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>> pelley: tonight, it's up to the jury now. >> this is not a case about self-defense. it's a case about self-denial seorge zimmerman. >> pelley: final arguments paint two pictures of george pmmerman. mark strassmann is at the courthouse. urchelle miller reports on the town awaiting the verdict. the man who stole america's n wrets speaks out. bob orr on edward snowden's decision today. jim axelrod reports the girl shot in the head by the taliban appeared before the united nations: unbroken, unbowed. >> one child, one teacher, one unbo, and one pen can change the world. he pelley: and steve hartman "on the road" where a wrenching experience puts kids on a path e success.
>> if i put my mind to anything i could just do it. ould j captioning sponsored by cbs ng sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. just about everyone in america has an opinion about the george zimmerman case, but the only opinions that matter right now are those of six anonymous anen: a jury that began bliberating his fate today. zimmerman was a neighborhood watch coordinator in a gated community in sanford, florida, when he shot an unarmed black teenager to death last year: 17- year-old trayvon martin. the case got the intention of the nation, including the president when the police did not arrest zimmerman, accepting instead his claim of self- defense. protesters claimed racial bias bi behind the shooting and the failure to prosecute. they pressured the state to tateg charges. zimmerman is charged with second degree murder, but the jury may jnsider a lesser charge of
manslaughter. mark strassmann has been covering at the courthouse for us in sanford. mark? >> reporter: scott, jurors were ped g over evidence before they stopped deliberating for the day after three and a half hours. they'll be back at hit in the morning. earlier today, they heard clashing theories about who caused the fatal fight. >> where's one shred of evidence wh support the absurdity that they're trying to have you buy? >> reporter: in his closing to ment, defense attorney mark lomara rejected the state's image of his client as a frustrated vigilante. he claimed trayvon martin anbushed zimmerman. >> it was at this juncture that trayvon martin decided to stalk, plan, count. trayvon martin came towards george zimmerman. out of this. and we know what happened. >> reporter: o'mara showed juror this is block of concrete. it was to remind them of zimmerman's claim that martin bashed his head repeatedly on
the sidewalk. >> that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but skittles trying to get home. and the suggestion by the state that that's not a weapon, that that can't hurt somebody, that that can't cause great bodily ,njury is disgusting. >> reporter: o'mara said self- defense is a legitimate defense efr killing martin. maat that moment george zimmerman decided to shoot trayvon martin what other option did he have? none. >> reporter: in his rebuttal, ,he prosecutor reminded jurors a police dispatcher told zimmerman het to pursue the teenager. >> this case is not about standing your ground, it's about staying in your car like he was caught to do, like he was supposed to do. onlye's only two people on this earth who know what really happened and one of them can't
testify and the other one lied. >> reporter: scott, o'mara reminded the jury repeatedly their verdict has nothing to do with sympathy, it these do with reasonable doubt which the defense believes has been established. >> pelley: and the jury comes back tomorrow. mark, thanks very much. r his final words to the jury, ksprosecutor said the case is not about race, it's about right and wrong. but for many of the folks in sanford, it has always been about both. and michelle miller is there. er reporter: many of the protest which is first brought the trayvon martin's case to the nation's attention were organized at allen chapel a.m.e. church in sanford, florida. >> we marched, we parade, we rallied for a trial. we received a trial. >> reporter: valerie houston is pastor of the 400-member congregation. she has been in the courtroom from the beginning. b the verdict comes back not guilty, what then?
