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wild weather across the country. fires scorch southern california prompting thousands of evacuations while severe storms streak across the midwest. the senator goes to syria. rebels fighting the assad regime ask john mccain for help when the republican senator slips into the civil war-torn nation. crane collapse. a piece of construction equipment toppled over in russia and caught on camera slicing through an apartment building. workers save an infant trapped in a sewage pipe. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, may 28th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning firefighters in
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southern california are battling a fast moving wildfire that forced up to 6,000 memorial day campers to evacuate. the fire broke out yesterday afternoon in the los padres national forest. about 50 homes are threatened, many of them vacation rentals. so far just one building has actually been damaged. >> it was a u.s. forest service building. the fire was put out so only a certain portion of the building was destroyed. we had two vehicles that were burned. one was a u.s. forest service whiteface mountain.
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the weather was so bad that part of the highway had to be closed. and president obama takes a post-memorial day tour of the jersey shore today. he'll get a firsthand look at recovery efforts from superstorm sandy. new jersey suffered an estimated $38 billion in storm damage. sandy hit seven months ago and
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the road back has not been easy. erica ferrara look at one hard hit community off long island's south shore. >> reporter: the crowds at this year's memorial day parade weren't as big as usual. >> we all feel it losing neighbors and friends. those that are here are fighting. >> reporter: this community is still rebuilding after superstorm sandy flooded neighborhoods and ripped apart its boardwalk seven months ago. mary ann maloney has lived here more than 40 years. >> they'll be back. they promise. >> reporter: sandy caused about $100,000 worth of damage at this deli. it's been a slow winter but customers are returning as the summer season begins. >> we're hoping for a good summer. i'm thinking that we'll have one. a lot of people will come here because of the fact of sandy. this way they can do business for us. >> reporter: crews worked to get
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the beach ready for sunbathers and despite a chilly weekend, people showed up. >> long beach is great all year long but it comes alive in the summer. >> reporter: there's still a lot of work ahead. a $44 million project is under way to rebuild the boardwalk. part of the iconic two-mile long walkway will open later this morning. >> the boardwalk is a huge attraction. people just come here to walk on the boardwalk, ride their bikes. >> reporter: people are celebrating the return of summer and their little paradise is slowly getting back to normal. overseas, the european union lifted the arms embargo on syrian rebels fighting the assad regime. meanwhile, senator john mccain decided to conduct some personal foreign policy. mccain slipped across the syrian border yesterday to meet with rebel leaders. tara mergener is in washington
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with details. >> reporter: mccain has been a strong advocate for u.s. action in syria. in contrast to the obama administration's more restrained approach, his visit could put pressure now on washington to intervene. senator john mccain crossed the border from turkey into syria to meet with military commanders waging war against the bashar al assad regime. the woman who helped set up the visit said mccain made the trip because he believes the u.s. has abandoned the rebel fighters. she says they wanted to show them the american people support their war. it's a sentiment mccain himself hinted at this weekend. >> right now bashar al assad is winning. that's because the united states is not leading or assisting. >> reporter: but the obama administration is looking for a diplomatic end to the war. secretary of state john kerry met with his russian counterpart in paris to discuss next month's syrian peace conference in geneva. >> we are committed to this. we both want to make this conference happen if possible
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together with many other countries that have joined up. >> reporter: the americans are attempting to bring the factured opposition groups to the table while the russias attempt to persuade the syrian government to negotiate. >> it's not an easy task. it's a very tall order. but i hope that when they take this kind of initiative, the chances of success are there. >> reporter: mccain wants the u.s. to implement a no-fly zone over syria to change the situation on the ground. >> unless bashar al assad is convinced that the battlefield situation will not be in his favor -- in other words, if he believes he can survive, i do not believe that he will seriously negotiate. >> reporter: the opposition fighters could soon have more support. late last night the european union voted to allow member nations to ship weapons to syria's outgunned rebels.
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two years of violence in syria has killed at least 70,000 people and that's according to the u.n. >> tara mergener in washington, thank you. president obama talked about the impact of war during a memorial day speech at arlington national cemetery. the president placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. then called on the nation to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who still serve the nation at war. >> as we go about our daily lives, we must remember that our countrymen are still serving, still fighting, still putting their lives on the line for all of us. >> after his speech, the president stopped at the section of arlington reserved for u.s. troops killed in iraq and afghanistan. coming up on the "morning news" caught in tape, a train in russia collapses and falls on top of an apartment complex on
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aveeno® positively radiant. naturally beautiful results. amateur video captured a construction crane collapsing in russia. it sliced through the balcoan t on a nine-story apartment building and toppled on cars outside. fortunately no one was hurt. investigators say it's possible the crane was not properly secured. a royal caribbean cruise ship is making plans to fly 2,200 passengers back to baltimore from the bahamas. a fire broke out early monday. a passenger recorded this video showing everyone wearing life vests and packed in around life boats. the fire was extinguished and there were no injuries. there was a mid flight scare for passengers aboard an alaskan airlines flight.
