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>> pelley: some of america's best fighter jets can soar without using a drop of oil for fuel. don dahler has a look at the navy's great green fleet. >> reporter: this ea-18 growler can go over 1,100 miles an hour. it costs $68 million. and it's flying on 100% biofuel made from things like kitchen grease and plant seeds. secretary of the navy, ray mabus. the engine doesn't function any differently with biofuels. >> it may burn a little cleaner, but, no. otherwise, the engine doesn't notice a difference. >> reporter: in 2009, maybus committed the navy to 50% usage of alternative fuels by the year 2020.
why has this been such a priority with you? >> well, it's to make us better war fighters. energy is a vulnerability. energy can be used as a weapon. >> reporter: until recently, petroleum had to be added to biofuel for it to pack enough punch to be feesable, but a panama city, florida company, ara, was working on a process to make sterile water in remote areas when they stumbled on a way to make biofuels identical to petroleum. >> from this material, we make jet diesel. >> reporter: chuck redd is the company's vice president of field development. >> it's a material that has all the same molecules as petroleum crude but from a renewable feed stock. >> reporter: one of those feed stocks is ethiopian mustard seeds that can be grown in arid ground and can be used by farmers as a rotation crop. ara's process can use waste
grease from water treatment plants and kitchens. ara's senior vice president glen mcdonald saw an opportunity for his company and the world. >> i hope that one day all diesel vehicles are operated with our fuel. i hope all commercial jets are operated with our fuel. >> reporter: as for the u.s. navy, that goal is well under way. alternative fuels now power 30% of naval ships and 50% of its bases. don dahler, cbs news, panama city, florida. >> pelley: up next, families brought closer together by student debt.
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drowning in debt. in fact, in the past 20 years, the average student debt has more than tripled, and now tops $30,000. jill schlesinger has tonight's "eye on money." >> reporter: living with his parents in verona, new jersey, is not what 23-year-old anthony decandia envisioned after graduating from college last year. but then again, he didn't envision being $80,000 in student debt, either. >> obviously, i love my family. i love the free food, and i love my dog, but i'm just ready to move on and live on my own. and it's just tough because with these loans and all this debt us millennials have, we can't. >> reporter: decandia's story is one of more than 75 million other millennials, juggling debt and economic uncertainty. consider this: for the first time, more millennials are living with parents than with spouses or partners. and since the recession, young adults have been slower to buy homes.
27-year-old crystal white just got engaged. she and her fiance rent a small apartment in l.a. plans for a wedding and buying a house are on hiatus as they chip away at their combined student loans that top $100,000. >> things have, at least been delayed by two to three years from where we want them to be. >> reporter: white, a graphic designer, has been meeting her student loan obligations and paying off credit cards each month. >> i think it's just really important to no longer view millennials as just whining kids. we're adults. we're professionals, and we're working really hard to get where our parents were and to do better than our parents because i-- you know, that's supposed to be the dream, right? >> pelley: so, jill, if people like crystal white are living paycheck to paycheck, hoping the car doesn't break down, how can can they save? >> reporter: you know, it's amazing. she is setting aside 2% of her income to go into retirement. and i think that's what you have
to do-- pick some small amount, get into the habit of saving, and as your budget allows, you increase it slowly but you've got to start somewhere. >> pelley: and the magic ingredient is time. start early. >> reporter: indeed. thank you so much. >> thanks. >> we love this story in the news room today. >> reporter: at the vatican today archbishop cupich gave pope francis a cubs hat so he, too, could celebrate their world series win. later this week, the pope will give the archbishop a cardinal's hat as he elevates cupich to cardinal-- a cubs/cardinals double header. now, can you hold on for a few seconds? then you, too, can join the latest fad. we'll show you as soon as we come back. don't move. >> tonights eye on money segment is sponsored by voya, changing
>> pelley: finally tonight, the latest pop culture phenomenon has given us pause, so we did. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: the rules are simple-- get a group together, strike a pose, then stay still as the camera weaves through a scene frozen in time, like walking through a picture. that girl is a real crowd
pleaser >> reporter: we don't know exactly why but it all started around halloween with these student at a jacksonville high school, using the hashtag mannequin challenge. then other schools joined in their classrooms, lunch rooms, and pep rallies. many are set to rap duo rae sremmurd's song "black beatles." that girl is a real crowd >> reporter: one of the real beatles, paul mccartney, did his version, tweeting, "love those black beatles now it's just exploded. here's last weekend's garth brooks concert. and pro teams are in on the game, too, like the n.f.l.'s new york giants, and the n.b.a.'s cleveland cavaliers in the white house with the first lady. former presidential candidate hillary clinton and her staff paused on election day last week, and funny man kevin hart and beyonce haven't dropped the ball.
these preschoolers from east orange, new jersey, beat that video by eight million views. who did it the best? >> me! >> me! >> reporter: another you can come over here. and they didn't mind a little coaching to help boost those numbers. another you ready? freeze! and here at cbs, we may be all about hard news, but we're not as stiff as you think. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: just kidding. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. >> for some of us the news continues, for others, check back with us for the morning news. from the broadcast center in new york city. i'm scott pelley.
