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Controversial type of guardrail at the center of new lawsuits

The families of three people killed in crashes last year involving a controversial type of guardrail filed lawsuits Wednesday in Tennessee. The state's department of transportation sent a letter to federal regulators expressing concerns about the X-Lite guardrails, and is spending millions to remove 1,800 of them from state roads. Kris Van Cleave has more.
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Tocchet won't return as coach of Coyotes after 4 seasons
The Arizona Coyotes and coach Rick Tocchet have mutually agreed to part ways after four seasons.
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Lena Waithe on how "The Chi" shows a human side of Chicago
Lena Waithe made history in September when she became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for the hit Netflix series, "Master of None." Now, she's the creator and executive producer of a new drama series called "The Chi," a coming-of-age story based in Chicago that follows a group of people linked by circumstance. Waithe joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how her own background inspired the show, why she switched gears from comedy to drama, and what Oprah Winfrey's speech at Sunday's Golden Globes meant to her.
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CES 2018: Top gadgets and trends to watch
Technology to improve your health is among the highlights at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The world's largest consumer tech show opens Tuesday in Las Vegas with more than 170,000 people expected to attend and nearly 4,000 companies showcasing their products. CNET's Brian Cooley joins "CBS This Morning" from Las Vegas to discuss what tech is making waves this year, how "brain to vehicle" technology works, and why you might want a digital assistant in your bathroom.
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Mets' deGrom exits early in return from right lat issue
Mets ace Jacob deGrom pulled himself from a start Sunday after throwing two warm-up pitches before the sixth inning.
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Do white Google engineers have a case in discrimination lawsuit?
In a new lawsuit, two former Google engineers claim the company is a hostile workplace for employees with conservative views. The suit filed Monday in California also alleges the company discriminates against men and white employees. One of the engineers, James Damore, was fired in August after posting controversial opinions to an internal Google message board. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the details of the complaint and why bias against a conservative point of view is the crux of the case.
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Jacob deGrom leaves Mets start early as concern resurfaces
Mets ace Jacob deGrom left Sunday's start after five innings, walking off with the team trainer following a discussion.
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U.S. faces IV bag shortage amid flu season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is widespread in 46 states. Some hospitals are setting up emergency tents to handle the high volume of patients. Meanwhile, some hospitals are dealing with a shortage of IV bags after Hurricane Maria cut power to manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. Michelle Miller reports.
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A New Jersey university is caring for more than 800 baby turtles rescued from storm drains
More than 825 baby diamondback terrapin turtles rescued from New Jersey storm drains have made their home at Stockton University in recent weeks.
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Is the "raw" water trend a "healing tonic" or health hazard?
Some doctors are concerned about the potential health risk of a new trend: natural, untreated spring water, or "raw" water. Tony Dokoupil reports from the source for one brand of raw water called Tourmaline Spring.
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Gayle King thinks Oprah is "intrigued" by idea of 2020 run
After Oprah Winfrey's inspiring speech at Sunday's Golden Globes, speculation grew on whether the media mogul would run for presidency. "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, a close friend of Winfrey's, shares her thoughts.
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Watch Trump sing along with national anthem
Watch as President Trump sings along with the national anthem. Some Twitter users wondered whether he knew all the words. He stood on the field during the opening of the NCAA college championship football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.
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Times Square shooter was aiming for his brother, sources reveal
The suspected Times Square gunman was aiming for his brother when he shot three innocent bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, law enforcement sources told The Post on Sunday. The NYPD is still hunting for the suspect, identified by sources as 31-year-old illegal CD peddler Farrakhan Muhammad. “We have our heavy hunters looking for him,’’ a...
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Chinese rocket debris falls over Indian Ocean
A huge piece of space junk made an uncontrolled re-entry back into Earth's atmosphere Saturday night. The remnants of a Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere and crashed into the Indian Ocean north of the Maldives. CBS News' Danya Bacchus reports.
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Daunte Wright death: Brooklyn Center proposes unarmed traffic stops in new police reform plan
The Minnesota city of Brooklyn Center is considering a resolution to reform policing nearly a month after the fatal officer-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright that would send unarmed civilians to respond to minor traffic violations and mental health calls.
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Trump enjoys brief break from intensely critical book on White House
From an adoring crowd of Tennessee farmers to the Alabama-Georgia college football championship game, President Trump enjoyed a brief respite from the continuing firestorm over Michael Wolff's tell-all book, "Fire and Fury." Margaret Brennan reports.
