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>> pelley: tonight, did police miss a chance to save a life? what delayed emergency medical attention for the t.s.a. officer shot and l.a.x.? john miller reports. many democrats joined republicans to roll back part of obamacare. major garrett on whether this will change the president's health insurance plan. why was the top of president kennedy's limousine removed in dallas? >> schieffer: what do you think would have happened if the bubble top had been on. >> pelley: bob schieffer reports as the 50th anniversary nears. and chasing the wildlife in hollywood. chip reid with photographer st convincing cool cats they ought to be in pictures. captioning sponsored by cbs captioning this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening.
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two weeks after a gunman opened fire at los angeles international airport questions are being raised this evening about the police response and whether a critically wounded t.s.a. officer might have been saved. the union representing the airport police is suggesting that an l.a.p.d. cop delayed medical aid by erroneously reporting that the officer was already dead. senior correspondent john miller is the former head of counter- terrorism at the l.a.p.d. and he's been looking into this. john, what have you learned? >> reporter: what we learned tonight, scott, is that the l.a.p.d. says it will launch an investigation into the allegations by the airport police union. the union is charging that fire
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at ®i6hpwm., police say 23- year-old paul ciancia opened fire on t.s.a. officer gerardo hernandez at the bottom of an escalator leading to the t.s.a. checkpoint in terminal three. the shooting ended about five minutes later when airport police shot the gunman four times deep inside the terminal. according to the airport police union in the midst of the chaos an l.a.p.d. officer told paramedics that t.s.a. officer hernandez was dead. this, despite a claim by the airport police union, that one of their officers had felt a slight pulse. the airport police union points to this video which they say shows paramedics had made the decision to transport hernandez to the hospital even 33 minutes after he was shot. the question is had hernandez been transported to the hospital sooner would he be alive today? now, that's a question really only the coroner can answer. those results aren't out yet but they will factor into the l.a.p.d. investigation. >> pelley: john, given police procedures, what should have happened? >> reporter: scott, they had trained to this almost exact scenario just three and a half weeks before that at another airport.
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200 l.a.p.d. officers, a couple hundred airport cops, part of the training was that the assumption the gunman was still on the loose in the terminal and that force protection-- armed teams of officers-- would surround paramedics to provide cover for them as they went in to treat the wounded. that didn't happen here. now, in context, part of this will have to do with the tensions between the airport police union and the l.a.p.d. about who's in charge of an event like this at the airport but the investigation will get to the answers. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. our years since a california family it's been nearly four years since a california family disappeared without a trace from their home north of san diego. tonight bill whitaker tells us tonight bill whitaker tells us there has been a major break in that case. >> reporter: michael mcstay choked back tears as he spoke for the family. >> it's not really the -- the outcome we were looking for.
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>> reporter: the remains of his brother joseph, joseph's wife summer and two toddlers believed to be their sons gianni, four, and three-year-old joseph, jr., were found by an off-road biker monday in the southern california desert. san bernardino sheriff john mcmahon says the manner of death was homicide. >> through the use of dental records we're able to identify the adult victims as summer and joseph mcstay. the remains in two separate shallow graves, two sets of remains in each grave. >> reporter: the family led a quiet life on avocado vista plane that north san diego county. joseph was a businessman, summer a doting mother. >> one or two? >> reporter: all appeared normal until february 4, 2010, when they seemed simply to vanish. investigators found no signs of joseph was a businessman, summer a doting mother. >> one or two? >> reporter: all appeared normal until february 4, 2010, when they seemed simply to vanish. investigators found no signs of forced entry or foul play at the house, but they did find this family car by the border and some intriguing evidence from
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four days later. this grainy video of a man and a woman holding the hands of two small children crossing the border into mexico. reporters asked today if the family might have run afoul of mexican drug cartels. >> it's too early to tell whether it's cartel-related or any other suspects. >> reporter: scott, the f.b.i. now is involved. authorities say they won't reveal the manner of homicide, they say that is crucial information for the continuing investigation. >> pelley: bill whitaker in our los angeles newsroom. bill, thank you very much. on wall street, it is now six straight winning weeks for stocks. the dow gained 85 points today to close at 15,961. that's the 38th record high this year. the dow is up 21% this year. the s&p 500 also closed at a record high today, picking up more than seven points to finish at 1798.
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republicans are out to sabotage the affordable care act with a bill that they passed today. if that's so, they had the help of dozens of democrats as well. the bill would not only allow americans to keep health insurance policies that the administration considers substandard, it would let insurance companies continue to sell those policies to new customers. 39 democrats-- many of them facing tough reelection battles next year-- joined 222 republicans in passing the measure. major garrett is at the white house where the president met today with insurance company executives. major? >> reporter: scott, the president needs help from insurance companies and states to make this mid-course obamacare correction work. the president's move has already succeeded in one way-- it minimized democratic defections to that republican bill. but it's unclear, scott, if the president's fix will solve the actual insurance problem. >> well, i want to welcome the
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executives who are here. >> reporter: the president met with top insurance company c.e.o.s to discuss how they would reissue policies already canceled because they did not comply with obamacare. the white house needs the insurers' cooperation. >> what we're going to be doing is brainstorming on how do we make sure that everybody understands what their options are. >> reporter: mr. obama's proposal to extend those canceled policies for one year caught the insurance industry by surprise and left state insurance commissioners bewildered. the white house needs those insurance commissioners' approval to resurrect canceled insurance plans for consumers who want their old coverage back. we reached out to commissioners across the country. the vast majority-- 37 states-- are still researching the president's proposed fix. so far, four states-- washington, vermont, arkansas, and rhode island-- have rejected it. one of the states considering its options is montana. the insurance commissioner there said the president's plan is
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confusing and "throws everything on its head." the president knew this approach was risky, scott, but decided it was much riskier to do nothing at all. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house for us tonight. major, thank you. overseas china's leaders announced two significant reforms today. they're abolishing the labor camps where political prisoners are punished and they're easing the limit of one child for most couples which was put into place to slow china's population growth. the new rule will allow two children for families in which one of the parents was an only child. help began arriving in some parts of the philippines today for the first time since typhoon haiyan. u.s. helicopters are now delivering supplies. the philippine government raised the death toll today to more than 3,600, but it will likely go higher. seth doane is in the city that was hardest hit, tacloban. >> reporter: tacloban has started to limp back to life.
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the sound of hammers filled the air as city workers start to rebuild their shattered towns. but finding food and water can be an all-day job and nothing is easy. this driveway was turned into a medical clinic. residents waited for hours before the doctor turned up. jess advicula had to walk 30 minutes to find water. >> we've been here for three hours. at least we have water to drink and it's safe. >> reporter: but she told us she's frightened of the looters and armed gangs roaming the streets after dark. are things starting to get better here in tacloban? >> i don't think so. >> reporter: really. >> yeah, because at nighttime this is a very different place. it's really scary at nighttime. >> reporter: barely a quarter of tacloban's police are back at work. the philippine government has now sent in reinforcements. inspector jun daguro was posted in this shopping mall.
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how long do you think you will be here? >> maybe couple of months. >> reporter: until security is really restored? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: today the first aid ship arrived in tacloban's port. overhead, american navy helicopters flew hundreds of trips, taking off from the u.s.s. "george washington" dropping water and food in villages still cut off from the storm. but for some, it was too late. the lineups at the airport to get out of tacloban were only getting longer. >> pelley: seth doane is in tacloban this evening. seth, a lot of relief aid is heading your way. what are you seeing so far? >> we are seeing it trick into some neighborhood, scott, but it still depends on which street you're walking down. i asked jessica advicula at the water line whether people were receiving enough and she said if you were lucky enough to find some it was probably only enough to last for a day or two. the need was just so great. >> pelley: very far to go. seth, thank you very much. sandy hook parents hope to start a national conversation about gun safety and mental health care. there's new video of a gunman loose in an american shopping mall.
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>> pelley: in new jersey today, the police released surveillance video from a shopping mall where
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will a man opened fire last week. 20-year-old richard shoop is seen entering the garden state plaza dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet. shoppers peek around a corner and then run back inside to get away. shoop killed himself. no one else was hurt. next month will mark a year since the shootings at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. this week, families of the 26 killed announced a national campaign to prevent school violence. we spoke with nicole hockley. she and her husband ian lost their six-year-old son dylan. and we spoke with bill sherlach whose wife mary was the school's psychologist. they've been working all these months in the family support group called "sandy hook promise." nicole, you were in the rose garden with the president last april when the gun legislation failed in the congress. what did you think at that point and what have you thought about that since?
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>> that was a very disappointing day to know that every poll shows the majority of americans support something as simple as background checks, even firearms retailers support background checks and yet our senate couldn't pass it. but for me that was a signal that it's not about legislation and we can't wait for d.c. to pass laws or tell us what to do. it's about us as people and as parents forming these delusions within our own communities and moving forward. >> there are states that have made changes. so many people are overwhelmingly looking for these safeguards and they feel maybe they can't -- what can i do about it? well, as you form a group and as you come together you can find out, you know what? there are voices out there that say the same thing that i say. >> pelley: i wonder what you think is the most important thing this country should do in terms of mental health care? >> the sooner we can identify and assess a child at an earlier age and provide appropriate treatment and diagnosis, then that's about preventing violence
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in the future. so if we can put more in terms of funding or programs to reach out and teach empathy and connectivity, that is going to make a significant difference. >> pelley: the law enforcement authorities in connecticut have been working all of these months on a big comprehensive investigative report on everything they know about what happened. what do you want to know? that you don't know right now? >> i would love to know why. but i think that's a question that is never going to be answered and i don't expect that to be in the police report. we'll never know what went on in that shooter's mind. >> pelley: sandy hook promise is opening a campaign it calls "parent together." the families hope to start a national conversation about gun safety at home and how to reach troubled students in schools. you can find the link to sandy hook promise and parent together on our web site,
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another community today came to the aid of a child. it looked like all of san francisco turned out to make a little boy's wish come true-- a boy now known as batkid. (cheers and applause) there's a call for help. a woman tied up on a cable car line and batkid saved the day. the hero was five-year-old miles scott who's been battling leukemia. he told the make-a-wish foundation he wanted to be the caped crusader and today he was as the city by the bay became gotham city thanks to more than 7,000 volunteers who made it happen. he busted up a bank robbery and caught the riddler. thousands came out to watch. san francisco and beyond. >> way to go, miles! way to save gotham! >> pelley: he did just that. then he got the keys to the city. did the decision of a secret service agent seal the fate of a president? that story just ahead. wh
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it's a delicious source of potassium. >> pelley: caroline kennedy arrived in japan today to take up her post as the new u.s. ambassador. she told the japanese she brought them greetings from president obama and she said she's proud to carry forward her father's legacy of public service. caroline kennedy was five when her father, president john kennedy, was murdered in dallas 50 years ago next week. among the young reporters on the scene that day were peter
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jennings of canadian t.v. and later abc. that's dan rather of cbs. jim lehrer of the dallas "times- herald" and later pbs and then there was a cub reporter from the fort worth "star telegram." that's our own bob schieffer and bob is in dallas tonight. bob? >> schieffer: well, scott, those of us who covered the assassination and are still around all these years later have had a long time to think about what might have been. it was a misty morning as the president spoke in fort worth. >> there's mrs. kennedy and the president of the united states. >> schieffer: but by the time he got to dallas the sun had come out. >> i can see his sun tan all the way from here. >> schieffer: jim lehrer was at love field assigned to cover the president's arrival for the dallas "times herald." he remembers seeing the bubble top on the presidential limousine. i asked the agent man i knew who
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was the agent in charge of the dallas office of secret service "are you going to leave the bubble top up?" i'll never forget it, bob, he looked up at the sky "well it's clear." so he turns to the other agents who will there by the car, five or six of them, and says "lose the bubble top." >> the presidential car moving out. >> schieffer: lehrer believes it was a fateful decision. what do you think would have happened if the bubble top had been on? >> i think probably that lee harvey oswald probably would not have taken the shots. >> schieffer: well, the bubble top was not bulletproof, it could have made the president a difficult target or it could have deflected the bullet. jim lehrer ran into that same secret service agent later that evening at the dallas police station. he says the agent came up to him and said "jim, if i just hadn't taken off the bubble top." >> pelley: bob schieffer in dallas for us tonight. bob, thank you. and tomorrow night at 9:00, 8:00 central time, bob will host a special "48 hours."
