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more storms. another round of more storms. another round of tornado-producing weather is headed to areas of the midwest and south that were pummeled this week by severe storms. >> if we get hit again, it's going to be bad, worse. super tuesday showdown. ten primaries and caucuses next week may finally decide who wins the republican presidential nomination, or maybe not. runway run-in. the philadelphia airport is shut down when a man driving an suv turns a runway into his own speedway. >> we're not moving anybody speedway. >> we're not moving anybody until we find this guy. captioning funded by cbs >> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, march 2, 2012.
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good morning, happy friday. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. parts of the midwest and south are bracing for another bout with mother nature today. after a series of deadly tornadoes just swept through the region on tuesday and wednesday, a new and even more powerful system is charging up and poised to strike today from the great lakes to the gulf of mexico. a severe thunderstorm watch is already under way in central missouri and forecasters say the dangerous weather will start in the afternoon. kentucky and tennessee are at the greatest risk for tornadoes. the severe weather will move into alabama, mississippi and georgia by the evening. the line of twisters that touched down this week killed 13 people in four states. on thursday, those communities started the process of cleaning up while keeping an eye on this new round of storms. >> i don't know if we get hit again, it's going to be bad, worse. it's rough. but the people keep on going, they keep on fighting. >> an ef-3 tornado roared
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through the city of ridgeway, illinois, wednesday morning. it ripped apart st. joseph's catholic church which has stood for 120 years. >> think about how long the church has been here. a lot of people have been parishioners for 70, 80 years or more. been baptized here. married here. buried their parents here. >> the worst damage was located about 20 miles to the east in harrisburg, illinois. the twister killed six people there and turned life upside down for the town of about 9,000 residents. >> tougher to be here than i thought. >> cheryl herd's sister rode out the storm in awe bathtub. the tornado lifted her trailer off its foundation and smashed it across the street. >> that's my mom and dad. >> sheila skaggs recovered pictures from the wreckage in cumberland county, tennessee where her parents tried to take cover from the tornado. her father is in the hospital, her mother was killed. >> they were headed to the basement. they knew there was a problem.
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and it just took them longer to get to the basement than what they knew they had time. >> kansas governor some brownback toured the damage in the town of harveyville. one man was killed there when a tornado crushed his house tuesday night. >> it reminds you just how destructive these tornadoes are and how much they can sneak in on you. >> that's something forecasters hope to avoid with the help of new technology. it was put to the test in branson, missouri on wednesday where residents had 25 minutes to take cover. that's double the national average and there were no fatalities. all thanks to revolutionary new technology called dual polarization radar. >> we're going to get a two dimensional view that allows us to detect the difference between heavy rainfall that occurs all the time and the debris the tornado can kick up. why does that make a difference? you can't see a tornado at night. >> the new radar is so sensitive it can spot flying debris as small as grass or leaves.
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44 are up and running across the country. funeral services will be held next week for the three teenagers killed by a gunman in ohio. classes resume today there. last night, the chardon basketball team played a game scheduled for monday night, the day of the shooting. the alleged gunman, 17-year-old t.j. lane was charged in juvenile court yesterday but prosecutors plan to charge him as an adult meaning he could face life in prison without parole. now to politics. republican presidential hopefuls are gearing up for the ten primaries and caucuses next tuesday and a windfall of delegates. meanwhile, rick santorum is crying foul over the delegate count in michigan. duarte geraldino is in washington with more. good morning. >> good morning, betty. though romney won michigan, he did survive narrow margin. santorum's camp says that marginal victory was only possible because of a last-minute rule change.
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rick santorum told supporters in spokane, washington, they'll help reenergize his campaign during its caucuses tomorrow. >> we're real excited about our chances in washington today. we think we can surprise a lot of people. >> santorum lost to mitt romney in michigan on tuesday. he says he should have been awarded half of the state's 30 delegates. michigan republicans gave romney an extra delegate saying there was cop fusion over new rules agreed to in february and a correction was made on wednesday. >> good 'ol boy network. change the rules after the game so they can win. that's pathetic. >> santorum is leading romney in the polls. though both campaign there today, ohio is a priority because it's a swing state in the general election. >> what a warm welcome. >> while campaigning in north dakota, romney says he's the candidate that can win in november. >> if i become the nominee, i'll beat barack obama and take america back. >> romney is looking to extend his lead next week. ten states in more than 400 delegates are up for grabs on
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super tuesday. newt gingrich admits there's a lot at stake in georgia. the state he served in as congressman. >> i have to win georgia. i think to be credible in the race. >> while the gop candidates battle to become the republican nominee. president obama is stocking his war chest. he spent thursday fundraising in new york and his campaign expects to raise a billion dollars for this election. that goal for democrats to raise $1 billion in campaign funds for president obama already has republicans strategists scrambling to raise money for their candidates. betty? >> all right. duarte geraldino in washington for us. thank you. opponents are working to strike down maryland's same sex marriage law. >> the bill is signed. >> maryland became the 8th state to legalize same sex marriage yesterday. the law takes effect next year. >> we are one maryland and all of us at the end of the day want the same thing for our children.
