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hundreds of u.s. diplomats are warning that mr. trump's ban on refugees and citizens from seven predominantly muslim countries makes the u.s. less safe, not more. major garrett is at the white house. >> i'm a bit uncomfortable with the very public activities candidly, and i think that has to be very, very carefully considered. >> reporter: former cia director david petraeus told congress today the unprecedented uprising of dissent within the state department over president trump's immigration and refugee order cannot be ignored. >> there could come a point in time where, if your advice is not taken over and over and over again, then i think you have an obligation to your own organization and to the country to say perhaps i should let you get someone whose advice you
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might listen to, since mine is not being regarded. >> reporter: more than 800 career diplomats have signed a dissent cable that rex tillerson confirmed today as secretary of state will find waiting for him at the state department. the cable said mr. trump's order will have "little practical effect in improving public safety because a vanishingly small number of immigrants to the u.s. have committed acts of terrorism. the net result will not be a drop in terror attacks in the united states," it said, "rather it will be a drop in international goodwill toward americans." the dissent process began during the vietnam war and allows diplomats to protest government policy without fear of retribution. white house press secretary sean at the state department on back monday. >> i think they should either get with the program or they can go. >> reporter: later that day the president fired acting attorney general sally yates, an obama administration holdover, who said she would not defend the immigration executive order. >> is it the president's point of view that when there is
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dissent it can be rooted in a philosophical disagreement that's not necessarily in defiance of his orders and there can be a dialogue? >> people have a right to speak their mind, and there is a difference between expressing dissent and concern and not implementing a lawful order as the acting attorney general did the other night. >> reporter: the white house today also issued what it called a clarification, saying anyone with a green card is now fully exempt from the executive orders travel restriction. scott, when that order was originally unveiled, the white house said the travel ban did apply to green card holders, then said, no, they would only face extra scrutiny in the process. this latest change, it bears noting, is the result of both internal and external criticism. >> major garrett at the white house, thanks. americans working in iraq are telling our charlie d'agata that the travel ban is complicating their work. >> reporter: working in iraq has always been a risky prospect, especially for u.s. citizens. but lawyer thomas donovan says
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the new immigration ban just made it more dangerous. >> this ban makes it more difficult for us to live and to work and to gain the trust of the iraqi people that we need to continue doing our jobs. >> reporter: he's been working in the energy sector here for the past ten years. he's seen the worst of the civil unrest that followed the war, but he told us joining forces with the iraqis to fight isis had improved relations. until the travel ban sent that into a tailspin. >> for those iraqis that simply do not understand it and see it as a muslim ban, all that it becomes is more ammunition to use and more reason to not trust the united states and the people of the united states that work here. >> reporter: some companies with american employees aren't taking any chances. we've learned one business has already pulled u.s. staff out of baghdad. the iraqi parliament has voted unanimously to retaliate, though it's not clear what they'll do. hanan fatlawi led the fight.
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>> it's a bad message to iraqis. >> reporter: you have said it's insulting. >> yes, it's insulting. >> reporter: and she said it plays right into the hands of isis. >> this is a negative message to other muslims to be extremists. if you are treating someone in a bad way, you are encouraging him to be bad. >> reporter: we're expecting widespread anti-american demonstrations in baghdad and several other cities on friday, scott, to denounce the ban and demand americans be expelled. >> charlie d'agata for us tonight. the ban is at the center of a legal battle here at home, and demarco morgan is following that. >> reporter: the cheers erupted the moment word spread, the aclu had just persuaded a federal judge to halt deportations of immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly muslim countries. that was saturday night, and lead attorney lee gelernt was the crowd's hero.
