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captioning sponsored by cbs : >> mason: the price was wrong. the health secretary is forced out for taking costly flights. also tonight, puerto rico in crisis. >> we have done an incredible job. >> the scale was too small and too slow. >> reporter: everyone was given r bag with four bottles of water and three snacks that the mayor t ys may have to last them two days. >> this is an island surrounded by water. b they should be evacuating everybody off that island. fo big water, ocean water. >> mason: a hate message at the air force academy brings an angry response. >> if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out. >> mason: and steve hartman-- she's more than a foot short of the two-yard line, vertically.
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>> she hit me hard, and i was like, "all right, maybe she should be playing football." ( laughter ) this is the "cbs evening news." >> mason: and this is our western edition. good evening. i'm anthony mason. he embarrassed the president, and it cost him his job. dr. tom price was forced to resign today as secretary of health and human services for using high-cost charter flights when cheaper alternatives were available. president trump had campaigned against wasteful government spending. more now from nancy cordes. >> i was disappointed because i didn't like it cosmetically or otherwise. >> reporter: president trump blasted price again today, but the secretary had already gotten the message. >> i've heard the concerns. nd >> i've heard the >> i've heard the concerns. i've heard the criticisms. >> reporter: price, a former congressman, had tried to do g mage control, backing an
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internal review of his private flights, more than a dozen of rkem since may, including one from d.c. to philadelphia, a trip so short, most people drive. >> there will be no private air charters at h.h.s. going forward. >> reporter: but the president was apparently unswayed by price's promise to reimburse the government $52,000, a fraction of the more than $400,000 price tag. >> that's unacceptable to me. >> reporter: price's relationship with the president ips already strained. as secretary of health and human services, he was a point man on the failed attempt to repeal obamacare. >> by the way, you going to get the votes? otherwise, i'll say, "tom, you're fired!" >> reporter: price's travel problems have led to new scrutiny of other cabinet members, including treasury ercretary's steven mnuchin, mp.a.'s scott pruitt, and interior's ryan zinke. ry tvery time i travel i submit the travel plan to the ethics department that evaluates it
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nene by line to make sure that i am above the law. >> reporter: price becomes the ranth top trump administration eificial to either step down or get fired. ind going back to congress is ptt an option for him, at least ntr now, because his replacement was chosen, anthony, in a special election this summer. >> mason: nancy cordes. thank you, nancy. now to the crisis in puerto rico, where the recovery from the hurricane is slow, at best. today, omar villafranca saw some of the worst in yabucoa, where maria made landfall. >> reporter: the tiny fishing iny fishingplaya el negro was the first to feel the wrath of hurricane maria. many of the homes are now unlivable, but families here verehahee owls e yasmine torres is trying to sirvive after losing everything, including the roof over her head. this is now where she is sleeping. she's sleeping outside her hard
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house into a soft-sided tent. that's all she's got, but it got wet because it's still raining here. today, the first government eflief finally rolled into the southeastern part of the island, nine days after the storm. residents were evacuated. they returned home hungry and thirsty. >> gracias. >> reporter: manolo morales was grateful to receive squash to eat. he's been eating canned sardines, capturing rainwater in barrels and pots, just to have something to drink. >> no. >> reporter: no? we met this young and desperate couple begging for supplies for their six-month-old baby. ( speaking spanish ) i asked if they have any milk for the baby. they do not. so this is the first help they're seeing. hopefully there is some milk for the baby. residents here hope there are more relief supplies on the way and that the government does not forget about them. with more on that, here's my colleague, david begnaud.
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>> reporter: in a place that is surrounded by water, people in aguadilla are desperately looking for a drop to drink. t me stood patiently at the fresh-water truck, hoping to get enough for today. many more cast their buckets here. at 8:00 a.m. friday morning, rtung children started lining up irth their parents to get food. everyone was given a bag with four bottles of water and three snacks that the mayor says may have to last them two days. marie alda stood in line for hours. she left with four 16-ounce bottles. how badly did you need this water? "for my baby granddaughter, a lot. i have two more little girls at home," she said. mayor carlos mendez is begging for more. >> this is an emergency for god's sake. the food has to get into my people's hands. met jiorter: we met jimmie morales in line. hria ripped off the roof of his house and hundreds of his neighbors' nine days ago. today they collected their water in clorox bleach containers.
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it's the only thing they had. many of the roads are still impassable, and the u.s. military is using helicopters to deliver water supplies to rural beas, but they haven't yet reached aguadilla, and that's ents like blancaike blanca reyes boiling with frustration. >> we need help. we don't need money, just we need help. that's it. >> reporter: today, the acting head of the department of d meland security praised puerto rico's recovery effort as a good fows story to which the mayor of san juan later responded, "we are dying, and you are killing ar with the bureaucracy and the inefficiency." anthony. >> mason: david begnaud who ony.scrossed puerto rico today. the president said today his administration is doing a very good job in puerto rico, a view not shared by retired general russel honore. ru he led relief efforts in new orleans after katrina. michelle miller spoke with him. >> reporter: is puerto rico worse than what you found here after katrina? >> oh, yeah.
