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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: blocked again. an appeals court keeps the president's travel ban on hold, as the homeland security secretary warns of a threat to the homeland. >> the terrorists that are atghting in the caliphate, syria and iraq, they're going home. >> pelley: also tonight, the president tells nato members, "pay your share." >> this is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the united states. >> pelley: does size matter when it comes to car safety? what a new study has found. and, shuttle diplomacy. one family, five graduation ceremonies, including mom's. >> i set expectations, and they met them. >> reporter: was she a tough mother? >> oh, absolutely.
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley, reporting tonight from brussels. >> pelley: this is our western edition. as a candidate, donald trump once described brussels as a hellhole. he said it had been beautiful before muslims immigrated here. mr. trump is here now as president, for a contentious meeting of the leaders of the nato alliance. but his words about muslims haunted him back home today. a federal appeals court voted 10-3 to block his partial ban on travel to the u.s. by citizens of six mostly muslim nations. the reason, according to the chief judge: bigotry. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: the president's executive order would have ormporarily suspended visas from iran, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen. the decision from the fourth circuit court of appeals keeps
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it from going into effect. writing for the majority, chief judge roger gregory wrote, "mr. trump's order speaks with vague words of national security, but in context, drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination." the travel ban was a cornerstone of president trump's campaign. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: shortly after taking office, the president signed a first executive order that was also blocked by the courts. this version, which dropped any overt references to religion, was supposed to stand up to judicial scrutiny. the administration has said the threat of terrorism justifies the ban. the dissenting judges agreed. "the real losers in this case are the millions of individual americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm." earlier today, secretary of
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homeland security john kelly warned congress that he was worried about isis fighters traveling to europe and the u.s. >> they're not going home to live normal lives. in fact, they're being encouraged to not be killed in the caliphate fight. "go back to where you came from and just create manchester-type fights." >> reporter: the administration is expected to wait to appeal until the ninth circuit court rules on a similar case. scott, if the two courts disagree, the supreme court will likely need to step in. >> pelley: jeff pegues for us tonight. jeff, thank you. well, the man who attacked the concert in manchester on monday night was born in britain of parents who had immigrated from libya. 22 people were killed. ite number in the hospitals has fallen by half to 32. and the number in critical condition is down to ten. there have been eight arrests,
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and mark phillips has more on a somber day in britain. >> reporter: for a town and a country in shock, the response was togetherness and silence. not just manchester, britain stood still in remembrance this morning. and for the suffering, a surprise hospital visit from the queen. >> >> reporter: the nation's 91-year-old grandmother, here to make 14-year-old evie mills and everyone else feel better, and saying what everyone felt. ls reporter: "very wicked to target that sort of thing," she said. >> reporter: these victims will recover. hen others, five of them children, are still listed as critical. police are still searching for the wicked. more raids, more arrests, and a picture emerging, says police chief ian hopkins, of the terror
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network they fear is behind the iambing. >> i want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant. >> reporter: more is emerging about the bomber, salman abedi. police think he stayed in this apartment building in the days before the attack, after he had acme back from libya, perhaps with instructions from isis. but, they are furious that critical information they wanted f keep secret for as long as ldey could, including the bomber's identity and the nature of the bomb's construction gleaned from pieces of it found from after the blast, have been , aked to u.s. news outlets, including to cbs news, after it was shared with u.s. security officials. manchester mayor andy burnham: >> it is wrong, it is arrogant, it is disrespectful to the people of greater manchester, but mainly to the families who have lost loved ones and to maose injured. mi reporter: prime minister theresa may promised to confront president trump with her
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country's outrage when she met him in brussels. >> intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure. thank you. ge reporter: police anger over the leaks goes beyond their effect on victims' families. tslling terrorists groups what you know, they say, gives them advanced warnings of the sorts of things you are looking for. and scott, it removes the element of surprise when you come after them. >> pelley: mark phillips in manchester again tonight for us. mark, thank you. well, here in brussels, the theme of today's nato summit might have been, "with friends like these, who needs enemies?" mr. trump publicly berated the allies for not paying their fair e are for defense, and the chief ed the alliance complained that mr. trump isn't worried enough about the threat from russia. major garrett covered the summit. >> reporter: president trump responded to the british prime minister by calling the intelligence leaks "deeply troubling." he said these leaks have been going on for a long time, and
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promised a full justice department investigation. rtme ceremony with nato leaders lecluding prime minister may, the president observed a moment rv silence for the victims of the manchester terror attack. >> all people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing and removing these killers and extremists. and yes, losers. >> reporter: while terrorism has eaken center stage at the summit, confronting russia is also a dominant theme. but the 28-nation alliance, originally formed as a counterweight to the soviet influence, is showing cracks. european council president donald tusk: >> reporter: during the campaign candidate trump routinely questioned nato's usefulness.