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>> thank you, thank you, thank you! >> i expected there to be people outside the courtroom after we won, but to walk out and see 1,000 people cheering, just an unbelievable experience. >> reporter: u.s. district judge ann donnelly also ordered the government to provide the aclu with a list of anyone being detained by customs at u.s. airports. >> the judge in a nutshell saw through what the government was doing and gave us what we wanted. >> reporter: but after four days gelernt is frustrated. the government has not provided that list. the government says there are no names to provide since all 109 people held over the weekend have been released, but gelernt believes the 109 number is low and there were actually hundreds more affected. he wants to know who they are and where they are. >> one thing we're going to see from the list when we get it is that people were removed from the country after we filed the case. if that's true, and we believe it is true, we will go back to court and ask those people be brought back to the united
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states because they could be in real danger. >> reporter: what's the end goal? >> i think the end goal is to get our refugee system and our immigration system back to where they were before this muslim ban came out. >> reporter: lawyers are scheduled to be back in court tomorrow. scott, it's a status hearing when the judge will determine where both sides stand and what should happen next. >> demarco morgan, thanks. in another big story tonight, inmates are holding hostages inside a maximum security prison in delaware and chip reid is there. chip? >> reporter: good evening, this hostage situation began this morning at about 10:30 a.m. when a prison guard made an emergency call for immediate assistance after five corrections employees were taken hostage by inmates. police and s.w.a.t. teams responded quickly. and this afternoon, two hostages were rleased one had nonlife-threatening injuries,
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the other two are still being held and we do not know their condition. law enforcement agencies, including the fbi are trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution and we are told there are "good negotiations going on." a lawsuit was filed against this facility in 2015 primarily over its treatment of mentally ill patients. that suit was settled in september. and the delaware prison system as the fifth highest rate of overcrowding in the nation. >> chip reid, thanks. coming up next, airlines are taking no frills to new lows. and later, an inspiring couple reaches new heights. have you any wool?eep, no sir, no sir, some nincompoop stole all my wool sweaters, smart tv and gaming system. luckily, the geico insurance agency recently helped baa baa with renters insurance.
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just when you thought there were no comforts left in air travel, airlines are about to launch a new lower class of service. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: american and united airlines will soon offer a limited number of basic economy fares. they come with a low price and a catch. >> welcome aboard. >> reporter: passengers can't choose a seat, are allowed only one carry-on that must fit under the seat and likely will be the last to board. these basic economy fares are use or lose-- no changes, no cancellations-- but the airlines say once you're on board the aircraft, it will be basically
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the same experience as everybody else has in economy, except, of course, no overhead bins and you're probably going to be in a middle seat. no overhead bin access has senator chuck schumer calling for a new law. >> they charge you when you store luggage. they shouldn't charge you for the overhead bin, plain and simple. >> reporter: these restrictive bargain tickets come as ultra low-fare carriers like spirit are increasingly competing for their customers. when we check round-trip non-stops from chicago to los angeles in march, spirit's bare fare was about $22 below united and beat american by nearly $100. united and american have not announced the new pricing. sean kennedy represents the airlines. >> an airline is offering a cheaper product for customers that want to fly, they're budget conscious. i'm not sure why there is controversy. >> reporter: it will be a cost-conscious debate at 30,000 feet over getting just what you paid for. kris van cleave, cbs news, fort lauderdale. coming up next, a bacon shortage? not exactly.
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and then there were the headlines that the westminster dog show is being opened to cats. well, that gave us "paws," until we dug into it and found out the animals won't be going at it like cats and dogs. the cats won't be competing. they'll be part of a "meet the breed" event. and george and barbara bush are feeling better after his bout with pneumonia and hers with bronchitis. they're going to go to the super bowl. they've accepted an invitation to preside over the coin toss. mr. bush tweeted this picture with the message, "getting fired up for sunday and the super bowl." coming up next, when tragedy struck, they were perfect strangers, but soon they'll be husband and wife.
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we end tonight at the empire state building where many a love story has been set but few as remarkable as this. here's tony dokoupil. >> reporter: for months roseann sdoia and mike materia have been training for the empire state building run-up, a race to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world.
