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call. >> i'm sorry. >> reporter: former officer could be seen wiping her face as it played. the jury saw a video that showed guyger her key did not work in jean's door. in fact, his door was slightly open. the defense is arguing not only did she think that was her door, but she thought someone was inside. margaret? >> omar, thank you. today an l.a. business executive became the latest to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal. devin sloane got four months in prison after pleading guilty to paying $250,000 to get his son into usc. he admitted photo shopping a picture of his son so he could pose as a water polo recruit. tonight, the navy is investigating a series of suicides among crewmembers of the same aircraft carrier. four since july. jeff pegues is looking into this. >> reporter: according to investigators, on september 19th, 38-year-old james shelton
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was discovered in his vehicle, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. 19-year-old ethan stuart took his life on the very same day. five days earlier, sailor vincent forline's death was also ruled a suicide. all three served on the aircraft carrier uss george h.w. bush based in norfolk, virginia. james shelton's wife jennifer said she thought he beat his depression. >> i know it felt dark where he was, but he was so close to getting better. >> reporter: the navy said the suicides, which didn't happen on the ship, were not connected. the ship's commanding officer said there is never any stigma or repercussion from seeking help. still, jennifer shelton said her husband was afraid he'd lose his job if he revealed his illness. >> as father of six, he needed every dollar that he was making. so he was concerned about taking
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medication for his depression because he needed every dollar. >> reporter: there is about a increasing problem with suicides across the military. 325 active duty members died by suicide in 2018. that is the highest number to date. margaret? >> jeff, thank you. now our series "your money, your health" looks at the wide range of prices americans are paying for the same medical procedures. we've teamed up with the journalists at clear health costs and found routine tests like mris, ultra sounds and blood tests can cost ten times mother at one facility compared to another. anna werner joins us with medical price roulette. >> i got up to go to the bathroom and just collapsed. >> reporter: you passed out? >> i passed out. >> reporter: miriam harper, a mother of four, had complications after a miscarriage at 12 weeks. >> just started bleeding more and more, to the point where it was really concerning. >> reporter: harper was rushed
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to the hospital, her third trip to a dallas area medical facility in two days. >> they charged me for blood typing. >> reporter: not long after, as she grieved, the bills started coming. >> i think it's a reminder of just emptiness, and then other bills keep pouring in and this lab and that lab. >> reporter: what was surprising about those bills, the amount she was charged for the same tests, a pair of ultrasounds at two different facilities. $150 at her birthing center, but more than $1500 at this hospital. are you surprised by that? >> shocked. there is no kind of accountability whatsoever. it's just all over the place. >> reporter: something we discovered when our partner, clear health costs, surveyed cash price, used here as a benchmark for comparison for some of the most common procedures and tests in the dallas metro area, including this one, a cardiovascular stress test, about $700 at this facility. eight miles away, over $8,000 for the same test.
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>> it's not an effective, functioning market. >> reporter: aaron carroll is a pediatrician and health care researcher. >> if you're asking me, as a human being if that makes sense, of course not. if you're asking me as someone who studies the u.s. health care system, yeah, why not? i mean. that would like to make money. >> now most of miriam harper's bills at baylor, scott & white were written off. the american hospital association says providers set prices according to their own methodology. we'd like to hear what you've paid. go to costs to tell us about your prices. and margaret, we'll continue to stay on top of this issue and report other stories as they development. >> thank you so much, anna. there is much more still ahead. one state launches the toughest crackdown yet on vaping. an update on tropical storm karen, now whipping up dangerous conditions in the caribbean. and new york's bravest now includes a record number of children of 9/11's fallen heroes.