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the number one priority is riving lives, and when you're saving lives you have to figure out what rules you're going to break. all the rules we live by are designed for peace time. >> reporter: and this is what? >> this is like a war. >> reporter: what was their first mistake? >> not giving the mission to the military. look, we have army units that go do port openings, not called. we have special forces that could have been in every town, not employed. >> reporter: has the u.s. government done anything right? did they learn any lessons from katrina? >> they did the pre-deployment. that was good. they got an all-government approach, that's good. but they don't understand scale. >> reporter: lieutenant general renore, called president trump's response slow and small. general honore was hailed a hero after he went into the gulf states post-katrina-- >> weapons down! weapons down, damn it! >> reporter: and put the relief efforts in order. >> i said, look, you're all looking at a damn calendar in washington and i'm looking at a 'mmn watch.
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>> reporter: who clear roads lrst? would you get the power grid up, or is it all simultaneous? >> this is not a sequential operation. i would tell the local mayors to weart hiring people, get a yellow pad out, and we clear the damn roads. so you got 80 men with hand tools going to clear a road. they'll clear five miles a day. >> reporter: after returning from his fact-finding mission in ngerto rico next week, the t-neral says he's going to gtshington. >> i'm going to see senator mccain and senator graham, and we're going to write some ( bleep ) in the defense authorization bill that every hurricane come will have a task force follow it in. g reporter: general honore says lessons learned must lead to a better response. michelle miller, cbs news, new orleans. >> mason: along with food and water, medicine is in short supply. dr. jon lapook is following the medical crisis in puerto rico. >> reporter: ricardo revera has diabetes, and this is the fourth
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drugstore he's been to today. >> my insulin ends today and i need it to stay alive. >> reporter: yet again, he came up empty. >> they don't take my insurance. >> reporter: many people have pen out of medicine or lost it in the hurricane, so local doctors are now setting up very special house calls. they're doing checkups at clinics and shelters, then going clinics and sh ed get the medicines people need and delivering them to wherever the patients are. enbert alsina is volunteering his time and car to take walgreen's pharmacist ileana rivera on the road, setting up a makeshift dispensary at this shelter in catano, outside san juan. >> antibiotics, insulin-- you uame it. >> reporter: this is a full- service house call that i have never seen before. luis rivera has high blood pressure. when was the last time you took a blood pressure pill? nine days ago. wow. so you need these pills right now. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: chris oquendo got insulin for his grandmother and immediately tested her blood
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sugar. >> it's high. 174. and that's really high for her. >> reporter: unlike the physical devastation obvious all over the island, the medical devastation is often hidden. hoat's going on inside those apartments, so a major challenge remains, anthony, figuring out who is suffering and what they need. >> mason: dr. jon lapook in san juan. f florida, a 12th patient died las night after being stuck for days in a sweltering nursing home after hurricane irma. the facility in hollywood, florida, lost air conditioning in the storm. a criminal investigation is under way. the trump administration today slashed the u.s. diplomatic presence in cuba and warned americans not to visit. this is in response to mysterious acoustic attacks on diplomats. margaret brennan reports it marks a sharp about-face in u.s. relations with cuba, which had
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been improving during the obama years. >> some very bad things happened in cuba, very bad things. >> reporter: the trump administration warned americans that it is not safe to travel to cuba, and yanked more than half of u.s. personnel from the embassy. the actions come almost a year after 21 u.s. diplomats staying at this and other havana hotels reported hearing loss, dizziness, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. some suffered traumatic brain injury. the attacks were first reported by cbs radio's steve dorsey. >> most of the victims that have come forward with symptoms from these attacks are men. only six are women. most have been in havana for just less than a year. >> they did some bad things in cuba. >> reporter: investigators have not determined who "they" are or what those bad things were, but are considering inether some sort of sonic weapon was involved. secretary of state rex tillerson did not blame cuba or sever u.s. ieplomatic ties, which were restored just three years ago by
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president obama. republican senator marco rubio of florida called today's embassy draw-down "weak." ts wants tillerson to shutter g the.s. embassy, something the secretary said earlier this month he was considering. >> we have it under evaluation. it's a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered. c reporter: canadian diplomats suffered similar attacks, but their government is not warning against travel to cuba. today, a cuban official, josefina vidal, denied that the castro government played any role and said cuba protects all diplomats without exception. anthony. >> mason: margaret brennan at the white house. thank you, margaret. coming up next on the cbs evening news, a military leader's powerful message against racism. and later, rock slides hit one of the country's most popular ofimbing spots. ost popular climbing spots. and were pumped to open my own salon.