>> it's in the hands of the jury because that's the system that t' have. will we be happy about it? no. hll justice have been served? through the system, yes. but through what happened to an innocent 17-year-old young man, no. >> reporter: a difference of opinion on that question, whether zimmerman should be zimmd guilty or not guilty, divides many in this community. cominole county sheriff donald eslinger had a message today. >> we will not tolerate anyone who uses this verdict as an excuse to violate the law. .> reporter: sanford's newly appointed police chief, cecil smith, sent officers door to door to gauge the public's temperature and he planned a foow of force once the trial
ends. >> my direction to city officers s bebeen this: once we get into a position where we know when nhe verdict is going to come down, you will be here working eomewhere on the streets providing service in the community. >> reporter: with the case now en the hands of the jury, the police chief says those calls for calm go out to members on noth sides of this community, on hith sides of this issue and, scott, we should note that otlice have no knowledge of any planned protest once the verdict is reached. >> pelley: michelle, thank you. we saw edward snowden today for the first time in three weeks. snowden is the former national security agency computer technician wanted in the u.s. for leaking details of top- secret surveillance programs. e's been holed up in an airport in moscow. bob orr tells us snowden wants help finding a permanent home. >> reporter: edward snowden riefly emerged today from his hiding place inside this moscow airport, though huddled behind
this closed door with a group of fuman rights advocates. human rights advocates. in these clips posted by a russian news web site, snowden can be seen standing next to his stvisor from the anti-secrecy group wikileaks. secrformer n.s.a. contractor who's revealed some of the u.s. government's most sensitive moslligence programs insisted he's done nothing wrong and he psked for help in securing asylum in russia as a first step towards an escape to latin ferica. in a statement later posted on the wikileaks web site, snowden said "i ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage. i have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political alpression." tatiana lokshina of human rights watch was in the meeting. >> he wants to stay here officially but eventually he would want to move to latin torica. >> reporter: snowden has been offered refuge in venezuela, nicaragua, and bolivia, but he
apparently wants asylum from russia before trying to board a plane. president putin has said before russia can even consider that request snowden must stop leaking classified information: srequirement repeated today by parliament member vyacheslav nikonov. >> he already asked for political asylum in russia and the response was positive on one condition: that he stops hurting the interests of our american partners, as putin put it. anthe ball is on his side of oe field. ld reporter: late today, president obama spoke with keesident putin about the aowden standoff. obviously that conversation was private, but the white house position has been pretty clear, scott. the white house says snowden is not a human rights activist or dissident, he's a fugitive wanted on three felonies who should be returned to the u.s. at once. >> pelley: bob orr in our tushington newsroom. bob, thank you. late today a doctor at san francisco general hospital said a third person has now died in the crash of flight 214. and the police have confirmed
that one of the victims who died iedthe airport was run over by a esponding fire truck. it appears she was covered in firefighting foam at the time. the police don't know yet if the truck killed her or if she was asad already. ahere was a deadly train derailment today outside paris. at least six people were killed, dozens were injured. two cars left the tracks and slammed into a station. it took hours to pull everyone out. the train was packed with people heading off to celebrate adstille day, france's fourth of july. ly. obama administration called today on the leaders of egypt's military coup to release the former president. these are president mohamed morsi's supporters in cairo tonight. last week, the military arrested rsrsi, rounded up many of his muslim brotherhood party members and gunned down more than 50 of them. now tens of thousands are in the
theets and holly williams is in cairo for us. s reporter: supporters of egypt's ousted president mohamed morsi are still on the streets of cairo. but their protest is being d nored by egypt's new unelected government appointed by the military. and many of them also blame america for seeming to condone the army's actions. >> reporter: this protestor says the u.s. talks about safeguarding democracy but did nothing to protect egypt's gumocratically elected icallyent. >> mr. morsi will be back, will be back. yes, we can! i will say it to obama. yes, we can. ay reporter: you might think egyptians who helped bring down mohamed morsi by protesting in o hrir square would feel differently about america. but they have their own complaints with the u.s.
as this poster makes clear, they believe america was too close to mohamed morsi and his conservative islamic party. achmed saeed is a liberal politician who told us america has let egyptians down. >> after the united states witnessed the dictatorial system by which morsi was ruling, they should have had a stronger impact on them. >> reporter: what should they have done? >> they should have intervened more aggressively and firmly in order to let him feel that he's not going to get american support going out this way. su pelley: holly williams is wining us now above tahrir square in tie roe. holly, saeed said america should have been had more influence, the protesters say less. where does this leave the united states and egypt? >> well, scott, the u.s. has a problem with egypt because america has come to rely on egypt and the egyptian army to ypti maintain stability here in ahe middle east.
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>> pelley: there's speeches everyday at the united nations and most are quickly forgotten but today a u.n. youth assembly heard from malala yousafzai, a school girl from pakistan whom the taliban tried to silence. jim axelrod tells us this was a speech no one is likely to forget. >> reporter: the only thing more stunning than malala yousafzai's recovery on display at the united nations was her vision. >> the terrorists thought that eyey would change my aims and stop my ambitions but nothing ambied in my life except this. weakness, fear and hopelessness died. strength, fervor, and courage was born. >> reporter: this was nine cnths after she was shot for poring to speak up for the right of girls to go to school. he i am the same malala. he ambitions are the same. my hopes are the same.
and my dreams are the same. ee realize the importance of light when we see darkness. .e realize the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. >> reporter: 57 million boys and girls worldwide are denied educations. malala said she speaks for them. >> malala day is not my day. today is the day of every woman, myery boy, and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights. tht us speak up. let us speak up, let us pick up our books and our pens. they are our most powerful onapons. ile child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.
