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♪ it's thursday, march 2nd, 2017. this is the cbs morning news. bra breaking overnight. ties to russia. attorney general jeff sessions is in question following calls from top democrats for him to step down. stocks soar. the stocks get a major boost from president trump's conciliatory tone on capitol hill. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters in new york. good to be with you. i'm annette daniels in for ann marie green.
top democrats are calling on attorney general jeff sessions to resign. the justice department confirmed sessions had contact with the russian ambassador during the campaign, meetings sessions did not reveal during the confirmation hearings. >> good morning. the news comes as lawmakers and the fbi investigate russian interference into the presidential election. now democrats are intensifying their calls for sessions to recuse himself from any investigation or even to step down. >> reporter: the justice department confirms to cbs news that attorney general jeff sessions spoke with russian envoy sergei twice during the presidential campaign. it's said those discussions were part of many conversations then senator sessions had with foreign ambassadors as a member of the armed services committee. the meetings were first reported to the washington post wednesday. sessions was a top advisor to the campaign, and he did not disclose the encounters when asked about possible contacts between members of the campaign and representatives of moscow. during his january confirmation
hearing. >> i have been called a surrogate a time or two during that campaign, and i did not have communications with the russians. >> reporter: in a statement last night the attorney general said i have never met with any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. i have no idea what this allegation is about. it is false. democratic house minority leader nancy pelosi is calling for sessions to resign, claiming he lied under oath. >> there may be nothing there, but if there is something there, if the fbi believes it's criminal in nature, then for sure you need a special prosecutor. >> reporter: the story broke on the same day the "new york times" detailed efforts by members of the obama administration to disseminate information about possible contacts between associates of then president-elect trump and russia. >> if there's nothing to further investigate, what are you asking people to investigate? >> reporter: the trump administration tells cbs news that white house counsel asked the president's aides this week to preserve emails and other materials that could be connected to probes of russian interference in the 2016
election. >> reporter: yesterday the house intelligence committee formally outlined its plan to look into russian meddling in the election. they will examine alleged communications between moscow and the trump campaign as well as possible leaks by the intelligence community. >> thank you. ahead on "cbs this morning" margaret brennan will have the latest on alleged trump campaign ties to the russian government. wall street apparently liked the business-friendly policy proposals in president trump's speech to congress. the major indexes hit a record high yesterday. jill wagner has details from the new york stock exchange. jill, good morning. >> good morning. optimism that the president's plans to help business keep pushing stocks higher. yesterday the dow finished above 21,000 for the first time ever, closing 303 points higher. its biggest gain for the dow this year. the s&p 500 gained 32. its biggest single day gain since november. the nasdaq added 78 points.
the markets have soared more than 15% since donald trump won the presidency. it climbed past 19,020 and 21,000. the climb is driven by president trump's pro-business stance. the loosening of regulations and a proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix the nation's infrastructure. throw in the promise of higher interest rates and a massive tax cut, all laying the ground work for continued market growth. >> jill wagner at the new york stock exge we'll check in with you a little later on. republicans are trying to push forward with plans to repeal and replace the affordable care act. the senate republicans and house republicans have yet to come to an agreement. a draft of the plan that leaked last week replace obama care's low income tax credits and subsidies with smaller tax credits that go to everyone like obama care. low income americans would get the money even if they pay no or little taxes.
that could be a deal breaker for some more conservative republicans. this morning a dangerous storm system that's blamed for three deaths in the midwest is bearing down on the east coast. dozens of tornadoes destroyed more than 100 homes. the storm is headed east. >> reporter: last night birmingham, alabama, was pounded by large hail. elsewhere, recovery efforts are underway as people in hard hit neighborhoods assess the damage. michelle miller has our report. >> reporter: a tornado was spotted wednesday morning in tennessee outside of nashville. powerful storms tore through the area. it's the same system that left a trail of destruction across the central united states. >> it's undescribable. unbelievable. >> reporter: in perriville, missouri, homes are reduced to piles of debris after a twister touched down tuesday night. >> it's very emotional. there's a lot of -- everything.
