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we the jury find the defendant eddie ray routh guilty. a guilty verdict in the american sniper trial. a former marine is convicted of killing ex-navy s.e.a.l. and best-selling author chris kyle and another man at a texas gun range. >> i have no excuse. >> a public apology from v.a. secretary robert mcdonald to the veterans he served after he's caught miss misreptsing his own record. >> special forces. and a new blast caught on camera. a new house is obliterated in new jersey when something ignites a gas leak. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, february 259, 2015.
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good morning. i'm lauren lyster in for anne-marie green. a former marine convicted of killing american sniper author chris kyle and another man faces life in prison. lawyers for eddie ray routh say they will appeal. routh admitted shooting kyle and chad littlefield at a firing range two years ago, but as adriana diaz reports, late last night jurors rejected claims that he was insane. >> reporter: two hours and 25 minutes after nine days of deliberations in this courtroom behind me to decide the fate of eddie ray routh. >> we've waited two years for god to get justice for us on behalf of our son. >> reporter: judy little field fought back tears of joy after a judge sentenced eddie ray routh for life for murdering her son chad along with chris kyle on a shooting range in texas. >> we the jury find eddie ray
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routh guilty. >> reporter: jurors took just over two hours to give the verdict during which his wife recounted the day back in 2013. >> that we loved each other and gave our kids a hug like we always did. >> reporter: the panel of ten women and two men show as video surrounding and captured eddie. the defense argues he was not guilty by reason of insanity. they said he had schizophrenia and was having a delusion when he opened fire on kyle and little field. >> reporter: prosecutors say he did no right from wrong despite any issues. >> this man shot down two men in cold blood in our county. >> reporter: the defense asked
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for the case to be moved from pretrial history largely create by the film "american sniper" based on kyle's best-selling memoir. they now plan to appeal. routh's lawyers are expected to appeal. now, before the trial they had to have the case moved to a different jurisdiction because of the familiarity of the case here in this area. adriana deyasz cbs news stephenville, texas. now to the weather and the winter that will not give up. this morning another winter blast of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is spreading across the south to the atlantic coast. two to four inches of snow is expected in the atlanta area. most schools are closed there today as are state offices. states of emergency have been declared in georgia and alabama, and the governor of north carolina is thinking a more snow is also expected in new england by this morning. it's been so cold in maine that many lobster boats are stuck in the ice. meteorologist eric fish e of our
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boston station wbz has more on the latest winter storm. >> well yet another southern storm under way here as we head through. winter storm warnings stretching from texas right across the north carolina. this is going to put dom some pretty significant snow. it starts this morning. dallas area and southern arkansas. by this evening it's tracking its way across mississippi, alabama, and georgia right around the commute time. birmingham, atlanta, right on the line. we could be talking significant snow in the city. heading overnight the snow overspreading north carolina. we'll see some of the biggest totals. it will be brushing the southern jersey area before it moves out to sea. snow totals we start to see this dark blue. we're talking up to six inches of snow potentially. you notice it comes right through the northern parts of mississippi, alabama, and georgia. here we could be talking over a half foot and certainly some totals in north carolina including around the triangle. it could be over 6 inches total
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before it departs. after it more snow moving in. highs. you'll feel it first across the front range of the rockies into the midwest. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for cbs news. southwest airlines grounded 128 of its planes because it miss add deadline for its safety inspection. it had to cancel about 0 flights yesterday and expected to capsle another 19 today. the groundings involve about one-fifth of southwest's fleet. the faa agrees to a plan allowing the planes back in the air as long as the inspections are complete within five days. federal investigator will be on the scene this morning of a fiery crash of a southern california commuter train. it slammed into a truck and derald in oxnard about 60 miles west of los angeles. the accident injured dozens of commuters. police arrested the drivers of the truck. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: authorities began
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removing the wreckage of a commuter train that struck a train in oxnard. the train derailed. >> i grabbed onto a pole. >> reporter: fred maloney climbed on top of one of the passengers cars to help. >> it was very quiet. one man was standing up pointing to a lady. >> reporter: he showed pictures from inside. >> the lady was lying between the seats. >> reporter: 28 were transported to the hospital, four critically including the engineer. the engineer spotted the vehicle on the tracks and was able to slow down. the truck caught on fire on impact but firefighters quickly put out the flame. the police say the 54-year-old driver from yuma arizona, took a wrong turn and took off down the tracks and abandoned. they found him about a mile and a half from the scene. police arrested hinn on a felony
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hit and run. >> when you're involved in a hit-and-run accident the law requires you to remain at the scene. in this case id did not happen. >> reporter: metro said the train was designed to better protect the passengers. it would have been much worse without it. >> reporter: passengers say they're grateful they're survived. >> i feel blessed, i'm lucky, and it could have been a lot worse. >> reporter: danielle nottingham cbs news, oxnard california. >> the truck driver has been described as jose ramirez. his attorney said he tried to free his truck from the tracks and onto fled to get help. the fairfax country police -- county virginia police department says daniel rosen was arrested at his home yesterday. police say he tried to arrange
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to have sex with a minor over the innert, but rosen was communicating with a detective posing as a minor. he's listed as a director of counterterrorism for the state department. the attorney says trayvon martin's family is distraught that george zimmerman won't face federal charges. the justice didn't says there isn't enough evidence to make a case against the former neighborhood watch volunteer. he said he killed the unarmed black teen in self-defense. the attorney benjamin crump was with the family when they got the news. >> they were heartbroken. they knew it was going to happen but just hearing it, that an unarmed person would not be held criminally liable. >> a florida jury found zimmerman not guilty of murder in 2013. the senate is moving closer to a deal to fund the department of homeland security and avoid a
