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contamination. >> reporter: the rail cars include plutonium and uranium. all the waste from the manhattan project which tested and built the atomic bomb during world war ii is buried there. a massive cleanup effort costincostin costing $2 billion a year is aimed at decontaminating a site half the size of rhode island. >> we're waiting to see how bad can it get. >> reporter: tom hanford is with a watchdog group. in spite of the fact that it's
getting more dangerous. >> more dangerous with time. we're going to see tank failures in the future. this is a wake-up call. >> reporter: at hanford, all but essential workers have been told not to report for work tonight. officials say they're looking for a way to fix the tunnel, scott, without making that hole any bigger. >> john blackstone for us, thank you. after 16 years and 2,396 american deaths, there is no victory in afghanistan. now president trump is considering whether to send more troops. and here's david martin. >> reporter: facing the stalemate in which the afghan army is suffering what the pentagon calls shockingly high casualties, the trump administration is preparing to send some 3,000 troops back to afghanistan. the exact number would depend on how many troops nato allies contribute. the increase was requested by general john nicholson who says
he needs more trainers and advisers for the afghan army. the plan, which has not yet been presented to president trump for a decision would allow american advisers to operate closer to the front lines and geoive them greater authority to call in airstrikes against the taliban, an enemy which can still carry out attacks like this one last month on an afghan military base that left 140 dead. general nicholson has estimated it would take two to three years to regain an advantage over the taliban. the goal is not to defeat the taliban but to convince them they cannot win and are better off seeking a negotiated end to the war. as joint chiefs chairman general dunford explained, it comes down to which side cracks first. >> we can be tired. but war's a clash of wills. who wins and who loses, who loses is whose will is lost
first. >> reporter: some would conduct raids against terrorist groups like isis and al qaeda. the u.s. military went into afghanistan after 9/11 to prevent it from ever being used again as a base for attacks against the united states. 16 years later, afghanistan has the highest concentration of terrorist groups anywhere on earth. >> david martin at the pentagon. president trump will send weapons to syria's kurdish fighters, something president obama declined to do to avoid angering turkey. turkey and nato ally has fought for decades against kurds who want independence. coming up here, it was willing, but the pilots didn't show. chaos broke out.
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and bodies were about the only thing flying last night. it erupted after a week of canceled flights at spirit airline hubs across the country, leaving travelers stranded. she has had three flights canceled. >> very angry, angry people. everybody had places to be and couldn't be there. >> reporter: they are blaming a contract dispute for the disruption. in a lawsuit, the airline says it has had to cancel 300 flights, impacting 20,000 passengers, costing $8.5 million in lost revenue. at ft. lauderdale airport today, it was calmer, but passengers like mike mcgrath were still frustrated. >> feels like we have no control. >> oh, my god, look what you're doing to him. >> reporter: from united to american. >> hey, bud, you do that to me, and i'll knock you flat. >> reporter: on board, and in the terminal. >> you know why i'm videotaping
you? because you guys have terrible customer service. >> reporter: the tension between airlines and passengers have reached a tipping point for the industry. >> they cannot go on this way with this kind of news day after day. >> reporter: charles leoca with travelers united says airlines need to refocus on customer service as a top priority. >> from the ceo to the gate agent. right now the airlines are thinking about one thing, that's profits. >> reporter: paul berry. >> this isn't a customer service issue. this is a pilot issue, not showing up to fly their flights. >> reporter: the airline pilots association denies conducting a work slow down and is working with the airline to continue operations they've had to cancel 39 flights today. next, after a fraternity pledge dies, we'll look at hazing.
