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BETTY NGUYEN: On the Stump: President Obama hits the West Coast for a

fundraising swing, as a new CBS poll ranks some GOP hopefuls.

Bomb Plot: Police search for suspects after finding a powerful

explosive near a Colorado high school, in a chilling echo of the

Columbine massacre.

And, the Dodger Blues: Major League Baseball takes over the storied

franchise, caught up in a bitter divorce battle.

This is the CBS MORNING NEWS for Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Good morning, everybody. And thanks for joining us. I'm Betty Nguyen.

In case anyone doubted the 2012 campaign is under way, President Obama

is stating his case and bashing the Republicans in no uncertain terms.

The President is in the middle of a three-day West Coast swing that

began with a face-off on Facebook and continues today with appearances

in San Francisco and Reno. Susan McGinnis joins us now from

Washington. Good morning, Susan. What is the latest on this trip out


SUSAN MCGINNIS: Hi, good morning, Betty. Well, the President is out

there making an early fundraising push for his campaign, hoping that

social media like Facebook will again play a big role. And at the same

time, while he's at it, he's taking some shots at the Republican

budget proposal.

(Begin VT)

SUSAN MCGINNIS: President Obama's re-election campaign is in full

swing out West.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The change, yes, is possible. But we've got to

finish what we've started.

(Crowd cheering)

SUSAN MCGINNIS: This morning, he'll attend a fundraising breakfast in

San Francisco, after appearing at another event just last night. In

all, the President is headlining six fundraisers during his three-day

trip, bringing in millions for his Democratic Party and presidential


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We've got to keep work for the America that we

believe in.

SUSAN MCGINNIS: The White House won't say exactly how much it's

raising at each event but with some tickets going for a whopping

thirty-five thousand eight hundred dollars apiece, experts are making

big predictions.

STU ROTHENBERG (The Rothenberg Political Report): The Obama campaign

raised about seven hundred and fifty million dollars last time.

They're talking about a billion dollars this cycle.

SUSAN MCGINNIS: But the President's road trip isn't all about raising

cash. It's also part policy. This afternoon, he heads to Reno, Nevada,

to continue pitching his deficit reduction plan.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We've made cuts in every area.

SUSAN MCGINNIS: At Facebook's California headquarters Wednesday, he

told a young crowd his plan to trim four trillion dollars is a better

solution than the GOP proposal. He also criticized Republican efforts

to lower taxes for the rich, while making steep cuts to Medicare and


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Nothing is easier than solving a problem on

the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless.

SUSAN MCGINNIS: But Republicans, who are also in full campaign mode,

argue that raising taxes on anyone during these tough economic times

isn't the answer.

(End VT)

SUSAN MCGINNIS: And the President wraps up this trip later today with

more fundraising in L.A., Betty.

BETTY NGUYEN: All right, Susan McGinnis in Washington for us. Thank

you, Susan.

So, which of the Republican contenders is likely to face Mister Obama

in next year's election? A new CBS News/New York Times poll out this

morning shows that right now, most Republicans favor, nobody. Yep.

Republican voters were asked if they feel enthusiastic about any

potential candidate, more than half said no one. Mitt Romney got the

most support with nine percent followed by Mike Huckabee, Donald

Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin with four percent.

Two air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job are out of work

this morning. They were fired by the FAA as part of an aggressive new

campaign to resolve safety concerns. One worked in Miami and was found

sleeping early Saturday morning. The other was in Knoxville,

Tennessee. That controller was discovered asleep in mid February. The

FAA also says from now on, air traffic control supervisors will

monitor planes carrying the first lady or the vice president, as they

already do for the President. Michelle Obama's 737 had to abort a

landing attempt Monday night, when a controller let it get too close

to a military cargo jet.

A jetliner bound for London returned to the Orlando International

Airport last night, after hitting a bird during takeoff. The Thomson

Airways Boeing 767 landed safely with two hundred sixty-nine people on

board. Now no one was hurt. But passengers were startled when the

large bird smashed into the plane's left engines.

JULIE COLVILLE (Passenger): The plane was just doing this on the

runway and as it-- as it started to go up, the-- there was a loud bang

and there was a horrible smell, fuel smell. We knew-- we knew

something was wrong.

BETTY NGUYEN: The bird's remains were recovered for identification.

The passengers and crew spent the night at a hotel and will take a

different plane to London today.

