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This Morning from CBS News, May 21, 2015

Last Letterman

David Letterman said farewell to viewers Wednesday after a 33 year career, in a star-studded "Late Show" finale packed with laughs and memories. CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers reports Letterman kept his emotions pretty much in check. Entering to a long standing ovation in New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, the 68-year-old host thanked the audience, saying, "See -- now what happens is we don't have time for the giving gifts to the audience segment."

DC mansion murder

Police have named a suspect in a harrowing quadruple murder in Washington, D.C., blocks away from the vice president's home. CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports police say Daron Dylon Wint was involved in the torture of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper.

Oil spill

California's governor declared a state of emergency in response to a pipeline rupture. The large oil slick from the spill covers nine square miles of Southern California coast. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports 20,000 gallons of oil may have reached the ocean.

Palmyra falls to ISIS

ISIS fighters have now entered the archaeological ruins of Palmyra after taking control of the city last night. CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward says, so far, there have been no reports of any destruction of the ruins, but this is the second big victory for ISIS in less than a week.

Authors on bin Laden's list

CBS News takes a closer look at some of the more notable books on Osama bin Laden's reading list, and asked some authors what they thought about being included.

New Chinese islands

The United States military says this morning that China is building islands for military bases in a disputed area. The Air Force's most advanced surveillance plane spotted the construction yesterday in the Spratly Islands. The flight led to a confrontation. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane is in Beijing, where China's government is defending its actions.


The finances of a church led by a popular televangelist, Creflo Dollar, are under close scrutiny, after he asked his followers to buy him a $65 million private jet. Some congregants are making sacrifices, but others are crying foul. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports from outside the World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia.

Biker's view

In the aftermath of the Waco shootout Sunday, motorcycle groups including the Bandidos and the Cossacks, whose members are accused of starting the fighting in the first place, told CBS News they're urging their members to lay low. But Michael Duane, an independent biker, says the meeting on Sunday was not one of five rival gangs, but a gathering organized by the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, which takes place about once every four months.


Health insurance is supposed to keep Americans from ending up socked with huge bills, but that's not always the case today. A rising number of Americans are "underinsured": They technically have health insurance coverage, but the plans come with such high deductibles and co-pays that many are shelling out more than 10 percent of their income to cover medical expenses.

Diet backfire

Skipping meals may seem like a shortcut to losing weight, but a new study suggests it could backfire and actually increase belly fat.

Mario Testino

Mario Testino is known for capturing some of the world's sexiest photos. His images of models and celebrities appear in Vanity Fair and Vogue. He has also worked for Gucci and Versace. CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason reports on how Testino is pointing his lens in different directions.

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