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Video shows ‘hero’ NYPD cop running with wounded child after Times Square shooting
As mayhem continues to erupt around the pair after the 4:55 p.m. bloodshed that rocked the Crossroads of the World, the determined cop tears down Broadway on foot carrying the wounded 4-year-old child to an ambulance, the footage shows.
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Braves vs. Phillies prediction: Atlanta the pick in this spot
Phillies starter Aaron Nola has been one of the best pitchers in the National League since bursting onto the scene with an All-Star season in 2018, but his splits are unfavorable for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Nola has a career 35-17 record with a 2.90 ERA 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings and he has a...
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North and South Korea reach Olympic deal
The first direct talks between North and South Korea in more than two years appear to be paying off. Diplomats from both sides announced that North Korea will send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. The military hotline that connects the countries will reopen for normal communications Wednesday. Ben Tracy reports from Seoul.
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Woman dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters
A Texas woman died in October from a flesh-eating bacteria after she consumed raw oysters.
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Trump takes the field at NCAA football championship
In a first for his presidency, President Trump attended the NCAA championship football game Monday evening, as the Georgia Bulldogs face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta, Georgia.
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1/8/18: Red and Blue
Oprah's speech spurs talk of 2020 run; College Republicans in disarray over President Trump
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Processor chip flaw affects billions of machines
Two major flaws were found in processor chips made by several manufacturers last week. The problems affect chips in billions of devices around the globe, presenting significant security risks for many users and businesses. At the same time, foreign intelligence agencies are believed to be using antivirus software to spy on the U.S. Nicole Perlroth, cybersecurity reporter for The New York Times, joins CBSN to discuss what these mean for you.
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Trump defends his mental fitness
The White House is downplaying allegations presented in Michael Wolff's new book "Fire and Fury" after President Trump returned from Camp David following a weekend with GOP leaders. Meanwhile, it appears Mr. Trump's lawyers have been discussing the prospect of an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett joins CBSN to discuss the latest from Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Meet the Tribune reporters issuing last-hour pleas for local ownership
New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Bowie describe their efforts to line up local owners for Tribune's newspapers and avoid a hedge fund takeover. They say cities are strengthened by responsible local ownership of newspapers.
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Is the natural gas industry riding a political and economic wave?
Axios energy reporter Amy Harder joins CBSN to discuss the future of the natural gas industry and her interview with industry pioneer Charif Souki.
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2nd cruise ship sails through "bomb cyclone"
"It was hell for me," one passenger said of the Norwegian Breakaway cruise last week as it sailed through the winter storm that battered the Northeast. In fact, that ship reportedly passed the Norwegian Gem headed in the opposite direction. CBS New York's Ali Bauman reports.
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1/8/18: CBSN Evening News
White House responds to possible Oprah 2020 run; What role will Meghan Markle play in the Royal family?
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Trump makes rare sports appearance at NCAA football game
In a first for his presidency, President Trump is attending the NCAA championship football game Monday evening, as the Georgia Bulldogs face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Texas sheriff blasts Biden administration for making National Guard pick up garbage at border
A Texas sheriff slammed President Biden’s border policies and argued it’s a “complete embarrassment” that his administration is forcing the Texas National Guard to clean up the piles of trash left behind by migrants.
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NASA blasts China over rocket’s risky fall to Earth
Bill Nelson, the administrator of the US space agency, said in a statement that the Chinese spacecraft created unnecessary risks after portions of the rocket crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.
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Newest wearable tech on display at Consumer Electronics Show
Companies are displaying their new wearable fitness trackers and medical devices at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CNET senior editor Vanessa Hand Orellana joins CBSN to discuss the technology.
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McCarthy Backs Ousting Liz Cheney from Leadership, Supports Stefanik
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on this week's broadcast of Fox News Channel’s "Sunday Morning Futures" that he supported Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) taking over Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) leadership role.
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JFK Airport recovers from freezing weather, flooding
Hundreds of flights at JFK Airport in New York were delayed or canceled over the weekend as severe winter weather hit the region. Crowds of passengers searched for luggage after a terminal flooded Sunday due to a water main break. CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave joins CBSN from JFK with the latest.
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Protests spread across Iran
More than 20 people have been killed, and dozens arrested, as unrest explodes across Iran. President Trump has indicated his support for protesters on Twitter while Ayatollah Khamenei blames the discord on "Iran's enemies." Senior Iran analyst for the Foundation of the Defense of Democracies, Behnam Ben Taleblu, joins CBSN to discuss the ongoing turmoil there.