And there was another bird incident yesterday, this one involving a

Continental Airlines jet flying from Houston to Las Vegas. Continental

says the 737 carrying one hundred fifty-eight passengers returned to

the Houston Airport, but inspection showed the plane suffered no


Police in Colorado are looking for a person of interest, after the

discovery of a pipe bomb and propane tanks on the twelfth anniversary

of the Columbine High School shooting. The FBI released surveillance

camera photographs of the man they're looking for. Now he is described

as having gray hair with a silver mustache. The suspicious devices

were found Wednesday afternoon following a fire at a mall in

Littleton, Colorado. It's near Columbine High School, where two

students opened fire and killed twelve students and one teacher in

1999. Up to ten thousand people were evacuated from the mall.

MAN: We were going to walk out of these doors right here so the

security told us to get to that exit-- to the exit right where the

fire was. It was behind the food court. So we opened the door, there

was smoke and they told-- and then there was two security guys or cops

or whatever, you know, you guys should get out of here.

BETTY NGUYEN: The fire caused only minor damage and no injuries were


Charges have been filed in a bullying case that gained national

attention. Last year, an eighteen-year-old Tyler Clementi killed

himself after his intimate encounter with another man was broadcast

online. Well, now, his former college roommate has been indicted on

more than a dozen criminal charges. Elaine Quijano has the story.

(Begin VT)

ELAINE QUIJANO: Tyler Clementi was a talented violinist, just starting

his freshman year at Rutgers University when he committed suicide last

fall. Now his roommate, nineteen-year-old Dharun Ravi, a former

Rutgers University student, faces a host of charges, including bias

intimidation, a hate crime, and invasion of privacy for secretly using

a webcam to stream on the internet Clementi's sexual encounter with a

man. Ravi tweeted, I saw him making out with a dude. Yay. And later,

yes, it's happening again. Clementi jumped off a bridge into the

Hudson River three days later.

STEVEN GOLDSTEIN (Chair/CEO, Garden State Equality): His grotesque

bullying of Tyler Clementi led to Tyler's committing suicide. This

indictment was sweeping and it was the right thing to seek.

ELAINE QUIJANO: The indictment also alleges Ravi tried to cover up his

actions, charging him with witness and evidence tampering. Prosecutors

allege he deleted a Twitter post and replaced it with a false one to

mislead investigators. In a statement, Clementi's parents said, "The

grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our

son Tyler."

If Ravi is convicted on the most serious bias charge, he could face

five to ten years in prison.

Elaine Quijano, CBS News, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

(End VT)

(Excerpt from Restrepo)

BETTY NGUYEN: Now to Libya, where an attack by Qaddafi forces killed

two western journalists, including an Oscar-nominated filmmaker.

British-born Tim Hetherington co-directed the documentary Restrepo

about American soldiers at an outpost in Afghanistan. He and New

York-based photographer Chris Hondros died yesterday in a

rocket-propelled grenade attack in the Libyan city of Misrata.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the

U.S. will begin shipping what is described as nonlethal aid to Libyan


Japan declared a twelve-mile, no-go zone this morning around the

Fukushima nuclear plant, leaking radiation. Residents who evacuated

the area last month will be allowed limited return visits to their

homes. And there will be no visits within the two-mile area closest to

the plant. Meanwhile, at the crippled plant, new video of robots

inside the reactor buildings taking radiation readings. It's expected

to take at least six months to safely shut down that plant.

Just ahead on the MORNING NEWS, firefighters in Texas get a break from

the weather.

Plus, Dodgers drama, Major League Baseball seizes control of the L.A.

Dodgers amid a divorce battle.

First though, Katie Couric has a preview of tonight's CBS EVENING


KATIE COURIC: It can often be one of the most difficult and costly

areas of medicine, the end of life. But now, a new approach attempts

to make things easier for doctors, patients, and their families. What

is it? Find out tonight, only on the CBS EVENING NEWS.


BETTY NGUYEN: In Texas, rain is helping firefighters get a handle on

wildfires that have plagued the state for more than a week now. More

than thirty fires, big and small, are burning all across the Lone Star

State. Two firefighters have died battling the flames. The fires have

blackened more than a million acres. One large blaze west of Fort

Worth has destroyed at least one hundred sixty homes. Hundreds have

evacuated, but some plan to flee at the last minute.

GLENN HAMLETT (Vacation Home Resident): Well, "A" is, we can get out

in the car, you know across the road. "B" is we put the put the boat

in the water and get out in the middle of the lake. And, "C," the last

resort would be put on our life jackets and get in the lake.

BETTY NGUYEN: Of course, the main hope is that rain will help end the

fire threat.

On the CBS MoneyWatch, stocks in Asia continuing a winning streak.

Ines Ferre is here in New York with the latest on that. Good morning.

