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next, it is "cbs this morning". coming up at the top of the hour. have a wonderful day. stay safe out there. but back for sure. allyse we are not talking about foggy conditions in the new year. >> that is ri t. it is new year's eve. good morning to our viewers in the west. welcome to "cbs this morning." gayle king, anthony mason, and tony dokoupil are off today. county count down to 2020, we'll show you what is being done to keep all celebrations safe. >> breaking news. u.s. embassy under attack. protesters in iraq, angling over u.s. air strikes storm through security in baghdad chanting death to america. hailed as a hero. the man who shot and killed a shooter at a church in texas on sunday talked about how he reacted within seconds. >> i took out someone who was evil and had evil intent. friendly skies. how to make the skies friendlier
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with kids with autism. it's tuesday, december 31st. here's today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. new york city prepares to ring in 2020. >> a test yesterday of the 12,000-pound waterford crystal covered new year's ball went off without a hitch. >> hundreds storm the u.s. embassy in baghdad. it is in response to recent u.s. air strikes. >> former vice president joe biden said he would consider a republican running mate. in texas, people are remembering the victims of a deadly shooting in a crowded church. investigators are still working to determine a motive. >> know this.
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evil did not win. >> charges have been filed against a man accused in a stabbing attack during a hanukkah celebration in new york. >> anti-semitism or any form of hate will not be tolerated. a new report in "the new york times" has democratic senators calling for witnesses to testify in the upcoming impeachment trial. >> fires continue to burn out of control across the country. wildfires have forced thousands of evacuations. >> a 16-year-old mountain climber is in stable condition after falling 500 feet while climbing oregon's mt. hood. >> all that -- >> dozens of santas burned off calories running through the streets shirtless. >> -- and all that matters -- >> as wildfires continue, a thirsty koala got some water. >> she offered it water and, well, look. he was clearly thirsty. >> -- on "cbs this morning." touchdown, florida. the orange bowl in miami. florida's michael ran all over virginia. gators go on to win the orange bowl. 36-28.
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>> florida win as hard-fought victory. >> announcer: this morning's "eye opener" presented by toyota. let's go places. >> congrats to florida. >> did you watch it? >> i did not. did you? >> i was sleeping, getting ready to stay up late tonight. >> ah. >> celebrations are beginning to start around the world. in fact, it's 2020 in new zealand. you're looking at celebrations in auckland that kicked off just about an hour ago. but we begin with breaking news. a very different scene in iraq. violent anti-american protesters are attacking the u.s. embassy in baghdad this morning. guards have reportedly responded with stun guns and tear gas. holly williams is there. explain what's going on right now. >> reporter: it's an area
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guarded by iraqi security forces and right up to the perimeter of the u.s. embassy compound. we've seen images that show them setting fire to the fence, pulling down embassy signs, and smashing the glass of a security box that they also set on fire. there are reports of tear gas being fired and security cameras being dismantled. they are chanting god is great, america is the devil and down with the usa. this is after american air strikes on sunday. those u.s. strikes killed at least 25 militia fighters. the american fights were in return an act of retaliation after a killing of an american last week. an american contractor working on a base in a rocket attack.
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there are currently around 5,000 u.s. troops in iraq. the bigger picture here is that the u.s. and iran are vying for influence in iraq. a country that is still fractured and inured to bloodshed. those tensions are ratcheting up and the fear is they will spiral into a full blown proxy war inside iraq. >> just disturbing. thank you we will be continuing to follow this developing story. police here in new york have tightened security after a recent string of attacks against people of jewish faith. officials say they can handle that and new years eve security including the times square celebration they have been preparing for all year. >> three, two, one, happy new year! they practiced the midnight ball drop and times square will be packed there. what do they expect there?
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>> security preparations is a year long process. nypd says they will begin their preparations for next year's celebration stotomorrow after t ball drops. >> this is what we have waited for all year long. >> i want to be a part of it, new york, new york ♪ ♪ police have been preparing for this year's decade ending celebration. >> it is multilayers. every access point, numerous steps of screaming, explosive vapor kanines. she says nearly the entire department, thousands of officers in uniform and in plain clothes will secure times square with forces on the ground and the use of helicopters and
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drones in the sky. security concerns have risen after the stabbing at a rabbi's home. >> the new york police commissioner told the million plus people expecting to watch the ball drop this. >> you will be very safe in times square. >> a sentiment echoed by the assistant chief. >> concernisidering all of the security, it will be pretty safe? >> absolutely. >> new york is not the only place we acting to acts of violence this new year's eve. we reached out to police in dallas after this weekend's church shooting. they said they have extra patrols in places of worship. >> thank you, jeff is with us now to talk weather, where is the biggest trouble for new
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year's eve, my friend? >> this is the same storm we have been dealing with since christmas. we go through the day today and you see that snow swinging through pennsylvania and new york, there could be a flurry or a shower. i think it will be dry in times square. it will be 38, the wind will be howling, it will not be raining like last year. across the nation as you see it is cool but not extremely cold. rainy in seattle with a semiaround 50 degrees. now i want to talk about the winter so far and the winter ahead. this has been dominated so far by a strong pacific jet stream. it will stay generally mild in the east. that is the forecast for the next three weeks. mild to the east, cold in the
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west, and wetter than normal in the next couple months in the grate lakes and the northern rockies, so we have to watch out for more spring flooding in the midwest. >> an estimated 4,000 people are trapped on a peach in southeastern australia desperate for rescue but rounded by one of 100 wildfires raging in the area. 12 people have died since the fires began in september. >> the state of victoria is facing their worst bush fires in years. the coastal town where huge fires turned day into night. the town hit 120 degrees at 8:00 a.m., the sky turning red as
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flames and smoke blanketed the entire area. 4,000 people were forced to flee to the water and the beach as flames got dangerously close to the town. the extent of the damage is still not known. those people are still stranded and unable to return to their properties. we just confirmed that the army has been briefed and they're ready. personnel from the navy, they're ready for mass evacuations from the area. now to an outpouring of support at the end of hanukkah as we learn more about the man accused of stabbing 5 people at a rabbi's home in new york. hundreds gathered last night to pray for the victims. the suspect was charged with hate crimes yesterday. they found his handwritten
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journals with anti-semitic writings. what else do we know about the suspect? >> his client is a former marine, and he does not believe that anti-semitism lead to this attack. but in his journals they found references to hitler and nazi culture. >> he needs serious psychiatric evaluation. >> he said his client is not a domestic terrorist, but has a history of mental illness including auditory hallucinations. >> it bha that he was noncompliant with medications. >> police found an apparent reference to the black hebrey israelite movement. they also found drawings of the star of david and the swastika.