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tonight the governor of massachusetts has declared a vaping health emergency and ordered a four-month ban on all vaping products. this comes as the cdc tells congress they expect to announce hundreds more cases of vaping-related illnesses. dean reynolds is following this. >> we're scared enough as parents. >> reporter: today in washington, a mother told congress about her daughter's near death experience after vaping. >> i'll never forget watching her cry, that she literally couldn't breathe without excruciating pain as she was pumped full of iv fluids, antibiotics, steroids, pain meds and a diuretic to clear fluid from her badly inflamed lungs. >> reporter: ruby johnson's 18-year-old daughter piper is one of 530 people in 38 states sickened by a mysterious illness related to vaping. piper recovered, but nine people have died so far.
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no specific product has been identified yet as the cause of potentially life-long lung damage. and with half of the case occurring in people under 25, alarm bells are ringing from classrooms to capitol hill where anne schuchat of the cdc was testifying. >> has the industry's false safety narrative made it more difficult to get your message out? >> we do hope the seriousness of disease, including death, is gedding attention, but there is a lot of competing messages. >> reporter: dr. david o'dell of northwestern memorial hospital says vaping has changed the way physicians work. are you routinely asking patients if they vape? >> as we're learning more and more potentially about the near-term and potentially long-term dangers of vaping and e-cigarette use, it's now a question i ask patients routinely. >> reporter: is that because of this outbreak? >> by and large, yes. >> reporter: right now the cdc is calling on people to consider refraining from vaping, but a
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congressman today said that's too weak, and the government should simply state vaping can cause death. margaret? >> dean reynolds, thank you. still ahead, deep trouble for the drug smugglers inside this makeshift submarine. ♪
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winds around 45 miles per hour. officials have warned people in the mountains to prepare for mud slides. most areas are expecting 3 to 6 inches of rain. the catch of the day goes to the u.s. coast guard. they released video of a dramatic bust in the pacific off latin america. a crew boarded a submarine loaded with 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $165 million. four arrests were made. a painting that was almost tossed in the trash is quite a treasure. and elderly woman from france had it hanging in her kitchen for years right near her hot plate, and it turns out the painting of jesus christ is by a 13th century italian renaissance artist, and could be worth around $6.5 million. up next, the children
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of 9/11's fallen heroes. why firefighting remains in their blood.
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this was graduation day for 301 men and women in the fdny's class of 2019. among them, a record number who are answering the call as their parents did for the last time on 9/11. here is mola lenghi. >> reporter: these new graduates of the new york fire academy are now among new york city's bravest, inheriting a legacy of service and sacrifice. >> probationary firefighter rebecca asaro. >> reporter: for some like rebecca and mark asaro, it's a family legacy. >> it's a big accomplishment. it's very challenging, but we all stuck together and got by. >> reporter: they're among 13 new firefighters who lost a parent in the line of duty on september 11th. their father carl was 39 years old when he was lost at ground zero. >> i was 7. >> i was 9. i kept asking my mom when my
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father was coming home. she didn't have an answer. they never found him. >> reporter: the asaro's found family in the fdny. >> the guys were stepping up and always there, whatever he needed. and it just continued for years. >> reporter: you guys know better than anyone the risks and the dangers involved in this line of work, but you choose to do it anyway. why? >> i'm thinking my father gave his life for this job, you know. and so many other people did. it's a very rewarding job. >> reporter: the reward is in the service. >> i feel like my dad's with me every step of the way, and it brings me a little bit closer to him. >> reporter: mola lenghi, cbs news, new york. >> mola will have a lot more on cbs this morning. also on that program, an exclusive interview with new zealand's prime minister jacinda ardern. she'll discuss her country's efforts to tighten gun laws and the perspective she brings as the world's youngest female leader. and that's the "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 of course "cbs this
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morning." from the broadcast center here in new york city, i'm margaret brennan. ♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm nikki battiste. thuned stes congress is about to begin impeachment hearings over president trump's controversial telephone call with ukraine's president. mr. trump was withholding $400 million in aid to ukraine when he pressed the country's leader to open an investigation into the biden family. the president will release the full transcript of that call today, and the whistle-blower who first brought the call to light wants to testify before congress. nancy cordes has the view from
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capitol hill. >> i'm announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. >> reporter: after holding out on impeachment for months, house speaker nancy pelosi said president trump had violated his oath of office by -- >> calling upon a foreign power to intervene in his election. this is a breach of his constitutional responsibilities. >> reporter: her change of heart came after a cascade of more than 30 house democrats announced they are now open to impeachment too. >> the future of our democracy is at stake. >> this is the president basically saying yes, i colluded what are you going to do about it? >> i think we have no other choice. >> reporter: minnesota democrat dean phillips. >> this behavior at best is unethical and corrupt. at worst, treasonous. >> reporter: the turning point was the president's acknowledgment that he pushed his ukrainian counterpart to investigate unfounded claims about a 2020 campaign rival. >> there was pressure put on with respect to joe biden.
