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guilty on all guilty on all counts. a jury convicts dzhokhar tsarnaev of killing four and injuring hundreds during a terror spree that began with the bombing of the boston marathon. now jurors will decide whether the 21-year-old will get the death penalty. severe weather for millions of middle america. pose an even greater risk of damaging weather today. damaging weather today. i'm bob schieffer and today on "face the nation" -- >> and a chapter is closing on an historic journalism career. cbs's bob schieffer announces he's stepping down this summer. >> i couldn't have asked for a better life or something that was more fun and more fulfilling.
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>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, april 9, 2015. good morning. i'm alison harmelin. this morning millions of americans in the heartland are under threats of dangerous weather. forecasters are warning about second day of hail and high winds and strong tornadoes could form in oklahoma kansas and missouri. residents got a preview wednesday as severe storms lashed the plain states. a huge funnel cloud darkened the sky over southern kansas. a tornado was reported just over the state line in oklahoma. also in kansas, a storm chaser was rolling video wednesday when massive chunks of hail smashed into his windshield. the impact destroyed the glass, leaving cracks in the patterns of spider webs. the rumble of thunder filled
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the air in dayton, ohio, wednesday as an electric storm lit up the sky. lightning struck at least one person. a college student hit in the parking lot is hospitalized in serious condition. our boston stage says there's more violent weather ahead. >> we saw quite a bit of severe weather on wednesday and i'll be tracking all of this east as we head into thursday. low pressure moving toward the great lakes. a lot of warm, humid air moving move up across the midwest and southeastern states. a clashing of air masses producing thunderstorms as we head through thursday and friday as well. here's a look at future radar. you notice really messy pattern throughout the day. batches of thunderstorms developing. some for the morning and redeveloping in the evening and and a squall line likely to move to mississippi for the night. a broad area focusing from detroit and cleveland, southward and into texarkana we could see a few more tornadoes. some very large hail and gusty winds. keep a close eye on the weather for thursday.
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friday the front moves to the east coast. we're watching the mid-atlantic philly down to d.c. and low country of south carolina. the tail end of the front reaching around san antonio, austin houston, new orleans, heads up for weather on friday. i'm eric fisher for cbs news. the boston marathon bombing trial is moving to the penalty phase. a jury found dzhokhar tsarnaev guilty on all counts against him wednesday. the same panel will decide whether he should be executed or spend the rest of his life behind bars. done champion is in boston where the defense strategy is focused on avoiding the death penalty. don, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. observers say tsarnaev showed no emotion as the verdict was read in the courtroom. in the end it took the jury about 11 hours to deliberate. it could take them much longer to decide if tsarnaev should die or spend the rest of his life in prison. it is now up to a federal jury to decide the appropriate punishment for boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. on wednesday, the 12 men and women found tsarnaev guilty of
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30 counts connected to the 2013 bombings. now defense attorneys will present new evidence and call on experts to try and save tsarnaev's life. >> we may also hear from relatives, from friends, who can talk about his change. he was a normal teenager. how did he become the person who allowed himself to do this terrible act? >> reporter: from the beginning defense attorney judy clarke conceded tsarnaev was pressured into carrying out the attacks by his older brother tamerlan who later died in a shootout with police. prosecutors are expected to call on even more victims as they make their case for the death penalty. rebecca gregory lost her leg in the bombings. >> i believe the true judgment comes after he dies anyway, so it's really not my judgment to make. >> reporter: many other survivors were in the courtroom for the verdict and hoped for a sense of closure. >> i don't know how anyone could have done what he did. >> reporter: for loretta, the image of tsarnaev leaving an a bomb behind the youngest
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victim is forever etched in her memory. >> i saw that picture on tv today and i broke down and cried. >> reporter: if the jury does not unanimously vote for the death penalty, tsarnaev will get life in prison without parole. now, members of the jury have been given a break for the rest of the week. the penalty phase of this trial is expected to pick up next week. for many of the jurors it could mean several days or even weeks of more emotional and graphic testimony. alison? >> don champion in boston, thank you. the former south carolina police officer caught on video shooting a fleeing suspect faced an earlier complaint of excessive force. a man tells the ap that officer michael slager provoked a confrontation with him in 2013. slager has been charged with murder and fired from the force and we're hearing for the first time from the witness who recorded the shocking video of slager shooting walter scott. >> reporter: demonstrators gathered outside north
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charleston city hall wednesday night to protest the weekend shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer. >> things have not changed. you have got to stay together and unite. >> reporter: on saturday, officer michael slager pulled over scott's car for a broken taillight. after a brief struggle, the officer claimed he feared for his life but cell phone video shows scott running away as slager fired eight shots toward his back. >> i thought my brother was gunned down like an animal. >> reporter: in an interview with nbc news, the man who shot the video says he pulled out his camera when he saw the two men struggling on the ground. >> i remember the police had control of the situation. he had control of scott. and scott was trying just to get away from the taser. >> reporter: scott was handcuffed on the ground and later died. after the video showing scott's final moments went viral, officer slager was fired and charged with murder. >> i have watched the video.
