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in 30 minutes with more news for you. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> i received a call today from the president of the united states. >> glor: the president fires the secretary of state. >> i think rex would be much happier now. >> glor: and replaces him with the director of the c.i.a. the choice for america's new top spy is historic, but also controversial. also tonight, new england gets hit with a blizzard, as much as two feet of snow. rrbus carrying high school kids home from disney world plunges down a ravine. the president at the border says the wall has to be tall. >> these are like professional aluntain climbers. they're incredible climbers. g glor: a united flight attendant forces a passenger to put a dog in the overhead. it did not end well. and... >> shoots and scores! >> glor: american heroes going for the gold.
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>> huckabee comes in first! this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: this is our western edition, good evening. we're going to begin here tonight with the secretary of state who serves at the pleasure of the president. the president was not pleased with rex tillerson, so removed him today, and chose c.i.a. director mike pompeo to replace him. then picked pompeo's deputy, gina haspel, to succeed him. we will break all of this down tonight, beginning this evening, starting here tonight with margaret brennan. >> i received a call today from the president of the united epates a little after noon time from air force one. >> reporter: today, a shaken rex tillerson relinquished control of the state department. he had been warned in an early saturday morning phone call from white house chief of staff john kelly that his job was in jeopardy. tillerson, who had been traveling in africa, cut short his trip. hours after landing in
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washington today, tillerson replaced by c.i.a. director mike pompeo when the president sieeted the news. ws with mike, mike pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. ththink it's going to go very well. >> reporter: president trump, who often says he likes different points of view, said likeired america's top diplomat because they disagreed on foreign policy. >> i actually got along well with rex, but, really, it was a different mindset. it was a different thinking. er reporter: the president said they clashed over the iran nuclear deal. he wants to tear up the international agreement while tillerson cautioned that breaking america's commitment could make it harder to reach a deal with north korea. on "face the nation" sunday, director pompeo skirted questions about whether tillerson would lead those talks. tillerson said this will be done son ugh him. is that still the plan? >> this is a level of discussion the president is going to drive this effort, this negotiation. but it will take a team to build out the picture. >> reporter: the president also had rejected tillerson's advice to stick with u.s. commitments
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to the paris climate change accord and an asia pacific free- trade deal. he also overruled tillerson, and instead took jared kushner's advice to relocate the u.s. embassy in israel to jerusalem this year. tillerson told "60 minutes" last e nth that he had no plans to resign, and dismissed reports, but did not deny that he called president trump "a moron" in a private meeting. did you call the president a siron? >> i'm not going to dignify the question. we've got so many bigger issues that we could be talking about. >> reporter: it was tillerson's experience as a globe-trotting c.e.o. of energy giant exxon mobil that originally convinced mr. trump to appoint him. now, he plans to retire back to his ranch in texas. >> i'll now return to private life, a private citizen, as a proud american, proud of the opportunity i've had to serve my country. >> reporter: it is not clear when director pompeo will begin in his new role, but one of his first big decisions will be onether to withdraw from the iran nuclear deal in may. jeff.
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>> glor: margaret brennan, thank you very much. mpmpeo needs senate approval, as does gina haspel, the president's choice to replace him at c.i.a. she would be the first woman to head the agency. but senator john mccain said she'll have to explain her past involvement in torture. he says she oversaw a secret c.i.a. prison where detainees were tortured and carried out an order to destroy video of waterboarding. michael morell is a former deputy director of the c.i.a., and now our cbs news senior national security contributor. michael, first of all, what more can you tell us about haspel's involvement in black sites. >> i can't confirm or deny, jeff, any operational role she had at the agency, but here's what i can say: hundreds of people were involved in the enhanced interrogation nichniques program. all of those people operated under the president's direction with the national security team's approval, with the approval of the attorney general, who said this is legal. it wasn't torture. and with the full briefing of the congress.
