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the president's diplomatic dance. mr. obama wraps up one summit in moscow and prepares for another in italy. fiery divorce. a man who took his ex-wife hostage ends a standoff by burning down his own house. and michael jackson, farewell. fans gathered at the jackson family home hours after a star-studded memorial that celebrated his life. ♪ hall l "austin powers" el♪ ♪ keep on captioning funded by cbs good morning. i'm michelle gielan. president obama is embarking on part two of the g-8 summit of world powers. air force landed in rome where
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mr. obama will meet with the italian president before flying by helicopter to the summit site. let's get more from susan roberts in washington. >> reporter: good morning to you. we don't know what was said behind closed doors at the kremlin, but publicly president obama's ambitious i should say summit hopping trip has gotten off to a good start in russia. the president left moscow after a tightly scheduled summit that he characterized as a bid to reset relations that soured in years. >> we think there is an excellent opportunity to put u.s./russian relations on a much stronger foot. >> reporter: he held private meetings with both and signed an agreement to commit both fashions to reduce their arsenals by a third. he calls that leading by example. >> once you do that then you've got an international community that is collectively focused on the issue so that when we
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approach north korea or iran, it is as a united front. >> reporter: north korea continues to issue threats and test-fire missiles and cbs white house correspondent chip reid asked the president about that. >> reporter: do you worry about the possibility of war with north korea? how close are we? >> i don't think that any war is imminent with north korea. i think they understand that they would be overwhelmed in a serious military conflict with the united states. >> reporter: international concern over north korea and iran's nuclear ambitions will also be on the agenda at the g-8 summit. but the main focus there will be the global economic recession. leftist protesters have clashed with security forces if rome but the g-8 will be meeting in italy's central mountains hard hit by an earthquake in the past. many are still unable to return to their homes.
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l'aquila is still experiencing aftershocks and later today mr. obama will join other g-8 leaders for a tour of the region. michelle. >> susan, thanks. turning now to michael jackson, the official farewell by family, friends and fans is over. though for his most devoted followers, the mourning goes on. also continuing this morning is the investigation into his death and many other questions remain, as well. manuel gallegus has the latest. manny, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michelle. with the michael jackson spectacle history there's still unanswered questions about his death, his children and still don't know where he will be buried. michael jackson's fine resting place is still a mystery. his gold casket was taken to an undisclosed location following tuesday's emotional memorial service in los angeles. ♪ we are the children we are the children ♪ >> reporter: 0,000 people packed the staples center to bid a final farewell to the icon. among them an all-star list of
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musicians, athletes and other celebrities. >> the more i think and talk about michael jackson, i feel the king of pop is not big enough for him. i think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived. >> reporter: on the same day as his memorial, the consider rower in released his death certificate. no cause is listed. still waiting for the results of toxicology reports that could take a few more weeks. >> ever since i was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. >> reporter: one of the most moving moments of yesterday's tribute came when jackson's 11-year-old daughter paris took the stage. >> and i just want to say i love him. so much. >> reporter: it's still unclear who will have permanent custody of jackson's three kids. his mother katherine is currently taking care of them but there is a chance ex-wife
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debbie rowe will try to fight for custody for the older children. a guardian hearing is scheduled for monday. after the memorial yesterday jackson's family went to a private reception but it's unclear what happened to his casket and so, michelle jermaine said publicly, jackson's brother that he would like his brother eventually buried at neverland but we just don't know. >> you mentioned the hearing on monday for the two oldest children. what about the custody battle for the youngest. what's going to happen there. >> reporter: we got to see what happens with monday. so far nobody has come for as a surrogate for prince michael, the 7-year-old, ets the youngest. we don't know who the mother is and that hasn't become a public situation yet. >> all right, manuel gallegus in los angeles, thank you. millions of michael jackson fans around the world and elsewhere in the u.s. were also able to remember him and say their farewells. >> reporter: from churches -- >> i just want to be around
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people that cared about michael as much as i did. >> reporter: to theaters and city trees mourners gathered across the country. >> this is a celebration of one's life so we just wanted to be a part of it. >> i mean we're going to say good-bye to michael in our way. >> reporter: single white gloves on visitors. in detroit a motown tribute. in new york, the memorial was broadcast in times square. >> that one human being out of millions and millions of people that can actually make an impact on so many people, just one person. it's amazing. >> reporter: in harlem fans filled the streets not far from the apollo theater where the jackson 5 broke through 4 ye yes ago. >> he had a pro-found impact over not just one generation but two because of the longevity of his career. >> reporter: that impact was celebrated worldwide in the dark of australia's winter night with
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balloons in moscow and makeshift shrines in london. >> i will be telling the story of michael jackson to my children, you know. i will be saying what a wonderful magical brilliant person that he was. >> reporter: and there is still one more jackson tribute to come in his hometown of gary, indiana at a minor league baseball park on friday. jeff glor, cbs news, los angeles. >> we'll update the nation's traffic and a check of the overseas markets in our "moneywatch." plus, up in flames a hostage standoff in connecticut takes a dramatic turn. th rheumatoid art, it seems like my life is split in two. there's the life i live. and the life i want to live. fortunately, there's enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, fatigue, and stop joint damage. because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections,
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brought down trees and a rare tornado warning over northern long island. there is a fiery end to a hostage standoff in connecticut. advertising executive set his home near hartford on fire yesterday after holding his ex-wife captive for hours. she had escaped earlier but the husband refused to leave until the games got to the basement where he was hiding. he had missed a court hearing and abducted his ex-wife in downtown hartford. he is now expected to face charges of kidnapping and arson. on the cbs "moneywatch." big sell-off for asian markets. claire leka is here. >> reporter: tumbling oil prices sent asian stocks kidding. the bench mark nikkei had a losing sixth day. in hong tongue stocks mored authorize 0.75%. now on wall street, the broader market starts at its lowest level since may. later today alcoa kicks off what is expected to be enough tough
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quarter for corporate earnings. investors will be closely watching the dow component for signs the global economy is rebounding from the shock of the financial crisis. the dow jones industrial average does begin the day down 161 points. the nasdaq starts off 41. the battle for domination between microsoft and google is getting nasty. google is upping the ante announcing this morning that it's developing a pc operating system based on its chrome browser. the new operating system named google chrome os will be an open source operating system initially geared toward netbooks that will be in the second half of next year. but it could be an uphill battle for google. microsoft already has the dominant windows operating system which controls more than 90% of the world's computers. there's one benefit to the recession. you aren't wasting as much time in traffic. a texas transportation institute study says for the first time in its 25-year history rush hour
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traffic has declined two years running. los angeles traffic is getting better but it's still tough, the list of traffic jams. washington's task, however, is getting worse and the nation's capital now ranks second. the average u.s. driver spends more than 36 hours in traffic. michelle. >> wow, 36 hours. i hope you don't have to spend that long, claire. >> reporter: no. not me. >> good. all right. claire leka here in new york. thanks. straight ahead your wednesday morning weather. and in sports, what a difference a day makes for the cincinnati reds.
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sizzling in 100-degree heat. the opposite will be true up in new england where it will remain wet and unseasonably cool with highs not getting out of the 60s. in sports, the reds rebound. the phillies last night, they were still celebrating monday's 22-1 run blowout but phillips hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs. the second homer tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth. then ramon hernandez singled home the go-ahead run and the reds beat philadelphia, 4-3. in san francisco, the giants won their fourth straight at home thanks to juan uribe's two-run homer and they blanked marlins 4-0 for their 12th shutout most in the majors. po konerko hit three homers including this grand slam in the sixth to lead the white sox over the cleveland indians, 10-6. and mror's luke scott knocked in seven runs on three
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather, another cool and stormy day across most of new england with temperatures not getting out of the 60s and thunderstorms can be expected across the mi west and foreign plains. here's another look at this morning's top stories. emotion-packed star-studded memorial for michael jackson at l.a.'s staples center but this morning many questions remain including the case of jackson's death, which does not appear on his death certificate.
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and president obama has arrived in italy for the g-8 summit after meeting with russian leaders in moscow. in italy, the president and other world leaders will discuss what to do next to help ease the global economic slump. cbs senior white house correspondent bill plante is traveling with the president and joins us now from the summit site in l'aquila, italy. what's on the agenda for today? >> reporter: good morning, michelle. well, global warming, the climate change issue, the global economy, of course, but global warm something probably the paige issue for this president. you know, the house of representatives at home has passed a bill. he'd like to get one through the senate. he could use some support here from these nations but don't look for that because india and china, two nations that use a lot of energy, don't want to move until the bigger nations like the u.s. move first. and in any case these annual meetings are well known for more talk than action. the president would also like to get some uniformity on iran's
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nuclear program. he could probably do that. >> bill, why is it supposed to be held there but an island off italy? >> reporter: yeah, it sure was. on a very luxurious island off the coast of sardine ya but prime minister silvio berlusconi moved it here after an earthquake devastated thousands of people and ruined a lot of homes so he moved it here in support. locals are critical enmany think the summit will be more of a distraction an a help and they don't necessarily think this is a great thing. meanwhile, we're here. they're still having aftershocks although we haven't felt any yet. >> italian prime minister berlusconi is a little bit of hot water at home. do you think any of his problems will affect the g-8 summit? >> reporter: well, i tell you, he is to say the least a colorful figure. prime minister berlusconi is in
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the middle of a divorce, the tabloids are feasting on him with pictures of him with young women, but, you know, he never met a camera he didn't like and i'm sure he'll be all over the summit and probably won't affect the outcome but there's been criticism the planning hasn't been great and the u.s. has had to step in so we'll see. michelle? >> what's the view of president obama's trip up to now? >> reporter: well, the obama people feel very good about their reaction -- their interactions rather with the russian leadership and they feel they were able to present what they believe is in the u.s. national interest to russia and have russia tell them what they think without any theatrics or histrionics and think they're off to a good start in dealing with the president of power medvedev and the prime minister putin. >> all right, bill plante is traveling with the president. we really appreciate it, bill. thank you. and comedian al franken is now officially a u.s. senator.
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yesterday franken entered the senate with minnesota's other senator, amy klobuchar and walt mondale. vice president joe biden administered the oath. >> please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duty of the office upon which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. >> congratulations, senator. >> thank you. with franken, democrats now have the 60 votes to block philly busters. this morning on "the early show," maggie rodriguez will be in los angeles with more on michael jackson's memorial. i'm michelle gielan and this is the "cbs morning news."
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hello, four minutes before 5:00. a full moon above the western sky. marty has the graphic. >> look at the western sky. the best shot of the morning you are going to see. clear skies in the area. we are looking at a totally sunny day. if you liked the past couple, you will like this day. maybe a passing fair-weathered cloud. that's it. temperature in the mid-80s. in the news, a cause of death is determined. police know what led to the death of two teens found laying along the light rail track. why they never saw the danger heading down their way. a race against time. a well-known catholic high school announces it is shutting its doors. with weeks to go before the start of a new semester. parents are scrambling to find another school. and ... ♪ [ music ]
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>> remembering michael jackson. a look at the star-studded service fit for the king of pop. more news, first warning weather and the first traffic report of the morning in a couple of minutes.
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hello, again, in 20 seconds it will be 5:00 in yet another in our string of gorgeous day starts. you are looking at venus in the eastern sky. the moon is just going down in the western sky. a good week for traffic too. we will find out if this will be another after marty bass's first warning


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