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he made recent searches including why did hitler hate the jews. dozens of jews were inside celebrating the 7th night of hanukkah. new video shows him at a new york city dellly about two hours after the attack. he was about ppprehended by pol. he had blood on his cloths and a machete with dried blood on it in his car. >> he has always been a gentle giant with mental illness. >> one victim is in critical condition with a skull prak tor. they are looking to see if there is a link between thomas and the same neighborhood last month. >> the texas man that shot and
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killed a began man in his own church is now telling his story. wilson was one of the people who responded in just a few seconds. maria, good morning to you, it was quite something to listen to mr. wilson resound whcount whatd in the church. >> talking to this man was amazing. jack wilson who has a law enforcement background says he is thankful to god for giving him the skills to take down the gunman. the congregation is honoring the to parishioners they lost in that service. >> outside of the west freeway church of christ on monday night the community gathered to honor two pa ririshionersparishioners.
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>> i lost two great men, two men that would do the same for me. >> service was interrupted when a man got up and approached wallace and then pulled out a gun to fire. >> i took out some evil. i took out someone that was evil with evil intent. jackson wilson is being hailed as a hero for taking down the gunman. >> i don't consider myself a hero at all, i did what i was trained to do. >> he is a firearms instructor and ahead of the security team. he confronted the shooter who just seconds earlier pulled out a shotgun and killed two men. >> i only fired one round, it was a head shot. >> the gunman was a 43-year-old homeless man. wilson said he noticed him
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immediately. >> what really -- he was wearing a wig and a fake beard, and a hat on his ahead and a long coat. >> the gunman had a history of mental health issues and violence including aggravated assault, battery, and arson. in 2012 his ex-wife was granted an emergency protective order from him. the fbi is working with local state investigators for what i think they're open to people who are transiant. he prays pat riises the parishi
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the law that allows him to carry a gun in church. >> thank you very much. senate democrats say new revelations about president trump withholding military aid from ukraine are a turning point in his impeachment. the president tweeted this morning that the democrats want to avoid a trial to protect former vice president joe biden. ben tracey is in west palm beach, florida. do the democrats have any leverage here. >> chuck schumer seems to think so, he is seeding on new reporting that president trump spoke with his security team on withholding the aid. >> these revelations are a game changer. >> chum shoock schumer says a n report shows the need to have a trial with witnesses. witnesses like mick mulvaney and john bolton. according to a new york times
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report, the top national security advisors including bolton tried to convince the president to release the aid but he overruled them. a top aid is expected to say "expect congress to become unhinged." there was serious concerned raised by trump administration officials about the legality of what the president was doing. >> but the president, i expect them to walk out and execute the president's wishes or or maybe even leave if they disagree with the president. >> secretary of state mike pompeo was traveling to ukraine and he is going to meet with president zelensky there on friday. they will try to hammer out the details of this impending impeachment trial. >> ben, thank you. a historic new law gives the
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people of california unprecedented internet privacy rights. how it can good morning. and happy new year's eve day. we're going to have beautiful blue skies as we head through our afternoon, is slightly above average temperatures in the upper 50s for the coast and for the bay and low 60s inland this afternoon. your fireworks forecast for tonight, increasing clouds, times will be in the 40s. as we ring in the new year. there we go with that extended forecast. partly cloudy skies big mountains, wednesday, thursday, friday. cooler for for the weekend with shower chances on saturday.
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>> announcer: this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 7:20 six. i'm kenny choi. preparations for new year's eve are in full swing. tens of thousands of people are expected to be there. public transit has extended hours to get people home after all the festivities tonight. investigators in san mateo county are on the hunt this morning for a record after a car sped off a cliff near devils slide. authorities found car parts washed up in denver by waves. officials are falling leaves on missing lexis. the new year will off with a bang along the coast. between northern sonoma and monterey county. there's an intrigue risk of
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sneaker waves and rip currents starting today at 1:00 pm through at 9:00 p.m. let's check the roads with gianna. and let's head to that richmond/san rafael bridge. that is where we have an accident blocking a couple lanes there. traffic is slow as you work your way across the span. give yourself a few extra minutes there. you may want to use 37 in the meantime. another reported right around san quentin. you can see traffic down to about 7 miles per hour. with your past that, no delays. things are clear there. in fact, bay bridge toll plaza also very lightly traveled this morning. okay, gianna, though, we are starting off the day on this last day of 2019 gorgeous conditions. check out a live look at our salesforce tower camera with mostly sunny skies. looking at mt. diablo, at the bay bridge, we're going to see plenty of sun trend as we head through the afternoon with slightly above average times in the upper 50s, low 60s. we will bring in the new year with increasing temps in the
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40s. but dry conditions and their is that extended forecast.
