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not what killed him. and the finger >> pelley: tonight, can abortion protesters be barred from clinics? the supreme court ruled on that today, and voted to limit the power of the president. reports from jan crawford and bill plante. team usa proves you can win for losing. elaine quijano at the world cup in brazil. the santa barbara masshildren murderer sit down with ben tracy in their first television interview. >> reporter: what does it mean to you to read those words that somebody wrote about your son? >> here they come! >> pelley: and we sent vanita nair to cape cod. she came back with a whale of a story. >> oh, my gosh! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening.
this is our western edition. the supreme court was unanimous in a pair of rulings today-- one on the rights of protesters, the other on presidential authority. in the first case, the justices struck down a massachusetts law that prevented antiabortion activists from getting anywhere near the entrances of clinics. jan crawford is covering the court. >> you can't control it! >> reporter: massachusetts said the law was necessary to protect women as they entered clinics for abortions. it requires protesters to keep their distance, off public sidewalks within 35 feet of clinic entrances. but the law also kept away people like eleanor mccullen, a massachusetts grandmother who quietly counsels women against abortion and said the law violated her right to free speech. the justices unanimously agreed, striking down the massachusetts law and calling into question similar laws across the country. in a majority opinion by chief
justice john roberts, joined by the four liberal justices... >> it's never too late to change your mind. >> reporter: ...the court referred to america's historical traditions of protest, enshrined in the first amendment, which includes speech some people may not want to hear. "petitioners wish to converse with their fellow citizens about an important subject on the public streets and walks, sites that have hosted discussions about the issues of the day throughout history." abortion rights groups were taken aback by the decision. >> today's supreme court decision makes lives of women accessing health care and doctors much more at risk. >> reporter: more at risk? >> more at risk. the way the decision was written, it was though they have missed the entire harassment, intimidation, and even violence that this movement, this anti- choice movement is known for. >> reporter: but matt bowman, whose group alliance defending freedom, sided with the plaintiff, eleanor mccullen,
said it was a long overdue victory for the antiabortion rights group. >> these are peaceful people trying to share information on the public sidewalk, and that's the kind of speech that the first amendment was designed to protect. >> reporter: now, for protesters who aren't peaceful, the court said there are other ways that massachusetts can protect women's safety at abortion clinics, like federal and local laws that prohibit harassment and violence without, scott, sweeping in innocent people and their speech. >> pelley: jan, thanks very much. in today's other ruling, the supreme court limited the president's power to make political appointments that require the consent of the senate. bill plante is following this. >> reporter: the unanimous ruling means the president cannot make political appointments without senate approval unless congress is out of session for ten days or more. the court said three appointments the president made to the national labor relations board in 2012 were illegal because the senate was on a three-day break and that was too
short to qualify as a recess. mr. obama argued that these so- called pro forma session over a long holiday break were part of an ongoing tactic by republicans to prevent him from filling the vacancies, which he complained about frequently. >> over the past five years, we've seen an unprecedented pattern of obstruction in congress that's prevented too much of the american people's business from getting done. >> reporter: but the court said political obstruction was not enough of a reason to circumvent congress. justice stephen breyer writing for the court said the president should not have the authority routinely to avoid senate confirmation. the real impact of today's decision would only come if republicans win control of the senate in november. but, scott, for right now, there are enough democrats in the senate to confirm any nominee the president might put forward on a party line basis. >> pelley: bill plante, thanks, bill.
you know, we're were curious. it turns out other presidents have made many more recess appointments. bill clinton made 139 during his two terms; george w. bush, 171. so far, president obama has made 32. well, the numbers ran against team usa today, but the team was all smiles anyway after losing one-nil to germany in the world cup-- all smiles because they still advanced to the next round. a lot of us took a recess from work today to watch the u.s. soccer team play. 4,000 people jammed a viewing party in orlando, florida. san francisco had a public screening at the civic center, and these fans in las vegas, well, they must have had money on the game. elaine quijano was lucky. she watched in brazil. >> reporter: the match was played in an often-driving rainstorm; more ominous than the
storm clouds was the relentless attack by the german teams. >> that's great defending that time. >> reporter: american defenders weathered the assault, barely. >> germany wondering how they didn't score. >> reporter: star goal keeper tim howard came up with several big stops. team usa sometimes appeared disorganized on offense. jermaine jones missed a scoring chance when he collided with a ref. ten minutes into the second half, howard made another spectacular stop, but couldn't recover for the rebound which rocketed into the other side of the net, breaking the scoreless tie. >> olympic speed from him. jermaine jones. >> reporter: late in the game, team usa mounted several solid attacks and while they failed to score, they certainly left it all on the field. ghana's loss to portugal allowed the u.s. to slip into round two. u.s. coach jurgen klinsmann. >> it's huge for us getting out of this group, that nobody-- everybody said you have no chance. we took that chance, and we move on, and now-- now really want to prove a point.
>> reporter: wary players struck a post-game victory pose, apparently unfazed by the lack of a win. jermaine jones rejoiced about moving to the second round and tweeted, "we did it." and thanked the millions of fans back home. >> usa! usa! >> reporter: the pundits says team usa would never survive the so-called "group of death." but, scott, they have. next tuesday, they begin knockout play where it's win or die against belgium. >> pelley: elaine quijano on the beach in brazil. one more person took a break from work during the game. it was the president of the united states who watched the game aboard air force one. we wondered what all of this taking time off was costing businesses. one estimate today was it cost america $390 million in lost productivity. australian investigators announced a new search area in the hunt for malaysian airlines
flight 370. they also revealed a new theory of what happened when that jetliner vanished in march. here's transportation correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: investigators have spent weeks going through all of the data for new clues. warren truss is australia's deputy prime minister. >> it is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was on auto- pilot. otherwise, it could not have followed the orderly path that has... that has been identified through the satellite sightings. >> reporter: how it ended up on auto-pilot and what was happening in the cockpit is still under investigation. one theory in their 64-page report is that the pilots may have been unresponsive because of a lack of oxygen. the boeing 777 continued to connect with a satellite through so-called "handshakes." the final communication occurred along what's now known as the seventh arc. investigators say the plane tracked farther south than
originally thought. that's where the search will resume in august off the coast of australia. they believe the zone in orange has the highest probability of success. it's about 23,000 square miles, roughly the size of west virginia. the job of mapping the sea floor is now underway. it will be followed by the underwater search with submersibles that could take a year or more. scott, a family member of a passenger on board that plane says she has zero confidence in another wild goose chase. >> pelley: a big mystery. jeff pegues. thank you, jeff. from the pentagon tonight, david martin is telling us that 180 u.s. special forces troops are now in baghdad. last week, president obama authorized sending up to 300 troops to advise the iraqi government as it battles the militant group known as isis, which has taken town after town in recent weeks. the group is trying to establish an islamic state in iraq and syria.
isis is also fighting in syria, and today, the president asked congress for half a billion dollars to train and arm moderate syrian rebels that are fighting both isis and the assad syrian dictatorship. it has been a month since a young man went on a deadly rampage at the university of california santa barbara. he killed six people and injured 13 others before killing himself. the parents of two of the victims spoke to ben tracy. >> we really hope we are the last family to have to endure this kind of unspeakable pain. >> reporter: and that's why you're speaking out. >> that's the only reason we speak out. >> reporter: these four parents say they would give their own lives to have their sons back, george chen and david wang. charlie wang and jane liu had just one son under china's one- child policy. they brought him to america for a better life.
>> pelley: we saw evidence today that companies aren't cutting so many jobs as before. the labor department said 312,000 americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and that's down 2,000 from the week before. but one company that's still shedding jobs, lots of them, is technology pioneer hewlett-
packard. that's part of the strategy of meg whitman, the c.e.o. hired to save the company. whitman was once the global marketing manager for mr. potato head. but after her days in the toy t hasbro, she went on to grow e-bay into a giant, bought skype, and spent $144 million of her own money running for governor of california, an investment she lost. can whitman assemble a happy face now for h.p.? anthony mason met her in palo alto. >> reporter: right here? when she took over hewlett- packard nearly three years ago, meg whitman literally tore down the executive walls. >> so have a seat. we'll have a meeting. >> reporter: so did you-- did you move everybody out into cubicles? >> i did. >> reporter: why? >> so when i got here, this whole area was wood-paneled offices with very formal-- it looked like a bank in many ways. and i said, okay, i, for ten years at e-bay, sat in cubicles
exactly like this, and the interaction that happens is amazing. >> reporter: the 57-year-old c.e.o. who took e-bay from 30 employees to 15,000 in her ten- year reign there is now trying to turn around a tech legend, a 75-year-old company started in this palo alto garage, now recognized as the birthplace of silicon valley. >> our industry is undergoing one of the biggest shifts i've seen in my career. >> reporter: as computing has shifted to mobile phones and the cloud, h.p.'s growth has stalled. whitman has announced up to 50,000 job cuts, about 14% of the company's workforce, when she took over. there aren't many tech companies that have been able to make these kind of transitions. >> you're right. you have to be willing to cannibalize your existing business and, frankly, i would rather have-- i'd rather do it to myself than have someone do it to me.
