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josh's pants. he suffered third degree burns. it's the latest incident involving batteries for e cigarettes. he had to be placed in a coma for three days after one blew up in his mouth. >> to be an alternative of smoking cigarettes. >> reporter: the same battery cells also power hover boards. since december there have been incidents of hover boards
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catching on fire. jay is a an engineer at a university. he says to make this product cheaper and more powerful has led some companies to cut corners. >> what we're seeing is a situation where many of these batteries are simply not made to the same standard as the batteries that are made say at sony or up son. >> reporter: he says that items are considered high power applicatio applications. their batteries are badly designed they can overheat. is it something that the user is doing incorrectly? >> no. in general with this kind of technology it's difficult for the user to be at fault. there's a well controlled charging circuit and a good package that the cell lives in. both of those things should be designed to protect the user. >> reporter: these incident are rare and users should use come
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airbus has an idea that could revolution the inflight experience. think flying station wagon. >> reporter: jet maker airbus wants to patent a seating concept to take three seats and turn it into a rapid bench. it could seat the three passengers and shift to two people who need additional space or even fit a fourth person like
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two parents and two small children. ben is the editor of usa today. >> if we've seen nothing else, they're very clever about coming up with ways to sell seats to passengers, especially when they can charge more for either seats that are better or for seats that are less awful. >> reporter: airbus previously sought pat ents for stacking passengers and this semy standing concept. it created a pattern where the middle seat faces the passengers in the aisle and window while adding up to 30 more passengers per plane. tennessee congressman worries extra seats could jeopardize safety making it hard to evacuate within 90 seconds. he's offered a bill to ask the faa to minimize seat standards. >> if people can't get out in an emergency condition they lose lives.
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it shouldn't be after there's an accident. it's too late and people are dead. >> reporter: will an airline say they want these seats and will they be allowed to install them in a plane. what is killing players in the nba.
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heart problems account for 3/4 of sports related deaths in young athletes. now a new study may help save lives. >> reporter: two years ago he was one of the college's top basketball players and then a physical revealed a heart problem ending his career. >> i just didn't know what to do with it, but it was just -- just
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accepting that life and health is more important than a game. >> reporter: in the u.s. sports related sudden cardiac death is highest among basketball players. one question is what's a normal heart size for these athletes? to find out this doctor revealed the heart ultrasounds of more than 500 nba players. when you first saw them you thought these are abnormal. >> the first instinct is to say they're enlarged. we're not used to seeing hearts this big. the average nba player is 6'7''. >> reporter: it turned out the heart gets bigger with exercise, other the hearts of the nba players were about 10% thicker than normal, that was not felt to be dangerous. the research establishes a baseline for doctors going forward. how does this help us? >> this should help us distinguish those changes from dangerous heart conditions that
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can lead to sudden cardiac death. >> reporter: in addition they found that the major artery leaving the heart is also bigger in these athletes and knowing that will help with future diagnosis. the doctor says this is a molds for evaluating athletes in other sports. soccer's biggest star came through today for his biggest fan. this 5-year-old from afghanistan was photographed wearing a shirt made from a plastic bag. it went online and he sent him an auto graphed shirt from the national team. the bag has been retired. up next, a math teacher's formula for success against the odds. ,,,,
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we end tonight with a solution to a math problem that has stumped the best minds for centuries. how do you get school kids to succeed at caclus? >> reporter: from the outside lingon high school does not look like a place that inspires greatness, old with gates on the windows in aovernigh news for this friday. for some of you the news continues nds a for others check back with us later for the morning news and cbs this morning. from new york city, good night.
