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well, a lawyer for the engineer of the train that derailed as it sped through a curve, he told investigators he was in a daze just before the crash. four people died in the crash and more than 70 others were injured. william rockefeller, an engineer for ten years, has become the focus of the crash investigation. marlie hall is in new york with the latest. marlie, good morning. >> anne-marie, questions about rockefeller's role in the derailment have grown once it became known the train jumped the tracks going at an excessive speed. his attorney characterized rockefeller's state as highway hypnosis, while union officials said rockefeller basically anoth nodded off at the controls. >> he had one of those where, whoa, you drive your car and, you know, you stare at the same thing for so long, you know, he zoned and he caught himself, but
he caught himself too late. >> rockefeller met with federal investigators yesterday afternoon. they won't comment on ro rockefell rockefeller's level of alertness. his lawyers say he's cooperating fully. the seven-car commuter train jumped the track sunday as it hit a curve nearly three times the speed limit. so far investigators have found no mechanical reason for the crash. >> there's no indication that the brake systems were not functioning properly. >> alcohol tests on the train crew were negative. the results of the drug test are not available yet. federal investigators say rockefeller had switched from a night shift to a day shift two weeks before the crash. he reported to work on time at 5:04 a.m. >> there's every indication that he would have had time to get full restorative sleep. >> his union says rockefeller had never been disciplined for job performance. his lawyer calls what happened a terrible accident and tells "the new york times" rockefeller is extremely remorseful. michael mcclendon was rockefeller's supervisor for several years. >> i wish it didn't happen to anybody, but i sure as hell
don't want it happening to him. >> late yesterday the national transportation safety board said it had removed the union as a party to the investigation because the union violated confidentiality rules. rockefeller is expected to meet with investigators again today. the investigation is expected to take weeks. anne-marie? >> marlie hall, thank you very much. well, this morning a large portion of the country is under the grips of a severe winter-like storm that could bring up to 2 feet of snow to the rockies and northern plains. winter storm warnings are posted from nevada to wisconsin. as an arctic air temperature moves in, temperatures are in the western half of the country are plunging, in some areas, by as much as 40 degrees below normal. now, the snow has been falling in boulder. on tuesday it was 56 degrees. today the high is expected to top out at 11 degrees. higher elevations could get up
to 3 feet of snow. denver could see up to 9 inches of snow today. >> and some of the heaviest snow is expected to fall in northern minnesota. areas near duluth have already picked up between a foot and 2 feet of snow go along with the high winds. later today president obama talks about the economy and his call for increasing the minimum wage. in his speech the president will address the income gap between rich and poor. yesterday the subject was health care, the president urging americans to give his affordable care act a second look. major garrett reports. >> reporter: president obama asked the country for a second chance. as he did so, the president joked about the wild promises, his words, that he made about the health care law itself. promises will be fewer in the future, the president said. adding improved performance will turn obama care around. >> our poor execution in the first couple of months on the website clouded the fact that there are a whole bunch of people who stand to benefit.
now this we now that we're getting technology fixed, we need to go back and take a look at what's actually going on because it can make a difference in your lives and the lives of your families, and maybe it won't make a difference right now fw you're feeling healthy, but i promise you, if somebody in your family, heaven forbid, gets sick, you'll see the difference. >> reporter: the president said more than half a million people are already poised to get health insurance for the first time starting january 1st, but republicans are more energetic than ever about repealing the law. even democrats may seek changes if lagging enrollment figures don't improve. planked by individuals already helped by health reform, mr. obama spoke to that new political reality. >> i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. if you've got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> reporter: the president's
advisers can see mr. obama is on the defensive and more campaign-style events are needed to resell obama care. the next big test comes in two weeks when a crush of consumers is expected to try to enroll for insurance by january 1st. major garrett, cbs news, the white house. and now to the first gun control legislation since last year's gus massacre at a connecticut elementary school. the house passed a bill extending legislation that prohibits firearms that can evade metal detecters and x-ray machines, plastic guns. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on the undetectable firearms act. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. now, the current law expires on monday and it bans plastic firearms. this law has been around since 1988 and it's always been extended very easily, but this time some lawmakers are looking for some changes to deal with new technology like 3-d printers, which makes manufacturing these plastic guns very easy.
>> those in favor say aye. >> aye. >> those opposed, no. >> no. >> reporter: with only a voice vote, the house passed the resolution undetectable firearms act for more than ten years. now it heads to the senate where democrat chuck schumer has argued new technology has made the law outdated. >> someone in texas has published on a website a way to make plastic gun, buying a 3-d printer for less than a thousand dollars. >> reporter: under the current law, the metal can be removed from the plastic and isn't necessary to fire the weapon. schumer and others want to change that. >> we don't want to make it easy for terrorists and criminals to bring undetectable guns onto our planes and into secure environments. >> reporter: the nra says it's okay reauthorizing the bill as is, but in a statement the nra strongly opposes any expansion of the undetectable firearmsing
at. alex agrees. >> if it ain't broke, don't fix it. >> reporter: the california gun dealer says the proposed changes may deter some people, but not deter criminals. >> if they want to get a gun into a place that has metal detectors, they'll find a way. >> now, the senate is expected to vote on this bill on monday. that's the day the law expires. many expect the senate will pass it as is and deal with that 3-d issue later in 2014. anne-marie? >> all right. susan mcginnis in washington, thank you, susan. overseas now, vice president joe biden said the u.s. and china must expand practical cooperation. biden arrives in tokyo today. his visit comes as china and japan are in the midst of a territorial dispute. china is claiming airspace over islands japan says are theirs. biden says the u.s. was deeply concerned about the action and promises to raise the issue when he meets with china's president later today. coming up on the "morning
news" now, a skydiving tragedy. two people are killed after they collide hundreds of feet above the ground in arizona. this is the "cbs morning news." in belgium, more than 130 coming up on the "morning news" now, a skydiving tragedy. two people are killed after they collide hundreds of feet above the ground in arizona. this is the "cbs morning news." , buttery and flakey. that's half. that's not half! guys, i have more. thanks, mom. [ female announcer ] do you have enough pillsbury crescents? maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 ab maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs caption test !!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefgh maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs caption test !!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghij maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs caption test !!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdef maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcd ghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs ca st !
in belgium, more than 130 cars and trucks were involved in a series of pileups on tuesday. at least one person is dead and dozens more are injured. drivers describe hitting a dense wall of fog with visibility falling to zero. two skydivers are dead after colliding midair over arizona. the accident happened tuesday in eloy, a popular spot to sky dive between phoenix and tucson. the group was performing a jump when they bumped into each other 200 or 300 feet in the air. witnesses say their parachutes collapsed, and they plunged to the ground. on the "cbs moneywatch" now detroit's bankruptcy gets the green light, and the deadline for mailing your cards to get
them there in time for christmas. wendy gillette is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, wendy. >> good morning, anne-marie. detroit's bankruptcy is going forward this morning after the judge ruled public pensions could be cut. the decision allows the city to confront its $18 billion debt, but it's a big setback for unions and retires. thousands of retired workers will likely see smaller checks. dave bing is detroit's mayor. >> there's going to be pain that goes around, and we've got to figure out how we can mediate the least amount of pain for any one individual. >> about half of detroit's debt is related to pension and health care costs. asian markets were mostly lower ahead of the u.s. jobs report due out later this week. tokyo's nikkei dropped more than 2%. hong kong's hang seng lost more than half a percent. here on wall street the markets are pulling back after eight weeks of gains. the dow shaved 94 points on
tuesday, and the nasdaq finished the day off at 8. cyber monday was the biggest online shopping day in history. shoppers spent $1.74 billion. that's 18% more than the monday after thanksgiving last year. and that figure does not include purchases from mobile devices. november was a strong month for auto sales. overall they rose 9% from a year ago led by small suvs. chrysler was up 16%, gm gained 14%, and ford sales increased 7%. the u.s. postal service expects to deliver 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season, and it's announced mail-by dates to ensure christmas delivery. december 14th is the date for standard mail, december 20th for first class, priority mail needs to go out by december 21st, and for procrastinators, december 23rd for priority express. billy joel is settling in at madison square garden. the piano man said he'll perform at the new york city venue once
a month as long as fans want him. shows from january through april are already sold out. i'm a huge fan. what you do think of t, anne-ma? >> i think it's a great idea. new york is the place to do it and who doesn't love billy joel, right? >> exactly. he's got great shows. >> definitely. wendy gillette at the new york stock exchange. thank you very much, wendy. still to come, an act of kindness by actor paul walker. and in sports, an nfl mvp sends an unexpected rsvp. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs caption test !!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdef maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuv 7890
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. new york, some sun today with a high of 53. miami will be sunny. chicago, expect clouds today. sunshine in dallas. sunshine in los angeles as well. in sports, the yankees/red sox rivalry is staying heated in the off-season. on tuesday new york lured free agent outfielder jacoby ellsbury from boston with a seven-year contract worth about $153 million. the 30-year-old stole 52 bases last year in helping the red sox to a world series victory, but he has missed significant playing time due to injuries in his six-year career. pittsburgh steelers' head coach mike tomlin is apologizing for what he calls a sideline blunder during his team's game against baltimore on thanksgiving night. baltimore's jacoby jones nearly collided with tomlin during a kickoff return in the third quarter. now, tomlin jumps out of the way
at the last second, but jones breaks his stride and he's tackled. tomlin acknowledged he broke a rule by being too close to the field but insists his actions weren't intentional. >> with my position comes the charge of preserving and protecting the integrity of the game of football, and i think probably my biggest error on thursday night is not realizing that that play jeopardized the integrity of the game from a perception standpoint. >> tomlin said he had his back to the play because he was watching on the scoreboard. in the nba the miami heat's ten-game winning streak comes to an end. detroit gets double-digit scoring efforts from seven different players. kyle singler leads the way with 18 points as the pistons down the heat, 107-97. on the ice, a highlight reel goal by nick foligno of the columbus blue jackets. he drops the puck and his stick
between his legs and beats tampa bay goalie ben bishop. >> what a move right there by foe lynn foligno. bishop, he fell for the backhand and going back the other way between the legs, how good is that. >> that turns out to be the only goal of the game. columbus wins, 1-0. and a big peyton manning fan says she got quite a surprise when she went to her mailbox. anna bozart sent an invitation to her november wedding to the broncos' quarterback, but didn't expect a reply. she said manning sent back the response card regrettably declining the invitation but offering his best wishes to the couple and adding his signature, which is pretty much an autograph. i know he's not leaving a gift, but that's a nice takeaway, right? when we return, paul walker's random act of kindness. the latest act of the actor helps them fulfill their wedding dream.
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washington, d.c., fog today, 57 the high. atlanta will be sunny. st. louis will be overcast. snow in denver, and sunshine in seattle. a florida woman is recovering from facial injuries suffered during a bear attack on monday. the 54-year-old woman was walking her dog in longwood near orlando when the bear attacked. she was able to get away and call 911. florida officials say it's rare for bears to attack humans and the bear has not been caught. president obama's uncle has won permission to stay in the u.s. an immigration judge ruled tuesday that onyango obama can become a permanent legal resident. the 69-year-old was born in kenya but has lived in the u.s. since 1963. he ignored a deportation order in 1962. obama is half brother to the president's late father. a california couple said
the late actor paul walker anonymously bought them an engagement ring. christa and kyle were shopping for an engagement ring in a jewelry store. kyle was in between tours of duty in iraq. he struck up a conversation with unknowingly paul walker. a saleswoman from the store called them back. >> one of the ladies came out holding bag and just simply said, here's your ring. and i -- i think both of our mouths dropped. >> the ring was $9,000. the couple asked who purchased it, but the saleswoman wouldn't say. on monday their suspicion that walker bought the ring was confirmed when the owner of the jewelry store came forward. walker died in a single-car crash in southern california last weekend. an ornate dress worn by princess diana sold for $167,000 at auction. the white organza and satin gown has sequins, rhinestones, and pearl beads. it comes with a matching
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five, four, three, two, one. >> house speaker john boehner lit the official capitol christmas tree last night during a ceremony. the 88-foot-tall spruce stands on the west lawn of the u.s. capitol. this year's theme, sharing washington's good nature. electric car technology is pushing the speed boundaries in racing. electric cars are clocking some pretty impressive numbers. jeff glor went for a ride. >> reporter: drag racing is a sport that's often fiery and loud. at least one. welcome to the track in the age of electric cars.
>> we make about 400 horsepower in each power. >> reporter: john metric is the president of the national electric drag racing association. when you tell someone you drag race electric vehicles, what's their reaction? >> they go, wow, that's neat. >> reporter: but they don't take it seriously. >> no, until we tell them the time. teammates in texas have outfitted a 2002 mazda miata with 120 small lithium batteries, all electric power, zero gasoline, and they invited us to go along for the ride. you call this launching. >> yeah. launching like a rocket. >> reporter: an electric motor has full launching power the second it's turned on, crucial for acceleration. metric has never attempted this kind of race with someone in the passenger seat, and we went 0 to 60 in 2 1/2 seconds. a normal gas powered miata does that in 7.6 seconds.
>> you were probably the first passenger to ever do 100 miles an hour in the eighth mile. >> reporter: the car does have to be recharged after two runs, but the promise of electric is why formula one is launching an electric series in racing next year, and it's why every car company in the world is paying attention right now. larry webster is editor in chief of "road & track" magazine. >> motorsports has always been a place where motor technology is pushed, new ideas are tried and tested and even perfected. they're learning the limitations of batteries, how quickly they can take energy out, how quickly they can take energy in. there's direct transfer to what we do down the line and cars we drive. >> reporter: metric thinks this electric vehicle can reach 200 miles an hour inside ten seconds. he has fewer doubters every day. jeff glor, cbs news, baytown, texas. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," an update on the storm
system battering the west and midwest. we'll tell you where it's headed. plus, the case of rare bottles of bourbon stolen, potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. and pastor rick warren joins us in the studio. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 cbs caption test !!! maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 rstuvwxyz 12345t !!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 6 maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 klmnopqrstuvwxst !!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 pqrstuvwxyz 12345!!! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 nopqrstuvwxyz 12345! abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 lmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvw maint. testing mdpc-03 f1 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 67890 mnopqrstuvwxyz 12345 abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 678 maint. testing mdpc-,,,,
i had to chip the ice off the window before going to work. i live near the coastline. temperatures cold likely to drop over the next couple of hours. 30s and 40s now although i have seen some 20s in some of the valleys. we'll talk about that coming up. >> no big accidents out there now but we have a lot of overnight roadwork. there were more than a dozen construction projects overnight. a lot of it is wrapped up but there's still some lanes blocked northbound 880 from 16th to broadway. so we'll break down -- what's today? >> wednesday. >> -- your wednesday morning commute, coming up. "hump day"! a bay area man claims an off-duty cop took him down and broke his arm. kpix 5 reporter joe vazquez with more on this unusual road rage story that will probably end up in court. >> reporter: the two men pulled over the side of the highway to exchange insurance information. that's when, according to the federal lawsuit filed today, one of the men an off-duty concord police officer named kevin mansourian charged