everything -- this is my grandmother's house, so photos, anything to do with the family was in this house. >> reporter: one person is dead, and more than 100 homes are destroyed. it is a similar scene in ottawa, illinois, where residents have started to clean up the damage. illinois's governor toured the aftermath. >> i heard a freight train. ran to the basement. basement window was -- >> blew out? >> yes. and we were covered. >> reporter: illinois emergency officials are concerned about more severe weather. >> recovery efforts can become even more dangerous with drop in temperatures, potential for additional rain, and even in some parts of illinois it's turning into snow. >> reporter: officials say use facility companies are working hard to get power and gas restored. michelle miller, cbs news, it illinois. a federal immigration judge will determine the state of a young woman who was arrested while trying to renew her permission to stay in the united
states legally as a dreamer. 22-year-old daniella vargas was picked up yesterday by immigration agents who pulled over a friend's car in mississippi. earlier she had spoken at a news conference urging president trump to protect people like her. >> the path to citizenship is necessary for daca recipients and the other 11 million undoumd people with dreams. today my father and brother await deportation while i continue to fight this battle as a dreamer to help contribute to this country which i feel that is very much my country. >> vargas was brought to the u.s. from argentina when she was 7 years old. her latest deferred action for childhood arrival status expired last november. she reapplied last month. a federal judge in california ordered the release of a woman charged with helping her husband plan the orlando nightclub shooting. a judge ruled she is not dangero dangerous, and there is no proof she has ties to isis or has
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her hometown, "chicago tribune" reports it's possible. the queen of daytime tv said that she didn't think she had the experience, but then president trump got elected. >> i thought, oh, gee, i don't have the experience. i don't know enough. now i'm thinking oh. >> right. >> oprah supported hillary clinton in the last presidential election. >> "vanity fair" reports the accountants responsible for the fiasco at last sunday's oscars are being held to account. the academy has told price waterhouse coopers that ryan and martha reed will not be invited back for next year's ceremonies. the accounting firm has apologized for handing out the wrong envelope for best picture. >> the washington post reports that the white house has concluded that senior advisor kellyanne conway acted inadvertently when she endorsed ivanka trump's clothing line
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some female pioneers at nasa. lego announced it's developing women of nasa lego sets. the proposed set includes figurines of astronauts and mathematician portrayed in the movie "hidden figures." on the cbs money watch snapchat's ipo is ready to take off, and mcdonald's customers can use a new app to make their fast food even faster. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, again, jill. >> good morning. snap inc, the popular messeninging app snapchat. it's expected to start trading today at the new york stock exchange. the initial public offering at valued at $17 a share. that's higher than expected. the company is valued at $24 billion. this is the most anticipated technology ipo since twitter back in 2013. the federal communications commission gave internet providers the go ahead to sell your personal information
without your permission. the ruling overturns a rule passed in october that requires users explicit permission before their private data could be sold. the fcc says the privacy rules puts an unfair burden on internet service providers not shared by web sites and social media networks. well, those two security breaches atta hue cost ceo marissa myer her bonus. she will not receive a potentially lucrative stock award after yahoo concluded that her management team reacted too slowly. the two breaches exposed the personal information of more than a billion users and cost the company about $350 million. mcdonald's plans to launch a new app allowing diners to place orders for pickup. customers could place an order on the app and then read a keyed -- code to the drive-thru cashier. the mobile order and pay option will be launched in 20,000 restaurants in the u.s. and abroad this year. mcdonald's is also expanding its delivery service.