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how do you feel when you come up on that observation deck? >> i'll probably cry. >> i'll be bad it's over, big time. >> reporter: it's an unlikely day for a couple whose unlikely relationship can be traced back to a hospital bed. >> i was sedated until tuesday evening. so when i came out, my mom is like, who is that firefighter. i'm like, are you kidding me right now? i was just blown up. >> reporter: in april 2013, rose ann was watching the runners cross the boston marathon finish line. >> i heard and felt the first one go off. at the second location, the backpack was behind me by two, three feet. >> reporter: the second explosion destroyed her right leg and left her bleeding in the street. three strangers ran to her aid, one tying a tourniquet to her leg, but it was mike who held her hand all the way to the hospital. >> he was trying to hold the tourniquet, and then me -- >> trying to keep her calm, and myself calm. >> reporter: they've been together ever since, falling in
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love amid surgeries, doctors visits and the long search for a prosthetic leg. >> it's a whole new world for me in learning how to pick one, and funny enough, we agreed on each and every one of them. >> reporter: in december mike surprised roseann with a ring, and tonight to raise money for other challenged athletes, they'll be racing up those empire state building steps together. >> i had a good life before all this happened, and i still want a good life. >> reporter: not long after her run up the stairs, she'll be walking down the aisle. tony dokoupil, cbs news, new york. and that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us just a little bit later for the morning news and be sure not to miss "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. 7 -- captions by vitac --
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm vladamir duthiers. president trump's nominee to the supreme court, federal appeals court neil gorsuch, paid a courtesy call to republican leaders on capitol hill. vice president mike pence showed him around and the first stop was the office of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. >> welcome, everyone. this is the first opportunity to meet with judge gorsuch. i think the president made an outstanding appointment. we're all thrilled and looking forward to getting the confirmation process started. >> mcconnell will lead the confirmation battle and it may be a rocky road. >> reporter: democrats refer to this as a stolen case. they believe it was president obama's right to name this supreme court justice. they have threatened to hold up
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the nomination for an undefined period of time. some have said they are going to vote no. others say they have a lot of questions. >> i have very deep, serious concerns as to whether he is in the mainstream. >> reporter: like many senate democrats, dick blumenthal expressed skepticism. but not outright opposition. >> i'm troubled by his stance on privacy rights, particularly women's health care. worker and consumer protections. i'm going to continue to review his record. >> reporter: republicans were thrilled, praising gorsuch as impressive, respected, a consistent conservative. south dakota republican john thune. >> i think it's very tough, very tough to attack this judge's credentials. you look at his judicial experience, great temperament. >> reporter: that temperament helped gorsuch win unanimous approval from the senate in 2006
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when he was up for appeals court judge. among those who did not oppose his nomination, then senators barack obama, hillary clinton, joe biden, and the current democratic leader, chuck schumer, who has said for weeks he has one key criteria. >> nominate a mainstream person, not someone way out of the mainstream. if they're out of the mainstream and wouldn't garner bipartisan support, we'll fight that tooth and nail. >> today i am nominating chief judge merrick garland. >> reporter: and democrats are in no mood to hand republicans an easy victory after they successfully blocked president obama's supreme court nominee for ten months. republican leader mitch mcconnell insists it's apples and oranges. >> this is the beginning of a four-year term. this is not in the middle of a presidential election. >> reporter: it takes 60 votes to confirm a supreme court judge, but republicans have left the option open to knock that down to 51, to blow up the filibuster, depending on how
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long democrats stall. they view that as a last resort, though, because it could come back to bite republicans when they're in the minority. new york is about to become the biggest city in the nation to equip its police force with body cameras. the devices are already standard gear in nearly half of the nation's 18,000 police departments. jeff pegues reports. >> reporter: body-worn cameras offer an unfiltered look at interactions between the police and the community. >> all nypd members on patrol will be wearing body-worn cameras. >> reporter: on tuesday, the largest police department in the country joined thousands of others whose cameras are already rolling. >> 5,000 will be deployed by july of 2018. >> you have people out there in our community that are asking for transparency. >> reporter: peter nusham is the interim police chief of washington's metropolitan police department. how much of a role do these