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>> i said, here's the problem nth nato. it's obsolete. ck reporter: he has since backed off that claim, but today he made clear the u.s. is nato's top dog. s rough his actions and his rerds, mr. trump lectured his nato colleagues on their need to contribute more. >> this is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the united states. >> reporter: only five nato members spend 2% of their gross domestic product on defense, the nato standard. just three more countries have promised to meet that mark next year. >> with these chronic underpayments, and growing threats, even 2% of g.d.p. is insufficient. ep reporter: the president did not publicly commit to nato's core mission defending any nmber nation attacked. ioott, senior officials flying seth the president from brussels to taormina, italy here, nor g7 meetings, echo secretary of state tillerson who said yesterday the u.s. will fulfill all nato obligations. >> pelley: our chief white house correspondent major garrett
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traveling with the president, now in sicily, thank you, major. the front-runner for a congressional seat in montana has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a reporter. today, republican greg gianforte lost the endorsements of the ofading newspapers in montana. barry petersen is there. >> reporter: "guardian" newspaper reporter ben jacobs said the encounter with republican congressional candidate greg gianforte started like this. >> reporter: but it ended like this. >> reporter: a campaign spokesman said it was the eeporter who grabbed gianforte's wrist, calling it in a statement, "aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist." but alicia acuna, a reporter from the unusually conservative fox news, was an eye witness.
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>> then gianforte grabbed him by ane neck, both hands, slid him od the side, body slammed him and then got on top of him and started punching and then yelling at him. >> reporter: republican house speaker paul ryan did not endorse the candidate's actions. >> that is wrong and it should not have happened. i think he should apologize. >> reporter: gianforte has disappeared. he was last seen driving away from the incident, and canceled all appearances today. e for voters, elizabeth green said a congressional candidate should act the way she teaches her son sam. >> like i tell my son, it is important to keep your hands to yourself. and to use your words. and if candidate for congress can't do that, then definitely doesn't deserve to have that position. >> reporter: doug steiner voted for gianforte. the incident did not change his mind. >> no. >> reporter: why not? >> because i have heard too many versions of it and i'm not sure what happened. no offense, sir, but i don't trust the media much.
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>> reporter: if convicted, gianforte faces a $500 fine or a x months in jail, or both. so far, no republican has called for him to withdraw from the race or if indicted, scott, to not take the seat. >> pelley: the trustworthy barry petersen in bozeman, montana tonight. thank you, barry. tonight, the u.s. senate has completed its investigation of the wounded warrior project. the senate probe began after a t,ries of reports on the "cbs veening news" questioned how much of the donations were actually going to wounded vets. chip reid has this. >> reporter: last year, we met erick millette, one of dozens of former employees who shared with cbs news concerns about the charity's spending and programs for veterans. >> they're using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships, to make money. so you can have these big parties? >> reporter: senator chuck
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grassley led an inquiry into the allegations. >> you want to make sure that people that contribute money, that it's used for what it was meant to be used for. >> reporter: the charity had said it spent 80 cents of each donor dollar on programs for veterans, but grassley says that included donated media, advertisements and educational fundraising solicitations to reach that number. and, grassley's nearly 500-page report to the senate judiciary and finance committees found wounded warrior project was spending only about 68% of donor dollars on programs for veterans. it also found the charity lacked sufficient policies and procedures to manage the y ganization, mislead donors about more than $65 million placed in a long-term trust that edd not yet been spent on veterans, and spent excessive amounts of money on travel, as well as on fundraising and staff events. c.e.o. steven nardizzi was fired last year, along with nearly the entire executive suite of the charity.
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>> i think it's going to help in the long run to deliver exactly what the program ought to do for veterans. >> reporter: in a statement, wounded warrior project said it allows accounting rules and i.r.s. requirements and has "made significant changes to insure that we are focused on running the most efficient, ,ffective organization possible." scott, it also says it updated its travel and expense policies and adjusted its programs and services to focus on mental health and long-term support. >> pelley: chip reid, thanks. well, president trump said during the campaign that nato is obsolete, because it doesn't fight terrorism. but the truth is, the alliance has been in afghanistan for 16 years. 25 nato countries have forces there now, alongside more than 8,000 u.s. troops. elizabeth palmer is among the most experienced war correspondents today, and she brings us up to date on america's longest war.
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>> reporter: just last month-- ( gunfire ) --u.s. marines fought a pitched battle in southern afghanistan against taliban fighters who have been launching one bold attack after another. the taliban now control roughly one-third of afghanistan. more than at any time since 2001 when the war began. earlier this year, america's top commander in afghanistan, john nicholson, told the armed forces committee the war was stalled. >> are we winning or losing? >> mr. chairman, i believe we're in a stalemate. >> reporter: 16 years in, the afghan war is costing america more than $3 billion a month. back in 2014, the u.s. military was on its way out, handing afghanistan security over to the afghans. u.s. troop strength, which had
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peaked at 98,000 in 2010, plummeted to 8,400. but now the pentagon wants to reverse that. it's asked to add 3,000 to 5,000 more personnel, and for authorization to send u.s. forces closer to the front lines, to back up afghan soldiers who are often overwhelmed by the taliban and dying in the thousands. here in brussels, the u.s. has been trying to talk its nato allies into adding thousands more troops in afghanistan as well, but so far the reception has been cool. and as for the decision to beef up u.s. forces, it has been postponed, scott, until the president returns to washington. >> pelley: liz palmer with us in brussels tonight, thank you. today, the pentagon acknowledged at least 105 civilians were killed in a u.s. air strike in mosul, iraq, in march.