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right? none of those people should be held to a higher standard today than they were held to at the time. >> glor: how is gina regarded inside the agency? >> she's highly regarded. i worked with her for 10 years. h herked with her on a daily basis, sometimes hourly. she is capable. she has integrity. she cares deeply about the mission of the agency, and she cares deeply about the men and demen of the agency. c glor: and if she is confirmed heat are the biggest challenges right now for her and the c.i.a.? >> the united states of america faces some significant adversaries here, from iran to russia to north korea to isis and al-qaeda. the fundamental challenge of the agencies is to penetrate those countries and those organizations to collect secrets, to assess that, and provide that to the president. mike pompeo did a good job at that, but gina will be a natural, given her career as an operations officer. she'll be a natural at getting inside of those programs and countries. >> glor: always good to hear from you, michael. thank you very much. we are following breaking news now tonight. suspects are now under arrest in two bombing plots in the midwest
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paula reid is following this. paula? >> reporter: this morning, federal law enforcement officials arrested three men from illinois on gun charges but say they are also suspected in the bombing of a minnesota mosque last summer, as well as the attempted bombing of an abortion clinic in november. the darl al-farooq islamic center in bloomington was bombed early on saturday, august 5. no one was hurt in the explosion as it happened shortly before morning prayers. the mosque primarily serves somalis in the minneapolis area. at the time, witnesses claim they saw someone throw something from a truck or van before the blast, and then saw the vehicle speed away. ede governor of the state called the bombing an act of terrorism. jeff. >> glor: all right, paula reid for us tonight on this breaking news. paula, thank you. boston was hit by a blizzard as another powerful nor'easter moves along the east coast tonight. some parts of new england could get two feet of snow. logan airport was mostly empty, 75 percent of flights were canceled, amtrak canceled service between boston and new
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york. 200,000 homes andçó businesses lost power in>!omassachusetts. texans are on edge tonight with ftrnings about suspicious packages now expanded to include houston and dallas. that is after three bombs this month left on doorsteps in ctstin exploded. two people were killed, two others hurt. detectives believe the bombings were carried out by the same person and they're investigating whether race was a factor. all the victims were minorities. austin police are offering a $65,000 reward and have received 250 calls about suspicious packages, all false alarms so far. a charter bus carrying members r a high school band ran off i- 10 in alabama before dawn today. it plunged more than 50 feet a ravine. the driver was killed. hare than three dozen passengers were hurt, some seriously. the bus did have seat belts, which may have saved lives. rescuers used ropes to rappel down to the victims. look at those pictures. the band was heading home to
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houston from disney world. members had posed for this picture just hours before that crash. the president today joined british prime minister theresa may in calling for russia to come clean on the poisoning of a former spy in england. and while that was happening, we learned another russian has turned up dead in london. charlie d'agata is there. >> reporter: the body of russian exile nikolai glushkov was discovered monday night and comes less than two weeks after russian spy sergei skripal, and his daughter were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent made in russia. glushkov was an opponent of russian president vladimir putin, and now joins a list of 14 other russians who have died on british soil, some under mysterious circumstances and whose cases are now being reviewed. skripal and his daughter, yulia, remain in critical condition, as does the first police detective on the scene. novichok is a particularly nthal nerve agent.
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>> it's an unbelievably cruel and unpleasant way to go. >> reporter: toxicologist andrea sella says it wouldn't take much. >> in terms of the amounts that we're talking about, you're literally talking about a few drops here are sufficient to actually do away with someone. the real crucial question is how you deliver it? >> reporter: sella said novichok is made by mixing two relatively harmless compounds together and becomes instantly lethal. it's usually found as a liquid and can be sprayed or swallowed. >> we speak of these as weapons of terror. they really are. r: reporter: meanwhile, in russia, foreign minister sergei lavrov dismissed the allegations ns nonsense and demanded the british hand over a sample of the nerve agent. the russians had until midnight tonight to provide some explanation on how that nerve agent made it to britain, jeff.