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it's 7:30. here's what's happening on "cbs this morning." new year's preparations at times square and elsewhere as the world celebrates the start of 2020. >> three, two, one. happy new year. protesters attack the u.s. embassy in iraq, bursti ining t u.s. embassy and chanting death to america. the essential role of food on the campaign trail where candidates try to win over
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hearts and stomachs. >> let's not floup der. let's get out there and kick some bass. taking on the earth's atmosphere. >> i changed my mind. i don't want to do this. >> good one. >> yeah, funny guy. >> i also have a hysterical plan for later where i pretend to cry through the whole launch. >> we know how you feel about space. we were watching yesterday. >> i'm'd be like, i'm kidding, i'm kidding, send me back. >> too late at that point. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm jericka duncan with david begnaud and adriana diaz. gayle, anthony, and tony are off. a newly released report says the food and drug administration may have failed to set strict enough standards and follow through for training doctors about the risks associated with the highly addictive drugs.
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researchers say a lack of oversight and training problems happened while the opioid crisis killed tens of thousands of people a year. our consumer investigative correspondent anna werner is here. anna, what exactly are these rules, and how were they supposed to work? >> good morning, jericka. those rules part of an fda process is called rems. it required manufacturers of addictive opioids like oxycontin to pay those doctors for prescribing the drug and then report back how the training was working. in a new study researchers found that didn't happen. >> it basically controlled my life. >> reporter: jennifer became addicted to opioids after having a c-section, an addiction that eventually landed her behind bars. >> every single day when i woke up, my main focus was wake up and figure out a way to get what i needed to just get through the day. i didn't care who i hurt or, you
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know, what i had to do to get it. >> reporter: her story is not uncommon. the cdc says in 2017 opioids were involved in more than 65% of all drug overdose deaths. the report says long-acting or extended release opioids such as oxycodone and morphine were associated with greater addiction, unintended overdose or death than their released counterparts. so in 2012 the fda said up rules to allow for continuing education to doctors and develop medication guides to in form patients about risks as well as monitor and report on access and drug safety. but the fda let the pharmaceutical companies themselves create the curriculum. a doctor is medical director at brandeis university. >> one of the problems is that the education is voluntary.
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the other problem was simply the content that was a curriculum designed by the drugmakers, a curriculum that didn't really discourage prescribing. >> reporter: they found in their review of thousands of fda documents that the agency failed to followup on problems with the program and never cysted on changes to address those problems. >> so what do you think were the consequences of this? >> so the consequences were that at a time when the cdc and other public health groups across the country were trying to get doctors to prescribe more cautiously, the fda was encouraging more aggressive prescribing. it was making it more difficult to attack the opioid crisis. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, the fda said the opioid tragedy is a defining
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crisis and rems is there. jennifer is now clean and sober but wonders if that training could have made a difference. >> if we could know now what we knew back then, maybe things would have been a little different. >> reporter: the cdc lays out guidelines for proper opioid prescription. those include evaluating the need for pain medications, proper selection of the right drug, and accessing the risk or explaining the risk of addiction, explaining those risks to the patient. but it wasn't until 2017 that they began requiring safety programs for all opioid painkillers and not the long acting ones here. >> in the piece you talk about, writing the curriculum? >> that's what the doctor said. the fda didn't respond to questions about that. but he basically believes that the influence of manufacturers played a part here, that they didn't want to lose sales and
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that's his opinion obviously as an expert, and the researchers seem to comment on that as well. >> certainly hoping the fda does better oversight there. thank you, anna. ahead, tech companies give at least 40 million americans more control of their personal information. a reminder as we go to break, subscribe to our podcast, "cbs this morning" news on the go. you can hear the day's top stories in less than 20 minutes. you're watching "cbs this morning." come on back. patients want something that works faster for them.
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strongest u.s. privacy rights in u.s. history. it takes effect tomorrow. many tech companies collect personal information including birthdays, e-mail addresses ask users' interests without ever asking permission and they earn big money selling it. starting tomorrow kl calans will actually be able to limit what happens when their information is collected. john blackstone shows us how the new law being affect all americans. >> reporter: the familiar login page on websites with personal information on it will have something new on it beginning in the new year. especially someone in california logging in. >> on the homepage of your site you display a button that says do not tell my data. consumers in california will have broad new control over data collected about them. >> i can ask you for my information. i can ask you to delete that information such that you purged it and you tell the people you
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shared it with to purge and do not sell it to other parties and keep it to yourself. >> many in the tech industry whose business models depend on the collection of consumer data fought hard to stop the california consumer protection act from becoming law. >> this is a story of only in america. one person being able to take on an industry. >> alistair was collecting signatures for a ballot measure. >> it is a story about america and the ability to take on the world's most powerful industry right now, and be able to come up with meaningful reforms. >> fortunately, you had the money to do it. this cost you, what this more than $3 million. >> uh-huh. i've been super fortunate in my life, and i do believe you have a duty to try to make the world better. >> mctagger, a san francisco
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area commercial real estate developer realized how internet companies are tracking us. >> they know everything about everybody. the companies tell us this is good for us, that it helps them provide us services. >> i've never encountered a real-life human being who says you know my problem? i don't get enough relevant ads. >> california attorney general is responsible for enforcing the law. facebook says its current privacy rules comply with the new law including its ban on selling user data. the company says it supports the new legislation. >> these are remarkable companies that have done remarkable things. i'm not at all with burning the house down kind of a person, but i do think that capitalism needs some rules, some rules of the road and the rules should be that we, the people, have power over our own information. >> for now, the new protections apply only in california, but the state has 12% of the u.s. population and a few companies
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including microsoft have said they will extend the same rights to all americans. for "cbs this morning," john blackstone, san francisco. >> see if the government takes cues from california. sharon stone got salute out of a popular dating app. good morning to you.. we are starting off the day with clear skies and chilly temps. and as we head through the afternoon on this last day of 2019, we are looking at plenty of sunshine this and slightly above average temps in the upper 50s for the coast and the bay. and low 60s inland. your fireworks forecast for tonight, we will see increasing close. partly cloudy to eventually mostly cloudy with temps in the 40s. so bundle up. as we ring in the new year. mild temps, partly cloudy skies, wednesday, thursday, and
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that's too bad. visit geico.com and see how easy saving on renters insurance can be. we are happy because we've got the fill-in group, but we're here, happy to give you the news. vladimir duthiers is off, so adriana diaz is covering what to watch. >> around 30 correction officer cadets will be fired after they were photographed giving a nazi salute. the class graduation photo taken last month shows the cadets lifting their arms toward one of the instructors.
