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good morning. it's thursday, march 17, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." merrick garland heads to capitol hill today, but the senate's gop leaders refuse to meet with him. breaking news. seaworld says it's going to end its controversial killer whale shows. the company's ceo is in studio 57. and a major league baseball player gives up $13 million in a showdown over his son spending time in the clubhouse. but we begin with a look at today's "eye opener" your world in 90 seconds.
>> the next president going to make the decision. send us a nominee and deal with with it then. >> the president's nomination, it's the rep -- hits the republican wall. >> i don't think the president should send anybody up now. it's not going to happen. more division. now more fighting. donald trump has decided not the participate in the debate this upcoming monday. >> for whatever reason it seems that donald trump finds you a very, very terrifying person. >> kasich said if trump is not coming he's not either. lots of overpay -- overtime pay down the drain for lots of fox reporters. and the family is calling for the death penalty. snow is pulling the midwest. parts of louisiana and texas, more rain is on the way. >> just too much. major league baseball player is choosing his family over a million dollar contract. >> nobody's kid needs to be in the professional locker room every day. sad news in the world of music. frank sinatra jr. has die why would on tour. he was 72 years old.
$2 million inferno. the 77-foot yacht caught fire in the virgin islands. will you run for president? >> i will not run for president. no, no, not going to do it. hillary clinton with cameo on "broad city." [ laughter ] >> sorry, we were just talking abt -- >> and all that matters. >> looking more and more like the republicans could be on the road to a contested convention. republican campaign could start all over again. only this time it's crammed into one week. you can binge watch the death of the gop. >> "cbs this morning." >> i think the jayhawks in a squeaker. >> president obama has unveiled the full march madness bracket. >> i made the right pick. i'm going to end making the right pick. >> and donald trump has also released his brackets. [ laughter ] >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by toyota. let's go places.
welcome to "cbs this morning." the political showdown over the new supreme court nominee today shifts to the senate. president obama's choice, merrick garland, will go to capitol hill this afternoon to meet with democratic senators. >> republicans are standing by their vow not to consider garland or any nominee before the november election. the 63-year-old federal appellate judge wants to be the 113th justice to serve on the nation's highest court. we're covering the fight from the white house to the supreme court. and we'll talk to democratic senator elizabeth warren and republican senator jeff flake. but we'll start with margaret brennan at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this was a calculated decision by president obama to pick a nominee who would be hard for republicans to shoot down. today, merrick garland heads to capitol hill to personally argue that he is the political moderate who can break that partisan divide. >> we will not be voting on the
nominee. next president will make the decision. >> reporter: last night, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said it would be a waste of time to meet garland and to wait until americans elect a new president. >> if this was a republican president submitting to the democratic senate, there's no doubt that he'd be confirmed. >> reporter: the senate republicans are obligated to consider the nomination. >> i simply ask republicans in the senate to give him a fair hearing. if you don't, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair. >> reporter: polling shows more than half of the americans disapprove of the senate republicans refusal to consider a nominee. but republican leaders say their argument stems from then-senator joe biden's own rule back in 1992. >> action on a supreme court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over.
>> reporter: but the vice president defended himself last night tweeting there's only one biden rule i followed while in the senate. every scotus nominee gets hearing, committee vote and floor vote, period. president obama singled out orrin hatch who backed garland's nomination to the. >> dick: circuit court. >> mr. garland is a fine nominee. i know him personally. >> reporter: and in 2000 -- 2010 when he picked pagan hatch said he'd prefer garland. >> there's a difference of being of on the circuit of appeals and being nominated to the supreme court of the united states. >> reporter: later today, the president will hold a call with the progressive groups and they're trying to change the mind of at least some senators. >> thank you. a closer look at the nominee
and why the president chose garland to replace the late justice antonin scalia. jan crawford is at the supreme court. good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning. the president has really gone with what he sees as a reasonable pick. a compromise, certainly not the kind of home run that some of the liberal groups had wanted. i mean, merrick garland is a moderate centrist. he of course is a liberal, but he's no by no means the kind of liberal flame thrower. i think you will see the white house trying to make this argument that the president is not going as far left as some of the groups on the left would have wanted. so now it's the republicans' turn to compromise a little bit. by all accounts judge garland is deeply experienced and respected. he's a chief judge here at the dc based federal court and he supervised the oklahoma city trial. he's seen as the best pick that a republican senate could ask for. from a democratic president. and the hope now for many on the
left is that, you know, this -- this is progressive and it looks like maybe the democrat will win the white house in november. republicans will change their mind and confirm this nominee, recognizing that he is the best that they can hope for. >> thank you, jan. democratic senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts is calling on her republican colleagues to schedule a hearing on judge garland. she joins us now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morning. >> are you enthusiastic in your support of judge garland? >> the way i think of this, filling a supreme court vacancy is one of the most solemn tasks undertaken by the government. this isn't supposed to be a circus. the government has done his costitutional duty. he has sent us a nominee. it's our job in the united states senate to hold hearings, to examine his credentials and then to have a vote on him. that's what the constitution calls for. >> with respect, the question i
asked will you support judge garland? >> that's the whole point right now. we want judge garland to come over. i want to meet with him. i want to look into his credentials. i want to see him perform in a hearing. and then i want to be able to have a vote on him. that's what advise and consent means. it's not supposed to be some kind of crazy political process. you know, senator toomey said -- the republican from pennsylvania, he said well, if he had been nominated by a republican then yes, he'd be willing to consider him. but not since he was nominated by president obama. this is just really taking off in a direction that is a direct insult to the president. it is a direct insult to the constitution and now it's a direct insult to judge garland. >> but republicans are pointing to joe biden's comments back in 1992 when he said a nomination should not be put forward in an election year. why is this different this time in 2016? >> well, let's be clear. just go back and look at the
history. every single republican -- every single supreme court nominee to a vacant position has had its hearing and a vote. the only ones who didn't get a hearing didn't get a hearing because they went straight to a vote. that is a hundred years of actual fact. >> let me turn to the presidential race in 2016. all of your female democratic senators have endorsed senator hillary clinton, you have not yet made an endorsement. will you do it before the convention? >> i don't have a time line for this. but i've got to tell you, watching what's been going on on the democratic side really makes me prouder to be a democrat. we have been out there talking about the issues. both hillary and bernie, about how it is that young people are going to be able to get an education without getting crushed by student loan debt. how we can better rein in wall street. how we can have trade deals that don't leave workers in the dirt.
