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the battle for libya. rebel forces creep closer to tripoli, as moammar gadhafi's grip on power continues to slip. up in flames. wind-driven wildfires destroyed dozens of homes in west texas. and a royal night. "the king's speech" takes its throne at the 83rd annual "the king's speech" takes its throne at the 83rd annual academy awards. captioning funded by cbs good morning to you on this monday. i'm terrell brown, in for betty nguyen this morning. we begin with the revolution in
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libya. libya leader moammar gadhafi says he's not going anywhere. the united states government is offering any type of assistance to those trying to get rid of him. anti-government rebels are closing in on gadhafi. they've taken over tanks and anti-aircraft weapons. they now control the city nearest the capital tripoli. this morning they're waiting for a counterattack. kelly cobiella is in tripoli this morning with the latest. good morning to you. >> terrell, good morning. the government actually told us that this town, the town of zawiyah was in government hands and they took us there yesterday to prove it. when we arrived we saw that, in fact, the rebels are in control of the center of the town. this is home to the second most important oil refinery in the country. it's not clear if they hold the oil refinery, as well. but what is clear is that they're there to fight. the town was heavily armed and guarded. not by gadhafi's men, but
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locals. flying the country's old flag, adopted by the rebels of the east. crowds of armed men greeted us in the town square, showing posters with gadhafi's head on a rat's body. they battled government forces for three days. the regime calls the rebels in zawiyah terrorists, agents of al qaeda. they told us they're fighting for their future. >> we need freedom. that's all we need. we need freedom. i am 30 years old, i never saw any president, just moammar gadhafi. we need another people. we need young people. open-mind people. that's what we need. >> reporter: with the revolution on tripoli's doorstep, government troops have blocked the main road to the city. the regime still controls tripoli, and most of its 2 million people. these people are crowding around this bank because they've gotten a message from the government. there's a $400 gift waiting for
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them, and they've come to collect. and attempts by the gadhafi regime to buy loyalty, and perhaps time. >> baqshish. >> reporter: arabic for bribe. everyone we meet in tripoli tells us they love their leader. whether that affection is real or driven by fear is hard to tell. tripoli, as i said, is under government control, and today a government spokesman told us -- well, accused, really the west of trying to create chaos in this country and warned of civil war if this unrest continues. >> kelly cobiella in tripoli for us this morning. thank you so much. meanwhile in eastern libya rebel forces have a strong hold and alternative governments are beginning to emerge. citizens are taking over jobs that have been done by government employees, local politicians are working to set up council, run day-to-day affairs and rebel-controlled areas. opposition leaders say they are
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already working on setting up elections. today, secretary of state hillary clinton will meet with her european counterparts to make the case for tough sanctions against libya. clinton arrived in geneva last night. she'll meet with foreign ministers for britain, france, germany and italy. the u.s. wants to see the sanctions already in place against libya, including travel bans and arms embargoes are enforced, and also provide humanitarian assistance for libyans leaving the country. meanwhile, the u.s. navy has moved several ships into the red sea to prepare for a possible move into the mediterranean sea, depending on what, if any, military options are approved. as of now, no u.s. military action has been ordered. british and german military planes pull off secret rescue missions in libya. hundreds of trapped oil workers have been rescued. three british planes evacuated 150 workers from libya's desert. on saturday and sunday. one of the planes suffered small arms fire. meanwhile, over 20,000 people have fled across the libyan border to tunisia. another 15,000 made their way into egypt. here at home, a series of
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wind-driven dangerous wildfires is sweeping through west texas. the fires destroyed about 88,000 acres from the panhandle to the texas plains. on sunday, the heavy smoke caused an accident that killed a 5-year-old girl. this fire northeast of midland jumped on an interstate and burned two motels before it moved into colorado city. the fires are being driven by wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. more than 50 homes have been destroyed. >> everything was on fire. this house, and then everything, with the wind, everything just went towards our side of the house. >> several small towns were evacuated. fire officials describe the conditions as very severe. the mass sit-in by protesters at the wisconsin state capitol is still on this morning, even though police were there sunday afternoon. thousands of protesters began camping inside the building two weeks ago. they're trying to block budget legislation that would strip most state workers of union bargaining rights.
