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all: cbs cares! well, tonight, we have some remarkable reporting from inside syria where a partial cease-fire appears to be holding. next week will mark five years since the uprising that led to the civil war that has killed a quarter of a million people and forced 11 million from their homes. elizabeth palmer has reached aleppo, and holly williams is in northern syria. we'll begin with holly. >> reporter: masorat al rashid village was liberated from isis just three days ago. we saw the body of an isis fighter lying in the rubble of a house hit by an air strike. joza khalaf and her cousin khatar told us the extremists held guns to their heads, forcing their way into the women's homes to hide.
they said the isis fighters also dressed up as women to avoid capture. the nearby town of al shaddadi was liberated last week. the isis slogans are still there, but the town's now under the control of the syrian democratic forces, an arab-kurdish alliance that is supported by the u.s. so this was an american air strike? commander media kobane told us that u.s. coalition air strikes helped her fighters win the battle here. this used to be the main road connecting raqqah, the so-called isis capital in syria, with mosul, iraq's second biggest city, also controlled by isis. but now the road has been recaptured by the syrian democratic forces. colonel tala selo told us his fighters have been given over 100 tons of ammunition by the u.s.-led coalition in the last six months, all of it dropped by parachute.
but america's most effective partner in syria has some murky alliances. it's accused of coordinating with russia, which backs the syrian regime and has also allegedly fought against other u.s.-backed groups. colonel selo denied both those claims, but admitted his group enjoys a long-standing truce with the syrian regime. its flag flies over two compounds inside his territory. this u.s.-backed group is taking on isis and winning, sometimes paying a terrible price, but its allegiances are complicated. colonel selo also told us that he met with brett mcgurk, president obama's special envoy to the anti-isis coalition when he visited syria in january. the colonel said his group asked for anti-tank missiles and machine guns, but so far, scott, he says they've received only promises.
>> now, correspondent elizabeth palmer and her team are in aleppo, a cultural and industrial center of more than two million people still partly in the hands of rebel forces. we spoke with liz a short time ago. >> reporter: as we rolled along, scott, we could see the villages that isis has just been pushed out of, deserted and very heavily damaged. we stopped in the outskirts as we came in and went into a poor neighborhood right on the front lines. they are living in ruined buildings, in shocking condition with neither electricity or running water. we then carried on a little bit to the jewel of aleppo, what used to be the largest covered market in the middle east. it was a unesco world heritage site, and i'm sorry to have to tell you that it is in ruins. it's heartbreaking, buildings that existed for more than 1,000 years have finally been smashed by the savage war. >> liz, what's it like to be a
resident of aleppo now? >> reporter: weary, desperate, in some cases for necessities like medication or water. everybody is desperate to be able to relax, to travel freely, but people make do. i mean, you have to bear in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of displaced people who stayed inside syria who are cramming into every tiny room, and in some cases, campsites. >> as you look around the buildings, the streets, paint the picture for me. >> reporter: well, it's a patchwork. so areas where there have been heavy fighting are just ruined beyond your imagining. it's like pictures of the second world war, berlin. i mean, smashed beyond belief. and then you go on a mile or two, and there are rather beautiful buildings from the early part of the last century,
very graceful, dilapidated but standing, and so it's a kind of dizzying mix of everything. >> elizabeth palmer with a rare report from inside aleppo, and holly williams, with another report from inside syria as well. thank you both. now, we have an update on our investigation of the wounded warrior project. we reported that that charity spends far less of its donations on veterans as compared to other charities. we were surprised, and it turns out, some major donors were, too. here's chip reid. >> reporter: with two sons serving in iraq, raising money for wounded warrior project was more than a cause for fred and dianne kane. it was a calling. since 2009, the kanes' charity, tee-off for a cause, raised $325,000 for wounded warriors through golf tournaments in the carolinas. the organization even honored