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that instructor and two others were also fired. four others will be suspended without pay. senior investigators say the cadets regularly use the nazi salute as a sign of respect for their conductor. >> they knew what the gesture meant and did it anywhere? >> no words. moving on, we have news about the royal family, my favorite family. >> how about your own family? >> my own family is pretty cool too. >> sorry, mom. >> david. the prince is teaming up with sir david attenborough who made the announcement this morning. >> every day it reminds us of its beauty, but it also warns us that we can no longer take life as we know it for granted. >> the earth shot prize is aimed at encouraging and inspiring
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people across the globe to find innovative solutions that will impact the environmental. and the nobel peace prize will be awarded to five people a year over ten years >> i've got one reaction. >> that's right. >> i mean, thank you, prince, right? >> that's right. he's so princely. our next story is with sharon stone. the beautiful sharon stone is buzzing again around the dating app bumble. the 61-year-old golden globe winner said bumble closed her account. some users said it couldn't possibly be here. bumble apologized for closing the account. they said being the icon that she is, we can understand how so many of our users felt it was too good to be true once they noticed her profile wasn't photo-verified. so one person put on twitter and said, well, if sharon stone can't get on the dating site, what hope do the rest of us
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have. >> none of us. sharon stone dating again. >> dating. she'll be scooped up in a second. well, they may not have traveled by reindeer, but some florida sheriff's deputies made sure a little boy and his mom had a very merry christmas. take a look. >> here you go. yeah. >> the palm beach deputies say they got a letter from the boy's grandmother who was worried her daughter and grandson would not have christmas this year because they were going through a rough patch, so the deputies brought little aden some gifts and a christmas tree. >> that's what it's all about. the gifts look like they probably weigh more than he does. >> good on palm beach. it's good when a young child has a positive experience with the police. >> there were issues. the father left the mother, the mother was going through medical issues, and this was the
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>> announcer: this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 7:56. i'm gianna franco. checking the roadways right now, if you're just heading out the door in the next couple of minutes, so far, so good for the most part. just two things to look out for. when accident is at the richmond/san rafael bridge. blocking lanes. you've got a backup there, you can use 37. in the meantime, once your past that, though, no delays. we are starting to see that back up at the toll plaza because of that crash.
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elsewhere, netspend 880, 237, lanes are blocked due to an overturned vehicle. save got some stop-and-go conditions as you approach the scene there. overall, are checking a drive times. looking and the green. no delays right now. 101, 85, or 280. bay bridge, that is lightly traveled this morning. as you head in to san francisco, and don't forget, if you're out and about tonight, for your new year's eve, they will be offering free service. gianna, got to love holiday lights and all of those free services for tonight. as we ring in the new year. and it is a beautiful day across the bay area. hopefully you are enjoying the sunshine. because it is a live look at our salesforce tower camera. with that sun as we head through the afternoon. mostly sunny skies. daytime highs, slightly above average. and the upper 50s for the coast and for the bay and low 60s inland. so for today, looking at 58 for oakland. 59 san rafael and fremont. 60 in mountain view. san jose. 57 for san francisco this afternoon. your fireworks forecast, we will see partly cloudy skies, temps will be on the chilly
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side in the 40s. so grab that coat as you head out to watch the fireworks. that is across the bay area. looking at partly cloudy skies and mild temps, wednesday, thursday, friday. cooler for for the weekend any chance for showers on saturday.
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♪ good morning to all of you, our friends in the >> happy new year. >> you're looking at video from sydney, australia, where they have already celebrated 2020. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i am david. gayle, tony and anthony are off. ahead, mixed emotions in sydney over the fireworks due to an emergency happening right now. we'll tell you about that. >> i'm jericka duncan. a sore throat led to a $28,000 medical charge. >> presidential canneds tell us why food is a key issue in the
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campaign. >> today's eye opener at 8:00. violent anti-american protesters are attacking the u.s. embassy in baghdad this morning. >> thousands of protesters moved through an area protected by iraqi security forces to the u.s. embassy. >> authorities tell us this will be one of the well protected places on the planet as an estimated 1.5 million people plan be to bring in the new year in times square. >> victoria is facing its worse bush fires in years. one of the hardest hit areas in the east. >> investigators say in the 37-year-old's journals they found references to hitler and nazi culture. jack wilson has a law enforcement background is thankful to god for the skills to take down this gunman. balance is not usually a strong suit for toddlers. that didn't stop this girl from hitting the slopes. >> her name is maiv perry and she may be 18 months old but already looking like a pro.