INES FERRE: Good morning to you, Betty. Asian markets got a boost

today. Japan's Nikkei gained nearly one percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng

was also higher. And oil jumped above a hundred and twelve dollars a


Today, Wall Street gets the leading economic indicates and a look at

the weekly jobless claims. Wednesday's strong earnings from the tech

sector gave stocks a major lift. The Dow shot up a hundred and

eighty-six points to close at its highest level in three years since

before the financial crisis. The NASDAQ jumped fifty-seven.

After the closing bell, Apple reported its profits nearly doubled last

quarter, as sales surged eighty-five percent blowing past even most

optimistic expectations. The tech giant's biggest problem now is

making enough iPads. The company says it sold every one they could

make, almost twenty million till now, along with nineteen million

iPhones. A company spokesman would not comment on rumors the next

iPhone is due in September.

And Amazon says its Kindle eReader will get the ability to load eBooks

from eleven thousand public libraries later this year. Amazon is

working with a company that runs the eBook systems of public libraries

to make the system compatible with the Kindle.

First-time buyers are still staying out of the housing market, while

sales of existing homes ticked up four percent last month. First-time

home buyers accounted for just thirty-three percent of the market.

Bargain hunters made up most of the buyers in March. The National

Association of Realtors says forty percent of all sales were cash

deals to buy homes that were in or near foreclosure.

And if your home is your castle, you could be sitting pretty on a top

notch throne. Behold the Numi. The new luxury toiler from Kohler is

like no other, with piano music, feet-warmers and tons of other

amenities. It costs almost sixty-four hundred dollars, plus

installation. But Koehler promises the quote, "Ultimate flushing

experience." It will be available sometime this fall, Betty. I can't

imagine what those other amenities must be.

BETTY NGUYEN: Sixty-four hundred dollars?

INES FERRE: For a toilet.

BETTY NGUYEN: You better have, I don't know, concierge service with

that. That-- that's crazy. All right, Ines Ferre here in New York.

Thank you for that.

INES FERRE: You're welcome.

BETTY NGUYEN: Major League Baseball has taken over the Los Angeles

Dodgers. The team is financially paralyzed by the divorce of its

owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. Baseball's commissioner said Wednesday

he will appoint an executive to run the club. Dodger fans are not too


YVONNE ACOSTA (Dodgers Fan): Too bad that the-- the couple couldn't

settle it and not affect the team and the organization like this.

MARCO MONTERROSO (Dodgers Fan): Some people lose and some people win

and right now it looks like the-- the main losers are going to be the

Dodger fans.

RYAN ARCHER (Dodgers Fan): I just want to see a game. I don't really

care about any of that stuff. So--

BETTY NGUYEN: The Dodgers have only won nine games this season and

attendance is down eleven percent.

Straight ahead, your Thursday morning weather.

And in sports, an all-star returns for the Spurs in game two of their

NBA Playoff series.


BETTY NGUYEN: Time now for a check of the national forecast. The

latest satellite picture shows mostly clear skies over the Southwest,

Great Lakes area. And the Northwest is seeing scattered showers. But

later today, sunshine returns to the Northeast, along with gusty

winds. The Northern Plains will get a taste of some winter weather

with a mix of snow and rain. And the latest round of strong

thunderstorms hits the Plains and Southeast.

In sports, San Antonio evened up its NBA Playoff series with Memphis.

Manu Ginobili of the Spurs scored seventeen points in his first game

back following an elbow sprain. San Antonio beat the Grizzlies, 93 to

87. The series is now tied one and one.

Kobe Bryant of the Lakers only had eleven points in an off night

against the Hornets. But Los Angeles defeated New Orleans, 87 to 78.

The series is tied at one game apiece.

And Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City scored twenty-three points against

Denver. The Thunder led all the way for a 106 to 89 victory. Oklahoma

City leads the series two to zip.

When we return, another look at this morning's top stories and spy

phone-- iPhone users beware, your device may be tracking your every



BETTY NGUYEN: Here's another look at this morning's top stories.

President Obama is in the midst of a three-day campaign swing on the

West Coast. He appeared in a Facebook feed Wednesday, and will speak

today in San Francisco, Reno and Nevada, or Reno, Nevada, I should


And, in Colorado, police are hunting for a man who may have planted a

powerful bomb not far from Columbine High School. They suspect a

possible link with the twelfth anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

Well, most everyone knows that Apple's iPhone and iPad are among the

hottest of the hot new electronic gadgets. But what you may not know

is that those mobile devices could be tracking your every move. Kendis

Gibson has more.