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partial shutdown. rbs say they're willing to vote on a stripped bill. house republicans meet today to determine their strategy. republicans say they'll keep up the fight for the keystone xl pipeline pipeline. president obama vetoed a bill tuesday that would have approved cover strukz of the project. the $8 billion pipeline would carry oil from canada to gulf coast refineries. coming up on the "morning news," damage control. the head of veterans affairs clears the air of statements about his military record. and explosion caught on dash cam. a home blown to pieces. this is the "cbs morning news." is a game of chance. i wanted to put the odds in my favor. so my doctor told me about botox® an fda-approved treatment that significantly reduces headache days for adults with chronic migraine. 15 or more headache days a month each lasting 4 hours or more. it's proven to actually prevent headache
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debris. wood glass, and insulation rain down on the stanford neighborhood. it injured 15 people two of them critically. four wesleyan university students are facing various drug charges and have been suspended from school. they were arrested tuesday night in connection with the drug overdoses of 11 people at the connecticut school last weekend. the victims took the party drug mdma or molly. two remain hospitalized including one in critical condition. that of this nation's large group says he hobes bob mcdonald can restore the trust he lost. he apologized for saying he served in special forces. susan mcginnis is in washington with the fallout. susan, good morning. >> good morning, lauren. there's been no public demand for mcdonald's resignation but under fire he held a news
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conference and spoke directly to a veterans organization. he said he made a misstatement and clarified his military record. >> i made a mistake. i apologize for that. >> reporter: the mistake happened last month while visiting los angeles last month with a cbs kru. mcdonald told a homeless veteran he had served in the special forces. >> what unit? >> special forces. >> special forces. what year. >> i was in special forces. >> mcdonald said he was trying to connect with that veteran. >> in an an tempt to connect with the veteran and make him feel comfortable, i, too said i was in special forces. that was wrong and i have no excuse. >> mcdonald, a graduate of west point said there was no ill intent. he said he served with the airborne for five years but never special forces. they say they accept mcdonald's apology but the american legions
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national commander said mcdonald insulted many veterans. >> there may be special forces that are angered that he would try or even on a short notice like he did so say that word special forces. >> mcdonald is a former corporate executive. the whout says it takes mcdonald alt his word and expects this will not impact the important work he's doing. >> my job is to work for these veterans every single day 24 hour as day, seven days a week and get them the benefits that they've earned. >> now as one lawmaker chairman of the house chair committee jeff miller put it it's bun a rough couple of weeks. h ee also calling into question mcdonald's response to the widespread scandal at the v.a. that included long-time waits seeking medical care. straight ahead, hillary clinton's tough message for the tech industry. and later, force up like
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valley. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. jill, good morning. >> good morning, lauren. the word from janet yellen no interest rate hike yet. yelin told the senate banking committee the job market is getting better but there's still room for improvement and the inflation rate remains too low. most expect to raise the rates later this year. the dow gained 92 points. the s&p 500 gained 5 points. both record highs. and the nasdaq finished high for the tenth day in a regaining seven points. opening statements were heard in a high-profilecy con valley sexual discrimination case. ellen pao claims she was not promoted because she was a woman and then fired because she complained. attorneys say that pao is a poor performer who didn't get along with colleagues. her attorney says a male employee interfered with her work after she broke off an
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20 students and staff from an arizona college are safe this morning after being rescued from the grand canyon. a helicopter lifted them from the north rim of the canyon three at a time. the operation took 11 hours to complete. the group had just finished a six-day backpacking trip when their vans got stuck in the snow. a woman in new york is inspiring people young and old with some heavy lifting. michelle miller met her down at the "y." >> reporter: at the maybeplewood "y" in new york there's one you'll find. 77-year-old. >> her age is no barrier to anything. >> she's older than we areer at
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5 feet tall she's a 100-pound powerhouse who can dead lift her own weight bench press 125 pounds and run through pushups like there's no tomorrow. her secret? >> i'm old. if i can do it, get with it. it's not that hard. i'm the new senior and i got it going on. >> reporter: she earned first place awards at the division at the world natural power lifting federation's championships. she took home gold in the dead lift power crural and bench press and was named the 2014 lifter of the year. she rarely gives up any edge. maybe to her fan club of 5-year-olds at the "y," but anyone half her age, forget about it. holding back isn't in her
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vocabulary vocabulary, neither is quitting which is why she's such a motivating presence here encouraging workout buddy jim marin to cross off sky-diving on his bucket list by going with him. >> i wish she could bottle it. she is the most inspiring person i know. >> what goes around comes around and it makes us all better people to be on the planet. >> reporter: for willie murphy age isn't a number. it's an attitude. michelle miller cbs news rochester, new york. >> can you help me up now? >> sure. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more on the victory in the american sniper trial p. plus a closer look on the backlash of the racially diverse emojis. and actor josh duhamel from the new sooersz "battle creek"
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joins us in the studio. that's the "cbs morning news." thanks for watching. i'm lauren lyster. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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today it is wednesday february 25th, good morning i'm ukee washington. aim erika von tiehl. here are stories we are following today. look the at the after had math this morning of the natural gas explosion that leveled a stafford township home, right there. maxima reen who in murdered chris kyle and another man is headed to prison. a full wrap up of the late night jury decision in the american snipper trial, coming up. but first lets get a quick check of our forecast and already feeling chillier, temperature 21 degrees, yesterday we were at ten. >> even of the february is coming up, hi, katie. >> hi guys. today will be a break for us here. we have another coal front on the way but at least for to take we can expect to flirt with 4


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