(cheers and applause) >> reporter: on this, her 16th birthday, malala is unburdened by doubts about how much change is possible. just the sight of her suggests maybe she's on to something. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: a final showdown coming tonight in the texas abortion battle. that's next. when i'm on my feet all day, my lower back acts up. yeah, the pain can be really tough. and it's my family that suffers. then i learned that my pain started at my feet. this was me. that's when i found dr. scholl's pain relief orthotics. yep, i went pro. they reduce the impact on my lower body. p-r-o. i get pain relief from the ground up. so i feel less pain and more energized. it's that simple! i'm a believer. we're all believers! dr. scholl's pain relief orthotics--
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i'm not restricting any access to abortions. part ly part of the bill where ream actually stopping the abortion is the five-month ban. that's the only part. and i do feel very strongly about that. he oeporter: there are exceptions for the life of the mother and severe fetal abnormalities. but sara davis, the sole republican representative who voted against the bill, wanted to include rape and incest. >> you just could not vote for this? ld no. no, i could not. i just -- i don't think it's constitutional. nsti is about politics. utis is not about policy. this is about having things to talk about in republican primary campaigns. >> reporter: abortion restrictions have passed in 20 gns.es with republican majority havslatures. all face legal challenges and could ultimately force the lepreme court to reconsider "roe v. wade". ltimatn we get to the supreme court they will have information that they did not have 40 years ago based on the science and thchnology of where we are today. >> reporter: scott, abortion
rights groups have vowed to file hefederal lawsuit as soon as governor rick perry signs the bill into law. >> pelley: and the vote could come as early as tonight. asnuel, thank you. each year in pamplona, spain, it is man versus beast in the running of the bulls. well, today the beast had a good coy. one of them cornered that man in the blue and yellow shirt. friends tried to help but the bull picked the man up with his urn and tossed him down. as was one of six people who wound up in the hospital but remarkably none of them was seriously hurt. some school kids in this country mee learning there is no free ride. steve hartmann will watch them earn one "on the road." hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn? yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews.
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coverage next on kpix 5 weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special >> pelley: we end tonight on the jersey shore. for some kids there, school vacation is no day at the beach. they're putting their metal to the pedal and steve hartman met them on the road. >> reporter: while most kids laze away the summer, 11-year- old america rice has a job to
do. not far from her home in asbury park, new jersey, america works as a bicycle mechanic, of all things. >> that's because if you want something you have to earn it. everything is not going to come to you just when you want it. ngs have to do certain things and if you're not able to do it then you won't get it. >> reporter: that lesson-- which never sinks into some kids-- is ady gry greased under the nails of little america. ree and dozens of other kids like her are spending part of their summer working for no money here at second life bikes. it's a nonprofit run by a 41- year-old former wall streeter named kerri martin. martthought it was going to have to beme recruiting kids and it became kids with whole other ads. i hear them outside saying "do you work here?" "yeah, i got a job here." >> reporter: here's the deal, any kid who clocks in 15 hours helping around the shop earns a free used bike of their choosing. four years into it, about 400 kids have earned bikes this way- - including america rice. >> it made me feel more mature
because i worked for a very long time and i got something out of it so it made me feel like, you use , i could do it. >> reporter: of course, that raises the question: why is she still doing it? once they got their bikes you'd think the kids would be pedaling away in high gear. >> we see them all the time, actually. >> reporter: that's the most amazing thing about this place. amaz kids like america, sylvester and ra chai who keep coming back. >> i never knew how to do this. o> reporter: to hone their skills. >> so you're learning something new? >> everyday. >> reporter: feel a part of something. >> this is like a second family for me. >> reporter: and help other kids fam their bikes. >> so now i'm giving back to the community. >> reporter: giving back to the community at age 11. gerri and her kids are charity at its best. they don't see goodwill as just giving away the goods. heck, around here you can't even get a smoothie without breaking a sweat. here, helping people means showing people.
like sylvester told me, all he wants is for other kids to feel the same joy he felt when he earned his bike. >> i felt accomplished. like i -- if i put my mind to anything i could just do it. it was like one of those moments where you feel free. >> reporter: sounds like they're fixing a lot more than bikes. steve hartman, "on the road" in asbury park, new jersey. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald is. covered in blood a gunman goes on a shooting spree targeting bay area police just moments before a gruesome discovery inside the jewelry mart. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm juliette goodrich in for elizabeth cook. we are following that breaking news out of san francisco tonight. police surrounded the south of market area after a deadly shooting this afternoon. it happened at 8th street and brannan just before 2:00. streets in the area are still blocked off. kpix 5 reporter linda yee has been at the scene all afternoon and has the latest. >> reporter: the 800 block of brannan street is closed. that's between 7th and 8th streets but police say they have lifted the lockdown of all of the people who live and work in this area. they are now being able to go
about their own business but they shut it down earlier when police got calls around 2:00, they got calls for help at the san francisco jewelry mart. when officers arrived they came upon a suspect, who then opened fire on then triggering a lockdown of the streets while the officers believed that a second suspect may be on the loose. chief greg suhr gave us the latest information about a half hour ago. >> reporter: a loan suspect went into 147, shot -- a lone suspect went into store 147 and shot one man and there are two female victims, as well. we believe there were gunshots and/or an edge weapon. we'll t