(Begin VT)

KENDIS GIBSON: It's alarming news to the millions of users of Apple

iPhones and iPads. Your mobile device may be spying on your


CHRISTINA SAVAGE (iPhone User): I think it's invasive. It's very

invasive. Especially, since we didn't know about it as the user. You

should be given- - you know, you should know and have a choice. Have a

choice to opt out of that kind of thing.

KENDIS GIBSON: British researchers found iPhones that have Apple's

latest software and iPads with 3G track everywhere a user goes. They

found the devices stored the longitude and latitude, along with a time

stamp. And that information gets duplicated on a computer every time

it's synchronized.

EMILY SPENCER (iPhone User): It's really intrusive. I don't want

everyone to know where I am-- anybody to want to know where I'm going

all the time, so, no, especially a boyfriend.

KENDIS GIBSON: Cell phone companies have always been able to track

users' movements and locations. But having that information

unencrypted and visible makes it available to anyone who has access to

your phone.

BRIAN COOLEY (CNET.com): I'd be concerned, not worried. Remember this

stuff is on your iPhone, your iPad and synched to your computer. It's

not out in the wild on the internet, yet.

KENDIS GIBSON: Apple has not commented on the researchers' finding,

and hasn't revealed if the function can be disabled. Until then,

privacy experts warn users to keep track of who has access to your

iPhones, iPads, and computers.

Kendis Gibson, CBS News, Los Angeles.

(End VT)

BETTY NGUYEN: I'm Betty Nguyen. This is the CBS MORNING NEWS.


BETTY NGUYEN: Oh, a big mess on a rain-slicked highway, this in

Arlington, Texas. Fifty-six vehicles piled up in a series of chain

reaction accidents during a Tuesday downpour. A lot of mashed up cars

and trucks but only about a dozen minor injuries were reported.

A new study found that watching a lot of TV can take a toll on the

heart, directly through the eyes. The report shows that kids who spend

more time sitting to watch TV and less time playing have smaller blood

vessels in their eyes, and that may be a sign of restricted blood

flow. Kids who are active for more than an hour a day have

significantly wider blood vessels in the eyes.

DR. JESSICA SESSIONS (Ryan Community Health Network): Watching

television, it's not necessarily bad for your eyes, but it's taking

time away that you should be exercising, and getting your blood


BETTY NGUYEN: Restricted blood flow could eventually lead to diabetes,

high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Finally, young fans of the hit Twilight movies will have something new

to feast their eyes on tomorrow. That's when the film Water for

Elephants opens starring Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson. He

plays a veterinary student who falls for Reese Witherspoon. Alexis

Christoforous reports.

(Begin VT)

(Excerpt from Water for Elephants, 20th Century Fox)

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson discover

life under the big top in Water for Elephants. Witherspoon took the

role after reading the bestselling novel.

REESE WITHERSPOON (Marlena): I thought the character was a really

strong woman, and in the Depression, and during the Depression America

with no education, no opportunities, and you know she found herself in

a relationship with no way out.

(Excerpt from Water for Elephants, 20th Century Fox)

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Known for playing a vampire in Twilight,

Pattinson made the leap to the circus because he's fascinated with the

Depression Era.

ROBERT PATTINSON (Jacob): I think that period in American history has

always been one of my -- I always find it incredibly interesting.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Witherspoon plays the married star performer in

the circus.

(Excerpt from Water for Elephants, 20th Century Fox)

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Pattinson plays a veterinary student. Both care

about an elephant and that common bond leads to romance. They joked

about what it was like on the set.


REESE WITHERSPOON: Don't say that.


REESE WITHERSPOON: Wait, wait, quick.

ROBERT PATTINSON: --that she's really great.


ROBERT PATTINSON: --that she's very great.

REESE WITHERSPOON: Make something up, quick.

ROBERT PATTINSON: No, I had a really great time with her. She makes it

very, very, very easy.

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Both actors deal with the media circus around

celebrities and prefer the one under the tent.

ROBERT PATTINSON: The real circus, I think, is hopefully a lot more

impressive. Otherwise, I don't know, otherwise it would be quite


(Excerpt from Water for Elephants, 20th Century Fox)

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: Their trip to the circus results in a love

triangle that steams up the big screen.

Alexis Christoforous, CBS News.

(End VT)

BETTY NGUYEN: Interesting. Well, coming up a little bit later on THE

EARLY SHOW, presidential politics more on a newly released CBS News

poll, looking at the leading Republican contenders. Also, we will hear

from up and coming golf star Cheyenne Woods whose uncle, you guessed

it, is Tiger Woods. And Emily VanCamp stops by the studio with her new

TV movie Beyond the Blackboard.

That's the CBS MORNING NEWS for this Thursday. Thanks for watching

everyone, I'm Betty Nguyen. Have a great day.


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