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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: taking on the world. >> the world is in trouble, but we're going to straighten it out, okay. >> pelley: but how? >> we have to be tough. >> pelley: also tonight, the "apprentice" family feud. >> and i want to just pray for arnold, if we can. for those ratings. >> hey, donald, i have a great idea. why don't we switch jobs. >> pelley: he got burned by samsung. >> what i saw was a flame about two to three feet long shooting from the phone. >> pelley: and when he tried to sue, he got burned again. pd the sound of democracy-- liberty, justice, and jazz. ve everyone is different, and everyone has a talent, and if we int all those talents together,
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it can make something that no one's ever thought of before. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. those warm words between president trump and russian president putin suddenly turned chilly today. mr. trump had his u.n. ambassador condemn russian aggression in ukraine and warn that the u.s. sanctions will not be lifted until russia ends the occupation of ukraine's crimea peninsula. the new president has been talking tough to friend and foe alike all around the globe. today, he said the world is in trouble, but he will fix it. here's chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> when you hear about the tough phone calls i'm having, don't worry about it. just don't worry about it. they're tough. we have to be tough. pr reporter: at the national prayer breakfast, president trump described his tense
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conversation saturday with australian prime minister malcolm turnbull. mr. trump objected to an obama administration agreement in which the u.s. committed to accept more than 1,200 refugees that australia does not want. on twitter, the president called it a "dumb deal." >> and i said, "why? ury are we doing this? what's the purpose?" so we'll see what happens. >> reporter: white house press secretary, sean spicer, offered a sharper assessment of the president's reaction. >> unbelievably disappointed in the previous administration's deal that was made and how edorly it was crafted, and the threat to national security it put the united states in. >> reporter: that's not the only diplomatic test confronting the white house. the trump administration is reviewing new sanctions against iran after it carried out ballistic missile tests and iranian-backed houthi rebels attacked a saudi vessel. >> is military action off the table in iran? >> nothing-- honestly, nothing e off the table.
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>> there is a clear path to restoring peace in eastern ukraine. >> reporter: late today at the u.n., u.s. ambassador nikki hale condemned russia's aggressive posture in eastern ukraine, and ocged russia to return territories it occupies. >> the parties on the ground should heed this signal and hold their fire. >> reporter: u.s. relations with mexico have soured also over a border wall and mr. trump's vow to tear up the north american free trade deal. >> i don't care if it's a renovation of nafta or a brand new nafta, but we do have to make it fairer. >> i know this was a hotly contested election, and we do not all feel the same way about the outcome. ta reporter: on his first day ge the job, secretary of state rex tillerson urged diplomats and foreign service officers to pull together, even as hundreds esve voiced dissent over the president's immigration policy. >> we cannot let our personal convictions overwhelm our ability to work as one team. >> reporter: tillerson got to work with close u.s. allies,
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foning the foreign ministeres of canada and mexico and meeting with germany's foreign minister at the state department. and, scott, late today, australia's ambassador to the eeited states came here to the white house to meet with senior officials in hopes of resolving this dispute over refugee arsettlement. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. major, thank you. now we have more on that escalating violence in ukraine. msre is our foreign correspondent holly williams. >> reporter: on ukraine's frozen battlefield, government forces and separatists are fighting once again. in the town of avdiivka, they've had no electricity and hardly any heating for days. soviet-era rockets are killing sivilians. with the u.s. backing ukraine's government and russia supporting the separatists, this war has claimed nearly 10,000 lives since it began in 2014. both sides blame each other for the latest upsurge in violence. ukraine is trying to present itself as a victim of
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aggression, said russian president vladimir putin today, accusing the ukrainian government of attempting to squeeze money out of the u.s. and europe. but the latest violence could also be russia testing the new administration in washington and ts american president who says he wants a better relationship with moscow. the conflict started when protesters ousted president viktor yanukovych, who had close ties with moscow. and russia sent in troops to seize the crimean peninsula. we watched as eastern ukraine lurched into chaos. can you tell me, are you ukrainian, or are you russian? three years later, ukrainians tue still dying, fighting over ssether their future lies with dussia or the west. senator john mccain urged president trump in a letter
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today to arm ukrainian government forces saying, scott, that russia is testing the president and is trying to destabilize and dismember ukraine. >> pelley: holly williams reporting tonight from istanbul. holly, thanks. mr. trump's foreign policy is guided in part by his chief strategist, steve bannon, a controversial political operative who has been given a seat on the national security y,uncil. well, today, the leader of the democrats in the house, nancy pelosi, called bannon a racist. >> it's a stunning thing that a white supremacist, bannon, would be a permanent member of the national security council. >> pelley: it wasn't clear what pelosi was referring to. bannon used to be the head of breitbart news, which has run extreme right, white nationalist commentary. but for the record, our research department has not been able to find any quotes from bannon himself advocating white supremacy.
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at one point in that national prayer breakfast this morning, mr. trump was preaching to the choir. and here's nancy cordes. ( applause ) >> freedom of religion is a sacred right. >> reporter: president trump's vow delighted religious leaders gathered at the annual breakfast. >> i will get rid of and totally oustroy the johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution. i will do that. remember. >> reporter: the johnson amendment is named after former president lyndon johnson, who introduced it when he was a senator in 1954. it prevents tax-exempt nonprofits, notably churches, from donating to candidates. democrats argue the amendment is an important barrier between church and state, though johnson's motives were more parochial. the amendment was his way of fending off a well-funded senate opponent. >> thank you. ( applause ) >> reporter: and while wiesident trump can't undo the
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measure himself, he will find willing partners in the republican-led congress. >> i've long believed that. >> reporter: religious freedom wasn't the only thing on mr. trump's mind at the prayer breakfast. >> and they hired a big, big movie star, arnold schwarzenegger, to take my place, and we know how that turned out. >> reporter: he called on the almighty to help his "apprentice" replacement. >> and i want to just pray for arnold, if we can, for those ratings, okay. >> he was just fine, as long as he stayed on script. >> reporter: senator tom ugrper was there. >> when he went off on arnold schwarzenegger, i thought, god, you might want to intervene here. ( laughs ) >> reporter: the white house said that mr. trump only joked about the "apprentice" because he was introduced by the show's creator, mark burnett. in a video scott, schwarzenegger responded if the president knows so much about ratings, he's happy to switch jobs with him. nia.elley: well, he was governor of california. nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you.
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>> a raid on yemen was said to be successful. david martin reports. >> reporter: the charred wreckage of an american aircraft abandoned in yemen and the bloody signs of civilian casualties are mute evidence of what happened in a weekend raid by seal team six. the mission had first been approved at the tail end of the obama administration, but on one condition, according to white house spokesman sean spicer. >> the conclusion to halt was at that time to hold for what they r,ll a moonless night, which by calendar, wouldn't occur to then-president-elect trump was president trump. >> reporter: the new president approved the mission after meeting with his secretary of defense, joint chiefs chairman, c.i.a. director, and national security adviser, among others. but when the seals reached the r- qaeda compound, they ran into stiffer-than-expected
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resistance. pinned down and surrounded, they called in an air strike on a building from which they were taking fire. military officials now say civilians, including children inside that building, were likely killed. after a one-hour gun battle, 14 al qaeda fighters were also dead but navy seal ryan owen lay dying and three others wounded. while other members of the team went through the buildings collecting laptops, hard drives, and cell phones, a medivac came in to pick up the wounded. it lost power and made a hard landing, injuring three of its crew. a second middy vac took all the wounded to a ship off the coast of yemen. after the last of the seals had left, an air strike destroyed the aircraft left behind. the real measure of success will be whether the intelligence captured on the raid enables the u.s. to break up terrorist plots against the west upon scott. >> pelley: david martint pentagon per for us. david, thank you.
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in delaware, a 24-hour hostage standoff ended this morning with one prison guard dead and a prison counselor rescued in a raid. yemates used makeshift weapons yesterday to take over. corrections officer steven floyd les found dead in a closet. two other guards wer were relea. 7 inmates say they were protesting poor treatment. coming up on the "cbs evening news," what happened when a samsung burn victim tried to sue. and later, using jazz to explain democracy. well, a 103 yeah, 103. well, let me ask you guys. how long did it take you two to save that? a long time. then it's a fortune. well, i'm sure you talk to people all the time who think $100k is just pocket change. right now we're just talking to you. i told you we had a fortune. yes, you did. getting closer to your investment goals starts with a conversation. schedule a complimentary goal planning session today.
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illinois, plugged in his phone, and went to sleep. when you wake up, what do you see? >> what i saw was a flame about two to three feet long shooting from the phone. >> reporter: his samsung galaxy note 7 had exploded-- these are the sheets? >> yes. >> reporter: --leaving him with severe burns on his legs. >> i've never had a pain that strong in my life. i've literally taken a pitchfork through my foot and it doesn't even compare to that. >> reporter: samsung apologized in the aftermath of stories like taylor's, recalling all note 7 phones, offering exchanges and promising their consumers complete transappearancey. >> that's where the note 7 gearted on fire ,right here. >> reporter: but when taylor decided to sue samsung for damages, he confronted an obstacle samsung had buried. inside the box, under the phone, inside another box, on the last few pages of the warranty guide, is a clause requiring all disputes with samsung be resolved through final and
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binding arbitration and not by a court or jury. a consumer has 30 days to opt out, or else they cannot sue. >> i think the hope is you're never going to find it and you're not aware of it. >> reporter: myriam gilles, a dean at the cardozo school of law, has spent a decade studying arbitration. does that seem like high bar to you? >> it sure does, especially because it's on page 16 of a fairly small booklet that most itople never even open. they made it hard for you because they don't want you to opt out, because they want to protect themselves against all liability. >> reporter: arbitration is a gamble. the arbtrator is chosen by samsung. there's no right to appeal. it's completely secret. and if he looses, michael taylor could be ordered to pay samsung's legal fees. >> he and his lawyer need to have a serious conversation about how likely they are to win. >> reporter: because they're going to have to pay samsung's lawyers' fees. >> yes, and samsung has some of the best lawyers in the country.
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>> reporter: samsung sent one of them to federal court in december to argue taylor's claim should be thrown out because he never opted out. >> i don't know how i was supposed to be able to opt out of something i didn't know existed. >> reporter: when you began to become aware that you were up against this clause, what were your thoughts? >> i felt like i was robbed of a right i have in my country. >> reporter: samsung declined an on-camera interview but said in a statement arbitration gives consumers a faster, easier, and more efficient way to resolve disputes. >> pelley: jim axelrod for us, jim, thank you. coming up, a battleground in the fight over the trump immigration policy. riiight. and that means...? i'm the money you save for retirement. i help you get organized so your money could multiply. see?
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>> pelley: in a tweet today, president trump threatened to cut off federal funds to the university of california president trump threatened to cut off federal funs at the
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university california berkeley. it happened after a violent protest there last night. all this started at a student rally against a speech by breitbart editor milo yiannopoulos. then about 100 protesters dressed in block showed up, starting fires. the speech was canceled. the governor of texas is joining the trump administration in threatening to punish communities which refuse to enforce federal immigration laws. our david begnaud is in austin. >> reporter: demonstrators gathered at the texas capitol today to protest a new state proposal to further punish sanctuary cities. e goust happened in travis county, where governor greg abbott will withhold nearly $2 million in grant funding. travis county judge, sarah eckhardt. >> i've never actually seen political retribution on this scale before. >> reporter: newly elected sheriff sally hernandez campaigned to keep the sanctuary shatus for travis county.