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what joe biden did for his son, that's something they should be looking at. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed mr. trump unexpectedly told top aides to withhold $400 million in military aid for ukraine days before he spoke by phone with that nation's new president. >> we're going to find out what happened. >> reporter: the senate's republican leader was notably neutral today. what rationale did the administration give you this summer for holding up military aid to ukraine? >> talked to the secretary of defense twice, the secretary of state once. i have no idea what precipitated the delay. >> reporter: they never gave you a reason? >> i was not given an explanation. fortunately, it finally happened, and i'm glad about that. >> the house and senate intelligence committees are both working overtime to try to nail down interviews with the whistle-blower who filed a complaint about all of this a month ago. a lawyer for the whistle-blower says he's eager to speak to congress after the director of
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national intelligence decided not to hand the contents of his complaint over to congress. it's very significant that the republican-led senate is now looking into this, along with the democrat-led house. while all this was going down in washington, president trump was in new york, addressing the united nations general assembly, but his call to ukraine is all anyone was talking about. weijia jiang has the story. >> look, it's just a continue of the witch hunt. it's the worst witch hunt in political history. >> reporter: president trump reacted angrily on twitter after nancy pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry, writing, "can you believe this?" and "presidential harassment." earlier in the day he will release a complete fully unclassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with president zelensky of ukraine. >> it was a perfect call there was no quid pro quo. >> reporter: the president denied hi pressured ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky in that july 25th call to investigate joe biden and his
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son or the u.s. would stop promised aid payments. >> i could have. i think it would probably, possibly have been okay if i did, but i didn't. >> reporter: but his explanation for blocking that aid has shifted. yesterday it was fear of corruption in ukraine. >> we're supporting a country. we want to make sure that country is honest. >> reporter: today, burden sharing. >> because i think that other countries should be paying also. why is the united states only one paying to ukraine? >> reporter: mr. trump claims then vice president biden had a ukrainian prosecutor fired to avoid an investigation into his son hunter, who served on the board of a ukrainian energy company. but prosecutor was fired because he wasn't investigating corruption, a move supported by several countries. >> if we allow a president to get away with shredding the united states constitution, that will last forever. >> reporter: president trump insists the transcript of his
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call with the ukrainian president will exonerate him of any wrongdoing. but cbs news has learned that whistle-blower's complaint involves multiple allegations. so that call is just one piece of enccratwant to review. major garrett has a look back at the history of presidential impeachment in the united states. >> reporter: anticipating a rallying of the president's base and predicting majority-ending jeopardy for house democrats, that's mao the current mind-set. with it will come fights to block subpoenas and witness testimony as the white house has since the mueller investigation ended. the white house also knows, margaret, that if the house does vote to impeach, a two-thirds senate majority would be required to convict. not only is there no sign of, that it's unclear if all set of democrats would vote to impeach. impeachments cast a long shadow. in my opinion that. >> deepen partisan convictions.