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>> her parents say she's defiant and smiled the whole way down. >> look at her go on the snowboard. >> better than i could do. >> can i get a high five? >> oh, yeah. >> this morning's eye opener presented by toyota, let's go places. >> welcome back to "cbs this morning." we're going to start with breaking news that we continue to follow out of iraq. angry protesters have broken into the u.s. embassy compound in baghdad. demonstrators have set fire to a security box and they stormed the entrance, chanting death to america. a side gate was smashed. protesters filed into a corridor right near the main building. you can be actually see u.s. troops inside of the embassy. now iraq's prime minister has warned the demonstrators to stay away. u.s. security guards inside the embassy have reportedly fired stun grenades. >> the protesters or the protests follow sunday's u.s. air strikes on iranian backed
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militants in iraq and syria. the pentagon says those strikes were in retaliation for a rocket attack that killed a u.s. contractor in iraq. this morning, president trump tweeted iran is orchestrating an attack on the u.s. embassy and they will be held fully responsible. we also blamed iran for the contractor's death. there is no evidence yet that iran is behind today's attack. in new york city, thousands of people will get an early start in times square, willing to wait all day and night for midnight's main attraction. that nearly 12,000 pound ball that ushers in every new year. the nypd has been planning all year for new year's eve. thousands of uniformed and undercover officers will keep watch on the party. commissioner shay spoke with cbs news about tonight's security. >> expect to be searched multiple times. you'll be watched, vapor weight dogs that can detect bombs. the planning literally starts when the confetti stops
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dropping. what happened this year, what can we change next year. >> more than 1 million people are expected to watch the ball drop in times square. sydney, australia, began the new year with its fireworks display but the country is in the middle of an unprecedented wildfire crisis right now and a lot of people say it's the wrong time to be celebrating. look at this very scary scene at a beach where thousands of people have gone to escape the flames. this is southwest of sydney. some people we're told are running into the sea under a glowing red sky. ian lee is in london. i wonder what were officials saying to those who said listen, hold off on the fireworks not the right time to do it? >> good morning. large parts of australia are currently in a total fire ban as the country continues to burn, but sydney was able to get an exemption as you can see to go ahead with its fireworks show. australia's prime minister supports the decision, saying the event shows his country's
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resilience, while others cited the money it generates for the economy. not everyone is going in on the celebration. >> two, one. >> reporter: sydney is one of the first major cities in the world to ring in the new year. it does so with a bang. but thousands say this iconic fireworks display should have been called off. >> i think they should ban them for this year while this is all happening, just leave it a year and do it again next year. >> i think the money should be going to the firefighters and the bush and the people in the country towns. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: australia is facing one of its worst wildfire seasons ever prompt morgue than 275,000 people to sign a petition to cancel the show saying cities like sydney choking in smog from fires didn't need any more smoke in its air. the petition asked that the millions spent on fireworks should have gone towards the army of firefighters battling
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the flames that have destroyed 1,000 homes and to protect the country's devastated wild life like some koalas in danger of losing up to 30% of their habitat. >> fireworks are clearly an ignition source for wildfires. >> reporter: associate professor matthew hurdeo who studies climate and fires praises parts of the u.s. that have canceled their own displays out of caution. an unlikely risk in sydney, but by defying australia's total fire ban he says it sends the wrong message. >> as the climate continues to change we need to consider maybe we need to forgo things like firework displays when wildfire danger is high because that can keep people the perception it's okay to light off fireworks. >> there is no relief in site for australia as the fires continue to rage and that has thousands living with the uncertainty of whether they will have a home to go back to in the new year. >> ian lee in london, thank you. the new year will bring some
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new laws to the united states. california will be the first state to ban discrimination based on natural hairstyles, including afros, braids, twists, locks. nevada is tackling health care. insurers will not be allowed to deny health care to patients with preexisting conditions. even if the affordable care act is eliminated. starting tomorrow illinois will be the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. recreational use is legal in washington, d.c. new york is tackling criminal justice reform and the environment. it is eliminating the requirement of bail for most nonviolent crimes and starting march 1st the state will ban most single use plastic bags from stores. all right. well a woman's routine doctor visit for a sore throat led to more than $28,000 in medical charges. dr. elizabeth rosenthal of kaiser health news is in our toyota green room with the story behind the bill and how to keep this from happening to you.
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good morning, and happy new year's eve to you. we're going to have beautiful blue skies as we head throughout afternoon with storlie above-average temperatures in the upper 50s for the coast and the bay in the 60s inland this afternoon. your fireworks forecast for tonight, increasing clouds, temps will be in the 40s as we ring in the new year. there we go with that extended forecast. the cloudy skies, mild temps, wednesday, thursday, friday. cooler for the weekend. shower chances on saturday.
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." in our morning rounds how a routine doctor's visit for a sore throat brought more than $28,000 in charges. this is absurd. our continuing bill of the month partnership with kaiser health news and npr looks at unexpected medical costs. that woman's visit shows even when insurance does cover medical costs, costs can still skyrocket in the long run. take a >> i thought maybe because my throat had started hurting a lot, i potentially had strep throat. >> reporter: she wanted to be sure her cold symptoms weren't anything serious, so she made an appointment with a doctor she had seen before. >> she said, okay, i'll give you a strep throat culture. she sent in a nurse and they did blood work. that was it.
