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ast, present, and future, thank you for your service to your country and the world. after the tragedy. new details emerge about the colorado theater shooting as one victim becomes a new father. across the pond, mitt romney begins an overseas tour after bashing president obama's foreign policy. and a healthy debate over the proposed restrictions on super-sized sodas here in new york. health experts and civil york. health experts and civil libertarians weigh in. captioning funded by cbs this is the cbs morning news for wednesday, july 25, 2012. good morning everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. the funeral for a victim of friday's movie theater shooting will be held in colorado. gordon cow den was 51 yoers old and the oldest victim. his two children made it out
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unharmed. the shooting unfolded. some victims say the alleged gunman, james holmes was shouting as he stalked victims. holmes remains in solitary confineme confinement. he'll be officially charged monday and the judge says cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. meanwhile, one of the victims became a father. teresa garcia in aurora has that story. >> katie medley gave birth to her son tuesday morning there in the same hospital where katie's husband caleb is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. >> baby is doing good. katie is, she's recovering. caleb, he's still in critical condition, but he is stabilized. >> the medleys went to go see the new batman movie last friday night in aurora, colorado, for their last date before she would deliver their baby. a half hour into the movie caleb was fighting for his life with a gunshot to his eye. on tuesday, he got to meet his son. >> she put hugo in caleb's arms and she was holding his hand
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when the baby was laying with caleb and his blood pressure and his heart rate went up. we know that he could hear her. >> also in the hospital, batman star christian bale. the actor visited with is survivors. he posted this photo had his facebook page >> we're learning more about what happened inside the theater. early reports suggested the gunman said nothing during the shooting. but at least two people who were there disagree. >> stephanie davies kept her friend from bleeding to death from a gunshot to the neck. off camera she told reporters, "he would shout what are you doing? i said stand up and he would pick people up. i saw him stand over someone. i see hair and him holding the shirt and boom." james holmes is being held without bail. teresa garcia, cbs news, aurora colorado. there's been a surge in gun sales following the massacre. in the three days after the
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massacre, 2900 background checks have been approved for people seeking to buy a gun. that's a 25% increase over the average friday to sunday period this year. house and senate leaders in both parties have no plans to bring up the issue of gun control this election year. a fund has been set up for the victims of the colorado shooting. so far nearly $2 million have been donated. warner brothers, the studio that released the batman film that was playing at the time of the attack, gave an undisclosed amount to that fund. overnight, violent demonstrations over police shootings in anaheim, california. there have been four days of protests following the deadly police shootings of two men. one apparently unarmed. last night at least five people were arrested as city officials voted to ask the u.s. attorney to investigate. the family of one of the men shot by police has filed a $50 million lawsuit. the police union says both men were gang members with criminal records. to politics now. mitt romney begins a week-long visit to britain, israel and poland today. foreign policy replaced the economy as the key topic on the
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campaign trail. before he left, he delivered his toughest critique yet of the policy. he wants investigation of white house leaks. susan mcginnis has more. good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. ahead of this multination trip, romney changed the conversation to foreign policy and went on the attack trying to use national security issues to beef-up his presidential qualifications. mitt romney unleashed some of his harshest attacks of the president yet. speaking to the veterans of foreign wars, he criticized the president on several fronts. including leaks of classified information from the white house. >> this isn't a partisan issue. it's a national security crisis. >> the white house says it has zero tomorrow rans for top secret leaks and appointed investigate rs to find the culprits. romney says there needs to be an independent investigation. >> obama appointees accountable
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to obama's attorney general should not be responsible for investigating the leaks from the white house. >> romney attacked the president forever pushing for cuts in defense spending and alienating israel and other u.s. allies. he used the speech as a springboard to his trip to england, poland and israel. >> president obama is fond of lecturing israel's leaders. the people of israel deserve better than that. >> vice president biden says romney criticized the president's policy while offering no alternatives. the president defended his foreign policy achievements. >> because of the outstanding efforts of our men and women in uniform, we were able to end the war in iraq as i promised. and al qaeda is on the run and we got bin laden. >> a new wall street journal poll shows the president with a ten-point lead on the question of who would make the better commander in chief. >> romney attend the opening ceremonies for the limb nicks in lon donned and in israel, he'll
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meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. susan mcginnis. thank you so much. also overseas. turkey announced it's closing its border with syria. government forces are using fighter jets and helicopters to target rebel troops in syria's largest city aleppo. another top syrian general defected. growing international condemnation. david martin has our report. >> israel has started issuing new gas masks to citizens living close to the syrian border. a barometer of the increasing concern overseer i can't's arsenal of chemical weapons. pentagon officials say syria has the largest operational, that is ready to use, stockpile in the world. now, a spokesman for the syrian foreign ministry has talked openly about using them. >> these weapon are meant to be used only and strictly in external a gres against the
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syrian -- >> anthrax, syria is believed to have hundreds much tons worth of chemical weapons ranging from paralyzing nerve agents like sarin and vx to old-fashioned like mustard gas. they can can be fired from artillery or dropped from airplanes. it would take more than gas masks. a full body suit like soldiers wear is needed to prevent sarin from coming in contact with the skin. there are fears the weapons of mass destructions might be used, wmd for short, to put down the uprising. a horrific scenario which seems to be ruled out. >> any unconventional weapon that the syrian army public possess would never, would never be used against civilian or against the syrian people. >> but there is another horrific scenario, that as syria disintegrates into violence, chemical weapons would fall into
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the and ofterrists. the weapons are produced and stored in depots. they're working on plans to secure the site. a mission that would almost certainly require putting troops on the ground. for now, both u.s. and israeli officials say the weapons remain under the control of the syrian regime which has actually beefed up security at the storage sites. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. let's get a break in here this morning. when we come back, a survey on swearing in the workplace. this ought to be interesting. but first, battle over the big gulp. a hearing over a ban on large sugary drinks in new york city draws national attention. this is the "cbs morning news." try our new lunch-size grilled chicken fajitas, with sauteed onions and peppers, served with soup or salad. lunch break combos, starting at 6 bucks. enjoy them with friends, because a lunch together feeds the friendship.