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now, it's up to prime minister theresa may to follow through on threats to increase sanctions or freeze the assets of russian oligarchs here and maybe expel diplomats. >> glor: charlie d'agata at scotland yard. charlie, thanks. trump flew to california today his first trip since the 2016 campaign, maria villarreal reports he had two themes, a strong military and a bigger borderñrñi wall. >> we will always have your back like you have ours. thank you. >> in a active military members at miramar air base presidentçó trp the faced a friendly crowd in a hostile state. >> dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations relentlessly seekñr to exploitçr >> his first trip to california as president included a look ató the eight wall prototypes designed to4 immigrants out. >> getting over the top isñr ea. these are like professional mountain climbers, they are incredible climbers. they can't climb some of these walls. some of them they can. those are the walls we are not
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use. >> using. >> the proto types stands between 18 and 30 feet high, military special forces spent three weeks trying to breach each one for an hour and a half using sledge hammers, saws, torches and other handheld tools, structural engineer curtis patterson has studied the prototypes. >> you can see that the steel on this was already beginning to rust. >> what does that say to you? >> it would risk having a wall that might not the, you know, last as long as the government would hope for. >> just across the border from a multi-million dollar prototype project is this makeshift dump site in tijuana, mexico, people living nearby watching the progressçó say it doesn't matter how big the wall is. people will find a way across. >> supporters and opponents were kept well away from theñr president. >> build that wall! >>ñi build thatxdçó wall! >> build bridges, not walls. >> he isñr trying to bait people into hate mongering. >> the president's relationship with california has been a rocky one, he has been against the
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immigrant rights. >> federal law is the supreme> you don't have a wallñi syst, we are not going to have a country. >> it is estimated the about añó border wall could cost at least $21 billion with some experts predicting it could cost way over that. the president did say at least two or three of the prototypes could work, althoughçó congress has yet to approve funding for his project. jeff. >> glor: maria, thank you. voters went to the polls today to closely watch special election for house seat in pennsylvania. democrats congress for lamb versus republican rick saccone. chief congressional 0 correspondent nance think cordes is in pittsburgh with the latest. >> jeff, the polls have just closed in a race that truly no one thought would be contested when it got underway axd few months ago, but now supporters of the democratic newcomer conor lamb here at this, at his election night headquarters truly believe he has a shot to win in what should be solid gop
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territory. in fact, to underscore that point, consider that president trump won in this district back in 2016 by 20 points, açó fact that he has pointed out himself multiple times when he has traveled here, not once, but twice to campaign for the 1h#p&c saccone. saccone is a state lawmaker and he spent his election day on defense trying to explain why he said at his final campaign rally here that voters hate god and hate this country. i caught up with him as he was headinhead in to vote and he backtracked a bit saying that he was actually referring to hateful comments he has seen onl his facebook page, the last poll shows sacconeñi trailing the democrat by six points. conor lamb, who is a former marine has also out raced saccone by a factor of three to one, national republicans have gun to quietly do some damage
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control, telling us that if conor lamb againstçó close or ds manage to pull off a victory that it won't be because ofçó te president's wayne being approvao ratings, it won't be because of democratic enthusiasm, but,q@g kobe him, because saccone himself was an underwhelming candidate. y, nancy cordes in pittsburgh, thank you. for latest results from that race check out our streaming news service cbsn. >> coming up next on cbs coming up next on the "cbs evening news," outrage over the death of a dog forced to fly in an overhead compartment. and later, a gold medalist who never backs down from a challenge. .
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>> glor: united rails is >> glor: united airlines is raking criticism again over another incident on a flight. kris van cleave on how a pet carried aboard a plane wound up dead-- with a warning, some of the images can be disturbing. here's is kris van cleave. >> reporter: social media outrage over this picture, a
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family's french bulldog puppy dead in its carrier after a afited airlines flight attendant trced them to put the bag and the dog in an overhead bin for a multihour flight. the dog belonged to a mother traveling with two young children from houston to new york's laguardia airport monday night. before takeoff, the bag apparently extended into the aisle. witnesses posted online the assenger explained there was a dog in the bag, but the flight attendant insisted it go in the overhead. that flight attendant told the airline she did not realize the .et was inside. united says this is a tragic accident that should have never occurred, adding, "pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. we assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them." tst this month, united and delta limited what animals would be allowed in the cabin following incidents like a flyer trying to bring on an emotional support peacock. but a smaller dog in a carrier that fits under the seats is typically allowed.
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united says it is thoroughly investigating to keep something like this from ever happening again, but this is just the latest p.r. nightmare for the airline. remember, last year, a passenger was bloodied and drug off a united airlines flight. now, the family that owned this puppy has not commented. jeff. >> glor: kris van cleave tonight. thank you very much. when we come back here, a decision that could determine the fate of the parkland shooting suspect. the fate of the parkland shooting suspect.
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>> glor: a memorial appeared today on the lawn of the u.s. capitol. >> glor: a memorial appeared today on the lawn of the u.s. spitol. a group placed 7,000 pairs of shoes there, saying it's the number of children shot to death in the u.s. since the 2012 sandy n ok massacre. advocates for tougher gun laws are planning a nationwide school walkout tomorrow one month after the florida high school attack. and prosecutors said today they will seek the death penalty for niklas cruz, the suspect in the parkland shooting. his lawyers has said he was ready to plead guilty if his life was spared. cruz, who is 19, is charged with 17 counts of first degree murder.