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she gave me a prescription for antibiotics and i left. >> reporter: within ten days she began to feel better but she started to get unexpected messages from the doctor's office. while they were both in her insurance network, the lab that processed the throat swab was not. she was surprised to learn the doctor ordered an extensive and expensive array of tests. the bill totaled more than $28,000. after deducting a co-pay, the insurance company paid the claim, sending her a check for $25,865. she says the doctor's office, which, by the way, shares a phone number and an address with that lab wanted her to turn over the entire insurance payment immediately. >> blue cross/blue shield also kind of dropped the ball here,
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and they, you know, should have flagged this, and they didn't. >> she did give that check to her doctor, who did not respond to our request for comment. blue cross/blue shield of minnesota told kaiser health news is now reviewing the claim and has placed a hold on that check for more than $25,000. dr. elizabeth rosenthal is editor in chief of kaiser and joins us at the table. good morning. >> good morning. >> so much to unpack here. in this case, she wasn't asked to pay the $25,000, right? >> no, she wasn't, but in new york state there's a surprise billing law that holds the patient harmless, but only 12 states, they have those laws. in many states, they could have come after her. remember, even if she didn't have to pay, her insurer did which means everyone in the company has to pay those bill, so don't say, it's not me, i don't care. >> how likely is it to happen? >> it's very common. this time of year, probably
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hundreds of thousands of new yorkers are going in with head colds, gets throat swabs. you just never know. a little thing. we have these kinds of things from throat swabs, $28,000, a urine test for $1,000, a tube of blood for $8,000. when a doctor says let's just swab your throat or give me some urine in a cup, you have to have your antenna up because you just never know. that's why i tell people one thing you can do right away, when a doctor says something like that, okay, but send it in my network for testing so you're safe and be asked like why are you sending this test? sure, a throat swab is normal, but this throat swab was sent for every virus and bacteria and dna testing under the sun and that's why it added up -- partly why it added up to be such a crazy, crazy amount. if someone was in an intensive care unit and dying you might say, oh, all these tests are
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necessary. if you have a head cold, boy. >> right. >> you mentioned the lab work that did all the tests. there is a connection between the lab and the doctor. what do we know about that? >> all we know is they're at the same address, so it's hard to know what to make of that. it looks odd, right? but it could be far away too. it could be -- i don't know what to make of i it. it could be a lab in u. the point is the doctor sends a minor test to the lab. the lab can mark up whatever they want. the markup can be crazy. another lab told us the same tests might cost $600. >> 20 seconds. how does something like this get passed onto other patients. if she had paid it, how does it get passed onto the rest of us? >> next year the insurance company raises the premiums on the rest of us. >> what they do, it looks like
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they raise premiums on the rest of us. it looks like no one is paying, but we're all paying. plus it's wrong. we have a health care system totally out of turn when it comes to costs. when we see something like this, we just don't say i don't have to pay. it's crazy. >> dr. rosenthal, thank you for those tips. takeaway, pay attention to those bills. >> coming up, airlines are becoming creative to make travel more creative for autistic children. how airport practice makes a huge difference in families' lives. you're watching "cbs this morning." stay with us. stay with us.
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big crowds and loud noises make it hard especially for children with autism to go through airports and flay on airplanes, so major airplanes have found a unique way to help. kris van cleave with how the airline is starting to take off. >> reporter: for this
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6-year-old, today is a big day. heal be walking on an airplane for the first time since he was a baby. he has autism so he's sensitive to the noise and activity at the airport and changes to his routine to be disruptive. they don't travel often, but when the family travels, they make eight eight-hour trip to arkansas. they could fly in 90 minutes. >> how was it? >> to be honest, it was nerve-racking for us. but to him, he was taking the challenge. >> reporter: once a month the airline helps children get comfortable with the process from check-in to security to boarding and what to expect on the plane. >> the easiest authentic for us
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is like, whew, we sit down, and we're on the plane. this is the hardest part for him. sitting down, and the narrow ways, that's the hardest part for him. >> reporter: among them, captain eric reese's son. he's led the atlanta tours for the last four years. >> you worry about your child. when you have seen a child have a meltdown on that spectrum, it's scary. these families are scared to death that it's going to happen on a plane and we're going to have to lapd and we're going to create all sorts of problems and disrupt passengers and things like that, but i assure them that's not the case. >> reporter: delta offers these tours at i its atlanta and other hubs. others offer similar programs across the country. >> for young kids with autism, these new sensory experience, the overhead page, all of the sights and sounds can be quite overwhelming and as a result,
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many people with autism really need to have experiences before they get to the airport just to prepare them for that. >> reporter: delta built this special sensory room at atlanta's international terminal as a place families can go to to calm down if the airport becomes sensory overload. a first for delta. >> what's it like for you seeing reactions from the kids particularly when their eyes light up? >> it's just amazing in that it's doing good and it's making families feel empowered and confident and comfortable, and i want them to have the same experiences with their children that i've had with mine. >> reporter: and the diamonds are ready. they just have to agree on where to go. >> he wanted to do fairs. >> i just want to go to disneyland. >> have a seat in the captain's seat. >> reporter: whatever the final destination, the look of nathan in cockpit, he's about ready for takeoff.
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for cbs this morning from atlanta. go, captain eric reese. he has an autistic son and he's helping families with autistic children. stra >> announcer: this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 8:25. i'm gianna franco. if you're hitting the roadways this morning, so far, has been life. have some pretty decent troll times as you work your way on most of our bay area freeways. a couple minor accidents to look out for. we got a trouble spot, 101 southbound. that right lane is blocked. it is very the travel this morning. and some slight delays to squeeze past this trouble spot. right at taylor street.
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a look that you got that right lane block there as well. take a look at some of our bay area bridges. here is a live look at the san mateo bridge. easy conditions and not seeing any delays at all. tip top shape at the bay bridge. you can see traffic pretty light coming out of the east bay into san francisco. and no delays for your travel times. everything is in the green. mary? gianna, beautiful end to 2019 across the bay area. here's a live look with the treasure island camera. you can see some sunshine and a few cloud in the sky. as we head through our afternoon, mostly sunny with temperatures slightly above average. so upper 50s for the coast and for the bay. low 60 inland with high pressure in control. 57 for a daytime high in san francisco. oakland coming in at 58. 59 in fremont and 65 mountain view and for san jose. your fireworks forecast, and looking at probably cloudy skies. increasing clouds. temps will be in the 40s at midnight. grab that coat as you head out the door for tonight.
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watch the fireworks across our region. we will take more clouds for your wednesday. but still mainly dry mild temperatures. not will continue to thursday and for friday. cooler for the weekend. cloudia on saturday. could see some showers saturday. partly sunny but cool on sunday.