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as an airman but as a human being. >> reporter: he talked to cadets, faculty members, and senior officers. silveria, a bronze star recipient, who once commanded bagram airbase in afghanistan, insisted that cadets tackle america's racial issues head-on. >> we would be naive to think that we shouldn't discuss this topic. we would also be tone deaf not to think about the backdrop of what's going on in our country, things like charlottesville and ferguson, the protests in the n.f.l. that's why we have a better idea. the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from pal parts of this country, that c come from all races, we come from all backgrounds-- gender-- all makeup, all upbringing. that's a much better idea than small thinking and horrible ideas. >> reporter: as for silveria, as miey say in the military, his message was crystal, as in
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crystal clear. >> this is our institution, and no one can take away our values. if you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. if you can't treat someone from another gender, whether it's a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. if you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. and if you can't treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. >> reporter: the academy is conducting its own investigation, and, anthony, whoever wrote those racial slurs could face a court-martial for conduct unbecoming an officer. >> mason: barry petersen at the air force academy. thanks, barry. and we have posted the lieutenant general's entire five-minute message to the
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fell killed 32-year-old british anurist andrew foster. it measured 130 feet tall. thursday's slide was almost 400 feet and injured a man when a rock smashed through his car's sunroof. does what happened here scare you? >> it's utterly petrifying. we also had this immense sense of relief that, you know, we really dodged a bullet. ep reporter: now, geologists believe the break could have veen caused by heating and cooling of the granite face. and despite these two incidents, yosemite park is still open, and climbers have not been deterred. yosemite par anthony. >> mason: carter evans at yosemite. thanks, carter. up next, steve hartman with the littlest linebacker. there's only one egg that gives you better taste and better nutrition in so many varieties.
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>> mason: we end the week with friday night lights, about 130 pounds light. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: the brandywine bulldogs in wilmington, delaware, have one of the most unlikely football players in america today. and not just because this guy is so little. but because this guy is a girl. >> i knew that i wanted to play football. and knew that i wanted to start on varsity, and nothing stood in the way from it. >> reporter: at 4' 8", senior felicia perez is one of the shortest kids in her school, and cke's not a kicker, like many girls who play high school ball. no, coach isaiah mays says felicia came to him with a different position in mind. >> a girl could technically play anything, but most of them don't say they want to play linebacker right away. >> reporter: that's right, linebacker.
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>> and, you know, it's a physical position. alu get hit every play. and she's gotten rocked a couple of times but she gets right back d a >> reporter: felicia says it's everything she ever dreamed. for as long as she can remember, she's wanted to play football. but it took a while to convince her parents. >> i kind of kept pushing for it. i was like, "mom, dad, i really want to play." and they were like, "okay, well, let's go sign you up." and i was like, "let's go!" >> reporter: they thought you were bluffing that you really didn't want to. >> yeah, they thought i was bluffing. >> reporter: so you called their bluff. >> i did. i think i still do. ( laughter ) .> reporter: and it wasn't just her parents who were skeptical. when she went to sign up, felicia was directed, at first, c the cheerleading table. it was the beginning of a lot of false assumptions, and some bullying. >> came to weight training, and everybody started laughing. >> reporter: the guys say it was just hard to believe that this little girl could actually elntribute. >> it was just like, you shouldn't be playing football. then, you know, she hit me hard and i was like, all right, maybe she should be playing football. ( laughter )
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>> reporter: and that was the end of that. >> that's not a girl playing. that's a football player. >> reporter: they say no one dare laugh now. >> you got to protect yours. >> reporter: she's family to us, so. >> reporter: that means standing >> for felicia when the other teams target her, and by all accounts, they do target her. she's had more than a handful of broken fingers and they try to bruise her ego, too, with insults. so when you're going through all that stuff, why not just take the easy way out-- >> we never take the easy way out. >> reporter: ...and not play. but you would have avoided all that pain. >> you're right, i would have. ght would i be here today? no. eporteorter: short girl, long view. steve hartman, "on the road," in wilmington, delaware. >> mason: that's not a girl playing. ayat's a football player. that's the cbs evening news. i'm anthony mason in new york. thanks for watching this week. i'll see you first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning saturday." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.
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the sleek card room could be just the beginning of an . kpix 5 news begins with a new look inside the new casino. the sleek card room could be part of an entertainment trance formation. you could call it san jose's own strip. the new bay 101 club is opening its doors on north first street and down the street from the competing casino. live at the casino that's hoping to become more than just a destination for gamblers. lynn. >> reporter: bay 101 betting moving to this side of the freeway will be a big pay off. hotels in the area. this is going to be what people are calling san jose strip but they found out today that moving here wasn't all that
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smooth. the new bay 101 casino grand reopening was filled with cards and chips and controversy. about 30 former employees of the old bay 101 picketed the establishment. >> we got laid off because they contracted the kitchen to other departments but in reality it is because we don't match the fancy look. >> that's not accurate. >> said the casino contracted all food and beverage -- it is nonunion but he said employees were invited to reply. >> it really was a very simple business decision for these guys. they wanted to make sure we focused on gaming. >> the new casino is 68,000 square feet and has 39 poker tables. the same amount permitted at the old club. but players say it


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