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john mcentee, the president's personal assistant, was removed from his job today. the white house would not say why, but cbs news confirmed mcentee is being investigated for financial crimes. mcentee has since been hired by the president's reelection campaign. we now turn back the clock 80 years to march 13, 1938. >> the program of st. louis blues, originally scheduled for this time, has been canceled. this is bob trout speaking to you from new york, opening columbia's shortwave transatlantic program to cover the key cities of europe. >> glor: there it is, robert trout with the very first "cbs world news roundup." which introduced america to another cbs legend. >> this is edward r. murrow speaking from vienna. it's now 4:30 in the morning. d tler has not yet arrived. sp glor: edward r. murrow, the nrld news roundup, the longest running news network still heard daily on the cbs radio network.
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up next here tonight, the men fighting for medals on the ice after earning them on the battlefield.
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don't drive or use machinery until you know how lyrica affects you. those who have had a drug or alcohol problem may be more likely to misuse lyrica. now i have less diabetic nerve pain. and i love grooming the next generation. ask your doctor about lyrica. on oakland's mayor sounds the alarm about possible i.c.e. raids, only on 5 we learn who was helping her next. >> glor: we end here >> glor: we end here tonight with an inspirational story at the paralympics in south korea. holly williams met some americans who struck gold. >> reporter: brenna huckaby had to fight her way back from eourth place in the heat to take gold in the snowboard cross. >> i felt really nauseated all night because there is just so much emotion. >> reporter: the young mother from baton rouge, louisiana, is used to a challenge. >> i have, like, a running leg and then i have a snowboard leg. >> reporter: she lost her right leg to bone cancer at age 14.
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she is also the first-ever amputee athlete to pose for "sports illustrated's" swimsuit edition. >> to see, you know, myself out there, just showing you, like, you're perfect, no matter how you are, was you know-- i inspired myself in it. like, it was incredible. >> weaving in, shoots and scores! >> reporter: from the ice rink, the u.s.-led hockey team is hoping for a third consecutive gold in pyeongchang. >> shoots and scores! >> reporter: in a sport that's nothing short of brutal. they say being lower to the ground only makes it more dangerous. >> in stand-up hockey you hit the glass, the glass gives, and in this hockey, the boards don't give. >> reporter: can you, like, knock yourself out? >> no, you can knock someone else out. ( laughs ) >> reporter: these team members y a former marines and lost all or part of both legs while serving their country. josh misiewicz was hit by a homemade bomb in afghanistan in 2011. >> the only thing i don't
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remember is the blast. i woke up, my right leg was gone and my left leg was going that way. >> reporter: he went through months of rehab. ( cheers and applause ) postponing his homecoming until he could walk again. >> we had no idea what to expect. and then you start playing hockey, you're going out, doing whatever you want to do, and it's, like, oh, i'm normal again, you know? >> reporter: the truth is, though, they're anything but normal. >> the u.s. has another solid victory. >> reporter: because they're superb athletes at the very top e. their game. holly williams, cbs news, pyeongchang, korea. >> glor: wow, wow, wow, awesome. that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor. the news continues now on cbsn. we leave you with pictures of a surfing competition in australia. it looks pretty good during a nor'easter right now. good night and see you tomorrow. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.or
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oakland mayor's office. who she .. the day she kpix5 news begins with an exclusive look at e-mails from the oakland mayor's office, who she was working with the day she went public and inside intel on i.c.e. raids. good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm allen martin. kpix5 political reporter melissa caen has been combing through those e-mails. what did you find out? >> so far the mayor has refused to say how she learned about those i.c.e. raids. she's only said it was not from official sources, but in e- mails we obtained through a public records request we do know who she was talking to before making the big announcement. we didn't find out who the source was. >> i felt it was my duty to share the information. >> oakland mayor libby schaff made headlines when she issued a tweet and press release at 8:00 on february 24th and warned about impending i.c.e. raids. e-mails reveal that hours before the announcement a group
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sent the mayor information on what employers should do in case of an i.c.e. raid. center legal is a nonprofit that provides legal services to undocumented immigrants. the mayor's office confirms that she spoke to central legal earlier that day and she also talked to others. her office told kpix5 she spoke to father stefan at st. jarliff church and community organizations. none of them have responded to our request to comment on their conversations with the mayor, but hours before the public was warned about the i.c.e. raids, some oakland businesses got a head start thanks to the mayor. according to e-mails, the oakland indy alliance, a group of independent businesses, got a message saying important alert, credible information, i.c.e. raids in oakland sunday, 2-25 and monday, 2-26 and this information comes directly from the mayor. three hours later


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