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>> reporter: the remaining beta members rushed in and out of the courtroom. >> it's unspeakable. it's a very, very sad and tragic case. >> reporter: the district attorney charged a total of 18 penn state university students with crimes ranging from hazing to aggravated assault. >> the only reason this came to the surface is because timothy died. >> reporter: he died of injuries that tell the story of a february pledge night that included heavy drinking and alleges a disregard for piazza's life-threatening injuries. he fell down a flight of stairs and went in and out of consciousness for over 12 hours before his fraternity brothers called 911. surveillance cameras throughout the frat house captured much of
what happened. >> without the tools we had this time would we have had the whole picture? >> reporter: those tools being? >> the video, the electronic devices. >> reporter: park miller says in many ways that video brings to light a long-standing culture of hazing, according to a 2013 bloomberg news report, there have been more than 60 deaths in the last eight years involving initiation rituals. writer and former fraternity member david berkman has produced haze, a greek tragedy. that examines why people continue to go through processes that are dangerous and deadly. >> it's about building brotherhood, sisterhood. these are going to be families, and if we go through something hard, if we are tested, we do bond. >> reporter: all of the fraternity members posted bail, scott. a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next week. the district attorney tells me there's a possibility that video might be played at the hearing.
>> a rainbow, tie-dye. >> it's just kind of fascinating to watch. >> reporter: they trade them, make them, even sell them. fidget spinners are almost mesmerizing. compared to rubiks cubes and yo-yos, kids can't get enough of them. this 11-year-old bice them wherever she can get them. >> i like to see whose can spin the longest, so we sort of have a competition about that. >> reporter: the challenge of tricks and twirling has generated a barrage of how-to videos on youtube. >> it's oddly satisfying and really fun. >> reporter: the toys were originally designed to help kids, well, stop fidgeting. but like with any true fad comes a backlash. educators say they're becoming a dizzying classroom distraction. john mcdonald is assistant principal in minnesota. >> it's a distraction, we're no
longer allowing them in school. if they do bring them to school, we will take them, hold onto them and give them back at the end of the day. >> reporter: fidget spinners are banned in 32% of schools. even adults are getting in on the action. joe in minnesota makes custom spinners in metal and ceramic, some selling forasmuch as $175. his internet sales have been going through the roof. >> someone said oh, my god, i'll buy that from you. so i made ten more, then 100 more, then 1,000 more, and it kind of took off from there. >> reporter: many now are wondering if the newest fad will start to teeter or continue to twirl. cbs news, minnesota. that's overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news, and be sure not to miss cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
this is the "cbs overnight news." in a surprise move, president trump fired the director of the fbi, james comey, was leading the investigation into whether associates of mr. trump colluded with the russian government to influence the u.s. presidential election. in an oddly-worded letter in which the president declares his own innocence, mr. trump told comey that he had determined that comey is not able to effectively lied the bureau. comey who was well-known for integrity was appointed by president obama and had about six years to go on a ten-year term. recently, comey has been controversial with both democrats and republicans,
leading the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails and the russian tampering probe. major garrett is at the white house. >> reporter: the letter from president trump to now former director james comey was characteristically blunt. it reads in part, you are hereby terminated and removed from office effective immediately. accompanying letters released by the white house come from senior justice department officials who say comey had to be fired because of actions and the lack of action he took with regards to hillary clinton in 2016 and the investigation into her e-mail server. those senior justice department officials say not only was comey wrong not to pursue charges, he was wrong to have a press conference announcing that fact and that he had failed to acknowledge both of those errors and both of those breaches with protocol, and that forced the president to accept their advice that comey be terminated. one letter from the new deputy attorney general rod rosen steen says in part, the fbi's
reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage. the director announced his own conclusions about the nation's most sensitive criminal investigation without the authorization of duly appointed justice department leaders. attorney general jeff sessions also wrote to president trump, quote, i've concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the fbi. the director must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the department of justice. shortly after those letters were delivered to the president, the president sent his letter firing the now former fbi director. also in this letter, scott, you referred to it, an odd statement from the president, tying comey to the ongoing investigation into russia and possible collusion with possible trump officials during the campaign. the president's letter to comey reads in, i greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that i am not under investigation. the president goes on. it is essential that we find new
leadership for the fbi that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission. on april 11th, the president was asked if he had confidence in comey. he said he did. now less than a month later he does not and comey has been fired. an evacuation has been ordered at the nation's largest nuclear waste dump. in washington state, radioactive material is stored in underground caves. local officials insist there is no danger to the local community. >> reporter: the chancing soil created a 20 by 20-foot hole over a tunnel. it's the largest storage site of nuclear weapons waste. they say nearly 5,000 workers had to take cover. >> what that means is shelter in place. this is purely precautionary, because, again, no employees were hurt, and there was no spread of, no indication of a
spread of radio logical contamination. >> reporter: the tunnel contains rail cars used decades ago and store plutonium and uranium. all the waste from the manhattan project which tested and build the atomic bomb during world war ii is buried at hanford. a massive cleanup effort costing $2 billion a year is aimed at decontaminating a site half the size of rhode island. >> the crisis isn't over yet, and, you know, so we're waiting to see how bad can it get. >> reporter: tom carpenter is with hanford challenge, a watchdog group monitoring safety at the site. in spite of the fact that the cleanup's going on, it's get morg more dangerous. >> more dangerous with time. we're going to see tank failures. this is a wakeup call.