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Trump administration says 200K Salvadorans must go
The Trump administration's decision to end special protections for nearly 200,0000 Salvadoran immigrants filled many Salvadoran families with anxiety and dread Monday, raising the possibility that they will be forced to abandon their roots in the U.S. and return to a violent homeland they have not known for years, even decades.
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MTA’s Sarah Feinberg says subway safety will improve as riders return
Subway ridership plummeted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to hover around 2 million daily riders -- much less than the 5.5 million daily trips in 2019.
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Pastor Greg Locke Attacks Joe Biden, Calls Pope 'Biggest Pedophile on the Planet'
People tell me "Joe Biden is a practising catholic," Locke said. "So is the Pope but he's the biggest pedophile on the planet."
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Woman dead after contracting flesh-eating bacteria from oysters
Texas woman Jeanette LeBlanc died after going crabbing and eating raw oysters while visiting family and friends along the coast of Louisiana, Megan Kelly of CBS affiliate KLFY-TV reports. Warning: Some of the images in the story may be disturbing.
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Flu season could get worse, experts warn
This winter's flu season might get worse because of an imperfect vaccine and steady cold weather, flu experts and public health officials said this week.
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Queen Elizabeth II reflects on coronation
For the first time, Queen Elizabeth II is sharing what it was like to experience her coronation back in 1953. CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata has the details on the documentary that has the queen opening up.
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Tough flu season could get worse
Flu season is off to a nasty start across the country, resulting in a spike in hospital visits. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook explains why it's been hard to get under control.
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"Time's Up" movement takes center stage at Golden Globes
Prominent actresses used the Golden Globes to highlight the "Time's Up" movement, created in response to a wave of sexual assault and misconduct allegations against prominent men. CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal reports.
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Long suspected of murder, she confessed but avoided prison
There was no shortage of tips about who killed Pamela Pitts, a rowdy but compassionate 19-year-old whose body was found burned beyond recognition in a pile of trash in 1988
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Romney cancer treatment; Trump Tower fire; Calif. floods
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer over the summer, and a fire at Trump Tower in New York City resulted in three injuries.
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Melinda Gates Called Divorce Lawyers in 2019 After Epstein Report: WSJ
Shannon Stapleton/ReutersThe announcement that Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced came as a surprise last week, but she has reportedly been talking to lawyers for at least two years—since around the time her husband’s dealings with Jeffrey Epstein made headlines.The report by The Wall Street Journal builds on an exclusive story by The Daily Beast last week that revealed Melinda Gates had deep misgivings about Epstein and warned the Microsoft founder about the pedophile after a meeting in 2013.Bill Gates and Epstein, a fabulously wealthy money manager, had a relationship that stretched back to 2011—after Epstein was investigated for sex trafficking and scored a sweetheart deal with prosecutors that let him avoid a federal trial but forced him to register as a sex offender.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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3 romance novels by Stacey Abrams to be re-released
Stacey Abrams is known as a fierce voting rights advocate, a former gubernatorial candidate and a rising star in the Democratic Party. But the Georgia Democrat is also known by another name: Selena Montgomery.
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What Elon Musk’s SNL Jokes Obscured
However your 2021 is going, what’s undeniable is that after Donald Trump left office earlier this year, a strange cultural quietude settled upon America. No one would dare call it peace. But the audiences for TV news and online media immediately shrunk. Rather than fretting quite as much about an imminent civil war, commentators have been arguing about sexy hip-hop videos. Saturday Night Live, the rare 21st-century entertainment that most Americans seem to maintain some awareness of, has been adrift. Millions of viewers have been sitting out the 2021 season. The show’s most notable segment this year was about sassy icebergs.Recently, though, America appears to be auditioning a new candidate for prime agitator of profitable controversy: Elon Musk. When SNL announced that the 49-year-old Tesla CEO would host last night’s show, it kicked off a national argument with all-too-familiar overtones. Musk is a billionaire commanding a personality cult with trollish tweets. He’s a self-styled savior of mankind who also downplayed the threat of COVID-19. He’s a white man who thinks he’s funny but who really, really isn’t. Some pundits chided SNL for elevating a figure who has used public platforms to bully and spread misinformation. Others cheered open discourse and capitalism. Musk’s fans dreamed of him plugging their favorite cryptocurrency, Dogecoin. SNL appeared all but sure to bust its ratings slump.