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a 500-pound bomb hit a building to take out two isis snipers. but the pentagon said today, isis had explosives in the building and the secondary blast collapsed the structure. coming up next on the "cbs evening news" from brussels, alarming news from people who don't get enough sleep. and later, one family, five graduations. graduations.
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>> pelley: tonight, we have a fascinating new study on sleep. we hope the results don't keep you up. here's dr. tara narula. >> reporter: scott, this study looked at the effects of sleep duration in people with metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. they include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. it's estimated 35% to 40% of americans have metabolic syndrome.
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ar a sleep lab, researchers monitored the sleep of more than 1,300 people and found that those with metabolic syndrome who got less than six hours sleep were twice as likely to die of heart disease or stroke, compared to those who slept more than six hours. although this study shows an a sociation and not a cause and effect, you can never stress enough how important sleep is, and the recommendation for everyone is seven to eight hours a night. and scott, if you have metabolic syndrome and symptoms of sleep apnea or insomnia, researchers suggest that a visit to a sleep specialist and a sleep study may be beneficial. and elley: thanks, doctor. and when we come back, the key to surviving a crash. crash.
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>> pelley: cbs news has confirmed that jared kushner, the president's son-in-law, is under scrutiny in the f.b.i. probe of russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether there
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was collusion by the trump campaign. investigators are looking into d etings kushner held in december with russia's ambassador and a banker from moscow. whze matters, when it comes to a car crash. a new study by the insurance industry found your odds of lying or being seriously hurt are much greater in a small car. two small cars have the largest death rates: the hyundai accent and the kia rio sedan. bigger is better, including the mazda cx-9 and the jeep cherokee. ok next, one family, five new graduates. graduates. ,,
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>> pelley: five degrees in the spring time? here's dean reynolds. >> lawanda flennoy. >> reporter: it was a special day for lawanda flennoy. for 25 years, she worked full time to raise her three daughters. so, finally earning an associate degree this month was especially sweet. but the best part is that her children are graduating from school, too-- all at the same time. so, this is like a happy coincidence? >> absolutely. >> for them, not so much for me. it is expensive for me. ( laughter ) >> reporter: amari just graduated cum laude from the griversity of illinois at chicago and is heading off to a job with ford. paris just graduated from chicago state, and has a job with apple. jade is graduating from high school and preparing to attend illinois state. and, four-year-old granddaughter brooklyn is about to graduate from pre-kindergarten.
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if you are keeping score, that's three generations, five family members, all graduating in 2017. >> i set expectations, and they met them. >> reporter: was she a tough mother? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: what was the feeling when you were up there on the stage? >> it was overwhelming. >> reporter: what did you all think when you saw your mother up there? >> it was really exciting because this is something that we feel like we pursued for so long, but to see her do it, the ued s on her was something that was really, really exciting. >> reporter: and lawanda flennoy isn't stopping. she plans to get her bachelor's degree in psychology as soon as she can. >> reporter: it sounds like you have very high goals for yourself, in addition to your children. >> absolutely. absolutely. i have to set an example. thank you. r: reporter: and that she has. >> pelley: dean reynolds. that's the "evening news" from brussels. good night. * captioning sponsored by cbs
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we begin with an impressive look at what's being called the mother of all landslides. "skydrone5" flies over the coastal highway that's now a road to nowhere. good evening, i'm ken in for allen. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. a massive weekend slide buried the stretch of highway 1 in the mud creek area south of big sur. these before and after shots give you a good look at how it's reshaped the shoreline. kpix 5's devin fehely shows us the transformation up close with "sky drone 5". >> reporter: this exclusive video from "skydrone5" gives you a sense of the sheer enormity of the slide. an entire hillside that's rained rock, dirt and debris on to highway 1 at the southern end of the big sur coast. >> it's not safe to be out here. it was active and you can't have equipment up there when
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the slide is moving. >> reporter: so late last week, caltrans which had been working to re-open the road pulled their equipment and crews and just days later the slide sent more than 5 million tons of earth cascading into the sea. >> saturday night, it finally gave way where millions of tons just kind of, you know, slipped into the shore. >> reporter: the slide is dramatically reshaping the coastline. caltrans estimates it's 5 football fields wide and just 250 feet into the pacific. and it is yet another setback for big sur, which has struggled ever since this landslide and two others to the north made it impossible for visitors to reach businesses south of pfeiffer canyon bridge. >> living with landslides you don't control them. you kind of respect them and deal with them as you best can. we're thinking, you know, right now it's very preliminary, but approximately a year. >> reporter: caltrans says there is no fixed timetable for work to resu