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100 vowed to be arrested rather than leave. police relented on the exit order and let them stay through the night. to washington now, the federal budget clock is ticking down toward a friday deadline. if republicans and democrats in congress can't come up with some kind of agreement by then, much of the government will run out of money. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. that's right. four days left to head off a government shutdown. but with a new proposal now coming from house republicans, there is optimism here on capitol hill that a compromise will be reached. congress could be closing in on a deal that would keep the government running, at least for now. >> i think that's clearly headed in the right direction. is that the end of the story? you know, the way this town is, probably not. >> reporter: leading democrats expressed support sunday for a gop proposal that would offer a two-week extension of funding through $4 billion in cut. house republicans plan to take up the measure tomorrow, if congress doesn't act soon, the
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government could run out of money by friday. >> we're broke. broke going on bankrupt. and just as a bankrupt business has trouble creating jobs, so does a bankrupt country. >> reporter: a short-term fix would allow lawmakers to work on a plan to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. some governors say there is no reason for lawmakers to let friday's deadline pass without an agreement to keep the government running. >> their job is to solve these problems and not just to stand in the corner and hold their breath. >> reporter: in his weekly radio address, president obama urged lawmakers to act fast. >> for the sake of our people and our economy we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. >> reporter: still many worry a deal to avoid a shutdown could just leave lawmakers in the same place two weeks from now. now, even if the government did shut down, social security checks would still go out. u.s. troops would remain in place and virtually every u.s. government agency would continue operating like the fbi, border patrol and the coast guard, all still operating. terrell?
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>> susan mcginnis in washington for us. susan, good to see you. take care. >> thanks. hundreds thousands of americans served in europe during world war i, with the passing sunday of frank buckles, they are all gone. in 1917, not even 17 years old yet, buckles lied about his age to join the army. he served in england and france during the war. years later he was awarded the french legion of honor. when world war ii erupted buckles was a civilian working in the philippines. he was captured and spent years in a japanese prison camp. frank buckles died of natural causes at his home in virginia. he was 110 years old. on the "cbs moneywatch" this morning, stocks in asia turned around to finish higher. ashley morrison is here in new york with more on that. >> good morning, terrell. asian markets got a late-day boost. japan's nikkei added nearly 1% while hong kong's hang seng rose nearly 1.5%. today wall street gets the january personal income and spending report. and the latest check on the housing market. last week, stocks took it on the chin with the market's worst
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week since november. the dow and nasdaq each fell about 2%. but both are still in the black for the year. bernie madoff is talking again. in an interview with new york magazine, the convicted wall street swindler calls new york financial reforms a joke, and again blames big banks and hedge funds, and even his own clients for failing to question his bogus returns. madoff also said keeping the billion dollar scheme a secret was a nightmare. and revealed his wife has not spoken to him since the suicide of heir than in november. she's angry, he says, i destroyed our family. madoff's serving 150 years in a north carolina prison. after being convicted of fraud charges in 2009. well, no end in sight to the run-up in oil prices. the cost for crude topped $99 a barrel this morning in asia. due to the ongoing turmoil, oil production in libya has been cut in half. while other nations have pledged to increase output, analysts are worried the unrest could spread.
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meantime, gas prices have jumped 18 cents in a week to a national average of $3.29 a gallon. that is the highest ever for this time of year. warren buffett is bullish on america. in his annual letter to berkshire hathaway shareholders, the billionaire investor says the country's and the economy's best days lie ahead. buffett warned against excessive debt by either the public or private sector. and says he expects a housing recovery to begin within the next year. and if your gmail is acting up, you're certainly not alone. over the weekend a couple hundred thousand users logged in to their accounts to find they'd been reset, wiping out year's worth of messages, and attachments. google is aware of the problem. they're looking into the glitch. they say they expect to have everything restored in the near future but have not said when. hopefully, terrell, they'll get all those messages and attachments restored. >> exactly right. appreciate it. ashley morrison here in new
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york. thank you so much. just ahead on the "morning news," burbank, california, getting a rare snow day. plus a warm reception for oscar's brightest. a wrap of last night's big winners. this is the "cbs morning news." big winners. this is the "cbs morning news." i'm a coach. but when i was diagnosed with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. to have their close-ups taken by a fashion photographer. then we asked them to try new dove visible care. a revolutionary new line of body wash with the highest concentration of nutrium moisture. visible care makes skin visibly more beautiful in just 1 week.
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it's only been two years, but it's done more in two years than most cars do in a lifetime. yes, that would be snow on the ground, and sledders going down the hills sunday in burbank, california. just north of los angeles. the last significant snowfall there, 62 years ago. there was even enough to build a snowman or two. hollywood is a few miles south of bush bank and of course last night was hollywood's moment to shine. oscar night. there was plenty of everything at the 83rd academy awards show. glamour on the red carpet. joy for a few nominees, disappointment for most. thank you speeches, long, short, funny, heartfelt, and in one case bleeped. karen brown is in los angeles with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to
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you, terrell. in fact, at this hour, hollywood is still celebrating what turned out to be pretty much a lovely evening. with the biggest controversy coming with that four-letter word that was uttered by one of the winners onstage. but truly, it was all about the favorites tonight, with "the king's speech" taking home four of the top awards. the 83rd academy awards turned out to be like the kind of feel-good movie hollywood loves to produce. >> colin firth, "the king's speech." >> reporter: the favorites took home the top prizes, including a very humble colin firth for best actor. >> i have a feeling my career's just peaked. >> reporter: a very pregnant natalie portman won for best actress. >> i am so grateful to get to do the job that i do. i love it so much. >> oh, my gosh, you're all real. >> reporter: some fresh faces, co-host anne hathaway and james franco got a shot at the starring roles, and even tough guys like christian bale, winner for best supporting actor, couldn't fight back the tears.