fred kane with an award for being a vip donor. but allegations that only a little over half of donations went to help wounded vets came as a blow. >> and then hearing that there was this waste of money and donor dollars that should have been going to the service men and women that were injured, and it was spent on their having a good time. it's a real disappointment. >> reporter: wounded warrior's tax forms show spending on conferences and staff meetings grew to $26 million by 2014, but the charity insists those expenditures qualify as programs and services. outraged, kane canceled this year's benefit tournament and started a petition on change.org, calling for a public audit. he also called senior management and said he thought ceo steven nardizzi should be fired. >> i said, you know, "where is he? you lead from the front, good or bad." i said, "you don't hide." i don't understand how an
organization that has many veterans who value honor and service and the chain of command can be led by a guy like that. >> reporter: cbs news has learned kane is one of several major donors who are ending their support, and he wants answers from the group's board of directors. did they have a responsibility to know what was going on? >> absolutely. any board of directors does. >> reporter: sources with direct knowledge of the charity's operations said the board signs off on all the charity's major spending, including expensive staff retreats. those sources also told us the board has spent donor dollars on its own meetings at five-star hotels, including the beverly wilshire hotel in los angeles and the waldorf astoria in new york. they also said that when board members questioned spending decisions and executive salaries, their concerns were ignored. we tried to speak with each board member in person, but they declined. >> i feel like i'm representing
all these people that have donated over the years, all these seniors over 65 that -- that have sent them $19 a month, all these people on fixed incomes, if nobody's going to talk about this right now, and it has to be me, then it has to be me. >> reporter: are you done with wounded warrior project? >> yes, except for my new mission of trying to see change there. >> reporter: the board says it's ordered a review by independent auditors and that it would be inappropriate to answer questions until all the facts are known. full disclosure-- a cbs corporate executive serves on that board. scott, the board won't say if the results of their review will be made public or whether the board spending is under review as well. they have also hired legal counsel. >> chip reid, thanks. there's been a break in that robbery of a houston gun store. and a soccer star is donating her brain to science. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. that's fun. ♪
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arrests have been made in that remarkable gun store heist in houston we showed you last night. here's manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: it was as brazen as it was brief. after using a truck to rip off the doors, ten thieves rushed inside this gun store, smashed glass cases, grabbed guns by the sack full, and rifles by the arm full, all in under two minutes. they got away with 85 weapons.
robert elder is with the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. >> i would say it shocked me more than it surprised me. >> reporter: while the number of guns reported stolen or lost has decreased, elder says agents are seeing more of these types of bold burglaries. thieves used a backhoe to tear down the wall of a gun store in a houston suburb last year. in ohio, a minivan. in tennessee a stolen car. we got inside an atf gun vault in houston. it's filled with recovered weapons. the concern is the ones they haven't tracked down. >> and that's what's really scary about this because now you've got this high number of firearms on the street potentially being trafficked to other criminals. >> reporter: scott, the burglary here was so well planned that after they hit the store, the thieves jumped into a second getaway car a block away. >> manuel, thanks. and we'll be right back.
new jersey governor and former presidential candidate chris christie took a lot of online ridicule over his appearance with donald trump on super tuesday. well, today, christie said, no, he was not being held hostage, and "all these armchair psychiatrists should give it a break." perhaps the greatest drive in basketball this week was made by lakeside charter academy. they drove 85 miles from kalamazoo to play muskegon heights high school last night. all the local teams had canceled on muskegon after a shooting outside the school. in a show of unity, the team from kalamazoo, where six people were gunned down two weeks ago, they said, "don't worry, we'll play you." the score? it doesn't matter.