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the house didn't even vote on particles of impeachment but he resigned anyways, leaving a raft of reformist laws in its wake. the house did impeach clinton but he did survive the trial. while clinton assets presidency lost legitimacy, al gore was a political casualty in 2000 and nearly two decades of simmering republican anger rose again in 2016 against hillary clinton. impeachment is the most serious action taken against a president, and no president, and for that matter, no congress emerges unscathed. the united states navy has launched an investigation after three more sailors aboard the aircraft carrier uss george h.w. bush took their own lives this month. that makes four from one ship this year, and there are many more throughout the navy. jeff pegues reports. >> reporter: according to investigors, on september 19th, 38-year-old james shelton was discovered in his vehicle, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. 19-year-old ethan stuart took his life on the very same day. five days earlier, sailor vincent forline's death was also ruled a suicide.
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all three served on the aircraft carrier uss george h.w. bush based in norfolk, virginia. james shelton's wife jennifer said she thought he beat his depression. >> i know it felt dark where he was, but he was so close to getting better. >> reporter: the navy said the suicides, which didn't happen on the ship, were not connected. the ship's commanding officer said there is never any stigma or repercussion from seeking help. still, jennifer shelton said her husband was afraid he'd lose his job if he revealed his illness. >> as father of six, he needed every dollar that he was making. so he was concerned about taking medication for his depression because he needed every dollar. >> reporter: and in july, a fourth sailor from that ship also took his life. there is an increasing problem with suicides across the military. 325 active duty members died by suicide in 2018. that is the highest number to
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome back to the "overnight news." i'm nikki battiste. in our new series "medical price roulette," we're revealing how millions of americans are paying wildly different prices for the same common medical procedures. our partner in this investigation, clear health costs, surveyed medical providers in dallas and san francisco. consumer investigative correspondent anna werner tell us what they found. >> our partner looked into 35 common procedures.
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it turns out there are wide swings in the procedures with everything from mris to blood tests. the people you're about to meet found that out last fall. >> reporter: last fall, miriam harper suffered a miscarriage. >> the bills keep pouring in and this lab and that lab. >> reporter: her visit when the bleeding started was to a local birthing center. to interest visit and two ultrasounds, it charged her $150. later in the day, her symptoms worsened. so she went to the local county hospital. they too sent her home. but the next morning -- >> i got up to go to the bathrond jus collapsed, was unconscious. my husband could not get me to come to. >> reporter: her family called paramedics, who took her to baylor, scott & white hospital, where doctors gave her the same two ultrasounds. the bill for those?
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>> $1500. >> reporter: $1500? >> 1500. >> reporter: that's a multiplier of ten times your first one. >> yes, right. >> reporter: are you surprised by that? >> shocked. >> reporter: medical prices vary greatly, even within the same city. take a look at the cash prices, prices used here as a benchmark for comparison we found in the dallas area when our partner clear health costs surveyed providers. for a lower back mri without contrast, the price goes anywhere from $295 to $5,323. a mammogram screening ranged from $139 to $743. and sometimes they aren't even very far away from each other. at texas health harris methodist hospital, the cost for a cardiovascular stress test is $698. but just a mile away, a three-minute drive at baylor scott & white all saints hospital, the same cardiovascular stress test is priced at $8,217, a difference
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of over $7,000. aaron carroll is a professor of pediatrics and health services researcher. >> it's because someone can. if someone is willing to pay it or has to pay it, then someone is likely to charge that amount of money. >> reporter: bay area resident mark webb learned about medical pricing the hard way when his doctor recommended he get a routine colonoscopy, webb called the provider to make sure he knew the maximum bill he'd face. >> they said based on what your doctor ordered it could be three different codes ranging in price from 1300 to $2400. >> reporter: so you were okay with that? >> i was. that seemed fine to me. >> reporter: but when the bills arrived, the surgery center tab alone was $4800. the doctor? $3800. and the pathologist an additional $300. >> if they told me i was going get almost $9,000 in bills, i would have either postponed it a while longer or gone somewhere else for the procedure.