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>> pelley: steve hartman's "on the road" on assignment this week, so we decided to end with something you don't see very often. that have is a cougar in griffith park in los angeles beneath the hollywood sign. an image that will appear in next month's "national geographic." cougars are nocturnal and seldom seen so how did they get that picture? chip reid introduces us to the man behind the lens. >> reporter: national geographic photographer steve winter has spent most of his adult life shooting just about every kind of wild cat on the planet. >> just so incredibly cute. >> reporter: yet he maintains a child like enthusiasm, even at new york's central park zoo watching the baby snow leopards. >> they like playing on these rocks. they're learning how to hunt. >> reporter: snow leopards were winter's ticket to fame. plenty of photographers used remotely triggered cameras. >> okay, put the caps on. >> reporter: but in 2008 winter went further adding elaborate and creative lighting designs, even in the brutal 15,000 foot cold of the himalayas.
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he captured the first intimate portraits of the world's most elusive cat. you're kind of creating your own photography studio out in the middle november where. >> correct. i set up the lighting for a stage and i just wait for the actor to walk on. and there it is. he's going to mark on this rock with the scent gland to tell other males "this is my territory not yours." or females "this is my territory, why don't you come over sometime." >> reporter: the cougar shot-- talk about your wild hollywood night life-- took 14 months to get. along the way snared a menagerie of urban wildlife. >> burning batteries. >> reporter: winter uses every trick in the book and occasionally invents new ones. >> you want to get this intimate view so you're part of their world.
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i need something people haven't seen before. i need something where they go "wow." >> reporter: with just 3,200 tigers left in the wild, winter's become an advocate. his new book will help explain dy they're disappearing. >> but it goes back to the viewer. do you value a tiger walking the face of this earth? and if you do, let's get involved. >> reporter: of all winters hundreds of thousands of images, this one brought him to tears. mother and cub almost asking that very question: what is the value of tigers walking the face of the earth? chip reid, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: wow! that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. good captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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it's a crime wave unlike anything gotham city has ever seen. >> i have been a cop for over 30 years and i can tell you i thought i saw it all. >> a damsel in distress. >> there's a woman tied to the cable track. >> a bank heist. >> they kidnapped lou-seal. >> this was the city at the mercy of super villains. >> we got no book for that. >> and then he arrived. >> batkid! ♪[ music ] >> from russian hill to union square -- to the ballpark! ♪[ music ] >> this is the story of one city's desperate plea for help! and epic heroics the likes of which gotham city may never see
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again. >> good evening, gotham city. i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. this was a day of drama, none of us will soon forget. so tonight, we are bringing you team coverage from across gotham city. linda yee on the crime wave that for a moment brought the city to its knees. linda. >> reporter: liz, it was chaos, a town gripped in fear!! gotham city needed a hero because behind every corner lurked danger! a damsel in distress. >> a woman tied to the tracks. >> we think it's the riddler. >> reporter: what evil has fallen on gotham city! the cops don't know what to do. officers are driving in circles, confused,