we end tonight with a world champion who is hoping to extend her legacy far beyond the soccer pitch. ben tracy spoke with her today. >> reporter: when the u.s. women's soccer team won the world cup in 1999, this became the defining image -- a victorious 30-year-old brandi chastain ripping off her jersey after scoring the winning goal. >> i'd really like to leave something beyond that. >> reporter: now 47, chastain has a new goal. she plans to donate her brain to science. how much head trauma do you think you suffered in your career? >> i know two specific
incidences when i was in college that would today definitely be considered a concussion, what we used to call, you know, "had my bell rung" or "i've seen stars," and i've had to shake it off. >> reporter: chastain's brain will eventually be examined by researchers checking for cte, chronic traumatic discussion over head injuries. chris nowinskiy is founder of the concussion legacy foundation, which will eventually study chastain's brain. >> with women not playing football, we don't have a generation of former female athletes with a lot of exposure who are in their 60s, 70s, or 80s, like we do with men. >> open your bodies. >> reporter: chastain now helps coach soccer at santa clara
university and is a fierce advocate for not allowing youth soccer players to head the ball until they are 14. her contribution to science will outlast even the most memorable of games. ben tracy, cbs news, santa clara, california. and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little bit later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm michelle miller. the contenders for republican presidential nomination gathered in detroit for the 11th debate of the campaign season. the biggest headlines were made hours earlier by the party's previous standard bearer, mitt romney. the former presidential candidate lashed out at front-runner donald trump calling him a "phony and fraud whose promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university." trump didn't take that criticism very well. dean reynolds reports.
>> here's what i know. donald trump is a phony, a fraud. he's playing the members of the american public for suckers. he gets a free ride to the white house, and all we get is a lousy hat. >> reporter: the man who lost a race many republicans thought was winnable said trump is a sure loser in a general election. >> a person so untrustworthy and dishonest as hillary clinton must not become president. [ applause ] of course, a trump nomination enables her victory. >> reporter: he said trump's policies would create recession at home and disrespect abroad. >> what he said on "60 minutes." did you hear this? it was about syria and isis, and it has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the entire campaign season. let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over an entire country? >> reporter: he stopped short of saying trump supporters are misguided, but he urged them to reflect and reconsider. >> the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. he's not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as leader. >> reporter: and romney
anticipated some blowback. >> watch, by the way, how he responds to my speech today. [ applause ] >> reporter: the answer came along predictably and pugnaciously. trump said romney is a lightweight, a choke artist, a chicken, and worse. >> mitt is a failed candidate. he failed. he failed horribly. >> reporter: and trump recalled how delighted romney was to get his endorsement just four years ago. >> i could have said, "mitt, drop to your knees." he would have dropped to his knees. he was begging. he was begging me. >> reporter: later, romney took to twitter writing, scott, "if trump said four years ago the things he is saying today about about muslims, mexicans, the disabled, i would not have accepted his endorsement.
a government advisory board is sounding the alarm about ovarian cancer. every year, more than 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease and because it's often caught too late, more than 14,000 die. dr. jon lapook has more. >> reporter: the report found surprising gaps in what we know about ovarian cancer. starting with the basic definition. even though it's called ovarian cancer, it can start outside the ovary, in the fallopian tubes or the uterus. dr. douglas lavigne was one of the report authors. >> it's a collection of many different diseases. the subtypes of ovarian cancer occur in and around the ovary, but have very different origins. >> reporter: why is that important? >> when you figure out the origins, it tells you information a's important about treatment, prevention and mechanisms of developing cancer. >> reporter: prevention is key, because right now, there's no effective way of finding ovarian cancer early.