we could definitely use that down here at the stock exchange. >> especially at 2:00 a.m. thank you, jill. still ahead, dashboard confessionals. the ceo much uber issues an apology after a video shows him arguing with one of his drivers. y we'll play something besides video games. every day is a gift. especially for people with heart failure. but today there's entresto... a breakthrough medicine that can help make more tomorrows possible. tomorrow, i want to see teddy bait his first hook. in the largest heart failure study ever, entresto was proven to help more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren. if you've had angioedema while taking an ace or arb medicine, don't take entresto. the most serious side effects are angioedema, low blood pressure,
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the win likely helps northwestern secure a bid to the ncaa tournament. its first in school history. there's a new attraction at the denver zoo. a baby giraffe that was born on tuesday. he is a big healthy boy. zabe measured 5 feet tall and weighs 73 pounds. he was also a surprise. zookeepers did not know until recently that his mother was pregnant because she had been on birth control. the ceo of uber says he needs leadership help. travis kalanick also says he is ashamed. the acknowledgment follows a heated argument with one of his drivers that was caught on video. ben tracy has the story. >> reporter: this video obtained by bloomberg news shows uber ceo travis kalanick swaying to the music in the back seat of an uber black car, but at the end of the ride he also gets an earful from the driver identified as fawzi kamel. he explains that cuts in uber rates have hurt him financially.
>> i lost $97,000 because of you. yes, yes, yes. you keep changing every day. you keep changing every day. >> hold on a second. what have i changed about black? >> you changed the whole business. >> what? what? >> you dropped the prices. >> on black? >> $20. started with $20. how much is the mile now, $2.75? >> some people don't like to take responsibility for their own actions. >> reporter: in a memo kalanick apologized writing, "it's clear this video is a reflection of me. i must funldamentally change asa leader and grow up. this is the first time i've been willing to admit that i need leadership help, and i intend to get it. lately the company that made it possible to catch a cab using an app can't seem to catch a break. last week a lawsuit was filed alleging uber stole trade secrets for the development of its self-driving cars, which uber denies. and uber recently launched an internal investigation after an
ex-employee levelled allegations of sexual harassment. uber declined our request for an interview. i did take, however, three uber rides, and all three drivers said they were aware of the company's problems, and one said the ceo should maybe hire his own private chauffeur. ben tracy, cbs news, san francisco. the girls hid in a master bathroom after the burglar kicked down the door of the house tuesday. they locked themselves in while the suspect looted the house. >> i had zoe hiding behind the toilet, and i locked myself in there. >> the girl texted her mother throughout the terrifying ordeal. the burglar left without discovering the girls. police are still searching for the suspect. coming up after your local news on cbs thorn, casino tycoon steve wynn.
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russian envoy during the presidential campaign. sessions did not disclose the meetings during his confirmation hearings. democratic congressional leaders are calling for sessions to resign. sessions said in a statement, "i never met with any russian official about issues of the campaign." the justice department says the conversations were part of many he had as a member of the armed services committee. in his address to congress tuesday night president trump had little to say about foreign policy. margaret brennan reports. >> reporter: the president's speech left diplomats and allies wondering just how president trump views america's role in the world. he made no mention of the thousands of u.s. troops in afghanistan and iraq or the small number in syria, and he did not explain why he is expanding the fight against al qaeda in yemen. there was a statement of support for israel, but no explanation of his repeated calls for a new relationship with russia. that's been worrying european allies in nato who president trump called on, again, to spend
more on their defense. here at the state department many see that white house proposal to cut 30% or more from the foreign aid budget as a sign that the president doesn't value diplomacy. rex tillerson, the secretary of state, did release a statement today clarifying that u.s. policy is still to promote freedom, democracy, and stability. >> and that was margaret brennan reporting. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning" a look at how ivanka trump and her husband may be influencing white house policy. plus, the controversy over the apparent attack of a great white shark at huntington beach here in california. and we'll go to turkey to show you how hundreds of stray dogs are finding new homes here in the united states. that's "the cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. have a great day. ay. thanks for watching. have a great day. ,,,,
>> i'm michelle griego. i have been counting since monday. >> i have 18 days until spring arrives and i have 111 days until summer arrives. >> and how many days until christmas? >> t-minus how many days? >> i'm not looking that far. i'm looking for sunshine and summer. it didn't feel spring- like across the bay area. live weather camera. temperatures dipping all the way down to 34. in the 30s through santa rosa and napa. redwood city at 39 degrees. 50s around the rim of the bay. the winds are about 5 to 7 miles per hour but when you add that up with the temperature that's in the 30s, it makes it feel like the high 20s. today temperatures slightly above average. we'll lab great on that coming up. right now let's send it to