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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the president moves the ban the sale t favored e-cigarettes with new numbers showing a spike in use among high school students. also two wisconsin brothers arrested with thousands of counterfeit vaping cartridges loaded with t.h.c. also tonight, 18 years of 9/11, e warning to tens of thousands of people who may not realize they're getting sick from exposure to ground zero. a cbs news exclusive. charlie d'agata's on the ground in afghanistan with the special forces fighting to stop another 9/11 from happening. >> okay. if you say that you're not part of isis, have you spoken to any members of isis? >> o'donnell: in an emotional interview, combat veterans and families who have lost loved ones reflect on service and sacrifice.
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>> my son gave his life over there. he would probably be alive today if it hadn't been for 9/11. >> o'donnell: plus a birthday to remember. this four year old asked for bumblebees, and boy did he get them. and why g.m. is recalling 3.5 million pickup trucks and s.u.v.s. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. >> o'donnell: good evening. this is our western edition. we're going to begin with a promise by the president to crack down on underage vaping. there has been a surge in e- cigarette use by teens and a risk in illnesses linked to it. today the president said the f.d.a. is developing guidelines to ban those flavored e- cigarettes. 80% of teens who vape say they pick the product because it comes in flavors that they like. weijia jiang reports it's personal for mr. trump. >> a lot of people think vaping is wonderful. v's great. it's really not wonderful.
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mp reporter: president trump warned parents about a dramatic spike in vaping among young people. new data suggests more than 25% of high school students use e- cigarettes. in 2018, 68% reported using glavors like bubble gum and cotton candy, which is why secretary of health and human services alex azar said they must be banned. >> an entire generation of children risk becoming addicted o nicotine because of the attractiveness, appealability, and availability of these vaping products. >> reporter: a generation that includes first son barron trump. >> that's how the first lady got involved. she's got a son together that is a beautiful young man, and she feels very, very strongly about it. >> reporter: azar said first lady melania trump is very involved in the process of removing all flavored nicotine from the market except the tobacco flavor aimed at smokers trying to quit traditional
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cigarettes. -s-smoker mike stephany bought ntueberry lemonade. >> i don't want to smoke the flavorless stuff. so i don't think they should get rid of it just because they think it's for kids. >> reporter: the c.e.o. of juul, the biggest e-cigarette company t the u.s., says they target kensumers like stephany, not young people. >> i'm sorry that their kids are using the product. we never intended for our product to be used by them. >> reporter: secretary azar says it will take the f.d.a. several weeks to work out details for a ban on e-cigarette flavors. and if it goes into effect, companies that make flavored products can apply for an exemption to sell them again. but norah, they would have to efove a net benefit to public health. >> o'donnell: let's see how this all turns out. weijia, thank you. tonight two brothers are under arrest in wisconsin accused of running what authorities call an empire of illegal drugs, selling black market marijuana vaping rsrtridges. the brothers, 23 and 23 years old, are accused of selling at high schools across southeast
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wisconsin. authorities seized more than 30,000 vape cartridges and 57 mason jars loaded with t.h.c. oil. that's the active ingredient in marijuana. they estimate it's worth $1.5 million. the cartridges contain more than 150 times the amount of t.h.c. that was listed on the packaging. on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, the names of those we lost echoed once again through the world trade center site read by family members. one man who lost his sister said, "we cannot forget the worst terror attack on u.s. soil." at the pentagon, president trump laid a wreath and observed a moment of silence with first lady melania trump. vice president mike pence spoke e ar shanksville, pennsylvania, and praised those on flight 93 who fought back against the hijackers. nearly 3,000 people were killed or 9/11, and since then more than 2,000 have died of 9/11- related illnesses. now it's estimated that 400,000 were exposed to toxins at ground zero, and not just first
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responders. adriana diaz reports tonight those who lived or worked or went to school in lower manhattan are at risk. for months thousands breathed in air contaminated with pulverized building materials, microscopic shards of glass and asbestos. so did amit friedlander. he was a student at stuyvesant high school, which is just three blocks from ground zero. at age 22, he successfully battled hodgkin's lymphoma. >> in hindsight i think my cancer was probably 9/11 related, and now that i know that, if i could go back in time, maybe i wouldn't have gone back to school. >> reporter: more than 70 cancers are on the list of 9/11- related illnesses identified by the federal government, ranging from asthma to skin cancer. less than 100,000 people, just a quarter of civilians and first responders exposed, have enrolled in the c.d.c.'s world health program, which provides screenings and treatment.