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welcome to the overnight news. the guns are supposed to fall silent tonight in syria where a cease fire is scheduled to take effect at midnight. the temporary truce brokered by the united states and russia is designed to allow food and medicine to reach cities and bring the syrian government back to the negotiating table in geneva. not all the hospital tillties will stop. syrian government forces remain on the offensive against them. elizabeth palmer is on the front lines outside damascus. >> reporter: this used to be a
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neighborhood. now it's a battlefield where the syrian army says it's got the enemy on the run. there's just been an air strike behind me. we're about five miles from the center of damascus and the syrian army is trying to clear this suburb of opposition fighters. there's certainly no cease fire here at the moment and there's not going to be any time soon. one of the syrian soldiers takes us to see the buildings half a mile away where he says the rebels are now hiding. overhead we can hear the helicopters scouting their target, then -- what are they hitting. they're terrorists, he says. those are barrel bombs? barrel bombs are basically filled with explosives rolled out of a chopper. they're cheap, but very
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inaccurate. are there any civilians left over there? no, no, he says, only fighters, but there are fighters families too cowering under the attacks. near by we enter tunnels tdug b fighters where they hid and fought for years. the general leads the way through ruins he now controls. you're still using air strikes in the suburb in order to fight? yes, he says, because they're dangerous for syria and the world so we're justified in using any weapons that are legal. but that means that when this overstretched and under trained army does gain ground, it's victories look like nothing more than a few blocks of rubble, but the truth is that by now all sides in this war are completely exhausted and unlikely as it sounds a couple of suburbs over
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the army has actually be negotiated a mini truce to allow food and supplies to reach the civilians. closer to home another day of severe weather is in the forecast. the deadly storms spawned tornados as far north as pennsylvania and knocked out power to tens of thousands to t new england. tim reed is at one strike. >> it's the experience man. you got experience to talk about it. >> reporter: vincent was about to sit down right here to watch tv when the tornado slammed into his mobile home sheering off the roof and the wall. do you feel lucky to be alive? >> i'm not lucky. i'm blessed. >> reporter: but the tornado tore his neighbor's home from the foundation and sent it sailing across the highway. a 2-year-old boy, his father and another man died.
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they were found 300 yards away. somehow the boy's mother survived with serious injuries. a 78-year-old man died and buildings were damaged after a funnel cloud left a path of destruction. at least three tornados were reported in north carolina. in pennsylvania a tornado ripped through amish country hitting farms and this structure. there was flash flooding around washington, d.c. and left a major road flooded for the morning commute. in the new york area a gust of wind sent this truck airborne. take a look at this, off queens new york 12-foot waves capsized a boat and back here in virginia you're looking at a photograph of a plus tires before the tornado.
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now you're looking at a-plus tires after the tornado. this was the garage door. that was once the roof. it's a good example of what happens when a tornado meets a building. there are new concerns over the safety of e cigarettes and this time it has nothing to do with smoke. this man suffered burns when the battery from the e-cigarette exploded. >> reporter: this latest incident is raising concerns about the e-cigarette industry when it comes to the batteries. surveillance footage captured the moment josh's pants burst into flames at a kentucky gas station. he runs outside struggling to ditch his clothes before a man dousz him with a fire extissue wisher. he posted just had an ecig
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battery blow up. >> it's an alternative to smoking cigarettes, it's supposed to be a safer way of doing it. >> reporter: he was placed in a medically induced coma for three days after he says an e-cigarette blew up in his mouth in october. earlier this week an ohio fire department issued a warning on its facebook page after an e cigarette battery exploded inside the pocket of the victim's lab coat. people reported more than two dozens incidents of explosions and fires caused by e-cigarettes between 2009 and 2014. >> it has the same fuel capability as gasoline. >> reporter: many are linked to the battery overcharging, manufacturing defects and punctures can cause it to overheat trigering an explosion. the batteries are the same type found in hover boards which have
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been criticized of catching fire. >> in terms of the product itself, you are comparing apples to apples between what happens to the hover board and the e-cigarette. >> reporter: advocates maintain that explosions are rare. in a statement the american vaping association says when charged and used under proper conditions batteries pose no more of a fire risk than other batteries. the food & drug administration does not regulate e-cigarettes. makers say you should avoid contact with coins and keys and things we have in our pockets. the cbs overnight news will be right back.