>> this is "the cbs overnight news." pelley: transition trouble. the president-elect and a team divided trying to put together an administration. just yesterday, the former committee member mike rogers was pushed off the team and others refuse to come on board. with only two months before the nomination, not only does trump need to name his cabinet secretaries but he needs to fill more than 4,000 places in his
cabinet. >> reporter: vice president- elect mike pence arrived at trump tower to finalize cabinet recommendations with president- elect donald trump. sources close to the situation say the transition process is stalled. in the aftermath of trump's dismissal last week of chris christie as transition chair. pence is now in charge and scrambling to increase staff and work flow, especially in the president-elect's main transition office in the nation's capital. mr. trump intends to make national security nominations first. former new york city mayor rudy giuliani is the current front- runner for secretary of state. also vying for the post, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, john bolton, who appeared on fox news today. >> would you want to be the u.s. secretary of state? let's start there. >> well, you know, i'm kind of old school on this business. it's been an honor to serve the country, i've said-- i'll say it again-- it would be an honor to serve the country again, but, ultimately, this is the president-elect's decision. >> reporter: giuliani is pushing hard for the job and his long- standing friendship with mr. trump gives him an edge.
>> john would be a very good choice. >> is there anybody better? >> maybe me, i don't know. >> reporter: the leading candidate for attorney general now is alabama senator jeff sessions. sessions was the first senator to support mr. trump in key sessions aides served the president-elect's transition and policy teams. new hampshire senator kelly ayotte, who lost a close race for re-election, has emerged as the front-runner for defense secretary. she tried to distance herself from mr. trump during her campaign, but she would be the first woman nominated to lead the pentagon. >> meanwhile, mr. trump's election of steve bannon continues to cause controversy. chip reid has a look at the man and his legacy.
>> his appointment of bannon is proof of mr. trump's direction of this country. >> a navy veteran, bannon earned his gold as a hollywood investor, later acquiring rights to the feldman series. >> bann onon has been really th leader of the splinter group for the republicans. >> that was the role he enjoyed, poking the establishment with a
stick, and being as offensive as i think he could be. >> reportedly drawing more than 20 million readers a month, breitbart has been known for conservative lines, saying that birth control makes women unattractive and crazy. his personal life is mired in controversy, he was charged with domestic violence and battery, when his ex-wife says he battered her. she accused bannon of blocking a school, because he didn't want the girls going to school with jews. ban onhas denied that accusation. he was responsible for several attention-grabbing moments. including this press conference with multiple bill clinton accusers. >> i think bannon understands
power, but his job will be to keep trump as somebody who is distinctly outside the political system. >> in response to a cbs inquiry about the alt-right movement, the spokesperson said nothing could be further from the truth. he has worked with people of all backgrounds and worked with diversity during his career. now he admitted that while some white nationalists may be attracted to certain philosophies of the alt-right, he believes there are elements of the hard left that attract certain extremists, as well. >> delta is working on baggage issues. kris van cleave has the details from reagan national airport. >> reporter: you see the chip here at the center of the baggage tracking system? it's like luggage low jack,
while it does double the cost of the tags at 9 cents apiece, it could save airlines up to $3 billion over the next several years. what is inside this bag tag could change the airline industry and could guarantee your luggage doesn't get lost. delta is the first carrier to replace traditional paper tags with an rfid chip. the new $50 million system now allows realtime tracking of every tracked bag. >> we are changing the game with the performance. >> reporter: he is a senior vice president of delta. >> we believe it already has a 5 to 10% reduction on the number of bags we handle in our system. >> reporter: once the bag is tagged, the system tracks it through the ticket counter, to the bag room, to the tarmac. and if this light turns red that means the bag should not be on this flight and it stops the
loading process. victor derosa is a baggage handler. >> it takes out some of the error? >> absolutely, we're all human, whether you change your plan or decided not to go or whether we were just thinking about something else and not paying attention to that specific bag tag it catches it for us. >> there is a reason delta is spending millions of dollars to implement this new system. every time a bag is mishandled or lost, it costs the airline $100 or more. >> starting today, passengers will get push alert updates like these on their smartphones. from the app, they can pull up a map tracking the bag's location. >> it gives you more peace of mind? >> yes, yes, i would definitely say i get more peace of mind if my luggage is with me, if i don't know where it is. >> reporter: american also sends