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a man tried to open the emergency exit as the plane back descent into portland, oregon. >> 23-year-old alexander michael herrera of arizona is under arrest by the fbi accused of trying to open an emergency exit door on alaska flight 132 while the plane was in the sky near portland. >> there was a loud hissing noise and then lots of people screaming. >> reporter: a passenger had been sleeping like many onboard the overnight flight from anchorage to portland. >> someone was yelling top him! stop him! i turned around and saw a large man trying to open the emergency exit and was just yanking on it. a loud hissing noise and god bless the passengers around him both men and women that just tackled him and pulled him off and held him down.
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>> reporter: the flight crew used zip ties and seat belt extenders to secure herrera in a seat until the plane landed 15 minutes later. police came onboard and handed him over to the fbi. herrera is facing federal charges of interfering with a flight crew. airline passengers we talked to say it doesn't surprise them. >> there's a lot of people that are trying that kind of stuff anymore. >> the suspect is expected to make his first court appearance later today. crews in washington state are now cleaning up after a major bridge collapsed into a river there. workers attached chains to the two vehicles that fell into the water and used a crane and other heavy machinery to lift them out. a truck struck the bridge on thursday causing it to collapse into the river. no one was injured. and search teams rescued the pilot of an f-15 that crashed this morning in the pacific after taking off from japan. the fighter jet went down 70 miles east of okinawa.
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the u.s. military says the pilot ejected before the plane crashed and stayed in contact with american and japanese search and rescue teams. the cause is under investigation. now straight ahead, details on another dramatic rescue. workers in china save an infant trapped in a sewage pipe. this is the "cbs morning news." wow, i've been claritin clear for 10 days! when your allergies start, doctors recommend taking one non-drowsy claritin every day during your allergy season for continuous relief. 18 days! 12 days! 24 days of continuous relief. live claritin clear. every day. ♪ there was this and this. she got a parking ticket... ♪
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forecast in some cities around the country. new york, afternoon rain. miami, thunderstorms. chicago, thunderstorms as well but partly sunny in dallas. los angeles, morning clouds. and time now for a check of the national forecast. more severe weather is expected today from nebraska to the ohio valley with damaging wind, large hail and possibly tornadoes. strong thunderstorms are also predicted in the mid-atlantic states. the northwest sees scattered showers and potentially strong thunderstorms in wyoming and colorado. most of the south and southwest stays dry. firefighters in china rescued a newborn from a sewage pipe after people heard crying coming from a toilet. they cut the pipe inside the residential building over the weekend. they rushed the infant still inside the pipe to a nearby hospital. doctors carefully cut the rest away to free the baby. the infant is said to be in stable condition and police are searching for his parents.
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on the "cbs moneywatch," ge gets into the fracking business and new yorkers get a new form of transportation. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning, ashley. >> reporter: good morning. asia markets saw bargain hunting overnight. tokyo's nikkei gained more than 1% while hong kong hang seng's also added 1%. traders get back to work on wall street today after the markets were closed for memorial day it comes after the market's first losing week in more than a month. the dow shed 51 points last week while the nasdaq lost more than 40 points. general electric is betting billions on the fracking boom. fracking uses a pressurized liquid to break through rock layers to force out oil and gas. ge hopes its investment in research will lead to reduced environmental and health impact and make the process more profitable for energy companies. a canadian drug company plans to spend billions to buy one of the world's leading contact lens manufacturers.