>> reporter: all but essential workers have been told not to report to work tonight. they're told to fix the hold witho -- hole without making it bigger. an effort to break the stalemate with the taliban. >> reporter: facing the stalemate, the trump administration is preparing to send some 3,000 ouu.s. troops bk to afghanistan. the exact number would depend on how many troops nato allies contribute. the increase was requested by general john nicholson, a top commander in afghanistan who says he needs more trainers and advisers for the afghan army. the plan, which has not yet been presented to president trump for a decision would allow american advisers to operate closer to the front lines and give them grader authority to call in airstrikes against the taliban,
an enemy which can still carry out attacks like this one last month on an afghan military base that left 140 dead. general nicholson has estimated it would take two to three years to regain an advantage over the taliban. the goal is not to defeat the taliban but to convince them they cannot win and are better off seeking a negotiated end to the war. as joint chiefs chairman general dunford explained to cbs news radio, it comes down to which side cracks first. >> we can be tired, but war is a clash of wills, right? so who wins, who loses? who loses is whose will is lost first. >> reporter: after the increase, the u.s. troops would number close to 12,000. some would conduct raids against terrorist groups like al qaeda and isis. the u.s. military went into afghanistan after 9/11 to prevent it from ever being used again as a base for attacks against the united states.
1 yea 16 years later, afghanistan has the highest concentration of terrorist groups on earth. controversy spilled over into the terminal in ft. lauderdale where stranded travelers got into fistfights with each other and with the cops. >> reporter: at the spirit airlines ticket counter, fists and bodies were about the only thing flying last night. it erupted after a week of canceled flights at four spirit airlines hubs across the country. debbie mcgrandy has had three flights canceled. >> very angry, angry, angry people. everybody had places to be and couldn't be there. >> reporter: spirit is blaming a pilot work slow down due to a contract dispute. in a lawsuit, the airline said it has had to cancel 300 flights over the last week impacting some 20,000 passengers, costing
doctors in minnesota are battling against the worst measles outbreak in nearly 30 years, and most of those infected are the unvaccinated children of somali immigrants. apparently, the community is afraid the vaccinations will cause autism. >> reporter: here at children's minnesota, doctors have treated 34 of the 48 confirmed cases. when patients visit, they're given a mask to cover up, that's because the virus is so contagious that if you're exposed and you don't have the vac sign, there's a 90% chance you'll contract it. have you gone a day without having a new case? >> we have gone zero days without having a new case. >> reporter: patsy is the director for infection control at children's minnesota hospital.
the measles outbreak started about four weeks ago. 46 of the 48 confirmed cases are in children 10 years old or younger. >> i just finished doing rounds on these children, and they are miserable. they're in the hospital, they have ivs, they're not drinking. they have terrible coughs. some have pneumonia. >> reporter: the virus commonly moves through the air your it can live for up to two hours, making it more contagious than the flu. the only vaccine in the u.s. available is the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or mmr. >> some will have infection in their brain, permanent brain damage, blindness or deafness, so we wouldn't vaccinate if this was just a rashy illness. this is a very, very serious disease. >> reporter: in 2014, almost 90%
were vac nated. it's an unfounded fear that mmr causes autism. >> some parents, they said at least it's curable, because they believe that thing is causing ah tim. and they don't have a choice. >> reporter: this is a somalian mother of five children. four have received the mmr vaccine, but she waited until they were older, even after getting measles herself. what was that like? mow haumd doesn't plan to vaccinate her 5-year-old until he starts school in the fall. >> there is this big decision to make. are you going to choose to take the risk to vaccinate and get the long-term chronic illness? or areoing to take the risk of trying to do everything that you can in your power to prevent your child from getting the measles? that's a very hard choice. >> reporter: doctors say false information linking vaccines to autism is hurting children.
