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30 minutes. ♪[ music ] ca captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: an outbreak of zika. more than a dozen pregnant women in the rio grande valley test positive. her baby was born with a birth defect. >> even though i knew what he had, for me, he was perfect and is still perfect. >> pelley: also tonight, winter white house, summer white house- - the cost of the president's weekend travel. >> mr. president, you're welcome to come, but, please, don't. ♪ 1-877-kars-4-kids >> shut up! ?hut up! what is this charity? >> pelley: that's what investigators wanted to know. >> 3-2-1, go! t pelley: and steve hartman with the battle of the bots. >> they started with nothing and, you know, created something fantastic.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. spring is here. the temperature is rising, and with it the threat of zika, the virus spread by mosquitoes. there is an outbreak now in brownsville and mccallen, texas in the rio grande valley. so far this year, 18 women there have been infected with the virus linked to birth defects. here's dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: when we first met 23-year-old rocio morado of brownsville, texas, last month, she was 36 weeks pregnant and doctors were seeing problems on the ultrasound. >> we do see some calcifications in the brain. >> reporter: morado tested positive for zika infection. the virus is carried by mosquitoes both in brownsville and across the border in mexico, where she visited family early in her pregnancy. >> i'm kind of sad, but i know everything is going to be okay. >> reporter: this is her baby, hugo. how are you feeling right now as
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a new mother? >> i feel so happy. i'm so in love with him. a> reporter: hugo was born almost three weeks ago with a small head characteristic of microcephaly, and faces an uncertain future in terms of his development. >> for right now, he's doing okay. but maybe, like, in four, three years, we don't know. >> reporter: dr. john visintine is morado's doctor at driscoll children's hospital. >> it shows the brain small, underdeveloped. >> reporter: of the 18 other women who tested positive for zika infection, one other baby born last month also has microcephaly. seven babies appear normal, and nine pregnancies are ongoing. >> i don't know what to tell patients that live here in brownsville that want to have a yomily. what do you tell those moms? and they're definitely at risk of having babies that potentially could be damaged. >> reporter: those people behind me are crossing over from mexico over there to the united states over here. rtth so many people going back and forth between mexico and the
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u.s. every day, it's hard to know when somebody tests positive for zika exactly where they picked it up. moe virus can be spread both by ccsquito bites and sex. with no vaccine available, health officials are focusing on prevention through mosquito control and patient education because once a pregnant woman is nfected, there is no treatment protect the baby. >> in the meantime, we'll keep watching and screening. >> reporter: watching and screening and feeling... >> helpless. >> reporter: scott, with warmer weather comes mosquito breeding season, and a big question is whether the virus will now spread more widely to mosquitoes along the gulf coast. a vaccine is not expected to be ready until next year at the earliest. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook on a story we're following. jon, thank you. a former suburban dallas police officer was charged today with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager last weekend. roy oliver, a six year veteran
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of the balk springs police force was terminate tuesday for violating department policy. oliver fired his weapon into a car of teenagers leaving a party, killing 15 year old jordan edwards. one day after house republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace obamacare, republicans in the senate said they're writing their own bill from scratch. nancy cordes tells us the house ndll would have profound impacts on americans who get their r alth care through medicaid. >> i'm going to feel your neck. >> reporter: dr. gwen graddy runs a program called pace, providing comprehensive care for 600 elderly patients in detroit. like nearly 70 million americans, they all rely on oudicaid. without it... d a number of these people prematurely would end up in nursing homes. or, number two, these people would end up in emergency rooms getting their primary care, and ittimately, end up in hospitals receiving care. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: the g.o.p. plan that passed the house yesterday
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would, for the first time, place caps on federal medicaid funding to states starting in 2020. the bill would halt federal payments for obamacare's expansion of medicaid to people living just above the poverty line. the 32 states that participated in that expansion would now have to either fund that coverage themselves, cut benefits, or cut serollment. michigan is one of those states. >> and we're talking about the elderly. we're talking about children. we're talking about disabled. we're talking about mental illness-- any individual that would be eligible for the benefits that will come out of a ldicaid program will be limited in what's available for them. ol reporter: all told, the g.o.p. bill would cut an estimated $900 billion from medicaid over the next 10 years, reducing medicaid's ranks by 14 million people. many republicans, like kentucky's rand paul argue, there's no choice. >> we do not have enough for e dicare. we do not have enough for social security, we do not have enough for medicaid.