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cameras play in that transparency? >> it's a huge role. and that's the thing i think folks have to keep in mind is that the community really wants this. >> reporter: nearly 3,000 of his officers are outfitted with body cameras. >> they will hit the button twice. >> reporter: recently, commander ralph enis showed us how they work. >> from the time i hit the button it's recording video and audio. >> reporter: so it's recording me right now? >> yes, it's recording us, our conversation. >> reporter: lindsey miller is the deputy director of applied research and management, a police think tank. she says the devices are only useful if officers are trained properly. >> it undermines the purpose if officers aren't turning them on. >> reporter: the metropolitan pd adjusted its department's policy after an officer failed to turn on his body camera before the fatal shooting of terrence sterling last year. so what is the protocol. >> almost every time they have
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an interaction with somebody in the public, they're required to turn it on. when they get a call for service, the dispatcher will ask them if they have turned their camera on and the officer has to respond that they have. >> reporter: in the metro pd's first full month of deployment, it recorded 140,000 videos, or 34,000 hours of footage, that includes a spike for the presidential inauguration. body cameras are now an industry. vendors like taser international, the manufacturer working with metro pd, not only sell the pricey cameras but video storage space along with it. the company booked $180 million of business in the first three quarters of 2016 alone. >> we'll be issuing you the cameras. >> reporter: police chiefs will tell you that implementing the cameras remains a work in progress. >> law enforcement is trying to do the right thing for our department in particular. for them to embrace this
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body-worn camera says to me that my folks feel like they're doing the right thing almost all the time and they want everybody to see it. two luxury electric cars the bmw i-3, and the tesla model s came up little short in the latest crash test. both scored good in four out of five, but neither ended up with the top award. demarco morgan has that story. >> reporter: the luxury models are from tessla and bmw and fall short in two safety categories. the institute says one of the tesla crash tests it performed looked like it could put the driver at risk. the tesla model s was put through a series of tests and crashes, simulating hitting a wall and a corner collision and tesla earned the lesser safety rating of acceptable. >> the dummies moved too far forward in the airbag.
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and his head hit against the steering wheel through the airbag. we also measured elevated forces on the dummy's leg, indicating a possibility of injury to the leg, as well. >> reporter: tesla issued a statement saying -- one of the improvements introduced in january 2017 specifically addresses the second rating that the model s achieved and we expect the new test to yield the highest possible rating. it also received a poor rating in the headlights safety category, measuring aspects like brightness and visibility on curves. and giving top honors to the volt and the prius, the institute said those vehicles did well in all safety categories, as well as installing crash prevention systems. but analysts note that the institute's standards are far above the accepted industry norm. >> for people who own a tesla, you're fine. for people that are going to buy a tesla, tesla said they're going the address these concerns.
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if you're a skier or a snowboarder, you know how important those trail maps can be. not only are they useful for getting around the slopes, but some of them are beautiful. here's one artist that's considered the rembrandt of ski maps. ♪ >> reporter: artist james niehues might not be a household name, but his work is held in the hands of millions of people every year. do you see yourself as a mapmaker or a landscape artist? >> first and foremost, it's a map. then i really think it's the artist coming in. i really want to produce a beautiful piece. >> reporter: if you ski or snowboard, you've probably relied on his work to help you
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get down a slope or two. >> i've done maps for 194 different resorts. >> reporter: niehues is the most sought after ski mapmaker in the country. for 30 years, he's created maps for big-name resorts. from killington in vermont, to vail in colorado, and a heap of others. >> you open up something pretty to look at, and it's been a good map for you, you'll remember good experiencs. >> reporter: based about an hour north of denver, he works out of his home studio. >> this is an area here. >> reporter: his process is fairly simple. using aerial shots, he creates a sketch. >> you can see the ridge there. it will come down.
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>> reporter: he then projects that onto his easel, and begins painting. >> are people always surprised to learn that you hand paint these? >> yes, they are. >> i can believe it. i mean, it's -- when you could use a computer. >> no, i can't use a computer. >> you couldn't. >> no, i wouldn't get the same look. this is water soluble paint, so you don't want to get your hand on it. in fact, i use a glove here. this will keep the -- >> the one-fingered glove. >> yeah, there you go. this one will work. >> each of these trees is just a hand brush stroke? >> it gives the illusion that there are individual trees. >> reporter: his latest project, breckenridge resort in colorado, is one monster of a mountain. made up of five peaks, 187 trials, and 34 lifts.