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we want them to live in a loving, caring and committed home that is protected equally under the law. >> opponents hope to gather enough signatures to put a referendum calling for the law to be overturned on the november ballot. so far, maine is the only state to overturn a gay marriage law passed by the legislature. like same sex marriage, another social issue making campaign headlines is birth control. the senate upheld president obama's birth control policy voting 51-48. the senate killed the blunt amendment allowing employers to opt out of the president's healthcare law on moral grounds. that includes a requirement to cover the cost of birth control. still, it is unclear what killed conservative columnist media activist and blogger, andrew breitbart. breitbart, who suffered from heart problems, collapsed and died yesterday.
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he was unrelenting on his attacks on liberals and the mainstream media in particular. an autopsy is likely. andrew breitbart was 43 years old. coming up on the morning news, at&t puts a limit on its unlimited data plan. plus, a controversial arizona sheriff revives the allegations regarding president obama's birth certificate. this is the "cbs morning news." regarding president obama's birth certificate. this is the "cbs morning news." chili's lunch break combos are full of delicious choices, starting at just 6 bucks. choose from savory favorites or our new philly cheesesteak sandwich. layers of shaved steak and grilled peppers served with fries and a tasty soup or salad. chili's lunch break combos. i toog nyguil bud i'm stild stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't un-stuff your nose. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your stuffy nose. [ deep breath ] thank you! that's the cold truth! forty years ago, he wasn't looking for financial advice.
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french photographer were buried in homs on monday. iran held parliamentary elections as leaders called for a big turnout to show they have the support of the people. government television showed long lines of voters waiting around the country. iran's supreme leader ayatollah khamenei placed his ballot. in day tehran and said it is the duty of every iranian to vote. a spike in oil prices and bank of america strikes back with a new fee. ines ferre is here in new york. with that and much more. good morning eye necessary. >> markets in asia saw an end of the week rally. the nikkei added .75% to finish at a seven month high. hong kong's hang seng rose nearly 1%. on wall street, stocks were lifted by strong u.s. auto sales and news that applications for unemployment benefits hit a four-year low. the dow gained 28 points, the nasdaq added 22.
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the tensions with iran over its nuclear program continue to send the price of oil up. it is now just under $109 a barrel. that's an increase of more than $10 a barrel since last month. and bank of america is looking at imposing a monthly fee on some of its customers. it would affect customers with basic checking accounts. b of a would waive the fee if those customers agree to bank online, buy more products or maintain certain balances. back of america experienced a backlash last fall when it tried to impose a $5 monthly fee for debit card transactions. at&t is changing its unlimited data plans. the company will no longer let customers use more than a set amount of data each month without penalty. at&t says customers will get a text mesage when their usage approaches three gigabytes in one billing cycle and will slow customers' data speeds for the
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rest of that billing cycle. but 3 gigabytes is about seven times the amount of data an average customers uses in one month, betty. ines ferre in new york. thank you. for most americans, the question of president obama's birthplace was settled long ago, but not for phoenix sheriff joe ar pie owe -- at a news conference yesterday, arpaio claims he has evidence that mr. obama's birth certificate and other documents were faked using a computer. he said the documents were analyzed by his own volunteer cold case posse. >> i cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic. >> now, some critics say arpaio is using the debunk birther claim to divert attention from federal investigations of his office, he's seeking election to his sixth term as sheriff in november. straight ahead, your friday morning weather and in sports, lebron shows us his stuff in a transcontinental matchup as the
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possible tornadoes will range from much of the midwest and the south. now, this area stretches from southern illinois and ohio and east texas and arkansas to georgia with most of the states in between. so it's a large area. farther north, showers will turn to snow. the pacific northwest coast will have showers with snow in the central rockies. in sports, the portland trailblazers hosted miami. the heat's lebron james wasted no time taking a first quarter ball from dwyane wade and jamming it home. in the second he got the ball after a turnover finishing with an uncontested, boom, slam there, james wound up with 38 points. wade with 33. the heat took their ninth straight, 107-93. in college ball, top ranked kentucky hosted georgia and the wildcats showed why they are number one. darius miller scored on an alley oop on his way to 17 points. anthony davis added a jam off an offensive rebound as the cats
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won their 21st straight, 79-49. in nhl hockey, st. louis at vancouver. it was scoreless into the third period when the canucks burrows drilled one off the pads of the goalie. vancouver added an empty net goal for a 2-0 win. they now lead the nhl in points. when we return, runway rampage. a driver of an suv triggers a security scare at a philadelphia airport. ,, ,,,,,,
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., afternoon rain, 59. atlanta, isolated thunderstorms, 76. detroit, rain, 54. denver, you're going to see some morning snow, 35. and seattle, 47. here's another look at this morning's top stories. another round of dangerous tornado-producing storms is expected in the midwest and south today.