>> you know your lack of an endorsement at this statement has raised some questions. let me ask you this. do you believe that senator clinton should release the transcripts of her speeches to goldman sachs? >> look, i think that our candidates are out doing what they should do in a primary. they are debating the issues. >> you're not answering my question, senator. >> what i'm doing is i'm telling you what i think should be going on right now in this election. >> yes or no question. it's a yes for question, should she release the transcripts or not? >> i think the primaries are doing what they should be doing and the candidates are being tested. >> has the democratic party and has senator clinton -- secretary clinton moved from being a clinton democrat to a warren democrat? >> you know, what our candidates have told us is what they will stand for as president of the united states. >> is it moving to the left? >> i think what it is is moving
to where america is. america's hard working families, america's middle class is really on the ropes. and what we need is somebody in the white house who is going to be out there fighting for them. that's what this next election is going to be about. the republicans make it clear. they are going to keep working for the rich and the powerful. the democrats are making it clear, they're going to get out there for working families. they're going to fight to build a future, not just for some of our children, but for all of our children. >> senator warren -- >> there's a big difference. >> thank you so much for coming. >> always good to see you. in our next hour we'll talk with republican senator and judiciary committee member senator jeff flake. donald trump says things could get ugly if republican leaders try to block him from the presidential nomination. the gop front-runner said yesterday, i think you'd have riots if a contested convention shows another candidate. he said he would not take part in a scheduled debate before utah's primary. fox news cancelled the debate
when kasich said he wouldn't show up without trump. major garrett, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. for first time donald trump is running like a cautious incumbent with a need to protect, avoiding friction that can prove cost did. ted cruz may need a confrontation to regain some of the momentum he lost on tuesday. and john kasich remains focused only staying relevant through july's convention. >> donald apparently is ducking, he's afraid of being challenged. >> reporter: ted cruz shut out in the tuesday's primaries played the part of scrappy challenger trying to draw him into the ring. >> scared to debate. he looks down on the voters. he thinks they're gullible and will believe whatever he is saying. >> reporter: as for donald trump's pursuit of the nomination, obstacles exist. six of the states remaining are totaling 217 delegates. even if trump wins every one he would need nearly 40% of the rest of the delegates to secure the nomination. >> i don't think anybody is going to have enough delegates.
>> reporter: john kasich trails trump and cruz by hundreds of delegates but denied he's just a spoiler. >> either of the guys can win the general election. maybe they're spoiling it for the republican party and for the conservative movement. >> reporter: trump warned wednesday the future of the conservative movement and the gop was in danger if he arrived at the party convention with the most delegates but lost the nomination. >> i think you'd have riots. you know, i'm representing a tremendous -- many, many millions of people. i think bad things will happen. i believe that. i wouldn't lead it, but i think bad things will happen. >> reporter: critical of unrest at the rallies, they said that trump is threatening the national party. >> nobody should be surprised he is trying to stir up the riots. >> we're doing pretty well the way it is. i would say i like to be a gentleman. >> reporter: promising he'd try to rise above the vocal opposition to the candidacy. >> i won't be provoked but you have to take tough action when this happens. >> reporter: federal misdemeanor
charges were filed against thomas demass amo who rushed the stage. federal charges were brought to deter future altercations. breaking news from the state department. secretary of state john kerry announced isis is committing genocide against religious groups. he says christian and shiite groups in syria are among the victims of isis, also known as daesh. kerry's findings does not obligate the united states to take additional action against isis. >> i hope my statement today will assure the victims of daesh's atrocities that the united states recognizes and confirms the despicable nature of the crimes that had been committed against them. >> the house passed a resolution this week condemning the atrocities as genocide. a texas police officer faces a murder charge this morning over the deadly shooting of a
teenager. 16-year-old jose cruz was shot and killed sunday night and investigators say that officer ken johnson suspected him of breaking into a car. omarvill omar villafranca has more. >> reporter: good morning. there's a small memorial of flowers and candles where 16-year-old cruz was shot and killed. right next to it, pieces of the car that he was in. right behind me you can see spray paint on the road where investigators say cruz and another teenager in the car crashed out before they were both shot. overcome with grief, the mother of jose cruz broke down in tears last night. and praised the arrest of the officer accused of killing her 16-year-old son. >> she's asking for toughness against the individual of the person who took the life of her child. >> reporter: ken johnson was
arrested wednesday on charges of murder and aggravated assault. johnson was off duty sunday when he claims he saw cruz and another teen breaking into a car in this apartment complex. johnson chased the teens down in his vehicle and after an altercation, he opened fire. witnesses captured these images of the shootings. >> this was a cold blooded murder in the middle of the afternoon in addison. >> reporter: johnson is not an officer in addison, but is in the nearby dallas suburb of farmers branch. his own police chief emphasized an apparent break in protocol. >> we have policies that deal with off duty enforcement. >> does that allow them to chase in their vehicles? >> no. >> reporter: the shooting has sparked outrage and protests in the community. >> i want to know why, why did they kill him? why did he shoot him? >> reporter: johnson's attorney says a grand jury should have decided what charges if any should have been filed. but cruz's family says the evidence speaks for itself.
>> when you lose a 16-year-old son, there's no words that can explain the pain and suffering that the family has gone through. >> reporter: police are now commenting on the ongoing investigation. the other teenager in the car who was shot is expected to survive. >> omar, thanks. crooner fans this morning are remembering frank sinatra jr. the only son of the iconic entertainer, a singer himself died wednesday. he was 72. his sister nancy wrote on facebook, the sinatra family mourned the untimely passing of their son, brother, father, uncle, frank sinatra jr. sleep warm, frankie. don dahler looks back. >> maybe you'll remember this song. we stole it from you. ♪ >> reporter: if frank sinatra was the chairman of the board -- ♪ -- his son frank sinatra jr. was the heir apparent. ♪
their relationship appeared as heart felt as that iconic baritone bravado. ♪ >> reporter: but the road wasn't always so silky smooth. >> for the third night of anguish ended at 3:00 this morning. >> reporter: sinatra jr. was kidnapped when he was 19. his father paid the $240,000 ransom. >> his first words when he saw me were i'm sorry. >> it was big, sensationalist, headlines everywhere. youknow, he found ways to bring himself out of that. ♪ >> reporter: sinatra jr. pursued his own musical career but had difficulty finding his own persona and became sinatra sr.'s director and conductor in 1988. >> for a guy that has to live in the shadow of one of the most important, iconic singers, performers, artists of all time,
that's big shoes to fill. >> yeah, i'm in. >> reporter: turning to television he played himself on "sopranos" and "family guy." but it was only towards the end of his career that he embraced his father's legacy. >> he introduced me to the audience. he said, my son frank is conducting. he said he's almost as good as lawrence welk. and the orchestra would break up. i'd say now you heard me. you cut me to the quick. >> sinatra was on tour and was scheduled to perform last night in st. petersburg, florida. he died of cardiac arrest. norah? >> thank you. a major shakeup for the,,
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involving 1,000 cans of moraga city council to decla state of emergency. happy st. patrick's day. a massive sinkhole has prompted the moraga city council to declare a state of emergency. the emergency declaration will pay for the repairs at a half million dollars. driver in san jose should expect delays near the s.a.p. center because of justin bieber's world tour friday and in oakland at oracle. coming up on "cbs this morning," seaworld ceo is in studio 57 talking about future plans for the company. more on that and traffic and weather coming up right after the break. ,,,,,,,,
good morning. we have delays as you head across the san mateo bridge an accident blocking the left lane right at midspan. drive times are about 41 minutes now as you work your way westbound 880 over towards one one. south 280 in san bruno an accident just cleared out of lanes. busy 34 minutes from the james lick freeway to 380. north concord to pittsburg- baypoint, no train service for bart. bus bridges are in place. expect delays systemwide. roberta? >> you want know what an offshore flow looks like? check this out. the coast is clear. this is view from ocean beach this morning where we have seamless skies unlimited visibility, temperatures are in the 40s and 50s and later today, well above average for the st. patrick's day. we are talking 71 degrees in pacifica and in san francisco when we should be in the low 60s. 82 degrees los gatos, saratoga, also in gilroy, brentwood and discovery bay. ,,,, ,,,,
♪ and then there is john kasich who won his home state of ohio last night. although if you were to judge just from the amount of confetti that came down at his victory speech, you would think he was the millionth customer at a supermarket. >> he isgathering up confetti. >> there he is. the only one who could possibly stop donald trump, the governor -- and he is gone! and he's gone. >> i thought the confetti machine malfunctioned because it was so heavy but clearly they were very happy in ohio on that night. >> indeed. welcome back to "cbs this morning." what do you think seaworld would look like without its
controversial killer whale shows? they are ready to find out. the company's ceo is there in studio 57. there he is in a tie ahead with the head of the humane society with the first together about big changes they are working on. white sox slugger suddenly retires because the team doesn't want his son hanging out at the ballpark so often. ahead, who is going to bat for the player and how the club is defending itself. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. >> "the washington post" reports that the d.c. area transit trains are rolling again. metro riders back on board this morning after a 29-hour shutdown. electric fires on monday prompted the closing. workers found and fixed more than two dozen power cable problems. the system is the nation's second biggest, averaging more than 700,000 riders a day. "the new york .
he took a propaganda banner from his hotel. the state department calls the sentence unduly harsh. "the seattle times" reports 1500 patients in washington state urged to tested for possible hepatitis b and hepatitis c and hiv. those patients had surgery at two hospitals where a former as you recall technician worked. he is now charged with stealing a syringe of a painkiller in january and swapping it at a colorado hospital. he has tested positive for a blood pathogen. so far, no indication of exposure. five deputies suspended. a protest was hit during a donald trump rally eight days ago in fayetteville, north carolina. the sheriff's department says the deputy saw it but did nothing. the suspension is three or five days without pay. the atlanta journal
constitution reports that bumblebee is recalling the following tuna. >> drop the microphone, mr. rose! the fish may not have been properly sterilized. i didn't mean for you to really say it. the affected cans are listed on cbsnews.com. >> i'm glad it's not chicken st sea. a sea change at seaworld. the wildlife theme park chain this morning, announced new policies for the breeding and showcasing of its killer whales. the shake-up comes after years of controversy including the repeat revelation that seaworld employees posed at activists to complain. for years animal advocacy
groups. the 2013 documentary "blackfish". the company disputed many of the film's accusations of animal abuse and neglect. since the film's release, seaworld's park price and park attendance have plummeted. "blackfish" tells the story of drawn brancota who was killed by tillicum. it read to the resignation of the ceo with joel manby named as the ceo in march of lastly year. the company has instituted other reforms.
but critics have said the changes do little to improve the animal's living condition and the bad press continues for seaworld. tillicum remains in captivity and the company says he is suffering from an incurable bacterial infection. joel manby, the ceo of seaworld is here and along with the president and ceo of the humane society of the united states. they are with us for their first live interview about the changes ahead for seaworld and the new partnership between the theme park and the humane society. good morning to you both. great to have you here. >> thank you. >> joel, this announcement coming today. what changes will we see at the parks? >> we are making three big announcements today that i think really change the direction of the company. the first is that we are going to end our orca breeding. this is the last generation of orcas at seaworld. a difficult decision but we feel the right one for the future of the organization. the second is we are going to
introduce new inspiring orca encounters and phase out our theatrical show. we will teach all of our customers about the plight of them in the wild. thirdly, we are also introducing a new partnership with haus, human society of the united states. we have been been former adversaries. >> some say enemies. you guys butted heads for 20 years. are you surprised, wayne, you two have come together on this? >> this is what we do at the humane society. we work with adversaries to turn them into allies. with joel and seaworld we have this opportunity and excited about the end of orca breeding and excited seaworld is doing more rescue and rehabilitation and together we will be advocates to fight commercial sealing and commercial whaling. these are big problems for marine animals. once we settle some of the issues at seaworld we can look outside and address and help these beautiful creatures.
>> how hard was it to make this happen? >> i think it was -- it was a challenge. we were both, you know, we knew our companies were at odds for so long but i think once we got to know each other it really helped. >> we feel like in the society of today, so much monologue talking against each other. we wanteded to dialogue and find where we have commonalities. we are dedicated professionals and we love animals so let's work to help the animals in the wild. we are committing 50 million dollars the next five years to be the largest rescue organization in the world and there is thousands of mammals stranded every year that die. >> no doubt that seaworld you have incredible, some of the best biologists in the country to see creatures people would not be able to see. at the same time, your park attendance has slipped and your stock is down. is this more a business decision? >> no. it's about where society is
shifting. i have seen, clearly, that society is changing their attitude about these unbelievable majestic animals being in human care. and as we see that shift, we felt we had -- now, clearly, if the customers appreciate what you do more, they are going to come to your park more and there is going to be a benefit. >> that's why i think our world -- business is aligning itself with more humane sensibilities. you see it with companies. ri ri ringling is joining the act too. this is a big and bold and important announcement. >> the bet here is you can do well by doing good? >> i think so. we talked about the humane society. you can see it with agriculture companies and wildlife management. look at the killing of that lion, cecil. so many people. 45 airlines were not going to ship trophies from animals after
that crisis. the world is waking up to animals. >> but people could say what took so long. i love the show. been there many times. kids love it. you see t wow, it's amazing. after seeing the documentary "blackfish" i don't feel the same any more. people say what took you so long and to that, you say what? >> just like you said, people come to our shows and they love our activities. you connect with animals. >> yeah. >> and everyone loves animals. there is raging debate whether this was the right thing, wrong thing in the past. however, it's clear that people are more uncomfortable. whether the movie or legislation all of these things are affected. >> to be clear no longer see orcas at seaworld? >> they will be there. we are phasing out the program. we are not breeding any more but it will take years for them to pass on. as long as they are alive, they will still be at seaworld in these new orca environments and encounterses. people can still see them and learn about them but we are not making any new orcas and phase out over time. >> we hope to partner with them
to help with animals in distress, stranded whales and stranded dolphins and stranded sea turtles and one of the area of our partnership. >> people don't realize without facilities like swoverled and without our unbelievable zoological team, these stranded animals have no place to go. it's not as clear-cut as it appears from the outside. >> i'm thinking it's a romance at the table and you should be talking to people called democrats and republicans. there is a way you can come together. >> i think people are tired of the monologue and the fighting. why we are fighting, there is thousands of animals dying every day. >> good for you. >> thank you both. a major leaguer is forced to choose between baseball and family. ahead the clubhouse request that led a baseball player to walk away from millions of dollars and the game he loves. if you're heading out the door, we want you to come. visit cbs all-access app on your
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♪ the chicago white sox this morning are facing questions over a veteran player's sudden departure. adam laroche stepped away from baseball and millions of dollars after team management suggested his son was spending too much time in the clubhouse. jeff glor is here with a very unusual workplace conflict. >> reporter: 14-year-old drake laroche spends nearly every day with his dad. his father does not stay home and does not work a 9:00 to 5:00 job and is a major league baseball player. 12 seasons with six teams. as of this week, no more. >> is there a deep shot. left center field. and it is out of here! >> reporter: for adam laroche. >> adam laroche has tied the ball game!
>> reporter: his only son have always been inseparable. >> nobody's kid needs to be in a professional locker room! >> i was really unaware of the fact that he was around as much as he was. >> reporter: the 36-year-old abruptly walked away from a 13 million dollar contract on tuesday, after white sox executive vice president ken williams asked laroche to limit his son's time in the clubhouse. >> it's not because the young man was a distraction and not because he wasn't well-received and well-liked by players, but in management sometimes you got to make some unpopular decisions. >> reporter: 14-year-old drake laroche has been a fixture alongside his father on the field and in major league baseball league clubhouses for years. complete with his own jersey and personal locker. >> my friends think it's really cool and everything. but i just think it's normal because i do it every single year since i've been a baby. >> reporter: kids on the field and in the clubhouse isn't uncommon across baseball, but
drake's involvement with the white sox was unique. >> you see kids in clubhouses all the time but not on a consistent base. i can't think of a single case where a player's son was in a clubhouse the entire time the player was. >> reporter: the white sox insist their decision had nothing to do with drake's conduct. but, rather, an attempt to completely focus on winning. >> it's awesome. yeah, i'm so lucky to get to take him to work. my brothers and i just grew up around the stadium. we always did it so it's cool to give him the same memories. >> reporter: some of laroche's former teammates tweeted their support, including current mvp bryce harper and future hall of famer chipper jones. baseball has long been a family affair for laroche's. adam's dad brought in the majors fourost at,,
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big rig causing delays at the yerba buena island. it was blocking lanes now over to the shoulder. busy on 101. 85 to 280/680, 16 minutes, another 25 minutes into milpitas. delays there. northbound 280 slow for the morning drive. we are recovering from an earlier trouble spot along the san mateo bridge. 34 minutes between 880 and 101. that wreck now cleared out of lanes. it looks like highway 4 is still busy. again we are dealing with bart delays so extra cars on the roads. i'm going to give some love this morning to san jose. good morning, everyone! this is the scene towards downtown san jose in the santa clara valley. lots of blue skies, temperatures in the 40s all morning. let's check it out now. oh, up to 50. it's now 46 degrees in livermore. and today everybody 10 to 15 degrees above average. going up to 80 in the santa clara valley. mid-70s in vallejo, benicia and martinez and american canyon.
♪ good morning to our viewers in the west. it is thursday, march 17th, 2016. happy st. patrick's day. may the luck of the irish be with you today. welcome back to "cbs this morning." there's more real news ahead including new concerns about safe tap water. more than 20 million americans could be at risk from corroding lead pipes. we'll visit one town trying to solve the problem. but first, here's today's "eye opener @ 8." >> this was a calculated decision by president obama to pick a nominee who would be hard for republicans to shoot down in >> the president has gone with what he sees as a reasonable pick. not the kind of home run that some of the liberal groups wanted. >> one of the most solemn tasks undertaken by this government.
this isn't supposed to be a circus. >> for the first time, donald trump is running like a cautious incumbent with a lead to protect. avoiding fights and friction that could prove costly. >> as you can see, spray paint on the road where investigators say crews and another teenager crashed out before they were shot. >> we are going to end our orca breeding so this will be the last generation of orcas at seaworld. >> 14-year-old drake la roche spends nearly every day with his dad. he is a major league baseball player. twelve seasons with six teams. but as of this week, no more. >> bumblebee is recalling more than 31,000 cases of canned tuna. the move includes chunk light in oil, chunk light in water, and four packs of chunk light in water. try saying that three times. >> chung light in water, chung late in water. >> okay showoff. drop the microphone, mr. rose.
>> i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. happy saint pat's day. the new supreme court nominee today goes to capitol hill to meet with senate democrats. president obama wednesday named federal appeals court judge, chief judge, merrick garland, to replace the late justice antonin scalia. he is considered a moderate, liberal and consensus builder. garland explains his philosophy at the white house rose garden. >> fidelity to the constitution, and the law, has been the cornerstone of my professional life. and it is the hallmark of the kind of judge i have tried to be for the past 18 years. if the senate sees fit to confirm me to the position for which i have been nominated today, i promise to continue on that course. >> republicans refuse to consider garland, despite bipartisan support during his 1997 confirmation.
seven current republican senators voted for him at that time. the president acknowledged his own party's previous partisanship saying, quote, republicans will point to democrats who have made it hard for republican presidents to get their nominees confirmed. he said that would be a mistake for the gop to do that now. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was unmoved. he pointed to a decades-old statement by then-senator joe biden. >> look, we're following the biden rule. when joe biden was chairman of the senate judiciary committee back in 1992, he pointed out that no supreme court vacancy created during a presidential election year should be filled. because the american people were in the process of speaking. that the elections are going on all over the country. the next president will be making this choice. the people will decide who should be the appointing authority. so, no, he will not be considered by the senate. >> the vice president responded, tweeting this, there's only one biden rule that i followed while
in the senate. every supreme court nominee gets a hearing, committee vote, and floor vote. period. republican jeff lake of arizona is a member of the senate judiciary committee. he is among a handful of republicans who have agreed to meet the nominee, judge merrick garland. senator flake is with us from capitol hill. senator, good morning. >> thanks for having me on. >> you have broken with other republicans and said not only would you meet with the president's nominee, you would consider voting for him in a lame duck session. why? >> well, i think the goal here for republicans ought to be to make sure that we continue to have balance on the court, and there is a concern that since this is a scalia seat, that if president obama or somebody else were to name a justice that was decidedly liberal, it would upset the balance on the court. so i think republicans are certainly justified in saying we want to wait until a new president can make this nomination. >> but what if it's before the election and you do not know who is going to be the president?
>> well, i think that's just a risk that we take. and republicans have decided to take that risk. this is an important seat. like i said, this is a scalia seat and it would have significantly changed the balance of the court were a liberal nominee to be appointed in his place. >> sir, are you disappointed in the office of this? let's take mitch mcconnell's position saying we're not even going to have a hearing. some of your colleagues saying we're not going to meet with you. we hear about the judge's credentials, his reputation, his record. are you concerned that the optics of this look very bad for your party? >> i think, like i said, we have every right. it's been since 1878 since we've had a similar scenario where a nominee was made in an election year, and would be approved by the opposition party in the senate. so, certainly, we're justified in waiting. but it -- there are -- these are tough optics, i will admit. but it's a risk that you take, and this is an important seat.