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of those, over 52,000 have 9/11- related illnesses and more than 2,000 have died. >> we're unfortunately seeing a rise in cancers. >> reporter: dr. michael crane runs the world trade center health program at mount sinai e'spital. >> we're watching for increasing numbers of cancers, particularly ulose which might be related to longer-acting and longer- ikration toxins like asbestos. >> reporter: it's a cloud that angs over many stuyvesant alum, myself included. how many of you guys know someone our age who went to school with us who has been diagnosed with cancer? >> ten. >> kathy is the reason i'm here today. that's not something i typically talk about, but it is so important, you know. >> yeah. >> reporter: stuyvesant alum kathy choi died this year of gastric cancer. she was just 32 years old.
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>> o'donnell: that's tough to hear. so many people breathed that toxic air, including you. >> that's right, norah, the tp.a. said the air was safe. but i remember that strong smell of ash that we all breathed in for months going back to school. a classmate of mine that became a health advocate says she knows of at least 20 cases of classmates who have 9/11-related cancers. that's why it's critical. that's why health officials want reeryone who was in the area, first responders, but also people who lived, worked, and went to school in the area to iet screened. >> o'donnell: i didn't realize the extent of this until tonight. thank you, adriana. less than a month after 9/11, u.s. forces invaded afghanistan to dismantle al qaeda and remove the taliban that hosted them. but terrorist organizations are ilill using the country as a cbse. in a cbs news exclusive, charlie d'agata rides with an elite l.s.-trained afghan special forces unit as it tracks down tespected isis fighters in kabul. >> reporter: 18 years after /11, these afghan special
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forces are part of america's strategy to stop it from happening again. ll what can you tell us about tonight's mission? this time a hunt for suspected isis targets in the capital. we join an armored convoy into one of kabul's most dangerous neighborhoods. we wait for the signal to move, then plunge silently into the darkness. down a warren of narrow alleyways overlooked by empty buildings, a soldier with night vision scans the horizon. lhers climb walls, looking for threats. these are afghanistan's toughest and best-equipped troops, u.s. and nato trained. but they're outnumbered by nemies that have multiplied despite america's military presence here. as we've been walking along, they've been making sure that every one of these nooks and crannies down these alleys are protected. you can see around us a lot of high buildings, a lot of overwatch here. we're walking in complete darkness.
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inside, they find their target, a suspected isis commander. his son insists his father is .nnocent. was he interrogated by byericans? >> by americans, yes. >> reporter: tracking down suspects like these relies heavily on u.s. surveillance, intelligence, and guidance. will you miss the americans if they leave? "of course," he said, "they've iven us weapons, equipment, and training." >> and they're your friends? >> yeah, sure. >> reporter: but the terms of that friendship may soon be nearing an end. charlie d'agata, cbs news, nabul. >> o'donnell: our men and women who serve in the military have paid a heavy price in afghanistan. so in a moment we're going to speak with some of the families of the fallen as well as combat veterans for their reflections er america's longest war. there is breaking news tonight from the supreme court. the justices are allowing for now the trump administration's controversial rule, which blocks
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most central american migrants from seeking asylum here in the u.s. the new rule requires asylum seekers traveling through a country to first seek protection there instead of here in the u.s. on're learning more tonight about a fiery crash of a cargo plane in toledo, ohio. the twin-engine plane carrying auto parts hit the ground this morning just short of the runway. it plowed into two trucks. both pilots on board were killed. it's not clear what went wrong. the plane did not have a black box. today a chinese businesswoman was convicted of snaking into president trump's mar-a-lago resort. ujing zhang could face up to six years for trespassing and lying to secret service agents. zhang's arrest last march led to an investigation that she may have been a spy, but the 33- year-old was not chaed with espionage. tonight the n.f.l. is investigating sexual assault tcusations against one of the league's biggest stars. hetonio brown, who joined the new england patriots just days ago, is accused in a new lawsuit as assaulting his former personal trainer.
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jericka duncan has more from foxborough, massachusetts. and we caution you, the accusations are graphic. >> reporter: antonio brown was on the new england patriots' ldactice field today as accusations he sexually assaulted a female trainer antinue to swirl. it is an issue quarterback tom brady would not touch. >> do you have any comment at all on the antonio brown allegations that are out there? >> no. >> reporter: brown's former trainer, 28-year-old britany brylor filed a civil suit, alleging that brown sexually assaulted her three times itginning in 2017. the suit claims in june of 2017 brown masturbated behind her while she watched a church service online at his miami home. in may of 2018, taylor claims brown, while at his miami home again, forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into a mattress, and forcibly raped her. today the miami-dade county state attorney's office says they found no police investigations regarding the alleged incident.