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>> my wonderful wife, who's my mast who's come to life. >> reporter: after the ceremony it was all about the parties, including this one here the most famous of them all, the vanity fair party where hollywood royalty reveled into the night. >> "the king's speech." >> reporter: but it was british royalty that stole last night's show, "the king's speech" took home the most coveted award. best picture of the year, and best director. and although these oscars would be rated pg-13 after best supporting actress winner melissa leo uttered an expletive onstage. >> i really don't mean to offend and probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word in particular. >> reporter: when leo and all the winners joined the youtube singing sensations from ps-22 in staten island, new york, it was a storybook ending a king could be proud of. and another one of the favorite moments of the evening came from
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the director of "the king's speech," tom cooper. he said that it was actually his mother who found the idea for the movie which he thought as an unrehearsed play. he said the moral of this story, the moral of the evening, was always listen to your mother. terrell? >> an incredible story, karen brown in los angeles for us this morning. karen, thank you so much. take a quick break on this monday morning. when we come back we'll have your weather forecast. and in sports a milestone for home victory for the best team in the nba. or the best team in the nba. 3 o'clock. my daily meeting with a salty snack
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. heavy rain and 54 in new york. sunny and 82 in miami. 30 and windy in chicago. 66 and sunny in dallas. 65 and sunny in los angeles. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows thunderstorms in the southern plains and racing through the ohio river valley. and another round of storms is heading straight into the northwest. later today, snow is expected in upper new england. the eastern seaboard will get heavy rain. the midwest gets a chance to dry out. in sports this morning, the best team in the nba rallies for another win. manu ginobili of san antonio scored 18 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a win over memphis. spurs over the grizzlies, 95-88. that ties san antonio's single-season franchise record with their 21st straight victory at home. and the rebuilt new york knicks picked up 29 points from carmelo anthony as they shocked miami.
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amare stoudemire added 16 points in a huge shot against lebron james, just seven seconds left. the knicks held off the heat 91-86. when we come back we'll have another look at this morning's top stories. and the boys of summer, remembering the duke of flatbush. baseball hall of famer duke snider. announcer: naturals from purina cat chow. delicious, real ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives. naturals from purina cat chow. share a better life. parentheses have a place. but not on your face. juvéderm® xc is the gel filler your doctor uses to instantly smooth out lines right here. temporary side effects include redness, pain, firmness, swelling, bumps, or risk of infection. ask your doctor about juvéderm® xc.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. heavy rain, strong wind gusts and a chance for floods is all possible as a new storm system racing across the mid-atlantic. there's a chance of tornadoes from alabama to pennsylvania and the northwest, where snow is expected. here's a look at your top stories on this monday morning. rebel forces in libya are closing in on tripoli and waiting for a counterattack for forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. he says he will not give up
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power. and "the king's speech" the big winner at the oscars last night winning best picture and three other awards, including best actor for colin firth. baseball is mourning the loss of one of the all-time greats. hall of famer duke snider died sunday at california at age 84. tony guida takes a look back at one of the original boys of summer, the duke of flatbush. >> and the dodgers go ahead 3-2. >> reporter: if the dodgers were royalty, the brooklyn of the 1940s and '50s, ebbets field was their capital and edwin donald snider was their league. the duke of flatbush they called him. snider strutted on the diamond, whether he was slugging home runs or taking an extra base or climbing the center field wall to make another spectacular catch. snider played the game like he owned it. and played his way into the hall of fame. >> duke snider, who hit four homers in the 1952 world series. >> reporter: 407 home runs in all. snider was a fearsome slugger.
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and a great center fielder, says his former teammate. >> he played the most difficult center field in the major leagues and he played it very well. he had a very strong arm. >> reporter: tony guida, cbs news, new york. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ i'll pass it on, ♪ and on...and on...and on... edible arrangements. happiness is always in season. visit, call or go to ediblearrangements.com. all you expect from the number-one recommended detergent by dermatologists. all free clear is free of dyes and perfumes. and has powerful stainlifters to help get your whole wash clean. it's all good. i can't breathe... so i can't sleep... and the next day i pay for it. i tried decongestants... i tossed & turned... i even vaporized! and then i fought back: with drug-free breathe right advanced.
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did you hear that thunder last night? [no audio] >> let's look at the first warning doppler weather radar. we had some shower activity overnight. let's look at the day part. i know you mentioned there was a thundershower overnight. it's this afternoon and evening we're worried about. i can't say we won't have a severe thunderstorm in the area. it's mild right now. close to 70 this afternoon. when we get back to look at the graphics, we'll show you what's
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