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before we got started on the expansion of medicaid... >> reporter: house republicans say their medicaid reforms would give states more flexibility. but many republican governors oppose the cuts. one even called them "devastating." and, scott, they are urging the senate to now make some serious changes to that bill. >> pelley: our chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes, nancy, thank you. well, today, prosecutors in maryland said they are dropping rape charges against two teenagers, illegal immigrants, in a case that the white house used to promote the president's deportation policy. chip reid has more on this. or it's horrendous and horrible and disgusting what this young inman in rockville went through. >> reporter: that's white house spokesman sean spicer in march. he was commenting on a case at asckville high school in maryland just outside washington in which two recent immigrants from central america, age 17 and 18, were charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom. >> part of the reason that the president has made illegal
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iomigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this. immigration pays its toll on our people. it's done-- if it's not done legally. >> reporter: his remarks drew on tonal attention to the case ofd contributed to a firestorm of anti-immigrant criticism. but the teenagers' lawyers said the sex was consensual, and was even planned in advance with the young girl. today, states attorney john ccarthy announced the charges were being dropped. >> we have concluded that the facts in this case do not support the original charges filed in this matter. >> reporter: maria mena is the lawyer for the 17-year-old. b this case blew up because they immediately assumed they were immigrants, and as a result they, immediately assumed they were rapists. >> reporter: deputy press h cretary sarah sanders, filling in today for spicer, was asked if white house rhetoric about immigration is encouraging people to jump to conclusions against immigrants. >> not at all. the president has been
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incredibly outspoken against crime in any form, fashion. >> reporter: both teens are still in custody, scott, and they could be facing lengthy deportation proceedings. >> pelley: chip reid for us tonight. chip, thank you. to the economy now, hiring picked up in april. the government said today 211,000 jobs were created. that's more than twice as many as the month before. the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.4%, and that is the lowest rate in 10 years. wages were also up 2.5% from a year ago. president trump, who is donating his $400,000 salary to charity is working this weekend from home, his summer home at his new jersey golf club. erxpayers are picking up the tab which, of course, is par for the course. here's margaret brennan. >> we're very small town with a small budget. >> reporter: bedminster mayor
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aeven parker serves a town of ng200 residents, including the president of the united states. >> he's been a good member of the community by and large, and the second highest property inxpayer in the town. on reporter: but since the election, donald trump's visits ore taxpayer funded. this morning, president trump ineeted he was staying in bedminster to avoid "a big lssruption in new york city." he said it, "also saves the country money." ane new jersey golf club is cheaper to secure than the president's new york penthouse. the police department estimates that would cost more than $300,000 per day when mr. trump is there. $1at's double the $146,000 the n.y.p.d. is already paying to protect the first lady and their son, barron. sst month, mr. trump told fox that's why he'll summer in new jersey. >> that costs almost nothing because it's hundreds of acres and security and they don't have ra close up streets, et cetera, et cetera. >> reporter: but bedminster is still paying a price.