one reason the disease is so deadly. 34-year-old morgan, mother of three, got genetic testing last fall and learned she was at increased risk. >> i was not going to gamble with my life, especially knowing they would not be able to catch ovarian cancer in its early stages. >> reporter: so she opted for preventative surgery, removing the ovaries, fallopian tubes and full hysterectomy. >> i had to do it. it's very frustrating as a patient. >> reporter: you can screen for breast cancer, colon cancer, why is ovarian cancer so different? >> the precursor cells turn into cancer and then spread very quickly. we really have a very limited window of opportunity to identify the cancer cells. >> reporter: there are often no symptoms or they're vague. here's what is alarming. more than half of women with ovarian cancer do not get the recommended standard of care. which includes having an ovarian
cancer specialist handle evaluation and treatment. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. in other health news, the cdc says super germs are responsible for one out of every seven infections patients catch when they're inside the hospital. come of those infections can be life threatening. the cdc blames doctors for overprescribing antibiotics, helping the super germs become resistant. the battle over antibiotics is not only being fought in hospitals but subway fast food chain is now offering chicken raised without antibiotics. >> reporter: subway's antibiotic free chicken is the first step in what they say will lead the restaurant to serve only antibiotic free meat. other chains vowing to take similar steps, wendy's, mcdonald's and most recently in and out. >> treat your body right. >> reporter: bowing to consumer
pressure about the food they eat on tuesday, subway began selling sandwiches with chicken raised without antibiotics. by 2025, the chain says all the meat across its 30,000 north american restaurants will be antibiotic free. jean halleren welcomes the change. >> this is a problem that's been brewing for decades and is getting seriously worse. >> reporter: is there any danger to consumers from meat that doesn't have antibiotics in it? >> absolutely none. >> reporter: the danger isn't the antibiotics themselves, but the super bugs that evolve to resist the antibiotics. those drug resistant germs then enter the food supply. according to the cdc, 23,000 people die from super bugs every year. >> we're at the beginning of potential catastrophe. even a simple cut could become infected and have a deadly staph infection. >> reporter: in september, she
worked on a report grading 25 fast food chains on the use of antibiotics and their meat. only a few received passing grades. last weak, in and out burger said it's looking to phase out antibiotics from its meat supply but didn't specify a timeline. wendy's is offering antibiotic free grilled chicken sandwiches in four test markets. farmers use antibiotics to keep livestock healthy. "wall street journal" reporter jacob bungy says the restaurants may force their hand. >> they will turn to their chicken and pork suppliers and say we need to give us meat raised without antibiotics. >> the price of these meals probably will not go up much, if at all. they seem to be making changes without having price increases to the consumer. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
the social security administration keeps a list of every american who dies. it's called the death master file. but as with many things in the federal government, it's not always correct. a lot of people who die don't make the list. and some people who are still very much alive are surprised to learn the government thinks they've passed on. scott pelley reports for "60 minutes." >> she pointed on the screen and it said d.o.d. i said, what does d.o.d. mean? she said date of death. i said, well, how did you come up with this? all it takes is somebody to input on the computer the wrong numbers and it makes a big difference, of course. >> reporter: most people never find out how it happens. but when the federal computer says you're dead, you might as well be.
the terrible news is relayed by the government to banks and credit agencies. judy rivers told us she had $80,000 in her accounts, but when she tried to use her bank card at a store, they assumed she was an identity thief. you couldn't get access to your bank accounts. how did you live? >> well, for a time, i lived in my car. and i couldn't get an apartment. i had my debit cards, which were of course, no good. i used one without knowing the consequences, and was actually taken to jail and questioned because they thought i was an identity thief. >> reporter: you ended up arrested? >> yes. >> reporter: you ended up living in your car because of all of this? >> for six months. >> reporter: you had been eliminated from the human race. >> cyber ghost. >> reporter: cyber ghost? judy rivers now haunts a
borrowed camper in alabama. while her finances were ruined, she found that the government makes a tidy profit selling the death master file to credit agencies. so word of her death was nearly immortal in dozens of databases and it came back again and again. she protested to a credit agency called check systems for what seemed like an eternity. >> finally, check systems responded to me, and told me to send my information and they would consider it. after i had sent it to them over 20 times. >> reporter: they would consider whether you were still alive? >> correct. >> reporter: we looked in the alabama vital records office for her death notice, but it's not there. no one seems to know how she got in the federal death master file. god may judge the quick and the dead, but it's the states that collect the data. they pass it along to social security, and there is plenty of room for error. record bureaus get death notices from doctors, hospitals, funeral