do you get frustrated that this misinformation is still out there? >> it is frustrating, because we know these diseases are contagious, they can spread. they can take children's lives, and all we have to do is go back to before we had vaccines where the united states had 4 million cases of measles, and we will go back there if we don't continue to vaccinate. >> reporter: scientific studies show there's no direct correlation between the vaccine and an increased risk at autism. now here in minnesota, health officials say it could take months for this epidemic to be over, that's because they need at least six weeks with no new reported cases of measles for the outbreak to be considered finished. when you hear the brand nestle, you probably think of chocolate. but they are also the biggest producer of bottled water. they are now coming under fire about where it get ts a lot of s
water, from southern california. the area is just coming back from a four-year drought. >> reporter: in the san bernardino mountains outside los angeles, this intricate maze of pipes collects and funnels tens of millions of gallons of water each year. it's the original source for nestle's arrowhead water. the steep terrain is only easily accessible by helicopter. larry lawrence brought us deep into the canyon. >> these are naturally-flowing sources. naturally flows into the pipe. >> reporter: springwater collects in this tunnel and moves downhill through this pipeline. >> from the top to the bottom is 7.2 miles. >> reporter: at the bottom, tanker trucks load and transport it to a nearby plant where they bottle the water. the water business is booming. bottled water sales are up nearly 9% over the last year which has sent nestle looking
for new sources. of their current sources around the country, 11 are in california, a state dealing with long-term drought concerns. >> every gallon of water that is taken out of a natural system for bottled water is a gallon of water that doesn't flow down a stream, that doesn't support a natural ecosystem. >> reporter: nestle has faced protests over its water collection in california, both because of the drought and the fact that this site is on public land. while the company takes about 30 million-gallons each year, they pay just $524 to the u.s. forest service for the permits. >> i think it's fair to say that in this case, our public agencies have dropped the ball. >> reporter: the forest service is now reviewing nestle's permit for the first time in 30 years. nelson switzer is nestle's chief sustainability officer.
some people would say this is the people's water, is it fair that you make so much money off of this? >> nestle has water rights of course in this area. from a legal stand point of, of course it's fair. from a perception point, i understand why people are asking that question, but water belongs to no wouone. the sustainability of the supply is paramount. and if our activities were to compromise the sustainability of that supply, we would stop operating. i hope people remember that water itself is a renewable resource. as long as that is managed properly, that system will be renewable forever. >> reporter: it may be renewable. but as long as companies like nestle make a profit, the debate over public/private ahh. where are mom and dad? 'saved money on motorcycle insurance with geico! goin' up the country. love mom and dad' i'm takin' a nap. dude, you just woke up!
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name right, it's okay. >> really? >> judge alex kaczynski, one of the most conservative, influential judges has advice for the president. >> my advice to anybody going after judges by name, whether it's the president or anybody else, i think it's a terrible idea. >> is this etiquette that it shouldn't be done. >> i think people before the court should be very careful about insulting the people make the decisions. i think it's wise for him not to comment on the judges. it's not going to help anything. all it's going to do is emphasize the weakness of your position. >> so he's just advertising that he's on shaky ground. >> i think it has a tendency, yes. >> a judge has just blocked our executive order. >> not only has president trump
castigated individual judges, he has targeted judge casenski's ninth circuit court saying it should be split in two. >> people are screaming, break up the ninth circuit. take a look at how many times they have been overturned with their terrible decisions. take a look. >> the ninth circuit can't be split and won't be split. it's a terrible idea. >> why is it a terrible idea? the president himself has come after the circuit, saying 80% of your decisions are overturned bit supreme court. >> generally when the supreme court takes cases they can overturn, they overturn something like 70% to 80% of all cases they take. so we're there in the middle. >> reporter: mr. trump's quarrel with the ninth circuit heated up after it upheld a lower court's blocking of its controversial travel ban. >> aren't our borders getting extremely strong? >> in the opinion, the judges noted that during the campaign, candidate trump made numerous statements about his intent to
imemployment a muslim ban, which would be unconstitutional. but in this case, judge kaczynski sides with the president. he wrote in a dissenting opinion that you can't hold an elected official to every statement made while campaigning when in truth, the poor b' intent is to get elected. you talk about the first amendment. >> first amendment is really at the very core of political speech. and political speech is in the very core of the first amendment. so we want to be very careful to make sure that they will free to express their views so people will make an informed choice. we don't want them holding back. and considering their views and then disclosing them afterwards. >> reporter: holding a candidate's statements against him, he wrote, will chill campaign speech.