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mayor parker sent congress a letter asking for an estimated $300,000 to cover the president's upcoming visits. that does not include the price tag for surrounding towns or the state of new jersey. in florida, mr. trump's mar-a- lago visits left the sheriff of palm beach with a $4.5 million tyll. deputy white house spokesperson sarah sanders: >> the bottom line is the president is the president no matter where he goes, and he doesn't get to control the level of costs and security that make may come along with that. >> reporter: mr. trump has not yet visited the taxpayer-funded presidential retreat at camp david. scott, congress has agreed to budget an additional $60 million on reimburse localities for costs associated with his getaways. >> pelley: margaret brennan traveling with the president. margaret, thank you. president trump's second nominee for army secretary withdrew from consideration today. mark green, a former army surgeon faced growing
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opposition. y, once likened being transgender to a disease. eeeen said tragically, my life mi public service and my christian beliefs have been mischaracterized by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain. the president's first nominee, vin vent viola withdrew because his businesses posed a conflict of interest. today the pentagon said a u.s. navy seal was killed and two other americans wounded during a raid in somalia. it is the first u.s. combat death there since the blackhawk down battle in 1993. the seals were assaulting the headquarters of the leader of al-shabaab in the islamic group. special operations forces are in s in iraq and syria isis is losing ground to forces backed by the united states, and now hundreds of young women who went to marry isis fighters are desperate to go home to europe. holly williams offers us a rare look at their perilous journey.
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>> reporter: sarah is a french citizen who traveled to syria when she was just 18. married an isis fighter, and had ugbaby. d ree years later, though, sarah's had second thoughts. her husband was killed. she's run away from the htremists, and she wants to take her baby back to france. "i want to forget everything here and get my life back," she said. "i want to start again and protect my daughter." she's one of hundreds of young european women who joined isis, some of them just teenagers, easily lured to syria with false alomises of a romantic life in the so-called islamic state. along with other foreign defectors, sarah and her daughter were given shelter by a byderate rebel group in northern syria, but one of their leaders, mohammed adeeb, told us it's
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difficult to persuade foreign governments to accept the defectors back. o you try to contact their governments and send them home? "we've tried to communicate with several governments," he told us, "but we either get no answer or nothing positive." in paris, moumenah al-hariri is a negotiator hired by sarah's family to try to bring her home. "all the women i help know they have to go to prison once they're back," she told us, "including sarah." moumenah says she only helps women and children. negotiating with european governments, and using her contacts in syria. are these women and children a threat? "if we leave them in syria, that's when they become a danger," she told us. "they're widows, so their omildren can be taken from them at any moment, brainwashed, radicalized, and turned into avman bombs.
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the children have a right to a second chance." the syrian rebels who gave protection to sarah when she fled isis told us they've also been sheltering more than 20 other defectors, scott, all of olem from western countries. >> pelley: holly williams in istanbul tonight. coming up next on the cbs wsening news, a charity with a catchy jingle captures the attention of an attorney general. and later, steve hartman with some school kids who are kickin' bot. kickin bot.
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when they thought they should westart saving for retirement.le then we asked some older people when they actually did start saving. this gap between when we should start saving and when we actually do is one of the reasons why too many of us aren't prepared for retirement. just start as early as you can. it's going to pay off in the future. if we all start saving a little more today, we'll all be better prepared tomorrow. prudential. bring your challenges. >> pelley: the attorney general of arizona is asking questions about kars4kids, one of the 9largest vehicle donation charities in the country. here's tony dokoupil. ♪ 1-877-kars-4-kids >> reporter: the kars4kids jingle is one of america's best known, and a frequent target for confused late-night comics. >> shut up!
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shut up! what is this charity. >> donate online. >> reporter: but there are new questions about who exactly donors' money helps. minnesota attorney general lori swanson alleges between 2012 and 2014 kars4kids raised $87 million. but only 44% went to charity programs. and 99% went to one in particular. oorah is an orthodox jewish organization not mentioned in the jingle. the goal is to give jewish families and their children a chance to connect with their rich heritage and it primarily reerates in new york and new jersey. attorney general swanson says the mission of kars4kids isn't clear. ri i think it's important when foople donate to a charity that they have information in terms of where their money is going. >> reporter: minnesota joins other states, including ownnsylvania and oregon, pushing for more transparency in how kars4kids spends money. daniel borochoff is from charity watch, which gives kars4kids a "d" rating.
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>> my main concern about kars4kids is people don't know what's really happening with this charity. that's fine if people want to raise money for orthodox jews, e t they need to be clear and state that's what the purpose, that's what the point is. >> reporter: kars4kids issued a statement: >> reporter: in 2015, kars4kids >> reporter: in 2015, kars4kids told tablet magazine is does not mention oorah in the ads because there isn't time. minnesota's attorney general said she has turned her findings over to i.r.s. which has the power to revoke kars4kids's charity status. in 2015, kars4kids spent $17 million on those ads and never mentioned oorah. >> pelley: tony dokoupil for us tonight. tony, thank you. coming up, a record award in a dsial over baby powder. >> pelley: tony dokoupil for us tonight. tony, thank you. coming up, a record award in a trial over baby powder. baby powder.
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>> pelley: we end tonight with pride and prejudice, and how one overcame the other. steve hartman "on the road." te reporter: when pleasant run ryementary in indianapolis decided to launch a competitive robotics team last fall, coach asa hopper said she had one goal and one goal only-- to avoid humiliation. was that really your goal, not to embarrass yourself? >> that was my goal. >> reporter: that was it? >> i said i hope we don't embarrass ourselves. and if that happens, i'll be a happy coach. >> reporter: the school is in a high-poverty neighborhood, so the kids don't have many resources. and her fourth grade team didn't know the first thing about robotics. nevertheless, the pleasant run pantherbots began studying and d en designed a robot that could complete the assigned task. in the beginning there were a t w successes and a lot of failures although the kids say
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the biggest disappointment had nothing to do with their robot. at one of their first matches an adult in the crowd heckled a hispanic teammate and told him to go back to mexico. >> i don't know why they did that. y that was actually kind of hertful for them to say that. >> reporter: the incident was demoralizing, but far from debilitating. in fact, it only made the kids work harder and stay after school later. >> it's motivating. >> i was so mad because it happened, but i was actually kind of glad because we beat their butts. >> reporter: that's a poetic way au saying they channeled that insult into a victory at the city tournament. they went on to win at state, too. wed just last week, competed in the world championships in louisville, kentucky. >> the pantherbots, of indianapolis, indiana, make some noise! 3-2-1, go! >> reporter: they didn't win it all, but they made it to the final round, hardly the
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humiliation their coach had feared. >> they started with nothing, kd, you know, created something fantastic. >> reporter: the kids are all now talking about technical soreers. some day they may build incredible robots. but for now, their greatest contribution remains purely human. >> all of our team, everybody in america is-- has got to be mixed. it's a melting pot. >> reporter: steve hartman on the road in indianapolis, indiana. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all sound the world. i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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retired u-c professors, raking in as much as 600 thousand dollars in a year! good e kpix 5 news at 6 begins with what may be one of the best gigs in california. retired uc proves earning as much as $600,000 in a year. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. new at 6:00 they are known as recalled retirees. professors who come back to double dip on a salary and a pension. kpix 5's melissa caen with the records raising even more questions about how uc spends its money. >> reporter: on monday, uc president janet napolitano was in the hot see the about an audit that found excessive salaries and benefits. and some retirees can earn as much as half million dollars a year. >> the retirement is based on x and x prime. >> reporter: he is conducting
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an audit. he retired in 2016 with hundreds of thousands in pension benefits but in 2015 he also made $299,000 as an employee at ucla. >> it seems inappropriate for people to extracting very large benefits from a state and from a university that has so much debt. >> reporter: mark joffe is with the california policy center that received pension data from the university. it shows that 25uc retirees are receiving more than $300,000 a year in retirement benefits. the highest paid gets more than $385,000 a year for the rest of his life and including this doctor eight members of this club were also on the uc payroll in 2015 getting both incomes. >> under certain restrictions, once you retire,