homes or families. and every state has its own rules. perhaps because the dead don't vote, many of the states don't spend much, keeping tabs on them. this is the state of alabama vital records vault. it is a place so secure that you need a key and a fingerprint to get inside. but once in here, the technology becomes pretty 19th century. these are death certificates from 1912, for example. all in all, there are 17 million paper records in here. now, the state of alabama is moving towards an electronic system, and it's about 60% of the way there. but there's so little funding around the country for that kind of transition, that there are about a dozen states in america that do not have a statewide electronic filing system for death records. how accurate is the death master file? >> i guess the best way to say
it is, it's as accurate as it can be. >> reporter: patrick o'carol is the social security administration's inspector general. his office investigates how the death master file is used and abused. >> right now the death master file has entered about 86 million records in it, and it gets about 2 million records every year from the states. and we're probably, as with everything else, as strong as the weakest links. some states are reporting electronically and have very good data. other states it's done at a haphazard level. so again, there's going to be some falling through the cracks there. >> reporter: but he told us live people falling through cracks isn't what keeps him up at night. the much more costly problem is in the millions of americans who do die and are not recorded. your office found that social security had no death data for 6.5 million people over the age of 111. do you really believe that there
are 6.5 million people over the age of 111 in this country? >> no. in fact, that's why we did the audit on it. what we were finding is that people that were over 112 years of age were opening up bank accounts and we got suspicious. we found that 6.5 million was not recorded as being deceased. >> reporter: how many people are over the age of 111 in this country? >> i'm thinking ten. >> reporter: most federal agencies depend on the death master file. so if a death isn't listed, federal payments just keep coming. we wondered what that would add up to in the course of a year, but it turns out no one in the federal government is keeping an overall count. the best we could come up with is a few reports from individual agencies. for example, the department of agriculture paid farm subsidies and disaster assistance to more than 170,000 dead people over six years. that came to $1.1 billion. the office of personnel
management paid dead federal retires a little over a billion. and in 2010 alone, the irs paid more than $400 million in refunds to the dead. social security doesn't know how many retirement and disability checks are cashed by the relatives of the dead, like sandra. >> i'm a -- a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and now a felon. >> reporter: like a lot of people, she took in her aging, ill mother and had a joint bank account with her. when her mother died, the disability benefits kept coming. when did she die? >> she died in 1984. >> reporter: when she died, did you report her death to social security? >> i did not. >> reporter: why not? >> i thought perhaps it would have been taken care of by the funeral director at some point. >> reporter: were you surprised
that these benefits kept coming to you? >> no, not initially. i had a conversation with my mom prior to her death that i would be entitled to the benefits. so i just assumed, and went along with that thinking that i was entitled. >> reporter: what did it come to? >> over a 30-year period, $160,000. >> you can see the full report on our website, cbsnews.com. the "overnight news" will be right back. it's easy for me cause look at as it is her.him... aw... so we use k-y ultragel. it enhances my body's natural moisture so i can get into the swing of it a bit quicker. and when i know she's feeling like that, it makes me feel like we're both...
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the accusations were really flying at last night's republican presidential debate. but how much of that was true? it could take days to do all the research, and there's an entire industry of fact checkers on the job. mark albert reports. >> reporter: the winter of 2016 may well be remembered for a blizzard, but not of snow. >>ky go to washington, forge consensus, mix the mess. >> reporter: it's been a flurry of promises and pledges. >> my pledge is to raise incomes, not taxes, on the middle class. >> reporter: broad sides and bombast. >> the unemployment rate is probably 20%, and the highest i've heard so far is 42%. >> reporter: all delivered with the gusto of a nor'easter. >> one family spending more money than either the democratic party or the republican party. >> reporter: the gale force one liners can be nauseating, as the candidates try to conjole and
convince voters. >> we have seen in six years obamacare has been a disaster. it's the biggest job killer in this country. >> reporter: how do you know what's true and what's not? like a lighthouse in the storm, glenn kesler tries to cut through the fog of facts. >> i write the fact checker column for "the washington post." >> reporter: you catch politicians when they lie and call them out on it? >> that's right. >> reporter: how's business these days? >> better than ever. >> reporter: letter than ever. that's not so good for our democracy, is it? >> it's good for journalism. >> reporter: kesler and michelle lee assign one to four pinocchios. using the beloved children's character whose nose grew when he didn't tell the truth. but kesler doesn't type the "l" word. >> i never use the word lie. i can't get into a politician's head. >> reporter: but you have said false, dubious, debunk, no evidence. deeply flawed, wildly inflated, bizarre claim, inaccurate and misleading.