>> reporter: in las vegas this month, whitman revealed that hewlett-packard is working on a radical redesign of computing, a project it calls "the machine." >> this changes everything. >> reporter: how? by building computers in an entirely new way, using light to move data instead of copper wires. and combining all forms of computers' memory in the same place. what will the machine be able to do? >> well, it will be able to compute much faster with huge amounts of data. and it will also take up a lot less space and pull a lot less energy. >> reporter: h.p. has committed three-quarters of its lab staff to the machine to have it ready by the end of the decade. that's a big bet. >> it's a big bet. we are taking a lot of the chips, in the las vegas analogy, and putting them on red. >> reporter: how big a bet is this, do you think, in terms of cost? >> well, it will depend over time. but it's in the billions of
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>> pelley: one of the republican's elder statesmen, former tennessee senator howard baker always seems to be in the middle of something important. howard baker served three terms in the senate, ran once for president, and served as ronald reagan's white house chief of staff. known as the "great conciliator," his step-mother once said of him, "he's like the tennessee river, he flows right down the middle." but baker was perhaps best known for a famous question he asked while serving as vice chairman of the senate committee that investigated watergate. >> what did the president know and when did he know it? >> reporter: howard baker died at his home in tennessee today of complications from a stroke. he was 88. today, gopro pulled off a feat worthy of its action-loving cameras. the company's shares soared 31%
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like, 6 to 10, i think. it was amazing. >> reporter: why didn't you get this kind of a show last year? >> last year, there were no sand lance around, so, therefore, there were very few humpback whales around. >> reporter: sand lance are the tiny eel-like fish that the humpbacks feed on. little is known why they thrive some years and are absent others, so wiley and his team of researchers decided to follow the fish in the water, using one camera that they could control and borrowing critter cams from national geographic to tag unlikely cameramen. how do you tag a humpback whale? >> we have a tag on a long pole that has a suction cup on it, and we approach very carefully to use the long pole to pop it on its back. >> reporter: the footage showed sand lance darting around in and burrowing in the sea bed to hide from predators. as researchers watched the deep- water footage from the whale's point of view, they discovered something else-- it's 40-ton whales were hunting together, blowing bubbles to coral sand lands like fishermen using nets. >> they'll start down maybe 20
meters and start swimming a spiral, and they're emitting bubbles out of their blow hole and mouth at the same time to swim upwards. and they come out with their mouths open and grab as many sand lance they can. >> reporter: sea they mastered team work and physics and timing. >> it's amazing, complexity of their behavior. >> reporter: the whales will leave by the end of summer in search of warmer waters. wiley says he doesn't know if the sand lance will return or if the humpbacks will surface next year. vanita nair, cbs news, situate, massachusetts. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. la cru most and good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. >> one of the bay area's most visible research facilities is offline tonight as smoky fire at the stanford linear accelerator was spotted by drivers on 280 last night. the two-mile particle accelerator runs under the interstate. kpix 5 reporter mark sayre has a look at what happened. >> reporter: it's hard to miss if you drive on highway 280. you have probably seen the stanford linear accelerator but now a fire brought out fire crews and has shut down this important scientific instrument. at nearly two miles long, the stanford linear accelerator is one of the largest in the world. high powered particle beams are shot under high 280 for research projects. but one of the high voltage
power units caught fire right under the freeway. >> the amount of black smoke and visibility was down to zero in that area, and it engulfed 280 overpass in that area so there was some concerns with vehicles on 280 as well as the fire department response into the facility. >> reporter: this video taken from alongside highway 280 shows where the fire broke out, laboratory staff and fire investigators now trying to figure out exactly what went wrong and why. >> last night a 600-volt switch failed catastrophically. the insulation started burning. and it generated smoke. >> reporter: fire and lab officials say since there are more switches just like the one that burned, finding out what caused the fire is a key concern. >> the systems that are in place are there to notify us when there's a problem. we have a very early warning smoke detection system, for example, that's actually what triggered the initial alarms. >> reporter: the last serious fire at the lap was 20 years ago. menlo park fire says it works regularly wi
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