauce. >> no. >> not going to tell it. >> no, no. if you give that up, you know, you're oust business. >> then one day they got a phone call, something about an award. >> james beard award. >> first time we ever heard about it. >> you sit down because we want to talk with you. >> that didn't sound good. >> my heart start going 100 miles an houfrmt i thought, oh,
lord, we haven't paid the taxes on time. they know what the beard ward means now. he got it last night in new york. the beard category, america's classics. after their first trip ever on a plane and his first vacation since graduating high school in 1963. recognized as one of america's top chefs for making one distinctly american dish and making it perfectly. for "cbs this morning," mark strasburg in marianna, arkansas. >> what a great story and what a great man. >> is it wrorng, guys, that i wanted to lick the tv screen? >> luckily we've got a few screens because i'm right here with you. >> i think we need to make a phone call. there's sad news to report this morning. the great children's author has died. his greatest work, "where the wild things are," that's helped children dream over the years. he illustrated dozens of books.
>> mother and daughter were found shot to death in pleasanton. the father discovered the victims last night. police say he is a person of interest but not a suspect. authorities did not say whether they consider the case a double homicide or a murder-suicide. a burglary suspect is on loose after slipping out of handcuffs and breaking out of a police car. it happened last night as he was being taken to jail downtown. . occupy activists who took over land by uc-berkeley laid out conditions for them to leave. they want continued access to the tract of land in albany and
they want assurances that researchers will stop using pesticides and other chemicals. >> we have patchy fog that is moved in along the coastline, a sign that high pressure is beginning to decrease just a little bit. most of the bridge is covered in fog this morning but that will press right down on the deck and break up throughout the day. a high pressure is just too strong but cooler temperatures are headed our way. still, 89 degrees in concord. 60s out towards the coast line. we will cool down in the next couple of days with temperatures still above average but we warm up again on friday
>> it is still pretty slow on westbound 37 read by 121. there is an accident cleared to the right shoulder but the backup is still pretty bad. elsewhere we have a lot of fog across the golden gate bridge. it is also starting to get slow as you head towards the eight gates at southbound 101 so it is likely jammed up on doyle drive as well. an accident northbound 680 by