>> yes, i plead guilty to using those words. >> reporter: and their thesaurus was well worn in 2015. no party was spared. donald trump earned the most pinocchios. in fact, kesler wrote "frankly, it's really not interesting to fact check the donald as his assertions are so easily debunked." >> i saw people getting together and in fairly large numbers, celebrating as the world trade center was coming down. >> reporter: also on the list of their biggest pinocchios of 2015, president obama. >> keystone is for canadian oil. to send that down to the gulf. it bypasses the united states. >> reporter: politicians are paying attention. >> media fact checkers are not fair and impartial. they are liberal, editorial journalists. >> reporter: kesler says politicians or their staffs even try to negotiate a better rating. but some just blink. >> i actually got calls from senator rob portman and senator
amy klobuchar who said because of my fact checks they were going to be more careful in the future. >> reporter: if the number of claims has exploded, so too has the number of fact checkers. at least 80 active fast checking sites now span the u.s. and the world, according to the duke reporter's lab, which in january helped launch an archive of u.s. political tv ads waiting to be vetted. the pulitzer prize winning politifacts.com has its own rating system, pants on fire. and politico has its wrong-o-meter. what do you have? >> we don't have a rating system. we just tell readers this is misleading and this is why. >> reporter: rob farley is the deputy manager editor at factcheck.org. >> we're advocating for truth in politics. we're getting the voters the best information they can get. we want them to be armed with the facts. >> reporter: based in philadelphia, the nonprofit has
a team of six staffers, led by eugene kylie. on this day, we found him fact checking a ted cruz tv ad. >> it's not true. i'm trying to piece together the information i need to show here's what really happened. >> reporter: the team posted its analysis the next day. but even fact checkers are not all-knowing. just this week, politifact revised a headline after pushback from a presidential campaign, writing its original wording should have been more precise. kylie says the sheer number of candidates and claims this cycle has been overwhelming. i think your site calling 2015 a banner year for political whoppers. what is 2016 going to be? >> more of the same. >> reporter: that's not good. >> it's good for us in terms of being able to provide information to the public. >> reporter: mark albert, washington. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
at ground zero in new york city, a new multibillion transportation hub is open for business. some call it the most beautiful train station in the world. others insist it's a horrible waste of money. it's called occulace. 15,000 tons of steel reaching 25 stories tall. the famed architect designed it to resemble a bird rising, the archways will house 11 subway lines and officials estimate 250,000 commuters every day. what first struck you about this design? >> i really like the interior space the best actually. >> reporter: paul goldberger is a contributing architect critic for "vanity fair." >> a democracy should be building important buildings for people. it's nice to arrive in the city in an exhilarating place that sort of gives you a lift. you know, i think those great moments are like the exclamation
points in the city. >> as much as places like this help downtown roar back to life, it's not without controversy. this structure is billions over budget, and at least five years behind schedule. when the hub's design was first unveiled in 2004, officials estimated it would cost around $2 billion. but after rush design changes, water leaks and super storm sandy in 2012, the finished product will cost almost twice as much, coming in at $3.9 billion. the hub's governing body, the port authority in new york and new jersey, called the project challenging. but added it will serve a vital transportation need for the region, while becoming an important landmark. >> it was a very, very ambitious, difficult design. yes, it cost a lot. yes, probably it should have cost somewhat less. but in fact, exciting, innovative architecture is
forever. >> reporter: officials are hopeful this landmark will prove to be an economic engine. within these public atriums is over 200,000 square feet of potential retail space. >> this was a very successful mall before 9/11. and we have no doubt it's going to be a very successful shopping center. >> is that a feat in and of itself that this is finished? >> i think it's an extraordinary feat. you feel that now the life of the city is coming back to this 16 acres again, in a way that it hadn't been for a long time. >> the hub is only partially open. several more corridors will open in the weeks to come. officials decided against a large unveiling. instead, there was a small ribbon cutting ceremony. that's the "overnight news" for this friday.
captioning funded by cbs it's friday, march 4th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." the republican race gets down and dirty. donald trump fender off a day of attack by slinging more insults at the latest gop debate. a nuclear threat from north korea. in the face of stiffer sanctions, kim jong-un tells his military to have his military arsenal ready at any time. a thief thinks he is getting away, until he runs into a moving suv. good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news