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>> reporter: right. you would have shopped around more? >> definitely. >> reporter: just as in dallas, prices vary drastically a few short miles away. at simon med imaging in san francisco, an mri of the upper back costs $550, while four miles away at st. mary's medical center, the price was $5,751. what's the rationale behind the pricing? >> you have to remember that the people who are providing health care are also trying to make money. and so a lot of the rationale is how do we drive revenue, how do we bring in resources so that we can make a profit. >> i think it's very erroneous to suggest hospitals are very profitable. >> reporter: ashley thompson is with the american hospital association. >> each hospital sets its pricing according to its own methodology. >> reporter: so theoretically, they could charge whatever they wanted to for a test, correct? >> what's interesting is that most people look less at what is being charged for a service and really are more interested in
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whaty are going to have to pay out of pocket. >> reporter: but there is no rule or regulation that says you as a hospital, you can not charge $10,000 for x? >> there is no rules or regulations that i am aware of. >> reporter: mark webb wound up paying over $4,000 out of pocket for his colonoscopy. of the system he says -- >> it's either unethical or dishonest, i'm not sure which. >> reporter: now baylor, scott & white waved miriam harper's bills through a financial assistance program, but she still owes money to the surgeon and another facility. st. mary's medical center in the san francisco bay area told us the price for its lower back mri in our survey was too high, but would not disclose what it says is the actual price. we posted the hospital's statements on our web page where you can also see the prices we found. go to our website at and while you're there, please share your prices with us. tell us what you paid. we want to know. police in new york city
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still have no explanation why a father would jump in front of a moving subway train while holding on to his 5-year-old daughter. the man died of his injuries, but miraculously, the young girl survived with just cuts and bruises. meg oliver reports. >> little by little, love, little by little. >> reporter: a miraculous sight on the tracks of the new york subway is station early monday morning. this 5-year-old girl with only minor injuries crawling on the tracks from underneath the southbound train. >> the only thing i think about in a moment is the baby is still alive. >> reporter: seen in the white t-shirt, he jumped down to pull the girl to safety. >> she tell me what happened to my daddy. and then i said don't look at your daddy. dome me like a puppy. >> reporter: according to the source, the 45-year-old father was holding his daughter's wrist when he intentionally jumped from the platform just after 8:00 a.m.
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the train was not able to stop in time and the father was killed. >> the man that i saw jumping had a little girl in his wrists, and in his arms. next thing i know, he and her jumped. >> reporter: they believe the girl survived by lying flat between the tracks. after being treated for minor scrapes and bruises,she was carried home by her godfather. th girl's mother says "my little girl is in perfect condition, thanks to god and the angels that protected her." meg oliver, new york. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. geico makes it easy to get help when i need it.
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new jersey's favorite son bruce springsteen turns 70 years old on monday, and he is still going strong, writing, producing, and of course doing live shows. meanwhile, the town that springsteen made famous, asbury park, new jersey, is undergoing
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a renaissance. anthony mason took a tour. >> so the festival is literally on the beach? >> on the beach, on the boardwalk. we'll have a vip section down there. you know, september in new jersey is incredible. >> reporter: danny clench helped launch the sea here now festival last summer in asbury park, with a lineup that included brandi carlisle, jack johnson, and a surprise appearance by bruce springsteen, whose debut album back in 1973, "greetings from asbury park" celebrated the small seaside resort. so what are we riding in? >> 1948 pontiac silver streak. >> reporter: clench, who grew up on the jersey shore, took us on a tour of the town, which after decades of decline is enjoying a revival. >> we make a right there. is a whole wall of ponies on there. >> reporter: the stone pony, where springsteen performed now legendary sets in the '70s is
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thriving again. this over here is what? >> this used to be the howard johnson's. >> reporter: this was a howard johnson's? >> it's a supper club, mihm mccloughan's now. this is an outdoor sort of music venue up there and think just rebuilt it. >> reporter: over in the new asbury hotel, clinch, a renowned music photographer, who shot springsteen and so many others -- >> this is such a great picture. >> this is the last -- i think it's the last session of chuck berry. >> reporter: has opened the transparent gallery. >> we've managed to become a little cultural center here in s a bury park people who love musicians love art. >> here is jack johnson. >> off to the beach. >> off to the beach. >> reporter: clinch's work appears on boarded up buildings. >> we got bruce and patty and johnny cash. he would come and stay. and the corner suite up there is
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the johnny cash suite. this one here of the mermaid is done by my friend porkchop. >> reporter: porkchop is michaela vmike la valle who came when you first got here what was it like? >> it was kind of desolate. there wasn't much going on which attracted me. it was like a playground for artists. >> reporter: now he says it has a new energy, you can almost feel it in the air. people want to do stuff. >> reporter: asbury park was developed as a resort in the 1870s. as it grew, more than half a million people a year vacationed here along its mile and a quarter stretch of waterfront. so many people fell in love here. so many people had their first kiss, first ice cream cone. >> reporter: tim donnelly came to asbury park in 2009 to see the pretenders play at the stone pony. >> met a girl, fell in love. never left. >> reporter: okay. to donnelly, the tower on the old heating plant is a beacon.