we want to make sure that we maintain the balance on the court. >> speaking of tough optics "the new york times" has a story today that says the escalating fight over filling the court vacancy holds the potential to be a confrontation that also could help determine the winner of the white house, control of the senate, and the ideological balance on the court. it's that rare washington fight that washes over all three branches of government. you agree with that? >> yeah, i do. i do. these are high stakes, no doubt. but, the court appointees, lifetime appointees to the court, these are important nominations, it's important consideration. the senate has advise and consent. we're given that role. i think that's what we're doing. is exercising that. >> another member of the senate judiciary committee orrin hatch, back in 2010 when the president made one of his last picks to the supreme court called merrick garland a fine man, a consensus nominee, someone who he would help gather republican votes to vote for him. so what's changed now? isn't this just politics? >> oh, i don't think anything
has changed with regard to merrick garland. and let me just say that i've talked to others on the court, and i hear nothing but good about him. >> so why wouldn't you give him a hearing? >> this is a -- >> why not give him a hearing, vote him up or down? if he's a fine man? if he is qualified? why not at least just give him the hearing? >> like i said i plan to meet with him. that's a decision that i make. >> are you doing anything to -- are you doing anything to convince your colleagues to rethink their position? >> i'm going to meet with merrick garland and take it from there. >> your candidate has dropped out of the race, senator marco rubio. will you endorse someone else? >> well, i'm considering that right now. but, i'll probably wait a couple of weeks and see. i'm still hopeful that we can get a nominee that we can be proud of, and that can take us through the election. >> could you support donald trump? >> that's a tough one there. let me tell you. i don't want to say anything now. but i would find it very difficult, given the statements
that he's made. i believe that we need to win the white house, and we've got to have somebody that can do it, and i'm not certain that he can. >> do you want donald trump picking the next supreme court nominee? >> that's another question we'll have to consider. so, you mentioned all these things weigh on the other -- a lot of factors that go into this. and you know, these are -- these are high stakes. there's no other way to say it. >> all right. senator flake, good to see you this morning. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me on. >> here's a question, how safe is your water? millions of people nationwide could be at risk from lead in their drinking water. ahead the results of a new
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michigan governor rick snyder is testifying to congress this morning about lead contamination in flint's drinking water. a new investigation by the "usa today" network is raising questions about tap water nationwide. the report identified nearly 2,000 water systems used by 6 million people where excessive levels of lead were detected in the past four years. adriana diaz is in ohio, in a village that has been struggling with tainted water problems for months now. adriana, good morning to you. >> good morning. the town wants to test every home's water. and if dangerous lead levels are found, bottled water and filters will be provided. the problems here are not isolated. more than 20 million people across the country get their water through lead pipes. courtney says she might swear off tap water for good. for the sake of her 7-month-old daughter, autumn. >> just seems like everyone's
having water problems all of a sudden. >> reporter: she lived in sebring, ohio, a village of less than 5,000 people southeast of cleveland. lead was detected in the drinking water in august. rut residents weren't notified until january. >> it does bother me, because why wouldn't they get it out sooner? why wouldn't they tell us, especially for people with babies? >> reporter: water leaving treatment plants is lead-free. but without the right additives the water can corrode lead service lines as well as lead plumbing inside homes, allowing the toxic metal to leech out. >> our teacher told us not to drink the water. >> reporter: the "usa today" network investigation found that in 600 water systems, some of the taps had lead levels rivalling those of the worst samples found in flint. >> one of the huge issues in our country is that for decades we use lead to create water pipes. we need to be checking out our homes for lead in our pipes in the same way that we worry about
lead-based plant. >> reporter: lead plumbing was finally banned in 1986. even in small doses it's considered dangerous and can lead to brain damage, refused iqs, and other health problems. water utilities now put addit e additives in the water to prevent aging lead pipes from corroding. they also regularly test homes that are considered high risk. but david lafrance, ceo of the american waterworks association, says more needs to be done. >> as long as we have lead, there will be some risk that lead will get into the water. and the best way to solve that problem is to simply get the lead out. >> reporter: his group says there are still 6.1 million lead lines in use. serving up to 22 million people. and that it could take as much as $30 billion to he will place them all. >> even if we remove all the lead service lines, there is still some risk that can occur if there is plumbing in the homes that contains lead. >> last month the village of sebring hired a new
superintendent to run its water plant. but she says she won't take any chances with her baby's health. >> i don't think i'll ever use the city water for her for anything. just because you really never know what's in it. >> if you're worried about lead in your drinking water, experts say you can have the water tested or hire a plumber to see if your home has lead pipes. "usa today" dotcom also has a map showing which water systems tested higher than the epa's lead limits. gayle? >> all right, adriana, thank you. amazing how so many of us take water for granted. you turn it on, it's hot and cold, it's clear. and then you look at that brown stuff in bottles and go, boy. >> i know they test kids for lead levels and should continue to do that. but certainly have your kids lead tested. some unlikely back packers are helping london clean up its act. charlie d'agata shows us the pigeon air patrol. >> to some people pigeons might just be a nuisance. but put a tinely little pack
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you see something, say something? yeah, hi. i just saw a pigeon wearing a backpack. who? over both wings. what do you mean? >> that's good, seth. >> so weird. >> more on the story. london's air pollution problem is blamed for thousands of deaths every year. this experiment with birds and backpacks could create a flight path to a long-term solution. charlie and bill backpacks weigh less than an ounce or lighter than a feather. that is princess. the bird. not the guy! prince cess and a small flock of friends took flight this morning on a mission to save the world, or mostly to raise awareness about all of the air pollution in it says this creative
director. >> really that we all expose and tough to get everyday lives. just by simply going in the streets, into the tube everywhere. >> reporter: seven birds, all females, took wing today. two with pollution monitoring backpacks and one with gps so scientists can track them. the others are wing men or wing women. pigeon handler brian says his birds prefer to fly in a flock. >> they like to fly together, they do it for security. more than anything. that is just pretty much like a horse race. you know is in the first across the line they all go together. >> reporter: the program is partnered with, you guessed it, twitter, to find out how polluted your neighborhood is, you tweet to the birds. pigeon air patrol tweets back with a reading of your area ranging from moderate to extreme. pigeons have a long history of serving on britain's battle fronts. notably in world war ii. >> friend of messagers pigeons.
headquarters secret communication has received and prompted. >> reporter: even a young queen elizabeth supported the air force. today, london faces another threat. an estimated 10,000 people die prematurely in the capital due to air pollution and the world health organization estimates that globally air pollution is to blame for the deaths of 7 million people every year. which makes the work of a few good pigeons with cute little backpa got the message pollution is high in your area. protect yourself. >> stay inside. >> give us another way of thinking of pigeons p.m. all i think is poop and nastiness.
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welcome back. we still have delays out of the south bay from an earlier accident clearing north 101 at capitol expressway. big rig involved at one point all lanes were blocked and now over to the right shoulder but the damage is done. check out your drive time. it is a slow ride from 85 all the way to 237. 280 slightly better. speaking of 237, westbound just past sanker an accident on the shoulder. slugish through milpitas. northbound 880 you have lots of company working their way through downtown oakland. stays slow through there towards the maze.
but that's a better approach than it is off the 580 or the eastshore freeway. at the bay bridge, the metering lights are on. you still have a backup there into the maze. san mateo bridge also slow across the span into foster city. and still delays continue along highway 4. roberta. gianna, now this is one of my favorite places to go for a run. we're looking towards coit tower on telegraph hill. right underneath you see pioneer park pristine conditions on st. patrick's day. 40s and 50s today a mild day. typically in the low 60s in pacifica. today 65. 80 morgan hill. low 80s in los gatos and saratoga. from the 70s in pleasanton, danville and blackhawk to 80 degrees towards discovery bay and mountain house. we are talking 78 degrees in santa rosa. meanwhile, cloverdale at 79 degrees. spring officially arrives saturday night. rain monday.