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there are new questions about the role president-elect donald trump's children will play in his administration. cbs news has learned the transition team has asked the white house how trump's oldest children and son-in-law would go about getting top secret security clearances. julianna goldman broke this story and has the details from washington. >> reporter: well, the sources tell us that the president-elect donald trump's transition team is looking to tap some of his adult children as national security advisers, and that they would in the be able to receive the top security clearances. now, even if it doesn't happen during the transition, trump would still be able to put in the request when he becomes
prosecu president. now looking at the rules, the nepotism rules does not stop them from working in the white house. it is common for others to get top secret security measures, but family members is something unprecedented, given that his kids don't have national security backgrounds. now watch dogs are sounding alarms, saying that the fact wants his children armed with access to some of the top secret issues raises questions about them playing a role in the administraton and also running the businesses and whether they could use that for financial business. now, last night, the reporter was told that trump did not request this for his children and that trump had not filled out paperwork for security
clearances. the spokesperson said it is not something i expect right now. and the senate relations committee bob corker was tapped to be nominated as secretary of state. but that appears to be going to rudy giuliani. there was a discussion on cbs this morning. >> look, i think we let this process complete. we know who the person is. it is going to be my job to lead the confirmation process. but handicap people at this moment would just be inappropriate. let's let it play out. >> what would you like to see in a secretary of state? >> well, obviously, it's the person who is best able to advance our national interests around the world. and obviously, it's someone that has to deal with diplomats, but at the same time i think we see that there is going to be pretty much of a sort of a seat change issue if you will with this
president as to how he addresses many issues. someone is going to have to have the ability and be in an environment where they're productive and able to do that. look, this is the beginning, i know that people are just getting started. and let's let this play out and i do look forward to helping out in any way i can in the confirmation process. >> well, secretary your name did come up as a candidate. have you talked to the president-elect, or was your name mentioned for the job? >> i did talk to him as i did vice president pence, but we have had no discussions about it. i watched the same things you're reporting. and again, that is up to them. i know they had a number of people that were central to the campaign that had been involved in a very major way that are looking at these things. and let's let that process play out. >> you have praised donald trump's decision to make reince priebus his chief of staff. what are your thoughts about
steve bannon, we don't know your feelings about that. >> well, that is somebody who i don't know, reince priebus is somebody i had dinner with and spent a lot of time with. i think he will be a great chief of staff. the other gentleman, i had never met. i was listening to your reporting just a moment ago and learned some things that i have never known. so we'll see. >> you didn't know that steve bannon was the head of breitbart, and that they had headlines like that. >> i did hear of him, but am learning as i go. >> he is the first to hear that he was designating his children national security advisers so that they could receive top
security clearances. we also know that they will be running mr. trump's large business empire. do you see a conflict of interest? >> first of all, it's my understanding and i don't know, i think you're reporting what you've heard. my understanding they didn't actually make that request. they asked if it was appropriate. at least one of his aides mentioned. but my guess is that that is not going to happen. that is not the norm so that conflict would not likely exist. >> well, president-elect trump has spoken with vladimir putin as head of the foreign relations committee. how do you see that going? >> look, there are some things we have in common with russia and should work with them, terrorism is one of those. on the other hand, putin has shown himself to be a brutal dictator-like leader and let's
face it has worked against our national interest. i think it's always positive when two leaders of a country begin on a positive note. obviously, mr. putin will have to change the way he deals with the world for that to be a constructive my cold medicines' wearing off. that stuff only lasts a few hours. or, take mucinex. one pill fights congestion for 12 hours. guess i won't be seeing you for a while. why take medicines that only last 4 hours, when just one mucinex lasts 12 hours? let's end this.
superstar elton john has a gold-studded collection of songs that are familiar to just about everyone. but he also has a very important collection of photographs, some of which are on display in london. >> reporter: 200 photographs went on display this past week in london, the pictures in "the radical eye," an exhibition of pioneering images from the 1920s to the 50s, all came from one man. sir elton john. he began his collection 20 years ago. >> most people think that would be hung the other way, but that's not right. >> reporter: it's now considered one of the most important in the world. >> how many photographs do you have? >> probably near 8 thousand.