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for years california silicon valley was the universe for technology, but now many companies are making the home in the midwest. >> reporter: across the great plains even in winter the new cash crop is high tech. >> it's time we bang the drum and let people know there's something happening here. >> reporter: what's happening is an explosion of start-up software companies in the heart land. in 2012 they launched a monthly service providing samplers of
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premium health products, but first they had to leave san francisco. >> we could just be another start-up on the west coast or we could be part of this movement in the midwest. >> reporter: they now have 100,000 subscribers and did $5 million in sales last year helped by this community. >> it felt like people in here, investors or other connections would bend over backwards to help you. >> reporter: this is silicon prayry and it's making cities from across the midwest where david co-founded huddle in 2006. >> our pitch is get in here and make a difference from the start. >> look at this with me. >> reporter: it services sports teams. coaches post their game film to their site and their software analyzes it. what is that works.
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>> it's a supportive community. >> reporter: he compared it to like this. >> we have a core value and one of our core values is fire the. [ bleep] >> reporter: you realize that people from new york and san francisco will be watching this. >> that's fine. >> reporter: another competitive edge, everything is cheaper. the median home sales for $188,000. >> you can grow your team with less capitol. >> reporter: today it's becoming a mini community. once abandoned buildings house spaces. >> you hear from people that come and visit and check out the town, they go this is cool. >> reporter: there are
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challenges. companies have struggled to attract outside talent. 75% of investment last year went to three states, but that's changi changing. >> i don't think that reflects the distribution of great ideas. >> reporter: steve case, a co-founder of aol heads up a venture capital firm. it plans to invest $1 million on tech companies inside the coast. >> some people call it the fly over country. >> reporter: huddle started with three employees. it now has 400. you are the microsoft. >> it's been an amazing ride. >> reporter: huddle has employees working in 14 countries, but the new headquarters is going up right here where it all began. for cbs this morning.
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your smartphone is a portable computer in your pocket that means it can fall victim to hackers and they do it through those apps that you download. a security firm found that between 75% and 80% of the top three apps on android and iphones were breached. the number jumps to 97% on the top paid apps on those devices. >> reporter: whether it's apps that help add tiesers target you or help hackers rip you off, you'll want to do your homework before downloading apps. >> any way i had money that they could take, they got hold of it. >> reporter: susan was a victim after she used a debit card to download a slot machine app. >> it was something that you purchased once for $15. >> reporter: when she went to reload the game she found hundreds of purchases had been made. more than $5,000 worth of
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transactions. >> my heart sank. i sat there and looking at it and i physically -- i was sick because i didn't know what they were. >> some of the information these apps ask for are beyond what they should be asking for. >> reporter: that story is no surprise to cyber security expert. he says certain apps are designed to steal your personal information. what are the consequences for me as a consumer? >> you're going to lose your identity. you're going to wonder how someone got in your bank account and paid a bill. >> reporter: he says when you download an app you're giving the app permission to access other parts of your phone, like an alarm clock app that can track phone calls. >> do you think an alarm clock needs all that permission, your call information, call history, your device id? this to me is not a safe alarm clock.
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>> reporter: and then the weather and flashlight app that exploit apps to capture information as he showed us in a demonstration of what could happen when someone takes a photo of a check to send to their bank. what happens to the check now? >> the flashlight app spies on the camera. >> reporter: last year they discovered 11 malware apps that gathered information and sentenced it to a remote server. it included text messages. apple fought back by removing the apps and putting stricter security measures in place. >> they build a profile on you. >> reporter: some apps are collecting information simply for adds advertising purposes. in 2014 the federal trade commission settled a lawsuit alleging it transmitted
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consumers personal information without telling them. >> he says he's found another flashlight app that can do much more troubling things. >> approximate one turns on your micro phone in the background, listens in on you and sends an encrypted tunnel to a server we discovered. >> reporter: you're saying they're listening to people's conversations and sending that audio back to beijing? >> we've tracked it. >> reporter: is this on this map? >> on information drive in beijing. >> reporter: he gave a report on that app to the fbi. >> because to me it's spy ware. >> we have to look at our phone and say it's a personal computer and reduce the risk of being spied on. >> reporter: the creator of the brightest flashlight app settled with the ftc agreeing to change its policy and delete all the
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the mega hit uptown funk won at the grammys. the 70s group says it sounds like a lot like their 1979 tune funk you up. meanwhile the producer is stepping into the spotlight. >> reporter: that opening vocal is on unmistakable and so is bruno mars. ♪ >> reporter: he's the front man who gave uptown funk the groove to stay at number one at billboards hot 100 for a record 14 weeks. but what's sometimes forgotten is that the song belongs to the guy sitting on the front of that white limo. >> it's pretty dead on.