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after a rocky off-season of injuries and nasty split with the oakland raiders, the star wide receiver signed a one-year, $15 million contract with the patriots just one day before the lawsuit was filed. brown's agent, drew rosenhaus says taylor is just seeking money. >> these allegations are false. he denies every one of them. i am very confident that his legal team has facts that will prove this. > reporter: antonio brown did not speak to reporters today after practice, and right now he is scheduled to play in sunday's game, but if he is placed on the commissioner's n.f.l. exemption list, he would not be able to rlay or practice until the investigation is over. norah, however, he would continue to receive a paycheck. >> o'donnell: a question for the n.f.l. tonight. jericka, thank you. there is much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," including our emotional
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remote and dangerous battlefield. today these gold star families are forever linked together because of one of the deadliest battles in the war in afghanistan, the battle of wanat. nine american paratroopers from chosen company's 173rd brigade died after they were ambushed by 200 taliban fighters just 11 days before ming home. jessica lost her younger brother jason. carlene her only son, jason bogar, dave, his eldest child, jonathan brostrom. >> i don't like wearing this gold star. i wear it with pride, but i don't like it. >> o'donnell: frankie gay lost his 22-year-old son pruitt rainey. he says the survivors are like family. >> when i hear these other soldiers tell their stories of what my son did, how he sacrificed his life for his brothers, it makes me more proud than i have ever been in my life.
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>> o'donnell: survivors like platoon sergeant david zwick and gunner will krupa knew the dangers. so did the men they were fighting with. the phone calls home became increasingly frightening. >> he said, "i got to go," but i could still hear everything, and there was a lot of gunshots. i just dropped to my knees and i just said, "god, please don't let this be the time." >> o'donnell: 200 insurgents versus 48 u.s. service members. >> they had the high ground. they had the numbers. they had surprise. but we weren't outmatched. there's very few things that day that i remember clearly, but watching specialist abad take his last breaths in the foxhole next to me, those are definitely images that i won't ever forget. [gunfire]
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>> o'donnell: in the heat of the battle, there was heroism. dave's son and jessica's brother ran into enemy fire to help their fellow soldiers. frankie and carlene's sons died trying to save them. >> they went down there unarmed to engage the enemy with their bare hands. that's pure love when you do something like that. >> o'donnell: carlene, that's hard to hear, huh? >> yeah. they must have, you know, known that it was just going to be a bloodbath. >> o'donnell: 11 years after that battle in afghanistan, some of these families want closure. >> we have just sacrificed so much. i don't want anybody going forward to go through what we went through. >> o'donnell: selfless sacrifice: these soldiers' enduring legacy. >> there is a scripture in the bible that we have just really clung to, and it is "greater
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>> o'donnell: finally tonight, what do you get a birthday boy who has been through more than you can imagine? how about a maserati and a tesla and hundreds of other cars? here's jan crawford. >> happy birthday! >> reporter: whitaker weinburger didn't know it, but he was about to have the best fourth birthday a kid could ever ask for, and that's how it should be, since whitaker has been sick on his other birthdays battling stage four neuroblastoma. he's stable now, so his parents seth and erin wanted to make this birthday special. >> he had been telling us, you know, i just want 100 bumblebees for my birthday. >> reporter: bumblebees, as in bumblebee the transformer from the movies. every time he sees a yellow car, he thinks it's the character.
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so erin put out the word on social media and hundreds of yellow cars flooded their alexandria, virginia, neighborhood before dawn. five-year-old margot giller williams made a sign. >> everybody came out to celebrate, right? >> right, instead of a birthday party, it's a birthday parade. >> i love bumblebee! >> reporter: it seemed like the whole neighborhood watched with whitaker alongside those yellow cars more than a mile to his school. >> it's my birthday. >> you're in a bumblebee, whitaker. >> reporter: his long-term prognosis is uncertain, but what is certain, this is a day for a superhero. jan crawford, cbs news, alexandria, virginia. >> o'donnell: here's to a birthday parade and to whitaker. that is the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in new york. thank you so much for watching.
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we'll see you back here tomorrow, and on this 9/11, we will never forget. good night.
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