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what does it say up there? >> it says protect her glory. >> reporter: what does it symbolize to you? >> to me it symbolizes freedom and creativity. >> reporter: that's why he joined his old friend danny clinch to start the sea hear now mefl which celebrates art and asbury park. the grandeur of some of the old buildings may have faded. >> but the soul of it is still here. and i think if you keep the soul and you can build around the soul, that's an amazing thing, right? >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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there is a young boy in massachusetts whose life revolves around peering out his living room window. it's not as lonely as it sounds. steve hartman found this story "on the road." >> reporter: aside from immediate family, no one is allowed in the house to see 3-year-old quinn waters. >> i want to get up there. >> reporter: and more importantly, quinn can't go out. >> we basically keep him in a bubble just as a precaution. >> even a cold, a common cold could be something that will bring him back into the hospital. >> reporter: parents jarlith and tara water say quinn's natural immunity was temporarily wiped out after he got a stem cell transplant to treat his brain
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cancer. >> we are italian. >> reporter: fortunately, the kid is a fighter, who has retained a mostly positive attitude. >> do you want a drink or anything, dude? >> no, thank you. >> reporter: but it still stinks. >> he sees all of this happening and he knows he's stuck inside. and there would be days. >> reporter: days when quinn is literally pounding to get out. unfortunately, staring out a window is a poor substitute for walking out a door. for the last two months, quinn's connection to the outside world has been limited to whoever passes by, which hasn't been all that limiting, actually. >> it started off with family members come to the window. >> reporter: then the neighbors started showing up to entertain, with noncontact art projects. >> this is like a picasso. >> reporter: and other stupid human tricks. next the police caught wind, and pretty soon top-notch performers were just showing up on quinn's front lawn. >> it's turned into like a vaudeville stage out there. >> the window kind of became his
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window to the world, you know. >> reporter: today you never know what might happen by. one minute it could be a dog parade. >> look at that dog! >> reporter: the next a team of irish step dancer, everyone brought together by word of mouth and a will to help quinn get better. which his parents say is happening. >> it's the positive energy from all these people that women has gotten him through his sickness, you know? you can never repay, you know. just maybe pay it forward, you know. >> reporter: being indebted has never felt so fortunate. ♪ come on without, come on within, you'll not see nothing like the mighty quinn ♪ >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road" in weymouth, massachusetts. >> thanks for singing. >> what a beautiful story and a
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great neighborhood. and that's the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with u a little later for the morning news, and of course"cbs this captioning funded by cbs it's wednesday, september 25th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." >> the president must be held accountable, no one is above the law. >> impeachment inquiry. house speaker nancy pelosi initiates formal proceedings against president trump. what happens next, plus how the president is reacting. >> stand for the country. what she's doing is -- if it's true, i can't believe that it's true. murderer or mistake? a dallas police officer claims she thought she was in her own apartment before killing her neighbor.


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