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everybody knows who they're talking about. >> reporter: the tall guy is music producer mark ronson. it was his album that contained the hit song that featured bruno mars. they recorded an agonizing 87 versions and then worried the word funk might be kind of lame. >> even to the last minute there were people like i don't know can you call it uptown funk. maybe you should call it just watch. >> reporter: my guess is if you went up to ten people on the street and say who's song is that, they would say bruno mars. does it bother you? >> no. ♪ >> reporter: he made a name for himself producing amy's 2006 album. back to black won five grammys.
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he recalls the casual conversation about her family that led to their biggest hit. >> >> we were walking around new york where my studio used to be and she said they came over to me house and i said what happened and they tried to make me go to rehab and i said no no no. >> reporter: he says he was unaware at the time how troubled she was. the oscar documented amy shows her tragic fall that ended in her death. >> i've seen it twice. >> reporter: what it was like to watch that. >> it's difficult to watch. i love watching the first hour. >> reporter: it was his friendship that led him to another young british woman writing her first album, adele.
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♪ >> she instantly seemed so grow up and mature, not just in her voice, but she knew what she want. >> reporter: he produced both songs for adele's latest smash 25 and 19, but it was working with music royalty that made ronson most neverus. >> it's incredible. it's utterly terrifying. it's everything rolled in one. you have to get over that i'm working with paul very quickly. ♪ >> reporter: these days he is settling into his new-found fame and the realizization that it may be hard to top his latest success. >> the thing is to remember is where uptown funk came from, the joy and inspiration of playing
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johnson and johnson is fighting back against a $72 million verdict. the judgment was awarded to a woman who claimed the talc products caused her cancer. ana warner reports. >> reporter: she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in march 2013. she died last october. she claimed the talcum powder is cars no photogenic the company has known about it for decades. generations of women have used johnson's and johnson's products to help them feel clean and
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fresh. she used them for feminine hygiene for decades. her lawyer says those products ultimately caused her death. >> johnson and johnson knew of the association of talc and ovarian cancer starting back in 1979. >> reporter: the american cancer society says results of studies on a possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been mixed with some studies a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase. but the doctor for the plaintiff conducted his own study yr in december that he says shows an increased risk sfl there have been more than 20 studies and the majority of these have found an elevated risk. >> reporter: during trial her lawyers introduced into evidence this 1977 letter in which johnson and johnson's own consultant said denying the
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risks, denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary. >> they made a decision not to warn the customers that were using a very dangerous product. >> reporter: on monday a jury ordered johnson and johnson to pay fox's family $10 million in damages and another $62 million in punitive damages. >> the whole fight was not just for her, but so many other women. >> reporter: johnson and johnson said in a statement it sympathizes with her family, but says the verdict goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc in multiple products. it said the talcum powder it uses meets the highest standards for quality and purity. that's the overnight news for this friday. for some of you the news continues and for others check back with us later for the
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morning news and cbs this morning. captioning funby c captioning funded by cbs it's friday, february 26th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." targeted at random. a gunman opens fire at his workplace, killing at least three people before he is brought down by a hero cop. >> do you know where donald is now? >> no, no, no. >> donald trump fends off closest attacks from fell competitors before super tuesday. adding insult to injury. airline passengers cheer when a boy and his terminally ill father are removed from a flight.


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