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and i was sickened by what a saw. >> reporter: investigators are also looking closely at a part of the video that shows slager picking up an object after the shooting and dropping it near scott's body. police dash cam video of the incident could be released on thursday. cbs news, north charleston, south carolina. the secret service is dealing with another embarrassing scandal this morning. a senior supervisor, xavier morales, is accused of assaulting a female employee who worked for him. she said he made unwanted sexual advances and grabbed her at after hours at agency headquarters last week. he has been placed on leave and lost his security clearance. in march two high-ranking agency officials were accused of driving into an active bomb threat investigation at the white house. they had allegedly been drinking. coming up on "the morning news," the vaccine war heats up.
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risking something more serious like autism. >> the idea of him or her dying from something as stupid as a fever, you know, or some of the complications from that is just -- in 015, it's unnecessary. >> among the demonstrators, robert kennedy jr. says some vaccines are not safe. president obama is calling for an end to so-called conversion therapies. it follows the suicide of a transgender ohio teenager who says she underwent the psychiatric treatment. the white house says conversion therapy is neither medically more ethically appropriate. the president is in jamaica. he made an unscheduled visit to the bob marley museum. the president says he has all the albums of the legendary performer. straight ahead, a broadcasting legend makes an exit. "face the nation" host bob schieffer gets ready for a new chapter in his life. and champ jack nicklaus
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on the "cbs moneywatch," an airline merger advances and you may be surprised how much time teenagers spend surfing the web on their phone. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange. good morning, jill. >> good morning. american airlines and us airways are one step closer to completing their merger. the federal aviation administration has granted the two airlines the authority to operate as a single carrier. they can combine workforces, websites and reservation systems starting this fall. eventually, it will just be called american airlines. here on wall street, investors will be watching unemployment claims reports from last week. the dow rose 27 points wednesday. the s&p was up 5. the nasdaq increased 40 points. mark pincus is back as ceo of zynga. after two years he's taking control of the struggling online game company he founded. best known for games like
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farmville, that was at one time the most popular company on facebook, but more recently other people moved on to other games and to mobile devices. an overwhelming majority of american teenagers have smartphones. a study by pew research center finds 73% of teens have one. the report says 91% of those go on the internet on a mobile device at least occasionally. and 24% say they are online almost constantly. and those strange rob lowe tv commercials are done. >> i'm rob lowe and i have directv. >> i'm super creepy rob lowe and i have cable. >> the ads with lowe playing a series of loser alteregos drew complaints from cable giant comcast. directv was told to stop using the ads because there's no proof its service is better than cable. alison? >> you can't get enough of rob lowe is the problem. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange, thank you.
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golf's greatest challenge tees off today. more than 80 players are invited to pursue a green jacket at the masters. on wednesday, some took part in the par-3 contest. tiger woods walked the course with their dad and girlfriend, skier lindsey von. it was woods' first time playing in the contest since 2004. the biggest shot of the day belonged to none other than six-time masters champion jack nicklaus. the golden bear taking a swing on the 4th hole. watch what happens when the ball lands on the green. >> come on, come on, jack. yes! >> it's a hole-in-one for the 75-year-old nicklaus. afterwards he said that he felt that he was going to make a hole-in-one. remember, the only place to watch the last two days of the masters is right here on cbs. our coverage begins saturday at 3 p.m. eastern and the final round begins sunday at 2 p.m. when we return, a legendary broadcaster steps down. cbs veteran bob schieffer
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. today is the anniversary of the end of the civil war. 150 years ago general confederate robert e. lee surrendered to union army general grant. the document between the wars were signed in the courthouse in virginia april 9, 1865. bells will ring today to mark the anniversary. we learned last night that an era is coming to a close at cbs news. bob schieffer, chief washington correspondent and host of "face the nation" announced he will retire this summer. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: alison, good morning. bob schieffer has been a fixture
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here at cbs news since 1969. he's been chief washington correspondent since 1982. but he made his announcement that he is stepping down at another place he holds dear, his alma mater, texas christian university. >> i wanted this to be the place, and i wanted you all to be the first to know, that this summer i'm going to retire. >> reporter: the announcement saddened audience members attending a conference at the tcu journalism school that bears schieffer's name. the 78-year-old choking up as he recalled a career that began in ft. worth, texas. >> as a little boy, as a young reporter, i always wanted to be a journalist. and i got to do that. >> reporter: for more than 50 years, schieffer's boyhood dream gave him a front row seat to history. >> and the family coming down. and the brother is in a light coat. >> reporter: as a young reporter in texas, he covered the aftermath of president kennedy's
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assassination. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with bob schieffer in nigeria -- >> reporter: schieffer joined cbs news in 1969 and has interviewed all eight presidents who have the white house since then. >> that raises some issues. >> well, of course, the record -- >> do you think of yourself now as friends? >> i don't sense that you have the same feeling that they did. >> reporter: schieffer's tangled with washington insiders for 24 years as host of "face the nation". >> senator, i've got to ask you what in the world were you taublging about, sir? >> reporter: it hasn't been all hard hitting. >> we're rolling? okay. i'll let you start, bob, since it's your show. >> exactly. >> reporter: schieffer announced his retirement before, only to stay on, saying how much he enjoys his job. that was a point he made again last night. >> that's why you ought to choose to do whatever it is you want to do. don't worry about the success.