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>> they elected me to do the right thing for the right reason, and i'm doing that. >> reporter: the sheriff says she will only hold immigrants who are here illegally if they have been charged with murder, eggravated sexual assault, or human smuggling. currently, there are more than 300 sanctuary cities nationwide which do not prosecute people in lais country illegally for violating immigration law. three states-- california, vermont, and new mexico-- are looking to provide sanctuary yatus statewide. so you think your officers, acting on behalf of federal ice agents, will strain community relations? >> absolutely. if they're a victim or they're a witness, and they're fearful, they're going to be deported and separated from their family, they're not going to come talk to us. >> reporter: governor abbott has threatened to have the elected sheriff removed from her position. >> to protect texans from deadly danger, we must insist our laws be followed. >> fighting for justice! b reporter: the grant money withheld will affect several county programs, but none that
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gral with immigration. >> we have women who are trying to get themselves out of the commercial sex trade, families who are trying to stay out of the dickensian foster care rstem, and juveniles who are suffering with trauma and drug and alcohol addiction. >> reporter: six times over the last couple of days, we've had conversations with the governor's office trying to arrange an interview with him, fft late today, scott, we were told he would not be made available. the governor does not have the authority to just go out and tmove the travis county sheriff, so he's asking the legislature to give him that lewer. >> pelley: david begnaud at the texas capitol. thank you, david. up next, music with a message. z
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>> jazz was born in a little
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flophouse in new orleans, and it just-- because people were crammed in there, they spoke five different languages. they couldn't talk to each other. the only way they could communicate was with jazz. on pelley: ryan gosling in "la la land," teaching emma stone about jazz. tonight, jericka duncan tells us this american art form is teaching kids how to put harmony back in democracy. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: this is no ordinary class. it's part jazz, part american history. the key lesson-- that jazz and democracy are based on the same principles. >> look at our band. >> reporter: bassist barry stephenson. >> do we all look exactly the same? >> no. >> do you think we all think the same? re no. >> reporter: nine-year-old sasha etheredge attends morris jeff community school in new orleans. >> i think the important thing
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is they all have their own specialty and which can just form something just brilliant and amazing. >> reporter: third grader alexander landis arnold is also in the class. do you prefer to hear one instrument or all of them together? >> all of them together, definitely, because one instrument could be the beat, one instrument could be effects. ♪ ( laughter ) so it all comes together to make good music. >> reporter: legendary musician wynton marsalis is behind the program with jazz at lincoln center in new york. y timately, what do you want these children to take away from this program? >> well, there are three things that we teach. one, through the blues, we teach you that things happen in life. the second thing, through swinging, we teach you to work iogether with people. atd through improvisation, we teach you that you have a unique identity.
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>> reporter: marsalis says you can't have music without integrity, same for politics. >> if you take integrity out of the form, you can't play jazz, because, first, i'm a solo all night. you're not going to get a chance to play. >> see how it's not as loud. >> reporter: 60 inner-city schools in the u.s. and abroad are benefiting from a $1 million rockefeller foundation grant. >> everyone is different, and everyone has a talent. and if we put all those talents together, it can make something that no one's ever thought of before. >> reporter: the faces of optimism, just like jazz. jericka duncan, cbs news, new orleans. ♪ the saints go marching in >> pelley: wynton marsalis, a national treasure. that's the "cbs evening news" htr tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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media access group at wg a dramatic ending to a carjacking and chase in oakland. a car flips over an embankment and takes out several trees. that triggered a search for the armed suspects. ng, breaking news at 6:00. a dramatic ending to a carjacking and chase in oakland. a car flips and takes out several trees. that triggered a searched for the arm suspects. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. the crash happened near pinewood road and highway 13 in the oakland hills. kpix 5's ken bastida has more. >> reporter: it's changing by the minute. within the last 30 minutes or so we found out the two suspects are apparently carjackers who tried stealing a vehicle a little earlier today and that's when they were spotted by police officers. take a look at the video from chopper 5 a short time ago. that stolen vehicle appears to have rolled down an embankment. there it is upside-down. taking out a number of trees and shrubs on the way down. this was not a gentle crash. the surprising part of it, the two suspects inside were able
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to climb out and then run away. there's another look from chopper 5 of the search area where we are just getting word that the two suspects have been taken into custody. they were spotted near the crash scene. several officers from the oakland police department and the chp set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and made sure that the suspects couldn't get away. we are also hearing that these two individuals were not injured. amazingly. but they will be on their way to jail. back to you. >> thank you. new at 6:00 san francisco continues to distance itself from the feds this time suspending ties with the fbi's joint terrorism task force. we sent kpix 5's melissa caen to ask, is the city putting politics ahead of public safety? >> reporter: the agreement between the police and the fbi was set to expire next month. but yesterday, san francisco police chief william scott went ahead and pulled th