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whether you're a skier or a mapmaker, this one is no bunny trail. >> this is a beautiful map. >> you can just see how vast it is. i knew i could show that and get it all in one view. >> so when you see people holding this map in line, waiting for the lift, you have a little bit of pride. >> oh, yeah. it is nice to produce art that is useful. >> reporter: useful in getting skiers, including niehues, down the mountain. >> whenever i started these maps, i didn't ski hardly at all. >> we won't tell anyone your secret. >> but i'm an intermediate skier now. >> so you've become a good skier because of these maps. >> that's right. i had to ski them. >> reporter: at age 72, he doesn't plan to put down his paint brushes. his soft spot for the slopes
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hasn't melted away just yet. >> it seems like you have a job you love. >> absolutely. you know, i love doing everything that i do. i know that i have probably the best job in the world.
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animal rights activists are howling mad over the new movie "a dog's purpose" which opened last week. it's supposed to be a feel-good animal story starring dennis
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quaid. but some behind the scene footage sparked controversy. tracy smith spoke to him about the movie and the rest of his decades long career. ♪ >> it's me! >> reporter: you might say that dennis quaid has been a bit overwhelmed lately. >> you want to get out of here? >> reporter: he's made more than 70 movies, but few have caused an uproar like this one. >> okay, buddy. guess it's going to be you and me. >> reporter: "a dog's purpose" is about the good dogs do for mankind. but all that sentiment took a backseat ten days ago when a tape surfaced showing what looks like a dog being forced to do a pool stunt during filming. >> so let's talk about this video that's been in the news first. have you had a chance to see the video? >> i was shocked to tell you the truth when i first saw it. and, umm, i didn't like what i saw. but i -- i do know my own
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experience when i was on the set how much care was paid to each and every dog or every other animal. >> reporter: quaid, who is a dog owner in real life, wasn't in the water scene, and had nothing to do with that part of the production. >> so for people who are saying boycott the film, what would you say? >> i don't really think that's fair, to tell you the truth. dogs hit us in a certain place. you sleep with your dog. you watch tv with them. you take them out in the car. and dogs, i think what they do for us, they remind us of just the wonderful feeling of being alive. simple as that.
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this is actually the beginning of the hill country. >> reporter: at 62, the man who spent half of his life in hollywood, still keeps a place in austin, texas. so are you a texan at heart? >> yeah. i think i am a texan. ♪ >> hello, austin! >> reporter: he's also a rock star at heart. on weekend nights, like this past friday, he plays local clubs with his band, dennis quaid and the sharks. >> you're playing in a band tonight. is that a hobby or is that a need? do you need music? >> it's more of a need. ♪ don't matter what you do >> reporter: he's not bad with a guitar. but acting has always paid the bills. ♪ dennis quaid has created some of
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the most memorable characters on film. from the charmingly crooked cop in "the big easy." >> i saw you take that bribe and resist arrest and tamper with evidence. >> don't forget i ran a red light, too. >> reporter: to a rail thin doc holiday in "wyatt erp." >> do you believe in friendship, wyatt? so do i. >> reporter: born and raised in houston, dennis quaid thought about becoming a veterinarian, but acting was always in his blood. >> my dad was a frustrated actor, and my dad really introduced my brother and i both to acting through the movies. >> reporter: big brother randy got off to a fast start, making his debut in 1971's "the last picture show" and earning an oscar nomination in 1973 for "the last detail." but dennis had a few years of failed auditions before he found
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work. by 1979, he found his footing in films like "breaking away." >> that was just a dirty word. to me, it's just something else i net got a chance to dig. >> are you going to take that off him? i seen what you done. you may be family and everything, but i ain't siding with you. >> reporter: and the next year, the quaid brothers even worked together. do you have favorite movies? >> sure. my favorite film for me was "the right stuff." >> who are you? >> me? i'm an astronaut. >> i judge my movies not by necessarily how much money they did or even how good they were or turned out, but how -- the experience i had when i was making them. and with "the right stuff" i had everything. it's a great film.