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." it's time to bring you some of the stories that are the ""talk of the table"" this morning. this is where we each pick a story that we'd like to share with each of you at home. david, you're going to start us off? >> this there make you go hmm. the u.s. had its slowest population growth rate in a century. the census bureau says from 202018 to 2019 the u.s. grew by a little less than 0.5%. that's less than a million people. it's the slowest growth rate when the u.s. was involved in world war i. the decline is blamed on a decrease in births and an
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increase in deaths as baby boomers age and a slowdown in international immigration. now, a shrinking population, experts say, could be a disadvantage when it comes to finding skilled labor, but it could be an advantage when it comes to easing the burden on the environmental. by the way, in puerto rico, they had a slight increase in the population for the first time sims 2005. >> that's interesting. >> more than 300 people went back to live in puerto rico. >> i was talking to my mom. people are getting married later in life, maybe having less children. >> that's true. good goode point. what have you got? >> a hand glider says he feels incredibly lucky to be alive after his harness became unhooked in the middle of a flight. it was all caught on video. you can see him flying along a beach. suddenly his harness separates and he's left clinging to the
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bar. he manages to hang on for a while before crashing into the beach. he says the harness became a hook because he mistakenly connected it to a velcro loop. he only suffered minor knee injuries. plans to return to the skies when his injuries have healed. he posted a warning to hand glider pilots to check their gear carefully before taking off. he also noted the fact that my crash landing was going into the wind meant that my ground speed was significantly slowed. he's lucky to be alive considering what we just saw there. incredible video. wanted to share that. adriana? >> we've reported a lot about universities dealing with racial tensions on campus. princeton is recognizing it in a unique way.
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that's where i went to school. a student made portraits of people on campus and he said it's to offer support systems to students away from home. howard is one of them. >> hey, how are you do? >> i'm next. >> everybody knows howard. it's true. >> he's awesome. >> he has worked in the school dining halls for 22 years, but he's also a staple at princeton games where students always flock to him. that's what he told us. he said having his own portrait on campus is an honor. >> i love that. >> that's going to be here after i retire because the school has purchased it. >> what does that mean to you? >> love. that's love. for all the years i gave love, i got it back in that. >> so as schools are trying to deal with how to celebrate diversity, make all students feel included, students using art in this way, they've commissioned portraits of notable professors.
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a judge, carl field, a first african-american administrator at the school and robert rivers who's one of the first african-american students to go to the school. they all have portraits. >> it's nice to see that. there was a time when people of color weren't even allowed to go to princeton. so it shows that evolution coming full circle. >> and it's important to be seen on the walls. >> i love recognizing people who otherwise might not be known around campus. good story. a countdown to a new year and a decade is almost over. so many of us are thinking about new year's resolutions. travel is one of them after exercising more, losing weight, and saving money. according to the online marketplaceoffers.com. mark is a contributing editor at
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the company. he's looking at places we should be going to, including space. >> you're biased on this. you want to talk about space. >> yeah. >> would you take a galactic flight? >> i would not go on a private shuttle. i've seen the mishaps. but i would hitch a ride with nasa. >> i think what people don't realize is, yes, we've heard about space tourism, which sounds amazing. and richard branson has said they'll take passengers paying $750,000 each, but nasa is also saying lit take passengers to the international space station. jeff bezos has a program that's going to try it. elon musk. >> what other kinds of travel. >> are you an airbnb person? >> i have not. >> i have, but sometimes it feels not so clean enough. >> you're so nice about it.
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>> i had another word in there. >> it can be hit and miss. >> this decade has seen its trial. ly say in 2020 and beyond we're seeing a new kind of accommodation called a hometel. it's a home that feels like a hotel. you can rent an apartment from someone but you get the back end of a hotel. you can have concierge service, maid service and the fridge stocked with whatever you want, and so on. and also what about a poshtel. >> a posh hotel. >> what is that? >> i'm glad you asked, with a little bit of accent. it's a posh hostel. they have bunk beds and they realized families would love bunk beds if we would up our game. with posh hostels, clean rooms,
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private bathrooms, you can stay there, generator in miami, life house, that kind of thing. >> what about rwanda. when i think of rwanda, i think of genocide, but there have been a lot of developments and new parks. >> i was on assignment in january. i think you're absolutely right. we immediately remember rwanda of the '90s. the strategy to rebuild the country has been really long and really careful, and they've brought tourism in as a pillar. there's going to be a new direct flight. you're going to spend a lot of money when you're there. because they want it to be a sustainable process. they say, come see the gorillas and chimpanzees. we want your grandchildren to see it, too, so we want to charge $1,500 so we can sustain it. >> i want to see that. we'll talk later. thinking about
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sustainability, should we all do like greta thunberg and try not to fly? >> okay. here's the way i would approach that. i think greta thunberg has raised interesting questions about sustainability. travel at the moment contributes to about 2% of the carbon emissions, so it isn't this enormous problem compared to all other industries that we should all make effort. i would encourage everyone if you're flying, think about single-use products. airlines use throwaway cups. that's a big problem. cruise ships have tried not to do that. norwegian has said starting tomorrow the there will be no sing-use cruises. buy a water bottle. take that with you when you travel, and -- >> is there a trend we saw in 2019 that you don't think will continue in 2020? >> that's a great question.
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i think some of the -- some of the home sharing stuff where it feels like we're going to stay at airbnb, i think we're learning, oh, no. there's all these new options. so don't worry, the hotels aren't going away. >> stay open-minded. >> of course. >> happy new year. >> mark elmwood, thank you so much. from flying to food. ed o'keefe shows us how food is part of the presidential campaign. >> nice marbling on there. >> there is. >> he followed the candidates to learn why they use the menu to draw in voters. good morning to you. we are starting off the day with clear skies and chilly temps and as we head through the afternoon on this last day of 2019, we are looking at plenty of sunshine and slightly above average temps. in the upper 50s for the host
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and the bay. 06 these in it. your fireworks forecast for tonight will see increase in clouds. so partly cloudy to eventually mostly cloudy with temps in the 40s. bundle up. as we ring in the new year. mild temps, partly cloudy skies, wednesday, thursday, and friday. cooler for love the weekend with shower chances on saturday.