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the area is still recovering from a tornado blitz this week that killed 13 people. and classes resume today at chardon high school in ohio for the first time since monday's shooting. the alleged gunman, 17-year-old t.j. lane, is expected to be charged as an adult. the head of the fbi is warning that cyber crime is on its way to becoming the number one threat against america. bureau director robert muller spoke yesterday to a gathering of cyber security professionals in san francisco. he said every fbi field office now has specialists investigating internet crime. a 24-year-old man is in custody in philadelphia this morning after police say he smashed through a gate at the city's airport and drove on to the runways. while airport police chased the speeding suv, air traffic controllers scrambled to keep planes from entering the runways and waved off one that was preparing to land. >> we got a road vehicle driving around on the airport. we're not talking to him, not moving anybody until we find this guy. >> now, it took police just five
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minutes to chase down kenneth mazik, but the airport was shut down for half an hour. he's charged with driving under the influence and may face other charges. passengers from the costa allegra cruise ship stranded. this week in pirate-infested waters are safe after reaching shore on thursday. more than a thousand people were aboard and we're learning more about the rough conditions they endured. tina kraus reports. >> passengers made their way off the crippled cruise ship on the island nation of seychelles. they spent three days at sea with no running water and no air conditioning. >> the heat is unbearable. we had to spend most of our nights on the top deck of the ship. the problems began monday when a fire broke out in the coast allegra's engine room. passengers prepared to abandon ship while the crew battled the blaze. >> we all went to our stations and there was a point where we thought we would have to lower the boats. >> the crew managed to put out
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the fire but the ship was stalled. a french fishing boat worked to tow the ship for three days as passengers and crew lived on the deck. food supplies were low. all they had to eat were cold sandwiches and helicopters dropped in freshwater. >> just a matter of inconvenience. not having enough food. not being able to rest well at night. >> the ship's captain says it's too early to tell what caused the fire. >> because there is always an investigation in progress. >> this is the second disaster at sea in just over a month by costa cruise lines owned by florida-based carnival. in january, the costa concordia hit rocks off the coast of italy and sank. 25 people died in the disaster, including seven who are still missing. tina kraus, cbs news. coming up after your local news, on "cbs this morning," singer jon bon jovi turns 50 years old. can't tell by looking at him. i'm betty nguyen, this is the "cbs morning news." nguyen, this is the "cbs morning news." [ male announcer ] new starbucks blonde roast
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good morning, i am jessica kartalija, in for don scott. we will have the top headlines in just a minute but first let's head over to the first warning weather center. good morning, marty. >> good morning, jay cart, let's go ahead and take a look at how this first friday in march is going to square away. 54 at lunch, how about that? not bad for early march, on its way to a high of about 59. it is 37 right now. looks like by the evening showers in your forecast, temperatures still mild, mid- 55s, we will be talking about that shortly. jess, take it away. >> here what is we have got our eye on today. republican presidential hopefuls ramp up their campaigns ahead of super tuesday. a steep increase planned in one maryland community college and the archdiocese of baltimore announces
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s for the future of the cardinal givens property. this governor signs the same sex marriage bill into law but opponents are planning their next move. classes resume at chardon high school and we are hearing from the man who may have kept it from getting worse and the attorney general pushes for regulations on a drink popular with young people. more news, weather and your first traf,,,,
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