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pick something you like to do. if you get good at it, the success part takes care of itself. for me, it was a great life. >> now, cbs is not making any announcements yet about any replacements for bob schieffer. he'll be in his usual chair this coming sunday morning for "face the nation" and many more to come before he actually steps down. it's going to be sad to not have him after covering so many political campaigns to miss out on this upcoming 2016 campaign. >> a legendary career. a legendary man. a loss for the news. susan mcginnis, thank you. hopefully bob schieffer's retirement leaves him plenty of time for his other passion. his country and western band, honky tonk confidential. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ first let me look deep into your eyes ♪ ♪ i said excuse me bud before you intrude i don't understand this interlude ♪ ♪ i'm a cowboy from out in
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here is a look at this morning's top story. the boston marathon bombing trial moves to the penalty phase. the jury convicted dzhokhar tsarnaev on all 30 counts wednesday. now the same seven women and five men will decide if he deserves the death penalty or life in prison. up to 57 million americans are at risk of violent weather today. forecasters say large hail damaging winds and possible tornadoes could hit states from the plains to the midwest. the odds of becoming a pro football player are incredibly small. even more difficult becoming a pro football official. there are only 119 across the country and one of those, just one, is a woman. jeff glor met the line judge who just broke the gender barrier.
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>> reporter: as a happily married mother of three, sarah thomas has experienced plenty of unforgettable life moments. the last one just last week. >> it came thursday morning, april 2nd at 10:47 a.m. >> reporter: she was told she'd become the first full-time female official in the 95-year history of the national football league. you said you never set out to be first, but you are first. >> i've always said that if you do something because you love it and not try to prove somebody wrong or get recognition for it, the recognition probably is just going to happen. >> out of bounds! we're winding. we're winding! >> reporter: between the kids ages 14 11 and 2, and her work as a pharmaceutical sales rep, nfl officiating effectively becomes thomas' third full-time job. and the league has put her to work already. the nfl had a bad year. a lot of criticism on domestic violence. domestic violence on women. how much of this is a reaction to that? >> i don't -- this isn't a
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reactions to that. sarah, when you look at her story and her journey, she's been officiating for 20 years. she's been on our radar since 2007, so this isn't an overnight sensation. >> reporter: a former college basketball standout, thomas tucks her blond ponytail under the cap on the football field. she says to blend in. the only place she wants to stand out, when she's trying to stay on top of the ever-changing list of nfl rules. >> you don't watch the game as a fan anymore. you try to pick up on every little thing you can. >> reporter: so, when you're watching with your husband now, or your kids, you're ed indicating them? >> if they ask. >> reporter: do they ask? >> at times. and it might not -- he might not agree with me. >> reporter: who wins those arguments? >> i do. >> get them ready, coach! get them ready! >> reporter: nfl players and coaches, you've been warned. jeff glor, cbs news, new york. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more of jeff glor's interview with
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sarah thomas and cbs sports' jim nance will be live from augusta, georgia, as the masters tees off this morning. and we'll show you how texas has become a major player in the wine-making business. that's the "cbs morning news" this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm alison harmelin. have a great day. reat day.
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. a beautiful shot of sfo. the airport all is quiet right
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now. we have some news on the airport coming up in a few minutes, as well. >> yeah. >> good morning. >> good morning to you, it is thursday, april 9. i'm juliette goodrich in for michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. 4:30 out of the gate, a little weather and traffic. we're all dolled up today. >> i rolled out of bed today. when i opened my eyes the first thing i saw through my blinds was the moon and i thought forecast is panning out. isn't it crazy when it's the first thing you think of? forecast is panning out. clear skies out there with the passage of that cold front. currently temperatures are cool. temperatures right now in the 40s to the northern portion of the golden gate bridge 46 degrees at the south in san jose, low 50s around the central bay, today slightly warmer. 50s, 60s 70s. the full forecast but first here's liza. >> for those of you just rolling out of bed there are no big traffic delays. west 92 looking okay. there is roadwork on the san mateo bridge just in the westbound direction all the way across the span until 5:00. it's not delaying traffic. >> by the way,


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