♪ what did you think when you heard that president obama nominated elron hubbard to supreme court? are you excited? >> i am. i thought it was a good choice. he is more public. and i identify myself as a republic -- a republican? so i was pretty content with that choice. >> do you think sammy hagar is a good choice for the supreme court justice? >> i feel that the motions he has logged and the things he want to train and i think he would be a good candidate. >> president obama nominated landster for the supreme court justice. do you think he will bring peace to the seven kingdoms or a divisive figure? >> i think divisive. >> that last one was a game of thrones. >> it was.
>> people just don't want to say i don't know who that is, do they? >> no. >> sammy hagar? really? van halen? eye yi yi! welcome back to "cbs this morning." this half hour, going the distance isn't good enough any more for some airline reward programs. peter greenberg is in our toyota green room. hello! the newest big airline to change its frequent flyer policy. the parents of a young transgender child show how they turn challenges into new ways of cherishing their family. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "the washington post" reports on scans showing who hidden rooms in king tut's burial chamber. in september we took you inside the tomb in southern egypt. there is speculation the secret chambers behind the walls may contain the remains of a famous queen who may have been king tut's mother. "usa today" reveals the
happiest country in the world. any guesses? >> denmark? i cheated! >> very helpful when it says it there on the teleprompter. it's followed by switzerland, iceland and norway and finland. it includes a happy life expectsy. the united states was ranked 13, up two spots from last year. pope's fiat making a special appearance today at the st. patrick's day here at new york city one of the two fiats the pope used while he visited here in september. it will be driven in today's parade route and afterward the car is available for bid at a charity auction. "the new york times" reports on a hint from the creator of "hamilton" that the founding father will stay on thehe 1 10 dollar bill. there has been a proposal to p t a woman on the bilill but the popularity of "hamilton" has
>> that will be a fun game today. >> absolutely. first lady michelle obama is reflecting on her remaining time at the white house. she delivered a key note address wednesday at the south-by-southwest music festival in austin. queen latifah monitored a panel on the young girls kasey. it included missy elliott and sophia bush. mrs. obama was asked if she would ever aim at the oval office. >> i will not run for president. i've got these two young people at home. and being the kids -- the daughters of a president, just think about it. they have handled it with grace and with poise, but enough. enough is enough.
>> the first lady also spoke about what motivated her as a child. >> as i was trying to make my way and do good and apply to colleges, there were always people around telling me what i couldn't do. >> mrs. obama says she plans to stay in public life because of her love for people. she's had an impact. >> and those two kids -- >> they're so lovely. >> they were 10 and 7. they're really young ladies now. can't wait to see her next chapter. nearly 63 million americans with frequent flier miles admit they don't know how the programs work. there are at least 17.5 trillion unused miles worldwide. that's more than enough to fly around the world 116 times. cbs news travel editor is here to show us who benefits and who loses. peter, good morning. >> good morning, gayle.
>> for most people when you try to reclaim them, there's some rule. you can't do it then, no you don't have enough. you spend your money to get the miles. >> you do. and kicking in on the 22nd following delta and united based on if you paid. used to be if you flew 4,900 miles, no matter what you paid, you got it. delta is already doing this. you fly 4,950 miles from los angeles to kennedy, if you pay for a discounted ticket, guess what you get. 1,750 miles then. and that's going to go across the board on all three airlines. delta's already done it. american does it next week. >> is this fair? >> of course not. >> who's this going to benefit? >> here's the thing. every airplane is full. they're making it difficult to earn the miles. and they're making it difficult to redeem them. so, for example, so many people are frustrated. we talk about 17 trillion unused miles. that's more than u.s. currency
in circulation around the world. so out of frustration, so many people now are saying if i can't redeem them for a ticket, they get solicited for the magazine or the box of chocolates. a magazine subscription is being offered to you for 1,200 miles. you know what comes out to? $240 for a magazine subscription. >> no thanks. >> what's worse, i got to tell you about the chocolate. 6,500 miles for a box of chocolates that retails for $30. now, at 54% of all mileage is earned on stuff you pay for. you know what you spent on the chocolates? $1,300. >> how are they doing on reducing the fares due to oil prices? >> they're not reducing prices really. the only time they are reducing prices is when they have competition from low fare carriers. >> do you use frequent buyer
miles? >> i have them. i frame them on the wall. the problem is unless you have tremendous flexibility in your schedule, you're not going to get a chance to redeem them. and the one thing people should never do -- >> what should we do? >> don't hoard your miles. first of all, i don't trust the airlines as airlines, why would i trust them as banks? they're going to reduce them every day. what you want to do is take your bucket list of all the places you want to go, throw it out. you want to go to paris on your miles or hawaii, everybody else wants to go there. pick a place you've never been to. think 330 days out, redeem those miles and have a great time. >> i do think booking online has helped that. there's a button at least on delta, pay with miles, pay with money. you can see if you have enough mile. that's helpful. >> when you're paying with miles, you're also paying with money. there's fees associated with it. so be careful. >> thank you. coming up, a child opens up
bam of their choice in city facilities. some lawyers are debating around the movement. while the transgender community is find ago growing voice in popular cultures its members are wildly misunderstood. a book "raising ryland." raising a transgender child who is raising their child. >> happy birthday dear ryland. >> reporter: not long after their birthday they found their child was profoundly deaf. they put in cochlear implants and ryland was able to hear for the first time. >> do you hear that? >> for a while there, we didn't know if ryland would be able to talk or hear or just communicate. >> reporter: ryland did learn to speak but what she had to say didn't make sense to her family.
