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degree.it won't let you down. some of the biggest acts in music will gather in los angeles tomorrow to honor four-time grammy winner lionel richie. he's being honored as a 2016 music cares person the year for his remarkable career. michelle miller got to spend some time with him. >> lionel richie's peers will honor him, chris stapleton, rihanna, and so many more.
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for charity. it's a huge honor for richie, and i got to spend an afternoon with him singing some of those time-honored songs. i can tell you at 66 he's definitely still got it. morning's just a moment away and i without you once again >> i don't even dare jump in. >> reporter: he's responsible for some of the most iconic songs of the past five decades. you're once twice three times a lady >> sing it now! >> reporter: let's just say, it's hard not to sing along with lionel richie. yes you're once everybody! twice three times a lady >> the best thing that ever happens, the music stayed around. the music stuck. we're talking about the third generation of folks are now
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>> reporter: and you've been going now, okay, i don't want to date you here -- >> no, no, 230 years, i know. since '73. >> reporter: born and raised in tuskegee, alabama, richie led the commadores to the top of the charts in the 1960s. she's a brick house >> reporter: he went solo in 1982 and became a superstar. say you say me >> reporter: dominating popular music with 13 consecutive top ten hits, including five number ones. oh what a feeling when we're dancing on the ceiling all night long all night >> reporter: richie had no formal music training. he says he just somehow knew how to write songs by ear. >> so, i don't know why i know how to play that.
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>> and so, trying to explain it to you is harder than trying to -- than just playing, because there's no real -- >> reporter: you can't stop just there. come on -- >> but you got to know that -- sail on down the line about a half mile or so and don't really want to know where you're going where you're going maybe once or twice time after time we tried to hold on to what we got but now we're going and i don't mind about the things you're going
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>> reporter: of his many hits, this may be richie's most famous line. hello is it me you're looking for >> reporter: of course, when adele released her new single, hear. hello it's me waste any time spoofing the two s. hello it yet
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>> reporter: he did just that when he and michael jackson sat down to write "we are the world." there comes a time when we heed a certain call >> reporter: the remarkable collaboration raised more than $60 million for humanitarian aid in africa. we are the world we are the children we are the ones that make a brighter day so let's start giving >> reporter: this year music ca payibute chieh
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camouflage themselves in more than 1 million acres of swamp and sawgrass here. rahill is known as the snake whisperer. >> i've got over 300 captured personally. >> reporter: he tracked down his first burmese in 2008 and was hooked. >> you go into an alpha predator mind set. if you don't have an alpha predator mind set, you could get hurt, conceivably. >> reporter: first, they bite. >> hundreds of sharp, razor-sharp teeth, you just have to breathe deep and just let it release on its own. if you pull away from a python when it bites you, your arm is going to be shredded. >> reporter: and b also coil and crush you. >> i had ahold of a 17-foot python a number of years back. totally ecstatic. whoa! this is great. i had a hold of it like i was a feather on a freight train. >> reporter: a big burmese can swallow a deer.
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inside the python's stomach was so big, the snam actually exploded. like the population of the snakes in the everglades. a female can lay up to 100 eggs. >> there could be tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of snakes, we just don't know. >> reporter: somers worked for the florida conservation company. some pet owners release the burmese into the wild when their snakes grew too big. >> they don't have auraledat the of florida. supp h >> reporter: for hmoving them, florida's fish and wildlife officials started the python challenge. top prize, $5,000. rahill is competing with his team of volunteers called the swamp apes. these hunters grab a burmese by the neck, behind the jaw, and let it wear itself out, and then drop it into this bag. they can deliver it dead or alive to wildlife officials. mark strassmann in the florida everglades. that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news
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for others, check back a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center here in new york city. captioning funded by cbs it's friday, february 12th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." campaign 2016 democrats take center stage in another debate, but the republicans snag a few headlines of their own and a few young fans. polar plunge. the lowest temperatures of the winter are heading to the northeast with forecasters warning the cold could kill. restaurant rampage. several people are hurt when a

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