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so, politics so, politics and food may not mix at the dinner table during the holidays, but that's certainly not the case on the campaign trail. ed o'keefe has traveled across the country with 2020 presidential hopefuls for months. ed, why is food such a hot topic on the campaign trail? >> oh, jericka, because it's everywhere. one thing we've noticed is food is one of the way voters are driven in. sometimes the candidate serves it up just right. but campaigning with food can also be a high-stakes gamble. in south carolina it's fish. in iowa, it's steak or corn
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dogs. in new hampshire, it's steak and eggs. anywhere you go with cameras, it's cameras and catering. it helps draw a crowd and fuels the campaign and offers the campaigner a chance to connect with the people. >> let's not flounder. let's get out there and kick some bass. >> food tells us important things about who you are. >> reporter: emily is a scholar at the university of tulsa who studies the intersection of food and politics. >> with a presidential candidate, the hope is by getting ready to eat with this person or seeing them eat a food from your local area, you get a better sense of who they are as a person. >> reporter: but sometimes watching a politician eat can leave a bad taste in the mouth. remember when george ford ate a
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tamale without removing the husk? >> i have not liked it since i was a little kid and i am the president of the united states and i am not going to eat any more broccoli. >> or bower fell off the stage eating pancakes. when john kerry ate cheese on his cheesesteak, they fried him and when pete buttigieg ate his food like a chicken bone. >> to say i haven't had this but i'm so excited to try it. encourage them to ask questions. >> reporter: over the sum were we stopped in columbia, south carolina for a fish fry hosted by jim clyburn. it was his largest ever.
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4,400 to serve to thousands of voters to see nearly two dozen candidates. >> here we go. moment of truth. that is good. in iowa the state fair is a must-stop. in september candidates headed back to iowa for a local democratic steak fry. >> this weekend you're catering for? >> 10,000 attendees. >> reporter: while voters eat, candidates flip steaks and buy the beer and try to prove they've got what it takes. >> are the crowds coming for the politicians or the food? >> i think politicians are a lot like a la mode. a little food joke. >> reporter: amy klobuchar thinks catching up over food is essential to any candidate. >> you may do it over a doughnut or root beer float, but they talk to you. that's what you want to have as a politician. you don't want your only insulation is on twitter feed. that's why i think it's so
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important to go to state fairs and eat the food with the people. >> reporter: we got lots of tips from the candidates on how they handle food with people. senator klobuchar said her strategy is to avoid buying big things for herself and try everything voters offer her. >> they get a sense of who people are. it's through the food they eat. who are you, ed? what do you eat on the campaign trail? >> it's not just me, jericka. we pulled our producers, hard-working supporters. in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina, and we said guys, remind me, what sit you're eating in between events as you try to fuel your day. among other things, the gummi bears, beef jersey. if you haven't tried a pick the bag, i highly recommend it. take me seriously, folks.
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vegetables, it's salt, you're dieting and it's great. alex in the west pointed out he's easily downed several bananas during long trips between long events. at the end of the day, a good many admitted they like a good bottle of wine. >> has there been a report on the average weight gain? >> if you're not easy, you can gain several. and next year, you just starve yourself. >> happy new year. >> thank you. happy new year. and on our podcast we discuss a new book, "the book of eating." by adam platt. he also discusses his book, and you can listen wherever you get your podcast. we'll be right back.
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a little something to smile about. a happy ending for a newly wed who thought she lost a beloved piece of history. so daniele could not stop smiling when her husband found the lost diamond to her engagement ring. she was buying a water bottle at a newsstand last friday. it fell off and into the refrigerator. it's been in the family for decades. >> a ring is just a ring, but it's so much more. it's my family history and heritage. this ring survived world war i, the holocaust, made it through three continents with my mother. >> yesterday she and her husband met with the owner of the stand to search again with some special equipment and they found the diamond. she told "cbs this morning" she is beyond thankful. >> of course, she is. my goodness. the nypd also tried to help find the diamond.
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>> they did? >> yeah, they did. >> they came together. who says new yorkers aren't nice? >> they're very nice.
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>> announcer: this is a kpix 5 news morning update. good morning. it is 8:55. i'm gianna franco. last look at your drive for 2019, and so far, it has been an easy ride. if you plan on heading out the door early, you should be good to go on most of our bay area freeways. that earlier troubles but we had earlier this morning as long gone. left-hand shoulder problem here southbound 17. it is not really causing any backup this morning.
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also, we've got a crash south 101 and university. the right thing is blocked. but again, not a lot of cars on the road with, so things are very light through the call. bay bridge, no metering lights. easy ride from the topaz into the city. san mateo bridge looks good in both directions. no delays. travel times are all in the green. so traffic very like this morning. if you're heading out tonight, mass transit may be a good choice. they will have free service until 5:00 the money. b.a.r.t. will be on a special schedule until 3:00 am. mary? okay, gianna, well, we a beautiful day across the bay area avance we end katie nielsen. here is a lovely live look at our salesforce tower camera. as we go through the afternoon, mostly sunny skies. daytime highs will top out slightly above average in the upper 50s for the coast and for the it. enjoying it. well, our temperatures, 57 in san francisco. 58 in oakland. 60 for a high in san jose. if you are heading out and ring in the new year, watching those fireworks shows, we're going to see partly cloudy skies, chilly temps, as we ring in the new year in the 40s with increasing clouds, especially overnight. for tomorrow, for the first day of 2020, looking up party
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cloudy skies. wednesday, thursday, and friday with mild temps. cooler for the weekend. the chance of some showers on saturday. have a wonderful 2020.
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