>> ryland started to say i'm a boy. at the time we decided it was cute. we thought it was a phase and maybe i'll have a tomboy. >> it was around 3 we started to hear it but around 4 years old is when it got very strong. >> reporter: jeff and hilary struggled to understand, jeff especially. you were trying to avoid it? >> i was avoiding it for a while. i new ryland was having a difficult time with cochlear implants and to add something on top of that, i just couldn't accept that. i couldn't picture it. >> reporter: i'm sure a lot of people can't believe about your story is that at 3 years old, a little girl can say, "i'm a little boy. >> we could have ignored it and pushed it away and said no, you're a girl and fought it. >> we did. >> and we did. >> for the first -- >> but -- but -- >> it became so persistent. >> reporter: they say ryland demonstrated the key markers that doctors and psychologist
look for to determine if a child is tran gender. at the time like so many people, jeff and hillariry didn't get what it meant to be transgender. now they do. >> watch the ball. >> reporter: this is 8-year-old ryland today. >> over the fence. >> reporter: after much research and counseling and soul-searching, jeff and hilary say they came to the enescapable conclusion that ryland's gender didn't match what is on her birth certificate so at age 6, ryland started living as a boy. when you see pictures of yourself when your 3 and 4 years old, does that seem strange now? >> kind of. a little weird. >> reporter: seems a little weird? >> yeah. >> reporter: ryland remembers how he refused to wear clothes made for girls. >> my mom and dad told them i was a boy. >> reporter: what makes you so strong, so determined? >> i just had a weird feeling
that i wanted to be a boy. >> reporter: from et you were very young? >> yes. >> this is just likely to be hard-wired as sexual orientation, it's not a choice. >> reporter: dr. steven rosenthal is researching the outcomes of major treatments for transgender youth by a study funded by the national institutes of health. >> there is no reason to believe that transgender people haven't been around since people have been around just like any other variation than human being biology. >> reporter: rosenthal says treatment is crucial because an alarming 41% of transgender people attempt suicide but new research in the journal of pediatrics found that children who have socially transitioned to the gender with which they identify had normal levels of depression and anxiety. >> we have seen so many kids who have come into our practice, like ryland, who have fully socially transitioned and family after family tell us as soon as they enabled their kid to do this, everything turned around. >> reporter: when you were
researching and seeing that attempted suicide percent, 41%. >> it was awful. >> horrible. >> awful, awful. >> would we rather have a living son or a dead daughter? and, you know, we weren't willing to play with that statistic. we would rather have a living son. >> what are you guys doing? >> we are making a cake. >> i-not kidding when i say that the child changed overnight. it was just -- he was so proud, all of a sudden. just so happy. he felt so comfortable. you could just see him. >> reporter: people that blame you, saying you did this to them. >> it would never be something i pushed on my child. in certain ways it is and it will make ryland's life a little bit harder and i don't want my child's life to be any harder. >> reporter: there are decisions ahead, including whether to eventually give ryland male hormones. a little while before puberty sets in now, but you got to be thinking about that. >> thankfully there is puberty blockers which allow us to delay the onset of puberty for a period of time. >> i think it is really
important to note that we haven't done anything that isn't reversible. >> reporter: jeff and hilary are sharing their story because they want ryland to live in a world that accepts him. >> dad, how did you make that tunnel? >> reporter: hopefully, we will see conversations all over the world and people will start understanding this more. >> there are so many more people willing to go public with it and who are coming out and trying to help this world understand so i think we will get there. we will get there. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," john blackstone, san diego. >> they seem like a very nice family. >> they don't deserve blame. they deserve applause. jeff and hilary, just the fact we are having the conversation is so important. >> i agree. >> what do you think, charlie? >> i think it's very important and i think people need to know they are not alone. >> me too. >> me too. >> bravo so that family. update on the dog we found stranded in floodwaters in texas yesterday. that's right! you're watching "cbs this morning." there he is! ,,,,
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we got great news about the dog at the white house. >> green fountain. >> the green fountain. >> very nice. i was wondering what are you pointing out? i get it. green fountain at the white house. we have great news about the dog we found in texas flooding yesterday. remember david begnaud discovered him while reporting in the town of deweyville. >> i just spotted a little dog stranded in water. we are going to try to help him when we get off the air. >> that little dog is named sparky. he was stranded for about three days. david and the crew brought the dog some food and stayed with the dog the owners returned at home. the owners didn't expect the water to get as high as it did. sparky is a-ok. >> i asked if this president put
headlines... significant delays on bart morning. power sur good morning. it's 8:55. time for some news headlines. significant delays on bart this morning. power surge problems along tracks between pittsburg and concord have knocked service out of commission. passengers are now boarding shuttle buses. there will likely be some extra traffic near zap center in downtown san jose this evening. singer justin bieber will perform at s.a.p. center. friday he will be at oakland's oracle arena. a massive sinkhole has prompted the moraga city council to give money of a half million dollars to fix it. >> here's roberta. lots of blue skies on this
st. patrick's day. bird's-eye view, wow, transamerica pyramid looking east. you can see mount diablo in the east bay. right now, we have temperatures in the 40s and 50s. it's now 49 in vallejo. 55 san francisco. later today, everybody topping off in the 70s and even the 80s. we are talking 10 to 15 degrees above average for this 17th day of the month of march. we have an offshore flow northeast to 15 miles per hour. 82 degrees today in gilroy to the south, also los gatos and saratoga. to the east, around the brentwood area, tracy and discovery bay also in the low 80s. and right around cloverdale to the north. so on friday sunshine but cooler increasing clouds saturday. we have spring arrive saturday night with the first full day of spring on sunday with partly to mostly cloudy skies, rain on monday. gianna in the house traffic next. ♪
welcome back. let's start off with the nimitz freeway. northbound 880, it is just crawling along. here's a live look at conditions as cars make their way past the coliseum. slow on the northbound side your drive time 46 minutes. 238 to the maze. once you get to the bay bridge a little easier off the 880 approach but still backed up into the maze. metering lights remain on. you will see delays off the eastshore freeway, as well. san mateo bridge not getting much better still 27 minutes for your drive time between 880 and 101. we have this earlier accident that was blocking lanes