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restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums. on tuesday, the board of health, which has the final say by the way, heard arguments from both sides. the proposal to restrict the sizes of sugary drinks has been cheered by health experts while scoffed at by the food industry. it's an encroachment on -- >> this will shut down production of movie theaters, pizza places, restaurants, coffee shops and even ice cream parlors will be affected by this ridiculous ban. >> i'm not overweight because of big gulp sodas. i eat too much pasta. >> a community activist hailed it saying it's an attack on poor communities. >> i've been deeply offended by what the beverage industry has tried to do here. they have not admitted that the real factor here is economics. >> the health board's commissioner pointed out that the restriction is not an out right ban on soda. and won't stop someone from gulping down as much as they want. >> people certainly have that
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option. but studies show that people are very much driven by the portion sizes that are given to them. so if default portion size is 24 ounces or 32 ounces, people are likely to drink that. if the default is 16 or less, they'll drink that and feel satisfied. >> this isn't the first time that the mayor has gone on the offensive concerning junk feud. in 2008, necessity banned the use of transfats from city staunts and required them to post calorie counts on menus. bloomberg says it's an effort to curb obesity which kills more than 5,000 new yorkers a year. michelle miller, he brushed aside the argument his administration is playing big brother. >> i just heard someone on the radio say you are legislating the joy out of life for new yorkers. >> oh, come on. we're not taking away anything. you don't have to pay attention to the calorie counts. you don't have to stop buying big bottles of soda. >> the city's health board makes the final decision in september. new york isn't the only place trying to restrict sugary
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drinks. in california, there was a penny per ounce tax being voted on on a special election. >> going to tax the air we breathe after a while. cbs "moneywatch." apple misses its mark and could swearing hurt your bottom line. ashley morrison has that and more. ash, good morning. >> not around here. good morning to you, too terrell. a possible bailout for spain sent asian stocks downward. nikkei dropped 1.5% p and the hang seng lost a fraction. apple releases the latest operating system called mountain lion. it costs $20 and it's only being sold. tuesday there was less than stellar earnings reported. revenue and net income were down mainly because they're buying less offensive versions of the iphone and ipad. other weak earnings reports. the dow was down 104 points and the nasdaq lost 27. penn state is feeling a
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financial impact from the jerry sandusky sex abuse scandal. it may cut the school's credit rating making it more expensive for penn state to borrow money and state farm insurance is pulling ads from football broadcasts. that is on top of the $60 million fine the ncaa is ordering the university to pay. well, ford is going head to head with lexus in the luxury sedan market. the car maker introduced the lincoln mkz which will be priced $175 below the lexus es-350. ford will also offer a hybrid version that will be nearly $3,000 less than lexus's hybrid. you might want to watch your language at work, especially if the boss is around. a new survey by career builder finds 64% of employers think less of workers who use profanity on the job and 57% say they would be less likely to promote an employee who uses dirty words. the survey also found the
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nation's capitol has the highest percent of workers who swear, 62%. followed by denver and chicago. apparently that study did not apply to a newsroom. >> i know. i'm not going to say -- >> even more. >> not going to say what those words are on the air. we'll talk about it on the commercial break, ashley morrison. coming up on your wednesday morning, your forecast and the yankees slugger takes a pitch to the hand and won't be back on the field for a while. [ molly ] wash your paws, mr. man! [ female announcer ] think your kids are getting a dependable clean -in the bathroom? -[ gasps ] [ female announcer ] think again. try charmin ultra strong. for a clean that passes inspection with fewer pieces left behind. its diamondweave texture is soft and more durable versus the ultra rippled brand so it holds up better for a more dependable clean. fewer pieces left behind. now who's the man? you both are. [ female announcer ] we all go. why not enjoy the go with charmin ultra strong?