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valeant pharmaceuticals is spending 8.7 billion to purchase bausch & lomb. "fast and furious 6" ran laps around the competition over the long holiday weekend. the sixth film of the franchise opened at the top of the leaderboard with $120 million making it the biggest opening ever for universal pictures. "hangover part 3" placed second with just more than $51 million and "star trek into the darkness" rounds out the top three with 47 million in weekend ticket sales. and the nation's largest bike share program is now ready for riders. the privately financed city bike program debuted on memorial day here in new york city giving the 15,000 people who signed up for the $95 annual membership free 45-minute rides. there she goes. next week anyone can buy a daily or weekly pass. i know everyone is going to be
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very excited to see you biking around town. >> me? i think it's a great idea. i would partake. i would. ashley morrison here in new york. thank you very much. when we return, men and women in england go head over heels in an annual downhill race and this year a very unlikely thisr. year, a very unlikely winner. [ voice on phone ] up high! up high! [ laughs ] up high! up high! [ sighs ] [ chuckles ] yo, give it up, dude! up high... ok. up high... ok. high! up high!!! ok ok that's getting pretty old. don't you have any useful apps on that thing? who do you think i am, quicken loans? [ chuckles ] at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. this great tool answers your home loan questions
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here's a look at today's forecast in cities across the country. washington, d.c., thunderstorms. sunny in atlanta and st. louis. partly sunny in denver. seattle can expect showers. in sports now, the san antonio spurs will get a chance to win their fifth nba championship. the spurs are the western
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conference champions finishing off a sweep of the memphis grizzlies tony parker had his best playoff performance this season scoring 37 points as the spurs win game four, 93-86. some thought the spurs ageing core was too old to return to the finals but not coach gregg popovich. >> we've been a team that's been written off like they had their day. that seems logical. i probably would have said the same thing if i was a fan from the outside looking in. it doesn't show the way these guys compete and what they think. >> it's the first trip to the finals for san antonio since 2007. they will face the winner of the miami/indiana series. mets and yankees renewing the subway series. the yankees make a leaping catch at the wall. robbing daniel murphy of a home run but in the eighth inning murphy puts the mets ahead with an rbi single. mets win 2-1. out west, the angels look
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like they were on the way to the eighth straight win but the dodgers erase the five-run deficit to win the battle of l.a. 8-7. brittney griner dominated women's college basketball landscape for four years at baylor and it looks like she's taking the wnba by storm as well. griner is the third wnba player to throw down a dunk and then she does it again. the phoenix mercury would fall to the chicago sky, 102-80. the annual cheese competition in england was won by a colorado man this year. kenny is seen in the stars and stripes outfit tumbled down a steep hill chasing after cheese. the 27 year old said it was always on his bucket list to be in this race and he said he practiced three days earlier. he dedicated his win to veterans everywhere. way to go. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning,"
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american troops deployed overseas often miss the comforts of home. one group has made it its mission to provide them with a wish list of items. michelle miller reports. >> reporter: 38-year-old kristen holloway has boxes full of letters, cards and e-mails. >> that's my favorite kind of e-mail to get. someone saying thank you. >> reporter: the thank yous are from thousands of service members in iraq and afghanistan. >> my best friend in the world sergeant ryan montgomery campbell was killed over here. >> reporter: she's read this one from staff sergeant brendon mcavoy so many times she has it memorized. >> when i go to national arlington cemetery to give him one last salute, i will be able to remember why he's here. the people like you are the
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reason why we do what we do. >> reporter: it all began in 2004 when holloway wanted to help a few pennsylvania guardsmen. the guardsmen wanted t-shirts so she asked friends and neighbors for small donations. >> the thing i didn't expect is money would come in so quickly and so generously that i was able to provide for all 117 men in that company. >> reporter: a few months later, holloway created operation troop appreciation. >> are these all going to them? >> reporter: the organization is unique because these care packages are made to order. troops request what they want and the volunteers send it to them. >> you can't get doritos in afghanistan. >> reporter: dozens of volunteers box care packages that reach 1,200 troops a month. so far they granted 120,000 wishes. >> i think the biggest thing i've gotten is the satisfaction of reaching out and helping people. >> reporter: and you have a husband out of the deal. >> i got a husband.
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>> reporter: army major mailed in his wish list to holloway in 2005. the two never stopped writing. in 2008, they got married and now have a 2-year-old son. he just finished his third tour of duty. how long will you do this? >> we will do this until they're home. we have no plans of doing anything but supporting our troops until they are back home on u.s. soil. >> reporter: until then she says she'll continue to send them the comforts of home. michelle miller, cbs news, west mifflin, pennsylvania. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," from wildfires to spring snow, there's extreme weather from coast to coast. we'll talk with a meteorologist about the latest weather threat and we'll meet the businessman placing his bets on the success of online poker and we'll go to beijing, china, where the concern about the safety of milk has mothers smuggling in formula from other countries.
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that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ,,,,
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this is kpix 5 news. >> good morning, everyone. it's tuesday may 28th. i'm frank mallicoat. >> and i'm michelle griego. time now is 4 :30. let's get a check on the weather. >> rain around the bay area yesterday. today fog showing up
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on the coastline. high pressure getting ready to move in. these temperatures something else by the end of the week. we'll talk about that. >> that one day where we felt like winter. there are wet roadways around the bay area. and cal trans is taking a break but road work on the lower deck. much more on your tuesday back to work commute. >> thanks. >> we begin with breaking news in san francisco. triple shooting. happened about 45 minutes ago. three people were wounded in the shooting on rondell place just off 16th street. all three victims rushed to the hospital. no word on their conditions. police have taken a person into custody right near candle stick park. we have a reporter headed to the scene. we'll have a live update for you. >> a wildfire is


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