>> 8 thousand? >> so i have been told. >> reporter: many are hung in his 17,000 square foot apartment in atlanta. >> and it's just, i don't know, it's kind of taken over my life. i must buy at least three or four photographs a week. >> really? >> yeah, i just bought three this morning. >> reporter: sir elton's passion developed during a period of personal upheaval. in 1990, after selling off his vast collection of art and furniture, he went into rehab for alcohol addiction. >> all my pictures seemed to fade to black and white. >> reporter: when he came out he replaced it with a new addiction, photography. >> and i never noticed photography as an art form before, even though i had my
photograph taken by a lot of great photographers. >> reporter: had something changed with you? >> yeah, i got sober, you see everything in a different context, you have clarity, a bit more wisdom, hopefully. >> reporter: the fact that it went along with your sobriety meant what? >> i don't know, i really don't. it was like a gift, you got sober and now look at this gift i'm going to give you, because i have learned so much collecting photography. >> reporter: what do you think you saw? >> i saw beauty that i had never seen before. >> reporter: this is the picture that changed everything for sir elton. man ray's 1932 imagine called "glass tears". >> this huge a huge leap. >> reporter: he bought a vintage print at auction in 1993 for
almost $200,000, a record price for a photograph at the time. were you actually monitoring the auction when it happened? >> no, of course not. >> reporter: so you didn't know what it was until you paid? >> no. >> reporter: when you found out what the cost was, what did you think? >> wow. i thought i had gone nuts. i thought well, [ bleep ], and everybody in my organization thought i had gone nuts. >> reporter: yeah, but that was a big, big step. a first major step of getting to be a serious collector. >> reporter: the show features vintage prints made by the artists themselves. including andre kortej's postage stamp, under water swimmer, printed in 1917. >> i couldn't believe it was taken in 1917, it could have been taken yesterday and it was so beautiful. >> reporter: edward steichen's portrait of gloria swanson, from
1924. >> it's a bit like the mona lisa, i think, her face, the sorrow, this is am i going to be able to feed my children tomorrow. >> reporter: you don't dip into things? >> i was born in 1947, grew up when times were quite hard, i just found solace in objects. that may be strange to people, but it wasn't strange to me. music and objects kind of got me through the bad times. collecting, i have always collected. >> reporter: and he will collect controversial work, unsettling images like the photograph of the fallen man taken on 9/11, by associated press photographer richard drew. >> i have that photograph, took me two years to get it. >> reporter: why did you want it? >> because again, it's the most
beautiful image of something so tragic, probably one of the most perfect photographs ever taken. >> reporter: he brought it out from his archive for us. >> it is probably a shot nobody would want on their wall. >> reporter: did you have reservations about your own interest in it? >> no, because it's an important event, as important as the naked girl running in vietnam. and the little boy there, i desperately want that photograph. we're trying to get it. it's just important to have them. >> reporter: his homes in atlanta, england, and beverly hills have become galleries for his obsession. but now, the sir elton john collection is on a bigger stage. how do you feel about having a show at the tate? >> i'm honored, very excited. interested to see what people will feel about it. i want people who never saw a photograph before, because my
so what is the secret to a happy marriage? well, one couple found it hidden in a cupboard, and steve hartman found them on the road. >> reporter: brandon and kathy of northville, michigan, have been married nine years now and yet they just recently opened their last wedding present. >> it was by far the greatest gift because it taught us so many lessons about how to be married. >> reporter: the present was from kathy's great aunt allison, and came with a card that read
do not open until the first disagreement. >> and break in case of emergency, i hope this works. >> reporter: they say they needed it many times but never opened it. >> you kind of wonder, do you need to open it now, do we need it right now? but what if the next spat is worse, and we didn't have the box, then what? so it sat on the top shelf of the kitchen pantry, through all the arguments of dishes undone, through stress and slamming doors, even when they thought it was not worth it any more, brandon and kathy refused to surrender to the last wedding present. they finally opened the gift recently, not because they were fighting but because they were not, and had not for quite sometime. after nine years of solving their differences, brandon and kathy felt they would not need it any more. what they found was remarkable, money for flowers and wine, bath
salts, nothing that could really stop a fight at all. and that is when it hit them. that the real gift was not anything in the box. that the real gift, the priceless gift had been staring at them all along. >> everything we needed we had between us. we just had to figure it out on our own. >> reporter: by not turning to the box, brandon and kathy say they were forced to learn tolerance, compromise and patience. something we could all use more of this week. because there is nothing magical about wedding gifts or ballot boxes. the keys to harmony are in us, all we have to do is dig deep and find them. steve hartman, on the road, in northville, michigan. >> that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues, for others, check back with us later for the morning news and of course, cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new
york city thank you for joining us. captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, november 16th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." while insiders say his transition is stalled and scrambling, president-elect trump takes to twitter to quiet concerns of chaos and infighting. the next president heads out on the town breaking with protocol and leaving the press behind. and a word of warning from president obama overseas. addressing concerns the president-elect has tapped into the nationalist movement. >> address people's real gi