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here's a look at the weather. new york, sunny, 86. partly sunny skies in miami, 92. thunderstorms in chicago, 99 degrees. sunny and 100 in dallas. partly cloudy skies in los angeles, 78 degrees. let's check your national forecast. it will be another day of wicked heat from the central plains to the lower ohio valley with temperatures in the upper 90s and higher. scattered thunderstorms from nebraska to michigan with heavy downpours in the northern great lakes. most of the rest of the country will be dry with isolated thunderstorms from the mid-atlantic to the gulf coast and the southern rockies. in sports, a painful night for the yankees in seattle. felix hernandez hit three new york batters including his former teammate ichiro suzuki. alex rodriguez drilled in the left hand. a-rod on the ground writhing in pap. the hand is broken.
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he's on the disabled list. the mariners won 4-2. in chicago, twins at white sox. adam dunn hit a major league 30th home run in the seventh. it tied the game at 4. then there was a two rbi single to put chicago ahead. the sox kept on scoring. winning it 11-4. astros led the reds. drew stubs, stenter fielder, a two-run homer. the reds rally to win. houston's eighth straight loss. last olympic warmup for team usa basketball in barcelona spain. a rematch of the gold medal game. the spanish took an early lead behind barcelona gasol. that didn't last long. anthony came off the bench to score. lebron james added 25. 100-78. they play france in game one on sunday in london. when we come back, one last
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. in d.c., mostly sunny, 88. thunderstorms, 96 in atlanta. sunny, 106 in st. louis. thunderstorms in denver, 87. mostly sunny skies in seattle, 81. in philadelphia, roman catholic monsignor william lynn has been spendsed to three to six careers in prison for loug the sexual abuse of children by priests. lynne handled sex abuse complaints in the philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004. last month, a jury found him guilty of felony child endangerment. he's the first church official in this country to be convicted. with the start of the olympics in london two days
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away, british authorities are tightening security. another 1200 troops have been deployed. one-fifth of the british military is assigned to keep the games safe. a ban from preventing taxis from using express lanes has some london cabbies fuming. actor sherman helmsley who brought the george jefferson character alive in the jeffersons has died. >> we're moving on up ♪ to the sky ♪ his george jefferson was arrogant, short tempered, assessed with money and bigoted and still loved by an audience. he died this week in el paso, texas at his home. he was 74 years old. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more on the olympic-sized mess out of the london games. plus, best selling author emily give in. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." [ female announcer ] imagine skin so healthy, it never gets dry again.
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all right, you're halfway here. we're glad you're with us. it's 4:25 in the morning, july 25. i'm mike hydeck. thanks for joining us. good morning, monika. >> they're looking through
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their toes. >> a little jealousy there. you're about to go to vacation. >> i am. >> speaking of vacation, andrea roane is not here. i'm in for her, jessica doyle. howard bernstein is here. we'll have heat once again. the drier air is moving in. after yesterday's storms, we'll take the break. lunch time i think outside today temperatures by then only in the low 80s. lots of sunshine. sun block if you're going to be outside. you get the sunburn easily this time of year. 87 by 5:00 about highs upper 80s. a couple of spots may flirt with 90 but a gorgeous day. these temperatures near 90, right where they should be for this time of year. big storms yesterday afternoon, especially south and west of d.c. we had a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings in the metro yesterday evening. then this morning southwestern
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virginia moving to eastern tennessee and western north carolina a few storms. temperatures upper 60s. 75 here in town. still 79 on the bay with some 60s in cumberland and even 55 degrees in oakland, garrett county. temps this morning mid-80s along the bay. let's go to monika samtani here at 4:27. it's timesaver traffic -- is time saver traffic just as nice as weather? it is. i don't have much to say. good morning, everybody. if you're planning to head to the west side of town, that's the only area where you have the overnight construction. on the outer loop of the beltway between 236 and braddock road, inner loop between gallows road and route 50. other than that, things look great. no problems on the toll road are 66. we're going to take a live look on the northbound side of i-95 on our traffic camera in
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lorton. we'll go back over to our maps this time to the north side where the beltway is looking good. no problems on 95. from baltimore, route 29 all of your major corridors in from aspen hill and wheaton and 270 as well. montrose road, nice and light through rockville. we'll have more traffic at 4:39. >> thanks, monika. at least 70 people need a place to say after a fire rips through four floors of a prince george's county apartment building. >> it broke out at a complex in district heights. residents were able to make it out safely but they were left to watch their belongings burn. ken molestina spoke with the survivors. >> couldn't nobody do. they were screaming. >> reporter: prince george's county fire officials confirm a dog is in fact unaccounted for. the massive blaze burned through a total of 22 apartments. it was a police officer who noticed the fire and called for help. by the time firefighters got here, all four floors of the
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building were bursting with flames and smoke. >> it was terrible. just like that. like it happened all of a sudden. >> reporter: many residents like linda pierce were inside their apartment building when the commotion broke out. she said it was yelling and people screaming telling them to get out of their apartments fast. she was able to get her cats and bolt for the door. >> i was not going to leave my pets in there to get burned. i couldn't do that. >> reporter: you can still see the heavy haze. firefighters from all over the county were called out to try and battle this blaze. many of the firefighters were also treated for fatigue and minor smoke inhalation. investigators say the fire originated on a first floor apartment. the flames rose up from above and left the building in ruins. >> it was well advanced and had a head start on it. >> reporter: prince george's county officials as well as the red cross are on scene. they will assist these folks in finding a place


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