[Read: SNL is breaking with its old patterns]The episode that ultimately aired didn't feel worth the fuss. It wasn’t offensive, redemptive, memorable, or even entertaining. Yet, as Trump’s history with SNL shows, the cloak of mildness and mediocrity can be useful for someone whose true influence has little to do with comedy or charm.The pundits who said SNL would “humanize” Musk were onto something, though it’s tough to criticize the humanization of any living, breathing person. The show opened with a feel-good Mother’s Day montage of cast members bantering with their moms while Miley Cyrus sang Dolly Parton’s “Light Of A Clear Blue Morning.” Musk’s mom later joined him for his monologue. But first, he showed up onstage alone, dressed in a dictator-chic suit, and offered this factlet: “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL.”The historicity of that milestone for SNL was debatable (Dan Aykroyd said, years after hosting the show, he had Aspergers too). For Musk, though, the remark represented a first-time public disclosure of a personal condition. He then touted his grand vision—“a renewable-energy future” in which humanity becomes “a multi-planetary spacefaring civilization”—while acknowledging his antics have often distracted from that vision. “To anyone I have offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I'm sending people to Mars on a rocket ship,” he said. “Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?” An apology for dissing vaccines or attacking whistleblowers, this was not. It was, however, decent brand management.In an oddly insistent way, much of the episode reiterated Musk as myth rather than man by having him play versions of his own persona. When he appeared as a “Gen Z Hospital” doctor trading slang with a group of kids, it brought to mind Musk’s penchant for recycling memes on Twitter. Later in the episode, Musk played himself, the SpaceX head honcho, confidently communicating with a Mars colony in crisis (Pete Davidson’s recurring doofus, Chad, became a hero and went splat—R.I.P. Chad!). One bit had Musk playing an unfairly stereotyped villain, Nintendo’s Wario, while Musk’s girlfriend, the singer Grimes, made a cameo as Princess Peach. The last sketch of the night featured him pitching Wild West versions of his Boring Company; buried in the bit was, finally, a tepid mea culpa for mocking COVID-19 safety measures.None of this meta-Musk riffing worked well as comedy, but also none of it was worse than the expected SNL nonsense. Like so many previous hosts of the show, Musk came off as just another celeb undergoing a PR ritual with enthusiasm but not inspiration. In the most trenchant sketch of the night, a pre-filmed vignette about the awkwardness of post-quarantine small talk, he blended in well as a normie at a cocktail party. He also did fine when introducing the evening’s musical guest, Cyrus, who continued her impressive reinvention as the gritty-voiced ambassador between the internet generation and baby-boomer rock.[Read: Elon Musk’s SNL hosting gig is a trap]Only during Weekend Update did the particular significance of Musk’s power assert itself. To kick off the segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che made mildly pointed barbs about recent rocket-related headlines. A Chinese spacecraft had broken apart and crashed back to the Earth only moments before the broadcast—a perfect example of how science like the kind Musk funds can have consequences for even the human beings who aren’t paying attention.Then Musk appeared, playing a bowtie-wearing cryptocurrency expert named Lloyd Ostertag. Here was the moment the internet had been panting about. Cryptocurrency has recently graduated from a subcultural phenomenon to an asset class with greater value than all of the U.S. dollars in the world. In the previous month, the market capitalization of Dogecoin—a joke online currency that Musk once called “pretty cool”—had surged to more than $73 billion. Social-media platforms were boiling with excitement that Musk’s SNL appearance would boost its value even more.Musk ended Weekend Update by howling “to the moon!”—the rallying cry of Doge—yet really he’d sunken the currency into a lagoon: Over the course of the episode, its value ended up plummeting 28 percent. Poor Doge. Really, Musk had done exactly what the currency’s devotees wanted by talking at length about crypto. As Che and Jost expressed mystification about online money, Musk acknowledged that “it’s a hustle,” but also said, “It’s the future of currency. It’s an unstoppable financial vehicle that’s going to take over the world.” Well, which is it—is Dogecoin a hustle, or is it the future? Both things can be true. Online currency has no value outside of its own hype, which is a function of marketing, groupthink, and, yes, memes.It’s worth remembering that Musk wields influence outside of hype. He commands billions in capital and has credible designs for transforming human civilization altogether. Yet when watching him perform sketches with little intrinsic comedic value but lots of self-referentiality, his true significance becomes obscured. He comes to feel like just a celebrity: Someone who matters only because people feel that he matters. Critics aren’t wrong to say there’s danger to this sort of portrayal. The reaction to the episode will cleave into the familiar clans of a culture war—fans and haters—when really the audience should be united in wariness. Musk could drop a rocket on any of our heads, whether we’re laughing at him or not.
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GOP Rep. Banks: Liz Cheney is a ‘distraction’ and must be ousted
Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has stoked controversy inside the Republican Party by continuing to speak out against Trump's claims that the presidential election was stolen.
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