>> candidates will promise the sun and the moon. and everybody understands, you're not going to get the sun and the moon. you're probably not going to get either. >> reporter: what about when a president lies? >> well, mach developy said it is the duty of a prince to lie. >> reporter: is that the way you see it? >> i think in some circumstances, probably right. >> you are being unreasonable. >> reporter: being provocative is classic kaczynski. >> you could have said, bam! >> reporter: another example? his support of the death penalty, but not by lethal injection. >> i think use of lethal injection is a way of lying to ourselves to make it look like execution's a peaceful, a benign, sort of like going to sleep, and they're not. they're brutal things. >> reporter: now you have proposed alternatives. you propose firing squad to lethal injections. >> never fails. >> reporter: but you also said the guillotine. >> that's right. >> reporter: really? the guillotine?
come on. >> you know, it's 100% effective. and it leaves no doubt that what we are doing is a violent thing. if we as a society are willing to take away human life, we should be willing to watch it. >> reporter: you know, you're very soft-spoken, and you have a very placid look on your face, and you say very outspoken, almost incendiary things like that. i think sometimes people sort of miss the provocation of what you're saying. >> on the contrary. the softer you speak the more the publication is heard. >> reporter: judge alex kaczynski has spent over three decades on this bench at the ninth circuit. in his rulings on thousands of cases, there's one constant, a deep-rooted distrust of authority, which, like his thick accent is a product of his childhood. >> you can see the full report on our website, cbs news.com of
people who survive a direct hit from a tornado often give the same response to reporters. it sounded like a freight train, and it came out of nowhere. meteorologists use satellites and other tools to spot storms likely to spawn tornados, but they are still unable to determine when and where a tornado will touchdown. tony dokoupil. >> reporter: they are working to improve forecasting by using drones. the aircraft can do what the
rest of us cannot, flying into the heart of dangerous weather systems to collect data on the storms. 13 minutes. that's the average time between the detection of a tornado forming to when it touches down, leaving people in its path scrambling to find a safe place. >> look at the cloud coming out. oh, man! >> reporter: this countdown was a reality for parts of the midwest and south earlier last week as severe storms and tornados battered the areas, leaving at least 14 people dead. >> oh, my gosh! >> reporter: unlike other weather systems, tornado form quickly, are hard to predict and even harder to track. jamie jacob and his team from oklahoma state university are working on a set of drones designed to fly into and analyze severe weather systems. >> meteorologists are very good at predicting how, when and where the storm is going to develop, but not so good at determining when a storm is going to form a tornado at a
particular place or a particular time. >> reporter: they're built to withstand rain, hail and winds of at least 80 miles per hour. and they drop a device called a dropsonde that goes inside a potential tornado. >> the goal is to get more data that feeds into those models and do that in real time. rar. >> repr: that al time data can be a real help in saving lives. >> if we can get to the point where we can warn ahead of time an hour. >> reporter: it goes through testing before being used by the national weather service. >> the technology is a little ahead of the regulatory processes, however, so we may have to wait for the legal side to catch up with us. >> that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, you can check back with us a little later for the morning news, and of course cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new
york city, i'm dimarco morgan. captioning funded by cbs captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, may 10th, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." president trump fires fbi director james comey in the midst of an investigation into the trump campaign's ties with russia. what led up to the ouster, criticism from the president's own party, and a push for reaction from the opposition. >> this is partly a deeply troubling pattern from the trump administration. >> well, good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs