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after two days of deadly tornadoes, the severe weather continues in the south. this morning, a new threat as heavy rains cause dangerous flooding. i am banning mr. sterling for life from any association with the clippers organization or the nba. >> hours after los angeles clippers owner donald sterling is handed an unprecedented punishment for making racist remarks, his team takes the court in a critical playoff game. and how safe is the produce you buy? a new study may have you thinking twice about eating the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen. captioning funded by cbs
captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, april 30th, 2014. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. it has been another night of dangerous weather in the southeast, and while the threat from tornadoes has eased, the new worry is flooding. the storm system that ravaged the midwest and the south has moved east. several tornados touched down in north carolina, but did not cause serious damage. but the storm is drenching the southeast with flood-producing rains. the florida panhandle got some of the worst. at least 36 people were killed by this week's severe weather and at least three were killed in alabama. adriana diaz is in duncanville, alabama. adriana, good morning. >> reporter: anne-marie, a community has picked up the pieces after a destructive tornado. they're not getting a break. relentless rains are making matters worse.
heavy rain caused flash flooding across the south well into the night. firefighters in mobile, alabama, carried people from their homes as water blocked off roads. in pensacola, florida, more than 5 inches of rainfall in just one hour. submerged cars and turned roads into rivers. early on tuesday it was a similar seen in wilsonville, north carolina. floodwaters took over this woman's home. >> there was glass in the door and it was blown out. water was 3 feet in the house. >> reporter: storms have been causing problems since the weekend. here in duncanville, alabama, downed trees lined roads. across the state a cleanup effort is under way after a series of tornadoes. in kimberly, alabama, a twister completely leveled this firehouse. brian gober, the station's fire chief, took cover in the corner of the building.
>> there's no other way to explain it other than we had a protective hand over us. >> reporter: in vilonia, volunteers are showing up to help with cleanup efforts. >> we've had a tremendous outpouring of love and help. >> reporter: president obama has declared a major federal disaster in the state to get aid to those who need it most. there are still tornado watches and warnings in parts of florida and georgia. live in duncanville, alabama, anne-marie, back to you. >> adriana diaz, thank you very much. now, meteorologist eric fisher of wbz says this should peter out. >> last evening and the storms should be over. one more day. we will be tracking weather from d.c. down through the carolinas and into georgia and even down into central florida. there could be some strong storms. the tornado risk is there. it's not as high as it has been throughout this outbreak. we're talking damaging wind and large hail. there will be some tornadoes possible. so another day to be on alert.
some major air hubs also affected by the stormy weather. flash flooding has been an issue. we have flash flooding from new york state to massachusetts right on down to the gulf coast. the old adage, turn around, don't drown. around the atlanta area, charlotte, columbia also dealing with storms as we head through wednesday climbing up the east coast. it looks like this will be the last day for severe weather though. thursday, it losing its punch. there will be heavy rain moving toward the northeast and then we'll wave good-bye to this big pattern stuck in the middle of the nation finally lifts up into canada. a flatter jet stream which means calmer time for americans. i'm eric fisher for the cbs news. now, to the nba and the fallout from racist remarks by los angeles clippers owner donald sterling. the next move is up to sterling's fellow owners. nba commissioner adam silver banned sterling for life yesterday from any league-related activities. sterling was fined $2.5 million and silver said he will urge the
29 other owners to urge sterling to sell the team. three-fourths of them have to agree. most say they support silver's actions. silver says sterling's actions affect the league. >> the views expressed by mr. sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. that they came from an nba owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage. >> it's unclear how sterling will respond. last night the clippers beat the golden state warriors, 113-103, taking a 3-2 lead in their first round playoff series. teri okita reports. >> reporter: a sold out crowd cheered on the l.a. clippers hoursafter after the nba banned the team's owner from the league for life. chris paul applauded the team after their win over the warriors. >> it's amazing the unity or
league has shown through this tough time. >> reporter: sterling was also find $2.5 million after he admitted to the league it was his voice on the recordings arguing with his girlfriend. >> if you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. >> reporter: new nba commissioner adam silver is urging them to urge him to sell the team. the clippers posted we are one on its website. the other nba websites followed suit. but the fallout in sterling's comment is evident inside the staples center. workers blacked out signs from advertisers who pulled out due to the controversy. fans have rallied outside the staples center to show unity. >> hopefully they'll be able to get a new owner in here who will honor the clippers the way they should be honored. >> reporter: clippers players say they will continue go for the win with or without sterling
as owner. teri okita, cbs news, los angeles. a just released e-mail suggests the white house was concerned with protecting president obama's image following the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the e-mails were obtained by the conservative watchdog group judicial watch. one was sent by white house communications adviser ben rhodes who is the brother of cbs news s president david rhodes. it lists one goal as, quote, to underscore that these protests are rooted in an inter234ed video and not a broader failure of policy. four americans were killed in the attack by militants on the u.s. consulate including ambassador christopher stevens. initially they linked the attack to the reaction to an anti-islam video rather than an islam militant. the white house said it was just stating the facts known at the time. the white house claims these e-mails are the smoking gun that shows the administration was trying to shield the president during the 2012 election.
and you can see more on the benghazi e-mails coming up on "cbs this morning." now, the state of oklahoma is investigating a bon. execution. oklahoma was using a new drug combination to execute clayton lockett. after ten minutes prison officials declared him unconscious, but sometime after he started writhing, clenching his teeth, and lifted his 4 eed the execution was stopped, but he eventually died of a heart attack. the execution of another, charles warner, who was supposed to be executed yesterday, has been postponed for 14 days. in georgia, witnesses say a gunman looked like he was going to war. the gunman opened fire at a fedex facility yesterday. police sa 19-year-old geddy kramer wounled six people and then killed himself. three are in critical condition. one of his co-workers said when she saw him at the warehouse, she ran for her life. >> he was in all black. i believe he was in camo. he had bullets strapped to his
chest like rambo, and the knife was like about -- i don't know. it with us probably about a foot long. >> police say kramer was also carrying several explosives. now, coming up on the "morning news," the supreme court takes on smartphones. we'll hear what u.s. justices had to say as they weigh the issue of cell phone privacy in the digital age. you're watching the "cbs morning news." the digital age. you're watching the "cbs morning news." hi. i just finished an energy audit of this building and started my own dog walking business. what did you do to deserve that thin mints flavor coffee-mate? it's only one of the most delicious girl scout cookie flavors ever. i changed the printer ink. really? it's actually tricky. you're lucky i like your tie. enjoy our caramel and coconut girl scout cookies flavor. now available in powder. nestle. good food, good life. we cannot let the fans down. don't worry! the united states postal service will get it there on time with priority mail flat rate shipping.
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reach into every american's purse or pocket. can police search your cell phone without a warrant? jan crawford looks aet the arguments the court heard yesterday. >> reporter: the question before the court is whether police can automatically search through a cell phone when making an arrest just as they would a billfold or a briefcase or whether officers first need a warrant. the justices struggle to find the right approach, applying words written more than 200 years ago prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures to new technology that makes personal information more readily available than the founders could ever have imagined. said justice elena kagan, people carry their entire lives on cell phones. that's the world we live in. more than 90% of american adults have a cell phone, and 58% have smartphones that essentially are like mini computers. the obama administration argues that cell phones are fair game during an arrest.
as justice antonin scalia sugests, if you carry it on your person, you ought to know it's subject to seizer a seizur examination. but he adds it seems absurd for police to search a cell phone if they've stopped someone for a traffic violation, a concern shared by justice anthony kennedy. we're living in a new world. someone arrested for a minor crime has their whole existence exposed on this little device. the justices also show they were pretty technologically savvy. they talked about twitter, facebook, whether police officers should put cell phones on airplane mode, all of this in a court that does not allow cameras or any recording device inside, not even cell phones. jan crawford, cbs news, the supreme court. well, straight ahead in "money watch," target takes a stand against hackers. and in sports the thunders and the grizzlies' playoff game is decided by instant replay. grizzlies' playoff game is
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. on the "cbs moneywatch," target steps up data security and taco bell explains where's the beef. jill wagner's at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning, anne-marie. asian markets ended mostly higher after the bank of japan announced no new monetary policy changes. tokyo's nikkei added a fraction. hong kong's hang seng lost more than 1%. here on wall street all eyes will be on the federal reserve. it wraps up a two-day meeting today and is expected to dial back a massive bond buying program by another $10 billion. yesterday the dow gained 86 points and the nasdaq added another 29 points.
target wants to make sure their customers' personal information is never hacked again. next year the giant retailer will issue mastercard credit cards with chip and pin technology. it's considered much more secure than magnetic strip cards. target also updated their cash registers. that should be done by september. and taco bell is coming clean about its so-called mystery meet. they say 88% is pure ground beef. on their website they break down the other 12%. some of the ingredients are simple like oats or cocoa powder while others are seriously hard to pronounce, but taco bell swears they're all safe and approved by the fda. anne-marie? >> it tastes good, especially at 3:00 in the morning. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange. thanks a lot, jill. in sports, a fraction of a second is the difference between celebration and sorrow for the oklahoma city thunder. in overtime against memphis, kevin durant's last-second
three-pointer is off the mark, but serge ibaka's rebound goes in at the buzzer. however, video review shows the shot leaving ibaka's hand just after the horn sounds. it's ruled a no basket and memphis wins, 100-99. the grizzlies now lead the best of series, three games to two. and for the first time since 2005 the washington wizards are advancing to the playoffs. they beat chicago 75-69 to clinch the series in five games. washington faces the winner of the indiana/atlanta series in the next round. when we return, what's in your fruit? a surprising look at the level of pesticides in some of your favorite fruits and vegetables. pesticides in some of your favorite fruits and vegetables. dissolves completely. and unlike other fibers, you'll only know you're taking fiber by the way good digestive health makes you look& and feel. benefiber. clearly healthy.
an environmental group has released its annual list of the safest and dirtiest foods at the grocery store. it's called the shopper's guide to pesticides and produce. ko im has some tips on what fruits and veggies to look for. >> reporter: the fruits with a healthy reputation -- >> i like fuji apples. >> reporter: -- contains the most pesticide residue among the fruits and vegetables tested. the apple tops the environmental working group's dirty dozen plus 2 list, which includes strawberries and even kale. >> the u.s. department of agriculture washes and peels the produce and it still finds 65% of the pesticides on samples. >> they require all produce sold in stores to meet those standards, but the watchdog
organization says levels of pesticides haven't changed significantly in over a decade. most health experts say the best way to avoid pesticides is to buy organic. but for consumers who don't have the extra money for organic produce, there's another list. it's called the clean 15 and it lists produce items with the lowest amounts of residue. those include pineapples and avocados which have thick skin. the environmental working group says a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables still outweighs the risk of pesticides and exposure. >> i'm more focused on does it smell fresh and look fresh and if that means the nonorganic one looks better, that's the one i would probably go with. >> reporter: the report is designed to help shoppers make more informed choices before they check out. ko im for cbs news, new york. well, coming up after your local news on cbs, an update on the severe weather in the southeast. and actress lucy lu from the hit drama "elementary" joins us in the studio. i'm anne-marie green.
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in iraq this morning voters have gone to the polls to elect a new parliament. security is tight. it is the first national election since american troops pulled out back in 2011. the party led by nuri al maliki, iraq's prime minister for the last eight years, is expected to win. here's another top story. donald sterling, the owner of the l.a. clippers has been banned from the nba for life for making racist comments. the league also fined him $2.5 million and will try to force him to sell the team. and more flash flooding after more than a foot of rain fell. and tornadoes touched down in north carolina yesterday but didn't cause much damage. at least 36 people were killed by days of severe storms. the storm killed 15 people
in arkansas alone. among the places hardest hit, vilonia just north of little rock. dean reynolds spoke with survivors. >> reporter: in vilonia fires now consume useless possessions. bare slabs stand where homes mark the spot where homes used to stand and residents sift thickets of junk for the important stuff left behind. a child's toy, picture albums, the family bible. and how long have you lived in this house? >> about four or five months. >> reporter: four or five months. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: dicky shannon and his wife mary jane had almost completed their home. the floor went in earlier this month, the driveway last week. so you're literally in the process of building. >> still in the process of trying to finish up, yes, sir. >> reporter: outside lies what's left of a collection of chevys dicky was restoring, including a '39 super deluxe he would drive to car shows.
this is the living room? >> yeah, this is the living room. >> reporter: mary jane told us she had five minutes to get to the safe room they built. ten people rode it out in there. when you look around here, are you amazed that nobody got hurt? >> oh, god took care of us, let me tell you. he had his hand over us. >> the only thing i heard was the roof leaving when the roof left. >> reporter: you heard the roof leave. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: the shannons' new building here was tempting fate. a tornado hit vilonia in 2011. you seem remarkably okay with this. >> part of the territory. because i've lived here all my life, so that's nothing new to me. we're going to rebuild. >> reporter: the shannons hope to finish the job by thanksgiving and will count their blessings when they move back in. dean reynolds, cbs news, vilonia, arkansas. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this
morning," more reaction to the lifetime ban for clippers owner donald sterling. we'll hear from kevin johnson, chairman of the national basketball players' association. plus, a look at the danger of food containing marijuana. and mo rocca on his soap opera debut on "the young & the restless." that is 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 great day.
there. >> my goodness, we are going to feel it today. these temperatures getting hot in spots. if you like the heat, this is going to be the day probably the hottest day of the week. some of those temperatures in the mid-90s! we'll talk about that coming up. >> and it sounds like they just cleared the overnight roadwork that's going to be ongoing through the macarthur maze for the next few weeks. so heading to the bay bridge toll plaza just minor delays in the far right cash lanes. >> all right. thank you, elizabeth. we are following developing news from san leandro where two people were critically bu in an explosion last night. the "mercury news" reports a man and woman ran to a nearby apartment for help. witnesses say they were badly burned. the explosion happened at a homeless encampment along railroad tracks near hesperian and spring lake drive. >> the investigation is still going on and we are trying to piece together how the event started and how it manifested itself with people getting burned. >> the "chronicle" says it was apparently a ne