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>> axelrod: militants threaten another bloodbath as survivors share horror stories of the terror attack in kenya, that left nearly 150 dead. california's drought is so severe, some farmers say they can make more money selling water than using it. a sailor's remarkable story of being stranded at sea. is it too remarkable? an outbreak will dog flu in the midwest. five pets are dead, shelters are closing amid fears it's spreading. and an iphone lost in new york turns up on the other side of the world in the hands of the mysterious orange >> who is this man and why are his pictures showing up on my phone? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening.
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i'm jim axelrod. this is the western edition of the broadcast. we begin tonight in kenya where terrorists are promising an attack on a university that killed at least 148 people this week is just the beginning. the terror group al-shabaab now says, "kenyan cities will run red with blood." today, kenya's president, uhuru kenyatta, declared three days of national mourning promising he will respond to the threat in the fiercest way possible. >> our forefathers bled and died for this nation, and we will do everything to defend our way of life. >> axelrod: we are now hearing extraordinary tales of survival from some who managed to make it through the attack. debora patta is in nairobi with those, and with the gut- wrenching wait for parents who still don't know if their child is dead or alive. >> reporter: this is what the aftermath of a massacre looksth like, the agonizing wait to identify bodies at chiromo
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mortuary, relatives hope for a miracle. it seldom comes. s parents who do not find their children in the morgue come here to nyayo stadium in kenya's capital, nairobi. mary waits for her cousin who is studying at the university. the family last heard from him when he sent this frantic text early on thursday morning ashu masked gunmen forced their way on to his campus. "we have been attacked by al- shabaab," it reads. "please pray for us." they have been unable to reach him since then. >> we are worried. >> reporter: just this morning another survivor was found at garissa and rushed to the local hospital. cynthia cheroitich hid in a cubbard listening to the sound of her friends being gunned down. she stayed there for two days drinking body lotion to stay alive.
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when police eventually discovered her, she refused to come out. >> i said, "how do i know that you are the police?" >> reporter: this evening, the e first busload of survivors arrived in nairobi from garissa, and for the families finally united with their children instead of sadness there were now tears of joy. the families also have many questions for the kenyan government. they want to know why their children were warned of a possible attack but not giveniv any additional security.s i spoke to kenya's foreign affairs minister amina mohamed who denied ignoring the warnings and said western governments had been sending them advisories of potential terrorist attacks for years but that they were seldom accurate. >> axelrod: debora patta reporting for us tonight from nairobi. debra, thank you. president obama spoke yesterday
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with kenya's president and assured him he is still planning to visit kenya in july when the two leaders will discuss counter-terrorism. the president also said today he expects a robust debate in congress over the preliminary deal struck with iran this week to prevent iran from developing nuclear weapons but there are those on capitol hill pushing for a say on any final agreement with iran. let's bring in cbs new congressional correspondent nancy cordes. nancy, this is an agreement we're talking about, not a treaty. so does congress have the power to kill any deal it doesn't like? >> reporter: it could certainly try, jim. there is a bill gaining momentum right now that would give congress the power to review this agreement when it's finalized and possibly even change or reject the agreement. this is a bill that actually has bipartisan support because lawmakers, whether they like this deal or don't like the deal, want to be a part of the process. and this, as you can imagine has the potential to create a huge diplomatic challenge for the white house and it means the
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administration is really going to have to step up its outreach to congress, explaining the agreement, trying to get people on board. in fact, the president began reaching out to leaders this week, but he's clearly going to have to do a lot more. >> axelrod: what are the chances congress would impose more sanctions? >> reporter: well, as long as the u.s. is making diplomatic progress and iran is still at the bargaining table i don't think you're going to see a vote to impose more sanctions. you'll see a lot of chest thumping about it and presidential candidates talking about it but there's a big difference, say, from writing a letter to iran, which the president didn't really like and really passing legislation imposing new sanctions when u.s. negotiators are working with our closest allies on a major international agreement. so as of right now, i just don't think it will happen. >> axelrod: nancy cordes in our washington newsroom. nancy, thank you. now to california's historic drought. this week, governor jerry brown ordered the first mandatory water restrictions in theor state's history. the new rules do not apply to farmers, but that doesn't mean they aren't struggling as well.
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here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: california farms like this one produce more than half the fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in the u.s. in the past, farmers never had to account for the amount of water they were pumping from the ground. henry gonzalez is agricultural commissioner for ventura county. >> growers generally do not want to share that information. they consider it trade secrets. >> reporter: how much water they use? >> exactly. >> reporter: that's about to change. farmers now have to measure and report their water usage to local districts. >> all of those agricultural operations are going to have to purchase expensive water meters, and then they're going to have to pay to have those installed. and then there's penalties on top of that if they exceed the amount of their allocation. >> reporter: last year, the drought forced farmers to let 400,000 acres go unplanted. thousands of workers were laid off. the new restrictions are part off. a new reality. jay lund is a water expert at u.c. davis.
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>> if you're a farmer who only has a limited amount of water, you're not going to invest that water in a low-profit crop. >> reporter: strawberries are a thirsty crop but they make california farmers $2.2 billion a year. >> we could grow lima beans here with less water but not too many people want to have a lima bean smoothie. >> reporter: strawberries are one of the biggest exports in ventura county, but in other parts of california, farmers have discovered another kind of cash crop. charlie matthews has grown rice on his farm since 1965. this year he sold a fifth of hise water rights to the city of los angeles, more than 300 miles away. he's making nearly twice as much money by not planting rice. >> there's much more than we ever expected to get, but at the same time, that just shows the desperation of the people that need it. >> reporter: desperation that is changing the landscape. >> axelrod: rumors of the death
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of former cuban president fidel castro were apparently greatly exaggerated. this week he made his first public appearance in more than a year. cuban state media released these pictures today of the 88-year- old castro greeting a group of visitors from venezuela, something that reportedly happened five days ago. we have new information tonight about the sailor who was rescued 200 miles off cape hatteras, north carolina, on thursday. some people thought his story of survival sounded a little fishy, saying he didn't look like a castaway who spent more than two months lost at sea. carter evans now has more on how the sailor says he made it. >> reporter: finally back on dry land, 37-year-old louis jordan casually walked past a waiting hospital gurney that he clearly did not need. >> for him to be in his current state was pretty amazing. amazing. >> reporter: coast guard aviation survival technician kyle mccollum, helped rescue jordan.
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>> you would expect severe sunburn, blisters, or maybe a bunch of medical issues that could possibly be wrong with him. >> reporter: put jordan had none of those injuries, raising some doubts about his story. he said he had only planned on a short trip when he set sail, but his boat capsized in stormy weather. >> the waves were huge. wind was strong. i'm an inexperienced sailor. i haven't had a lot of time on the water. >> reporter: jordan survived with a little luck and resourcefulness. today his father's day told cbs news the boat righted itself so jordan was able to take shelter in the cabin, which explains why he wasn't sunburned. there was also an ample supply of canned food on board and when that ran out, jordan figured out how to fish without a pole. >> i lured them on a shirt with a rope and took my hand net. >> and put the hand net right next to them and just scooped them up. >> reporter: he also used
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buckets and an inflatable raft to catch rainwater, which almost didn't come in time. finally, right before i ran out of water, finally, the conditions were perfect where i was able to collect water. >> reporter: jordan said he was almost out of water again when a cargo ship spotted him off the coast of north carolina on thursday and, jim, while the coast guard says jordan's story is nothing short of amazing, it has no reason not to believe him. >> axelrod: carter, thank you. tonight, the university of kentucky wildcats are tipping off against wisconsin in one of two semifinal games in the n.c.a.a. basketball tournament. the cats are now two wins away from doing something no team has done in nearly four decades-- go undefeated on a way to a national championship. anna werner is at the final four. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: amid all the hoopla, the expectations of theec fans, and the corporate sponsorships, there are young players reaching for a dream-- a season without a defeat. but ask former kentucky coach
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joe b. hall what the team should do to make that happen and this was his advice. >> don't pay any attention to any of the hoopla. >> reporter: don't? >> just go out, have fun, leave it all on the floor. >> reporter: hall won a national championship in 1978, but he 1 also coached against the legendary indiana team, the last to go undefeated in 1976, 39 years ago. jim cruz started at guard for that indiana team. >> looking back, it's wonderful. >> reporter: but what he would tell those kentucky players isy they're achieving something beyond a perfect record. >> being a great teammate surpasses championships and everything because it's relationship-based. that's going to go farther than any trophy, any ring you get. >> reporter: is kentucky perfect? coach john calipari. >> we're not perfect, we're undefeated. w >> reporter: if they have a chance to reach perfection their opponent wisconsin seeks the chance to rectify lastth
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year's final four loss at kentucky's hands. for the young college players working so hard on both sidesar right now, it's all about the moment, but coach hall believes in the years to come, perfection will come to mean something different, perhaps somethinge more. >> they'll have their grandchild on their knee whether they won or lost. >> reporter: for kentucky to reach that perfect 40-0, they, of course, have to get to 39-0 jim, and that means the tough match-up against wisconsin tonight. >> axelrod: anna werner at the final four in indianapolis. anna, thank you. a dog flu outbreak hits thje midwest. what's being done to stop it from spreading. and an all-out brawl breaks out at a casino bar when the "cbs evening news" continues. i accept that i'm not 21. i accept i'm not the sprinter i was back in college. i even accept that i live with a higher risk of stroke
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she said treating dog flu can cost thousands if the animal hasin to be hospitalized in isolation. there is an annual vaccine costing around $100 that vets say is highly effective. >> it's concern for me not just because of the animals that i see but we could have a dog in the waiting room saying hello to another dog in the waiting room and they could be inc. baiting and nobody would even know it. >> reporter: the number of cases nationwide aren't tracked but since the condition was first discovered in 2004, 40 states have seen outbreaks. researchers say 2007 was the worst year on record, 17 states reporting infections. cook county warns this outbreak could last several more weeks, warning pet owners to avoid dog parks, animal boarding houses and travel. kris van cleave, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod: this is not the kind of image any casino would want to be tied to.
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a new bar opened at the resorts world casino at the aqueduct race track in new york city, and when the line got to too long, the line to get in, some two dozen people started throwing chairs at each other. three people were hurt. up next, what an english rugby team could teach the nfl about concussions. concussions. fact. every time you take advil liqui gels you're taking the pain reliever that works faster on tough pain than extra strength tylenol. and not only faster. stronger too. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil
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american football, and one concern that's all in the family is the long-term impact of concussions. as charlie d'agata tells us, a rugby team in england is now experimenting with new technology that could help players in both sports. >> reporter: the violent collisions are just as jarring as those dished out any given sunday on the gridiron, but without the pads. >> i'd say that the weight in the collisions probably about the same in both. >> reporter: hayden smith ought to know. the 6'6", 280-found forward played tight end for the new york jets before returning to professional rugby for the london-based saracens. >> in rugby you're exposed with a your face and heads and you try most often to tackle with your shoulder. >> reporter: alarmed by the concussions in the nfl, the consequences of high-impact hits, and the risk of possible long-term brain damage, the saracens have begun using a
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pioneering u.s. system that provides detailed analysis of knocks to the head. stick-on sensors about the size of a band-aid behind the ear measure the amount, angle, and severity of each blow. the results from training sessions and game days alike are uploaded and analyzed over a season. the saracens are the first professional rugby team in the country to try out the new technology in order to ensure that what happens on the field doesn't impact players' lives off the field for years to come. >> go ahead and hit our dummy here. >> reporter: the x-patch, as it's called, has been developed by the u.s. company x2biosystems in seattle. the company's c.e.o. john ralston says the idea is to pick up on small problems before they become big ones. >> if you imagine being removed from the playing field, the minute they have a real concussion risk, by avoiding subsequent concussions and more serious injuries, we believe they would actually play more,
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their careers would be >> reporter: for the saracens, wearing the patch is voluntary but performance director phillip morrow said all his players wear them, and they didn't need much convincing. >> they want to make sure that they're going to be okay in 20 years' time, and i think things have evolved over the years where it used to be, well, you're a bit off if you're thinking about that. >> reporter: does it go through your mind that you have this thing and it's sort of monitoring what's happening to you? >> you have a job to do so you're very much focused on the s job at hand and a little patch behind your ear is the last thing you're thinking about. >> reporter: while their heads may be in the game, that little patch is now keeping score of what's happening inside of them. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: a new friendship is forged when a phone lost in new york is found on the other side of the planet. that's next. i could protect you from cancer? what if one push up could prevent heart disease?
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>> reporter: here's the back story. stopera lost his iphone in new york city, months later, li, all the way in southeastern china, received the phone as a gift and began taking pictures on it in front of what looked like orange trees. >> who is this man and why are his pictures showing up on my phone? >> reporter: those pictures automatically uploaded to stopera's new phone and as an editor for the online outlet "buzzfeed," he wrote about it. >> from there it was translated and put on chinese twitter. >> reporter: users on weibo, china's twitter, started looking for an answer. >> i started getting all these tweets from people in china saying, "hey, we're going to help you find orange man." >> reporter: the search led to li, a 30-year-old restaurant owner "i was shocked," li told us. "my nephew called and told me my photos were all over the internet." their lost phone found friend saga generated 75 million clicks and prompted li's invitation to visit.
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>> to meet this man right here and my brother, brother orange has been amazing. >> reporter: stopera's china trip has been diligently chronicled with plenty of selfies. it all has the feel of anything for a page view. is the story over? >> the story is not over because brother orange has to visit me now. so that has to happen.n >> reporter: so the story goes on and on. in the selfie-rich world of social media who is to stop it? seth doane, cbs news, beijing. >> jim: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york, and for all of us here at cbs news, thanks for joining us and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned byng media access group at wgbh
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citizen to die in the recent fighting there. an oakland man trying to rescue his family from the violence in yemen becomes the first american citizen to die in the recent fighting there. >> allegations of bias in a bay area school. why some may get air- conditioning and others not. >> rain on your parade easter morning? the big change in the weather pattern that's about to bring us some badly needed
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