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>> reporter: he played his boyhood hero, astronaut gordon "gordo" cooper. >> i love the name gordo. i said if they ever make a movie about this man, i want to play gordo so bad. >> the sun is coming through the window now. oh, lord, what a heaven and light. >> it was like, one of those times in life where something you want so bad and it actually happens. >> i stubbed my toe on the cab when i kicked the door. i think it's broken. >> better your toe than your heart, right? >> reporter: quaid met his second wife, meg ryan, in 1987. he was working hard and partying harder. >> the cocaine days were fun. it's like it's fun and fraught with problems, and then it's just problems. so i had gotten to the problem stage. >> for you how bad did it get? >> i was doing like two grams a day.
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i was getting like an hour's sleep a night, and -- >> that's not a lot of sleep. >> not a lot. >> you were with meg ryan at the time. how much did she help you? >> she was fantastic. she was so supportive. in fact, she didn't even know that i was addicted at the time. >> how did you hide it from her? >> addicts are really good at hiding things. >> reporter: since then, he's been a clean and reliable box office star that's been known to stir up oscar talk now and then. >> is that kind of annoying, there's all this oscar talk and then -- >> i can't pay attention to it. it's nice to win awards and all that. sure, it's nice to have people recognize what you do or whatever. that's nice. but it's not the be all to end all. so says the guy who doesn't have an oscar. [ laughter ] >> reporter: oscar or not, he's the first to admit how lucky
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he's been. in 2007, quaid and kimberly buffington nearly lost their newborn twins when hospital staff gave them an overdose of blood thinners. miraculously, the babies survived. >> they must seem all the more precious now. >> well, you appreciate life when you go through something like that. thank god we had a happy ending. that's really what i say. >> reporter: the twins, thomas and zoe, were at a family party in austin last night to honor their grandmother juanita on her 90th birthday. quaid calls her his rock, and says she taught him to get through the dark times by keeping his eyes on the light ahead. >> are you optimistic? >> yeah, yeah, i am. naturally, i am. you know, naturally i think i've -- i think better things are always going to come. across the pond, the british parliament launched an
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across the pond, the british parliament launched an investigation into allegations that someone had been told what to wear to work. they found evidence of women being forced to wear makeup and wear high heels. others say they were told to wear sexy clothing and dye their hand blonde. one woman had enough of that. jonathan vigliotti has her story. >> reporter: every day here millions of women in the uk head off to work. many choosing to wear high heels. so heels can be part of business attire, but mandatory? one woman says she was fired because of two inches and she's not backing down without a fight. >> i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: sounds like sarah jessica parker on "sex in the city," see heels as a coat of arms. >> no! >> reporter: others call them their achilles heel. what women wear on their feet is personal.
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but nicolette thorpe says she was ordered to put heels on, on her first day of work. >> my manager met me at reception and said you can't wear those. >> reporter: in the uk, it's against the law to require women to wear heels. but some companies exploit a dress code law that makes filing a complaint costly and time consuming. fed up, she filed a petition to have the issue debated in parliament. >> so 100,000 is the key number in order to talk about changing the law? >> within three days, it went over 100,000 signatures. >> reporter: the petition led to a parliamentary report. hundreds of women contributed, saying they were required to dye their hair, wear revealing outfits, and reapply makeup. we spoke with a professor at fordham law. and asked if such mandates were legal in the u.s. >> in general, yes. but in new york, you can only tell a woman to wear heels to
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work if you also tell the men to wear heels to work. >> reporter: the laws do not require how required heels can be uncomfortable. >> it's really objectifying. i don't understand why some of these male or female employers are so attached to this almost like "mad men" era of men looking like men and women looking like women. i think that in 2017, we're moving forward, we're learning gender lines and sexuality lines, we need to get rid of that. >> reporter: parliament has debated a number of issues in the past, including whether or not to ban donald trump. but never before have they discussed heels. this dress code controversy will be debated in march. that's the "overnight news" for this thursday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm vladimir duthiers. -- captions by vitac --
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